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by negatron
Sun Feb 07, 2010 7:00 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Welcome to the 2010 SCT discussion.
Replies: 228
Views: 25613

Re: Welcome to the 2010 SCT discussion.

What about the awful redshift question? Using a classical test of general relativity as an initial clue, then following it up by saying "gravitational form of this effect" and finally "can be caused by differences in velocity" before explaining that it is related to the Doppler effect means that goo...
by negatron
Fri Sep 18, 2009 10:47 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: geography's role in the canon, round 398479386987
Replies: 147
Views: 31795

Re: Chicago Open 2009 Discussion

I think there's major support for doing something about o-chem taking over the chemistry distribution; at the bare minimum, a hard cap of 1 o-chem question per packet is long overdue. The issue with doing that is there isn't quite as much inorganic chemistry to write questions on. Watch for history...
by negatron
Sun Aug 30, 2009 1:22 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Behavior at tournaments & productive feedback
Replies: 33
Views: 4748

Re: Behavior at tournaments & productive feedback

Once my teacher was reading college questions and read a question about David Mamet. It seemed to have been written by David Mamet. The extra swearing didn't really contribute anything to the question. I mean, a question about Sade which describes his work is one thing, but the mamet question should...
by negatron
Wed Aug 12, 2009 9:26 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Next Year
Replies: 74
Views: 9712

Re: Next Year

BCA is keeping Jay (bio king) and Gabe (US politics). Stephanie Yuen is going to become better, and she already knows more about China then anyone else. Of course we don't stand a chance against those crazy Hunter eighth-graders. I have no idea what Guy has done to them. But I think that as Jay impr...
by negatron
Tue Jun 09, 2009 8:13 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Better Stats
Replies: 20
Views: 3465

Better Stats

Does anyone have a better bunch of stats then PPTH, P/N, and bonus conversion to rank teams and players? These statistics breakdown because of failing to account for field difficulty and because bonus conversion can potentially be on the basis of one bonus, which would give an unrealistic idea of ho...
by negatron
Fri May 08, 2009 5:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Class of 09, Where Will You Be Playing Next Year
Replies: 79
Views: 17423

Re: Class of 09, Where Will You Be Playing Next Year

I will be playing quizbowl at UChicago.
by negatron
Wed Feb 25, 2009 7:27 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: BOAT(New Jersey Area)
Replies: 7
Views: 1337

BOAT(New Jersey Area)

On April 4 BCA Quizbowl will host BOAT, the Bergen Open Academic Tournament. (Note, this is in New Jersey). You can play without fear that I will epically neg, as I will be one of the people running it. If you are interested in registration please email watsonbladd@gmail.com. I will respond with fee...
by negatron
Mon Aug 11, 2008 6:40 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Math Question Discourse: From "An Open Letter to NAQT"
Replies: 123
Views: 22404

Re: An Open Letter to NAQT

I agree that this is strangely similar to a math competition - in fact, I wouldn't object to a math competition that used solely this type of question in tossup form a la quizbowl. What I object to is combining this perfectly acceptable math competition with quizbowl because it doesn't follow the s...
by negatron
Mon Aug 11, 2008 6:25 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Playing Charter a lot
Replies: 118
Views: 13019

Re: Midwest Championship on May 10, 2008, at Culver Acad. (IN)

I find that an incredibly ignorant statement and one which doesn't reflect the issue that me and Andrew were bringing up. Which is what, exactly? What are you proposing, in concrete terms? I suppose some kind of schedule in which six teams from the same school did not all land in the same division ...
by negatron
Wed Jun 18, 2008 4:37 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Math Question Discourse: From "An Open Letter to NAQT"
Replies: 123
Views: 22404

Re: An Open Letter to NAQT

Instead of these silly word problems that deal with algebra computation and geometry computation, let us throw in calculus computation and linear algebra computation. What is needed for math computation to become a serious category of quizbowl is to expand its canon. Go beyond the high school curri...
by negatron
Wed Jun 18, 2008 3:13 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Buzzing Strategy
Replies: 21
Views: 5178

Re: Buzzing Strategy

I have a buzzing strategy recommendation. I push the button when I think I know an answer. This reminds me of a classic pep talk that Austin Zheng gave when I was a freshman: "If you know the answer, buzz in. If you don't know the answer, don't buzz in." My version: "If you think you know the answe...