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by Dominator
Tue Jul 13, 2010 10:42 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: How small is the math canon?
Replies: 42
Views: 6045

Re: How small is the math canon?

I think some people are misinterpreting. Certainly I don't think I could tossup Stephen Smale just because he won a Fields medal. What I am saying, though, is that for the math canon to expand, the class of Fields medalists is a nice place to start as they are the analogy to Nobel winners in science...
by Dominator
Tue Jul 13, 2010 3:57 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: How small is the math canon?
Replies: 42
Views: 6045

Re: How small is the math canon?

Math just seems especially prone to topics that are interesting, important, and gettable, but don't have sufficiently many clues that are unique, concise, and suitably graded in difficulty. Yes, I see your point, and I have had to throw out some really nice answers for this reason. At the same time...
by Dominator
Tue Jul 13, 2010 3:20 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: How small is the math canon?
Replies: 42
Views: 6045

How small is the math canon?

I heard something that intrigued me the other day. My school is writing a tournament for January 2011. Naturally, I am writing the math questions. I told a member of my team that I was about 1/4 done and he said something to the effect that it's hard to write math since the math canon is so small. (...
by Dominator
Thu Jul 08, 2010 1:20 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The Secret of Scholastic Bowl Success? It's Academic
Replies: 7
Views: 1785

Re: The Secret of Scholastic Bowl Success? It's Academic

Westwon wrote:The IHSA would accept changes if the majority of coaches were in favor of them.
Fair enough. I suppose this is a case of lazy notation. I should be more careful to differentiate between "the IHSA" and "the IHSA Scholastic Bowl community".
by Dominator
Thu Jul 08, 2010 10:41 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The Secret of Scholastic Bowl Success? It's Academic
Replies: 7
Views: 1785

Re: The Secret of Scholastic Bowl Success? It's Academic

I just mentioned that because it listed teams that had won multiple state championships and it neglected to mention teams like Wheaton North and Stevenson. It doesn't really matter though. I can only hope that in the future we can find a way to make IHSA Scholastic Bowl more like quiz bowl. Yeah, I...
by Dominator
Wed Jul 07, 2010 2:06 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The Secret of Scholastic Bowl Success? It's Academic
Replies: 7
Views: 1785

Re: The Secret of Scholastic Bowl Success? It's Academic

Yeah also because Wheaton North won 3 championships in the early 2000s I believe. It takes a lot more than three consecutive state championships to write your name in the annals of history, Wheaton North. Also, thank you, Charles, for that highly intriguing, enlightening, and relevant account of Il...
by Dominator
Sun Jun 13, 2010 9:06 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois and the National Quiz Bowl Scene
Replies: 47
Views: 5853

Re: Illinois and the National Quiz Bowl Scene

Please demand that noted TD and coach David Reinstein not waste 10%, 5%, or any positive proportion of Solo on computation. It will make you better. Sincerely, Jonah ^THIS. I have read through a bunch of old Solo packets of late, and I must say that the non-computational math is almost always bette...
by Dominator
Wed Jun 02, 2010 9:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Pre-Nationals Poll
Replies: 58
Views: 9619

Re: Pre-Nationals Poll

Dan-Don wrote:Also, where's Dayo?
Banned obv.
by Dominator
Thu May 20, 2010 7:16 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2010-11 Tournament Schedule
Replies: 77
Views: 9534

Re: 2010-11 Tournament Schedule

rjaguar3 wrote:Since I do not believe there will be any more uses of this packet, I just submitted it to quizbowlpackets.com.
Thanks!

Was this mirrored?
by Dominator
Thu May 20, 2010 7:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Pre-Nationals Poll
Replies: 58
Views: 9619

Re: Pre-Nationals Poll

KHAAAAN please wrote:Is IMSA playing HSNCT?
Unfortunately not. It's in the middle of our final exam season.
by Dominator
Wed May 19, 2010 10:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2010-11 Tournament Schedule
Replies: 77
Views: 9534

Re: 2010-11 Tournament Schedule

Dan-Don wrote:EDIT: Jonah tells me it does. I really wanna see it though!
It was a pretty good set from what I remember. Some of the questions were really excellent, so I was a little upset my varsity team didn't get to hear them.
by Dominator
Wed May 19, 2010 9:52 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2010-11 Tournament Schedule
Replies: 77
Views: 9534

Re: 2010-11 Tournament Schedule

For any Wheaton North lurkers out there, do we know if the same group will be writing the Wheaton North FS next year?
by Dominator
Sun May 16, 2010 5:20 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Pre-Nationals Poll
Replies: 58
Views: 9619

Re: Pre-Nationals Poll

I guess I'll try: (1) Stevenson (2) Auburn (3) Loyola (4) Lisle (5) St. Ignatius (6) OPRF (7) Carbondale (8) IMSA (w00t) (9) Hobo (10) New Trier I did get to play against all of these teams, albeit often with small sample size. All of the teams near the top are dangerous, but I tended to favor consi...
by Dominator
Wed May 12, 2010 6:24 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2010-11 Tournament Schedule
Replies: 77
Views: 9534

