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by Dominator
Mon Jul 06, 2015 9:29 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Resetting [pt. 5 of 6]: How We Treat Each Other
Replies: 40
Views: 17013

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

In particular, I think the idea that "you have to be good at quizbowl to have any social clout in the community" is an incredibly toxic one that people need to stop complaining about, as it's been demonstrated to be untrue time after time and should be apparent to anybody who has set foot in a room...
by Dominator
Thu Jul 02, 2015 6:57 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: How to become a good theoretical math player?
Replies: 29
Views: 9845

Re: How to become a good theoretical math player?

for example, a real analysis textbook would go all into how to find the Fourier series of a handful of equations while it does not do much with the theory behind a Fourier series that a quiz bowl toss-up may ask. This is interesting for me, because I was unhappy with my Fourier analysis book (Stein...
by Dominator
Thu Jul 02, 2015 1:48 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Gauging interest for before-and-after contributions
Replies: 13
Views: 6185

Re: Gauging interest for before-and-after contributions

Excellent! Thanks in advance for your contributions. I will lay out my expectations for submissions here. If you have any questions, please post them in this thread. (1) I would like these questions by September 1. These sorts of questions are fun to write and can generally go quickly. Also, if we w...
by Dominator
Thu Jul 02, 2015 1:08 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Supporting Quizbowl Coaches
Replies: 4
Views: 3664

Supporting Quizbowl Coaches

I recently had an idea of a way to support quizbowl coaches. Personally, when I started coaching, I felt completely on my own, and I essentially had to figure everything out for myself. I have heard the same sentiment from others, and I think we can do better. What I am proposing is a quizbowl coach...
by Dominator
Tue Jun 16, 2015 10:36 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Gauging interest for before-and-after contributions
Replies: 13
Views: 6185

Gauging interest for before-and-after contributions

I am interested in putting together a set of before-and-afters, like those end-of-year ones written by John Lawrence or those found here . I do not have an event in mind for these, but I figure it would be nice to have them for moderator scrimmages at invitationals or nationals or something. As such...
by Dominator
Mon Apr 27, 2015 9:35 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 NHBB/USGO Discussion Thread
Replies: 122
Views: 49136

Re: 2015 NHBB/USGO Discussion Thread

I'll agree with everything that Coach Jones said about the format. I thought the format was bad last year since the bracket-rebracket-elimination format leads to very lopsided games, followed by somewhat lopsided games, followed by elimination games against opponents whose caliber you have not yet c...
by Dominator
Sun Apr 12, 2015 5:55 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open at Michigan - August 8
Replies: 122
Views: 51895

Re: VCU Open at Michigan - August 8

I am looking to put together a team for this.
by Dominator
Tue Mar 10, 2015 7:37 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Literary Phrasing
Replies: 20
Views: 7158

Re: Literary Phrasing

There's not really many situations where it's truly necessary to obfuscate the literary form of a work. Just say "novel", "play", "poem", etc. unless you have a very compelling reason to want to hide it. There may not be many of these situations, but they do exist. For example, an otherwise prolifi...
by Dominator
Fri Nov 28, 2014 10:16 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Huskie Bowl at Northern Illinois University, 31 January 2015
Replies: 8
Views: 4595

Re: Huskie Bowl at Northern Illinois University, 31 January

IMSA will be there. The actual coach will send the actual registration fairly soon.
by Dominator
Wed Nov 26, 2014 6:47 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '14-'15
Replies: 91
Views: 32486

Re: Illinois '14-'15

As some of you may have heard, the IHSSBCA is once again sponsoring Team Illinois to compete at NASAT in June 2015. There has been a change in coaching staff this year - the coaches will be Brad Fischer of Keith Country Day School and Noah Prince of IMSA. The official tryout for Team Illinois will t...
by Dominator
Mon Sep 22, 2014 2:02 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: New Trier Scobol Solo 11/1/14
Replies: 10
Views: 5380

