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by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Fri Jun 26, 2015 12:38 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Call for Writers -- International History Olympiad
Replies: 36
Views: 16788

Re: Call for Writers -- International History Olympiad

I had an internet-less dinner tonight, so I wrote out an update on how NHBB is doing -- on IHO, sure, but more importantly on setting up for the future. Through the first week of the three that we've got to write IHO's 2,000 questions, we got 1,254 questions written. There's plenty more to do, they'...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Wed Jun 17, 2015 3:46 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Call for Writers -- International History Olympiad
Replies: 36
Views: 16788

Re: Call for Writers -- International History Olympiad

It is, as alluded to in the first post, the last event of the 2014-15 year -- for which Matt Weiner was contracted to write full-time. I'm not privy to anything more than has been publicly said, but I'm guessing that, yes, the expectation for this event was created in that time. The good news is tha...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Wed Jun 17, 2015 2:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Call for Writers -- International History Olympiad
Replies: 36
Views: 16788

Call for Writers -- International History Olympiad

Nationals may be over, but NHBB has one final event for the 2014-15 season -- the International History Olympiad, from July 9 to 15. Unfortunately, we are in a time crunch for the writing for this event; fortunately, this will be the final time we need triage-level work before I'm able to properly o...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Tue Jun 02, 2015 10:47 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Call for Writers: NHBB 2015-16
Replies: 1
Views: 2549

Call for Writers: NHBB 2015-16

Hello, everyone! I'm excited to be working with NHBB to produce their question sets for the 2015-16 season and beyond. As opposed to last year's model, my job is to produce the sets; not to write them completely myself, but to oversee a team of writers, make sure sets are on pace to finish by deadli...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Tue Jun 02, 2015 12:47 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '14-'15
Replies: 91
Views: 32501

Re: Illinois '14-'15

Illinois was really well-represented this weekend; particular congratulations to Naperville North, who stormed to a fantastic t-13 showing, from a 6-4 Saturday, in their first HSNCT!
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Tue May 12, 2015 2:25 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '15 - '16
Replies: 64
Views: 29953

Re: Illinois '15 - '16

the return of AHAN wrote:This is why we can't have nice things.
But we can! Things like the proper number of history questions!
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Tue May 12, 2015 9:59 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '15 - '16
Replies: 64
Views: 29953

Re: Illinois '15 - '16

The standing issue came up because (and I'm hearing this secondhand from the person who proposed it at the meeting) someone at the IHSA State Series proposed having the whole team stand up during tossups as an intimidation tactic. I don't know whether that proposal was serious or joking, or whether ...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Tue Apr 28, 2015 9:18 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '14-'15
Replies: 91
Views: 32501

Re: Illinois '14-'15

If you are staying for the ICTM State Finals Awards Ceremony *and* going to the IHSSBCA Awards Banquet this Saturday, please e-mail me (brad.a.fischer@gmail.com) ASAP. I have a hypothetical favor to ask of you.
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Fri Apr 24, 2015 10:24 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Being a Good Scorekeeper
Replies: 13
Views: 5889

Re: Being a Good Scorekeeper

Know the "the score ends in 5 if and only if there's an odd number of negs+powers" logic. Makes it really easy to find many halftime scorecheck errors.
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Sun Apr 19, 2015 9:53 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ATROPHY VI @ Northern Illinois University (4/25/15)
Replies: 5
Views: 5125

Re: ATROPHY VI @ Northern Illinois University (4/25/15)

At the moment, the ATROPHY field is locked at these 16 teams: Auburn (3 teams) Barrington Bloomington (3 teams) Carbondale "DuPage County Central" (2 teams) Keith Metea Valley Saint Joseph's (2 teams) UChicago Lab (2 teams) A couple of the extra teams have said they're not 100% confirmed, so if you ...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Tue Apr 14, 2015 4:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ATROPHY VI @ Northern Illinois University (4/25/15)
Replies: 5
Views: 5125

