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by ValenciaQBowl
Tue Oct 01, 2019 12:34 pm
Forum: New Collegiate Teams
Topic: New community college team
Replies: 11
Views: 1593

Re: New community college team

Demos of the game of any type work really well for me. I get people each year just by setting up in a public space (a plaza or quad or busy walkway) with the buzzers and getting folks to stop by. The buzzers themselves are actually quite a draw, as kids (well, kids to me) want to play with them. But...
by ValenciaQBowl
Tue Oct 01, 2019 9:07 am
Forum: New Collegiate Teams
Topic: New community college team
Replies: 11
Views: 1593

Re: New community college team

Good work, Colin! I think brand-new players would have a pretty hard time coaching themselves and getting better, though if they're motivated they could get by. I think if you were able to go down there once a week for even two-three weeks you could model how to learn from reading practice packets, ...
by ValenciaQBowl
Mon Sep 23, 2019 12:01 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: NAQT Collegiate Novice @ University of Florida (9/22/19)
Replies: 9
Views: 1226

Re: NAQT Collegiate Novice @ University of Florida (9/22/19)

Daaaaaamn, Anthony is incredible at film questions, as I saw first-hand in August when he whipped me on most of the film distribution at The Unanswered Question mirror. Impressive to put up those kinds of points on Taylor. Congrats!

PS--Hahahaha Jonathen Settle
by ValenciaQBowl
Sat Sep 14, 2019 10:13 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: Mixtape: A Guerrilla Popular Music Event for Charity
Replies: 43
Views: 7635

Re: Mixtape: A Guerrilla Popular Music Event for Charity

That's just because you're old, Chris Borglum!
Hmm, if your answers mostly indicate your music taste, looks like you may be catching up!
by ValenciaQBowl
Fri Sep 13, 2019 11:35 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: Mixtape: A Guerrilla Popular Music Event for Charity
Replies: 43
Views: 7635

Re: Mixtape: A Guerrilla Popular Music Event for Charity

After the online mirror, I'll have some comments on some of the questions; I reckon we can use this thread for minor discussion, as I don't suspect there will be a huge amount? I will single out Taylor Harvey's and Mike Cheyne's packets as particularly good for me, by which I mean they were good tos...
by ValenciaQBowl
Wed Sep 11, 2019 11:55 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Delta Burke 2019 (Mirrors Available!)
Replies: 0
Views: 353

Delta Burke 2019 (Mirrors Available!)

This year's Delta Burke tournament at Valencia College in The City Beautiful, Orlando, Florida, will be held on Friday, November 8, and Saturday, November 9, for community college teams. My Florida CC colleagues will all hear much more details about that iteration of the tournament directly, but if ...
by ValenciaQBowl
Thu Aug 29, 2019 9:52 am
Forum: New Collegiate Teams
Topic: New community college team
Replies: 11
Views: 1593

Re: New community college team

Hey, Colin! I'm glad you're getting a CC team going in the Northwest. There are plenty of big differences between the university circuit and the CC circuit. To wit: I imagine that the fact that students are usually present for just two years presents a challenge (less time to develop them). --Hahaha...
by ValenciaQBowl
Tue Aug 20, 2019 7:57 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Best Film Player
Replies: 44
Views: 16031

Re: Best Film Player

Ugh, since none of you punks is ever going to mention me, I'm going to have to. I saw The Star Wars in the theater in 1977.
by ValenciaQBowl
Mon Aug 19, 2019 11:18 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: NAQT Collegiate Novice @ University of Florida (9/22/19)
Replies: 9
Views: 1226

Re: NAQT Collegiate Novice @ University of Florida (9/21/19)

Weeeeeak. That's going to cut 8-10 registrations for the UF tournament. Bummer.
by ValenciaQBowl
Mon Aug 19, 2019 10:09 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: NAQT Collegiate Novice @ University of Florida (9/22/19)
Replies: 9
Views: 1226

Re: NAQT Collegiate Novice @ University of Florida (9/21/19)

Hey, Zach! Do you know what NAQT Invitational Series sets will overlap with the Collegiate Novice set? This will be important to community college teams who want to attend your event, as College of Central Florida will be using some IS set in late October. But maybe this is a question for some NAQT ...
by ValenciaQBowl
Sun Aug 11, 2019 9:17 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: NASAT Mirror at Valencia: August 10, 2019
Replies: 5
Views: 1253

