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by The Polebarn Hotel
Sun Mar 15, 2015 1:31 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NY/NJ/Surrounding Area, 2014-2015
Replies: 72
Views: 34063

Re: NY/NJ/Surrounding Area, 2014-2015

Shangdevin wrote:I would say we are probably between Ithaca and High Tech B. I heard that Casey Wetherbee from Ithaca is very good
Mediocre at best, perhaps.
Ithaca A most likely won't be competing at full strength until nationals. We'll be missing Daniel and James at Prison Bowl.
by The Polebarn Hotel
Sun Mar 15, 2015 12:24 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NY/NJ/Surrounding Area, 2014-2015
Replies: 72
Views: 34063

Re: NY/NJ/Surrounding Area, 2014-2015

Let's rank teams in the Northeast using the new Morlan rankings! Fun! I've tastefully excluded New England from this. Not sorry. 1) High Tech A 2) Charter A 3) Bethlehem 4) Hunter A 5) East Brunswick A 6) State College A 7) Ithaca 8) High Tech B 9) Ridgewood 10) Livingston A 11) Kellenberg 12) Manhe...
by The Polebarn Hotel
Mon Mar 09, 2015 10:57 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NY NASAT Team?
Replies: 23
Views: 9630

Re: NY NASAT Team?

I heard that Hunter's Sarah Hamerling has got a pretty bad case of senioritis right now. Albert Tai might organize something on Skype though. Casey - I think we should start polling interest for NASAT. Speaking from what I know, it appears as if the Upstate NY players are more interested in playing...
by The Polebarn Hotel
Sun Mar 08, 2015 11:09 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NY NASAT Team?
Replies: 23
Views: 9630

Re: NY NASAT Team?

How is transportation going to be organized?
by The Polebarn Hotel
Thu Mar 05, 2015 10:42 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HSQBRank 2014-15
Replies: 211
Views: 98255

Re: HSQBRank 2014-15

I've updated adjustments (in my internal spreadsheet for now) for everything except for A sets and HERMES. The 14 other adjustments are finalized. After this, I'll need to go through and update my ranking sheet, and then we'll have new rankings. These adjustments will be in use until the prenationa...
by The Polebarn Hotel
Sun Feb 15, 2015 7:50 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NY NASAT Team?
Replies: 23
Views: 9630

Re: NY NASAT Team?

I'd be interested if transportation could be organized such that anyone not in the metro-NYC area would be able to attend. Last year the team joined the NJ team in a van, if I recall correctly. I'm not sure, though.
by The Polebarn Hotel
Wed Jan 07, 2015 10:13 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NY / NJ Area Date Claims, 2014-15
Replies: 69
Views: 33017

Re: NY / NJ Area Date Claims, 2014-15

Those tournaments are happening on the announced dates; I'm trying to lock down the last hosts. Does "last hosts" imply that there have been first hosts? As in, have there been confirmed sites that are hosting regionals on the 31st? And if so, why haven't these been advertised or published anywhere?
by The Polebarn Hotel
Fri Jan 02, 2015 8:31 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NY / NJ Area Date Claims, 2014-15
Replies: 69
Views: 33017

Re: NY / NJ Area Date Claims, 2014-15

Just a question to whomever it may concern; is there a date for the upstate NY NAQT championships that are supposed to happen at Cornell? I know that metro-area NY has a forum post and a date, which is why I'm asking.

EDIT: Never mind, I just noticed the update. How sneaky.
by The Polebarn Hotel
Sun Nov 30, 2014 1:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NY/NJ/Surrounding Area, 2014-2015
Replies: 72
Views: 34063

Re: NY/NJ/Surrounding Area, 2014-2015

Mountain Lakes : Even with Ron, they haven't really been having stunning performances. I don't know if they'll be able to equate to what they were last year. Mountain Lakes has yet to have it's #1 and #2 players togther at a tournament this year, due to Columbia's Science Honors Program as well as ...
by The Polebarn Hotel
Sat Nov 29, 2014 11:53 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NY/NJ/Surrounding Area, 2014-2015
Replies: 72
Views: 34063

