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by First Chairman
Thu Jul 10, 2008 4:56 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 156347

Re: Illinois '08-'09

Just wondering... but if the rules under which a high school team played a college team did not conform to the definition of Scholastic Bowl (such as 5-on-5, or question distribution not being 20% math), would that still be an issue? Is the singles Scholastic Bowl event governed as an activity under...
by First Chairman
Thu Jul 10, 2008 7:45 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 156347

Re: Illinois '08-'09

Reinstein and Egan (the "other" Dave and Tom :wink: ) know better about what causes things to change within IHSA or IHSSBCA (if I got that acronym correct). But one thing is for sure: institutional change does not occur easily if only one person or one stakeholder class calls for change. Systemic ch...
by First Chairman
Thu Jul 10, 2008 7:03 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Winter Olympics Needs a New Event
Replies: 19
Views: 1932

Re: Winter Olympics Needs a New Event

How about bicycle races on ice?
by First Chairman
Wed Jul 09, 2008 2:35 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Winter Olympics Needs a New Event
Replies: 19
Views: 1932

Re: Winter Olympics Needs a New Event

But where does the skeet shooting part come in? :)
by First Chairman
Wed Jul 09, 2008 2:33 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 156347

Re: Illinois '08-'09

But every single Illinois thread always contains whining about the format, with a split of 60% posts of discussion/30% hating the format/10% Egan being Egan, but a surprisingly small amount of attempts to change this. Egan or Reinstein or Riley make posts about going to the state board and having t...
by First Chairman
Mon Jul 07, 2008 2:15 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 156347

Re: Illinois '08-'09

Having a PACE-affiliated tournament is not a big problem, but I would see if there is anyone in the "question mirroring" thread regarding a PACE-formatted set that one could sneak in that way. I think we are trying to organize ourselves to see who we could have in charge of various mirrors or their ...
by First Chairman
Sun Jul 06, 2008 9:11 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: PACE NSC 2008 survey
Replies: 5
Views: 1373

Re: PACE NSC 2008 survey

If you have not filled out the survey, or would like to fill out the survey as a volunteer or participant, please send me an email so I can send you access to the survey. I just want to be sure we have as many people who have filled out the survey as possible.
by First Chairman
Sun Jul 06, 2008 8:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Tour de France 2008
Replies: 31
Views: 2753

Re: Tour de France 2008

ImmaculateDeception wrote:... Soccer?
That's fair, but you're running towards a goalie... presumably... unless it's an empty net situation.
by First Chairman
Sun Jul 06, 2008 9:16 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bootcamp cancelled
Replies: 0
Views: 935

Bootcamp cancelled

Just letting everyone one... due to a lot of work that just landed on my desk/laptop and not enough time for me to really devote to getting Bootcamp off the ground this year, I'm cancelling this year's Bootcamp. Hopefully I can devote a bit more time next year to actually plan this event. :) I hope ...
by First Chairman
Sun Jul 06, 2008 9:14 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Thumb Strength?
Replies: 25
Views: 4680

Re: Thumb Strength?

everyday847 wrote:Announcing the HI side tournament of your dreams: thumb war singles.
Because thumb war doubles would be difficult to pull off??? :smile:
by First Chairman
Sun Jul 06, 2008 9:06 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Tour de France 2008
Replies: 31
Views: 2753

Re: Tour de France 2008

After 4 hours of cycling, the only important thing to watch is the last 200 meters in stage 1.

I guess I'm hoping Hincapie is still riding... but who knows. Volker is going to get a lot of attention.

I admit this is the only sport where you run away from everyone to attack them...
by First Chairman
Sun Jul 06, 2008 8:49 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Moderator Speed (from Panasonic Thread)
Replies: 72
Views: 10873

Re: Moderator Speed (from Panasonic Thread)

I'm guessing 20 is the standard because that's the standard ACF number of tossups. Does Hentzel and most of the NAQT readers kill every packet of 26/26 at HSNCT? Personally I would like the championship playoffs and meaningful games leading up to championship to have more questions in the packet (30...
by First Chairman
Sun Jul 06, 2008 8:42 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: PACE announces new members
Replies: 8
Views: 2285

PACE announces new members

The Partnership for Academic Competition Excellence is proud to announce thirteen new members and two interim members. Mike Bentley: University of Maryland graduate Rob Carson: University of Minnesota Dan Goff: J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College (eventually VCU) Kyle Haddad-Fonda: Harvard Univer...
by First Chairman
Thu Jul 03, 2008 1:11 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2007-08 NAQT IS sets: Discuss Specific Questions
Replies: 42
Views: 4242

