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by Nine-Tenths Ideas
Mon Sep 05, 2011 1:04 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HSAPQ regional/state championships: spring 2012
Replies: 6
Views: 1911

Re: HSAPQ regional/state championships: spring 2012

Hi, I'm coordinating the Maryland part of this. If you're interested in hosting one of the 3 regions, get in touch with me at IBNOSPAMHirsch@gmail.com and we'll talk dates and locations.
by Nine-Tenths Ideas
Sat Aug 27, 2011 4:03 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Missiles of October Mirror at UVA, 10/8
Replies: 24
Views: 8728

Re: Missiles of October Mirror at UVA, 10/8

Hayley Legg wrote:True, but I never got a chance to play under a pseudonym school in high school and I always kinda wanted to. Point being, I will probably be there, with or without people.
This is not really an opportunity I'd worry about missing.
by Nine-Tenths Ideas
Thu Aug 11, 2011 8:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: VCU Open 2011 (08/13-08/14)
Replies: 96
Views: 24115

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: VCU Open 2011 (08/13-08/14)

Anybody want to play basketball after this is all over? The gym is open until 10 and there are some reasonably well-lit outdoor courts.
by Nine-Tenths Ideas
Thu Jul 28, 2011 9:08 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: On-going Season Rankings V2.0 - Herp Derp
Replies: 255
Views: 86811

Re: On-going Season Rankings V2.0

Me, in 2010 wrote: I think there should be special rankings for teams with non-human players.
by Nine-Tenths Ideas
Fri Jul 22, 2011 2:53 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Subject Area: Literature
Replies: 24
Views: 10194

Re: Subject Area: Literature

The very occasional points you'll receive are almost certainly not worth reading Atlas Shrugged or seeing the movie. Read a plot summary.
by Nine-Tenths Ideas
Thu Jul 21, 2011 2:43 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: VCU Open 2011 (08/13-08/14)
Replies: 96
Views: 24115

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: VCU Open 2011 (08/13-08/14)

Looking for a team for this; preferably a team that would prefer having a "fun" time as opposed to, say, winning.
by Nine-Tenths Ideas
Tue Jul 12, 2011 6:55 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2011-2012 DC Area
Replies: 11
Views: 2324

Re: 2011-2012 DC Area

Blair will be a decent team, but it's contingent on how many tournaments they go to. I think Daniel Hafner has another year.
by Nine-Tenths Ideas
Thu Jun 30, 2011 10:31 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '11-'12
Replies: 211
Views: 38198

Re: Illinois '11-'12

Jeremy Gibbs Freesy Does It wrote:Because going to ACE camp = good at quizbowl.
Hey, man, I got second at ACE Camp's Wild Man tournament behind Greg Peacock, and as we all know, there was no one at that camp who was superior to me as a player, especially in the present.
by Nine-Tenths Ideas
Sun Jun 26, 2011 3:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Hats Off: A Hat-Related Vanity Tournament, Sometime 2011
Replies: 13
Views: 2549

Re: Hats Off: A Hat-Related Vanity Tournament, Sometime 2011

I'm going to say "by August," but it depends on how much work I find myself having.
by Nine-Tenths Ideas
Tue Jun 21, 2011 9:52 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Attracting more teams to the DC circuit
Replies: 59
Views: 9479

Re: Attracting more teams to the DC circuit

Okay, so, uh, I made a post in this thread a while back that was, at best, ignored, and, at worst, misinterpreted. When I said that teams shouldn't be thrown in the water, this was not an advocacy of running speed. I want to make this clear: speed should absolutely have no place in outreach to DC te...
by Nine-Tenths Ideas
Mon Jun 20, 2011 7:55 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Attracting more teams to the DC circuit
Replies: 59
Views: 9479

Re: Attracting more teams to the DC circuit

This is going to be a long post. The circuit has shrunk considerably since I started playing quizbowl 5 years ago. There are plenty of reasons for this, but I'll identify a few I think caused a good deal of teams dropping out. Teams Didn't Adjust to Pyramidality Well and Went Back to It's Academic O...
by Nine-Tenths Ideas
Sun Jun 19, 2011 8:48 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Attracting more teams to the DC circuit
Replies: 59
Views: 9479

