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by Ndg
Mon Dec 08, 2014 1:06 am
Forum: Women in quizbowl discussion
Topic: Tournaments/Being Competitive
Replies: 18
Views: 6739

Re: Tournaments/Being Competitive

there were 3-4 of the men who frequently chewed each other out in very harsh language for missing questions (e.g. one of them missed something another of them knew, and he would yell "you idiot!" or "dumbass!" across the room). This doesn't even have to be a gendered issue, though our wider culture...
by Ndg
Fri Dec 05, 2014 1:42 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: DEES Online: January 3rd, 2015
Replies: 23
Views: 11096

Re: DEES Online: January 3rd, 2015

I'm interested; hopefully I can get a CMU team together.
by Ndg
Thu Dec 04, 2014 9:09 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Oxford Open at Carnegie Mellon, 1/17
Replies: 20
Views: 6595

Oxford Open at Carnegie Mellon, 1/17

Carnegie Mellon Quiz Bowl will host a mirror of Oxford Open on its Pittsburgh campus on Saturday, January 17, 2015. Despite the name, this will be a regular closed collegiate tournament. You can read more about the set here . Field : Due to staff limitations, the cap is currently at 10 teams. We wil...
by Ndg
Sun Nov 23, 2014 6:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Henderson High School Invitational (West Chester, PA) Nov 22
Replies: 9
Views: 4112

Re: Henderson High School Invitational (West Chester, PA) No

Did "Lehigh Valley" really have a round with 11 negs?
by Ndg
Sat Nov 22, 2014 9:02 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Sagacity X - University of Pittsburgh (11/22/14)
Replies: 6
Views: 2626

Re: Sagacity X - University of Pittsburgh (11/22/14)

Top four teams were (I think)

1. Tippecanoe C
2. Hampton
3. Tippecanoe A
4. Winchester Thurston A
by Ndg
Fri Nov 21, 2014 2:32 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015 NAQT SCT: February 7
Replies: 40
Views: 20079

Re: 2015 NAQT SCT: February 7

Are there plans to add any sites between Maryland and Chicago?
by Ndg
Thu Nov 20, 2014 4:12 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT Western PA Championship at CMU, 2/28
Replies: 10
Views: 3662

NAQT Western PA Championship at CMU, 2/28

Carnegie Mellon Quiz Bowl will host the 2015 NAQT Western Pennsylvania Championship on its Pittsburgh campus on Saturday, February 28, 2014. Questions : NAQT set IS-146. Each school in attendance will receive a complimentary hard copy after the tournament. Format : standard NAQT format . Rounds will...
by Ndg
Mon Nov 10, 2014 6:31 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall 2014 Great Lakes @ Ohio State 11/8/14
Replies: 24
Views: 10408

Re: ACF Fall 2014 Great Lakes @ Ohio State 11/8/14

Thanks for posting. I hope people enjoyed it anyway. Lest I sound like I had a miserable time on Saturday, I assure you I didn't. It was definitely fun to finally get to play ACF Fall. I was just frustrated that most of the issues that came up could have been obviated with just a little bit more for...
by Ndg
Mon Nov 10, 2014 4:58 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall 2014 Great Lakes @ Ohio State 11/8/14
Replies: 24
Views: 10408

Re: ACF Fall 2014 Great Lakes @ Ohio State 11/8/14

You could conceivably argue that 4.6 applies inasmuch as the team got points for answers that were not the correct answers to the bonus they should have been read ("through moderator error"). But that's a pretty weird interpretation. I would argue that deciding which bonus question should be read ne...
by Ndg
Mon Nov 10, 2014 3:44 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: DEES: November 22nd, 2014
Replies: 39
Views: 27317

Re: DEES: November 22nd, 2014

Wasabi wrote:Oops, I forgot to mention: I'm not opposed to running a late online mirror for those locations who failed to get a mirror organized, or simply have a conflict.
When would you envision holding such a mirror?
by Ndg
Mon Nov 10, 2014 3:38 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Audience Member - how to introduce better QB?
Replies: 6
Views: 3500

Re: Audience Member - how to introduce better QB?

