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by Santa Claus
Thu Oct 12, 2017 10:15 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Flashcard Resources
Replies: 22
Views: 12546

Re: Flashcard Resources

tooting my own here I think you misplaced your horn. I'd definitely agree with Raynor's sentiment - getting acquainted with the sorts of topics that come up in quiz bowl is one of the most important parts of the game, especially when starting out, and there's really no better way to do it than to i...
by Santa Claus
Mon Aug 21, 2017 1:08 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Barbarism of Monetization
Replies: 128
Views: 46801

Re: The Barbarism of Monetization

This last Friday, a question-reading session was held in the quiz bowl Discord channel. We read through the first packet of the 2012-2013 DII ICT, a set that our reader had purchased, to an audience of people who did not own the set. After we finished, Jonah entered and informed us that we were not ...
by Santa Claus
Mon May 22, 2017 11:25 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: An update on the state of the Discord
Replies: 2
Views: 4640

An update on the state of the Discord

I think a fair number of people are aware of the existence of the Quiz Bowl Discord, whether it's from the post about the IRC not too long ago or the Imaginary Landscape readings that happened there. This post is meant to be a little bit of an update for everyone who hasn't really visited much or at...
by Santa Claus
Mon May 15, 2017 4:57 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals Thanks and Discussion
Replies: 70
Views: 32732

Re: ACF Nationals Thanks and Discussion

On the tossup on glutamate I got negged for giving "glutamic acid" and was just wondering what sort of difference there was between the two answers. The buzz was very late in question and they had already described it as an amino acid, so I felt that it was a bit much to not give points over a proto...
by Santa Claus
Sat May 13, 2017 4:56 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Where are you going to college next year? (2016–17)
Replies: 37
Views: 18275

Re: Where are you going to college next year? (2016–17)

rahulkeyal wrote:I'm going to be heading to Berkeley in the fall
:(
by Santa Claus
Sat May 13, 2017 4:38 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Subject-specific player polls
Replies: 29
Views: 13363

Re: Subject-specific player polls

The Quest for the Historical Mukherjesus wrote: 17. Kevin Wang
what
by Santa Claus
Wed Apr 19, 2017 10:04 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Better Hype Videos
Replies: 1
Views: 2719

Better Hype Videos

Did you guys see Cicago's sick hype video? Well guess what. Visionary director Kevin Wang, the man behind the lauded Amherst Hype Video, has taken his talents to Amherst, and Amherst's hype is about to blow them out of the water. Tune in in less than 3 hours for the greatest audio spectacle in quizb...
by Santa Claus
Mon Apr 10, 2017 10:02 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 ICT general discussion
Replies: 10
Views: 3783

Re: 2017 ICT general discussion

I suppose this is the best place to put this: Currently this video is unlisted - you cannot find it by searching Youtube. Once there are no longer any mirrors or anything of that sort, I'll just make it public. Also someone mentioned adding subtitles to this; that would take a long time and I'll onl...
by Santa Claus
Mon Apr 10, 2017 12:02 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 NAQT ICT: Chicago, April 8
Replies: 25
Views: 16384

Re: 2017 NAQT ICT: Chicago, April 8

Hey guys, I took video of the finals. Once I can, I will post a link to the video in the discussion sub-forum. The video is currently unlisted, as I uploaded it yesterday when TI was still happening. If this is no longer necessary (i.e. if there are no more mirrors) I would happy to have it be publi...
by Santa Claus
Sun Feb 05, 2017 1:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT rules revisions 2017
Replies: 44
Views: 19139

Re: NAQT rules revisions 2017

And you're mad at...NAQT? It sucks that you've had a negative experience at SCT, but your frustration seems misdirected. It sounds like your moderators were just bad, and you should be frustrated at whoever is setting up these sites with inexperienced moderators. Do you honestly think you would hav...
by Santa Claus
Sat Feb 04, 2017 8:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT rules revisions 2017
Replies: 44
Views: 19139

