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by Auroni
Mon May 02, 2016 5:15 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 MUT: Specific question discussion
Replies: 52
Views: 11291

Re: Specific question discussion

19. Damage will occur if this process takes place above or below the optimal rate, according to the “two-factor hypothesis” of Peter Mazur. The ability of certain animals to withstand this process was studied by P. F. Scholander and Art DeVries, whose research led to the discovery of a small alpha-...
by Auroni
Tue Apr 26, 2016 8:42 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: ACF Nationals 2015 Final: An Attempt at a QB Microhistory
Replies: 19
Views: 21706

Re: ACF Nationals 2015 Final: An Attempt at a QB Microhistor

bump prelude: It's a criminally nice Sunday afternoon. Will, Sid, Brian and I are sitting on a green lawn, fiddling with blades of grass. We all want to win our first ring but acknowledge that it'll have been an excellent competition year regardless. They go inside. I take in the sights a bit longer...
by Auroni
Mon Apr 25, 2016 11:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MLK XVII - University of Michigan - 01/16/16
Replies: 8
Views: 10704

Re: MLK XVII - University of Michigan - 01/16/16

Just sent this off for posting, now that all mirrors and NASAT tryouts have concluded.

EDIT: Here it is
by Auroni
Mon Apr 18, 2016 8:50 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements
Replies: 577
Views: 273316

Re: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements

I have a packets' worth of unusual tossups across various categories I've written throughout this year. Some of them are very stupid. I'll read it in #quizbowl at 11 EST tonight to whoever's there.
by Auroni
Tue Mar 29, 2016 12:32 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: Chicago Open Trash 2016 (July 24, 2016)
Replies: 131
Views: 56061

Re: Chicago Open Trash 2016 (July 24, 2016)

I'll staff
by Auroni
Sat Feb 20, 2016 7:10 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 MLK: General Discussion
Replies: 7
Views: 898

Re: General Discussion

To anyone seeing this after playing the Northeast mirror: due to a miscommunication, the earliest version of the packets was sent out instead of the most recent version with suggested fixes. We're sorry about that. Many issues that you might post about may have been addressed already, so just check ...
by Auroni
Fri Feb 19, 2016 1:24 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 MLK: Specific Questions
Replies: 44
Views: 4036

Re: Specific Questions

1. Wheeler J. North studied the effects of El Niño on this type of ecosystem. Jon M. Erlandson theorized that the Americas were populated by people traveling along a “highway” consisting of these ecosystems. Along with grasslands, this type of ecosystem made its first appearance in the Miocene epoc...
by Auroni
Thu Feb 18, 2016 2:22 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 MLK: Specific Questions
Replies: 44
Views: 4036

Re: Specific Questions

The conserved tyrosine-343 residue on this protein’s receptor upregulates the STAT-5 signaling that results after activation of the receptor causes JAK-2 autophosphorylation. A low RPI index might indicate a deficiency of this protein. In the absence of this protein, cells at the CFU-E stage underg...
by Auroni
Thu Feb 18, 2016 12:34 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 MLK: Specific Questions
Replies: 44
Views: 4036

Re: Specific Questions

That's fair; it was also brought to my attention that having the pronoun at the end of the "Mild und Liese" clue could have compounded the confusion, so I've changed the important bits to read: "A ten-movement piece with a Sanskrit name which makes heavy use of the ondes Martenot, Turangalila Sympho...
by Auroni
Wed Feb 17, 2016 10:38 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 MLK: Specific Questions
Replies: 44
Views: 4036

Re: Specific Questions

Could I see the question on "Tristan" please? I may have just misheard the question, but the clues pertaining to the Turangalîla-Symphonie seemed like they could have also applied to Isolde. 11. A Hans Werner Henze piece about this character incorporates a recording of a dog’s heartbeat. A trilogy ...
by Auroni
Wed Feb 17, 2016 5:01 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: It's Lit
Replies: 48
Views: 22575

It's Lit

This is an announcement for It's Lit, a literature side tournament to be played at CO 2017, to be written by myself and Jason Cheng from UCSD. It will be easier than RILKE (the average tossup will probably be at or a little easier than ACF Nationals in difficulty). It will be $10 per player and ther...
by Auroni
Mon Jan 25, 2016 6:35 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 MLK: Specific Questions
Replies: 44
Views: 4036

Re: Specific Questions

Can I see the tossup on the House of the Spirits? I remember thinking one of the middle clues was wrong or phrased weirdly. 9. When a priest in this novel makes a dramatic pause in his sermon, a girl says “If that story about hell is a lie, we’re all fucked,” and the priest declares she is possesse...
by Auroni
Fri Jan 22, 2016 2:40 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 MLK: Specific Questions
Replies: 44
Views: 4036

