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by thepowerofche
Thu Aug 03, 2006 11:17 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Aug 1-8, 2006: Best Practices for the Best Practices
Replies: 19
Views: 13564

Our chief goal is to win our state championship. All other goals are secondary. Our televised game is a joke, but we do practice somewhat for it. Current events is a major focus for that tournament. We practice for Nationals (NAQT) just like we practice all year long. We generally use NAQT question...
by thepowerofche
Thu Aug 03, 2006 11:06 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Scholastic Bowl bot
Replies: 32
Views: 15502

Um. When does it start asking questions? I idled for about an hour a couple days ago around 2:00 PM EDT with nary a peep in the channel. Just wondering if there was like downtime or whatnot about the bot.
by thepowerofche
Thu Aug 03, 2006 11:05 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Georgia Quiz Bowl 2006-2007
Replies: 70
Views: 32296

I predict that Bleckley County will retain their title of Most Awesome School Name in GA. And the 4- and 5-A schools will wipe the floor with the smaller schools, like always; blah, blah blah. And some ignoramus will leave out either Brookwood, Chattahoochee or Heritage from the High Q pool while le...
by thepowerofche
Tue Jul 18, 2006 10:13 am
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: July 15 to 24: Recruiting team members
Replies: 45
Views: 39902

My guess would be that this is the main issue. HS players of both genders find other things to do in college, and maybe it's just more noticeable with girls because there are fewer of them to begin with. Most colleges are majority female these days, are they not? Pretty sure he meant there are fewe...
by thepowerofche
Fri Jun 30, 2006 9:37 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Pronunciation
Replies: 67
Views: 29454

The only reason why I know how to pronounce Goethe is because of You Don't Know Jack, where it questions your knowledge by asking what childhood taunt would actually rhyme with his name. I obviously picked "Goethe the Growth," when the correct answer was "Goethe Skirta." I have never since forgotten...
by thepowerofche
Wed Jun 28, 2006 1:18 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Bible/Old Testament Questions: Un-Quizbowl worthy?
Replies: 32
Views: 17656

To: everyone besides pappy97
Re: This thread

Please don't feed the troll. That is all.
by thepowerofche
Tue Jun 27, 2006 12:34 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2006 NAQT HSNCT
Replies: 309
Views: 132041

If they're not nicknamed "The Tuna," I don't have to know anything about them. Well, you mentioned earlier that you negged with West Coast Offense, so the fact that the question was about a defensive scheme only tells you that you need to either learn a little more about football or stop making sil...
by thepowerofche
Tue Jun 27, 2006 12:23 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Quizbowler in the New York Times
Replies: 47
Views: 20505

^^ I want the fracking edit button back so I can fix bad quote code after I cavalierly hit "Submit."
by thepowerofche
Tue Jun 27, 2006 12:21 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Quizbowler in the New York Times
Replies: 47
Views: 20505

Re: Quizbowler in the New York Times

I like how this article tries to reinforce the notion that qb players are nerdy, cloistered douches filled with random academic knowledge but absolutely no awareness of the outside world. I like how this entire board does that. ICE BURN :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: He's stronge...
by thepowerofche
Mon Jun 26, 2006 5:09 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: How to conduct tryouts?
Replies: 18
Views: 7782

The number of kids trying our GREATLY varies at my school. 32 this year but as many as 70 at times. Wow, what an enormous spoil of riches. This thread after all, is a so-called "rich man's problem". Call it what you will, but I certainly wouldn't call this year's tryout "a spoil of riches." From th...
by thepowerofche
Mon Jun 26, 2006 4:57 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2006 NAQT HSNCT
Replies: 309
Views: 132041

While it doesn't apply, the Russian title has nothing to do with the reason why. As far as I can tell, this book has never been published in English as A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich , so that's not an acceptable answer. That is the only criterion; what someone suspects the translation of a f...
by thepowerofche
Sun Jun 25, 2006 10:12 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2006 NAQT HSNCT
Replies: 309
Views: 132041

3-4 West Coast Offense J.P. Morgan Carnegie Negged on both of those, except, like chaska, I said Vanderbilt for Morgan. My college football-loving coach made me feel bad about missing the 3-4, because APPARENTLY I should know about some old Oklahoma or something coach from the sixties. Right. Funer...
by thepowerofche
Wed Jun 21, 2006 11:29 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Editing of posts is disabled
Replies: 21
Views: 9941

