VCU Open II at VCU - Saturday, August 8

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

Post by Mechanical Beasts » Tue Jul 28, 2009 7:29 pm

Okay, so we know that not many questions are written for this thing; we also know that we all want to play a tournament. Is anyone against making it partial packet sub? VCU could even give discounts on team entry fees based on how much they provide: maybe $5 for 4/4, $10 for 8/8, or something. Obviously, the priority would be submitting 4/4 or 5/5 science, since science writers aren't even nailed down yet.

Since I've heard that answer selection is done, we could even be given instructions on what to write, preventing repeats. This worked well for many people for CO Lit, and I don't see why we should do differently here when the tournament is pretty much in a worse state and has fewer writers working on it. Matt, you're a good dude, but you can't write a ~15 round tournament, even without science, in ten days.
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Re: VCU Open II at VCU - Saturday, August 8

Post by grapesmoker » Tue Jul 28, 2009 7:34 pm

I would be happy to contribute a packet to such an effort.
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Re: VCU Open II at VCU - Saturday, August 8

Post by at your pleasure » Tue Jul 28, 2009 7:39 pm

I have quite a bit on my hands, but I suppose I could spare the time to write 2-3 lit or visual arts tossups if you still need any.
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Re: VCU Open II at VCU - Saturday, August 8

Post by Auks Ran Ova » Tue Jul 28, 2009 7:40 pm

Yeah, I'd definitely write what I can for a packet as well.
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Re: VCU Open II at VCU - Saturday, August 8

Post by Not That Kind of Christian!! » Tue Jul 28, 2009 7:40 pm

grapesmoker wrote:I would be happy to contribute a packet to such an effort.
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Re: VCU Open II at VCU - Saturday, August 8

Post by Cheynem » Tue Jul 28, 2009 7:40 pm

I would be happy to chip in some questions, but I cannot write (good) science.
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Post by SnookerUSF » Tue Jul 28, 2009 8:02 pm

I will happily offer my services.
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Re: VCU Open II at VCU - Saturday, August 8

Post by Theory Of The Leisure Flask » Tue Jul 28, 2009 10:05 pm

I'll gladly chip in, but don't expect much in terms of science from me. (Maybe I could pull off a stray earthsci or subatomic particle question, but even those areas are nearly guaranteed to suck.)
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Re: VCU Open II at VCU - Saturday, August 8

Post by Jeremy Gibbs-Marangoni Effect » Tue Jul 28, 2009 11:12 pm

I can also write a bit; the only science that I can do competently is math.
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Re: VCU Open II at VCU - Saturday, August 8

Post by ThisIsMyUsername » Wed Jul 29, 2009 12:05 am

The only thing I could write competently at this level of difficulty is music. Maybe a little poetry too, I guess, if it's 19th century. If you need some, let me know.

By the way, Rich and I are still looking for teammates for this, and now that it looks like teams might be writing half-packets, I'm even more eager to find some soon. Any pairs left that would like to merge or free agents left who'd care to join?
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Re: VCU Open II at VCU - Saturday, August 8

Post by Matt Weiner » Thu Jul 30, 2009 1:51 am

A few things:

Dwight Wynne and Aaron Cohen will be covering most of the science for this tournament. Some physics assistance could still be quite useful, so holler at Dwight if you want to write that.

I will give you a $40 discount if you write a complete packet for use during your team's bye round BY WEDNESDAY the 5th. Since it will rightfully be considered my sole responsibility if this tournament doesn't have enough packets on Saturday, I cannot have people saying they will send me a packet at 2 AM Friday night and expecting me to just have faith that will happen (let alone deal with repeats and stuff in that scenario). There will be absolutely no exceptions made to this condition. Contact me ASAP if you want to commit to this option.

For various reasons, the difficulty for this tournament is now "between normal/Regionals and Nationals" rather than "CO level." Take that into account if you are writing a packet. The harder end of Cardinal Classic, Terrapin, etc is what I have in mind here.
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Re: VCU Open II at VCU - Saturday, August 8

Post by Theory Of The Leisure Flask » Thu Jul 30, 2009 7:13 am

Matt Weiner wrote:A few things:

Dwight Wynne and Aaron Cohen will be covering most of the science for this tournament. Some physics assistance could still be quite useful, so holler at Dwight if you want to write that.

