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by Captain Sinico
Sun Nov 14, 2010 2:24 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Let's talk about pseudonyms again
Replies: 95
Views: 21075

Re: Let's talk about pseudonyms again

Kwang the Ninja wrote:Heh, Sorice's post in that thread is hilariously prescient.
I'm pretty much always right. Trust me.

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by Captain Sinico
Thu Nov 11, 2010 1:45 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: statkeeping and online scoresheets (split from ACF Fall 2010)
Replies: 18
Views: 5742

Re: statkeeping and online scoresheets (split from ACF Fall 2010

I'll add that it's not necessary for the purpose of keeping the stats that are currently kept to transmit entire scoresheets. On the contrary, only the following data are needed: Each player's name Each player's +10's Each player's -5's (Each player's +15's or other powers if applicable) Each player...
by Captain Sinico
Wed Nov 10, 2010 5:02 am
Forum: New Collegiate Teams
Topic: The Quizbowl Economy
Replies: 28
Views: 9930

Re: The Quizbowl Economy

I think the number of man-hours put into staffing the average tournament will be on the order of or exceed the number put into editing it. Let's examine that. As I find Gautam's estimates reasonable, I'll follow them to the conclusion that on the order of 300 hours will be spent producing questions ...
by Captain Sinico
Thu Jul 22, 2010 3:34 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO Lit 2010
Replies: 124
Views: 40246

Re: CO Lit 2010

So, do we have a location and time for this yet?

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by Captain Sinico
Thu Jul 22, 2010 3:03 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Music notes as clues/what is music knowledge?
Replies: 9
Views: 2406

Re: Music notes as clues/what is music knowledge?

It seems to me like the takeaway from this thread is "consider what people might know when writing clues." Giving the scoring and playing in a specific section is, in fact, probably less vague and less useless than giving a random group of notes, especially given that the latter is less accessible i...
by Captain Sinico
Thu Jul 22, 2010 1:24 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Announcement: Paul Goodman Memorial Open
Replies: 157
Views: 52217

Re: Announcement: Paul Goodman Memorial Open

I'm bringing 3 buzzer systems, one of which has only 7 reliable lights.

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by Captain Sinico
Thu Jul 22, 2010 1:17 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO Lit 2010
Replies: 124
Views: 40246

Re: CO Lit 2010

Yeah, if you read Ike's earlier posts, by "shootout format" he seems to mean something like the Hilleman singles format with a team of two standing in for each player. I think that's sensible.

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by Captain Sinico
Sun Jul 18, 2010 7:32 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO Side Event: The Jean-Baptiste Lully Memorial
Replies: 275
Views: 101837

Re: CO Side Event: The Jean-Baptiste Lully Memorial

YOU WILL LIVE TO REGRET THIS!

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by Captain Sinico
Sat Jul 17, 2010 3:20 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: How small is the math canon?
Replies: 42
Views: 6635

Re: How small is the math canon?

Erdös' work is, to my knowledge, serious math; he was certainly a serious mathematician. It also happens that he led an interesting, curious life that makes him the subject of popular interest, at least among some, c.f. Erdös numbers, which were/are in no way the work of Erdös per se. Consequently, ...
by Captain Sinico
Sat Jul 17, 2010 3:09 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: How small is the math canon?
Replies: 42
Views: 6635

Re: How small is the math canon?

I think Coach Reinstein has the right idea here. There's plenty of stuff to fill out a year's tournaments without resorting to un-mathematical answers like Erdős numbers (I guess people, perhaps just Auroni, don't know that they're really not mathematical at all) or other biographical junk. Rather, ...
by Captain Sinico
Sat Jul 17, 2010 2:16 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO Side Event: The Jean-Baptiste Lully Memorial
Replies: 275
Views: 101837

Re: CO Side Event: The Jean-Baptiste Lully Memorial

Incidentally, I have a couple intriguing offers and will be accepting more until tomorrow.

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by Captain Sinico
Sat Jul 17, 2010 2:15 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO Side Event: The Jean-Baptiste Lully Memorial
Replies: 275
Views: 101837

Re: CO Side Event: The Jean-Baptiste Lully Memorial

Having spoken with Charlie, he probably won't be able to make it to Chicago due to some stuff beyond his control (thus my saying upthread that I now need a teammate.)

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by Captain Sinico
Fri Jul 16, 2010 12:06 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO Side Event: The Jean-Baptiste Lully Memorial
Replies: 275
Views: 101837

Re: CO Side Event: The Jean-Baptiste Lully Memorial

I'm down a teammate so if you want to play with me, let me know.

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by Captain Sinico
Thu Jul 15, 2010 6:08 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Announcement: Paul Goodman Memorial Open
Replies: 157
Views: 52217

Re: Announcement: Paul Goodman Memorial Open

Our team is rounded out by Adam Perkins.

