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by The Polebarn Hotel
Fri May 02, 2014 8:36 am
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Japanese Literature
Replies: 18
Views: 7600

Re: Japanese Literature

It's counter-intuitive to tell someone not to learn something. It's Japanese lit, and while it may not come up all the time or even at every tournament, it's worth knowing for the times that it may come up. Most of the authors that you'd need to know on the high-school level have been posted. Most i...
by The Polebarn Hotel
Mon Apr 28, 2014 9:37 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Is there a space between "quiz" and "bowl"?
Replies: 29
Views: 11683

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

Although there is no universally agreed-upon guideline regarding the use of compound words in the English language, in recent decades written English has displayed a noticeable trend towards increased use of compounds. Recently, many words have been made by taking syllables of words and compounding...
by The Polebarn Hotel
Sun Apr 27, 2014 2:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Is there a space between "quiz" and "bowl"?
Replies: 29
Views: 11683

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

Turner Island wrote:
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.
how to respond
by The Polebarn Hotel
Sat Apr 26, 2014 9:17 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Is there a space between "quiz" and "bowl"?
Replies: 29
Views: 11683

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

I instinctively type "quiz bowl," but it honestly doesn't make a difference.
As for the other usage, I just say ballin and baller/balla[h] when describing it. Quizbowling and quizbowler sound terrible to me.
by The Polebarn Hotel
Thu Apr 24, 2014 4:00 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MUT at Cornell 4/26
Replies: 2
Views: 2054

Re: MUT at Cornell 4/26

A field update would also be great.
by The Polebarn Hotel
Mon Apr 21, 2014 8:59 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NY NASAT tryouts
Replies: 8
Views: 2747

Re: NY NASAT tryouts

Can I play but not be considered for a spot? I'm taking my ACTs I feel like allowing this would probably take away from the other players actually trying to make a place - especially considering that your specialties may conflict with some players and not others. I did this last year and I assumed ...
by The Polebarn Hotel
Mon Apr 21, 2014 8:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NY NASAT tryouts
Replies: 8
Views: 2747

Re: NY NASAT tryouts

Can I play but not be considered for a spot? I'm taking my ACTs I feel like allowing this would probably take away from the other players actually trying to make a place - especially considering that your specialties may conflict with some players and not others. I will communicate this with my tea...
by The Polebarn Hotel
Sun Apr 20, 2014 12:42 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Late Game
Replies: 16
Views: 3495

Re: Late Game

If the margin is ever _that close_, especially in a low scoring game on a JV-level set, the difference lies in the bonus parts that are not converted. Surely when you go 11ppb (110 bonus over 10 tossups), the only way you can go is up. We can advise all we want about this "final tossup, what do I d...
by The Polebarn Hotel
Sun Apr 20, 2014 11:32 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Late Game
Replies: 16
Views: 3495

Re: Late Game

So we went to a JV tourney and on the last tossup, we were down by 5. We were taking it easy, and the other team negged on something about [QUESTION CONTENT IN A SET THAT IS STILL BEING USED --the mgmt] at the end. So we ended up winning, but this was not agaisnt a very good (relatively) team. So w...
by The Polebarn Hotel
Fri Apr 18, 2014 7:17 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Building a Quality Culture
Replies: 27
Views: 4856

Re: Building a Quality Culture

Might be a challenge, but see about setting up a middle school team, or getting middle schoolers in your district involved in NHBB (try asking history teachers) so that you get a number of incoming 9th graders each year with some experience. Also, why can't you have practice more than once a week? ...
by The Polebarn Hotel
Sun Apr 13, 2014 4:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: GSAC XXI is seeking mirrors!
Replies: 7
Views: 5071

Re: GSAC XXI is seeking mirrors!

Are all of the mirrors for this set over?
If so, will discussion be open about this set?
by The Polebarn Hotel
Sun Apr 13, 2014 2:21 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: St. Joes's Rescheduled GSAC: April 12, 2014
Replies: 31
Views: 11352

Re: St. Joes's Rescheduled GSAC: April 12, 2014

Thank you for a well-run tournament! Erewhon had a fantastic time.
by The Polebarn Hotel
Thu Apr 10, 2014 7:03 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: How much do you study?
Replies: 10
Views: 2628

Re: How much do you study?

