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by AlphaQuizBowler
Sat Apr 23, 2011 10:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: LIST is looking for mirrors!
Replies: 33
Views: 8988

Re: LIST is looking for mirrors!

Some more incredibly logical reasoning from noted expert Charlie Dees. Even though you didn't take the time to really discuss my points at all, I'm going to take some time to make myself clear anyway. Geography and Current Events are academic topics, they aren't junk! Fair enough. My point was that ...
by AlphaQuizBowler
Sat Apr 23, 2011 7:13 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: LIST is looking for mirrors!
Replies: 33
Views: 8988

Re: LIST is looking for mirrors!

Yeah this set was really really good, and really really accessible. I have to say that Dees has been greatly exaggerating the quality of this tournament. It was in fact "really really accessible" but not "really really good." I'll start with the difficulty. First of all, this claim: f you are looki...
by AlphaQuizBowler
Mon Apr 18, 2011 11:59 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Torrey Pines Quizbowl Database
Replies: 108
Views: 82565

Re: Torrey Pines Quizbowl Database

This is awesome stuff. Maybe I'm not doing this right, but it seems like I can only do one-word searches. Is it possible to search using multiple words for things like a book title?
by AlphaQuizBowler
Mon Apr 18, 2011 11:47 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Where Will You Be Going to College Next Year?
Replies: 67
Views: 18175

Re: Where Will You Be Going to College Next Year?

JamesIV wrote:Yale University.
I have to say the Yale quizbowl practice on Wednesday was very enjoyable, and it was nice to meet you.

I'll be attending Harvard in the fall.
by AlphaQuizBowler
Mon Apr 18, 2011 11:45 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Georgia Tech HSNCT Warm-up: April 16, 2011
Replies: 66
Views: 22950

Re: Georgia Tech HSNCT Warm-up: April 16, 2011

How is this not fair? The fact that neither the 5th- nor the 6th-place team got to play the 4th-place team for a spot in the top bracket is far from optimal. At the same time, that's almost impossible to control (especially considering the difficulty of estimating Kunal's strength playing solo) so ...
by AlphaQuizBowler
Fri Apr 08, 2011 10:08 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2011 PACE NSC Tournament Format
Replies: 96
Views: 18112

Re: 2011 PACE NSC Tournament Format

This thread has certainly gone places since my last post. Let me just clarify what I was saying: I'm not advocating getting rid of rebracketed formats. I don't think there's any superior alternative to rebracketing, and I've used rebracketing at all 3 high school tournaments that I've TDed. I realiz...
by AlphaQuizBowler
Wed Apr 06, 2011 10:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2011 PACE NSC Tournament Format
Replies: 96
Views: 18112

Re: 2011 PACE NSC Tournament Format

Also, did you even take a look at last year's preliminary standings? I was there. Somehow I don't think that Lawson Bracket and Shinn Bracket were anywhere near as difficult as Davies or Sloan, and I think that's shown by the low finishes of St. Ignatius and Walt Whitman in the top bracket. Or I co...
by AlphaQuizBowler
Wed Apr 06, 2011 10:18 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2011 PACE NSC Tournament Format
Replies: 96
Views: 18112

Re: 2011 PACE NSC Tournament Format

So here's my concern: it's bad enough to be relegated to at best 17th place after 7 games. Being relegated to at best 25th after only 5 games? This requires near-perfect bracketing, which, based on the statistics from previous years, PACE (or really any other organization) just really isn't capable ...
by AlphaQuizBowler
Mon Apr 04, 2011 11:31 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MUT Mirror 4/2 @ NGCSU
Replies: 165
Views: 55460

Re: MUT Mirror 4/2 @ NGCSU

Something I'd like to add about the "quality" or "difficulty rating," as a player at this tournament: nobody actually adjusted their play to get a better "quality," because nobody knew what "quality" was until the end of the tournament. So if the point was to promote "sportsmanship" (defined, I gues...
by AlphaQuizBowler
Sat Apr 02, 2011 8:03 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MUT Mirror 4/2 @ NGCSU
Replies: 165
Views: 55460

