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by Duncan Idaho
Wed Oct 20, 2010 8:05 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: GATA Fall (10/16/10) -- Results
Replies: 3
Views: 1095

Re: GATA Fall (10/16/10) -- Results

Will stats be posted?
by Duncan Idaho
Tue Oct 12, 2010 3:16 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Books "for Quizbowl"
Replies: 217
Views: 141182

Re: Books "for Quizbowl"

To clarify my post in light of Jerry's, I do not recommend Uncle John's or the like for studying quizbowl. I mean, I read those when I was in middle school , and they helped me learn middle school topics. A person with the amount of cultural literacy as a typical quizbowl player would not profit muc...
by Duncan Idaho
Sun Oct 10, 2010 2:19 am
Forum: New Collegiate Teams
Topic: Studying Pronunciation
Replies: 4
Views: 2389

Re: Studying Pronunciation

Going over how to pronounce (basic!) pinyin transcription of Chinese would probably be a good idea." The most basic things to note, I suppose, are just that "q" is pronounced like "ch," "x" is pronounced like "sh," and "zh" is (kind of) like "j."
by Duncan Idaho
Sat Oct 09, 2010 9:48 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Early Autumn Collegiate Novice at Maryland (10/9)
Replies: 9
Views: 2808

Re: Early Autumn Collegiate Novice at Maryland (10/9)

Although no one's probably reading this now, we're meeting in room 0105 instead of room 0301.
by Duncan Idaho
Thu Oct 07, 2010 8:07 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Books "for Quizbowl"
Replies: 217
Views: 141182

Re: Books "for Quizbowl"

If you can still find copies, I also recommend The Compact Classics series published in the 1990's. (The first couple were published as The Great American Bathroom Book .) These books provide short two page summaries of classic literature plus summaries from important works in a wide range of subje...
by Duncan Idaho
Thu Oct 07, 2010 3:01 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Discussion
Replies: 117
Views: 15093

Re: Discussion

I also question the answer choice of Whorf, which was fairly difficult and seemed to be indistinguishable for most people from Sapir until the latter was mentioned. Although it might have been a better idea to toss up the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis, Whorf is the one I've heard discussed in psych class ...
by Duncan Idaho
Thu Oct 07, 2010 12:43 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Discussion
Replies: 117
Views: 15093

Re: Discussion

Ukonvasara wrote:What exactly is the complaint about Diwali?
I thought it was a little difficult for a tossup at a tournament of lower difficulty. This might be untrue due to the high number of Indians in quizbowl, or untrue for any other number of reasons, but it was my opinion.
by Duncan Idaho
Wed Oct 06, 2010 11:58 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Discussion
Replies: 117
Views: 15093

Re: Discussion

(Sorry for multiple posts, but I've finally gone through all my notes.) I'm a little uncertain about Diwali's placement in this supposedly easier tournament. The tossup on the Compromise of 1850 confused me because it was referred to as "this bill," despite the fact that it was a bundle of acts. How...
by Duncan Idaho
Wed Oct 06, 2010 11:21 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Discussion
Replies: 117
Views: 15093

Re: Discussion

SirT wrote:The EKG tossup was really transparent (Round 4).
Not to continue (too much) the trend of complaining about individual questions, but I sort of agree with this. On a more positive note, I liked the seafloor spreading tossup.
by Duncan Idaho
Wed Oct 06, 2010 7:54 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Discussion
Replies: 117
Views: 15093

Re: Discussion

-In general, the biology tossups seemed too hard... the end results were bio tossups that were near-impossible to power and a seeming lack of basic coverage (fewer organelles, cycles, ecology things) in exchange for listing more molecules. The bonuses seemed better at the time, but I don't know. Ma...
by Duncan Idaho
Wed Oct 06, 2010 7:35 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Discussion
Replies: 117
Views: 15093

Re: Discussion

Thomas Jefferson As flattering as it is to be able to buzzer race with Chris Ray on something, (although actually frustrating because I couldn't win!) I also felt that that first clue was too easy. William James and Henry VIII were also first-lined in our rooms. These topics are certainly appropria...
by Duncan Idaho
Sat Oct 02, 2010 9:12 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: EFT @ UIUC on 10/02/10
Replies: 91
Views: 20489

Re: EFT at UIUC (10/2/10)

dtaylor4 wrote:Post-lunch rounds are starting in 10. Stats are up through 5.
Where?
by Duncan Idaho
Fri Sep 17, 2010 9:13 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2010-2011 Pre-Season Poll - Congrats State College!
Replies: 21
Views: 3948

Re: 2010-2011 Pre-Season Poll - Congrats State College!

