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by Sima Guang Hater
Wed Apr 25, 2018 3:51 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Public discourse, on the forums and elsewhere
Replies: 17
Views: 6566

Re: Public discourse, on the forums and elsewhere

Despite clearly being one of the people called out, I support this post. If you actually have a problem with me, my posting style, or really anything else, you're welcome to message me in private instead of intentionally rankling me in discussion forums.
by Sima Guang Hater
Wed Apr 25, 2018 2:38 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 121
Views: 40040

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

I'd've supported a post about that was simply about ambiguity or confusion ("a small mistake"), but I am being confrontational about it because you rarely get pushback when you post a cliche Mukherjee criticism of a science question (here, that would be "I was negged/didn't get it, so the question ...
by Sima Guang Hater
Tue Apr 24, 2018 9:45 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 121
Views: 40040

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

You do not have to explain the entire context of every scientific theorem in order to have a clue that isn't "outright wrong". Yes, you don't have to list the entire context of every single theorem or result - I don't have to say "Assuming the laws of physics don't change over time", "Assuming the ...
by Sima Guang Hater
Tue Apr 24, 2018 5:46 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 121
Views: 40040

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

You may consider adding something about spherical symmetry to the Birkhoff's theorem clue in that tossup on flatness, because as it stands that clue is ambiguous or outright wrong. It is not outright wrong, and you know it. Birkhoff’s theorem states that the vacuum solution of the Einstein field eq...
by Sima Guang Hater
Tue Apr 24, 2018 12:10 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 121
Views: 40040

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

2. If you spotted any additional factual errors, or (as a moderator) any egregious typographical errors, please let me know. You may consider adding something about spherical symmetry to the Birkhoff's theorem clue in that tossup on flatness, because as it stands that clue is ambiguous or outright ...
by Sima Guang Hater
Mon Apr 23, 2018 11:46 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2018: Delightfully Devilish
Replies: 76
Views: 27402

Re: Player Poll 2018: Delightfully Devilish

I have my opinions I don't care to get into. I'd ask that you don't forget I'm still the best science player ever and my performance against Yale in the 2nd place game cemented that pretty well.
by Sima Guang Hater
Mon Apr 23, 2018 6:21 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 121
Views: 40040

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

1. Is there a reason the situs inversus bonus didn't accept "midline" for the second part or "Kartagener syndrome" for the third (unless they were mentioned in the question and I didn't hear it)? Not that it matters a ton, but we 30'd, like, 3 bonuses all tournament and I want my STEP studying to p...
by Sima Guang Hater
Mon Apr 23, 2018 6:03 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 121
Views: 40040

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

In fact, I have proof, because I broke my own rule and tried to get fancy and challenging with that tossup on the Poincare recurrence theorem which just didn’t play well. It didn't? I thought it was fantastic! I'll have more expansive commentary on the science (and other things) later, but in gener...
by Sima Guang Hater
Fri Apr 20, 2018 1:03 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)
Replies: 60
Views: 18002

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)

My cowriters so far include:
Aakash Patel
Geoffrey Chen
Steven Silverman
Paul Lee
Jonathen Settle
Jaimie Carlson
Anson Berns
Fred Zhang
Sohum Shenoy
James Lasker (also editing Astro)
Justin French
by Sima Guang Hater
Fri Apr 20, 2018 12:20 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)
Replies: 60
Views: 18002

ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)

I'm quite pleased to announce Lederberg Trinity, a science subject tournament to be played at ICT 2019. The distribution will be as follows (all tossups): 5 Biology 5 Chemistry 5 Physics 2 Astro 2 Math 2 CS 2 Data Science/Stats/Applied Math 1 Earth Sci Difficulty will be similar to previous incarnat...
by Sima Guang Hater
Thu Apr 12, 2018 1:27 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: College QB In the News
Replies: 7
Views: 4891

College QB In the News

Thanks to NAQT hiring that PR firm, we're all getting lots of coverage. OSU: http://www.dispatch.com/entertainmentlife/20180412/quiz-bowl-offers-ohio-state-students-another-avenue-for-knowledge Penn: http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/video/category/news/3844109-upenn-students-preparing-for-super-bowl...
by Sima Guang Hater
Fri Mar 30, 2018 2:11 pm
Forum: Scheduling reform
Topic: What Does an Ideal Season Look Like?
Replies: 16
Views: 7184

Re: What Does an Ideal Season Look Like?

