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by Victor Prieto
Thu Nov 05, 2015 11:49 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT Collegiate Novice at Penn State (January 16, 2016)
Replies: 1
Views: 1211

NAQT Collegiate Novice at Penn State (January 16, 2016)

Penn State Quiz Bowl is happy to announce that we are hosting a mirror of NAQT Collegiate Novice series on January 16, 2016. I, Victor Prieto, will serve as tournament director. We will be using the IS-150C set. This tournament is intended for quizbowl teams with little or no experience. Correspondi...
by Victor Prieto
Thu Oct 29, 2015 11:42 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Nittany Lion Novice (SCOP Novice 6, 12/5/15 @ Penn State)
Replies: 4
Views: 2956

Re: Nittany Lion Novice (SCOP Novice 6, 12/5/15 @ Penn State

After a flurry of registrations, 19 teams are currently registered for this tournament. Our current field cap is 20. Any additional teams beyond 20 will be placed on a waitlist. Get your registrations in soon!
by Victor Prieto
Sun Oct 25, 2015 8:25 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Transparency (Penn Bowl 2015)
Replies: 18
Views: 2770

Re: Transparency

I'm trying to get a better idea of exactly what made it transparent. Was it the fact this was a named event in the desert? Was it higher rates of cancer? Was it "above-ground" or "in Nevada"? So I did power this with real knowledge because I know John Wayne possibly died from cancer from nuclear te...
by Victor Prieto
Sun Oct 25, 2015 5:32 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Transparency (Penn Bowl 2015)
Replies: 18
Views: 2770

Re: Transparency

I'd add the tossup on Defenestrations of Prague to Victor's list. That tossup was horrible. I should point out that I didn't construct a list of tossups that I thought were horrible, just the ones I felt were transparent. Every one of these answerlines are good, solid ideas, I just think a little t...
by Victor Prieto
Sun Oct 25, 2015 4:57 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Transparency (Penn Bowl 2015)
Replies: 18
Views: 2770

Re: Transparency

Transparent, to me, means someone without direct knowledge of the clue in question could figure it out within the first two or three lines. Many times, this process is made possible because of a quick narrowing in potential answerspace, as exemplified by the Coriolis force tossup. I could tell right...
by Victor Prieto
Sun Oct 25, 2015 4:47 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Specific Question Discussion (Penn Bowl 2015)
Replies: 56
Views: 10512

Re: Specific Question Discussion (Penn Bowl 2015)

I gave an answer of "BVE" for the African American Vernacular English tossup, which was curiously accepted despite not being an acceptable answer according to the tossup (which it is). I guess I had a heads-up reader, but Black Vernacular English is a word order that it is commonly referred to, so I...
by Victor Prieto
Sun Oct 25, 2015 1:04 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: General Discussion (Penn Bowl 2015)
Replies: 27
Views: 4245

Re: General Discussion (Penn Bowl 2015)

Hey, I had a blast playing this tournament, and so did all of my teammates at Penn State. I thought nearly every answerline for the tossups was picked with a decent amount of thought put into it, and was very much accessible for all teams. Except for a couple pretty transparent questions which I alr...
by Victor Prieto
Tue Oct 20, 2015 9:08 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015-16 Schedule, Discussion
Replies: 79
Views: 39887

Re: 2015-16 Schedule, Discussion

Is there any reason why no announcements or details about bidding processes/host calls have gone up for either ACF Regionals or NAQT Sectionals? Last year's ACF Regionals was announced in late September , and the SCT host call was up in June and sites finalized by early November (ignoring all the su...
by Victor Prieto
Mon Sep 21, 2015 2:42 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Nittany Lion Novice (SCOP Novice 6, 12/5/15 @ Penn State)
Replies: 4
Views: 2956

Nittany Lion Novice (SCOP Novice 6, 12/5/15 @ Penn State)

This post is reserved for field updates.

