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by Excelsior (smack)
Mon Oct 07, 2013 5:51 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion
Replies: 42
Views: 4282

Re: Question-specific discussion

Ah, I see what was going on there. I didn't get the scope of the operators correct (the integral is in the exponential and the V-E term is in the square root). I don't think there's any good solution to this (you'd have to throw in lots of QUANTITY / END QUANTITY), so I guess there's nothing amiss t...
by Excelsior (smack)
Mon Oct 07, 2013 4:10 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion
Replies: 42
Views: 4282

Re: Question-specific discussion

Can you post the tunneling tossup? I honestly didn't have any idea what was going in that question and only buzzed based on the "Could this be anything other than ___" principle. In particular, whatever equation was going on when I buzzed was completely opaque to me (possibly because I wasn't listen...
by Excelsior (smack)
Sun Oct 06, 2013 10:11 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion
Replies: 42
Views: 4282

Re: Question-specific discussion

I dunno, some things just feel kind of off about the slopes tossup. The continental slope is a qualitatively different kind of thing than the other things described in the tossup, for one (though I see why you probably need that in there for conversion reasons). Even if it _is_ uniquely-identifying ...
by Excelsior (smack)
Sun Oct 06, 2013 9:55 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion
Replies: 42
Views: 4282

Re: Question-specific discussion

In the tossup on "slopes", I see what you were trying to do (mass wasting and all of that is important, yes) and it was a good idea in principle, but it didn't play well. Anything specific here? Fixed the others; thanks. Can you post the "slopes" tossup? (and, unrelatedly, could someone post the to...
by Excelsior (smack)
Sun Oct 06, 2013 6:21 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion
Replies: 42
Views: 4282

Re: Question-specific discussion

The trash in this tournament was ridiculously fun. Particular kudos to the questions on Balto, humans, Ash Ketchum's dad, Kudryavka, and the water type. Regarding the science - the only clue I remember off-hand as being particularly out-of-place was the VEI (which is the Volcanic Explosivity Index a...
by Excelsior (smack)
Sun Oct 06, 2013 6:14 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: General discussion
Replies: 26
Views: 3680

Re: General discussion

Overall, I liked this set quite a bit. The science was, for the most part, more palatable than at VCU Open this year (and I think Regionals 2013 too, though I don't remember that tournament all that wel), so good on Cody for that. The practice of relegating all trash to a non-regulation warm-up toss...
by Excelsior (smack)
Mon Sep 23, 2013 4:50 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: A second is a defined length of time
Replies: 26
Views: 8745

Re: A second is a defined length of time

A second is a defined length of time http://upload.wikimedia.org/math/2/6/1/261474772db3c1ed51e1f89ebcf1d483.png I eagerly await the announcement of ACF Nationals 2030: International Linear Collider edition. There's no reason it can't be 6 or 4 seconds, and we can have lengthy (and probably largely...
by Excelsior (smack)
Sun Sep 22, 2013 11:57 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: A second is a defined length of time
Replies: 26
Views: 8745

Re: A second is a defined length of time

It's probably more important for 5 seconds to be consistent between games at the same tournament than for 5 seconds to be identical across all games everywhere. Perhaps TDs could make this more likely by giving instructions to their moderators about how timing should be done. How do you propose to ...
by Excelsior (smack)
Sat Sep 21, 2013 10:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Foreign-language answers
Replies: 18
Views: 4835

Re: Foreign-language answers

...a lot of the most common pronunciations that anglophones use are technically wrong. For instance, most people pronounce "Qin Shihuang" as "Qin Xihuang", but both pronunciations should be acceptable answers anyway. No dialect of English I'm aware of distinguishes between pinyin "sh" and "x" (or "...
by Excelsior (smack)
Fri Aug 23, 2013 6:20 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: TDB help thread
Replies: 79
Views: 59307

Re: TDB help thread

Very minor bug: ampersands in packet-download links (and possibly other places?) aren't being percent-encoded. Example: http://collegiate.quizbowlpackets.com/541/Chicago%20A%20&%20Illinois%20B.pdf Should be: http://collegiate.quizbowlpackets.com/541/Chicago%20A%20%26%20Illinois%20B.pdf i.e. with the...
by Excelsior (smack)
Mon Aug 12, 2013 3:39 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Fernando Arrabal Tournament of the Absurd: 11/23/13 @ CMU
Replies: 110
Views: 39793

