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by Sima Guang Hater
Mon Oct 19, 2015 12:41 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: General Discussion (Penn Bowl 2015)
Replies: 27
Views: 3803

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: 8952

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: 8952

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: 2314

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: 8952

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: 3803

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: 4035

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: 6971

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: 3879

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: 14616

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: 14616

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: 4456

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: 12483

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: 4727

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: 12483

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: 3780

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: 4456

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: 7317

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: 8702

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: 8702

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: 7317

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: 14399

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: 14616

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: 47809

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: 30101

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: 47809

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: 8648

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: 47809

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: 8648

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: 17825

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: 17825

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: 3726

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 ...
by Sima Guang Hater
Tue Jun 09, 2015 7:40 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: History Bowl/Quizbowl on College Applications
Replies: 17
Views: 8222

Re: History Bowl/Quizbowl on College Applications

johntait1 wrote: Do you think that references in that manner would detract from the main point of the essay or help convey my message more clearly? Thank you for the help.
This is actually a very common way of structuring an admissions essay, and it's good when it's done well.
by Sima Guang Hater
Tue Jun 09, 2015 5:33 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Accurate Timing during Tournaments
Replies: 22
Views: 7144

Re: Accurate Timing during Tournaments

The Stately Rhododendron wrote:I don't need my sense of time, already distorted by the nature of our capitalist society, furthermore controlled by a timer that you, for whatever reason, believe is better at determining how long a pause is than humanity!
I'm guessing you're not majoring in Physics at Yale.
by Sima Guang Hater
Tue Jun 09, 2015 4:20 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: History Bowl/Quizbowl on College Applications
Replies: 17
Views: 8222

Re: History Bowl/Quizbowl on College Applications

On a somewhat unrelated note, did any of you use allusions to quizbowl in your essays? When I write for school, I often use allusions to help get my point across--describing a situation as a "New Frontier" or a "Tryst with Destiny"; using quotes such as "There is no substitute for victory." My AP E...
by Sima Guang Hater
Mon Jun 08, 2015 11:37 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 PACE NSC: Question set discussion
Replies: 65
Views: 25635

Re: 2015 PACE NSC: Question set discussion

I'm in agreement with Adam here for the rationale behind the relative exclusion of organic chemistry. I also believe that Adam - and whoever writes the science next year, can be dissuaded from this stance - if there is some form of intellectual contest, classes, etc. that makes it likely some fract...
by Sima Guang Hater
Tue Jun 02, 2015 1:57 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 nAC
Replies: 28
Views: 9721

Re: 2015 nAC

http://m.arkansasonline.com/news/2015/m ... r-2015053/ Left without comment because Jesus Christ
by Sima Guang Hater
Mon Jun 01, 2015 1:55 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Feynman's BONGOS: A Side Event (for PACE and maybe HSNCT)
Replies: 65
Views: 34998

Re: Feynman's BONGOS: A Side Event (for PACE and maybe HSNCT

I'm making travel plans for PACE. When will this tournament be? I want to make sure I'm not going to miss it.
by Sima Guang Hater
Sun May 31, 2015 6:07 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER
Replies: 81
Views: 30101

Re: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER

Smuttynose Island wrote:I'd personally prefer it if this ran this summer. It is improbable that I'd play it next year.
Same
by Sima Guang Hater
Wed May 27, 2015 4:06 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015 CO Visual Arts
Replies: 131
Views: 48471

Re: 2015 CO Visual Arts

I'll staff this
by Sima Guang Hater
Wed May 27, 2015 12:11 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: RILKE: Chicago Open Literature Singles 2015
Replies: 95
Views: 39800

Re: RILKE: Chicago Open Literature Singles 2015

I'll staff for this, esp if it helps more people play.
by Sima Guang Hater
Mon May 25, 2015 10:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Samuel L. Bronkowitz presents Chicago Open (07/18-19/15)
Replies: 117
Views: 47809

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

The post above has been updated with received packets. Furthermore, Team 17 (Michael Coates, Naveed Chowdhury, Ramapriya Rangaraju, and Cory Haala) has signed up. The field is now closed.

Looking forward to getting the rest of your packets.
by Sima Guang Hater
Sun May 24, 2015 1:47 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Samuel L. Bronkowitz presents Chicago Open (07/18-19/15)
Replies: 117
Views: 47809

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

We are now at 16 teams. We would like to get to 17, for scheduling reasons (to be able to run a full RR and finals, as is CO tradition). Please sign up! We are still at 16 teams, and very much need 17. Please get in contact with me if you are able to play this tournament - we can work something out.
by Sima Guang Hater
Sat May 23, 2015 10:57 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Samuel L. Bronkowitz presents Chicago Open (07/18-19/15)
Replies: 117
Views: 47809

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

Hey everybody, don't forget that the -30 deadline for packets ends tomorrow at midnight EST (24 hours 54 minutes from now). Hope to see a few more in my inbox.
by Sima Guang Hater
Wed May 20, 2015 2:23 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Feynman Lectures
Replies: 2
Views: 1926

Re: Feynman Lectures

All of them are pretty useful.
by Sima Guang Hater
Sat May 16, 2015 6:09 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO History 2015
Replies: 139
Views: 59382

Re: CO History 2015

Periplus of the Erythraean Sea wrote:
The Quest for the Historical Mukherjesus wrote:Jordan "The VIper" Brownstein, Matt "Atlas" Jackson, Chris Ray, and I will be on a team together
Cool, we know who the Final Boss is now
What makes you think you're the hero?
by Sima Guang Hater
Sat May 16, 2015 1:23 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO History 2015
Replies: 139
Views: 59382

Re: CO History 2015

Jordan "The VIper" Brownstein, Matt "Atlas" Jackson, Chris Ray, and I will be on a team together
by Sima Guang Hater
Fri May 15, 2015 2:01 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: two styles of writing: a close reading
Replies: 77
Views: 19322

Re: two styles of writing: a close reading

It's both. You can't have good questions without good clues, obviously, but I think there's a view out there that it's only clues that determine creativity, and I just don't think that's right. For example, that question on "plebeian secessions" can't be isomorphically transformed into a question a...
by Sima Guang Hater
Thu May 14, 2015 2:49 am
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: ACF Nationals 2015 Final: An Attempt at a QB Microhistory
Replies: 19
Views: 20543

Re: ACF Nationals 2015 Final: An Attempt at a QB Microhistor

Enter Yami MattBo. He's like regular MattBo, only he's taller, he smirks more, and he has no qualms about crushing dreams. He wears the Millenium Buzzer Pedal on Kanye West's Roc-a-Fella Records chain. Yami MattBo doesn't make excuses, he just makes buzzes. He also makes fewer references to geek cu...