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by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Wed Dec 29, 2010 5:18 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: TRIUMVIR at Metea Valley (1-15-2011)
Replies: 26
Views: 6056

Re: TRIUMVIR at Metea Valley (1-15-2010)

I can moderate this...hopefully more teams will be attending.
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Fri Dec 17, 2010 11:58 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: March Madness comes early this year: Top 64 Christmas Songs
Replies: 369
Views: 33997

Re: March Madness comes early this year: Top 64 Christmas Songs

TSO's Carol of the Bells is the best Christmas song hands down. No votes for the other matchups.
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Thu Dec 09, 2010 3:40 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: He said, she said
Replies: 39
Views: 6502

Re: He said, she said

You could make a judgment call and go with option one or two, or if you're truly unsure, I see no issue with scrapping the whole thing and starting over. Short of making the call when you're not sure, what's the alternative? As I pointed out, there are in fact rules governing this and you should up...
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Thu Dec 09, 2010 3:05 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: He said, she said
Replies: 39
Views: 6502

Re: He said, she said

There isn't an infinite supply of extra questions that you have the luxury to throw a question out whenever you're faced with the protest, rather than to actually sit down with the rules and deal with the protest fairly. Certainly, but how often does this kind of issue come up? Once a tournament? O...
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Thu Dec 09, 2010 2:57 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: He said, she said
Replies: 39
Views: 6502

Re: He said, she said

You could make a judgment call and go with option one or two, or if you're truly unsure, I see no issue with scrapping the whole thing and starting over. Short of making the call when you're not sure, what's the alternative? As I pointed out, there are in fact rules governing this and you should up...
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Thu Dec 09, 2010 1:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: He said, she said
Replies: 39
Views: 6502

Re: He said, she said

It really depends on the specifics. Whenever "Invisible Man" (or other notable confusing titles such as "A Midsummer Night's Dream") is involved I make sure to pay extra attention so this is never an issue. However, in cases where it is, I see three realistic outcomes. One: You remain confident that...
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Thu Dec 09, 2010 10:19 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: He said, she said
Replies: 39
Views: 6502

Re: He said, she said

In the case of the OP, if I had any doubt whatsoever, I would probably just throw the question out. If I was sure I had heard no 'the' however, the ruling would obviously stand.
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Mon Dec 06, 2010 10:33 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: TrashMasters at UT-Chattanooga 12/4/2010
Replies: 17
Views: 3809

Re: TrashMasters at UT-Chattanooga 12/4/2010

Is this getting mirrored anywhere? If not, can we get it wastebinned?
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Mon Nov 15, 2010 3:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Some thoughts on the distribution and regular difficulty
Replies: 42
Views: 13108

Re: Some thoughts on the distribution and regular difficulty

The issue, as always, is how closely a distribution should adhere to a curriculum. But if we want the two to at least be kinda-sorta friends, perhaps it would be advantageous to compile a sort of cross-section of curricula from across the nation. For example, my high school did have sociology, forei...
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Wed Oct 27, 2010 9:58 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Difficulty of "regular" high school quiz bowl
Replies: 31
Views: 5202

Re: Difficulty of "regular" high school quiz bowl

Snell's Law: zero powers and nine 10s in the 42 rooms that heard it on IS #63A. I think its worth noting that 33 of these rooms were at one "tournament." On that note, I urge anyone running NAQT tournaments to please, please send NAQT your scoresheets so that the most accurate conversion data can b...
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Wed Oct 13, 2010 9:11 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: BATE High School Tournament Available for Mirrors
Replies: 13
Views: 9479

Re: BATE High School Tournament Available for Mirrors

Somebody please please please call their tournament something like "BATE's Mirror Of Tournament; Expert Level"
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Mon Oct 11, 2010 1:46 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Studying Pronunciation
Replies: 89
Views: 16206

Re: Studying Pronunciation

I will freely admit that I couldn't say "Debussy" correctly to save my life.
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Mon Sep 27, 2010 2:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Announcement regarding the chief administrator
Replies: 18
Views: 7168

Re: Announcement regarding the chief administrator

Any fears about any of this having the slightest impact on real world operations are completely overblown. At least not until HSAPQ collapses because Trygve sold its trade secrets to competitors and/or Japan. "Pyramidal questions? Why did we never think of that?!" There's definitely an I.M. Pei jok...
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Wed Jun 23, 2010 1:39 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Land of Lincoln Throwdown Announcement
Replies: 123
Views: 16979

