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by Sima Guang Hater
Tue Nov 24, 2015 5:59 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Missouri Open Mirror at MSU
Replies: 45
Views: 20211

Re: Missouri Open Mirror at MSU

Can we instead ask MSU to please fix the stat report, which shows Michigan A with a forfeit in the first round
by Sima Guang Hater
Wed Nov 11, 2015 4:30 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Just what is "business casual" dress, and how do I wear it?
Replies: 52
Views: 21550

Re: Just what is "business casual" dress, and how do I wear

Ike wrote: My advice to them is to shower before the tournament because chances are they aren't even doing that.
Shower, shave (unless you're a member of the Khalsa), cut your nails, roll on some deodorant. This really shouldn't be too difficult.
by Sima Guang Hater
Tue Nov 10, 2015 9:32 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Just what is "business casual" dress, and how do I wear it?
Replies: 52
Views: 21550

Re: Just what is "business casual" dress, and how do I wear

This is almost comical. While I generally agree with the sentiment of "hey guys, let's stop dressing like slobs," expecting anyone to follow all these guidelines is silly. Your tournament will not be perceived any less unprofessional if 3 of your readers have pants that have cargo pockets, or the l...
by Sima Guang Hater
Sun Nov 01, 2015 1:16 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT Collegiate Novice Series
Replies: 13
Views: 4740

Re: NAQT Collegiate Novice Series

I think if you want to run sets on IS questions, you need to have real controls over things like eligibility and format, like you did with collegiate novice. That means it really should be people who have never played pyramidal quizbowl before, there shouldn't be single elim championships, etc. Othe...
by Sima Guang Hater
Mon Oct 26, 2015 11:55 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Specific Question Discussion (Penn Bowl 2015)
Replies: 56
Views: 10197

Re: Specific Question Discussion (Penn Bowl 2015)

Hey, so if I remember correctly the leadin to the kamakura tu wasn't super ideal because it referenced one of go-toba's actions which occurred during the kamakura period but led to at least 1 neg w/ the Heian period You're right; Go-Toba's reign was in the Heian, but that poetry collection was rele...
by Sima Guang Hater
Mon Oct 26, 2015 4:14 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Dropbox Link To Set
Replies: 0
Views: 720

Dropbox Link To Set

I got really tired of answering everyone's email, so here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/i4fc52j0g4n6l ... l.zip?dl=0

If that fails, use this one: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B30Rb8 ... sp=sharing
by Sima Guang Hater
Sun Oct 25, 2015 2:15 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Transparency (Penn Bowl 2015)
Replies: 18
Views: 2709

Transparency (Penn Bowl 2015)

A repeated complaint about this set is that the questions were transparent. I want to list one of these questions here, which I feel closer to because I edited it. The rate of change of a parameter governing this force appears in the denominator of the Sverdrup (suh-VARE-drupp) transport. That param...
by Sima Guang Hater
Fri Oct 23, 2015 5:06 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Specific Question Discussion (Penn Bowl 2015)
Replies: 56
Views: 10197

Re: Specific Question Discussion (Penn Bowl 2015)

Could I see the tossup on fragile-x syndrome please? The gene mutated in this syndrome is overexpressed in an associated ataxia/tremor syndrome. Experimental drugs to treat this condition like basim-glurant and mavo-glurant target the mGluR5 (EM-glue-ARE five) receptor. Neurons of sufferers of this...
by Sima Guang Hater
Thu Oct 22, 2015 4:06 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Summa contra potestates
Replies: 16
Views: 6258

Re: Summa contra potestates

tl;dr andrew hart hates fun
by Sima Guang Hater
Tue Oct 20, 2015 4:25 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Things that make a good tournament
Replies: 15
Views: 8435

Re: Things that make a good tournament

Stop talking between questions.
by Sima Guang Hater
Tue Oct 20, 2015 4:07 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Pronunciation Guides
Replies: 16
Views: 7985

Re: Pronunciation Guides

I'm very glad you made this post, Andrew. I was actually inspired by hearing our more inexperienced readers stumbling through the packets this week to add pronunciation guides to the set before our mirror this weekend. I personally find an excess of them distracting, but I think it's a worthwhile th...
by Sima Guang Hater
Tue Oct 20, 2015 3:16 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Specific Question Discussion (Penn Bowl 2015)
Replies: 56
Views: 10197

Re: Specific Question Discussion (Penn Bowl 2015)

Could I see the "Sonata in B minor" bonus set please? This piece shares its key and genre with Alban Berg’s Op. 1. For 10 points each: [10] Name this 1853 piano piece whose four interconnected sections serve as both an exposition, development, recapitulation, and as the movements of a symphony. ANS...
by Sima Guang Hater
Mon Oct 19, 2015 10:02 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Specific Question Discussion (Penn Bowl 2015)
Replies: 56
Views: 10197

