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by Coelacanth
Tue Feb 10, 2009 6:35 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: TRASHionals XII: Preliminary Field Announcement
Replies: 47
Views: 9622

Re: TRASHionals XII: Preliminary Field Announcement

Historically the TRASHionals schedule has been bracketed round-robin on Saturday (11 rounds) followed by theme rounds Saturday night and playoffs (3 or 4 rounds plus potentially an advantaged final) on Sunday. I'm not speaking for Tim or TRASH, but I don't think it's unreasonable for them to assume ...
by Coelacanth
Tue Feb 10, 2009 4:19 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: TRASHionals XII: Preliminary Field Announcement
Replies: 47
Views: 9622

Re: TRASHionals XII: Preliminary Field Announcement

4. Do most people really think players *want* to play even 14, let alone 16, rounds in one day? Keep in mind that rounds at trash tournaments usually take more time than those at academic tournaments, even those without a clock. Build in the possibility that things might take longer than we anticip...
by Coelacanth
Tue Feb 10, 2009 10:51 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: TRASHionals XII: Preliminary Field Announcement
Replies: 47
Views: 9622

Re: TRASHionals XII: Preliminary Field Announcement

I'd like to thank the 11 teams that have thusfar expressed interest in accepting their bids. I now have the necessary contact information for qualifying teams who attended the Tulsa and Illinois regions and emails will be sent to those teams (unless they have already expressed interest) this evenin...
by Coelacanth
Sun Feb 08, 2009 9:39 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: SCT Private Discussion Forum
Replies: 129
Views: 16803

Re: SCT Private Discussion Forum

I'm in

thanks for setting this up
by Coelacanth
Wed Feb 04, 2009 10:52 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Minnesota '08-'09
Replies: 89
Views: 15703

Re: Minnesota '08-'09

Did not expect to see Sam Peterson looking up at me from my morning paper.

Congrats, Sam...

http://www.startribune.com/local/west/38786267.html
by Coelacanth
Fri Jan 09, 2009 4:23 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: GARBAGE Packet Submission - 2/28/09 & 3/1/09
Replies: 71
Views: 14521

Re: GARBAGE Packet Submission - 2/28/09 & 3/1/09

OK, not to belabor the point... We're now coming up on the 2nd packet deadline and no sites have been announced. Is one of the following things happening? (1) People are submitting packets not caring where/when the tournament will actually be played (2) People are submitting packets making an implic...
by Coelacanth
Wed Dec 17, 2008 5:58 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Resolve Protests in Important Games Immediately?
Replies: 36
Views: 3599

Re: Resolve Protests in Important Games Immediately?

I don't really disagree with anything you just said there, Andrew, and I certainly didn't mean to imply that you or anyone who cares about accurate stats is a "selfish prick". I do think in many cases regarding accuracy of stats or resolution of non-game-determining protests, it's just as easy to ge...
by Coelacanth
Tue Dec 16, 2008 10:32 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Resolve Protests in Important Games Immediately?
Replies: 36
Views: 3599

Re: Resolve Protests in Important Games Immediately?

it does seem to me that quizbowl needs to figure out what to do with the protests that don't matter to the game, but do matter to a team's and an individual's total points. Unless you're playing in that new professional quizbowl league with large cash prizes based on individual stats, or you've bet...
by Coelacanth
Tue Dec 09, 2008 5:23 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: GARBAGE Packet Submission - 2/28/09 & 3/1/09
Replies: 71
Views: 14521

Re: GARBAGE Packet Submission - 2/28/09 & 3/1/09

Fred, great to see this coming together. A few quick questions: I assume that this, like most trash events, is open eligibility, with no school affiliation required? In other words, ancient people like me can play? Do you have a timetable in mind for the awarding of hosting bids? I assume you're goi...
by Coelacanth
Tue Nov 25, 2008 1:10 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: TRASH Regionals Wrap-Up
Replies: 4
Views: 1201