Re: Attracting more teams to the DC circuit

I'm working on such a list right now. I intend on hopefully having UMD host a novice tournament of some kind for these teams [and newer players from established teams].
by Nine-Tenths Ideas
Sun Jun 19, 2011 1:21 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: VCU OPEN TRASH (8/14)
Replies: 43
Views: 10911

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: VCU OPEN TRASH (8/14

I'm going to throw myself out there for free agency. I'm worth at least 20 points a game and 2 amusing negs per tournament.
by Nine-Tenths Ideas
Sat Jun 11, 2011 11:18 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Discussion of hsquizbowl.org's rules
Replies: 96
Views: 27170

Re: Discussion of hsquizbowl.org's rules

Ha ha, yes, this post is indeed equivalent to A Modest Proposal.
by Nine-Tenths Ideas
Thu Jun 09, 2011 3:36 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2011 NSC: Tournament Logistic Discussion (not the set)
Replies: 62
Views: 15088

Re: 2011 NSC: Tournament Logistic Discussion (not the set)

Truly, 50 minute delays are inexcusable, but plagiarized one line questions are okay.
by Nine-Tenths Ideas
Mon Jun 06, 2011 7:02 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2011 NSC Question Set Discussion
Replies: 82
Views: 12659

Re: 2011 NSC Question Set Discussion

That being said, I'd just like to point out that the governor of California hasn't been a Republican for over a year and Tommy Thompson hasn't been secretary of Health and Human Services since around January 20, 2009. The former was an annoyance in a bonus along the lines of "Name one of the two st...
by Nine-Tenths Ideas
Mon Jun 06, 2011 1:54 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2011 NSC: Tournament Logistic Discussion (not the set)
Replies: 62
Views: 15088

Re: 2011 NSC: Tournament Logistic Discussion (not the set)

The thing that probably bothered me most was that huge lunch delay. As Charles Martin noted, teams in my bracket [the bottom bracket] waited in their rooms for at least an hour. For much of that hour, they were also without moderators, so I ended up running up and down the building giving teams upda...
by Nine-Tenths Ideas
Tue May 31, 2011 4:30 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Hats Off: A Hat-Related Vanity Tournament, Sometime 2011
Replies: 13
Views: 2549

Re: Hats Off: A Hat-Related Vanity Tournament, Sometime 2011

This tournament is still being written. It is about half-completed and hopefully I should have it done in time for some sort of summer event.
In the meantime, enjoy this article I wrote for Wikipedia about the Straw Hat Riot of 1922.
by Nine-Tenths Ideas
Thu May 26, 2011 6:03 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2010 PACE NSC ORDER OF FINISH PREDICTIONS
Replies: 5
Views: 1346

Re: 2010 PACE NSC ORDER OF FINISH PREDICTIONS

I think you ranked Blake too low, we're really going to surprise you
by Nine-Tenths Ideas
Tue May 24, 2011 12:28 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Discussion of hsquizbowl.org's rules
Replies: 96
Views: 27170

Re: Discussion of hsquizbowl.org's rules

I can't recall the last time I attended a fake tournament. They've all advertised themselves as what they were. All of them required knowledge to answer questions. They gave out the announced prizes. They ranked the teams exactly as they said they would. So "nonpyramidal" or even "speed" would be m...
by Nine-Tenths Ideas
Thu May 19, 2011 11:59 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Maryland Spring Tournament
Replies: 63
Views: 11880

Re: Maryland Spring Tournament

There are some players on Nondescript High School who I played together with in high school.
by Nine-Tenths Ideas
Thu May 19, 2011 2:58 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Maryland Spring Tournament
Replies: 63
Views: 11880

Re: Maryland Spring Tournament

Checks should be made out to "Maryland Academic Quiz Team."
by Nine-Tenths Ideas
Tue May 17, 2011 2:15 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: It's Academic discussion
Replies: 50
Views: 13646

