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by Ringil
Thu Feb 11, 2010 7:19 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: More Question Feedback
Replies: 26
Views: 2996

Re: More Question Feedback

We didn't get to play on it, but how in the world is a bonus on chess players a good idea? I get that Kasparov is gettable, but who else other than Fischer at this level? Maybe as a screw you hard part Spassky, but that's it. Jeff, what category was this put in? Anand is pretty well known being the...
by Ringil
Sun Feb 07, 2010 3:28 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Welcome to the 2010 SCT discussion.
Replies: 228
Views: 26083

Re: Welcome to the 2010 SCT discussion.

bt_green_warbler wrote:
Ringil wrote:I liked most of the history in the set, but I was sad at the lack of China in the DI set from what I heard from the DI team.
The DI set had 2/1 Chinese history (as expected).
Did you count Mao's Little Red book as part of that?
by Ringil
Sun Feb 07, 2010 3:22 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Welcome to the 2010 SCT discussion.
Replies: 228
Views: 26083

Re: Welcome to the 2010 SCT discussion.

I liked most of the history in the set, but I was sad at the lack of China in the DI set from what I heard from the DI team. However, I felt there were some crazy things in the science. For example, in one round in DII, there was a tossup on the Rydberg equation and bonus later in that same round ha...
by Ringil
Fri Feb 05, 2010 11:32 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Japanese Names
Replies: 27
Views: 4684

Re: Japanese Names

Japanese and Chinese (and Hungarian and Javanese and any other relevant naming scheme) names should be treated the same as other names. For example, the point is absolutely right that, under any sensible system of answer accepting, that execrable question on Chiang Kai-shek's son should have prompt...
by Ringil
Fri Feb 05, 2010 2:58 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Japanese Names
Replies: 27
Views: 4684

Re: Japanese Names

One rule I don't quite understand is why for many Chinese names, the answer line often only contains the last name. For example, at ACF Fall, there was a bonus part on Chiang Kai-shek's son, Chiang Chin-kuo. [10] This president of Taiwan succeeded his father as chairman of the Kuomintang in 1975 and...
by Ringil
Thu Feb 04, 2010 11:54 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Help with Scobobot
Replies: 19
Views: 3138

Re: Help with Scobobot

TheLessFamousEthan wrote:
Crazy Andy Watkins wrote:Use Pidgin for IRC.
I used it but it just seems to be an instant messenger?
You can set up IRC on it. Just add it as one of your accounts for IRC and then set it to the correct server. Then pick an username and you should be set.
by Ringil
Mon Jan 25, 2010 4:55 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT and distribution change
Replies: 29
Views: 4362

Re: NAQT and distribution change

I think there can be a bit more European history, as that is a very common topic in High School, at the cost of some American History (which I think is a bit overrepresented).
by Ringil
Sun Jan 17, 2010 3:31 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Winter discussion
Replies: 83
Views: 12755

Re: ACF Winter discussion

This was demonstrative of the lack of old history (Roman/Greek/ancient Near East) in this tournament, which I felt was pretty abysmal. I remember only Darius I, Thutmose III, Peisistratus. Perhaps my site just read all the packets without these things, but having only 3 tossups on old stuff in 11 r...
by Ringil
Sun Jan 17, 2010 3:14 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Winter discussion
Replies: 83
Views: 12755

Re: ACF Winter discussion

I thought this was a pretty good tournament, but the country tossups for lit got annoying fast (especially Iceland). I liked how most of the bonuses had very accessible easy parts that most everyone could get 10 points on. I felt the USCD + Penn packet had a bit too much modern history questions. It...
by Ringil
Sat Jan 09, 2010 10:29 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Spring Offensive at HSNCT (5/29/2010)
Replies: 217
Views: 75969

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Spring Offensive at HSNCT (5/29/2010)

I hope to play this if I staff for HSNCT.
by Ringil
Tue Dec 22, 2009 7:10 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Michigan '09-'10
Replies: 186
Views: 28342

