Search found 79 matches

by Brian McPeak
Thu May 04, 2017 4:21 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Subject-specific player polls
Replies: 29
Views: 12948

Re: Subject-specific player polls

I say this because I think this thread is likely to make zero progress if a whole bunch of people just post to say, "My teammate is really good at X. I saw him second-line a tossup on Y one time!" For what it's worth, I'm more interested in those kind of posts than in making any real "progress." Ri...
by Brian McPeak
Fri Apr 28, 2017 12:44 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals Thanks and Discussion
Replies: 70
Views: 31234

Re: ACF Nationals Thanks and Discussion

The physics in this set was more than competently filled out. The "something for everyone" philosophy seemed to apply here-- I found a handful of questions to be extremely cool (quantization, 2D, amplitudes, jets), and the majority to be quite good in the usual way. My only complaint were that a few...
by Brian McPeak
Tue Aug 02, 2016 2:50 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: BURI - Myth Side Event
Replies: 17
Views: 8673

Re: BURI - Myth Side Event

so are you guys going to change this to a half social science tournament now or what?
by Brian McPeak
Fri Jul 08, 2016 10:59 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Maryland summer practice
Replies: 18
Views: 7179

Re: Maryland summer practice

what has happened to our once proud club?
by Brian McPeak
Sat May 07, 2016 6:30 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Player Poll 2016: Don't Vote for Jerry Kramer
Replies: 41
Views: 22826

Re: Player Poll 2016: Don't Vote for Jerry Kramer

jordan brownstein will dunk on u
by Brian McPeak
Tue Apr 19, 2016 8:41 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The Second Summer Open
Replies: 61
Views: 32628

Re: The Second Summer Open

Cheynem wrote:a gorilla full distro event
is what I would be most interested in
by Brian McPeak
Mon Apr 11, 2016 6:10 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER General Discussion
Replies: 20
Views: 5299

Re: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER General Discussion

The logistics were horrible and were entirely my fault. It would have been nice if we could have replaced more questions to even out the distribution and caught more misplaced clues. But we had some major constraints (studying for ICT, grad school) and writing a successor to Lederberg was never real...
by Brian McPeak
Mon Apr 11, 2016 5:06 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER General Discussion
Replies: 20
Views: 5299

Re: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER General Discussion

Here are extensive stats compiled by Ophir. I put them in this thread since they include answers. PM him if you notice mistakes.
by Brian McPeak
Sun Apr 10, 2016 12:48 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER Question-Specific Discussion
Replies: 9
Views: 2567

AVOGADRO'S NUMBER Question-Specific Discussion

Here you can ask about or point out errors in specific questions
by Brian McPeak
Sun Apr 10, 2016 11:43 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER
Replies: 81
Views: 35149

Re: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER

There's a private discussion forum which you can request to join.
by Brian McPeak
Sun Apr 10, 2016 11:22 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER General Discussion
Replies: 20
Views: 5299

AVOGADRO'S NUMBER General Discussion

Here's the general discussion thread for AVOGADRO'S NUMBER. I had a great time writing this set-- it was fun to write about some more out-there topics. I do wish we'd had more time to edit submissions and get more feedback on our questions, but I think for an after-ICT diversion it worked out pretty...
by Brian McPeak
Sun Apr 10, 2016 1:08 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER
Replies: 81
Views: 35149

Re: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER

Mukherjee et al. beat everyone to win this tournament. We'll post the stats tomorrow and I'll set up a private discussion forum because there will be a UK and potentially an online mirror.

