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by ValenciaQBowl
Sun Nov 15, 2020 8:38 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: ACRO-Demia Online Tournament - 11/15/20
Replies: 21
Views: 2717

Re: ACRO-Demia Online Tournament - 11/15/20

These questions were excellent, and I really enjoyed playing this tournament. Thanks to Erik and the writing team and to the very good readers we had today!
by ValenciaQBowl
Tue Oct 20, 2020 8:48 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Neg 5 : Quizbowl for the Cloud
Replies: 171
Views: 101270

Re: Neg 5 : Quizbowl for the Cloud

I tried looking through this thread to see if there were any instructions for resetting a password. I have my username, but have forgotten my password, and if I try to re-register, I'm told my e-mail address is in use, so I'm out of luck. Any ideas? EDIT: So of course I just re-registered using a du...
by ValenciaQBowl
Sun Oct 11, 2020 1:27 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: ACRO-Demia Online Tournament - 11/15/20
Replies: 21
Views: 2717

Re: ACRO-Demia Online Tournament - Weekend of 11/14/20

If this happens on the Sunday, I'll be happy to flail about on a team.
by ValenciaQBowl
Wed Sep 16, 2020 1:19 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: (No Longer) Seeking Science Writers for Delta Burke
Replies: 2
Views: 976

Re: Seeking Science Writers for Delta Burke

I've got enough science writers now, so I'm no longer seeking. However, if you're still interested, I'll likely need to hire out for some science questions for the Florida College System Activities Association Regional and State tournaments scheduled (tentatively) for early February and late March, ...
by ValenciaQBowl
Wed Sep 16, 2020 10:23 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: (No Longer) Seeking Science Writers for Delta Burke
Replies: 2
Views: 976

Re: Seeking Science Writers for Delta Burke

I'm pleased to say that I've already gotten commitments for all of the biology, and about 15+/25 of the chemistry, physics, and other. If you're reading this and would like to write around 10/7, please contact me at the e-mail address listed in the above post.
by ValenciaQBowl
Tue Sep 15, 2020 4:23 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: (No Longer) Seeking Science Writers for Delta Burke
Replies: 2
Views: 976

(No Longer) Seeking Science Writers for Delta Burke

Howdy! So I'm looking for some young writers looking to make a name for themselves on these tough quiz bowl streets (or more experienced writers who are bored and/or who want to make some dough) by writing some novice-level science questions. I'm planning to scale back Delta Burke to just ten rounds...
by ValenciaQBowl
Tue Jul 21, 2020 8:51 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Archive of Maryland's MAQT website as of 1999
Replies: 11
Views: 1652

Re: Archive of Maryland's MAQT website as of 1999

I wanna see you kids try to buzz in on this toss-up opener presented in a question in the third link above:

"Class Mammalia consists of nineteen separate orders."

I remember those days.
by ValenciaQBowl
Thu Jun 18, 2020 11:31 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Paired Tossups and Bonuses
Replies: 48
Views: 10542

Re: Paired Tossups and Bonuses

At Valencia practices, I almost always have "steals" as bonus parts in effect, as it's a good way to ensure players stay engaged and learn stuff when the other team is answering a bonus. Or sometimes, if one team is significantly better, I only allow the weaker team to steal. It doesn't take much lo...
by ValenciaQBowl
Tue Jun 09, 2020 9:42 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: Announcement: Forward-Thinking Trash Tournament Seeking Writers
Replies: 15
Views: 1858

Re: Announcement: Forward-Thinking Trash Tournament Seeking Writers

There will be 1 question per packet in the category of "Southern, rural, or blue-collar interest"
Hmm, I guess I get the first two modifiers there, but what exactly is culture of "blue-collar interest"?
by ValenciaQBowl
Wed May 27, 2020 10:07 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Running Zoom Tournaments
Replies: 67
Views: 10958

Re: Running Zoom Tournaments

I don't imagine this post will be popular, but for fully online tournaments are lunch/dinner breaks really necessary? I've played in four full-day tournaments now, and all of them had a 45 minute or hour lunch break, which seems unnecessary when one is probably just going to the fridge and making a ...
by ValenciaQBowl
Sat Apr 11, 2020 7:29 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Ontario Hybrid 2020 Online Mirror (Signup + Poll About Format)
Replies: 18
Views: 3903

Re: Ontario Hybrid 2020 Online Mirror (Signup + Poll About Format)

This tournament ran very well, and the moderators my team heard were all very good, even Aayush. I'm glad it ran without bonuses. Thanks to all the writers and staffers!
by ValenciaQBowl
Sun Mar 22, 2020 8:41 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Ontario Hybrid 2020 Online Mirror (Signup + Poll About Format)
Replies: 18
Views: 3903

