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by Excelsior (smack)
Sun Nov 18, 2012 3:43 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2012 Minnesota Open general discussion
Replies: 18
Views: 6228

Re: General discussion

"Name these two scientists who showed that anyone, even Chris Ray..." "Name this physicist who suggested the existence of M-theory and showed how anyone, even Chris Ray..." "This confection, inscribed with the names of the deceased, is also offered on the Day of the Dead, but is more commonly gobble...
by Excelsior (smack)
Sat Nov 10, 2012 2:17 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: math math math a hundred maths one thousand maths
Replies: 42
Views: 12769

Re: Minnesota/Penn Open IV Discussion

Because mathematicians, and math grad students [know hard things] How many of these do you think exist in all of quizbowl? I don't know for sure myself, but I'm guessing the number of quizbowl-playing mathematicians + math grad students is maybe around ten; at most, twenty. I don't think I could na...
by Excelsior (smack)
Sat Nov 03, 2012 4:56 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall Northeast @ Harvard (11/03/12)
Replies: 41
Views: 20496

Re: ACF Fall Northeast @ Harvard (11/03/12)

Eleventh-hour travel shenanigans are most likely going to require Yale to drop to two teams, as I have already informed Graham by email.
by Excelsior (smack)
Sat Oct 27, 2012 6:14 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: FAcT VIII (10/27/2012) at Yale (New Haven, CT)
Replies: 11
Views: 4315

Re: FAcT VIII (10/27/2012) at Yale (New Haven, CT)

Once the tournament starts, live statistics should be available at http://srivatsa.org/staaaats/fact2012. I am not going to be the statsperson for this tournament, so if this stops working for whatever reason, so crumbles the cookie. EDIT (9:35am): The tournament is underway, with round 1 in progres...
by Excelsior (smack)
Mon Oct 22, 2012 4:24 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question Specific Discussion
Replies: 53
Views: 6841

Re: Question Specific Discussion

Well, if that's what you're referring to, it's bizarre to say that its use is "customary", because that use of "ga" is grammatically necessary.
by Excelsior (smack)
Mon Oct 22, 2012 1:33 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question Specific Discussion
Replies: 53
Views: 6841

Re: Question Specific Discussion

I'm also no linguist, and I'd love to hear what people actually in the field have to say on the topic, but here are my two cents: it doesn't seem like a good idea in general to write linguistics questions on particular questions languages using "linguistics" clues. Non-linguists aren't going to know...
by Excelsior (smack)
Mon Oct 22, 2012 5:25 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Penn-ance: MIT mirror (10/20)
Replies: 25
Views: 8899

Re: Penn-ance: MIT mirror (10/20)

2012 SCT: 22/8/0 over 226 tossups 2012 ICT: 35/10/0 over 288 tossups Penn-ance: 31/5/2 over 220 tossups Josh Alman is really really good I hope you will all agree with me now. (Aside: by ICT, it seems that Josh will have a power/ten ratio of 8.5. I know this must be true because I did a linear regre...
by Excelsior (smack)
Sun Oct 07, 2012 5:01 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question Specific Discussion
Replies: 53
Views: 6841

Re: Question Specific Discussion

For reference it's the symmetric difference operation from set theory. Ah, okay. I now see that you're trying to allude to "the this difference operation" without actually saying that by saying "difference of elements", but I still don't know what the isolated phrase "difference of elements" means....
by Excelsior (smack)
Sun Oct 07, 2012 3:31 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question Specific Discussion
Replies: 53
Views: 6841

Re: Question Specific Discussion

I only actually read three rounds of this, so my comments are going to be somewhat cursory. Packet 1 The first clue in the tossup on "symmetric" is thoroughly impossible to parse. I spent a good three minutes staring at it and could not figure out what you meant by "...it implies A and B are equal i...
by Excelsior (smack)
Sat Oct 06, 2012 6:20 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Illinois Fall Tournament @ Yale - Oct 6, 2012
Replies: 19
Views: 6574

Re: Illinois Fall Tournament @ Yale - Oct 6, 2012

This tournament ended. The Yale house team cleared the field, with Columbia and Penn A tied for second. The top individual scorers were Nolan Esser (88 PPG), Yogesh Raut (74 PPG), Saajid Moyen (73 PPG), Daniel Brach-Neufeld (72 PPG), and Aidan Mehigan (59 PPG). Complete stats are available at (http:...
by Excelsior (smack)
Sat Oct 06, 2012 7:09 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Illinois Fall Tournament @ Yale - Oct 6, 2012
Replies: 19
Views: 6574

