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by Charles Martel
Tue Jun 03, 2014 1:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: On the Clock, and how to play with it
Replies: 26
Views: 9964

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

David's point is that even though stalling could hurt your team if you have a lead, it's more likely to hurt the opposing team, and thus increase your chance of winning.
by Charles Martel
Mon Jun 02, 2014 2:35 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '14-'15
Replies: 91
Views: 32482

Re: Illinois '14-'15

I predict that Dylan Minarik will dominate the novice circuit in Illinois.
by Charles Martel
Sat Jun 08, 2013 4:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2013 NSC: Congratulations, Ladue!
Replies: 78
Views: 51052

Re: 2013 NSC: June 8-9 at University of Maryland, College Park

The lack of a liveblog or any kind of live statistics is very disappointing. I was hoping to follow the tournament as it happened, but I've completely given up at this point.
by Charles Martel
Wed May 29, 2013 1:00 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2013 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 149
Views: 54157

Re: 2013 HSNCT discussion

It's probably just because florin and Florentine both start with fl-, which helps fleur-de-lis come to mind easily.
by Charles Martel
Sat Mar 16, 2013 8:58 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Loyola Academy Spring Tournament (LAST) 4/13
Replies: 14
Views: 6795

Re: Loyola Academy Spring Tournament (LAST) 4/13

I think it's a great sign when people go to tournaments unaffiliated. It's a lot harder to get a team together for an event if you don't have a coach going and the school isn't paying for it.
by Charles Martel
Fri Mar 15, 2013 11:33 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Best Quizbowl Programs in the Nation (Ranking?)
Replies: 20
Views: 6663

Re: Best Quizbowl Programs in the Nation (Ranking?)

HSNCT placings can be very weird. Draw a bad result in the double elimination and you could be out quickly without a chance. The difference between being in and out of the top 25 has a lot of luck.
by Charles Martel
Mon Mar 04, 2013 11:42 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA 2013
Replies: 78
Views: 15813

Re: IHSA 2013

I think the worst Class A teams may be unable to put up 100 points on almost any set.
by Charles Martel
Fri Feb 01, 2013 6:09 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Congrats Ladue!!!! - Mid-Season HSQB Top 25 Poll
Replies: 34
Views: 30602

Re: Congrats Ladue!!!! - Mid-Season HSQB Top 25 Poll

Fred wrote:Also: people completely omitting Bellarmine, Loyola, Cistercian is pretty ridiculous.
This is silly. If I were running the poll, I would have replied back asking them to justify not ranking those teams.
by Charles Martel
Wed Jan 02, 2013 3:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '12-'13
Replies: 153
Views: 66570

Re: Illinois '12-'13

Pb is not the only way to study. Go read books, packets, and/or wikipedia.
by Charles Martel
Tue Jan 01, 2013 5:17 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '12-'13
Replies: 153
Views: 66570

Re: Illinois '12-'13

I think what James is trying to say is that he believed that any frosh/soph were eligible, found out that belief was incorrect, and wishes that it had been more clearly described as a novice tournament in the first place so that he never would have had that belief.
by Charles Martel
Mon Dec 03, 2012 11:16 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Harvard Fall Tournament difficulty discussion
Replies: 53
Views: 25338

Re: Harvard Fall Tournament difficulty discussion

Teams that are struggling with easy parts are not amused either by insultingly easy parts. They are in fact, insulted, because it's better to not be able to answer a part at all than to only be able to answer it because it was trivially easy. Easy parts can be very, very, easy, but no team likes it ...
by Charles Martel
Tue Nov 06, 2012 1:10 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '12-'13
Replies: 153
Views: 66570

Re: Illinois '12-'13

thyringe_supine wrote: IMSA
Anton and the guys are good at what they do. However, my conception of IMSA in it's current state is basically limited to the name Karpovich, so yeah.
I think you missed how at ACF Fall, Sabrina put up 35 PPG while Anton put up 42 PPG.
by Charles Martel
Fri Sep 14, 2012 11:32 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: New and Noteworthy
Replies: 21
Views: 6857

Re: New and Noteworthy

Expressing interest as well.
by Charles Martel
Wed Aug 29, 2012 11:58 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Pre-tournament Routines
Replies: 39
Views: 18544

Re: Pre-tournament Routines

Our team last year usually prepared by playing trash until like 3 AM the night before, and then playing horribly in the first match of the day.
by Charles Martel
Fri Jul 27, 2012 11:34 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Should this be prompted?
Replies: 14
Views: 3079

Re: Should this be prompted?

