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by Howard
Thu Sep 13, 2007 11:32 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Mid-Atlantic Season Opener (9/15/07)
Replies: 34
Views: 12591

I'm currently expecting five students, but a sixth may show. If so, we'd even prefer to break into two teams of three if you'd allow. Also, would you be willing to give me the official contact for Hammond? Their website currently lists no coach. Please don't post it here for spambots, however. You c...
by Howard
Wed Sep 12, 2007 12:14 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: W&M EFT: Hieronymous BOSCH Appreciation Day (10/6/2007)
Replies: 48
Views: 19334

The high school division is on life support now (only like 3 teams have shown a lot of interest, 3 more are shaky), so that increases the likelihood of just rolling with a D2. You can put us down as one of the shakies. I've got you on the schedule, but you're really on the outskirts of where we're ...
by Howard
Sat Sep 08, 2007 12:09 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 Richard Montgomery Quizbowl Tournament (4/19/08)
Replies: 114
Views: 22351

The 15th may be a better date for overall turnout. The Delaware Fall Open is also on the 8th.
by Howard
Thu Sep 06, 2007 12:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Mid-Atlantic Season Opener (9/15/07)
Replies: 34
Views: 12591

I'm getting ready to do permission slips and make plans, and since this is a new tournament, I don't have any historical knowledge of a typical start time. Have you established a time for at-site check-in?
by Howard
Wed Sep 05, 2007 12:41 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Weekend of Quizbowl Goodness?
Replies: 96
Views: 34786

Sir, did you notice that he said he's scheduling this for teams from +15 states? I can tell you that some of those states include Ohio, and people who would attend something in North Carolina. Remember, this is not just some normal Maryland tournament. I did indeed notice. But if you're looking to ...
by Howard
Tue Sep 04, 2007 9:51 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Weekend of Quizbowl Goodness?
Replies: 96
Views: 34786

I'd like to know why anything I did is "poor form" or whatever that means. The date marked on the NAQT is listed as "tentative," and all I ever did was ask how tentative it was. It's not as if I tried to muscle anyone out of a date, which leads me to wonder what exactly I did that you find to be in...
by Howard
Tue Sep 04, 2007 4:52 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Weekend of Quizbowl Goodness?
Replies: 96
Views: 34786

I'd consider Newark, DE close enough (1.5 hours) to be an undesireable overlap. By the same token, I'm probably a small amount further north than the tournament location. If Chris, too considers this more overlap than is desired-- he'd surely lose the Charter teams and us (not that losing us is a tr...
by Howard
Tue Sep 04, 2007 11:55 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Interest in an early season National quality tournament
Replies: 24
Views: 9313

Considering the poster, I'm guessing somewhere in Michigan.
by Howard
Fri Aug 31, 2007 12:00 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Greatest American Rock Band?
Replies: 65
Views: 21989

How 'bout Simon and Garfunkel?
by Howard
Mon Aug 20, 2007 12:52 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Buzzer varieties and discussion
Replies: 0
Views: 1514

Buzzer varieties and discussion

Reinstein posted this link in another thread, and I thought it deserved it's own thread. buzzer systems with photos and descriptions We currently use a quacker ( Quiz Machine ). The primary reasons for selecting this buzzer were the fact that it was infinitely expandable and that the cords were stan...
by Howard
Mon Aug 20, 2007 12:29 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Trash distribution discussion
Replies: 76
Views: 29751

Do we really need 2/2 on old tv shows? I feel like it's overrepresented, and I would wager that this distribution has a significantly lower conversion percentage than most. It's quite distant to a lot of people. I welcome tossups on things that are clearly important culturally (or trashically), but...
by Howard
Thu Aug 16, 2007 5:36 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: FMWH is proud to announce its next interview subject...
Replies: 24
Views: 8156

Should've been clearer. I meant the IS sets.
by Howard
Thu Aug 16, 2007 12:57 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: FMWH is proud to announce its next interview subject...
Replies: 24
Views: 8156

