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by Blackboard Monitor Vimes
Fri Feb 15, 2008 9:26 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: JV tournament at Maggie Walker?
Replies: 52
Views: 4749

Okay! Massive update! We now have our building reserved for April 26, so as long as our questions get written (and there are a few of us who will do it ourselves if it means getting it done), this event is on. As for eligibility, the decision that was reached today is that players who were not on a ...
by Blackboard Monitor Vimes
Fri Feb 15, 2008 9:20 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: RESULTS: 5th Annual Gonzaga Academic Tournament (GAT) 2/9/08
Replies: 54
Views: 10339

Our program is seriously lacking in PACE format practice sets; is it still possible to purchase these? Yea, I probably should have mentioned this but they're $20 if you want us to mail the set to you and $15 if you want us to give you them at the next tournament we both go to. Thanks. I'll tell Dr....
by Blackboard Monitor Vimes
Thu Feb 14, 2008 10:27 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: RESULTS: 5th Annual Gonzaga Academic Tournament (GAT) 2/9/08
Replies: 54
Views: 10339

Our program is seriously lacking in PACE format practice sets; is it still possible to purchase these?
by Blackboard Monitor Vimes
Thu Feb 14, 2008 7:06 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: JV tournament at Maggie Walker?
Replies: 52
Views: 4749

We don't have exact eligibility standards yet...and we may not end up using them. Certain teams who should know who they are know that this is not the right sort of tournament for them, especially as they prepare for nationals. or even any team that hasn't yet qualified for a national tournament. T...
by Blackboard Monitor Vimes
Wed Feb 13, 2008 10:15 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: JV tournament at Maggie Walker?
Replies: 52
Views: 4749

We don't have exact eligibility standards yet...and we may not end up using them. Certain teams who should know who they are know that this is not the right sort of tournament for them, especially as they prepare for nationals. As for a contact person, Anant has been forwarding all email received at...
by Blackboard Monitor Vimes
Wed Feb 13, 2008 7:02 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: JV tournament at Maggie Walker?
Replies: 52
Views: 4749

April 26 is now our tentative date, as the other two weekends our school is available are in the middle of AP Exams.
by Blackboard Monitor Vimes
Tue Feb 12, 2008 5:27 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: JV tournament at Maggie Walker?
Replies: 52
Views: 4749

STPickrell wrote:Have we decided upon a date that I can send to the VHSL?
Not yet. I'll bring it up at practice tomorrow and see if we can't ge that ironed out soon. Our window is basically April 26-May 10, though.
by Blackboard Monitor Vimes
Mon Feb 11, 2008 10:00 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: JV tournament at Maggie Walker?
Replies: 52
Views: 4749

Two teams have now expressed interest. Hopefully this list will grow. Edit: And it has! Yay!

Bassett High School
Georgetown Day School
Gonzaga
James Monroe
Meadowbrook High School
Seton Hall
Trinity Episcopal School
by Blackboard Monitor Vimes
Sun Feb 10, 2008 1:57 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: RESULTS: 5th Annual Gonzaga Academic Tournament (GAT) 2/9/08
Replies: 54
Views: 10339

There was a protest over the pronunciation of a certain location. (The best example I can come up with is saying Hokkadio for Hokkaido). I was OK with the ultimate outcome since I was unsure at the moment (although having checked it now, I'm 95% sure I should have won the protest) but I wasn't happ...
by Blackboard Monitor Vimes
Sun Feb 10, 2008 1:47 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Buzzer Systems
Replies: 21
Views: 5903

I'm also not fond of the paddle buzzers, whether it be the Judge or the distinctly crappier version we have that lived for less than a season. I would agree that the ones that flash at different speeds are the worst I've seen, although I strongly dislike the strobe light ones (I refer to them as sei...
by Blackboard Monitor Vimes
Sun Feb 10, 2008 1:38 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Interest in Fall Tournament at Penn?
Replies: 28
Views: 5191

Re: They're breakdance fighting!

Ugoogalizer wrote:Hey Mehdi, what's the deal with Joanna. Is she still doing quizbowl? Either way the two of you should totally pull an Angela and come to PACE nationals!
Seconded.
by Blackboard Monitor Vimes
Sat Feb 09, 2008 10:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Discuss: Gonzaga Academic Tournament 2/9/08
Replies: 14
Views: 2913

Also, I'd like to congratulate Maggie Walker for their team's great performance today. Thanks. We, too, had a hybrid team with only one regular A-team member. However, this bunch is especially good at the topics mentioned as being heavy in the tournament (Fine Arts and Lit). Or maybe they just do b...
by Blackboard Monitor Vimes
Sat Feb 09, 2008 10:31 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Discuss: Gonzaga Academic Tournament 2/9/08
Replies: 14
Views: 2913