Re: New Trier Scobol Solo 11/1/14

The coach should be officially contacting you soon, but IMSA would like to reserve 8 spots for players and 1 spot for a moderator.
by Dominator
Thu Sep 18, 2014 7:49 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Computational Mathematics
Replies: 56
Views: 22437

Re: Computational Mathematics

As for the argument that math is an art form, pure and impractical, I welcome you to divorce yourself further from reality, even when a fifth-grade education is enough to observe that reality. I find this argument interesting. To paraphrase: "People with far less education than you hold this belief...
by Dominator
Mon Aug 04, 2014 3:56 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: What Works for High School Set Distributions? What Doesn't?
Replies: 21
Views: 7788

Re: What Works for High School Set Distributions? What Doesn

The odds of a high schooler even understanding the work is low anyways. Don't ask about it then. I wholeheartedly agree that philosophy should be asked about less in high school quizbowl. I disagree quite a bit with your rationale though. I dislike HS philosophy because I think that when you try to...
by Dominator
Fri Jul 11, 2014 12:04 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '14-'15
Replies: 91
Views: 32486

Re: Illinois '14-'15

I will be stepping down as co-coach of Centennial and handing over all responsibilities to Mike Sorice, a net gain if you ask anyone. As far as I'm aware, Champaign will still host a Kickoff, IHSA Sectional, Masonic Sectional, and NAQT State. I am sorry to hear that. Centennial HS and central Illin...
by Dominator
Sat Jun 07, 2014 12:46 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 135
Views: 63872

Re: 2014 HSNCT discussion

Since my name got brought up, I'll add my two cents. I did think the wording was more confusing than it needed to be in a few spots, particularly evident with graph theory. Given that there were three tossups, IIRC, involving graph theory (I am including _independent_ here) and one bonus and that (1...
by Dominator
Wed Jun 04, 2014 9:18 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '14-'15
Replies: 91
Views: 32486

Re: Illinois '14-'15

MorganV wrote:I predict that IMSA finishes T-13 for the fourth time in five years
Can we just stay home and have NAQT mail us a T-13 trophy to save on lodging?
by Dominator
Mon Jun 02, 2014 6:52 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Moderators at HSNCT
Replies: 36
Views: 8604

Re: Moderators at HSNCT

From my experience, the moderating was better than I remember from the past. Out of the dozenish we had, none we incompetent and only one was unpleasant. There were plenty of moderators we did not have, clearly, though.
by Dominator
Mon May 12, 2014 7:35 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: St. Louis Open Date Poll
Replies: 7
Views: 3292

Re: St. Louis Open Date Poll

I would imagine/hope that you're not going to get much interest in a high school tournament among college players. I'm not quite sure I understand this sentiment. (I say this more as a guy who has enjoyed playing local summer opens than as a guy providing the set.) Certainly, if a full team of coll...
by Dominator
Fri May 02, 2014 1:27 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Japanese Literature
Replies: 18
Views: 7923

Re: Japanese Literature

Figure out what's best for you as a player; put context to an author when learning about him or trying to memorize works and characters without any context. (As for the negs comment, IDK... I've played lit the way I've described for a while and my most recent NAQT I went 35/27/6.) Unless there were...
by Dominator
Thu Apr 17, 2014 12:39 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IMSANITY 4 is looking for mirrors
Replies: 10
Views: 7442

Re: IMSANITY 4 is looking for mirrors

A new southern California mirror has been added for the end of this month. There may have been a mirror last month in Texas, but I have not yet gotten confirmation. If anyone knows, please pass that information on to me. There is a summer open mirror we may be able to announce soon. If you're in an ...
by Dominator
Sun Mar 02, 2014 1:45 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '13-'14
Replies: 143
Views: 64094

Re: Illinois '13-'14

A couple of reflections based on yesterday's tournament: (1) I think Alston's prediction about Stevenson and IMSA was correct in that games were won and lost in the teamwork section for the most part. (2) I honestly have no idea what is going to happen at IHSA State. Obviously we are already unsure ...
by Dominator
Sun Mar 02, 2014 9:24 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Accidental Buzzes
Replies: 17
Views: 4199

