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by Edmund
Sat May 17, 2014 7:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: British Student Quiz Championships 2014 (17th May, Oxford)
Replies: 4
Views: 2365

Re: British Student Quiz Championships 2014 (17th May, Oxfor

Oxford A and Oxford B both came to the end of the playoffs with one loss. Oxford B defeated Oxford A 410-385 in a one-game final, their captain Ewan MacAulay top-scoring. I believe that the British-authored questions read at this tournament will be used, as in 2013, for a small British-themed side e...
by Edmund
Sun Apr 20, 2014 6:44 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: The greatest quizbowl photos
Replies: 123
Views: 57774

Re: The greatest quizbowl photos

http://i.imgur.com/jmBvN9u.jpg This photograph was taken in the Rose and Crown pub on North Parade, Oxford, in late February 2011. It is notable because it shows five former presidents of the Oxford University Quiz Society - from left to right: Edmund Dickinson, Tom Speller, Peter Sloman, Kate Morr...
by Edmund
Thu Apr 10, 2014 6:11 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: British Student Quiz Championships 2014 (17th May, Oxford)
Replies: 4
Views: 2365

British Student Quiz Championships 2014 (17th May, Oxford)

BuzzerQuiz is pleased to announce that, in association with NAQT, this year's British Student Quiz Championships will be held on Saturday May 17th 2014 in Oxford. The exact location(s) and cost per team are pending. The field will be capped at 16 teams unless interest is greatly larger than expected...
by Edmund
Mon Apr 07, 2014 4:22 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Lederberg 2: Daughter Cell (3/29/14)
Replies: 155
Views: 55937

Re: Lederberg 2: Daughter Cell (3/29/14)

Time difference and internet connection permitting, I'd play an online mirror. Obviously weekends are best.
by Edmund
Mon Apr 07, 2014 4:00 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2014 ICT: general discussion
Replies: 75
Views: 10548

Re: 2014 ICT: general discussion

I'd just add that I'm in total agreement with Billy's post above concerning clue difficulty in these specific physical chemistry questions and where they might have done better. I think liquid junction potential is a fine lead-in and I think that "Hessian eigenvalues" followed by "Birge-Sponer" are ...
by Edmund
Mon Jan 27, 2014 7:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Oxford Open 2014 Discussion
Replies: 24
Views: 7975

Re: Oxford Open 2014 Discussion

Another correction is that Tris and Hugh broke their quizbowl duck at ACF Fall way back in 2010. Their rise, together with Sink The Bismarck (Southampton) has been very heartening. Here are some general remarks on the set: I thought the overall balance was good and the tastes of individual writers s...
by Edmund
Mon Jan 27, 2014 4:37 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Oxford Open 2014 Discussion
Replies: 24
Views: 7975

Re: Oxford Open 2014 Discussion

To be honest, any format where two teams of students from one US university can beat the best club teams and individuals in the world is a flawed format testing only a very small cross-section of knowledge, imho. The best response to this accusation (which its author, who wasn't even at the tournam...
by Edmund
Mon Jan 27, 2014 4:34 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Oxford Open 2014 Discussion
Replies: 24
Views: 7975

Re: Oxford Open 2014 Discussion

In many ways I am disappointed that Joey opened this thread by linking to a complaint about repetitive phrasing in questions which grew into the assault on quizbowl as a practice that follows every open quizbowl tournament in the UK. Fairly obviously, those who sprang to the defence of the style and...
by Edmund
Wed Oct 30, 2013 7:54 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Science Difficulty
Replies: 10
Views: 2635

Re: Science Difficulty

On answer line alone, I would say that Landau and fine structure constant are both middle-of-the-road appropriate to me, at this level. Neither strikes me as a hard answer line. I think that the fine structure constant is one of only two important unitless quantities you can toss up in regular diffi...
by Edmund
Wed Oct 23, 2013 6:40 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: A serious discussion of ACF packet submission
Replies: 72
Views: 25130

