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by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Sat Sep 09, 2017 4:23 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: The State of Good Quizbowl, State-by-State, 2017 Edition
Replies: 30
Views: 20229

Re: The State of Good Quizbowl, State-by-State, 2017 Edition

I feel like the ratings value state organizations perhaps too highly. This may be the political scientist in me, but one thing I've seen over the years is that institutions matter. You can go into a bad quizbowl area and run a bunch of good pyramidal tournaments in one year, but if you don't get so...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Sun Jun 18, 2017 4:29 am
Forum: New Collegiate Teams
Topic: Starting a team at De Anza College in Cupertino, CA
Replies: 1
Views: 5246

Re: Starting a team at De Anza College in Cupertino, CA

Hi Zach, we'd love to have a De Anna team started in the Bay (also, several quiz bowl players, including myself, happen to be from Cupertino)! It's technically always possible to get a team started for any session as long as you can get interested students, but putting together room reservations for...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Thu Jun 15, 2017 2:21 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Approximately 20 high school house writes have been announce
Replies: 22
Views: 12330

Re: Approximately 20 high school house writes have been anno

This is all very unfortunate, as Richard Montgomery has been planning for a house write as well. What can all of us do when it comes to considering mergers? If you must do it alone (this is directed to the general "you" and not you specifically), write a novice set. I'll disagree here - novice sets...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Thu Jun 15, 2017 12:06 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Approximately 20 high school house writes have been announce
Replies: 22
Views: 12330

Re: Approximately 20 high school house writes have been anno

This is all very unfortunate, as Richard Montgomery has been planning for a house write as well. What can all of us do when it comes to considering mergers? If you must do it alone (this is directed to the general "you" and not you specifically), write a novice set. There needs to be more truly eas...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Tue Jun 13, 2017 8:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2017 NSC set discussion
Replies: 85
Views: 40100

Re: 2017 NSC set discussion

The amount of architecture in the tournament was the same as last year (4/4), although it's certainly possible there were more architecture clues in non-architecture questions. This was indeed what I was referring to -- I believe there were a lot more architecture clues (referring to cities, for ex...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Tue Jun 13, 2017 3:53 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2017 NSC set discussion
Replies: 85
Views: 40100

Re: 2017 NSC set discussion

My teammates and I were a little disappointed with the math tossups. For example, the lead in for "point" could be buzzed on if one had just vaguely heard of point-set topology, and I personally thought the "arithmetic" tossup was a little weird; describing it as a branch of math threw me off (alth...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Sat Jun 10, 2017 9:21 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Math Monstrosity at NSC
Replies: 16
Views: 8345

Re: Math Monstrosity at NSC

I'm intending to come once I got an update about the event.
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Sat Jan 28, 2017 1:04 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 WAO: History (New Approaches)
Replies: 9
Views: 1567

Re: History (New Approaches)

I was a fan of the history here (addendum: I liked that the one battle tossup was on Stamford Bridge, as (a) it's a highly significant battle no one really tosses up and (b) I studied it shortly before the tournament). Taking on historical approaches that emphasize long-term trends is something that...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Sat Jan 07, 2017 2:50 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2017 NASAT: June 24-25 at the University of Kentucky
Replies: 68
Views: 52285

Re: 2017 NASAT: June 24-25 at the University of Kentucky

The entry fee is $560 per team with a $20 discount for bringing up to one buzzer system per team and a further $20 discount if we receive your payment by May 21, 2017 at HSAPQ's mailing address. You may pay on-site but you will not receive the early payment discount if you do so. I'm so sorry for n...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Tue Nov 08, 2016 3:00 am
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Studying Social Science and Philosophy
Replies: 3
Views: 7001

Re: Studying Social Science and Philosophy

To learn about philosophers (e.g. Montesquieu, Pascal, etc.), I think a careful reading of their respective Wikipedia articles and then cross-referencing Quinterest and old questions for relevant clues should give you a good idea of what you will need to know (at least at the high school level). Yo...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Sun Oct 30, 2016 4:25 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: PB 2016: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 82
Views: 13516

Re: PB 2016: Specific Question Discussion

I thought the anthro here was fine (even with the perennial bonus on Ruth Benedict). I do have one quibble: the tossup on functionalism seemed to slide between structural functionalism and functionalism quite a bit, even though they're fairly distinct. I wrote this. I am aware that they are pretty ...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Wed Oct 26, 2016 8:12 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Future of High School Quizbowl Round Table: Big Vision Redux
Replies: 7
Views: 4754

