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by Mr. Kwalter
Sat Jan 06, 2007 2:59 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: BoB Question
Replies: 2
Views: 2367

BoB Question

I was wondering, is it ok to discuss the 2006 BoB set? I have a question I'd like to laud.
by Mr. Kwalter
Sat Dec 30, 2006 11:53 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: College quizbowl 5 years from now...
Replies: 37
Views: 39934

I was pleased at this year's ACF Fall in the Southeast to see teams like Tulane, Alabama and UL-Lafayette who seem to be relatively new to the circuit. While it's not exactly exponential growth, getting new schools involved is always a good sign and that's what having some easier tournaments can he...
by Mr. Kwalter
Fri Dec 29, 2006 3:33 am
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: The Birth of the ACF Player
Replies: 23
Views: 30582

Experienced players know that you get literature tossups by reading masterplots, not by reading books, because they know that being able to get most tossups on the 2nd or 3rd to last clue (even on the giveaway) is more valuable than being able to get a few of them off the leadin. This depends on wh...
by Mr. Kwalter
Fri Dec 29, 2006 2:54 am
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: The Birth of the ACF Player
Replies: 23
Views: 30582

But doesn't that feel a little bit lame? Isn't it more exciting to learn something in a book or on tv or in class than it is to learn something just for quiz bowl? Isn't it better to be rewarded for the knowledge you acquire in the course of daily life than it is to be rewarded for the knowledge yo...
by Mr. Kwalter
Wed Dec 27, 2006 1:16 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: College quizbowl 5 years from now...
Replies: 37
Views: 39934

I have to disagree about the impending demise of ACF. Yes, the godfathers are leaving. Goodbye, Zeke, Subash, Andrew. But I'd like to point out that there are at least 5 people who have signed on to write or edit at least 2 tournaments before ACF regionals (Myself, Matt, Jerry, Ryan, Seth). Hell, Ry...
by Mr. Kwalter
Wed Dec 27, 2006 12:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Moderator Rules
Replies: 3
Views: 2018

Also important is to make sure moderators--especially new ones--are aware of what explicitly not to prompt on. For instance, if they say "Teddy," you cannot prompt them for "Roosevelt." Similarly, there are some questions whose answers are either a subset of a greater group or a larger group with ma...
by Mr. Kwalter
Tue Dec 05, 2006 1:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT Sectionals
Replies: 60
Views: 24268

I have hope for this year's SCT, since they've apparently let Andrew take the reigns as far as final editing goes. I also think that we should cut NAQT a little slack on ICT, since apparently there is a serious paucity of worthwhile bids. It's hard to work things out when your options are out of the...
by Mr. Kwalter
Sun Nov 19, 2006 11:06 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Plagiarism is awesome
Replies: 36
Views: 13589

Sorry to further hijack this thread with this nonsense, but this is the college area. I agree that we should "keep it clean" in the HS forums, but if HS students wander into the college area, they wander into discussions intended for college students where they may see "inappropriate" things. Person...
by Mr. Kwalter
Sun Nov 19, 2006 7:12 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Plagiarism is awesome
Replies: 36
Views: 13589

Does it offend your sense of quizbowl aesthetics?
by Mr. Kwalter
Sun Nov 19, 2006 6:47 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Plagiarism is awesome
Replies: 36
Views: 13589

So here's a message for everyone, and not just Matt: Next time this problem comes up -- and it will -- question whether it's because we use plagiarism to take cheap shots at tournaments we don't like instead of holding question-lifters accountable for their actions. What the fuck are you talking ab...
by Mr. Kwalter
Thu Nov 09, 2006 7:09 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Southern Virginia Tournament?
Replies: 43
Views: 17032

word.
by Mr. Kwalter
Tue Nov 07, 2006 10:20 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: probing interest in packet-sub event at Brown in March
Replies: 1
Views: 1318

I might consider a repeat appearance, possibly even with a team. Our Spring Break is 9-18 or something so either of those weekends would be good for me.
by Mr. Kwalter
Tue Nov 07, 2006 8:51 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: In the Interest of Time...
Replies: 20
Views: 8470

I completely empathize with Dwight and I think he's got something with his comments on how tournaments should be. I still hold fast to the argument that teams should not leave before their final match. However, with the possible exception of really top tournaments no tournament should force teams to...
by Mr. Kwalter
Mon Nov 06, 2006 3:47 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: In the Interest of Time...
Replies: 20
Views: 8470

