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by bsmith
Sat Mar 23, 2013 7:22 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2013 ONQBA Provincial Championship (3/23/2013)
Replies: 23
Views: 5239

Re: 2013 ONQBA Provincial Championship (3/23/2013)

I'm back from Kingston. Lisgar A won, followed by Colonel By B and Colonel By A after resolving a logjam for second. Stats will be available in approximately one hour after I add the data for those extra games.
by bsmith
Tue Mar 19, 2013 7:28 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2013 ONQBA Provincial Championship (3/23/2013)
Replies: 23
Views: 5239

Re: 2013 ONQBA Provincial Championship (3/23/2013)

Hopefully all teams received the update email I sent yesterday. If not, the important news is that we will meet in room B201 of Mackintosh Corry hall for 9 AM. You may have luck with on-street parking around the campus, but check all signage to make sure you are rightly parked; if in doubt, there is...
by bsmith
Thu Mar 14, 2013 6:27 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2013 ONQBA Provincial Championship (3/23/2013)
Replies: 23
Views: 5239

Re: 2013 ONQBA Provincial Championship (3/23/2013)

Now the teacher action is pretty much over, perhaps more teams would be coming. The unfortunate reality is that, though some have returned, most teachers are not back to doing clubs and sports. The union's change in stance essentially meant that they would stop threatening teachers that tried to do...
by bsmith
Sat Mar 09, 2013 9:03 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2013 ONQBA Provincial Championship (3/23/2013)
Replies: 23
Views: 5239

Re: 2013 ONQBA Provincial Championship (3/23/2013)

http://www.hsquizbowl.org/db/tournaments/1346/ I created a database entry, but put in the wrong contact e-mail. I transferred the entry ownership to Ben, so you should probably update the e-mail. Thanks. A note to teams, though: despite the multiple ways that info about the tournament is available,...
by bsmith
Sat Mar 09, 2013 8:51 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2013 ONQBA Provincial Championship (3/23/2013)
Replies: 23
Views: 5239

Re: 2013 ONQBA Provincial Championship (3/23/2013)

Renfrew Collegiate Institute is also considering. Is there a deadline for submitting a team? If you can make basic confirmations by the Monday before the tournament, that would be appreciated. You'll get more communication, especially about sudden changes, if I have an email address from you, so co...
by bsmith
Tue Mar 05, 2013 2:17 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2013 ONQBA Provincial Championship (3/23/2013)
Replies: 23
Views: 5239

Re: 2013 ONQBA Provincial Championship (3/23/2013)

The top post has been edited to reflect a drop in admission prices. The new values are: $50 for the first team from a school $40 for the second team from a school $30 for each additional team from a school beyond the second $10 discount for working buzzer systems $10 discount for staff Minimum total...
by bsmith
Mon Feb 11, 2013 3:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2013 ONQBA Provincial Championship (3/23/2013)
Replies: 23
Views: 5239

Re: 2013 ONQBA Provincial Championship (3/23/2013)

Just an update that this tournament is still going ahead; we'll have at least 5 teams (from South London, Colonel By, and Lisgar). I've sent out an appeal to some more Catholic schools, so we'll see what comes of that. Because the labour dispute is forcing some students to play (and pay) without sup...
by bsmith
Sat Dec 15, 2012 8:40 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Region 2 (Canada) SCT 2013 @ McMaster University
Replies: 24
Views: 18457

Re: Region 2 (Canada) SCT 2013 @ McMaster University

Masked Canadian History Bandit wrote:Why was Buffalo sending out emails then? Or are there two Region 2 sites?
This probably should have been corrected during the application process, but Hamilton is actually in Region 7. ACUI is essentially nonexistent in Canada, so we don't really keep track of what school goes where.
by bsmith
Fri Dec 14, 2012 11:18 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Looking for Writers for Cdn Tournament
Replies: 9
Views: 3125

Re: Looking for Writers for Cdn Tournament

Ideally, two teams... play a best-of-5 match to win a yearly cup. I think 5 packets would be better served in a 6-team round-robin. Single games were enough for those Trans-Canada matches in old VETOs. Regardless, I'll have to pass on this. I'll be busy at the high school level during the teacher d...
by bsmith
Thu Nov 22, 2012 3:26 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Ontario 2012-13
Replies: 12
Views: 4185

