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by Lagotto Romagnolo
Mon Apr 30, 2018 10:21 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 121
Views: 21429

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

First, thanks for your hard work on the physics in the set! I think it turned out quite well and touched on many important and interesting topics. I think your philosophy on "new" or "unusual" answer lines was probably for the best. While I agree with with your point about physics being highly inte...
by Lagotto Romagnolo
Tue Apr 24, 2018 7:57 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 121
Views: 21429

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

Yes, the Birkhoff's theorem clue was my bad and I'll add 'spherically symmetric' to that line. EDIT: Also, Dennis actually wrote that tossup on the "Core" for the math category. Perhaps it's closer to econ, but many math departments do offer courses on game theory so I thought it was fine where it s...
by Lagotto Romagnolo
Tue Apr 24, 2018 3:30 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 121
Views: 21429

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

Now that I can access the "color" question from Editors one, I can confirm my suspicion that the first two clues are nearly unbuzzable and if you do buzz on them you are either a) the Eric Weisstein's world of astronomy page that the clue was taken from or b) about to neg with "Infrared" because in...
by Lagotto Romagnolo
Mon Apr 23, 2018 5:18 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 121
Views: 21429

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

always always always err on the side of too much information, playtest when you're not sure, and listen to your playtesters. This. Better a buzzer race than an unhelpful clue. And if someone throws a fit because they've read book X or played piece Y a certain number of times or love thing Z so much...
by Lagotto Romagnolo
Mon Apr 23, 2018 3:06 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 121
Views: 21429

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

Congrats to Chicago on their win and thanks to all the teams who played! I edited the music, other auditory arts except jazz (which I outsourced to Dylan), physics, and other science except CS (also Dylan) and math (Dennis Loo). I can’t thank these two enough for the work they put in, which I think ...
by Lagotto Romagnolo
Mon Oct 30, 2017 4:09 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Announcement: 2018 ACF Nationals (April 21-22 at MIT)
Replies: 64
Views: 27600

Re: Announcement: 2018 ACF Nationals (April 21-22, site TBD)

As an addendum to the above, I have a request for the science distribution: please remember to vary the types of answer line. In particular, please do not fill the 5 tossups with answer lines on individual scien tists . One per packet is fine (as is zero!), but often those questions are just elabora...
by Lagotto Romagnolo
Wed Aug 31, 2016 12:05 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Packet Discount Policy for Chicago Open Discussion
Replies: 57
Views: 14587

Re: Packet Discount Policy for Chicago Open Discussion

I refuse to use Venmo. I personally don't trust Venmo, and I certainly didn't appreciate being asked to sign up for it the day of CO by participants who had not communicated their intention to pay that way beforehand. But, given the app's proliferation, it would behoove future TDs to make Venmo ava...
by Lagotto Romagnolo
Thu Jul 28, 2016 9:12 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2016 Set Discussion
Replies: 110
Views: 24286

Re: Chicago Open 2016 Set Discussion

The theoretical physics seemed very biased toward QM/QFT, with there being relatively little classical mechanics (I guess the action tossup probably had some of those clues, but that question was deeply flawed and was probably powered in every single room with a good science player), E&M, stat mech...
by Lagotto Romagnolo
Wed Jul 27, 2016 1:33 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2016 Set Discussion
Replies: 110
Views: 24286

Re: Chicago Open 2016 Set Discussion

Amizda Calyx wrote:Is there a reason our packet hasn't been posted :(
Also why is round 1 encrypted still.
My mistake, I'll fix that tonight.
by Lagotto Romagnolo
Wed Jul 27, 2016 12:55 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2016 Set Discussion
Replies: 110
Views: 24286

Re: Chicago Open 2016 Set Discussion

I think a lot of the difficulty of this tournament came from the science. My impression was that the "engineering slant" (I'm not saying that every question was written from that perspective! Just more than usual.) might have contributed to the difficulty of the science, given how few of the scienc...
by Lagotto Romagnolo
Tue Jul 26, 2016 2:54 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2016 Set Discussion
Replies: 110
Views: 24286

Re: Chicago Open 2016 Set Discussion

Also, if you're interested in editing CO 2017, now would be a good time to speak up (feel free to email me, John, and Matt, although none of us are going to veto it).
by Lagotto Romagnolo
Tue Jul 26, 2016 11:34 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2016 Set Discussion
Replies: 110
Views: 24286

