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by alkrav112
Tue Apr 26, 2011 5:07 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Torrey Pines Quizbowl Database
Replies: 108
Views: 60339

Re: Torrey Pines Quizbowl Database

Morraine Man wrote:Personally I would like a feature that makes it sound like T-Pain is reading the questions to me.
Rappa Ternt Moderata, featuring the hit single "I'm 'n Luv (Wit a Buzzer)"
by alkrav112
Mon Apr 25, 2011 6:53 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Torrey Pines Quizbowl Database
Replies: 108
Views: 60339

Re: Torrey Pines Quizbowl Database

3. This would be even more awesome if "Read To Me!" had a speech option--generate an MP3 file from the text of the question, send it to the user's computer, and have it be played from within the browser. you gonna read them all? No--text-to-speech converters (even the free ones) are getting quite g...
by alkrav112
Mon Apr 18, 2011 5:50 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2011 thanks and discussion
Replies: 88
Views: 28638

Re: ACF Nationals 2011 thanks and discussion

I'd appreciate any feedback on ... Chimamanda Adichie I was not present, but I think this is a terrific choice for an answer line. The Thing Around Your Neck is really great, and I highly recommend it. In the same vein, I appreciate the modern "literature of the margins" skew that the lit distro se...
by alkrav112
Fri Apr 01, 2011 3:50 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MN Open Music Listening: Katzenklavier or Panharmonicon?
Replies: 14
Views: 3148

Re: MN Open Music Listening: Katzenklavier or Panharmonicon?

Quantum Mushroom Billiard Hat wrote:
Judy Sucks a Lemon for Breakfast wrote:Topic revival, but if there aren't going to be any more mirrors from what it seems, could I have the set?

EDIT: Or at least post the file(s) somewhere for download?
I would like it as well if possible.
Yes, this.
by alkrav112
Thu Dec 16, 2010 1:35 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: March Madness comes early this year: Top 64 Christmas Songs
Replies: 369
Views: 32714

Re: March Madness comes early this year: Top 64 Christmas Songs

A Barehanded Telethon Mirth Gun wrote:
Santa's Little Helper wrote:13) Carol of the Bells by Trans-Siberian Orchestra
2) Christmas Wrapping by The Waitresses

5) Christmas Card From a Hooker in Minneapolis by Tom Waits
10) Snoopy's Christmas by The Royal Guardsmen
by alkrav112
Mon Dec 06, 2010 2:41 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: March Madness comes early this year: Top 64 Christmas Songs
Replies: 369
Views: 32714

Re: March Madness comes early this year: Top 64 Christmas Songs

Christmas Time in Hell
Christmas at the Zoo
Carol of the Bells
Merry Christmas... if that's OK
by alkrav112
Sun Dec 05, 2010 1:53 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: March Madness comes early this year: Top 64 Christmas Songs
Replies: 369
Views: 32714

Re: March Madness comes early this year: Top 64 Christmas Songs

Linus and Lucy
Little Drummer Boy
You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch
Little Saint Nick
by alkrav112
Wed Dec 01, 2010 3:18 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: March Madness comes early this year: Top 64 Christmas Songs
Replies: 369
Views: 32714

Re: March Madness comes early this year: Top 64 Christmas Songs

16) Brick
8) What Child, Nowell
4) Let's Have a Patrick Swayze Christmas
5) What's This
by alkrav112
Mon Oct 11, 2010 3:28 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Studying Pronunciation
Replies: 89
Views: 15988

Re: Studying Pronunciation

I'm going to argue that, because of the way quiz bowl is played, "Sartre" is one of the few instances in which I would encourage mispronunciation. The "re" in "Sartre" should be a guttural r, which even when pronounced by a competent moderator can be effectively inaudible if the reader is going at a...
by alkrav112
Thu Oct 07, 2010 9:14 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: IO Event: Wissenschaftslehre - History of Thought
Replies: 20
Views: 3670

Re: IO Event: Wissenschaftslehre - History of Thought

As someone who cares deeply about these things, I strongly urge a non-negligible feminist thought distro.
by alkrav112
Tue Sep 21, 2010 7:19 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MN Open Music Listening: Katzenklavier or Panharmonicon?
Replies: 14
Views: 3148

Re: MN Open music listening quiz

This sounds awesome.
by alkrav112
Fri Aug 20, 2010 8:57 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open Discussion
Replies: 87
Views: 13602

Re: VCU Open Discussion

I wrote that Dickens question. My bad. Sorry, what? He must mean the one that was submitted for CO. I didn't mind that question, actually; Mrs. Joe (that's who it was on, right?) isn't an insignificant character in Great Expectations . It'd just have made more sense to write on a slightly more prom...
by alkrav112
Wed Aug 18, 2010 10:13 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open Discussion
Replies: 87
Views: 13602