Re: NY/NJ/Surrounding Area, 2014-2015

Okay, here is a based analysis of teams in the Northeast, courtesy of me. They're sort of in order of how well I think they'd do in tournaments in general, but the order is interchangeable for the most part in general sort of State College : I'm going to use this opportunity to quote His Most Honora...
by The Polebarn Hotel
Wed Nov 26, 2014 1:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NY/NJ/Surrounding Area, 2014-2015
Replies: 72
Views: 34063

Re: NY/NJ/Surrounding Area, 2014-2015

There's no question that Charter, Bethlehem, and High Tech are going to be the top teams in the region, probably on both housewrites and IS-sets. GNS did really well at LIFT, which should bode well for future tournaments. One team I hadn't heard of before was Kings Park, and they did very well, beat...
by The Polebarn Hotel
Sun Nov 23, 2014 12:13 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NY/NJ/Surrounding Area, 2014-2015
Replies: 72
Views: 34063

Re: NY/NJ/Surrounding Area, 2014-2015

After LIFT I only have one comment to make. GNS is REALLY good. Watch out for more impressive finishes from them throughout the season. Are there going to be stats for LIFT? Looking at the field for GSAC, I'd be surprised if there were a more stacked tournament so far. All of the A teams look natio...
by The Polebarn Hotel
Wed Nov 19, 2014 9:35 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NY/NJ/Surrounding Area, 2014-2015
Replies: 72
Views: 34063

Re: NY/NJ/Surrounding Area, 2014-2015

Has Ridgewood played a housewrite this year? I think these rankings are great and accurate for the most part. The Morlan rankings did change today, shifting around some of the teams. The next tournament that Ithaca will probably be attending is GSAC at St. Joe's, if anyone cares. Judging from the fi...
by The Polebarn Hotel
Mon Nov 17, 2014 6:50 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion (HFT 2014)
Replies: 53
Views: 2569

Re: Question-specific discussion

That bonus is pretty rough for a high school one. Expecting high schoolers to know Speak, Memory seems excessive and while "Boy" is reasonably notable, some descriptions about Dahl's other books or characters might have been nice so it isn't just a total title recognition thing. I agree with this. ...
by The Polebarn Hotel
Sun Nov 16, 2014 11:56 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: General discussion (HFT 2014)
Replies: 14
Views: 916

Re: General discussion

As a whole, I noticed that the bonuses had two fairly easy parts and a big jump in difficulty on the third. Basically, it was pretty hard to 30 a bonus in the set. It was also pretty hard to power tossups, though for the most part they stayed true to the announced answerline difficulty. This was de...
by The Polebarn Hotel
Thu Nov 06, 2014 8:58 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: The (Under?)representation of LGBT Culture and History in QB
Replies: 20
Views: 10825

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. Ratchet your a...
by The Polebarn Hotel
Wed Nov 05, 2014 8:51 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: The (Under?)representation of LGBT Culture and History in QB
Replies: 20
Views: 10825

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

Are you wondering what proportion of Quizbowl players identify as LGBTQ? Yes. I am aware this is not a number we have or could obtain readily. I mostly wondered if people felt that quizbowl was either over- or under-populated by LGBTQ players compared to the general population. (Not that we have go...
by The Polebarn Hotel
Tue Nov 04, 2014 8:27 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: The (Under?)representation of LGBT Culture and History in QB
Replies: 20
Views: 10825

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

I think that there is a fair amount of LGBT representation in quiz bowl, but it's not as obvious as something like the Stonewall riots or straight-up tossing up "same-sex marriage" or anything like that. If the topics specifically pertained to LGBT-related events, terms, etc. there wouldn't be that ...
by The Polebarn Hotel
Sun Nov 02, 2014 5:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: BrainBusters Fall 2014 @ Ithaca HS, Ithaca, NY - 11/1/2014
Replies: 16
Views: 7410

Re: BrainBusters Fall 2014 @ Ithaca HS, Ithaca, NY - 11/1/20

I disagree with the comment above that playing the tiebreakers out was a "waste of time." For those involved it was the fairest, and normal QB, way to handle it. Its only a waste of time until you are involved. I would have thought it was a waste of time if I was involved. It was already clear at t...
by The Polebarn Hotel
Sat Nov 01, 2014 9:13 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: BrainBusters Fall 2014 @ Ithaca HS, Ithaca, NY - 11/1/2014
Replies: 16
Views: 7410