Re: ATROPHY VI @ Northern Illinois University (4/25/15)

Sure! With a day to go before the B- and C-teams are let in, we have entries from the following schools: Auburn Barrington Bloomington Carbondale "Central Hinsdale" Keith Metea Valley UChicago Lab with five, possibly six teams on the B-team waitlist. If your school would like to join this list, let ...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Thu Mar 26, 2015 7:45 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ATROPHY VI @ Northern Illinois University (4/25/15)
Replies: 5
Views: 5125

ATROPHY VI @ Northern Illinois University (4/25/15)

Northern Illinois University's Quiz Bowl Association will host the sixth annual April Tournament Run On Pennies, Halfpence, and Yen on April 25th, 2015. This year's tournament will again mirror the fine BHSAT set; we'd like to thank Grace Liu, Jacob Reed, and Yale for again letting us mirror it. Sch...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Mon Mar 16, 2015 11:59 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA 2015
Replies: 21
Views: 4490

Re: IHSA 2015

by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Thu Mar 12, 2015 10:28 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '14-'15
Replies: 91
Views: 32501

Re: Illinois '14-'15

Someone should host Prison Bowl in April or May.

EDIT: Maybe not. First reactions are...not positive.
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Sat Mar 07, 2015 9:58 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Masonics 2015
Replies: 17
Views: 5116

Re: Masonics 2015

Congratulations to everyone who played at Masonic State! Here are the results: Class 1A: Champs : Casey-Westfield 2nd: Port Byron Riverdale 3rd: Keith Country Day 4th: Blue Ridge Class 2A: Champs: Sterling Newman 2nd: Macomb 3rd: Latin 4th: Urbana Uni Class 3A: Champs: IMSA 2nd: Bloomington 3rd: Fre...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Tue Mar 03, 2015 9:56 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: George Oppen: An Apology, and General Discussion
Replies: 47
Views: 14780

Re: An Apology, and General Discussion

I don't know that I was intending to argue for a uniform distribution of buzzes (which, I agree, is totally impossible), but I still have no idea what the point of the first few lines is if nobody buzzes on them. I understand that the first half of a question at this difficulty is more or less a ho...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Mon Mar 02, 2015 2:08 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: George Oppen at Illinois (2/28/15)
Replies: 9
Views: 6472

Re: George Oppen at Illinois (2/28/15)

This was a fantastic tournament -- thank you to Illinois for hosting, and to the writers for what was a very fun, challenging set.
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Sun Nov 23, 2014 11:17 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '14-'15
Replies: 91
Views: 32501

Re: Illinois '14-'15

the charm wrote:From what I've heard from friends at my alma mater, Newman Central Catholic won the Keith site and Belvidere North took second. I'm not sure about the rest.
Yep -- stats are posted in the Keith Kickoff thread now.
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Sun Nov 23, 2014 10:18 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSSBCA Kickoff @ Keith Country Day (Rockford, IL): 11/22/14
Replies: 3
Views: 1984

Re: IHSSBCA Kickoff @ Keith Country Day (Rockford, IL): 11/2

Congratulations to Sterling Newman (9-0) for defeating Belvidere North (7-2) 420-130 in the first game of an advantaged final to win the 2014 IHSSBCA Kickoff at Keith Country Day School! Newman dominated yesterday, winning with an average margin of 360 points per game, led by Elliott Frankfother's 2...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Sat Nov 08, 2014 7:34 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ACF Fall 2014: HS mirror @ NIU (DeKalb, IL), 11/8
Replies: 7
Views: 5191

Re: ACF Fall 2014: HS mirror @ NIU (DeKalb, IL), 11/8

Congratulations to Auburn, who claimed the championship in a two-game advantaged final, and to IMSA A, who placed second. Stats are posted here . Thank you to all of the teams for coming, and to Mathew Laird, Mike Laudermith, Michael Lindvall, Greg Peterson, Noah Prince, and Kristin Strey for staffi...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Wed Nov 05, 2014 1:38 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ACF Fall 2014: HS mirror @ NIU (DeKalb, IL), 11/8
Replies: 7
Views: 5191

