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by cchiego
Wed Nov 17, 2010 3:55 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: THUNDER II at UCSD - 12/4/10
Replies: 25
Views: 4701

Re: THUNDER II at UCSD - 12/4/10

I have a futon, floorspace, and a sleeping bag with a pad. Contact me via email if you're interested in taking part in some wonderful UCSD graduate-housing hospitality.
by cchiego
Mon Nov 15, 2010 3:28 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Eyes That Do Not See II
Replies: 16
Views: 6918

Re: Eyes That Do Not See II

Can you run it when you come down to the UCSD THUNDER II mirror site? I can definitely provide a room with a projector for it.
by cchiego
Mon Nov 15, 2010 3:22 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Throwing a Game
Replies: 27
Views: 3803

Re: Throwing a Game

Then you fix it like you would fix any accidental out-of-bracket match (how do you fix those anyway... do you just replay the matches during lunch or something?) and you don't even have to prove it was intentional or accuse anyone. So basically, you have to add an entire extra round to the tourname...
by cchiego
Mon Nov 15, 2010 2:02 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Throwing a Game
Replies: 27
Views: 3803

Re: Throwing a Game

But if you know the teams well enough to tell that their A team isn't their best possible A team (say, by having stats from earlier performance), then you surely also know enough to seed the weaker A team and stronger B team accordingly. Ah, but what if they decide to switch as they go to their roo...
by cchiego
Mon Nov 15, 2010 1:39 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: SoCal 2010-2011
Replies: 33
Views: 4790

Re: SoCal 2010-2011

It looks like the standard Torrey-RB-LJ triumverate at the top this year should be joined with University to form a fairly even overall balance, though I don't think there's yet been a tournament with all 4 playing with all of their best players. Each of the teams seems rather similar, with a clear ...
by cchiego
Sat Nov 13, 2010 9:42 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Triton Fall II - 11/13/10 - Harvard Fall Mirror @ UCSD
Replies: 7
Views: 2023

Re: Triton Fall II - 11/13/10 - Harvard Fall Mirror @ UCSD

Congratulations to Torrey Pines B which finished 10-0, 2 games ahead of La Jolla A to win the 2nd Triton Fall Tournament. Complete stats are available at this site . Major thanks to Marcus Luna for coming to help read along with Jerry from UCLA for doing the same. We'll be hosting more high school t...
by cchiego
Fri Nov 12, 2010 4:28 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Let's talk about pseudonyms again
Replies: 95
Views: 20737

Re: Let's talk about pseudonyms again

Seeding a tournament right now and relying heavily on non-pseudonymish names to figure out important things. For instance, a number of top teams split their A and B teams, which has major implications for how I balance out the schedule. Please folks, stick to your real names and make life much easie...
by cchiego
Mon Nov 08, 2010 1:52 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Inexperienced Tournament Hosts
Replies: 22
Views: 3682

Re: Inexperienced Tournament Hosts

I think more collaborative hosting options--like Brown and Harvard have done for a few SCTs--are in order. Of course, even experienced teams screw up too and do things like field house teams with their best moderators, leaving the worst moderators to actually read. In general though, this sounds li...
by cchiego
Sun Nov 07, 2010 4:27 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Triton Fall II - 11/13/10 - Harvard Fall Mirror @ UCSD
Replies: 7
Views: 2023

Re: Triton Fall II - 11/13/10 - Harvard Fall Mirror @ UCSD

We'd like more to register, but we need to know ASAP if you're going to be able to make it.
by cchiego
Sun Nov 07, 2010 3:33 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Inexperienced Tournament Hosts
Replies: 22
Views: 3682

Inexperienced Tournament Hosts

Based on the recent Brandeis ACF Fall experience along with last year's ACF Winter South debacle at UGA and a number of last year's SCTs, it seems like it's time to address the issue of inexperienced tournament hosts. While it might feel good to assert our tournament-hosting superiority over inexper...
by cchiego
Fri Nov 05, 2010 1:43 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: UCLA Mirror of Minnesota Open (Nov. 21)
Replies: 24
Views: 3489

