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by Quantum Mushroom Billiard Hat
Mon Apr 18, 2011 10:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2011 thanks and discussion
Replies: 88
Views: 28113

Re: ACF Nationals 2011 thanks and discussion

First, I would like to thank the editors and everyone else involved for a tournament that was fun to play. However, I also agree completely with what Evan said. The tournament, especially the editors rounds, was too hard because almost all of the questions were extremely hard. Perhaps nearly every t...
by Quantum Mushroom Billiard Hat
Sun Apr 17, 2011 9:16 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2011: Logistics
Replies: 35
Views: 8782

Re: ACF Nationals 2011: Logistics

I believe this is correct: Yale and Minnesota reached a one-game final at 5-2 in the top bracket, with Yale winning with a score of somewhere around 200-150. Illinois, Chicago A, Brown, and Michigan were tied at 4-3, with both Harvard and UVA at 1-6. Illinois was 3rd based on statistical tiebreakers...
by Quantum Mushroom Billiard Hat
Thu Mar 31, 2011 6:18 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MN Open Music Listening: Katzenklavier or Panharmonicon?
Replies: 14
Views: 3060

Re: MN Open Music Listening: Katzenklavier or Panharmonicon?

Judy Sucks a Lemon for Breakfast wrote:Topic revival, but if there aren't going to be any more mirrors from what it seems, could I have the set?

EDIT: Or at least post the file(s) somewhere for download?
I would like it as well if possible.
by Quantum Mushroom Billiard Hat
Fri Mar 25, 2011 6:20 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO Matchmaking
Replies: 54
Views: 11075

Re: CO Matchmaking

I'm looking for teammates. I'm pretty good at chem and decent at other parts of science. I'll also probably have a few decent buzzes on books I have read and classical music. Mike, the Grand Rapids area seems to be on the shortest route from Midland, so I would be happy to carpool with you. Sounds ...
by Quantum Mushroom Billiard Hat
Fri Mar 25, 2011 5:22 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO Matchmaking
Replies: 54
Views: 11075

Re: CO Matchmaking

I'm looking for teammates. I'm pretty good at chem and decent at other parts of science. I'll also probably have a few decent buzzes on books I have read and classical music.

Mike, the Grand Rapids area seems to be on the shortest route from Midland, so I would be happy to carpool with you.
by Quantum Mushroom Billiard Hat
Tue Mar 22, 2011 9:35 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Illinois Open Discussion
Replies: 79
Views: 17400

Re: Illinois Open Discussion

Well, this thread is about a page long and I haven't seen much related to what I wrote. Any specific comments on the chemistry? There were probably more clues / answer lines related to polymers and industrial chemistry than normal, since those are topics I find especially interesting, but I don't th...
by Quantum Mushroom Billiard Hat
Mon Mar 14, 2011 9:31 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Improving productivity as a writer
Replies: 21
Views: 2987

Re: Improving productivity as a writer

Does anyone have tips on how to write science questions quickly? My speed right now is torpid because I haven't learned nearly enough to write half a question off my head, especially at higher levels, and at times it's very hard to figure out what exactly my sources are saying. I've found some succ...
by Quantum Mushroom Billiard Hat
Wed Mar 09, 2011 6:38 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chemistry
Replies: 3
Views: 932

Re: Chemistry

Only one question really bothered me, and that was the one in the VCU packet I think, where it said an aldehyde was a type of ketone. I'm pretty sure this isn't right. It was confusing enough that I didn't get it at the end of the question. An aldehyde is a ketone where one of the R groups is H, so...
by Quantum Mushroom Billiard Hat
Fri Mar 04, 2011 1:17 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Hello
Replies: 16
Views: 3075

Re: Hello

Here's the polymerization tossup: One mechanism useful in this process includes an intermediate coordination complex containing an alkene and is named for Cossee and Arlman. A cyclic molecule is used in the ring-opening form of this process and includes less shrinkage. This process may be intiated ...
by Quantum Mushroom Billiard Hat
Thu Mar 03, 2011 10:27 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Hello
Replies: 16
Views: 3075