Re: 2010-11 Tournament Schedule

We're hoping for numerous smaller mirrors to attract newer teams with short drive times; for example, NIU is hosting a mirror and a Lisle mirror is almost confirmed, and those two schools are only 45 minutes apart. NIU's mirror is hoping to attract DeKalb, Kaneland, Rochelle, etc., while Lisle's mi...
by Dominator
Wed May 12, 2010 6:18 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Land of Lincoln Throwdown Announcement
Replies: 123
Views: 16225

Re: Land of Lincoln Throwdown Announcement

I would love to do this but you chose my son's second birthday to hold it.
by Dominator
Tue May 11, 2010 8:36 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2010-11 Tournament Schedule
Replies: 77
Views: 9534

Re: 2010-11 Tournament Schedule

Dan-Don wrote:Are you guys gonna be able to write a tournament's worth of questions by October?
IDK. I'm just trying to be accommodating. With Brad's blessing, though, I guess I'll stay at January 15.
by Dominator
Tue May 11, 2010 8:06 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2010-11 Tournament Schedule
Replies: 77
Views: 9534

Re: 2010-11 Tournament Schedule

styxman wrote:More information on SCOP or the 10/30 tournament?
Both. My attempt to google "Scholastic Community Outreach Program" failed. Also, I like tourneys.
by Dominator
Tue May 11, 2010 7:56 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2010-11 Tournament Schedule
Replies: 77
Views: 9534

Re: 2010-11 Tournament Schedule

TheDoctor wrote:We're in the planning stages of a statewide tournament on 30 October to raise funds for SCOP (Scholastic Community Outreach Program).
Is there any more information on this?
by Dominator
Tue May 11, 2010 7:31 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2010-11 Tournament Schedule
Replies: 77
Views: 9534

Re: 2010-11 Tournament Schedule

it competes against Winnebago - no overlap team-wise, I guarantee it I might be missing something here, but why not? All I know of Bago's lineup this spring is the top 4 finishers (Auburn A and B, Bettendorf, and Dwight), but they did use an NAQT set, so presumably there would be some potential ove...
by Dominator
Tue May 11, 2010 7:16 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2010-11 Tournament Schedule
Replies: 77
Views: 9534

Re: 2010-11 Tournament Schedule

I have the building at IMSA reserved for 1-15, but I might be able to reschedule if I act soon. October 16, October 23, or November 13 would probably work for us also. Thoughts?

EDIT: Added a date.
by Dominator
Sun May 09, 2010 6:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Ben Cooper Memorial Mirror - 5/8 - Champaign, IL
Replies: 45
Views: 9014

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

For Robert and Dan-Don: At lunch, after each of you had beaten my C team by a large margin, my C-team freshman was talking about how the morning went, and when the Hobo and Cheif rounds came up, awestruck, he repeatedly asked me "But how does one person get so good?" (He had not yet faced Loyola, wh...
by Dominator
Sun May 09, 2010 8:57 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA Advisory Committee
Replies: 65
Views: 6134

Re: IHSA Advisory Committee

The only thing that I worry about at any regional, regardless of class, is moderator quality. I'd put in to host a regional only because I know that the moderators I put in key positions will keep the matches moving (as much as possible) and do a good job of administering the rules. I can see how t...
by Dominator
Sun May 09, 2010 8:36 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Ben Cooper Memorial Mirror - 5/8 - Champaign, IL
Replies: 45
Views: 9014

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

Well the best thing to do would have been to play it off, but Dr. Prince and IMSA left under the impression that I had won a head-to-head tiebreaker by virtue of beating them. Just a general FYI: head-to-head is almost never used as a tiebreaker at good tournaments. For the record, I left because I...
by Dominator
Sat May 08, 2010 10:20 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Ben Cooper Memorial Mirror - 5/8 - Champaign, IL
Replies: 45
Views: 9014

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

Let me be the first to say this was an excellent tournament. This was my favorite set of questions all year. Thank you Jonah and James and also to the whole tourney staff. We're looking forward to QUALM-FREE 2.
by Dominator
Sat May 08, 2010 10:16 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Ben Cooper Memorial Mirror - 5/8 - Champaign, IL
Replies: 45
Views: 9014

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

Matt Weiner wrote: You're banned for impersonating people, pimping your own team in an out-of-bounds fashion, generally useless posting, etc. Come back in a year under your real name.
It's about time, imo.
by Dominator
Mon Apr 26, 2010 10:42 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Uncooperative coach
Replies: 20
Views: 3354

Re: Uncooperative coach

Dear Jacob, I'm sorry to hear about your situation. Luckily you have found a supportive group to help you in your quest for better quiz bowl. I would like to offer my perspective as a teacher and a coach. First off, do you know why your coach finds pyramidal tossups a waste of time? I don't understa...
by Dominator
Mon Apr 26, 2010 10:13 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Ben Cooper Memorial Mirror - 5/8 - Champaign, IL
Replies: 45
Views: 9014

