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by bag-of-worms
Fri Sep 04, 2015 12:56 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Where Are You Going To College Next Year? 2014-15
Replies: 39
Views: 16884

Re: Where Are You Going To College Next Year? 2014-15

I'm back at the school of science words.
by bag-of-worms
Sat Apr 26, 2014 4:20 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Lederberg 2: Daughter Cell (3/29/14)
Replies: 155
Views: 47360

Re: Lederberg 2: Daughter Cell (3/29/14)

HMS Audacious wrote:So, uh, what are the odds that Hines pays this 5$?
I'm laying 15359:1
by bag-of-worms
Mon Nov 18, 2013 2:19 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: General Discussion
Replies: 39
Views: 5405

Re: General Discussion

10 of the 16 teams at your site were well under 20 PPB. This tournament was definitely not just handing out 20s. I don't pay much attention to quizbowl literature and therefore have a poor understanding of accessibility in the subject (my above retraction being related), and I don't really have a s...
by bag-of-worms
Mon Nov 18, 2013 12:37 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: General Discussion
Replies: 39
Views: 5405

Re: General Discussion

The myth questions seemed extremely skewed towards European myth I take this to mean that your team desires myth from the Americas, Africa, Asia. Of the 30 myth questions, 8 were from those categories. This proportion is actually greater than the proportion of the World Literature questions in the ...
by bag-of-worms
Sun Nov 17, 2013 8:16 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-Specific Discussion
Replies: 94
Views: 7895

Re: Question-Specific Discussion

Could someone post the tossup on the Cleveland Indians? Thanks. 12. Before joining Boston, Luis Tiant pitched 4 straight shutouts for this team in 1968, and in 1993, a boat crash killed their pitcher Steve Olin. A catcher for this team debuted as the first Brazilian baseball player, Yan Gomes. The ...
by bag-of-worms
Sun Nov 17, 2013 3:38 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-Specific Discussion
Replies: 94
Views: 7895

Re: Question-Specific Discussion

20. At the spa town of Bad Karma in this novel, the porn star Margherita Erdmann murders a bunch of Jewish kids. It presents the story of Ensign Morituri, a man who survived kamikaze training. This novel’s protagonist dreams of meeting Jack Kennedy and Red Malcolm after being flushed down a toilet;...
by bag-of-worms
Thu Nov 07, 2013 3:52 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Writing Good Music Questions for Musical Novices
Replies: 14
Views: 5046

Re: Writing Good Music Questions for Musical Novices

This post helped me tremendously. I'm sure there are some other great pieces of advice in that thread, too.
by bag-of-worms
Thu Nov 07, 2013 3:52 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Writing Good Music Questions for Musical Novices
Replies: 14
Views: 8816

Re: Writing Good Music Questions for Musical Novices

This post helped me tremendously. I'm sure there are some other great pieces of advice in that thread, too.
by bag-of-worms
Sun Oct 27, 2013 7:32 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: General Discussion
Replies: 48
Views: 3417

Re: General Discussion

gyre and gimble wrote: I hated this tournament until the start of Round 6.
I hold a similar impression. I like a lot of the same things that Stephen likes, however.
by bag-of-worms
Mon Oct 21, 2013 4:18 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Quizbowl Roundtable: Call for Topics/Participants
Replies: 38
Views: 11267

Re: Quizbowl Roundtable: Call for Topics/Participants

I'd like to see some sort of guide about How to Be a Good Moderator.

Situations like this still happen at local tournaments:
"Buzz...Sukarno?"

"I CAN'T TAKE THAT!!!"

This could be a subsection of How to Run a Tournament, however.
by bag-of-worms
Mon Oct 07, 2013 12:53 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Earlybird at Illinois - Urbana, IL (10/5/13)
Replies: 35
Views: 12232

Re: Earlybird at Illinois - Urbana, IL (10/5/13)

I thought this question set was pretty dang good. I'm not sure the set's been cleared, but in general terms it was quite good except for some personal critiques. Overall however, I'd give this question set two thumbs up. {edited to be even more general] Congratulations to Stevenson A. Stats I would...
by bag-of-worms
Sat Sep 28, 2013 4:38 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Earlybird at Illinois - Urbana, IL (10/5/13)
Replies: 35
Views: 12232

Re: Earlybird at Illinois - Urbana, IL (10/5/13)

I have responded to all of you individually.
I have updated the main post to reflect the location of the tournament.
by bag-of-worms
Tue Aug 27, 2013 7:02 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Earlybird at Illinois - Urbana, IL (10/5/13)
Replies: 35
Views: 12232

