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by women, fire and dangerous things
Mon Mar 25, 2013 4:12 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question Specific Discussion
Replies: 9
Views: 1865

Re: Question Specific Discussion

I buzzed on the second sentence of the lichens tossup with "fungi," and I said Ascomycota when I got prompted. It seems like fungi should just be outright accepted on that clue, because players can't be expected to figure out that you want lichens instead of, say, Ascomycota. I was also going to com...
by women, fire and dangerous things
Mon Mar 25, 2013 3:25 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Terrapin 2013 General Discussion
Replies: 13
Views: 1579

Re: Terrapin 2013 General Discussion

Maybe someone will create a thread for question-specific discussion and this would be better there, but could you post the questions on lichens, groundwater, and orbitals?
by women, fire and dangerous things
Wed Mar 06, 2013 7:05 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Urgent Call for Unity (July 21, 2013)
Replies: 121
Views: 26965

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Urgent Call for Unity (Summer 2013)

The Two Hearts of Kwasi Boachi wrote:
women, fire and dangerous things wrote:I'll play this, assuming there's someone who doesn't mind teaming up with someone who doesn't know history.
I'm not expecting to win and want to play this. Want to team up?
Sure!
by women, fire and dangerous things
Wed Mar 06, 2013 5:09 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Urgent Call for Unity (July 21, 2013)
Replies: 121
Views: 26965

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Urgent Call for Unity (Summer 2013)

I'll play this, assuming there's someone who doesn't mind teaming up with someone who doesn't know history.
by women, fire and dangerous things
Wed Feb 27, 2013 2:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals 2013 Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 61
Views: 10272

Re: ACF Regionals 2013 Specific Question Discussion

As a sidenote, and I know this doesn't keep people up much at night, but it takes Canadian teams about 1.5 seconds to seek and destroy any question to do with Canada. The prominent example I recall from this tournament was the Red River Rebellion. Apparently the mission features a self-destruct ano...
by women, fire and dangerous things
Tue Feb 26, 2013 10:30 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals 2013 Literature and Arts Discussion
Replies: 12
Views: 2566

Re: ACF Regionals 2013 Literature and Arts Discussion

So I do wonder how much score clues in tossups help in general*. Like, for instance, I know the theme from the second movement of the Surprise Symphony, and humming C-C-E-E-G-G-E to myself in retrospect, I can say, oh, duh, that's the Surprise Symphony. But I can't very well do that in the middle o...
by women, fire and dangerous things
Sun Feb 03, 2013 3:11 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Closed discussion
Replies: 50
Views: 10642

Re: VCU Closed discussion

Could someone email me a copy of the set? Thanks!
by women, fire and dangerous things
Sat Nov 24, 2012 12:36 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Penn-ance Question Specific Discussion
Replies: 63
Views: 9439

Re: Penn-ance Question Specific Discussion

I was annoyed to nearly have been negged twice for my Canadian knowledge. On the Canadian medicare tossup, I buzzed in with "Medicare" and got negged; I think that should be prompted, given that there are Canadian players in QB and we don't go around referring to it as "Canadian Medicare." On the tr...
by women, fire and dangerous things
Sun Nov 18, 2012 10:31 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2012 Minnesota Open general discussion
Replies: 18
Views: 6272

Re: General discussion

I enjoyed this tournament a lot, but there was an inordinate amount of econ. It might have been nice to hear at least one linguistics question throughout the day.
by women, fire and dangerous things
Mon Nov 12, 2012 8:09 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion
Replies: 116
Views: 23429

Re: Question-specific discussion

To be clear, I wasn't expecting people to back-translate "return to the soil." I was expecting that people who had read about the Pochvenniki would have likely learned what the name meant, Russian speakers or not. Maybe that's too hard for a leadin, but that's another question.
by women, fire and dangerous things
Mon Nov 12, 2012 1:53 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion
Replies: 116
Views: 23429

Re: Question-specific discussion

A nativist movement in this country’s political philosophy in the 19th century had a name meaning “return to the soil.” A related movement in this country advocated finding common ground between opposing viewpoints; that idea was supported by the author of The Crisis of Western Philosophy. Another ...
by women, fire and dangerous things
Sun Nov 11, 2012 8:53 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion
Replies: 116
Views: 23429

Re: Question-specific discussion

Maybe there is some odd technicality that makes what I am about to say wrong, but rockslike shale are NOT minerals. They are conglomerations of minerals and other substances, which means that they do not have an explicit and consistent chemical structure. That made playing this question very confus...
by women, fire and dangerous things
Sun Nov 04, 2012 11:08 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall 2012 Discussion
Replies: 61
Views: 11038

