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by Kouign Amann
Tue Jul 30, 2013 8:58 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Architecture Side Event (but actually this time)
Replies: 22
Views: 10225

Re: Architecture Side Event (but actually this time)

A change: I've cut this to six rounds so that I can spend this week fixing up the mediocre questions I wrote two years ago instead of rushing out another packet. I'll also be powermarking the set.
by Kouign Amann
Mon Jul 22, 2013 10:10 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Architecture Side Event (but actually this time)
Replies: 22
Views: 10225

Architecture Side Event (but actually this time)

I am now finishing up this event . I figure that delivering the final product two years after the promised completion date is pretty much perfect for a tournament about architecture. At least I'm not 500% over-budget. This tournament will be available for play at VCU Open Sunday and its mirrors. Bar...
by Kouign Amann
Fri Jun 14, 2013 8:11 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Stats Repository
Replies: 11
Views: 2576

Re: Stats Repository

Someone hasn't been paying attention: http://www.hsquizbowl.org/db/
by Kouign Amann
Wed Jun 12, 2013 8:52 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Summer Practices at Columbia University
Replies: 8
Views: 2087

Re: Summer Practices at Columbia University

jonpin wrote:What's the parking situation like near campus?
Not great, but you should be able to find something over on Morningside Drive.
by Kouign Amann
Tue May 28, 2013 12:08 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Summer Practices at Columbia University
Replies: 8
Views: 2087

Summer Practices at Columbia University

Jon Xu will be on campus this summer and has asked me to let everyone know that he will be holding practices on Wednesday nights from 9:00 to 11:00 in Kent 628. These practices will begin the first week of June. If anyone has any questions, it'd probably be best to contact him directly at jtx2000 at...
by Kouign Amann
Sun May 26, 2013 10:16 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2013 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 149
Views: 54078

Re: 2013 HSNCT discussion

jonpin wrote:There weren't that many obviously noticeable repeats, but one really glaring one was when...
...the tossups on heat capacity and Einstein that were in consecutive early packets both began with his QHO formulation.
by Kouign Amann
Thu May 16, 2013 1:46 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: How to Buzz
Replies: 10
Views: 2897

Re: How to Buzz

There's really no kinesiological solution to this problem; the best way to win buzzer races is to have an answer already in mind. That way, even the first syllable of the next clue can confirm what you're thinking and allow you to beat people who have to react to the whole word. As a question goes b...
by Kouign Amann
Sun May 05, 2013 1:24 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: New Side Event for HSNCT: Roger de Flor vs. the World
Replies: 28
Views: 5903

Re: New Side Event for HSNCT: Roger de Flor vs. the World

Vernon Lee Bad Marriage, Jr. wrote:When you've been criticized for demonstrating a lack of professionalism, this is not the way to respond.
This certainly wouldn't be the first time Dave Madden blew up at someone offering him constructive criticism. Maybe he'll even ask to have his post deleted again.
by Kouign Amann
Wed Apr 24, 2013 2:02 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2013: Harlem Shake Prohibited (Apr 27-28)
Replies: 66
Views: 23620

Re: ACF Nationals 2013: Harlem Shake Prohibited (Apr 27-28)

Skepticism and Animal Feed wrote:For those of us who will be arriving at the tournament by rail, what subway station is closest to the tournament?
Take the 1 to "116th St—Columbia University."
by Kouign Amann
Mon Apr 15, 2013 9:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Where Will You Be Going to College Next Year? 2012-13
Replies: 56
Views: 18369

Re: Where Will You Be Going to College Next Year? 2012-13

I'll be going to Columbia Law next fall, and I plan on playing at least a small amount of quizbowl. I'll be in New York around the beginning of August, if anyone wants to hold practices that early. If anyone from Columbia wants to add me to a list, my email is alexandergerten@gmail.com I'm glad to ...
by Kouign Amann
Tue Apr 02, 2013 12:32 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NY NASAT
Replies: 12
Views: 4105

