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by Ringil
Tue Feb 28, 2017 6:40 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: (This) Tournament is a Crime weekend - 2/25-26/17 - Michigan
Replies: 70
Views: 32600

Re: (This) Tournament is a Crime weekend - 2/25-26/17 - Mich

Alright I've deleted the invisible imposter pretending to be Charles Hang.
by Ringil
Mon Feb 27, 2017 10:42 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: (This) Tournament is a Crime weekend - 2/25-26/17 - Michigan
Replies: 70
Views: 32600

Re: (This) Tournament is a Crime weekend - 2/25-26/17 - Mich

The Quest for the Historical Mukherjesus wrote:The people demand combined stats
Probably because I screwed up somehow, but I'm not sure how to re-add the prelim games to the final standings quickly/efficiently. If anyone would like to help me, please pm me.
by Ringil
Sun Jul 13, 2014 2:40 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 NASAT Discussion
Replies: 38
Views: 18689

Re: 2014 NASAT Discussion

I'm also told by noted chemistry person Billy Busse that the chemistry of the set was in general awful. To be fair, every chemist says this about every set of chemistry questions not written by themselves. -This reduction potential tossup is the first of several in the chemistry distribution (inclu...
by Ringil
Sat Jul 12, 2014 9:34 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 NASAT Discussion
Replies: 38
Views: 18689

Re: 2014 NASAT Discussion

For a tournament that calls itself the "hardest high school tournament of the year" it sure did use easy clues pretty often and pretty early. I felt this was particularly endemic in the science questions. I'll give some examples: Packet 7: Rudolf Peierls proved that the two-dimensional Ising model w...
by Ringil
Sat Jun 21, 2014 1:46 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Open online mirror of NASAT -- June 21
Replies: 91
Views: 42395

Re: Open online mirror of NASAT -- June 21

HMS Audacious wrote:Libo demands Wang et al be renamed Libo et al
In particular; Libo-senpai and his disciples
by Ringil
Tue Apr 29, 2014 1:46 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Science Player Poll
Replies: 24
Views: 8305

Re: Science Player Poll

Here's my poll with some commentary. 1. Eric M.- Gut feeling because I think he would've destroyed Lederberg and put everyone to shame, but for some reason he didn't play. 2. Steven H. - Top Scorer at any Lederberg mirror, crushing all competition 3. Billy B. - Although only 4th best in P/N ratio at...
by Ringil
Mon Apr 28, 2014 6:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Player Poll 2014: WORD LIFE
Replies: 58
Views: 13141

Re: Player Poll 2014: WORD LIFE

Well, to start discussion: I think that the voters slightly overrated top players of second-tier teams at the expense of supporting players on contending teams. To be direct, Tommy and Evan should be higher. It's crazy to me that somebody ranked Tommy at 22nd when he overcame the shadow effect to o...
by Ringil
Thu Apr 24, 2014 2:33 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Lederberg 2: Daughter Cell (3/29/14)
Replies: 155
Views: 58002

Re: Lederberg 2: Daughter Cell (3/29/14)

Buzzed in (on the very first clue!) of "synchrotron" and negged with "cyclotron" and later laughingly complaining that he can never tell the two apart That clue was from a graduate-level radiative transfer textbook! A graduate-level radiative transfer textbook that he has clearly read! EDIT: If the...
by Ringil
Mon Apr 14, 2014 9:55 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals congratulations, thanks, and discussion
Replies: 169
Views: 42890

Re: ACF Nationals congratulations, thanks, and discussion

P.S. Jerry, it is just plain wrong to claim that you can take a contour integral over any domain. A contour integral is, by definition, a closed line integral in the complex plane (modulo a few conditions on the contour). See, for example, Wolfram MathWorld , Wikipedia (the first sentence cites thr...
by Ringil
Mon Apr 07, 2014 3:21 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Lederberg 2 Discussion
Replies: 33
Views: 8824

Re: Lederberg 2 Discussion

#1) The subdistributions at least for physics and math were heavily skewed. It seemed to heavily focus on stat mech/solid state and QFT in the physics and algebra in the math. The one semi-analysis question (smooth) was even transformed into an algebra problem with its early clues. There were exact...
by Ringil
Mon Apr 07, 2014 2:50 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Lederberg 2 Discussion
Replies: 33
Views: 8824

