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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...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Thu Nov 10, 2011 8:45 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2012 Natl. History Bee & Bowl Nationals - 4/28-29 in DC
Replies: 145
Views: 53842

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

We will likely need to push Riviera Bowl back to the first Saturday in June, as 5/19 is smack in the middle of IB testing, which, Nolwenn tells me, something like 90% of the schools she's contacted in Europe have their students do. This will be confirmed asap. This schedule would pose a great risk ...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Thu Sep 29, 2011 9:41 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Watch Jeopardy tonight!
Replies: 17
Views: 6745

Re: Watch Jeopardy tonight!

Ulster Clay Pigeon Shooting Association wrote:By the time this was posted, Jeopardy! would have been over where I lived. Does anyone on the West Coast plan on taping it perhaps?
My art history teacher plans to. I'm not sure whether that would be useful for you, though.
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Sun Sep 11, 2011 1:07 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: BELLISARIUS (November 19th, 2011)
Replies: 13
Views: 4531

Re: BELLISARIUS

The 19th is the confirmed date.
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Sat Sep 10, 2011 2:34 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: BELLISARIUS (November 19th, 2011)
Replies: 13
Views: 4531

BELLISARIUS (November 19th, 2011)

We are pleased to announce that BELLarmine's Ingenious, Swaggerific Attempt to Run an Invitational Urkel Style (BELLISARIUS) will be held on November 19th on the Bellarmine campus. It will be using the 2011 Fall Novice Tournament set written by many experienced high school and college players around...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Sun Aug 14, 2011 1:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open 2011 Thanks & Discussion
Replies: 151
Views: 25994

Re: VCU Open 2011 Thanks & Discussion

I think most of my issues with this set have been previously explicated by others, but one thing I was puzzled by was the appearance of "House Mouse, Senate Mouse" in what was otherwise a legitimate polisci bonus.
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Fri Aug 12, 2011 4:19 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: VCU Open Mirror at Stanford (08/13/11)
Replies: 30
Views: 4382

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: VCU Open Mirror at Stanford (08/13/11)

Also, we (Nikhil and I) will possibly be going to an art museum (probably deYoung or SF MOMA) for summer homework after the conclusion of this event on Sunday. If anyone is inclined to go with us, we can try and make arrangements.
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Tue Aug 02, 2011 5:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: VCU Open Mirror at Stanford (08/13/11)
Replies: 30
Views: 4382

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: VCU Open Mirror at Stanford (08/13/11)

Myself and Nikhil will probably be going together along with (less probably) Sameer. If anyone else wants to tag along with us, you're most welcome to shoot an email to either myself ([email protected]) or Nikhil ([email protected]) and we'll see what we can do to accommodate you.
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Thu Jul 28, 2011 12:57 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: On-going Season Rankings V2.0 - Herp Derp
Replies: 255
Views: 90998

Re: On-going Season Rankings V2.0

Thanks for doing this again, Fred. I'll say that DCC will probably continue to be good. They lose all their "starters" from last year, but they tend to reload. Seven Lakes is probably going to be really good as well. They return all of the players from the team that finished 14th at NSC. Two of Sev...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Mon Jul 04, 2011 3:38 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2010-11 NAQT IS sets: question-specific discussion
Replies: 135
Views: 21840

Re: 2010-11 NAQT IS sets: question-specific discussion

Could you post the tossup on the Mahabharata from IS-105 as well as its conversion rate?
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Tue Jun 21, 2011 6:34 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT distribution change for 2011-12
Replies: 52
Views: 8910

Re: NAQT distribution change for 2011-12

And perhaps reduce the general knowledge distribution as well. I don't see a reason why NAQT should distinguish between "general" knowledge and other types of trash when making its distribution and should accordingly limit the trash distribution in its entirety.
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Sun Jun 19, 2011 6:15 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAC 2011
Replies: 149
Views: 30351

Re: NAC 2011

As much as he's going the wrong way in saying it, Tom has some good points. The school wouldn't cut the team (shiny trophies do provide some measure of protection), but the "Chip plagiarizes" argument is likely to be somewhat ineffective. First, there's no up-to-date resource with examples of plagi...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Thu Jun 16, 2011 1:19 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAC 2011
Replies: 149
Views: 30351