Re: A serious discussion of ACF packet submission

One nice consequence of the excess of packets is that some more experienced teams in the UK seem to have put extra effort into their Fall writing this year, with the hope of seeing their packet or even part of it make the final set. I have no idea with what success these efforts have been committed,...
by Edmund
Tue Oct 22, 2013 3:39 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question Specific Discussion
Replies: 118
Views: 16552

Re: Question Specific Discussion

My concern with the term "generalisation" is that it implies the GHK somehow is more complete, or goes deeper, than Nernst. Quizbowl isn't about sussing out minute nuances in wording where both choices are correct and don't confuse anyone. There are sources that refer to GHK as a generalization of ...
by Edmund
Tue Oct 22, 2013 2:52 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question Specific Discussion
Replies: 118
Views: 16552

Re: Question Specific Discussion

Alright, so as an ex-neuroscientist I'll have this fight with you. We actually learned GHK as a generalization of Nernst applied to each ion and taking permeability into account. There's more than one textbook that calls it that. Also, GHK reduces to Nernst when you only have one ion and set the pe...
by Edmund
Mon Oct 21, 2013 7:16 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question Specific Discussion
Replies: 118
Views: 16552

Re: Question Specific Discussion

I hate to write this after every tournament but - the Goldman-Hodgkin-Katz (GHK) equation is NOT a generalisation of the Nernst equation. Stop using this clue. The Nernst equation is a quite general and powerful statement about the nature of electrochemical equilibria. The GHK equation is an approxi...
by Edmund
Sun Aug 11, 2013 9:14 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open Discussion
Replies: 95
Views: 22229

Re: Chicago Open Discussion

PACKET 11 -This tossup on the thermoelectric effect should have just been on Seebeck. It got confusing at the end. I wrote this one so this may have been my bad. The concern is that there is only one thermoelectric effect, which you can measure in a bunch of ways. But most of the early clues apply ...
by Edmund
Wed Jul 24, 2013 6:22 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Urgent Call for Unity Discussion
Replies: 41
Views: 12828

Re: Urgent Call for Unity Discussion

I enjoyed this tournament. Thanks to Marshall for organising it. I did feel that sadly the obligatory historiography distribution led to some excessively difficult and/or poorly phrased questions. I wholeheartedly agree that this subject should be well represented in the set, so I'm not sure what th...
by Edmund
Tue Jul 23, 2013 11:53 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open Discussion
Replies: 95
Views: 22229

Re: Chicago Open Discussion

Thanks again to the staffing team for a smoothly run tournament and to Matt and his co-editors for an enjoyable set. In particular I would praise the science which seemed to be suitable hard but accessible and of real significance. I'd be interested to hear the kibitz on the "contact" tossup (which ...
by Edmund
Tue Jul 02, 2013 6:06 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2013 (7/20-21/13)
Replies: 147
Views: 53819

Re: Chicago Open 2013 (7/20-21/13)

We will in fact be running the side tournament of British questions thanks to Edmund Dickinson. That will be a three-round, four-team (I hope) round robin, and I'm imagining one of those scenes in Star Wars where the storm-troopers come at Jeff Hoppes one by one, only to be dispatched by his light ...
by Edmund
Tue May 28, 2013 4:01 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2013 (7/20-21/13)
Replies: 147
Views: 53819

Re: Chicago Open 2013 (7/20-21/13)

We had planned to have our packet in the weekend just gone, and then that old favourite the "unforeseen circumstances" happened. We'll have it done soon!
by Edmund
Sun May 19, 2013 6:47 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: British Student Quiz Championships 2013 (May 18th, London)
Replies: 19
Views: 4438

Re: British Student Quiz Championships 2013 (May 18th, London)

Sorry for not posting results sooner - I was at Lord's watching England trounce New Zealand at cricket. 11 teams from 9 universities competed in yesterday's British Student Quiz Championships. A full round-robin was played, with King's College London clearing the field 10-0 and Oxford A finishing 9-...
by Edmund
Wed Apr 17, 2013 5:21 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO History 2013 planning
Replies: 37
Views: 4579

