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by Amizda Calyx
Wed Oct 05, 2016 3:35 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: EFT 2016: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 63
Views: 9122

Re: Specific Question Discussion

12. In one stage of this process, high levels of inhibin lead to selection of a single Graafian structure as the “dominant” type. High levels of prolactin production suppresses a hypothalamic hormone responsible for this process. This cycle sees a brief spike of basal body temperature by about 0.5 ...
by Amizda Calyx
Wed Oct 05, 2016 3:10 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: EFT 2016: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 63
Views: 9122

Re: Specific Question Discussion

"Taking Jesus down from the cross" is literally a definition of what the Deposition means, so that shouldn't have been negged. That said, you're right that the painting isn't always called a Deposition and I forgot that - it's probably better to replace the clue entirely. Yeah, I suspected that the...
by Amizda Calyx
Tue Oct 04, 2016 4:17 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: EFT 2016: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 63
Views: 9122

Re: Specific Question Discussion

Oh boy. So I buzzed on "In one stage of this event, high levels of inhibin lead to selection of a single structure known as its Graafian type" with "folliculogenesis" because a) wtf is "Graafian menstruation"; b) this is exactly what happens in folliculogenesis: the antral follicle (aka Graafian fol...
by Amizda Calyx
Sun Oct 02, 2016 9:30 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Early Fall Tournament @ NYU (October 1st, 2016)
Replies: 15
Views: 8616

Re: Early Fall Tournament @ NYU (October 1st, 2016)

Ok, well apparently this wasn't made clear to a moderator who accidentally revealed an answer. He initially wanted to get round 12 or 13 packets to use for a tiebreaker tossup but then decided not to so one team just had 19 answerable tossups that round.
by Amizda Calyx
Sun Oct 02, 2016 8:49 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Early Fall Tournament @ NYU (October 1st, 2016)
Replies: 15
Views: 8616

Re: Early Fall Tournament @ NYU (October 1st, 2016)

While I enjoyed the tournament overall, there were some issues with staffing and logistics that I think should be noted. One of the scorekeepers was on his phone the whole time in two of the rounds we had with him (he disappeared before our third round in that room). Consequently, after most tossups...
by Amizda Calyx
Thu Aug 18, 2016 11:45 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015 STIMPY: Question-Specific Discussion
Replies: 25
Views: 3182

Re: 2015 STIMPY: Question-Specific Discussion

That mollusk/bivalve/foot bonus was so bad guys.
by Amizda Calyx
Thu Aug 04, 2016 6:44 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements
Replies: 577
Views: 304232

Re: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements

I probably won't be able to read my questions until later mid-August since I have to finish a stupid fellowship app. I'm still curating random questions, but so far the distribution is: Art: 13 Bio: 16 Biochem: 4 Chem: 3 Geo: 2 History: 8 Lit: 8 Medicine: 11 Myth: 1 Other ac: 4 Other sci: 2 Soc: 2 T...
by Amizda Calyx
Sat Jul 30, 2016 12:43 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2017 USABB Nationals: Memorial Day Weekend (5/26-29) Chicago
Replies: 9
Views: 4286

Re: 2017 USABB Nationals: Memorial Day Weekend (5/26-29) Chi

[EDIT] Misread which forum we were in. My initial response decried splitting the high school nationals field by scheduling a tournament that directly competes with it; now that I know this is a middle school event I will just expand on Cody's statement and say good luck finding competent staffers wh...
by Amizda Calyx
Fri Jul 29, 2016 8:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2017 USABB Nationals: Memorial Day Weekend (5/26-29) Chicago
Replies: 9
Views: 4286

Re: 2017 USABB Nationals: Memorial Day Weekend (5/26-29) Chi

Was there any effort made to schedule this for a weekend that isn't claimed by one of the real HS Nationals?
by Amizda Calyx
Thu Jul 28, 2016 6:51 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements
Replies: 577
Views: 304232

