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by Marble-faced Bristle Tyrant
Sun Mar 01, 2015 10:37 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: College History Bowl 2015 announcement
Replies: 54
Views: 27161

Re: College History Bowl 2015 announcement

Maybe it's just because I've been out of the loop at Tech for a few years, but which chemical engineering building are we talking about here? I don't have anything to do with this tournament, but I figure others might need that clarified.
by Marble-faced Bristle Tyrant
Sun Feb 01, 2015 4:14 pm
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: CMST questions copied off-site
Replies: 0
Views: 1730

CMST questions copied off-site

I don't know that this is a big deal since the packets are already available for free, but this organisation has bonuses from the 2010 CMST posted on their site. Probably tossups, too, but it was the "[10]"s on the bonus parts that tipped me off. For example, the middle school science bonus on worms...
by Marble-faced Bristle Tyrant
Tue Jun 03, 2014 10:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 135
Views: 63751

Re: 2014 HSNCT discussion

My questions:

Spanish flu/yellow fever/Legionnaire's disease
PCR
flowers/hay fever/echinacea
kidney
ungulate/Artiodactyla/pig
Archaea/ether/thermophile
Brave New World
Darwin's finches/citrate/ring species
electron transport chain/coenzyme Q/chemiosmosis
hair cells/microvilli/lateral line
vitamin K
by Marble-faced Bristle Tyrant
Mon Jun 02, 2014 9:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Moderators at HSNCT
Replies: 36
Views: 8554

Re: Moderators at HSNCT

One other thing: for some ballrooms, is it possible to bring the tables closer since the acoustics are rather poor? I was going to post on this very topic. Before one of the Sunday afternoon rounds that I staffed in Rosemont C, a player remarked that he preferred that room's setup with the two team...
by Marble-faced Bristle Tyrant
Wed May 21, 2014 2:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: House hearing on the IHSA
Replies: 3
Views: 1858

Re: House hearing on the IHSA

Hah, yeah I should've finished reading before posting.
by Marble-faced Bristle Tyrant
Wed May 21, 2014 2:31 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: House hearing on the IHSA
Replies: 3
Views: 1858

Re: House hearing on the IHSA

I like the liveblog at the bottom of this Sun-Times report.
[i]Sun-Times[/i] writer Michael O'Brien wrote:This is officially scholastic bowl's moment in the sun. This keeps up and we will have to start up a scholastic bowl Super 25 ranking.
Someone send this guy Fred's rankings.
by Marble-faced Bristle Tyrant
Sat May 17, 2014 11:39 pm
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: 2014 MSNCT discussion
Replies: 19
Views: 8677

Re: 2014 MSNCT discussion

TORCH infections and IgG can cross this organ, but IgM cannot. It secretes hormones to maintain the endometrial lining, and deoxygenated blood reaches it via the (*) umbilical arteries. For 10 points--name this temporary organ that forms on the uterine wall and nourishes a developing fetus. The clu...
by Marble-faced Bristle Tyrant
Mon May 12, 2014 9:01 pm
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: 2014 NAQT MSNCT: Congratulations Harmony-Excellence!
Replies: 86
Views: 35175

Re: 2014 NAQT MSNCT: Congratulations Harmony-Excellence!

This was only my second time ever reading at the middle school level, but I actually found many of the questions to be rather difficult, for example, a leadin about TORCH in placenta that my scorekeeper noted was something he learned in med school. I knew I should have replaced that clue :/ I've be...
by Marble-faced Bristle Tyrant
Thu Apr 03, 2014 11:56 am
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: The Secret History of Shantanu, Chicago Quizbowl, and NAQT
Replies: 33
Views: 24063

Re: The Secret History of Shantanu, Chicago Quizbowl, and NA

Tees-Exe Line wrote:For those interested in the sillier aspects of this story, I present the GJR-GARCH email: [snip]
Yeah, wow.
by Marble-faced Bristle Tyrant
Tue Apr 01, 2014 8:38 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2014 ICT: specific questions
Replies: 72
Views: 11063

Re: 2014 ICT: specific questions

I couldn't write many questions for this, but here are mine: DI 2 - mtDNA/ubiquinone/retina 3 - Boris Godunov 8 - Mordred/Volsung/Tezcatlipoca 9 - Ediacaran/radula/mollusk 11- Capriccio espagnol/Rimsky-Korsakov/Alborada 16 - benzyne/aniline/ortho 16 - Respighi/Fountains of Rome/horn DII 2 - mtDNA/re...
by Marble-faced Bristle Tyrant
Sun Mar 30, 2014 7:12 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The Role of a Moderator
Replies: 41
Views: 9069

Re: The Role of a Moderator

For the record, this is against NAQT rules*, and it could be interpreted as against HSAPQ's** (and I guess ACF's).

