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by Muriel Axon
Tue Oct 04, 2016 2:59 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO 2017 Team Formation
Replies: 23
Views: 13039

Re: CO 2017 Team Formation

I likely will play this. I will almost certainly get some stuff based on my adequate skills in low level generalism. Nobody can out-moderately underachieve my underwhelming knowledge base...except me of course (BWAHAHAHA). As far as my aforementioned "achievements" go, I was in the top four players...
by Muriel Axon
Sat Jul 30, 2016 6:16 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements
Replies: 577
Views: 313453

Re: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements

I have like 70+ tossups from the last 2.5 years that have variously been spoiled my own self, are too hard, are really bad, are repeats with other things I've written (most questions I write have parallel siblings on the same or a related topic that I write at the same time and then never use), and...
by Muriel Axon
Fri Jul 29, 2016 5:32 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Do We Want/Need More Computer Stuff Per Round?
Replies: 13
Views: 4575

Re: Do We Want/Need More Computer Stuff Per Round?

Ike's Coetzee link wrote:the renowned German stylostatistician Wilhelm Fucks
by Muriel Axon
Tue Jun 14, 2016 12:03 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Minnesota Summer Practices 2016
Replies: 0
Views: 1284

Minnesota Summer Practices 2016

The University of Minnesota Quiz Bowl Team will be hosting summer practices in 340 Lind Hall, East Bank on Tuesdays from 6-9 PM. Anyone may come. At the same time, Erik Nelson is hosting practices for high school students across the hall in 320 Lind. Feel free to message me if interested; I can put ...
by Muriel Axon
Thu Jun 02, 2016 11:30 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Comparison of Quizbowl Writers to Composers
Replies: 3
Views: 8160

Re: Comparison of Quizbowl Writers to Composers

Perhaps Jake Sundberg is Richard Strauss, for writing 'the most sickening packet in all quizbowl.'
by Muriel Axon
Tue May 10, 2016 10:44 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Canadian Player Poll 2016: We Have Prizes!
Replies: 33
Views: 11167

Re: Canadian Player Poll 2016: We Have Prizes!

Masked Canadian History Bandit wrote:I'll note that Tamara Vardomskaya should be on everyone's ballots because she led the Chicago C team with 23 PPG and 7 powers at the stacked main site of "stanford housewrite" and put up 21 PPG as part of the Chicago C team that finished 20th at ACF Nationals.
am Minnesota player, can confirm
by Muriel Axon
Tue May 10, 2016 8:47 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Canadian Player Poll 2016: We Have Prizes!
Replies: 33
Views: 11167

Re: Canadian Player Poll 2016: We Have Prizes!

Friendly reminder: I'm a Canadian citizen.
by Muriel Axon
Tue May 10, 2016 7:44 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The Act of Seeing with One's Own Eyes (CO Sunday?)
Replies: 29
Views: 13321

Re: The Act of Seeing with One's Own Eyes (CO Sunday?)

women, fire and dangerous things wrote:Criterion Blu-Rays (of Yi Yi...).
This alone is enough to make me regret not coming to CO. (You know, not that I would be a top scorer anyway. And, I guess I could just buy a copy, but that's lame.)
by Muriel Axon
Tue May 10, 2016 1:16 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Player Poll 2016: Don't Vote for Jerry Kramer
Replies: 41
Views: 23233

Re: Player Poll 2016: Don't Vote for Jerry Kramer

Sam Bailey is #1 at witty repartee.

Jason Asher is probably okay at making bread.
by Muriel Axon
Mon May 09, 2016 4:46 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Postseason Roundtable?
Replies: 8
Views: 3772

Re: Postseason Roundtable?

