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by Mr. Kwalter
Sat Jun 30, 2007 4:17 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Full Announcement: ACF Fall 2007
Replies: 30
Views: 23821

cornfused wrote:I'm seeing lots of discount/penalty info, but no base fee. Will that be different at each site?
Yes, it is the host's choice. I don't want to make a public suggestion, as hosts might then feel obligated to use that as their base fee.
by Mr. Kwalter
Mon Jun 25, 2007 10:08 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Full Announcement: ACF Fall 2007
Replies: 30
Views: 23821

Full Announcement: ACF Fall 2007

This is the announcement for ACF Fall 2007. ACF Fall will be held on the weekend of Saturday, November 3, 2007. Hosts have the option to run the tournament on Sunday, November 4 instead of Saturday if football, other tournaments, or other conflicts make doing so preferable. Date announcements from e...
by Mr. Kwalter
Wed Jun 20, 2007 2:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf Memorial Classical Music NTT
Replies: 4
Views: 2869

Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf Memorial Classical Music NTT

Hello all, I once again put forth my offer to create a classical music name that tune for Chicago Open. Noted minor quizbowl celebrity and distant progeny of Edward Everett Matthew Nance will be co-writing this with me. My true hope in doing this is to inspire another legendary story involving a con...
by Mr. Kwalter
Fri Jun 15, 2007 2:31 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Non-Stanford Archives Question Sets
Replies: 17
Views: 6833

Jerry did it, there was a reason for it but I don't remember what it was. If you are interested in redesigning the site by all means let me or one of the other admins know and we can look into it. I think our lease is up soon anyway.
by Mr. Kwalter
Fri Jun 15, 2007 2:21 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Non-Stanford Archives Question Sets
Replies: 17
Views: 6833

Currently, a few people are working on cataloguing all tournaments that are on record as having occurred within a relevant timeframe (do our best since like 95 but really we're talking 2000 or 2002 as a backboard). We're putting together a spreadsheet with the date of the tournament, the site, the e...
by Mr. Kwalter
Fri Jun 15, 2007 2:14 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open lodging
Replies: 12
Views: 5279

For JS Mill I flew into Midway and made it to Hyde Park no problem. Though I didn't end up staying there, I had made arrangements to stay in one of the hotels in that massive fenced off hotel cluster near midway. To get to Hyde Park I simply hopped on the airport shuttle, got off, and walked to the ...
by Mr. Kwalter
Wed Jun 13, 2007 8:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Quite Possibly One of the FUNNIEST Things I Have Seen EVER
Replies: 25
Views: 9123

How original...
by Mr. Kwalter
Wed Jun 13, 2007 7:25 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: DID YOU SAY MY NAME WRONG??????
Replies: 29
Views: 10266

Douche chilllllllll...
by Mr. Kwalter
Wed Jun 13, 2007 6:46 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO Lit Singles
Replies: 26
Views: 17659

You're not doing Hilleman singles?

Also, can we get a field update?
by Mr. Kwalter
Wed Jun 13, 2007 1:49 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Non-Stanford Archives Question Sets
Replies: 17
Views: 6833

If you are looking for a set, email me and I will send it to you if I have it. I probably do. No trades, just free shit. Also, if ANYBODY has Chicago Open 2005, please please email me.
by Mr. Kwalter
Fri May 25, 2007 10:13 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: New teams & ACF Fall
Replies: 101
Views: 41581

Yeah, we do. At least in the case of Penn Bowl, and I think those questions were largely on target lengthwise.
by Mr. Kwalter
Thu May 24, 2007 10:57 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: New teams & ACF Fall
Replies: 101
Views: 41581

OK, here are two packets from Penn Bowl 2007 which are the most representative of where I think ACF Fall or slightly harder tournaments should be going. Tossups are under six lines and have middle clues, so tell me what you think about playing on this sort of material regularly. http://www.hsquizbo...
by Mr. Kwalter
Thu May 24, 2007 2:05 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: GRUDGE MATCH II: Ghost Ride the Grudge Match
Replies: 109
Views: 33863

DaGeneral wrote: NEXT:

DIEGO MARADONA'S 'HAND OF GOD'

VS.

FILIPPO INZAGHI'S 'ARM OF THE POPE'
Hand of God because God >>> Pope, I hear.

NEXT:

ORAN JUICE JONES

VS.

JUICE NEWTON

VS.

