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by Nick
Thu Oct 13, 2011 7:54 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Harvard Fall Tournament VI (11/12/11)
Replies: 164
Views: 55575

Re: Harvard Fall Tournament VI (11/12/11)

This field is getting out of hand.
by Nick
Tue Aug 30, 2011 7:18 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The Name "Quiz Bowl" and its Effects
Replies: 9
Views: 3234

Re: The Name "Quiz Bowl" and its Effects

In my mind, I always thought of "quizbowl" as the name of the game, and the name of the team was something like Scholastic Team or Academic Team(which is what we called it at my high school). To me this was akin to being on Crew Team where your sport was "rowing." [*] We don't have a single unified ...
by Nick
Fri Aug 19, 2011 3:13 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The Bob Loblaw Law Bowl
Replies: 32
Views: 11291

Re: The Bob Loblaw Law Bowl

Andrew sent me this packet a week or so ago and I played it with a buddy. As someone who just completed their first year of law school, I thought it was super-enjoyable. I can see though how anybody not just out of their first year or in law school at all, wouldn't really find this very entertaining...
by Nick
Thu Aug 11, 2011 3:27 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Preseason Predictions Thread
Replies: 29
Views: 5407

Re: Preseason Predictions Thread

If graham moyer plays for harvard, I think they move up.

Same goes for MIT if the two (i think) state college alums play there.
by Nick
Fri Aug 05, 2011 1:55 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Theres an app for that.
Replies: 4
Views: 2463

Re: Theres an app for that.

https://github.com/mhahnenberg/NAQT-Sco ... or-Android

I've been told that by this evening it will be under the Apache 2.0 license.
by Nick
Wed Aug 03, 2011 1:25 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Theres an app for that.
Replies: 4
Views: 2463

Theres an app for that.

So my buddy Mark Hahnenberg and I thought that since its a tech-hungry 2011, and we have a deep love for computer science (and the environment?), we would look into making an app to keep score for quizbowl games! (by "we" I mean he did all the actual work and I just sat around and thought of stuff a...
by Nick
Wed Jul 13, 2011 3:52 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Excelsior Rankings (dead forever)
Replies: 91
Views: 33902

Re: Excelsior Rankings

This is going to be really helpful and interesting as the year progresses, and thank you for all your work on these Excelsior Rankings. As far as the labeling of teams ("B" in place of "A", etc): It may seem radical at first but perhaps consider attributing the results of a team to whatever its desi...
by Nick
Tue Jun 28, 2011 3:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: On-going season rankings
Replies: 391
Views: 96775

Re: On-going season rankings

Also, if somebody could get a computer to compare the stats (via some sort of complex formula), it would probably be even better, since, you know, computers are pretty good at that.
by Nick
Tue Jun 28, 2011 3:47 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: On-going season rankings
Replies: 391
Views: 96775

Re: On-going season rankings

While everyone is surely appreciative that Fred is willing to compile and analyze the stats, and crank out a ranking of some sort, It seems pretty clear that people aren't ever going to be fully satisfied because, among other reasons, the rankings arent based on anything definitive. Its Fred's ranki...
by Nick
Mon Jun 27, 2011 4:19 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Should finals packets be harder than the prelims?
Replies: 21
Views: 6069

Re: Should finals packets be harder than the prelims?

God forbid a tournament only guarantees teams 8 games.
by Nick
Sat Apr 30, 2011 2:53 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Events that are on the docket
Replies: 110
Views: 24499

Re: Events that are on the docket

Just to be clear, when we say things are non-open, does that bar the possibility of combining some B-teamers and C-teamers from two different schools so as to avoid a schedule with byes ("scab teams") or to allow them an opportunity to play on a team that isn't just two people or a number of other r...
by Nick
Fri Apr 29, 2011 7:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2011 NSC - 60 teams
Replies: 74
Views: 15525

Re: 2011 NSC - 11 spots left

Im sure the powers-that-be have realized this, but choosing between the 64-team format and the 72-team format doesnt really matter that much because its likely neither of those is going to happen. If PACE is making a last-ditch effort to fill the field (currently at 62, and looks to have been stuck ...
by Nick
Wed Apr 27, 2011 8:04 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Events that are on the docket
Replies: 110
Views: 24499

