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by heterodyne
Mon Oct 06, 2014 11:21 pm
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

could you be infinitely more specific about what's wrong with them? I assume that they've been shuffled around or something When I obtain our scoresheets tomorrow, to whom can I email the corrections? Not to be rude, but why should they trust your scoresheets over theirs? I'm sure that their scores...
by heterodyne
Mon Oct 06, 2014 10:51 pm
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

no ice wrote:
The Man Whose Pharynx Was Bad wrote:could you be infinitely more specific about what's wrong with them? I assume that they've been shuffled around or something
When I obtain our scoresheets tomorrow, to whom can I email the corrections?
Not to be rude, but why should they trust your scoresheets over theirs?
by heterodyne
Sat Sep 27, 2014 9:56 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: New England 2014-2015
Replies: 56
Views: 29900

Re: New England 2014-2015

Is there a reason that NE runs several A set tournamrnts each fall despite having more than competent teams? (This is probably a stupid question.)
by heterodyne
Fri Sep 26, 2014 1:21 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Other Academic Competitions - Urgent
Replies: 12
Views: 3929

Re: Other Academic Competitions - Urgent

I believe that Ocean Science Bowl meets these criteria, except for maybe the nationwide one. Not sure how widespread it is.
by heterodyne
Wed Sep 17, 2014 11:44 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Computational Mathematics
Replies: 56
Views: 21441

Re: Computational Mathematics

If (deeper (as regards the specific topic(s) covered by the problem)) mathematical knowledge is NOT the basis of (greater) computational ability, what is? Yeah, this is faulty. Computational ability does not require a high level of understanding! If I know how to differentiate using the limit-based...
by heterodyne
Wed Sep 17, 2014 9:27 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Computational Mathematics
Replies: 56
Views: 21441

Re: Computational Mathematics

Math bears this distinction from most of the other subjects covered in quiz bowl: conceptual knowledge amounts in almost all cases to little more than trivia. What. Find me a third-grader who can explain Cantor's diagonal argument to me, or for that matter why differentiation and integration are si...
by heterodyne
Tue Sep 09, 2014 11:07 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014-15 High School Pre-Season Poll
Replies: 22
Views: 10326

Re: 2014-15 High School Pre-Season Poll

I think it's primarily that your ballot relies on the assertion that LASA's current core is not improving quickly, something which can quickly be proven false by looking at their results. You also have to assert that all of the teams that you placed above them are improving fast enough to overtake t...
by heterodyne
Tue Sep 09, 2014 7:57 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014-15 High School Pre-Season Poll
Replies: 22
Views: 10326

Re: 2014-15 High School Pre-Season Poll

If I wanted to troll I would just have remained anonymous. Maybe I do believe that there are 7 teams ahead of LASA, that's my personal feelings, and this is a poll open to ANYONE. If you want to get the results the YOU believe to be the truest, maybe you should restrict this poll to your quiz bowl ...
by heterodyne
Mon Sep 08, 2014 10:04 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014-15 High School Pre-Season Poll
Replies: 22
Views: 10326

Re: 2014-15 High School Pre-Season Poll

So you planned to ask people about abnormal rankings, correct? Did you end up doing so for any of these? I am talking specifically of the two rankings that chose to place LASA in 8th, instead of out of the top two as every other voter did. In addition, one of those rankings placed Buchholz 2nd. Buch...
by heterodyne
Thu Aug 28, 2014 1:26 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Let's make some more fun of MSHSAA
Replies: 7
Views: 3663

Re: Let's make some more fun of MSHSAA

Dr. Loki Skylizard, Thoracic Surgeon wrote: Wait, I'm reading this as "NAQT would not be forced to alter their rules." Am I misunderstanding this?
That was the motion. The motion was tabled.
by heterodyne
Tue Aug 26, 2014 10:41 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Updating ProtoBowl
Replies: 6
Views: 4789

Re: Updating ProtoBowl

Ben Dillon wrote:Couldn't the Proto-programmers include a "Dated Question" under their Edit feature along with "Broken Question", "Wrong Category", etc.?
That would require protobowl to be a constantly updated and fixed resource.
by heterodyne
Tue Aug 26, 2014 3:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HSQBRank 2014-15
Replies: 211
Views: 102119

Re: HSQBRank 2014-15

Just to clarify, Bloomington loses Staeliam Schipper-Reyes, Sam Doud, and Nathaniel Smith. Sam was not with us at PACE, Nathaniel didn't play much at HSNCT.
by heterodyne
Tue Aug 12, 2014 1:43 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Preseason Poll
Replies: 108
Views: 40469

