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by conker
Fri Apr 15, 2016 12:00 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion: 2016 DI ICT
Replies: 38
Views: 12445

Re: Question-specific discussion: 2016 DI ICT

I wrote the "recording the Goldberg Variations" tossup. Glad to hear that people thought it was a good idea. I should point out that Rosalyn Tureck's recording *is* excruciatingly slow, far from being par for the course (her recordings come in at over 90 minutes, compared with 70 minutes for most pi...
by conker
Mon Feb 09, 2015 12:00 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion: 2015 Division I SCT
Replies: 36
Views: 6074

Re: Question-specific discussion: 2015 Division I SCT

This symphony's finale uses a theme derived from its composer's setting of the song "Nora Creina." Its first movement opens with a poco sostenuto introduction and moves to a vivace in 6/8 time. Its second movement uses a quarter-eighth-eighth-quarter-quarter ostinato and uses a double variation sch...
by conker
Sun Feb 08, 2015 6:09 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015 SCT: Trash
Replies: 16
Views: 4052

Re: Trash

"Funny Girl" was completely fair, IMHO. Our team didn't do well on that bonus (pretty much the only thing I know about "Funny Girl" is that Barbara Streisand was in it), but in hindsight it's something that we should know. On the other hand, I don't like certain trash about current TV shows or movie...
by conker
Sun Feb 08, 2015 5:55 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015 SCT general discussion
Replies: 24
Views: 5519

Re: 2015 SCT general discussion

I really enjoyed this year's SCT set on the whole. I liked the creative answer lines (e.g., "anvil" as a musical instrument), and I appreciated that the trash in this tournament were mostly about TV shows that people actually watch (e.g. Arrested Development, Breaking Bad, Community). [On the other ...
by conker
Sun Feb 08, 2015 5:54 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015 SCT Errata
Replies: 10
Views: 2748

Re: 2015 SCT Errata

Div 1, Packet 2, Tossup 11: Gangsta's Paradise
The quote from the song is slightly off. Perhaps someone tried to write this question from memory?
"we've been living most of our lives" => "we've been spending most our lives, living"
by conker
Fri Mar 22, 2013 4:21 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT security review: three more cases
Replies: 61
Views: 19909

Re: NAQT security review: three more cases

This needs to be emphasized. One of the most basic lines of defense (besides question security) that quizbowl has against cheaters is the people who might know the cheaters the best--their teammates. I'm not advocating a witch hunt here, but if your teammate who can barely get a few TUs in practice...
by conker
Thu Mar 21, 2013 3:06 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT Security Discussion
Replies: 72
Views: 20403

Re: NAQT Security Discussion

Out of curiosity, what were the warning signs about Andy that made people suspicious in the first place? As his teammate on one of the ICT teams, I hadn't the faintest idea that he was cheating, but of course by that point I was already mostly out of the quiz bowl loop.
by conker
Sat Nov 24, 2007 3:38 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 Housh Classic (01/12/08) at TJHSST (Alexandria, VA)
Replies: 105
Views: 37560

This is unrelated to the tournament, but I figured that the TJ team members would read this thread, so it would be appropriate to post it here. You left your buzzers at Harvard. I have tried e-mailing Billy and Naren, but both e-mails bounced back. How would you like us to get your buzzers back to y...
by conker
Mon Nov 19, 2007 5:48 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Has the HSQB Main Page been compromised?
Replies: 8
Views: 2672

Has the HSQB Main Page been compromised?

For the past few days, when I visit the main hsquizbowl.org page, my virus scanner pops up saying that it has blocked several scripts from executing, among them JS/Downloader-AUD from hsquizbowl.org. It also attemps to connect to mymoonsite.net (NOTE: DON'T VISIT!), which contains several browser ex...
by conker
Mon Nov 12, 2007 4:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Harvard Fall Tournament (11/10/07) in Cambridge, MA
Replies: 37
Views: 16825

Oh yeah, I know you did a playoff round robin, but it's kind of lame to have teams with basically the same record (the canceled Dorman game not withstanding) and declare one the winner because their win in the 2-game series between those teams occurred in the second round robin. I'm sure the tourna...
by conker
Sun Nov 11, 2007 2:18 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Harvard Fall Tournament (11/10/07) in Cambridge, MA
Replies: 37
Views: 16825

Stats for the prelims and top bracket will be posted soon. The other brackets might take a little longer.
by conker
Sun Nov 04, 2007 1:38 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Computer Packet Reads on Quizbowl Cast?
Replies: 6
Views: 2652

