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by Siverus Snape
Sun Dec 07, 2008 9:35 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 161041

Re: Illinois '08-'09

I think there's a key difference in attitude that you're missing here, David. I'm not trying to defend Zahed and Jack (or any of the other people who sometimes say arrogant things, including me) categorically; for example, I feel that the word "inferior" is too charged and too easily misconstrued to...
by Siverus Snape
Sun Dec 07, 2008 7:50 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 161041

Re: Illinois '08-'09

Therefore, when I call a team a "bad team", I am not saying that you are a dumb bunch of people, you are a bad program, and everybody from Richmond is inadequate. What I am saying is that, at this moment, you have not done the work to be considered anything other than a bad team in the context of t...
by Siverus Snape
Wed Dec 03, 2008 11:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 161041

Re: Illinois '08-'09

I'm not sure the objections about non-controlling-team conferral during controlling-team conferral time or conferral during reading are objections to actual rules, or to someone's misunderstanding of the rules. Can anyone clarify that? Based on our interpretation of the printed rules and what gener...
by Siverus Snape
Mon Dec 01, 2008 9:31 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: New Trier Varsity 12/20 (IL)
Replies: 107
Views: 16051

Re: New Trier Varsity 12/20 (IL)

Just so I don't tell my teammates the wrong thing when they ask me: who exactly is writing the questions at this point? I know that current New Trier players are involved, but are there any other notables with perhaps a little more experience?
by Siverus Snape
Sun Nov 23, 2008 11:06 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Carnal Embrace III (2/28/2009) @ Arcadia High School, CA
Replies: 24
Views: 5787

Re: Carnal Embrace III (2/28/2009) @ Arcadia High School, CA

I'm pretty sure it's from Tom Stoppard's play Arcadia. The play opens with a sustained joke about carnal embrace as either sexual intercourse or hugging a side of beef.
by Siverus Snape
Sun Nov 23, 2008 10:10 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: New Trier Scobol Solo (11/22)
Replies: 23
Views: 10296

Re: New Trier Scobol Solo (11/22)

Yeah, I might have gotten Ode on Melancholy if I had actually been paying attention to the question (probably the dumbest neg of the round for me), but only because we're studying Keats in English class right now.
by Siverus Snape
Sun Nov 23, 2008 12:35 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 161041

Re: Illinois '08-'09

Hey, i'm from KY. are there tournaments around Illinois or indiana u guys would recommend so that we can play more good Illinois teams. We've been to Harvard, TJ and everywhere down south, but nothing around the midwest. Ping, your best bet is the HSAC at Washington University in St. Louis on Janua...
by Siverus Snape
Sun Nov 23, 2008 11:38 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 161041

Re: Illinois '08-'09

Simple answer: Stop negging, people. Problem solved. But anyway, the problem with three buzzes per tossup is you're going to have a buzzer race after a "clear" of the system. That's just plain luck. Not if the clues are good enough to avoid buzzer races. Yeah, but what if the situation in question ...
by Siverus Snape
Sun Nov 23, 2008 11:30 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: UIUC Solo Date
Replies: 4
Views: 941

Re: UIUC Solo Date

Even if we don't send a team to Science Bowl and the TI tryouts fall through, our team might still be doing something on that day. I'm pretty sure we wouldn't come all the way to Chambana just for the Solo. I absolutely love the idea of playing against Mike Sorice. How exactly were you imagining the...
by Siverus Snape
Sun Nov 23, 2008 11:19 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: New Trier Scobol Solo (11/22)
Replies: 23
Views: 10296

Re: New Trier Scobol Solo (11/22)

Yeah, it's Monteverdi. I'll agree that the set as a whole doesn't quite measure up to a college-written or HSAPQ set. Considering that (as far as I know) every single one of the nearly 400 tossups was written by Mr. Reinstein, however, I'm not at all disappointed with the results. The questions were...
by Siverus Snape
Thu Nov 20, 2008 9:16 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 161041

Re: Illinois '08-'09

David Riley wrote:Good luck to everyone at Solo tomorrow!
Has there been a date change I didn't know about? Do I detect a conspiracy?
by Siverus Snape
Wed Nov 19, 2008 10:48 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Excel quiz bowl scoresheets
Replies: 64
Views: 53986