Re: Illinois Fall Tournament @ Yale - Oct 6, 2012

Stats from the tournament will be available approximately live at (http://srivatsa.org/staaaats/ift2012) once the tournament is underway. As usual, the bracket names are Matt Jackson's fault. Stats will be migrated to the DB after the tournament is over. EDIT (9:47am): The tournament is now underway...
by Excelsior (smack)
Fri Oct 05, 2012 1:45 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Illinois Fall Tournament @ Yale - Oct 6, 2012
Replies: 19
Views: 6574

Re: Illinois Fall Tournament @ Yale - Oct 6, 2012

Somebody from each school that is attending this tournament should have received an email from me just now, with some logistical information and so forth. If you are registered for this tournament and did not receive an email from me, please contact me immediately.
by Excelsior (smack)
Fri Oct 05, 2012 7:43 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Illinois Fall Tournament @ Yale - Oct 6, 2012
Replies: 19
Views: 6574

Re: Illinois Fall Tournament @ Yale - Oct 6, 2012

I'll be sending out an email a bit later today with format information and so forth; as of now, it seems likely that we'll have 2 brackets of 9 rebracketed into 3 brackets of 6, plus finals.
by Excelsior (smack)
Thu Oct 04, 2012 12:50 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Illinois Fall Tournament @ Yale - Oct 6, 2012
Replies: 19
Views: 6574

Re: Illinois Fall Tournament @ Yale - Oct 6, 2012

Since Columbia has reduced from 2 teams to 1, and we've been unable to scare up a second house team, there are now two open spots in the field. Please let me know by noon on Friday if you'd like to register.
by Excelsior (smack)
Wed Oct 03, 2012 7:21 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Illinois Fall Tournament @ Yale - Oct 6, 2012
Replies: 19
Views: 6574

Re: Illinois Fall Tournament @ Yale - Oct 6, 2012

With the registration of a second UPenn team, the field for this tournament is full, pending any drops. If you would like to be placed on a waitlist for this tournament, let me know.
by Excelsior (smack)
Mon Oct 01, 2012 6:47 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Illinois Fall Tournament @ Yale - Oct 6, 2012
Replies: 19
Views: 6574

Re: Illinois Fall Tournament @ Yale - Oct 6, 2012

As noted in the original post, the start time of this tournament has been officially moved to 9:30 am (from 9:00 am) in order to accomodate public transportation schedules. Please note that we are doing this to accomodate teams who do not have control over their own travel schedules. We do not inten...
by Excelsior (smack)
Thu Sep 27, 2012 12:50 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Illinois Fall Tournament @ Yale - Oct 6, 2012
Replies: 19
Views: 6574

Re: Illinois Fall Tournament @ Yale - Oct 6, 2012

Now that Dartmouth has emailed me to register two teams, the field for this tournament is half full. New England quizbowlers who have not yet registered should do so sooner rather than later to be assured of a spot in the field.
by Excelsior (smack)
Tue Sep 18, 2012 1:35 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Illinois Fall Tournament @ Yale - Oct 6, 2012
Replies: 19
Views: 6574

Re: Illinois Fall Tournament @ Yale - Oct 6, 2012

Just an update: I would say an unaffiliated team from my school will be there with 70-80% certainty even if it is only two people. Is there any sort of discount for 'being shorthanded or a new team? UPDATE: All teams from schools that are new to quizbowl (i.e. have not played a quizbowl tournament ...
by Excelsior (smack)
Wed Sep 05, 2012 3:47 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Illinois Fall Tournament @ Yale - Oct 6, 2012
Replies: 19
Views: 6574

Illinois Fall Tournament @ Yale - Oct 6, 2012

Yale will be hosting a mirror of the Illinois Fall Tournament on Saturday, October 6, 2012 . This tournament is a housewrite by members of the UIUC quizbowl team, and as such, packet submission is not required for this event. Matt Jackson will be the tournament director, but I will be handling regis...
by Excelsior (smack)
Wed Aug 15, 2012 5:07 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: KABO Question Specific Discussion
Replies: 24
Views: 2465

