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by Muriel Axon
Sun Nov 15, 2015 12:10 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Missouri Open - UMN (11/14)
Replies: 14
Views: 6626

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: 6626

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: 11312

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...
by Muriel Axon
Tue Nov 10, 2015 9:17 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Just what is "business casual" dress, and how do I wear it?
Replies: 52
Views: 31120

Re: Just what is "business casual" dress, and how do I wear

I think the principle Joe is getting at is that while it may take thousands of dollars to buy fancy bespoke clothes, that's not the standard you need to meet for moderating a quiz bowl tournament. Looking professional at a tournament is pretty cheap, and getting your clothes adjusted when needed is ...
by Muriel Axon
Tue Nov 10, 2015 3:28 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: On Dressing Well for Staffing High School Tournaments
Replies: 22
Views: 10523

Re: On Dressing Well for Staffing High School Tournaments

Quick question about what counts as "Business Casual" footwear. I don't really have anything in between formal dress shoes and my everyday sneakers, so is it better to err on the side of formal rather than casual? Yes, unless your formal shoes are patent leather or something, in which case you ough...
by Muriel Axon
Tue Nov 10, 2015 1:45 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: On Dressing Well for Staffing High School Tournaments
Replies: 22
Views: 10523

Re: On Dressing Well for Staffing High School Tournaments

You can learn from Richard Hamming and John Tukey: Another personality defect is ego assertion and I'll speak in this case of my own experience. I came from Los Alamos and in the early days I was using a machine in New York at 590 Madison Avenue where we merely rented time. I was still dressing in w...
by Muriel Axon
Mon Nov 09, 2015 7:12 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015 ACF Fall general discussion
Replies: 55
Views: 21102

Re: 2015 ACF Fall general discussion

I was negged first line on the jazz piano tossup for buzzing on the clue "this instrument opens So What". However, I believe notes from the double bass open the song rather than notes from the piano. Yeah, sounds like the first two upbeat notes are a bass, even though the most prominent voice in th...
by Muriel Axon
Mon Nov 09, 2015 2:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015 ACF Fall general discussion
Replies: 55
Views: 21102

Re: 2015 ACF Fall general discussion

Yeah, I don't think repeats across categories really matter at all. (Except at extremes -- see the packet at the first mirrors of MUT that had four questions on Mexico.) The best set of adjacent questions was where there was a question on David Foster Wallace that led in with "This is Water," and th...
by Muriel Axon
Sun Nov 08, 2015 11:39 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall @ UMN-Twin Cities, 11/7/2015
Replies: 5
Views: 3660

Re: ACF Fall @ UMN-Twin Cities, 11/7/2015

I've now posted stats.
by Muriel Axon
Sat Nov 07, 2015 10:14 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall @ UMN-Twin Cities, 11/7/2015
Replies: 5
Views: 3660

Re: ACF Fall @ UMN-Twin Cities, 11/7/2015

Minnesota A beat St Olaf in the second game of a disadvantaged final. Stats will come soon. Thanks to all teams for coming.
by Muriel Axon
Sun Nov 01, 2015 1:04 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: (Missouri Open 2015) Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 51
Views: 11312

Re: (Missouri Open 2015) Specific Question Discussion

Many thanks to the WUSTL team for noting that "Liv-Zempel" should be "Lempel-Ziv." This was just a dumb spoonerism on my part. It has now been corrected. (For the record, the Darwin's finches tossup was left as-is for today's mirrors. I can defend this decision in more detail if anyone demands it, b...
by Muriel Axon
Mon Oct 26, 2015 6:48 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: (Missouri Open 2015) Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 51
Views: 11312

Re: (Missouri Open 2015) Specific Question Discussion

Quizbowl is a game, not a pure test of knowledge; prompt-bashing is definitely a legitimate and useful strategy. I also see nothing wrong with prompting on "finches"; I'm sure the majority of people who buzz and say "finches" would be able to pull Darwin after a prompt anyways. There's no use in pe...
by Muriel Axon
Mon Oct 26, 2015 5:49 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: (Missouri Open 2015) Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 51
Views: 11312

Re: (Missouri Open 2015) Specific Question Discussion

For the question on Darwin's finches, I'm really not sure that's the wisest of answer lines. The other team buzzed at the end of tossup and said "finches" and were immediately ruled incorrect, although the question had already said "Galapagos." I have two problems with this: 1) I get that Darwin's ...
by Muriel Axon
Mon Oct 26, 2015 1:14 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Penn Bowl at Minnesota (October 17, 2015)
Replies: 11
Views: 5786

Re: Penn Bowl at Minnesota (October 17, 2015)