Re: BrainBusters Fall 2014 @ Ithaca HS, Ithaca, NY - 11/1/20

Ithaca's game against Cooperstown was 435-80 - it must have been entered wrong into the stats. Overall, this was a pretty fun tournament. It went much later than I and most people there would have liked, and some of it seemed controllable. For example, I thought that the deciding the circles of deat...
by The Polebarn Hotel
Thu Oct 30, 2014 8:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Question Specific Discussion (Maryland Spring 2014)
Replies: 35
Views: 4232

Re: Question Specific Discussion

Can I see the tossups on Mahayana Buddhism, lay investiture, Umberto Eco, Dover Beach, Thanatopsis, Nigeria, and Robert Frost? Sorry for the semi-long list.
by The Polebarn Hotel
Sun Oct 26, 2014 9:59 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NY/NJ/Surrounding Area, 2014-2015
Replies: 72
Views: 34063

Re: NY/NJ/Surrounding Area, 2014-2015

I don't know what happened with Livingston, but based on their performance at PHSAT, I was surprised that they didn't make playoffs. In all fairness, that prelim bracket was pretty loaded, but I did expect Livingston to come out on top. They were missing two members of their A-team (Geoff and Natha...
by The Polebarn Hotel
Sun Oct 26, 2014 9:41 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NY/NJ/Surrounding Area, 2014-2015
Replies: 72
Views: 34063

Re: NY/NJ/Surrounding Area, 2014-2015

Yeah, I agree with that as well. Ithaca and Mountain Lakes, and Pingry to some degree, seemed to hold their own against many of the teams on that list at QuBIT, though, and they might deserve mention as well. I don't know what happened with Livingston, but based on their performance at PHSAT, I was ...
by The Polebarn Hotel
Thu Oct 23, 2014 7:25 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HSQBRank 2014-15
Replies: 211
Views: 98255

Re: HSQBRank 2014-15

If you want a real answer not based on my tongue being in cheek: it's very early in the season, I have tons of teams that I fully expect to be great that haven't even played a tournament yet, and a bunch of stat lines on sets that I don't have new adjustments numbers for that I truly feel confident...
by The Polebarn Hotel
Thu Oct 23, 2014 6:43 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HSQBRank 2014-15
Replies: 211
Views: 98255

Re: HSQBRank 2014-15

Dr. Loki Skylizard, Thoracic Surgeon wrote:
Crazyflight wrote:I find it a bit mind-boggling that Bethlehem is placed as low as it is.
it's really bad for them that these binding rankings are final for the rest of the season
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by The Polebarn Hotel
Wed Oct 22, 2014 7:35 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HSQBRank 2014-15
Replies: 211
Views: 98255

Re: HSQBRank 2014-15

I find it a bit mind-boggling that Bethlehem is placed as low as it is.
by The Polebarn Hotel
Sat Oct 11, 2014 11:05 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HSQBRank 2014-15
Replies: 211
Views: 98255

Re: HSQBRank 2014-15

Do these rankings mean that stat adjustments have been made for some sets?
by The Polebarn Hotel
Sun Sep 28, 2014 8:03 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NY/NJ/Surrounding Area, 2014-2015
Replies: 72
Views: 34063

Re: NY/NJ/Surrounding Area, 2014-2015

Manheim also did unexpectedly well, at least to me, and they were without a lot of their teammates from last year. Since we've been mentioned, I should clarify that the Manheim Township on Saturday was not our true A team. It contains some members of it, but Saturday was our Homecoming. I brought t...
by The Polebarn Hotel
Sun Sep 28, 2014 7:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: PHSAT XXII-Princeton, NJ (9/27/2014)
Replies: 30
Views: 13190

Re: PHSAT XXII-Princeton, NJ (9/27/2014)

christino wrote:Do you know what room it was in? There were some rooms with missing rounds or the like.
I'm not exactly sure. Does this mean that they're completely lost? I didn't keep stats that round so I don't have them. I'm just curious because I don't know our bonus conversion that round.
by The Polebarn Hotel
Sun Sep 28, 2014 6:47 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NY/NJ/Surrounding Area, 2014-2015
Replies: 72
Views: 34063

