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by kievanrustic
Mon May 11, 2015 11:25 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '15 - '16
Replies: 64
Views: 29932

Re: Illinois '15 - '16

New Rules State: VII. Rule 3-D (Start of Match) Proposed Addition 3-D-5 to read: Players must begin the match seated, and must remain seated during toss-ups. The only time players may stand up during a match is during a bonus (Rule 4-E-4a). If a student requires an accommodation they should approac...
by kievanrustic
Wed Apr 29, 2015 11:50 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Where Are You Going To College Next Year? 2014-15
Replies: 39
Views: 20910

Re: Where Are You Going To College Next Year? 2014-15

I'm going to St. Olaf and will play quiz bowl there.
by kievanrustic
Mon Apr 27, 2015 9:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 NHBB/USGO Discussion Thread
Replies: 122
Views: 49133

Re: 2015 NHBB/USGO Discussion Thread

First off, I want to say that this set was (and since it will still be used, is) fantastic. Matt Jackson and Eric Mukherjee edited a set that has such good questions that I almost forgot that it was written in one month. If you see anyone who was on the writing team for this tournament on the street...
by kievanrustic
Thu Mar 12, 2015 11:01 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO 2015 Matchmaking
Replies: 47
Views: 18564

Re: CO 2015 Matchmaking

I'm looking for a team. I am a senior at IMSA and will soon be a freshman. Things that I know that translate up to CO: History Myth Things that I can write at CO level: History RMP Literature Physics (primarily modern) and Chemistry (primarily bio or organic) I will have my questions done by May 3rd...
by kievanrustic
Tue Mar 10, 2015 10:31 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Literary Phrasing
Replies: 20
Views: 7158

Re: Literary Phrasing

On this note, what about questions that are not only ambiguous but completely wrong? Can one call "The Interpreter of Maladies" a novel? Can one call Ulysses a novella? Is confusion over such an error protestable?
by kievanrustic
Tue Mar 10, 2015 10:12 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA 2015
Replies: 21
Views: 4488

Re: IHSA 2015

The key to playing IHSA is maintaining one's cool. It's too bad that playing it is like having a crawdad pinching on each appendage.

Really working on not making each game into a rendition of Glengarry Glen Ross.
by kievanrustic
Mon Feb 09, 2015 4:17 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '14-'15
Replies: 91
Views: 32479

Re: Illinois '14-'15

Nobody is saying that great players do not inspire others. I never wrote that, and this thread is misguided if people continue to argue over this point. What I did say was that teams with more people active have more people who are benefiting from quiz bowl. This is a tautological statement, and per...
by kievanrustic
Mon Feb 09, 2015 3:01 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '14-'15
Replies: 91
Views: 32479

Re: Illinois '14-'15

At the very least, you would have to look back earlier than the 2012-2013 season to test your hypothesis. Also, a lot of the older players who are active now were still playing during the era of Loyola-IMSA-Belvidere North, so you could even argue that playing games against more one-man teams playe...
by kievanrustic
Sun Feb 08, 2015 5:11 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '14-'15
Replies: 91
Views: 32479

Re: Illinois '14-'15

This post has two purposes—(1) to rank teams, (2~most importantly) to look at the development of quiz bowl in Illinois. With that preamble out of the way, let us begin. Rankings: Top Tier: What teams, when they have their full rosters, are always in the finals? Exactly. 1: Auburn Certainly the best ...
by kievanrustic
Sat Aug 30, 2014 11:11 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HSQBRank 2014-15
Replies: 211
Views: 104723

Re: HSQBRank 2014-15

Fred Morlan's hsqbrank said: Okay, so this is the most complicated team in this preview. First, they lose their coach Dr. Prince; then, there are whispers that there won’t be a replacement or a team next year. But they return two scorers from their A team and all of their B team, plus they pull in ...
by kievanrustic
Sat Jul 19, 2014 1:28 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '14-'15
Replies: 91
Views: 32479

Re: Illinois '14-'15

Does anyone know what next year holds for the existence and tournament attendance of the IMSA team? As far as I know, Dan Pechi has been seeing if 1507 (his and Waleed's residence hall) Residence Counselors would be willing to coach. If that plan falls together, then the IMSA team should exist. If ...
by kievanrustic
Wed Apr 30, 2014 3:36 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB & USGO Nationals Set Thread
Replies: 33
Views: 10372

