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by New York Undercover
Wed Sep 01, 2010 1:17 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Texas 2010 - 2011
Replies: 125
Views: 36451

Re: Texas 2010 - 2011

Cool to see someone new posting on the forum! You won't get much discussion, unfortunately; someone who I won't name has essentially instituted a ban on Texas quizbowllers posting here. I wouldn't be surprised if more posts here were made by people out of state than by those in Texas itself. Regardl...
by New York Undercover
Tue Jul 13, 2010 9:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: How small is the math canon?
Replies: 42
Views: 6045

Re: How small is the math canon?

(6) The entire high school mathematics curriculum A lot of this seems like it would be hard to ask and keep it non-computational. With algebra, there's not a lot you can really do. Geometry has a lot of nice theorems with cool names, but most of those are not covered in class, meaning you'd be stuc...
by New York Undercover
Sun Jul 11, 2010 5:38 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: First-Time Tournament Help
Replies: 109
Views: 17047

Re: First-Time Tournament Help

Ok, having read the rules a little more in detail now, I think I understand. Let me throw out an example to make sure I'm fully getting it. We have Team A and Team B playing. Question 1 is answered correctly by A - they would receive Bonus #1 Question 2 goes unanswered. Question 3 is answered by Te...
by New York Undercover
Sat Jul 10, 2010 6:36 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: First-Time Tournament Help
Replies: 109
Views: 17047

Re: First-Time Tournament Help

--> Would it be unfair to use a Fall Novice set with (completely) house-written lightning round questions, or is it not "appropriate" to mix questions due to the concern over difficulty, etc.? You could, I guess (I have nothing to do with Fall Novice so I can't say what the writers of that set woul...
by New York Undercover
Wed Jun 02, 2010 1:50 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAC schedule/discussion 2010
Replies: 68
Views: 10156

Re: NAC schedule/discussion 2010

Cooking is important stuff, man
by New York Undercover
Wed Jun 02, 2010 12:57 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Rules on Pronunciation
Replies: 24
Views: 3700

Re: Rules on Pronunciation

what about berlioz pronounced with a "silent z"?
Is that wrong?
by New York Undercover
Wed May 19, 2010 12:17 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2010 HSNCT Fiesta!
Replies: 31
Views: 5643

Re: 2010 HSNCT Fiesta!

i can't wait for HSNCT to be over just so people stop making these tired shibaricon jokes
by New York Undercover
Fri May 14, 2010 11:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Midwest Championship May 15, 2010 at Culver (IN)
Replies: 97
Views: 12088

Re: Midwest Championship May 15, 2010 at Culver (IN)

"Featured Match" schedule for tomorrow (i.e. matches which will be played in the Auditorium): does this mean there will be live coverage of some kind for these matches? Because some of these (DCDS vs DCC, I am looking at you) look really appealing and exciting. I think featured matches are just wha...
by New York Undercover
Mon May 10, 2010 1:03 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Kentucky HSAPQ All-star Team
Replies: 104
Views: 10949

Re: Kentucky HSAPQ All-star Team

And I sure would hate to pay $150-200 to be an "alternate"
by New York Undercover
Sun May 09, 2010 11:54 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Kentucky HSAPQ All-star Team
Replies: 104
Views: 10949

Re: Kentucky HSAPQ All-star Team

The problem with suggesting kids send in a bid is that sending a team requires a decent amount of money, which a group of kids would probably not be able/willing to provide.
by New York Undercover
Thu Apr 29, 2010 11:52 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Cheapest Way to get to HSNCT from Really Far Away?
Replies: 20
Views: 3368

Re: Cheapest Way to get to HSNCT from Really Far Away?

How feasible is it to learn to drive a bus? I know that the coach at a nearby middle school of mine would always drive kids to math contests, and I'm sure that would significantly reduce costs.
by New York Undercover
Mon Apr 19, 2010 12:29 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Where Are You Going To College Next Year
Replies: 57
Views: 15076

Re: Where Are You Going To College Next Year

Probaby UChicago, barrring an incredible experience at Northwestern tomorrow or waitlist acceptances from Brown or UPenn. Everyone in the world seems to be going to UPenn. One quizbowl player and one infrequent poster doesn't seem to indicate a particularly large freshman class to me, unless you kn...
by New York Undercover
Tue Apr 13, 2010 2:52 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Where Are You Going To College Next Year
Replies: 57
Views: 15076

