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by Edward Lansdale
Fri Jul 27, 2018 10:00 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Boston Summer Open I
Replies: 59
Views: 10976

Re: Boston Summer Open I

I'm on a team with Peter and Alex Schmidt and we are looking for a fourth. If anyone is interested, please email me at avmanmirza@gmail.com. Thanks!
by Edward Lansdale
Mon Feb 12, 2018 4:09 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2018 NAQT ICT: April 14, Chicago
Replies: 30
Views: 12257

Re: 2018 NAQT ICT: April 14, Chicago

Invitations to the 2018 ICT How did Yale get two D1 bids? Shouldn't Michigan B have been awarded a D1 Undergrad bid? Did UNC, Carleton, and RIT not want a hosting autobid? Just curious. Also can't speak for the others, but we got a DI hosting auto-bid and a DI editing auto-bid (Jacob edited SCT). O...
by Edward Lansdale
Mon Feb 12, 2018 4:04 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2018 NAQT ICT: April 14, Chicago
Replies: 30
Views: 12257

Re: 2018 NAQT ICT: April 14, Chicago

Did UNC, Carleton, and RIT not want a hosting autobid? The Carleton and RIT sites did not have autobids (as they were able to staff their tournaments without calling on active players). The SCT site at North Carolina fell short of our hosting requirements in several ways; as a result, we decided th...
by Edward Lansdale
Mon Feb 12, 2018 2:57 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: A Modest Proposal Regarding D2 ICT Qualification
Replies: 3
Views: 1937

Re: A Modest Proposal Regarding D2 ICT Qualification

Agree. I remember looking at SCT results and feeling bad for BYU; it's not their fault that the Mountain West is a quizbowl desert. Alabama qualified for D1 despite finishing 45th on D-value, so BYU's 46th is scarcely less deserving.
by Edward Lansdale
Mon Feb 12, 2018 2:34 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2018 NAQT ICT: April 14, Chicago
Replies: 30
Views: 12257

Re: 2018 NAQT ICT: April 14, Chicago

Important Bird Area wrote:Invitations to the 2018 ICT
How did Yale get two D1 bids? Shouldn't Michigan B have been awarded a D1 Undergrad bid? Did UNC, Carleton, and RIT not want a hosting autobid?

Just curious.
by Edward Lansdale
Fri Feb 02, 2018 7:00 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Cal's Mid-Spring Tournament—March 2018
Replies: 66
Views: 18443

Re: Cal's Mid-Spring Tournament—March 2018

aseem.keyal wrote:It seems there is far more diverse assortment of opinions on moving the mirror than we originally anticipated. We're gonna hold off on a decision until Friday, to allow anyone else who wants to voice their opinion to do so here.
Has a decision been made yet?
by Edward Lansdale
Tue Jan 30, 2018 3:20 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Cal's Mid-Spring Tournament—March 2018
Replies: 66
Views: 18443

Re: Cal's Mid-Spring Tournament—March 2018

I'm glad to see the discussion continuing and taking input from different people. For the record, I am willing to (but just not very keen on) travel to UMD or another non-NYU site. For what it's worth, I played a NASAT mirror at VCU last August that required me to do an overnight trip involving Grey...
by Edward Lansdale
Sat Jan 27, 2018 8:13 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Cal's Mid-Spring Tournament—March 2018
Replies: 66
Views: 18443

Re: Cal's Mid-Spring Tournament—March 2018

I was planning on playing this with former NYU teammates at the NYU mirror, but I find recent developments disappointing and baffling. 1. It would seem to me there are plenty of teams between Boston and Philadelphia that would prefer a New York site, without "diluting" the field at UMD. Everyone fro...
by Edward Lansdale
Fri Jul 07, 2017 8:23 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Cambridge Open mirror in NYC (07/01/2017)
Replies: 35
Views: 10818

Re: Cambridge Open mirror in NYC (07/01/2017)

nsb2 wrote:
Edward Lansdale wrote:As possibly the only American quizbowler with some knowledge of cricket
You're definitely not the only one
Good to know.
by Edward Lansdale
Fri Jul 07, 2017 2:53 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Cambridge Open mirror in NYC (07/01/2017)
Replies: 35
Views: 10818

Re: Cambridge Open mirror in NYC (07/01/2017)

As possibly the only American quizbowler with some knowledge of cricket, I was disappointed there weren't more cricket questions!

