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by fleurdelivre
Wed Apr 01, 2015 2:33 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals - Ann Arbor, MI, 04/18-19/2015 - main thread
Replies: 89
Views: 56890

Re: ACF Nationals - Ann Arbor, MI, 04/18-19/2015 - main thre

Would it be too much to ask for there to be a serious effort to record at least one match of every round of this year's ACF Nationals? I'm pretty sure there's more people than just me who want to hear the ACF Nationals set get play out - especially in the top bracket playoffs - and listen to the qu...
by fleurdelivre
Tue May 06, 2014 2:25 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: The greatest quizbowl photos
Replies: 123
Views: 64014

Re: The greatest quizbowl photos

Image

I'd also add this "projected history of quizbowl" drawn on the chalkboard at a Maryland tourney, summer 2009.
by fleurdelivre
Tue May 06, 2014 2:20 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: The greatest quizbowl photos
Replies: 123
Views: 64014

Re: The greatest quizbowl photos

https://scontent-a-iad.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/t1.0-9/p417x417/234_533631770538_2860_n.jpg I know nothing of the rest of the context of this photo, but I'm almost sure that's my keyring on the desk. Nope, that's my keyring. And laptop. And photo. This is Brown's immediate reaction after the final...
by fleurdelivre
Sat Jul 20, 2013 10:32 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2013 (7/20-21/13)
Replies: 147
Views: 56732

Re: Chicago Open 2013 (7/20-21/13)

The Audubon Has No Speed Limit (Seth, Selene, Jeff, and John) cleared the field outright after 17 rounds, precluding the need for a final. Individual stats and complete results to follow shortly. Thanks to everyone who made running this tournament possible: Joe Su, Paul and Greg Gauthier, Brice Russ...
by fleurdelivre
Sat Jul 20, 2013 11:38 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2013 (7/20-21/13)
Replies: 147
Views: 56732

Re: Chicago Open 2013 (7/20-21/13)

After a brief moment of worry when the packets (and editor) were the last remaining bottleneck as of 8:25, we're now one round down as of 9:20am CDT. I'll post updates as possible, but given that I don't yet have access to the uchicago wireless network... Actually, given that I can't connect via my...
by fleurdelivre
Sat Jul 20, 2013 10:26 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2013 (7/20-21/13)
Replies: 147
Views: 56732

Re: Chicago Open 2013 (7/20-21/13)

After a brief moment of worry when the packets (and editor) were the last remaining bottleneck as of 8:25, we're now one round down as of 9:20am CDT. I'll post updates as possible, but given that I don't yet have access to the uchicago wireless network...
by fleurdelivre
Fri Jul 19, 2013 1:02 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2013 (7/20-21/13)
Replies: 147
Views: 56732

Re: Chicago Open 2013 (7/20-21/13)

I will be around Hyde Park in the morning (but only in the morning) and can help moderate if needed. I'd mentioned this to Marshall a few days ago, who said he'd tell Katy, but it occurs to me that Quizbowl Telephone is probably not the most efficient way to get things done. Conversely, I can be ar...
by fleurdelivre
Tue Jul 16, 2013 5:49 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2013 (7/20-21/13)
Replies: 147
Views: 56732

Re: Chicago Open 2013 (7/20-21/13)

I suggest that registration be moved to as early as possible to allow more time to play the tournament. Last year we started at 8:30 AM and tried to run as efficiently as possible but still faced a danger of getting kicked out. Duly edited. I was accounting for it taking at least a short while for ...
by fleurdelivre
Tue Jul 16, 2013 4:10 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2013 (7/20-21/13)
Replies: 147
Views: 56732

Re: Chicago Open 2013 (7/20-21/13)

LOGISTICS UPDATE: We'll be meeting in Cobb Hall ( map ) on Saturday morning. We should have access to the building starting at 8am ; plan to arrive then, because we'll keep the kick-off meeting short and begin play at the earliest possible moment. The format will be a full 17-team round robin. Your ...
by fleurdelivre
Thu Jun 13, 2013 2:59 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2013 (7/20-21/13)
Replies: 147
Views: 56732

Re: Chicago Open 2013 (7/20-21/13)

