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Phoenix snatches playoffs semi final victory against SurfAholics Alpha to make final of CTP TEams season three against Lucky 13

SurfAholics Alpha won all but one week of the entire six month Season Three before crashing out of the playoffs last night in a battle described as ‘beyond epic’ by Jon Olson.

The dramatic departure of the hot favorites came in the dying moments of play when opponents Phoenix unleashed a short but intense barrage of lethal blows in their semi final game.

With the other semi final game showing only token opposition from Uber Surfers, this means that Phoenix will meet Lucky 13 in the final.

Ironically Phoenix won by employing exactly the same tactic which propelled the Ubers into the semi finals…they did nothing of note for 47 hours and then unleashed a torrent of frenzied activity in the final few minutes.

The fact that this technique could work twice in a row in these playoffs was amazing but the fact that it worked against what is the most experienced, successful and savvy team in CTP Teams is almost beyond belief. (more…)

Legacy Hits Division standings after five weeks of competition in CTP Teams season three

As we enter the sixth week of this current season, there remain just three teams who have picked up maximum points in the contest so far.

SurfAholics Alpha, Renegades and Hunters all have the maximum possible 25 weekly points from the first five weeks of play.

Living Wealthy is in fourth place as the only team with 24 points and Raiders on the Storm is in fifth place (both in terms of weekly points gained so far) with 23.

Looking at the distribution of weekly points in the top two divisions – the Legacy Hits and Pharaohs Army divisions – it can be seen that the teams have settled into a clear hierarchy of positions with all five places pretty much settled right now.

This is not to say it will remain this way but is evidence that the teams have settled into a rhythm which currently keeps them where they are now. We also see the same pattern of points distribution in the GPowerSurf Division.

The lower teams still have a fair amount of time left in order to disrupt the rhythm of the teams above them so nothing is settled yet.

In the Ragin Redneck Division Living Wealthy has a narrowish three point lead at the top but just a single point separates the next two teams.

CTP Teams SiteXplosion Division weekly standings  S3 w5

In the SiteXplosion Division, while Hunters are way out in front, nothing at all separates Lucky 13 Too and WealthBuilders 2.0 and it is exactly the same for Dark Clickers and The Badge Seekers.

This means that apart from the first spot, this is the most open of all the main divisions right now.

The Wealth Builder Division is the only one where there is a tie for first spot, with both Surf To Earn and Easy Team level on 21 points and just two points separating each of the remaining two teams.

Finally the Cup of Traffic Division remains the one where anything could still happen. The top five teams are holding their own so far but are not at all safe from the teams below them.

There are some really exciting things happening in CTP Teams right now…be part of it and have fun each week as you compete.

 

We are now four days into Season Three, so let’s see how the teams look ranked in the order that counts…relative to other members in their respective divisions.

The overall points total for all the teams in the contest, while interesting to look at, do not determine the rankings for Season Three.

The key to this season is to remember that you are only competing with the other teams in your division. How many points teams in other divisions can earn, relative to you, is really not important.

Where The Teams stand:

Division One – Legacy Hits Division sponsored by Legacy Hits

CTP Teams Season Three Division One - Legacy Hits Division sponsored by Legacy Hits

POS CH LP TEAM PTS
1 -1 (0) SurfAholics – Alpha (25/25) 21,588,849,983
2 -2 (0) Lucky 13 (25/25) 16,972,564,864
3 -3 (0) UBER SURFERS (23/25) 4,788,242,120
4 -4 (0) WealthBuilders (23/25) 2,529,467,120
5 -5 (0) The Cash Surfing Network (25/25) 2,499,961,263

SurfAholics Alpha has taken a commanding early lead but Lucky 13 is putting up a strong fight in second place. The other three teams will need to work really hard to compete with these highly competitive teams.

 

Division Two – Pharaohs Army Division sponsored by William Miller

CTP Teams Season Three Division Two - Pharaohs Army Division sponsored by William Miller

POS CH LP TEAM PTS
1 -1 (0) Renegades (25/25) 3,359,155,691
2 -2 (0) BEGINNERS and WINNERS (24/25) 2,209,700,129
3 -3 (0) Dream Team (25/25) 1,444,910,527
4 -4 (0) Strays Team Bee (24/25) 1,340,281,899
5 -5 (0) In To Win (24/25) 582,310,965

This division is very competitive indeed. While Renegades is comfortably ahead right now, Beginners and Winners is looking good in second and the next two teams are also showing strongly. Only In To Win seem to be struggling a little bit, but with six months to run they have a lot of time to make up lost ground.