Re: NAQT rules revisions 2017

I hope the clock isn't eliminated for SCT, CCCT, or ICT. ... Having said that, I dislike the fact that some CC SCTs (not Florida, though!) saw rounds averaging around 18-19 TUH . Obviously, better teams have a better chance of winning when more questions are heard, and just in general it's ideal if...
by Santa Claus
Sun Jan 29, 2017 3:29 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Saving the IRC
Replies: 26
Views: 13114

Re: Saving the IRC

even though Kevin already made the Discord (I hardly use voice chat, since I can only stand insinuations about my mother's intimate activities so many times) The way the Discord is currently set up, the idea is that it'll be a text-based experience much like IRC is now; the voice chat is opt-in (I ...
by Santa Claus
Sun Jan 29, 2017 11:42 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Saving the IRC
Replies: 26
Views: 13114

Re: Saving the IRC

So, I took a couple minutes and I made a Discord channel for quizbowl. For those interested at looking at a room with literally no people other than me in it right now, here's a link to the Discord: https://discord.gg/T4nYsCq. Please let me know if there are things I can change. EDIT: I changed the ...
by Santa Claus
Wed Sep 21, 2016 11:57 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: A Comprehensive List of Science Topics
Replies: 11
Views: 9974

Re: A Comprehensive List of Science Topics

I mean the problem here is that you're trying to translate the high school canon into a finite list - the canon's pretty big, yo. Certainly this isn't a bad idea, but in the end I doubt you could ever get any sort of comprehensive list of high school topics (especially if you wanted to be rigorous a...
by Santa Claus
Thu Jun 30, 2016 10:49 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Becoming and Being a Great Science Player
Replies: 8
Views: 17248

Re: Becoming and Being a Great Science Player

Another thing I've done to study science for the last four years, for what it's worth, is to read through current science journals. For those of you who have access to ProQuest or other similar services that allow access to papers and theses and what not (perhaps you're related to someone who works...
by Santa Claus
Tue Jun 21, 2016 11:11 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Studying math theory
Replies: 8
Views: 5478

Re: Studying math theory

Habitat_Against_Humanity wrote: Everything an More: A Compact History of Infinity - David Foster Wallace (yep, it's got footnotes).
This is a great book.
by Santa Claus
Wed Jun 08, 2016 11:13 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Summer Skype Practices
Replies: 16
Views: 5550

Re: Summer Skype Practices

I would love to participate in a Skype mirror of NASAT; I'd have to assume it would be open since it's currently the summer and it's online and all.

Also I would enjoy doing any sort of Skype Quiz Bowl thing at all and if these open practices start up I'll definitely try to come to some.
by Santa Claus
Wed Jun 08, 2016 11:10 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: College Player v. World
Replies: 26
Views: 12828

Re: College Player v. World

I would love to lose to high schoolers in a game where I once could beat high schoolers; if I'm available during the appropriate time slot I'd love to play some Quiz Bowl.
by Santa Claus
Tue May 31, 2016 5:33 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2016 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 133
Views: 59992

Re: 2016 HSNCT discussion

Hose is probably the wrong word, but I also doubt the second line here is a good clue. As far as I understand, labels are a very obscure and rarely-used feature in Java and C that most high schoolers would have never encountered. So I suspect that the clue likely would've prompted many negs from pl...
by Santa Claus
Tue May 31, 2016 3:50 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: NorCal PACE NSC Hype Video
Replies: 5
Views: 3083

Re: NorCal PACE NSC Hype Video

After seeing this I'm legitimately sad the NASAT hype video was never made for Team California last year.
by Santa Claus
Tue May 31, 2016 3:48 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2016 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 133
Views: 59992

Re: 2016 HSNCT discussion

colons Also just so people who are interested don't have to look it up themselves, labels are pretty much only used to break the outer loop of a nested loop, with the syntax as follows: label1: for(){ label2: for(){ break label1; //this breaks the outer loop, rather than the inner } }
by Santa Claus
Tue May 31, 2016 3:09 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2016 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 133
Views: 59992

