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by closesesame
Fri Sep 26, 2008 7:40 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: RM Fall Tournament (9/20/08)
Replies: 127
Views: 16614

Re: RM Fall Tournament (9/20/08)

Ray = rmgeokid
Raj = RM A's Bengali kid
by closesesame
Fri Sep 26, 2008 7:15 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: RM Fall Tournament (9/20/08)
Replies: 127
Views: 16614

Re: RM Fall Tournament (9/20/08)

I am well aware that Keith has put himself into retirement, but surely Raj or one of the other guys has all the stats...
by closesesame
Fri Sep 26, 2008 5:55 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: RM Fall Tournament (9/20/08)
Replies: 127
Views: 16614

Re: RM Fall Tournament (9/20/08)

Gonzagapuma1 wrote:
jbarnes112358 wrote:When will stats and complete results be posted?
by closesesame
Wed Sep 24, 2008 11:18 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Maryland Fall Invitational (9/28/08) - Now an HSAPQ Event!
Replies: 68
Views: 32803

Re: Maryland Fall Invitational (9/28/08) - Now an HSAPQ Event!

So it seems our literature guy will not be coming Sunday...because it's Sunday.
by closesesame
Wed Sep 24, 2008 10:07 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: How Often/When Does Your Team Practice?
Replies: 45
Views: 5629

Re: How Often/When Does Your Team Practice?

Last year, TJ "practiced" for two or three days a week from 4-6 after school, but we would routinely quit after 45 minutes or so and go play basketball instead. In fact, for the one or two months before the national tournaments, we pretty much completely stopped practicing and balled all day. That ...
by closesesame
Tue Sep 23, 2008 4:48 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 TJIAT (10/18/08) at TJHSST
Replies: 154
Views: 31621

Re: 2008 TJIAT (10/18/08) at TJHSST

Again, please register at the website listed above. Simple posts on the message board or e-mails to Harry will not be counted as registration. Thanks.
by closesesame
Sun Sep 21, 2008 8:48 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 TJIAT (10/18/08) at TJHSST
Replies: 154
Views: 31621

Re: 2008 TJIAT (10/18/08) at TJHSST

To register, please fill out the form on our website at the following URL:

http://activities.tjhsst.edu/itsacademic/tjiatreg.php

Apologies for the confusion!
by closesesame
Sun Sep 21, 2008 12:40 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Byko Rankings 2008-2009
Replies: 136
Views: 27968

Re: Byko Rankings 2008-2009

I've been working on a ranking system for teams that would operate along the lines of Google's PageRank/something stochastic that involves eigenvectors. Basically, as the number of games played tend towards infinity, whichever team would be the most likely to win would get the number 1 spot, and so ...
by closesesame
Thu Sep 18, 2008 11:45 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: RM Fall Tournament (9/20/08)
Replies: 127
Views: 16614

Re: RM Fall Tournament (9/20/08)

Single-elimination playoffs with such a good field are usually the quickest way to ensure that every good team is eliminated from the tournament before the finals.
by closesesame
Thu Sep 18, 2008 10:06 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: RM Fall Tournament (9/20/08)
Replies: 127
Views: 16614

Re: RM Fall Tournament (9/20/08)

I sent you an e-mail about this, Keith, but TJ will only be bringing two teams this weekend. Sorry.
by closesesame
Sat Sep 13, 2008 6:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Announcement: QuAC I at Penn (11/22/08), Phila., PA
Replies: 92
Views: 53952

Re: Announcement: QuAC I at Penn (11/22/08), Phila., PA

We're interested, Mehdi, but we have yet to determine the number of teams.
by closesesame
Sat Sep 13, 2008 4:25 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 TJIAT (10/18/08) at TJHSST
Replies: 154
Views: 31621

Re: 2008 TJIAT (10/18/08) at TJHSST

We will indeed be getting through all 24 questions for the most part, as everyone's favorite Ada-bada-vada Malayali is rockin' the house at Vandy.
by closesesame
Sat Sep 13, 2008 4:05 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Maryland/DC/DC Area Virginia 2008-2009
Replies: 39
Views: 5429

