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by aestheteboy
Tue Nov 04, 2008 5:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Vanderbilt ABC XXXVI - Oct 31-Nov 1, 2008
Replies: 44
Views: 6740

Re: Vanderbilt ABC XXXVI - Oct 31-Nov 1, 2008

Did this tournament feature the normal 20/20 format with no powers? Looking at the scores, I'm guessing that there were bounceback bonuses and no negs, but even so, there are some very impressive combined scores.
by aestheteboy
Tue Nov 04, 2008 5:33 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Ben Cooper Memorial Tournament (NNT) at GDS (11/8/08)
Replies: 95
Views: 15109

Re: Ben Cooper Memorial Tournament (NNT) at GDS (11/8/08)

Ian, how many packets total do you guys have? And did you decide what tournament format to use?

By the way, is Gonzaga sending their A team to this event?
by aestheteboy
Thu Oct 30, 2008 8:16 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: High School Themed Tournaments?
Replies: 80
Views: 8301

Re: High School Themed Tournaments?

How wonderfully exciting it is to play high school quizbowl this year. I'm glad I was born late enough to be able to enjoy these opportunities.
by aestheteboy
Mon Oct 27, 2008 10:56 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Stuff about bonus in high school sets
Replies: 31
Views: 6532

Stuff about bonus in high school sets

I'm going to describe a phenomenon which I notice in most high school sets. The problem, at least for me, is much less practical than aesthetic. In other words, it's a trivial issue, and most of what I say should be taken with light-heartedness. Fluctuation in bonus difficulty is one of the most dif...
by aestheteboy
Sat Oct 25, 2008 11:11 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Cavalier Classic XIII (10/25/08) at UVA
Replies: 70
Views: 19456

Re: Cavalier Classic XIII (10/25/08) at UVA

This tournament was pretty fun. Thanks to UVA and friends for a solid quizbowl tournament today. I have to say I was some what disappointed with this HSAPQ set, although it's probably because I had such a high expectation after the success of ACF #1. It really looked like the set was finished hastil...
by aestheteboy
Sat Oct 25, 2008 10:18 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Earlybird Tournament at University of Illinois (10/25/08)
Replies: 41
Views: 9189

Re: Earlybird Tournament at University of Illinois (10/25/08)

I'm assuming that the question set indicated on the original announcement is not correct - which set was used?
by aestheteboy
Wed Oct 22, 2008 3:09 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Non-question-specific criticisms of IS-80A
Replies: 253
Views: 26088

Re: Non-question-specific criticisms of IS-80A

In response to Matt: I don't think there's anything wrong if A-set questions didn't have enough clues to be playable for the top teams. I guess you could criticize R's marketing strategy, but I really don't see why there can't be novice-level tournaments at HS level; I don't think that the players i...
by aestheteboy
Tue Oct 21, 2008 10:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Ben Cooper Memorial Tournament (NNT) at GDS (11/8/08)
Replies: 95
Views: 15109

Re: Ben Cooper Memorial Tournament (NNT) at GDS (11/8/08)

Format The tournament format will depend on the number of teams attending, but the planned format will be described here. The field will be divided into preliminary brackets of 6, and a round-robin will be played within each bracket. Teams will be then be rebracked based on win-loss record into new...
by aestheteboy
Tue Oct 21, 2008 7:47 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Cavalier Classic XIII (10/25/08) at UVA
Replies: 70
Views: 19456

Re: Cavalier Classic XIII (10/25/08) at UVA

I'm going to also send you an e-mail, but WJ would like to register with one team.
by aestheteboy
Mon Oct 20, 2008 6:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Cavalier Classic XIII (10/25/08) at UVA
Replies: 70
Views: 19456

Re: Cavalier Classic XIII (10/25/08) at UVA

Hey can I have a field update before I register? I am pretty sure we'll make it, but I have to first convince my coach.
by aestheteboy
Mon Oct 20, 2008 6:41 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Non-question-specific criticisms of IS-80A
Replies: 253
Views: 26088

