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by Huang
Tue Dec 08, 2009 3:07 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: DAFT 2009 Discussion - Set Cleared
Replies: 89
Views: 26968

Re: DAFT 2009 Discussion

AlphaQuizBowler wrote: Did you not edit the set before the Bergen mirror based on feedback?
I edited the set all the way up to the 10/24 date. I didn't receive any further feedback after that date.
by Huang
Tue Dec 08, 2009 2:36 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: DAFT 2009 Discussion - Set Cleared
Replies: 89
Views: 26968

Re: DAFT 2009 Discussion

Again, I was agreeing with you (maybe the quotes around "sound more Japanese" threw you off, not sure). But the strategy causes problems with repeated clues/answers because Kawabata and Murakami could certainly come up in other parts of a set. Oops, I meant to address that. My response is twofold: ...
by Huang
Mon Dec 07, 2009 11:21 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Kentucky 09-10
Replies: 457
Views: 63341

Re: Kentucky 09-10

grayson77 wrote: What questions would your teams like to see used?
A HSAPQ Four-Quarter set should be fine
by Huang
Mon Dec 07, 2009 11:01 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Kentucky 09-10
Replies: 457
Views: 63341

Re: Kentucky 09-10

Also, let me know if anyone would like to take part in a mid-season KY poll. Oh god no (re: see the poster above me who thinks he's funny). No need for a poll when we can easily just play each other at a tournament (Kentucky isn't too large of a state for this to not be possible). Anyways, Dunbar w...
by Huang
Mon Dec 07, 2009 3:47 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: CATT V - (12/12/09) - Chattahoochee High School
Replies: 22
Views: 5579

Re: CATT V - (12/12/09) - Chattahoochee High School

Also, we are open to mirrors of the CATT V. We would be happy to send any interested parties a round to look at. We can discuss cost via email. Would it be possible for past CATT sets to be posted online? I think this might be helpful in increasing the number of mirrors of this tournament. I've hea...
by Huang
Sun Dec 06, 2009 11:46 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Wright State University Rowdy Raider Invitational (12/5/09)
Replies: 47
Views: 6853

Re: Wright State University Rowdy Raider Invitational (12/5/09)

grayson77 wrote: Against Dunbar B it seemed like every lit question was a buzzer race between Idrees, Hana, and I on the second or third line.
The were a very excellent group of sophomores nonetheless.
Helen is a junior
by Huang
Sun Dec 06, 2009 11:27 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: DAFT 2009 Discussion - Set Cleared
Replies: 89
Views: 26968

Re: DAFT 2009 Discussion

tk447 wrote: I'm not sure you can avoid linguistic giveaways entirely.
I'm not claiming that I can avoid them entirely. Since I notably used a linguistic "clue" in that bonus.
by Huang
Sun Dec 06, 2009 11:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: DAFT 2009 Discussion - Set Cleared
Replies: 89
Views: 26968

Re: DAFT 2009 Discussion

Again, I was agreeing with you (maybe the quotes around "sound more Japanese" threw you off, not sure). But the strategy causes problems with repeated clues/answers because Kawabata and Murakami could certainly come up in other parts of a set. Oops, I meant to address that. My response is twofold: ...
by Huang
Sun Dec 06, 2009 11:06 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: DAFT 2009 Discussion - Set Cleared
Replies: 89
Views: 26968

Re: DAFT 2009 Discussion

wd4gdz wrote: I believe the bonus answers of davson danielli and rathke's pouch are too difficult for this level.
These were indeed too difficult.
by Huang
Sun Dec 06, 2009 10:59 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: DAFT 2009 Discussion - Set Cleared
Replies: 89
Views: 26968

Re: DAFT 2009 Discussion

If they know the Tale of Genji, that's great they get the points for knowing knowledge. If they don't, is encouraging linguistic fraud really better than giving a really easy cross-category clue that actually requires you to know capitals/countries? I mean that strategy just drops more inherently c...
by Huang
Sun Dec 06, 2009 10:46 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: DAFT 2009 Discussion - Set Cleared
Replies: 89
Views: 26968

