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by Muriel Axon
Thu May 02, 2019 2:20 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Why don't we have 1/1 math?
Replies: 59
Views: 5600

Re: Why don't we have 1/1 math?

frasier wrote:
Thu May 02, 2019 2:17 pm
things which virtually no one uses or studies like earth science
wait, what?
by Muriel Axon
Mon Apr 29, 2019 7:18 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Why don't we have 1/1 math?
Replies: 59
Views: 5600

Re: Why don't we have 1/1 math?

Based on how one chooses to weigh criteria like 'importance in the real world / workplace,' 'number of majors,' 'interest to intellectually curious people,' etc., one could come up with a good argument for a lot of distributions that look nothing like each other, some of which are obviously undesira...
by Muriel Axon
Sun Apr 21, 2019 2:49 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2019
Replies: 76
Views: 11756

Re: Player Poll 2019

Geoffrey nearly out-powered me at ICT, tied Will Nediger and Mike Bentley for most powers at PIANO, and often beats grad students in the sciences (myself included) to questions in their own (broadly-defined) field. The difference between Minnesota coming 15th/8th at ICT/Nats last year and 4th/3rd th...
by Muriel Axon
Tue Apr 16, 2019 10:33 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content
Replies: 90
Views: 11569

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content

Comments on those three questions: Eyes -- this one is fine! The complaint I thought I had -- dropping scientific names absent context, in an obfuscatory way -- was avoided in the way I'd recommend -- which is to say, by providing contextualizing information about life history or (in this case) broa...
by Muriel Axon
Tue Apr 16, 2019 2:21 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content
Replies: 90
Views: 11569

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content

One thing that I appreciate about this set was that the questions were not just good on average, but also uniformly: There weren't very many duds. (One could compare this to PIANO, which -- as one of the writers -- I thought was of similarly high caliber overall, but had a handful of questions that ...
by Muriel Axon
Mon Apr 15, 2019 4:30 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content
Replies: 90
Views: 11569

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion

The question of identifiers aside, I think the music in this tournament was quite good and accessible. So-called "score clues" are a common target for critics of music questions, but I felt like at least a fair number of the clues based on score instructions or note spellings were well-chosen. Even ...
by Muriel Axon
Mon Apr 01, 2019 3:42 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: PIANO / Minnesota Open @ UMN, 3/30
Replies: 27
Views: 4929

Re: PIANO / Minnesota Open @ UMN, 3/30

Since I was so rudely ratted out, I put the stats back up. Congratulations to hamburger university lab school (Will Nediger, Auroni Gupta, Dylan Minarik, Andrew Wang), who cleared the field! We ran Eyes X, Guerrilla History, ACRONYM, and SHAWARMA II -- big thanks to the editors/writers of those tour...
by Muriel Axon
Mon Apr 01, 2019 3:28 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: PIANO / Minnesota Open @ UMN, 3/30
Replies: 27
Views: 4929

Re: PIANO / Minnesota Open @ UMN, 3/30

I regret to say that all scoresheets were lost, so no stats from the main event will be available. Whoops!
by Muriel Axon
Thu Mar 21, 2019 2:46 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: PIANO / Minnesota Open @ UMN, 3/30
Replies: 27
Views: 4929

Re: PIANO / Minnesota Open @ UMN, 3/30

Our plan is to do what Mike says in his post. PIANO + Eyes will be a long day, but we'll have four efficient readers for the main event. We weren't able to negotiate a discount for Saturday rooms. (Brian checked our records, and it looks like last year, we just took a financial loss when booking bot...
by Muriel Axon
Sat Mar 16, 2019 4:57 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: PIANO / Minnesota Open @ UMN, 3/30
Replies: 27
Views: 4929

Re: PIANO / Minnesota Open @ UMN, 3/30

Here's the situation as it stands now: Erik would really like an ACRONYM mirror to happen so that people who play here can staff the bigger, more important mirror at HSNCT. To that end, he's willing to subsidize the mirror somewhat to make sure that it happens. For that reason, I think we can keep r...
by Muriel Axon
Fri Mar 08, 2019 4:30 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: PIANO / Minnesota Open @ UMN, 3/30
Replies: 27
Views: 4929