*Section K.1
**Section B.1
by Marble-faced Bristle Tyrant
Sun Mar 16, 2014 12:39 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 IHSA
Replies: 80
Views: 20897

Re: 2014 IHSA

This common over the counter drug, abused by one out of every ten teenagers, is the active ingredient found in Robitussin and Nyquil as well as other OTC cold medications. Its use is often described as "robo-tripping" and its four different dosage levels are referred to as plateaus. In large doses ...
by Marble-faced Bristle Tyrant
Mon Feb 24, 2014 10:17 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bringing Everyone to Nationals
Replies: 13
Views: 3005

Re: Bringing Everyone to Nationals

Another thing to note when it comes to large roster sizes is that constantly switching out players can be really aggravating for score- and statkeepers.
by Marble-faced Bristle Tyrant
Wed Feb 12, 2014 7:04 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Tournament Attendance Hindered by Coach
Replies: 10
Views: 3049

Re: Tournament Attendance Hindered by Coach

Happened to my team all the time in high school. It was especially frustrating because none of us knew about the online community, so our coach was basically the gatekeeper of everything. The crowning moment was when we qualified for the HSNCT my junior year and there was little communication betwee...
by Marble-faced Bristle Tyrant
Sat Oct 12, 2013 3:06 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Discuss the anime rule here
Replies: 112
Views: 37284

Re: Discuss the anime rule here

It doesn't look like that thread was closed down at all. First, it was around for about 1 year and 3 months. Second, it is located in "Off topic archives", which means it was archived (moved there after some suitable period of no response). You'll notice that all the current topics in Off-topic hav...
by Marble-faced Bristle Tyrant
Sat Sep 21, 2013 11:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Foreign-language answers
Replies: 18
Views: 4666

Re: Foreign-language answers

Which is why I said they should both be acceptable answers.
by Marble-faced Bristle Tyrant
Sat Sep 21, 2013 12:39 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Foreign-language answers
Replies: 18
Views: 4666

Re: Foreign-language answers

As explained above, both the "ee-vahn" and "eye-van" pronunciations are automatically correct per good-quizbowl rules on being lenient with players' answers as long as they look like what's on the page and aren't identifying a different, wrong answer (eg, alkane and alkene). However, this isn't alwa...
by Marble-faced Bristle Tyrant
Wed Jun 05, 2013 10:26 am
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: ProtoBowl
Replies: 367
Views: 155274

Re: ProtoBowl

A thing doesn't have to be intentionally malicious to be the worst of something.
by Marble-faced Bristle Tyrant
Tue Jun 04, 2013 8:17 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2013 NAC
Replies: 89
Views: 38016

Re: 2013 NAC

the Fillmore Central I found originally in Nebraska had a ton of updates about their quiz bowl team including their women's quiz bowl team. Okay, I couldn't let this one go without finding out more, so it seems like this women's quiz bowl is run by the Nebraska Federation of Women's Clubs, which is...
by Marble-faced Bristle Tyrant
Thu May 30, 2013 2:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2013 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 149
Views: 54088

Re: 2013 HSNCT discussion

Here's one that I was wondering about: If these data structures are continuous in memory, they are said to have "unit stride," and C++ provides a separate new operator to handle them. Portions of them are specified by "slicing," and every Java Collection must implement a method to present its conten...
by Marble-faced Bristle Tyrant
Wed May 29, 2013 1:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2013 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 149
Views: 54088

Re: 2013 HSNCT discussion

I am also interested in the Settlers of Catan tossup. How do you write a tossup on something like that? I particularly liked the Catan tossup because I played a round of it that previous evening. And, no disrespect to Max Schindler, that was a pretty funny neg. But it can be difficult to write tras...
by Marble-faced Bristle Tyrant
Mon May 27, 2013 10:02 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2013 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 149
Views: 54088

Re: 2013 HSNCT discussion

Also, I want to publicly declare that Matt Bruce is the best moderator ever. We had the privilege of being in his room one round. Immediately after the match, my players commented on what a great moderator he was. Every single word was clear and pronounced correctly. He didn't read too fast, but st...
by Marble-faced Bristle Tyrant
Fri May 10, 2013 12:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2013 NAQT HSNCT: Congratulations LASA!
Replies: 109
Views: 58827

Re: 2013 NAQT HSNCT: May 25-26, Atlanta

Centennial Olympic Park?
by Marble-faced Bristle Tyrant
Wed May 08, 2013 2:51 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Why are there different difficulties?
Replies: 24
Views: 4349

Re: Why are there different difficulties?

