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by Theodore
Fri May 17, 2019 11:04 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Oxford Open @ Carleton (8 June 2019)
Replies: 2
Views: 506

Re: Oxford Open @ Carleton (8 June 2019)

For those interested, a free agent spreadsheet can be found at:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/ ... sp=sharing
by Theodore
Thu Apr 04, 2019 9:34 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Where are you going next year? (Collegiate 2019)
Replies: 29
Views: 7519

Re: Where are you going next year? (Collegiate 2019)

I have accepted my offer for graduate studies at Penn State. Although I admittedly don't foresee myself as being committed to the point of attending every practice and playing for the A team, I would like to attend practices regularly, help out when needed, and mentor newer team members. People of P...
by Theodore
Fri Feb 01, 2019 7:18 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2019 NAQT Canada SCT at Queen's (9 Feb 2019)
Replies: 17
Views: 3613

Re: 2019 NAQT Canada SCT at Queen's (9 Feb 2019)

Is there a recommended parking lot? Would the ones beside and below Frank Tindall Field be fine?
by Theodore
Tue Aug 21, 2018 6:33 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Carleton Side Event Weekend (Aug. 25/26)
Replies: 8
Views: 2563

Re: Carleton Side Event Weekend (Aug. 25/26)

Benin Rebirth Party wrote:You may park at the usual library parking lot or the university centre parking lot.
Please note that the University Centre parking lot no longer exists.

Also, Colonel By Drive is closed Sunday 9 AM ish to 1 PM ish
by Theodore
Thu Jul 05, 2018 8:37 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements
Replies: 577
Views: 264751

Re: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements

Thanks to Ani for the excellent soccer pack!

Tejas won and Moses was 2nd.

Scores are posted here:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/ ... sp=sharing
by Theodore
Sat Mar 31, 2018 1:18 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: What is the most pressing concern in college quizbowl today?
Replies: 68
Views: 18863

Re: What is the most pressing concern in college quizbowl to

While I think distributional changes are important to talk about and would love to do so (perhaps in another thread), I do question if they are the most pressing concerns in college quizbowl today. This is not an attempt to disparage the people who brought that up, but rather an attempt to dig deep...
by Theodore
Fri Mar 30, 2018 2:20 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: What is the most pressing concern in college quizbowl today?
Replies: 68
Views: 18863

Re: What is the most pressing concern in college quizbowl to

I personally think that the current distribution and its biases neglects some areas and subjects that might engage players who have otherwise lost interest. What these biases are and what the distribution should be discussed often, so it definitely feels like this is a constantly changing issue. I ...
by Theodore
Fri Mar 30, 2018 1:44 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: What is the most pressing concern in college quizbowl today?
Replies: 68
Views: 18863

Re: What is the most pressing concern in college quizbowl to

Issue #1 for me is still outreach. Quizbowl is a hard sell to anybody, and in my opinion, this is more true for university/collegiate students than high school students. Some points I used to entice prospective HS QBers that aren't as effective to university students: - makes you well-rounded and ex...
by Theodore
Sun Feb 11, 2018 11:50 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regionals Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 36
Views: 7043

Re: Thanks and General Discussion

I felt the earlier rounds I played were hard, but some of the later rounds were easier than the average ACF Regionals. One general thing I would like to say is that sometimes, common link tossups can be confusing and more difficult. I don't know the intention of the editors, but sometimes, people (i...
by Theodore
Mon Aug 21, 2017 9:57 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Carleton Side Event Weekend (August 19th+20th)
Replies: 8
Views: 3398

Re: Carleton Side Event Weekend (August 19th+20th)

Also, I lost my laptop bag this weekend. It is black with a shoulder strap, and contains an A/C adapter in the front pocket, a red book called 'The New Middle East' as well as a blue and black pencil case (which can be seen since the bag's zipper is broken), as well as a Lenovo G500 with a message ...
by Theodore
Fri Aug 18, 2017 10:02 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Carleton Side Event Weekend (August 19th+20th)
Replies: 8
Views: 3398

Re: Carleton Side Event Weekend (August 19th+20th)

IMPORTANT NOTE FOR SUNDAY: Colonel By Drive is closed from before 9 AM to 1 PM on SUNDAY . The biking starts at 9 AM, but expect the road to close before that; I'm not sure how early "before 9 AM" is, so plan accordingly. Instead, use the Bronson entrance to Carleton. Here is a map if you find yours...
by Theodore
Thu Aug 10, 2017 11:15 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: SINS: A Sports Side Tournament
Replies: 9
Views: 3460

Re: SINS: A Sports Side Tournament

Hope this tournament went well!