Re: PIANO / Minnesota Open @ UMN, 3/30

Mike, you're right that I should have been more prompt in figuring this out -- basically, as someone who doesn't check the forums too often, I wasn't aware that these events existed until Tejas sent me messages about them. I also took too long to publicly announce that Sunday events were a possibili...
by Muriel Axon
Fri Mar 08, 2019 3:44 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: PIANO / Minnesota Open @ UMN, 3/30
Replies: 27
Views: 4929

Re: PIANO / Minnesota Open @ UMN, 3/30

Some of you have asked about side events. Thanks for your patience -- I'm sorry I didn't get back to you earlier! Here are my thoughts. There is some interest in the following events: ACRONYM, SHAWARMA, and Guerrilla History. We are considering hosting these on Sunday. (Eyes would be on Saturday at ...
by Muriel Axon
Wed Jan 30, 2019 12:20 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2019 ACF Regionals Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 43
Views: 8300

Re: 2019 ACF Regionals Thanks and General Discussion

[10] If you practice ahimsa and are a good enough Jain, your soul obtains true knowledge of the Universe. This Sanskrit word is used to indicate such omniscient souls, including those of the Tirthankaras. ANSWER: arihant [or jina] "Kevali" should be accepted here -- the state of omniscience is call...
by Muriel Axon
Mon Jan 28, 2019 3:40 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2019 ACF Regionals Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 43
Views: 8300

Re: 2019 ACF Regionals Thanks and General Discussion

It sounded like the bonus part on "phylogenies" said that they're most commonly created through maximum parsimony, which probably hasn't been true among published phylogenies since the 1990s. (An infamous editorial in the journal Cladistics -- published by the Willi Hennig Society, which is committe...
by Muriel Axon
Wed Jan 23, 2019 1:18 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: PIANO / Minnesota Open @ UMN, 3/30
Replies: 27
Views: 4929

Re: PIANO / Minnesota Open @ UMN, 3/30

We are planning to run Eyes That Do Not See at lunch on Saturday, and we (or rather, someone) will figure out lunch delivery such that players can eat and play at the same time. I'm not aware of any other academic side events that will be ready by the mirror date. Erik Nelson contacted us about whet...
by Muriel Axon
Tue Jan 01, 2019 9:20 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Why isn't Bollywood canon?
Replies: 20
Views: 4517

Re: Why isn't Bollywood canon?

However, the main argument for this OP was trying to include more Bollywood movies in the trash distribution, as I don't know much about Indian art film in the first place. The other thing that was also on my mind yesterday was the India film tossup at NSC that included Lagaan along with Apu Trilog...
by Muriel Axon
Tue Jan 01, 2019 9:14 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: PIANO / Minnesota Open @ UMN, 3/30
Replies: 27
Views: 4929

PIANO / Minnesota Open @ UMN, 3/30

We are pleased to announce a mirror of PIANO / Minnesota Open on the Minneapolis campus of University of Minnesota on March 30, 2019. The exact building has yet to be determined, but it's likely to be Blegen Hall. PIANO is an open tournament, which means that anyone can register and teams can compri...
by Muriel Axon
Wed Dec 26, 2018 1:38 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open
Replies: 89
Views: 27160

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open

Re: Rob's comment -- yes, I just attempted to get in touch with Macalester and St. Thomas teams to see if booking rooms is free for them on Sundays; but it may well be that people are willing to pay $10-15 extra (total, across all side events) to be spared the inconvenience of going to a different v...
by Muriel Axon
Wed Dec 26, 2018 1:34 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Quizbowl Epistemology?
Replies: 5
Views: 3029

Re: Quizbowl Epistemology?

