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by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Mon Feb 08, 2010 5:23 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: timer delenda est
Replies: 57
Views: 5267

Re: timer delenda est

What would people think about dropping the clock, making games 26/26 (or 24/24, or something), but keeping the question length and the time to answer the same (i.e. both shorter than those of ACF)? I would still prefer some elements of ACF format, but I would quite like this! Agreed; these are the ...
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Sun Feb 07, 2010 9:13 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: timer delenda est
Replies: 57
Views: 5267

Re: timer delenda est

I'm a little confused as to how keeping the timer but creating a x TUs per game minimum is a good idea. Wouldn't this make rounds go at least as long as they would go without a timer, thus, well, making the clock moot anyway? Keeping the timer means that teams that play quickly (provided the mod is...
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Sun Feb 07, 2010 8:51 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: timer delenda est
Replies: 57
Views: 5267

Re: timer delenda est

I'm a little confused as to how keeping the timer but creating a x TUs per game minimum is a good idea. Wouldn't this make rounds go at least as long as they would go without a timer, thus, well, making the clock moot anyway?
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Sun Feb 07, 2010 7:06 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ICT schedule discussion
Replies: 76
Views: 10952

Re: ICT schedule discussion

If voting is ever a factor in what happens (as is almost inevitably the case, unless NAQT is not actually interested in the thread), there should certainly be a runoff; I'm sensing that the "no, not Friday!" vote is split especially. This. (I agree that Saturday-only is vastly preferable, and that ...
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Sun Feb 07, 2010 6:29 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Welcome to the 2010 SCT discussion.
Replies: 228
Views: 25497

Re: Welcome to the 2010 SCT discussion.

at least one reader who would refuse to read/toss out questions with words she found difficult, which usually meant science questions What! This is miserable. Anyway, NAQT needs to take away this major concept from its examination of these criticisms: Before you write a question or put it into a se...
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Sun Feb 07, 2010 6:11 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: timer delenda est
Replies: 57
Views: 5267

Re: timer delenda est

What are people's thought on the use of clocks at ICT? Here it's very rare that you'll hear less than 20 tossups per round as the moderator quality is a lot better. No clocks! Anywhere! I've had some decent ICT mods and I've had some bad ones too, but the problem of the clock goes deeper than just ...
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Sun Feb 07, 2010 11:44 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Welcome to the 2010 SCT discussion.
Replies: 228
Views: 25497

Re: Welcome to the 2010 SCT discussion.

samer wrote:FWIW, the antibiotic mentioned was valinomycin, not vancomycin.
Then I are wrong! I have no idea what valinomycin does (yet). Sorry, Matt!
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Sun Feb 07, 2010 11:37 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Welcome to the 2010 SCT discussion.
Replies: 228
Views: 25497

Re: Welcome to the 2010 SCT discussion.

Hannah, any further thoughts on mitochondria and malaria? Though this isn't that great of an excuse, those were two of the very few bio questions originating from others, and I had way less time to write/edit than I would have liked this year (going back to like July...). Sure, although be forewarn...
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Sun Feb 07, 2010 12:56 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Welcome to the 2010 SCT discussion.
Replies: 228
Views: 25497

Re: Welcome to the 2010 SCT discussion.

I agree that last year's SCT outstripped this one. Hopefully, NAQT will consider the differences between this year's process and last year's in approaching next year's SCT. For now, a few examples that really made me sad for reasons other than the fact that they were questionable answer choices in a...
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Sat Feb 06, 2010 12:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Good morning, quizbowl
Replies: 20
Views: 2259

Re: Good morning, quizbowl

Harvard A has bonded wonderfully over combined efforts: one person makes a DII round robin to account for no more Dartmouth; another prints it; a third fetches it from the faraway building. One of these things was accomplished by someone who is not only not a member of Harvard A, but not even a stu...
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Fri Feb 05, 2010 1:09 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Japanese Names
Replies: 27
Views: 4618

Re: Japanese Names

Wall of Ham wrote:Perhaps, due to the naming system and the fact that sometimes either order is used for Asian names, the first name should be promptable?
First names are usually promptable for anyone, no matter the ethnicity.
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Wed Feb 03, 2010 5:40 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Minnesota Undergrad Tournament 2010 (3/6/2010)
Replies: 51
Views: 22978

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Minnesota Undergrad Tournament 2010 (3/6/2010)

gkandlikar wrote:
Crazy Andy Watkins wrote:Hannah and I will be playing this tournament (at this site).
Does this mean you'll be playing on one team or on different teams?