Re: Events that are on the docket

I agree strongly with Matt's last post. I think quizbowl already has a lot of the characteristics of a Good Ol' Boys Club and mandating more regular just-college tournaments and less of anything else, would help push quizbowl away from that paradigm and closer to an interscholastic competition. Whic...
by Nick
Wed Apr 27, 2011 2:27 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Events that are on the docket
Replies: 110
Views: 24499

Re: Events that are on the docket

I may be way off base here, but I thought the major concern this past season was the complete nonexistence of regular college tournaments in the fall. Looking at the list at the top, there still only appears to be one, this new UVA thing. I might advocate for more. Directed towards Chris Ray or anyb...
by Nick
Mon Apr 25, 2011 8:37 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2011 Midwest Championship May 14, 2011 at Culver (IN)
Replies: 69
Views: 16105

Re: 2011 Midwest Championship May 14, 2011 at Culver (IN)

If we have 18 teams the best I can come up with is 3x6 rebracketed WITH repeats (to maximize games). This would mean all teams play all five other teams in their third of the final standings at least once (with one repeat) and two of the teams from each of the other two PM brackets. You could do 2 ...
by Nick
Mon Apr 25, 2011 1:37 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: "Regular" High School Difficulty
Replies: 71
Views: 13961

Re: "Regular" High School Difficulty

I cannot support Fred's post more strongly.

From the Middle School Collaboration up to ACF Nationals, this is the case.
by Nick
Sat Apr 23, 2011 11:57 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Texas Invitational (April 22-23, 2011)
Replies: 49
Views: 20771

Re: Texas Invitational (April 22-23, 2011)

Crazy Andy Watkins wrote:
Angstrom wrote:Unless the results are based off anything but record
Texas is, if I recall, perilously near Georgia.
What does this mean?
by Nick
Mon Apr 11, 2011 3:20 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2011 PACE NSC Tournament Format
Replies: 96
Views: 17021

Re: 2011 PACE NSC Tournament Format

Ok ok, im sorry for all these questions, but one more: Are the playoff pools predetermined for each prelim group (1st team in prelim group A goes to playoff group X, 2nd team in prelim group A goes to playoff group Y, etc) or will the playoff pools be based on the stats from the prelims? If the form...
by Nick
Mon Apr 11, 2011 3:06 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2011 PACE NSC Tournament Format
Replies: 96
Views: 17021

Re: 2011 PACE NSC Tournament Format

Another quick question: under the 72-team format outlined above, does a team's record from the prelims carry over to the playoffs and superplayoffs? So, like, will playoff teams be regrouped for superplayoffs based on just the 5 other playoff games from their playoff pool or against all 10 games the...
by Nick
Mon Apr 11, 2011 2:38 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2011 PACE NSC Tournament Format
Replies: 96
Views: 17021

Re: 2011 PACE NSC Tournament Format

Is there a contingency plan/format in the event that the 72-team field does not fill?
by Nick
Sat Mar 26, 2011 10:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: BHSAT XX at Yale (03/26/11)
Replies: 15
Views: 6598

Re: BHSAT XX at Yale (03/26/11)

Does anybody know or want to say who the two State College A players were?
by Nick
Mon Mar 21, 2011 10:17 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: DCCAT (Novi, MI 2/26/11)
Replies: 40
Views: 15730

Re: DCCAT (Novi, MI 2/26/11)

5. Although he had a separated shoulder, Matthew Stafford was able to do this by throwing the game-winning touchdown pass in a game against the Cleveland Browns in 2009. After being dragged back to the underworld by Hermes, Sisyphus was forced to roll a boulder up a hill which always rolled back do...
by Nick
Tue Mar 08, 2011 4:10 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: On-going season rankings
Replies: 391
Views: 96775

Re: On-going season rankings

Has State College won a high school quizbowl tournament this year?
by Nick
Mon Mar 07, 2011 10:18 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2011 NSC - 60 teams
Replies: 74
Views: 15525

Re: 2011 NSC - 16 spots left

just out of curiosity- has the tournament format been announced somewhere?
by Nick
Sun Mar 06, 2011 7:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Prison Bowl IV @ Hunter HS, NYC (3/5/2011)
Replies: 60
Views: 28215

Re: Prison Bowl IV @ Hunter HS, NYC (3/5/2011)

This is the second year in a row I've heard the Prison Bowl set and this is the second year in a row that I've walked away thinking it was one of the best high school sets there are. Good job, Hunter.
by Nick
Fri Feb 25, 2011 1:07 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Tournament #16
Replies: 16
Views: 2754

