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by hokie168
Mon Feb 24, 2020 3:29 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: How to build "stamina"
Replies: 20
Views: 9627

Re: How to build "stamina"

I posted this in the Collegiate Discussion section about how to stay focused during long tournaments like ACF Nats. There's really no secret shortcut to building stamina. It's more useful to just keep a healthier lifestyle, which would help with your schoolwork as well. My advice would be: 1. Get su...
by hokie168
Mon Feb 24, 2020 3:27 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Stamina during Nationals
Replies: 7
Views: 3095

Re: Stamina during Nationals

This may have been posted before, but this thought kind of floated in my mind while playing Fall Open yesterday. How did/do you guys get through 18 rounds of 14+ rounds of ACF Nationals/ICT without becoming extremely exhausted and losing focus in important games? Even after playing ~8 or 9 rounds o...
by hokie168
Mon Feb 24, 2020 3:18 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2020 ACF Regionals Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 23
Views: 4403

Re: 2020 ACF Regionals Thanks and General Discussion

I edited physics. Initial playtesting suggested the tossups were too easy, so for most of them, I removed a sentence of easy clues and put in a tough opening sentence. Hopefully, people found the first half of the tossups sufficiently challenging. There was indeed a lot of applied stuff- we had many...
by hokie168
Fri Sep 27, 2019 8:41 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Thoughts on Coaching: Basic Advice for New Coaches
Replies: 2
Views: 3212

Re: Thoughts on Coaching: Basic Advice for New Coaches

Sure- feel free to repost. Or, once we figure out the differences, it should be easy enough to modify this post. Thanks for pointing out that in places with underdeveloped circuits, there might not be more than 2-3 tournaments. In that case, coaches should definitely make it to all of them. For stud...
by hokie168
Sat Sep 21, 2019 10:59 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Thoughts on Coaching: Basic Advice for New Coaches
Replies: 2
Views: 3212

Thoughts on Coaching: Basic Advice for New Coaches

I’ve taken a job that prevents me from coaching this year, but I thought this might be useful to new (and even some experienced) teams, especially ones with an inexperienced coach. I feel like this post is still a bit disorganized, but I just wanted to put it up before the HS season starts. My Backg...
by hokie168
Tue Sep 04, 2018 9:52 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Matt Weiner's "Studying for Quizbowl" presentation.
Replies: 0
Views: 4149

Matt Weiner's "Studying for Quizbowl" presentation.

I recently got permission from Matt Weiner to post the files to his excellent "Studying for Quizbowl" presentation. He intended it as a resource for new college teams and new coaches, and made it nearly plug-and-play by providing slides as well as a Word file to read from while showing the Powerpoin...
by hokie168
Sun Jun 10, 2018 11:09 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: High School Player Poll
Replies: 42
Views: 23437

Re: High School Player Poll

That's completely absurd. I think it's fair to say he's the best specialist in hsqb. Seriously. I think Geoffrey's complete absence from any of the teams was arguably the biggest mistake with the All-World selections this year. I'd put it slightly ahead of leaving Grant Li off any of the teams. I t...
by hokie168
Wed May 02, 2018 4:55 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 121
Views: 48900

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

Once Sam mentioned it, I do think that I should've included a prompt on "sphere-packing problem" even if I mention "this statement"- it just didn't occur to me that people would buzz with that. If I had to re-edit, I would've rephrased it to say Toth developed a method to try to prove this statement...
by hokie168
Fri Apr 27, 2018 8:28 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 121
Views: 48900

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

I edited the math submissions and wrote the following questions: TUs on the core, sigma algebra, and Grothendieck. I had one other tossup that I don’t think has been posted yet, but has possibly been spoiled for next year and might get posted. I’ll talk about that one if Andrew clears it, since I th...
by hokie168
Mon Mar 12, 2018 9:01 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '17-'18
Replies: 154
Views: 56679

Re: Illinois '17-'18

I was looking at the state tournament schedule at http://www.ihsa.org/data/scores/scb28r16.htm and was wondering if anyone knew how IHSA splits teams into pools. Is it seeded, random draw, geographic, or what?
by hokie168
Sat May 27, 2017 8:12 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Quizbowl
Topic: Liveblogging the humans vs. QANTA match.
Replies: 3
Views: 2266

Liveblogging the humans vs. QANTA match.

