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by iarehavethestupid
Tue Mar 05, 2019 1:27 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Books "for Quizbowl"
Replies: 217
Views: 130030

Re: Books "for Quizbowl"

Wanted to bump this thread to make two recs for Eastern European history: God's Playground, Volume 1 by Norman Davies. . This is a history of Poland from its beginning to the partitions in 1792. It's famous outside of quizbowl and the author is super famous. I have actually not read it, but one of ...
by iarehavethestupid
Mon Feb 25, 2019 1:48 pm
Forum: Middle School Quizbowl Announcements & Discussion
Topic: Stronger teams
Replies: 8
Views: 790

Re: Stronger teams

Hi Ethan, Thank you for your reply and for the work you and others have done to help develop this MS ranking. No problem. Me and some other MSers were inspired by the HS Groger Ranks and thought we'd give it a crack. We like to be able to post HS statistics as well, so if you have any stats with a ...
by iarehavethestupid
Mon Feb 25, 2019 1:22 pm
Forum: South Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Alabama 2018-2019
Replies: 84
Views: 13272

Re: Alabama 2018-2019

Joshua Rutsky wrote:
Sun Feb 24, 2019 9:02 am
Congratulations to the winners from yesterday’s state events:

Middle School champions Liberty Middle School
:grin:

At districts, the tournament director mentioned that ASCA was considering bringing 3-part bonuses to the MS division. Has there been any progress on the topic?
by iarehavethestupid
Mon Feb 25, 2019 1:18 pm
Forum: Middle School Quizbowl Announcements & Discussion
Topic: Stronger teams
Replies: 8
Views: 790

Re: Stronger teams

Mr. Price beat me to it, but yes, the ranking he posted (which I am a part of) may be of some use to you. Our second edition will probably be coming sometime in early March, so stay tuned for that.

More info can be found here: http://hsquizbowl.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=46&t=22252
by iarehavethestupid
Fri Feb 08, 2019 1:49 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Upper/Competitive Divisions
Replies: 6
Views: 1830

Re: Upper/Competitive Divisions

Although I've never played in a tourney with Upper and Lower divisions, I'll throw in my two cents. Honestly, it probably comes down to if you believe your team will actually get anything out of it. Playing against stronger teams can offer valuable experience as Geoffrey said, but losing every singl...
by iarehavethestupid
Tue Feb 05, 2019 4:57 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Want to go to Qwiz Camp for FREE this summer?
Replies: 4
Views: 1571

Re: Want to go to Qwiz Camp for FREE this summer?

Heads up, I think the link busted.

Edit: Problem Fixed
by iarehavethestupid
Tue Jan 22, 2019 1:25 pm
Forum: South Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Alabama 2018-2019
Replies: 84
Views: 13272

Re: Alabama 2018-2019

Congratulations to Liberty Middle School, who defeated Discovery Middle School in the Hoover MS Melee this past Saturday. Liberty averaged over 600 points per game in this tournament, and won handily in each match, even against other strong teams. They are a very strong team that ought to be planni...
by iarehavethestupid
Tue Jan 15, 2019 1:07 pm
Forum: South Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Alabama 2018-2019
Replies: 84
Views: 13272

Re: Alabama 2018-2019

LlamaDoomRider wrote:
Mon Jan 14, 2019 10:45 pm
Any clue when ASCA JV district stats will be in?
The Hanceville site already has stats in, so the rest will probably follow in the next day or so.
by iarehavethestupid
Thu Nov 29, 2018 2:27 pm
Forum: South Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Alabama 2018-2019
Replies: 84
Views: 13272

Re: Alabama 2018-2019

With the dearth of attention MS receives,I supposed there's not much point in asking, but, asking a MS who's participating in the tourney and wanting to hear other peoples opinions about us, if anybody has speculation about the MSM, feel free to share.
by iarehavethestupid
Tue Nov 20, 2018 1:28 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Staying Alert/Focused after Lunch
Replies: 11
Views: 2850

Re: Staying Alert/Focused after Lunch

Would skipping lunch be a good idea? Rounds at most of the tournaments I've gone to start around 9, so I'm usually not very hungry around the lunch break.
by iarehavethestupid
Sat Nov 17, 2018 9:25 pm
Forum: South Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Alabama 2018-2019
Replies: 84
Views: 13272

Re: Alabama 2018-2019

Regarding the Decatur tourney today (assuming anybody cares), I wouldn't really care about Baldwin's lose to Discovery. It was a 50 points margin, and by chance, Discovery had a good category (I believe it was bands) for the worksheet. If they had played with a letter based worksheet, things might h...
by iarehavethestupid
Fri Nov 16, 2018 11:03 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Qwiz Camps - Summer 2019
Replies: 2
Views: 2038

