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by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Mon Jul 04, 2016 4:04 am
Forum: Middle School Quizbowl Announcements & Discussion
Topic: HIGS Invitational
Replies: 17
Views: 8125

Re: HIGS Invitational

Whereas I'd keep the 1/1 math and slice off the 0.5 social science/philosophy, which usually doesn't go terribly well at middle school level. (Not that interesting social sciences clues can't find their way into geographical or historical questions.)
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Sat Jun 11, 2016 6:36 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB for Middle and Elementary Levels (Chicago, IL 6/9-6/12)
Replies: 86
Views: 33797

Re: NHBB for Middle and Elementary Levels (Chicago, IL 6/9-6

seemingly at random I thought this was standard NHBB fare (which happened at some 7-9 team fields at some local tournaments), due to a restriction on the number of packets and the fact you got to get through a bowl and a bee all in one day; however this shouldn't also be happening at nationals. It ...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Sat Jun 11, 2016 12:48 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Introducing new moderators to the game
Replies: 14
Views: 7191

Re: Introducing new moderators to the game

To clarify, though I had thought this was stating the obvious, Rotary Clubs, historical societies, and the like are not going to be a magical source of experienced and/or good moderators at the outset, though there are more people than many would think who can basically understand the basics of at ...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Fri Jun 10, 2016 3:37 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB for Middle and Elementary Levels (Chicago, IL 6/9-6/12)
Replies: 86
Views: 33797

Re: NHBB for Middle and Elementary Levels (Chicago, IL 6/9-6

VHSL Scholastic Bowl requires that a school have 4 players to start a match, otherwise they must forfeit. This has been widely regarded as a bad move, and the same is true of this rule—there's no reason to bar a team from competing because they don't have four players! Especially after they've show...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Mon Jun 06, 2016 2:03 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2016 PACE NSC: June 4-5, Chicago
Replies: 78
Views: 42437

Re: 2016 PACE NSC: June 4-5, Chicago

Just wanted to quickly thank PACE for a great tournament experience. I really enjoyed the question set and think it did an incredible job of balancing the high and low ends. As the coach of a team that finished one part shy of 10 PPB for the weekend, I never felt like a bonus refused to offer an eas...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Mon May 23, 2016 9:39 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ATROPHY VII @ NIU (04/16/16)
Replies: 7
Views: 4154

Re: ATROPHY VII @ NIU (04/16/16)

Oops! Never came back to update this post. Full stats are up at this link ; if you'd like prelim/playoff splits, http://www.ihssbca.org/tournaments/tournaments1516/ has the links there. Stevenson defeated Barrington in the first game of their advantaged final; WWS finished in 3rd, Auburn 4, IMSA 5, ...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Mon May 02, 2016 2:37 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2016 NHBB Nats: Factual Errors
Replies: 9
Views: 917

Re: Factual Errors

Aethelred's underlining was definitely wrong; it, Queen Anne's War, and Paul Jennings' complicated freedom story slipped past me. (Aethelred's been underlined correctly in whichever of C, B, and A sets asked for him; I don't know how it got past me this time. Thanks to the moderators who weren't sty...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Sat Apr 30, 2016 6:00 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Call for Writers: IHO side events
Replies: 1
Views: 1808

Re: Call for Writers: IHO side events

I've heard from (and replied to) a good number of people, but would still like more! I'd like to finalize teams/editors by Monday (though the first editing deadlines are flexible and wouldn't kick in until late May -- don't worry if you don't want to start working until after finals!), so please let...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Thu Apr 28, 2016 11:59 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Call for Writers: IHO side events
Replies: 1
Views: 1808

Call for Writers: IHO side events

Hello! The International History Olympiad includes a number of small subject-oriented side events throughout the week, in addition to the more familiar Bee and Bowl competitions. These side events are in the range of 120-140 tossups and are styled as Bees (so no lightning rounds, related bonus quest...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Mon Apr 25, 2016 4:16 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Discuss 2016 NHBB Nationals Here
Replies: 88
Views: 33819

