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by vandyhawk
Sun Jan 15, 2012 11:08 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 5 years are up (well, they will be 2 weeks from now)
Replies: 12
Views: 3252

Re: 5 years are up (well, they will be 2 weeks from now)

reactivating some of the mostly-dormant good writers Matt Keller! Come back to us, Matt Keller. I know you have a real job and writing for NAQT is a terrible way to make money in comparison, but I'm long past caring. We need you, Matt Keller! Man I wish I had time to write a bunch of questions thes...
by vandyhawk
Tue Apr 12, 2011 3:32 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2011 ICT Question-specific discussion
Replies: 150
Views: 20970

Re: 2011 ICT Question-specific discussion

To make sure I understand: many people have deep enough "White Collar" (the show) knowledge that they buzzed on the first sentence? If so, that's entirely on me; I wasn't sure how deep to go on clues about White Collar (the show) for my lead-in, and I presumably would have made the same mistake wri...
by vandyhawk
Sun Mar 13, 2011 7:11 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Southeastern Quizbowl
Replies: 98
Views: 19643

Re: Southeastern Quizbowl

I'm most curious as to what happened to the program at Vanderbilt. I would be doing backflips if Vandy hosted even one collegiate tournament per year, because going to a tournament so close means we could save transportation and lodging money and possibly go to one extra tournament (somewhere furth...
by vandyhawk
Sun Mar 13, 2011 4:22 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Penn Bowl Mirror at U of Washington - 4/2/11
Replies: 5
Views: 1211

Re: Penn Bowl Mirror at U of Washington - 4/2/11

I'd come if I were in town, but like the last several open events you guys have held, I will not be...
by vandyhawk
Sun Feb 06, 2011 3:59 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: talk about individual questions here
Replies: 124
Views: 16962

Re: talk about individual questions here

The first half of the Calvin Cycle tossup sounds a huge amount like the pentose phosphate pathway, which makes 4 and 5 carbon sugars and even uses transketolase. In this pathway first studied using 2-D paper chromatography, a reaction producing four- and five-carbon molecules and one yielding two f...
by vandyhawk
Fri Jun 18, 2010 11:34 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT distribution change 2010-11
Replies: 28
Views: 4809

Re: NAQT distribution change 2010-11

I'd like to see technology and science current events excised. These questions are obnoxious to write and probably end up badly (although I don't recall what questions actually fit into these categories last year). Yeah, Seth and I both pushed for those exact changes as the primary ones for science...
by vandyhawk
Wed Apr 14, 2010 12:13 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2010 ICT discussion
Replies: 100
Views: 15789

Re: 2010 ICT discussion

I actually felt bad about buzzing with real knowledge on the splicing tossup because I realized any non-scientist could have buzzed there thinking, "What's something that could logically be done at 5' and 3' ends of an RNA sequence?" Oh man, I screwed up that question more than I thought then. For ...
by vandyhawk
Tue Apr 13, 2010 3:12 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2010 ICT discussion
Replies: 100
Views: 15789

Re: 2010 ICT discussion

I've never really minded the presence of trash in NAQT. To me, there has always been a distinction between "academic tournament" trash and "trash tournament" trash, where the former is more mainstream and accessible to people who don't specialize in it (best way to do this IMO is to focus on more re...
by vandyhawk
Mon Apr 12, 2010 11:37 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2010 ICT discussion
Replies: 100
Views: 15789

Re: 2010 ICT discussion

I didn't see anything wrong with the biology, though I don't have a whole lot of knowledge in that field; its power-marking did seem weird, though, pretty frequently. (That's not the subject editor's job in NAQT's structure, and that might be a problem; I don't know.) I did a bunch of the power-mar...
by vandyhawk
Tue Apr 06, 2010 2:44 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: GUERRILLA II - 4/9/10 - Chicago
Replies: 67
Views: 8228

Re: GUERRILLA II - 4/9/10 - Chicago

I might be available for this. I'm staying with my brother in Wicker Park, but he has to work Friday night. I would be considerably more excited about it if it turns out someone is driving back into the city afterward and I wouldn't have to take a 35 minute El ride home after midnight, only to turn...
by vandyhawk
Thu Mar 25, 2010 12:09 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: GUERRILLA II - 4/9/10 - Chicago
Replies: 67
Views: 8228