Field (teams/buzzers/staffers): (18/9/9)

Clearfield (1/0/0)
Huntingdon (2/0/0)
Indiana (2/1/0)
Kane (2/0/0)
Manheim Township (2/5/2)
Schuylkill Haven (2/0/0)
State College (2/0/6)
Southern Fulton (2/0/0)
Westmont Hilltop (3/3/1)

Updated 12/2
by Victor Prieto
Mon Sep 21, 2015 2:08 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Nittany Lion Novice (SCOP Novice 6, 12/5/15 @ Penn State)
Replies: 4
Views: 2956

Nittany Lion Novice (SCOP Novice 6, 12/5/15 @ Penn State)

Penn State is pleased to announce the inaugural edition of Nittany Lion Novice, a novice invitational tournament at Penn State University on December 5, 2015. The tournament will be a mirror of SCOP Novice 6. Ben Herman will be directing the tournament. Registration is open now for all Pennsylvania ...
by Victor Prieto
Mon Aug 31, 2015 3:41 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MKULTRA - Online Mirror?
Replies: 20
Views: 7763

Re: MKULTRA - Online Mirror?

Granny Soberer wrote:
Craise Finton Kirk Royal Academy of Arts wrote:I'd play this over Skype as long as it's on a free weekend.
Me too.
by Victor Prieto
Mon Aug 31, 2015 11:46 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Preseason Poll
Replies: 43
Views: 18531

Re: Preseason Poll

I've updated my list above with the names people have posted. If future details about teams are revealed before the poll ends, please post or email to me in the format "team name: name 1, name 2..." so I can just copy/paste that into my list. If it's a new detail about a team already in the list, in...
by Victor Prieto
Mon Aug 24, 2015 10:14 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Preseason Poll
Replies: 43
Views: 18531

Re: Preseason Poll

Noted.
by Victor Prieto
Mon Aug 24, 2015 9:46 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Preseason Poll
Replies: 43
Views: 18531

Re: Preseason Poll

I've updated my post above. If you'd like me to add additional information about your team, or if I got something wrong, post below please.
by Victor Prieto
Mon Aug 24, 2015 5:15 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Preseason Poll
Replies: 43
Views: 18531

Re: Preseason Poll

This post is reserved for maintaining a list of people "associated with" each of the above teams, as well as other teams deemed relevant. I'll periodically update this post with information about teams discussed in later posts. Also of note, all B-teams will refer to the players listed under the A-t...
by Victor Prieto
Tue Jul 21, 2015 12:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HSQBRank 2014-15
Replies: 211
Views: 102080

Re: HSQBRank 2014-15

Unfortunately, we were unable to get a critical mass of voters for the post-nationals poll.
by Victor Prieto
Mon Jun 22, 2015 8:52 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Resetting [pt. 4 of 6]: The Quizbowl-NHBB Relationship
Replies: 46
Views: 19697

Re: Resetting [pt. 4 of 6]: The Quizbowl-NHBB Relationship

I’d like to address a couple of points that I think warrant further examination, and I’m going to exclusively draw on my own experiences rather than relate other people’s experiences. In point 6: And in conclusion on this, I have a major league problem with Matt’s notion that somehow the events in t...
by Victor Prieto
Sun Jun 21, 2015 1:30 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Confessions
Replies: 2
Views: 2639

Re: Confessions

I am not speaking for Brian or anyone else who worked on DEES here. I too would like to thank you for your apology, and really taking responsibility for your own actions. It is better than no apology, or worse, some inadequate explanation that reflects all the blame away from yourself. I really do t...
by Victor Prieto
Sun May 24, 2015 3:14 pm
Forum: National and Regional Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Pre-Nationals Poll
Replies: 0
Views: 4570

Pre-Nationals Poll

In January, Matt Weiner ran a poll of a panel of experts (high school coaches and tournament organizers from around the country and beyond). Enough panel members decided to continue with the planned pre-nationals and post-nationals poll. The results of the pre-nationals poll are posted below. As the...
by Victor Prieto
Thu May 21, 2015 2:20 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Wacky Practice Formats
Replies: 21
Views: 11731

