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by heterodyne
Fri Jul 10, 2015 9:22 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Acknowledging Marginalized-Group Membership in QB Questions
Replies: 54
Views: 13457

Re: Acknowledging Marginalized-Group Membership in QB Questi

That said, quizbowl's job isn't to make new things true; if the fact that a person was gay truly has no bearing on the reasons that person is notable, then it shouldn't be asked about. More specifically, if there is no meaningful nexus between the person's homosexuality and the reasons the person i...
by heterodyne
Tue Jun 23, 2015 2:49 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Going to HS tournaments without coaches?
Replies: 12
Views: 5511

Re: Going to HS tournaments without coaches?

You may find the pseudonym idea silly, but in many cases it's necessary to avoid school retribution.
by heterodyne
Mon Jun 22, 2015 5:14 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Going to HS tournaments without coaches?
Replies: 12
Views: 5511

Re: Going to HS tournaments without coaches?

We did this quite a bit. There are a few things to keep in mind. First, make sure that your transportation, logistics, and payment are worked out well in advance. Second, ensure that those hosting are aware that you will be attending unaffiliated. This could be an issue due to restrictions set by th...
by heterodyne
Wed Jun 17, 2015 9:11 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Call for Writers -- International History Olympiad
Replies: 36
Views: 16232

Re: Call for Writers -- International History Olympiad

Along that line, are middle schoolers and the best 19-year-old players in the world playing on the same questions (even if in separate fields)? You can't write questions that are playable by the former and adequately distinguish the latter. There are middle schoolers in this field?? I'd like to inc...
by heterodyne
Wed Jun 17, 2015 8:42 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Call for Writers -- International History Olympiad
Replies: 36
Views: 16232

Re: Call for Writers -- International History Olympiad

So in what world are there 140 World War One answerlines that would be appropriate for this audience?
by heterodyne
Mon Jun 15, 2015 9:10 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Resetting [pt. 4 of 6]: The Quizbowl-NHBB Relationship
Replies: 46
Views: 19699

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

I think my experiences prove this patently false. This is pretty obvious anecdotal evidence, and for History Bowl to have led to you (and several other schools in your specific region) into quizbowl doesn't disprove anyone's larger point, especially since I kind of doubt the idea that the constant ...
by heterodyne
Thu Jun 11, 2015 7:33 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '15 - '16
Replies: 64
Views: 28923

Re: Illinois '15 - '16

MorganV wrote:
heterodyne wrote:Auburn returns the far and away best player in the state. Depending on his improvement, Auburn could be the best in the state by the end of the year.
I'm pretty sure Usman graduated, actually
Wait, really? I retract everything I have said
by heterodyne
Thu Jun 11, 2015 7:09 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '15 - '16
Replies: 64
Views: 28923

Re: Illinois '15 - '16

Auburn returns the far and away best player in the state. Depending on his improvement, Auburn could be the best in the state by the end of the year.
by heterodyne
Thu Jun 04, 2015 10:48 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 102
Views: 49944

Re: 2015 HSNCT discussion

Transsexual is generally not a word that's preferred by trans people, btw, but it's still used by some media outlets and in conversation by some, so it probably should be acceptable.
by heterodyne
Fri May 29, 2015 11:44 am
Forum: Middle School Quizbowl Announcements & Discussion
Topic: Moving from Middle School to High School
Replies: 2
Views: 1946

Re: Moving from Middle School to High School

I'm not sure how middle school quizbowl works in Alabama, but for me the transition was almost entirely one of difficulty. The canon is going to expand and it can at times seem precipitous. I would suggest reading through high school regular difficulty packets and studying them to familiarize yourse...
by heterodyne
Thu May 28, 2015 1:56 am
Forum: National and Regional Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Up Late with Eric Xu Season 2: Electric Boogaloo
Replies: 17
Views: 14111

Re: Up Late with Eric Xu Season 2: Electric Boogaloo

RETRACTION: I note in the podcast that I believe that Kion You of rancho Bernardo is a sophomore. He is actually a junior.
by heterodyne
Tue May 26, 2015 6:50 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open at Michigan - August 8
Replies: 122
Views: 50083

Re: VCU Open at Michigan - August 8

Due to Kai Smith's HEINOUS BETRAYAL, there is now an open spot on our team.
by heterodyne
Mon May 25, 2015 8:54 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Packet Study
Replies: 5
Views: 2972

Re: Packet Study

This might not be effective, but I read the wiki page/easily accessible secondary source (Stanford philosophy, etc) for whatever the answerline is and make flashcards of all the individual clues (those that make sense in flashcard form, ofc.) Then, when going back over those flashcards, if I can't r...
by heterodyne
Wed May 13, 2015 1:21 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: ACRONYM at PACE NSC (Friday night)
Replies: 27
Views: 10347

