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by Maury Island incident
Mon May 25, 2015 8:59 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Packet Study
Replies: 5
Views: 3094

Re: Packet Study

I second what Ankush and Alston have been saying about reading secondary sources beyond the questions themselves. I feel like it gives me a lot more context for the clues in the questions and helps me remember the clues better. In addition, I have started flashcarding as a way of writing down what I...
by Maury Island incident
Sat May 16, 2015 8:36 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Boston Summer Practices?
Replies: 7
Views: 3329

Re: Boston Summer Practices?

I'd be interested in some of these, but I don't know how many people are in Massachusetts for the summer.
by Maury Island incident
Fri May 15, 2015 4:12 pm
Forum: National and Regional Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Up Late with Eric Xu Season 2: Electric Boogaloo
Replies: 17
Views: 14686

Re: Up Late with Eric Xu Season 2: Electric Boogaloo

Generating Steam Heat wrote:When is the next episode coming out?
Lesson learned: never leave your laptop unattended with Devin Shang.
by Maury Island incident
Wed Apr 29, 2015 9:29 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 NHBB/USGO Discussion Thread
Replies: 122
Views: 48992

Re: 2015 NHBB/USGO Discussion Thread

'd rather have had a 2 person final, mostly because it takes away the advantage of "going fishing" which seemed to be really pervasive in the later rounds of the JV Bee. Basically, two pretty wild guesses would be made really early on in the question since there was nothing to lose by guessing. Wit...
by Maury Island incident
Tue Apr 28, 2015 5:15 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 NHBB/USGO Discussion Thread
Replies: 122
Views: 48992

Re: 2015 NHBB/USGO Discussion Thread

Though I don't know if there's time for this in the Friday schedule, I would like the JV US History Bee to have a two-person final, as opposed to a nine-person, 35 question semifinal where the top two get trophies at the end for being finalists. John Connor and I, the two "finalists", finished the ...
by Maury Island incident
Tue Apr 28, 2015 4:10 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 NHBB Nats: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 28
Views: 2314

Re: Specific Question Discussion

Can I see the Bee tossup on the Battles of Lexington and Concord? I want to read through the actual text before commenting on it.
by Maury Island incident
Mon Apr 27, 2015 5:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 NHBB/USGO Discussion Thread
Replies: 122
Views: 48992

Re: 2015 NHBB/USGO Discussion Thread

About playoffs: from talking to others, pretty much everyone didn't really like the playoff format. I'm not trying to criticize NHBB for this or start a huge controversy, but I do hope to share a general consensus from the players so that History Bowl players will enjoy the tournament more in the f...
by Maury Island incident
Mon Apr 27, 2015 4:34 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 NHBB/USGO Discussion Thread
Replies: 122
Views: 48992

Re: 2015 NHBB/USGO Discussion Thread

For the most part, the logistics were fairly smooth for a tournament of that size with so many events. I liked the 8 groups of 4 as the best possible solution to single elimination while still keeping the various Bees, and since the 1 and 2 pre-tournament seeds ended up in the finals, it seemed to w...
by Maury Island incident
Fri Apr 17, 2015 8:15 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Side events at the 2015 HSNCT
Replies: 11
Views: 7011

Re: Side events at the 2015 HSNCT

Ryan Leaf memorial shouldn't take much more than an hour to run, so I can run it at pretty much any time. I'm thinking Friday night to avoid conflict with ACF although running it right before on saturday is fine with me. I'd prefer early Saturday before ACFNATIONALS, although if staffer/buzzer/play...
by Maury Island incident
Mon Apr 13, 2015 4:36 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The Ryan Leaf Memorial Tournament (An NFL trash event)
Replies: 40
Views: 17669

Re: The Ryan Leaf Memorial Tournament (An NFL trash event)

I'd play this at HSNCT. Would it be singles or doubles?
by Maury Island incident
Sat Apr 04, 2015 10:28 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Massachusetts NAQT State Championship @ MIT (April 11, 2015)
Replies: 10
Views: 5611

Re: Massachusetts NAQT State Championship @ MIT (April 11, 2

Halved Xenon Stinging wrote:Will NASAT tryouts be conducted at this tournament?
I was under the impression that we weren't sending a NASAT team this year.
by Maury Island incident
Fri Apr 03, 2015 3:07 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MUT at University of Washington - 4/4/15
Replies: 10
Views: 5132

Re: MUT at University of Washington - 4/4/15

Lexington would be interested in an online mirror on the 23d.
by Maury Island incident
Sun Mar 22, 2015 8:05 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Mid-Atlantic Championships 2015
Replies: 11
Views: 4242

