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by Gautam
Mon Oct 13, 2008 1:27 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: 10/11 UMN Tourney: Ubu Roi Season Opener
Replies: 12
Views: 3569

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: 10/11 UMN Tourney: Ubu Roi Season Opener

Round reports are now visible, but only for the prelim+playoff stats.

Gautam
by Gautam
Mon Oct 13, 2008 10:48 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Signing up for lots of writing/editing
Replies: 6
Views: 1236

Re: Signing up for lots of writing/editing

Seth, I think your concern about the individuals/teams which take on too much responsibility to produce tournaments and question sets in a narrow time range is valid. Not only can the tournament quality be diminished, but it can also hurt the individuals who do not budget in adequate amounts of time...
by Gautam
Mon Oct 13, 2008 10:04 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: EFT Discussion
Replies: 107
Views: 19723

Re: EFT Discussion

One thing to keep in mind when writing novice tournaments is that novice players, compared to expert players, know some bio, chem, and history, a little about lit, fine arts, and physics, and very little about philosophy and social science. Huh? Some of the incoming freshmen I've seen at the Minnes...
by Gautam
Sat Oct 11, 2008 4:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: 10/11 UMN Tourney: Ubu Roi Season Opener
Replies: 12
Views: 3569

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: 10/11 UMN Tourney: Ubu Roi Season Opener

Prelim Stats

Playoff Stats.

Congratulations to Chaska for winning the tournament. It was good to see all the teams back in action again.
by Gautam
Sun Oct 05, 2008 3:46 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Midwest EFT Mirror @ UIUC (Saturday, October 4th)
Replies: 93
Views: 12781

Re: Midwest EFT Mirror @ UIUC (Saturday, October 4th)

1. Minnesota B (Hart/Carson/Spencer) 2. Minnesota A (Byrne+3) 3. Chicago A (Shantanu, Marnold, et al.) 4. Missouri (DEES+1) 5. Lawrence (Peterson+0) 6. Indiana (Carlo/Nick, John Brown, et al.) 7-22. Other people (I don't remember) 23. DePauw A 24. DePauw B What has this accomplished other than bein...
by Gautam
Thu Oct 02, 2008 12:27 am
Forum: New Collegiate Teams
Topic: NAQT, ACF, and other alphabet soup
Replies: 27
Views: 9194

Re: NAQT, ACF, and other alphabet soup

TIT 2008 was a good "regular difficulty" tournament as were 2007 Titanomachy and 2008 ACF Regionals.
by Gautam
Wed Oct 01, 2008 11:06 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Help Colin rescue Eden Prairie
Replies: 23
Views: 2804

Re: Help Colin rescue Eden Prairie

It's unfortunate that this has happened. Given that my brother is on that team and has high aspirations for this year (and he's getting to be a good player too), I think it is a major setback to that team. I don't think it is appropriate to be talking about legitimacy of tournaments not run by R; R ...
by Gautam
Wed Oct 01, 2008 12:14 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: What Time Should Tournaments End?
Replies: 25
Views: 2501

Re: What Time Should Tournaments End?

Nicolaus Notabene wrote: Granted, a player isn't going through Modern Decathalon, but I find that more than 12-15 rounds will result in mental fatigue,
Clearly you haven't played quizbowl yet.
by Gautam
Sun Sep 21, 2008 10:09 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Some new question database
Replies: 29
Views: 4350

Re: Some new question database

I loooooove the title!
by Gautam
Tue Sep 16, 2008 11:09 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Science Study Sources...
Replies: 23
Views: 4287

Re: Science Study Sources...

ClemsonQB wrote: I'm not fully aware of your definition of "middle America"
It's that giant wasteland in our backyard
by Gautam
Tue Sep 09, 2008 1:05 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Is high school quizbowl in Missouri salvageable?
Replies: 131
Views: 39637

Re: Is high school quizbowl in Missouri salvageable?

