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by Birdofredum Sawin
Thu Dec 15, 2005 1:37 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: geography
Replies: 36
Views: 18173

There's one general reflection that comes to mind from reading these posts about geography. It's useful to remember that the distributions we have grown accustomed to were created arbitrarily. At some point in the distant past, a handful of people decided that the ACF game should have four times as ...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Wed Dec 14, 2005 6:50 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: geography
Replies: 36
Views: 18173

Since I may have initiated this poll with my post about the modified JS Mill distribution, I'll weigh in. First, I should say that one main reason for our excising geography from the tournament was that none of us felt like writing it. In particular, I loathe writing geography tossups, whereas I enj...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Wed Dec 14, 2005 2:36 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: New masters tournament for May 2006
Replies: 3
Views: 2329

Re: New masters tournament for May 2006

This is a preliminary announcement of an open tournament which will be held next May in Chicago. The tournament will be written by myself, Seth Teitler, and Selene Koo, and will aim for a difficulty level between ACF Regionals and Nationals. We may make minor modifications in the distribution, whic...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Mon Dec 12, 2005 6:31 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The date for these May tournaments
Replies: 0
Views: 1562

The date for these May tournaments

The John Stuart Mill Bicentennial Open Tournament will be held on Saturday, May 20. The "Kwartler-edited" theme tournament will be held the next day. There may also be other singles-tournament-type craziness that weekend. Again, all of this fun will be had at the University of Chicago and at whateve...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Mon Dec 12, 2005 11:59 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: New masters tournament for May 2006
Replies: 3
Views: 2329

The as-yet-unnamed May masters tournament will be completely distinct from Chicago Open, which will presumably be held in late July/early August. (I won't be writing this year's Chicago Open, but the tournament will happen; whether it will be centrally-written or packet-submission is not known to me...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Sat Dec 10, 2005 8:10 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: New masters tournament for May 2006
Replies: 3
Views: 2329

New masters tournament for May 2006

This is a preliminary announcement of an open tournament which will be held next May in Chicago. The tournament will be written by myself, Seth Teitler, and Selene Koo, and will aim for a difficulty level between ACF Regionals and Nationals. We may make minor modifications in the distribution, which...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Tue Nov 22, 2005 1:49 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: double standard?
Replies: 61
Views: 28666

With all due respect, I don't think I can agree. One can act in a manner consistent with civility, and a measure of minimum civility is necessary in any competitive event. Your supposition that suggests that merely being taciturn during an event does not have an effect on other partcipants is simpl...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Mon Nov 21, 2005 11:11 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: double standard?
Replies: 61
Views: 28666

Hello all--- There were, however, players present who didn't seem to be in the right mindset to have fun. One player in particular seemed to be especially spiteful, and seemed poised to spread his attitude of disdain to other players. This player's behavior boiled to an ugly head during Sunday's TR...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Mon Nov 21, 2005 4:07 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: TRASH structure
Replies: 20
Views: 9056

Eric makes some good points which ought to be considered (rather than drowned out in a barrage of ad hominem nastiness). First of all, let me point out that unlike most people on this board, I've actually written the lion's share of a trash tournament (this summer's Richler Open). I wouldn't have in...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Wed Nov 16, 2005 7:03 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Tossup length
Replies: 6
Views: 5786

Tossup length

The ACF Fall discussion is getting a little wild, so I thought I\'d start this as a separate thread. Some of the comments about tossup length seem to indicate confusion about how the game is played. That is, they seem to assume that every buzz is of the following nature: a player recognizes a clue h...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Tue Nov 15, 2005 7:18 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: ACF Fall discussion
Replies: 107
Views: 92883

To wade back into the fray ... I think some confusion could perhaps be alleviated if the purpose of ACF Fall were made more clear. This quote will help: I want to note that this year's ACF Fall is the easiest and best written novice tournament I have ever seen. Well, I have to disagree. It's not eas...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Tue Nov 15, 2005 12:47 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: ACF Fall discussion
Replies: 107
Views: 92883

