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by Howard
Wed Aug 31, 2005 5:51 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2005-2006 "It's Academic"
Replies: 55
Views: 27469

What's the official name at the school? Is it the same all across Fairfax county? I don't think TJHSST is a good example individually because it hasn't been around all that long. Schools which have been around since the sixties would be better examples. And better yet would be if all the teams at al...
by Howard
Wed Aug 31, 2005 12:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2005-2006 "It's Academic"
Replies: 55
Views: 27469

Do you have any justification for that statement at all? Not much, really. It's my opinion. But, for what it's worth, most schools in this area refer to their quiz bowl team as their It's Academic team, seeming to imply a significant correlation between the existence of the team and the television ...
by Howard
Mon Aug 29, 2005 12:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2005-2006 "It's Academic"
Replies: 55
Views: 27469

I also hope that the potential drop in interest in the TV show because of this leads to an increased interest in the many other tournaments available, rather than just a drop in interest in quiz bowl altogether. It's Academic is the primary reason quiz bowl in the DC area is such a success. Unfortu...
by Howard
Thu Aug 25, 2005 12:55 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2005-2006 "It's Academic"
Replies: 55
Views: 27469

I think there may be a bigger downside to this than people realize. To me it reflects an overall lack of willingness to contribute money toward sponsorship of the show. I don't know that much about the costs involved in producing a television show, but I'd think that part of the money going to $1000...
by Howard
Fri Aug 12, 2005 12:28 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Do you like Grammar?
Replies: 30
Views: 16084

I think you're wrong, though, if you're talking about most grammar rules. I'll put a preposition wherever I want to. (If it makes sense, of course.) There is no objective reason for rules that don't make things clearer or easier to understand. I think in regard to posting, we were simply saying tha...
by Howard
Tue Jun 28, 2005 6:16 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Mathematics and calculators
Replies: 33
Views: 20229

* Give the coordinates for the only local minimum of the graph y= x^3-12x. This is trivial without a calculator. Most teams, even at teams well below those referred to as second tier (at least in my area), have at least one student with significant knowledge of calculus. Allowing a calculator on th...
by Howard
Mon Jun 27, 2005 7:04 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Mathematics and calculators
Replies: 33
Views: 20229

I actually was able to find some calculator-allowed questions I wrote: * What is the fifteenth term of the Fibonacci sequence? The first two terms both equal one. I can't think of an expedient way to do this without using a calculator. (Others feel free to chime in if you know a way, my Fibonacci k...
by Howard
Sat Jun 25, 2005 3:35 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Mathematics and calculators
Replies: 33
Views: 20229

Howard makes a couple of valid points, but the assertion of his affection for number sense baffles me. How is that at all pertinent? The ability to subtract simple change and divide using Ohm's law does not impress. Though I suppose if your intent was satirizing computation questions in general, yo...
by Howard
Fri Jun 24, 2005 5:21 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Mathematics and calculators
Replies: 33
Views: 20229

Calculators (of any type) should be allowed on computation questions. No, no, no. It the question is actually about computation, calculators should not be allowed. That's nothing more than using a machine to do something a human is perfectly capable of doing. Calculators should be used for computat...
by Howard
Wed Jun 08, 2005 5:52 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Decency Requirement in Quizbowl Questions
Replies: 22
Views: 10958

bigtrain wrote:I'm sorry my sarcasm wasn't evident in my original post.
This is probably equally my fault for being too literal to figure it out. Sorry for misunderstanding.
by Howard
Wed Jun 08, 2005 1:10 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Decency Requirement in Quizbowl Questions
Replies: 22
Views: 10958

HA HA HA Chris...Our coach has already denied my request to add a question on [upcoming tournament material] among other topics considered "inappropriate." Be prepared though, unbeknownst to our coach, we are considering adding a visual question on a [more upcoming tournament material]. You should ...
by Howard
Mon Jun 06, 2005 1:06 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Thomas Jefferson wins third straight HSNCT
Replies: 65
Views: 34013

