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by rjaguar3
Thu Nov 05, 2009 2:46 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Vanderbilt ABC XXXVIII--11/7/2009
Replies: 67
Views: 12198

Re: Vanderbilt ABC XXXVIII--11/7/2009

Hey everyone. Here are the times and places where registration will be occurring: On Friday, registration will occur at 5:30 PM in Buttrick Hall 112. We plan to start the four rounds at 6. Saturday will have registration occur at 8:30 AM in Calhoun Hall 109. Rounds will begin at 9. Field update comi...
by rjaguar3
Wed Oct 28, 2009 9:55 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Conferring on Tossups
Replies: 46
Views: 5650

Re: Conferring on Tossups

Some players are stronger on the buzzer, some are stronger at interpreting the question, some are stronger at certain areas of knowledge. Not being able to confer limits a team's ability to take advantage of the positive traits of all its members at the same time. Allowing conferring allows each te...
by rjaguar3
Wed Oct 28, 2009 8:10 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Vanderbilt ABC XXXVIII--11/7/2009
Replies: 67
Views: 12198

Re: Vanderbilt ABC XXXVIII--11/7/2009

Matthew D wrote:I just emailed you but DAR High School will have one varsity team
Thank you. I've just updated the field, so you should be all set.
by rjaguar3
Wed Oct 28, 2009 4:31 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Vanderbilt ABC XXXVIII--11/7/2009
Replies: 67
Views: 12198

Re: Vanderbilt ABC XXXVIII--11/7/2009

Field list (11/06/09) Varsity Brentwood 1 Brookwood 2 (2B)(Fri/Sat) Campbell Co. 1 (B)(Fri/Sat) Chattahoochee 1 (B) DAR 1 (B[2?])(Sat) Daviess Co. 1 (B)(Fri/Sat) Dorman 2 (Fri/Sat) Edmonson 1 (B) Ensworth 2 Ezell-Harding 1 (Sat) James Island Charter 1 (Fri/Sat) Lincoln Co. 2 (2B)(R)(Sat) Norcross 1 ...
by rjaguar3
Wed Oct 28, 2009 4:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Vanderbilt ABC XXXVIII--11/7/2009
Replies: 67
Views: 12198

Re: Vanderbilt ABC XXXVIII--11/7/2009

Here is the update. First, due to popular request, we are reinstating the optional Friday rounds on November 6, in addition to the Saturday rounds on November 7. The Friday rounds are for seeding, and they also give you a chance to play more packets in one weekend against more teams. Please let me k...
by rjaguar3
Wed Oct 28, 2009 12:41 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT and balancing by set vs. balancing by round
Replies: 8
Views: 1619

Re: NAQT and balancing by set vs. balancing by round

Hey I had an idea the other day in practice. In order to quell balance complaints/NAQT rebellion somewhat, in the next tournament we host I was thinking we might read all 24 tu's if we do NAQT, then if there's overtime, do penalty kick style OT. Each team answers one 30-point bonus until there's a ...
by rjaguar3
Sat Oct 17, 2009 3:38 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Letter to Questions Galore
Replies: 22
Views: 7091

Re: Letter to Questions Galore

Thank you so much, Mr. Reinstein. Here is the modified version, attached.
by rjaguar3
Sat Oct 17, 2009 3:24 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Vanderbilt ABC XXXVIII--11/7/2009
Replies: 67
Views: 12198

Re: Vanderbilt ABC XXXVIII--11/7/2009

I will have confirmation on Monday, but we will almost certainly be reinstituting the Friday rounds. We're leaning towards using HSAPQ, but again, I will confirm this after our next meeting on Monday.
by rjaguar3
Sat Oct 17, 2009 2:32 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Letter to Questions Galore
Replies: 22
Views: 7091

Re: Letter to Questions Galore

An issue I have is the reference to these forums and to the quizbowl wiki. Sure, all of us here talk pretty seriously about quizbowl, but a reference to an internet forum or a wiki of any sort kinda lessens the credibility of the piece. Also, I think that Weiner's Law #1, Numberwang!, and CLOOS are...
by rjaguar3
Fri Oct 16, 2009 12:16 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Letter to Questions Galore
Replies: 22
Views: 7091

