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by aestheteboy
Sun Oct 18, 2009 5:02 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Easy Bonus Parts
Replies: 42
Views: 12667

Re: Easy Bonus Parts

I also brought up the same issue again here: http://hsquizbowl.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=20&t=6675
by aestheteboy
Sun Oct 04, 2009 3:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: EFT Discussion
Replies: 186
Views: 20686

Re: EFT Discussion

This comment isn't exactly pertinent to the discussion, but I'd like to just say I'm extremely impressed how so many high school teams played the set so well. UVA site must have been really exciting.
by aestheteboy
Mon Sep 28, 2009 6:03 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Should distributions have some round-to-round leeway?
Replies: 18
Views: 3659

Re: Should distributions have some round-to-round leeway?

Having a whole number distribution is simply a matter of convenience. There is no reason to say that to have decimal distribution (that is to say to allow slight variations in per packet distribution) is unfair. It becomes unfair only when the deviation of per packet distribution from per tournament...
by aestheteboy
Thu Sep 24, 2009 9:35 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Recruitment and Retention
Replies: 29
Views: 6383

Re: Recruitment and Retention

For the sake of historical accuracy, I found the thread about pronunciation which Daichi is talking about: http://www.hsquizbowl.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=20&t=2900&p=36757#p36757 Sorice doesn't post in the thread. Unless this happened at a different time, perhaps you might be thinking of Leo call...
by aestheteboy
Thu Sep 24, 2009 12:27 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Recruitment and Retention
Replies: 29
Views: 6383

Re: Recruitment and Retention

That common knowledge point that Doug pointed out is definitely there. I still remember Mike Sorice calling me a tool after I argued that correct pronunciation should be required for the correct answer the summer of my freshman year. That wasn't nice. Things like that, though, weren't going to affec...
by aestheteboy
Sat Sep 12, 2009 10:58 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Rumble on the Pike 2009
Replies: 145
Views: 17378

Re: Rumble on the Pike 2009

people wrote:Wow what a shock WJ is decent!
What did I tell ya about KK.
by aestheteboy
Thu Aug 20, 2009 11:18 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2009-10 Preseason Top 50
Replies: 99
Views: 30107

Re: 2009-10 Preseason Top 50

I predict that WJ will place above at least a half dozen teams at NSC (and HSNCT if they attend). KK tends to fail to buzz in, not from lack of knowledge, but out of deference.
by aestheteboy
Wed Jun 10, 2009 2:32 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Next Year
Replies: 74
Views: 10095

Re: Next Year

Dorman "thrashing" Charter three times in a row is not an accurate description of what happened this year . . . but yeah, my prediction is that, uh, Gov will be #1 and SC will be #2 and everyone else will be pretty much irrelevant in terms of national title.
by aestheteboy
Wed Jun 03, 2009 7:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: PACE NSC: format changes, 2010 information
Replies: 287
Views: 113565

Re: PACE NSC: format changes, 2010 information

I'm quite pleased that my unamusing parody of Cato the Elder can stop after only two posts. I like the new format very much, except that I think the distribution is somewhat odd. In particular, 15% each of RMP and FA seems like too much. Perhaps this belongs in a separate thread, but one of the few ...
by aestheteboy
Mon Jun 01, 2009 2:13 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2009 NAQT HSNCT
Replies: 349
Views: 82753

Re: 2009 NAQT HSNCT

Hey. Congrats to Charter for winning and everyone else who did well at this tournament. Both the finals for NSC and HSNCT this year were very exciting, and being able to witness something so intense and breathtaking has been, for me, the best thing about being a quizbowl player. It was also quite gr...
by aestheteboy
Mon May 25, 2009 12:16 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NSC 09 question discussion
Replies: 132
Views: 18305

Re: NSC 09 question discussion guidelines

I thought the prelim rounds were really well-edited, although the bonus seemed somewhat too easy for nationals level. It felt like the bonus got slightly harder for playoff rounds, but statistic suggests otherwise; it may simply have been because of difficulty fluctuation, which was much more pronou...
by aestheteboy
Fri May 22, 2009 10:54 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: PACE NSC Prediction Contest - 2009 Edition
Replies: 21
Views: 2776

Re: PACE NSC Prediction Contest - 2009 Edition

(I am aware of the repeats; I might fix 'em later) Predict the 16 playoff teams (two points each) SC Hunter Charter Dorman GDS Gov WJ RB Brookwood DCC Gonzaga Ike Auburn Southside Chaska Dorman B Predict which teams will go undefeated and untied in the preliminaries (one point each) SC Hunter Charte...
by aestheteboy
Thu May 21, 2009 7:58 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: PACE NSC Prediction Contest - 2009 Edition
Replies: 21
Views: 2776

