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by closesesame
Thu Dec 04, 2008 11:08 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: M.O.H.I.T. at TJHSST (01/10/09)
Replies: 80
Views: 25962

Re: M.O.H.I.T. at TJHSST (01/10/09)

Sure, we'll keep to uniform packets for all teams. I see your point about stats and time and such. We do intend to make the playoff rounds to differentiate between top teams, though. We'll try hard to keep bonus conversion at a reasonable level in the playoffs, because that can make a huge differenc...
by closesesame
Thu Dec 04, 2008 9:14 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: M.O.H.I.T. at TJHSST (01/10/09)
Replies: 80
Views: 25962

Re: M.O.H.I.T. at TJHSST (01/10/09)

Ah, well that's a good point. We are tentatively planning to follow the format of QuAC (albeit with 8 prelim brackets instead of 7), so that every team gets 5 prelims, 5 playoffs, and then championship has that cross-bracket final for placement. Since we'll pull the top 12 into the championship brac...
by closesesame
Thu Dec 04, 2008 2:05 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: M.O.H.I.T. at TJHSST (01/10/09)
Replies: 80
Views: 25962

Re: M.O.H.I.T. at TJHSST (01/10/09)

Only 1 team registered, Tressler? *gasp*
by closesesame
Thu Dec 04, 2008 2:04 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: GSAC XVI: December 6, 2008
Replies: 223
Views: 103453

Re: GSAC XVI: December 6, 2008

Only 4 teams for TJ it is.
by closesesame
Wed Dec 03, 2008 11:40 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The Great Auk (Fall 2008 edition)
Replies: 8
Views: 2590

Re: The Great Auk (Fall 2008 edition)

TJ without me or anyone on the A team for that matter or anyone for that matter got 15(something).
by closesesame
Wed Dec 03, 2008 11:00 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: GSAC XVI: December 6, 2008
Replies: 223
Views: 103453

Re: GSAC XVI: December 6, 2008

Thank you, Greyson, for posting on my behalf about the number of teams :-P. Actually, we may yet have 5 teams if I can convince this one other guy to come. I'd prefer two three-person teams to one six-person team, and I think the other teams attending would, too. So if it is at all possible, can you...
by closesesame
Wed Dec 03, 2008 9:49 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: T-Party Mirror at Maryland (12/07/08)
Replies: 49
Views: 6108

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: T-Party Mirror at Maryland (12/07/08)

I'd have to agree with Tressler on this.
by closesesame
Tue Dec 02, 2008 9:52 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: GSAC XVI: December 6, 2008
Replies: 223
Views: 103453

Re: GSAC XVI: December 6, 2008

Sarah, I know the number of teams attending is still nebulous, but do you have a general idea of how the bracketing/tournament format is going to work?
by closesesame
Mon Dec 01, 2008 11:40 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Byko Rankings 2008-2009
Replies: 136
Views: 27968

Re: Byko Rankings 2008-2009

Byko - for the rankings' sake, could you please enter the Georgetown Day and VCU Fall stats for TJ A as TJ B, because we were missing (more than) half of our A team in both cases?
by closesesame
Wed Nov 26, 2008 9:01 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: M.O.H.I.T. at TJHSST (01/10/09)
Replies: 80
Views: 25962

Re: M.O.H.I.T. at TJHSST (01/10/09)

...and the award for first registration goes to Robert E. Lee High School!
by closesesame
Wed Nov 26, 2008 8:12 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: M.O.H.I.T. at TJHSST (01/10/09)
Replies: 80
Views: 25962

Re: M.O.H.I.T. at TJHSST (01/10/09)

That being said, I was kind of surprised that the Hammond people scheduled it for the same day - we have, after all, claimed this date for a while, in various other threads including Daichi's master calendar of sorts for the DC/MD/VA area. If teams would prefer a speed format, that's their choice, b...
by closesesame
Wed Nov 26, 2008 6:37 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: M.O.H.I.T. at TJHSST (01/10/09)
Replies: 80
Views: 25962

Re: M.O.H.I.T. at TJHSST (01/10/09)

You know you want to sign up...

