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by BuzzerZen
Mon Mar 02, 2009 7:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: More technological wankery from E. Silberman
Replies: 6
Views: 1461

Re: More technological wankery from E. Silberman

But if you click on them again, they don't disappear. Please, son, do something nontrivial for a change. Proof-of-concept, man, proof-of-concept. Besides, it's not really that worth my while until more than one (1) packet of quiz bowl questions exists as pure HTML. Though hey, question database peo...
by BuzzerZen
Mon Mar 02, 2009 5:29 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals Logistics Discussion, or, Finishing on Time.
Replies: 33
Views: 3653

Re: ACF Regionals Logistics Discussion, or, Finishing on Time.

The randomization problem is a perfect argument for why an online collaborative system of packet editing would be a great boon to quizbowl. It is coming, and in fact I could use some help testing such a system. Just let people start using it, man. Post a link, open up a thread, get comments. People...
by BuzzerZen
Mon Mar 02, 2009 5:25 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals Logistics Discussion, or, Finishing on Time.
Replies: 33
Views: 3653

Re: ACF Regionals Logistics Discussion, or, Finishing on Time.

The randomization problem is a perfect argument for why an online collaborative system of packet editing would be a great boon to quizbowl. It is coming, and in fact I could use some help testing such a system. Just let people start using it, man. Post a link, open up a thread, get comments. People...
by BuzzerZen
Mon Mar 02, 2009 11:34 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals Discussion Thread
Replies: 121
Views: 15569

Re: ACF Regionals Discussion Thread

If I answered "United States of America" after hearing clues for "Mt. Rainier" and "Crater Lake," I suppose I would be prompted, but that would be up to the moderator, not necessarily the writer/editor. Contrariwise, it is the duty of the question-writer to write as exhaustive an answer line as mak...
by BuzzerZen
Sun Mar 01, 2009 3:54 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open Music August 8, 2009
Replies: 40
Views: 7894

Re: VCU Open Music August 8, 2009

I sure as hell am not going to play this.

But I'll probably be able to moderate.
by BuzzerZen
Sat Feb 28, 2009 11:30 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: GARBAGE Mirror at Chicago 3/1
Replies: 14
Views: 2004

Re: GARBAGE Mirror at Chicago 3/1

Ukonvasara wrote:AND IT'S ALL YOUR FAULT EVAN SILBERMAN
what

EDIT: oh hey it is my fault

sry everybody
by BuzzerZen
Thu Feb 26, 2009 2:48 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: HIPPIE at Hampshire College 3/7/09
Replies: 29
Views: 4386

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: HIPPIE at Hampshire College 3/7/09

Field updated. Also, buzzers would be awesome if this is actually going to happen. (Andy? Hannah?)
by BuzzerZen
Wed Feb 25, 2009 12:01 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open Music August 8, 2009
Replies: 40
Views: 7894

Re: VCU Open Music August 8, 2009

Captain Scipio wrote:Quizbowl, you say?!

MaS
Mike Sorice, I'm going to be sitting in my room on Thursday improvising questions about cartoons that aired on the WB during the 90s. Can I put you down for playing solo?
by BuzzerZen
Tue Feb 24, 2009 11:54 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: VCU High School Tournament Dates 2009-2010
Replies: 12
Views: 1875

Re: VCU High School Tournament Dates 2009-2010

Obviously I have nothing to do with Maggie Walker's program, but 12/12 is sort of in the neighborhood of when GSAC usually happens, IIRC.
by BuzzerZen
Tue Feb 24, 2009 12:39 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: [Promotional Stunt] Taft Free for ACF Regionals hosts!
Replies: 2
Views: 671

[Promotional Stunt] Taft Free for ACF Regionals hosts!

Welcome to Crazy Silberman's Web Application Emporium! Our prices are so low, they're crazy! Specifically, all hosts of ACF Regionals this weekend are invited to use Taft for free! Just sign up for an account if you don't have one already, and then email me (ejs07@hampshire.edu) with your login nam...
by BuzzerZen
Mon Feb 23, 2009 2:53 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: HIPPIE at Hampshire College 3/7/09
Replies: 29
Views: 4386

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: HIPPIE at Hampshire College 3/7/09

Hey hey it's a field update! Of sorts. FIELD (4): Eric 'n Linna Superteam Amherst Quizbowl in the Gardens of Spain (Watkins and Hannah) Hypothetical Hampshire House Team Sign up, you quiz bowl team sorts of individuals. Also, any Boston-area teams hoping to travel by mass transportation should look ...
by BuzzerZen
Sun Feb 22, 2009 7:24 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Interest in second video games tournament?
Replies: 35
Views: 4976

Re: Interest in second video games tournament?