I think a regular tournament in early December is a good idea
by Sima Guang Hater
Fri Mar 30, 2018 2:00 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF and Powers
Replies: 20
Views: 6621

Re: ACF and Powers

I support this proposal, at the very least for fall and possibly regionals. A history lesson - before 2008, ACF did its bonuses differently. You would not be told whether you got each part (slash what the right answer was), and then you discover at the end of the bonus whether you got each part and ...
by Sima Guang Hater
Fri Mar 30, 2018 1:29 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: What is the most pressing concern in college quizbowl today?
Replies: 68
Views: 24195

Re: What is the most pressing concern in college quizbowl to

The interim data suggests it might be time to discuss trending down regular difficulty to somewhere around EFT level.
by Sima Guang Hater
Fri Mar 30, 2018 12:43 pm
Forum: Scheduling reform
Topic: Quizbowl Needs a Scheduling Committee
Replies: 50
Views: 15648

Re: Quizbowl Needs a Scheduling Committee

As one of the original people in the conversation, let me outline the problems I saw and what I wanted to accomplish with this. This year, there were not enough regular difficulty tournaments in the fall, huge gaps between tournaments in the spring, tournaments that were confusingly named (CMST is t...
by Sima Guang Hater
Mon Mar 26, 2018 2:31 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Where are You Going Next Year (Collegiate 2018)
Replies: 27
Views: 16100

Re: Where are You Going Next Year (Collegiate 2018)

It's the end for me as well. I'll be moving to Yale to do an internship at Waterbury Hospital for a year, then to Nashville to start a dermatology residency and post-doc at Vanderbilt. I'll definitely have time to staff and play opens while I'm in Nashville (I hope), so looking forward to showing up...
by Sima Guang Hater
Thu Mar 08, 2018 8:37 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Your Favorite Question
Replies: 45
Views: 19994

Re: Your Favorite Question

Can I ask why you like this? To my novice eye brought up in an age with different standards, the first half of this seems kind of heavy on Eponymous Reactions, the syntax seems kind of strange to me ("by way of adding iodine"; "an example of one of these, the geminal type"), and OsO4 intuitively se...
by Sima Guang Hater
Wed Mar 07, 2018 3:40 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Your Favorite Question
Replies: 45
Views: 19994

Re: Your Favorite Question

This functional group is the result of the Woodward Modification, which features substitution by a benzoate anion followed by hydrolysis. That reaction modifies the Prévost Reaction, which also produces these compounds from alkenes by way of adding iodine. The Upjohn method for producing them is si...
by Sima Guang Hater
Sat Feb 17, 2018 9:55 am
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: How Can We Make Quizbowl More Approachable and Inclusive
Replies: 64
Views: 24306

Re: How Can We Make Quizbowl More Approachable and Inclusive

The Dear Prudence thing is an awesome idea and should implemented if for no other reason than that there'll be a way of aggregating issues people have. On that note, does anyone think it would be beneficial to have like an actual climate survey type thing? Anonymous of course. I think I could get m...
by Sima Guang Hater
Fri Feb 16, 2018 1:46 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: On talking about high schoolers
Replies: 14
Views: 8190

Re: On talking about high schoolers

Here is a small sampling of anonymous messages sent to me after I got really pissed at Will Alston for being a sexist piece of shit: -- "I'm not really a member of any stigmatized group and he [Will Alston] makes me not want to do things like volunteer for National tournaments." -- "Will's a comple...
by Sima Guang Hater
Thu Feb 15, 2018 3:50 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: How Can We Make Quizbowl More Approachable and Inclusive
Replies: 64
Views: 24306