Re: Hello

Overall, I enjoyed the tournament quite a bit. The questions generally seemed well written, and though there was more math than I'd prefer, that was as advertised. Could someone post the polymerization tossup? I negged it with "metathesis" off what I think was description of ring-opening metathesis ...
by Quantum Mushroom Billiard Hat
Tue Mar 01, 2011 9:37 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: physics
Replies: 12
Views: 1447

Re: physics

I'm curious what sort of alternate answers were acceptable for "metastable". I negged with "excited state" on the population inversion clue, which seemed to be saying that more electrons are metastable than stable during population inversion. I have no background besides my quizbowl knowledge about...
by Quantum Mushroom Billiard Hat
Mon Feb 28, 2011 6:51 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Physics/Astro (Nolan's Questions)
Replies: 10
Views: 1850

Re: Physics/Astro (Nolan's Questions)

Ok, so here's the thing with the Germany question: It was kind of meant to suck. It was meant to be a well (or at least quasi-decently) written tossup with a godawful answer line. My point in this: Questions that require one to name a country or nationality suck. It seems that these sort of tossups...
by Quantum Mushroom Billiard Hat
Mon Feb 28, 2011 2:33 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals at WUSTL (2/26/2011)
Replies: 73
Views: 24712

Re: ACF Regionals at WUSTL (2/26/2011)

Charlie beat me to it, but I don't see what the problem is with a coach reading in a room for her own player unless there is some sort of bias that factors into the match. Do you have a problem with, say, a player on an A team letting a moderator take a break and reading during their bye round for t...
by Quantum Mushroom Billiard Hat
Wed Feb 16, 2011 12:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: GUERRILLA III - Friday, 4/8/11 - ICT Hotel, Chicago
Replies: 107
Views: 14699

Re: GUERRILLA III - Friday, 4/8/11 - ICT Hotel, Chicago

Cheynem wrote:I accept Mike Bentley's offer--other Mikes should join us.
Assuming I can make it to ICT, this sounds fun. Would you be interested in me being the third?
by Quantum Mushroom Billiard Hat
Tue Feb 08, 2011 5:09 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Michigan '10-'11
Replies: 69
Views: 12675

Re: Michigan '10-'11

Welcome to the boards. It's good to see some people from the Michigan quiz bowl frontier. I'm assuming you are not playing a lot of NAQT, and potentially not a lot of good quiz bowl. Really, if you want to go to the state tournament which you are referring to, just hit up the organizer Melissa. You...
by Quantum Mushroom Billiard Hat
Sun Feb 06, 2011 1:24 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: talk about individual questions here
Replies: 124
Views: 16186

Re: talk about individual questions here

The giveaway on the Surprise Symphony tossup seemed misleading, since the "surprise" chord is played by the entire orchestra, not just the timpani, and another famous Haydn London Symphony (Drumroll) takes its name from the timpani opening. Mit dem Paukenschlag [POW-kin-shlahg] is a common German su...
by Quantum Mushroom Billiard Hat
Wed Jan 26, 2011 2:39 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Region 7 SCT at Ohio State (February 5, 2011)
Replies: 24
Views: 4374

Re: Region 7 SCT at Ohio State (February 5, 2011)

itsthatoneguy wrote:We are coming with 3 teams, 2 DI and 1 DII
Corrected
by Quantum Mushroom Billiard Hat
Wed Jan 26, 2011 2:09 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: TIT Discussion
Replies: 57
Views: 6564

Re: TIT Discussion

I don't recall the exact source I used for that clue, but http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/freeabs_all.jsp?arnumber=5052473&abstractAccess=no&userType=inst describes the usage of a Kerr cell to measure voltage by examining a phase shift. My understanding is that a Kerr Cell is a specific application ...
by Quantum Mushroom Billiard Hat
Tue Jan 25, 2011 8:09 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: TIT Discussion
Replies: 57
Views: 6564