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by Captain Sinico
Thu Jul 15, 2010 4:41 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Announcement: Paul Goodman Memorial Open
Replies: 157
Views: 52217

Re: Announcement: Paul Goodman Memorial Open

Apparently, we're out Alex. If you want to join our high-flying team of winners, please let me know.

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by Captain Sinico
Sun Jul 11, 2010 7:37 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Announcement: 2010 Chicago Open, Chicago, IL (July 23-25)
Replies: 135
Views: 40414

Re: Announcement: 2010 Chicago Open, Chicago, IL (July 23-25)

Hey Jerry, I sent you a reply a few days ago, but I gather you didn't get it. Sorry about that. Our packet is so late because I've been waiting on questions from a team member (NOT ME THIS TIME, DAVID GARB AND ASSOCIATED ASSHOLES!) which I am now, i.e. at this very moment, writing on the assumption ...
by Captain Sinico
Sun Jul 11, 2010 7:32 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open: Michigan Location
Replies: 105
Views: 30134

Re: VCU Open: Michigan Location

I might be interested in this if I can get a ride and lodging with people, so you can put me down tenuously.

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by Captain Sinico
Thu Jun 24, 2010 3:59 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: academic trash?
Replies: 10
Views: 2101

Re: academic trash?

My shock at the derailing of this thread can safely be said to be bounded.

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by Captain Sinico
Fri Jun 18, 2010 10:32 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Announcement: Paul Goodman Memorial Open
Replies: 157
Views: 52217

Re: Announcement: Paul Goodman Memorial Open

Please add to your field a team consisting of Mike "Needs To Expand His Knowledge Base" Sorice, Andrew "Icy Efficiency" Ullsperger, Chris "Really Knew the Occasional Lit Question" Vicich, and Alex (last name and DGLP-inspired nickname pending.)

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by Captain Sinico
Fri Jun 18, 2010 2:16 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT charging for old packets
Replies: 33
Views: 9407

Re: NAQT charging for old packets

Right, Jonah, but if the packets were available for free and freely redistributable, they'd appear on the archives more or less immediately, rendering the NAQT site issues moot.

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by Captain Sinico
Fri Jun 18, 2010 2:11 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT distribution change 2010-11
Replies: 28
Views: 5056

Re: NAQT distribution change 2010-11

Echoing every player's consensus that there's too much trash. Please reduce to at most 1/1 for general use and eliminate completely for Nationals (ICT/HSNCT.) Of course, this is hardly the first time I've asked for this, but it is the first time in this thread. I don't have any new arguments and wil...
by Captain Sinico
Wed Jun 16, 2010 11:35 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: PACE NSC: format changes, 2010 information
Replies: 287
Views: 115783

Re: PACE NSC: format changes, 2010 information

"Pending" means I'm waiting to approve your request. As I'm approving all manually, it might take a while, so please try to be patient.

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by Captain Sinico
Wed Jun 16, 2010 10:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: PACE NSC: format changes, 2010 information
Replies: 287
Views: 115783

Re: PACE NSC: format changes, 2010 information

Charbroil wrote:Just out of curiousity, what are your criteria for membership of this group?
I'm planning on letting anyone who asks in unless I have a good reason to keep them out. If people make asinine posts or whatever, I'll consider removing them.

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by Captain Sinico
Wed Jun 16, 2010 9:33 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: PACE NSC: format changes, 2010 information
Replies: 287
Views: 115783

Re: PACE NSC: format changes, 2010 information

Hi guys, At what I consider a fair request for privacy, I've split all posts about the NSC cheating issue to special forum. This was not in the least done to squelch discussion, nor in a foolish attempt to hide any facts (which are already widely known.) In order to access the form, you have to join...
by Captain Sinico
Tue Jun 15, 2010 4:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: PACE NSC: format changes, 2010 information
Replies: 287
Views: 115783

Re: PACE NSC: format changes, 2010 information

I'm not sure. Let me check what happened with that.

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by Captain Sinico
Tue Jun 15, 2010 3:11 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: PACE NSC: format changes, 2010 information
Replies: 287
Views: 115783

Re: PACE NSC: format changes, 2010 information

Yeah, MSJ was one of our most difficult seeding decisions, since we didn't know the composition of their team. I saw their HSNCT A team and was suitably impressed - I have to believe they would have had a higher seed if we had faith they'd show with that same team. In the end, their seed was a compr...
by Captain Sinico
Tue Jun 15, 2010 5:47 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: PACE NSC: format changes, 2010 information
Replies: 287
Views: 115783

Re: PACE NSC: format changes, 2010 information

I also want to apologize for the continued delay in disseminating the set. Having completed my work on it, I discovered that Chris had some other things he wanted to do with it before release. Chris assures me it will be sent for archiving today.