Re: Preseason Poll

I think Tabitha Walker and Alex Freed are going to Stanford too. Not entirely sure, though. As far as I know, Jack Mehr is going to UVA. I also think that Jason Asher is going to Minnesota and plans to quizbowl.
by heterodyne
Fri Aug 08, 2014 12:38 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: What Works for High School Set Distributions? What Doesn't?
Replies: 21
Views: 7465

Re: What Works for High School Set Distributions? What Doesn

The difference is that FAR LESS students have a working knowledge of philosophy as compared to physics. I think you're underestimating the ability and willingness of quizbowlers to study philosophy. I'm not sure if, to use Prince's example, many more students understand the mechanism by which the H...
by heterodyne
Fri Aug 01, 2014 8:18 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: VCUO travel with John Lawrence -- the liveblog!!
Replies: 105
Views: 58521

Re: VCUO travel with John Lawrence -- the liveblog!!

Ukonvasara wrote:This thread is a treasure.
^

Is this "quiz bowl talk"-y enough for Best of the Best?
by heterodyne
Mon Jul 14, 2014 1:38 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '14-'15
Replies: 91
Views: 31174

Re: Illinois '14-'15

I am sorry to hear that. Centennial HS and central Illinois quizbowl owe you a big debt of gratitude for what you built there. Best of luck! Just going to wholeheartedly second this sentiment. Since nobody seems to be posting, I'm going to and hopefully say some terribly wrong things that will get ...
by heterodyne
Thu Jul 10, 2014 4:32 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Deeper or wider?
Replies: 4
Views: 3236

Re: Deeper or wider?

I'm going into high school this upcoming school year, and since I'll be playing with new teammates (same school, though), I'm going to be transitioning my playing as well, to accommodate to the team's needs. My strong points are by far fine arts, specifically music and some decent visual arts, and ...
by heterodyne
Wed Jul 02, 2014 1:30 am
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: New quizbowl team from History Bowl
Replies: 8
Views: 5581

Re: New quizbowl team from History Bowl

Ok, so we had a bit of this problem my freshman year with basically everyone liking history (although obviously we were not as good or as accomplished as Saratoga). Basically, what we did was a combination of finding people who would be motivated to learn other stuff who were already on the team and...
by heterodyne
Mon Jun 02, 2014 8:39 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: New England 2014-2015
Replies: 56
Views: 29900

Re: New England 2014-2015

As a general rule "x beat y, y beat z, x is better than z" is a very bad way of comparing teams for a variety of reasons. I don't have a dog in this fight; I'd just refrain from using that method to analyze teams. Basically the QB Condorcet paradox. We played Lexington in consolations as they menti...
by heterodyne
Mon May 26, 2014 11:10 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 PACE NSC Logistics Discussion
Replies: 10
Views: 3028

Re: 2014 PACE NSC Logistics Discussion

The delay after lunch was caused by assuming two people could enter 48 scoresheets a round (24 each) much faster than is in fact possible; next year we will have 3 or 4 people entering stats. Our team at least was not bothered by the delay. We had time to go get kebabs and play a bit of Imaginary L...
by heterodyne
Mon May 26, 2014 5:17 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 PACE NSC Questions Discussion
Replies: 69
Views: 34725

Re: 2014 PACE NSC Questions Discussion

Quizbowl has a tendency to focus on proper nouns, which is fine, but when a question can be answered with "Friends of Job" or "Soldiers of David", I feel like it'd be good to give the players some notice so that they're not trying to think of a term to call these people and buzz in instead. Those a...
by heterodyne
Fri May 23, 2014 10:47 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: High School Quizbowl Podcast
Replies: 48
Views: 14843

Re: High School Quizbowl Podcast

If you are referring to Carbondale, I was under the impression that most of the aPPBs that got them high in the first place were with their full team, and what I was trying to say is that since they haven't played together much they may not be as good.
by heterodyne
Tue May 20, 2014 9:54 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Writing MS Sets
Replies: 28
Views: 5215

Re: Writing MS Sets

I mean when I should mark the end of a power in my sets. Also, I would rather do something like: Lit 4/4 History 4/4 Science 4/4 Sports 1/1 Trash 1/1 Fine Arts 2/2 Geography 2/2 Religion 1/1 Philosophy 1/1 Could you guys review my packets here later? If you want the sets to be useable, obviously th...
by heterodyne
Wed May 14, 2014 7:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Leadership positions on the team
Replies: 8
Views: 2969

