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by ezubaric
Fri Apr 13, 2007 12:22 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Favorite Quiz Bowl related movie/series/episode
Replies: 39
Views: 15105

Does anyone remember the show Head of the Class from back in the late 80s? I remember one episode in which Fillmore took on a team of Soviets and, in a let's-try-to-solve-the-Cold-War moment, when nobody got the last question right and the match ended in a tie, they agreed to leave it a tie. Now th...
by ezubaric
Thu Apr 12, 2007 3:50 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: RIP Kurt Vonnegut
Replies: 5
Views: 2234

So it goes.
by ezubaric
Wed Apr 11, 2007 11:28 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Player Movement/Retirement Thread
Replies: 33
Views: 15548

canaanbananarama wrote:Since my efforts to use my wusta to get flights from London to Sana'a cancelled are doing nothing to ruin Jordan Boyd-Graber's weekends,
My life has meaning again.
by ezubaric
Sun Mar 04, 2007 11:04 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: RESULTS: Princeton HS Tournament (02/24/07) Princeton, NJ
Replies: 15
Views: 6782

Stats for the prelim games are available.

Thanks again to everyone who came out!

Cheers,

Jordan
by ezubaric
Sat Feb 24, 2007 8:44 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Where have all the bids gone
Replies: 16
Views: 7005

I think Susan's point about SCT bids is a good one. I assume there are clubs out there that have found themselves in a situation where they can host an SCT and earn one bid, or send several teams and reasonably expect to earn 2 or more bids. This was the case with Princeton. We originally wanted to...
by ezubaric
Tue Feb 20, 2007 12:37 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals - University of Maryland - Results
Replies: 38
Views: 17285

I don't think anyone (I'm not, at least) arguing that we handled things in the optimal manner. Those in charge of organizing our contingent either ignored or didn't request field updates (were there any?) in the time period for us to give more warning to the fine folks at Maryland. Had they had the ...
by ezubaric
Mon Feb 19, 2007 6:07 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals - University of Maryland - Results
Replies: 38
Views: 17285

Rothlover wrote:What about when one of ya'lls teams left ACF regs 05 at rutgers early?
Uhh ... my team was in the finals and won that tournament, and Lenny, I believe, started feeling ill around lunch (the only reasonable explanation for why my team could beat his).
by ezubaric
Mon Feb 19, 2007 5:37 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals - University of Maryland - Results
Replies: 38
Views: 17285

I don't think I've ever left a tournament before it was completed; I view the concept of tournament attendance as an implicit agreement that I will abide by whatever schedule the TD comes up with. I don't like the idea that teams are increasingly being promoted to the level of arbiters of tournamen...
by ezubaric
Sun Feb 18, 2007 3:49 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals - University of Maryland - Results
Replies: 38
Views: 17285

I would still be remiss if I didn't castigate Princeton and, to a lesser degree, Rutgers for conspiring to destroy ACF Regionals (Not speaking on behalf of the Princeton QB team) First, I would like to point out that I personally have nothing against traveling up to six hours to go to ACF regionals...
by ezubaric
Tue Jan 30, 2007 12:35 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ICT location?
Replies: 55
Views: 20493

Yeah Toronto is further south than the Twin Cities, so I hope we see that (or London, which is about the same latitude as Buffalo) as the host one year. Will everyone have passports? New border rules would be a big hassle for people without (esp. freshmen D2 players), and getting a passport will be...
by ezubaric
Tue Jan 23, 2007 11:07 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Model Tournament Guidelines Project
Replies: 2
Views: 1733

Am I missing something, or is a "science distribution" section missing? For a big three, it seems reasonable to have one ...

-Jordan

EDIT: I can punctuate
by ezubaric
Sun Jan 21, 2007 10:19 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Penn Bowl Discussion
Replies: 29
Views: 10983

How is it possible that you've been on the circuit for, I believe, 6+ years and not yet seen a question on Bronzino? I've seen at least 5, none of which mentioned this Monty Python clue. I do really suck at renaissance art, but I do remember questions on Bronzino (last year's ACF Regionals, IIRC, h...
by ezubaric
Sun Jan 21, 2007 8:36 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Penn Bowl Discussion
Replies: 29
Views: 10983