It's like racing (or any other sport), margin of victory doesnt matter, just getting the victory. If lakeside came that close, well, let's just say, if TJ wins every match by 600 but loses the final by 5 it's all for naught. And who knows? State College lost by only 60 to them once this year, and i...
by Howard
Mon May 23, 2005 1:03 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Any thoughts on the DC area?
Replies: 69
Views: 38873

Nice job WJ.
by Howard
Mon May 23, 2005 1:00 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The Blair 'Last Chance' Its Academic Tournament
Replies: 5
Views: 3333

Received e-mail today that this tournament will not occur.
by Howard
Fri May 06, 2005 12:39 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Desk Number Relevance
Replies: 5
Views: 2845

I remember once when they were picking the desk positions a team (probably quince orchard) was complaining about how they had a disadvantage at that position, and the It's Academic people said that they had done an analysis of winners over the years and every position had roughly the same number of...
by Howard
Thu May 05, 2005 12:32 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Desk Number Relevance
Replies: 5
Views: 2845

Another DC area coach did some research and found that the #3 team seems to get the slowest start in the Grab Bag. His supposition was that since the game moves directly from Packet to Grab Bag, that the #3 team wasn't quite ready to switch over to using the buzzers again. As far as the #1 desk, I t...
by Howard
Mon Apr 25, 2005 12:41 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 4/23/05 - Rumble on the Pike - Richard Montgomery
Replies: 34
Views: 18691

I'd like to publicly thank Richard Montgomery for running a well-organized and fun tournament with excellent questions for teams of all levels. Well done the whole way around.
by Howard
Fri Apr 22, 2005 12:57 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: New York Times article
Replies: 13
Views: 6800

The fact is that once you leave the top quiz bowl teams in the area (probably about the best 20% or so) , nearly all teams see It's Academic as the most important academic competition. Actually this says little about the top fifth of the teams by definition. It has some implication due to excluding...
by Howard
Fri Apr 22, 2005 12:35 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Spring Knowledge Masters Open (KMO) Results
Replies: 9
Views: 4985

Congrats to TJ yet again.
by Howard
Thu Apr 21, 2005 6:01 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: New York Times article
Replies: 13
Views: 6800

No. Not at all. If the conclusion is true, than any good analysis must produce it. The quality of the conclusions an analysis produces is the exact and only determinant of its goodness, and that's what science is (theory is valid if and only if it reproduces experiment, you see.) Exactly. The probl...
by Howard
Thu Apr 21, 2005 1:22 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: New York Times article
Replies: 13
Views: 6800

You... have to be kidding, right? Your statement is, on its face, even, ridiculous. Laying aside the fact that any good analysis concludes that the acquisition of knowledge must be the primary end of playing quizbowl (winning at quizbowl in itself being a very tenuous and dubiously valuable end,) l...
by Howard
Wed Apr 20, 2005 7:42 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: New York Times article
Replies: 13
Views: 6800

Our predecessors may have taken the game a little less seriously, but that included knowledge as well as strategy. Wow. I perceived TJ as one of the most knowledgeable teams around at that time. The fact that you see a significant difference speaks volumes about TJ's abilities. If nothing else, thi...
by Howard
Wed Apr 20, 2005 6:41 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 4/23/05 - Rumble on the Pike - Richard Montgomery
Replies: 34
Views: 18691

Howard wrote:Any word on when to arrive? I can't find any info in my e-mails about registration times.
Received in e-mail. Registration 8:15 to 8:45. See you guys then.
by Howard
Wed Apr 20, 2005 6:39 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: New York Times article
Replies: 13
Views: 6800

I think it's a nice article giving quiz bowl some of the press it deserves. I do think the student in question missed an important point-- that it's all about the buzzer, but only when you know most of the answers at the same point as the rest of the students-- for a couple reasons. If the article i...
by Howard
Wed Apr 20, 2005 12:39 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 4/23/05 - Rumble on the Pike - Richard Montgomery
Replies: 34
Views: 18691

Any word on when to arrive? I can't find any info in my e-mails about registration times.
by Howard
Mon Mar 21, 2005 10:09 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Computational Math Crisis!
Replies: 46
Views: 48278

