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by Sir Thopas
Thu Jun 12, 2008 7:55 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Giveaways
Replies: 34
Views: 3444

Re: Giveaways

I think NAQT's sets are cleared by now.

"FTP, name this economist with middle name Maynard."

A-level, how I love thee.
by Sir Thopas
Wed Jun 11, 2008 9:51 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 QU NAC: B. T. Washington (OK) wins!
Replies: 350
Views: 40426

Re: 2008 QU NAC discussion and comment

Finally, I like the heavy emphasis on the arts and humanities. Other formats have more arts and humanities because instead of the following distribution, which I'm making up but is somewhat plausible I suppose: 50% "significa" 20% humanities 20% arts, including pop music 10% science, This is the PA...
by Sir Thopas
Tue Jun 10, 2008 8:01 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NYC Area Summer Practice?
Replies: 29
Views: 3134

Re: NYC Area Summer Practice?

Hey, the train system in this neck of the woods is pretty great. I don't think coming from NJ would be that much of a stretch. If you have a more central location available, though, let me (us?) know . . .
by Sir Thopas
Tue Jun 10, 2008 5:00 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NYC Area Summer Practice?
Replies: 29
Views: 3134

Re: NYC Area Summer Practice?

I'd be up for this when I'm in town, which is most of the summer. Even if I haven't been to non-peninsular Brooklyn in like 4 years . . .
by Sir Thopas
Tue Jun 10, 2008 7:19 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: High School "Minnesota Effect"?
Replies: 6
Views: 1225

Re: High School "Minnesota Effect"?

1) I think the college effect needs a new name.
2) The Byram Hills Effect?
by Sir Thopas
Sun Jun 08, 2008 7:21 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Player name pronunciation
Replies: 52
Views: 12374

Re: Player name pronunciation

My name's actually Danish and is pronounced "khoo-uh". Guy, ɣ isn't a kh, it's a devoiced kh. And kh is a bad representation of x anyway. What, you think I was just throwing out random symbols? I know exactly what it is. But anyway, when introducing yourself, are you: "gai" Tabachnick, as in "that ...
by Sir Thopas
Sun Jun 08, 2008 5:20 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Player name pronunciation
Replies: 52
Views: 12374

Re: Player name pronunciation

DumbJaques wrote:
My name's actually Danish and is pronounced [ɣuy] (if anyone can represent that better than "khoo-uh", good for you, because I can't).
What? I don't speak linguistic.
My name's actually Danish and is pronounced "khoo-uh".
by Sir Thopas
Sun Jun 08, 2008 5:18 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Player name pronunciation
Replies: 52
Views: 12374

Re: Player name pronunciation

My name's actually Danish and is pronounced [ɣuy] (if anyone can represent that better than "khoo-uh", good for you, because I can't).
by Sir Thopas
Sun Jun 08, 2008 3:10 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: QB social science: School District Income v. HSNCT Placement
Replies: 25
Views: 4115

Re: QB social science: School District Income v. HSNCT Placement

Dwight, this thread was made in response to claims that rich schools are inherently better at QB.
by Sir Thopas
Sat Jun 07, 2008 11:40 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: QB social science: School District Income v. HSNCT Placement
Replies: 25
Views: 4115

Re: QB social science: School District Income v. HSNCT Placement

I will say that for "magnets" like TJ for example, since we draw from so many different neighborhoods, the median income of the school demographics is considerably different from the demographics of the neighborhood. Median family income in 22312 is probably $60000 or so, whereas TJ's median househ...
by Sir Thopas
Sat Jun 07, 2008 10:26 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Georgia 2008-2009
Replies: 224
Views: 35610

Re: Georgia 2008-2009

One thing I can predict for Brookwood in 2008-2009, we probably will not win in anything in JV. Next year's entire squad has only one sophomore on it. We usually have 5-6 sophomores. We could not even find enough quiz bowlers to have freshmen team practices ofr the forst time in 20+ years. Seems ou...
by Sir Thopas
Sat Jun 07, 2008 12:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Great News! CBI "Susp"Ends!
Replies: 89
Views: 13656

Re: Great News! CBI "Susp"Ends!

Matt, the fact remains that ACF does seem impossible to most first-timers. I think thats all Pickrell was pointing out here. The jump from CBI to NAQT would be much easier than that of CBI to ACF Since I don't particularly have experience in playing the college circuit, I don't have much firsthand ...
by Sir Thopas
Sat Jun 07, 2008 12:32 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Great News! CBI "Susp"Ends!
Replies: 89
Views: 13656

Re: Great News! CBI "Susp"Ends!

