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by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Tue Jul 29, 2014 11:56 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Richard Montgomery's HERMES available for mirrors!
Replies: 22
Views: 17849

Re: Richard Montgomery's HERMES available for mirrors!

Our aim was slightly harder than "regular" difficulty (comparable to Prison Bowl, GSAC XX, a bit easier than BELLoco). We are charging $10 per team that attends your tournament. I'll go ahead and point out that according to last year's Morlan adjustments ( http://hsqbrank.com/2013-2014-stat-adjustm...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Thu Jul 10, 2014 9:04 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Children's and YA literature in NAQT packets
Replies: 13
Views: 6070

Re: Children's and YA literature in NAQT packets

tossups purely on children's/YA literature tend to play poorly I'm not sure this is actually reflected in the conversion data (the three YA literature tossups in the 2014 HSNCT had a 96% conversion rate; MSNCT which for obvious reasons calls for significantly more YA lit, had an 88% conversion rate...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Thu May 15, 2014 7:00 pm
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: 2014 NAQT MSNCT: Congratulations Harmony-Excellence!
Replies: 86
Views: 36717

Re: 2014 NAQT MSNCT: Congratulations Harmony-Excellence!

Siegfried wrote: Probably should've gotten more sleep, rather than binge on Red Bull, but no excuses.
Middle schoolers binging Red Bull? Why is this a thing now? And moreover, stop doing it. It won't end well.
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Mon May 12, 2014 9:22 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Discussion of the purpose of Collegiate Novice
Replies: 36
Views: 7694

Re: Discussion of the purpose of Collegiate Novice

Nicholas, if we're running Collegiate Novice next year, we could set our own eligibility restrictions to avoid this issue. It is true that there are some incoming freshmen in the California college circuit who should not be playing EACN, and I think we can use our own discretion to resolve potential...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Sun Apr 27, 2014 10:19 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: How successful has NHBB been at promoting regular quizbowl?
Replies: 18
Views: 6617

Re: How successful has NHBB been at promoting regular quizbo

Saratoga is one of those teams that only sporadically attends quiz bowl tournaments (they only attended one quiz bowl tournament this year, in no small part because of my persistent nagging). I knew about their incredible prowess having witnessed them firsthand in each of the three NHBB regional tou...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Wed Apr 16, 2014 6:02 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: It's Academic discussion
Replies: 105
Views: 44187

Re: It's Academic discussion

If I may interject, no matter what the format you're playing, you're going to have teams absolutely getting creamed. In the local "bad" format I played in High School, the same 7 or 8 teams were always at the top and the same 7 or 8 teams were always at the bottom. This never stopped them from play...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Tue Apr 15, 2014 1:44 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals congratulations, thanks, and discussion
Replies: 169
Views: 47221

Re: ACF Nationals congratulations, thanks, and discussion

Can you post the tossup on multiple realizability?
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Tue Apr 15, 2014 2:03 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals congratulations, thanks, and discussion
Replies: 169
Views: 47221

Re: ACF Nationals congratulations, thanks, and discussion

For the first time I can remember in a tournament, there were multiple economics questions with substantive clues from financial economics (volatility and exchange rates), so thanks, economics editor! I just had a couple quibbles with alternate answer lines, as the tossup on Discourse on Inequality ...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Sun Mar 09, 2014 5:53 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: SUBMIT at UC Berkeley [3/8/14]
Replies: 10
Views: 5001

Re: SUBMIT at UC Berkeley [3/8/14]

Stats for SUBMIT are now up.

Congrats to Stanford A for their victory over UW in the first game of an advantaged final, and thanks to all staffers!
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Tue Mar 04, 2014 7:13 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Suggestions for a new ACF distribution
Replies: 98
Views: 28717

Re: Suggestions for a new ACF distribution

If I were tasked with changing up the 4/4 of the distribution that the 3/3 of RMP and 1/1 of social science currently constitutes, I might suggest 1.5/1.5 "belief" (mythology, religious literature, theology, religious philosophy, etc.; must have either 1 or 2 myth questions), 1.5/1.5 "hard social s...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Wed Feb 26, 2014 5:04 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 ACE Camps
Replies: 4
Views: 2273

Re: 2014 ACE Camps

What about California? 32 of the 200 teams in Fred's rankings are currently in California, it's rapidly gaining popularity here, and players from California have to travel a huge distance (which likely includes pretty expensive plane flights) to get to any sort of camp.
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Sun Feb 09, 2014 9:57 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Natl History Bowl College Nationals: Sun 3/30 Northwestern U
Replies: 60
Views: 23530

