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by MicroEStudent
Thu Feb 11, 2010 4:23 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: More Question Feedback
Replies: 26
Views: 3144

Re: More Question Feedback

For 1930's college football, which one of those guys is the easy part? I see three medium parts or two mediums and a hard (Berwanger). Is the Supreme Court clue supposed to make White the easy part?
by MicroEStudent
Tue Feb 09, 2010 9:07 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: a broader perspective on this discussion
Replies: 25
Views: 2605

Re: a broader perspective on this discussion

1. NAQT needs to eliminate the clock I used to be a fan of the clock when there was a sense of gamesmanship (clock-killing negs, using the full amount of time on bonuses) when the clock ended a question. I know some people didn't like this, but I did. Now, the clock only causes irregularities in nu...
by MicroEStudent
Tue Feb 09, 2010 4:02 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Miscellaneous and Cross-disciplinary questions
Replies: 55
Views: 5784

Re: Miscellaneous and Cross-disciplinary questions

I think you are wrong. Is Charlie voicing a widespread opinion? Are there lots of players who, independently of what they think about pop culture in the NAQT distribution, think that mixing academic and non-academic material in the same question is an inherently bad idea for different reasons? What...
by MicroEStudent
Mon Feb 08, 2010 7:46 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT SCT Canada 2010
Replies: 77
Views: 10017

Re: NAQT SCT Canada 2010

Final Division 1 Standings: 1. Toronto A 2. Michigan A (UG) 3. McMaster A 4. Western Ontario (UG) 5. Toronto B 6. Case Western (UG) 7. Rochester (UG) 8. Guelph A 9. Ottawa A 10. RIT Division 1 stats: http://www.andysthoughts.com/NAQT2010/2010_Canada_SCT_Division_1_standings.html (without tiebreaker...
by MicroEStudent
Sun Feb 07, 2010 6:31 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Welcome to the 2010 SCT discussion.
Replies: 228
Views: 26610

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! Yeah, the whole "NAQT will work with ACUI people to make sure they know what they are doing at all " thing may have failed in some instances, it seems. The las...
by MicroEStudent
Sun Feb 07, 2010 6:30 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Welcome to the 2010 SCT discussion.
Replies: 228
Views: 26610

Re: Welcome to the 2010 SCT discussion.

Hey, I just tried to reply to a Mike Sorice post and now it's gone. What happened? Oh, sorry; I deleted it because I noticed it was redundant (Jerry had already said pretty much the same thing upthead.) MaS Not a problem. I just thought there may have been a glitch in the site. Additionally, I foun...
by MicroEStudent
Sun Feb 07, 2010 5:57 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Welcome to the 2010 SCT discussion.
Replies: 228
Views: 26610

Re: Welcome to the 2010 SCT discussion.

How is "Seattle Sonics" not an acceptable answer? Or just Seattle? Or just Sonics? The team often referred to themselves as just the Sonics! The actual answer line: answer: _Seattle_ _Supersonics_ (prompt on "Oklahoma City" or "Thunder" before "Oklahoma City Thunder" is mentioned) The answer line s...
by MicroEStudent
Sun Feb 07, 2010 5:18 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Welcome to the 2010 SCT discussion.
Replies: 228
Views: 26610

Re: Welcome to the 2010 SCT discussion.

Hey, I just tried to reply to a Mike Sorice post and now it's gone. What happened?
by MicroEStudent
Sun Feb 07, 2010 4:37 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: DOKTRINE-University of Pittsburgh-4/10
Replies: 75
Views: 12013

Re: DOKTRINE-University of Pittsburgh-4/10

Now that most teams have some idea about whether or not they're going to ICT, I'd like to get some kind of head count on people interested in attending DOKTRINE. Please let me know either in this thread or over e-mail if you're considering sending a team. Some group of current RIT students and RIT ...
by MicroEStudent
Sun Feb 07, 2010 4:08 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Welcome to the 2010 SCT discussion.
Replies: 228
Views: 26610

Re: Welcome to the 2010 SCT discussion.

