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by Muriel Axon
Wed May 13, 2015 9:06 am
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

In the spirit of the Cooley Law School rankings, my ballot is just:

1. Matt Bollinger
2. Shan Kothari
by Muriel Axon
Sat May 09, 2015 3:11 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015-16 Schedule, Discussion
Replies: 79
Views: 42748

Re: 2015-16 Schedule, Discussion

I'd be fine with making this thing regular difficulty, and I can help to play difficulty cop.
setht wrote:I demand and support this tournament, but have no space to offer.

-Seth
Damn, we were hoping to hold it at your countryside villa.
by Muriel Axon
Fri May 08, 2015 8:21 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2015 Discussion
Replies: 227
Views: 95197

Re: ACF Nationals 2015 Discussion

In response to Shan: I identified those as especially hard answers under the assumption that no one would contest that they are hard. If someone can show me the conversion numbers demonstrating that they were converted at the same rate as anything else, I'll gladly partially retract that statement....
by Muriel Axon
Fri May 08, 2015 6:27 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015-16 Schedule, Discussion
Replies: 79
Views: 42748

Re: 2015-16 Schedule, Discussion

Make sure your seatbelt is fastened wrote:Shan Kothari has joined the project to work on the Biology + Other Science
I'll note further that I've tied my participation to whether there is demand/support/space for such a tournament, so that's something that I'd like feedback on.
by Muriel Axon
Fri May 08, 2015 6:20 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2015 Discussion
Replies: 227
Views: 95197

Re: ACF Nationals 2015 Discussion

Yeah, I also don't buy the reliance on the subjective feel of a small number of people. We should know by now that that's colored by all kinds of situational factors, ranging from how well your particular team is doing to whether the coffee was good at breakfast. I will say that on the whole, this t...
by Muriel Axon
Thu May 07, 2015 7:52 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Subject Rankings Thread
Replies: 36
Views: 10373

Re: Subject Rankings Thread

I'm seen Kenji Golimlim get consistently good buzzes on geography.
by Muriel Axon
Mon May 04, 2015 10:21 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 also wish that we discussed individual categories more (ranked Top 5 for each category, for example). It would give more recognition to specialists (science players being the obvious ones, but even specialists in particular humanities categories) who might be getting shut out of the poll, because...
by Muriel Axon
Sun May 03, 2015 3:46 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MUT 2015 Specific question discussion
Replies: 45
Views: 7554

Re: Specific question discussion

This philosopher analyzes the word deinotaton in the “Ode on Man” from Sophocles’s Antigone in a lecture course that analyzes the title river of a German poem as an enigma at encompasses both locality and journeying. This philosopher uses a silver chalice to illustrate Aristotle’s four causes in a ...
by Muriel Axon
Sun May 03, 2015 2:07 am
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

Maybe I'm just being over-dramatic here but I think I'm a rather curious case for this list. Please don't overrate me due to my high ppg. I could certainly pick 25 active players this year I would consider more valuable to a team trying to pursue a national title, but that's just my own criteria. D...
by Muriel Axon
Mon Apr 27, 2015 12:45 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2015 Preview [sic]
Replies: 4
Views: 2283

Re: ACF Nationals 2015 Preview [sic]

Oh, the irony of Patrick Liao as Captain America...
by Muriel Axon
Sun Apr 26, 2015 12:20 am
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Your Travel Disaster Stories
Replies: 51
Views: 39944

Re: Your Travel Disaster Stories

I've never had any travel problems except during quiz bowl trips. On the way back from my first tournament ever - 2010 Collegiate Novice - one of Nolan Esser's tires blew out, leaving us stranded in mid-Michigan. This is pretty tame as far as quiz bowl travel disasters go, but in retrospect, it was...
by Muriel Axon
Fri Apr 24, 2015 8:01 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Being a Good Scorekeeper
Replies: 13
Views: 6392

Re: Being a Good Scorekeeper

Fill out the entire sheet! This includes the round and moderator info up top and the score boxes down below. Whenever I've run stats, I nearly always run into one or two people who don't total up tossup and bonus points; not only is it annoying to have to check other peoples' math, but I've uncovere...
by Muriel Axon
Fri Apr 24, 2015 5:39 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals Submissions
Replies: 12
Views: 5255

Re: ACF Nationals Submissions

Philosophy: Shan of Minnesota’s Timaeus tossup My favorite tossup of the tournament! And I thought I had Ike to thank for it. You do have Ike to thank for making the last 2-3 clues significantly better! In general, I was impressed by how much better the questions we submitted came out post-editing ...
by Muriel Axon
Thu Apr 23, 2015 11:38 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Postseason Poll
Replies: 21
Views: 10966