All of that being said, I must say congrats to Whitman and State College - truly a consistent performance by both teams throughout the day. Also, I'd like to congratulate Maggie Walker for their team's great performance today. I think all of us at TJ are happy with how we did in such a lit-heavy to...
by Blackboard Monitor Vimes
Sat Feb 09, 2008 10:19 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: RESULTS: 5th Annual Gonzaga Academic Tournament (GAT) 2/9/08
Replies: 54
Views: 10339

Really? Somebody told us it was RM... Good to know.
by Blackboard Monitor Vimes
Fri Feb 08, 2008 6:13 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: DACQ Weekend of Quizbowl Goodness: BYO Dagger (3/15/08) @GMU
Replies: 148
Views: 33698

DumbJaques wrote: EDIT:

Ok, we are definitely using Division II SCT for this event, rather than IS-74.
Sucks for UVA...
by Blackboard Monitor Vimes
Fri Feb 08, 2008 5:55 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: JV tournament at Maggie Walker?
Replies: 52
Views: 4749

My problem with this is that there are plenty of players at my school who are really inexperienced but have attended many tournaments playing on a B team that 95% of the time goes 2-4 or equivalent. Interesting. We may end up having to do some case-by-case basis stat research....we've still got a l...
by Blackboard Monitor Vimes
Fri Feb 08, 2008 5:54 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: CANCELLED: Cavalier Open 2/23/08 @ UVa
Replies: 57
Views: 8251

Gov would most likely be interested...I'll email Dr. B. and ask. UVA was going to be one of few remaining tournaments open to our whole club...
by Blackboard Monitor Vimes
Mon Feb 04, 2008 6:41 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: JV tournament at Maggie Walker?
Replies: 52
Views: 4749

The latest suggestion for qualifying for this tournament is: teams consisting of players that have attended no more than 3 tournaments outside of VHSL/Battle of the Brains/It's Ac. Also, due to our school calendar, if this event does eventually take place, it will most likely be May 10. Please note ...
by Blackboard Monitor Vimes
Sun Feb 03, 2008 1:37 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Art Names
Replies: 47
Views: 6473

Also, if you're giving a title in a foreign language, be sure you know it exactly. We had a player leave out a syllable of Latin just yesterday. If the question says something like, "name this painting whose title translates to 'The Maids of Honor'" you would logically answer "Las Meninas" although ...
by Blackboard Monitor Vimes
Sun Feb 03, 2008 1:24 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Art Names
Replies: 47
Views: 6473

Personally, I've seen La Gioconda accepted for Mona Lisa. As our lit/art editor at Gov, I tried to ensure that I hunted down all legitimate variant titles for works. In general though, from a player's standpoint, it's safer to use the most commonly accepted title in case the editors missed something...
by Blackboard Monitor Vimes
Tue Jan 29, 2008 5:53 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Interest in Fall Tournament at Penn?
Replies: 28
Views: 5191

mehdi, i will follow you to the ends of the earth (if we have the money - sort of depends on us winning TV show). but i think that a lot of next year's presumed a team would want to go. We'd want to go if Dr. B. agrees...between the TV show and Cameron and I's experimental tournament we should make...
by Blackboard Monitor Vimes
Tue Jan 29, 2008 5:50 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: RESULTS: 5th Annual Gonzaga Academic Tournament (GAT) 2/9/08
Replies: 54
Views: 10339

jbarnes112358 wrote:
MLWGS-Gir wrote:Gov's chaperone has been approved, pending some forms. Dr. B. should be registering us soon.
Tentatively approved. But yeah please hold open a spot for one team. It will not be our regular A team, more like our B+ team, but they're a spunky lot.
I said "pending forms."
by Blackboard Monitor Vimes
Mon Jan 28, 2008 6:34 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: RESULTS: 5th Annual Gonzaga Academic Tournament (GAT) 2/9/08
Replies: 54
Views: 10339

Gov's chaperone has been approved, pending some forms. Dr. B. should be registering us soon.
by Blackboard Monitor Vimes
Sun Jan 27, 2008 9:31 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Weekend of Quizbowl Hotel Thread
Replies: 11
Views: 2265

Will Run PACE for Reese's wrote:Do we need to start a housing-share thread, especially on the "girls-only" room thread?
That would be helpful.
by Blackboard Monitor Vimes
Sun Jan 27, 2008 11:32 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Weekend of Quizbowl Hotel Thread
Replies: 11
Views: 2265

Chris Ray, you da man... I was actually going to shoot you an email about this when I got home this evening, but I came across this thread first. Since I'd be willing to bet our team brings 3 guys and 1 girl... we'd probably be looking for someone to take Liz in or split a room with. Once I know fo...
by Blackboard Monitor Vimes
Sat Jan 26, 2008 6:55 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: RESULTS: 5th Annual Gonzaga Academic Tournament (GAT) 2/9/08
Replies: 54
Views: 10339

