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by Benin Rebirth Party
Sat Oct 18, 2014 9:04 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Penn Bowl @ McMaster (Oct. 18)
Replies: 22
Views: 7659

Re: Penn Bowl @ McMaster (Oct. 18)

I am in possession of the sqbs files and will post sometime tomorrow. Sinan and Derek were the high scorers. Congrats to Alberta.
by Benin Rebirth Party
Sat Oct 18, 2014 5:24 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Penn Bowl @ McMaster (Oct. 18)
Replies: 22
Views: 7659

Re: Penn Bowl @ McMaster (Oct. 18)

Mcgill 9-1 (Loss to Mac), Alberta 8-2 (both losses to Mcgill) going to final adv Mcgill
by Benin Rebirth Party
Fri Oct 17, 2014 12:40 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: DEES mirror at uWaterloo (22nd November)
Replies: 14
Views: 6444

Re: DEES mirror at uWaterloo (22nd November)

We're probably going to the MIT mirror but that is still up in the air. Sorry Aayush.
by Benin Rebirth Party
Wed Oct 15, 2014 2:31 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: A proposal to simplify eligibility rules
Replies: 43
Views: 9712

Re: A proposal to simplify eligibility rules

Is there any university on a regular semester system that lets you drop or withdraw classes for the spring semester in the middle of April? What exactly are we talking about here? How are we going to enforce it? We can drop classes with extreme circumstances until the final exam, but we'd have to m...
by Benin Rebirth Party
Wed Oct 08, 2014 3:24 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: PADAWAN @ University of Toronto 2014-10-19
Replies: 28
Views: 10339

Re: PADAWAN @ University of Toronto 2014-10-19

I emailed the email with McGill's registration. Do you expect this tournament to end within a reasonable time to take a 6pm train from Union?
by Benin Rebirth Party
Tue Oct 07, 2014 8:43 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Logistics: How did they go? (2014 PADAWAN)
Replies: 13
Views: 3109

Re: Logistics: How did they go?

Speaking of: We did not use a Google Doc sharing system because we wanted to be able to playtest each other's questions. This caused some minor logistical headaches, when it came time to packetize, and we had trouble keeping track of who had which questions. But frankly, I preferred this system, be...
by Benin Rebirth Party
Sun Oct 05, 2014 11:46 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Logistics: How did they go? (2014 PADAWAN)
Replies: 13
Views: 3109

Re: Logistics: How did they go?

As a Padawan, here are some few points: Your questions that can be answered by a padawan - Questions were through email. I kept a single file with my questions that I just sent around and updated. Google doc may be hard to keep track of if there's one per writer*subject. - Communication was decent. ...
by Benin Rebirth Party
Sat Oct 04, 2014 11:52 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Things that make a good tournament
Replies: 15
Views: 8833

Re: Things that make a good tournament

If possible, please, please, please make sure that your multiple teams are arranged such that A>B>C>D etc. Tournaments with round robin pools will go under this assumption. Some cases, like ICCS, where only two or three practices occur before it, there's no real way to do it. But if you can, please,...
by Benin Rebirth Party
Sat Oct 04, 2014 11:07 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ICCS (Collegiate Novice) at Carleton U (Oct. 4 2014)
Replies: 6
Views: 2484

Re: ICCS (Collegiate Novice) at Carleton U (Oct. 4 2014)

Stats here

http://www.hsquizbowl.org/db/tournaments/2388

Ottawa B was a no-show and McGill was split up further so teams had no byes, resulting in :capybara: pools. Apologies.
by Benin Rebirth Party
Thu Oct 02, 2014 10:13 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The place of zoology in the bio distribution
Replies: 53
Views: 26409

Re: Writing Prizes

I don't think I have ever heard anyone express sincere enjoyment of a question whose answer was something like "calmodulin" or the like, which barely registers on the radar of your average humanities freshman. I will be so happy if they ever tossed up something like Mothers Against Decapentaplegic,...
by Benin Rebirth Party
Wed Oct 01, 2014 10:19 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The place of zoology in the bio distribution
Replies: 53
Views: 26409