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by Captain Sinico
Tue Jun 15, 2010 5:45 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: PACE NSC: format changes, 2010 information
Replies: 287
Views: 115783

Re: PACE NSC: format changes, 2010 information

Hi, You're right to call me on that and I'm sorry for taking longer than I said. A different project has been taking most of my PACE time. Here are the results of our seeding meeting: - 1's 1. Maggie Walker A 2. State College A 3. Southside A 4. St. Anselm's 5. LASA 6. Dorman A. 7. Georgetown Day 8....
by Captain Sinico
Mon Jun 14, 2010 1:21 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2010 NASAT question discussion
Replies: 16
Views: 4129

Re: 2010 NASAT question discussion

Inkana7 wrote:...a tossup on "groups" or "group" that mentioned the word "group" in the tossup.
Huh, I noticed and tried to fix that... I guess it didn't work somehow. Sorry!

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by Captain Sinico
Sun Jun 13, 2010 1:24 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2010 HSAPQ NASAT Discussion!
Replies: 57
Views: 23701

Re: 2010 HSAPQ NASAT Discussion!

The usual ACF procedure is that the two-way tie is broken (preferably by play, possibly on paper if play is impossible for some reason,) then advantaged finals happen. I'm not sure what HSAPQ's format is.

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by Captain Sinico
Sun Jun 13, 2010 1:22 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: PACE NSC: format changes, 2010 information
Replies: 287
Views: 115783

Re: PACE NSC: format changes, 2010 information

Sure, I can agree with that. I'll publish our full seeding tomorrow since there's clearly a high degree of interest in that. Since we take the top two from each bracket and initial bracket records don't count after the initial bracket, I don't think it's necessary to get a top 10 seed to have a good...
by Captain Sinico
Sat Jun 12, 2010 8:48 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: PACE NSC: format changes, 2010 information
Replies: 287
Views: 115783

Re: PACE NSC: format changes, 2010 information

The set will be sent for archiving later today and should appear shortly. I will make a post and send an e-mail to all coaches once it's available. I apologize for the delay: some pagination and repeats replaced during the tournament had to be/are being fixed and NASAT editing was higher priority fo...
by Captain Sinico
Fri Jun 11, 2010 11:18 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Land of Lincoln Throwdown Announcement
Replies: 123
Views: 18052

Re: Land of Lincoln Throwdown Announcement

Ukonvasara wrote:
MichaelKearney wrote:since Charlie has edited more trash tournaments than any other person in quizbowl, I don't get why that's a bad thing
You heard it here first: quantity equals quality!
That's the first time I've heard that argument, so it MUST be wrong!

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by Captain Sinico
Fri Jun 11, 2010 1:46 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Moderating etiquette
Replies: 45
Views: 8006

Re: Moderating etiquette

I agree with you that we shouldn't try to assume anything that isn't necessary and that that's where we get into trouble. That said, we can't avoid the fact that we're assuming that the player does know something by assuming that we should accept an answer that could be, for example, Millet or Milla...
by Captain Sinico
Thu Jun 10, 2010 11:12 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 09-10 Season Player Poll- RESULTS
Replies: 30
Views: 6926

Re: 09-10 Season Player Poll

I mean, people complaining isn't ipso facto wrong or against the rules or anything, though it can be annoying. Let's be big enough to bear some potential complaints.

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by Captain Sinico
Thu Jun 10, 2010 11:11 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: PACE NSC: format changes, 2010 information
Replies: 287
Views: 115783

Re: PACE NSC: format changes, 2010 information

Yeah, that to my mind is the rule that we ought most to change. I have what I think is a sensible proposal that we'll hopefully be discussing soon.

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by Captain Sinico
Thu Jun 10, 2010 3:55 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 09-10 Season Player Poll- RESULTS
Replies: 30
Views: 6926

Re: 09-10 Season Player Poll

You know, it's not like Charlie can "close down" your thread. If you want to conduct a poll, good luck - I'm not going to stop you unless your thread starts sucking.

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by Captain Sinico
Thu Jun 10, 2010 2:59 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Moderating etiquette
Replies: 45
Views: 8006

Re: Moderating etiquette

I'd say that's mostly fair, Jerry. Certainly if someone gives an answer with an audible "s" at the end, that's going to be accepted without further issue for Millais as a plausible pronunciation of the written word (and not accepted for Millet for the converse reason.) I'd say in general that it's f...
by Captain Sinico
Thu Jun 10, 2010 2:54 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2010 PACE NSC Stats
Replies: 13
Views: 2201

Re: 2010 PACE NSC Stats

Yes. Sorry for the confusion. We can easily enter those games this year and shall do so. I apologize that they are not in there now.