Not disputing any of the points that having been made using the example of Mitt Romney, but it's kind of funny that he's being used as an example because Mitt isn't his first name (I've wanted him to come up in a tournament for a while so that I could answer Willard Romney).
by Charles Martel
Fri Jul 27, 2012 4:46 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Should this be prompted?
Replies: 14
Views: 3079

Re: Should this be prompted?

What about "D. Xiaoping"?
by Charles Martel
Wed Jul 18, 2012 10:01 pm
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: Team Tryouts?
Replies: 6
Views: 2600

Re: Team Tryouts?

Did you actually have 40 kids coming to all of the practices? Was there enough interest to bring 20 of them to a tournament?
by Charles Martel
Fri Jul 13, 2012 6:20 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: GSAC XX is looking for Mirrors!
Replies: 15
Views: 8937

Re: GSAC XX is looking for Mirrors!

alinktothefuture wrote:
Charles Martel wrote:What is the math distro going to be?
Math falls under the 4/4 Science subdistribution.
How much? .5/.5? Or is "Math/CS" delegated to 3/3, as it sometimes is.
by Charles Martel
Fri Jul 13, 2012 12:07 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: GSAC XX is looking for Mirrors!
Replies: 15
Views: 8937

Re: GSAC XX is looking for Mirrors!

What is the math distro going to be?
by Charles Martel
Mon Jul 09, 2012 5:25 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 3 Day Ridgewood Summer Invitational: July 6-8, Ridgewood, NJ
Replies: 168
Views: 65252

Re: 3 Day Ridgewood Summer Invitational: July 6-8, Ridgewood, NJ

When you do packet submission, the most useful feedback isn't supposed to come from the other teams. It should be coming from the editors who edit the packets submitted and give you feedback. There should be disparity in packet quality of submitted packets, but there shouldn't be that much disparity...
by Charles Martel
Mon Jul 09, 2012 3:31 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Is QuizBowl an inherent "con" of knowledge?
Replies: 26
Views: 12748

Re: Is QuizBowl an inherent "con" of knowledge?

As for this comment: But they seem to be missing the point that that's less efficient studying in terms of getting good at quizbowl. My view is that beyond a certain depth, returns in terms of improvement in quizbowl are extremely low. You can study that deep if you want, but it's not the best way ...
by Charles Martel
Mon Jul 09, 2012 3:07 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 3 Day Ridgewood Summer Invitational: July 6-8, Ridgewood, NJ
Replies: 168
Views: 65252

Re: 3 Day Ridgewood Summer Invitational: July 6-8, Ridgewood, NJ

No one is criticizing the job you did writing. Personally, I expect absolutely nothing of novice writers. I am surprised this tournament was completed in time. It seems like the mistakes that were made were (a) deciding to have only novice writers write a set in 3 months, (b) not giving them enough ...
by Charles Martel
Mon Jul 09, 2012 2:19 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Is QuizBowl an inherent "con" of knowledge?
Replies: 26
Views: 12748

Re: Is QuizBowl an inherent "con" of knowledge?