Re: Postseason Poll

Harvard was missing SRIRAAAAAAM at ICT, resulting in a 90% reduction in maidens swooning during Harvard games.
by Muriel Axon
Thu Apr 23, 2015 11:25 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Your Travel Disaster Stories
Replies: 51
Views: 39944

Re: Your Travel Disaster Stories

I've never had any travel problems except during quiz bowl trips. On the way back from my first tournament ever - 2010 Collegiate Novice - one of Nolan Esser's tires blew out, leaving us stranded in mid-Michigan. This is pretty tame as far as quiz bowl travel disasters go, but in retrospect, it was ...
by Muriel Axon
Wed Apr 22, 2015 6:27 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2015 Discussion
Replies: 227
Views: 95197

Re: ACF Nationals 2015 Discussion

Well, of course you can make things a little harder by withholding information. I'm not a history player and I don't know who the Victual Brothers are, but I'm sure they could be a hard part if you give less than all the easiest clues for them. I'm not saying that editors should necessarily be oblig...
by Muriel Axon
Wed Apr 22, 2015 1:43 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2015 Discussion
Replies: 227
Views: 95197

Re: ACF Nationals 2015 Discussion

Minnesota was, technically speaking, a top bracket team, and we 0'd a few bonus. That's fine: There are plenty of holes in our knowledge, etc. etc. As Jacob says/implies, the problem is that there were bonuses that just seemed brutal even for the top teams as a whole. There are a few bonuses with ha...
by Muriel Axon
Tue Apr 21, 2015 4:17 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2015 Discussion
Replies: 227
Views: 95197

Re: ACF Nationals 2015 Discussion

Well, I agree with Marshall. I'm not a history player, but the notion of "list-based studying" sounds pretty darn odious to me. I'm sympathetic to the Steinbaum-ian perspective here, as anyone who knows me would know, but I don't think this is a fair characterization. I'm sure that if someone got a...
by Muriel Axon
Mon Apr 20, 2015 3:41 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Odd Ways of Learning Things
Replies: 177
Views: 149182

Re: Odd Ways of Learning Things

I got the tossup on "Palenque" at Nationals from playing this Nancy Drew game in 4th or 5th grade: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nancy_Drew ... arlet_Hand
by Muriel Axon
Mon Apr 20, 2015 1:18 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2015 Discussion
Replies: 227
Views: 95197

Re: ACF Nationals 2015 Discussion

This tournament was very enjoyable: Basically, it delivered the kind of intellectual experience I want from Nationals, where there are so many cool things coming up that I feel compelled to write them all down and look them up afterward. I might make a post later explaining in more detail what I lik...
by Muriel Axon
Wed Apr 15, 2015 6:16 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Where Are You Going Next Year? (2015 College)
Replies: 47
Views: 25510

Re: Where Are You Going Next Year? (2015 College)

I'll be moving to Stamford, Connecticut for work. I don't really intend to play much unless there's some side event that's right up my alley, but if you're running a tournament close to Stamford, get in touch with me and I'm happy to staff if I'm free. At WWE headquarters? They told me not to tell ...
by Muriel Axon
Wed Apr 15, 2015 6:13 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Becoming Part of the Community
Replies: 43
Views: 33975

Re: Becoming Part of the Community

Shan might be referring to when you took mild umbrage at him not knowing who Theodore Roethke was. I was actually referring to a time (soon after ICT 2012) when a younger, more naive me wrote to Bradley from UCF: I was surprised to learn during lunchtime that you guys had won the bracket outright, ...
by Muriel Axon
Wed Apr 15, 2015 2:35 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Where Are You Going Next Year? (2015 College)
Replies: 47
Views: 25510

Re: Where Are You Going Next Year? (2015 College)

I will be pursuing a PhD in physics at Yale, and intend to continue playing quizbowl there. I also plan to remain active in high school outreach in New England, though from a home base that's a little farther south. ...and we're back to Yale winning everything in the Northeast again, barring more P...
by Muriel Axon
Wed Apr 15, 2015 1:07 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Becoming Part of the Community
Replies: 43
Views: 33975

Re: Becoming Part of the Community

Despite having produced Matt Lafer some ten years earlier (I think), my high school/district was a mess. None of our coaches lasted more than a year - the first one, the only one who actually coached, got arrested for soliciting a minor. Wayne County had a bizarre setup in which teams played one NAQ...
by Muriel Axon
Tue Apr 14, 2015 9:38 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO History 2015
Replies: 139
Views: 67895