Re: 2007-08 NAQT IS sets: Discuss Specific Questions

Charile, Wow... your last post really made me think about a lot of assumptions when it comes to the creation of the IS and IS-A packets compared to the "national set" of questions. I will agree that the set of IS questions should reach out in difficulty (or rather ease here) to a broader spectrum of...
by First Chairman
Wed Jul 02, 2008 9:12 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2007-08 NAQT IS sets: Discuss Specific Questions
Replies: 42
Views: 4242

Re: NAQT IS Discussion Thread (Discuss Specific Questions Here)

leftsaidfred wrote:
Deesy Does It wrote:Ugh, why does NAQT ask about the puppy bowl?
This question coming to a NAC set near you.
If we posted the text, it will definitely be part of some NAC set, won't it? :wink:

To answer Charlie's question: no one can resist the sight of playful puppies. (I suppose.)
by First Chairman
Wed Jul 02, 2008 9:06 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Moderator Speed (from Panasonic Thread)
Replies: 72
Views: 10873

Re: Moderator Speed (from Panasonic Thread)

So, a good moderator can be summarized in the following quotes: "Be quick, but don't hurry." - John Wooden "Speak clearly, if you speak at all; carve every word before you let it fall." - Oliver Wendell Holmes "Know how quiz bowl works, have some understanding of basic rules of pronunciation, and f...
by First Chairman
Tue Jul 01, 2008 8:33 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: PACE NSC 2008 survey
Replies: 5
Views: 1373

Re: PACE NSC 2008 survey

Right now we don't have as many people responding to the current survey compared to previous years. I need to send another all-call for respondents, and I may also open up the survey to all participants. The n's are disappointing right now, and we really need the feedback for the purposes of our tou...
by First Chairman
Tue Jul 01, 2008 8:27 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Panasonic renamed
Replies: 7
Views: 1465

Re: Panasonic renamed

I only have concerns for the national event unless otherwise mentioned. I have no clue how this affects the state championships, but I'll admit economic times are tough.
by First Chairman
Mon Jun 30, 2008 9:06 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: PACE NSC 2008 survey
Replies: 5
Views: 1373

Re: PACE NSC 2008 survey

Mostly the survey is for internal purposes, but since I have data from the previous two years, I am inclined to making it public for comparison. The survey remains open until mid-July.
by First Chairman
Fri Jun 20, 2008 11:17 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Stupid educators thread
Replies: 71
Views: 8258

Re: Stupid educators thread

"They were traumatized, but we wanted them to be traumatized," ... "That's how they get the message."
I'm like... there are much, MUCH better ways to deliver the message. Geez... get an encased crushed car like other advocacy groups like MADD do.
by First Chairman
Fri Jun 20, 2008 8:32 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Community membership & honesty
Replies: 38
Views: 4345

Re: Community membership & honesty

Since I didnt' get a chance on the laxative thread: it's in AHAN... ease up. There was also a recent commercial (I think it was cars.com) that jokingly had the husband of a prospective car buyer having to run to the bathroom because the lady wanted to drug the car salesman with brownies injected wit...
by First Chairman
Fri Jun 20, 2008 1:34 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Community membership & honesty
Replies: 38
Views: 4345

Re: Community membership & honesty

I am sorry I missed out on this discussion.

The only thing I can add at this point: Maggie had not emailed me when I had offered the opportunity weeks ago. But I believe she was warned regarding her response to Matt's post (that I had issue with).
by First Chairman
Tue Jun 17, 2008 7:11 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Question for the NSC Top 12
Replies: 20
Views: 2693

Re: Question for the NSC Top 12

I know when I tell people on Saturday that everyone in the quarterfinals gets a plaque, not everyone remembers. Sunday is a crazy day.
by First Chairman
Sun Jun 15, 2008 10:56 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Announcement: Question Writing Seminar - Lexington KY June 6
Replies: 4
Views: 1172

Re: Announcement: Question Writing Seminar - Lexington KY June 6

In total we had 6-7 question writers in addition to Jessie, John, and me. Most of the writers tended to do more work on the middle school level rather than the high school level, so there was a lot more discussion on those lines though most of our examples were more appropriate for high school level...
by First Chairman
Sun Jun 15, 2008 10:50 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: DC/MD/VA Date Claim 08-09
Replies: 34
Views: 5520

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

Deesy Does It wrote:That sounds like a horrible idea.
Well, yes it would be a horrible idea. But I wouldn't be surprised if it has happened before. :)
by First Chairman
Sun Jun 15, 2008 10:46 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: DC/MD/VA Date Claim 08-09
Replies: 34
Views: 5520

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

Anyone ever tried a post-SAT quiz bowl "party"? Like run a mini-tournament at 5pm for SAT "detox" purposes? Or are brains way too fried for that?

