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by whatamidoinghere
Mon Nov 09, 2020 9:07 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2020 ACF Winter - Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 42
Views: 3677

Re: 2020 ACF Winter - Specific Question Discussion

I'd like to see the tossup on "Twins" in literature as well as the bonus that talked about Serge Gainsbourg (not sure which packet this was in). Both felt like very interesting topics and I was pretty happy to hear them in the set. I also felt like the enclosure tossup was pretty hard for something ...
by whatamidoinghere
Sun Nov 08, 2020 10:03 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2020 ACF Winter - Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 42
Views: 3677

Re: 2020 ACF Winter - Specific Question Discussion

I greatly enjoyed the vast majority of the questions in this set, but I was a little confused as to why there wasn't a prompt on either aldose or ketose on the bonus part about reducing sugars , since from what I heard the bonus part discussed free carbonyl groups, which both aldoses and ketoses have.
by whatamidoinghere
Thu Nov 05, 2020 9:52 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: 2020 ACF Winter High School Mirror (11/7/2020)
Replies: 9
Views: 1859

Re: 2020 ACF Winter High School Mirror (11/7/2020)

Has a logistics email been sent out for this tournament?
by whatamidoinghere
Wed Oct 21, 2020 9:02 am
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: 2020 ACF Winter High School Mirror (11/7/2020)
Replies: 9
Views: 1859

Re: 2020 ACF Winter High School Mirror (11/7/2020)

Unrelated to the above conversation but the form does not seem to include the High School mirror.
by whatamidoinghere
Sat Oct 17, 2020 9:15 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: TJ Electronic Scoresheets
Replies: 7
Views: 1654

Re: TJ Electronic Scoresheets

This isn't necessarily a complaint about the scoresheets, but one thing I and other moderators experienced while scorekeeping was some issue marking dead tossups. I know that Shawrisheets allows you to mark dead tossups on the sheet with a separate column, while on these sheets you have to mark dead...
by whatamidoinghere
Wed Aug 26, 2020 10:37 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Quizbowl
Topic: Answerlines for Character Names
Replies: 8
Views: 1032

Answerlines for Character Names

Forgive me if this topic has been done before. As I've read through past sets and worked on others I've come to notice that there are seemingly two ways of making an answer line about a character in, say, a book or play where both the first and last names are acceptable. For example: ANSWER: Nick Ca...
by whatamidoinghere
Mon Aug 24, 2020 9:44 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Mild weirdness in NAQT's protest rules, and a potential fix
Replies: 1
Views: 785

Re: Mild weirdness in NAQT's protest rules, and a potential fix

Personally I'm not a fan of the current NAQT first sentence rule based on the fact that if the question doesn't contain an entirely specific clue, the player still should be able to protest in the first sentence if they protest later and get their protest accepted off previous clues (including the c...
by whatamidoinghere
Fri Aug 14, 2020 3:00 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Why are there negs in QB?
Replies: 17
Views: 2332

Re: Why are there negs in QB?

Based on my sample size of one when I asked my newer teammates, assessing a penalty for negs did help them reduce their neg rate, but I feel like once a newer player learns about the dynamics of the game, it's less necessary to use negs. The reasoning I have is that if you interrupt a question incor...
by whatamidoinghere
Fri Aug 07, 2020 11:51 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: NAQT rules changes for 2020-2021
Replies: 6
Views: 1465

Re: NAQT rules changes for 2020-2021

Yes, we plan to change the printing format to reduce the amount of paper-shuffling. In circuits which don't use computational math, what would moderators do in the case that there's a non-comp math tossup and a comp math bonus or a comp math tossup and a non-comp math bonus paired while printed whi...
by whatamidoinghere
Mon Aug 03, 2020 5:18 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Electronic scoresheets
Replies: 7
Views: 1048

Re: Electronic scoresheets

Mike Bentley wrote: Sun Aug 02, 2020 5:58 pm Neg5 lets you collaboratively enter stats but doesn't emulate the full scoresheet, right?
Regarding this, I believe the scoresheets in Neg5 go directly to the stats software, rather than it being a collaborative stats-entering software.
by whatamidoinghere
Sun Aug 02, 2020 6:04 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Electronic scoresheets
Replies: 7
Views: 1048

