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by Scaled Flowerpiercer
Fri Apr 13, 2012 1:08 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: neg king/queen/monarch
Replies: 40
Views: 9494

Re: neg king/queen/monarch

I don't usually like to do neg prizes in high school. One reason is that while in college, I think for the most part, neg prizes go to very good players who happen to be playing aggressively (and this is true in high school most of the time), at a lot of high school tournaments I've run, there are ...
by Scaled Flowerpiercer
Fri Apr 13, 2012 1:00 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: KPAQT II, Long Island, NY - April 21, 2012
Replies: 27
Views: 9638

Re: KPAQT II, Long Island, NY - April 21, 2012

Irvington will be able to come with 1 team, 3 buzzers and 0 coaches/moderators of any sort. (The registration form said the deadline was today...if that is not a hard deadline, a second team may be brought depending upon what we find once our Spring Break is over)
by Scaled Flowerpiercer
Thu Apr 12, 2012 1:33 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Painfully Easy Giveaways
Replies: 30
Views: 6952

Re: Painfully Easy Giveaways

It's always hard to say "subject area X is harder than Y" because blah blah blah, as, especially in High School, this depends upon the school's own strengths. For example, my team is great at history and ok at science, but absolutely atrocious at Lit. (The fact that we were assigned only 1 work to r...
by Scaled Flowerpiercer
Wed Apr 11, 2012 4:39 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Painfully Easy Giveaways
Replies: 30
Views: 6952

Re: Painfully Easy Giveaways

This is kind of an interesting point. My general policy for giveaways (for HS questions and most easy college tournaments anyway) is to give the easiest clue without resorting to stupid tricks ('rhymes with..."; "shares his name with...") or literal "say back what I just said" statements (I might h...
by Scaled Flowerpiercer
Wed Apr 11, 2012 4:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Painfully Easy Giveaways
Replies: 30
Views: 6952

Painfully Easy Giveaways

I feel like it is a bit too common for the giveaway of tossups to have a "curved yellow fruit" feel, where pretty much the question becomes not even "do you know anything about this?" but more so "do you know that this is a thing?" Most of the giveaways that come to mind were in uncleared sets, so I...
by Scaled Flowerpiercer
Fri Apr 06, 2012 4:44 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: How do you keep newer players involved?
Replies: 37
Views: 13200

Re: How do you keep newer players involved?

One thing you might want to try if you find a lack of interest: Flip the usual order, and have some success before building a foundation. Success tends to get people interested in joining up. Unfortunately, there's a possibility that still no one will be interested, and it's hard to get success unl...
by Scaled Flowerpiercer
Fri Mar 30, 2012 8:47 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Where Will You Be Going to College Next Year? 2011-12
Replies: 86
Views: 31363

Re: Where Will You Be Going to College Next Year? 2011-12

I plan on attending Williams College next year and likely playing quizbowl there.
by Scaled Flowerpiercer
Mon Mar 26, 2012 7:26 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: How do you keep newer players involved?
Replies: 37
Views: 13200

Re: How do you keep newer players involved?

I find often the subject matter can be more prohibitive than the question format to new teams, tossups of any length about asian lit or fine arts are scarier than the longest tossup on George Washington or Skyrim or Cellular Respiration.
by Scaled Flowerpiercer
Mon Mar 26, 2012 7:16 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: How do you keep newer players involved?
Replies: 37
Views: 13200

Re: How do you keep newer players involved?

I don't see any reason why we need bad questions in order to attract new players. I don't see why we need bad questions either, but Dave has legitimate points. While some of the house-written History Bowl questions may have been "bad," the vast majority were both good and pyramidal, but still with ...
by Scaled Flowerpiercer
Mon Mar 26, 2012 5:39 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: How do you keep newer players involved?
Replies: 37
Views: 13200

Re: How do you keep newer players involved?