Re: NASAT Mirror at Valencia: August 10, 2019

Yeah, I cleared those files and re-uploaded and it still isn't working. I guess I'll try deleting the whole tournament entry and then re-trying, but I'm open to ideas. But I reckon I should announce that a team of Tracy Mirkin, Alex Shaw, Leo Law, and Zach Knecht went undefeated to win the Valencia ...
by ValenciaQBowl
Wed Aug 07, 2019 4:12 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CO 2019 Discussion
Replies: 48
Views: 6252

Re: CO 2019 Discussion

a tossup on Vargas Llosa punching Garcia Marquez being turned into a tossup on both authors Yeah, I was feeling pretty clever about this, but it was definitely too clever by half, so good revising. I thought that incident was really well known, but obviously I was mistaken. But I think it does spea...
by ValenciaQBowl
Mon Aug 05, 2019 4:56 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Faster (Human) Parsing of Answer Lines
Replies: 6
Views: 1779

Re: Faster (Human) Parsing of Answer Lines

Huh--I actually like that a lot. It's a clean look and easier to read. How would you modify it to include the kind of specific prompting questions that have become more common of late, such as "What class of diseases were treated?" or "Prompt on 'xxxxx' by asking "In what publication?" I guess they ...
by ValenciaQBowl
Sun Aug 04, 2019 12:39 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: Potential Post-CO Sunday Stuff
Replies: 4
Views: 1254

Re: Potential Post-CO Sunday Stuff

Yeah, I'm happy to read the 100 film tossups Sunday as I'm also staying till Monday. Mike can figure out scheding but we can just shoot it out and it should only take an hour or so.

Oh, and I guess I'll charge like $2 to defray after-tournament beer expenses.
by ValenciaQBowl
Thu Aug 01, 2019 7:19 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2019 Chicago Open (8/3/2019) at Northwestern University
Replies: 79
Views: 21901

Re: 2019 Chicago Open (8/3/2019) at Northwestern University

Thanks for the critiques, y'all! It looks like Sketchbook lets you bring in food, so I think we'll start there and bring in some cheaper eats. Again, we'd be happy to have company. Allllllllll are wellllllllllcome.
by ValenciaQBowl
Wed Jul 31, 2019 9:29 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2019 Chicago Open (8/3/2019) at Northwestern University
Replies: 79
Views: 21901

Re: 2019 Chicago Open (8/3/2019) at Northwestern University

A question for local Evanston/Chicago folks: Friday night I'll be interested in hitting a local brewpub or two. It looks like Sketchbook is definitely interesting, and maybe Smylie Brothers and Temperance (the last of which looks to be further away?). Are those good calls, and if not, other suggesti...
by ValenciaQBowl
Sun Jul 28, 2019 6:51 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2019 Chicago Open (8/3/2019) at Northwestern University
Replies: 79
Views: 21901

Re: 2019 Chicago Open (8/3/2019) at Northwestern University

Well, you don't hear Sean's film questions, you "smell" them! I'm not sure what to do with those now. It's five rounds, so it might be worth offering the set at $5/head as a side thing for fall tournaments. But if there's some number of folks who'd like to play them, I imagine I could run the 100 to...
by ValenciaQBowl
Thu Jun 27, 2019 1:17 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: NASAT Mirror at Valencia: August 10, 2019
Replies: 5
Views: 1253

Re: NASAT Mirror at Valencia: August 10, 2019

Field Updates: NASAT Jonathen Settle/Chris Borglum/Jason Zappulla/Sean Platzer Chipola (3) Will Grossman/Khanh Nguyen/Henry Hill/ Kayla Kahlor Jesse Gingold/Zach Foster/David Espinal/Daniel Golisch Tracy Mirkin/Zach Knecht/Alex Shaw/Leo (No King, No) Law Anthony Delgado/Shawn Jarrard/Victor Fan/Tori...
by ValenciaQBowl
Thu Jun 27, 2019 12:57 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: NASAT Mirror at Valencia: August 10, 2019
Replies: 5
Views: 1253

