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by Emil Nolde
Thu Sep 11, 2014 1:01 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '14-'15
Replies: 91
Views: 30785

Re: Illinois '14-'15

Fr. Lorinskas told us yesterday that apparently SIAC (our conference) is switching/has switched to Questions Galore as their question provider. Since she is no longer the conference chair, the only way we can really express our malcontent is to threaten non-attendance, which probably won't do much s...
by Emil Nolde
Tue Apr 22, 2014 10:06 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Building a Quality Culture
Replies: 27
Views: 4727

Re: Building a Quality Culture

This whole athletics vs academics thing has to be settled sometime. (at the risk of a thread split) Maybe I'm totally missing a team/region-specific point, but generally a school (let alone a large public school) isn't going to stand apart from its private and neighboring counterparts (if open enro...
by Emil Nolde
Fri Apr 18, 2014 2:27 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Building a Quality Culture
Replies: 27
Views: 4727

Re: Building a Quality Culture

This may sound a little contrary, but if the same activity or organization conflicts with quizbowl especially in an important or unavoidable way, year after year, and a new prospective member is in that club, make it clear to them that there's going to be a problem, and encourage them to reassess t...
by Emil Nolde
Fri Apr 18, 2014 11:53 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Building a Quality Culture
Replies: 27
Views: 4727

Re: Building a Quality Culture

First and formost, if you know that many of these students have a conflict with the same events, don't go head to head with them. This may sound a little contrary, but if the same activity or organization conflicts with quizbowl especially in an important or unavoidable way, year after year, and a ...
by Emil Nolde
Tue Apr 01, 2014 7:56 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '13-'14
Replies: 143
Views: 61149

Re: Illinois '13-'14

As the last month before HSNCT and NSC starts I thought it would be nice to have some discussion about the two April tournaments. I'll start with DONTQUIT since it's happening first. Field (11): Auburn A, Auburn B, East Mail Company, Fenton, Fremd, Hinsdale Central, IMSA A, IMSA B, Metea Valley, St...
by Emil Nolde
Thu Mar 20, 2014 9:52 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 IHSA
Replies: 80
Views: 19651

Re: 2014 IHSA

Oh, it's wonderful how even the spotty make the All-State list. (*cough*James*cough*) We plan to make a killing on Friday, if the scheißeness of the questions allows it. I'm glad that people south of I-70 are recognized in Class A. Oh, the irony. My head is spinning from so much irony. Anyway, good...
by Emil Nolde
Sat Mar 15, 2014 10:03 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 IHSA
Replies: 80
Views: 19651

Re: 2014 IHSA

I found it odd that the Satre TU didn't mention No Exit or "hell is other people", I was able to get it at the end, but it seemed to be cut short a line or two. You were expecting pyramidality? Seriously, though a Sartre question doesn't need anything from No Exit. It's fine to put it in, but if th...
by Emil Nolde
Sat Mar 15, 2014 4:27 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 IHSA
Replies: 80
Views: 19651

Re: 2014 IHSA

Yeah, by the way, I'm pretty sure the thing Jonathan meant was not the Bret Harte thing (I'm not sure why people thought it was). He 20'd that by himself, and got prompted on the third part after saying " . . . the prostitute?" Anyway, I don't remember for sure, but I don't think Clarke came up in t...
by Emil Nolde
Tue Mar 11, 2014 4:07 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 IHSA
Replies: 80
Views: 19651

Re: 2014 IHSA

So yeah, I would've started this topic, but I was hesitant to initiate the hate. I guess Andrew Salij is now the unofficially designated OP on statewide events that can be difficult to bring up? EDIT: Never mind, it was Alston. "This Romanian sculptor" Out of curiosity, how many people got this one ...
by Emil Nolde
Tue Feb 18, 2014 7:56 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT Illinois State Championship - 2/22/2014, Urbana, IL
Replies: 72
Views: 24415

