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by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Mon Oct 15, 2018 4:38 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: My Health
Replies: 11
Views: 2983

Re: My Health

So happy for you, David. Hopefully, that "probably" prognosis can turn into a "definitely" in the near future.
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Mon Oct 08, 2018 4:42 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: autoPG: Docs script for crowdsourced pronunciation guides
Replies: 2
Views: 483

Re: autoPG: Docs script for crowdsourced pronunciation guides

This is great stuff! One question I had is how we as a community will hash out who gets to determine the crowdsourced pronunciation guides. I think that several extant pronunciation guides can be incorrect to the point of confusing players (I encounter this fairly frequently with Indian names, I'm s...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Wed May 30, 2018 9:28 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Matt Bruce (cw: sexual assault, pedophilia)
Replies: 153
Views: 34428

Re: Matt Bruce (cw: sexual assault, pedophilia)

The Northern California Quiz Bowl Alliance’s President is a top NAQT member. I have every confidence he’ll do the right thing. That said, if it comes down to it, I will lobby against NAQT tournaments being run in Northern California. Obviously, Matt Bruce is unwelcome at any event here. Anything els...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Tue May 01, 2018 7:57 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Question Security and You
Replies: 2
Views: 1272

Re: Question Security and You

This has also been a big problem on the meme page (to the extent that it's become something of a running joke whenever I point out unclear set content to Jakob).
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Fri Apr 27, 2018 2:29 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 121
Views: 20734

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

In my earlier post in this thread, I accidentally spoiled some questions from the unread editors' packets that are being saved for next year. Perhaps it's hubris to think many people actually read my post, but in theory the milk has been spilt. So, here are the text of the questions, which are not ...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Tue Apr 17, 2018 6:39 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Historature 2018: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 14
Views: 798

Re: Specific Question Discussion

I think I remember the question on Powhatan refer to them as a "tribe." To be fair, I don't know of many non-transparent ways to refer to them (a similar problem exists with questions on the Iroquois / Haudenosaunee) and it didn't affect my enjoyment of the question (it was good to see that answerl...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Tue Apr 17, 2018 6:24 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: "I'm sorry, I can't accept that."
Replies: 12
Views: 4622

Re: "I'm sorry, I can't accept that."

The worse instance I ever saw was my player getting awarded the points on a bonus part, and THEN... moments later, the moderator backing up and reconsidering, then asking my player to "SPELL IT." This was a science bonus at sectional championship match, where the answer line was "otoscope." Points ...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Sat Mar 31, 2018 2:17 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: What is the most pressing concern in college quizbowl today?
Replies: 68
Views: 11848

Re: What is the most pressing concern in college quizbowl to

I don't think very many college quizbowlers show up to a tournament, decide that 1/1 world history isn't enough, and walk off, but perhaps you're right that aspects of the distribution are unappealing--can we expound on this? I do, however, suspect that many economics and psychology majors (which i...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Tue Feb 06, 2018 5:33 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2018 HSNCT sponsorship
Replies: 37
Views: 8803

Re: 2018 HSNCT sponsorship

-We expect increased levels of media coverage for future ICTs and HSNCTs as a result of this agreement. Can you clarify how this follows from receiving some financial backing and plastering LetterOne's name everywhere in exchange? What exactly will partnering with LetterOne do to effect this outcome?
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Wed Oct 25, 2017 11:14 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: I Need Serious Help With Bad Questions
Replies: 39
Views: 7520

Re: I Need Serious Help With Bad Questions

Well I was actually thinking of running a hs tournament and allowing someone who isn't a member of our team TD for obvious ethical reasons. Is this still an ethical gray area? Generally speaking, there’s no issue with having someone from your high school TD a tournament at which your school has ent...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Wed Oct 25, 2017 7:29 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: I Need Serious Help With Bad Questions
Replies: 39
Views: 7520

Re: I Need Serious Help With Bad Questions

I've had a thought: hosting a tournament. It's be good for fundraising, introducing new quiz bowl, and sticking it to the current system in our county. Good idea or too spiteful? There's nothing spiteful about competing with something bad and trying to show the relative merits of your idea in a con...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Sat Sep 09, 2017 4:23 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: The State of Good Quizbowl, State-by-State, 2017 Edition
Replies: 22
Views: 8083

Re: The State of Good Quizbowl, State-by-State, 2017 Edition

I feel like the ratings value state organizations perhaps too highly. This may be the political scientist in me, but one thing I've seen over the years is that institutions matter. You can go into a bad quizbowl area and run a bunch of good pyramidal tournaments in one year, but if you don't get so...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Sun Jun 18, 2017 4:29 am
Forum: New Collegiate Teams
Topic: Starting a team at De Anza College in Cupertino, CA
Replies: 1
Views: 1201

