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by Excelsior (smack)
Sun Feb 08, 2015 2:27 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion: 2015 Division II SCT
Replies: 18
Views: 4658

Re: Question-specific discussion: 2015 Division II SCT

Can I see the "(linked) lists" tossup from division 2 (packet 3, tossup 18)? Given Ike's comment in the errata thread, I want to take a second look at it.
by Excelsior (smack)
Sun Feb 08, 2015 2:27 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015 SCT Errata
Replies: 10
Views: 2614

2015 SCT Errata

I have some errata for division 2. Packet 1, tossup 22: "Fear of Trembling" sounds like a great thing to read, but I don't think Kierkegaard ever wrote such a thing. Packet 3, tossup 18: "zip" and "map" only return lists in some versions of Python. Specifically, only in Python 2. In Python 3, they (...
by Excelsior (smack)
Fri Dec 26, 2014 3:25 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Somewhat In-Depth Carding Questions
Replies: 8
Views: 5638

Re: Somewhat In-Depth Carding Questions

1. What should I actually put on the front portion of the card? The "fancy way" Max is talking about is called cloze deletion . Creating clozes is a bit unwieldy, but I find them useful. 2. Is it better to mix subjects or keep them distinct? Put all your quizbowl-related cards (technically, in Anki...
by Excelsior (smack)
Thu Dec 04, 2014 7:31 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Flashcarding
Replies: 15
Views: 6393

Re: Flashcarding

My main qualm has always been that it seems difficult to keep track of all the different ways that information interacts with itself. Anki has a feature called "cloze deletion" that solves precisely this problem. Consider the following tossup: 2. In the Prologue of Offenbach’s Tales of Hoffmann, Ni...
by Excelsior (smack)
Wed Dec 03, 2014 2:38 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Flashcarding
Replies: 15
Views: 6393

Re: Flashcarding

However, one disadvantage of flashcards is that you learn to quickly associate text visually, rather than auditory (as tossups are spoken). If only there were a tool that spoke tossups to you... There is a well-rated text-to-speech addon for Anki , though I haven't tried it. In using Anki to learn ...
by Excelsior (smack)
Tue Dec 02, 2014 8:13 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Flashcarding
Replies: 15
Views: 6393

Re: Flashcarding

If you are going to flashcard, you should use a spaced repetition system. This means Anki or Mnemosyne . I have not used Mnemosyne (though I know that at least one illustrious quizbowler does), but I have used Anki, and can heartily recommend it. The program itself has a somewhat steep learning curv...
by Excelsior (smack)
Mon Nov 24, 2014 10:08 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Open tournaments and team-building
Replies: 38
Views: 16884

Re: Open tournaments and team-building

All costs and effort on the tournament logistics end depend on the number of teams participating and in no sense directly on the number of players. Because games are played between two teams, you need a minimum of n/2 staff and you need to expend whatever amount of effort and money you normally do ...
by Excelsior (smack)
Mon Nov 24, 2014 9:41 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Science (DEES)
Replies: 31
Views: 7777

Re: Science

I don't think the relational normal forms are harder than BNF -- not in the real world or quizbowl. I guess this is a matter on which reasonable minds can differ (as can we) but in a typical sequence of CS courses, I imagine one is unlikely to encounter relational normal forms until a course on dat...
by Excelsior (smack)
Sun Nov 23, 2014 6:42 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Science (DEES)
Replies: 31
Views: 7777

Re: Science

I wrote the gamma tossup from things I had done in class. I can maybe agree that the Breit-Wigner and gyromagnetic ratio clues weren't that satisfying-- you could probably have seen those formulas a few times and not remembered the letter. Right, that's what happened to me with the Larmor precessio...
by Excelsior (smack)
Sun Nov 23, 2014 2:53 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Science (DEES)
Replies: 31
Views: 7777

Re: Science

The science in this tournament was generally quite pleasant. I have no particular comments on the chemistry (I mostly zoned it out), but the rest of the distribution was mostly enjoyable. I understand that this tournament was written under ridiculous time constraints; as such, I of course don't faul...
by Excelsior (smack)
Sun Nov 23, 2014 1:48 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Open tournaments and team-building
Replies: 38
Views: 16884

Re: Open tournaments and team-building

Additionally, I do think that ACF and quizbowl in general could do more to accommodate one-man teams, financially. A lot of the discounts for short-handed teams are geared towards newer, less experienced teams, and more experienced players who find themselves on one-man teams can feel a lot less we...
by Excelsior (smack)
Fri Nov 21, 2014 4:47 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: DEES at Northwestern (11/22/2014)
Replies: 24
Views: 12212

Re: DEES at Northwestern (11/22/2014)

Oh. Well, in that case, we should definitely team up, Kenneth.