Re: NAQT Illinois State Championship - 2/22/2014, Urbana, IL

(guy who hasn't been following this thread) Wow, such suspense, I was thinking for a moment we might have to adopt the (rather laissez-faire) "just show up" school of tournament attendance , especially with the use of "final". Looking forward to good competition, friendly interaction, possible fabul...
by Emil Nolde
Tue Nov 12, 2013 8:00 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Scobol Solo Set Discussion
Replies: 14
Views: 1398

Re: Scobol Solo Set Discussion

Yeah fun! the tournament was great. Just remind Michael Steele not to make tasteless "jokes" about art majors going to Starbucks. Yeah, he's kinda a jerk. Sorry, I probably should have warned you. Also names are great and all, but Batman bin Suparman just got arrested for drugs and theft. (http://w...
by Emil Nolde
Tue Nov 12, 2013 12:39 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Scobol Solo Set Discussion
Replies: 14
Views: 1398

Re: Scobol Solo Set Discussion

I disagree, the field is too dumb. But in all seriousness, Brecht is an undeniably canon individual, and Mack the Knife is one of the most culturally significant things he ever worked on. I'd like to shake the hand of the other person that got it. Conversion data isn't the be-all-end-all of difficul...
by Emil Nolde
Tue Jun 25, 2013 1:05 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: The Good Quizbowl Media Strategy (or lack thereof)
Replies: 34
Views: 19335

Re: The Good Quizbowl Media Strategy (or lack thereof)

I personally think that those articles aren't at all parading the competition in itself. They're just celebrating their local team's success. Sure, that success is to us marred by the ridiculousness of the NAC, but I don't think anyone's coming away with the impression of "Wow, NAC must be such a fa...
by Emil Nolde
Tue Jun 25, 2013 11:52 am
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: ProtoBowl
Replies: 367
Views: 149588

Re: ProtoBowl

Yo, every time I try to join /lobby from the homepage link, my browser window closes, and whenever I try to join it via typing in the address or the "Feeling Lonely?" box, the only things that come up are the timer, directions, and miscellaneous bars or whatever. Latency and sync offset are given as...
by Emil Nolde
Tue Jun 25, 2013 10:53 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '13-'14
Replies: 143
Views: 61149

Re: Illinois '13-'14

Look Dr. Prince, Sabrina was an excellent player, which is something we all know. By that comment, I simply meant that just because she's gone now doesn't mean anything as to how good you guys will be this year. While I'm definitely not sure that she was the flat-out best literature player in the st...
by Emil Nolde
Wed Jun 05, 2013 10:56 am
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: ProtoBowl
Replies: 367
Views: 149588

Re: ProtoBowl

Obviously cleaning it up would be an extremely desirable thing, but one thing to consider is that /lobby can at times be a good environment for practice between multiple non-stupid users. While activity on HSQB is a fine way of connecting names with schools, trophies, et cetera, it's not going to be...
by Emil Nolde
Wed Jun 05, 2013 10:44 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '13-'14
Replies: 143
Views: 61149

Re: Illinois '13-'14

Fenton's looks to be the only team relying so heavily on so few players, which probably won't bode well for them in the long run. Speaking of teams relying on few players, one graduation whose impact I hadn't really considered is that of Peoria Christian's Brittany Trang. I know her brother is still...
by Emil Nolde
Fri May 31, 2013 4:54 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '13-'14
Replies: 143
Views: 61149

Re: Illinois '13-'14

Unless Sabrina was a lot more important than I think she was, IMSA will win everything in-state they attend, and probably by large margins. Anton is just too quick on the buzzer, and his knowledge is too deep. Honestly, he's probably as good as the next four best players in the state combined. I'm n...
by Emil Nolde
Thu May 30, 2013 1:55 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '12-'13
Replies: 153
Views: 63926

