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by Tower Monarch
Thu Jun 04, 2009 1:00 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: PACE NSC: format changes, 2010 information
Replies: 287
Views: 110542

Re: PACE NSC: format changes, 2010 information

Just a thought: We could have it in the first week of July. This avoids most if not all scheduling conflicts (aside from vacations but those can usually be planned around provided the tournament is announced far back enough) and allows teams a couple weeks in the summer to practice, much like a tra...
by Tower Monarch
Thu Jun 04, 2009 12:57 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2009 NAQT HSNCT
Replies: 349
Views: 79836

Re: 2009 NAQT HSNCT

For what it's worth, we protested the Gauss question in our match for the same reason. I was told by R that "Guass" is wrong, "Gaussian numbers" is a prompt. This makes NO sense to me when "what numbers" is in the question! Given that the question said "what numbers" AND that it mentioned they are ...
by Tower Monarch
Wed Jun 03, 2009 9:49 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Missouri Open Mirror (6/06/09) at Maryland
Replies: 76
Views: 11311

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Missouri Open Mirror (6/06/09) at Maryland

I can now confirm I am coming, as is Riley from Cosby High. We are both free agents, though it would be nice to play together. When do we have to be there? "Quizbowl 8" or can we get there just before 9?
by Tower Monarch
Tue Jun 02, 2009 9:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Missouri Open Mirror (6/06/09) at Maryland
Replies: 76
Views: 11311

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Missouri Open Mirror (6/06/09) at Maryland

Hey, I am told that people are still holding back from registering for this because of concerns about packet writing/mirror fees. As per: Yeah, I finally just don't care about late penalties for this or having all the teams from mirror sites send in packets, although I still would appreciate you do...
by Tower Monarch
Mon Jun 01, 2009 3:15 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: All-State/All-Star Selections
Replies: 13
Views: 2033

Re: All-State/All-Star Selections

Also, try looking at any subject tournaments that candidates played in. Certainly, and perhaps what questions they produce are the best. Though unless I'm missing something, isn't high schoolers playing subject tournaments moderately uncommon (though by no means unheard of)? Is this something peopl...
by Tower Monarch
Mon Jun 01, 2009 1:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: All-State/All-Star Selections
Replies: 13
Views: 2033

Re: All-State/All-Star Selections

Picking an optimal team for the new tournament brings challenges of its own. You can't just pick the top individual scorers at certain tournaments, since being a top individual scorer requires a combination of good skills and weak teammates. Even though having a math whiz will no longer be importan...
by Tower Monarch
Sun May 31, 2009 7:39 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2009 NAQT HSNCT
Replies: 349
Views: 79836

Re: 2009 NAQT HSNCT

Is Geography really considered only semi-academic? I can understand labeling Current Events as semi-academic, but Geo? Is this a widely held belief I'm not aware of? It is very difficult to write a geography question that could be considered academic. There are many discussions on the board about t...
by Tower Monarch
Sun May 31, 2009 4:45 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2009 NAQT HSNCT
Replies: 349
Views: 79836

Re: 2009 NAQT HSNCT

NAQT has a better tournament format and match format. PACE has a better distribution and questions. Power matching is better than round robin divisions, double elimination is better than round robin divisions (especially if you don't have enough time for an advantaged final), not having one part bo...
by Tower Monarch
Thu May 28, 2009 1:21 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAC schedule info/tournament thread
Replies: 217
Views: 30286

Re: NAC schedule info/tournament thread

At some point, pure knowledge is not enough to get you anywhere. It is how you APPLY the knowledge. Herein lies the problem. Is this statement true? Absolutely. Will quizbowl knowledge alone bring you a successful career, a loving family, or whatever else you're seeking in life? Obviously not. But ...
by Tower Monarch
Thu May 28, 2009 1:37 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Tossups about works
Replies: 15
Views: 1769

Re: Tossups about works

So I have this discussion with Evan Adams on a weekly basis. In general, I love well-thought-out criticism in a lead-in. Even with Mandragola, if you study the work in a critical context, you can't help finding the Sumberg essay. If it is widely read (as Sumberg's is not outside of UW-SP's Poli Sci ...
by Tower Monarch
Wed May 27, 2009 10:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NSC 09 question discussion
Replies: 132
Views: 17176