Re: Letter to Questions Galore

I commend you heartily. Our conference uses these questions and its practically unbearable; the local coaches keep shooting down the process of using actual questions, seriously screwing up the process of spreading good quizbowl down into the nether regions of the state. If you don't mind, I'm prin...
by rjaguar3
Thu Oct 15, 2009 5:09 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Vanderbilt ABC XXXVIII--11/7/2009
Replies: 67
Views: 12198

Re: Vanderbilt ABC XXXVIII--11/7/2009

This is correct (that it will be Nov. 6 and 7). After the rest of team meets tonight, we should be able to declare with certainty whether there will be Friday rounds (Ryan and I are leaning towards it) and the question provider (we plan to use HSAPQ to write the tournament, given that we have four a...
by rjaguar3
Tue Oct 13, 2009 12:58 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Vanderbilt ABC XXXVIII--11/7/2009
Replies: 67
Views: 12198

Re: Vanderbilt ABC XXXVIII--11/7/2009

Thank you so much for your input Mr. Huff and Mr. Rountree. As a result, we are considering reinstating the Friday rounds. This, of course, is dependent on (1) whether we can write an additional four packets for Friday and (2) whether it would be financially feasible to use HSAPQ instead to have the...
by rjaguar3
Mon Oct 12, 2009 8:12 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Georgia 2009-2010
Replies: 299
Views: 55419

Re: Georgia 2009-2010

On to more germane discussions: Will any more GA teams be able to go to Vandy now that the date has moved from next weekend to 11/7? Chattahoochee was approved for next weekend's date, but we are waiting to hear back from the county about the new time. Fingers crossed because we always enjoy the Va...
by rjaguar3
Mon Oct 12, 2009 1:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Is this rude? Should it be against the rules?
Replies: 50
Views: 8592

Re: Is this rude? Should it be against the rules?

Wow. And I thought certain Illinois coaches (I won't say who) were bad.
by rjaguar3
Fri Oct 09, 2009 5:00 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Vanderbilt ABC XXXVIII--11/7/2009
Replies: 67
Views: 12198

Re: Vanderbilt ABC XXXVIII--10/17/2009

IMPORTANT NOTICE--DATE CHANGE Effective immediately, the date for Vanderbilt ABC XXXVIII will no longer be October 17, 2009, but it will now be November 7, 2009. The change is due to a lack of availability of rooms for competition. When we set the date for ABC on 10/17/09, it turned out that a spee...
by rjaguar3
Thu Oct 08, 2009 10:27 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Vanderbilt ABC XXXVIII--11/7/2009
Replies: 67
Views: 12198

Re: Vanderbilt ABC XXXVIII--10/17/2009

THIS POST IS NO LONGER VALID. I AM LEAVING IT UP BECAUSE I REFUSE TO COMPLETELY EDIT OUT OLD POSTS. Field update as of October 9, 2009: Varsity ======= Brentwood 1 Brookwood 2 [2B] Chattahoochee 1 [2B] DAR 1 Daviess Co. 1 Dorman 2 Dunbar 1 Ensworth 1 Hoover 1 [2B] McGavock 1 MLK 2 [2B][R] Russell 1...
by rjaguar3
Wed Sep 23, 2009 4:19 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Vanderbilt ABC XXXVIII--11/7/2009
Replies: 67
Views: 12198

Re: Vanderbilt ABC XXXVIII--10/17/2009

Update as of 9/23/09: If your school needs a registration form, it can be found attached to this post. We will provide a mailing address as soon as I find out what it is, in case your school needs that. Also, we ask that schools bringing more than one team please bring at least one reader / You will...
by rjaguar3
Wed Sep 23, 2009 1:59 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Quality Novice or Frosh/Soph Sets
Replies: 6
Views: 1264

Re: Quality Novice or Frosh/Soph Sets

I am writing a frosh/soph set in the Illinois format.
by rjaguar3
Tue Sep 15, 2009 12:08 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Vanderbilt ABC XXXVIII--11/7/2009
Replies: 67
Views: 12198