Re: GUERRILLA II - 4/9/10 - Chicago

I might be available for this. I'm staying with my brother in Wicker Park, but he has to work Friday night. I would be considerably more excited about it if it turns out someone is driving back into the city afterward and I wouldn't have to take a 35 minute El ride home after midnight, only to turn ...
by vandyhawk
Wed Mar 24, 2010 11:08 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Vanderbilt ABC XXXIX 3/20/10 at Nashville, TN
Replies: 23
Views: 5049

Re: Vanderbilt ABC XXXIX 3/20/10 at Nashville, TN

As TD of ABC XXXIX, I'd like to thank the teams who came out to play, the moderators who read for the tournament, and Matt Jackson et al. and HSAPQ, who provided the question set for varsity and JV, respectively. At this tournament, we tried to introduce some good elements of modern quizbowl, such ...
by vandyhawk
Tue Feb 16, 2010 12:46 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Better options available
Replies: 31
Views: 3761

Re: Better options available

My preferred option, which I stated at some point in the big main thread, for getting more consistent quality is to get more collegiate-level-only editors. I can't tell if this was publicly announced anywhere yet, but there was one such addition recently, which I think brings the number of college-o...
by vandyhawk
Sun Feb 07, 2010 11:21 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Welcome to the 2010 SCT discussion.
Replies: 228
Views: 26522

Re: Welcome to the 2010 SCT discussion.

FWIW, the antibiotic mentioned was valino mycin, not vancomycin. As an ionophore, Valinomycin uncouples mitochondria. It does not inhibit them. I suppose "target" may have been a better word. I just remember googling "valinomycin AND mitochondria" to do a quick check of that clue. Also, the Rydberg...
by vandyhawk
Sun Feb 07, 2010 2:07 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Welcome to the 2010 SCT discussion.
Replies: 228
Views: 26522

Re: Welcome to the 2010 SCT discussion.

Oh man, the Kurzweil tossup made it in? Before I entered a grant-writing bubble for the last week, I remember being curious about what was in "Technology" (which I don't like as a category in the first place) and saw that one; there were already notes from two reputable people about how that should ...
by vandyhawk
Sat Feb 06, 2010 11:04 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Welcome to the 2010 SCT discussion.
Replies: 228
Views: 26522

Re: Welcome to the 2010 SCT discussion.

Rather than take any undue credit (or blame as it may be), I thought I should point out that my contributions were completely limited to the bio and chem writing/editing duties. If one looks at the % contributions of questions, mine is probably up there since practically no one submits specifically ...
by vandyhawk
Wed Jan 20, 2010 1:21 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Winter discussion
Replies: 83
Views: 13048

Re: ACF Winter discussion

Assuming I'm correctly remembering who Steve Bahnaman is (former Emory player?), the ironic part of those last several posts for me is that I used to think Steve and Jerry's voices and manner of speaking were very similar to each other. Now to other things... I'm interested in people's opinions re: ...
by vandyhawk
Wed Nov 25, 2009 1:03 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: THUNDER Discussion
Replies: 49
Views: 8641

Re: THUNDER Discussion

After not touching a buzzer since ACF Nats '08, it was pretty fun to play again. I have to say I was a little surprised that the rustiness was more evident in being slower to remember things than outright forgetting things (which obv happened too though). Anyway, I don't have too much to add that ha...
by vandyhawk
Thu Oct 08, 2009 12:11 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: THUNDER Northwest - U of Washington - 11/21/09
Replies: 16
Views: 2756

Re: THUNDER Northwest - U of Washington - 11/21/09

I'm pretty tempted to drive the 3 miles from my new place to campus for this. I can't totally commit, but if I come, I could either be part of a random team or play solo as Vanderbilt-in-Seattle (degree will officially come in December...).
by vandyhawk
Wed Jul 29, 2009 6:52 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2009 Discussion
Replies: 153
Views: 22238