Re: Accidental Buzzes

From the description, I would have ruled it a neg under ACF rules, since I would consider "author" a "substantive word." I, on the other hand, would not have. I have only ever enforced that rule if a word of a clue was mentioned. So, if the question opened with "This author wrote about a (*) salesm...
by Dominator
Sun Mar 02, 2014 9:14 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois Masonic Academic Bowl 2014
Replies: 27
Views: 6769

Re: Illinois Masonic Academic Bowl 2014

Overall, I gathered that all had a positive experience, and the questions went over well, with 1-2 quibbles. I was one of the people who expressed some quibbles to Donald, but I want to stress that on the whole, this was a very good set. The questions were challenging enough to differentiate betwee...
by Dominator
Sun Feb 23, 2014 9:19 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT Illinois State Championship - 2/22/2014, Urbana, IL
Replies: 72
Views: 25673

Re: NAQT Illinois State Championship - 2/22/2014, Urbana, IL

In theory yes. All that you are saying in regards to prepping for HSNCT is correct. In defense of my staff, we had some slower rooms due to a few of the moderators (all of whom did a great job by the way) being less experienced than the ideal situation you are describing. When we can host this on a...
by Dominator
Tue Feb 18, 2014 2:17 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT Illinois State Championship - 2/22/2014, Urbana, IL
Replies: 72
Views: 25673

Re: NAQT Illinois State Championship - 2/22/2014, Urbana, IL

I actually like this format better than the last (36 team) one. I do not like parallel championship brackets because it ultimately boils down to one game between the presumed best two teams. If our regular Saturday tournaments offer advantaged finals, our state championship should not do less. If we...
by Dominator
Mon Feb 17, 2014 2:05 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT Illinois State Championship - 2/22/2014, Urbana, IL
Replies: 72
Views: 25673

Re: NAQT Illinois State Championship - 2/22/2014, Urbana, IL

Right - that was my though. Most tournaments haven't released seeds in the past and the seeds are halfway good, the seeding won't be something you need to think about. This format should be robust to an average seeding error of at least 3 positions. However, if there's no big drawback to releasing ...
by Dominator
Thu Feb 13, 2014 1:17 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Quiz Bowl: The Esoteric Subjects, Deportment, et al
Replies: 33
Views: 11559

Re: Quiz Bowl: The Esoteric Subjects, Deportment, et al

In regular-difficulty high school quizbowl, I'd expect people to maybe know something of Rushdie, Achebe, Paton, Neruda, García Márquez, Tale of Genji , and/or most of the notable ancient Greek or Chinese works, just to name a few, even without excessive studying. Writing 1/1 world lit with answerl...
by Dominator
Thu Feb 13, 2014 12:57 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '13-'14
Replies: 143
Views: 64094

Re: Illinois '13-'14

I couldn't make the seeding meeting due to prior commitment. Our AD asked McGraw to let him run it online, which McGraw denied, citing no good reason. Anyway, my AD gave me this report: (1) Wheaton North (T2) Metea Valley (T2) Naperville Central (4) IMSA (5) Naperville North (6) Wheaton Academy (7) ...
by Dominator
Wed Feb 12, 2014 3:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT Illinois State Championship - 2/22/2014, Urbana, IL
Replies: 72
Views: 25673

Re: NAQT Illinois State Championship - 2/22/2014, Urbana, IL

That trophy is quite nice. If I'd have known that's what we're playing for, I would have practiced and encouraged my team to learn things this year. I'm not sure why the trend in Illinois trophies this year has been for the ostentatious (Maine South Kickoffs and Loyola Ultima come to mind), but I lo...
by Dominator
Fri Jan 24, 2014 11:39 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: BMI4 on January 25, 2014 at Bloomington (IL) HS [IMSANITY 4]
Replies: 7
Views: 2480