Re: VCU Open Discussion

Oh, one thing I wanted to say about these two sets in particular, and as a general remark: just because something has a name (or you think it has a name) doesn't mean you need to ask about it. For example, a bonus part in one question asked about the "shell" method of finding the gravitational pote...
by alkrav112
Thu Jul 29, 2010 1:46 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open thanks and discussions
Replies: 126
Views: 24447

Re: Chicago Open thanks and discussions

I'm going to back Michael up here -- I expected an extremely difficult tournament, and I was not disappointed. Things I've studied and had not seen asked about much before (Gender Trouble, Mary Renault, Ways of Seeing, Treaty of New Echota, Eugene Ysaye) came up, and my knowledge of them was rewarde...
by alkrav112
Thu Jul 15, 2010 8:52 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO Lit 2010
Replies: 124
Views: 37815

Re: CO Lit 2010

I also have to drop this, as I just got tickets to see Renee Fleming Saturday night in Highland park. I believe Scot has plans to team up with Kurtis instead, but I cannot confirm this.
by alkrav112
Thu Jul 15, 2010 8:50 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANGST: Weaker Questions
Replies: 14
Views: 2338

Re: Weaker Questions

The Achebe question was mine -- just thought I'd post the original for reference: One of this author's short stories sees Veronica try to poison her employer's baby with red ink, while another describes the calm following his nation's civil war. In addition to "Vengeful Creditor" and "Civil Peace," ...
by alkrav112
Tue Jul 13, 2010 11:47 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Announcement: Paul Goodman Memorial Open
Replies: 157
Views: 50196

Re: Announcement: Paul Goodman Memorial Open

I'll play with you guys, Surya.
by alkrav112
Sun Jul 11, 2010 7:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: ANGST (Andy's Non-Guerrilla Summer Tournament)
Replies: 175
Views: 43163

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: ANGST (Andy's Non-Guerrilla Summer Tournament)

Yes, this was a very good tournament. I hadn't played in a while, but I really enjoyed myself, and the side tournaments were a lot of fun too. Thanks to everyone who made this happen!
by alkrav112
Fri Jun 25, 2010 3:15 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Announcement: Paul Goodman Memorial Open
Replies: 157
Views: 50196

Re: Announcement: Paul Goodman Memorial Open

Not sure what else is scheduled at this time, but it is entirely possible I will be playing with a team including but not limited to myself and Leigh Stutler.
by alkrav112
Wed Jun 23, 2010 12:43 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: ANGST (Andy's Non-Guerrilla Summer Tournament)
Replies: 175
Views: 43163

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: ANGST (Andy's Non-Guerrilla Summer Tournament)

I would definitely like to play both VIOLATEDD and BELFAST. If we can schedule byes such that teams can also read, I would be more than happy to staff in that capacity.
by alkrav112
Mon May 03, 2010 6:42 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Where Are You Going Next Year
Replies: 64
Views: 19777

Re: Where Are You Going Next Year

Still deciding between UCLA Law and Columbia Law; on the waitlist at Harvard and Yale. So definitely one of those four places, and probably listed in relative order of likelihood. Involvement in quizbowl dubious for year one, possible for following years.
by alkrav112
Mon Apr 20, 2009 10:33 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Tournament Discussion Committee of the First International
Replies: 76
Views: 8985

Re: Tournament Discussion Committee of the First International

Yeah, saying that some overly hard topic that is discussed for being overly hard is now askable because it was discussed on the board doesn't seem very fair to people who don't read the board. Fair enough. Let me then express my opinion that he should be tossupable, albeit only at Nationals or near...
by alkrav112
Sun Apr 19, 2009 11:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Tournament Discussion Committee of the First International
Replies: 76
Views: 8985

Re: Tournament Discussion Committee of the First International

Thank goodness Labov is finally in the canon: his stuff on AAVE is groundbreaking and super-accessible, and he was John Baugh's (also an awesome dude, worked with linguistic profiling) thesis advisor for goodness' sake. I don't know if he was tossupable before this tournament, but I'm glad he is now.
by alkrav112
Mon Mar 09, 2009 10:36 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2009 Michigan High School State Championship
Replies: 29
Views: 3953

Re: 2009 Michigan High School State Championship

When I say flukey, I guess I more mean the lack of a consistent distribution between packets; one team might just hit a high proportion of their specialty subjects. And when I highlighted 7, I meant to contrast it with 2 - the number of rounds guaranteed to teams in Michigan State's annual state tou...
by alkrav112
Mon Mar 09, 2009 10:35 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2009 Michigan High School State Championship
Replies: 29
Views: 3953

Re: 2009 Michigan High School State Championship

Everyone college in Michigan is obsessed with running single elimination NAQT tournaments(including my own university). I didn't even know that players actually preferred bracketed playoffs or something else until I came to college. I think a lot of the teams in this state would prefer double elim,...
by alkrav112
Mon Mar 09, 2009 1:41 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2009 Michigan High School State Championship
Replies: 29
Views: 3953

