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by BuzzerZen
Mon Nov 10, 2008 3:09 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: RMPFest Northeast?
Replies: 9
Views: 1177

RMPFest Northeast?

So I really want to play RMPFest. I won't be at IO Brandeis, but I will be in Cambridge that weekend for Splash and for my own amusement. Bruce, would you be willing to host/authorize an informal RMPFest mirror on Sunday the 23rd if people were interested in playing? And are people interested in pla...
by BuzzerZen
Mon Nov 10, 2008 2:48 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall discussion
Replies: 133
Views: 15782

Re: ACF Fall discussion (don't read, players at U Wash. site)

Laudatory preface: Awesome tournament. Good job, editors. I liked the questions, scored points, and had fun. But you know that already. I will reiterate the oft-voiced approval of the "color" tossup and disdain for the "knowledge" tossup. Now, to occasionally post nitpicks as I look through the set ...
by BuzzerZen
Sat Nov 08, 2008 10:20 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: ACF Fall at Brandeis, 11/8/08
Replies: 22
Views: 4868

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: ACF Fall at Brandeis, 11/8/08

Thanks to Hannah and Brandeis for hosting. My one quibble with the logistics was that the two rooms playing slapbowl were in the same bracket. Otherwise, things were pretty damn smooth. Yay quiz bowl.
by BuzzerZen
Mon Nov 03, 2008 7:55 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: SQBS inquiry
Replies: 6
Views: 1355

Re: SQBS inquiry

If you do not require bouncebacks, Taft will meet your needs without adjustment or hackery. But I'm pretty sure SQBS will, too.
by BuzzerZen
Thu Oct 30, 2008 9:44 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: TDB help thread
Replies: 79
Views: 56918

Re: TDB help thread

kcommo wrote:is there a way to properly list multi-date events?
Not at present. This is something I might look into in the future though.
by BuzzerZen
Wed Oct 29, 2008 3:20 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 161610

Re: Illinois '08-'09

cornfused wrote:10 pages and it's not even November. Well done, folks.
If by "well done" you mean "dear god", then yes.
by BuzzerZen
Wed Oct 29, 2008 1:57 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: TDB help thread
Replies: 79
Views: 56918

Re: TDB help thread

Hey, I'm trying to put in a link to the stats for CBCT, and after I submit the link it still says "statistics not available". Am I doing something wrong or is this function not implemented yet? Also, when I try to filter for tournaments in California (from the all tournaments page) I get an error m...
by BuzzerZen
Mon Oct 27, 2008 8:21 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: How do you do it?
Replies: 22
Views: 5429

Re: How do you do it?

The Quest for the Historical Mukherjesus wrote:Also the school gives us no money, so we're in the same boat as you all.
How come? Have you ever asked for money? Or are you just not eager to deal with your student activities people?
by BuzzerZen
Fri Oct 24, 2008 12:22 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: A list of things to never do when running tournaments
Replies: 8
Views: 1766

Re: A list of things to never do when running tournaments

theattachment wrote:Hopefully this'll be a good compilation of ideas to keep tournaments from turning into ones that inspire jumps off the Washington Avenue Bridge.
Fanboy.

Otherwise, this is a brilliant list and I endorse just about everything in it. I hope you're not too wrecked, Colin. Stay healthy.
by BuzzerZen
Thu Oct 23, 2008 11:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Taft updates and a query
Replies: 3
Views: 862

Re: Taft updates and a query

Inter et Inter wrote:different base prices depending on team size
This is no longer the pricing regime, and I don't think it was when you used Taft either. The price per tournament is $25 regardless of tournament size.
by BuzzerZen
Thu Oct 23, 2008 2:51 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MO Trash: The Rob Pilatus Memorial Tournament - 10.19.08
Replies: 80
Views: 13822

Re: MO Trash: The Rob Pilatus Memorial Tournament - 10.19.08

Criticizing people for their mistakes only further discourages their involvement in future tournaments, No, criticizing people for their mistakes generally makes them do better next time. Nobody in this thread wants Colin or anybody else involved to stop being involved in things. and I don't think ...
by BuzzerZen
Thu Oct 23, 2008 12:26 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Taft updates and a query
Replies: 3
Views: 862

Taft updates and a query

It's time again for my periodic shameless self-promotion of Taft , my web-based tournament statistics software. A couple sexy features were added last spring: - As evidenced by the PACE NSC statistics , Taft supports NSC-formatted events. Meaningful bonus- and bounceback-conversion statistics are pr...
by BuzzerZen
Wed Oct 22, 2008 4:24 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: ROBOT I (Washington DC, 5/24/09)
Replies: 68
Views: 8138