Re: Mid-Atlantic Championships 2015

more polished than past NHBB sets. kept stock clues to a minimum. These might have been true for the Bowl, but, in my opinion, there were many, many problems with at least the first three rounds of the Bee. I did notice the Bee questions were being buzzed on earlier than in the Bowl. Does anyone kn...
by Maury Island incident
Sun Mar 22, 2015 6:42 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Mid-Atlantic Championships 2015
Replies: 11
Views: 4242

Re: Mid-Atlantic Championships 2015

What did people think about this set? It seemed a bit odd to me. Please note that there are a number of future tournaments using this set, so do not post details of the question content. Obviously second this. Also, there were some pretty good observations made by Daniel Yan about it on the "Emerge...
by Maury Island incident
Mon Mar 16, 2015 3:55 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Quinterest: Hassle-free Database Search
Replies: 131
Views: 104443

Re: Quinterest: Hassle-free Database Search

Hidehiro Anto wrote:I recently discovered that you can use the study function on mobile by going to http://quinterest.org/study.php#desktop.
Thanks! I couldn't figure out how to do that for the longest time. Also, though this is small, it seems like the "Quinteret" thing is back on the mobile version.
by Maury Island incident
Sat Mar 14, 2015 8:18 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Hurrying at the end of the half
Replies: 6
Views: 3185

Re: Hurrying at the end of the half

Assuming this is standard NAQT format, 10 seconds should be enough time for the team to answer and for you to start the last tossup-bonus cycle. The NAQT rules say a moderator should prompt at the end of a team's time to confer, but as far as I know, I don't think it's any kind of an issue if you ar...
by Maury Island incident
Wed Mar 11, 2015 2:33 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACFNATIONALS - A JRPG tournament
Replies: 99
Views: 46961

Re: ACFNATIONALS - A JRPG tournament

Lexington's Reggie "Regulus" Luo and Gavin Mak would like to play this, team name forthcoming.
by Maury Island incident
Sun Mar 08, 2015 4:45 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: New England 2014-2015
Replies: 56
Views: 30727

Re: New England 2014-2015

I'm pretty sure that the new Morlan rankings mark the first time ever that 10 MA/CT/NH teams are in the top 200! With all the other teams removed, here's how they look. 1. Lexington A 2. AMSA A 3. Bishop Guertin 4. Darien A 5. Acton-Boxborough 6. Phillips Exeter 7. EO Smith A 8. Glastonbury 9. Hingh...
by Maury Island incident
Sun Mar 08, 2015 3:52 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: New England 2014-2015
Replies: 56
Views: 30727

Re: New England 2014-2015

So with the rankings I'll include some way too early nationals predictions for the teams attending HSNCT (nobody is signed up for PACE or SSNCT right now), and a teams best # powers per game on an IS set, plus their Morlan Ranking from February and best aPPB. 1. Lexington A (31*, 8.3 powers/game, 2...
by Maury Island incident
Sun Mar 08, 2015 1:22 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB/USGO 2015 High School Nationals Prizes
Replies: 25
Views: 9094

Re: NHBB/USGO 2015 High School Nationals Prizes

I appreciate the explanation here. From my perspective, having "grown up" in an era where there were never any prizes for playing good questions ever, beyond eternal glory, any prize at all for a well-produced question-and-answer tournament seems like a bucket of gravy on top of what's already a go...
by Maury Island incident
Sun Mar 08, 2015 1:15 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: New England 2014-2015
Replies: 56
Views: 30727

Re: New England 2014-2015

My thoughts: AMSA A - A VERY strong team that is evenly distributed across it 4 members, and has very deep knowledge, as far as i know, on every major category aside from lit. Abhi Korada is vry good at geo, and hopefully he can repeat as geo bee champion this year again. Shashank Madhu is very con...
by Maury Island incident
Sun Mar 08, 2015 12:03 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: New England 2014-2015
Replies: 56
Views: 30727

Re: New England 2014-2015

With one major tournament left in the year (NAQT Massachusetts States) does anyone have any thoughts on where different teams are at in relation to each other at this point in the year as well as predictions for nationals?
by Maury Island incident
Sat Mar 07, 2015 4:11 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HSQBRank 2014-15
Replies: 211
Views: 104556

Re: HSQBRank 2014-15

I'm currently piling the two HSAPQ sets together, all the NAQT IS sets together, and all of the NAQT A sets together. I don't really foresee a point where I separate the NAQT sets from their difficulty level. I've separated the HSAPQ sets before and may do it again by the end of the year. I'm a loo...
by Maury Island incident
Sat Mar 07, 2015 3:51 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HSQBRank 2014-15
Replies: 211
Views: 104556

Re: HSQBRank 2014-15

I'm currently piling the two HSAPQ sets together, all the NAQT IS sets together, and all of the NAQT A sets together. I don't really foresee a point where I separate the NAQT sets from their difficulty level. I've separated the HSAPQ sets before and may do it again by the end of the year. I'm a loo...
by Maury Island incident
Sun Mar 01, 2015 8:43 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Maintaining High Levels of Mental Stamina?
Replies: 17
Views: 7095

Re: Maintaining High Levels of Mental Stamina?