Re: ACF Fall 2012 Discussion

The leadin to the phoneme tossup is far from being uniquely identifying. Optimality Theory has been applied to subfields of linguistics other than phonology, and even within phonology, the clue could apply to a lot of different things.
by women, fire and dangerous things
Mon Oct 22, 2012 7:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question Specific Discussion
Replies: 53
Views: 7147

Re: Question Specific Discussion

I agree with Ashvin that writing linguistics tossups on individual languages is generally a bad idea. Not only are the clues usually things that linguists are unlikely to know, they're also usually not uniquely identifying, like the clue about subject and object ellipsis, which applies to many, many...
by women, fire and dangerous things
Mon Oct 22, 2012 11:54 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question Specific Discussion
Replies: 53
Views: 7147

Re: Question Specific Discussion

Can you post the Japanese tossup? For what it's worth, I thought the leadin to the sign languages tossup was great, but the Japanese tossup was really frustrating to play.
by women, fire and dangerous things
Mon Oct 01, 2012 11:42 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion
Replies: 116
Views: 23429

Re: Question-specific discussion

Frumkin’s correction only considers the potential from the compact layer and not the diffuse layer around these devices. The Chang-Jaffe boundary conditions are applied to the Stern plane of these devices to get the Gouy-Chapman limit, where the double layer around these devices will act like an id...
by women, fire and dangerous things
Mon Oct 01, 2012 10:07 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion
Replies: 116
Views: 23429

Re: Question-specific discussion

This type of reaction can be used to test for the presence of a methyl ketone, with a positive result giving a pale yellow substance. The Wohl-Ziegler reaction is an example of the radical allylic type of this reaction. When this type of reaction is performed on alkanes, it is typically initiated b...
by women, fire and dangerous things
Mon Oct 01, 2012 6:47 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion
Replies: 116
Views: 23429

Re: Question-specific discussion

So looking at the Chisholm entry on the SEP, it seems like that clue came from this section? I'm a big fan of the SEP, but obviously not every sentence from it makes a good clue, just like, say, "Sharp contrasts and elements of the grotesque characterize much of his music" would be a bad clue for S...
by women, fire and dangerous things
Mon Oct 01, 2012 1:13 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion
Replies: 116
Views: 23429

Re: Question-specific discussion

Key principles of this organization were stated in a declaration that espoused the creation of “de facto solidarity” to make war between two countries “not merely unthinkable, but materially impossible.” The first leader of this organization also created the Pleven Plan, which Clement Attlee oppose...
by women, fire and dangerous things
Sun Sep 30, 2012 11:44 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion
Replies: 116
Views: 23429

Re: Question-specific discussion

There was a bonus part on some philosopher (I don't remember who) that started, like, "His epistemological thinking dealt with the questions 'What do we know?' and 'What qualities characterize knowledge?'", which is about the least useful clue ever, since that's basically the definition of epistemo...
by women, fire and dangerous things
Sun Sep 30, 2012 5:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion
Replies: 116
Views: 23429

Re: Question-specific discussion

From what I've gathered, there were a lot of negs on the Mexico TU on the clue for that Buñuel dinner party movie. Was it placed to reward those who knew it was filmed in Mexico or just an arbitrary clue placement? That particular clue was included because that film was made in Mexico and is very a...
by women, fire and dangerous things
Sun Sep 30, 2012 11:15 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion
Replies: 116
Views: 23429

Question-specific discussion

This is the thread for discussion of specific questions!
by women, fire and dangerous things
Sun Sep 30, 2012 11:15 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: General discussion
Replies: 19
Views: 2597

General discussion

This is the thread for general discussion of the QUARK set. First off, thanks to all the Michigan players who helped write this tournament, and thanks to all the people who playtested some of the questions, especially John Lawrence, Jonathan Magin, and Mike Cheyne, although a few others also dropped...
by women, fire and dangerous things
Sun Sep 16, 2012 2:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: QUARK Mirror at UW - 9/15/12
Replies: 6
Views: 2172

Re: QUARK Mirror at UW - 9/15/12

If anyone from Washington has any criticisms of particular questions (or general feedback, even), feel free to let us know by emailing Kurtis, Libo, Bryan or me, so that we can make improvements before it gets played in two weeks. Thanks!
by women, fire and dangerous things
Sun Aug 12, 2012 11:10 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: WELD discussion
Replies: 28
Views: 10401

Re: WELD discussion

The point I was trying to make--which I'm still not sure if you understand--is that if want to be a great writer you need to adjust your mentality when writing questions. The overarching principle of all my critiques is that you need to think about the players and what they are likely to know. Firs...
by women, fire and dangerous things
Sat Aug 11, 2012 11:51 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: WELD discussion
Replies: 28
Views: 10401

