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by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Thu Jun 28, 2012 7:00 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Taking VCU Open's Spot in August
Replies: 76
Views: 13708

Re: Taking VCU Open's Spot in August

Cheynem wrote:He didn't--that's an option too I guess, although I'm not sure how many of the attendees have played it already.
Not many would have. Matt Jackson and Libo, I think, are the only staffers to have played in either NSC or NASAT.
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Thu Jun 28, 2012 4:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Taking VCU Open's Spot in August
Replies: 76
Views: 13708

Re: Taking VCU Open's Spot in August

Did Ben talk to you about mirroring YMIR at KABO? I believed he wanted it to be run either at KABO or CO (or maybe both).
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Tue Jun 19, 2012 3:09 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NASAT Discussion
Replies: 24
Views: 7039

Re: NASAT Discussion

Oh right. The second clue was from the baths in Britain, but for some reason it flew over my head. The curse tablets said things like "I suspect X of having stolen my beloved cloak. If X does not return it tomorrow, may Sulis cause eternal impotence upon him." Sulis as in Aquae Sulis, the Roman nam...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Tue Jun 19, 2012 12:12 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NASAT Discussion
Replies: 24
Views: 7039

Re: NASAT Discussion

Anyway, I think a tournament like this is a golden opportunity for media outreach and sponsorship, as teams will be more likely to come if they can claim to represent their state and appear in a newspaper (not to mention having their costs paid), while newspapers themselves are more likely to sponso...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Tue Jun 19, 2012 12:03 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NASAT Discussion
Replies: 24
Views: 7039

Re: NASAT Discussion

Oh right. The second clue was from the baths in Britain, but for some reason it flew over my head. The curse tablets said things like "I suspect X of having stolen my beloved cloak. If X does not return it tomorrow, may Sulis cause eternal impotence upon him."
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Mon Jun 18, 2012 11:48 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NASAT Discussion
Replies: 24
Views: 7039

Re: NASAT Discussion

There was much to love in this set, like the films mentioned earlier, even if a bonus entirely on Cronenberg is IMO too much of a 0-30 proposition. The tossup on the Tito-Stalin split I think was way too vague and hard to parse, even with the Informbiro clue early on. I particularly loved the tossup...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Tue Jun 12, 2012 11:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: PACE NSC 2012 Set Discussion
Replies: 27
Views: 13562

Re: PACE NSC 2012 Set Discussion

10. Identify the following about tanks, for 10 points each. [10] The first combat use of tanks was at the village of Flers during this World War I battle, which also included the South African defense of Delville Wood. ANSWER: Battle of the _Somme_ [or _Somme_ offensive] [10] Although around a thou...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Wed Jun 06, 2012 3:59 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Questions about answer acceptance regarding last names
Replies: 29
Views: 8303

Re: Questions about answer acceptance regarding last names

The Eighth Viscount of Waaaah wrote:On the other hand, I wouldn't view your library's catalog as the most trustworthy source.
To many high schoolers, that would be THE most trustworthy source on stuff like this.
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Wed Jun 06, 2012 12:13 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Questions about answer acceptance regarding last names
Replies: 29
Views: 8303

Re: Questions about answer acceptance regarding last names

If we're going to go by the dictum "don't penalize people who only have a certain bit of knowledge from having read something," then partial last names should be prompted, since many who aren't used to compound last names simply use the last name when writing about a person, as demonstrated by the G...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Tue Jun 05, 2012 12:22 am
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: National Middle School History Bee Airing on History on 6/1
Replies: 6
Views: 3033

Re: National Middle School History Bee Airing on History on 6/1

Buzzer-based competition is always disastrous when you can only buzz in following the conclusion of the question and you have 8 different kids who all know the answer, thus making the competition a test of reflexes rather than actual knowledge. You might as well model this on the National Geographic...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Mon Jun 04, 2012 2:05 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Star Wars Quizbowl Packet
Replies: 16
Views: 5270

Re: Star Wars Quizbowl Packet

Tokyo Sex Whale wrote:I'm going to write an actual good Mike Cheyne style packet on Star Wars in the near future.
All my Bakuran nectar shall be yours.
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Sun Jun 03, 2012 3:18 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Star Wars Quizbowl Packet
Replies: 16
Views: 5270

Re: Star Wars Quizbowl Packet

"You're sure the tracking beacon is secure aboard their ship? I'm taking an awful risk here, Vader. This had better work." Seriously, if you do finish this packet, please don't spoil it or anything--just put it up here in document form. At least two Bellarmine players will come to blows when hearing...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Fri Jun 01, 2012 3:25 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2012 NAQT HSNCT: Congratulations to Bellarmine!
Replies: 100
Views: 47909

Re: 2012 NAQT HSNCT: Congratulations to Bellarmine!