Also, what in the world is going on in Mumbai right now? :sad:
by closesesame
Wed Nov 26, 2008 5:51 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: GSAC XVI: December 6, 2008
Replies: 223
Views: 103453

Re: GSAC XVI: December 6, 2008

The key to this system is that you need to bracket well; otherwise, you may well find several top teams sitting in the single-elimination consolation rounds...
by closesesame
Wed Nov 26, 2008 12:47 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: M.O.H.I.T. at TJHSST (01/10/09)
Replies: 80
Views: 25962

Re: M.O.H.I.T. at TJHSST (01/10/09)

When we say the format will be similar, there will be significant improvements over the format we used at TJIAT this year that seemed to take forever. We will probably use some hybrid of a card system and round robins; that said, we are currently trying to come up with a system to guarantee as many ...
by closesesame
Mon Nov 24, 2008 10:38 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Announcement: QuAC I at Penn (11/22/08), Phila., PA
Replies: 92
Views: 53951

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

I swear I saw playoff stats on scobo earlier today. Am I hallucinating?
by closesesame
Mon Nov 24, 2008 10:32 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: GSAC XVI: December 6, 2008
Replies: 223
Views: 103453

Re: GSAC XVI: December 6, 2008

Sarah, TJ would like to add a fifth team.
by closesesame
Sun Nov 23, 2008 6:48 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Announcement: QuAC I at Penn (11/22/08), Phila., PA
Replies: 92
Views: 53951

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

In response to Dr. Barnes's question:

1) Charter A
2) Maggie Walker
3) State College
4) Walter Johnson
5) TJ A
6) Gonzaga

...and that's where my knowledge of the final rankings ends.
by closesesame
Sun Nov 23, 2008 4:56 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Announcement: QuAC I at Penn (11/22/08), Phila., PA
Replies: 92
Views: 53951

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

We were in a *tougher* prelim bracket than some of the others, so our prelim stats like average points and margin don't mean a whole lot if you are trying to make some comparison with the massive scores posted by Charter/Gonzaga/State College/WJ et al.
by closesesame
Sun Nov 23, 2008 2:33 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Announcement: QuAC I at Penn (11/22/08), Phila., PA
Replies: 92
Views: 53951

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

Congrats to Charter for winning, and to Gov for being absolutely awesome yet again! I thought the questions were pretty good, although the bonuses were rather easy to 30 (and if not 30, 20). That being said, there was a question on "coagulation" which particularly irked me, because I answered "clott...
by closesesame
Sat Nov 08, 2008 11:27 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Ben Cooper Memorial Tournament (NNT) at GDS (11/8/08)
Replies: 95
Views: 15195

Re: Ben Cooper Memorial Tournament (NNT) at GDS (11/8/08)

Andy, I think what I was getting at was your point that NAQT (and a lot of high school tournaments up to this point) had fraudable clues for science tossups, so the recent push towards more academic questions has made science (where the most egregious fraud had been taking place) seem much harder.
by closesesame
Sat Nov 08, 2008 11:15 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Ben Cooper Memorial Tournament (NNT) at GDS (11/8/08)
Replies: 95
Views: 15195

Re: Ben Cooper Memorial Tournament (NNT) at GDS (11/8/08)

With all due respect to the posters here (and not having seen or heard the questions, so I may be completely putting my foot in my mouth and these questions might just be out of left field, as you say), it's not a bad idea to have high school science questions that don't rely on stock clues. It's ha...
by closesesame
Sat Nov 08, 2008 11:10 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Ben Cooper Memorial Tournament (NNT) at GDS (11/8/08)
Replies: 95
Views: 15195

Re: Ben Cooper Memorial Tournament (NNT) at GDS (11/8/08)

Moral: Non-specialists should get better at science, too.
by closesesame
Sat Nov 08, 2008 10:58 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Ben Cooper Memorial Tournament (NNT) at GDS (11/8/08)
Replies: 95
Views: 15195

Re: Ben Cooper Memorial Tournament (NNT) at GDS (11/8/08)