At this point, I can only guess that Rob is withholding stats in protest of Sam Levin's decision to get the staffers thin-crust pizza for lunch.
by Muriel Axon
Sun Oct 25, 2015 11:01 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Transparency (Penn Bowl 2015)
Replies: 18
Views: 3358

Re: Transparency

I think it might be useful to talk about what separates questions that are fraudable or transparent from questions that just deploy lots of context clues in an appropriate way (in the manner of this Jerry post). How fuzzy is the boundary?
by Muriel Axon
Sun Oct 25, 2015 7:39 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Specific Question Discussion (Penn Bowl 2015)
Replies: 56
Views: 12276

Re: Specific Question Discussion (Penn Bowl 2015)

Also, on the tossup on atheism, my moderator pronounced it "kaer-yae-kuh", which led me to infer that it had been written in the tossup as "Caryaka" or "Charyaka". If that's the case, that's a misspelling and it should be "Charvaka" or "Carvaka". In Word, the red squiggle for unrecognized words can...
by Muriel Axon
Sun Oct 25, 2015 2:34 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Transparency (Penn Bowl 2015)
Replies: 18
Views: 3358

Re: Transparency

I figured it out through a combination of knowing Sverdrup was an oceanographer and using "vorticity" to infer that (as you put it) "stuff is spinning." If you feel like that's enough knowledge to deserve 15 points, that's your call; I certainly did think it was a little transparent, since I didn't ...
by Muriel Axon
Sat Oct 24, 2015 5:51 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Missouri Open - UMN (11/14)
Replies: 14
Views: 6626

Re: Missouri Open - UMN (11/14)

I made a team-formation spreadsheet so that people start registering. It's a bit sad-looking right now, but you can change that by signing up!
by Muriel Axon
Wed Oct 21, 2015 2:26 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Specific Question Discussion (Penn Bowl 2015)
Replies: 56
Views: 12276

Re: Specific Question Discussion (Penn Bowl 2015)

Eddie, I don't think that bonus part needs to be entirely rewritten. (Actually, I thought it was totally fine, but that may just be me.) Anyway, I think all Ben's saying is that you might consider using the actual word "double-function form." The addition of "one-movement" is good, though.
by Muriel Axon
Tue Oct 20, 2015 5:49 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Missouri Open Playtesting
Replies: 6
Views: 3844

Re: Missouri Open Playtesting

I'd like to playtest biology and some other science shortly before or after Itamar on Tuesday. PM me if interested. I'm inclined to push this back to tomorrow evening sometime between 5:00 and 7:30 CST, just because I have an important presentation tomorrow. Could anyone make that time? (Note that ...
by Muriel Axon
Mon Oct 19, 2015 10:13 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Specific Question Discussion (Penn Bowl 2015)
Replies: 56
Views: 12276

Re: Specific Question Discussion (Penn Bowl 2015)

Autocorrelation in these values can be dealt with by the Durbin-Watson statistic. The vector of these values is equal to the product of the quantity identity matrix minus hat matrix all times the response vector. If a plot of these things appears U-shaped, adding a square of a variable to the model...
by Muriel Axon
Mon Oct 19, 2015 3:07 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Missouri Open Playtesting
Replies: 6
Views: 3844

Re: Missouri Open Playtesting

I'd like to playtest biology and some other science shortly before or after Itamar on Tuesday. PM me if interested.
by Muriel Axon
Mon Oct 12, 2015 1:51 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Missouri Open - UMN (11/14)
Replies: 14
Views: 6626

Re: Missouri Open - UMN (11/14)

We will likely be scrambling for moderators, and we plan to design a fee structure with a steeper moderator discount. Please let us know if you can bring someone!
by Muriel Axon
Mon Oct 12, 2015 1:48 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Penn Bowl at Minnesota (October 17, 2015)
Replies: 11
Views: 5786

Re: Penn Bowl at Minnesota (October 17, 2015)

Jason sent a logistics email out. For those who missed it (hopefully nobody!) here's the guts: Blegen Hall 240, registration 8:30 AM, play 9:00 AM. Parking may be easiest 19th Ave ramp, but that may be confounded by the football game. We may send an update on that.
by Muriel Axon
Wed Oct 07, 2015 2:54 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Missouri Open - UMN (11/14)
Replies: 14
Views: 6626

Missouri Open - UMN (11/14)

On November 14, 2015, University of Minnesota will be hosting Missouri Open, a slightly-below-regular difficulty tournament. I've copied the following from the main tournament announcement, found here . I’m pleased to announce Missouri Open 2015, a regular difficulty college tournament planned for t...
by Muriel Axon
Tue Sep 29, 2015 6:50 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Missouri Open - Fall 2015 (Regular difficulty)
Replies: 21
Views: 18804

