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by Muriel Axon
Wed Mar 25, 2015 11:11 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MUT 2015 Specific question discussion
Replies: 45
Views: 7330

Re: Specific question discussion

From packet 12: 10. A dancer from this country joined Ethan Stiefel, Nikolay Tsiskaridze, and Johan Kobborg to form the Kings of the Dance. A man from this country composed a ballet that opens with a scene in which a woman uses a grape to teach a blackbird to correctly tell the time. In a ballet set...
by Muriel Axon
Mon Mar 23, 2015 11:42 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MUT 2015 Specific question discussion
Replies: 45
Views: 7330

Re: Specific question discussion

20. The Cricket World Cup happened in 2015, so it’s time for you to identify some cricketing nations. But wait! This is MUT! You’ll get 10 points if you only need cricket clues, or 5 if you need an academic clue. [10] This country, which finished at the bottom of Pool B, played close games against ...
by Muriel Axon
Mon Mar 23, 2015 5:33 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MUT 2015 Errata
Replies: 18
Views: 3507

Re: Errata

Dillon Edwards from Michigan State has written to me about the van Gogh repeat (with "A Pair of Shoes"), so I'll be fixing that shortly.
by Muriel Axon
Mon Mar 23, 2015 2:51 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Minnesota Undergraduate Tournament (MUT) 2015 Announcement
Replies: 32
Views: 20984

Re: Minnesota Undergraduate Tournament (MUT) 2015 Announceme

Please host @ Rutgers! We'd certainly like to, but we're still awaiting confirmation from Rob on whether it's okay for us to host. In case people haven't seen, there is now a Rutgers mirror (and UCSD). If some of you feel like complaining, read MJ's post. (cue rant about distance-averseness of East...
by Muriel Axon
Sun Mar 22, 2015 9:54 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Burnout
Replies: 20
Views: 8278

Re: Burnout

Two quick thoughts: 1. In the vein of Bruce's example above, I had a pretty bitter taste in my mouth about question-writing after the UD/MSU housewrite, and particularly the Joe Brosch debacle. Part of what got me excited about question-writing again, beyond small-time NAQT stuff, was encouragement ...
by Muriel Axon
Tue Mar 17, 2015 12:58 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: George Oppen: The Essence of Prompting
Replies: 68
Views: 26246

Re: George Oppen: The Essence of Prompting

Yeah, to me it seems prudent for moderators to be very conservative when prompting or accepting answers not listed on the page. I think I've done this maybe once or twice in all the tournaments I've moderated. The reason is that there could be some reason, however technical, that the answer given by...
by Muriel Axon
Sat Mar 14, 2015 12:11 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Good philosophy reads
Replies: 9
Views: 5134

Re: Good philosophy reads

This is not a "read," nor is it likely to help you in quiz bowl, but Peter Adamson's podcast History of Philosophy Without Any Gaps is great: http://www.historyofphilosophy.net/ It doesn't quite deliver on the promise of the name (where's India? China? Africa?) but it's great for geeking out about o...
by Muriel Axon
Tue Feb 17, 2015 2:11 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO 2015 Matchmaking
Replies: 47
Views: 19315

Re: CO 2015 Matchmaking

There's a better-than-even chance I'll be at CO, so let me know if you want me (tentatively) on your team.

Also, if you want Jason Asher on your team, let me know, or send him an email if you have his email address. He's a good generalist and he outscored me at Regionals.
by Muriel Axon
Sun Feb 15, 2015 5:03 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: RILKE: Chicago Open Literature Singles 2015
Replies: 95
Views: 46904

Re: RILKE: Chicago Open Literature Singles 2015

Mewto55555 wrote:If I'm at CO I'm in.
And here.
by Muriel Axon
Sat Feb 14, 2015 3:44 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015 Regionals: Specific question requests and discussion
Replies: 49
Views: 11239

