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by kayli
Thu Jun 18, 2009 11:55 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Math Computation, Round 23748234
Replies: 125
Views: 21422

Re: Math Computation, Round 23748234

To Guy, I'd argue that a lot of those tricks are important in mathematics. The adding of a sequence is a central tenant of good math. In fact, many people argue that you should learn such tricks well before calculus if you really want to understand/master math. A lot of these tricks have much wider ...
by kayli
Thu Jun 18, 2009 6:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Math Computation, Round 23748234
Replies: 125
Views: 21422

Re: Math Computation, Round 23748234

What's up with people against tricks? Do people really like doing things the nitty gritty way? I think that it'd be difficult to write computational math problems that required the normal type of pyrimidality. So... maybe we should exile math comp to the bonuses? At least until someone finds out how...
by kayli
Thu Jun 18, 2009 10:55 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Florida '09-'10
Replies: 31
Views: 4401

Florida '09-'10

Is it too early to be making prediction? Hell, no! This is going to be an interesting year with the best of Ransom Everglades and infamous Matt Byrd graduating. Pensacola retains it's two highest scorers. Predictions: 1. Pensacola High School 2. Ransom Everglades 3. Lawton Chiles I don't really know...
by kayli
Thu Jun 18, 2009 10:43 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: All-State/All-Star Selections
Replies: 13
Views: 2033

Re: All-State/All-Star Selections

In Florida, the way we select it is through the Commissioner's Academic Challenge which competes at the NTAE obviously. Counties are divided into three divisions based on population and one person is chosen from each county and the remaining three are chosen at large according to their strengths sub...
by kayli
Thu Jun 18, 2009 10:30 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Math Computation, Round 23748234
Replies: 125
Views: 21422

Re: Math Computation, Round 23748234

Personally, I believe that it is possible to have math questions be pyramidal in a different way. If I were to give someone a question asking for the sum of the roots of x^4+2x^3-186767x^2+5763x+8675309, Joe the Plumber back there might scratch his head and proceed to use rational root theorem or so...
by kayli
Thu Jun 18, 2009 12:34 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2009 NTAE
Replies: 57
Views: 13442

Re: 2009 NTAE

A few things I would like to say about the National Tournament of Academic Excellence - by Kay Li. Cons: Well, it's a pretty widely accepted fact that the format is not a legitimate quizbowl format. It angered me that the team who buzzed in early on the famous quotations question were not awarded th...
by kayli
Wed Jun 17, 2009 10:53 pm
Forum: New Collegiate Teams
Topic: Team at West Florida
Replies: 1
Views: 1542

Re: Team at West Florida

I dual enroll at UWF. If you make a team, I'll try to join.
by kayli
Sat Jun 13, 2009 10:52 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2009 NTAE
Replies: 57
Views: 13442

Re: 2009 NTAE

Team Florida would like to apologize in advanced for our arrogant and not-so-well written team statement.
by kayli
Thu Jun 04, 2009 12:57 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: PACE NSC: format changes, 2010 information
Replies: 287
Views: 110539

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 trai...
by kayli
Wed Jun 03, 2009 12:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2009 NTAE
Replies: 57
Views: 13442

Re: 2009 NTAE

I used to really like this type of format; but as of late, I've started to dislike it. As much as I'd hate to admit it, NTAE will probably be done for good or extremely crippled in the near future. They'd probably have to completely reformat due to their lack of pyramidal questions. It's not a very ...
by kayli
Tue Jun 02, 2009 10:55 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2009 HSNCT question discussion
Replies: 262
Views: 33974

Re: 2009 HSNCT question discussion

By the way, has anyone noticed the seeming plethora of Laplace based clues?
by kayli
Tue Jun 02, 2009 2:23 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2009 HSNCT question discussion
Replies: 262
Views: 33974

Re: 2009 HSNCT question discussion

So I can speak to the difficulty coding system a little bit, from a writer's end. To wit: I can write a question and code it basically anything for difficulty. Then an editor can receive it and say "well, that isn't right!" and fix the difficulty code, or change a bonus part or two, or something. I...
by kayli
Tue Jun 02, 2009 2:20 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2009 HSNCT question discussion
Replies: 262
Views: 33974