Re: UCLA Mirror of Minnesota Open (Nov. 20)

Either way I'm sure you'll get a team from UCSD. Won't increase our number though.
by cchiego
Sat Oct 23, 2010 11:47 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Triton Fall II - 11/13/10 - Harvard Fall Mirror @ UCSD
Replies: 7
Views: 2023

Re: Triton Fall II - 11/13/10 - Harvard Fall Mirror @ UCSD

Running field update: Bishop's- 2 Torrey Pines- 3 Coronado- 2 University HS- (1 interested) Eastlake- 1 Carlsbad- 2 La Jolla- 3 Canyon Crest- 1 Francis Parker- 2 (morning rounds only?) Rancho Bernardo- 1 Total- 17 (+1 interested) We're hoping to make this the largest tournament of the year in Southe...
by cchiego
Mon Oct 18, 2010 5:50 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Triton Fall II - 11/13/10 - Harvard Fall Mirror @ UCSD
Replies: 7
Views: 2023

Triton Fall II - 11/13/10 - Harvard Fall Mirror @ UCSD

We'd like to invite teams back to UCSD for our second annual Triton Fall Tournament (TFT), which will be held on November 13th on the UCSD campus, likely in the same location (the HSS building) as most of our high school tournaments. The questions this time will be from the Harvard Fall Tournament, ...
by cchiego
Mon Oct 04, 2010 8:19 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Copy edit your questions
Replies: 27
Views: 3695

Re: Copy edit your questions

Rather than increasing moral hazard by assuming that editors won't finish their sets in time to copy-edit, why not encourage editors to finish their sets on time and include copy-editing as part of that process? I don't think this is a case of moral hazard- I think it's more that after writing and ...
by cchiego
Mon Oct 04, 2010 7:37 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Copy edit your questions
Replies: 27
Views: 3695

Re: Copy edit your questions

I too hate terrible grammar and would rather spend my time figuring out what the answer to the question is, not what the question is asking for, when playing. So a suggestion: Can we set up some kind of network of quizbowlers willing to copy edit at the last minute? It seems like it would not be har...
by cchiego
Mon Oct 04, 2010 6:06 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Eligibility
Replies: 39
Views: 6301

Re: Eligibility

EFT was billed as a novice tournament. Perhaps quizbowl needs to be more explicit about difficulty levels; experienced editors should be honest and choose terms slightly more descriptive than "regular" or "novice" difficulty. The spectrum of "novice" runs from Delta Burke through ACF Fall and encou...
by cchiego
Wed Sep 29, 2010 12:38 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: "This makes me feel stupid. I don't think i'm coming back."
Replies: 74
Views: 20619

Re: "This makes me feel stupid. I don't think i'm coming back."

High GPAs don't mean anything other than that they're willing to do schoolwork. It says nothing about intellectual curiosity or ability to think like a quizbowler. Thinking like a quizbowler means having a mental map of all the possibilities out there and the ability to quickly narrow them down. Sor...
by cchiego
Mon Sep 20, 2010 5:51 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: SoCal 2010-2011
Replies: 33
Views: 4790

Re: SoCal 2010-2011

We're looking at something like 8-10 schools completely new to quizbowl coming to our Triton Novice Tournament (so ATTN: more well-established teams who haven't registered- sign up or be waitlisted!). I have no idea what to expect from them, but it's encouraging that there seem to be a lot of school...
by cchiego
Mon Sep 20, 2010 4:39 pm
Forum: New Collegiate Teams
Topic: New team at Ole Miss
Replies: 19
Views: 6270

Re: New team at Ole Miss

Great to hear that Ole Miss is getting an active team! As the other responses have indicated, reading ACF Fall is probably the best way to get them used to quizbowl. Even better, have them take notes on questions they missed from reading old ACF Falls and they'll almost certainly end up seeing most ...
by cchiego
Sat Aug 14, 2010 4:10 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open Discussion
Replies: 87
Views: 14151

