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by Sima Guang Hater
Sat Jun 25, 2016 10:25 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NASAT Online Mirror
Replies: 1
Views: 1725

Re: NASAT Online Mirror

Penn will be conducting this mirror on July 30th. Full announcement to follow
by Sima Guang Hater
Wed Jun 22, 2016 9:08 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Becoming and Being a Great Science Player
Replies: 8
Views: 12075

Becoming and Being a Great Science Player

I often get asked how to be a good science player by enterprising high school students. I've given a lot of different versions of my spiel over the years, and I want to compile all of my ideas and notes into one place. I hope that by doing so, I can help future enterprising quizbowl players navigate...
by Sima Guang Hater
Wed Jun 22, 2016 9:08 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Becoming and Being a Great Science Player
Replies: 8
Views: 6881

Becoming and Being a Great Science Player

I often get asked how to be a good science player by enterprising high school students. I've given a lot of different versions of my spiel over the years, and I want to compile all of my ideas and notes into one place. I hope that by doing so, I can help future enterprising quizbowl players navigate...
by Sima Guang Hater
Wed Jun 22, 2016 4:04 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Studying math theory
Replies: 8
Views: 5104

Re: Studying math theory

Your question is a really good one, Coach Rutsky, and people have offered some answers. I'm going to come down heavily on the side of trying to study textbooks, or textbooks and packets together, in order to really learn what's going on. The good thing is, you don't actually have to know calculus to...
by Sima Guang Hater
Wed Jun 15, 2016 11:40 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Eternal Sonata (video game music)
Replies: 23
Views: 8139

Re: Eternal Sonata (video game music)

I will find this tournament. Then I will play this tournament.
by Sima Guang Hater
Sun Jun 12, 2016 8:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 MYSTERIUM Question-Specific Discussion
Replies: 31
Views: 7259

Re: 2016 MYSTERIUM Question-Specific Discussion

I (and Ben Zhang) mentioned the serious issues with the tyrosine kinase question, in that saying "this functionality" is horrendous and the entire question should just be on "these proteins". Also "platelets" being referred to as "cells" was Bad. Hopefully these problems were fixed for subsequent m...
by Sima Guang Hater
Sat Jun 11, 2016 9:51 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB for Middle and Elementary Levels (Chicago, IL 6/9-6/12)
Replies: 86
Views: 33808

Re: NHBB for Middle and Elementary Levels (Chicago, IL 6/9-6

EDIT: I'm told NHBB didn't set this rule, so this falls on ACE's shoulders instead. Granted, some blame should be placed on NHBB for granting the rights to the tournament without having control of the rules. You were one of us once, Nick Clusserath - Dorman A, D2 ICT 2nd place, have you forgotten? Y...
by Sima Guang Hater
Thu Jun 09, 2016 8:49 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2016 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 133
Views: 55831

Re: 2016 HSNCT discussion

The other problem with that bonus part is that for the first sentence, if you're being anal about it, condensation is strictly INcorrect, because the reverse of hydrolysis in the strictest sense is dehydration synthesis, and NOT condensation. If you're not ok with subsets for the second sentence, yo...
by Sima Guang Hater
Sun Jun 05, 2016 10:01 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Studying ACF packets
Replies: 3
Views: 1681

Re: Studying ACF packets

For the purpose of trying to get a grasp of the canon in college quizbowl, how far back are ACF Fall and Regionals packets useful for studying? I want to be sure to not go back too far. Also, I apologize in advance if this would've been more appropriate in the "New Teams" forum. Fall 2008 or so is ...
by Sima Guang Hater
Fri Jun 03, 2016 11:56 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: warning: limitless indalecio discussion
Replies: 31
Views: 11086

Re: warning: limitless indalecio discussion

tl;dr - I am not a liar. Proof! I don't mean to drag this on, but I don't like being called a liar (in a public forum read by tons of individuals I interact with on a professional basis, at that) and really wish some people wouldn't shitpost claiming that I am one. You're better than that, quizbowl...
by Sima Guang Hater
Thu Jun 02, 2016 9:27 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2016 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 133
Views: 55831

Re: 2016 HSNCT discussion

Nobody calls amphotericin B by its brand name any more, unless they've been practicing medicine forever. I've taken two courses on antibiotics and I don't remember ever discussing that brand name. Fred's right about this. Also that prolactin question is virtually impossible to power - no one knows ...
by Sima Guang Hater
Tue May 31, 2016 6:41 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2016 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 133
Views: 55831

Re: 2016 HSNCT discussion

vinteuil wrote:Do math contest people learn about the Galois theory stuff in this question?
No, but it's a common topic of self-study for "math contest people".
by Sima Guang Hater
Tue May 24, 2016 5:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Canadian Player Poll 2016: We Have Prizes!
Replies: 33
Views: 9875

Re: Canadian Player Poll 2016: We Have Prizes!