Re: How Can We Make Quizbowl More Approachable and Inclusive

Jakob is entirely correct on this issue. I've moderated an order of magnitude more tournaments than either of you (and have told Wilton Rao to shut up on more than one occasion), at a very good pace, and always manage to find time for the occasional "good buzz" or some laughter/merryment/mirth while...
by Sima Guang Hater
Mon Feb 12, 2018 1:05 am
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: How Can We Make Quizbowl More Approachable and Inclusive
Replies: 64
Views: 24306

Re: How Can We Make Quizbowl More Approachable and Inclusive

This is a non-obvious one of which I’m a huge offender: it’s extremely demoralizing to other players in the room (at practice, in tournaments, on your team, on the opposing team) when you consistently buzz on something before anyone else does and proceed to say something like “Wow what a bad buzz” ...
by Sima Guang Hater
Sun Feb 11, 2018 9:13 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: How Can We Make Quizbowl More Approachable and Inclusive
Replies: 64
Views: 24306

How Can We Make Quizbowl More Approachable and Inclusive

Hello quizbowl. I thought I could start a constructive discussion about in-game and out-of-game behaviors that may be offputting to new teams, old teams, or really anybody (but mostly new teams). I started this with some people on a Discord and I thought I would open it up further. A FEW BEHAVIORS I...
by Sima Guang Hater
Sun Feb 11, 2018 5:05 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: We Need an Alternative to the Women in Quizbowl Forum
Replies: 35
Views: 12282

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

I suppose the issues feed off each other, but I was originally suggesting that more women in leadership positions within the quizbowl community would attract more women to the community. As an empirical matter, this has been correct in my experience (when Sarita Jamil became president our gender re...
by Sima Guang Hater
Sun Feb 11, 2018 5:00 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: We Need an Alternative to the Women in Quizbowl Forum
Replies: 35
Views: 12282

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

A forum thread every six months or so criticizing the lack of/treatment of underrepresented groups in qb is really, really frustrating when nothing comes of it. There seems to be a general consensus in this and other threads that a) there aren't enough underrepresented prominent players/editors/gen...
by Sima Guang Hater
Sun Feb 11, 2018 3:59 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regionals detailed stats
Replies: 47
Views: 12252

Re: 2018 ACF Regionals detailed stats

Tells people not to generalize based on their experience Generalizes based on his experience Not everyone shares your outlook, and not everyone is galvanized into getting better by trudging through a set with 8-lines of unbuzzable (to them) clues. There's a significant number of people who are tell...
by Sima Guang Hater
Sun Feb 11, 2018 12:46 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regionals detailed stats
Replies: 47
Views: 12252

Re: 2018 ACF Regionals detailed stats

...but the best teams already hit 23-25 PPB quite often on regular difficulty! You forgot this one, but UVA 2014 also got 25 ppb on Penn-ance. Your point is taken; I usually think of Penn Bowl as somewhere just above regular, but if that's the case Regionals this year was even harder. This year's p...
by Sima Guang Hater
Sat Feb 10, 2018 10:23 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regionals detailed stats
Replies: 47
Views: 12252

Re: 2018 ACF Regionals detailed stats

Given the experiences of Sebastian and other new-to-quizbowl people on ACF regionals, and given the fact that first buzzes seem to be occurring at around 1/3 of the way through the question...I actually see no problem with driving down "regular" difficulty to something just above where EFT was this ...
by Sima Guang Hater
Fri Feb 09, 2018 4:30 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: We Need an Alternative to the Women in Quizbowl Forum
Replies: 35
Views: 12282

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

I have modified the post to fix these errors.
by Sima Guang Hater
Fri Feb 09, 2018 4:05 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: We Need an Alternative to the Women in Quizbowl Forum
Replies: 35
Views: 12282