Re: ACRONYM at PACE NSC (Friday night)

From our team's perspective, we would prefer splitting it if we can't finish around midnight on Friday, since sleep is good and competition is the next day and stuff.
by heterodyne
Thu Apr 23, 2015 5:21 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Your Travel Disaster Stories
Replies: 51
Views: 27468

Re: Your Travel Disaster Stories

On the way home from Loyburn, somewhere around Lasalle/Peru we began to smell some burning rubber which was quickly followed by some loud sounds and our coach managing to get us over to the side. The tire had exploded. I unfortunately don't have any pictures, but essentially the tread of the wheel h...
by heterodyne
Wed Apr 22, 2015 9:05 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: ACRONYM at PACE NSC (Friday night)
Replies: 27
Views: 10347

Re: ACRONYM Nationals Side Event

Most of my team is going to be interested in playing this, hopefully at PACE.
by heterodyne
Mon Apr 13, 2015 7:58 am
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Your Lowest Point
Replies: 64
Views: 38669

Re: Your Lowest Point

I think there's already a thread for funny negs, and this isn't it.
by heterodyne
Mon Apr 06, 2015 3:53 pm
Forum: National and Regional Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: HSQBRank All-World Teams
Replies: 38
Views: 23501

Re: HSQBRank All-World Teams

Ultimately, it comes down to what you set your criteria as. If you choose one on one on PACE questions then obviously specialists take a major hit. If you choose theoretical contribution when added to a team, then all but the highest-level generalists are going to take a hit. Since this is Fred's pr...
by heterodyne
Mon Mar 30, 2015 10:13 pm
Forum: National and Regional Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: HSQBRank All-World Teams
Replies: 38
Views: 23501

Re: HSQBRank All-World Teams

Dr. Loki Skylizard, Thoracic Surgeon wrote: Because I can do it in May, and we already have a "announce best players after nationals" award.
Right. Forgot that existed.
by heterodyne
Mon Mar 30, 2015 9:24 pm
Forum: National and Regional Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: HSQBRank All-World Teams
Replies: 38
Views: 23501

Re: HSQBRank All-World Teams

Just wondering, why not wait until nationals is over? It seems like that is the best way to compare players against each other.
by heterodyne
Sun Mar 29, 2015 2:05 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Prison Bowl VIII @ Hunter College High School, NYC (3/28/15)
Replies: 18
Views: 10616

Re: Prison Bowl VIII @ Hunter College High School, NYC (3/28

What's up with the weird High Tech a/b inversion?
by heterodyne
Tue Mar 24, 2015 11:47 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Where Are You Going To College Next Year? 2014-15
Replies: 39
Views: 20194

Re: Where Are You Going To College Next Year? 2014-15

I will be going to the University of Chicago and hope to play quizbowl there.
by heterodyne
Tue Mar 17, 2015 7:36 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA 2015
Replies: 21
Views: 4177

Re: IHSA 2015

dtaylor4 wrote:
ACantataforLiebowitz wrote:Mythology = Literature
How IHSA does not consider short stories to be a thing (novels Harrison Bergeron and The Open Boat)
1) Myth is explicitly under the lit distribution.
2) Harrison Bergeron isn't a novel...
This was Nathaniel's point.
by heterodyne
Tue Mar 17, 2015 12:53 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA 2015
Replies: 21
Views: 4177

Re: IHSA 2015

Except for the fact that it is much more reasonable to buzz on "This Romanian sculptor..." when you are aware that you definitely aren't able to name any other Romanian sculptors than it is to answer with "Self-Reliance" on "This Ralph Waldo Emerson essay..." even though you can probably think of a...
by heterodyne
Mon Mar 16, 2015 10:54 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA 2015
Replies: 21
Views: 4177

Re: IHSA 2015

After sectionals, I only have one word: versine.
by heterodyne
Thu Mar 12, 2015 12:47 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Ghosts of Quiz Bowl's Past that You (sorta) Miss....
Replies: 28
Views: 14268

Re: Ghosts of Quiz Bowl's Past that You (sorta) Miss....