I will give you a $40 discount if you write a complete packet for use during your team's bye round BY WEDNESDAY the 5th. Since it will rightfully be considered my sole responsibility if this tournament doesn't have enough packets on Saturday, I cannot have people saying they will send me a packet at 2 AM Friday night and expecting me to just have faith that will happen (let alone deal with repeats and stuff in that scenario). There will be absolutely no exceptions made to this condition. Contact me ASAP if you want to commit to this option.

For various reasons, the difficulty for this tournament is now "between normal/Regionals and Nationals" rather than "CO level." Take that into account if you are writing a packet. The harder end of Cardinal Classic, Terrapin, etc is what I have in mind here.
Would you be willing to accept a partial packet for a partial discount?
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Re: VCU Open II at VCU - Saturday, August 8

Post by Auks Ran Ova » Thu Jul 30, 2009 1:36 pm

Matt Weiner wrote:I will give you a $40 discount if you write a complete packet for use during your team's bye round BY WEDNESDAY the 5th. Since it will rightfully be considered my sole responsibility if this tournament doesn't have enough packets on Saturday, I cannot have people saying they will send me a packet at 2 AM Friday night and expecting me to just have faith that will happen (let alone deal with repeats and stuff in that scenario). There will be absolutely no exceptions made to this condition. Contact me ASAP if you want to commit to this option.

For various reasons, the difficulty for this tournament is now "between normal/Regionals and Nationals" rather than "CO level." Take that into account if you are writing a packet. The harder end of Cardinal Classic, Terrapin, etc is what I have in mind here.
My team is doing this.
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Re: VCU Open II at VCU - Saturday, August 8

Post by Frater Taciturnus » Thu Jul 30, 2009 2:33 pm

LOCATION/DIRECTIONS/PARKING: The tournament will take place somewhere on our Monroe Park campus (aka "Academic Campus"). We will have more details once the room reservations come back.
Do we know where this is going to be yet?
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Re: VCU Open II at VCU - Saturday, August 8

Post by Matt Weiner » Thu Jul 30, 2009 5:54 pm

Yes, it will be in Hibbs. I'll copy/paste the usual directions to Hibbs for the benefit of out-of-town people shortly.
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Re: VCU Open II at VCU - Saturday, August 8

Post by magin » Thu Jul 30, 2009 6:08 pm

ThisIsMyUsername wrote:The only thing I could write competently at this level of difficulty is music. Maybe a little poetry too, I guess, if it's 19th century. If you need some, let me know.

By the way, Rich and I are still looking for teammates for this, and now that it looks like teams might be writing half-packets, I'm even more eager to find some soon. Any pairs left that would like to merge or free agents left who'd care to join?
I'm always interested in playing on teams with people I've never played with before, so mind if I join?
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Re: VCU Open II at VCU - Saturday, August 8

Post by The Toad to Wigan Pier » Thu Jul 30, 2009 6:14 pm

I am looking for a team and willing to write some questions.
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Re: VCU Open II at VCU - Saturday, August 8

Post by ThisIsMyUsername » Thu Jul 30, 2009 6:37 pm

magin wrote: I'm always interested in playing on teams with people I've never played with before, so mind if I join?
Great Stirrup Controversy wrote:I am looking for a team and willing to write some questions.
I'm sure I speak for both Rich and myself when I say that we'd be delighted to team up with both of you. I'm fine with writing or not writing a packet (though, as I said, I can't contribute beyond music and some lit), depending on what everyone prefers, so I'll leave it up to you guys. My email is john DOT lawrence AT yale DOT edu if you want to contact me directly.
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Re: VCU Open II at VCU - Saturday, August 8