Re: Specific Questions

How exactly does the miRNA bonus distinguish it from siRNA? Both are incorporated into RISC and base-pair to mRNA, and the leadin clues seem rather obscure. 12. In plants, duplexes of this genetic material are methylated by Hua-Enhancer 1 and transported out of the nucleus by Hasty. For 10 points e...
by Auroni
Mon Jan 18, 2016 4:03 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 MLK: General Discussion
Replies: 7
Views: 898

Re: General Discussion

Without going back to the set directly to see exactly how many times it came up, it felt like "Odysseus" was a word heard many times throughout the day. The Homeric epics are foundational texts in Western mythology, literature, and culture, and so there were 3 questions [tossup on Odysseus from the...
by Auroni
Mon Jan 18, 2016 1:13 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 MLK: Specific Questions
Replies: 44
Views: 4036

Re: Specific Questions

11. An operation with this word in its name acts on a form the same way as would the commutator of another operation called this word and the contraction with a vector field, according to Cartan’s magic formula. In curved space this operation is generalized by adding a term which includes the Chris...
by Auroni
Sun Jan 17, 2016 3:32 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MLK XVII - University of Michigan - 01/16/16
Replies: 8
Views: 10704

Re: MLK XVII - University of Michigan - 01/16/16

Columbia will host the Northeast mirror of this set on February 20. Also, if you played this set this weekend, there is now a discussion forum that you can join through your usergroups. (User Control Panel > Usergroups > select 2016 MLK Discussion and request to join)
by Auroni
Sun Jan 17, 2016 3:29 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 MLK: Errata
Replies: 5
Views: 749

2016 MLK: Errata

Post about errors here.
by Auroni
Sun Jan 17, 2016 3:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 MLK: Specific Questions
Replies: 44
Views: 4036

2016 MLK: Specific Questions

Post about specific questions in here. I will honor all requests to see specific questions as long as you attach a reason to them; don't just list 50 questions that you want to see without saying why, because those posts will be ignored.
by Auroni
Sun Jan 17, 2016 3:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 MLK: General Discussion
Replies: 7
Views: 898

2016 MLK: General Discussion

This thread is for big-picture discussions; discussions of individual questions or posts about easily fixable errors should be made in the appropriate threads. I hope everyone had a great experience playing this set -- we sure enjoyed writing and editing it. Will Nediger, Brian McPeak, Kenji Golimli...
by Auroni
Mon Dec 28, 2015 6:00 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MLK XVII - University of Michigan - 01/16/16
Replies: 8
Views: 10704

Re: MLK XVII - University of Michigan - 01/16/16

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Brown had to back out of hosting, so we are still seeking a New England mirror. I'd really like to see this tournament be played in one of quizbowl's most active regions, so please contact Roxanne and specify which date (any open weekend from 1/16 to Brown's planned ...
by Auroni
Sun Dec 13, 2015 1:16 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: IRC Festivus 2015: Rex Ryan's Revenge
Replies: 37
Views: 17705

Re: IRC Festivus 2015: Rex Ryan's Revenge

I will write another poetry packet of similar difficulty to my last one. There will be no theme, beyond "stuff I like."
by Auroni
Mon Nov 30, 2015 12:39 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MLK XVII - University of Michigan - 01/16/16
Replies: 8
Views: 10704

Re: MLK XVII - University of Michigan - 01/16/16

Sites updated [with links to all tournament announcements thus far]. Note that the Northeast mirror will run a month later than the other sites, on Feb. 20 at Brown University.
by Auroni
Thu Nov 19, 2015 1:45 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MLK XVII - University of Michigan - 01/16/16
Replies: 8
Views: 10704

Re: MLK XVII - University of Michigan - 01/16/16

Another mirror update has been posted. We're in talks with a few teams to get a more conveniently-located Northeast site.
by Auroni
Thu Nov 12, 2015 1:00 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MLK XVII - University of Michigan - 01/16/16
Replies: 8
Views: 10704

Re: MLK XVII - University of Michigan - 01/16/16

The list of hosts has been updated in the first post. If you're hosting, please post your announcement soon, and if you're in the Northwest, Lower Midwest, Canada, and UK, and you want to play this excellent tournament, please email Roxanne about hosting!
by Auroni
Tue Aug 04, 2015 1:54 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open at Michigan - August 8
Replies: 122
Views: 50200

Re: VCU Open at Michigan - August 8

There's a chance that I may miss the first round of Modern (which I'm staffing) but I'll be there for the rest.
by Auroni
Mon Jul 20, 2015 1:38 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015 CO Visual Arts
Replies: 131
Views: 53235