Just like people say hard lit/art/RMP is good, hard science is good :grin:
by closesesame
Sat Nov 08, 2008 10:09 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Ben Cooper Memorial Tournament (NNT) at GDS (11/8/08)
Replies: 95
Views: 15195

Re: Ben Cooper Memorial Tournament (NNT) at GDS (11/8/08)

I did not attend the tournament and therefore did not hear any of the science questions from the set, but I will say this much. Good, actual science questions (not NAQT SCIENCE!) often seem like they are long and rambling and end in a buzzer race. Why? They are well written and usually start off wit...
by closesesame
Sat Nov 08, 2008 7:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Ben Cooper Memorial Tournament (NNT) at GDS (11/8/08)
Replies: 95
Views: 15195

Re: Ben Cooper Memorial Tournament (NNT) at GDS (11/8/08)

Wait a second, I heard that TJ beat Kellenberg and played Hunter in some sort of consolation and lost to them, so wouldn't TJ A be 6th?

It sounds like this was a great tournament - shame I couldn't make it :sad:
by closesesame
Sun Oct 26, 2008 11:30 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Cavalier Classic XIII (10/25/08) at UVA
Replies: 70
Views: 19629

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

I think Dr. Barnes said it all in his post. Concerning us at TJ, I think our biggest problem is our wonderful capacity to not pay attention and neg. That definitely made a huge difference in a couple of games, especially the game against Gov. Our other problem is the relative lack of depth in litera...
by closesesame
Wed Oct 22, 2008 8:39 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Cavalier Classic XIII (10/25/08) at UVA
Replies: 70
Views: 19629

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

Will,

This Saturday many of our seniors cannot attend because early applications for college are due next week. Therefore our B and C teams are more like our C and D teams. Please keep this in mind when bracketing our teams.
by closesesame
Mon Oct 20, 2008 7:58 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Non-question-specific criticisms of IS-80A
Replies: 253
Views: 26432

Re: Non-question-specific criticisms of IS-80A

By the way, George, I wholeheartedly agree with you. One of the things that ticked me off the most about the latest NAQT set was the fact that the opening lines had ethnic clues and other giveaways that anyone who is half awake could power. I have no problem with those same clues being moved to late...
by closesesame
Mon Oct 20, 2008 7:55 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Non-question-specific criticisms of IS-80A
Replies: 253
Views: 26432

Re: Non-question-specific criticisms of IS-80A

I had to struggle (to the point my throat was raw for all of Sunday) to get through 24 questions in 15 minutes three times over for State College v. Dorman and State College v. GDS. While it was a lot of fun to speed-read, I think my voice would have been a lot better off the next day had there been...
by closesesame
Mon Oct 20, 2008 7:07 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Cavalier Classic XIII (10/25/08) at UVA
Replies: 70
Views: 19629

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

TJ will be there with 4 teams.
by closesesame
Mon Oct 20, 2008 6:18 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 won't be doing single-elimination, I assure you of that. I cannot stand single-elimination.
by closesesame
Sun Oct 19, 2008 10:54 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Non-question-specific criticisms of IS-80A
Replies: 253
Views: 26432

Re: Non-question-specific criticisms of IS-80A

Most of the buzzer races were a result of truly heinous clue placements. Obviously, the increase in the level of high school quiz bowl contributed somewhat, but there were at least 10 truly awful lead ins that anyone with a buzzer and a pulse would buzz on. It was astounding that these lead ins got...
by closesesame
Sun Oct 19, 2008 4:24 pm
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!

To be fair, not having our literature player (and trust me, I don't know literature anywhere near as well as Josh Hahm does) makes a huge impact. If he were there, our team dynamic would have been a lot different because the PPG would have been spread around, and it's rather amazing what Josh knows ...
by closesesame
Sat Oct 18, 2008 10:59 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

That's a good point. Top 8 qualify for PACE. Yay!
by closesesame
Sat Oct 18, 2008 10:00 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Non-question-specific criticisms of IS-80A
Replies: 253
Views: 26432

