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by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Fri Jun 26, 2009 12:25 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008-2009 NAQT IS sets: question-specific discussion
Replies: 87
Views: 10112

Re: 2008-2009 NAQT IS sets: question-specific discussion

I'd like to point out that some tossups in A sets were too difficult for that level, such as the Strindberg tossup in IS 82A. How many novice teams are going to get that? We don't have any conversion data for high school-level Strindberg tossups. But since Strindberg was answered in 17 of 38 rooms ...
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Mon Jun 22, 2009 9:58 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Possible September Tournament
Replies: 66
Views: 8411

Re: Possible September Tournament

As mentioned previously, the date would likely be an issue. Getting a lot of interest that early in the year seems improbable to me...
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Fri Jun 12, 2009 3:54 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Southern Illinois secessionists?!
Replies: 18
Views: 2571

Re: Southern Illinois secessionists?!

What will the new state be called? South Illinois? Illinois South? Or perhaps the more apt "North Mississippi". (Apologies to those from Southern Illinois reading it, as you are obviously not the ones causing my notion of Southern Illinois as such)(Also apologies to those from Mississippi)
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Wed Jun 03, 2009 3:41 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The John Adams Rule
Replies: 41
Views: 6926

Re: The John Adams Rule

This is somewhat off-topic, but: What is the rationale behind requiring only a first initial to disambiguate people with the same last name? Let's say there's a tossup that goes "blah blah blah, FTP, name this politician and insurance broker whose brother is the Mayor of Chicago." My answer of "Dal...
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Tue Jun 02, 2009 5:06 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2009 NAQT HSNCT
Replies: 349
Views: 83128

Re: 2009 NAQT HSNCT

Rules on acceptability should not have exceptions, because it should not be the students' jobs to learn exceptions. Sorry for taking this farther afield, but Invisible Man should be a correct answer for both the Wells and the Ellison works, just like Washington is a correct answer for the first US ...
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Tue Jun 02, 2009 1:47 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois in HSNCT
Replies: 44
Views: 5035

Re: Illinois in HSNCT

That really is part of the problem, BJ. The same ten or twelve of us go to every tournament and end up playing each other multiple times rather than playing other teams. We need some new blood! Not that this concept hasn't been beaten to death, but it's worth reiterating...part of the problem is si...
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Tue Jun 02, 2009 9:59 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois in HSNCT
Replies: 44
Views: 5035

Re: Illinois in HSNCT

Well maybe they could if Auburn and Loyola didn't dominate every tournament :grin:
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Mon Jun 01, 2009 5:26 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2009 NAQT HSNCT
Replies: 349
Views: 83128

Re: 2009 NAQT HSNCT

Between staff-side logistical flubs... I hope this post does not come across as unduly moralizing; however, as a moderator and staffer for this event - I was somewhat disappointed in the behavior and performance of some of my fellow staffers. This is not a general condemnation, but I heard of and w...
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Mon Jun 01, 2009 12:06 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2009 NAQT HSNCT
Replies: 349
Views: 83128

Re: 2009 NAQT HSNCT

Despite all the complaints floating around, I found this tournament to be a great experience. It's always uplifting to be reminded how awesome the quizbowl community is, and how 99% of the people are polite, engaging, and great to talk to. That said, among all the complaints, the one I felt was the ...
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Mon Jun 01, 2009 11:33 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois in HSNCT
Replies: 44
Views: 5035

Re: Illinois in HSNCT

Indeed, kudos to all. A great step for all of Illinois, but especially thank you to the individuals who worked so hard and did so well. Awesome.
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Wed May 20, 2009 1:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Trash Comes to Illinois
Replies: 24
Views: 2713

Re: Trash Comes to Illinois

Yes a million times to moderating this.