Re: Where Are You Going To College Next Year

I'm going to Upenn next year
by New York Undercover
Wed Mar 24, 2010 10:33 pm
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: Midwest Academic Questions
Replies: 67
Views: 21190

Re: Midwest Academic Questions

You'll get no argument from me, but the Leyden tournament isn't really my show. For the past 3 years, I've fought for a Saturday tournament, but the feeder schools just aren't interested. As far as I'm aware, none of the participating schools are IESA members, so aside from a handful of after-schoo...
by New York Undercover
Tue Mar 23, 2010 11:25 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Keeping individual stats
Replies: 42
Views: 4479

Re: Norcross mirrors the Prison Bowl -3/6/10- (GA)

I believe the logistics argument that it is difficult for moderators to track individual stats and moderate and keep rounds running quickly, as well as the manpower issue that there aren't enough people to have two to a room.
by New York Undercover
Mon Mar 22, 2010 1:47 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: My coach is making me help with philosophy
Replies: 23
Views: 4377

Re: My coach is making me help with philosophy

this list is probably more extensive than you want, but it's a good start
by New York Undercover
Sun Mar 21, 2010 2:18 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: List places you'd like to see the 2011 HSNCT
Replies: 127
Views: 19899

Re: List places you'd like to see the 2011 HSNCT

I know this is not really something that can be easily answered, but do you know how hosting HSNCT in Texas in 2000 and 2002 affected turnout? Since the highest quizbowl density is in the east, were there fewer teams, proportionally, attending from that region because of the distance?
by New York Undercover
Thu Mar 18, 2010 10:45 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: February Poll
Replies: 108
Views: 15247

Re: February Poll

Monk wrote:Frankly, I don't expect IMSA to ever really be a power in quizbowl, since the best and brightest of IMSA are too busy working on original research to memorize lists of scientist's names.
You seem to have a pretty good grasp of what makes up SCIENCE! in quizbowl
by New York Undercover
Tue Mar 16, 2010 8:06 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: February Poll
Replies: 108
Views: 15247

Re: February Poll

Utahraptor wrote:Matt from Lake Park
by New York Undercover
Fri Mar 12, 2010 12:21 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: February Poll
Replies: 108
Views: 15247

Re: February Poll

So Top Five Teams overlooked in February poll? My vote: 3. IMSA - Highest scoring team in the state at regionals and 4th at Masonic State. They're probably in top 10 overall, right behind Naperville Central and WWS. Top Five Teams overrated in February poll? 2. Niles North - Didn't even make Sectio...
by New York Undercover
Sun Feb 28, 2010 3:09 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Prison Bowl III at Hunter HS (NYC) - 2/27/10
Replies: 135
Views: 127196

Re: Prison Bowl III at Hunter HS (NYC) - 2/27/10

Aaron and daniel are juniors as well
by New York Undercover
Sat Feb 27, 2010 7:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Prison Bowl III at Hunter HS (NYC) - 2/27/10
Replies: 135
Views: 127196

Re: Prison Bowl III at Hunter HS (NYC) - 2/27/10

It's a shame that teams had to drop out. It would have been awesome to see how LASA compared to Charter, State College, etc.
by New York Undercover
Sat Feb 27, 2010 3:18 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals Texas (2/21/10)
Replies: 10
Views: 2540

Re: ACF Regionals Texas (2/21/10)

Both of the other teams were high schools.
by New York Undercover
Fri Feb 19, 2010 12:32 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: New "Team" Needs help studying
Replies: 14
Views: 2362

Re: New "Team" Needs help studying

You might want to check out sporcle and funtrivia, which probably have quizzes closer in line to the quizbowl you'll be doing than the packets you'll find online. Even novice tournaments are probably aiming at more academic topics than I would expect your competition will.
by New York Undercover
Mon Feb 08, 2010 9:05 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alternatives to Buzzer Systems, in dire situations
Replies: 17
Views: 4447

Re: Alternatives to Buzzer Systems, in dire situations

I think the red, black, green, blue suggestion is a good way of distinguishing different people. Certainly better than slapping the table.
by New York Undercover
Mon Feb 08, 2010 8:57 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2010 National Tournament of Academic Excellence
Replies: 63
Views: 14312