Echoing Michael, I didn't think it was a bad set either.
by Edward Lansdale
Wed Jul 05, 2017 4:44 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: VCU Side Event Weekend - 8/5/2017
Replies: 31
Views: 10132

Re: VCU Side Event Weekend - 8/5/2017

I just wanted to note that the sudden and unannounced change of venue is extremely inconvenient, as I had already purchased non-refundable Greyhound tickets to Charlottesville, VA, a week before the change was made. I find it curious that no attempt was made to contact interested players/staff by em...
by Edward Lansdale
Mon Jun 26, 2017 2:23 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Cambridge Open mirror in NYC (07/01/2017)
Replies: 35
Views: 10818

Re: Cambridge Open mirror in NYC (07/01/2017)

How much is the mirror fee? At the current exchange rate, £25 equals $31.81, but that sounds unwieldy. Are we rounding it down to $30 (plus $30 for staffers)?
by Edward Lansdale
Mon May 29, 2017 12:47 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Cambridge Open mirror in NYC (07/01/2017)
Replies: 35
Views: 10818

Re: Cambridge Open mirror in NYC (07/01/2017)

It's not uncommon practice to charge open teams higher fees than school teams already, so if this has this effect then I think it's fine. Also, the more buzzers the better, in case someone brings that awful system that makes a sound like a dying bird. The only good reason for charging open teams a ...
by Edward Lansdale
Sun May 28, 2017 7:51 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Cambridge Open mirror in NYC (07/01/2017)
Replies: 35
Views: 10818

Re: Cambridge Open mirror in NYC (07/01/2017)

The buzzer penalty strikes me as weirdly onerous. There should be more than enough buzzers between NYU's and Columbia's, and penalizing free agents/people no longer in school for not having buzzers is a tad unfair.
by Edward Lansdale
Tue Feb 07, 2017 12:50 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: SCT, autobids, and ICT size discussion
Replies: 131
Views: 33239

Re: Rocky Mountain Sectionals (Boulder, CO; February 4, 2017

The lowest & highest finish for split teams in those years is: t-26 / 20th (2013), t-30 / 15th (2014), 29th / 29th (2015), t-27 / 24th (2016). It would be quite hard to argue that these B teams unilaterally did not deserve to be in the ICT field. Fair enough, if your top two teams are good enough t...
by Edward Lansdale
Tue Feb 07, 2017 10:25 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: SCT, autobids, and ICT size discussion
Replies: 131
Views: 33239

Re: Rocky Mountain Sectionals (Boulder, CO; February 4, 2017

And the "Columbia D" team of inexperienced freshmen have that whole Division 2 thing to worry about rather than use our D1 bids. Right now that is true, but with an expanded ICT field there's nothing to prevent you, Ben, Rafael, etc from playing solo at multiple SCT sites, qualifying C and D teams ...
by Edward Lansdale
Tue Feb 07, 2017 9:54 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: SCT, autobids, and ICT size discussion
Replies: 131
Views: 33239

Re: Rocky Mountain Sectionals (Boulder, CO; February 4, 2017

[Then why doesn't this happen now? I am skeptical that this would be a thing in the future. Also, I looked at 2013-2017 recently and none of those ICTs had a B team as the obvious worst team in the field. Splitting teams hasn't upset the balance that much. I did say there are maybe 24 good A teams ...
by Edward Lansdale
Tue Feb 07, 2017 2:23 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: SCT, autobids, and ICT size discussion
Replies: 131
Views: 33239

Re: Rocky Mountain Sectionals (Boulder, CO; February 4, 2017

To address an earlier question, my belief is that under the current 32-team field of DI ICT and the large increase in talent in the #10-#30 ranked teams, ICT doesn't really have the luxury of trying to grow circuits by increasing geographical diversity at the expense of letting the 32 most talented...
by Edward Lansdale
Tue Feb 07, 2017 1:45 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: SCT, autobids, and ICT size discussion
Replies: 131
Views: 33239

