recfreq wrote:Couple of other things from ACF fall, mostly for Seth, since he asked for it. Again, forgive me for picking nit like a louse-farmer.
No problem, and thanks for the commentary--this gives me an excuse to take breaks from working, but more importantly, it will hopefully result in stronger question sets in the future.
recfreq wrote:1. For someone who knows nothing about these things, redshift was a little confusing, esp when they already said Doppler shift. Just didn't sound like the redshift questions I think I might have heard in the past, but I guess it makes sense at the end.
Perhaps the source of confusion is the distinction between redshift and Doppler shift. Redshift is just the change in wavelength (to longer wavelengths), and can happen for a number of reasons. One mechanism for producing redshift is the Doppler shift (source and receiver moving apart); other mechanisms include gravitational redshift and the expansion of space (cosmological redshift). The redshift tossup started off with clues about cosmological redshift, then gravitational redshift, and ended with stuff about Doppler.
This is perhaps a confusing topic that would be better-suited to a question for a higher level tournament. If you have thoughts on how such questions could be made less confusing, let me know.
recfreq wrote:2. The sun question was very easily buzzer-raced on by a heavy Chinese contingent, of which I made up but one quarter, and hence failed to produce.
I'm going to assume that you mean "I failed to win the buzzer race" when you say "failed to produce;" if you mean something else, and it's worth clarifying, please do.
I don't imagine the question was a buzzer race in too many games (in the match I moderated on that packet, one player picked it up off of Shen Yi, but no one else seemed to be buzzing), but perhaps Shen Yi is too widely known to be used as the lead-in to a tossup. I'd never heard him come up before, and I thought the story sounded interesting, so I decided to write the question (note that I decided to write on "sun," since that has many clues I know come up a lot, rather than a tossup on "Shen Yi," since I wasn't confident it would be converted in enough games). If you have any suggestions for improving the question, let me know.
recfreq wrote:4. I liked what you did with my Siva question, b/c you actually had stories whereas I only had declarative statements about what his garment or hair looks like. I guess that's the way to write myth questions? To go with provocative stories?
That's generally my personal preference, especially when there are good stories available--it seems a shame not to use them. They don't necessarily have to be provocative (although there are lots of good, provocative stories available).