Re: Ontario 2012-13

Contracts are complete or in the final stages in some Ontario boards now, including most of SW Ontario and Ottawa. Toronto is still holding out, though. Regular duties should resume once the contracts are ratified and approved by the government, though some clubs might be sluggish to get started aft...
by bsmith
Thu Nov 22, 2012 3:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2013 ONQBA Provincial Championship (3/23/2013)
Replies: 23
Views: 5239

Re: 2013 ONQBA Provincial Championship (3/23/2013)

A few school boards are getting contracts in place, so teachers should be back to regular duties in those cities soon. In light of that, I'll clarify the supervision requirements for this tournament: -if your team has a teacher or board-sanctioned volunteer with you, you're fine -if not, you need a ...
by bsmith
Sat Nov 17, 2012 8:52 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Ottawa Quizbowl Tournament VIII (11/17/2012)
Replies: 5
Views: 1418

Re: Ottawa Quizbowl Tournament VIII (11/17/2012)

The eighth Ottawa Quizbowl Tournament saw 10 teams from 4 local schools compete. After a full round robin, Lisgar B sat at 8-1 with Lisgar A and Colonel By A at 7-2. A "semifinal" for the right to face Lisgar B saw Lisgar A beat Colonel By A 285-220. In the advantaged final, Lisgar B won the first g...
by bsmith
Mon Nov 05, 2012 2:32 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Ottawa Quizbowl Tournament VIII (11/17/2012)
Replies: 5
Views: 1418

Re: Ottawa Quizbowl Tournament VIII (11/17/2012)

Field update:

Colonel By (3)
Earl of March (2)
Lisgar (2-4)
Nepean (1)

The tournament will be on the second floor of Brooks, with an initial meeting in room 202.
by bsmith
Mon Nov 05, 2012 8:49 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: QUARK Mirror Ottawa (Canada) Nov. 10/2012
Replies: 6
Views: 1822

Re: QUARK Mirror Ottawa (Canada) Nov. 10/2012

I'm bringing my buzzer set. I'm either playing with Ottawa or just reading, depending on how the field ends up.
by bsmith
Sun Oct 28, 2012 9:44 am
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: SQBS for Mac available soon
Replies: 32
Views: 15893

Re: SQBS for Mac available soon

When trying to merge prelims and playoffs, I get this error message . Any ideas? First, I assume the "index: 2" for Whitney Young is the error message not displaying "index: 23", rather than you putting that team in the third slot of one file for some reason. Also, I assume the team names and playe...
by bsmith
Sat Oct 27, 2012 1:12 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: SQBS for Mac available soon
Replies: 32
Views: 15893

Re: SQBS for Mac available soon

Heads-up to any other users: the column alignment problem Patrick mentioned in the original Penn-ance thread is in fact a symptom of a bigger bug where packet names are not saving properly. I'm seeing my dad (the programmer) tomorrow, so he may have insight into the bugs Sarah and Patrick found.
by bsmith
Sat Oct 27, 2012 11:44 am
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: SQBS for Mac available soon
Replies: 32
Views: 15893

Re: SQBS for Mac available soon

So, I'm getting an error when I try to create a web report. The command box is titled Style Sheet not found. and reads "style sheet name from Settings/Report: _statkey.html". Thoughts on how I can fix this? Are you trying to use a style sheet? I have no experience with them, and in fact I'm getting...
by bsmith
Wed Oct 24, 2012 7:56 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Ottawa Quizbowl Tournament VIII (11/17/2012)
Replies: 5
Views: 1418

Ottawa Quizbowl Tournament VIII (11/17/2012)

The 8th Ottawa Quizbowl Tournament will be held November 17th at the University of Ottawa. All high school teams are welcome, including those who may be "coachless" during the labour dispute. I, Ben Smith, will be a contact person for the tournament and possibly the tournament director. We will use ...
by bsmith
Sun Oct 21, 2012 8:55 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Penn-ance: Penn Mirror (10/20)
Replies: 19
Views: 7163

Re: Penn-ance: Penn Mirror (10/20)

The individual stat report looks a little strange. It's an issue of enabling round report, but not including packet names. The easiest fixes are to either disable round report or put in "names" of 1, 2, 3, etc. Unfortunately, the person who developed it isn't working on it anymore, but I hope it's ...
by bsmith
Mon Oct 15, 2012 7:39 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Ontario 2012-13
Replies: 12
Views: 4185

