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by Kouign Amann
Thu Jun 23, 2011 2:26 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: VCU Open 2011 (08/13-08/14)
Replies: 96
Views: 24258

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: VCU Open 2011 (08/13-08/14)

Are there any side events going to be attached to this? Perhaps the architecture set or Isaac's hat thing? At Maryland practice tonight, Chris Ray, as arranger of the site, basically declared that he wants the architecture set to be run, but he wanted me to come on here and assert that myself, so: ...
by Kouign Amann
Tue Jun 21, 2011 8:29 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Attracting more teams to the DC circuit
Replies: 59
Views: 9525

Re: Attracting more teams to the DC circuit

The same reason infomercials or whatever start with "Aren't you tired of _______ " , well now there's the new product! I guess contrast increases the effectiveness. It's important to focus on the ultimate goal. As a community, we supply pyramidal questions and tournaments. The goal is to increase t...
by Kouign Amann
Tue Jun 21, 2011 8:10 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Attracting more teams to the DC circuit
Replies: 59
Views: 9525

Re: Attracting more teams to the DC circuit

So what I mean by that is in a vacuum, if somebody had never seen anything related to quizbowl before, and were told to write a question, that question that they write would not be pyramidal, it would be as your example, like a trivial pursuit question. The only significance of this is that newbies...
by Kouign Amann
Tue Jun 21, 2011 7:56 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Attracting more teams to the DC circuit
Replies: 59
Views: 9525

Re: Attracting more teams to the DC circuit

Maybe by intuitive I mean instinctual, that makes more sense also I don't think you're quite making sense yet. It's Ac doesn't seem either of those things to me. Perhaps try "simpler" or "more frustrating" or "less rewarding." I'm just not even sure what you're claiming, so I don't know what to arg...
by Kouign Amann
Tue Jun 21, 2011 7:41 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Attracting more teams to the DC circuit
Replies: 59
Views: 9525

Re: Attracting more teams to the DC circuit

sir negsalot wrote:counter-intuitive. . . intuitive. . . intuitive
You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.
by Kouign Amann
Thu Jun 09, 2011 1:47 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2011 NSC Question Set Discussion
Replies: 82
Views: 12787

Re: 2011 NSC Question Set Discussion

I know this stuff might not be taught frequently in high school, but not only is it in all likelihood more worth knowing about than 9/10 of what was in the set What basis do you have for such a preposterous assertion? Which one-tenth of NSC questions do you deem "worth knowing?" Whaaaaa? You comple...
by Kouign Amann
Thu Jun 09, 2011 12:25 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2011 NSC Question Set Discussion
Replies: 82
Views: 12787

Re: 2011 NSC Question Set Discussion

nationalhistorybeeandbowl wrote:I know this stuff might not be taught frequently in high school, but not only is it in all likelihood more worth knowing about than 9/10 of what was in the set
What basis do you have for such a preposterous assertion? Which one-tenth of NSC questions do you deem "worth knowing?"
by Kouign Amann
Mon Jun 06, 2011 11:47 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2011 NASAT: June 11-12, University of Maryland-College Park
Replies: 82
Views: 26002

Re: 2011 NASAT: June 11-12, University of Maryland-College Park

Has it been decided where exactly on campus the tournament is being held? I don't speak for HSAPQ and this isn't official, but I'm pretty sure it's being held in famous quizbowl location Jimenez Hall. The last UMD listserv email I got seems to indicate that we will be playing in the only-slightly-l...
by Kouign Amann
Tue May 24, 2011 1:39 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2011 NASAT: June 11-12, University of Maryland-College Park
Replies: 82
Views: 26002

Re: 2011 NASAT: June 11-12, University of Maryland-College Park

Further, if we end up having to use public transportation like Amtrak to get there, can anyone who knows the area give a recommendation---would it be better to take Amtrak all the way into DC then take a Metro from there to College Park, or, is the Amtrak stop in Maryland (its name escapes me at th...
by Kouign Amann
Mon May 23, 2011 3:22 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Interest in architecture tournament?
Replies: 47
Views: 17749

Re: Interest in architecture tournament?