Re: 2010 National Tournament of Academic Excellence

Somehow I dislike the idea of spending quizbowl team funds on something with considerable necessary non-quizbowl expenses. If a team wishes to do that that is their choice, but it should not be included in the registration fee. Do note that a lot of the separate, non-quizbowl expenses are not being...
by New York Undercover
Mon Feb 08, 2010 8:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2010 National Tournament of Academic Excellence
Replies: 63
Views: 14312

Re: 2010 National Tournament of Academic Excellence

Just out of curiosity Kay, where was it posted on the Polk County web site that the tournament had no funding? I haven't been able to find the quoted statement from your post, but that's probably because their search function isn't very friendly. I'm curious because I just got an email from another...
by New York Undercover
Mon Feb 08, 2010 12:26 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2010 National Tournament of Academic Excellence
Replies: 63
Views: 14312

Re: 2010 National Tournament of Academic Excellence

What do you think about the expenses? In my opinion, it's hard to justify not quizbowl for the high prices that Disney World naturally entails, especially if that cost is being footed by a school.
by New York Undercover
Mon Feb 01, 2010 2:05 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Second Annual Loyburn Classic @ Rockford Auburn (1/30/10)
Replies: 38
Views: 6188

Re: Second Annual Loyburn Classic @ Rockford Auburn (1/30/10)

I saw the P/BB and thought that was P/B too, and was confused. But yeah wow 5 teams over 20, solid
by New York Undercover
Sat Jan 16, 2010 12:39 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Quizbowl FAQ
Replies: 23
Views: 2887

Re: Quizbowl FAQ

could you upload as a .doc? Writer opens .docx files but I'm sure plenty of people use Word 2003. Also what is this about appendices?
by New York Undercover
Tue Jan 05, 2010 1:29 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: '09-10 HS Midseason Poll - Congratulations State College!
Replies: 137
Views: 16944

Re: '09-10 HS Midseason Poll

This is my first time attempting this... doubtful I'll do it again. Just too intensive.
by New York Undercover
Mon Jan 04, 2010 9:29 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Let's Talk About "Your Choice"
Replies: 56
Views: 7134

Re: Let's Talk About "Your Choice"

Matt Bruce Memorial Category According to legend, NAQT writer Matt Bruce used to pick tossup answers based on things he saw in his house. Many quizbowlers live in houses or apartments, or know people who live in houses or apartments, and thus are familiar with everyday products, appliances, and oth...
by New York Undercover
Sun Jan 03, 2010 8:13 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Fall Novice Tournament Discussion
Replies: 29
Views: 4274

Re: Fall Novice Tournament Discussion

Here are the questions i found slightly too difficult to be tossed up at this low-level truly novice event: ~Gibbs Free Energy (this isn't something that really any freshman should be expected to know that's not currently going to TJ) When is chemistry taken over there? At my school, we take chemis...
by New York Undercover
Sun Jan 03, 2010 2:07 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Fall Novice Tournament Discussion
Replies: 29
Views: 4274

Re: Fall Novice Tournament Discussion

Here are the questions i found slightly too difficult to be tossed up at this low-level truly novice event: ~Gibbs Free Energy (this isn't something that really any freshman should be expected to know that's not currently going to TJ) When is chemistry taken over there? At my school, we take chemis...
by New York Undercover
Fri Dec 25, 2009 9:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Avoiding Plagiarism When Writing Questions
Replies: 7
Views: 1681

Re: Avoiding Plagiarism When Writing Questions

Someone tell me if I'm wrong, but I think the problem most people have with :chip: plagiarizing doesn't stem from him copying from websites, books, or what have you. It stems more from him copying other questions ( Jeopardy! was specifically cited by critics as a source he copied IIRC). It's basica...
by New York Undercover
Sat Dec 19, 2009 12:48 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Writing Trash for Academic Tournaments
Replies: 30
Views: 3708

Re: Writing Trash for Academic Tournaments

I don't see how at least one or two of Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Sidney Crosby, and Alexander Ovechkin is not appropriate as an easy part. If those guys aren't easy parts, what is? "Hockey?" "The Stanley Cup?" "Ice?" I'm not sure if you're aiming for high school or college level but as a highsc...
by New York Undercover
Thu Dec 17, 2009 12:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Messages stuck in outbox
Replies: 5
Views: 1257

