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by Gautam
Fri Nov 13, 2009 10:27 am
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: The quizbowl decades project
Replies: 123
Views: 67500

Re: The quizbowl decades project

Some of the most memorable games I've seen: First, the 2008 HS NCT game between East Lansing (Kurtis) and Eden Prairie in the playoffs, with winner reaching top 6. Eden Prairie got a huge lead, but Kurtis got a bunch of stuff in the second half and EL won. I think Gautam was there too; was it still...
by Gautam
Wed Nov 11, 2009 3:01 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Alternatives to Google Docs
Replies: 10
Views: 2007

Re: Alternatives to Google Docs

http://docs.zoho.com/jsp/index.jsp It's pretty cool. I used to write a couple of packets in March/April, but kind of forgot about it until you made this thread. I liked using Zoho Docs. The one thing you have to remember is that the formatting will work out best if you write all your questions in go...
by Gautam
Tue Nov 10, 2009 12:22 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Terrapin Invitiational Tournament (11/14/09) at Maryland
Replies: 48
Views: 16620

Re: Terrapin Invitiational Tournament (11/14/09) at Maryland

I just noticed this, so I want to be clear: Is the above bolded text referring to all mirrors or only to mirrors at Berkeley and Tulane? In other words, does Minnesota have to submit a packet for attending Illinois or not? This very clearly refers to the Berkeley and Tulane mirrors - both the Harva...
by Gautam
Mon Nov 09, 2009 5:25 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Terrapin Invitiational Tournament (11/14/09) at Maryland
Replies: 48
Views: 16620

Re: Terrapin Invitiational Tournament (11/14/09) at Maryland

I'm pleased to announce that UC-Berkeley and Tulane will be mirroring TIT in the West Coast and Southern regions, respectively. Combined with the Maryland, Illinois, Harvard, and Guelph sites, this gives us quite a decent slate of geographic exposure, but we'll happy to entertain any other mirror r...
by Gautam
Sat Nov 07, 2009 7:48 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2009 Gopher Invitational @ UMN - December 5
Replies: 16
Views: 2823

Re: 2009 Gopher Invitational @ UMN - December 5

All, The fee structure has been edited to encourage teams from beyond the metro and teams which predominantly play knowledge bowl to participate at GINVIT. Also, like Andrew said, we'll definitely be offering teams as many games as possible, so you can certainly expect to play several games in the p...
by Gautam
Thu Nov 05, 2009 2:49 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: ACF Winter @ UMN-Twin Cities (1/16/2010)
Replies: 12
Views: 3367

ANNOUNCEMENT: ACF Winter @ UMN-Twin Cities (1/16/2010)

Greetings, The University of Minnesota will be hosting a mirror of the 2010 ACF Winter Tournament at the Twin Cities Campus. The tournament will be held on January 16, 2010, which is the Saturday of MLK weekend. To registers teams, please send an email to quizbowl@umn.edu with the number of teams yo...
by Gautam
Wed Nov 04, 2009 3:09 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall 2009 Discussion
Replies: 129
Views: 16584

Re: ACF Fall 2009 Discussion

I thought I'd clarify this before I'd forget: All issues that arose due to repeats and questions being pasted improperly and any issues which inaccuracies in the questions are to be attributed to me. As head editor, I was responsible for making sure that clues used in this tournament would be factua...
by Gautam
Wed Nov 04, 2009 12:31 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall 2009 Discussion
Replies: 129
Views: 16584

Re: ACF Fall 2009 Discussion

I just looked through the discussion we had on the Beethoven tossup. Seth had suggested that the Grosse Fugue possibly was too early in the question, but I think it was pretty much fine where it was. I am no music expert, but I've played enough tournaments of various difficulty levels, and I think I...
by Gautam
Tue Nov 03, 2009 9:06 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Science writing for non-scientists
Replies: 31
Views: 7180