Post by Cheynem » Thu Jul 30, 2009 6:44 pm

I'm not entirely sure, but I'm fairly certain my team (Sarah Angelo, Evan Silberman, me) could still use a fourth in case anyone is interested.
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Re: VCU Open II at VCU - Saturday, August 8

Post by Important Bird Area » Thu Jul 30, 2009 6:48 pm

I'll volunteer to contribute the history to a packet. (And geography, if there's geography in this tournament, which there may not be.)
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Re: VCU Open II at VCU - Saturday, August 8

Post by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN) » Thu Jul 30, 2009 7:16 pm

Yeah, what distribution should we use for our packet?
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Re: VCU Open II at VCU - Saturday, August 8

Post by Matt Weiner » Thu Jul 30, 2009 7:48 pm

4/4 science (biology, chemistry, physics, misc)
4/4 history (american, european on the continent post-500, world, european including british and classical or more of same)
4/4 literature (american, british, european, world)
3/3 arts (painting, music, misc)
3/3 rmp (religion, mythology, philosophy)
2/2 social science (regular social science, more social science or current events or geography or academic general knowledge)
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Re: VCU Open II at VCU - Saturday, August 8

Post by Frater Taciturnus » Thu Jul 30, 2009 8:31 pm

Food map:

http://maps.google.com/maps?near=900+Pa ... 13626&z=16

just replace "food" in the search bar with the type of food you want and voila.

EDIT: Also, if anyone is not interested in the music event, I can try and put something else together.
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Re: VCU Open II at VCU - Saturday, August 8

Post by Cheynem » Thu Jul 30, 2009 8:47 pm

Seeing as how the best I could hope for would be to snipe a few fringe category tossups in that event, what would this "something else" entail?
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Re: VCU Open II at VCU - Saturday, August 8

Post by naturalistic phallacy » Thu Jul 30, 2009 11:00 pm

Hey, if anyone is still in need of a hotel to stay, $40 nets you three nights at the Best Western Richmond Airport. We have two spots open!
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Re: VCU Open II at VCU - Saturday, August 8

Post by Cheynem » Sat Aug 01, 2009 10:10 am

Our fourth player is now the legendary George Berry.
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Re: VCU Open II at VCU - Saturday, August 8

Post by BuzzerZen » Sat Aug 01, 2009 12:39 pm

Cheynem wrote:Our fourth player is now the legendary George Berry.
Sweet!
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Re: VCU Open II at VCU - Saturday, August 8

Post by Strongside » Sat Aug 01, 2009 7:49 pm

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 byrne111@umn.edu
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Re: VCU Open II at VCU - Saturday, August 8

Post by Matt Weiner » Sat Aug 01, 2009 8:01 pm

OK, here's where I think the field is (updated 8/5/09):

9 teams

John Lawrence/Jonathan Magin/R Mason*
Silberman, Angelo, Cheyne, Berry
Gehring/Spencer/Carter/Rosenthal
Jha/Seal/Byrne/Casalapsi*
Y Chen/L Chen/ Z Zheng/N James
Watkins/Kirsch/Davis/Carson*
Mukherjee/Gioia/Ray
Tabachnick/White/Goff/Morlan
Charlie Dees/Jason Loy/Phil George/Will Butler*

*presumably hard at work on a packet. other people who are awaiting a couple of answers from me to write partial packets are not noted here.

Since 9 teams is pretty workable format-wise I am closing registration. Any further people interested in playing will need to join one of the shorthanded teams.
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Re: VCU Open II at VCU - Saturday, August 8

Post by Pilgrim » Sat Aug 01, 2009 8:02 pm

Matt Weiner wrote:People coming to this site who are writing packets:

Kirsch/Watkins team
Carson et al team
These teams are the same.
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Re: VCU Open II at VCU - Saturday, August 8

Post by Matt Weiner » Sat Aug 01, 2009 8:04 pm

That's true. Fixed.
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Re: VCU Open II at VCU - Saturday, August 8

Post by ThisIsMyUsername » Sat Aug 01, 2009 8:31 pm

Matt Weiner wrote: 3 people who posted "looking for team" messages and I didn't see claimed by any team

Razvi
Butler
Byrne

People coming to this site who are writing packets:

Carson et al team
cheyne team?
white team?