Re: Missouri Open - Fall 2015

I sent an email out to a bunch of Minnesota folks and schools from nearby states to get input about a date. I'll decide for sure, and put up a forum post, by Thursday morning at the latest. If you didn't get the email, and would attend the Minnesota mirror either 10/24 or 11/14 but not the other, pl...
by Muriel Axon
Fri Sep 25, 2015 3:04 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Missouri Open - Fall 2015 (Regular difficulty)
Replies: 21
Views: 18804

Re: Missouri Open - Fall 2015

Minnesota will indeed host a mirror -- Shan mentioned 10/24, but I'll confirm before listing it. That's the plan. Barring a compelling objection, I'll put up an announcement soon, so if you do object, let me know right away. The only other options for us are after ACF Fall on November 7 (e.g. Nov 1...
by Muriel Axon
Wed Aug 12, 2015 12:14 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall @ UMN-Twin Cities, 11/7/2015
Replies: 5
Views: 3660

ACF Fall @ UMN-Twin Cities, 11/7/2015

Hello! I am pleased to announce the Upper Midwest site of ACF Fall 2015, to be held at University of Minnesota on Saturday, 7 November 2015 . ACF Fall is the year's premier introductory-level collegiate quizbowl tournament, and we do hope that you join us at this event. The event will take place at ...
by Muriel Axon
Mon Aug 10, 2015 11:19 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Odd Ways of Learning Things
Replies: 177
Views: 149182

Re: Odd Ways of Learning Things

I powered the CO question on The Sheltering Sky thanks to the Police song "Tea in the Sahara," whose lyrics are a description of an episode mentioned in the TU. (There's also an excellent King Crimson instrumental called "The Sheltering Sky.")
by Muriel Axon
Wed Jul 22, 2015 7:32 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VICO: Very Intense Conceptual Open/The New SCIENCE
Replies: 28
Views: 14719

Re: VICO: Very Intense Conceptual Open/The New SCIENCE

Based on last week's playtesting, I strongly encourage anyone at any of the VCU Open sites to play this event. Even if you don't consider yourself a strong "thought" player, I think there's something in this for everyone.
by Muriel Axon
Mon Jul 20, 2015 3:34 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER
Replies: 81
Views: 36249

Re: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER

Brian let me know at CO that he is strongly considering moving it to during the year.
by Muriel Axon
Wed Jul 15, 2015 5:27 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: RILKE: Chicago Open Literature Singles 2015
Replies: 95
Views: 47829

Re: RILKE: Chicago Open Literature Singles 2015

I'm turning my "tentative" to a "no," so if Derek's the only guy on the waitlist right now, we shouldn't have a problem.
by Muriel Axon
Tue Jul 14, 2015 6:02 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 HSNCT conversion stats discussion
Replies: 53
Views: 19673

Re: 2015 HSNCT discussion

Whoops, it looks like I really screwed up here. This was actually the most negged tossup in the entire HSNCT- it was negged in a whopping 71% of rooms where it was heard. I'm suspect that the Jared Diamond and Margaret Mead clues are the ones that really threw people off here (again, feedback from ...
by Muriel Axon
Thu Jul 09, 2015 11:16 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Delta Burke 2014 Set Discussion
Replies: 42
Views: 16689

Re: Delta Burke 2014 Set Discussion

ValenciaQBowl wrote:The bigger consternation comes when folks want to use Delta Burke questions for tournaments involving players with grad-level experience playing the game.
Well, I'm not shedding any tears for Jordan Palmer!
by Muriel Axon
Wed Jul 08, 2015 10:05 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Delta Burke 2014 Set Discussion
Replies: 42
Views: 16689

Re: Delta Burke 2014 Set Discussion

Not that it matters much, but I tend to resolve such situations by changing phrases like "This color partly names an Henri Matisse painting that was inspired..." to "An Henri Matisse painting titled in part for this color was inspired..." which I think makes it clear that the clue is not over and ke...
by Muriel Axon
Wed Jul 08, 2015 8:19 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: How to become a good theoretical math player?
Replies: 29
Views: 10625

Re: How to become a good theoretical math player?