Re: Michigan '09-'10

Hey everyone, As I said over in the Rube thread, we hit capacity for our field. The MSU team is still rebuilding, and we feel that a field of 36 is good for this tournament. We are going to be hosting tournament in March and April, and I'll let you know soon about those. We are going to set ourselv...
by Ringil
Fri Dec 11, 2009 2:39 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Michigan '09-'10
Replies: 186
Views: 28342

Re: Michigan '09-'10

DCD beat CC at our tourney back in November. After a few months, it's clear the top teams in the state are: 1. DCD 2. CC A 3. Novi A There's lot's of other solid teams in the state, but right now these 3 stand out. DCD is the best, but on a bad day are vulnerable to lose to CC A. CC is clearly the ...
by Ringil
Wed Dec 09, 2009 4:38 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Michigan Autumn Classic (12/05/09)
Replies: 36
Views: 5762

Re: Michigan Autumn Classic (12/05/09)

According to the NAQT website, that round had 20 tossups read. I'm sorry to intrude in this conversation, but I found that according to this http://www.naqt.com/stats/team-performance.jsp?team_id=11192 the number of questions in the round would have to be at least 22. We would never know how many q...
by Ringil
Sun Dec 06, 2009 5:06 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Michigan '09-'10
Replies: 186
Views: 28342

Re: Michigan '09-'10

You're right. I seem to have misread that. The numbers were close enough that my brain didn't function or something.
by Ringil
Sun Dec 06, 2009 3:15 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Michigan '09-'10
Replies: 186
Views: 28342

Re: Michigan '09-'10

This discussion kind of died. After 2 tournaments, I think we've gotten a feel for the top teams in the state. These are my thoughts. I think DCDS is probably the best in the state at the moment. Yesterday, at Autumn Classic, they defeated DCC A pretty soundly 475-290. Though, they did lose Novi Wil...
by Ringil
Thu Dec 03, 2009 2:33 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Is this a BLITZ or not?
Replies: 78
Views: 6990

Re: Is this a BLITZ or not?

As a further continued example, we can't buzz off "This monarch fought at Pavia" with "Francis I and Charles V" and expect to be right, but we can (and should) buzz with "Francis I of France was defeated by Holy Roman Emperor Charles V at Pavia" and expect to be right whichever of the two it is. I ...
by Ringil
Wed Dec 02, 2009 12:10 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Is this a BLITZ or not?
Replies: 78
Views: 6990

Re: Is this a BLITZ or not?

Sorry if I'm hijacking the thread, but I have a relevant question about blitzing. I've always wondered whether or not blizting is possible in any non-literature/arts situations. For example if a history question said "This man fought at Pavia" would it be alright to say as your answer both Francis I...
by Ringil
Sun Nov 01, 2009 6:38 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall 2009 Discussion
Replies: 129
Views: 16574

Re: ACF Fall 2009 Discussion

Also, one packet seemed to have heavy amounts of 30 Year's War stuff as in having a tossup on Peace of Westphalia and a bonus on the Dutch revolution that merged into the 30 Year's War. Yes, and the bonus mentioned the Peace of Westphalia. If I recall correctly, the bonus followed the tossup in my ...
by Ringil
Sun Nov 01, 2009 4:18 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall 2009 Discussion
Replies: 129
Views: 16574

Re: ACF Fall 2009 Discussion

I was unable to play this due to a schedule conflict, but I noticed a rather significant error in a bonus: 7. Answer the following about devices that helped shape the modern computer for 10 points each. [10] At Bell Labs, Bardeen, Brattain, and Shockley created the first of these devices used to am...
by Ringil
Sun Nov 01, 2009 2:12 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall Midwest at UChicago
Replies: 41
Views: 10344