Re: DC comparison

So, I hear hot French girls love guys who drink from wells of absinthe...
by closesesame
Fri Sep 12, 2008 10:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 TJIAT (10/18/08) at TJHSST
Replies: 154
Views: 31621

Re: 2008 TJIAT (10/18/08) at TJHSST

You know you guys want to come to this. Seriously, be there or be an equilateral, equiangular quadrilateral. Register today and you'll receive two sets of Blow Pens, a $19.95 value, FREE! Not really, but you will get amazing quizbowl fun.
by closesesame
Fri Sep 12, 2008 10:21 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Maryland/DC/DC Area Virginia 2008-2009
Replies: 39
Views: 5429

Re: DC comparison

Sarah, we weren't just missing Harry, we were also missing Josh Hahm, our literature go-to guy. That being said, I think this year is going to be awesome.
by closesesame
Tue Aug 19, 2008 11:21 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 08-09 Pre-Season Poll Results - Congratulations Charter!
Replies: 56
Views: 11858

Re: 08-09 Pre-Season Poll Results - Congratulations Charter!

I'm with Guy - TJ would like in on this, too. The funny thing is that no planning is usually required for all of our teams to play each other; in the past we've just ended up playing at all the same tournaments for the most part.
by closesesame
Sun Jul 27, 2008 11:43 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: VCU Open/Novice (Aug16-17), Richmond
Replies: 91
Views: 24449

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: VCU Open & VCU Novice (August 16 + 17, 2008)

TJ would tentatively like to sign up one team for this. We have no idea what day we want to come yet, though, because we probably can't make both days. More details to follow, I guess.
by closesesame
Mon Jun 09, 2008 9:54 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Summer Practice in the DC area
Replies: 4
Views: 902

Re: Summer Practice in the DC area

I'd be up for this.
by closesesame
Sun Jun 08, 2008 9:08 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Player name pronunciation
Replies: 52
Views: 12645

Re: Player name pronunciation

I find it hilarious that on a thread dedicated to proper pronunciation of names, my last name was truncated to Tallapretc. Not that I don't think that's clever...
by closesesame
Sun Jun 08, 2008 8:37 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Post-Nationals Poll Time! - Congrats to Whitman!
Replies: 21
Views: 4403

Re: Post-Nationals Poll Time!

When might we see results?
by closesesame
Sun Jun 08, 2008 8:35 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Player name pronunciation
Replies: 52
Views: 12645

Re: Player name pronunciation

Tallapretc. :razz:
by closesesame
Sat Jun 07, 2008 11:38 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: QB social science: School District Income v. HSNCT Placement
Replies: 25
Views: 4223

Re: QB social science: School District Income v. HSNCT Placement

I will say that for "magnets" like TJ for example, since we draw from so many different neighborhoods, the median income of the school demographics is considerably different from the demographics of the neighborhood. Median family income in 22312 is probably $60000 or so, whereas TJ's median househo...
by closesesame
Fri Jun 06, 2008 9:01 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: DC/MD/VA Date Claim 08-09
Replies: 34
Views: 5910

Re: DC/MD/VA Date Claim 08-09

Some time in January will be TJ's annual in-house tournament. I need to check with TD Harry White to get the exact date.
by closesesame
Fri Jun 06, 2008 12:42 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Next Year
Replies: 102
Views: 13084

Re: Next Year

TJ will probably be good, especially if they can find someone who knows literature. We have for next year Josh Hahm, esteemed captain of the C team that led a blowout at DACQ Weekend of Quizbowl on the Saturday (with non-NAQT questions), as our literature go-to guy. He knows quite a bit about lit (...
by closesesame
Thu Jun 05, 2008 10:11 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Next Year
Replies: 102
Views: 13084

Re: Next Year

So a few updates to my previous post, and some clarifications on AlphaQuizBowler's post. I believe all of Dorman A (as it appeared at NAQT, not at PACE with Freddy) were seniors, and they are graduating. That being said they have an excellent B team of juniors who will be A next year, I believe. I w...
by closesesame
Thu Jun 05, 2008 10:06 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Next Year
Replies: 102
Views: 13084

