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by Adventure Temple Trail
Sun Jul 05, 2015 5:23 pm
Forum: Scheduling reform
Topic: Individual Writers Seeking Projects to Join, Post Here
Replies: 11
Views: 7408

Re: Individual Writers Seeking Projects to Join, Post Here

After a few years, I guess it's worth asking if this thread served its intended purpose. I don't know of many people who have posted here and gone on to join up with writing projects. What's more, it seems like there is a spot still open in the fall where a tournament could take place in early Octob...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Sun Jul 05, 2015 2:01 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: DC Metro 2015-16 Date Claim Thread
Replies: 52
Views: 25368

Re: DC Metro 2015-16 Date Claim Thread

The University of Maryland would like to claim 10/3 for Maryland Fall, which will be run on the set of the same name . Since I've been informed that the SAT date is actually the 3rd, I'd like to claim 10/10 for this tournament instead, if that's not too much trouble. Thanks! As a general point, I t...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Fri Jul 03, 2015 10:31 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Samuel L. Bronkowitz presents Chicago Open (07/18-19/15)
Replies: 117
Views: 51096

Re: Samuel L. Bronkowitz presents Chicago Open (07/18-19/15)

Can we get an update, either in the Excel spreadsheet or a post, outlining the current field with submitted packets, dropped players, and added players all factored in?
by Adventure Temple Trail
Fri Jul 03, 2015 12:26 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: History Player
Replies: 20
Views: 9550

Re: History Player

Read books. In particular, it's useful to read books with a relatively large historical "sweep" across an area of focus -- now that you're out of high school (and presumably have outgrown a textbook which purports to merely be about European History or American History or what-have-you), think abou...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Wed Jul 01, 2015 9:29 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Advice on Studying Fine Arts
Replies: 13
Views: 10516

Re: Advice on Studying Fine Arts

Does your study plan also involve music / auditory arts rather than just visual art?
by Adventure Temple Trail
Wed Jul 01, 2015 12:00 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: SCOP Spring - Regular Difficulty (Canceled)
Replies: 5
Views: 4734

Re: SCOP Spring - Regular Difficulty (January-April 2016)

Is there a reason why this set is only planned to be 12.5 packets long, rather than a more standard 14?
by Adventure Temple Trail
Mon Jun 29, 2015 7:49 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Resetting After the Crisis [pt. 0: Intro/Contents]
Replies: 4
Views: 3957

Re: Resetting After the Crisis [pt. 0: Intro/Contents]

Part 5: How We Treat Each Other -- In the fifth component I'll be discussing how we in the quizbowl community treat each other, and how we should take this opportunity to reset or roll back a lot of the more harmful patterns we've gotten into on that score. Any update as to when this part will come...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Thu Jun 25, 2015 11:49 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Samuel L. Bronkowitz presents Chicago Open (07/18-19/15)
Replies: 117
Views: 51096

Re: Samuel L. Bronkowitz presents Chicago Open (07/18-19/15)

So there are currently four available spots for persons? Is it worth hashing that out in the matchmaking thread?
by Adventure Temple Trail
Tue Jun 23, 2015 11:52 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Resetting [pt. 4 of 6]: The Quizbowl-NHBB Relationship
Replies: 46
Views: 19756

Re: Resetting [pt. 4 of 6]: The Quizbowl-NHBB Relationship

because of the repeat policy. A quick factual clarification: The writing team for this year's NHBB nationals sets was given an explicit reprieve from the no-clue-repeats-across-sets policy for the US History Bee only (i.e. it was permitted to have a clue which appeared both in the US History Bee an...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Tue Jun 23, 2015 4:27 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER
Replies: 81
Views: 33059

Re: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER

Could we get a running list of signed up teams? Thanks. I mean, there's only one (1) team signed up for VCU Open proper; it seems unlikely to me that the audience for this event will emerge until more people finalize their plans for the main tournament (but if there is an audience for this which ha...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Tue Jun 23, 2015 1:15 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Resetting [pt. 4 of 6]: The Quizbowl-NHBB Relationship
Replies: 46
Views: 19756