Re: Lederberg 2 Discussion

The set was pretty great in general. But, I have some complaints. #1) The subdistributions at least for physics and math were heavily skewed. It seemed to heavily focus on stat mech/solid state and QFT in the physics and algebra in the math. The one semi-analysis question (smooth) was even transform...
by Ringil
Thu Mar 27, 2014 2:51 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Revised protest rules
Replies: 18
Views: 5030

Re: Revised protest rules

Just a clarification. For the example of "this man won the Battle of Panipat" we could say any of the winners at any of the battles of Panipat right? So if that were the hypothetical first clue we could buzz and answer with Raja Sanghar Ali Khan (Wikipedia says he was at one of them apparently) and ...
by Ringil
Mon Mar 03, 2014 4:39 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Suggestions for a new ACF distribution
Replies: 98
Views: 26615

Re: Suggestions for a new ACF distribution

I feel the biggest problem with mythology and religion is that quizbowl write questions on those subjects really poorly in terms of answer selection. Why does mythology nearly always become genealogy bowl or questions on obscure and irrelevant dudes from Polynesian myth? The fundamental problem here...
by Ringil
Tue Feb 25, 2014 3:39 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2014 ACF Regionals: General Discussion
Replies: 49
Views: 6457

Re: 2014 ACF Regionals: General Discussion

Well it seems that everyone has had only positive things to say until John, but I'd like to talk about some parts I felt were not so great. Still, I felt that this tournament was solid, at least mechanically. 1) 3rd parts being often very very hard: In one packet I opened we have these kinds of hard...
by Ringil
Mon Feb 24, 2014 5:19 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Crowdsourced Head to Head Rankings
Replies: 56
Views: 9472

Re: Crowdsourced Head to Head Rankings

This is lots of fun.
by Ringil
Mon Feb 24, 2014 2:29 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Poll: Midseason Edition
Replies: 33
Views: 7144

Re: Poll: Midseason Edition

Charbroil wrote:
Excelsior (smack) wrote:Indeed he did: link. It appears to be updated to include everything up to and including SCT.
Regionals information seems to be there as well, just not on the summary page.
It's not complete though.
by Ringil
Tue Dec 10, 2013 5:25 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Harvard Fall Tournament VIII Seeking Mirrors
Replies: 30
Views: 9854

Re: Harvard Fall Tournament VIII Seeking Mirrors

NASAT is supposed to be as difficult as a regular college set. It intentionally tests for knowledge that high schoolers may not inherently learn in class. Sure, but it is still a high school set. Jonah is arguing that high school sets should not have these kind of lead-ins because "high schoolers s...
by Ringil
Tue Dec 10, 2013 5:08 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Harvard Fall Tournament VIII Seeking Mirrors
Replies: 30
Views: 9854

Re: Harvard Fall Tournament VIII Seeking Mirrors

jonah wrote: I just don't see any high schoolers knowing much functional analysis.
Not that I've read this set or anything, but NASAT had a lead-in involving the Hahn-Banach theorem from functional analysis, so presumably the people from Harvard are not alone in having this idea!
by Ringil
Tue Nov 19, 2013 12:44 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-Specific Discussion
Replies: 94
Views: 12148

Re: Question-Specific Discussion

ANSWER: Tibetan Buddhism [prompt on “Buddhism,” “Mahayana Buddhism,” or “Vajrayana Buddhism”] Tibetan Buddhism is part of Vajrayana, which is totally separate from Mahayana, so "Mahayana Buddhism" should not be promptable. I think "Tantric Buddhism" should be promptable instead, since that's the co...
by Ringil
Thu Nov 07, 2013 5:02 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Writing Good Music Questions for Musical Novices
Replies: 14
Views: 6232

Re: Writing Good Music Questions for Musical Novices

For example, let's say you find it mentioned in program note after program note that Violinist X premiered Concerto Y. Before you make that a clue, research Violinist X in connection with premieres. You may find out that Violinist X in fact premiered three or four major concertos of that era. In th...
by Ringil
Thu Nov 07, 2013 5:02 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Writing Good Music Questions for Musical Novices
Replies: 14
Views: 15763

Re: Writing Good Music Questions for Musical Novices

For example, let's say you find it mentioned in program note after program note that Violinist X premiered Concerto Y. Before you make that a clue, research Violinist X in connection with premieres. You may find out that Violinist X in fact premiered three or four major concertos of that era. In th...
by Ringil
Fri Nov 01, 2013 1:13 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Ease of Powers
Replies: 27
Views: 6181