Word.
by Mr. Kwalter
Mon Nov 06, 2006 1:30 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall Commentary
Replies: 44
Views: 15987

There's no use not telling people this. There were a number of things that went wrong that morning, not just randomization problems. We randomized pretty quickly considering what we were working with. First, one of our editors, I won't say which, was not yet done with his questions at 5 AM. This was...
by Mr. Kwalter
Mon Nov 06, 2006 6:11 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: In the Interest of Time...
Replies: 20
Views: 8470

At ACF fall SW this weekend, 7 teams participated. It was past 7 when the tournament ended, and two schools had departed. Texas, because round 14 was their bye round, and SWOSU, because SWOSU A and B were playing each other in round 14. It never crossed anyone's mind to miss a tournament game, even ...
by Mr. Kwalter
Mon Nov 06, 2006 4:08 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: In the Interest of Time...
Replies: 20
Views: 8470

Word.
by Mr. Kwalter
Sun Nov 05, 2006 10:01 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall Commentary
Replies: 44
Views: 15987

Oh, also, (didn't see Seth's commentary when I started the post), I apologize for the Their Eyes Were Watching God tossup. I wrote it quickly and didn't read it closely afterward. There was also a comment on this at the Tulsa site. I should have included more "the protagonist"s.
by Mr. Kwalter
Sun Nov 05, 2006 9:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall Commentary
Replies: 44
Views: 15987

For what it's worth, I agree with every one of these criticisms. I suppose I'll apologize for the length, and not just of the lit. We had every intention of looking over the final set before sending it out. Repeats eliminated, questions evaluated, etc. We just didn't have time. Matt and I were going...
by Mr. Kwalter
Tue Oct 24, 2006 8:31 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: EFT commentary
Replies: 52
Views: 26425

Willie, Jerry is angry. You made him so. And much of what he has said has merit hidden somewhere within the folds of vitriol. But there are several things you clearly just don't understand about writing/editing tournaments because despite having witnessed the evolution of qb since 1997, you have no ...
by Mr. Kwalter
Tue Oct 24, 2006 7:23 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT Sectionals
Replies: 60
Views: 24268

Hey Angelo, how about taking a break from the wondering to post stats from GHO. Or have I just missed this?
by Mr. Kwalter
Tue Oct 24, 2006 12:05 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall Packet Amnesty
Replies: 0
Views: 1341

ACF Fall Packet Amnesty

Hello all,

Now that the final deadline has passed the editors have decided that we will allow any team that wishes to play to do so for a no-packet penalty of 50 dollars on top of your entry fee. Let your local host know if you want to take advantage of this offer.

ACF Fall Editors
by Mr. Kwalter
Sun Oct 15, 2006 11:07 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Tournament Announcement--Golden Hurricane Open II (10/14/06)
Replies: 8
Views: 4728

I guess I'll post the results. 1.UT-Austin (11-0) 2. Harding (10-1) I think there was a three-way tie for 3rd, but I don't want to say things wrong. Stats were done by hand, so individuals weren't announced in order, but I'm pretty sure Jason Loy of Harding was the top scorer. The tournament was ver...
by Mr. Kwalter
Mon Oct 09, 2006 4:29 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Vancouver Estival Trivia Open question packets
Replies: 52
Views: 35702

Jerry SMASH VETO.

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by Mr. Kwalter
Fri Oct 06, 2006 12:22 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Minnesota Deep Bench predictions
Replies: 20
Views: 8240

Since Minnesota will inevitably include unconscionable amounts of geography in their set, I predict "Minnesota" will triumph over the Teitler-Koo eightsome that might otherwise be the favorite. If geography isn't enough to put them on top, hug girl will no doubt attack Jared Sagoff, thus completely ...
by Mr. Kwalter
Wed Oct 04, 2006 2:45 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: What happened here?
Replies: 14
Views: 5472

Personally, I don't really think stats from college players playing on high school questions evidence much of anything. However, as a member of the southwest circuit I can certainly say that the teams playing at Toby Keith are not of the calibur that those stats suggest. I have also seen the questio...
by Mr. Kwalter
Wed Oct 04, 2006 4:28 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: What happened here?
Replies: 14
Views: 5472