Will this set be posted, or are there further mirrors?
by Theodore
Tue Aug 01, 2017 1:30 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Carleton Side Event Weekend (August 19th+20th)
Replies: 8
Views: 3398

Re: Carleton Side Event Weekend (August 19th+20th)

Carleton Campus Information post Parking: Due to construction, the River Building underground parking (Lot 16 near Building 43) is closed. The closest parking to that is the tall covered Parking Garage P9, seen on this map as Building 20. Parking rates have increased from last year to $5 per day on ...
by Theodore
Sun Jul 23, 2017 1:18 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Tiebreaker Distro
Replies: 6
Views: 2891

Re: Tiebreaker Distro

A lot of what you said applies to all questions in general, not just tiebreakers. Stock clues and transparent questions should be avoided in all questions. If the tossups you mentioned appeared in the regulation first 20 TUs, they would still be considered poorly-written questions, and would cost yo...
by Theodore
Fri Jun 23, 2017 10:14 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: AARDVARK: An Arthur MiniTournament
Replies: 20
Views: 7891

Re: AARDVARK: An Arthur MiniTournament

I would like to play this on Skype.

However, disappointed that there's no memes.
by Theodore
Thu May 04, 2017 8:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Canadian Player Poll 2017: Fluency in French Optional
Replies: 22
Views: 9596

Re: Canadian Player Poll 2017: Fluency in French Optional

I'm still in the Canadian Quizbowl circuit even though I don't play as much as I used to. That being said, I have a considerable amount of collegiate Quizbowl experience (I wonder if I'm the only person in Canadian Quizbowl to have played more collegiate tournaments in high school than in university...
by Theodore
Thu May 04, 2017 2:04 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: OAT at Carleton University (May 6)
Replies: 4
Views: 2155

Re: OAT at Carleton University (May 6)

It has been brought to my attention that there is a critically low amount of eating establishments open during this tournament, as our usual go-to favourite, the famous Carleton buffet, is closed . Thus, the only confirmed open lunch place on campus is the Tim Hortons in Residence Commons (the Athle...
by Theodore
Tue Jul 12, 2016 11:31 am
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Tryouts?
Replies: 5
Views: 4985

Re: Tryouts?

I agree with Bruce. Both years when I was captain of my high school team, we would have over 30-40 students at the interest meeting, but about 8 people attending each practice just a month after the interest meeting. Bruce is correct in that the team will naturally select itself: expect a lot (over ...
by Theodore
Wed Aug 12, 2015 10:29 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Good Teams Playing A Sets
Replies: 24
Views: 8991

Re: Good Teams Playing A Sets

There's might be some teams for which an A-set tournament is the only qualifying tournament nearby. As a player on a high school team that was good enough to the point that we really shouldn't have been playing an IS-A set tournament, this is usually the reason. For example, it was in mid-November ...
by Theodore
Tue Jun 02, 2015 10:14 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: History Bowl/Quizbowl on College Applications
Replies: 17
Views: 8868

Re: History Bowl/Quizbowl on College Applications

What people have already outlined is excellent, but this really resonated with me: I'd say that it can't hurt to put a variety of different aspects of your quiz bowl experiences onto your app, given how multifaceted quiz bowl can be. You play and learn on a personal level, developing a very deep int...
by Theodore
Tue Jun 02, 2015 4:12 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 102
Views: 49000

Re: 2015 HSNCT discussion

Hopping on the discussion about history questions, there was a couple of early clues that looked rather egregiously easy to me. Evian accords was still in power, which anyone with any knowledge of the Algerian War of Independence should know. The first words of the Dien Bien Phu tossup (if I rememb...
by Theodore
Wed Mar 11, 2015 3:37 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Announcement - 2015 Ottawa Hybrid - March 14, 2015
Replies: 28
Views: 17099

Re: Announcement - 2015 Ottawa Hybrid - March 14, 2015

Could we please have a logistical update on this? (i.e. where and when to meet this Saturday)
by Theodore
Tue Feb 10, 2015 7:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: George Oppen @ Queens University, 2/28
Replies: 14
Views: 7023

Re: George Oppen @ Queens University, 2/28

Cameron Amini and I are free agents looking for teammates; contact me (email preferably) if you're interested in playing with us.
by Theodore
Sun Nov 02, 2014 8:13 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Ottawa Quizbowl Tournament X (U of Ottawa, 15 Nov 2014)
Replies: 14
Views: 5256

Re: Ottawa Quizbowl Tournament X (U of Ottawa, 15 Nov 2014)

