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zzzptm
Posted on: Sep 30 2017, 06:23 PM


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Strong results, well done all!
  Forum: Academic Decathlon C&S · Post Preview: #95781 · Replies: 2 · Views: 461

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Posted on: Sep 21 2017, 03:15 PM


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QUOTE (nixonotis @ Sep 20 2017, 10:57 AM) *
QUOTE (zzzptm @ Sep 20 2017, 08:28 AM) *
Man, still no options for former students/coaches to compete in Emeritus rounds...

Hey, if you wanna sign up, I'll let you take the tests and you can see how you compare with the Decathletes wink.gif


Maybe if you made a supar-sekrit individual purchase page and the price was right (like about a tenth of a team price, give or take), I'd consider a nibble.

Of course, I say that now as I still have to face down about 30+ hours of internal training videos. Maybe you should hit me up again once I've actually finished my training and am billing hours to clients and see how much free time I have then. emot-smug.gif
  Forum: Academic Decathlon · Post Preview: #95772 · Replies: 15 · Views: 488

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Posted on: Sep 20 2017, 03:28 PM


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Man, still no options for former students/coaches to compete in Emeritus rounds...
  Forum: Academic Decathlon · Post Preview: #95764 · Replies: 15 · Views: 488

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Posted on: Sep 7 2017, 10:37 PM


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I do historiography, though... also network security... the fact that the two intersect in the form of Russian botnets is, itself, a frustrating commentary on our times.
  Forum: Academic Decathlon · Post Preview: #95758 · Replies: 3 · Views: 260

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Posted on: Sep 7 2017, 04:13 PM


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Rockport-Fulton ISD has suspended classes indefinitely. Instructions are for students to enroll where they've relocated for the disaster. Basically, if you don't get funds to rebuild, you're faced with settling somewhere other than Rockport, TX.

For the flooded areas, I imagine getting the schools cleaned out to where they're safe enough is going to be a huge chore. That water in Houston got a one-two punch of toxicity from sewage and chemical spills. Nightmare.
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Posted on: Sep 7 2017, 04:10 PM


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What do the comments look like?
  Forum: Academic Decathlon · Post Preview: #95755 · Replies: 3 · Views: 260

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Posted on: Aug 28 2017, 01:35 PM


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To put things in perspective...

Last week, 50" of rain was unimaginable.

Today, 50" of rain is no longer unimaginable, we have some images of what to expect with that.

I would expect there to be a significant population of internal refugees that eventually settles in San Antonio - Austin - Waco - Dallas from the Coastal Bend and Houston. Not only are people forced to leave their homes, their homes are likely as not going to be places they cannot return to, so they wind up permanently settling in their cities of refuge. That's what happened with many former residents of New Orleans after Katrina. There simply wasn't anywhere for them to go once their home was destroyed due to flooding.

Over in Rockport, I know lots of people are saying brave and hopeful things about rebuilding, but not everyone will have the time or the will to rebuild. For those who want to rebuild, they may not have electricity there for 2-4 weeks, which would mean similar lack of other basic services, no gasoline pumps, no grocery stores, things like that. There may be people who rode out the storm, but how long will they last with a boil order for water, no sewage, and no electricity?
  Forum: Serious Discussions · Post Preview: #95745 · Replies: 8 · Views: 1,290

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Posted on: Aug 28 2017, 02:53 AM


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Severe flooding, major wind damage... some schools will not be starting / have classes delayed significantly. Rockport Fulton ISD will not be able to start classes until at least 11 September because electricity there cannot be restored any sooner than that, and may have to push that date up.

Stanley Tree has checked in as safe on FB, so I'm happy to see that. Let's hope he and the good people around Houston can all stay safe as the flooding continues.
  Forum: Serious Discussions · Post Preview: #95742 · Replies: 8 · Views: 1,290

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Posted on: Aug 24 2017, 11:05 PM


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Well, if you get into network security, there's a lot of stuff to enjoy in that field. emot-smug.gif

  Forum: Academic Decathlon · Post Preview: #95741 · Replies: 24 · Views: 3,951

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Posted on: Aug 24 2017, 03:38 PM


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Don't worry, TinDefacto, get the right job, and you'll basically wind up doing the stuff you'd normally do during vacation, but get paid for it.

Currently, I have to wade through a pile of packets and commit their contents to memory. WHEN HAVE I EVER DONE THAT BEFORE PLEASE LET ME THINK A MOMENT

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Wait, isn't this like coaching AcDec?

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It is! Hot damn!

