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by Amizda Calyx
Wed Mar 25, 2015 6:25 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ICT Predictions
Replies: 29
Views: 10106

Re: ICT Predictions

I don't bet either, but...UCSD and Stanford exist, so
by Amizda Calyx
Sat Mar 21, 2015 5:58 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: STIMPY Skype Mirror (4/11)
Replies: 33
Views: 15230

Re: STIMPY Skype Mirror (4/11?)

I'm interested, and i don't think i playtested any questions this time...
by Amizda Calyx
Sat Mar 21, 2015 7:19 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: San Diego Academic League
Replies: 19
Views: 9878

Re: San Diego Academic League

These remind me of Knowledge Bowl questions, such as the one at 2009 State that insisted that the current currency of Italy was the lira.
by Amizda Calyx
Thu Mar 12, 2015 7:57 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: COTTAGE Bowl - Global Announcement
Replies: 66
Views: 36968

Re: COTTAGE Bowl - Global Announcement

I didn't play COTTAGE Bowl, so I had to track down this much-maligned feminine hygiene bonus, and in terms of its structure as a quizbowl question, it seems okay. (There is an easy, middle, and hard part; who honestly has never heard of Tampax?) If this was the only female-oriented question in the ...
by Amizda Calyx
Thu Mar 12, 2015 4:28 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: COTTAGE Bowl - Global Announcement
Replies: 66
Views: 36968

Re: COTTAGE Bowl - Global Announcement

Speaking only for myself, not for my gender here: Having now looked through the question set, I think my main issue with the "female-friendly" content was less the idea that there should be a distribution of questions tendered to women and more the abysmal execution of those questions. I find it pre...
by Amizda Calyx
Wed Mar 11, 2015 9:21 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Literary Phrasing
Replies: 20
Views: 7480

Re: Literary Phrasing

For clarification's case, here's the prompt/first part: An eye operation serves as a turning point in this story, in which the patient ends up dying. [10] This tale sees Laurel Hand read Dickens to her father, Judge McKelva, when not feuding with her stepmother, Fay. ANSWER: The _Optimist's Daughte...
by Amizda Calyx
Tue Mar 10, 2015 6:21 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: COTTAGE Bowl - Global Announcement
Replies: 66
Views: 36968

Re: COTTAGE Bowl - Global Announcement

Ok, I might have been hasty in condemning the spoiler question -- however, I still think it's bad form to use clues that end up revealing key plot points of episodes aired within a year when those clues don't even make the question more gettable. Not everyone has access to cable TV or is willing to ...
by Amizda Calyx
Tue Mar 10, 2015 6:59 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: COTTAGE Bowl - Global Announcement
Replies: 66
Views: 36968

Re: COTTAGE Bowl - Global Announcement

If there's ever a distinction to be made for something "too trashy even for trash", I would think personal hygiene products and horrible YouTube channels like the one hosted by that stupid highly-inappropriate-for-high-schoolers* manchild PewDiePie would be prime candidates. Aside from that, WTF WAY...
by Amizda Calyx
Sat Feb 28, 2015 4:37 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Announcement: Oxford Open North America Online (03/01/2015)
Replies: 75
Views: 37229

Re: Announcement: Oxford Open North America Online (03/01/20

If there's any eleventh-hour need to fill out a team or anything, I'd be down to join. Email me at joellesmartATyahoo.com
by Amizda Calyx
Wed Feb 11, 2015 11:35 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The place of zoology in the bio distribution
Replies: 53
Views: 27396

Re: The place of zoology in the bio distribution

Any other biology majors feel like the distribution should be ~1.5 compared to Chem and Physics at 1? It seems like there are a ton of massive, undergrad-accessible fields for bio that are easily incorporated into Quizbowl. 1. Medical stuff (physiology, anatomy; we don't even have courses in these ...
by Amizda Calyx
Fri Feb 06, 2015 12:33 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: the future of regular difficulty
Replies: 14
Views: 7206

Re: the future of regular difficulty

I think a significant part of the problem is the fact that what we call "regular" difficulty is definitely not representative of what the average player should know. Not being able to even recognize a non-trivial proportion of the answers, let alone clues, at an event that purports to serve "regular...
by Amizda Calyx
Sat Jan 31, 2015 5:47 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: THE OFFICIAL 2014 HSQBRANK ALL NAME TEAM
Replies: 23
Views: 12919

Re: THE OFFICIAL 2014 HSQBRANK ALL NAME TEAM

cwRsync wrote:What about Joelle Smart?
It was always fun to wear my "Captain Smart" t-shirt at Knowledge Bowl tournaments in high school...
by Amizda Calyx
Fri Jan 23, 2015 7:28 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion (HFT 2014)
Replies: 53
Views: 4779