(As such, I guess I won't be staffing, Dylan.)
by Excelsior (smack)
Thu Nov 20, 2014 10:29 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: DEES at Northwestern (11/22/2014)
Replies: 24
Views: 12212

Re: DEES at Northwestern (11/22/2014)

Anyway, answering your immediate question: I'm no dinosaur, but on regular difficulty I can get you a number of medium bonus parts in chemistry, religion, mythology, or history if you're particularly weak in any of those areas. I seem to remember reading on the forums that you're a biology person l...
by Excelsior (smack)
Wed Nov 19, 2014 2:23 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: DEES at Northwestern (11/22/2014)
Replies: 24
Views: 12212

Re: DEES at Northwestern (11/22/2014)

That's a good idea. That would permit a double round-robin followed by a 2-upper/4-lower split in which the lower bracket plays a round robin and the upper bracket plays two games, leaving you with two packets for finals between the top two teams - but you won't need the last packet for finals, sinc...
by Excelsior (smack)
Thu Nov 13, 2014 12:33 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: DEES at Northwestern (11/22/2014)
Replies: 24
Views: 12212

Re: DEES at Northwestern (11/22/2014)

If a sixth team can be created (either by the addition of open people or by splitting one of the non-packet-writing teams or by magicking another collegiate team from somewhere), you can burn Chicago/Michigan's packets and run a double round robin (10 games in 10 rounds + finals). This leaves you wi...
by Excelsior (smack)
Tue Nov 11, 2014 5:31 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: DEES at Northwestern (11/22/2014)
Replies: 24
Views: 12212

Re: DEES at Northwestern (11/22/2014)

I offered to Dylan that I would staff this tournament if necessary to keep it afloat, and that offer still stands, but in the event that this tournament finds itself with an excess of staffers, I would like to play on some sort of open team instead. Let me know if you would like to team up (continge...
by Excelsior (smack)
Sun Nov 09, 2014 7:31 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Database Hits Do Not Determine Difficulty
Replies: 9
Views: 5639

Re: Database Hits Do Not Determine Difficulty

I agree that looking at "number of results in google" to gauge difficulty is a very bad idea. However, Google is not lying to you. Instead, Google omits results with too much overlap/similarity to pages already returned. If you change your settings, you can see all 75,000 results although next to n...
by Excelsior (smack)
Wed Nov 05, 2014 11:10 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Database Hits Do Not Determine Difficulty
Replies: 9
Views: 5639

Re: Database Hits Do Not Determine Difficulty

One other heuristic I use when I need to get quick-n’-dirty data on ordering clues is to do a comparison of Google hits at large While we're debunking myths, here is another myth: "Google does not lie about the number of results it has for a given query". If you click through the results for "Freya...
by Excelsior (smack)
Tue Nov 04, 2014 2:48 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: How to auto-number your packets in MS Word - For Dummies
Replies: 8
Views: 4281

Re: How to auto-number your packets in MS Word - For Dummies

Not to speak for Jerry, but this is an obvious feature for eventual inclusion in QEMS2 (if it isn't already there - I haven't checked). This is the HSAPQ system, right? Is HSAPQ planning to make this open source? NAQT has Ginseng as well, but that's not really something available for house-writes o...
by Excelsior (smack)
Mon Nov 03, 2014 11:41 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: How to auto-number your packets in MS Word - For Dummies
Replies: 8
Views: 4281

Re: How to auto-number your packets in MS Word - For Dummies

Not to speak for Jerry, but this is an obvious feature for eventual inclusion in QEMS2 (if it isn't already there - I haven't checked).
by Excelsior (smack)
Sat Nov 01, 2014 8:08 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: FKT 2014 Seeking Mirrors (easy side of regular difficulty)
Replies: 32
Views: 14360

