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by RexSueciae
Fri May 15, 2015 1:44 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Tricon: The Next Generation
Replies: 50
Views: 26920

Re: Tricon: The Next Generation

Are there the same requirements for adding powers/superpowers to all questions, or has that requirement been waived?
by RexSueciae
Tue Apr 28, 2015 6:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 NHBB/USGO Discussion Thread
Replies: 122
Views: 50433

Re: 2015 NHBB/USGO Discussion Thread

Why is there no penalty for a third incorrect buzz once a question is over, while there is one if the question has not been finished? Doesn't this encourage buzzer races at the end of the question after two negs? It's traditional in quizbowl to not penalize wild guesses at the end of tossups. The b...
by RexSueciae
Sun Apr 19, 2015 3:59 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Cheating in High School Quiz Bowl
Replies: 8
Views: 4937

Re: Cheating in High School Quiz Bowl

To the best of my knowledge, there is a net total of zero recurring quizbowl tournaments of any kind which do not charge some sort of fee for registration, nor do I know of any quality question set that has offered mirrors of itself for free (excepting guerilla events). Every quizbowl player and eve...
by RexSueciae
Sat Apr 11, 2015 10:01 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Tricon: The Next Generation
Replies: 50
Views: 26920

Re: Tricon: The Next Generation

Going off the previous Tricon distributions, I'd very much like to see Byzantine and medieval Slavic history make a recurrence, plus trash music and "post-World War II science fiction, children's, or pulp literature." (And poetry, if possible.) Having run out of ideas, I then turned to a random noun...
by RexSueciae
Sat Apr 11, 2015 8:01 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Thoughts on NHBB & IHBB Question Writing
Replies: 22
Views: 10175

Re: Thoughts on NHBB & IHBB Question Writing

jonpin wrote:I think he means not the IHO but, e.g. the France championship or Europe championship.
That would make more sense. (Although - how many potential competitors from Europe know of the question databases in the first place?)
by RexSueciae
Sat Apr 11, 2015 7:31 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Thoughts on NHBB & IHBB Question Writing
Replies: 22
Views: 10175

Re: Thoughts on NHBB & IHBB Question Writing

Wait. If the international championship is to be "crafted out of the US high school and middle school Nationals sets" plus the A set, to the point where all of those question sets will be unavailable for viewing until international events are concluded, does that mean that any person who played one ...
by RexSueciae
Thu Apr 09, 2015 12:06 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open 2015 - August 8th
Replies: 53
Views: 58290

Re: VCU Open 2015 - August 8th

Is anyone going to be organizing another iteration of Triacontakaipentagon this year, or is that project dead now that Matt Weiner's gone?
by RexSueciae
Sat Apr 04, 2015 7:41 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MUT 2015 Specific question discussion
Replies: 45
Views: 7343

Re: Specific question discussion

Could I see the tossup on W. H. Auden? The lead-in was completely new to me--just wondering where it was quoting from, it sounded interesting.
by RexSueciae
Tue Mar 31, 2015 8:03 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Odd Ways of Learning Things
Replies: 177
Views: 145356

Re: Odd Ways of Learning Things

Oh, I've got a story for this thread. See, in my favorite medieval grand strategy computer game of all time , one of the mercenary bands that is available for hire is the Victual Brothers. So, when I played BELLOCO last year, I made a very excited first-line buzz in a tossup which began by describin...
by RexSueciae
Sat Mar 21, 2015 10:36 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 NAQT HSNCT: Congratulations Arcadia!
Replies: 70
Views: 43201

Re: 2015 NAQT HSNCT: May 30-31, Chicago

mithokie wrote:How does the distribution for HSNCT differ from IS sets. I know that there are not computation TU at HSNCT. Do those questions all go to math?
I am not a representative of NAQT, but I believe the distribution for HSNCT can be found on their website.
by RexSueciae
Sat Feb 07, 2015 8:47 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: The Great American Challenge?
Replies: 4
Views: 2546

Re: The Great American Challenge?

I was unaware of either meaning of this term until Vasa enlightened me. Same. By the years you give, I'm guessing this is a 6th-8th grade thing? 4th-5th grade. Also, I distinctly remember that the 2007 iteration (the one that I attended while in 5th grade) took place in Williamsburg, near the colon...
by RexSueciae
Fri Feb 06, 2015 11:53 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: The Great American Challenge?
Replies: 4
Views: 2546

The Great American Challenge?

[Note: Please exercise caution when Googling "The Great American Challenge." Take my word for it, the top results are completely different from what I'm about to talk about. I explain why later in this post.] When I was in 4th and 5th grade, I participated in an academic competition called "The Gre...
by RexSueciae
Thu Jan 15, 2015 10:46 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: History Obscenity - March 7, 2015 @ McMaster
Replies: 17
Views: 6826

Re: History Obscenity - March or April 2015?

