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by Fucitol
Sat Feb 09, 2019 12:27 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: DATE POLL: Chicago Open
Replies: 3
Views: 873

Re: DATE POLL: Chicago Open

Am i the only one who’s going to graduate between July 20 and August 2?

I guess I’ll play anyway but I should be writing/editing my thesis then.
by Fucitol
Fri Jan 25, 2019 5:06 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The D-value SOS calculation is broken
Replies: 17
Views: 5311

Re: The D-value SOS calculation is broken

Nearly a year has passed since Ryan's original post in this thread, and this year's SCT is fast approaching. Have any steps been taken to tweak the strength-of-schedule metric in the D-value calculation, in response to the flaws that Ryan demonstrated? Doubly noted. As someone who has been personal...
by Fucitol
Mon Jun 25, 2018 9:41 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: John Charles Daly Mirror at WUSTL (6/30/18)
Replies: 8
Views: 2830

Re: John Charles Daly Mirror at WUSTL (6/30/18)

Five days out from the date of the tournament, it would be nice to know if there is more interest in this tournament than the 3 free agents in the google doc.
by Fucitol
Sun Jun 03, 2018 8:31 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Boston Summer Open I
Replies: 59
Views: 14882

Re: Boston Summer Open I

wcheng wrote:I'd be completely unable to attend this tournament if it was moved to any later of a date, so I'm hoping it can stay where it is.

I can also only attend this date and have already booked travel for this date.
by Fucitol
Sat Jun 02, 2018 8:10 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Boston Summer Open I
Replies: 59
Views: 14882

Re: Boston Summer Open I

If anyone is interested in going to Fenway Sunday night (8PM*) to see the Yankees play the Red Sox on Sunday Night Baseball, DM me. It looks like there are still some reasonably priced tickets available directly through the red sox website. *Assuming that there won't actually be any side events runn...
by Fucitol
Mon May 14, 2018 6:23 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Players Choice Awards
Replies: 46
Views: 15821

Re: Players Choice Awards

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I’m aware we are the big evil cabal, but as far as I know there’s still only one Chicago institution.
by Fucitol
Mon May 07, 2018 4:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2018 - July 21st weekend
Replies: 99
Views: 36876

Re: Chicago Open 2018 - July 21st weekend

I emailed you a while back to register my team (Tamara Vardomskaya, Mike Cheyne, Sam Bailey, and me) for the tournament. Did you get the registration? It appears that we are not included in the field in the first post.
by Fucitol
Tue Apr 24, 2018 3:59 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 121
Views: 28445

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

Now that I can access the "color" question from Editors one, I can confirm my suspicion that the first two clues are nearly unbuzzable and if you do buzz on them you are either a) the Eric Weisstein's world of astronomy page that the clue was taken from or b) about to neg with "Infrared" because in...
by Fucitol
Tue Apr 24, 2018 2:50 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 121
Views: 28445

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

Now that I can access the "color" question from Editors one, I can confirm my suspicion that the first two clues are nearly unbuzzable and if you do buzz on them you are either a) the Eric Weisstein's world of astronomy page that the clue was taken from or b) about to neg with "Infrared" because inf...
by Fucitol
Tue Apr 24, 2018 2:27 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Players Choice Awards
Replies: 46
Views: 15821

Re: Players Choice Awards

Shameless Chicago promotion time: Matthew Lehmann and Luke Tierney are both freshmen who scored over 20 PPG in the ACF Nationals top bracket and led their team to it's first top 10 finish in at least the last 5 years (and probably more than that). If they aren't both in your ballot for rookie of the...
by Fucitol
Sun Apr 22, 2018 10:30 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 121
Views: 28445

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

For the jazz, I did my best to be innovative, including writing on things like jazz practice (the bonus on fake books) and education (the bonus part on Stan Kenton). As a former, and hopefully future, jazz musician, this was noticed and appreciated although our team did not get to answer either bon...
by Fucitol
Mon Mar 19, 2018 2:08 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: SMT 2018 Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 81
Views: 8169

Re: SMT 2018 Specific Question Discussion

Researchers in 2007 observed the effect of sudden changes in this variable in the upregulation of alpha crystallins, or sHSPs, in the eggs of zebrafish. Saccharomyces mutants sensitive to this variable were used by Hartwell to figure out the role of cyclins in cell division. This variable is observ...
by Fucitol
Tue Mar 06, 2018 9:48 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CMST: Specific question discussion
Replies: 74
Views: 6964

Re: CMST: Specific question discussion

It would necessitate rewriting a bunch of clues and the answerline, but "this variable" or "these reaction conditions" might work better. I hate tossups using “this variable” in bio and reaction chem since that immediately narrows it to an answer space of 3 or 4. “These reaction conditions” might b...
by Fucitol
Mon Mar 05, 2018 12:55 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CMST: General Discussion
Replies: 30
Views: 3852

