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by Deviant Insider
Wed Dec 04, 2019 4:51 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: New Trier Varsity, IL (12/14/19) (Penn Bowl & NAQT IS-189A)
Replies: 8
Views: 2275

Re: New Trier Varsity, IL (12/14/19) (Penn Bowl & NAQT IS-189A)

We are currently at 10 and 38 teams. At this point, I will only accept new teams if they help me keep both of those numbers even.
by Deviant Insider
Mon Dec 02, 2019 12:01 am
Forum: Middle School Quizbowl Announcements & Discussion
Topic: IESA Style Set Available
Replies: 7
Views: 5101

Re: IESA Style Set Available

I am marketing them to conferences rather than tournaments. My customers so far are Flanagan, Franklin, Nettle Creek, Quest, St. Anthony, Sycamore, and Troy.
by Deviant Insider
Mon Nov 25, 2019 4:52 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: New Trier Varsity, IL (12/14/19) (Penn Bowl & NAQT IS-189A)
Replies: 8
Views: 2275

Re: New Trier Varsity, IL (12/14/19) (Penn Bowl & NAQT IS-189A)

Coach Price is correct. We are currently at 7 8 teams, and it probably will end up at 10.
by Deviant Insider
Mon Nov 25, 2019 4:00 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Teams Traveling Long Distances to Dominate New/Emerging Circuit Tournaments
Replies: 5
Views: 1013

Re: Teams Traveling Long Distances to Dominate New/Emerging Circuit Tournaments

I hope that teams are not doing this to qualify for nationals. As somebody who has been part of the NSC Wildcard process and talked to people about the HSNCT Wildcard process, let me encourage teams to try it out. Teams actually do get in that way each year, and there are more teams that could get i...
by Deviant Insider
Sun Nov 24, 2019 8:36 am
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Archving the old Yahoo! group
Replies: 4
Views: 676

Re: Archving the old Yahoo! group

It's at https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/quizbowl/info. You have to be a group member to get access, and the Join Now button does not work.
by Deviant Insider
Mon Nov 18, 2019 7:18 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: New Trier Varsity, IL (12/14/19) (Penn Bowl & NAQT IS-189A)
Replies: 8
Views: 2275

Re: New Trier Varsity, IL (12/14/19) (Penn Bowl & NAQT IS-189A)

I will take any team that registers by December 1. After that, it will depend on getting the right field size and having enough staff.
by Deviant Insider
Sat Nov 16, 2019 9:53 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: Scobol Solo November 16, 2019 (IL)
Replies: 11
Views: 4986

Re: Scobol Solo November 16, 2019 (IL)

Congratulations to everybody who took part in today's Scobol Solo. Govind Prabhakar won the tournament after an extremely short overtime against Dylan Bowman. A huge thanks to our staff: Nevagay Abel, Jeff Brigham, Colby Burnett, Ulysses Capistran, Matthew Colson, Ernesto Cruz, Claudia Danowski, Ow...
by Deviant Insider
Sun Nov 10, 2019 11:25 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: Scobol Solo November 16, 2019 (IL)
Replies: 11
Views: 4986

Re: Scobol Solo November 16, 2019 (IL)

It looks like we have enough moderators now. There is a thread titled 2019 Scobol Solo Discussion. People who are going to participate in Scobol Solo at New Trier can join it now. Do not join it if you or students you coach might play on the Solo set at a later date, which in some states includes NA...
by Deviant Insider
Sun Nov 10, 2019 1:00 pm
Forum: Mirror requests
Topic: Scobol Solo, Masonics, Reinstein, Reinstein IESA 2019-20
Replies: 2
Views: 3395

Re: Scobol Solo, Masonics, Reinstein, Reinstein IESA 2019-20

There is a thread titled 2019 Scobol Solo Discussion. People who are going to participate in Scobol Solo at New Trier can join it now. Do not join it if you or students you coach might play on the Solo set at a later date, which in some states includes NASAT tryouts.
by Deviant Insider
Wed Nov 06, 2019 9:15 am
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: Scobol Solo November 16, 2019 (IL)
Replies: 11
Views: 4986