Re: NASAT Mirror at Valencia: August 10, 2019

At least one team of three has already requested a free agent (preferably with fine arts knowledge) for NASAT. If you're planning on coming and don't have a team, or have a team of fewer than four, post here. I'll also keep a running list of folks I hear from outside of the fora. Free Agents Free Ag...
by ValenciaQBowl
Sun Jun 23, 2019 8:16 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: NASAT Available for Mirroring Starting 6/30
Replies: 21
Views: 4402

Re: NASAT Available for Mirroring Starting 6/30

The Valencia (Orlando) mirror is set for Saturday, August 10. C'mon down!
by ValenciaQBowl
Mon Jun 10, 2019 6:04 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: NASAT Mirror at Valencia: August 10, 2019
Replies: 5
Views: 1253

NASAT Mirror at Valencia: August 10, 2019

Howdy! I'll be hosting a NASAT mirror at Valencia's West Campus on Saturday, August 10. This will be an open tournament, so all are welcome. I reckon I'll charge $50/team (i.e., $10 more than the mirror fee) to defray the cost of drinks and snacks. We're definitely playing The Unanswered Question on...
by ValenciaQBowl
Thu Jun 06, 2019 11:36 am
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Vulching
Replies: 14
Views: 4938

Re: Vulching

At Valencia, where I'm dealing nearly exclusively with new players with no QB experience coming in, I'm very strict about the no-vulching policy. Returning players can recite my standard example to noobs, which involves telling them they better wait even if the giveaway is "F10P, name this guy who l...
by ValenciaQBowl
Fri May 17, 2019 9:44 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2019 Chicago Open (8/3/2019) at Northwestern University
Replies: 79
Views: 21901

Re: 2019 Chicago Open (8/3/2019) at Northwestern University

Jus' sayin'. I was waiting to see if anything else came up, but I have five rounds (20 each) of toss-ups on film by my former Valencia player (and answerer of the toss-up that won the most famous match of which I've been a part) Sean Platzer (with a handful of my contributions). The distribution is ...
by ValenciaQBowl
Sat May 04, 2019 11:25 am
Forum: Practices, Scrimmages, Online Packets, and Playtesting
Topic: Florida A Nats Submission
Replies: 3
Views: 1730

Re: Florida A Nats Submission

The Rosewood and Winding Refn toss-ups are cool; too bad they didn't get used. I imagine Rosewood is better known to Florida natives, but there was a movie made about it by recently deceased director John Singleton.
by ValenciaQBowl
Sat May 04, 2019 11:13 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2019 Florida Circuit Player Poll
Replies: 22
Views: 4846

Re: 2019 Florida Circuit Player Poll

Nah, pressure is good. He's coming with me up to Chicago to read CO and then to play Scattergories with me and Tracy (and John Petrovich), which will be a good introduction to the crueler reaches of the game.
by ValenciaQBowl
Fri May 03, 2019 10:28 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2019 Florida Circuit Player Poll
Replies: 22
Views: 4846

Re: 2019 Florida Circuit Player Poll

His PIANO stats indicate he still has some work to do at the higher difficulties, but Jesse is a solid generalist This is fair, but keep in mind that at PIANO Jesse was on a team with me and Sean Platzer (history/classics) and Ian Mackenzie (art/art history), so the shadow was strongly in effect fo...
by ValenciaQBowl
Mon Apr 29, 2019 9:31 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2019 Chicago Open (8/3/2019) at Northwestern University
Replies: 79
Views: 21901

Re: 2019 Chicago Open (8/3/2019) at Northwestern University

I was waiting to see if anything else came up, but I have five rounds (20 each) of toss-ups on film by my former Valencia player (and answerer of the toss-up that won the most famous match of which I've been a part) Sean Platzer (with a handful of my contributions). The distribution is "stuff Sean l...
by ValenciaQBowl
Wed Apr 03, 2019 3:16 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Old time bonus formats
Replies: 19
Views: 4637

Re: Old time bonus formats

Sure, in such cases it's not ideal! We rarely had teams with fewer than four at DB back then, but I did have a note saying a person could be selected more than once if there were fewer. But we never saw a solo or even duo team before the Kelson reign of terror in Florida CCs began in 2010.
by ValenciaQBowl
Wed Apr 03, 2019 9:35 am
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Old time bonus formats
Replies: 19
Views: 4637