For the last two, I need to know if "I can write some questions" means the team in general will be taking advantage of the full packet-submission deal.
Sorry, maybe my e-mail to you didn't go through, Matt: Jonathan Magin, Rich, and myself are writing a full packet for discount. Unclaimed players, if one of you wants to join our team and help write the packet to get in on the discount, you should e-mail me ASAP. My email address can be found in one of my previous posts.
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Re: VCU Open II at VCU - Saturday, August 8

Post by Lapego1 » Sat Aug 01, 2009 9:07 pm

Matt Weiner wrote:3 people who posted "looking for team" messages and I didn't see claimed by any team

Razvi
Butler
Byrne
Turns out I'm busy that weekend, so you can take my name off here. Sorry for any confusion.
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Re: VCU Open II at VCU - Saturday, August 8

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Matt Weiner wrote:For the last two, I need to know if "I can write some questions" means the team in general will be taking advantage of the full packet-submission deal.
Unless I was misinformed, Fred Morlan is our fourth. To repeat my earlier question, are you accepting partial packets? I can write 6/6 (maybe a little more but no guarantees) between now and then, preferably in fine arts and other subjects which are not science or myth.
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Re: VCU Open II at VCU - Saturday, August 8

Post by Haaaaaaaarry Whiiiiiiiiiite » Sat Aug 01, 2009 10:59 pm

I believe TJ B is also coming to this?
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Re: VCU Open II at VCU - Saturday, August 8

Post by t-bar » Sat Aug 01, 2009 11:11 pm

Kamen Rider Punch Hopper wrote:I believe TJ B is also coming to this?
We decided against it. We'll probably be interested to see the set, but we will not be attending.
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Re: VCU Open II at VCU - Saturday, August 8

Post by Cheynem » Sat Aug 01, 2009 11:36 pm

I don't think our team will be writing a packet.
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Re: VCU Open II at VCU - Saturday, August 8

Post by I'm a goff (in case you couldn't tell) » Sun Aug 02, 2009 1:30 am

Theory Of The Leisure Flask wrote:
Matt Weiner wrote:For the last two, I need to know if "I can write some questions" means the team in general will be taking advantage of the full packet-submission deal.
Unless I was misinformed, Fred Morlan is our fourth.
Still awaiting confirmation from Mr. Morlan that this will indeed be the case.
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Re: VCU Open II at VCU - Saturday, August 8

Post by Jeremy Gibbs-Marangoni Effect » Sun Aug 02, 2009 1:19 pm

Charlie Dees, Phil George and I are coming to this and plan to write a packet.
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Re: VCU Open II at VCU - Saturday, August 8

Post by Megalomaniacal Panda on Absinthe » Mon Aug 03, 2009 3:52 am

David Seal and I are now playing with Brendan Byrne and Tommy Casalaspi, and we're writing a packet.
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Re: VCU Open II at VCU - Saturday, August 8

Post by Jeremy Gibbs-Marangoni Effect » Tue Aug 04, 2009 4:09 pm

Will Butler has joined our team.
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Re: VCU Open II at VCU - Saturday, August 8

Post by AKKOLADE » Tue Aug 04, 2009 6:33 pm

I am 100% going to this.
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Post by BuzzerZen » Tue Aug 04, 2009 6:34 pm

FredMorlan wrote:I am 100% going to this.
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Re: VCU Open II at VCU - Saturday, August 8

Post by Frater Taciturnus » Tue Aug 04, 2009 9:40 pm

Hey out of town people:

If on Friday the 7th you are coming into town and need a ride to the place you are staying I am willing to make runs to the airport, Greyhound station and the Staples Mill train station as needed. If you would like this transportation please email me at george[antispamtexthere]berry292@hotmail(hasabadspamfilter).com
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Re: VCU Open II at VCU - Saturday, August 8

Post by Matt Weiner » Wed Aug 05, 2009 5:17 am

Yo, here's the logistics details for Saturday:

