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by heterodyne
Sun Mar 08, 2015 3:58 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HSQBRank 2014-15
Replies: 211
Views: 107847

Re: HSQBRank 2014-15

It appears, correct me if I'm wrong, that stats from the recent Yellow Jacket Invitational were used (just judging from Solon, DCC B making large jumps.) There are teams with BPts that end in 5, which I don't think (?) should happen, in addition to DCC B's 34 ppb game, which suggests that there migh...
by heterodyne
Tue Mar 03, 2015 12:49 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Maintaining High Levels of Mental Stamina?
Replies: 17
Views: 7657

Re: Maintaining High Levels of Mental Stamina?

I try to snack if possible throughout the day to keep myself from eating a ton at lunch. I have a firm belief that pastry ring consumption helped our team significantly at PACE last year.
by heterodyne
Tue Mar 03, 2015 12:44 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Masonics 2015
Replies: 17
Views: 5353

Re: Masonics 2015

Latin is actually ranked higher, but just barely. I have to give the advantage to these two. In my opinion, they are a solid step ahead of the rest of the teams in 2A. U-Lab/Macomb is my bet for third/forth, but we'll see how the pools get assigned. Welp, in my hurry to remember a major team I forg...
by heterodyne
Mon Mar 02, 2015 9:01 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Masonics 2015
Replies: 17
Views: 5353

Re: Masonics 2015

2A: U-Lab is the team to beat, and Macomb or Litchfield are the only teams that could. Not too sure about this. Newman CC is the highest ranked team in that division, and having played or seen play all of the teams you mentioned, I feel confident in saying that they are the favorite going in. Of co...
by heterodyne
Sun Mar 01, 2015 1:38 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements
Replies: 577
Views: 324012

Re: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements

InvadErGII wrote:This indeed took place (sorry Owen :\ ), and Rob Carson emerged victorious. Packet is attached, scores are below:

Rob 85
Matt W 60
Eric D 55
Dan P 50
Victor 25
Whoever heterodyne is 20
Eric M 20
Evan 15
Matt L 15
Stephen E 10
Matt B 10
Mike 5
Carsten 5
Tejas -5
Hi, I'm heterodyne.
by heterodyne
Sun Feb 15, 2015 9:20 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '14-'15
Replies: 91
Views: 34641

Re: Illinois '14-'15

If this is a discussion we're having, I'm gonna throw out Meredith, given that on non-naqt sets she basically locks down 3 questions.
by heterodyne
Mon Feb 09, 2015 9:04 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '14-'15
Replies: 91
Views: 34641

Re: Illinois '14-'15

I can personally confirm that playing against very good one man teams definitely does not wreck motivation or growth. In fact, it does the opposite. One of the motivational factors in me becoming ok between sophomore and junior years was being beaten up on by Dylan, Tristan, and Sam.
by heterodyne
Sun Feb 08, 2015 6:10 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '14-'15
Replies: 91
Views: 34641

Re: Illinois '14-'15

words I generally agree with these rankings, with a few quibbles. I do think that UC lab should probably be ranked above Carbondale, just based on the feeling I've had playing against both of them, but that's entirely my subjective impression since we don't have any good data comparing the two with...
by heterodyne
Tue Dec 09, 2014 7:54 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: What Happens to DC-Area Quizbowl Next Year?
Replies: 158
Views: 87258

Re: What Happens to DC-Area Quizbowl Next Year?

Pushkin's Beard wrote: I believe that Issac is the one saying that a quizbowl collective would help, while Vasa is the one against a Maryland Quizbowl Association.
You're totally right, the lack of hierarchy thing in Isaac's post confused me.
by heterodyne
Tue Dec 09, 2014 3:08 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion (HFT 2014)
Replies: 53
Views: 5142

Re: Question-specific discussion

As possible Master and Margarita questions go, this one did seem pretty easy (the Variety theatre thing was, for me, one of the most memorable parts of the entire book). I was more surprised, like others, at Lahiri and the Dahl bonus, but I didn't have too many issues with the lit. The science (espe...
by heterodyne
Mon Dec 08, 2014 7:38 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: What Happens to DC-Area Quizbowl Next Year?
Replies: 158
Views: 87258

Re: What Happens to DC-Area Quizbowl Next Year?