Giant post requiring us to outline SPECIFIC EXAMPLES of how terrible rules have affected people and asks whether the situation is THAT SERIOUS Look, man, in the rest of this country there are several high-schoolers who like to participate in summer tournaments and collegiate tournaments. People als...
by Gautam
Mon Sep 08, 2008 6:26 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Changes to NAQT's Official Rules
Replies: 53
Views: 6424

Re: Changes to NAQT's Official Rules

You are correct. I completely read that the opposite way (that the tossup was on the book and implying it was a character was said a few times.) Also, I should probably clarify that one can listen to the first pronoun (he/she/it/them) and be reasonably sure that the answer is going to fit the pronou...
by Gautam
Mon Sep 08, 2008 5:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Changes to NAQT's Official Rules
Replies: 53
Views: 6424

Re: Changes to NAQT's Official Rules

Another possibility: suppose that, during a tossup on the character Huck Finn, a player buzzes in with "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" before it specifically asks for the character. The pronoun "he" rather than "it" has been used a few times. Would you count it correct or not? A bad tossup was...
by Gautam
Fri Sep 05, 2008 2:22 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Changes to NAQT's Official Rules
Replies: 53
Views: 6424

Re: Changes to NAQT's Official Rules

Yeah the rule changes are great, and they will definitely make for better games.

Thank you.
by Gautam
Wed Aug 27, 2008 10:08 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: New Quiz Bowl Wiki
Replies: 19
Views: 14264

Re: New Quiz Bowl Wiki

It works from this UMN
by Gautam
Tue Aug 26, 2008 11:45 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Global Announcement: ACF Fall 2008, 11/8
Replies: 47
Views: 28134

Re: Global Announcement: ACF Fall 2008, 11/8

everyday847 wrote:If all goes well, you'll get three or four Harvard packets by that early deadline.
Please make sure that happens, or you shall face my wrath in the Watkins' personal history packet I am writing.
by Gautam
Fri Aug 22, 2008 5:48 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Regular difficulty: does it exist?
Replies: 87
Views: 47729

Re: Packet-submission novice event in fall 2008

That said, I could see a reasonable "novice circuit" develop that allows new players to get experience on easier questions. EFT in September/October, ACF Fall in November, NAQT D2 Sectionals in February, MCMNT in March. If we make the Summer Novice Tournament an annual event, that's five, and I thi...
by Gautam
Wed Aug 20, 2008 12:00 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Science Study Sources...
Replies: 23
Views: 4287

Re: Science Study Sources...

Probably the best way to learn science is to do science itself; take a class, especially ones with labs. Labs really help keep the laws in perspective, and tell you lot of things that what the laws imply, or exceptions to rules, and things like that. That kind of stuff helps you get questions early,...
by Gautam
Tue Aug 19, 2008 4:41 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Zot Bowl/Truman State/VCU Novice Discussion
Replies: 34
Views: 7803

Re: Zot Bowl/Truman State/VCU Novice Discussion

Ah, so apparently you have not yet been awarded points on a Casimir effect tossup that discusses it in the context of the chiral bag model of the nucleon. Since that has come up at least 3 times that I can think of (once written, twice answered by me), I think it's a fine opening clue for a novice ...
by Gautam
Tue Aug 19, 2008 1:20 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Zot Bowl/Truman State/VCU Novice Discussion
Replies: 34
Views: 7803

Re: Zot Bowl/Truman State/VCU Novice Discussion

The set was good. Just like others said, it was kinda hard. I had a hilarious neg on the chlorophyll tossup with DNA (I buzzed in on "it has an A form and B form" clue) and some others like that. I was happy about the tossups I got. I want to point out one issue with the science. A similar point was...
by Gautam
Wed Aug 13, 2008 3:11 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT and the Dead Zone (ETC moved from Nationals)
Replies: 39
Views: 3991

Re: NAQT and the Dead Zone (ETC moved from Nationals)

First Chairman wrote: sorting algorithm
There are sorting algorithms involed, now? I thought it was some bored guy arbitrarily placing stuff.
by Gautam
Tue Aug 12, 2008 6:44 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: PRELIMINARY ANNOUNCEMENT: TIT XXIII (Wow, XXIII?): 1/31/09
Replies: 4
Views: 1042

Re: PRELIMINARY ANNOUNCEMENT: TIT XXIII (Wow, XXIII?): 1/31/09

DumbJaques wrote:the personal history of Andy Watkins
I can try to contribute a theme packet on this topic, if I don't go crazy by the 2nd week of Nov writing questions...