Although I had no part in editing the literature, the abundance of biography questions in the lit distribution jumped out at me. If I were playing, I would definitely have preferred more tossups on works rather than authors. Too many of the questions, to me, had the feel of being laundry-lists of w...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Mon Nov 14, 2005 9:58 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Plagiarism in packet submissions
Replies: 1
Views: 1980

I should add that while outright plagiarism is obviously wrong, it is also not a good idea to submit questions to tournaments that were previously submitted to (but not used at) a different tournament. Even if you are fairly certain that none of the editors for the first tournament will be playing a...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Mon Nov 14, 2005 8:46 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Plagiarism in packet submissions
Replies: 1
Views: 1980

Plagiarism in packet submissions

I don't want to pre-empt any discussion of ACF fall, but I need to make an announcement regarding this year's submissions. The editors received multiple packets in which questions were plagiarized from packets previously used in other tournaments. In one case, an editor recognized a tossup as one th...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Mon Nov 14, 2005 4:16 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: ACF Fall discussion
Replies: 107
Views: 92883

There are two problems I've consistently had with the few ACF tournaments I've been to: length and diversity of field. First, length. All three ACF tournaments I've gone to have had problems with running way overtime. This particular tournament promised thirteen rounds; after round 7, there was see...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Mon Nov 14, 2005 12:56 am
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: ACF Fall discussion
Replies: 107
Views: 92883

I was planning on posting about this separately, but for now I'll follow up on Seth's message by noting the following. The ACF fall editors would like to offer question commentary to any team that a) wrote a packet or partial packet for ACF fall, and b) would like to receive such commentary. If you ...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Sun Nov 13, 2005 12:43 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall @ Chicago Results
Replies: 5
Views: 3494

To expand: Illinois A lost the final game of the playoff round robin to Michigan A, after which the two teams advanced to an ACF-style finals in which Michigan was up one game. Illinois won the next game by 10 to stay alive, and then convincingly won the deciding game (something like 500-100) to win...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Thu Nov 10, 2005 4:30 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: personal stats data analysis
Replies: 55
Views: 27280

I haven't really been able to follow most of this discussion, but I have one question and one comment. First, the question. Can somebody explain to a layman what these numbers mean? Does a "slope" of -60 mean you had an absolutely terrible tournament? Should one expect a number of players to have a ...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Wed Oct 26, 2005 4:15 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Terrapin Discussion
Replies: 14
Views: 7782

I agree with all the comments about how well-run the Terrapin was. However, I want to cavil about the questions. For the most part, they were really good. The two exceptional packets, though, were really lousy. One was nothing but buzzer races on the opening clues, while the other was rife with awfu...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Tue Oct 18, 2005 3:46 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: how not to write questions
Replies: 18
Views: 10292

[quote="suds1000"] In agreement, I provide a tossup that I once wrote for the hell of it: Turgenev told him to focus on characters rather than plot, a view he would eventually espouse. His travel writings include A Little Tour in France and Italian Hours, and he wrote the poetic volume The American ...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Mon Oct 17, 2005 3:35 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: how not to write questions
Replies: 18
Views: 10292

I guess the part I omitted was that I have not heard Levinas come up in a quizbowl tournament ever. Maybe I've been going to the wrong tournaments or something, but I think his absence at multiple ACF Regionals, Nationals, and Open tournaments corroborates my assertion that he is non-canonical. Min...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Wed Oct 12, 2005 9:31 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: WIT discussion
Replies: 12
Views: 6905

WIT discussion

I don't know when the tradition of performing tournament post-mortems died down, but I've noticed that most circuit tournaments just come and go nowadays without any comment. In any event, I haven't seen any discussion of last weekend's Berkeley tournament, the WIT. I have a few things to say about ...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Wed Sep 28, 2005 10:48 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals Location
Replies: 0
Views: 1548

ACF Nationals Location

ACF is pleased to announce that the 2006 Nationals will be held at the University of Michigan. As previously announced, the tournament will be on April 1, 2006. More information will be posted in the near future, but in the meantime you can get in touch with me if you have any questions about the to...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Wed Sep 28, 2005 8:19 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: New questions available on the archive
Replies: 0
Views: 1555

