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by Strongside
Tue Aug 04, 2009 12:41 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CaTO/TaCO at VCU August 9
Replies: 67
Views: 18658

Re: CaTO/TaCO at VCU August 9

The Quest for the Historical Mukherjesus wrote:Would either the Magin team or the Brendan team be willing to have me
We would be willing to have you.
by Strongside
Sat Aug 01, 2009 7:59 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open Music August 8, 2009
Replies: 40
Views: 7985

Re: VCU Open Music August 8, 2009

I intend to play this.
by Strongside
Sat Aug 01, 2009 7:49 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open II at VCU - Saturday, August 8
Replies: 114
Views: 32555

Re: VCU Open II at VCU - Saturday, August 8

I am looking for a team or teammates for this tournament, and for CATO/TACO. I am open to playing with the same people, different people, or some combination between the two tournaments. My e-mail is [email protected]
by Strongside
Wed Jul 29, 2009 9:01 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2009 Discussion
Replies: 153
Views: 22675

Re: Chicago Open 2009 Discussion

I submitted that Alfven Waves bonus. I normally don't write science questions, and being a non-scientist, the science questions I write normally aren't great. Here is the original bonus. This man has laws named for him along with Blodgett and Hinshelwood. For 10 points each: [10] Name this American ...
by Strongside
Wed Jul 29, 2009 8:55 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Quizbowl: More Impossible than ACF?
Replies: 49
Views: 7416

Re: Quizbowl: More Impossible than ACF?

Looking at the stats from the main event, every team averaged at least 7 points a bonus. If a team were to average 22-23 points per bonus at Chicago Open, the questions would be too easy, but that's just my opinion. This argument doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me. I'm not sure what your logic...
by Strongside
Tue Jul 28, 2009 8:15 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Quizbowl: More Impossible than ACF?
Replies: 49
Views: 7416

Re: Quizbowl: More Impossible than ACF?

With Chicago Open being generally regarded as the premier open quiz bowl tournament of the year, I think writing questions on things that are extremely difficult/challenging is the way to go. Looking at the stats from the main event, every team averaged at least 7 points a bonus. If a team were to a...
by Strongside
Tue Jul 28, 2009 8:09 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2009 Discussion
Replies: 153
Views: 22675

Re: Chicago Open 2009 Discussion

Overall, I felt this tournament was pretty good, and I definitely enjoyed playing it. As for Eric and others finishing the tournament while it was being played, I don't really see this as a problem. The tournament had enough staff, and there weren't any delays in starting any of the rounds. I don't ...
by Strongside
Sat Jul 18, 2009 7:15 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Walden Three at Chicago Open, 7/26/09
Replies: 29
Views: 2704

Re: Walden Three at Chicago Open, 7/26/09

Trevor Davis and I have agreed to play this together.
by Strongside
Thu Jul 16, 2009 11:02 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Chicago Open (Weekend of July 25th, 2009)
Replies: 153
Views: 40687

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Chicago Open (Weekend of July 25th, 2009)

Hey. I don't know what the buzzer situation is, but just so the organizers know, I can most likely bring two buzzer sets. They are not fully functional, so they should only be used if necessary. They are the same buzzers I brought to Minnesota's Sun 'n' Fun meet. We can also probably bring the Unive...
by Strongside
Mon Jul 13, 2009 8:59 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: ACF Nationals (4/17/2010)
Replies: 82
Views: 33557

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: ACF Nationals (4/17/2010)

I know it is early, but I would tentatively prefer a two day tournament for the same reasons Chris Ray stated. If Ryan and Zeke are going to write 12! blind rounds, in addition to the submitted packets, then there will presumably be a lot of packets. If that many packets are going to be written, I a...
by Strongside
Mon Jul 13, 2009 8:46 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Sun 'n' Fun 2009 Discussion
Replies: 53
Views: 8743

Re: Sun 'n' Fun 2009 Discussion

As for the difficulty of the tournament, it was originally announced as ACF Nationals level difficulty, and later announced as a tic easier than Missouri Open, so it appears the difficulty wasn't locked down before the tournament. It felt harder than nationals the first few rounds we played, but aft...
by Strongside
Mon Jul 13, 2009 8:27 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Tyrone Slothrop Lit Discussion
Replies: 25
Views: 7205

Re: Tyrone Slothrop Lit Discussion

I thought that this tournament was excellent, even more so when you consider it was written by a high school student. There were lots of interesting tossups and answers, and I thought the answer selection for this tournament was exceptional.
by Strongside
Sun Jul 12, 2009 12:47 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Sun 'n' Fun 2009 Discussion
Replies: 53
Views: 8743

