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by Kechara
Tue Jun 05, 2007 9:26 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: How to Make Legitimate Quizbowl (More) Exciting
Replies: 43
Views: 18728

I spent most of the time looking for the camera he was playing to ...... I swear that he acted like there was a camera on him the whole time and that I was the only one who didn't see the camera. I am refraining from saying anything really cruel... :) I won't. I can find a couple of fun diagnoses t...
by Kechara
Tue Jun 05, 2007 9:03 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Pennsylvania '07-'08
Replies: 15
Views: 6480

Re: Pennsylvania '07-'08

That being said, I hope that my fellow PA quizbowlers somehow stumble on this thread. Something that can help with that (and with the issue as a whole) is introducing people on other teams to the board. Talk about the website and what makes the message boards cool. If you get people to check the si...
by Kechara
Tue Jun 05, 2007 8:59 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Southeast 07 - 08
Replies: 5
Views: 3206

jrbarry wrote:I predict krazydragon will get his butt whipped several times by his coach.
I wish I could threaten to whip the butts of the kids I work with. I only got threatened three times today by the same kid. :roll:
by Kechara
Tue May 29, 2007 11:42 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2007 PACE NSC preliminary field
Replies: 72
Views: 26624

(I might add that I didn't see any philosophy tu in the first three rounds of 2006 packet). With regards to that: There is RMP in the related tossup-bonus section, and we try to have those include philosophy. However, philosophy is such a small part of the distribution that putting it in the RTB se...
by Kechara
Tue May 29, 2007 10:53 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: RESULTS: Maggie Walker wins 2007 HSNCT!
Replies: 138
Views: 47565

nurgles_herald wrote:Yup. I'm trying to get a Penn State knowledge masters team back together, although it'll be in a larval phase.
<shamelessness> If you want money to go to tournaments with, Academic Initiative has a tournament ready for you to host! </shamelessness>
by Kechara
Sun Jul 02, 2006 6:58 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Retiring Some Questions?
Replies: 51
Views: 23051

Allow me to play devil's advocate for a moment ..... I like these authors a lot; however, why should someone like H.G. Wells be considered "legit lit", and someone like Michael Crichton be considered "TRASH"? My take is that their sci-fi novels were both attempts to shine light on controversial sub...
by Kechara
Sun Jul 02, 2006 9:58 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Retiring Some Questions?
Replies: 51
Views: 23051

As far as the canon is concerned, I think there is a place for current popular writers. I see no problem with a question on King, Crichton, Brown, Grafton, et al (except bonuses asking for names of Grafton works, which there should be a rule about). Of course, it would be a mistake to have two such...
by Kechara
Fri Jun 30, 2006 11:35 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Retiring Some Questions?
Replies: 51
Views: 23051

OK, this question goes completely the other way with expanding the canon, but when do y'all think literature written in the past 50 years should make it into the canon? Heinlein somewhat has, for instance. Part of the reason I ask this is, I try to write based on what is taught. I see Killer Angels ...
by Kechara
Thu Jun 29, 2006 4:35 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Pronunciation
Replies: 67
Views: 30037

(For what it's worth, nobody can pronounce my last name right, though I've pointed out that it's obviously Italian, so it's spelled AND pronounced the same way as "Giuliani," which nobody ever mispronounces. People get it wrong anyway. ang-WEE-lee it is not.) Understood. My last name (Connolly) is ...
by Kechara
Mon Jun 19, 2006 8:37 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Buzzer malfunctions
Replies: 29
Views: 12273

There is also a difference between a player who was trying to ring in on every other question, and a player who was ringing in only occasionally. Given that ittook this person until the end of the match to figure out that there was a malfunction, that tells me that there weren't many opportunities ...
by Kechara
Mon Jun 19, 2006 8:04 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Buzzer malfunctions
Replies: 29
Views: 12273

Jessie, again, I have no problem with your ruling in this instance, in light of the fact that PACE rules don't specifically address the issue. The player's buzzer was likely broken for a while based on the well thought out evidence you cite. So, for the sake of fairness the ruling was fine. I am th...
by Kechara
Mon Jun 19, 2006 7:56 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2006 NAQT HSNCT
Replies: 309
Views: 133208

Re: Crossover giveaway clues

NAQT doesn't use crossover/pun/"sounds like" giveaways unless we've already given the easiest clues that we know for the answer and still think that the tossup won't achieve the 85% answerability level that we try to use as a standard. If you look at the questions to whose giveaways you object you'...
by Kechara
Mon Jun 19, 2006 7:27 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Survey: Computer Science in Quiz Bowl
Replies: 16
Views: 7140

As the humanities person that stumbled across this thread, I never had any interest in taking CS, and I would be severely disturbed if I ever got a CS question. (If y'all want a good laugh, the only computer language I ever learned how to use was LogoWriter.) As for what was offered in my hs (discla...
by Kechara
Mon Jun 19, 2006 7:13 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Buzzer malfunctions
Replies: 29
Views: 12273

But I'm not saying PACE did anything wrong. Replacing the round is certainly a reasonable resolution as well. Replaying the game from the player's last buzz would be another reasonable solution. The most important thing is to have a resolution policy and stick to it. Given that the last question th...
by Kechara
Mon Jun 12, 2006 11:32 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Garnering Interest
Replies: 12
Views: 5559