The field is essentially full. We only have six rooms available; between ACF Fall and OQT, the Ottawa club has used up their quota of reservations for the semester. If Bell (or another school) registers during this week, Colonel By has volunteered to drop a team. Merivale is also deciding between 1...
by Theodore
Thu Oct 30, 2014 7:06 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: COTTAGE Bowl at Carleton University
Replies: 14
Views: 6713

Re: COTTAGE Bowl at Carleton University

The "Colonel By" team of Ben Smith, Janusz Gacek, and Yana Brion is looking for one more free agent. Please PM or email me if you'd like this spot.
by Theodore
Wed Oct 29, 2014 8:59 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: COTTAGE Bowl at Carleton University
Replies: 14
Views: 6713

Re: COTTAGE Bowl at Carleton University

bsmith wrote:I know the field (and the Ottawa team) is pretty much full, but I'm still available for playing on a shorthanded team and come bearing a buzzer discount. I selfishly don't want to do double-duty reading that weekend.
The Colonel By team most likely has space for you.
by Theodore
Tue Oct 28, 2014 5:56 pm
Forum: International Comparisons and Discussions
Topic: Solving Toronto (and SW Ontario)
Replies: 27
Views: 12419

Re: Solving Toronto (and SW Ontario)

This was my logic for hosting the first Ottawa tournament. We struggled to retain new people in our second year because they just wanted to play "university Reach", so I decided to attempt high school tournaments to get future freshmen who wouldn't need to be "converted". Interestingly, very few of...
by Theodore
Mon Oct 27, 2014 6:36 pm
Forum: International Comparisons and Discussions
Topic: Solving Toronto (and SW Ontario)
Replies: 27
Views: 12419

Re: Solving Toronto (and SW Ontario)

Charlie is definitely correct in that if we persistently host tournaments in the GTA, schools will eventually come, simply given just how many schools there are. It's not that GTA and SW Ontario schools don't host Quizbowl tournaments; they host many collegiate tournaments each year, but seem uninte...
by Theodore
Sat Oct 25, 2014 4:50 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Ottawa Quizbowl Tournament X (U of Ottawa, 15 Nov 2014)
Replies: 14
Views: 5256

Re: Ottawa Quizbowl Tournament X (U of Ottawa, 15 Nov 2014)

At least 2 Colonel By teams will attend this; we can bring 1 set of 8 BuzzBox buzzers if needed.
by Theodore
Sat Oct 25, 2014 6:41 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: What are the easiest categories to learn?
Replies: 8
Views: 3672

Re: What are the easiest categories to learn?

Short answer: not science Blasphemy. Science requires the most prerequisite knowledge. I can easily understand ACF nationals literature because any middle school student can understand the plot of a novel. In contrast, I barely understand ACF nationals chemistry because I actually require the prior...
by Theodore
Thu Oct 23, 2014 5:46 pm
Forum: International Comparisons and Discussions
Topic: Solving Toronto (and SW Ontario)
Replies: 27
Views: 12419

Re: Solving Toronto (and SW Ontario)

Publicity. I've only been to one Reach provincials, but I talked to teams and they all know that 1) Quizbowl exists and what it is/how it works, and 2) The shortcomings of Reach. Therefore this publicity isn't the major problem. Credibility. The ONQBA is a hodgepodge group that essentially boils do...
by Theodore
Mon Oct 06, 2014 7:03 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: SCOP Novice 5 Mirror @ Ottawa, ON, Canada
Replies: 4
Views: 3626

Re: SCOP Novice 5 Mirror @ Ottawa, ON, Canada

Colonel By can confirm 3 full teams of 4; more is possible (and we'll notify you of this)

Can we have a field update please?
by Theodore
Mon Sep 08, 2014 7:01 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014-15 High School Pre-Season Poll
Replies: 22
Views: 10198

Re: 2014-15 High School Pre-Season Poll

Will there be a write-up similar to that of the collegiate poll?
by Theodore
Wed Aug 13, 2014 9:51 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements
Replies: 577
Views: 264751

Re: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements

ahan108 wrote:Is there any more interest for a Suits or BBT packet?
I would love to play a BBT pack!
by Theodore
Wed Aug 13, 2014 9:10 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Global Announce: Introductory Collaborative Collegiate Set
Replies: 37
Views: 19542

Re: Global Announce: Introductory Collaborative Collegiate S

Dr. Loki Skylizard, Thoracic Surgeon wrote: I know I have emails inquiring about hosting from the following schools:

Carleton
Carleton University or Carleton College?
by Theodore
Fri Aug 08, 2014 10:03 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open mirror at uWaterloo (9th August)
Replies: 47
Views: 17542

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

Andrej is now unfortunately unable to come to this tournament; we're looking for a free agent to play with myself, Cameron, and Di for both this and the Texas tournament Sunday.

