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by Birdofredum Sawin
Fri May 18, 2007 1:41 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: New teams & ACF Fall
Replies: 101
Views: 41940

More germanely to this thread, here is a proposal: CUT format may not be a bad idea, but it should be used on novice-level collegiate questions, not on high school questions, because collegiate players should never play high school questions. Discuss. Um, why not? I don't understand the presumption...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Wed May 16, 2007 11:36 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: New teams & ACF Fall
Replies: 101
Views: 41940

Regarding Andrew's tennis analogy, I don't necessarily agree with its total applicability (the tennis equivalent of Moon Pie would involve oddly-shaped rackets randomly handed out to players between every match and balls of varying sizes and materials being used between games) but I understand the ...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Wed May 16, 2007 12:34 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: New teams & ACF Fall
Replies: 101
Views: 41940

It seems to me that a lot of the recent discussion on this board has centered on this unfortunate "what counts as real quizbowl" theme, with people like Ryan Westbrook decrying anyone who isn't on board with their high-intensity version of the game. I think this kind of rhetoric -- which b...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Sun May 06, 2007 4:11 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: A Criticism of Criticism
Replies: 23
Views: 14634

*Continued production of crap by people who have been around long enough to change if they ever were going to change, and who have defied every attempt at rational discussion. When Charlie Steinhice, in his 50th tournament as editor, puts out another 4.5-line tossup on Mahmoud Ahmedinajad where eve...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Thu Apr 26, 2007 2:09 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Individual Rankings
Replies: 48
Views: 21402

I know that Seth is too proud to point this out, but: His last name is spelled S-A-M-E-L-S-O-N. There's no "u."

Show some respect, people!
by Birdofredum Sawin
Thu Apr 19, 2007 5:16 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: the quizbowl canon
Replies: 38
Views: 16659

Yeah, actually, I am saying that pretty much the only questions that should be used in most academic tournaments are those with canonical answers. You cannot go vandalizing the canon because your favorite author (and maybe lots of people's favorite author) isn't included. For what it's worth I'd lo...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Thu Apr 19, 2007 4:58 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The Peter Whiffle Trash Tournament at Chicago 8/5/07
Replies: 24
Views: 13861

Re: The Peter Whiffle Trash Tournament at Chicago 8/5/07

I have noticed that $100-$120 is now the normal base fee for tournaments. Also, we are planning to provide a few more rounds than you guys did, so I think the work increase is commensurate with the fee increase as long as we can maintain your standards of quality. However, if anyone is being kept a...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Thu Apr 19, 2007 2:49 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The Peter Whiffle Trash Tournament at Chicago 8/5/07
Replies: 24
Views: 13861

Re: The Peter Whiffle Trash Tournament at Chicago 8/5/07

The cost is $120, with a $10 buzzer discount (max 2). You should email me at [email protected].edu to register. Make sure to include your amusing team name of choice and your projected team roster in your email. Obviously people are free to charge whatever the "market will bear" for tournaments...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Thu Apr 19, 2007 2:34 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: the quizbowl canon
Replies: 38
Views: 16659

Kazuo Ishiguro and Remains of the Day are fine literature tossups. He's kind of an anomaly that way along with a few others (J.M. Coetzee, for instance, or Salman Rushdie). Richard Russo is trash, just like, say, Never Let Me Go is trash. If you want to try to change that, mention him as a part in ...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Wed Apr 18, 2007 4:01 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Canadian content in NAQT questions
Replies: 10
Views: 5504

I don't think that anyone objects to Canadian content so long as its presence is not solely due to the fact that it's Canadian. NAQT on the other hand basically has a Canada distribution, which I find annoying; why not a Jewish distribution, since there are plenty of Jewish quizbowl players? Or may...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Tue Apr 17, 2007 9:27 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT ICT 2007 discussion
Replies: 127
Views: 54311

Re: Current Events

Well, what is going to happen, then? Are you going to write the ICT? Is Subash going to make his dramatic return? What is it going to take to get rid of tossups on French train routes and "maggots in meat" leadins for Potemkin that would have been right at home in a 1993 packet? I don't u...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Tue Apr 17, 2007 4:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT ICT 2007 discussion
Replies: 127
Views: 54311

Back in the day, we had two walk barefoot through waist-high snow to tournaments uphill both ways! And we were grateful! Come on, this is no argument at all. I find it ironic that, having helped raise an entire generation of players on pyramidal tossups and well-written, interesting questions, you'...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Tue Apr 17, 2007 1:17 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT ICT 2007 discussion
Replies: 127
Views: 54311