Re: NY NASAT

Unfortunately, I can't make this year's Prison Bowl, but I would be happy to help organize team NY in future years if people would like.
by Kouign Amann
Fri Mar 22, 2013 9:25 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Side Event: Schindler's Lit
Replies: 143
Views: 39975

Re: Side Event: Schindler's Lit

I'll be playing this with Raynor Kuang.
by Kouign Amann
Fri Mar 22, 2013 12:04 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Venting rage: Cheaters edition
Replies: 74
Views: 42217

Re: Venting rage: Cheaters edition

Here's all you need to know about Joe Brosch: Last year when he was at HSNCT he decided it was cool to get drunk playing a Dragon Ball Z tournament, then go to an afterparty where he bragged to a bunch of quizbowlers about how he "fucks bitches," which is exactly what you'd expect a college freshma...
by Kouign Amann
Thu Mar 21, 2013 10:44 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Venting rage: Cheaters edition
Replies: 74
Views: 42217

Re: Venting rage: Cheaters edition

Sulawesi Myzomela wrote:Joe Brosch is apparently awful
ftfy
by Kouign Amann
Thu Mar 21, 2013 8:02 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT security review: three more cases
Replies: 61
Views: 18531

Re: NAQT security review: three more cases

how to prevent these incidents from happening again. How is bringing the culture of Harvard into this going to help the discussion of preventative measures? NAQT, ACF, etc can't do anything about Harvard as an institution, nor do I think quizbowlers in general can. So what are you proposing? I cert...
by Kouign Amann
Sun Mar 17, 2013 7:50 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: On the proper method to stop negging so much
Replies: 16
Views: 6159

Re: On the proper method to stop negging so much

Well, to put it sadly, it's most of what you just described. Basically I have a low threshold for when I buzz, so I end up buzzing on reflex when I shouldn't have--convincing myself I know the answer when I don't actually--going for that fraud when I really shouldn't have--and really just so on. I ...
by Kouign Amann
Sat Mar 09, 2013 8:27 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: General Discussion
Replies: 14
Views: 2255

Re: General Discussion

I didn't get to see too many actual games, but the difficulty of this set strikes me as pretty good, but not quite great. For reference, here are the stats from the NYC site: http://www.hsquizbowl.org/db/tournaments/1391/stats/combined/ You can see that the set was pretty reasonable at the bottom of...
by Kouign Amann
Sat Mar 09, 2013 8:18 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 40
Views: 7754

Re: Specific Question Discussion

Oh wow, that's in power? It didn't get nearly that far in my room, but even if you are going for a medium-low degree of difficulty, I would most likely make power end with either "An eminent work in this movement was subtitled [*] "A New Name for Some Old Ways of Thinking, yadda yadda yadda" or "An...
by Kouign Amann
Sat Mar 09, 2013 7:31 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: LIST Mirror @ Columbia University (3/9/13)
Replies: 19
Views: 8318

Re: LIST Mirror @ Columbia University (3/9/13)

St. Joe's A won the tiebreaker and the first game of the final, then High Tech B won the second to take the tournament. Congrats to all of our teams, and especially to our finalists, who played some of the most exciting matches I've had the privilege of moderating over the years. Full stats availabl...
by Kouign Amann
Sat Mar 09, 2013 5:55 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: LIST Mirror @ Columbia University (3/9/13)
Replies: 19
Views: 8318

Re: LIST Mirror @ Columbia University (3/9/13)

After the playoffs, High Tech A and St. Joe's A are both at 9-2. They are playing a tiebreaker to have the disadvantage against the 10-1 High Tech B.
by Kouign Amann
Sat Mar 09, 2013 2:22 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: LIST Mirror @ Columbia University (3/9/13)
Replies: 19
Views: 8318

Re: LIST Mirror @ Columbia University (3/9/13)

Preliminary stats are available here: http://www.hsquizbowl.org/db/tournaments/1391/stats/prelims/standings/ Like many other things associated with Technical Sergeant Carter, the bracket named after him exploded. Ridgewood and High Tech C emerged from the circle of death to reach the top bracket, an...
by Kouign Amann
Sun Feb 24, 2013 11:45 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: LIST Mirror @ Columbia University (3/9/13)
Replies: 19
Views: 8318