Re: KABO Question Specific Discussion

18. This man accused an opponent of engaging in “political metaphysics” in a speech in which he aroused controversy be proclaiming that “Superior races have rights over inferior races.” He split with Emile Ollivier after having an affair with Ollivier’s wife Blandine. He gained the nickname “la-Fam...
by Excelsior (smack)
Tue Aug 07, 2012 11:25 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Things Ashvin wrote (i.e. science)
Replies: 12
Views: 1627

Re: Things Ashvin wrote (i.e. science)

The Lazarus method for simulating these events, partially based on the Teukolsky equation, was succeeded in 2005 by a derivative of the BSSN method which treats the participants in these events as mobile “punctures” on a grid. These events are followed by ringdown, in which oscillations are exponen...
by Excelsior (smack)
Mon Aug 06, 2012 10:21 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Things Ashvin wrote (i.e. science)
Replies: 12
Views: 1627

Re: Things Ashvin wrote (i.e. science)

The “climax” of this process occurs when TR-RXR dimer concentrations are at their peak. It does not occur in neotenic Ambystoma, because they lack thyroid-stimulating hormone. This process sees synthesis of argininosuccinate lyase and carbamoylphosphate synthase, enabling urotelic excretion. The op...
by Excelsior (smack)
Mon Aug 06, 2012 4:09 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Things Ashvin wrote (i.e. science)
Replies: 12
Views: 1627

Re: Things Ashvin wrote (i.e. science)

...the computer science seemed to be by far the weakest. I'm not an expert in it, but it seemed to be either impossible or confusing most of the time, and the people I talked to who know more about it than I do seemed frustrated too. This stems from an ill-executed effort to write on "exciting thin...
by Excelsior (smack)
Mon Aug 06, 2012 2:34 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The Questions Concerning Technology
Replies: 15
Views: 5804

Re: The Questions Concerning Technology

This was quite possibly the most enjoyable quizbowl-related thing I've played all year. Many thanks to Will for writing this set.
by Excelsior (smack)
Mon Aug 06, 2012 2:11 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: KABO Question Specific Discussion
Replies: 24
Views: 2465

Re: KABO Question Specific Discussion

Cheynem wrote:"Beta" shouldn't have said it's contrasted with alpha or whatever the heck it said.
I don't really know anything about finance, but I do know that there's a lot of Greek letters that mean things (cf. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greeks_(finance)), so I don't think that was a binary choice there.
by Excelsior (smack)
Mon Aug 06, 2012 2:05 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Things Ashvin wrote (i.e. science)
Replies: 12
Views: 1627

Things Ashvin wrote (i.e. science)

I think it's worth decoupling discussion of science from discussion of everything else because I essentially wrote the science for this tournament entirely separately from everything Kurtis and Will wrote (basically, I looked at Kurtis's questions and tried to divine what his target difficulty was b...
by Excelsior (smack)
Fri Aug 03, 2012 8:24 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open Discussion
Replies: 85
Views: 28789

Re: Chicago Open Discussion

Cutting out a giveaway that "steps outside the question" is something that I think is reasonable at hard events - for example, it should have been done on that "trans effect" tossup. That's a fine really hard thing to write about - but it shouldn't end by saying to the player "durr, it's the opposi...
by Excelsior (smack)
Tue Jul 31, 2012 5:17 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open Discussion
Replies: 85
Views: 28789

Re: Chicago Open Discussion

Vernon Lee Bad Marriage, Jr. wrote:So I don't have anything to contribute to this discussion except to note that I negged "A Theory of Interstellar Trade" with "The paper in which Hari Seldon proposed psychohistory."
I think that this firmly establishes Matt Bollinger as the greatest quizbowl player of our time.
by Excelsior (smack)
Mon Jul 30, 2012 7:35 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANFORTAS - Myth Tournament
Replies: 33
Views: 9499

Re: ANFORTAS - Myth Tournament

I'm playing this.

