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by The Atom Strikes!
Sun Dec 06, 2009 7:56 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: How to get better/study for PACE
Replies: 32
Views: 5010

Re: How to get better/study for PACE

Yes, because all kinds of people study Hildegard outside of quizbowl. Yes, but that doesn't make it reasonable to ask about her at a high school quizbowl tournament under normal circumstances. Lots of people (probably pretty much anybody who does anything in real philosophy) study, say, Frank Jacks...
by The Atom Strikes!
Sun Dec 06, 2009 7:33 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: How to get better/study for PACE
Replies: 32
Views: 5010

Re: How to get better/study for PACE

Er, my reading of that year's ACF Nationals netted me many points at PACE that year... without ACF, there's no way I would have gotten, say, Idomeneo, or powered a tossup on Easter, 1916, or 30'd the AE Housman bonus, or a number of other things. I've seen some other noticeable bits of canon creep b...
by The Atom Strikes!
Sun Dec 06, 2009 5:55 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: How to get better/study for PACE
Replies: 32
Views: 5010

Re: How to get better/study for PACE

PACE's third parts and leadins (hell, even their tossup answer selection) always draw heavily from the ACF Nationals of that year. I would recommend checking that out before nationals.
by The Atom Strikes!
Wed Nov 11, 2009 12:57 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HSAPQ National All Star Academic Tournament in 2010
Replies: 161
Views: 55836

Re: HSAPQ National All Star Academic Tournament in 2010

People, just man up and blow off your graduation to play quizbowl. I totally did it, and it was worth it.
by The Atom Strikes!
Mon Nov 02, 2009 12:26 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall 2009 Discussion
Replies: 129
Views: 16414

Re: ACF Fall 2009 Discussion

Apart from shortest-path algorithms (which is really as much a discrete math thing as a CS thing anyway), every CS concept that was asked about this tournament, apart from one hard part in a trees bonus, had come up in my AP Computer science course in high school. I think that a knowledge of first-s...
by The Atom Strikes!
Thu Oct 22, 2009 1:06 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Canon Expansion, Bose-Einstein Condensates, and You
Replies: 92
Views: 10674

Re: Canon Expansion, Bose-Einstein Condensates, and You

Ah, alright. I think that I actually agree for the most part-- the needs of the vast majority of the circuit and those of the top few teams are not the same. I also think that most of a given season's sets-- like the output of HSAPQ and NAQT, for example, should reflect that fact. That said, I don't...
by The Atom Strikes!
Thu Oct 22, 2009 12:54 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Canon Expansion, Bose-Einstein Condensates, and You
Replies: 92
Views: 10674

Re: Canon Expansion, Bose-Einstein Condensates, and You

I mean, to be honest, high school is the place where those "same old topics" should still be coming up every tournament because that is what high schoolers know. The past four years indicate that this is far from the actual case. During that time period, the high school canon expanded at an astonis...
by The Atom Strikes!
Tue Oct 20, 2009 12:16 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Minnesota Open 2009 Discussion
Replies: 70
Views: 8172

Re: Minnesota Open 2009 Discussion

I hypothesize that most quizbowl players don't actually learn philosophy from a philosophy class. Rather, they learn it from one of the following sources: (1) A history class (2) A social science class (especially an intro or core social science class) (3) from independent reading ("hey that book l...
by The Atom Strikes!
Tue Oct 20, 2009 12:00 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Minnesota Open 2009 Discussion
Replies: 70
Views: 8172

Re: Minnesota Open 2009 Discussion

I hypothesize that most quizbowl players don't actually learn philosophy from a philosophy class. Rather, they learn it from one of the following sources: (1) A history class (2) A social science class (especially an intro or core social science class) (3) from independent reading ("hey that book l...
by The Atom Strikes!
Fri Oct 02, 2009 12:59 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Proposition: Get Rid of Trash
Replies: 108
Views: 12182

Re: Proposition: Get Rid of Trash

I also don't buy the argument that 1/1 trash in a round with 19/19 academic is necessarily going to determine the course of games (or tournaments) by creating a substantial number of upsets. The statistics just aren't there to prove that any tournament set with 1/1 trash has unfairly and systemical...
by The Atom Strikes!
Fri Sep 18, 2009 12:23 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Post here if you don't want required geography at ACF Nats
Replies: 26
Views: 3377

Re: Post here if you don't want required geography at ACF Nats

I love geography but... Seth's argument was convincing.
by The Atom Strikes!
Thu Sep 17, 2009 8:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2009-10 Preseason Top 50
Replies: 99
Views: 29568

