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by Important Bird Area
Sun Oct 19, 2008 1:05 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Non-question-specific criticisms of IS-80A
Replies: 253
Views: 24790

Re: Non-question-specific criticisms of IS-80A

Sir Thopas wrote:Eight visual arts tossups in twelve rounds, and this is being generous.
There are only supposed to be 7/9 visual art tossups in an A-series set (depending on whether you count the two architecture tossups as visual art).
by Important Bird Area
Sun Oct 19, 2008 12:11 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Non-question-specific criticisms of IS-80A
Replies: 253
Views: 24790

Re: Non-question-specific criticisms of IS-80A

Please send me specific criticisms. I'll do what I can to root them out of IS #81. Specific examples of "fake history" would be particularly appreciated.
by Important Bird Area
Thu Sep 11, 2008 5:06 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF or NAQT - which is easier?
Replies: 9
Views: 1711

Re: other message board follies, part 400

NAQT is essentially more accessible than ACF. The NAQT tossup on subject x will be "easier" than the ACF tossup on subject x, because it will be shorter, start off with more well-known clues, and possibly have a way for people with no knowledge to get it at the end (or beginning or middle). If you ...
by Important Bird Area
Tue Aug 26, 2008 2:51 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Regular difficulty: does it exist?
Replies: 87
Views: 49301

Re: Regular difficulty: does it exist?

Unless you're going to require editors to make that prediction beforehand, I don't know how such a data set would be generated. A weaker form of this would be fairly easy to produce. Looking at past conversion statistics I think it's easy to see what kinds of tossups experienced editors would consi...
by Important Bird Area
Mon Aug 18, 2008 6:50 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open Discussion
Replies: 88
Views: 12491

Re: VCU Open Discussion

Searching for "thixotropic" returns a number of references.
by Important Bird Area
Mon Aug 18, 2008 12:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Gunpei Discussion
Replies: 16
Views: 2899

Re: Gunpei Discussion

by Important Bird Area
Wed Aug 13, 2008 5:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT and the Dead Zone (ETC moved from Nationals)
Replies: 39
Views: 4241

Re: NAQT and the Dead Zone (ETC moved from Nationals)

dg61 wrote:Anybody want to fire off an email to R. Hentzel or someone else in NAQT?
I've already brought this thread to R.'s attention.
by Important Bird Area
Wed Aug 13, 2008 5:37 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT and the Dead Zone (ETC moved from Nationals)
Replies: 39
Views: 4241

Re: NAQT and the Dead Zone (ETC moved from Nationals)

The stuff I can't classify includes have answers of Pravda (newspaper) Thomas Friedman, and space elevator... ...IF you guys have those tossups and can tell, that would really help. Respectively: history, literature (non-fiction), science. (The second seems odd to me; I would have guessed current e...
by Important Bird Area
Wed Jul 02, 2008 3:41 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2007-08 NAQT IS sets: Discuss Specific Questions
Replies: 42
Views: 4264

Re: NAQT IS Discussion Thread (Discuss Specific Questions Here)

I'm seeing a lot of complaints about power marks here, which I think are a rather different complaint from "poor clue placement." To me, poor clue placement means a question that fails pyramidality, not just a question that has an inappropriately late power zone. For instance, here's the offending K...
by Important Bird Area
Wed Jul 02, 2008 3:25 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2007-08 NAQT IS sets: Discuss Specific Questions
Replies: 42
Views: 4264

Re: NAQT IS Discussion Thread (Discuss Specific Questions Here)

a horrible tossup on the Magna Carta that mentioned "forced the king to sign it in 1215" still in power"). Not so much: Most of its clauses 47 through 63 address temporary situations like Forest Law and the persecution of the Welsh, and while only clauses 1, 9, and 29 of its 1297 version remain in ...
by Important Bird Area
Wed Jul 02, 2008 4:41 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2007-08 NAQT IS sets: Discuss Specific Questions
Replies: 42
Views: 4264

Re: A Bad Packet?