As I've mentioned before , it's counterproductive to work as an individual, or to work as an organization. Working together in a group, without a hierarchy, produces the best results, something you can see in the beautiful Shenandoah valley surrounding you, Vasa. I believe the Maryland circuit shou...
by heterodyne
Thu Dec 04, 2014 6:57 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Flashcarding
Replies: 15
Views: 6734

Re: Flashcarding

But if you flashcard something, it seems difficult to accurately portray all of the different options as flashcards unless there are like, six cards for each clue. Perhaps this is just a problem for more difficult questions where clues start being used for multiple purposes. 1) Making a ton of flas...
by heterodyne
Mon Dec 01, 2014 11:58 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Flashcarding
Replies: 15
Views: 6734

Re: Flashcarding

Charlemagne wrote: I've never been a huge fan of flashcarding, myself. I usually find just writing things down and repeating them (writing questions helps with this too) to be the best method of learning new information.
Isn't that what flashcarding is?
by heterodyne
Thu Nov 20, 2014 7:08 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: The Fundome
Replies: 8
Views: 11375

Re: The Fundome

Is there any chance that this Best Western has since become a Clarion Inn? I ask because for 2013 PACE we stayed in a Clarion Inn and Fundome in College Park that meets your description of a room that is neither fun nor a dome. I wonder if at some point the room was a Fundome by that definition, lik...
by heterodyne
Wed Nov 19, 2014 9:25 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HSQBRank 2014-15
Replies: 211
Views: 107847

Re: HSQBRank 2014-15

Hidehiro Anto wrote:
Dr. Loki Skylizard, Thoracic Surgeon wrote:
Shangdevin wrote:What do the asterisks mean (like the one next to western albemarle)
Preseason projections I'm still using because teams haven't played anything to give me stats yet.
Didn't Western Albemarle play at Cav Classic (albeit without Eric Xu)?
That's a pretty freaking big albeit.
by heterodyne
Tue Nov 18, 2014 9:32 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: SOLO: A Star Wars Tournament
Replies: 17
Views: 8101

Re: SOLO: A Star Wars Tournament

I am expressing my wholehearted gratitude for this set and its creator.
by heterodyne
Wed Nov 05, 2014 8:58 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: The (Under?)representation of LGBT Culture and History in QB
Replies: 20
Views: 12332

Re: The (Under?)representation of LGBT Culture and History i

Are you basing this on stereotype? You can't know someone's sexuality by looking at them. You might be able to make a guess. Even so, there's no way for anyone to say "I think that quiz bowl is 'overpopulated' by LGBT people" - that just sounds ridiculous on so many different levels. A better phras...
by heterodyne
Mon Oct 20, 2014 5:22 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Studying Psychology
Replies: 4
Views: 2457

Re: Studying Psychology

For various reasons, I now have to study psychology. One of my teammates did pretty much only used protobowl, and he's pretty good (weird how that happened) but i'm wondering if anyone would suggest any books or any other methods to get good and real psych knowledge. If you can get your hands on an...
by heterodyne
Tue Oct 07, 2014 8:47 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014-2015 BISB Specific Questions Discussion
Replies: 25
Views: 2402

Re: 2014-2015 BISB Specific Questions Discussion

In the round 5 Rodin bonus, isn't The Three Shades also nude and actually at the top of The Gates of Hell, above The Thinker? The University of Louisville thing obviously rules it out as correct, but it apparently confused our art player. EDIT: It says above the door panels, not above the whole thin...
by heterodyne
Tue Oct 07, 2014 12:27 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Earlybird at Illinois - Urbana, IL - 10/4/2014
Replies: 14
Views: 5532