I was talking to Chris Ray the other day, and he seemed to want to run this after one of the VCUO events. Are others amenable to this plan?
by Kouign Amann
Sat May 21, 2011 5:18 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Maryland Spring Tournament
Replies: 63
Views: 11916

Re: Maryland Spring Tournament

RM A cleared the field to win this event. I think we and TJ A tied for second.
by Kouign Amann
Wed May 18, 2011 11:00 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: VCU Open 2011 (08/13-08/14)
Replies: 96
Views: 24258

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: VCU Open 2011 (08/13-08/14)

Sam wrote:As a logistical question: what is the best way to get from Washington to College Park? Does the Metro go directly there?
Yep, Green Line.
by Kouign Amann
Tue May 17, 2011 10:32 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: It's Academic discussion
Replies: 50
Views: 13687

Re: It's Academic discussion

But in terms of scheduling issues, I guess I'm not sure what you're thinking of as an alternative. I'm not sure the show even could do anything but tape a handful of games every Saturday, just due to the nature of their model. I've considered this point before, and I wonder if some Richmond people ...
by Kouign Amann
Mon May 16, 2011 11:23 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Torrey Pines Quizbowl Database
Replies: 108
Views: 51856

Re: Torrey Pines Quizbowl Database

that post was so ill-conceived I'll rephrase more politely for the sake of this anonymous group of IRC frequenters. (Note: I very much appreciate specific, person-to-person critiques of my behavior or mannerisms in just about all facets of life. How am I to become a better person otherwise? If anyo...
by Kouign Amann
Mon May 16, 2011 10:34 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: CR Rider Bowl II (May 14, 2011) [CONFIRMED DATE CHANGE!]
Replies: 75
Views: 44198

Re: CR Rider Bowl II (May 14, 2011) [CONFIRMED DATE CHANGE!]

A couple little things were pointed out to me on the stats (namely that bonus totals in a game, in this set at least, can't end in the number "5") so i fixed a couple little things after taking a look at the scoresheets this morning and we should be all set in the stats now. No real big changes wer...
by Kouign Amann
Mon May 16, 2011 6:47 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Torrey Pines Quizbowl Database
Replies: 108
Views: 51856

Re: Torrey Pines Quizbowl Database

MissIrene wrote:Are we doing something wrong? Is this something that can be addressed?
Yes and yes. Simply tell your students to stop using that pitiful excuse for a browser, and they should find that many of their internet-related issues are solved.
by Kouign Amann
Mon May 16, 2011 5:09 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: CR Rider Bowl II (May 14, 2011) [CONFIRMED DATE CHANGE!]
Replies: 75
Views: 44198

Re: CR Rider Bowl II (May 14, 2011) [CONFIRMED DATE CHANGE!]

A couple little things were pointed out to me on the stats (namely that bonus totals in a game, in this set at least, can't end in the number "5") so i fixed a couple little things after taking a look at the scoresheets this morning and we should be all set in the stats now. No real big changes wer...
by Kouign Amann
Sun May 15, 2011 4:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: It's Academic discussion
Replies: 50
Views: 13687

Re: All videos of Quiz Bowl

Nothing in my post was meant to be a condemnation of RM's team or anyone on it. I wasn't singling them out for criticism or anything else. In fact, I would say that I'm pretty good friends with nearly everyone in RM's program, and I certainly don't think negatively of any of their tournament attenda...
by Kouign Amann
Tue May 10, 2011 10:34 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: It's Academic discussion
Replies: 50
Views: 13687

Re: All videos of Quiz Bowl

Wurzel-Flummery wrote:I don't know where RM's team (or most any team around here, for that matter) would be if it weren't for It's Ac
ANSWER: at real tournaments [accept playing actual quizbowl and equivalents]
by Kouign Amann
Mon May 09, 2011 7:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: It's Academic discussion
Replies: 50
Views: 13687