JEWS
by Mr. Kwalter
Mon May 21, 2007 10:59 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO Lit Singles
Replies: 26
Views: 17659

Depending on my schedule and when the tournament is, fuck yeah I'm in. Gotta know when it's gonna be though, get that in order and stuff.

edit: read the post this time, please do it Saturday night.
by Mr. Kwalter
Mon May 21, 2007 4:25 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: New teams & ACF Fall
Replies: 101
Views: 41581

Actually, I think I said earlier that previous ACF Falls have had a problem with length and middle clues and that that should and hopefully will be rectified this time. 6 line hard cap would do ACF Fall a lot of good.
by Mr. Kwalter
Sat May 19, 2007 3:42 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: New teams & ACF Fall
Replies: 101
Views: 41581

That's right, dude.
by Mr. Kwalter
Sat May 19, 2007 1:40 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: New teams & ACF Fall
Replies: 101
Views: 41581

Your empirical observations are obviously valid. So maybe if statistics show that ACF Fall is demonstrably not as easy as an IS set, perhaps it should be. Maybe (and by maybe I mean clearly) the ACF fall bonus standards are too high. Again, this is the product of trying to cater to players who shoul...
by Mr. Kwalter
Sat May 19, 2007 4:16 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: New teams & ACF Fall
Replies: 101
Views: 41581

I'd like to note that I said they were topics I personally would deem too hard. Matt has historically had more lax difficulty standards than I, and I thought that caroline affair tossup was too hard when Andrew wrote it but was too chicken to say so.
by Mr. Kwalter
Fri May 18, 2007 9:54 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: New teams & ACF Fall
Replies: 101
Views: 41581

The biggest problem with NAQT's IS set product is that they cannot decide whether the sets are high school questions or college questions. For most of the country, social science will not come up in high school. Yet it comes up in the regular level IS sets fairly regularly. Additionally, the sets of...
by Mr. Kwalter
Tue May 15, 2007 3:12 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: New teams & ACF Fall
Replies: 101
Views: 41581

Of course we have the same desire, but it's not a reality. I'm pretty sure you're spoiled in the midatlantic. Sure, there are some teams who fit the description we're putting forth, but you don't live in the Southeast, Southwest, or North regions. Here it's damn hard to get a quorum for any non-CBI,...
by Mr. Kwalter
Mon May 14, 2007 6:19 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: UPDATED: ACF Fall Weekend at Shorter (Nov 3-4 2007)
Replies: 9
Views: 4955

I have no idea what's going on in the last two posts, but I just wanted to note that while Shorter had no way of knowing what date ACF Fall was thinking of announcing for, R was in fact informed of the 11/3 plan weeks ago and should have known better than to announce his tournament for that date. N...
by Mr. Kwalter
Mon May 14, 2007 5:33 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: New teams & ACF Fall
Replies: 101
Views: 41581

- R Hentzel has already announced Tartan Tussle II at Malacaster as an "ultra-juniorbird" tournament, for "entirely new teams, community college teams, local CBI-only teams, and the greenest of players from established programs." That's the general spirit I have for this tournament as well. That's ...
by Mr. Kwalter
Mon May 14, 2007 3:53 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: UPDATED: ACF Fall Weekend at Shorter (Nov 3-4 2007)
Replies: 9
Views: 4955

ACF Fall did want the date, as I posted separately. We've been delaying the announcement pending confirmation of the dates for regionals and nationals, but it's clear that we need to make sure everyone knows that Fall will, in fact, take its traditional first weekend in November date. Dr. Pearson, i...
by Mr. Kwalter
Mon May 14, 2007 3:41 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Preliminary Announcement: ACF Fall (11/03/07)
Replies: 0
Views: 2175

Preliminary Announcement: ACF Fall (11/03/07)

ACF Fall 2007 will take place this year on the weekend of November 3rd and 4th. The editing team will be: Head Editor: Mike Sorice Assistant Editors: Andrew Hart Jay Sridhar Jeremy Hixson Noah Rahman Jason Loy Patrick Hope Kevin Koai Dennis Jang Jonathan Magin The editors will come out with a full a...
by Mr. Kwalter
Sun May 13, 2007 8:23 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Spider-Man 3
Replies: 87
Views: 35127

leftsaidfred wrote:"AHAN Jr. : the Musical"
Where can I sign up?
by Mr. Kwalter
Fri May 11, 2007 2:43 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest for Quiz Bowl
Replies: 71
Views: 32265

quantumfootball wrote:I think I'm one of the few people that has powered an NAQT geography question (just one, however).
What?
by Mr. Kwalter
Tue May 08, 2007 9:01 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest for Quiz Bowl
Replies: 71
Views: 32265

