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by Blackboard Monitor Vimes
Wed Jun 11, 2008 9:54 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 QU NAC: B. T. Washington (OK) wins!
Replies: 350
Views: 40413

Re: 2008 QU NAC discussion and comment

If there is a question here, please ask it. Otherwise, you sound like a caveman. Ug, Ug, OOg, Ug-Oog EDIT: I just really don't think we should be placing a ranking on a team who has only played 13 non QU games, and won all of them... That's sort of like the teams that you run across in Byko ranking...
by Blackboard Monitor Vimes
Wed Jun 11, 2008 9:50 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 QU NAC: B. T. Washington (OK) wins!
Replies: 350
Views: 40413

Chip "We Love the Pyramid!"... really!

Once again Maggie, I encourage you to logically defend the tournament NAC runs against those done by NAQT and PACE as being a better national, or even just a good national. I have never seen such an argument presented and would love to hear one from its supporter so I can edify myself on their beli...
by Blackboard Monitor Vimes
Wed Jun 11, 2008 9:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 QU NAC: B. T. Washington (OK) wins!
Replies: 350
Views: 40413

Re: 2008 QU NAC discussion and comment

Their stats at those tournaments are probably consistent with a team in the top 30 to 50. Uh...? :shock: If there is a question here, please ask it. Otherwise, you sound like a caveman. :smile: I believe Quint is surprised by your evaluation of BTW's stats and would like an explanation, as evidence...
by Blackboard Monitor Vimes
Wed Jun 11, 2008 7:33 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 QU NAC: B. T. Washington (OK) wins!
Replies: 350
Views: 40413

Re: 2008 QU NAC discussion and comment

At last season's tournament at Ocean Lakes, on an IS set, Maggie Walker A lost to Freeman A who then lost to Maggie Walker C. That same day, MW C lost to Freeman and MW A beat Freeman. Anything can happen. wow. how did that happen? In one game Freeman A managed to get more questions and presumably ...
by Blackboard Monitor Vimes
Wed Jun 11, 2008 7:25 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 QU NAC: B. T. Washington (OK) wins!
Replies: 350
Views: 40413

Re: 2008 QU NAC discussion and comment

[ I am not saying that a team should get no credit for winning games in different formats, but outcomes of some formats and questions styles are much more prone to situations where the inferior team wins. In fact, NAQT sets also can give odd results for reasons previously discussed in other threads...
by Blackboard Monitor Vimes
Wed Jun 11, 2008 5:01 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Best Way to Recruit New Teams
Replies: 1
Views: 608

Re: Best Way to Recruit New Teams

St. Gertrude, an all-girls private school in Richmond, played their first game at HAVOC this April. Their coach had read at past GSACs; I don't know why exactly. He was on our mailing list and thought he'd like to try an "easier" tournament with his students. They won a game, and I hope they'll atte...
by Blackboard Monitor Vimes
Mon Jun 09, 2008 5:59 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: QBDB thread
Replies: 75
Views: 45846

Re: QBDB thread

grapesmoker wrote:Oh yeah, those boxes that change colors are not links. They are just mouseover effects that highlight a section.
Good to know. Thanks.
by Blackboard Monitor Vimes
Sun Jun 08, 2008 7:15 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Stipends for Coaches and Moderators
Replies: 58
Views: 5748

Re: Stipends for Coaches and Moderators

Matt: i answered false to your test because my schools football team sucks so students dont really care about going to football games except to hang out with friends Our football team is so bad, we lose homecoming! Only good sport is Lacrosse, but they lost in county championships We don't have a f...
by Blackboard Monitor Vimes
Sun Jun 08, 2008 6:06 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: QBDB thread
Replies: 75
Views: 45846

Re: QBDB thread

Absolutely nothing. The link changes color when my cursor's over it. That's all. Edit: If I try double-clicking it highlights whichever word I'm closest to. I'm somewhat confused by where you are on the page. If you go to http://www.grapesmoker.com/qbdb you should wind up at the main page; you can ...
by Blackboard Monitor Vimes
Sun Jun 08, 2008 3:39 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: QBDB thread
Replies: 75
Views: 45846