Re: Resetting [pt. 4 of 6]: The Quizbowl-NHBB Relationship

Let me be the first to say I really appreciate the time you've taken, David, to address the many concerns and thoughts people have brought up here. Like David, I am going to make this one last post and then I'll have to more or less leave this thread alone for time-management reasons. Hopefully this...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Mon Jun 22, 2015 9:47 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Discussion of pronunciation guides
Replies: 30
Views: 13244

Re: Discussion of pronunciation guides

Hard to implement in Word (text box anchors are paragraph-level). Probably not possible in Google Docs, though an add-on for marginal notes would not be difficult to make, and would even be a good first project for someone who wants to learn the platform. These factors are likely to make it impossi...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Sun Jun 21, 2015 1:14 pm
Forum: Scheduling reform
Topic: "Sabbatical"
Replies: 0
Views: 3031

"Sabbatical"

After I finish my share of my team's CO History packet in a few days, I will be going on "sabbatical" from question writing for most of the 2015-16 competition year. What this means is that I will not be committing up-front to writing any questions for any organization or set, or to any editing team...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Fri Jun 19, 2015 12:29 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Proposal: Quizbowl Team Contact DB and Staffer DB
Replies: 3
Views: 2690

Proposal: Quizbowl Team Contact DB and Staffer DB

One observation that's been made in recent discussions is that the quizbowl community is relatively decentralized. There aren't very many organizations or resources (this website excepted) which thread the whole community together, particularly at the high school level, and it's often hard for new t...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Fri Jun 19, 2015 12:21 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Resetting [pt. 6 of 6]: Lessons Worth Recording
Replies: 12
Views: 6604

Re: Resetting [pt. 6 of 6]: Lessons Worth Recording

The travel disasters thread has made me a bit worried about playing quizbowl in colllege; maybe I should have read the favorite quizbowl experiences thread first... One reason why travel disaster stories are so salient to the people who share them is that they're very much the exception, not the ru...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Fri Jun 19, 2015 12:07 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Resetting [pt. 6 of 6]: Lessons Worth Recording
Replies: 12
Views: 6604

Resetting [pt. 6 of 6]: Lessons Worth Recording

AUTHOR'S NOTE: Yes, I know this is part 6 and I haven't finished writing part 5 yet. It was easier to finish this one first. I'll loop around and get Part 5 done as soon as I can. A lot of us know or have heard of Weiner's Laws , those most famous of tongue-and-cheek adages. But over the span of 15...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Wed Jun 17, 2015 9:04 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: College quizbowl payroll service
Replies: 17
Views: 5878

Re: College quizbowl payroll service

I agree with Fred that this is weird and would just add an unnecessary extra step with little benefit to the community or to editing teams.
by Adventure Temple Trail
Wed Jun 17, 2015 6:00 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Call for Writers -- International History Olympiad
Replies: 36
Views: 16268

Re: Call for Writers -- International History Olympiad

I think that was both a good and bad idea. It was good that the Bataan Death March of the NHBB Blitz did not have the International Olympiad component, which would have been equivalent to that scene at the end of the Naked Gun when Ricardo Montalban falls to his death and is repeatedly run over by ...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Wed Jun 17, 2015 5:47 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Call for Writers -- International History Olympiad
Replies: 36
Views: 16268

Re: so I've got a few questions about this

What would have prevented the International History Olympiad from being folded into e.g. the production of the National History Bowl and Bee during the earlier burst of activity? This question does have an answer: I would have, and I did. In talking with Dave Madden to help set up writing for the H...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Mon Jun 15, 2015 9:08 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Resetting [pt. 4 of 6]: The Quizbowl-NHBB Relationship
Replies: 46
Views: 19756

Re: Resetting [pt. 4 of 6]: The Quizbowl-NHBB Relationship

Just to add my 2 cents as a current competitor. The "NHBB-to-quizbowl pipeline" really isn't as much of a thing as many people expected it to be. I wouldn't go so far as to say that it's an utter failure, as some might, as there are certainly high-profile crossovers who used NHBB as a launching pad...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Mon Jun 15, 2015 3:50 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Resetting [pt. 4 of 6]: The Quizbowl-NHBB Relationship
Replies: 46
Views: 19756