Re: TRASH Regionals Wrap-Up

Tim, I really appreciate your taking the effort to solicit feedback. This has been an issue with TRASH in the past. Is it possible for someone to email me the questions? Due to logistical challenges, we only got to play 6 rounds at the Boulder site. It will be much easier for me to offer feedback if...
by Coelacanth
Mon Nov 24, 2008 11:21 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: TRASH Regs general discussion
Replies: 3
Views: 1039

TRASH Regs general discussion

I think all sites have finished now, so the set should be open for discussion, right? If not I'm sure someone will come down on this thread like a ton of bricks. In general, I agree with most of the comments that have appeared on the various regional threads: this was a pretty good set. Of course, m...
by Coelacanth
Wed Oct 29, 2008 9:38 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: TRASH Regionals Midwest: 11/16/08 at Illinois
Replies: 30
Views: 5088

Re: TRASH Regionals Midwest: 11/16/08 at Illinois

Hey, guys, We seriously need more teams for this. I've heard interest from a possible team in passing at Rob Pilatus at MO, but that puts us at two, maybe four. Are there any schools coming to IO that want to stick around and play this as well? That was us you talked to at MO. We're not coming; it'...
by Coelacanth
Wed Oct 29, 2008 11:30 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Value of the laptop discount
Replies: 19
Views: 2305

Re: Value of the laptop discount

Also, like, it's not hard to read off a computer (in a normative sense: dozens of not otherwise abnormal people manage it every weekend.) That's a rather odd issue to throw out. I think it's harder to read off a laptop than off a printed page, but by no means impossible. I read the whole MO off of ...
by Coelacanth
Thu Oct 23, 2008 2:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Minnesota Open discussion
Replies: 100
Views: 14783

Re: Minnesota Open discussion

I'm really not sure I buy that this tournament was much harder than Cardinal Classic or Illinois Open. If you look at the teams that played CC, and the overlap for the teams that played MO, well, I think the bonus conversions show that the tournament were similar. I think you did a great job on the...
by Coelacanth
Wed Oct 22, 2008 3:08 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Automated Password Protected Zip File Creator
Replies: 29
Views: 11028

Re: Automated Password Protected Zip File Creator

Password protecting the files, or finding some way to deliver the files one at a time, is a major issue with modern paperless tournaments. If your solution is simply to label the files, someone will fuck it up, and everyone will be angry. I'm very pleased to say that I failed to fuck this up at MO,...
by Coelacanth
Mon Oct 20, 2008 4:08 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Pilatus Discussion
Replies: 15
Views: 2142

Re: Pilatus Discussion

I pretty much agree with most of Chris' and Mike's points, so I won't rehash too much of that. Many (most?) of the logistical issues can be chalked up to the fact that this was Colin's first time doing anything like this. While the end result was far from optimal, it really wasn't from lack of effor...
by Coelacanth
Mon Oct 20, 2008 3:39 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Minnesota Open discussion
Replies: 100
Views: 14783

Re: Minnesota Open discussion

I just don't understand bringing it up in these threads. Sorry if the tone of my original post was less than clear; that's one reason I tagged that paragraph with a <vent>. The point is that if the worst thing someone can say about a question set is that it lacked pronunciation guides or that it co...
by Coelacanth
Mon Oct 20, 2008 1:34 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Minnesota Open discussion
Replies: 100
Views: 14783

Re: Minnesota Open discussion

Some quick thoughts from someone who got to read this whole thing: First and foremost, I want to commend the entire field for being uniformly fun to read for and for having generally positive attitudes throughout what must have been a very long day playing some very trying questions against a very c...
by Coelacanth
Mon Oct 20, 2008 1:03 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MO Trash: The Rob Pilatus Memorial Tournament - 10.19.08
Replies: 80
Views: 14205

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

So what actually ended up happening here? Colin is overstating the logistical issues which plagued the event. Yes, there were problems, but the actual game-playing parts for the most part were OK. 8 rounds were played. The 12-team field was split in two brackets of six for an initial round robin. T...
by Coelacanth
Fri Sep 05, 2008 2:17 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Changes to NAQT's Official Rules
Replies: 53
Views: 7040