Tournament #16

Can people post the stat links from all the tournaments that have been run on HSAPQ #16? Or just point me to the thread where this has already been done, if it has. Thanks.
by Nick
Mon Feb 21, 2011 11:58 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: TJIAT @ TJ, 2/12/2011
Replies: 37
Views: 20687

Re: TJIAT @ TJ, 2/12/2011

holy cow BCC - who are these guys? Are they new? Jumping on to the circuit and putting up stats that high is mighty impressive. Props to all the hard work these folks are putting in. Lets welcome this fresh and admirable team to the quizbowl community! Their excellence should be a standard that even...
by Nick
Mon Feb 14, 2011 4:01 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Penn Bowl 2011 (February 12, 2011)
Replies: 61
Views: 13391

Re: Penn Bowl 2011 (February 12, 2011)

I dont mean to shake the foundations of quizbowl law, but I think situations like this might support the idea that the mentality of "get the most quizbowl for your money" and "since we have X packets, we must plan for X rounds of play" aren't always or necessarily ideal. I wasn't at this tournament,...
by Nick
Wed Feb 09, 2011 12:41 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Difficulty
Replies: 30
Views: 3735

Re: Difficulty

No, I just don't quite get where you're getting these numbers. I'm not saying you're not accurate in saying that it would be that close, I just dont exactly understand why that has to be true. Or necessarily is true.
by Nick
Wed Feb 09, 2011 11:31 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Difficulty
Replies: 30
Views: 3735

Re: Difficulty

At high difficulty national championships it's more important to accurately distinguish between the levels of knowledge at the high end of the tail. So looking at the playoffs from Nats last year, it is way more important to have the relatively large gaps between the top teams (Stanford almost .9 a...
by Nick
Wed Feb 09, 2011 3:32 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Difficulty
Replies: 30
Views: 3735

Re: Difficulty

Does NAQT have a goal for its SCT DI bonus conversion stats? Does the quizbowl community? I ask because it seems like its okay for the range in high school to be roughly 5 to 25ppb on a "regular" set, but for the last few years the DI range (which I would think would be "regular") seems to have been...
by Nick
Tue Dec 21, 2010 11:20 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: On-going season rankings
Replies: 391
Views: 96775

Re: On-going season rankings

Here's the flaw I see with not taking into account actual games: Dorman moved up a spot in these rankings, from 6 to 5, after losing to both TJ B and Centennial. Obviously I think Dorman's still a top 10 team, but that just seems ridiculous. Also, I would have put Centennial ahead of us, if not als...
by Nick
Sun Dec 19, 2010 11:51 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Empathy in question writing
Replies: 24
Views: 3721

Re: Empathy in question writing

Perhaps you’re only talking about the relatively smaller class of established writers and editors who take it upon themselves to write and edit entire tournaments, in which case I may be missing the boat completely. But I think to expect a lot of this from teams who are submitting packets to a tourn...
by Nick
Fri Dec 10, 2010 2:01 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: The Sack of Antwerp (Chicago 2/19/2011)
Replies: 144
Views: 52125

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: The Sack of Antwerp (Chicago 2/19/2011)

how difficult is this supposed to be?
by Nick
Mon Nov 29, 2010 12:21 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: THUNDER II at Penn 12/4/10
Replies: 48
Views: 13548

Re: THUNDER II at Penn 12/4/10

I dont know what the rules are on this but ive discussed it with the entire rutgers-camden team and we'd love to have you join us. Otherwise, yea, it will just be me playing alone.
by Nick
Sun Nov 14, 2010 5:06 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Some thoughts on the distribution and regular difficulty
Replies: 42
Views: 12834

Re: Some thoughts on the distribution and regular difficulty

Charlie, I agree very strongly with this. Specifically your point about answer spaces that are answered almost exclusively by teams/players who have read college packets. And I want to reiterate what others have said about this being true for a large portion of the philosophy answers. I would probab...
by Nick
Mon Nov 08, 2010 8:20 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall Discussion
Replies: 156
Views: 21414

Re: ACF Fall Discussion

Auroni, I think you hit the nail on the head. The good, experienced players are the ones who edit the tournaments, and even before that, they decide which tournaments are going to exist. They might not always choose to give up writing the hard, open tournament that theyd rather play in favor of an e...
by Nick
Mon Nov 08, 2010 7:59 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall Discussion
Replies: 156
Views: 21414

