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zzzptm
Posted on: May 22 2018, 12:31 PM


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BRB, I need to trademark "Academic Decathlon." If not me, who? If not now, when?
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Posted on: May 22 2018, 12:28 PM


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Crashes definitely turn away users...

I've got Tapatalk running on my Networking-Forums.com and at komunumo.net. That's pretty good for making things mobile-friendly.

But for kids... it may be different... they don't even like using Facebook anymore, because it's for icky grownups. Instagram and Snapchat might even be on the way out... things are a lot more visual/video with the younger folks.
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Posted on: May 8 2018, 09:33 PM


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QUOTE (StanleyTree2.0 @ May 6 2018, 05:45 PM) *
Got another post this weekend- it rapidly went off the rails before becoming focused back on what I wanted it to be about. Lots of stuff covered, hope y'all enjoy:

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You're almost sandbagging, there. emot-smug.gif
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Posted on: May 3 2018, 08:38 PM


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Huh. Worked fine for me. Should be small enough in KB to fit on the server.
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Posted on: May 3 2018, 08:38 PM


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Why not make the essay test an essay *grading* test. Students have to grade for both grammar mistakes as well as poor construction of arguments. Provide 3-5 essays of varying quality and have the students see how close they can get to the actual grade. They have to list where they see errors in grammar as well as where they can spot flawed arguments or poor parallel construction, stuff like that.
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Posted on: May 3 2018, 08:34 PM


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Is this the first time that USAD has included an apology with the music outline?
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Posted on: Apr 30 2018, 06:28 PM


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Judge training is difficult, at best. You'll always have judges that showed up late because of their schedule, last-minute replacements, and the like. That's just how these events are put together.

That then means you also get judges that are grading like they really don't care at all about what they're doing. There should be a way to simply drop those judges' scores if they're going like... straight 2s except for one kid that gets 10s. Or straight 10s except for one kid that gets 2s. We don't need Santa Claus or The Grinch in as judges. We need people that are putting some thought into this.

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Posted on: Apr 30 2018, 02:18 PM


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In short, do it.

Once you've re-registered, get your avatar added, put in your autosig, your custom title, and turn on your ability to see "Quick Reply".

All that stuff adds to the fun of the place, and a place that is more fun is more used.
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Posted on: Apr 30 2018, 02:02 PM


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QUOTE (StanleyTree2.0 @ Apr 23 2018, 03:06 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.


This would not fly AT ALL in private industry, I can tell you that right now. People have been fired/transferred for less.
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Posted on: Apr 30 2018, 01:59 PM


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This is a crazy solution, as the different tests are not apples to apples.

USAD will make U SAD...
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Posted on: Apr 13 2018, 12:26 PM


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OCM was a meme here for a while...

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He still is, if you know where to find the pictures...

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Posted on: Apr 3 2018, 01:48 PM


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We don't even have our accounts fixed yet, either. Even more patience. smile.gif
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Posted on: Mar 7 2018, 04:56 PM


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"Alice's Restaurant" by Arlo Guthrie because it's epic.
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Posted on: Mar 6 2018, 05:48 PM


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Hey, there's also Vince Guaraldi! "Cast Your Fate to the Wind" would be marvelous, but so would his more well-known "Linus and Lucy".

That's right, he's the "Charlie Brown music" guy.
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Posted on: Mar 5 2018, 07:21 PM


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QUOTE (TinDefacto @ Mar 5 2018, 11:40 AM) *
QUOTE (Peter Cao @ Mar 5 2018, 01:44 AM) *
What do you think the music will be like? I'm expecting some classic and theater/movie music like most years, but for the other music, I'm think that there will be Beatles, Elvis, and maybe Simon and Garfunkel.

I highly doubt there will be any Beatles. I can't imagine those licensing fees...

QUOTE (zzzptm @ Mar 5 2018, 11:21 AM) *
"Lara's Theme" from Dr. Zhivago... "

DOCTOR ZHIVAGO <33333333

Still not over the 2013 Russia curriculum. Я люблю Россию.


Considering how USAD likes to recycle, that one would not be a surprise to me, at all.

Some others from the list of possibly affordable licenses...

"Telstar" ... "Doo Wah Diddy Diddy"... "Please Mr. Postman"... "Leader of the Pack"... "It's My Party"... and... "LOUIE LOUIE"!!! <-- if that is on the CD, the Varsities will NEVER stop singing it! Beware!
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Posted on: Mar 5 2018, 03:21 PM


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QUOTE (Peter Cao @ Mar 5 2018, 12:44 AM) *
What do you think the music will be like? I'm expecting some classic and theater/movie music like most years, but for the other music, I'm think that there will be Beatles, Elvis, and maybe Simon and Garfunkel.


MacArthur Park... "Lara's Theme" from Dr. Zhivago... "Also Sprach Zarathustra" from 2001... "Goldfinger"... "Everybody's Talkin'" from Midnight Cowboy...
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Posted on: Mar 5 2018, 03:18 PM


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Zager & Evans
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Posted on: Mar 5 2018, 02:08 PM


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Nancy Sinatra.
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Posted on: Mar 2 2018, 10:50 PM


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Just remember, though... USAD can make U sad...

How could the "Music of the 60s" go horribly, horribly wrong? Consider the following playlist:

https://flashbak.com/listen-to-13-of-the-ab...the-1960s-5495/

Some of the lowest of the low-lights...

"Paralyzed" by The Legendary Stardust Cowboy... not relevant, you say? Dude, David Bowie was his biggest fan! Also, little to no royalties required to secure rights for this bad boy, and I do mean bad.

