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by Howard
Sat Feb 17, 2007 5:00 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: RESULTS: WJIAT (3/24) @ Walter Johnson HS (Bethesda,MD)
Replies: 36
Views: 12272

ikillkenny wrote:...(Route 1 North towards College Park).
You definitely want to head south on US 1 from I 95/495 to get to College Park.
by Howard
Wed Feb 14, 2007 4:48 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Finding a consensus on good quizbowl
Replies: 47
Views: 14120

Simply saying "we have our opinions, you can't say my opinion is wrong" isn't going to cut it. Aside from an endless loop of opinions about opinions, this is not conducive to discussion. I'm less trying to give my opinion than point out that we'll never have substantive discussion while there's hos...
by Howard
Wed Feb 14, 2007 2:17 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Finding a consensus on good quizbowl
Replies: 47
Views: 14120

So because there are no absolutes when it comes to anything, we can't acknowledge any style or format as being better than others even if it's generally agreed upon by most people who are familiar with the styles or formats being discussed? Sure you can make such an acknowledgement. Everyone here s...
by Howard
Wed Feb 14, 2007 11:31 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Finding a consensus on good quizbowl
Replies: 47
Views: 14120

I'm all for rewarding knowledge and skill, whatever skill that might be. What about thought and the ability to think quickly? I think these are skills important in quizbowl, but much of this community doesn't seem to acknowledge that. I give Mr. (Dr.?) Barry credit for acknowledging that it's possib...
by Howard
Mon Feb 12, 2007 7:05 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: SCT Discussion Thread
Replies: 66
Views: 27563

Somebody please edit MattMorrison's post. He played in DII.

edit: Wow, that was fast. Thanks, Matt.
by Howard
Wed Jan 24, 2007 2:00 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Deaf Teams Participating in Quiz Bowl
Replies: 14
Views: 5453

I had a deaf team at one of my tournaments. We transferred the questions into powerpoint format and then were able to set up powerpoint to reveal the question one word at a time. I don't know all the details of how to do this because I have nearly zero experience with powerpoint and I made this the ...
by Howard
Mon Jan 08, 2007 9:29 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: RESULTS: Green Eggs & Hammond (1/06/07 - Columbia,MD)
Replies: 7
Views: 3789

Great job with everything, Christine!
by Howard
Fri Sep 29, 2006 5:36 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: On high schools competing in college tournaments
Replies: 20
Views: 8228

I think it's an excellent idea, Dr. Barnes, especially for a team like yours. I've read at several of UMD's college tournaments recently, and I quite frankly thought that some of my better teams could have been competitive with a few of the college teams there. That's certainly not the case right no...
by Howard
Tue Sep 26, 2006 5:38 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: DC/Metro area 2006-07
Replies: 111
Views: 43288

How much do the teams attending want you to change your format more? I think deviating from the format of the television show undermines the purpose of the tournament. I'm not recommending that you should can the whole thing if you want to make changes, just that any changes considered should be vi...
by Howard
Wed Sep 06, 2006 5:33 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: SUNDAY? INQUIRY: High School Celebrity Shoot in DC-metro
Replies: 5
Views: 2469

Howard County is in session 10/9.
by Howard
Fri Aug 04, 2006 12:41 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Moderating Speed --
Replies: 20
Views: 7846

I read much faster for college games than I do for high school. College players seem much more accustomed to the faster pace and desire same to get more games in a reasonable amount of time. I've found that high school players, on the other hand, have trouble comprehending and digesting the informat...
by Howard
Tue Jul 11, 2006 6:10 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 06-07 It's Academic TV Show
Replies: 33
Views: 18239

I think the DC area has more stronger teams than the Baltimore area, making it difficult to make any semifinal bracket not have at least two very strong teams. I've got a copy of the DC bracket, but am far too lazy to type it in. Perhaps if someone has a copy on file.... Howard's taping is January 1...
by Howard
Mon Jul 03, 2006 12:27 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Math League
Replies: 3
Views: 3038

In Howard County, Maryland, the high school competition has individual and team rounds. Each student does 8 individual questions and each team of five does (I think) five or six questions. The American Regions Mathematics League (ARML) contest for high school students has relay (three people teams, ...
by Howard
Fri Jun 30, 2006 12:59 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Quizbowler in the New York Times
Replies: 47
Views: 20709