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

If you are a minority in quizbowl, what do you want quizbowl to look like? What is a safe community to you? I'm not white. It's not a card I particularly enjoy playing, but it pays the price of admission. I want a community where my and my friends' arguments aren't reflexively contorted beyond reco...
by Sima Guang Hater
Fri Feb 09, 2018 12:54 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Quizbowl men, get a haircut
Replies: 102
Views: 29448

Re: Quizbowl men, get a haircut

What exactly are you accomplishing by doing this at the University of Waterloo, a liberal institution of higher learning, represented in parliament by a Liberal of Indian Descent , surrounded by quizbowlers who almost universally support the rights of LGBT people? These are bad, BAD things to say, ...
by Sima Guang Hater
Thu Feb 08, 2018 11:20 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Quizbowl men, get a haircut
Replies: 102
Views: 29448

Re: Quizbowl men, get a haircut

The intersection between gender identity and notions of professionalism is a fascinating one that we're not going to be able to untangle in a forum thread; suffice to say, it is more than possible to appear professional while holding true to your identity, as the many LGBT people in the corporate wo...
by Sima Guang Hater
Thu Feb 08, 2018 1:35 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Quizbowl men, get a haircut
Replies: 102
Views: 29448

Re: Quizbowl men, get a haircut

There's an inevitable tension that arises in threads like this between professionalism and nonconformity. As a group of, for lack of a better term, "nerds", many quizbowlers (including myself) grew up with interests and obsessions that lie outside of the mainstream, and actively or passively rebelle...
by Sima Guang Hater
Fri Feb 02, 2018 7:34 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ICT field expansion discussion
Replies: 8
Views: 2953

Re: ICT field expansion discussion

A great step forward.

Curious about one thing - what will the playoff format be now?
by Sima Guang Hater
Fri Feb 02, 2018 7:24 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2018 NAQT ICT: April 14, Chicago
Replies: 30
Views: 15695

Re: 2018 NAQT ICT: April 14, Chicago

Awesome!
by Sima Guang Hater
Thu Feb 01, 2018 1:07 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regs Specific Questions and Errors
Replies: 63
Views: 11523

Re: Specific Questions and Errors

Ki67 labelling - not just for tumors.
by Sima Guang Hater
Thu Feb 01, 2018 12:39 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regs packets, recordings, and detailed stats survey
Replies: 67
Views: 15898

Re: Packets, recordings, and detailed stats warm-up survey

There may be a useful statistic for cliffing - places in a tossup where an abnormal number of buzzes happen at once. That'd require figuring out what the standard distribution of buzzes across a tossup is though.
by Sima Guang Hater
Thu Feb 01, 2018 12:33 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regs packets, recordings, and detailed stats survey
Replies: 67
Views: 15898

Re: Packets, recordings, and detailed stats warm-up survey

My predictions: -Hard parts were significantly harder than middle parts, leading to a "wall effect" around 20 ppb -Science bonuses were, on average, harder than literature bonuses -If you plot a histogram of players organized by # of first buzzes, it will have an exceptionally long tail that probabl...
by Sima Guang Hater
Fri Jan 19, 2018 3:59 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: New NAQT Individual Player NCT - April 15, Chicago
Replies: 55
Views: 23281

Re: New NAQT Individual Player National Championship Tournam

Still no ICT field expansion though, huh
by Sima Guang Hater
Tue Nov 14, 2017 7:41 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Festivus (Dec 23rd, 2017)
Replies: 48
Views: 19462

Festivus (Dec 23rd, 2017)

Quizbowl Festivus will be held this year on actual Festivus, Saturday, December 23. As in recent past years this will consist of an open reading of guerilla packets on various themes (or not). There will be no “airing of grievances.” This year Festivus will move to quizbowl’s Discord server and begi...
by Sima Guang Hater
Thu Oct 26, 2017 11:59 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: PB 2017: Specific Questions Discussion
Replies: 43
Views: 6808

