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by Mr. Kwalter
Wed Nov 21, 2007 12:51 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Princeton's PARFAIT III (11/17/07)
Replies: 50
Views: 23390

You clearly know nothing of Nathan Freeburg...
by Mr. Kwalter
Thu Nov 15, 2007 2:51 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Charging Certain People Lots of Money at Tournaments
Replies: 12
Views: 4081

I think the entirety of the argument Ryan presented is based on good faith/TD discretion. Many of us have run into TDs who try to charge us exorbitant amounts of money to play qb even if we're not backed by a school with a large budget, and Ryan is rightfully crusading against that. I think the post...
by Mr. Kwalter
Wed Nov 14, 2007 7:40 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Charging Certain People Lots of Money at Tournaments
Replies: 12
Views: 4081

As do I, wholeheartedly.
by Mr. Kwalter
Mon Nov 12, 2007 11:00 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall Discussion
Replies: 76
Views: 18753

But take the classic Embarkation for Cythera example. That painting has been alternately exhibited as (at least) Embarkation for Cythera and Pilgrimage to Cythera. By some of the rules being suggested, some synonym of "Embarkation" and "Cythera" should be enough, but really you do need a preposition...
by Mr. Kwalter
Mon Nov 12, 2007 3:43 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall Discussion
Replies: 76
Views: 18753

I'm perfectly willing to concede the Chrono Trigger point, as while I played the game and loved it, I'd hardly call myself an expert on video games in general. As to Seven Weeks, Jerry, of course it's an important criterion, but it's not the sole criterion. A bigger criterion is will this be convert...
by Mr. Kwalter
Mon Nov 12, 2007 2:38 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall Discussion
Replies: 76
Views: 18753

My only complaints are that I should have been prompted "transition state" for "activation energy", since it said to prompt on "transition state energy ", ketones should be acceptable right after the ozonolysis clue on the aldehydes tossup, writ of mandamus should not be in the first line of a Marb...
by Mr. Kwalter
Mon Nov 12, 2007 2:31 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall Discussion
Replies: 76
Views: 18753

It's a standard topic that's covered in any AP Euro class. Since when is this the sole criterion? There are plenty of minor things covered briefly in one class in HS that are not tossupable. The Seven Weeks War is clearly not tossupable for Fall because most players just don't know it or know of it...
by Mr. Kwalter
Mon Nov 12, 2007 1:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall Discussion
Replies: 76
Views: 18753

I agree that the Seven Weeks War was (perhaps outlandishly) above the overall difficulty level of this set. That question probably should have said "accept Austro-Prussian War before Austria and Prussia are mentioned," though.
by Mr. Kwalter
Mon Nov 12, 2007 2:06 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall Discussion
Replies: 76
Views: 18753

OK Brendan. All questions about the War of the Pacific should have the Saltpeter War listed as an alternate answer. I said Saltpeter War for this question because I was having a little bit of trouble coming up with the other name and the moderator negged me for it, even though I tried to convince th...
by Mr. Kwalter
Mon Nov 12, 2007 1:19 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Full Announcement: ACF Fall 2007
Replies: 30
Views: 23821

The tournament has concluded, so feel free to discuss the questions in the Fall discussion thread. We should applaud the editors for a job that I think overall was well done. Special thanks go out to Matt Weiner, who went above and beyond to help us finish the set on time despite not being officiall...
by Mr. Kwalter
Mon Nov 12, 2007 1:08 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall Discussion
Replies: 76
Views: 18753

ACF Fall Discussion

OK, let's hear it. What did you think of ACF Fall? I want to know what love is. I have some opinions of my own I'll post later, but for now I just want to get things started. There are some things that need touching up with the Fall set, so it will be a bit of time before it's posted in official for...
by Mr. Kwalter
Sun Nov 11, 2007 1:02 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: TRASH Southwest Regionals (11/10/07) in Dallas
Replies: 9
Views: 3581

Brief Results: The Bill O'Reilly team went undefeated today during the prelim round robin then defeated LSU in an advantaged final to claim the Regionals title in the Southwest. LSU came in second, followed by OU A and the Aglets. Full stats to come later.
by Mr. Kwalter
Fri Nov 09, 2007 1:57 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall SE at Shorter: results, stats, gratitude
Replies: 49
Views: 16751

