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by Auroni
Mon Aug 08, 2016 10:18 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Eternal Sonata discussion
Replies: 2
Views: 1786

Re: Eternal Sonata discussion

This was great fun, and I will enjoy my two first-clue buzzes until the day I die. The only suggestion I have, for future writers of these sorts of questions, is to do away with the "name the composer" tossups altogether. There's a very limited answer space, there's great potential for vanity questi...
by Auroni
Sat Aug 06, 2016 2:07 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Side Event Weekend 2016 (Michigan) 8/5-8/7
Replies: 34
Views: 15189

Re: Side Event Weekend 2016 (Michigan) 8/5-8/7

Mike Cheyne won GRAPHIC decisively. Here are the scores:

Mike C - 21/39/5 = 680
Will - 3/5/1 = 90
Matt - 6/9/5 = 155
Chris - 2/4/3 = 55
Tamara - 2/3/1 = 55
Athena - 10/4/6 = 160
Mike E - 0/1/0 = 10
by Auroni
Mon Jul 25, 2016 9:02 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements
Replies: 577
Views: 316103

Re: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements

I have received permission to read my CO team's edited packet, which I will do on IRC (#quizbowl) tomorrow at 9 PM EST, along with outtakes.

EDIT: see below post
by Auroni
Mon Jul 25, 2016 8:50 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: (This) Tournament is a Crime - 02/25/17
Replies: 22
Views: 13959

Re: (This) Tournament is a Crime - 02/25/17

I guess the editors are free to do what they want, but I'm a little confused why Legends gives up 0.25/0.25 to Religion when Legends already incorporates a lot of religious material (a "prudent mixture"). Do we really need over 1.5/1.5 Religion (traditionally defined) in a tournament? This tourname...
by Auroni
Mon Jul 25, 2016 1:49 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: (This) Tournament is a Crime - 02/25/17
Replies: 22
Views: 13959

Re: (This) Tournament is a Crime - 02/25/17

With the addition of Bruce Lou from Berkeley, the editing team for this tournament is finalized.
by Auroni
Tue Jul 19, 2016 1:51 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Writing Good History Questions
Replies: 35
Views: 17017

Re: Writing Good History Questions

Who exactly are these hypothetical "new teams" who are "really confused" by a tossup on Muslim s? Without wading into this morass, I can confidently say that across my time spent reading for lots of new players at tournaments and at practices, there is definitely a component of "oh, that's all they...
by Auroni
Tue Jul 19, 2016 1:51 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Writing Good History Questions
Replies: 35
Views: 19979

Re: Writing Good History Questions

Who exactly are these hypothetical "new teams" who are "really confused" by a tossup on Muslim s? Without wading into this morass, I can confidently say that across my time spent reading for lots of new players at tournaments and at practices, there is definitely a component of "oh, that's all they...
by Auroni
Mon Jul 11, 2016 10:03 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: (This) Tournament is a Crime - 02/25/17
Replies: 22
Views: 13959

(This) Tournament is a Crime - 02/25/17

This is an announcement for (This) Tournament is a Crime, a Nats-minus mid-season open to be written by February 25th next competition year. It will adhere very closely to the difficulty and stylistic feel of last season's critically-acclaimed "stanford housewrite" set. I will be the head editor of ...
by Auroni
Fri Jun 24, 2016 1:41 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NASAT 2016: Visual Arts
Replies: 9
Views: 963

Re: Visual Arts

Did you one further and changed it to "In another painting, details found in this specific place include..."
by Auroni
Wed Jun 22, 2016 11:41 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NASAT 2016: Visual Arts
Replies: 9
Views: 963

Re: Visual Arts

13. This place is depicted in the bottom left of four small circles surrounding a larger circle styled as the Eye of God in a "tabletop" at the Prado. A doorway leading to this place is lined with toads in another painting. In a depiction of this place, a figure carrying mortar scales a ladder to c...
by Auroni
Wed Jun 22, 2016 10:57 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NASAT 2016: Visual Arts
Replies: 9
Views: 963

Re: Visual Arts

13. This place is depicted in the bottom left of four small circles surrounding a larger circle styled as the Eye of God in a "tabletop" at the Prado. A doorway leading to this place is lined with toads in another painting. In a depiction of this place, a figure carrying mortar scales a ladder to c...
by Auroni
Wed Jun 22, 2016 4:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NASAT 2016: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 36
Views: 3013

Re: Specific Question Discussion

16. A fire god enlists a hero's usage of this skill in order to burn down a forest being subject to a torrent of rain. A low-born youth masters this talent by practicing in front of a statue of a famed instructor who once refused to teach him this skill. This ability is used to subvert a fatal curs...
by Auroni
Tue Jun 21, 2016 3:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NASAT 2016: General Discussion
Replies: 5
Views: 982