Yeah even though I do swear during matches, I made a conscious effort not to do it on camera. I don't think Nikhil, Sameer, or John are responsible either, as they generally don't drop the f bomb when swearing.
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Fri May 25, 2012 12:39 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: One Juggernaut or Four Well-Rounded Individuals?
Replies: 11
Views: 3806

Re: One Juggernaut or Four Well-Rounded Individuals?

The latter is superior, generally speaking (Adam Silverman is an extraordinary case). IMSA and Hunter exemplify this. Also, define well-rounded. Do you mean 4 people who can each buzz in on every category or 4 specialized individuals?
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Wed May 23, 2012 8:52 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: BHSAT General Thoughts and Discussion
Replies: 35
Views: 12898

Re: BHSAT General Thoughts and Discussion

Oh and also Chimney Sweep is not the same thing as Chimney Sweeper. The first is from SO Innocence, the latter from Experience, and the first should definitely be acceptable as an answer. We ran into this exact same problem on 2011 Regs where only Sweep was accepted, so we made sure to say Sweep thi...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Mon May 21, 2012 5:51 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: BHSAT General Thoughts and Discussion
Replies: 35
Views: 12898

Re: BHSAT General Thoughts and Discussion

The Herb wrote:The Golden Sun bonus part made me cry tears of joy.
As did the tossups on Misty, lightsabers, and George Costanza.
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Mon May 21, 2012 5:13 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: discuss the importance of the 36-30 line here
Replies: 24
Views: 7310

Re: BHSAT General Thoughts and Discussion

I actually did get that bonus part on 36-30, and I did learn it in APUSH. But it's the kind of one-off thing that you can easily forget and is generally a function of memorization rather than actual understanding of the topic under question, which should be the golden standard of quiz bowl. I also a...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Mon May 21, 2012 2:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: BHSAT General Thoughts and Discussion
Replies: 35
Views: 12898

Re: BHSAT General Thoughts and Discussion

I really liked the tossups on "actual" historical things like newspapers, gold, and iron, which better adheres to the kind of "trend" history emphasized in survey courses in high school. There should be a reward for having studied those things along with the specific person/place/thing/event mentali...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Thu May 10, 2012 1:47 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Fixing NHBB Nationals
Replies: 40
Views: 6572

Re: Fixing NHBB Nationals

Why use a single elimination playoff format at all? You could double bracket it the way HSNCT does and still have a relatively small number of rounds in the playoffs.
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Mon May 07, 2012 1:39 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2012 Natl. History Bee & Bowl Nationals - 4/28-29 in DC
Replies: 145
Views: 53829

Re: 2012 Natl. History Bee & Bowl Nationals - 4/28-29 in DC

Andrew Chrzanowski suggested earlier in this thread that an alternate source of volunteers would be preferable. I'm curious what he has in mind. If quizbowl experience is necessary, and if you remove from the pool all the coaches of teams that are playing at the event and who would prefer to stay w...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Sat May 05, 2012 9:28 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Question Feedback Request
Replies: 10
Views: 2451

Re: Question Feedback Request

I felt that a Paul Simon tossup may not have been converted enough. Everything else was fine to write on except perhaps the Dick Cheney hunting incident, which I feel was overhyped and should be relegated to the annals of sensationalized media coverage.
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Tue May 01, 2012 5:48 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2012 Natl. History Bee & Bowl Nationals - 4/28-29 in DC
Replies: 145
Views: 53829

Re: 2012 Natl. History Bee & Bowl Nationals - 4/28-29 in DC

I was originally going to post this in the thread about 60-second rounds but on further thought decided to make this a general constructive criticism of the tournament. I'd like to start by complimenting HSAPQ on what I considered a fantastic set, with excellent variety across all historical themes ...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Wed Apr 25, 2012 5:44 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Odd Ways of Learning Things
Replies: 177
Views: 149482

Re: Odd Ways of Learning Things

I got a St. Francis of Assisi tossup because my brother attended a high school named after him. It had a yearbook called Poverello and Poverello came up as a clue in the first line of the tossup.
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Mon Apr 09, 2012 8:04 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Skipping a Bonus
Replies: 6
Views: 1840

