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by heterodyne
Sun Feb 23, 2014 9:48 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT Illinois State Championship - 2/22/2014, Urbana, IL
Replies: 72
Views: 25093

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

Christ, I Know wrote:(though it's probably a coincidence since the #3 team heard less than 20 tossups in each game in the first 3 rounds).
Our lack of TUH in the first three rounds should not be taken as evidence for incompetence of readers. We were moving rather slowly.
by heterodyne
Sat Feb 22, 2014 8:07 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT Illinois State Championship - 2/22/2014, Urbana, IL
Replies: 72
Views: 25093

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

Results:
1st IMSA A
2nd Stevenson A
3rd Bloomington A
4th Auburn A
5th Springfield A
6th Wheaton North A

I may have the last two flipped. All apologies if I do. Great play all around!
by heterodyne
Mon Feb 17, 2014 1:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT Illinois State Championship - 2/22/2014, Urbana, IL
Replies: 72
Views: 25093

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

What I'm planning to do is to poll several disinterested knowledgable parties and aggregate that with the coach's poll in Scholastic Visions. I wasn't planning to release seeds - do people want to see them? M It's probably going to be fairly apparent from the bracketing, but I was just wondering if...
by heterodyne
Sun Feb 16, 2014 11:41 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT Illinois State Championship - 2/22/2014, Urbana, IL
Replies: 72
Views: 25093

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

Is there any method you plan to use for seeding, and will seeds be released?
by heterodyne
Tue Jan 28, 2014 11:53 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: High School Quizbowl Podcast
Replies: 48
Views: 15157

Re: High School Quizbowl Podcast

Possible topics that we have considered include things like studying, running a circuit, and several others. A discussion of studying techniques is likely to make up our next podcast. We have some other ideas in the works as well, but we don't want to spoil everything yet!
by heterodyne
Mon Jan 20, 2014 4:10 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '13-'14
Replies: 143
Views: 62970

Re: Illinois '13-'14

Some thoughts from the Springfield tournament: Dunlap was the dark horse of the tournament, obtaining second after some solid play and a surprise win over Springfield. But their 16.67PPB (4th) for the day isn't that impressive. Jackson played well, claiming the top individual spot at 122PPG, but wh...
by heterodyne
Wed Jan 08, 2014 8:56 am
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Improving and Expanding my Team
Replies: 8
Views: 5321

Re: Improving and Expanding my Team

Also, are reading the actual works more effective? I can comfortably power most of the novels I have read, but is it worth the time to read it? Ooh, something I actually know something about! Depending on your reading speed, it may be a good time investment. If you read something, you will probably...
by heterodyne
Tue Jan 07, 2014 6:49 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Improving and Expanding my Team
Replies: 8
Views: 5321

Re: Improving and Expanding my Team

It should be noted that you can't make your teammates get into something if they aren't into it. Sure, it's great to encourage them and give them tips on what to study, but ultimately the only person you can fully control is yourself. If you want you can host informal practices using Google Hangouts...
by heterodyne
Tue Dec 24, 2013 10:43 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '13-'14
Replies: 143
Views: 62970

Re: Illinois '13-'14

Jackson simply does not have the support he needs to beat the top teams. The question is, seeing how far they are behind other teams, will he and his teammates step it up? I don't know if you can say he isn't able to beat top teams, given that he just beat IMSA and DCC. Consistency is an issue, but...
by heterodyne
Tue Dec 24, 2013 9:07 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '13-'14
Replies: 143
Views: 62970

Re: Illinois '13-'14

Auburn B's top player is actually one Steven Vo, with Usman playing on Auburn C for several tournaments. Other that that I agree with the analysis put forth, with the exception of leaving out IMSA B. When they have Salij, they do very, very well, making top bracket at NTV and coming within a tossup ...
by heterodyne
Sun Dec 15, 2013 7:16 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: BISB Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 59
Views: 5783

Re: BISB Specific Question Discussion

adamsil wrote:It sounds to me that if I put a descriptor along the lines of, "Title or common description acceptable..." before the start of this bonus prompt, things would go more swimmingly?
Yeah, I think that would work.
by heterodyne
Sun Dec 15, 2013 12:25 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: BISB Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 59
Views: 5783

Re: BISB Specific Question Discussion

I think the problem is that The Book is used as a title in 1984. Just saying The Book would have been accepted, and "from 1984" is just extra information. It's not testing if you knew that there was a book in 1984, it is testing if you know that the book in 1984 is simply called The Book through muc...
by heterodyne
Sat Dec 14, 2013 11:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: BISB Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 59
Views: 5783