Re: NAC 2011

I emailed 4 different people at the Statesman in Austin to get them to do something for Kealing's MSNCT championship (and 1st, 4th and 5th place finishes for their 3 teams), but I got no responses at all. It's a shame really. That's a joke. I mean, we didn't have equivalent coverage here in Chicago...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Wed Jun 15, 2011 12:54 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAC 2011
Replies: 149
Views: 30351

Re: NAC 2011

One thing NAQT/PACE really need to do is reach out to the media. Because Chip's organization is established, he ends up receiving far greater publicity in his NAC than the substantially larger HSNCT. One of the ways good quizbowl can be propagated is through the media, assuming a member of such an o...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Tue Jun 14, 2011 1:58 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NASAT livecasting
Replies: 6
Views: 1574

Re: NASAT livecasting

I'm more interested in the prospect of recording it rather than necessarily livecasting it (although that's cool as well) since not everyone can access the matches during the time when the feed is live. But if putting video in every room ends up driving costs up, then I will raise the same objection...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Mon Jun 13, 2011 6:11 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2011 HSNCT conversion stats discussion
Replies: 59
Views: 9886

Re: 2011 HSNCT conversion stats discussion

A Vietnamese myth claims humanity came from one of these creatures mating with a fairy. The Japanese sea god Ryojin usually took this form, and Japan's imperial sword was found in the tail of one of these creatures. In Chinese myth four of them rule the directional seas, and in Norse myth (*) Nidho...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Tue Jun 07, 2011 8:11 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2011 PACE NSC
Replies: 114
Views: 165893

Re: 2011 PACE NSC

In 1939, when the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) refused to let Marian Anderson, an African American opera singer, perform in Constitution Hall, Eleanor resigned her membership in the DAR and arranged to hold the concert at the nearby Lincoln Memorial. One holder of this position arrang...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Wed Jun 01, 2011 10:48 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2011 NSC - 60 teams
Replies: 74
Views: 16578

Re: 2011 NSC - 60 teams

A breather would be pretty nice, especially as far as West Coast teams are concerned. We end up flying across the nation for every national tournament, so travel fatigue can set in rather quickly. A larger break between the tournaments gives us a larger buffer for it to wear off.
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Tue May 24, 2011 4:30 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Books "for Quizbowl"
Replies: 217
Views: 167326

Re: Books "for Quizbowl"

Mythology: The Illustrated Edition edited by C. Scott Littleton is an entertaining read that covers pretty much the entire high school myth canon. It's a large book (in terms of area and volume), but if you don't mind that aspect, it's a great way to equip yourself to get myth.
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Mon May 23, 2011 7:28 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: LIST is looking for mirrors!
Replies: 33
Views: 9148

Re: LIST is looking for mirrors!

If it isn't too much effort for you, could you repost it with standard packet format (i.e. the pages arranged in a linear downward fashion rather than spread out over multiple sheets on a single page)?
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Sun May 22, 2011 4:15 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: It's Academic discussion
Replies: 50
Views: 14552

Re: All videos of Quiz Bowl

I don't know where RM's team (or most any team around here, for that matter) would be if it weren't for It's Ac ANSWER: at real tournament s [accept playing actual quizbowl and equivalents] Actually, proponents of good quizbowl working for the local program Quiz Kids found a great way around this. ...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Sun May 08, 2011 10:53 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Torrey Pines Quizbowl Database
Replies: 108
Views: 84386

Re: Torrey Pines Quizbowl Database

Fred wrote:It's not a formula so much as "compare teams who played both an IS set and (insert set), find the difference in ppb, take the average, and then go to round numbers."
Well, that does count as some sort of a formula. It's certainly better than putting each set on the same level.
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Thu May 05, 2011 11:08 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Torrey Pines Quizbowl Database
Replies: 108
Views: 84386

Re: Torrey Pines Quizbowl Database

I'm going to be working on fixing answer detection. Just a quick question, does anyone know of an ideal formula for determining the leaderboard ranking? Right now, it's (Average correct buzzes)/(# of correct buzzes) and whoever has the lower score is ranked higher. I was thinking that I should take...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Thu Apr 21, 2011 1:05 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Team California NASAT Tryouts - IRC
Replies: 15
Views: 2894

