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by Emil Nolde
Wed Jan 23, 2013 11:24 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 40
Views: 8151

Re: Specific Question Discussion

Oh wow, that's in power? It didn't get nearly that far in my room, but even if you are going for a medium-low degree of difficulty, I would most likely make power end with either "An eminent work in this movement was subtitled [*] "A New Name for Some Old Ways of Thinking, yadda yadda yadda" or "An ...
by Emil Nolde
Tue Jan 22, 2013 6:31 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: ProtoBowl
Replies: 367
Views: 159606

Re: ProtoBowl

Not actually. Have you seen what goes on at times? It gets frustrating
by Emil Nolde
Tue Jan 22, 2013 1:59 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: ProtoBowl
Replies: 367
Views: 159606

Re: ProtoBowl

Not really able to envision how this could be implemented without making everything even more chaotic than it sometimes is, but could measures be made to allow legitimate users to ban trolls without a vote? Not really any way this could not be abused, but right now many times there are enough trolls...
by Emil Nolde
Tue Jan 22, 2013 11:16 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 40
Views: 8151

Re: Specific Question Discussion

So, is this solely for discussion of what is absolutely wrong, or just what might be questionable, or perhaps sub-optimal?
I assume the latter.
So, Richard Rorty should really not be in power on a pragmatism question. That's all that I can think of right now.
by Emil Nolde
Wed Jan 16, 2013 9:03 am
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: ProtoBowl
Replies: 367
Views: 159606

Re: ProtoBowl

Hey, so, this isn't exactly a really constructive thing, but perhaps the slogan or whatever you would like to call it needs changing. You're really being too modest. It says 'doing one thing and doing it acceptably well'. In my humble opinion, it should now read 'doing a number of things acceptably ...
by Emil Nolde
Fri Jan 11, 2013 10:58 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 1/19 Trash after Loyola Ultima (Wilmette, IL)
Replies: 24
Views: 8929

Re: 1/19 Trash after Loyola Ultima (Wilmette, IL)

Is there a thread for the mirror taking place after BMI?
by Emil Nolde
Thu Jan 10, 2013 10:55 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Loyola Ultima XV - 1/19/2013 (Wilmette, IL)
Replies: 24
Views: 16249

Re: Loyola Ultima XV - 1/19/2013 (Wilmette, IL)

Oh and also B team for Standard. Sorry.
by Emil Nolde
Tue Jan 08, 2013 10:57 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Loyola Ultima XV - 1/19/2013 (Wilmette, IL)
Replies: 24
Views: 16249

Re: Loyola Ultima XV - 1/19/2013 (Wilmette, IL)

We should be already on this, right? (Über)
Not sure why we aren't listed in the field.
by Emil Nolde
Tue Jan 08, 2013 10:43 am
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Pre-tournament Routines
Replies: 39
Views: 19041

Re: Pre-tournament Routines

I run around the halls. A player from LASA, Nathan Weiser, I think, ran a bit before our match at the HSNCT. I haven't tried running myself, but walking briskly rather than sitting and waiting has served me fairly well. Last year, before Ultima iirc, I got in trouble for doing shirtless laps around...
by Emil Nolde
Mon Jan 07, 2013 11:11 am
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Pre-tournament Routines
Replies: 39
Views: 19041

Re: Pre-tournament Routines

I run around the halls. A player from LASA, Nathan Weiser, I think, ran a bit before our match at the HSNCT. I haven't tried running myself, but walking briskly rather than sitting and waiting has served me fairly well. Last year, before Ultima iirc, I got in trouble for doing shirtless laps around...
by Emil Nolde
Sun Jan 06, 2013 1:50 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: ProtoBowl
Replies: 367
Views: 159606

Re: ProtoBowl

@KK Well yes, but I think that anyone whose actions wouldn't trigger a tribunal anyway would stop if someone actually said that it bothered them. I know I would, and as I said it does open a bit of a backdoor to get rid of users just because. @BV This is cool, although I'm not familiar with HOSA. Is...
by Emil Nolde
Sat Jan 05, 2013 5:54 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: ProtoBowl
Replies: 367
Views: 159606

Re: ProtoBowl

So, as I said, ban tribunals can be triggered by profanity?
by Emil Nolde
Fri Jan 04, 2013 5:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: All very good at all or every specialist at each different
Replies: 4
Views: 1770

Re: All very good at all or every specialist at each different

To be honest, unless your team has nearly limitless depth, you aren't going to have a lot of success with each person only having a handle on one and only one category. Nor, most of the time, will you be able to get by with everyone knowing the exact same things. There is almost always going to be a...
by Emil Nolde
Fri Jan 04, 2013 12:09 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Aggressive Buzzing
Replies: 32
Views: 10446