Something I heard from a player in PA was doing the intramural tournament, but doing it as a trash tournament (all pop-culture questions). Alternatively, you can do an intramural trash tournamnet as a fundraiser that teams have to pay to participate in. Either way, introducing the idea in something ...
by Kechara
Mon Jun 12, 2006 11:18 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The 2006 Panasonic thread
Replies: 54
Views: 26315

Did I miss something? How come NC had a spot? I thought we never registered... We held a spot after Mr. Davis and Ms. Dawkins wanted to see if we could do something after NCOAST. After it was obvious we couldn't, I asked to pull us from the competition. Also, since my email archive went out the win...
by Kechara
Mon Jun 12, 2006 11:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The 2006 Panasonic thread
Replies: 54
Views: 26315

Has anyone actually come up with something state-themed to wear on the banquet night? I won't be there, but personally, I like the tshirts for MD that have crabs sitting around eating people and say "Payback's a bitch." Then again, if I had gone this year I would have been with North Carolina, and ...
by Kechara
Mon Jun 12, 2006 11:12 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The 2006 Panasonic thread
Replies: 54
Views: 26315

Assuming full conversion of the handouts (which is 60 points... which that couldn't happen because the final score doesn't end in a 5/0), that's 327 points worth of buzzing correctly. Even if they were competing against two dead fish and a banana as opposed to three live teams, that's an incredible...
by Kechara
Mon Jun 12, 2006 12:36 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The 2006 Panasonic thread
Replies: 54
Views: 26315

cvdwightw wrote:Who is the California representative? Please tell me it's not the winner of BAAL.
Please tell me California does not have any sort of state championship honoring a golden idol. (Or an American Idol)
by Kechara
Mon Jun 12, 2006 12:22 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Restricting NAQT HSNCT in 2007 and beyond
Replies: 70
Views: 28239

Tournament organizers are required to send complete results to NAQT within a specific time period following the tournament. Can we encourage those tournament organizers also to publicly give the full results from their tournament? If NAQT receives the results of their sanctioned tournaments, why ca...
by Kechara
Thu Jun 08, 2006 3:28 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The 2006 Panasonic thread
Replies: 54
Views: 26315

Has anyone actually come up with something state-themed to wear on the banquet night? I won't be there, but personally, I like the tshirts for MD that have crabs sitting around eating people and say "Payback's a bitch." Then again, if I had gone this year I would have been with North Carolina, and ...
by Kechara
Wed Jun 07, 2006 7:51 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2006 NAQT HSNCT
Replies: 309
Views: 133208

As for televising it, something tells me top-level quiz bowl would need a genius of a producer to make it watchable TV . . . Who knows. I never thought that poker would be as entertaining a spectator sport as it seems to have become. Or that Vegas would have odds on the spelling bee. Did the nation...
by Kechara
Wed Jun 07, 2006 12:10 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2006 NAQT HSNCT
Replies: 309
Views: 133208

[quote="E.T. Chuck] Note to self: must remember to buy Kudos bars...[/quote]

Don't, I have a couple coupons for them
by Kechara
Tue Jun 06, 2006 11:03 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Toward a True National Organization...
Replies: 159
Views: 64153

Re: Goals

Flashing my "non-profit management certification badge", I guess I want an idea of what you consider successful progress in your points. What was the consensus on measurable outcomes, and what was suggested as a means to achieve those goals? If there had been talk of incorporating immediately, I wa...
by Kechara
Tue Jun 06, 2006 10:57 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Restricting NAQT HSNCT in 2007 and beyond
Replies: 70
Views: 28239

In response to the comments about the best B team in the country, what if NAQT ran a champtionship set for B teams the way they do for small schools? There are the logistical problems inherent when you have some of those B teams in the regular playoffs as well, but they manage to work with that when...
by Kechara
Tue Jun 06, 2006 7:22 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Toward a True National Organization...
Replies: 159
Views: 64153

Speaking of this site, one thing that I am curious about, as PACE takes over ownership and support of this message board, is what y'all want to see on it. As part of addressing some of the issues already raised, I am interested in creating a coaches' section of the board with resources for coaches, ...
by Kechara
Tue Jun 06, 2006 7:10 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2006 NAQT HSNCT
Replies: 309
Views: 133208

What frustrates me the most, however, about NAQT Nationals is not the question formula, but the darn speedreading that many moderators seem determined to use. QUIT USING TIMED MATCHES! Some readers are more proud of how many tossups they get through than they are of speaking clearly and plainly. I ...
by Kechara
Thu Apr 20, 2006 10:59 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Underwhelmed
Replies: 141
Views: 137229

With regards to the protest committee, is everyone (players and moderators) supposed to know who is on the committee? If it hasn't been standard practice to announce that, you might want to make it standard practice just to make sure people know for sure whether or not they're getting an answer from...
by Kechara
Tue Jan 03, 2006 10:52 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Team Virginia @ Panasonic
Replies: 30
Views: 14329

And Tom (Chuck), I'm going to beat you with a crutch for that picture of yours
by Kechara
Tue Jan 03, 2006 10:51 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Team Virginia @ Panasonic
Replies: 30
Views: 14329

Also, FYI, my better half is moving up to Maryland this Sunday, and once I find a job, I'll be heading up there too. Virginia's not exactly that far away from Maryland. Just thought I'd throw it out there. :wink: Great...just what the rest of the country needs...even MORE talent moving into the gre...