Re: Team California NASAT Tryouts - IRC

Will withdrawals be allowed?
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Mon Apr 18, 2011 10:07 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Torrey Pines Quizbowl Database
Replies: 108
Views: 84386

Re: Torrey Pines Quizbowl Database

You. Are. Amazing. That is all.
I tried it early on in its development, and I knew that this would become my new default packet database when it was ready. And now that it is ready, it's exceeded my expectations.
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Sun Apr 17, 2011 7:38 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HSNCT Fiesta
Replies: 2
Views: 843

Re: HSNCT Fiesta

This didn't really pan out last year probably due to lack of organization, but I think it would be fun if the quizbowl community could get together and do something fun together. This could be before or after a side event, or it could be a thing of its own. Anyway, what does everyone think of a gat...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Sat Apr 16, 2011 9:42 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: "This makes me feel stupid. I don't think i'm coming back."
Replies: 74
Views: 20775

Re: "This makes me feel stupid. I don't think i'm coming back."

And yes, I did feel stupid for a while in practice until I all of a sudden discovered that getting questions early was fun and I could do it more if I studied. It was very enthralling early in my quiz bowl career when I looked something up and then powered it in practice. What do you do with the ki...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Sat Apr 16, 2011 4:22 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: "This makes me feel stupid. I don't think i'm coming back."
Replies: 74
Views: 20775

Re: "This makes me feel stupid. I don't think i'm coming back."

Your practices should have a relaxed environment to induce people to return. My school's very successful speech and debate team had a sort of off-putting regimented corporate discipline to it, and this is what made the quiz bowl team's laid back atmosphere all the more attractive. Studying material ...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Fri Apr 15, 2011 8:02 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: My Problem With Studying for Quiz Bowl
Replies: 21
Views: 10677

Re: My Problem With Studying for Quiz Bowl

Definitely something that you won't waste much time studying for is poetry. The great thing about it is that it's really easy to gain real knowledge on it because it doesn't take much time to read and process poems (except for epics and extended ones like The Waste Land . However, poetry above anyth...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Thu Apr 14, 2011 12:03 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: On-going season rankings
Replies: 391
Views: 101925

Re: On-going season rankings

I appreciate what Fred does and I'll continue to appreciate his rankings. He puts a lot of time and effort into this. This is the one reasons I don't like polls: Someone is always going to call foul because they feel they got shafted. Maybe that school isn't top 100 worthy in the first place, not t...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Sat Apr 09, 2011 3:01 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Mirroring and Collaborating for Fall 2011
Replies: 27
Views: 5365

Re: Mirroring and Collaborating for Fall 2011

I am also interested in writing for fall novice.
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Sat Apr 09, 2011 2:01 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Team California NASAT Tryouts - IRC
Replies: 15
Views: 2894

Re: Team California NASAT Tryouts - IRC

I also prefer TinyChat since IRC sometimes fails on me. Generally, weekends in April are going to be busy for me with the exception of next weekend. We could try weekdays after school on the 3 weeks between the 11th and the 29th, but this is high pressure AP study time, so other people might have pr...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Thu Feb 17, 2011 11:56 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Negs and how to avoid them
Replies: 21
Views: 5452

Re: Negs and how to avoid them

My team is notorious for negging unnecessarily, so we try to emphasize avoiding negs rather than getting powers in non-high stakes games. Whether this ends up transpiring is another matter entirely.
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Sun Jan 30, 2011 8:00 pm
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: CMST II: Searching For Writers
Replies: 42
Views: 11279

Re: CMST II: Searching For Writers

Depending on the amount of time I have over the coming days, I'll be glad to contribute as much as I can.

EDIT: I can write for pretty much any category except music theory.
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Sun Dec 12, 2010 1:27 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2010 Fall Knowledge Masters Open Results...
Replies: 17
Views: 3565

Re: 2010 Fall Knowledge Masters Open Results...

