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by Gautam
Sun Jan 11, 2009 12:51 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: EPITHET (2/14/2009) at EPHS
Replies: 18
Views: 2403

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: EPITHET (2/14/2009) at EPHS

cornfused wrote:
gaurav.kandlikar wrote:Eden Prairie Quiz Bowl is pleased to announce that we are hosting the EPITHET Tournament on Saturday, February 14th, 2009! This will be an academic tournament mirroring questions from Prison Bowl II.
So what's it stand for?
Eden Prairie Invitational Tournament from Hunter: Ex Trash
by Gautam
Thu Jan 08, 2009 1:26 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: All videos of Quiz Bowl
Replies: 205
Views: 119163

Re: All videos of Quiz Bowl

JelloBiafra wrote:
JackGlerum wrote:
scquizbowl wrote:that wisconsin video
ASHUFJLIURGNFATROJRGHUIHBGTNUWEHBXNMWIOGHBQWIORYGUFVBHLPE
greg peterson, zurvan has, in a rare, uncharacteristic move, chosen you to do something about this.
by Gautam
Wed Jan 07, 2009 12:28 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: High Schoolers and Writing for NAQT
Replies: 175
Views: 16616

Re: High Schoolers and Writing for NAQT

cornfused wrote:
millionwaves wrote:1/0 atmospheric science/oceanography.
What was this?
Perhaps a tossup on Ekman.
by Gautam
Tue Jan 06, 2009 3:23 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Winter North @ Carleton College (1/18/09)
Replies: 46
Views: 5309

Re: ACF Winter North @ Carleton College (1/18/09)

No St. Olaf when this is right in their back yard....

Disappointing.
by Gautam
Mon Jan 05, 2009 4:23 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Global announcement: ACF Winter (1/17/2009)
Replies: 60
Views: 31770

Re: Global announcement: ACF Winter (1/17/2009)

Jerry, could you update the list of teams that have submitted packets?
by Gautam
Mon Jan 05, 2009 3:49 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Interest in all-math side event?
Replies: 19
Views: 2177

Re: Interest in all-math side event?

Lapego1 wrote:I'd play. If I can't attend, I could probably write some.
This.
by Gautam
Sat Jan 03, 2009 8:19 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Harvard International - 4/11/09
Replies: 84
Views: 21350

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Harvard International - 4/11/09

SEE HOW POWERFUL THAT VOTING BLOC IS!
by Gautam
Fri Jan 02, 2009 6:16 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Harvard International - 4/11/09
Replies: 84
Views: 21350

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Harvard International - 4/11/09

I am a part of the April 11 works best voting bloc.
by Gautam
Fri Dec 26, 2008 9:48 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Open Teams at non-Open Tournaments
Replies: 42
Views: 6800

Re: Open Teams at non-Open Tournaments

I don't really see the point of having conglomerate teams that are expected to be better than the rest of the field. In the case of TIT, it seems like a team of Eric and Ike would fit that bill even if it's not a traditional "superteam." If the tournament director okays it, I'm fine with having a f...
by Gautam
Mon Dec 22, 2008 12:13 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Spring Semester College Academic tournaments
Replies: 10
Views: 1772

Re: Spring Semester College Academic tournaments

Look more closely, my friend, and you shall find the Mississippi State TIT announcement.
by Gautam
Sun Dec 21, 2008 9:09 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Spring Semester College Academic tournaments
Replies: 10
Views: 1772

Re: Spring Semester College Academic tournaments

cornfused wrote:I see two announcements for MUT mirrors but nothing for MUT. Also, when's MCMNT?
According to this thread, we're supposed to stay tuned for more info. It will definitely happen in march.

I will correct the Penn Bowl at GA Tech momentarily.
by Gautam
Sun Dec 21, 2008 7:44 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Spring Semester College Academic tournaments
Replies: 10
Views: 1772

Spring Semester College Academic tournaments

I thought this would be a good time to make a list of Spring Semsester tournaments. This will be something like what Andrew did for last semester. Jan 17/18: * ACF Winter at Yale, Georgia, Carleton, Michigan, Missouri S&T, Caltech, J. S. Reynolds Community College, University of Washington, and vill...
by Gautam
Tue Dec 16, 2008 2:07 am
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Alternatives to Wikipedia: where to find good material
Replies: 25
Views: 28159

Re: Alternatives to Wikipedia: where to find good material

I'm surprised that so few have mentioned textbooks as a source of quality material, especially for science. I ended up using a fair number of textbooks in our libraries to get good clues for a large portion of the science at Minnesota Open. The best thing I like about textbooks is that there are so ...
by Gautam
Sun Dec 14, 2008 4:22 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Visual Tournament - Date TBD
Replies: 13
Views: 1154

Re: Visual Tournament - Date TBD

I'll play this.