Re: 2016 HSNCT discussion

I want to just point out second clue in colons , which was a really, really bad hose in it. First off, colon's probably one of the harder punctuation marks to tossup in a CS context, since it's not very commonly used in the big programming languages, but that's fine; there's lots of clues, and as in...
by Santa Claus
Sat Jan 02, 2016 6:03 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Neg 5 : Quizbowl for the Cloud
Replies: 165
Views: 96578

Re: Neg 5 : Quizbowl for the Cloud

toggle the player names to "active" (green background) or "unactive". Just a minor thing: please don't make the two states be "green" or "red"; just make it "green" and "uncolored" or "uncolored" and "red" or something along those lines. It seems like you're already doing that, but I think it would...
by Santa Claus
Fri Dec 11, 2015 1:57 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Understanding science topics
Replies: 18
Views: 8088

Re: Understanding science topics

When you just need to pick up what one concept is, a lot of the time that can be accomplished by a good ol' Wikipedia chain, where you open a page and just open the page on every concept you don't understand, then repeat. Often this will result in something like two billion tabs being open at any gi...
by Santa Claus
Tue Dec 01, 2015 7:32 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Science Bowl
Replies: 7
Views: 4132

Re: Science Bowl

So are you guys suggesting a yes or no, to do Science Bowl Yes, with a grain of salt. It is fun as a science exercise, but try not to get too invested in what is inherently a not-so-great format. Just spend your time studying for Quiz Bowl and your AP's and you'll be fine. (Important thing though: ...
by Santa Claus
Tue Nov 24, 2015 6:14 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Science Bowl
Replies: 7
Views: 4132

Re: Science Bowl

As someone who also did both Science Bowl and Ocean Sciences Bowl, I got some thoughts on this particular matter. Science Bowl is indeed cool beans when it comes to testing some more hands-on applications of knowledge you learn in science classes and in studying for Quiz Bowl. I had a lot of fun eve...
by Santa Claus
Wed Nov 11, 2015 1:02 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015 ACF Fall general discussion
Replies: 55
Views: 20780

Re: 2015 ACF Fall general discussion

diffusion and effusion are not quite the same thing. Effusion is a gas entering an evacuated chamber through a small hole that only allows single molecules through; it obeys the same principles as diffusion but is simpler, allowing for Graham's law to be applied. There's a lot of precedent saying t...
by Santa Claus
Tue Nov 10, 2015 1:53 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall Northeast at Yale (November 7, 2015)
Replies: 14
Views: 8250

Re: ACF Fall Northeast at Yale (November 7, 2015)

I don't know if you guys still remember, but I'd appreciate hearing how the protests in our round against Vermont were resolved, because it looks like neither of us got points for our respective protests.
by Santa Claus
Tue Nov 10, 2015 1:39 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015 ACF Fall general discussion
Replies: 55
Views: 20780

Re: 2015 ACF Fall general discussion

Overall I rather enjoyed the science; it had a lot of interesting early clues that I hadn't really heard often. I did notice that some of the bonuses tended towards the hard side (what is with the steadily decreasing difficulty of pipe roughness?!), but I feel like I'm biased as I tend to compare it...
by Santa Claus
Tue Nov 10, 2015 1:25 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Missouri Open at Brown 11/14/15
Replies: 21
Views: 11105

Re: Missouri Open at Brown 11/14/15

Breaking news: Amherst College has drafted Doug Yetman for the 11/13/15 - 11/15/15 season as their wildcard pick. They will be paying him a league record $0/year, after taxes. In the words of Corry Wang, "he's pretty good". Yeah so if anyone else was jumping for the opportunity to play on our team,...
by Santa Claus
Mon Nov 09, 2015 4:42 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Missouri Open at Brown 11/14/15
Replies: 21
Views: 11105

Re: Missouri Open at Brown 11/14/15

If any free agents are interested in joining the Amherst team, we have 1 (maybe 2?) spots open on our A team. Since the current team pretty much only covers science and history, anyone specializing in other subjects would be welcomed.
by Santa Claus
Tue Sep 01, 2015 9:05 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Electronic Scorekeeping
Replies: 5
Views: 2964

