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by Mechanical Beasts
Thu Sep 07, 2006 9:02 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Best Teams In The Country '06-07?
Replies: 105
Views: 44364

My speculation of teams near our region: I think that Shady Side and Stuyvesant will be very good teams this year, with both probably making top 10 at NAQT next year. Shady Side is always good, and always beats us or nearly beats us at nationals. Stuyvesant won our tournament last year, and I was r...
by Mechanical Beasts
Thu Sep 07, 2006 8:54 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Quiz Bowl Tournament in Japan
Replies: 17
Views: 7021

Yeah I'm curious as well...did the Koreans feel inspired by a need to repay the Japanese for the WBC defeat? Did they prove once and for all that it would indeed be more efficient to use that raw fish stuff as bait, or that karate really is hella weak (unless you're under 12 years of age) compared ...
by Mechanical Beasts
Thu Sep 07, 2006 8:47 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Pronunciation
Replies: 67
Views: 29462

This past year at Maryland (Fall), our team buzzed in on a question where "the Ramayana" was the accepted answer. Our team's lone player of Indian-descent was the one that buzzed in, and answered "the Ramayan." It was rejected, and we protested, claiming that he should know the title of his own cul...
by Mechanical Beasts
Sat Jun 24, 2006 11:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Best Powers
Replies: 161
Views: 69907

I just played a pseudo-ACF college tournament with questions between ACF Fall and Regionals levels, and got destroyed due to no sleep, no preparation, and no college-level canon knowledge. And I wasn't aggressive enough. So I'm practically dead now. But powers from my past... He "should have been a ...
by Mechanical Beasts
Wed Jun 21, 2006 5:00 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Aggressiveness
Replies: 17
Views: 7818

Seconded with conviction. But I think PowerOfChe has a point in that its stupid to buzz in on a random speculative guess unless you are either your teams only real scorer, or you are very good at the topic in question. As for teammates getting mad at you, there are no real ways to fix that situatio...
by Mechanical Beasts
Tue Jun 20, 2006 10:21 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Statistical analysis from the 2006 HSNCT
Replies: 13
Views: 5407

Wow...I guess we have Brookwood to thank that we went 7-3 instead of 6-4. Both teams went into the game 5-1. We were leading by 5 points with 10 seconds on the clock. Brookwood had a buzzer-beating answer, and thus beat us by a slim margin. That sent them to a 6-1 record and apparently into the top...
by Mechanical Beasts
Tue Jun 20, 2006 3:26 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2006 NAQT HSNCT
Replies: 309
Views: 132055

Re: The 16th Amendment and Fusion power

Don't convice yourself it would do any good. An opponent of ours was given credit for "Conferate States of America" (a country) after hearing "this legislative body", which sought the Conferderate congress. My protest was denied unanimously by five judges. If "this body" doesn't force congress into...
by Mechanical Beasts
Tue Jun 20, 2006 3:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: QU-The field in Chicago
Replies: 144
Views: 59872

Although I disagree, I respect your point of view. The real objective is better quiz bowl and your method is one way of achieving it. In my experience, the students begin arguing with and even resenting one another if the criticism is allowed to be free. I don't think I'd balk at conversations amon...
by Mechanical Beasts
Tue Jun 20, 2006 11:04 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: QU-The field in Chicago
Replies: 144
Views: 59872

Agreed. Not knowing the answer rarely translates into points. I teach my players that no team member should question in a hostile manner why another team member rang or failed to ring. Nor should team member A chastise player B for aggressively taking a shot at a question because player B got the q...
by Mechanical Beasts
Thu Jun 08, 2006 11:19 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Survey: Computer Science in Quiz Bowl
Replies: 16
Views: 7000

I took Java and AP but I didn't really pay attention to the different sorting methods. The only one I ever used was bubble sort. Doesnt that have a horrible big O? As I recall, for the worst case scenario (most poorly oriented data for that particular algorithm that there can be, so the order of el...
by Mechanical Beasts
Thu Jun 08, 2006 11:16 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Survey: Computer Science in Quiz Bowl
Replies: 16
Views: 7000

While it definitely should be frowned upon to discuss specifics per se about the questions (especially as this is not a marked HSNCT thread, but see also Matt's advisory ), what would be interesting to ask is what kinds of computer science questions were asked? Were they more language-dependent or ...