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by The Stately Rhododendron
Wed Nov 04, 2015 9:20 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Freelance Questions
Replies: 2
Views: 1892

Re: Freelance Questions

Girls don't play videogames?
by The Stately Rhododendron
Sun Aug 23, 2015 6:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: FaCT XI at Yale (New Haven, CT; 9/26/15; IS-149A)
Replies: 8
Views: 4526

Re: FaCT XI at Yale (New Haven, CT; 9/26/15; IS-149A)

FaCT has been awarded Gold Certification from PACE, so the top 20% of the field will qualify for the 2016 PACE NSC, held on June 4-5 in the Chicago metro area.
by The Stately Rhododendron
Mon Jul 27, 2015 7:59 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: "This Things I Believe"
Replies: 44
Views: 15772

Re: "This Things I Believe"

As someone who routinely gives friends my used books as birthday presents, I just want to say that books can be the greatest gifts on earth. The material quality of the book matters much less than the actual book. I got a ratty copy of some Ken Kesey book (Sometimes a Great Notion) recently at a tou...
by The Stately Rhododendron
Sat Jul 11, 2015 7:06 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Distance Discounts
Replies: 10
Views: 4021

Re: Distance Discounts

To reply: As I stated, I'm not against removing long distance discounts. K. Wang stated that "long hours of driving were as much of a fact of playing quiz bowl as the actual competition itself." I do not think that's a healthy state for quizbowl to be in. Now, SoCal being planned the way it is, it m...
by The Stately Rhododendron
Fri Jul 10, 2015 3:57 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Distance Discounts
Replies: 10
Views: 4021

Distance Discounts

Matt Jackson and Chris Chiego's recent threads have got me thinking about the geographic disparities in quizbowl. It is my belief that teams need to do a better job of getting more local teams to come to their tournaments. Besides the obvious outreach reasons, quizbowl on a whole would be much more ...
by The Stately Rhododendron
Thu Jul 09, 2015 2:51 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: The State of Good Quizbowl, State-by-State
Replies: 61
Views: 42575

Re: The State of Good Quizbowl, State-by-State

Connecticut: C+ Yale's high school tournaments anchor a small but growing group of teams playing good quizbowl in the Constitution State. There's still a strong lack of penetration into many of the urban areas, but the Middlesex/Darien pipeline seems to be growing a stellar team there and longtime ...
by The Stately Rhododendron
Mon Jun 22, 2015 7:28 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Going to HS tournaments without coaches?
Replies: 12
Views: 5856

Re: Going to HS tournaments without coaches?

Our school has basically given us the finger in terms of funding, opting instead for boosting the football team again. We are beginning to fundraise to get to some of the tournaments, but there are many that we won't be able to attend either because of funding or because of our coach's busy lifesty...
by The Stately Rhododendron
Fri Jun 12, 2015 11:05 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 Natl. Quiz Bowl Awards: Congratulations to the Winners!
Replies: 34
Views: 22384

Re: 2015 National Quiz Bowl Awards: Voting Open

Did the nominating committee take NHBB performance into account? It's called a National Quiz Bowl Award...still though, congratulations on your JV championship at NHBB, maybe you'll get nominated and have the opportunity to pursue further awards in the coming years. Also, just a suggestion, but per...
by The Stately Rhododendron
Fri Jun 12, 2015 7:29 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Resetting [pt. 2 of 6]: How Much Quizbowl Does a Man Need?
Replies: 24
Views: 11979

Re: Resetting [pt. 2 of 6]: How Much Quizbowl Does a Man Nee

I brought this up earlier , but I think that (at least in the DMV circuit) a solution to this is having all the teams cooperate on the schedule before any dates are set. A lot of the problems with too many tournaments that are too close together is that there's no communication between teams on wha...
by The Stately Rhododendron
Fri Jun 12, 2015 3:55 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Resetting [pt. 2 of 6]: How Much Quizbowl Does a Man Need?
Replies: 24
Views: 11979