Gov's attendance is now contingent on us finding an acceptable person to transport a team, as Dr. B. is supervising admissions tests that day. We have two options but are stuck awaiting the approval of our director (principal-type guy).
by Blackboard Monitor Vimes
Sat Jan 26, 2008 12:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Tell me more about the Legend
Replies: 15
Views: 4750

"To prepare for the national quiz bowl tournaments in 2003, Subash Maddipoti sat down and wrote eight thousand five hundred "lead-ins," or hypothetical beginnings to quiz bowl questions, so he could recognize them when they came up in game situations. It took him months." He's the guy who wrote all...
by Blackboard Monitor Vimes
Sat Jan 26, 2008 12:48 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: CANCELLED: Cavalier Open 2/23/08 @ UVa
Replies: 57
Views: 8251

Gov is also anxious to find out which questions will be used, as WUHSAC's questions were suggested and we're considering sending a team to another tournament using those questions. As this would be one of few tournaments in a long string for this part of the tournament open to our entire club, we'd ...
by Blackboard Monitor Vimes
Sat Jan 26, 2008 12:31 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: JV tournament at Maggie Walker?
Replies: 52
Views: 4749

I'm talking to UVa about their tournament being moved to April 12 and thus doing the VCU tournament on April 19. This is tentative so hold on to your hats for now. It looks like RM's tournament will be on the 19th, which would probably cut into your attendance if you held it on that date. Would tha...
by Blackboard Monitor Vimes
Sat Jan 26, 2008 12:09 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: JV tournament at Maggie Walker?
Replies: 52
Views: 4749

Random update! Bassett High School (SW VA) is the first school to officially express interest in this tournament. Also, as work on our questions progresses, I'd like to clarify my "A-level-ish" statement above. The difficulty level will definitely be below that of GSAC and is probably comparable to ...
by Blackboard Monitor Vimes
Fri Jan 25, 2008 8:36 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: CANCELLED:Shaun (Pickrell) of the Dead II (2/17/08) at WM
Replies: 19
Views: 4517

Zip Zap Rap Pants wrote:Field Update:


Maggie Walker (4?)
It's looking more like 1-2 at this point...
by Blackboard Monitor Vimes
Tue Jan 22, 2008 9:22 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: I am tired of awesome people dying
Replies: 136
Views: 15878

GiveMeBrindleeOrDeath wrote:
MLWGS-Gir wrote:Is Heath Ledger awesome? He died this afternoon from what was probably a drug overdose. He probably would have been awesome eventually...
Heath Ledger = The Joker = Awesome
That's the eventually I was referring to.
by Blackboard Monitor Vimes
Tue Jan 22, 2008 6:23 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: I am tired of awesome people dying
Replies: 136
Views: 15878

Is Heath Ledger awesome? He died this afternoon from what was probably a drug overdose. He probably would have been awesome eventually...
by Blackboard Monitor Vimes
Mon Jan 21, 2008 7:19 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: JV tournament at Maggie Walker?
Replies: 52
Views: 4749

How about using Byko's rankings as a screen. Open the tournament to any team outside the top 50, for example. Whatever system we go with, it definitely will not be based on the Byko rankings. Gov B went up 134 slots after defeating Gonzaga (#274 def #18 = lulz); it's too variable. More information ...
by Blackboard Monitor Vimes
Mon Jan 21, 2008 12:54 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The ultra-big VHSL results thread
Replies: 102
Views: 24380

Have all the districts played yet? (waiting to post in the "bad negs" thread)
by Blackboard Monitor Vimes
Tue Jan 15, 2008 10:31 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bad Negs--we miss you!
Replies: 182
Views: 32652

AndyShootsAndyScores wrote:
SIVster716 wrote:Is the answer Squib?
More than likely, though I would think that Filch or Merope Gaunt would be more famous than Marius Black.

[/undeniable proof of dorkdom]
Yeah, it was squib. Someone on the team we were playing negged and said "animagus" off the close relationships with animals bit.
by Blackboard Monitor Vimes
Tue Jan 15, 2008 10:29 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 Richard Montgomery Quizbowl Tournament (4/19/08)
Replies: 114
Views: 22126

I wish we were coming (instead of states), because March 1st is my birthday and I know that Stephen would bake me a cake Quint, we still have to make states. No jinxing, please. Come to think of it, don't you have to make Regionals too? :-) Yes, but we'll have a more difficult time with States. Jus...
by Blackboard Monitor Vimes
Tue Jan 15, 2008 5:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: RESULTS: Blue Hen X (3/8/08) University of DE, Newark
Replies: 15
Views: 2687

wowitsquinthaha wrote:I think Maggie walker will be attending, although we might have played on 75A at an earlier tournament. (I'm not sure)
We went to 71A, and also did not attend GDS's tournament.
by Blackboard Monitor Vimes
Tue Jan 15, 2008 5:25 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Wallace Stevens Literature Singles at GMU (3/14/08)
Replies: 49
Views: 9154

