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by sweaver
Sat Jun 28, 2008 7:22 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Moderator Speed (from Panasonic Thread)
Replies: 72
Views: 10474

Re: Moderator Speed (from Panasonic Thread)

Reading fast is good: reading fast without enunciation is bad. You must "punch" words, and pronounce as accurately as you are able. I read fast at tournaments: I do not read so fast that I cannot be understood, and I do not sacrifice clarity for speed. Sure, I've experienced readers who read excruti...
by sweaver
Sat Jun 28, 2008 7:15 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NSC Moderator Discussion
Replies: 12
Views: 1698

Re: 2008 Panasonic Academic Challenge: Illinois wins!

AndyShootsAndyScores wrote: I did not encounter a moderator incapable of reading well the entire weekend of NSC.
You were fortunate. We had three, for a total of five matches.
by sweaver
Fri Jun 27, 2008 5:15 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NSC Moderator Discussion
Replies: 12
Views: 1698

Re: 2008 Panasonic Academic Challenge: Illinois wins!

I very much agree that I want to hear more. My experience with PACE has been an absolute high standard of professionalism (and I too am not a member). I think that a national tournament should start on time, or very close to it. I think that a national tournament should have more than one official ...
by sweaver
Fri Jun 27, 2008 11:49 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NSC Moderator Discussion
Replies: 12
Views: 1698

Re: 2008 Panasonic Academic Challenge: Illinois wins!

They have.
by sweaver
Fri Jun 27, 2008 9:44 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Stupid educators thread
Replies: 71
Views: 7877

Re: Stupid educators thread

I am so glad I belong to a church where I don't have to check my brain at the door.

I am also glad I teach in a parochial school where the examination of all beliefs in encouraged.
by sweaver
Fri Jun 27, 2008 9:30 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NSC Moderator Discussion
Replies: 12
Views: 1698

NSC Moderator Discussion

According to Rush Limbaugh or some other political commentator on the radio today that my friend had on, Exxon-Mobil is getting out of the gasoline business in the U.S. citing the fact that its not profitable enough. It is my experience that whatever Rush Limbaugh says, the opposite should be assum...
by sweaver
Sat Dec 08, 2007 6:37 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Science question...
Replies: 11
Views: 3284

Mostly, it's a function of when the principle in question was stated. We don't call them "laws" anymore, because we have learned that our views change with time and new information. Hence, it is not the "Law of Relativity" or the "Law of Evolution," but the theory of those things. By the same token,...
by sweaver
Mon Aug 13, 2007 6:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Chip Beall to sponsor a Junior Nationals?
Replies: 15
Views: 5170

I believe this is true. I have been contacted as the WV coordinator.
by sweaver
Tue Jul 24, 2007 11:01 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The huge high school quiz bowl community
Replies: 64
Views: 21207

Furthermore, a lot of coaches are more interested in local issues, such as getting support from their school, recruiting students, finding local tournaments, getting fair treatment and good moderators at those tournaments, etc. The idea that question quality is more important generally is a minorit...
by sweaver
Wed Jul 04, 2007 11:33 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: What's up with Matts?
Replies: 15
Views: 5426

For most of them, Matt is their middle name. Their first name is "Welcome."
by sweaver
Thu Jun 28, 2007 6:42 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Panasonic Results
Replies: 149
Views: 46527

Team West Virginia (Parkersburg Catholic H.S.) thoroughly enjoyed the tournament, unfamiliar format and all. Our trip was covered by sponsors, although ours was mostly of the "lots of people giving $10-20 each" variety, who were all very appreciated. The tournament, and Disney, were first class all ...
by sweaver
Sat Jun 23, 2007 7:40 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The annual summer format discussion
Replies: 48
Views: 15270

somehow I don't remember the old Texaco TV programs having as much kibbutzing between questions as I saw earlier this month at Marymount. Between questions, the players went to collective farms in Israel? That seems very disruptive. If they were kibbitzing, talking between questions, that gets anno...
by sweaver
Sat Jun 16, 2007 5:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Ohio 07-08
Replies: 30
Views: 8181

If there's one thing I know about Ohio, it's that smart money doesn't bet against Fisher Catholic.
by sweaver
Thu Jun 14, 2007 9:50 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Panasonic
Replies: 2
Views: 1705

They have been sent to the "High School Area Archives," presumably as part of a general site-cleaning.
by sweaver
Sat Jun 09, 2007 8:23 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Writing and Editing questions involving Equations/Math
Replies: 3
Views: 2425

Since most moderators are not math people, it is usually better to write out in words what they are to say, rather than symbols. English people, as a rule, do not speak the language of math symbols.