Re: Future of High School Quizbowl Round Table: Big Vision R

To talk about the episode itself, I'm particularly interested in following up on talk about making better alumni databases. Does something like that exist already, and if not, is there any reason why we don't? An alumni database would indeed be a good thing. The big question is who would have acces...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Sun Oct 23, 2016 8:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2016 WHAQ General Discussion
Replies: 13
Views: 4458

Re: 2016 WHAQ General Discussion

This was mirrored yesterday for the Varsity division of Cal Cup 1, which contained a fair number of pretty casual teams. I liked the fact that when the set erred, it generally erred easier instead of more difficult. This is a trend that I think really worked with CALI and that needs to continue to p...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Wed Sep 28, 2016 1:20 am
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Stats: Greatest Upsets in Quizbowl History
Replies: 15
Views: 10782

Re: Greatest Upsets in Quizbowl History

I did some stats wizardry of my own. (I'll publish the Excel sheet on Google docs once I see if I can put in some head-to-head data.) Since 2012, when ACF Nationals went to a 12-team top bracket, a team's tossup conversion percentage relative to the rest of the top bracket (by standard deviations) ...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Fri Sep 09, 2016 11:18 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Coach issues
Replies: 12
Views: 5798

Re: Coach issues

The problem at our school is that the administration is really attached to him, since the team won the state championship twice when it was on non-pyramidal questions and they think he's a great coach because of that. There's this weird loop where the better we do, the more credit the school gives ...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Tue Aug 23, 2016 7:26 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Auditions and Tryouts
Replies: 1
Views: 1652

Re: Auditions and Tryouts

Auditions are bad unless the demand is so overwhelming that there is no other choice but to do them (see: Arcadia High School having 130+ students try to enter the team every year). There's no point in only restricting quiz bowl to honors students. Anyone and everyone can learn from it, and parents ...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Wed Aug 03, 2016 10:17 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Side Event Weekend 2016
Replies: 11
Views: 6566

Re: VCU Side Event Weekend 2016

Reminder that BURI will not, in fact, be happening.
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Tue Aug 02, 2016 4:32 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: BURI - Myth Side Event
Replies: 17
Views: 9164

Re: BURI - Myth Side Event

Hello everyone, After discussion among the writing staff, we have decided that extenuating circumstances for some writers have made it impossible to deliver a product of the high quality we want by the upcoming weekend. Therefore, I am announcing on behalf of myself, Ben Zhang, and Eddie Kim that we...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Tue Aug 02, 2016 3:12 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: BURI - Myth Side Event
Replies: 17
Views: 9164

Re: BURI - Myth Side Event

Brian McPeak wrote:so are you guys going to change this to a half social science tournament now or what?
Precisely what we're planning.
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Wed Jun 29, 2016 2:55 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Eligibility Restriction for National History Bowl, 8th Grade
Replies: 13
Views: 6955

Re: Eligibility Restriction for National History Bowl, 8th G

But honestly, since you folks have a separate product for solo players, I wouldn't be all that miffed if I were someone who wanted to play the Bowl solo and was told I had to play the Bee instead. Whatever. What of teams of two players, though? A team of two is clearly a "[group] of multiple indivi...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Sun May 29, 2016 11:22 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Introducing new moderators to the game
Replies: 14
Views: 8405

Re: Introducing new moderators to the game

Amizda Calyx wrote:There's someone interested in waking up early on a Saturday to read questions to strangers for six+ hours for free who isn't even interested in quizbowl itself? Where can I find these people??
At Berkeley.
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Thu May 26, 2016 1:36 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Launch of IHBB India
Replies: 2
Views: 1912

Re: Launch of IHBB India

Definitely bring iodine tablets, anti-malarials, and other portable medicines. Update shots. Also, since it's summer, there's a high risk of sunburn and mosquito bites (seriously, so many mosquitoes), so bring sunscreen and sleep under nets/use repellent.
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Mon May 09, 2016 5:57 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Where Are You Going to College Next Year (2015-2016)
Replies: 35
Views: 18037

Re: Where Are You Going to College Next Year (2015-2016)

quizbowllee wrote:Zakk Waddell and Ross Wallace from West Point both got full-scholarships to play Quiz Bowl at Wallace State CC.
I sincerely hope this becomes a trend.
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Thu Feb 18, 2016 10:21 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: "stanford housewrite" at Stanford (February 27, 2016)
Replies: 37
Views: 17360

Re: "stanford housewrite" at Stanford (February 27, 2016)