Re: Question-specific discussion (HFT 2014)

3. Examples of these include catalase and carbonic anhydrase. For 10 points each: [10] Name these biological catalysts whose three-dimensional conformation is the subject of major study. ANSWER: enzymes [10] Enzymes, like all catalysts, lower the activation energy of reactions. This equation from r...
by Amizda Calyx
Mon Dec 08, 2014 3:33 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: DEES Online: January 3rd, 2015
Replies: 23
Views: 11895

Re: DEES Online: January 3rd, 2015

I can also moderate, probably.
by Amizda Calyx
Sat Dec 06, 2014 6:41 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2015: 4/18-19 at the University of Michigan
Replies: 54
Views: 41329

Re: ACF Nationals 2015: 4/18-19 at the University of Michiga

Hmm...I'd like to staff this. To whom do I talk about doing that?
by Amizda Calyx
Mon Nov 24, 2014 11:05 pm
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: Tournaments/Being Competitive
Replies: 18
Views: 11148

Re: Tournaments/Being Competitive

A) "Discomfort" is relative, and anyway you should not infer some causal link between someone quitting the team and some "uncomfortable" situation you've observed because most of the time there are underlying issues beyond that. B) People in general are driven away by disagreeable situations or peop...
by Amizda Calyx
Sat Nov 22, 2014 2:44 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Southeast HFT mirror @ Marist School (GA) 11/15
Replies: 26
Views: 9617

Re: Southeast HFT mirror @ Marist School (GA) 11/15

I doubt that there's such a dearth of competent scorekeepers in Georgia that writing an extra number in the correct column each tossup would slow things down at all, considering the main site took those stats fine and that plenty of people are capable of simultaneously reading and scorekeeping in a ...
by Amizda Calyx
Fri Nov 21, 2014 11:07 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Southeast HFT mirror @ Marist School (GA) 11/15
Replies: 26
Views: 9617

Re: Southeast HFT mirror @ Marist School (GA) 11/15

Can't you just input the individual scores into SQBS after the tournament is over? That wouldn't delay things at all and individual players would still get to see how they improve from tournament to tournament.
by Amizda Calyx
Mon Nov 17, 2014 12:46 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HFT IX @ Harvard (11/15/14)
Replies: 105
Views: 57828

Re: HFT IX @ Harvard (11/15/14)

Were the pages in each packet, like, not stapled together? I am confused as to how the reader managed to mix up the bonuses if there weren't any loose papers--surely it would be anti-intuitive to tear open a new packet every 6 bonuses.
by Amizda Calyx
Mon Nov 03, 2014 11:13 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: The (Under?)representation of LGBT Culture and History in QB
Replies: 20
Views: 12090

Re: The (Under?)representation of LGBT Culture and History i

Hi Aegir, welcome to the boards! Your post is very thoughtful and does bring up some of the (unintentional) deficiencies in the distribution; LGBTQ history is certainly an important subject that probably ought to come up more often. I just wanted to point out that Quinterest isn't comprehensive; you...
by Amizda Calyx
Mon Oct 27, 2014 4:30 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Female Player Winning Tournament Solo?
Replies: 6
Views: 3822

Re: Female Player Winning Tournament Solo?

So far I haven't come across any solo female players winning any of the regional or national tournaments (although I haven't gotten to CC sectionals yet) -- that's an amazing accomplishment! I look forward to entering her stats into my "women's results" spreadsheets; this is exactly the kind of insp...
by Amizda Calyx
Fri Oct 24, 2014 9:05 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: What are the easiest categories to learn?
Replies: 8
Views: 4172

Re: What are the easiest categories to learn?

Space geography.
by Amizda Calyx
Fri Oct 17, 2014 12:11 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Texas Camp/ DISCO discussion
Replies: 19
Views: 7397

Re: Texas Camp/ DISCO discussion

Some DISCO math: The conclusion of Disquisitiones Arithmeticae lists 38 integers less than 300 representing this possibility. When input into Euler's totient function, each of those integers yields a power of (**) 2, a necessary condition for the figures central to this process. The first propositio...
by Amizda Calyx
Fri Oct 03, 2014 2:54 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The place of zoology in the bio distribution
Replies: 53
Views: 27396

Re: The place of zoology in the bio distribution

This is a better resource for finding old questions, although it's not complete, either. I don't really understand why we want to get more people who don't know and don't want to know bio to "have more fun" on bio questions? Knowing who caught the heaviest pike is not testing bio knowledge, it's te...
by Amizda Calyx
Thu Oct 02, 2014 5:12 pm
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: Stats on women's participation at ICTs (open for discussion)
Replies: 14
Views: 12340