Re: Ontario 2012-13

The premier of Ontario has resigned and suspended the legislature, promising to produce "negotiated agreements" with the public sector unions. I'm sure the teachers union will have a response in the next few days, hopefully announcing an easing of their disruption.
by bsmith
Sun Oct 14, 2012 7:57 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2013 ONQBA Provincial Championship (3/23/2013)
Replies: 23
Views: 5239

Re: 2013 ONQBA Provincial Championship (3/23/2013)

What's the reason behind the fact each team must have a responsible adult (18+?)travelling to the event with them? I assume this is by school, not by team, so two teams from one school can have one parent supervisor, right? What if a team cannot find an adult to travel with them to the event? Super...
by bsmith
Fri Oct 12, 2012 4:03 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2013 ONQBA Provincial Championship (3/23/2013)
Replies: 23
Views: 5239

2013 ONQBA Provincial Championship (3/23/2013)

The Ontario Quizbowl Association, in collaboration with the team at Queen's, is pleased to host the 2013 ONQBA Provincial Championship. It will be held at Queen's University in Kingston on March 23, 2013. This tournament will be the premier high school quizbowl event in Ontario, serving as an opport...
by bsmith
Sun Oct 07, 2012 1:02 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Ontario 2012-13
Replies: 12
Views: 4185

Re: Ontario 2012-13

Queen's University will host the 2013 provincial championship on March 24. I'll have more details after the holiday weekend.

FYI, the other bids were from Ottawa and Waterloo.
by bsmith
Sat Sep 22, 2012 1:37 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Ontario 2012-13
Replies: 12
Views: 4185

Re: Ontario 2012-13

Because of conflicts of interest amongst the executive and the bidders to host ONQBA provincials, we need another person on the "selection committee". If you have a connection with the Ontario quizbowl community, are not part of a high school that may be competing, and have no affiliation with any b...
by bsmith
Fri Sep 14, 2012 8:16 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Ontario 2012-13
Replies: 12
Views: 4185

Ontario 2012-13

Welcome to the 2012-13 Ontario quizbowl season! Unfortunately, the biggest news in the province is labour disruption by public school teachers that began this week. It is still too early to see how it will manifest as the weeks progress, but it is possible that several schools will have extracurricu...
by bsmith
Thu Aug 09, 2012 7:29 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: KABO Mirror at University of Waterloo: August 18, 2012
Replies: 43
Views: 18388

Re: KABO Mirror at University of Waterloo: August 18, 2012

The on-campus food places are closed on weekends. Would someone be able to coordinate a pizza sale for lunch and/or dinner (especially if all the side events are going ahead)? I think there is only one "Ottawa" team now (check with Brendan). I will bring a buzzer set. As for the side events, I will ...
by bsmith
Thu Jul 05, 2012 1:48 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: KABO Mirror at University of Waterloo: August 18, 2012
Replies: 43
Views: 18388

Re: KABO Mirror at University of Waterloo: August 18, 2012

It is likely, but not confirmed, that I will attend as a player on some Ottawa team.

I also support the movies side event. I'm better at "older" movies, so if it is doubles, I'll want to partner up with someone who knows recent stuff (who may just end up being an Ottawa player).
by bsmith
Wed Jul 04, 2012 2:44 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: SQBS for Mac available soon
Replies: 32
Views: 15893

Re: SQBS for Mac available soon

The Mac version can be downloaded from the SQBS site ( http://ai.stanford.edu/~csewell/sqbs/index.html ) - it is the second link on the downloads page. I believe it is the newest version, which was also circulated to some people by email. If there are problems or other feedback, send them to me and ...
by bsmith
Mon Jun 18, 2012 6:53 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: KABO Mirror at University of Waterloo: August 18, 2012
Replies: 43
Views: 18388

Re: Gauging interest for a KABO mirror at Waterloo

If Ottawa ends up going, I will be their chauffeur and, presumably, their teammate.
by bsmith
Sat Mar 24, 2012 8:54 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2012 NAQT Ontario Provincial Tournament (3/24/2012)
Replies: 5
Views: 1812

Re: 2012 NAQT Ontario Provincial Tournament (3/24/2012)