Is it like the Microsoft Word text-to-speech device, or is it better? Because I have tried having that read packets back to me, and it doesn't work all too well...
by conker
Sun Nov 04, 2007 1:32 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Announcement: ACF Fall Northeast at MIT - 11/3/07
Replies: 24
Views: 9496

Thanks to MIT for a great tournament. It was smoothly run and well moderated. There was significant lag in some of the brackets for whatever reason, but I think that was more because of some teams arriving late than because of the moderators. Seriously, there should be a "we'll start without you" po...
by conker
Thu Nov 01, 2007 8:29 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Harvard Fall Tournament (11/10/07) in Cambridge, MA
Replies: 37
Views: 16825

Thank you everyone for your prompt responses. Our field is now full. However, we are still accepting teams on the waitlist (these will probably mostly be schools in the region and alternate teams from schools that are already attending the tournament).
by conker
Wed Oct 31, 2007 3:32 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Harvard Fall Tournament (11/10/07) in Cambridge, MA
Replies: 37
Views: 16825

Hi Naren,

I just marked TJ down for 2 teams. However, because the field is almost full, the third team would have to come as standby.

Dennis
by conker
Mon Oct 29, 2007 5:20 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Harvard Fall Tournament (11/10/07) in Cambridge, MA
Replies: 37
Views: 16825

Just to let everyone know that we are capping the field for this tournament at 32. We already have 27 confirmed teams, and we would like to give as many different schools the chance to participate as possible. Registration will be handled on a first come, first serve basis. Teams that are interested...
by conker
Sat Oct 27, 2007 12:57 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Harvard Fall Tournament (11/10/07) in Cambridge, MA
Replies: 37
Views: 16825

The tournament is in two weeks, and it's time for a field update! Since the last update, we have also managed to bring the enigmatic Shanghai American School on board... Allentown Central Catholic Bromfield Concord-Carlisle Dorman E.O. Smith (2) Edgemont Half Hollow Hills (2) Hunter Kellenberg (2) M...
by conker
Mon Jul 23, 2007 8:18 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Harvard Fall Tournament (11/10/07) in Cambridge, MA
Replies: 37
Views: 16825

As Kyle mentioned, we have already heard from several competitive teams not only in the New England/Mid-Atlantic region, but throughout the East coast and beyond. We would like to encourage all teams, including those not within driving distance, to at least consider attending our tournament, and as ...
by conker
Tue Nov 21, 2006 3:24 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: wit results
Replies: 23
Views: 10542

Results from the Harvard mirror of the WIT are now up:

http://free.9cy.net/harvard_wit/index_standings.html
by conker
Sun Aug 06, 2006 9:32 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Scholastic Bowl bot
Replies: 32
Views: 15732

At this point, for many top players, "fresh packet from Stanfords" is an oxymoron. It'd be very nice to get a fresh packet as a tournament, but the Stanford Archive is not the place to stage any form of competition. Obviously it would not be a real competition, and getting a fresh packet would cost...
by conker
Sun Aug 06, 2006 12:56 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Scholastic Bowl bot
Replies: 32
Views: 15732

I've played on the bot a few times, and I must say that t's very very good. However, it's obvious that some people have already seen all the questions, and even for the people who haven't played it that much, there are repeats. :grin: I think that maybe one of these weekends you guys could organize ...
by conker
Fri Jun 30, 2006 3:35 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Pronunciation
Replies: 67
Views: 30065

I absolutely cannot stand the treatment of Chinese names in quiz bowl. I agree that both Wade-Giles and pinyin forms should be acceptable, but practice often strays from theory. I was looking at a bonus question from a past tournament, and "Chiang Kai-Shek" was the only answer listed for a clue abou...
by conker
Wed Jun 28, 2006 7:32 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Pronunciation
Replies: 67
Views: 30065

The Friedan thing should NOT have happened. The rules are pretty clear that a pronunciation need only be phonetically correct. Friedan could be pronounced any number of ways phonetically and they should all be accepted. NAQT needs to make this clear to all - even the most elitist - of their moderat...
by conker
Tue Jun 27, 2006 3:37 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Editing of posts is disabled
Replies: 21
Views: 10084

Matt, I know many phpBB forums actually have a time frame after the post during which posts can be edited. In other words, users will be able to make small changes like fixing typos, formatting, etc. right after they've made the post, but if they wanted to erase their post (à la gtn) an hour later,...
by conker
Tue Jun 27, 2006 12:19 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2006 NAQT HSNCT
Replies: 309
Views: 133280