Here's the reply, for your amusement. William: Thanks for the thoughtful email. And here's a quick quiz for you. Go back and read it and see how many grammatical errors and tone-deaf word choices you can find. Too bad your quiz bowl mastery didn't extend to learning how to write sentences that soun...
by Howard
Thu Jun 29, 2006 1:28 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2006 NAQT HSNCT
Replies: 309
Views: 132823

FCqb wrote:I think for early and maybe even mid year tourney should let it slide. States and nationals should def. get strict and reject it i think.
I can see both sides of the argument on this one, but the date of the tournament should not be a determining factor in whether an answer is acceptable.
by Howard
Thu Jun 29, 2006 1:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Pronunciation
Replies: 67
Views: 29883

I am fairly certain that a player is not allowed to question a moderators acceptance of a pronunciation. I know that is the case in NAQT, at least. At the very least, if a player thinks an answer was incorrectly rejected or accepted, he should be able to protest and have the moderator reconsider. F...
by Howard
Mon Jun 26, 2006 12:48 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2006 NAQT HSNCT
Replies: 309
Views: 132823

It wasn't a matter of repeated answers, there were quite a few questions with repeated clues. The Lolita toss-up both mentioned before power something about Alaska, and it was phrased almost exactly the same. Unless my understanding is incorrect, there are questions repeated in their entirety betwe...
by Howard
Sat Jun 24, 2006 3:04 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2006 NAQT HSNCT
Replies: 309
Views: 132823

Presumably, the question sets are for different audiences, so there shouldn't be any issues with repetition. But that's still no excuse for having the podcast available prior to HSNCT. That's just bad form. There should be no podcasts prior to all questions being done.
by Howard
Sat Jun 24, 2006 8:09 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2006 NAQT HSNCT
Replies: 309
Views: 132823

I'm a high school coach and have read at several collegiate events. I believe SCT was one of them, and I seem to recall there as overlap between IS-58 and 2006 SCT DIV II.

Further, when reading for div II, I noted that the best high school teams could be competitive on these questions.
by Howard
Fri Jun 23, 2006 5:22 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2006 NAQT HSNCT
Replies: 309
Views: 132823

While they haven't publicized it, NAQT has made it no secret that there's overlap between DIV II and IS sets (as well as between DIV I and DIV II).
by Howard
Wed Jun 21, 2006 12:56 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Buzzer Malfunctions II - What can we do better?
Replies: 7
Views: 3404

In important games, staffers should be encouraged to check buzzers after every break (halftime, time out, round change, etc.) Some teams think all their games are important, so for the purpose of this exercise, those matches should be considered important. Moderators should encourage players to chec...
by Howard
Tue Jun 20, 2006 1:19 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Buzzer malfunctions
Replies: 29
Views: 12263

The player in question was the captain of her team who over the course of playoffs scored 70 ppg. I think a more relevant statistic may be the ppg range. I offer this as a line of thought, not as a criticism of the decision. The largest problem with these situations is that we cannot determine the ...
by Howard
Tue Jun 20, 2006 1:06 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: QU-The field in Chicago
Replies: 144
Views: 60346

I disagree [with howard]. Player B might be being entirely overaggressive, and in that situation it's fine for Player A to chastise him for being a lunatic. (I remember being in a match when someone on the other team buzzed in on a date of death.) In that case, whether Player A knows it or not, it'...
by Howard
Mon Jun 19, 2006 1:19 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Buzzer malfunctions
Replies: 29
Views: 12263

Most tournaments I've seen use a rule interpretation similar to F.11: a player is responsible for monitoring his/her buzzer and to report a possible malfunction. If it is determined that the buzzer has malfunctioned, then the question last in play will be replaced. But I'm not saying PACE did anythi...
by Howard
Mon Jun 19, 2006 1:07 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: QU-The field in Chicago
Replies: 144
Views: 60346

All of your euphemistic spumings do not cover the fact that those types of questions are just buzzer races. Trying to make the point that the questions build critical reasoning skills is just crap. Uh, no. It's not. If they were nothing more than buzzer races, you wouldn't have the same small group...
by Howard
Sat Jun 17, 2006 3:28 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: QU-The field in Chicago
Replies: 144
Views: 60346

Isn't quizbowl supposed to be about learning? About expanding one's knowledge base, grasping new ideas, and then answering questions about what you've learned? Yes, and I agree with all that. I'm not saying that quiz bowl should be dumbed down to the point of meaningless riddles. Quiz players shoul...
by Howard
Thu Jun 15, 2006 12:20 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Salary stipend
Replies: 11
Views: 5439

You'll find this varies widely from school district to school district.