Re: Scobol Solo November 16, 2019 (IL)

I'm back to needing a moderator. Let me know if you can help.
by Deviant Insider
Tue Nov 05, 2019 9:56 am
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: Scobol Solo November 16, 2019 (IL)
Replies: 11
Views: 4986

Re: Scobol Solo November 16, 2019 (IL)

As of this moment, I have names of all students, enough moderators, and enough buzzer systems. None of that was true yesterday, and for all I know none of it will be true tomorrow. If you want to add students to the waitlist, sign up to be a moderator when somebody else backs out, or sign up to brin...
by Deviant Insider
Fri Oct 25, 2019 9:34 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Rethinking Middle School/Novice Difficulty
Replies: 18
Views: 6681

Re: Rethinking Middle School/Novice Difficulty

So what would it say if your team has trouble answering many questions at first? My coach read an MS NAQT packet on Thursday's practice (we are planning to go to the Jr. Wildcat Tournament) are Varsity team, (9 people now) played a solid match against each other (475-270), after that, we brought in...
by Deviant Insider
Thu Oct 17, 2019 5:58 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: Scobol Solo November 16, 2019 (IL)
Replies: 11
Views: 4986

Re: Scobol Solo November 16, 2019 (IL)

The field is now full. I still could use more staff. If I get more student entries, they will go on a waitlist.
by Deviant Insider
Sun Oct 13, 2019 4:18 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: Scobol Solo November 16, 2019 (IL)
Replies: 11
Views: 4986

Re: Scobol Solo November 16, 2019 (IL)

There are currently 40 openings, but some coaches have said they will get me numbers this week, and there is a good chance that there will be a waitlist in a week or two. Use the link above to see who is currently entered.
by Deviant Insider
Tue Oct 01, 2019 4:46 pm
Forum: Middle School Quizbowl Announcements & Discussion
Topic: IESA Style Set Available
Replies: 7
Views: 5101

Re: IESA Style Set Available

This set is now complete and has been shipped to its first customer.
by Deviant Insider
Mon Sep 23, 2019 1:50 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Rethinking Middle School/Novice Difficulty
Replies: 18
Views: 6681

Re: Rethinking Middle School/Novice Difficulty

I recently read sample quizbowl questions to probably ~300 middle schoolers. Questions (ones I re-wrote and shortened to make them even more accessible) on Sherlock Holmes, energy, Germany (with Berlin as the giveaway), and the Flood (from the Bible) had something like 5-30% conversion rates. Quest...
by Deviant Insider
Sun Sep 22, 2019 9:48 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Rethinking Middle School/Novice Difficulty
Replies: 18
Views: 6681

Re: Rethinking Middle School/Novice Difficulty

Thanks to Chris for a great post. I think his first suggestion is a great one. (His other suggestions are good too, but he provides a link to show that his 2nd suggestion has already been done, and his 3rd suggestion is one of those things that has been said before and that needs to be repeated over...
by Deviant Insider
Tue Sep 17, 2019 9:02 pm
Forum: Middle School Quizbowl Announcements & Discussion
Topic: IESA Style Set Available
Replies: 7
Views: 5101

Re: IESA Style Set Available

I'll message you. I don't want to announce them publicly because they could still back out if they wanted to, and I don't want to make it seem like they are endorsing me before they have used the questions, but I am pretty sure they are in.
by Deviant Insider
Tue Sep 17, 2019 8:33 pm
Forum: Middle School Quizbowl Announcements & Discussion
Topic: IESA Style Set Available
Replies: 7
Views: 5101

Re: IESA Style Set Available

Thanks! I have two other conferences that are basically in, and a few others are going to decide in the next month or two. Many of them don't play matches until January. The questions are done. I am going to give them another read-through to see if I catch something, and I might update Current Event...
by Deviant Insider
Mon Aug 26, 2019 4:21 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Difficulty Metrics
Replies: 4
Views: 4560