Re: Changes to NAQT's Official Rules

You may want to tweak rule F.5: If the official game clock is not visible to both teams, Rule (F.4.1) will not apply. Instead, the moderator will complete, in its entirety, any tossup-bonus cycle in progress. Which refers to Rule F.4.1 (F.4) When the clock sounds the end of time, the half or game sh...
by Coelacanth
Wed Aug 06, 2008 10:03 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MO Trash: The Rob Pilatus Memorial Tournament - 10.19.08
Replies: 80
Views: 14205

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

Colin, it's great that you're taking this on.

My team will certainly be playing; I'll send you an email to confirm.

I'm also willing to help with logistics and maybe donate some (appropriately trashy) prizes.
by Coelacanth
Wed Jun 11, 2008 9:28 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Annct: 10/18 MO Saturday Night Lit Tournament: An Encounter
Replies: 65
Views: 17693

Re: Annct: 10/18 MO Saturday Night Lit Tournament: An Encounter

Due to your devious scheduling of the MO on a non-football weekend, I'll be available to moderate any of the events in which I'm not playing.

I'm definitely not playing the Lit tournament, so mark me down as a moderator for Saturday night.
by Coelacanth
Thu May 01, 2008 12:13 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO Trash Tournament
Replies: 6
Views: 1431

Re: CO Trash Tournament

If I can convince my usual Trash teammates to travel to Chicago for this (they would be completely non-interested in any of the other CO events) we'll be there, but this seems unlikely. If I can't, I may come down for the weekend and float around as a free agent or staffer on Saturday, and try to sc...
by Coelacanth
Mon Apr 28, 2008 11:29 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF nationals discussion
Replies: 89
Views: 14641

Re: ACF nationals discussion

Wasn't trying to derail anything; sorry if my weak attempt at humor caused distress. I do think that the Sat-Sun model is a good one for a national tournament, particularly if you are running 15-16 rounds. In a Saturday-only event, nobody is planning their return flights or roadtrips for Saturday ni...
by Coelacanth
Mon Apr 28, 2008 9:47 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF nationals discussion
Replies: 89
Views: 14641

Re: ACF nationals discussion

I think ACF Nationals could be a 1.5-day tournament, but I'm thinking instead of doing it ICT-style, we could run it until early Saturday evening and then finish on Sunday morning. What do people think about trying this next year? I'm sorry, I can't resist pointing this out... So what you're saying...
by Coelacanth
Wed Apr 09, 2008 11:52 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: TRASHionals 11 Discussion
Replies: 48
Views: 7827

Re: TRASHionals 11 Discussion

It's good to allow people to go up to 13 or 14 regularly scheduled rounds and still have 2 packets left over for finals and 2 for playing off ties and replacing mistakenly read rounds (which seemingly happens at like half of all tournaments). We actually almost had this happen on Saturday. Our mode...
by Coelacanth
Tue Apr 08, 2008 12:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: TRASHionals 11 Discussion
Replies: 48
Views: 7827

Re: TRASHionals 11 Discussion

I *think* there was one instance ... Now might be a good time to get those stats and standings online. I should add that our team very much appreciated the 11 rounds Saturday/3 rounds Sunday split. Being able to leave shortly after 1 on Sunday made our drive back to the Atlanta airport a lot more p...
by Coelacanth
Mon Apr 07, 2008 9:42 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: TRASHionals 11 Discussion
Replies: 48
Views: 7827

Re: TRASHionals 11 Discussion

Jeremy, your points about the playoff format are almost entirely right on. The playoff format that's been used for the past n years has taken the top two teams from each of the 3 prelim brackets into the finals group, with only the head-to-head records carrying over. That resulted in a four-round fi...
by Coelacanth
Mon Mar 17, 2008 4:55 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Quizbowl in the news
Replies: 41
Views: 5931

Re: Quizbowl in the news

Spending money on lottery tickets does fund the education system, in most states. As it does here in Minnesota. I should maybe mention that the referendum was defeated in part by a consulting firm (from Iowa of all places) who specializes in mobilizing opposition to school levy referenda. The consu...
by Coelacanth
Mon Mar 17, 2008 2:34 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Quizbowl in the news
Replies: 41
Views: 5931

Re: Quizbowl in the news

As you locals are aware, the school district had a levy referendum last fall which failed. Quizbowl (and other extracurriculars) was one of the first things to go.