Re: Writing Prizes

"This animal is easily devoured by meat ants, since they are immune to the toxin that provides its only defense against predators..." People who study molecular/cell biology and biochemistry will tune out if a tossup began like this. Average people may not tune out, and this defeats the purpose the...
by Benin Rebirth Party
Wed Oct 01, 2014 11:55 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Things that make a good tournament
Replies: 15
Views: 8833

Re: Things that make a good tournament

2) If you are bringing teams to a tournament, DO NOT SHOW UP ON THE DAY OF THE EVENT WITH MORE TEAMS OR FEWER TEAMS. Unless your entire team caught ebola overnight and is in quarantine, one person being out is no excuse for screwing up the planning of the tournament staff by pulling a team out from...
by Benin Rebirth Party
Tue Sep 30, 2014 12:40 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: The Big Vision: [2] The "Sales Pitch": Talking Up Quizbowl
Replies: 45
Views: 28034

Re: The Big Vision: [2] The "Sales Pitch": Talking Up Quizbo

I don't see a problem with the Quizbowl name. When I started in high school, there was this thing called Quizbowl, and it turned out I liked Quizbowl it could have been called anything within reason, and I don't think it would have changed my mind or someone else's mind. I think Quizbowl is a good n...
by Benin Rebirth Party
Tue Sep 30, 2014 12:40 am
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: The Big Vision: [2] The "Sales Pitch": Talking Up Quizbowl
Replies: 45
Views: 15198

Re: The Big Vision: [2] The "Sales Pitch": Talking Up Quizbo

I don't see a problem with the Quizbowl name. When I started in high school, there was this thing called Quizbowl, and it turned out I liked Quizbowl it could have been called anything within reason, and I don't think it would have changed my mind or someone else's mind. I think Quizbowl is a good n...
by Benin Rebirth Party
Thu Sep 25, 2014 6:01 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ICCS (Collegiate Novice) at Carleton U (Oct. 4 2014)
Replies: 6
Views: 2484

Re: ICCS (Collegiate Novice) at Carleton U (Oct. 4 2014)

Due to various limitations, this tournament will be capped at 12 teams. Current field size: Carleton 7 McGill 2 Ottawa 2 Queens 1 Rooms will be in Paterson Hall; meeting room is 101. If that changes, we'll post a sign on 101 stating the new meeting room. This tournament is starting at 10:00 am sharp...
by Benin Rebirth Party
Thu Sep 25, 2014 5:01 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Texas Camp/ DISCO discussion
Replies: 19
Views: 7129

Re: Texas Camp/ DISCO discussion

That doesn't mean it's a good idea to reach into the olympiad rabbit-hole and pull out redacted terrible answerline . This answer line didn't feel that out of whack; although getting it early would probably have needed some deep content knowledge, it's something we learned in grade 10. CS on the ot...
by Benin Rebirth Party
Sun Sep 21, 2014 5:00 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Global Announce: Introductory Collaborative Collegiate Set
Replies: 37
Views: 20439

Re: Global Announce: Introductory Collaborative Collegiate S

Since this is only 10 packets, is there an agreed finals format for a 9 or 10 team tournament?
by Benin Rebirth Party
Thu Sep 18, 2014 3:08 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Computational Mathematics
Replies: 56
Views: 22418

Re: Computational Mathematics

Math bears this distinction from most of the other subjects covered in quiz bowl: conceptual knowledge amounts in almost all cases to little more than trivia. I can teach a third-grader the relationship between differentiation and integration. He would then stand a shot at nabbing some conceptual m...
by Benin Rebirth Party
Thu Sep 11, 2014 4:26 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: TDB help thread
Replies: 79
Views: 50692

Re: TDB help thread

I'll do this for Canada.
by Benin Rebirth Party
Tue Sep 09, 2014 12:09 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: PADAWAN @ University of Toronto 2014-10-19
Replies: 28
Views: 10339

Re: PADAWAN @ University of Toronto 2014-10-19

I repeat Nick's comment, and we'll see closer to the day. If last year is representative, we'll be likely sending one team, mix of old and new players. I'm not allowed to play at this tournament, so if I come down with the team, you'll have a staffer on hand.
by Benin Rebirth Party
Tue Sep 09, 2014 12:07 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Penn Bowl @ McMaster (Oct. 18)
Replies: 22
Views: 7659