Re: Qwiz Camps - Summer 2019

Could you list some differences/distinguishing factors about this camp from ACE camp?
by iarehavethestupid
Tue Nov 13, 2018 10:30 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Books "for Quizbowl"
Replies: 217
Views: 130030

Re: Books "for Quizbowl"

Can somebody give me a recommendation for something that covers specifically European History? (And not just Britain)
by iarehavethestupid
Tue Nov 13, 2018 4:53 pm
Forum: South Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Alabama 2018-2019
Replies: 84
Views: 13272

Re: Alabama 2018-2019

minnfinn wrote:
Tue Nov 13, 2018 2:55 pm
Can we get a field update for the Sylacauga Tournament?
I haven't seen anybody on this site with Sylacagua in their signature, might not be the best place to ask.

Edit: Nvm
by iarehavethestupid
Tue Nov 13, 2018 2:12 pm
Forum: South Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Alabama 2018-2019
Replies: 84
Views: 13272

Re: Alabama 2018-2019

Making a MS ranking before a single tournament happened was a bad idea.

I will change it to "Pre-Season Predictions".

Edit 1: I'll just adjust it after this Saturday if enough teams come.
by iarehavethestupid
Sun Nov 11, 2018 4:50 pm
Forum: South Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Alabama 2018-2019
Replies: 84
Views: 13272

Re: Alabama 2018-2019

Yesterday was wild, although I do agree Atlamont is a very strong team and that Kuleen is an extremely good player, I’m not sure about ranking them #1 (Even if the ranking “means nothing”, just my opinion), since we beat them by a rather significant margin in the prelims. Oak Mountain and LAMP are d...
by iarehavethestupid
Fri Nov 09, 2018 8:28 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Books "for Quizbowl"
Replies: 217
Views: 130030

Re: Books "for Quizbowl"

Asking for a teammate, would Campbell’s textbook be a bit much for a 7th grader to take in? He has a decent understanding of physics and chem, it’s just his bio that’s weak.If it makes a difference, he already has it at his house (sibling)
by iarehavethestupid
Thu Nov 08, 2018 9:57 pm
Forum: South Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Alabama 2018-2019
Replies: 84
Views: 13272

Re: Alabama 2018-2019

Pre-Season Prediction I suppose to satisfy my personal desires, I'll rank MS to the best of my knowledge: 1. Liberty (Cue the boos) Am I biased? Yes, but after just barely losing to Discovery last year, Liberty comes back fully loaded. Despite losing 4 state players, both me and Yuti, who has done ...
by iarehavethestupid
Thu Nov 08, 2018 10:20 am
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: 14th Hoover Invitational Tournament (Hoover, AL) 11/10/2018
Replies: 9
Views: 2779

Re: 14th Hoover Invitational Tournament (Hoover, AL) 11/10/2018

Field Update: Altamont 1/2 Indian Springs 2/2 Oxford 0/1 Whitesburg Christian 1/0 Oak Mountain 1/2 Vestavia Hills 1/1 Spain Park 1/1 St. Bernard 1/0 American Christian Academy 1/1 Mountain Brook 2/0 Smiths Station 1/1 Grissom 1/0 Sylacauga 1/1 Woodford, KY 3/2 Evangel Classical 0/1 LAMP 1/0 Helena ...
by iarehavethestupid
Mon Nov 05, 2018 8:27 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Player tossup etiquette
Replies: 23
Views: 6518

Re: Player tossup etiquette

Just curious, how would you buzzer fake? I have definitely met players (in Certamen, not quizbowl) who automatically buzz when they hear someone else buzz. Unlike quizbowl buzzers, Certamen machines recognize the first buzz on each team (so up to 3 basically simultaneous buzzes for 3 teams), and it...
by iarehavethestupid
Mon Oct 15, 2018 10:30 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Announcing QuizDB: "Knowledge is Power"
Replies: 96
Views: 37337

Re: Announcing QuizDB: "Knowledge is Power"

UlyssesInvictus wrote:
Mon Oct 15, 2018 10:08 pm
A Very Long Math Tossup wrote:
Mon Oct 15, 2018 9:55 pm
QuizDB is down right now.
It's working for me as of 10:08 PM. Could you describe the issue you experienced?
Can confirm it is working, using Chrome.
by iarehavethestupid
Mon Oct 15, 2018 9:46 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Mixing Up Teams
Replies: 2
Views: 2202

Mixing Up Teams

So, my school is hosting a "fun" tournament(No online standings, no awards, etc, just something to transition teams into the season), and being a fun tournament, we have two options. We can play A,B,C etc teams in terms of strength, or we can mix it up, with one seasoned player per team to serve as ...
by iarehavethestupid
Sat Oct 13, 2018 6:59 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: Johns Hopkins Fall Quizbowl Tournament (NAQT-177X) - 10/13/18
Replies: 10
Views: 3041

