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by Chimango Caracara
Fri Jul 24, 2015 9:54 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: RILKE Discussion
Replies: 33
Views: 4899

Re: RILKE Discussion

stuff about chickens Nick, the chicken thing is an example of a model organism that I would argue is famous but not as knowable as other ones we tossup like, say E. coli. As far as I can tell, I was responding to John's point with that example. I don't know why you're even referring to Cane Ridge R...
by Chimango Caracara
Fri Jul 24, 2015 5:20 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: RILKE Discussion
Replies: 33
Views: 4899

Re: RILKE Discussion

Sure, so I don't look at it like "is this the 7th hardest tossupable answer on Gass*" or not. While I certainly do factor in giveaway difficulty into account, I ask myself if the topic is knowable. Personally, my (gambling) gut tells me that very, very, very few people know anything about Frank Chi...
by Chimango Caracara
Fri Jul 24, 2015 12:07 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: RILKE Discussion
Replies: 33
Views: 4899

Re: RILKE Discussion

Joseph Conrad I don't want to pick on this particular question too much, but maybe the thought process it reveals reflects on the rest of the tournament. I wrote a question for the seeding packet in last year's Gorilla Lit on "Typhoon," because I'd seen it around a great deal, read it and liked it,...
by Chimango Caracara
Thu Jul 23, 2015 7:19 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: RILKE Discussion
Replies: 33
Views: 4899

Re: RILKE Discussion

Will and Ike, you both raise good points, and I know how frustrating it is to only retroactively recognize a clue from a book you've read, especially one you liked. I tried to make all my clues both evocative and interesting, both to help players who have read the works recall them, and to interest ...
by Chimango Caracara
Thu Jul 23, 2015 1:02 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: RILKE Discussion
Replies: 33
Views: 4899

Re: RILKE Discussion

I have to agree that many of the common links were excessively hard. The vision for this tournament that John laid out was to have common links which would have early clues about works that are worth knowing but that don't come up much, but later clues about canonical works, in order to incorporate...
by Chimango Caracara
Sat May 31, 2014 12:40 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Wodern Morld - A Real Replacement Side Event That is Real
Replies: 31
Views: 7957

Re: Wodern Morld - A Real Replacement Side Event That is Rea

Anyone who would like to have the cleaned-up Modern World questions, for this or other events, can email me to get a copy. There are 10 packets of 20 tossups and bonuses and one additional packet of 20 tossups. I tried to salvage as many questions as possible, but I apologize in advance if I overloo...
by Chimango Caracara
Thu May 29, 2014 5:43 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Wodern Morld - A Real Replacement Side Event That is Real
Replies: 31
Views: 7957

Re: Wodern Morld - A Real Replacement Side Event That is Rea

I can get rid of the problematic Modern World questions and organize the hopefully-not-terrible ones into new packets for anyone who is interested in them.

-Nick
by Chimango Caracara
Tue May 27, 2014 9:44 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Modern World Tournament - Post-NSC Mirror
Replies: 135
Views: 51141

Re: Modern World Tournament - Post-NSC Mirror

Stats will be posted as soon as I have all the files in my possession. Thanks to everybody who helped staff this event. I have heard from multiple sources that Blake, Bruce Arthur's non-quizbowl playing friend, was threatened during the first round by a member of Matt Weiner's team after that playe...
by Chimango Caracara
Mon May 26, 2014 11:09 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Modern World Tournament - Post-NSC Mirror
Replies: 135
Views: 51141

Re: Modern World Tournament - Post-NSC Mirror

Hi everyone, I'm very sorry that this tournament was such an unpleasant experience. While I am gratified to hear that people apparently liked at least some of my questions, I do feel responsible for failing to fix all the problems with other questions in the set. I spent a long time editing Kirk's q...
by Chimango Caracara
Mon Apr 14, 2014 7:54 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2014: April 12 & 13 at Columbia University NYC
Replies: 102
Views: 57317