Re: Electronic scoresheets

Alistair mentioned that UCSD has a set of scoresheets here, as well as Shawrisheets. I believe Penn State also has a set of online scoresheets too, though I don't know of any links to them.
by whatamidoinghere
Sat Jul 11, 2020 7:19 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Mindset in Quiz Bowl
Replies: 3
Views: 840

Re: Mindset in Quiz Bowl

[...] what is the best way to reset your mindset after a disruption during a game and continue playing well? What are some ways to get into an appropriate mindset even before or after a match or tournament? In terms of playing questions: - If you're early in the round (say tossup 1 to tossup 6) I u...
by whatamidoinghere
Sun Jul 05, 2020 6:32 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: How do I learn visual fine arts rapidly?
Replies: 4
Views: 1231

Re: How do I learn visual fine arts rapidly?

Aside from those resources, this list (thanks Jacob Reed!) has a couple art history textbooks. The most noteworthy one is Gardner's Art Through the Ages (which is available on libgen). I've used it, a lot of my friends have, and all of them have stated that it is very goood; it covers all the main t...
by whatamidoinghere
Tue Jun 30, 2020 6:04 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Running Zoom Tournaments
Replies: 67
Views: 10950

Re: Running Zoom Tournaments

I just can't wait for there to be a Discord Video tournament, as I believe there is to be soon. For 2 months or so I've heard idle speculation about Discord video and how it'll perform well for tournaments, and yet no one seems to have thought to run a proper tournament using it. Will be very inter...
by whatamidoinghere
Mon Jun 29, 2020 11:27 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: How do I study for quizbowl in a fun way?
Replies: 8
Views: 1007

Re: How do I study for quizbowl in a fun way?

Hi, I am an incoming high school freshman looking for quizbowl advice. I participated in Middle School Quizbowl from grades 6-8, and was one of the better players on my team, and a bit above average during tournaments. However, High School Quizbowl will obviously be much harder, so I am trying to p...
by whatamidoinghere
Sun Jun 28, 2020 1:57 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Running Zoom Tournaments
Replies: 67
Views: 10950

Re: Running Zoom Tournaments

Another issue is that whenever a tournament I attend over Zoom, it crashes at least twice over the course of the day. This never happens on discord and tournaments on Zoom I've attended suggest to me that this isn't an uncommon problem. I'd like to echo this sentiment; I've done discord video packe...
by whatamidoinghere
Tue Jun 16, 2020 11:20 pm
Forum: National and Regional Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: 2019-20 Groger Ranks Player Poll: RESULTS POSTED
Replies: 35
Views: 5358

Re: 2019-20 Groger Ranks Player Poll

Having just perused the responses on the last few years’ player polls after reading this one, I am bewildered by the overall low level of discourse/“shilling” that pervades these threads every year. I would imagine that the purpose of the yearly player poll is to encourage critical discussion about...
by whatamidoinghere
Mon Jun 15, 2020 11:27 pm
Forum: National and Regional Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: 2019-20 Groger Ranks Player Poll: RESULTS POSTED
Replies: 35
Views: 5358

Re: 2019-20 Groger Ranks Player Poll

Here are some people who I believe merit good-to-great placement in your overall player poll. The Uni Lab Trio (Dylan Bowman, Ethan Ashbrook, Jonathan Lau) : All are very excellent quizbowl players and the fact that they knocked it out of the park at the Illinois NAQT states (on SCT, where they man...
by whatamidoinghere
Mon Jun 15, 2020 11:24 pm
Forum: National and Regional Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: 2019-20 Groger Ranks Player Poll: RESULTS POSTED
Replies: 35
Views: 5358

Re: 2019-20 Groger Ranks Player Poll

Here are some people who I believe merit good-to-great placement in your overall player poll. The Uni Lab Trio (Dylan Bowman, Ethan Ashbrook, Jonathan Lau) : All are very excellent quizbowl players and the fact that they knocked it out of the park at the Illinois NAQT states (on SCT, where they mana...
by whatamidoinghere
Sat May 30, 2020 8:08 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Paired Tossups and Bonuses
Replies: 48
Views: 10535

Re: Paired Tossups and Bonuses

Yeah, I don't support pairing tossups/bonuses by subject, but I'm not opposed to just specifically designating a bonus as bonus 1 or bonus 2 (so bonus 2 is always read after tossup 2)--there's some argument to be made that this can actually result in a more balanced distribution of questions in a p...
by whatamidoinghere
Sun May 17, 2020 1:27 am
Forum: National and Regional Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: 2019-20 Groger Ranks Postseason Poll
Replies: 14
Views: 2700