Remind me when this is about to happen and I'll do my best to turn out for this.
by RexSueciae
Tue Dec 23, 2014 10:50 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: St. Joe's 5th Annual GSAC, December 20, 2014
Replies: 31
Views: 12183

Re: St. Joe's 5th Annual GSAC, December 20, 2014

The private discussion board is up. This is probably a stupid question, but how does one request access to this board? Click on "User Control Panel," then go to Usergroups, and apply to join. Once you're accepted, you'll be able to access the GSAC discussion subforum, which should be located here .
by RexSueciae
Tue Dec 23, 2014 9:04 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: IRC Festivus 2014: Quentin Tarantino Edition
Replies: 74
Views: 31219

Re: IRC Festivus 2014: Quentin Tarantino Edition

Scores for the Warren Zevon packet, an unmitigated disaster punctuated by moments of levity: Ramapriya 20 Matt Weiner 20 Andrew Wang 20 Dan Passner 10 Trevor Davis 10 Mik Larsen 10 Mike Cheyne 10 Eric Douglass 10 Eric Mukherjee 10 Andrew Hart 10 Bernadette 10 Matt Jackson -5 I almost certainly left ...
by RexSueciae
Mon Dec 22, 2014 11:54 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: IRC Festivus 2014: Quentin Tarantino Edition
Replies: 74
Views: 31219

Re: IRC Festivus 2014: Quentin Tarantino Edition

I will be present and may possibly have a Warren Zevon themed packet of questions (no actual knowledge of Warren Zevon's music necessary). This is going to happen. I currently have 10 tossups of dubious quality (more may occur, depending on circumstances), which take the form of common links on the...
by RexSueciae
Thu Dec 18, 2014 5:47 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: IRC Festivus 2014: Quentin Tarantino Edition
Replies: 74
Views: 31219

Re: IRC Festivus 2014: Quentin Tarantino Edition

I will be present and may possibly have a Warren Zevon themed packet of questions (no actual knowledge of Warren Zevon's music necessary).
by RexSueciae
Mon Dec 15, 2014 5:28 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: St. Joe's 5th Annual GSAC, December 20, 2014
Replies: 31
Views: 12183

Re: St. Joe's 5th Annual GSAC, December 20, 2014

Given the way things seem to be going, you could probably enter a team on the waitlist right now and still get in. :razz:
by RexSueciae
Sun Dec 14, 2014 2:01 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: What Happens to DC-Area Quizbowl Next Year?
Replies: 158
Views: 86367

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

I'll let New England people who know Harvard pass judgment on that, although the point that I intended to make was that HFT is probably not a good question set for circuit-building purposes. There are certainly enough good teams in the region to allow for a HFT mirror, so long as people make sure te...
by RexSueciae
Mon Dec 08, 2014 7:42 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: What Happens to DC-Area Quizbowl Next Year?
Replies: 158
Views: 86367

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

Isaac, the creation of a formal group for the purposes of promoting Maryland quizbowl is still completely unnecessary for the things you propose: running possible joint tournaments, deciding which question sets to mirror where and when, and creating a nice looking schedule can already be accomplishe...
by RexSueciae
Sat Dec 06, 2014 11:38 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: What Happens to DC-Area Quizbowl Next Year?
Replies: 158
Views: 86367

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

Hey, you have some misconceptions here. I did not include the name "FUNKADELIC" in any email or mail sent for that tournament, with the subject line being "It's Academic Tournament at Oakland Mills High School." For HFT, we mirrored it because there were few options left and marketed it as "a littl...
by RexSueciae
Sat Dec 06, 2014 8:24 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: What Happens to DC-Area Quizbowl Next Year?
Replies: 158
Views: 86367

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

Actually, I was referring to several different incidents that I can remember--I'm not sure how useful it would be, but if you really wanted I could list off the various teams whose hosting faux pas stuck in my memory. (I won't be rude and mention the Oakland Mills BDAT mirror called "FUNKADELIC," no...
by RexSueciae
Wed Dec 03, 2014 8:05 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: What Happens to DC-Area Quizbowl Next Year?
Replies: 158
Views: 86367

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 RexSueciae
Tue Dec 02, 2014 1:16 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: What Happens to DC-Area Quizbowl Next Year?
Replies: 158
Views: 86367

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

I'm going to put it out there and say that things are probably not going to change a terribly great deal as compared to last year. There isn't yet a large enough collection of stats to make any but the most preliminary of predictions, and I think it's fair to say that the same top three or four team...
by RexSueciae
Sun Nov 23, 2014 9:16 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: General Discussion (DEES)
Replies: 9
Views: 3077