Re: NY/NJ/Surrounding Area, 2014-2015

So, in other news, whoever voted in the poll was a bit off. Although I think we can come to a general consensus that — barring any rapid improvement in the next couple of months — Bethlehem and Charter A will be the dominant northeastern powers, I feel like the rearrangement of teams under #1 could...
by The Polebarn Hotel
Sun Sep 28, 2014 6:10 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: PHSAT XXII-Princeton, NJ (9/27/2014)
Replies: 30
Views: 13190

Re: PHSAT XXII-Princeton, NJ (9/27/2014)

Ithaca certainly enjoyed themselves at this tournament. For some reason, our last match with The Pirates isn't in the stats; could that be fixed? Thanks.
by The Polebarn Hotel
Sun Sep 28, 2014 2:16 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NY/NJ/Surrounding Area, 2014-2015
Replies: 72
Views: 34063

Re: NY/NJ/Surrounding Area, 2014-2015

So, in other news, whoever voted in the poll was a bit off. Although I think we can come to a general consensus that — barring any rapid improvement in the next couple of months — Bethlehem and Charter A will be the dominant northeastern powers, I feel like the rearrangement of teams under #1 could ...
by The Polebarn Hotel
Fri Sep 26, 2014 7:00 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Other Academic Competitions - Urgent
Replies: 12
Views: 3759

Re: Other Academic Competitions - Urgent

Great Bustard wrote:Additional follow up - is there specifically any sort of national championship for Model UN or Model Congress?
There is no specific championship for Model UN as far as I know. All of the most important conferences are international.
by The Polebarn Hotel
Fri Jul 18, 2014 10:38 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NY/NJ/Surrounding Area, 2014-2015
Replies: 72
Views: 34063

Re: NY/NJ/Surrounding Area, 2014-2015

jonpin wrote:Stuff like check-in time and location, what to bring for the dorm rooms, etc.
I'm pretty sure that's all on the website.
by The Polebarn Hotel
Wed Jul 16, 2014 9:46 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NY/NJ/Surrounding Area, 2014-2015
Replies: 72
Views: 34063

Re: NY/NJ/Surrounding Area, 2014-2015

I didn't get any other information, no. I don't know what else we'd need, though.
by The Polebarn Hotel
Wed Jul 16, 2014 1:03 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NY/NJ/Surrounding Area, 2014-2015
Replies: 72
Views: 34063

Re: NY/NJ/Surrounding Area, 2014-2015

Ha.

I don't think there's that much to say. I'm going to have three other rising sophomores with me at the Kutztown ACE camp - are any other schools sending people?
by The Polebarn Hotel
Mon Jun 23, 2014 7:45 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 135
Views: 58611

Re: 2014 HSNCT discussion

Can I see the tossup on "If"?
by The Polebarn Hotel
Mon Jun 23, 2014 8:33 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 HSNCT conversion stats
Replies: 24
Views: 8812

Re: 2014 HSNCT conversion stats

Could I see the conversion on The Red and the Black?
by The Polebarn Hotel
Mon Jun 16, 2014 11:46 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HSQBRank 2014-15
Replies: 211
Views: 98255

Re: HSQBRank 2014-15

Dr. Loki Skylizard, Thoracic Surgeon wrote:
Crazyflight wrote:
Dr. Loki Skylizard, Thoracic Surgeon wrote: I'm having a hard time finding info on Livingston from New Jersey. Can anyone help?
I'm pretty sure Livingston loses their two top scorers, David Song and Chris Tseng.
How about Kevin Peng?
He's graduating.
by The Polebarn Hotel
Mon Jun 16, 2014 11:09 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HSQBRank 2014-15
Replies: 211
Views: 98255

Re: HSQBRank 2014-15

Dr. Loki Skylizard, Thoracic Surgeon wrote: I'm having a hard time finding info on Livingston from New Jersey. Can anyone help?
I'm pretty sure Livingston loses their two top scorers, David Song and Chris Tseng.
by The Polebarn Hotel
Fri Jun 06, 2014 9:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 135
Views: 58611