I would suggest first trying to get local schools to host one-day events on pyramidal questions (outside the local league, that is). Once players and coaches are exposed to higher quality questions, you will have a better chance at getting the league to switch. I think most people in this community ...
by Ndg
Mon Nov 10, 2014 8:13 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Sagacity X - University of Pittsburgh (11/22/14)
Replies: 6
Views: 2626

Re: Sagacity X - University of Pittsburgh (11/22/14)

My understanding is that they already closed the field. I will check with Brandon since no one from Pitt really reads the forums.
by Ndg
Sun Nov 09, 2014 9:36 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall 2014 Great Lakes @ Ohio State 11/8/14
Replies: 24
Views: 10408

Re: ACF Fall 2014 Great Lakes @ Ohio State 11/8/14

Because I was playing Thanks for bringing up the other thing that annoyed me. Why was there a house team playing? I ask for two reasons. First, the whole field received an email the week of the tournament begging teams to bring staffers. It read, in part, "[A] few extra staffers would make a big di...
by Ndg
Sun Nov 09, 2014 8:45 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall 2014 Great Lakes @ Ohio State 11/8/14
Replies: 24
Views: 10408

Re: ACF Fall 2014 Great Lakes @ Ohio State 11/8/14

I'd like to second Rama's point, people should see which bracket teams were actually in for the prelims. It might be hard to see from the way the stats are displayed now, but the prelim brackets were very uneven, hurting several teams. Yes, we need to talk about this. "Very uneven" is an understate...
by Ndg
Sat Nov 08, 2014 11:58 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall 2014 Great Lakes @ Ohio State 11/8/14
Replies: 24
Views: 10408

Re: ACF Fall 2014 Great Lakes @ Ohio State 11/8/14

Who ended up winning things here?
by Ndg
Sat Nov 01, 2014 8:01 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Mellon Bowl XII, Pittsburgh - 11/1, IS-140
Replies: 8
Views: 4523

Re: Mellon Bowl XII, Pittsburgh - 11/1, IS-140

Final stats have been uploaded. An undefeated State College won after narrowly defeating Hubbard, 315-305, in the final round of the playoffs.

State College, Hubbard, and Manheim Township have each qualified a team for HSNCT. Those three plus Hampton have qualified a team for NSC.
by Ndg
Sun Oct 19, 2014 6:55 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Welcome to the 2014 Penn Bowl Discussion forum
Replies: 43
Views: 12617

Re: Welcome to the 2014 Penn Bowl Discussion forum

I was wondering if I could see the tossup on sodium hydroxide (I think that's the one?). My teammate buzzed in early and said lye and is pretty sure it should have been accepted and was pretty upset at the time. I don't remember what the first one or two clues were, but it sounds pretty wrong to sa...
by Ndg
Sun Oct 19, 2014 1:46 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Will's Questions (2014 Penn Bowl)
Replies: 41
Views: 7843

Re: Will's Questions

I found the "rhapsodies" question confusing, actually -- I negged with something stupid, but then thought it was "piano concertos" until the end of the question (so almost surely would have otherwise negged with that). I forget what exactly the pronoun was, but I think it was just something like "t...
by Ndg
Sun Oct 19, 2014 1:14 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Welcome to the 2014 Penn Bowl Discussion forum
Replies: 43
Views: 12617

Re: Welcome to the 2014 Penn Bowl Discussion forum

The "conceptual" questions (species counterpoint, tonal harmony, "how many strings are on a violin"—although that part got kind of insulting) were cool, but there were so many of them that I have to wonder about the repertoire that they were pushing out of the distribution. I'd be interested to see...
by Ndg
Sun Oct 19, 2014 12:59 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Mellon Bowl XII, Pittsburgh - 11/1, IS-140
Replies: 8
Views: 4523

Re: Mellon Bowl XII, Pittsburgh - 11/1, IS-140

We are switching to untimed 20-tossup rounds. I have updated the original post accordingly.

Also, with some cancellations, we still have four open spots.
by Ndg
Sun Oct 19, 2014 12:39 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Will's Questions (2014 Penn Bowl)
Replies: 41
Views: 7843

Re: Will's Questions

Among other places you can find it (it seems to me mentioned in an awful lot of things that talk about Rhapsody in Blue): http://books.google.com/books?id=50e_BAAAQBAJ&pg=PA23&lpg=PA23&dq=%22wait+for+nod%22+rhapsody+in+blue&source=bl&ots=crxUSZywcb&sig=JKB28Wr40bMAKE_qim-U6svMKLI&hl=en&sa=X&ei=4OJD...
by Ndg
Sun Oct 19, 2014 12:09 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Will's Questions (2014 Penn Bowl)
Replies: 41
Views: 7843

Re: Will's Questions

So I'm wondering about the first clue to the "rhapsodies" tossup... what was it referring to? I'm skeptical that it's actually uniquely identifying and well-known enough to mention in a tossup.
by Ndg
Wed Oct 15, 2014 1:40 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: A proposal to simplify eligibility rules
Replies: 43
Views: 9143

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? For our upcoming spring semester we're allowed to drop classes until May 1 (although we...
by Ndg
Wed Oct 15, 2014 1:13 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: A proposal to simplify eligibility rules
Replies: 43
Views: 9143