Gautam
by Gautam
Tue Aug 12, 2008 1:00 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 08-09 College Quizbowl Prediction Thread
Replies: 53
Views: 10958

Re: 08-09 College Quizbowl Prediction Thread

I also think they're getting some beasts from TJ and Dallas from MLK, which should certainly make solid additions. Beasts from TJ would be (welcome) news to me. I NEED NAMES. I'm pretty sure none of the TJ '08 people who were active this past year are going to Harvard, actually. Nevermind then, I w...
by Gautam
Mon Aug 11, 2008 1:47 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 08-09 College Quizbowl Prediction Thread
Replies: 53
Views: 10958

Re: 08-09 College Quizbowl Prediction Thread

Duke's quirky habit of never playing NAQT Sectionals or ACF Regionals may or may not continue; I know that Igor Luzhansky from Eden Prairie is heading over there, and intends to do some real quiz bowl. I don't exactly feel him being a great leader for the years to come, but he can probably take the...
by Gautam
Fri Aug 08, 2008 7:01 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Collaboration and Google Documents
Replies: 5
Views: 1713

Re: Collaboration and Google Documents

I am in total agreement with you, Jonathan. From what I remember from Gaddis, I didn't write a lot of non-science stuff; but, I remember putting down a few ideas like The Virgin of Chancellor Rolin, and Morgan Tsvangirai, which were converted into cool tossups. Some of the clues I would have used fo...
by Gautam
Wed Aug 06, 2008 9:45 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MO Trash: The Rob Pilatus Memorial Tournament - 10.19.08
Replies: 80
Views: 12861

Re: MO Trash: The Rob Pilatus Memorial Tournament - 10.19.08

Expect more tossups on the finer aspects of Daler Mehndi music videos and bonuses on movies of Shah Rukh Khan in this tournament.

Gautam
by Gautam
Mon Aug 04, 2008 11:26 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: JECHT: Minnesota Open 08' Video Game Doubles
Replies: 54
Views: 7797

Re: JECHT: Minnesota Open 08' Video Game Doubles

Oh hey, I'll staff.
by Gautam
Mon Aug 04, 2008 1:34 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Actual Discussion of HSQuizbowl/Kidder podcasts
Replies: 20
Views: 2665

Re: Actual Discussion of HSQuizbowl

So, I heard this latest podcast, and it got me thinking. I *somewhat* understand what he means about the local groups being irrelavant on this big board. I mean, looking at the Minnesota threads, it's about 10 people from the top tier of teams chatting among themselves, and I don't think the quality...
by Gautam
Sun Aug 03, 2008 10:12 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MO myth tournament postponed
Replies: 10
Views: 1472

Re: MO myth tournament postponed

Can the Social Sci/Philo tournament that was slated for CO happen at MO?
by Gautam
Sat Aug 02, 2008 12:06 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Math Question Discourse: From "An Open Letter to NAQT"
Replies: 123
Views: 21423

Re: An Open Letter to NAQT

I practiced some "canon expansion" last year when I wrote tossups on things like "finding the root of a polynomial" and "pi" but I realized that other than a couple of math aficionados, none were able to get those tossups until it got to the giveaway. This is ridiculous. I just looked at the sample...
by Gautam
Fri Aug 01, 2008 6:02 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Math Question Discourse: From "An Open Letter to NAQT"
Replies: 123
Views: 21423

Re: An Open Letter to NAQT

canon needs some serious expansion Can we please stop calling for "serious expansions" of the canon? I don't remember whether I've argued for hardcore canon expansion of math theory in hs quiz bowl, but if I have, assume that I have nullified those arguments, and that I'm starting afresh by saying ...
by Gautam
Wed Jul 30, 2008 10:01 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Gunpei Yokoi Memorial Open - Sat, 8/16/08@VCU
Replies: 48
Views: 15173

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Gunpei Yokoi Memorial Open - Sat, 8/16/08@VCU

Since Katy wants to play, we should definitely have her play for a break.

I will be happy to moderate if need be.

Gautam
by Gautam
Wed Jul 23, 2008 7:47 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Interest in a Science Monstrosity?
Replies: 16
Views: 2212

Re: Interest in a Science Monstrosity?

In full support of reviving this tournament, and expressing interest in writing, if need be.
by Gautam
Tue Jul 22, 2008 10:12 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open Discussion
Replies: 58
Views: 9790

Re: Chicago Open Discussion

I'll actually agree with Eric's chemistry sentiments. Aryl halides and metallocenes were two submitted tossups that I thought were a bit over the line, but Ryan wanted to leave submitted answers for the most part, so figured I may as well keep them. I wrote the furans tu as a replacement for a not-...
by Gautam
Mon Jul 21, 2008 11:08 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open Discussion
Replies: 58
Views: 9790

Re: Chicago Open Discussion

A great set overall. I got points where I deserved, and the converse was also mostly true. Though some of the packets were significantly difficult than others, not having a "difficulty rating" declared before the round didn't deter me from answering tossups on topics that don't always fit the averag...
by Gautam
Wed Jul 16, 2008 8:19 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Minnesota '08-'09
Replies: 89
Views: 13773

Re: Minnesota '08-'09

Mr Ruhmann was a jolly fellow. He will be missed on the MN circuit.