--Gautam
One team; we submitted a packet together as well awhile back.
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Mon Feb 01, 2010 6:53 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: PENN BOWL: So, discussion?
Replies: 48
Views: 5071

Re: So, discussion?

No, sorry... it was a bonus on Neruda, if that helps at all.
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Mon Feb 01, 2010 5:39 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: PENN BOWL: So, discussion?
Replies: 48
Views: 5071

Re: So, discussion?

Oh, one other thing: I know that Swarthmore and Chicago A each had a bonus from their own packets that was placed into a packet that they later played. Swarthmore let me know and I moved on to the next bonus, and I was told that in Chicago's game the other team got the bonus, but sets should be exam...
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Mon Feb 01, 2010 2:08 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: PENN BOWL: So, discussion?
Replies: 48
Views: 5071

Re: So, discussion?

I had a really hard time moderating quite a few packets from this set because the grammar (and/or copy-editing) was pretty bad. The formatting inconsistencies (FTP or for 10 points, underlining/bolding/italicizing inconsistencies, etc.) don't inhibit reading, but missing verbs and just plain nonsens...
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Fri Jan 29, 2010 2:27 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2010 NAQT SCT Northeast NOW AT HARVARD (2/6/10)
Replies: 85
Views: 13563

Re: 2010 NAQT SCT Northeast NOW AT HARVARD (2/6/10)

We can't scrape up a team, so I'll come staff this.
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Thu Jan 28, 2010 2:55 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: How long should a tournament run?
Replies: 17
Views: 4031

Re: How long should a tournament run?

Dinner breaks are a just-plain-awful idea. People should just buy their favorite energy drink and chug if their ears are drooping around 7 PM. Better idea: TDs should make an effort to be efficient enough and construct a schedule such that teams are out by dinnertime, and teams should make an effor...
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Mon Jan 18, 2010 8:46 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Winter Southeast at UGA (1/16)
Replies: 74
Views: 19171

Re: ACF Winter Southeast at UGA (1/16)

Marchbanks wrote:
AdamL wrote: "Hannah Brandies"
Yeah, I corrected this multiple times. I'm glad it finally got corrected one last time.
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Sun Jan 17, 2010 10:11 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Winter Southeast at UGA (1/16)
Replies: 74
Views: 19171

Re: ACF Winter Southeast at UGA (1/16)

It was great to have the opportunity to play quizbowl in a new region, and thanks to UGA for hosting! That being said, I'd like to offer some constructive criticism on running tournaments; the tournament went so late that I was at one point a little concerned about how I would make my 8 a.m. flight ...
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Sun Jan 17, 2010 7:34 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Winter discussion
Replies: 83
Views: 12601

Re: ACF Winter discussion

Good job, editors; this was a fun set to play. A problem was the odd prevalence of repeated answers and information--multiple things on Portugal, a bonus part on Stravinsky's Missa Solemnis followed by a later bonus involving Stravinsky partly from mass clues, etc.--but this set had a pleasant pleth...
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Wed Jan 06, 2010 11:06 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Where is the line between "literature" and "trash"?
Replies: 43
Views: 6231

Re: Where is the line between "literature" and "trash"?

doesn't require any particular intellectual curiosity because it's a smash pop bestseller that's been around for decades. Maybe this isn't what you meant, but I'm still seeing an implication, however it's explained (in terms of "seriousness" or "importance" etc), that being a "smash bestseller" is ...
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Sun Jan 03, 2010 8:19 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Fall Novice Tournament Discussion
Replies: 29
Views: 4251

Re: Fall Novice Tournament Discussion

I'm wondering if future novice sets should even attempt to write on 1/1 chemistry. It wouldn't be much of a tragedy if there were three questions of biology, some of which had some chemistry content. Particularly considering that until sophomore year or so, at many schools, for many students, biolo...
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Fri Jan 01, 2010 10:27 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Where is the line between "literature" and "trash"?
Replies: 43
Views: 6231

Re: Where is the line between "literature" and "trash"?