Having everyone play on the same difficulty would be like using a yardstick regardless of how short or long the length you're measuring is. You would only get good results for the group the packet difficulty is appropriate for. Would you use a yardstick to measure the thickness of a sheet of paper o...
by Marble-faced Bristle Tyrant
Mon Apr 29, 2013 8:29 pm
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: 2013 NAQT MSNCT: Congratulations Barrington Station!
Replies: 31
Views: 10670

Re: 2013 NAQT MSNCT: Congratulations Barrington Station!

If this set isn't cleared for discussion yet, I'd like anyone with comments on specific biology questions to send them to the email in my profile. I edited about half of them and would like feedback especially regarding whether or not they were of appropriate difficulty.
by Marble-faced Bristle Tyrant
Thu Apr 25, 2013 1:59 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Left-Wing Questions?
Replies: 42
Views: 15402

Re: Left-Wing Questions?

1) Do fundamentalist Christians dislike it when quiz bowl asks about other religions? Is a tossup on Diwali, for example, somehow Leftist in your opinion? I'm just curious. This would not be surprising, as I have seen multiple instances of fundamentalist Christians objecting to any real or perceive...
by Marble-faced Bristle Tyrant
Mon Apr 22, 2013 7:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Left-Wing Questions?
Replies: 42
Views: 15402

Re: Left-Wing Questions?

If they're fair game in a high school literature class, why is it strange for them to come up in quizbowl?
by Marble-faced Bristle Tyrant
Mon Apr 22, 2013 12:06 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Left-Wing Questions?
Replies: 42
Views: 15402

Re: Left-Wing Questions?

I didn't actually hear it myself. One of my moderators told me about it after the fact. Basically, it seemed that they were complaining about literature and art. Liberal Arts = Liberals = Left Wing. :lol: :roll: This is Alabama, after all. Don't forget the science distribution, with its well-known ...
by Marble-faced Bristle Tyrant
Fri Apr 19, 2013 3:49 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2013 ICT DI specific question discussion
Replies: 73
Views: 18790

Re: DI specific question discussion

Ribosomes can be described with various terms like "organelle" or "molecule" depending on how strict your definitions are. For instance, my molecular teacher doesn't like calling it an organelle.
by Marble-faced Bristle Tyrant
Sun Apr 07, 2013 8:23 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Watkins-gate news media link collection - 19 Total
Replies: 112
Views: 44605

Re: Watkins-gate news media link collection - 19 Total

Oh, right, I was reading it as an adjective and didn't even notice the alternate reading. Does this count as a crash blossom, or is that only in headlines?
by Marble-faced Bristle Tyrant
Thu Apr 04, 2013 10:03 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Four-quarter format
Replies: 22
Views: 4464

Re: Format

Teams that like bad questions will play bad questions in any format and will convince themselves that the reason they chose the bad questions was because they love the format. Furthermore, those teams rarely change question vendors because change is so very scary. Further, weaker teams* may irratio...
by Marble-faced Bristle Tyrant
Tue Apr 02, 2013 9:27 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: General Security Discussion
Replies: 30
Views: 7107

Re: General Security Discussion

One thing I kind of get paranoid about when editing and rewriting NAQT questions (though this could apply to any organization writing a set, which is why I'm putting it here) is discussing question content via email. Actually I just realized that worrying about merely discussing questions is kind o...
by Marble-faced Bristle Tyrant
Mon Mar 25, 2013 8:46 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Watkins-gate news media link collection - 19 Total
Replies: 112
Views: 44605

Re: Watkins-gate news media link collection - 19 Total

Comments from the latest Crimson article: What is glaringly missing from all of these reports is any sign that the Harvard administration has opened an investigation of this debacle despite Watkin's apparent flagrant and scandalous statements and behavior. I really hope the Harvard club doesn't have...
by Marble-faced Bristle Tyrant
Sun Mar 24, 2013 7:03 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: General Security Discussion
Replies: 30
Views: 7107

Re: General Security Discussion

One thing I kind of get paranoid about when editing and rewriting NAQT questions (though this could apply to any organization writing a set, which is why I'm putting it here) is discussing question content via email. Sometimes it isn't worth it to recode and reupload questions back and forth with th...
by Marble-faced Bristle Tyrant
Sat Mar 23, 2013 11:54 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: General Security Discussion
Replies: 30
Views: 7107

Re: General Security Discussion

in on these shenanigans wrote:Amit
For that matter, if someone involved with the tournament changes their email address while the event is still in production, confirm the change via some other line of communication-- the old address, hsqb profiles, AIM, whatever.
by Marble-faced Bristle Tyrant
Sat Mar 23, 2013 10:03 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: General Security Discussion
Replies: 30
Views: 7107

Re: General Security Discussion

Also it adds another thing that could go wrong, like if the writer's server goes down.