Re: QBDB thread

This database is pretty cool, but I can't get the links for the bonuses to work. Any suggestions? (I use Safari, if that matters) Can you give me an exact description of the problem? What happens when you click on a bonus questions link? Absolutely nothing. The link changes color when my cursor's o...
by Blackboard Monitor Vimes
Sun Jun 08, 2008 3:17 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: QBDB thread
Replies: 75
Views: 45846

Re: QBDB thread

This database is pretty cool, but I can't get the links for the bonuses to work. Any suggestions? (I use Safari, if that matters)
by Blackboard Monitor Vimes
Sun Jun 08, 2008 12:45 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 QU NAC: B. T. Washington (OK) wins!
Replies: 350
Views: 40413

Re: 2008 QU NAC discussion and comment

Re: Comcast I would very much like NAQT to get the contract to produce the questions. I like the people who run the competition. Next year if we win I will either ask permission to take the money to a different competition, or request that they send the second place team to nationals. Andrew is rig...
by Blackboard Monitor Vimes
Fri Jun 06, 2008 5:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Next Year
Replies: 102
Views: 12684

Re: Next Year

. Gov should definitely be quite strong next year. When we played Gov B at NSC they surprised me on certain things with pretty deep knowledge, but as I think someone in the other thread said, they also seemed a bit inconsistent on some easier stuff. But considering that was Gov B with some sophomor...
by Blackboard Monitor Vimes
Wed Jun 04, 2008 8:03 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU summer practices open to all
Replies: 19
Views: 3859

Re: VCU summer practices open to all

Thanks, George. I'll keep that in mind, since if I remember correctly you live less than 5 minutes from me. I think my mom prefers to take me, though. Her trust of young drivers is somewhat...nonexistent.
by Blackboard Monitor Vimes
Wed Jun 04, 2008 7:53 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Question for the NSC Top 12
Replies: 20
Views: 2855

Re: Question for the NSC Top 12

I'll have to ask Mr. Rountree to be certain, but I'm 99% sure we (CHS A) didn't get a plaque. So that one's probably ours. If that's the case it's reasonably unlikely we'll see you guys during the season. Also, if you're out of school it might be difficult to mail it. If Mr. Rountree wants, I can b...
by Blackboard Monitor Vimes
Wed Jun 04, 2008 7:46 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Question for the NSC Top 12
Replies: 20
Views: 2855

Question for the NSC Top 12

Really for the bottom 8 of the top 12, but I wasn't sure how to phrase that. We left NSC before the All Star game because we hadn't eaten, as our B Team had been delayed and was still playing. We picked up our quarterfinalist plaque before we left, but someone didn't, and Will Butler thought it was ...
by Blackboard Monitor Vimes
Tue Jun 03, 2008 6:16 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU summer practices open to all
Replies: 19
Views: 3859

Re: VCU summer practices open to all

How do you get to the Student Commons at VCU? I can't find directions...stupid MapQuest won't give me a specific building. Also, my mom's from NY and still doesn't know the city that well, and my teammates who have already gone this season were unable to give me any useful directions...any help is ...
by Blackboard Monitor Vimes
Tue Jun 03, 2008 5:20 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 QU NAC: B. T. Washington (OK) wins!
Replies: 350
Views: 40413

Re: NAC Schedules

In addition, there were at least two other Indiana teams that I would liked to have rooted for, plus several elite teams that I would have liked to see because they are things of beauty. I didn't get adequate chance to do this at NAQT because we were always playing, and it would have been difficult...
by Blackboard Monitor Vimes
Tue Jun 03, 2008 4:39 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: PACE NSC 2008 Question Discussion
Replies: 93
Views: 11805

Re: PACE NSC 2008 Question Discussion

Well, I don't know much about the movie, but the question went recent pop culture reference after recent pop culture reference, I thought it made it pretty obvious, I just blanked on the name. I buzzed after the Azamat/Xerxes clue and said Epic Movie and immediately realized how stupid I was. I did...
by Blackboard Monitor Vimes
Mon Jun 02, 2008 8:22 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU summer practices open to all
Replies: 19
Views: 3859

