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by Amizda Calyx
Thu Jul 25, 2019 9:33 pm
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: Climate change and quizbowl
Replies: 29
Views: 6665

Re: Climate change and quizbowl

I brought this up years ago on the irc, but there are several companies that rent out laptops for business conferences. We could even pre-load digital scoresheets and packets onto them before distributing to moderators. I don't know how much this would cost, or how much more we're willing to pay in ...
by Amizda Calyx
Sun May 26, 2019 3:42 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2019
Replies: 92
Views: 22622

Re: Player Poll 2019

Something I've been wondering about the last few years is whether the lack of anonymity in ballot submission turns off many potential voters. I realize having the organizer looking at each person's ballot can basically eliminate troll/insincere submissions, but I feel like it can also make sincere p...
by Amizda Calyx
Thu May 16, 2019 5:00 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Side Event Summer Wrangling
Replies: 14
Views: 5435

Re: Side Event Summer Wrangling

Are there any plans to run CANONEXPANSION at NSC? I won't be able to make it to HSNCT.
by Amizda Calyx
Mon Apr 22, 2019 8:28 pm
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: Stats on women's participation at ICTs (open for discussion)
Replies: 14
Views: 9047

Re: Stats on women's participation at ICTs (open for discussion)

I've updated the NSC and some ICT stats (the graphs in earlier posts). Additionally, I'm going through and calculating retention rates for NSC. New graph in progress here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/e/2PACX-1vQsMjPIi8kN1Bs44e_zSPPVVYq9NbJ4TXTfCvYYQ2F9Wk2j6vLfd79XFVBLBqdCHourfpFpVl_7My9A/...
by Amizda Calyx
Wed Apr 03, 2019 8:36 pm
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: How We Treat Each Other: 2019
Replies: 32
Views: 11247

Re: How We Treat Each Other: 2019

Why is it like pulling teeth for me to show up to ICT and convince people to leave the tournament at the end of the day and go eat a good dinner and then go out to enjoy a little nightlife in one of the largest cities in America? Isn't that what friends do? A contributing factor to this is almost c...
by Amizda Calyx
Sun Jul 22, 2018 12:30 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Rutgers Summer Practices (Open to all)
Replies: 22
Views: 7263

Re: Rutgers Summer Practices (Open to all)

If people would like a more consistent summer practice location, I can offer my lab's meeting room in Nelson A237 on Busch. It's very close to both the ARC and library bus stops and has a parking lot immediately next to it. Practice would need to start before 9 since the doors lock then, but I or (p...
by Amizda Calyx
Wed Jun 06, 2018 12:47 am
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: How to be Better at Being an Ally
Replies: 11
Views: 7521

Re: How to be Better at Being an Ally

Something I'd like to point out is that people shouldn't conflate respect and conscientiousness around women with being patronizing or handling us with kid-gloves. And I also think it's unhelpful to assume everything critical (even many things *unfairly* critical) of a woman's comments or actions is...
by Amizda Calyx
Fri Apr 27, 2018 8:20 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 121
Views: 39584

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

I actually quite enjoy science history questions (and even helped write a small tournament on the history of science and technology); I just prefer that they appear as part of a distinct subdistribution rather than in the 4/4 science. I think this is partly influenced by my being a specialist player...
by Amizda Calyx
Fri Apr 27, 2018 2:45 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 121
Views: 39584

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

Basically my only complaint is the Haldane tossup," ... "I personally feel that books written for laypeople should NOT appear in science questions, and especially not *multiple* books Do you mind if I ask if 1) This is just for Nats difficulty, and not across the board? Or is this something that sh...
by Amizda Calyx
Thu Apr 26, 2018 11:41 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 121
Views: 39584

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

I was similarly surprised to see Oparin-Haldane showing up in so many high school sets when I started editing VHSL, but then I TAed gen bio at Rutgers and they went over it so I guess it's a legitimate thing that is taught now. I don't like the clue either, though. I would also suggest people use as...
by Amizda Calyx
Wed Apr 25, 2018 7:38 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 121
Views: 39584