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  Forum: Academic Decathlon · Post Preview: #95739 · Replies: 24 · Views: 3,951

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Posted on: Aug 22 2017, 06:54 PM


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If it's worse than China, then it's truly bad, indeed.
  Forum: Academic Decathlon · Post Preview: #95736 · Replies: 13 · Views: 656

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Posted on: Aug 16 2017, 07:55 PM


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Fall starts earlier for teachers, I'm still thinking this is summer... smile.gif

I start my new job at ForeScout Technologies as a Solutions Architect tomorrow. Going to Austria for a week, leaving 30 August - still summer for me. emot-smug.gif
  Forum: Academic Decathlon · Post Preview: #95733 · Replies: 24 · Views: 3,951

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Posted on: Aug 16 2017, 07:52 PM


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Question: is the situation with Music this year better than, as bad as, or worse than trying to tell the difference between Western tuning and Asian tuning? (China, 2006-2007)
  Forum: Academic Decathlon · Post Preview: #95732 · Replies: 13 · Views: 656

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Posted on: Aug 9 2017, 06:42 PM


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Dang, I forgot about the 90s. Berkner #22 overall, whoohoo!

ocmyay.jpg emot-woop.gif pianodance.gif party2.gif bananalama.gif

And, yes, FUN! Who do you think is responsible for all the smileys here, anyway?
  Forum: Academic Decathlon C&S · Post Preview: #95721 · Replies: 27 · Views: 7,964

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Posted on: Aug 5 2017, 04:28 PM


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Yes! Berkner is in tier 12! emot-smug.gif
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Posted on: Aug 5 2017, 04:25 PM


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Sometimes, you just have to take a job somewhere else with better conditions for more pay. emot-smug.gif

Actually, I'm really stoked. I'll be working for a network security vendor starting on the 17th. I've got a passion for this technology and it'll be great to get into the middle of it and learn all about it.

Thank you AcDec, for getting me in the habit of reading tons of stuff and turning me into a life-long learner.
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Posted on: Aug 5 2017, 04:19 PM


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[jerry seinfeld]

That's a shame.

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  Forum: Academic Decathlon · Post Preview: #95701 · Replies: 13 · Views: 656

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Posted on: Aug 5 2017, 04:18 PM


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I don't watch the Game of Thrones, but I've always felt that The Fellowship of the Ring was an AcDec team. Moria was regionals and just south of Lothlorien was state, but they didn't qualify for nationals, so they went their way. Most of them got back together for a reunion, though.

Honors
Legolas (most elves are Honors)
Aragorn
Gandalf (could also be mistaken for their coach...)

Scholastic
Boromir
Gimli
Sam (He's actually a varsity, playing up as a Scholastic)

Varsity
Merry
Pippin (Who else would ride trees but varsities?)
Frodo (Who else would be captured by a spider and have his finger bitten off but a varsity?)
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Posted on: Jul 27 2017, 11:04 PM


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QUOTE (The Evil Dr. Calculus @ Jul 26 2017, 02:01 PM) *
QUOTE (zzzptm @ Jul 26 2017, 06:12 AM) *
Will there be events for emeritus decathletes? biggrin.gif


Yes. It's called 'judging.'


Well played, Mr. Yetman. Well played... cool.gif
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Posted on: Jul 26 2017, 01:12 PM


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Will there be events for emeritus decathletes? biggrin.gif
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Posted on: Jul 18 2017, 02:16 PM


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QUOTE (ridgepoinths @ Jul 12 2017, 06:43 PM) *
Thanks for merging this thread for me (hadn't seen it earlier). Does the movie ever say how Peter Parker's school does at Nationals? It's probably one of New York's top teams in USAD history! (nothing against New York, but they must not have a lot of schools that compete in AcDec there and it looks like they haven't finished in the top ten at Nationals in 20+ years?)


NYC doesn't have teams. As I recall, NY's entry was an upstate school.

I'd find it more believable if it was a CA team. Spiderman has more of a West Coast attitude, anyway.
  Forum: Academic Decathlon · Post Preview: #95684 · Replies: 15 · Views: 1,135

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Posted on: Jul 1 2017, 03:22 PM


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Gotta face facts, though... grades are becoming strange things and the GPA ideas of several decades ago are being affected by some fundamental changes in education, where the average kid is now above average...
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Posted on: Jul 1 2017, 03:20 PM


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Cheaters, unfortunately...
  Forum: Academic Decathlon · Post Preview: #95668 · Replies: 15 · Views: 1,135

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Posted on: Jun 21 2017, 09:57 PM


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ACDEC COACH: Why are you trying to kill my program?
OVERLY GENEROUS ENGLISH TEACHER: What do you mean?
ACDEC COACH: You gave one of my Varsities an *A*!!!
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On the serious side, I had an idea... allow honors and scholastics to compete at a lower GPA level, with the following caveat: all scores are discounted.

An honors competing as a scholastic has a 10% overall score reduction. Honors as Varsity has a 20% score reduction. Scholastic as Varsity has a 10% reduction.

This way, you can have nine honors students compete, but they are at a handicap relative to "pure" students from other schools. On the other hand, if you have nothing but go-getters at your campus, you can have a team of 100% go-getters.
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Posted on: Jun 16 2017, 08:26 PM


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Rather than spout out what I think should or should not count, I'd recommend checking with your regional or state AD for a ruling. There's a chance that the class counts as an academic class, but it could also be considered a subjective course, such as Art or Music, which does not count.

For student 2, I submit exhibit A...

http://www.cfisd.net/files/1413/9532/7228/hscourse.pdf

PACE is a class for 9th graders to help them transition from middle school to high school that's a local credit only, so maybe it might not count... check with your local or state AD board for a ruling, I'm guessing. Fnd Pers Fit is definitely gym, no need to ask about that.
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