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by heterodyne
Sun Sep 29, 2013 6:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Young adult literature
Replies: 39
Views: 8256

Re: Distribution

It should be noted that a large amount of Ursula K. LeGuin's work is not, in fact, children's or YA lit. Genre lit is not the same as kid lit, and while there are certainly arguments against including genre lit, those aren't really the same as those against kid lit. LeGuin's The Left Hand of Darknes...
by heterodyne
Tue Jun 25, 2013 8:23 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Quinterest: Hassle-free Database Search
Replies: 131
Views: 107632

Re: Quinterest: Hassle-free Database Search

Just wondering, although this is obviously a low priority, would it be possible to make the database searchable by the tournament the question came from?
by heterodyne
Sat Jun 22, 2013 9:50 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '13-'14
Replies: 143
Views: 67528

Re: Illinois '13-'14

Just gonna throw in my two cents, having seen some players at ACE. I don't really like ranking prepay, so I'm just gonna throw out some stuff I've seen. Stevenson shouldn't be underestimated. Jason is quite good, and they have at least one other good player here (whose name I have forgotten, sorry)....
by heterodyne
Thu Mar 07, 2013 5:38 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: HELP US. 3 DAYS LEFT
Replies: 11
Views: 5853

Re: HELP US. 3 DAYS LEFT

bum bum bum
by heterodyne
Wed Mar 06, 2013 11:09 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA 2013
Replies: 78
Views: 16978

Re: IHSA 2013

Who gives two flying ****s about Amarillo being the helium capital Didn't see this earlier, but I'd like to note that for some reason a member of my team (Sam D.) knew that and first-lined the question. But I agree, it's kind of (very) unrelated to the actual question, and he got that not because o...
by heterodyne
Wed Mar 06, 2013 12:13 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA 2013
Replies: 78
Views: 16978

Re: IHSA 2013

One of the most influential philosophers of the nineteenth century is a 'hard' part? Listen, I'm talking about intentions, not actuality. There were plenty of bonuses that did not really have a hard part. I just am going off of the general idea that the most tangentially related part is normally in...
by heterodyne
Tue Mar 05, 2013 11:55 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA 2013
Replies: 78
Views: 16978

Re: IHSA 2013

I am not sure how they linked Kierkegaard to Nietzsche, but ok. In that case, Kierkegaard could have been considered the hard part. Either way, I probably would have picked Ecce Homo or The Gay Science or even something about "god is dead" or Apollonian vs Dionysian but w/e.
by heterodyne
Tue Mar 05, 2013 11:48 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA 2013
Replies: 78
Views: 16978

Re: IHSA 2013

The issue has rather little to do with the audience the set is aimed at-- regardless of how knowledgeable the teams are, the bonuses should not be of uniform difficulty. In terms of what you actually knew of that bonus, it's either going to be zero or thirty, because anyone who knows enough about N...
by heterodyne
Tue Mar 05, 2013 11:26 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA 2013
Replies: 78
Views: 16978

Re: IHSA 2013

Freya's chariot, unless I'm mistaken, is actually pulled by leopards, and I was greatly dismayed when my answer wasn't accepted. They are cats, although I did not hear that bonus. Something else that was a bit frustrating was just how it was written to make you second-guess yourself. Prime example ...
by heterodyne
Tue Mar 05, 2013 10:55 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA 2013
Replies: 78
Views: 16978

Re: IHSA 2013

Murakami wouldn't have been out of place at State, ditto Brubeck at Sectionals or State -- but Sister John has traditionally not been one to listen to writers' recommendations for "this question should go at this level." I wonder how many people learned the difference between "alphabet" and "syllab...
by heterodyne
Mon Mar 04, 2013 11:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA 2013
Replies: 78
Views: 16978

Re: IHSA 2013

I felt that a lot of these questions, while written in a manner that would be easy to someone with base knowledge of the subject material, fell outside of the canon. The question difficulty felt variable, but that can be blamed on the fact that the questions in general were short and some were not t...
by heterodyne
Sat Mar 02, 2013 7:11 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Masonic
Replies: 65
Views: 27937

Re: Masonic

Congrats to the winners and also to all the runners-up; I'd list them but I'm on mobile and lazy. Thanks to Springfield, the Masons, and all the volunteers (and anyone who I may be leaving out) for putting on what I and my teammates felt was a very smooth-running tournament. When will these sets be ...
by heterodyne
Mon Feb 18, 2013 11:19 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Masonic
Replies: 65
Views: 27937

Re: Masonic

A corollary to that question: will that rule be enforced at state?
by heterodyne
Mon Feb 18, 2013 8:40 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Masonic
Replies: 65
Views: 27937

Re: Masonic

A rules-related question: Was the "captain must give answer" rule in effect everywhere? It was only going on in some rooms here, but is that actually part of the current rules?
by heterodyne
Mon Feb 18, 2013 12:56 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Masonic
Replies: 65
Views: 27937

