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Posted on: May 15 2018, 03:09 PM


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That's great to hear they've fixed the file size issues!! Wow though, I'm amazed at the shortness of Social Science... I was thinking that'd be a behemoth! (That Music though... whoa.)
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Posted on: May 15 2018, 02:12 PM


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QUOTE (Stealer of Souls @ May 14 2018, 02:30 PM) *
I didn't know where to post this so: Apparently the schools in my area have decided to have a new competition: Hmong Academic Decathlon. Does USAD have a copyright on that term? If so they should send a cease and desist order. How rude to base the name of your new competition after one that has been established for so long. Somebody connected should reach out to USAD and check into this underhanded theft taking place in Fresno County.

I saw that on Twitter and was severely confused. I don't think USAD does have "Academic Decathlon" trademarked though... there's also that Catholic middle school "Academic Decathlon" in SoCal that I don't think USAD's ever done anything about. So maybe they do get to keep that name. :/ That really sucks.

That being said, the competition actually seems pretty neat -- it's for students learning about the Hmong language and culture to have a competitive outlet! I just wish they had a different name...

In other news, the new Resources (supposedly) come out today! biggrin.gif
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Posted on: May 3 2018, 04:16 PM


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QUOTE (nixonotis @ May 2 2018, 01:15 PM) *
I understand the cultural significance of It's Gonna Rain...is that what you guys are talking about? From my perspective it is not pleasant to listen to. It would be awesome as a sample in another song, and I think it was clearly an excellent early example of ambient, minimalist music...it's not my favorite, though.

I'm curious--Peter and Sebastian--what makes you like the song so much, though smile.gif

It is partially the cultural significance -- and being someone who's super into sound experimentation and sample-based music and things of that sort, I'm a sucker for that -- but it's also just a nice listen!! I can't explain what I like specifically about it. It's just kind of soothing to listen to the sounds evolve and the two channels kind of play with each other. I can understand why someone may not like it, but I don't understand the vitriolic response it seems to be getting...
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Posted on: May 2 2018, 02:25 PM


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I mean, I don't know if I'd go that far... there's always 2013's "Ах ты степь" ("Akh ty steppe")... and Rachmaninoff's Second Piano Concerto... *stares dreamily into the distance*
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Posted on: May 2 2018, 01:18 AM


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QUOTE (Stealer of Souls @ May 1 2018, 06:37 PM) *
Thanks for Aquarius and White Rabbit, but sorry USAD...I hate you. "It's Gonna Rain" is way worse that Dripsody. It could be used for torture purposes.

I'm sorry but I'm gonna have to disagree on this one. I love It's Gonna Rain and I'm so excited it's a Listening Selection.
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Posted on: May 1 2018, 01:44 PM


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Ooooh I'm liking.

Bob Dylan has THREE selected works... in the Lit section? Maybe the Nobel committee was right after all. wink.gif
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Posted on: May 1 2018, 02:54 AM


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Large, Medium and Small E-Nats results are out and up on ADSIC!

Granada, in their first-ever foray into the land of Online Nationals, has broken the online team record (previously held my Marshall) by over 2000 points with score of 44,725.9!
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Posted on: May 1 2018, 02:50 AM


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I've been trying basically daily to upload my avatar, but it never works. sad.gif
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Posted on: May 1 2018, 02:49 AM


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Lubbock took first in the state with 33k -- with two Honors over 7k! That's amazing. Full team scores are posted on the TAD website here!

Maybe ADSIC should get around to documenting Octathlon too... we haven't done a very good job of that in the past.
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Posted on: May 1 2018, 02:44 AM


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QUOTE (csyetman @ Apr 30 2018, 01:32 AM) *
Do you need someone to score it?

DO EET biggrin.gif
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Posted on: Apr 25 2018, 06:39 PM


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QUOTE (soudyacadec @ Apr 25 2018, 02:27 PM) *
More details to come, but we’re excited to do something like this.