Re: VCU summer practices open to all

How do you get to the Student Commons at VCU? I can't find directions...stupid MapQuest won't give me a specific building. Also, my mom's from NY and still doesn't know the city that well, and my teammates who have already gone this season were unable to give me any useful directions...any help is m...
by Blackboard Monitor Vimes
Mon Jun 02, 2008 6:29 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: PACE NSC 2008 Question Discussion
Replies: 93
Views: 11805

Re: PACE NSC 2008 Question Discussion

I could be wrong here, but I don't think tossups on Henryk Gorecki or Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis is appropriate at any high school tournament. This was mainly a problem with music questions, but Everything that Rises Must Converge is kind of pushing it as well. I thought Thomas Tallis was...
by Blackboard Monitor Vimes
Fri May 30, 2008 5:51 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: PACE NSC Prediction Contest!
Replies: 84
Views: 8581

Re: PACE NSC Prediction Contest!

In terms of actual comparison, I'm too noncommittal to pick teams. However, I support Shantanu's panda for top individual scorer as it is the cutest/fuzziest animal mascot I've seen thus far (in comparison to my own alien robot Gir (from Invader Zim; see my avatar), Mrs. Bykowski's groundhog, and t...
by Blackboard Monitor Vimes
Thu May 29, 2008 7:11 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: PACE NSC Prediction Contest!
Replies: 84
Views: 8581

Re: PACE NSC Prediction Contest!

I should probably add for the sake of comparison that Gov A at NSC will be slightly different than the team we fielded at HSNCT...Anant and Palmer will not be there and I am taking their place. This is notably the incarnation of our A Team that won Cave Spring and Battle of the Brains. I figured tha...
by Blackboard Monitor Vimes
Thu May 29, 2008 5:00 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: A loss for It's Academic
Replies: 4
Views: 1196

Re: A loss for It's Academic

She's now on CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2008/SHOWBIZ/TV/05/2 ... index.html
(Sorry, I don't know how to change the URL and I can't find the thread with the instructions...)
by Blackboard Monitor Vimes
Wed May 28, 2008 6:31 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT HSNCT Question Discussion
Replies: 87
Views: 13001

Re: NAQT HSNCT Question Discussion

I negged on that question because I misheard it. In retrospect, ground rule double didn't apply to the first clue and applied to every clue after it (from what I can remember, after Coors Field). Because of that they needed to eliminate the first clue to turn it into a legitimately good tossup. Tha...
by Blackboard Monitor Vimes
Tue May 27, 2008 9:00 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT HSNCT Question Discussion
Replies: 87
Views: 13001

Re: NAQT HSNCT Question Discussion

I think that the tossup on ground rule(which was the right answer) should not have accepted ground rule double because the question did not specifically mention doubles. It mentions "any rule specific to a ball park" or something along that line that did not specify doubles. We didn't get that far....
by Blackboard Monitor Vimes
Tue May 27, 2008 5:35 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT HSNCT Question Discussion
Replies: 87
Views: 13001

Re: NAQT HSNCT Question Discussion

I love sports, but NAQT overemphasizes sports in their trash questions. Pivotal points of two matches came on descriptions of Tampa Bay franchise histories (Lightning and Rays). Perhaps if NAQT would stop wasting literature spots on Harry Potter, they could find a way to better distribute trash to ...
by Blackboard Monitor Vimes
Mon May 26, 2008 10:52 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 HSNCT Post Tourney Discussion - TJ Wins!
Replies: 128
Views: 12450

Re: 2008 HSNCT Post Tourney Discussion - TJ Wins!

four or more lit questions per round. Given that NAQT lumps RMP in with its lit distribution, this particular example seems extremely unlikely to me. I may, however, just have a bad memory. Lit, RMP, and art are my best subjects (in qb not school) and this part of the distribution annoys me to no e...
by Blackboard Monitor Vimes
Mon May 26, 2008 8:26 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: An Open Letter to NAQT
Replies: 97
Views: 16309

Re: An Open Letter to NAQT

Nina has a valid point about teams wanting to miss trash, etc. over "academic" subjects, but I think that, in games where it is extremely likely that all questions will be read (e.g. the finals and maybe the semis), question placement should be done a bit more carefully. It's very frustrating to los...
by Blackboard Monitor Vimes
Mon May 26, 2008 3:53 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Senior Destinations 2008
Replies: 103
Views: 18100