That's just because it was UAE on the website. When actually trying to spell it out, they put Emeritus. I would be shocked if they misspelled an acronym.
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Sun Dec 12, 2010 12:54 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2010 Fall Knowledge Masters Open Results...
Replies: 17
Views: 3565

Re: 2010 Fall Knowledge Masters Open Results...

And it makes for a good article too: http://www.benzinga.com/press-releases/10/12/b689996/bellarmine-college-prep-quiz-bowl-team-leads-globally I know some elderly former professors of Middle Eastern origin who get along pretty well. Do you think they might constitute the "United Arab Emeritus" men...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Sat Dec 11, 2010 5:09 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Online Scrimmages with Actual Readers!
Replies: 74
Views: 11702

Re: Online Scrimmages with Actual Readers!

So what exactly are the equipment requirements for this?
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Fri Dec 10, 2010 10:13 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2010 Fall Knowledge Masters Open Results...
Replies: 17
Views: 3565

Re: 2010 Fall Knowledge Masters Open Results...

I think it's a morale boost for kids who don't usually feel the success of normal quiz bowl, though we did miss some boneheaded questions.. These questions in general do tend to be boneheaded, though. It's pretty much everything we try to avoid in regular quizbowl (hoses, frauds, bad answer lines, ...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Sat Dec 04, 2010 1:55 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: trophies?
Replies: 46
Views: 10672

Re: trophies?

Yeah, getting a trophy is like the idea of victory manifested in physical form. For teams that are generally less serious about the competition, it's generally a great psychological boost and at least somewhat of a motivation to return and try it again. Although I don't really care for getting troph...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Mon Nov 29, 2010 12:20 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: On-going season rankings
Replies: 391
Views: 101925

Re: On-going season rankings

Yeah, if Fred were to prioritize TU's when doing rankings, the sample size required would be enormous. The only reliable evaluation for this would be head-to-head matchups, but acquiring those among the diaspora of quiz bowl high schools is a great challenge. Even if those results were acquired, we ...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Mon Sep 27, 2010 7:58 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: On-going season rankings
Replies: 391
Views: 101925

Re: Preseason (AHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHA) Top 25

William from Alpharetta is the top returning individual scorer, Nikhil second and Kevin from Stevenson third. For the sake of transparency, it should be noted that William and Kevin (and Andrew, Benji, KK, and Tommy, who round out what should be the top 6 returning players from NSC) were on competi...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Sat Sep 25, 2010 2:00 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Northern California Date Claim 2010-2011
Replies: 17
Views: 2927

Re: Northern California Date Claim 2010-2011

Yeah, we feel that if we advertise it as a sort of Quiz Kids prep, local teams who are otherwise unreceptive to attending several tournaments per year might consider us a viable option.
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Mon Aug 09, 2010 11:20 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Torrey Pines Open Tournament (2/5/2011)
Replies: 26
Views: 12196

Re: Torrey Pines Tournament (2/5/2011)

This is definitely something we would be interested in looking into.
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Sun Jul 11, 2010 8:51 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: West Coast Invitational 2011
Replies: 15
Views: 4724

Re: West Coast Invitational 2011

About NASAT tryouts, Bellarmine and MSJ would like a location more convenient to Northern California, preferably a location at an invitational in mid-California. This would be nice but for the fact that I don't think they even have any quiz bowl in mid-California. I didn't mean that literally. What...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Fri Jul 09, 2010 5:39 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: West Coast Invitational 2011
Replies: 15
Views: 4724

Re: West Coast Invitational 2011

I anticipate that Bellarmine will aim to attend this tournament and contribute our buzzer system.

About NASAT tryouts, Bellarmine and MSJ would like a location more convenient to Northern California, preferably a location at an invitational in mid-California.
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Thu Jul 08, 2010 11:56 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NorCal '10-'11
Replies: 8
Views: 1613

Re: NorCal '10-'11

Is Bentley also viable for HSNCT qualification?
Also, I think that based on conflicts like speech and debate, Bell will attend only 2 or 3 local tournaments. Rather, we will aim to travel more.
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Mon Jul 05, 2010 3:03 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Interest in Actual Online Scrimmages
Replies: 24
Views: 5202

Re: Interest in Actual Online Scrimmages

Yeah, I would be interested in doing this.