SwissBoy wrote:poor clue placement, silly answer selection
If anyone has specific examples of these from the history questions, please send me feedback (jthoppes @ berkeley ) so that IS #77 and beyond can be improved. Thanks.
by Important Bird Area
Sat Jun 07, 2008 10:39 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 QU NAC: B. T. Washington (OK) wins!
Replies: 350
Views: 38310

Re: NAC Schedules

I think I'm the only Manheim Township person who reads these boards... yes, it's appalling that my alma mater continues to attend the Chip show. It's not just one team, either, it's the entire county, so they can claim they need to go to the NAC to play their local rivals. It depresses me that the s...
by Important Bird Area
Tue May 27, 2008 8:50 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Larissa Kelly Cleans Up on Jeopardy!
Replies: 10
Views: 5085

Re: Larissa Kelly Cleans Up on Jeopardy!

And Adam, we have your copy of An Incomplete Education to thank for Larissa running the category in Opera the other night...
by Important Bird Area
Mon May 26, 2008 9:05 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Experimental Tournament, 5/24
Replies: 82
Views: 24142

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Experimental Tournament, 5/24

There's no negs either, obviously, which makes a lot of sense - no reason to sit and wait till the end of the question if your choice is between "answer X" and "other stuff that I don't know." It took me entirely too long to figure this out, possibly because we were playing quizbowl until 1 in the ...
by Important Bird Area
Mon May 26, 2008 6:55 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT HSNCT Question Discussion
Replies: 87
Views: 12476

Re: NAQT HSNCT Question Discussion

One more thing: it's inexcusable to mention Erwin Rommel in the first clue of a Capporetto tossup, especially in the finals. As David said, NAQT does not distinguish the finals packet(s) from the rest of the tournament. Secondly: I find it hard to believe that that Rommel clue is actually better-kn...
by Important Bird Area
Sun May 18, 2008 6:10 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Greatest Quiz Bowl team ever?
Replies: 41
Views: 11389

Re: Greatest Quiz Bowl team ever?

1. Essentially everyone who saw them play agrees that 2005 Thomas Jefferson was the best team of all time. What team deserves the title of second-best of all time? What teams would make a top-ten list? 2. Can we/should we compare the last decade's teams with teams from the mid-1990s and earlier whic...
by Important Bird Area
Sat May 10, 2008 2:08 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Issues With Old Posts
Replies: 10
Views: 3292

Re: Issues With Old Posts

There are still tons of cut-off posts in the Meigs vs. Technophobia rant thread.
by Important Bird Area
Wed Apr 30, 2008 10:44 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Experimental Tournament, 5/24
Replies: 82
Views: 24142

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Experimental Doubles Tournament, 5/24

I already emailed Magin, but for the sake of Internet Roll Call...I'm in.
by Important Bird Area
Fri Apr 18, 2008 1:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Sub-distribution suggestions
Replies: 33
Views: 3602

Re: Sub-distribution suggestions

More on this when I don't have to run to class in ten minutes, but a few quick notes. Yes, there are some suboptimal things about how NAQT classifies its nonwestern history questions, and I will be sending notes to R accordingly. Now some commentary on questions I wrote. 1. The Uighurs were in the u...
by Important Bird Area
Fri Apr 18, 2008 12:33 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Sub-distribution suggestions
Replies: 33
Views: 3602

Re: Sub-distribution suggestions

Non-western history from the ICT: Asian (including the Middle East) (7/7) Tossups (Yuan dynasty, Treaty of Shimonoseki, Sassanid empire, the Great Game, Bangladesh, Seleucus I Nicator, Byzantine emperors named Michael) (Observationally, this skews ancient more than I would have liked- there should h...
by Important Bird Area
Wed Apr 16, 2008 4:41 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT's Post-ICT Survey
Replies: 84
Views: 16236

Re: NAQT's Post-ICT Survey

Hmm, maybe a lot of the SCT myth this year was in the last two rounds for finals that I didn't read then. That's the other issue with the no in-packet distribution. And I know at SCT the rest of my team who were playing didn't even hear all of the 4/3 I got to read because their readers only got th...
by Important Bird Area
Wed Apr 16, 2008 3:46 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT's Post-ICT Survey
Replies: 84
Views: 16236

Re: NAQT's Post-ICT Survey

Yes, there's a fixed quantity of mythology. The ICT contained 9/9 myth, distributed like this: 4/5 classical 1/1 Norse 1/1 Egyptian 1/1 Mesopotamian 1/1 American 1/0 East Asian That's 1/1 myth in every two packets, with a roughly even split between classical and everything else. "Should there be mor...
by Important Bird Area
Wed Apr 16, 2008 12:44 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ICT Discussion
Replies: 102
Views: 16505