Re: Vanderbilt ABC XXXVIII--10/17/2009

As of Tuesday, September 15, we will be using the following fee schedule: $70 per team -$5 per working buzzer system -$15 per competent reader $0 minimum fee We also plan to have separate Varsity and JV divisions (this may change due to the number of participating teams in each division). If you wou...
by rjaguar3
Wed Sep 09, 2009 10:27 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '09-'10
Replies: 568
Views: 69454

Re: Illinois '09-'10

Wheaton North frosh/soph will have the IHSA distro, with about 2/3 mathcomp TU and 1/3 noncomp TU.
by rjaguar3
Tue Sep 08, 2009 1:59 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Vanderbilt ABC XXXVIII--11/7/2009
Replies: 67
Views: 12198

Re: Vanderbilt ABC XXXVIII--10/17/2009

We will do that when we plan for the spring tournament.
by rjaguar3
Tue Sep 01, 2009 2:01 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Vanderbilt ABC XXXVIII--11/7/2009
Replies: 67
Views: 12198

Re: Vanderbilt ABC XXXVIII--10/17/2009

First post has been updated to reflect that the packets for ABC will be house-written this year.
by rjaguar3
Sat Aug 29, 2009 12:21 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Why is Illinois bad?
Replies: 126
Views: 19472

Re: Why is Illinois bad?

I personally think Fremd and Homewood-Flossmoor have some merit. This year they're both going to be written by the H-F coach and their standard will be far above that of Bryce Avery and QG. Personally, having attended last years H-F tournament, I wouldn't put too much stock in that assumption based...
by rjaguar3
Fri Aug 21, 2009 11:40 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '09-'10
Replies: 568
Views: 69454

Re: Illinois '09-'10

Maybe one alternative is to have a frosh/soph circuit with the same level diffuculty questions as varsity. It would help bridge the gap, introduce them to the canon, give them the desire to study, and even keep it competitive (even if conversion is rather low) because they'd be playing against othe...
by rjaguar3
Fri Aug 21, 2009 10:34 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Vanderbilt ABC XXXVIII--11/7/2009
Replies: 67
Views: 12198

Re: Vanderbilt ABC XXXVIII--10/17/2009

Greg, This is a couple weeks earlier in October than it has typically been, correct? Is there a reason for the change of date? I don't think it will matter for us; I was just curious. Thanks! ACF Fall is scheduled to take place on October 31, and I believe Vanderbilt will be attending that tourname...
by rjaguar3
Thu Aug 20, 2009 10:59 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Vanderbilt ABC XXXVIII--11/7/2009
Replies: 67
Views: 12198

Vanderbilt ABC XXXVIII--11/7/2009

Vanderbilt's 38th iteration of ABC will now be held on November 7, 2009 . Please consult http://www.hsquizbowl.org/forums/viewtopic.php?p=154193#p154193 for more information about the date change. The fees are still the same: $70 per team -$5 per working buzzer system -$15 per competent reader $0 mi...
by rjaguar3
Thu Aug 20, 2009 5:17 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '09-'10
Replies: 568
Views: 69454

Re: Illinois '09-'10

I'm really excited to play Loyola and Carbondale's sophomores as well in the few F/S tournaments that Ms. Greene is going to have us play in. Unfortuantely, the latter won't be at Knights' Challenge, but I know they were at D&G (which, unfortuantely, I ended up missing). "Unfortuantely" times 2, yo...
by rjaguar3
Sat Aug 08, 2009 8:39 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Quiz Bowl Prep
Replies: 18
Views: 3140

Re: Quiz Bowl Prep

Just checked my e-mail and somehow I got a message from Quiz Bowl Prep as well.
by rjaguar3
Thu Aug 06, 2009 3:55 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: S-value revision
Replies: 65
Views: 15817