Re: All videos of Quiz Bowl

Didn't go through all the pages, however having seen some of the It's Academic (DC) tapings on YouTube, I must say even though the format probably isn't the best, I absolutely admire the glamour and the overall atmosphere of the show. I wouldn't mind personally playing on it at least once just to h...
by Kouign Amann
Fri May 06, 2011 4:32 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: CR Rider Bowl II (May 14, 2011) [CONFIRMED DATE CHANGE!]
Replies: 75
Views: 44198

Re: CR Rider Bowl II (May 14, 2011) [CONFIRMED DATE CHANGE!]

With Howard's situation Perhaps I am misreading Mr. Gilbert, but it seems to me that it's less of a "Howard situation" and more of a "one dude on Howard situation." He seems to leave open the possibility of just not bringing that guy in the first place, so (unless I am misreading) it seems like we'...
by Kouign Amann
Sun May 01, 2011 6:56 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: NAQT Mid-Atlantic Regionals at VCU (5/1)
Replies: 20
Views: 5397

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: NAQT Mid-Atlantic Regionals at VCU (5/1)

Congratulations to VCU for using Mid-Atlantic Champs to again break their own tournament direction landspeed record, completing 14 rounds by 3:50 PM.
by Kouign Amann
Fri Apr 29, 2011 5:16 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: NAQT Mid-Atlantic Regionals at VCU (5/1)
Replies: 20
Views: 5397

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: NAQT Mid-Atlantic Regionals at VCU (5/1)

Frater Taciturnus wrote:Teams consisting of fewer than three players may not play without my express prior permission.
St. Anselm's is actually going to be solo me playing unofficially. Express prior permission, please?
by Kouign Amann
Fri Apr 29, 2011 2:51 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB Discussion
Replies: 88
Views: 13753

Re: NHBB Discussion

Since we're talking about an issue that is most relevant to the top teams in the field, how about we ask potential top teams whether they'd prefer the funn and excitementt of a bracket or if they'd rather play more games against the best competition?
by Kouign Amann
Wed Apr 27, 2011 10:50 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: CANCELLED - GREYSON at TJ (4/30/11)
Replies: 18
Views: 2917

Re: CANCELLED - GREYSON at TJ (4/30/11)

Hm, I guess there's no point in us filling out that form now? Sorry for being so slow, but we actually did get 4 players to commit to going today... You guys should come party at Mid-Atlantic Championships with us then. This also applies to everyone who was registered for GREYSON. C'mon people, let...
by Kouign Amann
Wed Apr 27, 2011 8:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: QuAC IV Available for Mirrors
Replies: 4
Views: 1079

Re: QuAC IV Available for Mirrors

MahoningQuizBowler wrote:How did you get a Kansas school to mirror this?? :shock:
That's Eric's high school from back in the day, if I remember correctly.
by Kouign Amann
Tue Apr 26, 2011 7:59 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB Discussion
Replies: 88
Views: 13753

Re: NHBB Discussion

Personally, I think round robin playoffs are anti-climactic- I may take some flak for saying this, but I think at some level, the whole notion of trying as hard as possible to ensure that the best team in the field wins any particular tournament has largely been taken too far of late. For compariso...
by Kouign Amann
Tue Apr 26, 2011 12:41 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB Discussion
Replies: 88
Views: 13753

Re: NHBB Discussion

What's wrong with, say, running a schedule that doesn't involve elimination, considering how much time and money teams will be investing in this tournament?
by Kouign Amann
Mon Apr 25, 2011 11:01 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB Discussion
Replies: 88
Views: 13753