Bentley Like Beckham wrote:
Bentley Like Beckham wrote:No
FYI I was joking.
Classic Mike Bentely humor there.
by BuzzerZen
Tue Feb 17, 2009 5:48 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Cardinal Classic discussion
Replies: 64
Views: 8014

Re: Cardinal Classic discussion

There isn't really a great sans serif font out there. Gill Sans? FF Meta? Frutiger? Univers? Futura? Helvetica, even? Presumably you don't actually mean "no sans serif font is good". When I was designing the BEeS website, I finally settled on Tahoma. body { font: 100% Helvetica, sans-serif; }
by BuzzerZen
Tue Feb 17, 2009 5:36 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open
Replies: 67
Views: 9540

Re: Chicago Open

I think it is a good idea for CO and VCU Open to be reasonably spaced out, i.e., not have them both take place in August, or at the very least not on consecutive weekends.
by BuzzerZen
Mon Feb 16, 2009 7:29 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MIT Cardinal Classic Mirror, Provisionally 2/14/09
Replies: 37
Views: 6811

Re: MIT Cardinal Classic Mirror, Provisionally 2/14/09

I would also like to thank Grace et al. for the well-organized event, and for the Ehrlenmeyer flask as a scoring prize.
by BuzzerZen
Mon Feb 16, 2009 1:29 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Science Non-Strosity: Discussion (mid-Atlantic: STAY AWAY)
Replies: 16
Views: 2420

Re: Science Non-Strosity: Discussion (mid-Atlantic: STAY AWAY)

I wrote all the computer science for the tournament. I'd really appreciate feedback of any kind from anyone who cares to offer it.
by BuzzerZen
Wed Feb 11, 2009 2:30 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Taft now supports playoff brackets
Replies: 2
Views: 883

Taft now supports playoff brackets

As of last night, Taft now supports separate prelim and playoff brackets, as you can see in the stats for Prison Bowl II . I've been wanting to get playoff brackets working for a while, since it's a pretty critical feature for college tournaments, which are generally expected to provide differentiat...
by BuzzerZen
Sun Feb 08, 2009 2:18 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 162555

Re: Illinois '08-'09

everyday847 wrote:flaunt
You mean "flout". This is a common error.
by BuzzerZen
Fri Feb 06, 2009 12:23 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: HIPPIE at Hampshire College 3/7/09
Replies: 29
Views: 4386

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: HIPPIE at Hampshire College 3/7/09

Updated first post with registration information and packet-writing details from the main MUT post. Y'all best sign up.
by BuzzerZen
Thu Feb 05, 2009 12:27 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT Statistics Database
Replies: 24
Views: 7655

Re: NAQT Statistics Database

Speaking of SQBS files, if anyone out there happens to have a specification of the SQBS data format, I'd quite probably attempt to implement an export-to-SQBS-file feature for Taft.
by BuzzerZen
Sat Jan 31, 2009 1:50 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: List Places You'd Like to See ICT 2010
Replies: 79
Views: 10709

Re: List Places You'd Like to See ICT 2010

Cheynem wrote:Minimal stops are somewhat hard to pull off with 4+ people.
For his next trick, Rob Carson will answer meta tossups on his bathroom habits.
by BuzzerZen
Mon Jan 26, 2009 12:51 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Penn Bowl Discussion
Replies: 41
Views: 6984

Re: Penn Bowl Discussion

Cheynem wrote:James Blaine
Cheynem wrote:James G. Blaine
Cheynem wrote:James Gillespie Blaine, the Continental Liar from the State of Maine
Um, as you were.
by BuzzerZen
Sat Jan 24, 2009 6:51 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: On Moderators, or, Silberman's Axiom Defended
Replies: 33
Views: 4176

Re: On Moderators, or, Silberman's Axiom Defended

I don't think it's too helpful to go formulating axioms which have the practical effect of stopping some places from putting on otherwise-useful tournaments, since they just don't have enough class two and three people available. Well, the main target of this axiom is programs that do have access t...
by BuzzerZen
Sat Jan 24, 2009 11:37 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: On Moderators, or, Silberman's Axiom Defended
Replies: 33
Views: 4176

Re: On Moderators, or, Silberman's Axiom Defended

I have a friend who learned theology at Oxford. I learned theology from reading books and packets. We've been meeting fairly regularly for lunch to discuss the subject, and virtually every time he catches me mispronouncing a technical term (usually a Greek borrowing) and notes how obvious it is tha...
by BuzzerZen
Sat Jan 24, 2009 12:47 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: On Moderators, or, Silberman's Axiom Defended
Replies: 33
Views: 4176