Re: MUT Mirror 4/2 @ NGCSU

First of all, I'd like to thank NGCSU for hosting the tournament--it was fun to get a chance to play a college tournament not too far from Alpharetta. Logistically, I would say the tournament ran well. The readers were generally good. Getting 9 rounds in by 5 pm is fairly timely, especially when you...
by AlphaQuizBowler
Fri Apr 01, 2011 3:15 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2011 PACE NSC
Replies: 114
Views: 164944

Re: 2011 PACE NSC

Any update on the planned format for this tournament?
by AlphaQuizBowler
Fri Apr 01, 2011 3:05 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2011 NAQT HSNCT: May 27-29: Congratulations State College!
Replies: 112
Views: 34490

Re: 2011 NAQT HSNCT: May 27-29, Atlanta

The 208-team tournament field is now full (counting spots reserved for state champions). NAQT will continue to accept teams for a waitlist and will notify them promptly if a spot opens up; email us (hsnct [at] naqt.com) as soon as possible to secure a spot on the waitlist. Please feel free to conta...
by AlphaQuizBowler
Fri Mar 25, 2011 3:25 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Announcing the GQPA
Replies: 0
Views: 851

Announcing the GQPA

I'm proud to announce the formation of GQPA, the Georgia Quizbowl Players Association. You can visit our blog here . The primary goal of the GQPA currently is to organize and secure funding for the Georgia NASAT team, but as we receive more input from players, we will be announcing our future plans....
by AlphaQuizBowler
Wed Mar 23, 2011 8:44 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MUT Mirror 4/2 @ NGCSU
Replies: 165
Views: 55460

Re: MUT Mirror 4/2 @ NGCSU

Alpharetta should have a team at this.
by AlphaQuizBowler
Wed Mar 16, 2011 3:04 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Norcross Academic Challenge 3/12/11 (GA) Prison Bowl Mirror
Replies: 15
Views: 4246

Re: Norcross Academic Challenge 3/12/11 (GA) Prison Bowl Mirror

The moderators were instructed to follow the rules in the packet which stated something along the lines of "players should be recognized in some recognizable form before giving an answer." It wasn't meant to be invoked very often, and I hope it didn't play a significant role in any matches. Honestl...
by AlphaQuizBowler
Mon Mar 07, 2011 9:02 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2011 NSC - 60 teams
Replies: 74
Views: 16320

Re: 2011 NSC - 16 spots left

And Alpharetta? We're listed on the NSC website.
by AlphaQuizBowler
Sun Mar 06, 2011 10:53 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Prison Bowl IV @ Hunter HS, NYC (3/5/2011)
Replies: 60
Views: 28970

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

I haven't seen or heard the set, but for future reference, I think it's pretty objectionable to have half a set be harder than the other half. At the same time, I think it's entirely Hunter's prerogative to write the set the way they want it for their tournament. People mirroring should understand ...
by AlphaQuizBowler
Tue Mar 01, 2011 4:39 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: GSAC XVIII looking for mirrors
Replies: 8
Views: 2184

Re: GSAC XVIII looking for mirrors

Can someone approve me for the discussion group?
by AlphaQuizBowler
Sun Feb 27, 2011 8:57 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: My Problem With Studying for Quiz Bowl
Replies: 21
Views: 10411

Re: My Problem With Studying for Quiz Bowl

Whenever I read something deep, I feel like I'm being inefficient with my time; whenever I read something more general, I feel like I'm not learning in enough depth to get a tossup on what I'm studying. That's pretty much the basic paradox of quizbowl studying right there. I would say that the opti...
by AlphaQuizBowler
Fri Feb 25, 2011 2:09 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alpharetta Varsity (2/5/11)--GSAC Mirror
Replies: 19
Views: 6598