Re: CMST: General Discussion

I should also note that while Aseem claims that the balance of the other science was due to some form of mistake, I think the balance of the other science was better than any tournament I've played in a while. Math doesn't really deserve to have one or even more than one question per packet and I do...
by Fucitol
Mon Mar 05, 2018 12:52 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CMST: General Discussion
Replies: 30
Views: 3852

Re: CMST: General Discussion

I don't think anyone has brought this up yet, but the bonus leadins were oppressively long in many cases. This caused my team to question at several points to wonder if the moderator was accidentally reading a tossup. The exhausting effect of this was only compounded by the fact that the bonuses usu...
by Fucitol
Fri Mar 02, 2018 12:45 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: SMT 2018 Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 81
Views: 8169

Re: SMT 2018 Specific Question Discussion

Marmaduke van Swearingen wrote:There were two too many questions on cryptocurrencies.

Given what is currently in the news, your acceptable number of cryptocurrency-related questions is at least one too low.
by Fucitol
Tue Feb 27, 2018 8:45 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: SMT 2018 Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 81
Views: 8169

Re: SMT 2018 Specific Question Discussion

The first clue in the pendulum TU seems to me like it would be true for every SHO but that’s based on distant memories of sophomore physics. The first clue in the exoplanet tossup is taken almost directly from Wikipedia and the second half of it basically describes what an echelon spectrograph dies ...
by Fucitol
Sun Feb 11, 2018 10:46 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Managing Tournament Staff
Replies: 20
Views: 6069

Re: Managing Tournament Staff

Regarding point 3, while obviously you want every moderator in a top playoff bracket to be good, in my experience, the bottom brackets also especially require good moderators. I realize this sounds stupid--you want good moderators in every room if possible--but sometimes it's natural for staffers t...
by Fucitol
Wed Feb 07, 2018 5:17 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The D-value SOS calculation is broken
Replies: 17
Views: 5311

Re: The D-value SOS calculation is broken

What about looking at SCT ppb only? I've strongly suspected this for years now while looking at recently underranked teams like Chicago B. PPB should definitely be more strongly included in the D-Value as it is a direct measure of team strength (albeit scattered by how strong the bonus rollercoaste...
by Fucitol
Wed Feb 07, 2018 5:08 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The D-value SOS calculation is broken
Replies: 17
Views: 5311

Re: The D-value SOS calculation is broken

It might be useful to share a bit of data from our statistical survey of D values and ICT performance. Using the new D value calculation, the historical r^2 between D value and ICT performance for teams maintaining substantial roster continuity between the tournaments is about 0.75 (roughly speakin...
by Fucitol
Mon Jan 22, 2018 5:05 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regs Specific Questions and Errors
Replies: 63
Views: 8102

Re: Specific Questions and Errors

Was the tossup on blood type unique for ABO typing? I negged with "Rhesus factor" (which I don't think fits the earlier clues) near the part about immunoglobulins crossing the placenta, but I'm curious as to exactly how wrong I was. I also was pretty sure that clue was describing (if not uniquely d...
by Fucitol
Thu Jan 11, 2018 12:02 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: SMT Open Online Test Mirror (2/24)
Replies: 41
Views: 9382

Re: SMT Open Skype Test Mirror (2/24)

I’m interested and some people have unironically described me as a science player.

PM me if you’re interested.
by Fucitol
Thu Jan 04, 2018 10:42 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Homewood-Flossmoor Pop Culture Tourney (mirror of OH Trash)
Replies: 9
Views: 2989

Re: Homewood-Flossmoor Pop Culture Tourney (mirror of OH Tra

msacks wrote:UPDATED FIELD as of 12/30/17
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David Sacks, Erika Schafer-Sacks, Richard Sacks, Rachel Sacks and Joshua Sacks
...
I'm unilaterally declaring that this team's name is the Illinois Sacks Exchange
by Fucitol
Mon Nov 13, 2017 7:37 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Don DeLillo Presents WAO II Global Announcement (Nov. 2017)
Replies: 77
Views: 35350

Re: Don DeLillo Presents WAO II Global Announcement (Nov. 20

So it looks like some people are applying to the “WAO” discussion group to try to join this tournament’s discussion group.

