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by schen
Wed Jan 18, 2017 1:02 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Neg Control
Replies: 11
Views: 7140

Re: Neg Control

The easiest kinds of negs to cut down are those that you make outside of your category, assuming that you play on a team where multiple people cover different things. Prioritize not locking your teammates out on things that they know, and you can focus on nailing tossups in your category and not loc...
by schen
Wed Jul 27, 2016 2:15 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '16-'17
Replies: 145
Views: 49785

Re: Illinois '16-'17

illinois wins a national championship
by schen
Wed Jun 01, 2016 3:31 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2016 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 133
Views: 58321

Re: 2016 HSNCT discussion

Could I please see the tossup on Nevermind?
by schen
Mon May 30, 2016 10:03 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2016 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 133
Views: 58321

Re: 2016 HSNCT discussion

The inertia question happened to be in one of the packets that I was helping to edit. I'm not especially up on my physics, so I didn't attempt to make any definitive determination about the question as a whole, but I did spend some time reading about the first sentence. Here is that sentence: "A pr...
by schen
Thu Apr 07, 2016 9:32 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Sponsorship for NAQT?
Replies: 2
Views: 3818

Re: Sponsorship for NAQT?

At least one team has used a GoFundMe to solicit donations for nationals. Running a quizbowl tournament is also a pretty popular option, but it's getting late in the year and I don't think there are many schools with quizbowl clubs in Canada. You could try this if you're sure you can get a profitabl...
by schen
Tue Mar 08, 2016 2:15 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA 2016
Replies: 36
Views: 11247

Re: IHSA 2016

Dominator wrote:
Joker wrote:Some weird bonuses
Some weird phrasing...
Is there any way you could clarify what you meant by "weird"?
The Picasso question referred to Picasso as a "compatriot" of Braque, which made me wait until giveaway because I thought it had to be a French painter.
by schen
Sat Sep 05, 2015 5:19 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Hinsdale Central Quizbowl presents: TEAMS [September 5th]
Replies: 11
Views: 6543

Re: Hinsdale Central Quizbowl presents: TEAMS [September 5th

Congratulations to Hinsdale Central A for taking first place. DCC A took second and Stevenson took third in a circle-of-death that occurred after the conclusion of the round-robin. Thanks to Brad Fischer, Brad Savage, Mike Laudermith, Jennie Yang, and Baasit Jamal for moderating; Peter Ren, Rohith B...
by schen
Tue Sep 01, 2015 1:44 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Electronic Scorekeeping
Replies: 5
Views: 2825

Electronic Scorekeeping

Lately, I've been scorekeeping my school's practices with a basic spreadsheet that I keep on Google Docs. It automatically totals the number of 15's, 10's and negs while also keeping track of running score, PPG and PPB. It seems to me that spreadsheets like these could be used to scorekeep at a tour...
by schen
Sat Jun 13, 2015 10:22 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 NASAT: June 13-14 @ Ohio State
Replies: 37
Views: 35514

Re: 2015 NASAT: June 13-14 @ Ohio State

Is there any way to follow this live?
by schen
Sun Apr 19, 2015 6:06 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Cheating in High School Quiz Bowl
Replies: 8
Views: 4756

Re: Cheating in High School Quiz Bowl

I'm saying this because of how easy it can be for players to cheat off of paper packets, so moderators also have a responsibility of being wary of the position of the packet at all times. To prevent this, moderators can hold something behind the packet (like a folder) to hide the back of the packet...
by schen
Mon Apr 13, 2015 9:35 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ATROPHY VI @ Northern Illinois University (4/25/15)
Replies: 5
Views: 5144

Re: ATROPHY VI @ Northern Illinois University (4/25/15)

Can we have a field update for this?
by schen
Mon Apr 06, 2015 1:29 pm
Forum: National and Regional Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: HSQBRank All-World Teams
Replies: 38
Views: 25230

Re: HSQBRank All-World Teams

Brad should be on your list, his performance at Loyburn (not on NAQT), which was 107.5 ppg on GSAC, convinced me. Hey, a lot of quizbowlers (including James and I) could put up >100 ppg in a standard div. field, especially without experienced teammates competing for points. In any case, the only Hi...
by schen
Sat Mar 14, 2015 3:23 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Good philosophy reads
Replies: 9
Views: 4990

Re: Good philosophy reads

For more history of philosophy type books, I enjoyed Anthony Kenny's four volume set (ancient, medieval, early modern and modern). I second this. I'm reading this right now, and I find it a lot less dry than Russell's History of Western Philosophy. The author has collated all four volumes into a si...
by schen
Sun Mar 08, 2015 2:58 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HSQBRank 2014-15
Replies: 211
Views: 105041

Re: HSQBRank 2014-15

It seems to me that Harmony should be #23 on the rankings, not a second #13.
by schen
Mon Mar 02, 2015 12:31 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Maintaining High Levels of Mental Stamina?
Replies: 17
Views: 7157

Re: Maintaining High Levels of Mental Stamina?