If you're willing to receive the coming backlash from everyone who doesn't like it, tell us your distribution.
by Howard
Wed Aug 15, 2007 12:05 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: lol wikipedia
Replies: 8
Views: 2721

Steroid McBlooddoper wrote:I think the biggest thing this reveals is how much people slack off at work.
Seconded.
by Howard
Tue Aug 14, 2007 12:06 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: DC/Metro Area 2007-08
Replies: 164
Views: 46482

DumbJaques wrote:Also, McKenna loooooves it when you post inflammatory stuff on the forum!
Voice of experience.
by Howard
Thu Aug 02, 2007 12:26 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Coaches' Corner
Replies: 90
Views: 44128

I've got some similare issues right now, although not quite to the degree you describe. I don't like the whole contract idea because I think it takes much of the "here for pleasure" aspect out of the equation. Anyone who can behave reasonably is welcome to come to as many practices, tournaments, and...
by Howard
Tue Jul 31, 2007 12:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Magnet school discussion
Replies: 58
Views: 18744

Jerry: I think you're in a fairly small-percentage minority here. I don't particularly agree with your viewpoint, but I think I at least understand your thinking and I definitely respect it. Anyway, my opinion is that any number of things can be important for the development of children (and yes, th...
by Howard
Mon Jul 30, 2007 5:40 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Magnet school discussion
Replies: 58
Views: 18744

Maybe there's something I'm missing, but if all the same academic opportunities are available at the home school, what's the point of the magnet school? Heck, even if the opportunities are "more or less the same," what's the point of a magnet school?
by Howard
Mon Jul 30, 2007 3:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Magnet school discussion
Replies: 58
Views: 18744

We're arguing over a matter of semantics here. While the magnet school isn't technically denying the opportunity, they're making it much harder for students to have the opportunity to participate in these activities. I'm not local to this school and therefore I'm sure am missing some of the importan...
by Howard
Mon Jul 09, 2007 4:32 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Quiz Bowl: The Evolution/Revolution in the Game
Replies: 46
Views: 14568

...I don't see a correlation between the use of pyramidal questions at a tournament and the likelihood that said tournament is badly run. I think this is the point Mac was trying to make. A lousy tournament on good questions is still a lousy tournament. What I do think, however, is that problems wi...
by Howard
Fri Jul 06, 2007 12:11 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Panasonic Results
Replies: 149
Views: 49143

Team VA had a parent as sponsor from 2002-2004. It's totally alright with the powers-that-be. Maggie Walker does not allow a parent to be the adult in charge at tournaments unless they go through the paper work for becoming a "substitute teacher." Does TJ have such a requirement? I suppose they do ...
by Howard
Wed Jun 27, 2007 6:03 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Introducing myself and my business: Quillin's Questions
Replies: 20
Views: 6953

I think you'll find that as a whole, the people who populate this website will dislike your question style. If you research the site, you'll find some threads on what people think are the key ingredients to good questions. Mostly, the idea is that the question have many clues, beginning with harder ...
by Howard
Fri Jun 22, 2007 1:02 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The annual summer format discussion
Replies: 48
Views: 16281

So really, your decision to go to NAC accounts for the lowered performance of your team and, in turn, a more ready and accurate grouping of that team into a "JV-level" field. You cannot be serious. Attending one tournament accounts for "lowered performance" of a team?? Nonsense. I find it difficult...
by Howard
Wed Jun 20, 2007 5:36 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: What will NAQT do for their nationals in 2008?
Replies: 100
Views: 33281

The idea that anyone qualifies for the tournament on JV-level questions is news to me and is also somewhat unpalatable. If we're going to the benchmark scores proposition, then this makes sense. Either that or having different benchmarks for the "A" sets. But if these are open tournaments, the team...
by Howard
Tue Jun 19, 2007 5:06 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Complimentary Questions
Replies: 18
Views: 6781

From a budget standpoint, if your goal is to make $X on a tournament, it becomes a question of how to distribute the fees. For example, if entry were $40 and questions were $20, and a quarter of the teams purchased questions, then you could accomplish effectively the same thing by giving everyone th...
by Howard
Mon Jun 18, 2007 12:14 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: RESULTS: Chris McCray Tournament For Academic Excellence
Replies: 28
Views: 12401