In Howard County, MD, the stipend is about $1650.
by Howard
Wed Jun 14, 2006 12:19 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The 2006 Panasonic thread
Replies: 54
Views: 26279

styxman wrote:Has anyone heard of any of the players on the "All-America" team?
Panasonic Academic Challenge wrote:Brian Alford - California
Chris Adams - Colorado
Andrew Hoekzema - Missouri
David Shimel - Florida
Elizabeth Stryker - West Virginia
Francois Greer - Pennsylvania
by Howard
Sat Jun 10, 2006 3:33 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Restricting NAQT HSNCT in 2007 and beyond
Replies: 70
Views: 28181

jbarnes112358 wrote:Does NAQT keep a record of the teams that qualify from their tournaments? Perhaps tournament hosts should be required to send the names of the top 15% to NAQT.
Tournament organizers are required to send complete results to NAQT within a specific time period following the tournament.
by Howard
Fri Jun 09, 2006 4:46 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: the most annoying thing about quizbowl
Replies: 22
Views: 11421

metsfan001 wrote:Howard, the genitive neutral plural of bonus is bonorum. . . .
Doh! Nice catch. I'll be editing now.
by Howard
Fri Jun 09, 2006 12:13 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: the most annoying thing about quizbowl
Replies: 22
Views: 11421

Re: the most annoying thing about quizbowl

Bonus is a latin word but it's an adjective, so its plural doesn't take an i. No. Everything else about your post may be correct, but this is not. Full declension: bonus bona bonum bonuses bonae bonuses bono bona bono bonum bonam bonum bono bona bono bonuses bonae bona bonorum bonarum bonorum bonis...
by Howard
Thu Jun 08, 2006 12:25 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: QU NAC in DC
Replies: 62
Views: 32903

Matt, I think if you went, that any report you gave would be dismissed. This is because you're likely to see all the negative things you're looking for. And I don't mean to imply they're not there-- I don't know. But given your seeming hatred for Chip, I'd doubt much good would come from the trip, o...
by Howard
Wed Jun 07, 2006 12:16 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Restricting NAQT HSNCT in 2007 and beyond
Replies: 70
Views: 28181

In response to the comments about the best B team in the country, what if NAQT ran a champtionship set for B teams the way they do for small schools? There are the logistical problems inherent when you have some of those B teams in the regular playoffs as well, but they manage to work with that whe...
by Howard
Tue Jun 06, 2006 12:51 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: QU NAC in DC
Replies: 62
Views: 32903

Sure, he had some bad questions (e.g., "What medium is currently posing a threat to radio?" Ans. - the Internet) That's worse than bad. Any form of mass communication is a threat to radio. Television, newspaper, etc. This question should never have made it into a tournament anywhere. No one should ...
by Howard
Mon Jun 05, 2006 4:37 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Mailing list: West Virginia Tournaments 2006-07
Replies: 17
Views: 7634

I don't recall seeing any WV schools in the DC area tournaments, but I do seem to recall at least one going to Spotswood (near Harrisonburg, VA).
by Howard
Mon Jun 05, 2006 12:46 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Mailing list: West Virginia Tournaments 2006-07
Replies: 17
Views: 7634

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by Howard
Thu Jun 01, 2006 5:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: QU-The field in Chicago
Replies: 144
Views: 60346

My attitude, which is what? Your tone seemed rather abrasive. I apologize if your post wasn't intended to be abrasive. ...That I resent it when good teams continue to support what I see as a blight on quizbowl and everything it should stand for? I do resent it, and I don't resent it on behalf of th...
by Howard
Thu Jun 01, 2006 1:04 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: QU-The field in Chicago
Replies: 144
Views: 60346

