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by Coldblueberry
Tue Nov 15, 2011 2:59 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Lit in Easy Sets
Replies: 6
Views: 2375

Re: Lit in Easy Sets

Were players complaining about the middle school part pf the lit or the high school part? There's not as much consensus among middle school english teachers (on which works are "good") as there is for high school teachers, right?
by Coldblueberry
Sat Nov 12, 2011 10:52 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: UCSD Triton Fall Tournament 11/12/11
Replies: 7
Views: 2630

Re: UCSD Triton Fall Tournament 11/12/11

Stats has me twice...hopefully this is a courtesy so people don't laugh at my 20 negs :(

Edit: http://hsquizbowl.org/db/tournaments/15 ... dividuals/
by Coldblueberry
Tue Oct 11, 2011 12:38 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2011 UCSD Triton Novice Tournament - Oct 8
Replies: 12
Views: 4083

Re: 2011 UCSD Triton Novice Tournament - Oct 8

Yay for all the new teams. How'd you get them to come? Agree with this. excellent teamwork and initiative on the parts of many staffers. A final note: The FNT set needs quite a bit of work before it's played elsewhere. There were still a good number of outright factual errors, lots of repeated subje...
by Coldblueberry
Mon Sep 26, 2011 11:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Southern California Date Claim 2011-2012
Replies: 45
Views: 8125

Re: Southern California Date Claim 2011-2012

Torrey Pines' tournament will be on February 25th.
by Coldblueberry
Thu Sep 15, 2011 11:24 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Torrey Pines Open Looking for PARTNER School and Mirrors
Replies: 16
Views: 2376

Re: Torrey Pines Open Looking for PARTNER School and Mirrors

That is bad. We won't be buying your set if you are consciously trying to write harder than HSAPQ and think that having easy bonuses is undesirable. Our tossups should be nearly the same difficulty - we have been aiming for a bit harder HSAPQ since we started this tournament last year. However, we ...
by Coldblueberry
Tue Sep 06, 2011 8:10 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: TWAIN XII at UCLA, October 2nd, 2011
Replies: 16
Views: 8531

Re: TWAIN XII at UCLA, October 1st, 2011

This doesn't apply to me, but I think pretty much all of our junior-year members are taking the SAT that day so they'd prefer a date change. Also, small copy-paste typo: it says 2010.
by Coldblueberry
Sun Aug 21, 2011 2:54 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT distribution change for 2011-12
Replies: 52
Views: 8815

Re: NAQT distribution change for 2011-12

If we're going to compare NAQT to bad quizbowl Whoaa. I'm pretty sure everyone loves NAQT, including me. Everything I've discussed : really minor changes. We should definitely thank NAQT for expanding good quizbowl. However, if there's a small change that would be beneficial for many teams, why not...
by Coldblueberry
Sat Aug 20, 2011 10:56 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT distribution change for 2011-12
Replies: 52
Views: 8815

Re: NAQT distribution change for 2011-12

Sorry for double post but it would be really messy if I lumped erything together. If you are actually saying what I think you're trying to say, then no, there is not some kind of community uproar about the amount of trash in NAQT. What you see is a bunch of dumb threads about trash on these boards, ...
by Coldblueberry
Sat Aug 20, 2011 10:46 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT distribution change for 2011-12
Replies: 52
Views: 8815

Re: NAQT distribution change for 2011-12

He's been invaluable to this community. I wasn't making an ad hominem attack in my post. You obviously have no idea at all just how far NAQT has come even in the last few years I obviously haven't but you're saying this like it's something I SHOULD have an idea of. I haven't been involved for more ...
by Coldblueberry
Thu Aug 18, 2011 2:38 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT distribution change for 2011-12
Replies: 52
Views: 8815

Re: NAQT distribution change for 2011-12

Not that I cited any dumb arguments, but whatever, everyone has their own opinion. The 0.7 and all those sub-extra distributions still bug me in an OCD way. Maybe that's what's pissing me off :)
by Coldblueberry
Thu Aug 18, 2011 11:40 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT distribution change for 2011-12
Replies: 52
Views: 8815

Re: NAQT distribution change for 2011-12

A quick glance shows me that ACF's first tournament was in 1999, while NAQT's was at least as early as 1996. Not that this really matters, but there are two "ACF" organizations that are related but different, and the earlier one has been running since about 1991. See this for more information. None...
by Coldblueberry
Thu Aug 18, 2011 8:38 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Torrey Pines Open Looking for PARTNER School and Mirrors
Replies: 16
Views: 2376

Re: Torrey Pines Open Looking for PARTNER School and Mirrors

No Electricity Required wrote:When do you anticipate this set being done/available for mirrors?
As of right now, January.
by Coldblueberry
Thu Aug 18, 2011 8:03 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Online Skype Practice League - Round 2
Replies: 61
Views: 13033

Re: Online Skype Practice League - Round 2

rxailagan wrote:How is this tournament set up? Is there teams or is it individual?