Re: ACF Fall 2014: HS mirror @ NIU (DeKalb, IL), 11/8

Saint Joseph has dropped, so we're now at 12 teams. Still will do a full round robin, still will begin Round 1 at 8:45. I'll send an updated e-mail to coaches later today.
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Thu Oct 30, 2014 8:28 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ACF Fall 2014: HS mirror @ NIU (DeKalb, IL), 11/8
Replies: 7
Views: 5191

Re: ACF Fall 2014: HS mirror @ NIU (DeKalb, IL), 11/8

Closing the field at these 12 teams. (Some teams have dropped, but still appear on the Google sheet linked above.) If you're interested in playing, you can e-mail me to start a standby list. Field (12): Auburn Barrington Carbondale DCC A DCC B DCC C Hinsdale Central IMSA A IMSA B Naperville North St...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Sat Oct 25, 2014 10:20 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Wake-Up Call at Northwestern (10/25/14) (Field Closed)
Replies: 7
Views: 3725

Re: Wake-Up Call at Northwestern (10/25/14) (Field Closed)

Great work with today's event, Dylan -- Round 8 was done by 2:45, a very fine finish. Thanks for hosting!
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Tue Oct 21, 2014 3:35 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSSBCA Kickoff @ Keith Country Day (Rockford, IL): 11/22/14
Replies: 3
Views: 1984

Re: IHSSBCA Kickoff @ Keith Country Day (Rockford, IL): 11/2

We've got 1 spot left in our field -- if you're interested, please register right away! Once the field fills, you can e-mail me at styxman42@gmail.com to reserve a place on the waitlist (in case teams cancel or staff is found to expand the field). The waitlist is, like the field, first come first se...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Mon Oct 20, 2014 4:13 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: FKT 2014 Seeking Mirrors (easy side of regular difficulty)
Replies: 32
Views: 13956

Re: FKT 2014 Seeking Mirrors (easy side of regular difficult

Having seen e-mails from Tom sent to his hosts as they requested SCOP to save their tournaments from destruction, we're dealing with a classic case of a writer having bit off more than he could chew and failing to recognize the consequences. Hubris prevented him from advising his tournaments of the ...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Wed Oct 08, 2014 9:59 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ACF Fall 2014: HS mirror @ NIU (DeKalb, IL), 11/8
Replies: 7
Views: 5191

Re: ACF Fall 2014: HS mirror @ NIU (DeKalb, IL), 11/8

With the impending registration of Barrington, we're at 12 teams. If you're interested in playing but haven't registered and contacted me yet, do so very soon; we may close the field shortly.

Again, the updated field list is here.
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Thu Sep 04, 2014 11:20 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ACF Fall 2014: HS mirror @ NIU (DeKalb, IL), 11/8
Replies: 7
Views: 5191

Re: ACF Fall 2014: HS mirror @ NIU (DeKalb, IL), 11/8

The field is up to 4 teams, with Saint Joseph and DCCs A through C. If you'd like to watch the field update live as teams register, ACF has that information at this link.
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Fri Aug 29, 2014 1:13 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSSBCA Kickoff @ Keith Country Day (Rockford, IL): 11/22/14
Replies: 3
Views: 1984

Re: IHSSBCA Kickoff @ Keith Country Day (Rockford, IL): 11/2

Field (Current as of 10/21):
Belvidere North
Byron
Keith Country Day
Morrison
Richmond Burton A
Richmond Burton B
Rockford Boylan
Sterling Newman
Stillman Valley A
Stillman Valley B
Woodstock Marian
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Fri Aug 29, 2014 1:12 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSSBCA Kickoff @ Keith Country Day (Rockford, IL): 11/22/14
Replies: 3
Views: 1984