Re: NHBB Discussion

If all 8 questions were not read, there is no way it was because of the moderator being a slow reader. Say what you want, but this is just not true. The questions were short enough that a team that didn't blow 5 seconds on each question would be able to answer in time. In all nine games I played, I...
by Kouign Amann
Mon Apr 25, 2011 2:35 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: NAQT Mid-Atlantic Regionals at VCU (5/1)
Replies: 20
Views: 5397

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: NAQT Mid-Atlantic Regionals at VCU (5/1)

What's the minimum number of teams for this event to run?
by Kouign Amann
Mon Apr 25, 2011 11:17 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB Discussion
Replies: 88
Views: 13753

Re: NHBB Discussion

Adm Akbar says It's a Tarp! wrote:If all 8 questions were not read, there is no way it was because of the moderator being a slow reader.
Say what you want, but this is just not true.
by Kouign Amann
Mon Apr 25, 2011 12:59 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB Discussion
Replies: 88
Views: 13753

Re: NHBB Discussion

Also, keep in mind that the NHBB format is "tossup heavy" in point allocation, which is in some ways fairer than having 2/3 of the possible points come through bonus questions. What's so unfair about bonus questions? They reward people who know stuff and don't reward people who don't know stuff. Um...
by Kouign Amann
Sun Apr 24, 2011 4:37 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB Discussion
Replies: 88
Views: 13753

Re: NHBB Discussion

Also, keep in mind that the NHBB format is "tossup heavy" in point allocation, which is in some ways fairer than having 2/3 of the possible points come through bonus questions. What's so unfair about bonus questions? They reward people who know stuff and don't reward people who don't know stuff. -T...
by Kouign Amann
Sun Apr 24, 2011 12:31 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: PSAT/NMSQT Discussion
Replies: 2
Views: 821

Re: PSAT/NMSQT Discussion

The set.
Thanks, George.
by Kouign Amann
Sun Apr 24, 2011 1:46 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB Discussion
Replies: 88
Views: 13753

Re: NHBB Discussion

The questions were, for the most part, excellent. Distinctly less excellent were staffers who spent nearly as much time minding their watches as actually reading questions, and then deciding not to care as much for the next team. We experienced both the good and the bad sides of this coin last weeke...
by Kouign Amann
Sun Apr 24, 2011 1:30 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB Discussion
Replies: 88
Views: 13753

Re: NHBB Discussion

Sure, there are things that can be improved --but don't forget that this wasn't run for us adults. It was run for the students. And, what a tremendous opportunity it was for those of my students who like history. Ma'am, this thread is full of history-loving students who are pointing out just what w...
by Kouign Amann
Sun Apr 24, 2011 12:24 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: PSAT/NMSQT Discussion
Replies: 2
Views: 821

PSAT/NMSQT Discussion

With the completion of the Post-ATROPHY Singles, all mirrors of the PSAT/NMSQT set are done. This is the thread for discussing the set. I'd like to begin by saying that I am enormously indebted to a good number of people for their help in getting this set together. The folks at Torrey Pines, despite...
by Kouign Amann
Sat Apr 23, 2011 7:38 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB Discussion
Replies: 88
Views: 13753

Re: NHBB Discussion

Jeremy Gibbs Freesy Does It wrote:Why is the four-quarter format less fair?
The Hang-opedia comes in handy sometimes.

Point three here isn't really relevant, because I don't think NHBB is trying to bone anybody, but boy, did some people get boned last weekend.
by Kouign Amann
Sat Apr 23, 2011 7:05 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB Discussion
Replies: 88
Views: 13753

Re: NHBB Discussion

First off, doing two blocks of 5 over Friday and Saturday allows us to run more cleanly and efficiently. Unless we have different definitions of efficiency, no it doesn't. I believe it is commonly agreed that efficiency is something like "doing the most in the least amount of time." If you keep the...
by Kouign Amann
Sat Apr 23, 2011 1:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB Discussion
Replies: 88
Views: 13753

Re: NHBB Discussion

By only having one block of 5 games per day, this will allow for some sightseeing, though with the Bee on Friday and playoffs on Saturday, there will be enough competition for those looking for it. This seems like a non-solution solution. You're still only guaranteeing teams ten games, then running...
by Kouign Amann
Fri Apr 22, 2011 7:07 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Interest in architecture tournament?
Replies: 47
Views: 17749

Re: Interest in architecture tournament?

