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by Birdofredum Sawin
Mon Jul 31, 2006 11:22 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Gottfried Keller Results
Replies: 31
Views: 13395

Hey, before this discussion spirals out of control I wanted to say a few things. First of all, thanks to everyone for coming out and playing our little tournament. Just in case it wasn't clear, the Keller (like the Richler before it) is intended to be something of a lark. Subash and I introduced it ...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Mon Jul 31, 2006 7:50 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Gottfried Keller Results
Replies: 31
Views: 13395

Overall, this felt like much more of a "TRASH Canon" tournament than a popular culture tournament. The distribution seemed very heavily weighted to the big TRASH categories of Sports, TV, Music, and Movies (it seemed like between 16 and 18 of the 20 of the tossups / bonsues fell within th...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Mon Jul 31, 2006 12:32 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO History Doubles Criticism
Replies: 43
Views: 17643

I don't necessarily agree with Westbrook's complaints, but I wanted to chime in about Frankel's response. Dude, what are you talking about? First of all, Adam and I were undefeated, and in fact had no close games. We'd beaten the second-place team by about 400 points. When it's 12:30 am, and people ...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Sun Jul 30, 2006 7:43 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Gottfried Keller Results
Replies: 31
Views: 13395

Thanks to "Bruce" for posting the results. Because of the bracketed play, the actual final standings are as follows: Your Gottfried Keller champion: The Devil Wears Pravda 2nd place: Week on Hack 3rd place: Quo Vadimus 4th place: Banner of the Upright Seven 5th place: Three Righteous Combm...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Tue Jul 11, 2006 1:00 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO History Subject Tournament
Replies: 27
Views: 13197

Hey, the rooms that have been reserved for the tournament Friday night are ours from 6 until 11. I strongly suggest that the tournament be run within those times. (I don't think we'll be kicked out immediately at 11, but it's likely that the rooms will be in use prior to 6.)

Andrew
by Birdofredum Sawin
Mon Jul 10, 2006 5:47 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Second announcement: Gottfried Keller trash tournament
Replies: 5
Views: 3871

Re: Gottfried Keller trash tournament announcement

It turns out that Susan and Ed are Mike Sorice's BFF brigade, so the field is now at 11 teams. It would be nice to have 12, so if you're interested please email me at adyaphe at gmail dot com. Now the field is as follows: * Dan Passner, Chris Romero, Ted Stratton and Matt Weiner * Susan Ferrari, Ed ...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Mon Jul 10, 2006 4:43 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Second announcement: Gottfried Keller trash tournament
Replies: 5
Views: 3871

Re: Gottfried Keller trash tournament announcement

With a few weeks to go before the tournament, here's some more information about the Keller. First: The tournament will start at 10 AM on Sunday the 30th (and NOT at 11 AM, as previously announced). Again, the fee is a flat $75 per team. No buzzer discounts or anything, though it would be a good id...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Sat Jul 08, 2006 8:22 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Bonus Policy in ACF
Replies: 13
Views: 5993

I have no idea why this policy was originally instituted by the founders of ACF. However, here's one reason why it might be a good idea. Imagine a standard bonus which asks a team to name three works of George Eliot for ten points each. Further imagine that it is asked to a team which knows next to ...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Wed Jul 05, 2006 7:44 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open Update
Replies: 9
Views: 5180

Hey, So, I've been trying to determine the schedule of things for a week or so now, and I've had no luck. Do we have any idea what the schedule's going to be? MaS I don't know about everything else, but I can tell you that the Keller trash tournament will start on Sunday morning and finish at some ...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Fri Jun 30, 2006 11:57 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Some constructive ECSO criticism
Replies: 17
Views: 8244

I agree with Chris. One of my criticisms of that Bowles tossup is that all the titles are bunched at the end. I'm really not sure what the point of that backloading is supposed to be, as I find it hard to imagine that many players have memorized lists of Paul Bowles short story titles. In general, I...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Thu Jun 29, 2006 1:38 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Some constructive ECSO criticism
Replies: 17
Views: 8244

I wrote the Trollope. I agree that it's not that great, but depending on what you mean by "poor," I may or may not agree. You could definitely write a longer, more detailed summary of Orley Farm in lieu of what is in that question, but I don't think the "disputed will" is akin t...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Mon Jun 26, 2006 6:12 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Second announcement: Gottfried Keller trash tournament
Replies: 5
Views: 3871

Re: Gottfried Keller trash tournament announcement

Here's an updated team list for the Keller trash tournament. * Dan Passner, Chris Romero, Ted Stratton and Matt Weiner * Susan Ferrari, Ed Cohn * Chris Borglum, Seth Kendall, etc. * Greg Sorenson, Jeremy White, Brian Hight, Mike Burger * Jerry Vinokurov, Ryan Westbrook, Charles Meigs, etc. * Mike So...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Mon Jun 26, 2006 3:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Some constructive ECSO criticism
Replies: 17
Views: 8244