Re: Excel quiz bowl scoresheets

Much better, freer, and less bloated than WinRAR: http://www.7-zip.org/
by Siverus Snape
Mon Nov 17, 2008 10:00 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 161041

Re: Illinois '08-'09

Don't count Michael out for the finals; he made them last year against similarly tough competition.
by Siverus Snape
Sun Nov 16, 2008 11:36 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HFT Discussion
Replies: 94
Views: 9872

Re: HFT Discussion

I think Michael Jiang or I would have converted Van der Weyden because our AP Euro teacher really liked him; he had at least three Van der Weyden works up in our room last year. Have we ever seen him come up in quiz bowl? That's a different story. I suppose the biggest problem I had with the set was...
by Siverus Snape
Sun Nov 16, 2008 11:59 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Yet another math thread (split from HFT)
Replies: 114
Views: 8605

Re: Harvard Fall Tournament III (11/15/08) -- Cambridge, MA

As an Illinoisan and a former supporter of computational math in quiz bowl, I'd like to chime in. If you're interested in learning more about why the vast majority of elite teams and tournaments (except NAQT, which has a number of other flaws not to be mentioned here) in the country do not use compu...
by Siverus Snape
Sat Nov 15, 2008 9:00 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Harvard Fall Midwest Mirror (11/15/08): Rockford Auburn (IL)
Replies: 5
Views: 2078

Re: Harvard Fall Midwest Mirror (11/15/08): Rockford Auburn (IL)

Quick results: 1. Carbondale A (7-1) 2. New Trier (6-2) 3. Auburn A (6-2) 4. Loyola A (?-?) 5. Wheaton Warrenville South A (?-?) See the Illinois comparisons thread for a more in-depth review. I think we had our statistician using SQBS, so I'll try to get the stats posted. He might have been using h...
by Siverus Snape
Sat Nov 15, 2008 8:56 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Harvard Fall Tournament III (11/15/08) -- Cambridge, MA
Replies: 155
Views: 80964

Re: Harvard Fall Tournament III (11/15/08) -- Cambridge, MA

Okay, after seeing the scores from the Hunter/State College match, I feel much better about how the Illinois teams did with the toughest playoff questions. Kudos for a fantastically written set with only a few errors I noticed.
by Siverus Snape
Sat Nov 15, 2008 8:54 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 161041

Re: Illinois '08-'09

I have results for the top 5 teams: 1. Carbondale A 2. New Trier 3. Auburn A 4. Loyola A 5. Wheaton-Warrenville South A Recap: We started the day with four rounds of power matching. Auburn A finished 4-0, beating Carbondale and Loyola. The other four that finished in the top 5 had 3-1 records, with ...
by Siverus Snape
Sat Nov 15, 2008 12:25 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Harvard Fall Tournament III (11/15/08) -- Cambridge, MA
Replies: 155
Views: 80964

Re: Harvard Fall Tournament III (11/15/08) -- Cambridge, MA

We have the regular difficulty playoff rounds right now, with the understanding that the harder playoff rounds will arrive in the morning.
by Siverus Snape
Fri Nov 14, 2008 9:53 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 161041

Re: Illinois '08-'09

The location of the Freshman Campus is not quite clear from the Google map. In that image, the building you want is to the west of the address marker. I'm pretty sure that you should enter from the southernmost of the two drives leading to that complex. So if you're turning from Auburn Street, you s...
by Siverus Snape
Thu Nov 13, 2008 8:57 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 161041

Re: Illinois '08-'09

Because Jack understandably doesn't want to talk about Loyola, I'll do it. I don't think there's another current player on the circuit who's improved as much as Jack has over the last two years. Nobody in Illinois really has good nationals-level depth in literature knowledge, but Jack comes closest....
by Siverus Snape
Tue Nov 11, 2008 11:26 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Excel quiz bowl scoresheets
Replies: 64
Views: 53986

Re: Excel quiz bowl scoresheets

This is pretty cool stuff. One thing I noticed while I was playing around with it: at least on the mACF scoresheet (the only one I've looked at) if the tossup goes dead and bonus points are still awarded to one team, the spreadsheet doesn't flag it.
by Siverus Snape
Mon Oct 27, 2008 11:09 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Global announcement: ACF Winter (1/17/2009)
Replies: 60
Views: 48333