I see two people voted for Southside with Graham's ballot putting them very high. Who exactly is Southside returning? Well, Amit, although I don't think he'll be playing this year. Southside also returns Carrie and Akshay from last year's NSC B team, and potentially Lizzie, although I'm unsure of w...
by Duncan Idaho
Thu Sep 16, 2010 10:43 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Jean-Baptiste Lully/CO Fine Arts Discussion
Replies: 7
Views: 1527

Re: Jean-Baptiste Lully/CO Fine Arts Discussion

ThisIsMyUsername wrote:
Jane Fairfax wrote:I guess since the set is posted, this is now open for discussion.
Wait, where is it posted? I don't see it in any of the packet archives.
Here. It's not labelled as "Lully," it's labelled as Chicago Open Arts Tournament.
by Duncan Idaho
Thu Sep 16, 2010 10:41 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: DATE CHANGE: Sun n Fun at Maryland (Now 08/28/10)
Replies: 48
Views: 6674

Re: DATE CHANGE: Sun n Fun at Maryland (Now 08/28/10)

mpellegrini wrote:Are the packets for this tournament posted anywhere?
Here
by Duncan Idaho
Wed Sep 15, 2010 10:18 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Planned HS Top 25(+?) Rankings
Replies: 51
Views: 9640

Re: Planned HS Top 25(+?) Rankings

Frater Taciturnus wrote:
Wurzel-Flummery wrote:
Nah, it was definitely this team. I witnessed it lol. It was on our student-produced county quiz show.
aha, I thought you were referring to another incident of basically the same thing.
Are you referring to what I think you are?
by Duncan Idaho
Mon Sep 13, 2010 2:35 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2010-2011 College Quizbowl Calendar
Replies: 24
Views: 9176

Re: 2010-2011 College Quizbowl Calendar

VCU's mirror of EFT is not listed, though I'm guessing it's because it's on a Sunday. (October 3)
by Duncan Idaho
Tue Aug 24, 2010 6:38 pm
Forum: New Collegiate Teams
Topic: Elevator pitch?
Replies: 7
Views: 3598

Re: Elevator pitch?

I think the page that you're looking for still exists: Quizbowl, sometimes spelled Quiz Bowl, is the most common name for a competition involving answering questions and attemping to provide the correct answer, usually with a buzzer. When people ask me what exactly quizbowl is, I reluctantly relate ...
by Duncan Idaho
Sat Aug 21, 2010 2:04 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Books "for Quizbowl"
Replies: 217
Views: 141182

Re: Books "for Quizbowl"

Came across a book called 100 Decisive Battles, by Paul Davis. It seems pretty good; there's a preview on Google books. This one has definitely gotten me some tu's. I recommend this too. So do I. I found it most helpful on ancient battles and on battles from Manzikert up to WWI. The fact that each ...
by Duncan Idaho
Mon Aug 16, 2010 11:39 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Collegiate Prediction Thread, 2010-2011
Replies: 44
Views: 9676

Re: Collegiate Prediction Thread, 2010-2011

NoWayItsTanay wrote:I think Neil from Southside is going to Stanford too.
So is Joey Montoya of South Carolina.
EDIT: I should really update these pages before I attempt to respond.
by Duncan Idaho
Mon Aug 16, 2010 12:43 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Collegiate Prediction Thread, 2010-2011
Replies: 44
Views: 9676

Re: Collegiate Prediction Thread, 2010-2011

Nick wrote:A little bird once told me that Ming Lin from Southside will be attending Penn in the fall. If this is true, and it totally may not be, I predict Penn in the top 2.
Much to Eric Mukherjee's glee, this is true.
by Duncan Idaho
Sun Jul 18, 2010 2:48 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2010 HSAPQ NASAT Discussion!
Replies: 57
Views: 22263

Re: 2010 HSAPQ NASAT Discussion!

