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by Vainamoinen
Sun Dec 18, 2016 11:18 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: IRC Festivus 2016: Still Not Dead Yet
Replies: 120
Views: 40005

Re: IRC Festivus 2016: Still Not Dead Yet

I have a partially completed 20 question packet on Haruki Murakami.
by Vainamoinen
Sun Dec 18, 2016 12:11 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Non-students playing closed tournaments under false names
Replies: 56
Views: 12820

Re: Non-students playing closed tournaments under false name

I don't intend to say anything too contentious about a circuit I just joined, but I feel like offering my two cents. I was pretty surprised when I saw Will Alston there in the morning and thought he was just there to help out or something (no one asked Caltech about him playing for UCSD, but oh well...
by Vainamoinen
Fri Dec 16, 2016 11:24 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Non-students playing closed tournaments under false names
Replies: 56
Views: 12820

Re: Non-students playing closed tournaments under false name

I thought it was kind of strange (and not what I'm used to in the mid-atlantic). But getting a history buzz off of Will made it worth it.
by Vainamoinen
Mon Sep 12, 2016 10:44 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Stimulants and Rituals for Quizbowl
Replies: 28
Views: 12534

Re: Stimulants and Rituals for Quizbowl

The Stately Rhododendron wrote:intimidate the competition
*annoy the competition
by Vainamoinen
Wed Jun 29, 2016 10:59 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Becoming and Being a Great Science Player
Replies: 8
Views: 9095

Re: Becoming and Being a Great Science Player

I haven't been on the forums for a couple weeks post-NSC and just saw this post. I'll echo the above sentiments that this is a great post. I'd like to emphasize the part about not letting the courses you can take hinder your studying in any science subject. I never took AP Bio or AP Chem and have st...
by Vainamoinen
Wed Jun 29, 2016 10:59 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Becoming and Being a Great Science Player
Replies: 8
Views: 4251

Re: Becoming and Being a Great Science Player

I haven't been on the forums for a couple weeks post-NSC and just saw this post. I'll echo the above sentiments that this is a great post. I'd like to emphasize the part about not letting the courses you can take hinder your studying in any science subject. I never took AP Bio or AP Chem and have st...
by Vainamoinen
Mon Jun 06, 2016 5:09 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2016 PACE NSC: June 4-5, Chicago
Replies: 78
Views: 37460

Re: 2016 PACE NSC: June 4-5, Chicago

I would like to add to the "upward mobility" issue by mentioning last year's playoffs where DCC, Arcadia, and us (Maggie Walker) were put into the same playoff bracket (so only two could move on to championship superplayoff bracket). All three of these teams were ranked in the top 5 by Morlan's rank...
by Vainamoinen
Wed Apr 20, 2016 8:50 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: College Player v. World
Replies: 26
Views: 10372

Re: College Player v. World

Your Feline Genome wrote:This Friday's game against Eric Mukherjee at 9 PM CDT is still on. Please join us!
hype
by Vainamoinen
Wed Apr 20, 2016 5:46 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Where Are You Going to College Next Year (2015-2016)
Replies: 35
Views: 14161

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

I'll be going to Caltech (I like to think my science tournament in Feynman's honor helped) in sunny Pasadena, California. I look forward to doing as much with the quizbowl team there and the circuit in SoCal as possible.
by Vainamoinen
Sun Dec 13, 2015 2:47 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: GSAC XXIII Main Site - Richmond, VA December 12, 2015
Replies: 7
Views: 3275

Re: GSAC XXIII Main Site - Richmond, VA December 12, 2015

Why were students from different schools allowed to play together on a pseudonymous team? "Allowed" is the wrong word to use here. I was unaware this had happened until your post. I received this registration weeks ago: "I would like to register two teams from Raleigh Charter for GSAC on December 1...
by Vainamoinen
Mon Dec 07, 2015 9:02 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: GSAC XXIII Main Site - Richmond, VA December 12, 2015
Replies: 7
Views: 3275

Re: GSAC XXIII Main Site - Richmond, VA December 12, 2015

EDIT: We are at 24 teams and I am going to cap the field there. If you would like to come, please email me immediately and I will add you to the waiting list. A logistics email has been sent out to all the teams that are registered.
by Vainamoinen
Tue Nov 24, 2015 7:32 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: GSAC XXIII Main Site - Richmond, VA December 12, 2015
Replies: 7
Views: 3275

