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by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Wed Jul 03, 2013 9:56 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ACF discount policy and high school teams
Replies: 5
Views: 1375

Re: ACF Fall 2013-Missouri site @ Truman State (Nov. 2, 2013)

A Note Regarding High School Teams There will be no further discounts for things like playing short-handed or being new to ACF or quizbowl, which applies only to new college teams. Will ACF guidelines be amended to reflect this? It seems rather harsh on high school teams to deny them any shorthande...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Wed Jun 19, 2013 4:11 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: FKT 2013 Seeking Mirrors (Novice Difficulty)
Replies: 19
Views: 10617

Re: FKT 2013 Seeking Mirrors (Novice Difficulty)

When is the earliest we can mirror this set?
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Tue Jun 18, 2013 1:07 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Reverse Powering: An exercise in Game Theory?
Replies: 15
Views: 3852

Re: Reverse Powering: An exercise in Game Theory?

DISCLAIMER: Let me start off that I understand the disadvantages of this proposition and am in NO WAY/SHAPE/FORM advocating its usage at all, ever, period; but I've had this idea for a while and just thought it'd be an interesting concept. Consider this post just a fantasy-expression of a quirky po...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Sat Jun 15, 2013 12:05 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2013 NASAT: June 15-16 at Ohio State
Replies: 46
Views: 17668

Re: 2013 NASAT: June 15-16 at Ohio State

Is there a link to the schedule that lists which teams are playing in which rooms?
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Wed Jun 12, 2013 8:03 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Quizbowldb Search not functioning
Replies: 17
Views: 5852

Re: Quizbowldb Search not functioning

If you ever need to search a large quantity of packets, and if QBDB's search algorithm continues to be totally useless for things longer than one word, then a handy trick is to just google "site:quizbowlpackets.com [thing I am searching for]". Alternatively, you could mass download all packets on t...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Wed Jun 05, 2013 12:29 am
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: ProtoBowl
Replies: 367
Views: 161720

Re: ProtoBowl

Assuming sufficient moderation isn't a viable solution, wouldn't this problem just be fixed by getting rid of the lobby and having all users going to protobowl being prompted to enter a room name (without a list)? People wanting to play against each other would have the ability to tell each other w...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Mon Jun 03, 2013 6:47 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: "How to Host a Tournament" Discussion - All Commentary Here!
Replies: 17
Views: 5746

Re: "How to Host a Tournament" Discussion - All Commentary Here!

I won't comment at length, but one of the most important things a novice tournament director should know is how to change tournament schedules on a dime should there be no-shows or a team leaving before rebracketing or whatever. That means keeping tournament bracketing software handy if a team has a...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Thu May 30, 2013 7:47 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2013 NAC
Replies: 89
Views: 39539

Re: 2013 NAC

I've previously come to this board and reminded or informed people that coaches who do not regularly check here tell me that they do not enjoy attending tournaments with pyramidal questions because they spend their morning rounds getting beaten badly, and then they don't feel like staying for the c...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Wed May 29, 2013 7:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The 2013-14 Tournament Schedule
Replies: 79
Views: 22714

Re: The 2013-14 Tournament Schedule

Maryland, Berkeley: Do you have any more thoughts about Terrapin and WIT? I'm personally unsure that the schedule has room for two more separate events. Would either school be averse to combining? I personally wouldn't be opposed to writing with Maryland if it increases the probability that the set...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Fri Apr 05, 2013 3:27 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2013 (7/20-21/13)
Replies: 147
Views: 58597

Re: Chicago Open 2013 (7/20-21/13)

After going through some of WIT (where at least one of the bio and chem each round was for some unforsaken reason replaced with science history) - I've realized I would absolutely not play a tournament without a competent editor in those categories. For that reason, if NO ONE steps up, I am willlin...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Fri Apr 05, 2013 2:50 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Four-quarter format
Replies: 22
Views: 4828

Re: Format

Sorry to bump this thread, but what are the arguments for and against the four-quarter format and, if it looks like the general consensus is that it is inferior to the 20-20 format, why does History Bowl continue to use it? So, I don't know what a "one v one" round is and I have a pretty extensive ...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Fri Apr 05, 2013 2:43 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Greg Bossick's Resignation from NHBB & Some Issues it Raises
Replies: 19
Views: 9007

Re: Greg Bossick's Resignation from NHBB & Some Issues it Raises

I leave a question to be pondered; how much of this fiasco is your fault? Could expecting Greg Bossick, (someone who had recently bought a house, recently married his wife and therefore undertaking even more personal responsibilities ,finanicially and practically, of his own) to be away from home f...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Thu Apr 04, 2013 3:06 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NJ NASAT
Replies: 29
Views: 6343