Re: CO History 2013 planning

Standard-winged Nightjar wrote:We might submit a packet - depends on how busy things are for me at the beginning of June.
I'll make a packet happen regardless, but if David turns out to be excessively busy, then parts of it might be not very good.
by Edmund
Wed Apr 03, 2013 4:40 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2013 (7/20-21/13)
Replies: 147
Views: 53819

Re: CO barbecue

Additionally, I hope to have the "Briticised" questions from recent tournaments read to Jeff Hoppes, who will answer them as we observe. (If the British team coming to CO can get to the barbecue, that would be great--otherwise, I hope someone will volunteer to read.) At present I see no reason why ...
by Edmund
Fri Mar 22, 2013 7:19 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Venting rage: Cheaters edition
Replies: 74
Views: 40284

Re: Venting rage: Cheaters edition

The evidence of this thread to me as an observer on the periphery of all this would be that the elimination of faction and schadenfreude from US quizbowl would be an excellent follow-up to the excision of cheaters. I spent a lot of my own money to fly across the Atlantic in two successive years to a...
by Edmund
Fri Mar 22, 2013 6:43 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: British Student Quiz Championships 2013 (May 18th, London)
Replies: 19
Views: 4438

Re: British Student Quiz Championships 2013 (May 18th, London)

Just to give an example on the whole point of the exercise, I tossed up Denis Healey at the Guerrilla before ICT in 2011 in an intentionally 100% British packet written for very high calibre players, and I believe it went dead in every room. Healey is probably one of the four or five most important...
by Edmund
Wed Mar 20, 2013 8:00 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: British Student Quiz Championships 2013 (May 18th, London)
Replies: 19
Views: 4438

Re: British Student Quiz Championships 2013 (May 18th, London)

I have no opposition to running a brief side tournament at CO based on the UK-authored content to this set. I'd expect what we write this year to run to about 60/60 total (I could straightforwardly compile three packets of 20/20) with a near enough 3:3:2:1:1 distribution across British lit, history,...
by Edmund
Tue Mar 19, 2013 8:01 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: British Student Quiz Championships 2013 (May 18th, London)
Replies: 19
Views: 4438

Re: British Student Quiz Championships 2013 (May 18th, London)

You're creating more work for yourself and the result is just going to be that you're going to run out of important Scottish rivers and interesting stately homes with rhinoceroses on display by the third or fourth round. Glad you feel that that's all the geography of the British Isles has to offer....
by Edmund
Mon Mar 18, 2013 6:03 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: British Student Quiz Championships 2013 (May 18th, London)
Replies: 19
Views: 4438

Re: British Student Quiz Championships 2013 (May 18th, London)

Rolling field (11 teams):

Cambridge
Imperial
KCL
Manchester
Open University
Oxford (3 teams)
Sheffield
Southampton
Warwick
by Edmund
Mon Mar 18, 2013 6:01 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: British Student Quiz Championships 2013 (May 18th, London)
Replies: 19
Views: 4438

British Student Quiz Championships 2013 (May 18th, London)

The British Student Quiz Championships (BSQC) 2013 will be held on May 18th 2013 at Imperial College in London. They are organised by BuzzerQuiz in association with NAQT. I am posting here for as a central announcement and also for the general information of our friends in the US and for continuity ...
by Edmund
Sat Mar 09, 2013 7:12 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Urgent Call for Unity (July 21, 2013)
Replies: 121
Views: 24478

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Urgent Call for Unity (Summer 2013)

If I make it to CO - which seems likely - I'd like to play this. Whether I need to find a chum also unattached to a team (who would do well to know more history than me) depends on who of my compatriots I can persuade to join the venture. I'll have a clearer idea on that point by April/May. I'd like...
by Edmund
Sun Feb 24, 2013 9:12 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Who's Doing CO?
Replies: 15
Views: 18411

Re: Who's Doing CO?