Actually, for some reason the packet authors saw fit to include five-part bonuses that were "for six points each." Funn.
by Mr. Kwalter
Tue Sep 26, 2006 4:30 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall Reminder/Update
Replies: 2
Views: 2343

Another ACF Fall update. We have gotten several excellent packets thusfar, and I hope to see several more in the coming weeks. Just a reminder, the NO PENALTY deadline is 10/7, which is in less than two weeks. If you don't want to spend more money than would otherwise be required of you, submit your...
by Mr. Kwalter
Sun Sep 17, 2006 6:16 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Terrapin Invitational Tournament - 12/2 @ UMCP
Replies: 4
Views: 3223

Who's editing TIT this year?
by Mr. Kwalter
Thu Sep 07, 2006 1:51 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall Reminder/Update
Replies: 2
Views: 2343

Just a reminder...the first packet deadline for ACF Fall 2006 is this Saturday, 9/9, at 11:59 PM. Please send all submissions to ekwartler at gmail dot com. Hope to see a flood of packets in my inbox this weekend.

Eric Kwartler
by Mr. Kwalter
Wed Aug 16, 2006 3:47 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall Reminder/Update
Replies: 2
Views: 2343

ACF Fall Reminder/Update

Just a reminder folks, as the fall semester approaches, so do the packet deadlines for ACF Fall. To remind you, the packet submission schedule/requirements are: A and B teams from schools who played any ACF tournament in the 04-05 or 05-06 academic years are required to submit packets as described b...
by Mr. Kwalter
Mon Aug 07, 2006 6:06 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Retiring Some Questions?
Replies: 51
Views: 22644

Another one I thought of that I've seen frequently. Any question dealing with the first opera. All of these questions are looking for something related to Monteverdi and "Orfeo," but really the first opera is by a composer named Jacopo Peri and is called "Dafne." The reason no one knows about it is...
by Mr. Kwalter
Thu Aug 03, 2006 10:32 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO History Doubles Criticism
Replies: 43
Views: 17446

Yeah, full stats:

https://webspace.utexas.edu/egk55/www/h ... dings.html

Had to do them all at once. Sorry that took so long.

Eric
by Mr. Kwalter
Tue Aug 01, 2006 5:55 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Early Fall Tournament at Brown (10/07/06)
Replies: 7
Views: 3584

You can take a look at the information in the original announcement Seth posted, but the short version is that we're shooting for something on the order of ACF Fall. It may even be a little easier, as our goal is to have a tournament that's accessible to players making the high-school/college trans...
by Mr. Kwalter
Tue Jul 25, 2006 3:14 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question theft
Replies: 5
Views: 2707

In addition, do we impugn an entire group of writers if one of them plagiarizes (that is certainly up for a discussion)? The answer is initially no, then eventually yes. In almost all cases it is just one writer, and in such cases (at least on first-time offenses) the editor should send the packet ...
by Mr. Kwalter
Sun Jul 23, 2006 3:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Best individual performance you've seen?
Replies: 15
Views: 6674

The best performance I saw was at a mirror of the NAQT HSNCT last year. I played against a team with Eric Smith from Stanford and he answered about 16 of the 20 tossups and our team lost 550 to -10. A college player (note, he's actually in grad school and has been for some time) playing on high sch...
by Mr. Kwalter
Sun Jul 23, 2006 3:41 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Name That Tune Redux
Replies: 5
Views: 2688

Well, it seems from the posts here and the emails I've gotten that there is certainly enough interest. Please email me officially to tell me that you're interested and how many of you (if you're emailing on behalf of your team) will be participating. I need to get a count beforehand to deal with foo...
by Mr. Kwalter
Mon Jul 17, 2006 6:44 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Recent Literature: General Thoughts/Who Makes the Cut?
Replies: 31
Views: 34486

So, I went on amazon.com today, you know, for some irrelevant reason, and in the top right corner of the front page is a box with the title "You Know You Want It" in red. You know, with a book you theoretically shouldn't be able to resist buying. Now, I don't want to start a trend of posting such th...
by Mr. Kwalter
Mon Jul 17, 2006 6:33 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Name That Tune Redux
Replies: 5
Views: 2688

Name That Tune Redux

I am curious as to whether there is demand for a second helping of classical music name that tune at this year's Chicago Open, to be held at lunch once again. The only charge would be to cover food, which you'd eat while listening to classical music/opera clips and writing down what you think they a...
by Mr. Kwalter
Sun Jul 16, 2006 2:49 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF questions posted
Replies: 1
Views: 2160