I agree with Eric. One of the points people seem to be making is "If you spend a very large amount of time studying a topic, you can learn real knowledge." But they seem to be missing the point that that's less efficient studying in terms of getting good at quizbowl. My view is that beyond a certain...
by Charles Martel
Sun Jul 08, 2012 11:28 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 3 Day Ridgewood Summer Invitational: July 6-8, Ridgewood, NJ
Replies: 168
Views: 65252

Re: 3 Day Ridgewood Summer Invitational: July 6-8, Ridgewood, NJ

Who would have guessed that a group of first-time writers and average quizbowlers couldn't write a set in 3 months? After 3 years of DAFT, RM/TP/ Bellarmine /Wikipedia, and now this, I wonder if quizbowl will ever learn (a) how much effort and experience it takes to write a good set and (b) when and...
by Charles Martel
Fri Jun 29, 2012 4:05 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: I propose a quizbowl video project
Replies: 24
Views: 6114

Re: I propose a quizbowl video project

One of the reasons people sometimes don't enjoy watching quizbowl is that they don't recognize any clues. One solution might be to have the FTP sentence for the question displayed on the screen for people watching the video to see.
by Charles Martel
Fri Jun 29, 2012 11:19 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Play Chicago Open for Free! - Need 17th Team
Replies: 6
Views: 2300

Re: Play Chicago Open for Free! - Need 17th Team

A team consisting of some IMSA people would like to get on a waitlist.
by Charles Martel
Thu Jun 28, 2012 12:34 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Looking for a good housewrite to mirror in November
Replies: 13
Views: 3564

Re: Looking for a good housewrite to mirror in November

IMSANITY 3 will have .5/.5 Trash and .5/.5 SS, and 1 tiebreaker per round. I think we're planning on 16 packets, though, so one of those could be used in case more tiebreakers are needed.
by Charles Martel
Mon Jun 25, 2012 9:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: So You Want to Write a Housewrite
Replies: 13
Views: 10129

Re: So You Want to Write a Housewrite

IMSANITY had 13 packets, not 12.

Also, you need at least 15 packets if for some reason you decided that your tournament should not have tiebreakers or replacement questions in the packets.
by Charles Martel
Mon Jun 11, 2012 9:46 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2012 NSC: June 9-10 at Washington University in St. Louis
Replies: 106
Views: 162355

Re: 2012 NSC: June 9-10 at Washington University in St. Louis

Yeah, the phone and pocket constitution are mine. My address is [no longer written here]. Thank you very much for finding it!

EDIT: Removed address
by Charles Martel
Tue May 22, 2012 4:38 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: discuss the importance of the 36-30 line here
Replies: 24
Views: 6725

Re: BHSAT General Thoughts and Discussion

It seems unimportant to me because the 36 30 line was essentially meaningless. It was never used to decide whether or not a new state had slavery. California, Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, Kentucky, Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware were all exceptions to the rule, and after it was implemented, they i...
by Charles Martel
Tue May 22, 2012 2:34 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: discuss the importance of the 36-30 line here
Replies: 24
Views: 6725

Re: BHSAT General Thoughts and Discussion

It seems unimportant to me because the 36 30 line was essentially meaningless. It was never used to decide whether or not a new state had slavery. California, Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, Kentucky, Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware were all exceptions to the rule, and after it was implemented, they i...
by Charles Martel
Tue May 22, 2012 2:26 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: discuss the importance of the 36-30 line here
Replies: 24
Views: 6725

Re: BHSAT General Thoughts and Discussion

It seems unimportant to me because the 36 30 line was essentially meaningless. It was never used to decide whether or not a new state had slavery. California, Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, Kentucky, Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware were all exceptions to the rule, and after it was implemented, they ig...
by Charles Martel
Mon May 21, 2012 2:26 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: BHSAT General Thoughts and Discussion
Replies: 35
Views: 12115

Re: BHSAT General Thoughts and Discussion

I was extremely annoyed at the bonus part on SB1070, where it was basically asking if you knew the name of the bill, but it didn't make it clear that it wanted the official designation.
by Charles Martel
Sun May 20, 2012 7:20 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: BHSAT General Thoughts and Discussion
Replies: 35
Views: 12115