I don't mean to be defensive; yes, I wrote this question, but I believe clarification is needed. So, others can confirm/deny, but I as editor of this tournament had no idea that Venus, Cupid, Folly and Time was only famous because (apparently) wiki: Terry Gilliam from British comedy group Monty Pyt...
by ezubaric
Sun Jan 21, 2007 6:24 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Penn Bowl Discussion
Replies: 29
Views: 10983

The was the first Penn Bowl for everyone on Princeton's teams, and I think that, logistical snafus aside, the tournament was pretty good (tournaments so close to home, even during finals, are a welcome change of pace). It was also nice to see teams we usually don't see. I thought that the questions ...
by ezubaric
Sat Jan 20, 2007 11:48 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Penn Bowl quick results
Replies: 6
Views: 3158

solonqb wrote:Uh, how abbreviated?
Well, when it became obvious they would not get through the prelims and their readers would mutiny, they just said "enough is enough, we're going to playoffs" after 8 of the 11 prelim games.
by ezubaric
Mon Jan 08, 2007 4:24 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Penn Bowl, 1/20/07
Replies: 7
Views: 5641

Matt Weiner wrote:Right now 22 teams are registered.
Out of curiosity, could we have an updated list of the teams planning on attending?

Thanks,

Jordan
by ezubaric
Mon Dec 11, 2006 3:13 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Quiz Bowl of the Future (split from NAQT sectionals)
Replies: 14
Views: 6260

Furthermore as I understand it real time holography would require very high data transfer rates, well beyond what is available on your average campus wireless connection. I think that the data transfer issue is secondary to the capture and display issues (which I know nothing about); if you can par...
by ezubaric
Mon Nov 06, 2006 1:06 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall Commentary
Replies: 44
Views: 15889

Yeah, I too am against this idea of "randomization." Sure, but if it's the morning of the tournament, it seems like a better idea to give your sites the randomized packets even if they don't have the human touch. Also, it's much easier to correct problems (obscure final questions, strings of a cate...
by ezubaric
Mon Nov 06, 2006 12:15 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: In the Interest of Time...
Replies: 20
Views: 8386

This is the case in some other regions, but when a tournament is in Newark and two NJ teams leave early, that's bullshit. Quiz Bowl is meant to be fun. We had enough for the day and didn't feel like walking on the streets of Newark that late in the day. We didn't hurt anybody by going home early; b...
by ezubaric
Sun Nov 05, 2006 11:38 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall Commentary
Replies: 44
Views: 15889

ekwartler wrote:trying to randomize the packets the morning of the tournament
Why is randomizing that hard? When packets are in plaintext, it just takes a script, and when they're not, WordPerfect can shuffle based on the paragraph's nth character (which is usually pretty darn random).
by ezubaric
Sun Nov 05, 2006 3:46 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: ACF Fall at Rutgers-Newark - 11/04/06
Replies: 5
Views: 3337

Princeton A and Rutgers both lost to each other once, and decided that they would rather explore the city of newark than play another edge-of-your-seat round. They did just that. So the tournament was a draw (for those keeping track). Are stats going to be posted? We didn't get to see them during t...
by ezubaric
Mon Oct 16, 2006 2:27 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: PARFAIT II
Replies: 20
Views: 7853

I liked that Computer Science finally got a healthy number of questions in this tournament, although the subjects were occassionally very difficult for an early fall tournament (such as the bonus whose first part asked about 'for alls' and 'there exists', While I agree that CS is underrepresented, ...
by ezubaric
Mon Oct 16, 2006 11:48 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: PARFAIT 2: October 14, 2006
Replies: 15
Views: 7388

We also would love to trade the packet set! E-mail me at

jbg -AT- princeton.edu

To swap questions.

-Jordan
by ezubaric
Mon Oct 16, 2006 11:47 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: PARFAIT II
Replies: 20
Views: 7853

Not having seen it, was it absurd because of the clues used or because you think Pierre Boulle is too hard of an answer? I can only think of two Boulle clues, Planet of the Apes and the book I've actually read, so I'm guessing the former. Here is the question: 15. Identify the novelist on a 30-20-1...
by ezubaric
Sun Oct 15, 2006 7:33 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: PARFAIT II
Replies: 20
Views: 7853

PARFAIT II

It would be great to get feedback on what everybody thought of the PARFAIT II. What did people think of the difficulty, the quality, and the organization of the tournament itself? There were some rough spots and some distribution problems ... we've already taken steps in our question writing system ...
by ezubaric
Sun Oct 15, 2006 3:11 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: PARFAIT 2: October 14, 2006
Replies: 15
Views: 7388

Re: Question Distribution

QB-dinosaur wrote:Were the packets randomly distributed using a computer program or were they done by hand?