I don't think it's quite analogous. First off, I have played in 11 collegiate-level NAQT tournaments, 7 of which I paid for out of my own pocket, for a total NAQT bill on my part of somewhere around $1200. I have also read about 20 NAQT high school tournaments. I am quite involved in NAQT question ...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Tue Apr 17, 2007 3:02 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT ICT 2007 discussion
Replies: 127
Views: 54311

By the way, I want to emphasize that my first objection to the "write it if you don't like it" argument is somewhat theoretical, as I personally will not be in school for at least the next academic year and possibly the next several. Thus, I will be ineligible to play NAQT regardless of w...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Sun Apr 08, 2007 5:02 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Interest in literature singles alongside the Chicago Open?
Replies: 11
Views: 5529

Daniel Kahneman recently wrote an article about this phenomenon which discussed its optimization in light of the so-called “Los Angeles explosionâ€
by Birdofredum Sawin
Sat Apr 07, 2007 4:37 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Player Movement/Retirement Thread
Replies: 33
Views: 16084

I'll be in law school at Stanford, barring any last-minute surprises. I don't expect to play many, or perhaps any, tournaments, though like Paul Litvak I am susceptible to persuasion in the form of seafood. Also, if Leo joins me at Stanford in a year you can definitely expect us to show up at ACF na...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Fri Apr 06, 2007 2:58 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals Discussion
Replies: 28
Views: 11891

Re: ACF Nationals Discussion

I don't buy Ryan's idea that there is (or should be) some standard of "Nationals difficulty" wholly separate from the field playing the tournament, the numbers that field puts up on the tournament set, etc. I'm not sure if he feels Nationals sets should be edited for posterity, or so that...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Mon Apr 02, 2007 1:11 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals Discussion
Replies: 28
Views: 11891

I wanted to offer a few thoughts in response to the preliminary phase of the discussion. First, the overall difficulty. At the end of every tournament, people will offer their subjective assessments of the tournament's difficulty. This is not the first time that "It was too hard!" and &quo...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Mon Mar 26, 2007 7:47 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open; also, possible HSNCT-coincident college event
Replies: 43
Views: 18053

Actually it might be fun to play a real meta packet with the usual CO attendees. People have written such things before but they only were released online. I might be interested in editing a packet-submission trash tournament on CO weekend if the tournament is later in July (since I couldn't start ...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Sat Mar 10, 2007 2:27 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals packet reminder
Replies: 0
Views: 1724

ACF Nationals packet reminder

First, thanks to everyone who has already written a packet for ACF nationals. If you haven't yet submitted a packet, but are planning on attending the tournament, why not submit your questions in the very near future? Sure, you have until the 16th to get a packet in at the current financial penalty ...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Sun Feb 25, 2007 11:30 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Consolidated College Bowl results thread
Replies: 96
Views: 41296

Name names? Duh, the NAQT writing and editing staff! We look out for each other. For once, I will assume the burden of speaking for NAQT in order to deny the accuracy of this statement. Mr. Mueller seems to have confused NAQT with another group of which he is a member, e.g. the Gangster Disciples. ...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Wed Feb 21, 2007 2:13 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF
Replies: 32
Views: 14089

I really think the difficulty of the question and the strength of the opponent is two totally different issue. I would be ecstatic if I had the opportunity to play TJ05', even if the score ended up being 0-800. In fact, I wouldn't be too happy if the top 12 schools left and created a circuit of the...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Mon Feb 19, 2007 3:10 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals Discussion Thread
Replies: 48
Views: 20210

[quote:b0a3ec955e=\"grapesmoker\"] I\'m sure I must have been one of the culprits here. In any case, I would appreciate some examples of what people thought was confusing. I know that, for example, Seth and I differ a lot in writing styles, so maybe people would hear one of his questions, ...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Mon Feb 19, 2007 12:57 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals Discussion Thread
Replies: 48
Views: 20210

I have a few thoughts about the tournament (which I enjoyed, by the way). Right now I want to make two general observations. First, tossup structure. This tournament was very much written in the modern ACF style, with lots of obfuscation to prevent people from making immediate jumps to the answer de...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Mon Feb 12, 2007 5:15 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: SCT Discussion Thread
Replies: 66
Views: 27987