Re: NJ NASAT

Edward Powers wrote:Ankit,

Do you know who I could contact to inquire about the availability and possible cost of the Berkeley-OSU Set?
Auroni was our head editor, so he would be the guy to ask.
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Wed Apr 03, 2013 5:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NJ NASAT
Replies: 29
Views: 6343

Re: NJ NASAT

Also, irrespective of where and when we hold try-outs, we will need pristine questions and I have been working on that as well, so far with some success. If you require pristine questions, I'm sure the Berkeley-OSU housewritten regular college difficulty (but still accessible) set Western Invitatio...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Sat Mar 30, 2013 8:27 pm
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: CMST IV at Harvest Park MS, Pleasanton CA (4/27/13)
Replies: 4
Views: 3386

Re: CMST IV at Harvest Park MS, Pleasanton CA (4/27/13)

Current Field: 11
Challenger Ardenwood
Challenger Berryessa
Harvest Park A
Harvest Park B
Harvest Park C
Harvest Park D
Harvest Park E
Harvest Park F
Harvest Park G
Harvest Park H
Mohr Elementary
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Fri Mar 29, 2013 6:29 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NorCal NAQT State Championship-April 6 in Berkeley
Replies: 3
Views: 1739

Re: NorCal NAQT State Championship-April 6 in Berkeley

Teams should register soon for the state championship.
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Mon Mar 25, 2013 7:35 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2013 NASAT: June 15-16 at Ohio State
Replies: 46
Views: 17668

Re: 2013 NASAT: June 15-16 at Ohio State

You should probably get Madden to promote NASAT at the NHBB Friday events.
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Sun Mar 24, 2013 11:53 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Sameer Rai
Replies: 3
Views: 3458

Re: Sameer Rai

I feel that if someone ever really asks any of us whether the best players in quiz bowl are cutthroat and will go to any lengths to win, this is the counterexample we can use.
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Sun Mar 24, 2013 11:37 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Travelling with large trophies - a logistical problem
Replies: 19
Views: 6931

Re: Travelling with large trophies - a logistical problem

Heck, I can't go to the NAQT homepage anymore without looking at that huge trophy Bellarmine won and wondering, "how'd you get that back to California?" We secured assistance from NAQT in getting a large cardboard box. Then we basically broke it up, packed it, and put it back together once we were ...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Sat Mar 23, 2013 2:56 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Side Event: Schindler's Lit
Replies: 143
Views: 42295

Re: Side Event: Schindler's Lit

Assuming I end up coming, I shall descend upon this tournament with the collective might of a thousand fluffy capybaras and one Sameer Rai.
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Fri Mar 22, 2013 5:26 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB Regional Tournaments - General Discussion
Replies: 6
Views: 2695

Re: NHBB Regional Tournaments - General Discussion

The Quarter 2 bonuses should seriously be discarded. They serve no purpose and are ridiculously variable in difficulty. They also give an outsize advantage to people who happen to do well on those particular questions as opposed to the Quarter 1 tossups, which are considerably lower in overall game ...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Fri Mar 22, 2013 3:15 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT Security Discussion
Replies: 72
Views: 20354

Re: NAQT Security Discussion

A good idea might simply be to have a legally binding contract that authorizes financial proceedings (i.e. a suit in court) against a writer if they are found to have done this (establish a standard of proof beyond all reasonable doubt, of course). A bunch of companies have a clause like that in the...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Tue Mar 12, 2013 8:22 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: falsifiability tossup and what to do in situations like this
Replies: 19
Views: 2122

Re: falsifiability tossup and what to do in situations like this

10. Imre Lakatos questioned this idea by asking if Adams and Leverrier had not discovered Neptune. Carl Hempel used the Raven Paradox to challenge its generalizability. This principle is often demonstrated by noting the existence of black swans. Its formulator rejected the prevailing positivist and...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Sun Mar 10, 2013 8:35 pm
Forum: Western Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Quizbowl in Nevada/Utah/New Mexico/Colorado/Nebraska/Wyoming
Replies: 18
Views: 12676

Re: Quiz Bowl in Nevada/Utah/New Mexico/Colorado/Nebraska/Wyomin

There was a kid from somewhere near Vegas who posted a couple days ago.
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Sun Mar 10, 2013 8:15 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Tournament Discussion
Replies: 70
Views: 11142

