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by setht
Tue Feb 14, 2017 9:40 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 ICT bids
Replies: 157
Views: 38476

Re: 2017 ICT bids

I agree that getting 2 bids for 2 editors felt a little bit much, and maybe NAQT did too, which is why we didn't get a hosting bid. In any case, we've requested to have the second DI bid converted to a DII waitlist slot anyway, since we thought we would be able to choose which bids went where. Some...
by setht
Tue Feb 14, 2017 9:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 ICT bids
Replies: 157
Views: 38476

Re: 2017 ICT bids

NAQT stuck with a single guest editor (and a single editing autobid) for a couple years--with some gaps where there was no guest editor--then moved to a two-guest-editor/two-editing-autobids arrangement starting with the 2015 SCT. (In 2016 one of the guest editors chose not to go for an autobid, so...
by setht
Tue Feb 14, 2017 9:08 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 ICT bids
Replies: 157
Views: 38476

Re: 2017 ICT bids

Regarding hotels vs. not-hotels: I believe the 2006 ICT almost imploded because the UMD administration double-booked the rooms that had been reserved for ICT (and I guess the group that came in partway through the day to claim their rooms had more clout than NAQT). I know that it's hard to line up g...
by setht
Wed Feb 08, 2017 10:11 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 Division I SCT: specific question discussion
Replies: 24
Views: 2498

Re: 2017 Division I SCT: specific question discussion

Could I see the text of the "old age" in art tossup? I buzzed in on the first line with "prudence" on the depiction of the lion, which the tossup says was actually a depiction of old age; I was under the impression that the wolf on the left of the painting below the old man was actually the depicti...
by setht
Wed Feb 08, 2017 7:16 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 Division I SCT: specific question discussion
Replies: 24
Views: 2498

Re: 2017 Division I SCT: specific question discussion

Make sure your seatbelt is fastened wrote:Round 2, tossup 8: I believe Fjalar and Galar killed the dimwitted Gilling, rather than his somewhat more intelligent son Suttung.
This has been corrected, thanks for reporting it.

-Seth
by setht
Thu Nov 10, 2016 3:32 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Fall packet submission reform
Replies: 17
Views: 6540

Re: ACF Fall packet submission reform

More importantly, my understanding is that the current model of ACF Fall is to recruit and nurture new editors. For any given tournament I think it's possible to focus on nurturing new writers, or it's possible to focus on nurturing new editors, but trying to do both in the same tournament is madne...
by setht
Thu Nov 10, 2016 12:30 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Fall packet submission reform
Replies: 17
Views: 6540

Re: ACF Fall packet submission reform

I'm going to disagree with various people here and suggest that ACF Fall should not move to a PADAWAN model. I agree that there's a lot of untapped writing talent out there, and that a PADAWAN model would be better suited than the current ACF Fall model to identifying and nurturing those talents. I'...
by setht
Fri Jun 10, 2016 9:46 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2016 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 133
Views: 55812

Re: 2016 HSNCT discussion

I don't know much about this but I want to understand something: it seemed like dehydration synthesis could be argued to ( vacuously ) fit the clues of the second sentence. I highlighted vacuously here because I'm assuming that what you're trying to say is: It's a vacuous truth to say "If a dehydra...
by setht
Wed Jun 08, 2016 12:37 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2016 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 133
Views: 55812

Re: 2016 HSNCT discussion

Could someone involved please explain the reasoning behind the condensation reactions protest? Thanks. Sure. For reference, here's the text of the question as it was read at HSNCT: The saponification of animal fats to form soaps is an example of this class of reaction. For 10 points each-- A. In wh...
by setht
Mon Jun 06, 2016 10:48 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2016 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 133
Views: 55812

Re: 2016 HSNCT discussion

The saponification of animal fats to form soaps is an example of this class of reaction. For 10 points each— A. In what class of reactions does water break apart a chemical bond? answer: hydrolysis or hydrolytic reaction (accept hydrolyzing or hydrolyze ) B. The formation of a peptide bond is one o...
by setht
Sun Jun 05, 2016 9:40 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Where Are You Going Next Year? (Collegiate 2016)
Replies: 46
Views: 23436

Re: Where Are You Going Next Year? (Collegiate 2016)

We're going to be in Boston for a year, starting in a couple weeks. I might be able to help staff some events in the area, or I might extend my "don't show up to anything" streak.

