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by Tanay
Mon Aug 17, 2009 1:02 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Want to get a literature foundation
Replies: 38
Views: 10642

Re: Want to get a literature foundation

I disagree with Cameron. Lists are a good foundation for lit knowledge. If you want to be an average lit player, memorize lists. If you want to be a good lit player, read a lot of sparknotes. If you want to be a great lit player, read a lot of works. If you want to be a ridiculously, unbelievably g...
by Tanay
Sat Aug 15, 2009 4:29 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: All videos of Quiz Bowl
Replies: 205
Views: 135923

Re: All videos of Quiz Bowl

Quiz Kids, the televised quiz bowl event for Northern California.
http://www.vimeo.com/album/70031/page:3
by Tanay
Tue Aug 04, 2009 1:53 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NorCal 09-10
Replies: 11
Views: 1760

Re: NorCal 09-10

I would rank Gunn and MSJ C about the same.
Gunn still has Ben, who was a one-man destruction squad on Quiz Kids and is a solid player. Obviously, you (Jeffrey) know more about how Mission will arrange its teams, but I feel as though Gunn was relatively consistent last year.
by Tanay
Mon Jul 27, 2009 6:18 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NorCal 09-10
Replies: 11
Views: 1760

NorCal 09-10

Last year was a breakout year of sorts for NorCal quiz bowl. We qualified 5 teams to Nationals, 4 made it to elimination rounds, and Mission San Jose A (a team of juniors) took 11th. Any predictions for this year?
by Tanay
Wed Jul 22, 2009 4:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Studying Geography
Replies: 15
Views: 5523

Re: Studying Geography

Another useful way to study for geography is to look at travel resources, since they condense the information into stuff that's relevant and useful. The travel pages in newspapers (many of which are available online) will provide historical context as well. I also frequent MSN Travel for the interes...
by Tanay
Sat Jul 18, 2009 5:37 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ACE Camp
Replies: 42
Views: 7108

Re: ACE Camp

Are there any plans for a similar quiz bowl camp on the West Coast?
by Tanay
Sun Jul 05, 2009 8:13 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HSAPQ: Fall Tournaments Sets Available
Replies: 150
Views: 24807

Re: HSAPQ: Fall Tournaments Sets Available

[10] Name this state, the home of Crater Lake, with capital at Portland.
Answer: Oregon

^^ that question is in HSAPQ ACF2 Round 3...bonus 4

I don't think any American state has a capital at Portland...
by Tanay
Thu Jun 04, 2009 10:31 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NorCal 08-09
Replies: 10
Views: 1657

Re: NorCal 08-09

I moderated for Bellarmine A and Mission San Jose A in the playoffs, and thought both were solid teams, though Rancho Bernardo was probably better than Mission San Jose and Bellarmine A would probably be around 5th-6th best in Southern California (granted, we had a really good crop of teams in Sout...
by Tanay
Thu Jun 04, 2009 2:34 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2009 HSNCT question discussion
Replies: 262
Views: 35993

Re: 2009 HSNCT question discussion

When compared to the bonus which asked for the repeat winners of NBA titles in the last 15 years (which quite literally requires an encyclopedic knowledge of basketball history since 1993), the discrepancy in difficulties is too great. Really? Fifteen years takes you back all the way to 1994, and a...
by Tanay
Thu Jun 04, 2009 1:33 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2009 HSNCT question discussion
Replies: 262
Views: 35993

Re: 2009 HSNCT question discussion

And in addition to the hockey bonus being painful, I think I recall a bonus about the Olympics where the last clue was "Czech two-time long jump champion" or something to that effect. Although this follows the pyramid format for being harder than the other two, I almost yelled an expletive in the m...
by Tanay
Wed Jun 03, 2009 7:22 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2009 HSNCT question discussion
Replies: 262
Views: 35993

Re: 2009 HSNCT question discussion

By the way, I think it'd be fair to acknowledge some people here.
History questions were great.
Myth questions (the few that existed) were challenging but appropriate.
And current events questions were nice and relevant (Somalian pirates, etc).
by Tanay
Wed Jun 03, 2009 6:34 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2009 HSNCT question discussion
Replies: 262
Views: 35993

Re: 2009 HSNCT question discussion

"the hood" for "ghetto", "Big Papi" for "David Ortiz" Both of these are acceptable as they are other valid ways of referring to the answer (well, maybe the first one is sort of debatable, but whatever). I don't know anything about linguistics though. Well yeah, but the "ghetto" question was talking...
by Tanay
Wed Jun 03, 2009 6:31 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2009 HSNCT question discussion
Replies: 262
Views: 35993

Re: 2009 HSNCT question discussion

However, questions about teams (especially in their abundance at the HSNCT), such as the Lions and Royals, beginning with names such as Caleb Campbell and Luke Hochevar (who have done nothing of note in the sports world, are unacceptable. For teams that are academic stalwarts but slightly weaker in...
by Tanay
Wed Jun 03, 2009 5:24 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2009 HSNCT question discussion
Replies: 262
Views: 35993

Re: 2009 HSNCT question discussion

One more note: "Carat" shouldn't have been acceptable for "circumflex". Especially not at HSNCT, and definitely not if the question was being characterized as linguistics. I'm not blaming the linguistics guy (I thought his questions were fine), but accepting "carat" would be akin to accepting "the h...
by Tanay
Wed Jun 03, 2009 5:19 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2009 HSNCT question discussion
Replies: 262
Views: 35993

Re: 2009 HSNCT question discussion

Another part of a question that irritated me was in a round against Santa Monica (I forget which one, it was between rounds 5-8) where we ended up losing by 10 (completely our fault, since we didn't know that first half questions should be challenged at halftime). The question's answer was "Bhagavad...