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by theattachment
Mon Apr 28, 2008 11:32 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: My favorite thing from the ACF Nationals stats...
Replies: 7
Views: 1390

Re: My favorite thing from the ACF Nationals stats...

I see no resemblance with any, though I'd most likely go for Bernadatte.
by theattachment
Sun Apr 27, 2008 11:37 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Experimental Tournament, 5/24
Replies: 82
Views: 24378

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Experimental Doubles Tournament, 5/24

Depending on my team's plans that evening, I'd probably be available to staff. I'd get murdered at it and don't even want to try, but I'd love to scorekeep.

EDIT: Apparently we have funn plans, then will kick out the computerized jams afterward. Oh well.
by theattachment
Sun Apr 27, 2008 10:37 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Minnesota '07-'08
Replies: 356
Views: 77272

Re: Minnesota '07-'08

Maybe if we stop feeding him, he'll forget there's food. As to Chris's comment, I'd agree that it was well-run, though there were a few sub-par readers. I think a lot of that is attributable to the U being at ACF, making it so Andrew, Rob, Bernadette and Gautam weren't around. It didn't slow things ...
by theattachment
Sun Apr 27, 2008 12:35 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Byko Rankings of HSNCT Field
Replies: 37
Views: 4769

Byko Rankings of HSNCT Field

Seeing as there's no way to not do this by hand/keyboard, I got bored tonight and looked up the rankings of the entire field for HSNCT. Here it is as of 4/26 (grouped by state): Int'l Lisgar - 102 Shanghai American - 213 Cheongshim - ? AL Brindlee A - 31 Brindlee B - 128 Covenant Christian - 255 Hoo...
by theattachment
Sat Apr 26, 2008 11:00 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Minnesota '07-'08
Replies: 356
Views: 77272

Re: Minnesota '07-'08

First, since Eden Prairie B has beaten Eden Prairie A, the state champions, I would assume they are somewhat good/really good (because the only other team to beat EP thus far is ranked 1st in the nation). I think it was but can't recall if this was discussed earlier in the thread and don't feel lik...
by theattachment
Fri Apr 25, 2008 10:33 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nats Predictions
Replies: 22
Views: 5243

Re: ACF Nats Predictions

Results on the meat eating contest?
by theattachment
Wed Apr 23, 2008 2:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: women in Quiz Bowl
Replies: 50
Views: 11806

Re: women in Quiz Bowl

I can't really say anything as to why there's few girls on a lot of teams, but as to questions being girl/guy skewed... In our last run of EPIC, one of the major complaints we got was that our trash was non-"girl" skewed. It wasn't that the distro was biased towards guys, but that it was biased agai...
by theattachment
Wed Apr 23, 2008 2:12 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The Beatles
Replies: 38
Views: 5674

Re: The Beatles

Alright I'm just putting Revolver out there as best album... ever. QFT Seriously though, that album is pure mastery of pop music from top to bottom, mixing stupidly clever protest, weird storytelling, and the first real notice of LSD gone bad in their music. Peppers may be more influential, but Rev...
by theattachment
Sat Apr 19, 2008 6:48 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Minnesota/Maryland/Vanderbilt/Cleveland/K-State tournament
Replies: 59
Views: 13346

Re: Minnesota/Maryland/Vanderbilt/Cleveland/K-State tournament

I'm not going to take the same position as Andrew and say that the tournament was as good as it could be and that things didn't need to be changed. I agree that there were issues with the tournament and I tried to correct some of these for the Maryland mirror. However, I do agree that these issues ...
by theattachment
Sat Apr 19, 2008 12:05 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Minnesota/Maryland/Vanderbilt/Cleveland/K-State tournament
Replies: 59
Views: 13346