Re: Earlybird at Illinois - Urbana, IL - 10/4/2014

In that case, what's tipping you off that they're wrong in the first place? Are the scores off? Ppb? Distribution of tossups? Power rates? I'm asking because I'm kind of confused as to what the issue is.
by heterodyne
Mon Oct 06, 2014 11:21 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Earlybird at Illinois - Urbana, IL - 10/4/2014
Replies: 14
Views: 5532

Re: Earlybird at Illinois - Urbana, IL - 10/4/2014

could you be infinitely more specific about what's wrong with them? I assume that they've been shuffled around or something When I obtain our scoresheets tomorrow, to whom can I email the corrections? Not to be rude, but why should they trust your scoresheets over theirs? I'm sure that their scores...
by heterodyne
Mon Oct 06, 2014 10:51 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Earlybird at Illinois - Urbana, IL - 10/4/2014
Replies: 14
Views: 5532

Re: Earlybird at Illinois - Urbana, IL - 10/4/2014

no ice wrote:
The Man Whose Pharynx Was Bad wrote:could you be infinitely more specific about what's wrong with them? I assume that they've been shuffled around or something
When I obtain our scoresheets tomorrow, to whom can I email the corrections?
Not to be rude, but why should they trust your scoresheets over theirs?
by heterodyne
Sat Sep 27, 2014 9:56 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: New England 2014-2015
Replies: 56
Views: 32042

Re: New England 2014-2015

Is there a reason that NE runs several A set tournamrnts each fall despite having more than competent teams? (This is probably a stupid question.)
by heterodyne
Fri Sep 26, 2014 1:21 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Other Academic Competitions - Urgent
Replies: 12
Views: 4344

Re: Other Academic Competitions - Urgent

I believe that Ocean Science Bowl meets these criteria, except for maybe the nationwide one. Not sure how widespread it is.
by heterodyne
Wed Sep 17, 2014 11:44 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Computational Mathematics
Replies: 56
Views: 24441

Re: Computational Mathematics

If (deeper (as regards the specific topic(s) covered by the problem)) mathematical knowledge is NOT the basis of (greater) computational ability, what is? Yeah, this is faulty. Computational ability does not require a high level of understanding! If I know how to differentiate using the limit-based...
by heterodyne
Wed Sep 17, 2014 9:27 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Computational Mathematics
Replies: 56
Views: 24441

Re: Computational Mathematics

Math bears this distinction from most of the other subjects covered in quiz bowl: conceptual knowledge amounts in almost all cases to little more than trivia. What. Find me a third-grader who can explain Cantor's diagonal argument to me, or for that matter why differentiation and integration are si...
by heterodyne
Tue Sep 09, 2014 11:07 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014-15 High School Pre-Season Poll
Replies: 22
Views: 11478

Re: 2014-15 High School Pre-Season Poll

I think it's primarily that your ballot relies on the assertion that LASA's current core is not improving quickly, something which can quickly be proven false by looking at their results. You also have to assert that all of the teams that you placed above them are improving fast enough to overtake t...
by heterodyne
Tue Sep 09, 2014 7:57 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014-15 High School Pre-Season Poll
Replies: 22
Views: 11478

Re: 2014-15 High School Pre-Season Poll

If I wanted to troll I would just have remained anonymous. Maybe I do believe that there are 7 teams ahead of LASA, that's my personal feelings, and this is a poll open to ANYONE. If you want to get the results the YOU believe to be the truest, maybe you should restrict this poll to your quiz bowl ...
by heterodyne
Mon Sep 08, 2014 10:04 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014-15 High School Pre-Season Poll
Replies: 22
Views: 11478

Re: 2014-15 High School Pre-Season Poll

So you planned to ask people about abnormal rankings, correct? Did you end up doing so for any of these? I am talking specifically of the two rankings that chose to place LASA in 8th, instead of out of the top two as every other voter did. In addition, one of those rankings placed Buchholz 2nd. Buch...
by heterodyne
Thu Aug 28, 2014 1:26 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Let's make some more fun of MSHSAA
Replies: 7
Views: 4138