Ukonvasara wrote:
metsfan001 wrote:nerrrrrrrrrrrrrrrd

(EDIT: More HS tournaments should give out books, though.)
Clearly you need to come to more University of Minnesota tournaments.
Wanna fly us up there?
by Sir Thopas
Sat Jun 07, 2008 6:56 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Great News! CBI "Susp"Ends!
Replies: 89
Views: 13656

Re: Great News! CBI "Susp"Ends!

Would you pay, say, $30 more per team at SCT for a lunch and an awards ceremony that substitutes trophies for books? As a player in the Hentzel-run North region, I don't get books anyway (watch out, future tossups on "shiny plastic," I'm studying my SCT prizes). Frankly, I'd pay a little extra to g...
by Sir Thopas
Fri Jun 06, 2008 9:58 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: DC/MD/VA Date Claim 08-09
Replies: 34
Views: 5831

Re: DC/MD/VA Date Claim 08-09

wowitsquinthaha wrote:I will be taking Guy as my date!

...oh. nevermind... :oops:
Only if you'll dance with me.
by Sir Thopas
Fri Jun 06, 2008 8:20 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The Middle School (Nationals)
Replies: 23
Views: 2832

Re: The Middle School (Nationals)

Matthew D wrote:an A set which I am pretty sure that most 7-8 graders can answer..
confirm
by Sir Thopas
Fri Jun 06, 2008 6:16 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Next Year
Replies: 102
Views: 12689

Re: Next Year

wowitsquinthaha wrote:Guy, I remade that post multiple times, you were in there in the other one. Don't worry. I love you.
<33333333333
by Sir Thopas
Fri Jun 06, 2008 6:12 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Next Year
Replies: 102
Views: 12689

Re: Next Year

My predictions for top 10 teams in the country next year: The same as this year except all the teams will move up a spot because Whitman isn't going to be 1st. Something to the effect of 1. TJ 2. Charter 3. Dorman 4. DC Team 5. DC Team 6. DC Team 7. West Coast/Central Team 8. VA Team 9. DC Team 10....
by Sir Thopas
Fri Jun 06, 2008 5:04 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Sabbatai Tzvi Memorial Latke Eating Contest
Replies: 24
Views: 3759

Re: Sabbatai Tzvi Memorial Latke Eating Contest

I guess I'll do this. I'm a lightweight though.
by Sir Thopas
Fri Jun 06, 2008 7:23 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Next Year
Replies: 102
Views: 12689

Re: Next Year

Ukonvasara wrote:
closesesame wrote:Minnesota
Probably the best returning team from Minnesota will be Chaska, which returns Sam Peterson. He seems dedicated to good quizbowl and improving at good quizbowl. The other teams ARE A MYSTERY
wut about mpls south dude
by Sir Thopas
Thu Jun 05, 2008 10:39 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The July Crisis: Chicago Open History Doubles
Replies: 95
Views: 25526

Re: The July Crisis: Chicago Open History Doubles

Evan Adams and I are playing together.
by Sir Thopas
Wed Jun 04, 2008 2:13 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Sun 'n Fun Mirror - Maryland - Sat, 6/21
Replies: 65
Views: 16280

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Sun 'n Fun Mirror - Maryland - Sat, 6/21

catsasslippers wrote:As far as I know the NYC team looks like Doug, possibly Guy (yes Guy?) and I. We're looking for a free agent then. Any takers ?
?

I'm playing with Ted Gioia, Dan Puma, and Flemdan, sorry.
by Sir Thopas
Tue Jun 03, 2008 11:13 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The Harvard Open, date as yet indeterminant
Replies: 11
Views: 1745

Re: The Harvard Open, date as yet indeterminant

I'll probably come to this, but I just wanted to say that I'll be writing some questions for the fine arts tournament as well. This way you all know who to blame fro whatever clunkers get in there, or something. But seriously, I'm looking forward to this tournament and for contributing some as well....
by Sir Thopas
Tue Jun 03, 2008 8:41 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Math Question Discourse: From "An Open Letter to NAQT"
Replies: 123
Views: 23039

Re: An Open Letter to NAQT

But someone said they won't need the calculating skills in the future. Okay, in most cases, do I need to know the name of the old man in Old Man and the Sea in the future? I don't see quiz bowl as a way of preparing you for life... It's the difference between memorizing formulas and being exposed t...
by Sir Thopas
Tue Jun 03, 2008 6:10 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 QU NAC: B. T. Washington (OK) wins!
Replies: 350
Views: 40426

Re: NAC Schedules

I wish that each team could play more, but that would require even more rooms, more days and judges, and a higher entry fee. Six matches in two days is good, but I wish it could be more. You know, every reputable national tournament offers more games, in the same number of days, with said increased...
by Sir Thopas
Tue Jun 03, 2008 5:36 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 QU NAC: B. T. Washington (OK) wins!
Replies: 350
Views: 40426