After that, perhaps we'll finally live in a city not named for a classic rock band.

-Seth
by setht
Mon May 30, 2016 8:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2016 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 133
Views: 55812

Re: 2016 HSNCT discussion

To be clear, Jonah okayed the "the-not-this" experiment with R. and myself. I figured it wouldn't affect gameplay and might turn out to be a stylistic tweak players liked. If it did affect gameplay I apologize. If we get positive feedback we'll consider continuing; if we don't, we won't.

-Seth
by setht
Sun Apr 17, 2016 2:37 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion: 2016 DII ICT
Replies: 17
Views: 4535

Re: Question-specific discussion: 2016 DII ICT

The specific issue I had with the Catalan numbers tossup was the instruction to not prompt on trees, which is pretty bad considering that there are plenty of kinds of trees other than binary ones the Catalan numbers count (see http://www-math.mit.edu/~rstan/ec/catadd.pdf). Here's the tossup: The nu...
by setht
Sat Apr 16, 2016 11:08 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion: 2016 DII ICT
Replies: 17
Views: 4535

Re: Question-specific discussion: 2016 DII ICT

Unless I'm mistaken, Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso is one of the most famous violin showpieces in the repertoire, and it's placement was a tad early. Also, the tossups on Ficciones and Binary Trees had lead-ins that where unambiguous in the extreme if I recall correctly. To elaborate on the la...
by setht
Sat Apr 16, 2016 10:43 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion: 2016 DII ICT
Replies: 17
Views: 4535

Re: Question-specific discussion: 2016 DII ICT

"Prefrontal cortex" should at the very least be promptable for "frontal lobe" before the bilateral damage part is read in the lead-in clue. The Wisconsin Card Sorting Task is used to assess function in both the frontal lobe and specifically the prefrontal cortex due to the PFC's connection to execu...
by setht
Sat Apr 16, 2016 10:01 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion: 2016 DI ICT
Replies: 38
Views: 11230

Re: Question-specific discussion: 2016 DI ICT

Within this technique, one may use Sargan's test of overidentifying restrictions and the Pagan-Hall test of heteroscedasticity ["hetero"-skeh-dass-TIH-sih-tee]. Its exclusion restriction may have been violated in a 2004 analysis of civil conflict that utilizes rainfall (*) variation to execute this...
by setht
Sat Apr 16, 2016 9:50 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion: 2016 DI ICT
Replies: 38
Views: 11230

Re: Question-specific discussion: 2016 DI ICT

Our Lady Peace wrote:I don't have the set in front of me, but a tossup on Galicia led in with "this region" and a reference to a Roman-era event, leading to Jordan buzzing with "Hispania" and being negged. This was suboptimal.
The lead-in has been changed to "This modern region..."

-Seth
by setht
Sat Apr 16, 2016 9:48 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion: 2016 DI ICT
Replies: 38
Views: 11230

Re: Question-specific discussion: 2016 DI ICT

The Lady Gregory tossup's second sentence began with "This man" and proceeded to describe, I think, Cathleen ni Houlihan , leading to a neg with "Yeats," the only male author of that play. This one has been fixed (changed "This man" to "This writer"). John William Waterhouse painted at least two de...
by setht
Wed Apr 13, 2016 1:43 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion: 2016 DI ICT
Replies: 38
Views: 11230

Re: Question-specific discussion: 2016 DI ICT

I'd love to see/know who wrote the bonus... Just so we're all clear: NAQT's writers and editors are always free to reveal their own roles, but are also free to ignore any attempt to call people on the carpet. If anyone requires a focal person for complaints, kindly direct them to me. I am available...
by setht
Tue Apr 12, 2016 11:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion: 2016 DI ICT
Replies: 38
Views: 11230

Re: Question-specific discussion: 2016 DI ICT

Within this technique, one may use Sargan's test of overidentifying restrictions and the Pagan-Hall test of heteroscedasticity ["hetero"-skeh-dass-TIH-sih-tee]. Its exclusion restriction may have been violated in a 2004 analysis of civil conflict that utilizes rainfall (*) variation to execute this...
by setht
Tue Apr 12, 2016 8:10 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion: 2016 DI ICT
Replies: 38
Views: 11230