Willie
The packets were mostly assembled by hand, and then the order of questions within individual packets was done by a program.

Hopefully Dan should be able to post final results soon.

-Jordan
by ezubaric
Sat Oct 14, 2006 10:16 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: PARFAIT 2: October 14, 2006
Replies: 15
Views: 7388

Quick Results

Brown defeated VCU in a final and won the tournament. Rutgers, VCU, and UVA were all tied for second place; VCU got the spot in the finals by virtue of best PPG. The final standings were: 1. Brown 2. VCU 3. UVA 4. Rutgers Thanks to everyone who came, helped, etc. More results, thanks, etc. later. -J...
by ezubaric
Thu Oct 05, 2006 10:07 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: PARFAIT 2: October 14, 2006
Replies: 15
Views: 7388

We currently have fifteen teams (although Dan would have to tell you who they are). A schedule of 15 teams sucks, though, so it would be great if we could get one more.

Contact Dan if you want to come (or if you can bring an extra team)!
by ezubaric
Tue Sep 05, 2006 9:01 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: PARFAIT 2: October 14, 2006
Replies: 15
Views: 7388

Just a reminder to contact Dan if you're interested in attending PARFAIT. It should be a great tournament to kick off the QB year in the Midatlantic region.

Cheers,

Jordan
by ezubaric
Thu Jul 20, 2006 9:52 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Science Monstrosity reminder
Replies: 5
Views: 2930

After talking to Casey and Jerry, it seems that we will have be having sciency goodness at UMD on the 29th with the rest of the CO mirror. So if you are interested in playing, write questions if you can and send them to Jerry, e-mail me, and show up Saturday afternoon (time and place aren't finalize...
by ezubaric
Fri Jun 16, 2006 5:44 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Computer Science Coursework and Quizbowlers
Replies: 14
Views: 7047

There are dreadfully few questions on CS, although my perspective is biased. I think that this poll too is asking the wrong question. I think that there are many courses that require some knowledge of CS without being CS per se. Most physics or engineering programs will involve programming at some p...
by ezubaric
Thu Jun 15, 2006 9:38 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Southeast Tournaments: Fall 2006
Replies: 31
Views: 13687

Yes, it would be great for someone in Florida to mirror PARFAIT! Talk to me or Dan ... jbg [curlyA thing] princeton.edu

-Jordan
by ezubaric
Tue Jun 13, 2006 5:58 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: PARFAIT 2: October 14, 2006
Replies: 15
Views: 7388

So far, both Caltech and Tulsa will be mirroring the event. I'm sure more info will follow; it would be nice to have an upper Midwest mirror as well.
by ezubaric
Mon May 22, 2006 12:29 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Quizbowl tournament database, alpha version
Replies: 10
Views: 5656

Jerome, the existing and tested question database, uses Majix for RTF importing. (But it's in Java)
by ezubaric
Wed May 17, 2006 10:37 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Official Announcement: Chicago Open
Replies: 3
Views: 4257

Is there going to be an east coast or west coast mirror?
by ezubaric
Tue May 09, 2006 7:12 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Call for hosts for summer East Coast tournament
Replies: 13
Views: 5461

I haven't heard back from the last person in the chain of office dwellers I was directed to, and generals means I probably won't be overly motivated to move quickly. Why must it be June 24? Why not another date later in the summer and have it at Brown? Princeton is indeed looking dubious.
by ezubaric
Thu May 04, 2006 11:41 am
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Underwhelmed
Replies: 141
Views: 133414

At the risk of getting off topic, I really prefer the NAQT practice of playing off all matches rather than deciding it on paper. Any statistic is going to be unfair and no matter what situation you get into, a paper tie breaker will put one team ahead of another team that it has lost a game to. It s...
by ezubaric
Mon May 01, 2006 10:45 am
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Underwhelmed
Replies: 141
Views: 133414