Re: PACE NSC Prediction Contest - 2009 Edition

PACE people should publish the brackets before Saturday - if only for this prediction contest.
by aestheteboy
Wed May 20, 2009 4:10 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Pre-Nationals High School 2009 Poll
Replies: 53
Views: 9607

Re: Pre-Nationals High School 2009 Poll

Hey Fred, can we do another pre-NSC prediction game/thing like last year? It was pretty fun.
by aestheteboy
Tue May 19, 2009 8:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: PACE NSC 2009: Tournament Format
Replies: 29
Views: 8178

Re: PACE NSC 2009: Tournament Format

I'd like to make a proposal regarding the playoff format: no top-ranked team versus top-ranked team matches should take place in the first three games of playoffs, which occur on Saturday night (i.e. all three matches Saturday night will be between rank 1 and rank2). The top-ranked team of each prel...
by aestheteboy
Sun May 17, 2009 9:43 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Monroe Academic TournamenT at James Monroe (5/16/09)
Replies: 66
Views: 10680

Re: Monroe Academic TournamenT at James Monroe (5/16/09)

Monroe ran a really good tournament with competent readers. I was pleased to be able to be out of the building before 4:30 after 10 rounds of quizbowl. It would have been even earlier if I didn't oversleep - sorry, guys, and thanks, Churhern, for letting me still play the first round. I didn't think...
by aestheteboy
Wed May 13, 2009 7:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Pre-Nationals High School 2009 Poll
Replies: 53
Views: 9607

Re: Pre-Nationals High School 2009 Poll

I guess this thread is an appropriate place to have some pre-nationals predictions. I'm not planning to vote in this poll because I haven't followed the national scene closely enough to rank the top 25. However, for a while, I've had the opinion that the there are clear top seven teams in the nation...
by aestheteboy
Tue May 12, 2009 2:47 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: KLEE: HI Fine Arts (4/11/09)
Replies: 40
Views: 6024

Re: KLEE: HI Fine Arts (4/11/09)

I'd like the packets too. izumickk at hotmail.com
by aestheteboy
Tue May 12, 2009 2:45 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: PACE NSC 2009: Tournament Format
Replies: 29
Views: 8178

Re: PACE NSC 2009: Tournament Format

Does prelim record matter for the purpose of ranking within the playoff bracket? For instance, if one team goes 6-1 in prelims and 7-0 in playoffs, is that team tied or advantaged against a team that goes 7-0 in prelims and 6-1 in playoffs?
by aestheteboy
Mon May 11, 2009 8:24 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: University of Minnesota Nationals Warmup, 5/9 at the U of M
Replies: 53
Views: 8988

Re: University of Minnesota Nationals Warmup, 5/9 at the U of M

I do not think that extraordinary level of success in quizbowl requires extraordinary natural gift. What it requires more than anything else is the willingness and ability to put in great amount of time into activities that are relevant to knowledge covered in quizbowl. They often are directly relat...
by aestheteboy
Fri May 08, 2009 5:03 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Bringing Buzzer to Tournaments
Replies: 21
Views: 3031

Re: Bringing Buzzer to Tournaments

I think raising the buzzer discounts (and if necessary the base fee) makes a lot of sense. I've always felt that the cost of bringing buzzer systems exceed $5. As for incentives: I hold that the potential for slap bowl should be enough incentive for teams to bring buzzers. Unless teams are playing a...
by aestheteboy
Thu May 07, 2009 8:26 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Monroe Academic TournamenT at James Monroe (5/16/09)
Replies: 66
Views: 10680

Re: Unnamed tournament at James Monroe (5/16/09)

The current plan for this tournament, if we end up with 18 teams, is to divide into three preliminary brackets of six, and then rebracket after lunch with the top two teams from each prelim bracket advancing into a playoff bracket of six. If any team goes undefeated in the playoff bracket, they wil...
by aestheteboy
Wed May 06, 2009 8:57 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Monroe Academic TournamenT at James Monroe (5/16/09)
Replies: 66
Views: 10680

Re: Monroe Academic TournamenT at James Monroe (5/16/09)

WJ would like to sign up. We will bring a buzzer system if we don't forget.
by aestheteboy
Sat May 02, 2009 7:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Maryland Spring Invitational (5/2/09)
Replies: 116
Views: 83551

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Maryland Spring Invitational (5/2/09)

Hey, I'd like to get in touch with someone from UMD ASAP concerning our buzzer system. If someone sees this, can you e-mail me at izumickk at hotmail.com, aim me at aestheteboy, or contact me somehow? Thanks. I'll post more about my response to the tournament later. EDIT: btw, for those of you who a...
by aestheteboy
Fri May 01, 2009 5:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Maryland Spring Invitational (5/2/09)
Replies: 116
Views: 83551

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Maryland Spring Invitational (5/2/09)

