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by Sun Devil Student
Wed Apr 18, 2012 8:59 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: neg king/queen/monarch
Replies: 40
Views: 9953

Re: neg king/queen/monarch

I'll note just so it's explicit for everyone: the current split of for to against in this thread has virtually every experienced editor or TD in the thread in either the "against" column or at least the "probably not for high school" column. Feel free to throw me in the against column as well, for ...
by Sun Devil Student
Fri Apr 06, 2012 2:20 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: History Bowl Discussion
Replies: 43
Views: 16257

Re: History Bowl Discussion

I have the impression that military history was deliberately avoided at this tournament (I only saw 3 or 4 total military questions over the 10 rounds, whereas ACF distribution is normally capped at up to 40% military). Is this true? For me that's my favorite part of history so I would have liked to...
by Sun Devil Student
Thu Mar 29, 2012 1:03 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: National History Bowl - 2012 College National Championships
Replies: 96
Views: 42201

Re: National History Bowl - 2012 College National Championships

I was under the impression that David Madden was going to drive us from the ICT hotel to Northwestern, and then from Northwestern to O'Hare Airport. Is this correct?
by Sun Devil Student
Sun Mar 25, 2012 2:01 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: GUERRILLA IV - Chicago, IL - Saturday, 3/31
Replies: 57
Views: 21267

Re: GUERRILLA IV - Chicago, IL - Saturday, 3/31

To give extra incentive to a 7th team to write a packet, I'll pay for that team's pizza. Also, I don't really care how you produce a packet, so long as it's produced. If there are people not playing this tournament who want to write some freelance questions and you can convince them to do so for yo...
by Sun Devil Student
Thu Mar 22, 2012 1:32 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ICT Prediction Thread
Replies: 111
Views: 38535

Re: ICT Prediction Thread

29. Arizona State: Team tries to copy Tampa Bay Rays' attempt at success by dropping "Devil" from their name. After dropping two tight games to end up in the bottom bracket, team patriarch Kenneth decides to embrace the "Devil" and changes the team's name to the Arizona State Satanists. I'm flatter...
by Sun Devil Student
Thu Mar 22, 2012 1:12 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ICT Prediction Thread
Replies: 111
Views: 38535

Re: ICT Prediction Thread

32. Arizona State- This team doesn't even end up playing after they are all hospitalized, following a band of PETA supporters attacking them for their baby seal fur coats. In the joking spirit of this thread, I'll just note that Arizona State's team should get through the PETA picket lines just fin...
by Sun Devil Student
Sun Feb 12, 2012 2:27 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB & 60 Second rounds
Replies: 37
Views: 12917

Re: NHBB & 60 Second rounds

important games between top teams (which may soon involve thousands of dollars in scholarships, as you hope) can be swung simply by where a question appears in a packet As someone who has seen a quizbowl team negatively affected by the temptation of money, I would suggest you be very careful with p...
by Sun Devil Student
Sun Feb 12, 2012 12:51 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Quizbowl sports analogies
Replies: 38
Views: 9582

Re: Quizbowl sports analogies

How about this?
http://www.hsquizbowl.org/forums/viewto ... 24#p210024

I'd love to see my creativity finally be useful for someone.
by Sun Devil Student
Sat Feb 11, 2012 12:01 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2012 SCT: Difficulty
Replies: 146
Views: 21953

Re: Difficulty

Dwight, all of your points appear to be valid (disclaimer: I don't know who Brian Rostron is, so I can't judge him), and I would never knowingly try to persuade NAQT to torpedo its business strategy (nor would anyone other than your mystery friend, probably). (I never advocated making D2 SCT harder,...
by Sun Devil Student
Fri Feb 10, 2012 1:39 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2012 SCT: Difficulty
Replies: 146
Views: 21953

Re: Difficulty

The DII SCT is designed to achieve certain limited goals, namely, allowing players new to quizbowl to compete amongst themselves rather than against more experienced teams. It does so by lowering the difficulty of the questions, possibly to the point where the questions may end up being relatively ...
by Sun Devil Student
Fri Feb 10, 2012 12:30 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2012 SCT: Difficulty
Replies: 146
Views: 21953

Re: Difficulty

what specific problem are you trying to solve? The problem of super-good D2 players having to endure a too-easy D2 SCT question set in order to be able to compete at D2 ICT. (I understand that you don't consider this to be a problem, but I was responding to the fact that other people perceived it t...
by Sun Devil Student
Thu Feb 09, 2012 12:38 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2012 SCT: Difficulty
Replies: 146
Views: 21953