Re: Leadership positions on the team

jeremylu wrote:get a coach.
This isn't exactly something that every team can do, for various reasons.
by heterodyne
Wed Apr 30, 2014 10:19 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: HSNCT Saturday Night Sideshow: Modern World Tournament
Replies: 25
Views: 9381

Re: HSNCT Saturday Night Sideshow: Modern World Tournament

Since open tournaments lately have had a bunch of confusion and time wasted from people making posts asking for teammates, people filling out partial teams on google docs, people putting fake naems in said docs, etc. It's all a huge mess, so I will not be doing any of that. Wasn't the whole point n...
by heterodyne
Sat Apr 26, 2014 11:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Is there a space between "quiz" and "bowl"?
Replies: 29
Views: 11656

Re: Is there a space between "quiz" and "bowl"?

Crazyflight wrote: As for the other usage, I just say ballin and baller/balla[h] when describing it.
This does have the unfortunate side effect of making you sound like a total tool.
by heterodyne
Mon Apr 21, 2014 4:43 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: General discussion
Replies: 25
Views: 3503

Re: General discussion

Just wanted to drop in here to say that this was by far the best set that my teammates and I played all year. There was interesting and varied answerline selection, and while I did get the same impression about the lit and the preponderance of country tossups, that was incorrect, likely due to the w...
by heterodyne
Mon Apr 21, 2014 4:32 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Errata
Replies: 7
Views: 1287

Re: Errata

I think this goes here, since it's a factual thing not a style or other thing. I'm not sure about this, since I don't actually do science, but according to my teammate who does, the first two clues of the shell TU point to skin as well or better than they do to shell. From a superficial search, SCUD...
by heterodyne
Sun Apr 20, 2014 3:55 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MUT @ Illinois (4/19)
Replies: 23
Views: 8205

Re: MUT @ Illinois (4/19)

Cheynem wrote:Why did Michael Coates only play "half a round"?
From what I understand, he had been staffing and finished his duties in time to sub in for the last half of the final between Panda Express and Chicago.
by heterodyne
Wed Apr 09, 2014 9:36 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: How much do you study?
Replies: 10
Views: 2617

Re: How much do you study?

It depends on what you're doing in protobowl. If you're in a private room it should be ok, as it's not too different from reading packets. However, public rooms like the lobby generally aren't good for studying because players will be buzzing in on clues they've memorized. Also, many packets that a...
by heterodyne
Wed Apr 09, 2014 7:50 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: It's Academic discussion
Replies: 105
Views: 40370

Re: Beginner-level competition in DC/MD/VA area

That's a nice simplification. In reality, getting better at quizbowl involves developing a mindset for how to process and sort new information you're being exposed to. Playing one-liners destroys your ability to do that, and even if you learn a fact that you didn't know before about an academic sub...
by heterodyne
Tue Apr 01, 2014 5:42 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '13-'14
Replies: 143
Views: 61706

Re: Illinois '13-'14

Auburn will be the clear favorite to win, with teams like Latin, Fremd, Bloomington, and Springfield duking it out for second place. As of right now, Fremd will not be attending ATROPHY. Apologies. I am, however, confident that the entirely unrelated Palatine School for Norse Children will do quite...
by heterodyne
Mon Mar 31, 2014 11:37 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '13-'14
Replies: 143
Views: 61706

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 heterodyne
Fri Mar 28, 2014 11:07 am
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Todds Getting Feenised: A Timeline
Replies: 15
Views: 8396

Re: Todds Getting Feenised: A Timeline

13/3/1920: The Kapp Putsch briefly succeeds in feenising the todds of the Weimar Republic. A general strike then occurred and Kapp's government was WONED IN TEH FASE!!!*!@$(
by heterodyne
Sat Mar 22, 2014 3:45 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Prison Bowl VII @ Hunter College High School, NYC (3/22/14)
Replies: 26
Views: 12300

Re: Prison Bowl VII @ Hunter College High School, NYC (3/22/

http://www.hsquizbowl.org/db/tournament ... etail/#t13

Is something in error here? It seems odd that a team can have 21 tossups when there were 20 TUH.
by heterodyne
Wed Mar 19, 2014 7:09 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 IHSA
Replies: 80
Views: 19943

Re: 2014 IHSA

by heterodyne
Wed Mar 19, 2014 2:45 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Ease of Powers
Replies: 27
Views: 5981

Re: Ease of Powers

After observing several NAQT tournaments this year and pouring over questions, I am 100% sure that it has become much easier to power tossups than it used to be. My observation is largely the same, Lee. There seems to have been a shift toward making questions about one clue easier to power. While b...
by heterodyne
Wed Mar 19, 2014 12:45 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Ease of Powers
Replies: 27
Views: 5981