Dr. Mike Cheyne wrote:shan needs to be fatter
working on it!
by Muriel Axon
Fri May 06, 2016 8:28 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Player Poll 2016: Don't Vote for Jerry Kramer
Replies: 41
Views: 23233

Re: Player Poll 2016: Don't Vote for Jerry Kramer

I'll start with the Northeast, tossing in around a couple names that aren't above for good measure but might be worth considering (I won't discuss myself or who I plan on voting for) for Top 25 material: I'm a bit confused here, since at least three of the listed players were on the top 25 last yea...
by Muriel Axon
Thu May 05, 2016 1:31 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 MUT: Specific question discussion
Replies: 52
Views: 12485

Re: Specific question discussion

A few quibbles around some of the biology which occured to me whilst I was reading at the UK site: The second clue in the Adipose Tissue tossup read, "The resident macrophages of this tissue may release pro-inflammatory cytokines like IL-6 and TNF-alpha". They may do, but so do the tissue resident ...
by Muriel Axon
Tue May 03, 2016 9:54 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Where Are You Going Next Year? (Collegiate 2016)
Replies: 46
Views: 25337

Re: Where Are You Going Next Year? (Collegiate 2016)

CaseyB wrote:I will be attending Michigan Tech in the fall to start an MS in Mathematical Sciences. I do wish to remain involved in quiz bowl while at MTU.
YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED to next year's Twin Cities-area tournaments.
by Muriel Axon
Mon May 02, 2016 6:25 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 MUT: Specific question discussion
Replies: 52
Views: 12485

Re: Specific question discussion

With the qualifier that I know nothing about this clue, I assume that Auroni's comment on the threonine clue is that if you don't know the preceding clue, you don't know which of the functions of threonine's H-bonding ability the question is looking for. (I would also have buzzed on the wood frogs c...
by Muriel Axon
Mon May 02, 2016 5:32 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 MUT: Thanks and general discussion
Replies: 51
Views: 8727

Re: Thanks and general discussion

There seem to be a few distinct arguments here regarding the biology: (1) That there's too much ecology/evolution in the set; (2) that there's not enough molecular biology/biochemistry in the set; (3) that the biology in the set is not core/curricular enough. Andrew H and I already copped to (2) lon...
by Muriel Axon
Mon May 02, 2016 11:03 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 MUT: Specific question discussion
Replies: 52
Views: 12485

Re: Specific question discussion

Jennie/Kai: Thanks for the feedback on the auditory arts! I'm glad to know someone got some mileage out of those clues. 5. Computing the expected value of this operation, when it defines a stochastic process, can be done by solving a partial differential equation, as in the Feynman-Kac formula for B...
by Muriel Axon
Mon May 02, 2016 10:41 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 MUT: Thanks and general discussion
Replies: 51
Views: 8727

Re: Thanks and general discussion

Ike: We already agreed upstream (and I guess more explicitly, in a private conversation between me and Eric) that there was a lack of molecular bio/biochem and apologized, so I figured that was that and was kind of annoyed to see even more people piling on with the same complaint. That said, with re...
by Muriel Axon
Mon May 02, 2016 1:58 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 MUT: Thanks and general discussion
Replies: 51
Views: 8727

Re: Thanks and general discussion

I would agree with you that it's wrong to say that the biology in this tournament biased too far in favor of any particular topic. However, the biology distribution was extremely problematic because it was heavily biased AGAINST molecular biology / biochemistry. In the first 12 packets (the packets...
by Muriel Axon
Fri Apr 29, 2016 9:24 pm
Forum: New Collegiate Teams
Topic: Map of Quiz Bowl
Replies: 21
Views: 15121

Re: Map of Quiz Bowl

I don't know if this map is intended to be just for the listed tournaments in 2015-2016, but (as Paul hinted), this is missing MN teams like Carleton College, St. Olaf, and St. Thomas, as well as Augustana in South Dakota -- which, together with University of Sioux Falls, is starting to make inroads...
by Muriel Axon
Wed Apr 27, 2016 4:57 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: 25 for 25: A Definitive List of the Greatest ACF Players
Replies: 29
Views: 22256