Re: Resetting [pt. 2 of 6]: How Much Quizbowl Does a Man Nee

I brought this up earlier , but I think that (at least in the DMV circuit) a solution to this is having all the teams cooperate on the schedule before any dates are set. A lot of the problems with too many tournaments that are too close together is that there's no communication between teams on what...
by The Stately Rhododendron
Wed Jun 10, 2015 6:45 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 NASAT: June 13-14 @ Ohio State
Replies: 37
Views: 35852

Re: 2015 NASAT: June 13-14 @ Ohio State

Granny Soberer wrote:
Ndg wrote:Is Pennsylvania no longer planning to go?
Oops, that's my fault, don't know how I missed that. I've updated the list to include Pennsylvania and a change in Team Kentucky's roster.
Looks like you also missed Maryland
by The Stately Rhododendron
Tue Jun 09, 2015 2:20 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Accurate Timing during Tournaments
Replies: 22
Views: 8775

Re: Accurate Timing during Tournaments

So I've both played at a variety of tournaments, and moderated a couple, and have come across the same issue multiple times: a lack of accurate timing for answering tossups and bonuses. As far as I am aware, no tournament format (excluding Academic League) requires a clock to be used to determine t...
by The Stately Rhododendron
Tue Jun 09, 2015 11:38 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 PACE NSC: Question set discussion
Replies: 65
Views: 29954

Re: 2015 PACE NSC: Question set discussion

funerals I just wanted to say that this was a great set; my teammates and I really loved all the questions about Hinduism and Islam etc. But I was slightly irked on the funerals question, I buzzed in at the point where they said throws sesame seeds and rice in Hinduism, and negged on weddings. I do...
by The Stately Rhododendron
Sun Jun 07, 2015 9:38 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 PACE NSC: Question set discussion
Replies: 65
Views: 29954

Re: 2015 PACE NSC: Question set discussion

Who wrote the TU on Das Kapital ? I just want to say I really enjoyed it. There were many questions with an answerline of ship or boat or a more specific ship or boat. Don't know actual numbers, but I felt like it happened a bit too much. I'm a terrible judge of difficulty (see my attempted BHSAT bo...
by The Stately Rhododendron
Fri Jun 05, 2015 8:45 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Liveblogging my trip to NSC with Max Schindler
Replies: 80
Views: 20995

Re: Liveblogging my trip to NSC with Max Schindler

"Have you ever hotboxed a sukkah?" It's not really Sukkot if you don't! (Leviticus 23) Given the minimum dimensions of a sukkah and the requirement that at least part of the roof should be permeable to the rain*, this would seem rather difficult. *The oft-cited claim that one must be able to see th...
by The Stately Rhododendron
Fri Jun 05, 2015 3:11 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 PACE NSC: June 6-7, Washington, DC
Replies: 75
Views: 57920

Re: 2015 PACE NSC: June 6-7, Washington, DC

The Stately Rhododendron wrote:Seminal art-punk band Wire is playing at the Black Cat (in DC) on the 6th, BTW, if anyone's searching for fun activities.
Also Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan will be performing at the DAR Hall. His Sufi devotional music is the original trap music. The tickets are pricey tho.
by The Stately Rhododendron
Fri Jun 05, 2015 2:48 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Liveblogging my trip to NSC with Max Schindler
Replies: 80
Views: 20995

Re: Liveblogging my trip to NSC with Max Schindler

Kalevipoeg wrote:
Athena wrote:"Have you ever hotboxed a sukkah?"
It's not really Sukkot if you don't! (Leviticus 23)
Citron is some dank-ass :capybara:
by The Stately Rhododendron
Thu Jun 04, 2015 3:03 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 102
Views: 52524

Re: 2015 HSNCT discussion

Can I see the TU over transgender people? I negged it with transsexual so I'd like to see it again to figure out what made my answer wrong. Also, can I see the Melee bonus round because I love that game? Transsexual and Transgender mean different things in the sense that gender and sex are different.
by The Stately Rhododendron
Tue Jun 02, 2015 4:18 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 PACE NSC: June 6-7, Washington, DC
Replies: 75
Views: 57920