Re: Stats on women's participation at ICTs (open for discuss

Hi Rebecca! Thank you so much for commenting, you make some great points that I hadn't considered. The perception of "casual women players" is definitely something I encountered in college (and early high school, too). It can be really hard to establish yourself as a good player in particular catego...
by Amizda Calyx
Wed Oct 01, 2014 10:44 pm
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: Stats on women's participation at ICTs (open for discussion)
Replies: 14
Views: 12340

Re: Stats on women's participation at ICTs (open for discuss

I have finished the basic stats for NSC participation since 2005. Cell color coding indicates whether an individual has been to a previous NSC; bold indicates she appears in a subsequent NSC. Font colors indicate the percentage of games played in the tournament. Percent of field represented by women...
by Amizda Calyx
Tue Sep 23, 2014 4:37 pm
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: Stats on women's participation at ICTs (open for discussion)
Replies: 14
Views: 12340

Re: Stats on women's participation at ICTs (open for discuss

I've spent a little time compiling some stats from NSCs from 2005 on and yes, the percentage of girls playing is a lot higher than DI and a little higher than DII; however they still usually make up under 20% of the field.

I'll come back with more analysis/input at some point.
by Amizda Calyx
Sun Sep 21, 2014 8:43 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Women in ICT stats thread now open for discussion
Replies: 0
Views: 1368

Women in ICT stats thread now open for discussion

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Please keep comments respectful, productive, and on-topic.
by Amizda Calyx
Thu Sep 18, 2014 1:49 am
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: Stats on women's participation at ICTs (open for discussion)
Replies: 14
Views: 12340

Stats on women's participation at ICTs (open for discussion)

Here are the stats on female competitors at DI and DII ICTs from 1997 to 2014: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1QRD9VV0zO-z0fpX1m9r5zzAB9zw_YlZb9WK73VC8A40/edit#gid=396257586 Essentially, there's a noticeable decline in participation at the DI tournament year-to-year that is probably the resu...
by Amizda Calyx
Thu Sep 11, 2014 4:13 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: TDB help thread
Replies: 79
Views: 59579

Re: TDB help thread

If Mike Bentley hasn't already hopped onto this, I'd be willing to do it for Washington.
by Amizda Calyx
Wed Aug 20, 2014 12:36 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Moving up the dates of low-difficulty tournaments in 2015
Replies: 21
Views: 5984

Re: Moving up the dates of low-difficulty tournaments in 201

The west coast is already shafted by the dearth of HS teams playing good quizbowl and by the distances between schools. At least at UW, the vast majority of new people have never heard of quizbowl and it takes a while to get them accustomed to the format, so moving up Fall and Novice would mean team...
by Amizda Calyx
Sun Aug 17, 2014 11:16 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Preseason Poll
Replies: 108
Views: 74235

Re: Preseason Poll

I'm pretty sure Auroni's going to be playing for UCSD this year, if that shakes anything up.
by Amizda Calyx
Sun Aug 17, 2014 1:29 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Tricon 2.5 discussion
Replies: 12
Views: 3399

Re: Tricon 2.5 discussion

What were the answerlines that were particularly hard in our packet (we're allowed to discuss those here, right?)? We replaced a few of the more ridiculous questions. Also, one of our tossups was posted in the comments of someone's status, without asking our permission and before the set was clear; ...
by Amizda Calyx
Sat Aug 16, 2014 6:51 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Physical mail examples
Replies: 7
Views: 4173

Re: Physical mail examples

This was one of the letters I sent out in mid-September (using my alias "Mike Bentley"...). It's pretty skeletal and is essentially a modified template letter, but it has the necessary information.
http://pastie.org/private/fkaazggwf4ikhxyuqqyfq
by Amizda Calyx
Tue Aug 05, 2014 9:23 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Tricon 2.5 discussion
Replies: 12
Views: 3399

Re: Tricon 2.5 discussion

In particular, Mr. Gupta, despite what I was assured were fervent proclamations on your part that you'd learned from the terrible reception of your packet last year, there was once again a healthy amount of bizarre and unanswerable shit in your contribution. Please stop doing this. Hey now, I also ...
by Amizda Calyx
Sat Jun 28, 2014 6:40 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Triacontakaipentagon 2.5: August 2014
Replies: 29
Views: 15355