I just sent out the whole missive to all parties, and I just realized that I forgot to thank somebody very important, without whom this whole enterprise would never have materialized. Eric Kwartler: You Are Da Man. Thanks for EVERY LAST BIT of help putting this thing together, way above and beyond ...
by Mr. Kwalter
Wed Nov 07, 2007 6:04 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall SE at Shorter: results, stats, gratitude
Replies: 49
Views: 16751

Jake (I assume), we were pretty much just making fun of you. We all want to see how good you are just we do any other team, and as I have told you I want to try to make our tournaments here in Texas as accessible to you guys as possible. Hopefully we'll see you guys at Sectionals or before, and if y...
by Mr. Kwalter
Wed Nov 07, 2007 5:32 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall SE at Shorter: results, stats, gratitude
Replies: 49
Views: 16751

DarkMatter wrote:We're probably the best undergraduate tandem that no one knows a damn thing about.
If no one knows a damn thing about all these undergraduate duos, then how can you possibly compare yourself to them?
by Mr. Kwalter
Tue Nov 06, 2007 8:45 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: New ACF Rules
Replies: 90
Views: 25958

I think this is complete bullshit, but hey, I'm willing to compromise. The rule should be as follows: A) If any answer is completed, it is the answer counted B) No corrections whatsoever should be allowed after 5 seconds has passed. C) The moderator has COMPLETE discretion over whether an answer was...
by Mr. Kwalter
Tue Nov 06, 2007 8:18 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: New ACF Rules
Replies: 90
Views: 25958

During the course of the match, especially if it's close, it's very easy to forget about those 5 seconds. So don't forget about the rules of the game while playing in it. Basketball is a very intense sport, yet if you forget about say, the 3 second violation, you still get penalized. How is your ar...
by Mr. Kwalter
Tue Nov 06, 2007 7:35 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: New ACF Rules
Replies: 90
Views: 25958

Maybe I'm retarded, but I still don't understand how that's acceptable. How can you possibly guarantee that this "Mozart's-no, Beethoven's" person didn't just have a sudden revelation and adjust very quickly? That's certainly not outside the skill set of many if not most of the people participating ...
by Mr. Kwalter
Tue Nov 06, 2007 7:10 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: New ACF Rules
Replies: 90
Views: 25958

Uh, how can you guarantee that the individual misspoke rather than realized he was incorrect midway through his answer? Sorry, people who accidentally say something when you mean something else (something I also find only tenuously acceptable), but we at ACF don't trust you.
by Mr. Kwalter
Tue Nov 06, 2007 5:32 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: New ACF Rules
Replies: 90
Views: 25958

[quote:82c82f4349=\"ACF\"]12. Players are not expected to know the exact pronunciation of every answer. Therefore, any reasonable attempt at pronouncing an answer will either be ruled correct or result in a prompt for spelling (to be evaluated under rule G.11), and any answer with the correct conson...
by Mr. Kwalter
Mon Nov 05, 2007 6:53 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: New ACF Rules
Replies: 90
Views: 25958

I actually disagree with this rule. Only accepted translations should be accepted, as only accepted titles of works in English should be accepted. If I were to answer a tossup on Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back with Jay and Silent Bob Fight Back, that would be incorrect. Similarly, there are reasons ...
by Mr. Kwalter
Mon Nov 05, 2007 12:51 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: New ACF Rules
Replies: 90
Views: 25958

I think in that case most moderators would listen to the other team, but they would still have discretion. What it means basically is that the decision is ultimately the moderator's. If you think someone said something wrong etc you can bring it up, but not as a formal protest to be heard by the TD ...
by Mr. Kwalter
Sun Nov 04, 2007 11:30 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: New ACF Rules
Replies: 90
Views: 25958

You limit the roster to 6 people because if you have more than 6 people on a roster you should have two teams. That being said, I'm willing to move on that point. Yes. The baseline rule is that to be correct, what you say has to have the same number of syllables as the correct answer AND have the co...
by Mr. Kwalter
Sun Nov 04, 2007 7:45 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: New ACF Rules
Replies: 90
Views: 25958

On protests: (1) I would make outright game official errors protestable (e.g. a moderator tries to give double neg fives on a tossup and refuses to believe the player on the second team.) I buy this, somewhat, but there's a problem. Unfortunately, such things are the moderator's word against the te...
by Mr. Kwalter
Sun Nov 04, 2007 6:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: New ACF Rules
Replies: 90
Views: 25958