Re: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements

I have like 70+ tossups from the last 2.5 years that have variously been spoiled my own self, are too hard, are really bad, are repeats with other things I've written (most questions I write have parallel siblings on the same or a related topic that I write at the same time and then never use), and/...
by Amizda Calyx
Thu Jul 28, 2016 5:48 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Barbarism of Specialization
Replies: 13
Views: 4912

Re: The Barbarism of Specialization

To add to this list probably the biggest offender in this regard: if you've never done flow cytometry, or some other technique involving fluorescent proteins, there's no way in hell that you know what GFP's excitation wavelength is, no matter how good a generalist you are. No way a non-biologist ge...
by Amizda Calyx
Thu Jul 28, 2016 5:30 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2016 Set Discussion
Replies: 110
Views: 37638

Re: Chicago Open 2016 Set Discussion

I think the argument Sam is making in the last paragraph should be taken in the context of the math distro at CO: there are already so few tossups that this kind of overlap issue is really pretty lazy when there is such a huge amount of completely unrelated material that could be covered instead. Ha...
by Amizda Calyx
Thu Jul 28, 2016 4:18 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Barbarism of Specialization
Replies: 13
Views: 4912

Re: The Barbarism of Specialization

[10] What specific condition can be diagnosed by an EKG with the following features? [Read slowly, pausing between the commas] A secondary R wave in lead V1, a slurred S wave in leads V1 and V6, and a broad QRS complex that looks like an M in V1 and a W in V6? The answerline is by itself hard enoug...
by Amizda Calyx
Thu Jul 28, 2016 2:00 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2016 Set Discussion
Replies: 110
Views: 37638

Re: Chicago Open 2016 Set Discussion

I'm a little disappointed that several clues were added to the Trypanosoma tossup that I had specifically avoided because they were non-unique -- there seems to have been a conflation between kinetoplastids or trypanosomatids and Trypanosoma , despite important other kinetoplastid genuses existing s...
by Amizda Calyx
Wed Jul 27, 2016 12:58 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2016 Set Discussion
Replies: 110
Views: 37638

Re: Chicago Open 2016 Set Discussion

Is there a reason our packet hasn't been posted :(
Also why is round 1 encrypted still.
by Amizda Calyx
Tue Jul 26, 2016 7:39 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2016 Set Discussion
Replies: 110
Views: 37638

Re: Chicago Open 2016 Set Discussion

adamsil wrote:...as are CHO cells [another topic criminally under-asked about in the quizbowl canon].
Hey now, I forced CHO into a VHSL tossup this last year...
by Amizda Calyx
Tue Jul 26, 2016 5:59 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2016 Set Discussion
Replies: 110
Views: 37638

Re: Chicago Open 2016 Set Discussion

I liked this tournament! It was actually easier than I expected since my only experience with playing Nats-level questions was like Nats 2014 and I was really terrible then and didn't get anything. I was expecting to feel the same about CO, but it actually wasn't too bad. This impression is limited ...
by Amizda Calyx
Thu Jul 21, 2016 3:03 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NASAT 2016: Science
Replies: 9
Views: 1100

Re: NASAT Science

Two questions I have on clue order - Why are HeLa and HPV mentioned before FTP for cervix? I feel like these are pop sciencey things (in that they appear in non-academic sources like outside textbooks) that people know. - Why is the mention of Ac/Ds in the corn tossup so early? We learned about tha...
by Amizda Calyx
Fri Jun 24, 2016 7:02 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NASAT 2016: Science
Replies: 9
Views: 1100

Re: NASAT Science

Are you kidding? There's no way this answerline comes close to ACF Regionals difficulty, and this choice of answerline robbed 90% of people with decent knowledge of Alzheimer's disease. I assumed that people who know a giveaway clue for Alzheimer's disease would at least be able to get this questio...
by Amizda Calyx
Fri Jun 24, 2016 12:50 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NASAT 2016: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 36
Views: 2847

