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by Ndg
Fri Apr 25, 2014 9:22 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Neg Prizes
Replies: 16
Views: 4165

Re: Neg Prizes

I did enjoy giving out neg prizes when I directed tournaments. One of my favorites to give out was a book called Gut Feelings. This reminds me of a recent tournament at PItt where the neg prize was a book of "Atrocities" . In retrospect, a book like that probably would have been more appropriate as...
by Ndg
Fri Apr 25, 2014 5:59 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MUT over Skype (5/10)
Replies: 20
Views: 5758

Re: MUT over Skype (5/10)

Tanay and I are planning to play together.
by Ndg
Fri Apr 25, 2014 10:52 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Seeking writers for Imaginary Landscape no. 2
Replies: 7
Views: 2638

Re: Seeking writers for Imaginary Landscape no. 2

Wow, I was wondering just the other day if someone had ever written an audio event. I definitely want to play this.

Perhaps if the hypothetical early-August tournament happens, that would be a good time to do this?
by Ndg
Thu Apr 24, 2014 10:47 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MUT over Skype (5/10)
Replies: 20
Views: 5758

Re: MUT over Skype (5/10)

I'm interested in playing this.
by Ndg
Thu Apr 24, 2014 10:40 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT-format submission tournament
Replies: 13
Views: 4206

Re: NAQT-format submission tournament

I know that there is a subset of the quizbowl community that rarely attends anything besides NAQT tournaments, and I think that an event like this would be a good way to get them to play more tournaments besides just SCT I'm pretty sure a main reason teams only go to SCT is that it's not packet sub...
by Ndg
Thu Apr 24, 2014 5:04 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Lederberg 2: Daughter Cell (3/29/14)
Replies: 155
Views: 57006

Re: Lederberg 2: Daughter Cell (3/29/14)

True story: he powered the tossup on Andy Watkins. Unfortunately, as poetic as this would be, he only received 10 points for knowing that everything Andy touches, he destroys. My mistake. I knew he got it soon after the "Grand Vizier" clue, but I couldn't remember how soon. I mean, I'm perfectly wi...
by Ndg
Thu Apr 24, 2014 12:43 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open/second summer open this year
Replies: 44
Views: 18427

Re: VCU Open/second summer open this year

I would be interested in playing any of these things, especially if it was the second weekend in August.
by Ndg
Thu Apr 24, 2014 9:07 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Lederberg 2: Daughter Cell (3/29/14)
Replies: 155
Views: 57006

Re: Lederberg 2: Daughter Cell (3/29/14)

True story: he powered the tossup on Andy Watkins.
by Ndg
Mon Apr 21, 2014 7:53 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: How not to write questions on mystery novels
Replies: 33
Views: 8182

Re: How not to write questions on mystery novels

For what it's worth there was some discussion on this a while back.

(Not that I'm saying it can't or shouldn't be brought up again)
by Ndg
Wed Apr 16, 2014 9:01 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals congratulations, thanks, and discussion
Replies: 169
Views: 41912

Re: ACF Nationals congratulations, thanks, and discussion

In its finale, the oboe repeats a note nine times I suppose if we're going to start picking apart this question, it's worth noting that this is actually in the third movement, not the finale, of the Sibelius. EDIT: Also, unfortunately, no matter what you do, the last four notes of a major scale bei...
by Ndg
Mon Mar 31, 2014 5:52 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Lederberg 2: Daughter Cell (3/29/14)
Replies: 155
Views: 57006

Re: Lederberg 2: Daughter Cell (3/29/14)

I am interested in playing this.
by Ndg
Wed Mar 26, 2014 12:15 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Pennsylvania Dates 2013-2014
Replies: 22
Views: 5812

Re: Pennsylvania Dates 2013-2014

Has there been any talk of a Pennsylvania NASAT team? Missy Doll and I discussed this at some point a few months ago. Basically, the conclusion was that there weren't feasible ways to hold a tryout accessible to the whole state or to raise the considerable amount of funds necessary to send a team. ...
by Ndg
Mon Mar 03, 2014 1:42 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HSQBRank 2013-2014: Witty Subtitle
Replies: 203
Views: 83116

Re: HSQBRank 2013-2014: Witty Subtitle

It looks like you missed the Agnes Irwin tournament from last month.

I thought of this one because Downingtown East put up 26.1 PPB (on an A-set, but still pretty good).
by Ndg
Sat Mar 01, 2014 9:34 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Pennsylvania Dates 2013-2014
Replies: 22
Views: 5812

Re: Pennsylvania Dates 2013-2014

If you want to add some Western PA dates up there from the NAQT schedule...

