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by Steeve Ho You Fat
Thu Dec 10, 2015 11:06 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Understanding science topics
Replies: 18
Views: 7897

Re: Understanding science topics

If you want to like science, never read any E&M textbooks by anybody.
by Steeve Ho You Fat
Mon Nov 23, 2015 10:12 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACRONYM IX @ HSNCT - May 29, 2016
Replies: 45
Views: 22294

Re: ACRONYM IX @ HSNCT - May 29, 2016

On the NAQT website, you have be affiliated with a school to register and can only register a team for the school, so they'll have to modify that somehow to allow open teams to play.
by Steeve Ho You Fat
Mon Nov 23, 2015 9:18 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACRONYM IX @ HSNCT - May 29, 2016
Replies: 45
Views: 22294

Re: ACRONYM IX @ HSNCT - May 29, 2016

Is this limited to actual teams of high schoolers, or is it open?
by Steeve Ho You Fat
Sun Nov 22, 2015 8:15 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: On Dressing Well for Staffing High School Tournaments
Replies: 22
Views: 10013

Re: On Dressing Well for Staffing High School Tournaments

I agree with Pat. i think in 90% of cases, if you're even considering what you should wear and its effect on looking professional, that's good enough (maybe not if you're like the TD, or this is a national tournament, or if there are other reasons, like schools used to more formal leagues). The fac...
by Steeve Ho You Fat
Sun Nov 22, 2015 8:15 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: On Dressing Well for Staffing High School Tournaments
Replies: 22
Views: 10013

Re: On Dressing Well for Staffing High School Tournaments

Charlie, if you can look decent while staffing while wearing different things, that's great - the target audience of this thread is people who don't think it's important to look decent at all. I think it is quite important to, whether through business casual (the easy default option for people who a...
by Steeve Ho You Fat
Sun Nov 22, 2015 12:40 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Missouri Open Mirror at MSU
Replies: 45
Views: 21757

Re: Missouri Open Mirror at MSU

After the tournament, multiple MSU people told me you had acted extremely rudely towards them. It's up to them whether to accept your apology, but I knew that none of them are very active on the forums (as evidenced by the poor communication about the tournament) and weren't going to call you out. I...
by Steeve Ho You Fat
Sat Nov 21, 2015 11:14 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Missouri Open Mirror at MSU
Replies: 45
Views: 21757

Re: Missouri Open Mirror at MSU

OK dude, if you'd rather, next time I hear from someone else who has a problem with you that, if correct, needs to be addressed, I'll publicly call you out by name. I'm sure you'd prefer public accusations to be thrown about than I use reasonable discretion when discussing something I wasn't at.
by Steeve Ho You Fat
Sat Nov 21, 2015 10:34 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Missouri Open Mirror at MSU
Replies: 45
Views: 21757

Re: Missouri Open Mirror at MSU

As a word of advice, sometimes in life things don't go your way. It's an important life skill to learn how to deal with that reasonably instead of acting like a child. Surely people tamely posting in this thread asking for an update would not remotely justify this response. I don't know who this is...
by Steeve Ho You Fat
Sat Nov 21, 2015 9:21 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Missouri Open Mirror at MSU
Replies: 45
Views: 21757

Re: Missouri Open Mirror at MSU

As a word of advice, sometimes in life things don't go your way. It's an important life skill to learn how to deal with that reasonably instead of acting like a child.
by Steeve Ho You Fat
Wed Nov 11, 2015 11:38 am
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Just what is "business casual" dress, and how do I wear it?
Replies: 52
Views: 28568

Re: Just what is "business casual" dress, and how do I wear

I had been considering posting about general professional dress at quizbowl tournaments for a while, but the specific thing that made me post this thread and offer very specific guidelines was a tournament I staffed recently. The staffers had clearly been told to dress reasonably, and most did, but ...
by Steeve Ho You Fat
Tue Nov 10, 2015 10:45 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Just what is "business casual" dress, and how do I wear it?
Replies: 52
Views: 28568

Re: Just what is "business casual" dress, and how do I wear

Yeah, so, all I meant by "having a tailor" was finding a tailor nearby at a dry cleaner or something who would do a good job for a reasonable price and who you can trust to not ruin your clothes. Sorry I presumed to phrase that a little bit casually/flippantly, especially when, as Shan said, the ent...
by Steeve Ho You Fat
Tue Nov 10, 2015 8:58 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Just what is "business casual" dress, and how do I wear it?
Replies: 52
Views: 28568