All I know is another set of forums I belong to (which is powered by vBulletin) allows moderators to completely change the text of someone's post without his or her consent. For instance, if I posted a bunch of ridiculous, inflammatory comments, the mod could simply replace what I said with "ZOMG I ...
by thepowerofche
Wed Jun 21, 2006 1:37 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: QU-The field in Chicago
Replies: 144
Views: 59870

My hat is off to Mr. Dr. Sr. Chip Beall, Ph.D. He may be the best troll on this set of forums and he isn't even a member.
by thepowerofche
Mon Jun 12, 2006 4:19 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Aggressiveness
Replies: 17
Views: 7818

The best way I can phrase it is this: how aggressive you are on buzzing in on a question should be inversely proportional to how likely your teammates are to throttle you if you neg on it. If you're fairly well-liked and generate positive points most of the time, make that buzzer sorry it's sitting ...
by thepowerofche
Mon Jun 12, 2006 4:11 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Restricting NAQT HSNCT in 2007 and beyond
Replies: 70
Views: 27954

Re: Restricting NAQT HSNCT in 2007 and beyond

marcokobe wrote: I just don't believe Mr Barry would say insulting things like that about us.
You're kidding, right?
by thepowerofche
Fri Jun 09, 2006 10:19 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Jeopardy tryouts
Replies: 21
Views: 9794

First: If you held a buzzer in your hand on Saturday night for the J! folks, then you had a "complete" audition. That's actually kind of funny, the way you put it, because the buzzers weren't working there. We had to use those unimaginably annoying Jeopardy click-pens instead. Still, what it became...
by thepowerofche
Fri Jun 09, 2006 12:19 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2006 NAQT HSNCT
Replies: 309
Views: 132041

There was one time when Mission buzzed in with (upon a prompt, thermo)nuclear fission, and the moderator and scorekeeper talked to each other for about 10 minutes and decided it was a neg. The answer was nuclear reactor, but at that point in the tossup there was hardly anything definitely distingui...
by thepowerofche
Thu Jun 01, 2006 2:06 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bad Negs
Replies: 826
Views: 319735

1. Gilligan's Travels

2. Pocahontas for Phyllis Wheatley

3. This was our coach, practicing against us:
Right Answer - Spain
Wrong Answer - William McKinley
by thepowerofche
Wed May 24, 2006 4:53 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Practice
Replies: 19
Views: 8734

It could just be a compulsion to cheat, driven by some sort of inferiority complex or other psychological necessity (like kleptomania, or something). Last year, my team had a senior on it who was what seemed like a compulsive cheater at everything; school, girls, and even quizbowl practice. What he ...
by thepowerofche
Tue May 09, 2006 11:51 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Qualification for HSNCT or other large nationals
Replies: 16
Views: 7188

sectional tournament plus wild cards for talent-rich sections FTW
by thepowerofche
Tue May 09, 2006 11:40 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Restricting NAQT HSNCT in 2007 and beyond
Replies: 70
Views: 27954

As for the argument that a school's A team is always going to be better than it's B team: 1) That isn't always true. Yeah, it's supposed to be like that, but if a player on B team absolutely rips up one game and A team plays badly, it can happen. But that isn't even the point. The point is 2) You c...
by thepowerofche
Mon May 08, 2006 7:08 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Restricting NAQT HSNCT in 2007 and beyond
Replies: 70
Views: 27954

While there are good arguments on both sides of this issue, I think that the true national championship should include only one team per school. My reasoning is that if everyone there is to be competing for a championship, and not place or show, it stands to reason that since a school's A team is ne...
by thepowerofche
Tue May 02, 2006 3:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2006 NAQT HSNCT
Replies: 309
Views: 132041

Leave it to a Brookwoodite to list his (I'm assuming) school as a "Guy," and not a "Place."
by thepowerofche
Mon May 01, 2006 5:20 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bad Negs
Replies: 826
Views: 319735

Don't remember the context of these, but I found them when I was typing up some practice notes:

Incorrect: Taser
Correct: Euro

Incorrect: Oliver Twist
Correct: Remus

I know I made the first one, not sure who did the second one.
by thepowerofche
Mon Apr 24, 2006 11:03 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Who's gonna win?
Replies: 38
Views: 17618

It may be just me, but judging from this discussion it seems that living between the 36th and 40th parallels and east of the Ohio River gives teams there the edge on NAQT format. True, Richard Montgomery has a distinct possibility (and probably the pot odds) of winning, but it seems to me that there...
by thepowerofche
Mon Mar 13, 2006 4:35 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Question sources
Replies: 5
Views: 3039

Anderson Enterprises, as a matter of fact, does have a website now. Its URL is http://www.andersonbuzzersystems.com/. They have pictures, descriptions, and order forms there; however, it seems you have to snail mail your orders in.
by thepowerofche
Sun Mar 12, 2006 6:39 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: What constutes good quiz bowl?
Replies: 32
Views: 13591

