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by cvdwightw
Fri Oct 28, 2011 7:21 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Rule Amendment Proposal: Eliminate Blitz Rules
Replies: 15
Views: 3041

Rule Amendment Proposal: Eliminate Blitz Rules

Chris's post reminded me that we did, in fact, have a good discussion about rules as recently as last year's discussion about the creator-creation rule . Unfortunately, the discussion sort of petered out before anyone really did anything about one of the last posts in the thread: What's the solution...
by cvdwightw
Fri Oct 28, 2011 7:05 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Prompt and Anti-Prompt: A Tale of Woe
Replies: 24
Views: 7060

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

I think that potentially the best way out of this is to use the rarely-seen "accept [x] after [y]" construction. For instance, this example would read: ANSWER: sword [/u]s [accept scimitar [/u]s after "Arsalan"] This gets around every problem that has cropped up in this thread, and around a couple o...
by cvdwightw
Mon Oct 10, 2011 3:27 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall West (11/6/11) at UCI
Replies: 14
Views: 17459

Re: ACF Fall West (11/6/11) at UCI

Teams that have officially told me they are coming: Rancho Bernardo UCSD A UCSD B ASU A North Hollywood A North Hollywood B Claremont A Claremont B Claremont C UCI House (pending staffers and field size) Teams that have sent in packets and have not officially told me they are coming: Stanford Caltec...
by cvdwightw
Thu Oct 06, 2011 12:45 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall West (11/6/11) at UCI
Replies: 14
Views: 17459

Re: ACF Fall West (11/6/11) at UCI

Could we get an explanation for why this has been changed to Sunday? This makes it so that we get back around midnight at best. As I've repeatedly posted in other threads and on the QB-WC mailing list (is someone from your school on that?), we're being charged $100/room to reserve the rooms that we...
by cvdwightw
Wed Oct 05, 2011 2:54 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MOO Mirror at the Claremont Colleges (10/09/11)
Replies: 9
Views: 3535

Re: MOO Mirror at the Claremont Colleges (10/09/11)

Blanford's Fringe-fingered Lizard wrote:Does this tournament have a field at all? (If not, then why not? UCLA and UCI should register immediately.)
As I told Alex, I can't make it on Sunday. Presumably the rest of the club will be discussing whether or not they can send a team without me.
by cvdwightw
Wed Oct 05, 2011 2:54 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MAGNI - 10/29/11 - UCSD
Replies: 23
Views: 56228

Re: MAGNI - 10/29/11 - UCSD

Since there is nothing on the 29th, nobody signed up so far, and a scheduling conflict with Irvine's high school tournament, this tournament is now on Oct. 29. Sorry you guys had to move the date before we found out that we're being charged insane amounts of money to run tournaments. I will do my b...
by cvdwightw
Wed Oct 05, 2011 2:49 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Writing Questions
Replies: 22
Views: 8513

Re: Writing Questions

idk if I'm doing something wrong? Like can somebody explain how thye write questions? I usually look at a tournament packet, write down the answer, then go on the Torrey Pines Database, write down some of the key clues I see in all of the different questions (simple search), then write a question. ...
by cvdwightw
Thu Sep 22, 2011 7:29 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall West (11/6/11) at UCI
Replies: 14
Views: 17459

Re: ACF Fall West (11/5/11) at UCI

UCI continues to make a push for "worst room reservations this side of Maryland:" our club found out today that although it is free to reserve rooms in Humanities Hall, Facilities Management will charge us $100/room for actually using them. Obviously this is a totally infeasible situation for hostin...
by cvdwightw
Wed Sep 21, 2011 1:37 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall West (11/6/11) at UCI
Replies: 14
Views: 17459

ACF Fall West (11/6/11) at UCI

UC Irvine will be hosting the West Regional Site for ACF Fall on November 6, 2011. LOCATION: We have secured rooms in the Student Center (see http://uci.edu/campusmaps.php). We will likely be squatting in various areas in and around the Student Center should we get more than 14 teams signed up. PARK...
by cvdwightw
Thu Sep 15, 2011 6:22 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ATTN: People Who Like MATLAB and Quizbowl
Replies: 1
Views: 783

