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by Victor Prieto
Tue Apr 25, 2017 7:43 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals Thanks and Discussion
Replies: 70
Views: 26576

Re: ACF Nationals Thanks and Discussion

vcuEvan wrote:The set is posted here.
Can a zip file be made? For science?
by Victor Prieto
Mon Apr 24, 2017 2:30 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Buzzer Dilemma
Replies: 20
Views: 6062

Re: The Buzzer Dilemma

I'm not suggesting this as the only plan of action for solving the buzzer dilemma, but perhaps a section of the site selection process could be devoted to buzzers. Just add a section to the bid form asking "how many house buzzers do you have?" and "are there local high schools with whom you share a ...
by Victor Prieto
Wed Feb 15, 2017 2:02 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2016 ACF Fall at Florida State University (Nov 5, 2016)
Replies: 3
Views: 2335

Re: 2016 ACF Fall at Florida State University (Nov 5, 2016)

Hey, why did stats from this event never get posted? It's kind of surprising that this fell through the cracks for so long. (this was prompted by Peter's post in the other thread)
by Victor Prieto
Tue Feb 14, 2017 4:01 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: SCT, autobids, and ICT size discussion
Replies: 131
Views: 42305

Re: SCT, autobids, and ICT size discussion

So the analogy to quizbowl isn't perfect here, but I think it holds up reasonably well. I think there's an argument to be made that it's very enjoyable to compete against teams and players from all over the country that you never see. Even if say, Chicago C is a better team than Florida or Colorado...
by Victor Prieto
Tue Feb 14, 2017 3:15 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 ICT bids
Replies: 157
Views: 38470

Re: 2017 ICT bids

Can NAQT respond to any of this? I realize that the invitations were released very recently and it hasn't been that long, but it would be encouraging to see something along the lines of "we are aware of this issue" rather than silence. I really hope that NAQT believes it is a problem when over 50% o...
by Victor Prieto
Sat Jan 28, 2017 8:52 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Saving the IRC
Replies: 26
Views: 11640

Re: Saving the IRC

I think the primary advantage of IRC is its openness. Facebook chats are nice for people who are already friends with each other, but anyone can come to IRC and be privy to the discussion happening in #quizbowl. There's always a danger with a community like the quizbowl community of insiderism, and...
by Victor Prieto
Mon Dec 19, 2016 1:53 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 NAQT SCT: February 4
Replies: 14
Views: 8840

Re: 2017 NAQT SCT: February 4

Hello, Remarkably, the tournament is 48 days away, and the sites have not yet been announced, nor was there any public response to the above request for a timeline. Can we please get an update? In addition, is it a possibility for NAQT (and ACF, I guess) to consider finalizing sites much, much furth...
by Victor Prieto
Mon Oct 31, 2016 2:13 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: PSA: Mohammed Reza Shah is not "Reza Shah"
Replies: 39
Views: 10313

Re: PSA: Mohammed Reza Shah is not "Reza Shah"

Going off this, shouldn't we not accept Tokugawa for Tokugawa Ieyasu given Tokugawa Iemitsu and many of the other shoguns during that particular bakufu were important in Japanese history. Who accepts this? At any tournament I've been involved in, saying "Tokugawa" gets you a prompt. There have been...
by Victor Prieto
Mon Oct 24, 2016 3:46 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: PB 2016: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 82
Views: 9856

Re: PB 2016: Specific Question Discussion

The transfer of this species is the fastest reaction in organic chemistry... ANSWER: proton s [or H+] I was taught at some point that a hydride shift was the fastest possible reaction in organic chemistry. In any case, this answerline needs more information: ANSWER: protons [or H+ ; or hydrogen cat...
by Victor Prieto
Mon Oct 24, 2016 3:16 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: PB2016: Epistle to the Sons of the North
Replies: 9
Views: 1807

Re: Epistle to the Sons of the North

Your gross and inexcusable incompetence is worse than Charlie Dees going AWOL on DEES, because at least Charlie had the decency to admit that he wasn't going to be able to finish the tournament, three weeks in advance. This actually didn't happen. Three weeks before the first mirror, Brian and I ma...
by Victor Prieto
Mon Oct 24, 2016 2:33 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: PB 2016: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 82
Views: 9856