1. Derek So (313, highest #1, lowest #10)
2. Will Nediger (290, highest #1, lowest NR)
This must be that fancy Westminster voting that Patrick was always talking about
by Sima Guang Hater
Sat May 21, 2016 11:13 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Quizbowl Podcast!
Replies: 6
Views: 4175

Re: Quizbowl Podcast!

Chicago 2015/2016 plots their next move

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by Sima Guang Hater
Fri May 13, 2016 7:48 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACE 2016 Summer Classic (June 24 – 26)
Replies: 7
Views: 3755

Re: ACE 2016 Summer Classic (June 24 – 26)

Nick wrote:Are you the greatest quizbowl player in the land?
Even if I were, this certainly wouldn't determine it.

Also Nolan, please let me know when that is! My girlfriend is (still) at Yale, and i'm sure we could contribute to a team.
by Sima Guang Hater
Tue May 10, 2016 7:49 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Canadian Player Poll 2016: We Have Prizes!
Replies: 33
Views: 9875

Re: Canadian Player Poll 2016: We Have Prizes!

1 will nediger
2 patrick liao's ghost
3-25 also will nediger
by Sima Guang Hater
Sun May 08, 2016 4:25 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: What Makes a Good Regular-Difficulty Set (comparatively)
Replies: 40
Views: 12382

Re: What Makes a Good Regular-Difficulty Set (comparatively)

Whenever this topic is discussed, it always goes off into left field with discussions about creativity. Creativity is important, no doubt, but I think "care" (to use Mike's word) is a much more important thing - making sure your clues are unique, your sentences grammatical and clear, your bonuses ar...
by Sima Guang Hater
Sun May 08, 2016 4:03 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Player Poll 2016: Don't Vote for Jerry Kramer
Replies: 41
Views: 21529

Re: Player Poll 2016: Don't Vote for Jerry Kramer

Want to add to the praise for Jason Golfinos, whose random deep pockets of knowledge across several different categories, especially history, is exactly what you want to see in an up-and-coming player. Also, RE: Penn 1. Jaimie Carlson as an up-and-comer who cannot as of yet make a big splash on hard...
by Sima Guang Hater
Sat May 07, 2016 12:33 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 MUT: Specific question discussion
Replies: 52
Views: 11322

Re: Specific question discussion

I want to endorse all of George's criticisms of specific questions
by Sima Guang Hater
Fri Apr 29, 2016 12:14 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Buzzers | You
Replies: 22
Views: 8100

Re: Buzzers | You

I won't name all of the buzzers that didn't work, but I will name WUSTL: what the fuck, WUSTL? Not only did neither of your buzzer sets work, but just the previous weekend, NAQT had labeled one of them as missing a power cord. And then the fact that it was missing a power cord was posted about on t...
by Sima Guang Hater
Wed Apr 27, 2016 9:08 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: 25 for 25: A Definitive List of the Greatest ACF Players
Replies: 29
Views: 16677

Re: 25 for 25: A Definitive List of the Greatest ACF Players

touchpack wrote:Did players like me exist before the modern era? (I was introduced to pyramidal quizbowl in 2010) How many players are there like me now?
Before 2010 I was one of these people, as Jerry may remember.
by Sima Guang Hater
Wed Apr 27, 2016 12:00 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Discuss 2016 NHBB Nationals Here
Replies: 88
Views: 33826

Re: Discuss 2016 NHBB Nationals Here

Oh c'mon -- repeats between years with sets of this size and such specific subject matter are unavoidable and practically guaranteed! It probably was not necessary to use the same first line clue about Erika, why not instead use a clue from one of the other songs mentioned in the tossup, like Panze...
by Sima Guang Hater
Wed Apr 20, 2016 2:07 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2016 Discussion
Replies: 74
Views: 20542

Re: ACF Nationals 2016 Discussion

Will's pointed out two issues with the history that I noticed while editing - namely, a lack of middle clues, really hard bonuses (I don't particularly agree with his example, since the Lavon affair is a pretty important political snafu of that time period), and occasionally way-too-difficult tossup...
by Sima Guang Hater
Wed Apr 20, 2016 1:30 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: What's a good way to study?
Replies: 2
Views: 2503

Re: What's a good way to study?