Re: Illinois '12-'13

Stillman and Cumberland are in the Small School division, so 4-6 gets them into the playoffs. I also didn't recognize Riverside Brookfield as being from IL, sorry. @Morgan I'm not saying it reflects badly on you, I get why it was necessary. Still though, you tended to neg more in the prelim games yo...
by Emil Nolde
Thu May 30, 2013 1:32 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2013 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 149
Views: 51574

Re: 2013 HSNCT discussion

Could I see that Jazz piano tossup?
by Emil Nolde
Thu May 30, 2013 1:25 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Evolution of a Quizbowl Player
Replies: 12
Views: 4000

Re: Evolution of a Quizbowl Player

Basically, it's not a good idea to say that there's some sort of 'manifest destiny' for any particular player. You develop into a role that fits with the team you're a part of, and for that reason, at higher levels of play, it becomes somewhat idiotic to just straight out declare that "player x is b...
by Emil Nolde
Tue May 28, 2013 3:31 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '12-'13
Replies: 153
Views: 63926

Re: Illinois '12-'13

HSNCT went pretty well. For a basic look: Worst finish for an IL A team: Fenton, 4-6, 169th Unless I missed something, they were also the only Illinois A team not to make the playoffs, as well as the only one to finish under .500. Belvidere North finished the prelims at 9-1, and Loyola of course fin...
by Emil Nolde
Thu May 23, 2013 11:21 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2013 NAQT HSNCT: Congratulations LASA!
Replies: 109
Views: 56735

Re: 2013 NAQT HSNCT: May 25-26, Atlanta

So, will there end up being Regional Previews on the blog for everyone? If so, then . . . where are they?
by Emil Nolde
Thu May 23, 2013 12:39 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Side Event: Schindler's Lit
Replies: 143
Views: 37558

Re: Side Event: Schindler's Lit

OK, wait, is this going to be strictly not open to walk-ins? Because I'm not on the sheet anymore, and I've convinced some teammates to want to attend.
by Emil Nolde
Wed May 22, 2013 10:03 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: ProtoBowl
Replies: 367
Views: 149588

Re: ProtoBowl

By 'this' I meant more like "notification of impending updates on site where said updates are going to occur".
by Emil Nolde
Wed May 22, 2013 3:02 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: ProtoBowl
Replies: 367
Views: 149588

Re: ProtoBowl

point 1. More pics?
point 2. Will any of this go on the site itself before it happens/has this already been done and I'm just stupid?
by Emil Nolde
Sat May 11, 2013 12:45 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HSQBRank 2012-2013: No, I do not mean HSA Bank
Replies: 138
Views: 31011

Re: HSQBRank 2012-2013: No, I do not mean HSA Bank

Grams's Go-Go Boots wrote:I'm not going to make a ranking system for my ranking system.
Well, you already did, pretty much.

I'm just saying that if those are the only numbers people look at, then they aren't seeing the whole picture.
by Emil Nolde
Fri May 10, 2013 1:02 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HSQBRank 2012-2013: No, I do not mean HSA Bank
Replies: 138
Views: 31011

Re: HSQBRank 2012-2013: No, I do not mean HSA Bank

I feel like there should be some way of weighting that according to average ranking of teams from that state (in the top 100). as it stands, people might look at those numbers and think MO quizbowl has no strong competitors and/or if the realize Ladue is #1, they'll assume it's due to lying in an un...
by Emil Nolde
Tue Apr 23, 2013 7:22 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Left-Wing Questions?
Replies: 42
Views: 14607

Re: Left-Wing Questions?

One of my teammates once protested a bonus for liberal bias. We got the question right, but he protested anyways. (The bonus DID blatantly attack some conservative figure or another, to be fair.) Was this who I think it is? ('yes' or 'no' will do) In all honesty, though, any serious discussion of w...
by Emil Nolde
Mon Apr 22, 2013 9:31 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Left-Wing Questions?
Replies: 42
Views: 14607

Re: Left-Wing Questions?