Re: VCU Open Discussion

Yep, the cool thing about salt domes is that they're often around places where there's plenty of gas and oil- early exploration of the Middle East oil reserves for example relied a great deal on finding salt domes and then looking for oil around there. It's not a perfect match, but it's a good place...
by cchiego
Thu Aug 12, 2010 3:08 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open Discussion
Replies: 87
Views: 14151

Re: VCU Open Discussion

DumbJaques wrote:I have no idea what Tuocami is and am hoping you have misspelled it here because it shows up in no google searches. A thorough search of the packets suggests that this might be the Tuamotu Islands, an answer that shows up in Round 12. Yeah it was Tuamotu. Probably too ambitious of ...
by cchiego
Thu Aug 12, 2010 1:46 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open Discussion
Replies: 87
Views: 14151

Re: VCU Open Discussion

I fail to see how this question conforms to what you noted above as your main complaints. 1.The Wild Azalea trail is the longest trail in this state, which unusually only has direct jurisdiction over 3 miles of offshore continental shelf instead of the 9 miles of other states. Its extreme northwest ...
by cchiego
Wed Aug 11, 2010 4:37 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open Discussion
Replies: 87
Views: 14151

Re: VCU Open Discussion

A lot of those geography things really emphasized all kinds of rocks and stuff. I know Chris has mentioned that he likes those kinds of questions; to me they're just so much white noise and I don't really know why they're interesting. Still, I don't think it was that different from most geography a...
by cchiego
Tue Aug 10, 2010 11:21 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Giveaways
Replies: 16
Views: 2460

Re: Giveaways

The one valid argument I see here is that it sucks when geography tossups come down to who can buzz in first as the capital is spit out by the moderator at the end of the question. But the solution to this problem is for people to stop writing such shitty geography tossups See that's the problem- m...
by cchiego
Mon Aug 09, 2010 11:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: UCSD High School Tournament Hosting Schedule 10-11
Replies: 4
Views: 1105

Re: UCSD High School Tournament Hosting Schedule 10-11

Alright so we're going to go ahead and host a JV tournament using IS-A questions (which may be modified to remove pop culture and/or mathcomp) on Oct. 23rd with eligibility exceptions for teams that previously only played Academic League. Expect more announcements from Brian, who will be directing t...
by cchiego
Mon Aug 09, 2010 5:29 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Giveaways
Replies: 16
Views: 2460

Re: Giveaways

Please avoid using some absurdly simple binary at the end of a question like a geography TU that ends with both teams going "huh" until they hear the last word- the capitol, and a mad buzzer race ensues. If they can't figure out the country based on very obvious location clues, then don't reward the...
by cchiego
Sun Aug 08, 2010 11:18 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open: San Diego - 8/7-8
Replies: 41
Views: 5882

Re: VCU Open: San Diego - 8/7-8

Thanks to all the teams who came down today; apologies for the slight delay at the start as we hunted up the UCSD facilities management chain of command to get the rooms unlocked. Please let me know what you thought of the tournament and if there's anything that we could do better next time. An enor...
by cchiego
Sun Aug 08, 2010 2:25 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open: San Diego - 8/7-8
Replies: 41
Views: 5882

Re: VCU Open: San Diego - 8/7-8

Now on the lunch break for Sunday. Despite narrowly averting room reservation disaster, we're through 4 rounds.

Saturday Stats.
by cchiego
Sat Aug 07, 2010 10:40 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open: San Diego - 8/7-8
Replies: 41
Views: 5882

Re: VCU Open: San Diego - 8/7-8

UCLA won the Saturday phase of this tournament handily, with the team of (mostly) Dwight solo coming in second. Top scorers I believe were Dwight, Ray Luo, Alan from Caltech, and Mik... stats will be posted tomorrow when I get my hands on the laptop we used. After the tournament finished, some peopl...
by cchiego
Fri Aug 06, 2010 11:40 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open: San Diego - 8/7-8
Replies: 41
Views: 5882

Re: VCU Open: San Diego - 8/7-8

Alright, we will now go with a 6 team schedule on Saturday and a 10 team schedule on Sunday.