Re: General Discussion

I edited this tournament's arts and myth. I largely deputized Eddie Kim, who has a preternatural command of the classical music canon and what people might be expected to know about it, to complete the auditory arts section. I took a laissez-faire approach to editing the mythology, which was chock f...
by Auroni
Tue Jun 21, 2016 3:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NASAT 2016: Visual Arts
Replies: 9
Views: 963

NASAT 2016: Visual Arts

As the visual arts subject editor, I wanted to make NASAT the platform for my creative manifesto illustrating how I feel this category should be written. As such, I took an extremely heavy hand with the questions that were submitted by writers. Below are a few key components of my approach: - Situat...
by Auroni
Wed Jun 01, 2016 2:08 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: warning: limitless indalecio discussion
Replies: 31
Views: 12369

Re: warning: limitless indalecio discussion

I think there's a reasonable point to be extracted from Ike's posts, and that is that writers of questions on niche topics should still remember that people are going to hear and try to answer them. Considerations of clue and answer choice should not just be thrown out the window in these circumstan...
by Auroni
Mon May 16, 2016 1:41 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Early Fall Tournament (EFT) 2016
Replies: 45
Views: 37549

Re: Early Fall Tournament (EFT) 2016

I'll just note that for some circuits (SoCal for pretty much as long as I was there), Pacific Northwest, and the UK, to list a few, it is often impossible to get a decent 6 or even 4 team tournament together without some "bending" of eligibility rules, at times, despite the best efforts at outreach....
by Auroni
Sun May 08, 2016 4:00 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: What Makes a Good Regular-Difficulty Set (comparatively)
Replies: 40
Views: 13806

Re: What Makes a Good Regular-Difficulty Set (comparatively)

An important aspect of a good "regular-difficulty" set is its ability to inspire, or maintain, in players the idea that if you study and put some time in quizbowl, you will get better at the game. I'm not saying there shouldn't be tossups on Picasso that focus on his sculpture, but if the majority ...
by Auroni
Sun May 08, 2016 12:12 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: What Makes a Good Regular-Difficulty Set (comparatively)
Replies: 40
Views: 13806

Re: What Makes a Good Regular-Difficulty Set (comparatively)

Or, since not every answerline can be creative, taking a fresh approach or choosing a self-evident theme with your standard answerlines goes a long way in improving the quality of your set. For instance, at MLK this year, Will wrote a tossup on Picasso focusing on his sculptures, which was unquanti...
by Auroni
Sun May 08, 2016 11:25 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: What Makes a Good Regular-Difficulty Set (comparatively)
Replies: 40
Views: 13806

Re: What Makes a Good Regular-Difficulty Set (comparatively)

Or, since not every answerline can be creative, taking a fresh approach or choosing a self-evident theme with your standard answerlines goes a long way in improving the quality of your set. For instance, at MLK this year, Will wrote a tossup on Picasso focusing on his sculptures, which was unquantif...
by Auroni
Sat May 07, 2016 3:40 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Player Poll 2016: Don't Vote for Jerry Kramer
Replies: 41
Views: 23442

Re: Player Poll 2016: Don't Vote for Jerry Kramer

I won't be voting, but keep in mind that this is a player poll, not a poll about who is the best player at certain categories. Therefore when you're filling out the top 10, I would urge you to look at the total number of tossups candidate players are getting in the playoffs (or if you want, in key g...
by Auroni
Mon May 02, 2016 6:49 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 MUT: Specific question discussion
Replies: 52
Views: 12614

Re: Specific question discussion

I don't want to mount a comprehensive defense of that question (although I guess I did), but I will note that, when I read it to Wisconsin, it drew a solid buzz on "wood frogs" (which is something that I knew prior to writing this question and suspected others did as well). Yes, this is the excepti...
by Auroni
Mon May 02, 2016 5:15 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 MUT: Specific question discussion
Replies: 52
Views: 12614

Re: Specific question discussion

19. Damage will occur if this process takes place above or below the optimal rate, according to the “two-factor hypothesis” of Peter Mazur. The ability of certain animals to withstand this process was studied by P. F. Scholander and Art DeVries, whose research led to the discovery of a small alpha-...
by Auroni
Tue Apr 26, 2016 8:42 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: ACF Nationals 2015 Final: An Attempt at a QB Microhistory
Replies: 19
Views: 26407

Re: ACF Nationals 2015 Final: An Attempt at a QB Microhistor

bump prelude: It's a criminally nice Sunday afternoon. Will, Sid, Brian and I are sitting on a green lawn, fiddling with blades of grass. We all want to win our first ring but acknowledge that it'll have been an excellent competition year regardless. They go inside. I take in the sights a bit longer...
by Auroni
Mon Apr 25, 2016 11:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MLK XVII - University of Michigan - 01/16/16
Replies: 8
Views: 11303

Re: MLK XVII - University of Michigan - 01/16/16

Just sent this off for posting, now that all mirrors and NASAT tryouts have concluded.

