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by Gautam
Sun Oct 04, 2015 4:58 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015 ACF Fall Global Announcement
Replies: 17
Views: 17706

Re: 2015 ACF Fall Global Announcement

Many teams should have received emails with a link to the invoice. If you have not, then we're either expecting packets from you or I just have not been able to enter your org's details into our new system. I'll continue to work on the invoices over the next few days, so you should expect it soon. I...
by Gautam
Thu Oct 01, 2015 7:10 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015 ACF Fall Global Announcement
Replies: 17
Views: 17706

Re: 2015 ACF Fall Global Announcement

All registered teams can expect an update about payments by EOD Friday. -Gautam Hi folks- My apologies I haven't gotten this info out yet. Just haven't had a chance to work out a PO box arrangement, but I promise it will be done tomorrow. You can expect invoices over email beginning this weekend. T...
by Gautam
Thu Sep 24, 2015 1:18 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015 ACF Fall Global Announcement
Replies: 17
Views: 17706

Re: 2015 ACF Fall Global Announcement

All registered teams can expect an update about payments by EOD Friday.

-Gautam
by Gautam
Sun Aug 30, 2015 11:09 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VICO Thanks and Discussion
Replies: 18
Views: 2890

Re: VICO Thanks and Discussion

Hey thanks to Jacob and Will fit writing this set. I had a fun time playing the five packets that were read for Skype bowl. Thanks for writing that TU on secular stagnation. I think it was a cool topic from the "big problems of our time" list. I might suggest making it clear early on in that TU that...
by Gautam
Sat Aug 29, 2015 10:04 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: SHEIKH and VICO Online (August 29th)
Replies: 30
Views: 11750

Re: SHEIKH and VICO Online (August 29th)

Hey thanks for organizing this, and a big thanks to Richard, Jason, and... a 3rd person who didn't read for us, I think... for reading VICO!
by Gautam
Thu Aug 27, 2015 8:53 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: SHEIKH and VICO Online (August 29th)
Replies: 30
Views: 11750

Re: SHEIKH and VICO Online (August 29th)

I'm assuming this is still happening this weekend? Looking forward to play VICO.

How are VICO-only participants being notified of the start of the event?
by Gautam
Tue Aug 25, 2015 8:15 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Preseason Poll
Replies: 43
Views: 24096

Re: Preseason Poll

I've enrolled at the U of Houston, taking some math/CS classes as I prepare for grad school.

I might play whatever things I'm eligible for, which probably only means SCT.
by Gautam
Sun Aug 23, 2015 7:30 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Novice at the University of Texas at Austin (10/03/15)
Replies: 2
Views: 2380

Re: VCU Novice at the University of Texas at Austin (10/03/1

If you are really hurting for staff, let me know. gautam.acf@gmail.com
by Gautam
Sun Aug 23, 2015 7:27 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall at Rice (11-7-15)
Replies: 6
Views: 3780

Re: ACF Fall at Rice (11-7-15)

I'll staff this.
by Gautam
Sat Aug 22, 2015 12:22 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: We Have Never Been Modern - Online Mirror - 9/6/15
Replies: 11
Views: 4375

Re: We Have Never Been Modern - Online Mirror - 9/6/15

Dang, I have to pick Gaurav up at the airport at 3:30 Central on 9/6. Welp, I guess I'm not playing this... :sad:
by Gautam
Thu Aug 13, 2015 10:47 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: We Have Never Been Modern - VCU Open
Replies: 23
Views: 10649

Re: We Have Never Been Modern - VCU Open

Mike Bentley wrote:Alright, I'll host some form of online mirror of this tournament. Will need to check my schedule for the best date. Will be sometime between August 22nd and September 7th.
Appreciate it, Mike! Any of those dates sound good.
by Gautam
Tue Aug 11, 2015 10:39 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: We Have Never Been Modern - VCU Open
Replies: 23
Views: 10649

Re: We Have Never Been Modern - VCU Open

Is there any interest for playing this over Skype? I'd love to do that on the weekend of the 22nd or the 31st.

-Gautam
by Gautam
Thu Aug 06, 2015 7:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open at Michigan - August 8
Replies: 122
Views: 52173

Re: VCU Open at Michigan - August 8

Hey, are any of the attendees at this site driving over from the Detroit area on Saturday morning? I would appreciate a pickup from Novi if possible.

Let me know. Will compensate gas monies.

-Gautam
by Gautam
Mon Jul 20, 2015 4:30 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open at Michigan - August 8
Replies: 122
Views: 52173

Re: VCU Open at Michigan - August 8

women, fire and dangerous things wrote:The side event schedule has been added to the first post.