Will this event be fairly accessible for people who don't know much architecture? I hope so. Some of the tossups are going to require pretty good knowledge, but I'm making an effort to include plenty of stuff that the casual building observer should be able to get. If you know absolutely nothing, t...
by Kouign Amann
Fri Apr 22, 2011 2:14 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open Side Event Wrangling
Replies: 42
Views: 9367

Re: Chicago Open Side Event Wrangling

I'm not super concerned that my event get played at CO. I'd be happy to run it pretty much anywhere/anytime else, if people want. I'll gladly cede CO time to any of the above events.
by Kouign Amann
Fri Apr 22, 2011 12:37 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Interest in architecture tournament?
Replies: 47
Views: 17749

Re: Interest in architecture tournament?

So, a lot of people are talking about scheduling for CO. Some people don't want side events, some people do. I'll just say that, if there's demand, I could definitely finish Angels in the Archtecture 2011: This Tournament is About Building by then. I won't be at CO, but if people want to play this t...
by Kouign Amann
Sat Apr 16, 2011 10:57 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB Discussion
Replies: 88
Views: 13753

Re: NHBB Discussion

Also, if you want to help inexperienced teams improve, charging $60 for the question set is not the way to do it. All good, modern tournaments except NAQT events, for whatever reason, publish their questions for free online at the conclusion of the event. I suggest the NHBB do the same. Helping quiz...
by Kouign Amann
Sat Apr 16, 2011 10:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB Discussion
Replies: 88
Views: 13753

NHBB Discussion

Allow me to preface this post by saying that I deeply appreciate all the hard work Dave Madden and co. have put in organizing this tournament. Going from zero to nationals in one year is quite impressive, and their enthusiasm and helpfulness in all aspects of the competition was one of the best part...
by Kouign Amann
Thu Apr 14, 2011 8:02 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2011 NASAT: June 11-12, University of Maryland-College Park
Replies: 82
Views: 26002

Re: 2011 NASAT: June 11-12, University of Maryland-College Park

HSAPQ will once again use a rolling application procedure: teams who submit applications to HSAPQ on or before April 4 will be notified of HSAPQ’s decision no later than April 11. We may also approve an application submitted from January 27 onwards as soon as “immediately” if we find it unlikely th...
by Kouign Amann
Tue Apr 05, 2011 9:37 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHB Regional @ St. Anselm's Abbey School - 4/4/2011
Replies: 18
Views: 2817

Re: NHB Regional @ St. Anselm's Abbey School - 4/4/2011

No, you can come later. But the Bee will go quick, as we're just doing 2 prelim rounds. And it's included in the price for all students on teams in the Bowl. Full disclosure: there will also be] an alternate qualifier for the Nationals Bee. Was there a reason it cost $10 per player at Ohio State in...
by Kouign Amann
Tue Mar 29, 2011 9:58 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: New England Quiz Bowl
Replies: 15
Views: 4347

Re: New England Quiz Bowl

Quizbowl is almost entirely independent from the academic traditions of the schools, school districts, or states involved. Involvement and quality levels depend most heavily on the individual players and their passion for the game. There are great private schools with terrible or no teams, and then ...
by Kouign Amann
Tue Mar 22, 2011 11:32 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: New Team/Recent Success—Advice?
Replies: 13
Views: 2140

Re: New Team/Recent Success—Advice?

Qualifying for HSNCT is much more difficult than qualifying for NAC. You will play better teams and hear better questions at HSNCT. The National Academic Championship is held basically in near-universal contempt among teams that play good quizbowl. For a quick rundown of why this is, see here: http:...