ATTN: People Who Like MATLAB and Quizbowl

I've created a MATLAB program that does the following: -Reads tossups (from .wav files of someone actually reading) -Reads in roster files of up to 6 players (.txt files with every player on a separate line and the name of the team as the file name) -Automatically tracks tossups heard, 10's, and -5'...
by cvdwightw
Thu Sep 15, 2011 2:06 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: What's the matter with Kansas?
Replies: 65
Views: 37699

Re: What's the matter with Kansas?

no Kansas Scholar's Bowl school is allowed to attend national tournaments Actually, this isn't true - they can compete in a national tournament that appears on the NASSP's National Advisory List of Student Contests and Activities. PACE applied to put the NSC on the 2011-12 list but I don't see it o...
by cvdwightw
Mon Sep 12, 2011 1:13 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Playoff Formatting Help
Replies: 77
Views: 9862

Re: Playoff Formatting Help

Yeah, when you don't have 100% competent trained moderators, you end up having to trade off between "teams will hear all 20 tossups" and "rounds will not take 40 minutes." I think in Vermont the idea of rounds running on time is slightly more important than teams being able to hear a reasonable amou...
by cvdwightw
Sun Sep 11, 2011 4:46 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: TWAIN XII at UCLA, October 2nd, 2011
Replies: 16
Views: 8552

Re: TWAIN XII at UCLA, October 1st, 2011

Everyone has date conflicts. So you miss one quizbowl tournament. It happens. It's not like you live in an area where you have 3 tournaments all year. In time, the field size hits spread out across tournament hosts. Of course, the other option UCLA has is to flip College Novice and TWAIN and have th...
by cvdwightw
Wed Sep 07, 2011 3:39 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2011 Fall Novice Tournament
Replies: 4
Views: 4208

Re: 2011 Fall Novice Tournament

The 2011 Fall Novice Tournament is currently looking for host sites in the following areas: Alabama Michigan North/Central Florida South Florida Utah/Colorado Iowa Kentucky Oklahoma Arkansas West Texas/New Mexico North and/or South Dakota Indiana (unless all demand is sufficiently covered by the Nor...
by cvdwightw
Tue Aug 30, 2011 2:02 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The Name "Quiz Bowl" and its Effects
Replies: 9
Views: 3433

Re: The Name "Quiz Bowl" and its Effects

Short answer to your question: throughout most of the 1950's and 1960's, the most visible academic competition for colleges was "College Bowl," a radio/television show from which most of the parameters of the modern game emerged. Many of the longstanding high school academic competitions in the same...
by cvdwightw
Mon Aug 29, 2011 3:10 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2011 Fall Novice Tournament
Replies: 4
Views: 4208

Re: 2011 Fall Novice Tournament

As of right now we have eighteen approved sites in sixteen governmental entities. I've started a Google map showing all the current Fall Novice sites . 1. If you think you sent me a bid and I haven't gotten back to you, contact me via PM as that probably means my spam folder ate your bid. 2. If you'...
by cvdwightw
Thu Aug 18, 2011 12:59 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT distribution change for 2011-12
Replies: 52
Views: 8835

Re: NAQT distribution change for 2011-12

I don't really know much about any of this stuff and I'm not saying "just because someone else does this you have to do it too," but I'm not sure if complaints about mACF distribution for trash are that common. If you are actually saying what I think you're trying to say, then no, there is not some...
by cvdwightw
Tue Aug 16, 2011 6:41 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Individual player stat v. 29192
Replies: 33
Views: 11906

Re: Individual player stat v. 29192

No amount of sophisticated statistics-keeping software is going to be able to determine the Chris Ray Scoring Champion (cf. "Diary of Chris Ray," the player who knows the most things immediately after a teammate's buzz). Sure it would be nice to have more sophisticated data so that things can be bro...
by cvdwightw
Tue Aug 16, 2011 1:44 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Individual player stat v. 29192
Replies: 33
Views: 11906

Re: Individual player stat v. 29192

My favorite thing about this stat is that you get an indefinite player rating if you put up zero tossup points on a team that grails.
by cvdwightw
Thu Aug 11, 2011 9:06 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Preseason Predictions Thread
Replies: 29
Views: 5776

Re: Preseason Predictions Thread

Magister Ludi wrote:I think I'll print out a list of this "Top 25" and hand it out to freshman as motivation.
Your team has multiple reportedly dedicated incoming freshmen.