Maryland has someone's buzzers. Track down Ophir or me if it's yours.
by Brian McPeak
Sat Apr 09, 2016 6:30 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER
Replies: 81
Views: 35149

Re: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER

The schedule will be available here.
by Brian McPeak
Fri Apr 08, 2016 10:05 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER
Replies: 81
Views: 35149

Re: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER

Right now I have 2 Michigan rooms so and 1 Maryland room, so if two more people could let us use their room that would be great. For readers we have Will N, Jacob R, and me, so we need two more of those. If you're willing to read, scorekeep, or let us use your room, post here or tell me tomorrow. We...
by Brian McPeak
Thu Apr 07, 2016 11:05 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER
Replies: 81
Views: 35149

Re: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER

Galadedrid Damodred wrote:What's the per-20 distribution of each packet, i.e. for which categories will there be fewer questions than in the submission distro?
We will be playing all 24 of each packet.
by Brian McPeak
Tue Apr 05, 2016 3:09 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 MYSTERIUM General Discussion
Replies: 20
Views: 5087

Re: 2016 MYSTERIUM General Discussion

Thanks for writing this set-- it was my favorite that I played all year, mostly due to the excellent physics questions. Stephen did a great job asking about important things that come up in quantum, E&M, classical, and stat mech courses, and the bonuses parts were well-selected in general and freque...
by Brian McPeak
Thu Mar 31, 2016 12:25 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER
Replies: 81
Views: 35149

Re: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER

armitage wrote:Brian, are you aiming to run this Saturday evening after ICT finishes?
That's currently the plan.
by Brian McPeak
Wed Mar 30, 2016 9:54 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER
Replies: 81
Views: 35149

Re: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER

We will probably have 1+ teams from WUSTL at this. We aren't going to add any more teams at this point, but you guys are free to join up with other teams. Let me know how many people you actually have so I can see if we should make 4 player teams. (Or we can change the schedule, if someone has a go...
by Brian McPeak
Tue Mar 29, 2016 7:59 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER
Replies: 81
Views: 35149

Re: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER

Based on the number of people who want to play we're going to go to teams of 3 now-- free agents can join up with other teams, though I may veto good players joining teams that already look pretty strong. The reason for this is that I think the ideal schedule is: --5 game round robin with 2 brackets...
by Brian McPeak
Sat Mar 26, 2016 10:21 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER
Replies: 81
Views: 35149

Re: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER

Sorry if this has made writing for Nats a struggle for people. I hoped it wouldn't because there were so few packet-sub tournaments this year. Anyway, I totally agree that people should finish their Nats questions before writing for this tournament. It looks like almost everyone who is writing for b...
by Brian McPeak
Wed Feb 24, 2016 3:01 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER
Replies: 81
Views: 35149

Re: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER

Hey guys, try to get your packets to us at least two weeks in advance of ICT, and preferably sooner. Feel free to run answerlines by me if you're not sure.
by Brian McPeak
Mon Feb 01, 2016 5:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER
Replies: 81
Views: 35149

Re: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER

I've changed one of the math questions to trash in the distribution since that will be more fun to write and play for everyone involved I think.
by Brian McPeak
Mon Feb 01, 2016 2:15 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER
Replies: 81
Views: 35149

Re: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER

Looks like teams are starting to materialize. Remember to let me know if you're planning to write. Even if you're newer to writing science, I'd still like to get a packet from you-- the editors will give extensive feedback on submissions to people who want it.
by Brian McPeak
Mon Jan 18, 2016 3:54 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 MLK: Specific Questions
Replies: 44
Views: 4930

Re: Specific Questions

At the risk of looking like an idiot, it claims the derivative of sqrt(x) is 1/sqrt(x), which is wrong. Oh man, you're so right. I could have sworn I put a 2 in there-- Auroni must have changed it when I wasn't looking. My calc 3 class had a lot of differential forms for whatever reason, so I like ...
by Brian McPeak
Mon Jan 18, 2016 2:37 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 MLK: Specific Questions
Replies: 44
Views: 4930

Re: Specific Questions

The most egregious tossup in the tournament was the one on Tibet which said "this country" and consequently caused people to neg with the [correct] answer of "China." I wrote this question. It was an oversight, not a political statement-- I'll fix it for later mirrors. I'm not sure if my knowledge ...
by Brian McPeak
Mon Jul 20, 2015 10:40 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER
Replies: 81
Views: 35149

Re: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER

I've decided to push this back to ICT so we'll have more packets and a stronger field. Sorry to people who won't be able to make it. I promise there will be an online mirror too.
by Brian McPeak
Wed Jul 15, 2015 9:06 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER
Replies: 81
Views: 35149

Re: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER

Well since no teams have written a packet and only one team has registered at VCU, you guys may get your wish. I'll bug people about packets this weekend but if nobody plans to write in the next few weeks we'll push it back.
by Brian McPeak
Sun Jun 21, 2015 10:07 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER
Replies: 81
Views: 35149

Re: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER

Just a reminder: please register for this.