Winchester Thurston's tournament on IS-131A has apparently changed dates again to April 5. Rockwood (about 50 miles southeast of Pittsburgh) is running IS-135A the following Saturday.
by Ndg
Sat Mar 01, 2014 8:04 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT Western PA Championship at Carnegie Mellon (3/1)
Replies: 5
Views: 2750

Re: NAQT Western PA Championship at Carnegie Mellon (3/1)

Winchester Thurston A is the Western Pennsylvania champion after defeating Manheim Township A 350-285 in an exciting one-game final. Both teams were 10-1 after the 12-team round robin. Final stats are up. Feel free to send me any corrections tonight before I send the report to NAQT. Also, a shout ou...
by Ndg
Sat Mar 01, 2014 1:47 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT Western PA Championship at Carnegie Mellon (3/1)
Replies: 5
Views: 2750

Re: NAQT Western PA Championship at Carnegie Mellon (3/1)

Stats through 5 rounds:

http://www.hsquizbowl.org/db/tournament ... _5_rounds/

Manheim Township C and Winchester Thurston B are tied for the lead among teams that have not previously qualified for HSNCT.
by Ndg
Tue Feb 25, 2014 12:06 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Crowdsourced Head to Head Rankings
Replies: 56
Views: 9166

Re: Crowdsourced Head to Head Rankings

There are so many interesting things that could come of this, say if you make everyone make an account and give some additional info to sign into this. Yeah, this might need to be implemented for this to retain any usefulness, in light of the fact that someone has invested enough time in trolling t...
by Ndg
Mon Feb 24, 2014 9:31 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Crowdsourced Head to Head Rankings
Replies: 56
Views: 9166

Re: Crowdsourced Head to Head Rankings

Additionally, it might be noted that Yogesh plays for New Mexico State so I doubt they're the second-worst team here. A complete list of rosters somewhere may also help with this - perhaps you could make that available on your site? Rosters would definitely be a good thing to show. Even better woul...
by Ndg
Mon Feb 24, 2014 9:27 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bringing Everyone to Nationals
Replies: 13
Views: 2818

Re: Bringing Everyone to Nationals

Another thing to note when it comes to large roster sizes is that constantly switching out players can be really aggravating for score- and statkeepers. Yeah...coaches/teams do not care about this side effect. Trust me, I'm from Illinois (the state that has mastered the art of hockey-style line cha...
by Ndg
Mon Feb 24, 2014 12:19 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals Eastern Canada @ Toronto (2/22/14)
Replies: 32
Views: 11322

Re: ACF Regionals Eastern Canada @ Toronto (2/22/14)

Wait, what did we win? Is there an extra Crazy Tiebreaker Participation Trophy? No idea when we'll be up to get it but hopefully we will at some point. Anyway, thanks to everyone who made this tournament happen. It was a lot of fun to have so many close games --- I think all of our games were decide...
by Ndg
Tue Feb 18, 2014 6:39 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Pennsylvania Dates 2013-2014
Replies: 22
Views: 5812

Re: Pennsylvania Dates 2013-2014

The History Bowl (on B set) at Manheim Township has been postponed to March 15. Registration is still open for any teams that couldn't attend the February 15th tournament.
by Ndg
Tue Feb 18, 2014 1:32 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals 2014 Global Announcement
Replies: 48
Views: 23287

Re: ACF Regionals 2014 Global Announcement

Hi, I am looking to get information about how we will get our trophies for the Toronto mirror of ACF Regionals. Do you know what information we will need to provide for this? Actually, Jerry contacted me about giving them to CMU for us to bring (apparently shipping them to other countries is diffic...
by Ndg
Sat Feb 15, 2014 11:04 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals Eastern Canada @ Toronto (2/22/14)
Replies: 32
Views: 11322

Re: ACF Regionals Eastern Canada @ Toronto (2/22/14)

For the sake of correctness, our packet was not optional. Not that it makes any difference.

Also, someone else should register for this. I'd hate to end up with a 5-team field.
by Ndg
Fri Feb 07, 2014 10:10 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT Western PA Championship at Carnegie Mellon (3/1)
Replies: 5
Views: 2750

Re: NAQT Western PA Championship at Carnegie Mellon (3/1)

We are expanding the field cap to 18, since we will have enough staff. Remember, there are only two weeks left to register.
by Ndg
Thu Jan 23, 2014 12:37 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Likelihood of NAQT Champion.
Replies: 116
Views: 21454

Re: Likelihood of NAQT Champion.