Re: 2009-10 Preseason Top 50

Academic WorldQuest May I ask what this is? it is a strictly current events and social studies based academic compeition with a group of 4 team members, Henry Gorman was the Delaware champion, I believe Other high school quizbowl luminaries including Cody Simmons, Sam Peterson, Matt Jackson, and Ch...
by The Atom Strikes!
Fri Jul 31, 2009 9:28 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Books "for Quizbowl"
Replies: 217
Views: 142389

Re: Books "for Quizbowl"

I recommend using the Eddas for Norse myth. They're the primary source for pretty much everything, and few things are more epic than pulling a copy of the Poetic Edda from your backpack to protest a question.
by The Atom Strikes!
Sun Jun 28, 2009 10:40 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF distribution
Replies: 200
Views: 28336

Re: ACF distribution

No, Andy, there is no separate 1/1 for trash, unlike social science. So trash and geography are getting condensed. So previously there had been 1/1 trash and 1/1 geography, in the final 20/20 and now it's turned into 1/1 trash/geo/more SS. What's the new 1/1? More big three? Are we doing 3/3 RMP an...
by The Atom Strikes!
Mon Jun 15, 2009 1:57 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: PACE NSC: format changes, 2010 information
Replies: 287
Views: 110732

Re: PACE NSC: format changes, 2010 information

Good god people, just man up and skip your graduations.
by The Atom Strikes!
Mon Jun 08, 2009 9:36 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Next Year
Replies: 74
Views: 9709

Re: Next Year

The sophomores of State College and the all-non-graduating kids of Gov and Matt Jackson all put up superb performances at this year's NSC, and I would be very surprised if they are not similarly impressive in the future. This, plus, Hunter also has a pretty young core to support them in the coming ...
by The Atom Strikes!
Mon Jun 08, 2009 9:01 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Next Year
Replies: 74
Views: 9709

Re: Next Year

The sophomores of State College and the all-non-graduating kids of Gov and Matt Jackson all put up superb performances at this year's NSC, and I would be very surprised if they are not similarly impressive in the future.
by The Atom Strikes!
Wed Jun 03, 2009 8:52 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Geography Monstrosity discussion
Replies: 19
Views: 3084

Re: Geography Monstrosity discussion

Though I had to leave a bit early, I totally loved this tournament-- where else would I get an opportunity to get tossups on the Ungava Penninsula?
by The Atom Strikes!
Tue Jun 02, 2009 8:44 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Gaddis II Thanks and Discussion
Replies: 40
Views: 7046

Re: Gaddis II Thanks and Discussion

This tournament was fun. That said, the Goosebumps tossup should have been about "Why I am afraid of Bees."
by The Atom Strikes!
Tue Jun 02, 2009 8:26 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The John Adams Rule
Replies: 41
Views: 6372

Re: The John Adams Rule

I think that some respectable person (I think it was Andrew Hart, but I could be wrong), argued that just giving the final name of hispanic authors should be acceptable-- for example, Lorca for Garcia Lorca, on the grounds that this is the way that scholars tend to refer to them.
by The Atom Strikes!
Tue Jun 02, 2009 8:21 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2009 HSNCT question discussion
Replies: 262
Views: 34194

Re: 2009 HSNCT question discussion

I don't really like either of those tossups, because both seem like easy powers for teams that know what they are (I hear that Guatemalan authors would write about issues for bannana farmers and that Portugal had a King named Sebastian), but not gettable at all for people who don't know what they ar...
by The Atom Strikes!
Tue Jun 02, 2009 2:10 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2009 HSNCT question discussion
Replies: 262
Views: 34194

Re: 2009 HSNCT question discussion

I think that the archetype that Pechorin fits is usually referred to as the "superfluous man"-- while he is a Byronic hero, superfluous man was the first thing that came to mind.
by The Atom Strikes!
Mon Jun 01, 2009 10:37 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NSC 09 question discussion
Replies: 132
Views: 17378

Re: NSC 09 question discussion

I'm pretty sure that at this level, a tossup on Smetana that uses only opera clues will, in most rooms, just turn into a buzzer race on "The Bartered Bride." But aside from this trivial issue, I think that in general, NSC 09 was a really excellent set with a lot of deep questions on interesting stuff.
by The Atom Strikes!
Mon Jun 01, 2009 10:58 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2009 NAQT HSNCT
Replies: 349
Views: 80076

Re: 2009 NAQT HSNCT

I should have had time called on Zardari...
by The Atom Strikes!
Wed May 27, 2009 8:16 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NSC 09 question discussion
Replies: 132
Views: 17378