New questions available on the archive

I just wanted to apprise everyone of an exciting new group of questions which have just been added to the Stanford Archive. To wit, the aptly-named "Pericles Abbasi Is a Big Fat Greek Homo: The Tournament," an in-house theme tournament held at the University of Chicago last spring. Fans of all sorts...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Fri Sep 16, 2005 4:02 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: A possible spring tournament
Replies: 0
Views: 1753

A possible spring tournament

I'm thinking about running a Manu-like tournament next spring, to fill the time between ACF regionals and nationals. Before committing to anything, I want to get a better sense of how many people would be interested in attending. So, could you email me 1) if you would come to Chicago for such a tour...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Thu Jul 14, 2005 6:09 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2006
Replies: 0
Views: 1821

Chicago Open 2006

I was meaning to post about this, but Chris's nice paean to Subash provides a helpful spur. There will, in fact, be a Chicago Open in 2006. There's a small possibility that I will write it myself; a somewhat larger possibility that I will write it in collaboration with others; a perhaps even larger ...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Wed Jul 06, 2005 1:06 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Mordecai Richler Memorial Trash Tournament Results
Replies: 0
Views: 1666

Mordecai Richler Memorial Trash Tournament Results

Thanks to everyone who showed up on Sunday for the first annual Mordecai Richler Memorial Trash Tournament. The tournament was won by The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz (Ezequiel Berdichevsky, Matt Lafer, Paul Litvak, Matt Weiner) who were undefeated in the round robin. The leading scorer was the l...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Fri Apr 08, 2005 12:48 am
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: ACF Nationals aftermath/discussion
Replies: 50
Views: 59236

There have already been plenty of literary-critical clues, I think, especially in the last two tournaments. I have no objection to such clues, and in fact, no objection to a little more literary theory. A little more, but not too much more, because after all, the study of literature, in my view, is...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Thu Apr 07, 2005 3:20 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Dates for next year's ACF regionals and nationals
Replies: 3
Views: 2532

Revised date for next year's ACF nationals

Thanks to everyone who noted that we had overlooked NAQT's announcement of April 7-8 as the date for the 2006 ICT. (Curse their confusing web site! They fooled us with great success by hiding the date behind a link marked "2005 SCT Host Call.") In fact, next year's ACF nationals will be held on the ...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Thu Apr 07, 2005 2:56 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: ACF Nationals aftermath/discussion
Replies: 50
Views: 59236

Music was generally solid, although my annoyance with common link tossups was building up by the end of the day. The tossup on clarinet works was good, but I didn't care for Te Deum's, Second Symphonies, and ballades, especially when considered as elements of a collective set. Since people disagree...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Thu Apr 07, 2005 2:17 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Dates for next year's ACF regionals and nationals
Replies: 3
Views: 2532

Dates for next year's ACF regionals and nationals

In 2006, ACF regionals will be held on February 4. Next year's ACF nationals will be held on April 8. Locations for both tournaments will be announced in the future, as will a date for ACF fall.

Andrew
by Birdofredum Sawin
Thu Apr 07, 2005 12:51 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: ACF Nationals aftermath/discussion
Replies: 50
Views: 59236

I want to dissent from my esteemed colleague Paul. Until we conduct a scientific poll of the entire community, all we can say for sure is that a few vocal science players have made a habit of denouncing science history questions on this board. Against this, at least one player (i.e. me) likes scienc...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Wed Apr 06, 2005 9:47 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: ACF Nationals aftermath/discussion
Replies: 50
Views: 59236

I wanted to speak to the complaints about science history. First of all, I should note that I am entirely responsible for the science history in this tournament. I edited or wrote all the questions on it, and I included them in the set despite the complaints of some of my co-editors who also dislike...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Wed Apr 06, 2005 1:28 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: ACF Nationals aftermath/discussion
Replies: 50
Views: 59236