Re: All videos of Quiz Bowl

I'm pretty ambivalent about It's Academic-- if it didn't take up Saturdays that actual tournaments could run on, I'd really have no big issue with its existence. The problem is more with the structure that It's Academic has created; you're deluding yourself if you honestly believe that a majority of...
by Nine-Tenths Ideas
Sun May 15, 2011 11:40 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Maryland Spring Tournament
Replies: 63
Views: 11880

Re: Maryland Spring Tournament

To prevent stuff like this from happening, from now on when people send registration emails, feel free to CC me at IB[NOSPAM]Hirsch@gmail.com or Chris at Volkov[SPAMLESS]3000@yahoo.com.
by Nine-Tenths Ideas
Wed May 11, 2011 11:53 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Maryland Spring Tournament
Replies: 63
Views: 11880

Re: Maryland Spring Tournament

You guys are registered; a field update is forthcoming.
by Nine-Tenths Ideas
Tue May 10, 2011 5:19 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: It's Academic discussion
Replies: 50
Views: 13646

Re: All videos of Quiz Bowl

Yeah, there's a little scholarship money. I think I have like a total of 2000 bucks from two consecutive championship appearances, which is certainly nothing to sneeze at, but I'm not even sure what I'm allowed to use it on.
by Nine-Tenths Ideas
Mon May 09, 2011 8:27 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: It's Academic discussion
Replies: 50
Views: 13646

Re: All videos of Quiz Bowl

Didn't go through all the pages, however having seen some of the It's Academic (DC) tapings on YouTube, I must say even though the format probably isn't the best, I absolutely admire the glamour and the overall atmosphere of the show. I wouldn't mind personally playing on it at least once just to h...
by Nine-Tenths Ideas
Sun Apr 24, 2011 1:45 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Where Will You Be Going to College Next Year?
Replies: 67
Views: 17282

Re: Where Will You Be Going to College Next Year?

I will be going to the University of Maryland. I have also been going there this year.
by Nine-Tenths Ideas
Thu Apr 14, 2011 11:39 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: OAC Talk
Replies: 41
Views: 4521

Re: OAC Talk

I think the real question here is, what is it that makes the Rhode Island Quiz League so much better than tossup/bonus formats?
by Nine-Tenths Ideas
Mon Apr 11, 2011 11:19 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2011 ICT Question-specific discussion
Replies: 150
Views: 19932

Re: 2011 ICT Question-specific discussion

I believe double reed was in an earlier DII round and a late DI round. Maybe I'm confusing this with another answer, though.
by Nine-Tenths Ideas
Mon Apr 11, 2011 8:21 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Difficulty
Replies: 10
Views: 1252

Re: Difficulty

EDIT: This effect is even more pronounced in D2, where if I did everything correctly the median bonus conversion jumped by two and a half points ! Bracket breakdowns indicated the median team in the top bracket improved by about 1 PPB, bottom by 1.2 PPB, third by 1.9, and second bracket by a whoppi...
by Nine-Tenths Ideas
Mon Apr 11, 2011 12:31 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2011 ICT discussion
Replies: 33
Views: 5435

Re: 2011 ICT discussion (Fred: WILL NOT HAPPEN HERE)

There were some readers at this tournament who were not very good. That's all I really want to say about that.
by Nine-Tenths Ideas
Mon Apr 11, 2011 12:26 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: On-going season rankings
Replies: 391
Views: 96761

Re: On-going season rankings

Hey, why isn't my team from last year ranked? We put up some decent stats against some great teams and I think we deserve to be ranked despite the fact that none of us play anymore. Please rectify this immediately.
by Nine-Tenths Ideas
Mon Mar 21, 2011 12:04 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Maryland Spring Tournament
Replies: 63
Views: 11880

Re: Maryland Spring Tournament

In any case, this tournament will be easier and more accessible than last year. I doubt there will be any Halldor Laxness.
by Nine-Tenths Ideas
Wed Mar 02, 2011 7:21 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Difficulty
Replies: 20
Views: 2743