Re: Resetting [pt. 4 of 6]: The Quizbowl-NHBB Relationship

Thanks for the detailed post, Daniel. Your contributions in this thread and in the NHBB general discussions have been quite thoughtful, and I look forward to reading the future posts you might be preparing. I think Daniel's post gives us an interesting way of flipping Aidan's question backwards: Wha...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Mon Jun 15, 2015 1:31 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Thoughts on Andrew Hart's Deadspin Article
Replies: 10
Views: 4663

Re: Thoughts on Andrew Hart's Deadspin Article

any quizbowl penetration into the public eye has to be at least partially personality-driven. Agreed. I suggest we spend a couple years staging an epic wrestling-style storyline, except consisting mainly of subtle literary allusions. You say this as though it hasn't already been ongoing for years n...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Mon Jun 15, 2015 10:15 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Resetting [pt. 2 of 6]: How Much Quizbowl Does a Man Need?
Replies: 24
Views: 11104

Re: Resetting [pt. 2 of 6]: How Much Quizbowl Does a Man Nee

make it easier for some random dude at a non-powerhouse school who wants to write questions to get involved in NAQT, NHBB, HSAPQ, or something else where he can contribute questions towards an officially sanctioned tournament. We might need that random dude to edit ACF Nationals in eight years. Sor...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Mon Jun 15, 2015 9:38 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Resetting [pt. 4 of 6]: The Quizbowl-NHBB Relationship
Replies: 46
Views: 19756

Re: Resetting [pt. 4 of 6]: The Quizbowl-NHBB Relationship

I think something that can help people understand the issues at hand here is to think about the completely opposite ways in which quizbowl and NHBB are organized on a large scale. NHBB is totally top-down. ...All-subject quizbowl, on the other hand, is organized from the bottom up I don't think it'...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Mon Jun 15, 2015 12:47 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Resetting [pt. 4 of 6]: The Quizbowl-NHBB Relationship
Replies: 46
Views: 19756

Resetting [pt. 4 of 6]: The Quizbowl-NHBB Relationship

Intro [/u] Five years have passed since the foundation of National History Bee and Bowl in the spring of 2010. In that half-decade, a lot of aspects of the academic quizbowl community have grown, changed, or utterly transformed. Five years is longer than the average student's high school quizbowl c...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Sat Jun 13, 2015 12:57 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: How do you describe quizbowl to someone unfamiliar with it?
Replies: 12
Views: 4668

Re: How do you describe quizbowl to someone unfamiliar with

I said a lot about this topic in this thread . The most important things are to say whatever you're going to say confidently and succinctly , so it sounds like you know what you do and you're proud of it -- this will make it seem much cooler to other people. When talking to people who are completely...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Sat Jun 13, 2015 12:52 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Resetting [pt. 3 of 6]: The Problem of Flakeouts
Replies: 6
Views: 4031

Resetting [pt. 3 of 6]: The Problem of Flakeouts

Needless to say, Matt Weiner isn't the only person who has dropped the ball on completing a question set. If someone had to make a movie about the quizbowl experience tomorrow, the montage of every flakeout even of the good quizbowl era alone would be long enough to become its own feature film easil...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Fri Jun 12, 2015 11:51 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Resetting [pt. 2 of 6]: How Much Quizbowl Does a Man Need?
Replies: 24
Views: 11104

Resetting [pt. 2 of 6]: How Much Quizbowl Does a Man Need?

Back to Intro/Contents (Thankfully, the answer is not "six feet of earth from his head to his toes") There's a whole lot of questions being written these days. With the explosion of good quizbowl nationwide has come an explosion of question sets which at least aspire to embody good quizbowl princip...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Thu Jun 11, 2015 10:31 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: History of the quiz bowl distribution
Replies: 10
Views: 3666

Re: History of the quiz bowl distribution

Also, the NSC had a four quarter format until 2010--one of the reasons given for the original format was that a single format would disadvantage teams from states with a different format. Well, three "quarter"s. As I understand it, the original NSC format was something of a Great Compromise between...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Wed Jun 10, 2015 9:53 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Writing for NAQT: policy changes; new payment rates
Replies: 6
Views: 3874