BGSO wrote:Stats are updated through round 14: http://hsapq.com/nasat/NASATprelims_standings.html
The only page of this link that works is the standings page; every other link appears to be broken. Also, the standings page appears only to be updated up to round 13, not round 14. Can this please be repaired?
by Duncan Idaho
Tue Jul 13, 2010 7:38 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2010 HSNCT conversion stats discussion
Replies: 91
Views: 12408

Re: 2010 HSNCT conversion stats discussion

They become stock when they're used in every tossup y as he alluded to in a previous post. The clue isn't necessarily stock. What I meant was that when that I came up as a clue, I buzzed, not that it always came up, which is your stated criterion of a stock clue. Also, it is relevant to his revolt,...
by Duncan Idaho
Tue Jul 13, 2010 3:41 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2010 HSNCT conversion stats discussion
Replies: 91
Views: 12408

Re: 2010 HSNCT conversion stats discussion

I think using a stock clue x for every tossup y is usually a bad idea. This is true. With regard to its usefulness as a clue, I've read that his purchase of his freedom is part of what allowed him to plot the revolt in the first place, so it supposedly has some historical significance. Alternativel...
by Duncan Idaho
Tue Jul 13, 2010 10:24 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2010 HSNCT conversion stats discussion
Replies: 91
Views: 12408

Re: 2010 HSNCT conversion stats discussion

I wasn't a fan of that Paris Sewers question. I reflex buzzed with "Paris" at the Haussman clue, and I'd guess that no one even bussed until the Les Miserables clues, as those early clues are extremely obscure, even for this level. This also happened to me at the UTC mirror at the same point. After...
by Duncan Idaho
Wed Jul 07, 2010 9:01 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Summer tournaments at UTC
Replies: 16
Views: 2280

Re: Summer tournaments at UTC

In addition to all the relevant information about arriving at the tournament, could you include information about wireless internet access at UTC (if it's available) in the informational email?
by Duncan Idaho
Mon Jun 28, 2010 2:02 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 09-10 Post Nationals Poll
Replies: 19
Views: 3417

Re: 09-10 Post Nationals Poll

Kahloon wrote:Was Ming on this team? If so, then Dorman B is scary good.
Ming was on the latter team. We were doing really poorly when we played them in the prelims. We played them again in the finals and won by a substantial margin. The undermanned team I mentioned was Neil and me at Weekend of Quizbowl.
by Duncan Idaho
Mon Jun 28, 2010 12:06 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 09-10 Post Nationals Poll
Replies: 19
Views: 3417

Re: 09-10 Post Nationals Poll

Oh, yeah, don't vote for CR this time. Put LASA B on there instead, the only B team that should be getting votes in this thing. Or, sure, throw your vote away! I wouldn't hesitate in giving Dorman B a vote. Me neither. I think they get overlooked because they're a B team, but they're solid. They've...
by Duncan Idaho
Sun Jun 27, 2010 4:36 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The Future Caliber of Mid-Atlantic/Northeast Quizbowl?
Replies: 22
Views: 3376

Re: The Future Caliber of Mid-Atlantic/Northeast Quizbowl?

That's definitely part of it. Lots of kids just kind of don't really want to spend the time to get good and stop coming to practice. Also, some academically competitive clubs are just somehow more popular. Our debate and forensics teams are extremely strong and steal a lot of kids. This is also the...
by Duncan Idaho
Thu Jun 24, 2010 2:38 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Summer tournaments at UTC
Replies: 16
Views: 2280

Re: Summer tournaments at UTC

A team of other recent graduates of Southside and me will be coming to the HSNCT mirror and the next day's CULT rounds.
On that note, how many of the CULT rounds will be played on July 11?
by Duncan Idaho
Tue Jun 22, 2010 5:10 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 09-10 Post Nationals Poll
Replies: 19
Views: 3417

Re: 09-10 Post Nationals Poll

I'll allow voters to make their own decision as to what to do with Southside. For those who don't really know much about our line-up: Southside A was "Amit-less" until NSC. Our rankings in the pre-season, mid-season, and pre-nationals polls were all based on the performance of the team consisting o...
by Duncan Idaho
Mon Jun 21, 2010 3:37 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Official Announcement: Early Autumn Collegiate Novice
Replies: 56
Views: 33314

Re: ACF-sponsored Early Autumn Collegiate Novice to run in Sept.