Must have some deeeeeep second amendment knowledge.
by Emil Nolde
Fri Apr 12, 2013 7:57 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '12-'13
Replies: 153
Views: 63926

Re: Illinois '12-'13

Oh, okay then. It would seem more easily pronounceable as 'Kryzwicki'.
Observation: both non-senior members of the first team have last initials of K.
Would anyone happen to know if Niranjan is graduating this year?
Also, is Jackson from Springfield a sophomore?
by Emil Nolde
Thu Apr 11, 2013 7:25 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Side Event: Schindler's Lit
Replies: 143
Views: 37558

Re: Side Event: Schindler's Lit

This "Een Torrs" fellow sounds like a force to be reckoned with. *starts whistling "Under Pressure"* EDIT: Also looking to participate in this, along with some indeterminate number of my school mates. It's quite possible we'll need more though, so if any of you would like to play with us/me, that's ...
by Emil Nolde
Thu Apr 11, 2013 7:02 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '12-'13
Replies: 153
Views: 63926

Re: Illinois '12-'13

I think Greg's last name is misspelled.
by Emil Nolde
Mon Apr 08, 2013 10:05 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Four-quarter format
Replies: 22
Views: 4034

Re: Four-quarter format

From what I've read, though, that's not really true. For example, in Round 1's 'Russia' category, Lake Ladoga and Sakharov come before Fathers and Sons. I've never heard either of the former pair come up previously.
by Emil Nolde
Mon Apr 08, 2013 7:23 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Four-quarter format
Replies: 22
Views: 4034

Re: Four-quarter format

Having read some of the questions, I concur that the actual question quality is better than what I've played before, however, I still think the lightning round format lends itself to bad and/or really gimmicky answerlines/categories (which of course I wouldn't hold HSAPQ reprehensible for, because t...
by Emil Nolde
Fri Apr 05, 2013 4:31 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Four-quarter format
Replies: 22
Views: 4034

Re: Four-quarter format

Lightning rounds are stupid. They encourage really shallow knowledge, and are often rich in such monstrosities as spelling, extra-stupid trash, multiple-choice, etc. Maybe that's true in your area, but vendors like HSAPQ, NAQT, and other various writers do write high quality lightning round sets. I...
by Emil Nolde
Fri Apr 05, 2013 10:17 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Four-quarter format
Replies: 22
Views: 4034

Re: Four-quarter format

I've played a similar (read:nearly exactly the same) format to the one suggested here. When we've participated in it, we've won every time in recent memory, but any criticism I could level against it would primarily stem from the extremely bad questions used in the competition I've experienced it in...
by Emil Nolde
Mon Mar 25, 2013 7:25 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Travelling with large trophies - a logistical problem
Replies: 19
Views: 5947

Re: Travelling with large trophies - a logistical problem

We seem to have developed a tradition for accidentally messing up our trophies from New Trier. Usually Nike is maimed in some way, but once the column got all loose and off-center. Now that I think about it, the Nike statuette is probably a lot more fragile that the lamp of knowledge. Also, sometime...
by Emil Nolde
Sat Mar 16, 2013 12:13 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA 2013
Replies: 78
Views: 14569

Re: IHSA 2013

I big congrats to IMSA and Peoria Christian as well! As my first time at State, as well as my current players', I have to say we wholeheartedly enjoyed the experience (though looking at the score, I really wished we had stayed for the championship match.). Anyone who has had the pleasure of seeing ...
by Emil Nolde
Sat Mar 16, 2013 12:03 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Loyola Academy Spring Tournament (LAST) 4/13
Replies: 14
Views: 6427

Re: Loyola Academy Spring Tournament (LAST) 4/13

Tentatively expressing interest in attending this. Probably only one team though; WYSE State is apparently the previous day. Also, wow Shreyas, I'm starting to suspect that you've just dropped out of high school and are trying to hide it from everyone. Isn't this like your fifth unaffiliated tournam...
by Emil Nolde
Wed Mar 13, 2013 7:51 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA 2013
Replies: 78
Views: 14569