The entire tournament will take place in the Hibbs Building on our Monroe Park campus (aka "Academic Campus"). Please meet in Hibbs, room 403, by 8:30 AM. This is the same building where the summer tournaments were last year and where ACF Fall was in 2008, but is not the same building where Fake ICT was in March.
-The nominal address of the building is "900 Park Ave, Richmond VA" if you need to put something into your map software of choice, but be aware that Hibbs does not actually face the street, so you will have to park and then walk to the area where the building is in order to find it. I suggest printing out the appropriate campus maps and bringing them along--note that Hibbs is directly across from the Cabell Library, which will probably be easier for you to find if you have not been to the VCU campus before.
-It is almost certain that the one and only door to Hibbs which will be unlocked for the weekend is the door on the north (interior) side of the vestibule that is on the library side of the building. We will endeavor to have signs up that point you to this door.
-On Saturdays, parking on the street is free and available in most places around the campus; the best place to park for access to Hibbs is on one of the residential streets such as Park Avenue, Floyd Avenue, or West Avenue that branch off Harrison Street to the west near the Hibbs/library area. If you cannot find a space in that area, then you can try parking on Floyd Avenue near the Commons, or, further south, on Main Street. If all else fails, you should use the parking deck at Harrison and Broad, which is about three blocks north of the tournament building and will charge you somewhere between zero and five dollars to park all day on a Saturday.
-We won't be providing breakfast. There are 7-11s along Harrison at both the Main Street and Grace Street intersections, which are three blocks south and north of the tournament building respectively. If you prefer to sit down and/or eat hot food, the Village Cafe at Harrison and Grace is open for breakfast.

We will be using the same building/rooms for the Sunday event. I'll leave it up to the TDs of that to tell you when to arrive.
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Re: VCU Open II at VCU - Saturday, August 8

Post by cvdwightw » Thu Aug 06, 2009 1:47 pm

Matt Weiner wrote:I will give you a $40 discount if you write a complete packet for use during your team's bye round BY WEDNESDAY the 5th.
I don't know exact details, but I've only been sent the science for one (Shantanu's team) out of five packets teams said they would be writing. If your team is writing a packet and your science questions are done, please send me those questions now.
Matt Weiner wrote:Dwight Wynne and Aaron Cohen will be covering most of the science for this tournament. Some physics assistance could still be quite useful, so holler at Dwight if you want to write that.
Except for the submitted packets, the bio and chem for this tournament are all but done. If you are not playing this tournament and want to write physics, you would still be very useful. If you are not playing this tournament and want to write minor science, especially CS, you would also be very useful. Any little bit helps; even if you can only write like 1/1, that's 1/1 that I don't have to write or find a writer for.
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Re: VCU Open II at VCU - Saturday, August 8

Post by Matt Weiner » Thu Aug 06, 2009 10:28 pm

Hey folks.

Good news: The tournament will have 14 packets that will be done before the tournament starts.

Bad news: A team has dropped out and 8 teams really doesn't work for this. If you are in or can get to Richmond and want to play the tournament, I will give you a discount of up to 100% on the entry fee in order to entice you to be here. We can also offer pickup from the train or bus station if that helps. Contact me at mattweiner.vcu@gmail.com if this applies to you. OK, I think this situation is now taken care of.
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Re: VCU Open II at VCU - Saturday, August 8

Post by AKKOLADE » Fri Aug 07, 2009 1:28 am

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

Post by magin » Fri Aug 07, 2009 1:52 am

Hey,

If anyone coming to VCU Open is driving through the DC area, it would be convenient if you could pick me up. I'll pay (possibly not with used books) for a ride there and back. If interested, send me an email.

EDIT: I still haven't heard from anyone. Since I can't come to the tournaments this weekend without some sort of ride, I'd really like to know if anyone has room for me.
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Re: VCU Open II at VCU - Saturday, August 8

Post by Ike » Fri Aug 07, 2009 10:53 pm

Hey magin,

I can drive you back on Sunday.
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