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zzzptm
Posted on: Jan 25 2018, 06:40 PM


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https://www.networking-forums.com/blogs-of-...erest-and-note/

^ I've got several blogs that pipe content into that part of my forum. I go to the blog plugin, enter the URL of the blog's RSS feed, add a title for the blog, hit save, and the entries roll in.

Although, I look for an IPB app that does what I'm talking about and it looks like it'll cost $30. Dang, SMF stuff be for free...
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zzzptm
Posted on: Jan 24 2018, 03:07 PM


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Next year's topic will be...

ACADEMIC DECATHLON

That's right! The competition *is* the topic! The packets will focus, thusly:

ECONOMICS: Special focus on printing costs and getting budget for competitions.

MUSIC: "The Songs of Decathlon", featuring the worst songs of each year that the decathletes have loved to hate. There will also be a special John Cage-inspired composition, "ABCDE", which will be a piano played by a Varsity guessing answers to the objective tests from 2008. Lots of C in that one, but there will be enough variety to keep it random.

ART: Emphasis on photography, particularly group photography. Works studied will be a survey of Academic Decathlon team photos from 1984 to the present. Both standard as well as "wacky" photos will be included.

LANG and LIT: The novel will be "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," which is pretty much guaranteed to be something everyone has read, but we're sure there's at least one varsity per team that hasn't read it and, in fact, will not read it. Or even see the movie. Because varsities.

MATH: Same old math, nothing more to see here, move along. Well, there will be a look at using probability in making multiple-choice exams and the distribution of "C" as a correct answer through the history of the multiple-choice test.

SCIENCE: Aerodynamics. As in paper airplanes and "other creative missiles". Independent study will involve finding out about some of the more legendary AcDec airborne antics.

SOCIAL SCIENCE: Academic Decathlon. That's right, the whole competition, from then until now. Know the teams, know the scores, know the coaches, know the topics. Read this packet, and you'll be ready to kick back with the coaches and complain about the terrible subjective judging back in 2007.

ESSAY: In a twist, Decathletes will be presented with essays from past competitors and have to grade *them*. Let's see how accurately they can score 10 essays, ranging in quality from an Honors magnum opus all the way down to the semi-literate ramblings of a Varsity apologizing why he didn't read anything at all this year but please don't tell his coach, he doesn't want to make her mad. Until after she sees the scores...
  Forum: Academic Decathlon · Post Preview: #96279 · Replies: 20 · Views: 1,298

zzzptm
Posted on: Jan 23 2018, 06:37 PM


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You might be able to set up a plugin that will pipe your blog into the IP.Board. I've got a blog-board plugin at my SMF forum that's pretty easy to work with.
  Forum: Serious Discussions · Post Preview: #96275 · Replies: 5 · Views: 349

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Posted on: Jan 23 2018, 06:35 PM


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QUOTE (Joe M @ Jan 22 2018, 05:48 PM) *
Hello everyone! I am a senior decathlete from Nebraska. This is my second year in academic decathlon- last year I was in the scholastic division but this year I am in honors. We just had regionals on Saturday, and I am very excited for state next month!


Welcome aboard! Hope your coach didn't get too much grey hair when your GPA went up!

Expression of a coach realizing a scholastic moved up in GPA:
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Expression of a coach when a varsity's GPA makes him/her an honors:
ocmfp.jpg

Same coach, but now when an honors tanks in GPA and becomes a varsity:
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  Forum: Academic Decathlon · Post Preview: #96274 · Replies: 163 · Views: 133,597

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Posted on: Jan 22 2018, 05:26 PM


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The topic will be...

THE FORGOTTEN PRESIDENCY: The US Executive Branch 1876-1898

It'll be just questions on who the presidents and vice-presidents were during that time. No packet, all independent study. Consequently, it will have the lowest Social Science scores in YEARS.

"Sorry, coach, I just totally blanked on all of them and just guessed B. I have no idea who was president in 1891."
  Forum: Academic Decathlon · Post Preview: #96268 · Replies: 20 · Views: 1,298

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Posted on: Jan 22 2018, 05:23 PM


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Go Berkner! They're returning to State after not making it in 2013. Congrats to coach Tanya Gent for getting the Rams back in the Texas Top 40!
  Forum: Academic Decathlon C&S · Post Preview: #96267 · Replies: 46 · Views: 19,850

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Posted on: Jan 22 2018, 04:54 PM


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QUOTE (Stanley Tree @ Jan 17 2018, 11:24 AM) *
Rockwall put together one of the best strings of success in Texas history


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They did all right. Certainly, there were areas where they could have improved.
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  Forum: Academic Decathlon C&S · Post Preview: #96265 · Replies: 34 · Views: 24,979

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Posted on: Dec 23 2017, 11:17 PM


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They'll also have content flavor packs that you can install on your decathletes to give them distinctive period costumes.
  Forum: Academic Decathlon · Post Preview: #96141 · Replies: 20 · Views: 1,298

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Posted on: Dec 20 2017, 07:03 PM


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Watch out for all the DLC expansions!
  Forum: Academic Decathlon · Post Preview: #96130 · Replies: 20 · Views: 1,298

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Posted on: Dec 20 2017, 02:30 PM


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QUOTE (Allan21996 @ Dec 20 2017, 12:53 AM) *
It's obvious the theme is the color green.