Re: GSAC XXIII Main Site - Richmond, VA December 12, 2015

Two and a half weeks out, we still have a lot of open spots. If you're planning to come, please go ahead and get in your registrations. No deadline of course, but we'd like to have a gauge of the field. We hope to see as many teams as possible on December 12!
by Vainamoinen
Sun Nov 15, 2015 2:41 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: GSAC XXIII mirror request thread
Replies: 9
Views: 5474

Re: GSAC XXIII mirror request thread

So is UPenn using this set as well? That's what I've been hearing but I don't see it here. I really hope that's not the case since so many teams overlap with both tournaments. Not that I've heard... I hereby confirm that St. Joe's has full and sole right to use this set in the region. Again, I apol...
by Vainamoinen
Sat Nov 14, 2015 10:42 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: GSAC XXIII mirror request thread
Replies: 9
Views: 5474

Re: GSAC XXIII mirror request thread

Will, It appears that Columbia University will not be using your GSAC XXIII Set on January 23rd, 2016, but instead it will be using the BISB Set. So, perhaps St.Joe's can use the GSAC XXIII Set for its pre-Christmas tournament up here in the NY/NJ region.? Yes, St. Joe's can most certainly use the ...
by Vainamoinen
Sun Nov 08, 2015 2:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ACF Fall 2015 @ Maryland (High School Mirror)
Replies: 7
Views: 4260

Re: ACF Fall 2015 @ Maryland (High School Mirror)

I'd like to give a special thanks to Naveed for putting on this tournament for us high schools to play. I'd also like to thank the other staffers who made it possible. Congrats to TJ for the great win.
by Vainamoinen
Mon Oct 19, 2015 11:43 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: GSAC XXIII Main Site - Richmond, VA December 12, 2015
Replies: 7
Views: 3275

Re: GSAC XXIII Main Site - Richmond, VA December 12, 2015

Field (24): Fork Union (1/0/0) Cosby HS (2/1/0) New Kent HS (3/0/0) Sir Walter Charter (2/2/0) HSoBX (2/1/0) Deep Run HS (1/0/0) Clover Hill HS (3/1/0) Christiansburg HS (1/0/1) Cave Spring HS (2/2/1) Georgetown Day School (2/0/0) Richard Montgomery HS (2/3/1) Western Albemarle HS (1/2/0) Howard (1/...
by Vainamoinen
Mon Oct 12, 2015 6:13 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: GSAC XXIII Main Site - Richmond, VA December 12, 2015
Replies: 7
Views: 3275

GSAC XXIII Main Site - Richmond, VA December 12, 2015

The Maggie L. Walker Governor's School for Government and International Studies is proud to announce the newest incarnation of our long-running tournament, GSAC XXIII. Our school’s address is 1000 N. Lombardy Street, Richmond, VA 23220, and the tournament will take place there on Saturday, December ...
by Vainamoinen
Wed Sep 30, 2015 10:04 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: MD/VA/DC Area Discussion 2015-2016
Replies: 5
Views: 3029

Re: MD/VA/DC Area Discussion 2015-2016

Maggie Walker (HSNCT: T-5; PACE: 3rd) As the Nationals rankings above indicate, Maggie Walker was a consistently amazing team in the past season, covering everything in the distribution with depth and excellence. Connor provided the basis of the team's scoring with scoring on history, and basically...
by Vainamoinen
Fri Sep 04, 2015 4:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: GSAC XXIII mirror request thread
Replies: 9
Views: 5474

Re: GSAC XXIII mirror request thread

We're still looking for mirror sites in a lot of areas, including but not limited to: Northern California Southern California Illinois Kentucky Canada Contact me: will AT willoverman DOT com Additionally, if you think that you are hosting a mirror but haven't contacted me please do so immediately.
by Vainamoinen
Wed Aug 19, 2015 4:20 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: ACF Fall for high schoolers
Replies: 57
Views: 14893

ACF Fall for high schoolers

As if the rule banning high schoolers from ACF tournaments wasn't enough, charging $120 and subjecting high schoolers to the same packet-sub rules if they want to play the high school only mirrors is ridiculous. Both of those things will have a negative impact on the field sizes of these mirror site...
by Vainamoinen
Fri Jul 10, 2015 8:21 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Acknowledging Marginalized-Group Membership in QB Questions
Replies: 54
Views: 10186