Re: FKT 2014 Seeking Mirrors (easy side of regular difficult

failsafes such as System Restore Side note: unless you do something utterly bizarre like storing the text of your questions in the system registry, System Restore will probably not take snapshots of your questions. It is possible to jimmy System Restore into backing up your documents, but to do so ...
by Excelsior (smack)
Mon Oct 13, 2014 6:16 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: George Oppen - 2/21/15
Replies: 39
Views: 34258

Re: George Oppen - 2/21/15

If this tournament is supposed to be a regular tournament that just happens to also allow open teams (so to speak), there's nothing terribly wrong with having sites at both Columbia and Maryland. We all agree that having a site of a regular tournament in Boston or Providence and another site in Mary...
by Excelsior (smack)
Sun Oct 12, 2014 2:50 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2014 PADAWAN Physics, Other Science
Replies: 8
Views: 2414

Re: 2014 PADAWAN Physics, Other Science

Minor errors, which are probably only worth fixing if there are future mirrors: In C, the alloca keyword alloca is a function, not a keyword. It requires that the difference at any two points on a function be less than or equal to a rational number multiplied by the difference in independent variabl...
by Excelsior (smack)
Mon Sep 01, 2014 11:10 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: The Big Vision: [2] The "Sales Pitch": Talking Up Quizbowl
Replies: 45
Views: 29070

Re: The Big Vision: [2] The "Sales Pitch": Talking Up Quizbo

This seems a little overly-histrionic. Let's be honest--most college students ("our peers") are not the admissions-brochure paragons of virtue you've outlined here, and even if they were, is it really such a sin to spend a couple weekends a month on what is at worst an intellectually-focused leisur...
by Excelsior (smack)
Mon Sep 01, 2014 11:10 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: The Big Vision: [2] The "Sales Pitch": Talking Up Quizbowl
Replies: 45
Views: 21456

Re: The Big Vision: [2] The "Sales Pitch": Talking Up Quizbo

This seems a little overly-histrionic. Let's be honest--most college students ("our peers") are not the admissions-brochure paragons of virtue you've outlined here, and even if they were, is it really such a sin to spend a couple weekends a month on what is at worst an intellectually-focused leisur...
by Excelsior (smack)
Mon Sep 01, 2014 10:34 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: The Big Vision: [2] The "Sales Pitch": Talking Up Quizbowl
Replies: 45
Views: 29070

Re: The Big Vision: [2] The "Sales Pitch": Talking Up Quizbo

One of the reasons why we don’t have a lot of respect/support is that we’re not good at explaining what we do, or how this game rewards things of value. At least in my experience, the default reaction of a quizbowl person when quizbowl gets brought up outside the game-community is to blush or cast ...
by Excelsior (smack)
Mon Sep 01, 2014 10:34 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: The Big Vision: [2] The "Sales Pitch": Talking Up Quizbowl
Replies: 45
Views: 21456

Re: The Big Vision: [2] The "Sales Pitch": Talking Up Quizbo

One of the reasons why we don’t have a lot of respect/support is that we’re not good at explaining what we do, or how this game rewards things of value. At least in my experience, the default reaction of a quizbowl person when quizbowl gets brought up outside the game-community is to blush or cast ...
by Excelsior (smack)
Sun Aug 31, 2014 7:47 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Tricon 2.5 discussion
Replies: 12
Views: 3371

Re: Tricon 2.5 discussion

Cody "subverting [the distribution] to prove a point and inflict misery on everyone else is not [great]" Voight, your packet sucked, and so do you. Also, the "Kirk Jing being murdered" part of the distribution was not really funny (this is a separate issue from it being in incredibly poor taste). I ...
by Excelsior (smack)
Thu Aug 21, 2014 8:51 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open/Tricon mirror at UMN (08.23.14)
Replies: 11
Views: 4595

Re: VCU Open/Tricon mirror at UMN (08.23.14)

Approximately when should I show up on Saturday morning/afternoon/whenever not-at-the-crack-of-dawn is?
by Excelsior (smack)
Sat Aug 09, 2014 12:13 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Packets
Replies: 5
Views: 2323

Re: Packets

The packets are on the packet archive now: http://collegiate.quizbowlpackets.com/743/
by Excelsior (smack)
Wed Aug 06, 2014 4:58 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open/Tricon mirror at UMN (08.23.14)
Replies: 11
Views: 4595