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

I really liked the bio answerlines in this set! Basically my only complaint is the Haldane tossup, which was solidly science history (and included several non-bio history clues at that). I personally feel that books written for laypeople should NOT appear in science questions, and especially not *mu...
by Amizda Calyx
Mon Mar 05, 2018 2:31 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CMST: Specific question discussion
Replies: 74
Views: 10767

Re: CMST: Specific question discussion

I really liked the first three bio bonuses in this set, although the dynamin one didn't seem to have an actual pronoun? It was clear what it intended to ask about anyway though. Can I see the tossup on Ras? I can't remember if there was something in the first line that distinguished the Ras pathway ...
by Amizda Calyx
Mon Feb 12, 2018 4:00 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: We Need an Alternative to the Women in Quizbowl Forum
Replies: 35
Views: 12148

Re: We Need an Alternative to the Women in Quizbowl Forum

The "onus of responsibility" that has been touched on by others in this thread is something that really resonates with me. I'm not a very social person. Directly talking one-on-one to most people, especially people I don't know, is exhausting and makes me anxious, and I'm pretty sure I come off as r...
by Amizda Calyx
Sun Nov 19, 2017 3:55 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: WAO II Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 88
Views: 12207

Re: WAO II Specific Question Discussion

I am curious to see the tossup on the mitochondrial inner membrane, since I don't think my submitted evo-bio tossup on mitochondria contained explicit membrane stuff. I really liked the DSCAM clue for Down syndrome and the Jablonski clue for PS2. Overall I thought the bio was quite good, although th...
by Amizda Calyx
Wed Jun 28, 2017 3:37 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NASAT Player Eligibility
Replies: 2
Views: 3458

Re: NASAT Player Eligibility

Sam Braunfeld did initial editing/feedback on all of the math as well.
by Amizda Calyx
Sun Jun 18, 2017 5:30 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Subject-specific player polls
Replies: 29
Views: 12584

Re: Subject-specific player polls

The Ununtiable Twine wrote:math player poll:

1. Harrison Brown

math team poll:

1. Alabama 2012-13
I'd also like to point to Sam Braunfeld and Samir Khan as great math players, as they scored 48 and 46 powers respectively at Math Monstrosity while playing on the same team.
by Amizda Calyx
Tue May 02, 2017 2:33 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements
Replies: 577
Views: 289248

Re: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements

I can read the unused portions of the Rutgers Nats packet (half of the finals tiebreaker packet) plus the used questions too if people are interested. I'd be doing this around 9PM Saturday. Whoops, I was a dufus and forgot that the next Saturday after my post was actually the very next day; I meant...
by Amizda Calyx
Fri Apr 28, 2017 1:24 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements
Replies: 577
Views: 289248

Re: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements

I can read the unused portions of the Rutgers Nats packet (half of the finals tiebreaker packet) plus the used questions too if people are interested. I'd be doing this around 9PM Saturday.
by Amizda Calyx
Tue Apr 25, 2017 3:49 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals Thanks and Discussion
Replies: 70
Views: 29049

Re: ACF Nationals Thanks and Discussion

I understand that, but it seemed like this "caution" applied only to the physiology/cell bio. Biochem had stuff like an easy part on tryptophan where the easiest clue was that it has an indole group...and then you have a neuro bonus with the easy part on axons after axons had already been mentioned ...
by Amizda Calyx
Tue Apr 25, 2017 2:24 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals Thanks and Discussion
Replies: 70
Views: 29049

Re: ACF Nationals Thanks and Discussion

I liked the bio tossups in this set quite a bit. The A. tumefaciens , CYP450, and poly-A tails ones were fresh and pretty interesting. I wasn't a fan of the ketogenesis tossup, though. I spent quite a bit of time wondering if it wanted a specific fatty acid metabolism process like β oxidation, but r...
by Amizda Calyx
Thu Mar 30, 2017 2:45 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Oxford Open 2017: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 17
Views: 2667