Re: 25 for 25: A Definitive List of the Greatest ACF Players

This list is missing Joe Nutter, and in particular the time he helped us beat Ohio State at 2014 Nats by pulling a clutch 10 on a Tacitus bonus.
by Muriel Axon
Sun Apr 24, 2016 1:35 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MUT at Minnesota -- 04/23/2016
Replies: 2
Views: 2388

Re: MUT at Minnesota -- 04/23/2016

After two last-minute drops from St. Thomas and St. Olaf (FOR SHAME), we ran a double round-robin with the six remaining teams. Minnesota A (Jason Asher and friends) cleared the field. Carleton came second. Thanks for coming!

stats
by Muriel Axon
Tue Apr 19, 2016 11:47 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2016 Discussion
Replies: 74
Views: 23886

Re: ACF Nationals 2016 Discussion

Not to beat a dead horse, but Thomas Bradwardine is great, and contemporary logicians like Greg Restall and Catarina Dutilh Novaes still look to him as a source of fresh ideas for solving philosophical problems. This brings me to a more serious point, which is that in philosophy, old ideas are alway...
by Muriel Axon
Tue Apr 19, 2016 5:50 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2016 Discussion
Replies: 74
Views: 23886

Re: ACF Nationals 2016 Discussion

The lovely TU on Kieslowski mentions in the first line a scene in Bleu where Juliette Binoche's character watches a man play the recorder while stirring sugar into her coffee. A truly lovely scene and an excellent choice for a lead-in. However, she stirs coffee into a bowl of vanilla ice cream duri...
by Muriel Axon
Tue Apr 12, 2016 11:46 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER Question-Specific Discussion
Replies: 9
Views: 2699

Re: Question-Specific Discussion

My "Personal Knowledge" question which got (wisely) turned into a Michael Polanyi question, still retained some of the original pronounage, i.e. the original clues referred to Polanyi as "this book" while the new clues used "this man." Yeah, there was one "this book" remaining, which was due to my ...
by Muriel Axon
Mon Apr 11, 2016 1:34 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER General Discussion
Replies: 20
Views: 5438

Re: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER General Discussion

One issue that could bear on the issue of subdistributions is that we were instructed to use as many player submissions as we could in the submitted packets. That principle made sense, since people who submitted packets were doing us a favor, and because submissions came quite soon before the tourna...
by Muriel Axon
Mon Apr 04, 2016 12:23 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 MUT: Specific question discussion
Replies: 52
Views: 12485

Re: Specific question discussion

It seems like this has resolved itself, but I largely agree with Will's reasoning. The fact that even the Classical period use of the Mannheim rocket was split among multiple countries (present-day Germany, Austria, etc.) shows that you can't really name a country off of "Mannheim rocket" alone. But...
by Muriel Axon
Thu Mar 31, 2016 7:43 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MUT @ UChicago (4/30/16)
Replies: 5
Views: 3691

Re: MUT @ UChicago (4/30/16)

Any schools that wanted to come to this site but can't are welcome to Minnesota on April 23.
by Muriel Axon
Sun Mar 27, 2016 10:11 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 MUT: Thanks and general discussion
Replies: 51
Views: 8727

Re: Thanks and general discussion

Was it just me or was the bio in this tournament really heavily skewed towards ecology and evolutionary bio? "Really heavily skewed" is an exaggeration, unless I suppose those questions were front-loaded in the packets. I count maybe two-and-a-half ecology/evolution tossups (decomposition, Darwin's...
by Muriel Axon
Fri Mar 25, 2016 2:47 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 MUT: Thanks and general discussion
Replies: 51
Views: 8727

Re: Thanks and general discussion

The Quest for the Historical Mukherjesus wrote:Shan Kothari has...eccentric taste.
I have no clue what this refers to.
by Muriel Axon
Thu Mar 24, 2016 8:15 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER
Replies: 81
Views: 35499