Re: On Moderators, or, Silberman's Axiom Defended

As for Silberman's Axiom itself, I will oppose it on the grounds of distributive justice. I can think of no rule better suited to ensure that smaller, newer programs are unable to raise money and get themselves off the ground. You do realize you have essentially said that newer programs should be a...
by BuzzerZen
Sat Jan 24, 2009 12:45 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: On Moderators, or, Silberman's Axiom Defended
Replies: 33
Views: 4176

Re: On Moderators, or, Silberman's Axiom Defended

My point was more that being exposed to a wider vocabulary to begin with improves the odds that one will have a clue of how to pronounce something. Without the eventual introduction of information on how words are pronounced, this does not follow at all. I elided the premise that one eventually att...
by BuzzerZen
Fri Jan 23, 2009 8:13 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: On Moderators, or, Silberman's Axiom Defended
Replies: 33
Views: 4176

Re: On Moderators, or, Silberman's Axiom Defended

2. Some moderators struggle through uncommon domestic words. I believe the general ACF prescription of book-reading applies I usually don't venture into the college section, but this struck me. Reading alone will not allow you to pronounce words with more ease. You may see the word and go "Oh, hey,...
by BuzzerZen
Fri Jan 23, 2009 4:20 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: On Moderators, or, Silberman's Axiom Defended
Replies: 33
Views: 4176

On Moderators, or, Silberman's Axiom Defended

My somewhat acrimonious remarks in the leaving early thread sparked a bit of a side discussion which I think deserves its own thread. I have asserted, without much defense, the following axiom of tournament organization on multiple occasions over the years: never run a tournament for which you lack ...
by BuzzerZen
Fri Jan 23, 2009 11:13 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: leaving tournaments early part II: the revenge
Replies: 64
Views: 8528

Re: leaving tournaments early part II: the revenge

Pssst sometimes you don't have enough good moderators to finish rounds in 30 minutes or less. ITT I am surly. Ok, so, maybe in the upper northwest, Mike and Brittany are probably the only really experienced moderators; that's fair. But really, anywhere else in the country, you shouldn't be recruiti...
by BuzzerZen
Thu Jan 22, 2009 10:44 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: leaving tournaments early part II: the revenge
Replies: 64
Views: 8528

Re: leaving tournaments early part II: the revenge

OK seriously all of you dumb fucks are making this far too complicated. Leaving tournaments early when it will fuck things up or without telling the TD is bad. Leaving tournaments early at an appropriate juncture, giving the TD some advance notice, for whatever reason, isn't, you know, awesome, but ...
by BuzzerZen
Thu Jan 22, 2009 9:50 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: leaving tournaments early part II: the revenge
Replies: 64
Views: 8528

Re: leaving tournaments early part II: the revenge

Sir Thopas wrote:One thing you're sort of forgetting is the job of a tournament director. They are being paid
What?
by BuzzerZen
Wed Jan 21, 2009 2:45 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MIT Cardinal Classic Mirror, Provisionally 2/14/09
Replies: 37
Views: 6811

Re: MIT Cardinal Classic Mirror, Provisionally 2/14/09

Anybody else signed up for this lately?
by BuzzerZen
Mon Jan 19, 2009 7:46 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Repairing the reset button on the Judge
Replies: 8
Views: 1168

Re: Repairing the reset button on the Judge

Matthew D wrote:Radio Shack had the button
Radio Shack still exists?
by BuzzerZen
Mon Jan 19, 2009 4:23 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Timing tournaments well (with added lunch placement talk)
Replies: 23
Views: 18496

Re: Timing tournaments well (with added lunch placement talk)

Questions are handed out in .doc form fairly universally, so any solution should address that. I realize this, but my point is that MS Word, while fairly ubiquitous, is not at all a standard, in the technical sense. At ACF Nationals and Chicago Open, I opened up each round in TextEdit and used OS X...
by BuzzerZen
Mon Jan 19, 2009 4:03 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Timing tournaments well (with added lunch placement talk)
Replies: 23
Views: 18496

Re: Timing tournaments well (with added lunch placement talk)

Good God, people! Split the screen! Yeah, do this. If you're on a Mac and the questions are PDFs (and they ought to be, or TDs ought at least to provide that option when passing out files), I endorse Skim , which uses Apple's built-in PDFKit framework to display PDFs but does so with a rather more ...
by BuzzerZen
Mon Jan 19, 2009 1:27 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Timing tournaments well (with added lunch placement talk)
Replies: 23
Views: 18496

Re: Timing tournaments well (with added lunch placement talk)

Anything from 11-15 rounds is usually standard, anything over that is really unusual. 12 is certainly in the range of an acceptable number of rounds. But, this "getting back by midnight" stuff is a mirage...if you're getting back by midnight terribly often, you're either not playing qb or you've go...
by BuzzerZen
Fri Jan 09, 2009 1:16 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MUT: March 7 on the U of M West Bank
Replies: 38
Views: 17335