Re: Discuss 2016 NHBB Nationals Here

I'll have more to post in responses as I get settled at home, but a few quick notes: *Please do not post specific question content here, as some of these questions may be used in IHBB Championship sets in Canada, Europe, and Asia. (The bulk of those sets derives from NHBB A-set, but NHBB Nats are us...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Sat Apr 16, 2016 4:27 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ATROPHY VII @ NIU (04/16/16)
Replies: 7
Views: 4154

Re: ATROPHY VII @ NIU (04/16/16)

Brief results post -- we used 2 cross-pools of 7 teams (each team played the teams in the other pool). While we had all manner of contingency scenarios outlined, the end result of the prelims is that we have a top 4 pool of Stevenson (2-0), Auburn (0-2), Barrington (1-1), and Wheaton Warrenville Sou...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Thu Mar 31, 2016 12:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ATROPHY VII @ NIU (04/16/16)
Replies: 7
Views: 4154

Re: ATROPHY VII @ NIU (04/16/16)

At the moment, we've got 18 interested teams, 4 of which are B-teams that get in the field tomorrow. Now's your last chance to guarantee a spot!
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Mon Mar 14, 2016 1:19 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA 2016
Replies: 36
Views: 10578

Re: IHSA 2016

I'm looking forward to Noah's analysis on the scores over time, but I already expect I know the answer -- much, much better scores at the Regionals level, and better scores at the Sectionals level. Not having computational math tossups means there are 3 more tossup cycles that you can reasonably exp...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Sun Mar 13, 2016 1:32 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA 2016
Replies: 36
Views: 10578

Re: IHSA 2016

With 3 more rounds in the books, it's abundantly clear what we've got -- *competent literature (though I'm feeling like the leadins on the easier tossups are a bit too easy -- only one was buzzed by Keith, but I felt like there were going to be first clue buzzer races on a lot of them) *competent ma...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Wed Mar 09, 2016 1:58 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA 2016
Replies: 36
Views: 10578

Re: IHSA 2016

There was some confusion over this when we played, but did the Markov chains bonus really just have "matrix" as one of its parts? Harrison said transition matrix given what the bonus part stated, but it was ultimately decided that "matrix" was the only acceptable answer. That sounds like a moderato...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Wed Mar 09, 2016 9:17 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA 2016
Replies: 36
Views: 10578

Re: IHSA 2016

Hahaha -- fantastic. :) Shows how much I care about Egyptian myth. Both of those cases are good examples of "that clue is way easier than a leadin you've seen at any regular tournament." Those clues are probably too easy even for Regionals leadins, and if the Sectionals tossups aren't noticeably bet...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Tue Mar 08, 2016 9:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA 2016
Replies: 36
Views: 10578

Re: IHSA 2016

I haven't found all the misdirected anger I was expecting, but I got enough to make a post. The joke about "This Romanian sculptor" is that it is found in the definitional giveaway for Brancusi -- that is, every reasonable high school level Brancusi tossup should end "FTP, name this Romanian sculpto...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Tue Mar 08, 2016 1:13 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: NHBB Sports & Entertainment Bee (writers found, thank you!)
Replies: 1
Views: 1574

Re: Looking for Writers: NHBB's Sports & Entertainment Bee

We've got our writing team -- thank you to everyone who e-mailed me! This set will be played at NHBB Nationals, then in modified form at IHBB Canada, Europe, and Asia; after IHBB championship season is over, we're likely interested in offering it as a side event to be mirrored at summer opens. Detai...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Mon Mar 07, 2016 11:11 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA 2016
Replies: 36
Views: 10578

Re: IHSA 2016

I used to be the guy who posted ravings at 10 PM on Regionals night. I'm going to bed instead, and I hope to read people's complaints and thoughts tomorrow. It would be tragic if this was the year that the HSQB forums didn't host a whole bunch of angry people post-Regionals. But I am looking forward...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Fri Mar 04, 2016 1:45 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: NHBB Sports & Entertainment Bee (writers found, thank you!)
Replies: 1
Views: 1574

NHBB Sports & Entertainment Bee (writers found, thank you!)