Re: Chicago Open 2016 Set Discussion

First, some additional thanks are in order. Matt Jackson deserves every bit of praise above and more. His comments were helpful across all subjects. He also designed the schedule, with assistance from Jon Pinyan. I'd also like to thank Adam, Ewan, and Shan for their contributions to the physics and ...
by Lagotto Romagnolo
Mon Jul 25, 2016 8:41 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2016 - July 23-24
Replies: 73
Views: 32195

Re: Chicago Open 2016 - July 23-24

Also, please email me if you need an invoice for reimbursement.
by Lagotto Romagnolo
Mon Jul 25, 2016 7:48 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2016 - July 23-24
Replies: 73
Views: 32195

Re: Chicago Open 2016 - July 23-24

vinteuil wrote:Now the "individual detail" page has the same problem.
Try it now.
by Lagotto Romagnolo
Sun Jul 24, 2016 6:27 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2016 - July 23-24
Replies: 73
Views: 32195

Re: Chicago Open 2016 - July 23-24

Once the remaining packets have been read in the IRC or elsewhere.
by Lagotto Romagnolo
Sun Jul 24, 2016 2:43 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2016 - July 23-24
Replies: 73
Views: 32195

Re: Chicago Open 2016 - July 23-24

Yes, I heard. I'll fix that once I get home tonight.

EDIT: Found internet, should be fixed now.
by Lagotto Romagnolo
Sun Jul 24, 2016 12:31 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2016 - July 23-24
Replies: 73
Views: 32195

Re: Chicago Open 2016 - July 23-24

Looks like removing Dan from the SQBS file bumped all your stats down one row, Chinmay. I'll fix that. Anyone else with stats corrections can post here or email me.
by Lagotto Romagnolo
Sat Jul 23, 2016 11:58 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2016 - July 23-24
Replies: 73
Views: 32195

Re: Chicago Open 2016 - July 23-24

Combined stats are here but the scoresheet for the round 15 game between "Just what is it" and "Golgari Glenn Ross" is missing. Did anyone pick it up, or keep their own score during that game?
by Lagotto Romagnolo
Sat Jul 23, 2016 10:30 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2016 - July 23-24
Replies: 73
Views: 32195

Re: Chicago Open 2016 - July 23-24

Young Mukherstein won the tournament outright with a 14-0 record. Full stats to follow later this evening.

Thank you to all the staff for making this tournament happen.
by Lagotto Romagnolo
Mon Jul 11, 2016 2:12 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2016 - July 23-24
Replies: 73
Views: 32195

Re: Chicago Open 2016 - July 23-24

Fine, you'll get your new name.

Dan Passner, Chinmay Kansara, and Charles Martin have kindly signed up as our 20th (saviors) team. They still have room for one more; email the tournament official address if interested.
by Lagotto Romagnolo
Tue Jul 05, 2016 4:52 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2016 - July 23-24
Replies: 73
Views: 32195

Re: Chicago Open 2016 - July 23-24

An update to let you know that all packets have been received, and we have finished aligning team names. I will email each team before the tournament with final registration fees.
by Lagotto Romagnolo
Sun Jul 03, 2016 10:26 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2016 - July 23-24
Replies: 73
Views: 32195

Re: Chicago Open 2016 - July 23-24

A reminder that the +$60 deadline is tonight. Teams who do not get their packets in risk being dropped from the tournament.
by Lagotto Romagnolo
Sun Jun 19, 2016 8:46 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2016 - July 23-24
Replies: 73
Views: 32195

Re: Chicago Open 2016 - July 23-24

A reminder that the +$25 penalty deadline is tonight.
by Lagotto Romagnolo
Thu Jun 16, 2016 2:19 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2016 - July 23-24
Replies: 73
Views: 32195

Re: Chicago Open 2016 - July 23-24

We now have sufficient staff to run the tournament (but more are welcome!). Anyway, as you can see, Team Oklahoma has dropped from the field, leaving us with 19. Needless to say, this is a bad number. A 19-team round robin on Saturday is completely off the table. Nor do we wish to run the tournament...
by Lagotto Romagnolo
Wed Jun 08, 2016 12:04 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2016 - July 23-24
Replies: 73
Views: 32195

Re: Chicago Open 2016 - July 23-24

Also, we still need at least two more staff - preferably experienced moderators. Please let me know if you're interested!
by Lagotto Romagnolo
Thu Jun 02, 2016 11:40 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2016 - July 23-24
Replies: 73
Views: 32195