If we're running it as doubles, you should team up with me if you want a teammate who can occasionally answer questions about Hinduism, Japan, and cryptids.
by Excelsior (smack)
Mon Jul 30, 2012 7:33 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open Discussion
Replies: 85
Views: 28789

Re: Chicago Open Discussion

Saajid negged that with "rebuilding the temple" too, I think.
by Excelsior (smack)
Wed Jul 25, 2012 8:34 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Regarding zircon(ium)
Replies: 3
Views: 1127

Regarding zircon(ium)

In my packet for CO, I wrote a tossup on zircon that ended up in the final set (if it was terrible, this was mostly my fault and I apologize). I don't have the edited version, of course, but the salient point here is that the giveaway was something like this: ...For 10 points, name this mineral, the...
by Excelsior (smack)
Sat Jun 02, 2012 9:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2012 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 173
Views: 41580

Re: 2012 HSNCT discussion

I took the liberty of assembling said data. Round 1: 14.02 | 16.04, 160 teams, 1475 bonuses Round 2: 15.32 | 17.04, 160 teams, 1360 bonuses Round 3: 12.96 | 14.32, 160 teams, 1429 bonuses Round 4: 13.73 | 14.46, 160 teams, 1391 bonuses Round 5: 12.29 | 12.93, 160 teams, 1459 bonuses Round 6: 11.82 |...
by Excelsior (smack)
Thu May 31, 2012 12:46 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Taking VCU Open's Spot in August
Replies: 76
Views: 13461

Re: Taking VCU Open's Spot in August

kdroge wrote:Mainly because I wouldn't feel comfortable writing 40/40 science at this level. If someone would want to step up and write that amount of science, I'd be more than willing to collaborate.
If nobody more qualified than me volunteers, I'd be glad to collaborate with you on this.
by Excelsior (smack)
Thu May 31, 2012 12:20 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Taking VCU Open's Spot in August
Replies: 76
Views: 13461

Re: Taking VCU Open's Spot in August

I was working on a general academic tournament without science that I was going to try and finish to run as a Sunday event for VCUO for at least the Michigan site. I think we could certainly run a series of events (including my event) on August 4th, maybe extending into Sunday, in Michigan. My tour...
by Excelsior (smack)
Sat May 19, 2012 11:33 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Excelsior Rankings (dead forever)
Replies: 91
Views: 34564

Re: Excelsior Rankings (temporarily inactive until at least May)

mithokie wrote:Out of curiosity, does it look like these will be ready in May or is it looking more like a 2012-2013 restart?

Thanks!
Ah, sorry for the late response. At this point, you probably won't be surprised to learn that I'm not going to restart this until the 2012-13 school year.
by Excelsior (smack)
Sat May 19, 2012 11:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: BHSAT 2012 is now cleared for discussion
Replies: 0
Views: 988

BHSAT 2012 is now cleared for discussion

All mirrors of BHSAT XXI (2012) are complete. As such, it is cleared for discussion and available for download. We hope that this set will prove useful as study material for teams who are preparing for HSNCT or NSC in the coming weeks. Until the set has been uploaded to quizbowlpackets.org, it may b...
by Excelsior (smack)
Mon May 07, 2012 10:34 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Metro areas without enough good high school quizbowl
Replies: 55
Views: 14053

Re: Metro areas without enough good high school quizbowl

I chose not to count some places in Ohio that might be a little lean on the grounds that as a whole their state has a pretty extensive reach to teams in each area What areas in Ohio do you think lack enough good high school quiz bowl? EDIT: I know Ohio doesn't have high-quality tournaments in every...
by Excelsior (smack)
Sun Apr 29, 2012 4:38 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: BHSAT Individual Question Requests and Discussion
Replies: 31
Views: 5425

Re: BHSAT Individual Question Requests and Discussion

A few problems I noticed: Round 1, bonus 16: Wikipedia claims that carbon has more allotropes than sulfur. I suspect it's correct. In any case, this merits further investigation, and if sources disagree the clue should probably be removed. Round 10, bonus 9: The second part's first sentence refers ...
by Excelsior (smack)
Fri Apr 27, 2012 8:46 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2012 ACF Nationals Discussion Thread
Replies: 106
Views: 21503

Re: 2012 ACF Nationals Discussion Thread

It looks like the packet/document from which tiebreaker questions were taken wasn't included in the zip file of the set. Would it be possible to upload that document somewhere? If not, could someone post the tossup on I think "cooling" which was read as a replacement in the finals?
by Excelsior (smack)
Thu Apr 26, 2012 4:24 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Player Poll 2011-2012 Season
Replies: 63
Views: 28572