A lot of things said here have to do with how to view quizbowl and how to begin to study if one want to take it seriously, but I have found that it can be very hard to get students to take quizbowl seriously and put in any effort to study. Only 1 member of our team besides myself does any quizbowl-s...
by Scaled Flowerpiercer
Sun Mar 18, 2012 7:02 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Nationals Terminology
Replies: 1
Views: 1450

Nationals Terminology

This might be a kind of silly thing to bring up, but I have noticed that NHBB's name has often confused me a little bit when trying to refer to the organization or the national tournament. The name National History Bee and Bowl seems to be used both for the organization and thus the regional tournam...
by Scaled Flowerpiercer
Mon Mar 12, 2012 6:35 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: KPAQT II, Long Island, NY - April 21, 2012
Replies: 27
Views: 9638

Re: KPAQT II, Long Island, NY - April 21, 2012

ProfessorIanDuncan wrote:
Irvington is also expressing tentative interest,
Unfortunately Irvington can't come because some local tournament dates got switched and now the biggest county wide tournament is on the 21st.
Irvington is expressing interest again, ignore this ^.
by Scaled Flowerpiercer
Sun Mar 11, 2012 3:19 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: BHSAT XXI at Yale University (March 24, 2012)
Replies: 36
Views: 16898

Re: BHSAT XXI at Yale University (March 24, 2012)

Irvington will not be attending, the team has been doing a lot of travelling recently, so the general consensus of the team is to stay in Westchester instead of making the trip to this. We never signed up, but I just wanted to confirm that the interest we kind of sort of expressed will not amount to...
by Scaled Flowerpiercer
Wed Mar 07, 2012 5:32 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NY/NJ Date Claims 2011-2012
Replies: 101
Views: 42308

Re: NY/NJ Date Claims 2011-2012

Scarsdale is considering bidding for the NYC-area NAQT state championships. If we were to host the tournament on April 14th (the same day as the New Jersey NAQT state championships) would teams be willing to come? Tournament is still in a planning stage and is not yet assuredly going to happen (it ...
by Scaled Flowerpiercer
Mon Mar 05, 2012 8:35 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: BHSAT XXI at Yale University (March 24, 2012)
Replies: 36
Views: 16898

Re: BHSAT XXI at Yale University (March 24, 2012)

I already told Matt this at Prison Bowl, but I think it is worth noting that no Westchester teams will be at this tournament, as Westchester's largest :chip: event is this day, and even the most fervent supporters of good quizbowl among us I am pretty sure feel bound to attend this, the Omar Q Beck...
by Scaled Flowerpiercer
Tue Feb 28, 2012 7:01 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: How can we explain the rules more clearly?
Replies: 26
Views: 7938

Re: How can we explain the rules more clearly?

The one thing that people really have trouble understanding regarding conferring is when the other team has negged or when the question is over. In my experiences reading, I rarely see teams begin conferring as soon as I start reading, but it frequently happens after a neg or the question ends. It ...
by Scaled Flowerpiercer
Tue Feb 28, 2012 12:18 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Beyond the canon...
Replies: 96
Views: 11707

Re: Beyond the canon...

Regarding Charlie Dee's post...it is true that these top teams are few and far between, though i think that Texas Invitational was a singular example of a tournament that brought together a lot of the best teams on a harder-than-normal question set ... so is it really necessary to push the limits of...
by Scaled Flowerpiercer
Mon Feb 27, 2012 5:58 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Beyond the canon...
Replies: 96
Views: 11707

Re: Beyond the canon...

Im not advocating increasing the difficulty of 99%. I'm advocating a moderate increase of difficulty for tournaments that attract teams of a national caliber. I'd love it if every tournament was like Pace, but alas, bad teams need to play too. I really don't see why it is necessary to make tourname...
by Scaled Flowerpiercer
Mon Feb 27, 2012 12:39 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Beyond the canon...
Replies: 96
Views: 11707

Re: Beyond the canon...

Also are there are really sets that give equal weight to Christianity and Zoroastrianism? While this might be a slight exaggeration in the sense that it is probably more like "Christianity will take up 1 question and Zoroastrianism will take up at most 1," this pretty much is the case in some tourn...
by Scaled Flowerpiercer
Sun Feb 26, 2012 8:51 pm
Forum: NHBB Site Announcements
Topic: A Set Tournaments
Replies: 8
Views: 5032

Re: A Set Tournaments

I agree with the thrust of Tom's points here, and apologize for this set, which should never have been submitted as such. It has been considerably reworked for future uses of it, including this Saturday's NJ State Championships. Going forward, starting with Nationals, NHBB will be taking a much mor...
by Scaled Flowerpiercer
Thu Feb 23, 2012 6:46 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Odd Ways of Learning Things
Replies: 174
Views: 122511

Re: Odd Ways of Learning Things

I like learning things as a result of reading these quizbowl fora, I got a question recently [In practice I believe, not a tournament] on Auden as a result of reading that very long argument about that first line buzzer race and picking up a few facts through that. I also like learning things less f...
by Scaled Flowerpiercer
Wed Feb 22, 2012 7:53 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: National History Bee and Bowl Question of the Day
Replies: 16
Views: 2711

Re: National History Bee and Bowl Question of the Day

Well, there are actually three sequences of words terminated by ?'s, none of which are proper English questions.