4/4 Movies and TV, 4/4 Sports, 4/4 Music, 3/3 Games and Tech, 2/2 Lit, 3/3 Misc. sounds like a good format.
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Wed May 20, 2009 10:06 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Aegis Questions no more
Replies: 30
Views: 5015

Re: Aegis Questions no more

With the new Masonics announcement, this loss potentially hurts much more...
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Mon May 18, 2009 2:17 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Aegis Questions no more
Replies: 30
Views: 5015

Re: Aegis Questions no more

"Bonus: Spelling. Spell the following animals. A. Cat B. Dog C. Bird D. Rabbit?" That last part is twice as hard as A and B! In all seriousness, it is a shame to see Aegis go. Partially because I wrote for them, and now lack an outlet for such things, but primarily for the reasons already being dis...
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Tue May 12, 2009 5:11 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: April 29: Pre-Nationals Goldfish Championship
Replies: 74
Views: 9773

Re: April 29: Pre-Nationals Goldfish Championship

Is the set open for discussion? I'm curious as to the content of the questions in questions.
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Tue May 12, 2009 2:55 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: April 29: Pre-Nationals Goldfish Championship
Replies: 74
Views: 9773

Re: April 29: Pre-Nationals Goldfish Championship

Awesome! A lot of interesting stuff in here. Things I quickly noted: The first place team had more dead tossups than did teams two through four. Disparity at the top: 1 and 2 are very close, biiiiiig gap, 3, biiiiiiig gap, everyone else in a trickle down. Without knowing anything about the specific ...
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Wed May 06, 2009 5:12 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bouncebacks?
Replies: 47
Views: 5560

Re: Bouncebacks?

5. I don't completely agree that bounceback bonuses mess up readers. If you have inexperienced readers that are used to bouncing back bonus parts in not-so-great formats, this isn't a real issue to get them used to PACE NSC format. You just have to remind all the readers we bounceback bonus parts. ...
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Mon May 04, 2009 5:09 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bouncebacks?
Replies: 47
Views: 5560

Re: Bouncebacks?

I'm not a huge fan of bouncebacks because if you are up by a very small margin on the last tossup and the other team negs, it is safest to not answer the tossup. To me, any system that rewards a team for not answering a tossup is flawed. In this situation, wouldn't you probably just not answer anyw...
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Wed Apr 29, 2009 3:26 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois in HSNCT
Replies: 44
Views: 5035

Re: Illinois in HSNCT

DD60004 wrote:I wouldn't count on us. Just like at PACE, we'll be going sans Alex Grabowski. He's our top scorer in NAQT format. And his usual sub, Richard, can't join us either. It'll be just me, Jeff, and Sean and a sub named Ryan.
That's a shame...why can't they make it?
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Wed Apr 29, 2009 2:09 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois in HSNCT
Replies: 44
Views: 5035

Illinois in HSNCT

11 teams from Illinois will be battling for the NAQT crown. A: this is to my knowledge the most Illinois has sent which a great step in the right direction. B: Predictions? Do the Illinois powerhouses have a chance against the Maggie Walker's of the world? What do you expect to see next month?
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Tue Apr 07, 2009 9:39 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 165844

Re: Illinois '08-'09

Now if only they would have a moderator liason :grin:
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Mon Mar 30, 2009 12:32 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: My proposed IHSA distribution
Replies: 62
Views: 8311

Re: My proposed IHSA distribution

I am not a fan of the proposed cut of Programming Language/Scripting. I know that it may be more of a corner case than other categories, but computing is only becoming more important as part of a well rounded education and to the working world as a whole. Programming questions should still find a h...
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Mon Mar 30, 2009 10:38 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: My proposed IHSA distribution
Replies: 62
Views: 8311

Re: My proposed IHSA distribution

I am not a fan of the proposed cut of Programming Language/Scripting. I know that it may be more of a corner case than other categories, but computing is only becoming more important as part of a well rounded education and to the working world as a whole. Programming questions should still find a ho...
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Fri Mar 20, 2009 4:02 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Mental Fatigue
Replies: 32
Views: 5781

Re: Mental Fatigue

Gatorade is key. Plus dumpable for dramatic victories!