IHSSBCA Kickoff @ Keith Country Day (Rockford, IL): 11/22/14

Keith Country Day School is proud to be hosting a Rockford-area site of this year's IHSSBCA Kickoff tournament on November 22nd, 2014. The IHSSBCA has provided NAQT's IS-140 set, a regular difficulty set, for this year's tournaments. The champion and runner-up from our site will qualify for NAQT's H...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Sun Aug 24, 2014 11:08 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 PACE NSC Team Qualification Guidelines
Replies: 5
Views: 3397

Re: 2015 PACE NSC Team Qualification Guidelines

Matthew Jackson wrote:PACE will automatically approve wild card bids from teams which finished highly enough at events that meet our standards for qualifier status, even if those events are not officially listed as such.
Will these automatic wild card approvals allow affected teams to register before January 1st?
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Fri Aug 15, 2014 8:59 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '14-'15
Replies: 91
Views: 32501

Re: Illinois '14-'15

I talked with Dale Thayer -- the cutoffs aren't decided yet, as they're waiting for more knowledge of who's gonna be in the tournament (don't want to cut it off at an odd number of schools in two classes if you don't have to!).
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Tue Aug 05, 2014 12:57 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ACF Fall 2014: HS mirror @ NIU (DeKalb, IL), 11/8
Replies: 7
Views: 5191

ACF Fall 2014: HS mirror @ NIU (DeKalb, IL), 11/8

I'm pleased to announce that Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL, will again host a mirror of ACF Fall for high school teams. This tournament will take place on November 8th, 2014, the standard date for other ACF Fall mirrors. The field is restricted to high school teams, in accordance with t...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Thu Jul 31, 2014 11:17 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Richard Montgomery's HERMES available for mirrors!
Replies: 22
Views: 16106

Re: Richard Montgomery's HERMES available for mirrors!

Like Corry says, geography is comically accessible -- it is to history what earth science is to science. It doesn't do the same job as an actual history question, but in a geography question, you can talk generally about interesting things that people know about, while using an answer line with near...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Thu Jul 31, 2014 12:14 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Richard Montgomery's HERMES available for mirrors!
Replies: 22
Views: 16106

Re: Richard Montgomery's HERMES available for mirrors!

My "other science" preferences manifest themselves in the SCOP distribution -- we do 1/1 of each of the big 3, then 1/1 math and 1/1 astro & earth science combined in each packet. CS, if it makes it in, fits in as a math question. When I write SCOP's earth science, I look at it as a way to talk abou...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Wed Jul 30, 2014 12:32 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Richard Montgomery's HERMES available for mirrors!
Replies: 22
Views: 16106

Re: Richard Montgomery's HERMES available for mirrors!

Not to mention thirteen computer science questions and thirteen TOTAL math, astronomy, earth science, and other questions. It sounds like the set is already pretty much written, but if there's time to fiddle with some of these things, you may want to. Advertising a set as slightly harder than regula...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Fri Jul 25, 2014 11:18 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO History 2015
Replies: 139
Views: 65885

Re: CO History 2015

Another option you could consider: I'm in the process of writing a Beatles packet (inspired by Jacob Reed's, but without music theory), and the compromise I've come to with myself is doing single-part, 5-point, related-to-the-tossup bonuses. It lets me ask something harder than a tossup would allow,...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Wed Jul 16, 2014 1:16 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Literature Specific Tournaments?
Replies: 7
Views: 3943

Re: Literature Specific Tournaments?