Re: BISB Specific Question Discussion

On that bonus, the part we missed was "the book" but that was because I said "Oligarchical collectivism" instead of the full title. I didn't know that I could have just said "book from 1984" because I assumed it must have a name. Would accepting partial answers in these situations be better? The pr...
by heterodyne
Wed Dec 04, 2013 1:26 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '13-'14
Replies: 143
Views: 62970

Re: Illinois '13-'14

Johnathan Huh said: Auburn may have the best B-team in Illinois. I'm curious, but didn't Carbondale B win their IHSSBCA Kickoffs (and beat Carbondale A in the process)? Also, IMSA B is the only B team in Illinois on Fred Morlan's rankings. Johnathan, what leads you to make the statement that Auburn...
by heterodyne
Fri Nov 29, 2013 11:36 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '13-'14
Replies: 143
Views: 62970

Re: Illinois '13-'14

In case anyone didn't see, stats for the Champaign Centennial sectional are up. Thoughts? Sterling stats are also up, and top four is posted for the other sectionals.
by heterodyne
Mon Nov 11, 2013 10:47 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Scobol Solo Set Discussion
Replies: 14
Views: 1538

Re: Scobol Solo Set Discussion

What was up with that Mack the Knife question? It was a definite outlier in terms of conversions, and I couldn't pull it myself.
by heterodyne
Sat Nov 02, 2013 9:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ACF Fall (HS Mirror) @ Northern Illinois University, 11/2/13
Replies: 12
Views: 5814

Re: ACF Fall (HS Mirror) @ Northern Illinois University, 11/2/13

We had a great experience. Everything ran smoothly and on time, and we at least left feeling that we had played a full day of quiz bowl. Big thumbs up to the TDs and staff.
by heterodyne
Thu Oct 31, 2013 12:59 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Non-pyramidal question sources?
Replies: 19
Views: 10152

Re: Non-pyramidal question sources?

What specific format and questions are these tournaments using? I'm no expert, but it may be a good idea to continue practicing on good questions if the only nearby tournaments are not. This is because hearing one pyramidal question gives you several clues, while non-pyramidal gives one or two real ...
by heterodyne
Wed Oct 23, 2013 9:55 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: "A" Team and "B" Team Distribution: Where to Put Your Eggs
Replies: 6
Views: 2307

Re: "A" Team and "B" Team Distribution: Where to Put Your Eggs

This year is our team's first year in participating at independent tournaments. I have a total of 9 students, distributed as thus: 3 leading, very good players, 3 good supporting players, and 3 newbies. I'm aiming to do two teams at the tournaments, but I would like to ask how I should distribute t...
by heterodyne
Mon Oct 21, 2013 10:18 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: online/Skype tournament
Replies: 13
Views: 2283

Re: online/Skype tournament

I do some online practice, with Niki in fact, and I am sure that she would agree that if you can, screenshare is the way to go. It prevents people from cheating by googling answers and stuff. We use google hangouts, and it is really smooth, but has the drawback of a ten person limit.
by heterodyne
Mon Oct 21, 2013 10:07 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: How to Study for Tournaments (IS Sets)
Replies: 6
Views: 4547

Re: How to Study for Tournaments (IS Sets)

http://www.qbwiki.com/wiki/How_to_Get_Good_at_This_Game This is one useful resource. It won't really help you for this weekend, however. Basically, you probably won't be able to cram enough to make a difference, so review what you know and keep it cool. IS sets are about regular difficulty. Ask your...
by heterodyne
Mon Oct 21, 2013 9:36 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '13-'14
Replies: 143
Views: 62970

Re: Illinois '13-'14

Given that the first national rankings have just come out, what are people thinking? It's early in the season, of course, but where does IL seem like it falls in the national scene this year? (If this post seems open ended, that's because it is. Dead threads make me sad and I needed something to ins...
by heterodyne
Wed Oct 16, 2013 10:53 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: A lack of classic film in high school quizbowl.
Replies: 20
Views: 4242

Re: A lack of classic film in high school quizbowl.

I feel similarly about rock music in quizbowl. There are plenty of really obscure classical composers that come up in highschool quizbowl, yet no rock music questions get more obscure than Led Zepplin, or the Beatles Besides, why should your favorite genre of music be favored over mine? I agree wit...
by heterodyne
Tue Oct 15, 2013 5:08 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Recommendation for a national tournament.
Replies: 15
Views: 3930

Re: Recommendation for a national tournament.