Re: Fernando Arrabal Tournament of the Absurd: 11/23/13 @ TBD

Looking at Columbia, I think we would lose Laferbrook, OSU, and the Michiganders; we'd possibly pick up Yale, maybe Harvard and/or Brown, but both of those seem dicy right now (also Columbia house team?). You can almost certainly count us out since most if not all of us will be in New Haven for the...
by Excelsior (smack)
Fri Aug 09, 2013 2:34 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2012-2013 HSAPQ packets
Replies: 4
Views: 2037

Re: 2012-2013 HSAPQ packets

Unrelatedly, the link for Tournament #26 (11-12 NHBB B) is broken.
by Excelsior (smack)
Sun Aug 04, 2013 3:00 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Moderator don'ts
Replies: 12
Views: 5456

Re: Moderator don'ts

No. Saying "answer please" at the end of a tossup is not the rule in any format, and it shouldn't be, because it encourages conferring and confuses players who are used to moderators who actually adhere to the correct rules. Moderators should certainly count down the time on their hands to give tea...
by Excelsior (smack)
Sat Aug 03, 2013 8:34 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Moderator don'ts
Replies: 12
Views: 5456

Re: Moderator don'ts

Regarding item 2, I have always thought that the practice of prompting for a buzz at the end of a tossup was, even if not explicitly prescribed, at least not verboten. If this is not the case, it absolutely should be, in light of your third point. If we can't expect moderators (in practice) to corre...
by Excelsior (smack)
Wed Jun 05, 2013 10:05 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals set posted
Replies: 4
Views: 1052

Re: ACF Regionals set posted

Not that it actually matters, but is it just my computer or does the set actually have bizarre fonts in random tossups?
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by Excelsior (smack)
Mon May 27, 2013 10:24 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2013 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 149
Views: 55427

Re: 2013 HSNCT discussion

This spreadsheet might be of interest to some people: (http://www.mediafire.com/view/nv24m5qjbm8vvgc/out.csv). Basically, it tallies the number of opponents with each record that each team played in the prelims and has a few summary stats. Presumably, interested parties can slice and dice this infor...
by Excelsior (smack)
Tue May 07, 2013 11:59 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2013 (7/20-21/13)
Replies: 147
Views: 57894

Re: Chicago Open 2013 (7/20-21/13)

I'd like to float a random idea. I think it'd be fun to have bouncebacks at CO. Seeing as I have never actually played a tournament with bouncebacks (OAC doesn't count), I think this would be interesting. On the other hand, bouncebacks require you to be thinking during every bonus, and that's kind ...
by Excelsior (smack)
Fri May 03, 2013 5:51 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The 2013-14 Tournament Schedule
Replies: 79
Views: 22260

Re: The 2013-14 Tournament Schedule

I will be serving as head editor for the tournament and as subject editor for Lit and Fine Arts; Marshall will edit History, Social Science, and Current Events; Seth Teitler will edit Physics and Mythology. We are currently negotiating to find a biology/chem editor and a religion editor. Philosophy...
by Excelsior (smack)
Tue Apr 30, 2013 10:06 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2013 Discussion
Replies: 129
Views: 29248

Re: ACF Nationals 2013 Discussion

To get to the more general point, though, I feel that computer science for a long time has been held to a higher standard than other sciences about what is computer science and what is not. Chemistry questions in particular frequently ask about things scientists actually do which aren't particularl...
by Excelsior (smack)
Tue Apr 30, 2013 6:58 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2013 Discussion
Replies: 129
Views: 29248

Re: ACF Nationals 2013 Discussion

PACKET Yale -This indole tossup is really good. I couldn't remember the name of the reagent in the indole test, unfortunately -I enjoyed this voting systems tossup, but I wonder whether Duverger's Law is a little early. -This VEGF tossup is extraordinarily hard. The fact that POEMS and Avastatin ar...
by Excelsior (smack)
Mon Apr 29, 2013 6:59 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: SPACE: The Final Frontier (2013-2014 Side Event)
Replies: 14
Views: 3866

