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by setht
Thu May 05, 2005 12:07 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 05 discussion
Replies: 30
Views: 19408

ezubaric wrote:If there's no overlap with individuals who want to do the Fine Arts singles, that would probably be the best time.
There's overlap.

-Seth
by setht
Thu Apr 07, 2005 1:41 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: ACF Nationals aftermath/discussion
Replies: 50
Views: 58311

Another point I'd like to make: It seems that science has become a category in which many of the questions are only answerable by people who have taken advanced courses in various subjects. This is not the case with any other category of the game. I felt that the science this past weekend was gener...
by setht
Wed Apr 06, 2005 7:09 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: ACF Nationals aftermath/discussion
Replies: 50
Views: 58311

I learned about the S matrix in a terrible quantum mechanics course I took 2 and a half years ago. From what I could tell at the time, it seemed like an important concept, but I'm not really sure, because the class, as mentioned before, was terrible. Anyway, my guess at the end of the tossup was "tr...
by setht
Mon Apr 04, 2005 7:34 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2005 Carper Award
Replies: 3
Views: 2699

Mr. Steinhice is a couple letters away from having no spine, but does have a long history of hosting tournaments. This is another fine example of the power of r & b.

-Seth
by setht
Thu Mar 10, 2005 2:27 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Predictions
Replies: 12
Views: 7913

Selene and Susan are playing on Chicago A.

-Seth
by setht
Thu Mar 10, 2005 2:26 am
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: ACF Regionals Commentary
Replies: 51
Views: 53219

As far as I can tell, Walter Munk never headed a project to drill a hole to the Gutenberg discontinuity. I don't think anyone else has ever proposed such a project, either. Except the writers of The Core.

Long live Project Mohole!

-Seth
by setht
Tue Mar 08, 2005 8:06 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: ACF Regionals Commentary
Replies: 51
Views: 53219

Here's the Parkinson's Disease bonus. Answer some questions relating to Parkinson's Disease FTPE. A. Parkinson's specifically degrades this collection of cell bodies outside the CNS that comprises the substantia nigra, caudate nucleus, and putamen. Answer: basal ganglia B. The major gene for Parkins...
by setht
Tue Mar 08, 2005 5:08 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: ACF Regionals Commentary
Replies: 51
Views: 53219

Having talked things over a bit with people, I guess I should say that the Moho discontinuity, which I called a "decent question," is in fact scandalously guessable off the first clue. I suppose I was trying to be encouraging of people writing geophysics, but perhaps consistency in putting everythin...
by setht
Tue Mar 08, 2005 1:31 am
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: ACF Regionals Commentary
Replies: 51
Views: 53219

Harvard A/Maryland A Random walk: nice question. Beer's law, Raman: seem kinda easy kinda fast. Maryland B Radiation dosimetry bonus: as Jerry already noted, this type of question is complete ass. I actually find radiation dosage units questions even more offensive than other units questions, since ...
by setht
Tue Mar 08, 2005 12:02 am
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: ACF Regionals Commentary
Replies: 51
Views: 53219

Of the science tossups that have been mentioned so far, I'd say the WKB tossup is the only one that feels too hard. I agree that many bonus parts were quite hard, but I think most bonus questions struck a fairly good balance between some reasonably well-known answers and some more challenging answer...
by setht
Mon Mar 07, 2005 11:54 am
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: ACF Regionals Commentary
Replies: 51
Views: 53219

More thoughts on science... Actually, before I continue nitpicking my way through the physical science questions, I wanted to say again that I really enjoyed the questions. I thought the science questions were good overall--the objections I'm making are minor quibbles compared with the glaring probl...
by setht
Mon Mar 07, 2005 1:24 am
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: ACF Regionals Commentary
Replies: 51
Views: 53219

Here are my thoughts on the science in the first three rounds. I can see that I'm going to talk way too much, so I'll split things up rather than have a massive post on the whole set. Berkeley A Polaris: like most questions on stars or constellations, this one doesn't really talk much about scientif...
by setht
Sun Mar 06, 2005 8:26 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: ACF Regionals Commentary
Replies: 51
Views: 53219

I really enjoyed the Regionals set. There were many questions where I had no clue, but then there are many subjects in which I am thoroughly ignorant, so that's as it should be. I did tune out some questions as a result, but I do that at every tournament; if anything, I do it more frequently at NAQT...
by setht
Sun Mar 06, 2005 7:58 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ICT predictions
Replies: 14
Views: 7836

Chicago's A team will be the same one from Sectionals.

-Seth
by setht
Tue Feb 22, 2005 1:47 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals
Replies: 16
Views: 9338

I'm pretty sure I (and many other Chicagoans) will make it. This is even better than that time they had the ICT in LA.
by setht
Thu Dec 09, 2004 2:45 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2004-2005 Predictions?
Replies: 23
Views: 13692

Seeing as how I'm being flattered in this thread for no good reason, I feel obligated to reply with several points. Jerry, you're being flattered for a very good reason. We're all hoping you'll become complacent and skip studying for nationals. 1) I don't think Farris reads this board (and I'm sure...
by setht
Wed Dec 08, 2004 11:18 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2004-2005 Predictions?
Replies: 23
Views: 13692

NAQT: Berkeley looked awfully good last year. If it hadn't been for an out-of-this-world performance by Subash, they'd be going for a three-peat this year. Since I don't think Subash is playing, I'll pick them to win back-to-back titles. Has that ever been done? I assume that Florida, Michigan, Ill...