Regarding packets, please don't submit questions which are too similar, like all cell bio or all organic synthesis. And again, it would be nice to have packets at least two weeks in advance, so start them sometime.
by Brian McPeak
Fri Jun 05, 2015 9:05 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER
Replies: 81
Views: 35149

Re: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER

We'll stick with VCU Open then. I'd hate to have to find a new acronym.
by Brian McPeak
Sat May 30, 2015 3:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER
Replies: 81
Views: 35149

Re: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER

It seems like a lot of good science players will be at different sites at VCU Open or won't be there at all, so I'm considering postponing this event until sometime when all the best players at the same site. Either ICT or Stanford's open may work well for this. People should let me know if they're ...
by Brian McPeak
Thu May 07, 2015 8:21 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Subject Rankings Thread
Replies: 36
Views: 9813

Re: Subject Rankings Thread

Periplus of the Erythraean Sea wrote:
Brian McPeak wrote:
Periplus of the Erythraean Sea wrote: Brian McPeak
Max Schindler
YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS
Don't get your hopes up! The post says these weren't necessarily in any particular order.
Even coming to your mind first is enough
by Brian McPeak
Thu May 07, 2015 8:19 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Subject Rankings Thread
Replies: 36
Views: 9813

Re: Subject Rankings Thread

Periplus of the Erythraean Sea wrote: Brian McPeak
Max Schindler
YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS
by Brian McPeak
Wed Apr 29, 2015 4:30 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Maryland Summer Practices
Replies: 11
Views: 6033

Re: Maryland Summer Practices

First floor of Jimenez. If you go in and turn left you'll see us in one of those rooms
by Brian McPeak
Mon Apr 27, 2015 8:06 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER
Replies: 81
Views: 35149

AVOGADRO'S NUMBER

Here's an actual announcement for A VCU Open Gamified Academic Diversion Recognizing Overall Scientific Notability, Under McPeak, Brian's Editing Responsibility (acronym due to Ophir) Teams: We'll go with teams of two (edit-- three) for now but if more than like 10 teams register to play at ICT we'l...
by Brian McPeak
Mon Apr 27, 2015 12:37 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VICO: Very Intense Conceptual Open/The New SCIENCE
Replies: 28
Views: 14004

Re: VICO: Very Intense Conceptual Open/The New SCIENCE

UPDATE: If there is interest, I will figure out how to host a mirror of VICO in DC on August 15th, 22nd, or 29th. It would have to have a field cap of like eight teams, unless one of the UMD players can get us rooms there or something. Please post here if you would be interested in that. If this so...
by Brian McPeak
Mon Apr 27, 2015 12:36 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2015 Preview [sic]
Replies: 4
Views: 2147

Re: ACF Nationals 2015 Preview [sic]

this is amazing
by Brian McPeak
Fri Apr 24, 2015 1:02 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2015 Discussion
Replies: 227
Views: 91813

Re: ACF Nationals 2015 Discussion

I want to take a minute to thank all the editors for making what is probably the most fun set I've played and all the staffers that made this tournament extremely smooth. I also want heap more praise onto the science in the tournament. I had some satisfying buzzes on cool things that I've thought wo...
by Brian McPeak
Wed Apr 15, 2015 2:27 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Where Are You Going Next Year? (2015 College)
Replies: 47
Views: 24627

Re: Where Are You Going Next Year? (2015 College)

Next fall I will begin studying to get my PhD in physics at the University of Michigan
by Brian McPeak
Tue Apr 14, 2015 11:25 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open 2015 - August 8th
Replies: 53
Views: 53556