Re: Let's make some more fun of MSHSAA

Dr. Loki Skylizard, Thoracic Surgeon wrote: Wait, I'm reading this as "NAQT would not be forced to alter their rules." Am I misunderstanding this?
That was the motion. The motion was tabled.
by heterodyne
Tue Aug 26, 2014 10:41 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Updating ProtoBowl
Replies: 6
Views: 5275

Re: Updating ProtoBowl

Ben Dillon wrote:Couldn't the Proto-programmers include a "Dated Question" under their Edit feature along with "Broken Question", "Wrong Category", etc.?
That would require protobowl to be a constantly updated and fixed resource.
by heterodyne
Tue Aug 26, 2014 3:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HSQBRank 2014-15
Replies: 211
Views: 107847

Re: HSQBRank 2014-15

Just to clarify, Bloomington loses Staeliam Schipper-Reyes, Sam Doud, and Nathaniel Smith. Sam was not with us at PACE, Nathaniel didn't play much at HSNCT.
by heterodyne
Tue Aug 12, 2014 1:43 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Preseason Poll
Replies: 108
Views: 75427

Re: Preseason Poll

I think Tabitha Walker and Alex Freed are going to Stanford too. Not entirely sure, though. As far as I know, Jack Mehr is going to UVA. I also think that Jason Asher is going to Minnesota and plans to quizbowl.
by heterodyne
Fri Aug 08, 2014 12:38 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: What Works for High School Set Distributions? What Doesn't?
Replies: 21
Views: 8258

Re: What Works for High School Set Distributions? What Doesn

The difference is that FAR LESS students have a working knowledge of philosophy as compared to physics. I think you're underestimating the ability and willingness of quizbowlers to study philosophy. I'm not sure if, to use Prince's example, many more students understand the mechanism by which the H...
by heterodyne
Fri Aug 01, 2014 8:18 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: VCUO travel with John Lawrence -- the liveblog!!
Replies: 105
Views: 76436

Re: VCUO travel with John Lawrence -- the liveblog!!

Ukonvasara wrote:This thread is a treasure.
^

Is this "quiz bowl talk"-y enough for Best of the Best?
by heterodyne
Mon Jul 14, 2014 1:38 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '14-'15
Replies: 91
Views: 34641

Re: Illinois '14-'15

I am sorry to hear that. Centennial HS and central Illinois quizbowl owe you a big debt of gratitude for what you built there. Best of luck! Just going to wholeheartedly second this sentiment. Since nobody seems to be posting, I'm going to and hopefully say some terribly wrong things that will get ...
by heterodyne
Thu Jul 10, 2014 4:32 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Deeper or wider?
Replies: 4
Views: 3502

Re: Deeper or wider?

I'm going into high school this upcoming school year, and since I'll be playing with new teammates (same school, though), I'm going to be transitioning my playing as well, to accommodate to the team's needs. My strong points are by far fine arts, specifically music and some decent visual arts, and ...
by heterodyne
Wed Jul 02, 2014 1:30 am
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: New quizbowl team from History Bowl
Replies: 8
Views: 6146

Re: New quizbowl team from History Bowl

Ok, so we had a bit of this problem my freshman year with basically everyone liking history (although obviously we were not as good or as accomplished as Saratoga). Basically, what we did was a combination of finding people who would be motivated to learn other stuff who were already on the team and...
by heterodyne
Mon Jun 02, 2014 8:39 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: New England 2014-2015
Replies: 56
Views: 32042

Re: New England 2014-2015

As a general rule "x beat y, y beat z, x is better than z" is a very bad way of comparing teams for a variety of reasons. I don't have a dog in this fight; I'd just refrain from using that method to analyze teams. Basically the QB Condorcet paradox. We played Lexington in consolations as they menti...
by heterodyne
Mon May 26, 2014 11:10 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 PACE NSC Logistics Discussion
Replies: 10
Views: 3443