Normally, being made into a film shouldn't be a problem; a lot of prominent books have been made into films (e.g. To Kill A Mockingbird). But, if the film becomes too popular, does this transform an otherwise "legitimate/academic" literature work into "pop culture", ironically "trashing" a good boo...
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Mon Dec 14, 2009 11:33 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Three team matches
Replies: 17
Views: 2417

Re: Three team matches

Panasonic Academic Challenge (now some other jumble of letters) used to have up to 6 teams playing at once. I think they did it by moving on to the next tossup after any incorrect answer, and penalizing that team the amount of points the tossup was worth (?). Most buzzer systems don't have lockout ...
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Fri Dec 11, 2009 7:17 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Discussion: Can Trash be more girl friendly?
Replies: 40
Views: 9897

Re: Discussion: Can Trash be more girl friendly?

tetragrammatology wrote:Also, this bullshit assertion that "[offensive] content is one thing that can make your trash events less friendly to women" needs to be killed right about now.
Your offensive rap music makes my delicate lady ears cry rainbows!
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Fri Dec 11, 2009 11:52 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Discussion: Can Trash be more girl friendly?
Replies: 40
Views: 9897

Re: Discussion: Can Trash be more girl friendly?

I do think that the "Boys' Club" atmosphere of quizbowl could probably be tuned down a bit. While playing with a lady on my team, you hear a lot of derisive "Oh, of course you got that, you're a girl" comments. Or people who think that your teammate is named The Girl, y'know as opposed to her actua...
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Fri Dec 11, 2009 12:37 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Discussion: Can Trash be more girl friendly?
Replies: 40
Views: 9897

Re: Discussion: Can Trash be more girl friendly?

I've been bothered a while by what I consider the male slant to Trash. Although there are a few "girl" subjects that come up relatively regularly, like soap operas and musicals, these are the exceptions. I was surprised, for instance, that Twilight only got a (very easy) bonus part last Trash Regio...
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Wed Dec 02, 2009 4:36 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: HS teams playing college tournaments
Replies: 55
Views: 8825

Re: HS teams playing college tournaments

To the utmost degree possible, I oppose turning any team away from any tournament (except for restricted eligibility events, which I think should be kept to a minimum). If there has to be a criterion on which to exclude, I'd rather it be "who's the best" than any other more arbitrary criterion. Wha...
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Wed Dec 02, 2009 1:58 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: HS teams playing college tournaments
Replies: 55
Views: 8825

Re: RESULTS: Midseason 2009 College Poll: Chicago #1

My concern is that more and more high school teams might want to attend college tournaments in the future. This is the "slippery slope" I was referring to in my earlier post. What happens when there are more high school teams at college tournaments than there are college teams? There are some truly...
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Wed Dec 02, 2009 12:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Is this a BLITZ or not?
Replies: 78
Views: 6828

Re: Is this a BLITZ or not?

I disagree with Hannah about this, for one simple reason (pertaining to this particular example, anyway): "Mere Christianity" and "Surprised by Joy" have nothing to do with the Chronicles of Narnia. Since the player buzzed in after these two works were mentioned, his answer should have been ruled i...
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Wed Dec 02, 2009 10:50 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Is this a BLITZ or not?
Replies: 78
Views: 6828

Re: Is this a BLITZ or not?

Yes, that player's answer should have been accepted.
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Thu Nov 26, 2009 4:07 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Quizzy, an Excuse for you to Try Out Google Wave
Replies: 76
Views: 9393

Re: Quizzy, an Excuse for you to Try Out Google Wave

master15625 wrote:
master15625 wrote:I would like an invite to this as well.

ngurramaster7744 at gmail dot com
I got an invite to this, so I don't need another one. Thanks
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Mon Nov 23, 2009 7:01 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: THUNDER Discussion
Replies: 49
Views: 8277

Re: THUNDER Discussion

There was really only 0/1 Broadway? It seemed like there was at least 2 or 3 questions on that, since my teammates who are apparenlty big Broadway fans knew them. Also, 1/0 "film music" doesn't strike me as outrageous, but asking people to identify the composer of the Godfather as a tossup was just...
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Sat Nov 21, 2009 4:58 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Fall Novice mirror at Brandeis, 11/21
Replies: 10
Views: 1642

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Fall Novice mirror at Brandeis, 11/21

Thanks to everyone who came! We played a triple round-robin with four teams, and Concord-Carlisle came out on top. Results can be found at http://results.scobo.net/brandeisquizbowl/fallnovice 1. Kai from MIT and Dennis Loo from the Harvard townie brigade were a major help. 2. This set was extraordin...
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Mon Nov 16, 2009 9:22 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Canon Expansion, Bose-Einstein Condensates, and You
Replies: 92
Views: 10641

Re: Canon Expansion, Bose-Einstein Condensates, and You

Yeah, I meant this point to come out a lot clearer in my post. You can just type "respighi" into youtube to find some of his works, but you need to take a class or study an expensive o-chem textbook to learn about Diels-Alder. It's just difficult to learn science independently. http://www.organic-c...
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Mon Nov 16, 2009 5:17 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Canon Expansion, Bose-Einstein Condensates, and You
Replies: 92
Views: 10641

