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by Captain Sinico
Thu Jul 23, 2015 2:07 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open thanks and discussion
Replies: 34
Views: 17849

Re: Chicago Open thanks and discussion

Thanks a lot to the editors and writers for such an enjoyable tournament! Though my feelings on losing are well known, I loved this set and the supreme level of competition all weekend, and especially on Saturday. I especially liked how it was just on the right side of crazy hard in the median, and ...
by Captain Sinico
Wed Jul 15, 2015 6:18 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Samuel L. Bronkowitz presents Chicago Open (07/18-19/15)
Replies: 117
Views: 55513

Re: Samuel L. Bronkowitz presents Chicago Open (07/18-19/15)

Baller! (If I missed that upthread, I'm sorry.) Shall we pick a start time, then?
by Captain Sinico
Wed Jul 15, 2015 6:14 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Samuel L. Bronkowitz presents Chicago Open (07/18-19/15)
Replies: 117
Views: 55513

Re: Samuel L. Bronkowitz presents Chicago Open (07/18-19/15)

It seems like now's a good time to re-pose the following: Is there an order for the side events on Sunday yet? Also, we should decide on projected start times, or at very least a start time for whichever of these fine side-bars of this weekend's quizbowl debauch is leading off. I notice lunch plans ...
by Captain Sinico
Wed Jul 08, 2015 1:58 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Delta Burke 2014 Set Discussion
Replies: 42
Views: 16823

Re: Delta Burke 2014 Set Discussion

Clues should be ordered so as to minimize the extent to which it's rational for a player with perfect knowledge (of a clue) to take a probabilistic risk (A knowledgable player may hear the first few words, think "Knowing Matisse, I know this is one of maybe 3 or 4 colors, which means I've got a shot...
by Captain Sinico
Wed Jul 08, 2015 10:38 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: How to become a good theoretical math player?
Replies: 29
Views: 10726

Re: How to become a good theoretical math player?

This deserves its own thread, but Alexander Grothendieck is the most important mathematician of the past 60 years. His contributions to algebraic geometry should come up much more than space-filling curves, which in topology are objects of secondary importance. I don't agree with your assessment ei...
by Captain Sinico
Wed Jul 08, 2015 10:18 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO History 2015
Replies: 139
Views: 68082

Re: CO History 2015

Our team's packet is done and will be submitted in a moment.
by Captain Sinico
Sun Jul 05, 2015 11:33 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements
Replies: 577
Views: 325438

Re: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements

I'd love to play whatever this wacky thing is tonight, after I finish my C.O. History questions. Please let us know when!
by Captain Sinico
Fri Jul 03, 2015 2:34 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Advice on Studying Fine Arts
Replies: 13
Views: 12307

Re: Advice on Studying Fine Arts

I didn't start playing until junior year - it doesn't matter all that much as long as you'll put the work in.
by Captain Sinico
Thu Jul 02, 2015 2:59 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015 CO Visual Arts
Replies: 131
Views: 59076

Re: 2015 CO Visual Arts

The takeaway from this is: take registrations for teams, not interest. Since it wasn't clear which was wanted when, you two had different ideas of what each of you meant. There's no satisfactory resolution to that problem, so you have to fix this as best you can, and then do it better next time.
by Captain Sinico
Thu Jul 02, 2015 1:32 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015 CO Visual Arts
Replies: 131
Views: 59076

Re: 2015 CO Visual Arts

Thanks for writing and running this and sorry it's landed you with this problem. I guess it's a good thing that so many people want to play your tournament - I know I'm looking forward to it! Maybe I can help you square this circle some. You could try a different schedule of some form, assuming you ...
by Captain Sinico
Mon Jun 29, 2015 11:14 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015 CO Visual Arts
Replies: 131
Views: 59076

Re: 2015 CO Visual Arts

Kelly Tourdot and I arranged to team up a couple days ago.
by Captain Sinico
Sun Jun 28, 2015 2:27 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Accurate Timing during Tournaments
Replies: 22
Views: 9332

Re: Accurate Timing during Tournaments

I really don't know what to do with this, but this thread has some more observations on the possibility of humans becoming more accurate at calling time properly. Here's an important caveat to people reading the above thread. I add this because people at tournaments seem confused, and because I've ...
by Captain Sinico
Sun Jun 28, 2015 2:07 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Accurate Timing during Tournaments
Replies: 22
Views: 9332

Re: Accurate Timing during Tournaments

I do use a timer for pretty much all matches I moderate and don't find it onerous at all. I wear a watch with a digital second display. After the appropriate start point (usually when I recognize or whatever,) I look at the watch, and then call time when the number is one plus the answer time, modul...
by Captain Sinico
Sun Jun 28, 2015 1:42 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: WUSTL mirror of 2015 NASAT - July 11, 2015
Replies: 13
Views: 6099