Re: Writing for NAQT: policy changes

Is there a stated reason for this change?
by Adventure Temple Trail
Wed Jun 10, 2015 1:00 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Resetting [pt. 1 of 6]: How to Help Hold Up the Game Well
Replies: 0
Views: 2000

Resetting [pt. 1 of 6]: How to Help Hold Up the Game Well

Back to Intro/Contents Or: Filling the Void Before March 2015 we had a single person who was: an administrator on (and the owner of) these forums (the Quizbowl Resource Center), the Chairman of the second-largest question vendor company (HSAPQ) and a frequent subject editor for same, a contract wri...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Tue Jun 09, 2015 3:36 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Accurate Timing during Tournaments
Replies: 22
Views: 8092

Re: Accurate Timing during Tournaments

There's this bizarre idea in your post that time is absolute, and there exists a mechanical system for accurately determining it. The idea of a 5 second period for answering isn't about a distinct quantity (5 seconds). Here 5 seconds refers to a sense of space, or the accepted length of how long a ...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Tue Jun 09, 2015 9:56 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Resetting After the Crisis [pt. 0: Intro/Contents]
Replies: 4
Views: 3957

Resetting After the Crisis [pt. 0: Intro/Contents]

It goes without saying that the sudden departure of Matt Weiner from many commitments earlier this year truly shook the quizbowl community to its core, forcing a half-dozen organizations and many people to scramble to keep the system in order. Due to the heroic efforts of many, though, the real pros...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Mon Jun 08, 2015 9:53 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: PACE Coaches Conference - June 5, 2015
Replies: 20
Views: 8630

Re: PACE Coaches Conference - June 5, 2015

Just curious as to how this went / was it well-attended / is this going to be an annual event at NSC? I think this is a great idea and hope that it can continue in the future. About 50 people attended total, not counting the panelists. I think this event went extremely well for a pilot run; in the ...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Sun Jun 07, 2015 10:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 PACE NSC: Question set discussion
Replies: 65
Views: 28159

Re: 2015 PACE NSC: Question set discussion

Was the comics tossup general knowledge? Yes. Because some of them ended up looking rather like existing categories, it seems fair to post the full list of questions categorized as Mixed/Misc/General Knowledge; it was as follows (presented alphabetically, since I don't have a quick way of searching...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Sun Jun 07, 2015 10:16 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 PACE NSC: Question set discussion
Replies: 65
Views: 28159

Re: 2015 PACE NSC: Question set discussion

What was the rationale behind the two chemistry tossups on sulfur in consecutive rounds? One of these was Chemistry and the other Earth Science. We felt like they were different enough in content to merit having them both. We should have spaced them farther apart in the set, though. While everythin...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Sun Jun 07, 2015 8:26 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: PACE seeking nominations for new members [window closed]
Replies: 0
Views: 1211

PACE seeking nominations for new members [window closed]

The Partnership for Academic Competition Excellence is currently accepting nominations for new members. These are due to current president Matthew Jackson at president@pace-nsc.org by 11:59 PM on Sunday, June 14. PACE has many objectives, among which are: to promote and encourage the growth of quali...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Sun Jun 07, 2015 8:18 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 PACE NSC: Question set discussion
Replies: 65
Views: 28159

2015 PACE NSC: Question set discussion

This is a thread for any and all discussion of the question set used at the 2015 PACE NSC, be it general, specific, or somewhere in the range in between. As is traditional I suspect that our chief editor, Auroni Gupta, will have much to say when he arrives back home and has a bit more time to gather...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Sun Jun 07, 2015 6:37 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: How hard would it be to start a team at my high school?
Replies: 11
Views: 7445

Re: How hard would it be to start a team at my high school?