Re: Just what is "business casual" dress, and how do I wear

You can get your pants hemmed for as low as $5 some places. You don't need to be an economist to know that a $20 pair of pants and a $5 tailoring job is a better deal than a $50 pair of pants. The entire point of the post is to show that, with just a little effort and thought, you can dress yourself...
by Steeve Ho You Fat
Tue Nov 10, 2015 8:52 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: On Dressing Well for Staffing High School Tournaments
Replies: 22
Views: 10013

Re: On Dressing Well for Staffing High School Tournaments

I certainly agree with Nolan's points - professionalism includes dress, behavior, and actually running a good tournament. I've made a follow-up thread with several posts laying out the basics of finding and wearing decent clothes here . Hopefully anyone who agrees that dressing professionally helps ...
by Steeve Ho You Fat
Tue Nov 10, 2015 8:49 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Just what is "business casual" dress, and how do I wear it?
Replies: 52
Views: 28568

Introduction to fashion

Now, if you've gotten proper clothes, and found some that fit you well, but you want to go just a little bit farther, I'll offer some advice on basic fashion tips. I don't claim to be a fashion expert here, by any means, but here are a few basic tips for dress. Remember, the most important thing is ...
by Steeve Ho You Fat
Tue Nov 10, 2015 8:42 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Just what is "business casual" dress, and how do I wear it?
Replies: 52
Views: 28568

How to find clothes that fit

While almost everyone owns these items, many of them don't fit. Regardless of style, color, pattern, or anything else, fit is the #1 most important thing to get right on any article of clothing you buy. A Brooks Brothers* shirt that's two sizes too large looks far worse than a department store shirt...
by Steeve Ho You Fat
Tue Nov 10, 2015 8:32 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Just what is "business casual" dress, and how do I wear it?
Replies: 52
Views: 28568

Just what is "business casual" dress, and how do I wear it?

Hopefully you've all read the previous post in this series , on why it's so important to dress and act like a professional adult when you're staffing high school tournaments. But, there's a big gap between a t-shirt and sweatpants and white tie and tails, and a lot of people have trouble knowing wha...
by Steeve Ho You Fat
Mon Nov 09, 2015 11:45 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: On Dressing Well for Staffing High School Tournaments
Replies: 22
Views: 10013

On Dressing Well for Staffing High School Tournaments

This will be the first post in a series on "business casual dress". Here, I'll discuss why it's important to dress in a professional, adult manner when you're staffing high school tournaments. I'll follow up with a discussion of what appropriate dress consists of, give some recommendations on how to...
by Steeve Ho You Fat
Tue Oct 20, 2015 9:21 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Pronunciation Guides
Replies: 16
Views: 8577

Re: Pronunciation Guides

I'm absolutely with Cody and Andrew Hart here. I'm not a big fan of Chris' post - if you have never encountered a word you're unfamiliar with, and never sounded something out but accidentally broken a syllable in the wrong place or stressed the wrong place, wow, good for you. But I think while the v...
by Steeve Ho You Fat
Mon Jul 27, 2015 10:18 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: "This Things I Believe"
Replies: 44
Views: 15922

Re: "This Things I Believe"

5) Not treating moderators better I have never been able to understand people who want to devote a full (stupidly full) day to reading any more than I could understand someone who only likes to give but not receive oral sex. This weird fetish has to be better remunerated; buying people lunch for we...
by Steeve Ho You Fat
Tue Jul 07, 2015 10:00 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Resetting [pt. 5 of 6]: How We Treat Each Other
Replies: 40
Views: 17522

Re: Resetting [pt. 5 of 6]: How We Treat Each Other

Will, as someone who made comments about the set beforehand, I think the general perception is that there's a lot of high schoolers writing questions who aren't prepared to write questions, especially in technical areas like science and math, and especially at higher difficulties. I do think this pe...
by Steeve Ho You Fat
Mon Jul 06, 2015 10:00 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Resetting [pt. 5 of 6]: How We Treat Each Other
Replies: 40
Views: 17522