Re: 2015 PACE NSC: June 6-7, Washington, DC

Seminal art-punk band Wire is playing at the Black Cat (in DC) on the 6th, BTW, if anyone's searching for fun activities.
by The Stately Rhododendron
Mon Jun 01, 2015 3:37 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Maryland Summer Practices
Replies: 11
Views: 6028

Re: Maryland Summer Practices

Is this happening today?
by The Stately Rhododendron
Sat May 23, 2015 6:35 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Click Here to Become Sad
Replies: 59
Views: 27442

Re: Click Here to Become Sad

My godfather's sister's husband (Harry the Historian, Historian laureate of Calgary) subscribes to a magazine called The Beaver, from the Canadian Historical Society. Is that a good source for Canadian History?
by The Stately Rhododendron
Tue May 19, 2015 12:19 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: What Happens to DC-Area Quizbowl Next Year?
Replies: 158
Views: 84960

Re: What Happens to DC-Area Quizbowl Next Year?

I just want to acknowledge how amazing the DC circuit is at this point. 4 teams in the top 10, including #'s 1 and 2! I'm looking forward to seeing everyone at PACE.
by The Stately Rhododendron
Thu May 14, 2015 12:18 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Need help convincing my coach to get us to tournaments
Replies: 19
Views: 9093

Re: Need help convincing my coach to get us to tournaments

I'm confused. Is there a reason why you can't use LIRR? Especially if you want to go to a tournament at Columbia, it's probably not that long/expensive of a trip. I think there's a LIRR station in Smithtown.
by The Stately Rhododendron
Thu May 07, 2015 8:23 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Subject Rankings Thread
Replies: 36
Views: 9805

Re: Subject Rankings Thread

I think I'm very decent at NAQT
by The Stately Rhododendron
Mon Apr 27, 2015 3:33 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VICO: Very Intense Conceptual Open/The New SCIENCE
Replies: 28
Views: 13992

Re: VICO: Very Intense Conceptual Open/The New SCIENCE

UPDATE: If there is interest, I will figure out how to host a mirror of VICO in DC on August 15th, 22nd, or 29th. It would have to have a field cap of like eight teams, unless one of the UMD players can get us rooms there or something. Please post here if you would be interested in that. If this so...
by The Stately Rhododendron
Mon Apr 20, 2015 12:17 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2015 Discussion
Replies: 227
Views: 91726

Re: ACF Nationals 2015 Discussion

I really enjoyed this set (though a set that mentions Kertesz, The Captive Mind , Kadare, Krasznahorkai by way of Tarr and the White Mountains [my own question :twisted:] is hard for me to dislike). The only question I had an issue with that comes to mind was the New Year TU. Beyond the fairly trans...
by The Stately Rhododendron
Mon Apr 20, 2015 11:50 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: What are the best resources for the following topics?
Replies: 3
Views: 2414

Re: What are the best resources for the following topics?

There's a really popular book out that will help you with Christianity/Judaism, it's been a best seller for a while now and has a lot of primary sources.
by The Stately Rhododendron
Wed Apr 15, 2015 11:58 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Where Are You Going Next Year? (2015 College)
Replies: 47
Views: 24601

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

Steeve Ho You Fat wrote: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?
by The Stately Rhododendron
Tue Apr 14, 2015 11:24 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Becoming Part of the Community
Replies: 43
Views: 30729

Re: Becoming Part of the Community

Similarly, Casey Retterer helped me become part of the community (he was our coach). Because of Casey, our team went to NAQT states at GDS and Maryland Spring freshman year. These were two very different tournaments, of course. GDS was the first time I had ever played pyramidal quizbowl, and we did ...
by The Stately Rhododendron
Wed Apr 01, 2015 1:25 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion: 2015 Division I ICT
Replies: 27
Views: 5643