I have attended tournaments where each individual packet was password-protected, though I can't say if it affected the flow of the tournament or not.
by Marble-faced Bristle Tyrant
Sat Mar 23, 2013 9:54 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Venting rage: Cheaters edition
Replies: 74
Views: 42235

Re: Venting rage: Cheaters edition

I don't have any spite to direct at any of the recently-caught individuals, though I'm certainly glad NAQT took care of them and is making sure it doesn't happen again in the future. That said, I do think this excerpt from this morning's Boston Globe is funny enough to be immortalised here (especial...
by Marble-faced Bristle Tyrant
Sat Mar 23, 2013 7:12 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: General Security Discussion
Replies: 30
Views: 7107

Re: General Security Discussion

Yeah, a similar thing happened at SCT a few years ago when the UGA club treasurer who was playing the tournament had access to the club email account that the packets were sent to. Tournament sets should, whenever possible, be sent to the TD's personal address to prevent this sort of thing from happ...
by Marble-faced Bristle Tyrant
Sat Mar 23, 2013 12:41 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Watkins-gate news media link collection - 19 Total
Replies: 112
Views: 44605

Re: Watkins-gate news media link collection - 19 Total

This flurry of news articles has come full circle. We started at the shitty sensationalist blog network owned by a Brit, and ended with the shitty sensationalist British tabloid. Not counting the initial Inside Higher Ed piece I mean.
by Marble-faced Bristle Tyrant
Fri Mar 22, 2013 10:44 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Watkins-gate news media link collection - 19 Total
Replies: 112
Views: 44605

Re: Watkins-gate news media link collection - 19 Total

Star-Tribune with comments from Hart and Cheyne: http://www.startribune.com/local/199636781.html?src=news-stmp Daily Mail lol: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2297874/More-cheating-Harvard--University-stripped-quiz-titles-student-hacked-answers-server.html?ito=feeds-newsxml (another achievem...
by Marble-faced Bristle Tyrant
Fri Mar 22, 2013 2:30 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT security review: three more cases
Replies: 61
Views: 18587

Re: NAQT security review: three more cases

A little too eager to trash Harvard and tie it in with the NCAA tournament.
by Marble-faced Bristle Tyrant
Fri Mar 22, 2013 2:03 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT security review: three more cases
Replies: 61
Views: 18587

Re: NAQT security review: three more cases

Communi-Bear Silo State wrote:Looks like this has been picked up by Gawker.
So I guess this was originally picked up by Inside Higher Ed because someone(s) in the community contacted them?
by Marble-faced Bristle Tyrant
Fri Mar 22, 2013 12:10 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT Security Discussion
Replies: 72
Views: 18340

Re: NAQT Security Discussion

The Quest for the Historical Mukherjesus wrote:If this was a serious post, I honestly advise both you and Shantanu to get psychiatric help.
Urrgh, I was considering saying something like this but would've felt kind of like a hypocrite... also I am not a certified medical person, etc.
by Marble-faced Bristle Tyrant
Sun Feb 10, 2013 1:46 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT writer feedback thread
Replies: 34
Views: 5698

Re: NAQT writer feedback thread (no posts until end of tourney)

Div I Tossups: roots; Petrushka; Giotto; The Frogs; Artemis; Porgy and Bess; Crustacea; Tristan and Isolde Bonuses: indole/tryptophan/auxin; poppy/Beatrice/Gliere; Poussin/Dance to the Music of Time/Arcadia; Three-cornered Hat/de Falla/jota; SN2/ether/nitrile; leeches/parasite/Rotifera; mammal/tempo...
by Marble-faced Bristle Tyrant
Sat Feb 09, 2013 8:58 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Nature of Studying
Replies: 53
Views: 17122

Re: Nature of Studying

Hemoglobin, keratin, actin, myosin, insulin, glucagon, ATP synthase, GFP, antibodies, von Willebrand factor, histones, and the sodium/potassium pump are all feeling really sad right now. Again, I agree, saying collagen is the only protein that comes up was dumb, but it was meant to serve as an exam...