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by Kyle
Sat Jan 14, 2012 3:54 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Reminisce about moderator mishaps here
Replies: 31
Views: 4287

Re: Reminisce about moderator mishaps here

A moderator at a college tournament at Brown contributed quite a lot of new ideas for the expansion of the quizbowl canon, including the tournament debuts of "Austrian aborigines" and Heracles' labor to defeat the "Namibian lion."
by Kyle
Thu Dec 15, 2011 9:34 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Point allocation on tossups/bonuses; what's fairer
Replies: 10
Views: 2665

Re: Point allocation on tossups/bonuses; what's fairer

I don't think it's right to ask what is "fairer" in this particular circumstance. It seems to me that a quizbowl game could be fair no matter what the point values are so long as the questions are well written. All the point values are arbitrary, after all. This is the reason that nobody complains t...
by Kyle
Thu Dec 08, 2011 1:24 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2012 Benjamin Cooper Awards
Replies: 11
Views: 4006

Re: 2012 Benjamin Cooper Awards: Now Accepting Nominations

Two years ago, when I was in charge of soliciting nominations and counting votes, and again last year, the policy was that the only people ineligible were the president of PACE and the person running the voting. If that standard is adopted again this year, the only ineligible people would be Mike an...
by Kyle
Fri Nov 18, 2011 12:57 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Fall Novice Tournament - University of Washington - 12/3/11
Replies: 4
Views: 1223

Re: Fall Novice Tournament - University of Washington - 12/3/11

You have two teams coming from east of the Cascades and one from within the Seattle city limits. You have teams coming from as far north as Blaine (107 miles), as far south as Longview (133 miles), and as far east as Yakima (153 miles) -- unless that's West Valley of Spokane? Roosevelt (1.4 miles) a...
by Kyle
Sun Nov 13, 2011 9:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2011 ACF Fall @ Oxford, 12 November 2011
Replies: 1
Views: 815

Re: 2011 ACF Fall @ Oxford, 12 November 2011

No stats yet, but you can watch the first game of the advantaged final: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZtB22kIwks&feature=feedu Edit: and the second game of the no-longer-advantaged final: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQ-W_-62Kdc&feature=bf_next&list=SPCACA310C2A39FEB4&lf=list_related Edit 2: Sta...
by Kyle
Sun Nov 13, 2011 9:02 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Harvard Fall Tournament VI (11/12/11)
Replies: 164
Views: 47876

Re: Harvard Fall Tournament VI (11/12/11)

Part of the problem -- and I recognize that this is partly my fault -- is that Harvard has never made any effort to run a small tournament on something like an NAQT A set to appeal solely to local teams. We did try at HFT 3 in 2008 to give out information to attending teams about upcoming tournament...
by Kyle
Sun Nov 13, 2011 1:35 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Harvard Fall Tournament VI (11/12/11)
Replies: 164
Views: 47876

Re: Harvard Fall Tournament VI (11/12/11)

Having the Occupy people force him to use two buildings that are 0.9 miles apart is the sort of character-building experience that Dallas will soon come to appreciate. It is not necessarily even the worst logistical disaster to befall an HFT, since at the very least it happened two days in advance. ...
by Kyle
Sat Nov 12, 2011 4:55 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall 2011 Discussion
Replies: 105
Views: 9627

Re: ACF Fall 2011 Discussion

12. The premiere of this work coincided with the consecration of the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, and this piece begins with the hymn “God Preserve Thy People.” For 10 points each: [10] Name this piece written to commemorate Napoleon’s defeat at the Battle of Borodino. Making use of both Russian...
by Kyle
Sat Nov 12, 2011 4:44 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall 2011 Discussion
Replies: 105
Views: 9627

Re: ACF Fall 2011 Discussion

Whatever its grammatical function in Arabic, "Shia" is often used as an adjective in English. That's why we also say "shi'ite" and "shi'ites" when we want to refer to one (or multiple) adherents of that branch of Islam. Common usage in English should trump foreign rules. Common usage in English is ...
by Kyle
Sat Nov 12, 2011 4:40 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2011 ACF Fall @ Oxford, 12 November 2011
Replies: 1
Views: 815