Re: Old time bonus formats

Y'all will probably hate this, but at early Delta Burkes (from 1998 till about 2007, I figure) I would have exactly one bonus in the tournament, usually coming in Round 7 or after, which had four five-point parts, and which asked the team captain to designate a player to answer one part based on an ...
by ValenciaQBowl
Sun Mar 31, 2019 8:22 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: PIANO/Minnesota Open @ Georgia Tech (3/30/19)
Replies: 10
Views: 3437

Re: PIANO/Minnesota Open @ Georgia Tech (3/30/19)

I'll echo Jonathen's gratitude to Justin, Rodrigo, and those who staffed and who made up time after those lazy Gators got us off to a late start. And I thought the questions tried some interesting things and didn't seem as hard as some suggested (at least until around Round 7 and up, when there defi...
by ValenciaQBowl
Sun Mar 31, 2019 9:31 am
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Remember the '90s?
Replies: 8
Views: 2726

Re: Remember the '90s?

Dang! I don't know that I ever heard that story (or if I did, I forgot). Thanks for the clarification.
by ValenciaQBowl
Sun Mar 31, 2019 9:29 am
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: 10 Years of Chicago Open: My Greatest Memories
Replies: 8
Views: 4109

Re: 10 Years of Chicago Open: My Greatest Memories

You'd think that Matt Weiner's team would wipe the floor with Borglum's team at Chicago Open. But Borglum somehow beat him. I've always been amused that Bruce has seemed to enjoy this result even more than anyone on my team that year (though we all enjoyed it, too!). But it should be said that Seth...
by ValenciaQBowl
Sun Mar 31, 2019 9:11 am
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Remember the '90s?
Replies: 8
Views: 2726

Re: Remember the '90s?

Hmm, I'm not sure how to read this comment, Greg. Is the implication that the vulgarity, scatology, and cruel japes at Republican politicians presented in Delta Burke packets destroyed the will of that high school to continue with a quiz bowl program? FWIW, I don't recall ever sharing the set with a...
by ValenciaQBowl
Thu Mar 21, 2019 9:57 am
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Let's tell the kids stories about CBI
Replies: 31
Views: 10039

Re: Let's tell the kids stories about CBI

Good idea, Bruce! I started playing collegiately at Florida in the fall of 1987 (yeah, I know, right?). Back then UF's Student Activities organization would run an intramural tournament on old CBI questions, and the top scorers were invited to join the quiz bowl team (current players obviously were ...
by ValenciaQBowl
Tue Mar 19, 2019 4:26 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CO Matchmaking
Replies: 16
Views: 5021

Re: CO Matchmaking

I'm a solo free agent this year for the first time ever at CO. I'm not good, but I bring a cooler full of drinks which my teammates have access to. And if you don't know, I'm an English professor, which is why I'm not good at lit. Call for a good time. Edit: I should mention that my teams have alway...
by ValenciaQBowl
Tue Mar 19, 2019 12:56 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Help Me Justify a Quizbowl Class?
Replies: 4
Views: 2007

Re: Help Me Justify a Quizbowl Class?

I don't know if this would help, but a possible practical argument you could make is that having the students practice during school hours could cut down on hours spent in after-school practice. (Assuming, of course, that you hold after-school practices). One would think that would be attractive to ...
by ValenciaQBowl
Sun Mar 17, 2019 9:38 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: Mixtape: A Guerrilla Popular Music Event for Charity
Replies: 43
Views: 7635

Re: Mixtape: A Guerrilla Popular Music Event for Charity

Consider this post a commitment to write a full packet. Maybe we can mirror the set at Valencia (Orlando) in conjunction with our August open tournament (at which we'll hope to mirror NASAT again). PS--Those who are going to play should listen to some Drive-By Truckers so they can power one of my to...
by ValenciaQBowl
Tue Mar 05, 2019 3:43 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Delta Burke 2018 Final Mirror Offer and Private Discussion
Replies: 0
Views: 904

Delta Burke 2018 Final Mirror Offer and Private Discussion

Unless I've missed an e-mail, I don't currently have any more mirror requests for Delta Burke 2018 going forward. If you think you might want to use it, let me know. We've had people using it as late as July of the following year over the last few seasons, but being perfectly honest, I'd much rather...
by ValenciaQBowl
Tue Mar 05, 2019 1:51 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2019 Carper Award winners: congratulations, Rob Carson and Kelly McKenzie!
Replies: 6
Views: 2706

Re: 2019 Carper Award winners: congratulations, Rob Carson and Kelly McKenzie!