Re: Natl. History Bowl College Nationals: Sun. 3/30, Chicago

I agree with Matt. If we hadn't booked the hotel room before being informed that the competition wouldn't happen, Berkeley would've just flown home that night. There's no "clean slate" about this.
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Thu Feb 06, 2014 8:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HSQBRank 2013-2014: Witty Subtitle
Replies: 203
Views: 88331

Re: HSQBRank 2013-2014: Witty Subtitle

There are also two listings for Amador Valley A: one called Amador A and one called Amador Valley A.
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Wed Jan 29, 2014 3:57 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: SUBMIT at UC Berkeley [3/8/14]
Replies: 10
Views: 5001

Re: SUBMIT at UC Berkeley [3/8/14]

We anticipate that Stanford, Bellarmine, and an open team of high schoolers will attend this tournament.
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Wed Dec 25, 2013 11:14 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: SUBMIT at UC Berkeley [3/8/14]
Replies: 10
Views: 5001

SUBMIT at UC Berkeley [3/8/14]

Hello everyone, This is the official announcement for the Submission-Utilizing Berkeley/Maryland Invitational Tournament (SUBMIT) mirror to be held at UC Berkeley on Saturday, March 8. This event will be a packet submission tournament aiming to be roughly the same difficulty as last year's Terrapin ...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Sun Dec 15, 2013 3:18 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Feats of Weakness 2 - World Edition - 12/22/13
Replies: 10
Views: 2605

Re: Feats of Weakness 2 - World Edition - 12/22/13

What about no longer extant countries?
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Thu Dec 12, 2013 11:18 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HSQBRank 2013-2014: Witty Subtitle
Replies: 203
Views: 88331

Re: HSQBRank 2013-2014: Witty Subtitle

Grams's Go-Go Boots wrote: Beartolt Becht
Beartotl Brecht Memorial
Duplicate.

California Cup is a series of tournaments, and the individual tournaments in the California Cup series that were played so far are Beartolt Brecht Memorial and California Cup #2 (those are the names that should show up on the database).
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Mon Dec 09, 2013 11:27 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Improving in Philosophy
Replies: 18
Views: 7479

Re: Improving in Philosophy

But yeah becoming a philosophy master seems to me like less of a hassle than other subjects. This might be true at the high school level, but college level philosophy questions which engage with texts directly are much more difficult to get a handle on and require deeper knowledge of a philosopher'...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Thu Nov 28, 2013 4:56 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: SUBMIT Global Announcement
Replies: 33
Views: 18079

Re: SUBMIT Global Announcement

Gonzagapuma1 wrote:Lit:
American/British: Tanay
Euro/World: Chris

History:
American: Ankit
Euro/World: Puma

Science: Brian

Fine Arts:
Painting/Other Art: Tanay
Music: Ophir

RMP:
R/M: Tanay
P: Arun

SS: Ankit
Geo/CE: Tanay
Trash: Isaac Bertrand Hirsch
I'm doing R/M.
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Sun Nov 24, 2013 8:11 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Improving in Philosophy
Replies: 18
Views: 7479

Re: Improving in Philosophy

I recommend ... Meditations on First Philosophy . Really? Uh yeah, it's one of the most influential philosophical works ever. I don't recommend it because it's a great work of philosophical reasoning, seeing as how modern philosophers avoid the label "Cartesian dualist" like the plague, but it is s...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Sun Nov 24, 2013 6:35 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Improving in Philosophy
Replies: 18
Views: 7479

Re: Improving in Philosophy

Of course, nothing beats reading the actual works themselves. If you want to investigate the foundational works of Western thought, I recommend reading material like the Platonic dialogues (particularly The Republic) and Descartes' Meditations on First Philosophy.
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Sun Nov 24, 2013 6:33 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Improving in Philosophy
Replies: 18
Views: 7479

Re: Improving in Philosophy

I'm sure there has been a thread on this before. My apologies if this thread is a repeat of a previous thread. What are some good ways to study for philosophy? My experience with the subject is practically limited to some simple connections. (utilitarianism->Bentham or Mill), and it just appears to...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Mon Nov 04, 2013 11:45 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question Specific Discussion
Replies: 35
Views: 6719

Re: Question Specific Discussion

Nor would I, but as I was informed of the situation from the moderator, he explained it that Chattahoochee self-corrected immediately before competition was ruled wrong. I ruled that the answer could be accepted in that case; if there really was a noticeable delay between the player saying competit...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Mon Nov 04, 2013 9:55 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question Specific Discussion
Replies: 35
Views: 6719

Re: Question Specific Discussion

Can you post the question on evolution? 11. Alfred Russell Wallace wrote an essay from Ternate, Indonesia positing this idea. Reverend William McLean brought a suit opposing the “balanced treatment” that required this idea’s counterpart be given “equal time,” which was also the subject of the Louis...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Mon Nov 04, 2013 8:57 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question Specific Discussion
Replies: 35
Views: 6719