Re: Next Year

so here's what I say: The following two teams already have more or less a team in shape: Dorman and Charter. Therefore, they will be good. The following teams are putting together teams and will probably be just as good as the two aforementioned teams as soon as they get their act together on who is...
by closesesame
Tue Jun 03, 2008 7:23 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: PACE NSC 2008 Question Discussion
Replies: 93
Views: 11995

Re: PACE NSC 2008 Question Discussion

So, I liked most of the tossups at PACE, especially the science. My main pet peeves were with some of the history tossups, such as the now-infamous "son of Godwin" one. In any case, Grover's Algorithm came up at Gaddis, so hearing it again made me smile.
by closesesame
Mon Jun 02, 2008 12:41 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: DC/Metro Area 2007-08
Replies: 164
Views: 46414

Re: DC/Metro Area 2007-08

My intent in the "one-man army" comment was that no one really knows what the teams for most schools next year are going to be aside from the few players who were at nationals this year and are recognized by most of the quizbowl community. There is no doubt that there are plenty of good players out ...
by closesesame
Mon Jun 02, 2008 7:20 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: PACE NSC 2008 Question Discussion
Replies: 93
Views: 11995

Re: PACE NSC 2008 Question Discussion

Obviously when the sets are released, we can discuss more about this question, but I believe there was universal cringing in Enterprise 80 when the Harold Godwinson tossup with early clue "son of Godwin" was read. That was interesting...
by closesesame
Sun Jun 01, 2008 11:15 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: DC/Metro Area 2007-08
Replies: 164
Views: 46414

Re: DC/Metro Area 2007-08

You are probably right about the others, but very few ppl who have seen and played against Dorman B view them as a one man team. I don't know if dorman ever had a one man team. The dorman factory run by eric huff spits out good balanced teams every year. Todd is good at lit. Freddy is good at scien...
by closesesame
Sun Jun 01, 2008 10:21 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: DC/Metro Area 2007-08
Replies: 164
Views: 46414

Re: DC/Metro Area 2007-08

So Evan Adams, I predict that in 2 years, Sarah Angelo and Greg Tito will be bestial.
by closesesame
Sun Jun 01, 2008 10:12 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: DC/Metro Area 2007-08
Replies: 164
Views: 46414

Re: DC/Metro Area 2007-08

Yo Phil. Daniel Brezina is a junior on Whitman A. You haven't assimilated that by now?! The role you played in being the god of all things history is something that we are going to aim to subdivide next year, theoretically such that I could cover ancient history, Harry could cover all those pesky mo...
by closesesame
Sun Jun 01, 2008 7:20 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: DC/Metro Area 2007-08
Replies: 164
Views: 46414

Re: DC/Metro Area 2007-08

As for next year, TJ's A team will include me and likely someone you might have played at some point this year, Josh Hahm. He was on A team a couple of times this year as a stand-in, including at GDS's NAQT tournament which we won. He was our lit person there (Mohit was on B to qualify it). In addit...
by closesesame
Sun Jun 01, 2008 5:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: DC/Metro Area 2007-08
Replies: 164
Views: 46414

Re: DC/Metro Area 2007-08

I am a junior. Also, the final was Whitman over TJ, 440-390 in overtime after being tied at 360.
by closesesame
Sun Jun 01, 2008 5:13 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 PACE NSC Live Comments and Discussion
Replies: 87
Views: 18291

Re: 2008 PACE NSC Live Comments and Discussion

One of the tightest games I have EVER played in my life. Congrats to our good friends from Whitman, who take home a well-deserved championship by winning PACE, and thanks guys for that awesome 360-360 game that kept me dangerously close to dying of ventricular fibrillation :grin: I can't wait until ...
by closesesame
Tue May 27, 2008 6:54 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 QU NAC: B. T. Washington (OK) wins!
Replies: 350
Views: 41118

Re: NAC Schedules

Just a quick question to the esteemed members of the Wilmington Charter team:

Guys, why do you go to NAC? Why?
by closesesame
Tue May 27, 2008 5:46 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 TJIAT (10/18/08) at TJHSST
Replies: 154
Views: 31621

Re: 2008 TJIAT (10/18/08) at TJHSST

Thomas Jefferson Invitational Academic Tournament, or, if you prefer,

T.J. (Houshmandzadeh) Is a Touchdown
by closesesame
Mon May 26, 2008 10:28 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: An Open Letter to NAQT
Replies: 97
Views: 16471