Re: Question-specific discussion: 2016 DI ICT

Unless I'm mistaken, Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso is one of the most famous violin showpieces in the repertoire, and it's placement was a tad early. This also happened in DI. The Motown tossup also had similar issues (dropping Holland-Dozier-Holland AND Hitsville USA in power, even though the...
by setht
Tue Apr 12, 2016 4:58 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion: 2016 DI ICT
Replies: 38
Views: 11230

Re: Question-specific discussion: 2016 DI ICT

EDIT: Jeff beat me to posting the California ballot propositions question.
by setht
Tue Apr 12, 2016 2:21 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 ICT: "Comment on my questions" thread
Replies: 17
Views: 4433

Re: "Comment on my questions" thread

In Romanian, this word form is inflected identically to, and often equated with, the conditional form. The New Testament expression "me genoito!", often translated "by no means!", is in this form, which is rare in Koine [koy-nay] but often occurs after the words "eithe" or "ei gar" in ancient Greek...
by setht
Tue Apr 12, 2016 2:18 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion: 2016 DII ICT
Replies: 17
Views: 4535

Re: Question-specific discussion: 2016 DII ICT

In 1960 this national leader accused the U.S. of complicity in the explosion of the French vessel ~La Coubre~ [koo-BRAY]. ~New York Times~ reporter Herbert Matthews interviewed this man when he was a guerrilla in the Sierra Maestra [see-"AIR"-uh "my"-AY-struh] mountains. He and 81 others sailed on ...
by setht
Tue Apr 12, 2016 2:50 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion: 2016 DI ICT
Replies: 38
Views: 11230

Re: Question-specific discussion: 2016 DI ICT

For 10 points each--answer the following about the academic study of culture: A. This anthropologist defined culture as "personality writ large" in her pioneering study of Native American societies, ~Patterns of Culture~. answer: Ruth (Fulton) _Benedict_ (accept Ruth _Fulton_) B. Richard Nisbett an...
by setht
Tue Apr 12, 2016 12:49 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 ICT general discussion
Replies: 6
Views: 2339

Re: 2016 ICT general discussion

Hey, Seth might drop by later for a full rundown, but I just wanted to say thanks to a couple people who deserve it. Matt Bollinger served as a set editor this year, and it was great to have his input. Ike went through the set and offered helpful comments on difficulty. Seth put in a ton of work as...
by setht
Mon Apr 11, 2016 3:30 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Open Human-Computer Tournament in Socal, Early June
Replies: 14
Views: 6433

Re: Open Human-Computer Tournament in Socal, Early June

ezubaric wrote:The bigger problem with Chicago Open is that we're optimized for hard questions on easy things (e.g., HSNCT-level), but we're hoping to expand its cannon in the near future.
I just want to remind everyone that you really do not need heavy artillery for Chicago Open.

-Seth
by setht
Mon Feb 08, 2016 12:08 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion: 2016 Division I SCT
Replies: 58
Views: 18553

Re: Question-specific discussion: 2016 Division I SCT

The tossup on Diane Arbus struck me as transparent, as it told you quite quickly that it was a female photographer who took pictures of strange people. Could somebody post that, please? Susan Sontag stated that the true subject of this person's work is "the unhappy consciousness" in "America, Seen ...
by setht
Fri Aug 07, 2015 2:54 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT rules revisions 2015
Replies: 13
Views: 4216

Re: NAQT rules revisions 2015

I'm not sure this will fully address people's concerns with J.13.d, but I wanted to note that rules J.13.a-c apply at all points in a tossup, not just after the first sentence. As a result, if a player hears a clue that they think uniquely picks out a particular answer, they can buzz, then lodge a p...
by setht
Fri Aug 07, 2015 2:42 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT rules revisions 2015
Replies: 13
Views: 4216