Re: Difficulty

(self-selection and "gentlemans' agreements" and such have had a pretty spotty history in quizbowl and I suspect that this would work just as badly as previous examples have). My idea was mainly intended to remove the perverse incentive for good D2 players to not be "gentlemen" at SCT because that'...
by Sun Devil Student
Wed Feb 08, 2012 3:34 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2012 SCT: Difficulty
Replies: 146
Views: 21953

Re: Difficulty

First, I want to agree with the apparent majority opinion that the D2 SCT is appropriately easy and that the eligibility system is imperfect but passable. However, I disagree with attitudes like this one: Why are people so desperate to invent solutions in search of problems? The current system works...
by Sun Devil Student
Tue Feb 07, 2012 12:38 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2012 SCT: Difficulty
Replies: 146
Views: 21953

Re: Difficulty

I might point out that part of the issue is that "the best D2 players" (indeed, probably the top 15% or so) are way too good to really enjoy D2 SCT - perhaps if they were allowed to try to qualify for D2 ICT while playing D1 SCT questions they would have a better time. This could be done by letting ...
by Sun Devil Student
Tue Feb 07, 2012 12:00 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2012 SCT individual question discussion
Replies: 114
Views: 14330

Re: talk about individual questions here

2) A common-link tossup on syphilis studies involving human subjects, which then accepted Tuskegee as an answer even though that was only one of several studies mentioned. My teammate was negged after being mystified when he was prompted on "human scientific studies" or something like that. If the ...
by Sun Devil Student
Sun Feb 05, 2012 5:50 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2012 SCT individual question discussion
Replies: 114
Views: 14330

Re: talk about individual questions here

At ASU, we only played the first 9 packets. Three tossups stick out in my mind from the SCT set: 1) "Indo-European" (language family) really screwed with the minds of both ASU teams, we were all sitting there thinking "it can't be that easy? surely at this level 'language family' *doesn't* automatic...
by Sun Devil Student
Mon Jan 09, 2012 11:19 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: National History Bowl - 2012 College National Championships
Replies: 96
Views: 42201

Re: National History Bowl - 2012 College National Championships

I was under the impression that this was restricted for purely "college" teams, i.e. no free agents. You have to be enrolled in a college to compete, but you can play on your own. I think that's what Kenneth meant when he said "free agent." That said, you can't play on a team with people who aren't...
by Sun Devil Student
Sun Jan 08, 2012 3:53 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: National History Bowl - 2012 College National Championships
Replies: 96
Views: 42201

Re: National History Bowl - 2012 College National Championships

If it's logistically possible, I might be interested in this event, either alone, as a free agent, or as part of an ASU team (which is not impossible given the preponderance of historians on the ASU team). I might even come to Chicago just for this event if I can't attend ICT (I have a potential sch...
by Sun Devil Student
Thu Dec 08, 2011 8:43 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Feats of quizbowl willpower
Replies: 16
Views: 3904

Re: Feats of quizbowl willpower

Not to detract from the excellence of any of the feats recounted above, but I'm wondering, do you guys actually have the ability to remember things just by "willing"? My personal experience seems to be that my "willpower" has no correlation with my performance in any given round - if I haven't been ...
by Sun Devil Student
Thu Nov 17, 2011 2:41 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Minnesota Open/Penn Intergalatic Mirror - UCSD - 11/19/11
Replies: 6
Views: 1649

Re: Minnesota Open/Penn Intergalatic Mirror - UCSD - 11/19/11

The field is just UCSD people so far. We could probably pick you guys up from and drop you off at the airport. I'm not sure how many we can house, but I can ask. Thanks very much for hosting this and for your very generous offered assistance. Unfortunately, the other factors ended up preventing my ...
by Sun Devil Student
Sat Nov 05, 2011 12:04 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Minnesota Open/Penn Intergalatic Mirror - UCSD - 11/19/11
Replies: 6
Views: 1649

Re: Minnesota Open/Penn Intergalatic Mirror - UCSD - 11/19/11

Several questions, the answers to which will, in combination with a number of other factors, help to determine whether I attend this event. 1) How's the field looking so far? 2) Would it be possible for someone (from UCSD or otherwise) to pick me up from San Diego Airport on the morning of the tourn...
by Sun Devil Student
Thu Sep 15, 2011 1:29 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2011-2012 Collegiate Preseason Podcast
Replies: 22
Views: 4610