Re: DAFT 2009 Discussion

Another strategy that keeps the question even more tightly in literature while making a pretty good easy part (often) is to say something like "Oe is from this country, which also produced the Tale of Genji as well as authors such as Yasumari Kawbata and Haruki Murakami." I mean that strategy just ...
by Huang
Sun Dec 06, 2009 10:28 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: DAFT 2009 Discussion - Set Cleared
Replies: 89
Views: 26968

Re: DAFT 2009 Discussion

In writing high school questions where the answer is a country to try and maximize conversion, I usually try to find a way to link the capital (most accessible clue, often) to whatever the topic is. So if you were asking about Oe's country, you might say "Oe is an author from this country, and he s...
by Huang
Sun Dec 06, 2009 10:22 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: DAFT 2009 Discussion - Set Cleared
Replies: 89
Views: 26968

Re: DAFT 2009 Discussion

I second the comments of people saying that bonuses that go "Name this obscure work", "Name the semi-obscure author", "Name the country he's from with capital at Berlin" are bad because (1) they're cross-category and take away from legit literature or whatever questions, and (2) they tended to be s...
by Huang
Sun Dec 06, 2009 6:01 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Colleges with active teams
Replies: 22
Views: 6752

Re: Colleges with active teams

What happened with them? Was there never really a team to begin with? [Kelly Mckenzie] reached his apogee during that summer, however, propelling his team to a win at Georgia Tech’s NATSSO, repeating his solo win at that summer's incarnation of the Moc Masters (he averaged 105 points per game at th...
by Huang
Sun Dec 06, 2009 5:36 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Colleges with active teams
Replies: 22
Views: 6752

Re: Colleges with active teams

I'm a senior this year and I was wondering what schools had active college bowl teams? I'm not saying I'm necessarily going to participate but if I get bored in college I'd like something to be able to do. I know my own state school's (Kentucky) team is relatively dormant. Dude, come to UK. I can h...
by Huang
Sun Dec 06, 2009 12:26 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: DAFT 2009 Discussion - Set Cleared
Replies: 89
Views: 26968

Re: DAFT 2009 Discussion

So I noticed the first round has random emboldened text from when I was messing around with how to put powers in for next year. I'm going to send George the corrected set.
by Huang
Sun Dec 06, 2009 11:59 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: DAFT 2009 Discussion - Set Cleared
Replies: 89
Views: 26968

Re: DAFT 2009 Discussion

I also felt that while for the vast majority the answers to the tossups were pretty valid for high school, the distribution was a little wacky. Specifically, there were at least five RMP tossups (of which I believe four were philo) in one round. The hard parts of the bonuses were also too hard; ask...
by Huang
Sat Dec 05, 2009 9:56 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Dunbar Mirror at Bergen (Hackensack, NJ) UPDATE: NOW 12/5/09
Replies: 61
Views: 8486

Re: Dunbar Mirror at Bergen (Hackensack, NJ) UPDATE: NOW 12/5/09

In the case anyone forgets, the set can be discussed in this thread: http://hsquizbowl.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=8696
Hopefully the set wasn't too awful
by Huang
Sat Dec 05, 2009 3:37 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: DAFT 2009 Discussion - Set Cleared
Replies: 89
Views: 26968

Re: DAFT 2009 Discussion

Hey, I would like to thank everyone who made this set possible for tournament play. Questions should be posted on the archives soon. Neutrality Issues This has been pretty thoroughly discussed in the thread already. Grammar Issues This hasn't been discussed as thoroughly as I thought it should have....
by Huang
Thu Dec 03, 2009 8:51 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Is this a BLITZ or not?
Replies: 78
Views: 6999

Re: Is this a BLITZ or not?

I thought (and still think) that "Chronicles of Narnia-C.S. Lewis" should be a wrong response to a question that mentions "Mere Christianity" and "Surprised by Joy" which are clearly not part of the Chronicles of Narnia. If a team was determined to blitz to gain more time to think (or to visualize ...
by Huang
Thu Dec 03, 2009 3:40 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Is this a BLITZ or not?
Replies: 78
Views: 6999

Re: Is this a BLITZ or not?