Re: Resetting [pt. 5 of 6]: How We Treat Each Other

I don't have a lot to add to Matt's pretty comprehensive post; I will say this: Quizbowl (and I am including myself in it) has a problem more so than other group activities I have been involved in which "being rude/brusque" is confused quite frequently with "getting things done," almost as if there...
by Steeve Ho You Fat
Sat Jun 20, 2015 1:25 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Resetting [pt. 6 of 6]: Lessons Worth Recording
Replies: 12
Views: 7100

Re: Resetting [pt. 6 of 6]: Lessons Worth Recording

One of the very best things about college quizbowl is making the trips to new places. It's daunting at first; I remember thinking as an undergrad that driving from Columbia, SC to College Park, Maryland was some ridiculously arduous journey that I couldn't possibly tackle. But when I did it, it was...
by Steeve Ho You Fat
Thu Jun 18, 2015 12:15 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Discussion of pronunciation guides
Replies: 30
Views: 13980

Re: Discussion of pronunciation guides

I don't think anyone is denying the existence of bad moderators, including plenty of people who are decent quizbowl players and/or read the forums - everyone can offer their own stories of terrible moderators, and I would certainly suggest people share their recommendations on how to train people to...
by Steeve Ho You Fat
Wed Jun 17, 2015 12:53 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Discussion of pronunciation guides
Replies: 30
Views: 13980

Re: Discussion of pronunciation guides

This idea wouldn't work because it would require moderators to stop reading, look down at the bottom of the question, say the word, and then go back up to where they were reading, find their place again, and resume reading. This would seriously distract them from their flow and delay games as people...
by Steeve Ho You Fat
Tue Jun 16, 2015 7:33 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: College quizbowl payroll service
Replies: 17
Views: 6487

Re: College quizbowl payroll service

It seems like anyone putting money into this fund would be taking on an enormously large amount of risk for zero potential reward. I agree that it's unprofessional when people aren't paid promptly, but it seems like it would require an appeal to quizbowl people's sense of charity to get money to kee...
by Steeve Ho You Fat
Mon Jun 15, 2015 3:33 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Resetting [pt. 4 of 6]: The Quizbowl-NHBB Relationship
Replies: 46
Views: 21278

Re: Resetting [pt. 4 of 6]: The Quizbowl-NHBB Relationship

the best reliable source of people I can see for building up that team is by approaching dedicated high school History Bowl players as they graduate. While I agree with most of Matt's post and agree with this point in principle, I think that NHBB has in the past displayed questionable judgement in ...
by Steeve Ho You Fat
Sun Jun 07, 2015 10:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 PACE NSC: Question set discussion
Replies: 65
Views: 30144

Re: 2015 PACE NSC: Question set discussion

What was the rationale behind the two chemistry tossups on sulfur in consecutive rounds? One of these was Chemistry and the other Earth Science. We felt like they were different enough in content to merit having them both. We should have spaced them farther apart in the set, though. Our moderator d...
by Steeve Ho You Fat
Sun Jun 07, 2015 8:58 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: PACE Coaches/Players Conference Questions Thread
Replies: 5
Views: 3964

Re: PACE Coaches/Players Conference Questions Thread

Stefan HSQBRankovich wrote:
Cheynem wrote:What's it like being Joe Nutter?
He's going to be late, so probably frustrated.
An accurate prediction!
by Steeve Ho You Fat
Fri Jun 05, 2015 11:39 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Liveblogging my trip to NSC with Max Schindler
Replies: 80
Views: 21237

Re: Liveblogging my trip to NSC with Max Schindler

8 AM : enter Indiana 9 Am: still entering Indiana. The only redeeming quality of driving across Indiana (something OSU did just about every weekend we weren't going to Michigan) is the plethora of Arby's in that state. False, there are literally zero redeeming qualities to driving through Indiana. ...
by Steeve Ho You Fat
Thu Jun 04, 2015 1:44 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: History Bowl/Quizbowl on College Applications
Replies: 17
Views: 10153

Re: History Bowl/Quizbowl on College Applications

That's awesome, let me know if there's anything I can help with or put you in touch with anyone who's there currently (and that goes for anyone else interested, too). For formality's sake, it's the first one listed on this page; I'm sure Google can tell you more too.
by Steeve Ho You Fat
Thu Jun 04, 2015 10:34 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: History Bowl/Quizbowl on College Applications
Replies: 17
Views: 10153