Re: NHBB & USGO Nationals Set Thread

This set was fantastic, especially the historically-themed literature (Robert Service was a bit hard, though). There was just one question that I found to be completely incorrect. National History Bee Round 2 Question 15 said: The Jelling stones boast of Gorm the Sleepy's work against this religious...
by kievanrustic
Wed Mar 12, 2014 9:06 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Staying Alert
Replies: 46
Views: 25035

Re: Staying Alert

All of the above posts about proper nutrition and sleep are correct. Additionally, I find that light exercise keeps the body and mind awake. That's why one will find me jogging, doing jumping jacks, doing clap push-up, and other exercises in between matches. I personally find that exercise can help ...
by kievanrustic
Tue Mar 11, 2014 12:07 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 IHSA
Replies: 80
Views: 20971

Re: 2014 IHSA

The colonialism in Uganda bonus. We got one part, and barely. Xhosa TU Dixon Mounds Museum Hey, if you don't have deep knowledge on indirect rule and acephalous tribes, I don't know what to say (we 0'd that bonus). One of my teammates from assures me that the Dickson Mounds Museum is something that...
by kievanrustic
Thu Mar 06, 2014 9:37 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: DONTQUIT at Stevenson (IL): MUT mirror on April 5
Replies: 13
Views: 6069

Re: DONTQUIT at Stevenson (IL): MUT mirror on April 5

Jonah said:
Machiavelli Academy A, Machiavelli Academy B,
I wonder who these people are?

In all seriousness, I'd just like to thank Jonah and whoever else is running this tournament. It is a really pleasant surprise to see yet another high school mirror of a college tournament in Illinois.
by kievanrustic
Wed Dec 25, 2013 8:56 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '13-'14
Replies: 143
Views: 64077

Re: Illinois '13-'14

Hey, I like stealing Dylan's thunder too! Also, I've got some things to say about quiz bowl in Illinois. For my rankings, I will be using tournament standings and game wins. For your information, I am ranking teams that have played in at least two non-novice Illinois tournaments this year (I am usin...
by kievanrustic
Thu Dec 05, 2013 8:28 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '13-'14
Replies: 143
Views: 64077

Re: Illinois '13-'14

No one at IMSA was offended. I was just wondering about your rational. Anyways , good luck to all at HFT and NTV . It's great to be part of this activity.

Edit: Spelling
by kievanrustic
Wed Dec 04, 2013 12:27 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '13-'14
Replies: 143
Views: 64077

Re: Illinois '13-'14

Jonathan Huh said: Auburn may have the best B-team in Illinois. I'm curious, but didn't Carbondale B win their IHSSBCA Kickoffs (and beat Carbondale A in the process)? Also, IMSA B is the only B team in Illinois on Fred Morlan's rankings. Jonathan, what leads you to make the statement that Auburn B...
by kievanrustic
Sun Nov 10, 2013 10:37 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: New Trier Scobol Solo - Winnetka, IL (11/9/13)
Replies: 16
Views: 5726

Re: New Trier Scobol Solo - Winnetka, IL (11/9/13)

Thank you for your answer. It gives me a lot to think about. While I generally think that Illinois lacks the superstar individual firepower that it had last year (i.e. No Dylan Mynarik got more than 100 questions in the prelims), I can see where you come to the conclusion that in Illinois (and acros...
by kievanrustic
Sun Nov 10, 2013 9:02 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: New Trier Scobol Solo - Winnetka, IL (11/9/13)
Replies: 16
Views: 5726

Re: New Trier Scobol Solo - Winnetka, IL (11/9/13)

Conversion yesterday was 74.7%. I believe that it has been between 60 and 70 percent every year before this one. Mr. Reinstein (or anyone for that matter), would you attribute this to a push to make Scobol Solo questions more convertible this year or to something else? This is my first year playing...
by kievanrustic
Tue Oct 15, 2013 9:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: How to Handle Freebies
Replies: 26
Views: 9832

Re: How to Handle Freebies

JHuh33 wrote:Salij,

Carbondale was definitely not present at the Earlybird.
I understand. My above post has been rectified. Sorry for the misinformation.
by kievanrustic
Fri Oct 11, 2013 6:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '13-'14
Replies: 143
Views: 64077

