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by Quantum Mushroom Billiard Hat
Thu Nov 19, 2009 11:41 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Winter Midwest at Michigan, Ann Arbor (1/16/10)
Replies: 43
Views: 11324

ACF Winter Midwest at Michigan, Ann Arbor (1/16/10)

I am pleased to announce that Michigan will host the Midwest/Great Lakes mirror of ACF Winter 2010. The tournament will be held on January 16, 2010. To register, please send an email to qbtriumvirate AT umich DOT edu with the number of teams your program expects to bring, as well as the number of st...
by Quantum Mushroom Billiard Hat
Mon Nov 16, 2009 6:04 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: How to Run a Good Tournament
Replies: 26
Views: 3378

Re: How to Run a Good Tournament

When running a large tournament with a 6-8 game round robin followed by playoffs, finish prelims before lunch if at all possible. This gives the stats person an hour to figure out who is in what playoff bracket/has made playoffs before without getting bugged by impatient teams.
by Quantum Mushroom Billiard Hat
Mon Nov 16, 2009 12:59 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CUT 12 at Carleton College (11/14/09)
Replies: 9
Views: 1680

Re: CUT 12 at Carleton College (11/14/09)

cornfused wrote:
Habitat_Against_Humanity wrote:Quizbowl in the U.P? I am now sans monocle.
This is very good for me.
This is very good for everyone.
by Quantum Mushroom Billiard Hat
Thu Nov 12, 2009 11:14 am
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: The quizbowl decades project
Replies: 123
Views: 66903

Re: The quizbowl decades project

Some of the most memorable games I've seen: First, the 2008 HS NCT game between East Lansing (Kurtis) and Eden Prairie in the playoffs, with winner reaching top 6. Eden Prairie got a huge lead, but Kurtis got a bunch of stuff in the second half and EL won. I think Gautam was there too; was it still ...
by Quantum Mushroom Billiard Hat
Wed Nov 11, 2009 1:01 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Quizzy, an Excuse for you to Try Out Google Wave
Replies: 76
Views: 9414

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

nalin wrote:Solid for now. Post updates.
wave me nalinl AT googlewave DOT com

I think Michael Hausinger randomly found me on wave?
Yeah, I'm hausingerm. I'll invite people once I have the ability to do so.
by Quantum Mushroom Billiard Hat
Sun Nov 08, 2009 9:04 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Great Lakes TRASH Regionals at University of Michigan: Nov 8
Replies: 22
Views: 3041

Re: Great Lakes TRASH Regionals at University of Michigan: Nov 8

The team of Michigan alums defeated Chicago's team in the first game of an advantaged final to win the tournament. Thanks to everyone for coming!

Stats
by Quantum Mushroom Billiard Hat
Sat Nov 07, 2009 8:40 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: FIST Midwest - University of Michigan (11/7/09)
Replies: 32
Views: 4658

Re: FIST Midwest - University of Michigan (11/7/09)

Minnesota beat Illinois in a one-game final.
Stats

Thanks to everyone for coming.
by Quantum Mushroom Billiard Hat
Thu Nov 05, 2009 1:10 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Science writing for non-scientists
Replies: 31
Views: 7129

Re: Science writing for non-scientists

You have to be careful about just throwing down stuff like Flory-Huggins. It's not something you can just put out there and expect any more than a bare handful of people to even know what you're talking about. Well, yes. It was in a science side tournament, which is where it should be if it is ever...
by Quantum Mushroom Billiard Hat
Thu Nov 05, 2009 12:00 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Science writing for non-scientists
Replies: 31
Views: 7129

Re: Science writing for non-scientists

Actually, that's a great thing to bring up, Aaron. Circuit physics should definitely be asked about more, if possible. Engineering is an underexplored area of the science canon. I encourage people to make sensible use of it. This. I am in Chemical Engineering, and also taking many Materials Science...
by Quantum Mushroom Billiard Hat
Sun Nov 01, 2009 10:53 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall Ontario Site at McMaster
Replies: 35
Views: 5577

Re: ACF Fall Ontario Site at McMaster

Many thanks to McMaster for a very well-run tournament. Everything ran really smoothly, and there were no significant delays between rounds. Getting though 12 rounds that efficiently is very impressive.
by Quantum Mushroom Billiard Hat
Thu Oct 29, 2009 3:26 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: interest in buzzer system?
Replies: 27
Views: 4958

Re: interest in buzzer system?