With regards to trash and sports, detailed stats on conversion 15/10/-5ing and BC'ing would be of great interest to me, as I would be interested in if there is a statistically significant difference in those numbers vs any of the other similar dists. Also the percentage 0'ed and 30'ed respectively ...
by MicroEStudent
Sun Feb 07, 2010 4:01 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Some DII Feedback
Replies: 37
Views: 3529

Re: Some DII Feedback

The astrodome was a total hose, but maybe I missed some sports clue. There were lots of questions with LaGrange or a permutation as answers (at least 4). "The bombing of libya" was a shitty answer - we all sat there trying to think of an operation name, and missed it. How was Astrodome a hose? The ...
by MicroEStudent
Sun Feb 07, 2010 3:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Welcome to the 2010 SCT discussion.
Replies: 228
Views: 26610

Re: Welcome to the 2010 SCT discussion.

Greenberg is one of the 10 most important players in baseball history easily, if looking at baseball in a broader context. The word "Jewish" would make that way more convertable for lay people I imagine. He certainly beats token shit like the first Heisman winner, which while trash people like me k...
by MicroEStudent
Sun Feb 07, 2010 3:10 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Welcome to the 2010 SCT discussion.
Replies: 228
Views: 26610

Re: Welcome to the 2010 SCT discussion.

It was the same story with the El Dorado tossup in the same packet; I don't even understand why there's a tossup on El Dorado at all, but the gist of that question was "this is a thing Spaniards were looking for in the New World." Questions like that basically turn into games of chicken: is it goin...
by MicroEStudent
Sun Feb 07, 2010 3:07 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Welcome to the 2010 SCT discussion.
Replies: 228
Views: 26610

Re: Welcome to the 2010 SCT discussion.

Can anyone name more than 2 MLB GMs without looking it up? I could only name Epstein or Cashman. People who follow baseball closely can do this (and earn thirty points). Just off the top of my head, I wouldn't hesitate to use Billy Beane as a middle part in a bonus about GMs. I forgot about Beane, ...
by MicroEStudent
Sun Feb 07, 2010 3:02 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Welcome to the 2010 SCT discussion.
Replies: 228
Views: 26610

Re: Welcome to the 2010 SCT discussion.

I got stiffed by a baseball bonus that, to me, had no easy parts Baseball bonuses: "He is currently the oldest player in major league baseball. For 10 points each: A. Name this pitcher who debuted with the Cubs in 1986, was an all-star in 2003, and won a World Series ring in 2008. answer: Jamie _Mo...
by MicroEStudent
Sun Feb 07, 2010 2:59 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Welcome to the 2010 SCT discussion.
Replies: 228
Views: 26610

Re: Welcome to the 2010 SCT discussion.

Among the things that really annoyed me during matches were: I got stiffed by a baseball bonus that, to me, had no easy parts, hit a bonus on collegiate football players from the 30s that I only got 10 on because of a stock clue in there about Byron White's playing career, had to field and zero a b...
by MicroEStudent
Sun Feb 07, 2010 1:38 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Welcome to the 2010 SCT discussion.
Replies: 228
Views: 26610

Re: Welcome to the 2010 SCT discussion.

A few more comments: Thin-film solar cells can be amorphous, but there's plenty of research where polycrystalline materials are used. Also, there are many other materials that are not silicon that are used to make them such as CIGS and CdTe. (Packet 13, TU 5) Packet 14, Bonus 10 is a well put togeth...
by MicroEStudent
Sun Feb 07, 2010 1:23 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Welcome to the 2010 SCT discussion.
Replies: 228
Views: 26610

Re: Welcome to the 2010 SCT discussion.

For Part A, I have two widely used textbooks in semiconductor physics that say the answer is electrons. My class notes for a Solid State Physics class also says this. Which textbooks? I find this dubious, since my quantum books all view positrons as negative energy states, which is the conventional...
by MicroEStudent
Sun Feb 07, 2010 1:16 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Welcome to the 2010 SCT discussion.
Replies: 228
Views: 26610

Re: Welcome to the 2010 SCT discussion.