Penguin wrote:It seems that this idea has been reiterated several times, but it would definitely be great if delayed mirrors were made possible or if the date for the onset of the tournament were pushed back.
This would especially make sense now that Fall is in November.
by Duncan Idaho
Sat Jun 19, 2010 2:53 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Sun 'n' Fun XI: Ars Longa, Tossups Brevis on August 14th
Replies: 6
Views: 2565

Re: Sun 'n' Fun XI: Ars Longa, Tossups Brevis on August 14th

A mix of current and recently graduated high schoolers from the South Carolina/Georgia area are considering attending this, and, to that effect, I have some questions about (half or otherwise)packet writing. Generally speaking, if you wish to play to WILL NEED to write a packet; however, if you are ...
by Duncan Idaho
Fri Jun 18, 2010 4:06 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Hide Your Unauthorized Participation in Quizbowl Well!
Replies: 14
Views: 2845

Re: Hide Your Unauthorized Participation in Quizbowl Well!

...Last, I think this serves as a reminder to everyone that if your school administration does not approve of you playing quizbowl, you better make sure they don't find out you're playing quizbowl. Whenever we at Southside wanted to make a tournament that was unauthorized for whatever reason (e.g. ...
by Duncan Idaho
Wed Jun 16, 2010 10:57 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2010 HSAPQ NASAT Discussion!
Replies: 57
Views: 22263

Re: 2010 HSAPQ NASAT Discussion!

This had to be a really cool event. It's the sort of "nationals" that i would love to attend. I just don't understand how teams/schools have enough money for this sort of thing, or another whole weekend to sacrifice in a row. I will always prefer to attend either NSC or HSNCT (and very clearly, the...
by Duncan Idaho
Thu Jun 03, 2010 1:22 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: PRELIMARY ANNOUNCEMENT: All-TV Set
Replies: 41
Views: 5931

Re: PRELIMARY ANNOUNCEMENT: All-TV Set

Cheynem wrote:I'd be willing to have it at CULT, although for those not going to be there or who don't care, I'll have it with me at NSC in case people want a short, trashy side event.
If this does happen as a side event at NSC, is it more likely to take place Friday night or Saturday night?
by Duncan Idaho
Sun May 30, 2010 2:40 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2010 NAQT HSNCT
Replies: 228
Views: 37008

Re: 2010 NAQT HSNCT

Chattahoochee was knocked out by DCC in round three, I think. Or possibly round four.
by Duncan Idaho
Sun May 30, 2010 12:44 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Getting Good at History
Replies: 41
Views: 7350

Re: Getting Good at History

The American Pageant , while filled with some corny language (e.g. "All farmers had to do was tickle the earth with a hoe, and it would laugh back a harvest."), is a decent US textbook. It tends to wax verbose when discussing non-quizbowl history, such as social change without names, but it has man...
by Duncan Idaho
Thu May 27, 2010 9:59 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Quick Question
Replies: 7
Views: 1230

Re: Quick Question

Personally, I would accept "George." It's already been clarified that the king is "blank the Third," so "George" is presumed to be "George III." On the other hand, I think that kind of giveaway shouldn't be used; it might raise conversion, but it's not really rewarding knowledge, and it makes a wild...
by Duncan Idaho
Wed May 26, 2010 7:18 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Studying for Trash... if There Is Such a Thing
Replies: 31
Views: 5195