Re: MUT: Sometime in March

dtaylor4 wrote:
HKirsch wrote:Has anybody in the Northeast expressed interest in attending a mirror/hosting a mirror of MUT?
IIRC, HIPPIE will be a MUT mirror.
It's true!
by BuzzerZen
Mon Jan 05, 2009 3:23 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 162555

Re: Illinois '08-'09

2. Categories. What made me most frustrated was the fact that under Fine Arts they had a movie question. FINE ARTS SHOULD BE MUSIC AND ART NOT MOVIES!!!!!! Thats what miscellaneous/ pop culture is for. Eh, film comes up as part of the fine arts distribution with some regularity. Not a large part, b...
by BuzzerZen
Sat Jan 03, 2009 2:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Announcing BEeS: A Better Electronic Stats program
Replies: 50
Views: 23290

Re: Announcing BEeS: A Better Electronic Stats program

So, like, are you going to be writing a native client for each OS, or is this going to be employing everybody's least-favorite cross-platform programming environment, Java?

Edit: Also, i call shenanigans.
by BuzzerZen
Thu Jan 01, 2009 9:52 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: An NAQTer revisits the ACF question submission guidelines
Replies: 42
Views: 6849

Re: An NAQTer revisits the ACF question submission guidelines

No Rules Westbrook wrote:And Tom, stop using terms like "nerd" in a thinly-veiled derogatory manner, as if you're just too cool for our school.
Especially since it's against board rules! So if you do it again, you will be tempbanned!
by BuzzerZen
Tue Dec 30, 2008 4:42 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HAVOC II @ MLWGS, 4/25 - not in conflict with the BoB test
Replies: 118
Views: 64773

Re: HAVOC II @ Maggie Walker, 4/25 (tentative)

Sir Thopas wrote:awesome but i hope this doesn't conflict with acf nationals
The overlap in audience for ACF Nationals and HAVOC is pretty tiny, Guy.
by BuzzerZen
Tue Dec 30, 2008 2:45 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Linguistic Fraud
Replies: 60
Views: 5667

Re: Linguistic Fraud

Sir Thopas wrote:Proposal: All questions that can be linguistic frauded shall be atoned for in future sets by actual linguistics tossups at a rate of 1:1.
Start writing them, Guy.
by BuzzerZen
Mon Dec 29, 2008 12:46 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Linguistic Fraud
Replies: 60
Views: 5667

Re: Linguistic Fraud

Fake clues that you get from memorizing a list of nonsense like author birthplaces are the core definition of what "fraud" is. In that case, I'm pretty sure people use "fraud" to mean a variety of suspicious practices, ranging from this one (buzzing on purposefully included but disfavored clues) to...
by BuzzerZen
Mon Dec 29, 2008 12:36 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Linguistic Fraud
Replies: 60
Views: 5667

Re: Linguistic Fraud

I contend that even the player who gets it because he knows where Ibsen grew up has frauded the question. A person who has memorized where Ibsen grew up should not get a question over someone who has read 6 Ibsen plays and familiarized himself with character names from several more. Well, let's be ...
by BuzzerZen
Sun Dec 28, 2008 7:20 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: High Schoolers and Writing for NAQT
Replies: 175
Views: 18588

Re: High Schoolers and Writing for NAQT

quiz bowl doesn't just spread into a new area like a disease, it has to be marketed. NAQT's propensity for marketing quiz bowl to uncharted areas is probably its greatest contribution to the community at large, but it is also gives rise to some of the frustrations that certain people have with NAQT...
by BuzzerZen
Sun Dec 28, 2008 4:07 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Add your tournaments to the tournament database!
Replies: 0
Views: 14074

Add your tournaments to the tournament database!

Hey, people! Add your tournaments to the tournament database! It's a good idea!
by BuzzerZen
Sat Dec 27, 2008 12:18 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Winter Northeast at Yale (1/17/09)
Replies: 36
Views: 6015

Re: ACF Winter Northeast at Yale (1/17/09)

grapesmoker wrote:Hampshire
Not in the cards.
by BuzzerZen
Sun Dec 21, 2008 11:03 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Spring Semester College Academic tournaments
Replies: 10
Views: 1878

Re: Spring Semester College Academic tournaments

Remember, kids, add your tournaments to the Tournament Database! This is why it exists, and stuff.
by BuzzerZen
Sat Dec 20, 2008 11:16 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Class of 09, Where Will You Be Playing Next Year
Replies: 79
Views: 17884

Re: Class of 09 University Destinations

So, just your annual reminder: saying where you're definitely going to go to college is a matter of general interest to the community. Saying where you've applied to college is rather less interesting. Listing all the places you have gotten in because you are proud of yourself is unseemly posturing....