I'm looking for 2-4 writers interested in helping write the trash questions for NHBB's annual Sports & Entertainment Bee (side event played at the Friday of NHBB Nationals -- April 22nd). If you're an experienced writer (having worked on a published set, whether it's trash or academic) who's able to...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Fri Feb 26, 2016 4:17 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ATROPHY VII @ NIU (04/16/16)
Replies: 7
Views: 4154

Re: ATROPHY VII @ NIU (04/16/16)

Details have been updated. We currently stand at 12 reserved slots for an 18-team field cap, so e-mail me to register!

We're also looking for moderators; if you're interested in reading for what's already an incredible field, please e-mail me.
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Sun Feb 21, 2016 2:31 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '15 - '16
Replies: 64
Views: 28950

Re: Illinois '15 - '16

I'm having some sleep issues at the moment and don't have the mental focus to write questions or do my taxes, so we get this post instead. The full results aren't all posted to the Masonic Bowl website yet, so I don't want to mention any question specifics, but I want to thank David Reinstein, Jonah...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Thu Feb 11, 2016 4:06 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ATROPHY VII @ NIU (04/16/16)
Replies: 7
Views: 4154

Re: ATROPHY VII @ NIU (04/16/16)

Field:
Auburn
Barrington
Bloomington
Champaign Centennial
Hinsdale Central A
Hinsdale Central B
Homewood-Flossmoor A
Homewood-Flossmoor B
IMSA
Stevenson
UChicago Lab
Waubonsie Valley
Wheaton Warrenville South
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Tue Feb 09, 2016 2:53 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ATROPHY VII @ NIU (04/16/16)
Replies: 7
Views: 4154

ATROPHY VII @ NIU (04/16/16)

This is the announcement for Northern Illinois University's seventh annual ATROPHY (April Tournament Run on Pennies, Halfpence, and Yen), to be held in DeKalb, IL on April 16th, 2016. We're excited, once again, to be running Yale's BHSAT set. (This set is also being used at the Galesburg Rotary even...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Mon Feb 08, 2016 10:00 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Buzzing In Too(?) Early
Replies: 11
Views: 3768

Re: Buzzing In Too(?) Early

Questions that spot you "the Great" should just be accepting "Otto" once you've said "Great," as they should just be accepting "Richard" after spotting you "the third of his name."
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Fri Feb 05, 2016 12:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '15 - '16
Replies: 64
Views: 28950

Re: Illinois '15 - '16

Due to a high number of conflicts with February 14th, we are postponing the Team Illinois selection event to Saturday, March 26th. The new event will take place in the Chicago area; more details to come. If you are interested in applying for Team Illinois, you still have time to e-mail me! If you th...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Fri Jan 29, 2016 12:59 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '15 - '16
Replies: 64
Views: 28950

Re: Illinois '15 - '16

Today's the no-late-penalty deadline for signing up Bowl teams for the NHBB IL State Championships next Saturday @ Loyola; I'd love to see a couple more teams sign up. (Individuals can sign up for the Bee or qualifying exams on the day-of.) If you have any questions, you can e-mail me at brad@histor...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Mon Jan 25, 2016 1:12 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '15 - '16
Replies: 64
Views: 28950

Re: Illinois '15 - '16

I've gotten a number of e-mails asking, so for slightly better exposure: We are still planning on having a Team Illinois selection event on February 14th at U of I, as has been done in years past. As we've stated before, Illinois will register if and only if the field is of a significant size (12 or...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Fri Dec 11, 2015 11:08 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Incentivizing Outreach: A Negative Mirror Fee?
Replies: 13
Views: 6133

Re: Incentivizing Outreach: A Negative Mirror Fee?