Re: Sun 'n' Fun 2009 Discussion

I'll start off by saying that I thought this tournament was pretty great, and I enjoyed playing it. I thought it was definitely the best Sun 'n' Fun yet. There were lots of interesting tossups. I thought the tournament did a good job about asking about difficult stuff, but stuff that was canonical a...
by Strongside
Fri Jul 10, 2009 8:58 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Sun N' Fun Mirror at University of Minnesota (7/11/09)
Replies: 62
Views: 10928

Re: Sun N' Fun Mirror at University of Minnesota (7/11/09)

I am fine running the Lit tournament however.
by Strongside
Fri Jul 10, 2009 8:57 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Announcement: Ferdinand Tönnies Memorial Trash Tournament
Replies: 116
Views: 26597

Re: Announcement: Ferdinand Tönnies Memorial Trash Tournament

I am looking for a team for this tournament. I am not a very good trash player, but I know a few things. My e-mail is [email protected]
by Strongside
Fri Jul 10, 2009 8:14 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Sun N' Fun Mirror at University of Minnesota (7/11/09)
Replies: 62
Views: 10928

Re: Sun N' Fun Mirror at University of Minnesota (7/11/09)

Yeah, I would prefer playing both tournaments on Saturday. I am assuming we have the rooms until 11 p.m. This should hopefully be enough time to play both tournaments.

Also, I am fine playing solo or with whomever to make the numbers work.
by Strongside
Thu Jul 09, 2009 9:43 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Sun N' Fun Mirror at University of Minnesota (7/11/09)
Replies: 62
Views: 10928

Re: Sun N' Fun Mirror at University of Minnesota (7/11/09)

I just learned that the buzzers I am planning on bringing only partially work. On one of the buzzers, 3 of the 10 buzzers don't work. Both buzzers only make noise upon buzzing in some of the time. I still plan on bringing them, but if anyone else can bring a buzzer of buzzers that are completely fun...
by Strongside
Thu Jul 02, 2009 11:31 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Sun N' Fun Mirror at University of Minnesota (7/11/09)
Replies: 62
Views: 10928

Re: Sun N' Fun Mirror at University of Minnesota (7/11/09)

I agree. I think we should try to play all the tournaments in one day, or we could just find somewhere on campus on Sunday to play the remaining side event.
by Strongside
Thu Jul 02, 2009 9:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Sun N' Fun Mirror at University of Minnesota (7/11/09)
Replies: 62
Views: 10928

Re: Sun N' Fun Mirror at University of Minnesota (7/11/09)

I have two buzzer sets that I can probably bring.
by Strongside
Tue Jun 30, 2009 10:10 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO Lit announcement
Replies: 80
Views: 24493

Re: CO Lit announcement

Jacob Durst and I have agreed to play this.
by Strongside
Mon Jun 01, 2009 9:34 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Studying Geography
Replies: 15
Views: 5526

Re: Studying Geography

One suggestion I would have to getting better at geography is to look over the Geography Monstrosity Questions. They haven't been posted yet, but they will be soon. As for getting better at geography. I would recommend memorizing as much information as you can. States, capitals, lakes, rivers, bodie...
by Strongside
Mon Jun 01, 2009 9:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Gaddis II Thanks and Discussion
Replies: 40
Views: 7400

Re: Gaddis II Thanks and Discussion

I have a few things to say. First of all, this tournament was really great, and I definitely enjoyed playing it. It was awfully nice of the editors/question writers to work on this tournament, and receive nothing in return except the satisfaction that they put together an excellent set. As for const...
by Strongside
Mon Jun 01, 2009 8:48 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Geography Monstrosity discussion
Replies: 19
Views: 3266

Re: Geography Monstrosity discussion

Yeah. This tournament was pretty fun, and I liked being able to play such a unique tournament. Thanks to Jeff and George for making this tournament happen, and to Bryce and Katy for TD'ing.
by Strongside
Mon Jun 01, 2009 8:45 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2009 NAQT HSNCT
Replies: 349
Views: 83129

Re: 2009 NAQT HSNCT

Yeah. The fact that NAQT ran a 192 team tournament that went off smoothly is very impressive. The fact that they have been able to do this year after year is even more remarkable.
by Strongside
Mon Jun 01, 2009 8:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2009 HSNCT question discussion
Replies: 262
Views: 36006

Re: 2009 HSNCT question discussion

I was in the stats room on Saturday, so I didn't see most of the questions. The one thing I wanted to address was trash at the end of packets. I don't know if ACF has an official policy on this, but I believe ACF and mACF tournaments try to make sure the last tossup is not trash. I would like to see...
by Strongside
Sat May 30, 2009 10:00 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Announcement: Geography Monstrosity (May 2009, Chicago)
Replies: 158
Views: 52812

Re: Announcement: Geography Monstrosity (May 2009, Chicago)

quantumfootball wrote:Who won the freehand cartography competition?
It didn't happen. We got done around 1:15, gave out a few books as prizes, and left.
by Strongside
Sat May 30, 2009 9:27 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Announcement: Geography Monstrosity (May 2009, Chicago)
Replies: 158
Views: 52812

Re: Announcement: Geography Monstrosity (May 2009, Chicago)

This tournament happened.