The 2012 ONQBA provincial championship ended with undefeated Lisgar having a wide margin of 3 wins over the rest of the 12 team field, completing the three-peat at Ontario provincials. Woburn B and Westmount A tied at 8-3, and played a final to decide the second-place trophy, which was won by Woburn...
by bsmith
Thu Mar 22, 2012 10:31 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2012 NAQT Ontario Provincial Tournament (3/24/2012)
Replies: 5
Views: 1812

Re: 2012 NAQT Ontario Provincial Tournament (3/24/2012)

I really don't want 13 teams, so I'm going to say that the field of 12 teams is: Centennial (1) Lisgar (1) London South (1) Regiopolis Notre Dame (2) St. Joseph's (2) Thornhill (1) Westmount (2) Woburn (2?)* *if Woburn is uncertain, I have backup schedules for 10 or 11 teams. There also may be a sol...
by bsmith
Sun Mar 04, 2012 2:50 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2012 NAQT Ontario Provincial Tournament (3/24/2012)
Replies: 5
Views: 1812

Re: 2012 NAQT Ontario Provincial Tournament (3/24/2012)

Field update. Confirmed with me: Lisgar (1) London South (2) Regiopolis Notre Dame (2) Centennial (Guelph; 1-2) Interested/unconfirmed: Thornhill (1-2) Woburn (2) St. Joseph's (St. Thomas; 1) Registrations should be sent to me at president -AT- onqba.ca, indicating your school and the number of team...
by bsmith
Sun Feb 05, 2012 3:08 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: SQBS for Mac available soon
Replies: 32
Views: 15893

Re: SQBS for Mac available soon

(a) If you uncheck the box for using powers, it rechecks itself as soon as you go from the Tournament Setup to the Game Entry, Reports, or Settings screens. (b) If you type in the name of the French player in your tournament and include the accent in his name, he will be omitted from all of the rep...
by bsmith
Sun Feb 05, 2012 12:11 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: SQBS for Mac available soon
Replies: 32
Views: 15893

Re: SQBS for Mac available soon

Donald sent me his version of this a couple of weeks ago. The interface is wonderful and it looks great, and a huge thanks to Ben for working on this. Unfortunately, my version doesn't save correctly, so when it unexpectedly quits (which is every time I attempt to enter a game ID number), I lose al...
by bsmith
Fri Feb 03, 2012 1:38 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: SQBS for Mac available soon
Replies: 32
Views: 15893

Re: SQBS for Mac available soon

The program should be able to run a "normal" tournament (tossups and bonuses) without issues. The user interface is a little different than the Windows version, but hopefully the tabbed format is more compact than the multiple-window style. By default, it saves tournaments with an extension (.qzx), ...
by bsmith
Tue Jan 10, 2012 5:37 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: SQBS for Mac available soon
Replies: 32
Views: 15893

Re: SQBS for Mac available soon

Ditto! Do you have a more precise estimate for when the program will be available? I hope to use it when I do stats for a small tournament on Feb 11. If no issues arise after that, it will be made available for general use. This is not a guarantee, though. Separately, SQBS will be able to run on al...
by bsmith
Fri Jan 06, 2012 11:33 am
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: SQBS for Mac available soon
Replies: 32
Views: 15893

SQBS for Mac available soon

SQBS, with the blessing of Chris Sewell, is currently being developed for Mac OS X. My father has been doing the Windows-to-Mac code conversion and I have been testing the "alpha" (if you can call it that) of the program. Currently, its purpose is to produce the data file and web pages; it won't hav...
by bsmith
Sat Dec 17, 2011 9:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ONQBA 2011-2012
Replies: 40
Views: 8019

Re: ONQBA 2011-2012

Thanks to all the teams and hosts that participated in a relatively busy autumn in Ontario! We had six tournaments in four cities, featuring 50 teams from 18 different schools. With the results of the last tournament of the season (Lisgar over Woburn at Lisgar today), the autumn wrap-up issue of the...
by bsmith
Thu Dec 08, 2011 10:55 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2012 NAQT Ontario Provincial Tournament (3/24/2012)
Replies: 5
Views: 1812

2012 NAQT Ontario Provincial Tournament (3/24/2012)

The Ontario Quizbowl Association, in collaboration with the team at Guelph, is pleased to host the 2012 NAQT Ontario Provincial Tournament. It will be held at the University of Guelph on March 24, 2012. This tournament will be the premier high school quizbowl event in Ontario, serving as an opportun...
by bsmith
Thu Dec 01, 2011 4:38 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Ridley College tournament (11/30) results
Replies: 1
Views: 454