Re: 2009 Michigan High School State Championship

Just to be clear, the playoffs consisted of a 16-team single-elimination bracket rather than a bracket of top teams all playing each other. As optimal as it might have been to DCC and DCD play more than one match, an advantaged final wouldn't have made much sense, as the final match was their first ...
by alkrav112
Mon Mar 02, 2009 7:06 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals Discussion Thread
Replies: 121
Views: 15329

Re: ACF Regionals Discussion Thread

Haven't seen the set yet, but just wanted to comment that Basquiat was covered in my art history survey course (Renaissance to present). Certainly not a generalizable statement, but he's important enough to be mentioned at an introductory level. Same with Haring.
by alkrav112
Fri Feb 13, 2009 3:17 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Fake ICT 2 Mirror at UIUC - March 21st
Replies: 106
Views: 16473

Re: Fake ICT 2 Mirror at UIUC - March 21st

I think Michigan wants to bring two teams. Pretty sure.
by alkrav112
Wed Feb 11, 2009 7:54 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Fake ICT 2 at VCU - Sunday, March 22, 2009
Replies: 21
Views: 8379

Re: Fake ICT 2 at VCU - Sunday, March 22, 2009

We just ordered 20 timers, and so we can supply the Illinois site with all the timers it would need. Just let us know how many to bring.
by alkrav112
Mon Feb 09, 2009 10:46 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT SCT Midwest at U of M - Ann Arbor (2/07/09)
Replies: 11
Views: 2385

Re: NAQT SCT Midwest at U of M - Ann Arbor (2/07/09)

Congratulations for Chicago A for winning Div I (and Div I undergrad) and Michigan for winning Div II at our SCT site. Thanks to all the teams who came (on time, no less!); I hope you enjoyed the tournament. A hearty thanks to everyone who staffed (Deskin, Alex, Nikita, Leigh, Anna, Michael, Andrey,...
by alkrav112
Mon Feb 09, 2009 3:36 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: SCT Private Discussion Forum
Replies: 129
Views: 15822

Re: SCT Private Discussion Forum

Registered as alkrav112.
by alkrav112
Tue Feb 03, 2009 12:15 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT SCT Midwest at U of M - Ann Arbor (2/07/09)
Replies: 11
Views: 2385

Re: NAQT SCT Midwest at U of M - Ann Arbor (2/07/09)

I e-mailed Dwight yesterday, and with his input I've decided that, based on the majority of teams present and on past precedent, this tournament will be played with a combined field on the Division II set.
by alkrav112
Mon Feb 02, 2009 10:58 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT SCT Midwest at U of M - Ann Arbor (2/07/09)
Replies: 11
Views: 2385

Re: NAQT SCT Midwest at U of M - Ann Arbor (2/07/09)

The field has been updated a few posts up. This appears to be, for all intents and purposes, the final field, but I am certainly open to more registrations (especially Div I...).
by alkrav112
Thu Jan 29, 2009 3:45 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT SCT Midwest at U of M - Ann Arbor (2/07/09)
Replies: 11
Views: 2385

Re: NAQT SCT Midwest at U of M - Ann Arbor (2/07/09)

Also, I saw in the UCLA thread that with a low number of DI teams, you could just do one bracket instead of an octuple round robin on the DI side. Just a thought... Yes, I had thought of this, but I don't know how fair that is to either side, nor am I sure how that affects Div I/Div II teams' S-val...
by alkrav112
Thu Jan 29, 2009 5:01 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT SCT Midwest at U of M - Ann Arbor (2/07/09)
Replies: 11
Views: 2385

Re: NAQT SCT Midwest at U of M - Ann Arbor (2/07/09)

Right now (2/3/09), the teams we have at our site are: 1 Div I team from UIC 1 Div I team from UChicago 2 Div II teams from Northwestern 2 Div II teams from Notre Dame 1 Div II team from Michigan 1 Div II team from Chicago 2 Div II teams from Michigan State 1 Div I team from IIT Total (Combined Fiel...
by alkrav112
Mon Jan 19, 2009 9:35 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Winter Midwest (formerly MLK) at Michigan (1/17/09)
Replies: 50
Views: 9849

Re: ACF Winter Midwest (formerly MLK) at Michigan (1/17/09)

dtaylor4 wrote:From my experience, the more you do it, the easier it gets.
TWSS

Seriously, thank you so much Donald.
by alkrav112
Mon Jan 19, 2009 9:32 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: On Electronic Scorekeeping and Related Matters
Replies: 10
Views: 1667

Re: On Electronic Scorekeeping and Related Matters

On a related note, we did not have any instances of packets being read in the wrong round. It was a slow but precise tournament.
by alkrav112
Mon Jan 19, 2009 9:31 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: On Electronic Scorekeeping and Related Matters
Replies: 10
Views: 1667