Re: Minnesota/Maryland/Vanderbilt/Cleveland/K-State tournament

Even if we had time to "change" those bonuses, we wouldn't have done it because they were perfectly fine (good, even!) bonuses for the high school level, and rewarded knowledge over lack of knowledge, while maintaining the standards of difficulty that were appropriate. What more could you possibly ...
by theattachment
Thu Apr 17, 2008 9:17 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Minnesota/Maryland/Vanderbilt/Cleveland/K-State tournament
Replies: 59
Views: 13346

Re: Minnesota/Maryland/Vanderbilt/Cleveland/K-State tournament

So speaking of criticizing individual questions... 3. I know that it's the way it's often done, but the lit bonus form of "semi-major work leadin, name the work. This dude wrote this work. This is a minor work/character of this dude," came up way too often to the point of being really annoying. The...
by theattachment
Wed Apr 16, 2008 12:26 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Minnesota/Maryland/Vanderbilt/Cleveland/K-State tournament
Replies: 59
Views: 13346

Re: Minnesota/Maryland/Vanderbilt/Cleveland/K-State tournament

So speaking of criticizing individual questions... 1. There were very few clues that stuck out to me as misplaced, but Minnesota 2 (Rob's packet) tossup 3 made me feel as though my knowledge of noted obscure pop-punkers Millencolin, a band that hasn't done anything in the past four years (save for N...
by theattachment
Tue Apr 15, 2008 11:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: What got you into Quizbowl?
Replies: 90
Views: 15261

Re: What got you into Quizbowl?

I'd been friends with most of the freshmen on the team the year prior (I didn't join anything in my first year) and they convinced me to start going to practices around halfway into 2nd quarter of my sophomore year. They stuck me on the C team with another new girl and we did pretty well (more that ...
by theattachment
Sun Apr 13, 2008 10:20 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Evolution of High School Quizbowl
Replies: 81
Views: 23379

Re: Evolution of High School Quizbowl

In my limited experience (three years in MN) I've seen that the top third of teams has certainly gotten a lot better over the past few years. More teams have seen massive development in talent in both individuals and teams. That said, Minnesota seems to be a micro example of the macro trends in Quiz...
by theattachment
Mon Apr 07, 2008 2:09 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Minnesota/Maryland/Vanderbilt/Cleveland/K-State tournament
Replies: 59
Views: 13346

Re: Minnesota/Maryland/Vanderbilt/Cleveland/K-State tournament

Notes on the tournament @ MN: 1. Dear God Dorman is really really good. We haven't seen anyone play within the same planet of them all year, and we picked a really bad time to have one of the worst streaks I've experienced on that team. If they don't get it within five words (which I counted seven i...
by theattachment
Sun Mar 30, 2008 1:11 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Minnesota '07-'08
Replies: 356
Views: 77272

Re: Minnesota '07-'08

Mitu wrote:Wayzata B will probably not make playoffs, considering Noah cant make it to Nationals.
Lame, I like him. He will be sorely missed.
by theattachment
Sat Mar 29, 2008 6:20 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Minnesota '07-'08
Replies: 356
Views: 77272

Re: Minnesota '07-'08

So since this is a thread about predictions and comparisons... Who all from Minnesota is going to nationals, and what are your predictions about how they will fare? I dunno about who all is going, by i'd say for rankings: Eden Prairie: 3 Chaska: 13 Wayzata A: 20 Wayzata B: 20 (or worse) Eden Prairi...
by theattachment
Mon Mar 24, 2008 11:50 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: All Things Bonus
Replies: 18
Views: 23158

Re: All Things Bonus

I don't see a problem with having an indie bonus go not obscure first part (Death Cab) then slightly more obscure (Rilo Kiley) then even more obscure (Sufjan Stevens and the like). I consider myself to be in the "clueless about indie music" group. Oddly enough, I know nothing specific about Death C...
by theattachment
Mon Mar 24, 2008 11:07 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: All Things Bonus
Replies: 18
Views: 23158