Re: Question Specific Discussion

Can you post the question on evolution? 11. Alfred Russell Wallace wrote an essay from Ternate, Indonesia positing this idea. Reverend William McLean brought a suit opposing the “balanced treatment” that required this idea’s counterpart be given “equal time,” which was also the subject of the Louis...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Mon Nov 04, 2013 8:53 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question Specific Discussion
Replies: 35
Views: 6719

Re: Question Specific Discussion

In the first packet (think it was Caltech), tossup eleven and bonus eleven are both biology. In a later packet, the second tossup was on "Buddha" and the bonus was also religion. Randomization is completely random. Which means a limited number of coincidences w.r.t. matching tossup and bonus catego...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Mon Nov 04, 2013 8:52 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question Specific Discussion
Replies: 35
Views: 6719

Re: Question Specific Discussion

In another later round, on the first tossup, the moderator wanted Toyotomi Hideyoshi's full name after my initial answer of Hideyoshi. I think this was a case of excessive underlining, or it's possible that my moderator misprompted me, I never got a look at the question. I wrote that question and o...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Sun Nov 03, 2013 5:58 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: SUBMIT Global Announcement
Replies: 33
Views: 18079

Re: SUBMIT Global Announcement

Mike Bentley wrote:Is there a date for the Berkeley mirror yet?
We still have to resolve that because of conflicts with other events. It might happen as early as January 25 or as late as May 3.
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Thu Oct 31, 2013 1:48 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: A serious discussion of ACF packet submission
Replies: 72
Views: 28425

Re: A serious discussion of ACF packet submission

As a current ACF Fall editor, it seems to me that the way to resolve this would be to group the massive number of packet submissions we receive into a consolidated final packet of 3-4 submissions. It would give us much more flexibility, reduce the number of replacements we have to write, and throw ...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Tue Oct 29, 2013 2:23 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: A serious discussion of ACF packet submission
Replies: 72
Views: 28425

Re: A serious discussion of ACF packet submission

As a current ACF Fall editor, it seems to me that the way to resolve this would be to group the massive number of packet submissions we receive into a consolidated final packet of 3-4 submissions. It would give us much more flexibility, reduce the number of replacements we have to write, and throw a...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Wed Oct 23, 2013 11:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Books with Info
Replies: 7
Views: 2556

Re: Books with Info

I already read packets but the information really sticks when I read it in a textbook Reading textbooks for depth of knowledge is actually way more important than reading packets. You are doing the right thing to win over the long run. For history summary textbooks, I would recommend the following ...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Tue Oct 22, 2013 1:42 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Quizbowl Roundtable: Call for Topics/Participants
Replies: 38
Views: 14843

Re: Quizbowl Roundtable: Call for Topics/Participants

Another big one: how to fundraise or how to frame funding requests for college/high school administrations. This seems to be the primary problem with getting teams from my region to multiple national tournaments because flights to the Midwest/East Coast are costly.
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Tue Oct 15, 2013 9:52 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: A lack of classic film in high school quizbowl.
Replies: 20
Views: 4671

Re: A lack of classic film in high school quizbowl.

Grams's Go-Go Boots wrote:I don't think posting example questions from a Chicago Open side event and a college tournament is exactly addressing the point at hand.
Oh ok, I misinterpreted his statement as saying that art film isn't part of the fine arts canon in all of quiz bowl.
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Tue Oct 15, 2013 5:34 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: A lack of classic film in high school quizbowl.
Replies: 20
Views: 4671

Re: A lack of classic film in high school quizbowl.

One character in this movie goes to a fortune teller where he is told "She doesn't love you! Get over it!", while the main character of this movie wonders "Why should I kill myself by worrying when you end up dead anyway?". The protagonist confronts the titular person after running through a brothe...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Fri Oct 11, 2013 7:47 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Penn Bowl at Stanford (10/26/13)
Replies: 9
Views: 2763

Re: Penn Bowl at Stanford (10/26/13)

Then we should only make it out to "Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania"?
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Thu Oct 10, 2013 7:45 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: West Coast Schedule Discussion
Replies: 15
Views: 5178

Re: West Coast Schedule Discussion

How much of a West Coast schedule is even there at all? Are any of Michigan Fall, Penn Bowl, or DRAGOON getting mirrored in either NorCal or SoCal this semester? Clearly the solution is to play the Skype mirror...right? Yeah, we'd love to have some California teams play this. We're also going to do...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Thu Oct 10, 2013 5:33 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: West Coast Schedule Discussion
Replies: 15
Views: 5178