Berkeley people: Are you guys not signed up for the Sunday events because you don't want to have to go back and forth two days in a row? If that's the case I think we probably can move Christmas Present to after Eyes, like Mike said. If there isn't additional interest, though, we should just budget...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Wed Feb 03, 2016 7:12 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals - University of Michigan, 04.16-17.2016
Replies: 104
Views: 53790

Re: ACF Nationals - University of Michigan, 04.16-17.2016

Yeah it would be nice if ACF arranged some hotel deal this time around.
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Fri Sep 18, 2015 3:37 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: SCOP Novice 6 (October 2015-March 2016)
Replies: 13
Views: 7156

Re: SCOP Novice 6 (October 2015-March 2016)

Remember to include our mirror as well!
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Tue Aug 04, 2015 12:59 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open ‘15 @ VCU (8/8/15)
Replies: 67
Views: 28940

Re: VCU Open ‘15 @ VCU (8/8/15)

Can you tell me what time Saturday is expected to end? I have to take a Megabus back to DC.
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Wed Jul 22, 2015 7:41 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Quizbowl on social media
Replies: 21
Views: 8135

Re: Quizbowl on social media

On the subject of regional Facebook groups, I'm not sure why a regional Facebook group would ever have any reason to be private or closed, as I know the Northern California group is. What exactly is there to hide? Making group content not visible to outsiders merely presents another barrier to entr...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Sun Jul 12, 2015 12:43 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open @ Berkeley (Aug 8)
Replies: 21
Views: 8510

Re: VCU Open @ Berkeley (Aug 8)

It looks like we have enough interest for 2 teams. I assure you, there's much more interest than that. No man, what I mean is Stanford wants to bring 2 teams. Unless you know something I don't...? Ah well ok then. I didn't think of you acting on behalf of Stanford since it's an open tournament and ...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Sat Jul 11, 2015 2:04 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open @ Berkeley (Aug 8)
Replies: 21
Views: 8510

Re: VCU Open @ Berkeley (Aug 8)

It looks like we have enough interest for 2 teams. I assure you, there's much more interest than that. I'll be in the area, but haven't done anything quizbowl related in a few months. Let me know if your team needs a fourth! Make sure to put your name down as a free agent in the "Berkeley" tab in t...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Thu Jul 09, 2015 10:17 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: The State of Good Quizbowl, State-by-State
Replies: 61
Views: 44514

Re: The State of Good Quizbowl, State-by-State

I really enjoyed Chris's post. I don't want to seem unappreciative of his hard work by immediately asking for more, but I'd be very curious to see something similar written up about middle school quizbowl (a game whose state I don't understand at all and which I have never seen in person). In parti...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Tue Jun 09, 2015 8:06 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Maryland Summer Practices
Replies: 11
Views: 6303

Re: Maryland Summer Practices

Can there be a mailing list for this so that we can figure out if it's happening on a particular day or not? I'm interested in coming to these.
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Wed Jun 03, 2015 4:46 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Quizbowl Book
Replies: 7
Views: 3708

Re: Quizbowl Book

One thing you could do to drum up interest is to arrange a distribution plan with ACE camp whenever you output a product. You'll get to a lot of people that way.
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Wed Jun 03, 2015 4:00 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Discussion of press coverage of HSNCT/quizbowl events
Replies: 19
Views: 8445

Re: 2015 NAQT HSNCT: Congratulations Arcadia!

Is it possible that that journalist could be a quizbowl player? I don't know of any journalism majors or freelance writers among the community, but they have to be out there somewhere, right? It's going to have to be somebody who has no future ambition to be paid money by NAQT. I think it's a matte...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Tue Jun 02, 2015 6:05 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Discussion of press coverage of HSNCT/quizbowl events
Replies: 19
Views: 8445

Discussion of press coverage of HSNCT/quizbowl events

On a perhaps unrelated note, I believe it's time for NAQT to formally invite some number of (unobtrusive) journalists to cover the largest quiz bowl tournament in history. NAQT is losing major opportunities for good quiz bowl PR by not pursuing this. I'm not going to pretend to understand the logist...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Sat May 16, 2015 12:06 am
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: ACF Nationals 2015 Final: An Attempt at a QB Microhistory
Replies: 19
Views: 27400

Re: ACF Nationals 2015 Final: An Attempt at a QB Microhistor

This thread reminds me: I need to spruce up the crappy Yu-Gi-Oh! questions I wrote for some of our club members during my freshman year - the Obelisk Open, if you will (though it wasn't a tournament) - so they are actually reasonably presentable to the quizbowl universe at large. ...if anyone is in...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Thu Apr 23, 2015 4:05 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT state championships 2015
Replies: 8
Views: 7279