Re: ICT Discussion

Both soils and Principles of Geology were listed as tossups in Earth Science.
by Important Bird Area
Tue Apr 15, 2008 1:49 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ICT Discussion
Replies: 102
Views: 16505

Re: ICT Discussion

everyday847 wrote:locking ourselves in a room with resources until we've written 50/50 Celtic myth and 100/100 Croatian social history
My secret plan for the 2009 ICT has been exposed?!?
by Important Bird Area
Tue Apr 15, 2008 12:57 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ICT Discussion
Replies: 102
Views: 16505

Re: ICT Discussion

Eh, perhaps I overestimate people's knowledge of the Qattara Depression.
by Important Bird Area
Tue Apr 15, 2008 12:47 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ICT Discussion
Replies: 102
Views: 16505

Re: ICT Discussion

Also, I'm not usually one to complain about the geography, but Qattara Depression / Tobruk / Gulf of Sidra was extremely hard. Gulf of Sidra is a much more obscure easy part than, for example, coming up with "To His Coy Mistress" after Marvell has already been the first part. Precisely because Sidr...
by Important Bird Area
Mon Apr 14, 2008 10:40 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ICT Discussion
Replies: 102
Views: 16505

Re: ICT Discussion

I think writing trash for an audience that wants academic quiz bowl is a challenge--obviously no easy task. It may have its role, but I would argue that its role ought to be smaller, first off, and more carefully considered / placed at the end of the packet. (That last option is probably contentiou...
by Important Bird Area
Mon Apr 14, 2008 9:59 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ICT Discussion
Replies: 102
Views: 16505

Re: ICT Discussion

grapesmoker wrote:Things like ... "ivory-billed woodpecker"(!) appear to me to be a dubious selection of answers.
...and finally Jerry complains about something I was responsible for. Yeah, this would have been better off in Current Events than Science.
by Important Bird Area
Sun Apr 13, 2008 10:51 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ICT Discussion
Replies: 102
Views: 16505

Re: ICT Discussion

I thought there were too many bonuses that either lacked an easy part or were just impossible to get even 10s or 20s on. I'd be interested to hear commentary from others on bonus difficulty, or see some examples. I know I wrote some fairly difficult stuff for the third parts of bonuses, but I tried...
by Important Bird Area
Wed Mar 19, 2008 12:20 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The Great Middle School Pyramidal Experiment
Replies: 105
Views: 35201

Re: The Great Middle School Pyramidal Experiment

Toss-up #11 (History), Match 1: Like most West Point graduates, this famous southerner took a position with the U.S. Army as a frontier soldier in the Pacific Northwest, where his job was to keep the peace between white settlers and Indians. In 1845, he was elected to represent Mississippi in the U...
by Important Bird Area
Wed Mar 12, 2008 11:41 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 24 hours of quizbowl
Replies: 57
Views: 9494

Re: 24 hours of quizbowl

a 24 hour quizbowl practice once allegedly undergone by Princeton under Jeff Hoppes. Whether this actually happened or not aside That's no allegation. That was brutal reality from late spring 2000. The setup: from about 1998 or so Princeton's lexicon had an entry for "latest time yet reached at a P...
by Important Bird Area
Mon Mar 10, 2008 6:30 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Experimental tournament during HSNCT
Replies: 39
Views: 5484

Re: Experimental tournament during HSNCT

I was going to ask whether this would be a great idea, considering that you are supposed to be there on someone else's dime to help them run a tournament... theirs. Logistically how are you going to do this (unless the NAQT folks wants to do it)? Just wondering. Everyone posting above has rationall...
by Important Bird Area
Mon Mar 10, 2008 2:09 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Experimental tournament during HSNCT
Replies: 39
Views: 5484

Re: Experimental tournament during HSNCT

Sure, as long as it happens before Sunday evening.
by Important Bird Area
Sun Feb 17, 2008 7:05 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CBI Regionals Discussion
Replies: 85
Views: 8245

I think you're missing part of my point here... Why should we stop people from attempting to participate in what I view as a valuable activity for both students and institutions because some local tournaments might be run poorly at first? I didn't mean to imply that I was somehow against expanding ...
by Important Bird Area
Sun Feb 17, 2008 1:00 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Regionals discussion
Replies: 79
Views: 33201

squareroot165 wrote:Is the Okavango River really obscure enough to be a lead-in for Botswana?
No, it's not.