Re: Chicago Open 2016 - July 23-24

Attention: Due to the NSC, the no-penalty deadline will be extended by 48 hours if your team has at least one person staffing the NSC. That means you have up to and including 11:59 PM Central on Tuesday.
by Lagotto Romagnolo
Wed May 04, 2016 4:32 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2016 - July 23-24
Replies: 73
Views: 32195

Re: Chicago Open 2016 - July 23-24

Effective today, we are expanding the field to 20 teams. But please, keep the good packets rolling!
by Lagotto Romagnolo
Mon May 02, 2016 3:45 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2016 - July 23-24
Replies: 73
Views: 32195

Re: Chicago Open 2016 - July 23-24

We're currently deciding whether or not to expand the field to 21 teams or keep it at 17. A big factor in making this decision either way is knowing if there's enough interest from teams and prospective staff to make this viable. If you're on the fence about attending and would go if space existed, ...
by Lagotto Romagnolo
Tue Apr 26, 2016 11:24 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2016 - July 23-24
Replies: 73
Views: 32195

Re: Chicago Open 2016 - July 23-24

Because more than 17 teams have expressed interest in playing CO, we'd like to do another poll. It is possible that U Chicago will grant us additional rooms and therefore let us expand the field. However, this will require us to abandon the full round robin and switch to a bracketed system. Matt Jac...
by Lagotto Romagnolo
Wed Apr 20, 2016 1:09 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2016 - July 23-24
Replies: 73
Views: 32195

Re: Chicago Open 2016 - July 23-24

In order to prevent the field from clogging up, we will not allow additional two- or three-person teams for the time being (the Borglum and Grant teams will be grandfathered in, but please try to fill up your teams as soon as possible - that's why we have this thread ). But what if a team with only...
by Lagotto Romagnolo
Wed Apr 20, 2016 12:17 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2016 - July 23-24
Replies: 73
Views: 32195

Re: Chicago Open 2016 - July 23-24

In order to prevent the field from clogging up, we will not allow additional two- or three-person teams for the time being (the Borglum and Grant teams will be grandfathered in, but please try to fill up your teams as soon as possible - that's why we have this thread ). But what if a team with only...
by Lagotto Romagnolo
Wed Apr 20, 2016 10:58 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2016 - July 23-24
Replies: 73
Views: 32195

Re: Chicago Open 2016 - July 23-24

In order to prevent the field from clogging up, we will not allow additional two- or three-person teams for the time being (the Borglum and Grant teams will be grandfathered in, but please try to fill up your teams as soon as possible - that's why we have this thread).
by Lagotto Romagnolo
Tue Apr 19, 2016 9:17 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2016 - July 23-24
Replies: 73
Views: 32195

Re: Chicago Open 2016 - July 23-24

A friendly reminder that the first deadline is just under three weeks away. Please register if you have not done so already but have a complete team.
by Lagotto Romagnolo
Sun Mar 13, 2016 1:03 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2016 - July 23-24
Replies: 73
Views: 32195

Re: Chicago Open 2016 - July 23-24

What Mike said. As an example, last year we received one packet in which most of the tossups were 14 lines or longer, most of them on extremely hard topics. This is NOT the point of CO. We don't want to send packets back for rewrites if we can avoid it, but we will if necessary. EDIT: Also, there wi...
by Lagotto Romagnolo
Sun Mar 13, 2016 12:47 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2016 - July 23-24
Replies: 73
Views: 32195

Chicago Open 2016 - July 23-24

This is the official announcement for Chicago Open, which will be held the weekend of July 23-24 at the University of Chicago. The main tournament will be held on Saturday, with Trash on Sunday. The tournament will be edited by a team comprised of John Lawrence, Matt Jackson, Mike Cheyne, Mike Bentl...
by Lagotto Romagnolo
Fri Mar 11, 2016 12:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open Date Poll
Replies: 2
Views: 1915

Re: Chicago Open Date Poll

If there are no further objections, we'll tentatively set Chicago Open for the 23rd (official announcement forthcoming).

EDIT: Announcement is up. Mods, you can close this thread.
by Lagotto Romagnolo
Mon Mar 07, 2016 1:47 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open Date Poll
Replies: 2
Views: 1915

Chicago Open Date Poll

Greetings,

Now that the CO editing team is mostly formed, we would like to hear the audience's opinion on various dates. Please select which dates you will be able to attend (you may select up to all 3), and feel free to post here if you have any concerns or comments.
by Lagotto Romagnolo
Sat Mar 05, 2016 7:44 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO 2016 Editor Search/Discussion
Replies: 22
Views: 6190