HECK YEAH we are!! biggrin.gif
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Posted on: Apr 25 2018, 02:51 PM


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So, on the topic of those missing Econ scores... apparently what they're doing now is taking those students' State Econ scores and counting those instead. So this may end up changing a couple of individual or team rankings; we'll see (I know Bishop Hendricken, Cedar Rapids Jefferson, and Martinsville all had counters who were affected -- all of whom were present at Nationals last year and used the same clickers then too without incident). Definitely not a perfect solution, but it seems like the best thing they can do at this point -- and I'm very glad they're doing something!
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Posted on: Apr 24 2018, 03:54 PM


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QUOTE (Dave C @ Apr 23 2018, 09:28 PM) *
Again, I didn't really care about the scholarships. We all knew that wasn't going to happen, and that was fine. I'm talking about a little more recognition for the kids. I'm talking about giving out 34 more medals...17 for MVP, 17 for high score. Or even just the high score, forget the MVP. And super quiz! Seriously, no mention of the fact that we even did it. Why bother adding the extra round of 39 questions when you aren't going to declare a winner? And I know that I am not the only coach who feels this way.

Ohhh, I totally misinterpreted what you meant by "forget the scholarships" -- my apologies! Yeah, I really don't understand the lack of awarding Super Quiz (especially since this means you won't get any results back, as if there was no point of participating in the first place), nor the lack of MVP/Top Scorer recognition. It seems like they just shied away from giving out anything in Division IV that comes with a scholarship in another division... even though they could obviously just not give the scholarship for those in Division IV. (They were originally not going to award individual overall in DIV either, which would have been ridiculous.) Hopefully we can work to change this for next year.

QUOTE (StanleyTree2.0 @ Apr 23 2018, 04:06 PM) *
They also added Div IV and cut out individual representatives without notifying anyone. No one knew there was only 18 invites until far too late.

There is absolutely zero transparency from USAD, and quite frankly it's unbelievable. No one knew what DIV meant. No one knew about the decrease in invites. No one knew that China wasn't eligible last year for team awards. No one knew. Because USAD didn't say anything. For as much money and time we put into this, it sure feels like the people who own this thing don't really much care about anything that happens.

The individual competitors thing was for sure really badly communicated. I had been told originally that there would be no decline in invites, and I was never informed otherwise until it was too late. Communication has been a problem with USAD for a very long time, and although it's wayyyy better than it was just a decade ago, there is still progress to be made.
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Posted on: Apr 23 2018, 02:42 PM


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QUOTE (Dave C @ Apr 21 2018, 12:50 PM) *
So now we know what Division IV means:
No team MVP recognition.
No team high score recognition (forget the scholarship...not even a single medal for this, despite the thousands that are given out).
They create a second super quiz round to accommodate these extra teams, but there is no plaque or any recognition for your performance at all.

All for the low, low price of the exact same $600 fee that all the regular teams paid.

I'm not saying that there shouldn't be any distinction. I know we aren't the state champs, and that's fine. But seriously, these are basic items that you would think are assumed.

I understand that this setup is definitely not optimal, but also, you can't expect USAD to just be able to whip up 33% more scholarship money (tens of thousands of dollars per division) out of nowhere. I love that they're bringing in new teams, and if that's the sacrifice they have to pull off to make it work, so be it. USAD did make it abundantly clear that there would be no awarded scholarships for Division IV students, and that was the reason several teams (University from CA, South Central Calhoun from IA, Collegiate Academy from PA) rescinded their invitations in favor of competing in Online Nationals. That said, you definitely do have a point that it is unfair you had to pay the same amount as all the other teams -- I hadn't realized that, and that's not great.
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Posted on: Apr 23 2018, 02:24 PM


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QUOTE (kdarrow @ Apr 22 2018, 02:48 AM) *
QUOTE (Dave C @ Apr 21 2018, 07:53 PM) *
Didn't affect us, but I hear that some economics scores were reported as zero, probably due to clicker issues. It wasn't noticed until coaches got score reports. No idea how that will affect standings and medals.


Both Rhode Island and us had our top Varsity scorer received 0's in Econ. (There were 12 others). We brought the concern to USAD immediatly after receiving scores and were told that it was our students fault. Both of our students have used the clickers in the past. Both reported that they submitted their scores with no problems. Very upset that, once again, USAD seems to treat inaccuracies as common place, and shifts the blame.


QUOTE (TinDefacto @ Apr 20 2018, 12:29 PM) *
They ended up deciding to just keep using Scantrons. When clickers work, they work well, but it's always good to have a backup plan!

Cancel that. Evidently they do not. As someone who spent hours organizing the clickers and setting them to the right channels, I have now been convinced that they are no more time-efficient than Scantrons -- and perhaps much less. 14 students received 0's for the one test that was completed with clickers -- Econ -- and there's no way to know if it was the students' fault or not. I will point, as Darrow did, out that two of the three affected individuals I know of were at Nationals last year and didn't seem to have any problems.