Please read and try to understand posts before attempting to respond to them. In the event that you get tired of beating straw dogs, feel free to respond to what I actually said and we'll discuss this further. MaS Dude: you're being rude to someone who doesn't deserve it, and, in fact, deserves our...
by Howard
Fri Mar 18, 2005 6:15 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Incorrect Blitzing Allowability
Replies: 16
Views: 7072

As TD, I can't be everywhere though. I have to set a general rule. That's why I would ask both teams first. If they agree, then there's no need to pursue further. After hearing arguments, a reasonable moderator should be able to make a call, mark a protest, and resolve later if needed to determine ...
by Howard
Fri Mar 18, 2005 1:28 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Incorrect Blitzing Allowability
Replies: 16
Views: 7072

In these cases, I typically try to get a feel from the teams in the room. If both of them agree as to the correctness, there's no further issue. Otherwise, I make my best decision based on the information I have and mark a protest for the other team.
by Howard
Thu Mar 17, 2005 10:02 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Any thoughts on the DC area?
Replies: 69
Views: 38873

Does anyone have results or a link to them?
by Howard
Sun Mar 13, 2005 9:37 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Any thoughts on the DC area?
Replies: 69
Views: 38873

I'd take a strong look at Centennial as well. They've had mass quantities of underclassmen coming along for a few years now.
by Howard
Fri Mar 11, 2005 1:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Any thoughts on the DC area?
Replies: 69
Views: 38873

If I had any examples (which I don't) and Keegan's permission, I'd post. And I'm sorry I can't. The questions on which I have my experience are those at the off camera tourneys run in the fall and spring. Sadly, I won't be there next week at the freshman/sophomore event simply because too many of my...
by Howard
Thu Mar 10, 2005 1:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Any thoughts on the DC area?
Replies: 69
Views: 38873

Pyramidal questions teach more useful skills. Listening for a pronoun or putting together facts garnered from an intelligent list is more effective than playing word games with phrases unrelated to academics. I suppose we'll have to agree to disagree here. I freely (and obviously) agree that withou...
by Howard
Wed Mar 09, 2005 8:57 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Any thoughts on the DC area?
Replies: 69
Views: 38873

...and also, I find his tournament questions to be pretty terrible too- What 4 letter word can be placed in front of all of these words; breathing, fly, fighter, place, etc. A question like that does not have any academic value, and keegan uses them all the time. I disagree. These types of question...
by Howard
Wed Mar 09, 2005 5:10 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Any thoughts on the DC area?
Replies: 69
Views: 38873

I've experienced only his tournament questions (i.e., not television), which aren't nearly as bad as the example you gave. My recollection is that there were about two more clues in there prior to the "giveaway." (While I agree that quizbowlers should know Updike is the author of Rabbit Run , it's n...
by Howard
Wed Mar 09, 2005 1:56 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Any thoughts on the DC area?
Replies: 69
Views: 38873

Keegan questions are 2 lines long. They have a meaningless clue and then buzzerrace clues... creating... a buzzerrace! In my experience, you've just described the typical It's Academic question. I find Keegan's questions to usually have three or four clues in a somewhat pyramidal order. You also ne...
by Howard
Tue Mar 08, 2005 6:46 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Any thoughts on the DC area?
Replies: 69
Views: 38873

I think you may be much more tolerant of his questions because you play them much less than we have to, which somewhere around 30 games per year. Just curious, what estimated percentage of your approximately 30 Keegan games are for television? This could add some wrinkles to our differing experienc...
by Howard
Tue Mar 08, 2005 12:12 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Any thoughts on the DC area?
Replies: 69
Views: 38873

...those awful Keegan questions.... I must differ. These are some of the best written questions I've ever heard. Not only do they reward knowledge, they also reward quick thinking skills. And they do it without resorting to a question format like lead-in and then easy clue like you see on the It's ...
by Howard
Mon Mar 07, 2005 1:35 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: gonzaga tournament?
Replies: 7
Views: 4197