I don't know about that, Sandy. "Blitzing" in its pure form seems to only be useful on bad questions. I've been involved in something like 3000 games as a player or moderator, and I can count on one hand the number of "blitzes" I've seen anyone attempt. Whether we need this rule or not is a discuss...
by Huang
Wed Dec 02, 2009 5:51 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Is this a BLITZ or not?
Replies: 78
Views: 6999

Re: Is this a BLITZ or not?

I don't know about that, Sandy. "Blitzing" in its pure form seems to only be useful on bad questions. I've been involved in something like 3000 games as a player or moderator, and I can count on one hand the number of "blitzes" I've seen anyone attempt. Whether we need this rule or not is a discuss...
by Huang
Wed Dec 02, 2009 5:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Is this a BLITZ or not?
Replies: 78
Views: 6999

Re: Is this a BLITZ or not?

As a coach in the South, I have to admit that I honestly don't see a particular purpose for blitzing -- other than as a form of "stall" tactic. It seemed clear to me from the first couple of words of the C.S. Lewis question that the answer would be looking for an author, not a work. I have tried to...
by Huang
Wed Dec 02, 2009 5:11 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Is this a BLITZ or not?
Replies: 78
Views: 6999

Re: Is this a BLITZ or not?

So, I am curious... is the type of blitzing referred to in this thread a common practice at tournaments in other parts of the country? Having been to tournaments in the South, I've found blitzing to be more common in other parts of the country. I think it's less common in the South cause a signific...
by Huang
Tue Dec 01, 2009 1:24 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Ohio '09-'10
Replies: 42
Views: 5656

Re: Ohio '09-'10

FredMorlan wrote:I am trying to build a regional mega-tournament at Parkersburg. C'mon guys!
West Virginia looks like an awesome place to have a regional tournament with states like Kentucky, Ohio, and Virginia nearby. If not for school, I would go to the Parkersburg tournament.
by Huang
Mon Nov 30, 2009 11:52 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Global announcement for ACF Winter
Replies: 27
Views: 16222

Re: Global announcement for ACF Winter

... Additionally, one team has already submitted a packet for the $25 deadline : Sandy Huang ... Since Sandy is in high school, isn't it true that he doesn't have to write questions and therefore should still qualify for the $50 discount? It won't matter. I won't be able to play ACF Winter. I'm pre...
by Huang
Mon Nov 30, 2009 6:53 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Wright State University Rowdy Raider Invitational (12/5/09)
Replies: 47
Views: 6853

Re: Wright State University Rowdy Raider Invitational (12/5/09)

grayson77 wrote:It will be interesting to see how top level teams from Kentucky and Ohio compare.
Statistically speaking, Dunbar won't be at full strength
Edit: In fact, Harvard Fall was the first tournament this semester (and probably the only tournament this semester) where Dunbar was (will be) at full strength
by Huang
Wed Nov 25, 2009 11:35 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: QuAC II at UPenn in Phila., PA (11/21/09)
Replies: 125
Views: 21537

Re: QuAC II at UPenn in Phila., PA (11/21/09)

wexs883198215 wrote:I thought conventional wisdom said that author toss-ups are more vulnerable to list knowledge, not necessarily deep knowledge?
Yeah but not if you mention all of them at the giveaway.
by Huang
Wed Nov 25, 2009 10:02 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Dunbar Mirror at Bergen (Hackensack, NJ) UPDATE: NOW 12/5/09
Replies: 61
Views: 8486

Re: Dunbar Mirror at Bergen (Hackensack, NJ) UPDATE: NOW 12/5/09

narwhal wrote:We had hoped to be able to offer an advantage final, but this may or may not be possible, since we are only provided 12 packets in the question set.
You guys could divide the last two packets of 20/20 into four packets of 10/10 if needed. I think this is standard practice but I'm not too sure.
by Huang
Tue Nov 24, 2009 3:53 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Kickoffs
Replies: 99
Views: 12910

Re: Kickoffs

This is what I told Mike Sorice last night in terms of what Illinois could do (and he said I could go ahead and post it in the thread): Illinois high school teams familiar with good quizbowl should actively point out the HSQB forums and the various resources on this website that would help a new tea...
by Huang
Mon Nov 23, 2009 11:09 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Kickoffs
Replies: 99
Views: 12910