Instead of placing this burden on the established writing companies, who have a goal to make some kind of money out of their arrangement, why not coordinate a volunteer-contributed set in the vein of CMST, let people who care deeply about this project donate their time, and let hosts use the set fo...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Fri Dec 11, 2015 10:58 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Incentivizing Outreach: A Negative Mirror Fee?
Replies: 13
Views: 6133

Re: Incentivizing Outreach: A Negative Mirror Fee?

And if it's not financially interesting for clubs to take on this particular outreach incentive, why would a for-profit company bother asking them to do it? Because the larger company can reap much greater benefits from the expansion of the circuit in the long run. Not only would the company get mi...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Fri Dec 11, 2015 8:35 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Incentivizing Outreach: A Negative Mirror Fee?
Replies: 13
Views: 6133

Re: Incentivizing Outreach: A Negative Mirror Fee?

I think this idea is flawed in a number of its assumptions and expectations. Outreach is expensive both in terms of time and, too often, finances for TDs. It's expensive to give big discounts to new teams (though these discounts are key, in my opinion, to reducing the financial barrier for new teams...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Tue Nov 10, 2015 9:46 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2016 NASAT: June 18-19 @ University of Kentucky
Replies: 56
Views: 42755

Re: 2016 NASAT: June 18-19 @ University of Kentucky

it's great and all that people are starting to reevaluate whether NASAT is a good use of their resources, but I'm starting to get a little worried about "we won't register until at least X number of teams register" or "we won't register until NASAT is confirmed" attitudes. Perhaps HSAPQ can keep tr...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Tue Nov 10, 2015 6:20 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2016 NASAT: June 18-19 @ University of Kentucky
Replies: 56
Views: 42755

Re: 2016 NASAT: June 18-19 @ University of Kentucky

In an earlier meeting, the IHSSBCA had expressed some internal doubt as to whether NASAT was an effective use of our resources. The questions have always provided a great experience for the kids, but the lack of some expected strong states and issues like the initially proposed playoff format last y...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Wed Oct 28, 2015 8:12 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ACF Fall 2015 at NIU: 11/7/15 (IL-Area High School Mirror)
Replies: 4
Views: 3147

Re: ACF Fall 2015 at NIU: 11/7/15 (IL-Area High School Mirro

Based on moderator availability, we're going to lock the field at these 12 teams, with Fremd B on the waitlist should someone need to drop. If you're still interested in joining us, e-mail me.

Looking forward to seeing everyone in a couple weeks!
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Mon Sep 28, 2015 4:55 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: A unified theory of bonus leadins
Replies: 8
Views: 3517

Re: A unified theory of bonus leadins

I love this post. Following these styles is very important; knowing whether or not you need to start brainstorming your hard clues on the theme, or if that energy would just be wasted because the theme is common link and the other parts are going to bounce, is not just something that advanced player...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Fri Sep 04, 2015 10:01 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ACF Fall 2015 at NIU: 11/7/15 (IL-Area High School Mirror)
Replies: 4
Views: 3147

Re: ACF Fall 2015 at NIU: 11/7/15 (IL-Area High School Mirro

The above post has been edited with new information in accordance with ACF's policy changes regarding high school teams.

Field Update:
Auburn
Barrington
Bloomington
DCC (2)
Fremd
Hinsdale Central
IMSA
Macomb (2)
Naperville North
St. Joseph
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Sat Aug 22, 2015 11:30 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: ACF Fall for high schoolers
Replies: 57
Views: 18148

Re: ACF Fall for high schoolers

Kinda off-thread now, but you need to unknowingly get dragged to only one collegiate event as a ninth grader to meet ACF's packet submission requirement two years later. So outside of Texas, there is only one high schooler who would have to write a packet this year. In TX there are likely a few mor...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Fri Aug 21, 2015 1:10 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB Call for Editors
Replies: 0
Views: 1574

NHBB Call for Editors

National History Bee and Bowl is looking to hire experienced question editors for work on its middle school and high school sets for the 2015-16 season and the future. The work would primarily focus on determining whether submitted questions are acceptable for payment, providing brief feedback on qu...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Thu Aug 13, 2015 10:02 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ACF Fall 2015 at NIU: 11/7/15 (IL-Area High School Mirror)
Replies: 4
Views: 3147