Re: Difficulty Metrics

Search quiz bowl packet archives is sometimes better for this sort of thing because it has more sets to draw from. The drawbacks are that it takes a lot of effort to see the prior uses and to sort things out when two things have the same name.
by Deviant Insider
Thu Aug 22, 2019 3:26 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: New Trier Varsity, IL (12/14/19) (Penn Bowl & NAQT IS-189A)
Replies: 8
Views: 2275

Re: New Trier Varsity, IL (12/14/19) (Penn Bowl & NAQT IS-189A)

Field Update Uber Barrington Chattahoochee (2) Fremd Miami Valley Northmont Sandburg Stevenson (2) University Lab Standard Beacon Belvidere Carmel Catholic (2) Chicago Christian Evanston (2) Fremd (3) Glenbard North (3) Glenbrook South Hoffman Estates Homewood-Flossmoor Keith Country Day Latin (2) L...
by Deviant Insider
Thu Aug 22, 2019 3:26 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: New Trier Varsity, IL (12/14/19) (Penn Bowl & NAQT IS-189A)
Replies: 8
Views: 2275

New Trier Varsity, IL (12/14/19) (Penn Bowl & NAQT IS-189A)

The 2019 New Trier Varsity Tournament will take place on December 14. We will have an Über-Competitive Division and a Standard Division. The Penn Bowl Set will be used in the Über-Competitive Division, and NAQT IS 189A will be used in the Standard Division. To register for the tournament, use the at...
by Deviant Insider
Tue Aug 20, 2019 11:11 am
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: Scobol Solo November 16, 2019 (IL)
Replies: 11
Views: 4986

Scobol Solo November 16, 2019 (IL)

This is an invitation to participate in the Nineteenth Annual Scobol Solo, to be held on Saturday, November 16, 2019. The tournament is at New Trier High School in Winnetka, just north of Chicago. Checks should be made payable to Reinstein QuizBowl and mailed to: Reinstein QuizBowl PO Box 57 125 She...
by Deviant Insider
Mon Aug 19, 2019 12:28 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: 2019-20 PACE Outreach Fund
Replies: 0
Views: 3958

2019-20 PACE Outreach Fund

The Partnership for Academic Competition Excellence is now accepting submissions for the 2019-2020 PACE Outreach Fund, a program funding outreach for high quality quizbowl around the country. The program is designed to support state organizations, tournament hosts, and anybody else working to recrui...
by Deviant Insider
Thu Aug 15, 2019 9:37 pm
Forum: Middle School Quizbowl Announcements & Discussion
Topic: IESA Style Set Available
Replies: 7
Views: 5101

IESA Style Set Available

I am producing an IESA Style Set. A sample round is attached. This set will be 15 rounds. The distribution is: Science 5/4 Math with some Computers 5/4 Social Studies (including History) 5/4 Language Arts (including Literature) 5/4 Fine Arts 2/2 Miscellaneous 2/2 Total 24/20 + 1 extra tossup In addi...
by Deviant Insider
Sun Aug 11, 2019 10:10 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: QEMS2 Appears to be down
Replies: 6
Views: 3524

Re: QEMS2 Appears to be down

It's currently up. I don't know much about it, so there isn't much more I can tell you. I don't know whether or not it was down earlier today.
by Deviant Insider
Sun Aug 11, 2019 6:14 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Bonus Question
Replies: 1
Views: 3318

Re: Bonus Question

I found the question here. It was so good that it not only was used in a national tournament--it was used in a write-up of the tournament that focuses on how awesome the tournament was.
by Deviant Insider
Wed Jul 24, 2019 5:14 pm
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: How We Treat Each Other: 2019
Replies: 32
Views: 16488

Re: How We Treat Each Other: 2019

Periplus of the Erythraean Sea wrote:
Wed Jul 24, 2019 5:06 pm
Others will send emails to people you work on projects with to gather dirt on you
That email had absolutely nothing to do with you at all. You should have asked anybody involved with it in any way before making a wrong accusation in public.
by Deviant Insider
Mon Jul 22, 2019 10:34 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Does every quizbowl organization need its own blog?
Replies: 9
Views: 4914

Re: Does every quizbowl organization need its own blog?