EDIT: We have acquired Jesse Wang for Sunday, but still require 1 teammate for VCU Open.
by Theodore
Tue Aug 05, 2014 11:37 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Ontario 2014-15
Replies: 14
Views: 4420

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 Theodore
Tue Aug 05, 2014 11:08 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Ontario 2014-15
Replies: 14
Views: 4420

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.
by Theodore
Mon Aug 04, 2014 10:34 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open mirror at uWaterloo (9th August)
Replies: 47
Views: 17542

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

I have mixed feelings about the draft; of course it's nice to meet new people, but it can lead to some wonky teams (e.g. 4 players with significant overlap in history knowledge), and can be poorly organized. Team roster-building is (or at least should be) very meticulous and strategic, and not (or a...
by Theodore
Mon Aug 04, 2014 6:49 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Texas QB Camp Tournament mirror at uWaterloo (10th August)
Replies: 15
Views: 5611

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

Could we please get a field update for this please? I presume it's the same as the VCU Open field, but that isn't a good assumption
by Theodore
Tue Jul 15, 2014 4:34 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Quiz Bowl Skill and Income
Replies: 18
Views: 6594

Re: Quiz Bowl Skill and Income

Like other people have said, a lot of students travel around to schools outside their neighbourhood and don’t reflect the income data. This is especially true of Colonel By and Lisgar; I don't know a single member of my team that lives within 15 km (10 miles) of my school. Fred, are there any futur...
by Theodore
Fri Jun 20, 2014 5:54 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Guide to Packet Difficulty
Replies: 3
Views: 3160

Re: Guide to Packet Difficulty

Firstly, I think the first step is to integrate the guide to quizbowlpackets.com or move it to a website like HSQBRank where more people would more easily find and access it; information isn't terribly useful if people can't/don't find it. We should figure out a community way to get more data togeth...
by Theodore
Sat Jun 14, 2014 9:15 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Ontario 2014-15
Replies: 14
Views: 4420

Re: Ontario 2014-15

How likely is a teacher labour dispute now, given the Liberal majority victory? I think the #1 thing the Canadian circuit needs is more presence in Toronto. Of course, the universities will have to bid, but I think a provincials hosted in/near the GTA would greatly help. Also, will the ONQBA hold a ...
by Theodore
Mon May 05, 2014 7:59 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Question-specific Discussion
Replies: 26
Views: 2234

Re: Question-specific Discussion

Could you please post the diffraction tossup? I remember that 'Huygens(-Fresnel) principle' sounded like it was acceptable for one clue.
by Theodore
Sun Apr 27, 2014 9:08 am
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Guide to Packet Difficulty
Replies: 3
Views: 3160

Guide to Packet Difficulty

So I've made this guide to packet difficulty . People have already given me constructive criticism on missing and mis-categorized sets, and I encourage the community to continue to do so. Fred Morlan suggested that I further subdivide sets by year, which is something I would like to do. I would just...
by Theodore
Sat Apr 26, 2014 9:20 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: What packets should I study?
Replies: 9
Views: 6177

Re: What packets should I study?

The Difficulty Index is pretty good, except, I believe that NASAT is meant to be regular college difficulty. I know when we practice on NASAT sets we drop a handful of toss-ups per round, while we nearly never drop a PACE question in practice by the give away. Thank you, that's been noted. I apprec...
by Theodore
Fri Apr 11, 2014 9:38 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bell List IV Mirror - May 3rd
Replies: 5
Views: 2522

Re: Bell List IV Mirror - May 3rd

Colonel By will be there with at least 1 team (probably 2-3).
by Theodore
Wed Apr 09, 2014 7:46 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: It's Academic discussion
Replies: 105
Views: 39394

Re: Beginner-level competition in DC/MD/VA area

I have cannot think of a regular attender from the metro area whose pyramidal team did not develop from a team constructed primarily to compete on It's Academic . I assert that pyramidal quizbowl would be nearly nonexistent in the Baltimore-DC area were it not for It's Academic in the first place. ...
by Theodore
Tue Apr 08, 2014 7:32 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: A pyramidal Canadian championship?
Replies: 22
Views: 6913

Re: A pyramidal Canadian championship?

I have one question, though; how does something like History Bowl help bridge a gap between Reach and good quizbowl? It seems to be if not enough people want to play quizbowl, even less people/coaches would want to attend a subject specific event. As Patrick stated, approaching a history teacher sa...