:cry:
by Gautam
Sun Jul 13, 2008 1:38 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Housewrites vs. NAQT
Replies: 34
Views: 3720

Re: Housewrites vs. NAQT/QU

To some extent, Rob is right about my assessment, but he misses something that isn't just a QB problem but a problem at large. Rob's suggestion for people to write questions to gain experience writing is very good for people whose only problem is with writing questions. It certainly helps players l...
by Gautam
Wed Jul 02, 2008 7:19 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: What got you into Quizbowl?
Replies: 90
Views: 14030

Re: What got you into Quizbowl?

Lapego1 wrote:
David Riley wrote:they will cut themselves if they find the activiity isn't for them.
aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaargggggggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhh
by Gautam
Wed Jul 02, 2008 7:16 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2007-08 NAQT IS sets: Discuss Specific Questions
Replies: 42
Views: 3991

Re: NAQT IS Discussion Thread (Discuss Specific Questions Here)

IS 76: Tossup on Entomologists which mentioned Vladmir Nabokov early. Tossup on Helium, with no buzzable clues until "exhibits superfluidity" or something of the sort Tossup on "language families" which I remember being somewhat questionable - I think this listed some of the more famous language fam...
by Gautam
Tue Jul 01, 2008 10:39 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2007-08 NAQT IS sets: Discuss Specific Questions
Replies: 42
Views: 3991

Re: A Bad Packet?

I have been hearing that a lot of people did not like IS-76 because of bad questions, I played with my team on this packet and I just wanted to know what you guys thought the problems with the questions were? I can tell you for sure that one packet I played on contained really terrible clue placeme...
by Gautam
Wed Jun 25, 2008 6:14 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2008 SS/Phil Doubles: "Walden Three"
Replies: 58
Views: 8705

Re: Announcement: Social Science/Philosophy Subject Tournament

I am now playing with Arnav Moudgil, as Shantanu, unfortunately, will not be able to attend CO.

Gautam
by Gautam
Thu Jun 05, 2008 6:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open Literature Doubles
Replies: 78
Views: 19023

Re: Chicago Open Literature Doubles

Given that a billion things have happened since a list was last posted. Charlie Dees Greg Peterson Trevor Davis and Gautam Kandlikar Ryan Westbrook and Matt Lafer Andrew Hart and Ray Luo (?) Brendan Byrne Trygve Meade and Matt Weiner Rob Carson Rom Masrour Ted Gioia Mike Sorice Billy Beyer and Chris...
by Gautam
Wed Jun 04, 2008 11:53 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open Literature Doubles
Replies: 78
Views: 19023

Re: Chicago Open Literature Doubles

Charlie Dees Greg Peterson Trevor Davis Ryan Westbrook Andrew Hart Brendan Byrne Trygve Meade Rob Carson Rom Masrour Ted Gioia Mike Sorice Billy Beyer and Chris Borglum Chris Ray Eric Kwartler Eric Mukherjee Jerry Vinokurov Chris Carter Guy Tabachnick Carsten Gehring Matt Lafer Nick Clusserath and ...
by Gautam
Wed Jun 04, 2008 4:20 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Math Question Discourse: From "An Open Letter to NAQT"
Replies: 123
Views: 21423

Re: An Open Letter to NAQT

The only way we found that this was doable was basically a 30-20-10: Make your tossup a list of problems (of decreasing obscurity of method rather than difficulty, so someone who knows HOW to do #1 beats someone who knows HOW to do #2... in other words, don't follow up "The fourth root of 1024576" ...
by Gautam
Wed Jun 04, 2008 12:12 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Math Question Discourse: From "An Open Letter to NAQT"
Replies: 123
Views: 21423

Re: An Open Letter to NAQT

Hey, Stop comparing quiz bowl to tennis, aops, or amc/aime/usamo/whathaveyou. You can surely do both, but it is impossible to write a single "good" question that can be used in a math competition which can also be used in a quiz bowl competition. I have been a regular visitor of aops for a long time...
by Gautam
Thu May 29, 2008 2:03 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Gaddis Discussion
Replies: 60
Views: 8996

Re: Gaddis Discussion

Stuff Jason, I appreciate the comments on the questions. I am sorry I didn't see them earlier. I wrote the Cytochrome p-450, the cyclins, and the glycosylation tossup, and I think a couple more for the biology in this set. To be honest, I had never heard of cytochrome p-450 prior to writing that qu...