4. I prefer questions that do not end up with videogame (or other crap) endings so that a player can answer a Shakespeare question because he/she knows some video game character. Let's answer a Shakespeare question because we know some Shakespeare and not because we know the name of a movie dog who...
by thepowerofche
Thu Feb 23, 2006 7:38 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bad Negs
Replies: 826
Views: 319735

This came from our team's crazy neg-machine:

Right answer: Wiffle Ball
Wrong answer: Washing Machine
by thepowerofche
Thu Feb 16, 2006 9:45 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bad Negs
Replies: 826
Views: 319735

Oh man, this has gotta be my worst neg since middle school; I'm just glad it happened in practice. This is after the question has made it explicitly clear that they are looking for a compound and after they have given its chemical formula: Right Answer: Lactic Acid Horribly, terribly wrong answer: Y...
by thepowerofche
Tue Feb 14, 2006 10:01 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Ridiculously hilarious protests/protest arguments
Replies: 56
Views: 22652

I guess this would go under the "Paper Infallibility" protest section, but this is too hilarious to pass up: Throughout the year, I've been lambasted by my coach for not knowing enough music. But, at this particular tournament, he decides to watch our freshman team in the JV division. The A-team is ...
by thepowerofche
Fri Feb 10, 2006 12:32 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Improving Reaction Time
Replies: 13
Views: 7329

The LD 50 for caffeine is 13 grams. I recommend 12 if you're over 150 pounds. Nothing beats chemicals in terms of lightning speed.
by thepowerofche
Sun Jan 22, 2006 6:00 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Predictions for Next Year
Replies: 66
Views: 32169

Beta went pretty well; we beat Parkview in the semis and Warner Robins in the finals. The questions were your standard Beta fare (I don't know if you've heard them before, but if you have, you know what I mean), and no bounce-back bonuses = >.<, but it wasn't so bad all things considered. I saw the ...
by thepowerofche
Tue Jan 17, 2006 8:56 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Predictions for Next Year
Replies: 66
Views: 32169

Re: Southeast

Why is it that in the southeast we can beat Walton and Dorman, have some cosmic losing force descend upon us for Brookwood, and don't seem to do terribly well nationally??? I mean, we've beaten Dorman several times, and they WIN at nationals. It's because we slipped something in the Heritage kids' ...
by thepowerofche
Sun Jan 15, 2006 8:54 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bad Negs
Replies: 826
Views: 319735

circumcision for confirmation.... after "it takes place after baptism in some Eastern Orthodox religions, but some time around junior high for many Catholics" the moderator was laughing so hard he flubbed the question and gave the answer before my team had a chance to ring in (waiting as they were ...
by thepowerofche
Sun Jan 15, 2006 8:32 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Savannah Country Day
Replies: 2
Views: 1908

Winner: Brookwood A
Runner-Up: Etowah
Semifinalists:
Dorman A
Brookwood B

I forgot what the score to the final match was, but it was a very close match (decided by the last tossup).
by thepowerofche
Thu Jan 12, 2006 12:36 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bringing In Girls....
Replies: 66
Views: 34058

Next year, Brookwood may actually have an all-girl A team. It's gonna be crazy go nuts, especially since the majority of the varsity team will be guys.
by thepowerofche
Tue Nov 22, 2005 12:08 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bad Negs
Replies: 826
Views: 319735

At the fall Vanderbilt tournament- Moderator: Name these generals from their nicknames: "The Swamp Fox." Me: *turns to the other SS major on my team* "Marion Anderson, right?" Now I've been doing this all day, where I'll say something that I know is right and just cursorily verify to my teammates th...
by thepowerofche
Tue Nov 15, 2005 7:56 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Best Powers
Replies: 161
Views: 69904

At the county tournament this year: "This bulemia sufferer" BUZZ me: Terry Schiavo At NAQT Nats 2 years ago: "Reluctantly crouched" BUZZ me: "The Distance" (song by Cake) And at a JV practice that I was reading for: me: "Answer the following about glaciers:" (this is a bonus lead-in that I'm convert...
by thepowerofche
Mon Nov 14, 2005 11:42 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Scobol Solo November 12
Replies: 12
Views: 7251

I'd also like to thank Coach Reinstein and everybody else at New Trier for being so helpful and encouraging to me while I was there. The tournament was very well run and was a great experience for me. I hope I did a good job of representing Brookwood High School and Mr. Barry, and I definitely feel ...