Re: Alpharetta Varsity (2/5/11)--GSAC Mirror

The National division has received platinum certification from PACE. This means that all 6 teams in the National division qualify for the NSC. The Varsity Division will not qualify as it is the lower division of a segregated field. For some very strange reason I feel like this certification doesn't...
by AlphaQuizBowler
Thu Feb 24, 2011 10:36 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alpharetta Varsity (2/5/11)--GSAC Mirror
Replies: 19
Views: 6598

Re: Alpharetta Varsity (2/5/11)--GSAC Mirror

The National division has received platinum certification from PACE. This means that all 6 teams in the National division qualify for the NSC.

The Varsity Division will not qualify as it is the lower division of a segregated field.
by AlphaQuizBowler
Tue Feb 22, 2011 7:58 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Solon Two-Day (February 19-20, 2011)
Replies: 19
Views: 6706

Re: Solon Two-Day (February 19-20, 2011)

I'm willing to believe that Culver didn't go to Solon's tournament intending to play a set they'd already heard. What I can't believe, though, is that any quiz bowl player can sit through 10 rounds of a tournament they'd already played and not notice. After the first round, something goes off in you...
by AlphaQuizBowler
Mon Feb 07, 2011 10:18 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Georgia 2010-2011
Replies: 37
Views: 7578

Re: Georgia 2010-2011

I'm hoping that Centennial's performance on GSAC improves its reputation on the national scene, considering its PPB ended up exceeding those of Richard Montgomery (who Fred has ranked 10th), Auburn A (9), TJ A (8), and even, by the slimmest of margins, Dorman A (5), who they also beat at Chattahooch...
by AlphaQuizBowler
Mon Feb 07, 2011 4:41 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alpharetta Varsity (2/5/11)--GSAC Mirror
Replies: 19
Views: 6598

Re: Alpharetta Varsity (2/5/11)--GSAC Mirror

I'd like to congratulate Marist A and Centennial A on winning the Varsity and National divisions, respectively, of the first-ever Alpharetta Varsity Tournament. Here are the complete results: Varsity Division: 1. Marist A 2. South Forsyth 3. Berkmar 4. Norcross B 5. Walker School A 6. Blessed Trinit...
by AlphaQuizBowler
Mon Feb 07, 2011 12:56 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alpharetta Varsity (2/5/11)--GSAC Mirror
Replies: 19
Views: 6598

Re: Alpharetta Varsity (2/5/11)--GSAC Mirror

Final results for the National division can be found here. I'll post a final wrap-up sometime tomorrow.
by AlphaQuizBowler
Sat Feb 05, 2011 2:48 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alpharetta Varsity (2/5/11)--GSAC Mirror
Replies: 19
Views: 6598

Re: Alpharetta Varsity (2/5/11)--GSAC Mirror

I've been updating on the GATA forum, so I guess I haven't really kept up with this thread.

This tournament is happening. The National Division is playing a double round-robin, and stats for the first 5 rounds can be found here.
by AlphaQuizBowler
Fri Feb 04, 2011 5:38 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: GSAC XVIII looking for mirrors
Replies: 8
Views: 2184

Re: GSAC XVIII looking for mirrors

Can someone who has the GSAC set email it to me at [email protected]? My coach was supposed to be emailed the questions earlier this week, but never received them.

EDIT: JR sent them to me.
by AlphaQuizBowler
Tue Jan 18, 2011 9:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alpharetta Varsity (2/5/11)--GSAC Mirror
Replies: 19
Views: 6598

Re: Alpharetta Varsity (2/5/11)--GSAC Mirror

Hilltopper22 wrote:
AlphaQuizBowler wrote: Dunbar
Is this Dunbar (KY)?
They've expressed interest. I meant to put a question mark by them because Ms. Magedanz said she would check with the team, and I haven't heard any recent news.

