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by joshxu
Sun Nov 15, 2020 7:13 pm
Forum: Western Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Southern California 2020-21 Discussion
Replies: 7
Views: 1702

Re: Southern California 2020-21 Discussion

I second Nick in thanking UCSD and everyone who staffed Triton Fall yesterday—this tournament was very smooth and we finished 11 rounds in 8 hours. I would also like to thank the writers and editors of LONE STAR, as in my opinion this was the best regs set that I've ever played. Yesterday, we saw Ar...
by joshxu
Mon Oct 26, 2020 3:50 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Inconsistency
Replies: 5
Views: 818

Re: Inconsistency

Did you play sloppy, or did you just encounter clues you didn't know? Probably a combination of the two, but the former is definitely the bigger issue. I'm not so sure I would call it "sloppy" play per se, but rather an inability to find a "groove" and settle into the game. For me personally, I str...
by joshxu
Fri Sep 18, 2020 3:24 pm
Forum: Western Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Southern California 2020-21 Discussion
Replies: 7
Views: 1702

Re: Southern California 2020-21 Discussion

I generally agree with Nick's analysis of the SoCal circuit this year, although I believe that the season beginning online will be a major factor that can lead to some major changes in these rankings (because of poor Internet, lack of motivation, people refusing to play, people being more eager to p...
by joshxu
Sat Jul 11, 2020 7:56 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Mindset in Quiz Bowl
Replies: 3
Views: 840

Re: Mindset in Quiz Bowl

I have always struggled from relatively minute occurrences impeding my ability to perform well. Usually these are mental; sometimes I get bothered when I anticipate a question alluding to one thing but another clue contradicts my prediction, sometimes I get bothered when a moderator horribly mispro...
by joshxu
Thu Jun 18, 2020 1:14 am
Forum: National and Regional Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: 2019-20 Groger Ranks Player Poll: RESULTS POSTED
Replies: 35
Views: 5353

Re: 2019-20 Groger Ranks Player Poll

Nick Dai has already done a solid "shilling" of SoCal, and I'd like to highlight some of these players as well. Largely because SoCal is a relatively small region, I don't believe that any more than two or three of these players should really be ranked in your top 30 overall, but nevertheless all of...
by joshxu
Sun May 17, 2020 9:30 pm
Forum: National and Regional Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: 2019-20 Groger Ranks Postseason Poll
Replies: 14
Views: 2698

Re: 2019-20 Groger Ranks Postseason Poll

Dropping by to shill for my own team. Don't want to flex too much here, but just wanted to say that as an A team, we have the Cars opening monologue down pat. In terms of actual ability, we're pretty unrivaled, too. Wayzata has won Minnesota's largest speedcheck tournament for the past 9 years in a...
by joshxu
Thu Apr 16, 2020 3:27 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Southern California 2019-20 Discussion
Replies: 11
Views: 6211

Re: Southern California 2019-20 Discussion

How will WAIT, CALISTO, RAFT, and BHSAT play out? Will Westview return to dominance and win the three they won't host? Will Arcadia move up into tier 1? Will Canyon Crest prove all of our doubts wrong and meet its top-four expectations? Or will their A team again go missing until HSNCT? Will Del No...
by joshxu
Tue Mar 03, 2020 8:29 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Vulching (Continued)
Replies: 6
Views: 1741

Vulching (Continued)

*I was going to post this in the previous vulching thread, but it's been locked now. This post should be read as a continuation of that earlier thread. Vulching and giving an incorrect answer has understandably been a problem for my team's novices. I used to tell them the traditional, "After a neg, ...
by joshxu
Tue Mar 03, 2020 2:16 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Keeping Score During Practices
Replies: 5
Views: 3389

Re: Keeping Score During Practices

At our practices we have always kept score, for the reasons you listed under "pros". Additional reasons why we do so include 1) it trains players for in-game situations (e.g. knowing when to be extremely cautious, knowing when to not buzz no matter what), and 2) by keeping individual stats, it allow...
by joshxu
Mon Mar 02, 2020 3:26 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Southern California 2019-20 Discussion
Replies: 11
Views: 6211

