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by tintinnabulation
Wed Feb 22, 2012 5:36 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois NAQT State Championship @ Fenton HS, 2/25/2012
Replies: 22
Views: 5690

Re: Illinois NAQT State Championship @ Fenton HS, 2/25/2012

I'd love to get the tournament back up to 24 teams. If any school(s) wants to claim the last two spots, I'm happy to give you free entry. Please let me know by Wednesday, otherwise we'll just run it with 22 teams. I'm going to try to work some magic tomorrow, but I'm 99% sure it's not going to work...
by tintinnabulation
Tue Feb 21, 2012 8:29 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: On-going Season Rankings V2.0 - Herp Derp
Replies: 255
Views: 89705

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

Thank you. And I hope you get some rest soon.
by tintinnabulation
Mon Feb 20, 2012 12:24 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Masonics
Replies: 61
Views: 9573

Re: Masonics

I think the next big step should be to move towards part-by-part bonuses for non computational math. For no other reason, it'll make matches faster. And if matches get faster, there may come a time that the Masons are willing to go to ~9 rounds and we'll avoid single elimination. Wait, what? If you...
by tintinnabulation
Mon Feb 20, 2012 12:00 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois NAQT State Championship @ Fenton HS, 2/25/2012
Replies: 22
Views: 5690

Re: Illinois NAQT State Championship @ Fenton HS, 2/25/2012

I'd love to get the tournament back up to 24 teams. If any school(s) wants to claim the last two spots, I'm happy to give you free entry. Please let me know by Wednesday, otherwise we'll just run it with 22 teams. I'm going to try to work some magic tomorrow, but I'm 99% sure it's not going to work...
by tintinnabulation
Sat Feb 18, 2012 8:40 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Masonics
Replies: 61
Views: 9573

Re: Masonics

(1) The questions were a significant improvement over the last two years. Thanks, David. (2) At the site we attended (Belvidere North), things went pretty smoothly, the moderators did a good job, and we were done playing seven rounds shortly after 3 p.m. (I think we started round 1 at around 9:15, ...
by tintinnabulation
Sun Feb 12, 2012 6:05 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Quizbowl sports analogies
Replies: 38
Views: 9749

Re: Quizbowl sports analogies

All that said, if your article is about quizbowl's "potential as an enjoyable spectator sport," you're fucked because it has none. Quizbowl is an awful spectator sport. There are maybe a grand total of 10 rounds a year that have situational drama (and all but maybe 1 or 2 of those are at ICT and Na...
by tintinnabulation
Mon Feb 06, 2012 7:29 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: On-going Season Rankings V2.0 - Herp Derp
Replies: 255
Views: 89705

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

Fred wrote:Yeah, if stats are missing but you want them in there, you should post a link to them.
Didn't know if that tourney had to be more "important" or if you needed them emailed to you or what. Thanks for looking and for listening to me nag, guys. Sorry.
by tintinnabulation
Mon Feb 06, 2012 1:09 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: On-going Season Rankings V2.0 - Herp Derp
Replies: 255
Views: 89705

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

Still crossing my fingers--any hope of getting stats from Springfield NAQT Invite? (it was January
21) We go to one good tournament this year and get one shot at the rankings and this is what happens.
by tintinnabulation
Fri Feb 03, 2012 12:17 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Are 20 Questions Enough?
Replies: 24
Views: 5784

Re: Are 20 Questions Enough?

IHSA has switched from 30 questions a round to 24 questions. One of the leagues we play in has changed its format accordingly. (The other one we play in hasn't--we're still playing twenty.) I don't know if this enables us to distinguish better between the top team and the...um...bottom team or just ...
by tintinnabulation
Sun Jan 29, 2012 10:32 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Sunday tournaments
Replies: 16
Views: 4148

Re: Sunday tournaments

I don't know how Protestant churches schedule their masses... Not to sound like I'm laughing at you or anything, but Protestant churches don't have Mass. They have church services. (Not that it really matters.) Anglicans and (some) Lutherans celebrate mass. Sorry. You're right. Should have said "ge...
by tintinnabulation
Sun Jan 29, 2012 9:22 pm
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: CMST 3-- call for writers!
Replies: 60
Views: 21757

Re: CMST 3-- call for writers!