I think Jeff Hoppes' team won. I don't know the rankings of the teams. Stats were kept and will probably be posted soon.
by Strongside
Wed May 20, 2009 10:20 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: PACE NSC Prediction Contest - 2009 Edition
Replies: 21
Views: 2793

Re: PACE NSC Prediction Contest - 2009 Edition

Okay, I'm sponsoring a prediction contest for PACE NSC. You can find a list of what teams will be participating at http://www.pace-nsc.org/registered08.htm . Two teams from each bracket will make the playoffs. Your job is to: Predict the 16 playoff teams (two points each) State College Hunter Maggi...
by Strongside
Sun May 10, 2009 6:39 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: University of Minnesota Nationals Warmup, 5/9 at the U of M
Replies: 53
Views: 9040

Re: University of Minnesota Nationals Warmup, 5/9 at the U of M

Sam is three years behind me in school. I never played against him or knew who he was when I was in high school. I don't think he started doing quiz bowl (at least not NAQT) until I was in college, but I could be wrong. I played against him at some college tournaments that allowed high schoolers to ...
by Strongside
Sun May 10, 2009 4:27 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: University of Minnesota Nationals Warmup, 5/9 at the U of M
Replies: 53
Views: 9040

Re: University of Minnesota Nationals Warmup, 5/9 at the U of M

I can't speak for Sam, but I have played with and against him, and watched him play. I don't know exactly how he has gotten to to this level, although I did give him some suggestions once. The main ways to get better at quiz bowl from my experience are: 1. Playing, practicing on questions. 2. Lookin...
by Strongside
Fri May 08, 2009 5:37 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Music only packets?
Replies: 4
Views: 1529

Re: Music only packets?

The 2005 Pontormo Tournament is an arts tournament (includes music) that is available online to look at. The Harvard Fine Arts tournament also has music questions, but that has not been posted yet. Otherwise, I would recommend looking at old and difficult tournaments, and look for difficult music qu...
by Strongside
Fri May 08, 2009 4:36 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Bringing Buzzer to Tournaments
Replies: 21
Views: 3052

Re: Bringing Buzzer to Tournaments

Yeah, I think it would be a good idea for buzzer incentives to be increased somehow. Maybe tournaments could raise the base fee and the buzzer discount fee by similar amounts, especially since as far as I know, most teams have buzzers.
by Strongside
Fri May 08, 2009 4:17 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Bringing Buzzer to Tournaments
Replies: 21
Views: 3052

Bringing Buzzer to Tournaments

Zeke touched on this in his recent thread, and I remember it was talked about on the IRC, and I wanted to start a thread on teams bringing buzzers to tournaments. Most tournaments give a five or ten dollar discount for each working buzzer, with some tournaments having a maximum number of buzzers tha...
by Strongside
Wed May 06, 2009 2:01 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bouncebacks?
Replies: 47
Views: 5560

Re: Bouncebacks?

But why not consider rewarding bouncebacks at half of their value? This way the team who doesn't get the toss-up does get compensation for depth but loses some of the value as a result of not getting the toss-up. This does not get rid of the strategy issue, which is the main beef I and others have ...
by Strongside
Mon May 04, 2009 8:11 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Gaddis Experiment II
Replies: 98
Views: 53322

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Gaddis Experiment II

I would like to sign up for this. It looks like fun. Also, has a decision been made on 1. Whether the tournament will be tossups only or tossups and bonuses. 2. How points will be scored, and how many buzzes/negs will be allowed on each question, etc. 3. What time the tournament will start. 4. How t...
by Strongside
Sat May 02, 2009 4:08 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Preliminary: FIST - November-ish at TBD
Replies: 8
Views: 1193

Re: Preliminary: FIST - November-ish at TBD

This looks like a lot of fun.