Re: TIT Discussion

I thought the tournament was generally ok, but there were a few problems I noticed in science. I felt like numerous times, a question contained a clue the author misunderstood or didn't fully understand. The best example I've seen of this was caught by Libo in the Equation of State tossup. One examp...
by Quantum Mushroom Billiard Hat
Thu Aug 26, 2010 10:52 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: UIUC ABT Sun N'Fun mirror Sept 4, 2010 (CANCELLED)
Replies: 8
Views: 1343

Re: UIUC ABT Sun N'Fun mirror Sept 4, 2010

I seem to be the only person from Michigan even moderately interested in this. Sorry.
by Quantum Mushroom Billiard Hat
Thu Aug 19, 2010 10:22 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open Discussion
Replies: 87
Views: 13347

Re: VCU Open Discussion

I ask as someone who hasn't read the book, is he a major or minor character? Godot does not appear in Waiting for Godot but I don't think anyone would argue with a question on him. If this is a major character in the the sense that he appears in the book all the time (where by "appears" I don't mea...
by Quantum Mushroom Billiard Hat
Tue Aug 10, 2010 3:06 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open Discussion
Replies: 87
Views: 13347

Re: VCU Open Discussion

VCU Saturday Packets have been sent to George for posting.
by Quantum Mushroom Billiard Hat
Tue Aug 10, 2010 2:52 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open Discussion
Replies: 87
Views: 13347

Re: VCU Open Discussion

The tossup on Schiff bases also was kind of a poor idea. Anytime in that question before "imine" was mentioned, imine should have been an acceptable answer. Beyond that, there's nothing wrong with ending the question saying "a substituted imine named for a German chemist" or something like that. I'...
by Quantum Mushroom Billiard Hat
Tue Aug 10, 2010 11:11 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open Discussion
Replies: 87
Views: 13347

Re: VCU Open Discussion

Agnus Dei/Magnificat/Kyrie However, a true requiem mass will always begin with the Introit, which is the hymn "Requiem aeternam," and usually the Kyrie section will be the second movement, although occasionally it is combined into the first movement. Because the first thing I heard was that the que...
by Quantum Mushroom Billiard Hat
Mon Aug 09, 2010 10:25 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open Discussion
Replies: 87
Views: 13347

Re: VCU Open Discussion

I would appreciate feedback on the following questions from Saturday: Tossups: Science: FAD(H2), Langmuir, cycloid, enol(ate), micelle, Schiff Base, Eddington, ribozyme, silicon, nitric acid, extraction, CO2, von Neumann Music: Ginastera, Balakirev Lit: Terra Nostra, Nausea Bonuses: Science: zeta po...
by Quantum Mushroom Billiard Hat
Fri Jul 30, 2010 6:41 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open thanks and discussions
Replies: 126
Views: 24014

Re: Chicago Open thanks and discussions

Nicklausse/Muse wrote:
I can't name any player who is an electrical engineer
Aaron Rosenberg?
I had no idea. Apparently Cody from VCU is as well.
by Quantum Mushroom Billiard Hat
Fri Jul 30, 2010 5:43 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open thanks and discussions
Replies: 126
Views: 24014

Re: Chicago Open thanks and discussions

HI can't, since I doubt that the members of the Harvard team have such broad knowledge bases that they know what is important in every discipline. Have you ever seen the Harvard team play, or played an HI? If anything, the problem with HI and HI2 is that it was written by a team of specialists who ...
by Quantum Mushroom Billiard Hat
Wed Jul 28, 2010 10:42 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open thanks and discussions
Replies: 126
Views: 24014

Re: Chicago Open thanks and discussions

There don't seem to be many ok-but-not-great players saying that this tournament was a fine difficulty, and that concerns me somewhat. I don't have any experience playing other incarnations of CO to draw on, but the set was exactly the difficulty I was both expecting and hoped for in the categories ...
by Quantum Mushroom Billiard Hat
Wed Jul 28, 2010 10:18 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Owens Trivia Invitonal / The Third Edition
Replies: 11
Views: 1488