I'm on my school's QuizBowl team, two years in a row, captain starting this year. My coach/teacher/whatever says he wants me to main Science and wants me to be a generalist for the Middle School team. I'm also "on" (read as: fill in for people) the B team for the high school. I'm getting to go to b...
by Sima Guang Hater
Wed Apr 20, 2016 12:55 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Chicago Open Trash 2016 (July 24, 2016)
Replies: 131
Views: 56125

Re: Chicago Open Trash 2016 (July 24, 2016)

I can either staff or play. I know nerd trash.
by Sima Guang Hater
Tue Apr 19, 2016 9:44 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2016 Discussion
Replies: 74
Views: 20542

Re: ACF Nationals 2016 Discussion

I also wrote the tossups on melanoma and the optic nerve and the bonus on mRNA/Q/Variant Calling, in addition to suggesting a bunch of edits elsewhere. George (a medical student) on my team buzzed early on the optic nerve tossup and said "spinal cord" and maintains that his answer was correct for t...
by Sima Guang Hater
Tue Apr 19, 2016 5:48 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2016 Discussion
Replies: 74
Views: 20542

Re: ACF Nationals 2016 Discussion

I already mentioned this to Eric, {stuff about Toxo question} This was in fact my question and my fault. I considered just making it a tossup on "toxoplasmosis" but for some reason I thought the genus might be easier to remember; then I thought adding "toxoplasmosis" to the answerline was just bein...
by Sima Guang Hater
Tue Apr 19, 2016 3:27 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The Second Summer Open
Replies: 61
Views: 30769

Re: The Second Summer Open

I wish to add community interest for Raynor's comic set
by Sima Guang Hater
Mon Apr 11, 2016 10:29 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER General Discussion
Replies: 20
Views: 4750

Re: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER General Discussion

The other thing that makes those clue drops especially suck is when the rest of the tournament is so hard, I assume when I hear stuff like "PDI" in the 2nd clue that it's going to be a different PDI, not the famous one. Similarly when I heard "this analogue of water," I didn't buzz because it would...
by Sima Guang Hater
Sun Apr 10, 2016 2:58 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER Question-Specific Discussion
Replies: 9
Views: 2207

Re: Question-Specific Discussion

The Arc Hammer is apparently not a Super Star Destroyer, and may not be classed as a Star Destroyer at all: The Arc Hammer was a factory ship of a unique design ...The inside of the Arc Hammer was a large maze and was very similar to that of other Star Destroyer designs. (From: http://starwars.wikia...
by Sima Guang Hater
Sun Apr 10, 2016 1:16 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER General Discussion
Replies: 20
Views: 4750

Re: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER General Discussion

This tournament was very good; the trash especially was really delightful, and I can't remember any outright clunkers (though Schindler's tossup on the un-knot was kind of eh). I'd be happy to make more specific comments once I have a copy of the set.
by Sima Guang Hater
Sun Apr 10, 2016 3:54 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER
Replies: 81
Views: 33052

Re: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER

I left my individual trophy in one game room. If someone finds it, please let me know.
by Sima Guang Hater
Sun Mar 27, 2016 11:34 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 MUT: Thanks and general discussion
Replies: 51
Views: 7609

Re: Thanks and general discussion

Inifinite Jest wrote:Was it just me or was the bio in this tournament really heavily skewed towards ecology and evolutionary bio?
Yeah this is what I meant by eccentric taste. It was really noticeable.
by Sima Guang Hater
Fri Mar 25, 2016 8:37 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER
Replies: 81
Views: 33052

Re: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER

Ike wrote:Secondly, if you're the powers that be, I urge you to cancel / postpone this tournament again to something more sensible.
I urge this not to happen; rather, people should just be responsible with their writing.
by Sima Guang Hater
Tue Mar 22, 2016 3:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 MUT: Specific question discussion
Replies: 52
Views: 11322

Re: Specific question discussion

The question of whether the clue is "negbait" is trickier, and we would want to know if more people made the same neg before deciding on that. Of course, the adjustment you suggest isn't hard to make, but it would perhaps set a bad precedent for tournament writers allow themselves to be subjected t...
by Sima Guang Hater
Tue Mar 22, 2016 3:12 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 MUT: Thanks and general discussion
Replies: 51
Views: 7609

Re: Thanks and general discussion

I will repeat my call to have the pronoun show up in questions as early as possible. You do not want "Robert Ingersoll" to be the first two words in a tossup on James G. Blaine, or Z-pinch to show up before the pronoun referent. Akhil Garg is great and should write more. Shan Kothari has...eccentric...
by Sima Guang Hater
Mon Mar 21, 2016 7:06 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Today is the Anniversary of Watkinsgate
Replies: 18
Views: 8055

Re: Today is the Anniversary of Watkinsgate

I get the impression that the celebration of "Watkinsgate" is less about the cheating revelations than it is about the total Andy Watkins experience.\ Yeah needless to say that Watkins cheating isn't the only story about how terrible he is, but Jonah Greenthal won't let me put the good stuff into h...
by Sima Guang Hater
Mon Mar 21, 2016 11:00 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Today is the Anniversary of Watkinsgate
Replies: 18
Views: 8055