Re: General Discussion

I've got to say--given the circumstances, I actually found this tournament quite DEES-ent.
by RexSueciae
Sun Nov 23, 2014 11:40 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Science (DEES)
Replies: 31
Views: 7801

Re: Science

― If you are an editor, and you receive a common-link tossup on "normal forms", you should have the author of the tossup flogged. You don't necessarily need to flog the person who wrote this tossup for DEES, but, you know, if it ever happens again. The Virginia packet did not contain a tossup on no...
by RexSueciae
Wed Nov 19, 2014 10:03 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Periodic table posters in classrooms
Replies: 11
Views: 5391

Re: Periodic table posters in classrooms

Given that teams usually have only 5 seconds or so to answer bonuses and such, and that tossups on elements rarely give information like "name this element with atomic number 10" until the very end of the question, I'm not sure of the utility of consulting a classroom poster during a game.
by RexSueciae
Wed Nov 19, 2014 2:38 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014-2015 BISB Specific Questions Discussion
Replies: 25
Views: 2265

Re: 2014-2015 BISB Specific Questions Discussion

This man responded to praise from Moses Seixas in his “Letter to the Hebrew Congregation at Newport.” This man said that “overgrown military establishments” are hostile to liberty in a speech explaining that North and South, and East and West, were in “unrestrained intercourse.” This man shamed reb...
by RexSueciae
Mon Nov 17, 2014 11:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: FKT 2014 Seeking Mirrors (easy side of regular difficulty)
Replies: 32
Views: 14388

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

I am still honestly curious if Wheelerburg ever got a copy of this set and if their tournament ended up materializing. My guess is "no," but...
by RexSueciae
Sun Nov 16, 2014 11:36 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Errata (HFT 2014)
Replies: 10
Views: 1206

Re: Errata

hydrocephalitic listlessness wrote:Only one reader used paper packets at the tournament. Anyway, clearly at least one reader (John) saw my email!
Ah. So only the unprepared, laptop-less reader was issued paper packets (hence why only one reader managed to mix up several different rounds). Thank you for the clarification.
by RexSueciae
Sun Nov 16, 2014 11:31 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Errata (HFT 2014)
Replies: 10
Views: 1206

Re: Errata

There was a bonus that I think was in packet 6, but I'm not sure. The word "altruism" came up in the second part of the bonus, then was the answer to the third part. My teammate sitting next to me said "I think it's altruism". I replied to him with, "But they just said altruism in the last part, it...
by RexSueciae
Thu Nov 06, 2014 2:33 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Is culinary art a fine art?
Replies: 21
Views: 10460

Re: Is culinary art a fine art?

Still, how many questions exist on culinary art vs. history / common link aspects of food? I distinctly recall a tossup on absinthe at the 2014 HSNCT along the lines of the latter, although I don't have the text of that particular question on hand.
by RexSueciae
Thu Nov 06, 2014 1:16 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Is culinary art a fine art?
Replies: 21
Views: 10460

Re: Is culinary art a fine art?

Probably in the pile of questions that editors discard. In all seriousness, though, it'd probably go in Other Art, although out of curiosity do you really think there are culinary art topics that would be ask-able at a regular difficulty level? Or, actually, is there any culinary art topic at all th...
by RexSueciae
Mon Nov 03, 2014 11:42 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: The (Under?)representation of LGBT Culture and History in QB
Replies: 20
Views: 12076

Re: The (Under?)representation of LGBT Culture and History i

Another thing I just thought of--it depends on how one defines LGBT+ culture, or how one defines its representation in quizbowl, but there are a large number of quizbowl-significant LGBT+ figures who do, in fact, come up regularly--in literature alone (and even at the high school level), we have suc...
by RexSueciae
Mon Nov 03, 2014 11:17 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: The (Under?)representation of LGBT Culture and History in QB
Replies: 20
Views: 12076

Re: The (Under?)representation of LGBT Culture and History i

Being the scatterbrained person that I am, I can't pull many specific examples off the top of my head, but during my high school career I distinctly remember at Cavalier Classic three (?) years ago, a current events question on same-sex marriage and a trash question on RuPaul's Drag Race. I'm pretty...
by RexSueciae
Sun Nov 02, 2014 2:15 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Studying for the NSC
Replies: 8
Views: 4063

Re: Studying for the NSC

Learn stuff. Read about things and commit them to memory. Write down answerlines that come up in practice and in tournaments so that you can look them up later. If you've got a decent amount of time on hand, make a list of things that you think are probably going to come up. Learn everything on the ...
by RexSueciae
Sat Nov 01, 2014 6:16 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: FKT 2014 Seeking Mirrors (easy side of regular difficulty)
Replies: 32
Views: 14388