I encourage people to join the WAO 2 discussion group instead since that is, you know, the actual discussion group for this tournament.
by Fucitol
Mon Nov 06, 2017 8:13 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: There Will Be Stock Clues
Replies: 31
Views: 12733

Re: There Will Be Stock Clues

I have no experience in running skype mirrors, but I would be very interested in playing if someone with experience were to set one up.
by Fucitol
Mon Nov 06, 2017 3:16 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Fall 2017 Thanks and Discussion
Replies: 31
Views: 7099

Re: ACF Fall 2017 Thanks and Discussion

-My teammates noticed an overemphasis on a few pet topics in the science (lab techniques, fluid dynamics). Well it's all well and good to write about stuff that interests you, exclusively doing so can be a source of irritation to people who don't specialize in these things. -This set definitely see...
by Fucitol
Sun Jun 25, 2017 5:36 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Cambridge Open mirror in NYC (07/01/2017)
Replies: 35
Views: 12007

Re: Cambridge Open mirror in NYC (07/01/2017)

Periplus of the Erythraean Sea wrote:We are a week away, and we have confirmed enough staff for this event. Would free agents be okay being combined onto a single scab team?
No objections here.
by Fucitol
Sun Jun 04, 2017 1:13 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: Pete Rose Reinstatement Scholarship Tournament
Replies: 32
Views: 12840

Re: Pete Rose Reinstatement Scholarship Tournament

If there's even a packet or two, the bevy of summer events this year would most-likely have a lunch-time audience for this.
by Fucitol
Wed Mar 08, 2017 1:24 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Oxford American Tournament 2017 (OAT)
Replies: 14
Views: 6796

Re: Oxford American Tournament 2017 (OAT)

The Notre Dame mirror is apparently no longer happening. Any Midwest site would be greatly appreciated.
by Fucitol
Wed Feb 15, 2017 7:29 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: OAT Mirror @ ND
Replies: 5
Views: 1807

Re: OAT Mirror @ ND

Preference for April 1 and 15. April 1 is better because it can be a tuneup for both nationals.

An informal poll of the Chicago team suggested we can field one team (of people who didn't play the oxford site). Formal polling might get a second team.
by Fucitol
Wed Feb 01, 2017 3:14 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Gauging interest for late spring Oxbridge mirror in NYC
Replies: 16
Views: 4587

Re: Gauging interest for late spring Oxbridge mirror in NYC

I've talked to some people about potentially organizing an Oxford or Cambridge mirror in NYC in the last two weeks of March, or in April avoiding either national. I think this could be a self-running tournament if we can find enough staff and the field isn't too large; it could also be staffed usin...
by Fucitol
Tue Jan 24, 2017 7:36 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 WAO: Science Feedback Thread
Replies: 7
Views: 888

Re: Science Feedback Thread

The tossup on resistors contains a first line which also applies to a DC brushed motor. This should be fixed. Also, the beginning of the elasticity tossup seemed to refer to a wing as something with the "aeroelastic" property, which is at best an abuse of language. "Aeroelastic" refers to a set of ...
by Fucitol
Tue Jan 24, 2017 5:48 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 WAO: Science Feedback Thread
Replies: 7
Views: 888

Re: Science Feedback Thread

Couple of quibbles: the Quantum Dots bonus set is brutal. I sat through way too many lectures on QD synthesis last year and could have pulled Stranski-Krastanov growth but still sat there like an idiot and said CVD for the last part - though it was late in the day so I may be biased. Interesting......
by Fucitol
Tue Jan 24, 2017 4:12 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 WAO: Science Feedback Thread
Replies: 7
Views: 888

2017 WAO: Science Feedback Thread

This is a thread for the discussion of the Science questions for WAO. I edited the Chemistry, Physics, and Other Science as well as the Bio tossup on transplants. I would like to thank Jason and Jonathan for editing the Bio as well as for some comments on submissions, especially the CS. I would also...
by Fucitol
Sun Jan 22, 2017 2:53 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: WAO @ UChicago (1/21/2017)
Replies: 5
Views: 3613

Re: WAO @ UChicago (1/21/2017)

Congrats to Grandma Morgab Got Run Over by a Reindeer (Ike Jose, Andrew Wang, Morgan Venkus, and Friend) who beat Chicago A in game 1 of an advantaged final to win the tournament. Thanks to all of the moderators and teams for helping to make this tournament happen. Stats are here , including tiebrea...
by Fucitol
Thu Jan 19, 2017 1:40 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: WAO @ UChicago (1/21/2017)
Replies: 5
Views: 3613

Re: WAO @ UChicago (1/21/2017)

Final field update posted. Two teams dropped tonight so we are left at 11. Format will be a full round robin with byes. All teams registered should have received a logistics email. If not, PM me or email me.
by Fucitol
Mon Jan 09, 2017 8:14 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: WAO @ UChicago (1/21/2017)
Replies: 5
Views: 3613

Re: WAO @ UChicago (1/21/2017)