The only problem is that Rob Carson thinks I am a quiz bowl playing robot, so I am unsure as to whether I will be allowed to play.
by Strongside
Fri May 01, 2009 9:45 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF distribution
Replies: 200
Views: 29429

Re: ACF distribution

Yeah, I agree with Jerry and Watkins about eliminating Trash from ACF Nationals, or at least next year. I know quiz bowl has had subject tournaments (literature, history, science, arts, RMP, trash, as well as a social science/philosophy tournament, and a geography tournament later this year). There ...
by Strongside
Wed Apr 29, 2009 1:38 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF distribution
Replies: 200
Views: 29429

Re: ACF distribution

Here is a distribution that I think would be good at Future ACF Nats

4/4 Literature
4/4 Science
4/4 History
3/3 Arts
3/2 or 2/3 RMP
2/1 or 1/2 SS
1/0 or 0/1 Geography
1/0 or 0/1 Trash
by Strongside
Tue Apr 28, 2009 3:05 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals question thanks/discussion
Replies: 75
Views: 11890

Re: ACF Nationals question thanks/discussion

No Rules Westbrook wrote:
On the subject of bonuses, kudos to Minny for their impressive PPB...that stat warms the cockles of my heart. We should start giving awards to teams that finish with the highest ppb and don't come in first or second.
That makes me feel really good.
by Strongside
Tue Apr 28, 2009 12:15 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 151
Views: 24098

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

Some more things about logistics. After reading the thread and seeing what was said on the IRC, I have better idea what happened. I don't think anyone has mentioned this, but two of the rooms with buzzer problems were in Eliot 102 and Eliot 103. Those buzzers both belonged to Maryland, and I remembe...
by Strongside
Mon Apr 27, 2009 11:43 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 151
Views: 24098

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

Questions: I thought the questions for this tournament were pretty good. The editors obviously put a lot of work into them, and the fact that this was a 21 round tournament that was finished on time, with a lot of cool and interesting stuff was awesome. This tournament was kind of annoying to play a...
by Strongside
Mon Apr 27, 2009 11:12 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: number and variability of regular/easier-difficulty events
Replies: 15
Views: 1998

Re: number and variability of regular/easier-difficulty events

I think the balance of easy/regular/hard tournaments is pretty good. The one thing I would like to see are more hard tournaments. I think hard tournaments are the best because: 1. They are more fun (at least for me). 2. There are more things you don't know, meaning you learn more. 3. You learn more,...
by Strongside
Tue Apr 07, 2009 8:05 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Common Link Discussion III: Pigs Shooting Japanese Fascists
Replies: 10
Views: 2180

Re: Common Link Discussion III: Pigs Shooting Japanese Fascists

As for the stress tossup: One of the best ways to gauge difficulty in my opinion is to search packet archives and old packets to see how often something comes up. As a general rule, the more something comes up, the easier it is, and the more appropriate it is for easier tournaments. I looked through...
by Strongside
Tue Apr 07, 2009 4:16 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Common Link Discussion III: Pigs Shooting Japanese Fascists
Replies: 10
Views: 2180

Re: Common Link Discussion III: Pigs Shooting Japanese Fascists

My opinion on whether a common link tossups vary depending on how they are written. I do think that Dwight and Yaphe's idea of what common link tossups are is interesting. The kind of common link tossups I like are ones that point to one clear answer. All five of the tossups at the bottom of this po...
by Strongside
Tue Apr 07, 2009 2:58 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2009 ICT discussion
Replies: 173
Views: 22831

Re: 2009 ICT discussion

I don't have a ton to say about this, but I think it is worth noting that this was by far the best ICT ever written. All the rule changes that were made since last year were good, and I liked the new distribution better. There was a noticeable lack of list bonuses, multiple choice bonuses, and bonus...
by Strongside
Wed Mar 25, 2009 2:02 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The Experiment II
Replies: 54
Views: 11366

Re: The Experiment II

There hasn't been a lot of discussion about this tournament, so I figured I would say a few more things. One thing I liked about this tournament is even though it was not easy, Ryan tends to emphasize writing tossups on difficult subjects, but subjects that have come up as answers at previous tourna...
by Strongside
Mon Mar 23, 2009 11:21 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The Experiment II
Replies: 54
Views: 11366

Re: The Experiment II

Yeah. Building off of what Mike Cheyne said, this tournament was super awesome, and there were tons of great questions and answers.
by Strongside
Mon Mar 23, 2009 2:05 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The Experiment II
Replies: 54
Views: 11366

Re: The Experiment II

It doesn't make a difference in the overall standings, but just for accuracy's sake, Andrew and Selene's individual stats from the last round (round 10) were switched.
by Strongside
Mon Mar 23, 2009 11:07 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The Experiment II
Replies: 54
Views: 11366

Re: The Experiment II

Also, I have the scoresheets for this event (I couldn't find Ryan when were leaving). If other people notice errors in the stats, you can post here or e-mail me, and I can see what's up.
by Strongside
Sun Mar 22, 2009 12:44 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: We need the Experiment questions
Replies: 1
Views: 560

Re: We need the Experiment questions

I sent the questions to Evan Adams' address now.