Re: 2014 PACE NSC Logistics Discussion

The delay after lunch was caused by assuming two people could enter 48 scoresheets a round (24 each) much faster than is in fact possible; next year we will have 3 or 4 people entering stats. Our team at least was not bothered by the delay. We had time to go get kebabs and play a bit of Imaginary L...
by heterodyne
Mon May 26, 2014 5:17 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 PACE NSC Questions Discussion
Replies: 69
Views: 37196

Re: 2014 PACE NSC Questions Discussion

Quizbowl has a tendency to focus on proper nouns, which is fine, but when a question can be answered with "Friends of Job" or "Soldiers of David", I feel like it'd be good to give the players some notice so that they're not trying to think of a term to call these people and buzz in instead. Those a...
by heterodyne
Fri May 23, 2014 10:47 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: High School Quizbowl Podcast
Replies: 48
Views: 16170

Re: High School Quizbowl Podcast

If you are referring to Carbondale, I was under the impression that most of the aPPBs that got them high in the first place were with their full team, and what I was trying to say is that since they haven't played together much they may not be as good.
by heterodyne
Tue May 20, 2014 9:54 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Writing MS Sets
Replies: 28
Views: 6100

Re: Writing MS Sets

I mean when I should mark the end of a power in my sets. Also, I would rather do something like: Lit 4/4 History 4/4 Science 4/4 Sports 1/1 Trash 1/1 Fine Arts 2/2 Geography 2/2 Religion 1/1 Philosophy 1/1 Could you guys review my packets here later? If you want the sets to be useable, obviously th...
by heterodyne
Wed May 14, 2014 7:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Leadership positions on the team
Replies: 8
Views: 3398

Re: Leadership positions on the team

jeremylu wrote:get a coach.
This isn't exactly something that every team can do, for various reasons.
by heterodyne
Wed Apr 30, 2014 10:19 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: HSNCT Saturday Night Sideshow: Modern World Tournament
Replies: 25
Views: 10112

Re: HSNCT Saturday Night Sideshow: Modern World Tournament

Since open tournaments lately have had a bunch of confusion and time wasted from people making posts asking for teammates, people filling out partial teams on google docs, people putting fake naems in said docs, etc. It's all a huge mess, so I will not be doing any of that. Wasn't the whole point n...
by heterodyne
Sat Apr 26, 2014 11:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Is there a space between "quiz" and "bowl"?
Replies: 29
Views: 12896

Re: Is there a space between "quiz" and "bowl"?

Crazyflight wrote: As for the other usage, I just say ballin and baller/balla[h] when describing it.
This does have the unfortunate side effect of making you sound like a total tool.
by heterodyne
Mon Apr 21, 2014 4:43 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: General discussion
Replies: 25
Views: 4246

Re: General discussion

Just wanted to drop in here to say that this was by far the best set that my teammates and I played all year. There was interesting and varied answerline selection, and while I did get the same impression about the lit and the preponderance of country tossups, that was incorrect, likely due to the w...
by heterodyne
Mon Apr 21, 2014 4:32 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Errata
Replies: 7
Views: 1420

Re: Errata

I think this goes here, since it's a factual thing not a style or other thing. I'm not sure about this, since I don't actually do science, but according to my teammate who does, the first two clues of the shell TU point to skin as well or better than they do to shell. From a superficial search, SCUD...
by heterodyne
Sun Apr 20, 2014 3:55 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MUT @ Illinois (4/19)
Replies: 23
Views: 8915

Re: MUT @ Illinois (4/19)

Cheynem wrote:Why did Michael Coates only play "half a round"?
From what I understand, he had been staffing and finished his duties in time to sub in for the last half of the final between Panda Express and Chicago.
by heterodyne
Wed Apr 09, 2014 9:36 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: How much do you study?
Replies: 10
Views: 3077

Re: How much do you study?

It depends on what you're doing in protobowl. If you're in a private room it should be ok, as it's not too different from reading packets. However, public rooms like the lobby generally aren't good for studying because players will be buzzing in on clues they've memorized. Also, many packets that a...