Division Three – Ragin’ Redneck Division sponsored by Robert Arnold

CTP Teams Season Three Division Three - Ragin' Redneck Division sponsored by Robert Arnold

POS CH LP TEAM PTS
1 -1 (0) Living Wealthy (24/25) 225,021,223
2 -2 (0) Surf Lovers (25/25) 155,236,447
3 -3 (0) Adkreator (24/25) 154,070,014
4 -4 (0) Ultimate Surf Warriors (21/25) 125,375,453
5 -5 (0) The Strays (16/20) 42,777,277

This is very similar to the division above – Living Wealthy is comfortably in the lead but very little separates the next three teams, any of which could push for first place without too much trouble. The Strays need to do a little more however.

Division Four – SiteXplosion Division sponsored by Shane Bost

CTP Teams Season Three Division Four - SiteXplosion Division sponsored by Shane Bost

POS CH LP TEAM PTS
1 -1 (0) Hunters (19/25) 69,330,816
2 -2 (0) WealthBuilders 2.0 (8/25) 44,827,192
3 -3 (0) Lucky 13 Too (14/25) 33,193,797
4 -4 (0) Dark Clickers (13/15) 24,560,366
5 -5 (0) The Badge Seekers (7/10) 23,492,971

Things are very different in this division. Look how close all the teams are. Hunters is currently at the top, but any of the teams in this division could easily challenge for first place.

 

Division Five – GPowerSurf Division sponsored by Ed, Eric and Daniel Goettman

CTP Teams Season Three Division Five - GPowerSurf Division sponsored by Ed, Eric and Daniel Goettman

POS CH LP TEAM PTS
1 -1 (0) Team Wealthy (3/20) 389,860,846
2 -2 (0) Riders on the Storm (15/25) 54,106,247
3 -3 (0) Anime Art (19/25) 53,404,613
4 -4 (0) Affiliate Prosperity (15/15) 20,169,904
5 -5 (0) Dynamite Surfers (9/20) 12,742,647

Team Wealthy has come out of the blocks at a fair old sprint. Right now it has opened up a huge gap but how the other four teams respond will be key to deciding what happens in this division.

Division Six – Wealth Builder Division sponsored by Evelyn Kramer

CTP Teams Season Theee Division Six - Wealth Builder Division sponsored by Evelyn Kramer

POS CH LP TEAM PTS
1 -1 (0) Surf to Earn (19/20) 15,601,330
2 -2 (0) Indulge Yourself (15/20) 13,550,450
3 -3 (0) SurfAholics – Bravo (12/25) 9,392,283
4 -4 (0) BAD Surfers (15/15) 5,912,449
5 -5 (0) Easy Team (9/25) 5,506,795

Surf to Earn has a relatively narrow lead over Indulge Yourself but this is another division where there is no one really dominant team emerging at this early stage.

Division Seven – Cup of Traffic Division sponsored by Russell Stockley

CTP Teams Season Theee Cup of Traffic Division sponsored by Russell Stockley

POS CH LP TEAM PTS
1 -1 (0) Roar (10/15) 6,766,270
2 -2 (0) Ezee Surfers (9/10) 5,830,055
3 -3 (0) OfOnePlusOne (2/15) 2,331,556
4 -4 (0) TEAM GREEN (15/15) 1,530,798
5 -5 (0) Movers (3/10) 1,249,363
6 -6 (0) Go MORTS (9/10) 1,163,877
7 -7 (0) grasshoppers (3/10) 455,535
8 -8 (0) UFO Hits (3/10) 455,472
9 -9 (0) UNLIMITED DREAMS (5/5) 395,286
10 -10 (0) Team Mavericks (6/20) 229,193
11 -11 (0) music team (2/10) 193,490
12 -12 (0) PayItForward (6/10) 167,700
13 -13 (0) Expats (5/10) 159,817
14 -14 (0) Nerd Surfers (5/10) 121,024
15 -15 (0) CAVEMAN65 (1/10) 119,616
16 -16 (0) Russian Team (2/5) 82,484
17 -17 (0) Surfing to Success (5/5) 54,540
18 -18 (0) JustKissBiz (3/5) 41,280
19 -19 (0) Jetzt kostenl.anmeld.u.Cash ve (3/10) 13,638
20 -20 (0) Money Tree Shakers (2/10) 360
21 -21 (0) DiamondStatusSurfers (2/10) 132
22 -22 (0) hazzardhits (1/10) 8
23 -23 (0) MeteoricRise (1/10) 0
24 -24 (0) VETERAN SURF (1/10) 0

This division is very interesting indeed. The spread between Roar at the top and Veteran Surf at the bottom is just 6.7m points. Admittedly a couple of teams in this division have done nothing at all but – with some effort – any team in this division could take the lead. I expect to see huge changes in the leaderboard of this division over the season.

So that is our first look at the state of play division-by-division. Let me know in the comments below if you found this post useful.