Re: History Bowl/Quizbowl on College Applications

The only exception might be Liberty University, I bet they would give you a quizbowl scholarship. Actually, Michigan State invites a whole bunch of applicants who meet some GPA/test score threshold up every year in February to take a test. Rather than an SAT-style test, this test is almost entirely...
by Steeve Ho You Fat
Mon Jun 01, 2015 8:16 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Discussion of pronunciation guides
Replies: 30
Views: 13980

Re: Discussion of pronunciation guides

I strongly agree that whether it be a shaded background or colored text, some distinguishing feature of pronunciation guides would be very helpful, since I too was thrown off by punctuation issues with them (and, like Mike, felt there were annoyingly many this year). I also wish there was some consi...
by Steeve Ho You Fat
Mon Jun 01, 2015 10:37 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Feynman's BONGOS: A Side Event (for PACE and maybe HSNCT)
Replies: 65
Views: 38098

Re: Feynman's BONGOS: A Side Event (for PACE and maybe HSNCT

This tournament was flawed as Joe Su pointed out, but not without redeeming value. Thanks for writing.
by Steeve Ho You Fat
Wed Apr 29, 2015 8:41 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Your Travel Disaster Stories
Replies: 51
Views: 36000

Re: Your Travel Disaster Stories

Back when I lived on campus, I drove a 1996 minivan with some large number of miles on it. Since I lived on campus, I didn't need to drive it all that often, so once in January I left it in the parking lot for about a week - one of the coldest weeks we had that winter, with temperatures consistently...
by Steeve Ho You Fat
Tue Apr 28, 2015 6:59 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 NHBB Nats: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 28
Views: 2453

Re: Specific Question Discussion

Oh man the National Science Foundation tossup was all kinds of terrible! Please don't toss up funding agencies ever.
by Steeve Ho You Fat
Tue Apr 28, 2015 5:57 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Being a Good Scorekeeper
Replies: 13
Views: 6086

Re: Being a Good Scorekeeper

If you have some number of staff between the number of rooms r and 2r, you should always assign the slower moderators scorekeepers first. But if you have 2r staffers and the faster moderators are slowed down by having a scorekeeper, then either your moderators are terrible at communication (please e...
by Steeve Ho You Fat
Mon Apr 27, 2015 9:38 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 NHBB/USGO Discussion Thread
Replies: 122
Views: 49942

Re: 2015 NHBB/USGO Discussion Thread

Second, on Saturday, literally the one time I messed up a bounceback all tournament was, of course, in the round that the team that was supposed to get it lost by ten points. Since nobody remembered to ask about this in the staff meeting, I had no idea what to do and ended up delaying our bracket b...
by Steeve Ho You Fat
Mon Apr 27, 2015 4:51 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 NHBB/USGO Discussion Thread
Replies: 122
Views: 49942

Re: 2015 NHBB/USGO Discussion Thread

Two issues, from the perspective of someone who read all of the events except the Thursday thing and the late Friday night things: First, Friday night had a number of issues. Despite the announcement for an 8:00 staff meeting, word on the street was it didn't happen - I'm not sure why there was a ne...
by Steeve Ho You Fat
Sun Apr 26, 2015 10:39 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Being a Good Scorekeeper
Replies: 13
Views: 6086

Re: Being a Good Scorekeeper

At Sectionals 2013, Jarret's scorekeeper literally fell asleep with his head on his hand around 3 tossups into the game and didn't wake up until halftime. Fortunately, I had been keeping score, but don't rely on this! More technical things: If a player or coach reveals a difference in score at the h...
by Steeve Ho You Fat
Wed Apr 15, 2015 3:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Where Are You Going Next Year? (2015 College)
Replies: 47
Views: 24834

Re: Where Are You Going Next Year? (2015 College)

I'll be moving to Stamford, Connecticut for work. I don't really intend to play much unless there's some side event that's right up my alley, but if you're running a tournament close to Stamford, get in touch with me and I'm happy to staff if I'm free. At WWE headquarters? They told me not to tell ...
by Steeve Ho You Fat
Wed Apr 15, 2015 11:40 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Where Are You Going Next Year? (2015 College)
Replies: 47
Views: 24834