Re: 2019-20 Groger Ranks Postseason Poll

Here are a few teams I'd like to call out who may be better than their Groger Rank. Saratoga A: Saratoga's roster was made up of three seniors (Jason, Jeffrey, and Brandon) as well as junior Rohan, who were all set to make a splash at PACE this season. Jason is quite an excellent generalist, Jeffrey...
by whatamidoinghere
Wed May 06, 2020 9:19 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Directing bonus answers in Discord tournaments
Replies: 4
Views: 1380

Re: Directing bonus answers in Discord tournaments

I've modded for a couple online tournaments in the past and for the most part I said either bolding, carat, or all caps worked. I feel like mods in general are able to figure out which answers are directed and which aren't, but this is just my two cents on what would work for directing answers. I th...
by whatamidoinghere
Sun Mar 15, 2020 12:12 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: CALISTO Academic Tournament (Discord, March 22nd) [TX Only]
Replies: 6
Views: 1486

Re: CALISTO Academic Tournament (Discord, March 21st/TX-ONLY)

Unfortunately due to CALISTO's insistence on having "regional online mirrors", attempting to get irl events hosted during a pandemic, and possibly opening the set to be mirrored for the saturated 2020-21 season, this will be TX-Only (the permission granted for the IRL version that was cancelled). I...
by whatamidoinghere
Fri Mar 06, 2020 10:04 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Vulching (Continued)
Replies: 6
Views: 1742

Re: Vulching (Continued)

I think vulching should be discouraged in lower levels (novice teams, for example, should not vulch), but in higher level competition such as PACE or competitive local and state tournaments, I think vulching as in buzzing at "For 10 points" or earlier should be encouraged since it seems at times tha...
by whatamidoinghere
Mon Feb 10, 2020 10:44 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Cross-Post: NAQT Timing Discussion
Replies: 37
Views: 4474

Re: Cross-Post: NAQT Timing Discussion

I'd be fully in support of changing the timing to 3/3/5 even for high school tournaments, since I've felt in my cases that mods tend to be overzealous with the 2 seconds they give, perhaps even cutting players off if they don't say their answer immediately after being recognized. If there were a thr...
by whatamidoinghere
Sat Nov 09, 2019 12:36 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Planes, Trains, and Automobiles [Side Event]
Replies: 11
Views: 4190

Re: Planes, Trains, and Automobiles [Side Event]

I will hopefully be able to indulge in the fun that will come from this event.
by whatamidoinghere
Wed Sep 04, 2019 11:34 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Odd Ways of Learning Things
Replies: 177
Views: 149924

Re: Odd Ways of Learning Things

I firstlined the BHSAT 2019 tossup on "The Buddha" cause I remembered that in Cartoon History of the Universe, the Buddha eating pork was a repeated thing that happened.
by whatamidoinghere
Thu Jul 25, 2019 10:10 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Preseason Discussion
Replies: 13
Views: 6917

Re: Preseason Discussion

With the graduation of Sharath Narayan, the James Clemens quizbowl team has fallen off the radar, however I think this year's team could make an insane run. The entire Liberty MS squad that went 4th at the 2019 MSNCT all join James Clemens this year. Expect Ethan Xu (History), Yuti Das (Literature)...
by whatamidoinghere
Wed Jul 24, 2019 2:02 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Preseason Discussion
Replies: 13
Views: 6917

Re: Preseason Discussion

Also I'd like to mention a very good team which was somehow left out of this post, which is Westview from SoCal. Shahar is very good at literature, and his team was better than their HSNCT rank (see: they beat Stevenson and went 8-2 in the prelims).
by whatamidoinghere
Wed Jul 24, 2019 12:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Preseason Discussion
Replies: 13
Views: 6917

Re: Preseason Discussion

I would like to second the "Blair is scary" idea. Not only do they have 2 of the top 5 science players in the country, they are very good at all the subjects. They're in contention for HSNCT at the very least (in my opinion)
by whatamidoinghere
Sat Jul 13, 2019 2:59 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2019 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 144
Views: 41113

Re: 2019 HSNCT discussion

what were the conversion stats for Ngugi and Ninja questions?
by whatamidoinghere
Fri Jul 12, 2019 12:24 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2019 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 144
Views: 41113