Thank you!
by Gautam
Mon Jul 20, 2015 11:39 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open at Michigan - August 8
Replies: 122
Views: 52173

Re: VCU Open at Michigan - August 8

I'm probably not looking closely enough, but it's a little difficult to figure what the side-event schedule is (if any has already been determined.)

Can someone (Will?) move this information to the first post, so it becomes easy to find?

Thanks
GK
by Gautam
Thu Jun 18, 2015 12:10 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: College quizbowl payroll service
Replies: 17
Views: 6225

Re: College quizbowl payroll service

This is such a bizarrely random and seemingly unnecessary solution to a problem that doesn't exist that I really don't know where to begin, but like... who needs this? Who needs their cash from writing a tournament so badly they need to lose 5% to a commission? Could they not get a payday loan or s...
by Gautam
Wed Jun 17, 2015 10:57 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: College quizbowl payroll service
Replies: 17
Views: 6225

Re: College quizbowl payroll service

How much money do you estimate this organization would need to hold at any one time? Off the top of my head, I'd estimate that a typical non-ACF-or-NAQT college tournament would generate at most around $3000 in mirror fees, and with at most 5-6 such tournaments existing in any given 3-month window,...
by Gautam
Wed Jun 10, 2015 11:32 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NASAT Open Mirror at Rice, 06-13-15
Replies: 7
Views: 3955

Re: NASAT Open Mirror at Rice, 06-13-15

Amanda is aware of this, but I thought I'd post here as well; I actually realized I have some work function in the afternoon of the 13th, so I'll be leaving post-lunch. I believe Amanda might have some updates to the schedule necessitated by my afternoon departure.

-Gautam
by Gautam
Wed Jun 03, 2015 11:35 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NASAT Open Mirror at Rice, 06-13-15
Replies: 7
Views: 3955

Re: NASAT Open Mirror at Rice, 06-13-15

Oh hey, more people signed up for this. Awesome.
by Gautam
Sun May 31, 2015 1:42 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Feynman's BONGOS: A Side Event (for PACE and maybe HSNCT)
Replies: 65
Views: 37730

Re: Feynman's BONGOS: A Side Event (for PACE and maybe HSNCT

Thanks to Will et al for writing this.
by Gautam
Mon May 11, 2015 3:09 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Feynman's BONGOS: A Side Event (for PACE and maybe HSNCT)
Replies: 65
Views: 37730

Re: Feynman's BONGOS: A Side Event (for PACE and maybe HSNCT

Amizda Calyx wrote:I might play at HSNCT, if that's still a thing.
What she said, except change "might" to "will."
by Gautam
Tue May 05, 2015 12:53 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MUT 2015 Specific question discussion
Replies: 45
Views: 7007

Re: Specific question discussion

The economics in this set was fantastic, by the way. Thanks. Using "length scale proportional to square root of time" as a lead-in for _diffusion_ seems too easy. But more importantly, it is true of any phenomenon that obeys a diffusion equation. Besides esoteric examples, this includes at least _B...
by Gautam
Mon Apr 27, 2015 1:44 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open at Michigan - August 8
Replies: 122
Views: 52173

Re: VCU Open at Michigan - August 8

Rank-ordered:
1. Science
2. Modern
3. VICO
4. History

I'm probably only going to play only one side event on Sunday, so that I can hang out with my aunt in Novi. So that said, my preference is for Science on Saturday evening and Modern on Sunday morning.
by Gautam
Fri Apr 24, 2015 8:03 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open at Michigan - August 8
Replies: 122
Views: 52173

Re: VCU Open at Michigan - August 8

Auks Ran Ova wrote:I'm tentatively planning to play this site with Gautam and Auroni. Looking for a fourth. Will update as situation warrants.
As of last night I've booked my tickets to come to Michigan, so I'll be playing here regardless.
by Gautam
Mon Apr 13, 2015 12:30 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Tricon: The Next Generation
Replies: 50
Views: 26380

Re: Tricon: The Next Generation

Yeah, I think I would enjoy this side event much more if I were playing it in a more leisurely setting rather rather than during a long weekend of quizbowl. Would pay a premium to play this on skype. Same as above. I'd like to actually play Tricon once. But I probably won't enjoy it if more than 15...
by Gautam
Sun Apr 12, 2015 11:54 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VICO: Very Intense Conceptual Open/The New SCIENCE
Replies: 28
Views: 13710

Re: VICO: Very Intense Conceptual Open/The New SCIENCE

How cruel of you to hold this at a tournament to which I (probably) can't come! I'd love if there were a Skype mirror at some point. What this guy said. Hopefully I will have learned more things by the time this hypothetical Skype mirror happens, but I'm sure I'll enjoy it either way. Yeah, I think...
by Gautam
Sat Apr 11, 2015 7:19 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: STIMPY Skype Mirror (4/11)
Replies: 33
Views: 14694

Re: STIMPY Skype Mirror (4/11)

Thanks to Naveed, Saajid, Evan, and the not-quite-namesake-of-minor-apoptotic-pathway Dan PUMA for reading!