I know that this is super late, but if you're desperate enough to need a first-time writer to tie up loose literature ends, I am willing to help out.
by tintinnabulation
Fri Jan 27, 2012 11:37 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Quizbowl about Quizbowl
Replies: 8
Views: 1762

Re: Quizbowl about Quizbowl

I have been notified of my ignorance of the existence of these questions. Thank you. This is what happens when you think that those ideas that come to you between sleeping and waking are good ideas. Let this be a lesson to you: don't listen to those ideas. Also, I assure you that I'm saner when I'm ...
by tintinnabulation
Fri Jan 27, 2012 8:13 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Quizbowl about Quizbowl
Replies: 8
Views: 1762

Quizbowl about Quizbowl

I don't know if this has happened/been brought up before, but I want to ask the community: Is it appropriate to write quizbowl questions about quizbowl? I'm not saying that we should start writing questions about quizbowl; I'm just wondering if it is a legitimate topic. It could be shelved under mis...
by tintinnabulation
Fri Jan 27, 2012 7:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Tournament Overload
Replies: 33
Views: 5314

Re: Tournament Overload

I think another thing that we could definitely do is just stretch out the schedule more. Seeing as most teams that go to tournaments anyway have move past holding up IHSA State as the end-all tournament, we could definitely use the months of March/April/May more than we currently do. For example, w...
by tintinnabulation
Wed Jan 25, 2012 11:21 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: A Hypothetical Illinois State Championship
Replies: 30
Views: 5090

Re: A Hypothetical Illinois State Championship

One side-effect of this bad thing, however, is a concept that is easily expressible to school administrators -- we won Sectionals, ergo we're the best team in our neck of the woods. If you're telling this to an AD, they know exactly what "IHSA Sectional champ" means as a general rule, and they also...
by tintinnabulation
Wed Jan 25, 2012 6:38 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Sunday tournaments
Replies: 16
Views: 4148

Re: Sunday tournaments

I don't know how Protestant churches schedule their masses... Not to sound like I'm laughing at you or anything, but Protestant churches don't have Mass. They have church services. (Not that it really matters.) I know that I usually skip church when I'm out of town, so in my opinion, having a Sunda...
by tintinnabulation
Sun Jan 22, 2012 7:58 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '11-'12
Replies: 211
Views: 40947

Re: Illinois '11-'12

My team and I had a great time at the Springfield Invite yesterday. Got to meet some great teams, play some good questions. I don't know if I can convince my coach to drop one of our other tournaments and come to Springfield every year, but I hope I can. Once my teammates got used to the format they...
by tintinnabulation
Wed Jan 18, 2012 8:59 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: A Hypothetical Illinois State Championship
Replies: 30
Views: 5090

Re: A Hypothetical Illinois State Championship

Going back to the "IHSA has huge numbers, etc." thing: the only reason my school does any sort of state championship (let's not talk about Masonic now--we all know everybody does it for the money) is because it's IHSA. Unless there's some way you can force all teams to join this hypothetical new cha...
by tintinnabulation
Fri Dec 30, 2011 6:57 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: From Chip to "good quizbowl"
Replies: 40
Views: 12426

Re: From Chip to "good quizbowl"

You should try reading some HSAPQ sets or novice sets like SCOP and Fall Novice in practice. Novice sets! Perfect! Why didn't I think of that? And yeah, IHSA's long does not necessarily mean jam-packed with great information. I mean to pay better attention to the state series questions every year, ...
by tintinnabulation
Fri Dec 30, 2011 4:47 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: From Chip to "good quizbowl"
Replies: 40
Views: 12426

Re: From Chip to "good quizbowl"

tintinnabulation wrote: He just hates how long and drawn out and hard the question is, only to find a buzzer beater at the end of the question. If the after-FTP part would include something that required more actual knowledge than just common sense, e.g. "first president of the United States," I th...
by tintinnabulation
Thu Dec 29, 2011 10:11 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: From Chip to "good quizbowl"
Replies: 40
Views: 12426

Re: From Chip to "good quizbowl"

I agree that most giveaways aren't that easy. Most require a certain level of prior knowledge and those are fine. But occasionally there is a problem when the giveaway and the answer are at your average QB level and that level is above the level of the players, like tossups on, say, Malinowski or th...
by tintinnabulation
Thu Dec 29, 2011 8:46 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: From Chip to "good quizbowl"
Replies: 40
Views: 12426

Re: From Chip to "good quizbowl"

He's almost open to doing pyramidal but he hates..., how obscure the clues (and answers, sometimes) are, how easy the giveaways are. . Have you attempted to explain to your coach how those statements contradict eachother? The first one implies that he does not like how hard some of the clues are, p...
by tintinnabulation
Thu Dec 29, 2011 8:17 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: From Chip to "good quizbowl"
Replies: 40
Views: 12426