Re: Electronic Scorekeeping

Irvine HS electronic scoresheets have also been used at every Arcadia tournament of the past year (not to mention every Irvine tournament), since we recently received a grant for a bunch of Chromebooks. If your school has access to wifi and laptops, there really is practically no downside to using e...
by Santa Claus
Mon Aug 17, 2015 7:37 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Using college sets for high school
Replies: 8
Views: 4687

Re: Using college sets for high school

I don't think such a rule of thumb exists, especially if you're going to NASAT or PACE. As a fun little example, "rule of thumb" (heuristics) was a particularly difficult answerline that came up as a tossup at the 2014 NASAT and 2015 HSNCT. One can imagine the shenanigans going on in the early clues...
by Santa Claus
Sun Aug 16, 2015 7:49 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: How do the top teams study and specialize?
Replies: 13
Views: 7705

Re: How do the top teams study and specialize?

I really agree with a lot of what has been said above, and I only have one thing to add. If a team, any team, wants to win with a team of specialists, everyone on that team needs to do everything they can to be the best. Whether that's best in the circuit or best in the nation is up to how ambitious...
by Santa Claus
Wed Aug 12, 2015 10:14 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Good Teams Playing A Sets
Replies: 24
Views: 10492

Re: Good Teams Playing A Sets

I think the scenario you just described is a novice tournament. Granted, most novice tournaments will run IS-A sets, but I see no inherent reason the sets themselves deserve any special treatment: all the benefits you just described already exist in the form of special tournaments aimed at new and i...
by Santa Claus
Tue Aug 11, 2015 10:01 am
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Odd Ways of Learning Things
Replies: 177
Views: 145863

Re: Odd Ways of Learning Things

All of my Isambard Kingdom Brunel knowledge comes from Hark! A Vagrant. I'm pretty sure these are the only reasons I'm aware of anything that's actually useful in any way. I can attest to the amount of knowledge one gets from webcomics, being an avid reader of Harkavagrant and xkcd myself. I first-...
by Santa Claus
Fri Jul 10, 2015 9:13 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Distance Discounts
Replies: 10
Views: 4142

Re: Distance Discounts

waking up early on Saturdays to drive 2+ hours to Richmond, and then driving back during rush hour Replace Richmond with San Diego, and you've pretty much summed up my entire quiz bowl career. Just about every single weekend for the past four school years, me and a dozen or so people would gather t...
by Santa Claus
Fri Jun 19, 2015 2:15 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Call for Writers -- International History Olympiad
Replies: 36
Views: 17304

Re: Call for Writers -- International History Olympiad

RexSueciae wrote:Andrew Huang from Arcadia
That's Andrew Leung, not Andrew Huang; Andrew Huang is from High Tech.
by Santa Claus
Tue Jun 02, 2015 11:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 102
Views: 53603

Re: 2015 HSNCT discussion

Strictly, speaking, this isn't exactly true. Yeah, I think I tried to make my argument more general than it really should have been. I think the point I was trying to make was that it's unreasonable to criticize a question's early clues for being too easy without considering how subjective clue dif...
by Santa Claus
Tue Jun 02, 2015 1:26 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 102
Views: 53603

Re: 2015 HSNCT discussion

Without going through the notes I took, I want to say it seemed like there was far less science that really stood out to me as "out there" this year compared to last. Of course, I did not play every round (missed the "dark energy" tossup in the first packet, which was... odd), and I'm sure I've gott...
by Santa Claus
Sat Apr 04, 2015 8:42 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: aseemsDB: Not just another database (hopefully)
Replies: 8
Views: 9738

Re: aseemsDB: Not just another database (hopefully)

This database is among the most useful Quiz Bowl resources I've ever used. Although it fills a different niche, Aseem's DB will be just as useful as Quinterest until a complete parsable database comes along that combines the best of the two.