Re: Where Are You Going Next Year? (2015 College)

I'll be moving to Stamford, Connecticut for work. I don't really intend to play much unless there's some side event that's right up my alley, but if you're running a tournament close to Stamford, get in touch with me and I'm happy to staff if I'm free.
by Steeve Ho You Fat
Mon Apr 13, 2015 6:25 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: On Leaving Tournaments Early
Replies: 47
Views: 10120

Re: On Leaving Tournaments Early

I don't agree with everything that Jordan said and obviously don't like it when people leave tournaments early for dumb reasons, but at the risk of hijacking the thread, I'm rather disturbed by the backlash against his describing tournaments as products, delivered by a vendor to customers. One of th...
by Steeve Ho You Fat
Tue Mar 10, 2015 11:31 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Literary Phrasing
Replies: 20
Views: 7340

Re: Literary Phrasing

If you can't decide or don't want to say if something is, say, a novel or a novella, there's nothing wrong with the word "book".

(Please don't start writing questions on poems that call them books now).
by Steeve Ho You Fat
Sun Dec 21, 2014 7:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Vermicious Knids who drop at the last minute
Replies: 19
Views: 6994

Re: Vermicious Knids who drop at the last minute

Kinda adding on to what Will was talking about: no team is going to drop a tournament, especially at the last minute, just because they think it'll be funny. Usually it's due to an emergency. For example, at the most recent VCU Winter, our main science players weren't able to go for good reasons: o...
by Steeve Ho You Fat
Sat Dec 20, 2014 4:16 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2015: 4/18-19 at the University of Michigan
Replies: 54
Views: 40948

Re: ACF Nationals 2015: 4/18-19 at the University of Michiga

Michigan Flyer/AirRide is clearly the best option for getting from the Detroit Metro Airport to anywhere; it can either drop you off in a shopping mall on the outskirts of town near some reasonably priced hotels (a city bus runs from there to the main campus) or downtown about two blocks from the ma...
by Steeve Ho You Fat
Tue Dec 09, 2014 2:48 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion (HFT 2014)
Replies: 53
Views: 4474

Re: Question-specific discussion

please correct me if I'm wrong but the only female architect that has ever been tossed up is Maya Lin. Zaha Hadid is a staple of the architecture distribution. In the architecture distribution in general or just the college one? She obviously comes up more in college, but she's really important - e...
by Steeve Ho You Fat
Mon Nov 17, 2014 12:52 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: General discussion (HFT 2014)
Replies: 14
Views: 1570

Re: General discussion

I ask this out of honest curiosity: why are you so reluctant to post information (first in the public thread, now here)? If you don't want to embarrass a team-provided staffer, that's totally understandable, but I don't know who that person is or what team they were on. You can post what happened wi...
by Steeve Ho You Fat
Sun Nov 16, 2014 11:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HFT IX @ Harvard (11/15/14)
Replies: 105
Views: 57087

Re: HFT IX @ Harvard (11/15/14)

That said, please stop trying to associate Harvard with Harvard QB. If you have an issue with the club, don't let your stereotypes about the university as a whole taint your other arguments (especially since you have a reasonable amount of other evidence below). Uh, sorry I didn't write "The Harvar...
by Steeve Ho You Fat
Sun Nov 16, 2014 10:59 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HFT IX @ Harvard (11/15/14)
Replies: 105
Views: 57087

Re: HFT IX @ Harvard (11/15/14)

If you want to hear more about this, I'd rather we do it in the subforum. Screw you, why can't we criticize Harvard in public? To be slightly less flippant, Harvard has had a surprising amount of issues with TDing in the last few years given its status as a large and active club. In approximately i...
by Steeve Ho You Fat
Sun Nov 16, 2014 10:07 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HFT IX @ Harvard (11/15/14)
Replies: 105
Views: 57087

Re: HFT IX @ Harvard (11/15/14)

I wasn't at this tournament and can't comment on the circumstances that resulted in a random parent reading in a room and repeatedly reading the wrong packet, but I am amazed that Harvard thought, in 2014, that it was a good idea to just give staffers all the packets and trust them to do the right t...