Your answer is?
by Scaled Flowerpiercer
Wed Feb 22, 2012 6:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Prison Bowl V @ Hunter HS, NYC (3/3/2012)
Replies: 23
Views: 9863

Re: Prison Bowl V @ Hunter HS, NYC (3/3/2012)

By the way, Irvington is marked as bringing 1 buzzer set, but we won't be able to bring any. It seems like teams are bringing plenty of buzzers as it is anyway.
by Scaled Flowerpiercer
Wed Feb 22, 2012 3:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Long Island National History Bee and Bowl on March 17th
Replies: 14
Views: 2393

Re: Long Island National History Bee and Bowl on March 17th

For what it's worth, Irvington will be bringing at least 2 teams (1 Varsity, 1 JV), we just haven't registered yet, hopefully other teams are just similarly slow at registering.
by Scaled Flowerpiercer
Mon Feb 20, 2012 4:40 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The Canon
Replies: 18
Views: 4038

The Canon

I just wanted to bring up how I feel that sometimes the fact that much of High School quizbowl tends to follow a certain canon is a detractor, and wanted to inquire what "pros" are seen in having a sort of established canon. For one thing, I do want to note that tournament-wise I have been to only N...
by Scaled Flowerpiercer
Sun Feb 19, 2012 8:35 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: KPAQT II, Long Island, NY - April 21, 2012
Replies: 27
Views: 9638

Re: KPAQT II, Long Island, NY - April 21, 2012

Irvington is also expressing tentative interest, which may be dependent upon Ardsley's decision, among other factors.
by Scaled Flowerpiercer
Tue Feb 14, 2012 12:10 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB Nationals Registration is Open!
Replies: 4
Views: 1287

Re: NHBB Nationals Registration is Open!

Bowl 1. In the Bowl for Maryland, the 9th and 10th place Varsity teams (Wakefield Country Day and Mt St Joseph) did NOT make playoffs but DID qualify for Nationals. 2. In the Bowl for S. Florida, Coral Springs qualified for playoffs, but NOT Nationals 3. At Ohio State Championships, St. Charles B a...
by Scaled Flowerpiercer
Mon Feb 13, 2012 5:33 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NY/NJ Date Claims 2011-2012
Replies: 101
Views: 42308

Re: NY/NJ Date Claims 2011-2012

Stuyvesant is getting on its feet with the administration, and it's looking like we might actually be able to host. If so, it'd probably be March 11th on NAQT #108A. However, we may be forced to have a pretty low field cap and our priority would be bringing in new high schools from within the city....
by Scaled Flowerpiercer
Sun Feb 12, 2012 7:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: RESCHEDULED: THE SJHS MIRROR OF GSAC XIX, SUNDAY 2/12/12
Replies: 36
Views: 10512

Re: RESCHEDULED: THE SJHS MIRROR OF GSAC XIX, SUNDAY 2/12/12

deserto wrote:I am fairly sure Chatham A did not get 27 TUs in its game against Irvington A.
Also, in Irvington A's match v. Hunter B, we are marked as having gotten 0 tossups, though I think the final total score is right.
by Scaled Flowerpiercer
Sat Feb 11, 2012 4:05 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Online Skype Practice League - Round 6
Replies: 47
Views: 12615

Re: Online Skype Practice League - Round 6

I will try to give this another go, though the 8pm games might be a bit too early for me, I could almost definitely do this if all/most my games are at the later times.
by Scaled Flowerpiercer
Thu Feb 09, 2012 9:42 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: RESCHEDULED: THE SJHS MIRROR OF GSAC XIX, SUNDAY 2/12/12
Replies: 36
Views: 10512

Re: RESCHEDULED: THE SJHS MIRROR OF GSAC XIX, SUNDAY 2/12/12

Some people from my team were wondering, for transportation reasons, and I am sure it would not hurt for other teams to hear the answer - do you have an estimate as to at what time this tournament will conclude?
by Scaled Flowerpiercer
Wed Feb 08, 2012 1:25 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 50 Million Math Question Fans Can't Be Wrong! (OR CAN THEY)
Replies: 64
Views: 8523

