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by Gautam
Tue Oct 09, 2012 12:44 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion
Replies: 116
Views: 22281

Re: Question-specific discussion

In general I thought most of the questions were decent and I had a good time playing them. However, I agree with my teammate when he says that questions were written with little idea of how they would play to a more general field. I was miffed when things like "the winter of our discontent" was mark...
by Gautam
Tue Oct 09, 2012 12:08 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion
Replies: 116
Views: 22281

Re: Question-specific discussion

Could you please post the Hinduism tossup? 4. One sacrament in this religion is a naming ceremony which takes place on the twelfth day after birth, and adherents of this religion also celebrate a baby’s first intake of food other than milk. In one ritual performed by practitioners of this religion,...
by Gautam
Mon Oct 01, 2012 10:09 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion
Replies: 116
Views: 22281

Re: Question-specific discussion

It's entirely possible that I'm remembering a round that we read in practice, or making it up altogether, but was there a round in which there was a tossup on cytokines and a bonus that dealt with cytokinesis? And one of the clues for the cytokine tossup had to do with cytokinesis? If so, that shou...
by Gautam
Mon Aug 06, 2012 9:25 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: KABO Question Specific Discussion
Replies: 24
Views: 2229

Re: KABO Question Specific Discussion

"Beta" shouldn't have said it's contrasted with alpha or whatever the heck it said. I don't really know anything about finance, but I do know that there's a lot of Greek letters that mean things (cf. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greeks_(finance) ), so I don't think that was a binary choice there. B...
by Gautam
Wed Aug 01, 2012 9:33 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open Discussion
Replies: 85
Views: 28052

Re: Chicago Open Discussion

The Richard Florida tossup seemed immediately obvious Mike Cheyne was reading on our room, so he knows that I buzzed in right before the power mark. I'd figured it out right away, too, but I figured if anybody in the room had known, they'd have buzzed in as well. Mike Cheyne has also seen me rant a...
by Gautam
Tue Jul 31, 2012 2:38 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open Discussion
Replies: 85
Views: 28052

Re: Chicago Open Discussion

I submitted the options bonus as "finance" question under the 1/1 whatever category - didn't consider it an Econ bonus. It thought of writing it more from an Econ perspective (risk/risk-aversion, or interest rates) but settled for what you saw in the packet While we're talking about econ: * I hate m...
by Gautam
Tue Jul 24, 2012 9:07 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open Discussion
Replies: 85
Views: 28052

Re: Chicago Open Discussion

I had a fun time at CO 2012. Many thanks to the editors, staffers, and other awesome people who made the tournament happen. Lots of cool and interesting things were asked about at this tournament - it's time to expand those intellectual horizons and read up! Congratulations to Mukherjee et al for th...
by Gautam
Wed Jul 18, 2012 10:45 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2012 - July 21, 2012
Replies: 113
Views: 42504

Re: Chicago Open 2012 - July 21, 2012

Registration will be from 8:00-8:30 AM in Cobb (exact room TBA). We are imposing a $40 per team late fee if you arrive later than 8:30 AM. Do your fellow competitors and your wallet a favor and get there with plenty of time to spare. I suspect there may also be a popular revolt if you take the too ...
by Gautam
Tue Jul 17, 2012 8:24 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO Lit and History Scheduling Compromise
Replies: 44
Views: 7487

Re: CO Lit and History Scheduling Compromise

I see where Ted is coming from with the "12 rounds of quality vs 19 rounds of Guerilla." That said, the formation of the current schedule now has about 3 months of deliberation attached to it - that of no Friday/Saturday night games ( Late April ), WELD being announced for Sunday post History double...
by Gautam
Tue Jul 17, 2012 3:09 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: PRELIM: WELD (Wildly Experimental Literature Doubles)
Replies: 65
Views: 18271

Re: PRELIM: WELD (Wildly Experimental Literature Doubles)

Can't play this tournament anymore.