Also, drinking water a week before maximizes hydration during the tournament when you cannot afford time going to the bathroom. Therefore, you make up the water that you won't drink on the tourney day the week before. This is still the worst advice on this topic I've seen. Biologically speaking, th...
by schen
Tue Jul 01, 2014 8:01 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Science Olympiad/Quizbowl
Replies: 2
Views: 3043

Re: Science Olympiad/Quizbowl

How you prepare will depend on the material on your school's tryout exam. If you don't know any specifics about the exam, just go through some of your old science textbooks and read through them to gain more knowledge of the basics. However, a good resource for all things Scioly is the Scioly Wiki ....
by schen
Fri Jun 13, 2014 1:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Preparing for NAC format
Replies: 8
Views: 4226

Re: Preparing for NAC format

Before this blows over, I'd like to clear up any confusion regarding this (and other) threads. First of all, "tofutoaster" is an actual member of our team. He's competed in a History Bowl tournament and also attended HSNCT as a member of our B team. However, he prefers to go by Tony , which is why n...
by schen
Tue Jun 03, 2014 8:16 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 135
Views: 64096

Re: 2014 HSNCT discussion

Could I please see the tossup on random number generation?
by schen
Sun Jun 01, 2014 8:02 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '14-'15
Replies: 91
Views: 32672

Illinois '14-'15

Now that both national championships are over, what are everyone's thoughts/predictions/whatever for the Illinois circuit next year?
by schen
Sat Feb 15, 2014 6:17 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois Masonic Academic Bowl 2014
Replies: 27
Views: 6801

Re: Illinois Masonic Academic Bowl 2014

Fenwick sectional results:

1. Latin
2. OPRF
3. Hinsdale Central
4. UChicago Lab
by schen
Thu Dec 12, 2013 2:28 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Special HSQB Rank Request
Replies: 5
Views: 1625

Re: Special HSQB Rank Request

iLoveAnime wrote:What does this mean? Paper letters? And what does close mean?
I believe that he will be mailing out letters to schools in the top 100, so he needs official contacts to make sure that they're going to that school. "Close" would be someone who is connected to that school's QB program, I suppose.
by schen
Wed Oct 23, 2013 10:06 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '13-'14
Replies: 143
Views: 64426

Re: Illinois '13-'14

ankmaster wrote:Can someone explain the whole IHSA situation for this year?

User was permanently banned for repeated posting with no signature, posts impersonating a teammate, and posts from a secondary account to evade a tempban --Mgmt.
Well, this is rather embarrassing.
by schen
Thu Oct 17, 2013 5:38 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSSBCA Novice Tournament @ Fenton HS (10/19/13)
Replies: 12
Views: 6000

Re: IHSSBCA Novice Tournament @ Fenton HS (10/19/13)

What time is the tournament expected to end and how many games can each team expect to play?
by schen
Wed Oct 16, 2013 10:19 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: A lack of classic film in high school quizbowl.
Replies: 20
Views: 4415

Re: A lack of classic film in high school quizbowl.

I feel similarly about rock music in quizbowl. There are plenty of really obscure classical composers that come up in highschool quizbowl, yet no rock music questions get more obscure than Led Zepplin, or the Beatles Rock music belongs more in a trash set than in a real competition. Answering a que...
by schen
Mon Oct 14, 2013 11:08 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '13-'14
Replies: 143
Views: 64426

Re: Illinois '13-'14

As for my own team, the only reason we did make it into the first bracket was luck. If we hadn't beat St. Viator by 15 points, they would have made the top bracket due to Fenton leaving early. With no offense to any members of the St. Viator team, I feel like that game was not attributable to our l...
by schen
Sun Oct 13, 2013 1:24 am
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Improving bonus conversion
Replies: 4
Views: 2744

Re: Improving bonus conversion

i guess the central question is "do you think your bonus conversion is hurt by just not knowing things or by not being very effective as a team on bonuses?" I think it was more of a knowledge thing. I recall a couple of times where we let the tossup go dead after the other team negged, indicating s...
by schen
Sun Oct 13, 2013 12:34 am
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Improving bonus conversion
Replies: 4
Views: 2744

Improving bonus conversion

Hi, My team had its second foray into serious quizbowl a couple of weeks ago, and we didn't do too badly. However, I noticed that our p/b was quite a bit lower than those of the top teams that were present. While we hovered around 17.5 p/b, most teams in the top bracket had p/b's of 21, with one at ...
by schen
Mon Oct 07, 2013 1:05 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Earlybird at Illinois - Urbana, IL (10/5/13)
Replies: 35
Views: 15455

Re: Earlybird at Illinois - Urbana, IL (10/5/13)

I believe that the player "Sayushan", with a ppg of -5, is actually me. I guess my name could sound like that if I mumbled.
by schen
Sun Oct 06, 2013 5:42 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: How to Handle Freebies
Replies: 26
Views: 9858

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 co...
by schen
Sun Oct 06, 2013 4:04 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Earlybird at Illinois - Urbana, IL (10/5/13)
Replies: 35
Views: 15455

Re: Earlybird at Illinois - Urbana, IL (10/5/13)

What time can we expect the stats to be posted? When do you expect stats and results to be up? Hey mods: can we do something to cut down on these "it's been three hours since the tournament finished, WHERE ARE OUR STAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAATS" posts? Also, protip: maybe you shouldn...
by schen
Sat Oct 05, 2013 10:33 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Earlybird at Illinois - Urbana, IL (10/5/13)
Replies: 35
Views: 15455

Re: Earlybird at Illinois - Urbana, IL (10/5/13)

What time can we expect the stats to be posted?
by schen
Tue Sep 24, 2013 5:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Earlybird at Illinois - Urbana, IL (10/5/13)
Replies: 35
Views: 15455

Re: Earlybird at Illinois - Urbana, IL (10/5/13)

Hinsdale Central is interested in attending with 1 team, although we will be competing with an unofficial name. We may have a staffer on hand. I've emailed the email address above for information.