Forgive me by not including Packet or Question numbers, I'm just flipping through the packets now. I just noticed that there's a tossup on Lagrange and a bonus on Lagrangian. How is "Seattle Sonics" not an acceptable answer? Or just Seattle? Or just Sonics? The team often referred to themselves as j...
by MicroEStudent
Sun Feb 07, 2010 12:36 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT SCT Canada 2010
Replies: 77
Views: 10017

Re: NAQT SCT Canada 2010

Also, I personally know that I take a fair number of trips down to the US and could always use some extra American cash. If it's okay with Jay et. al., I would be willing to bring some Canadian money with me and exchange it with people (using whatever exchange rate Google gives that day), since it ...
by MicroEStudent
Sun Feb 07, 2010 12:34 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Welcome to the 2010 SCT discussion.
Replies: 228
Views: 26610

Re: Welcome to the 2010 SCT discussion.

I'm probably already known as the guy that finds issues with questions relating to semiconductor physics, but... Paul Dirac described a vacuum as a sea of negative-energy states in which these particles exist as holes. For 10 points each-- A. Name these fermions. ANSWER: positron (accept positive el...
by MicroEStudent
Sun Feb 07, 2010 12:05 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Access to SCT discussion forum
Replies: 42
Views: 7669

Re: Access to SCT discussion forum

Old Man of the Mountain = MicroEStudent = me.
by MicroEStudent
Sat Feb 06, 2010 11:17 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT SCT Canada 2010
Replies: 77
Views: 10017

Re: NAQT SCT Canada 2010

This was a very well run tournament. Our team had fun, even if we didn't perform that well.
by MicroEStudent
Sat Feb 06, 2010 5:42 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Good morning, quizbowl
Replies: 20
Views: 2442

Re: Good morning, quizbowl

Today, there will be 13 SCTs spread across three countries. The day begins quietly with me, sitting alone in my room, five hours ahead of the rest of you, printing out scoresheets. Before chaos ensues thirteen times, one after another, I want to wish good luck to all the teams competing and all the...
by MicroEStudent
Fri Feb 05, 2010 8:31 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT SCT Canada 2010
Replies: 77
Views: 10017

Re: NAQT SCT Canada 2010

Also, I personally know that I take a fair number of trips down to the US and could always use some extra American cash. If it's okay with Jay et. al., I would be willing to bring some Canadian money with me and exchange it with people (using whatever exchange rate Google gives that day), since it ...
by MicroEStudent
Fri Feb 05, 2010 12:04 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: T-Party
Replies: 76
Views: 20721

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: T-Party

What would be involved in play testing? I consider myself to be around an average physics player and could help out there. I read questions in the IRC; people play them and have great fun; people comment as to what should change. Sounds like a blast. I will have to get set up with an IRC client and...
by MicroEStudent
Thu Feb 04, 2010 5:23 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: T-Party
Replies: 76
Views: 20721

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: T-Party

What would be involved in play testing? I consider myself to be around an average physics player and could help out there.
by MicroEStudent
Thu Feb 04, 2010 2:57 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT SCT Canada 2010
Replies: 77
Views: 10017

Re: NAQT SCT Canada 2010

How's the weather forecast look for the weekend? I've been told that Buffalo is going to get slammed with 1-2 feet of snow, which would make driving up there Friday night not exactly a good idea. The storm is going to hit further south than Buffalo. The worst weather I see is flurries for Buffalo: ...
by MicroEStudent
Mon Feb 01, 2010 5:29 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT SCT Canada 2010
Replies: 77
Views: 10017