"E to the X" rather than the shorter symbolic language, for instance.
by sweaver
Tue Jun 05, 2007 11:12 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: How to Make Legitimate Quizbowl (More) Exciting
Replies: 43
Views: 17885

Often, when people come to a tournament for the first time, I get comments like, "That's really interesting!" Many people, when they actually experience it, like it. That said, many matches are boring because many readers are poor, not just for the players but for spectators. Many read without infle...
by sweaver
Tue Jun 05, 2007 11:04 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: RESULTS: Harrison (IN) wins QU NAC 2007!
Replies: 150
Views: 55031

ReinsteinD wrote:Isn't shingles from chickenpox?
Shingles and chicken pox are the same virus, herpes zoster.
by sweaver
Sun Jun 03, 2007 8:08 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The Thread for People who Like NAC
Replies: 23
Views: 8871

I cannot truly give an opinion on NAC, as I have never been to that tournament. However, I do know Ernie Anderson, who regularly works with Chip on his tournaments. Ernie has hosted a quiz-style TV show on local TV whenever possible, and works tirelessly to get one on the air whenever it is not. Ern...
by sweaver
Sun Jun 03, 2007 8:03 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: June is Fop Month
Replies: 18
Views: 5908

Verily! And forsooth!

Sorry. I seem to have overshot the mark.
by sweaver
Fri Jun 01, 2007 12:34 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: RESULTS: Harrison (IN) wins QU NAC 2007!
Replies: 150
Views: 55031

Byko wrote:
sweaver wrote:Thanks for the info. Does anyone know what state the Ripley team is from?
I would have thought that that was Ripley, WV--haven't heard of another one in quiz bowl ever before.
I was assuming that, then decided I shouldn't, especially since San Antonio is so much farther than D.C. from here.
by sweaver
Thu May 31, 2007 4:05 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: RESULTS: Harrison (IN) wins QU NAC 2007!
Replies: 150
Views: 55031

Thanks for the info. Does anyone know what state the Ripley team is from?
by sweaver
Thu May 31, 2007 11:04 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: RESULTS: Harrison (IN) wins QU NAC 2007!
Replies: 150
Views: 55031

I would be happy to hear any information that can be had about West Virginia teams in the NAC. It looks to me like Ripley High was at San Antonio, and Bridgeport High and Jackson Jr. High will be at D.C.
by sweaver
Tue May 29, 2007 8:52 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Roster Cuts
Replies: 21
Views: 7711

I do not believe in cutting, and our school has a no-cut policy.
by sweaver
Fri May 25, 2007 12:51 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Panasonic teams
Replies: 119
Views: 42465

Maybe so, but have you actually watched the PAC? No offense, but even with Norman Chad doing commentary, it would have the potential to cure insomnia. After watching last year's championship match DVD, I would have to agree. And I am a big quiz bowl fan. A professional announcer would probably help...
by sweaver
Wed May 02, 2007 10:18 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: RESULTS: Harrison (IN) wins QU NAC 2007!
Replies: 150
Views: 55031

In case anyone is curious, Jackson Jr. High is a feeder school for Parkersburg High School. It seems to me that since the team consists of 8th and 9th graders, the team *could* "officially" represent the high school to which it feeds. I know that in VHSL competition, students attending a feeder midd...
by sweaver
Fri Apr 27, 2007 1:58 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Captain's Veto?
Replies: 15
Views: 4735

ImmaculateDeception wrote:Hi guys,
I think the moderator should follow the tournament rules?

MaS
Oh, what fun would that be? :lol:

You must follow competition rules. There are different ways to follow that, and ways to instruct readers to follow it.
by sweaver
Fri Apr 27, 2007 1:56 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Starting a new team
Replies: 28
Views: 9002

I recommend Anderson buzzer systems. About $200 for a system, simple and reliable.
by sweaver
Thu Apr 26, 2007 11:26 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Ham Sandwich Scandal
Replies: 66
Views: 18234

rchschem wrote:
sweaver wrote: I wish to protest this, as I own copyright to "Wall of Ham." You should see my back yard.
Can you see it from a plane?
Can you see it from a train?
You can see it, Sam I Am.
by sweaver
Thu Apr 26, 2007 10:04 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Ham Sandwich Scandal
Replies: 66
Views: 18234

Wall of Ham wrote:
ImmaculateDeception wrote:
BLiu wrote:(Yes, I am a wall of ham)
Hmmm....