Re: WUSTL mirror of 2015 NASAT - July 11, 2015

I'm interested in this. Perhaps I could help staff, or play if people think that might be fun.
by Captain Sinico
Sun Jun 28, 2015 1:40 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Quizbowl
Topic: How do you describe quizbowl to someone unfamiliar with it?
Replies: 12
Views: 5341

Re: How do you describe quizbowl to someone unfamiliar with

After years of this, I've distilled it to: "Competitive knowing stuff fast."
by Captain Sinico
Sun Jun 28, 2015 1:36 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Quizbowl
Topic: San Diego Academic League
Replies: 19
Views: 10212

Re: San Diego Academic League

Angle! Now that's a new one to me.
by Captain Sinico
Sun Jun 28, 2015 1:12 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Quizbowl
Topic: All videos of Quiz Bowl
Replies: 206
Views: 141306

Re: All videos of Quiz Bowl

Our local TV thing is the Parkland Challenge, run by the sumptuously appointed local Community College. They're nice people, albeit they use single-elim on mostly one-clue tossups. Also there's conferring on tossups the other team guesses wrong, and some other wacky format stuff. Anyway, watch some ...
by Captain Sinico
Sun Jun 28, 2015 12:26 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Quizbowl
Topic: All videos of Quiz Bowl
Replies: 206
Views: 141306

Re: All videos of Quiz Bowl

A Dan Passner(?)-shot video of the 2004 ICT Undergraduate finals that I've been sitting on for a decade or more. If Dan or whoever wants to claim the YouTube dap for this, I'm happy to transfer ownership!
by Captain Sinico
Sat Jun 27, 2015 3:15 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACFNATIONALS - A JRPG tournament
Replies: 99
Views: 49441

Re: ACFNATIONALS - A JRPG tournament

I still want my Mustadio points!
by Captain Sinico
Fri Jun 26, 2015 6:56 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Quizbowl
Topic: San Diego Academic League
Replies: 19
Views: 10212

Re: San Diego Academic League

Whatever makes you wacky Epicurians happy, I guess!
by Captain Sinico
Fri Jun 26, 2015 6:39 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015 CO Visual Arts
Replies: 131
Views: 59076

Re: 2015 CO Visual Arts

Sorry if this was unclear: I'm 100% certain to be at CO and I definitely want to play this, so please put me down for a team. If people from the "Interest" list want to contact me to form a duo, please do!
by Captain Sinico
Fri Jun 26, 2015 6:33 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Discussion of pronunciation guides
Replies: 30
Views: 14589

Re: Discussion of pronunciation guides

I had the same problem at both HSNCT and ICT; trying to find the end of the pronunciation guides was difficult at times. Graying the pronunciation guides as suggested sounds like a very good idea. It seems to allow more efficient skipping of those I don't need and finding of their ends more easily, ...
by Captain Sinico
Fri Jun 26, 2015 6:04 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Going to HS tournaments without coaches?
Replies: 12
Views: 6232

Re: Going to HS tournaments without coaches?

Sorry to hear of your difficulties. I'm sure you can find a way around them if you'll put some effort in. Schools are often okay with a parent trusted by the coach accompanying a team for the purposes of making everything official. Even if your school's not cool with that, local tournament organizer...
by Captain Sinico
Fri Jun 26, 2015 4:52 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Quizbowl
Topic: San Diego Academic League
Replies: 19
Views: 10212

Re: San Diego Academic League

While Academic League tossups are necessarily easier relative to pyramidal ones due to their one-line nature, there is a tendency towards "swerving" in questions which does not reward blitzing For the record, these are called "hoses." A hose is a question in which the earlier parts have little or n...
by Captain Sinico
Fri Jun 26, 2015 4:06 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Immediate Corrections to Answers
Replies: 1
Views: 2300

Re: Immediate Corrections to Answers

I have to agree with Chris - allowing corrections to completed answers isn't a good idea in practice and we should change that rule to something more straightforward.
by Captain Sinico
Fri Jun 26, 2015 2:31 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open at Michigan - August 8
Replies: 122
Views: 54408

Re: VCU Open at Michigan - August 8

I'd sure love to play this, as well as any and all side events. If some wind up being played on somebody's floor at 2 A.M. Monday, that's cool with me, too. I suppose that means I'm looking for a team or teammates!
by Captain Sinico
Fri Jun 26, 2015 1:51 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: SQBS Help Thread
Replies: 48
Views: 35381

Re: SQBS Help Thread

NAQT's registration system does that automatically, to some extent.
by Captain Sinico
Fri Jun 26, 2015 1:31 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: UChicago Summer Practices
Replies: 11
Views: 5346