Re: Triacontakaipentagon 2.5: August 2014

I'm going to put myself ahead of this and say that any murder fantasies present in our packet will be the product of Auroni's fiendish mind, not mine.
by Amizda Calyx
Tue May 27, 2014 6:37 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Modern World Tournament - Post-NSC Mirror
Replies: 135
Views: 52572

Re: Modern World Tournament - Post-NSC Mirror

So as a moderator, some of the questions I had to read out made me pretty uncomfortable (like the ones referencing rape jokes [like, fucking REALLY? Did know one think that might be offensive?], and that one bonus set that began with "do you like boobs?", and all the racist/sexist content, and the a...
by Amizda Calyx
Sat Apr 26, 2014 9:35 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Lederberg 2: Daughter Cell (3/29/14)
Replies: 155
Views: 61907

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

At least this'll provide some entertaining bracket names? :neutral:
by Amizda Calyx
Thu Mar 20, 2014 9:41 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Biology and Chemistry
Replies: 30
Views: 4725

Re: Biology and Chemistry

I should also note that, aside from the ecology thing, I really didn't have any more complaints about the bio than I do in other tournaments.
by Amizda Calyx
Thu Mar 20, 2014 9:38 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Biology and Chemistry
Replies: 30
Views: 4725

Re: Biology and Chemistry

I was coming here to comment on the heavy weighting of protein/molecule-related questions (I wasn't even going to touch the ecology distribution...), but it looks like the Berkeley mirror unfortunately just didn't get to some of the more physiology-based tossups (hearing, phagocytosis, PSI). I do t...
by Amizda Calyx
Mon Mar 10, 2014 6:20 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Biology and Chemistry
Replies: 30
Views: 4725

Re: Biology and Chemistry

I was coming here to comment on the heavy weighting of protein/molecule-related questions (I wasn't even going to touch the ecology distribution...), but it looks like the Berkeley mirror unfortunately just didn't get to some of the more physiology-based tossups (hearing, phagocytosis, PSI). I do th...
by Amizda Calyx
Fri Apr 19, 2013 1:59 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2013 NAQT ICT: April 13, Chicago
Replies: 27
Views: 9340

Re: 2013 NAQT ICT: April 13, Chicago

I'm not sure if this is the place to post requests for corrections, but there were some mis-recordings in the stats for one of our games that it might be nice to fix.
by Amizda Calyx
Fri Nov 09, 2012 9:21 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall at Boise State 11/3/12
Replies: 5
Views: 3350

Re: ACF Fall at Boise State 11/3/12

Do we have stats yet?
by Amizda Calyx
Mon Oct 08, 2012 12:02 am
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Famous People who played Quizbowl
Replies: 20
Views: 20112

Re: Famous People who played Quizbowl

According to Wikipedia, Lupe Fiasco played Academic Decathlon in high school.
by Amizda Calyx
Sun Oct 07, 2012 10:57 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Collegiate Novice Tournament at UW - 10/6/12
Replies: 2
Views: 1230

Re: Collegiate Novice Tournament at UW - 10/6/12

Congrats to Boise State for winning the Collegiate Novice Tournament with a 7-2 record. Big thanks to Boise for driving all the way out here with a team of only two people.
Matt from the UW B team was the individual winner with 53.33 ppg. Full results are here.
by Amizda Calyx
Tue Oct 02, 2012 4:51 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Odd Ways of Learning Things
Replies: 177
Views: 145653

Re: Odd Ways of Learning Things

I also got a lot of questions on Solidarity because in 6th grade I was flipping through an encyclopedia looking for the article on Wales and went a page too far and read about Walesa instead.
by Amizda Calyx
Tue Oct 02, 2012 4:36 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Odd Ways of Learning Things
Replies: 177
Views: 145653

Re: Odd Ways of Learning Things

I powered a question on tuberculosis one time because for my 10th grade Honors English class I'd written a story that included a guy with Munchausen's Syndrome who tried to convince his doctors he had liver disease by turning his urine orange, which he did by taking rifampin (a medication used to tr...
by Amizda Calyx
Sat May 05, 2012 6:39 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: May 5 High School Tournament at University of Washington
Replies: 1
Views: 769

Re: May 5 High School Tournament at University of Washington

This tournament has been canceled. If you did not receive any emails about the cancelation or the tournament announcement itself, please contact me at [email protected]
by Amizda Calyx
Thu Apr 05, 2012 7:46 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: May 5 High School Tournament at University of Washington
Replies: 1
Views: 769

May 5 High School Tournament at University of Washington

The Quizbowl Team at the University of Washington is pleased to announce that it will be hosting a high school tournament on Saturday, May 5, 2012 at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. This tournament is open to all high schools in Washington. Teams do not need to qualify separately for th...