Teams

Original thread: viewtopic.php?f=1&t=11746&p=221024&hilit=skype#p221024
Maybe try searching next time.

User was banned until 8/21/2011 for violating rule 9 - Fred
by Coldblueberry
Thu Aug 18, 2011 8:02 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT distribution change for 2011-12
Replies: 52
Views: 8815

Re: NAQT distribution change for 2011-12

why the hate for World History and above average love for American History? It is a very consistent trend in our conversion data that American history is easier to answer and easier to write. I doubt that we could substantially increase the amount of world history in our packets without either a dr...
by Coldblueberry
Wed Aug 17, 2011 12:48 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT distribution change for 2011-12
Replies: 52
Views: 8815

Re: NAQT distribution change for 2011-12

Wait, is something going to actually be done about Trash and Current Events reductions? This sounds a lot more grumpy than I actually mean, but: How come NAQT doesn't seem like it considers the opinions/trends of every other question provider when it comes to distribution? Also, why the hate for Wor...
by Coldblueberry
Wed Aug 17, 2011 11:40 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Torrey Pines Open Looking for PARTNER School and Mirrors
Replies: 16
Views: 2376

Torrey Pines Open Looking for PARTNER School and Mirrors

Hi, Last year's tournament set is available for viewing on http://www.quizbowlpackets.com/ We're looking for a "partner school" with around 5-7 writers. The set is regular difficulty. Guidelines outlined here: http://www.hsquizbowl.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=10349 and here: http://hsquizbowl.org...
by Coldblueberry
Wed Aug 17, 2011 9:23 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Online Skype Practice League
Replies: 53
Views: 17639

Re: Online Skype Practice League

nationalhistorybeeandbowl wrote:Subs in this context mean if someone can't make a game, then whoever can't make it can find a sub for them. But the conditions for allowing this are limited.

Can you make a substitution sign up list? I might want to substitute into one game (if it's possible) to see how it goes.
by Coldblueberry
Mon Jul 25, 2011 9:12 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Making PowerMarks standard and mandatory
Replies: 54
Views: 7830

Re: Making PowerMarks standard and mandatory

The problem with powers is that they assume the powering team has significantly deeper knowledge than the other, when that isn't necessarily the case. For example, if the 2nd clue is the last power clue, and team A buzzes on clue 1, but team B got buzzer beat or knew the 2nd clue, there isn't much ...
by Coldblueberry
Sat Jul 23, 2011 4:47 pm
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: How did you start a team?
Replies: 6
Views: 3168

Re: How did you start a team?

http://www.naqt.com/practice-questions.jsp?ms=yes

2011 New Middle School Package 41 $69.00

It says 41.

Also, I assumed it didn't include Middle School Series 1.

So, 41+10+18 is 69.
by Coldblueberry
Fri Jul 22, 2011 4:33 pm
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: How did you start a team?
Replies: 6
Views: 3168

Re: How did you start a team?

I went there too...a club definitely didn't exist. Maybe you could help convince the administration to buy 69 packets for 97 dollars (if the "starter package" doesn't include the $20 set). Then with CMST I and II, and maybe some IS A sets and NAQT speedchecks, something could be worked out. EDIT: Oh...
by Coldblueberry
Fri Jul 22, 2011 4:21 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Subject Area: Literature
Replies: 24
Views: 10913

Re: Subject Area: Literature

Honestly, the easiest way to get better at literature is to, as Harry White pointed out, read packets. A bunch of 'em. The Mahfouz Memorial on the packet archive is probably a good place to see rounds that are all just literature. ...why would you recommend that set to someone who's just "starting ...
by Coldblueberry
Fri Jul 22, 2011 1:27 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Should finals packets be harder than the prelims?
Replies: 21
Views: 6347

Re: GSAC XIX at Maggie Walker (12/3/11) - Seeking Mirrors

I don't see much of a problem with increasing finals difficulty if its only the clues that are increasing in difficulty. I understand that the results of the finals could be skewed if the answer difficulty goes up significantly, but whats wrong with a difficult tossup on Hemingway or Neptune? Sorry...
by Coldblueberry
Fri Jul 22, 2011 12:54 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Making PowerMarks standard and mandatory
Replies: 54
Views: 7830

Re: Making PowerMarks standard and mandatory

To save time and power mark in less than 30 seconds: Instead of making it subjective, why not just set a universal clue number? This would lead to very uneven powermarks across and in categories, the effects of which are mentioned in another post in this thread. So would a "subjective" assessment u...
by Coldblueberry
Fri Jul 22, 2011 12:52 pm
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: How did you start a team?
Replies: 6
Views: 3168

How did you start a team?