Re: ACF Nationals 2014: April 12 & 13 at Columbia University

I can't really defend my actions. For fairly petty reasons, I made a bad decision that ended up inconveniencing a lot of people, and I'm very sorry about that. I hope that everyone can move on from this incident and not let it tarnish a tournament that, question-wise, was one of the most interesting...
by Chimango Caracara
Sun Apr 13, 2014 8:57 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2014: April 12 & 13 at Columbia University NYC
Replies: 102
Views: 57317

Re: ACF Nationals 2014: April 12 & 13 at Columbia University

I apologize to the teams to the teams who were impacted by our team forfeiting. I would like everyone who is angry at Cameron to note that he had to drive us to New York on Friday, got less than 6 hours of sleep Friday night and then didn't get back to the hotel until about 1 AM last night. He need...
by Chimango Caracara
Sun Apr 13, 2014 7:45 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2014: April 12 & 13 at Columbia University NYC
Replies: 102
Views: 57317

Re: ACF Nationals 2014: April 12 & 13 at Columbia University

I apologize to the teams to the teams who were impacted by our team forfeiting. I would like everyone who is angry at Cameron to note that he had to drive us to New York on Friday, got less than 6 hours of sleep Friday night and then didn't get back to the hotel until about 1 AM last night. He neede...
by Chimango Caracara
Mon Mar 31, 2014 5:12 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Lederberg 2 Discussion
Replies: 33
Views: 9316

Re: Lederberg 2 Discussion

I thought there were a lot of cool answerlines in this tournament. I especially liked the questions on gene duplication, the TCR, calmodulin, hybrid sterility and C-H bonds.
by Chimango Caracara
Fri Mar 21, 2014 1:30 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO Matchmaking
Replies: 36
Views: 11316

Re: CO Matchmaking

It looks like I'll be able to make it to CO. I like writing quizbowl questions better than playing quizbowl, so if you'd like someone else to write your entire packet (except music, probably) for the earliest deadline, you should put me on your team. I can't promise great things in terms of playing,...
by Chimango Caracara
Fri Mar 21, 2014 11:15 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Biology and Chemistry
Replies: 30
Views: 4467

Re: Biology and Chemistry

I was coming here to comment on the heavy weighting of protein/molecule-related questions (I wasn't even going to touch the ecology distribution...), but it looks like the Berkeley mirror unfortunately just didn't get to some of the more physiology-based tossups (hearing, phagocytosis, PSI). I do t...
by Chimango Caracara
Sun Mar 16, 2014 12:10 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Biology and Chemistry
Replies: 30
Views: 4467

Re: Biology and Chemistry

Just as a note, Sinan and I brought up the difficulty of the bio and chem bonuses several times in playtesting. I'm not sure if any of the bonuses were changed with our feedback, but it'd be a bit frustrating if they weren't. I did make several bonuses (e.g. the neurobiology one, the trp operon one...
by Chimango Caracara
Tue Mar 11, 2014 6:04 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Biology and Chemistry
Replies: 30
Views: 4467

Re: Biology and Chemistry

What exactly did people neg with on the protein trafficking tossup? I buzzed when I heard some heat shock proteins (hsp70 and BiP?) and orientation and decided to answer with something along the lines of inserting transmembrane proteins. This can partially be attributed to me mixing up consecutive ...
by Chimango Caracara
Tue Mar 11, 2014 2:35 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Biology and Chemistry
Replies: 30
Views: 4467

Re: Biology and Chemistry

I was coming here to comment on the heavy weighting of protein/molecule-related questions (I wasn't even going to touch the ecology distribution...), but it looks like the Berkeley mirror unfortunately just didn't get to some of the more physiology-based tossups (hearing, phagocytosis, PSI). I do t...
by Chimango Caracara
Sun Mar 09, 2014 11:34 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Biology and Chemistry
Replies: 30
Views: 4467