Re: NSC 09 question discussion

I'm not sure why someone thinks that duckweed is "one of the worst leadins ever" - the duckweed problem is a fairly important ecological issue and, while once again not my intended first line, isn't so amazingly known that it's absurd you're getting the question there. What's the massive problem he...
by Tower Monarch
Wed May 27, 2009 10:02 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The Emergency: at PACE
Replies: 105
Views: 16732

Re: The Emergency: at PACE

One thing I want to mention as I checked pretty much right after I got home: Ahmad answered correctly with "A Curtain of Green" and was ruled incorrect. I didn't write the question but I'm sorry I didn't catch that before we submitted our packet.
by Tower Monarch
Wed May 27, 2009 10:00 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Missouri Open Mirror (6/06/09) at Maryland
Replies: 76
Views: 11311

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Missouri Open Mirror (6/06/09) at Maryland

Yeah, I finally just don't care about late penalties for this or having all the teams from mirror sites send in packets, although I still would appreciate you doing this, or at least sending in a partial packet of 6/6 or 12/12 whatever you want to write. So if I were to write around 5/5 between ton...
by Tower Monarch
Mon May 25, 2009 10:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The Emergency: at PACE
Replies: 105
Views: 16732

Re: The Emergency: at PACE

This was probably one of the better experiences I had this year, as it went rather smoothly despite one of the most relaxed set-ups possible. Between the actual event and the night before (when I would have been if not for this event), I got to meet or at least see 10+ people for the first time, so ...
by Tower Monarch
Mon May 25, 2009 9:51 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: EFT 4 at Brown (Saturday, October 3)
Replies: 97
Views: 23870

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: EFT 4 at Brown (Saturday, October 3)

I too would like to express interest as I know the merits of these writers and EFT2 was my first college tournament. This will be a great warmup to play as Dartmouth without having to face Guy and Ian. However, if Zach Foster comes to the Mid-Atlantic Mirror as part of a GMU team, I will head South ...
by Tower Monarch
Mon May 25, 2009 9:37 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Missouri Open Mirror (6/06/09) at Maryland
Replies: 76
Views: 11311

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Missouri Open Mirror (6/06/09) at Maryland

Hey, I've had some family issues come up, and likely won't be able to write any questions for this (and quite possibly won't be able to come down even if it was possible to play without writing). You can probably count me out, though if it's possible to pay a penalty and play anyway, then I'd still...
by Tower Monarch
Mon May 25, 2009 9:31 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NSC 09 question discussion
Replies: 132
Views: 17176

Re: NSC 09 question discussion guidelines

master15625 wrote:What was the answer to the "superlubricity" question that Monica got? I cannot understand it well. Is it graphite?
yes. Notably not what I was thinking off the first (or second, I really have no memory before fifteen minutes ago) clue: martensite (that would be a fun NSC finals TU!).
by Tower Monarch
Fri May 22, 2009 4:09 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 08-09 Pre-Nationals Poll Results - Congrats State College!
Replies: 28
Views: 4928

Re: 08-09 Pre-Nationals Poll Results - Congrats State College!

al3xWal3x wrote:Why does Santa Monica always finish below Arcadia in the polls?
Once you get to the rankings below 25, it's just a matter of which teams people have heard of. So, I guess you're not popular enough. :wink:
by Tower Monarch
Fri May 22, 2009 11:45 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: PACE NSC Prediction Contest - 2009 Edition
Replies: 21
Views: 2604

Re: PACE NSC Prediction Contest - 2009 Edition

This is close enough to mine that I'll just edit in my stuff. Predict the 16 playoff teams (two points each) Charter Chattahochee - My sort-of upset pick Detroit Catholic Central Dorman B - My real upset pick Georgetown Day Gonzaga Hunter James Monroe Maggie Walker Dorman A Rancho Bernardo Rockford ...
by Tower Monarch
Wed May 20, 2009 4:47 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HSAPQ: Fall Tournaments Sets Available
Replies: 150
Views: 23965

Re: HSAPQ: Fall Tournaments Sets Available

ColJade wrote:I knew there had to be a Marquez question!
What does this mean? There was a tossup on him in an pre-ACF 3 set (I think) and bonuses in each of these two (again, I think), but that doesn't seem to be a high or low enough frequency to be worth noticing...
by Tower Monarch
Wed May 20, 2009 3:56 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Pre-Nationals High School 2009 Poll
Replies: 53
Views: 9385