Hi, I'm currently in high school. Our coach has expressed interest in starting a team in the feeder middle school. Additionally, my younger sister will be attending that school 2011-2012. The existing league in the area is a bad-question league without a middle school section. To start this team wit...
by Coldblueberry
Fri Jul 22, 2011 12:33 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Making PowerMarks standard and mandatory
Replies: 54
Views: 7830

Re: Making PowerMarks standard and mandatory

To save time and power mark in less than 30 seconds: Instead of making it subjective, why not just set a universal clue number? For example, "place a power mark before the 4th clue" From 2008 HSAPQ NSC 2 -One neurometabolic disorder resulting from a mutation in these structures is called Leigh's dis...
by Coldblueberry
Sat Apr 23, 2011 9:05 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Torrey Pines Quizbowl Database
Replies: 108
Views: 82881

Re: Torrey Pines Quizbowl Database

Yay Sharad.

Did someone mention the fact that the "All" box remains checked even when you select a specific option? It's just a small detail.
by Coldblueberry
Sun Mar 27, 2011 1:45 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: SoCal 2010-2011
Replies: 33
Views: 4741

Re: SoCal 2010-2011

Uclajerry, Yeah--depends on what we suggest to the to coach and/or which old NAQT sets our team has. Regarding VHSL-like: why not just use VHSL questions? We won't have to commission questions; they can give a discount the first season. Also, if you just wanted to introduce pyramidal into the region...
by Coldblueberry
Fri Mar 25, 2011 12:56 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: SoCal 2010-2011
Replies: 33
Views: 4741

Re: SoCal 2010-2011

Off topic:

"especially since it's rumored Academic League may lose support during the next round of budget cuts"

If this happens, would UCSD guys be interested in helping to set up some sort of HSAPQ-VHSL-like league?
That would super-awesome; probably the only good thing about the recession.
by Coldblueberry
Tue Nov 23, 2010 2:21 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Social Science CANON LIST
Replies: 18
Views: 4063

Re: Social Science CANON LIST

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by Coldblueberry
Sun Nov 21, 2010 10:34 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Social Science CANON LIST
Replies: 18
Views: 4063

Re: Social Science CANON LIST

how is it supposed to be played? Why can't I try and get better the way that I think is the most efficient?
by Coldblueberry
Sat Nov 20, 2010 3:47 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Social Science CANON LIST
Replies: 18
Views: 4063

Re: Social Science CANON LIST

Ugh, forgot to do an inb4 Culture Page.

I have no way of distinguishing what's for HS and what's for College.
I want difficulty like FallNovice >>>>> HFT and MUT/EFT Undergrad stuff.

Within canon!
by Coldblueberry
Sat Nov 20, 2010 3:18 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Social Science CANON LIST
Replies: 18
Views: 4063

Social Science CANON LIST

:( Not helpful, still have absolutely no desire to study SS. Thanks guys!
by Coldblueberry
Mon Jul 19, 2010 12:11 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Chemistry?
Replies: 4
Views: 2826

Chemistry?

On the NAQT distribution, I see Chemistry_Non_Element 2 19 / 17 0.7 / 0.7 Chemistry_Misc 1 10 / 8 0.4 / 0.3 Can anyone explain what these categories are and point me to a place with Chemistry Canon? Reading acf and Pace packets, I see a lot of "identify this molecule/compound" type of question with ...
by Coldblueberry
Thu Jun 24, 2010 2:00 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Improving at Literature
Replies: 24
Views: 7311

Re: Improving at Literature

Westwon there's only like 16??
by Coldblueberry
Tue Jun 22, 2010 11:53 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Improving at Literature
Replies: 24
Views: 7311

Re: Improving at Literature

Also, (i don't know what sets are, are they packets of questions from tournaments?) are there any purely literature sets of questions? (from a lit tournament?)
by Coldblueberry
Tue Jun 22, 2010 11:39 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Improving at Literature
Replies: 24
Views: 7311

Improving at Literature

Lists aren't the best way to study, right? ...then what should I do to study? All I do is read lists, memorize authors, and read books that are high frequency on the list. Where can I find questions with stock clues for literature? Also, reading the wiki synopsis for books....i just can't really rem...