Re: Johns Hopkins Fall Quizbowl Tournament (NAQT-177X) - 10/13/18

Congratulations to Richard Montgomery A for winning a disadvantaged final against Richard Montgomery A! Thank you to all the teams for coming and we hope to see you again! So there were two A teams? Correct me if I'm wrong, I'm just looking through the forum, don't know anything about the actual to...
by iarehavethestupid
Thu Oct 11, 2018 8:30 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Keeping Motivation
Replies: 5
Views: 2193

Re: Keeping Motivation

Do you have a studying routine? I always force myself to go through my quizlet cards as a routine, even when I have no motivation. Then, when I get sudden bursts of motivation, I do a bunch of extra studying, too. I force myself to quizlet music everyday, and I'm reading The History of Western Soci...
by iarehavethestupid
Thu Oct 11, 2018 12:37 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: WPHS Invitational Cullman, AL 12/8/18 - IS180A
Replies: 5
Views: 1242

Re: WPHS Invitational Cullman, AL 12/8/18 - IS180A

Will middle school be allowed to play JV?
by iarehavethestupid
Thu Oct 11, 2018 12:32 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Keeping Motivation
Replies: 5
Views: 2193

Re: Keeping Motivation

I updated my OP to make it a bit clearer
by iarehavethestupid
Thu Oct 11, 2018 11:44 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Keeping Motivation
Replies: 5
Views: 2193

Keeping Motivation

So, as you can probably tell by the title, I have a problem. I currently have nearly no motivation to study or improve. Our team is pretty well established, with no major holes in knowledge coverage. Due to schedule conflicts, I won't be able to play any tourneys until November, while by then, my ot...
by iarehavethestupid
Mon Oct 08, 2018 2:18 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: The State of Good Quizbowl, State-by-State, 2017 Edition
Replies: 25
Views: 12388

Re: The State of Good Quizbowl, State-by-State, 2017 Edition

Oof, Alabama slipping up. I have had no clue we still had consistent NAC schools. I known Atlamont and Gadsden went to NAC, but both of those teams are some of our strongest HS teams. MS seems to be going strong in the north and Montgomery(Specifically Baldwin), although South Alabama is a bit of an...
by iarehavethestupid
Sun Oct 07, 2018 8:53 pm
Forum: South Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Alabama 2018-2019
Replies: 84
Views: 13272

Re: Alabama 2018-2019

Ethan, I think it is also important for you to note that there is a difference between an ASCA event and an invitational. Invitational tournaments that use worksheets write them on their own or contract with someone; ASCA only writes the worksheets for the ASCA district and state tournaments. I bel...
by iarehavethestupid
Sat Oct 06, 2018 12:04 pm
Forum: South Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Alabama 2018-2019
Replies: 84
Views: 13272

Re: Alabama 2018-2019

Short answer: Worksheets are the remnants of the old format ASCA used years ago. We voted to eliminate them from the JV/HS level last year, but left them in place in Middle at the request of a plurality of polled coaches. Although they are not good quizbowl as defined within the context of the quiz...
by iarehavethestupid
Thu Oct 04, 2018 5:00 pm
Forum: South Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Alabama 2018-2019
Replies: 84
Views: 13272

Re: Alabama 2018-2019

alexdz wrote:
Thu Oct 04, 2018 4:41 pm
I don't tend to use "starts with this letter" questions unless absolutely necessary, so that shouldn't be an issue.
I was referring to worksheets, which typically follow a letter theme. Everything else sounds good though!
by iarehavethestupid
Thu Oct 04, 2018 3:28 pm
Forum: South Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Alabama 2018-2019
Replies: 84
Views: 13272

Re: Alabama 2018-2019

I am currently working on a project for a MS league in Alabama, and I hope that my worksheets will be well-received. The first event is either this week or next, I believe, and the league runs through November. There may be a handful of vocabulary/definition questions in there, but they are overwhe...
by iarehavethestupid
Thu Oct 04, 2018 2:50 pm
Forum: South Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Alabama 2018-2019
Replies: 84
Views: 13272

Re: Alabama 2018-2019

Short answer: Worksheets are the remnants of the old format ASCA used years ago. We voted to eliminate them from the JV/HS level last year, but left them in place in Middle at the request of a plurality of polled coaches. Although they are not good quizbowl as defined within the context of the quiz...
by iarehavethestupid
Thu Oct 04, 2018 12:34 pm
Forum: South Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Alabama 2018-2019
Replies: 84
Views: 13272

Re: Alabama 2018-2019

I was wondering the other day, is there any reason why MS ASCA still has worksheets? I don't really see a point in having them, especially since they (In my opinion) seem to place emphasis on knowing the definition of words rather than testing quizbowl related knowledge. I remember at the Russellvil...
by iarehavethestupid
Wed Oct 03, 2018 10:39 am
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: List of Essential Resources (alpha)
Replies: 19
Views: 21021

Re: List of Essential Resources (alpha)

kriTHIK wrote:
Tue Oct 02, 2018 5:05 pm
I compiled a Google Drive folder with most of the ACE Study Guides here:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1WSFzq ... Sn_W9fHRM

It has everything except Organic Functional Groups, British Prime Ministers, and Jewish Holidays I believe.
:grin: :grin: :grin: :grin: :grin:
by iarehavethestupid
Tue Sep 25, 2018 2:09 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: How Much Do You Study?
Replies: 8
Views: 5197

Re: How Much Do You Study?