Re: Owens Trivia Invitonal / The Third Edition

ok then what would be a good set of questions for using for a novice tournament.. Move it 3-4 weeks up and mirror the ACF Collegiate Novice tournament, which is a really difficulty-appropriate set being edited by Andrew Hart. A few weeks later, and there's traditionally a set called Delta Burke ava...
by Quantum Mushroom Billiard Hat
Tue Jul 27, 2010 9:39 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open thanks and discussions
Replies: 126
Views: 24014

Re: Chicago Open thanks and discussions

I really enjoyed this tournament, and our travel/hotel difficulties didn't prevent it from making this an awesome weekend. I really liked some of the more unusual answer lines in science like the "two-dimensional" one, since they test knowledge much better than common things people know to say on bu...
by Quantum Mushroom Billiard Hat
Mon Jul 26, 2010 2:06 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Goodman CO Trash discussion
Replies: 33
Views: 4924

Re: Goodman CO Trash discussion

I know almost nothing about Trash, so I won't make any attempt to label this as a good or bad set. It did seem that everyone enjoyed playing it though. The one problem I noticed with the set was that it seemed like many of the questions left the first pronoun until the end of the first sentence, mak...
by Quantum Mushroom Billiard Hat
Fri Jul 16, 2010 7:24 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO Side Event: The Jean-Baptiste Lully Memorial
Replies: 275
Views: 97601

Re: CO Side Event: The Jean-Baptiste Lully Memorial

I think I said I can staff this, but I would be just as happy to play if someone needs a teammate and there is an excess of staffers.
by Quantum Mushroom Billiard Hat
Sun Jul 11, 2010 7:23 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: ANGST (Andy's Non-Guerrilla Summer Tournament)
Replies: 175
Views: 42638

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: ANGST (Andy's Non-Guerrilla Summer Tournament)

I'll echo the thanks to everyone who made sure this tournament actually happened. It was a lot of fun, and the questions were very good. Thanks to everyone for coming!
by Quantum Mushroom Billiard Hat
Tue Jul 06, 2010 6:57 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2010 HSNCT conversion stats discussion
Replies: 91
Views: 12408

Re: 2010 HSNCT conversion stats discussion

Were any of those non-powered tossups in rounds where the top teams all had byes? I don't remember how byes in the card system work. If all the 3-0 teams had byes in the same round, for example, there would be a lot fewer teams likely to power something.
by Quantum Mushroom Billiard Hat
Wed Jun 23, 2010 8:43 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: ANGST (Andy's Non-Guerrilla Summer Tournament)
Replies: 175
Views: 42638

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: ANGST (Andy's Non-Guerrilla Summer Tournament)

I'd like to play both side events, but I am willing to staff either/both if needed.
by Quantum Mushroom Billiard Hat
Fri Jun 18, 2010 8:00 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT charging for old packets
Replies: 33
Views: 8518

Re: NAQT charging for old packets

Now, I would certainly appreciate NAQT releasing their questions, and can certainly imagine that college sets aren't very big sellers and (5+ year) old IS sets aren't very big sellers. However, would releasing old IS sets benefit anyone? I'm pretty sure that modern NAQT sets are much, much better wr...
by Quantum Mushroom Billiard Hat
Wed May 26, 2010 6:25 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Summer Quiz Bowl
Replies: 4
Views: 865

Re: Summer Quiz Bowl

The Sunday tournament paired with VCU open shouldn't be especially hard. We are hosting at DCC; announcement here.
by Quantum Mushroom Billiard Hat
Mon May 10, 2010 10:43 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2009-2010 HSAPQ packets posted
Replies: 22
Views: 3110

Re: 2009-2010 HSAPQ packets posted

The Granny wrote:Because I enjoy being as lazy as possible, would it be possible to get sets into zips?
If you want to download a bunch of things at once, don't want to wait for a zip file to be posted, and you use firefox, there is an add-on called flashgot that works pretty well.
by Quantum Mushroom Billiard Hat
Sun May 02, 2010 8:08 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Prompt: can it be more specific
Replies: 23
Views: 3477