Re: Science writing for non-scientists

Eric's Cardinal Rule of Writing Science If you're unsure, ask someone. This. I still ask people for advice on physics because I'm 100% sure that I'm not all that competent at writing physics. I even sought the help of a physicist to edit a tournament this year. I've used Lehninger when I've had to ...
by Gautam
Tue Nov 03, 2009 2:06 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Buzzerfest IX (3/27/10) @ Princeton
Replies: 57
Views: 17175

Re: Buzzerfest IX (3/27/10) @ Princeton

jonpin wrote:Could you clarify what date you intended? Because NAQT's website shows Princeton and Rutgers co-hosting the NJ NAQT HS state championship on the tentative date of March 27, 2010.
Uh oh!
by Gautam
Tue Nov 03, 2009 1:09 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2009-2010 Academic Tournaments
Replies: 35
Views: 7350

Re: 2009-2010 Academic Tournaments

Hey,

Nationals is on the weekend of the 17th. If you can fix that, that'd be awesome.

Thank you,
Gautam
by Gautam
Tue Nov 03, 2009 3:41 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Minnesota Undergrad Tournament 2010 (3/6/2010)
Replies: 51
Views: 23267

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Minnesota Undergrad Tournament 2010 (3/6/2010)

theMoMA wrote:It probably goes without saying, but we are seeking mirrors for this tournament, and we're lenient on the actual weekend hosts want to run the set.
Of course. For some silly reason, I deleted this info from the original announcement I made... The first post has been updated with info about mirrors.
by Gautam
Tue Nov 03, 2009 3:09 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Minnesota Undergrad Tournament 2010 (3/6/2010)
Replies: 51
Views: 23267

ANNOUNCEMENT: Minnesota Undergrad Tournament 2010 (3/6/2010)

University of Minnesota Quizbowl will be hosting the Minnesota Undergraduate Tournament on the 6th of March 2010. This tournament will be edited by members of the University of Minnesota Quizbowl. Location This event will likely take place at Blegen Hall on the West Bank campus of the University. Fu...
by Gautam
Sun Nov 01, 2009 11:06 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall Northeast (10/31) @ MIT
Replies: 63
Views: 13369

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

It does require knowing the names of the packets and making your schedule far enough in advance to print and copy things, so it will depend on ACF editors continuing to be as relatively well-organized as they were for this tournament (Gautam had the final packet lineup finalized for me on Tuesday) ...
by Gautam
Sun Nov 01, 2009 5:19 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MIT asked to help host Q-Unlimited regionals
Replies: 20
Views: 2752

Re: MIT asked to help host Q-Unlimited regionals

Not That Kind of Christian!! wrote:Image don't do it.
Even if Q-U offers you a diamond studded skull...
by Gautam
Sun Nov 01, 2009 3:58 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall 2009 Discussion
Replies: 129
Views: 16584

Re: ACF Fall 2009 Discussion

I had made a fix to the tossup on externalities, but in the last minute confusion, I think the fix didn't get saved. I agree that the construction of the clue was unfortunate, and I apologize for the issues it caused as it was played out. This should have been the final version of the tossup: 6. In ...
by Gautam
Sun Nov 01, 2009 3:10 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall 2009 Discussion
Replies: 129
Views: 16584

ACF Fall 2009 Discussion

Good Afternoon, Since there are no pending mirrors of the tournament, the ACF Fall 2009 set is hereby cleared for discussion. I have posted the set here temporarily. It has been sent to George Berry and Stanford folks on the packet archives they are currently managing. In the above set, I made minor...
by Gautam
Wed Oct 28, 2009 6:22 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Caltech officially hosting ACF Fall
Replies: 35
Views: 11251

Re: Caltech officially hosting ACF Fall

I've clarified this with Caltech. Both Arcadia teams are eligible for the High School discount.