Re: Ridley College tournament (11/30) results

Sir Winston Churchill B went 7-0 and won outright. Sir Winston Churchill A was second at 5-2. I think Beamsville was third at 4-3, but I'll have to check once stats are up. Brendan will hopefully have stats posted sometime tomorrow. The stats are up . A.N. Myer and Beamsville were actually tied for...
by bsmith
Wed Nov 30, 2011 10:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Ridley College tournament (11/30) results
Replies: 1
Views: 454

Ridley College tournament (11/30) results

Ridley College hosted a quizbowl tournament for St. Catharines teams with the assistance of Brendan McKendy and myself from the ONQBA. This was the first quizbowl event in the area, and featured most of the schools from the local Reach league. IS #110A was used in an 8-team round-robin. Sir Winston ...
by bsmith
Mon Nov 28, 2011 8:12 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Ottawa Quizbowl Tournament VII (11/26/2011)
Replies: 11
Views: 3391

Re: Ottawa Quizbowl Tournament VII (11/26/2011)

I appreciate the work people did to fill in for my absence. I hope the participants had a good time.
by bsmith
Fri Nov 18, 2011 10:34 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alberta Quizbowl Tournament [11/26/11]
Replies: 5
Views: 1940

Re: Alberta Quizbowl Tournament [11/26/11]

This is an insanely good showing for a market that has never seen quizbowl before. Hope all these teams stick around. To be fair, even though Alberta hasn't had "quizbowl", it is probably the deepest Reach province outside of Ontario. Alberta has 150-200 teams spread across three age divisions that...
by bsmith
Thu Nov 17, 2011 9:50 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Ottawa Quizbowl Tournament VII (11/26/2011)
Replies: 11
Views: 3391

Re: Ottawa Quizbowl Tournament VII (11/26/2011)

The field now has 1 Merivale, 2 Colonel By, and 4 Lisgar teams, so the tournament is going ahead as planned. If it remains at 7 teams, we will have a full round-robin followed by 4/3 brackets (10 rounds plus any necessary finals). The tournament will begin at 9 AM on the second floor of Brooks. We d...
by bsmith
Thu Nov 10, 2011 2:42 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Kingston-area quizbowl tournament (2/11/2012)
Replies: 7
Views: 2274

Kingston-area quizbowl tournament (2/11/2012)

There will be a quizbowl tournament at Queen's University on February 11, 2012. It will use an NAQT "A" set and it is open to all high school teams (though they are targeting new-to-quizbowl schools in the area). I don't know if anyone from Queen's uses this board, but Britney Castleman ( secretary ...
by bsmith
Tue Nov 08, 2011 10:26 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Ottawa Quizbowl Tournament VII (11/26/2011)
Replies: 11
Views: 3391

Re: Ottawa Quizbowl Tournament VII (11/26/2011)

There are no teams signed up for this. I need at least 4 teams registered by November 15, or this tournament will be canceled. Sorry about Ottawa's AWOL executive, but I don't think there were ever instructions for registrations to go to them. They should be sent to me at the email address in the fi...
by bsmith
Thu Nov 03, 2011 4:11 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ONQBA 2011-2012
Replies: 40
Views: 8019

Re: ONQBA 2011-2012

Ridley College wants to host a tournament for teams in the St. Catharines area (the coach is the Niagara Reach coordinator, so some teams are on board). It is scheduled for November 30, which is a Wednesday; I haven't got a reply to see if that date is set in stone, but it may have to do with room ...
by bsmith
Sat Oct 22, 2011 5:20 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Lisgar Collegiate Institute's Fall Novice Mirror
Replies: 2
Views: 996

Re: Lisgar Collegiate Institute's Fall Novice Mirror

The tournament had a Lisgar/Lisgar final, a 3rd-place Earl of March team that had the best stats on paper, a Glebe team and 7 Colonel By teams.
by bsmith
Tue Oct 18, 2011 3:50 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ONQBA 2011-2012
Replies: 40
Views: 8019

Re: ONQBA 2011-2012

Ridley College wants to host a tournament for teams in the St. Catharines area (the coach is the Niagara Reach coordinator, so some teams are on board). It is scheduled for November 30, which is a Wednesday; I haven't got a reply to see if that date is set in stone, but it may have to do with room r...