Jumping in to note that I'm happy to run any schedule maximizing teams that meets the constraints of rooms/available packets/getting kicked out by UCPD - and that I don't yet have a complete staff roster and sincerely hope to prevent moderators from being a constraint as well. Consider this an invit...
by fleurdelivre
Fri May 31, 2013 12:27 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2013 (7/20-21/13)
Replies: 147
Views: 56732

Re: Chicago Open 2013 (7/20-21/13)

If you're still looking for staff for this a week before the tournament, let me know. EDIT: A post showing people who've agreed to staff would probably help with the bracket vs RR discussion, making sure people who agree to staff actually show up, and whatever else comes up That's not usually neces...
by fleurdelivre
Thu May 30, 2013 8:34 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2013 (7/20-21/13)
Replies: 147
Views: 56732

Re: Chicago Open 2013 (7/20-21/13)

I'd love to help get a full RR in without triggering the wrath of UCPD, which will require an all-star moderating team. On that note, anyone interested in attending CO without the terror of actually facing quiz bowl giants in buzzer-to-buzzer combat should also get in touch with me about moderating/...
by fleurdelivre
Sat Sep 17, 2011 11:14 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MAGNI Mirror at George Mason University (10/22/11)
Replies: 27
Views: 12158

Re: MAGNI Mirror at George Mason University (10/22/11)

Barring unforeseen circumstances, I will be this tournament's director. Our team will provide between four and eight staff members, so obviously we will need a considerable number of outside staff for this tournament to run. I will be seeking staff volunteers among local quizbowl alumni and Mason s...
by fleurdelivre
Tue Feb 22, 2011 1:13 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Reading Fast(er)
Replies: 25
Views: 3699

Re: Reading Fast(er)

Make sure your expected readers practice. For those on your squad, take turns reading packets on the clock periodically, especially in the weeks leading up to the tournament. Getting used to the pace and rid of anxiety about it will help. THIS. Judgment about when to pause and figure out pronunciat...
by fleurdelivre
Mon Nov 08, 2010 9:53 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Inexperienced Tournament Hosts
Replies: 22
Views: 3442

Re: Inexperienced Tournament Hosts

Just to add to what I said above, I'm a little skeptical of the bidding process. It's a process that only works if people genuinely provide the editors with useful information. For someone who knows the circuit, having, say, Maryland put in a bid is good. You know Maryland is a good host, has space...
by fleurdelivre
Tue Aug 24, 2010 10:22 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Accent marks on foreign words
Replies: 36
Views: 8211

Re: Accent marks on foreign words

I guess the remaining argument is "we should show respect to foreign cultures by using their orthography". But there are clear limits to how respectful we can be of other cultures in our orthography. If we are disrespecting the Hungarians by not writing their names with accent marks, are we also di...
by fleurdelivre
Fri Aug 13, 2010 5:21 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Why don't more teams bid to host SCT?
Replies: 22
Views: 2714

Re: Why don't more teams bid to host SCT?

I understand that rooms need to be staffed with two people (so that the reader doesn't lose time keeping score), but that second person can easily be a non-quizbowl person. Friends, roommates, parents, professors, and girlfriends can all generally be taught to keep score in a quick 5 to 10 minute i...
by fleurdelivre
Sat Aug 07, 2010 11:58 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: DATE CHANGE: Sun n Fun at Maryland (Now 08/28/10)
Replies: 48
Views: 6732

Re: DATE CHANGE: Sun n Fun at Maryland (Now 08/28/10)

Tentative plans put me in DC that weekend - any chance you'd need staff? (I'll know for sure in a week or so).
by fleurdelivre
Sat Jul 31, 2010 1:41 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open thanks and discussions
Replies: 126
Views: 24385

Re: Chicago Open thanks and discussions

I'm a little confused as to the argument presented above for being forced to change the "Elixir of Father Gauchet" tossup I wrote to one on Daudet- I could understand if the argument was that there shouldn't be any tossups at that level of difficulty, but there were (Onetti has been brought up a bu...
by fleurdelivre
Thu May 13, 2010 11:40 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Where Are You Going Next Year
Replies: 64
Views: 19744