Re: Specific Question Discussion

Sonar is not named for biosonar and any player who thinks that is wrong. Unlike with FRET, there is no ambiguity about what sonar is named for. They are two completely different situations and in this one, players would not deserve a prompt. Come on dude, you know this was a response to your multip...
by Amizda Calyx
Thu Jun 23, 2016 10:47 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NASAT 2016: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 36
Views: 2847

Re: Specific Question Discussion

And I would say that vanishingly few people are making that mistake (my fiancée, though she does not know what sonar stands for, was confused that someone might be under that impression), and moreover that to make that mistake betrays a fundamental misunderstanding of what sonar is. I have no probl...
by Amizda Calyx
Thu Jun 23, 2016 7:08 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NASAT 2016: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 36
Views: 2847

Re: Specific Question Discussion

But it's used to refer to the general method of localizing objects using acoustics, too... I understand your position about it not being what the acronym "SONAR" originally stood for, but in common usage and scientific discourse sonar is also defined as "the method of echolocation used in air or wat...
by Amizda Calyx
Thu Jun 23, 2016 6:15 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NASAT 2016: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 36
Views: 2847

Re: Specific Question Discussion

If players think sonar is a natural phenomenon that is being replicated, they would be wrong. Players potentially harboring a misapprehension about sonar is not a problem with the question (nor do I think this is a significant / prevalent problem from the view of player empathy). I'm not sure I'm u...
by Amizda Calyx
Thu Jun 23, 2016 4:46 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NASAT 2016: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 36
Views: 2847

Re: Specific Question Discussion

I don't see how you could argue that, nor why you would in the first place. I will certainly give further revisions some thought (along the lines of "technology that uses and is named for this phenomenon", for instance). I concede that the question was empirically confusing in its original incarnat...
by Amizda Calyx
Thu Jun 23, 2016 4:04 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NASAT 2016: Science
Replies: 9
Views: 1100

Re: NASAT Science

This was the tossup on amyloid beta, which was certainly one of my harder answerlines: Production of this molecule is increased by London and Arctic mutations and is diminished by an allele found in some Icelanders. Site-specific levels of this molecule were integral to the now-discounted "periphera...
by Amizda Calyx
Thu Jun 23, 2016 3:17 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NASAT 2016: Science
Replies: 9
Views: 1100

NASAT 2016: Science

Cody edited the science except for bio and I edited the bio. If you have any comments on these subjects, including specific questions, post here! Regarding my subject: I felt that I made the bio too hard and would *really* appreciate any feedback on both the difficulty and the content, as well as an...
by Amizda Calyx
Thu Jun 23, 2016 3:06 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NASAT 2016: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 36
Views: 2847

Re: Specific Question Discussion

(the pronoun has been changed to "this phenomenon" for future mirrors, to help avoid this situation) Can you post the updated text? I thought this was an inspired idea, but it didn't translate well in gameplay. A value named for this phenomenon can be given in terms of temperature, salinity, and de...
by Amizda Calyx
Mon Jun 13, 2016 7:24 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 MYSTERIUM Question-Specific Discussion
Replies: 31
Views: 7893

Re: 2016 MYSTERIUM Question-Specific Discussion

We did complain about the platelets question, just not as much as with the TK one and more offhand. I know there is debate regarding whether platelets are cells, but they're conventionally considered fragments and there are unambiguous cells that fit the early clues anyway, which makes it more confu...
by Amizda Calyx
Sun Jun 12, 2016 1:30 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 MYSTERIUM Question-Specific Discussion
Replies: 31
Views: 7893

Re: 2016 MYSTERIUM Question-Specific Discussion

I (and Ben Zhang) mentioned the serious issues with the tyrosine kinase question, in that saying "this functionality" is horrendous and the entire question should just be on "these proteins". Also "platelets" being referred to as "cells" was Bad. Hopefully these problems were fixed for subsequent mi...
by Amizda Calyx
Thu Jun 09, 2016 4:51 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements
Replies: 577
Views: 304232