Re: Kickoffs

Do you think "No" is going to cut it? He simply asked me for my opinion and I replied no. You're the one who's ignoring valid arguments and points, and continually trying to stuff the same arguments down people's throats without responding to what they think. Well, clearly we disagree as to the deg...
by Huang
Mon Nov 23, 2009 10:51 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Kickoffs
Replies: 99
Views: 12910

Re: Kickoffs

That x team from Kentucky is good? Yes Or where you start dumping on every Kentucky team for not being up to a national championship standard? Because pointing out how hilarious a state thread is equals dumping on every team in that state. Right. Matt's tone may have been harsh, but he brought up l...
by Huang
Mon Nov 23, 2009 10:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Kickoffs
Replies: 99
Views: 12910

Re: Kickoffs

If you're not from here, you have no idea of the inertia we're up against. Matt and Sandy, if you have some magic wand to change the opinions of coaches whose OWN players say, "Are we done with NAQT this year? There's not enough math and science, " please wave that wand and bend the world to your w...
by Huang
Mon Nov 23, 2009 10:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Kickoffs
Replies: 99
Views: 12910

Re: Kickoffs

AlphaQuizBowler wrote: Heaven forbid people compare teams in a comparisons forum!
Problem is that the "comparisons" made are useless.
AlphaQuizBowler wrote: That's not even what really happened, but ignoring that, don't you find this just a little bit patronizing?
No.
by Huang
Mon Nov 23, 2009 10:12 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Kickoffs
Replies: 99
Views: 12910

Re: Kickoffs

I counted at least 5 times where the initial post claimed "X team from Illinois is good." So Matt is not completely ridiculous for claiming that this thread (and other past Illinois threads) of being essentially circle-jerks. Also this thread is hilarious. "Hey Illinois, this is how you can become g...
by Huang
Mon Nov 23, 2009 5:48 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: QuAC II at UPenn in Phila., PA (11/21/09)
Replies: 125
Views: 21537

Re: QuAC II at UPenn in Phila., PA (11/21/09)

Dr. Isaac Yankem, DDS wrote: on the Literature tossups, the heavy majority of them were on authors (as answers), not works.
I am pretty sure this is done because most writers are more famous than their works. So less experienced teams will have a better shot at them when the giveaway is read.
by Huang
Mon Nov 23, 2009 12:33 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Middle School Tournaments Near Kentucky
Replies: 3
Views: 594

Re: Middle School Tournaments Near Kentucky

I think you'll rarely find very many high quality middle school tournaments in the state. Even our middle school tournament was no where close to acceptable quality by today's standards. Although if Donald's tournament gets mirrored somewhere close, it would be a good tournament to attend. For now, ...
by Huang
Thu Nov 19, 2009 4:37 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Kentucky 09-10
Replies: 457
Views: 63341

Re: Kentucky 09-10

One more thing---I suppose I am up to my old loquacious tricks---so given your humorous comments about this to me I thought you might like to check out the QuAC site at U Penn concerning the issue of a 6 or 12 team bracket for the Championship Playoffs. Is this the type of writing of mine that you ...
by Huang
Mon Nov 16, 2009 11:08 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Canon Expansion, Bose-Einstein Condensates, and You
Replies: 92
Views: 10819

Re: Canon Expansion, Bose-Einstein Condensates, and You

Neither of those are useful to me in the least for the exact reasons that have been pointed out. I have no idea what the vocabulary means, and I'd have to do tons of independent work to find out. It's absurd to expect a critical mass of intellectually curious players to go through this kind of work...
by Huang
Mon Nov 16, 2009 4:59 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT IS Sets 86 and 88 Commentary (w/o answers)
Replies: 14
Views: 2565

Re: NAQT IS Sets 86 and 88 Commentary (w/o answers)

A clue that shows up in the second to last sentence in ACF Fall tossups (twice) should not be a lead-in for an NAQT IS set. As someone who has been yelled at numerous times for arguing with this logic, I don't think that's necessarily a true statement. But having not seen the exact question, you ca...
by Huang
Mon Nov 16, 2009 2:05 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Dunbar Academic Fall Tournament (10/24/09) (NSC Qualifier)
Replies: 124
Views: 40556