 

We had a look at the Premier League a moment ago so let’s do the same for the Competitive League…this time at 11am Eastern.

However as there are far more teams in this league and the data spread is very large we will display the data over three separate graphs.

This time we will use OnlineChartTool.com to draw the graphs.

This is how the top 15 teams are currently spread out…

Top 15 CTP Teams Competitive League 10am Eastern on Sunday December 28, 2014The bottom five teams in this graph are pretty much all on a level, there is a step up with just two teams on the next level,four on the next and then big points differences between the top four teams.

Let’s look at the middle 15 teams next:

Middle 15 CTP Teams Competitive League 10am Eastern on Sunday December 28, 2014

Here we see that there are bigger step changes between the teams with a relatively gentle climb up the graph until you get to the top four teams and then the climb gets quite steep.

Finally let’s take look at the teams which are currently at the bottom of the Competitive League.

Bottom 22 CTP Teams Competitive League 10am Eastern on Sunday December 28, 2014

This table neatly breaks up into three main sections. There is the bottom section where the last eight teams have no points at all. The next six teams fall into a middle block of their own and the teams towards the right hand side of the graph are all climbing at a decent rate.

It is the last day of competition for CTP Teams today so let’s see where we are in the Premier League right now at 10am Eastern which gives us just 14 hours left to go.

So it is time to head over to the website of the The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) – the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education.

No I have not gone totally mad, this is the website where I found the online map drawing software in their Kids’ Zone section…so plugging in the current Premier League stats into their software I get this…

CTP Teams Premier League 10am EST Sunday December 28, 2014

And if we just focus on the top three we get this…

Top Three CTP Teams Premier League 10am EST Sunday December 28, 2014

SurfAholics Alpha cannot be caught. Even if the other two teams were allowed to combine their points as some superteam for the last week of the contest, the Alphas would still be in first place.

Can Lucky 13 move into second place though? Well the Uber Surfers have been increasing their gap over the last day or so so it will be a difficult challenge indeed but it is certainly not impossible.

 

 

I hope everyone really enjoyed our 102 hours of crazy deals for the Black Friday 2014 event which ended at midnight last night.

There were lots of bargains to be had and I am sure you will be putting them all to good use. The only real casualty of the event was the planned 102 hour live streaming thanks to the new maximum broadcast limits imposed by Spreecast, but we worked around it with daily eight hour shows instead. Thanks to everyone who took part in the shows and a special thanks to everyone who decided to host their own shows in the TELive room during the event.

This community is full of really awesome people and it is great knowing you all.

So back to the way that the Black Friday deals continue to impact on CTP Teams…well just the quickest of quick glances at the leaderboards will be enough of a clue for anyone…the numbers continue to be totally insane. (If these numbers spoke they would speak like one of the rather strange voices that Tim used to use in some of the CTP training videos – that is how crazy they are!)

It is only just Tuesday and already the Alphas have more than 50 billion points – they look set to easily become the first team in CTP history to get 100 billion points, as predicted by Tom Wacker a few days ago.

Tom’s team, Lucky 13, sitting in second place with 28.1 billion points, could also break that barrier before the week is out. If my math is correct then, at current rates, the Alphas should break the 100 billion barrier as early as tomorrow while Lucky 13 should do so sometime on Friday and none of the other teams can score this high. Hopefully that prediction won’t come back to haunt me too badly.

The top three teams in the Competitive League (TE Racing League, Surf Lovers and Strays Team Bee) each currently have more points than the bottom two in the Premier League (Dream Team and Bonz Brigade) but there is still a long way to go for many more changes as the week progresses.

As ever good luck to everyone in CTP Teams and have fun.

 

Can you believe that there has actually been a request for a nerdy math post here on CTP Teams? Look I will show you.

Sunny CTP Teams Question

It came from Sunny Suggs after I referred to the sum of the internal angles of a 10-sided polygon in this blog post – What Does 1440 Mean To You?

So let’s get nerdy with some math. Feel free to walk away now if this is of no interest to you because there is nothing but math in this post, although not difficult math.

Let’s take the starting point that the interior angles of a triangle (any triangle) will always add up to 180 degrees. This means that in any given triangle only one of the angles can 90 degrees or greater and in a right angled triangle (where one angle is always 90 degrees) the other two angles must each be 45 degrees.

For some triangle fun – and to prove this for yourself then click on the image below and have a little play with the graphic to move the triangle and see what happens to its angles. (It will open up in a new tab so don’t forget to come back here when you are done playing.)

Interior angles of a triangle
Next up, a four sided shape or quadrilateral (such as a square or rectangle) is able to be cut in to two triangles so it follows that its internal angles must add up to 360 degrees, (180 + 180 degrees.)