EDIT: Here it is
by Auroni
Mon Apr 18, 2016 8:50 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements
Replies: 577
Views: 316103

Re: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements

I have a packets' worth of unusual tossups across various categories I've written throughout this year. Some of them are very stupid. I'll read it in #quizbowl at 11 EST tonight to whoever's there.
by Auroni
Tue Mar 29, 2016 12:32 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open Trash 2016 (July 24, 2016)
Replies: 131
Views: 60202

Re: Chicago Open Trash 2016 (July 24, 2016)

I'll staff
by Auroni
Sat Feb 20, 2016 7:10 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 MLK: General Discussion
Replies: 7
Views: 1175

Re: General Discussion

To anyone seeing this after playing the Northeast mirror: due to a miscommunication, the earliest version of the packets was sent out instead of the most recent version with suggested fixes. We're sorry about that. Many issues that you might post about may have been addressed already, so just check ...
by Auroni
Fri Feb 19, 2016 1:24 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 MLK: Specific Questions
Replies: 44
Views: 5224

Re: Specific Questions

1. Wheeler J. North studied the effects of El Niño on this type of ecosystem. Jon M. Erlandson theorized that the Americas were populated by people traveling along a “highway” consisting of these ecosystems. Along with grasslands, this type of ecosystem made its first appearance in the Miocene epoc...
by Auroni
Thu Feb 18, 2016 2:22 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 MLK: Specific Questions
Replies: 44
Views: 5224

Re: Specific Questions

The conserved tyrosine-343 residue on this protein’s receptor upregulates the STAT-5 signaling that results after activation of the receptor causes JAK-2 autophosphorylation. A low RPI index might indicate a deficiency of this protein. In the absence of this protein, cells at the CFU-E stage underg...
by Auroni
Thu Feb 18, 2016 12:34 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 MLK: Specific Questions
Replies: 44
Views: 5224

Re: Specific Questions

That's fair; it was also brought to my attention that having the pronoun at the end of the "Mild und Liese" clue could have compounded the confusion, so I've changed the important bits to read: "A ten-movement piece with a Sanskrit name which makes heavy use of the ondes Martenot, Turangalila Sympho...
by Auroni
Wed Feb 17, 2016 10:38 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 MLK: Specific Questions
Replies: 44
Views: 5224

Re: Specific Questions

Could I see the question on "Tristan" please? I may have just misheard the question, but the clues pertaining to the Turangalîla-Symphonie seemed like they could have also applied to Isolde. 11. A Hans Werner Henze piece about this character incorporates a recording of a dog’s heartbeat. A trilogy ...
by Auroni
Wed Feb 17, 2016 5:01 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: It's Lit
Replies: 48
Views: 24171

It's Lit

This is an announcement for It's Lit, a literature side tournament to be played at CO 2017, to be written by myself and Jason Cheng from UCSD. It will be easier than RILKE (the average tossup will probably be at or a little easier than ACF Nationals in difficulty). It will be $10 per player and ther...
by Auroni
Mon Jan 25, 2016 6:35 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 MLK: Specific Questions
Replies: 44
Views: 5224

Re: Specific Questions

Can I see the tossup on the House of the Spirits? I remember thinking one of the middle clues was wrong or phrased weirdly. 9. When a priest in this novel makes a dramatic pause in his sermon, a girl says “If that story about hell is a lie, we’re all fucked,” and the priest declares she is possesse...
by Auroni
Fri Jan 22, 2016 2:40 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 MLK: Specific Questions
Replies: 44
Views: 5224

Re: Specific Questions

How exactly does the miRNA bonus distinguish it from siRNA? Both are incorporated into RISC and base-pair to mRNA, and the leadin clues seem rather obscure. 12. In plants, duplexes of this genetic material are methylated by Hua-Enhancer 1 and transported out of the nucleus by Hasty. For 10 points e...
by Auroni
Mon Jan 18, 2016 4:03 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 MLK: General Discussion
Replies: 7
Views: 1175

Re: General Discussion

Without going back to the set directly to see exactly how many times it came up, it felt like "Odysseus" was a word heard many times throughout the day. The Homeric epics are foundational texts in Western mythology, literature, and culture, and so there were 3 questions [tossup on Odysseus from the...
by Auroni
Mon Jan 18, 2016 1:13 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 MLK: Specific Questions
Replies: 44
Views: 5224

Re: Specific Questions

11. An operation with this word in its name acts on a form the same way as would the commutator of another operation called this word and the contraction with a vector field, according to Cartan’s magic formula. In curved space this operation is generalized by adding a term which includes the Chris...
by Auroni
Sun Jan 17, 2016 3:32 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MLK XVII - University of Michigan - 01/16/16
Replies: 8
Views: 11303