Re: Rocky Mountain Sectionals (Boulder, CO; February 4, 2017

I've been out of the quizbowl scene for a while but was always under the impression you couldn't send teams to more than one SCT. I'll add my two cents here to note that such a rule should be put into place. What about non-resident students, then -- like the person from Maryland who played this ver...
by Edward Lansdale
Mon Feb 06, 2017 5:49 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: SCT, autobids, and ICT size discussion
Replies: 131
Views: 33239

Re: Rocky Mountain Sectionals (Boulder, CO; February 4, 2017

I've been out of the quizbowl scene for a while but was always under the impression you couldn't send teams to more than one SCT. I'll add my two cents here to note that such a rule should be put into place.
by Edward Lansdale
Sun Jun 19, 2016 1:20 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 NASAT available for mirrors
Replies: 9
Views: 5346

Re: 2016 NASAT available for mirrors

Any updates from Columbia or Maryland?
by Edward Lansdale
Sat Jun 11, 2016 9:24 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 NASAT available for mirrors
Replies: 9
Views: 5346

Re: 2016 NASAT available for mirrors

Is an official announcement for the Maryland mirror forthcoming? I would like to express my interest in either playing or staffing.
by Edward Lansdale
Tue Jul 07, 2015 10:06 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Samuel L. Bronkowitz presents Chicago Open (07/18-19/15)
Replies: 117
Views: 44588

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

If anyone is flying into O'Hare and interested in sharing a hotel room, message me. I have already booked a room and might be willing to rent a car as well.
by Edward Lansdale
Wed Feb 11, 2015 10:34 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: George Oppen - UCSD - 2/21/15
Replies: 14
Views: 6485

Re: George Oppen - UCSD - 2/21/15

I am hoping to play this. I will try to bring people from Claremont, but if that falls through, I can play solo or on a team that needs another person.
by Edward Lansdale
Tue Nov 18, 2014 9:07 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: DATE CHANGED - SoCal DEES Mirror (Open) - Jan. 11 @ UCLA
Replies: 18
Views: 7595

Re: SoCal DEES Mirror (Open) - Dec. 6th @ UCLA

I would be interested in playing this on Jan 10 or 11, either solo/on a free agent based team, or with other people from Claremont.
by Edward Lansdale
Tue Jul 01, 2014 4:53 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Summer Practices in SoCal
Replies: 5
Views: 2182

Re: Summer Practices in SoCal

No practice this week due to Fourth of July. See you all next week.

No practice on August 15 either as I will be out of town.
by Edward Lansdale
Thu Jun 26, 2014 7:50 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Summer Practices in SoCal
Replies: 5
Views: 2182

Re: Summer Practices in SoCal

Corry wrote:FYI, I'm definitely going these practices, beginning this week. Hopefully I'll be able to bum a ride from Jason/Kahao (the tables have turned).
Great, see you then.
by Edward Lansdale
Fri Jun 06, 2014 10:04 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Summer Practices in SoCal
Replies: 5
Views: 2182

Re: Summer Practices in SoCal

If Kahao or Travis haven't done so yet, I'm sure I can get some amount of interest from Arcadia alumni and current Arcadia players in the area, given that Claremont is 20 minutes down the 210 from them/us. Yeah, that would be great. Kahao is getting a couple of people (Dustin and Chengson), but if ...
by Edward Lansdale
Thu Jun 05, 2014 7:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Summer Practices in SoCal
Replies: 5
Views: 2182

Summer Practices in SoCal

The Claremont Colleges quizbowl people will be hosting summer practices on Fridays at 6pm, starting tomorrow. Practice will be held at 517 Watson Dr, Claremont, CA 91711, Room 211. All quizbowlers in the area are welcome to attend. PM or call me at 212-203-2716 if you have any questions. Thanks, Mirza
by Edward Lansdale
Thu Jul 04, 2013 8:50 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Open Summer Practices at NYU
Replies: 1
Views: 638