In addition if the quadrilateral is one where all four vertices lie on a circle, known as a cyclic or inscribed quadrilateral, then each pair of opposite interior angles will always add up to 180 degrees. Again, click on the image below to find out for yourself.

interior angles of a quadrilateral

A five-sided shape, called a pentagon, can be cut into three triangles so its interior angles must add up to 3 x 180 = 540 degrees. A six sided polygon, a hexagon, can be cut into four triangles so its interior angles must add up to 4 x 180 = 720 degrees.

So from this pattern we can work out a formula to find the sum of the internal angles of any polygon, thus:

where the number of sides on the polygon = n then the sum of that polygon’s internal angles will be sum = 180 x (n-2) degrees.

So the sum of the internal angles of a 10-sided polygon must be

180 x (10-2) degrees

= 180 x 8 degrees

= 1440 degrees which is the figure given in the original blog post.

Finally if you want to play with some more polygons then click on this link below.

Sum of internal angles in any polygon

All graphic images used in this post are from Math Open Reference.

SurfAholics Alpha break the CTP Teams counter for second time in two months

Nooooooooooooo – it is happening again. Our two highest scoring teams are amassing so many points that they are breaking our counters again.

When it happened last time we thought we had solved the problem, but it took just two months for the high-scoring super teams to put a virtual spanner in our works once more.

Last time round SurfAholics Alpha and Lucky 13 broke out systems when they earned 2,147 483, 647 total points in one week and we thought by increasing the processing power of our deepest inner workings we had it fixed.

This time round the Alphas have stopped the clock on the number 4,294,967,295 – which is twice as large as the previous killer number – it is also the largest number sequence that a 32-bit processor can manage.

This latest counting crisis is very revealing – it tells us that in just two months the top two teams have doubled the amount of weekly team points they are earning.

I think this is nothing short of amazing and it goes to show why these two teams dominate the contest.

Put it like this – I told yesterday that on Monday the Alphas were averaging one million points gained every single minute of the day…well they have kept that pace up all week. Well done indeed.

As for our our stalled counter, I am sure we will have it fixed soon but, in the mean time, be assured that the individual member scores are still being recorded.

CTP Teams – using XP to break the internet. Awesome.

I guess it is time for another numbers post. So today’s number is 1440 and today’s question is: “Why is today’s number 1440?”

So 1440 – what could it mean?

Here are some ideas:

* It is the year Eton College was founded

* It is also the year that Itzcóatl, the Aztec ruler of Tenochtitlan died.

* It is a flight number for several airlines – British Airways flight BA1440 flies from London Heathrow to Edinburgh, American Airlines flight AA1440 will take you from Chicago to Boston and Cathay Pacific flight CX1440 will take you from Helsinki to Paris, France. (this must be a code share flight given the departure and arrival airports.)

* It is the number of minutes in a day.

* It is divisible by one, itself and these other numbers 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 12, 15, 16, 18, 20, 24, 30, 32, 36, 40, 45, 48, 60, 72, 80, 90, 96, 120, 144, 160, 180, 240, 288, 360, 480, 720.

* It is the sum of the internal angles of a 10-sided polygon and

* It is significant for CTP Teams

The significance for CTP Teams is firstly that if your team was earning one million points per minute then at the end of the day it would have 1.440 billion team points.

On Monday SurfAholics Alpha were doing exactly that – earning one million points every single minute of the day. It takes real team work to do that and it gives me a chance to do another blog post about numbers. Well done Alphas.

 

CTP Teams top of Premier League Friday November 7

If the points tally did not keep updating at the top of the Premier League, one might be forgiven for thinking the table had broken. First, second and third places are stubbornly, and resolutely exactly the same as they have been for some time now.

However this is not to say that there is nothing going on – far from it because it takes a lot of efforts for the top three teams to stay top three teams. This just shows how good at remaining at the top of the table the Alphas, Lucky 13 and Uber Surfers have become.

Hunters in fourth place, up one from fifth, are really showing a determined effort to cement their place in the top five and, once again, are in no danger of dropping back down a league.

The numbers are interesting again this week. The Aplhas lead is approximately double that of the second placed Lucky 13 whose lead is approximately double that of third placed Uber Surfers. Just to keep the trend going the Uber’s lead is approximately double that of each of the next two teams as very little separates The Strays and Kore4 in fifth and sixth place respectively.

Kore4 have three times the points of, CSN, the team below them but there is not much at all separating the bottom four teams which means that they still have everything to play for to avoid relegation.

There has been an amazingly strong showing this week from TE Racing League at the top of the Competitive League and in seventh place overall.

The Competitive League is certainly just that…competitive with each of the top 19 teams amassing more than one million points this week.

Keep going strong everyone and have fun with CTP Teams.