Re: Starting a team at De Anza College in Cupertino, CA

Hi Zach, we'd love to have a De Anna team started in the Bay (also, several quiz bowl players, including myself, happen to be from Cupertino)! It's technically always possible to get a team started for any session as long as you can get interested students, but putting together room reservations for...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Thu Jun 15, 2017 2:21 am
Forum: Mirror requests
Topic: Approximately 20 high school house writes have been announce
Replies: 22
Views: 6601

Re: Approximately 20 high school house writes have been anno

This is all very unfortunate, as Richard Montgomery has been planning for a house write as well. What can all of us do when it comes to considering mergers? If you must do it alone (this is directed to the general "you" and not you specifically), write a novice set. I'll disagree here - novice sets...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Thu Jun 15, 2017 12:06 am
Forum: Mirror requests
Topic: Approximately 20 high school house writes have been announce
Replies: 22
Views: 6601

Re: Approximately 20 high school house writes have been anno

This is all very unfortunate, as Richard Montgomery has been planning for a house write as well. What can all of us do when it comes to considering mergers? If you must do it alone (this is directed to the general "you" and not you specifically), write a novice set. There needs to be more truly eas...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Tue Jun 13, 2017 8:23 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2017 NSC set discussion
Replies: 85
Views: 27028

Re: 2017 NSC set discussion

The amount of architecture in the tournament was the same as last year (4/4), although it's certainly possible there were more architecture clues in non-architecture questions. This was indeed what I was referring to -- I believe there were a lot more architecture clues (referring to cities, for ex...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Tue Jun 13, 2017 3:53 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2017 NSC set discussion
Replies: 85
Views: 27028

Re: 2017 NSC set discussion

My teammates and I were a little disappointed with the math tossups. For example, the lead in for "point" could be buzzed on if one had just vaguely heard of point-set topology, and I personally thought the "arithmetic" tossup was a little weird; describing it as a branch of math threw me off (alth...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Sat Jun 10, 2017 9:21 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Math Monstrosity at NSC
Replies: 16
Views: 5591

Re: Math Monstrosity at NSC

I'm intending to come once I got an update about the event.
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Sat Jan 28, 2017 1:04 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 WAO: History (New Approaches)
Replies: 9
Views: 558

Re: History (New Approaches)

I was a fan of the history here (addendum: I liked that the one battle tossup was on Stamford Bridge, as (a) it's a highly significant battle no one really tosses up and (b) I studied it shortly before the tournament). Taking on historical approaches that emphasize long-term trends is something that...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Sat Jan 07, 2017 2:50 am
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2017 NASAT: June 24-25 at the University of Kentucky
Replies: 68
Views: 38774

Re: 2017 NASAT: June 24-25 at the University of Kentucky

The entry fee is $560 per team with a $20 discount for bringing up to one buzzer system per team and a further $20 discount if we receive your payment by May 21, 2017 at HSAPQ's mailing address. You may pay on-site but you will not receive the early payment discount if you do so. I'm so sorry for n...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Tue Nov 08, 2016 3:00 am
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Studying Social Science and Philosophy
Replies: 3
Views: 2168

Re: Studying Social Science and Philosophy

To learn about philosophers (e.g. Montesquieu, Pascal, etc.), I think a careful reading of their respective Wikipedia articles and then cross-referencing Quinterest and old questions for relevant clues should give you a good idea of what you will need to know (at least at the high school level). Yo...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Sun Oct 30, 2016 4:25 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: PB 2016: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 82
Views: 4231

Re: PB 2016: Specific Question Discussion

I thought the anthro here was fine (even with the perennial bonus on Ruth Benedict). I do have one quibble: the tossup on functionalism seemed to slide between structural functionalism and functionalism quite a bit, even though they're fairly distinct. I wrote this. I am aware that they are pretty ...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Wed Oct 26, 2016 8:12 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Future of High School Quizbowl Round Table: Big Vision Redux
Replies: 7
Views: 3595

Re: Future of High School Quizbowl Round Table: Big Vision R

To talk about the episode itself, I'm particularly interested in following up on talk about making better alumni databases. Does something like that exist already, and if not, is there any reason why we don't? An alumni database would indeed be a good thing. The big question is who would have acces...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Sun Oct 23, 2016 8:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2016 WHAQ General Discussion
Replies: 13
Views: 2675

