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by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Wed Sep 14, 2016 11:17 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Tennessee 2016-2017
Replies: 14
Views: 7220

Re: Tennessee 2016-2017

NHBB will be hosting the Tennessee State Championships at Westmoreland Middle School on February 4th; this event will have Varsity, JV, and Middle School divisions for the Bowl team event. Online registration can be done at this link . We're also planning events in Memphis and Knoxville this season;...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Wed Sep 14, 2016 11:01 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '16-'17
Replies: 145
Views: 52087

Re: Illinois '16-'17

NHBB's just about finished finalizing our slate of Illinois tournaments this year. In northern Illinois, *Winnebago will host a new C-set event; it's on December 10th. *Belvidere North will host a new B-set event on January 21st. In central Illinois, *Springfield is hosting a C-set event on March 18...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Thu Sep 08, 2016 12:48 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Tips
Replies: 3
Views: 6746

Re: Tips

Hello! I 100% agree with joining the general quizbowl team at your school. Getting playing experience is a huge part of improving, and as NHBB's questions are written in the same style as all-subject quizbowl, getting better at one immediately entails getting better at the other. NHBB packets are av...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Sun Sep 04, 2016 7:07 pm
Forum: Single-Subject Events
Topic: NHBB High School Nationals Dates for 2020-2025
Replies: 8
Views: 16298

Re: NHBB High School Nationals Dates for 2017-2022

The original post is updated, as NHBB Nats is confirmed for the same hotel and calendar slot through 2022. NHBB would like to thank the Crystal Gateway Marriott for its continued hospitality!
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Wed Aug 17, 2016 7:38 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ACF Fall @ NIU (high school only) (11/5/16)
Replies: 5
Views: 3941

Re: ACF Fall @ NIU (high school only) (11/5/16)

Current Field: (15)
Fremd (4)
Stevenson (2)
Auburn
Byron
DCC
Hinsdale Central
IMSA
Metea Valley
Naperville North
Saint Joseph
Waubonsie Valley

Interested:
Saint Joseph B
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Wed Aug 17, 2016 7:04 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ACF Fall @ NIU (high school only) (11/5/16)
Replies: 5
Views: 3941

ACF Fall @ NIU (high school only) (11/5/16)

Hello! I am pleased to announce the Illinois high school site of ACF Fall 2016, to be held at Northern Illinois University on Saturday, November 5, 2016 . ACF Fall is the year's premier introductory-level collegiate quizbowl tournament, making it a premier tournament for advanced high school teams, ...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Tue Aug 16, 2016 5:02 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Why is the idea of a Board of Directors being overlooked?
Replies: 3
Views: 2897

Re: Why is the idea of a Board of Directors being overlooked

Speaking briefly, in the "officially for NHBB" capacity -- reading the other threads makes it sound like the idea got flatly ignored by a lot of people, including me and therefore NHBB; I may not have posted anything about it, but we are talking about it. Speaking briefly, but personally from what I...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Sun Aug 07, 2016 2:18 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB Call for Writers 2016-17
Replies: 1
Views: 2315

NHBB Call for Writers 2016-17

Hello! I'm happy to announce NHBB's call for writers for the 2016-17 season. To apply to be an NHBB writer, e-mail me at [email protected].com with your name, school affiliation (past and present as necessary), and a list of previous writing experiences (tournaments you helped write for, years worked...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Mon Aug 01, 2016 8:36 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: An Apology and an Announcement
Replies: 19
Views: 11829

Re: An Apology and an Announcement

I will take a more positive stance than Matt J and say that I think this apology is a step forward. I think you (Brad) are doing your best with a bad situation, and I salute you for it. It does bother me that Dave won't come on here himself and apologize, but I understand why you wouldn't want him ...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Mon Aug 01, 2016 6:05 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: An Apology and an Announcement
Replies: 19
Views: 11829