Re: Chicago Open 2009 Discussion

I basically agree with what Matt's saying here (except, I think, about the tossupability of C-reactive protein), but I have a few things to add, or ask: -Where are you getting 1500 hits for TOR on PubMed? When I search for mTOR (because just "TOR" gets me a lot of unrelated stuff) I come up with ab...
by vandyhawk
Wed Jul 29, 2009 4:37 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2009 Discussion
Replies: 153
Views: 22238

Re: Chicago Open 2009 Discussion

A few thoughts as I procrastinate my dissertation-writing. I thought that Ginastera was pretty firmly in the canon, albeit as a reasonably difficult answer. I know that the Nashville Symphony performed a work of his last year, and a quick glance through next season's schedule shows another one of hi...
by vandyhawk
Sun May 31, 2009 11:02 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2009 NAQT HSNCT
Replies: 349
Views: 82012

Re: 2009 NAQT HSNCT

RyuAqua wrote: (did we really need a tossup on "purring" that gave its frequency in hertz?)
I don't think I'm overstepping my bounds in saying that in internal emails, several people notably opposed the inclusion of that question. Apparently it stayed in though.
by vandyhawk
Sat May 23, 2009 8:34 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF in 2009-2010
Replies: 12
Views: 3755

Re: ACF in 2009-2010

cornfused wrote:That's a nonexistant date for Fall, but those are some impressive editing teams.
Fixed your response. I'm assuming Eric meant 10/31/09.
by vandyhawk
Thu May 14, 2009 12:00 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Science Packets for High School
Replies: 13
Views: 3613

Re: Science Packets for High School

Jablonski diagrams? I have never heard of those before. After Googling them and seeing what they look like, I know that I've definitely seen a lot of them before, but I never knew the name. Pretty cool. That said, given the obscurity, it's probably not good high school science tossup material. Wow,...
by vandyhawk
Wed Apr 08, 2009 10:15 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Protest Resolution: Best Practices?
Replies: 22
Views: 2866

Re: Protest Resolution: Best Practices?

The issue on the Minnesota protest of not being prompted on "fullerenes" answered for the "nanotubes" tossup is an interesting one I think. I don't think anyone has disputed that the two clues in the first sentence are unique to nanotubes and don't apply to other fullerenes. Since the question said ...
by vandyhawk
Sun Apr 05, 2009 9:42 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2009 ICT discussion
Replies: 173
Views: 22275

Re: 2009 ICT discussion

I'd be interested to know who took point on editing for the tournament, how that setup worked, and who edited specific categories, etc. Andrew Yaphe, Matt Keller, and I all did substantial work on this tournament. (No prizes for guessing which of us was primarily responsible for which big-three cat...
by vandyhawk
Sat Apr 04, 2009 11:26 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2009 NAQT ICT to be held in Dallas
Replies: 45
Views: 7107

Re: 2009 NAQT ICT to be held in Dallas

Yeah, confirm. We and Irvine are 6-1 (we lost to Harvard B in a hilarious combination of bad packet and bad protest resolution; Irvine lost to us). I was otherwise occupied this evening but did hear about the protest pretty much right after the resolution was made. I support the way it was handled,...
by vandyhawk
Sat Apr 04, 2009 12:37 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2009 NAQT ICT to be held in Dallas
Replies: 45
Views: 7107

Re: 2009 NAQT ICT to be held in Dallas

Yeah, confirm. We and Irvine are 6-1 (we lost to Harvard B in a hilarious combination of bad packet and bad protest resolution; Irvine lost to us). I was otherwise occupied this evening but did hear about the protest pretty much right after the resolution was made. I support the way it was handled,...
by vandyhawk
Fri Mar 13, 2009 2:00 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Ratio of American History to European/World History
Replies: 68
Views: 15442

Re: Ratio of American History to European/World History

Yeah, I don't get the ACF submission requirement of 3/3 European History. Why is this not 1.5/1.5 and 2.5/2.5? 1/1 American History is guaranteed to make it into a packet, while only 2/2 European History (and sometimes even less depending on the editor) is guaranteed to make it in. I would imagine ...
by vandyhawk
Fri Mar 13, 2009 1:58 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bettendorf Invitational (03/28/09) Bettendorf, IA
Replies: 13
Views: 3137