Please get in touch with me if you have any issues; see y'all tomorrow.
by cchiego
Thu Aug 05, 2010 2:47 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open: San Diego - 8/7-8
Replies: 41
Views: 5882

Re: VCU Open: San Diego - 8/7-8

At this point, it looks like we'll now have SIX teams on Saturday thanks to a huge free agent influx. We should still have room for more free agents if anyone else wants to show up. I'd still be interested in more free agents for Sunday to get to 10 teams (or having a team combine and drop to 8). Ni...
by cchiego
Wed Aug 04, 2010 7:27 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open: San Diego - 8/7-8
Replies: 41
Views: 5882

Re: VCU Open: San Diego - 8/7-8

The field update I've posted earlier in the thread is the field as I currently have it, with 4 teams registered for Saturday (plus 5 or so free agents that we'll figure out what to do with depending on if UCI comes) and 9 registered for Sunday. I've drawn up schedules for anything from 7-10 teams on...
by cchiego
Mon Aug 02, 2010 8:21 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open: San Diego - 8/7-8
Replies: 41
Views: 5882

Re: VCU Open: San Diego - 8/7-8

Transportation and other logistical issues have forced Bellarmine to drop from this event. We share your disappointment (if applicable). I feel fairly qualified in saying that once the school year rolls around and we get help with finances, we can make future SoCal tournaments with some degree of r...
by cchiego
Sat Jul 31, 2010 5:04 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open: San Diego - 8/7-8
Replies: 41
Views: 5882

Re: VCU Open: San Diego - 8/7-8

I've been updating the field in my post further up in the thread, but here are the fields as I have it right now: Saturday: 6 confirmed teams (4 rooms confirmed; 4 moderators confirmed) UCLA Caltech (2 teams of 3) Refugees from the Madrean Sky Island Immigrant Turkeyshoot Free agent Team One Free ag...
by cchiego
Thu Jul 29, 2010 7:29 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open: San Diego - 8/7-8
Replies: 41
Views: 5882

Re: VCU Open: San Diego - 8/7-8

Seems like there are at least two teams that will need lodging, probably a 3rd if Bellarmine comes. Also, so I checked out where we're holding the Sunday tournament and it looks like we could set up an outdoor room. We might need to find some folding chairs since the chairs in the area are all bolte...
by cchiego
Wed Jul 28, 2010 4:57 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open: San Diego - 8/7-8
Replies: 41
Views: 5882

Re: VCU Open: San Diego - 8/7-8

If Bellarmine drops, Arcadia/UCI/whomever is welcome to their spots. With the interest this tournament has gotten, we'll definitely need to know as early as possible who can come. Email us if you're having problems and I'll see what we can do. Rooms for both days are now totally confirmed. The Satur...
by cchiego
Wed Jul 28, 2010 2:28 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open: San Diego - 8/7-8
Replies: 41
Views: 5882

Re: VCU Open: San Diego - 8/7-8

We have confirmed rooms for Saturday and have almost-final confirmation for Sunday. This tournament will happen both days. Final logistical details will be sent out by the end of the week. At this point, I also have 8 confirmed teams for Sunday. That's almost our cap, considering there were only 4 r...
by cchiego
Mon Jul 19, 2010 3:09 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open: San Diego - 8/7-8
Replies: 41
Views: 5882

Re: VCU Open: San Diego - 8/7-8

We may be able to expand to 4 rooms each day, pending the outcome of our room reservation request, since we've got higher-than-expected staffing interest. If so, we'll definitely take up to 8 teams each day. First-come, first-serve though and right now we have 3 teams confirmed for Sat. and 5 for Su...
by cchiego
Sat Jul 17, 2010 3:53 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open: San Diego - 8/7-8
Replies: 41
Views: 5882

Re: VCU Open: San Diego - 8/7-8

Field Update:
See below for most recent.
by cchiego
Wed Jul 14, 2010 11:27 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: UCSD High School Tournament Hosting Schedule 10-11
Replies: 4
Views: 1105

UCSD High School Tournament Hosting Schedule 10-11

UCSD Quizbowl is setting up its schedule for HS tournament hosting next year. We're hoping to be much more active in hosting and to offer a wide range of tournament opportunities for local circuit teams in addition to starting outreach to some teams that aren't traditional quizbowl schools. The sche...
by cchiego
Wed Jul 14, 2010 4:28 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2011 NAQT HSNCT: May 27-29: Congratulations State College!
Replies: 112
Views: 34605