The power on August Wilson was also very generous. I was very surprised when I still had power after "Joe Turner's Come and Gone."
by conker
Sun Jun 25, 2006 10:33 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Quizbowler in the New York Times
Replies: 47
Views: 20817

Re: Quizbowler in the New York Times

Seriously. If this kid plays in any college tournaments someone in the Northeast needs to first blow him out in a match and then kick him in the face repeatedly while yelling "Who's aggravated now, you whore?!" I watched him play. He has a broad knowledge base, and he's fast with the buzzer. He thi...
by conker
Sun Jun 25, 2006 10:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Quizbowler in the New York Times
Replies: 47
Views: 20817

Re: Quizbowler in the New York Times

I like how this article tries to reinforce the notion that qb players are nerdy, cloistered douches filled with random academic knowledge but absolutely no awareness of the outside world. I have to say that there's not much the newspaper can do if he really can't name two Britney Spears songs or De...
by conker
Sun Jun 25, 2006 10:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2006 NAQT HSNCT
Replies: 309
Views: 133280

I wanted to buzz in with Fenway Park. Thankfully our captain beat me to it and said Green Monster. I think Fenway Park should at least have been prompted. To whoever asked, the question mentioned something about Pesky's Pole in the beginning, and that's all I can remember from it. It didn't mention...
by conker
Sun Jun 25, 2006 11:03 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Best Powers
Replies: 161
Views: 70849

After going 2 for 21 in the 1981 World Series, George Steinbrenner--

Ans: Dave Winfield
by conker
Wed Jun 21, 2006 9:28 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Buzzer Malfunctions II - What can we do better?
Replies: 7
Views: 3416

When I think I've gotten in first, even on buzzer races, I have almost all the time. Therefore, if I think I got in first and the buzzer says I didn't, I'm checking it for sure. I agree with this. If you listen to the podcast of our match against TJ A, you'll notice that I stopped the game when I t...
by conker
Tue Jun 20, 2006 12:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: QU-The field in Chicago
Replies: 144
Views: 60493

I don't have time to address all the points (although I agree with most of them), but I would like to respond to one comment: But the last is just a ridiculous hose that could be so easily avoided. What if you know the poem? Nope! The question was about the author. Any good quiz team player should k...
by conker
Sun Jun 18, 2006 7:27 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: QU-The field in Chicago
Replies: 144
Views: 60493

Dennis -- If you want questions that test critical thinking AND actual knowledge, that's exactly what NAQT does. I know your school's situation, and that really sucks, but that has no bearing on the relative badness of NAC. Riddle questions that test (at most) only trivial knowledge do not belong i...
by conker
Sat Jun 17, 2006 12:03 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: QU-The field in Chicago
Replies: 144
Views: 60493

It's probably not relevant to this discussion (I'm too lazy to read it all), but I can see why someone would hold off on buzzing on that clue out of concern that one might be forgetting an interim governor. There was no interim governor in this case, but I'd have been tentative about buzzing as wel...
by conker
Sat Jun 17, 2006 12:00 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: QU-The field in Chicago
Replies: 144
Views: 60493

On this point, I agree. There were positive aspects of this tournament (though you and I may not agree with them, and that's OK). No national tournament (except for PACE) has a sense of history like this one does ..... and that establishment of a "tradition" helps make the tournament a draw (such a...
by conker
Sat Jun 17, 2006 11:53 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: QU-The field in Chicago
Replies: 144
Views: 60493

Isn't quizbowl supposed to be about learning? About expanding one's knowledge base, grasping new ideas, and then answering questions about what you've learned? Failing that, maybe it's about growing, making the jump from high school to adulthood by knowing more about the world, doing what college d...
by conker
Sat Jun 17, 2006 9:03 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: QU-The field in Chicago
Replies: 144
Views: 60493

I don't mind a question that requires a little bit more thinking vs. jsut being straightforward layering, but this is not, IMO, an exampe of such. I will even contend that this question is not even a buzzer beater in the traditional sense. Even a buzzer beater requires some knowledge that you;ve st...
by conker
Sat Jun 17, 2006 8:39 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: QU-The field in Chicago
Replies: 144
Views: 60493

So, you're saying it's a good tournament because it's a bad tournament? Did Chip send you to the Ministry of Love or something? Again, I think it's a bad tournament overall, but a bad tournament can have a few good questions. And in this case, I didn't even say the question was good--only that the ...
by conker
Sat Jun 17, 2006 8:36 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: QU-The field in Chicago
Replies: 144
Views: 60493