--GK
by Gautam
Mon Jul 16, 2012 10:55 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO History Doubles: 7/22/2012
Replies: 131
Views: 40229

Re: CO History Doubles: 7/22/2012

If we do the 19 team round robin (or however many submit packets as long as it's more packets than the 12 WELD packets), it seems like it might be a better idea have WELD be played in the morning and History Doubles in the afternoon/night. It seems possible to finish playing WELD before lunch, whic...
by Gautam
Sun Jul 15, 2012 12:36 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO History Doubles: 7/22/2012
Replies: 131
Views: 40229

Re: CO History Doubles: 7/22/2012

How long do we think this tournament will take? Because I imagine that will have a direct impact on when the lit tournament begins.
by Gautam
Wed Jun 06, 2012 10:33 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: KABO: Kurtis and Ashvin's Backyard Open (8/4)
Replies: 83
Views: 25841

Re: KABO: Kurtis and Ashvin's Backyard Open (8/4)

Signing up for this goodness. I'm interested in playing with people I haven't played with before. So if that fits your description, you know where to find me.
by Gautam
Wed May 30, 2012 10:42 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The best readers
Replies: 32
Views: 8294

Re: The best readers

Of the folks not mentioned already, I am a fan of some of the folks who were regulars on the Minnesota leagues circuit. Ted Salk comes to mind, the others I can't recall too well. Other people I remember from various tournaments - Margo, Miriam, Jonah, Wes Eddings, Ken Mitchell. Ken, Wes, and Jonah ...
by Gautam
Sat May 19, 2012 11:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Geography Monstrosity 4 (June 8th, St. Louis)
Replies: 58
Views: 19861

Re: Geography Monstrosity 4 (May 25th, Atlanta)

I haven't had the opportunity to write questions for this. Hereby withdrawing from this tournament.

--GK
by Gautam
Sat May 05, 2012 3:27 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Individual Writers Seeking Projects to Join, Post Here
Replies: 28
Views: 9769

Re: Individual Writers Seeking Projects to Join, Post Here

I will note that I went from not being able to answer ANYTHING at MO in 2008 to editing it two years later. What I noticed in my writing (and that I guess I still do) is when you write from an outside the circuit approach (as I was doing my first few years of writing things), if you understand mate...
by Gautam
Wed May 02, 2012 9:06 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MUT 2012 Discussion
Replies: 53
Views: 8417

Re: MUT 2012 Discussion

I wrote the following questions for this tournament: TU on capacitors - finals 1 Bonus on endogenous growth/real business cycle/samuelson - Finals 2 tossup on "money" - Eds 6 tossup on "trade" - Eds 8 tossup on "crude oil" - this was an econ-ish tossup. Mostly focused on how crude oil is traded. Eds...
by Gautam
Sat Apr 28, 2012 2:17 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2012 ACF Nationals Discussion Thread
Replies: 106
Views: 20227

Re: 2012 ACF Nationals Discussion Thread

TU on technical analysis (finance/econ) Which packet was this in? Apologies for not answering earlier. Now that I have the packets... looks like Finals 2: 14. This theory sometimes invokes the use of “oscillators” such as Welles Wilder’s RSI or Gerald Appel’s MACD, both of which convey information ...
by Gautam
Mon Apr 23, 2012 7:25 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2012 ACF Nationals Discussion Thread
Replies: 106
Views: 20227

Re: 2012 ACF Nationals Discussion Thread

I wrote the following: TU on technical analysis (finance/econ) TU on Ganesh (this was intended as Religion) Bonus on MIT economists (Acemoglu/Diamond/Samuelson) Bonus on full moons/Holi/Rakhi purnima Bonus on aggregation problem/capital/Joan Robinson Edit: Forgot to say that feedback is welcome and ...
by Gautam
Tue Apr 10, 2012 10:52 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals prediction thread
Replies: 48
Views: 9233

Re: ACF Nationals prediction thread

This discussion is purely academic Yeah all these specialist/generalist arguments tend to overestimate the actual knowledge of people, and assume homogenous ability among each class of player to parse clues, recall answers from memory, etc. May be true on the average, but I suspect the game-to-game...
by Gautam
Fri Apr 06, 2012 7:23 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Less-Used Topics (And Why?)
Replies: 55
Views: 8928

Re: Less-Used Topics (And Why?)