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by Captain Sinico
Thu Jun 10, 2010 2:52 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: PACE NSC: format changes, 2010 information
Replies: 287
Views: 115783

Re: PACE NSC: format changes, 2010 information

I'd say we're pretty happy with how they turned out. We worked very, very hard on seeding, with Fred and others working week after week to get us tournament results and many of our core members spending over 7 hours deliberating to rank every team in our field. Our brackets held serve or had one tra...
by Captain Sinico
Thu Jun 10, 2010 12:22 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2010 PACE NSC Stats
Replies: 13
Views: 2201

Re: 2010 PACE NSC Stats

I thought cross-over games mattered in the final rankings. For example, SJHS and Loyola both finished 4th in their 2nd flight brackets after winning tie-breakers against two other teams within their respecitive flights---SJHS against Dunbar B & Walter Johnson and Loyola against Hoover & Quince Orch...
by Captain Sinico
Thu Jun 10, 2010 12:15 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois and the National Quiz Bowl Scene
Replies: 47
Views: 6441

Re: Illinois and the National Quiz Bowl Scene

Yeah, DCD is perennially an excellent team. Michigan's often good for another elite team or two. Of course, there are occasionally elite teams from Ohio and Missouri. I haven't seen much from Iowa, Wisconsin, or Indiana yet, but those states have programs, so hopefully they can bear fruit at some po...
by Captain Sinico
Thu Jun 10, 2010 9:05 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2010 PACE NSC Stats
Replies: 13
Views: 2201

Re: 2010 PACE NSC Stats

We did our absolute utmost to retain all scoresheets, spending over an hour after the tournament filing them systematically. Therefore, we anticipate being able to enter everything in short order. We hope people will forgive the delay for completeness' sake: stats have been finished excepting 8 game...
by Captain Sinico
Wed Jun 09, 2010 6:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bounceback Theory, NSC and Elsewhere
Replies: 30
Views: 7550

Re: Bounceback Theory, NSC and Elsewhere

Assuming non-optimal strategy, a team can have this situation come up on tossups 11, 13, 15, 17, and 19 (or 12 14 16 18 20). Do you really want 25% of your tossups putting teams in that difficult position? Teams are seriously going to be saying on tossup 11, "Well, I know this and can buzz in, but ...
by Captain Sinico
Wed Jun 09, 2010 6:00 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bounceback Theory, NSC and Elsewhere
Replies: 30
Views: 7550

Re: Bounceback Theory, NSC and Elsewhere

In any event, the point is this: the strategy-shifting event is rare to begin with. If it does happen, if the team affected enacts the optimal strategy once, it then has an insurmountable lead and should go for as many tossups as possible, so the event should really only occur once per round at abs...
by Captain Sinico
Tue Jun 08, 2010 7:01 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bounceback Theory, NSC and Elsewhere
Replies: 30
Views: 7550

Re: Bounceback Theory, NSC and Elsewhere

Technically, there are more times than the ones mentioned above when you don't want to buzz with bouncebacks, such as when you are up by 60 points on the 19th question and your opponent negs and when you are up by 110 points on the 18th question and your opponent negs. I think what I said accounts ...
by Captain Sinico
Tue Jun 08, 2010 6:31 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bounceback Theory, NSC and Elsewhere
Replies: 30
Views: 7550

Re: Bounceback Theory, NSC and Elsewhere

The thesis that the point of the game is to get the most tossups is not one that I can agree with. In fact, even if everyone did agree with that, eliminating bouncebacks would be pretty low on the priority list for rules we should change to facilitate it. It seems to me that the first rule we'd thro...
by Captain Sinico
Tue Jun 08, 2010 6:03 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Literature by COuntry
Replies: 7
Views: 1377

Re: Literature by COuntry

Further muddying the waters is the fact that Carpentier was Swiss by birth and Franco-Russian by ethnicity. I've never been a big fan of common-link-country literature. While anyone who's studied at all must accept that countries/regions have eras in their literary traditions that are distinct, cohe...
by Captain Sinico
Tue Jun 08, 2010 5:56 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: PACE NSC: format changes, 2010 information
Replies: 287
Views: 115783

Re: PACE NSC: format changes, 2010 information

That's possible. I don't know off-hand and didn't check that fact since I didn't hear (even rumblings of) a protest on that basis. If that's the case, you're right, we have a bad question that should have been thrown out and about which the only remaining possibilities are: that "transverse/relativi...
by Captain Sinico
Tue Jun 08, 2010 5:51 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Moderating etiquette
Replies: 45
Views: 8006

Re: Moderating etiquette

On a related note, I remember that in high school we were always prompted for giving answers like "shelley" or "miller," each of which could refer to two or more sometimes contemporaneous authors. Is there a reason that we do not do this anymore? I'll make explicit what Dwight just said implicitly:...