Re: Non-question-specific criticisms of IS-80A

I think Dwight brings up a relevant point. My main criticism against NAQT is not the difficulty because I understand that they serve the entire nation with the same set (aside from the fact that buzzer races are pretty fun). Although they've all been mentioned at one point or another, I guess I can ...
by aestheteboy
Mon Oct 20, 2008 5:46 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 TJIAT (10/18/08) at TJHSST
Replies: 154
Views: 31392

Re: 2008 TJIAT (10/18/08) at TJHSST

How about the radical 5 games of swiss-paired prelims (you may want to make this bracketed) and 7 games on bracketed playoff methods used at Harvard last year? Breaking ties would be a pain, though. 7 rounds of non-swiss pair prelim games would have been tedious if it had been on longer questions, b...
by aestheteboy
Mon Oct 20, 2008 3:19 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Non-question-specific criticisms of IS-80A
Replies: 253
Views: 26088

Re: Non-question-specific criticisms of IS-80A

(Personally, I do advocate that NAQT should relax its restrictions to allow for longer, more clue-dense questions.) Are you in the minority among the editors, or are there others that share this view? I would vote for adding one sentence to tossups and extending halves to 10 minutes. And while we'r...
by aestheteboy
Sun Oct 19, 2008 2:22 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 08-09 Pre-Season Poll Results - Congratulations Charter!
Replies: 56
Views: 11709

Re: 08-09 Pre-Season Poll Results - Congratulations Charter!

I guess I can contribute to this too. I'm sure there are more worthy teams, but I only ranked teams I've seen recently. Charter right now is probably the only team that excels at everything from lit, history, science, other humanities, and trash. Henry is an excellent generalist player and also has ...
by aestheteboy
Sat Oct 18, 2008 8:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Non-question-specific criticisms of IS-80A
Replies: 253
Views: 26088

Re: Non-question-specific criticisms of IS-80A

Sir Thopas wrote:I am disappointed.
Really? I wasn't all that disappointed with IS set today because I knew exactly what I should expect. Learned helplessness!
by aestheteboy
Sat Oct 18, 2008 8:17 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 TJIAT (10/18/08) at TJHSST
Replies: 154
Views: 31392

Re: 2008 TJIAT (10/18/08) at TJHSST

Regarding the tournament: I guess we were done with 13 round by 6:00 or so, and TJ folks were obviously working hard, so I really don't want to criticize, but I have to say that the tournament logistics was below average. The readers we had in the prelims were finishing 15 tossups on average, and th...
by aestheteboy
Fri Oct 17, 2008 12:37 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 TJIAT (10/18/08) at TJHSST
Replies: 154
Views: 31392

Re: 2008 TJIAT (10/18/08) at TJHSST

Hey, I think late-fees serve ceremonial (so-to-speak) rather than any practical purpose, but I mean, it's not like there aren't nasty things that one could do in order to collect them. What exactly I have in mind, I'll leave up to your imagination.
by aestheteboy
Tue Oct 14, 2008 9:17 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Single-elimination: why it is bad
Replies: 28
Views: 4878

Re: Single-elimination: why it is bad

It probably wouldn't be too unreasonable say that it's difficult to fully satisfy today's standard/expectations of high quality tournament with ten rounds of questions. I sympathize about the situation this year, but Sarah, two months is a lot of time to write just three extra packets. I would imagi...
by aestheteboy
Mon Oct 13, 2008 6:08 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Cavalier Classic XIII (10/25/08) at UVA
Replies: 70
Views: 19456

Re: Cavalier Classic XIII (10/25/08) at UVA

WJ will attend if the price isn't anything ridiculous.
by aestheteboy
Sun Oct 12, 2008 12:18 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: PHSAT XVI (10/11/08) at Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)
Replies: 127
Views: 39014

Re: PHSAT XVI (10/11/08) at Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)

The fact is, if you don't want to come to the tournament, don't come. We do the best we can with what and who we have, and any implications that we were being lazy or incompetent are just plain wrong. Every decision made was done so for a justifiable reason. Whether or not you might agree with it i...
by aestheteboy
Sun Oct 12, 2008 3:04 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: EFT Mirror at Wake Forest
Replies: 56
Views: 36728

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: EFT Mirror at Wake Forest

If not for Chris Ray (who allegedly convinced the TD to carry over the prelim record), we would have had a wonderful four-way tie between UMD B, UVA, Ted/Dan, and George/Daichi. I'm kind of upset that he had to mess that equilibrium up.