Re: Pre-Nationals High School 2009 Poll

I did not submit a real ballot because I don't particularly care about the teams that are going only to HSNCT, but I thought some of you would like my top 19 (due to the way I did my tiers) for NSC (I don't think there are more than 6 or so HSNCT-only teams that would enter in this list, but definit...
by Tower Monarch
Tue May 19, 2009 3:12 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Missouri Open Mirror (6/06/09) at Maryland
Replies: 76
Views: 11311

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Missouri Open Mirror (6/06/09) at Maryland

So, what's the story with packets and such? Assuming that a) more packets are needed, and b) it might be possible to perhaps submit things beyond the May 24th deadline, I'd be interested in teaming up with some other free agents to cobble something together. I'd be good for up to 7/7 by the 24th, o...
by Tower Monarch
Mon May 18, 2009 5:18 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Chicago Open (Weekend of July 25th, 2009)
Replies: 153
Views: 38468

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Chicago Open (Weekend of July 25th, 2009)

Hey, I just want to remind people that the first packet deadline has passed and thus getting one's packet in sooner rather than later would be good. So far, we have received zero packets. We decided not to sacrifice quality to get it done Saturday night, but we will almost certainly have our packet...
by Tower Monarch
Sun May 10, 2009 5:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Non-Specific Discussion of VA State Championship set
Replies: 17
Views: 1681

Re: Virginia NAQT Championship May 9 (Richmond)

Obviously we're disappointed that our question set drew some of the reactions in this thread. We certainly hope that we have produced (and will soon finish) a better HSNCT. I would welcome any and all examples of problematic questions (email me at jthoppes -at- berkeley -dot- edu). Additionally, af...
by Tower Monarch
Sat May 09, 2009 6:42 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Non-Specific Discussion of VA State Championship set
Replies: 17
Views: 1681

Re: Virginia NAQT Championship May 9 (Richmond)

Was this worse than any A set you guys have seen as well? We didn't play 85 this year but i remember being profoundly annoyed at set 83 in particular, while not nearly as much at the others except for the only A set we saw this year, 82A. I don't know since I obviously haven't been attending NAQT e...
by Tower Monarch
Sat May 09, 2009 5:33 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Non-Specific Discussion of VA State Championship set
Replies: 17
Views: 1681

Re: Virginia NAQT Championship May 9 (Richmond)

Stats are at http://www.hsquizbowl.org/vanaqt/vanaqt_standings.html. Was there any reason Cleo Dan played only 99% of the questions? Based on this set and the similarity in distribution and writers for HSNCT, I don't consider it a valid National championship this year. We'll see if I play SCT or IC...
by Tower Monarch
Sat May 09, 2009 5:05 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Non-Specific Discussion of VA State Championship set
Replies: 17
Views: 1681

Re: Virginia NAQT Championship May 9 (Richmond)

So many questions provided horrible clues that I don't think I demonstrated any knowledge today, despite getting around 8 TU per game. Was one of the answers you got "Hyperbole"? :wink: The worst part is I don't think I exaggerated much. Any 1st grader could memorize a (relatively simple) list of s...
by Tower Monarch
Sat May 09, 2009 3:56 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Non-Specific Discussion of VA State Championship set
Replies: 17
Views: 1681

Non-Specific Discussion of VA State Championship set

So, Matt beat his own record and gave us 10 games before 3:00 (we had announced the winners in the main meeting area and begun leaving when I noticed it was 2:55). Evidently, VCU knows how to run NAQT tournaments: quickly. If this had gone on until just an average time, I might have left to avoid he...
by Tower Monarch
Fri May 08, 2009 9:58 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Becoming a Good Social studies Player
Replies: 5
Views: 1460

Re: Becoming a Good Social studies Player

For more intensive studying, read books more. This is the place where you should probably recommend some specific history books... As I am not great at quizbowl history (yet?), I can't tell anyone the best way of studying, but I will say that my plan involves looking at the suggested reading sectio...
by Tower Monarch
Tue May 05, 2009 6:10 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The Emergency: at PACE
Replies: 105
Views: 16732