Re: 2016 WHAQ General Discussion

This was mirrored yesterday for the Varsity division of Cal Cup 1, which contained a fair number of pretty casual teams. I liked the fact that when the set erred, it generally erred easier instead of more difficult. This is a trend that I think really worked with CALI and that needs to continue to p...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Wed Sep 28, 2016 1:20 am
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Stats: Greatest Upsets in Quizbowl History
Replies: 15
Views: 4156

Re: Greatest Upsets in Quizbowl History

I did some stats wizardry of my own. (I'll publish the Excel sheet on Google docs once I see if I can put in some head-to-head data.) Since 2012, when ACF Nationals went to a 12-team top bracket, a team's tossup conversion percentage relative to the rest of the top bracket (by standard deviations) ...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Fri Sep 09, 2016 11:18 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Coach issues
Replies: 12
Views: 3963

Re: Coach issues

The problem at our school is that the administration is really attached to him, since the team won the state championship twice when it was on non-pyramidal questions and they think he's a great coach because of that. There's this weird loop where the better we do, the more credit the school gives ...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Tue Aug 23, 2016 7:26 pm
Forum: Middle School Quizbowl Announcements & Discussion
Topic: Auditions and Tryouts
Replies: 1
Views: 1125

Re: Auditions and Tryouts

Auditions are bad unless the demand is so overwhelming that there is no other choice but to do them (see: Arcadia High School having 130+ students try to enter the team every year). There's no point in only restricting quiz bowl to honors students. Anyone and everyone can learn from it, and parents ...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Wed Aug 03, 2016 10:17 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Side Event Weekend 2016
Replies: 11
Views: 4838

Re: VCU Side Event Weekend 2016

Reminder that BURI will not, in fact, be happening.
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Tue Aug 02, 2016 4:32 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: BURI - Myth Side Event
Replies: 17
Views: 6118

Re: BURI - Myth Side Event

Hello everyone, After discussion among the writing staff, we have decided that extenuating circumstances for some writers have made it impossible to deliver a product of the high quality we want by the upcoming weekend. Therefore, I am announcing on behalf of myself, Ben Zhang, and Eddie Kim that we...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Tue Aug 02, 2016 3:12 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: BURI - Myth Side Event
Replies: 17
Views: 6118

Re: BURI - Myth Side Event

Brian McPeak wrote:so are you guys going to change this to a half social science tournament now or what?
Precisely what we're planning.
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Wed Jun 29, 2016 2:55 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Eligibility Restriction for National History Bowl, 8th Grade
Replies: 13
Views: 4832

Re: Eligibility Restriction for National History Bowl, 8th G

But honestly, since you folks have a separate product for solo players, I wouldn't be all that miffed if I were someone who wanted to play the Bowl solo and was told I had to play the Bee instead. Whatever. What of teams of two players, though? A team of two is clearly a "[group] of multiple indivi...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Sun May 29, 2016 11:22 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Introducing new moderators to the game
Replies: 14
Views: 5729

Re: Introducing new moderators to the game

Amizda Calyx wrote:There's someone interested in waking up early on a Saturday to read questions to strangers for six+ hours for free who isn't even interested in quizbowl itself? Where can I find these people??
At Berkeley.
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Thu May 26, 2016 1:36 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Launch of IHBB India
Replies: 2
Views: 1154

Re: Launch of IHBB India

Definitely bring iodine tablets, anti-malarials, and other portable medicines. Update shots. Also, since it's summer, there's a high risk of sunburn and mosquito bites (seriously, so many mosquitoes), so bring sunscreen and sleep under nets/use repellent.
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Mon May 09, 2016 5:57 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Where Are You Going to College Next Year (2015-2016)
Replies: 35
Views: 13856

Re: Where Are You Going to College Next Year (2015-2016)

quizbowllee wrote:Zakk Waddell and Ross Wallace from West Point both got full-scholarships to play Quiz Bowl at Wallace State CC.
I sincerely hope this becomes a trend.
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Thu Feb 18, 2016 10:21 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: "stanford housewrite" at Stanford (February 27, 2016)
Replies: 37
Views: 13465

Re: "stanford housewrite" at Stanford (February 27, 2016)

Berkeley people: Are you guys not signed up for the Sunday events because you don't want to have to go back and forth two days in a row? If that's the case I think we probably can move Christmas Present to after Eyes, like Mike said. If there isn't additional interest, though, we should just budget...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Wed Feb 03, 2016 7:12 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals - University of Michigan, 04.16-17.2016
Replies: 104
Views: 42392