Some constructive ECSO criticism

As I was playing the ECSO, I was reminded of a few points I wanted to make about question writing. So here goes, with concrete examples (props to Jerry for making the set immediately available, which is very encouraging to potential commentators). These remarks shouldn't be construed as criticism of...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Sun Jun 25, 2006 4:39 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ECSO Discussion
Replies: 18
Views: 10075

Who am I to decline a royal invitatation to provide feedback? Nothing I'm about to say should be construed as criticism of the way CMU ran the tournament. The readers were good, the tournament ran on time, etc. My only complaint concerns the questions, which were atrocious. In fact, this is one of t...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Sat Jun 24, 2006 8:35 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: East Coast Summer Open: Crime on Goat Island @ CMU
Replies: 16
Views: 10016

In short: Michigan won. Chicago B was second, Chicago A third, VCU fourth.

I will refrain from commenting on the questions until I've had a lot more to drink.

Andrew
by Birdofredum Sawin
Fri Jun 09, 2006 1:44 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Second announcement: Gottfried Keller trash tournament
Replies: 5
Views: 3871

Second announcement: Gottfried Keller trash tournament

It occurred to me that I might want to post an announcement of this trash tournament in the actual trash forum. As announced in less appropriate forums, the first Gottfried Keller Trash Tournament will be held Sunday, July 30 at the University of Chicago. All questions will be written by myself and ...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Mon May 29, 2006 1:07 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Announcement: Gottfried Keller Trash Tournament at UChicago
Replies: 0
Views: 1672

Announcement: Gottfried Keller Trash Tournament at UChicago

This is an official announcement of the first annual Gottfried Keller Trash Tournament, which will be held the Sunday after Chicago Open. The tournament will be written entirely by Ezequiel Berdichevsky and myself, and the distribution and style will closely resemble last year's Mordecai Richler Tra...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Sun May 28, 2006 12:58 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: JS Mill discussion
Replies: 10
Views: 4959

JS Mill discussion

I don't know whether anyone has been dying to make any comments about the Mill set, but it's now fair game for criticism. Feel free to dissect your least-favorite tossups, complain about the lack of geography, bewail the answer selection, or say anything you please.

Andrew
by Birdofredum Sawin
Mon May 22, 2006 1:47 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MATTE results
Replies: 0
Views: 1572

MATTE results

Congratulations to Chaim and Zvi Frankel for winning Eric Kwartler's MATTE tournament today. Their team, the Two Jew Frankels, defeated Weiner Contemplating the Bust of Rappaport (Matt Weiner, Mike Sorice) to take the title. I think Eric will be posting further results later, but thanks to him for p...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Mon May 22, 2006 1:27 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: JS Mill Results
Replies: 2
Views: 2132

As Bruce said, congratulations to Jerry, Mike, Matt, and Andrew for winning the JS Mill Open decisively, going undefeated in both the round robin and the playoffs. The stats to which Bruce referred don't actually reflect the correct final standings, because of the way the playoffs were structured. T...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Fri May 19, 2006 11:46 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Mill reminder
Replies: 3
Views: 3970

In addition to not posting about specific questions for at least a week, participants at tomorrow's Mill should meet at Cobb Hall (room 207) between 9:00 and 9:30 in the morning.

See you then,

Andrew
by Birdofredum Sawin
Mon May 08, 2006 7:02 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Field update for the Mill
Replies: 5
Views: 3463

Re: Field update for the Mill

We now have ten teams registered for the Mill. That's a good number, but if you want to sign up a team we could still find room for you. Also, we still have space for free agents, if you want to play but don't have teammates. The field is now as follows: * The Housing Discrimination All-Stars (Mike ...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Fri Apr 28, 2006 1:17 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Field update for the Mill
Replies: 5
Views: 3463

Re: Field update for the Mill

I can't get enough Mill updating. The small but elite field is filling up, so if you're still interested in entering a team let me know. Also, at least one team is in need of free agents, so if you want to play but don't have teammates you should get in touch also. Anyway, here's the field: * The Ho...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Thu Apr 20, 2006 10:44 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Field update for the Mill
Replies: 5
Views: 3463

I should add that I have a few free agents who are interested in playing the Mill. If you want me to add you to the free agent list, or if you want to grab someone from the list to fill out your team, let me know.