Re: SPACE: The Final Frontier (2013-2014 Side Event)

I already anticipate that this will be my favorite side event ever. I hope this is mirrored somewhere where I can battle James Lasker and Eric to become the champion of SPACE.
by Excelsior (smack)
Mon Apr 29, 2013 5:42 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2013 Discussion
Replies: 129
Views: 29248

Re: ACF Nationals 2013 Discussion

I generally found this tournament pleasant. The questions were generally enjoyable (except that tossup on the Gamow theory of alpha decay, what the fuck), and there was nothing that was systematically annoying about them. Thanks to the editors for that. In logistical terms, on the other hand, you (g...
by Excelsior (smack)
Sun Apr 21, 2013 12:47 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: BHSAT 2013 General Discussion
Replies: 24
Views: 3621

Re: BHSAT 2013 General Discussion

So, what you're saying is that this bonus part isn't even rooted in reality? There may be 16 binary boolean operators in the abstract, but that doesn't mean there are actually 16 defined ones (in fact I'd be there aren't), so this bonus is even more confusing if not flat out wrong. I'll find anothe...
by Excelsior (smack)
Sun Apr 21, 2013 12:17 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: BHSAT 2013 General Discussion
Replies: 24
Views: 3621

Re: BHSAT 2013 General Discussion

For instance, the prevalence of orgo in this set--there's a reason HSAPQ functionally banned orgo for most of its HS sets. Maybe I've forgotten what I wrote for this set, but I distinctly recall putting barely any orgo in. I just skimmed over the chem tossups, and found orgo content in the 1st sent...
by Excelsior (smack)
Wed Apr 17, 2013 7:04 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2013 ICT DI specific question discussion
Replies: 73
Views: 19422

Re: DI specific question discussion

When describing a physical scientific thing that either doesn't have an obvious pronoun, or for which the obvious pronoun would make the answer transparent, I very strongly prefer the use of the word "thing", which carries with it no implications as to what kind of thing the "thing" actually is. I t...
by Excelsior (smack)
Wed Apr 10, 2013 11:57 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: National History Bowl - 2013 College Nationals: Sun. Apr. 14
Replies: 62
Views: 14521

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

My main reason for gravitating towards the Skype option is to give people such as Charles Tian and David Seal, whom it's been intimated will not be able to participate in any further CHB tournament held far in the future, a chance to compete for the title. If those people think it would be better t...
by Excelsior (smack)
Thu Apr 04, 2013 2:08 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2013 (7/20-21/13)
Replies: 147
Views: 57894

Re: Chicago Open 2013 (7/20-21/13)

If nobody steps up to edit this tournament, I will do it* and you will have to play geology tossups on "Gondwana separating from Laurasia".

*I will not actually do it. Somebody please do this.
by Excelsior (smack)
Mon Apr 01, 2013 7:09 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MUT 2013 Specific Question Discussion Thread
Replies: 16
Views: 4932

Re: MUT 2013 Specific Question Discussion Thread

Re: GCD - yeah, you're right; I wasn't really thinking clearly about it. Re: strong force - I will defer to somebody with more quizbowl experience on this one, because I'm not really sure what the best clue ordering here is, upon further consideration. One possible option might be to find a way of d...
by Excelsior (smack)
Sat Mar 30, 2013 11:54 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MUT 2013 Specific Question Discussion Thread
Replies: 16
Views: 4932

Re: MUT 2013 Specific Question Discussion Thread

For 10 points, give this term whose additive kind is given by negative one and whose multiplicative kind is the reciprocal. "negative one" is not in any sense the "additive identity inverse" of anything besides the number one. Packet 1, bonus 9: What in the almighty fuck is "Ushas"? I have never he...
by Excelsior (smack)
Sat Mar 30, 2013 7:34 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MUT Mirror at Yale (3/30/13)
Replies: 18
Views: 6925

Re: MUT Mirror at Yale (3/30/13)

I have emailed the necessary files to Jacob Wasserman to upload stats to the DB; in the meanwhile, final stats may be found at http://srivatsa.org/staaaats/mut2013. The final order of finish was as follows: 1. Penn 2. Columbia t3. Yale House t3. Stony Brook 5. UMass Amherst t6. Harvard t6. Vassar t6...
by Excelsior (smack)
Sat Mar 30, 2013 8:26 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MUT Mirror at Yale (3/30/13)
Replies: 18
Views: 6925