Re: NSC 09 question discussion

On one hand, I loved that "Operas by Smetana" tossup because it was the only time that I'll ever get a high school outlet for my "The Brandenburgers in Bohemia" knowledge. On the other hand, I think that the vast majority of high school players probably don't know any Smetana operatic works other th...
by The Atom Strikes!
Mon May 25, 2009 10:01 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NSC 09 question discussion
Replies: 132
Views: 17378

Re: NSC 09 question discussion

Don't forget-- the final featured MULTIPLE Celtic myth questions.
by The Atom Strikes!
Sun May 24, 2009 9:54 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2009 PACE NSC
Replies: 59
Views: 36742

Re: 2009 PACE NSC

I think Mike Bentley will have the final match on his podcast, if you subscribe to that or wish to subscribe to that. In the meantime, if I heard correctly, it was Henry III/De Monfort's parliment/Louis IX. All stats should be up on Taft at some point in the near future. EDIT "it" being the final b...
by The Atom Strikes!
Wed May 20, 2009 11:39 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals question thanks/discussion
Replies: 75
Views: 11387

Re: ACF Nationals question thanks/discussion

I know this is a bit late, but the tossup on "The Glass-Bead Game" in the Illinois/Maryland packet is incorrect-- it is Fritz Tegularius, not Thomas van der Trave, who is the Nietzche analogue. Van der Trave is actually analogous to Mann.
by The Atom Strikes!
Sun May 17, 2009 10:41 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAC schedule info/tournament thread
Replies: 217
Views: 30612

Re: NAC schedule info/tournament thread

academic enforcement Interesting word choice, Zach. Joe, my only useful advice is to bring some good sets and try to convert a few teams. Looking at the schedule, it seems to me that :chip: is trying to schedule against NSC (and possibly HSNCT), and keep teams away from Washington or Chicago during...
by The Atom Strikes!
Sun May 17, 2009 3:11 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Maryland Spring Invitational (5/2/09)
Replies: 116
Views: 66701

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Maryland Spring Invitational (5/2/09)

Johannes Climacus wrote:Henry Gorman- he and his teammate adopted the names of their two players that weren't there, as did my team.
Nah, I played as a non-teammate who wasn't there and Neeraj Vijay played as me.
by The Atom Strikes!
Sat May 16, 2009 10:02 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Generalists
Replies: 9
Views: 1381

Re: Generalists

Actually, the best course of action is to develop specialist-depth knowledge in almost every category. In high school, at least, there are a number of players that have done this.
by The Atom Strikes!
Sat Apr 25, 2009 9:17 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Class of 09, Where Will You Be Playing Next Year
Replies: 79
Views: 17423

Re: Class of 09, Where Will You Be Playing Next Year

I will attend Rice University and play quizbowl there.
by The Atom Strikes!
Wed Apr 01, 2009 6:54 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: WorldQuest?
Replies: 6
Views: 845

Re: WorldQuest?

la2pgh wrote:So, Academic WorldQuest Nationals are this weekend, and, due to magic, Shady Side qualified. Will anyone else be there?
We will.
by The Atom Strikes!
Wed Apr 01, 2009 4:12 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Weekend of Quizbowl Discussion
Replies: 34
Views: 3678

Re: Weekend of Quizbowl Discussion

I'm pretty sure that getting his arse kicked by the Lombard league is one of the most famous unique things that Barbarossa did-- as many others accompanied the Third Crusade. He is also the most famous HRE, bar none. That said, I first gained knowledge of Barbarossa from AoE II, though I think that ...
by The Atom Strikes!
Thu Mar 19, 2009 9:10 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Fake ICT 2 at VCU - Sunday, March 22, 2009
Replies: 21
Views: 7806

Re: Fake ICT 2 at VCU - Sunday, March 22, 2009

Actually, it turns out that I'm not going to be making it down with David and Shantanu, so you don't have to worry about me.
by The Atom Strikes!
Tue Mar 10, 2009 10:20 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Mahfouz Memorial Literature Singles - 3/13
Replies: 48
Views: 37164

Re: Mahfouz Memorial Literature Singles - 3/13

Sadly, it appears that we won't be able to make it down until Saturday morning, so no Charter people will participate in this.
by The Atom Strikes!
Tue Mar 03, 2009 10:05 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Concept tossups in the social sciences
Replies: 40
Views: 5675

Re: Concept tossups in the social sciences

Regarding economics-- I've noticed that most tossups on economic concepts tend to be transparent if you have any idea what they are at all, especially if they are on some really basic concept like "comparative advantage" or "diminishing marginal returns"
by The Atom Strikes!
Sun Mar 01, 2009 9:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals Discussion Thread
Replies: 121
Views: 15247