Re: Biology and Chemistry

I'm by no means an expert on evolutionary biology, but I thought that the clues in the eusociality tossup made it very difficult to distinguish between the answer you wanted and closely related concepts like altruism and kin selection. Those were both promptable throughout. Here is that tossup: In ...
by Chimango Caracara
Sun Mar 09, 2014 9:51 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Biology and Chemistry
Replies: 30
Views: 4467

Re: Biology and Chemistry

So, I don't know that much about chemistry or biology, but I felt like the bio and chem bonuses shaded significantly harder than the rest of the questions. It hurt us at the end of the day to lose Richard Yu, who was the one person on our team who really had deep chemistry knowledge; without him, w...
by Chimango Caracara
Sun Mar 09, 2014 2:14 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Biology and Chemistry
Replies: 30
Views: 4467

Re: Biology and Chemistry

I might post something more later, but one complaint I had with tossups on the LUMO and Photosystem 1 was that these tossups made it very clear to me pretty early that it was one of two possible answers in both cases (HOMO or LUMO, PS1 or PS2). If I'm playing against Billy Busse, Ashvin or Eric, I'...
by Chimango Caracara
Wed Mar 05, 2014 9:37 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Discussion of Specific Questions
Replies: 18
Views: 3985

Re: Discussion of Specific Questions

There are some problems with the early clues in the T cells tossups. CLIP and MHC class II presentation are features of professional antigen-presenting cells (dendritic cells, Langerhans cells, macrophages, B cells and some weird epithelial cells like those in the thymus). The TCR of CD4+ T cells IN...
by Chimango Caracara
Tue Mar 04, 2014 9:24 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Biology and Chemistry
Replies: 30
Views: 4467

Re: Biology and Chemistry

I've thought about the microstates bonus part a bit, and I still don't think there's any way I would be able to come up with "microstates" after hearing that. This might just be because I'm dumb, though, so maybe check with some other people to see what they thought about it? I used pretty much onl...
by Chimango Caracara
Tue Mar 04, 2014 7:58 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Biology and Chemistry
Replies: 30
Views: 4467

Re: Biology and Chemistry

I've thought about the microstates bonus part a bit, and I still don't think there's any way I would be able to come up with "microstates" after hearing that. This might just be because I'm dumb, though, so maybe check with some other people to see what they thought about it? I used pretty much onl...
by Chimango Caracara
Mon Mar 03, 2014 7:50 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Biology and Chemistry
Replies: 30
Views: 4467

Re: Biology and Chemistry

I guess future tossups on chickens can talk about disordered hyperuniformity.
by Chimango Caracara
Mon Mar 03, 2014 9:10 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Biology and Chemistry
Replies: 30
Views: 4467

Re: Biology and Chemistry

I enjoyed the increased proportion of EEB questions in this tournament, but at the same time would be opposed to seeing those topics receive significantly increased representation in all tournaments. Your questions on these topics were very interesting, and the ones I knew anything about seemed goo...
by Chimango Caracara
Sun Mar 02, 2014 11:52 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Biology and Chemistry
Replies: 30
Views: 4467

Biology and Chemistry

I wrote all of the Biology and Chemistry for this tournament. Gautam gave me a lot of helpful feedback on my questions, but mostly allowed me the freedom to write them as I intended. Obviously, this tournament's Biology distribution had a greater proportion of ecology and evolution than is typical. ...
by Chimango Caracara
Sun Mar 02, 2014 10:04 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Errata
Replies: 31
Views: 4160

Re: Errata

The splicing bonus part should say "post-transcriptional" rather than "post-translational." Sorry for not catching that.
by Chimango Caracara
Sat Dec 21, 2013 6:42 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Triacontakaipentagonline (12/21/13)
Replies: 20
Views: 5699

Re: Triacontakaipentagonline (12/21/13)

Here is my packet in case anyone else is interested in it.
by Chimango Caracara
Fri Dec 20, 2013 2:19 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Triacontakaipentagonline (12/21/13)
Replies: 20
Views: 5699

Re: Triacontakaipentagonline (12/21/13)

My packet is essentially done.
by Chimango Caracara
Thu Nov 21, 2013 6:07 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Fernando Arrabal Online Mirror?
Replies: 23
Views: 4914

Re: Fernando Arrabal Online Mirror?