Re: Aggressive Buzzing

I think you're worrying too much, for etiquette purposes at least. As long as you are power-vulching for a good, strategy-related reason, I don't think you will be villainized. The only truly villainous ways of power-vulching are: (1) power vulching for no reason except your own PPG; (2) power vulc...
by Emil Nolde
Thu Jan 03, 2013 8:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Aggressive Buzzing
Replies: 32
Views: 10446

Re: Aggressive Buzzing

So, if you need to power to tie, should you just buzz in at a place that is definitely power, and guess something whether or not you have a clue? Or would you normally consider the chance of getting it right to be so small that it isn't worth the decrease to your ppg? Or, sometimes during practice m...
by Emil Nolde
Thu Jan 03, 2013 5:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Aggressive Buzzing
Replies: 32
Views: 10446

Re: Aggressive Buzzing

So, since no one has breached the subject, I thought I would ask: what about powervulches? I've done it, but once at ATROPHY last year, I made a fool of myself by misidentifying a clue as being from The Scarlet Letter. I got chewed out for a long time for that, and sometimes still do. And at least o...
by Emil Nolde
Thu Jan 03, 2013 4:53 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: ProtoBowl
Replies: 367
Views: 159606

Re: ProtoBowl

There are a couple of ways the bookmark feature could be improved as well. I'm not sure if the first can really be combated, but once you have a really large number of bookmarked questions (I have maybe 200) you get so much lag it can be really frustrating. It might just be that I'll have to settle ...
by Emil Nolde
Thu Jan 03, 2013 12:52 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '12-'13
Replies: 153
Views: 69743

Re: Illinois '12-'13

I'm not arguing, I'm just saying it would've been good to know.
by Emil Nolde
Thu Jan 03, 2013 12:36 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '12-'13
Replies: 153
Views: 69743

Re: Illinois '12-'13

Um, no man. What I'm trying to get at is that the gap between fourth and ninth place might not be as small as you think it is. Tristan and Dylan were guys that could go toe-to-toe with Ben and Srinivas, and they beat us on multiple occasions. If we can actually gather our best team, Besides, I thoug...
by Emil Nolde
Wed Jan 02, 2013 9:28 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '12-'13
Replies: 153
Views: 69743

Re: Illinois '12-'13

Um, no, I don't think so. Are we talking about the same guy? I mean the Northmont guy. From Ohio. Which would make me think that they most likely wouldn't attend. Besides, Macomb was there last year, so i expect them to attend and therefore even if he was, it wouldn't be the biggest threat. And real...
by Emil Nolde
Wed Jan 02, 2013 3:42 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '12-'13
Replies: 153
Views: 69743

Re: Illinois '12-'13

I can't because Pb is down. Besides, what good reason is there for baby seals to be disallowed from clubbing other, weaker baby seals?
by Emil Nolde
Wed Jan 02, 2013 3:08 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '12-'13
Replies: 153
Views: 69743

Re: Illinois '12-'13

Doesn't that mean that each year any freshman that were in the top ten are automatically discounted? I think it would be desirable both to the players morale and to statistics to allow good players to return to the tournament, as a way to gauge progress. Last year, I was ninth at KC. To me, that isn...
by Emil Nolde
Tue Jan 01, 2013 2:53 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '12-'13
Replies: 153
Views: 69743

Re: Illinois '12-'13

Well, okay, but in the future just make it clear(er) that just because you are frosh/soph does not make you eligible to play. Also, I don't get Scholastic Visions, and most of the time only look at my team's schedule for the year, which had no such indication. In a way it's kind of ironic that it's ...
by Emil Nolde
Tue Jan 01, 2013 1:48 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: ProtoBowl
Replies: 367
Views: 159606

Re: ProtoBowl

On my laptop I use Opera. However, I think I have it more or less fixed- you have to give it some time between disconnecting with the link and actually disconnecting? As a side note, I'm noticing that in addition to spam/hi activity rates, users can qualify for a ban tribunal on the basis of profani...
by Emil Nolde
Tue Jan 01, 2013 1:28 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '12-'13
Replies: 153
Views: 69743

Re: Illinois '12-'13

Wasn't sure where to post this, but seeing as the tournament in question was just mentioned, I guess this is the most appropriate avenue for my venting. Anyway, so while I am not by any means angry at Coach Greene, I would ask that next year Knight's Challenge be advertised as a novice event, with a...
by Emil Nolde
Thu Dec 27, 2012 2:42 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: ProtoBowl
Replies: 367
Views: 159606