Re: 2015 CO Visual Arts

I'll add onto the heap of praise for this set. Future open difficulty tournament writers should look to this set as a model for answer selection, clue selection, and difficulty control.
by Auroni
Sun Jul 12, 2015 3:27 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Tricon: The Next Generation
Replies: 50
Views: 25377

Re: Tricon: The Next Generation

I'll write one, but won't get it in until late before VCUO.
by Auroni
Mon Jul 06, 2015 1:50 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Resetting [pt. 5 of 6]: How We Treat Each Other
Replies: 40
Views: 16295

Re: Resetting [pt. 5 of 6]: How We Treat Each Other

At the moment there are zero housewritten regular-difficulty mACF tournaments announced while there are two such "regionals+" tournaments on the schedule. I'm sure people enjoy writing harder stuff more, but it only serves to hinder fledgling clubs that lack good Quizbowl-playing opportunities. Alt...
by Auroni
Mon Jun 29, 2015 9:53 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements
Replies: 577
Views: 273316

Re: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements

This was played. Here are the scores.

stephen - 4/0/4 = 40
jordan - 1/2/1 = 30
kenji - 0/2/1 = 15
tommy - 14/1/1 = 215
kevin - 3/1/1 = 50
will - 2/0/0 = 30
jason - 1/1/1 = 20
derek - 0/0/1 = -5

The packet is attached.
by Auroni
Mon Jun 29, 2015 6:22 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements
Replies: 577
Views: 273316

Re: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements

I've been intermittently working on a poetry packet (≥ ACF Nationals difficulty) and will read it Monday evening at 6 PM PST with however many questions I end up with by then (I'm at 22 now, so probably around 30). There's no theme or gimmick or anything, just straight up standard poetry questions....
by Auroni
Sun Jun 28, 2015 3:53 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements
Replies: 577
Views: 273316

Re: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements

I've been intermittently working on a poetry packet (≥ ACF Nationals difficulty) and will read it Monday evening at 6 PM PST with however many questions I end up with by then (I'm at 22 now, so probably around 30). There's no theme or gimmick or anything, just straight up standard poetry questions.
by Auroni
Tue Jun 23, 2015 7:01 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015-16 Schedule, Discussion
Replies: 79
Views: 39911

Re: 2015-16 Schedule, Discussion

christino wrote:And given that MLK was announced to be similar to Penn Bowl 2014 in difficulty
MLK should be thought of as a regular difficulty tournament. There will be fewer tossups on hard answers and easier easy parts than there was in Penn Bowl 2014, but that set is a good starting point of reference.
by Auroni
Sat Jun 20, 2015 10:59 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MLK XVII - University of Michigan - 01/16/16
Replies: 8
Views: 10704

MLK XVII - University of Michigan - 01/16/16

The University of Michigan will be running MLK XVII on January 16, 2016, the weekend before the eponymous holiday. This set will be completely written and edited by the University of Michigan team and playable by anyone enrolled in school. We will produce 15 packets of difficulty that uses Penn Bowl...
by Auroni
Tue Jun 09, 2015 12:56 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 PACE NSC: Question set discussion
Replies: 65
Views: 28121

Re: 2015 PACE NSC: Question set discussion

I'd be interested to see the subdistribution within Religion, if such a thing exists. Splitting hairs here, but looking back at the first line of the "Jummah/Friday" tossup -- "Anyone who recites a chapter telling the story of the seven sleepers of Ephesus on this day will be blessed until the next...
by Auroni
Tue Jun 09, 2015 12:44 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 PACE NSC: Question set discussion
Replies: 65
Views: 28121

Re: 2015 PACE NSC: Question set discussion

Also, in the tossup on Romania, the clue about "mother heroines" seemed really ambiguous. The title of mother heroine was also bestowed upon women who bore ten of more children throughout the Soviet Union. I'll take the blame for this one -- the clue was supposed to be about how Ceausescu tried to ...
by Auroni
Tue Jun 09, 2015 12:40 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 PACE NSC: Question set discussion
Replies: 65
Views: 28121

Re: 2015 PACE NSC: Question set discussion

First off, let me say that I was thrilled to see people from all tiers of this tournament excelling at the questions. Every year, the attendees of this tournament find new ways to amaze me and it warms my heart. My goal as head editor of this set was to produce a tournament very similar to past thre...
by Auroni
Sun Jun 07, 2015 10:19 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 PACE NSC: Question set discussion
Replies: 65
Views: 28121