Re: An Apology and an Announcement

Megachile ambigua wrote:For me, the only action that would restore faith in NHBB is for Dave Madden to no longer be involved in the company whatsoever.
I know there are a number of people who feel this way. For those that don't, if there's anything I can do or that you would suggest, I look forward to hearing from you.
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Mon Aug 01, 2016 5:50 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: An Apology and an Announcement
Replies: 19
Views: 11829

Re: An Apology and an Announcement

You can't apologize for what took place in the past I agree 100% that I can't apologize for things that came before my time with NHBB; I regret that there are numerous people whose trust has been breached, in cases irrevocably, and in ways I can't articulate. It would obviously make my job easier i...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Mon Aug 01, 2016 5:17 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: An Apology and an Announcement
Replies: 19
Views: 11829

Re: An Apology and an Announcement

In other words, David decided to helicopter on out of here and before the board staff could punish him for his actions, pushed the burden of dealing with the community's anger at him on a subordinate to sweeten the deal, and is making it look like a gift to us ever-grateful community members? I was...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Mon Aug 01, 2016 3:38 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: An Apology and an Announcement
Replies: 19
Views: 11829

An Apology and an Announcement

Over the last few days, I've talked with David about a number of issues brought up in the discussion in the other thread. A number of issues aren't decided yet, but the following notes have been. I, on behalf of NHBB and with David's blessing, apologize for the threats of legal action related to dis...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Sat Jul 30, 2016 3:32 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Would You Recommend Working for NHBB?
Replies: 75
Views: 43785

Re: Would You Recommend Working for NHBB?

I'd like to talk about writing for NHBB, having been in charge of it for a year, following Eric & Matt's overseeing of the 2015 A-set and Nationals blitzes. The number one thing to be said about writing for NHBB is that you have almost 0 interaction with David. Once David tells me how many questions...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Mon Jul 04, 2016 4:04 am
Forum: Middle School Quizbowl Announcements & Discussion
Topic: HIGS Invitational
Replies: 17
Views: 8989

Re: HIGS Invitational

Whereas I'd keep the 1/1 math and slice off the 0.5 social science/philosophy, which usually doesn't go terribly well at middle school level. (Not that interesting social sciences clues can't find their way into geographical or historical questions.)
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Sat Jun 11, 2016 6:36 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB for Middle and Elementary Levels (Chicago, IL 6/9-6/12)
Replies: 86
Views: 37058

Re: NHBB for Middle and Elementary Levels (Chicago, IL 6/9-6

seemingly at random I thought this was standard NHBB fare (which happened at some 7-9 team fields at some local tournaments), due to a restriction on the number of packets and the fact you got to get through a bowl and a bee all in one day; however this shouldn't also be happening at nationals. It ...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Sat Jun 11, 2016 12:48 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Introducing new moderators to the game
Replies: 14
Views: 8099

Re: Introducing new moderators to the game

To clarify, though I had thought this was stating the obvious, Rotary Clubs, historical societies, and the like are not going to be a magical source of experienced and/or good moderators at the outset, though there are more people than many would think who can basically understand the basics of at ...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Fri Jun 10, 2016 3:37 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB for Middle and Elementary Levels (Chicago, IL 6/9-6/12)
Replies: 86
Views: 37058

Re: NHBB for Middle and Elementary Levels (Chicago, IL 6/9-6

VHSL Scholastic Bowl requires that a school have 4 players to start a match, otherwise they must forfeit. This has been widely regarded as a bad move, and the same is true of this rule—there's no reason to bar a team from competing because they don't have four players! Especially after they've show...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Mon Jun 06, 2016 2:03 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2016 PACE NSC: June 4-5, Chicago
Replies: 78
Views: 45166

Re: 2016 PACE NSC: June 4-5, Chicago

Just wanted to quickly thank PACE for a great tournament experience. I really enjoyed the question set and think it did an incredible job of balancing the high and low ends. As the coach of a team that finished one part shy of 10 PPB for the weekend, I never felt like a bonus refused to offer an eas...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Mon May 23, 2016 9:39 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ATROPHY VII @ NIU (04/16/16)
Replies: 7
Views: 4431