Re: Ease of Powers

I think it's a combination of things. Teams have gotten much better and I feel NAQT has become more standardized in their difficulty assessment (at least at the IS level) and not letting in as many outlier questions.
by Ringil
Mon Oct 28, 2013 8:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Science Difficulty
Replies: 10
Views: 2842

Re: Science Difficulty

I felt these things in physics were miscategorized: Fine structure, the clues were pretty easy. So, I'd put it at medium. Scattering: I dunno but the question was all on quantum scattering, which I don't think you encounter till you take the second semester of quantum mech. So, I'd put it at medium/...
by Ringil
Sun Oct 27, 2013 1:32 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question Specific Discussion
Replies: 118
Views: 17968

Re: Question Specific Discussion

Maybe it's been changed, but I just was glancing over the questions and Tang Taizong was clearly not the person to grant Song Jiang and his buddies amnesty, given that Water Margin was set in the SONG dynasty.
by Ringil
Tue Oct 22, 2013 12:32 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: General Discussion
Replies: 48
Views: 5523

Re: General Discussion

This tossup is a pretty good example. The first two sentences are really hard. I'm willing to bet a lot of money no one buzzed before Tikbalang, and at most 1 person, if any, buzzed on Tikbalang. The Chinese myth clue is the first place where I can see someone weirdly knowledgeable taking the buzz,...
by Ringil
Mon Oct 21, 2013 1:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Discuss the anime rule here
Replies: 112
Views: 36588

Re: Discuss the anime rule here

it is, expressly, the quizbowl discussion forum, and as such is a mirror of a real-life activity, not a place to just screw around on the internet. It's the same reason we mandate names and affiliations in signatures. Yes, this forum is meant to mirror real life in quizbowl. But, people in real lif...
by Ringil
Mon Oct 21, 2013 1:03 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: General Discussion
Replies: 48
Views: 5523

Re: General Discussion

Strangely, unlike everyone else, I felt that this tournament was easier than Penn-ance. Maybe that's just a function of me playing with weaker teammates than before, but I felt like bonuses were fairly convertible and quite a few tossups had easy leadins (for example in Round 5). I too enjoyed some ...
by Ringil
Sun Oct 20, 2013 10:37 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Penn Bowl at UW & on Skype - Sunday, 10/20/13
Replies: 10
Views: 4101

Re: Penn Bowl at UW & on Skype - Sunday, 10/20/13

So, UW A and UNC A faced off in a 1 game final after going 8-1 in the round robin. UW A won 260-250 after a protest resolution.
by Ringil
Thu Oct 10, 2013 5:54 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: West Coast Schedule Discussion
Replies: 15
Views: 4637

Re: West Coast Schedule Discussion

RyuAqua wrote:How much of a West Coast schedule is even there at all? Are any of Michigan Fall, Penn Bowl, or DRAGOON getting mirrored in either NorCal or SoCal this semester?
Clearly the solution is to play the Skype mirror...right?
by Ringil
Thu Oct 10, 2013 1:39 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Discuss the anime rule here
Replies: 112
Views: 36588

Re: Discuss the anime rule here

It doesn't look like that thread was closed down at all. First, it was around for about 1 year and 3 months. Second, it is located in "Off topic archives", which means it was archived (moved there after some suitable period of no response). You'll notice that all the current topics in Off-topic hav...
by Ringil
Thu Oct 10, 2013 12:48 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Discuss the anime rule here
Replies: 112
Views: 36588

Re: Discuss the anime rule here

Inkana7 wrote:what about manga
Yeah, why was this thread closed down: http://www.hsquizbowl.org/forums/viewto ... 22&t=10965

It wasn't at all disruptive and many people found it amusing.
by Ringil
Mon Oct 07, 2013 6:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Discuss the anime rule here
Replies: 112
Views: 36588

Re: State of the board discussion thread

I am okay with the anime thing in a way to prevent terrible posts (like that ghastly Raynell Revolution a few years ago that I discovered while waiting in a Holiday Inn Express lobby for my shuttle to pick me up). I do think it gets sort of overzealously implemented--like let the dude post his Drag...
by Ringil
Mon Oct 07, 2013 1:25 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: State of the board discussion thread
Replies: 39
Views: 16710

Re: State of the board discussion thread

Here's a question I have: How come the Andy Watkins thing wasn't dealt with the same way that the board dealt with the Andrew Chrzanowski thing? That is announced and then just shut down. Except perhaps for a discussion how NAQT could improve their question security etc. I ask this because I don't s...
by Ringil
Mon Oct 07, 2013 10:09 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: General discussion
Replies: 26
Views: 3387