Re: The Emergency: at PACE

My position on bouncebacks in high school is enthusiastic apathy, so no. But I did think it might be interesting to try them out at a hard tournament like this, and I figured one held on PACE NSC weekend would be the appropriate time. Yeah, it does sound like an interesting idea. I find that the bo...
by Tower Monarch
Mon May 04, 2009 1:53 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Missouri Open Mirror (6/06/09) at Maryland
Replies: 76
Views: 11311

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Missouri Open Mirror (6/06/09) at Maryland

DumbJaques wrote: Staff:
Evan Silberman
Jonathan Graham
There is no way I'm writing for this with my Emergency and CO obligations this week and I want a break between Memorial Day Weekend and Sun N Fun, but if you want/need staffers, I can make the trip up to hear the questions at least.
by Tower Monarch
Sat May 02, 2009 11:36 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: KLEE: HI Fine Arts (4/11/09)
Replies: 40
Views: 5780

Re: KLEE: HI Fine Arts (4/11/09)

Will this set ever be played in its entirety or posted? Pretty much everyone in the country has not heard at least 6 of its rounds. It seems foolish to post this rather than trying to hold the rest of it at another event. I definitely understand this, but in the interest for reviewing for Nationals...
by Tower Monarch
Sat May 02, 2009 8:06 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Want to get a literature foundation
Replies: 38
Views: 10253

Re: Want to get a literature foundation

I found a suggestion to look at the "You gotta know" lists NAQT gives, with the literature one here: http://naqt.com/YouGottaKnow/works-of-literature-3.html How would the contests of this list compare to those of the carleton list? I mean, should I assume that NAQT will be a better source for this ...
by Tower Monarch
Fri May 01, 2009 4:18 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HSAPQ National All Star Academic Tournament in 2010
Replies: 161
Views: 55721

Re: HSAPQ National All Star Academic Tournament in 2010

The problem with a "non-overlap rule" is that it would involve reducing the number of teams/players from the most competitive regions. Also, would you consider making this more of a "HSNCT/PACE with all-star teams" or would you consider making this a high-school analouge of Chicago Open (since ther...
by Tower Monarch
Wed Apr 29, 2009 3:36 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MUT 2009 Discussion
Replies: 51
Views: 6345

Re: MUT 2009 Discussion

I wish I could remember more specifics about this tournament, other than the fact that I very much enjoyed playing it... There was this question, however, on a piece of lab equipment that mentioned Buchner, upon which Andy negged with "flask" for "funnel." Or it may have been the other way around, ...
by Tower Monarch
Wed Apr 29, 2009 12:49 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The Emergency: at PACE
Replies: 105
Views: 16732

Re: The Emergency: at PACE

Oh yeah, about difficulty: it's generally supposed to be around nationals-level difficulty or just below that, and the packets should be 24/24 standard ACF distribution. Are other people interested in dumping the 1/1 geography in favor of another "your choice"? 'Cause I sure am. -Seth I too was won...
by Tower Monarch
Tue Apr 28, 2009 1:09 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 151
Views: 22831

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

that the first day's packets were only finished a few hours before the tournament was scheduled to get underway, and the second day's packets had to be finished Saturday night; and that so many people had to be exhorted at the last minute to pitch in just so the set could be finished. I don't know ...
by Tower Monarch
Mon Apr 27, 2009 10:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Maryland Spring Invitational (5/2/09)
Replies: 116
Views: 65702

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

Right now we are looking at 10-11 rounds. The exact schedule is TBA at this moment (will be decided later this week as the number of attending teams becomes concrete) but consolation rounds will be available to anyone who wishes to stay after the prelims. P.S. -- I have no qualms with a Whitman/Bla...
by Tower Monarch
Mon Apr 27, 2009 7:10 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 151
Views: 22831

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

6) I have directed 30 tournaments, most of which (such as the February and April high school tournaments at VCU, see the threads on this board) were met with comments such as "the best tournament I have ever attended" and completed 11 or more rounds by 4:30 PM. The idea that I am an incompetent tou...
by Tower Monarch
Mon Apr 27, 2009 6:41 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Chicago Open (Weekend of July 25th, 2009)
Replies: 153
Views: 38468