See, if NAQT didn't have so much trash, we could avoid having this discussion, which we shouldn't be having in the first place. Seriously, college baseball? How about collegiate rugby or rowing or some other stupid sport that no one pays attention to? For the record, there were zero questions on He...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Mon Feb 12, 2007 3:29 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: SCT Discussion Thread
Replies: 66
Views: 27987

Just so this doesn't become the 100th tournament discussion thread to become derailed by a discussion of hockey questions, I thought I'd remark that there were exactly four hockey questions in the set. Hey, I provided these numbers because I DIDN'T want this thread to be derailed by a discussion of...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Mon Feb 12, 2007 12:38 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: SCT Discussion Thread
Replies: 66
Views: 27987

Just so this doesn't become the 100th tournament discussion thread to become derailed by a discussion of hockey questions, I thought I'd remark that there were exactly four hockey questions in the set. A tossup on Hasek, a tossup on Orr, a bonus on the Beanpot tournament, a bonus on "players w...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Mon Feb 12, 2007 11:13 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: SCT Discussion Thread
Replies: 66
Views: 27987

Just so this doesn't become the 100th tournament discussion thread to become derailed by a discussion of hockey questions, I thought I'd remark that there were exactly four hockey questions in the set. A tossup on Hasek, a tossup on Orr, a bonus on the Beanpot tournament, a bonus on "players wh...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Sun Feb 11, 2007 11:14 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: SCT Discussion Thread
Replies: 66
Views: 27987

SCT Discussion Thread

So, did people think this was a good tournament? I may not "speak for NAQT," as the often-mocked phrase goes, but I'm still interested in hearing what everyone thought of SCT.
by Birdofredum Sawin
Tue Jan 23, 2007 1:45 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Penn Bowl Discussion
Replies: 29
Views: 11154

Re: How not to run a tournament

3. Completing three rounds in the first three hours of a tournament is unacceptable. I don't know what happened to contribute to the fact that we only had three games before breaking for lunch at 11:45, but I'm assuming it's some combination of points 1 and 2 and just the general incompetence of th...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Mon Jan 22, 2007 2:30 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Penn Bowl Discussion
Replies: 29
Views: 11154

On the books: When I ran ACF Regionals last year, I made a similar mistake and got a lot of crappy books from the discard box of a local used bookstore, many of which were academic journals from the 1970's. My thinking was this: ACF-type players really have a "I don't care" aura to them. ...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Sun Jan 21, 2007 1:57 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Penn Bowl Discussion
Replies: 29
Views: 11154

Re: Penn Bowl Discussion

Kit Cloudkicker wrote:Well, I won't even start on how disappointed I am that people didn't get to play the tournament we set up for them. Nonetheless, I do want to hear what people thought of the questions they heard. Bring it on.
Please explain.
by Birdofredum Sawin
Wed Jan 17, 2007 2:46 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: exit, voice and loyalty
Replies: 85
Views: 36680

I'm not sure the conclusions follow from the premises, and in any case all of those seem like really weird things to eat for breakfast. Dude, mac and cheese is good 24/7. If Bruce were to make a nice bowl of it, I have to think the circuit would become a much more congenial and tasty place. Also, I...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Tue Jan 16, 2007 10:02 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: exit, voice and loyalty
Replies: 85
Views: 36680

I find it strange to be saying this, but I'm in complete agreement with Ryan Westbrook. When I'm editing a tournament, I have a well-articulated vision of how the questions should look (by which I mean such things as: overall difficulty level; how hard the hardest part should be in each bonus; the r...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Sat Dec 30, 2006 6:18 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: College quizbowl 5 years from now...
Replies: 37
Views: 41430

One trend I've noticed is that people will write a tossup on a reasonably accessible thing but pack it full of incredibly obscure clues until the giveaway and think that this is good because it challenges good players while remaining gettable for perpetual n00bs like myself. The result is that seco...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Tue Dec 26, 2006 2:36 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: College quizbowl 5 years from now...
Replies: 37
Views: 41430

What I mean by that is that good tournaments can start doing something that will be very beneficial and may tie in to your ideas about mentoring and personality. Right now we have certain bad tournaments run by certain not-so-talented editors, which are something of an institution in their regions ...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Tue Nov 21, 2006 6:31 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: wit results
Replies: 23
Views: 10579

After taking time to actually read the packet, albeit very quickly, I want to say that I think Andrew overstates his argument (gosh, and I'm supposed to be an intolerant knee-jerk ideologue...I guess none of us are feeling ourselves these days). I share the reservations about foisting theme packets...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Tue Nov 21, 2006 5:29 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: wit results
Replies: 23
Views: 10579