Re: WELD discussion

I won't defend the quote from Bartleby, but that Plath quote is pretty distinctive and well-known. In general I tried to choose quotes that people would be able to confidently buzz on, and I think I succeeded overall, but obviously not in the case of the Bartleby tossup. Your criticism of the extra-...
by women, fire and dangerous things
Mon Jul 30, 2012 11:04 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open Discussion
Replies: 85
Views: 29196

Re: Chicago Open Discussion

fourplustwo wrote:Just curious if you (Eric) have learned about Puppe's Rule in your studies (it seems obscure), because I am quite sure I would have negged this question at "vomer" with "nose" -_- [and yes, I agree with the Battle's sign comment :)]
Yeah, I made this exact neg.
by women, fire and dangerous things
Tue Jul 24, 2012 5:51 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: WELD discussion
Replies: 28
Views: 10401

Re: WELD discussion

Yes, I think there is something wrong with writing a Jerome K. Jerome tossup this way, even at a side tournament. As far as I can tell, none of the other works you're talking about are in print! In order to have read them, I'd have to have borrowed a battered copy from the library, gone hunting for...
by women, fire and dangerous things
Mon Jul 23, 2012 10:29 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: WELD discussion
Replies: 28
Views: 10401

Re: WELD discussion

I really enjoyed this tournament, especially in terms of answer selection (when I have a chance to read through the tournament, I may give more detailed comments), which was an excellent mix of sane and insane, with mostly the right kind of the latter. This tournament contained a lot of extremely d...
by women, fire and dangerous things
Mon Jul 23, 2012 2:24 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: WELD discussion
Replies: 28
Views: 10401

WELD discussion

I hope everyone enjoyed themselves at WELD, despite a bunch of answerlines that turned out to be too hard for the field. Discuss away here, if you want.
by women, fire and dangerous things
Thu Jul 19, 2012 9:48 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: PRELIM: WELD (Wildly Experimental Literature Doubles)
Replies: 65
Views: 19000

Re: PRELIM: WELD (Wildly Experimental Literature Doubles)

Including Laferbrook, there are now 16 teams signed up, which is a good number to cap it at - Libo has printed off schedules for a 16-team field. Notice that at the moment there's an open spot on Ted's team, though, and who knows if more people will drop out, so free agents might still get to play.
by women, fire and dangerous things
Thu Jul 19, 2012 7:18 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2012 - July 21, 2012
Replies: 113
Views: 72842

Re: Chicago Open 2012 - July 21, 2012

ValenciaQBowl wrote:No biggie, but I am not seeing fees on the initial spreadsheet; you do mean the google doc in the original post in this thread, right?
It's in the second tab on the bottom of the spreadsheet.
by women, fire and dangerous things
Wed Jul 18, 2012 2:47 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO Lit and History Scheduling Compromise
Replies: 44
Views: 7828

Re: CO Lit and History Scheduling Compromise

I was proposing a double compromise, so there would be fewer lit rounds and fewer history rounds. It's obviously Will's tournament, so he can do whatever format he wants, but I would think that a shortened lit tournament with nine or ten rounds that is able to determine a legitimate champion would ...
by women, fire and dangerous things
Sun Jul 15, 2012 9:51 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: PRELIM: WELD (Wildly Experimental Literature Doubles)
Replies: 65
Views: 19000

Re: PRELIM: WELD (Wildly Experimental Literature Doubles)

I'm going to set Wednesday afternoon as the deadline for signing up for this, so I know where we're at. If you don't sign up by then, I can't guarantee you'll be able to play. Having an even number of teams would be convenient, so if there ends up being an odd number of teams or there's a last-minut...
by women, fire and dangerous things
Sun Jul 08, 2012 7:15 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: PRELIM: WELD (Wildly Experimental Literature Doubles)
Replies: 65
Views: 19000

Re: PRELIM: WELD (Wildly Experimental Literature Doubles)

It would be nice to get the teams and staffing situation firmed up soon. We could use a couple more staffers, with the number of teams signed up now. By the way, I just finished compiling the packets for this - there are 12 in total.
by women, fire and dangerous things
Thu May 10, 2012 2:57 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: PRELIM: WELD (Wildly Experimental Literature Doubles)
Replies: 65
Views: 19000

Re: PRELIM: WELD (Wildly Experiment Literature Doubles)

The third post in this thread will be updated with the field, and teams will receive names that are bad puns on works of literature that I enjoy.
by women, fire and dangerous things
Thu May 10, 2012 11:04 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO History Doubles: 7/22/2012
Replies: 131
Views: 41439