Re: 50 Million Math Question Fans Can't Be Wrong! (OR CAN THEY)

Going through Max's analysis of the IMSANITY I tossups, I agree with his analysis for the most part, and notably as far as "my degree of math knowledge" I could power most of them, and could answer every one not about cycloids. I feel that what these questions in particular suffered from are difficu...
by Scaled Flowerpiercer
Tue Feb 07, 2012 12:19 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Online Skype Practice League - Round 5
Replies: 54
Views: 11005

Re: Online Skype Practice League - Round 5

I am sorry for the somewhat late notice, but just this last week I have started a new commitment that will prevent me from being able to participate in this on Tuesday nights, so I will have to withdraw from this round of OSPL. (believe me, I would have loved to play, but sometimes weekly AP Latin s...
by Scaled Flowerpiercer
Mon Feb 06, 2012 7:02 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 50 Million Math Question Fans Can't Be Wrong! (OR CAN THEY)
Replies: 64
Views: 8523

Re: Are 20 Questions Enough?

I mean, the only pro-math arguments so far in this thread have been that there are a number of precedents which show that X/X math can indeed be accessibly written for some relatively large values of X, and things along the lines of "I feel math is getting punished and no set can possibly be reason...
by Scaled Flowerpiercer
Sun Feb 05, 2012 4:55 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Are 20 Questions Enough?
Replies: 24
Views: 5636

Re: Are 20 Questions Enough?

A bigger question is, are upsets that bad a thing? If everyone basically knew going into each round who was going to win, it would take more of the excitement out of the game. There's obviously a balance to be struck here; it shouldn't be random (like having potential 220 point swings on the basis ...
by Scaled Flowerpiercer
Sat Feb 04, 2012 7:36 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: RESCHEDULED: THE SJHS MIRROR OF GSAC XIX, SUNDAY 2/12/12
Replies: 36
Views: 10512

Re: RESCHEDULED: THE SJHS MIRROR OF GSAC XIX, SUNDAY 2/12/12

There was a surprisingly large amount of interest from the team, so Irvington will have (3,3,0)

- I am not sure, but our adviser may have already paid you for the first two teams, if that is the case (or even if it isn't) the 3rd team's entry will be payed for by the team, not the school.
by Scaled Flowerpiercer
Fri Feb 03, 2012 6:52 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Half Hollow Hills West Invitational (Dix Hills, NY 1/7/2012)
Replies: 134
Views: 72134

Re: Half Hollow Hills West Invitational (Dix Hills, NY 1/7/2012)

Just as a quick note, it might be a good idea for people to look over the names of the players before they are uploaded to naqt.com, seeing as I have noticed quite a few mistakes out of just the people whom I know. If it helps, these are the mistakes I know of: (in the form {listed name} => {real na...
by Scaled Flowerpiercer
Thu Feb 02, 2012 7:07 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Half Hollow Hills West Invitational (Dix Hills, NY 1/7/2012)
Replies: 134
Views: 72134

Re: Half Hollow Hills West Invitational (Dix Hills, NY 1/7/2012)

Well, its been another week, so....any news on the stats?
by Scaled Flowerpiercer
Wed Feb 01, 2012 12:35 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: RESCHEDULED: THE SJHS MIRROR OF GSAC XIX, SUNDAY 2/12/12
Replies: 36
Views: 10512

Re: RESCHEDULED: THE SJHS MIRROR OF GSAC XIX, SUNDAY 2/12/12

Irvington will be a definite 2 teams, so the "1-2" can be changed to a 2.
by Scaled Flowerpiercer
Fri Jan 27, 2012 10:22 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: RESCHEDULED: THE SJHS MIRROR OF GSAC XIX, SUNDAY 2/12/12
Replies: 36
Views: 10512

Re: RESCHEDULED: THE SJHS MIRROR OF GSAC XIX, SUNDAY 2/12/12

Irvington will be in attendance with at least one team (2 teams very likely though) and 3 buzzer systems. We probably won't be able to bring our coach though, or any moderators, hopefully that won't be a problem, though.
by Scaled Flowerpiercer
Fri Jan 27, 2012 4:34 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: From Chip to "good quizbowl"
Replies: 40
Views: 11989

Re: From Chip to "good quizbowl"

John, I agree with all of the second half of your post with regards to reasons for pyramidal quizbowl, though as for the first half, I think that there in lies the large difference between Westchester and many areas, which is that Chip tournaments are about as prevalent as TU / B tournaments, and th...
by Scaled Flowerpiercer
Thu Jan 26, 2012 9:33 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Philly Experiment?
Replies: 12
Views: 7833

Re: Philly Experiment?