Re: On Electronic Scorekeeping and Related Matters

Yeah, we used the electronic scoresheets at our ACF Winter site. I had a theory that they would be easier to manage and would allow moderators to move more quickly from one round to the next. They did not work as well as I hoped for our purposes (though they worked very well for our trash mirror yes...
by alkrav112
Mon Jan 19, 2009 4:11 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Penn Bowl Trash Mirror at U of M Ann Arbor (1/18/09)
Replies: 24
Views: 3576

Re: Penn Bowl Trash Mirror at U of M Ann Arbor (1/18/09)

Quick results: House of the Raysing Sun (Chicago) cleared its playoff bracket at 3-0 (all teams went into the top playoff bracket at 4-1) to win the U of M Ann Arbor Penn Bowl Trash mirror. Thanks to everyone who staffed today, and thanks to all the teams for coming out.
by alkrav112
Sun Jan 18, 2009 1:54 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Winter Midwest (formerly MLK) at Michigan (1/17/09)
Replies: 50
Views: 9849

Re: ACF Winter Midwest (formerly MLK) at Michigan (1/17/09)

Hi, There will certainly be more details, but as a preliminary "here's what's up" post: Chicago A (Victory over Ray Sun) defeated Chicago B (A Ray-Sun in the [Ray] Sun) in a one-game final. Both teams were tied with Illinois in the playoff bracket, but as Illinois was ineligible to win, they took th...
by alkrav112
Fri Jan 16, 2009 6:44 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Penn Bowl Trash Mirror at U of M Ann Arbor (1/18/09)
Replies: 24
Views: 3576

Re: Penn Bowl Trash Mirror at U of M Ann Arbor (1/18/09)

On Sunday, yes, this is highly encouraged.

See updated field above also.
by alkrav112
Thu Jan 15, 2009 11:23 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT SCT Midwest at U of M - Ann Arbor (2/07/09)
Replies: 11
Views: 2385

NAQT SCT Midwest at U of M - Ann Arbor (2/07/09)

This announcement is absurdly late, for which I apologize - it turns out, in fact, that I, Andy Kravis, will be running this tournament for Michigan. THUS! The University of Michigan will host the Midwest NAQT SCT on February 7th, 2009. RULES AND ELIGIBILITY: Eligibility and rules details are availa...
by alkrav112
Thu Jan 15, 2009 8:35 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Penn Bowl Trash Mirror at U of M Ann Arbor (1/18/09)
Replies: 24
Views: 3576

Re: Penn Bowl Trash Mirror at U of M Ann Arbor (1/18/09)

I have updated the above field - the field size now appears to be 11 teams. Obviously, a full round-robin still will not be feasible, and brackets of 6 and 5 hardly seem fair to whomever gets lumped into the smaller bracket. I don't even want to think about doing a 7-team round-robin bracket and a 4...
by alkrav112
Thu Jan 15, 2009 7:30 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Penn Bowl Trash Mirror at U of M Ann Arbor (1/18/09)
Replies: 24
Views: 3576

Re: Penn Bowl Trash Mirror at U of M Ann Arbor (1/18/09)

Yes, my plan had been to use standard ACF-style rules. More to come shortly - the field size is possibly shrinking.
by alkrav112
Thu Jan 15, 2009 1:05 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Winter Midwest (formerly MLK) at Michigan (1/17/09)
Replies: 50
Views: 9849

Re: ACF Winter Midwest (formerly MLK) at Michigan (1/17/09)

Good news! Toronto has informed me that they will have 2 teams, not 1 as I had previously imagined. Thus, the field will consist of 21 teams, and the 7/7/7 prelim, 7/7/7 playoff bracket will work. Thanks everyone for your help!
by alkrav112
Thu Jan 15, 2009 3:36 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Winter Midwest (formerly MLK) at Michigan (1/17/09)
Replies: 50
Views: 9849

Re: ACF Winter Midwest (formerly MLK) at Michigan (1/17/09)

Are there enough blind packets to run a schedule with no byes? It looks like you'll need up to 14 packets to handle finals; if Jerry and co. are producing 17 packets and 4 or more of them involve teams at the site, I think this schedule won't work. -Seth Thank you for pointing this out so quickly. ...
by alkrav112
Thu Jan 15, 2009 3:14 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Penn Bowl Trash Mirror at U of M Ann Arbor (1/18/09)
Replies: 24
Views: 3576

Re: Penn Bowl Trash Mirror at U of M Ann Arbor (1/18/09)

An amendment: There will only be 10 packets in this set, so the previously described tournament structure will not work. I will come up with something more definite when I am less tired, but I'm thinking something like two prelim brackets of 6 teams each (full round robin, 5 games), then some sort o...