Re: All Things Bonus

Moving on to the Cardinal Classic discussion thread: from what I read of the indie music discussion, it sounds like there's a subpopulation of quizbowlers that follows indie music in some depth, while the majority of quizbowlers know very little about it. Given that the proper structure for an indi...
by theattachment
Mon Mar 24, 2008 9:10 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Yes, it's another thread about math
Replies: 102
Views: 22958

Re: Yes, it's another thread about math

Mental calculation speed can't really be taught and is not a skill quizbowl should test. As someone who left the math train a long time ago, I tend to disagree. QB is a test of someone's mental capacity, be it in English, Fine Arts, Science, stuff that doesn't deserve capitalization (aka trash), an...
by theattachment
Tue Mar 18, 2008 9:29 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Quizbowl in the news
Replies: 41
Views: 5738

Re: Quizbowl in the news

Our tournaments generally run around $70 per team, base fee, with the average team paying somewhere around $10 less than that. I don't know what kind of costs are involved with joining NAQT's Thursday-night league, nor do I know what kind of entrance fees are charged at NAQT's regular-season tourna...
by theattachment
Sat Mar 08, 2008 11:37 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Minnesota '07-'08
Replies: 356
Views: 77272

Re: Minnesota '07-'08

cdcarter wrote:
StiffUpperLipJeeves wrote:So I saw stats from today. Whoa. Any word on how it was playing with NAQT?
Have the stats been posted anywhere?
My coach had a PDF of them that he sent to me because he knows I'm a numbers nerd. I'm not sure if it was sent out to coaches or what.
by theattachment
Sat Mar 08, 2008 10:50 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Minnesota '07-'08
Replies: 356
Views: 77272

Re: Minnesota '07-'08

So I saw stats from today. Whoa. Any word on how it was playing with NAQT?
by theattachment
Tue Mar 04, 2008 12:18 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 07-08 Midseason Poll
Replies: 57
Views: 46278

Re: 07-08 Midseason Poll

Skate or Die wrote:
Colin O'Donnell wrote:25. Wayzata B, MN
haha what

edit: Okay, there was some good justification.
I thought I got banned for belligerently making that point before.
by theattachment
Mon Mar 03, 2008 11:40 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 07-08 Midseason Poll
Replies: 57
Views: 46278

Re: 07-08 Midseason Poll

Makes sense. A lot of sense. How many points did Charter actually get?

Oh, and Matt, Chaska's better than our B team by a lot.
by theattachment
Mon Mar 03, 2008 6:01 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: QuizBowl: Teams that are serious and teams that play for fun
Replies: 22
Views: 2941

Re: QuizBowl: Teams that are serious and teams that play for fun

We garner fun from coming up with clever nicknames like "Uriah the Hittite," the Dead Kennedys (including Rosemary), and the Fantastic Four. That said, we also garner fun from winning. Fun/dedication is kind of a J curve for me in the sense that really good teams enjoy playing because it's fun to wi...
by theattachment
Mon Mar 03, 2008 5:55 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: WOQ prediction
Replies: 18
Views: 2852

Re: WOQ prediction

I'm extremely flattered that my team, who won't be showing up, is picked so highly. Because of that, I'd like to get in on Chris's bet and stake him with fivety point five billion dollars.
by theattachment
Sun Mar 02, 2008 5:07 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 07-08 Midseason Poll
Replies: 57
Views: 46278

Re: 07-08 Midseason Poll

BuzzerZen wrote:Results coming soon, Fred?
Yeah, insecure kids across the country need to know how awesome people think they are!
by theattachment
Thu Feb 28, 2008 10:51 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Minnesota Spring Tournament: Chitin Classic. 4/5 at the U.
Replies: 23
Views: 8617

Re: Minnesota Spring Tournament: Chitin Classic. 4/5 at the U.