Re: 2015 Regionals: Specific question requests and discussio

I think Alec's referring to the function that's 1 for rational numbers and 0 for irrationals. That said, there are lots of famous things about Dirichlet and I don't think it's too odd that that wasn't mentioned.
by Muriel Axon
Fri Feb 13, 2015 2:34 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: George Oppen at U. Maryland (21 Feb. 2015)
Replies: 51
Views: 36173

Re: George Oppen at U. Maryland (21 Feb. 2015)

By 2018, all team/bracket names will be somehow related to Shantanu.
by Muriel Axon
Thu Feb 12, 2015 12:35 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The place of zoology in the bio distribution
Replies: 53
Views: 27307

Re: The place of zoology in the bio distribution

On the contrary, I think that's a fine justification for giving more weight to biology. After all, one of the key reasons we only have 1/1 social science seems to be that writing lots of high-quality social science without excessive overlap between tournaments is hard (especially at low levels), and...
by Muriel Axon
Wed Feb 11, 2015 1:59 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT SCT at Youngstown State, 7 Feb 2015
Replies: 11
Views: 5166

Re: NAQT SCT at Youngstown State, 7 Feb 2015

The person called "Todd Maslyle" in the stats is presumably Todd Maslyk, and "Kenji Dolimlim" is Kenji Golimlim. (You know, just to keep things in order.)
by Muriel Axon
Mon Feb 09, 2015 8:18 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015 SCT: Trash
Replies: 16
Views: 3856

Re: 2015 SCT: Trash

I don't have much sympathy for the "trash should never be in academic tournaments" position, or the "trash from before year 19XX should (almost) never be in academic tournaments" position, especially when "trash from before year 19XX" includes most of the bonuses on The Everly Brothers or Bob Dylan,...
by Muriel Axon
Mon Feb 09, 2015 7:47 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015 SCT general discussion
Replies: 24
Views: 5340

Re: 2015 SCT general discussion

Ike wrote:Similarly in literature, there were questions on Rumpole of the Bailey and Riders of the Purple Sage.
Yeesh, I hope Rumpole of the Bailey wasn't in the literature distribution!
by Muriel Axon
Sun Nov 23, 2014 6:21 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Specific Question Discussion (DEES)
Replies: 26
Views: 6474

Re: Specific Question Discussion

From Editors 1: 1. A fictional refugee camp in this country known as Tal Ezza’tar was documented by Liana Badr in the novel Eye of the Mirror. A poet’s account of the bombardment of this country’s capital includes the line “Hiroshima is tomorrow,” and is titled Memory for Forgetfulness. Perhaps the ...
by Muriel Axon
Sun Nov 23, 2014 6:14 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Specific Question Discussion (DEES)
Replies: 26
Views: 6474

Re: Specific Question Discussion

Also, your assumption that I must be "unfamiliar with the term object as it used in logic or philosophy" or unaware that "so much of philosophy is based in terminology" because I didn't like your question is mighty uncharitable. Thanks for the comments on this question. As for this, I'm pretty sure...
by Muriel Axon
Sun Nov 23, 2014 3:34 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Specific Question Discussion (DEES)
Replies: 26
Views: 6474

Re: Specific Question Discussion

The Hare Krishnas tossup was not good; it is too clear too early in the question that it's a new religious movement from the Indian subcontinent which was also popular in America. Not sure what more can be done to it, but give it another once-over. Would it help to remove the fact that New Vrindaba...
by Muriel Axon
Fri Nov 21, 2014 3:11 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: DEES at Northwestern (11/22/2014)
Replies: 24
Views: 12232

Re: DEES at Northwestern (11/22/2014)

Ashvin, the editors have decided that you can play with KLan.
by Muriel Axon
Fri Oct 17, 2014 12:56 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Texas Camp/ DISCO discussion
Replies: 19
Views: 7377