Re: Where Are You Going Next Year

aestheteboy wrote:I'll probably go to Chicago and play more quizbowl than I did this year.
A transfer after my own heart. I hope you love it.
by fleurdelivre
Wed Apr 14, 2010 4:48 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2010 ICT discussion
Replies: 100
Views: 15284

Re: 2010 ICT discussion

Megalomaniacal Panda on Absinthe wrote: I think extracanonical clues did come up in, say, the "democracy" tossup, which mentioned Robert Dahl and Charles Lindblom.
that's exciting - could someone post the tossup?
by fleurdelivre
Mon Apr 12, 2010 12:00 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2010 ICT discussion
Replies: 100
Views: 15284

Re: 2010 ICT discussion

I don't think it will ever be possible for me to have an objective opinion about this tournament, but here is one thing I did notice: During the early rounds of the initial round robin, there was a rumor going around that many of the Current Events questions were written out of the most recent issu...
by fleurdelivre
Mon Mar 22, 2010 12:11 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: HI 2010 Discussion
Replies: 56
Views: 7602

Re: HI 2010 Discussion

I'd also be curious to hear from teams as to why they DIDN'T attend the tournament. This was held at the same time as FICHTE was last year, but got only a fraction of the teams that FICHTE got. I'm curious as to why. Just a second. How is it that you wanted more teams at this tournament? How would ...
by fleurdelivre
Wed Feb 17, 2010 2:42 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Answer lines and moderator errors
Replies: 31
Views: 4665

Re: Answer lines and moderator errors

One recourse you have (assuming that, by reviewing the packet, you found out there was such a mistake) is to retaliate against the moderator by publicly criticizing him for his mistake and calling him out by name. If a moderator values his status within the quizbowl community, then fear of being ca...
by fleurdelivre
Wed Feb 17, 2010 1:24 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Access to SCT discussion forum
Replies: 42
Views: 7353

Re: Access to SCT discussion forum

just realized I still don't have access... but I staffed at Harvard and I won't give the answers to anyone else, I promise.
by fleurdelivre
Tue Feb 16, 2010 3:46 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Answer lines and moderator errors
Replies: 31
Views: 4665

Re: Answer lines and moderator errors

Captain Sinico wrote:Is there perhaps a way to do that for the whole document at source? That would be good as the correction marks in Word are a constant annoyance to many.

MaS
PDF.
by fleurdelivre
Mon Feb 08, 2010 11:17 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2010 NAQT SCT Northeast NOW AT HARVARD (2/6/10)
Replies: 85
Views: 13724

Re: 2010 NAQT SCT Northeast NOW AT HARVARD (2/6/10)

Like, before I forget, speaking as a D1 player, I wanted to thank those in charge (I'm guessing Andy+) for an amazingly smooth tournament that got through 14 rounds with a 75 minute lunch break in under 8 hours. Props to the D1 readers/scorekeepers doing double duty who ranged from really good to d...
by fleurdelivre
Mon Feb 08, 2010 10:04 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Good morning, quizbowl
Replies: 20
Views: 2340

Re: Good morning, quizbowl

...One person weeps at the Mac inability to open passworded zip files... If this problem recurs, check out http://wakaba.c3.cx/s/apps/unarchiver.html for a Mac utility that can open passworded zips (and is better than the default OS X unarchiver... though it can be easily uninstalled after the tour...
by fleurdelivre
Wed Feb 03, 2010 3:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Penn Bowl 2010 at UPenn (1/30/10)
Replies: 78
Views: 23580

Re: Penn Bowl 2010 at UPenn (1/30/10)

Whig's Boson wrote:Army attended ACF Fall this year, didn't it?
Yep.
by fleurdelivre
Sat Jan 30, 2010 3:41 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2010 NAQT SCT Northeast NOW AT HARVARD (2/6/10)
Replies: 85
Views: 13724

Re: 2010 NAQT SCT Northeast NOW AT HARVARD (2/6/10)

Worth noting, the host requirements page says the following: Host staffing responsibilities involve providing a moderator and a scorekeeper in each Division I room and a single staffer in each Division II room. Since Division II questions are shorter, it is hoped that a single staffer will be able ...
by fleurdelivre
Fri Jan 29, 2010 11:20 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Formatting of Pronunciation Guides
Replies: 14
Views: 2466