One worthwhile piece of information which might help folks here answer this question, if you're willing to share, is where your high school is located -- there are many people on these boards who are active in organizing local, regional, and state circuits, and knowing which specific existing tourna...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Sun Jun 07, 2015 12:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 PACE NSC: June 6-7, Washington, DC
Replies: 75
Views: 55478

Re: 2015 PACE NSC: June 6-7, Washington, DC

The finals series of the 2015 PACE NSC will begin in Grand Ballroom D at 1:30 PM . Maggie Walker A and LASA A, who both finished 5-2 in the Championship superplayoffs, will play each other in a play-in game. The loser of that game will be guaranteed 3rd place; the winner will advance to a final agai...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Fri Jun 05, 2015 9:52 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 PACE NSC: June 6-7, Washington, DC
Replies: 75
Views: 55478

Re: 2015 PACE NSC: June 6-7, Washington, DC

Is anyone live blogging this when it happens? There is no official live blog planned for the NSC this year. If spectators desire to live-blog the score of matches that they are observing as it changes, they may do so; however, absolutely no question content may be conveyed to social media by any li...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Thu Jun 04, 2015 9:35 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 102
Views: 50034

Re: 2015 HSNCT discussion

I actually don't think too much of his work, but he's well associated with China. A description involving his work would have served the same purpose. That being said, it wasn't an egregious mishap or anything. I don't really agree that merely hearing "Thomas Friedman wrote an article about this pl...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Tue Jun 02, 2015 12:04 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 102
Views: 50034

Re: 2015 HSNCT discussion

--Pretty sure you didn't have power over this, but I think the tossups you wrote that made it into the finals packets weren't harder within their subject than others. I don't believe NAQT has a policy of making finals packets any harder than the rest of the set, so I'm not sure what the issue is he...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Mon Jun 01, 2015 8:13 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Discussion of pronunciation guides
Replies: 30
Views: 13244

Re: Discussion of pronunciation guides

I am in favor of the light grey pronunciation guide suggestion; NHBB uses bolded text within parentheses to achieve a similar separating purpose. Beyond being confusing, it is also the case that pronunciation guides are often wrong. It is a total waste of effort to put in a "best-guess" pronunciatio...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Thu May 28, 2015 9:39 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open 2015 - August 8th
Replies: 53
Views: 30033

Re: VCU Open 2015 - August 8th

For selfish reasons, I'd personally prefer if the Northeast held a fall mirror - I'd be able to play if that happened. I suspect that it's pretty hard to mirror a summer open regionally once the school year is underway, as many people spend their summers in a different region than the one in which ...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Mon May 25, 2015 10:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 NHBB/USGO Discussion Thread
Replies: 122
Views: 47371

Re: 2015 NHBB/USGO Discussion Thread

the hold up here was due to one out of control parent who didn't understand the protest rules, wouldn't take no for an answer from the protest room, and made such a fuss that people in the control room were reluctant to start the next round until I had gone and straightened things out. It's been a ...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Sat May 23, 2015 9:54 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Harvard Fall Tournament IX Available For Mirrors
Replies: 11
Views: 8370

Re: Harvard Fall Tournament IX Available For Mirrors

I wonder if it makes sense to establish for future years that the norm is for all sets to be open for mirrors for the entire year after their completion date, clearing for discussion right before or at the same time as the chronologically first-held of {HSNCT, NSC}. It often restricts the possibilit...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Wed May 20, 2015 9:44 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Click Here to Become Sad
Replies: 59
Views: 25565

Re: CO History 2015

Laurier, Trudeau, peacekeeping, and a constitution ... Macdonald, Diefenbaker, war remembrance, and the monarchy Since all of these things are more or less neutrally represented quite frequently in quizbowl questions already I think I have the answer I need (which is that things are pretty much fin...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Tue May 19, 2015 6:28 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Wacky Practice Formats
Replies: 21
Views: 11793

Re: Wacky Practice Formats

To the best of my knowledge, no practitioners have explored n -headed generalizations of this format. There's some low-hanging fruit for you, enterprising quizbowlologists! From what I hear the UChicago team (and possibly many others) has a long tradition of playing "Designate Bowl," where effectiv...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Tue May 19, 2015 6:28 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Wacky Practice Formats
Replies: 21
Views: 9099

Re: Wacky Practice Formats

To the best of my knowledge, no practitioners have explored n -headed generalizations of this format. There's some low-hanging fruit for you, enterprising quizbowlologists! From what I hear the UChicago team (and possibly many others) has a long tradition of playing "Designate Bowl," where effectiv...