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: ROBOT I (sometime in the spring)

we'd be most willing to do so if they were both after nationals. But that would make "Harvard International" make less sense! Simply can't be done. Incidentally, as one of the contributors to the HI fine arts set, I'd be happier if that set were run during the daytime on Sunday after HI rather than...
by BuzzerZen
Wed Oct 22, 2008 12:42 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Automated Password Protected Zip File Creator
Replies: 29
Views: 10890

Re: Automated Password Protected Zip File Creator

Someone who is less tired than me can help interpret this, but a web directory + basic auth + chmod/moving files + ubiquitous wifi = foolproof packet delivery.
by BuzzerZen
Mon Oct 20, 2008 6:50 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Pilatus Discussion
Replies: 15
Views: 2059

Re: Pilatus Discussion

Stuff I wrote for this, for the record:

Tossups: Police Trainer, Tetris, Powerthirst
Bonuses: Eurogames, Roguelikes, Internet forums, and a bonus about Game Boy games that made me angry.
by BuzzerZen
Mon Oct 20, 2008 12:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: ROBOT I (Washington DC, 5/24/09)
Replies: 68
Views: 8138

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: ROBOT I (sometime in the spring)

Hey, so, I would also like to say that April 11 is now back in consideration. The idea is that the tournament would be part of a weekend extravaganza of quizbowl that would take place at Harvard. HI would be on Saturday and ROBOT would be on Sunday, so if you vote for April 11, that's what you'd be...
by BuzzerZen
Mon Oct 20, 2008 9:19 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: ROBOT I (Washington DC, 5/24/09)
Replies: 68
Views: 8138

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: ROBOT I (sometime in the spring)

myamphigory wrote:
Jerry wrote:ROBOT will be a masters' tournament written by me. I will be assisted on chemistry and biology by Susan Ferrari, Gautam Kandlikar, and Arnav Moudgil.
?
He probably got you to agree to it while you weren't paying attention.
by BuzzerZen
Mon Oct 20, 2008 8:49 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 TJIAT (10/18/08) at TJHSST
Replies: 154
Views: 31055

Re: 2008 TJIAT (10/18/08) at TJHSST

Allez Cuisine wrote:As for stats, if we're going to play 12 timed rounds, there's no way we can put in individual stats quickly enough to have them by the end unless we use TAFT (we used SQBS due to a severe lack of funds).
False!
by BuzzerZen
Sun Oct 19, 2008 11:01 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Minnesota Open discussion
Replies: 100
Views: 14479

Re: Minnesota Open discussion

setht wrote:"heads that are still attached to bodies."
[Mitch Hedberg reference goes here.]
by BuzzerZen
Sun Oct 19, 2008 12:05 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: TDB help thread
Replies: 79
Views: 56918

Re: TDB help thread

Hey, I'm trying to put in a link to the stats for CBCT, and after I submit the link it still says "statistics not available". Am I doing something wrong or is this function not implemented yet? Also, when I try to filter for tournaments in California (from the all tournaments page) I get an error m...
by BuzzerZen
Sat Oct 18, 2008 1:16 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 TJIAT (10/18/08) at TJHSST
Replies: 154
Views: 31055

Re: 2008 TJIAT (10/18/08) at TJHSST

hwhite wrote:UPDATE: Blake beats Dorman, 345-265.
*ahem*

NAQTEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
by BuzzerZen
Sat Oct 18, 2008 9:30 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MO Trash: The Rob Pilatus Memorial Tournament - 10.19.08
Replies: 80
Views: 13822

Re: MO Trash: The Rob Pilatus Memorial Tournament - 10.19.08

theattachment wrote:Registration is now closed, allowing me to finish this thing.
Woo you can do it, Colin!
by BuzzerZen
Thu Oct 16, 2008 12:50 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Single-elimination: why it is bad
Replies: 28
Views: 4754

Re: Single-elimination: why it is bad

MLWGS-Gir wrote:they'll be good even if it means I'm up til 2 AM every night because I've neglected homework for editing purposes
You're a noble soul, Sarah. I've been down that road. It ends in the tournament being finished and your body being wrecked. Hope things don't go quite that badly for you.
by BuzzerZen
Wed Oct 15, 2008 11:37 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: JECHT: Minnesota Open 08' Video Game Doubles
Replies: 54
Views: 8437

Re: JECHT: Minnesota Open 08' Video Game Doubles

Hey, Chris:
Jeaton1 wrote:If team B gets only one part out of the three, Team B will be rewarded with 10 points while Team A will have successfully screwed up 20 points for itself.
by BuzzerZen
Sun Oct 12, 2008 2:19 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: EFT Discussion
Replies: 107
Views: 21127