There has been no good tossup on endosymbiosis. Ever. was this one really that awful? Mereschowky’s hypothesis is the earliest formulation of this theory, and apicomplexans are organisms in which the product of this process is highly reduced due to transfer via EGT. The first group thought to diver...
by Gautam
Fri Apr 06, 2012 12:01 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Writing for SCT/ICT
Replies: 38
Views: 11319

Re: Writing for SCT/ICT

The problem arises when this happens after you have already cut 50 characters off and it's still 2 characters too long. It's incredibly frustrating, and makes you just not want to write (at least that's what happens to me). But...don't write a 477-character tossup if the character limit is 425. Ins...
by Gautam
Thu Apr 05, 2012 7:04 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Writing for SCT/ICT
Replies: 38
Views: 11319

Re: Writing for SCT/ICT

I don't know if NAQT does this already, but for last year's ACF Nationals (and this year's), I've had a fair amount of success targeting people who like specific subjects and asking them to write those subjects. People are usually happy to write subcategories that they know well and enjoy, especial...
by Gautam
Thu Apr 05, 2012 6:57 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Less-Used Topics (And Why?)
Replies: 55
Views: 8928

Re: Less-Used Topics (And Why?)

Correct me if I am mistaken, but this seems to indicate a bit of a double standard. After all, what about all those questions on Moses (who, if I may gently remind you, did some interesting stuff)? It just seems that if religion is really just "theology and practice," then we've been seeing a prett...
by Gautam
Thu Apr 05, 2012 5:36 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Writing for SCT/ICT
Replies: 38
Views: 11319

Re: Writing for SCT/ICT

I haven't submitted questions for NAQT in a bit... So out of curiosity: am I even allowed to submit questions that are greater than 500 characters long? No, but I remember that when I did write some questions in the past there were instances where I was indifferent between using two clues in a toss...
by Gautam
Thu Apr 05, 2012 4:29 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Writing for SCT/ICT
Replies: 38
Views: 11319

Re: Writing for SCT/ICT

2. Writing 425 or 500 character tossups is really hard and not overly rewarding. This isn't that big of a deal for bonuses, which are now largely the same as mACF bonuses, but NAQT tossups can be quite challenging to write. I'll respectfully disagree with you about it being rewarding: it is certain...
by Gautam
Mon Apr 02, 2012 5:08 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Geography Monstrosity 4 (June 8th, St. Louis)
Replies: 58
Views: 19861

Re: Geography Monstrosity 4 (May 25th, Atlanta)

I'll play this dealio.
by Gautam
Thu Mar 29, 2012 11:39 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ICT Prediction Thread
Replies: 111
Views: 37612

Re: ICT Prediction Thread

People in the money will be banking on tossups on Gunnar Gunnarson (have we broken the individual character from Njals saga barrier yet?) Wasn't Gunnar Gunnarson the recent writer, and Gunnarr Hamundarson the dude from the Njals saga? Or am I just confused? You're right. Its been hopeless to try an...
by Gautam
Thu Mar 29, 2012 7:40 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ICT Prediction Thread
Replies: 111
Views: 37612

Re: ICT Prediction Thread

Maybe this year the Valencias, Harvards, and UVA's of the world will still be the favorites, but unless our schools start taking ICT a lot more seriously, we are going to fall behind the Icelandic: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:IcelandicCompulsoryEducationPie.svg America will be fine as long as...
by Gautam
Wed Mar 21, 2012 8:46 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ICT Prediction Thread
Replies: 111
Views: 37612