I had some issues with this last year, and I've found that caffeine hurts more than it helps. In fact, I had three negs in the second half of a 5-4 bubble game at HSNCT last year, causing us to blow a lead and miss playoffs, which pretty much swore me off caffeine during tournaments. Drinking a lot ...
by Maury Island incident
Sun Mar 01, 2015 6:04 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: SC HSAPQ Championship, 02.28.15, Univ of SC, Columbia SC
Replies: 11
Views: 4826

Re: SC HSAPQ Championship, 02.28.15, Univ of SC, Columbia SC

I obviously didn't play this tournament, but since there's no thread for the Massachusetts one, is there or will there be a private discussion forum for the set?
by Maury Island incident
Mon Feb 09, 2015 10:39 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: New NHBB High School Website/Nationals Registration is Open!
Replies: 8
Views: 2712

Re: New NHBB High School Website/Nationals Registration is O

Also, the results for this year's Boston Area Fall and Massachusetts State Bee and Bowls aren't listed at all.
by Maury Island incident
Tue Feb 03, 2015 9:52 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF eligibility rule changes for 2015-2016
Replies: 74
Views: 26420

Re: ACF eligibility rule changes for 2015-2016

High school players: You don't have an issue with NAQT preventing you from playing D2 SCT against college teams and are perfectly fine using the D2 SCT set for a high school tournament, but when ACF wants to implement a similar policy with ACF Fall, it's a huge issue. You don't have a problem that ...
by Maury Island incident
Sun Feb 01, 2015 5:11 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Massachusetts New Team- Newton South High School
Replies: 2
Views: 2717

Re: Massachusetts New Team- Newton South High School

Great to see that there's a new team in the area!
I'm Colin Cantwell, captain of the Lexington HS team. We'd definitely be up for a scrimmage some time.
If you'd like any advice at all, feel free to email or PM me (which you can do by clicking on my username).
by Maury Island incident
Thu Jan 29, 2015 4:45 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF eligibility rule changes for 2015-2016
Replies: 74
Views: 26420

Re: ACF eligibility rule changes for 2015-2016

Most regions don't have enough high school teams interested in playing Fall to support a full tournament. I think more high school teams would play this set if a high school-only mirror were nearby. Having to play college teams is likely a deterrent for many high school teams. So this change could ...
by Maury Island incident
Wed Jan 28, 2015 3:40 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama 2014-15
Replies: 83
Views: 25771

Re: Alabama 2014-15

It's definitely not necessary to get a team together to practice. I don't know of a single NASAT team that has ever done this outside of Skype or on the way to the tournament. Our inaugural Massachusetts NASAT team had one physical practice last year. However, Massachusetts is significantly smaller...
by Maury Island incident
Wed Jan 21, 2015 11:00 am
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: 2015 NAQT MSNCT: Congratulations Kealing!
Replies: 40
Views: 24238

Re: 2015 NAQT MSNCT: May 9-10, Dallas

Middlesex played MIT Fall and Yale FaCT, too. They were pretty impressive against HS teams, and even made playoffs at MIT. They seemed to have pretty deep knowledge when we played them, but I don't know how they stack up to the Texas teams.
by Maury Island incident
Mon Jan 19, 2015 2:38 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Results: VT NAQT Championship (3/6 at Spaulding HS, Barre)
Replies: 10
Views: 3554

Re: Vermont NAQT Championship (3/6 at Spaulding HS, Barre, V

With the announcement of the NAQT Massachusetts State Championship, Lexington is no longer able to attend this tournament. We'll try to come up for PHAT next year.
by Maury Island incident
Sun Dec 07, 2014 7:12 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: General discussion (HFT 2014)
Replies: 14
Views: 1439

Re: General discussion

Uh...prison was definitely not accepted for art. I negged it with prison on the Foucault clue, I think against Loudoun County.
by Maury Island incident
Thu Dec 04, 2014 8:40 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: DEES Online: January 3rd, 2015
Replies: 23
Views: 11491