Re: Studying for Trash... if There Is Such a Thing

Music questions frequently use clues about music videos for lead-ins. Watching music videos has (to my embarrassment) gotten me powers/first lines on things like "Blah Blah Blah" (MUT 2010), Ke$ha (custom HSAPQ trash) and "Girlfriend" on an old NAQT IS. I imagine this method of study would work quit...
by Duncan Idaho
Sun May 09, 2010 5:08 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Ben Cooper Memorial Mirror - 5/8 - Champaign, IL
Replies: 45
Views: 8969

Re: Ben Cooper Memorial Mirror - 5/8 - Champaign, IL

Is this set going to be posted now?
by Duncan Idaho
Sun May 09, 2010 11:36 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: MD/DC state championships
Replies: 42
Views: 6296

Re: MD/DC state championships

Also, in the GDS A vs. GDS B game, Matt Jackson probably didn't go 14-13-3, especially since GDS B did score 135 points.
by Duncan Idaho
Sat May 08, 2010 4:20 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2010 ACE
Replies: 28
Views: 5201

Re: 2010 ACE

Inkana7 wrote:At Campbellsville last year, DCC kids would hit up CVS quite frequently. And yes, it was allowed.
I could've sworn that at Milligan we were told to stay on campus unless we had special permission. Perhaps I'm misremembering.
by Duncan Idaho
Sat May 08, 2010 3:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2010 ACE
Replies: 28
Views: 5201

Re: 2010 ACE

If available at Milligan, consider it taken. Also, just a quick question. At Milligan is there a CVS or some sort of store like that nearby? Or should I plan on bringing my wide assortment of energy drinks, kleenex, and such? Students aren't allowed to leave campus, although if you can find an adul...
by Duncan Idaho
Mon May 03, 2010 2:40 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Spring Offensive at HSNCT (5/29/2010)
Replies: 217
Views: 75124

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Spring Offensive at HSNCT (5/29/2010)

Ben Cole said that Ming Lin is definitely not playing this and that he himself might not even go to HSNCT. We are adding Kevin Malis to our team. Our team right now is me, Chametzky, Malis, and Cole (maybe). If Cole doesn't come we can take a free agent. Sound good? Southside is not sending a team ...
by Duncan Idaho
Mon May 03, 2010 2:16 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Where Are You Going To College Next Year
Replies: 57
Views: 15006

Re: Where Are You Going To College Next Year

I'll be playing for George Mason, depending upon whether or not I get taken off the wait lists of Chicago and/or Vanderbilt.
by Duncan Idaho
Mon May 03, 2010 2:03 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Prompt: can it be more specific
Replies: 23
Views: 3477

Re: Prompt: can it be more specific

Or be clear about what you're looking for up front. To use a trash example, "Team and year required." Extrapolate as necessary to your application. Along the same line, you could use a model from music tossups, like "One work of this type by this composer" for Smetana operas (NSC 2009). In this sit...
by Duncan Idaho
Sun Apr 25, 2010 2:04 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: VCU Season Finale Tournament IV -- April 24, 2010
Replies: 58
Views: 84946

Re: VCU Season Finale Tournament IV -- April 24, 2010

Maggie Walker A beats TJ A to win. :shock: [to be clear, this is in response to the scoresheet that shows MW as a whole going 18/1 to win 635-40. That's insane. Looking at the stats for this, and comparing them to Prison Bowl NYC, it did get me to thinking. Has a team ever had a perfect game on bon...
by Duncan Idaho
Sun Apr 25, 2010 1:54 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: VCU Season Finale Tournament IV -- April 24, 2010
Replies: 58
Views: 84946

Re: VCU Season Finale Tournament IV -- April 24, 2010

I did notice one factual error (might have been a typo overlooked?) that almost changed the result of a game between us and TJ. I'll let Lily know about that one. This had better not be the same one I found in February... And hopefully not the one I found in March (which is probably the same one yo...
by Duncan Idaho
Thu Apr 22, 2010 11:16 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Quizbowl for Charity
Replies: 35
Views: 5814

Re: Quizbowl for Charity

Nuclear Densometer Test wrote: Interest Check (for writing):
...
Ben Cole
...
Connie Prater (possibly)
I talked to her again, and Connie officially expresses her interest in the project.