Thanks,

Andrew
by Birdofredum Sawin
Thu Apr 20, 2006 12:58 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Field update for the Mill
Replies: 5
Views: 3463

Field update for the Mill

With about a month to go prior to the Mill, I thought I'd post a field update. I'm under the impression that the following people/teams may be playing at the tournament: * The Housing Discrimination All-Stars (Mike Sorice, Andrew Ullsperger, Jerry Vinokurov, Matt Weiner) * Bruce Arthur, Jared Sagoff...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Sun Apr 16, 2006 6:41 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Mill reminder
Replies: 3
Views: 3970

I thought I'd mention that you can play at the Mill for the low, low cost of $95 per team. There will be at least 12 rounds, and you don't have to write a single question. What a deal! In addition, Paul Litvak and Chris Frankel have agreed to host a roundtable discussion following the tournament. It...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Sat Apr 15, 2006 8:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT discussion
Replies: 6
Views: 4226

NAQT discussion

Since the "Underwhelmed" thread seems to have simmered down, I thought I'd start a new discussion prompted by reflections on what people have been saying about NAQT. I know this might sound like a dreary meta-discussion of a thread, but in fact I'm going to try to have something more inter...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Thu Apr 13, 2006 7:54 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals Final Results
Replies: 0
Views: 1669

ACF Nationals Final Results

It's been pointed out that I never got around to posting the final results from ACF Nationals. Sorry about the delay, and congratulations to the following champions: Overall : Texas A&M (Candace Benefiel, Susan Mitchell, Trey Morris, Chris "The Viper" Romero) Undergraduate : Chicago B ...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Wed Apr 12, 2006 12:33 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Editors for the 2006-7 season
Replies: 0
Views: 2091

ACF Editors for the 2006-7 season

I wanted to announce the editing slates for next year's ACF tournaments. As has already been announced, Matt Weiner and Eric Kwartler will be in charge of ACF Fall, an enterprise in which they will be ably assisted by such up-and-comers as Billy Beyer and Ray Luo. Your head editor for ACF Regionals ...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Wed Apr 12, 2006 12:28 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Date of ACF Nationals 2007
Replies: 0
Views: 1540

Date of ACF Nationals 2007

Mark it on your calendars, people: ACF Nationals will be held on the weekend of March 31, 2007. Be there or be square, wherever "there" proves to be.

Andrew
by Birdofredum Sawin
Tue Apr 11, 2006 10:10 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Underwhelmed
Replies: 141
Views: 139365

Re: A Modest Proposal

I propose that NAQT make its tournaments only open to undergrads (in their first four years) and combine their two divisions into one. Freshment/CCs would play with everyone else but be eligible for separate awards (as undergrads are in Div I nowadays). This solution would solve the ongoing problem...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Mon Apr 03, 2006 1:03 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Mill reminder
Replies: 3
Views: 3970

Mill reminder

This is just a reminder that the John Stuart Mill tournament is still on the schedule. It will be held on Saturday, May 20 at the University of Chicago. Once again, I'll note that the questions will be specially hand-crafted by a group of Chicago-based writers including myself, Seth Teitler, and Sel...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Mon Apr 03, 2006 12:59 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals results and thanks
Replies: 0
Views: 1913

ACF Nationals results and thanks

This has already been announced, but I wanted to officially congratulate Texas A&M on winning the 2006 ACF Nationals. Also, congratulations to Michigan, who won the first game of the finals to force a decisive game which went down to the final tossup. I want to thank everyone who helped with ACF...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Mon Mar 20, 2006 4:58 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF nationals field update
Replies: 7
Views: 4651

It's hard to believe, but ACF nationals is less than two weeks away. The field currently stands at 20 teams, those being: Athens State A Athens State B Brandeis Brown Chicago A Chicago B CMU "Floridians" (Billy Beyer/Matt Lafer, who are not eligible for the title) Illinois Maryland Michiga...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Thu Mar 09, 2006 1:40 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF packet reminder
Replies: 0
Views: 1328

ACF packet reminder

Hey, I thought that instead of waiting until after a deadline had lapsed to post a "reminder" I would try to give people some advance notice. So: This Saturday is the penultimate deadline for submitting a packet to ACF nationals (you will only be charged a $15 penalty if you get me your pa...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Mon Mar 06, 2006 2:52 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF nationals field update
Replies: 7
Views: 4651

With the no-penalty deadline come and gone for ACF nationals, I wanted to post yet another update of the field. It's now as follows: Athens State A Athens State B Brandeis Brown Chicago A Chicago B CMU "Floridians" (Billy Beyer/Matt Lafer, who are not eligible for the title) Harvard Illino...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Thu Mar 02, 2006 3:38 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF nationals field update
Replies: 7
Views: 4651

Since teams have been registering for ACF nationals right and left, I thought I'd post an updated roster. All but one of the following teams have told me that they will be at the tournament: Athens State A Athens State B Brandeis Brown Chicago A Chicago B CMU "Floridians" (Billy Beyer/Matt...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Wed Mar 01, 2006 3:14 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: National tournaments
Replies: 14
Views: 7693