Re: ACF questions posted

Questions for ACF Fall 2004 & 2005, and ACF Regionals 2005 & 2006 have now been posted, and with ACF Nationals 2005 being posted as soon this years National Tournament is concluded. Apparently, the ACF Nationals 2005 set is nowhere to be found online, so i have taken it upon myself to make it avail...
by Mr. Kwalter
Sat Jul 15, 2006 5:59 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: July 15 to 24: Recruiting team members
Replies: 45
Views: 39823

Well, just as importantly, if someone walks into practice and sees no one who looks "like them," is that a disincentive to participate? If a girl walks into a team practice where there are only boys, is that intimidating? Do you suggest we hire random women and minorities to sit in on practice in c...
by Mr. Kwalter
Tue Jul 11, 2006 5:08 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO History Subject Tournament
Replies: 27
Views: 13094

Well, Andrew's point is obviously well taken. Could we all agree to meet in front of Cobb at 5:45 to do the meeting and pay/register, so we could at least jump pretty much right into it at 6? That seems like the best solution. We will meet outside Cobb at 5:45 PM to take care of registration and co...
by Mr. Kwalter
Tue Jul 11, 2006 9:36 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO History Subject Tournament
Replies: 27
Views: 13094

I think maybe we should look at a 5-5:30 PM start time with a break for food. Note: I must emphatically stress on Mr. Frankel's behalf that the tournament staff will not be providing food. The idea would be to take up a collection from tournament participants to get some pizza or something. Any time...
by Mr. Kwalter
Sat Jul 08, 2006 4:48 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Pronunciation
Replies: 67
Views: 29127

The packet should have all acceptable answers listed, especially if it's a work/person/whatever with a name whose origin is foreign. If it doesn't, then the packet writer/editor did a shoddy job. Yes, the moderators in those cases were wrong, but the packet should have vindicated your players in the...
by Mr. Kwalter
Mon Jul 03, 2006 2:13 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Recent Literature: General Thoughts/Who Makes the Cut?
Replies: 31
Views: 34486

For what it's worth, Dave, as someone interested in teaching HS, the insistence in many (especially public) high schools on sticking to strictly "canonical" works rather than things that have something to offer from an educational perspective regardless of their age pisses me off to no end. Nonethel...
by Mr. Kwalter
Mon Jul 03, 2006 11:53 am
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Recent Literature: General Thoughts/Who Makes the Cut?
Replies: 31
Views: 34486

Uh ... didn't the Yoda dude and Borglum both just say positive things about him? I must confess that I've only read about 15 pages of Amsterdam, so I don't know McEwan well. But I certainly have no objection to his ... canonicity? Canonicality? And the book seemed much better than its film adaption...
by Mr. Kwalter
Mon Jul 03, 2006 10:05 am
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Recent Literature: General Thoughts/Who Makes the Cut?
Replies: 31
Views: 34486

I don't see why topics of quizbowl questions have to "stand the test of time." Questions are not written for posterity. They are written for tournaments that occur once, usually within a couple months of writing. If something makes a large impact immediately, does it matter whether or not anyone ca...
by Mr. Kwalter
Sun Jul 02, 2006 11:31 am
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Recent Literature: General Thoughts/Who Makes the Cut?
Replies: 31
Views: 34486

Recent Literature: General Thoughts/Who Makes the Cut?

I am starting this thread as a continuation of the discussion that began in the retiring old questions thread of the HS theory area. What are your thoughts on where "recent literature" fits into the literature/general distribution, and who do you think qualifies as "literary" among the authors in qu...
by Mr. Kwalter
Sun Jul 02, 2006 11:28 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Retiring Some Questions?
Replies: 51
Views: 22644

I mostly agree with Eric, but, while I'm not as huge a fan of it as many of my friends, there's heaps and heaps of lit. crit on LOTR. While there are a lot of people who don't like it, there are some significant literary folk who think very highly of it (WH Auden, for example). I would think he's c...
by Mr. Kwalter
Sun Jul 02, 2006 11:00 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Retiring Some Questions?
Replies: 51
Views: 22644

As far as the canon is concerned, I think there is a place for current popular writers. I see no problem with a question on King, Crichton, Brown, Grafton, et al (except bonuses asking for names of Grafton works, which there should be a rule about). Of course, it would be a mistake to have two such...