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

[*]The California Cup tournament scheduled for today is, apparently, using SCOP Novice for its JV division instead of FKT. This is correct (live from the control room). (We have switched Bellarmine Novice to IS #143A.) The tournament at the University of Central Oklahoma scheduled for December 13 T...
by RexSueciae
Sat Nov 01, 2014 4:32 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: FKT 2014 Seeking Mirrors (easy side of regular difficulty)
Replies: 32
Views: 14388

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

Because I have nothing better to do with my time, I took a look at the tournaments still scheduled to use this question set, according to the main post of this thread: I could find no record of the tournament scheduled for today at Wheelersburg High School on these forums, nor did I find anything on...
by RexSueciae
Fri Oct 24, 2014 7:48 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: What are the easiest categories to learn?
Replies: 8
Views: 4161

Re: What are the easiest categories to learn?

Learning anything is a simple matter of picking up a book / looking at a website and absorbing the information. That being said, the categories that jump out at me as being "easiest" would probably be literature (poems or short stories can be learned quickly, and most of the notable ones are in the...
by RexSueciae
Wed Oct 22, 2014 7:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HSQBRank 2014-15
Replies: 211
Views: 106626

Re: HSQBRank 2014-15

Crazyflight wrote:I find it a bit mind-boggling that Bethlehem is placed as low as it is.
These are early-season statistics, and it's a big country.
by RexSueciae
Thu Oct 02, 2014 11:33 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The place of zoology in the bio distribution
Replies: 53
Views: 27373

Re: Writing Prizes

Being in the middle of practice, I just polled our current batch of recruits and was told that "Questions where everyone knows what the thing in the answer line is feel like they involve more critical thinking." Because polls of the teeming masses should be used to decide the future of quizbowl? It...
by RexSueciae
Sun Sep 28, 2014 12:09 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Writing Prizes
Replies: 9
Views: 5649

Re: Writing Prizes

If memory serves me correctly, ACF already does something similar to this--teams receive a $5 discount for a packet that is perfectly formatted and requires few to no changes.
by RexSueciae
Fri Sep 26, 2014 11:51 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Other Academic Competitions - Urgent
Replies: 12
Views: 4246

Re: Other Academic Competitions - Urgent

We the People is a thing. I only know about this because its finals have notably conflicted with National History Bowl since 2012.
by RexSueciae
Sun Sep 21, 2014 8:57 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: QuizbowlDB not working
Replies: 3
Views: 2529

Re: QuizbowlDB not working

That being said, quinterest still doesn't have everything, and if you want to be really thorough with your practicing you could just download packets directly from http://quizbowlpackets.com/.
by RexSueciae
Thu Sep 11, 2014 1:49 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Evaluating Housewrite Quality
Replies: 1
Views: 1918

Re: Evaluating Housewrite Quality

You're going to need somewhere in the vicinity of 294 tossups (and as many bonuses) if you're going to have a tournament of normal length (14 rounds of 20 tossups/bonuses plus 1/1 extra). You can maybe make do with 12 rounds (252 tossups and bonuses), maybe , although keep in mind that the standard ...
by RexSueciae
Tue Sep 09, 2014 12:48 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014-15 High School Pre-Season Poll
Replies: 22
Views: 11306

Re: 2014-15 High School Pre-Season Poll

Wilmington Charter trolling? Say it ain't so! :razz: Seriously, though, didn't this whole thing with wildly inaccurate ballots presumably based on either false information or wishful thinking show up in the college preseason poll ? In Varun and Mohan's defense (sort of), I wouldn't ascribe to bad fa...
by RexSueciae
Mon Sep 01, 2014 12:22 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: The Big Vision: [10] Looking Outside Quizbowl for Ideas?
Replies: 11
Views: 6239

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

That sounds like an idea that only a college tournament (and maybe high school nationals) could manage to pull off, and would probably be very impractical for most regular-season high school tournaments. Who's going to manage the logistical aspects of getting Professor [Insert Name Here] to the scho...
by RexSueciae
Mon Sep 01, 2014 12:22 am
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: The Big Vision: [10] Looking Outside Quizbowl for Ideas?
Replies: 11
Views: 8843

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

That sounds like an idea that only a college tournament (and maybe high school nationals) could manage to pull off, and would probably be very impractical for most regular-season high school tournaments. Who's going to manage the logistical aspects of getting Professor [Insert Name Here] to the scho...
by RexSueciae
Sun Aug 31, 2014 6:50 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: The Big Vision: [10] Looking Outside Quizbowl for Ideas?
Replies: 11
Views: 6239

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...