Re: Land of Lincoln Throwdown Announcement

BGSO wrote:We can vote on this when we are at Maine South, but I would be very much in favor of scheduling lunch at 1 pm so that we can watch US vs. Group D runner up.
This X 1000000
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Tue Jun 22, 2010 8:21 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Land of Lincoln Throwdown Announcement
Replies: 123
Views: 16979

Re: Land of Lincoln Throwdown Announcement

So what's the format structure going to look like?
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Tue Jun 22, 2010 12:33 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: academic trash?
Replies: 10
Views: 1949

Re: academic trash?

As long as we're posting from syllabuses, from RIT's course catalog: History of Baseball -Fall Quarter Dr. Rebecca Edwards It has been said that the history of baseball is the history of the United States. Perhaps. At least, it is one possible way of organizing the story of American history. This s...
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Tue Jun 22, 2010 11:04 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2009-10 NAQT IS sets: question-specific discussion
Replies: 42
Views: 10393

Re: 2009-10 NAQT IS sets: question-specific discussion

IS 94 had a tossup asking to identify a UFC fighter, which, while I realize it goes back to the lack of a pop culture canon debate, I thought was a particularly bad idea. I wrote this tossup. Any particular reason you think this was a "particularly bad idea"? Who was the fighter in question? Tito O...
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Tue Jun 22, 2010 10:38 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2009-10 NAQT IS sets: question-specific discussion
Replies: 42
Views: 10393

Re: 2009-10 NAQT IS sets: question-specific discussion

The Granny wrote:
Westwon wrote:IS 94 had a tossup asking to identify a UFC fighter, which, while I realize it goes back to the lack of a pop culture canon debate, I thought was a particularly bad idea.
I wrote this tossup. Any particular reason you think this was a "particularly bad idea"?
Who was the fighter in question?
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Thu Jun 17, 2010 12:09 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois and the National Quiz Bowl Scene
Replies: 47
Views: 6112

Re: Illinois and the National Quiz Bowl Scene

2. Move NAQT State to after IHSA State. One potential downside to this is less participation from non-nationals caliber teams because the current setup does promote shutting down in mid-March; however, once a few more tournaments join the April calendar, this will be less of a psychological issue. ...
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Thu Jun 17, 2010 12:03 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois and the National Quiz Bowl Scene
Replies: 47
Views: 6112

Re: Illinois and the National Quiz Bowl Scene

Westwon wrote:No comp
If the forums were ever compiled in some way, this would end up being the "Jesus wept." of the compendium.
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Mon Jun 14, 2010 10:04 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois and the National Quiz Bowl Scene
Replies: 47
Views: 6112

Re: Illinois and the National Quiz Bowl Scene

Westwon wrote:No comp
Where's the spoiler alert? Oy.
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Sat Jun 12, 2010 8:39 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois and the National Quiz Bowl Scene
Replies: 47
Views: 6112

Re: Illinois and the National Quiz Bowl Scene

Well done guys, bring it home tomorrow.
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Thu Jun 10, 2010 3:17 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Land of Lincoln Throwdown Announcement
Replies: 123
Views: 16979

Re: Land of Lincoln Throwdown Announcement

I'm in. Looks like I'll be joining the Riley/Laird/Laudermith team.
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Mon Jun 07, 2010 10:19 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Pre-Nationals Poll
Replies: 58
Views: 9823

Re: Pre-Nationals Poll

Overall a phenomenal showing by Illinois, well played everyone.
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Sat Jun 05, 2010 5:05 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Pre-Nationals Poll
Replies: 58
Views: 9823

Re: Pre-Nationals Poll

Jeremy Gibbs Freesy Does It wrote:A state that hasn't produced an NSC top bracket team since 2007 being considered underrated when they often get a few teams onto each top 25 ranking, and in a supposed down year they get slightly fewer? Seriously?