Assuming the Internet access in here holds up, it'll be here: http://hsquizbowl.org/blog/
by hokie168
Mon Apr 10, 2017 5:43 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Packet Sub: Things you liked in high school
Replies: 41
Views: 17598

Re: Packet Sub: Things you liked in high school

Cheynem wrote:I'm super sick so my packet will be late or MIA.
Mike, we should just get our packets done in time for NSC. We can do this again and see how well the young'uns do on stuff that came out about the time they were born.
by hokie168
Fri Apr 07, 2017 7:56 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Quizbowl
Topic: Quizbowl Resource Center Blog
Replies: 19
Views: 7241

Re: Quizbowl Resource Center Blog

Does anybody have any idea what is going to happen with the blog or the link to it? Well, assuming that the Internet at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare isn't completely hosed, and that a couple things that seem to be wonky with Wordpress get fixed, I'll be putting live updates from ICT's afternoon top bra...
by hokie168
Mon Aug 15, 2016 8:04 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Quizbowl
Topic: Monetizing my Madness: a PACE Fundraiser
Replies: 15
Views: 7552

Re: Monetizing my Madness: a PACE Fundraiser

I'm in for 50 cents an hour, with a cap of $50. Fred, make sure to find me at one of the nationals this year.
by hokie168
Sun Jul 17, 2016 4:12 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NSC tournament format: playoff proposal.
Replies: 5
Views: 4883

Re: NSC tournament format: playoff proposal.

What seems more fair would be to use advantaged-final-style playoffs for these cross-tier matches. Teams in the top tier should still be afforded some advantage by virtue of doing better in the preliminary rounds. I think that teams in the top tier were already afforded an advantage- they had the a...
by hokie168
Thu Jul 14, 2016 8:28 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NSC tournament format: playoff proposal.
Replies: 5
Views: 4883

NSC tournament format: playoff proposal.

Mods- I’m not sure whether this should be here or in Theory, but since there’s only one tournament affected, I put it here. Please move if necessary. A quick summary of the problem: We currently have a format in which there are 12 preliminary pools of 8 teams to start. These sort into four playoff t...
by hokie168
Tue Jun 07, 2016 9:32 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2016 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 133
Views: 61309

Re: 2016 HSNCT discussion

The version that was used at HSNCT is as follows: The saponification of animal fats to form soaps is an example of this class of reaction. For 10 points each-- A. In what class of reactions does water break apart a chemical bond? answer: hydrolysis or hydrolytic reaction (accept hydrolyzing or hydr...
by hokie168
Mon Jun 06, 2016 6:53 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2016 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 133
Views: 61309

Re: 2016 HSNCT discussion

Can you post the condensation reaction bonus from the final game? Thanks.
by hokie168
Thu Apr 28, 2016 8:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Discuss 2016 NHBB Nationals Here
Replies: 88
Views: 37660

Re: Discuss 2016 NHBB Nationals Here

Well the last one was the least important, anyway. For the first two: I am nigh-literally floored that either of those things were floated as ideas, much less BOTH, much less either happened, much less BOTH happened. There is no universe in which either of those are good ideas. Most importantly (no...
by hokie168
Wed Oct 14, 2015 6:10 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: DC Metro 2015-16 Date Claim Thread
Replies: 52
Views: 27914

Re: DC Metro 2015-16 Date Claim Thread

TJ would like to claim Sunday, 12/13 as the date for a middle school tournament on NAQT MS-15.
by hokie168
Tue Oct 14, 2014 10:18 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: DC Metro 2014-15 Date Claim Thread
Replies: 41
Views: 24457

Re: DC Metro 2014-15 Date Claim Thread

TJ would like to claim 2/14 for hosting a mirror of HFT.
by hokie168
Thu Jun 05, 2014 4:17 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: On the Clock, and how to play with it
Replies: 26
Views: 10680

Re: On the Clock, and how to play with it

Madden's Clock Theory So, here's a controversial notion, but one that I think has some statistical validity to it. I posit that not only towards the end of the game, but at any point, where a team takes a lead, they should then kill the clock as much as possible on bonuses (and if possible, even by...
by hokie168
Wed Aug 07, 2013 1:23 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open Discussion
Replies: 95
Views: 25619

Re: Chicago Open Discussion

Hey, this is Dennis from the UVA team. I edited the "other science" and welcome feedback and suggestions about those questions. In general, my edits to math tossups were based on the following ideas: If the answer is a theorem, add early clues about methods of proving that theorem. If the answer is ...