Words baffle me.
by Mr. Kwalter
Tue May 08, 2007 8:35 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest for Quiz Bowl
Replies: 71
Views: 32265

EDIT: While I'm on the topic of bonuses I'll throw in this classic of unfinished editing from Penn Bowl: In his Requiem , this composer was the first to eliminate the Dies Irae movement, replacing it with In Paradisum . More clues I must say I'm a bit confused here. This seems like a perfectly fine...
by Mr. Kwalter
Tue May 08, 2007 12:57 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Stuff that is not related to Ghetto Warz or Moon Pie
Replies: 63
Views: 27871

stuff about what I said All right, I'll buy it. Saying that you have been continually pilloried in this forum is, well, apparently untrue. I just don't think that you can take that as evidence that your questions were fine and dandy. I know that wasn't your point. You clearly know that your questio...
by Mr. Kwalter
Mon May 07, 2007 6:49 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest for Quiz Bowl
Replies: 71
Views: 32265

wd4gdz wrote:
bornonatrain wrote:
"The one in Florida does not contain an apostrophe"
I'm a little puzzled...is it St. Johns?
CBI 1, Stealth Jewish Billy Beyer 0.
by Mr. Kwalter
Sun May 06, 2007 7:27 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: A Criticism of Criticism
Replies: 23
Views: 14536

Eric then states that he's seen "flame-worthy shit, and it's fine to get angry when anger is necessary." I don't think any question, packet or tournament set has ever struck me as "flame-worthy," but perhaps he sets the bar lower. In general I don't see where anger could be necessary in posting cri...
by Mr. Kwalter
Fri May 04, 2007 7:42 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: "Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?" is insulting
Replies: 18
Views: 8408

The application asks if you've ever been involved in quiz bowl or with NAQT and if so, when and for how long. (Eric, did you get that application at call back?) If by "call back" you mean "I passed the test and they told me to show up at a hotel so they can see if I'm awesome enough for TV," then y...
by Mr. Kwalter
Fri May 04, 2007 4:14 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: "Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?" is insulting
Replies: 18
Views: 8408

I suspect that if we utter the words "academic team" or "NAQT" at tryouts, we would somehow not go on the show. I also suspect that if we lie aboot our association with said groups, we would also forfeit our money, maybe even face a lawsuit. O like anyone at Fox has ever even HEARD of NAQT The name...
by Mr. Kwalter
Wed May 02, 2007 1:50 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest for Quiz Bowl
Replies: 71
Views: 32265

In a well written question, it shouldn't matter. Not only is that question absurdly phrased anyway (I hear the Soprano family of HBO fame was not contemporaneous with the Borgias), having something that calls for air quotes is a recipe for parity disaster. Different moderators will do different thi...
by Mr. Kwalter
Tue May 01, 2007 2:59 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Objects of Interest
Replies: 46
Views: 18119

leftsaidfred wrote:There's a pretty big difference between saying, "Please capitalize some and don't use AIM speak," and, "SPLIT INFINITIVE = GULAG TIME."
In Soviet Russia, infinitive splits you.
by Mr. Kwalter
Tue May 01, 2007 1:11 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Objects of Interest
Replies: 46
Views: 18119

I was referring more to Matt passages like "academic is what school-affiliated quizbowl clubs should be playing," followed by another post suggesting that the current BC quizbowl club be disbanded and reconstituted in order that another club, more dedicated to academic formats, might appear. Well, ...
by Mr. Kwalter
Tue May 01, 2007 12:23 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Stuff that is not related to Ghetto Warz or Moon Pie
Replies: 63
Views: 27871

I kind of like the idea of questions on The Man who Mistook his Wife for a Hat and characters from the Bridge of San Luis Rey (and I like the idea that things I know would come up at ACF Nats), but they are too hard for the target difficulty. Now, are we talking about the book by Oliver Sacks here?...
by Mr. Kwalter
Tue May 01, 2007 12:12 am
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: How to Write Questions
Replies: 29
Views: 51325

As a practical matter, if you write a tossup about Washington, D.C., should you really end it with "capital of the United States"? The guidelines appear to agree that that is what you should do. But it seems almost insulting to end a question that way. If the earlier clues are mostly about architec...
by Mr. Kwalter
Mon Apr 30, 2007 11:19 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Stuff that is not related to Ghetto Warz or Moon Pie
Replies: 63
Views: 27871

It is my sad duty to announce that Eric Kwartler died on June 25, 2006, after being thrown under the bus by Jerry Vinokurov. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you send pyramidal tossups to the remaining editors of ACF Fall.