Re: Penn Bowl @ McMaster (Oct. 18)

I repeat Nick's comment, and we'll see closer to the day. If last year is representative, we'll be likely sending one team, mix of old and new players.
by Benin Rebirth Party
Wed Sep 03, 2014 11:21 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: The Big Vision: [6] Growing staff, teams, coaches, & writers
Replies: 9
Views: 5652

Re: The Big Vision: [6] Growing staff, teams, coaches, & wri

I can't speak for everyone involved, but my PADAWAN writing experience was 100% positive. I learned a lot and definitely felt I improved as a writer. As I've continued to write questions the last few weeks, I'm regularly using tips that I learned, and I fully expect to be a useful contributor at le...
by Benin Rebirth Party
Wed Sep 03, 2014 11:21 am
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: The Big Vision: [6] Growing staff, teams, coaches, & writers
Replies: 9
Views: 4787

Re: The Big Vision: [6] Growing staff, teams, coaches, & wri

I can't speak for everyone involved, but my PADAWAN writing experience was 100% positive. I learned a lot and definitely felt I improved as a writer. As I've continued to write questions the last few weeks, I'm regularly using tips that I learned, and I fully expect to be a useful contributor at le...
by Benin Rebirth Party
Mon Sep 01, 2014 6:15 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: The Big Vision: [8] National Contenders and Local/State Wins
Replies: 3
Views: 3003

Re: The Big Vision: [8] National Contenders and Local/State

If we reach a point where regular 5-line high school tossups are effectively speed-checks on the first clue only, for all 20 tossups of a match between the best teams, then something is amiss (to be clear: this is NOT true now; nowhere close, even in games where 18-19 tossups get powered). Similarl...
by Benin Rebirth Party
Mon Sep 01, 2014 6:15 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: The Big Vision: [8] National Contenders and Local/State Wins
Replies: 3
Views: 3137

Re: The Big Vision: [8] National Contenders and Local/State

If we reach a point where regular 5-line high school tossups are effectively speed-checks on the first clue only, for all 20 tossups of a match between the best teams, then something is amiss (to be clear: this is NOT true now; nowhere close, even in games where 18-19 tossups get powered). Similarl...
by Benin Rebirth Party
Wed Aug 27, 2014 6:05 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: COTTAGE Bowl - Global Announcement
Replies: 66
Views: 35616

Re: COTTAGE Bowl - Global Announcement

What's the time period distribution of this tournament? Are we looking at somewhere around 50/50 1900s/2000s?
by Benin Rebirth Party
Tue Aug 19, 2014 1:20 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Preseason Poll
Replies: 108
Views: 43697

Re: Preseason Poll

I don't know if this is still true, but Charles Tian told me at HSNCT that James Lasker was going to Chicago.
by Benin Rebirth Party
Mon Aug 18, 2014 2:30 am
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Your Lowest Point
Replies: 64
Views: 40586

Re: Your Lowest Point

The end of grade 12 was my lowest point. I had come off of a junior year in which we placed fairly well at NSC and decisively won Ontario Provincials on still what is the most fun team I've ever played on. In my senior year of high school, I ended up directing more than I played, which gave all my t...
by Benin Rebirth Party
Mon Aug 11, 2014 12:50 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Imaginary Landscape discussion
Replies: 5
Views: 1927

Re: Imaginary Landscape discussion

I really liked this tournament and would have done better if I wasn't hungry and tired. I didn't like having the non-classical music distribution expanded much from the year before, but other people did, so that's good. I thought it was harder than IL1, but that's probably because it covers less of ...
by Benin Rebirth Party
Sun Aug 10, 2014 11:00 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Texas QB Camp Tournament mirror at uWaterloo (10th August)
Replies: 15
Views: 5981

Re: Texas QB Camp Tournament mirror at uWaterloo (10th Augus

We played Landscapes after this simultaneously with Tricon. Here are the scores from Landscapes, played as a shootout on slappers, so buzzer races were decided *somehow*. I won rounds 1,6,7,8; Jay won rounds 2,3,5; Aaron won round 4. We played with negs. The final scores were: Jay 290 Joe 265 Aaron ...
by Benin Rebirth Party
Sun Aug 10, 2014 11:58 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Texas QB Camp Tournament mirror at uWaterloo (10th August)
Replies: 15
Views: 5981