Thanks,
Gautam
by Gautam
Sun Oct 25, 2009 11:59 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Global Announcement for ACF Fall 2009 (Weekend of 10/31)
Replies: 42
Views: 24794

Re: Global Announcement for ACF Fall 2009 (Weekend of 10/31)

This is now the final list of packets that I've received: Packets submitted by -$50 deadline: Ohio State University UCLA B RPI Yale A Yale B Maryland A Rice University Brandeis Chattahoochee High School St. Anselm's High School Paul Laurence Dunbar High School Packets submitted by the -$25 deadline:...
by Gautam
Sun Oct 25, 2009 12:50 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: THUNDER at Carleton College (10/24/09)
Replies: 14
Views: 1800

Re: THUNDER at Carleton College (10/24/09)

Just so people know, I only attempted to buzz if It was clearly some category I didn't contribute questions for... It was pretty pointless anyway since I can't remember things anymore. :neutral:
by Gautam
Wed Oct 21, 2009 9:38 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall Northeast (10/31) @ MIT
Replies: 63
Views: 13369

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

Not That Kind of Christian!! wrote: I talked to Grace last night, and she confirmed that the tournament is being held at MIT, so... good!
This is indeed happening.
by Gautam
Tue Oct 20, 2009 10:52 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall Northeast (10/31) @ MIT
Replies: 63
Views: 13369

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

Hey, I am in the process of speaking with Hannah and Grace about this. Please don't make arbitrary declarations in the meanwhile. It looks like Brandeis will be running the event, though it's unclear to me as to where exactly this will occur. As soon as Hannah and Grace get back to me, I will update...
by Gautam
Tue Oct 20, 2009 5:05 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: FIST Midwest - University of Michigan (11/7/09)
Replies: 32
Views: 4706

Re: FIST Midwest - University of Michigan (11/7/09)

There will be one Minnesota team at this tournament.
by Gautam
Tue Oct 20, 2009 2:38 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: (11/14/09) Illinois Open at UIUC
Replies: 50
Views: 6839

Re: (11/14/09) Illinois Open at UIUC

It looks like there will be atleast 2 teams from Minnesota and maybe a third, depending on interest.

EDIT: Updated!
by Gautam
Tue Oct 20, 2009 10:51 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Minnesota Open 2009 Discussion
Replies: 70
Views: 8208

Re: Minnesota Open 2009 Discussion

I'm interested in knowing what everybody thought about the history distribution at this tournament. I am especially looking for comments on things which may have been vastly underrepresented compared to other tournaments, or categories which seemed systematically weaker than others. For instance, Je...
by Gautam
Tue Oct 20, 2009 3:04 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Global Announcement for ACF Fall 2009 (Weekend of 10/31)
Replies: 42
Views: 24794

Re: Global Announcement for ACF Fall 2009 (Weekend of 10/31)

The post with the packets has been updated to include packets submitted by the $25 penalty deadline. I've yet to see many usual suspects submit packets, and I hope that I'll be receiving many packets in my inbox in the next few days.

Gautam
by Gautam
Mon Oct 19, 2009 2:10 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Minnesota Open 2009 Discussion
Replies: 70
Views: 8208

Re: Minnesota Open 2009 Discussion

The easy parts of bonuses were too easy. I think that the majority of bonuses that suffered from this went through my hand. I pretty much always tend to write pretty easy easy parts because I hate to see bonuses being 0d. I'll try to avoid it if it is frustrating to many people. As for Chris' reque...
by Gautam
Mon Oct 19, 2009 1:52 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Lederberg Discussion
Replies: 18
Views: 2271

Re: Lederberg Discussion

On a side note, it seems that in my zeal to remove Matt Weiner's odd boxes of old questions to my car, I left a small blue bag with all my various expensive soaps, etc . (i.e. containing pretty much nothing of any real value except my shaver) somewhere on the third floor of Coffman. I'm wondering i...
by Gautam
Sun Oct 18, 2009 10:08 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: ACF Fall North at UMN (10/31/2009)
Replies: 5
Views: 1674

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: ACF Fall North at UMN (10/31/2009)

Field update!