Re: ATROPHY VII @ NIU (04/16/16)

Oops! Never came back to update this post. Full stats are up at this link ; if you'd like prelim/playoff splits, http://www.ihssbca.org/tournaments/tournaments1516/ has the links there. Stevenson defeated Barrington in the first game of their advantaged final; WWS finished in 3rd, Auburn 4, IMSA 5, ...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Mon May 02, 2016 2:37 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2016 NHBB Nats: Factual Errors
Replies: 9
Views: 1347

Re: Factual Errors

Aethelred's underlining was definitely wrong; it, Queen Anne's War, and Paul Jennings' complicated freedom story slipped past me. (Aethelred's been underlined correctly in whichever of C, B, and A sets asked for him; I don't know how it got past me this time. Thanks to the moderators who weren't sty...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Sat Apr 30, 2016 6:00 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Call for Writers: IHO side events
Replies: 1
Views: 1929

Re: Call for Writers: IHO side events

I've heard from (and replied to) a good number of people, but would still like more! I'd like to finalize teams/editors by Monday (though the first editing deadlines are flexible and wouldn't kick in until late May -- don't worry if you don't want to start working until after finals!), so please let...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Thu Apr 28, 2016 11:59 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Call for Writers: IHO side events
Replies: 1
Views: 1929

Call for Writers: IHO side events

Hello! The International History Olympiad includes a number of small subject-oriented side events throughout the week, in addition to the more familiar Bee and Bowl competitions. These side events are in the range of 120-140 tossups and are styled as Bees (so no lightning rounds, related bonus quest...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Mon Apr 25, 2016 4:16 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Discuss 2016 NHBB Nationals Here
Replies: 88
Views: 36880

Re: Discuss 2016 NHBB Nationals Here

I'll have more to post in responses as I get settled at home, but a few quick notes: *Please do not post specific question content here, as some of these questions may be used in IHBB Championship sets in Canada, Europe, and Asia. (The bulk of those sets derives from NHBB A-set, but NHBB Nats are us...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Sat Apr 16, 2016 4:27 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ATROPHY VII @ NIU (04/16/16)
Replies: 7
Views: 4431

Re: ATROPHY VII @ NIU (04/16/16)

Brief results post -- we used 2 cross-pools of 7 teams (each team played the teams in the other pool). While we had all manner of contingency scenarios outlined, the end result of the prelims is that we have a top 4 pool of Stevenson (2-0), Auburn (0-2), Barrington (1-1), and Wheaton Warrenville Sou...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Thu Mar 31, 2016 12:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ATROPHY VII @ NIU (04/16/16)
Replies: 7
Views: 4431

Re: ATROPHY VII @ NIU (04/16/16)

At the moment, we've got 18 interested teams, 4 of which are B-teams that get in the field tomorrow. Now's your last chance to guarantee a spot!
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Mon Mar 14, 2016 1:19 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA 2016
Replies: 36
Views: 11630

Re: IHSA 2016

I'm looking forward to Noah's analysis on the scores over time, but I already expect I know the answer -- much, much better scores at the Regionals level, and better scores at the Sectionals level. Not having computational math tossups means there are 3 more tossup cycles that you can reasonably exp...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Sun Mar 13, 2016 1:32 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA 2016
Replies: 36
Views: 11630

Re: IHSA 2016

With 3 more rounds in the books, it's abundantly clear what we've got -- *competent literature (though I'm feeling like the leadins on the easier tossups are a bit too easy -- only one was buzzed by Keith, but I felt like there were going to be first clue buzzer races on a lot of them) *competent ma...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Wed Mar 09, 2016 1:58 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA 2016
Replies: 36
Views: 11630

Re: IHSA 2016

There was some confusion over this when we played, but did the Markov chains bonus really just have "matrix" as one of its parts? Harrison said transition matrix given what the bonus part stated, but it was ultimately decided that "matrix" was the only acceptable answer. That sounds like a moderato...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Wed Mar 09, 2016 9:17 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA 2016
Replies: 36
Views: 11630