Re: Formatting of Pronunciation Guides

I'm going to advertise my preference for Guy Tabachnick-style syllable separators, possibly with the accented syllable in all caps, as the simplest way to provide some assistance for those who are unfamiliar with the word without tripping up readers with the extra characters of a pronunciation guide...
by fleurdelivre
Thu Jan 28, 2010 2:13 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2010 NAQT SCT Northeast NOW AT HARVARD (2/6/10)
Replies: 85
Views: 13724

Re: 2010 NAQT SCT Northeast at MIT (2/6/10)

jonpin wrote:I will likely be able to come and help moderate/staff the tournament if needed. If there's somewhere for me to stay Friday night, it is all the more likely.
Has anyone gotten back to you about housing yet? I'd need to check with roommates first, but I do have a couch...
by fleurdelivre
Sun Jan 03, 2010 6:44 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Qbhistory: High school classes & where are they now (<1998)
Replies: 42
Views: 48484

Re: Qbhistory: High school classes & where are they now (<1998)

Vanderbilt also held a series of extremely large tournaments (on the order of 100 teams) twice a year which had a draw bigger than local tournaments (if not a truly national one); my memory of the questions, heard only in practices and never in Nashville, is dim, but I suspect they were also interm...
by fleurdelivre
Wed Dec 02, 2009 1:16 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: The quizbowl decades project
Replies: 123
Views: 67479

Re: The quizbowl decades project

the four games VCU played with Vanderbilt at the 2005 to 2007 Nationals and ICT, each of which came down to the last one or two tossups and three of which decided who went on to the championship bracket The first mention I witnessed as a competitor rather than spectator/staffer. Oh, the joys of com...
by fleurdelivre
Fri Nov 27, 2009 11:45 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Quizzy, an Excuse for you to Try Out Google Wave
Replies: 76
Views: 9729

Re: Quizzy, an Excuse for you to Try Out Google Wave

Anybody still invite-less?
by fleurdelivre
Mon Nov 09, 2009 8:41 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Harvard International II/ Fake ACF (3/20/10)
Replies: 104
Views: 20990

Re: Harvard International II/ Fake ACF (3/20/10)

The Gold Gringo wrote:
Whig's Boson wrote:I think I speak for everyone at Harvard when I say that if Aaron wants to honor us with his presence on his 21st birthday, we will throw one hell of a party for him after the tournament.
I'd be honored.
Someone remind me; I'll bring a cake!
by fleurdelivre
Mon Nov 02, 2009 12:37 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Hey let's talk about OpenOffice
Replies: 31
Views: 3245

Re: Hey let's talk about OpenOffice

Just adding another voice to the growing "it's not OpenOffice, it's people using OpenOffice stupidly" consensus. It's the only office suite on my main notebook, and the school computers I use to print only run MS Office, and I've not yet had a serious problem in the transfer (occasional formatting i...
by fleurdelivre
Sun Nov 01, 2009 4:00 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall 2009 Discussion
Replies: 129
Views: 16574

Re: ACF Fall 2009 Discussion

From my experience reading the tournament, it seemed overall pretty good in its substance, but I also want to reverse the standard complaint from moderators after tournaments: this set was remarkably well copy-edited. While the bizarre situations with superconductivity and Le Courbousier were annoy...
by fleurdelivre
Tue Oct 20, 2009 11:11 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall Northeast (10/31) @ MIT
Replies: 63
Views: 13366

Re: ACF Fall Northeast (10/31) @ MIT

I hadn't replied to Grace's request for assistance yet because I was still determining my other commitments for that weekend, but I'll also be on hand, whether at MIT or at Brandeis. I don't know if I'm counted in Andy's 3-5 staffers or if there's some advance prep I can assist with, so let me know.
by fleurdelivre
Thu Oct 15, 2009 12:58 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MIT Mirror of MO, 10/17
Replies: 24
Views: 3548

Re: MIT Mirror of MO, 10/17

Uh, hey MIT, I'm talking with people about working out rides from bus stations to attend our mirror at Maryland, and they're still not sure if they're going to come because of the tragicomedy that is your handling of this event. Lord knows I've been in your position before, but on the off chance th...
by fleurdelivre
Wed Oct 14, 2009 9:44 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Attention must be paid
Replies: 55
Views: 13406