A lot of quiz bowl players talk about the relationship between the sort of atomized facts one might learn from flashcarding or packet study and the more synoptic perspective that constitutes 'real knowledge,' as valued in academia. I found this article to offer an interesting perspective.
by Muriel Axon
Sat Dec 22, 2018 6:03 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open
Replies: 89
Views: 27160

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open

That is a good question. The UMN team has to pay for Sunday rooms, which means it's often a poor financial decision for us to host Sunday side events. I'll talk it over with our board; perhaps we can find an alternate venue for side events. (To be honest, I'm also out-of-the-loop to the extent that ...
by Muriel Axon
Tue Dec 18, 2018 9:33 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open
Replies: 89
Views: 27160

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open

Sorry everyone! We've decided on March 30 and I just have to put up the announcement (Internet access currently spotty). Thanks for your patience.
by Muriel Axon
Fri Dec 07, 2018 6:41 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open
Replies: 89
Views: 27160

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open

Given that UMN can likely field around two house teams, I doubt we will cancel the mirror. The date is still to be decided.
by Muriel Axon
Tue Nov 13, 2018 10:52 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open
Replies: 89
Views: 27160

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open

Sorry, I managed to replace the old link with...itself. Here's the proper link!
by Muriel Axon
Tue Nov 13, 2018 10:14 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open
Replies: 89
Views: 27160

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open

The bottom line is that without a strong showing of support for a Minnesota mirror -- whether underlain by a formal rule directing teams there or not -- it just won't happen. I encourage people who would be likely to play a UMN mirror to list their names or their teams on this spreadsheet . The main...
by Muriel Axon
Mon Nov 12, 2018 6:36 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open
Replies: 89
Views: 27160

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open

I'm initiating a conversation about this with our club leadership and with Sam. At this point, I'm speaking for nobody but myself. I'm not too invested in having a Minnesota mirror -- although of course Sam and I would both like to see our questions in play. My take is that: 1. Various folks are rig...
by Muriel Axon
Tue Nov 06, 2018 12:56 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Fall 2018 - Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 28
Views: 7302

Re: ACF Fall 2018 - Thanks and General Discussion

I think people are complaining too much about packet 'feng shui.' There are two issues here: (1) Editors only have a certain amount of time, and given more time, the editors of this set should have prioritized proofreading over making sure "metaphysics" and "metaphysical poets" don't appear in the s...
by Muriel Axon
Tue Nov 06, 2018 12:37 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Fall 2018 - Specific Questions and Errata
Replies: 53
Views: 13189

Re: ACF Fall 2018 - Specific Questions and Errata

I thought the clue about peat being a great carbon sink was sort of strange/unhelpful (also in general that tu seemed a bit hard for the difficulty) This clue was worded a bit funny, but the fact that peat decomposes slowly -- and thus, stores a lot of carbon -- is perhaps The One Thing You Should ...
by Muriel Axon
Mon Nov 05, 2018 2:28 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Fall 2018 - Specific Questions and Errata
Replies: 53
Views: 13189

Re: ACF Fall 2018 - Specific Questions and Errata

Nathan is presumably using a single team name as shorthand for a packet that combines submissions from multiple teams, as well as questions written by editors. (This makes more sense if you can see the packet headers and file names.)
by Muriel Axon
Mon Nov 05, 2018 2:18 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Fall 2018 - Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 28
Views: 7302

Re: ACF Fall 2018 - Thanks and General Discussion

I appreciated that both difficulty and tossup length seemed well-controlled -- these both require considerable discipline. I think players at the UMN site appreciated that care and enjoyed the set. As others have mentioned, I think more attention to detail would have paid off, but I also think the s...
by Muriel Axon
Mon Nov 05, 2018 2:11 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Fall 2018 - Specific Questions and Errata
Replies: 53
Views: 13189