If anybody interested in getting into statistics or probability (my personal specialty), I'd really recommend Blitzstein/Hwang's Introduction to Probability . A lot of it is lower-level, but they also get into some pretty approachable linear algebra applications with Markov chains/Monte Carlo metho...
by Muriel Axon
Sun Jul 05, 2015 11:20 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open Predictions
Replies: 7
Views: 3260

Re: Chicago Open Predictions

Note that teams apparently have new names, in one of which Jerry plagiarizes an Alex Rosenberg title to push his radical Churchlandian agenda. Truly shameless! #tcot
by Muriel Axon
Fri Jun 19, 2015 4:59 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Confessions
Replies: 2
Views: 2859

Re: Confessions

First of all, Charlie, thanks for actually giving a real apology. To see that you understand what you did wrong and that you're ready to change your approach to quiz bowl as a result is encouraging. Second of all, I hope this conveys to all head editors the importance of communicating with your writ...
by Muriel Axon
Mon Jun 08, 2015 3:51 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 PACE NSC: Question set discussion
Replies: 65
Views: 31468

Re: 2015 PACE NSC: Question set discussion

What Will says is probably true, but keep in mind also that writers aren't all coordinated in what they choose to write about. If there are more "general" answer lines (and I'm not convinced), it could just be a statistical fluctuation due to the cumulative actions of many individual writers.
by Muriel Axon
Mon Jun 08, 2015 1:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Feynman's BONGOS: A Side Event (for PACE and maybe HSNCT)
Replies: 65
Views: 39041

Re: Feynman's BONGOS: A Side Event (for PACE and maybe HSNCT

This was an interesting diversion. Thanks to Will, Farah, et al for writing it! One comment I will make is that some lead-ins were just unbuzzable, which is perhaps tied to the number of specific paper clues. Contrary to some other people (or maybe straw men), I think paper clues are perfectly justi...
by Muriel Axon
Fri Jun 05, 2015 11:48 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Your Travel Disaster Stories
Replies: 51
Views: 39945

Re: Your Travel Disaster Stories

As chance would have it, we all booked flights on Spirit Airlines (because it was some 10-20 dollars cheaper than the alternative - this is case #1 of a penny-wise-pound-foolish mentality). At the time, I didn't know that Spirit was effectively a cardboard box with wings, and I suspect that Matt an...
by Muriel Axon
Sat May 30, 2015 2:33 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: THE OFFICIAL 2014 HSQBRANK ALL NAME TEAM
Replies: 23
Views: 13105

Re: THE OFFICIAL 2014 HSQBRANK ALL NAME TEAM

Inkana7 wrote:A long time ago Grosse Pointe North had the fearsome duo of (Jamie) Ding and (Peter) Dong.
Jamie Ding beat me in the state geography bee in 7th grade!
by Muriel Axon
Wed May 27, 2015 11:40 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015 CO Visual Arts
Replies: 131
Views: 58777

Re: 2015 CO Visual Arts

I can staff if needed.
by Muriel Axon
Wed May 27, 2015 4:52 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO History 2015
Replies: 139
Views: 67895

Re: CO History 2015

Excelsior (smack) wrote:a pandemonium of trained parrots
magpies, actually
by Muriel Axon
Wed May 20, 2015 7:40 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Wacky Practice Formats
Replies: 21
Views: 13282

Re: Wacky Practice Formats

Childeric III wrote:
Excelsior (smack) wrote:communicate normally on bonuses
between this and "lede-in," it's going to take a while to get used to this newfangled quizbowl lexicon
bonuses is old news!
by Muriel Axon
Wed May 20, 2015 7:40 am
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Wacky Practice Formats
Replies: 21
Views: 15070

Re: Wacky Practice Formats

Childeric III wrote:
Excelsior (smack) wrote:communicate normally on bonuses
between this and "lede-in," it's going to take a while to get used to this newfangled quizbowl lexicon
bonuses is old news!
by Muriel Axon
Wed May 20, 2015 1:55 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Click Here to Become Sad
Replies: 59
Views: 28743

Re: your official Canadian cavalry regiment discussion threa

So what I gather from the Canadians' posts in this thread is that Canadian history is just a parade of prime ministers. That was what you intended, right?
by Muriel Axon
Fri May 15, 2015 6:46 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Feynman's BONGOS: A Side Event (for PACE and maybe HSNCT)
Replies: 65
Views: 39041

Re: Feynman's BONGOS: A Side Event (for PACE and maybe HSNCT

I'm a free agent at NSC. I know some bio (especially ecology/evolution/organismal bio), a little chem and earth science, and math. My only request is that prospective teammates by okay with the name "The Competitive Excluders." (Shoot me a message if you want to team up.)
by Muriel Axon
Wed May 13, 2015 5:17 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Player Poll 2015: LET US NOW PRAISE FAMOUS DUFUSES
Replies: 86
Views: 30525

Re: Player Poll 2015: LET US NOW PRAISE FAMOUS DUFUSES

I thought Jacob was going for this post, which would have been appropriate.