Re: Senior Destinations 2008

MLWGS-Gir wrote:Maggie Walker's seniors:
Andrew Goodfellow: University of Richmond
Erik Haley: University of Virginia
Palmer Mebane: Waiting to hear from MIT to decide between there and Harvey Mudd
Anant Shukla: University of Virginia
Palmer is going to Harvey Mudd.
by Blackboard Monitor Vimes
Mon May 26, 2008 3:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT HSNCT Question Discussion
Replies: 87
Views: 13001

Re: NAQT HSNCT Question Discussion

The Catcher in the Rye TU was a bit ridiculous, in my opinion. I played it in a scrimmage because it came up after we got knocked out, but I'd have been mad if it had been a real game. The question listed chapter numbers and places in NY. It was absurd. I'm also not convinced that no one else visite...
by Blackboard Monitor Vimes
Mon May 26, 2008 3:29 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: GSAC XVI: December 6, 2008
Replies: 223
Views: 102793

Re: GSAC XVI: December 6, 2008 (Tentative)

sunh wrote:Is this going to be JV or Varsity?
What is the question format?
Thanks
This will be open to all high school teams. It's 20/20 TU/B, just like last year. The number of rounds has yet to be determined. And Daichi, I was present when the announcement was written. It is real.
by Blackboard Monitor Vimes
Fri May 23, 2008 9:13 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 HSNCT Post Tourney Discussion - TJ Wins!
Replies: 128
Views: 12450

Re: HSNCT Live Coverage

Green t-shirt and a Maggie Walker hoodie. Basically, if you see Gov, I'm the girl. I've got no idea what the guys are wearing...I'm assuming Cameron will be in a black t-shirt and jeans. As for the A Team, Palmer will either have his Maggie Walker sweatshirt or his complicated math/physics joke hood...
by Blackboard Monitor Vimes
Thu May 22, 2008 5:58 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: RESULTS: HSNCT Classical Name-That-Tune, 5/23/08
Replies: 21
Views: 3611

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: HSNCT Classical Name-That-Tune, 5/23/08

Unnamed Maggie Walker frosh Tommy Casalaspi...sorry about that...Mrs. Lasswell hasn't been around for a while, so I haven't been able to confirm that she'll be able to take us back to the secondary hotel late. I doubt she'll mind, though, and Tommy really wants to do it. I've gotten confirmation th...
by Blackboard Monitor Vimes
Wed May 21, 2008 6:39 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Spring 07 and spring 08 NSC-format invitational questions
Replies: 12
Views: 1942

Re: Spring 07 and spring 08 NSC-format invitational questions

Caesar Rodney HS wrote:What? I just heard two different explanations that were exact opposites of each other.

Do i read them all or not?
Yes, you read them all. The post above you says that in Chip Beall's format, the bonus would go dead. Thus the Chip Beall emoticon: :chip:
by Blackboard Monitor Vimes
Wed May 21, 2008 5:53 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Majors
Replies: 48
Views: 5777

Re: Majors

I've got a while before I head off to college, but I was wondering if anyone knew how difficult it would be for me to get certified to teach both history and math. I don't particularly want to choose between the two, and I think being able to teach either/both would increase my odds of getting a jo...
by Blackboard Monitor Vimes
Wed May 21, 2008 5:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Possible Fall Tournament at James Monroe
Replies: 10
Views: 1711

Re: Possible Fall Tournament at James Monroe

Maggie Walker generally makes an effort to attend inaugural tournaments in the area. I can't speak definitively, but our team would most likely be interested.
by Blackboard Monitor Vimes
Tue May 20, 2008 4:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Greatest Quiz Bowl team ever?
Replies: 41
Views: 11973

Re: Greatest Quiz Bowl team ever?