“Umbassa and the Dragon” by The Turtles... an example of experimental music. As in John Cage experimental. Also, probably available for very little royalties.

“Surfin’ School” by King Uszniewicz & The Usniewicztones... because Surfer Music is so very 60s. Just be glad they didn't take this band's cover of "Little Dead Surfer Girl."

“The Face from Outer Space” by Jeff Barry... this from a guy that wrote some amazing stuff in his career... but this? Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh myyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy...

“Who Are Parents?” by The Shaggs... apparently, this band was formed long before Austin Powers was a thing. Or before harmony was a thing. I think the owners of this tune would pay USAD to include this.

Then there's... https://www.rollingstone.com/music/pictures...ixties-20111116

Tiny Tim - "Tiptoe Through the Tulips"... oh yeah, this one... And lucky you, it was in the 60s and even noticeably popular during that time period. Put it on the CD. Maybe the guy that owns the royalties won't admit to it and we can play it for free...

"I Got You Babe" - Sonny and Cher... Three chords? How about only TWO! There's a reason this song is the soundtrack to kick off a new day in hell in Ground Hog Day.

"Sugar, Sugar" - The Archies... most popular song of 1969 and will make you pray for shrapnel from an MC5 concert to put you out of your misery.

"I'm Henry the 8th I Am" - Herman's Hermits... Just remember, these guys were so huge that The Who opened up for them when they toured the USA. So here's one of their worst to remember them by.

"Yummy Yummy Yummy" - The Ohio Express... hey, we got "Sugar, Sugar" on there, so why not this one, too?

So, yeah, don't rave until you see the list of tracks on the CD...

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Posted on: Mar 1 2018, 04:00 AM


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QUOTE (ridgepoinths @ Feb 28 2018, 04:56 PM) *
QUOTE (zzzptm @ Feb 27 2018, 05:44 PM) *
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So would the literature for this topic include Delaware jokes? Q- What did Delaware? A- A New Jersey (or perhaps there are other answers for that riddle as well...)


Hey man, me and Nixonotis are serious about this! And I think I had the literature posted for this in my original thread on the topic, oh so many years ago... the science is Podiatry, that much I remember.
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Posted on: Mar 1 2018, 03:58 AM


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Hello to all the new posters, thanks for coming on by!
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Posted on: Feb 28 2018, 02:45 PM


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QUOTE (The Evil Dr. Calculus @ Feb 28 2018, 07:33 AM) *
My 'this' was to agree with sentiment that I will never accept 'get used to it' as a solution. It may be frustrating and seem impossible, but I will always push for improvement and positive change. I think a much better slogan is 'be philosophical about it, but strive for change'.

Also, I'm quite familiar with scoring fiascos, having been stripped of a Division II National Championship by what USAD referred to as a 'scoring issue'.


True, there was that awful gash...

OK, I'll agree in principle to the slogan, but it is too lengthy.

I'll borrow a page from The Big Lebowski... "The coach abides". To abide is to yield without breaking. True, this aggression will not stand, man but nevertheless, the coach abides.
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Posted on: Feb 27 2018, 11:44 PM


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DEL-A-WARE!
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Posted on: Feb 27 2018, 11:43 PM


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Essay has been a problem child for, what, 32 years now? I really don't see a solution for judging inconsistencies that wouldn't introduce different ways inconsistencies would emerge - or that wouldn't introduce complexities that we'd have to test out to see if they would scale out over a large competition.

Grammar, for example. Is there way to draw up a rubric for it that considers both the length of the response as well as the accuracy of the grammar? Do we say that each response must include a minimum of 25 sentences to receive full points for grammar, with 4% of the points for grammar deducted per sentence below 25 submitted? OK, that is a start... now, if there is an essay with 30 sentences, of which 6 are grammatically incorrect and another essay is submitted with 40 sentences, of which 8 are grammatically incorrect, do they score the same? Or does the paper with 8 total errors fare worse than the one with 6, even though percentage wise they have the same rate of errors? Are some errors worse than others? IE, is an incomplete sentence worse than using a colon where a semi-colon is called for? Can we see a points breakdown of how the errors relate to each other?

And even if all this was hammered out, then we have coaches filing appeals because a punctuation mark looks to them to be a period, even though the judge said it was a comma.

And then we get used to it again, even after we thought it was fixed.

Then we have the content portion... how are rubrics drawn up for it so that we can tell the students what MUST be in each essay? If coaches have rubrics, would they be able to grade their own team's essays to see how they stack up with their scores? Back to helping out the students, when I taught AP, I could tell kids how to both write and grade a FRQ. I never had that ability with an AcDec essay. But to do that, there would have to be a question writing committee that could prepare the questions well in advance of the curriculum release.
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Posted on: Feb 27 2018, 12:51 PM


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I heard someone complaining about essay scores...

Eberhard is right. Get used to it.

And Greg (and others) is right. Have the tiers determined not by S/M/L but by score. We will complain about that, as well, but we won't complain about the top schools having different subjective results... unless the schools are judged by different teams, which has happened before, mostly because there are just so many schools to judge. Logistically, you can't get through all the subjectives in time for scores to be delivered unless you have teams of judges working in parallel with each other.

There will be Santa Claus rooms with 1000s for everyone and Scrooge rooms where scores go to get... Scrooged... This is why the appeal can only be accepted if it is on a question of mathematics. If there's a problem with the judging arrangements, that's a note for the coaches' meeting for planning the next year.

I could go on, but it all circles back to what Eberhard said. Get used to it.

I *always* hated essay scores, for the record. Not just mine, but I've hated other schools' essay scores, as well.
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