2011 ACF Fall @ Oxford, 12 November 2011

Nine teams representing five universities competed in ACF Fall at Oxford today. Two Oxford teams finished the initial round robin at the head of the pack. "Oxford Cherwell" had a record of 7-1, having lost only to "Oxford Isis," who were a perfect 8-0. In an advantaged final, Cherwell avenged their ...
by Kyle
Sat Nov 12, 2011 4:34 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall 2011 Discussion
Replies: 105
Views: 9627

Re: ACF Fall 2011 Discussion

I un-underlined "Nazi" in "Nazi gold." I am happy to report that, at least in my room, an answer of "gold" was given and accepted without incident. I think the person who answered gold exhibited plenty of relevant knowledge and deserved his ten points. I tried to adopt most of the fixes suggested in...
by Kyle
Fri Nov 11, 2011 9:36 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Format Question
Replies: 8
Views: 911

Re: Formatting Question

You can rearrange the games in the other rooms as desired, so: Round 5: 1v5, 6v7, 2v3, 8v9 Round 6: 1v4, 5v8, 7v9, 2v6 Round 7: 1v2, 3v4, 5v6, 7v8 Yeah, but this way Team 8 has to make the long walk in consecutive rounds. (Keep in mind that Oxford, as a collegiate university, has no classroom build...
by Kyle
Fri Nov 11, 2011 9:33 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Format Question
Replies: 8
Views: 911

Re: Formatting Question

Matt Weiner wrote:You can also rotate staff from round to round so that being in the same room isn't a big deal.
You're right – that's a good point.
by Kyle
Fri Nov 11, 2011 8:28 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Format Question
Replies: 8
Views: 911

Re: Formatting Question

That's good - and thanks very much for working on it. It does suggest, however, that what I feared is likely to be the case: if you leave one team in the same room the whole time, then other teams are also going to have to remain in the same room for long stretches. I suppose there isn't any way aro...
by Kyle
Fri Nov 11, 2011 6:00 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Format Question
Replies: 8
Views: 911

Format Question

I want to make a nine-round round robin for nine teams. Normally, this would be easy enough. But I also need to keep one team in the same room the whole time because one of their players is visually impaired and can't move easily from room to room. And I want to minimize the number of times that tea...
by Kyle
Tue Nov 08, 2011 7:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall 2011 Discussion
Replies: 105
Views: 9627

Re: ACF Fall 2011 Discussion

Agreed with Matt (Bollinger). For some reason, high schoolers and recent high school graduates seem to hold the nearly uniform opinion that it's always unacceptable for the same thing to come up twice in a tournament, even in a way that tests for two completely separate bodies of knowledge (such as...
by Kyle
Mon Nov 07, 2011 2:48 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall and numbers of packets
Replies: 35
Views: 6828

Re: ACF Fall and numbers of packets

Also, ACF is very concerned about providing feedback to writers young and old. Jonathan Magin spearheaded the creation of our new writer feedback program to address this issue. Anyone who wants prompt and specific feedback on their questions (even questions that were already submitted to Fall) is w...
by Kyle
Mon Nov 07, 2011 1:10 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall 2011 Discussion
Replies: 105
Views: 9627

Re: ACF Fall 2011 Discussion

I actually don't have an issue with that poem being right there, but I believe that the author (John McCrae) was mentioned before the actual line, and it makes more sense to switch those two. This may be one of those very rare cases in which the line (and, in particular, the idea of poppies) is mor...
by Kyle
Mon Nov 07, 2011 1:02 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall 2011 Discussion
Replies: 105
Views: 9627

Re: ACF Fall 2011 Discussion

I could be wrong, but I always thought "In Flanders Fields" was the most famous WWI poem. Like Sarah I read that poem in middle school for class, and I was under the impression that that was one of those poems that lots of people know from watered-down histories of WWI they encounter in 7th grade h...
by Kyle
Fri Oct 28, 2011 2:20 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Prompt and Anti-Prompt: A Tale of Woe
Replies: 24
Views: 5715

Re: Prompt and Anti-Prompt: A Tale of Woe

The fire tossup, though, is a bit different because all plausible answers already contain the word "fire." The kind of anti-prompt Chris is talking about is considerably rarer, and I don't know what NAQT's policy is. (It may very well depend on the phrasing of individual questions.) Yeah, but isn't...
by Kyle
Fri Oct 28, 2011 8:31 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Prompt and Anti-Prompt: A Tale of Woe
Replies: 24
Views: 5715