Re: Global announcement: ACF Winter (1/17/2009)

What discounts might a high school team who hasn't played in an ACF tournament before garner? I kinda doubt we'd be able to write a whole difficulty-appropriate packet.
by Siverus Snape
Sun Oct 26, 2008 12:26 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Earlybird Tournament at University of Illinois (10/25/08)
Replies: 41
Views: 8999

Re: Earlybird Tournament at University of Illinois (10/25/08)

I don't think set discussion is allowed until the end of the semester, when all the HSAPQ questions will be posted online for free.
by Siverus Snape
Fri Oct 24, 2008 4:02 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 161041

Re: Illinois '08-'09

If enough of those candidates seriously had a problem with us sending a team to NTAE (and by seriously, I mean convincing me and not just hopping on the bandwagon), then I would suggest to Mr. Reinstein that he call for an email vote of the coaches in the association that would 1) explain the stude...
by Siverus Snape
Fri Oct 24, 2008 8:21 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 161041

Re: Illinois '08-'09

Auburn will not be at Northwestern; we have some SAT II test takers.
by Siverus Snape
Thu Oct 23, 2008 11:38 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 161041

Re: Illinois '08-'09

I think it has to do with the fact that they only other time (besides August) they can really get a meeting with enough attendance to address this issue happens to be on the day of the selection event, which is probably a little bit too late to reverse the decision.
by Siverus Snape
Thu Oct 23, 2008 10:57 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 161041

Re: Illinois '08-'09

I certainly agree with Matt, even though I'd rather that people did try out.
by Siverus Snape
Thu Oct 23, 2008 9:40 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 161041

Re: Illinois '08-'09

Mike, I certainly see and respect your position. I understand the idea that when systems fail, it's often a sign that the system needs to be changed and that apologizing for the system or trying not to hurt it will almost always slow the pace of progress. Judging from your post in the thread about p...
by Siverus Snape
Thu Oct 23, 2008 7:59 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 161041

Re: Illinois '08-'09

I was under the impression that this vote was a Steering Committee concern, not a 51% of coaches in the state deal. I know most of the committee members personally, and most--if not all--of the ones I know would at least allow the factor of student input to influence their decision greatly. I'm not ...
by Siverus Snape
Wed Oct 22, 2008 11:35 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 161041

Re: Illinois '08-'09

Understand that I'm greatly in favor of almost everything I see the IHSSBCA doing, as the above posters have outlined. I'm just surprised and puzzled that they've gotten this one so badly wrong. I'm also upset that I don't see anyone offering any reason, ceteris paribus , why they won't continue to...
by Siverus Snape
Wed Oct 22, 2008 9:22 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 161041

Re: Illinois '08-'09

I'm a little bit worried about the idea of taking extremely strong efforts at protest and radical, unilateral change in the IHSSBCA. Please let me know if I speak out of naïveté, but the IHSSBCA seems far different from draconian organizations like the MSHAA in that it is amenable to change. The IHS...
by Siverus Snape
Tue Oct 21, 2008 11:18 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 161041

Re: Illinois '08-'09

Reading the arguments made here has forced me to take a real position instead of hiding behind qualifying statements. Matt's point about the gap between the mission of the IHSSBCA and the viewpoints of students like me is pretty devastating, and I'll acknowledge my selfish interests. It's really not...
by Siverus Snape
Tue Oct 21, 2008 12:36 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Earlybird Tournament at University of Illinois (10/25/08)
Replies: 41
Views: 8999

Re: Earlybird Tournament at University of Illinois (10/25/08)

It's too bad that none of the out-of-state powerhouses are going to be there, but it is pretty awesome that Bettendorf is making the trip.
by Siverus Snape
Tue Oct 21, 2008 12:34 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 161041

Re: Illinois '08-'09

I think I can speak with a bit more experience about the competition formerly known as PAC than other current Illinois high school players. I went as part of Team Illinois this past June, and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. Disney World was fun and so was spending time playing frisbee and the like with...
by Siverus Snape
Mon Oct 20, 2008 6:55 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Earlybird Tournament at University of Illinois (10/25/08)
Replies: 41
Views: 8999

Re: Earlybird Tournament at University of Illinois (10/25/08)

We're currently scheduled for two teams, so that leaves three unknowns.
by Siverus Snape
Mon Oct 13, 2008 11:21 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: EFT Discussion
Replies: 107
Views: 21100

Re: EFT Discussion

You know, I remember thinking that the clue for Narasimha didn't seem very familiar considering how well I remembered the story.