I thought the questions were a little too difficult, i.e. that there weren't enough easy clues at the end for the lower teams to answer some questions and learn some additional info. But I wouldn't call them crappy, bad, etc. I thought they were reasonably pyramidal, but, like I mentioned above, cou...
by Howard
Thu Mar 03, 2005 1:34 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Is Gov doing a spring tournament?
Replies: 13
Views: 6213

We'd definitely be interested. Our attendance would depend on whether there were closer tournaments on that date (i.e. closer to Balt-DC area) and of course the actual availability of our students.
by Howard
Tue Feb 08, 2005 6:33 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: SCT commentary
Replies: 67
Views: 70658

The biggest problem I remember as a moderator (in D2) were the repeats. Not answer repeats with different information, although there were those and those are ok. I mean repeats with the whole tossup repeated verbatim. In one round, there were five repeats, so I only got through 19 actual tossups. ...
by Howard
Mon Feb 07, 2005 1:52 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Jefferson Dead Presidents Open (Aborted)
Replies: 1
Views: 1825

This post is now pointless due to the editing of the post above.
by Howard
Thu Feb 03, 2005 1:27 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: blatant sexism (or something like it) in quizbowl questions
Replies: 19
Views: 10298

Re: blatant sexism (or something like it) in quizbowl questi

ImmaculateDeception wrote:Your sample size of two questions is too small.

MaS
Exactly. Your sample size is far too small to claim anything, especially "blatant sexism."
by Howard
Tue Feb 01, 2005 7:24 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: SIESTA Bowl -- 1/29/05 -- Howard High, Ellicott City, MD
Replies: 11
Views: 6179

If I recall correctly (I don't have the scoresheet in front of me now), the final score was RichMo 395, State College 230. Gonzaga and Eleanor Roosevelt were the semifinalists. I agree about the unreasonable delay. I had thought that the computer program I was using would keep the pairing delay reas...
by Howard
Mon Jan 31, 2005 5:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: SIESTA Bowl -- 1/29/05 -- Howard High, Ellicott City, MD
Replies: 11
Views: 6179

The eventual winner was Richard Montgomery A and the runner up was State College A. There were several problems causing delays which caused the tournament to run until 7:30 PM. At this point I'm considering wholesale format changes to help prevent such things from reoccurring. All the team represent...
by Howard
Fri Jan 28, 2005 9:06 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: SIESTA Bowl -- 1/29/05 -- Howard High, Ellicott City, MD
Replies: 11
Views: 6179

solidarity wrote:Siesta Bowl Field:
You're a good man. I didn't even have time to check back until now. Thanks!
by Howard
Thu Jan 27, 2005 10:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: SIESTA Bowl -- 1/29/05 -- Howard High, Ellicott City, MD
Replies: 11
Views: 6179

I've been very busy between work and making tournament preparations, so I don't have time to post it here at this moment. I may have time to do that tomorrow morning when I'm less rushed. In any event, after I type this message, I'm going to e-mail the current team list to you so you can see it.
by Howard
Tue Jan 11, 2005 8:08 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Green Eggs and Hammond Tournament
Replies: 12
Views: 6418

laszlow wrote:Because "nobody knows that they're from Croatia"
That sounds like a repairable question. You could start with Croatia and end with spots and firehouses. Everybody knows that. Shoot. You could even throw in a weird reference to 101.
by Howard
Tue Dec 21, 2004 6:29 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: It's Academic
Replies: 10
Views: 5614

Taped December 11, Baltimore show 18 to air 1/22/05:

Howard 680
John Carroll 455
Thomas Johnson 400
by Howard
Tue Dec 21, 2004 6:28 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: It's Academic
Replies: 10
Views: 5614

Taped December 11, Baltimore show 17 to air 1/15/05, Calvert Hall defeats Glenelg and Long Reach. I didn't write the scores down, but I believe all scores were in the 400s and the margin of victory was about 50 points.
by Howard
Mon Dec 20, 2004 1:59 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Good teams ....
Replies: 31
Views: 17797

Any team that is willing to work hard can become a good team, and you don't necessarily have to come from a magnet school environment to do that. Certainly native intelligence is important, but working to become even more knowledgeable is just as important, in my mind. Ditto. There are smart studen...