Also, ABBA rocks.
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Wed Mar 18, 2009 9:20 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 165844

Re: Illinois '08-'09

Nice! What will you be discussing?
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Tue Mar 17, 2009 9:22 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 165844

Re: Illinois '08-'09

There there, its ok...plenty of people get savaged by Auburn and go on to live long and happy lives. I should know...10 losses my seinor year-7 to Auburn.
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Mon Mar 16, 2009 5:15 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: inclusion of state/local history
Replies: 78
Views: 9151

Re: IHSA Sectionals Results and State prognostication

Are students in Illinois not required to take Illinois history at some point? Are teachers not required to take it in college? I had to take take courses in both Arkansas history and Arkansas politics in order to get my teaching certification there. In high school-no. We had a "Government" class th...
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Thu Mar 12, 2009 9:34 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA regional assignments
Replies: 73
Views: 12126

Re: IHSA regional assignments

Unfortunately, I think the biggest problem a few teams have with the extended pyramidal questions promoted by the 'elite' is that they take forever with an inexperienced reader. In 45 minute rounds, we were lucky to get through 20 of the 30question set. Stumbling over pyramidal arts questions with ...
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Wed Mar 11, 2009 4:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA regional assignments
Replies: 73
Views: 12126

Re: IHSA regional assignments

I don't think anyone wants questions on driver's ed (besides driver's ed teachers, maybe), but regional geography and local history don't offend me. I think there's too much of a push to nationalize knowledge while much of what is taught and learned is local. The problem is when people write questi...
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Wed Mar 11, 2009 2:58 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA regional assignments
Replies: 73
Views: 12126

Re: IHSA regional assignments

Am I the only one who sees a problem with the writers not being public? I know I'm jumping on the bandwagon here, but this seems like a situation for transparency. For the IHSA, who considers this the most important tournament of the year, those responsible need to be held accountable, and not just ...
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Wed Feb 25, 2009 4:31 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 165844

Re: Illinois '08-'09

Does anybody know anything about the Peotone program?
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Sat Feb 21, 2009 11:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Masonic Sectionals 2/21
Replies: 33
Views: 3908

Re: Masonic Sectionals 2/21

30 second conferral four part block bonuses really take up a lot of time.
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Sat Feb 21, 2009 4:41 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Masonic Sectionals 2/21
Replies: 33
Views: 3908

Re: Masonic Sectionals 2/21

How were the questions?
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Thu Feb 19, 2009 4:32 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Junior Wildcat at Northwestern 2/21
Replies: 51
Views: 29898

Re: Junior Wildcat at Northwestern 2/21

Agreed. Hopefully the bus companies won't cancel out on them, but another worry would be the parents who get nervous if one flake of snow falls.....I'm not being flippant here, I've even had this experience with high school teams; IDOT can say the roads are clear and it won't make a difference. Unf...
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Tue Feb 17, 2009 5:34 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Petition Against ACF Formatted Bonus
Replies: 65
Views: 5638

Re: Petition Against ACF Formatted Bonus

That seems nice in theory, but would be a logistical nightmare. No way that flies.
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Tue Feb 17, 2009 11:37 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Petition Against ACF Formatted Bonus
Replies: 65
Views: 5638

Re: Petition Against ACF Formatted Bonus

That's how a lot of the confrences work. I was in the Big North conference, a conference of 12. Each team had a "traveling partner", another team that would be at the same location with you every week of conference, but that you didn't play until the last week of the season. Each week we would play ...
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Tue Feb 17, 2009 10:41 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: I hate you guys
Replies: 5
Views: 1459

Re: I hate you guys

Woody Paige wrote:...(example: angle formed by the hands of a clock at 2:20. Answer given as correct: 60 degrees. Apparently, the clocks in Wheaton instantaneously jump to the next hour at the top of the hour. And yes, I protested that one).
Did you win the challenge at least?
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Tue Feb 17, 2009 10:21 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Petition Against ACF Formatted Bonus
Replies: 65
Views: 5638

Re: Petition Against ACF Formatted Bonus

Who won the Big North tourney?
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Fri Feb 13, 2009 10:31 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NIU Huskie Bowl - 2/14/09 - Dekalb, IL
Replies: 73
Views: 10126

Re: NIU Huskie Bowl - 2/14/09 - Dekalb, IL

In Auburn's defense, as Siva said, they were missing one of their top players on Saturday. Normally Michael takes quite a bit of answers from Siva; and to be honest, in the three matches I saw them in, Zahed was a bit more subdued than usual as well.
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Thu Feb 12, 2009 10:25 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Seeding/All-Sectional results
Replies: 9
Views: 1112