Re: IHSA 2016

Hahaha -- fantastic. :) Shows how much I care about Egyptian myth. Both of those cases are good examples of "that clue is way easier than a leadin you've seen at any regular tournament." Those clues are probably too easy even for Regionals leadins, and if the Sectionals tossups aren't noticeably bet...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Tue Mar 08, 2016 9:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA 2016
Replies: 36
Views: 11630

Re: IHSA 2016

I haven't found all the misdirected anger I was expecting, but I got enough to make a post. The joke about "This Romanian sculptor" is that it is found in the definitional giveaway for Brancusi -- that is, every reasonable high school level Brancusi tossup should end "FTP, name this Romanian sculpto...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Tue Mar 08, 2016 1:13 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NHBB Sports & Entertainment Bee (writers found, thank you!)
Replies: 1
Views: 1683

Re: Looking for Writers: NHBB's Sports & Entertainment Bee

We've got our writing team -- thank you to everyone who e-mailed me! This set will be played at NHBB Nationals, then in modified form at IHBB Canada, Europe, and Asia; after IHBB championship season is over, we're likely interested in offering it as a side event to be mirrored at summer opens. Detai...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Mon Mar 07, 2016 11:11 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA 2016
Replies: 36
Views: 11630

Re: IHSA 2016

I used to be the guy who posted ravings at 10 PM on Regionals night. I'm going to bed instead, and I hope to read people's complaints and thoughts tomorrow. It would be tragic if this was the year that the HSQB forums didn't host a whole bunch of angry people post-Regionals. But I am looking forward...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Fri Mar 04, 2016 1:45 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NHBB Sports & Entertainment Bee (writers found, thank you!)
Replies: 1
Views: 1683

NHBB Sports & Entertainment Bee (writers found, thank you!)

I'm looking for 2-4 writers interested in helping write the trash questions for NHBB's annual Sports & Entertainment Bee (side event played at the Friday of NHBB Nationals -- April 22nd). If you're an experienced writer (having worked on a published set, whether it's trash or academic) who's able to...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Fri Feb 26, 2016 4:17 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ATROPHY VII @ NIU (04/16/16)
Replies: 7
Views: 4431

Re: ATROPHY VII @ NIU (04/16/16)

Details have been updated. We currently stand at 12 reserved slots for an 18-team field cap, so e-mail me to register!

We're also looking for moderators; if you're interested in reading for what's already an incredible field, please e-mail me.
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Sun Feb 21, 2016 2:31 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '15 - '16
Replies: 64
Views: 30913

Re: Illinois '15 - '16

I'm having some sleep issues at the moment and don't have the mental focus to write questions or do my taxes, so we get this post instead. The full results aren't all posted to the Masonic Bowl website yet, so I don't want to mention any question specifics, but I want to thank David Reinstein, Jonah...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Thu Feb 11, 2016 4:06 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ATROPHY VII @ NIU (04/16/16)
Replies: 7
Views: 4431

Re: ATROPHY VII @ NIU (04/16/16)

Field:
Auburn
Barrington
Bloomington
Champaign Centennial
Hinsdale Central A
Hinsdale Central B
Homewood-Flossmoor A
Homewood-Flossmoor B
IMSA
Stevenson
UChicago Lab
Waubonsie Valley
Wheaton Warrenville South
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Tue Feb 09, 2016 2:53 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ATROPHY VII @ NIU (04/16/16)
Replies: 7
Views: 4431

ATROPHY VII @ NIU (04/16/16)

This is the announcement for Northern Illinois University's seventh annual ATROPHY (April Tournament Run on Pennies, Halfpence, and Yen), to be held in DeKalb, IL on April 16th, 2016. We're excited, once again, to be running Yale's BHSAT set. (This set is also being used at the Galesburg Rotary even...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Mon Feb 08, 2016 10:00 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Buzzing In Too(?) Early
Replies: 11
Views: 4132