Re: Canon Expansion, Bose-Einstein Condensates, and You

The Diels-Alder reaction isn't even taught until second- or third- semester college organic chemistry, for what it's worth. That doesn't apply to any class whose syllabus I've read, and it sure doesn't apply to Harvard or MIT. Can you cite data on this? We learned it early in our first semester of ...
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Sun Nov 15, 2009 9:48 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: TIT/IO Northeast at Harvard (11/15/09)
Replies: 63
Views: 18998

Re: TIT/IO Northeast at Harvard (11/15/09)

I'm going to make the radical suggestion that once Harvard players were aware that there were 0 dedicated staffers, they should have stopped being players.
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Sun Nov 08, 2009 6:03 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Fall Novice mirror at Brandeis, 11/21
Replies: 10
Views: 1642

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Fall Novice mirror at Brandeis, 11/21

Just a timing update: Because of the small field (unless other teams want to sign up, which I would be absolutely fine with!), it is not necessary that teams arrive until 8:30 a.m. I am confident that we will still be able to begin by 9.
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Sat Nov 07, 2009 2:16 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Dear Ryan Westbrook
Replies: 2
Views: 1009

Re: Dear Ryan Westbrook

Yes. Please.
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Fri Nov 06, 2009 3:39 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: How to write packets on time
Replies: 22
Views: 2529

Re: How to write packets on time

Here is one theory that I have. In a given time frame, a team has to decide whether they want to or don't want to go to certain tournaments. It may sometimes be difficult to decide whether a team is going to a tournament a few weeks in advance, or even a few days in advance. This might apply to, I ...
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Fri Nov 06, 2009 3:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: How to write packets on time
Replies: 22
Views: 2529

Re: How to write packets on time

My personal strategy (aside from visualizing an evil TD snatching late fees out of my not-quite-bulging bag of funds while simultaneously crying because of the pain late questions cause) is to give myself a set of deadlines for writing questions or packets that fits into my academic schedule, settin...
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Tue Nov 03, 2009 7:55 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Science writing for non-scientists
Replies: 31
Views: 7126

Re: Science writing for non-scientists

I've used Lehninger when I've had to write bio questions; it's quite good. I'm a fan. Also, I'm pretty sure I recognized language from Lehninger in a MO tossup on lysozyme. So, while I'm not a high-profile science writer or player, I want to reinforce something that Jerry and Andy mentioned in slig...
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Tue Nov 03, 2009 3:05 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Date for HI: 3/13 or 3/20?
Replies: 7
Views: 1374

Re: Date for HI: 3/13 or 3/20?

I'd love to play, perhaps as part of a bastard team. The date doesn't matter to me.
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Tue Nov 03, 2009 3:05 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall 2009 Discussion
Replies: 129
Views: 16230

Re: ACF Fall 2009 Discussion

The Grosse Fugue has not come up a great deal in quizbowl (and was a hard part at Minnesota Open, even.) It is an example of something I was talking about earlier where it is objectively much more important within music than its quizbowl reputation would lead one to believe, so I guarantee it was a...
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Sun Nov 01, 2009 9:58 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Hey let's talk about OpenOffice
Replies: 31
Views: 3194

Re: Hey let's talk about OpenOffice

Sir Thopas wrote:I, too, have had no problems with OpenOffice, but I am also of the opinion that every tournament should have each round in .doc and .pdf.

Also, no Calibri.
I give this post an A-. A would suggest Gentium.
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Sun Nov 01, 2009 9:36 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall Northeast (10/31) @ MIT
Replies: 63
Views: 13262

Re: ACF Fall Northeast (10/31) @ MIT

Possible enhancement: print the passwords on (custom, they'd have to be) scoresheets because who on earth wants to handwrite passwords for 266 games? Hannah, apparently, but seriously. Heh, crosspost. Yeah, if I'd hadn't photocopied a kabillion scoresheets well in advance, I would have written it o...
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Sun Nov 01, 2009 9:35 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall Northeast (10/31) @ MIT
Replies: 63
Views: 13262

Re: ACF Fall Northeast (10/31) @ MIT

Come up with which packet you'll be reading during which round the night before. Write the round number and password on the number of scoresheets that you'll need per round. Have the TD/stats guru/whoever hand out the scoresheet for the next round when the moderator hands in the scoresheet from the...