Re: EFT Discussion

Whig's Boson wrote:
squareroot165 wrote: 3) A couple of the mods at the Vandy site thought there was excessive use of the word "titular." I'm not sure why, and I thought there was nothing strange about it, but I figured it should be mentioned.
Welcome to the polity of quizbowl.
by BuzzerZen
Sun Oct 12, 2008 1:51 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: PHSAT XVI (10/11/08) at Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)
Replies: 127
Views: 34910

Re: PHSAT XVI (10/11/08) at Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)

Now that I'm not running off to eat, I will detail more fully the complete failures inherent in this post. Everyone who is criticizing Kunle's directing of the tournament clearly does not understand what goes into running these tournaments. Trust me - as someone who has run this before, there's a re...
by BuzzerZen
Sun Oct 12, 2008 11:19 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: PHSAT XVI (10/11/08) at Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)
Replies: 127
Views: 34910

Re: PHSAT XVI (10/11/08) at Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)

I have said it before, and I will say it again:

Base your field cap on the number of competent moderators you know will show up.

Seriously.
by BuzzerZen
Sun Oct 12, 2008 1:22 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: EFT Discussion
Replies: 107
Views: 21127

Re: EFT Discussion

"P2P applications" Yeah, really, what was this? I sure hope this wasn't classified as computer science. In general though, great set. I like good questions I can score lots of points on. Yep. I'm the least helpful poster in the history of ever, I'm afraid. I really liked the tossup on "the frontier...
by BuzzerZen
Thu Oct 09, 2008 12:04 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: TDB help thread
Replies: 79
Views: 56918

Re: TDB help thread

kcommo wrote:Where do we go to find past tournaments in the database? And where do I go to update my entry with results now that the tournament is over?
This is now fixed, with the addition of an all tournaments page. Find your tournament and use your password to edit the results.
by BuzzerZen
Thu Oct 09, 2008 12:56 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Some new question database
Replies: 29
Views: 4655

Re: Some new question database

cornfused wrote:
Victor Eremita wrote:These seem to be just as on track as the Greg Peterson MO packet.
?
See, it's a joke at your expense.
by BuzzerZen
Wed Oct 08, 2008 3:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Expanding the High School Circuit
Replies: 28
Views: 2839

Re: Expanding the High School Circuit

Anti-Climacus wrote:3. How do we expand quizbowl to entirely new schools?
Quiz bowl bus.
by BuzzerZen
Wed Oct 08, 2008 1:01 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Quizbowl v. Trivia
Replies: 85
Views: 14811

Re: Quizbowl v. Trivia

Nobody's going to write a dissertation on crap like Eragon (or at least I hope they don't), and nobody should write an "academic" tossup on it either. I have seen dissertations written on comics books and professional wrestling. If the topic exists, someone's done a dissertation on it. We can refer...
by BuzzerZen
Fri Oct 03, 2008 1:15 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: EFT 3 at Brown (Saturday, October 4)
Replies: 64
Views: 16599

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: EFT 3 at Brown (Saturday, October 4)

Dennis wrote:Everyone but Hampshire has confirmed
I sent you an email a while ago, didja get it? We're coming.
by BuzzerZen
Thu Oct 02, 2008 3:53 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Tournament Stats
Replies: 10
Views: 1737

Re: Tournament Stats

And I'd like to remind everybody that if you use Taft, your stats will update live during the tournament, without any need to upload anything to anywhere.
by BuzzerZen
Tue Sep 30, 2008 9:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Help Colin rescue Eden Prairie
Replies: 23
Views: 3145

Re: Help Colin rescue Eden Prairie

DumbJaques wrote:Write a letter
Hey, no proxy accounts in the high school section...oh wait.
by BuzzerZen
Tue Sep 30, 2008 9:19 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Minnesota '08-'09
Replies: 89
Views: 15186

Re: Minnesota '08-'09

Split Colin's "rescue Eden Prairie" post to Misc.
by BuzzerZen
Tue Sep 30, 2008 5:11 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: What Time Should Tournaments End?
Replies: 25
Views: 2821

Re: What Time Should Tournaments End?

My stance is that a regular-season high school tournament that ends after 6:00 PM has done something terribly wrong.
by BuzzerZen
Sun Sep 28, 2008 11:23 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: TDB help thread
Replies: 79
Views: 56918

Re: TDB help thread

kcommo wrote:Where do we go to find past tournaments in the database? And where do I go to update my entry with results now that the tournament is over?
Ah, yeah, I knew I would need to get around to implementing that feature eventually. I will work on that tonight, I hope. Stay tuned.
by BuzzerZen
Tue Sep 23, 2008 7:06 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: How Often/When Does Your Team Practice?
Replies: 45
Views: 5297

Re: How Often/When Does Your Team Practice?