Re: MUT Mirror at Yale (3/30/13)

Live stats may appear at http://srivatsa.org/staaaats/mut2013, but I will not be in charge of stats, so no guarantees. Stats will be migrated to the DB after the tournament, as usual. EDIT (11:30 am): Semi-live stats are happening. Round 3 is just finishing up. We have 14 teams, which are split into...
by Excelsior (smack)
Mon Mar 25, 2013 12:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Travelling with large trophies - a logistical problem
Replies: 19
Views: 6675

Re: Travelling with large trophies - a logistical problem

I think it was at Chicago where the lady at the check-in desk even offered to help us find packing tape with with to cover some of the more fragile edges of the trophy, so it didn't snap off. I think we actually used some wrap from one of those luggage-wrapping machines (like this ) that they use t...
by Excelsior (smack)
Sat Mar 23, 2013 11:20 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Venting rage: Cheaters edition
Replies: 74
Views: 43831

Re: Venting rage: Cheaters edition

Speaking of Josh Alman... Josh Alman is really really good Man do I feel like a dunce now. Honestly, I'm not really angry about the whole Josh Alman dealio (which is the only one that personally affected me), particularly given that it seems to have spurred NAQT to look into the Watkins/etc cases. I...
by Excelsior (smack)
Mon Mar 11, 2013 5:45 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: BHSAT 2013 Individual/Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 47
Views: 6378

Re: Individual/Specific Question Discussion

Do you think I could see the tossups on "cross-dressing" and "Kreb's Cycle"? I believe the latter said something about phosphofructokinase catalyzing a step in the Kreb's cycle in the first clue, while I believe it actually catalyzes the third step of glycolysis (the answer I buzzed in with). I mig...
by Excelsior (smack)
Sat Mar 09, 2013 1:31 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 36-team ICT
Replies: 53
Views: 9723

Re: 36-team ICT

I'm not quite sure how to simulate the scenario where we have bad seeding (other than complete randomization of brackets). Just to be clear, the bracketing procedure you're currently using is: I assigned 36 teams random strengths on a (0,1) scale, and then bracketed teams in such a way that teams 1...
by Excelsior (smack)
Sat Mar 09, 2013 12:40 am
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: SQBS Help Thread
Replies: 45
Views: 32428

Re: SQBS Help Thread

To make your life easier, consider this bookmarklet: javascript:(function(){x=document.getElementsByTagName('font');o=%22%22;tu=g=0;for(i=0;i%20%3C%20x.length;i++){if(x[i].color==%22red%22){o+=x[i].innerHTML;}if(x[i].size==%22-1%22){g+=1;q0=x[i].innerHTML;q1=q0.split('\n');q2=q1[3];q3=q2.replace('Bo...
by Excelsior (smack)
Sat Mar 02, 2013 7:46 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: BHSAT XXII at Yale University (March 2, 2013, New Haven, CT)
Replies: 11
Views: 6919

Re: BHSAT XXII at Yale University (March 2, 2013, New Haven, CT)

You can probably expect to see (semi-)live stats at http://srivatsa.org/staaaats/bhsat2013 once the tournament is under way (but I will not be in charge of stats, so I can make no assurances). Stats will eventually be migrated to the DB for archival. EDIT (9:45 am): Tournament is underway, and round...
by Excelsior (smack)
Mon Feb 18, 2013 5:35 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: BHSAT 2013 Individual/Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 47
Views: 6378

Re: Individual/Specific Question Discussion

The Hermitian inner product maps vectors over this field onto this field. I literally did not know what you were trying to say here. "The Hermitian inner product maps vectors over the complex numbers onto the complex numbers" seems to me to be a perfectly cromulent statement. Or, equivalently and m...
by Excelsior (smack)
Wed Feb 13, 2013 7:01 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Region 1 SCT at MIT (February 16, 2013)
Replies: 30
Views: 21371

Re: Region 1 SCT at MIT (February 16, 2013)

