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by Mike Bentley
Tue Sep 26, 2006 11:28 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: DC/Metro area 2006-07
Replies: 111
Views: 43050

As a writer for the tournament, I have to say that I also do not particularly enjoy writing team rounds. They're very hard to balance correctly, and it's always very hard to gauge what are two comparable levels of knowledge. I think that's why you saw a lot of same subject comparisons in this tourna...
by Mike Bentley
Tue Sep 19, 2006 3:41 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Terrapin Invitational Tournament - 12/2 @ UMCP
Replies: 4
Views: 3225

I'm not entirely sure yet. I'll update when I get a confirmed answer.
by Mike Bentley
Thu Sep 14, 2006 11:05 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Terrapin Invitational Tournament - 12/2 @ UMCP
Replies: 4
Views: 3225

ANNOUNCEMENT: Terrapin Invitational Tournament - 12/2 @ UMCP

The Terrapin Invitational Tournament returns to the University of Maryland in College Park on December 2 as part of the T&A weekend. This will be an open tournament, so anyone willing to write a packet, travel to Maryland and pay the registration fee is welcome to play. Base Price: $100 Minimum fee ...
by Mike Bentley
Thu Sep 14, 2006 11:01 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Atlantic Seaboard Skrimage (Themed) @ Maryland
Replies: 1
Views: 2133

By the way, the 'T' in the T&A weekend stands for TIT, the Terrapin Invitational Tournament. See the appropriate announcement for that on the non-trash announcements forum if you're interested.
by Mike Bentley
Thu Sep 14, 2006 10:59 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Atlantic Seaboard Skrimage (Themed) @ Maryland
Replies: 1
Views: 2133

ANNOUNCEMENT: Atlantic Seaboard Skrimage (Themed) @ Maryland

The first-ever Atlantic Seaboard Skirmish will occur at the University of Maryland in College Park on December 3 as part of the T&A weekend. This will be an open trashy tournament, so anyone is eligible to play. The tournament will be entirely house-written and consist of themed packets with questio...
by Mike Bentley
Wed Aug 02, 2006 6:47 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Ideal trashy distribution?
Replies: 32
Views: 14389

First off, video game tossups can be VERY well done, just as almost any other subject. This could even be expanded to trashy video game clues on academic subjects (in trash tournaments, of course.) Here's a question: in a normal, academic-ish (after all, I'm talking about Illinois here) high school...
by Mike Bentley
Wed Aug 02, 2006 5:15 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Ideal trashy distribution?
Replies: 32
Views: 14389

While gaming may be quite popular, is it really all that ripe for good quality tossups? Aside from the big franchises, people's tastes vary so widely that I'm not so sure you can fill more than one tossup per round with a solid question. Even where answers might be quite knowable, the surrounding m...
by Mike Bentley
Tue Aug 01, 2006 2:42 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Early Fall Tournament at Brown (10/07/06)
Replies: 7
Views: 3587

Err, I mean ACF Fall, not ACF Regionals.

Is there any reason there isn't an edit button? Or am I just not able to find it?
by Mike Bentley
Tue Aug 01, 2006 2:42 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Early Fall Tournament at Brown (10/07/06)
Replies: 7
Views: 3587

What's the target difficulty level of this tournament? Standard early fall (ACF Regionals, TIT) level stuff?
by Mike Bentley
Tue Aug 01, 2006 2:40 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Gottfried Keller Results
Replies: 31
Views: 13150

Although I don't play trash, I would like to see video games represented more than they are in generic trash distributions. I agree. It seems like the standard TRASH distribution is stuck in the early '90s to a certain degree. The popularity of big categories such as Movies, TV, and Pop Music have ...
by Mike Bentley
Tue Aug 01, 2006 11:21 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Mirrors @ UMD update
Replies: 2
Views: 2163

Jason won the singles tossup-only CO mirror, with Jonathan from UMD I believe coming in second (there ended up being a total of 5 people playing). Geezers for The Next Generation (Arthur, Adam, Michelle, Jason D.) won the trash mirror with a record of 6 and 3. The other three teams, You Call THIS Ke...
by Mike Bentley
Mon Jul 31, 2006 3:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Gottfried Keller Results
Replies: 31
Views: 13150

I understand that this tournament was writing about what Andrew and Zeke like, but I don't really see how the 1 meta question per packet and things like 1/1 Hip Hop were enjoyable for almost anyone but the writers. I was reading for this tournament and the meta questions were enjoyable for me. They...
by Mike Bentley
Mon Jul 31, 2006 2:41 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Gottfried Keller Results
Replies: 31
Views: 13150

Thanks to Andrew and Zeke for writing 10 entire packets by themselves. The tournament was very well editted. However, I did have some complaints about the questions in the tournament. I understand that this tournament was writing about what Andrew and Zeke like, but I don't really see how the 1 meta...
by Mike Bentley
Sat Jul 01, 2006 3:12 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Computer Science Coursework and Quizbowlers
Replies: 14
Views: 7133