Re: Masonic

thyringe_supine wrote:
JHuh33 wrote: AGH we got victimized on that Crassus/Cassius thing.
Lost points on that one here too.
by heterodyne
Sun Jan 27, 2013 11:07 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Timed Rounds
Replies: 2
Views: 1199

Re: Timed Rounds

I've heard that in slow moderator desperate situations, vulching early can be necessary, but then again, my first timed experience (same as yours, I assume) will be at NAQT state. EDIT: also, there was http://hsquizbowl.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=117&t=13351 <----- the clock theory thread, which whi...
by heterodyne
Fri Jan 04, 2013 11:52 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: All very good at all or every specialist at each different
Replies: 4
Views: 1798

Re: All very good at all or every specialist at each different

(Not an expert here; correct if wrong)

If you could have a team where everyone was good at everything, it would be great. That, however, is not going to happen, so it is better to have everyone put their effort into one specific category.
by heterodyne
Sun Dec 02, 2012 2:45 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Japanese Lit
Replies: 4
Views: 3136

Japanese Lit

Is there any way that the people of this here fine forum would reccomend for studying Japanese lit and poetry? Our team is so, so weak on that, and I can't get quizbowldb to work. Are there any good anthologies to read?
by heterodyne
Tue Nov 20, 2012 11:57 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: ProtoBowl
Replies: 367
Views: 160463

Re: ProtoBowl

A side idea kind of relevant to this would be creating a room in which users can submit their own questions (with their intended difficulty, subject, etc.) and others can playtest them and provide feedback. I endorse this idea. There is also the possibility of user accounts, although I've heard tha...
by heterodyne
Tue Nov 20, 2012 7:41 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: ProtoBowl
Replies: 367
Views: 160463

Re: ProtoBowl

So far, this has been great. Is there any chance of getting a hold of a bonus database for use? My team has set up a room, and it works very well. The ability to establish custom distribs is great, and the UI is very smooth. EDIT: Perhaps include several common distribs, ACF, NAQT, the like? The qu...
by heterodyne
Tue Nov 20, 2012 8:04 am
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: ProtoBowl
Replies: 367
Views: 160463

Re: ProtoBowl

So far, this has been great. Is there any chance of getting a hold of a bonus database for use? My team has set up a room, and it works very well. The ability to establish custom distribs is great, and the UI is very smooth. EDIT: Perhaps include several common distribs, ACF, NAQT, the like? The qu...
by heterodyne
Mon Nov 19, 2012 11:28 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: ProtoBowl
Replies: 367
Views: 160463

Re: ProtoBowl

So far, this has been great. Is there any chance of getting a hold of a bonus database for use? My team has set up a room, and it works very well. The ability to establish custom distribs is great, and the UI is very smooth.

EDIT: Perhaps include several common distribs, ACF, NAQT, the like?
by heterodyne
Mon Nov 19, 2012 12:50 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Kickoffs
Replies: 37
Views: 7704

Re: Kickoffs

Fred wrote:Your power rate is comparable with other teams on high school sets with a comparable (a)ppb.
Huh. Must have been just mental. Well, thanks anyway.
by heterodyne
Mon Nov 19, 2012 12:20 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Kickoffs
Replies: 37
Views: 7704

Re: Kickoffs

Unfortunately, as far as I know we can't discuss specific questions, but Bloomington has not really been a very power-y team in the past, so for us to have our tournament's highest number of powers is a tad bit surprising.
by heterodyne
Sun Nov 18, 2012 12:50 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Kickoffs
Replies: 37
Views: 7704

Re: Kickoffs

Did all of these tournaments use the same sets? If so, did anyone else find the powermarking rather liberal? There were several questions that really seemed like power went late.
by heterodyne
Wed Oct 10, 2012 9:15 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Quizbowl Central
Replies: 144
Views: 76041

Re: Quizbowl Central

The Facebook Login is not working for me. The multiplayer is having some issues too. I cannot create a game.
by heterodyne
Wed Oct 10, 2012 10:04 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: UIUC ABT presents Earlybird (10/06/12)
Replies: 34
Views: 20836

Re: UIUC ABT presents Earlybird (10/06/12)

Golran wrote:Were all teams from Illinois?
Dunbar, the Kentucky state champs, also the victors ,were there. Other than that, I think we were all from Illinois.
by heterodyne
Wed Oct 10, 2012 9:59 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '12-'13
Replies: 153
Views: 69988

Re: Illinois '12-'13

So I would not be surprised if Carbondale has the best frosh-soph in the state, seeing as Jame sis their highest scorer (I think) andd they almost beat our full varsity. (Typing on a Nook right now, sorry for the typos. Loyola... Oh god Venkus. I had to be in the same RMP prelim room with him at ACE...
by heterodyne
Wed Aug 15, 2012 4:00 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Quizbowl Database Down?
Replies: 4
Views: 2840

Re: Quizbowl Database Down?

If it meant finally getting the multiplayer up, then I'm down with a little outage.