Re: Texas QB Camp Tournament mirror at uWaterloo (10th Augus

Patrick just went full Jerry. Never go full Jerry.
by Benin Rebirth Party
Sun Aug 10, 2014 11:55 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open mirror at uWaterloo (9th August)
Replies: 47
Views: 18322

Re: VCU Open mirror at uWaterloo (9th August)

Here are the stats for the DUST Mirror. The McGill Team (Joe Sioux) and Patrick/Brian/Grace/Di were top two after the round robin, and everyone agreed to play a best of 3 final for the top two and a round robin for the bottom four. The most wonderfully named Joe Sioux team won. http://www.hsquizbowl...
by Benin Rebirth Party
Tue Aug 05, 2014 11:30 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Ontario 2014-15
Replies: 14
Views: 4788

Re: Ontario 2014-15

Not clear what your plan is, but I interpret (please correct me if I'm wrong) that you intend on advertising Quizbowl as Reach. Don't do that; it just leads to confusion. Unrelated bonuses (E.g. FTPE answer these questions about Colonel John By) make very good categories. 60 second rounds make good...
by Benin Rebirth Party
Tue Aug 05, 2014 10:09 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Ontario 2014-15
Replies: 14
Views: 4788

Re: Ontario 2014-15

I know why this is happening- "Reach style" means KV will show up. Nevertheless, I don't think you'll find transplanting quizbowl questions to Reach style to be a simple matter, unless you're planning 20 who-am-I and 20 team scramble questions (which would be unfair to teams actually expecting the ...
by Benin Rebirth Party
Mon Aug 04, 2014 11:27 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open mirror at uWaterloo (9th August)
Replies: 47
Views: 18322

Re: VCU Open mirror at uWaterloo (9th August)

Rumor has it that Jordan, Jay, Almas, and Patrick are forming a superteam for Saturday. I'll staff DUST if there's a shortage, but I'm not that good at reading. I'm also not good at Trash. I think we should try some Tricon if there's time (maybe read a packet or two for fun during lunches). I heard ...
by Benin Rebirth Party
Mon Aug 04, 2014 10:08 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Ontario 2014-15
Replies: 14
Views: 4788

Re: Ontario 2014-15

SCOP Novice is going to be mixed into the ICCS, PADAWAN, ACF Fall weekends and will likely be held at Lisgar and organized by CB. I assume OQT is going to be under the control of the Ottawa Team. NAQT still needs to send me details about this, but somewhere along the lines of a 2.5/2.5 replacement i...
by Benin Rebirth Party
Mon Aug 04, 2014 9:19 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open mirror at uWaterloo (9th August)
Replies: 47
Views: 18322

Re: VCU Open mirror at uWaterloo (9th August)

Could we, as Matt Jackson posted in the other thread, have a schedule for the weekend as in when each tournament is slated to begin? I want to have a good sense of when everything is so I can plan other things accordingly and tell the people who I'm staying with these details so they know when I sho...
by Benin Rebirth Party
Sat Aug 02, 2014 7:40 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open mirror at uWaterloo (9th August)
Replies: 47
Views: 18322

Re: VCU Open mirror at uWaterloo (9th August)

Due to the difficulty of the tournament and how much dead time there will be where English words will be just flowing over my head, I'm willing to free up the control room person so he/she can staff and I do stats as I play. I'm less keen to doing this for Sunday, though.
by Benin Rebirth Party
Fri Aug 01, 2014 6:16 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: VCUO travel with John Lawrence -- the liveblog!!
Replies: 105
Views: 61741

Re: VCUO travel with John Lawrence -- the liveblog!!

Mewto55555 wrote:Overheard an announcement asking MattBo to please come to the gate d2 podium. They probably want to congratulate him on his triple crown.
He's also lost eligibility, so I presume all three of you were denied boarding, and had to take the flight from gate d1 instead.
by Benin Rebirth Party
Fri Aug 01, 2014 1:53 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: VCUO travel with John Lawrence -- the liveblog!!
Replies: 105
Views: 61741

Re: VCUO travel with John Lawrence -- the liveblog!!