Yes, in that in that those systems are much more decentralized. Maryland has a clear main campus, College Park, as does UT, Austin. California's I believe is technically Berkeley, but to say UCLA or even UC-Irvine (especially now) is any less important from a qb perspective is ridiculous. Similarly,...
by Mr. Kwalter
Sun Nov 04, 2007 6:06 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: New ACF Rules
Replies: 90
Views: 25958

Well, honestly, these rules are most stringently enforced at ACF nationals. We're going to urge hosts to follow them at ACF regionals, and we hope that most if not all hosts will. It's just impossible to guarantee. There is a reason for every rule in the document, but for a host struggling to keep t...
by Mr. Kwalter
Sun Nov 04, 2007 4:53 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: New ACF Rules
Replies: 90
Views: 25958

More importantly, we have to make sure we correctly use the serial comma.
by Mr. Kwalter
Tue Oct 23, 2007 5:53 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: COTKU discussion
Replies: 14
Views: 5215

I think you just cured Leo's typhoid fever, Charles.
by Mr. Kwalter
Mon Oct 22, 2007 2:40 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Deep Bench discussion
Replies: 26
Views: 7383

Something else I really liked about this tournament: Powers. Powers are not hard to put in, but I really enjoy them as a player. It's also nice when looking at stats at other sites. Thanks a lot to the UM team for using them, I wish more tournaments would. This is kind of a threadjack, so sorry abo...
by Mr. Kwalter
Fri Oct 19, 2007 2:40 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Matt Cvijanovich Memorial Novice Tournament: 3/8 at UIUC
Replies: 21
Views: 12184

Re: Matt Cvijanovich Memorial Novice Tournament: 3/8 at UIUC

millionwaves wrote:There is a $30 fee for any team that registers but then cancels or fails to show for non-emergency reasons without notifying me via email 2 days in advance.
Good luck with that.
by Mr. Kwalter
Thu Oct 18, 2007 3:55 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: College Tournaments Using High School Questions
Replies: 24
Views: 10407

I agree that short tossups are key. Six lines in 10 pt tnr should be standard for novice-level tournaments (anything up to but not including ACF regionals). Things that are regs difficulty or harder can and maybe should be upped to 7-8 lines, as the competition at the top level is going to be much m...
by Mr. Kwalter
Tue Oct 16, 2007 6:45 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Full Announcement: ACF Fall 2007
Replies: 30
Views: 23821

Just to let everyone know, I am willing to grant packet amnesty to teams who under the rules are obligated to write a packet. The amnesty fee will be $75. If you don't submit a packet by this weekend or give me a good excuse as to why you haven't, you will not be allowed to play unless you pay this ...
by Mr. Kwalter
Sun Oct 14, 2007 4:57 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2008 the year of jonathan magin
Replies: 20
Views: 3140

No, he just has deep Jon Voight knowledge http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0473700/
by Mr. Kwalter
Mon Oct 08, 2007 6:08 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: How Should A/B/etc. Teams Be Divided?
Replies: 16
Views: 5714

I agree with Ryan. When newer players are placed on teams on their own, they feel a much stronger need to buzz. They become responsible for the team's success, and that small bit of desperation can be key. I have no problem with concentrating good players on the A team and putting the novices togeth...
by Mr. Kwalter
Sun Sep 30, 2007 8:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Who should play novice tournaments?
Replies: 9
Views: 3535

Who should play novice tournaments?

I realize that this is a somewhat polarizing issue, but I think it should be further discussed. In the EFT thread, there were a number of comments about whether certain players should play tournaments like EFT and ACF Fall. I want to make it clear that this statement is meant only to look ahead to t...
by Mr. Kwalter
Mon Sep 17, 2007 9:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Full Announcement: ACF Fall 2007
Replies: 30
Views: 23821

Valencia Community College in Orlando will also host ACF Fall this year. Details will be posted soon by Chris Borglum.
by Mr. Kwalter
Fri Sep 14, 2007 6:09 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Golden Hurricane Open III at University of Tulsa (10/6/07)
Replies: 14
Views: 5634

Is there any good reason for your decision to run this tournament, which I have attended and enjoyed multiple times, on high school questions? It seems like there are numerous mirrorable low-level tournaments this fall (Matt Weiner's business, Parfait, etc), so why not do that? While I no longer pla...
by Mr. Kwalter
Tue Sep 04, 2007 12:29 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VETO Critique
Replies: 49
Views: 18253