Re: Skipping a Bonus

I've actually wondered why NAQT doesn't allow teams to outright discard bonuses. It is their prerogative whether they want to receive points from it or not (since the bonus is solely theirs). If they truly are desperate enough that they will resort to that, then I think they should be allowed to do ...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Wed Apr 04, 2012 11:48 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The New Oberhausen Manifesto: Film Question Reform
Replies: 28
Views: 13840

Re: The New Oberhausen Manifesto: Film Question Reform

In addition to all the aforementioned ways one could creatively expand methods of writing film clues, I think you could add circumstances of production (type and method of film used, impetus for making the film in the first place) as well as additional commentary by famous film critics and historian...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Thu Mar 01, 2012 8:12 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2012 Minnesota Undergraduate Tournament (MUT)
Replies: 44
Views: 44178

Re: 2012 Minnesota Undergraduate Tournament (MUT)

I believe that it was actually Berkeley who wanted to host on 3/31. I never heard anything about Bellarmine potentially hosting MUT.
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Sun Feb 26, 2012 2:04 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: YMIR- Mythology tournament- 6/9/12 at PACE
Replies: 62
Views: 27530

Re: Mythology set

Cheynem wrote:I hope to see some folklore questions.
Like local legends and somesuch? We did originally have some, but they were too hard for this level, and we're having trouble representing all world peoples as it is. There will be some curveballs, however.
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Fri Feb 24, 2012 10:15 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: I Buzzed First! - a new iPhone Quiz Bowl Buzzer app
Replies: 12
Views: 6773

Re: I Buzzed First! - a new iPhone Quiz Bowl Buzzer app

At first glance, this idea seems to be a very creative work-around for teams that aren't willing or able to shell out the money necessary for a buzzer system instead of the $.99 per device that this app would cost. However, several practical limitations kind of get in the way of its utility for prac...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Thu Feb 23, 2012 3:19 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: RM+TP Housewrite available for Mirrors!
Replies: 42
Views: 14276

Re: RM+TP Housewrite available for Mirrors!

Bellarmine will still do much of the (great amount of) editing required, but please pull any mention of our school's name from association with this set.
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Thu Feb 23, 2012 12:01 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: National History Bee and Bowl Question of the Day
Replies: 16
Views: 2954

Re: National History Bee and Bowl Question of the Day

Oh oh wait I got this I got this...
Is this going to be LADUE?!?!?!?!?!
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Wed Feb 22, 2012 11:34 pm
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: SISYPHUS (Stratford School, San Jose, 3/11/2012)
Replies: 6
Views: 2832

Re: SISYPHUS (Stratford School, San Jose, 3/11/2012)

If I might make a recommendation, expand your outreach for this by directly mailing to school administrations.
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Sun Feb 12, 2012 11:58 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB & 60 Second rounds
Replies: 37
Views: 13254

Re: NHBB & 60 Second rounds

I do not think that money especially dilutes the motivations of kids to be involved in this, considering how hard it is and how much dedication is required to actually win at this event in comparison to an intramural. I mean, just looking at geography bee and spelling bee champions, who also receive...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Thu Feb 02, 2012 12:08 am
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Quizbowl Central
Replies: 144
Views: 76766

Re: Quizbowl Central

I think a good idea would simply be to make QBCentral open-source or allow others to work on it. Sharad might have a hard time dealing with the issues posed by QBCentral and our constant requests, so defraying the work to others with significant programming experience might make the whole thing easi...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Tue Jan 24, 2012 1:36 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: BARGE General Discussion
Replies: 72
Views: 20067

Re: BARGE General Discussion

14. The narrator of this work extolls the “via media,” a middle way of living, shortly before overhearing two arguments: One between a group of beggars that Father Clause will presumably arbitrate, the other between a band of gypsies. In one scene from this work, a milkmaid named Maudlin sings Marlo...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Mon Jan 23, 2012 10:56 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: On-going Season Rankings V2.0 - Herp Derp
Replies: 255
Views: 90988

Re: On-going Season Rankings V2.0 - so is this where i complain?