Caesar Rodney HS wrote:Can somebody post a link (or just more info) of that TJ/MW match that you're all talking about? I'd love to see the scoresheet to that.
It involved an epic comeback in the stretch round; I don't remember the exact score.
by Blackboard Monitor Vimes
Sun May 18, 2008 9:15 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Playing Charter a lot
Replies: 118
Views: 13580

Re: Playing Charter a lot

We do about 1.5 hours, three days a week after school in addition to daily lunch practices. We only play real games after school, though. How do your lunch practices work? How long do you have? I guess lunch is set up differently at your school than at ours. I don't think I could swing lunch practi...
by Blackboard Monitor Vimes
Sun May 18, 2008 9:03 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Playing Charter a lot
Replies: 118
Views: 13580

Re: Playing Charter a lot

We do about 1.5 hours, three days a week after school in addition to daily lunch practices. We only play real games after school, though.
by Blackboard Monitor Vimes
Sun May 18, 2008 6:58 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Greatest Quiz Bowl team ever?
Replies: 41
Views: 11973

Re: Greatest Quiz Bowl team ever?

2. Thomas Jefferson 2004: If going undefeated for the whole year puts you in 1st, then losing only a single game for the whole year puts you in 2nd. This team stormed through HSNCT with a flawless record, and only dropped their very last game of the season, to Maggie Walker in the 2004 NSC final th...
by Blackboard Monitor Vimes
Sun May 18, 2008 4:38 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Majors
Replies: 48
Views: 5777

Re: Majors

I think I'll probably enjoy calc as well. You are one sick, twisted individual. Ignore Charlie Dees. Calculus is awesome . Your teacher probably won't make it seem awesome. But calculus is one of the coolest things you can learn in high school. Since my calc teacher will also be my coach (Dr. Barne...
by Blackboard Monitor Vimes
Sun May 18, 2008 12:19 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Majors
Replies: 48
Views: 5777

Re: Majors

It would probably be pretty tough, but it likely can be done. I'd be more interested in what level of teaching you'd do history & math. Granted, I think it would make you a bit more employable, but it could also drive you a bit crazy. Will the teachers in the forum provide input? I'd prefer to teac...
by Blackboard Monitor Vimes
Sun May 18, 2008 11:57 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Majors
Replies: 48
Views: 5777

Re: Majors

AndyShootsAndyScores wrote:
MLWGS-Gir wrote:Is it possible to do a double minor?
Yes, because this is most likely what I will be doing.
Awesome. Thank you.
by Blackboard Monitor Vimes
Sun May 18, 2008 11:39 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Majors
Replies: 48
Views: 5777

Re: Majors

I've got a while before I head off to college, but I was wondering if anyone knew how difficult it would be for me to get certified to teach both history and math. I don't particularly want to choose between the two, and I think being able to teach either/both would increase my odds of getting a job...
by Blackboard Monitor Vimes
Sat May 17, 2008 9:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Art Names
Replies: 47
Views: 6471

Re: Art Names

lasercats wrote:Similarly, should "New World Symphony" be accepted as a form of "From the New World"? This was disputed during a high school match a couple of years ago.
I've seen it accepted.
by Blackboard Monitor Vimes
Sat May 17, 2008 10:10 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Gift ideas for scholastic bowl players
Replies: 15
Views: 3325

Re: Gift ideas for scholastic bowl players

If any of your kids are interested in math, I'd recommend Sylvia Nassar's A Beautiful Mind. I only got through about half of it because I've been too busy with school, but I learned a lot about several mathematicians and I plan to finish it this summer. It's a good book.
by Blackboard Monitor Vimes
Fri May 16, 2008 8:38 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: RESULTS: HSNCT Classical Name-That-Tune, 5/23/08
Replies: 21
Views: 3611

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: HSNCT Classical Name-That-Tune, 5/23/08

yoda4554 wrote: Unnamed Maggie Walker frosh
Tommy Casalaspi...sorry about that...Mrs. Lasswell hasn't been around for a while, so I haven't been able to confirm that she'll be able to take us back to the secondary hotel late. I doubt she'll mind, though, and Tommy really wants to do it.
by Blackboard Monitor Vimes
Fri May 16, 2008 5:53 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Senior Destinations 2008
Replies: 103
Views: 18100

Re: Senior Destinations 2008

Man. What the old spice donkey kong pen olive eye drop. Suddenly MIT doesn't think Palmer is smart enough for them? "No, I'm sorry, we have too many Blue MOPpers saturated here, try another university" Blue MOP essentially means he is in the top 12-24 math kids in the nation... last year. He is tie...