Last year we basically had five tournaments from September to September - three of which had some form of packet submission. While the British Columbia region isn't really subject to the problem as the two mostly-active universities are so close together, Eastern Canada's teams are spread out acros...
by Mr. Kwalter
Sun Sep 02, 2007 1:48 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Full Announcement: ACF Fall 2007
Replies: 30
Views: 23821

It has now been confirmed that Stanford will be the West Coast host.
by Mr. Kwalter
Thu Aug 30, 2007 5:36 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: I just found something
Replies: 10
Views: 4612

I think a somewhat good analogy for the use Google Scholar to write questions is using books read in a upper level English class to write questions. Curriculums change from school to school and from semester to semester. I'm not saying that just because something is obscure you shouldn't use it to ...
by Mr. Kwalter
Thu Aug 30, 2007 5:29 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Full Announcement: ACF Fall 2007
Replies: 30
Views: 23821

Here are the schools that have thusfar committed to hosting ACF Fall 2007: Northeast: MIT Mid-Atlantic: VCU Midwest: UIUC Southeast: Shorter College Southwest: Somewhere in Dallas, Chris Romero is in charge. North: University of Minnesota We're still waiting on confirmation from our West Coast host....
by Mr. Kwalter
Wed Aug 29, 2007 1:20 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Illinois Open Weekend Availability
Replies: 11
Views: 4813

Before even considering side events I think we should know a little bit more about the tournament itself. After going to what turned out to be a very bad IO last year I would be hesitant to return regardless of side events if IO isn't going to improve.
by Mr. Kwalter
Mon Aug 06, 2007 3:00 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO Lit Singles
Replies: 26
Views: 17659

I'd like to come out right now and say that lit "singles" was a fantastically well-written tournament. Good fucking job, guys. There were a few things that were way too hard, but to many of us that's laughably refreshing. I think the best indication of the quality of the questions was that the top b...
by Mr. Kwalter
Mon Jul 30, 2007 12:22 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf Memorial Classical Music NTT
Replies: 4
Views: 2869

So, who's playing? Email me.
by Mr. Kwalter
Tue Jul 24, 2007 2:53 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Results: ACF Nationals 2008 - Chicago Wins!
Replies: 103
Views: 43141

Results: ACF Nationals 2008 - Chicago Wins!

This is an announcement for ACF Nationals 2008, to be held on the weekend of April 26th in the Boston area at Brandeis University. Please note that this is roughly a month after the weekend it has occupied in the last few years. The editing staff will be: Chris Romero — Head Editor Eric Kwartler Rya...
by Mr. Kwalter
Tue Jul 17, 2007 2:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: QBML: wouldn't it be nice?
Replies: 37
Views: 14668

I'm sorry, y'all, but this is kind of ridiculous. ACF Fall threatened to charge people if they didn't obey formatting guidelines last year and still most teams did not obey the formatting guidelines. And it's not like that's anything but par for the course. Having packets in a uniform format would b...
by Mr. Kwalter
Wed Jul 11, 2007 3:30 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: "the stagna(tion) of ACF"
Replies: 9
Views: 4051

I'm glad Chris feels the way he does about ACF, because as one of many who have been outspoken about certain changes that need to be made to ACF's questions and possibly to some of the minor points of its philosophy I find myself doubting any claim that ACF is stagnant. It's easy to take a cursory g...
by Mr. Kwalter
Mon Jul 02, 2007 12:06 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Sun n Fun Discussion
Replies: 65
Views: 22647

Michiko Kakutani is truly one of the most well known literary critics of the modern age. Not quite as much as Harold Bloom, but she has still has influenced modern lit. She is also notable for having possibly the most vitriolic pen of any respected critic, and she was (in a much less important vein...
by Mr. Kwalter
Sun Jul 01, 2007 11:19 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Sun n Fun Discussion
Replies: 65
Views: 22647

Dude, how you can claim that the tossups were almost entirely answerable and that there weren't any easy 30s is beyond me. You are free to compare the list I just edited into my previous post with these few examples: We didn't hear any of those bonuses. We played ten rounds, so there were several t...
by Mr. Kwalter
Sun Jul 01, 2007 11:17 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Sun n Fun Discussion
Replies: 65
Views: 22647

vanbrugh is definitely reasonable since I know about him and I am not good at this. As has been done repeatedly before, I will here caution against this reasoning, as having a limited knowledge base does not mean all things in said knowledge base are easy. Just about every experienced writer on her...