Re: CO History 2015

I don't know if Jeff has already enlisted staffers, but I'd be happy to staff, or otherwise to play if there are four-person teams. I'm not actually good at history, but I will probably get >0 questions.
by Muriel Axon
Tue Apr 14, 2015 1:01 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MUT 2015 Specific question discussion
Replies: 45
Views: 7554

Re: Specific question discussion

4. The NADPH oxidases DUOX1 and DUOX2 were first characterized in this gland for their role in making hydrogen peroxide. Anaplastic cancer of this gland is always diagnosed at stage IV. Propylthiouracil and methimazole inhibit a peroxidase that helps synthesize two tyrosine-based hormones made by t...
by Muriel Axon
Mon Apr 13, 2015 7:40 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MUT @ Rutgers (04/12/15)
Replies: 26
Views: 14828

Re: MUT @ Rutgers (04/12/15)

Along the lines of what Jon said, can someone from Rutgers explain why this tournament was so understaffed? Did people commit to staffing but flake out? Or did you fail to get enough volunteers? You should never have to take people who drove or flew in from far away, expecting to play, and impress t...
by Muriel Axon
Mon Apr 13, 2015 6:30 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MUT 2015 Errata
Replies: 18
Views: 3669

Re: Errata

I wrote the Oye Como Va / drums / Gillespie bonus. I didn't notice the overlap until I staffed the tournament on Saturday. You're right that it was a little strange to have those two in adjacent packets. I would have altered my bonus had I noticed it before the first mirrors, but I'm comfortable wit...
by Muriel Axon
Mon Apr 13, 2015 6:23 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MUT 2015 Specific question discussion
Replies: 45
Views: 7554

Re: Specific question discussion

7. An oft-parodied advertisement preceding episodes of this podcast involves a girl who is inexplicably unable to pronounce “Mailchimp.” For 10 points each: [10] Name this podcast narrated by Sarah Koenig, whose first season covered the controversy surrounding the arrest and trial of Adnan Syed for...
by Muriel Axon
Mon Apr 13, 2015 4:40 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MUT @ Rutgers (04/12/15)
Replies: 26
Views: 14828

Re: MUT @ Rutgers (04/12/15)

If any of you have comments on the actual set, feel free to join the private discussion forum by going to the User Control Panel, clicking on the Usergroups tab, and requesting membership in "2015 MUT Discussion."
by Muriel Axon
Mon Apr 13, 2015 3:32 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: On Leaving Tournaments Early
Replies: 47
Views: 10685

Re: On Leaving Tournaments Early

I hope we can all distinguish between "legal rights" and "community norms." You have the legal right to leave a tournament whenever you want, but if you keep leaving unreasonably early, I wouldn't let your team register!
by Muriel Axon
Sun Apr 12, 2015 12:52 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Tricon: The Next Generation
Replies: 50
Views: 27400

Re: Tricon: The Next Generation

If this runs again, can we have some firm limits for difficulty so that nobody writes packets where most things go until the end (or dead)? Writing whimsical questions is great, but not when there's 13 lines and then a buzzer race.
by Muriel Axon
Sat Apr 11, 2015 10:06 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements
Replies: 577
Views: 324052

Re: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements

Would there be any interest in a wacky philosophy packet, along the lines of what I wrote for CAHOOTS earlier but 1) wackier and 2) not all 20th century? I'm just asking ahead since those questions took an anomalously long time to write.
by Muriel Axon
Sat Apr 11, 2015 6:53 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

How cruel of you to hold this at a tournament to which I (probably) can't come! I'd love if there were a Skype mirror at some point.
by Muriel Axon
Sat Apr 11, 2015 6:52 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MUT at Minnesota (04.11.2015)
Replies: 8
Views: 5118

Re: MUT at Minnesota (04.11.2015)

Minnesota A cleared the field, with Carleton A coming second. I just emailed the stats to Rob.
by Muriel Axon
Sat Apr 11, 2015 12:37 am
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Your Lowest Point
Replies: 64
Views: 48447

Re: Your Lowest Point

Kilroy Was Here wrote:I once lost a match to Dylan Minarik partially because I said "triwizard tournament" for a tossup on what I think was the ryder cup. So there's that.
ding ding ding we have a winner
by Muriel Axon
Thu Apr 09, 2015 5:51 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Science Side Event 2015
Replies: 20
Views: 7524

Re: Science Side Event 2015

1) Yes, maybe with someone who knows physics if possible.
2) If it's at VCUO, I don't plan to play anyway, so it hardly matters to me.
3) I'd be happy to edit or consult on biology (especially ecology/evolution/organismal biology/taxon bowl) and phil/SS of science. EDIT: and math
by Muriel Axon
Wed Apr 08, 2015 1:54 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals Predictions
Replies: 44
Views: 19521