Edit - http://hsquizbowl.org/blog/?p=40 lol
BOOM!
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Wed Jun 02, 2010 3:35 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Rules on Pronunciation
Replies: 24
Views: 3843

Re: Rules on Pronunciation

I think foreign names should get a little bit of leeway in pronunciation. Aside from that, phonetically correct should be acceptable. Even if you think some kid is dumb for pronouncing Berlioz BURLYOZZ or even if you think he/she is doing it on purpose, it still has to be acceptable since it still ...
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Wed Jun 02, 2010 3:10 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2010 HSNCT discussion thread
Replies: 194
Views: 38580

Re: 2010 HSNCT discussion thread

People moderate more than one match, and my guess is that the 20/10 moderator would have a few matches where s/he did not reach 20. 20/10, as Charlie pointed out, is a bit of a straw man (although it's not out of the realm of possibility), but my point still remains that I would use "failure to rea...
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Wed Jun 02, 2010 12:48 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Rules on Pronunciation
Replies: 24
Views: 3843

Re: Rules on Pronunciation

Either can (and actually maybe should) be pronounced the same as the other. In fact, I wouldn't be too shocked if there are some English translations of Zhivago that render the character's name as Laura. At any rate, any reasonable pronunciation of Laura should be accepted as a reasonable attempt a...
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Wed Jun 02, 2010 12:45 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2010 HSNCT discussion thread
Replies: 194
Views: 38580

Re: 2010 HSNCT discussion thread

Jeremy Gibbs Freesy Does It wrote:Yo BJ, I was responding to Samer's very silly hypothetical example, which I don't see as at all worth discussing, not the general idea that we should talk about fixing moderator quality.
My mistake...carry on.
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Wed Jun 02, 2010 12:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2010 HSNCT discussion thread
Replies: 194
Views: 38580

Re: 2010 HSNCT discussion thread

The only useful purpose of this statistic is to figure out which moderators should not have been moderating at a national tournament. To figure that out, you figure out who moderated for more than one match that did not get through at least 18 tossups and don't invite them back. The ones that misse...
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Wed Jun 02, 2010 12:20 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Rules on Pronunciation
Replies: 24
Views: 3843

Re: Rules on Pronunciation

What about the replacement of "Lara" with "Laura" where the error leads to a noticeably different answer? Ah, I recognize this one. It was the finals of the Norcross Prison Bowl Mirror, and the question was asking about the lover of Dr. Zhivago. I am interested to see what other people think about ...
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Wed Jun 02, 2010 12:10 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Land of Lincoln Throwdown Announcement
Replies: 123
Views: 16979

Re: Land of Lincoln Throwdown Announcement

What's the current field like for this? I'm a definite maybe at this point, but could probably be swayed by a good field.
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Tue Jun 01, 2010 4:17 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2010 HSNCT discussion thread
Replies: 194
Views: 38580

Re: 2010 HSNCT discussion thread

It has come to my attention that NAQT has a rule allowing players to be prompted on partial last names. I want to make it known that I think this is a bad rule and would like to advocate it be removed. The specific incident I know of is that the team I work with said just Strauss on the Levi-Straus...
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Thu May 27, 2010 4:35 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Pre-Nationals Poll
Replies: 58
Views: 9823

Re: Pre-Nationals Poll

Crazy Andy Watkins wrote:Nationally competitive quizbowl team from Pittsburgh or Pirates winning season?
Define competitive.
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Thu May 27, 2010 1:48 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Pre-Nationals Poll
Replies: 58
Views: 9823

Re: Pre-Nationals Poll

Only 1 Illinois team in the top 25 according to the Pre-Nationals poll just compiled. Think the the results will best that?
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Tue May 25, 2010 6:02 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Creator-Creation Rule
Replies: 21
Views: 2582

Re: Creator-Creation Rule

What about this scenario: "William Faulkner, Bernice Bobs Her Hair." In this instance, the respondent has still given the correct answer but has appended completely inaccurate information. Should he/she be punished? I'm actually still not sure because if someone buzzed in and said "It's the dude wh...
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Tue May 25, 2010 4:33 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Creator-Creation Rule
Replies: 21
Views: 2582

Re: Creator-Creation Rule

What about this scenario: "William Faulkner, Bernice Bobs Her Hair." In this instance, the respondent has still given the correct answer but has appended completely inaccurate information. Should he/she be punished? I'm actually still not sure because if someone buzzed in and said "It's the dude wh...
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Tue May 25, 2010 2:22 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Creator-Creation Rule
Replies: 21
Views: 2582