Eden Prairie HS: 1 team
Macalester College: 1 team
Minnesota: 2-3 teams
by Gautam
Sun Oct 18, 2009 8:29 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Minnesota Open 2009 Discussion
Replies: 70
Views: 8208

Re: Minnesota Open 2009 Discussion

The final proofread version is on Google Docs AFAIK.
by Gautam
Sun Oct 18, 2009 8:21 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Minnesota Open 2009 Discussion
Replies: 70
Views: 8208

Minnesota Open 2009 Discussion

I think we can get ahead and started on this. The set will be posted online soon, but in the meanwhile, you can browse the set on google docs.

EDIT: Packets are up here. Enjoy.
by Gautam
Sun Oct 18, 2009 8:12 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Minnesota Open Weekend on 10/17
Replies: 112
Views: 36231

Re: Minnesota Open Weekend on 10/17

Hello All, "A Slant of Penn on Dull Brown Walls" (Eric Mukherjee, Guy Tabachnick, Jerry Vinokurov [and MEB for part of the time]) won the 2009 Minnesota Open after defeating "List of Fictional Bears" (Charlie Dees, Auroni Gupta, Joey Spicer, and Matt Weiner) in a one game final. Both teams had gone ...
by Gautam
Sat Oct 17, 2009 7:32 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Global Announcement for ACF Fall 2009 (Weekend of 10/31)
Replies: 42
Views: 24794

Re: Global Announcement for ACF Fall 2009 (Weekend of 10/31)

Hi all,

This is a reminder that the $25 deadline is coming up tonight. I apologize for not making any earlier notifications... I hope this does not adversely affect any teams in getting their packets in time.

Thanks,
Gautam
by Gautam
Wed Oct 14, 2009 11:19 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall Ontario Site at McMaster
Replies: 35
Views: 5634

Re: ACF Fall Ontario Site at McMaster

Please give me a day to figure out how packet-submission is going to work out. Since this site was announced so late, we'll have to come up with some alternative schedule for discounts/penalties.
by Gautam
Tue Oct 13, 2009 6:09 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Minnesota Open Weekend on 10/17
Replies: 112
Views: 36231

Re: Minnesota Open Weekend on 10/17

Hello all, Here's another reminder that this place is getting pretty cold, and that it would be advisable to bring in a good jacket, a pair of gloves, and a some warm object which covers the head. If it's going to be absolutely impossible for you bring some warm clothing with you, let me know. I can...
by Gautam
Mon Oct 12, 2009 11:39 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Global Announcement for ACF Fall 2009 (Weekend of 10/31)
Replies: 42
Views: 24794

Re: Global Announcement for ACF Fall 2009 (Weekend of 10/31)

Hello all,

I have posted an updated list of submitted packets in one of the previous posts. Thanks to all teams who have submitted packets so far.

If your team's name isn't on there and you know you submitted a packet, please get back to me asap. My email is gautam.acf@gmail.com
by Gautam
Fri Oct 09, 2009 1:34 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Global Announcement for ACF Fall 2009 (Weekend of 10/31)
Replies: 42
Views: 24794

Re: Global Announcement for ACF Fall 2009 (Weekend of 10/31)

Hello all,

This is another friendly reminder that the 0 penalty deadline (or $25 discount deadline for teams not required to write packets) is fast approaching. We've gotten some excellent submissions so far and I hope to see lots more.

Thanks,
Gautam
by Gautam
Wed Oct 07, 2009 1:24 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MIT Mirror of MO, 10/17
Replies: 24
Views: 3557

Re: MIT Mirror of MO, 10/17

Hey, can someone from MIT get back to us regarding the packet-freelancing deal?

Thanks,
Gautam
by Gautam
Wed Oct 07, 2009 1:19 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Minnesota Open Weekend on 10/17
Replies: 112
Views: 36231

Re: Minnesota Open Weekend on 10/17

Another reminder that the $50 penalty deadline is this weekend. We hope to see the remainder of submissions by then.