No. This is the year of Delaware and Podiatry. I feel it and I'm going to look up the odds for it on offshore betting sites.

Hmmm...

No wagering on USAD topics, but I did drop a fiver on Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of The Philippines becoming the next pope after Francis I.

Also noticed same shop was giving same odds for Bono and Father Dougal Maguire, 500-1... I lol'd...
  Forum: Academic Decathlon · Post Preview: #96128 · Replies: 20 · Views: 1,298

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Posted on: Dec 19 2017, 06:20 PM


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Yep. That's what happens when an old friend steps into the Region X coordinator job. I might be doing SQ for some time, since she knows I can pronounce most words, domestic and foreign.
  Forum: Academic Decathlon C&S · Post Preview: #96121 · Replies: 2 · Views: 5,010

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Posted on: Dec 19 2017, 02:53 PM


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I'm going all out on Super Quiz this year.

But as an MC this time. emot-smug.gif
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Posted on: Dec 12 2017, 01:01 AM


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Oh yeah, this is when cuts have to happen before regionals... never EVER an easy thing to do...
  Forum: Academic Decathlon C&S · Post Preview: #96106 · Replies: 156 · Views: 36,242

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Posted on: Dec 4 2017, 07:35 PM


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I stand corrected. I must have read into the conversation that they were before December, but were now later in November.

That being the case, then they're still on track with their mid-November round.

Texas state is still the end of January, right?
  Forum: Academic Decathlon C&S · Post Preview: #96033 · Replies: 156 · Views: 36,242

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Posted on: Dec 4 2017, 07:34 PM


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QUOTE (The Evil Dr. Calculus @ Dec 3 2017, 09:57 PM) *
QUOTE (zzzptm @ Nov 26 2017, 07:15 AM) *
QUOTE (Abuelo @ Nov 23 2017, 06:08 PM) *
Thank you for the kind words. It was my pleasure to help facilitate the programs for such dedicated students and educators.

Retirement is awesome!! 163 straight days of bike riding!

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I hear riding a bicycle can help reduce stress. cool.gif https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZTvMYQSl_w


Any clip from the IT Crowd is a winner.


Which is why I try to quote them as often as possible, especially when I'm at a client site.
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Posted on: Dec 4 2017, 02:13 AM


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Richardson typically had a district scrimmage before Thanksgiving, I guess they moved it up.
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Posted on: Nov 30 2017, 01:58 AM


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QUOTE (Allan21996 @ Nov 29 2017, 02:05 AM) *
Reading is for scumbags and losers.


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Posted on: Nov 26 2017, 02:22 PM


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This is making my head spin. At least t-shirt sizes are consistent across the USAD space.

Oh, wait, I forgot about China when I typed that. I'm an XXL in the USA, but I'm in "European" sizes in China, which is their euphemism for "Big and Tall".

So, what *does* USAD mean when it says "Large"????
  Forum: Academic Decathlon · Post Preview: #95995 · Replies: 38 · Views: 2,035

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Posted on: Nov 26 2017, 02:18 PM


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This happens from time to time, when a team is in awe of a star player but never really figures out that READING THE PACKETS would put them in the same category.

I do not miss constantly telling my team to READ. ALL. THE. THINGS.
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Posted on: Nov 26 2017, 02:15 PM


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QUOTE (Abuelo @ Nov 23 2017, 06:08 PM) *
Thank you for the kind words. It was my pleasure to help facilitate the programs for such dedicated students and educators.

Retirement is awesome!! 163 straight days of bike riding!

cool.gif


I hear riding a bicycle can help reduce stress. cool.gif https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZTvMYQSl_w
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Posted on: Nov 16 2017, 11:20 PM


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QUOTE (TinDefacto @ Nov 16 2017, 05:56 PM) *
Okay, I've got it confirmed. Wow. 38,900. That's an average of almost 6.5k across the board.


There are schools that struggle to get that score in *10* events, let alone just 7.

Mad props, yo.

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Posted on: Nov 9 2017, 10:12 PM


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Welcome to the boards, all y'all!
  Forum: Academic Decathlon · Post Preview: #95884 · Replies: 163 · Views: 133,597

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Posted on: Nov 9 2017, 10:09 PM


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Joined this board back in the DAY!
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Posted on: Nov 2 2017, 02:58 PM


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My cut team guys could be speech/interview judges as well as graders, but they pretty much went into study hall mode until the next year's curriculum was announced.

Since our class was at the end of the day and not for credit, seniors that didn't make the team would drop the class in Spring and just go home early.
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Posted on: Nov 1 2017, 04:24 PM


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So this would have allowed Nimitz *and* Friendswood to go to the 2003 Nationals... Large and Medium state winners, for example. This would not allow Granada Hills and ECR to both attend, as they're in the same division.

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