Re: ACF Regionals Discussion Thread

Bentley Like Beckham wrote: Also, the fact remains that I don't believe anyone who played on this tossup got this before the FTP (correct me if I'm wrong).
I did-- fairly quickly in fact. Although I am a nerd who actually paid attention to the plot. Amusingly, I thought that it was a literature question at first.
by The Atom Strikes!
Sun Feb 22, 2009 12:56 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Prison Bowl Discussion
Replies: 82
Views: 8737

Re: Prison Bowl Discussion

Generally a solid, quality tournament-- I would rate it with the excellent HSAPQ ACF 1 set this year. That said, I thought that by the playoffs, the fact that just about every bonus was an auto-30 for the top teams (when we played State College, I believe that the teams thirtied every bonus except o...
by The Atom Strikes!
Fri Feb 20, 2009 4:38 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Dropping Titles in Literature Questions
Replies: 76
Views: 7777

Re: Dropping Titles in Literature Questions

I agree with Guy on this particular issue. Of course, I must say that I would always like to see more literature tossups on works, characters, and the like.
by The Atom Strikes!
Mon Feb 16, 2009 5:28 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Mahfouz Memorial Literature Singles - 3/13
Replies: 48
Views: 37164

Re: Mahfouz Memorial Literature Singles - 3/13

Neeraj Vijay of Wilmington Charter has expressed interest as well, though he's not entirely sure he's in.
by The Atom Strikes!
Thu Jan 29, 2009 10:03 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Getting coaches to care
Replies: 38
Views: 4708

Re: Getting coaches to care

On the topic of parents as supervisors... I believe that TJ paid Phil Graves's dad a nominal sum to be the team's supervisor, so he could be an official adult supervisor.
by The Atom Strikes!
Wed Jan 21, 2009 9:51 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Announcement: Penn Bowl 2009 (1/24/2009), Phila., PA
Replies: 46
Views: 16366

Re: Announcement: Penn Bowl 2009 (1/24/2009), Phila., PA

Matt Weiner wrote:Not directly, but if it ends up as 24 teams I can probably do something with that as opposed to 25.
Ike was registered as his own team. So that should cut the number by one.
by The Atom Strikes!
Wed Jan 21, 2009 9:44 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Announcement: Penn Bowl 2009 (1/24/2009), Phila., PA
Replies: 46
Views: 16366

Re: Announcement: Penn Bowl 2009 (1/24/2009), Phila., PA

I believe that Ike will be joining Daichi, myself, and a possible Dan Puma. That should help fix the bracketing issue.
by The Atom Strikes!
Wed Jan 21, 2009 7:12 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Mahfouz Memorial Literature Singles - 3/13
Replies: 48
Views: 37164

Re: Mahfouz Memorial Literature Singles - 3/13

I want in. Did you place a time period weak distribution as well?
by The Atom Strikes!
Mon Jan 19, 2009 10:44 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 08-09 Midseason Poll Results - Congratulations Charter!
Replies: 22
Views: 2843

Re: 08-09 Midseason Poll Results - Congratulations Charter!

I have to say that I'm surprised that a lot of people didn't rank Gov higher than seventh. I think that they definitely are at least top five (and they are probably my pick to win PACE this year).
by The Atom Strikes!
Fri Jan 16, 2009 11:26 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008-09 Mid-Season Poll!
Replies: 34
Views: 4484

Re: 2008-09 Mid-Season Poll!

Something about TJ-- I expect TJ to perform significantly better at NAQT than at PACE. This is because they have much skill in NAQT pet categories: Naren is a monster on Geography and CE, and Harry White is amazing at mathcomp.
by The Atom Strikes!
Mon Jan 12, 2009 2:34 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008-09 Mid-Season Poll!
Replies: 34
Views: 4484

Re: 2008-09 Mid-Season Poll!

Do you now have enough ballots to tabulate and release results, or do you want some more?
by The Atom Strikes!
Sun Jan 11, 2009 6:39 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Announcement: Penn Bowl 2009 (1/24/2009), Phila., PA
Replies: 46
Views: 16366

Re: Announcement: Penn Bowl 2009 (1/24/2009), Phila., PA

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by The Atom Strikes!
Sun Jan 11, 2009 2:08 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: M.O.H.I.T. at TJHSST (01/10/09)
Replies: 80
Views: 24354

Re: M.O.H.I.T. at TJHSST (01/10/09)

On the whole, this tournament was overall, a good-faith effort that had some fun answer selection and generally pyramidal questions. There were also a few issues-- things like that vague IM Pei tossup, and the wildly variable bonus difficulty (ranging from "Name these types of mortgages" [which was ...