Re: UChicago Summer Practices

Any chance you dudes can e-mail me when you're practicing? I'm in Chicago irregularly but I'd love to drop by when it works out.
by Captain Sinico
Wed Mar 11, 2015 7:04 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: George Oppen: An Apology, and General Discussion
Replies: 47
Views: 15663

Re: George Oppen: An Apology, and General Discussion

Having just straight up walked into this tournament off the street knowing nothing about it other than time and location, I though it was a lot of fun (and negging!) Perhaps if I'd expected something easier, I'd be disappointed by how hard it was (hard, but not that hard,) but I don't think anyone c...
by Captain Sinico
Wed Mar 11, 2015 6:59 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Samuel L. Bronkowitz presents Chicago Open (07/18-19/15)
Replies: 117
Views: 55513

Re: Samuel L. Bronkowitz presents Chicago Open (07/18-19/15)

ValenciaQBowl wrote:...do we need to accept some weird allusions to something I've never heard of?
Congratulations: you've inadvertently created the world's best half-sentence question about quizbowl!
by Captain Sinico
Wed Mar 11, 2015 6:54 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Literary Phrasing
Replies: 20
Views: 7720

Re: Literary Phrasing

...a much more elegant solution is simply to use the precise reference throughout the entire question: "this man," "this novel," "this country," etc. Very rarely will this lead a player to be able to narrow down the answer space so dramatically that a question plays poorly; if that seems to be the ...
by Captain Sinico
Wed Mar 11, 2015 6:18 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Praise Song Part II
Replies: 23
Views: 22303

Re: Praise Song Part II

To be honest, it's probably better than shitting on the front of someone, right? Probably my favorite quizbowl memory of any kind all-time is Zeke Berdichevsky, Andrew Ullsperger, Matt, and myself winning Chicago Open in 2005. Me being me, I mostly remember having a couple (morally undeserved) good ...
by Captain Sinico
Tue Mar 10, 2015 7:57 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Samuel L. Bronkowitz presents Chicago Open (07/18-19/15)
Replies: 117
Views: 55513

Re: Samuel L. Bronkowitz presents Chicago Open (07/18-19/15)

I know that! I was just wondering for, like, other people and so I can see whom we're playing against and stuff.
by Captain Sinico
Tue Mar 10, 2015 6:19 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Samuel L. Bronkowitz presents Chicago Open (07/18-19/15)
Replies: 117
Views: 55513

Re: Samuel L. Bronkowitz presents Chicago Open (07/18-19/15)

Is there any way to view registered teams? Can there be?!
by Captain Sinico
Tue Mar 10, 2015 1:02 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Literary Phrasing
Replies: 20
Views: 7720

Re: Literary Phrasing

I'd say that calling what's unambiguously a novel a "story" isn't really misleading, though it's perhaps not the best practice (unless you have some other reason to avoid saying "novel.") If, for example, someone were to protest that the bonus is misleading and must be thrown out, I'd definitely den...
by Captain Sinico
Mon Mar 09, 2015 10:24 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA Regionals 2014-15 at Centennial (Champaign)
Replies: 3
Views: 1858

Re: IHSA Regionals 2014-15 at Centennial (Champaign)

Okay, stats are posted! Points scored should be accurate, except that I'm not sure who got TU 2 for Kankakee in Round 1. Games played are wrong for several teams & rounds: Peotone, Rd. 1 (maybe) Streator, Rd. 1 (don't know who came in/out or when at all!) Danville, Rd. 1 (don't know who came out for...
by Captain Sinico
Mon Mar 09, 2015 9:09 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA Regionals 2014-15 at Centennial (Champaign)
Replies: 3
Views: 1858

Re: IHSA Regionals 2014-15 at Centennial (Champaign)

It was (5) Streator over (4) Centennial in the finals, 220-80. Congratulations to Coach Tyne and the Bulldogs! We look forward to hosting you and our Section's other Regional winners at our Sectional this Saturday. Other semi-finalists were Bradley-Bourbonnais & Danville. Stats will be posted to the...
by Captain Sinico
Mon Feb 23, 2015 11:29 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA Regionals 2014-15 at Centennial (Champaign)
Replies: 3
Views: 1858

Re: IHSA Regionals 2014-15 at Centennial (Champaign)

Here's an e-mail I sent to coaches a little while ago: Coaches, Based on the results of our Doodle poll, and in light of the long travels here that many of you have and some facility considerations, we're going to start slightly later than the recommended time. The Coaches' Meeting will begin by 4:3...
by Captain Sinico
Mon Feb 23, 2015 11:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA Regionals 2014-15 at Centennial (Champaign)
Replies: 3
Views: 1858