Re: Specific Question Discussion (Penn Bowl 2015)

I didn't write down many specific answerlines at the weekend so I can't really remember issues with questions until I see the set, but I do recall a bonus on West Germanic languages being mangled grammatically making it difficult for mods. Also whoever wrote the Firefly tossup needs a medal. :) Fix...
by Sima Guang Hater
Mon Oct 19, 2015 9:58 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Specific Question Discussion (Penn Bowl 2015)
Replies: 56
Views: 10197

Re: Specific Question Discussion (Penn Bowl 2015)

Autocorrelation in these values can be dealt with by the Durbin-Watson statistic. The vector of these values is equal to the product of the quantity identity matrix minus hat matrix all times the response vector. If a plot of these things appears U-shaped, adding a square of a variable to the model...
by Sima Guang Hater
Mon Oct 19, 2015 8:53 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Specific Question Discussion (Penn Bowl 2015)
Replies: 56
Views: 10197

Re: Specific Question Discussion (Penn Bowl 2015)

Fixed both the eigenvalue and Culwch issue, keep em coming
by Sima Guang Hater
Mon Oct 19, 2015 3:37 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: General Discussion (Penn Bowl 2015)
Replies: 27
Views: 4153

Re: General Discussion (Penn Bowl 2015)

gyre and gimble wrote:0 tossups on Greek myth (3-4 on Western myth, depending on how you count "underworlds")
Your other comments aside, there were three greco-roman tossups in the set; unfortunately the packets you heard only had one (Dido). We'll rectify this for future mirrors.
by Sima Guang Hater
Mon Oct 19, 2015 2:52 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Specific Question Discussion (Penn Bowl 2015)
Replies: 56
Views: 10197

Re: Specific Question Discussion (Penn Bowl 2015)

All of the changes suggested in this thread (except the Eliot thing, because for some reason I can't find it), have been made. The two Eliot questions were in the same packet; one was a bonus on Feuerbach, the other (which came later in the packet, unfortunately) was a tossup on Eliot stating that ...
by Sima Guang Hater
Mon Oct 19, 2015 12:41 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: General Discussion (Penn Bowl 2015)
Replies: 27
Views: 4153

Re: General Discussion (Penn Bowl 2015)

I should mention; if you want a copy of this set for criticism purposes (which will be further edited for this Saturday's mirrors), please email me at eric dot mukherjee at gmail dot com.
by Sima Guang Hater
Mon Oct 19, 2015 9:45 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Specific Question Discussion (Penn Bowl 2015)
Replies: 56
Views: 10197

Re: Specific Question Discussion (Penn Bowl 2015)

Maybe this is just me, but I think the lead-in is somewhat easier than the next two clues (based off my undergrad - I'm not familiar with clues 2 and 3). The fact that the pre-exponential factor is the product of the steric factor and collision frequency is usually just out of power on Arrhenius eq...
by Sima Guang Hater
Mon Oct 19, 2015 9:15 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Specific Question Discussion (Penn Bowl 2015)
Replies: 56
Views: 10197

Re: Specific Question Discussion (Penn Bowl 2015)

All of the changes suggested in this thread (except the Eliot thing, because for some reason I can't find it), have been made. The cross section of reactive collisions over the total number of collisions gives a “factor” named this, which is multiplied by the collision frequency to find the pre-expo...
by Sima Guang Hater
Sun Oct 18, 2015 4:43 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Penn Bowl Discussion
Replies: 0
Views: 2347

Penn Bowl Discussion

Hey everybody. There is now a hidden forum to discuss Penn Bowl 2015, so if you've played the set you can request access using the User Control Panel.
by Sima Guang Hater
Sun Oct 18, 2015 4:39 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Specific Question Discussion (Penn Bowl 2015)
Replies: 56
Views: 10197

Specific Question Discussion (Penn Bowl 2015)

Feel free to post about specific questions here.
by Sima Guang Hater
Sun Oct 18, 2015 4:38 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: General Discussion (Penn Bowl 2015)
Replies: 27
Views: 4153

General Discussion (Penn Bowl 2015)

Hello! I would like to thank all of my co-editors (Rob Carson, Patrick Liao, Saajid Moyen, Chris Chiego, Ike Jose, Eddie Kim, and Rebecca Maxfield) for their contributions to this set, esp the last three who I asked for help almost at the last minute. I would also like to thank my co-writers Jinah K...
by Sima Guang Hater
Sat Oct 03, 2015 11:47 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Quizbowl Roundtable
Replies: 5
Views: 4098

Re: Quizbowl Roundtable

We could potentially bring this back now, if people are interested.
by Sima Guang Hater
Mon Aug 31, 2015 1:11 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MKULTRA - Online Mirror?
Replies: 20
Views: 7539

Re: MKULTRA - Online Mirror?