Re: NAQT SCT Canada 2010

I'm attempting to strike a deal with parking right now whereby teams would receive vouchers for a discounted rate, so you'd only be paying $3 for the day instead of $5. While the $2 difference would be nice, $5 is still incredibly reasonable after we spend $38 to park at Penn Bowl Trash. Also, we a...
by MicroEStudent
Mon Feb 01, 2010 5:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT SCT Canada 2010
Replies: 77
Views: 10017

Re: NAQT SCT Canada 2010

Also, I personally know that I take a fair number of trips down to the US and could always use some extra American cash. If it's okay with Jay et. al., I would be willing to bring some Canadian money with me and exchange it with people (using whatever exchange rate Google gives that day), since it ...
by MicroEStudent
Mon Feb 01, 2010 3:28 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Penn Bowl Trash II
Replies: 16
Views: 2795

Re: Penn Bowl Trash II

We only got back to Rochester about a half hour ago, but I just wanted to thank Penn for this tournament. The questions were of a high quality and were generally of a consistent difficulty, with a few outliers. I know the set hasn't been cleared, but is there someone I can contact about a sports que...
by MicroEStudent
Fri Jan 29, 2010 3:58 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT SCT Canada 2010
Replies: 77
Views: 10017

Re: NAQT SCT Canada 2010

As a team coming from the US, I have a question. How accepting of US currency are the establishments in Hamilton? We aren't staying in a hotel, so I don't know where I could exchange money if I needed to do so. I ask so that I can get a rough estimate of how much money I should change into Canadian...
by MicroEStudent
Fri Jan 29, 2010 2:57 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT SCT Canada 2010
Replies: 77
Views: 10017

Re: NAQT SCT Canada 2010

As a team coming from the US, I have a question. How accepting of US currency are the establishments in Hamilton? We aren't staying in a hotel, so I don't know where I could exchange money if I needed to do so. I ask so that I can get a rough estimate of how much money I should change into Canadian ...
by MicroEStudent
Thu Jan 21, 2010 10:39 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Penn Bowl Trash II
Replies: 16
Views: 2795

Re: Penn Bowl Trash II

Could we possibly get a field update and some logistics information?

It would be appreciated.

Thanks.
by MicroEStudent
Mon Jan 11, 2010 3:16 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT SCT Canada 2010
Replies: 77
Views: 10017

Re: NAQT SCT Canada 2010

RIT will not be bringing a DII team, just the one DI team.
by MicroEStudent
Tue Jan 05, 2010 11:13 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Winter @ The University of Waterloo 01/16/10 - CANCELLED
Replies: 9
Views: 1417

Re: ACF Winter @ The University of Waterloo 01/16/10

At this time, the field is down to: - Guelph (1-3) - RIT (0-1) - Possible House Team (0-1) As you can see, the interest for this tournament has gone down significantly. If I could get final numbers from everybody this week, then I'll figure out whether or not this event is still going to happen or ...
by MicroEStudent
Tue Jan 05, 2010 10:27 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT SCT Canada 2010
Replies: 77
Views: 10017

Re: NAQT SCT Canada 2010

I sent an e-mail to Jay, but RIT is definitively bringing 1 D1 team with a very small chance at a D2 team. That should be figured out by 1/11 or so.
by MicroEStudent
Thu Dec 17, 2009 8:04 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Winter @ The University of Waterloo 01/16/10 - CANCELLED
Replies: 9
Views: 1417

Re: ACF Winter @ The University of Waterloo 01/16/10

RIT may be able to scrape up a team. I'll hopefully be able to provide a definitive answer before Christmas, and we don't need to write a packet, so that's one less thing to worry about.
by MicroEStudent
Wed Dec 16, 2009 4:44 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2010 SCT sites
Replies: 20
Views: 3400

Re: 2010 SCT sites

Would this have been standard practice for a College Bowl event? In Region 2, yes. There were such activities as a poetry slam and billiards. A brief Region 1/Region 2 combined region tournament featured a breakdancing tournament that the ACUI people felt necessary to have in the same building as t...
by MicroEStudent
Mon Dec 14, 2009 9:30 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT's agreement with ACUI
Replies: 242
Views: 57029