Re: Ontario Hybrid 2020 Online Mirror (Signup + Poll About Format)

Yeah, I'll adamantly second Conor's post above. I've only played three Discord tournaments, but the first two included bonuses and had rounds that ranged from 40 minutes (with a fast, clear reader) to nearly an hour. That means lots of waiting after you're in a fast round or rushing to play if you'r...
by ValenciaQBowl
Sun Mar 15, 2020 10:20 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: College Nationals and Its Problems
Replies: 132
Views: 15482

Re: College Nationals and Its Problems

This has been an interesting discussion. I wonder if a possible palliative to the concerns about graduate students beating on UG players (regardless of whether one thinks this is really an issue or not) would be for NAQT to cap the number of years one can play ICT. For instance, a cap of five or six...
by ValenciaQBowl
Mon Mar 02, 2020 10:24 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ICT Side Events
Replies: 19
Views: 3533

Re: ICT Side Events

I think that's a good plan, Mike. I'd rather find a space for those interested in the film questions and just read to all rather than worrying about teams and a schedule. I'll be with my own Valencia team seeing Chicago sights during the day, so maybe starting around 9 pm or something would be good....
by ValenciaQBowl
Fri Feb 21, 2020 11:06 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: FLopen 2020
Replies: 9
Views: 15474

Re: FLopen 2020

I'll play, but only because you included a pronunciation guide for FLopen.
by ValenciaQBowl
Tue Feb 18, 2020 9:04 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Terrapin Open @ GT (2/22/2020)
Replies: 13
Views: 2554

Re: Terrapin Open @ GT (2/22/2020)

Ah, I hope that's right, Chandler! It'll also be fun to play more teams and avoid a triple RR. See you there!
by ValenciaQBowl
Mon Feb 17, 2020 8:22 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Terrapin Open @ GT (2/22/2020)
Replies: 13
Views: 2554

Re: Terrapin Open @ GT (2/22/2020)

Aaargh, bring them kids for a third team! Byes, sigh.
by ValenciaQBowl
Mon Feb 17, 2020 10:10 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Marking bonus parts as hard, medium, and easy
Replies: 16
Views: 2974

Re: Marking bonus parts as hard, medium, and easy

I think this is a swell idea and hope that some set takes it up soon. Heck, I'll start by saying I'll use it for Delta Burke next year (actually a good tournament for such indicators, as when the set is mirrored for university teams I often get feedback that too many bonuses have two easy parts, an ...
by ValenciaQBowl
Sat Feb 15, 2020 10:02 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Terrapin Open @ GT (2/22/2020)
Replies: 13
Views: 2554

Re: Terrapin Open @ GT (2/22/2020)

Cool, thanks for the update, Tejas. I'm hearing that UF may bring 2-3 teams, so let's hope it's three, as that could get us to six teams.

PS--I'll have a good wireless buzzer with me.
by ValenciaQBowl
Wed Feb 12, 2020 6:24 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Terrapin Open @ GT (2/22/2020)
Replies: 13
Views: 2554

Re: Terrapin Open @ GT (2/22/2020)

Howdy! So what's the status of this tournament? I'm looking forward to playing but maybe not as excited about a quadruple RR or something.
by ValenciaQBowl
Wed Feb 12, 2020 6:19 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Cross-Post: NAQT Timing Discussion
Replies: 37
Views: 4478

Re: Cross-Post: NAQT Timing Discussion

SCT doesn't use the timer Wait, really??? Never actually having gone to one of those (the D2 set is used for CCCT, so no-go for me), I didn't know that. Crazy. In previous discussions of this, I've argued that I think the clock is good, but I'd be completely fine with increasing to 12- or 13-minute...
by ValenciaQBowl
Sun Feb 09, 2020 8:45 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Cross-Post: NAQT Timing Discussion
Replies: 37
Views: 4478

Re: Cross-Post: NAQT Timing Discussion

I like the idea of a consistent three-second count for everything but bonuses; that makes it easier for moderators, especially new ones, to keep things straight. On a separate timing issue, I've been arguing for years that 11-minute halves (instead of the current ten) should be used for CC SCTs and ...
by ValenciaQBowl
Thu Feb 06, 2020 5:47 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ICT Side Events
Replies: 19
Views: 3533

Re: ICT Side Events

Yup! You can read another room if we break it out!
by ValenciaQBowl
Wed Feb 05, 2020 12:03 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ICT Side Events
Replies: 19
Views: 3533