Would enjoy playing this
by Sima Guang Hater
Sun Aug 23, 2015 12:11 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Using college sets for high school
Replies: 8
Views: 4185

Re: Using college sets for high school

Studying college-level sets to study for high school nationals is good because the difficulty level is much higher. However, many clues, such as third parts of bonuses and first lines, may not be worth studying because they will never come up even at high school nationals. Even among college sets, ...
by Sima Guang Hater
Wed Aug 12, 2015 4:30 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open thanks and discussion
Replies: 34
Views: 15719

Re: Chicago Open thanks and discussion

I'm not free this week but perhaps one of the other editors is?
by Sima Guang Hater
Mon Aug 10, 2015 4:27 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open thanks and discussion
Replies: 34
Views: 15719

Re: Chicago Open thanks and discussion

Now that the finals packets have been read, feel free to discuss them here. I would especially appreciate any commentary on my questions.
by Sima Guang Hater
Mon Jul 27, 2015 11:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open Weekend Length
Replies: 16
Views: 4934

Re: Chicago Open Weekend Length

And yet people continue to go to CO year after year and sign up for all of these side events, suggesting they are OK with it. That's not what it suggests; it suggests that people like quizbowl and that Say's law is in full effect. Just because people sign up for something doesn't mean its not worth...
by Sima Guang Hater
Mon Jul 27, 2015 3:55 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: "This Things I Believe"
Replies: 44
Views: 13926

Re: "This Things I Believe"

If TDs had to resolve every protest that gets lodged irrespective of whether it'd affect the outcome of a game, and players knew this to be true, control rooms would be utterly swamped with frivolous and score-padding protests, and would have to waste a lot of effort looking into all kinds of issue...
by Sima Guang Hater
Mon Jul 27, 2015 1:36 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Should college regular difficulty be easier?
Replies: 13
Views: 5076

Re: Should college regular difficulty be easier?

I think Ike is right in asking why we're making the difficulty easier. There are two somewhat competing interests when you're picking the difficulty of any given set. I say somewhat because these two goals aren't zero-sum relative to each other, but I'm going to be excessively reductionistic to make...
by Sima Guang Hater
Mon Jul 27, 2015 1:32 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: "This Things I Believe"
Replies: 44
Views: 13926

Re: "This Things I Believe"

grapesmoker wrote:including some pretty solid pieces that you would not be ashamed to put in a glass case at your institution of higher learning
from my cold dead hands
by Sima Guang Hater
Fri Jul 24, 2015 5:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: RILKE Discussion
Replies: 33
Views: 4234

Re: RILKE Discussion

I won't defend much in CRR but I'll defend that question on chickens.
by Sima Guang Hater
Fri Jul 24, 2015 5:11 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open Weekend Length
Replies: 16
Views: 4934

Re: Chicago Open Weekend Length

Right now we have a lot of side events that people want to write and by all means let's play them! Part of the problem is that we as quizbowlers are naturally inclined to play everything because there is so little quizbowl (two events in the summer!) I think the solution is to have more events. Per...
by Sima Guang Hater
Thu Jul 23, 2015 4:44 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Could High-Level College Quizbowl Stand to be Easier?
Replies: 25
Views: 7961

Re: Could High-Level College Quizbowl Stand to be Easier?

most prominent among which was some tech company nobody had ever heard of. That was a science question; it was on the company that makes AutoCAD. I actually like having trash questions at CO, and would rather have a 1/1 CE/Geo/Trash distribution than the 1/1 "Other" distribution that we had this ye...
by Sima Guang Hater
Tue Jul 21, 2015 6:14 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Chicago Open History discussion
Replies: 28
Views: 9332

Re: Chicago Open History discussion

"I wouldn't have complete trust in an HIV diagnosis done on stored tissue samples from the sixties", since according to my research for the tossup there has been a lot of debate over some of the retroactive diagnoses for early AIDS cases. That's very reasonable; I know there are issues with handlin...
by Sima Guang Hater
Tue Jul 21, 2015 5:23 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Chicago Open History discussion
Replies: 28
Views: 9332

Re: Chicago Open History discussion

If Wikipedia's information about him is right, that suggests AIDS was widely present in the United States 15 years before its first reported case in Denmark. I can understand that immune system compromise would mean AIDS cases would not be recognized as such, especially before anyone knew the disea...
by Sima Guang Hater
Tue Jul 21, 2015 12:51 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Could High-Level College Quizbowl Stand to be Easier?
Replies: 25
Views: 7961

Re: Could High-Level College Quizbowl Stand to be Easier?