Re: S-value revision

Dwight, that's why I use PPB to create games between sectionals, so that the sectionals are linked by artificial (lightly-weighted) games in order to produce rankings among teams in all sectionals. Otherwise, I wouldn't bother with PPB.
by rjaguar3
Thu Aug 06, 2009 10:31 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: S-value revision
Replies: 65
Views: 15817

Re: S-value revision

My problem with incorporating toss-ups into the mix is that this creates even more possibilities of match fixing. Winning by a lot? Neg with no answer or an answer that is the correct answer with additional incorrect information, allowing your opponents to rebound, making them look stronger and your...
by rjaguar3
Thu Aug 06, 2009 12:27 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: S-value revision
Replies: 65
Views: 15817

Re: S-value revision

I don't think this will be much of a problem unless the sample size of bonuses heard is too small, which can only happen for weak teams. For all it's worth, you never know whether the next bonus in the packet will help or hurt PPB. If you're a good team, the effect of hearing one additional bonus on...
by rjaguar3
Wed Aug 05, 2009 11:22 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: S-value revision
Replies: 65
Views: 15817

Re: S-value revision

Pardon me for bumping, but I just came up with an idea. The idea is to use KRACH ratings without phantom teams (see http://www.collegehockeynews.com/info/?d=krach and http://slack.net/~whelan/tbrw/tbrw.cgi?krach ). Within each sectional, each team gets the wins that it accumulates against other team...
by rjaguar3
Tue Jul 21, 2009 9:34 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: New Quiz Bowl Wiki
Replies: 19
Views: 14487

Re: New Quiz Bowl Wiki

Hey guys.

I can't log in because my screenname, RJaguar3, has a capital letter, and the text field for my username keeps changing the name to lowercase in Firefox. Can someone help me?
by rjaguar3
Tue Jul 14, 2009 12:35 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: All videos of Quiz Bowl
Replies: 205
Views: 132839

Re: All videos of Quiz Bowl

A high school students vs. faculty competition with questions :chip: would be proud of...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYWm0Y8TKv0
by rjaguar3
Thu Jul 09, 2009 6:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Kentucky 09-10
Replies: 457
Views: 64083

Re: Kentucky 09-10

Thanks Greg. The writing guidelines we developed over the winter address these very issues. Are these the guidelines? If so, I do have some brief comments about them: On the Poe example question (p. 2), a clue about one of his lesser-known works or a plot description of one of his major works would...
by rjaguar3
Tue Jul 07, 2009 12:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Kentucky 09-10
Replies: 457
Views: 64083

Re: Kentucky 09-10

Everything hinges on having writers who either (a) know our format and understand the concept of multiple clues in descending order of difficulty or (b) know the concept of multiple clues in descending order of difficulty and can follow the format instructions we provide. If I can make a suggestion...
by rjaguar3
Mon Jul 06, 2009 7:03 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Kentucky 09-10
Replies: 457
Views: 64083

Re: Kentucky 09-10

Man those Quick Recall questions blow.

Two-to-three line questions do no good if the first two lines consist of CLOOS and tangents that only reward players who can make a good ESPN connection with the question writer.
by rjaguar3
Sun Jul 05, 2009 10:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Platypus Questions, Questions Galore, plagiarism, and you
Replies: 15
Views: 4463

Re: Platypus Questions, Questions Galore, plagiarism, and you

Here's another clear-cut case: This great thinker wrote on many subjects, including physics, metaphysics, theater, music, logic, rhetoric, politics, government, and ethics. He wrote on many subjects, including physics, metaphysics, poetry, theater, music, logic, rhetoric, politics, government, ethi...
by rjaguar3
Sat Jul 04, 2009 2:24 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Platypus Questions, Questions Galore, plagiarism, and you
Replies: 15
Views: 4463

Re: Platypus Questions, Questions Galore, plagiarism, and you

Here's another clear-cut case: This great thinker wrote on many subjects, including physics, metaphysics, theater, music, logic, rhetoric, politics, government, and ethics. He wrote on many subjects, including physics, metaphysics, poetry, theater, music, logic, rhetoric, politics, government, ethic...
by rjaguar3
Tue Jun 23, 2009 8:39 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: All videos of Quiz Bowl
Replies: 205
Views: 132839