Re: Prompt: can it be more specific

If the goal is just to make it easier to find Y in an answer line of [prompt on X before mention of Y], you could just highlight Y in some unobtrusive color. http://i.imgur.com/MGUUx.jpg I'm not sure if that's any better than without the highlight, but it seems simpler than using the comment tool an...
by Quantum Mushroom Billiard Hat
Sat May 01, 2010 8:08 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Announcement: 2010 Chicago Open, Chicago, IL (July 23-25)
Replies: 135
Views: 38882

Re: Announcement: 2010 Chicago Open, Chicago, IL (July 23-25)

Yeah, we misread it the same way, and will have the packet to you tonight. For those of us who didn't read carefully enough and expected the date in the post to correspond to the date the packet needed to be turned in on, can you be lenient and make a -$90 discount or something? Your post is clear, ...
by Quantum Mushroom Billiard Hat
Fri Apr 30, 2010 3:11 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Cheapest Way to get to HSNCT from Really Far Away?
Replies: 20
Views: 3349

Re: Cheapest Way to get to HSNCT from Really Far Away?

Based on our trip to College Park for ACF Nats, the drive from Maryland to Ann Arbor isn't bad at all. The route you would take to get to Chicago is mostly the same, and I think it would be hard to get lost before Chicago even for a tired driver. There are a rather large number of tolls on the route...
by Quantum Mushroom Billiard Hat
Tue Apr 20, 2010 6:39 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals Comments
Replies: 52
Views: 7512

Re: ACF Nationals Comments

I had a lot of fun playing this, and thought it was a very good set overall. It was certainly a great experience for my first ACF Nationals. The tournament ran pretty smoothly, but I felt like the breaks between rounds on Saturday were a bit longer than necessary. Maybe that is just something that h...
by Quantum Mushroom Billiard Hat
Wed Apr 14, 2010 11:58 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Announcement: 2010 Chicago Open, Chicago, IL (July 23-25)
Replies: 135
Views: 38882

Re: Announcement: 2010 Chicago Open, Chicago, IL (July 23-25)

Cheynem wrote:Anybody traveling from Michigan:

Do you guys have full teams? If not, I would be happy to team up with any combination of you.
We have one full team from Michigan figured out, and other people are still figuring out their plans. We'll let you know when they decide something.
by Quantum Mushroom Billiard Hat
Sun Apr 11, 2010 3:19 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2010 ICT discussion
Replies: 100
Views: 14971

Re: 2010 ICT discussion

I had a lot of fun playing this tournament, but I think that was more because of the field than the questions. I had the impression that there were way too many questions that were basically "There is a (reaction, law, formula...) named for this guy and ___. There is another (reaction, law, formula....
by Quantum Mushroom Billiard Hat
Thu Apr 01, 2010 11:58 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO Side Event: The Jean-Baptiste Lully Memorial
Replies: 275
Views: 97601

Re: CO Side Event: The Jean-Baptiste Lully Memorial

We may have people there. I really want to go, but I don't know what my schedule will be like. Surya was also interested. We'll talk about it at practice next week.
by Quantum Mushroom Billiard Hat
Mon Mar 22, 2010 1:23 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: HI 2010 Discussion
Replies: 56
Views: 7417

Re: HI 2010 Discussion

I mean, the consensus so far has been Jerry posting twice, so it's a consensus of one. Not to say that the set was without its issues, but I think there were some very good questions in this set. There were certainly some very good questions in this set. There were also a lot of questions that seem...
by Quantum Mushroom Billiard Hat
Sun Mar 21, 2010 3:24 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: HI Mirror at UIUC (3/20/2010)
Replies: 65
Views: 8411

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: HI Mirror at UIUC (3/20/2010)

Thank you again for hosting. As always, you did a great job.
One more thanks to Ryan for giving us a ride. We were really glad to be able to play.