Re: A proposal to simplify eligibility rules

I think "graded courses" or better yet "courses taken for credit" (some schools don't have grades) is about as standard as you're going to be able to get. I don't think "standard credits" is a thing that actually exists. Agreed. My school uses "units," where 3 units is equivalent to one "credit hou...
by Ndg
Sat Oct 11, 2014 10:40 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HSQBRank 2014-15
Replies: 211
Views: 102143

Re: HSQBRank 2014-15

Just wondering: how does 25.3 ppb on an A set translate into aPPB? Also, I am pretty sure that Lexington only attended 2 tournaments; their last ppb (just 17.32) may be incorrect -- that would mean that the appB from an A set is -9..... Note that the italicized numbers indicated pre-season projecte...
by Ndg
Fri Oct 10, 2014 12:52 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Mellon Bowl XII, Pittsburgh - 11/1, IS-140
Replies: 8
Views: 4523

Re: Mellon Bowl XII, Pittsburgh - 11/1, IS-140

Just two more spots left!
by Ndg
Sun Oct 05, 2014 11:09 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Mellon Bowl XII, Pittsburgh - 11/1, IS-140
Replies: 8
Views: 4523

Re: Mellon Bowl XII, Pittsburgh - 11/1, IS-140

We have expanded to 18 teams. Further soft caps will be at 20 and 22, with a hard cap at 24, all pending acquisition of more staff.
by Ndg
Sat Oct 04, 2014 12:18 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Things that make a good tournament
Replies: 15
Views: 8554

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. You can help make sure this is true by asking for rosters prior to the tournament. At one of our high school tournaments last ...
by Ndg
Thu Sep 25, 2014 9:16 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Mellon Bowl XII, Pittsburgh - 11/1, IS-140
Replies: 8
Views: 4523

Re: Mellon Bowl XII, Pittsburgh - 11/1, IS-140

We have reached our first field cap of sixteen teams. I will put additional teams on a waiting list until I can secure enough staff to expand. Teams that can provide competent moderators or buzzer systems will have priority on the waiting list.
by Ndg
Fri Sep 19, 2014 4:03 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Penn Bowl @ McMaster (Oct. 18)
Replies: 22
Views: 7285

Re: Penn Bowl @ McMaster (Oct. 18)

Ok, thanks for the clarification.

More likely than not, we'll be headed your way, seeing as the field at Penn has filled up.
by Ndg
Thu Sep 18, 2014 11:31 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Penn Bowl @ McMaster (Oct. 18)
Replies: 22
Views: 7285

Re: Penn Bowl @ McMaster (Oct. 18)

Is this tournament still happening? I'm wondering why the host is sending its players to another site on the same day...
by Ndg
Thu Sep 11, 2014 8:47 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: TDB help thread
Replies: 79
Views: 48607

Re: TDB help thread

I'll do it for Pennsylvania.
by Ndg
Fri Sep 05, 2014 8:53 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Mellon Bowl XII, Pittsburgh - 11/1, IS-140
Replies: 8
Views: 4523

Re: Mellon Bowl XII, Pittsburgh - 11/1, IS-140

We're already halfway to our initial field cap, so don't wait too long to register!
by Ndg
Sun Aug 31, 2014 2:21 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Mellon Bowl XII, Pittsburgh - 11/1, IS-140
Replies: 8
Views: 4523

Re: Mellon Bowl XII, Pittsburgh - 11/1, IS-140

Mellon Bowl is now a PACE Gold Qualifier. The top 20% of the field will qualify for NSC.
by Ndg
Sun Aug 31, 2014 12:42 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 PACE NSC Team Qualification Guidelines
Replies: 5
Views: 3331

Re: 2015 PACE NSC Team Qualification Guidelines

Does using computational math questions affect the qualification guidelines? There's no longer any mention of it on the website, but the certification form still asks about it.
by Ndg
Tue Aug 26, 2014 11:58 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Mellon Bowl XII, Pittsburgh - 11/1, IS-140
Replies: 8
Views: 4523

Mellon Bowl XII, Pittsburgh - 11/1, IS-140

Carnegie Mellon Quiz Bowl will host Mellon Bowl XII on its Pittsburgh campus on Saturday, November 1, 2014. Questions : NAQT set IS-140. Each school in attendance will receive a complimentary hard copy after the tournament. Format : standard NAQT format , with the exception that rounds will be untim...
by Ndg
Tue Aug 26, 2014 1:05 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ICCS Novice at Carnegie Mellon (9/13)
Replies: 1
Views: 1422

ICCS Novice at Carnegie Mellon (9/13)