I think this year's Chicago Open difficulty was fine. I don't really think this tournament should be any easier, or really much harder - after all a 20ppb metric isn't really a metric of quality or anything, it's just kind of arbitrary. I agree. These are the top ppbs at the last few Chicago Opens:...
by Sima Guang Hater
Mon Jul 20, 2015 3:01 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Resetting [pt. 5 of 6]: How We Treat Each Other
Replies: 40
Views: 15845

Re: Resetting [pt. 5 of 6]: How We Treat Each Other

I would like to talk about how we treat each other in-game and during tournaments. There are a few salient incidents that illustrate the problems and solutions. There is a YouTube video of Penn A at ACF Nationals this year, where I have a public meltdown when my teammate negs a question in a very hi...
by Sima Guang Hater
Mon Jul 20, 2015 1:16 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open thanks and discussion
Replies: 34
Views: 15719

Re: Chicago Open thanks and discussion

I also want to thank Rohith Nagari for several excellent contributions to the bio, chem and mythology. If you are looking for someone who can edit those categories to a high degree of polish, he's your guy.
by Sima Guang Hater
Sun Jul 19, 2015 10:39 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Samuel L. Bronkowitz presents Chicago Open (07/18-19/15)
Replies: 117
Views: 50050

Re: Samuel L. Bronkowitz presents Chicago Open (07/18-19/15)

There are three packets unread from this tournament. We will be reading them at mirrors of VCU open, live. After that point, if people want to hear them on the IRC, I would be pleased to read them.
by Sima Guang Hater
Tue Jul 14, 2015 8:16 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER
Replies: 81
Views: 32350

Re: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER

The Quest for the Historical Mukherjesus wrote:
Smuttynose Island wrote:I'd personally prefer it if this ran this summer. It is improbable that I'd play it next year.
Same
I actually can't make it to VCU open anymore (I'm moving that weekend) so my preference is to play it sometime during the year.
by Sima Guang Hater
Mon Jul 13, 2015 8:58 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Samuel L. Bronkowitz presents Chicago Open (07/18-19/15)
Replies: 117
Views: 50050

Re: Samuel L. Bronkowitz presents Chicago Open (07/18-19/15)

The Quest for the Historical Mukherjesus wrote:Oh, as far as payment is concerned, please be ready with check, cash, or Venmo (Venmo's great, everyone should get it) on the day of the tournament.
by Sima Guang Hater
Mon Jul 06, 2015 1:27 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: History Player
Replies: 20
Views: 9286

Re: History Player

(An amusing side note: I've found that quizbowl has been invaluable to me in my post-circuit-retirement career as an academic historian. Being able to instantly contextualize just about anything I encountered or read about is really helpful, as is having enough background knowledge about just about...
by Sima Guang Hater
Sat Jul 04, 2015 2:15 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Samuel L. Bronkowitz presents Chicago Open (07/18-19/15)
Replies: 117
Views: 50050

Re: Samuel L. Bronkowitz presents Chicago Open (07/18-19/15)

The second sheet of this spreadsheet has the received packets, and what each team owes: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/ ... sp=sharing

For the 5 teams that have not yet submitted, PLEASE submit ASAP!
by Sima Guang Hater
Fri Jul 03, 2015 3:24 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: History Player
Replies: 20
Views: 9286

Re: History Player

Amethyst wrote:Hi! I was a science specialist in high school
Keep doing that.
by Sima Guang Hater
Tue Jun 23, 2015 9:36 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Resetting [pt. 4 of 6]: The Quizbowl-NHBB Relationship
Replies: 46
Views: 19298

Re: Resetting [pt. 4 of 6]: The Quizbowl-NHBB Relationship

I think the hardest thing for me personally to understand here has been the notion that the increase in needed questions is an undesirable thing from a writer’s point of view. From my end, it looked like I was giving more work to people who wanted it, and insofar as the labor pool was small, that j...
by Sima Guang Hater
Mon Jun 15, 2015 5:01 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Resetting [pt. 4 of 6]: The Quizbowl-NHBB Relationship
Replies: 46
Views: 19298

Re: Resetting [pt. 4 of 6]: The Quizbowl-NHBB Relationship

But a high school not plugged into the circuit will have heard of the History Channel and see that as meaningful, and won't know who the hell Tommy is. Dave probably sacrificed some of his (or our) ideals to get those endorsements/sponsorship deals, but in the long run it worked out for him. Hardco...
by Sima Guang Hater
Sat Jun 13, 2015 1:58 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Resetting [pt. 3 of 6]: The Problem of Flakeouts
Replies: 6
Views: 3955

Re: Resetting [pt. 3 of 6]: The Problem of Flakeouts

1. Ending the Superman Syndrome. Note, I do not present this as the right approach, but as an approach. In talking with a notable flake out, post flake experience, he was genuinely surprised that so many quizbowlers came in to bail out his tournament and thought it would have simply been cancelled ...