Re: BMI4 on January 25, 2014 at Bloomington (IL) HS [IMSANIT

Unfortunately, Carbondale has had to drop from the field. It looks like we will now be running with 16 teams.
by Dominator
Wed Jan 22, 2014 4:03 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT Illinois State Championship - 2/22/2014, Urbana, IL
Replies: 72
Views: 25673

Re: NAQT Illinois State Championship - 2/22/2014, Urbana, IL

We're hoping to start about the usual time, with play starting around 8:30 if possible. We'll probably go a little later than a normal event, but I suppose we'll be finished by 6 or so. Is there any way that this can be moved later? I imagine IMSA is not alone in having to drive several hours the m...
by Dominator
Tue Jan 21, 2014 5:13 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: BMI4 on January 25, 2014 at Bloomington (IL) HS [IMSANITY 4]
Replies: 7
Views: 2480

Re: BMI4 on January 25, 2014 at Bloomington (IL) HS [IMSANIT

With less than a week to go, I'd be shocked if more schools signed up, so it looks like we will end up with either 18 or 20 teams. Once I get final registrations, I will close things up and post a schedule.
by Dominator
Wed Jan 15, 2014 11:05 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT Illinois State Championship - 2/22/2014, Urbana, IL
Replies: 72
Views: 25673

Re: NAQT Illinois State Championship - 2/22/2014, Urbana, IL

...I feel strongly that this tournament should use computation bonuses but not computation tossups, and should have timed matches, the better to emulate and prepare teams for the HSNCT. 10-minute halves would be better than untimed games (but 9-minute halves would be better still). Seconding everyt...
by Dominator
Thu Jan 09, 2014 12:39 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: BMI4 on January 25, 2014 at Bloomington (IL) HS [IMSANITY 4]
Replies: 7
Views: 2480

Re: BMI4 on January 25, 2014 at Bloomington (IL) HS [IMSANIT

The field has been updated. We are currently at 18-20 teams, which would be perfect. If interest dictates, we can expand up to 24, at which point we'll cap the field (at least temporarily). If there is a question mark next to your school's name, it means that we haven't gotten your official registra...
by Dominator
Sat Jan 04, 2014 11:41 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '13-'14
Replies: 143
Views: 64094

Re: Illinois '13-'14

I'll just add a few thoughts to the rankings based on what I saw today at Niles West, in the order of their finish. This tournament did not change the fact that IMSA, Auburn, and Stevenson are the top three teams in Illinois and that everyone else is a noticeable drop lower. However, I think we saw ...
by Dominator
Fri Jan 03, 2014 9:48 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Huskie Bowl Cancelled
Replies: 2
Views: 1093

Re: Huskie Bowl Cancelled

Am I missing something? Isn't BELLOCO available? As far as I can tell, the closest mirror of it is in Georgia, and the post says it would be done before February.
by Dominator
Sat Dec 21, 2013 4:11 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: New Trier Varsity: MENTALIST — 2013.12.21 (Winnetka, IL)
Replies: 18
Views: 6920

Re: New Trier Varsity: MENTALIST — 2013.12.21 (Winnetka, IL)

jonah wrote: ÜBER-COMPETITIVE DIVISION
Top bracket: IMSA A, Springfield, Auburn A, Latin School A, Stevenson A, Detroit Catholic Central, Northmont A, IMSA A
One of the IMSA A's above should be IMSA B.
by Dominator
Thu Dec 19, 2013 11:19 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Loyola Ultima XVI - 1/18/2014 (Wilmette, IL)
Replies: 12
Views: 8514

Re: Loyola Ultima XVI - 1/18/2014 (Wilmette, IL)

You may as well add IMSAs A and B. IMSA A should be in highly competitive, IMSA B can be wherever you'd rather put them. I'll send the official forms after I'm done with final exams.
by Dominator
Tue Dec 10, 2013 10:51 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: BMI4 on January 25, 2014 at Bloomington (IL) HS [IMSANITY 4]
Replies: 7
Views: 2480