Re: NAC Schedules

This is not good. I remember those screenshots now. I am sure further examples will be unearthed. The 20-point gains included St. Mark's solving of a geometry problem; Cooper's recognition of a Goya painting; Cooper's identification of Hawaii as the only state name that, when spelled officially, in...
by Sir Thopas
Tue Jun 03, 2008 5:29 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Math Question Discourse: From "An Open Letter to NAQT"
Replies: 123
Views: 23039

Re: An Open Letter to NAQT

I understand that the circle question may not be a really good example because many people do know the trick to that, but another concern of mine is why should a 7th grader really good at math (say any of the 7th grade Mathcounts champions) not beat you at a math question? Here, in this case, they ...
by Sir Thopas
Tue Jun 03, 2008 1:50 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 QU NAC: B. T. Washington (OK) wins!
Replies: 350
Views: 40426

Re: NAC Schedules

Since our coach's philosophy was to watch games, we saw a good bit of the matches, and it seemed like half the teams had nicknames. NAQT, PACE, and Panasonic are now more prestigious than NAC, but hundreds of coaches still prefer NAC, because they grew up with it in the early 1990s, when it was the...
by Sir Thopas
Sun Jun 01, 2008 10:06 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 PACE NSC Live Comments and Discussion
Replies: 87
Views: 18155

Re: 2008 PACE NSC Live Comments and Discussion

"I think a real quizbowl match between "the metro area" versus "places that suck" would have been pretty interesting." What in God's name does this phrase mean? Which "metro area" and what places suck? In the all-star game, the teams were between the DC area and everyone else. Noted ROBOT Evan Silb...
by Sir Thopas
Thu May 29, 2008 8:21 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: PACE NSC Prediction Contest!
Replies: 84
Views: 8587

Re: PACE NSC Prediction Contest!

Okay, I'm sponsoring a prediction contest for PACE NSC. First of all, the preliminary brackets can be found here: http://hsquizbowl.org/forums/viewtopic.php?p=83255#p83255 Two teams from each bracket will make the playoffs. Your job is to: Predict the 12 playoff teams (two points each) Predict whic...
by Sir Thopas
Tue May 27, 2008 10:31 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: An Open Letter to NAQT
Replies: 97
Views: 16310

Re: An Open Letter to NAQT

Antipyramidal tossups suck, but they suck the most at the end of a match where you simply have to power them and for all intents and purposes haven't heard a clue before power's up. This might be putting words in your mouth, but if the math computation tossup was of the sort where the problem is re...
by Sir Thopas
Tue May 27, 2008 7:12 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 QU NAC: B. T. Washington (OK) wins!
Replies: 350
Views: 40426

Re: NAC Schedules

NMBlumberjax wrote::shock: i never knew a blender made sounds :lol:
You would not win at NAC, then.
by Sir Thopas
Tue May 27, 2008 7:03 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 QU NAC: B. T. Washington (OK) wins!
Replies: 350
Views: 40426

Re: NAC Schedules

NMBlumberjax wrote:Like Taylor said, and adding another trophy to your cabinet would not hurt either. :chip:'s competitions are terrible but overall it just can be another way to learn intresting things or just waste time
I've always wanted to know what a blender sounded like.
by Sir Thopas
Mon May 26, 2008 10:25 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: An Open Letter to NAQT
Replies: 97
Views: 16310

Re: An Open Letter to NAQT

stuff The problem with what you say is that it is inherently impossible. Whatever it boils down to, math computation will primarily be about computational speed---as it is pretty much designed to be. The problem with your analogy is that lit and history always grow outwards, but the computational m...
by Sir Thopas
Mon May 26, 2008 9:46 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: An Open Letter to NAQT
Replies: 97
Views: 16310

Re: An Open Letter to NAQT

Of course, NAQT has flat-out admitted that their comp math tossups are not intended to be pyramidal.
by Sir Thopas
Mon May 26, 2008 8:50 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: An Open Letter to NAQT
Replies: 97
Views: 16310

Re: An Open Letter to NAQT

In all honesty, Guy et al., when next year rolls around, are you seriously going to not go to NAQT? As a fellow quizbowler with a very large ego, I can tell you that what you have predicted will not happen. I already admitted that this was hyperbole; at the same time, people have been threatening t...
by Sir Thopas
Mon May 26, 2008 7:09 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: An Open Letter to NAQT
Replies: 97
Views: 16310

Re: An Open Letter to NAQT

Deesy Does It wrote:Guy, how do you know that they put Harry Potter as lit and not pop culture?
I don't, really. I seem to remember that coming up as such in the past; I could be wrong, though I wouldn't be at all surprised.
by Sir Thopas
Mon May 26, 2008 7:07 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Video Games and NAQT
Replies: 11
Views: 1323