Re: ACF Fall Midwest at UChicago

Like everyone before me, I thought the bracketing was weird. However, I thought the tournament went pretty smoothly in general and was pretty well organized. The two rooms that were in the other building weren't too much of a problem either. Overall, it was a pretty fun tournament.
by Ringil
Mon Oct 05, 2009 6:30 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: EFT Discussion
Replies: 186
Views: 19986

Re: EFT Discussion

Apparently this set was very lazy in terms of providing alternate answers. Making the occasional mistake and leaving off answers is no big deal, but doing it consistently over an entire set is a big problem. Writing questions is about making them as playable as possible, and part of that is making ...
by Ringil
Mon Oct 05, 2009 12:02 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: EFT Discussion
Replies: 186
Views: 19986

Re: EFT Discussion

I thought this set was pretty awesome overall. However, there was also some problems with bonus difficulties as noted previously. However, overall these weren't too important. So, thanks Brown and co for making this awesome set :grin:
by Ringil
Fri Sep 18, 2009 6:05 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2009 HS Preseason Poll Results - Congrats, Maggie Walker!
Replies: 52
Views: 14388

Re: 2009 HS Preseason Poll Results - Congrats, Maggie Walker!

I have to agree with David.

Also, having played both teams, I gotta say DCC B was better than Novi A. This coming year, though, I can't be sure of.
by Ringil
Mon Aug 24, 2009 4:35 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Whatever happened to the Stanford Archives?
Replies: 8
Views: 1557

Re: Whatever happened to the Stanford Archives?

Prof.Whoopie wrote:Gyaankosh was working for about ten minutes today around 4:00 PM EDT, but then it stopped :(
It's back up. However, the past few days, it has been on and off :sad:
by Ringil
Mon Aug 17, 2009 11:20 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2009-10 Preseason Top 50
Replies: 99
Views: 29717

Re: 2009-10 Preseason Top 50

It was cool to read that my team was put under really good team category (at least last year) :grin:

I hope to see this continued
by Ringil
Thu May 21, 2009 11:10 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HSAPQ: Fall Tournaments Sets Available
Replies: 150
Views: 24246

Re: HSAPQ: Fall Tournaments Sets Available

Eric, it seems that you're correct, but I don't like the Mithradates clue, it really does remind someone of Pompey/Sulla.
by Ringil
Wed May 20, 2009 10:33 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HSAPQ: Fall Tournaments Sets Available
Replies: 150
Views: 24246

Re: HSAPQ: Fall Tournaments Sets Available

From Round 11 of ACF-3 Question 15: 15. This man exiled himself to Cilicia after being ordered to divorce Cornelia, the daughter of Lucius Cinna. This man created an army to fight Mithridiates IV Eupator of Pontus . He attacked Gerovia and was soundly repulsed and then besieged Alesia, where he def...
by Ringil
Wed Apr 29, 2009 6:05 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: April 29: Pre-Nationals Goldfish Championship
Replies: 74
Views: 9482

Re: April 29: Pre-Nationals Goldfish Championship

What's the deadline for playing the packets?
by Ringil
Sun Jan 04, 2009 3:11 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: New Trier Varsity 12/20 (IL)
Replies: 107
Views: 15938

Re: New Trier Varsity 12/20 (IL)

A quick comment on a small error that I found in one of the bonuses. From Round 8, Question 7 Considered by some people to be the last non-Christian Roman Emperor, he actually received Chris- tian training but hated it. He was the half-brother of Constantine the Great. ANSWER: Julian the Apostate or...
by Ringil
Sun Sep 21, 2008 1:17 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: What got you into Quizbowl?
Replies: 90
Views: 15049

Re: What got you into Quizbowl?

A friend got me into it my junior year :)
by Ringil
Sun Sep 21, 2008 12:57 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Michigan 08-09
Replies: 29
Views: 5102

Re: Michigan 08-09

I think DCC, Novi, and DCD are gonna dominate this year, but that doesn't seem like much of a surprise.

DeWitt's coach seems really hardcore, as far as I saw. I'll wait and see on them :)