Sorry for the bad formatting, but this is what I came up with. I took advantage of NAQT's website . Feel free to let me know what I got wrong. As far as blogs, here is what I found: Colorado has a blog with two posts. New York has a blog that has a lot of tournament recaps. Pennsylvania's website is...
by Deviant Insider
Tue Jul 16, 2019 5:05 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Does every quizbowl organization need its own blog?
Replies: 9
Views: 4914

Re: Does every quizbowl organization need its own blog?

What we might want is a newsfeed that combines the facebook and twitter pages of all good quizbowl organizations. (I think that twitter and facebook would have to be separate, and perhaps there is other social media we would want. We can also figure out if we want certain hashtags to show up.) When ...
by Deviant Insider
Sat Jul 13, 2019 11:40 am
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Authentication on this Website
Replies: 10
Views: 5325

Re: Authentication on this Website

Any update on this?

How often should we ask why nothing is being done about this? Should we ask again in three months, or would it be more appropriate to wait a year?
by Deviant Insider
Tue Jul 09, 2019 11:02 pm
Forum: Mirror requests
Topic: CALISTO (Regular HS, 2020)
Replies: 8
Views: 5624

Re: CALISTO (Regular HS, 2020)

This distribution is good. It's not the only way to do things, but neither is any other distribution. I would prefer making the math 1/1 and the other science .5/.5, or making them both .75/.75, but it's not my tournament, and these are things that reasonable people can disagree on. .25/.25 philosop...
by Deviant Insider
Mon Jul 08, 2019 7:49 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Gender in QuizDB Sets
Replies: 4
Views: 4272

Re: Gender in QuizDB Sets

Thanks for doing this. This is some cool data. The data certainly is not perfect. There are more than two mis-gendered tossups in the group you listed, such as Faulkner and books written by men. Also, some of the set data is off--it says the 2013 Scobol Solo used only one gendered pronoun, which is ...
by Deviant Insider
Mon Jul 08, 2019 7:58 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Bonus Question
Replies: 1
Views: 3318

Bonus Question

I found this question on the internet. It was used in a quizbowl competition and was swept by the team that played it. Please tell me the answers.

MASTERPIECES IN THE PRADO
I'll name the artist and you give the title.
5 Hieronymous Bosch
10 Diego Velasquez
15 Francisco de Goya
by Deviant Insider
Sat Jul 06, 2019 3:06 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Quiz Bowl in Germany
Replies: 3
Views: 3568

Re: Quiz Bowl in Germany

If somebody is interested in quizbowl in Germany, they should contact Mr. Blessman.
by Deviant Insider
Mon Jul 01, 2019 9:24 am
Forum: Mirror requests
Topic: Scobol Solo, Masonics, Reinstein, Reinstein IESA 2019-20
Replies: 2
Views: 3395

Re: Scobol Solo, Masonics, Reinstein, Reinstein IESA 2019-20

Set Uses:

Scobol Solo:
11/16 New Trier
12/14 Iowa
12/21 Piasa Southwestern (IL)

Masonics:
3/7 Illinois
3/7 Iowa

Reinstein:
3/14 Bulldog Regional Interscholastic Challenge (Mexico, MO)
3/28 VCU (without computational bonuses)

Reinstein IESA:
by Deviant Insider
Mon Jul 01, 2019 8:24 am
Forum: Mirror requests
Topic: Scobol Solo, Masonics, Reinstein, Reinstein IESA 2019-20
Replies: 2
Views: 3395

Scobol Solo, Masonics, Reinstein, Reinstein IESA 2019-20

This announcement actually covers four sets. Scobol Solo is a tossup only set. It contains 14 regular rounds, one replacement round, and a 60 question championship round, with tiebreakers for all rounds. It is about 400 tossups total. The main site will be at New Trier (near Chicago) on Saturday, No...
by Deviant Insider
Sun Jun 30, 2019 1:55 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: 27,000 HSAPQ answer lines
Replies: 11
Views: 10463