Re: Question-specific discussion: 2015 Division I ICT

The FWP question threw me off. I don't think it's the fault of the question, but the copy of the guide to New York we have at our house is called the WPA Guide to New York (though it mentions the FWP on the cover). http://www.amazon.com/The-WPA-Guide-York-City/dp/1565843215/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top?...
by The Stately Rhododendron
Thu Mar 26, 2015 1:37 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ICT Predictions
Replies: 29
Views: 9748

Re: ICT Predictions

I beat Jacob Reed to a music question about Phillip Glass (10:1) I neg a music question because I think it's Phillip Glass (1:1) This video reflects the Yale team's preparations: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXJ19tkCwc8 This video reflects Carleton College's preparations: https://www.youtube.com/...
by The Stately Rhododendron
Sat Mar 07, 2015 7:41 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: What Happens to DC-Area Quizbowl Next Year?
Replies: 158
Views: 84960

Re: What Happens to DC-Area Quizbowl Next Year?

Don't want to speak for Centennial too much, but they've never gone to that many tournaments.
by The Stately Rhododendron
Tue Mar 03, 2015 6:15 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Maintaining High Levels of Mental Stamina?
Replies: 17
Views: 7225

Re: Maintaining High Levels of Mental Stamina?

Core workouts, as those who saw me at NASAT can attest.
by The Stately Rhododendron
Wed Feb 11, 2015 11:25 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Good philosophy reads
Replies: 9
Views: 5029

Re: Good philosophy reads

As someone who has tried to get through some philosophical texts with very little experience ( to be fair, I tried to read wittgenstein's tractacus and leviathan, neither of which are that easy ), I found myself just skimming and then having 0 retention of what I'd read or any real understanding. A...
by The Stately Rhododendron
Tue Feb 10, 2015 5:09 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Good philosophy reads
Replies: 9
Views: 5029

Re: Good philosophy reads

Not sure if it counts, but the Tao Te Ching is very readable.
by The Stately Rhododendron
Sun Jan 25, 2015 3:42 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015 Regionals: Specific question requests and discussion
Replies: 49
Views: 10942

Re: 2015 Regionals: Specific question requests and discussio

In the wheel TU, the mural mentioned in the first line is a really common tibetan mural of the "wheel of existence." What Manu holds in it is that "wheel", or chakra. However, it's also a mandala, a 2-d representation of the universe. What Marpa and Milarepa use is a horizontal wheel, but it's also ...
by The Stately Rhododendron
Sun Jan 25, 2015 11:58 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015 Regionals: Specific question requests and discussion
Replies: 49
Views: 10942

Re: 2015 Regionals: Specific question requests and discussio

Could I see the TUs on "wheel" and "vulture", please? I negged early on both and I think the wording may have been unclear.
by The Stately Rhododendron
Mon Dec 08, 2014 7:10 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: What Happens to DC-Area Quizbowl Next Year?
Replies: 158
Views: 84960

Re: What Happens to DC-Area Quizbowl Next Year?

With regards to your other points, I agree with Matt Weiner's criticisms in their entirety. If you really want, you can get people together and declare the formation of the Maryland Educator's Liberation League for quizbOWl (humorous and nonrelevant acronym optional), but what the circuit needs is ...
by The Stately Rhododendron
Sat Dec 06, 2014 3:39 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: What Happens to DC-Area Quizbowl Next Year?
Replies: 158
Views: 84960

Re: What Happens to DC-Area Quizbowl Next Year?

I'll remind people that the success of the Missouri Quizbowl Alliance was based on its ruthless devotion to running efficient, fair, professional tournaments at multiple sites around the state, no matter what entrenched interests opposed doing so. The people who will push back against running tourn...
by The Stately Rhododendron
Sat Dec 06, 2014 1:11 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: What Happens to DC-Area Quizbowl Next Year?
Replies: 158
Views: 84960

Re: What Happens to DC-Area Quizbowl Next Year?