I'll certainly attend CC and ACF Nationals, and CO but am not 100% sure about the rest.

Gautam
by Gautam
Sun Dec 14, 2008 12:12 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Should teams be required to use this board for their events?
Replies: 10
Views: 1718

Re: Should teams be required to use this board for their events?

Yes, all entities should post here, especially if their tournaments are held across the nation (such as various SCTs, TRASH regionals, etc.) It is also important because we are seeing larger numbers of people who have the means and interest in traveling to tournaments that aren't within their vicini...
by Gautam
Fri Dec 12, 2008 2:53 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bad Negs Again
Replies: 494
Views: 87449

Re: Bad Negs Again

I did this recently:

Given: eyes of drosophila
Answer: pancreas
by Gautam
Fri Dec 12, 2008 2:23 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 12/6 GINVIT at the University of Minnesota
Replies: 21
Views: 4781

Re: 12/6 GINVIT at the University of Minnesota

Hello

Thanks to Gaurav, we now have all the statistics entered into SQBS and available for all.

The Prelims can be found at this location, while the playoffs (including the 2nd place tiebreakers and finals) can be found here.

Gautam
by Gautam
Thu Dec 11, 2008 12:30 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 12/6 GINVIT at the University of Minnesota
Replies: 21
Views: 4781

Re: 12/6 GINVIT at the University of Minnesota

So, here's the deal. We have rounds 1-6 saved, so it's not as bad as we thought it was. However, we all have finals starting tomorrow. I will do my best to ensure that the stats are posted by Friday night.

I hope that works with you guys. Sorry about the delays.

Gautam
by Gautam
Wed Dec 10, 2008 9:26 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 12/6 GINVIT at the University of Minnesota
Replies: 21
Views: 4781

Re: 12/6 GINVIT at the University of Minnesota

sam.peterson wrote:Sorry to be annoying, but are you guys able to post results tonight?
Hey,

Sorry about the delay in stat posting. We recently realized that the stats were not saved properly; we do, however, have paper copies of the stats which we will be entering into SQBS as soon as possible.

Gautam
by Gautam
Tue Dec 09, 2008 9:51 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Pre Announcement for INDIA
Replies: 7
Views: 1490

Re: Vanity Tournament: Comedy Name To Be Announced

BuzzerZen wrote:INDIA: Idiosyncratic New Distribution is Incontrovertibly Awesome
Excellent! Thanks for coming up with this :)
DumbJaques wrote:
I also don't intend on having many other commitments to quizbowl for the upcoming year
Good luck.
I will certainly need it...

GK
by Gautam
Tue Dec 09, 2008 7:42 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Pre Announcement for INDIA
Replies: 7
Views: 1490

Pre Announcement for INDIA

Hello I am currently working on writing a short vanity tournament. It will be about 6-7 rounds, consisting of 20 tossups each distributed in the following manner: Distribution 4 Biology 4 Non American Literature 4 Painting 3 Non US History 2 India-related content* 2 Organic Chemistry 1 Economics * A...
by Gautam
Fri Dec 05, 2008 7:04 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Interest in a Science Side Tournament at Cardinal Classic?
Replies: 14
Views: 1450

Re: Interest in a Science Side Tournament at Cardinal Classic?

If this happens, my desire to attend CC will know no bounds.
by Gautam
Tue Dec 02, 2008 6:39 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Winter North @ Carleton College (1/18/09)
Replies: 46
Views: 5309

Re: ACF Winter North @ Carleton College (1/18/09)

We should be there with a few teams.
by Gautam
Sun Nov 30, 2008 5:06 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Pyramidality, Math calculation, and the Goldfish Tournament
Replies: 70
Views: 14387

Re: Pyramidality, Math calculation, and the Goldfish Tournament

answers Does it not occur to you that a vast number of these answers continue to be hard for the high school level? Tossups on Cauchy-Schwartz, Maclaurin, Cantor, Runge-Kutta, Lagrange, Stewart's theorem, and bonuses on things like Hyperbolic/Lobachevsky/Bolyai/Reimann are all hard and unnecessary....
by Gautam
Fri Nov 28, 2008 6:34 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The mystery of stepping stone theory.
Replies: 77
Views: 8774

Re: The mystery of stepping stone theory.