EDIT: They're going to Western Kentucky's mirror.
by AlphaQuizBowler
Tue Jan 18, 2011 4:05 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alpharetta Varsity (2/5/11)--GSAC Mirror
Replies: 19
Views: 6598

Re: Alpharetta Varsity (2/5/11)--GSAC Mirror

Field Update (1/18/10):

National
Centennial
Central Gwinnett
Chattahoochee (2)
Walton
Pensacola?

Varsity
Marist (2?)
Heritage
The Walker School (2)
Blessed Trinity
Woodland High School?

Two weeks left to register!
by AlphaQuizBowler
Sun Jan 16, 2011 6:07 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Online Scrimmages with Actual Readers!
Replies: 74
Views: 11523

Re: Online Scrimmages with Actual Readers!

Ar$oni$t$ Get All the Girl$ wrote:I'll do this this Sunday at 4:00 CST.
Is this happening?
by AlphaQuizBowler
Thu Jan 06, 2011 10:31 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: PACE qualification policy for multiple teams
Replies: 19
Views: 2496

Re: PACE qualification policy for multiple teams

It seems at least against the spirit of the rules to split your A team in order to qualify a B team. If the real B team can't qualify on its own merits, it should apply for a wild card bid if it really wants to go to nationals. Whose business is it to dictate to people how and why they should be al...
by AlphaQuizBowler
Thu Jan 06, 2011 6:45 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: PACE qualification policy for multiple teams
Replies: 19
Views: 2496

Re: PACE qualification policy for multiple teams

It seems at least against the spirit of the rules to split your A team in order to qualify a B team. If the real B team can't qualify on its own merits, it should apply for a wild card bid if it really wants to go to nationals.
by AlphaQuizBowler
Wed Jan 05, 2011 5:34 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama 2010-2011
Replies: 48
Views: 10182

Re: Alabama 2010-2011

Alabama teams! I'd like to invite you all to Alpharetta's GSAC mirror on February 5. You can find more information here.
by AlphaQuizBowler
Wed Jan 05, 2011 4:21 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alpharetta Varsity (2/5/11)--GSAC Mirror
Replies: 19
Views: 6598

Re: Alpharetta Varsity (2/5/11)--GSAC Mirror

Field Update (1/5/10): National Centennial Central Gwinnett Chattahoochee (2) Walton Pensacola Varsity Marist (2?) Heritage There's still plenty of room in both divisions, though the National division is shaping up nicely already. We have a month to go before the tournament, so if your team wants to...
by AlphaQuizBowler
Tue Dec 28, 2010 7:08 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Online Scrimmages with Actual Readers!
Replies: 74
Views: 11523

Re: Online Scrimmages with Actual Readers!

That was, as before, very fun. Playing with teams certainly made it more exciting.
by AlphaQuizBowler
Tue Dec 21, 2010 7:51 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: On-going season rankings
Replies: 391
Views: 99559

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 also...
by AlphaQuizBowler
Sun Dec 19, 2010 8:55 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Online Scrimmages with Actual Readers!
Replies: 74
Views: 11523

Re: Online Scrimmages with Actual Readers!

This is an interesting idea. Now, this would require pre-made teams to notify me if they want to do this and for me to be able to schedule a time when both teams can meet. You wouldn't necessarily need to do this. You could post the time in the forum, as you've done for the first few sessions, and t...
by AlphaQuizBowler
Sun Dec 19, 2010 6:47 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Online Scrimmages with Actual Readers!
Replies: 74
Views: 11523

Re: Online Scrimmages with Actual Readers!

That was really cool.
by AlphaQuizBowler
Sat Dec 18, 2010 9:55 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ADVANTAGE (12/18/2010) at New Trier (Winnetka, IL)
Replies: 100
Views: 45216

Re: ADVANTAGE (12/18/2010) at New Trier (Winnetka, IL)

BGSO wrote:Auburn wins 300-295.
Did the protest get resolved?
by AlphaQuizBowler
Sun Dec 12, 2010 4:16 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: March Madness comes early this year: Top 64 Christmas Songs
Replies: 369
Views: 34999

Re: March Madness comes early this year: Top 64 Christmas Songs

Abstain the first two, but the Rovers and Elvis get my vote.