Carnegie Mellon will host a mirror of the novice-level Introductory Collaborative Collegiate Set on Saturday, September 13. Registration will start at 9:30, and play will begin at 10:00. To register, please email nadig[at]cmu.edu with the number of players, teams, and functioning buzzer sets you wil...
by Ndg
Tue Aug 26, 2014 12:38 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Pennsylvania date claims, 2014-2015
Replies: 16
Views: 10391

Re: Pennsylvania date claims, 2014-2015

Mellon Bowl will be on November 1. Formal announcement to come soon.
by Ndg
Wed Jul 16, 2014 7:00 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Pennsylvania date claims, 2014-2015
Replies: 16
Views: 10391

Re: Pennsylvania date claims, 2014-2015

CMU will most likely bid for the Western PA championships for either February 28 or March 21.

Pitt will probably hold their fall IS-set tournament on 11/15 or 11/22.
by Ndg
Tue Jul 15, 2014 4:59 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Quiz Bowl Skill and Income
Replies: 18
Views: 6805

Re: Quiz Bowl Skill and Income

Here are the teams with the largest residuals in the data. Keep in mind that I am using the rankings here, as Fred did, though it probably would make more sense to use the raw data of aPPB vs income. 1. Carbondale 2. duPont Manual 3. UChicago Lab 4. Winchester Thurston 5. Auburn 6. Hume Fogg 7. Mag...
by Ndg
Sat May 31, 2014 9:49 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 NAQT HSNCT: Congratulations LASA!
Replies: 68
Views: 34861

Re: 2014 NAQT HSNCT: May 31-June 1, Chicago

BobGHHS wrote:What does that column with only 1's and 2's in it after the initial card number stand for?
It's the round during which the first game for each team takes place.
by Ndg
Sat May 17, 2014 9:44 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Specific question discussion
Replies: 31
Views: 5919

Re: Specific question discussion

Can someone post the gel electrophoresis tossup? I negged with SDS-PAGE at the TEMED clue but can't remember if there were clues that specifically applied to non-PAGE techniques before that.

Also, I want to mention that the bonus on esoteric programming languages was delightful.
by Ndg
Mon May 12, 2014 6:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Assigning Moderators
Replies: 13
Views: 2049

Re: Assigning Moderators

One of the things I learned was that if I have a tournament with multiple preliminary pools, I should put my best moderators together. Yes, this means some teams get stuck with worse moderators, but it also means that if the best moderators can finish more quickly, they can go relieve the weaker mo...
by Ndg
Sun May 11, 2014 11:40 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Personal Aggressiveness
Replies: 7
Views: 2179

Re: Personal Aggressiveness

Another problem I have also pertaining to aggressiveness, is that I am fairly sure of the answer but wait to buzz in until more information appears. This is often the difference between a power and ten points for me. I don't think it's right to call it a 'problem' to wait for more information in th...
by Ndg
Sun May 11, 2014 9:50 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Assigning Moderators
Replies: 13
Views: 2049

Re: Assigning Moderators

So, yeah, I would not really consider bias a factor. Put the best moderators on the games that matter most. Sub out slow moderators/give them scorekeepers if you have the human resources to do so. Hold basic training before the tournament so moderators know how to avoid easy mistakes that slow down...
by Ndg
Fri May 09, 2014 4:13 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MUT over Skype (5/10)
Replies: 20
Views: 5762

Re: MUT over Skype (5/10)

We will be withdrawing if a fourth team doesn't register within the next several hours.
by Ndg
Sat May 03, 2014 12:39 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HSQBRank 2013-2014: Witty Subtitle
Replies: 203
Views: 83120

Re: HSQBRank 2013-2014: Witty Subtitle

Dr. Loki Skylizard, Thoracic Surgeon wrote:Here are my nearly forgotten about SSNCT projections.
The Smithville at SSNCT (Ohio) is not the one in your projections (Missouri).
by Ndg
Sun Apr 27, 2014 8:59 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB TV
Replies: 7
Views: 2625

Re: NHBB TV

It would be nice to have descriptions for the videos of the bowl/bee rounds (for the ones where the teams aren't given in the title) so you don't have to hunt through the video to figure out who is playing. (I couldn't tell who was playing LASA in the finals because the audio was so bad.) Other than...
by Ndg
Sun Apr 27, 2014 1:05 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Lederberg 2: Daughter Cell (3/29/14)
Replies: 155
Views: 57016

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

In all seriousness, what happens when this dude wants to play an ACF/NAQT/circuit tournament? There's almost no way for him to cheat at one of those, and...does anybody actually have plans to ban him? I think a ban would be appropriate until --- at the very least --- he actually admits to what he d...