Re: VCU Open/Tricon mirror at UMN (08.23.14)

I'll be coming to play whatever happens on Saturday; I may or may not stay for Sunday (will update you later). May I suggest that between this weekend and the weekend of Sept 13, we aim for three total days of quizbowl rather than four? Four days of travel is more than I would prefer to spend for ju...
by Excelsior (smack)
Sat Aug 02, 2014 11:18 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open/Tricon mirror at UMN (08.23.14)
Replies: 11
Views: 4595

Re: VCU Open/Tricon mirror at UMN (08.23.14) (tentative)

It is probable that I will come to this if it exists; I should be able to update you with a firm up-or-down answer within a week.
by Excelsior (smack)
Mon Jul 21, 2014 8:14 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Thanks and general discussion
Replies: 58
Views: 19762

Re: Thanks and general discussion

There was also one particularly egregious bonus that was like something out of graduate GR; we picked up 10 points on "Bianchi identities" and I honestly couldn't figure out what the easy part was supposed to be there. That was the one that went Frenet-Serret/torsion/Bianchi, right? Frenet-Serret a...
by Excelsior (smack)
Thu Jul 17, 2014 1:31 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2014 (July 19-20, UChicago)
Replies: 71
Views: 39931

Re: Chicago Open 2014 (July 19-20, UChicago)

Ashvin, if the issue is vegetarianism, I suggested to Auroni that he also order a couple of Uncle Joe's also-excellent sides. Yeah, I am going to order sides as well. By the way, there is such a thing as a free lunch, and you can get it by emailing me and offering to drive to Uncle Joe's to pick up...
by Excelsior (smack)
Thu Jul 17, 2014 12:07 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2014 (July 19-20, UChicago)
Replies: 71
Views: 39931

Re: Chicago Open 2014 (July 19-20, UChicago)

To get things moving on Sunday, food will be ordered for players and staff for all events from Uncle Joe's jerk chicken. If you want in, you need to pay me $5. Is the plan for there to be a lunch break on Sunday (I guess between history and video games)? (Whether or not there is one, I'll be leavin...
by Excelsior (smack)
Wed Jul 09, 2014 9:02 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Collegiate Novice 4 packets posted
Replies: 3
Views: 1715

Re: Global Announcement: Collegiate Novice 5

theMoMA wrote:Packets for this tournament are now available here: http://www.hsquizbowl.org/db/questionsets/631/
I think (hope) you posted in the wrong thread.
by Excelsior (smack)
Sat Jun 28, 2014 6:51 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open mirror at Michigan (August 9)
Replies: 30
Views: 15939

Re: VCU Open mirror at Michigan (August 9)

I would like to play this and am seeking (preferably new) teammates. I have no strong preferences about side events, and will probably play or staff whatever ends up being scheduled for Saturday night and Sunday morning.

I forgot how much I hate driving.
by Excelsior (smack)
Fri Jun 27, 2014 6:44 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open 2014: August 2
Replies: 57
Views: 29737

Re: VCU Open 2014: August 2

women, fire and dangerous things wrote:Michigan will be hosting the Midwest mirror of this. I'll post the announcement soon, but first I wanted to find out if people who might play have a preference between August 2 and August 9 as the date.
I would almost certainly attend on August 9, but very likely would not on August 2.
by Excelsior (smack)
Sat Jun 14, 2014 7:56 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: LaTeX tournament schedules
Replies: 3
Views: 2601

Re: LaTeX tournament schedules

As an aesthetic consideration, I would suggest defaulting to a font other than Latin Modern - for anything other than math-heavy typesetting, Latin Modern is downright butt-ugly. Any other reasonable serif font (e.g. Garamond, Cambria - heck, even Times New Roman) would be better. If you're alright ...
by Excelsior (smack)
Wed Jun 11, 2014 11:24 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 HSNCT conversion stats
Replies: 24
Views: 9714

Re: 2014 HSNCT conversion stats

I wasn't going to ask, but seeing as the Tripitaka is the least-converted tossup on that list, what were the exact conversion figures for that tossup?
by Excelsior (smack)
Tue Jun 03, 2014 5:26 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 135
Views: 65557