EDIT: I missed like two of the winners announcements. Whoops.
by AlphaQuizBowler
Sun Dec 12, 2010 12:44 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Online Scrimmages with Actual Readers!
Replies: 74
Views: 11523

Re: Online Scrimmages with Actual Readers!

What questions did you guys use?
by AlphaQuizBowler
Sat Dec 11, 2010 6:05 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: On-going season rankings
Replies: 391
Views: 99559

Re: On-going season rankings

HSQB Rankings wrote:90. Centennial (GA)
I'm guessing this is going to change after Centennial's performance at Chattahoochee's BATE mirror today.
by AlphaQuizBowler
Fri Dec 03, 2010 8:18 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alpharetta Varsity (2/5/11)--GSAC Mirror
Replies: 19
Views: 6598

Alpharetta Varsity (2/5/11)--GSAC Mirror

All quiz bowl teams are invited to the inaugural Alpharetta Varsity Tournament , to be held at Alpharetta High School on February 5, 2011. Divisions: Teams can register for one of two divisions: the National division and the Varsity division. Teams may choose which division to enter, but the Nation...
by AlphaQuizBowler
Thu Dec 02, 2010 5:45 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: On-going season rankings
Replies: 391
Views: 99559

Re: On-going season rankings

With Fred's rankings, Dwight's computer models, and the hsquizbowl poll, it seems like it won't be long before we have the QBCS: Quiz Bowl Championship Series. Wouldn't that be great? All kidding aside, though, do you think, Dwight, that you could run this analysis on past HSNCT statistics as a test...
by AlphaQuizBowler
Thu Dec 02, 2010 12:14 am
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: CMST II: Searching For Writers
Replies: 42
Views: 11053

Re: CMST II: Searching For Writers

I can write 10/10 for this.
by AlphaQuizBowler
Wed Dec 01, 2010 6:47 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: General discussion
Replies: 42
Views: 6019

Re: General discussion

Getting that bonus after the 18th tossup in the final game at Central Gwinnett was not fun. We missed translation with "literary analysis?" If you want it to be the easy part, then you have to make it more clear, because right now you're relying on people inferring "translation" from the fact that t...
by AlphaQuizBowler
Tue Nov 30, 2010 9:46 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Classic City Classic 2/19/2011
Replies: 21
Views: 6617

Re: Classic City Classic 1/15/2011

You can put us down for at least 1, maybe 2.
by AlphaQuizBowler
Mon Nov 22, 2010 7:57 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bouncebacks on bonuses
Replies: 54
Views: 14228

Re: Bouncebacks on bonuses

No they don't. Well, you're partly right, in the sense that it's possible to track PPB at a tournament that uses bouncebacks (this is what we did for our mirror of Fall Novice this year). However, the difficulty of tracking PPB with bouncebacks means that many tournaments (in Georgia, at least) don...
by AlphaQuizBowler
Sun Nov 21, 2010 11:31 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: VCU Fall Tournament (11/20)
Replies: 43
Views: 10417

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: VCU Fall Tournament (11/20)

The power really doesn't matter, dude. Really? Because without powers, he would be putting up 150.5 ppg, which is an excellent but not earth-shattering accomplishment. At the Whitman HFT mirror , for example, Aidan put up 160 ppg and Daniel put up 147.5. Tommy is an amazing player (we only managed ...
by AlphaQuizBowler
Thu Nov 18, 2010 7:18 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: General discussion
Replies: 42
Views: 6019

Re: General discussion

It seems like all of the clues for this question: 12. The lower legs of a trapeze artist wearing green shoes hang in the upper-left of this painting, below which a woman wearing golden gloves props her face on her hands. The figures in the upper right are either a poorly implemented reflection in a ...