Re: NAQT rules revisions 2015

what the hell is this? If it is determined that a moderator improperly rejected a response to a tossup question that should actually have been prompted, the moderator will read a replacement tossup to the affected team off the clock. Any player on the affected team may answer the replacement tossup...
by setht
Fri Aug 07, 2015 1:10 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT rules revisions 2015
Replies: 13
Views: 4216

Re: NAQT rules revisions 2015

Here's another example of why I think the rule is bad. There was a tossup on parity at the 2012 ICT where the question was written such that it was impossible to tell if the sentence was over! The sentence was "Its namesake operator has eigenvalues plus and minus one,(&) and corresponds to reflecti...
by setht
Fri Aug 07, 2015 12:45 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT rules revisions 2015
Replies: 13
Views: 4216

Re: NAQT rules revisions 2015

Here's another example of why I think the rule is bad. There was a tossup on parity at the 2012 ICT where the question was written such that it was impossible to tell if the sentence was over! The sentence was "Its namesake operator has eigenvalues plus and minus one,(&) and corresponds to reflecti...
by setht
Fri Aug 07, 2015 12:35 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT rules revisions 2015
Replies: 13
Views: 4216

Re: NAQT rules revisions 2015

I wanted to offer a few thoughts on rule J.13.d We understand there could be situations where the application of this rule will feel wrong to players, but "first sentence" was the best clear and objective measure we could come up with for "before this point we won't consider protests of the form 'my...
by setht
Mon Jul 20, 2015 4:16 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open at Michigan - August 8
Replies: 122
Views: 50248

Re: VCU Open at Michigan - August 8

With the signup of the Sethlene team, there are 7 teams officially signed up. If the Andrew/Nolan/Kurtis team officially signs up, then the field will be at a 8 teams, which is a perfect number. There are also two free agents (Noah Prince and Casey Bindas) and two open spots on the aforementioned t...
by setht
Mon Jul 20, 2015 3:52 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: UChicago Summer Practices
Replies: 11
Views: 4806

Re: UChicago Summer Practices

We've got Regenstein 205 reserved from 7-10 pm tonight. (Note that this is Regenstein, our normal meeting place, not Crerar where we met last Friday.) Now that CO has passed we'll go back to reading questions at a mix of levels. Maybe also some rounds of subject-specific stuff, or trash, or whatever...
by setht
Mon Jul 20, 2015 3:31 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER
Replies: 81
Views: 33047

Re: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER

It looks like I won't make it to any of the VCU Open sites you cannot fool me seth teitler So yeah, I can write a packet if some enterprising chemist and/or biologist would like to team up with me. Can we get a definitive yea or nay on whether this is happening? The stuff I wrote after quoting Jerr...
by setht
Thu Jul 16, 2015 12:02 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER
Replies: 81
Views: 33047

Re: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER

It looks like I won't make it to any of the VCU Open sites, so I'd also be interested in playing a delayed online mirror of this event, or in playing this as a side event paired with some later (open) tournament, e.g. Missouri Open.

-Seth
by setht
Sat Jul 11, 2015 2:20 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: UChicago Summer Practices
Replies: 11
Views: 4806

Re: UChicago Summer Practices

I would like to see a buzzer and hear a quizbowl question some time in the next week, maybe even twice in the next week. I would prefer to do this before Friday. I would also prefer not to do this on Monday, since John Lawrence isn't available then. Would people be interested in meeting up on one or...
by setht
Wed Jun 10, 2015 10:39 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Writing for NAQT: policy changes; new payment rates
Replies: 6
Views: 3872

Re: Writing for NAQT: policy changes

Is there a stated reason for this change? There are a couple things feeding into this, but I think the main impetus for the "18 years old + HS diploma" bit is that we've had to deal with some shenanigans involving inappropriate use of writer accounts, so we would like for our writers to be able to ...
by setht
Wed Jun 03, 2015 4:53 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 NAQT HSNCT: Congratulations Arcadia!
Replies: 70
Views: 41391

Re: 2015 NAQT HSNCT: Congratulations Arcadia!

Out of curiosity, why not consider powers per 20TH as tiebreakers if you want to still consider the value of tossups? Good teams will power questions against everybody, since they'll be attempting to beat teams to the question in competitive matches and certainly won't hesitate to buzz if they know...
by setht
Wed Jun 03, 2015 4:46 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 NAQT HSNCT: Congratulations Arcadia!
Replies: 70
Views: 41391

Re: 2015 NAQT HSNCT: Congratulations Arcadia!