I voted yes on the referendum, so it's not my fault.
by Coelacanth
Mon Mar 17, 2008 1:51 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Quizbowl in the news
Replies: 41
Views: 5931

Quizbowl in the news

This article was in my Sunday paper. Not sure if anyone's interested, and I hope the link will work.

http://www.startribune.com/local/west/16699551.html
by Coelacanth
Mon Mar 17, 2008 1:44 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Please Critique These Questions
Replies: 24
Views: 3291

Re: Please Critique These Questions

Tough to critiqe without knowing your target difficulty. I found the BCS bonus to be on the easy side and the Louisville bonus to be on the tough side. YMMV. Otherwise the bonuses looked fairly solid, despite that being about the 6th question I've heard referencing Josh Hancock. The tossups really s...
by Coelacanth
Mon Feb 11, 2008 5:31 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: TRASHionals 11 (4/04/08 - 4/06/08)
Replies: 14
Views: 6511

I talked to the Minnesota people at the SCT and they aren't coming to TRASHionals.
by Coelacanth
Mon Feb 11, 2008 4:27 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Private Sectionals Discussion Forum Signup and Access
Replies: 94
Views: 13563

username: Coelacanth
by Coelacanth
Mon Jan 28, 2008 4:58 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: In memoriam: Albert Whited
Replies: 10
Views: 3229

As one of the few folks around here who had the opportunity to play against Albert in his prime, I wanted to add my condolences here. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. He had tremedous charisma as a player. It really comes across in the televised matches (from CBI 1987). For y...
by Coelacanth
Mon Nov 19, 2007 9:17 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2007 TRASH Regionals Discussion
Replies: 65
Views: 18592

I'd never heard of Crosley the guy. But most people know (or should know) that the Reds played at Crosley field, and the question ended with "namesake ballpark" or somesuch.

I really liked the "blue Toyota Yaris" clue as it allowed me to get my second-earliest buzz of the tournament :)
by Coelacanth
Wed Nov 14, 2007 12:21 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2007 TRASH Regionals Discussion
Replies: 65
Views: 18592

Wow, a lot of discussion including very strong opinions about a segment of the distribution (video games) that is only 1/1. Full props to Kilby for addressing the feedback directly in here, and also laying out some of his rationales. As a non-video-game-player myself (well, I did get the Dig Dug tos...
by Coelacanth
Tue Nov 13, 2007 10:27 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2007 TRASH Regionals Discussion
Replies: 65
Views: 18592

Having experienced this set as a player, moderator and Tournament Director, here are some quick-fire thoughts... The fact-checking (other than the aforementioned OF Jimmy Rollins) was pretty good. No other obvious clangers (like Bruce Springsteen's folk album of Bob Seeger covers from ACF Fall). The...
by Coelacanth
Sun Nov 11, 2007 11:42 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: TRASH Upper Midwest Regionals: 11/10 at Minnesota
Replies: 3
Views: 2065

Full stats, comprising all 10 rounds, can hopefuly be found here
by Coelacanth
Sat Nov 10, 2007 9:05 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: TRASH Upper Midwest Regionals: 11/10 at Minnesota
Replies: 3
Views: 2065

Brief results: 8 teams competed in the Upper Midwest edition of TRASH Regionals. We played a full round robin, and then the top four and bottom four teams each played a further half round robin for a total of ten rounds. The top bracket teams (including overall records) were: Tia & the TRASHmen (Min...
by Coelacanth
Fri Nov 09, 2007 10:47 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: TRASH Upper Midwest Regionals: 11/10 at Minnesota
Replies: 3
Views: 2065