Geez, I must be no-lifeing, but maybe it's because I'm still in middle school.

I study around 2-3 hours a day, one hour for quizbowl class, 40ish minutes on my bus ride to and from school, and around an hour at home, mostly using Quizlet Plus.
by iarehavethestupid
Mon Sep 24, 2018 12:19 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Player tossup etiquette
Replies: 23
Views: 6518

Re: Player tossup etiquette

On a similar topic, is bonus stalling allowed? As in, waiting to answer the bonus until asked by the moderator to prevent a comeback from the other team. I would only recommend for close matches, when there's less than a 200 point margin. I personally find it rude/insulting if your trying to stall ...
by iarehavethestupid
Sun Sep 09, 2018 5:32 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: The State of Good Quizbowl, State-by-State
Replies: 61
Views: 38074

Re: The State of Good Quizbowl, State-by-State

I'm glad to see Alabama given such a high rating. I agree with nearly all of it. As you go further down, it gets harder to find to find schools participating. South of Birmingham and Montgomery, I can't think of any schools who participate, except for Baldwin. For middle school, there was basically...
by iarehavethestupid
Sun Sep 09, 2018 1:34 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: The State of Good Quizbowl, State-by-State
Replies: 61
Views: 38074

Re: The State of Good Quizbowl, State-by-State

I'm glad to see Alabama given such a high rating. I agree with nearly all of it. As you go further down, it gets harder to find to find schools participating. South of Birmingham and Montgomery, I can't think of any schools who participate, except for Baldwin. For middle school, there was basically...
by iarehavethestupid
Tue Sep 04, 2018 10:28 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: The State of Good Quizbowl, State-by-State
Replies: 61
Views: 38074

Re: The State of Good Quizbowl, State-by-State

I'm glad to see Alabama given such a high rating. I agree with nearly all of it. As you go further down, it gets harder to find to find schools participating. South of Birmingham and Montgomery, I can't think of any schools who participate, except for Baldwin. For middle school, there was basically ...
by iarehavethestupid
Wed Aug 22, 2018 7:26 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Expa
Replies: 10
Views: 3931

Re: Expa

As a your teammate, I will say this:

Frankly, if you're going to expand, you can't get annoyed that other people might.
by iarehavethestupid
Mon Aug 20, 2018 8:54 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Expa
Replies: 10
Views: 3931

Re: Expa

It seems OP has been removed and Yuti's account has been deleted.

Anybody know what to do? Mods? Did something happen?
by iarehavethestupid
Fri Aug 17, 2018 10:12 pm
Forum: South Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Alabama 2018-2019
Replies: 84
Views: 13272

Re: Alabama 2018-2019

Just a heads up,(correct me if I'm wrong) most likely either Liberty or Arab will host a MS "fun" tournament sometime in the fall. That's all the information I have. Also, I hate to post this again, but is anybody interested in making a middle school raking(I saw what Mr. Rutsky posted, so not neces...
by iarehavethestupid
Sat Aug 04, 2018 12:29 am
Forum: South Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Alabama 2017-2018
Replies: 38
Views: 13196

Re: Alabama 2017-2018

Since there has been a high school one, is anybody interested in doing a middle school ranking?

Or perhaps staring a new thread?(Alabama 2018-2019)
by iarehavethestupid
Sat Aug 04, 2018 12:22 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: How to Maximize Studying Output?
Replies: 1
Views: 1811

How to Maximize Studying Output?

At my school, I'm lucky enough to have quiz bowl as a daily class as opposed to an after school club. That means I get and hour and 15 minutes everyday to practice. However, I feel like this year, I should try practicing a bit differently. Last year, I typically went in and just answered tossups. So...
by iarehavethestupid
Sun Jul 29, 2018 9:39 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Your Worst Moment In Quizbowl
Replies: 16
Views: 7896

Re: Your Worst Moment In Quizbowl

I accidentally said "total-la-ri-an-ism" instead of "to-ta-la-tar-rian-ism" while giving the answer to a bonus, which I quickly corrected myself on before the reader acknowledged me(which was allowed that tournament). They initially accepted it, but the other team protested because earlier, their ca...