You might also be interested in knowing that Bellarmine (finally!) has a stat line (from BARGE).
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Sat Jan 21, 2012 12:35 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: BARGE Mirror at Bellarmine (David Hu Memorial)
Replies: 23
Views: 4845

Re: BARGE Mirror at Bellarmine (David Hu Memorial)

Another note of advice for anyone attending this: the 8th graders are taking the entrance exam on the same day, which means you'll have to be very careful about not potentially disrupting any of the testing. Walk directly to Lokey, which is the building directly adjacent to the large construction ar...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Fri Jan 20, 2012 1:48 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: BARGE Mirror at Bellarmine (David Hu Memorial)
Replies: 23
Views: 4845

Re: BARGE Mirror at Bellarmine (David Hu Memorial)

More buzzers would be nice but we're fine currently.
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Fri Jan 20, 2012 12:49 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: BARGE Mirror at Bellarmine (David Hu Memorial)
Replies: 23
Views: 4845

Re: BARGE Mirror at Bellarmine (David Hu Memorial)

Putting 2 house teams would deprive us of necessary staffers, and we have no other tournament model that would let us have sufficient rounds, avoid staffing shortages, and fit within the necessary number of packets. However, we would be glad to add a second round robin to the lower bracket if packet...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Thu Jan 19, 2012 12:11 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: BARGE Mirror at Bellarmine (David Hu Memorial)
Replies: 23
Views: 4845

Re: BARGE Mirror at Bellarmine (David Hu Memorial)

We have changed the building of this tournament from O'Donnell to the first floor of Lokey. Make sure to park in the lots and not in the street, and Lokey is the building with the glass facade the farthest away from the Hedding Street parking lots. We are planning currently to start this tournament ...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Sun Jan 15, 2012 11:12 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: BARGE Mirror at Bellarmine (David Hu Memorial)
Replies: 23
Views: 4845

Re: BARGE Mirror at Bellarmine (David Hu Memorial)

Mike Bentley wrote:No SoCal teams are coming to this?
UCSD dropped out because they're hosting a high school tournament on the same day. Dwight can't come but he said he would ask his team. Other than that, I wouldn't know.
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Wed Jan 04, 2012 5:01 am
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Convincing Teammates to Specialize
Replies: 7
Views: 3854

Re: Convincing Teammates to Specialize

I'll add onto what Abid said by noting that their interest in a subject must be organic for them to learn it effectively. There's a difference between memorizing the clues in a certain category out of necessity and actually consolidating your knowledge in said field for a unified understanding. It's...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Sat Dec 31, 2011 9:53 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: BARGE Mirror at Bellarmine (David Hu Memorial)
Replies: 23
Views: 4845

Re: BARGE Mirror at Bellarmine

I would also like to register an open team for this event. So would this team be independent of any teams officially entered from Berkeley, which is to my understanding being arranged by Tanay? Also, Jeff, since you'll be helping to host the event, you can also take registrations. If you could get ...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Thu Dec 29, 2011 2:49 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: BARGE Mirror at Bellarmine (David Hu Memorial)
Replies: 23
Views: 4845

BARGE Mirror at Bellarmine (David Hu Memorial)

Salutations to all, On behalf of Berkeley and Bellarmine, I am pleased to announce a mirror of Chris Ray's BARGE set to be held at Bellarmine's campus on January 21. We are anticipating that the tournament will run from 9:30 to 5 at O'Donnell Hall, with registration starting at 8:30 (this is subject...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Fri Dec 16, 2011 1:02 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB & 60 Second rounds
Replies: 37
Views: 13254

Re: NHBB & 60 Second rounds

I'm thirding Aidan here. There's this persistent myth that there's a vast gulf between what is desired by the "top teams" and what the new teams on the block are clamoring for. When you use buzzwords (so to speak) like "variety" and "appeal," you are obfuscating the point. In a discussion of the deg...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Wed Nov 23, 2011 11:15 pm
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: CMST 3-- call for writers!
Replies: 60
Views: 21914

Re: CMST 3-- call for writers!

I can do 10/10, preferably history.
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Mon Nov 14, 2011 7:46 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: BELLISARIUS (November 19th, 2011)
Replies: 13
Views: 4531

Re: BELLISARIUS (November 19th, 2011)

Anyone still wanting to come to this tournament really needs to email cfleitas [NOSPAM] [AT] bcp [DOT] org
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Mon Nov 14, 2011 7:34 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The High Price of Tournament Attendance
Replies: 3
Views: 1128

Re: The High Price of Tournament Attendance

One additional area I wish more hosts around the country consider is new team and novice tournament pricing. To help brand-new teams get over that initial barrier, you need to be willing to take a hit and have brand-new teams play at-cost (not just a $10 or $20 discount--make it as cheap as possibl...