Re: 2014 HSNCT discussion

Good lord the Tripitaka is too hard for high schoolers. Maybe a medium part at NASAT if you want to push it. I'm guessing the accretion disk tossup looked something like "quack quack FTP name these things around black holes", which is the sense in which it is probably too hard - you'll have decent e...
by Excelsior (smack)
Tue Apr 29, 2014 4:44 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Science Player Poll
Replies: 24
Views: 8955

Re: Science Player Poll

I don't really buy this "shadowing effect" business. Are we supposed to presume that Ike Jose wasn't shadowing Billy at all? Or that Stephen & I weren't shadowing Tommy - especially when we also were grabbing/negging physics, certainly one of his good categories? Why is Sriram the only person you a...
by Excelsior (smack)
Tue Apr 29, 2014 4:11 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Science Player Poll
Replies: 24
Views: 8955

Re: Science Player Poll

Since Lederberg stats will probably be a relevant factor for evaluation, I should point out that I shadowed Sriram _way_ more than he shadowed me - most of my buzzes (and negs) were in physics/other, which Sriram would've gotten soon after (I mean, Sriram is a physics major, after all), whereas a si...
by Excelsior (smack)
Mon Apr 28, 2014 6:40 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Player Poll 2014: WORD LIFE
Replies: 58
Views: 14029

Re: Player Poll 2014: WORD LIFE

Can I just point out that it's ridiculous that _nobody_ voted for Sriram? Sriram is, at minimum, the third best science player in the game right now, and I'd personally put him even with Billy. Fourth, but that doesn't really mean much. Being good at science doesn't mean you're a top 25 player if y...
by Excelsior (smack)
Mon Apr 28, 2014 6:30 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Player Poll 2014: WORD LIFE
Replies: 58
Views: 14029

Re: Player Poll 2014: WORD LIFE

Can I just point out that it's ridiculous that _nobody_ voted for Sriram? Sriram is, at minimum, the third best science player in the game right now, and I'd personally put him even with Billy. EDIT: This causes an especially weird effect in the case of Yale. Voters put Yale ahead of Penn but ranked...
by Excelsior (smack)
Fri Apr 25, 2014 6:40 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Lederberg 2: Daughter Cell (3/29/14)
Replies: 155
Views: 61536

Re: Lederberg 2: Daughter Cell (3/29/14)

Ashvin, of course, the server logs + the impossible levels of improvement in stats are completely damning. The only reason people (Ike) are bringing up his defense of how he knew X Y and Z is not to argue that he must be guilty, but to openly mock him, because mocking deranged cheaters is fun. The ...
by Excelsior (smack)
Fri Apr 25, 2014 6:25 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Lederberg 2: Daughter Cell (3/29/14)
Replies: 155
Views: 61536

Re: Lederberg 2: Daughter Cell (3/29/14)

I mean, basically the point I'm trying to make here is that there isn't really any value in making claims like "he couldn't possibly have buzzed there; that's too difficult!". We know that he engaged in unethical behavior not because he buzzed early in some questions where you would not expect him t...
by Excelsior (smack)
Fri Apr 25, 2014 3:41 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Lederberg 2: Daughter Cell (3/29/14)
Replies: 155
Views: 61536

Re: Lederberg 2: Daughter Cell (3/29/14)

So, I am just going to list some facts and fact-like entities here. -Contra Ike, it's not _that_ ridiculous that someone could know about phantom references. I encountered a passing reference to them in some blog post about weakrefs in various languages, and I'm sure there are other reasons one coul...
by Excelsior (smack)
Wed Apr 23, 2014 1:11 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: A Detailed and Practical Guide To Music Writing/Editing
Replies: 23
Views: 9873

Re: A Detailed and Practical Guide To Music Writing/Editing

Hey, so I'm an utter pleb when it comes to music, but:
Charlie wrote:Marcato - "marked," is related to accents and represented by a line over the notes. Can be combined with staccato, but again, that is very common
Isn't a marcato a ^ and a tenuto a _?
by Excelsior (smack)
Fri Apr 18, 2014 10:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals congratulations, thanks, and discussion
Replies: 169
Views: 45694

Re: ACF Nationals congratulations, thanks, and discussion

The volatility question was my doing. I don't really have anything to say in defense of it, because I literally don't know the first thing about financial economics. Sorry about that.