Re: Difficulty

I just want to say the tossup on Legacy of Kain was ridiculous, and not in a good way.
by Nine-Tenths Ideas
Mon Feb 28, 2011 9:36 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: grad students in quizbowl thread #32343
Replies: 62
Views: 14269

Re: D2 ICT eligibility

Things Look, it's not like I want to play Devil's Advocate, but these arguments are at least partially wrong. I'm not saying Mr. Johnson is correct, but people are discounting what he's saying really easily by waving it away and replying to an objection he's repeatedly said he doesn't have. Johnson...
by Nine-Tenths Ideas
Fri Feb 18, 2011 1:00 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Negs and how to avoid them
Replies: 21
Views: 4935

Re: Negs and how to avoid them

A Barehanded Telethon Mirth Gun wrote: If everyone on your team is negging four tines a game, you're screwed.
I meant as a team, 5+. If you personally are putting up 4, that's not great, but chances are your teammates aren't negging very much at all.
by Nine-Tenths Ideas
Thu Feb 17, 2011 7:22 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Negs and how to avoid them
Replies: 21
Views: 4935

Re: Negs and how to avoid them

Having too many negs doesn't become a REALLY bad problem until you're putting up 5+ a game. I might be biased, of course, but the "high-risk/high-reward" thing is completely true, and I certainly wouldn't have gotten as many powers in high school as I did if I was cautious and stuff. However, if you...
by Nine-Tenths Ideas
Wed Feb 16, 2011 9:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Discussion
Replies: 19
Views: 2384

Re: Discussion

I don't know if this was endemic of the whole set or maybe just a localized thing, but some of the stuff I submitted seemed edited to be worse, or at least more poorly worded. For example, a bonus part on Winfield Scott was edited to note that he led a siege of Veracruz at the siege of Veracruz, and...
by Nine-Tenths Ideas
Tue Feb 15, 2011 7:25 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Penn Bowl Trash III General Discussion
Replies: 18
Views: 2267

Re: Penn Bowl Trash III General Discussion

Yeah, so this set skewed towards old stuff a lot. I am appreciative that this helped me power things like Beaver and Mickey Mouse Club, but I think the amount of stuff that came out before I was born was a little excessive.

PS- Isn't there a separate trash forum?
by Nine-Tenths Ideas
Sun Feb 06, 2011 1:42 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Preliminary D-Values
Replies: 24
Views: 3969

Re: Preliminary D-Values

I believe all the teams listed are already Division I.
by Nine-Tenths Ideas
Fri Jan 14, 2011 5:40 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Hats Off: A Hat-Related Vanity Tournament, Sometime 2011
Replies: 13
Views: 2549

Hats Off: A Hat-Related Vanity Tournament, Sometime 2011

Hats used to be incredibly important. A man who was not wearing a hat was a man to mock and ridicule. However, at some point in the second half of the 20th century, that stopped being true. Whatever the reason was for that, it is somewhat amusing to go through various older things and see the incred...
by Nine-Tenths Ideas
Mon Dec 20, 2010 12:57 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: March Madness comes early this year: Top 64 Christmas Songs
Replies: 369
Views: 31664

Re: March Madness comes early this year: Top 64 Christmas Songs

Maybe it's nostalgia speaking, but Linus and Lucy is probably the song I most associate with your standard warm fuzzy Christmas memories. Strangely, the Pogues don't remind me of Christmas much at all.

L+L
by Nine-Tenths Ideas
Fri Dec 17, 2010 5:11 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: General Discussion
Replies: 46
Views: 6355

Re: General Discussion

It's probably still too hard, but the Namesake did become an award-winning movie with Kal Penn recently. I keep seeing Interpreter of Maladies coming up, so it seems to be wheedling its way into the canon [which may or may not be a good thing.]
by Nine-Tenths Ideas
Fri Dec 17, 2010 12:55 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Lames In Modern Tournaments
Replies: 12
Views: 2589

Re: Lames In Modern Tournaments

nalin wrote:They promote not having a well-rounded knowledge base. If you don't know contestants on Britain's Got Talent, it's your own fault.
"Fault" is not the word I would use here