Re: LIST Mirror @ Columbia University (3/9/13)

Yeah, as much as I would like to expand the field, it's not going to happen this time. This isn't my first time running a tournament, but it's my first time running one with this set of staffers. I don't really know how things are going to go, so I'd rather stick with a super nice number number of t...
by Kouign Amann
Tue Feb 12, 2013 7:55 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: LIST Mirror @ Columbia University (3/9/13)
Replies: 19
Views: 8318

Re: LIST Mirror @ Columbia University (3/9/13)

With the addition of a fourth team from High Tech, the field is closed. All further registrants will be placed on the waitlist.
by Kouign Amann
Mon Feb 11, 2013 1:57 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Hey, spoiler warning?
Replies: 22
Views: 5695

Re: Hey, spoiler warning?

By playing the game, do we waive our right to not know what happens in a particular work? I'm not entirely sure of the point of this question. Quizbowl uses facts about books as clues. Therefore, if you play quizbowl, you're going to hear some facts about books. Some of those facts might be new to ...
by Kouign Amann
Thu Feb 07, 2013 12:52 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Prizes/awards for top scorers
Replies: 13
Views: 3566

Re: Prizes/awards for top scorers

Lord Hatefun Complainington wrote:I gave away The Power Broker to the top scorer last year. I don't know if anyone else thought it was funny, though.
As the recipient, I'd rate the idea "slightly amusing." (Awesome book, though. It took me a few months, but I read it cover to cover. Keep on giving great prizes, dude.)
by Kouign Amann
Sun Dec 16, 2012 9:37 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: LIST Mirror @ Columbia University (3/9/13)
Replies: 19
Views: 8318

Re: LIST Mirror @ Columbia University (3/9/13)

Hey guys, a number of people have posted in this thread to say they'd like to come, but not many have emailed me to register. I'd just like to remind everyone that posts here don't count as registration; you must email me. Additionally, this tournament has been certified Platinum by PACE, which mean...
by Kouign Amann
Tue Nov 27, 2012 11:12 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: LIST Mirror @ Columbia University (3/9/13)
Replies: 19
Views: 8318

Re: LIST Mirror @ Columbia University (3/9/13)

Northern Central Railway wrote:Is there a cap on the number of teams in the field?
the announcement wrote: FORMAT: The field will initially be capped at 24 teams until we have a better idea of our staffing situation. We may expand the field if we can secure a significant number of outside staffers.
by Kouign Amann
Tue Nov 27, 2012 4:31 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: LIST Mirror @ Columbia University (3/9/13)
Replies: 19
Views: 8318

Re: LIST Mirror @ Columbia University (3/9/13)

Additionally, because this is Columbia's first time hosting a high school tournament, I would greatly appreciate it if anyone were willing to share an email mailing list of local teams with me. Please contact me if you have such a list.
by Kouign Amann
Tue Nov 27, 2012 4:28 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: LIST Mirror @ Columbia University (3/9/13)
Replies: 19
Views: 8318

Re: LIST Mirror @ Columbia University (3/9/13)

Field: SCHOOL - TEAMS - BUZZERS - MODS Ridgewood - 1 - 2 - 0 St. Joe's - 2 - 1 - (1?) High Tech - 4 - 1 - 0 Bergen Academies - 2 - 1 - 0 Morristown-Beard - 1 - 1 - 0 North Shore - 1 - 0 - 0 Hunter - 4 - 2 - 2 Bronx Science - 2 - 0 - 0 Livingston - 3 - 2 - 0 Lotus-Renault - 1 - 2 - 0 Trinity - 2 - 0 ...
by Kouign Amann
Tue Nov 27, 2012 4:28 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: LIST Mirror @ Columbia University (3/9/13)
Replies: 19
Views: 8318

LIST Mirror @ Columbia University (3/9/13)