Re: Wacky Practice Formats

Two-Headed Monster! We developed a variant of this game at Rice. Instead of only 2 teams, everyone has a partner who buzzes for them (if there was an odd number, an inexperienced player would be allowed to buzz for themselves). We'd play like this on a couple of Fall-level packets at the end of a p...
by Victor Prieto
Thu May 21, 2015 2:20 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Wacky Practice Formats
Replies: 21
Views: 8987

Re: Wacky Practice Formats

Two-Headed Monster! We developed a variant of this game at Rice. Instead of only 2 teams, everyone has a partner who buzzes for them (if there was an odd number, an inexperienced player would be allowed to buzz for themselves). We'd play like this on a couple of Fall-level packets at the end of a p...
by Victor Prieto
Thu Apr 30, 2015 11:11 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Where Are You Going Next Year? (2015 College)
Replies: 47
Views: 22914

Re: Where Are You Going Next Year? (2015 College)

I've accepted an offer to pursue a PhD in chemistry at Penn State, so I'll be teaming up with Ben Herman to bring better quizbowl to Pennsylvania.
by Victor Prieto
Thu Apr 30, 2015 9:15 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 NHBB/USGO Discussion Thread
Replies: 122
Views: 47240

Re: 2015 NHBB/USGO Discussion Thread

I also want to single out Will Mantell, whose work on the staff side of this tournament was utterly tremendous in quantity and quality, for special recognition. Will was a key force in holding the tournament(s) together against a variety of forces, events, and contingencies, and did an exemplary jo...
by Victor Prieto
Tue Apr 21, 2015 12:44 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2015 Discussion
Replies: 227
Views: 87063

Re: ACF Nationals 2015 Discussion

I think relatively few people would be here complaining about difficulty if it weren't for the balls-hard Finals packet. I think that packet has colored perception of the rest of the set. nope About bonus difficulty: I really don't think this set's easy parts were any harder than last years. Halfor...
by Victor Prieto
Mon Apr 20, 2015 11:25 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2015 Discussion
Replies: 227
Views: 87063

Re: ACF Nationals 2015 Discussion

I'm sure teams in the third bracket and below would/will have more to say about this (not to single him out, but Victor Prieto and I had a conversation about this), but games with 10 dead tossups and almost no bonuses 20d are much more about coin flips than about actual superior knowledge. If ACF N...
by Victor Prieto
Thu Apr 09, 2015 9:02 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Science Side Event 2015
Replies: 20
Views: 6622

Re: Science Side Event 2015

1) I'll write a packet for this.
2) Tossups only, for sure. Personally, I think this would work better in a doubles format.
3) No way, I'm not missing the opportunity to play this (also I don't know anything about CS).
by Victor Prieto
Fri Apr 03, 2015 6:48 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals Predictions
Replies: 44
Views: 17805

Re: ACF Nationals Predictions

The Last 20 Stanley Cup Winners wrote:
Kumbla wrote: Bracket 3
Waterloo
If this happens, I'll pretend to eat my shoe.
Yeah, I misjudged that. I changed it to Oxford. Despite the fact that they'll suffer from a heavier concentration of American stuff, there's this statline backing me up.
by Victor Prieto
Fri Apr 03, 2015 12:46 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals Predictions
Replies: 44
Views: 17805

Re: ACF Nationals Predictions

There are 48 teams now, so I'm just guessing that it will be 4x12 into 4x12. Here is my guess at a possible preliminary bracket seeding, and what this would look like after rebracketing. Note that things may get kinda fuzzy in the lower brackets, if you get mad about where you're placed, sorry. I've...
by Victor Prieto
Tue Mar 31, 2015 11:22 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: The Good Quizbowl Media Strategy (or lack thereof)
Replies: 34
Views: 19666

Re: The Good Quizbowl Media Strategy (or lack thereof)

HCASC results from preliminary round robin here. Has anybody ever tried to invite these teams to good quizbowl tournaments? It seems like they already have existing organizations, making it a lot easier to bring them into the fold.
by Victor Prieto
Fri Mar 20, 2015 9:44 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: January 2015 national poll & small school poll results
Replies: 19
Views: 13072