There may not be an ongoing literature-focused version of quizbowl, but various people have, from time to time, written sets of literature-only questions to be played as side events, like you see at Chicago Open. (They're not all written at CO-difficulty, either.) The Naguib Mahfouz Memorial Lit Sin...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Fri Jul 11, 2014 4:55 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 NASAT Discussion
Replies: 38
Views: 18955

Re: 2014 NASAT Discussion

I think we're running into another instance of "social science doesn't mix terribly well with high school." At the novice and regular difficulty levels, the issue you run into is one of general accessibility -- the courses themselves, whether that's AP Psych, an Econ class, or anything to do with an...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Wed Jun 18, 2014 12:36 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Making Interesting Geography Questions
Replies: 17
Views: 11759

Re: Making Interesting Geography Questions

Primarily, I really despise travel bowl, by which I mean questions that proceed to list off locations/lanmarks that have no legitimate global significance on a macro level (i.e. you would only care about something as a tourist in that city, not for any other geographic/cultural reason). This pretty...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Wed Jun 18, 2014 12:36 am
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Making Interesting Geography Questions
Replies: 17
Views: 7007

Re: Making Interesting Geography Questions

Primarily, I really despise travel bowl, by which I mean questions that proceed to list off locations/lanmarks that have no legitimate global significance on a macro level (i.e. you would only care about something as a tourist in that city, not for any other geographic/cultural reason). This pretty...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Mon Jun 16, 2014 12:22 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '14-'15
Replies: 91
Views: 32501

Re: Illinois '14-'15

Ben Dillon wrote:When Nolan says "we don't have a team", he means he's not expecting much support from the young'uns, i.e. he expects to be pretty much a one-man team. Saint Joe will still attend as many tourneys as feasible.
Ok, cool -- I was worried you were joining Coach Blessman in Germany!
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Mon Jun 16, 2014 11:15 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '14-'15
Replies: 91
Views: 32501

Re: Illinois '14-'15

NLiu wrote:we don't really have a team this year
Eh? Sorry to hear, but what's up?
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Tue Jun 10, 2014 7:08 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Open online mirror of NASAT -- June 21
Replies: 91
Views: 43128

Re: Open online mirror of NASAT -- June 21

Does this mean the NASAT matches won't be livestreamed/liveblogged with answers, as in previous years? This sounds fun, but I'm weary of shelling out $15 or more for something if we're just taking it on good faith that nobody listened/watched online. We are looking more to recording games for posti...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Tue Jun 10, 2014 6:33 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Open online mirror of NASAT -- June 21
Replies: 91
Views: 43128

Re: Open online mirror of NASAT -- June 21

Does this mean the NASAT matches won't be livestreamed/liveblogged with answers, as in previous years? This sounds fun, but I'm weary of shelling out $15 or more for something if we're just taking it on good faith that nobody listened/watched online.
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Thu Jun 05, 2014 11:38 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '14-'15
Replies: 91
Views: 32501

Re: Illinois '14-'15

That's a one-day thing, confined to Rockford. I'm talking about actual regional/sectional tournaments that feed into a state championship. The regional tournament is "who can get their e-mail addresses to Kristin Burns to be on the mailing list," and sectionals is "who can respond fastest to get th...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Thu Jun 05, 2014 3:32 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '14-'15
Replies: 91
Views: 32501

Re: Illinois '14-'15

And... hardly anything got fixed. Brad Fischer and Kristin Burns, if you want to spearhead the founding of an Illinois Middle School Quizbowl Association State Championship Series, with the top finishers qualifying for the MSNCT, I'm listening. I'm pretty sure we've run essentially that thing on ML...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Wed Jun 04, 2014 10:29 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 HSNCT Consolation Rounds Discussion
Replies: 13
Views: 6589

Re: 2014 HSNCT Consolation Rounds Discussion

My team went 4-6 this year as a standby team that didn't actually qualify for the tournament. This was the upper end of our goals for the day, and we're thrilled that we accomplished it. It was a great Saturday, and we had no plans for Sunday whatsoever. We're local and had no playoff aspirations, s...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Wed Jun 04, 2014 9:18 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '14-'15
Replies: 91
Views: 32501

Re: Illinois '14-'15

Though not a voting member of the Advisory Board any more, I have it on good authority that the IESA Advisory Board has 2 items on the agenda for tomorrow that propose reducing toss-up timing and asking bonuses one part at a time. Fingers crossed for incremental change towards better quizbowl... It...