Re: Attention must be paid

I'm usually a formatting Nazi but it's impossible even for me to get excited about the distinction between "For ten points" and "For 10 points." In fact, I always use the former style and I can't think of why anyone should care whether it's written this way or not. Also, the distinction between "AN...
by fleurdelivre
Mon Oct 12, 2009 5:01 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MIT Mirror of MO, 10/17
Replies: 24
Views: 3548

Re: MIT Mirror of MO, 10/17

Mmkay. There are rooms (reserved by Grace), an available Katy-as-TD, and at least two "able to staff but not sure it's worth the effort" MIT team members. How badly do people want this? The only obstacle seems to be motivation.
by fleurdelivre
Sun Oct 11, 2009 4:39 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MIT Mirror of MO, 10/17
Replies: 24
Views: 3548

Re: MIT Mirror of MO, 10/17

Let's be clear - if there's any interest and at least a couple of MIT willing to read, we can make this happen. I'll handle whatever coordination MIT can't muster if need be. A lack of competitors, however, is a good reason to cancel. Who would still be in so long as there are at least 2-3 other tea...
by fleurdelivre
Thu Oct 08, 2009 3:18 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: EFT Discussion
Replies: 186
Views: 19986

Re: EFT Discussion

Returning to the points on translations: first, why I ruled out "Guide TO the Perplexed" in my room and stand by doing so... In Arabic, the book's title translates most literally to Guide of the Perplexed (or Baffled or Bewildered), since it's an idaafa (construct state) and therefore the word "Guid...
by fleurdelivre
Wed Sep 30, 2009 8:47 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: EFT 4 at Brown (Saturday, October 3)
Replies: 97
Views: 24372

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: EFT 4 at Brown (Saturday, October 3)

After the tournament there will be a party at my apartment. All and sundry are welcome. If you think you might need to stay the night, I have an inflatable mattress, a futon big enough for two people, and a comfy chair for sleeping. I guess you can also sleep on the floor (I think I have a sleeping...
by fleurdelivre
Thu Aug 13, 2009 4:52 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Northeast FIST Mirror (11/7/09)
Replies: 54
Views: 7998

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Northeast FIST Mirror (11/21/09)

While we're spoil-sporting on the date, the 21st is SPLASH weekend, and while I suppose I don't mind corrupting (I mean teaching) high school students on my birthday, I'd rather be able to schedule classes for Saturday and host a party on Sunday instead...
by fleurdelivre
Wed Jul 29, 2009 6:41 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO Lit Discussion
Replies: 49
Views: 8449

Re: CO Lit Discussion

Could you post the text of the We tossup? IIRC, the first clues described some other work related to it, and then dropped Mephi. The plot of this novel is heavily based on an earlier novel by its author, wherein the protagonist possesses terrible gold teeth and authors “Precepts of Assured Salvatio...
by fleurdelivre
Wed Jul 29, 2009 4:31 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO Lit Discussion
Replies: 49
Views: 8449

Re: CO Lit Discussion

One incident in this book ends with a character kneeling on a pitcher’s mound and proclaiming “Oh God,” after following a man on a train whom he believes to be both God and his missing father because the man is missing one earlobe. In another part of this book, a child who believes that she is abou...
by fleurdelivre
Thu Jul 23, 2009 7:14 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO Lit announcement
Replies: 80
Views: 23487

Re: CO Lit announcement

okay, emailed Matt, no response. kathryn.e.peters at gmail can be added also - I'll write what I can, but even better, I can randomize and packet-sort on Saturday if need be (not being at CO), which can free the other writers to be editing up until the very last moment.
by fleurdelivre
Tue Jul 14, 2009 11:00 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Sun 'n Fun X Mirror (7/11/09) at Maryland
Replies: 102
Views: 20479

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Sun 'n Fun X Mirror (7/11/09) at Maryland

I'm happy to accept criticism for how we handled these situations, because god knows I didn't know what to really do, but I don't think that the fact that some of our team members playing the tournament helped out on the organizational side was the cause of any of the delays of frustration. If I'm ...