Re: Acknowledging Marginalized-Group Membership in QB Questi

To be honest, I didn't even know Henry James or Virginia Woolf were gay until this thread. I think adding that to the giveaway would just confuse those of us non-lit/art/whatever players who aren't buzzing until the giveaway, where things are supposed to be clear.
by Vainamoinen
Wed Jul 08, 2015 1:58 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Resetting [pt. 5 of 6]: How We Treat Each Other
Replies: 40
Views: 12943

Re: Resetting [pt. 5 of 6]: How We Treat Each Other

I didn't expect my post to garner this much of a response, and I really appreciate everything you all have said. I don't want to derail this thread too far into a specific case when I imagine a lot of other people have their own experiences to share, but I feel I should respond to some of these post...
by Vainamoinen
Tue Jul 07, 2015 1:47 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Resetting [pt. 5 of 6]: How We Treat Each Other
Replies: 40
Views: 12943

Re: Resetting [pt. 5 of 6]: How We Treat Each Other

Dominator wrote:I find that a lot of problems develop when high school quizbowlers are treated like miniature college students.
What are some examples of these problems?
by Vainamoinen
Tue Jul 07, 2015 12:16 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Resetting [pt. 5 of 6]: How We Treat Each Other
Replies: 40
Views: 12943

Re: Resetting [pt. 5 of 6]: How We Treat Each Other

One thing that has been rather overlooked in my opinion is the "how we treat each other" with respect to high schoolers and college students/recent graduates in the game. Between my team's proclivity for playing college tournaments, lurking on the IRC, and BONGOS, I've experienced a wide range of tr...
by Vainamoinen
Sat Jul 04, 2015 7:34 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: How to become a good theoretical math player?
Replies: 29
Views: 7252

Re: How to become a good theoretical math player?

Just chiming in on topology books- I recommend Topology Without Tears as a quick intro for beginners, especially since it's free. http://www.topologywithouttears.net/
by Vainamoinen
Sun Jun 28, 2015 9:00 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: DC Metro 2015-16 Date Claim Thread
Replies: 52
Views: 22600

Re: DC Metro 2015-16 Date Claim Thread

Is some wonderful, community-minded college or school thinking about mirroring ACF Fall for high school teams?
by Vainamoinen
Mon Jun 15, 2015 4:06 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: GSAC XXIII mirror request thread
Replies: 9
Views: 5474

GSAC XXIII mirror request thread

I am pleased to announce that the twenty-third incarnation of Maggie Walker Governor's School's GSAC is now seeking mirrors across the country. The mirror fee will be $12 per team attending, and the set will be available from December 12, 2015 onward until the end of the season (this date may be fle...
by Vainamoinen
Tue Jun 09, 2015 10:21 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Feynman's BONGOS: A Side Event (for PACE and maybe HSNCT)
Replies: 65
Views: 33346

Re: Feynman's BONGOS: A Side Event (for PACE and maybe HSNCT

This was great fun (the math in particular!), and I recommend anyone who hasn't had a chance to play it find a mirror site! Thanks a ton for running this! Thanks! I had a lot of fun writing the math (especially the differential geometry), so I'm glad to hear it was appreciated. Will the stats from ...
by Vainamoinen
Mon Jun 08, 2015 10:44 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 PACE NSC: Question set discussion
Replies: 65
Views: 23224

Re: 2015 PACE NSC: Question set discussion

I believe my questions ended up being a fair bit harder than the rest of the science--or at least harder to power--but I did see a couple of excellent buzzes throughout the tournament. I also tried to focus almost exclusively on inorganic/physical chemistry--you probably noticed that there was pret...
by Vainamoinen
Sat Jun 06, 2015 11:05 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Feynman's BONGOS: A Side Event (for PACE and maybe HSNCT)
Replies: 65
Views: 33346

Re: Feynman's BONGOS: A Side Event (for PACE and maybe HSNCT

This event happened more or less successfully. The deciding match was between the 6-0 teams of Tommy Casalaspi, Daniel Hothem, James Bradbury, and Victoria Cui vs. Eric Mukherjee, Max Schindler, Andrew Wang, Chris Ray, AND Ike Jose. Despite their noted science specialist, Chris Ray, leading the latt...
by Vainamoinen
Sat Jun 06, 2015 6:18 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Feynman's BONGOS: A Side Event (for PACE and maybe HSNCT)
Replies: 65
Views: 33346