Re: ACF Nationals Predictions

Peter13 wrote:47. Carleton University - Carleton will win this tournament hands down..at being the most fun group of quizbowlers to be around. Expect Nick Penner to 30 a tossup on 'fun'.
I would be impressed if anyone 30'd a tossup on anything.
by Muriel Axon
Tue Apr 07, 2015 2:34 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MUT 2015 Specific question discussion
Replies: 45
Views: 7554

Re: Specific question discussion

2. This composer used a plagal half-cadence to end the exposition of one piece’s first movement. Schoenberg orchestrated this man’s Piano Quartet No. 1 and wrote an essay about this man “the Progressive.” This composer used a natural horn in his Horn Trio and wrote his Clarinet Trio and Clarinet Qu...
by Muriel Axon
Mon Apr 06, 2015 12:11 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals Predictions
Replies: 44
Views: 19521

Re: ACF Nationals Predictions

Our opponents that round (Shan Kothari and Joe Nutter of MSU I think) did everything they could to convince me that I needed to go to the E.R. since I said it'd been 8 or 9 years since I had a tetanus shot but I didn't since they were trying to get rid of our best player in a big match. I don't rem...
by Muriel Axon
Sun Apr 05, 2015 10:06 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MUT Southwest @ UCSD (04/04/2015)
Replies: 6
Views: 4315

Re: MUT Southwest @ UCSD (04/04/2015)

To quote myself:
Thanks to all teams for playing. Hope you enjoyed it! There is a private discussion forum; please feel free to request to join the 2015 MUT Discussion usergroup in your User Control Panel.
by Muriel Axon
Sat Apr 04, 2015 11:32 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MUT at Kansas State 04/04/15
Replies: 4
Views: 3011

Re: MUT at Kansas State 04/04/15

To quote myself:
Thanks to all teams for playing. Hope you enjoyed it! There is a private discussion forum; please feel free to request to join the 2015 MUT Discussion usergroup in your User Control Panel.
by Muriel Axon
Sat Apr 04, 2015 10:23 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals Predictions
Replies: 44
Views: 19521

Re: ACF Nationals Predictions

Well, it will be really impressive if you get points without being there!
by Muriel Axon
Sat Apr 04, 2015 10:22 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MUT at VCU (04/04/2015)
Replies: 12
Views: 7321

Re: MUT at VCU (04/04/2015)

Thanks to all teams for playing. Hope you enjoyed it! There is a private discussion forum; please feel free to request to join the 2015 MUT Discussion usergroup in your User Control Panel.
by Muriel Axon
Thu Apr 02, 2015 11:12 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MUT 2015 Specific question discussion
Replies: 45
Views: 7554

Re: Specific question discussion

Oh, I should note that the version of the question I just posted is the version read at Waterloo. There may have been modifications since.
by Muriel Axon
Thu Apr 02, 2015 11:09 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals Predictions
Replies: 44
Views: 19521

Re: ACF Nationals Predictions

*reads everything on Mackenzie Bowell*

geez, that was a waste of time
by Muriel Axon
Thu Apr 02, 2015 7:21 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals Predictions
Replies: 44
Views: 19521

Re: ACF Nationals Predictions

I will maintain my prediction that Liberty will beat Ottawa by 30ing an evolutionary theory bonus.

Also that bracket names will have something to do with Shantanu.
by Muriel Axon
Thu Apr 02, 2015 1:51 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MUT 2015 Specific question discussion
Replies: 45
Views: 7554

Re: Specific question discussion

From Packet 4: 7. The stoichiometric ratio of carbon to this element to phosphorus is 106 to 16 according to the well-known Redfield ratio. Important work on the source of this element in soils was done by Martinus Beijerinck, who discovered the Beijerinckia and Azotobacter bacteria. A surprise micr...
by Muriel Axon
Tue Mar 31, 2015 6:32 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Odd Ways of Learning Things
Replies: 177
Views: 149182

Re: Odd Ways of Learning Things

In undergrad, I worked in a lab that studied the cognitive science of reading. One text that we used for our experiments was Chapter 2 of Mansfield Park . Since we wanted to correlate cognitive data with the literary aspects of the text, we had to do some extensive close-reading of that chapter, whi...
by Muriel Axon
Sun Mar 29, 2015 9:29 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion: 2015 Division I ICT
Replies: 27
Views: 6052

Re: Question-specific discussion: 2015 Division I ICT

A minor thing, but it was odd to hear of Laud Humphreys going undercover as a gay man even though he was actually gay.