Re: PB 2016: Specific Question Discussion

Can someone please post the hydrogen cation tossup in round 10? It was the source of an unresolved protest in our room.
by Victor Prieto
Mon Oct 24, 2016 9:14 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Penn Bowl 2016 (10/22/16)
Replies: 54
Views: 29038

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Penn Bowl 2016 (10/22/16)

I'd like to posit what seems to me an obvious possibility and which Sean himself can confirm or deny. When he said "Penn-ance is in order," maybe he was talking about, you know a pun that would suggest there is something to apologize for, instead of him meaning "you need to write another Penn-ance ...
by Victor Prieto
Sun Oct 23, 2016 11:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: EFT 2016: Tournament Goals/Philosophy and Discussion
Replies: 14
Views: 1666

Re: EFT Tournament Goals/Philosophy and Discussion

...but it was unusual to hear so many questions beginning "this technique." I'm glad to hear you enjoyed the science. I definitely think I had a little too much "this technique" going on but figured it was somewhat justifiable considering how core the individual techniques are, and for IR+XRD I tri...
by Victor Prieto
Sun Oct 23, 2016 11:20 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Penn Bowl 2016 (10/22/16)
Replies: 54
Views: 29038

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Penn Bowl 2016 (10/22/16)

It's just... weird to outright ask for another "Penn-ance," considering that the circumstances that produced the original were not observed here. This set was so-so, but it was playable. Yes, the set was definitely a step down from the last couple years, but it strikes me as outlandish to request th...
by Victor Prieto
Sun Sep 25, 2016 12:17 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Early Fall at Youngstown State :: 8 Oct 2016
Replies: 17
Views: 7274

Re: Early Fall at Youngstown State :: 8 Oct 2016

Penn State will be sending 1-2 teams.
by Victor Prieto
Mon Sep 12, 2016 10:22 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Pennsylvania Novice 2016
Replies: 5
Views: 5636

Re: Pennsylvania Novice 2016

The set is currently at 87% written and 60% fully edited.

If you'd like to mirror this set, please go ahead and email us. It will be available right up until nationals next year, and is the perfect set to use for a JV division of a big tournament or a standalone tournament in a young region.
by Victor Prieto
Mon Aug 01, 2016 7:40 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: An Apology and an Announcement
Replies: 19
Views: 10401

Re: An Apology and an Announcement

Insofar as the entire community is the addressee of this apology and insofar as I am a member of that community, I reject this apology I look forward to hearing his genuine apology shortl-- I'm another member of that community, and honestly, I'm not looking for an apology. In my opinion, David Madd...
by Victor Prieto
Sat Jul 30, 2016 1:07 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Would You Recommend Working for HSAPQ?
Replies: 6
Views: 2881

Re: Would You Recommend Working for HSAPQ?

I applied to HSAPQ as a freelance writer during the summer of 2013, and worked until a month ago. During that time, I wrote a decent number of questions (somewhere in the order of 200 or so questions) and edited chemistry for a couple of NASAT sets. I decided to leave because I needed to cut back on...
by Victor Prieto
Fri Jul 29, 2016 7:03 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Do We Want/Need More Computer Stuff Per Round?
Replies: 13
Views: 3775

Re: Do We Want/Need More Computer Stuff Per Round?

Yes, I believe chemistry needs to be cut 20% at higher levels to make way for stronger other science. It's simply not as broad of a topic as the other big two and so I think we can cut it at higher levels to make room for more interesting stuff from the other science distro... Other science is fill...
by Victor Prieto
Tue Jul 19, 2016 6:58 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Pennsylvania Novice 2016
Replies: 5
Views: 5636

Re: Pennsylvania Novice 2016

This post reserved for mirrors: Carver Fall Novice - October 8th @ Carver HSES (Philadelphia, PA) Wheaton North - October 8th @ Wheaton North (Wheaton, IL) Wofford Free - October 15th @ Wofford College (Spartanburg, SC) RIFT - October 15th @ Rice University (Houston, TX) Nittany Lion Novice II - Nov...
by Victor Prieto
Tue Jul 19, 2016 6:58 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Pennsylvania Novice 2016
Replies: 5
Views: 5636