It's looking like we won't have a full team, so you can play with us, Ted.
by Chimango Caracara
Mon Nov 18, 2013 6:44 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-Specific Discussion
Replies: 94
Views: 12948

Re: Question-Specific Discussion

9. The zombie effect must be accounted for when studying the remanie or derived types of these objects. William Smith pioneered the identification of strata using them, whose namesake principle of succession is essentially an application of the principle of superposition. The field of taphonomy is ...
by Chimango Caracara
Mon Nov 18, 2013 1:13 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Old-Timey Guerilla QB Event - Pittsburgh, 11/23/2013
Replies: 30
Views: 7789

Re: Old-Timey Guerilla QB Event - Pittsburgh, 11/23/2013

I can write some questions for this.
by Chimango Caracara
Mon Oct 28, 2013 4:16 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Science Difficulty
Replies: 10
Views: 2996

Re: Science Difficulty

I think you have to distinguish between the accessibility of clues and the accessibility of answerlines. For example, "bladder" is a really easy answerline, but I would say it's one of the less accessible organs to toss up in terms of clues because (in my experience) you don't learn about it much in...
by Chimango Caracara
Mon Oct 21, 2013 6:10 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question Specific Discussion
Replies: 118
Views: 19037

Re: Question Specific Discussion

The...Shakespeare authorship tossups seemed pretty transparent. Can you expand on this? Well, it's a debate that seems to hinge on reading texts and seems to concern somebody's identity. I didn't notice the honorificabilitudinitatibus clue when I played it though (maybe the moderator had trouble pr...
by Chimango Caracara
Sun Oct 20, 2013 11:10 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: General Discussion
Replies: 48
Views: 5974

Re: General Discussion

I, for one, enjoyed the zany answerlines at this tournament. I thought answerline selection was one of its best features. In most subjects, questions were interesting, which to me is a very important element of a good tournament. I thought a lot of bonuses in some of the subjects I like seemed to ha...
by Chimango Caracara
Sun Oct 20, 2013 10:38 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question Specific Discussion
Replies: 118
Views: 19037

Re: Question Specific Discussion

I liked the Adam tossup that used Islamic clues. The Seven Ages of Man speech was also really neat (although I wouldn't have said "Orlando" so early). Caryatids was cool as well. I'm so glad that Piranesi was a bonus part. I think the moderator might have skipped the cheese bonus in our room because...
by Chimango Caracara
Tue Oct 08, 2013 4:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: General discussion
Replies: 26
Views: 3576

Re: General discussion

I would also like to express appreciation for including trash questions that don't impact the game. I really hope that this becomes a standard practice.
by Chimango Caracara
Thu Aug 15, 2013 3:39 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Favorite Books or Other Works of Literature?
Replies: 31
Views: 6362

Re: Favorite Books or Other Works of Literature?

In the light of the other books you've liked, I recommend Zadie Smith and Edwidge Danticat. You might also enjoy The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love, which is about the immigrant experience in a bit of a different way.
by Chimango Caracara
Wed Aug 14, 2013 3:21 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Favorite Books or Other Works of Literature?
Replies: 31
Views: 6362

Re: Favorite Books or Other Works of Literature?

I enjoyed The Fish Can Sing and was disappointed to learn that there probably won't be tossups on it forthcoming. I also recommend John Cheever's short stories, "Goodbye, My Brother" in particular.