Re: Texas Camp/ DISCO discussion

I think the Plimpton 322 clue in the proofs of the Pythagorean theorem question is just wrong. Plimpton 322 lists Pythagorean triples (which is what I buzzed, and got negged, with), or something near enough; you can know various Pythagorean triples without proving the theorem or even knowing it to b...
by Muriel Axon
Wed Oct 15, 2014 12:24 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: PADAWAN, Matt's Categories
Replies: 22
Views: 6462

Re: PADAWAN, Matt's Categories

Could I please see the karma tossup?
by Muriel Axon
Fri Oct 03, 2014 3:23 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The place of zoology in the bio distribution
Replies: 53
Views: 27307

Re: The place of zoology in the bio distribution

I don't want to beat a dead horse too much, but seeing as I majored in zoology as an undergrad, I think I have the right. My advice to those of you who'd like to see more zoology questions is not to write tossups on specific animals or animal groups, unless you're 100% sure that you can do an awesom...
by Muriel Axon
Mon Aug 11, 2014 8:07 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Triacontakaipentagon 2.5: August 2014
Replies: 29
Views: 15332

Re: Triacontakaipentagon 2.5: August 2014

I would appreciate if someone who has the packets sent them to me at quercusacerifolia at google's email service.
by Muriel Axon
Mon Aug 11, 2014 4:54 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Instruments tossups
Replies: 3
Views: 2204

Re: Instruments tossups

First of all, I'll note that in my opinion, none of your questions were too stuffed with technical clues. I can see why people would say that, but hopefully seeing the questions here should dispel some of that perception. But I was a little frustrated by these questions because I think they overesti...
by Muriel Axon
Mon Aug 11, 2014 2:43 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Imaginary Landscape discussion
Replies: 5
Views: 2019

Re: Imaginary Landscape discussion

This was fantastic. No complaints. The one suggestion I have is that instead of answer lines like "Brahms lieder" and "Schubert lieder," you can just have questions on Brahms and Schubert with all the clues coming from lieder. While this could take away a bit of the challenge and thrill of identifyi...
by Muriel Axon
Tue Aug 05, 2014 9:44 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open mirror at Michigan (August 9)
Replies: 30
Views: 15970

Re: VCU Open mirror at Michigan (August 9)

By "the other way around," I meant the other way around from what Mike was saying, so the status quo.
by Muriel Axon
Tue Aug 05, 2014 7:51 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open mirror at Michigan (August 9)
Replies: 30
Views: 15970

Re: VCU Open mirror at Michigan (August 9)

I would prefer the other way around, but I too will refrain from sourness.
by Muriel Axon
Fri Aug 01, 2014 11:56 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: VCUO travel with John Lawrence -- the liveblog!!
Replies: 105
Views: 73257

Re: VCUO travel with John Lawrence -- the liveblog!!

I would like you to record each and every curse he directs toward my music questions.
by Muriel Axon
Fri Jul 25, 2014 3:04 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO History Discussion
Replies: 41
Views: 13289

Re: CO History Discussion

Periplus of the Erythraean Sea wrote:It was very, very easy to figure out when something was "fake" and when it wasn't
You've mentioned this twice, so I have to ask: Is this actually a problem? Do trash questions have to be coy and conceal their trashiness to be worth playing as part of an academic tournament?
by Muriel Axon
Fri Jul 25, 2014 1:16 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Global Announcement: Collegiate Novice 5
Replies: 18
Views: 5858

Re: Global Announcement: Collegiate Novice 5

I don't want to commit to anything yet, but I could potentially write social science and philosophy.
by Muriel Axon
Fri Jul 25, 2014 12:01 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open mirror at uWaterloo (9th August)
Replies: 47
Views: 18675

Re: VCU Open mirror at uWaterloo (9th August)

Peter13 wrote:As always, I am interested, either to play or help out. On a side note, what is the expected difficulty?
Nationals minus, or "nationals with restraint."
by Muriel Axon
Thu Jul 24, 2014 9:55 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open 2014: August 2
Replies: 57
Views: 29777

Re: VCU Open 2014: August 2

Frater Taciturnus wrote:Manners Alam and I are a team for Sunday.