With respect to Matt's food thing...in my day, most kids who saw food at a tournament ate it and were glad to get it. Even the weeks-old packaged Day's Inn danishes were scarfed up in record time. But in the last 7-10 years, since my kids started being teenagers, we've seen all kinds of food, broug...
by heterodyne
Tue Mar 10, 2015 12:43 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA 2015
Replies: 21
Views: 4177

Re: IHSA 2015

Except for the fact that it is much more reasonable to buzz on "This Romanian sculptor..." when you are aware that you definitely aren't able to name any other Romanian sculptors than it is to answer with "Self-Reliance" on "This Ralph Waldo Emerson essay..." even though you can probably think of a...
by heterodyne
Tue Mar 10, 2015 12:00 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA 2015
Replies: 21
Views: 4177

Re: IHSA 2015

Oh yeah, I forgot to mention the roomwide groans that "you may want to sketch this" elicited.
by heterodyne
Mon Mar 09, 2015 11:45 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA 2015
Replies: 21
Views: 4177

Re: IHSA 2015

So this certainly happened. As all regionals are over, I am assuming that as none were postponed I can proceed with question content. These were some of what my team saw as the more egregious questions: Annoying quantum numbers bonus Art that isn't art in general, particularly the "old buildings" bo...
by heterodyne
Mon Mar 09, 2015 9:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA 2015
Replies: 21
Views: 4177

IHSA 2015

It begins. As soon as I know that the set is completely clear, there are some "questions" that I would like to discuss. I was hoping for some improvement from last year. I was disappointed.
by heterodyne
Sun Mar 08, 2015 3:58 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HSQBRank 2014-15
Replies: 211
Views: 102102

Re: HSQBRank 2014-15

It appears, correct me if I'm wrong, that stats from the recent Yellow Jacket Invitational were used (just judging from Solon, DCC B making large jumps.) There are teams with BPts that end in 5, which I don't think (?) should happen, in addition to DCC B's 34 ppb game, which suggests that there migh...
by heterodyne
Tue Mar 03, 2015 12:49 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Maintaining High Levels of Mental Stamina?
Replies: 17
Views: 6796

Re: Maintaining High Levels of Mental Stamina?

I try to snack if possible throughout the day to keep myself from eating a ton at lunch. I have a firm belief that pastry ring consumption helped our team significantly at PACE last year.
by heterodyne
Tue Mar 03, 2015 12:44 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Masonics 2015
Replies: 17
Views: 4850

Re: Masonics 2015

Latin is actually ranked higher, but just barely. I have to give the advantage to these two. In my opinion, they are a solid step ahead of the rest of the teams in 2A. U-Lab/Macomb is my bet for third/forth, but we'll see how the pools get assigned. Welp, in my hurry to remember a major team I forg...
by heterodyne
Mon Mar 02, 2015 9:01 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Masonics 2015
Replies: 17
Views: 4850

Re: Masonics 2015

2A: U-Lab is the team to beat, and Macomb or Litchfield are the only teams that could. Not too sure about this. Newman CC is the highest ranked team in that division, and having played or seen play all of the teams you mentioned, I feel confident in saying that they are the favorite going in. Of co...
by heterodyne
Sun Mar 01, 2015 1:38 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements
Replies: 577
Views: 272853

Re: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements

InvadErGII wrote:This indeed took place (sorry Owen :\ ), and Rob Carson emerged victorious. Packet is attached, scores are below:

Rob 85
Matt W 60
Eric D 55
Dan P 50
Victor 25
Whoever heterodyne is 20
Eric M 20
Evan 15
Matt L 15
Stephen E 10
Matt B 10
Mike 5
Carsten 5
Tejas -5
Hi, I'm heterodyne.
by heterodyne
Sun Feb 15, 2015 9:20 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '14-'15
Replies: 91
Views: 31172

Re: Illinois '14-'15

If this is a discussion we're having, I'm gonna throw out Meredith, given that on non-naqt sets she basically locks down 3 questions.
by heterodyne
Mon Feb 09, 2015 9:04 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '14-'15
Replies: 91
Views: 31172

Re: Illinois '14-'15

I can personally confirm that playing against very good one man teams definitely does not wreck motivation or growth. In fact, it does the opposite. One of the motivational factors in me becoming ok between sophomore and junior years was being beaten up on by Dylan, Tristan, and Sam.
by heterodyne
Sun Feb 08, 2015 6:10 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '14-'15
Replies: 91
Views: 31172

Re: Illinois '14-'15

words I generally agree with these rankings, with a few quibbles. I do think that UC lab should probably be ranked above Carbondale, just based on the feeling I've had playing against both of them, but that's entirely my subjective impression since we don't have any good data comparing the two with...
by heterodyne
Tue Dec 09, 2014 7:54 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: What Happens to DC-Area Quizbowl Next Year?
Replies: 158
Views: 80234

Re: What Happens to DC-Area Quizbowl Next Year?