Mike:

Will the pretournament meeting be in Jiminez at about 8:30 as is the case for most of your collegiate tournaments?
by Howard
Fri Jun 15, 2007 12:24 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Weekend of Quizbowl Goodness?
Replies: 96
Views: 34786

While I'm not familiar with the structure of the Chicago Open beyond the fact that I suspect it's standard 20 tu-bonus, we're interested in just about anything that's involves academic questions, use of a buzzer, and some sort of team element. I cannot imagine the tournament would not fit that bill....
by Howard
Mon Jun 04, 2007 9:06 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: DC/Metro Area 2007-08
Replies: 164
Views: 46482

More to the point, there weren't as many teams as he'd have liked last year, so he dropped it this year.
by Howard
Tue May 29, 2007 12:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Roster Cuts
Replies: 21
Views: 8139

I've had teams with as many as 15 - 20 active players, but I do not recall having that number of people present at any one practice. I've never had a practice reach the point where it was uncontrollable due to the number of students. I must say, though, that I'm firmly against cutting people from th...
by Howard
Wed May 23, 2007 12:39 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: RESULTS: Harrison (IN) wins QU NAC 2007!
Replies: 150
Views: 59820

I guess it is amazing I went back to the NAC in 2002 and 2003 and 2004. But, alas, I am a sucker for my kids requests! This is among the most important reasons to participate in any tournament. Sometimes people forget that this activity (in high school) is about the students. What have we promoted ...
by Howard
Mon May 21, 2007 8:26 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 06-07 It's Academic TV Show
Replies: 33
Views: 18237

See, we told you the Holton audience factor was not to be dismissed lightly.

Congrats to WJ on the repeat.
by Howard
Sat May 19, 2007 4:04 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Next Year
Replies: 89
Views: 30208

gonzagaeagleahy wrote:...due to several returning seniors.
We've often joked about returning some seniors, but we never actually did it!
by Howard
Wed May 09, 2007 7:35 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The Stingray Awards 2007
Replies: 58
Views: 19944

Just because its not important doesn't mean its not pointless. Yes, good point. That quiz-bowl thread is both unimportant and pointless at the same time. MaS Just because you deem it pointless does not mean it is. Obviously someone thought that it was interesting enough to bring it up. The fact tha...
by Howard
Wed May 02, 2007 6:35 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: High School Quiz Bowl Varsity Letters
Replies: 8
Views: 4788

My high school began doing this as part of academic recognition in the mid-'80s.

The high school where I coach doesn't do this, but I usually give some sort of senior recognition to those that attend 1/3 or more of the practices/tournaments.
by Howard
Tue May 01, 2007 6:54 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Question for Virginia/Maryland/DC area teams
Replies: 19
Views: 6593

vandyhawk wrote:Obviously there would be no issue with their NAQT one in the spring...
unless that would prevent you from attending an NAQT tournament in your area using the same questions.
by Howard
Tue May 01, 2007 6:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Question for Virginia/Maryland/DC area teams
Replies: 19
Views: 6593

Thanks for clarifying, laszlow. I had forgotten about that. I had pretty much assumed you'd be flying in. If driving, I agree you'll want to stay to the south as much as possible. If you're flying, your most convenient bet will probably be Gonzaga. The school is within a few blocks of Metro (DC's su...
by Howard
Mon Apr 30, 2007 8:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: POSTPONED: Rumble on the Pike (Fall '07) @ R. Montgomery HS
Replies: 10
Views: 5254

DumbJaques wrote:I'm under the impression that it's been postponed until the fall.
Can you confirm or deny, bigmac? I've been trying to rustle up some underclasspersons since this is the day after our prom. If this is postponed, I need to stop harassing them.
by Howard
Mon Apr 30, 2007 8:21 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Question for Virginia/Maryland/DC area teams
Replies: 19
Views: 6593