I don't want to pre-empt discussion of the tournament, but I thought I'd offer a perspective on the issue of difficulty before this whole discussion is swept aside by the perennial post-ICT hullaballoo. Clearly, the bonuses at this year's ACF nationals were hard. In fact, they were much too hard. In...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Mon Apr 04, 2005 1:12 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF: thanks and prospects
Replies: 0
Views: 1679

ACF: thanks and prospects

This could probably be two separate posts, but I'll combine them in one. First, I want to thank everyone who helped make ACF nationals possible this year. The set couldn't have been produced without the assistance of my redoubtable co-editors: Jason Paik, Wesley Matthews, Paul Litvak, Matt Reece, an...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Mon Apr 04, 2005 12:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2005 Carper Award
Replies: 3
Views: 2797

2005 Carper Award

This year's Carper Award went to Charlie Steinhice, whose renown as an inveterate hoster of tournaments speaks for itself.

Andrew
by Birdofredum Sawin
Sun Apr 03, 2005 9:05 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals: Questions for sale
Replies: 0
Views: 1619

ACF Nationals: Questions for sale

The question set from this year's ACF nationals is now available for purchase. $25 buys you 17 packets, each of which is guaranteed to be chock-full of clues. If you're interested, please email me at adyaphe@gmail.com. Note that the packets will not be made available for free download prior to April...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Tue Mar 01, 2005 4:32 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals comments
Replies: 0
Views: 1729

ACF Regionals comments

I don't mean for this to pre-empt whatever remarks other people might have about the question set, which is why I've written this post as a separate thread. I wanted to say a few things about question writing and ACF, in the aftermath of editing this year's regionals. First, let me say that I apprec...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Tue Mar 01, 2005 12:26 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Midwest Regionals: results
Replies: 0
Views: 1743

ACF Midwest Regionals: results

Complete stats for regionals have been posted at the following URL: http://people.cs.uchicago.edu/~dmp/acf_reg_2005/ACF%20Regionals%202205_standings.html The results are somewhat confusing, as the upper and lower playoff brackets are lumped together. The actual standings were as follows: The upper b...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Sat Feb 26, 2005 10:36 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Midwest regionals: brief results
Replies: 0
Views: 1834

ACF Midwest regionals: brief results

In the final, Michigan A defeated Chicago A. Subash was the leading scorer. Complete results will be posted in a few days.

Thanks to Alice, Mike and Sudheer for moderating, and to all the teams for coming out for what was, I hope, an enjoyable tournament.

Andrew
by Birdofredum Sawin
Wed Feb 02, 2005 5:06 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF regionals -- general packet comments
Replies: 0
Views: 1685

ACF regionals -- general packet comments

At some point, the editors of this year's ACF tournaments offered to provide constructive criticism on their packet to any team that wanted such criticism. I don't know whether we've mentioned the offer recently, so I'll say it again: If you've written a packet for ACF regionals and you want feedbac...
by Birdofredum Sawin
Fri Jan 28, 2005 1:35 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF regionals -- second deadline approaching
Replies: 0
Views: 1606

ACF regionals -- second deadline approaching

Anybody who wants to save their team $20 can still do so, by submitting an ACF regionals packet before tomorrow's deadline. Remember, those packets should go to Jeff Hoppes at jthoppes@socrates.berkeley.edu.

Andrew
by Birdofredum Sawin
Wed Jan 12, 2005 9:24 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF regionals -- first deadline approaching
Replies: 0
Views: 1734

ACF regionals -- first deadline approaching

The first deadline for ACF regionals is almost open us. Teams can still save $30 by submitting their packets (to Jeff Hoppes at jthoppes@socrates.berkeley.edu) by this Friday, January 14.

Andrew
by Birdofredum Sawin
Wed Nov 10, 2004 12:41 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF regionals announcement -- packet requirements
Replies: 0
Views: 1879

ACF regionals announcement -- packet requirements

As previous posts have mentioned, ACF regionals will be held on February 26, 2005. This year's team of editors consists of Jeff Hoppes, Mike Sorice, and Andrew Yaphe (i.e. me). If you're interested in hosting a regional site, please contact me or Jeff (jthoppes@socrates.berkeley.edu). With the first...