Re: All videos of Quiz Bowl

2008 7A state finals wrote: What is a nine-letter synonym for "important" in which the second letter is an "o" and the fifth letter is an "n"?
That's Wordwang!
by rjaguar3
Mon Jun 22, 2009 12:23 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Platypus Questions, Questions Galore, plagiarism, and you
Replies: 15
Views: 4463

Re: Platypus Questions, Questions Galore, plagiarism, and you

You guys are right. I probably should retitle the thread. The issue is that the Platypus stuff is unquestionably wikiplagiarism (except potentially the Puerto Rico question). The QG stuff is more of a pattern of lifting stuff from Wikipedia (using it as a reference source) as well as taking specific...
by rjaguar3
Sat Jun 20, 2009 10:28 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: All videos of Quiz Bowl
Replies: 205
Views: 132839

Re: All videos of Quiz Bowl

I didn't know Nashville had their own show. I've never heard of Pope John Paul II in any quiz bowl competition, except for maybe Ezell-Harding. This doesn't represent NAQT, as MLK (one of the top teams in the nation) lost by 140 points to the Webb School on the first week of the show. I didn't catc...
by rjaguar3
Sat Jun 20, 2009 12:29 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Do not do this!
Replies: 53
Views: 6767

Re: Do not do this!

The common definition of odds and the mathematical definition of odds are very different things. So? First of all, the "mathematical" definition of odds, whatever that is, is equivalent to some "mathematical" definition of probability. They literally represent the same number, just like 5/2 and 2.5...
by rjaguar3
Sat Jun 20, 2009 11:43 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Do not do this!
Replies: 53
Views: 6767

Re: Do not do this!

Extending from Jerry's example, we don't say "Do not give your answer as Louis Napoleon" in the middle of a tossup. No, but in IHSA state series, about half the questions begin with one of the following: Identify the n-word phrase... Identify the k-letter <part of speech>... Identify the x-syllable...
by rjaguar3
Fri Jun 19, 2009 10:32 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Platypus Questions, Questions Galore, plagiarism, and you
Replies: 15
Views: 4463

Re: Platypus Questions, Questions Galore, plagiarism, and you

This African American woman founded her own hair care and cosmetics company in the early 1900s. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, she was the first female, black or white, to become a millionaire by her own achievements. Who was this successful entrepreneur ? Her fortune was made by ...
by rjaguar3
Thu Jun 18, 2009 11:26 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: All videos of Quiz Bowl
Replies: 205
Views: 132839

Re: All videos of Quiz Bowl

Westfield Insurance Quizbusters now has videos up.

http://www.cw58.tv/contests/quizbusters/index.shtml

EDIT: Questions Galore writes the questions...so enjoy!
by rjaguar3
Wed Jun 17, 2009 5:27 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2009 NTAE
Replies: 57
Views: 14047

Re: 2009 NTAE

Any indication at the ceremony whether NTAE will be held in 2010?
by rjaguar3
Tue Jun 16, 2009 6:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Math Computation, Round 23748234
Replies: 125
Views: 21926

Re: Georgia 2009-2010

I'll do that when you show me somebody on this board claiming that doing third-grade-level calculation within ten seconds in a race against some other person is good quizbowl. 24. Pencil and paper ready. Nate's fruit stand has 123 apples, 456 oranges, and 789 pears. The total number of fruits is ju...
by rjaguar3
Fri Jun 12, 2009 10:08 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAC schedule info/tournament thread
Replies: 217
Views: 32346

Re: NAC schedule info/tournament thread

I would have loved to attend this, but alas, I am leaving on a cross-country trip to a summer internship early Saturday morning.
by rjaguar3
Wed Jun 10, 2009 7:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Better Stats
Replies: 20
Views: 4744

Re: Better Stats

Might as well announce it here, and not as a competitor to BeES, but I have been developing a question-reading program called JAGUARS ("[insert programmer whose first name starts with "J"] and Greg's User-friendly Automated Reading System). As soon as I can get a handle on doing a platform-independ...