Here is my list of tournaments that had good pyramidal questions in the greater DC-VA area: Centennial High School, Ellicott City, MD (house) Gonzaga, Washington DC (house) Walter Johnson, Bethesda, MD (NAQT) University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA (house) Thomas Jefferson, Alexandria, VA (1 hou...
by Howard
Thu Apr 26, 2007 1:05 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Captain's Veto?
Replies: 15
Views: 5063

I'd say it depends on the moderator's discretion regarding whether the player was answering or conferring. This is sometimes difficult to establish, especially if the moderator isn't directly looking at the team at the time it occurs, which isn't the case in most normal situations where the question...
by Howard
Wed Apr 25, 2007 4:38 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Ham Sandwich Scandal
Replies: 66
Views: 19170

you know, not everyone reads the whole article, or throughly examines every site they go to. This is one of the reasons http://www.dhmo.org is such a great site. For example, when governemnt teachers tell students to go to "www.whitehouse. com " they dont usually get a chance to see the whole page....
by Howard
Mon Apr 16, 2007 7:41 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT ICT 2007 discussion
Replies: 127
Views: 53445

The NAQT representative who informed us of the ruling stated that the protest committee had been split, and that the decision to reject the protest and accept the answer was based on the fact that the packet had only "Congo" underlined, and that "they couldn't go back and rewrite the packet." While...
by Howard
Fri Apr 13, 2007 5:56 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: TV Tournament Question
Replies: 8
Views: 3145

It's Academic, in the Baltimore, DC, and Central Virginia regions as well as other areas of the country, is produced by Altman productions. You can contact them at itsacademicquizatsignaolperiodcom
by Howard
Fri Mar 30, 2007 12:58 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Chatham Academic Tournament (5/19/07) at Chatham, NJ
Replies: 36
Views: 15598

I thought that sending teams on different weekends was verbotem. My question was "is this allowed and/or is this becoming common"? I've done this before. I made sure the tournament director of the second tournament was aware of what I was doing. And I made it clear to all my students who attended t...
by Howard
Fri Mar 23, 2007 6:01 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: RESULTS! Patriot Games at George Mason University (3/31/07)
Replies: 98
Views: 31125

Since I'll be there with my team, you can just put me down for reading if necessary. We can work out what's best on the 31st.
by Howard
Fri Mar 16, 2007 6:08 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Any interest in an academic League in the metro area?
Replies: 9
Views: 3432

Re: Any interest in an academic League in the metro area?

The only problem is, the league runs on shit questions.... I imagine, how fun would it be if only we had better questions? Thus, I'd like to seek interest in a packet-submission academic league in the MoCo area. Although we had 24 teams this year, only 6-7 teams I imagine is capable of producing us...
by Howard
Wed Mar 14, 2007 11:54 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Yellow Mellow
Replies: 23
Views: 9239

I believe it's marketed more regionally, mostly in the south. Someone with more knowledge on this point may be able to provide more insight.

I know for sure it's available at Outback.
by Howard
Thu Mar 08, 2007 6:33 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: RESULTS: Blue Hen IX (3/17/07) at U Delaware (Newark, DE)
Replies: 9
Views: 3751

I didn't think to mention it in the e-mail I sent, but I'll be happy to help moderate/scorekeep as always.
by Howard
Fri Feb 23, 2007 7:54 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT Help
Replies: 15
Views: 5104

In NAQT tournaments, a bonus question is read to the team that correctly answers the tossup. The other team does not have an opportunity at any part of that question.
by Howard
Mon Feb 19, 2007 7:13 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals - University of Maryland - Results
Replies: 38
Views: 17543

At that time, we didn't realize we had any choice about where to go and just thought we might put it in a more central location for the teams that were going. That may be, but it would be every school's responsibility to know the rules for competition. The information that a school could choose the...
by Howard
Mon Feb 19, 2007 2:05 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals - University of Maryland - Results
Replies: 38
Views: 17543

And please don't make it sound like T minus 6 is some ridiculous number. We've hosted tournaments before and attending teams are constantly sending us updates about how many (or whether any) teams are going to be coming. More than half the time, the schedule has to be redone on Saturday morning bec...