I think whole discussion could use a healthy dose of "quizbowl is something I enjoy because I get to hear about all these things I don't know " rather than "quizbowl is something I enjoy because I can answer about things I know." This year, 5 schools sent teams to Tartan Tussle (A series tournament)...
by Gautam
Mon Nov 24, 2008 9:59 pm
Forum: New Collegiate Teams
Topic: question writing
Replies: 12
Views: 4806

Re: question writing

Hello, It occurred to me that quiz bowl currently lacks a resource where one can look at really well written questions and learn what makes those questions well written. This doesn't have to be big; a packet of 24/24 (even questions from old tournaments are okay) would be big enough. While doing the...
by Gautam
Fri Nov 21, 2008 3:02 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Anouncement: Missouri Open (06/06/2009)
Replies: 81
Views: 21840

Re: Anouncement: Missouri Open (06/06/2009)

Are you sure you want to edit a tournament right in the middle of finals, Auroni? Unless you get done with the packets a couple of weeks before the tournament (I think this starts converging to 0 probability really quickly; alternatively you can get done with studying a couple of weeks before finals...
by Gautam
Sun Nov 16, 2008 12:24 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Changing the Science Distribution
Replies: 52
Views: 9329

Re: Changing the Science Distribution

Saiem wrote: I would certainly like to advocate an expansion of the Math and Computer Science canon
Special interest groups itt.
by Gautam
Sat Nov 15, 2008 4:58 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Changing the Science Distribution
Replies: 52
Views: 9329

Re: Changing the Science Distribution

JelloBiafra wrote: I think reducing it to .5/.5 is still enough for lovers of chemistry to be satisfied with the chem in the tournament.
No.
by Gautam
Sat Nov 15, 2008 2:26 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Changing the Science Distribution
Replies: 52
Views: 9329

Re: Changing the Science Distribution

To rectify this problem, I'd like to see the science distribution (the 4/4 that ultimately ends up in packets) to this: 1/1 Physics 1/1 Biology 0.5/0.5 Chemistry 1/1 Other Sciences* 0.5/0.5 TBD *Tournaments that I edit at least have 1/1 Other Science, but there was some disagreement over this was t...
by Gautam
Sat Nov 15, 2008 1:41 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Changing the Science Distribution
Replies: 52
Views: 9329

Re: Changing the Science Distribution

Just to clarify, I think a lot of material that's worthy of being chem gets shoved away into the physics distribution too. A lot of the thermodynamics and quantum chem things which could easily be under the chem distro are usually placed in the physics distro. 50% ochem is too much and I strive my h...
by Gautam
Fri Nov 14, 2008 9:13 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Minnesota '08-'09
Replies: 89
Views: 13749

Re: Minnesota '08-'09

It's understandable to be supportive of a team. The school can be supportive by providing rooms, extra funding through either the activities department or fundraisers, or (and this would be a lot more beneficial) turning these fans into actual players. Instead, by "supporting" the team the fans den...
by Gautam
Mon Nov 10, 2008 3:35 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall discussion
Replies: 133
Views: 14056

Re: ACF Fall discussion (don't read, players at U Wash. site)

I'd like to apologize for the repeats in the categories I edited (there seemed to be more of them than in the other editor's work). For some reason, over the last few days of editing, my search utility was not functioning properly, and as such, I was working off of memory. In retrospect it was not t...
by Gautam
Mon Nov 10, 2008 3:29 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall packet submission and difficulty discussion
Replies: 17
Views: 4633

Re: ACF Fall packet submission and difficulty discussion

I worked on Bio/Chem/Other Science (minus Csci), Painting, World History, and Geography. I received some good submissions in all categories, but surprisingly, the geography questions were the best overall. I will talk about submissions and stuff later tonight. Until then, if you have individual ques...
by Gautam
Sun Nov 09, 2008 1:25 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall North: UMN, Saturday, Nov. 8
Replies: 16
Views: 3448

Re: ACF Fall North: UMN, Saturday, Nov. 8

Please ignore the previous post with statistics. Statistics are now available at: http://www.tc.umn.edu/~kand0028/quiz_bowl/stats/acf_fall_2008/ACF_Fall_2008_standings.html Unfortunately, I forgot to keep separate statistics for prelim/playoffs. The above link reflects the overall statistics includi...
by Gautam
Sat Nov 08, 2008 7:09 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall North: UMN, Saturday, Nov. 8
Replies: 16
Views: 3448

Re: ACF Fall North: UMN, Saturday, Nov. 8

Chicago C, Minnesota A, Carleton, Lawrence A are in top bracket. There was a tie (by record) for the fourth spot, which was broken by PPG.