IHSA Regionals 2014-15 at Centennial (Champaign)

Centennial is happy to host an IHSA Regionals site on 3/9. Your site manager is our AD, Mr. Brian Easter. You can contact me with questions. On tournament day, I'll post updates here as they happen, so stay tuned for exciting action! Teams in this Region: Bradley-Bourbonnais Centennial Danville Hers...
by Captain Sinico
Mon Feb 23, 2015 11:11 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 NAQT Illinois State (2/14/2015; Urbana, IL)
Replies: 15
Views: 8052

Re: 2015 NAQT Illinois State (2/14/2015; Urbana, IL)

Observers of the passing scene noted the following errors in the stats: 1. Bloomington A had 355, not 255, vs. Metea Valley (addition on scoresheet was wrong) 2. Metea Valley had 190, not 90, against Auburn A (score was entered wrong) 3. Arjun from OPRF was 0/2/0 nor 0/0/2 against "Lake County Acade...
by Captain Sinico
Sat Feb 21, 2015 1:47 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Claude Shannon Memorial Tournament
Replies: 29
Views: 14908

Re: Claude Shannon Memorial Tournament

I'd sure like to play such an event.
by Captain Sinico
Fri Feb 20, 2015 2:49 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: RILKE: Chicago Open Literature Singles 2015
Replies: 95
Views: 48069

Re: RILKE: Chicago Open Literature Singles 2015

I will neg anything if you give me a chance. Just try to stop me!
by Captain Sinico
Fri Feb 20, 2015 2:46 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO 2015 Matchmaking
Replies: 47
Views: 19562

Re: CO 2015 Matchmaking

I'll 0/6 for anybody, anytime. Let me know!
by Captain Sinico
Fri Feb 20, 2015 2:44 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO History 2015
Replies: 139
Views: 68082

Re: CO History 2015

I'll be there. If someone doesn't mind my horrible negging all the time, drop me a line.
by Captain Sinico
Mon Feb 16, 2015 6:59 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 NAQT Illinois State (2/14/2015; Urbana, IL)
Replies: 15
Views: 8052

Re: 2015 NAQT Illinois State (2/14/2015; Urbana, IL)

This Saturday, I had the pleasure of directing the 2015 NAQT Illinois State Championship at the University of Illinois. Congratulations to our State Champions for 2015, Auburn High School A of Rockford (Mohammad Nizamuddin, Evan Pandya, Cole Timmerwilke, Steven Vo - Coach Linda Greene!) They defeate...
by Captain Sinico
Sun Feb 15, 2015 3:50 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 NAQT Illinois State (2/14/2015; Urbana, IL)
Replies: 15
Views: 8052

Re: 2015 NAQT Illinois State (2/14/2015; Urbana, IL)

Hey, sorry for the delay in updating stuff online! Full stats are posted to the tournament DB page courtesy of Donald Taylor. (Unfortunately, we didn't get any posted during the tournament - sorry about that, Mrs. M! It would have worked if we'd been more fastidious.) Brief results: Auburn A defeate...
by Captain Sinico
Sat Feb 14, 2015 12:39 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 NAQT Illinois State (2/14/2015; Urbana, IL)
Replies: 15
Views: 8052

Re: 2015 NAQT Illinois State (2/14/2015; Urbana, IL)

10 minutes. (I thought I'd said that, but it was only to staff. Oops!)
by Captain Sinico
Fri Feb 13, 2015 8:31 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 NAQT Illinois State (2/14/2015; Urbana, IL)
Replies: 15
Views: 8052

Re: 2015 NAQT Illinois State (2/14/2015; Urbana, IL)

Click here to download a (rather exhaustive) description of the format, and full schedule for tomorrow's games.

See you in the morning,
by Captain Sinico
Fri Feb 13, 2015 12:58 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 NAQT Illinois State (2/14/2015; Urbana, IL)
Replies: 15
Views: 8052

Re: 2015 NAQT Illinois State (2/14/2015; Urbana, IL)

A quick update: with 36 teams, we'll use a format beginning with 6 pools of 6 teams, who will play a round-robin and then be rebracketed. More details & a schedule later. According to my research, the following schools are eligible for the Small School championship: Greenville Litchfield Macomb Pias...
by Captain Sinico
Fri Feb 06, 2015 11:55 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 NAQT Illinois State (2/14/2015; Urbana, IL)
Replies: 15
Views: 8052

Re: 2015 NAQT Illinois State (2/14/2015; Urbana, IL)

Hi again everyone, Well, we're a little over a week before the start of the tournament, so let me update you all. First, I'm happy to announce that our tournament is PACE Gold Certified, which means that we qualify additional teams for the PACE NSC . Qualifying teams will be contacted by NAQT and PA...