Pennsylvania Novice 2016

Hello, I am pleased to announce Pennsylvania Novice 2016, available for mirrors between September 24th and May 31, 2017. The set is being written primarily by players from Carnegie Mellon and Penn State, and edited by Victor Prieto, Bill Tressler, Chris Chiego, Ben Herman, and Ryan Bilger. This set ...
by Victor Prieto
Fri Jun 24, 2016 2:47 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NASAT 2016: Science
Replies: 9
Views: 838

Re: NASAT Science

This was the tossup on amyloid beta, which was certainly one of my harder answerlines: Are you kidding? There's no way this answerline comes close to ACF Regionals difficulty, and this choice of answerline robbed 90% of people with decent knowledge of Alzheimer's disease. Do you have any more examp...
by Victor Prieto
Fri Jun 24, 2016 2:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NASAT 2016: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 36
Views: 2230

Re: Specific Question Discussion

Empirical evidence point: this went dead after various buzzes with "echolocation" and "sonar" in Pennsylvania vs. California went dead. The first buzz was after the word "bathymetric." Editorial experience point: an answerline of sound in this context is what I'd classify as "experimental." I tend t...
by Victor Prieto
Thu Jun 23, 2016 1:32 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NASAT 2016: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 36
Views: 2230

Re: Specific Question Discussion

Cody wrote: (the pronoun has been changed to "this phenomenon" for future mirrors, to help avoid this situation)
Can you post the updated text? I thought this was an inspired idea, but it didn't translate well in gameplay.
by Victor Prieto
Wed Jun 08, 2016 4:54 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: UK Player Poll 2016: We the East!
Replies: 26
Views: 10532

Re: UK Player Poll 2016: We the East!

Short-beaked echidna wrote:
Auks Ran Ova wrote:What I've learned from this thread is that my new favorite non-American quizbowl term is "specialism".
wait what do you guys call it?
Speciality.

I, too, am fascinated by this thread.
by Victor Prieto
Mon May 16, 2016 1:24 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Early Fall Tournament (EFT) 2016
Replies: 45
Views: 24773

Re: Early Fall Tournament (EFT) 2016

Frankly, I don't buy into this logic that new players are scaaaaared of big mean older players, even if they're Mr. Scary Internet Jerry himself! I think new teams are turned off by hard, long questions that go unbuzzed until the giveaway or dead much more than they are by overly challenging oppone...
by Victor Prieto
Mon May 16, 2016 1:04 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Early Fall Tournament (EFT) 2016
Replies: 45
Views: 24773

Re: Early Fall Tournament (EFT) 2016

This tournament’s target difficulty is meant to be “regular-minus” by modern conceptions of “regular” difficulty - our goal is something around the difficulty of MUT, but skewed a bit toward MAGNI - older incarnations of EFT and 2013's Michigan Fall Tournament are decent baselines for comparison. T...
by Victor Prieto
Thu May 05, 2016 1:18 pm
Forum: Scheduling reform
Topic: 2016-17 Tournament Schedule: Planning, Discussion, etc.
Replies: 65
Views: 32768

Re: 2016-17 Tournament Schedule: Planning, Discussion, etc.

Also, I strongly believe that this tournament would be better off on the easier side of what has now become "regular" difficulty, like MAGNI and ACF Regs 2010 were. However, if there's space for a regs+ tournament on the calendar, that can be considered too. The easier side of regular (but not MUT ...
by Victor Prieto
Wed May 04, 2016 2:56 pm
Forum: Scheduling reform
Topic: 2016-17 Tournament Schedule: Planning, Discussion, etc.
Replies: 65
Views: 32768

Re: 2016-17 Tournament Schedule: Planning, Discussion, etc.