Re: 2019 HSNCT discussion

Can we see the conversion stats for the Jonas Brothers bonus in round 7? (it was the first bonus)
by whatamidoinghere
Fri Jul 12, 2019 10:20 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2019 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 144
Views: 41113

Re: 2019 HSNCT discussion

Can I see the conversion stats for the "Mexico" question in Round 5 and the Robinson question in round 1?
by whatamidoinghere
Wed Jun 12, 2019 4:20 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2018-19 Groger Ranks Awards [WINNERS ANNOUNCED]
Replies: 34
Views: 15320

Re: 2018-19 Groger Ranks Awards

With the inundation of DC metro area players who should be in this poll, I'd like to vouch for some non-DC Metro Area players. Karan Gurazada is very strong in both history and science (his ILLIAC and Penn Bowl stats show he can scale up probably the best of any HS science player). He should be in y...
by whatamidoinghere
Tue Apr 23, 2019 9:48 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: How to build "stamina"
Replies: 20
Views: 9683

Re: How to build "stamina"

Going off of diet advice, I have seen that a breakfast with more fats and protein would last me longer in the morning than a sugary cereal breakfast. In addition, eat something like cheese or a snack with protein and fat in order to keep the energy much more long-lasting compared to carbs and sugars
by whatamidoinghere
Mon Apr 22, 2019 10:37 pm
Forum: Single-Subject Events
Topic: 2019 NHBB Discord Tournament
Replies: 37
Views: 17280

Re: 2019 NHBB Discord Tournament

This is one of the few posts I'm making here, so here goes: 1) Ameya was warned many times that his plan wasn't good, and we told him he shouldn't have run it on stolen questions. However, he decided to do it anyway. 2) In addition, Ameya has attempted to use another set written by a couple of middl...
by whatamidoinghere
Thu Jan 10, 2019 8:53 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Sacramento Winter HS Tournament (Jan 12)
Replies: 2
Views: 2009

Re: Sacramento Winter HS Tournament (Jan 12)

Seeing as many Bay Area teams would like to play this set, as it is one of the few HSNCT qualifiers available in NorCal, it would feel just if there was another tournament run on this set which is run in the Bay Area.
by whatamidoinghere
Wed Dec 19, 2018 8:50 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: How to Buzz Faster
Replies: 12
Views: 8631

Re: How to Buzz Faster

While in my past I used to hold the box buzzer with two hands and use my thumb to buzz, I realized this year that I could be much more relaxed and win more buzzer races by using my index finger. I would recommend placing the box buzzer on a table and using your index finger to buzz. I have also noti...
by whatamidoinghere
Sat Oct 13, 2018 12:01 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Groger Ranks 2018-19
Replies: 45
Views: 29401

Re: Groger Ranks 2018-19

On the note of incomplete pictures, Georgia teams are underranked in this post and will likely be in future posts. Some of the Georgia tournaments don't have their stats posted, others like http://hsquizbowl.org/db/tournaments/5276/ have skewed PPB that includes bounceback making it impossible to i...
by whatamidoinghere
Wed Jul 04, 2018 10:12 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2018 National Quiz Bowl Awards
Replies: 44
Views: 21874

Re: 2018 National Quiz Bowl Awards

What criteria was used here? I see that Arjun Nageswaran has put up scores of 42.50, 4.38, 29.17, 19.51, 6.00, 66.67, and 18.42 PPG at tournaments this season. His two best performances were when he was playing on teams where he was essentially playing by himself. While the 66.67 at PACE NSC is (no...
by whatamidoinghere
Mon Jul 02, 2018 5:46 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2018 National Quiz Bowl Awards
Replies: 44
Views: 21874

Re: 2018 National Quiz Bowl Awards

I would also like to understand the nomination process. Understanding that Anthony Duan had nearly double the powers at HSNCT compared to any of the nominees, and considering that I was a lead scorer on our T-51 team, as well as considering my performance at USHB and NHBB in general, I feel as if th...
by whatamidoinghere
Wed May 30, 2018 10:04 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Matt Bruce (cw: sexual assault, pedophilia)
Replies: 153
Views: 74179

Re: Matt Bruce (cw: sexual assault, pedophilia)

I hope that he gets promptly fired. I don't believe that he should be anywhere near children, and NAQT's continued allowance of Matt Bruce to be in their employment is a stain on NAQT in general. I hope this monster gets lost from all of quizbowl, as his leaving of the entire quizbowl community will...