For anyone who's interested, we'll actually be doing round robin prelim brackets of 4 and 6 playoff crossover rounds, because I know teams are interested in maximizing games against similarly-skilled opponents at this point in the year. Do I see four brackets of 4 followed by double round-robin in ...
by aestheteboy
Thu Apr 30, 2009 8:57 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Maryland Spring Invitational (5/2/09)
Replies: 116
Views: 83551

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Maryland Spring Invitational (5/2/09)

I'm also interested in the side-event thing since I will most likely be stuck on the Maryland campus until 5:00 or so. Is this going to actually happen? And where will the questions come from?
by aestheteboy
Tue Apr 28, 2009 2:35 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Maryland Spring Invitational (5/2/09)
Replies: 116
Views: 83551

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Maryland Spring Invitational (5/2/09)

Wow, I didn't even realize that this event was on a Saturday. This is quite an awesome discovery, and WJ will attend with one team.
by aestheteboy
Sun Apr 26, 2009 11:51 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HAVOC II @ MLWGS, 4/25 - not in conflict with the BoB test
Replies: 118
Views: 65042

Re: HAVOC II @ MLWGS, 4/25 - not in conflict with the BoB test

I haven't checked the set, but the fact that people are discussing the appropriateness of a mistletoe clue or whatever suggests that this set was very good. Good job, guys.
by aestheteboy
Mon Apr 13, 2009 9:57 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Monroe Academic TournamenT at James Monroe (5/16/09)
Replies: 66
Views: 10680

Re: Unnamed tournament at James Monroe (5/16/09)

It's the day after our prom, so I don't know if I'll make it or not. WJ's attendance becomes more likely with things like powers and a strong field.
by aestheteboy
Fri Apr 03, 2009 10:35 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: RAPPoff Inaugural Tournament 4/4/09 at Rappahannock County
Replies: 47
Views: 6689

Re: RAPPoff Inaugural Tournament 4/4/09 at Rappahannock County

I feel like the field is good enough for it to be meaningful to have 3 cross-bracket matches (i.e. top 6 from the prelims have potential to win the tournament), especially since 8 non-finals rounds are not that many games. But I do understand and respect your concern about ending the tournament at a...
by aestheteboy
Thu Mar 26, 2009 7:53 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: A word of caution when ordering HSAPQ questions...
Replies: 43
Views: 5589

Re: Do not use HSAPQ for your tournament!!!

Either its organization and leadership structure were seriosuly flawed, or its members just didn't care. Judging from what apparently happened and what HSAPQ (members) have said so far, HSAPQ wasn't very serious about meeting the deadline. To me, it just seems terribly unethical. Now, I'm not an HS...
by aestheteboy
Thu Mar 26, 2009 7:29 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: BATE Discussion
Replies: 30
Views: 3509

Re: BATE Discussion

My first impression about this set was that writers were too self-indulgent. It seemed like people were just using whatever they liked for the third parts. Many of the hard parts seemed pretty interesting and worthwhile to learn about, but it quickly became pretty annoying when it became a trend. So...
by aestheteboy
Thu Mar 26, 2009 7:15 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: A word of caution when ordering HSAPQ questions...
Replies: 43
Views: 5589

Re: Do not use HSAPQ for your tournament!!!

Wow, this is absolutely incredible. I would be truly disappointed and disgusted if what Mr. Campana described in the first post are all true. People who are talking about the printing time or the question quality are obviously missing the point. I don't agree that the tournament has to be postponed ...
by aestheteboy
Tue Mar 17, 2009 10:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: BATE Mirror (March 21, 2009) Midlothian, VA
Replies: 19
Views: 2687

Re: BATE Mirror (March 21, 2009) Midlothian, VA

More teams should register for this fine event.
by aestheteboy
Mon Mar 16, 2009 9:52 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Weekend of Quizbowl II (3/14 + 3/15/09, Fairfax, VA)
Replies: 118
Views: 46484

Re: Weekend of Quizbowl II (3/14 + 3/15/09, Fairfax, VA)

A few quick comments before I take a nap: Congrats to Hunter on some great performances this weekend. Thank you PACE for running the Weekend of Quizbowl and Ike for writing lit singles. I really liked all four tournaments, and I enjoyed the weekend a lot, even if it meant 4 hours of sleep for two ni...
by aestheteboy
Thu Mar 12, 2009 6:10 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2009 NAQT HSNCT
Replies: 349
Views: 82753

Re: 2009 NAQT HSNCT

I wouldn't be surprised if some teams that went last year don't go this year.
by aestheteboy
Thu Mar 12, 2009 2:56 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: BATE Mirror (March 21, 2009) Midlothian, VA
Replies: 19
Views: 2687