This is the official announcement for the NYC Metro regional site of the Ladue Invitational Spring Tournament, a high school academic quizbowl tournament to be hosted by the quizbowl team of Columbia University on Saturday, March 9, 2012. This tournament is open to any high school team that wishes t...
by Kouign Amann
Mon Nov 19, 2012 11:38 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Minnesota Open Mirror @ Columbia 11/17-18/2012
Replies: 38
Views: 9902

Re: Minnesota Open Mirror @ Columbia 11/17-18/2012

I am now in possession of the SQBS file, not just its output, so if anyone has any stats corrections, please let me know. I've fixed a few things already.
by Kouign Amann
Sun Nov 18, 2012 8:00 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall Northeast @ Harvard (11/03/12)
Replies: 41
Views: 19902

Re: ACF Fall Northeast @ Harvard (11/03/12)

Yeah, those stats are neither correct nor complete. Unless some unannounced score-keeping mistake has since been uncovered, we won that game against Hunter. The "final" against Brown is missing entirely.
by Kouign Amann
Fri Nov 02, 2012 2:00 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NY/NJ Date Claims 2012-2013
Replies: 107
Views: 612783

Re: NY/NJ Date Claims 2012-2013

Columbia will be mirroring LIST on March 9. Full announcement to follow.
by Kouign Amann
Thu Oct 25, 2012 9:39 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The Future
Replies: 38
Views: 6563

Re: The Future

tintinnabulation wrote:
fourplustwo wrote:Yeah Illinois is totally the middle of quiz bowl nowhere
You try living in"southern" Illinois. There definitely is a quizbowl nowhere.
Sinan currently lives in a much more desolate "nowhere" than you do. I think the point he was gently trying to make is "hey, at least it's not Alberta."
by Kouign Amann
Fri Jul 27, 2012 6:26 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: New York Discussion 2012-13
Replies: 92
Views: 20515

Re: New York Discussion 2012-13

I've thought for a while that the college teams in New York would be the other potential hosts, and given their location, NYU and Columbia both could do a really decent job of helping to get city teams more involved. I would suggest bringing this up with them instead of trying to find high schools ...
by Kouign Amann
Mon Jul 23, 2012 12:34 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: UMD mirror of KABO: Kurtis and Ashvin's Backyard Open (8/4)
Replies: 75
Views: 15417

Re: UMD mirror of KABO: Kurtis and Ashvin's Backyard Open (8/4)

I just added myself to the free-agent list because both of my presumed teammates turned out to be otherwise engaged. If anyone is interested in teaming up, let me know.
by Kouign Amann
Thu Jun 21, 2012 8:25 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Dallas/North Texas Circuit?
Replies: 9
Views: 3388

Re: Dallas/North Texas Circuit?

Does Cistercian host tournaments? Making good tournaments happen in your circuit is the most powerful thing you can do to spread good quizbowl in a quizbowl deficient area. At the moment, because we are so small, Cistercian does not host tournaments. I'd encourage you to try hosting despite this pe...
by Kouign Amann
Thu Jun 07, 2012 12:57 am
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Quiz Bowl's Systemic Failure At Expansion and Recruitment
Replies: 75
Views: 37088

Re: Quiz Bowl's Systemic Failure At Expansion and Recruitment

in the wake of Nationals this year, I got emails from roughly 20 teams saying that they had a great time (if people really doubt this, I'm happy to provide a list). . . And I am quite frustrated at some level, that all the criticism seems to be coming on the forums, and all the positive emails comi...
by Kouign Amann
Fri Jun 01, 2012 9:57 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2012 NAQT HSNCT: Congratulations to Bellarmine!
Replies: 100
Views: 45676

Re: 2012 NAQT HSNCT: Congratulations to Bellarmine!