Thanks,
Gautam
by Gautam
Mon Oct 05, 2009 1:43 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: KLEE: Minnesota Open Fine Arts Tournament
Replies: 41
Views: 10936

Re: KLEE: Minnesota Open Fine Arts Tournament

Just so people know, I'm not running away MO weekend or anything; I just might have to head out at about 7PM to participate in some Diwali celebrations.

I will certainly play if I will be able to stick around.
by Gautam
Sun Oct 04, 2009 12:48 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: EFT Discussion
Replies: 186
Views: 20004

Re: EFT Discussion

The set was mostly fine. I thought there were some promptable things that weren't included in the answer line, to go along with Mike's point about alternate answers. There were also some tossup answers which I thought wouldn't see more than a 25% conversion level, and I was somewhat shocked by those...
by Gautam
Tue Sep 29, 2009 3:07 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Minnesota Open weekend schedule
Replies: 13
Views: 2149

Re: Minnesota Open weekend schedule

A friendly reminder to all:

This place has started to get cold (40s-50s) and I have a feeling that this weather will persist, if not worsen, come mid-October. As such, I advise all travelers to bring some warm clothing with them. A jacket, a pair of gloves, warm headgear, etc. will be useful.

Gautam
by Gautam
Tue Sep 29, 2009 12:20 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: KLEE: Minnesota Open Fine Arts Tournament
Replies: 41
Views: 10936

Re: KLEE: Minnesota Open Fine Arts Tournament

I'll play this if there's enough staff. I'm okay with painting and not much else.

GK
by Gautam
Fri Sep 25, 2009 6:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Global Announcement for ACF Fall 2009 (Weekend of 10/31)
Replies: 42
Views: 24794

Re: Global Announcement for ACF Fall 2009 (Weekend of 10/31)

Hello all, There are a couple of things I would like to point out. The first is that the formatting guidelines as listed in the document as listed here were somewhat contradictory with the guidelines listed here . The inconsistencies have been resolved and the detailed formatting guidelines are now ...
by Gautam
Thu Sep 24, 2009 10:34 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Global Announcement for ACF Fall 2009 (Weekend of 10/31)
Replies: 42
Views: 24794

Re: Global Announcement for ACF Fall 2009 (Weekend of 10/31)

Hello all, the $25 discount deadline is fast approaching. Also, if you aren't required to write a packet but were planning on doing so anyway, you will be eligible to receive a $50 discount if I receive your packet by the midnight of the 26th! Feel free to drop me a line anytime if you have any ques...
by Gautam
Sun Sep 20, 2009 3:27 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Global Announcement for ACF Fall 2009 (Weekend of 10/31)
Replies: 42
Views: 24794

Re: Global Announcement for ACF Fall 2009 (Weekend of 10/31)

Thanks to representatives of Ohio State University, UCLA B, RPI, Yale A, Yale B, Maryland A, and Rice University for submitting packets before the $50 discount deadline. You guys are really awesome.

Gautam

EDIT: missing words!
by Gautam
Sat Sep 19, 2009 11:59 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall Midwest at UChicago
Replies: 41
Views: 10348

Re: ACF Fall Midwest at UChicago

indiaisasubcontinent7 wrote:Northwestern will be bringing 1-2 teams.
Good to see you on the forums, Anant.
by Gautam
Thu Sep 17, 2009 5:03 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Global Announcement for ACF Fall 2009 (Weekend of 10/31)
Replies: 42
Views: 24794

Re: Global Announcement for ACF Fall 2009 (Weekend of 10/31)

Yes, Steve. Your program can certainly get a $105 discount.

I am glad to see that North Carolina Wesleyan is starting a quizbowl team and that you are choosing to attend ACF Fall. If you have any questions whatsoever, feel free to ask us on this thread, or email me at gautam.acf@gmail.com

Thanks!
by Gautam
Wed Sep 16, 2009 9:28 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Minnesota Open Weekend on 10/17
Replies: 112
Views: 36231

Re: Minnesota Open Weekend on 10/17

Pretty much all buildings open at 12 on Sundays...