Re: From Chip to "good quizbowl"

Huskie Bowl (and any other 4-on-4 tourney) doesn't count towards 18 dates, no matter if it's you playing solo unaffiliated from your team, or if it's your school's team, or whatever. If it's 5-on-5, I'd imagine that you playing solo counts towards your personal 18 date limit. And that offer re: Hus...
by tintinnabulation
Thu Dec 29, 2011 6:06 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: From Chip to "good quizbowl"
Replies: 40
Views: 12426

Re: From Chip to "good quizbowl"

NIU Huskie Bowl would love to have Peoria Christian attend (and I'm 99% sure Kristin's emailed your coach with the invite); if PCHS doesn't attend, perhaps the Trang Academy for Learning Knowledge would like to register one team? We're hosting a tournament that day, unfortunately. A problem I have ...
by tintinnabulation
Thu Dec 29, 2011 4:49 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: From Chip to "good quizbowl"
Replies: 40
Views: 12426

Re: From Chip to "good quizbowl"

I'm going though this same "good quizbowl" transition with my team. Usually we play Questions Galore questions. I am not familiar with Questions Unlimited, but my guess is that they are similar in content and format. Because we had to drop a tournament earlier in the year, my coach signed us up for ...
by tintinnabulation
Fri Dec 16, 2011 4:13 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Writing Questions
Replies: 22
Views: 8471

Re: Writing Questions

Oh, and I don't think your question about 1984 is very gettable. Sorry. Stringing together a bunch of random clues with no idea how important they are in the book doesn't help a lot, and random clues don't make a very good question, either. I didn't know what the question was talking about until "In...
by tintinnabulation
Fri Dec 16, 2011 4:01 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Writing Questions
Replies: 22
Views: 8471

Re: Writing Questions

You sound like you're trying to do everything at once and expecting to get good at it. I think the most effective way to become good is to pick a topic and stick to it. Focus on everything you can get about that topic, and pick up random other stuff about other topics. For example, I am a lit person...
by tintinnabulation
Fri Dec 16, 2011 3:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Selection Bias or Excellence?
Replies: 14
Views: 5809

Re: Selection Bias or Excellence?

The question of how great teams and programs come to be has been on my mind a lot lately. I'd like to be able to coach a team in the future, and the question I've been pondering is: how in the world do you build a program? There are schools that return a great team year after year, and I know they d...
by tintinnabulation
Thu Dec 15, 2011 5:28 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Subject Area: Literature
Replies: 24
Views: 10919

Re: Subject Area: Literature

I came to be a pretty competent HS lit player through almost all of the methods mentioned above. Here are the things I've done to learn the QB lit canon: 1. Asked AP English teacher for list of important works during freshman year. I memorized a list of ~200 author-works, which made me a pretty pass...
by tintinnabulation
Thu Dec 15, 2011 4:46 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '11-'12
Replies: 211
Views: 40947

Re: Illinois '11-'12

I'm pretty sure David is a sophomore. I saw him playing at Masonic State last year.
by tintinnabulation
Tue Dec 13, 2011 7:44 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: What do you do about bad readers at tournaments?
Replies: 14
Views: 6788

Re: What do you do about bad readers at tournaments?

The other day it occurred to me that QB moderators are often teachers or parents who don't have a clue what's going on. Even though there's hardly any way to learn how to moderate without moderating, if you're in charge of a home basketball game, you don't just go, "Hey, we want you to ref tomorrow ...
by tintinnabulation
Tue Dec 13, 2011 7:35 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '11-'12
Replies: 211
Views: 40947

Re: Illinois '11-'12

TheTeen wrote: Do you know who the current coach is for Litchfield? I have heard nothing lately. jonah wrote: I think it's Amanda Lamore. Confirmed by a Litchfield player. I'm really wondering how the coaching change/graduating seniors will affect them. David York will probably carry the team prett...
by tintinnabulation
Sun Dec 11, 2011 11:33 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Lit in Easy Sets
Replies: 6
Views: 2376

Re: Lit in Easy Sets

These answers sound like our JV canon. Last year I watched a good deal of Illinois middle school matches and the amount of non-literature/no-one-asks-about-that-in-HS lit is infuriating. One of the things that irks me the most about MS quiz bowl is the inconsistency in questions. They don't ask abou...