Re: 2009 HSNCT question discussion

I was using hyperbole also but I'm also of less importance. Crucify me. I'll try to refrain from moderating tone... What Kristin said was perfectly fine in my opinion (read: opinion). Oh for the love of God! I don't care if you're the freaking Dalai Lama, if he came in here and started posting like...
by kayli
Tue Jun 02, 2009 2:08 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2009 HSNCT question discussion
Replies: 262
Views: 33974

Re: 2009 HSNCT question discussion

The question quality was frustrating, certainly. There were questions in almost every area that made me cringe, there was too much trash, there was too much computational math. But what I think Kay is saying (with which I, personally, agree) is that assaulting the quality of the questions should no...
by kayli
Tue Jun 02, 2009 1:57 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2009 HSNCT question discussion
Replies: 262
Views: 33974

Re: 2009 HSNCT question discussion

I'm probably a little irritable right now. Sorry, everyone.
by kayli
Tue Jun 02, 2009 1:53 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2009 HSNCT question discussion
Replies: 262
Views: 33974

Re: 2009 HSNCT question discussion

Thanks for talking down to me, Mr. Dees! Ok... so I haven't been to PACE... I'm currently lobbying for it my school. Give me a break here. I've only been involved in quizbowl for two years. It was my first national tournament; and although it wasn't the bestest ever, it did have redeeming aspects. J...
by kayli
Tue Jun 02, 2009 1:43 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2009 HSNCT question discussion
Replies: 262
Views: 33974

Re: 2009 HSNCT question discussion

I understand that there is a lot of criticism of NAQT questions. But I think that people are being too critical of NAQT. You guys are calling out writers to identify them so that they may be stoned in the forums (which is where my witch hunt idea came from). I don't think it's perfectly fair to so ...
by kayli
Tue Jun 02, 2009 1:38 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2009 HSNCT question discussion
Replies: 262
Views: 33974

Re: 2009 HSNCT question discussion

Calling up NAQT? This is a great way to communicate already. NAQT has the internet. Many NAQT editors post on these boards. (In fact, two editors who regularly produce great questions, Jeff Hoppes and Matt Keller, do.) When we decry the horrible elements of some questions, they hear. Whether they r...
by kayli
Tue Jun 02, 2009 1:24 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2009 HSNCT question discussion
Replies: 262
Views: 33974

Re: 2009 HSNCT question discussion

Also, from reading these posts, I believe that the concensus has decided upon a pragmatic solution to the problems of NAQT: A witch hunt. Shall we storm NAQT headquarters? And if so, when shall we do it? Who will we burn in our (possibly metaphorical) fire? Everyone is incompetent after all... exce...
by kayli
Tue Jun 02, 2009 12:54 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2009 HSNCT question discussion
Replies: 262
Views: 33974

Re: 2009 HSNCT question discussion

cvdwightw: I love you. Also, from reading these posts, I believe that the concensus has decided upon a pragmatic solution to the problems of NAQT: A witch hunt. Shall we storm NAQT headquarters? And if so, when shall we do it? Who will we burn in our (possibly metaphorical) fire? Everyone is incompe...
by kayli
Tue Jun 02, 2009 12:29 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2009 NAQT HSNCT
Replies: 349
Views: 79831

Re: 2009 NAQT HSNCT

[ I was disappointed at the lack of socialized food at the tournament. Instead of choosing where I would like to go for lunch and dinner, I would have much preferred having that decided for me. Umm...the absurdity of saying "I want [my food choices] decided for me" notwithstanding, there wasn't rea...
by kayli
Mon Jun 01, 2009 9:11 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2009 NAQT HSNCT
Replies: 349
Views: 79831

Re: 2009 NAQT HSNCT

I was disappointed at the lack of socialized food at the tournament. Instead of choosing where I would like to go for lunch and dinner, I would have much preferred having that decided for me.

Overall, the tournament was run well with nice down times.
by kayli
Sat May 09, 2009 12:02 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Commissioners Academic Challenge
Replies: 25
Views: 6061

Re: Commissioners Academic Challenge

Can we just end discussion?
by kayli
Sat May 09, 2009 12:14 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2009 NAQT HSNCT
Replies: 349
Views: 79831

Re: 2009 NAQT HSNCT

My bad.
by kayli
Sat May 09, 2009 12:02 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Florida '08-'09
Replies: 25
Views: 4973