Re: Specific Question Discussion

The science, or at least biology, was...not good, although somewhat consistent with regards to its high school-level difficulty. Seriously guys. Check packet archives or aseemsdb for clue placement at least! Chromaffin cells do not belong anywhere close to power, even at NSC or Prison Bowl . The ans...
by Amizda Calyx
Sat Jan 28, 2017 3:47 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Harvard Fall Tournament (HFT) XI Is Available For Mirrors
Replies: 27
Views: 15167

Re: Harvard Fall Tournament (HFT) XI Is Available For Mirror

Some comments after seven rounds: I'd suggest if you want more successful mirrors of this tournament, you should include at least some pronunciation guides. Even experienced readers are going to be tripped up on Polish names! And I don't think I saw any PGs for science terms either. The leadins and ...
by Amizda Calyx
Fri Dec 23, 2016 2:36 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: IRC Festivus 2016: Still Not Dead Yet
Replies: 120
Views: 51056

Re: IRC Festivus 2016: Still Not Dead Yet

Oops, I have to go into lab today so I don't think I'll be able to read my dozens of awful questions. :(
by Amizda Calyx
Tue Dec 20, 2016 5:51 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Continuing to rethink the distribution
Replies: 54
Views: 17584

Re: Continuing to rethink the distribution

GRRR they tossed up an 18th century scientist and you lost a game because of it. Get over yourself. Know more things. Just to quickly clarify what I think most science players' objections would be to a history of science question replacing a pure science question: most science classes, at least in ...
by Amizda Calyx
Fri Dec 09, 2016 5:45 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: On Exactitude in Science Writing
Replies: 45
Views: 19959

Re: On Exactitude in Science Writing

And speaking of Andrew Wang, Joelle claimed upthread that one of her posts was better in tone than Andrew Wang. That is categorically false, Andrew Wang is probably the most articulate, concise, and well-toned poster I know (how can you be all three at the same time?!?!). who's the :capybara: ing i...
by Amizda Calyx
Fri Dec 09, 2016 2:00 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: On Exactitude in Science Writing
Replies: 45
Views: 19959

Re: On Exactitude in Science Writing

I have to take Billy and Ike's side on the utility of this thread - if I were a new writer, I wouldn't worry too much about what's going on in this thread, focus more on writing questions from your textbooks and class notes, and let the editors, with their experience, fix up your questions. Further...
by Amizda Calyx
Wed Dec 07, 2016 6:15 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: On Exactitude in Science Writing
Replies: 45
Views: 19959

Re: On Exactitude in Science Writing

Ok, I'm getting pretty frustrated that people seem to be latching onto this idea that my entire post is about "clue fragment ambiguity" and that I'm forcing nitpickiness down the throats of "new writers". Maybe I should have changed the title to "On Exactitude in Science Editing" or just dropped the...
by Amizda Calyx
Tue Dec 06, 2016 2:44 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: On Exactitude in Science Writing
Replies: 45
Views: 19959

Re: On Exactitude in Science Writing

This post was vague about its target audience mostly because I've seen issues with clues from all levels of writing experience. But I think primarily I aimed it at new editors and editors for categories that aren't their specialty , with the hope that seasoned writers/editors would chime in (as som...
by Amizda Calyx
Sat Dec 03, 2016 4:10 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: On Exactitude in Science Writing
Replies: 45
Views: 19959

Re: On Exactitude in Science Writing

Well, Max, I'm sorry I've evidently caused you so much anguish with my criticism of a question you apparently wrote that you, Adam, and I all agree was poorly executed. Anyway, as I said upthread, let's keep personal "roasts" to a minimum and return to the kind of helpful advice for writers/editors ...
by Amizda Calyx
Fri Dec 02, 2016 3:08 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: On Exactitude in Science Writing
Replies: 45
Views: 19959

Re: On Exactitude in Science Writing

I don't know about biology in specific, but if you're writing submissions for the categories of science that I do, I would much, much, much, much, prefer that you use class notes and lectures slides over something like wikipedia. One of the problems with this post is that it's not obvious who it's ...
by Amizda Calyx
Sat Nov 26, 2016 1:22 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: On Exactitude in Science Writing
Replies: 45
Views: 19959