Did anyone in security, flight attendants, or other people comment on the bow tie? Is he even wearing one right now?
by Benin Rebirth Party
Fri Aug 01, 2014 11:31 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open mirror at uWaterloo (9th August)
Replies: 47
Views: 18322

Re: VCU Open mirror at uWaterloo (9th August)

Also, I'm interested in Imaginary Landscapes the most, and my teammates would appreciate DUST. I would love to see these side tournaments run like Gorilla Lit.
by Benin Rebirth Party
Wed Jul 30, 2014 4:31 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Texas QB Camp Tournament mirror at uWaterloo (10th August)
Replies: 15
Views: 5981

Re: Texas QB Camp Tournament mirror at uWaterloo (10th Augus

McGill is officially registering as a team consisting of Drake, Drake, So, and Su.
by Benin Rebirth Party
Wed Jul 30, 2014 4:29 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open mirror at uWaterloo (9th August)
Replies: 47
Views: 18322

Re: VCU Open mirror at uWaterloo (9th August)

McGill is officially registering as a team consisting of Drake, Drake, So, and Su.
by Benin Rebirth Party
Fri Jul 25, 2014 9:51 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open mirror at uWaterloo (9th August)
Replies: 47
Views: 18322

Re: VCU Open mirror at uWaterloo (9th August)

adosreme wrote:
Masked Canadian History Bandit wrote:Imaginary Landscapes II, Tricon 2.5, DUST as side events?
I would play any and all of these side events.
Imaginary Landscapes is the best thing that's ever happened to quizbowl. 20/10 would play again.
by Benin Rebirth Party
Fri Jul 25, 2014 7:27 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Global Announcement: Collegiate Novice 5
Replies: 18
Views: 5711

Re: Global Announcement: Collegiate Novice 5

If something happens and noob writers are still encouraged to get involved to improve their writing, I'd be willing to submit some science and audio arts to this.
by Benin Rebirth Party
Thu Jul 24, 2014 12:13 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HSQBRank 2014-15
Replies: 211
Views: 104701

Re: HSQBRank 2014-15

Do you not just whine to your parents for a $20 like every kid did back in my high school? I'm so befuddled by the credit unions. Or whine to your parents for $800 to attend HSNCT because the school wouldn't pay any of it... I think I would have benefited from this! Now I'm older, I wish I knew how...
by Benin Rebirth Party
Wed Jul 23, 2014 10:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Global Announcement: Collegiate Novice 5
Replies: 18
Views: 5711

Re: Global Announcement: Collegiate Novice 5

Does PADAWAN have enough "extra" tossups to contribute a significant portion of another set?
by Benin Rebirth Party
Wed Jul 23, 2014 5:12 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Thanks and general discussion
Replies: 58
Views: 19374

Re: Thanks and general discussion

I scorekept in Cody's room when the control room was quiet, and I really enjoyed listening to the music tossups. It was probably the my favourite music of any tournament I've staffed or played at. I thought the instrument tossups were very well done because it didn't just reward knowledge of one pie...
by Benin Rebirth Party
Mon Jul 21, 2014 11:23 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Gorilla Literature Singles (July 20, Chicago)
Replies: 64
Views: 30298

Re: Gorilla Literature Singles (July 20, Chicago)

My apologies to moderators and scorekeepers for the inappropriate distribution of scoresheets; While I was not looking, a staffer had taken a stack of scoresheets to their room and I couldn't chase them down until round 4, after which I felt it didn't really matter anymore. I'm not going to comment ...
by Benin Rebirth Party
Sun Jul 20, 2014 4:55 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The Secret Island of Dr. Auroni
Replies: 23
Views: 11368

Re: The Secret Island of Dr. Auroni

http://www.hsquizbowl.org/db/tournament ... deo_games/

A one game cross bracket final was played. Rob 1/6/2, Mike 1/0/0 = 80 lost to Mik 1/3/0 , Tejas 0/5/1 = 90.