Re: An Open Letter to NAQT

Clearly this is due to American public schools concentrating on math classes instead of on humanities classes. False. The problem with American education today is that too many people are ending up majoring in art history or international relations, and not enough in math, science, or engineering. ...
by closesesame
Mon May 26, 2008 8:13 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: An Open Letter to NAQT
Replies: 97
Views: 16471

Re: An Open Letter to NAQT

I see what you all are saying, and I thank you, Matt, for giving a clarification of the overall argument. I definitely think NAQT has some things that need to be fixed. I groan when trash about some football team or some bad movie comes up. I also groan when math computation comes up. For what it's ...
by closesesame
Mon May 26, 2008 7:59 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: An Open Letter to NAQT
Replies: 97
Views: 16471

Re: An Open Letter to NAQT

I'm going to sound like someone's mother in saying: You win some and you lose some. Sometimes you have a good day and sometimes you have a bad day. Believe me, TJ has had its own share of disappointing losses, especially at tournaments like NAQT VA state where we were "supposed" to do well, and loss...
by closesesame
Mon May 26, 2008 7:19 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: An Open Letter to NAQT
Replies: 97
Views: 16471

Re: An Open Letter to NAQT

As a member of the TJ team, I would like to state my views on all of this. I think we can all agree that NAQT has too much math computation and trash. I hate it, everyone hates it (except someone who only knows how to do those 2 things, I suppose). Even math virtuosos like Palmer Mebane hate it. Mat...
by closesesame
Mon May 26, 2008 5:15 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HSNCT Playoff Scores
Replies: 3
Views: 1251

Re: HSNCT Playoff Scores

I don't think the permissions for this spreadsheet are as you planned. I cannot access the scores.
by closesesame
Mon May 26, 2008 4:08 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Senior Destinations 2008
Replies: 103
Views: 18614

Re: Senior Destinations 2008

Zach Foster from NMB: Why are your juniors going to college already?
by closesesame
Mon May 26, 2008 12:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Cavalier Classic XIII (10/25/08) at UVA
Replies: 70
Views: 19631

Re: Cavalier Classic XIII (10/25/08) at UVA

ZOMG UVA's Academic Club finally posts something concerning a tournament on hsqb forums?! Pigs can fly!

Ok, ok, that's quite a bit of an exaggeration, but I welcome the fact that Will Butler has stepped up to duly notify teams instead of avoiding the boards like the plague...
by closesesame
Mon May 26, 2008 11:29 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Experimental Tournament, 5/24
Replies: 82
Views: 24757

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Experimental Tournament, 5/24

I've got to say that playing ridiculously hard quizbowl questions at 1 AM has long been a fantasy of mine. This weekend, my fantasy finally became a reality! Seriously, though, it was a really welcome break from stock clues and the same old questions again and again, with stuff that no one is suppos...
by closesesame
Sat May 17, 2008 3:04 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Experimental Tournament, 5/24
Replies: 82
Views: 24757

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Experimental Tournament, 5/24

I would like to play.
by closesesame
Tue May 06, 2008 1:48 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: PACE 2008: May 31 to June 1
Replies: 68
Views: 14477

Re: PACE 2008: May 31 to June 1

Dr. Chuck can be a field umpire, and signal by way of a rectangular gesture the need for a TV referral. I am notorious for running people out...
by closesesame
Mon May 05, 2008 10:10 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: PACE 2008: May 31 to June 1
Replies: 68
Views: 14477

Re: PACE 2008: May 31 to June 1

There also is a nice quad area for football, frisbee, cricket, hide-and-seek, and pillow fights.
Dr. Emil Thomas Chuck has predicted the coming wave of Indians...
by closesesame
Sat May 03, 2008 6:58 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: VCU high school tournament dates for 08-09
Replies: 2
Views: 788

Re: VCU high school tournament dates for 08-09

Are these dates fixed in stone already? I believe that Saturday in November is the same weekend as WMHSMUN/VAMUN, two college-hosted Model UN conferences that a lot of people on TJ's It's Ac team go to (myself included, and also one more at least from next year's tentative A team).