Re: Video Games and NAQT

NMBlumberjax wrote:What was the question and answer?
I dunno.
by Sir Thopas
Mon May 26, 2008 7:05 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Video Games and NAQT
Replies: 11
Views: 1323

Re: Video Games and NAQT

Yes.
by Sir Thopas
Mon May 26, 2008 7:02 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: An Open Letter to NAQT
Replies: 97
Views: 16310

Re: An Open Letter to NAQT

:w-hat: ??? I assume the logic was that most high schoolers have read Harry Potter. It certainly was better than the predicted question about a talentless pop singer who lives a double life.I didn't mind the Harry Potter bonus, maybe it could have been in a standard 3 part style but the overall con...
by Sir Thopas
Mon May 26, 2008 6:04 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: An Open Letter to NAQT
Replies: 97
Views: 16310

Re: An Open Letter to NAQT

To describe NAQT as the next NIT is quite absurd; this will never actually be the reality. The credibility of NAQT can be seen because the best team won this year's HSNCT. Having played against both TJ and Dorman, and watching the other top teams play, myself and the rest of my team all felt that T...
by Sir Thopas
Mon May 26, 2008 4:27 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT HSNCT Question Discussion
Replies: 87
Views: 13004

Re: NAQT HSNCT Question Discussion

SwissBoy wrote:
metsfan001 wrote:
NMBlumberjax wrote:i bet there were some obscure social history questions just like the AP US History exam this year with labor unions
then again mabe not
I thought that there was a bonus about the Knights of Labor, but then again, they're not that obscure...
Oh, we must have had a bye that round.
by Sir Thopas
Mon May 26, 2008 4:22 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT HSNCT Question Discussion
Replies: 87
Views: 13004

Re: NAQT HSNCT Question Discussion

NMBlumberjax wrote:i bet there were some obscure social history questions just like the AP US History exam this year with labor unions
then again mabe not
by Sir Thopas
Mon May 26, 2008 2:27 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: An Open Letter to NAQT
Replies: 97
Views: 16310

Re: An Open Letter to NAQT

...since most playoff rounds (especially the later, more important ones) do get all the way through the packet... What exactly does this mean? I guess i'm not clear on how the rules at the HSNCT change compared to a traditional set. You read more than 20 questions? Only sometimes? Or in later round...
by Sir Thopas
Mon May 26, 2008 2:25 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: An Open Letter to NAQT
Replies: 97
Views: 16310

Re: An Open Letter to NAQT

Given the same initial assumptions, and setting aside one's opinions of computation questions (NAQT members have a wide range of opinions there), I don't think it's tenable to claim that any particular question is acceptable at one spot within a pack but not another spot within the same pack. (The ...
by Sir Thopas
Mon May 26, 2008 2:09 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: An Open Letter to NAQT
Replies: 97
Views: 16310

Re: An Open Letter to NAQT

Like you, they want certain categories to play a lesser role in determining the match--but their suggestion is that those tossups go later in the packet. Why? So there's less chance of the round actually getting to that unwanted tossup. There's no way around this--if you put said tossups in the fir...
by Sir Thopas
Mon May 26, 2008 1:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT HSNCT Question Discussion
Replies: 87
Views: 13004

Re: NAQT HSNCT Question Discussion

"There are 11 dukes in the peerage of Great Britain. For 5 points each, name any 6 of them. Note that dukes only in England or Scotland will not count." "In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban , Harry won the Quidditch Cup for the first time. For 5 points each, name his 6 teammates." What the h...
by Sir Thopas
Mon May 26, 2008 12:11 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: An Open Letter to NAQT
Replies: 97
Views: 16310

An Open Letter to NAQT

First of all, let’s assume the following things. Note that I am being extremely generous in my assumptions, but I’d rather not have them be argued. Anyway, here they are: - Let’s assume that comp math is acceptable in NAQT packets at the rate of 1 or 2 per game. This is a contentious point, one that...
by Sir Thopas
Mon May 26, 2008 12:01 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 500 things...
Replies: 87
Views: 10094

Re: 500 things...

86. Quiz bowl question writers will include questions about dubious Disney Channel tween shows and Pokemon in the same packet as questions about quantum theory and artists with blood type AB- who live in France. This is called bad quizbowl. Fixed. If you cant do math and noby on both teams can answ...
by Sir Thopas
Wed May 21, 2008 5:56 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ITT suggest your handy memory tricks/devices
Replies: 12
Views: 1561

Re: ITT suggest your handy memory tricks/devices

King Philip Caught Our Family Getting Stoned is how I do it.

We also started to get something for a bunch of the amendments last year, but I've since forgotten most of them.