Re: NAQT's agreement with ACUI

A quick Google Maps shows that RIT is only about 15 miles closer to Region 7 than Region 4, but there is a possibility of having a player that is on a student visa that would be ineligible to go to Canada, would that be a legitimate reason to go to Region 4 or 1? What if a member just doesn't have ...
by MicroEStudent
Mon Dec 14, 2009 9:24 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT's agreement with ACUI
Replies: 242
Views: 57029

Re: NAQT's agreement with ACUI

A question for us in the southwestern part of Region 2: If there is no Region 2 SCT, is there a consideration geographically for not entering Canada? A quick Google Maps shows that RIT is only about 15 miles closer to Region 7 than Region 4, but there is a possibility of having a player that is on a...
by MicroEStudent
Sun Dec 06, 2009 6:13 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: T-Party Northeast at Harvard (2/27)
Replies: 66
Views: 8216

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: T-Party Northeast at Harvard (2/27)

I'll see if RIT is interested, but as this is the weekend following finals and before "Spring" break, I'm not so sure I could get people to go to this.
by MicroEStudent
Sun Nov 29, 2009 10:41 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: TIT/IO Discussion
Replies: 29
Views: 9068

Re: TIT/IO Discussion

...One small note, from the Chicago A packet: 15. One variety of these instruments uses a peristaltic-like contraction; that type includes an implant that generates a large electric field between successive gates. Time-delay integration, a variant of the drift scanning technique, can be used to cor...
by MicroEStudent
Wed Nov 25, 2009 5:15 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Quizzy, an Excuse for you to Try Out Google Wave
Replies: 76
Views: 10270

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

Google generously gave me an additional 8 invites, so I was able to send of 16 invitations to people in the thread. If you are on the list, you should an invite in your inbox from Google Wave and/or jetzzfan at Gmail or googlewave. If you already have an invite, please forward this to someone else i...
by MicroEStudent
Wed Nov 25, 2009 4:42 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: TIT/IO Discussion
Replies: 29
Views: 9068

Re: TIT/IO Discussion

Reading through these packets makes me wish that I had been able to attend a mirror. One small note, from the Chicago A packet: 15. One variety of these instruments uses a peristaltic-like contraction; that type includes an implant that generates a large electric field between successive gates. Time...
by MicroEStudent
Mon Nov 23, 2009 7:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Quizzy, an Excuse for you to Try Out Google Wave
Replies: 76
Views: 10270

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

I just got allocated 8 invitations and am willing to give them to the people in the thread starting from the top, but if you already received an invite, let me know so I can go to the next person. If I don't hear anything, I'll start sending out the invitations Wednesday around 4 Eastern.
by MicroEStudent
Fri Nov 20, 2009 10:04 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT's agreement with ACUI
Replies: 242
Views: 57029

Re: NAQT's agreement with ACUI

Jeff and Sarah, regarding the hearing-impaired student: The VHSL was informed of a similar issue the Friday before the state tournament (it seems the coach and AD both thought the other had told us.) What that team had done was have an interpreter sign the matches with a copy of the questions. I sa...
by MicroEStudent
Wed Nov 11, 2009 11:54 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: The quizbowl decades project
Replies: 123
Views: 68297

Re: The quizbowl decades project

I don't know if there's much significance out of mid 2000's Rochester region quiz bowl played on CBI questions. I did watch a few matches come down to tossups on trivial things like "green", "types of apples" and "mountain time zone". I also remember watching a varsity match end 40-0. Ugliest game o...
by MicroEStudent
Tue Nov 10, 2009 3:34 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Quizzy, an Excuse for you to Try Out Google Wave
Replies: 76
Views: 10270

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

Darn, I thought Wave invites had proliferated far and wide across the inter-tubes by now! Unfortunately, I don't have any normal invites at the moment. I'll keep this post updated as I roll more features into Quizzy, and hopefully by the time the wider QB community is on Wave, it will be fully func...