I don't have any light to shed on this from personal experience or anything, but here are the questions from the 2nd and 3rd iterations of this:

1995: http://quizbowl.stanford.edu/archive/phl95/index.html
1996: http://quizbowl.stanford.edu/archive/phl96/index.html
by Scaled Flowerpiercer
Thu Jan 26, 2012 8:39 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Quizbowl Central
Replies: 144
Views: 72782

Re: Quizbowl Central

Golran wrote:When using the reader, I keep getting the same question over and over again. Is there something I should do so this doesn't happen? My only restrictions are selecting certain tournaments.
The "continue" button doesn't work, either click "generate" after each question, or hit enter.
by Scaled Flowerpiercer
Wed Jan 25, 2012 11:55 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NJ Discussion 2011-2012
Replies: 62
Views: 13377

Re: NJ Discussion 2011-2012

Going back to the original subject of trying to prevent the crowding of tournaments later in the year, I think that having a meeting like the one you NJ coaches are planning will rather easily solve the problem, as part of the issue is just scheduling tournaments in advance: If you want to host an O...
by Scaled Flowerpiercer
Tue Jan 24, 2012 10:40 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Half Hollow Hills West Invitational (Dix Hills, NY 1/7/2012)
Replies: 134
Views: 72134

Re: Half Hollow Hills West Invitational (Dix Hills, NY 1/7/2012)

George has been pretty good with keeping us up to date with the unfortunately slow progress of his teammates, I am sure as soon as something is posted somewhere, he will tell us.
by Scaled Flowerpiercer
Tue Jan 24, 2012 10:09 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NJ Discussion 2011-2012
Replies: 62
Views: 13377

Re: NJ Discussion 2011-2012

I can second what Ryan said, I would say that the portion of the distribution which would be considered trash was probably less than 1 question per packet, the distribution has not changed much from last year's HSAPQ-written nationals I am pretty sure, which had similar very little trash (though I p...
by Scaled Flowerpiercer
Tue Jan 24, 2012 8:39 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: On-going Season Rankings V2.0 - Herp Derp
Replies: 255
Views: 86829

Re: On-going Season Rankings V2.0 - so is this where i complain?

Oh nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo my laptop crashed which has all the files on it. I guess from now on we'll have to decide which teams know more things through some sort of primitive competition where teams use buzzing devices to answer questions. This, or Fred's local computer-servicing sto...
by Scaled Flowerpiercer
Tue Jan 24, 2012 5:52 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Open Academic Tournament at Hanover - 2/18/12 @ HHS
Replies: 11
Views: 4055

Re: Open Academic Tournament at Hanover - 2/18/12 @ HHS

1/1 Physics or Computer Science 1/1 Chemistry or Math 1/1 Biology or Ecology 1/1 Earth Science or Astronomy This part of the distribution seems to be a little random, I can understand ES/Astronomy being paired in an "or" and Bio/Ecology also, but I wonder what your rationale is for having Physics/C...
by Scaled Flowerpiercer
Sun Jan 22, 2012 10:21 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Sunday tournaments
Replies: 16
Views: 3973

Re: Sunday tournaments

I suppose this is largely a regional matter, but I know that for our team Sundays in general seem like a very good idea. The team, for years, has had nearly no Christians - my Freshman year in particular the team had twice as many Zoroastrians as Christians - and even this year, now that the populat...
by Scaled Flowerpiercer
Sun Jan 22, 2012 1:00 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: POSTPONED: The Garden State Mirror of GSAC XIX, 1/21/12
Replies: 66
Views: 19779

Re: POSTPONED: The Garden State Mirror of GSAC XIX, 1/21/12

Irvington would (most likely, I haven't discussed it with coaches, but I feel it is best to wait to do that until there is an actual date) be interested for the 12th - but as the field was closed, would I be correct in assuming we would go on a waiting list in case any of the original teams that sig...