Re: Southern California 2019-20 Discussion

Another four tournaments have occurred (Triton Winter (LOGIC), DNE (BLAST), SoCal States (IS #192), and NEGFIVE (IS #190)—I'm intentionally ignoring MWT at UCSD because it was a college tournament), and accordingly it's time to revisit the state of SoCal quiz bowl again. First, I'm going to direct y...
by joshxu
Sat Feb 01, 2020 1:26 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: "Should have been prompted" replacement policy
Replies: 15
Views: 3349

Re: "Should have been prompted" replacement policy

As a disclaimer, I don't have a strong opinion on this topic and I'm not endorsing any positions or proposals made in this thread so far. To me, this seems too generous. Except for the bottom few teams at a tournament (which I'm guessing are much less likely to lodge a should have been prompted prot...
by joshxu
Mon Dec 02, 2019 12:45 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Southern California 2019-20 Discussion
Replies: 11
Views: 6211

Re: Southern California 2019-20 Discussion

Hey Rohan, thanks for sharing your thoughts! Josh, has SaMo established an A team, or at least part of one, yet? What about your B team? As with most other teams, our rosters aren't yet set in stone. We've essentially been constructing the rest of our A team (i.e. outside of me) based off of my weak...
by joshxu
Mon Nov 25, 2019 1:57 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Southern California 2019-20 Discussion
Replies: 11
Views: 6211

Re: Southern California 2019-20 Discussion

The first wave of tournaments has concluded, and as promised I'll take some time to share my thoughts on how things have transpired. General thoughts : Analyzing teams in SoCal at this point in time proved to be a difficult task for me, and these are only a few complicating factors, listed in no par...
by joshxu
Wed Oct 09, 2019 12:47 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Southern California 2019-20 Discussion
Replies: 11
Views: 6211

Re: Southern California 2019-20 Discussion

I mostly agree with Ameya on his analysis, and I just wanted to highlight some of the teams that particularly interest me. Arcadia (Varsity): With Andrew Hoagland's graduation, I don't know what to expect from Arcadia this year. I think it's somewhat of a stretch to call them national title contende...
by joshxu
Wed Oct 09, 2019 12:11 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Southern California 2019-20 Discussion
Replies: 11
Views: 6211

Re: Southern California 2019-20 Discussion

The NHBB circuit in Southern California has definitely been struggling the past few years, much of which stems from the fact that nobody wants to host any tournaments. Despite having an extremely limited sample size, Ameya Singh from Laurel Springs has written this solid writeup of the circuit, whic...
by joshxu
Wed Aug 07, 2019 9:20 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Quizbowl
Topic: NAQT rules and policy changes for 2019-2020
Replies: 8
Views: 5130

Re: NAQT rules and policy changes for 2019-2020

If the player who responds is not on the same team as a player who did signal, the moderator will ignore the response (even if it is correct), and will recognize the player who actually signaled. Only that player will have a chance to respond, as the non-signaler has disqualified his team on that t...
by joshxu
Sun Aug 04, 2019 9:17 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Southern California 2019-20 Discussion
Replies: 11
Views: 6211

Re: Southern California 2019-20 Discussion

There are only about five people from SoCal who check these forums with any sort of regularity, so, like last year, this thread is probably going to remain idle for most of the season. Anyway, for those five or so people (or anyone not from SoCal who cares), here are some of my thoughts on the upcom...
by joshxu
Fri Jul 12, 2019 3:16 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2019 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 144
Views: 41086

Re: 2019 HSNCT discussion

Can we see conversion stats for the tossups on Chile (round 2), the Toronto Raptors (round 4), Cyrus the Great (round 4), Fort Ticonderoga (round 6), the Kurds (round 7), Huawei (round 22), and the Red Sea (round 22)? I'm also interested in seeing which tossups were the most powered, least powered (...
by joshxu
Wed May 29, 2019 7:16 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2019 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 144
Views: 41086

Re: 2019 HSNCT discussion

Can I see the Turkmenistan (round 1), Bounty Mutiny (round 7), Lake Texcoco (round 7), and Red Sea (round 22) tossups, and the Brunei bonus (round 20)? Edit: In light of Mike Bentley's post, the reason why I want to see the four tossups is that I feel I could [should?] have powered them all, and I w...
by joshxu
Sat May 25, 2019 8:36 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Southern California 2019-2020 Scheduling Discussion
Replies: 15
Views: 6458