Re: Bettendorf Invitational (03/28/09) Bettendorf, IA

No Pleasant Valley? That's quite disappointing to me. The contact over there would presumably be Kate Stangler, if you need someone to follow up with or anything.
by vandyhawk
Thu Mar 12, 2009 3:46 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: ACF Nationals at WUSTL (Apr 25-26, 2009)
Replies: 85
Views: 51772

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: ACF Nationals at WUSTL (Apr 25-26, 2009)

For ICT last year, we stayed at the Sheraton Clayton Plaza, which was only like a 5 minute drive west of campus and near a bunch of restaurants and stuff.
by vandyhawk
Wed Mar 11, 2009 12:00 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT distributions posted
Replies: 59
Views: 8068

Re: NAQT distributions posted

I'm not so much a fan of the "mixed, impure" academic category myself (though I kind of like the mixed, pure academic ones within reason). FWIW, of the 6 mixed, impure tossups in SCT though, I count 3 that could have also fit in the mixed, pure category, meaning no PC, 1 with 1 trash clue among 5-6 ...
by vandyhawk
Tue Mar 10, 2009 7:42 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT vice president for communication
Replies: 55
Views: 7202

Re: NAQT vice president for communication

Jeremy Gibbs Free Energy wrote:Thank god you aren't in charge of these things.
While this is true, I do wonder if dropping Ken's name (provided he would be ok with such a thing) would be a useful marketing ploy...
by vandyhawk
Mon Mar 09, 2009 8:05 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT distributions posted
Replies: 59
Views: 8068

Re: NAQT distributions posted

A couple quick notes - the "cute" giveaways seem to be pretty well dead in college (at least DI) sets, which is a good thing. I have no role in NAQT high school sets, but getting rid of them for the most part there would presumably be a good thing too. I'm also not the biggest fan of the current eve...
by vandyhawk
Mon Feb 23, 2009 5:07 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Vanderbilt ABC XXXVII 3/21/09
Replies: 17
Views: 4042

Re: Vanderbilt ABC XXXVII 3/21/09

jburnsOHS wrote:Plans to post registration/contact info soon?
I have nothing to do with spring ABC (and will be out of town that weekend, marking the first time since probably '01 I won't be at an ABC), but the contact email is vuquizbowl at yahoo dot com.
by vandyhawk
Wed Feb 18, 2009 1:09 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open
Replies: 67
Views: 9536

Re: Chicago Open

I am all for any July date, although I would prefer the 25th. I want a quizbowl birthday! Fly to VA and staff Cav Classic. Its traditional date will be the day after my 18th birthday. In an attempt to avoid derailment: anyone besides Guy have any luck convincing their parents to let them go to this...
by vandyhawk
Tue Feb 17, 2009 11:21 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Cardinal Classic discussion
Replies: 64
Views: 8003

Re: Cardinal Classic discussion

On the actual CC commentary front, we just started playing these in practice. I found the tossup on "Biotin" somewhat bizarre; B7 isn't really notable other than the fact that you take it as a supplement if you want your hair or fingernails to grow quickly. The tossup also contained a clue that bas...
by vandyhawk
Tue Feb 17, 2009 1:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open
Replies: 67
Views: 9536

Re: Chicago Open

grapesmoker wrote:
JackGlerum wrote:Lollapalooza is August 7-9. That might factor in.
That still exists?
I think it happens only in Chicago now. Even so, I'm fairly sure that CO and Lollapalooza peacefully co-existed in 2007.
by vandyhawk
Tue Feb 17, 2009 1:23 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open
Replies: 67
Views: 9536

Re: Chicago Open

So, I was doing some summer planning today and began to wonder when Chicago Open might be. I know it's early, but whatever. I'm not sure if anyone else already has plans to get involved, but I'd like to offer to edit the main event. I'd need help on history, science, and phil/ss. Let me know what y...
by vandyhawk
Sun Feb 08, 2009 11:41 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT SCT Southeast @ UGA (2/7/09)
Replies: 40
Views: 13070

Re: NAQT SCT Southeast @ UGA (2/7/09)

So, given that all of this guy's teammates at UGA seem to think he cheated, these responses are operating on the premise that he really did. Nothing was found in my notebook to suggest that I had any answers on me at the tournament. Well, I certainly hope that someone cheating wouldn't be so brazen ...
by vandyhawk
Sun Feb 08, 2009 9:46 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT SCT Southeast @ UGA (2/7/09)
Replies: 40
Views: 13070