And for the editors of the set for putting it together! I enjoyed it.

-GK
by Gautam
Fri Apr 10, 2015 9:05 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: STIMPY Skype Mirror (4/11)
Replies: 33
Views: 14694

Re: STIMPY Skype Mirror (4/11?)

Gautam wrote:I'll play. Thanks to Dan et al for taking their time to do the open mirror.
I think I'm putting the lene in Sethlene. Or maybe just the ene? Who knows? See you folks tomorrow at 9 am Central
by Gautam
Thu Apr 09, 2015 9:18 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MUT 2015 Errata
Replies: 18
Views: 3313

Re: Errata

The Nepal bonus in round 2 did not tell the moderator to not reveal the full answer to the first part, so the second part was rather easy. Ditto for the Ludwig II of Bavaria/Bavaria/Neuschwanstein Castle bonus in round 1. Sorry about that. I wrote both of these bonuses and didn't really think about...
by Gautam
Tue Apr 07, 2015 4:29 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Where Are You Going Next Year? (2015 College)
Replies: 47
Views: 24068

Re: Where Are You Going Next Year? (2015 College)

I'm based out of Houston, TX now and help with some tournaments here (mostly the ones hosted by Rice since they're a train ride away.) If you need me to staff, I am happy to help if I don't have other things going on. I might look into the possibility of starting a club at U of Houston at some point...
by Gautam
Wed Apr 01, 2015 10:08 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion: 2015 Division I ICT
Replies: 27
Views: 5532

Re: Question-specific discussion: 2015 Division I ICT

The FWP question threw me off. I don't think it's the fault of the question, but the copy of the guide to New York we have on our house is called the WPA Guide to New York (though it mentions the FWP on the cover). http://www.amazon.com/The-WPA-Guide-York-City/dp/1565843215/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top...
by Gautam
Tue Mar 31, 2015 12:45 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015 ICT: general discussion
Replies: 15
Views: 5015

Re: 2015 ICT: general discussion

I had been helping out Andrew with some feedback on the Econ for several NAQT tournaments. But this year I decided to write some last minute questions for DI after a long hiatus. I felt very rusty coming back to writing questions for NAQT, but I ended up enjoying the experience. Much more than I hav...
by Gautam
Wed Mar 25, 2015 10:47 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MUT 2015 Specific question discussion
Replies: 45
Views: 7007

Re: Specific question discussion

I addition to that cricket bonus, which I'm sure was the best one in the whole set, I wrote the tossups on New Girl, the bonus on "saudade", the tossup on "glass", the bonus on Monterey Jazz Festival, the tossup on art in LA, the bonus on Pottery, and that "biology" tossup on the Grand Canyon. I als...
by Gautam
Mon Mar 23, 2015 11:59 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MUT 2015 Specific question discussion
Replies: 45
Views: 7007

Re: Specific question discussion

p-vs-vp wrote:omg statistics is bae, and does not come up often enough.
I think MUT has always had a statistics question or two between '08 and '11 when I wrote them. But anyway, I liked what Cody did with that TU.
by Gautam
Sun Mar 22, 2015 7:15 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: STIMPY Skype Mirror (4/11)
Replies: 33
Views: 14694

Re: STIMPY Skype Mirror (4/11?)

I'll play. Thanks to Dan et al for taking their time to do the open mirror.
by Gautam
Wed Mar 11, 2015 10:08 am
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Praise Song Part II
Replies: 23
Views: 18158

Re: Praise Song Part II

Matt drafted me in the first ever Westbrook Experiment at IO '07... because I purportedly knew science. I don't know if this duo went on to win the tournament on place second, but one of those two things happened. And it's unfair to call it a team, because Matt did 99% of the heavy lifting. He proba...
by Gautam
Sun Mar 08, 2015 7:59 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: George Oppen: An Apology, and General Discussion
Replies: 47
Views: 14833

Re: George Oppen: An Apology, and General Discussion

Thanks to Auroni et al for putting together this tournament. Questions were pretty good for the most part. I liked the tossup on Dance. There were bunch which could have been easily reconstructed to allow more middle clues/less difficult answerlines. Those tossups on "Shakti", myogenesis, "Sao Paulo...
by Gautam
Mon Feb 23, 2015 9:38 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: George Oppen at U. Maryland (21 Feb. 2015)
Replies: 51
Views: 34360