When clues in foreign languages are given, I feel they offer a competitive edge to those who speak those languages but still tend to be basic enough that other players will figure them out--especially in tossups with plenty of other clues. There was one like that this year. The clue was "durchkompo...
by ezubaric
Tue Apr 18, 2006 1:31 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Call for hosts for summer East Coast tournament
Replies: 13
Views: 5461

That sounds like a fine idea. We could probably get rooms at Princeton, but nobody would be around to staff (and I would certainly like to play).
by ezubaric
Tue Apr 11, 2006 2:16 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Underwhelmed
Replies: 141
Views: 133414

I guess I'll give my two cents. I actually like the general knowledge questions. I enjoyed the barbershop question, although I think that people would be better served by questions on better known bands than "Arctic Monkeys." People would be far happier actually answering a question on "Settlers of ...
by ezubaric
Fri Feb 17, 2006 6:13 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ICT invitations
Replies: 28
Views: 14204

I wish someone had posted the list here... D2 ... * Amherst * Bevill State CC-Jasper * Broward CC * Caltech * Carleton College * Chicago * Cloud County CC * Columbia * Faulkner State * Florida State * George Washington * Georgia * Grinnell * Hamline * Harvard * Johns Hopkins * Louisiana-Lafayette *...
by ezubaric
Fri Feb 17, 2006 6:12 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ICT invitations
Replies: 28
Views: 14204

I wish someone had posted the list here... One spot is currently being reserved for a potential British participant. * British Columbia * Brown * Cal-Berkeley * Carleton College * Carnegie Mellon * Chicago A * Chicago B * Florida * Georgia * Harding * Harvard * Illinois * McGill * Michigan * Minnes...
by ezubaric
Mon Feb 13, 2006 10:55 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT SCT East stats
Replies: 8
Views: 5565

Getting aside from the D2 hoopla (although I would like to hear NAQT's justification/clarification for such a policy), I'd like to thank Maryland for a well-run tournament. Most of the readers were very good and there was only one reader who was a little slow in D1 (but still quite competent). They ...
by ezubaric
Thu Feb 09, 2006 11:34 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Ridiculously hilarious protests/protest arguments
Replies: 56
Views: 22483

Back in high school, a team answered some silly translation bonus that "Tierra" meant "Land" in Spanish; the sheet said "Earth." Anyhow, due to Arkansas rules, they had to prove that it was wrong with published, physical source even though the moderator spoke Spanish. So, even though the points didn...
by ezubaric
Wed Feb 08, 2006 10:31 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: SQBS for Mac?
Replies: 7
Views: 3656

I got the code from Chris and made a half-hearted attempt to port, but it uses MFC classes, which are somewhat difficult to elegantly port. I think more progress has been made on a web-based version, but I'll let Dan B. speak to that.
by ezubaric
Mon Feb 06, 2006 5:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals Results
Replies: 13
Views: 6527

Any chance of getting the midwest stats for the playoffs?
by ezubaric
Mon Feb 06, 2006 12:48 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regs discussion
Replies: 66
Views: 32940

Well, I'd hate to post another "me too" post, but I want to commend the editors for the best ACF Regionals I've ever played and Chicago for running a tournament that provided lunch and ended at a decent hour. I appreciated the better representation of CS (c.f. ACF Fall), although they seemed to be m...
by ezubaric
Wed Jan 25, 2006 3:32 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Club Fair/Recruiting
Replies: 21
Views: 11037

My vote would be for NAQT intramural questions. They're easy, short, and have enough pop culture to serve as a lure for people who would be more interested in TRASH than academic affairs. At Caltech, we also read science monstrosity questions (because many folks came from science bowl).
by ezubaric
Mon Jan 23, 2006 8:30 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Michigan MLK discussion
Replies: 10
Views: 4927

We're playing through the packets now in practice ... Let me second the support for the treaty of Ryswick ... it's one of those things (like Karnaugh maps or perceptrons) that are fairly important in real life, but are so rare in QB that it's very satisfying to have a tossup on them (even if you hol...
by ezubaric
Thu Jan 12, 2006 9:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: High tournament entry fees
Replies: 15
Views: 7132

I don't think that NAQT is trying to encourage people to charge these fees ... they're just putting in a policy to constrain teams from doing things that are too unreasonable. (One can look back at the Yahoo board to see what inspired this.)