We're working on it. I think it's mainly a numbers/teams issue. Expect official word soon.
by theattachment
Thu Feb 28, 2008 12:12 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Minnesota '07-'08
Replies: 356
Views: 77272

Re: Minnesota '07-'08

I just sent a final rallying cry to EP members to see if we can put together a team complete with drivers / chaperones. So we'll see. For RATRACE or Cvijanovich? If it's the latter, I will likely have a few open seats in my car, and can pick people up from their homes or EPHS. I believe Rob was pla...
by theattachment
Wed Feb 27, 2008 1:01 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Minnesota '07-'08
Replies: 356
Views: 77272

Re: Minnesota '07-'08

Since a couple of posts on RATRACE got lumped into the general discussion on EPIC and such, I'll repost with some updatedness. Wayzata is sending one team of 2-4 players, Minnetonka is possibly throwing a team together last minute, and EP is now possibly attending. I think this should be an interes...
by theattachment
Mon Feb 25, 2008 2:54 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Appropriate answer space (from Minnesota HS discussion)
Replies: 31
Views: 5555

Appropriate answer space (from Minnesota HS discussion)

The only real other crises that happened were pretty doable. For anyone I read for during the playoffs (no one here, but it probably snowballed) I apologize for being a room behind. Though I don't blame myself for that one (Their coach was following them! WTF?!?) I should have caught it as well. Thi...
by theattachment
Sun Jan 27, 2008 4:35 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Meta questions on geography/Sports/politics: no!
Replies: 14
Views: 2852

I think a serious point is being missed here - you don't have to write a set with sports dominated by any form of Minnesota sports to make it accessible and enjoyable. Unless the whole set is as Minnesota-themed as the sports seem to be, then that gives a really unfair bias to teams that know a lot...
by theattachment
Wed Jan 23, 2008 10:00 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Meta questions on geography/Sports/politics: no!
Replies: 14
Views: 2852

You can come up with all sorts of explanations for why teams "should" or even do know questions about high school sports in their state, but you really have to step back, look at the big picture, and say "holy hell, I'm asking questions about high school sports!" at some point to realize why it's a...
by theattachment
Sat Jan 19, 2008 11:12 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Minnesota '07-'08
Replies: 356
Views: 77272

Road stories/reactions: 1. Tom Sullivan has gone through seven months of HARD living since he graduated from St. Thomas. He looks like Charles Manson on low amounts of sleep, a little THC, and after laser tattoo removal... in a good way. 2. If Igor brings anything more distracting than a straw to a ...
by theattachment
Thu Jan 17, 2008 12:56 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: EPIC (All Pop-Culture Tournament) 2/23 - EP, MN!
Replies: 5
Views: 1146

Field update/is there a field yet?
by theattachment
Thu Jan 17, 2008 12:25 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Minnesota '07-'08
Replies: 356
Views: 77272

I've never heard of a KB round lasting an hour; I expect he's either exaggerating or the round/reader was an anomaly. Also, I'm not sure that KB meets the definition of QB. Discussing it's fine by me, but in actuality it isn't like QB at all. I was keeping time, one of the rounds I played was an ho...
by theattachment
Thu Jan 17, 2008 12:19 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Meta questions on geography/Sports/politics: no!
Replies: 14
Views: 2852

I PROMISE you that this year's tourney will be much better written that last year's -- I handled the bulk of the question writing and I intentionally tried to make some more "knowledge bowl-ish" as I was hoping to get more KB-focused teams there. This year, questions will be written by many very ta...
by theattachment
Sun Jan 06, 2008 10:40 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Minnesota '07-'08
Replies: 356
Views: 77272

I know I shouldn't mention the actual question, but this one was the only one of the day that I thought was fundamentally flawed. Something like this: "He was taken as a prisoner of war by the Germans and brought to Dresden," *I buzz* "Billy Pilgrim?", moderator, "No. FTP, name this author who wrot...
by theattachment
Fri Jan 04, 2008 12:50 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Minnesota '07-'08
Replies: 356
Views: 77272