Re: BMI4 on January 25, 2014 at Bloomington (IL) HS [IMSANIT

Field [Teams/Buzzers/Staffers] Cumberland HS (Toledo) [2/1/1] Keith Country Day School [1/1/1] Springfield HS [2/1/0] * Glenwood HS (Chatham) [2/1/0] Moline HS [1/1/0]* Ridgeview HS (Colfax) [1/?/?] Macomb HS [3/3/0]* Bloomington HS [2-3/?/?] Central HS (Campaign) [1/?/?] Total: 15-16 Staffers Noah...
by Dominator
Mon Dec 09, 2013 2:40 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: BMI4 on January 25, 2014 at Bloomington (IL) HS [IMSANITY 4]
Replies: 7
Views: 2480

BMI4 on January 25, 2014 at Bloomington (IL) HS [IMSANITY 4]

Bloomington High School and the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy are pleased to announce the fourth iteration of their tournament partnership. BMI4: Bloomington Mirror of IMSANITY 4 will take place at Bloomington High School in Bloomington, IL on January 25, 2014. This tournament is using th...
by Dominator
Fri Oct 25, 2013 11:38 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IMSANITY 4 is looking for mirrors
Replies: 10
Views: 7442

Re: IMSANITY 4 is looking for mirrors

It took a little while to work everything out, but yes, Woodland HS in Cartersville will run the set on October 19. This mirror ended up being cancelled on short notice and replaced almost instantly with a Norcross mirror on December 7. There are two more unscheduled mirrors likely to be announced ...
by Dominator
Thu Oct 17, 2013 1:04 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: New Trier Varsity: MENTALIST — 2013.12.21 (Winnetka, IL)
Replies: 18
Views: 6920

Re: New Trier Varsity: MENTALIST — 2013.12.21 (Winnetka, IL)

Can IMSA express interest in 3 teams, at least 2 of which are uber-competitive?
by Dominator
Mon Oct 07, 2013 9:34 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '13-'14
Replies: 143
Views: 64094

Re: Illinois '13-'14

Was anyone surprised by the results? Any predictions confirmed or changed? I was impressed by Stevenson. Everyone knew they were good, but going undefeated in the finals in that pool is quite a feat. I predicted Stevenson would win, and it did not surprise me that they went undefeated along the way...
by Dominator
Wed Sep 25, 2013 9:54 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IMSANITY 4 is looking for mirrors
Replies: 10
Views: 7442

Re: IMSANITY 4 is looking for mirrors

crosseyed860 wrote:Is anyone in Georgia using this set this year or anyone in the surrounding area?
It took a little while to work everything out, but yes, Woodland HS in Cartersville will run the set on October 19.
by Dominator
Mon Sep 23, 2013 2:33 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Earlybird at Illinois - Urbana, IL (10/5/13)
Replies: 35
Views: 15364

Re: Earlybird at Illinois - Urbana, IL (10/5/13)

IMSA would like to bring 2 teams. Formal registration is on its way.
by Dominator
Mon Sep 23, 2013 12:09 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: New Trier Scobol Solo - Winnetka, IL (11/9/13)
Replies: 16
Views: 5726

Re: New Trier Scobol Solo - Winnetka, IL (11/9/13)

IMSA would like to reserve 8 spots. The exact roster will be turned in soon.
by Dominator
Wed Sep 11, 2013 4:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IMSANITY 4 is looking for mirrors
Replies: 10
Views: 7442

Re: IMSANITY 4 is looking for mirrors

crosseyed860 wrote:Is anyone in Georgia using this set this year or anyone in the surrounding area?
Nothing is definite in Georgia yet, although I have been talking with a couple hosts there. I will try to finalize those plans and get back to you.
by Dominator
Sat Sep 07, 2013 7:09 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Reverse clue lookup
Replies: 15
Views: 5119

Re: Reverse clue lookup

If you would like to present a reference which states that the discrete Fourier transform is defined using an integral over all the reals, or would perhaps like to derive it yourself, then I encourage you to do so. Or perhaps I am required to fully spell out that "integral" really means "Riemann in...