How badly do you need staff? A spur of the moment one-day trip to Boston to staff a quizbowl tournament sounds bizarrely appealing to me. Yale, what are your travel plans? Maybe I could hitch a ride. Or I could take the 4:40 AM train and leave on the 6:30 or 9:30 train. We already have too many peo...
by Excelsior (smack)
Sun Feb 10, 2013 10:07 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals 2013 Global Announcement
Replies: 28
Views: 21982

Re: ACF Regionals 2013 Global Announcement

Hey, can somebody confirm that they got Yale A's packet?
by Excelsior (smack)
Sat Feb 09, 2013 12:10 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Nature of Studying
Replies: 53
Views: 17713

Re: Nature of Studying

Wait, what? Maybe I'm crazy, but this seems even less legit than "fake" quizbowl science...all you're doing is answering some multiple choice (figuring out which 3 of the 4 answers make 0 sense requires near 0 knowledge If we were to hypothetically put the first question (radium) on an A-set, multi...
by Excelsior (smack)
Fri Feb 08, 2013 11:39 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Nature of Studying
Replies: 53
Views: 17713

Re: Nature of Studying

(sample science bowl questions) "Here are 4 things; order them by some property" questions are the second-best thing about science bowl from an anti-fraud perspective, and can probably be implemented as quizbowl questions if carefully constructed. This sort of thing would've worked wonderfully unde...
by Excelsior (smack)
Thu Feb 07, 2013 1:44 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Let's Talk About Science History
Replies: 44
Views: 8577

Re: Let's Talk About Science History

This seems like a really silly distinction to make. Conceded, I guess. You could learn about homeopathy in the context of history, in the context of rigidly scientific or medical courses where it's ridiculed in a five minute aside, or in the context of "history of medicine." Also true, but, again, ...
by Excelsior (smack)
Wed Feb 06, 2013 6:15 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Let's Talk About Science History
Replies: 44
Views: 8577

Re: Let's Talk About Science History

Having been the person who raised the point of pseudoscience, I'd like to clarify that I did not mean that there should not be questions on pseudoscience. Rather, questions on pseudoscience should both 1.) exist; and 2.) not be in the science distribution. I can see where you're coming from, but the...
by Excelsior (smack)
Mon Feb 04, 2013 8:31 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Let's Talk About Science History
Replies: 44
Views: 8577

Re: Let's Talk About Science History

Matt Weiner and/or anybody else who thinks that science history should be in the science distribution: why do you think this? Of the science history questions I heard, none of them were bad (well, the horses tossup sounded like "Quack quack FTP Equus", but I guess a bunch of those things were import...
by Excelsior (smack)
Tue Dec 04, 2012 4:21 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: discuss randomization here
Replies: 20
Views: 6280

Re: Harvard Fall Tournament difficulty discussion

Nobody (at least, nobody I've ever talked to) actually wants packets to be truly random, since that results in clustering of categories. I do not understand the randomization complaints. If the order is truly random, why does it matter that there are three science questions in a row? You're going t...
by Excelsior (smack)
Sun Dec 02, 2012 12:45 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: General discussion
Replies: 19
Views: 2583

Re: General discussion

I got the impression that there was a little bit of Wikipedia abuse in the writing of the science in this tournament (and possibly other areas, but I'm not qualified to comment on those). Examples: "isothermal THIS calorimetry" in the leadin to "titration"; "pole of geographic inaccessibility" (not ...
by Excelsior (smack)
Sun Dec 02, 2012 12:14 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: QUARK @ Brown (12/1/12)
Replies: 10
Views: 3696

Re: QUARK @ Brown (12/1/12)

People played Eyes that Do Not See after the tournament. We would've played during lunch, but we spent all of lunch waiting for the file to download because nobody had downloaded it ahead of time. (Suggestion to Mike Bentley: maybe separate out the individual PPTs rather than [or in addition to] hav...
by Excelsior (smack)
Mon Nov 19, 2012 12:37 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Did you like these two things?
Replies: 7
Views: 1050

Re: Did you like these two things?

I think consistently using non-gendered identifiers is a great idea, and I think more tournaments should do it, but I'm not sure that MO is actually the best place for them. Using "this <descriptor>" adds verbiage to a question relative to using "he"/"she", which makes the already-long questions eve...