Re: ICT Prediction Thread

Frater Taciturnus wrote:so wait who did the Brown team that finished third last year lose that makes people think they will be a second bracket team? Did Dan Klein get strangled by his girlfriend or something?
Classic quizbowl
by Gautam
Mon Mar 05, 2012 4:23 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Peaceful Resolution Discussion
Replies: 210
Views: 53638

Re: Peaceful Resolution Discussion

What on earth is the organometallics tossup doing naming several metals and using clues like "ones containing iron?" I think this tossup was a bit different originally had an answerline of "forming a _bond with carbon_" or something like that (George, please correct me if I'm wrong.) I remember bei...
by Gautam
Sun Mar 04, 2012 1:42 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Peaceful Resolution Discussion
Replies: 210
Views: 53638

Re: Peaceful Resolution Discussion

Speaking on the science part (really, only the biology, chem tossups, and about 60% of the physics, and earth sci/astro) as someone who only saw the production of the set, didn't see it get played: Someone can correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe this was the first time writing for some of the sci...
by Gautam
Sun Feb 26, 2012 6:35 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Odd Ways of Learning Things
Replies: 176
Views: 124570

Re: Odd Ways of Learning Things

For me, learning things usually involves encountering the same topics in 3-5 different settings/application/contexts/etc. Nothing "odd" about it, I guess, just that I have to force myself to do a lot of problems/write a lot of questions/approach the same topic from different angles to truly understa...
by Gautam
Tue Dec 20, 2011 7:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Distribution
Replies: 60
Views: 10710

Re: ACF Distribution

. So, for instance, I wrote a question on "trade" for Chicago Open that was 2/3 taken from recent giant steps in that field and 1/3 Heckscher-Olin or Ricardo or something. In the room where I read that, it was answered based on the old stuff. Maybe we rather need a tossup on "trade" that's 100% old...
by Gautam
Sun Dec 18, 2011 2:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Distribution
Replies: 60
Views: 10710

Re: ACF Distribution

You will notice, I hope, that when we talk about the distribution, the unit measure is an individual question (as opposed to relative weights or what have you.) Because of that, it is not exactly possible to fine tune the distribution to 4 decimal digits or whatever; we always talk about increments ...
by Gautam
Sat Dec 10, 2011 12:47 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Feats of quizbowl willpower
Replies: 16
Views: 3820

Re: Feats of quizbowl willpower

I think quizbowl willpower is probably not the most direct explanation of what people are talking about, although the underlying concept is sound. What is being described is when a good player is having sharper reflexes and thinking more clearly than normal, a player being "in the zone" so to speak...
by Gautam
Mon Nov 21, 2011 12:07 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Minnesota/Penn Open IV Discussion
Replies: 121
Views: 37842

Re: Minnesota/Penn Open IV Discussion

What was the econ distribution for this tournament, by the way? I am sure there were a few questions, but I can only recall a tossup on Phelps... which, by the way, was hard. I unfortunately negged with Phillips, but it wasn't converted on the rebound.
by Gautam
Sun Nov 20, 2011 12:33 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Minnesota/Penn Open IV Discussion
Replies: 121
Views: 37842

Re: Minnesota/Penn Open IV Discussion

I had a great time playing this tournament. I thought some packets were significantly more difficult than others but, of course, such are the vagaries of submitted packets. I did notice that a couple of bonus parts had already come up as answers at previous MOs. I don't really have a problem with th...
by Gautam
Wed Sep 21, 2011 8:43 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Minnesota Open IV (Nov. 19-20)
Replies: 72
Views: 22800

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Minnesota Open IV (Nov. 19-20)

I am playing with Messrs. Malis, Donohue, and Shah.
by Gautam
Fri Sep 16, 2011 5:49 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Minnesota Open IV (Nov. 19-20)
Replies: 72
Views: 22800

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Minnesota Open IV (Nov. 19-20)

Due to potential changes in my Thanksgiving plans, I will be able to come to this tournament. Seeking teammates. So it looks like I will have to make some trips to customer sites over the next few months. I am not sure how the assignments for those trips work out, so I'm not 100% certain that I'll ...
by Gautam
Tue Sep 13, 2011 8:07 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2011-2012 Collegiate Preseason Podcast
Replies: 22
Views: 4465