Re: Southern California 2019-2020 Scheduling Discussion

TheScientists wrote: Fri May 24, 2019 4:01 pm On another note - how many HSNCT qualifying events will be in SoCal?
There are usually tournaments run on every IS set in the season, so probably at least four. In years past there have also been SSNCT and SCT D-2 mirrors in SoCal.
by joshxu
Fri Feb 22, 2019 2:33 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NEGFIVE I @North Hollywood High (2/23/2019, Los Angeles)
Replies: 2
Views: 1687

Re: NEGFIVE I @North Hollywood High (2/23/2019, Los Angeles)

Hello Ronen,

The tournament is fast approaching, and I filled out the registration form a while ago but I have yet to receive any sort of confirmation. I have sent you an email--a reply when you see it would be much appreciated.

Thanks!
Josh

Update: Thanks Ronen!
by joshxu
Tue Jan 08, 2019 9:59 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HSQBRank 2018-19: Is Happening
Replies: 34
Views: 20065

Re: HSQBRank 2018-19: Is Happening

I don't see Triton Fall at UCSD on there (HS tournament). http://hsquizbowl.org/db/tournaments/5348/stats/combined/ A shorthanded CCA A team played ACF Fall at UCLA. http://hsquizbowl.org/db/tournaments/5393/stats/combined/teamdetail/#t0 Saratoga played Penn Bowl at Stanford. http://hsquizbowl.org/d...
by joshxu
Tue Jan 08, 2019 2:14 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: community question clinic
Replies: 95
Views: 63762

Re: community question clinic

What do you all think of this question? One people of this area was found to use a bilabial trilled affricate which they hid as it was mocked by neighbouring peoples. A road through this area gives access to the Mapinguari National Park near Lábrea, but also allowed access to forests that were turn...
by joshxu
Mon Dec 24, 2018 1:16 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Generalist/Geography Specialist Desiring to Branch Out
Replies: 15
Views: 7819

Re: Generalist/Geography Specialist Desiring to Branch Out

Unlike geography, in which one specialist can rather easily power half the questions, history is a subject that you can always have multiple specialists in, due to its distribution and other factors. Even if your teammate gets the lion's share of history questions, there will always be gaps on tossu...
by joshxu
Wed Dec 19, 2018 7:13 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: How to Buzz Faster
Replies: 12
Views: 8630

Re: How to Buzz Faster

Are you talking about buzzers that lay flat on the table, as opposed to handheld ones? With handheld buzzers, I find it by far the easiest to use my thumb to buzz in, but I agree with you about box buzzers that sit on tables. I'm talking about handheld buzzers in addition to box ones. Although it f...
by joshxu
Tue Dec 18, 2018 10:17 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: How to Buzz Faster
Replies: 12
Views: 8630

Re: How to Buzz Faster

I definitely agree with the overall message of the quiz bowl community that it is much better to simply learn more stuff and therefore be the first person to know the answer than to try to find a way to buzz faster. Nevertheless, I have some basic strategies that you may or may not find helpful—thes...
by joshxu
Sun Nov 11, 2018 5:48 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Player tossup etiquette
Replies: 23
Views: 13725

Re: Player tossup etiquette

3. A member of the opposing team accidentally pressed her buzzer. All 4 of the players looked around to see who buzzed before she realized it was her. Then she gave a guess. Is there a difference between this and scenario 1? I can personally remember pressing down too hard once. I gave a random gue...
by joshxu
Mon Nov 05, 2018 9:46 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Player tossup etiquette
Replies: 23
Views: 13725

Re: Player tossup etiquette

Just curious, how would you buzzer fake? I have definitely met players (in Certamen, not quizbowl) who automatically buzz when they hear someone else buzz. Unlike quizbowl buzzers, Certamen machines recognize the first buzz on each team (so up to 3 basically simultaneous buzzes for 3 teams), and it...
by joshxu
Thu Aug 23, 2018 8:21 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Expa
Replies: 10
Views: 5753