Re: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER

Reminder: Get those packets in!
by Muriel Axon
Tue Mar 22, 2016 9:11 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 MUT: Specific question discussion
Replies: 52
Views: 12485

Re: Specific question discussion

The HIC (H-I-C) gene down•regulates the development of these structures in carbon-rich environments. Regulation of these structures in response to water potential can be iso•hydric or an•iso•hydric. The Ball-Berry-Leuning model couples carbon assimilation rates to the conductance of these structure...
by Muriel Axon
Mon Mar 21, 2016 12:27 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 MUT: Specific question discussion
Replies: 52
Views: 12485

Re: Specific question discussion

Will: I can't speak to the Delacroix issue, and you certainly might have a point on that one. I did talk with Sam about the Gauss-Markov clue, and neither of us seems that inclined to change it. "Bias" doesn't seem to be a correct answer -- there are other unbiased linear estimators ( at least in th...
by Muriel Axon
Sat Mar 12, 2016 4:37 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MUT at Minnesota -- 04/23/2016
Replies: 2
Views: 2388

MUT at Minnesota -- 04/23/2016

The University of Minnesota Quiz Bowl Team will be hosting a 2016 mirror of the Minnesota Undergraduate Tournament (MUT) on April 23, 2016. MUT is a below-regular difficulty tournament. Only undergraduate and high school teams are allowed to play. You can read about the set here or see the DB listin...
by Muriel Axon
Wed Mar 09, 2016 11:07 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: "stanford housewrite" Question-Specific Discussion
Replies: 41
Views: 10618

Re: Question-Specific Discussion

(The above also happened in our room.)

Could someone please post the tossup on Chinese (from poetry)? I felt hosed by it, but I want to see if my complaint is valid or not.
by Muriel Axon
Thu Mar 03, 2016 12:24 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO 2016 Editor Search/Discussion
Replies: 22
Views: 8486

Re: Chicago Open Team Formation

Probably doesn't affect much, but I think it's unlikely I'll be at CO this year and I'd be happy to kick in a decent number of editor questions (although not necessarily edit a subject). I am also in this situation. The field season will keep me out of reach for most of July, so I don't want to be ...
by Muriel Axon
Mon Feb 08, 2016 12:31 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 SCT general discussion
Replies: 18
Views: 4105

Re: 2016 SCT general discussion

Really enjoyed the Anthro in this set (as an Anthro major). The mention of Appadurai (even tho I find him... prolix) in the India TU, the "salvage ethnography" bonus and the truly fantastic "documentary" TU all spring to mind as examples of quizbowl talking about things people in Anthropology actua...
by Muriel Axon
Sun Feb 07, 2016 5:33 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion: 2016 Division I SCT
Replies: 58
Views: 20108

Re: Question-specific discussion: 2016 Division I SCT

My research indicates that that study is actually quite well known. I think I first came across it in an issue of Mental Floss , the subject editor had independently heard of it, and I found plenty of other references to it. I agree that the specific study's author was necessary to uniquely identif...
by Muriel Axon
Sun Feb 07, 2016 3:51 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion: 2016 Division I SCT
Replies: 58
Views: 20108

Re: Question-specific discussion: 2016 Division I SCT

I did not like the tossup on reading music. The first clue referred to a study by Ole Irving Jacobsen (who?) on the pattern of fixations and saccades while reading music. Your eyes can move in saccades when looking at nearly any scene with attention; the fixation-saccade pattern is one of the most c...
by Muriel Axon
Sun Jan 17, 2016 1:39 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals at Minnesota (January 30, 2016)
Replies: 5
Views: 2900

Re: ACF Regionals at Minnesota (January 30, 2016)

That is the current field for this tournament.
by Muriel Axon
Wed Dec 02, 2015 4:14 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: (Missouri Open 2015) Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 51
Views: 10796