Re: Prompt and Anti-Prompt: A Tale of Woe

It seems to me that NAQT's policy of obsessively listing acceptable alternate answers on common-link tossups is already a step in the direction toward what Chris is suggesting. There is one tossup in particular that I have in mind as an example, but it's from a current set and I can't mention it her...
by Kyle
Mon Oct 24, 2011 3:02 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: DATE CHANGE: MAGNI Northeast at Brown (10/29/11)
Replies: 22
Views: 6760

Re: DATE CHANGE: MAGNI Northeast at Brown (10/29/11)

I'd just like to point out that this will be Matthew Chan's first American quizbowl tournament. Please feel free to give him a hard time about his clothes, his accent, and his nationality.
by Kyle
Tue Oct 11, 2011 1:54 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Virtual Scoresheets?
Replies: 4
Views: 1286

Re: Virtual Scoresheets?

A British man by the name of Will Jones designed a scoresheet in HTML. He used it with a projector to put it on the big screen in the lecture theater in the finals of the British Student Quiz Championships, which people seemed to like. His scoresheet can generate a text file of the stats, but I don'...
by Kyle
Tue Aug 02, 2011 2:17 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO History
Replies: 4
Views: 661

CO History

So I sent the packets from the guerrilla history tournament to George Berry for posting, since Matt Cheyne et al say that the packets that did not get played are not being reserved for anything formal. It is unclear to me exactly which packets weren't played -- Davis/Hart and Hang appear to be the p...
by Kyle
Tue Aug 02, 2011 10:29 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Split topic on CO science
Replies: 104
Views: 13392

Re: Split topic on CO science

what sorts of answers would be ideal, conversion-wise? importance-wise? dopeoplecareaboutthis-wise? The complication here is that these criteria often aren't the same thing at all. Naguib Mahfouz was elevated into the canon by winning the Nobel Prize, meaning that we can have tossups on Midaq Alley...
by Kyle
Tue Aug 02, 2011 8:33 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Split topic on CO science
Replies: 104
Views: 13392

Re: Split topic on CO science

For what it's worth, Abd al-Rahman Munif is assigned in a decent-sized undergraduate lecture class at Harvard, but that class is a modern Middle Eastern history course rather than a literature course. I would venture to guess that most American students who encounter him in class (very, very few in ...
by Kyle
Sat Jul 30, 2011 9:18 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Suggest a question source for my tournament
Replies: 5
Views: 998

Re: Suggest a question source for my tournament

Yeah -- something that somebody totally inexperienced could reasonably be expected to play doubles on. I am thinking a high school set is almost an inevitability, but I'd like it to be substantial enough for people of some experience to play singles on it.
by Kyle
Sat Jul 30, 2011 8:50 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Guerilla History Doubles (July 29 @ CO Weeknd)
Replies: 132
Views: 28950

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Guerilla History Doubles (July 29 @ CO Weeknd)

I don't think anyone (except maybe Andrew who wants to have his Law tournament played) will complain about more packets being available, but if they don't materialize I think we can manage. I just don't want to waste the questions if they aren't going to be used. I'm the only person who has seen th...
by Kyle
Sat Jul 30, 2011 5:36 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Guerilla History Doubles (July 29 @ CO Weeknd)
Replies: 132
Views: 28950

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Guerilla History Doubles (July 29 @ CO Weeknd)

Assuming the Droge/Zeng/Chametzky team doesn't go on an epic winning streak, it looks like the finals are not going to involve anybody named Chametzky, Jose, Nutter, or Gupta. Do you guys want me to compile their questions into a second packet for an advantaged final? There are some repeats, but if ...
by Kyle
Sat Jul 30, 2011 5:29 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Suggest a question source for my tournament
Replies: 5
Views: 998

Re: Suggest a question source for my tournament

Auroni's planned doubles tournament seems to fit current criteria as a possible set and (as a bonus) has no obvious current tournament attached to it, though I am obviously not speaking for him. That might work. But Auroni wasn't totally sure in the other thread when his tournament would be done. A...
by Kyle
Fri Jul 29, 2011 5:24 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Guerilla History Doubles (July 29 @ CO Weeknd)
Replies: 132
Views: 28950

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Guerilla History Doubles (July 29 @ CO Weeknd)

Mike Bentley has the passwords. Mike Cheyne and Bruce Arthur have the packets.