Re: 2011-2012 Collegiate Preseason Podcast

I'm quite flattered that these more prominent members of the community actually know my name, so thanks for the shout-out. (Especially since the last podcast I saw just said "we're not talking about ASU" :) I did find it interesting, though, that my name was mentioned while ASU's recent 25th-place n...
by Sun Devil Student
Thu Sep 08, 2011 8:42 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 4/21-4/22 - host sought
Replies: 1
Views: 721

Re: ACF Nationals 4/21-4/22 - host sought

I persuaded my team at ASU to put in a hosting bid, but it was rejected - apparently ACF prefers a more northeasterly location, oh well. Hey, if you don't end up finding a suitable location elsewhere, just letting everyone know ASU Quizbowl would love to host something like this (with staffing help ...
by Sun Devil Student
Tue Aug 23, 2011 10:45 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: MAGNI, A Fall Tournament (Oct. 15-29, 2011)
Replies: 33
Views: 30382

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: MAGNI, A Fall Tournament (Oct. 15-29, 2011)

John, Jerry, and Auroni - Thank you all so much for your detailed advice. Don't get me wrong, there are a few new freshmen who I know are "scrappy" (like I myself was - it took me a long time to realize not everyone takes crushing losses as well as I do) and there are a few who are unusually good co...
by Sun Devil Student
Tue Aug 23, 2011 2:08 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: MAGNI, A Fall Tournament (Oct. 15-29, 2011)
Replies: 33
Views: 30382

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: MAGNI, A Fall Tournament (Oct. 15-29, 2011)

Are you seriously demanding that people guarantee the exact scores that your B team will put up? Not exact. Approximate. And I'm not "demanding a guarantee" but rather asking if the tournament writers (who are very experienced at this kind of thing) can give an estimate. And I'm not worried about m...
by Sun Devil Student
Tue Aug 23, 2011 1:35 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: MAGNI, A Fall Tournament (Oct. 15-29, 2011)
Replies: 33
Views: 30382

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: MAGNI, A Fall Tournament (Oct. 15-29, 2011)

You absolutely should bring a team of players, none of whom have played a tournament before, to this event. They might not put up dominating stats, but if they are intellectually curious, they will recognize several things and will get points. What they don't get will be stuff that has the potentia...
by Sun Devil Student
Mon Aug 22, 2011 6:12 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: MAGNI, A Fall Tournament (Oct. 15-29, 2011)
Replies: 33
Views: 30382

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: MAGNI, A Fall Tournament (Oct. 15-29, 2011)

P.S. I do want to say kudos to the set writers for trying, even if they don't actually succeed. I also recognize that freshmen in Arizona may lag behind the kind of college freshman you're using to calibrate CollegiateNovice difficulty given the exceptionally underfunded public education system in A...
by Sun Devil Student
Mon Aug 22, 2011 6:05 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: MAGNI, A Fall Tournament (Oct. 15-29, 2011)
Replies: 33
Views: 30382

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: MAGNI, A Fall Tournament (Oct. 15-29, 2011)

On one end, we are working hard to ensure that new / improving teams and former high school players still get plenty of points in some competitive games; on the other, prospective national championship teams and grizzled veterans will still be able to make a statement about how good they are by pla...
by Sun Devil Student
Mon Aug 01, 2011 8:40 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: VCU Open Mirror at Stanford (08/13/11)
Replies: 30
Views: 4095

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: VCU Open Mirror at Stanford (08/13/11)

Heads up: The "Kenneth et al" entry *might* have to withdraw for medical reasons. Will probably find out more near the end of the week.
by Sun Devil Student
Sun Jul 24, 2011 1:00 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: VCU Open Mirror at Stanford (08/13/11)
Replies: 30
Views: 4095

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: VCU Open Mirror at Stanford (08/13/11)

Yeah it would be cool if some actual college teams in California or prominent members from those teams came to this tournament. Very much so. Or even non-prominent members of those teams. Would it help to draw a bigger field if Stanford ran a "more accessible" set for this? Maybe not since it's sum...
by Sun Devil Student
Sat Jul 23, 2011 2:38 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: VCU Open Mirror at Stanford (08/13/11)
Replies: 30
Views: 4095

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: VCU Open Mirror at Stanford (08/13/11)