Re: (Missouri Open 2015) Specific Question Discussion

I took Stephen's suggestion and combined it with the rewording of the second sentence I'd mentioned before. Thanks for the suggestions, both of you.
by Muriel Axon
Wed Dec 02, 2015 4:13 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Wodern Morld 2: Kill_All_Basketbloggers.exe
Replies: 6
Views: 2987

Re: Wodern Morld 2 Actually the Things I Like Are Extremely

Stefan HSQBRankovich wrote:my note rests
interests?
by Muriel Axon
Tue Dec 01, 2015 3:37 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: (Missouri Open 2015) Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 51
Views: 10796

Re: (Missouri Open 2015) Specific Question Discussion

There was a math bonus where the answer was "distance." Should "norm" have been acceptable? The other math people there agreed with me that it should have, but I never got to reread the full question. I recall it saying "the Euclidean this ...", which is begging for someone to say norm. This answer...
by Muriel Axon
Sun Nov 22, 2015 1:53 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Penn Bowl at University of Washington - 11/21/15
Replies: 4
Views: 1801

Re: Penn Bowl at University of Washington - 11/21/15

There are a few games where particular teams have either anomalously low PPB, or total bonus points ending in 5. It might be good to take a second look at these.
by Muriel Axon
Sat Nov 21, 2015 10:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Missouri Open Mirror at MSU
Replies: 45
Views: 21956

Re: Missouri Open Mirror at MSU

Players at this site are welcome to discuss the protest resolution (or anything else about the set) in the MO 2015 subforum.
by Muriel Axon
Sun Nov 15, 2015 3:32 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: (Missouri Open 2015) Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 51
Views: 10796

Re: (Missouri Open 2015) Specific Question Discussion

It would be nice if the world worked in the idealized way that Professor Kothari dreamt up in his ivory tower, safe from the hostile fortunes that afflict those of us suffering under the tyranny of the Real World, but alas, it does not. Given the state of the tenure-track job market these days, thi...
by Muriel Axon
Sun Nov 15, 2015 2:16 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Missouri Open - UMN (11/14)
Replies: 14
Views: 6454

Re: Missouri Open - UMN (11/14)

I think I went 5/8/2, not 8/8/2, in round 9 (not least because the latter results in the teams combining for 25 tossups). Thanks! As you could tell, I had some trouble deciphering handwriting. (Andrew Hart also noticed that a moderator docked you guys 100 points in round 2, which is also now fixed,...
by Muriel Axon
Sun Nov 15, 2015 12:32 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Missouri Open - UMN (11/14)
Replies: 14
Views: 6454

Re: Missouri Open - UMN (11/14)

I went 1/1/0 in the first round, not 3/6/1. Presumably Rob went 3/6/2 and the fiendish statskeeper done screwed up. Sorry, that was my fault and will be fixed shortly. On a related note, I find it questionable that we went 3/20/2 over the course of 24 questions in Round 6. This one was Peter's faul...
by Muriel Axon
Sun Nov 15, 2015 12:10 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Missouri Open - UMN (11/14)
Replies: 14
Views: 6454

Re: Missouri Open - UMN (11/14)

Stats are up. For about five rounds (until Andrew left), Andrew Hart and Rob Carson broke the Hoppes-Mikanowski limit, even after multiplying by 5/6 to correct for 24/24 per round.
by Muriel Axon
Sat Nov 14, 2015 10:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Missouri Open - UMN (11/14)
Replies: 14
Views: 6454

Re: Missouri Open - UMN (11/14)

The Dickson Poon School of Law cleared the field with the team. Stats coming later tonight!
by Muriel Axon
Sat Nov 14, 2015 10:52 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: (Missouri Open 2015) Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 51
Views: 10796

Re: (Missouri Open 2015) Specific Question Discussion

After the ACF Fall discussion on the "population size" question, I've decided to prompt on finches for Darwin's finches. In retrospect, it would have been a good idea to do that before today, but I didn't. Next week's mirrors will have the change. Still, don't do dumb things like give the most gener...