I should study more than I do. I will definitely be studying a lot before HSNCT, but I really only study (not including Protobowl) when I have a burst of inspiration or free time, both of which are very rare. I'm not sure how much per week that amounts to, but probably very little. Packet study is a...
by The Polebarn Hotel
Tue Apr 01, 2014 7:35 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: A Richard Montgomery BELLOCO Mirror 3/29/14 (Rockville, MD)
Replies: 39
Views: 16523

Re: A Richard Montgomery BELLOCO Mirror 3/29/14 (Rockville,

This is a really trivial thing that I'm about to bring up, and probably matters even less now that the tournament is over, but: is it typical for book prizes to be awarded in reverse order? Like, top scorer picks last? Because if I remember correctly, that's what happened on Saturday, and I'm not s...
by The Polebarn Hotel
Mon Mar 31, 2014 7:39 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NJ/NY 2013-2014
Replies: 94
Views: 37133

Re: NJ/NY 2013-2014

Mark: I stupidly didn't mention this earlier, but geolawyerman's post reminded me that there one way remaining that Bethlehem can qualify for a spot at HSNCT, without having to worry about the waiting list: attend and win the Saturday, April 19, NAQT Upstate New York Championship tournament to be h...
by The Polebarn Hotel
Sun Mar 30, 2014 9:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The Role of a Moderator
Replies: 41
Views: 8571

Re: The Role of a Moderator

If we are trying to promote respect in (and for) quizbowl, we may want to start by disallowing names like "#CashCrew." There's a line between disrespect and having fun. It's a pseudonym. I don't see how that could possibly be a good place to start. Ultimately, the two teams paid to play, so I think...
by The Polebarn Hotel
Sun Mar 30, 2014 2:20 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: A Richard Montgomery BELLOCO Mirror 3/29/14 (Rockville, MD)
Replies: 39
Views: 16523

Re: A Richard Montgomery BELLOCO Mirror 3/29/14 (Rockville,

Varun. This is a regular season tournament, not HSNCT...... Very productive comment from noted quiz bowl expert Abhinav Kurada. Anyways, people paid money, took out an entire Saturday, and traveled out to RM from various places to attend. This situation changes the winner of the tournament, so I th...
by The Polebarn Hotel
Sun Mar 30, 2014 1:40 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: A Richard Montgomery BELLOCO Mirror 3/29/14 (Rockville, MD)
Replies: 39
Views: 16523

Re: A Richard Montgomery BELLOCO Mirror 3/29/14 (Rockville,

The mod forgot to account for the fact that Maggie Walker should have received a neg for that tossup now that their answer was deemed incorrect giving us the win by 5 points. According to my scorekeeping, the final score before the protest was decided was 340 to 315. After our protest, your team lo...
by The Polebarn Hotel
Sun Mar 30, 2014 1:28 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Question-specific requests and discussion
Replies: 29
Views: 2580

Re: Question-specific requests and discussion

Also, the Chinese performing arts bonus was something I found stupid and an unnecessary ppb killer. I would be interested if there were conversion stats on this bonus. Conversion stats for the Hunter site have been crunched. This bonus averaged 18.13 ppb in 16 rooms. The 0/10/20/30 spread was 1/6/4...
by The Polebarn Hotel
Sat Mar 29, 2014 10:36 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Question-specific requests and discussion
Replies: 29
Views: 2580

Re: Question-specific requests and discussion

I'm starting a very in-depth grammatical analysis of each tossup, but I'd like to know if it would actually be worthwhile. Uh, would it? I was also going to do interpretation and stuff like that, but there were many nitpicky mistakes that I noticed.
by The Polebarn Hotel
Thu Mar 27, 2014 7:31 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NJ/NY 2013-2014
Replies: 94
Views: 37133

Re: NJ/NY 2013-2014

I'm probably just not going to attend at all. Thank you very much for the offer, though. Alright! You may not be in contact with Scott Blish, but he runs most of the pyramidal tournaments in our area. There is a solo tournament being held at Victor High School (Rochester area) with some fairly high-...
by The Polebarn Hotel
Thu Mar 27, 2014 6:22 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NJ/NY 2013-2014
Replies: 94
Views: 37133