WAO @ UChicago will now be hosting a mirror of Eyes that do not See VIII, a visual fine arts tossup only tournament. Previous incarnations can be found at the bottom of this page: http://www.doc-ent.com/trash/index.html Signup sheet is here Format will be determined based on interest and number of s...
by Fucitol
Tue Jan 03, 2017 12:54 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: WAO @ UChicago (1/21/2017)
Replies: 5
Views: 3613

Re: WAO @ UChicago (1/21/2017)

Waitlist no longer exists. All of the multitudes of team on the waitlist are now included in the field. Some people have indicated intent to submit packets and/or have indicated intent to play and have not yet formally registered. You know who you are. Please email me ASAP to give me the team number...
by Fucitol
Mon Dec 19, 2016 11:27 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: The Brief Wondrous Tournament of WAO (January 21st-after)
Replies: 35
Views: 16647

Re: The Brief Wondrous Tournament of WAO (January 21st-after

CPiGuy wrote:Is Notre Dame hosting a mirror of this?
The Upper Midwest Mirror has been moved to UChicago. Announcment thread here: viewtopic.php?f=8&t=19403
by Fucitol
Fri Dec 16, 2016 8:50 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: WAO @ UChicago (1/21/2017)
Replies: 5
Views: 3613

WAO @ UChicago (1/21/2017)

http://i.imgur.com/44U6WjZ.png Image credit Joey Goldman This is the official announcement for the University of Chicago's mirror of the Brief Wondrous Tournament of WAO (Will Alston Open), or just WAO for short, on Saturday, January 21st, 2017. The tournament will take place in Saieh Hall(5757 S. ...
by Fucitol
Sat Apr 30, 2016 7:24 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MUT @ UChicago (4/30/16)
Replies: 5
Views: 3238

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

Chicago A cleared the field at 7-0(Playoff record only). Chicago C came in second at 5-2. Illinois, DCCA, and Northwestern tied in 3rd at 4-3. Thanks to all the teams for playing. Stats posted here. Prelims: http://www.hsquizbowl.org/db/tournaments/3576/stats/prelims/ Playoffs: http://www.hsquizbowl...
by Fucitol
Tue Apr 12, 2016 11:28 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER Question-Specific Discussion
Replies: 9
Views: 1787

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."
by Fucitol
Thu Apr 07, 2016 11:35 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 MYSTERIUM General Discussion
Replies: 20
Views: 3979

Re: 2016 MYSTERIUM General Discussion

Thanks for writing this set-- it was my favorite that I played all year, mostly due to the excellent physics questions. Stephen did a great job asking about important things that come up in quantum, E&M, classical, and stat mech courses, and the bonuses parts were well-selected in general and frequ...
by Fucitol
Thu Apr 07, 2016 11:26 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 MYSTERIUM Errata
Replies: 13
Views: 2462

Re: 2016 MYSTERIUM Errata

I think the Hubble parameter question referred to it as the "first rung" on the cosmic distance ladder. I believe it is standard to number the rungs from the bottom (i.e. measurements for closer objects). Furthermore, attempting to correct this by saying something like "top rung" or "farthest rung"...
by Fucitol
Thu Apr 07, 2016 11:14 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER
Replies: 81
Views: 30227

Re: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER

What's the per-20 distribution of each packet, i.e. for which categories will there be fewer questions than in the submission distro? Let's use all 24 every round! 18 tossups on earth science without repeats seems... improbable. I count more than 18 named time divisions on the Geologic time scale W...
by Fucitol
Sat Mar 05, 2016 10:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: "stanford housewrite" @ UChicago (3/5/16)
Replies: 19
Views: 10067

Re: "stanford housewrite" @ UChicago (3/5/16)

A team of Mike Sorice, Richard Yu, and Dylan Minarik won Christmas Present in the first game of an advantaged final in a tiebreaker 115-100.

Stats are here: http://www.hsquizbowl.org/db/tournament ... s%2Bfinal/
by Fucitol
Sat Mar 05, 2016 7:47 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: "stanford housewrite" @ UChicago (3/5/16)
Replies: 19
Views: 10067

Re: "stanford housewrite" @ UChicago (3/5/16)

WUSTL beat Kurtis et al in the first game of an advantaged final 285-255. Congrats to WUSTL and thanks to everyone for playing this tournament.

Combined Stats here

http://www.hsquizbowl.org/db/tournament ... s%2Bfinal/
by Fucitol
Fri Feb 12, 2016 4:44 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 NAQT ICT: Chicago, April 9
Replies: 24
Views: 13649

Re: 2016 NAQT ICT: Chicago, April 9

Does registering a team for standby affect that team's place on the ordinary waitlist?
by Fucitol
Tue Feb 09, 2016 12:41 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER
Replies: 81
Views: 30227

Re: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER

Wang and I are playing this together.