...(hence: why I DIDN'T make any comments about them, something you seem to have missed). I would have agreed with you until you posted your tirade. Your attitude here is part of the problem. You could have simply expressed regret for the misunderstanding. I venture to say that your response is not...
by Howard
Wed May 31, 2006 5:11 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: QU-The field in Chicago
Replies: 144
Views: 60346

I, for one, hope Charter feels welcome anywhere in "the South." You're certainly welcome if/when I hold another tourney. And I plan on continuing to support Charter and their tournaments.
by Howard
Fri May 12, 2006 12:31 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Richard Montgomery Rumble on the Pike III
Replies: 49
Views: 20569

bigmac wrote:Check out Kellenberg's $10 registration fee.

...

Kellenberg 1 4 10
I think you've got exactly the right idea. 1 5 0 would have been even better. If a school brings one team and five buzzers, they deserve free entry.
by Howard
Thu May 11, 2006 12:48 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Qualification for HSNCT or other large nationals
Replies: 16
Views: 7262

I think we're making this too difficult. If a school qualifies one team in the top 15%, we shouldn't care how it's labeled. That qualifies one team to nationals. It's up to the school to figure out which are the best players to use. If they qualify two teams, then that's two teams for nationals. I s...
by Howard
Wed May 10, 2006 12:32 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Call for hosts for summer East Coast tournament
Replies: 13
Views: 5530

Re: bad news

1) I've been in communication with various people at various universities and all (save Princeton) have told me they can't get rooms during the summer. I don't know who you've spoken to, Jerry, so you may already have information that contradicts this, but I recall reserving rooms during the summer...
by Howard
Tue May 09, 2006 1:13 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Restricting NAQT HSNCT in 2007 and beyond
Replies: 70
Views: 28181

Each team should play a fixed roster for the entire year. Based on my own personal experience, this is impractical. If I needed to do this, there would have been years when I was only able to enter a couple tournaments because I didn't have enough students on each team's roster. As the system is no...
by Howard
Mon May 08, 2006 6:31 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Restricting NAQT HSNCT in 2007 and beyond
Replies: 70
Views: 28181

Re: Restricting NAQT HSNCT in 2007 and beyond

It is tough enough to compete against the magnet schools without having to compete against multiple teams from magnet schools. I'll pick this to counterargue. I believe that if a school can muster two (or more) teams that are competitive in the field, they should be allowed to enter those teams. Wh...
by Howard
Sat May 06, 2006 3:53 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Richard Montgomery Rumble on the Pike III
Replies: 49
Views: 20569

Howard's wavering. Two players working on more. Should be able to confirm one way or another by Tuesday afternoon.
by Howard
Tue May 02, 2006 12:29 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 06-07 VA/MD/DC area (maybe slightly beyond) date claimings
Replies: 38
Views: 17003

The real issue would be the teams from the Charlottesville, Richmond, and Harrisonburg areas, I would think. Those are the ones you'll be likely to split. I also cannot imagine that NAQT would want two tournaments using their questions on the same date in the same area of geographic exclusivity.
by Howard
Sat Apr 29, 2006 11:22 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: UMD Tournament?
Replies: 8
Views: 2931

Ali e-mailed me to confirm and also a few days ago with info. You should maybe e-mail her or Casey. It sounds like there's been some sort of mix-up. I won't post their e-mail addresses here since it's a public forum, but I'll e-mail them to you since you've got your e-mail in your profile.
by Howard
Sat Apr 29, 2006 11:00 am
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Underwhelmed
Replies: 141
Views: 136722

by Howard
Thu Apr 27, 2006 12:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bad moderating
Replies: 60
Views: 26757

I think most players with any experience can "feel" when the three seconds is up, anyway. I've found timing to vary greatly by moderator. But I agree that experienced players, after hearing time being called a few times by a particular moderator, will figure out that moderator's timing. Furthermore...
by Howard
Thu Apr 27, 2006 12:41 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Discuss Reinstein's Questions Here
Replies: 10
Views: 4562

I tend to agree with Matt on the interrogative in the initial sentence. In some cases, I think it provides clarity. I can recall situations where it isn't clear what's being asked for until the end of the question. Placing the interrogative first can be superior in the sense that it clearly identifi...