Re: Expa

You say you're in 8th grade: so if you keep playing quizbowl in high school and college, your teammates will change several times. Areas that might be very well covered by one of your middle school teammates today might turn out to be weak areas for your future teams. I started my college quizbowl ...
by joshxu
Sat Aug 18, 2018 11:29 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Expa
Replies: 10
Views: 5753

Re: Expa

You are in your last year of middle school, which means that after this year, you will be moving up to high school, where you will have different teammates, and over the years, those teammates will change. At this point in your career, it's too early to simply become a specialist in one category sol...
by joshxu
Wed Aug 15, 2018 12:18 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Southern California 2018 - 2019 Discussion
Replies: 4
Views: 3326

Re: Southern California 2018 - 2019 Discussion

physicsnerd wrote:Hello,

Rising sophomore who just moved to LA area, in process of enrolling at North Hollywood. Would someone mind giving me the contact for the quiz bowl coach there so I can ask about practices/joining/etc? Thanks!
I sent you a PM with some contacts that may be helpful.
by joshxu
Mon Aug 13, 2018 3:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2018 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 91
Views: 37726

Re: 2018 HSNCT discussion

Might I offer a suggestion? This thread would be more informative for players and writers if rather than just asking for a question or conversion stats you asked for why you were interested in that data. For instance, "I thought that the question on X had an awfully hard leadin. Could I see the ful...
by joshxu
Mon Aug 13, 2018 2:35 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2018 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 91
Views: 37726

Re: 2018 HSNCT discussion

Can I see conversion stats for the witches tossup in round 19 and the knuckleball/Tim Wakefield/Phil Niekro bonus in round 26?
by joshxu
Sun Aug 12, 2018 9:07 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Southern California 2018 - 2019 Discussion
Replies: 4
Views: 3326

Re: Southern California 2018 - 2019 Discussion

Overall, I think the circuit as a whole won't be as good as last year, since almost every school that went to HSNCT or PACE graduates about half their nationals team (a few exceptions). I expect the same three teams to dominate: CCA (returns an entire B team and one A team member), Arcadia, and West...
by joshxu
Thu Aug 09, 2018 11:00 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2018 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 91
Views: 37726

Re: 2018 HSNCT discussion

Can I see both the tossups and the conversion stats for Sonia Gandhi and cyanobacteria (both round 19)?
by joshxu
Thu Aug 09, 2018 6:31 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2018 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 91
Views: 37726

Re: 2018 HSNCT discussion

Can I see the conversion stats for Lot and Gag Rules (both round 9), Pittsburgh Penguins, Morales, and Teapot Dome (all round 14), and Ted Cruz (round 23)?
by joshxu
Wed Aug 08, 2018 3:02 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Setting up team for success & dealing with internal issues
Replies: 6
Views: 9158

Re: Setting up team for success & dealing with internal issu

https://www.naqt.com/how-to/improve-as-a-player.html This NAQT article has many tips on how to succeed as well as links to study resources. Understandably, some of them (namely, the ones you have to pay for) won't be as practical as others. Additionally, there are many other threads on the hsquizbow...
by joshxu
Sat Aug 04, 2018 1:21 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: How to Maximize Studying Output?
Replies: 1
Views: 2455

Re: How to Maximize Studying Output?

I'm of the belief that playing simulated games (whether intrasquad, on Protobowl, or by some other way) are primarily helpful as a way to study things you have already learned, and not to learn new information. That being said, it's important to learn new information first, which can be done through...
by joshxu
Sat Aug 04, 2018 1:02 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Sports Teams as Answerlines
Replies: 15
Views: 5869

Re: Sports Teams as Answerlines

When broadcasters, fans journalists, etc. talk about sports, it's perfectly natural and acceptable to refer to a team by its city (eg. Dallas) or team nickname (Mavericks/Mavs). I don't see why quizbowl should be any different here. As Jonah says, easy questions are going to be easy at the giveaway...
by joshxu
Sat Aug 04, 2018 1:04 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Sports Teams as Answerlines
Replies: 15
Views: 5869