Re: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements

I'll be reading our unused* Nats 2016 packet sometime soon, maybe tonight after Mike's PNW/Jefferson's primary packets are read if there's enough time. These questions are not great, especially the ones we wrote after we knew we weren't going to Nats, some of which were actually just random old Jere...
by Amizda Calyx
Sat Jun 04, 2016 12:41 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2016 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 133
Views: 58852

Re: 2016 HSNCT discussion

[quote="2016 HSNCT round 13" Henry Friesen discovered the human form of this 199-residue hormone. Its release is stimulated by thyrotropin-releasing hormone and vasoactive intestinal peptide. It is released at the time of the ovulatory LH surge and as a reaction to (*) suckling, while excessive lev...
by Amizda Calyx
Thu Jun 02, 2016 12:36 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2016 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 133
Views: 58852

Re: 2016 HSNCT discussion

Bubalus Period wrote:who's the :capybara: ing idiot who let in a tossup on prolactin
There was a tossup on prolactin??? With what high school/early college clues? Dopamine, anterior pit, oxytocin and...? Please tell me metamorphosis and histology stuff weren't clues...
by Amizda Calyx
Thu Jun 02, 2016 12:22 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Where Are You Going to College Next Year (2015-2016)
Replies: 35
Views: 17241

Re: Where Are You Going to College Next Year (2015-2016)

Neggman wrote:Imma be playing at Rutgers. Not sure to what extent but definitely stuff like ACF Fall and SCTs.
David has been SO excited about this
by Amizda Calyx
Sun May 29, 2016 12:20 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Introducing new moderators to the game
Replies: 14
Views: 7857

Re: Introducing new moderators to the game

There's someone interested in waking up early on a Saturday to read questions to strangers for six+ hours for free who isn't even interested in quizbowl itself? Where can I find these people??
by Amizda Calyx
Sat May 28, 2016 8:15 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The Second Summer Open
Replies: 61
Views: 32632

Re: The Second Summer Open

CLEAR II has been written (except for the Chinese history packet...) for a couple months now; we would quite like it to be played in a physical location somewhere in addition to our scheduled June Skype tournament. There are 11+ 20/20 subject packets at Nats-minus Nats-ish difficulty; perhaps some o...
by Amizda Calyx
Fri May 13, 2016 12:51 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: SMART II: The SMARTening - 2016-2017
Replies: 22
Views: 8966

Re: SMART II: The SMARTening - 2016-2107

quizbowllee wrote:But, we will do our best to limit pop culture and trash clues in academic tossups.
This shouldn't be merely limited; academic tossups shouldn't have any non-academic clues.
by Amizda Calyx
Sat Apr 30, 2016 8:35 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The Second Summer Open
Replies: 61
Views: 32632

Re: The Second Summer Open

CLEAR II! Please, someone, mirror this!
by Amizda Calyx
Fri Apr 22, 2016 5:05 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open Team Formation
Replies: 22
Views: 13371

Re: Chicago Open Team Formation

Sam Braunfeld and I are looking for teammates. I've already written math and bio tossups that are too hard for anything other than CO so our packet is already 1/24 finished!! We do not know history AT ALL.
by Amizda Calyx
Fri Feb 19, 2016 1:15 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 MLK: Specific Questions
Replies: 44
Views: 4937

Re: Specific Questions

I guess my issue with this question is that there don't seem to be enough unique clues that aren't far too difficult for this level -- it feels rather harsh to expect people to know the specific residue on the EPO receptor in order to distinguish among the cytokines that activate the JAK2/STAT5 path...
by Amizda Calyx
Thu Feb 18, 2016 2:14 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 MLK: Specific Questions
Replies: 44
Views: 4937

Re: Specific Questions

The tossup on EPO was pretty far above the difficulty of the rest of the bio. I guess if you learn a lot about the JAK/STAT pathway in some undergrad physio class I've never taken you could conceivably get it before it starts describing erythropoiesis, but it seemed fairly biased toward people who j...
by Amizda Calyx
Sun Jan 31, 2016 9:12 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals 2016 Individual Question Discussion
Replies: 37
Views: 11169

