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by heterodyne
Mon Dec 01, 2014 11:58 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Flashcarding
Replies: 15
Views: 6386

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: 10953

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: 106345

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: 7873

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: 12006

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: 2357

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: 2242

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: 5326

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: 5326

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: 5326

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: 31347

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: 4231

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: 23679

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: 23679

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: 11256

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: 11256

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: 11256

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: 3986

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: 5118

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: 106345

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: 73475

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: 8026

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: 72839

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: 33779

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: 3435

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: 5967

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: 31347

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: 3342

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: 36519

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: 15835

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: 5928

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: 3284

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: 9930

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: 12584

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: 4076

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: 1394

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: 8757

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: 2949

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...
by heterodyne
Wed Apr 09, 2014 7:50 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: It's Academic discussion
Replies: 105
Views: 43240

Re: Beginner-level competition in DC/MD/VA area

That's a nice simplification. In reality, getting better at quizbowl involves developing a mindset for how to process and sort new information you're being exposed to. Playing one-liners destroys your ability to do that, and even if you learn a fact that you didn't know before about an academic sub...
by heterodyne
Tue Apr 01, 2014 5:42 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '13-'14
Replies: 143
Views: 66178

Re: Illinois '13-'14

Auburn will be the clear favorite to win, with teams like Latin, Fremd, Bloomington, and Springfield duking it out for second place. As of right now, Fremd will not be attending ATROPHY. Apologies. I am, however, confident that the entirely unrelated Palatine School for Norse Children will do quite...
by heterodyne
Mon Mar 31, 2014 11:37 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '13-'14
Replies: 143
Views: 66178

Re: Illinois '13-'14

As the last month before HSNCT and NSC starts I thought it would be nice to have some discussion about the two April tournaments. I'll start with DONTQUIT since it's happening first. Field (11): Auburn A, Auburn B, East Mail Company, Fenton, Fremd, Hinsdale Central, IMSA A, IMSA B, Metea Valley, St...
by heterodyne
Fri Mar 28, 2014 11:07 am
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Todds Getting Feenised: A Timeline
Replies: 15
Views: 12012

Re: Todds Getting Feenised: A Timeline

13/3/1920: The Kapp Putsch briefly succeeds in feenising the todds of the Weimar Republic. A general strike then occurred and Kapp's government was WONED IN TEH FASE!!!*!@$(
by heterodyne
Sat Mar 22, 2014 3:45 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Prison Bowl VII @ Hunter College High School, NYC (3/22/14)
Replies: 26
Views: 13040

Re: Prison Bowl VII @ Hunter College High School, NYC (3/22/

http://www.hsquizbowl.org/db/tournament ... etail/#t13

Is something in error here? It seems odd that a team can have 21 tossups when there were 20 TUH.
by heterodyne
Wed Mar 19, 2014 7:09 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 IHSA
Replies: 80
Views: 21765

Re: 2014 IHSA

by heterodyne
Wed Mar 19, 2014 2:45 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Ease of Powers
Replies: 27
Views: 6807

Re: Ease of Powers

After observing several NAQT tournaments this year and pouring over questions, I am 100% sure that it has become much easier to power tossups than it used to be. My observation is largely the same, Lee. There seems to have been a shift toward making questions about one clue easier to power. While b...
by heterodyne
Wed Mar 19, 2014 12:45 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Ease of Powers
Replies: 27
Views: 6807

Re: Ease of Powers

quizbowllee wrote:After observing several NAQT tournaments this year and pouring over questions, I am 100% sure that it has become much easier to power tossups than it used to be.
Care to elaborate as to what has led to this conclusion?
by heterodyne
Sun Mar 16, 2014 12:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 IHSA
Replies: 80
Views: 21765

Re: 2014 IHSA

Could someone with a mysteriously good memory share the text of the treaty of Lodi tossup?
by heterodyne
Sun Mar 16, 2014 11:36 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 IHSA
Replies: 80
Views: 21765

Re: 2014 IHSA

In addition to what Mr. Reinstein said, it should be noted that many schools give extra funding to activities sponsored by the IHSA. Without that money, Bloomington certainly would not be able to attend the number of tournaments that we do.
by heterodyne
Sat Mar 15, 2014 10:45 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 IHSA
Replies: 80
Views: 21765

Re: 2014 IHSA

The Federalism bonus was definitely not high school difficulty. On the contrary, it, like many other questions (Treaty of Lodi, Nigerian colonial things) appears to be taken directly from AP flashcards. In this case, US Gov. Layer cake federalism is something that is straight from that curriculum. ...
by heterodyne
Fri Mar 14, 2014 2:50 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: High School Quizbowl Podcast
Replies: 48
Views: 15835

Re: High School Quizbowl Podcast

JHuh33 wrote:In the next episode, I hope to hear about your observations of the teams in the Texas Invitational.
Already got it! The next episode should be released sometime tomorrow.