Maggie Walker's probably not coming until Saturday... :sad:
by Blackboard Monitor Vimes
Tue Jan 15, 2008 5:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 Richard Montgomery Quizbowl Tournament (4/19/08)
Replies: 114
Views: 22126

wowitsquinthaha wrote:I wish we were coming (instead of states), because March 1st is my birthday and I know that Stephen would bake me a cake
Quint, we still have to make states. No jinxing, please.
by Blackboard Monitor Vimes
Mon Jan 14, 2008 9:15 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 Richard Montgomery Quizbowl Tournament (4/19/08)
Replies: 114
Views: 22126

segregold wrote: is there anything going on April 5th?
Not that I'm aware of...I don't know It's Ac/Battle of the Brains taping schedules though. Although those might be over by then...
by Blackboard Monitor Vimes
Mon Jan 14, 2008 6:41 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 Housh Classic (01/12/08) at TJHSST (Alexandria, VA)
Replies: 105
Views: 36701

Re: Xanatos

Anyone who got the Xanatos tossup is a hero. Next to beating Gonzaga, that question was the single awesomest moment of my day. Gargoyles was my favorite animated show in elementary school, even more so than Invader Zim (*points to avatar/username*). Late 90s/early 2000's animation is so underrepres...
by Blackboard Monitor Vimes
Sun Jan 13, 2008 10:06 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: DC/Metro Area 2007-08
Replies: 164
Views: 46104

We have had a few flashes of brilliance Sarah may be correct that the national champion will not be from the region this year, but I would not want to bet against the region either. TJ, Whitman, and RM all have a legitimate shot. They have been most impressive every time I have seen them. And if yo...
by Blackboard Monitor Vimes
Sun Jan 13, 2008 9:55 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 Housh Classic (01/12/08) at TJHSST (Alexandria, VA)
Replies: 105
Views: 36701

They were excessively misdirected, or were so obscure people who read wikipedia like they were shooting up heroin would know (i.e. soft serve and thatcher) or the dr. zoidberg question that only a hardcore futurama fan would know Really? I agree that a lot of things were obscure, but my team was sc...
by Blackboard Monitor Vimes
Sun Jan 13, 2008 3:20 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 Housh Classic (01/12/08) at TJHSST (Alexandria, VA)
Replies: 105
Views: 36701

By the way, can anyone solve the mystery of the missing Blake team. We appreciate the forfeit win and all, but we would have preferred to play the game. Um...Dr. B....we played some of those questions once we had firmly established that Blake had disappeared and there wasn't much that we knew and q...
by Blackboard Monitor Vimes
Sun Jan 13, 2008 1:18 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: DC/Metro Area 2007-08
Replies: 164
Views: 46104

strifeheart wrote:
MLWGS-Gir wrote:BTW, I may just be having a blonde moment, but who is NKC?
North Kansas City (Charlie Dees).
Thanks. I don't think I've ever seen them play.
by Blackboard Monitor Vimes
Sun Jan 13, 2008 12:32 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 Housh Classic (01/12/08) at TJHSST (Alexandria, VA)
Replies: 105
Views: 36701

By the way, can anyone solve the mystery of the missing Blake team. We appreciate the forfeit win and all, but we would have preferred to play the game. Um...Dr. B....we played some of those questions once we had firmly established that Blake had disappeared and there wasn't much that we knew and q...
by Blackboard Monitor Vimes
Sun Jan 13, 2008 12:21 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: DC/Metro Area 2007-08
Replies: 164
Views: 46104

6. Gov - I've seen them play only once; they seemed decent but nothing more. This year maybe its rebuilding year, but the sophomore class is really good . . . Conclusion: Overall, with the exception of Whitman and TJ, the competitiveness of the region has declined. With teams like Dorman, EP, Stuyv...
by Blackboard Monitor Vimes
Sat Jan 12, 2008 10:52 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 Housh Classic (01/12/08) at TJHSST (Alexandria, VA)
Replies: 105
Views: 36701

I don't know what 5 and 6 were, but Maggie Walker A was 7 and B was 8. I found the card system interesting, but the bonus fluctuation was maddening. It was a well-run tournament, though, and playing a seven-round prelim was definitely much better than the Swiss Pairing system.
by Blackboard Monitor Vimes
Wed Jan 09, 2008 6:40 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: JV tournament at Maggie Walker?
Replies: 52
Views: 4749

That sounds like a pretty good idea. I don't want the message to be "You're bad so come play in our tournament." It should be a more positive message like "If you are a team that is looking to gain valuable experience, come play in our tournament against teams at a similar level of of development, ...