Re: ACF Regionals 2016 Individual Question Discussion

Were there, like, any unique clues for the "transplant rejection" tossup? This was the most absurdly bad bio question I have ever seen in a tournament, including high school-edited ones and VETO. I don't understand how this got through even the most minimal of editing.
by Amizda Calyx
Sun Nov 22, 2015 4:08 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: On Dressing Well for Staffing High School Tournaments
Replies: 22
Views: 9965

Re: On Dressing Well for Staffing High School Tournaments

Going off what Charlie said, I think it's more damaging when guys wear poorly-fitting business casual dress than it is when they wear any variety of non-business casual clothes, provided they aren't sloppy. I don't really see why there's that much distinction between most of the outfit Charlie descr...
by Amizda Calyx
Wed Jul 15, 2015 4:37 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Samuel L. Bronkowitz presents Chicago Open (07/18-19/15)
Replies: 117
Views: 53729

Re: Samuel L. Bronkowitz presents Chicago Open (07/18-19/15)

Mike, are you flying out of ORD? I have a hellish 6:30AM flight and am planning on just spending the night there, so if you also have an early flight you could join me in misery.
by Amizda Calyx
Sun Jun 28, 2015 6:20 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: How do you describe quizbowl to someone unfamiliar with it?
Replies: 12
Views: 5014

Re: How do you describe quizbowl to someone unfamiliar with

When I've had to explain my quizbowl "writing" "job" to people, I describe it as "composing paragraph-long questions that test depth of knowledge at academic tournaments". I give more details if they ask, but they're usually satisfied with that.
by Amizda Calyx
Tue Jun 09, 2015 5:53 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 PACE NSC: Question set discussion
Replies: 65
Views: 29984

Re: 2015 PACE NSC: Question set discussion

Of course, in lieu of available conversion statistics for all of these questions Is there any reason why we don't have conversion statistics? Not enough manpower? Not worth it for a tournament that is only held once a year? Too small a sample size to be meaningful for just this one tournament? I wo...
by Amizda Calyx
Fri May 01, 2015 11:57 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Feynman's BONGOS: A Side Event (for PACE and maybe HSNCT)
Replies: 65
Views: 37993

Re: Feynman's BONGOS: A Side Event (for PACE and maybe HSNCT

I might play at HSNCT, if that's still a thing.
by Amizda Calyx
Mon Apr 27, 2015 8:39 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACFNATIONALS - A JRPG tournament
Replies: 99
Views: 47754

Re: ACFNATIONALS - A JRPG tournament

I can read, hopefully.
by Amizda Calyx
Mon Apr 27, 2015 12:53 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Being a Good Scorekeeper
Replies: 13
Views: 6033

Re: Being a Good Scorekeeper

At Sectionals 2013, Jarret's scorekeeper literally fell asleep with his head on his hand around 3 tossups into the game and didn't wake up until halftime. Fortunately, I had been keeping score, but don't rely on this! At CO history 2014, I also literally passed out while scorekeeping for Cody, and ...
by Amizda Calyx
Tue Apr 21, 2015 3:30 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Tricon: The Next Generation
Replies: 50
Views: 26592

Re: Tricon: The Next Generation

I thought i had posted in here before, but i guess it didn't go through. I'd enjoy another one of these, if only to insert more Animorphs content into things. Also, if we're still suggesting categories, it would be fun to have a '90s to early '00s Nickelodeon distribution, with maybe a chronological...
by Amizda Calyx
Wed Apr 15, 2015 1:02 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015 STIMPY: Question-Specific Discussion
Replies: 25
Views: 3182

Re: 2015 STIMPY: Question-Specific Discussion

This was actually a pretty fun tournament to play after not having played anything in almost a year. I especially enjoyed that somehow quite a few tossups aligned with aborted questions I've attempted in the past. Never thought writing a couple clues on "doors" or "grapes in poetry" would get me poi...