Re: Ease of Powers

quizbowllee wrote:After observing several NAQT tournaments this year and pouring over questions, I am 100% sure that it has become much easier to power tossups than it used to be.
Care to elaborate as to what has led to this conclusion?
by heterodyne
Sun Mar 16, 2014 12:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 IHSA
Replies: 80
Views: 19943

Re: 2014 IHSA

Could someone with a mysteriously good memory share the text of the treaty of Lodi tossup?
by heterodyne
Sun Mar 16, 2014 11:36 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 IHSA
Replies: 80
Views: 19943

Re: 2014 IHSA

In addition to what Mr. Reinstein said, it should be noted that many schools give extra funding to activities sponsored by the IHSA. Without that money, Bloomington certainly would not be able to attend the number of tournaments that we do.
by heterodyne
Sat Mar 15, 2014 10:45 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 IHSA
Replies: 80
Views: 19943

Re: 2014 IHSA

The Federalism bonus was definitely not high school difficulty. On the contrary, it, like many other questions (Treaty of Lodi, Nigerian colonial things) appears to be taken directly from AP flashcards. In this case, US Gov. Layer cake federalism is something that is straight from that curriculum. ...
by heterodyne
Fri Mar 14, 2014 2:50 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: High School Quizbowl Podcast
Replies: 48
Views: 14843

Re: High School Quizbowl Podcast

JHuh33 wrote:In the next episode, I hope to hear about your observations of the teams in the Texas Invitational.
Already got it! The next episode should be released sometime tomorrow.
by heterodyne
Wed Mar 12, 2014 10:24 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Staying Alert
Replies: 46
Views: 24260

Re: Staying Alert

kievanrustic wrote:Furthermore, I stand in important matches. Its a more active position that sitting, which prevents one from falling asleep (I hope!) or getting mentally lost.
I like to tap my foot as a method of focus. Standing makes it harder to write things down.
by heterodyne
Wed Mar 12, 2014 2:49 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Staying Alert
Replies: 46
Views: 24260

Re: Staying Alert

Um... I don't know, try to get some sleep before tournaments. I know it's hard, what with 6 am wakeup times, but at least try with an early bedtime Friday night. Or if you're travelling a while, get there the night before. Then the following morning, get an actual breakfast. I know that's also hard...
by heterodyne
Wed Mar 12, 2014 2:45 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 IHSA
Replies: 80
Views: 19943

Re: 2014 IHSA

Does anybody remember the bonus series on "something-something short stories by Clark"? Is that trash lit? The Bret Harte bonus? That's regular lit, and a completely acceptable bonus topic - just unbelievably, ridiculously hard. Outcasts of Poker Flat/character from Outcasts of Poker Flat/character...
by heterodyne
Tue Mar 11, 2014 5:24 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 IHSA
Replies: 80
Views: 19943

Re: 2014 IHSA

-"Möbius strip": I'm pretty sure the latter half, or maybe more, of the question was just a rephrasing of the first sentence of the Wikipedia article. Which, to be fair, I've read, and gathered much of my knowledge of weird topological things from. This was true of plenty of the questions. Ones tha...
by heterodyne
Mon Mar 10, 2014 10:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 IHSA
Replies: 80
Views: 19943

Re: 2014 IHSA

Yes, literature appeared to encompass any vaguely non-art humanities type thing. If we are discussing questions, I would like to post some rather odd answerline or question choices. If some of these are explainable and I just don't know enough, please enlighten me. The colonialism in Uganda bonus. W...
by heterodyne
Mon Mar 10, 2014 10:03 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 IHSA
Replies: 80
Views: 19943

2014 IHSA

So I figured someone should make one of these. When are these questions clear for discussion?
by heterodyne
Tue Mar 04, 2014 7:05 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '13-'14
Replies: 143
Views: 61706

Re: Illinois '13-'14

in on these shenanigans wrote:For reference: Members Poll results were compiled in the week between NAQT State and Masonic State. There will be a year-end poll for the May issue, compiled after some of the April events have happened but before nationals.
Does this mean that they were submitted after NAQT State or before it?
by heterodyne
Tue Feb 25, 2014 5:36 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '13-'14
Replies: 143
Views: 61706

Re: Illinois '13-'14

As we're about to go into the state series season (really, we're already in it) what are people's thoughts and predictions for various things? I think that either IMSA or Stevenson will win Masonic. Masonic has a high focus on bonus conversion and they blew the rest of the field out of the water at ...