Saturday is Brian McPeak, Evan Adams, Josh Duncan, and myself.
Whoops, reading comprehension!
by Muriel Axon
Thu Jul 24, 2014 11:00 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open mirror at Michigan (August 9)
Replies: 30
Views: 15970

Re: VCU Open mirror at Michigan (August 9)

There is somewhere around an 85% chance that I will be in town, so I'm looking for side event teammates (particularly Imaginary Landscape).

Also, if people plan to sign up for the main event, they should actually do so.
by Muriel Axon
Thu Jul 24, 2014 10:58 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open 2014: August 2
Replies: 57
Views: 29777

Re: VCU Open 2014: August 2

Can we get an update of Saturday teams? On here, I see: Bailey, Lenhoff, Raje, Prieto Casalaspi, Jackson, Roach, Magin McPeak, Adams, Duncan, Berry Mukherjee, Rosenberg, Bollinger, Manners Future Chicago Free agents: One Kirk-Davidoff The other Kirk-Davidoff Sean Smiley Dave Porter Dr. Boyd-Graber's...
by Muriel Axon
Mon Jul 07, 2014 2:23 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Odd Ways of Learning Things
Replies: 177
Views: 144995

Re: Odd Ways of Learning Things

SUBMIT has a question on shadow plays that mentioned the Ottoman shadow puppets Karagoz and Hacivat. In a recent episode of Arthur , Mr. Ratburn gets into an extended argument with a smartboard named HUGO 3.0 who claims to be 100% accurate. In a failed attempt to stump HUGO, Mr. Ratburn asks somethi...
by Muriel Axon
Mon Jun 16, 2014 12:48 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open/second summer open this year
Replies: 44
Views: 19951

Re: VCU Open/second summer open this year

The difficulty will be "Nationals with restraint."
by Muriel Axon
Fri Jun 13, 2014 3:11 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Favorite Quizbowl Experiences
Replies: 77
Views: 58550

Re: Favorite Quizbowl Experiences

merv1618 wrote:Watkinsgate happened
Don't you mean Watkinsghazi?
by Muriel Axon
Tue Jun 10, 2014 8:28 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Favorite Quizbowl Experiences
Replies: 77
Views: 58550

Re: Favorite Quizbowl Experiences

cvdwightw wrote:Yes, this is the tournament involving the crazypants story about Brian and Sally and the inner-tube accident, and the other crazypants story about two Virginians who did not like CBI, whom I believed were referred to as "just a high school teacher" and "by all accounts, deranged."
what
by Muriel Axon
Mon Jun 09, 2014 12:27 am
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Favorite Quizbowl Experiences
Replies: 77
Views: 58550

Re: Favorite Quizbowl Experiences

Now that the luminaries (e.g. MJ, Eric, Isaac Hirsch) have spoken, here's my list, in no particular order: ACF Nats 2014 - After a demoralizing ICT in which MSU landed at the top of the last bracket, we had pretty low expectations for Nats. But we managed to achieve two major objectives: 1. We evene...
by Muriel Axon
Tue May 27, 2014 10:54 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Modern World Tournament - Post-NSC Mirror
Replies: 135
Views: 52422

Re: Modern World Tournament - Post-NSC Mirror

almost certainly on Japanese gay fanfic porn, or however you say that in IWishIWereJapanese So, to you, Japanese gay fan-fic porn seems like an "important, influential trend" that is representative enough of important world developments since 1989 to deserve a tossup at this tournament. I was under...
by Muriel Axon
Thu May 15, 2014 4:34 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Quiz Bowl Survivor: 50 Buzz, 49 Neg
Replies: 169
Views: 107939