Re: Open Summer Practices at NYU

Practice this week will be held on Friday at 6pm. All other details remain the same.
by Edward Lansdale
Thu Jun 13, 2013 1:54 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Open Summer Practices at NYU
Replies: 1
Views: 638

Open Summer Practices at NYU

NYU will be hosting open summer practice sessions starting today (Thursday, June 13) at 6pm, and every Thursday thereafter. All interested persons in the Greater NYC area are welcome to attend. Practice will be held at the Kimmel Center (60 Washington Sq South, New York, NY 10012), in the 7th floor ...
by Edward Lansdale
Tue Apr 30, 2013 6:09 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB Nationals Discussion Thread
Replies: 88
Views: 14365

Re: NHBB Nationals Discussion Thread

Perhaps you could explain why exactly accepting such an answer would be unfair to the other team… I have mentioned this several times. I do not agree with a rule that rewards teams for giving an answer which is qualitatively differently (community instead of commodity), simply because the name of t...
by Edward Lansdale
Tue Apr 30, 2013 5:59 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB Nationals Discussion Thread
Replies: 88
Views: 14365

Re: NHBB Nationals Discussion Thread

Again, I do not have any problem with you discussing the rule applicability or the question. I objected to your initial framing of the question and the protest that emerged from it as somehow the fault of the writers/editors, regardless if that was your intent. As I mentioned before, the questions ...
by Edward Lansdale
Tue Apr 30, 2013 5:42 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB Nationals Discussion Thread
Replies: 88
Views: 14365

Re: NHBB Nationals Discussion Thread

Masked Canadian History Bandit wrote: And you stand by your point?
Yes, because even an accurate reading of the questions does not convince me that the acceptability of certain answers were fair, and I still think that they would invariably lead to protests, which is the point I was making all along.
by Edward Lansdale
Tue Apr 30, 2013 5:28 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB Nationals Discussion Thread
Replies: 88
Views: 14365

Re: NHBB Nationals Discussion Thread

If, as you claim in your original post, you read a clue that stated "For ten points, this predecessor to the European Union was a "Community", then you did not read the question that was printed in the packets. I wrote that from memory before the packets were posted. I most definitely did read what...
by Edward Lansdale
Tue Apr 30, 2013 5:21 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB Nationals Discussion Thread
Replies: 88
Views: 14365

Re: NHBB Nationals Discussion Thread

Please read the actual questions written in the packets and leave any protests that arise to the designated specialists in the future. The major problem that one encounters when staffing a tournament like NHBB with people who have little experience in high-level quizbowl is precisely the above thou...
by Edward Lansdale
Tue Apr 30, 2013 5:11 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB Nationals Discussion Thread
Replies: 88
Views: 14365

Re: NHBB Nationals Discussion Thread

the rules say you're allowed to give additional correct, non-contradictory information in your answer My original decision at the game was made, somewhat unwittingly, in accordance with the rules, and the protest committee's verdict was also made in accordance with the rules. This does not mean the...
by Edward Lansdale
Tue Apr 30, 2013 4:45 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB Nationals Discussion Thread
Replies: 88
Views: 14365

Re: NHBB Nationals Discussion Thread

if we (incorrectly) define your "hosed" as "unfairly lost points to the other team", it would be understandable if the ECSC was instead called say "Schuman Council for European Industry." Then, if a team buzzed in and said SCEI, it doesn't include the correct answer, and is to a blitz, and they sho...
by Edward Lansdale
Tue Apr 30, 2013 3:54 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB Nationals Discussion Thread
Replies: 88
Views: 14365

Re: NHBB Nationals Discussion Thread

I do not see how this is a hose. The person who named the Community is also naming the commodities. You are acting like there is a person who knows the name of the Community but doesn't know the names of the commodities (and vice versa). I fail to see how an answer about a community on a tossup abo...
by Edward Lansdale
Tue Apr 30, 2013 3:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB Nationals Discussion Thread
Replies: 88
Views: 14365