In the long run, I think that's sort of more important than being ranked n spots too low on Mike Cheyne's Preseason Top 25.
by cvdwightw
Wed Aug 10, 2011 2:23 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Human Bio
Replies: 25
Views: 5419

Re: Human Bio

I don't even know how to respond to your posts because they combine the bizarro premises that "people in this thread are arguing for the elimination of anatomy/physiology questions" and "people are doing whatever the hell they want in the science subdistribution because of their subjective biases." ...
by cvdwightw
Tue Aug 09, 2011 8:29 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Human Bio
Replies: 25
Views: 5419

Re: Human Bio

Alright. I'd take a quick explanation why anatomy's a bad idea, if someone wants to give that. Otherwise we can wrap things up here. Anatomy questions by themselves aren't bad per se , but generally the types of anatomy questions that show up are lazily written lists of other body structures that a...
by cvdwightw
Thu Aug 04, 2011 8:38 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Split topic on CO science
Replies: 104
Views: 18657

Re: Split topic on CO science

I believe any writer willing to put in the time can write a quality science question (ie one that will not spawn threads like this one) by following the same approach that literature question writers have been using for years now. Using Jerry's analogy to titles in literature, the approach is to fo...
by cvdwightw
Thu Aug 04, 2011 1:48 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Split topic on CO science
Replies: 104
Views: 18657

Re: Split topic on CO science

But I do think that we should be looking to the core knowledge areas in the various categories for guidance on a substantial chunk of our answer lines. And I also think that Jerry's position that science is the only category in which we should look to core knowledge, while filling up the other area...
by cvdwightw
Tue Aug 02, 2011 2:09 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Split topic on CO science
Replies: 104
Views: 18657

Re: Split topic on CO science

No, I'm sure many people do not realize it simply means "fast". That doesn't make "fast" a technical concept the way "chord" is. The fact that you have to define "allegro" in terms of small words people know makes it musical jargon. Plus you're using a very simple tempo marking that most people wit...
by cvdwightw
Fri Jul 29, 2011 12:38 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2011 Fall Novice Tournament
Replies: 4
Views: 4208

Re: 2011 Fall Novice Tournament

This is a reminder that if you intend to host this tournament in September, I need to have your bid by the end of the weekend (or at least a statement that you intend to bid and are compiling details). Exceptions will be considered but are less likely to be approved.
by cvdwightw
Thu Jul 14, 2011 4:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2011 Fall Novice Tournament
Replies: 4
Views: 4208

Re: 2011 Fall Novice Tournament

Fall Novice Tournament Sites: 9/10 9/17 Boise State University (ID) 9/24 10/1 Northwestern University (IL) 10/8 UC San Diego (CA) 10/15 Ohio State University (OH) Dorman (SC) Virginia Tech (VA) Bellarmine (CA) University of Texas (TX) University of Waterloo (ON) 10/22 St. Anselm's (DC) Lisgar Colleg...
by cvdwightw
Tue Jul 12, 2011 8:25 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Discussion of hsquizbowl.org's rules
Replies: 96
Views: 27934

Re: Discussion of hsquizbowl.org's rules

In most of the threads you linked to, you have Good Quizbowl Person X popping in to take a potshot and leave, compared to Crazy Person Y making ten or so rule-breaking posts and finally getting a warning for the last one. Forgive me if I'm putting words in Chris's mouth, but I think what he's worri...
by cvdwightw
Tue Jul 12, 2011 12:02 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: How to Become a Good Science Player
Replies: 24
Views: 8923

How to Become a Good Science Player

I am too lazy to hit copy-paste for the whole thing, so I provide the link instead. I wrote this article in a little over an hour. It is quite obviously missing the list of good textbooks and journals, which I hope the community can help provide (again?). I encourage people who know more than me abo...
by cvdwightw
Mon Jul 11, 2011 11:56 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Excelsior Rankings (dead forever)
Replies: 91
Views: 34718