Re: NJ/NY 2013-2014

We likely won't be going to DC - funding is an issue and we'll probably only be going to HSNCT. I was the only one who actually did NHBB this year from Ithaca, and I did so independently of the school. I'm not all that interested in getting a rivalry going, in all honesty. You did a good job at Pris...
by The Polebarn Hotel
Sun Mar 23, 2014 10:09 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NY Quizbowl Championship @ Ithaca HS (3/29/14)
Replies: 4
Views: 4563

Re: NY Quizbowl Championship @ Ithaca HS (3/29/14)

Is there a current field for this tournament?
by The Polebarn Hotel
Sun Mar 02, 2014 9:45 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Good ways to improve literature knowledge?
Replies: 15
Views: 5619

Re: Good ways to improve literature knowledge?

Oh yeah, I forgot about that. Reading short stories is really helpful. It helps me to be able to find poems being orated - it helps me remember it better than just reading it, and it also decreases the amount of confusion between two similar poems. For example, reading Ariel by Sylvia Plath will let...
by The Polebarn Hotel
Sun Mar 02, 2014 4:54 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Good ways to improve literature knowledge?
Replies: 15
Views: 5619

Re: Good ways to improve literature knowledge?

Sparknotes is an incredible tool for important works (novels/plays, mostly, although I think there's a Sparknotes of Keats' Odes or something like that). I've used it for a lot of books and I can usually power them afterwards. Not only do they include all of the things that are usually included as s...
by The Polebarn Hotel
Thu Feb 20, 2014 2:02 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NY Quizbowl Championship -- Columbia Regional (3/1/14)
Replies: 6
Views: 3059

Re: NY Quizbowl Championship -- Columbia Regional (3/1/14)

BroNi wrote:Is there a field listing available for this Regional?
Or any other regional, for that matter?
by The Polebarn Hotel
Mon Feb 17, 2014 3:47 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bobcat Challenge (2/15/14) - FIELD/PACKET UPDATE
Replies: 47
Views: 19926

Re: Bobcat Challenge (2/15/14) - FIELD/PACKET UPDATE

There seem to be some errors with ppbs. Grace Christian got 60 ppb in one game.
by The Polebarn Hotel
Wed Feb 12, 2014 8:26 am
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Quinterest: Hassle-free Database Search
Replies: 131
Views: 101995

Re: Quinterest: Hassle-free Database Search

If one uses Quinterest's "study" tool to look up Social Science, it returns the message "Sorry, there are no matching results study." [sic], even though searching typical social science answerlines (e.g. Margaret Mead) brought back plenty of questions, all of which were labelled as Social Science. ...
by The Polebarn Hotel
Mon Feb 10, 2014 6:56 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NJ/NY 2013-2014
Replies: 94
Views: 37133

Re: NJ/NY 2013-2014

Hey, where's Ithaca in these rankings? No one really knows anything about us, so I'll fill everyone in who's interested. We're going to be attending Prison Bowl down at Hunter and the GSAC at St. Joe's, so we'll definitely be seeing some people from this area who we haven't had the chance to play be...
by The Polebarn Hotel
Fri Feb 07, 2014 7:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Quiz Bowl: The Esoteric Subjects, Deportment, et al
Replies: 33
Views: 11121

Re: Quiz Bowl: The Esoteric Subjects, Deportment, et al

I think that Prison Bowl's distribution of RMP and social science is somewhat absurd; 2.5/2.5 and 1/1, respectively. However, I also believe that philosophy and social science are better grouped together than apart. They're both fundamentally similar, and they're also fairly easy to learn. There are...
by The Polebarn Hotel
Fri Feb 07, 2014 7:10 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Quiz Bowl: The Esoteric Subjects, Deportment, et al
Replies: 33
Views: 11121

Re: Quiz Bowl: The Esoteric Subjects, Deportment, et al

I'm a freshman. Almost all of my quiz bowl knowledge has not been taught to me in school. I learn things for the fun of learning about them. I love reading books (and Sparknotesing them), and I love looking at art and listening to music. I have almost no educational background in my specialties (phi...
by The Polebarn Hotel
Thu Feb 06, 2014 7:39 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Should "Shakespeare" be prompted if looking for "Hamlet?"
Replies: 35
Views: 5019

Re: Should "Shakespeare" be prompted if looking for "Hamlet?