Re: NAQT state championships 2015

Kyle wrote: California (northern): Sarratoga
Saratoga has one "r."
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Thu Apr 23, 2015 3:34 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Postseason Poll
Replies: 21
Views: 10966

Re: Postseason Poll

Peter, I'd personally vote for the strongest possible combination of the B team that played tournaments this year. Berkeley B, for example, would probably be the ICT team and not the ACF Nationals team I'd consider when making out my ballot. It's actually the other way around. The ACF team was the ...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Tue Apr 14, 2015 7:01 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Where Are You Going Next Year? (2015 College)
Replies: 47
Views: 25507

Re: Where Are You Going Next Year? (2015 College)

Conquistador wrote:I'll be starting a history PhD at Berkeley, and expect to continue playing.
Following in the footsteps of Mr. Gammage, I see.
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Sat Apr 04, 2015 8:51 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: aseemsDB: Not just another database (hopefully)
Replies: 8
Views: 10001

Re: aseemsDB: Not just another database (hopefully)

Are you tired of Quinterest being incomplete and not getting a complete picture of database hits? Are you tired of having to search for that one question on Edwidge Danticat buried in a set from those years where it was cool to write about her? Introducing ASEEMSDB(TM), the first all-purpose solutio...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Wed Apr 01, 2015 2:47 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals - Ann Arbor, MI, 04/18-19/2015 - main thread
Replies: 89
Views: 58247

Re: ACF Nationals - Ann Arbor, MI, 04/18-19/2015 - main thre

There could be a video camera on a tripod set up in just one room and recording for the entire day of competition, with post-editing removing the breaks. That way, no one will have to set up something between each and every round.
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Tue Mar 31, 2015 12:04 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015 NAQT ICT: March 28, Atlanta
Replies: 73
Views: 37366

Re: 2015 NAQT ICT: March 28, Atlanta

I recorded part of the first match of the finals on Corry Wang's phone.
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Wed Feb 25, 2015 12:34 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: State specific quizbowl message boards and sites
Replies: 17
Views: 16959

Re: State specific quizbowl message boards and sites

Charbroil wrote:Much of this information is available on NAQT's website here: http://www.naqt.com/hs/state-organizations.html
Many of the organizations on that page do not promulgate good quiz bowl. We should have a list in hsquizbowl that exclusively points to organizations dedicated to high quality competitions.
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Thu Feb 05, 2015 1:50 am
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: New High School Team
Replies: 5
Views: 4151

Re: New High School Team

Hi Daniel, I'm Ankit Aggarwal, and I help run the quiz bowl circuit in Northern California, including co-directing the California Cup tournaments at which I believe you competed with Davis. I also moderated at the tournament Holmes won in December. What high school are you going to attend? If it's i...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Tue Jan 06, 2015 2:59 am
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Books "for Quizbowl"
Replies: 217
Views: 166551

Re: Books "for Quizbowl"

Dmitri Shostakovich wrote:What are some good books on the history of ancient Egypt, the history of the ancient Near East, or the history of ancient and classical Japan?
For surveys on these topics, classes of mine have used:
Egypt, Greece, and Rome by Charles Freeman
The Japanese Experience by W.G. Beasley
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Wed Nov 19, 2014 7:04 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: SOLO: A Star Wars Tournament
Replies: 17
Views: 8100

Re: SOLO: A Star Wars Tournament

Is this set written for teams or will people be playing this SOLO? Does trash/pop culture refer to things outside the SW universe that refer to the SW universe (like Robot Chicken or Spaceballs)? And lastly, will you translate this set to common non-Galactic Basic sentient languages like Shyriiwook,...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Mon Oct 13, 2014 5:21 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Lit at LIT
Replies: 9
Views: 4079

Re: Lit at LIT

Would it be possible to mirror this elsewhere?
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Thu Aug 14, 2014 6:54 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Turning Away from Bad Quiz Bowl
Replies: 5
Views: 4200

Re: Turning Away from Bad Quiz Bowl

So our team had a fairly good season last year, but we were limited by the number of tournaments we were able to attend. This year, however, our Athletic Department has been gracious enough to count us as a sports team and fund all of our competitons. This actually has given rise to a new quandary....
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Mon Aug 11, 2014 7:37 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Richard Montgomery's HERMES available for mirrors!
Replies: 22
Views: 17792

Re: Richard Montgomery's HERMES available for mirrors!

Les Remparts de Seville wrote:S
3/3 Fine Arts (40% Visual Art, 40% Music, 20% Other)
What does "other" mean in this context? What specific fine arts media?