Re: Buzzing In Too(?) Early

Questions that spot you "the Great" should just be accepting "Otto" once you've said "Great," as they should just be accepting "Richard" after spotting you "the third of his name."
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Fri Feb 05, 2016 12:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '15 - '16
Replies: 64
Views: 30913

Re: Illinois '15 - '16

Due to a high number of conflicts with February 14th, we are postponing the Team Illinois selection event to Saturday, March 26th. The new event will take place in the Chicago area; more details to come. If you are interested in applying for Team Illinois, you still have time to e-mail me! If you th...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Fri Jan 29, 2016 12:59 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '15 - '16
Replies: 64
Views: 30913

Re: Illinois '15 - '16

Today's the no-late-penalty deadline for signing up Bowl teams for the NHBB IL State Championships next Saturday @ Loyola; I'd love to see a couple more teams sign up. (Individuals can sign up for the Bee or qualifying exams on the day-of.) If you have any questions, you can e-mail me at [email protected]...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Mon Jan 25, 2016 1:12 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '15 - '16
Replies: 64
Views: 30913

Re: Illinois '15 - '16

I've gotten a number of e-mails asking, so for slightly better exposure: We are still planning on having a Team Illinois selection event on February 14th at U of I, as has been done in years past. As we've stated before, Illinois will register if and only if the field is of a significant size (12 or...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Fri Dec 11, 2015 11:08 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Incentivizing Outreach: A Negative Mirror Fee?
Replies: 13
Views: 6649

Re: Incentivizing Outreach: A Negative Mirror Fee?

Instead of placing this burden on the established writing companies, who have a goal to make some kind of money out of their arrangement, why not coordinate a volunteer-contributed set in the vein of CMST, let people who care deeply about this project donate their time, and let hosts use the set fo...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Fri Dec 11, 2015 10:58 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Incentivizing Outreach: A Negative Mirror Fee?
Replies: 13
Views: 6649

Re: Incentivizing Outreach: A Negative Mirror Fee?

And if it's not financially interesting for clubs to take on this particular outreach incentive, why would a for-profit company bother asking them to do it? Because the larger company can reap much greater benefits from the expansion of the circuit in the long run. Not only would the company get mi...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Fri Dec 11, 2015 8:35 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Incentivizing Outreach: A Negative Mirror Fee?
Replies: 13
Views: 6649

Re: Incentivizing Outreach: A Negative Mirror Fee?

I think this idea is flawed in a number of its assumptions and expectations. Outreach is expensive both in terms of time and, too often, finances for TDs. It's expensive to give big discounts to new teams (though these discounts are key, in my opinion, to reducing the financial barrier for new teams...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Tue Nov 10, 2015 9:46 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2016 NASAT: June 18-19 @ University of Kentucky
Replies: 56
Views: 45008

Re: 2016 NASAT: June 18-19 @ University of Kentucky

it's great and all that people are starting to reevaluate whether NASAT is a good use of their resources, but I'm starting to get a little worried about "we won't register until at least X number of teams register" or "we won't register until NASAT is confirmed" attitudes. Perhaps HSAPQ can keep tr...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Tue Nov 10, 2015 6:20 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2016 NASAT: June 18-19 @ University of Kentucky
Replies: 56
Views: 45008

Re: 2016 NASAT: June 18-19 @ University of Kentucky

In an earlier meeting, the IHSSBCA had expressed some internal doubt as to whether NASAT was an effective use of our resources. The questions have always provided a great experience for the kids, but the lack of some expected strong states and issues like the initially proposed playoff format last y...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Wed Oct 28, 2015 8:12 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ACF Fall 2015 at NIU: 11/7/15 (IL-Area High School Mirror)
Replies: 4
Views: 3453

Re: ACF Fall 2015 at NIU: 11/7/15 (IL-Area High School Mirro

Based on moderator availability, we're going to lock the field at these 12 teams, with Fremd B on the waitlist should someone need to drop. If you're still interested in joining us, e-mail me.

Looking forward to seeing everyone in a couple weeks!