Re: BHSAT General Thoughts and Discussion

I guess I was just kind of annoyed because I negged gold with salt on the first line. I definitely feel that the Babylon tossup was lacking in good clues. I thought the iron tossup was good. With regards to the bonuses, I think one of the problems is that it was often anti-pyramidal, identifying it,...
by Charles Martel
Sun May 20, 2012 7:15 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Wildcat XIV at Northwestern (5/20/12)
Replies: 17
Views: 6835

Re: Wildcat XIV at Northwestern (5/20/12)

Props to Dan-Don for getting up all of the stats within like 5 minutes of each round finishing. Also, Hunter wrote a great set. There were a few buzzer races, but I think that only shows how ready teams are for nationals.
by Charles Martel
Sun May 20, 2012 7:44 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: BHSAT General Thoughts and Discussion
Replies: 35
Views: 12115

Re: BHSAT General Thoughts and Discussion

1. I thought that having tossups on "Iron" and "Gold" was pushing it. History in general seemed to be less events-oriented than history questions usually are. Even if this was your intent, I think you went overboard with it. 2. The writing was confusing and hard to understand. Several times, the las...
by Charles Martel
Mon May 14, 2012 6:41 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Midwest Championship at Northwestern (5/19/12)
Replies: 52
Views: 21285

Re: Midwest Championship at Northwestern (5/19/12)

This is like the soviet union claiming that each constituent republic should get a UN seat.
by Charles Martel
Mon May 14, 2012 1:24 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Midwest Championship at Northwestern (5/19/12)
Replies: 52
Views: 21285

Re: Midwest Championship at Northwestern (5/19/12)

I voted for rebracket, but I've changed my mind to round robin.
by Charles Martel
Wed May 09, 2012 7:55 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA Issues
Replies: 21
Views: 7031

Re: IHSA Issues

Part-by-part bonuses... Wow.
by Charles Martel
Mon May 07, 2012 9:06 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Applying player stats
Replies: 9
Views: 3112

Re: Applying player stats

I consider (P+N)/(P+T+N) to be a good estimate of aggressiveness.
by Charles Martel
Sat May 05, 2012 12:55 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Applying player stats
Replies: 9
Views: 3112

Re: Applying player stats

I've seen tournaments where successful players had a 2:1 ratio, and one of the players on our IMSA A team usually has around a 20:1 ratio.
by Charles Martel
Fri May 04, 2012 5:41 pm
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: IESA State Finals today
Replies: 15
Views: 6011

Re: IESA State Finals today

On the autism spectrum does not mean it IS autism. The autism spectrum is the spectrum of disorders related to autism, including autism itself.
by Charles Martel
Sun Apr 29, 2012 8:36 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: One Juggernaut or Four Well-Rounded Individuals?
Replies: 11
Views: 3591

Re: One Juggernaut or Four Well-Rounded Individuals?

Besides Centennial, the next one-man team I can find is New Trier, at #20. To be imbalanced, a team has to have a certain level of skill, but there is a limit to the rate one person can learn, so they'll be surpassed by teams with two players studying at over half the rate, or teams with three playe...
by Charles Martel
Sun Apr 29, 2012 12:52 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Where Will You Be Going to College Next Year? 2011-12
Replies: 86
Views: 31460

Re: Where Will You Be Going to College Next Year? 2011-12

I will be attending MIT next year, and I plan to play quizbowl there.
by Charles Martel
Tue Apr 17, 2012 11:57 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: PACE NSC Playtesting
Replies: 12
Views: 3824

Re: PACE NSC Playtesting

I second the password idea.
by Charles Martel
Mon Apr 16, 2012 6:09 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Proposed Alternative to the Neg Prize
Replies: 6
Views: 1825

Re: Proposed Alternative to the Neg Prize

Something that I've seen moderators do before (Brad Fischer, Kristin Strey, Chris Romero) is have candy in their rooms, and give it out at their discretion for buzzes. Maybe something as simple as that would work.
by Charles Martel
Sun Apr 15, 2012 3:24 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: neg king/queen/monarch
Replies: 40
Views: 9526

Re: neg king/queen/monarch

Solution to the "problem" of players intentionally going for neg prizes: Disqualify players who were not attempting to play their best.