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

By the way, I would be happy to staff this tourney somehow if you are in need.
by Dominator
Sun Apr 25, 2010 9:07 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ATROPHY at NIU: 4/24/10
Replies: 78
Views: 15653

Re: ATROPHY at NIU: 4/24/10

Many thanks to Brad and staff for such a great tournament. We'll see you again at ATROPHY 2.
by Dominator
Sun Apr 25, 2010 8:46 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Ben Cooper Memorial Mirror - 5/8 - Champaign, IL
Replies: 45
Views: 9014

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

Is there a field update available?
by Dominator
Tue Apr 20, 2010 3:59 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ATROPHY at NIU: 4/24/10
Replies: 78
Views: 15653

Re: ATROPHY at NIU: 4/24/10

IMSA won't be playing its normal line-up. Both seniors (Bonny and Weili) will be absent, as well as one junior (Jialin). We're basically getting a head start on '10-'11.

We will be bringing Rose, and she has mentioned wanting revenge on her home school OPRF.
by Dominator
Mon Mar 22, 2010 5:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Fond Farewell II
Replies: 12
Views: 2646

Re: Fond Farewell II

B-B-B-B-B-B-B-B-B-Bonny Jainnnnnnnnnn ^ This. By no fault of his own, he lost time not having a team that could support him. At least he got to taste some victory this year. I wish I could have had one more year with him so he could lead IMSA's charge to nationals ( :chip: "Junior Nationals") in 20...
by Dominator
Sun Mar 21, 2010 9:25 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Driver's Ed, Home Economics, etc
Replies: 43
Views: 5548

Re: Driver's Ed, Home Economics, etc

Just to be clear here, I am not a fan of Driver's Ed, Home Ec, and the infamous Industrial Arts. I am just bothered by them (in IHSA tourneys) less than other people are. I agree whole-heartedly with Dan-Don (omg never thought I'd say that) in that, if questions on these subjects are to be written, ...
by Dominator
Sat Mar 20, 2010 12:47 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: February Poll
Replies: 108
Views: 15250

Re: February Poll

1. Questions that primarily reward knowledge of a topic over speed, as exemplified by tossups that contain many clues arranged in rough order from most obscure to least obscure (usually denoted by the term pyramidality) and bonuses that contain "easy", "medium", and "hard" parts. 2. Tossups and bon...
by Dominator
Sat Mar 20, 2010 12:41 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Why is Illinois bad?
Replies: 126
Views: 19078

Re: Why is Illinois bad?

Let me give first mention my biases. I grew up in central Illinois, attending both tiny schools (Tri-Valley in Downs) and large schools (like my alma mater, Normal Community High School in Normal). Much of what I write here is from the viewpoint of someone from central Illinois, not of someone (soon...
by Dominator
Sat Mar 20, 2010 1:50 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA Finals
Replies: 72
Views: 7205

Re: IHSA Finals

I agree. Congratulations to all teams who made their way to Peoria. Also, thank you for the awesome show of sportsmanship; the four teams we played (Hinsdale South, Auburn, Bradley-Bourbonnais, and Carbondale) were incredibly gracious. For all the problems with IHSA State series, it did a pretty goo...
by Dominator
Sat Mar 20, 2010 1:40 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: February Poll
Replies: 108
Views: 15250

Re: February Poll

I just wanted to thank everyone for the recent outpouring of support this past week. I now see the community aspect of quiz bowl, and it's pretty awesome. Just to be clear, I hold no ill feelings about anything said on the forums (it appears all of us were guilty of judging too quickly). I would cau...
by Dominator
Sat Mar 20, 2010 1:24 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: February Poll
Replies: 108
Views: 15250

Re: February Poll

Frankly, I don't expect IMSA to ever really be a power in quizbowl , since the best and brightest of IMSA are too busy working on original research to memorize lists of scientist's names. I disagree. Their new coach seems very driven, and they have the students/resources to become very good. Thanks...
by Dominator
Mon Mar 15, 2010 12:15 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: February Poll
Replies: 108
Views: 15250

Re: February Poll

Not that I feel the need to respond to Dan-Don, but my A team did go 7-3 at Ultima, losing to Carbondale and Culver A in the morning and losing by 10 to New Trier in the afternoon in the match that decided the consolation round. Therefore, we're not without results outside of what you call "bad quiz...
by Dominator
Sun Mar 14, 2010 10:22 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: February Poll
Replies: 108
Views: 15250

Re: February Poll

As promised, I will address some of the attacks on IMSA that have been put forth. There are some tournment hosts who will not invite IMSA (because of the way they [used to?] recruit students), but I don't think that applies to these tournaments. I have heard these allegations before, but only on for...
by Dominator
Sun Mar 14, 2010 9:50 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: February Poll
Replies: 108
Views: 15250

Re: February Poll

Having glanced at the stats from all the Dunbar mirrors, it looks like IMSA's bonus conversion was around that of teams who should be sneaking into the playoffs at HSNCT. From the sadly small sample size of real tournaments I have to work with right now, it seems like they can acquit themselves wel...