Re: Today is the Anniversary of Watkinsgate

Yeah I'm sorry if this thread opened wounds for people. Contra Mike, for me this was a great story of personal vindication since I had a fairly obvious rivalry with Andy, and a great epilogue to a particularly important year of competition. I personally think that, especially since Andy never really...
by Sima Guang Hater
Mon Mar 21, 2016 12:07 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Today is the Anniversary of Watkinsgate
Replies: 18
Views: 8055

Today is the Anniversary of Watkinsgate

Never forget that Andy Watkins is human scum who cheated 3 ICTs worth of people out of a fair contest, including his own teammates. http://www.slate.com/articles/life/culturebox/2013/04/andy_watkins_harvard_inside_the_biggest_scandal_in_quiz_bowl_history.html Also, never forget the other people who ...
by Sima Guang Hater
Sat Mar 05, 2016 12:32 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: "stanford housewrite" Question-Specific Discussion
Replies: 41
Views: 9226

Re: Question-Specific Discussion

I didn't write this question, but my understanding is that all of the clues are about solid-state NMR, and that many, if not all, of them are unique or generally specific to solid-state NMR. I think we did the prompt on MAS NMR to be lenient, and not because we used clues that apply with equal forc...
by Sima Guang Hater
Wed Mar 02, 2016 6:49 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: "stanford housewrite" Errata
Replies: 8
Views: 2134

Re: Errata

Kalevipoeg wrote:The bonus part on GABA refers to it as an excitatory neurotransmitter, which was quite confusing, and as far as I can find this is only true in the developing brain; in the mature brain and elsewhere in the central nervous system, GABA is inhibitory.
This is correct.
by Sima Guang Hater
Wed Mar 02, 2016 6:47 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: "stanford housewrite" General Discussion
Replies: 21
Views: 5303

Re: General Discussion

This tournament was very well written and executed. My only overarching complaint was the high number of eponymous or named clues in the leadin of science questions without explaining what those things actually mean. For example, I looked up that quantum generalization of the Boltzmann transport equ...
by Sima Guang Hater
Wed Mar 02, 2016 6:39 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: "stanford housewrite" Question-Specific Discussion
Replies: 41
Views: 9226

Re: Question-Specific Discussion

I'd like to see the solid-state NMR question (round 3) before saying some words about it. In addition, I'd like to see the tossups on size exclusion chromatography (round 11) and Woodward (round 2). The first line of the solid state NMR question (sideband spinning) didn't really make it clear what ...
by Sima Guang Hater
Wed Mar 02, 2016 3:19 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO 2016 Editor Search/Discussion
Replies: 22
Views: 7838

Re: Chicago Open Team Formation

The fact that all of us were in the dark about the situation is a real failure on both you (John) and Matt J's part. The least one of you could have done was post publically about Matt J's departure so someone else could step up. I understand that you approached people in private, but this is a real...
by Sima Guang Hater
Wed Mar 02, 2016 3:04 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER
Replies: 81
Views: 33052

Re: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER

DumbJaques wrote:I'm playing this tournament and am looking to put together a finely-structured team.
1/137 would read again
by Sima Guang Hater
Wed Feb 10, 2016 7:38 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 SCT general discussion
Replies: 18
Views: 3604

Re: 2016 SCT general discussion

I'll allude to the usual boilerplate here about how much it sucks that we can't see a PDF of this set to criticize it
by Sima Guang Hater
Tue Feb 09, 2016 12:23 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion: 2016 Division I SCT
Replies: 58
Views: 18561

Re: Question-specific discussion: 2016 Division I SCT

The leadin to the tossup on expected value is Fatou's Lemma, which is more often written in terms of the Lebesgue integral of the limit inferior of the sequence of functions; it can be rewritten in terms of the expected value, which is obviously just calculated in the general case by taking an integ...
by Sima Guang Hater
Tue Feb 02, 2016 2:49 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals 2016 Individual Question Discussion
Replies: 37
Views: 10247

Re: ACF Regionals 2016 Individual Question Discussion

The bioinformatics bonus I submitted specifically tried to refer to protein BLAST so people didn't confuse it with nucleotide blast. Though the matrices mentioned in the edited question were clearly protein, I think anyone familiar with the field but not have the matrices memorized would have no id...
by Sima Guang Hater
Mon Feb 01, 2016 5:11 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals 2016 General Discussion
Replies: 31
Views: 11534

Re: ACF Regionals 2016 General Discussion

some Goguryeo emperor (whom none of Eric Mukherjee, Jordan Brownstein, and myself had ever heard of) etc. Just saying, that guy is the one Goguryeo emperor worth knowing, except maybe its founder, Jumong. Gwanggaeto is a huge deal in Korea, made enormous territorial gains, and is probably the singl...