Good luck to everybody playing in this tournament. There are some really cool questions in it. I hope you have fun playing on them.

But don't stay up too late.
by Kyle
Fri Jul 29, 2011 5:12 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Guerilla History Doubles (July 29 @ CO Weeknd)
Replies: 132
Views: 28950

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Guerilla History Doubles (July 29 @ CO Weeknd)

I should take this opportunity to thank Auroni for sending me a bunch of questions. I used two of them to fill in for missing tiebreaker questions and noted his contributions where appropriate. I still have the other 11. I had hoped to combine those questions with some of what I have from Joe and Be...
by Kyle
Fri Jul 29, 2011 3:16 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Guerilla History Doubles (July 29 @ CO Weeknd)
Replies: 132
Views: 28950

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Guerilla History Doubles (July 29 @ CO Weeknd)

I'm not going to be there, and thus my opinions on all matters of logistics are irrelevant, but I do agree with Chris that people didn't sign up to play a tournament in teams of four. We have some really interesting pairs of people who signed up to play doubles together, and some (but not all!) of t...
by Kyle
Fri Jul 29, 2011 11:27 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Guerilla History Doubles (July 29 @ CO Weeknd)
Replies: 132
Views: 28950

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Guerilla History Doubles (July 29 @ CO Weeknd)

So, uh, I feel like I should warn all potential moderators in advance to take a deep breath and hold on tight.
by Kyle
Fri Jul 29, 2011 6:48 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Suggest a question source for my tournament
Replies: 5
Views: 998

Suggest a question source for my tournament

One of the problems with the British quizbowl circuit is that we have about five universities with one or two really enthusiastic people who struggle to find teammates to drag along to tournaments. One of the results is that the universities that can consistently get full teams together (Oxford and ...
by Kyle
Fri Jul 29, 2011 3:57 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Guerilla History Doubles (July 29 @ CO Weeknd)
Replies: 132
Views: 28950

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Guerilla History Doubles (July 29 @ CO Weeknd)

I do have Guy's half of the Tabachnick-Weiner packet and Ben's half of the Chametzky-Nutter packet. I also have 13 questions from Auroni.
by Kyle
Thu Jul 28, 2011 2:00 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Guerilla History Doubles (July 29 @ CO Weeknd)
Replies: 132
Views: 28950

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Guerilla History Doubles (July 29 @ CO Weeknd)

I've got it now. Thanks, Andrew.

On the whole, people are still doing a solid job of avoiding repeats, but they are beginning to appear with increasing frequency. So I really would encourage the delinquents to get their packets done so Chris and I can fix things up!
by Kyle
Thu Jul 28, 2011 1:32 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Guerilla History Doubles (July 29 @ CO Weeknd)
Replies: 132
Views: 28950

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Guerilla History Doubles (July 29 @ CO Weeknd)

Bentley and Carson Arthur and Byrne Cheyne and Bollinger Droge and Zeng Gauthier and Steinbaum Larsen and Gehring Simons and Kandlikar Lafer and Westbrook Ray and Hoppes Magin and Vinokurov Haddad-Fonda and Chiego Halves: Wiener but not Tabachnick Hart but not Davis Jose Auroni, I just wrote you an ...
by Kyle
Sun Jul 24, 2011 3:08 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Guerilla History Doubles (July 29 @ CO Weeknd)
Replies: 132
Views: 28950

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Guerilla History Doubles (July 29 @ CO Weeknd)

theMoMA wrote:I have my half of the packet done as of Thursday; if you'd like me to email it, I can.
If you can send the whole packet by Tuesday (my time), then that would be ideal. If not, then I'll take the half packet by then.
by Kyle
Sat Jul 23, 2011 5:10 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Guerilla History Doubles (July 29 @ CO Weeknd)
Replies: 132
Views: 28950

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Guerilla History Doubles (July 29 @ CO Weeknd)