Both the V1 and the Fourth Lateran strike me as perfectly good ideas for tossups, but probably too hard for Regionals.
by Important Bird Area
Sun Feb 17, 2008 12:36 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CBI Regionals Discussion
Replies: 85
Views: 8245

a lot of quizbowl players have disdain for other student groups and campus activities personnel... and like organizing their travel, finances, and tournaments independently. This has a certain appeal and has worked relatively well over the years thanks to tremendous efforts of certain individuals i...
by Important Bird Area
Fri Feb 15, 2008 4:58 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CBI Regionals Discussion
Replies: 85
Views: 8245

So this year, CBI undoes our efforts by direct contacting an administrator. Is this a neat trick others are experiencing? Isn't this how it's always been? College Bowl has a network of random student union employees who don't know anything. They are the market, not quizbowl teams. Princeton's club ...
by Important Bird Area
Mon Feb 11, 2008 4:45 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Post-2008 SCT General NAQT Discussion
Replies: 24
Views: 4452

grapesmoker wrote:the requirement of having a moderator and a scorekeeper in every room is very limiting for smaller clubs.
What Jerry said. Berkeley is a big club in a small region. And yet, we came very close to running out of staff and had to draft Gaius ten minutes before the tournament began.
by Important Bird Area
Mon Feb 11, 2008 2:48 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Private Sectionals Discussion Forum Signup and Access
Replies: 94
Views: 12586

username: btgreenwarbler
by Important Bird Area
Mon Feb 11, 2008 2:23 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT timing policy
Replies: 20
Views: 3651

It has to be announced by the moderator before the match starts. You can't claim it retroactively.
by Important Bird Area
Mon Feb 11, 2008 2:04 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT timing policy
Replies: 20
Views: 3651

That's NAQT rule F.5, specifying that the tossup be completed if the official clock is not visible to both teams. It's not some bizarre scenario banning the players from using their own clocks.
by Important Bird Area
Sun Feb 10, 2008 1:29 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: SCT Discussion
Replies: 89
Views: 13811

Anyone who would like to comment on specific history questions from the SCT is encouraged to email me. In the interest of producing ICT questions that are met with something more positive than rage...
by Important Bird Area
Sat Feb 09, 2008 11:15 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: SCT (2/9/2008) at UC Berkeley
Replies: 8
Views: 2117

Unofficial results from DI:

1. Stanford B
2. Stanford A
3. UC Irvine
4. UCLA
by Important Bird Area
Fri Feb 08, 2008 10:17 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Cardinal Classic Discussion
Replies: 46
Views: 7266

Bentley Like Beckham wrote: Some bonuses didn't even come close to having an easy part (the really hard Aztec myth bonus... for example.
Which bonus was this? The only one I remember hearing seemed perfectly reasonable.
by Important Bird Area
Mon Jan 28, 2008 6:55 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Tell me more about the Legend
Replies: 15
Views: 4547

I was hoping that some college players would talk about some interesting anecdotes/how he managed to do what he did etc. but maybe he was active before the players active today started playing? There are plenty of us around who have played against Subash. It's just that Subash c. 2003 was the most ...
by Important Bird Area
Sat Jan 26, 2008 8:12 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Tell me more about the Legend
Replies: 15
Views: 4547

I just took a look back at the reaction to the 2003 ICT on the Yahoo group. Joon Pahk's is a fair summary: "subash laid the smack down at that tournament like the smack has never been laid down before. you talk about sheahan's 7/7/0 game, fine, but subash had 8 power TUs in the finals alone, against...
by Important Bird Area
Sat Dec 15, 2007 9:03 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: playing against the packet
Replies: 55
Views: 14565

the battle of Lutzen. It's not fair to players with legitimate history knowledge to say "Joao" or "Torsten Stålhandske" in the first line of such a question. If there are that many players with "legitimate history knowledge" at your tournament, the right thing to do is to write a harder leadin clu...
by Important Bird Area
Wed Dec 12, 2007 10:53 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: playing against the packet
Replies: 55
Views: 14565

more complex history cannon
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by Important Bird Area
Sun Nov 18, 2007 1:47 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Announcement - Berkeley WIT 2007
Replies: 5
Views: 4059

Brief unofficial results:

1. Chicago A
2. Stanford A
3t. UC Irvine
3t. Berkeley A
5. Stanford B
6t. Berkeley B
6t. UCLA
8. Chicago B

(edit: fix lower bracket standings)