Re: Non-question-specific criticisms of IS-80A

That was honestly the worst IS set I've ever moderated or played on. How many times can you ask a question like "name the country" giving clues that are obviously of a specific ethnicity IN THE FIRST LINE? I also don't think it counts as a different question if you take the same answer and make it g...
by closesesame
Sat Oct 18, 2008 7:52 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 identified the source of those problems. I don't think any other teams were affected by this problem. In any case, you certainly enjoyed that round more than an IS round (honestly, I would, too). So by our count, the top 8 qualify. This means that the following teams have earned HSNCT berths from...
by closesesame
Thu Oct 16, 2008 11:24 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

Hey everyone,

If you're planning to come to our tournament to moderate (or are a coach of a team and would like to moderate), could you please e-mail our TD Harry White? I think he'd like an accurate count of the number of moderators we've got.
by closesesame
Wed Oct 15, 2008 6:29 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 pray to the Flying Spaghetti Monster.
by closesesame
Tue Oct 14, 2008 10:56 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

It would have been nice if someone at TJ (*ahem*, Harry) had let me know that teams had dropped, since we tried to register *twice* now *and* left a post (with email address) on this thread saying "please let us know and/or save a spot for us if one comes open". One (vacation) day after 3 teams dro...
by closesesame
Mon Oct 13, 2008 7:16 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

The teams that make the playoffs (the top 12) will have 13 guaranteed rounds. Everyone plays 7 rounds in the preliminary round-robin, and then the top 12 play 5 playoff rounds and 1 game for placement. The consolation teams will play more than 7. According to Harry, if consolation teams will be guar...
by closesesame
Mon Oct 13, 2008 3:02 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

I actually have no idea what I meant by that top 8 comment. I brought that up because our TD mentioned something about that. I don't think it works quite the way I explained it. I also forgot that NAQT sends us 15 rounds, not 14. Therefore we can do a "2 games up = clear the field, 1 game up = advan...
by closesesame
Sun Oct 12, 2008 10:51 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

Hey everyone, I have some important tournament updates for all of you. First off, in response to Raj's question, the tournament usually starts at 9. Secondly, we have tentatively settled upon the following format for our tournament structure, modeled after this year's PACE NSC: The 48 teams are brac...
by closesesame
Wed Oct 08, 2008 8:31 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

Okay, that would be excellent. We have you signed up on our website to bring 2 teams as of today. If you do plan to drop, please let us know before next Wednesday so we can avoid chaos and you can avoid the drop-out penalty.
by closesesame
Tue Oct 07, 2008 11:12 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 are definitely going to have consolation rounds. We want to give you your money's worth of quizbowl, of course, and I think we want to guarantee that every team plays a certain number of rounds. Would everyone be up for round robins for consolation (i.e. more quizbowl and more time) or some sort ...
by closesesame
Tue Oct 07, 2008 6:14 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

Well, folks, it seems we hit the magic 48 team cap today. As Harry said, we do expect a few teams will drop out, so don't hesitate to sign up for the waiting list (so to speak) by posting your info here. That being said, we do not guarantee anything. We're working out the tournament structure, which...
by closesesame
Mon Sep 29, 2008 9:11 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!

aestheteboy wrote:...powers are pretty cool. I don't think it would violate people's quizbowl aesthetics too much if HSPAQ placed optional power marks without forcing anyone to use them.
Amen to that, brotha.
by closesesame
Sun Sep 28, 2008 6:58 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!

Congrats to Charter. In my opinion, this was a good tournament overall. I wish we had our lit guy Josh Hahm along, which would have undoubtedly helped us. Anyway, can't stop a man for his religious beliefs. The tossups were pretty good, but I agree with everyone else that I spoke with (like Daichi) ...
by closesesame
Fri Sep 26, 2008 10:56 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: GSAC XVI: December 6, 2008
Replies: 223
Views: 103453

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

Dude, anthropology questions would totally answer why our presidential candidates act like apes.

I would look favorably upon anthro questions, but as you can probably see, I'm rather bitter about how useless the debate was.
by closesesame
Fri Sep 26, 2008 10:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: GSAC XVI: December 6, 2008
Replies: 223
Views: 103453

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

I heart this distribution.