Re: 2015 PACE NSC: Question set discussion

There seemed to be several repeats that were distracting. They increased our hesitation to buzz greatly. In a national tournament where the canon can be no wider at the high school level, I really don't see the need to repeat while excluding other, more interesting and novel, answer lines. Yeah, I ...
by Auroni
Sun Jun 07, 2015 10:01 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 PACE NSC: Question set discussion
Replies: 65
Views: 28121

Re: 2015 PACE NSC: Question set discussion

vinteuil wrote:What was the rationale behind the two chemistry tossups on sulfur in consecutive rounds?
One of these was Chemistry and the other Earth Science. We felt like they were different enough in content to merit having them both. We should have spaced them farther apart in the set, though.
by Auroni
Sun May 31, 2015 10:50 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: ACFNATIONALS - A JRPG tournament
Replies: 99
Views: 45239

Re: ACFNATIONALS - A JRPG tournament

This was the most fun side tournament I've ever played and one of the funnest tournaments I've ever played period. Thanks, Billy, Ike, and Wang for writing it!
by Auroni
Sat May 16, 2015 3:18 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO History 2015
Replies: 139
Views: 63858

Re: CO History 2015

Evan and I are now playing with Jason Zhou and Kenji.
by Auroni
Thu May 07, 2015 11:57 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Subject Rankings Thread
Replies: 36
Views: 9024

Re: Subject Rankings Thread

Kouign Amann wrote:
Jem Casey wrote: I believe Aidan Mehigan is quite good at lit, as well?
Someone please write another tournament that approaches lit like SUBMIT did!
You two might enjoy the IRC packet I'm planning to write when NSC and NASAT are over.
by Auroni
Thu May 07, 2015 5:30 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Subject Rankings Thread
Replies: 36
Views: 9024

Re: Subject Rankings Thread

On a similar note, Akhil Garg from VCU got all the science against UCSD at Nats, and probably deserves mention.
by Auroni
Sun May 03, 2015 7:00 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Player Poll 2015: LET US NOW PRAISE FAMOUS DUFUSES
Replies: 86
Views: 26995

Re: Player Poll 2015: LET US NOW PRAISE FAMOUS DUFUSES

I'll take Ike's post a step further. Voting in this poll or posting in this thread (or the collegiate team player and poll) is a waste of your time. Write questions for HSNCT, NSC, or NASAT instead.
by Auroni
Mon Apr 27, 2015 3:17 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open at Michigan - August 8
Replies: 122
Views: 50200

Re: VCU Open at Michigan - August 8

1. Science
2. History
3. Tricon
4. VICO
by Auroni
Fri Apr 24, 2015 4:18 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015-16 Schedule, Discussion
Replies: 79
Views: 39911

Re: 2015-16 Schedule, Discussion

Michigan will be housewriting a regular difficulty tournament sometime in the winter (probably for the Jan. 16 slot)
by Auroni
Wed Apr 22, 2015 4:21 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2015 Discussion
Replies: 227
Views: 87143

Re: ACF Nationals 2015 Discussion

Auroni, as I just outlined in mega-wall of a post, I don't think catering to teams by making easy parts easy for the sake of easiness is my preferred method to cater to teams. You and i will just have to disagree with that - I think Umberto is a fine easy part and Telemann may be a bit merciless - ...
by Auroni
Wed Apr 22, 2015 2:01 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2015 Discussion
Replies: 227
Views: 87143

Re: ACF Nationals 2015 Discussion

Auroni, as I just outlined in mega-wall of a post, I don't think catering to teams by making easy parts easy for the sake of easiness is my preferred method to cater to teams. You and i will just have to disagree with that - I think Umberto is a fine easy part and Telemann may be a bit merciless - ...
by Auroni
Wed Apr 22, 2015 1:39 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2015 Discussion
Replies: 227
Views: 87143

Re: ACF Nationals 2015 Discussion

Secondly, and I think equally important, is that it is rewarding when any team gets 10, 20 or 30 bonus points on a topic. I know it may not feel like it given today's aesthetics of quizbowl, but teams in the bottom bracket should be ~proud of themselves~ for getting 10 points on any bonus at this t...
by Auroni
Tue Apr 21, 2015 4:00 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Tricon: The Next Generation
Replies: 50
Views: 25377

Re: Tricon: The Next Generation

Only if it's basically MCMBR again.
by Auroni
Tue Apr 21, 2015 1:57 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2015 Discussion
Replies: 227
Views: 87143

Re: ACF Nationals 2015 Discussion

Thanks to everyone who made this tournament happen! Great job to the editors and the staff. Congrats to Penn for their victory. My one complaint is the decision to move the first Sunday morning round to Saturday night. Whose decision was that and why was that made? Our moderators in the previous ro...