Re: ICT Side Events

If enough folks want to play Sean's "Questions on Cinema," I'd be open to doing it either Friday night (at 8:30 or later) or Saturday after the ICT is over. If it's that Saturday, however, it would probably be after a dinner break, as I hope/expect to have my Valencia team with me and to want to fee...
by ValenciaQBowl
Tue Feb 04, 2020 7:55 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ICT Side Events
Replies: 19
Views: 3533

Re: ICT Side Events

Should we finally consider using the five rounds of 20-tossup packets of film questions by former Valencia player Sean Platzer? I reckon that would only take 90 minutes or so if run as a shootout, a little longer with duo teams or something. Whatever! It's done and ready if people think that would b...
by ValenciaQBowl
Wed Dec 18, 2019 11:17 am
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Notable Buzzers
Replies: 20
Views: 3589

Re: Notable Buzzers

When I started coaching in the 90s, most teams had a Quik Pro connected by telephone plugs, and there were some coaches who carried around equipment and parts so that they could replace the plug at the end of the cord when the plastic tab broke off. Other teams just taped the cords into the plug to...
by ValenciaQBowl
Wed Dec 11, 2019 10:04 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Delta Burke mirror 1/18/20 on Discord (not open)
Replies: 5
Views: 1312

Re: Delta Burke mirror 1/18/20 on Discord (not open)

I'm excited that the set will get to be used out west; thanks to Colin for organizing this!

I'm going to see if I can be free to moderate, though I see that there's already a good list of folks willing to do so: thanks to y'all, too!
by ValenciaQBowl
Sat Dec 07, 2019 10:53 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Fall Open Online Mirror (Dec. 7, 2019)
Replies: 4
Views: 2506

Re: Fall Open Online Mirror (Dec. 7, 2019)

Good morning! It's 9:51 am and our discord invite in the e-mail Aseem sent is directing us to a page that says "Invite Invalid." Please let us know what we need to do. Thanks!
by ValenciaQBowl
Tue Nov 26, 2019 12:48 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Should I quit quizbowl?
Replies: 8
Views: 3287

Re: Should I quit quizbowl?

I think the third of your "Arguments Against" makes the most compelling point in your post: if you enjoy quiz bowl--that is, if you enjoy going to practice, being around teammates, and going on trips--then there's little reason not to continue with it, at least for the near term. I coach at Valencia...
by ValenciaQBowl
Sun Nov 10, 2019 4:41 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Delta Burke 2019 (Mirrors Available!)
Replies: 1
Views: 2338

Re: Delta Burke 2019 (Mirrors Available!)

So this happened and a fine time was had by all. Congrats to Northwest Florida State College A for going 10-0 and clearing the field. (Note: that team comprises dual-enrolled HS players who will, alas, be choosing to play HS nationals rather than CCCT). Chipola Blue was second and Chipola Gold third...
by ValenciaQBowl
Tue Oct 22, 2019 8:57 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: What's the State of the College Game?
Replies: 12
Views: 5443

Re: What's the State of the College Game?

So I think this anecdote might be relevant. At Valencia this fall I have a new player who was at a state university that finished in the top 20 of D1 at ICT (not my alma mater! Find your Pierre Delecto!) and attended 4-5 practices last fall (so fall of 2018). First, let me emphasize that this studen...
by ValenciaQBowl
Tue Oct 01, 2019 12:34 pm
Forum: New Collegiate Teams
Topic: New community college team
Replies: 11
Views: 8601

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: 8601

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: College area archives
Topic: NAQT Collegiate Novice @ University of Florida (9/22/19)
Replies: 9
Views: 2789

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: 45
Views: 15366

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: 45
Views: 15366

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: College area archives
Topic: Delta Burke 2019 (Mirrors Available!)
Replies: 1
Views: 2338

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: 8601

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: 23313

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: College area archives
Topic: NAQT Collegiate Novice @ University of Florida (9/22/19)
Replies: 9
Views: 2789

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: College area archives
Topic: NAQT Collegiate Novice @ University of Florida (9/22/19)
Replies: 9
Views: 2789

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: College area archives
Topic: NASAT Mirror at Valencia: August 10, 2019
Replies: 5
Views: 1852

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: 16858

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: 5279

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: 4378

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: College area archives
Topic: 2019 Chicago Open (8/3/2019) at Northwestern University
Replies: 79
Views: 35072

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: College area archives
Topic: 2019 Chicago Open (8/3/2019) at Northwestern University
Replies: 79
Views: 35072

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: College area archives
Topic: 2019 Chicago Open (8/3/2019) at Northwestern University
Replies: 79
Views: 35072

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
Sun Jul 28, 2019 12:03 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2019 Chicago Open (8/3/2019) at Northwestern University
Replies: 79
Views: 35072

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

I'd be stoked to hear both of those!