Re: Feynman's BONGOS: A Side Event (for PACE and maybe HSNCT

I'm sorry for the last minute change, but I've been asked by multiple people to change the start time of this to 8:00. So if everyone can get there before about 8ish that would be great. People should still meet in room 528.
by Vainamoinen
Fri Jun 05, 2015 9:21 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Feynman's BONGOS: A Side Event (for PACE and maybe HSNCT)
Replies: 65
Views: 33346

Re: Feynman's BONGOS: A Side Event (for PACE and maybe HSNCT

Okay, the main room that everyone should show up to is room 528. Please try to be there by 7:15 so we can start at 7:30ish. There's still room for one more team, if no one else signs up then either some team willing to could split in half or we could have a round robin with a bye. Some team splittin...
by Vainamoinen
Thu Jun 04, 2015 8:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Feynman's BONGOS: A Side Event (for PACE and maybe HSNCT)
Replies: 65
Views: 33346

Re: Feynman's BONGOS: A Side Event (for PACE and maybe HSNCT

Information for the PACE site: PACE's tentative schedule says that round 12 should be done by 6:00, so I think a good time for this would be arrival to the main room by 7:15 and start by 7:30. I will let people know what the main room is once we get our hotel rooms tomorrow. Right now there are six ...
by Vainamoinen
Thu Jun 04, 2015 9:05 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Feynman's BONGOS: A Side Event (for PACE and maybe HSNCT)
Replies: 65
Views: 33346

Re: Feynman's BONGOS: A Side Event (for PACE and maybe HSNCT

Bensonfan23 wrote:Will, I can offer one of Duke's buzzer sets for this at PACE. I'd also be fine staffing this if that is needed/wanted.
Both of those things would be greatly appreciated!
by Vainamoinen
Wed Jun 03, 2015 8:18 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER
Replies: 81
Views: 27196

Re: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER

for what it's worth, I'd definitely appreciate this being held over the summer at VCU as planned
by Vainamoinen
Wed Jun 03, 2015 3:11 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 102
Views: 42764

Re: 2015 HSNCT discussion

I'm gonna jump ahead to Sunday's packets and point out that a handful of editors (including me) agreed that the enzyme binding question was confusing especially at the end, where it seemed to already say the answer, just in different words. It went dead in our room, and I'm wondering how it played ...
by Vainamoinen
Tue Jun 02, 2015 4:50 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Feynman's BONGOS: A Side Event (for PACE and maybe HSNCT)
Replies: 65
Views: 33346

Re: Feynman's BONGOS: A Side Event (for PACE and maybe HSNCT

Smuttynose Island wrote:What is the limiting factor that is keeping the cap at 8 teams? Is it rooms, buzzers, or both?
both
by Vainamoinen
Tue Jun 02, 2015 10:19 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Feynman's BONGOS: A Side Event (for PACE and maybe HSNCT)
Replies: 65
Views: 33346

Re: Feynman's BONGOS: A Side Event (for PACE and maybe HSNCT

I'm sorry to announce this so soon before the event, but it appears our only option is to turn this into a QUADS event. This is entirely due to the fact that we only have 4 rooms and 3 buzzer sets (still looking for one more). We will have a strict cap of 8 teams for this event, and please please pl...
by Vainamoinen
Mon Jun 01, 2015 4:26 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Feynman's BONGOS: A Side Event (for PACE and maybe HSNCT)
Replies: 65
Views: 33346

Re: Feynman's BONGOS: A Side Event (for PACE and maybe HSNCT

The Two Hearts of Kwasi Boachi wrote:
The Quest for the Historical Mukherjesus wrote:I'm making travel plans for PACE. When will this tournament be? I want to make sure I'm not going to miss it.
I believe it's scheduled for Saturday night.
This is correct. I hope to begin 45 minutes to an hour after the last round on Saturday.
by Vainamoinen
Fri May 29, 2015 10:28 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Feynman's BONGOS: A Side Event (for PACE and maybe HSNCT)
Replies: 65
Views: 33346