Re: CO 2016 Editor Search/Discussion

I am also willing to co-edit physics and chip in questions elsewhere.
by Lagotto Romagnolo
Fri Aug 07, 2015 10:12 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open ‘15 @ VCU (8/8/15)
Replies: 67
Views: 21942

Re: VCU Open ‘15 @ VCU (8/8/15)

I should be able to staff SHEIKH as well.
by Lagotto Romagnolo
Sat Jul 25, 2015 12:00 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open Weekend Length
Replies: 16
Views: 3931

Re: Chicago Open Weekend Length

I wouldn't take it as far as Ike, but I think the idea of having 3-4 summer opens every year is a good solution to the current glut of tournaments at places like CO and VCUO. As nice as it would be to distribute the side events across the summer, let's remember that we have only a finite number of ...
by Lagotto Romagnolo
Thu Jul 23, 2015 12:29 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open thanks and discussion
Replies: 34
Views: 12981

Re: Chicago Open thanks and discussion

I will also suggest a possibly repulsive change for next year: move the packet deadlines forward by a week. As long as CO continues to follow the giant round-robin format (which I still support), we can't combine packets. Even the packets that come in 2 weeks before the tournament must be edited. If...
by Lagotto Romagnolo
Wed Jul 22, 2015 10:00 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: questions about Judaism
Replies: 15
Views: 4226

Re: questions about Judaism

In Judaism, it seems like there are infinitely more rituals and practices that occur in everyday life: meals with specific food, specific prayers or actions, things to build, etc. It's not just the number of rituals, it's the sheer amount of text behind them. The full Talmud runs anywhere from 18 t...
by Lagotto Romagnolo
Tue Jul 21, 2015 11:38 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Could High-Level College Quizbowl Stand to be Easier?
Replies: 25
Views: 6521

Re: Could High-Level College Quizbowl Stand to be Easier?

It seems fairly rare for the top team to break 20 PPB, as it's only happened twice. I don't really see a problem with this in itself. Three times, but it doesn't change the picture: ...no team in history has ever put up 22 ppb on Chicago Open (and only one team even cracked 21: the Yaphe/Teitler/Ke...
by Lagotto Romagnolo
Mon Jul 20, 2015 8:00 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: questions about Judaism
Replies: 15
Views: 4226

Re: questions about Judaism

I'd be interested in seeing some questions from previous tournaments that people would consider "receive 15 points if you are Jewish." This example is from a high school tournament, but it illustrates the point: This holiday sees the singing of the Chad Gadya, and some observants use an orange to r...
by Lagotto Romagnolo
Mon Jul 20, 2015 1:45 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open thanks and discussion
Replies: 34
Views: 12981

Re: Chicago Open thanks and discussion

The tossup on Shavuot led in with a clue to the effect of "The John Doe-like placeholder name Ploni Almoni comes from a book read on this holiday." One of our opponents buzzed in before the word "this" and said "the Book of Ruth," which of course would have been correct had the clue ended "...this ...
by Lagotto Romagnolo
Sun Jul 05, 2015 2:35 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Samuel L. Bronkowitz presents Chicago Open (07/18-19/15)
Replies: 117
Views: 44561

Re: Samuel L. Bronkowitz presents Chicago Open (07/18-19/15)

Today is the final deadline. Please submit the remaining packets!
by Lagotto Romagnolo
Fri Jul 03, 2015 1:21 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: How to become a good theoretical math player?
Replies: 29
Views: 7237

Re: How to become a good theoretical math player?

I don't want to turn this thread away too much from the "theoretical" designation, but inasmuch as it seems to define "theoretical" as "not quizbowl computational math," here's another idea. If you want to learn upper-level math but, like me, can't stand long purely theoretical books with no applica...
by Lagotto Romagnolo
Mon Jun 29, 2015 9:23 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Ghosts of Quiz Bowl's Past that You (sorta) Miss....
Replies: 28
Views: 12142

Re: Ghosts of Quiz Bowl's Past that You (sorta) Miss....

The old NSC format did have its charm, but by all accounts it was a nightmare to edit, with 3 different types of bonuses.
by Lagotto Romagnolo
Fri Jun 19, 2015 11:57 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Resetting [pt. 3 of 6]: The Problem of Flakeouts
Replies: 6
Views: 3460

Re: Resetting [pt. 3 of 6]: The Problem of Flakeouts

There is no shame in asking people for help writing a tournament. I feel this is a norm we should promote. I'd like to extend Bruce's point to a few other tasks. Warning: the following is also a personal attempt to exorcise old demons, so apologies for schmaltz or preachiness. There is no shame in ...