Re: Tournament Discussion

Also, I take full responsibility for the falsifiability tossup, which had ambiguous clues and resulted in protests at many sites. I will post further about this question in a bit. I should clarify that I was the one who wrote that tossup, and I didn't realize that the "swan" clue would be such a ho...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Thu Mar 07, 2013 8:33 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: BENJI at UC Berkeley (California Cup #4 3/16)
Replies: 10
Views: 3547

BENJI at UC Berkeley (California Cup #4 3/16)

The fourth and final California Cup tournament, BENJI (Berkeley's Eternally Nascent Junior Invitational), will take place on Saturday, March 16 at UC Berkeley's campus. Exact location details are pending, but registration will start around 9:30 and play will begin promptly at 10:00. This tournament ...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Wed Mar 06, 2013 2:40 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Tournament Discussion
Replies: 70
Views: 11142

Re: Tournament Discussion

On a random note, Libo and I both thought that the clue about the Pechenegs was a hose for saying Byzantines on the first sentence of the Kievan Rus tossup. Sorry yeah, that was my bad. I totally forgot that the Pechenegs also besieged Constantinople while writing that question. But I think the sol...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Thu Feb 21, 2013 8:01 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Merits of the KMO?
Replies: 16
Views: 7569

Re: Merits of the KMO?

KMO was a pretty severe waste of time and money for our team. The opportunity cost of KMO is incredibly high in terms of doing something worthwhile during the limited amount of time you meet as a team. You also won't hear auk-ful puns doing virtually any other activity. When Bellarmine got 1st in th...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Mon Feb 11, 2013 3:15 am
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: So You Want to Study Quizbowl
Replies: 7
Views: 31397

Re: So You Want to Study Quizbowl

I will additionally proffer that I endorse "intermediate" studying methods like reading Wikipedia articles, Sparknotes, or Encyclopedia Britannica, none of which (I believe) were mentioned in Max's post, not because they're any substitute to accessing material contained in a book but because they ar...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Thu Feb 07, 2013 8:42 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: ProtoBowl
Replies: 367
Views: 161720

Re: ProtoBowl

I love Protobowl (it's boosted my PPG by at least 50 since I started this year), but is there any intention of adding new questions? There are many housewritten packets out there not uploaded on the website (IMSANITY, LIST, etc.), and while it seems unlikely, I have gone through the 17k+ questions ...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Thu Jan 31, 2013 12:42 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Golden Bear Invitational (2/10/2013 at UC Berkeley) [GSAC]
Replies: 9
Views: 4193

Re: Golden Bear Invitational (2/10/2013 at UC Berkeley)

The location is now confirmed as the second floor of Dwinelle Hall.
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Thu Jan 31, 2013 12:37 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NorCal NAQT State Championship-April 6 in Berkeley
Replies: 3
Views: 1739

NorCal NAQT State Championship-April 6 in Berkeley

UC Berkeley and the Bay Area Academic League are pleased to issue a preliminary announcement for the Northern California state championship, which will be held on UC Berkeley's campus on Saturday, April 6, 2013. Registrations should be sent to the California Cup organizers, who are co-hosting this e...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Tue Jan 29, 2013 10:54 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: What is the best method for rapid improvement?
Replies: 9
Views: 7928

Re: What is the best method for rapid improvement?

As a beginning team, you might want to read packets on a consistent basis, but that's certainly not sufficient to doing well at nationals. If you're going to split subjects with your teammates, you're going to have to make a concerted effort to acquire real knowledge on the topics which you're study...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Wed Jan 09, 2013 3:29 am
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Famous People who played Quizbowl
Replies: 20
Views: 20956

Re: Famous People who played Quizbowl

Tokyo Sex Whale wrote:
The Eighth Viscount of Waaaah wrote:QBWiki tells me that Jeff Kipnis, colleague of Derrida, ...played for Georgia Tech in the 70s.
what's the différance
the binary hierarchy implied in the privileging of Derrida over Eisenman via placement of the former name first
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Tue Dec 25, 2012 9:39 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Transportation For New HS Team
Replies: 6
Views: 2663

Re: Transportation For New HS Team

If you have a faculty adviser who's willing and able to drive you long distance, he/she might be able to secure you a school bus.
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Fri Nov 23, 2012 1:13 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Announcement--California Cup
Replies: 5
Views: 2901