Re: ACF Fall 2018 - Specific Questions and Errata

From the TU on spheres (Eds. 1): "the solid that gives the largest surface area for a given volume" is the exact opposite of the truth. A question mentions the "pyridinium atom," which I assume means "pyridinium ion." The centaurs bonus spells "lapiths" as "lapthis." A minor thing that I'm only ment...
by Muriel Axon
Sun Aug 26, 2018 11:20 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Open NASAT Mirror @ UMN, 8/18
Replies: 8
Views: 3412

Re: Open NASAT Mirror @ UMN, 8/18

Found the correct score to that round 9 game -- the stats above should now be (more) correct. Please PM or email me with further corrections!
by Muriel Axon
Thu Aug 23, 2018 10:23 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Open NASAT Mirror @ UMN, 8/18
Replies: 8
Views: 3412

Re: Open NASAT Mirror @ UMN, 8/18

I've uploaded stats . I'm guessing the score in game 9 between Greater East Naperville Co-Prosperity Sphere and I Fell During Bite the Box and Now I Have This Scab Team is incorrect, so if any of the participants in that game have the real score, let me know. Otherwise, it will take me a while to ch...
by Muriel Axon
Wed Aug 01, 2018 10:57 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Open NASAT Mirror @ UMN, 8/18
Replies: 8
Views: 3412

Re: Open NASAT Mirror @ UMN, 8/18

All three side events will be on Sunday. SNICK will be first. Please sign up soon!
by Muriel Axon
Tue Jul 24, 2018 9:25 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CO 2018 Arts: Apology and discussion
Replies: 24
Views: 6190

Re: CO 2018 Arts: Apology and discussion

The good thing about promoting non-Western art as a part of the art distribution is that it creates space for these works to be asked about as art, as Andrew suggests. Many times, I've stuffed questions about music (Western and non-Western) that isn't part of the classical or jazz traditions into "g...
by Muriel Axon
Tue Jul 24, 2018 8:58 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Open NASAT Mirror @ UMN, 8/18
Replies: 8
Views: 3412

Re: Open NASAT Mirror @ UMN, 8/18

Update: I'm putting up team formation spreadsheets for potential mirrors of SNICK, WORLDSTAR , and Words and Objects . Please sign up if you're interested. If we don't have at least four teams for each event, we may switch to a shoot-out format, if that's okay with the writers of each respective set...
by Muriel Axon
Tue Jul 24, 2018 5:25 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CO 2018 Arts: Apology and discussion
Replies: 24
Views: 6190

Re: CO 2018 Arts: Apology and discussion

I found the non-Western auditory art to be uniformly very good. I also appreciate the attention to balance over time and space of the non-Western art in general. I felt like the increase in non-Western art was worth the commensurate decrease in attention to painting and Western classical music, alth...
by Muriel Axon
Sun Jul 08, 2018 11:13 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Open NASAT Mirror @ UMN, 8/18
Replies: 8
Views: 3412

Re: Open NASAT Mirror @ UMN, 8/18

Contrary to my claim that we'll host side events not taking place at the Illinois event, we've had interest in mirrors of SNICK, WORLDSTAR, and Words and Objects, most likely on Sunday following the tournament.
by Muriel Axon
Tue Jun 26, 2018 11:42 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Open NASAT Mirror @ UMN, 8/18
Replies: 8
Views: 3412

Open NASAT Mirror @ UMN, 8/18

UMN Quizbowl is pleased to announce an open mirror of NASAT on Saturday, August 18. Details about the set can be found here . The tournament will have an initial field cap of twelve teams, pending recruitment of qualified staffers. The entry fee with be $90 per team, with $10 discounts for: (1) each...
by Muriel Axon
Wed Jun 06, 2018 4:49 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: NASAT Mirroring Thread: List of Dates
Replies: 18
Views: 7174

Re: NASAT Mirroring Thread: Preferred Weekend 6/23-24

Aaron's Rod wrote:
AKKOLADE wrote:Minnesota will be hosting their mirror on August 18.
It's worth noting that this is a week after another open event at Illinois.
Sorry, I never got back to this. Are you suggesting that these two events would be too close together?
by Muriel Axon
Wed Jun 06, 2018 4:38 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: High School Player Poll
Replies: 42
Views: 13520