Along with not using flimsy wire, don't use those stupid clip connections that get used in phone jacks and ethernet cords. They break way too often. If all external wiring connections can be made like the ones shown below, that would be awesome. Also, being able to separate the buzzer, cord, box, an...
by Quantum Mushroom Billiard Hat
Tue Oct 27, 2009 11:31 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Great Lakes TRASH Regionals at University of Michigan: Nov 8
Replies: 22
Views: 3041

Re: Great Lakes TRASH Regionals at University of Michigan: Nov 8

It seems like time for a field update. Is anyone else planning on having teams here?

Case Western (1)
Illinois (2)
MSU (2)
Ohio State (1)
Louisville (2)
Chicago (1)
Steve Traicoff/Geoff Zmyslowski/Jon Rosenthal

Free Agents
Rom
Matt
by Quantum Mushroom Billiard Hat
Mon Oct 26, 2009 11:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall Midwest at UChicago
Replies: 41
Views: 10159

Re: ACF Fall Midwest at UChicago

Along the same lines, how badly do you expect to need Michigan's buzzers? Since we seem to be sending a team to the Canada site, we need to figure out how they would most be needed.
by Quantum Mushroom Billiard Hat
Mon Oct 26, 2009 9:50 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall Ontario Site at McMaster
Replies: 35
Views: 5577

Re: ACF Fall Ontario Site at McMaster

Michigan will in fact have a team here. Do you need our buzzers, or should we send them to Chicago?
by Quantum Mushroom Billiard Hat
Sun Oct 25, 2009 2:45 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: THUNDER: Fall 2009 at TBD
Replies: 43
Views: 17384

Re: THUNDER: Fall 2009 at TBD

The point of having longer questions isn't better conversion, its to have more clues, and thus theoretically better differentiation between teams. I don't think anyone disputes this. I'm pretty sure Ben's point is the correlation between chosen tossup length and difficulty of the answers to those t...
by Quantum Mushroom Billiard Hat
Thu Oct 22, 2009 12:30 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: THUNDER---Columbus, Ohio (10/24/09)
Replies: 32
Views: 4567

Re: THUNDER---Columbus, Ohio (10/24/09)

We will certainly have at least 3 teams, and possibly a fourth. I'm waiting to hear back from one guy who wasn't at practice today. We have at least 6 people playing trash, and probably a few more. I'll let you know as soon as I hear back from people.
by Quantum Mushroom Billiard Hat
Mon Oct 19, 2009 11:27 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: (11/14/09) Illinois Open at UIUC
Replies: 50
Views: 6764

Re: (11/14/09) Illinois Open at UIUC

We should have a couple teams at least.
by Quantum Mushroom Billiard Hat
Mon Oct 19, 2009 11:10 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Minnesota Open 2009 Discussion
Replies: 70
Views: 8146

Re: Minnesota Open 2009 Discussion

I had a lot of fun playing this tournament, and my teammates did as well. We knew the tournament would be really hard, and it met our expectations. Since we came knowing that much of the material would be over our heads, viewing the tournament mostly as a learning experience even more than usual, we...
by Quantum Mushroom Billiard Hat
Mon Oct 19, 2009 1:09 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Lederberg Discussion
Replies: 18
Views: 2208

Re: Lederberg Discussion

I had a lot of fun playing this. The questions were very well written, and seemed to be on interesting things. I noticed a surprisingly small number of repeated material, given that there were 80 answers per packet and the tournament was confined to purely science. There were plenty of times when so...
by Quantum Mushroom Billiard Hat
Thu Oct 15, 2009 12:03 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall Ontario Site at McMaster
Replies: 35
Views: 5577

Re: ACF Fall Ontario Site at McMaster

If Chicago's current 3-team cap stands, we will be sending a team or two. Obviously, this is very tentative.
by Quantum Mushroom Billiard Hat
Tue Oct 13, 2009 11:50 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Michigan Autumn Classic (12/05/09)
Replies: 36
Views: 5591

Re: Michigan Autumn Classic (12/05/09)

We will presumably divide into groups of 8 and have a round robin, then go to playoffs. The playoff structure is not determined at all right now. In answers to our survey, I think we have had just about everything at least once. Answers have ranged from "anything" to "double elim" to "playoff bracke...
by Quantum Mushroom Billiard Hat
Tue Oct 13, 2009 7:07 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Michigan Autumn Classic (12/05/09)
Replies: 36
Views: 5591

Re: Michigan Autumn Classic (12/05/09)