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Chicago Open (Weekend of July 25th, 2009)

I'm a history player who's looking for a team. Pretty much history only, though I pick things up here and there. Ideally I might be also looking for a spot for Nick Polk, who provides some history, lit, art, and judaica. I have no idea if you're interested in playing with 2 16-year olds, but Tommy ...
by Tower Monarch
Mon Apr 27, 2009 4:28 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Anouncement: Missouri Open (06/06/2009)
Replies: 81
Views: 22650

Re: Anouncement: Missouri Open (06/06/2009)

It is likely I am not playing the Maryland mirror and definite I am not playing the main site on the current date. If the packet deadlines are moved back a couple weeks and I can join someone's team, I would be much more available on either later date to go to either site.
by Tower Monarch
Sun Apr 26, 2009 8:39 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HAVOC II @ MLWGS, 4/25 - not in conflict with the BoB test
Replies: 118
Views: 64232

Re: HAVOC II @ MLWGS, 4/25 - not in conflict with the BoB test

I don't know physics that well, but can mass really be called "the effect of [gravity] on particles?" I looked through the 1st packet, and I thought it was good, except for a few things: The Nobel tossup was transparent pretty much the entire way through. I mean, how many explosives inventors are t...
by Tower Monarch
Sun Apr 26, 2009 8:21 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HAVOC II @ MLWGS, 4/25 - not in conflict with the BoB test
Replies: 118
Views: 64232

Re: HAVOC II @ MLWGS, 4/25 - not in conflict with the BoB test

While we're on the subject of science, I'd like to bring up a tossup which I was confused by, the gravity tossup in round 8: In particle physics, the effect of this force on particles is mediated by the hypothetical Higgs Boson, and is itself carried by a hypothetical massless, chargeless particle....
by Tower Monarch
Sun Apr 26, 2009 8:06 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HAVOC II @ MLWGS, 4/25 - not in conflict with the BoB test
Replies: 118
Views: 64232

Re: HAVOC II @ MLWGS, 4/25 - not in conflict with the BoB test

A LOT of students learn about civil rights, political history, elections, explorers, and lots of other big topics that can/should be used likely more Yeah, in retrospect, I can't think of any civil rights at all (there were initially two civil rights bonuses on my answer list which I decided to rem...
by Tower Monarch
Sun Apr 26, 2009 7:52 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HAVOC II @ MLWGS, 4/25 - not in conflict with the BoB test
Replies: 118
Views: 64232

Re: HAVOC II @ MLWGS, 4/25 - not in conflict with the BoB test

I thought that the science and math question, especially the chem questions, were particularly well-written. However, there was one question that I didn't really like simply because of the insane level of transparency in the lead in. TU 9 round 5: One of these compounds, the heptahydrate of magnesi...
by Tower Monarch
Sun Apr 26, 2009 4:12 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HAVOC II @ MLWGS, 4/25 - not in conflict with the BoB test
Replies: 118
Views: 64232

Re: HAVOC II @ MLWGS, 4/25 - not in conflict with the BoB test

Sarah, i'm glad you guys alter the distribution and try to figure out the best fit. That shows a lot of intelligence, knowing that you want to tweak this to make it the best for younger players. It's working and it'll get even better i'm sure I agree with you that 3/3 art is crazy. But 3/3 RMP, in ...
by Tower Monarch
Sat Apr 18, 2009 10:58 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open Music August 8, 2009
Replies: 40
Views: 7748

Re: VCU Open Music August 8, 2009

lagazzaladra wrote:I'm just a high school student, but I would like to play in this if that's alright with the people running it.
It's written by a high school student, and there will be a high school student among the top players there, so yes, you are more than welcome.
by Tower Monarch
Sat Apr 18, 2009 5:59 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: VCU Season Finale Tournament III, 4/18/09
Replies: 21
Views: 4412

Re: VCU Season Finale Tournament III, 4/18/09

Re Dwight: Sorry, I didn't notice I typed that.
by Tower Monarch
Sat Apr 18, 2009 5:59 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: VCU Season Finale Tournament III, 4/18/09
Replies: 21
Views: 4412

Re: VCU Season Finale Tournament III, 4/18/09

For my own nationals predictions, could someone from State College tell me if today's B team is roughly equivalent to the likely NSC lineup?