At the nominal deadline, I have full packets from: Bentley and Carson Arthur and Byrne Cheyne and Bollinger Droge and Zeng Gauthier and Steinbaum EDIT: Larsen and Gehring I also have a half packet from Jeff Hoppes with the promise of another half on the way. I also heard from Matt Lafer and Dallas S...
by Kyle
Tue Jul 19, 2011 4:22 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Guerilla History Doubles (July 29 @ CO Weeknd)
Replies: 132
Views: 28950

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Guerilla History Doubles (July 29 @ CO Weeknd)

Mike Bentley wrote:An 8 PM start time is a bit late for my tastes if we are indeed running 12 packets.
I would be pretty surprised if we actually get 12 packets. We have two at the moment, plus the editor's packet, and the packet deadline is on Friday.
by Kyle
Wed Jun 29, 2011 6:45 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: League Database - Please add to this thread!
Replies: 25
Views: 8514

Re: League Database - Please add to this thread!

Oxford Fall Quizbowl League -County (or counties) Served: Oxfordshire -Area or School the league is based in: University of Oxford -Geographic Restrictions: None. -Question Provider: University of Oxford -Game Format: 24/24 tossup/bonus, untimed, with powers -Competition Season: ongoing throughout ...
by Kyle
Wed Jun 22, 2011 2:05 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT distribution change for 2011-12
Replies: 52
Views: 6932

Re: NAQT distribution change for 2011-12

If this subcategory is along the lines of 1/1 or 2/2 for an entire set, then I don't think it's a big deal for the answers to be names of companies and business leaders. I think a little variety is good from time to time, since the current events that come up in NAQT sets tend to be fairly predicta...
by Kyle
Wed Jun 22, 2011 11:40 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT distribution change for 2011-12
Replies: 52
Views: 6932

Re: NAQT distribution change for 2011-12

I think the problem with CE_Business is that in practice it ends up being a category in which all of the tossups have the name of a company as an answer. Certainly this was the case in the HSNCT. Hopefully some more imagination can be injected into the current events distribution in the near future.
by Kyle
Wed Jun 22, 2011 7:28 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT distribution change for 2011-12
Replies: 19
Views: 1560

Re: NAQT distribution change for 2011-12

I know I post this every time we have this discussion, but that isn't going to stop me from posting again! I think the percentage of history that is "world" history should be increased. It now stands at 0.9/0.9 per packet; it seems simple enough to bring that up to a full 1/1 so that we can expect a...
by Kyle
Wed Jun 15, 2011 12:18 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2011 HSNCT conversion stats discussion
Replies: 59
Views: 7366

Re: 2011 HSNCT conversion stats discussion

The problem with the tossup on relegation is that it was possible to buzz in and get it right before any clue whatsoever had been given, since it began "This method of entering the Football League..." and there is only one method of entering the Football League that one would ever write a tossup on...
by Kyle
Wed Jun 15, 2011 6:40 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2011 HSNCT conversion stats discussion
Replies: 59
Views: 7366

Re: 2011 HSNCT conversion stats discussion

The problem with the tossup on relegation is that it was possible to buzz in and get it right before any clue whatsoever had been given, since it began "This method of entering the Football League..." and there is only one method of entering the Football League that one would ever write a tossup on.
by Kyle
Mon Jun 13, 2011 9:37 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: All videos of Quiz Bowl
Replies: 203
Views: 97879

Re: All videos of Quiz Bowl

Why watch videos of bad 1990s American quizbowl when you can watch videos of top-quality 2011 British quizbowl?

Edit: there is also this video from the same tournament, featuring a spectacular and very physical buzzer race at 6:29.
by Kyle
Mon Jun 13, 2011 9:27 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: British Student Quiz Championships, 11 June 2011 @ Imperial
Replies: 11
Views: 1505

Re: British Student Quiz Championships, 11 June 2011 @ Imperial

If you're interested in watching some British quizbowl, then here is your link: http://www.youtube.com/user/haddadfonda ... 15xVvbOMy8.
by Kyle
Mon Jun 13, 2011 7:32 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2011 HSNCT conversion stats discussion
Replies: 59
Views: 7366

Re: 2011 HSNCT conversion stats discussion

The Puck tossup came up in the BSQC final and it was powered on about four words. Perhaps American high schoolers just aren't British enough. I wonder how many times Relegation didn't get powered at your mirror. You mean you wonder how often the "football" tossups on Schalke and Ghana's 2010 World ...