Requiescat in pace, Eric.

Eric Kwartler's Girlfriend Proxy
by Mr. Kwalter
Mon Apr 30, 2007 10:47 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: A Criticism of Criticism
Replies: 23
Views: 14536

If we restrict the right to engage in criticism to those who are "experts..." I didn't see anyone suggesting that, dude. Anyone can have an opinion and anyone can feel free to say whatever they want; those facts go without saying. I'd like to take this opportunity to point out that Sword Bowl 2006 ...
by Mr. Kwalter
Mon Apr 30, 2007 9:00 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Stuff that is not related to Ghetto Warz or Moon Pie
Replies: 63
Views: 27871

What I don't think is acceptable is that in a post in which you bizarrely accuse Matt and others of somehow discriminating against HBCUs (which must be the most out-of-left-field thing anyone has posted in this thread), you also use what seems to me to be a synonym for "Jew." Maybe you don't really...
by Mr. Kwalter
Mon Apr 30, 2007 8:16 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Stuff that is not related to Ghetto Warz or Moon Pie
Replies: 63
Views: 27871

post of the year
by Mr. Kwalter
Mon Apr 30, 2007 5:07 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: How to Write Questions
Replies: 29
Views: 51325

DO NOT write questions about elements...Elements are a cheap way out of a potentially good chemistry question. I generally agree with this, but I propose one notable exception. At tournaments with difficulty levels (maybe significantly) higher than ACF Fall I endorse and enjoy the occasional biolog...
by Mr. Kwalter
Mon Apr 30, 2007 4:44 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: A Criticism of Criticism
Replies: 23
Views: 14536

I've seen my share of flame-worthy shit, and it's fine to get angry when anger is necessary, but it shouldn't be the norm. I am in no way suggesting that anyone scale back the negativity of their evaluations; if something deserves to be pilloried, it should be pilloried, but I think unduly violent e...
by Mr. Kwalter
Mon Apr 30, 2007 4:21 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: A Criticism of Criticism
Replies: 23
Views: 14536

I have to at least partially side with the distinguished gentleman from USF here. If we restrict the right to engage in criticism to those who are "experts," then nobody but the people who are currently experts will ever become such. Everyone has a right to an opinion anyway, whether it be stupid or...
by Mr. Kwalter
Mon Apr 30, 2007 4:02 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Stuff that is not related to Ghetto Warz or Moon Pie
Replies: 63
Views: 27871

Seriously, Charlie, since when do you go mouthing off about ACF tournaments including the 16th most famous Nigerian author and tossups with 8 SENTENCES in them when you know for a fact that that's just idiocy? Your arguments here make you look like a child whose candy has been stolen and nothing els...
by Mr. Kwalter
Sun Apr 29, 2007 9:53 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Ghetto Warz Discussion and Moon Pie Complaints
Replies: 43
Views: 41925

I and others have many times offered to provide this very service upon request, and the offer stands. At least, starting after I graduate...stupid "real work."
by Mr. Kwalter
Sun Apr 29, 2007 9:51 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: May Avatars
Replies: 3
Views: 1697

I'd be down with that, I want to know how many "a cockpunch from Leah"s I'll get for graduation...
by Mr. Kwalter
Sun Apr 29, 2007 5:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Ghetto Warz Discussion and Moon Pie Complaints
Replies: 43
Views: 41925

You know it might not produce good quizbowl but if the TD/QE doesn't say it needs to be fixed what incentive do I have to go through more trouble writing questions for people? Basically if people sent me stuff that was too atrociously bad I would tell them to rewrite (which I did several times), ot...
by Mr. Kwalter
Sun Apr 29, 2007 4:50 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Objects of Interest
Replies: 46
Views: 18119

I'm sorry if my post came off as "venomous," I didn't mean to offend you inordinately. Your attitude toward academic quizbowl is clearly at worst a neutral one, unlike other programs that focus primarily on trash, and that's good. Nevertheless, the effect is ultimately similar. Mr. Rohtlover's sugge...