Re: 2014 HSNCT discussion

At the beginning of this play, Aethra prays that her son Theseus will assist the title women. For 10 points each-- A. Name this play in which Argive mothers seek to bury the sons who died near the gates of Thebes. answer: The _Suppliants_ (or _Hiketides_ or The _Suppliant Women_; do not accept "(Th...
by The Polebarn Hotel
Fri Jun 06, 2014 9:07 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 135
Views: 58611

Re: 2014 HSNCT discussion

Can I see the bonus on the Suppliants and Euripides? I don't know if I missed key details, but the Suppliants as described seemed to apply to the Aeschylus play. From what I recall, they mentioned the Argives and the women, which I associate with the play by Aeschylus.

edit: grammar
by The Polebarn Hotel
Wed Jun 04, 2014 6:41 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 135
Views: 58611

Re: 2014 HSNCT discussion

Can I see the Brave New World tossup for wording? It only got through the first sentence in my room because I had read it, but I can't remember how the scent tap being left on in New Mexico was phrased.
by The Polebarn Hotel
Tue Jun 03, 2014 8:18 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 135
Views: 58611

Re: 2014 HSNCT discussion

I hope the Florence + The Machines bonus wasn't considered trash "Mixed Impure Academic" Eh, alright. I'll take it, I guess. I guess I was mainly disappointed because the Florence + the Machines references were entirely unnecessary. Someone could have gotten Never Let Me Go from "Kazuo Ishiguro's m...
by The Polebarn Hotel
Tue Jun 03, 2014 7:42 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 135
Views: 58611

Re: 2014 HSNCT discussion

I hope the Florence + The Machines bonus wasn't considered trash, because the clues (besides the first one, partially) weren't even about the songs. One would probably assume that the songs were titled after The Great Gatsby and Virginia Woolf, because nothing was given about the songs. Aside from t...
by The Polebarn Hotel
Mon Jun 02, 2014 5:33 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NY/NJ/Surrounding Area, 2014-2015
Replies: 72
Views: 34063

Re: NY/NJ/Surrounding Area, 2014-2015

Although I haven't been to many tournaments, I might as well post what I think is going to go down. These are roughly in order of general rankings, but they're entirely interchangeable. High Tech : Both High Tech teams have had terrific runs this season, and although they lose key scorers in Sean, P...
by The Polebarn Hotel
Sat May 24, 2014 11:36 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Writing MS Sets
Replies: 28
Views: 4877

Re: Writing MS Sets

Thanks for the advice. We have a history expert who is actually better at HS packets than MS due to his depth of knowldege. WEll he's this WWI and II expert who wrote this: At the end of WWI, when Germany had its land taken away, this man said, "This is not a peace. It is an armistice for twenty ye...
by The Polebarn Hotel
Thu May 22, 2014 7:11 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NJ/NY 2013-2014
Replies: 94
Views: 36046

Re: NJ/NY 2013-2014

Hopefully Ithaca will be able to head down and compete in a couple of tournaments in NJ/NYC next year. We're taking hard hits with our other three A team players (excluding myself) graduating, and I don't know how much of contenders we will be. We bring up two other motivated freshmen, and we'll be...
by The Polebarn Hotel
Sun May 18, 2014 9:48 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NJ/NY 2013-2014
Replies: 94
Views: 36046

Re: NJ/NY 2013-2014

Hopefully Ithaca will be able to head down and compete in a couple of tournaments in NJ/NYC next year. We're taking hard hits with our other three A team players (excluding myself) graduating, and I don't know how much of contenders we will be. We bring up two other motivated freshmen, and we'll be ...
by The Polebarn Hotel
Mon May 12, 2014 8:35 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Studying for Poetry
Replies: 11
Views: 2774

Re: Studying for Poetry

http://www.wikihow.com/Memorize-a-Poem-Quickly How effective is this for memorizing poetry? It's subjective; certain methods for memorizing poetry are bound to work better than others. Some, like these, are common sense (in a way). I've recently been writing poetry down and reading it aloud as I wr...