Re: IHSA 2013

(See also: Britney Spears.) Although I do not remember mention of her name, I hated that bonus just because of how ashamed of thirtying it I was. The bonus said " Rolling Stone magazine said of this artist, 'she spear headed the rise of post-millennial teen pop'" (emphasis mine) (and then mentioned...
by Emil Nolde
Wed Mar 13, 2013 7:28 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA 2013
Replies: 78
Views: 14569

Re: IHSA 2013

jonah wrote:(See also: Britney Spears.)
Although I do not remember mention of her name, I hated that bonus just because of how ashamed of thirtying it I was. Also, apparently there wasn't a prompt on "T-Swizzle"?
by Emil Nolde
Wed Mar 13, 2013 7:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA 2013
Replies: 78
Views: 14569

Re: IHSA 2013

Part b. of the Round 2 music theory bonus was wrong. A chord is usually defined as consisting of at least three tones. Wrong, in spite of what Wikipedia says. Cno3, for example, is a chord consisting of two notes (namely, C and G). That said, the definition given is not particularly good. Part b. o...
by Emil Nolde
Tue Mar 12, 2013 10:40 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA 2013
Replies: 78
Views: 14569

Re: IHSA 2013

So, since no one has brought them up, I'd like to mention a few somewhat annoying errors in the sectionals set. Part b. of the Round 2 music theory bonus was wrong. A chord is usually defined as consisting of at least three tones. Part b. of the dental stuff bonus was on 'cavities', when 'cavitation...
by Emil Nolde
Fri Mar 08, 2013 3:04 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Best Quizbowl Programs in the Nation (Ranking?)
Replies: 20
Views: 6166

Re: Best Quizbowl Programs in the Nation (Ranking?)

I would say there is some inherent interest/entertainment value within the quizbowl community on these boards, and I would also add that it could provide recognition to schools that are consistent top performers who don't necessarily win (or even compete for) national championships every year. I'm ...
by Emil Nolde
Fri Mar 08, 2013 2:51 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HSQBRank 2012-2013: No, I do not mean HSA Bank
Replies: 138
Views: 31011

Re: HSQBRank 2012-2013: No, I do not mean HSA Bank

I've expanded the rankings to 100 teams . So, wait, a team doesn't have the [UR] label or whatever unless they've never been featured at all? Perhaps for teams who have been in the top 50 at some point, but aren't any more, could you put the highest they've been ranked at all? It's currently slight...
by Emil Nolde
Tue Mar 05, 2013 11:59 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA 2013
Replies: 78
Views: 14569

Re: IHSA 2013

One of the most influential philosophers of the nineteenth century is a 'hard' part?
by Emil Nolde
Tue Mar 05, 2013 11:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA 2013
Replies: 78
Views: 14569

Re: IHSA 2013

The "cat" part of the Norse myth bonus is poorly worded and inaccurate Could you be more specific? Freya's chariot, unless I'm mistaken, is actually pulled by leopards, and I was greatly dismayed when my answer wasn't accepted. Care to quote your source for Freyja's chariot being pulled by leopards...
by Emil Nolde
Tue Mar 05, 2013 11:07 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA 2013
Replies: 78
Views: 14569

Re: IHSA 2013

The "cat" part of the Norse myth bonus is poorly worded and inaccurate Could you be more specific? Freya's chariot, unless I'm mistaken, is actually pulled by leopards, and I was greatly dismayed when my answer wasn't accepted. Something else that was a bit frustrating was just how it was written t...
by Emil Nolde
Tue Mar 05, 2013 8:52 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA 2013
Replies: 78
Views: 14569

Re: IHSA 2013

I think I'm pretty safe in saying that this Saturday in Greenville will be an interesting one to say the least between the teams not named Carbondale. Surely you jest, we've never played Collinsville and have no idea what to expect from them. Anyway, congratulations to Mt. Vernon, you guys totally ...