Re: George Oppen at U. Maryland (21 Feb. 2015)

Thanks to Maryland folks for hosting this event. Things went pretty smoothly, and I'm glad everyone was able to fit in a lot of side events.
by Gautam
Fri Feb 06, 2015 9:38 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2015: 4/18-19 at the University of Michigan
Replies: 54
Views: 40398

Re: ACF Nationals 2015: 4/18-19 at the University of Michiga

I hate to be "Follow editor instructions" police, but here are basic things from my other thread that teams submitting packets should do: Here's a basic set of things you can do, for instance, starting with higher-impact items at the top: 1. Write questions of the appropriate difficulty. We even tel...
by Gautam
Thu Feb 05, 2015 10:13 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Annotated Review of Packets
Replies: 10
Views: 4256

Re: Annotated Review of Packets

I think it'd be a great idea to approach this with a "what are editors looking for" angle, and work with raw submissions rather than final packets. There's still a gap between editor expectations of submissions and actual submissions - I don't think this is a controversial statement. Recently we've ...
by Gautam
Thu Feb 05, 2015 12:13 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: the future of regular difficulty
Replies: 14
Views: 6847

Re: the future of regular difficulty

I'm glad Cody brought this topic up in the other thread. I find myself thinking along similar lines based on my observations staffing various events and playing the occasional ones. I've had a chance to participate in more circuits than I used to previously, and have also seen a wider skillset among...
by Gautam
Mon Jan 19, 2015 9:48 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT welcomes new members Andrew Hart and Nathan Murphy
Replies: 2
Views: 1670

Re: NAQT welcomes new members Andrew Hart and Nathan Murphy

Congratulations to Andrew and Nathan!
by Gautam
Wed Dec 10, 2014 12:50 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: General Discussion (DEES)
Replies: 9
Views: 2954

Re: General Discussion (DEES)

Great work by Victor in gathering the right resources and bringing this to fruition. Thanks to all the other editors who chipped in at short notice, too. It's great to see folks stepping up. Victor, it's unfortunate that you'd had negative experiences working on a tournament. Taking a break is a gre...
by Gautam
Wed Dec 10, 2014 12:43 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Science (DEES)
Replies: 31
Views: 7518

Re: Science (DEES)

That tossup on Meselson-Stahl experiment was not very good. There aren't too many things it could have been after the clue on centrifugation + CsCl. The 9/8 math ended up making the "other sci" category substantially harder. I speak from a perspective of one who doesn't know much of the math that ca...
by Gautam
Mon Dec 08, 2014 2:06 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Will's Questions (Euro, World, Economics) (DEES)
Replies: 6
Views: 2022

Re: Will's Questions (Euro, World, Economics)

Most of the econ was fine. The TU on M Friedman was not very great - the part about maximizing shareholder value, which I think was in the second sentence, is really real-world famous.
by Gautam
Mon Dec 08, 2014 1:33 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: DEES Online: January 3rd, 2015
Replies: 23
Views: 11569

Re: DEES Online: January 3rd, 2015

I'll offer to moderate this event.
by Gautam
Tue Nov 25, 2014 5:03 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Open tournaments and team-building
Replies: 38
Views: 15570

Re: Open tournaments and team-building

How many high school teams are there in Illinois? I thought it was less than 100 Approximately 550. How many that play more than one tournament and their conference a year? Approximately 200. I'm guessing that if you want to estimate the number of active teams in a state, you can multiply the numbe...
by Gautam
Mon Nov 24, 2014 2:15 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Following editor instructions
Replies: 14
Views: 6372

Re: Following editor instructions

minusfive wrote:. Similarly, world literature can't be written originally in English: sorry Chinua Achebe/Wole Soyinka/Ngugi wa Thiongo/Lin Yutang, you aren't "world literature!
This specific point has been clarified, cf. http://acf-quizbowl.com/tournaments/201 ... stribution
by Gautam
Sun Nov 23, 2014 3:15 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall 2014 - General Discussion
Replies: 51
Views: 21161

Re: ACF Fall 2014 - General Discussion

the charm wrote:
This should never happen and was likely a mistake by the editors/writers.
whoops. Dylan's right. That was totally a last-minute change I introduced to make the 3rd part of that bonus easier. My bad. Sorry about that.
by Gautam
Sat Nov 22, 2014 11:45 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Open tournaments and team-building
Replies: 38
Views: 15570

Re: Open tournaments and team-building

Additionally, I do think that ACF and quizbowl in general could do more to accommodate one-man teams, financially. A lot of the discounts for short-handed teams are geared towards newer, less experienced teams, and more experienced players who find themselves on one-man teams can feel a lot less we...