Re: Creator-Creation Rule

I think it's okay because the important point of the answer (Faulkner) is clearly stated. I would regard the saying of the title (any title, even a non Faulkner title) as embellishment of the answer which has no bearing on it. However, this is somewhat of a more liberal interpretation of the rules....
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Tue May 18, 2010 3:54 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Midwest Championship May 15, 2010 at Culver (IN)
Replies: 97
Views: 12413

Re: Midwest Championship May 15, 2010 at Culver (IN)

Uh, finishing the packet is nice, but the goal of a good moderator in NAQT should be to hit 20 tossups, and then the rest is gravy. Gotta disagree here. If we're doing 9 minute halves, I feel just awful about it if I don't get through 24. 20 of 24 or 26 leaves a lot on the table. Then why is untime...
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Tue May 18, 2010 3:40 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2011 Midwest Championship May 14, 2011 at Culver (IN)
Replies: 69
Views: 16408

Re: 2011 Midwest Championship May 14, 2011 at Culver (IN)

Put me down as probable for moderating, no housing required.
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Tue May 18, 2010 3:39 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Midwest Championship May 15, 2010 at Culver (IN)
Replies: 97
Views: 12413

Re: Midwest Championship May 15, 2010 at Culver (IN)

Jeremy Gibbs Freesy Does It wrote:Uh, finishing the packet is nice, but the goal of a good moderator in NAQT should be to hit 20 tossups, and then the rest is gravy.
Gotta disagree here. If we're doing 9 minute halves, I feel just awful about it if I don't get through 24. 20 of 24 or 26 leaves a lot on the table.
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Thu May 13, 2010 4:44 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Land of Lincoln Throwdown Announcement
Replies: 123
Views: 16979

Re: Land of Lincoln Throwdown Announcement

I would support CULT over RC Cola 1,000%. Difficulty doesn't really matter here - we're talking Mike Bentley trash vs. Steinhice trash. There's no comparison. Because we should be doing an academic set primarily over a trash set side event, skipping those few rounds of CULT wouldn't be a problem at...
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Thu May 13, 2010 3:48 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Land of Lincoln Throwdown Announcement
Replies: 123
Views: 16979

Re: Land of Lincoln Throwdown Announcement

Is this 100% attached to RC COLA? CULT is now open for mirror opportunities. Charles Martin and I have both playtested multiple rounds of CULT, so if we were to play you would have to skip those rounds. Also, CULT might be a little too hard for this field, though RC Cola is also no walk in the park...
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Thu May 13, 2010 2:52 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Land of Lincoln Throwdown Announcement
Replies: 123
Views: 16979

Re: Land of Lincoln Throwdown Announcement

Is this 100% attached to RC COLA? CULT is now open for mirror opportunities.
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Wed May 12, 2010 10:19 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Land of Lincoln Throwdown Announcement
Replies: 123
Views: 16979

Re: Land of Lincoln Throwdown Announcement

Bentley Like Beckham wrote:I would strongly encourage you not to hold this tournament on the same weekend as CULT.
Would there be that much worry of attendance overlap?
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Tue May 11, 2010 4:22 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2010-11 Tournament Schedule
Replies: 77
Views: 9822

Re: 2010-11 Tournament Schedule

Wow...1/15 is really full of proximal tournaments.
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Tue May 11, 2010 2:11 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA Advisory Committee
Replies: 65
Views: 6304

Re: IHSA Advisory Committee

TheDoctor wrote:...a symptom of poor writing most often observed in QG and Platypus-type packets.
This is the Godwin's Law of HSQB
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Tue May 11, 2010 9:23 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA Advisory Committee
Replies: 65
Views: 6304

Re: IHSA Advisory Committee

I apologize, when I stay up too late I forget that frogs jump and not leap . But the issue of question difficulty did originate out of the Rock and Roll issue, since my main objection to R&R as Fine Arts was that it seemed to me to simply be an effort to allow weak teams a way to answer a question ...
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Thu May 06, 2010 8:46 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA Advisory Committee
Replies: 65
Views: 6304

Re: IHSA Advisory Committee

[*]Math C: ... topology* ... What kind of topics are being covered in topology? Topology is not normally covered in high school, even at advanced levels. We have no idea, but I can guarantee it will be a disaster. Generally the idea of an open or closed set is covered in high school, and that's par...