To show my ignorance: when does the SAT generally end on test day by the way?
by First Chairman
Sun Jun 15, 2008 10:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Need Some input
Replies: 25
Views: 3532

Re: Need Some input

Four words " First and last name required ." Uhm... Dr Chuck? That's five words. :grin: D'oh! It's like the hopefully required "spelling category" on Jeopardy! where contestants HAD to ask their question and spell the key word. If they didn't put their response in the form of a question, they're di...
by First Chairman
Sun Jun 15, 2008 8:56 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Need Some input
Replies: 25
Views: 3532

Re: Need Some input

Four words " First and last name required ." before the question would completely preclude this. High School Celebrity Shoot biography tournament makes this completely clear including "Name and regnal number please" if we have twelve different kings named Louis. Is there a reason why one cannot intr...
by First Chairman
Sat Jun 14, 2008 11:39 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Video?
Replies: 18
Views: 3174

Re: Video?

SwissBoy wrote:Wasn't the final of PACE videotaped?
Someone did videotape it from TJ I think.
by First Chairman
Fri Jun 13, 2008 4:58 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 Panasonic Academic Challenge: Illinois wins!
Replies: 163
Views: 37654

Re: 2008 Panasonic Academic Challenge: Illinois wins!

Back on topic. I am going to use a Dreaded Sports Analogy to my impression of what PAC is: Analogy of what it should be: HSNCT/PACE = Champion's League PAC = World Cup I prefer golf analogies where the majors are the HSNCT and PACE. PAC would be something like the Ryder Cup (or similar). QU NAC ......
by First Chairman
Fri Jun 13, 2008 4:54 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 Panasonic Academic Challenge: Illinois wins!
Replies: 163
Views: 37654

Re: 2008 Panasonic Academic Challenge: Illinois wins!

We also have expectations for a national tournament to have a set number of games larger than 3 Actually, most teams only play 2 games. By my count: 2 Games: 18 teams (0-2 [13] or 1-1 with the win first [5]) 3 Games: 7 teams (3-0 [1], 2-1 losing in the finals [2], 1-2 winning in the quarterfinal[4]...
by First Chairman
Fri Jun 13, 2008 4:13 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Giveaways
Replies: 34
Views: 3305

Re: Giveaways

Derailment: Hasbro makes the games.

Continue on...
by First Chairman
Fri Jun 13, 2008 4:09 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Chip's Love of Pyramids! (renamed from NAC legitimacy)
Replies: 80
Views: 7622

Re: Chip's Love of Pyramids! (renamed from NAC legitimacy)

I'm sorry... the correct answer to "Why is the sky blue" is "because God is a Duke fan." I'm still waiting for the reports from the NAC observers. Fixed Well, it's no secret I am a Duke alum and fan, so I didn't make that original response (Carolina fan) without some measure of :roll: . But the poi...
by First Chairman
Fri Jun 13, 2008 3:56 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Chip's Love of Pyramids! (renamed from NAC legitimacy)
Replies: 80
Views: 7622

Re: Chip's Love of Pyramids! (renamed from NAC legitimacy)

I'm sorry... the correct answer to "Why is the sky blue" is "because God is a Carolina fan."

I'm still waiting for the reports from the NAC observers.
by First Chairman
Fri Jun 13, 2008 3:54 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 QU NAC: B. T. Washington (OK) wins!
Replies: 350
Views: 38124

Re: 2008 QU NAC discussion and comment

Constructive criticism should be done in private. Praise in public. ... Absolutely. Treat people like the human beings they are. Give them the respect they deserve as human beings. Look back at my posts that have been critical. I think you'll find that in most cases I've been critical about things ...
by First Chairman
Fri Jun 13, 2008 3:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 Panasonic Academic Challenge: Illinois wins!
Replies: 163
Views: 37654

Re: 2008 Panasonic Academic Challenge: Illinois wins!