Now you've got me wishing for all-Indian mythology quiz bowl.
by Siverus Snape
Mon Oct 13, 2008 2:16 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: EFT Discussion
Replies: 107
Views: 21100

Re: EFT Discussion

This god gained one of his servants when her brother crushed the bone of one of his animals. One of his stepsons lives in the hall Ydalir and is the god of snowshoes, while another child was courted by the dwarf Alvis, who was turned to stone after this god tricked him. While traveling with Roskva ...
by Siverus Snape
Fri Oct 10, 2008 10:22 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: DACQ issues
Replies: 6
Views: 1201

Re: DACQ issues

I know I got a copy of the nationals prep kit, but am equally confused as to what happened to the regular spring sets.
To my knowledge, we at Rockford Auburn HS never received the nationals prep kit, even though (I'm fairly sure) we paid for the whole package.
by Siverus Snape
Wed Sep 03, 2008 8:01 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 161041

Re: Illinois '08-'09

As far as I know, our pre-break schedule matches New Trier's. Hopefully, we get lots of matches in with them as we did last year. What I really want to know is what tournaments Carbondale is attending. Out of most people's general top 4 (in alphabetical order; Auburn, Carbondale, Loyola, New Trier) ...
by Siverus Snape
Thu Jul 31, 2008 12:08 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Minnesota '08-'09
Replies: 89
Views: 15124

Re: Minnesota '08-'09

Is there any interest from Minnesota teams in coming down to Illinois tournaments this year? We at Auburn in Rockford, which is a five and a half hour drive away from the Minneapolis area, are holding a mirror of the Harvard Fall Tournament on November 15th. We're calling it the Midwest Mirror, so w...
by Siverus Snape
Tue Jul 29, 2008 9:01 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: the fred morlan tournament watch thread dunbar edition
Replies: 35
Views: 3838

Re: Kentucky 08-09

At the very least, I think Fred's coaching will lead to a greater love of challenging quiz bowl. Hopefully Dunbar will travel a little bit more. Ready for the shameless plug? We'd absolutely love to have you guys at the mirror of Harvard Fall we're hosting on November 15th.
by Siverus Snape
Fri Jul 25, 2008 3:57 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: WUHSAC XI (01/31/2009) at WUSTL (St. Louis, MO)
Replies: 39
Views: 26540

Re: WUHSAC XI (01/31/2009) at WUSTL (St. Louis, MO)

David Riley wrote:We plan to attend providing we're not pre-empted by a blizzard again!
We're a lot tougher in the real Northern Illinois.
by Siverus Snape
Sun Jul 20, 2008 12:02 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Harvard Fall Midwest Mirror (11/15/08): Rockford Auburn (IL)
Replies: 5
Views: 2078

Harvard Fall Midwest Mirror (11/15/08): Rockford Auburn (IL)

Auburn High School in Rockford, Illinois will host a mirror of the Harvard Fall Tournament on Saturday, November 15th, 2008. To register, e-mail our coach Linda Greene at linda dot greene at rps205 dot com. Don't forget the last "e" in Greene; she won't get the e-mail if you do. General questions ma...
by Siverus Snape
Thu Jul 17, 2008 11:45 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Mirroring/collaborating on tournaments info
Replies: 50
Views: 20460

Re: Mirroring/collaborating on tournaments info

I know that relatively few states outside of Illinois hold exclusively JV or fresh-soph tournaments, but we at Auburn High School in Rockford, Illinois are writing a set for a tournament in early January. There will be 8 rounds, each 20/20 with relatively flexible distribution (we write math for our...
by Siverus Snape
Thu Jul 17, 2008 11:29 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 161041

Re: Illinois '08-'09

Who's on the Illinois high school team?
leftsaidfred wrote:
cornfused wrote:Neener neener.
what
It must be a Wisconsin thing. We sure as hell didn't teach him that.