Re: ProtoBowl

I have never been able to use the offline feature. I click the 'Disconnect' link, but cannot advance the question after doing so. Is there something I'm doing wrong? Also, i would still request an option to remove neg penalties/power bonuses in order to better emulate certain formats that do not use...
by Emil Nolde
Wed Dec 19, 2012 8:48 am
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: ProtoBowl
Replies: 367
Views: 159606

Re: ProtoBowl

There's something wrong with the randomisation algorithm. Sometimes it gets stuck into repeating a tossup every second, or fourth question, or back-to-back, though this can be mitigated by skipping. I think it may be triggered by enabling a custom distribution, and changing the ratios too much, espe...
by Emil Nolde
Tue Dec 18, 2012 1:44 am
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: ProtoBowl
Replies: 367
Views: 159606

Re: ProtoBowl

Cool, because I defiantly want to be able to play with people who can actually play science, and am also going to defiantly look for the most annoying gif possible to associate with myself. Defiantly.
by Emil Nolde
Mon Dec 17, 2012 11:09 am
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: ProtoBowl
Replies: 367
Views: 159606

Re: ProtoBowl

Heard Kevin got accepted into MIT. Congratulations!

Also, @above poster, why would you want to disable tossup scoring? Some tournaments don't have neg penalties.
by Emil Nolde
Sun Dec 16, 2012 12:43 am
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: ProtoBowl
Replies: 367
Views: 159606

Re: ProtoBowl

no, more as in being rendered largely obselete.
by Emil Nolde
Sat Dec 15, 2012 7:00 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: ProtoBowl
Replies: 367
Views: 159606

Re: ProtoBowl

I just realized: there's no option to turn off the neg penalty. Could this be put in? Also, a couple of things for when permanent accounts are created: Can we reserve our regular UN prior to implementation? I don't want anyone to steal mine. Can we have individual/team avatars in the leaderboard? I ...
by Emil Nolde
Fri Dec 14, 2012 1:35 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Greenville (IL) Comet Open 2/2/13
Replies: 2
Views: 949

Re: Greenville (IL) Comet Open 2/2/13

Reasonably sure am I, that we will be bringing not one, but two teams to this event.
by Emil Nolde
Wed Dec 12, 2012 1:46 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: ProtoBowl
Replies: 367
Views: 159606

Re: ProtoBowl

Good: It now has legit prompting?
Bad: It isn't accepting things it should, due mainly to lazy people typing answerlines. I was prompted on 'Slaughterhouse Five'. If anything, you should be prompted for using the number, it's spelled out on the actual book cover.
by Emil Nolde
Wed Dec 12, 2012 11:24 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Exclusion clues: when to use them, what they mean.
Replies: 15
Views: 6317

Exclusion clues: when to use them, what they mean.

This post has been brought to you by a number of Jose Saramago toss-ups I have negged on around five times on, with my answer being 'Dostoyevsky'. I buzzed on 'The Double'. Fyodor Dostoyevsky did, in fact, write a novel called "The Double". As you can imagine, this then frustrates me. However, I'm n...
by Emil Nolde
Wed Dec 05, 2012 2:57 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: ProtoBowl
Replies: 367
Views: 159606

Re: ProtoBowl

It would be awesome if you could set multiple difficulty levels without enabling them all, e.g. being able to see HS and College, but not MS. Also, something that would be really helpful would be separate difficulty settings for each category.
by Emil Nolde
Mon Dec 03, 2012 11:24 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Harvard Fall Tournament difficulty discussion
Replies: 53
Views: 26131

Re: Harvard Fall Tournament difficulty discussion

Shreyas is definitely correct, some of the bonus parts really were really obvious, or just easy to guess. Particularly, I think the history questions of all types had an inconsistent difficulty level. Like I said, though, overall, lots of fun to play.
by Emil Nolde
Sun Dec 02, 2012 2:45 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Harvard Fall Tournament difficulty discussion
Replies: 53
Views: 26131

Re: Harvard Fall Tournament difficulty discussion

Overall, I enjoyed the set. It was definitely not something that was out of anyone's league, and it didn't feel like everything was being raced to. The one really annoying buzzer seizure I remember was on a certain round six tossup, when playing IMSA B. Waleed beat me to it, but I'm pretty sure Mahi...
by Emil Nolde
Wed Nov 07, 2012 9:13 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '12-'13
Replies: 153
Views: 69743

Re: Illinois '12-'13

IMSA Anton and the guys are good at what they do. However, my conception of IMSA in it's current state is basically limited to the name Karpovich, so yeah. I think you missed how at ACF Fall , Sabrina put up 35 PPG while Anton put up 42 PPG. I'm not saying that she isn't good, I'm just saying that ...
by Emil Nolde
Tue Nov 06, 2012 12:13 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '12-'13
Replies: 153
Views: 69743