Re: On Exactitude in Science Writing

This is exactly the type of advice I was hoping would show up in this thread, and is a lot more applicable for writers with not much science experience than my vague high-standards editing guidelines. If more seasoned science people could jump in with examples from other fields, that would be great....
by Amizda Calyx
Sat Nov 26, 2016 3:02 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: On Exactitude in Science Writing
Replies: 45
Views: 19959

Re: On Exactitude in Science Writing

I absolutely endorse purposefully cluing contemporary researchers to reward people with deep knowledge -- but it's not so great when a name is dropped early on as part of an intended hard clue that players with only cursory knowledge of a topic can buzz on. It's kind of like having a leadin that use...
by Amizda Calyx
Fri Nov 25, 2016 10:46 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: On Exactitude in Science Writing
Replies: 45
Views: 19959

Re: On Exactitude in Science Writing

Another thing I wanted to note, and which was mentioned (with different examples) by Adam in the Terrapin general discussion: Players can gather context from clues outside of the specific content you are cluing. For example, in a tossup on yeast, describing an obscure metabolic pathway characterized...
by Amizda Calyx
Fri Nov 25, 2016 6:48 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: On Exactitude in Science Writing
Replies: 45
Views: 19959

On Exactitude in Science Writing

This is somewhat prompted by recent discussions, but I started writing this a couple months ago when I first came up with the title for this thread. So here are some observations and tips regarding science writing. New writers and people writing for a science subject with which they are unfamiliar, ...
by Amizda Calyx
Wed Nov 23, 2016 7:42 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 Terrapin Specific Question Discussion and Errata
Replies: 71
Views: 8618

Re: 2016 Terrapin Specific Question Discussion and Errata

Also, can I see the tossup on Antigone? I think I heard the pronoun for the leadin as "this play" and despite remembering that particular Eurydice anachronism I got really confused thinking "no way would they toss up Anouilh's Antigone , this must be from something else" and waited until it mentione...
by Amizda Calyx
Tue Nov 22, 2016 11:36 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: IRC Festivus 2016: Still Not Dead Yet
Replies: 120
Views: 51056

Re: IRC Festivus 2016: Still Not Dead Yet

I have like 50+ shitty questions mostly in medicine and real science that I could probably read.
by Amizda Calyx
Tue Nov 22, 2016 3:23 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 Terrapin Specific Question Discussion and Errata
Replies: 71
Views: 8618

Re: 2016 Terrapin Specific Question Discussion and Errata

This genus’s amyloliquefaciens species produces the enzyme barnase, which is known for its extremely tight binding with its inhibitor barstar. For 10 points each: [10] Name this genus of Gram-positive, rod-shaped bacteria. Its subtilis species is found in soil and its cereus species causes food poi...
by Amizda Calyx
Mon Nov 21, 2016 9:09 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 Terrapin Specific Question Discussion and Errata
Replies: 71
Views: 8618

Re: 2016 Terrapin Specific Question Discussion and Errata

The bio in this set was good! I don't think I have any errata, although I'd like to see the insulin tossup since I think I remember a PTEN clue that confused me. The PTEN clue was in the thyroid tossup: Cancer in the prostate, breasts, uterus, and this structure can be caused by mutations in PTEN. ...
by Amizda Calyx
Mon Nov 21, 2016 3:43 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 Terrapin Specific Question Discussion and Errata
Replies: 71
Views: 8618

Re: 2016 Terrapin Specific Question Discussion and Errata

The bio in this set was good! I don't think I have any errata, although I'd like to see the insulin tossup since I think I remember a PTEN clue that confused me. The only complaint would be that fetal hemoglobin was too early (shouldn't be in power) and a couple bonuses seemed to have two easyish pa...
by Amizda Calyx
Tue Nov 08, 2016 7:17 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: PB 2016: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 82
Views: 11778