Things are going pretty well.
by Gautam
Fri Nov 07, 2008 5:03 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Tournament Rankings
Replies: 7
Views: 1190

Re: Tournament Rankings

grashid wrote:UTC
Those will continue to be a mystery to most of us until we get to see those packets.
by Gautam
Fri Oct 31, 2008 2:19 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: JECHT Discussion
Replies: 30
Views: 3219

Re: JECHT Discussion

I have some scoresheets too... for some odd reason.
by Gautam
Fri Oct 31, 2008 1:41 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Non-question-specific criticisms of IS-80A
Replies: 253
Views: 23153

Re: Non-question-specific criticisms of IS-80A

Since I'm in the process of writing a packet, must the gender of the protagonist not be revealed until the later clues? I don't think so. Maybe saying "the protagonist" for the first clue is fine, but I think there are enough works with female protagonists that saying "she" pretty early (second lin...
by Gautam
Mon Oct 27, 2008 2:20 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: COTKU at UT-Chattanooga 10/18/08
Replies: 95
Views: 14028

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: COTKU at UT-Chattanooga 10/18/08

it seems that many of the easy tournaments that don't necessarily have immaculate questions like EFT get blasted on this forum, Are you high? Everyone came on this board and praised the EFT overall as a very good low-level tournament! I think he's saying that tournaments which are not EFT/ACF Fall ...
by Gautam
Sun Oct 26, 2008 6:25 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: COTKU at UT-Chattanooga 10/18/08
Replies: 95
Views: 14028

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: COTKU at UT-Chattanooga 10/18/08

Overall, this tournament represented an unfortunate trend in quizbowl of being less accessible to new teams, and simply an exercise for grad students with years of experience and the occasional brilliant freshman. I anticipate that, as a result, quizbowl at the college level is going to shrink away...
by Gautam
Fri Oct 24, 2008 4:03 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: A list of things to never do when running tournaments
Replies: 8
Views: 1529

Re: A list of things to never do when running tournaments

I could be wrong, but I think Colin's reference to Washington Ave Bridge is to the one in Minneapolis, not the Spider-Man/Gwen Stacy one. Then again, I could be misunderestimating Colin's fanboyness. I thought it was all clear that John Berryman was the subject of that reference. Anyway, the list o...
by Gautam
Thu Oct 23, 2008 2:52 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Minnesota Open discussion
Replies: 100
Views: 13427

Re: Minnesota Open discussion

The Quest for the Historical Mukherjesus wrote: I wouldn't hesitate classifying the science at this tournament as post-nationals difficulty
:monocle:

Yeah, I really do tend to overshoot difficulty targets... I'll try to tone it down in future tournaments I work on.
by Gautam
Wed Oct 22, 2008 2:29 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Non-question-specific criticisms of IS-80A
Replies: 253
Views: 23153

Re: Non-question-specific criticisms of IS-80A

If NAQT had more writers, we'd produce more regular Invitational Series. I take an issue with this. If I am not mistaken, NAQT has 100+ writers; is that not correct? How are these many writers not enough to be able to produce several quality tournaments every year? I suppose I can offer my own expe...
by Gautam
Tue Oct 21, 2008 11:55 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: PrelimAnnouncement: MIT Mirror of Minnesota Open (10/18/08)
Replies: 45
Views: 14112

Re: PrelimAnnouncement: MIT Mirror of Minnesota Open (10/18/08)

Hey, if I am not mistaken, Andrew intends to put on another tournament with the remainder of the blind packets and writing some new packets, which (according to him) will be ready by IO at the earliest. He only mentioned it to me last night so I will let him talk about it here.

--GK
by Gautam
Tue Oct 21, 2008 10:36 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Minnesota Open discussion
Replies: 100
Views: 13427

Re: Minnesota Open discussion

everyday847 wrote: EDIT: I'm really interested in feedback, public or private, on the science in the Harvard packet (round 15 at the MN site). It was hard, I know; I'm mostly concerned with whether it was good.
I'll get back to you sometime later this week.
by Gautam
Mon Oct 20, 2008 1:50 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Announcement: Minnesota Open, October 18 2008
Replies: 111
Views: 28788

Re: Announcement: Minnesota Open, October 18 2008

theMoMA wrote:While you're fixing that, would you mind turning on the Round Reports, Gautam?
Yeah.. I'll do that soon.
by Gautam
Mon Oct 20, 2008 1:47 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Minnesota Open discussion
Replies: 100
Views: 13427

Re: Minnesota Open discussion

Hey, First of all, I'd thank people for all their submissions; they were really great, and it definitely put less of a strain on us to produce good questions from scratch. I'd like to know what people thought of the science at this tournament. I mostly worked on Bio/chem/phys/math and most of the ot...
by Gautam
Sun Oct 19, 2008 3:14 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Announcement: Minnesota Open, October 18 2008
Replies: 111
Views: 28788

Re: Announcement: Minnesota Open, October 18 2008

Stats are posted.

Thanks to everyone who came.