-natural variation in PPB (take any team's performance on bonuses, chop it up into 30-bonus segments, and I'm confident you'll find a typical variation of more than 1 part per 30-bonus segment). It occurs to me that this isn't quite the right comparison to make. We're talking about a difference of ...
by setht
Tue Jun 02, 2015 5:56 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 NAQT HSNCT: Congratulations Arcadia!
Replies: 70
Views: 41391

Re: 2015 NAQT HSNCT: Congratulations Arcadia!

I arbitrarily picked two 7-3 teams with PPT/PPB inversion and looked at their strength of schedule: GNS went 7-3, 318.3 PP20, 18.75 PPB while playing a schedule that totaled 56-44 with 6 playoff teams and 1 winners' bracket team (La Jolla, who beat them by 300+). They lost their first game to 5-5 T...
by setht
Sun May 31, 2015 8:51 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Feynman's BONGOS: A Side Event (for PACE and maybe HSNCT)
Replies: 65
Views: 36623

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

Thanks for writing and running the tournament, Selene and I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

-Seth
by setht
Wed May 20, 2015 9:29 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Wacky Practice Formats
Replies: 21
Views: 11762

Re: Wacky Practice Formats

The UC Berkeley club lexicon preserves three wacky formats we developed circa 2001: Fijian Modified Caprivian Modified Prussian These are all fun, but Modified Caprivian is.. favorite.. format.. playing.. old. Just.. sure.. avoid.. violations. On another note, there has been a sad decline in club le...
by setht
Wed May 20, 2015 9:29 am
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Wacky Practice Formats
Replies: 21
Views: 9093

Re: Wacky Practice Formats

The UC Berkeley club lexicon preserves three wacky formats we developed circa 2001: Fijian Modified Caprivian Modified Prussian These are all fun, but Modified Caprivian is.. favorite.. format.. playing.. old. Just.. sure.. avoid.. violations. On another note, there has been a sad decline in club le...
by setht
Sat May 09, 2015 12:47 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015-16 Schedule, Discussion
Replies: 79
Views: 39936

Re: 2015-16 Schedule, Discussion

Shan Kothari has joined the project to work on the Biology + Other Science I'll note further that I've tied my participation to whether there is demand/support/space for such a tournament, so that's something that I'd like feedback on. I demand and support this tournament, but have no space to offe...
by setht
Fri Apr 17, 2015 9:05 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Side events at the 2015 HSNCT
Replies: 11
Views: 6854

Re: Side events at the 2015 HSNCT

Feynmann's BONGOS , an all-science event I'll vote for running the HSNCT edition of BONGOS on Saturday evening before ACFNATIONALS, if possible. Or maybe at the same time? I don't know if there's overlap in the fields, or issues getting enough staff. I do know that I'm old and like sleeping. -Seth
by setht
Sun Apr 12, 2015 6:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: STIMPY Skype Mirror (4/11)
Replies: 33
Views: 14109

Re: STIMPY Skype Mirror (4/11)

Selene and I had a really good time playing this. Thanks to everyone who wrote and edited the set, to Dan for organizing, to everyone who read, and to everyone who "showed up" to play.

-Seth
by setht
Sun Apr 12, 2015 6:49 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Science Side Event 2015
Replies: 20
Views: 6642

Re: Science Side Event 2015

I'm happy to write a large chunk of a packet for this. Doubles or maybe triples seems like a good option. The proposed tossups-only distribution seems good. I'd definitely play this if it somehow wound up happening on CO weekend (and in that case I'm pretty sure Selene would also play); if it's on V...
by setht
Mon Mar 30, 2015 9:45 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion: 2015 Division II ICT
Replies: 12
Views: 3304

Re: Question-specific discussion: 2015 Division II ICT

The Nyx tossup claimed that she and her sister produced Hemera, and I was like, Erebus is a woman? Luckily I didn't neg with Erebus because the tossup asked for the counterpart to Hemera. This was caught and fixed in DI (I changed "sister" to "sibling") but I messed up and didn't fix the converted ...