ACF Fall 2015 at NIU: 11/7/15 (IL-Area High School Mirror)

Hello! I am pleased to announce the Illinois high school site of ACF Fall 2015, to be held at Northern Illinois University on Saturday, 7 November 2015 . ACF Fall is the year's premier introductory-level collegiate quizbowl tournament, making it a premier tournament for advanced high school teams, a...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Thu Aug 13, 2015 3:25 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Call for Writers: NHBB 2015-16
Replies: 1
Views: 2490

Re: Call for Writers: NHBB 2015-16

If you are an experienced writer interested in joining the NHBB writing team for 2015-16 and haven't reached out to me yet, now is the time to act! Our first set of writing assignments is going out later today and tomorrow. Writers who have written and/or edited for multiple published housewrite tou...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Mon Aug 03, 2015 2:08 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB Provisional Writer Program
Replies: 2
Views: 2528

Re: NHBB Provisional Writer Program

E-mails have been sent; thank you to all 37 of our applicants!
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Sun Aug 02, 2015 12:09 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB Provisional Writer Program
Replies: 2
Views: 2528

Re: NHBB Provisional Writer Program

Applications are still open for another 12 hours. We do have well more than 25 already; everyone should be receiving an e-mail late tonight, saying either "You've been accepted" or "Apologies, but we'll be in contact for future programs."
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Thu Jul 30, 2015 4:17 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB Provisional Writer Program
Replies: 2
Views: 2528

NHBB Provisional Writer Program

I'm excited to announce NHBB's new program for training and hiring new question writers! (If you're already an experienced writer and/or editor and are interested in working with NHBB for the 2015-16 season, I've got an announcement coming for you in mid-August.) The Provisional Writer Program is in...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Mon Jul 27, 2015 5:20 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: "This Things I Believe"
Replies: 44
Views: 14404

Re: "This Things I Believe"

Jerry's post explains why ACF Nationals definitely doesn't have to worry about non-moot protests, but for smaller events, it's not as cut and dry. Consider a 24-team tournament that runs four prelim pools of 6, then four playoff pools of 6, with no time and/or packets to run tiebreaking games for pl...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Mon Jul 20, 2015 12:50 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 Intl. History Olympiad July 9-15
Replies: 24
Views: 13734

Re: 2015 Intl. History Olympiad July 9-15: Registration Open

I've had my chance to decompress, so I've put my thoughts together here. I'm sure David's got stuff to add to this -- my jobs in IHO were pretty much limited to organizing and operating the quizbowl events, with the exception of the Civilization tournament. Here are my notes (and I'm typing this up ...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Mon Jul 06, 2015 1:00 am
Forum: Scheduling reform
Topic: Individual Writers Seeking Projects to Join, Post Here
Replies: 11
Views: 7405

Re: Individual Writers Seeking Projects to Join, Post Here

Not to further de-rail this towards HS things (maybe its own thread?), but when NHBB 2015-16 gets rolling, we'll be instituting a "provisional writer" system in which novice writers get detailed feedback and instructions for practice on their first 20 or so questions, in a specifically organized tim...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Fri Jun 26, 2015 12:38 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Call for Writers -- International History Olympiad
Replies: 36
Views: 16261

Re: Call for Writers -- International History Olympiad

I had an internet-less dinner tonight, so I wrote out an update on how NHBB is doing -- on IHO, sure, but more importantly on setting up for the future. Through the first week of the three that we've got to write IHO's 2,000 questions, we got 1,254 questions written. There's plenty more to do, they'...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Wed Jun 17, 2015 3:46 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Call for Writers -- International History Olympiad
Replies: 36
Views: 16261

Re: Call for Writers -- International History Olympiad

It is, as alluded to in the first post, the last event of the 2014-15 year -- for which Matt Weiner was contracted to write full-time. I'm not privy to anything more than has been publicly said, but I'm guessing that, yes, the expectation for this event was created in that time. The good news is tha...