Any updates on the expected field? Assuming we can work out logistics, it seems likely that I will be in attendance with a friend. We will enter as a free-agent pair and hope to find two teammates at the tournament. We need the most help with music, fine arts, and philosophy. Looking forward to the ...
by Sun Devil Student
Sat Jul 02, 2011 12:22 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: VCU Open Mirror at Stanford (08/13/11)
Replies: 30
Views: 4095

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: VCU Open Mirror at Stanford (08/13/11)

Depending on the field, the airfare, and my own hellishly crammed schedule, I may be interested in playing this as a free agent. I'd like to inquire about the availability of sleeping-bag space (couch, floor, table, or other acceptable horizontal surface) since I will be paying entirely out of pocke...
by Sun Devil Student
Sun Jun 26, 2011 4:20 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: New Mexico Discussion 2011-2012
Replies: 12
Views: 2789

Re: New Mexico Discussion 2011-2012

Breaking the silence as quietly as I can, I do know of one person in New Mexico, whom I haven't seen for years but can try to track down on Facebook if you wish. He captained UNM-Albuquerque at the very last College Bowl in 2008. I can't really give much other help from Arizona (so far away, despite...
by Sun Devil Student
Sat Jun 25, 2011 8:12 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: What's up with Utah?
Replies: 11
Views: 4156

Re: What's up with Utah?

So the general consensus is that quiz bowl is more established in Utah's surrounding areas? I see. Not quite. Wyoming and New Mexico, to my knowledge, are still blighted wastelands of death in collegiate quizbowl. (There are scattered reports of intramural activity, but nothing has gotten through t...
by Sun Devil Student
Sat Jun 25, 2011 7:46 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: What's up with Utah?
Replies: 11
Views: 4156

Re: What's up with Utah?

Emaline, try looking for someone named Trace Stay, and/or e-mailing byuquizbowl@gmail.com. About a month ago, the Voice of ASU Quizbowl (namely, asuquizbowl@gmail.com) received an e-mail from that address, signed by Trace. However, we wrote back and haven't heard anything since. It does look like yo...
by Sun Devil Student
Wed May 25, 2011 8:29 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Proposal for Fall 2011 schedule
Replies: 30
Views: 5698

Re: Proposal for Fall 2011 schedule

ACF Fall and Delta Burke back-to-back makes it very difficult for ASU novice teams (and probably U of A's as well) to attend both of them. (Veteran team members probably wouldn't mind, but they're not the main audience of those tournaments.) Historically the Arizona/California region has never actua...
by Sun Devil Student
Sun May 01, 2011 12:17 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Events that are on the docket
Replies: 110
Views: 24960

Re: Events that are on the docket

There is no real "middle" in the west. There's Southern California, which is about equidistant from Arizona and the Bay, and it makes sense that for maximum attendance events like ACF Regionals should probably occur somewhere in the LA area. Right, I was referring to Southern California as the "mid...
by Sun Devil Student
Sat Apr 30, 2011 6:51 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals 2011 Global Announcement (February 26, 2011)
Replies: 62
Views: 136953

Re: ACF Regionals 2011 Global Announcement (February 26, 2011)

While we've been happy with not paying anything for the questions, I imagine that people would also appreciate invoices, assuming we're not the only ones who haven't received one. Actually, that reminds me, ASU submitted an optional packet for this, so we were supposed to have a $50 credit with ACF...
by Sun Devil Student
Sat Apr 30, 2011 6:38 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Events that are on the docket
Replies: 110
Views: 24960

Re: Events that are on the docket

I don't have a huge stake in this discussion, because regardless of what community consensus the West Coast is still going to have 4-10 team fields at every tournament that even exists next year. EACN EFT ACF Fall UVA/Michigan tournament Delta Burke Yale tournament Terrapin Penn Bowl SCT ACF Region...
by Sun Devil Student
Fri Apr 29, 2011 2:04 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals 2011 Global Announcement (February 26, 2011)
Replies: 62
Views: 136953

Re: ACF Regionals 2011 Global Announcement (February 26, 2011)

While we've been happy with not paying anything for the questions, I imagine that people would also appreciate invoices, assuming we're not the only ones who haven't received one. Actually, that reminds me, ASU submitted an optional packet for this, so we were supposed to have a $50 credit with ACF...
by Sun Devil Student
Sat Apr 23, 2011 11:20 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2011 thanks and discussion
Replies: 88
Views: 29241