I gave it a shot, that's all; I'm sorry it didn't match your criteria for what's good; I'll try to do better. Man, I'm feeling more and more like Matt Weiner as this proceeds. Adhering to the distribution, and not writing tossups that are immediately guessable due to the nature of the packet, are n...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Tue Nov 21, 2006 3:08 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: wit results
Replies: 23
Views: 10579

This post is just full of wrong-headed statements. So full, in fact, that I'll devote some time to arguing against them. It's actually a Woolf character name TU and a bonus part on a different Woolf work in a bonus that asks for two other non-Woolf works, but I agree that the bonus part ought to be ...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Mon Nov 20, 2006 10:22 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: wit results
Replies: 23
Views: 10579

I put the India packet here if you're interested. Constructive comments are welcomed. Any packet with 1/1 on Virginia Woolf works is prima facie inept. If the Virginia Woolf tossup happens to be on the protagonist of a minor Woolf novel, the packet is even worse. The rest of the packet is also subp...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Sun Nov 12, 2006 11:16 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Illinois Open discussion
Replies: 17
Views: 7755

Hey, maybe this thread could be returned to the "discussion" section, seeing as how we're having a bona fide discussion of the tournament, and further seeing that Mike, the target of the thread's criticism, is obviously a good-natured person who doesn't feel threatened by this kind of crit...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Sun Nov 12, 2006 7:08 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Illinois Open discussion
Replies: 17
Views: 7755

The reason for the move is primarily because of the fact that the criticism was done behind a gimmick account. To me, the discussion section is for civil or at least pretend-civil discussion of quiz bowl. Using a secondary account moves past pretend-civility by denying those your criticize of the m...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Sun Nov 12, 2006 6:13 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Illinois Open discussion
Replies: 17
Views: 7755

Moved topic due to gimmickness of account. Feel free to AHAN up in dis hizzy. I don't understand: does the so-called "gimmickness" of the original account mean that the criticism advanced in this thread is invalid? Or that it isn't of sufficient interest to merit inclusion in the "di...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Sun Nov 05, 2006 7:20 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall Commentary
Replies: 44
Views: 16341

I moderated at this year\'s ACF Fall, and after reading 15 games of these questions I too was forced to conclude that they were simply too long. Who, I wonder, is being served by questions like these, which I\'ve selected at random from the ACF Fall set? During the War of 1812, he was captured at th...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Fri Oct 27, 2006 7:20 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Science, Science History and Biography, and Askability
Replies: 30
Views: 13625

well, there were theoriticians of aesthetics of course (Lessing, Kant et al) but there weren't too many literary critics that had worked out an actual theory (the fact that one might be able to ascertain a tacit, unconscious theory behind their criticism is both true and trivial). regardless, it's ...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Fri Oct 27, 2006 4:47 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Science, Science History and Biography, and Askability
Replies: 30
Views: 13625

well, there were theoriticians of aesthetics of course (Lessing, Kant et al) but there weren't too many literary critics that had worked out an actual theory (the fact that one might be able to ascertain a tacit, unconscious theory behind their criticism is both true and trivial). Actually, this is...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Fri Aug 04, 2006 7:47 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO History Doubles Criticism
Replies: 43
Views: 17643

ekwartler wrote:Yeah, full stats:

https://webspace.utexas.edu/egk55/www/h ... dings.html

Had to do them all at once. Sorry that took so long.

Eric
Are these actually "full" stats? I get an error message when I click on anything at the top.
by Birdofredum Sawin
Fri Aug 04, 2006 1:18 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Moderating Speed --
Replies: 20
Views: 7890

Andrew... I accidentally obliterated your original post. Typed my whole response and hit submit -- :( Hit the edit button instead of quote....

My abject apologies, and I'll be a heck of a lot more careful. ~TS~
by Birdofredum Sawin
Thu Aug 03, 2006 12:07 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO History Doubles Criticism
Replies: 43
Views: 17643

I don't buy the "Richard Johnson was really important for someone who's read in-depth books about 1810's politics" argument, because I could just as easily justify a tossup on something obscure I've studied like the McNary-Haugen Bill by arguing that its proposed passage was one of the cr...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Wed Aug 02, 2006 1:30 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO History Doubles Criticism
Replies: 43
Views: 17643

Of course, I'm a generalist in every area but physics, and so my preference (already stated elsewhere) is for significant things that one can actually sit down and learn about without memorizing someone's biography. That includes a not-insignificant preference for tossups on works rather than write...