Re: PB 2016: Specific Question Discussion

11. These organisms are infected by the tapeworm D. robusta, and their milk contains the cathelicidin saha-CATH5, which kills MRSA. The strong jaws of this organism are similar to those of the hyena, an example of convergent evolution. These organisms are most closely related to quolls within the f...
by Amizda Calyx
Tue Nov 08, 2016 2:10 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 ACF Fall general discussion
Replies: 49
Views: 18652

Re: 2016 ACF Fall general discussion

I've been read a few bio tossups and noticed some errors: Packet 1 (CalTech A/Lawrence A): 12. Damage to this organ can occur when a deficiency of alpha-1-antitrypsin causes elastase from breaking down its tissues. ??? Angiotensin I is converted to angiotensin II by ACE in this organ. AI is converte...
by Amizda Calyx
Wed Oct 26, 2016 12:09 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: PB 2016: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 82
Views: 11778

Re: PB 2016: Specific Question Discussion

It's not obvious to me why this answerline is French peasants and not French peasants , especially since the question starts dropping the names of French things fairly early. After all, French peasants are not a distinct organization but rather merely peasants who happen to live in France. I'll not...
by Amizda Calyx
Mon Oct 24, 2016 9:08 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Penn Bowl 2016 (10/22/16)
Replies: 54
Views: 30150

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Penn Bowl 2016 (10/22/16)

Also, I would like to ask again: what metrics were used to seed teams for this event? Once Paul (the TD) announced that we had hit the field cap for the number of readers that we could guarantee, several teams were persistent (with various degrees of politeness) in pushing for the field to be expan...
by Amizda Calyx
Mon Oct 24, 2016 8:55 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: EFT 2016: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 63
Views: 8714

Re: Specific Question Discussion

Furstenberg is an ergodic theorist and has therefore proved lots of things topologically (literally most of the things he's done)...for example, Szemeredi's theorem (Rutgers!), which would be a topological proof about integers.
by Amizda Calyx
Mon Oct 24, 2016 12:18 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: PB 2016: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 82
Views: 11778

Re: PB 2016: Specific Question Discussion

Our team negged the "decryption" tossup with "factorisation" on the clue about Shor's algorithm - could the clue made more specific? Sam also negged "decryption" with "factorization". I'll echo the complaints about "smoldering" being in power as well as the quasi-steady-state bonus part. The tossup...
by Amizda Calyx
Mon Oct 24, 2016 1:33 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: EFT 2016: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 63
Views: 8714

Re: Specific Question Discussion

It's promptable, shouldn't be outright acceptable... Propositional logic formula or expression ought to be in the answer though. A minor nitpick: the "conjunctive normal" clue seems to be conflating boolean functions with boolean formulas, which further supports "formulas" as an answerline. Maybe EE...
by Amizda Calyx
Sun Oct 23, 2016 11:35 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Penn Bowl 2016 (10/22/16)
Replies: 54
Views: 30150

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Penn Bowl 2016 (10/22/16)

It was somewhat disappointing that the morning of the tournament, before the time delay had even manifested, the 13 rounds guaranteed in the logistics email were reduced to 9 (actually Rutgers only played 8.75 because Hunter had inexplicably booked their train tickets for 6 PM and had to dash out mi...
by Amizda Calyx
Sun Oct 23, 2016 1:09 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Penn Bowl 2016 (10/22/16)
Replies: 54
Views: 30150

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Penn Bowl 2016 (10/22/16)

"All teams are guaranteed 13 rounds." :/
by Amizda Calyx
Sat Oct 08, 2016 2:24 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: EFT 2016: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 63
Views: 8714

Re: Specific Question Discussion

I mean, my main complaint with the leadin was the confusing wording in the original formulation; I think through my own reading and your response we've cleared up what each of our interpretations of the inhibin clue was. Also, I want to emphasize that my initial stance was based on thinking the toss...
by Amizda Calyx
Wed Oct 05, 2016 3:40 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Early Fall Tournament @ NYU (October 1st, 2016)
Replies: 15
Views: 8492

Re: Early Fall Tournament @ NYU (October 1st, 2016)

Also, when will the stats be updated to reflect major corrections?