Re: NAQT SCT Southeast @ UGA (2/7/09)

Good job Tim. That 29.35.1 stat line is quite impressive. It is clear you did a lot of studying in those two weeks after Penn Bowl, where you went 1.11.9 and averaged 7ppg. I hope everyone else is inspired by this, and sees how easy it is to improve as a player. All one has to do is read packets......
by vandyhawk
Sun Feb 08, 2009 9:31 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: SCT Private Discussion Forum
Replies: 129
Views: 16348

Re: SCT Private Discussion Forum

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by vandyhawk
Sat Feb 07, 2009 9:17 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Announcement: NAQT Cental SCT at WUSTL (2/7/09)
Replies: 19
Views: 4601

Re: Announcement: NAQT Cental SCT at WUSTL (2/7/09)

How come Chicago doesn't show up on the team detail page in DI? Also, 770 points in a round by Illinois is quite impressive.
by vandyhawk
Fri Feb 06, 2009 5:32 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Pronunciation Guide Free NAQT Packets?
Replies: 19
Views: 3314

Re: Pronunciation Guide Free NAQT Packets?

What we did at Prison Bowl, which seems to have worked well, was implement, on a small scale, pronunciation guides of a sort, which broke up long terms while not impeding the readers' flow: topo·isomer·ase Tla·huiz·cal·pan·tecuh·tli oxy·phen·buta·zone I certainly plan on using these in lieu of most...
by vandyhawk
Wed Feb 04, 2009 6:14 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: List Places You'd Like to See ICT 2010
Replies: 79
Views: 10703

Re: List Places You'd Like to See ICT 2010

To get this back on track, I'll second Katy's observation that ACF Nats went over well when it was in Nashville, and featured the largest field for that tournament in many years. Whether or not the current Vandy team is willing to put in the work needed to host is another matter, but the logistics a...
by vandyhawk
Tue Feb 03, 2009 5:50 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: NAQT Sectionals and TIT Mirror @ MSU (Feb7/8)
Replies: 22
Views: 3531

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: NAQT Sectionals and TIT Mirror @ MSU (Feb7/8)

If you stay stuck at 5, I think your best course of action may be bumping up one house team to DI. As long as they don't qualify for ICT, they actually wouldn't lose their DII eligibility by playing in DI once. Or, of course, you could do a triple round robin with 3 byes, which wouldn't be that fun,...
by vandyhawk
Sat Jan 17, 2009 6:12 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Winter Southeast @ UGA (1/17/09)
Replies: 37
Views: 8442

Re: ACF Winter Southeast @ UGA (1/17/09)

Since this could conceivably matter at some point, you might want to check out how USC A had 21 tossups in a game, leading to 5 ppb.
by vandyhawk
Wed Dec 17, 2008 11:58 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HSAPQ Fall 2008 ACF Set #2 Discussion
Replies: 44
Views: 6468

Re: HSAPQ Fall 2008 ACF Set #2 Discussion

Lee, I think that one thing that can make the similarities seem more prominent than they actually are (and, by the way, from what you've posted, they're not very important) is the fact that both these sets are written in the same (uncommon for high school) style. Like, if we look at the Langston Hu...
by vandyhawk
Fri Dec 12, 2008 1:45 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ATTN R. Robert Hentzel
Replies: 11
Views: 2973

Re: ATTN R. Robert Hentzel

During my time at UCSD (2003-2006), the Quiz Bowl club and the annual intramural Quiz Bowl event were completely separate entities, and the intramurals were around long before any sort of club was. Assuming it's the same people, you may want to try working with them instead of saying they have to g...
by vandyhawk
Wed Dec 10, 2008 7:15 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Winter Southeast @ UGA (1/17/09)
Replies: 37
Views: 8442

Re: ACF Winter Southeast @ UGA (1/17/09)

Yeah, I don't recall ever seeing Citadel or Oxford College, but that's only from one year of college play (and I didn't go to all the events GT went to). fsb I second Chris's notion of The Citadel registering lots of times but failing to show up. I feel like maybe one time they actually did show up...