[quote="Periplus of the Erythraean Sea""] Points of discussion: 1) The "low-key" regular difficulty open model (as opposed to the "big open where lots of strong teams come to one site" model) for 2014's DEES and 2015's Missouri Open seemed to go over decently. This is admittedly an extremely self-in...
by Victor Prieto
Tue Apr 12, 2016 2:22 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion: 2016 DII ICT
Replies: 17
Views: 4534

Re: Question-specific discussion: 2016 DII ICT

Ah. Taken out of context, the second and third lines are definitely true of both Fidel Castro and Che Guevara, but I suppose if someone missed the words "national leader" right at the start, they'd be toast. Not really sure if there's anything to be done about that, though.
by Victor Prieto
Tue Apr 12, 2016 11:10 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion: 2016 DII ICT
Replies: 17
Views: 4534

Re: Question-specific discussion: 2016 DII ICT

I'd like to see the tossup on Fidel Castro please, I think there were a lot of clues that applied to Che Guevara as well. Someone negged with that in the room I moderated, and I thought it was a hose, too.
by Victor Prieto
Tue Apr 12, 2016 8:17 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER General Discussion
Replies: 20
Views: 4747

Re: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER General Discussion

We've known about the existence of this tournament for a while. This tournament was originally announced much earlier, and even if the team packets were hard to control, that's not a good explanation of what happened with the editor's packets. So let me back up for a second - a lot of my issues wit...
by Victor Prieto
Tue Apr 12, 2016 7:54 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Suggestions About ICT Tiebreakers
Replies: 23
Views: 7751

Re: Suggestions About ICT Tiebreakers

So, Penn State had a pretty rough lunch experience on Saturday. Penn State B finished prelims around 11:50, but for some reason Penn State A wasn't let out until 12:20 and we couldn't leave until 12:30. Penn State B was texted at 12:55 (right as we were getting food) that they had a tiebreaker that ...
by Victor Prieto
Mon Apr 11, 2016 9:00 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER General Discussion
Replies: 20
Views: 4747

Re: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER General Discussion

I was expecting high levels of whimsicality and difficulty, but I was surprised, the whimiscality and difficulty were several orders of magnitude more than I anticipated. I was not expecting a tossup on UNIFAC at "nationals-minus" difficulty. Apparently, when a tournament is announced to be national...
by Victor Prieto
Thu Apr 07, 2016 11:16 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER
Replies: 81
Views: 33045

Re: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER

What's the per-20 distribution of each packet, i.e. for which categories will there be fewer questions than in the submission distro? Let's use all 24 every round! 18 tossups on earth science without repeats seems... improbable. I count more than 18 named time divisions on the Geologic time scale W...
by Victor Prieto
Thu Apr 07, 2016 10:30 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER
Replies: 81
Views: 33045

Re: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER

not quite wrote:
Galadedrid Damodred wrote:What's the per-20 distribution of each packet, i.e. for which categories will there be fewer questions than in the submission distro?
Let's use all 24 every round!
18 tossups on earth science without repeats seems... improbable.
by Victor Prieto
Fri Apr 01, 2016 2:02 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER
Replies: 81
Views: 33045

Re: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER

Brian this is getting ridiculous, I hope you charge an exorbitant fee for assholes cannon fodder who are trying to freeload off of your tournament... As long as you allow science-less riffraff for competition and keep out the people who actually know science, it's fine by me! Makes it easier to cla...
by Victor Prieto
Thu Mar 17, 2016 1:39 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 MLK: Specific Questions
Replies: 44
Views: 4046

Re: Specific Questions

It didn't matter to the outcome of a game yesterday, but I was negged for saying "Nobunaga," but "Oda" or "Oda Nobunaga" would have been acceptable. I knew that Oda was the clan, and so I've always figured that Nobunaga was his name and his unique identifier. Can someone please explain? I guess a c...
by Victor Prieto
Wed Mar 09, 2016 11:09 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: "stanford housewrite" Question-Specific Discussion
Replies: 41
Views: 9221

Re: Question-Specific Discussion

The tossup on cobalt has a clear hose for iron near the end. It reads: "The standard source for Mössbauer spectroscopy is an isotope of this metal that decays to iron-57." The way it should have been written is something like this: "An isotope of this metal beta decays into the standard gamma ray s...
by Victor Prieto
Mon Mar 07, 2016 5:44 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: "stanford housewrite" Question-Specific Discussion
Replies: 41
Views: 9221