Re: Sports Teams as Answerlines

If "Milwaukee" is acceptable for a Brewers question asking about an "NL team from Wisconsin", people who have absolutely no sports knowledge could easily guess it based on geography. Baseball and geography are totally separate, and the role the city of Milwaukee has played on the Brewers franchise i...
by joshxu
Fri Aug 03, 2018 11:59 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Sports Teams as Answerlines
Replies: 15
Views: 5869

Re: Sports Teams as Answerlines

Such guesses (if successful) demonstrate knowledge of what cities have applicable teams, or else they demonstrate luck. Quizbowl is generally happy to reward very minimal levels of knowledge when low-level questions get to the giveaway, and luck is pretty much unavoidable. Sometimes people guess "D...
by joshxu
Fri Aug 03, 2018 11:42 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Sports Teams as Answerlines
Replies: 15
Views: 5869

Sports Teams as Answerlines

When sports teams (e.g. Chicago Bears, San Diego Padres, Calgary Flames) are the answer to a question (either tossups or bonuses), usually either the city name (Chicago, San Diego, Calgary) or the nickname (Bears, Padres, Flames) is acceptable. I don't believe that simply stating the name of the cit...
by joshxu
Fri Aug 03, 2018 10:58 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Quizbowl
Topic: International Expansion of Quizbowl
Replies: 17
Views: 7082

Re: International Expansion of Quizbowl

My Chinese is quite poor, so I can’t say it with certainty, but quizbowl questions written in Chinese would probably create a lot of problems with pyramidality because of the different sentence structure and grammar. As a fluent Chinese speaker, I can confirm that pyramidality in Chinese would be h...
by joshxu
Wed Aug 01, 2018 9:31 am
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Help studying
Replies: 8
Views: 9200

Re: Help studying

I strongly recommend Quizlet over paper flashcards. Quizlet has many different study modes, and it will keep track of how well you do on each flashcard, and you can isolate any card(s) you want. Additionally, making online cards is much more efficient. I was able to make 10000 cards on Quizlet last ...
by joshxu
Tue Jul 31, 2018 9:08 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Turning a small, mediocre team into a good one
Replies: 6
Views: 4077

Re: Turning a small, mediocre team into a good one

the number of players we have available to us is quite limited, As we tend to only have a max of about 15 players on our team, and its usually more like 10. We finished 203rd at nationals, so we're mediocre at best, and the highest my school has ever finished was 190th or so. We have a small number...
by joshxu
Mon Jul 23, 2018 6:19 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: To expand or not to expand?
Replies: 4
Views: 3752

Re: To expand or not to expand?

Getting 2-3 tossups per round equates to 20-30 PPG, which, when added on with the 40-50 PPG each from your lit and science players, is a good contribution to your team! Being a history player myself, I do believe that it is better to master one individual subject that you enjoy studying than to try ...
by joshxu
Wed Jul 04, 2018 2:20 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2018 National Quiz Bowl Awards
Replies: 44
Views: 21859

Re: 2018 National Quiz Bowl Awards

Let's consider what my PPG in similar tournaments were for comparison. First off, I've never played many of these tournaments, but I'll give a comparison of my ppg at similar tournaments to Arjun's, and hopefully everyone will understand why he should be up at the top 3. For EFT, I had a pretty oka...
by joshxu
Wed Jul 04, 2018 1:25 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2018 National Quiz Bowl Awards
Replies: 44
Views: 21859

Re: 2018 National Quiz Bowl Awards

joshxu wrote: For your information, Arjun himself sent me a private message last night.
REDACTED for the privacy of the sending individual
For the purposes of clarification:
Arjun and I have talked and all is good between us.
by joshxu
Tue Jul 03, 2018 11:39 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2018 National Quiz Bowl Awards
Replies: 44
Views: 21859

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 joshxu
Mon Jul 02, 2018 11:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2018 National Quiz Bowl Awards
Replies: 44
Views: 21859

Re: 2018 National Quiz Bowl Awards

5. 9th grade Player of the Year 1. Isak Dai, Mounds Park Academy, St. Paul, MN 2. William Groger, The Miami Valley School, Dayton, OH 3. Arjun Nageswaran, Adlai E. Stevenson High School, Lincolnshire, IL What criteria was used here? I see that Arjun Nageswaran has put up scores of 42.50, 4.38, 29.1...