Bump for field update. We are now over half full.
by Quantum Mushroom Billiard Hat
Mon Oct 05, 2009 12:15 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: EFT Discussion
Replies: 186
Views: 19719

Re: EFT Discussion

One clue I really liked was in the Garden of Forking Paths tossup, where it mentioned the riddle whose answer is time. That seemed to me like a clue memorable only after reading the story a couple of times, which is exactly what an early clue in a lit tossup should be. I didn't really like the trash...
by Quantum Mushroom Billiard Hat
Mon Oct 05, 2009 12:04 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: EFT Mirror at Toronto, October 3, 2009
Replies: 32
Views: 6093

Re: EFT Mirror at Toronto, October 3, 2009

I'd also like to thank Toronto for hosting. It was nice to see a lot of new faces, and we will certainly go to more tournaments in Canada in the future. It was really nice that you were willing to play the final even after the cleaning people took over the game rooms. We all really like having the o...
by Quantum Mushroom Billiard Hat
Sun Oct 04, 2009 1:46 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: EFT Discussion
Replies: 186
Views: 19719

Re: EFT Discussion

I really liked the set a lot. As Bruce said, there were a few bonuses with significantly different difficulties, but I felt like that wasn't as big as a problem as some tournaments I've been to in the past. There were a couple of misplaced clues that slipped through, and the moderators had seemed to...
by Quantum Mushroom Billiard Hat
Thu Sep 24, 2009 7:06 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Great Lakes TRASH Regionals at University of Michigan: Nov 8
Replies: 22
Views: 3041

Great Lakes TRASH Regionals at University of Michigan: Nov 8

Michigan will be hosting the Great Lakes site of TRASH Regionals this year on November 8th. To register, email qbtriumvirate@umich.edu. We encourage all teams to attend our mirror of FIST on the 7th as well. See http://www.hsquizbowl.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=8280&p=150661&hilit=FIST+Michigan#p...
by Quantum Mushroom Billiard Hat
Thu Sep 24, 2009 12:05 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Michigan Autumn Classic (12/05/09)
Replies: 36
Views: 5591

Re: Michigan Autumn Classic (12/05/09)

MORE UPDATED POST IS BELOW. PAY ATTENTION TO THAT ONE! This space is reserved for field updates. Interested (but we still need registration info) GPN (2) Current field: Culver (2) Sand Creek (2) Troy (2) Huron (New Boston) Dorman Chattahoochee DCC (2) Brighton (2) Hartland Novi (2) DCDS Utica Chelse...
by Quantum Mushroom Billiard Hat
Wed Sep 23, 2009 6:29 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: THUNDER---Columbus, Ohio (10/24/09)
Replies: 32
Views: 4567

Re: THUNDER---Columbus, Ohio (10/24/09)

Michigan will probably bring 2-3 teams.
We're very glad that you are hosting.
by Quantum Mushroom Billiard Hat
Tue Sep 22, 2009 12:24 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: FIST Midwest - University of Michigan (11/7/09)
Replies: 32
Views: 4658

Re: FIST Midwest - University of Michigan (11/7/09)

Also, we are hosting a mirror of TRASH Regionals on the 8th. A full announcement will go up soon, but teams should certainly come to both.
by Quantum Mushroom Billiard Hat
Wed Sep 16, 2009 9:57 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Announcement: Lederberg Memorial Science (10/17 or 18)
Replies: 34
Views: 11153

Re: Announcement: Lederberg Memorial Science (10/17 or 18)

A couple of us from Michigan are interested in playing.
by Quantum Mushroom Billiard Hat
Wed Sep 16, 2009 9:52 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: EFT Mirror at Toronto, October 3, 2009
Replies: 32
Views: 6093

Re: EFT Mirror at Toronto, October 3, 2009

Michigan is planning on sending 2-3 teams
by Quantum Mushroom Billiard Hat
Wed Sep 16, 2009 9:51 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Minnesota Open Weekend on 10/17
Replies: 112
Views: 35964

Re: Minnesota Open Weekend on 10/17

Michigan is planning on sending a team.
by Quantum Mushroom Billiard Hat
Thu Sep 10, 2009 5:47 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall Midwest at UChicago
Replies: 41
Views: 10159

Re: ACF Fall Midwest at UChicago

Michigan will be bringing some number of teams to this. I would guess something close to 4, but our mass meeting hasn't happened yet.
by Quantum Mushroom Billiard Hat
Sat Aug 29, 2009 2:21 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Michigan '09-'10
Replies: 186
Views: 27383