I think that an actual state quizbowl association in Maryland would be more effective in getting schools here to participate. A formal association probably won't be necessary. First and foremost, the circuit needs a few programs who are willing to regularly host tournaments in a competent and profe...
by The Stately Rhododendron
Thu Nov 27, 2014 11:11 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: TWAIN XIII @ UCLA (11/15/14) [BISB]
Replies: 5
Views: 3653

Re: TWAIN XIII @ UCLA (11/15/14) [BISB]

On the stats I believe Kevin J from Torrey Pines should be Thor Bjornson.
by The Stately Rhododendron
Wed Oct 22, 2014 12:53 am
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: What defines a team captain?
Replies: 23
Views: 16867

Re: What defines a team captain?

As long as teams set themselves up with a power structure, they're going to run into problems. Don't blindly follow the quasifascist ideal found in so many student organizations of a supreme class ruling over others. Instead, cooperate and try to reach a consensus on every issue. There is no reason ...
by The Stately Rhododendron
Sun Oct 19, 2014 4:33 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: General Discussion (Maryland Spring 2014)
Replies: 27
Views: 4401

Re: General Discussion

This tossup is a lot better than the Dvorak one, but the giveaway is not very correct. 4’33” is actually not completely silent; there’s nothing on the sheet music except instructions for not playing anything, but it’s the audience that makes the noise. The whole point of the piece was that the audi...
by The Stately Rhododendron
Mon Oct 13, 2014 4:37 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Geography and Current Events (2014 PADAWAN)
Replies: 30
Views: 6275

Re: Geography and Current Events

Could I see the rest of your South Africa question, Will? I liked the lead-in a lot, as I've never heard floor-crossing mentioned in a tossup before, even though it was a relatively big deal in South African politics. This was actually a really bad clue that didn't understand that "crossing the flo...
by The Stately Rhododendron
Mon Oct 13, 2014 2:51 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Geography and Current Events (2014 PADAWAN)
Replies: 30
Views: 6275

Re: Geography and Current Events

Could I see the rest of your South Africa question, Will? I liked the lead-in a lot, as I've never heard floor-crossing mentioned in a tossup before, even though it was a relatively big deal in South African politics.
by The Stately Rhododendron
Thu Sep 25, 2014 9:00 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Defending quizbowl
Replies: 9
Views: 4480

Re: Defending quizbowl

For the "I don't care about Catherine the Great part" you could mention the breadth of subjects that quizbowl covers. I don't care that much about plenty of things in quizbowl (like old battles, comp-sci, greek stuff, etc.), but there are plenty of other things I do care about (literature, current e...
by The Stately Rhododendron
Mon Sep 01, 2014 2:01 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: The Big Vision: [10] Looking Outside Quizbowl for Ideas?
Replies: 11
Views: 6049

Re: The Big Vision: [10] Looking Outside Quizbowl for Ideas?

I have participated in several Model UN competitions and most of the top programs in the nation have an elective class for Model UN where students prepare for conferences, do research on their countries, etc. (Centennial's MUN program is one of the few that doesn't have a serious class for it). Deb...
by The Stately Rhododendron
Mon Sep 01, 2014 2:01 am
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: The Big Vision: [10] Looking Outside Quizbowl for Ideas?
Replies: 11
Views: 7738

Re: The Big Vision: [10] Looking Outside Quizbowl for Ideas?

I have participated in several Model UN competitions and most of the top programs in the nation have an elective class for Model UN where students prepare for conferences, do research on their countries, etc. (Centennial's MUN program is one of the few that doesn't have a serious class for it). Deb...
by The Stately Rhododendron
Sat Aug 30, 2014 9:12 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: The Big Vision: [9] Re-focusing on the Correct Opponents
Replies: 11
Views: 5798

Re: The Big Vision: [9] Re-focusing on the Correct Opponents

This seems like a job for a national organization like PACE to try to flip at least one of these states by contacting coaches, teams, and admins. Heck, organize a bus trip out there and protest at the state capital in Topeka or something. Now that PACE is a 501c(3) the next logical step is a 501c(4...