Field update for those interested

Macalester x2 (1 student, 1 alum)
Carleton x2 or 3
Minnesota x 1 or 2
Tia & the TRASHmen

So we should have between 6 and 8 teams. If you are local and want to play and haven't emailed me, now would be the time!
by Coelacanth
Wed Nov 07, 2007 10:26 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: New ACF Rules
Replies: 90
Views: 25545

I can also absolutely see unscrupulous Quizbowl players narrowing an answer down to two things, buzzing, beginning to give an answer, looking at the moderator's facial expressions, and then changing or not changing his answer based on what he sees. Not mentioned here, but I think equally likely, is...
by Coelacanth
Mon Nov 05, 2007 10:48 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: New ACF Rules
Replies: 90
Views: 25545

First and foremost, thanks to everyone who worked on this. I agree that these were due for a refresh. There seems to be a lot of effort spent on eligibility rules for non-ACF events. Maybe I'm missing something, but why does ACF have an opinion on who should be eligible for an invitational tournamen...
by Coelacanth
Sat Nov 03, 2007 3:34 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: TRASH Upper Midwest Regionals: 11/10 at Minnesota
Replies: 3
Views: 2065

TRASH Upper Midwest Regionals: 11/10 at Minnesota

Belated brief announcement for the Upper Midwest (or "Paisley Park") version of TRASH Regionals. The event will be held on Saturday, Nov 10th at the University of Minnesota. This last-minute addition to the suite of TRASH Regionals is being held to accomodate the half-dozen or so local Minnesota tea...
by Coelacanth
Fri Sep 07, 2007 9:07 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Funny Covers
Replies: 42
Views: 11336

Really surprised to see a couple of mentions of "These boots are made for walkin'" without anyone bringing up the version by The Fixx, which is actually quite good. I echo the Richard Cheese comments. Tough to name a favorite, but "Me So Horny" has to be up there. Others: Don Ho's cover of "Shock th...
by Coelacanth
Thu Jul 19, 2007 9:27 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Reviving some HSNCT discussion
Replies: 87
Views: 27449

I never weighed in on this. 1) There were way too many science bonuses. This might have been bad luck, seeing as science is a weakness of ours, but it seemed that there was an enormously disproportional amount of science in the bonuses. My impression was that the amount of science was appropriate, ...
by Coelacanth
Wed Jul 18, 2007 4:40 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Reviving some HSNCT discussion
Replies: 87
Views: 27449

Re: Reviving some HSNCT discussion

First, I'm not a terribly complete NAQT player because the music, movies, geography, political leaders, and current events are either things I don't know or have answer selection that tends to play away from my strengths. So the seven powers (in a 20-TU game) you rang up against us in the finals of...
by Coelacanth
Wed Apr 25, 2007 9:45 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: TRASHionals Discussion
Replies: 111
Views: 44237

Brian and the others that have been bashing the curling question: What do you think is canonical with regards to curling? I follow the American Olympic curling every 4 years, because of all those women from Bemidji. As part of that, I made a point of learning some curling terminology. Heck, I've ac...
by Coelacanth
Wed Apr 25, 2007 10:19 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: TRASHionals Discussion
Replies: 111
Views: 44237

Phil, thanks for weighing in with the specifics of the set. As Flax has noted, it certainly seemed like a lot more than 1/1, but that's just because I don't know anything about the category. This certainly seems to be a polarizing category. We lamed literally every video game bonus that we could, an...
by Coelacanth
Tue Apr 24, 2007 2:33 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: TRASHionals Discussion
Replies: 111
Views: 44237

Sorry to disagree with you, Andy, but here's a list of all the bonspiels I know by name:




Here's a list of all the bowling tournaments I know by name:




I suspect I'm not alone in this.

I did guess "Dick Weber Cup" on the giveaway clue for the bowling one, but was ruled incorrect.