Assuming this thread doesn't get moved to New HS Teams, which it might, there are a couple criteria to look at. Both are going to have really good questions and tournament planning barring some sort of debacle, don't worry about that. PACE is harder. PACE is also going to be closer to you. PACE pull...
by heterodyne
Sun Oct 13, 2013 12:48 am
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Improving bonus conversion
Replies: 4
Views: 2678

Re: Improving bonus conversion

I noticed when we played you that you guys were not conferring very well. Especially without bouncebacks, localize your thoughts. You might jar or make some connection that gives you the answer.
by heterodyne
Mon Oct 07, 2013 10:12 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '13-'14
Replies: 143
Views: 62970

Re: Illinois '13-'14

P.S. Coach Prince, I don't know what you mean by a "captainless" Bloomington. Isn't Alston the team captain? He was there, and I believe he got all (or all except one)of the tossups for his team when we played them. P.S.S. And, yes, we were missing our #3 player, Will. While we don't follow a tradi...
by heterodyne
Mon Oct 07, 2013 3:03 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '13-'14
Replies: 143
Views: 62970

Re: Illinois '13-'14

Was anyone surprised by the results? Any predictions confirmed or changed? I was impressed by Stevenson. Everyone knew they were good, but going undefeated in the finals in that pool is quite a feat. I predicted Stevenson would win, and it did not surprise me that they went undefeated along the way...
by heterodyne
Sun Oct 06, 2013 10:32 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '13-'14
Replies: 143
Views: 62970

Re: Illinois '13-'14

Following the first major tournament of the season, I thought it would be a good time to revive this thread. (Stats are not posted yet but they should be soon.) Was anyone surprised by the results? Any predictions confirmed or changed? I was impressed by Stevenson. Everyone knew they were good, but ...
by heterodyne
Sun Oct 06, 2013 8:47 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: BISB Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 59
Views: 5783

Re: BISB Specific Question Discussion

Could I possibly see the lit from the second to last final round? (The round with tossups on Hardy and Alan Greenspan).
by heterodyne
Sun Oct 06, 2013 3:55 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: BISB General Discussion
Replies: 14
Views: 1766

Re: BISB General Discussion

My team appreciated the lack of trash. It really sucks to have trash decide a match. I felt that the religion was a bit too heavy on Christianity. It did not feel like even other abrahamic religions were getting much coverage. Was this intentional?
by heterodyne
Sun Sep 29, 2013 6:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Young adult literature
Replies: 39
Views: 7380

Re: Distribution

It should be noted that a large amount of Ursula K. LeGuin's work is not, in fact, children's or YA lit. Genre lit is not the same as kid lit, and while there are certainly arguments against including genre lit, those aren't really the same as those against kid lit. LeGuin's The Left Hand of Darknes...
by heterodyne
Tue Jun 25, 2013 8:23 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Quinterest: Hassle-free Database Search
Replies: 131
Views: 103379

Re: Quinterest: Hassle-free Database Search

Just wondering, although this is obviously a low priority, would it be possible to make the database searchable by the tournament the question came from?
by heterodyne
Sat Jun 22, 2013 9:50 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '13-'14
Replies: 143
Views: 62970

Re: Illinois '13-'14

Just gonna throw in my two cents, having seen some players at ACE. I don't really like ranking prepay, so I'm just gonna throw out some stuff I've seen. Stevenson shouldn't be underestimated. Jason is quite good, and they have at least one other good player here (whose name I have forgotten, sorry)....
by heterodyne
Thu Mar 07, 2013 5:38 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: HELP US. 3 DAYS LEFT
Replies: 11
Views: 5471

Re: HELP US. 3 DAYS LEFT

bum bum bum
by heterodyne
Wed Mar 06, 2013 11:09 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA 2013
Replies: 78
Views: 15394

Re: IHSA 2013

Who gives two flying ****s about Amarillo being the helium capital Didn't see this earlier, but I'd like to note that for some reason a member of my team (Sam D.) knew that and first-lined the question. But I agree, it's kind of (very) unrelated to the actual question, and he got that not because o...
by heterodyne
Wed Mar 06, 2013 12:13 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA 2013
Replies: 78
Views: 15394

Re: IHSA 2013

One of the most influential philosophers of the nineteenth century is a 'hard' part? Listen, I'm talking about intentions, not actuality. There were plenty of bonuses that did not really have a hard part. I just am going off of the general idea that the most tangentially related part is normally in...
by heterodyne
Tue Mar 05, 2013 11:55 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA 2013
Replies: 78
Views: 15394