As an aside, and maybe I should keep my mouth shut to avoid opening up a can of worms, I don't understand the argument that "it's not quizbowl". I waver on this ...... to some most folks here .... quizbowl requires the following: 1. two teams head-to-head; not three or six, or some other number 2. ...
by First Chairman
Fri Jun 13, 2008 8:34 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Chip's Love of Pyramids! (renamed from NAC legitimacy)
Replies: 80
Views: 7622

Re: Chip's Love of Pyramids! (renamed from NAC legitimacy)

:chip: says ... To insist all questions be pyramidal is narrow-minded and fatuous. ... Questions starting with "Why" make great tossups. :w-hat: :w-hat: :w-hat: Why did the chicken cross the road? should enter the pantheon of great tossups. I think now that we have enough people who have reported on...
by First Chairman
Fri Jun 13, 2008 8:10 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 Panasonic Academic Challenge: Illinois wins!
Replies: 163
Views: 37654

Re: 2008 Panasonic Academic Challenge updates

The game format is significantly different enough that they way they do math questions, it's not a big problem the way it is done. I grant I have not been to the most recent tournaments to know whether there have been any differences. However, I doubt I would see any change unless there is a signifi...
by First Chairman
Thu Jun 12, 2008 12:27 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Retirement Center game
Replies: 10
Views: 1472

Re: Retirement Center game

This is one of those times when Cary Academy and the High School should have a team...
by First Chairman
Thu Jun 12, 2008 9:21 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: PACE NSC 2008 survey
Replies: 5
Views: 1373

PACE NSC 2008 survey

The 2008 PACE NSC survey will be delivered to the team contacts by noon ET today and will close around July 15. If anyone who is a participant wants to complete the survey, please let me know by email (pace-nsc org email or Yahoo email: they're the same thing essentially). This includes all voluntee...
by First Chairman
Thu Jun 12, 2008 7:05 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 Panasonic Academic Challenge: Illinois wins!
Replies: 163
Views: 37654

Re: 2008 Panasonic Academic Challenge updates

High scorer in the first game from each region gets All-American. That simple. This isn't completely accurate. Maryland put up 510 points in round 1 and was in our region. There is no way Dan put up more points than Daichi that round. They have three AA judges, one looks at points, one looks at lea...
by First Chairman
Thu Jun 12, 2008 1:40 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Retirement Center game
Replies: 10
Views: 1472

Re: Retirement Center game

Is there still a seniors tournament on Jeopardy?
by First Chairman
Thu Jun 12, 2008 12:49 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 QU NAC: B. T. Washington (OK) wins!
Replies: 350
Views: 38124

Re: 2008 QU NAC discussion and comment

lasercats wrote: Agreed, but what do I know? I wouldn't know good quizbowl if it roundhouse kicked me to the face!
You'd know it if it slapped you like the Cold Trout of Facts (TM)... :razz: :smile:
by First Chairman
Thu Jun 12, 2008 12:32 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 QU NAC: B. T. Washington (OK) wins!
Replies: 350
Views: 38124

Re: 2008 QU NAC discussion and comment

Tegan wrote:You even learn first hand that Matt W, one-on-one, is a giant pussy cat in panther skin robes.
Now that visual makes my brain hurt. No offense, Matt.
by First Chairman
Tue Jun 10, 2008 5:06 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 Panasonic Academic Challenge: Illinois wins!
Replies: 163
Views: 37654

Re: 2008 Panasonic Academic Challenge updates

Unless things have changed, the format for Panasonic does allow more time to solve calculation problems or other application-type questions that standard buzzer-centered competitions do not. Now, the math has to be simple enough to do with well within 60 seconds, and they can't have you prove a theo...
by First Chairman
Tue Jun 10, 2008 3:43 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Video?
Replies: 18
Views: 3174

Re: Video?

I hope appropriate permissions were secured.
by First Chairman
Tue Jun 10, 2008 3:39 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: High School "Minnesota Effect"?
Replies: 6
Views: 1184

Re: High School "Minnesota Effect"?

I think that Charter's across the board performance at NAQT, PACE, and NAC shows that teams that play quality quiz bowl can adjust to the inferior formats with enough practice in that format. However, I would be interested in seeing where a team like James Island placed considering they probably wou...
by First Chairman
Mon Jun 09, 2008 5:20 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 QU NAC: B. T. Washington (OK) wins!
Replies: 350
Views: 38124

Re: 2008 QU NAC discussion and comment

Hey, I have a "stump the experts" question: Name a team that is not, in a million years, better than Charter at actual quizbowl. ... among those playing at QU NAC, that is. :wink: But seriously for Charter, while I wish they could have walked away with a trophy, to finish runner-up at NAQT, top 12 ...
by First Chairman
Mon Jun 09, 2008 1:12 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Calendar: when to switch from 2007-08 to 2008-09... (A: Now)
Replies: 5
Views: 1359

Re: Calendar: when to switch from 2007-08 to 2008-09...

Just letting people know, if a 2008-09 thread pops up, I'll ask that the mods lock down the 2007-08 thread, and eventually we'll move all the 2007-08 threads to archive. However, I'll also ask that all remaining threads in 2007-08 be locked after Friday and new 2008-09 threads be generated by then. ...