Re: 27,000 HSAPQ answer lines

The updated link above from 2014 still works.
by Deviant Insider
Wed Jun 26, 2019 11:55 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Quiz Bowl in Germany
Replies: 3
Views: 3568

Re: Quiz Bowl in Germany

The John F. Kennedy School in Berlin calls it Quizbowl. I have my doubts about that wikipedia article, but hopefully I am wrong.
by Deviant Insider
Mon Jun 24, 2019 9:44 am
Forum: Mirror requests
Topic: FONS V (Novice) (NO LONGER AVAILABLE)
Replies: 12
Views: 4916

Re: FONS V (Novice+)

db0wman wrote:
Mon Jun 24, 2019 9:19 am
Is there a reason that science is 4/3?
It's actually 5/4. See the last two lines. Also, the total is 22/21, but the post says the total is 22/20.
by Deviant Insider
Fri Jun 21, 2019 8:48 am
Forum: National and Regional Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: 2019 Masonic/Reinstein Set Discussion
Replies: 28
Views: 9058

Re: 2019 Masonic/Reinstein Set Discussion

Thanks for the feedback. I'm actually working on next year's Solo and Masonic lit now, so this is good timing. I don't really see a problem with tossing up Styron. It is difficult, but this was in a round played by the 12 teams remaining in a tournament that started with 300+. Styron came up in bonu...
by Deviant Insider
Thu Jun 20, 2019 9:08 pm
Forum: National and Regional Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: 2019 Masonic/Reinstein Set Discussion
Replies: 28
Views: 9058

Re: 2019 Masonic/Reinstein Set Discussion

Agreed. The placement of that question was on purpose. When I wrote it, I thought I could put it in the Finals, and then I thought about it and buried it. I have to write a lot of extra questions for this set, so it's easier to bury questions than replace them. The set has 448 questions that get use...
by Deviant Insider
Mon Jun 17, 2019 10:55 am
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Maintaining Boundaries
Replies: 4
Views: 9002

Re: Maintaining Boundaries

The original post in this thread was made at the suggestion of Charlie Dees. Thanks, Charlie!
by Deviant Insider
Thu Jun 13, 2019 4:08 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2019 PACE NSC: Congratulations Thomas Jefferson A!
Replies: 35
Views: 22547

Re: 2019 PACE NSC: June 8-9, Reston, VA

A huge thanks to our 2019 Round Sponsors! Ankit Aggarwal sponsored a Finals Round. Groger Ranks, HSQBRank via Fred Morlan, Alumni of Fisher Catholic Quiz Bowl, SCOP Novice, Greg Peterson, Mike Bentley, Greater Pennsylvania Quiz Bowl, Bryn and Eric Douglass, Peter Schmidt, and Raynor Kuang and QuizDB...
by Deviant Insider
Wed Jun 12, 2019 10:08 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: NSC 2019 Set Discussion
Replies: 30
Views: 9098

Re: NSC 2019 Set Discussion

A member of this family named Vincent has his draft survey hidden by his mother Mary Moriarty since her other son Kenneth died in the war. Princeton's Firestone Library holds the only authorized manuscripts of several stories about this family, including "The Last and Best of the Peter Pans" and "T...
by Deviant Insider
Wed Jun 12, 2019 12:49 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: NSC 2019 Set Discussion
Replies: 30
Views: 9098

Re: NSC 2019 Set Discussion

This story's title derives from a section of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin's ("teh-yar duh shar-dan'z") The Omega Point that argues love will allow humanity to evolve into the divine. A woman in this story goes on a long tangent about the time her father paid off the mortgage for the Godhighs' mansion...
by Deviant Insider
Wed Jun 12, 2019 7:23 am
Forum: National and Regional Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: 2018-19 Groger Ranks Awards [WINNERS ANNOUNCED]
Replies: 34
Views: 12557

Re: 2018-19 Groger Ranks Awards

The main site of Scobol Solo has advanced stats by category.