Re: Dunbar Academic Fall Tournament (10/24/09) (NSC Qualifier)

This tournament has been certified gold by PACE.
That means the following teams have now qualified for PACE NSC 2010: Woodford A and Paintsville B.
Congratulations!
by Huang
Mon Nov 09, 2009 5:38 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Kentucky 09-10
Replies: 457
Views: 63341

Re: Kentucky 09-10

Beastman wrote:The thing that gets me the most is that the top four didn't reflect the top four teams at the tournament.
Speed questions tend to not determine the most knowledgeable teams
by Huang
Sun Nov 08, 2009 2:17 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: VCU Fall Tournament II -- November 7, 2009
Replies: 48
Views: 10381

Re: VCU Fall Tournament II -- November 7, 2009

Taking a quick look at the stats of the top teams, this set doesn't seem harder than last year's set (not to say this year's set isn't hard). Last year's prelim stats Hunter: 23.54 P/B State College: 22.73 P/B This year's prelim stats Maggie Walker "A": 24.57 P/B Maggie Walker "B": 23.29 P/B Thomas ...
by Huang
Sun Nov 08, 2009 12:02 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Kentucky 09-10
Replies: 457
Views: 63341

Re: Kentucky 09-10

May 1st- SAT Date, just before AP Exams, Derby Day May 8th- In the middle of studying for AP exams May 15th- Culver's season ender in Indiana sometimes draws KY teams and is on this date May 22nd- Kinda late in the year, may conflict with a few graduations. Also, some teams may not want to travel a...
by Huang
Thu Nov 05, 2009 12:06 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Kentucky 09-10
Replies: 457
Views: 63341

Re: Kentucky 09-10

After looking at the calendar, it looks like Hunter is hosting Prison Bowl on February 27th. Dunbar will most likely go to the main site at Hunter so Dunbar's tournament will probably be on March 6th.
by Huang
Tue Nov 03, 2009 10:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Kentucky 09-10
Replies: 457
Views: 63341

Re: Kentucky 09-10

But it is really the only statewide tournament before KAAC state so I follow along. I thought it was usually held in November? Anyways, how would teams feel about Dunbar's spring tournament, which may be using HSAPQ (not 100% sure yet), being held on that date (February 27th)? If this were to happe...
by Huang
Tue Nov 03, 2009 9:51 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Kentucky 09-10
Replies: 457
Views: 63341

Re: Kentucky 09-10

Or, Grayson or another school could be rebellious and host a tournament on the exact same day. It is no secret that Hart County Invitational is kept a closely guarded secret. We actually had to appeal to the tournament director in order to go. Does anyone know why this is? Not sure, but Papa and co...
by Huang
Tue Nov 03, 2009 5:04 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alpharetta JV Tournament (10/31/09)- Fall Novice Mirror
Replies: 43
Views: 8464

Re: Alpharetta JV Tournament (10/31/09)- Fall Novice Mirror

If teams are getting upset over the lack of bouncebacks at this tournament, they need to reassess what their criteria is for judging tournaments. From what I can tell, William clearly told each team that there would be no bouncebacks. If coaches/teams didn't like that format, then they shouldn't hav...
by Huang
Tue Nov 03, 2009 4:34 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Dunbar Academic Fall Tournament (10/24/09) (NSC Qualifier)
Replies: 124
Views: 40556

Re: Dunbar Academic Fall Tournament (10/24/09) (NSC Qualifier)

@Sandy Love the division names. Who created them and why those particular players/coach? -Eric, Former Dunbar Ac. Team Cpt (2004-2005) I created both division names. I just chose three alumni players I knew the best personally and then our retired coach. If we had more divisions, we would've added ...
by Huang
Sun Nov 01, 2009 6:07 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall 2009 Discussion
Replies: 129
Views: 16596

Re: ACF Fall 2009 Discussion

what was the deal with the clues about "not feeding the hungry or hydrating the thirsty"? Is this some reference to a speech or a passage of Mein Kampf or was it just a weird way of saying "THIS WAS A BAD DUDE." If it was the latter, it totally went over my head. I'm not quite sure but I remember i...