Two or more pieces of related information of different types, such as author/book, president/organization, or actor/role, but not two authors, three books, etc., may be given and treated as one answer. If any part contains the answer being sought, and the items are correctly related, the answer sha...
by The Polebarn Hotel
Wed Feb 05, 2014 2:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Accepting a too specific answer
Replies: 39
Views: 4763

Re: Accepting a too specific answer

quizbowllee wrote:I have used the line "Can you be more vague?" on a few occasions as a moderator.
Yeah, that's what I'm saying. And if it's acceptable informally but not every moderator knows about it, it would be best to write a rule on it (either allowing them [reverse prompts] or not allowing them).
by The Polebarn Hotel
Wed Feb 05, 2014 2:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Should "Shakespeare" be prompted if looking for "Hamlet?"
Replies: 35
Views: 5019

Re: Should "Shakespeare" be prompted if looking for "Hamlet?

Okay, I seem to understand what you're saying. But with that, who's to say that an answer with absurd extraneous information isn't part of a larger thought process? If someone buzzes in on an e.e. cummings tossup and says "Hamlet by e.e. cummings," they'd be correct by your logic. But some people (...
by The Polebarn Hotel
Wed Feb 05, 2014 12:39 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Should "Shakespeare" be prompted if looking for "Hamlet?"
Replies: 35
Views: 5019

Re: Should "Shakespeare" be prompted if looking for "Hamlet?

Then what's the difference between that and saying "Hamlet by Marlowe," or even "Hamlet by e.e. cummings" in a tossup on Hamlet? Maybe there's a tossup on a more obscure author that a question reader may not know, like Heinrich Böll (for sake of example, I don't really know how well-known he is). I...
by The Polebarn Hotel
Wed Feb 05, 2014 12:31 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Accepting a too specific answer
Replies: 39
Views: 4763

Re: Accepting a too specific answer

My apologies if I've muddied the water with an inferior example. The point I was trying to make was more along the lines of "here's why I don't understand the logic behind example A--if I replace example A with example B, it doesn't make sense to me." I grant you that a random list of holidays isn'...
by The Polebarn Hotel
Tue Feb 04, 2014 8:16 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Should "Shakespeare" be prompted if looking for "Hamlet?"
Replies: 35
Views: 5019

Re: Should "Shakespeare" be prompted if looking for "Hamlet?

Is it though? Yes. I don't recall the NSC rule off the top of my head, but neither the NAQT rule nor the ACF Rule suggest that the blitz must correlate with the clue being read or a clue in the tossup at all. [Such a reading would require every moderator to have knowledge of every clue in the quest...
by The Polebarn Hotel
Tue Feb 04, 2014 6:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Should "Shakespeare" be prompted if looking for "Hamlet?"
Replies: 35
Views: 5019

Re: Should "Shakespeare" be prompted if looking for "Hamlet?

2. a tossup with an answerline of "Tennessee Williams" even if the Williams TU had previously mentioned works of his other than Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, but the clue I buzzed on referred to Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. This is fine even if you are mistaken and the clue is not about Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, o...
by The Polebarn Hotel
Tue Feb 04, 2014 6:21 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Accepting a too specific answer
Replies: 39
Views: 4763

Re: Accepting a too specific answer

I do see the point that's trying to be made. However, the tossup example is pretty bad. What would be the answer line? Plain old "religious holidays?" If so, I do think that "Jewish holidays" would deserve a prompt at that point. It doesn't require that the moderator know what's going on in your hea...
by The Polebarn Hotel
Tue Feb 04, 2014 8:09 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Should "Shakespeare" be prompted if looking for "Hamlet?"
Replies: 35
Views: 5019

Re: Should "Shakespeare" be prompted if looking for "Hamlet?