Pushkin's Beard wrote: I believe that Issac is the one saying that a quizbowl collective would help, while Vasa is the one against a Maryland Quizbowl Association.
You're totally right, the lack of hierarchy thing in Isaac's post confused me.
by heterodyne
Tue Dec 09, 2014 3:08 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion (HFT 2014)
Replies: 53
Views: 3494

Re: Question-specific discussion

As possible Master and Margarita questions go, this one did seem pretty easy (the Variety theatre thing was, for me, one of the most memorable parts of the entire book). I was more surprised, like others, at Lahiri and the Dahl bonus, but I didn't have too many issues with the lit. The science (espe...
by heterodyne
Mon Dec 08, 2014 7:38 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: What Happens to DC-Area Quizbowl Next Year?
Replies: 158
Views: 80234

Re: What Happens to DC-Area Quizbowl Next Year?

As I've mentioned before , it's counterproductive to work as an individual, or to work as an organization. Working together in a group, without a hierarchy, produces the best results, something you can see in the beautiful Shenandoah valley surrounding you, Vasa. I believe the Maryland circuit shou...
by heterodyne
Thu Dec 04, 2014 6:57 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Flashcarding
Replies: 15
Views: 5909

Re: Flashcarding

But if you flashcard something, it seems difficult to accurately portray all of the different options as flashcards unless there are like, six cards for each clue. Perhaps this is just a problem for more difficult questions where clues start being used for multiple purposes. 1) Making a ton of flas...
by heterodyne
Mon Dec 01, 2014 11:58 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Flashcarding
Replies: 15
Views: 5909

Re: Flashcarding

Charlemagne wrote: I've never been a huge fan of flashcarding, myself. I usually find just writing things down and repeating them (writing questions helps with this too) to be the best method of learning new information.
Isn't that what flashcarding is?
by heterodyne
Thu Nov 20, 2014 7:08 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: The Fundome
Replies: 8
Views: 7690

Re: The Fundome

Is there any chance that this Best Western has since become a Clarion Inn? I ask because for 2013 PACE we stayed in a Clarion Inn and Fundome in College Park that meets your description of a room that is neither fun nor a dome. I wonder if at some point the room was a Fundome by that definition, lik...
by heterodyne
Wed Nov 19, 2014 9:25 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HSQBRank 2014-15
Replies: 211
Views: 102102

Re: HSQBRank 2014-15

Hidehiro Anto wrote:
Dr. Loki Skylizard, Thoracic Surgeon wrote:
Shangdevin wrote:What do the asterisks mean (like the one next to western albemarle)
Preseason projections I'm still using because teams haven't played anything to give me stats yet.
Didn't Western Albemarle play at Cav Classic (albeit without Eric Xu)?
That's a pretty freaking big albeit.
by heterodyne
Tue Nov 18, 2014 9:32 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: SOLO: A Star Wars Tournament
Replies: 17
Views: 7220

Re: SOLO: A Star Wars Tournament

I am expressing my wholehearted gratitude for this set and its creator.
by heterodyne
Wed Nov 05, 2014 8:58 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: The (Under?)representation of LGBT Culture and History in QB
Replies: 20
Views: 11331

Re: The (Under?)representation of LGBT Culture and History i

Are you basing this on stereotype? You can't know someone's sexuality by looking at them. You might be able to make a guess. Even so, there's no way for anyone to say "I think that quiz bowl is 'overpopulated' by LGBT people" - that just sounds ridiculous on so many different levels. A better phras...
by heterodyne
Mon Oct 20, 2014 5:22 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Studying Psychology
Replies: 4
Views: 2161

Re: Studying Psychology

For various reasons, I now have to study psychology. One of my teammates did pretty much only used protobowl, and he's pretty good (weird how that happened) but i'm wondering if anyone would suggest any books or any other methods to get good and real psych knowledge. If you can get your hands on an...
by heterodyne
Tue Oct 07, 2014 8:47 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014-2015 BISB Specific Questions Discussion
Replies: 25
Views: 1633

Re: 2014-2015 BISB Specific Questions Discussion

In the round 5 Rodin bonus, isn't The Three Shades also nude and actually at the top of The Gates of Hell, above The Thinker? The University of Louisville thing obviously rules it out as correct, but it apparently confused our art player. EDIT: It says above the door panels, not above the whole thin...
by heterodyne
Tue Oct 07, 2014 12:27 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Earlybird at Illinois - Urbana, IL - 10/4/2014
Replies: 14
Views: 4895

Re: Earlybird at Illinois - Urbana, IL - 10/4/2014

In that case, what's tipping you off that they're wrong in the first place? Are the scores off? Ppb? Distribution of tossups? Power rates? I'm asking because I'm kind of confused as to what the issue is.