John's posts here are always really good, but I'll disagree with one point: there is a pretty good way to measure a player's strength just by looking at stats, and it's how many powers they get. Reasons you would buzz in early and power a question: 1. You're at least 90% certain of the answer (perh...
by Ndg
Mon Jan 13, 2014 12:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT Western PA Championship at Carnegie Mellon (3/1)
Replies: 5
Views: 2750

Re: NAQT Western PA Championship at Carnegie Mellon (3/1)

We are now more than halfway to our initial cap of 16.
by Ndg
Thu Dec 19, 2013 3:04 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT Western PA Championship at Carnegie Mellon (3/1)
Replies: 5
Views: 2750

Re: NAQT Western PA Championship at Carnegie Mellon (3/1)

Made a slight change to the fee structure.
by Ndg
Thu Dec 19, 2013 1:53 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT Western PA Championship at Carnegie Mellon (3/1)
Replies: 5
Views: 2750

NAQT Western PA Championship at Carnegie Mellon (3/1)

This is the announcement of the 2014 NAQT Western Pennsylvania Championship tournament, to be hosted by Carnegie Mellon Quiz Bowl on its Pittsburgh campus on Saturday, March 1, 2014. Questions: NAQT set IS-136. (Same as the Eastern PA. Champ. Don't go to both.) Each school in attendance will receive...
by Ndg
Wed Dec 18, 2013 10:15 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Pennsylvania Dates 2013-2014
Replies: 22
Views: 5812

Re: Pennsylvania Dates 2013-2014

Ndg wrote:
bis17 wrote: I will aim for March 15
Just in case this affects your decision, March 15 falls over our spring break, so you wouldn't be getting any help from CMU in terms of staff.
Apparently, this also falls over Pitt's spring break as well, so, yeah, probably not a good idea.
by Ndg
Wed Dec 18, 2013 2:40 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Pennsylvania Dates 2013-2014
Replies: 22
Views: 5812

Re: Pennsylvania Dates 2013-2014

Confirming (at long last) that the NAQT Western State Championship will be held at CMU on March 1.
by Ndg
Sun Dec 15, 2013 11:27 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Pennsylvania Dates 2013-2014
Replies: 22
Views: 5812

Re: Pennsylvania Dates 2013-2014

bis17 wrote: I will aim for March 15
Just in case this affects your decision, March 15 falls over our spring break, so you wouldn't be getting any help from CMU in terms of staff.
by Ndg
Fri Dec 13, 2013 11:01 am
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: ProtoBowl
Replies: 367
Views: 150974

Re: ProtoBowl

Apologies for the strong wording of that post. I not trying to specifically criticize anyone for how they use the site, I'm more just kind of disappointed that this feature is undercutting the site's image as a potential tool for actually learning things for quiz bowl. But I'm not going to argue any...
by Ndg
Fri Dec 13, 2013 1:39 am
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: ProtoBowl
Replies: 367
Views: 150974

Re: ProtoBowl

Corry wrote: when he was intentionally playing terribly
So not only is insulting people obviously a bad idea, but having features that encourage people to play badly on purpose is not helping this site's case.
by Ndg
Mon Dec 09, 2013 10:26 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Mellon Bowl XI, Pittsburgh, PA (October 26) [IS-130]
Replies: 9
Views: 3192

Re: Mellon Bowl XI, Pittsburgh, PA (October 26) [IS-130]

I've just gotten word that Westmont Hilltop A and B have both qualified for SSNCT.
by Ndg
Mon Dec 02, 2013 12:56 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Abacus | A web application for quizbowl moderators
Replies: 16
Views: 6243

Re: Abacus | A web application for quizbowl moderators

This looks great. Perhaps I'm missing something, but is there a way to reset the stats for a new round without refreshing the page and losing the tournament information (tournament name and moderator name)?
by Ndg
Mon Dec 02, 2013 11:46 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 11/23/13 Sagacity X – Pittsburgh, PA
Replies: 18
Views: 4402

Re: 11/23/13 Sagacity X – Pittsburgh, PA

Mr. Scogan wrote:Is there any word when staaaaaaats will be posted? I'm eager to see how our B team did. That, and I think there were a few schools here that'd make the "MaxFreds" rankings.
I have privately contacted Brandon about this. I will let everyone know what's going on if I hear back.
by Ndg
Tue Nov 26, 2013 9:06 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 11/23/13 Sagacity X – Pittsburgh, PA
Replies: 18
Views: 4402

Re: 11/23/13 Sagacity X – Pittsburgh, PA

How did this go?
by Ndg
Mon Nov 25, 2013 8:37 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Fernando Arrabal Tournament of the Absurd: 11/23/13 @ CMU
Replies: 110
Views: 36729

Re: Fernando Arrabal Tournament of the Absurd: 11/23/13 @ CMU

Siddhant is making me post this because he cares too much about fantasy quizbowl, sorry. One of my tossups was misattributed in game 8 (against the Donetsk Metallurgical Academy) -- I got the tossups on Zweig and feeding people though I don't know who they were given to. This allegedly makes him ti...
by Ndg
Mon Nov 25, 2013 8:17 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Regarding Studying and Practicing
Replies: 3
Views: 1315