Re: January 2015 national poll & small school poll results

Jon Pinyan and I will continue the panel, although we will be skipping the planned March poll and only hold a pre-nationals poll (early May) and post-nationals poll (June).
by Victor Prieto
Mon Mar 16, 2015 2:32 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: George Oppen: The Essence of Prompting
Replies: 68
Views: 22994

Re: George Oppen: The Essence of Prompting

A player on an opposing team ( which happens to be me for those of you who hadn't guessed by now ) buzzed about 5 lines in on a ~8 line tossup and gave a wrong answer that was properly ruled incorrect by a moderator (who was very new and inexperienced). The player immediately said "You're supposed ...
by Victor Prieto
Mon Mar 16, 2015 2:59 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: DEES: November 22nd, 2014
Replies: 39
Views: 27297

Re: DEES: November 22nd, 2014

DEES 2014 packets are now pending upload to the database, where they will be found here.

If an administrator can make the discussion threads public, that'd be nice.
by Victor Prieto
Mon Mar 16, 2015 1:34 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: George Oppen: The Essence of Prompting
Replies: 68
Views: 22994

Re: George Oppen: The Essence of Prompting

I didn't fully read every megapost in this thread, but I've been encouraged to relate the following incident that happened this past weekend and is relevant to the protesting on semi-right/wrong answers situation. A player on an opposing team buzzed about 5 lines in on a ~8 line tossup and gave a wr...
by Victor Prieto
Sun Mar 01, 2015 11:06 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: DEES: November 22nd, 2014
Replies: 39
Views: 27297

Re: DEES: November 22nd, 2014

Ah, it's not quite clear yet due to a request for use as NASAT tryout material next weekend. We'll post the set afterwards.
by Victor Prieto
Thu Feb 26, 2015 12:03 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Somewhat In-Depth Carding Questions
Replies: 8
Views: 4940

Re: Somewhat In-Depth Carding Questions

I really liked one of Max's posts where he talked about how he uses flashcards- really, the goal with flashcards is to be able to get to a point where you can see the dude's name on the card and be reminded of all the real knowledge you have of him stored away in a cabinet somewhere in your brain. ...
by Victor Prieto
Sat Feb 14, 2015 3:30 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015 Regionals: Regular Difficulty
Replies: 0
Views: 1371

2015 Regionals: Regular Difficulty

A discussion in the IRC prompted me to create the following histograms: 1 PPB bins 2 PPB bins In my mind, this histogram prompts the following interwoven questions: 1. Is this an appropriate histogram for a regular difficulty tournament? As in, do we want histograms for all regular-difficulty tourna...
by Victor Prieto
Thu Feb 12, 2015 11:46 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The place of zoology in the bio distribution
Replies: 53
Views: 25567

Re: The place of zoology in the bio distribution

I don't know why the screenshot of the page I took upthread disappeared, but here it is: http://i.imgur.com/ptPlHvA.png Just to clarify, to whom are you responding to in that second paragraph? On an unrelated note, most of the images disappeared from the "famous quizbowl photos" thread, too. Dunno i...
by Victor Prieto
Mon Feb 09, 2015 1:46 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion: 2015 Division I SCT
Replies: 36
Views: 4898

Re: Question-specific discussion: 2015 Division I SCT

There was a bonus that went NMR spec/lattice/90º. I got the last part when it was read to me after the tournament, but I'm of the opinion that the top 10% of the SCT field would not know 90º. Eric didn't get it, although Stephen Eltinge said he would have converted it if his team had gotten it.
by Victor Prieto
Sun Feb 08, 2015 1:29 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion: 2015 Division I SCT
Replies: 36
Views: 4898

Re: Question-specific discussion: 2015 Division I SCT

Can you please post the tossups on France (colonies in India) and Labour party? Both were examples of rather egregious early name drops. Also can you post the toaster tossup, for reasons that I hope are self explanatory? Lastly, can you please post the tossup on ethers? I buzzed in on the butterfly ...
by Victor Prieto
Fri Feb 06, 2015 1:03 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: REACT (UMD Housewrite, 1/31/15 @ Rice)
Replies: 7
Views: 3759