Re: West Coast Schedule Discussion

How much of a West Coast schedule is even there at all? Are any of Michigan Fall, Penn Bowl, or DRAGOON getting mirrored in either NorCal or SoCal this semester? None of those (with the possible but unlikely exception of Penn Bowl). We're running Collegiate Novice and ACF Fall in Berkeley this seme...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Thu Sep 26, 2013 12:47 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Novice Tournaments in New England
Replies: 14
Views: 2870

Re: Novice Tournaments in New England

The tournament AMSA is hosting on Nov 23 will use an NAQT A set, appropriate for novice teams. Your question has given me an idea - could we ask registered teams if they are inexperienced and try to group those teams into their own bracket so they can compete against other self-identified novice te...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Mon Sep 23, 2013 8:22 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: BISB Seeking Mirrors, 2013-2014
Replies: 9
Views: 6268

Re: BISB Seeking Mirrors, 2013-2014

The California Cup tournament using this set has been moved to November 9.
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Sat Sep 21, 2013 4:11 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall 2013 California--UC Berkeley (11/2/13)
Replies: 12
Views: 5160

ACF Fall 2013 California--UC Berkeley (11/2/13)

Hello, This is the announcement for the California mirror of ACF Fall to be held at UC Berkeley's Wheeler Hall on November 2. This is meant to be an easier college level set for introducing new players to the game as a whole while still providing decent competition for veterans. To register, please ...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Sun Aug 25, 2013 10:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bellarmine Novice Tournament (San Jose, CA, 10/12/2013)
Replies: 11
Views: 5256

Re: Bellarmine Novice Tournament (San Jose, CA, 10/12/2013)

Note that the buzzer discount listed above assumes a buzzer that can accommodate 4 players on each side of a game. Also, staffer volunteers are warmly welcome.
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Sun Aug 25, 2013 10:15 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bellarmine Novice Tournament (San Jose, CA, 10/12/2013)
Replies: 11
Views: 5256

Re: Bellarmine Novice Tournament (San Jose, CA, 10/12/2013)

Team Name: Teams/Buzzers/Staffers: Albany: 3/2/0 Amador Valley: 2/2/1 Bellarmine (house): 3/2/8 Challenger-Berryessa (middle school): 2/1/1 Davis: 2/1/0 Deer Valley: 2/1/1 Diablo Vista (middle school): 1/0/0 Escobar: 5/3/1 Harker: 1/0/0 Lafayette: 1/1/0 Lynbrook: 1/0/0 Menlo-Atherton: 2/2/0 Mills: 1...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Wed Aug 14, 2013 1:48 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Studying History
Replies: 15
Views: 4869

Re: Studying History

A friend of mine spent a few months going through Europe: A History by Norman Davies, which he said was good if you want a general overview. Also good if you want some ancient history knowledge is The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon which, despite its controvers...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Sat Aug 10, 2013 2:48 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Improving as a geography player?
Replies: 25
Views: 6107

Re: Improving as a geography player?

Knowing the highest peak in Senegal or Peru will help you zero or one times in your quizbowl career (especially as you trend toward college geography questions, which I see using less and less trivia like "highest peaks"--hopefully "second-largest city" is the next geography trend to meet a similar...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Tue Jul 30, 2013 1:46 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: California Quizbowl Championship (3/1 and 4/5)
Replies: 5
Views: 2278

Re: California Quizbowl Championship (3/1 and 4/5)

A potential problem with hosting the regionals on that date is a conflict with Texas Invitational: http://www.texasquizbowl.org/events/022 ... ational-v/.
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Fri Jul 19, 2013 2:02 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The 2013-14 Tournament Schedule
Replies: 79
Views: 22714

Re: The 2013-14 Tournament Schedule

perlnerd666 wrote:
The Two Hearts of Kwasi Boachi wrote:I realize it's still July, but is Terrapin or WIT happening again?
Tanay wrote:WIT will return. Perhaps that can be the late January event.
We are much less certain of WIT's vaunted return than we previously were.
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Sun Jul 07, 2013 12:15 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Evolution of a Quizbowl Player
Replies: 12
Views: 4605

Re: Evolution of a Quizbowl Player

Maybe it's why my school doesn't do as well as some of the other schools in our area despite probably having the ability to do so. It's not a culture we've usually had. But you don't need to parallel Malcolm Gladwell's ideas regarding hours in quiz bowl, especially when there's a good portion of pe...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Sun Jul 07, 2013 12:05 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Specialists or Miscellaneous?
Replies: 8
Views: 2482

Re: Specialists or Miscellaneous?

Re: your original query, obviously specialization is better -- overlap is basically useless (though I like the 2 generalist w/ different focus + 2 specialists model, since it helps with buzzer races, or if the better generalist is having trouble pulling easy/med bonus parts, and so on). Do you mean...