Re: NHBB Nationals Discussion Thread

Secondly, the person in this case is buzzing on a clue that corresponds to the right answer and says the right answer (in a slightly expanded form). This is completely, unabashedly not a problem. This particular clue corresponds to the "right" answer (as ruled by the protest committee), but the res...
by Edward Lansdale
Tue Apr 30, 2013 3:32 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB Nationals Discussion Thread
Replies: 88
Views: 14365

Re: NHBB Nationals Discussion Thread

How does that reward random guessing?! It's the right answer! It contains exactly the right answer! It is the right answer, but the person arrived at it after waking up from tuning out, not because they whittled down the possible answers and settled on this one. Knowledge of what the predecessor to...
by Edward Lansdale
Tue Apr 30, 2013 3:31 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB Nationals Discussion Thread
Replies: 88
Views: 14365

Re: NHBB Nationals Discussion Thread

OK, that answerline could have been fleshed out further, but yes, "the headline that said Truman lost to Dewey" is a "reasonable equivalent" under most any definition of those words. Your argument makes no sense: you're saying that because we included the "reasonable equivalent" direction, you acce...
by Edward Lansdale
Tue Apr 30, 2013 3:28 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB Nationals Discussion Thread
Replies: 88
Views: 14365

Re: NHBB Nationals Discussion Thread

As someone who works for HSAPQ (even though I'm not speaking for them or have any real authority), I'm irritated by the statement we "dropped the ball" on this set. Are there things that could be improved upon? Certainly. We're not perfect, there were some problems with this set (as there are with ...
by Edward Lansdale
Tue Apr 30, 2013 3:09 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB Nationals Discussion Thread
Replies: 88
Views: 14365

Re: NHBB Nationals Discussion Thread

The answer accepted reasonable equivalents because it was a tossup on "this object" with an answerline of the "Dewey Defeats Truman" newspaper, rather than a tossup on the headline "Dewey Defeats Truman." There's a very obvious distinction here, analogous to accepting "Anna" in a tossup on the char...
by Edward Lansdale
Tue Apr 30, 2013 1:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB Nationals Discussion Thread
Replies: 88
Views: 14365

Re: NHBB Nationals Discussion Thread

To add to my earlier post about the set (to which Eric Xu and Varun Wadhwa already noted further issues that I missed), some moderator directions were unclear. The " Dewey Defeats Truman " answerline in round 12 said (accept reasonable equivalents); I accepted an answer of Dewey beats Truman on the ...
by Edward Lansdale
Tue Apr 30, 2013 12:57 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB Nationals Discussion Thread
Replies: 88
Views: 14365

Re: NHBB Nationals Discussion Thread

I don't want to impugn any quality moderating by Mirza Ahmed, but if the missing answerline was "Battle of Britain," shouldn't a moderator at NHBB Nationals be able to recognize what the answer by reading the rest of the question? Well, I admit to oversight in not realizing straight-away that the a...
by Edward Lansdale
Mon Apr 29, 2013 10:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB Nationals Discussion Thread
Replies: 88
Views: 14365

Re: NHBB Nationals Discussion Thread

Not correct. The process for score verification was first making sure that the online scores matched the actual scoresheets themselves. This helped make sure that when the online system assigned teams to afternoon brackets, they were assigned correctly. The posters were then checked against the onl...
by Edward Lansdale
Mon Apr 29, 2013 6:24 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB Nationals Discussion Thread
Replies: 88
Views: 14365

Re: NHBB Nationals Discussion Thread

The posters was a good idea, but it clearly was not used in the sense they were meant to be used. They contained pre-filled data about where teams from each group were supposed to go for their afternoon rounds (bracket, room or meeting place, site captain, time etc) based on their prelim rankings, b...
by Edward Lansdale
Mon Apr 29, 2013 3:50 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB Nationals Discussion Thread
Replies: 88
Views: 14365

Re: NHBB Nationals Discussion Thread

I had no stake in the tournament except as a staffer, and I do not have an opinion either way about the organization of the tournament. I did feel, however, that I should comment on some aspects of the set used at NHBB. (If the set isn't cleared yet, I would request a moderator to move this to a pri...