Also, the somewhat casual and somewhat frequent cursing on the audio of the first game of the final (by the cameramen? audience members? who is that?) is a little disheartening. It's not really something that i think the families of the teams involved quite needed to hear. I can't really see how th...
by Kouign Amann
Tue May 29, 2012 4:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The best readers
Replies: 32
Views: 8266

Re: The best readers

The yet-unmentioned Dan Goff deserves a shout-out. He doesn't read as much as he used to, it seems, but I remember thinking for awhile that he was the best Mid-Atlantic area mod.
by Kouign Amann
Mon May 21, 2012 12:00 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: BHSAT General Thoughts and Discussion
Replies: 35
Views: 12034

Re: BHSAT General Thoughts and Discussion

- Inappopriately hard bonuses. I got the sense that this set wanted to be a nationals prep for any high school team while remaining playable for the vast majority of regular high school teams. However, I read quite a few bonuses today that seemed to run counter to this goal. The most egregious exam...
by Kouign Amann
Fri May 18, 2012 9:56 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2012 Ben Cooper Memorial Tournament on May 19
Replies: 55
Views: 24445

Re: 2012 Ben Cooper Memorial Tournament on May 19

Down and out in Quintana Roo wrote:14 rounds is just too much.
What is your reasoning here? The DII SCT set is super fast, as evidenced by the past two years' Mid-Atlantic Championships. It's perfectly possible to read these rounds in twenty minutes or less. Why not take advantage?
by Kouign Amann
Fri May 11, 2012 1:36 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2012 Ben Cooper Memorial Tournament on May 19
Replies: 55
Views: 24445

Re: 2012 Ben Cooper Memorial Tournament on May 19

Given the small number of teams (I expect the final field size to be around 10) and the large number of very experienced moderators we have staffing, I'd say we're on the right path of running a very fast and efficient tournament (or at least being ahead of schedule enough to have a nice long lunch...
by Kouign Amann
Thu May 10, 2012 8:03 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: DC-area tournament size and split field discussion
Replies: 35
Views: 7500

Re: Metro areas without enough good high school quizbowl

As for It's Academic being a "cancer," I challenge for tangible support. The way I see it, the best argument that can be made regarding It's Academic damaging the circuit is that teams choose to participate and cannot attend tournaments and tapings at the same time. In at least the case of St. Anse...
by Kouign Amann
Mon May 07, 2012 12:52 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2012 Natl. History Bee & Bowl Nationals - 4/28-29 in DC
Replies: 145
Views: 51223

Re: 2012 Natl. History Bee & Bowl Nationals - 4/28-29 in DC

I think the points made by Messrs. Reinstein and Morlan are good ones. It seems that much of the invective directed against staffers in this thread is the product of the pent-up frustration of many people. The proper targets of this criticism are, of course, David Madden and any other upper-echelon ...
by Kouign Amann
Sun May 06, 2012 11:47 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2012 Natl. History Bee & Bowl Nationals - 4/28-29 in DC
Replies: 145
Views: 51223

Re: 2012 Natl. History Bee & Bowl Nationals - 4/28-29 in DC

Hopefully, the institution of a reasonable field cap will eliminate the need for David Madden's Jeopardy! buddies to staff this event in the future.
by Kouign Amann
Tue Apr 17, 2012 7:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: BHSAT Mirror @ St. Anselm's Abbey School (4/14/2012)
Replies: 23
Views: 8213

Re: BHSAT Mirror @ St. Anselm's Abbey School (4/14/2012)

All reported errors have been corrected, and round report has been enabled: http://www.hsquizbowl.org/db/tournament ... ats/fixed/
by Kouign Amann
Mon Apr 16, 2012 10:24 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: BHSAT Mirror @ St. Anselm's Abbey School (4/14/2012)
Replies: 23
Views: 8213

Re: BHSAT Mirror @ St. Anselm's Abbey School (4/14/2012)

That's certainly an understandable predicament. I simply wish someone had called me to let me know. All teams should have had my cell number. This is also a good illustration of why all teams need to send the TD a contact number. Several teams fail to do so every tournament, and this situation is wh...
by Kouign Amann
Sat Apr 14, 2012 8:06 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: BHSAT Individual Question Requests and Discussion
Replies: 31
Views: 5102

Re: BHSAT Individual Question Requests and Discussion

I believe the bonus part on the council of Trent said that it "restored adoration of the Virgin Mary." In a Catholic context, "adoration," like "worship," applies only to God. A better word would be "veneration" or "honoring."