QUOTE (Dave C @ Apr 21 2018, 02:53 PM) *
Also, two of my kids tied on speech, down to the same decimal point. That's not super likely, is it? I'm thinking that has to be an error.

Almost certainly just a coincidence; I've seen that happen a fair amount!
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Posted on: Apr 20 2018, 04:29 PM


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They ended up deciding to just keep using Scantrons. When clickers work, they work well, but it's always good to have a backup plan!

Checking in personally: Nationals is SO much fun, and it's been incredible meeting so many amazing people! Lots of Dallas-area coaches volunteering too. smile.gif
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Posted on: Apr 17 2018, 05:46 PM


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Episode 4 is up! Sam Keal and I talk about our Nationals predictions. smile.gif We somehow talked for two hours, so caveat auditor!

Also: For those of you who will be competing this week, DO NOT LISTEN YET!! You have better things to do with your time. Go study. tongue.gif <3
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Posted on: Apr 17 2018, 01:18 PM


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QUOTE (Stealer of Souls @ Apr 16 2018, 10:43 PM) *
Still waiting for my post count to return to its original number. This being four is depressing. Given that I don't have any social media accounts this was my one thing and now I have four posts. Fix it. I have faith in you and your 1257 posts.

I've poked Teeling about it again; unfortunately, I don't have the power to restore post counts. :/ But it WILL happen!!
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Posted on: Apr 16 2018, 08:45 PM


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QUOTE (Stealer of Souls @ Apr 16 2018, 03:56 PM) *
Does this board even work any more? I will assume yes. So I got to spend the weekend at Elsinore High School for my son's water polo tournament, and I was wondering why it's Elsinore High even though it is not in the town of Elsinore (about 6 miles away)? I did like how Edison and Elsinore are both EHS Tigers.

It does still work! smile.gif People just need to recreate their accounts! I had wondered about Elsinore High too, especially since there isn't even any town called Elsinore -- it's Lake Elsinore! But apparently the Lake Elsinore USD extends into Wildomar, where Elsinore HS is, so it kind of makes sense...

Unrelatedly, I recently discovered that water polo does not involve riding horses in a swimming pool.
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Posted on: Apr 11 2018, 02:42 PM


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Added a poll! biggrin.gif Alas, very limited in number of questions... may do the ol' Google Forms thing again (and I'll be better at sharing results this time around!).

Edit: Made the Google Forms poll! Take it here! biggrin.gif

Results here (pretty) and here (raw).
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Posted on: Apr 6 2018, 02:50 AM


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QUOTE (SamKeal @ Apr 5 2018, 10:37 PM) *
QUOTE (TinDefacto @ Apr 5 2018, 08:38 PM) *
Barely. tongue.gif For the record, I do use Instagram! Just for pretty photos though...

Memes are pretty photos.

I know I'm color-blind, but we must have very different aesthetics.
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Posted on: Apr 6 2018, 01:38 AM


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QUOTE (nixonotis @ Apr 5 2018, 05:45 PM) *
QUOTE (SamKeal @ Apr 5 2018, 12:46 PM) *
QUOTE (TinDefacto @ Apr 4 2018, 03:06 PM) *
QUOTE (Kaladin Stormblessed @ Apr 4 2018, 02:49 PM) *
You could make a decathlon meme Instagram account!

Do people put memes on Instagram??

(Does that question make me old?)

Yes. Yes it does.

Super old, and I'm older than you, Sebastian.

Barely. tongue.gif For the record, I do use Instagram! Just for pretty photos though...
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Posted on: Apr 4 2018, 08:06 PM


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QUOTE (Kaladin Stormblessed @ Apr 4 2018, 02:49 PM) *
You could make a decathlon meme Instagram account!

Do people put memes on Instagram??

(Does that question make me old?)
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Posted on: Apr 4 2018, 03:44 PM


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IT'S BAAAACK!!!

The page that Marin and I ran back in 2013 has had new life breathed into it by our spiciest resident memelord RiceBoson. You can find it here! We're also always open to any memes people throw at us, so if you've got an idea (or lots), or found a good one that's relevant, let us know. biggrin.gif

Not sure how many yung'uns nowadays use Facebook, so we may launch a Twitter account or something. We'll see. tongue.gif (I tried attaching an image here, but have no idea how to do it...)
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Posted on: Apr 4 2018, 02:07 PM


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State scores are up!!
Four 40k teams from China! biggrin.gif (And another from Kansas; go them!)
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