Re: Earlybird at Illinois - Urbana, IL (10/5/13)

adamsil wrote: The set is not powermarked. Let us discuss this.
I fixed the main post to reflect this.
by bag-of-worms
Sun Aug 25, 2013 10:02 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Earlybird at Illinois - Urbana, IL (10/5/13)
Replies: 35
Views: 12232

Earlybird at Illinois - Urbana, IL (10/5/13)

This is the official announcement for the Earlybird Tournament, which will be held at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on Saturday, October 5, 2013. WHERE and WHEN: This tournament will take place in Gregory Hall. We will meet in Gregory 213, a lecture hall on the second floor. Registr...
by bag-of-worms
Mon Dec 17, 2012 11:45 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Interdisciplinary/Mixed Questions
Replies: 15
Views: 2970

Re: Interdisciplinary/Mixed Questions

Boeing X-20, Please! wrote: This is not as great as the common-link Japanese tourist/Twins baseball player Torii Hunter tossup.
You forgot the British political faction.
by bag-of-worms
Mon Nov 26, 2012 6:14 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Illinois's Fall Tournament
Replies: 15
Views: 6880

Re: Illinois's Fall Tournament

Ike wrote:I don't think so. I think there is one more mirror that is possibly happening.
All mirrors have concluded. Feel free to post publicly about the set.
We will send the set for archiving soon.
by bag-of-worms
Tue Nov 06, 2012 12:04 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall at Illinois (11/03/12)
Replies: 8
Views: 2517

Re: ACF Fall at Illinois (11/03/12)

Illinois A cleared the field and won the undergraduate trophy. Washington University placed second and won the Division II crown.
Full stats
by bag-of-worms
Sat Oct 20, 2012 9:30 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Illinois's Fall Tournament
Replies: 15
Views: 6880

Re: Illinois's Fall Tournament

The set is not yet clear for public discussion, for there is a mirror in the UK in late November.
Please e-mail us or request to join the private discussion to give specific comments.
by bag-of-worms
Thu Oct 11, 2012 10:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall at Illinois (11/03/12)
Replies: 8
Views: 2517

ACF Fall at Illinois (11/03/12)

The University of Illinois will host ACF Fall on November 3rd, 2012. Logistics: This tournament will be held in David Kinley Hall, which is located near the intersection of 6th and Gregory, as noted here. A full interactive map of campus can be found here, just scroll a bit south to see the general ...
by bag-of-worms
Sun Aug 19, 2012 6:49 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: KABO Mirror at University of Waterloo: August 18, 2012
Replies: 43
Views: 13888

Re: KABO Mirror at University of Waterloo: August 18, 2012

This is beyond the scope of this thread, but one thing that I think would be a good (if potentially impractical) idea is to have an "easy" college level (it could even still be open, just easy) in the summer. The summer unfortunately becomes a dead time for people of lower skills who wish to contin...
by bag-of-worms
Sat Aug 18, 2012 10:51 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Illinois's Fall Tournament
Replies: 15
Views: 6880

Re: Illinois's Fall Tournament

As of 8/28/12, Illinois, Yale, Minnesota, Rice, Claremont, Buffalo, Maryland, Stanford, and Chipola have secured mirrors of IFT.

We have not finalized a Northwest site, a Missouri site, a Southeast site, or a UK site.

EDIT: More mirrors
by bag-of-worms
Sun Aug 12, 2012 7:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Coach Reading for Own Team: Advantage?
Replies: 14
Views: 2525

Re: Coach Reading for Own Team: Advantage?

I could see instances where a reader might be harsher to former teammates. That must also be considered.
by bag-of-worms
Sat Aug 04, 2012 6:57 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: UIUC ABT presents Earlybird (10/06/12)
Replies: 34
Views: 16794

Re: UIUC ABT presents Earlybird (10/06/12)

We changed the date to accommodate more teams for our college tournament on 10/13, Illinois Fall.
This decision is best for our club and the combined quality of both fields.
by bag-of-worms
Thu Jul 05, 2012 7:00 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: IFT @ Illinois (10/13/12)
Replies: 15
Views: 4523

Re: IFT @ Illinois (10/6/12)

Other side of the personal-interest coin: It's pretty unfair to suddenly move this when we went ahead and requested a mirror, got one, and did the room reservations, which involve paying money and are a hassle to redo, for the original date. Isn't the general policy (wrt scheduling reforms) to allo...
by bag-of-worms
Thu Jul 05, 2012 4:18 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: IFT @ Illinois (10/13/12)
Replies: 15
Views: 4523