Re: BATE Mirror (March 21, 2009) Midlothian, VA

Hey, WJ will attend with one team and one buzzer system.
by aestheteboy
Tue Mar 10, 2009 7:42 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Maryland/DC/DC Area Virginia 2008-2009
Replies: 39
Views: 5346

Re: Maryland/DC/DC Area Virginia 2008-2009

Teams attend tournaments, especially a state championship, for several reasons other than to simply qualify for a national championship. I don't think the fact that many teams have qualified already affect the participation that much. Also, if I recall correctly, there have been two NAQT tournaments...
by aestheteboy
Thu Mar 05, 2009 7:18 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: BATE Mirror (March 21, 2009) Midlothian, VA
Replies: 19
Views: 2687

Re: BATE Mirror (March 21, 2009) Midlothian, VA

Yeah, WJ will most likely come to this.
by aestheteboy
Thu Mar 05, 2009 12:55 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Prison Bowl Discussion
Replies: 82
Views: 9149

Re: Prison Bowl Discussion

I'm not quite sure if you your objection is that 1. the connection between "world maps" and "maps" (or "Manhattan" and "NYC") is not obvious enough, even for a person who knows that the clue that he or she buzzed off of refers to a world map, or that 2. players should receive points just for knowing...
by aestheteboy
Wed Mar 04, 2009 11:50 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Prison Bowl Discussion
Replies: 82
Views: 9149

Re: Prison Bowl Discussion

See, I think that kind of thing is ridiculous. Barring absurd vagueness on the player's part (which "maps" is not), it's crazy to give clues that all apply to one thing and then make the answer a more specific set of that one thing and expect players to psychically know you were limiting the accept...
by aestheteboy
Wed Mar 04, 2009 10:55 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Prison Bowl Discussion
Replies: 82
Views: 9149

Re: Prison Bowl Discussion

I agree that colonial America seems like a weird thing to ask in the literature distribution; it probably should have been cut. I don't know enough about the Massacres of Jews to really comment. The clues may have been poor, but I don't think the answer choice per se was a bad idea. I would argue th...
by aestheteboy
Mon Mar 02, 2009 2:39 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals Logistics Discussion, or, Finishing on Time.
Replies: 33
Views: 3713

Re: ACF Regionals Logistics Discussion, or, Finishing on Time.

I've never really understood why so many tournaments finish so late. I mean, I can understand why that could happen, but I don't understand why people tolerate the fact that it seems to happen at almost every tournament. I feel that it is not only reasonable but necessary to expect a higher degree o...
by aestheteboy
Wed Feb 25, 2009 6:48 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Kentucky 08-09
Replies: 256
Views: 36053

Re: Kentucky 08-09

Why couldn't the tournament director just declare that Russell had forfeited by not showing and just run the tournament with one team missing? That seems like the only logical thing to do, rather than to penalize all the teams that came out from far away just because one team tried to cheat with the...
by aestheteboy
Mon Feb 23, 2009 6:25 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Dropping Titles in Literature Questions
Replies: 76
Views: 8192

Re: Dropping Titles in Literature Questions

Yeah, I have to say that I'm hardly "worried" about buzzer races between Charter and SC. Sure, it's not desirable, but I really don't think it's a problem that we can reasonably address. Other than the Atwood tossup, which I regret not editing, I don't think the tossups Ben mentioned were inappropri...
by aestheteboy
Mon Feb 23, 2009 5:00 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Dropping Titles in Literature Questions
Replies: 76
Views: 8192

Re: Dropping Titles in Literature Questions

Yeah, I definitely agree with Chris and Charlie. There's no point in using clues that people don't know, and an ideal tossup would let the most knowledgeable person playing the set buzz off the lead-in. I think all good writers aim to write tossups where the lead-ins are buzzable by at least one tea...
by aestheteboy
Mon Feb 23, 2009 4:38 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals Mid-Atlantic at Swarthmore (2/28/09)
Replies: 57
Views: 14044

Re: ACF Regionals Mid-Atlantic at Swarthmore (2/28/09)

I will play at this tournament. I'm pretty excited.
by aestheteboy
Sat Feb 21, 2009 11:24 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Prison Bowl Discussion
Replies: 82
Views: 9149

Re: Prison Bowl Discussion

I guess the discussion can start now since all mirrors have concluded. I think Guy will post the set or send it to Chris, since he has the final, edited version of the set. Again, thanks everyone for playing. I had fun writing.
by aestheteboy
Sat Feb 21, 2009 8:17 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: VCU Spring Tournament 2/21/09 Richmond VA
Replies: 46
Views: 8182

Re: VCU Spring Tournament 2/21/09 Richmond VA

This tournament was really fun. It was very cool to be able to play 8 competitive games over 11 rounds. The questions were really good, and the few problems that I had with the previous HSAPQ sets seemed to have been addressed (for instance, the third parts of the bonuses were often moderately chall...