Re: Illinois '13-'14

Was anyone surprised by the results? Any predictions confirmed or changed? I was impressed by Stevenson. Everyone knew they were good, but going undefeated in the finals in that pool is quite a feat. With stats now up, there were a few things that surprised me. Besides Bloomington's upset on Auburn...
by kievanrustic
Sun Oct 06, 2013 5:11 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: How to Handle Freebies
Replies: 26
Views: 9832

Re: How to Handle Freebies

Ankush, To echo what has been already said, being part of a good team is better than being a good individual (esp. if your individual ranking is due to padding stats). While I understand that it is tempting to buzz in early or to be competitive after the other team has negged, your teammates and com...
by kievanrustic
Thu Aug 15, 2013 12:33 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Studying History
Replies: 15
Views: 4321

Re: Studying History

Also, does anyone have any resources to suggest that have to do with Asian history? One great book that I have been reading of late is After Tamerlane by John Darwin. As its title would suggest, it covers primarily Eurasian history after the death of Tamerlane in the early 15th century. What I real...
by kievanrustic
Wed Jun 05, 2013 2:20 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Studying for College History, Book recommendations?
Replies: 13
Views: 2930

Re: Studying for College History, Book recommendations?

For Roman History, Gibbon is great. Also, A Brief History of the Romansby Mary T. Boatwright et al. is quite decent for an overview. It's about 300 pages and a 10 hour read, and it covers everything from the first Latin city-states to the barbarian invasions of Western Rome.
by kievanrustic
Fri May 31, 2013 11:42 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '13-'14
Replies: 143
Views: 64077

Re: Illinois '13-'14

While I don't know all that much about next year's lineups for non-IMSA teams, I do have a decent idea about how IMSA will be set up. As I don't know what sophomores will be quizbowling at IMSA next year, these line ups are somewhat tentative. IMSA A: Anton Karpovich: No surprise here. Anton's prett...
by kievanrustic
Fri May 31, 2013 3:31 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '13-'14
Replies: 143
Views: 64077

Illinois '13-'14

Considering that 2013 HSNCT has just finished and that PACE NSC is just a week away, it seems like a good idea to look into what the next (i.e. 2013-2014) season will hold for Illinois. Post any predictions or ideas below.
by kievanrustic
Wed May 29, 2013 10:00 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Ideal Question Distribution
Replies: 18
Views: 4222

Re: Ideal Question Distribution

4.5/4.5 Literature (1/1 American novels, .75/.75 British novels, .75/.75 Euro and World novels,1/1 Drama, 1/1 Poetry) I'd say that this needlessly restricts writers, and also seriously discourages religious literature and classical literature. And common links, which are in fact the best. Like actu...
by kievanrustic
Wed May 29, 2013 7:54 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Evolution of a Quizbowl Player
Replies: 12
Views: 4282

Evolution of a Quizbowl Player

While I know that in the thread "So You Want to Study Quizbowl" http://www.hsquizbowl.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=30&t=14099 the evolution of the quizbowl player was touched on, it seemed as though it was glossed over (largely due to the fact that that was not the main topic of the thread). Ergo, thi...
by kievanrustic
Wed May 29, 2013 2:37 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Ideal Question Distribution
Replies: 18
Views: 4222

Re: Ideal Question Distribution

Max, the reason for the math is just that its a massive field from which tons of questions can be made. If I remember correctly, IMSANITY pulled off 2/2 math, and that wasn't even in 20 questions. For being a class that people take every year of high school, math deserves at least 1/1, if not 1.25/1...
by kievanrustic
Wed May 29, 2013 2:21 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Ideal Question Distribution
Replies: 18
Views: 4222

Re: Ideal Question Distribution

I would say that this is a fair distribution and is similar to many distributions (e.g. NAQT) that are already out there. 5.5/5.5 Science (1.25/1.25 Math, 1/1 Bio, 1/1 Chem, 1/1 Physics, 1.25/1.25 Other (e.g. computer science, earth, astronomy)) 4.5/4.5 History (1.5/1.5 American, 1.5/1.5 Euro, 1/1 W...
by kievanrustic
Wed May 29, 2013 10:28 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '12-'13
Replies: 153
Views: 66563

Re: Illinois '12-'13

Worst finish for an IL A team: Fenton, 4-6, 169th Unless I missed something, they were also the only Illinois A team not to make the playoffs, as well as the only one to finish under .500. Belvidere North finished the prelims at 9-1, and Loyola of course finished highest overall at third, winning e...