Re: Seeding/All-Sectional results

Any idea when the full list of regionals will be posted? I want to know if I'll be able to moderate somewhere after work...
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Tue Feb 10, 2009 6:05 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSSBCA Steering Committee meeting
Replies: 45
Views: 5756

Re: IHSSBCA Steering Committee meeting

Isn't the whole point of the tournabouts to expose less successful teams to the canon at a piece they're more likely to be competitive in? I understand that there's a line of what's appropriate and not, but watering down the questions too much seems kind of antithetical to the whole purpose.
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Mon Feb 09, 2009 3:06 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NIU Huskie Bowl - 2/14/09 - Dekalb, IL
Replies: 73
Views: 10126

Re: NIU Huskie Bowl - 2/14/09 - Dekalb, IL

I just wanted to throw in that this was an amazing tournament; everyone was a joy to work with, there were no complaints that I heard, not to mention to fantastic finish. Congrats to everyone involved, and here's to doing this again next year for sure.
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Fri Feb 06, 2009 2:55 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Petition Against ACF Formatted Bonus
Replies: 65
Views: 5638

Re: Petition Against ACF Formatted Bonus

In response to Brad: I think their point is that IHSSBCA should do more to promote Scholastic Bowl generally, such as All-State, the Awards Dinner, SchoBowlFest, keeping a calendar, and so forth rather than push an agenda as to what constitutes good Scholastic Bowl. Traditionally, that is what we h...
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Fri Feb 06, 2009 11:37 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Petition Against ACF Formatted Bonus
Replies: 65
Views: 5638

Re: Petition Against ACF Formatted Bonus

...Missouri (not a paragon of quizbowl excellence by any means) has 4-part rebounding bonuses where each part is read individually and is worth 5 points. Would that work for them? Alternatively what if math questions were left in the Illinois format, and all other bonuses changed over to ACF? I thi...
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Thu Feb 05, 2009 5:03 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NIU Huskie Bowl - 2/14/09 - Dekalb, IL
Replies: 73
Views: 10126

Re: NIU Huskie Bowl - 2/14/09 - Dekalb, IL

Do we have an exact spot for this yet?
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Thu Jan 29, 2009 9:24 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NIU Huskie Bowl - 2/14/09 - Dekalb, IL
Replies: 73
Views: 10126

Re: NIU Huskie Bowl - 2/7/09 - Dekalb, IL

That's a heck of a field. I can't wait to see how that shakes out.
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Thu Jan 29, 2009 12:29 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Moderators Needed for 2/7
Replies: 1
Views: 418

Re: Moderators Needed for 2/7

Re: the Certified Moderator list...my data is no longer accurate. I actually live in Lowell, IN now and can be reached at [email protected]. The IHSSBCA listed address will absolutely not reach me.
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Tue Jan 27, 2009 5:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 165844

Re: Illinois '08-'09

Masonics are being written by Aegis this year.
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Wed Jan 21, 2009 7:32 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The predicted demise of Illinois frosh/soph tournaments
Replies: 47
Views: 6387

Re: The predicted demise of Illinois frosh/soph tournaments

(such as the Crandall pants emergency that allowed me to play at Masonics my sophomore year). BJ, I must know what this is.[/quote] My sophomore year, due to schedule conflicts, I went to Masonics as the sixth man (In Galena, which is just too darn far to be considered Winnebago's "region"). I was ...
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Wed Jan 21, 2009 6:17 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The predicted demise of Illinois frosh/soph tournaments
Replies: 47
Views: 6387

Re: The predicted demise of Illinois frosh/soph tournaments

Why would your coach do that, though? Would he not just put the best players on varsity? Either way, I'm not sure I believe that having a Frosh/Soph circuit causes coaches to not play their best players on varsity. It happened to me. I was not allowed on my Varsity team (except for one time when we...
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Wed Jan 21, 2009 12:39 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Scholastic bowl=math team
Replies: 20
Views: 3229

Re: Scholastic bowl=math team

I think the problem lies more in question quality. With all of the focus going to increasing question quality and moving towards limiting/eliminating math, the idea of improving math question quality is overlooked. While, yes, math is somewhat unique to quizbowl in that it requires a seprate innate ...