Matt Weiner beat the world in the ICT scrimmage.
by aestheteboy
Mon Oct 06, 2008 11:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: WJIAT (2/14/09) at Bethesda, MD
Replies: 54
Views: 10189

Re: WJIAT (2/14/09) at Bethesda, MD

It's negotiable, maybe, if you're school's name is Charter.
by aestheteboy
Sun Oct 05, 2008 1:24 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: GSAC XVI: December 6, 2008
Replies: 223
Views: 102805

Re: GSAC XVI: December 6, 2008

There will be negs but no powers. Assuming we reach 48 teams, we'll run 6 round-robin brackets of 8 with the top 8 teams making the play-offs, which will be single-elim. We'll be working on some sort of consolation system to keep people playing, so if you know your team absolutely wouldn't want to ...
by aestheteboy
Sat Oct 04, 2008 10:58 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: WJIAT (2/14/09) at Bethesda, MD
Replies: 54
Views: 10189

WJIAT (2/14/09) at Bethesda, MD

Walter Johnson High School would like to invite all interested teams to its third WJIAT (Walter Johnson Invitational Academic Tournament) to take place on February 14th, 2009. It will feature awesome, well-edited pyramidal questions in 20/20 format, house-written by Hunter and WJ (that means that yo...
by aestheteboy
Thu Oct 02, 2008 2:47 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Tournament Stats
Replies: 10
Views: 1770

Re: Tournament Stats

Yeah, I agree completely. It's really not that difficult to upload SQBS data if you have webspace (which is extremely easy to get these days). There's no reason that TDs can't stay extra 10 minutes after the tournament to upload the data and make everyone happy. If the data is incomplete, TDs can up...
by aestheteboy
Wed Oct 01, 2008 11:32 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Ubu Roi @ Brown, October 11, 2008
Replies: 11
Views: 2789

Re: Ubu Roi @ Brown, October 11, 2008

Is this tournament using an original house-written set? I noticed that Illinois and Minnesota, who apparently are collaborators for the set, are using HSPAQ set for their fall tournaments. If that's not the case, there might be a problem since Hunter and Kellenberg both played on the set already.
by aestheteboy
Tue Sep 30, 2008 7:33 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Quizbowl v. Trivia
Replies: 85
Views: 15075

Re: Quizbowl v. Trivia

Quizbowl clues are things that you encounter if you have a good liberal arts education. Trivia usually has no academic significance.
by aestheteboy
Mon Sep 29, 2008 9:05 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Maryland Fall Invitational (9/28/08) - Now an HSAPQ Event!
Replies: 68
Views: 32364

Re: Maryland Fall Invitational (9/28/08) - Now an HSAPQ Event!

I'm not at all advocating the use of two different question sets. Good pyramidal sets are designed so that both top teams and lower teams can enjoy playing. The other issue that I forgot to bring up is powers. The few people I talked to seemed to agree that powers are pretty cool. I don't think it w...
by aestheteboy
Sun Sep 28, 2008 9:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Maryland/DC/DC Area Virginia 2008-2009
Replies: 39
Views: 5357

Re: DC comparison

Yeah, it seems like the top teams are much closer together than usual (i.e. compared to past few years), and I'm not sure that there will even be an 09 equivalent to TJ '05, RM '06, Gov '07, and Whitman '08. I hope we collectively can continue the good tradition of winning at least one of the two m...
by aestheteboy
Sun Sep 28, 2008 6:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Maryland Fall Invitational (9/28/08) - Now an HSAPQ Event!
Replies: 68
Views: 32364

Re: Maryland Fall Invitational (9/28/08) - Now an HSAPQ Event!