Re: MLK XVII - University of Michigan - 01/16/16

Columbia will host the Northeast mirror of this set on February 20. Also, if you played this set this weekend, there is now a discussion forum that you can join through your usergroups. (User Control Panel > Usergroups > select 2016 MLK Discussion and request to join)
by Auroni
Sun Jan 17, 2016 3:29 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 MLK: Errata
Replies: 5
Views: 973

2016 MLK: Errata

Post about errors here.
by Auroni
Sun Jan 17, 2016 3:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 MLK: Specific Questions
Replies: 44
Views: 5224

2016 MLK: Specific Questions

Post about specific questions in here. I will honor all requests to see specific questions as long as you attach a reason to them; don't just list 50 questions that you want to see without saying why, because those posts will be ignored.
by Auroni
Sun Jan 17, 2016 3:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 MLK: General Discussion
Replies: 7
Views: 1175

2016 MLK: General Discussion

This thread is for big-picture discussions; discussions of individual questions or posts about easily fixable errors should be made in the appropriate threads. I hope everyone had a great experience playing this set -- we sure enjoyed writing and editing it. Will Nediger, Brian McPeak, Kenji Golimli...
by Auroni
Mon Dec 28, 2015 6:00 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MLK XVII - University of Michigan - 01/16/16
Replies: 8
Views: 11303

Re: MLK XVII - University of Michigan - 01/16/16

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Brown had to back out of hosting, so we are still seeking a New England mirror. I'd really like to see this tournament be played in one of quizbowl's most active regions, so please contact Roxanne and specify which date (any open weekend from 1/16 to Brown's planned ...
by Auroni
Sun Dec 13, 2015 1:16 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: IRC Festivus 2015: Rex Ryan's Revenge
Replies: 37
Views: 19006

Re: IRC Festivus 2015: Rex Ryan's Revenge

I will write another poetry packet of similar difficulty to my last one. There will be no theme, beyond "stuff I like."
by Auroni
Mon Nov 30, 2015 12:39 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MLK XVII - University of Michigan - 01/16/16
Replies: 8
Views: 11303

Re: MLK XVII - University of Michigan - 01/16/16

Sites updated [with links to all tournament announcements thus far]. Note that the Northeast mirror will run a month later than the other sites, on Feb. 20 at Brown University.
by Auroni
Thu Nov 19, 2015 1:45 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MLK XVII - University of Michigan - 01/16/16
Replies: 8
Views: 11303

Re: MLK XVII - University of Michigan - 01/16/16

Another mirror update has been posted. We're in talks with a few teams to get a more conveniently-located Northeast site.
by Auroni
Thu Nov 12, 2015 1:00 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MLK XVII - University of Michigan - 01/16/16
Replies: 8
Views: 11303

Re: MLK XVII - University of Michigan - 01/16/16

The list of hosts has been updated in the first post. If you're hosting, please post your announcement soon, and if you're in the Northwest, Lower Midwest, Canada, and UK, and you want to play this excellent tournament, please email Roxanne about hosting!
by Auroni
Tue Aug 04, 2015 1:54 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open at Michigan - August 8
Replies: 122
Views: 53603

Re: VCU Open at Michigan - August 8

There's a chance that I may miss the first round of Modern (which I'm staffing) but I'll be there for the rest.
by Auroni
Mon Jul 20, 2015 1:38 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015 CO Visual Arts
Replies: 131
Views: 57933

Re: 2015 CO Visual Arts

I'll add onto the heap of praise for this set. Future open difficulty tournament writers should look to this set as a model for answer selection, clue selection, and difficulty control.
by Auroni
Sun Jul 12, 2015 3:27 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Tricon: The Next Generation
Replies: 50
Views: 26991

Re: Tricon: The Next Generation

I'll write one, but won't get it in until late before VCUO.
by Auroni
Mon Jul 06, 2015 1:50 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Resetting [pt. 5 of 6]: How We Treat Each Other
Replies: 40
Views: 17894

Re: Resetting [pt. 5 of 6]: How We Treat Each Other

At the moment there are zero housewritten regular-difficulty mACF tournaments announced while there are two such "regionals+" tournaments on the schedule. I'm sure people enjoy writing harder stuff more, but it only serves to hinder fledgling clubs that lack good Quizbowl-playing opportunities. Alt...
by Auroni
Mon Jun 29, 2015 9:53 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements
Replies: 577
Views: 316103

Re: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements

This was played. Here are the scores.

stephen - 4/0/4 = 40
jordan - 1/2/1 = 30
kenji - 0/2/1 = 15
tommy - 14/1/1 = 215
kevin - 3/1/1 = 50
will - 2/0/0 = 30
jason - 1/1/1 = 20
derek - 0/0/1 = -5

The packet is attached.