Further to this, some of us Britons are thinking of taking a team out to CO this year. When do those in the know think that the exact weekend will be announced, so that we can gauge flight prices and so on?
by Edmund
Mon Jan 07, 2013 5:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: WIT (March 2013)
Replies: 15
Views: 5323

Re: WIT (March 2013)

You have two weeks to get in a packet without paying a penalty. A short extension for the UK mirror would be gracious, since it has yet to be formally announced and most teams here have little to no real writing experience. That said, you would be equally well within your rights to expect British t...
by Edmund
Fri Dec 07, 2012 7:32 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question Specific Discussion
Replies: 53
Views: 5657

Re: Question Specific Discussion

As the science distribution pedant par exemplaire, I thought the scattering tossup was great. I use Landau + Lifschitz as my source for mathematical physics, and if you read their primer on classical mechanics, which is specifically geared for providing the mathematical tools to move on to quantum p...
by Edmund
Thu Dec 06, 2012 8:09 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question Specific Discussion
Replies: 53
Views: 5657

Re: Question Specific Discussion

It is a special case of the Nernst equation, though... Entirely true. edit: or, rather, it can be derived directly from the Nernst equation. The GHK equation can be made to hold approximately even under conditions where the Nernst equation does not hold formally. And yes, I am touchy on this subject.
by Edmund
Thu Dec 06, 2012 7:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question Specific Discussion
Replies: 53
Views: 5657

Re: Question Specific Discussion

Okay, I have mixed feelings for a lot of what you said Edmund. ... On the larger topic of clues as a whole on science, Billy pointed out that you are correct in every case and will try to fix it, but at the same time, he thought you were being extra pedantic for no reason other than for the sake of...
by Edmund
Sun Dec 02, 2012 6:01 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question Specific Discussion
Replies: 53
Views: 5657

Re: Question Specific Discussion

The Churchill line is "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few" while the airmen of the RAF who fought the Battle of Britain are sometimes called "the few". This seems rather pedantic if it's merely an issue of 'so few' or 'the few. Identify this group ... which c...
by Edmund
Sun Dec 02, 2012 2:08 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question Specific Discussion
Replies: 53
Views: 5657

Re: Question Specific Discussion

As I posted in the general discussion, I really liked the set, but it was riddled with small factual errors that made it seem unpolished. I think many of my gripes have already been addressed, especially the super-general "atom" tossup that later turned out to be talking about hydrogen atoms. But ju...
by Edmund
Sun Dec 02, 2012 1:12 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: General Discussion
Replies: 8
Views: 1683

Re: General Discussion

I read the IFT set at the UK mirror last weekend. My general remarks - I really thought this was an interesting set and that answer lines were well chosen and suitably varied. I'd say that the distribution was engaging without suffering in terms of difficulty. There was the odd dud answer line, sure...
by Edmund
Wed Sep 05, 2012 5:33 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Eligibility of various British institutions
Replies: 16
Views: 2670

Re: Eligibility of various British institutions

Obviously I have no say in the matter, but to offer a serious opinion, the Open University should not be banned under the "online" clause in ACF rules. It's a real, functioning degree-granting institution unlike the various diploma mills we have here, and its mission is exactly to offer higher educ...
by Edmund
Wed Jun 13, 2012 5:08 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Changes for ACF tournaments in 2012-2013
Replies: 23
Views: 4879

Re: Changes for ACF tournaments in 2012-2013

Should we get a UK site for ACF Fall, we will work with the hosts to figure out how things should work. We certainly don't have any intention of putting huge financial or logistical burdens on a UK site for no other reason than to apply the rules in exactly the same way to all sites, if that makes ...
by Edmund
Tue Jun 12, 2012 6:05 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Changes for ACF tournaments in 2012-2013
Replies: 23
Views: 4879

Re: Changes for ACF tournaments in 2012-2013

Our plan has been for Jerry to order the trophies online and have them shipped directly to the sites I think a blanket approach to enforcing these rules in regions such as the UK with a paucity of established teams will discourage participation and will discourage teams from hosting. It would be ve...
by Edmund
Mon May 14, 2012 5:08 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2012 Minnesota Undergraduate Tournament (MUT)
Replies: 44
Views: 24277