Announcement--California Cup

The UC Berkeley Quiz Bowl team, in association with the Bay Area Academic League (BAAL), is pleased to announce that we will be holding the inaugural California Cup, a series of four tournaments, the first of which will be held on the UC Berkeley campus on Saturday, December 8, 2012. We hope to attr...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Fri Nov 02, 2012 3:31 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Southern California Discussion 2012-2013
Replies: 34
Views: 7121

Re: Southern California Discussion 2012-2013

I personally don't think I have the time to organize that without significant help and I don't know of any team around here who has both the logistical skills and media savvy to effectively publicize it. We can't host it at UCSD and to staff a tourney of that size we'll need a ton of competent mods...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Wed Oct 31, 2012 7:06 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Fixing NHBB Nationals
Replies: 40
Views: 6572

thread split

D. I am moving to DC next month. Coordinating all aspects of our Nationals will be much easier (including finding qualified readers and training them above all) being based out of Dupont Circle, as opposed to Northern New Jersey. I highly urge you to get actual history teachers with a track record ...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Sat Sep 22, 2012 7:54 pm
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: Call for Writers for CMST4
Replies: 28
Views: 9304

Re: Call for Writers for CMST4

I'll write 10/10 whatever.
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Sun Sep 09, 2012 9:12 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: New York Discussion 2012-13
Replies: 92
Views: 21592

Re: New York Discussion 2012-13

mzhang13 wrote:there is no reason why 5 seconds should be allowed after a buzz.
Um this is pretty standard, actually.
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Thu Aug 30, 2012 1:39 am
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Pre-tournament Routines
Replies: 39
Views: 19377

Re: Pre-tournament Routines

Oh listen to either of these:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSS5dEeMX64
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Lb3MTlIrC4

I played these two on loop the night before HSNCT playoffs.
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Wed Aug 29, 2012 11:07 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Pre-tournament Routines
Replies: 39
Views: 19377

Re: Pre-tournament Routines

Mewto55555 wrote:I run around the halls.
Shouldn't that be "levitate around the halls?" I mean, Mewtwo does float.
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Wed Aug 29, 2012 11:05 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Pre-tournament Routines
Replies: 39
Views: 19377

Re: Pre-tournament Routines

Also, you should develop a pre-match ritual that gets you into the mood. I believe that the one I did with Phil and Sameer has reached some cult status.
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Wed Aug 29, 2012 12:16 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Pre-tournament Routines
Replies: 39
Views: 19377

Re: Pre-tournament Routines

Hi Spencer, are you from the Saratoga High in California? If so, give me your/your coach's email so that you can come to more tournaments that Berkeley (and Stanford) will host. I personally just listen to music or zone out before a game and try to avoid mental tasks or strain. It might take you a b...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Tue Aug 07, 2012 7:15 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: 1 month to get ready for Tryouts
Replies: 16
Views: 9472

Re: 1 month to get ready for Tryouts

MasterYster wrote:Thanks for all the responses. Just to follow up, which packets do you think I should start with, as in represents the canon of stuff I should definitely know?
Start with LIST, SCOP, and Fall Novice.
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Tue Aug 07, 2012 6:46 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: 1 month to get ready for Tryouts
Replies: 16
Views: 9472

Re: 1 month to get ready for Tryouts

Also, why are there tryouts for your team? Adjustments to teams should be made based on who does work and gets better and demonstrates excellence throughout the year. It should not be set in stone based on a single event at the beginning of the year. Quiz bowl is fundamentally different from athleti...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Mon Aug 06, 2012 9:13 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: 1 month to get ready for Tryouts
Replies: 16
Views: 9472

Re: 1 month to get ready for Tryouts

I've always found note carding to be the best strategy. Try to find clues that come up multiple times especially, you'll find that they will continue to come up in whatever set you do for tryouts. You don't need to use notecards to become good at quiz bowl. That's just another form of rote memoriza...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Sat Jul 28, 2012 6:45 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: KABO: Kurtis and Ashvin's Backyard Open (8/4)
Replies: 83
Views: 26974

Re: KABO: Kurtis and Ashvin's Backyard Open (8/4)

What about putting YMIR after ANFORTAS to make a super helping of myth on Saturday (for those who want that)? I can see it going really late, though.
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Fri Jul 06, 2012 7:05 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Northern California Date Claim 2012-13
Replies: 3
Views: 1419

Re: Northern California Date Claim 2012-13

bt_green_warbler wrote:Marin Catholic (spring tournament; mid-February?)
Riordan (fall tournament; early December)
Are these going to be run on good questions? If not, we should really jump on the opportunity to get more HSAPQ/good housewrites run in the Bay Area.

Also, is BAAL finally going to use standard format?