I hear Charter beat GDS in the finals match. Hunter beat WJ in the third place match, and Gonzaga beat TJ in the 5th place match. EDIT (to actually add content): I enjoyed the tournament a lot. UMD folks and other moderators did a fine job. I thought the questions were very good, although that's not...
by aestheteboy
Sat Sep 27, 2008 5:41 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: EFT Mirror at Wake Forest
Replies: 56
Views: 36728

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: EFT Mirror at Wake Forest

I'd like to register myself in the master's bracket. If there's going to be separate brackets, I would prefer that everyone play solo (for the sake of having more teams & not playing the same teams like three times).
by aestheteboy
Fri Sep 26, 2008 10:53 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: GSAC XVI: December 6, 2008
Replies: 223
Views: 102805

Re: GSAC XVI: December 6, 2008 (Tentative)

So the social sciences is only econ and psych, or does it also have cool things likes sociology and anthropology? I also like the distribution, although I would prefer more than 16% lit and history.
by aestheteboy
Thu Sep 25, 2008 12:20 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Maryland Fall Invitational (9/28/08) - Now an HSAPQ Event!
Replies: 68
Views: 32364

Re: Maryland Fall Invitational (9/28/08) - Now an HSAPQ Event!

closesesame wrote:So it seems our literature guy will not be coming Sunday...because it's Sunday.
Hey, that's not so bad. There is a good chance that I will be playing with one teammate (if not solo).
EDIT: btw, do we have powers?
by aestheteboy
Sat Sep 20, 2008 6:01 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: RM Fall Tournament (9/20/08)
Replies: 127
Views: 16393

Re: RM Fall Tournament (9/20/08)

When I left, I think it was like (I'm not certain though):
Semi-Finalists: Charter, Zaga, TJ A, Gov A
Qtr. Finalists: GDS, WJ, Whitman, DCC
by aestheteboy
Fri Sep 19, 2008 8:55 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: RM Fall Tournament (9/20/08)
Replies: 127
Views: 16393

Re: RM Fall Tournament (9/20/08)

A few points: 1. One potential demerit of the standard fromat is that it could screw things up if the initial bracket of 9 is unequal in power, which I feel is quite likely given that it's the first tournament of the year for most of us. Do I actually think that a team that loses 3 games out of 8 in...
by aestheteboy
Thu Sep 18, 2008 11:51 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: RM Fall Tournament (9/20/08)
Replies: 127
Views: 16393

Re: RM Fall Tournament (9/20/08)

I'm going to go ahead and agree that this seems pretty inefficient. I would prefer something different. However, it's probably within the host's discretion to choose weird formats, and I don't necessarily hate this either. BTW, the grouping should be something other than even (2,4, . . . , 12) vs od...
by aestheteboy
Tue Sep 16, 2008 6:25 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: RM Fall Tournament (9/20/08)
Replies: 127
Views: 16393

Re: RM Fall Tournament (9/20/08)

Hey, I don't know, but I think it'd be a near consensus if I said that we'd rather play more rounds than be let out at 3:00. All of the teams that signed up are dedicated teams, and many are coming from far away. 8 rounds including the finals like last year's RotP would be rather unsatisfying.
by aestheteboy
Sat Sep 13, 2008 11:07 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Maryland/DC/DC Area Virginia 2008-2009
Replies: 39
Views: 5357

Re: DC comparison

Also, I find the assertion that Whitman was the dominant DC area team a little misleading, considering another noted DC metro area team, TJ, got within literally 5 points of winning both national titles. You're probably right. I'm always partial to local schools and local people. In fact, if we don...
by aestheteboy
Fri Sep 12, 2008 10:34 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Maryland/DC/DC Area Virginia 2008-2009
Replies: 39
Views: 5357

Re: DC comparison

Yeah, it seems like the top teams are much closer together than usual (i.e. compared to past few years), and I'm not sure that there will even be an 09 equivalent to TJ '05, RM '06, Gov '07, and Whitman '08. I hope we collectively can continue the good tradition of winning at least one of the two ma...
by aestheteboy
Mon Sep 08, 2008 9:47 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Is high school quizbowl in Missouri salvageable?
Replies: 131
Views: 63166

Re: Is high school quizbowl in Missouri salvageable?