Re: IHSA 2013

I am not sure how they linked Kierkegaard to Nietzsche, but ok. In that case, Kierkegaard could have been considered the hard part. Either way, I probably would have picked Ecce Homo or The Gay Science or even something about "god is dead" or Apollonian vs Dionysian but w/e.
by heterodyne
Tue Mar 05, 2013 11:48 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA 2013
Replies: 78
Views: 15394

Re: IHSA 2013

The issue has rather little to do with the audience the set is aimed at-- regardless of how knowledgeable the teams are, the bonuses should not be of uniform difficulty. In terms of what you actually knew of that bonus, it's either going to be zero or thirty, because anyone who knows enough about N...
by heterodyne
Tue Mar 05, 2013 11:26 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA 2013
Replies: 78
Views: 15394

Re: IHSA 2013

Freya's chariot, unless I'm mistaken, is actually pulled by leopards, and I was greatly dismayed when my answer wasn't accepted. They are cats, although I did not hear that bonus. Something else that was a bit frustrating was just how it was written to make you second-guess yourself. Prime example ...
by heterodyne
Tue Mar 05, 2013 10:55 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA 2013
Replies: 78
Views: 15394

Re: IHSA 2013

Murakami wouldn't have been out of place at State, ditto Brubeck at Sectionals or State -- but Sister John has traditionally not been one to listen to writers' recommendations for "this question should go at this level." I wonder how many people learned the difference between "alphabet" and "syllab...
by heterodyne
Mon Mar 04, 2013 11:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA 2013
Replies: 78
Views: 15394

Re: IHSA 2013

I felt that a lot of these questions, while written in a manner that would be easy to someone with base knowledge of the subject material, fell outside of the canon. The question difficulty felt variable, but that can be blamed on the fact that the questions in general were short and some were not t...
by heterodyne
Sat Mar 02, 2013 7:11 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Masonic
Replies: 65
Views: 26876

Re: Masonic

Congrats to the winners and also to all the runners-up; I'd list them but I'm on mobile and lazy. Thanks to Springfield, the Masons, and all the volunteers (and anyone who I may be leaving out) for putting on what I and my teammates felt was a very smooth-running tournament. When will these sets be ...
by heterodyne
Mon Feb 18, 2013 11:19 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Masonic
Replies: 65
Views: 26876

Re: Masonic

A corollary to that question: will that rule be enforced at state?
by heterodyne
Mon Feb 18, 2013 8:40 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Masonic
Replies: 65
Views: 26876

Re: Masonic

A rules-related question: Was the "captain must give answer" rule in effect everywhere? It was only going on in some rooms here, but is that actually part of the current rules?
by heterodyne
Mon Feb 18, 2013 12:56 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Masonic
Replies: 65
Views: 26876

Re: Masonic

thyringe_supine wrote:
JHuh33 wrote: AGH we got victimized on that Crassus/Cassius thing.
Lost points on that one here too.
by heterodyne
Sun Jan 27, 2013 11:07 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Timed Rounds
Replies: 2
Views: 1057

Re: Timed Rounds

I've heard that in slow moderator desperate situations, vulching early can be necessary, but then again, my first timed experience (same as yours, I assume) will be at NAQT state. EDIT: also, there was http://hsquizbowl.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=117&t=13351 <----- the clock theory thread, which whi...
by heterodyne
Fri Jan 04, 2013 11:52 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: All very good at all or every specialist at each different
Replies: 4
Views: 1661

Re: All very good at all or every specialist at each different

(Not an expert here; correct if wrong)

If you could have a team where everyone was good at everything, it would be great. That, however, is not going to happen, so it is better to have everyone put their effort into one specific category.
by heterodyne
Sun Dec 02, 2012 2:45 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Japanese Lit
Replies: 4
Views: 2794

Japanese Lit

Is there any way that the people of this here fine forum would reccomend for studying Japanese lit and poetry? Our team is so, so weak on that, and I can't get quizbowldb to work. Are there any good anthologies to read?
by heterodyne
Tue Nov 20, 2012 11:57 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: ProtoBowl
Replies: 367
Views: 153161

Re: ProtoBowl

A side idea kind of relevant to this would be creating a room in which users can submit their own questions (with their intended difficulty, subject, etc.) and others can playtest them and provide feedback. I endorse this idea. There is also the possibility of user accounts, although I've heard tha...