Re: Florida '08-'09

This year has been an interesting year. Dr. Phillips sort of came out of nowhere and astonished a lot of people seeing as most of the time the better schools are in the North of Florida. No surprise with Ransom Everglades. They were as good as ever. Pensacola has a bright future. Next two years we'l...
by kayli
Fri May 08, 2009 11:58 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2009 NAQT HSNCT
Replies: 349
Views: 79831

Re: 2009 NAQT HSNCT

http://naqt.com/hsnct/distribution.jsp

Has anyone else seen this? Fine art is less important than popular culture/sports and current events? Really?
by kayli
Fri May 08, 2009 11:54 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Commissioners Academic Challenge
Replies: 25
Views: 6061

Re: Commissioners Academic Challenge

Back after a long absence (because this forum is so inviting)... This past CAC, I started to notice what everyone was complaining about... I agree that the matching is dumb and should be ended and that a lot of questions ended up being buzzer races (horrendously annoying). I believe that the format ...
by kayli
Mon Jan 19, 2009 3:26 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bad Negs Again
Replies: 494
Views: 91631

Re: Bad Negs Again

At Dorman:
Given: Andrew Lloyd Webber
Correct: Pope Benedict XVI
by kayli
Tue Dec 30, 2008 1:06 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Commissioners Academic Challenge
Replies: 25
Views: 6061

Re: Commissioners Academic Challenge

Thank you for such kind words. I will look into them. Nonetheless I still think that CAC and PAC are good if not different forms of quizbowl.
by kayli
Tue Dec 30, 2008 3:40 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bad Negs Again
Replies: 494
Views: 91631

Re: Bad Negs Again

In practice:
Moby Dick was this animal...
*Buzz*
Narwhal.

Edit: This may have been on a worksheet. Nevertheless...
by kayli
Tue Dec 30, 2008 1:33 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Commissioners Academic Challenge
Replies: 25
Views: 6061

Re: Commissioners Academic Challenge

Personally, I find the format better because it's more team-oriented. It has a good organization, and it is free from many of the flaws of NAQT. I think that most people don't like the format because they haven't played on it before. The sample questions are quite terrible (after looking at them). B...
by kayli
Sun Dec 28, 2008 6:46 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Commissioners Academic Challenge
Replies: 25
Views: 6061

Commissioners Academic Challenge

Being a Floridian, I have the opportunity to attend the Commissioner's Academic Challenge (CAC). In my opinion, this is probably the purest academic tournament around. For those who have experienced the Panasonic Academic Challenge (PAC) now known as the National Tournament of Academic Excellence. I...
by kayli
Sun Nov 16, 2008 11:13 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Florida '08-'09
Replies: 25
Views: 4973

Re: Florida '08-'09

Rickards tournament was this past Saturday (15 November 2008). I don't have the actual results from the tournament (because I'm not from Rickards). I'll post the rough results (I don't think Rickards people use the forums). Team Results: 1st: Florida High 2nd: Pensacola A 3rd: Chiles A 4th: Pensacol...
by kayli
Sun Nov 02, 2008 12:50 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Florida '08-'09
Replies: 25
Views: 4973

Re: Florida '08-'09

Does anyone have any information on the Rickards tournament? Is there a thread on here?
by kayli
Sun Oct 12, 2008 9:41 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Dec 5-6th at the University of Florida
Replies: 7
Views: 1276

Re: Dec 5-6th at the University of Florida

December 6th is on an SAT day. Players missing out is likely. Is this date set in stone?
by kayli
Fri Jul 11, 2008 3:42 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Florida '08-'09
Replies: 25
Views: 4973

Re: Florida '08-'09

Woah! You guys aren't losing anyone to graduation!?! That's insane. Well, try to bring your JV team to the UF winter tournament (JV section) so I can see how they're doing (provided I'm not drafted into the senior division). I think a Pensacola vs Ransom match would be really intense. I think our te...
by kayli
Thu Jul 03, 2008 5:37 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Florida '08-'09
Replies: 25
Views: 4973

Re: Florida '08-'09

I wouldn't count Pensacola out of it too early. Although we did lose Travis and Zach, we have Josh, David, Spencer, and me on varsity. We're all very balanced with no one person being a lot better than the other which will help us beat one man teams (i.e. Florida), and the holes left by the seniors ...
by kayli
Tue Jul 01, 2008 11:51 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Florida '08-'09
Replies: 25
Views: 4973

Florida '08-'09

What do the small minority of Florida people on this forum think about this year?