Re: Michigan '09-'10

According to NAQT's website, we have IS 90
by Quantum Mushroom Billiard Hat
Wed Aug 19, 2009 9:13 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Entering Freshman Contact List
Replies: 14
Views: 2295

Re: Entering Freshman Contact List

Any updates on this?
by Quantum Mushroom Billiard Hat
Sun Aug 02, 2009 11:54 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Michigan '09-'10
Replies: 186
Views: 27383

Re: Michigan '09-'10

Regarding volunteers, remember that in an untimed tournament, the number of volunteers will be cut by 1/3. However, additional "admin" volunteers will likely be needed to parse score sheets. Wouldn't it be more like 1/2? While a scorekeeper is nice to have, he is not necessary in an untimed tournam...
by Quantum Mushroom Billiard Hat
Sat Aug 01, 2009 3:26 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Why do you play Quiz Bowl?--Poll!
Replies: 28
Views: 3559

Re: Why do you play Quiz Bowl?--Poll!

The answer is, of course, both. I'm somewhat curious--have you been able to learn things from Quiz Bowl which have helped you with school? I've never been able to do so, though I've only had the chance to play bad questions up to this year and I only really started trying to learn the canon in the ...
by Quantum Mushroom Billiard Hat
Sat Aug 01, 2009 12:53 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Michigan '09-'10
Replies: 186
Views: 27383

Re: Michigan '09-'10

I would certainly help as well, and I'm sure we could get a group to come up from Ann Arbor.
by Quantum Mushroom Billiard Hat
Fri Jul 31, 2009 1:13 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Michigan '09-'10
Replies: 186
Views: 27383

Re: Michigan '09-'10

If I recall, the format for the "state championship" is unique in that it has fifteen minute halves and the questions are just a tossup, followed by one bonus question (which I always had the suspicion there was no differentiation between the two and that your bonus question was just the next quest...
by Quantum Mushroom Billiard Hat
Tue Jul 21, 2009 4:53 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Books "for Quizbowl"
Replies: 217
Views: 141221

Re: Books "for Quizbowl"

I've scored numerous points over the years on stuff I learned in Jared Diamond's Collapse and Guns, Germs, and Steel . What (categories of) stuff in particular? Guns, Germs, and Steel might get bumped up in my reading list. Generally history or geography stuff. One of them (don't remember which) ga...
by Quantum Mushroom Billiard Hat
Tue Jul 21, 2009 9:32 am
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Books "for Quizbowl"
Replies: 217
Views: 141221

Re: Books "for Quizbowl"

I've scored numerous points over the years on stuff I learned in Jared Diamond's Collapse and Guns, Germs, and Steel.
by Quantum Mushroom Billiard Hat
Sat Jul 18, 2009 9:53 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Michigan '09-'10
Replies: 186
Views: 27383

Re: Michigan '09-'10

We are planning on still using an IS set.
by Quantum Mushroom Billiard Hat
Fri Jul 17, 2009 9:13 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Michigan '09-'10
Replies: 186
Views: 27383

Re: Michigan '09-'10

Autumn classic is tentatively December 5.
by Quantum Mushroom Billiard Hat
Thu Jul 09, 2009 5:45 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Michigan '09-'10
Replies: 186
Views: 27383

Re: Michigan '09-'10

I think DCC and DCD will certainly be the teams to beat again this year. I expect DCD to be similar to the East Lansing team from two years ago, which had Kurtis but lost its next top 5 players from the previous year. Neil is really, really, good, and still improving. Troy and Novi will be good, but...
by Quantum Mushroom Billiard Hat
Mon Jun 15, 2009 9:54 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Writing science questions for science players
Replies: 56
Views: 12745

Re: Writing science questions for science players

Fluid mechanics: There are plenty of things there that seem interesting and reasonable for some tournaments to me beyond Navier-Stokes and laminar flow. Bingham plastics We're not at the point where we can start tossuping specific types of non-Newtonian fluids at anything below ACF Nationals. This ...
by Quantum Mushroom Billiard Hat
Mon Jun 15, 2009 7:30 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Writing science questions for science players
Replies: 56
Views: 12745

Re: Writing science questions for science players

I wanted to know, I guess, if there were (somehow) some sort of engineering-specific topics that don't have high overlap with canonical physics that are important in their own right. I am not especially familiar with the physics curriculum; these are things I've run into in my engineering classes (...