Re: Excelsior Rankings

I can't really think of a good reason to do this. I'd think the better idea would be to adjust for quality/consequence, rather than for difficulty, as others have mentioned. Something along the lines of: 0.8 - NAQT-A 1.0 - NAQT-IS / HSAPQ - Reg / Most housewrites 1.2 - State+ championships 1.5 - Na...
by cvdwightw
Mon Jul 11, 2011 11:52 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Let's talk QBWiki sucking
Replies: 86
Views: 23528

Re: Let's talk QBWiki sucking

While there's a lot of information still missing, I think contributors to QBWiki could do a better job accurately gauging the importance of topics, including their own selves, to quizbowl as a whole when they figure out how much text is needed to describe them. A QBWiki page doesn't have to be a co...
by cvdwightw
Mon Jul 11, 2011 1:09 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Excelsior Rankings (dead forever)
Replies: 91
Views: 34718

Re: Excelsior Rankings

If any of the resident statistical mavens could suggest a reasonable way for accounting for varying set difficulty, I'd be glad to implement it. This is an off-the-cuff suggestion that I have no idea whether or not will actually work. I encourage you to try it once you have some more nationwide dat...
by cvdwightw
Tue Jun 28, 2011 8:34 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: On-going season rankings
Replies: 391
Views: 100416

Re: On-going season rankings

Coach Ed Powers, My computer saved you from having to read a long, rambling, bizarre, and certainly Forbidden-Zone-worthy mishmash of nonsense by crashing. Since waiting ten minutes for the computer to boot back up has put me in a saner frame of mind, I'll just post the three arguments buried in the...
by cvdwightw
Tue Jun 28, 2011 4:31 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: On-going season rankings
Replies: 391
Views: 100416

Re: On-going season rankings

This isn't endorsed by any organization or anyone else, and is barely endorsed by me. I do not mean to slight anyone by my rankings and, if they cause any offense, I apologize in advance for that. That's the last thing I want to do with this process. At some point, though, I do need to stick someon...
by cvdwightw
Tue Jun 28, 2011 3:26 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2012 West Coast Invitational
Replies: 4
Views: 976

Re: 2012 West Coast Invitational

So is this an actual invitational or is it open to all teams? If it's an invitational, what do teams need to do to qualify? As of now, it is a true invitational with the following qualifications: 1. We will invite all schools that attend a pyramidal quizbowl tournament during the 2011-12 competitio...
by cvdwightw
Mon Jun 27, 2011 4:42 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Should finals packets be harder than the prelims?
Replies: 21
Views: 6363

Re: Should finals packets be harder than the prelims?

Yeah, I'm pretty sure that the proper response here, if you really want a finals packet, is: -Set out to write as many packets as you're supposed to be writing -Set a writing deadline that is sufficiently far enough ahead of the tournament to do editing for difficulty -During editing, if you see que...
by cvdwightw
Mon Jun 27, 2011 3:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: What's up with Utah?
Replies: 11
Views: 4266

Re: What's up with Utah?

There appear to be high schools in cities just south of Provo (the Nebo School District) that have giant "Knowledge Bowl Week" IM tournaments. You may be able to contact some of the people who run those tournaments and see if they're up for something interscholastic.

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by cvdwightw
Tue Jun 21, 2011 8:01 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT distribution change for 2011-12
Replies: 19
Views: 2096

Re: NAQT distribution change for 2011-12

Man, the very first reply to this topic and there's already an argument about a trash subdistribution. That's a record even by the standards of modern discourse. And Jake doesn't even have his facts right! Anyway, to give this post actual substance, I'd like to see the mixed-impure-academic distribu...
by cvdwightw
Mon Jun 20, 2011 9:03 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2012 West Coast Invitational
Replies: 4
Views: 976

Re: 2012 West Coast Invitational

INFORMATION (NOTE that this will be updated piecemeal as Chris and I decide things and survey results continue to come in) The West Coast Invitational will take place on Saturday, March 10, at a site we are still determining. For now, the plan is for Chris and I to write about half of the questions...
by cvdwightw
Thu Jun 16, 2011 6:59 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Why "accept clear knowledge equivalents" is a bad idea
Replies: 13
Views: 2214

Re: 2010-11 NAQT IS sets: question-specific discussion

"genome size" was a NASAT answer last year...I have absolutely no interest or real knowledge in chemistry or biology whatsoever, and i never will, so answer lines need to be really really clear even for myself who usually can make pretty good judgements on almost every other subject. The exact answ...
by cvdwightw
Tue Jun 14, 2011 3:11 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Proposal for Fall 2011 schedule
Replies: 30
Views: 5780