Update for EP - While it will be less skewed than at GINVIT, we're planning to do A & B with the same style of thinking: mix evenly the six players that we revolve on A. This basically will amount to Michael/Igor/Manuel/Either Shonts, Anant, Sam, or Me on A and the other three in that either/or situ...
by theattachment
Sun Dec 02, 2007 12:14 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Minnesota '07-'08
Replies: 356
Views: 77272

Confirm with an asterisk. Since Wayzata stayed home and failed to go to the tea party (which was enjoyed thoroughly with Darjeeling and a little Green Jasmine for balance), EP decided to annex a team from Minnetonka to get 5 teams and stack the B team. We ended up going with the old Fantastic Four o...
by theattachment
Thu Nov 22, 2007 11:49 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Minnesota '07-'08
Replies: 356
Views: 77272

I was thinking about posting about Wayzata's performance against WoQ-caliber teams at local tournaments this year in light of Carsten's statement about whether or not Wayzata would rise to the occasion. Then I thought to myself, "Self, if I do that, wouldn't I just turn into a troll like him?" I th...
by theattachment
Wed Nov 21, 2007 6:09 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Minnesota '07-'08
Replies: 356
Views: 77272

I was thinking about posting about Wayzata's performance against WoQ-caliber teams at local tournaments this year in light of Carsten's statement about whether or not Wayzata would rise to the occasion. Then I thought to myself, "Self, if I do that, wouldn't I just turn into a troll like him?" I the...
by theattachment
Mon Oct 29, 2007 6:18 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Minnesota '07-'08
Replies: 356
Views: 77272

After yesterday, I must say that my own opinion about the field in Minnesota has definitely changed. I still feel that Eden Prairie will dominate, but they were definitely weaker than last year and, possibly due to the format, were basically carried by Michael through the prelims and presumably the...
by theattachment
Sun Oct 28, 2007 5:26 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Minnesota '07-'08
Replies: 356
Views: 77272

Yeah, the powers were either really good or really ridiculously bad. I didn't mind the content itself, but the editing was at best alright. I might have gotten spoiled reading other stuff this summer, but the set just had some iffy stuff in it. I had two or three powers that, when they said "15," I ...
by theattachment
Wed Oct 24, 2007 8:25 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Should elite teams play A-Series?
Replies: 13
Views: 4225

Two things: 1. This thread wasn't intended as a "Give Wayzata backing to go to a tournament" thread but as a general rule sort of thing. In my mind, as an elite team player I don't mind playing on A-Series because of the fun involved in realistically aiming for 30 point bonus conversion, but I do ha...
by theattachment
Tue Oct 23, 2007 11:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Minnesota '07-'08
Replies: 356
Views: 77272

Mitu wrote:Well, our coach has changed her mind: Wayzata A will definitely be in attendance at SOCIAL. Dont know about the lower teams though.
Good.

And Anant's taking the ACT that day, which is a bit surprising given that I doubt his need to.
by theattachment
Mon Oct 22, 2007 10:00 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Should elite teams play A-Series?
Replies: 13
Views: 4225

Should elite teams play A-Series?

As we have the discussion on whether or not NAQT needs harder packets for elite teams... Wayzata, the number two ranked team by general consensus in Minnesota, is being barred by their coach from playing an A-Series tournament. One of the main sticking points is that their coach doesn't want their A...
by theattachment
Mon Oct 22, 2007 9:36 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Minnesota '07-'08
Replies: 356
Views: 77272

The only possible lesson that I can think of for you guys not being there is "Teams should not be good to start a season." SOCIAL, even with its idea of being a starter tournament, is still a starter tournament for good teams. There's nothing wrong with elite teams playing A-Series, otherwise Hentze...
by theattachment
Wed Oct 17, 2007 2:04 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Announcement: Minnesota area Titanomachy mirror 11/3
Replies: 8
Views: 3747

EP's probably sending one and possibly sending two teams. Once there's actual confirmation we'll register.