Just to confirm that I correctly understand the creator-created work rules as they currently stand, under NAQT and ACF rules: Can you answer an author and the work at ANY time during a tossup with an answer of either the author or the work? If I'm not sure whether a tossup is asking for Tennessee W...
by The Polebarn Hotel
Tue Feb 04, 2014 8:05 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Accepting a too specific answer
Replies: 39
Views: 4763

Re: Accepting a too specific answer

If a person buzzes in early on a "Divine Comedy" tossup, where the only clue given is on Purgatorio, and they answer "Inferno," they are wrong. We can all agree on that. However, later in that same tossup, a clue about Inferno may come up, and they might buzz and say "Inferno." Why would you neg th...
by The Polebarn Hotel
Mon Feb 03, 2014 7:41 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Accepting a too specific answer
Replies: 39
Views: 4763

Re: Accepting a too specific answer

Was this actually an issue in this thread? Only pertaining to the other parts? If you buzz in on a clue about Purgatorio and say Inferno, you're 100% wrong with no argument. That argument hasn't actually happened in this thread. The argument is whether or not Inferno should be accepted/prompted/neg...
by The Polebarn Hotel
Mon Feb 03, 2014 6:47 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Accepting a too specific answer
Replies: 39
Views: 4763

Re: Accepting a too specific answer

What happened on a television show we may or may not have appeared on was there was a question on "Inferno" and a notably good quiz bowl player on the other team had buzzed in with "The Divine Comedy". Because the person who wrote that question must not have envisioned someone buzzing that early on...
by The Polebarn Hotel
Fri Jan 31, 2014 11:26 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Accepting a too specific answer
Replies: 39
Views: 4763

Re: Accepting a too specific answer

I do agree that a "reverse prompt" should be given in this situation. For all the player knows, the past clues were about Inferno, and not the other parts of the Divine Comedy. It wouldn't be fair to neg them because of that. It's the same thing as the trees thing. To be honest, I think a reverse pr...
by The Polebarn Hotel
Fri Jan 31, 2014 11:22 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Should "Shakespeare" be prompted if looking for "Hamlet?"
Replies: 35
Views: 5019

Re: Should "Shakespeare" be prompted if looking for "Hamlet?

I think as long as the correct answer is given in a blitz, with correct extraneous information, then it should be correct. I don't know how it's a conundrum; it's pretty straightforward. If there's a clue about Hamlet given, and it says "this author" at the beginning of the question, "Hamlet by Shak...
by The Polebarn Hotel
Thu Jan 30, 2014 2:09 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Should "Shakespeare" be prompted if looking for "Hamlet?"
Replies: 35
Views: 5019

Re: Should "Shakespeare" be prompted if looking for "Hamlet?

Apparently part of the fun of quizbowl is having to pay attention on questions for the right pronoun, so to answer your question, no. Otherwise giving the answer as "Shakespeare" on a hard Hamlet answer line tossup shows "real knowledge". Some questions are intentionally written to accept multiple ...
by The Polebarn Hotel
Thu Jan 30, 2014 1:17 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: High School Quizbowl Podcast
Replies: 48
Views: 14858

Re: High School Quizbowl Podcast

This podcast was great! I really enjoyed listening. I'm not surprised that Ithaca got skipped when talking about the Northeast circuit, because not many people know who we are. I don't know if you're going to do any more reviews of teams, but if you do, I can give you a bit of information about us (...
by The Polebarn Hotel
Mon Dec 09, 2013 8:34 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Improving in Philosophy
Replies: 18
Views: 6760

Re: Improving in Philosophy

I've mostly memorized stock clues on philosophy, using Quinterest and Protobowl to help me practice. I use quizlet and put each work or description of something on a flash card with the philosopher's name on the other side, and quiz myself like that. It really helps for things that come up a lot, li...
by The Polebarn Hotel
Sun Nov 03, 2013 2:32 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: ProtoBowl
Replies: 367
Views: 151104

Re: ProtoBowl

There's a new ProtoBowl app. Yay. It doesn't work for iOS6. >.> Nay. I don't want to update my iPhone to iOS7, but... I didn't make the iOS or Android apps, but the creator says that there is currently a bug which causes it to crash on iOS6, but that it's designed to support both iOS 6 and 7 and th...