Re: Illinois '12-'13

I'm going to revise my ratings I think. I really would've liked to be at the ACF mirror, but even though I couldn't, it's still a good testing of peoples' mettles. Loyola Morgan, Ian, Zach Hayes are all pretty legit. I think they're pretty solid, all around. Yeah, DCC beat them this time but they do...
by Emil Nolde
Thu Nov 01, 2012 9:53 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HSQBRank 2012-2013: No, I do not mean HSA Bank
Replies: 138
Views: 34149

Re: HSQBRank 2012-2013: No, I do not mean HSA Bank

Forgive my ignorance- I assume that appb would be standing for adjusted PPB? For difficulty or something? Because Dunbar's isn't what it is on the IHSSBCA site, and if it isn't adjusted, we should be somewhere on this list as well.
by Emil Nolde
Wed Oct 31, 2012 11:21 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: building the strongest team
Replies: 9
Views: 3371

Re: building the strongest team

definitely agree with above post. While ideally you have both talent and commitment from the get-go, when you have to pick one, go with the latter. I also do think it is a good tactic to recommend a field of study to your players, especially if they underrate it's important. This is especially impor...
by Emil Nolde
Wed Oct 31, 2012 10:56 am
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Improving Literature Knowledge?
Replies: 56
Views: 29629

Re: Improving Literature Knowledge?

Actually reading does help, but what I'm saying is that there are more productive ways to study, especially if you find what you're reading boring. You aren't going to remember a book if you hated every minute you spent in it. The best way to get better at quizbowl is by playing the game. No excepti...
by Emil Nolde
Tue Oct 30, 2012 11:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Loyburn @ Loyola Academy (Wilmette, IL) 12/15/12
Replies: 14
Views: 5094

Re: Loyburn @ Loyola Academy (Wilmette, IL) 12/15/12

I don't feel comfortably comfortable to say that Carbondale will be bringing a team, though iirc it is on the schedule. In the meantime,
1. Is the discount for travel cumulative e. g. do we get $30 off?
2. Isn't the pizza place spelled with two 't's?
by Emil Nolde
Tue Oct 30, 2012 11:04 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Improving Literature Knowledge?
Replies: 56
Views: 29629

Re: Improving Literature Knowledge?

Really? Because it does make decent sense. If you read a work, then you get every word of it in your memory. In other words, a lot of information. If you know how a question on a work will sound, what order clues will come in, then eventually you can identify it as well, however, you only know what ...
by Emil Nolde
Tue Oct 30, 2012 10:55 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: building the strongest team
Replies: 9
Views: 3371

Re: building the strongest team

If you seriously have enough people to run a competitive tryout, then you really should consider yourself blessed. At our school, we only have around ten people that will actually come to things. In general, I think a good team, or one that wants to be good, should practice around 3 hours a week, an...
by Emil Nolde
Tue Oct 30, 2012 10:42 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: How to Study Lesser-known Myth Systems
Replies: 10
Views: 4974

Re: How to Study Lesser-known Myth Systems

As ashamed as I am to say it, a whole lot of my myth knowledge comes from Rick Riordan books. Those are actually really good ways that even middle school players can learn basic stuff. But as I've started to play collegiate questions, the sphere of myth systems gets larger. Now an in-depth knowledge...
by Emil Nolde
Tue Oct 30, 2012 10:36 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Improving Literature Knowledge?
Replies: 56
Views: 29629

Re: Improving Literature Knowledge?

So, basically I would say you shouldn't read a quizbowl-relevant book unless you actually find it interesting. You won't remember things if reading it was an unpleasant experience. Legit knowledge isn't actually very rewarding at all, especially when half the time you're looking for authors. You ca...
by Emil Nolde
Tue Oct 30, 2012 11:06 am
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Improving Literature Knowledge?
Replies: 56
Views: 29629

Re: Improving Literature Knowledge?

So, basically I would say you shouldn't read a quizbowl-relevant book unless you actually find it interesting. You won't remember things if reading it was an unpleasant experience. Legit knowledge isn't actually very rewarding at all, especially when half the time you're looking for authors. You can...
by Emil Nolde
Tue Oct 30, 2012 10:35 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The Future
Replies: 38
Views: 7388

Re: The Future

Out of curiosity, were these grant applicants teams in the SIAC?
Perhaps Carterville or something?
by Emil Nolde
Fri Oct 26, 2012 3:34 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The Future
Replies: 38
Views: 7388

Re: The Future

So, wait, I've never heard of that team. I'm not sure whether your post corroborates mine or not. I hate it when that happens. If you're being sarcastic, please, next time, post more than a hyperlink. Do it for me.