Who says computer science has to be about programming? What about rewarding hardware or OS knowledge? I've written questions like this in the past for the NSC. Well, hardware knowledge is a little more Computer Engineering and Operating Systems a little more Information Systems, but these might as ...
by Mike Bentley
Mon Jun 26, 2006 1:31 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Online Quizbowl
Replies: 5
Views: 3215

MLafer wrote:people have cheated, people will cheat

it's fine for practice, but i really don't trust anyone for online quiz bowl of any degree of importance
I agree. I see it being something to practice against other people (or yourself) with easily.
by Mike Bentley
Mon Jun 26, 2006 12:58 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Online Quizbowl
Replies: 5
Views: 3215

Has anyone ever tried playing a round using a Teamspeak or Ventrilo server? Seems like that could be a little annoying having to yell buzz (and having someone dedicated to reading), but I've never personally tried it. One of the benefits of the system I'd like to do would be to get rid of the need ...
by Mike Bentley
Mon Jun 26, 2006 12:35 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Online Quizbowl
Replies: 5
Views: 3215

After doing some searching I realized that people do indeed play online in IRC chatrooms. Is there any desire to improve on these?
by Mike Bentley
Mon Jun 26, 2006 12:29 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Online Quizbowl
Replies: 5
Views: 3215

Online Quizbowl

Sitting at work I got to thinking about a system for playing Quizbowl matches online. Two teams (or more) would compete against each other in a chat room of sorts. Each person can identify what team they're on. There would be one person who would serve as host and would be able to choose a packet st...
by Mike Bentley
Sun Jun 25, 2006 5:40 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: East Coast Summer Open: Crime on Goat Island @ CMU
Replies: 16
Views: 9850

Just distribution wise, I only remember hearing 3 computer science questions in the opening 9 packets (the graph theory bonus in round 5, the compiler bonus, and the NTFS question which is pretty borderline CS). Astronomy seemed well represented, there seemed to be almost 1/1 astronomy per packet. I...
by Mike Bentley
Fri Jun 23, 2006 9:01 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2006 NAQT HSNCT
Replies: 309
Views: 132041

Did the Podcast get updated since April? I think maybe I'm on a seperate feed that is not being updated.
by Mike Bentley
Fri Jun 16, 2006 1:59 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Computer Science Coursework and Quizbowlers
Replies: 14
Views: 7133

As a CS major, I naturally feel there is a lack of CS in Quizbowl. Being in that optional science category with astronomy, math, and other branches, a CS question is lucky to pop up once in two question sets. Most other "popular" majors at the very least see 1/1 guaranteed in their respective majors...
by Mike Bentley
Sun May 21, 2006 12:48 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Quizbowl tournament database, alpha version
Replies: 10
Views: 5715

You at the very least should throw an index page in there so people can't snoop around the directory. You also should make the directory's permissions such that people who have not logged in through the site cannot view the files posted there.
by Mike Bentley
Fri Apr 21, 2006 12:44 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Call for hosts for summer East Coast tournament
Replies: 13
Views: 5513

Any thoughts on what the difficutly level of this tournament will be?
by Mike Bentley
Sun Apr 16, 2006 5:50 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Ghetto Warz commentary
Replies: 21
Views: 12679

The worst packet was the one with the 2 comedy central bonuses. That's fine for a trash packet but not an academic one. I've attended a lot of tournaments in my 4 years playing quiz bowl and have heard hundreds of packets, the aforementioned packet by far had the worst question I have ever heard. I...
by Mike Bentley
Tue Apr 11, 2006 4:21 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Underwhelmed
Replies: 141
Views: 134838

But doesn't this go back to that silent majority thing that NAQT likes to bring up? "Silent majority" is the quizbowl equivalent of a Republican talking point. It's unfalsifiable nonsense used to automatically marginalize all feedback of any kind. After all, if the majority is silent than anyone wh...
by Mike Bentley
Tue Apr 11, 2006 2:46 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Underwhelmed
Replies: 141
Views: 134838

First of all, maybe you can tell me whether the above accusations have been leveled at any of the ACF tournaments this year or other outstanding events like MLK. The fact that they have not is, I think, indicative of the relative quality of the aforementioned events as compared with ICT. But doesn'...
by Mike Bentley
Tue Apr 04, 2006 11:47 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ICT parking
Replies: 4
Views: 3170

Actually, it turns out that the teams will initially be meeting in the Armory, not the physics building. So disregard the above post. The best place to park (after 4) for the Armory is in Lot L which is right next to that building. From Route 1, turn left at the M Traffic circle. Take a left into th...
by Mike Bentley
Fri Mar 31, 2006 11:09 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ICT parking
Replies: 4
Views: 3170

If you are arriving on campus before 4 for some reason and don't want a ticket, you can usually find meter spaces relatively close to the physics building by taking the following path: Enter campus from Route 1, take a right at the "M" Traffic Circle. Turn left at the second stop sign (it will be ne...