As most of you whippersnappers aren't able to say much about Kelly, I reckon I ought to. Kelly teamed with Seth Kendall to mostly dominate southeastern quiz bowl from the late 90s till the early 2000s. Though I was long done with my active collegiate career by then, I played them in opens and watche...
by ValenciaQBowl
Tue Mar 05, 2019 11:37 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Delta Burke at Purdue (3/2/19)
Replies: 17
Views: 4819

Re: Delta Burke at Purdue (3/2/19)

Howdy, all! I've gotten our fabulous admins to set up a private discussion forum for this set. I'm very interested in both constructive and destructive criticism of the questions and hope you'll join the forum and offer some of that. Go to your User Control Panel and request access, and I'll try to ...
by ValenciaQBowl
Sun Mar 03, 2019 11:53 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: ACRONYM 12 @ CCCT - 3/2/19
Replies: 3
Views: 2199

Re: ACRONYM 12 @ CCCT - 3/2/19

Holy mackerel are those kids from St. Stephens good at trash!!! I have to admit that as we chatted with them and their very nice coach before the first game of the tournament, I was thinking, "Poor kids, we're going to crush them like bugs." And they jumped right out and whomped us--I think they wer...
by ValenciaQBowl
Wed Jan 09, 2019 7:59 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Preparing From Benet's and Masterpieces of World Literature
Replies: 7
Views: 3161

Re: Preparing From Benet's and Masterpieces of World Literature

Benet's was considered an invaluable tool in the primordial era of the '90s (at least in the South, among folks I knew). I think it can be very helpful for young players to jump around using the bolded entries within other entries (indicating an article on that term/name/title)--kind of a paper Wiki...
by ValenciaQBowl
Wed Dec 26, 2018 7:42 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Quizbowl Epistemology?
Replies: 5
Views: 3427

Re: Quizbowl Epistemology?

Thanks, Shan! That article is interesting and helpful. In particular, this paragraph is getting at what I'm thinking about: Does this mean that quizzing is entirely about superficial knowledge? It is tempting to say yes, but in truth the issue is more complex. Questions I enjoy about literature or f...
by ValenciaQBowl
Mon Dec 24, 2018 4:27 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Quizbowl Epistemology?
Replies: 5
Views: 3427

Re: Quizbowl Epistemology?

you would be lying to your attendees if you told them that quizbowl was just a test about what you learned in school. Nobody can take enough classes to become a good quizbowl player from classes alone. This is certainly true, Bruce. Probably 80% of what comes up in, say, the literature distribution...
by ValenciaQBowl
Fri Dec 21, 2018 10:28 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Quizbowl Epistemology?
Replies: 5
Views: 3427

Quizbowl Epistemology?

Hey, Quizbowl! At Valencia College, where I teach English, we have a Friday every February designated "Learning Day," during which faculty and staff deliver or attend breakout sessions on various topics, ranging from crafts to teaching strategies to academic issues. This February, I've signed up to ...
by ValenciaQBowl
Wed Dec 05, 2018 7:57 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: JCD II Announcement (Moved to December 1st, 2018)
Replies: 7
Views: 4623

Re: JCD II Announcement (Moved to December 1st, 2018)

This was a really fun tournament, with some interesting answer lines and clues. Joe Bob says check it out.
by ValenciaQBowl
Tue Nov 27, 2018 10:19 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Useful Podcasts for Quiz Bowl
Replies: 14
Views: 4641

Re: Useful Podcasts for Quiz Bowl

I see you working, Jacob!

I probably shouldn't be letting you in on Jesse Gingold's secret improvement strategies, but he's listened to a ton of the BBC "In Our Time" podcasts, which mostly cover literature and history, but also do small dives into science and other topics.