I guess my South American plug will be for Vargas Llosa's The Storyteller.
by Chimango Caracara
Tue Jul 30, 2013 10:38 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Architecture Side Event (but actually this time)
Replies: 22
Views: 10318

Re: Architecture Side Event (but actually this time)

Cameron Orth is not terribly enthused about playing this tournament with me, so if anyone is interested in joining my team I am available. I am currently 2/3 of the way through a class on modern and contemporary architecture and have a decent background in classical, non-western and Renaissance stuff.
by Chimango Caracara
Wed May 01, 2013 3:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CAHOOTS Online Mirror?
Replies: 18
Views: 3504

Re: CAHOOTS Online Mirror?

I would really like to play several of these packets; June 1 would possibly work for me while May 18 almost certainly wouldn't. Post-June 18 would be much better for me if that's at all workable.
by Chimango Caracara
Mon Apr 29, 2013 5:20 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CAHOOTS: A Spring Guerilla Tournament
Replies: 54
Views: 15131

Re: CAHOOTS: A Spring Guerilla Tournament

I don't think my contributions to Mike Fink quizbowl fanfiction need anything else added to them. Instead, my packet will be called "Extinct Beasts". The distribution is as follows: "The Big 3" 4/4 Dinosaurs 4/4 Ice Age 4/4 Modern Extinctions Other Subjects 2/2 Other Post-Permian Beasts 2/2 Paleozo...
by Chimango Caracara
Thu Mar 14, 2013 9:53 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Thinking about the Quizbowl Distribution
Replies: 72
Views: 9937

Re: Thinking about the Quizbowl Distribution

I mean, I don't literally mean that those three are the main things that come up in physics. I mean that most physics tossups are on fundamental concepts that are analogous to those in chemistry. Obviously there are many, many more of these than the ones I listed; those were examples.
by Chimango Caracara
Thu Mar 14, 2013 9:21 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Thinking about the Quizbowl Distribution
Replies: 72
Views: 9937

Re: Thinking about the Quizbowl Distribution

I really don't think the chemistry answer space is that small... It's just that a few topics that are easy to write poorly, primarily named reactions, have dominated the distribution. There are a ton of things to ask about in inorganic chemistry, for example. And organic chemistry questions are only...
by Chimango Caracara
Wed Mar 13, 2013 9:06 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Tournament Discussion
Replies: 70
Views: 10295

Re: Tournament Discussion

Could someone post the somewhat discussed tapestries question? 16. A piece of art in this medium contains the letters “A E,” representing Anne of Brittany’s motto “A ma vie,” emblazoning a central fountain surrounded by animals. In France, Beauvais and Gobelins were the main sites of their manufact...
by Chimango Caracara
Sun Mar 10, 2013 6:31 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Tournament Discussion
Replies: 70
Views: 10295

Re: Tournament Discussion

As others have said, I thought this tournament was easier than "regular difficulty." Since an easier tournament was Auroni's intent, I respect that outcome and I think he and the other editors did an okay job being consistent about difficulty, although many bonuses handed most teams 20 points and a ...
by Chimango Caracara
Tue Mar 05, 2013 10:15 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: WIT at Harvard (3/9/13)
Replies: 7
Views: 2220

Re: WIT at Harvard (3/9/13)

We should just be bringing one team.
by Chimango Caracara
Wed Feb 27, 2013 1:45 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals 2013 Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 61
Views: 9863

Re: ACF Regionals 2013 Specific Question Discussion

I didn't play this question, but when I looked at that packet I had to read the leadin several times to parse it. It seemed like it was saying that there was one mole of the compound in the iodoform reaction or something. I almost certainly would have negged with ketones on that clue since it menti...
by Chimango Caracara
Wed Feb 27, 2013 1:10 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals 2013 Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 61
Views: 9863

Re: ACF Regionals 2013 Specific Question Discussion

I think there was a factual inaccuracy in the tossup on "aldehydes." It led in with something about how "besides secondary alcohols, the methyl forms of these compounds undergo the iodoform reaction" and I buzzed in with "ketones," since methyl ketones do in fact undergo the iodoform reaction, but ...