Re: ACF Nationals - University of Michigan, 04.16-17.2016

Yeah it would be nice if ACF arranged some hotel deal this time around.
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Fri Sep 18, 2015 3:37 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: SCOP Novice 6 (October 2015-March 2016)
Replies: 13
Views: 5374

Re: SCOP Novice 6 (October 2015-March 2016)

Remember to include our mirror as well!
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Tue Aug 04, 2015 12:59 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open ‘15 @ VCU (8/8/15)
Replies: 67
Views: 21305

Re: VCU Open ‘15 @ VCU (8/8/15)

Can you tell me what time Saturday is expected to end? I have to take a Megabus back to DC.
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Wed Jul 22, 2015 7:41 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Quizbowl on social media
Replies: 21
Views: 6220

Re: Quizbowl on social media

On the subject of regional Facebook groups, I'm not sure why a regional Facebook group would ever have any reason to be private or closed, as I know the Northern California group is. What exactly is there to hide? Making group content not visible to outsiders merely presents another barrier to entr...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Sun Jul 12, 2015 12:43 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open @ Berkeley (Aug 8)
Replies: 21
Views: 6506

Re: VCU Open @ Berkeley (Aug 8)

It looks like we have enough interest for 2 teams. I assure you, there's much more interest than that. No man, what I mean is Stanford wants to bring 2 teams. Unless you know something I don't...? Ah well ok then. I didn't think of you acting on behalf of Stanford since it's an open tournament and ...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Sat Jul 11, 2015 2:04 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open @ Berkeley (Aug 8)
Replies: 21
Views: 6506

Re: VCU Open @ Berkeley (Aug 8)

It looks like we have enough interest for 2 teams. I assure you, there's much more interest than that. I'll be in the area, but haven't done anything quizbowl related in a few months. Let me know if your team needs a fourth! Make sure to put your name down as a free agent in the "Berkeley" tab in t...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Thu Jul 09, 2015 10:17 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: The State of Good Quizbowl, State-by-State
Replies: 61
Views: 31269

Re: The State of Good Quizbowl, State-by-State

I really enjoyed Chris's post. I don't want to seem unappreciative of his hard work by immediately asking for more, but I'd be very curious to see something similar written up about middle school quizbowl (a game whose state I don't understand at all and which I have never seen in person). In parti...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Tue Jun 09, 2015 8:06 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Maryland Summer Practices
Replies: 11
Views: 4719

Re: Maryland Summer Practices

Can there be a mailing list for this so that we can figure out if it's happening on a particular day or not? I'm interested in coming to these.
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Wed Jun 03, 2015 4:46 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Quizbowl Book
Replies: 7
Views: 2708

Re: Quizbowl Book

One thing you could do to drum up interest is to arrange a distribution plan with ACE camp whenever you output a product. You'll get to a lot of people that way.
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Wed Jun 03, 2015 4:00 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Discussion of press coverage of HSNCT/quizbowl events
Replies: 19
Views: 5741

Re: 2015 NAQT HSNCT: Congratulations Arcadia!

Is it possible that that journalist could be a quizbowl player? I don't know of any journalism majors or freelance writers among the community, but they have to be out there somewhere, right? It's going to have to be somebody who has no future ambition to be paid money by NAQT. I think it's a matte...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Tue Jun 02, 2015 6:05 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Discussion of press coverage of HSNCT/quizbowl events
Replies: 19
Views: 5741

Discussion of press coverage of HSNCT/quizbowl events

On a perhaps unrelated note, I believe it's time for NAQT to formally invite some number of (unobtrusive) journalists to cover the largest quiz bowl tournament in history. NAQT is losing major opportunities for good quiz bowl PR by not pursuing this. I'm not going to pretend to understand the logist...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Sat May 16, 2015 12:06 am
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: ACF Nationals 2015 Final: An Attempt at a QB Microhistory
Replies: 19
Views: 18931

Re: ACF Nationals 2015 Final: An Attempt at a QB Microhistor

This thread reminds me: I need to spruce up the crappy Yu-Gi-Oh! questions I wrote for some of our club members during my freshman year - the Obelisk Open, if you will (though it wasn't a tournament) - so they are actually reasonably presentable to the quizbowl universe at large. ...if anyone is in...
by i never see pigeons in wheeling
Thu Apr 23, 2015 4:05 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT state championships 2015
Replies: 8
Views: 6239

Re: NAQT state championships 2015

Kyle wrote: California (northern): Sarratoga
Saratoga has one "r."