Re: High School Player Poll

kammajos000 wrote:I don't want to toot my own horn here, but I think I should be at least top 6.
Thank you for coming to vote for Joe Kammann... one of the top 30 players of our time. At least!
by Muriel Axon
Sun Jun 03, 2018 12:12 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: Historature at PACE NSC (Saturday evening)
Replies: 16
Views: 6144

Re: Historature at PACE NSC (Saturday evening)

The Bollinger-Hirsch team predictably eviscerated the me-Asher-Punyamurtula team in a head-to-head match, after which we elected not to play a final. Big thanks to the writers!
by Muriel Axon
Sat Apr 28, 2018 1:26 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Your Favorite Question
Replies: 45
Views: 15887

Re: Your Favorite Question

William Franklin is a leading proponent of using the non-lethal guard variety of these super-machines as “a part of integrated sheep protection.” Unfortunately, one prototype of this product, Hemiauchenia, didn't do so great in the North American market. As of 2011, the most advanced single domain ...
by Muriel Axon
Fri Apr 27, 2018 5:45 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 121
Views: 33531

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

theMoMA wrote:(I also find Shan's claim that the Haldane question was "kind of dull" to be contradicted by the video record of his obvious amusement at the clue about Haldane's copious consumption of baking soda.)
I concede that that was an amusing clue.
by Muriel Axon
Fri Apr 27, 2018 4:25 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 121
Views: 33531

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

For what it's worth, I think there's a place for a bit of pop science, if it's not overwhelming, and certainly for science history. I appreciate the bits of science history scattered through this tournament, as in the tossup on Airy and others. I didn't find the Haldane question objectionable, altho...
by Muriel Axon
Fri Apr 27, 2018 12:43 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Players Choice Awards
Replies: 49
Views: 19086

Re: Players Choice Awards

In the North circuit: While we're talking about things related to Minnesota and Penn (thanks for the shout-out, Alex!), one notable upset was a Wayzata team ("Thinkery") beating a UMN A team with me and Sam Bailey by more than 100 points (330 -- 210) at Penn Bowl. I'll post about my favorite neg (fr...
by Muriel Axon
Thu Apr 26, 2018 8:04 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: NASAT Mirroring Thread: List of Dates
Replies: 18
Views: 7174

Re: NASAT Mirroring Thread: Preferred Weekend 6/23-24

Are college mirrors intended to be closed, or can they be open?
by Muriel Axon
Tue Apr 24, 2018 1:59 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 121
Views: 33531

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

I think Sam did a good job of articulating what I really liked about this tournament. I've been thinking about this in the context of philosophy, since I was asked for feedback about that subject, but I think it's true across subjects that a lot of questions clued interesting and important things in...
by Muriel Axon
Tue Apr 24, 2018 1:27 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2018: Delightfully Devilish
Replies: 76
Views: 23858

Re: Player Poll 2018: Delightfully Devilish

Ryan, your chart is a very interesting way to organize this discussion and I think it’s largely correct. I do think that it overranks Isaac (sorry Isaac) for his NAQT ability, at the expense of players like Kenji and Caleb who are much stronger ACF players (remember, ACF is the dominant format, eve...
by Muriel Axon
Mon Apr 23, 2018 11:24 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 121
Views: 33531

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

I don't have any particular questions/subjects to comment on at the moment, but this was my favorite ACF Nationals that I've played. Thank you to the editors! If Nationals is ever again held at MIT or any similarly labyrinthine campus, I would recommend printing a map and attaching it to the schedul...
by Muriel Axon
Sun Apr 08, 2018 11:27 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: a completely innocuous ict/nats prediction thread
Replies: 14
Views: 4960

Re: Steven Pinker's Rational, Scientific Nationals Barrel

jmarvin_ wrote:
  • archaeology tossup on turkey
  • another archaeology tossup, not about turkey, which everyone negs with turkey
this -- but, like, the bird