Re: 2011 NAQT HSNCT: May 27-29, Atlanta

Atlanta's the hub for AirTran, so you're going to find a bunch of extremely cheap prices from across the country using them. Delta can have good sales too and in general prices should be very low. Downtown Atlanta isn't the best big-city downtown, but it's very close to a bunch of cool attractions a...
by cchiego
Mon Jul 12, 2010 12:10 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: West Coast Invitational 2011
Replies: 15
Views: 4643

Re: West Coast Invitational 2011

Will this tournament aim to bring teams mainly from California, or will teams from other states be encouraged to attend too? I know Brophy (from Arizona) was heralded as a rising program, so they might be interested in coming here. Teams from other western states (Frenchtown from Montana comes to m...
by cchiego
Sat Jun 12, 2010 10:22 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAC LIVEBLOG
Replies: 9
Views: 1580

Re: NAC LIVEBLOG

Sounds like that rumored "improvement" in NAC was completely bogus. I can't believe coaches still voluntarily take their teams to this. Whether it's the disrespect towards players, the horrible questions, or the hilarious arrogance Chip himself demonstrates, there's basically nothing redeeming about...
by cchiego
Wed Jun 02, 2010 12:17 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAC schedule/discussion 2010
Replies: 68
Views: 10934

Re: NAC schedule/discussion 2010

Histrionics aside, it's kind of nice to have a detailed write-up of what happened. I realize that NAQT has a blog during the HSNCT, but a detailed, well-written retrospective afterwards might be a nice way to make the action real for those of us who can't attend, to say nothing of those coaches and...
by cchiego
Wed Jun 02, 2010 3:33 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: New Practice Techniques?
Replies: 8
Views: 2728

Re: New Practice Techniques?

Great to see someone new from the SD area on the boards! UCSD will be hosting at least 3 high school tournaments next year, so you'll be able to get plenty of chances to play good quizbowl very close to Scripps Ranch. We'll also probably be holding summer practices that local high schoolers are more...
by cchiego
Tue Jun 01, 2010 12:16 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Know your current events
Replies: 42
Views: 10918

Re: Know your current events

Glad to see that Matt posted this. CE is really important, not that hard to study for (although it does require a different kind of studying), and should definitely be more represented in sets. I think one of the problems with writers trying to provide CE questions is that they are often time-sensit...
by cchiego
Mon May 31, 2010 6:14 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Geography Monstrosity 2
Replies: 64
Views: 24547

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Geography Monstrosity 2

I definitely enjoyed this tournament more than last year's iteration, in large part thanks to what seemed to be a more reasonable answer selection (only a few obscure provinces from India/China) and less use of "this river has X X X and X tributaries/this country has towns named Y Y Y and Y." I was ...
by cchiego
Sun May 30, 2010 8:28 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Georgia 2009-2010
Replies: 299
Views: 56442

Re: Georgia 2009-2010

I gotta say I was impressed. I didn't have super-high expectations coming in, but the GA teams on the whole were very impressive and have a lot to build on for next year. Centennial was fast- almost too fast for their own good sometimes, like when they got stranded in some negstorms and had to try t...
by cchiego
Wed May 26, 2010 7:11 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open: San Diego - 8/7-8
Replies: 41
Views: 5882

Re: VCU Open: San Diego - 8/7-8

I'll be glad to drive people to and from the airport (UCSD won't get a rail connection to the airport until 2016 unfortunately). I live right off the interstate and technically on-campus, so it'll be a quick drive to the tournament site.
by cchiego
Wed May 26, 2010 2:43 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open: San Diego - 8/7-8
Replies: 41
Views: 5882

Re: VCU Open: San Diego - 8/7-8

I'll offer up my apartment for teams who would like to make the trip down here but might not be able to afford a place to stay. The campus is literally half a mile from the beach, so just use this as a vacation opportunity. Y'all have no excuses.