Re: 2011-2012 Collegiate Preseason Podcast

Magister Ludi wrote:I will say I come from the school of thought that you should try to say things that are interesting, even if controversial, in these kinds of predictions, rather than the typical chorus of "good teams are good."
They typical chorus is "I hear he's good at quizbowl."
by Gautam
Mon Sep 05, 2011 8:42 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Minnesota Open IV (Nov. 19-20)
Replies: 72
Views: 22800

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Minnesota Open IV (Nov. 19-20)

Due to potential changes in my Thanksgiving plans, I will be able to come to this tournament.

Seeking teammates.
by Gautam
Wed Aug 10, 2011 8:57 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Human Bio
Replies: 25
Views: 4997

Re: Human Bio

I'm not sure where this thread is headed, but to bring the topic back to human bio: Writers and editors often tailor questions with the intended field in mind. There are maybe 5 people currently in quizbowl who have any kind of exposure to "nutrition" or "nursing" classes, compared to the much large...
by Gautam
Mon Aug 08, 2011 1:49 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open 2011 Thanks & Discussion
Replies: 151
Views: 24219

Re: VCU Open 2011 Thanks & Discussion

The yves klein thing is not giveaway famous but probably a middle-ish clue at best. IIRC MO 2010 had a bonus part on Klein pretty much solely off International Klein Blue, and saw decent conversion.

Could I get a copy by the way? gkandlikar@gmail.com
by Gautam
Sun Aug 07, 2011 9:25 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: VCU Open 2011 (08/13-08/14)
Replies: 96
Views: 24258

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: VCU Open 2011 (08/13-08/14)

SirT wrote: 1/1 Biology
1/1 Physics
.54/.54 Chemistry
~.5/.5 Math/CS
~.5/.5 Earth Science
Um, what? 0 astro in the whole tournament? no general "engineering" or other minor stuff like stats, systems analysis, etc?
by Gautam
Tue Jul 19, 2011 8:09 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Guerilla History Doubles (July 29 @ CO Weeknd)
Replies: 132
Views: 36534

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Guerilla History Doubles (July 29 @ CO Weeknd)

Dallas simons and I are now playing together.
by Gautam
Sat Jul 16, 2011 8:56 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Spring 2012 schedule discussion
Replies: 33
Views: 6867

Re: Spring schedule discussion

I don't think I can get the Wisconsin tournament together... so for now it won't happen. If somebody wants to do a post nationals tournament, feel free to claim that.
by Gautam
Tue Jun 07, 2011 1:47 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2011 NSC logistics and protest resolution apologies
Replies: 19
Views: 5010

Re: 2011 NSC logistics apologies

Hello all, We know we owe the quizbowl community a detailed explanation about the protest resolution procedure that led us to overturning the decision in the Hunter v. Bellarmine game. As of a little while ago, Hunter and Bellarmine have been notified about everything, but we thought it would be app...
by Gautam
Mon Jun 06, 2011 7:02 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2011 NSC: Tournament Logistic Discussion (not the set)
Replies: 62
Views: 15228

Re: 2011 NSC: Tournament Logistic Discussion (not the set)

All, I would like to reiterate the point Andrew made in the other post that the logistics issues that plagued the tournament were not caused by PACE as organization or by any members in PACE other than us central administrators, myself and Andrew. We made some wiggle room for some delays, but the co...
by Gautam
Mon Jun 06, 2011 12:28 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2011 NSC logistics and protest resolution apologies
Replies: 19
Views: 5010

Re: 2011 NSC logistics apologies

I would like to piggy-back on Andrew's post and extend my apologies to the teams, staffers, and all others who were adversely impacted by the logistical issues that occurred at the NSC. I will reiterate that all issues that arose were the result of our inability to foresee them well in advance. We d...