Re: VCU Open 2015 - August 8th

My plan is to have at least 8 packets of 24 tossups. If there are more submissions then we will have more but I'm fine with running an 8 round event and then letting people play the other packets at some other event or on IRC. Or it can wait until the next tournament with a strong field.
by Brian McPeak
Sat Apr 11, 2015 5:59 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Science Side Event 2015
Replies: 20
Views: 7184

Re: Science Side Event 2015

I'm glad to see that there's interest in this event. I think the team size will depend on which tournament we run this-- Lederberg was at ICT so there were plenty of teams even with four people on each one, but if we host it at VCU open, there may be too few people interested at each site. Maybe we ...
by Brian McPeak
Thu Apr 09, 2015 5:21 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Science Side Event 2015
Replies: 20
Views: 7184

Science Side Event 2015

Hi everyone! I'd like to edit a packet-sub science tournament to be held sometime in the summer or fall. It would be nice to have it at VCU open-- whether or not this happens depends mostly on how many packets I can get by then. The plan would be to write between two and four packets myself/with coe...
by Brian McPeak
Tue Feb 17, 2015 5:41 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: George Oppen at U. Maryland (21 Feb. 2015)
Replies: 51
Views: 35516

Re: George Oppen at U. Maryland (21 Feb. 2015)

There will be a party at my house after speed checks. I'd like at least a vague idea of who's coming so let me know via pm and I'll give you my address.

Bring your own drinks, especially if you want Chris Ray to make you a historical-figure themed mixed drink.
by Brian McPeak
Sun Nov 23, 2014 10:01 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Science (DEES)
Replies: 31
Views: 7626

Re: Science

I'd also like to hear what people thought about having so much math in the set. I enjoyed having a more than normal because I got to ask about some things I normally wouldn't have. This amount (9/8 out of 15/15) felt like too much though. Another reason that it was nice to have more math is that che...
by Brian McPeak
Sun Nov 23, 2014 2:36 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Science (DEES)
Replies: 31
Views: 7626

Re: Science

Thanks to Victor for making this tournament happen. Thanks to Stevejon Guth, Billy Busse, and Cody Voight for giving me a lot of feedback on my questions. Also thanks to Cody for writing the CS tossups (Vectors, Normal Form, Knuth) and basically rewriting some of the CS bonuses that I had messed up....
by Brian McPeak
Sat Nov 22, 2014 9:23 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: DEES at University of Maryland, 11/22
Replies: 16
Views: 9088

Re: DEES at University of Maryland, 11/22

Congratulations to Penn A who won an advantaged final against the Alter Kockers. Stats are here: http://www.hsquizbowl.org/db/tournaments/2384/stats/final/ Thanks to Matt Jackson, Matt Weiner, Tejas Raje, Harry White, Logan Anbinder, Chris Heffner, Marisol Brady,Gaurav Kandlikar, and Brick Barriento...
by Brian McPeak
Wed Nov 19, 2014 12:59 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: DEES at University of Maryland, 11/22
Replies: 16
Views: 9088

Re: DEES at University of Maryland, 11/22

Nope, we're not overloaded and would be happy for the extra help.
by Brian McPeak
Fri Nov 14, 2014 1:32 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: DEES at University of Maryland, 11/22
Replies: 16
Views: 9088

Re: DEES at University of Maryland, 11/22

Nah, we have a lot of staffers and rooms right now. Maybe there is a cap, but we're not near it.
by Brian McPeak
Tue Nov 11, 2014 11:50 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: DEES at University of Maryland, 11/22
Replies: 16
Views: 9088

Re: DEES at University of Maryland, 11/22

The Infanta wrote:Hey, can I moderate for this?
Yes please!
by Brian McPeak
Mon Oct 20, 2014 1:20 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Welcome to the 2014 Penn Bowl Discussion forum
Replies: 43
Views: 14822

Re: Welcome to the 2014 Penn Bowl Discussion forum

Gonzagapuma1 wrote:Why was the tossup on the Airbending thing not a "tossup 0" instead of a real tossup? If my team had lost a game based on that funn tossup I would have been very upset.
You're just bitter because I won the trash off