Re: CO History Doubles: 7/22/2012

I'll staff this, on account of how I suck at history.
by women, fire and dangerous things
Tue May 08, 2012 10:42 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: PRELIM: WELD (Wildly Experimental Literature Doubles)
Replies: 65
Views: 19000

Re: PRELIM: WELD (Wildly Experiment Literature Doubles)

As noted in the CO thread, this is now officially being played at CO after history doubles on Sunday. FIELD: Mike Cheyne & Rob Carson (Carson Saeculare) Auroni Gupta & Eric Mukherjee (Mukherjesus' Son) Andrew Hart & Chris Borglum (A Hart So White) John Lawrence & Kevin Koai (Obabakoai) Ike Jose & Au...
by women, fire and dangerous things
Thu Apr 26, 2012 1:23 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2012 ACF Nationals Discussion Thread
Replies: 106
Views: 21713

Re: 2012 ACF Nationals Discussion Thread

grapesmoker wrote:
Horned Screamer wrote:Did it in practice?
In my room (I forget who was playing) the tossup seemed to go until the Walter Scott clue.
Yeah, I buzzed on "Ellen Douglas's third song" in that tossup.
by women, fire and dangerous things
Tue Apr 24, 2012 12:16 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2012 ACF Nationals Discussion Thread
Replies: 106
Views: 21713

Re: 2012 ACF Nationals Discussion Thread

The clue about the Frankfurt cases could have been worded better. I negged with "determinism" on that clue (obviously the first two clues unambiguously point to free will, but I didn't know them). As I understand them, Frankfurt cases are situations where causal determinism is true, under the assump...
by women, fire and dangerous things
Tue Apr 24, 2012 11:58 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2012 ACF Nationals Discussion Thread
Replies: 106
Views: 21713

Re: 2012 ACF Nationals Discussion Thread

The social science in the editors' packets definitely had a Magin-y feel, but I don't think that's a bad thing. It did a good job of asking about interesting yet gettable things which are important in the field (the whiteness tossup was probably the coolest example). There were some similarly good i...
by women, fire and dangerous things
Mon Apr 23, 2012 6:52 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO Matchmaking
Replies: 21
Views: 6378

Re: CO Matchmaking

There's a good chance I'll play this. I know things that aren't history or science.
by women, fire and dangerous things
Thu Apr 05, 2012 6:19 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open?
Replies: 46
Views: 7557

Re: Chicago Open?

My lit tournament will be ready in time for CO too. It'll be pretty hard, so I think it would be good for the CO field.
by women, fire and dangerous things
Mon Apr 02, 2012 6:57 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2012 ICT: question-specific discussion
Replies: 48
Views: 12064

Re: 2012 ICT: question-specific discussion

I got The Thorn Birds, mainly from lit knowledge, but I was also aware that the miniseries was a thing, despite my general ignorance of old TV.
by women, fire and dangerous things
Sun Mar 25, 2012 11:51 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ICT Prediction Thread
Replies: 111
Views: 39069

Re: ICT Prediction Thread

Off topic, but that's an awesome avatar, Cody. I'm going to go watch that video right now.
by women, fire and dangerous things
Tue Feb 07, 2012 11:41 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2012 SCT individual question discussion
Replies: 114
Views: 14696

Re: talk about individual questions here

I mean, yeah, I did a similar thing (as I described upthread). In an ideal world (a) any of the satem branches would have been acceptable there and (b) this would have been somehow communicated, but this seems pretty impossible, unfortunately. As the author of this tossup, I'll note that it began "...
by women, fire and dangerous things
Sun Feb 05, 2012 2:13 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2012 SCT individual question discussion
Replies: 114
Views: 14696

Re: talk about individual questions here

The Indo-European question would probably benefit from some kind of prompt/anti-prompt, as well as one of those little explanations you sometimes get in answer lines. The first answer given in my room was either "Slavic" or "Balto-Slavic"; I forget which. I hesitated because I thought the Ruki rule...
by women, fire and dangerous things
Sun Feb 05, 2012 1:44 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2012 SCT individual question discussion
Replies: 114
Views: 14696

Re: talk about individual questions here

The Indo-European question would probably benefit from some kind of prompt/anti-prompt, as well as one of those little explanations you sometimes get in answer lines. The first answer given in my room was either "Slavic" or "Balto-Slavic"; I forget which. I hesitated because I thought the Ruki rule...
by women, fire and dangerous things
Sun Jan 22, 2012 3:03 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: BARGE @ UIUC on 1/21/12
Replies: 27
Views: 10130

Re: BARGE @ UIUC on 1/21/12

Michigan A won the second game of an advantaged final against Illinois.