Re: PB 2017: Specific Questions Discussion

Okay, the rest of this question clues good and important things, and of course seeing Hamilton-Zuk clued gave me great joy, as Penn Bowl is unwittingly playing into my devious plan to make UMN's EEB department dominate ecology / evolution quizbowl. But digging up the paper this clue is based on -- ...
by Sima Guang Hater
Thu Oct 19, 2017 4:25 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Quizbowl and Mental Health
Replies: 30
Views: 18139

Re: Quizbowl and Mental Health

This thread is wonderful and needed. In lieu of talking about my own experiences (maybe later), I'd like to offer some responses to things people have said. Googling around, it does seem like "find a hobby you enjoy" is often recommended as a treatment for situational depression. This is correct. Th...
by Sima Guang Hater
Thu Oct 19, 2017 2:50 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: PSA - Don't be a Luddite
Replies: 62
Views: 21312

Re: PSA - Don't be a Luddite

A full set of instructions was sent that Thursday night. The update sent Friday night consisted of packet passwords and an additional instructional video. Unfortunately I dont think that's soon enough. If I were hosting a tournament I'd want to know before even signing up to mirror that I was oblig...
by Sima Guang Hater
Sun Sep 24, 2017 8:23 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: SCT and ICT policies for 2018
Replies: 43
Views: 18326

Re: SCT and ICT policies for 2018

Here's another question; will NAQT have an official policy on employees or contractors who threaten customers?
by Sima Guang Hater
Fri Sep 22, 2017 2:42 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: SCT and ICT policies for 2018
Replies: 43
Views: 18326

Re: SCT and ICT policies for 2018

Sima Guang Hater wrote:And is it still 2 seconds to answer?
by Sima Guang Hater
Fri Sep 22, 2017 2:01 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: SCT and ICT policies for 2018
Replies: 43
Views: 18326

Re: SCT and ICT policies for 2018

Important Bird Area wrote:Finally: NAQT has decided to maintain its current policy and continue to not post packets online for any level of play (including college).
And what about allowing people to buy electronic copies of packets? And is it still 2 seconds to answer?
by Sima Guang Hater
Tue Sep 12, 2017 6:34 pm
Forum: Scheduling reform
Topic: 2017-18 Tournament Schedule: Planning, Discussion, etc.
Replies: 40
Views: 25071

Re: 2017-18 Tournament Schedule: Planning, Discussion, etc.

To be fair, Chicago and Stanford are both contributing to Penn Bowl.
by Sima Guang Hater
Sat Aug 26, 2017 7:36 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MSTP (Summer 2019)
Replies: 5
Views: 3258

MSTP (Summer 2019)

I'm pleased to announce Medical School, The Postscript (MSTP) to be run sometime in the summer of 2019. I'm graduating and I have to take another board exam, so I can use this opportunity to foist a bunch of questions on the public. The tournament will consist of 8-10 packets, tossups only, drawn en...
by Sima Guang Hater
Sun Aug 20, 2017 11:34 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Barbarism of Monetization
Replies: 128
Views: 42962

Re: The Barbarism of Monetization

The Quest for the Historical Mukherjesus wrote:So...what's the status of this within NAQT
The year's starting up again, surely the meetings that were supposed to have happened, have happened. Can we expect any kind of movement on this policy soon? Because I really don't want this to die out as it always does.
by Sima Guang Hater
Sat Aug 12, 2017 11:41 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Naveed Bork Memorial Tournament Discussion
Replies: 5
Views: 2905

Re: Naveed Bork Memorial Tournament Discussion

A lot of tossups on topics I like This is kind of the running theme for this set. If your interests didn't align with the author, you weren't really going to like this set. That's to be said about any vanity set (the other one that comes to mind is that Will Nediger set played at Crime), so it wasn...