-Kevin Wang, quiz bowl player, Arcadia
by Santa Claus
Fri Jan 30, 2015 11:41 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014-2015 BISB Specific Questions Discussion
Replies: 25
Views: 2276

Re: 2014-2015 BISB Specific Questions Discussion

I thought it'd be unfair to have an entire bonus on Spanish grammar when, as you point out, if you're not studying that language, you've got no prayer of answering this bonus correctly. I suppose it was unfair of me to think a bonus was unfair just because in my particular area it was unlikely some...
by Santa Claus
Thu Jan 22, 2015 12:50 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion (HFT 2014)
Replies: 53
Views: 4779

Re: Question-specific discussion (HFT 2014)

Coulomb's law- method of image -infinite plane of charge polyploidy-speciation- orthologous galaxy-Hubble- Triangulum inverse- first isomorphism -commutative nitrogen-azide- N2O3 deserts-rain shadow- yardangs enzymes-Arrhenius- Michaelis-Menten uncertainty principle-time- matrix mechanics drosophil...
by Santa Claus
Wed Jan 21, 2015 7:04 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion (HFT 2014)
Replies: 53
Views: 4779

Re: Question-specific discussion (HFT 2014)

6. This god transformed into a snake to retrieve the divine mead of inspiration. For 10 points each: [10] Name this chief god of the Norse myth system. He has one eye and is advised by the ravens Hunin and Mugin. ANSWER: Odin [accept Woden] [10] Odin hung himself for nine days from the World Tree t...
by Santa Claus
Tue Jan 20, 2015 12:13 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion (HFT 2014)
Replies: 53
Views: 4779

Re: Question-specific discussion (HFT 2014)

I have to agree with some of the sentiments about the particularly hard third parts in bonuses, especially in the science. While some were reasonable progressions from one to another, there were a lot of third parts that were hard for one reason or another. I'm going to list a few of the progression...
by Santa Claus
Thu Dec 04, 2014 6:32 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Flashcarding
Replies: 15
Views: 6469

Re: Flashcarding

I have long considered flash carding as an option, but never really gotten around to trying it. My main qualm has always been that it seems difficult to keep track of all the different ways that information interacts with itself. There are a lot of ways that a given piece of information can be used....
by Santa Claus
Wed Nov 19, 2014 7:42 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014-2015 BISB Specific Questions Discussion
Replies: 25
Views: 2276

Re: 2014-2015 BISB Specific Questions Discussion

dude it literally GIVES you the author's name. If someone's buzzing with civilization then they clearly haven't listened to any part of the question! For light bulbs and "globalization": I have no idea why you think something that's "close to being right because these two things often get mentioned...
by Santa Claus
Wed Nov 19, 2014 12:30 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014-2015 BISB Specific Questions Discussion
Replies: 25
Views: 2276

Re: 2014-2015 BISB Specific Questions Discussion

You're also a good team--you should be powering more than 10ing on a regular difficulty HS set. :) I guess I... forgot? light bulbs I actually had a problem with this question, just because the first clue seemed to fit in *fairly* well with the answer line "plasma". It mentioned Irving Langmuir, wh...
by Santa Claus
Tue Nov 18, 2014 2:05 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014-2015 BISB Specific Questions Discussion
Replies: 25
Views: 2276

Re: 2014-2015 BISB Specific Questions Discussion

To my understanding of Nice model, which is mostly focused around its usage in Quiz Bowl, it is used to describe everything from individual planets to the asteroid belt and Oort cloud. I think it was a great clue, just a bit misleading, especially considering its past usage. I agree that the answer ...
by Santa Claus
Sun Nov 16, 2014 12:24 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014-2015 BISB Specific Questions Discussion
Replies: 25
Views: 2276

Re: 2014-2015 BISB Specific Questions Discussion

Could I see the tossups on "planets", "edges", and "substrates"? I had some comments on those. The tossup on "planets" opened up with a clue on the Nice model, which is a pretty wide-reaching model that could technically be applied to almost any astronomical objects found within the Solar System, de...