Re: DEES Online: January 3rd, 2015

I would be interested in playing this, but most of my teammates can't, and don't want to play solo. Would a team of "High Schoolers" like those used at some mirrors be allowed?
by Maury Island incident
Mon Dec 01, 2014 6:22 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Fundraising
Replies: 8
Views: 5370

Re: Fundraising

I am a NAQT writer and so is my teammate Devin Shang.
by Maury Island incident
Mon Dec 01, 2014 4:45 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Fundraising
Replies: 8
Views: 5370

Fundraising

We're not a new team, but I thought this would be the best place for this thread to go, since it's advice. My team (Lexington) is looking for ways to raise funds to cover most of our desired national competition, which consists of an A and a B team for NHBB and HSNCT and an A team for NSC. We are ho...
by Maury Island incident
Sun Nov 30, 2014 1:20 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NY/NJ/Surrounding Area, 2014-2015
Replies: 72
Views: 36223

Re: NY/NJ/Surrounding Area, 2014-2015

We (Lexington) played by far our worst tournament of the year at HFT, adjusted PPB-wise, like 2 points from where we normally are. I don't think that had anything to do with the caliber of competition we were facing, but rather with other factors like fatigue and negs. We are pretty inconsistent, th...
by Maury Island incident
Mon Nov 17, 2014 6:40 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HFT IX @ Harvard (11/15/14)
Replies: 105
Views: 55160

Re: HFT IX @ Harvard (11/15/14)

Not gonna lie, HFT VIII (last season's) was my first tournament ever and definitely discouraged me from quizbowl. That was really question difficulty-wise and getting wrecked by top teams-wise, not logistics-wise, though. HFT is definitely not a tournament for most teams in New England, and I can se...
by Maury Island incident
Mon Nov 17, 2014 1:57 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion (HFT 2014)
Replies: 53
Views: 4121

Re: Question-specific discussion

I thought the The Master and Margarita one was fine, difficulty-wise, as well as the Fences and Lahiri tossups. The ones I remember being hard were the Ishiguro one and the Hopkins one.
by Maury Island incident
Mon Nov 17, 2014 1:51 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HFT IX @ Harvard (11/15/14)
Replies: 105
Views: 55160

Re: HFT IX @ Harvard (11/15/14)

That said, please stop trying to associate Harvard with Harvard QB. If you have an issue with the club, don't let your stereotypes about the university as a whole taint your other arguments (especially since you have a reasonable amount of other evidence below). raynor plz I'd encourage future part...
by Maury Island incident
Sun Nov 16, 2014 8:34 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: General discussion (HFT 2014)
Replies: 14
Views: 1439

Re: General discussion

As a whole, I noticed that the bonuses had two fairly easy parts and a big jump in difficulty on the third. Basically, it was pretty hard to 30 a bonus in the set. It was also pretty hard to power tossups, though for the most part they stayed true to the announced answerline difficulty. This was def...
by Maury Island incident
Sun Nov 16, 2014 8:19 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Errata (HFT 2014)
Replies: 10
Views: 1073

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 Maury Island incident
Sat Nov 08, 2014 1:09 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Lit at LIT seeking mirrors
Replies: 4
Views: 1875

Re: Lit at LIT seeking mirrors

Lit at LIT is going to be canceled due to a lack of substantial interest in mirrors and at the main site.
by Maury Island incident
Sat Nov 08, 2014 1:08 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Lit at LIT
Replies: 9
Views: 3825

Re: Lit at LIT

Lit at LIT is going to get canceled due to lack of interest both at the main site and in mirrors.
by Maury Island incident
Tue Nov 04, 2014 6:22 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: The (Under?)representation of LGBT Culture and History in QB
Replies: 20
Views: 11694

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

The Stonewall riots, gay marriage and Angels in America were all tossed up at HSNCT this past year. NAQT does not release their questions for free, and therefore they are not available on Quinterest. Also, I think Stonewall and Angels in America are probably a little obscure for most high school set...
by Maury Island incident
Mon Oct 27, 2014 10:30 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Minnesota Undergraduate Tournament (MUT) 2015 Announcement
Replies: 32
Views: 19973

Re: Minnesota Undergraduate Tournament (MUT) 2015 Announceme

I second that. I was looking forward to playing this if there was a mirror anywhere in New England.
by Maury Island incident
Fri Oct 24, 2014 8:18 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: What are the easiest categories to learn?
Replies: 8
Views: 3932

Re: What are the easiest categories to learn?

Literature is not the easiest subject to become good at quickly. It is pretty easy to get OK at with title to author recognition, but there is a big difference between capable and good. The RMPSS subjects (religion, mythology, philosophy, and social science) subjects all have reasonably small canons...