Re: Feynman's BONGOS: A Side Event (for PACE and maybe HSNCT

Final (hopefully) update about stuff for tomorrow: We'll be playing in the conference center foyer rooms on the entry level. We will try to start between 7:45 and 8:00 depending on whenever everyone is able to get there. Reminder: the entry fee is $10 per person, we'll have someone in the center of ...
by Vainamoinen
Fri May 29, 2015 6:06 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Feynman's BONGOS: A Side Event (for PACE and maybe HSNCT)
Replies: 65
Views: 33346

Re: Feynman's BONGOS: A Side Event (for PACE and maybe HSNCT

The people on the free agents list should really go ahead and try to contact each other and form teams. If you don't do that I will either pair you off together or you can remove yourself from the list.
by Vainamoinen
Sun May 24, 2015 5:05 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Feynman's BONGOS: A Side Event (for PACE and maybe HSNCT)
Replies: 65
Views: 33346

Re: Feynman's BONGOS: A Side Event (for PACE and maybe HSNCT

Considering our available readers number, I'm going to go ahead and cap the HSNCT site to 16 teams. We currently have 12, and there are 7 people on the free agents list. Those 7 people will be given priority in that if they sign up a team by Tuesday or so, then they are guaranteed to be able to play...
by Vainamoinen
Sun May 24, 2015 1:36 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Feynman's BONGOS: A Side Event (for PACE and maybe HSNCT)
Replies: 65
Views: 33346

Re: Feynman's BONGOS: A Side Event (for PACE and maybe HSNCT

Looks like I just sent emails to the willoverman email that owns the doc/is on your hsqb profile. sorry! Yeah, I just use my gmail account for signing up for stuff (like the forums). Sorry, I should have known to expect stuff on there. I didn't receive any PMs on the forums or facebook, though. Any...
by Vainamoinen
Sun May 24, 2015 1:20 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Feynman's BONGOS: A Side Event (for PACE and maybe HSNCT)
Replies: 65
Views: 33346

Re: Feynman's BONGOS: A Side Event (for PACE and maybe HSNCT

Hey, All of the ACFNATIONALS editors attempts to reasonably contact Will Overman, the TD for this tournament have failed. We are using the conference rooms on the lobby level for our tournament, which will run concurrently with this one. Will, if you have any problems with this, please check your e...
by Vainamoinen
Tue May 19, 2015 12:27 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HSQBRank 2014-15
Replies: 211
Views: 92896

Re: HSQBRank 2014-15

http://www.hsquizbowl.org/db/tournament ... detail/#t4

you missed Maggie Walker's MUT stats
by Vainamoinen
Sun May 17, 2015 9:48 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Feynman's BONGOS: A Side Event (for PACE and maybe HSNCT)
Replies: 65
Views: 33346

Re: Feynman's BONGOS: A Side Event (for PACE and maybe HSNCT

Updates on this with about two weeks to go: It'd be really great if those interested in playing try to form teams as soon as possible. I'm not going to put a hard deadline on it (yet), but it'd be really nice to know how many people are planning on playing for logistics reasons. It'd be really great...
by Vainamoinen
Sat May 16, 2015 2:18 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: DC Metro 2015-16 Date Claim Thread
Replies: 52
Views: 22600

Re: DC Metro 2015-16 Date Claim Thread

Maggie Walker would like to claim December 12th for GSAC XXIII
by Vainamoinen
Mon May 11, 2015 5:29 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Feynman's BONGOS: A Side Event (for PACE and maybe HSNCT)
Replies: 65
Views: 33346

Re: Feynman's BONGOS: A Side Event (for PACE and maybe HSNCT

I might play at HSNCT, if that's still a thing. What she said, except change "might" to "will." It's definitely still a thing! In fact, HSNCT looks like it will be the largest site. Just in case anyone has missed it above, here's the spreadsheet for signing up or putting yourself down as a free age...
by Vainamoinen
Mon May 04, 2015 1:01 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 NASAT: June 13-14 @ Ohio State
Replies: 37
Views: 31379

Re: 2015 NASAT: June 13-14 @ Ohio State

Additional logistical information about the 2015 NASAT will be made available in the coming week. The updated list of teams is great, but can you provide some solid logistical information so we can solidify our travel plans? Thanks. In addition to other logistical info, is the hotel discount reserv...