Re: Question-Specific Discussion

I'm answering your comments à la Tarantino (not in chronological order), because I think my argument makes more sense when presented this way. Stephen (and Eric): Hmm, I'd figured if [the lead-in] was the problem, the issue is pretty uncontroversial. Isn't the problem there simply that the clue is a...
by Victor Prieto
Fri Mar 04, 2016 7:38 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: "stanford housewrite" Question-Specific Discussion
Replies: 41
Views: 9221

Re: Question-Specific Discussion

18. A method to remove sidebands in this technique applies a series of 180 degree pulses prior to data collection and is called TOSS. Heteronuclear couplings can be measured using an application of this technique called SEDOR, though REDOR is much more commonly used today. One constant important to...
by Victor Prieto
Tue Mar 01, 2016 1:59 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: "stanford housewrite" General Discussion
Replies: 21
Views: 5299

Re: General Discussion

I think this set, for the most part, is a solid example for future tournaments attempting to hit "Nationals-minus" difficulty. That's not to say there weren't mistakes or some clunkers here and there, but definitely a solid set. At least twice, there were bonuses that were identical to bonuses in pr...
by Victor Prieto
Tue Mar 01, 2016 1:34 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: "stanford housewrite" Question-Specific Discussion
Replies: 41
Views: 9221

Re: Question-Specific Discussion

I'd like to see the solid-state NMR question (round 3) before saying some words about it. In addition, I'd like to see the tossups on size exclusion chromatography (round 11) and Woodward (round 2).
by Victor Prieto
Thu Feb 25, 2016 1:14 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements
Replies: 577
Views: 274289

Re: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements

I've written a packet about various video games I have played, all released between 1993 and 2011. I'll read it tonight at 10p EST.
by Victor Prieto
Fri Feb 19, 2016 2:38 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 MLK: Specific Questions
Replies: 44
Views: 4046

Re: Specific Questions

I liked the methylation... and cysteine tossups especially. Sure you liked those, you one-lined both of them! ANSWER: kelp forests [or kelp beds] <AG> This was the ecology tossup. This was a very good tossup. Can you elaborate, because it's not apparent to me why this is a "very good" tossup. It lo...
by Victor Prieto
Mon Feb 15, 2016 3:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 MLK: Specific Questions
Replies: 44
Views: 4046

Re: Specific Questions

Sorry I keep mentioning things piece-wise like this, but virtually identical clues about the work function are contained in the tossups on photons and electrons in rounds 9 and 10, respectively.
by Victor Prieto
Sun Feb 14, 2016 4:25 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 MLK: Specific Questions
Replies: 44
Views: 4046

Re: Specific Questions

It didn't matter to the outcome of a game yesterday, but I was negged for saying "Nobunaga," but "Oda" or "Oda Nobunaga" would have been acceptable. I knew that Oda was the clan, and so I've always figured that Nobunaga was his name and his unique identifier. Can someone please explain? I guess a cl...
by Victor Prieto
Sun Feb 14, 2016 4:15 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 MLK: General Discussion
Replies: 7
Views: 905

Re: General Discussion

Thoughts: I was happy with the way the set turned out, but there were a couple of clear problems. One was bonus difficulty variability -- while we hit the mark with providing true easy parts to not alienate newer and less experienced teams, we were pretty liberal with our middle parts and sometimes...
by Victor Prieto
Sun Feb 14, 2016 1:07 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 MLK: Specific Questions
Replies: 44
Views: 4046

Re: Specific Questions

[10] A common way of determining protein concentration involves measuring absorbance at this nanometer wavelength, where proteins absorb the most light. Nucleic acids in contrast have maximum absorbance at 260 nm. ANSWER: 280 nanometers [or 280 nm] This isn't true 100% of the time. Proteins always ...
by Victor Prieto
Wed Feb 03, 2016 9:16 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals 2016 Corrections
Replies: 38
Views: 10156

Re: ACF Regionals 2016 Corrections

Astroglia should be acceptable for astrocytes.