Okay, where do I start? It doesn't test any sort of real knowledge. Damn near all of quizbowl players (and, in fact, some large segment of the population at large) are going to know which four former Presidents aren't dead and that non-dead people aren't buried. Those are things one learns in grade...
by conker
Fri Jun 16, 2006 8:40 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: QU-The field in Chicago
Replies: 144
Views: 60493

The lowlight of the day (and there were a few) was the following "question". "Which four former presidents are not buried in the continental United States?" Now I actually sat there for a moment contemplating ......"Hoover...NO NO, he's in Iowa...." then one team buzzed in very fast: "George Herber...
by conker
Thu Jun 15, 2006 10:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: QU-The field in Chicago
Replies: 144
Views: 60493

Our favorite single question from the 2006 competition follows ... and it represents the first time ever that we've asked a question about one of the competing high schools. "Brother Kenneth Hoagland called off what event at Roman Catholic Kellenberg Memorial High School for what he calls the decad...
by conker
Tue Jun 13, 2006 5:53 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Statistical analysis from the 2006 HSNCT
Replies: 13
Views: 5479

There is one aspect of the schedule I hope they'd consider changing. After seven matches everyone was placed into groups of eight for the final three rounds. The top group had a 7-0 and seven 6-1's. Someone had to go 0-3 in that pool. Now I know who that honor went to: Brookwood. Wow...I guess we h...
by conker
Sat Jun 10, 2006 3:09 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Aggressiveness
Replies: 17
Views: 7926

Aggressiveness

How aggressive do you recommend your team be on tossups? I think what hurt us most at NAQT was our lack of experience with real competition. We only had one competition this year with non-pyramidal tossups and very random activities, such as building a tower out of marshmallows and "Amazing Race" (I...
by conker
Fri Jun 09, 2006 7:15 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Jeopardy tryouts
Replies: 21
Views: 9976

E.T. Chuck wrote:The process finishes after all the tryouts for a season are complete. Usually they tell people who the chosen ones are about a month before a taping (maybe a bit less) by sending them the fed ex package.
So the pre-test and interview at HSNCT constitutes a complete a tryout?
by conker
Fri Jun 09, 2006 7:06 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Jeopardy tryouts
Replies: 21
Views: 9976

insaneindian wrote:we had 2 from A team and 2 from B team
Wow, and they all made it past the pre-test? That's pretty impressive! When do you all find out whether you made it past the interview (whatever that is...I'm not too familiar with the whole Jeopardy tryout process)? :grin:

Did you make it, by the way?
by conker
Fri Jun 09, 2006 10:32 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: QU-The field in Chicago
Replies: 144
Views: 60493

Wait--you mean that wasn't Shanghai's strongest team? From talking to them in our poker games, I gathered that the underclassmen were taking exams and weren't allowed to come that weekend. Thus, only seniors were on the HSNCT team. They said some of the underclassmen were better though. I'm guessin...
by conker
Fri Jun 09, 2006 9:17 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Survey: Computer Science in Quiz Bowl
Replies: 16
Views: 7151

I say keep computer science in quiz bowl. It is an AP course at most schools, and students who have a deep knowledge of computer science should be rewarded. And this is coming from a person who has never taken Comp Sci in high school. How hard is it to add quicksort and bubble sort, etc. to one's qu...
by conker
Thu Jun 08, 2006 11:22 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2006 NAQT HSNCT
Replies: 309
Views: 133280

I politely disagree. I was reading the tossup on the paper as I was scorekeeping, and he started over at the beginning of the sentence he had started when Lisgar took the strategic neg. The concept of the International Cup is a good one. If the international schools are at the HSNCT next year, and ...
by conker
Thu Jun 08, 2006 10:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2006 NAQT HSNCT
Replies: 309
Views: 133280

Just wanted to point out that Mr. Harvey is no longer our coach, so he doesn't have much control over whether we are able to return to Chicago in the future. :cool: He is in Abu Dhabi now...hopefully he will be able to bring his team to NAQT in a few years (although they have an even longer flight t...
by conker
Tue Jun 06, 2006 4:16 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2006 NAQT HSNCT
Replies: 309
Views: 133280

While cocktail parties are a bad justification for anything, quiz bowl distributions included, I do not consider a question on Olympia Snowe to be trash. She will be irrelevant in 100 years, but she is a powerful person in the world we live in--this week alone, her opposition to the Constitutional ...
by conker
Tue Jun 06, 2006 2:20 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2006 NAQT HSNCT
Replies: 309
Views: 133280

In response to the comment on the increase in politics, current events, and "trash," I did notice that as well, but having thought about it, isn't cultural literacy important in the REAL WORLD? I know quizbowl is far from that, but when you talk with people in the office, or at a cocktail party, wh...