2. We've consistently had a better shot at winning and/or placing better at ICT, and it was hard to find motivation to participate in the "circle jerk" (thanks, Frankel) for fourth behind Chicago/Michigan/Berkeley for the past few years ... while we do probably have a better shot at winni...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Sun Feb 26, 2006 3:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF nationals field update
Replies: 7
Views: 4651

ACF nationals field update

With nationals just over a month away, I thought I'd post an update on the field. The following teams have actually registered (i.e., they've told me they will be coming to the tournament): Brandeis Chicago A Chicago B CMU "Floridians" (a team of people from various Florida schools, not el...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Sun Feb 26, 2006 2:10 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals Announcement
Replies: 5
Views: 5022

To keep this compelling thread alive: It's no longer possible to get a packet discount for ACF nationals, but if you submit a packet by next Saturday you won't be charged a penalty. Again, thanks to those teams who have already gotten their packets in. Also, one small formatting note. Please divide ...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Sun Feb 19, 2006 2:48 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals Announcement
Replies: 5
Views: 5022

This is just a reminder that although the deadline for the largest packet discount has elapsed (as of about 45 minutes ago), there's still plenty of time for teams to submit packets prior to the second discount deadline (i.e. next Saturday). If you've already submitted a packet, thanks for getting i...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Wed Feb 15, 2006 5:49 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: THE thread for NAQT SCT discussion
Replies: 99
Views: 53760

re: Jerry : One more suggestion: I think NAQT should consider lengthening the halves from 9 minutes to 10 or even 11. Four more minutes of playing time per round translates into a mere extra hour for a 15-round tournament, but could easily accomodate 26 5-line tossups, which I think would lead to b...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Tue Feb 14, 2006 1:49 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: THE thread for NAQT SCT discussion
Replies: 99
Views: 53760

I second the "no serious philosophy" complaint. That was pretty galling to me, and I'm not even a philosopher. I remember driving home and saying to my teammates, "I don't remember very much philosophy or economics or social science or mythology... what was there at this tournament a...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Fri Jan 27, 2006 4:35 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals Announcement
Replies: 5
Views: 5022

I guess I should have checked that link before I pasted it in from last year's announcement. In fact, you should probably ignore much of it and focus instead on the more recent updates (such as Subash's helpful tips, which can be found here: http://www.dpo.uab.edu/~paik/acf/subash.html ). Also, plea...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Sun Jan 22, 2006 8:30 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals Announcement
Replies: 5
Views: 5022

ACF Nationals Announcement

As previously announced: ACF Nationals will be held on April 1, 2006 at the University of Michigan. Here's some more information about the tournament. First, the fees: Base team fee: $135 (same as last year) Each additional team: $105 each Working buzzer discount: -$5 (maximum of 2 buzzer discounts ...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Tue Jan 17, 2006 1:25 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Michigan MLK discussion
Replies: 10
Views: 5046

Michigan MLK discussion

I know that we aren't supposed to discuss specific questions yet, but since I'm often quick to pillory tournaments I find unsatisfactory I wanted to be equally prompt in praise of MLK, which I thought was a fantastic tournament. In particular, I think that this was the most tightly edited question s...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Wed Jan 11, 2006 10:15 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: A Masters circuit
Replies: 32
Views: 15280

I'm not trying to be dismissive, but I think it's not unreasonable to say that quiz bowl has an unusually high inverse relationship between effort/costs expended and tangible rewards... In the case of a lot of hobbies, there are also ways to compensate for the opportunity costs by getting supplemen...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Wed Jan 11, 2006 6:54 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: A Masters circuit
Replies: 32
Views: 15280

In response to Chris's point about money: Obviously cost is a big factor, but people in the "real world" manage to find time and money to do all sorts of things which they enjoy, or so I'm told. People who love to play Scrabble go to weekly Scrabble clubs, and make excursions to weekend to...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Wed Jan 11, 2006 6:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: A Masters circuit
Replies: 32
Views: 15280

I think Jerry makes some good points. A few thoughts: First, as Eric says a "masters" circuit doesn't _preclude_ current students from playing. In fact, I imagine that many of the more ambitious collegiate players (e.g. anyone who shows up to Chicago Open) would want to play these events a...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Wed Jan 11, 2006 4:17 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: A Masters circuit
Replies: 32
Views: 15280

A Masters circuit

This is, I suppose, a follow-up to my announcement of the John Stuart Mill "masters" tournament. In that post, I noted that "part of the point of our having this May tournament is to try to set up some sort of masters circuit." I'd like to expand on that somewhat. I think it's sa...