Re: 2012 Minnesota Undergraduate Tournament (MUT)

I was there; the format was very confusing since it involved an unnecessary bracket and re-bracket and there were also semi-finals. This still doesn't really make sense of the stats.
by Edmund
Sun May 13, 2012 4:40 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2012 British Student Quiz Championships -- 12 May 2012
Replies: 8
Views: 2616

Re: 2012 British Student Quiz Championships -- 12 May 2012

Not much to add to Kyle's precis except that stats will be delayed due to my having to do some travelling for work - they should be posted towards the end of the week. Thanks to him for the brownies and for having the self-control to only get into one physical altercation on the day. A bit more deta...
by Edmund
Sun Apr 29, 2012 6:11 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MUT 2012 Discussion
Replies: 53
Views: 7587

Re: MUT 2012 Discussion

Oh, and with respect to the bonus set that began _hurricane_, we Brits usually measure wind speed in mph, not kmh. Or in knots, if you are at sea. We also have mph speed limits and mile distances on road signs, and we sell beer and milk by the pint. Do not confuse us for a metric nation, despite the...
by Edmund
Sun Apr 29, 2012 10:53 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MUT 2012 Discussion
Replies: 53
Views: 7587

Re: MUT 2012 Discussion

This was a good set - I enjoyed reading it at the UK mirror as much as I enjoyed playing on last year's iteration. I think the version that was used at Warwick was quite an early version, so it may not have had the attention to typos of later revisions, but I would remark that it could have done wit...
by Edmund
Mon Mar 12, 2012 7:42 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Deep Bench at Imperial, 10/3/12
Replies: 11
Views: 4025

Re: Deep Bench at Imperial, 10/3/12

A very exciting game last game. Question begins: "With his second wife, he fathered Edward of Woodstock." Alison and I both buzz in (in different rooms) to say Edward III. We are wrong. I am gleefully informed that Edward III fathered a different Edward of Woodstock with his first wife, not his sec...
by Edmund
Sat Oct 15, 2011 12:21 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Quizbowl Collegiate Recruiting
Replies: 4
Views: 1342

Re: Quizbowl Collegiate Recruiting

I no longer have quizbowl on my resume, but back when I did and interviewers asked me about it, my go-to talking point was that it taught me how to work with difficult people. I would explain how quizbowl programs can't succeed unless they cooperate, then I described some of the difficult personali...
by Edmund
Sat Oct 08, 2011 1:39 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Some observations on Wikipedia as a source
Replies: 6
Views: 7336

Re: Some observations on Wikipedia as a source

Thanks, Bruce, for this. The next time I need to explain why someone is not to write a question straight out of Wikipedia, even though it's probably factually accurate, I will direct them to this post. I don't think that Medieval Times has a footing in Europe, but I have been here . It was my friend...
by Edmund
Wed Jul 13, 2011 8:04 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: How to Become a Good Science Player
Replies: 24
Views: 7782

Re: How to Become a Good Science Player

I think An Introduction to Thermal Physics by Schroeder is a great choice for thermodynamics because it's a very readable undergraduate text and most of it is understandable with just some basic physics background. Just about all the thermo topics that come up in the canon are explained in here. I ...
by Edmund
Wed Jul 13, 2011 5:45 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: How to Become a Good Science Player
Replies: 24
Views: 7782

Re: How to Become a Good Science Player

I would recommend Atkins for all-round physical chemistry - pretty much everything with a name in the subject is in there. I would also recommend Clayden ahead of Maitland Jones for organic chemistry simply because it's a more fact-oriented textbook. Clayden was my organic textbook, but a lot of th...
by Edmund
Tue Jul 12, 2011 7:07 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: How to Become a Good Science Player
Replies: 24
Views: 7782

Re: How to Become a Good Science Player

I would recommend the BIOS Instant Notes series of books. They are absolutely hopeless and counter-productive if you wish to learn science as a subject, but excellent for learning quizbowl science. The same is true for any book with "Introduction to..." in the title. As a career scientist trying to ...