Re: ACF Nationals 2011 thanks and discussion

A lot of what I'd say has been said by the time I got around to this post, so I'll just add a bit before the discussion dies off entirely. On behalf of the Arizona State Sun Devils (not to be confused with the Arizona Wildcats - those are our rivals whom we're trying to teach the game of quizbowl as...
by Sun Devil Student
Tue Apr 19, 2011 10:32 pm
Forum: Scheduling reform
Topic: General principles
Replies: 13
Views: 11898

Re: General principles

1. Sensible progression in difficulty throughout the year coupled with a good mixture of easy and hard events throughout the year. 2. Two tournaments per month when possible, but no more. 3. Encouraging collaboration and cooperation among teams. 4. SCT and Regionals are the February tournaments. 5....
by Sun Devil Student
Wed Apr 13, 2011 1:38 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2011 ICT discussion
Replies: 33
Views: 5675

Re: 2011 ICT discussion (Fred: WILL NOT HAPPEN HERE)

Yale could lose the two matches and to Chicago, and Chicago could be awarded the championship with a worse final record, 12-3 to Yale's 13-2. I actually thought of this a while ago when I first read NAQT's hosting requirements for high school State Championships, which actually explicitly allow thi...
by Sun Devil Student
Wed Apr 06, 2011 8:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: GUERRILLA III - Friday, 4/8/11 - ICT Hotel, Chicago
Replies: 107
Views: 15645

Re: GUERRILLA III - Friday, 4/8/11 - ICT Hotel, Chicago

I assume now that a sixth team has formed, my packet will be used so that they can play. So as my understanding, which may be flawed, goes, Zach and myself are claiming MC's packet (Mike-I owe you big time) and ASU is becoming the 7th team, which is writing a pack? Well, it would be nice to be able...
by Sun Devil Student
Wed Apr 06, 2011 1:03 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: GUERRILLA III - Friday, 4/8/11 - ICT Hotel, Chicago
Replies: 107
Views: 15645

Re: GUERRILLA III - Friday, 4/8/11 - ICT Hotel, Chicago

Both Ian and I will be arriving relatively early in the afternoon, so we (or probably mostly me, since he has a big econometrics test next week) can probably throw together a 7th packet during the few hours before this event starts. Note that if I write more than 6 tossups for a packet, a significan...
by Sun Devil Student
Wed Apr 06, 2011 11:10 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: GUERRILLA III - Friday, 4/8/11 - ICT Hotel, Chicago
Replies: 107
Views: 15645

Re: GUERRILLA III - Friday, 4/8/11 - ICT Hotel, Chicago

Any team/teams with space for two more free agents? ASU representatives Ian and I are interested in playing this if it's not too late to sign up.
by Sun Devil Student
Tue Apr 05, 2011 5:30 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Southeastern Quizbowl
Replies: 98
Views: 19662

Re: Southeastern Quizbowl

One thing that might be wise, and I don't know if there are that many efforts to do so, is to just befriend a Southeast quizbowl player at HSNCT or ICT or whatever habitat you might get a chance to spot one. I'll give an example; I met Chris Chiego through odd circumstances (we were both in the Mid...
by Sun Devil Student
Sun Apr 03, 2011 3:15 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2011 Arizona NAQT State Championship @ Ariz St Univ 4/2/11
Replies: 6
Views: 2092

Re: 2011 Arizona NAQT State Championship @ Ariz St Univ 4/2/11

All teams involved chose to play a 17-team schedule with more byes rather than either condense to 16 teams or split to 18 teams. After these preliminary rounds , teams were rebracketed for crossover playoffs . BASIS Scottsdale then took home 3rd place, and following a dinner break, Brophy 1 defeated...
by Sun Devil Student
Tue Mar 29, 2011 6:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2011 Arizona NAQT State Championship @ Ariz St Univ 4/2/11
Replies: 6
Views: 2092

Re: 2011 Arizona NAQT State Championship @ Ariz St Univ 4/2/11

Auroni, send me an e-mail, I can e-mail you the string of text with all the coaches' e-mails we have.

Hoping one or three more team(s) sign(s) up so we don't have a 17 team tournament...
by Sun Devil Student
Mon Mar 28, 2011 1:21 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2011 Arizona NAQT State Championship @ Ariz St Univ 4/2/11
Replies: 6
Views: 2092

Re: 2011 Arizona NAQT State Championship @ Ariz St Univ 4/2/11

Unfortunately only one of the Academic Decathlon schools (Mountain Pointe) has signed up, but this is still on pace to be our biggest tournament ever (as long as BASIS Scottsdale brings their usual two teams and/or some of the AcaDec schools show up after all). Things are looking good so far, a new ...