More practical (and perhaps the only practical solution) would be to simply quit playing for the school. Most of the people running good tournaments would probably understand and let those unfortunate people play without representing a school. This would get your tournament disqualified by the MSHS...
by aestheteboy
Mon Sep 08, 2008 7:38 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: RM Fall Tournament (9/20/08)
Replies: 127
Views: 16393

Re: RM Fall Tournament (9/20/08)

Hey sign us up for like 1 team and 1 or 2 buzzer systems.
by aestheteboy
Mon Sep 08, 2008 3:25 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Is high school quizbowl in Missouri salvageable?
Replies: 131
Views: 63166

Re: Is high school quizbowl in Missouri salvageable?

Wow. I didn't know that the situation was quite that awful in Missouri. If individual principals have any decency, I imagine they would try to step in, but I guess that's not the case. More practical (and perhaps the only practical solution) would be to simply quit playing for the school. Most of th...
by aestheteboy
Tue Sep 02, 2008 3:04 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Harvard Fall Tournament III (11/15/08) -- Cambridge, MA
Replies: 155
Views: 81454

Re: Harvard Fall Tournament III (11/15/08) -- Cambridge, MA

How's this for a side event? Although I do enjoy playing against Guy Tabachnick, it's not much of an incentive since I was planning to head back and play at the UMD mirror with some cool kids. Wouldn't it be just as easy for us to just play this mirror and then go home? Yeah, it would be almost equ...
by aestheteboy
Mon Sep 01, 2008 8:22 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Harvard Fall Tournament III (11/15/08) -- Cambridge, MA
Replies: 155
Views: 81454

Re: Harvard Fall Tournament III (11/15/08) -- Cambridge, MA

Matt Weiner wrote:How's this for a side event?
Although I do enjoy playing against Guy Tabachnick, it's not much of an incentive since I was planning to head back and play at the UMD mirror with some cool kids.
by aestheteboy
Mon Sep 01, 2008 8:17 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: High School Themed Tournaments?
Replies: 80
Views: 8301

Re: High School Themed Tournaments?

metsfan001 wrote:If anyone runs a computational math tournament, I swear, I'll chase you down and kick you really hard in the balls. I'm not even joking.
I might be able to find out who hosts mathcounts for you.
by aestheteboy
Mon Sep 01, 2008 8:00 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Harvard Fall Tournament III (11/15/08) -- Cambridge, MA
Replies: 155
Views: 81454

Re: Harvard Fall Tournament III (11/15/08) -- Cambridge, MA

Hey, I have a request/suggestion: would it be feasible to attach a side-event to this tournament? Since HFT generally attracts the strongest field outside of WoQ and nationals, I think it would be worthwhile. Right now, I'm on borderline for attending this tournament since I'm not sure if great ques...
by aestheteboy
Mon Sep 01, 2008 6:16 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: RM Fall Tournament (9/20/08)
Replies: 127
Views: 16393

Re: RM Fall Tournament (9/20/08)

segregold wrote:But, if not, we do really need the money.
The thing to do is write questions. Still, naqt is always better than trash so good job.
by aestheteboy
Wed Jul 16, 2008 9:57 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Next Year
Replies: 102
Views: 12692

Re: Next Year

I've noticed that the noted prophet Evan Adams hasn't yet spoken. I patiently await.
by aestheteboy
Mon Jun 30, 2008 9:17 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Moderator Speed (from Panasonic Thread)
Replies: 72
Views: 11517

Re: Moderator Speed (from Panasonic Thread)

To a very high degree of approximation, un-timed tournaments proceed the speeds of their slowest readers. This is precisely the reason that there is no need for experienced moderators to read at "the quickest comprehensible speed." Every tournament has at least one moderator who is slower than the ...