Re: Quiz Bowl Survivor: 50 Buzz, 49 Neg

On a normal day, his excitable mode of reading involved him throwing every page to the ground in a frenzy after finishing it; in keeping with the importance of this particular match, however, he upped his game and began literally spinning around after every tossup was answered, as if the forcefulne...
by Muriel Axon
Fri May 09, 2014 6:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open/second summer open this year
Replies: 44
Views: 19951

Re: VCU Open/second summer open this year

I think it's fair to presume most people are interested in having a second summer open. So can we do a poll to determine which option people prefer? We really need to get moving on this if it's going to happen.
by Muriel Axon
Mon May 05, 2014 12:30 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: community question clinic
Replies: 95
Views: 60998

Re: community question clinic

A poem by William Meredith is titled “In Loving Memory of” the author of this collection. One work in this collection talks of a woman with “complexion Latin” who is “filling her compact & delicious body with chicken paprika”. Another poem in this collection begins by stating that “Life, friends, i...
by Muriel Axon
Wed Apr 30, 2014 9:08 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Quiz Bowl Survivor: 50 Buzz, 49 Neg
Replies: 169
Views: 107939

Re: Quiz Bowl Survivor: 50 Buzz, 49 Neg

And CBI had spelling toss-ups! I loved sniffing those out. They'd go something like, "A plant without sun could become etiolated. FTP, spell "etiolated." To buzz in first on these, which were usually a lot easier than that weird example I just came up with, you had to sense that there was no other ...
by Muriel Axon
Wed Apr 30, 2014 7:22 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Praise Song
Replies: 35
Views: 12147

Re: Praise Song

I know Andrew Hart has already been mentioned, but let's not forget the largely thankless work he does every year managing Early Autumn Collegiate Novice. For many players (including me), this was their first time playing a college tournament - or any tournament! And for many writers (again, includi...
by Muriel Axon
Mon Apr 28, 2014 10:41 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Player Poll 2014: WORD LIFE
Replies: 58
Views: 14057

Re: Player Poll 2014: WORD LIFE

Do Matt Jackson and Matt Bollinger have good science knowledge now? Because otherwise they're not beating Eric Mukherjee 1-on-1 on ACF Nats. Eric is a scientist who can buzz with authority on other subjects and to me this is better than an elite non-scientists While I personally think Eric would be...
by Muriel Axon
Mon Apr 28, 2014 7:27 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Player Poll 2014: WORD LIFE
Replies: 58
Views: 14057

Re: Player Poll 2014: WORD LIFE

I was vacillating over whether to post basically what Ashvin just posted now. Cody says that if you measure quality by value added relative to other teams, nearly any good science player would be in the top 25. I agree, but I don't see why that's a bad thing. Harvard still seems to have something va...
by Muriel Axon
Mon Apr 28, 2014 5:37 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO Matchmaking
Replies: 36
Views: 11662

Re: CO Matchmaking

There is a strong (but not 100%) chance that I will be able to come to this. I'm best at questions about "thinkers" and their "thoughts," but I can also get music and some science and literature questions. I can write my 6/6 by the first packet deadline.
by Muriel Axon
Sat Apr 26, 2014 12:40 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 3M: Chicago Open History Doubles, 7/20
Replies: 47
Views: 24092

Re: 3M: Chicago Open History Doubles, 7/20

DumbJaques wrote:
Ukonvasara wrote:I believe the traditional method is to bury a plate of jerk chicken at a crossroads at the stroke of midnight, then return a week later.
Eh, this actually didn't work for me.
Did you check the drinking fountain?
by Muriel Axon
Fri Apr 25, 2014 5:15 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Lederberg 2: Daughter Cell (3/29/14)
Replies: 155
Views: 61637

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

Also, is your last line really trying to put out the argument, "I couldn't have cheated at this, because you're accusing me of being really horrible at cheating!"? "I didn't cheat! I just tried really hard to make it look like I did. But if I actually cheated, I would've done it better." Remember O...