Re: Regarding Studying and Practicing

1. My opinion of these resources is that they can be starting points if you know basically nothing about a subject. So, for example, if you are totally ignorant of economics, it might be helpful to read through the "you gotta know" page on economists. But you're right to say that doing that won't ge...
by Ndg
Mon Nov 25, 2013 12:16 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Fernando Arrabal Tournament of the Absurd: 11/23/13 @ CMU
Replies: 110
Views: 36729

Re: Fernando Arrabal Tournament of the Absurd: 11/23/13 @ CMU

Siddhant is making me post this because he cares too much about fantasy quizbowl, sorry. One of my tossups was misattributed in game 8 (against the Donetsk Metallurgical Academy) -- I got the tossups on Zweig and feeding people though I don't know who they were given to. This allegedly makes him ti...
by Ndg
Sat Nov 23, 2013 8:08 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Fernando Arrabal Tournament of the Absurd: 11/23/13 @ CMU
Replies: 110
Views: 36729

Re: Fernando Arrabal Tournament of the Absurd: 11/23/13 @ CMU

This tournament was won by "Trauma Ride on Energized Obliques" (Sam Baily, Selene Koo, Will Nediger, Seth Teitler), who cleared the field by two games.

Stats may be found here.
by Ndg
Mon Nov 18, 2013 10:10 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-Specific Discussion
Replies: 94
Views: 11531

Re: Question-Specific Discussion

The bonus part on "dynamic instability" isn't quite right [10] This term refers to the sudden switching between polymerization and depolymerization in a microtubule due to GTP and GDP bound tubulin having different affinities for it. It was discovered by Mitchison and Kirchner I interpreted that bo...
by Ndg
Sun Nov 17, 2013 11:36 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-Specific Discussion
Replies: 94
Views: 11531

Re: Question-Specific Discussion

The Superfluous Man wrote:
(I'm sure I'm in the minority here, but I read the creation hymn as a freshman in high school)
I actually read that hymn in high school as well. It's the only part of the Rig Veda I have read.
by Ndg
Sun Nov 17, 2013 11:19 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-Specific Discussion
Replies: 94
Views: 11531

Re: Question-Specific Discussion

Edit: The tossup doesn't explicitly state that Yan Gomes's debut was for Cleveland. He debuted for Toronto.The second sentence, however, does not sufficiently disambiguate from "Toronto." The previous clues are specific to Cleveland. The Blue Jays didn't exist in 1968, most notably. You wouldn't wi...
by Ndg
Sun Nov 17, 2013 7:20 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-Specific Discussion
Replies: 94
Views: 11531

Re: Question-Specific Discussion

Could someone post the tossup on the Cleveland Indians? Thanks.
by Ndg
Sat Nov 16, 2013 11:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: DRAGOON @ Buffalo (11/16/13)
Replies: 16
Views: 3874

Re: DRAGOON @ Buffalo (11/16/13)

Minor stats correction... all of CMU's points for the second game against Brockport went to Tim. I don't remember what the exact numbers should be, but I know I had some points that round.

Thanks for hosting this, by the way.
by Ndg
Wed Nov 13, 2013 7:35 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: DRAGOON @ Buffalo (11/16/13)
Replies: 16
Views: 3874

Re: DRAGOON @ Buffalo (11/16/13)

I sent an email about this several days ago, but CMU is definitely coming.
by Ndg
Wed Nov 06, 2013 9:36 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 11/23/13 Sagacity X – Pittsburgh, PA
Replies: 18
Views: 4402

Re: 11/23/13 Sagacity X – Pittsburgh, PA

How about a field update for this?
by Ndg
Thu Oct 31, 2013 11:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Mellon Bowl XI, Pittsburgh, PA (October 26) [IS-130]
Replies: 9
Views: 3192

Re: Mellon Bowl XI, Pittsburgh, PA (October 26) [IS-130]

Ndg wrote:
Stats for the preliminary rounds can be found here. Final stats will soon be avaiable there, as well as at NAQT.
Complete stats are now up on the database. Apologies for the delay. They will be visible on NAQT's website shortly.
by Ndg
Sun Oct 27, 2013 2:56 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Mellon Bowl XI, Pittsburgh, PA (October 26) [IS-130]
Replies: 9
Views: 3192

Re: Mellon Bowl XI, Pittsburgh, PA (October 26) [IS-130]

This tournament happened yesterday. After 11 rounds, Hubbard A and Chartiers Valley Red were tied with 10-1 records. Both teams declined to play a final round, so first place was awarded to Chartiers Valley by ppg. Thank you to everyone who came today, and I hope we'll see you next fall for Mellon B...