Re: Messages stuck in outbox

On every other forum I have been on, if a PM is still in your outbox, that means it has not been opened by the recipient. You still have the power to delete/edit it. Once it is opened, it will be transferred to the 'sent' box
by New York Undercover
Thu Dec 17, 2009 12:41 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: DAFT 2009 Discussion - Set Cleared
Replies: 89
Views: 26848

Re: DAFT 2009 Discussion - Set Cleared

Hopefully this is not petty criticism, but I was surprised to see both 19. Gay-Lussac’s law states this quantity is proportional to temperature. For 10 points each: [10] Name this quantity calculated by dividing force by area and which also indicates the stress of a system. ANSWER: pressure and [10]...
by New York Undercover
Tue Dec 15, 2009 12:14 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HFT IV Discussion
Replies: 37
Views: 6524

Re: HFT IV Discussion

Dark Ages: Fae wrote:In addition, the "The Money You Could Be Saving with Geico" question was possibly the greatest trash tossup ever.
Considering the 2008 HFT Tossup on the "Geico Gecko", there seems to be a trend here..
by New York Undercover
Mon Nov 16, 2009 12:44 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: contribute your opinions on pseudonyms here!
Replies: 46
Views: 8666

Re: Harvard Fall Tournament IV (11/14/09)

Well I mean, it's not clear to, say, someone like me who has never played state college but is still interested in looking at individual stats.
And can you really tell me with certainty which player is "Natalie Merchant" and which is "Marc Anthony"?
by New York Undercover
Wed Nov 11, 2009 12:32 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Alternatives to Google Docs
Replies: 10
Views: 1990

Re: Alternatives to Google Docs

Have you tried dropbox? I haven't used it much but I believe it does what you want.
by New York Undercover
Wed Nov 04, 2009 8:32 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The lost art of good teams getting easy tossups early
Replies: 17
Views: 5422

Re: The lost art of good teams getting easy tossups early

One side of the debate here continues making normative statements about the current state of quizbowl ("quizbowl currently is..." "quizbowl currently rewards..." "current quizbowl players are currently interested in playing current types of questions at difficulty level...") when this debate is ent...
by New York Undercover
Tue Oct 27, 2009 12:20 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Questions Unlimited: "We're Coming to You!"
Replies: 13
Views: 2873

Re: Questions Unlimited: "We're Coming to You!"

My brother is in 5th grade. It seems pretty plausible to get pretty good at awful middle school level quizbowl while still getting pretty good at good middle school level quizbowl.
Tempting!
by New York Undercover
Mon Oct 19, 2009 4:05 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Dunbar Academic Fall Tournament (10/24/09) (NSC Qualifier)
Replies: 124
Views: 40440

Re: Dunbar Academic Fall Tournament (10/24/09) (NSC Qualifier)

I have a few things to say about Madisonville and then a few questions. 1. I do not believe that Madisonville has any starters taking the ACT on the 24th. I'm pretty sure I'm not. Even if there is one or two taking the ACT, I will make it my personal responsibility to get Madisonville to attend, re...
by New York Undercover
Sun Oct 18, 2009 10:06 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HSAPQ Set 8
Replies: 34
Views: 4317

Re: HSAPQ Set 8

All sets will be posted in July.
by New York Undercover
Thu Oct 15, 2009 11:31 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Negs
Replies: 14
Views: 2461

Re: Negs

Hmm, why is buzzing in after the tossup ends not worthy of a neg? What's the difference in guessing incorrectly after and during the tossup?
by New York Undercover
Mon Oct 12, 2009 12:51 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HSAPQ Open Forum, October 7th at 8:00 P.M.
Replies: 14
Views: 3203

Re: HSAPQ Open Forum, October 7th at 8:00 P.M.

I would suggest that HSAPQ try Ms. Mitzi Mahoney, who runs the SHSU Academic Challenge tournament in the fall and spring. It is 4 quarter format but she seemed somewhat receptive to change when I e-mailed her (unfortunately probably no change for the fall tournament). I already mentioned HSAPQ and t...
by New York Undercover
Sun Oct 11, 2009 5:20 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: FAcT V (10/10/09) at Yale (New Haven, CT)
Replies: 17
Views: 3220

Re: FAcT V (10/10/09) at Yale (New Haven, CT)

Heard there were some prelim bracketing problems in this tournament. Any results?