Re: REACT (UMD Housewrite, 1/31/15 @ Rice)

Oops. I sent a follow-up email to all the teams that attended, but I forgot to post something for the rest of the world. Congratulations to St. John's, who went undefeated to win the tournament! In addition to St. John's, Village and Carnegie Vanguard have qualified for PACE NSC. Final standings and...
by Victor Prieto
Mon Feb 02, 2015 8:13 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2015: 4/18-19 at the University of Michigan
Replies: 54
Views: 38981

Re: ACF Nationals 2015: 4/18-19 at the University of Michiga

Can we get a verification that our packet was received? We submitted it at the deadline.

EDIT: This is now resolved.
by Victor Prieto
Mon Feb 02, 2015 1:51 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Oxford Open 2015
Replies: 5
Views: 3413

Re: Oxford Open 2015

Ewan MacAulay wrote:Stats are here: http://www.hsquizbowl.org/db/tournaments/2355/
I think, for the combined stats, you may want to disable divisions in SQBS before printing web reports? They're still divided by preliminary pools.
by Victor Prieto
Thu Jan 29, 2015 12:32 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015 Regionals: thread for all things science
Replies: 13
Views: 4115

Re: 2015 Regionals: thread for all things science

I'd like to know if Racah B parameter got converted by more than three teams out of the entire national field.
by Victor Prieto
Wed Jan 28, 2015 1:29 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: DEES UK Mirror University of Warwick 28/02/2015
Replies: 4
Views: 3409

Re: DEES UK Mirror University of Warwick 28/02/2015

Er, sorry it took me so long to respond. Yes, the rule is the same, and you can find the rule here.
by Victor Prieto
Mon Jan 26, 2015 2:52 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015 Regionals: "Anti-prompts" redux: Should They Exist?
Replies: 6
Views: 2885

Re: 2015 Regionals: "Anti-prompts" redux: Should They Exist?

I’ll try to break this cyclization topic down in a straightforward manner. In organic chemistry, there are a number of different mechanisms that can potentially form rings. [chemistry] Cycloadditions and electrocyclizations, two classes of reactions which form rings, both fall under a class of react...
by Victor Prieto
Sun Jan 25, 2015 5:49 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals South @ Rice (01-24-15)
Replies: 9
Views: 4315

Re: ACF Regionals South @ Rice (01-24-15)

A&M A went undefeated in 10 rounds, while LASA took second place. LASA and Louisiana Tech were awarded as UG and D2 champions, respectively.

Final stats are here.
by Victor Prieto
Sat Jan 17, 2015 11:54 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: DEES at Rice University - January 17, 2015
Replies: 8
Views: 4722

Re: DEES at Rice University - January 17, 2015

Billy Beyer stole my thunder, but yes, Louisiana-Lafayette and Texas A&M both ended up at 8-2 after a six team double round robin (Louisiana lost twice to A&M, while both of A&M's losses were at the hands of Rice A). The third game between Louisiana and Texas A&M ended in victory for the Ragin' Caju...
by Victor Prieto
Wed Jan 14, 2015 6:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: DEES at Rice University - January 17, 2015
Replies: 8
Views: 4722

Re: DEES at Rice University - January 17, 2015

I just sent an logistical email to all teams registered for the tournament. If you didn't get this email, please let me know.
by Victor Prieto
Mon Jan 05, 2015 8:25 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: DEES Online: January 3rd, 2015
Replies: 23
Views: 11087

Re: DEES Online: January 3rd, 2015

Stats are up, but something weird is happening with the win/loss records in the prelim and playoff files. The combined file is perfectly fine, though. Matt Weiner saved the day.
by Victor Prieto
Sat Jan 03, 2015 8:57 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: DEES at Rice University - January 17, 2015
Replies: 8
Views: 4722

Re: DEES at Rice University - January 17, 2015

It looks like this will be a six team round robin at the moment. We can adjust the number of house teams to reflect the number of teams Texas A&M brings, to make the field at minimum six teams.