Yeah, Charlie and I went to Shady Side, which is private. As a frosh/soph: two trimesters of some sport, one trimester off. Juniors: one trimester of a sport, two trimesters of something arbitrarily designated not-quite-a-sport (this includes ultimate frisbee, for some reason, but also DDR. Supervi...
by BuzzerZen
Tue Sep 16, 2008 12:11 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: RM Fall Tournament (9/20/08)
Replies: 127
Views: 15975

Re: RM Fall Tournament (9/20/08)

It strikes me that the reason so many good programs bring B teams to these types of events would be to play against high quality A teams to improve, and that segregating them yet somehow making them eligible for the overall title seems contrary to the best interests (and logical running) of a tourn...
by BuzzerZen
Mon Sep 15, 2008 9:44 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: RM Fall Tournament (9/20/08)
Replies: 127
Views: 15975

Re: RM Fall Tournament (9/20/08)

Bad Boy Bill wrote:The field strength has piqued our interest.
I'm imagining a bunch of Charter players foraging on the African plain, when they suddenly catch wind of a strong field and all stand to attention and look around, meerkat-style.

Or something.
by BuzzerZen
Sun Sep 14, 2008 8:22 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 08-09 College Quizbowl Prediction Thread
Replies: 53
Views: 11581

Re: 08-09 College Quizbowl Prediction Thread

Matt Weiner wrote:
ClemsonQB wrote:Sure, this thread has been fairly necrolized, but I felt that it was important to amend my earlier statements here.

Nick Clusserath has decided to play quizbowl at Clemson.
http://www.hsquizbowl.org/dramaticnoise.mp3
This is the best post ever.
by BuzzerZen
Tue Sep 09, 2008 10:38 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Is high school quizbowl in Missouri salvageable?
Replies: 131
Views: 59515

Re: Is high school quizbowl in Missouri salvageable?

everyday847 wrote:(when I'm awake)
which is always. Watch out, quizbowl, because Andy Watkins doesn't sleep.
by BuzzerZen
Thu Sep 04, 2008 10:09 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: TDB help thread
Replies: 79
Views: 56918

Re: TDB help thread

cvdwightw wrote:safeguards designed to keep spambots from harvesting the contact email addresses.
There are: mailto links in the tournament details view are Javascript-encoded.
by BuzzerZen
Thu Sep 04, 2008 10:07 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: TDB help thread
Replies: 79
Views: 56918

Re: TDB help thread

I suspect it would be much more useful to have tournament directors input their own password, than the current system, which requires that a TD remember (or not lose) a randomly generated alphanumeric password. This is not the state of affairs because passwords are stored and transmitted in the cle...
by BuzzerZen
Thu Aug 28, 2008 10:07 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: ACF Fall at Brandeis, 11/8/08
Replies: 22
Views: 4868

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: ACF Fall at Brandeis, 11/8/08

dyetman89 wrote:Expect a one-man team to show up from Hunter.
And so the Era of Being Confused About What People Mean by "Hunter" begins.

In other news, I'll be there. With a team, ideally.
by BuzzerZen
Sun Aug 24, 2008 2:10 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Can I borrow a buzzer system?
Replies: 7
Views: 1292

Re: Can I borrow a buzzer system?

Deesy Does It wrote:There are always wallets to slap.
Blah blah uphill both ways in the snow blah blah.
by BuzzerZen
Sun Aug 24, 2008 1:16 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Can I borrow a buzzer system?
Replies: 7
Views: 1292

Can I borrow a buzzer system?

Hey, quiz bowl. As some of you may be vaguely aware, I'm trying to get a team going at Hampshire in the fall. I'm trying to get established as a legitimate student group and acquire fat stacks of free money from FiCom, so at some point we'll be able to procure a buzzer system. But first-semester gro...
by BuzzerZen
Fri Aug 22, 2008 11:51 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2009 NAQT HSNCT
Replies: 349
Views: 81669

Re: 2009 NAQT HSNCT

rhentzel wrote:The Hyatt Regency O'Hare can offer us 34 real game rooms and 30 additional suites or parlors (large rooms without beds or dressers normally used for meetings), which will mean that no game will have to be played in a converted, regular hotel room.
Huzzah!
by BuzzerZen
Fri Aug 22, 2008 10:14 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open Discussion
Replies: 88
Views: 12762

Re: VCU Open Discussion

Yeah, complaining about subsub(sub?)distributions is a pretty fruitless enterprise, unless the complaint is "too much!" Asking why there weren't any stats questions is, if you think about it, roughly the same as asking why there weren't any questions on the French Revolution (or whatever). I, for o...