Re: Proposal for Fall 2011 schedule

So, um, is Andrew announcing this schedule (with the addition that College Novice mirrors can happen up to the end of October) or are we waiting on someone else to do something? It would be nice to actually have this fall scheduling thing completed so schools that are now all out for the summer can ...
by cvdwightw
Tue Jun 14, 2011 3:02 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2012 West Coast Invitational
Replies: 4
Views: 976

2012 West Coast Invitational

Chris Chiego and I are in the planning stages of the 2012 West Coast Invitational. We are starting early this year because we don't want to have the sort of bystander effect/Dwight gets busy problem that plagued the last two. Chris is officially "in charge" of this tournament, but we will both be co...
by cvdwightw
Mon Jun 06, 2011 1:40 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2011 PACE NSC
Replies: 114
Views: 165212

Re: 2011 PACE NSC

I apologize for the snafu on the Interior question. There are other sources, e.g., Britannica , that credit E. Roosevelt with helping to arrange the concert. I did not check these sources. I believe that my word choice is correct; however, I understand how it is difficult to parse the difference bet...
by cvdwightw
Sun Jun 05, 2011 11:44 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: What's up with Utah?
Replies: 11
Views: 4266

Re: What's up with Utah?

There is a very small high school circuit that runs on NAQT questions. NAQT indicates that teams from Juan Diego Catholic, St. Joseph Catholic, and Christian Heritage attended a 2011 tournament on IS-A questions. BYU showed up to ACF Regionals last year (2010), so I think they still have some sort o...
by cvdwightw
Sat Jun 04, 2011 9:58 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2011 NSC Match Tracker
Replies: 9
Views: 2611

Re: 2011 NSC Match Tracker

The Saturday match tracker is complete except for two playoff games in the Akutagawa bracket (TJ A-Alpharetta and Auburn A-St. Anselm's). These are unofficial standings. I believe Donald Taylor has the official ones, but I don't know when PACE will be releasing them. The Sunday match tracker will be...
by cvdwightw
Fri Jun 03, 2011 9:04 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2011 NSC Match Tracker
Replies: 9
Views: 2611

Re: 2011 NSC Match Tracker

I realize that, but you currently have, for example, A1 vs A4 in Round 1 and A1 vs A5 in Round 2. If that's the way it will actually play out, great. If not, it would make the document easier to read if it matched the actual schedule. After some testing, it looks like I won't have to do any extra c...
by cvdwightw
Fri Jun 03, 2011 4:18 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2011 NSC Match Tracker
Replies: 9
Views: 2611

Re: 2011 NSC Match Tracker

Is there some way that somebody from PACE could give Dwight the schedule and he could use that to match the schedule in the document? It's not in any way useful to know that, for example, A1 plays A2 in the first round if you don't know who A1 and A2 are, so I would hope that this could be shared, ...
by cvdwightw
Fri Jun 03, 2011 3:21 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2011 NSC Match Tracker
Replies: 9
Views: 2611

2011 NSC Match Tracker

On Saturday and Sunday I will be running a Match Tracker spreadsheet similar to the HSNCT one. This will happen on the assumption that I will be getting scores out of the NSC control rooms. The spreadsheet is available as a webpage here . This should allow more than 50 people at a time to access the...
by cvdwightw
Tue May 31, 2011 9:31 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2011 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 214
Views: 40160

Re: 2011 HSNCT discussion

NAQT claims the following questions of mine made it into the set, so you know who to blame if things went terribly wrong: Round 1: tossup on dwarves Round 3: tossup on ozone Round 6: tossup on carbon dioxide, bonus on egg biology Round 8: bonus on codons Round 10: tossup on mice (please complain if ...
by cvdwightw
Fri May 27, 2011 1:16 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HSNCT Match Tracker
Replies: 91
Views: 36829

Re: HSNCT Match Tracker

As my flight to HSNCT has been cancelled (American Airlines strikes again!), I will not be staffing HSNCT. I am willing to help out in any HSNCT-related online project on Saturday afternoon. Contact me if you are running one of those projects and are looking for help.