Re: Player Poll 2011-2012 Season

I don't really have a full ballot to submit; just one point I'd like to make: Any ballot that lists me and not Josh Alman from MIT is doing it wrong. Ludicrous ICT statlines like 35/10/0 over 13 games (as near as I can tell, that's more 15s per game than everybody besides Eric and Bollinger [though,...
by Excelsior (smack)
Wed Apr 25, 2012 8:44 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2012 ACF Nationals Discussion Thread
Replies: 106
Views: 21503

Re: 2012 ACF Nationals Discussion Thread

Can I see the tossup on Runge-Kutta? If I'm remembering correctly, the leadin was something to the effect of "This algorithm can be made adaptive by allowing its timestep to vary" or something. This clue sounds like it could apply to pretty much any numerical algorithm that solves equations that hav...
by Excelsior (smack)
Tue Apr 24, 2012 12:36 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MUT at MIT (4/28/12)
Replies: 22
Views: 9355

Re: MUT at MIT (4/28/12)

Where do you recommend we park?
by Excelsior (smack)
Mon Apr 23, 2012 8:35 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2012 ACF Nationals Discussion Thread
Replies: 106
Views: 21503

Re: 2012 ACF Nationals Discussion Thread

Long-tailed Sabrewing wrote:TU on technical analysis (finance/econ)
Which packet was this in?
by Excelsior (smack)
Thu Apr 19, 2012 1:53 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: BHSAT General Thoughts and Discussion
Replies: 35
Views: 12602

Re: BHSAT General Thoughts and Discussion

3. For 10 points each, answer the following questions about religion in India. [10] The Kumbh Mela is a Hindu pilgrimage to sacred body of water, which can see millions ritually bathe in it. Unfortunately, the practice has made it one of the most polluted rivers in the world. ANSWER: Ganges River [...
by Excelsior (smack)
Thu Apr 19, 2012 1:48 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: BHSAT Individual Question Requests and Discussion
Replies: 31
Views: 5425

Re: BHSAT Individual Question Requests and Discussion

7. In Cornish folklore these creatures include Cormoran and Gogmagog, who died in early Britain. Two of these creatures floated in a hollow tree trunk to survive a flood of blood in Norse myth. Artemis killed twin beings of this type who attempted to climb a stack of mountains to Olympus. Angrboda ...
by Excelsior (smack)
Mon Apr 16, 2012 10:38 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: BHSAT Individual Question Requests and Discussion
Replies: 31
Views: 5425

Re: BHSAT Individual Question Requests and Discussion

sex-evolutionary stable strategy-altruism - Sex. I had "our science player" explain to me why gender and sex aren't the same. I still don't get it. Why did this question back in Sun n Fun have two related answers promptable that your bonus apparently thinks are "not the same thing"? Setting aside t...
by Excelsior (smack)
Sun Apr 15, 2012 3:51 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: BHSAT Individual Question Requests and Discussion
Replies: 31
Views: 5425

Re: BHSAT Individual Question Requests and Discussion

8. One of this author’s protagonists refers to her brother-in-law’s children as “no-neck monsters”. One of this author’s characters attempts to lobotomize Catherine to prevent her from telling the circumstances of Sebastian’s death. This author created a character who complains of “mendacity” when ...
by Excelsior (smack)
Sun Apr 15, 2012 1:18 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: BHSAT Individual Question Requests and Discussion
Replies: 31
Views: 5425

Re: BHSAT Individual Question Requests and Discussion

On the question about potential energy, the first clue read something like "If a field is not irrotational [or also something else that is more or less synonymous], then this cannot be defined." I buzzed there, said "potential," and was negged without prompting, because the answer line said not to ...
by Excelsior (smack)
Sun Apr 15, 2012 1:18 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: BHSAT General Thoughts and Discussion
Replies: 35
Views: 12602

Re: BHSAT General Thoughts and Discussion

Generally speaking, I really liked the set today. In particular, I think you guys did an excellent job with writing questions that were clear, tight, and accessible--there were very few confusing questions and, as far as I can remember, no extraneously difficult ones. There was one factual error th...
by Excelsior (smack)
Tue Mar 27, 2012 4:54 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: BHSAT Individual Question Requests and Discussion
Replies: 31
Views: 5425

Re: BHSAT Individual Question Requests and Discussion

Mewto55555 wrote:I may be wrong/nitpicky, but wouldn't the second sentence be more internally pyramidal if you flipped the clues? I think more people know of the existence of a "nine point circle" than what is actually on the nine-point circle.
Now that I think about it, you're right. I'll make this edit.