Re: General discussion

The seeming absence of length control was pretty noticeable as a moderator - I'm not sure why a set like this needed to be based largely around 8-line, 8.5-line, and 9-line tossups, and I think that a slightly more judicious process of cutting excess verbiage could have reduced tossups to a more un...
by Ringil
Sat Jul 27, 2013 5:54 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open Discussion
Replies: 95
Views: 23358

Re: Chicago Open Discussion

Thanks again to the staffing team for a smoothly run tournament and to Matt and his co-editors for an enjoyable set. In particular I would praise the science which seemed to be suitable hard but accessible and of real significance. I'd be interested to hear the kibitz on the "contact" tossup (which...
by Ringil
Tue Jul 23, 2013 2:13 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open Discussion
Replies: 95
Views: 23358

Re: Chicago Open Discussion

Hey, I enjoyed this set. Thanks to Matt and his co-editors for the hard work. One nice thing about this set was that the science was generally of pretty high quality, but I had the feeling that about a third of the physics/other tossups were sort of unreasonably demanding in their answer lines. Lik...
by Ringil
Mon Jul 22, 2013 5:45 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open Discussion
Replies: 95
Views: 23358

Re: Chicago Open Discussion

So, I edited the physics and if anyone has any comments about those questions, I'd like to hear them. I'd also like to apologize for the tossup on contact. I originally wrote that question as a replacement for a repeat and the idea seemed interesting and real, but it seems to have played very poorly...
by Ringil
Mon Jul 22, 2013 5:42 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Urgent Call for Unity Discussion
Replies: 41
Views: 13384

Re: Urgent Call for Unity Discussion

Tossups: Warwick As far as I'm aware, Robert Dudley was never Earl of Warwick, but rather Earl of Leicester. Uh, what I meant to have written was John Dudley, his father, and the clues earlier do all apply to him. So, that's entirely my bad in making a brain fart. Sadly, Marshall did not manage to ...
by Ringil
Mon Jul 22, 2013 10:27 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Urgent Call for Unity Discussion
Replies: 41
Views: 13384

Re: Urgent Call for Unity Discussion

According to the spreadsheet here are the questions I was responsible for that made it into the set: Tossups: Warwick, Tipu Sultan, green, Ottoman, Joseon (edited), Emperor Wu (tiebreaker), Harold Macmillan (tiebreaker) Bonuses: Picts/Kenneth MacAlpin/Constantine II, Metz/Napoleon III/Bourbaki, vech...
by Ringil
Mon Jul 22, 2013 5:24 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Urgent Call for Unity Discussion
Replies: 41
Views: 13384

Re: Urgent Call for Unity Discussion

EDIT: After posting a question it occurred to me this may not be clear yet. Is it? I'm pretty sure there are no other mirrors, so it should be clear. That being said, it may be wise to err on the side of caution. I'll post what questions I was responsible for after Marshall gives the all clear so e...
by Ringil
Sat Jul 06, 2013 4:12 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2014 qualifying system
Replies: 46
Views: 13669

Re: ACF Nationals 2014 qualifying system

My proposal would be as follows: *The remaining spots (at least 19 and probably many more) are awarded based on Regionals performance. With all the top contenders already auto-qualified, this is an immense amount of wildcards that should make sure the difficult decisions of the last one or two team...
by Ringil
Tue May 21, 2013 6:23 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: National History Bowl - 2013 College Nationals: Sun. Apr. 14
Replies: 62
Views: 13829

Re: National History Bowl - 2013 College Nationals: Sun. Apr. 14

Charbroil wrote:Is there a projected date for the rescheduled version of this (and, presumably, VCU Open)?
Has this been done yet?
by Ringil
Wed May 01, 2013 2:15 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Where Will You Be Going to College Next Year? 2012-13
Replies: 56
Views: 17959

Re: Where Will You Be Going to College Next Year? 2012-13

I'm going to the University of Washington next year where I will try not to suck and play some quizbowl.
by Ringil
Wed May 01, 2013 12:14 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2013 Discussion
Replies: 129
Views: 27427

Re: ACF Nationals 2013 Discussion

This was a problem not only in a couple religion tossups but also in history; the tossup on comfort women required that exact term, but the tossup on atomic bomb survivors didn't require Hibakusha. "Comfort women" is the term that is used (though the protest on this was denied on simple factual gro...