Re: ACF Fall Discussion

No, I definitly understand that theres only so much ACF specifically can organize. But I should be more clear- I mean that I think there should be more ACF Fall-difficulty tournaments in general. Yes, you're right, MUT and EFT also have huge fields. I think that my point is that theres something ver...
by Nick
Mon Nov 08, 2010 5:21 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall Discussion
Replies: 156
Views: 21414

Re: ACF Fall Discussion

I think it should be pointed out that for every person on here who thinks ACF Fall was too easy, theres at least three more people who played the set and thought it was too hard, I guarantee it. In general, I thought the set was very good and certainly within the standard "quizbowl margin of error" ...
by Nick
Wed Oct 27, 2010 1:27 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: PSAT/NMSQT @ St. Anselm's Abbey School (3/12/2011)
Replies: 59
Views: 25092

Re: PSAT/NMSQT @ St. Anselm's Abbey School (3/12/2011)

Perhaps this shouldn't/doesn't matter but it seems you have 3 science questions in the first five tossups, and 4 history questions in the second "quarter" (6-10) of bonuses. Just something to think about.
by Nick
Thu Oct 14, 2010 12:38 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF policy question about HS teams
Replies: 26
Views: 2884

ACF policy question about HS teams

My question--largely for the ACF powers-that-be/veterans-- is regarding an official rule for field caps/limitations regarding high school versus college teams. The situation at UVA’s ACF Fall site seems to be that the field went from smaller (about 6) to larger (about 20) very very quickly after whi...
by Nick
Wed Oct 13, 2010 11:08 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall at UVA 11/6/10
Replies: 51
Views: 12594

Re: ACF Fall at UVA 11/6/10

May I ask how many rooms you do currently have and/or think you will have?
by Nick
Mon Sep 27, 2010 12:58 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Announcement regarding the chief administrator
Replies: 18
Views: 6936

Re: Announcement regarding the chief administrator

millionwaves wrote:We expect that [Amit/NSC situation] to be publicly announced here in the next couple of days.
Any updates?
by Nick
Sat Sep 04, 2010 7:38 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO Side Event: The Jean-Baptiste Lully Memorial
Replies: 275
Views: 97663

Re: CO Side Event: The Jean-Baptiste Lully Memorial

Is this set soon to be posted?
by Nick
Fri Sep 03, 2010 4:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2010-2011 College Quizbowl Calendar
Replies: 24
Views: 9179

2010-2011 College Quizbowl Calendar

This was extremely helpful last year, so I thought I'd do one this year. Feel free to correct any and all mistakes/additions. September 11: ACF Novice (Harvard) September 18: ACF Novice (RIT, NIU, Delaware, Duke) September 25: ACF Novice (Waterloo, Harding, Michigan, WashU, Minnesota, Cal-Berkeley) ...
by Nick
Wed Aug 18, 2010 5:47 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Official Announcement: Early Autumn Collegiate Novice
Replies: 56
Views: 33327

Re: Official Announcement: Early Autumn Collegiate Novice

Just out of curiosity- is any effort being made to reach schools who don't regularly compete and/or specifically read these forums?
by Nick
Mon Aug 16, 2010 12:17 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Collegiate Prediction Thread, 2010-2011
Replies: 44
Views: 9682

Re: Collegiate Prediction Thread, 2010-2011

A little bird once told me that Ming Lin from Southside will be attending Penn in the fall. If this is true, and it totally may not be, I predict Penn in the top 2.

I also predict UVA and state college to be somewhere from 3rd to 10th. Matt Bollinger is nasty.
by Nick
Fri Aug 13, 2010 7:38 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Why don't more teams bid to host SCT?
Replies: 22
Views: 2664

Re: Why don't more teams bid to host SCT?

Jerry, you're probably right that my situation is different with that access to high school people to call on for those last few readers. And I'll just say that I understand that people aren't always willing to give up saturdays "for the good of quizbowl" and while perhaps understandable for them, i...
by Nick
Fri Aug 13, 2010 4:12 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Why don't more teams bid to host SCT?
Replies: 22
Views: 2664

Re: Why don't more teams bid to host SCT?

Firstly, I think the deadline is the major obstacle- I'm aware of at least two schools not already mentioned who planned/thought of hosting but never had a chance to discuss it with the new team. On a side note- I dont really understand how the clock prevents established programs from hosting the SC...
by Nick
Tue Aug 03, 2010 10:33 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama 2010-2011
Replies: 48
Views: 9600

Re: Alabama 2010-2011

I hear they got a legit new coach.