Fred, I will like to officially request that my name be changed to Wall of Ham, provided, of course, that I do not offend some of the pigs on this forum.
I wish to protest this, as I own copyright to "Wall of Ham." You should see my back yard.
by sweaver
Thu Apr 26, 2007 9:59 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Captain's Veto?
Replies: 15
Views: 4735

As a reader, I tend to look directly at the captain on bonus questions, and wait for him/her to make eye contact for an official answer.
by sweaver
Sat Apr 21, 2007 10:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Tell me about Lexington, KY!
Replies: 17
Views: 5479

That's true, you don't know Fred. He is a masochist.
by sweaver
Thu Apr 12, 2007 11:45 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Value of state championships?
Replies: 63
Views: 20297

Few West Virginia teams travel out of state, so the state circuit and the state championship tournament sponsored by the state coaches' association is pretty much the whole ball of wax. I would like to encourage more state participation in a wider field, but that's a tough nut to crack.
by sweaver
Sat Apr 07, 2007 9:58 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Panasonic teams
Replies: 119
Views: 42465

The Parkersburg Catholic HS team will represent West Virginia at the Panasonic.
by sweaver
Tue Apr 03, 2007 5:29 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: West Virgina
Replies: 2
Views: 1601

Stupid New Yorkers. The tournament officials supplied the T-shirts.
by sweaver
Sun Mar 25, 2007 8:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: RESULTS: West Virginia State Championship
Replies: 1
Views: 1348

...and a good time was had by all.
by sweaver
Sun Mar 18, 2007 1:28 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Tell me about Lexington, KY!
Replies: 17
Views: 5479

It's in Kentucky.

And Kentucky is a hotbed of quiz bowl.
by sweaver
Thu Mar 15, 2007 3:09 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Grape Nehi
Replies: 2
Views: 1681

Grape Nehi

Is it still available anywhere? I never see it in this area.
by sweaver
Tue Feb 27, 2007 9:47 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Format of science questions
Replies: 58
Views: 22703

Also, lest we forget, computational questions remove one of the pillars of pyramidality -the fact that in depth knowledge should be rewarded. It simply doesn't happen in most computational questions, because it usually ends up rewarding whoever has the best mind for numbers, and quizbowl is not the...
by sweaver
Sun Feb 25, 2007 9:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Quiz Bowl Camp Summer 2007
Replies: 5
Views: 2973

Well, I wouldn't go that far, but from a teacher/coach standpoint it's pretty cool too. And in three convenient locations this summer!
by sweaver
Mon Feb 19, 2007 2:25 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: National Science Bowl 2007 (Who's going?)
Replies: 12
Views: 4837

Bridgeport HS is the West Virginia representative.
by sweaver
Fri Feb 16, 2007 3:26 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Subject guide for question writers
Replies: 10
Views: 3623

West Virginia allows 15 seconds for math requiring calculation.
by sweaver
Wed Jan 31, 2007 12:28 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: National Science Bowl 2007 (Who's going?)
Replies: 12
Views: 4837

Our regional is Saturday.
by sweaver
Thu Jan 18, 2007 10:13 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Science Bowl (format discussion)
Replies: 16
Views: 6524

That's hard to say. Different tournaments seem to have different emphases, some seem to be about 50% biology, others weighted to earth science. They are supposed to be about evenly weighted between the (now 7) divisions, That doesn't always happen, apparently depending on who is writing/editing the ...
by sweaver
Tue Jan 16, 2007 1:59 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Science Bowl (format discussion)
Replies: 16
Views: 6524

Really? Because of the no bounce-back rule? Or the multiple choice format?
by sweaver
Tue Nov 14, 2006 1:59 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Best Teams In The Country '06-07?
Replies: 105
Views: 43048

Fisher Catholic is the best team I have seen so far, this early in the season.
by sweaver
Thu Nov 02, 2006 8:45 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Science Bowl
Replies: 5
Views: 2251

I operate the local science bowl, that qualifies teams for the state (regional, our state is a region) tournament.
by sweaver
Wed Oct 25, 2006 11:30 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Oct 19 to 30: How to improve qb's image
Replies: 8
Views: 6492

I have found that to get newspaper coverage, I have had to write and submit it myself...sometimes it gets heavily and badly edited, but smaller papers often run it just as I write it to fill space. TV stations will sometimes send a reporter, especially in smaller markets, if it is a slow news day. G...
by sweaver
Thu Oct 12, 2006 11:04 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Middle School Resources
Replies: 2
Views: 1907

Patrick's Press also has large books of questions on a middle school level available for reasonable prices.

If all else fails, there's Trivial Pursuit.
by sweaver
Fri Sep 15, 2006 9:07 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Mailing list: West Virginia Tournaments 2006-07
Replies: 17
Views: 7273

Done. Sorry for the delay.
by sweaver
Wed Aug 23, 2006 9:40 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Mailing list: West Virginia Tournaments 2006-07
Replies: 17
Views: 7273

Done.