Re: IFT @ Illinois (10/6/12)

Selfish request: Would it be possible to move this back later so that Chicago can gather a decent number of teams. Classes start on the first of October for us. We have a high school tournament planned for 10/13. In the subsequent weeks, Penn-ance, ACF Fall, Delta Burke, and Minnesota Open are sche...
by bag-of-worms
Mon Jun 04, 2012 3:57 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Questions about answer acceptance regarding last names
Replies: 29
Views: 5197

Re: Questions about answer acceptance regarding last names

For what it's worth, I have seen works of Mario Vargas Llosa at the UIUC library with just "Llosa" printed on the spine. Same with Federico Garcia Lorca.
by bag-of-worms
Mon May 07, 2012 11:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Applying player stats
Replies: 9
Views: 2322

Re: Applying player stats

One must also consider that an extremely conservative player can rack up many powers, for he or she simply knows a lot.
by bag-of-worms
Thu Mar 01, 2012 4:53 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: "Son of a sailmaker"
Replies: 3
Views: 3262

Re: "Son of a sailmaker"

Sorice brought this very clue up at practice the other day and I was able to dig up a few things. The second is from some quizbowl group.

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1 ... 002807/pdf
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/quizbowl/message/12112
by bag-of-worms
Sun Oct 30, 2011 3:18 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Torrey Pines Quizbowl Database
Replies: 108
Views: 40401

Re: Torrey Pines Quizbowl Database

nationalhistorybeeandbowl wrote: If certain sets become more difficult, that's a good thing. But quizbowl could use more novice tournaments and easy sets to make new players comfortable.
Writers should keep in mind that new players probably don't use Torrey Pines.
by bag-of-worms
Thu Aug 11, 2011 4:01 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Human Bio
Replies: 25
Views: 3395

Re: Human Bio

You are missing the point entirely. Even if I completely agree to what you are saying, and completely recant the parts of the statements you are attacking, and admit I was wrong to say certain things and that I am a complete jackass know-nothing, I truly would not be pulling back much except the way...
by bag-of-worms
Wed Aug 10, 2011 12:45 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Human Bio
Replies: 25
Views: 3395

Re: Human Bio

Math, computer science, and astronomy are not centrally important to physics? Really? Also, those things that you listed are not minor science areas, just represented a little less in the canon. Any scientist that agrees with this should be warned that they will no longer be allowed to use equation...
by bag-of-worms
Tue Aug 09, 2011 9:44 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Human Bio
Replies: 25
Views: 3395

Re: Human Bio

Questions on organs and structures tend to become stock clue and association bowl, but there are some really fantastic questions on metabolic processes out there that use physiology clues, but I'm sure there are great physics questions that use minor area knowledge, and so forth. Those who argue tha...
by bag-of-worms
Tue Jul 26, 2011 5:42 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Making PowerMarks standard and mandatory
Replies: 54
Views: 5238

Re: Making PowerMarks standard and mandatory

Well, in theory, you get the satisfaction of a fantastic buzz from... the fantastic buzz. Really, the advantage of ten-point powers (over not having powers at all) is in providing more data to those interested in quizbowl prognostication.
Exactly.
by bag-of-worms
Mon Jul 25, 2011 2:31 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Making PowerMarks standard and mandatory
Replies: 54
Views: 5238

Re: Making PowerMarks standard and mandatory

If by differentiating you mean giving a team a win and making them place higher, then yes, they separate teams in that way. That extra point separation, however, doesn't accurately reflect the skill level. While having points distributed that 100% demonstrate the intangible "skill level" is impossib...
by bag-of-worms
Sat Jul 23, 2011 8:15 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Making PowerMarks standard and mandatory
Replies: 54
Views: 5238

Re: Making PowerMarks standard and mandatory

The problem with powers is that they assume the powering team has significantly deeper knowledge than the other, when that isn't necessarily the case. For example, if the 2nd clue is the last power clue, and team A buzzes on clue 1, but team B got buzzer beat or knew the 2nd clue, there isn't much o...
by bag-of-worms
Tue May 24, 2011 3:55 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Torrey Pines Quizbowl Database
Replies: 108
Views: 40401

Re: Torrey Pines Quizbowl Database

Great tool. It will be interesting to see if this makes teams more competitive in the short term, and makes sets more difficult in the long term.