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by adamsil
Wed Nov 13, 2013 8:47 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: BISB General Discussion
Replies: 14
Views: 1870

Re: BISB General Discussion

Personally, I liked the lead-in to the bonus about Feynman. ("A bonus on Richard Feynman? Surely you're joking!") Although that makes me wonder if it would be feasible to write a trash bonus about Richard Feynman using stories from his autobiographies. That man did some amazing stuff. I also felt t...
by adamsil
Wed Nov 13, 2013 8:26 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: BISB Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 59
Views: 6138

Re: BISB Specific Question Discussion

A string quartet by this composer is based on a Matthias Claudius poem and is characterized by sudden dynamic changes from fortissimo to pianissimo. Another work by this composer represents a horse’s movement with running triplets, as a father and son are pursued by the title creature. This composer...
by adamsil
Mon Nov 11, 2013 11:37 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: BISB Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 59
Views: 6138

Re: BISB Specific Question Discussion

I think the difference is that one of the photos in the tossup did specifically focus on the Sea of Tranquility, while none of them focused on space, and I don't think calling space a "location" really makes a lot of sense. On the other hand, you're absolutely right that this should be accepted in a...
by adamsil
Sun Nov 10, 2013 8:54 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: BISB Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 59
Views: 6138

Re: BISB Specific Question Discussion

The Descartes and Beowulf overlaps are definitely not a problem, but our moderator did not accept or prompt on "talking to the dead." Giving that answer might also imply that he's still in the realm of the living and is simply summoning the spirits of the dead, though. Also, I was curious, for the ...
by adamsil
Sun Nov 10, 2013 8:03 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: BISB Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 59
Views: 6138

Re: BISB Specific Question Discussion

The answerline for the Underworld tossup did specifically say, "accept same-knowledge equivalents like 'leaving the Underworld' or 'entering the Underworld'", so I'm inclined to say that "visiting the Underworld" would count as the same thing. I would have accepted talking to dead people on the Odys...
by adamsil
Sun Nov 10, 2013 9:31 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: California Cup at UC Berkeley (April 19-JV Only)
Replies: 17
Views: 12494

Re: California Cup at UC Berkeley (Sat, Nov 9 / Sat, Nov 23)

There's a private discussion thread set up for this set which you can access through your User Control Panel. It's getting heard by more than 100 teams next weekend, so if there's any issues to fix, now would be a good time to know! Thanks.
by adamsil
Fri Nov 08, 2013 12:24 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall 2013 Southeast, Georgia Tech (Sunday 11/03/13!)
Replies: 21
Views: 7699

Re: ACF Fall 2013 Southeast, Georgia Tech (Sunday 11/03/13!)

With special thanks to Cody Voight, the stats report has been updated to be actually readable. And separated into prelims/playoffs/combined. Thanks!
by adamsil
Mon Nov 04, 2013 11:14 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question Specific Discussion
Replies: 35
Views: 6091

Re: Question Specific Discussion

Nor would I, but as I was informed of the situation from the moderator, he explained it that Chattahoochee self-corrected immediately before competition was ruled wrong. I ruled that the answer could be accepted in that case; if there really was a noticeable delay between the player saying competit...
by adamsil
Mon Nov 04, 2013 10:08 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question Specific Discussion
Replies: 35
Views: 6091

Re: Question Specific Discussion

Also, I'm not sure exactly how the situation panned out so I can't speak to that, but I do know that I would not have accepted competition. Nor would I, but as I was informed of the situation from the moderator, he explained it that Chattahoochee self-corrected immediately before competition was ru...
by adamsil
Sun Nov 03, 2013 11:45 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall 2013 Southeast, Georgia Tech (Sunday 11/03/13!)
Replies: 21
Views: 7699

Re: ACF Fall 2013 Southeast, Georgia Tech (Sunday 11/03/13!)

Ethnic history of the Vilnius region wrote:Similarly, although USC's Myndert Papenhuysen (best name in quizbowl?) is wont to neg, 21 negs against Auburn A seems a bit harsh.
Also fixed. Thanks for pointing these out.
by adamsil
Sun Nov 03, 2013 10:21 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall 2013 Southeast, Georgia Tech (Sunday 11/03/13!)
Replies: 21
Views: 7699

Re: ACF Fall 2013 Southeast, Georgia Tech (Sunday 11/03/13!)

AlexLiu wrote:Dorman is listed as having 11.67 PPB against Hooch. Too many tossups, it looks like.

Also, although this is a pretty minor problem, I'm missing a reg in Tech A's game against Vandy. I guess it was attributed to someone else.
Fixed.
by adamsil
Sun Nov 03, 2013 9:25 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall 2013 Southeast, Georgia Tech (Sunday 11/03/13!)
Replies: 21
Views: 7699

Re: ACF Fall 2013 Southeast, Georgia Tech (Sunday 11/03/13!)

Congrats to Dorman for winning this event. The next three teams in the top bracket were Vanderbilt, who won the UG trophy, GT House A, and Chattahoochee. Stats: http://www.hsquizbowl.org/db/tournaments/1662/stats/acf_fall_southeast_2013_gt/ Special shout-out to Dorman for having a 30 PPB round, whic...
by adamsil
Fri Nov 01, 2013 1:46 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall 2013 Southeast, Georgia Tech (Sunday 11/03/13!)
Replies: 21
Views: 7699

Re: ACF Fall 2013 Southeast, Georgia Tech (Sunday 11/03/13!)

This is the current field (to be emailed out with more information later today) Auburn A Auburn B Auburn C College of Charleston Chattahoochee Chipola Clemson Dorman Dunwoody UGA Georgia State North Georgia South Carolina Vanderbilt WKU + 3 house teams = 18 teams. We will bracket into 6/6/6 and then...
by adamsil
Sun Oct 20, 2013 2:22 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall 2013 Southeast, Georgia Tech (Sunday 11/03/13!)
Replies: 21
Views: 7699

Re: ACF Fall 2013 Southeast, Georgia Tech (Sunday 11/03/13!)

Are the two "Dorman A" teams in the list of registered teams just a typo, or is one of them supposed to be Dorman B? There's just one Dorman team coming. Speaking of, I've updated the field/interested in the first post. I'm going to cap the field at 24 due to lack of rooms, so if you're going to pl...
by adamsil
Mon Oct 07, 2013 7:30 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: BISB Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 59
Views: 6138

Re: BISB Specific Question Discussion

I very much appreciate the nitpicking and will make adjustments appropriately. As is probably evident, I like trying to reward knowledge that people learn in actual science classes--in my mind, notation is one of those things that people do know, but I wasn't aware on a lot of these about varying no...
by adamsil
Sun Oct 06, 2013 4:32 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: BISB General Discussion
Replies: 14
Views: 1870

Re: BISB General Discussion

Here's the religion distro (8/7; philosophy was 6/7): Job meditation Santeria Shinto shrines kissing lions Hinduism kashrut Confucianism/Tao te Ching/Falun Gong Torah/Haftorah/Talmud Moses/rock/Book of Mormon Francis/Catherine/Christopher memorizing the Koran/crown/surah Matthew/"love"/"Word" Book o...
by adamsil
Sun Oct 06, 2013 3:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: BISB Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 59
Views: 6138

Re: BISB Specific Question Discussion

I really apreciated those warnings before tossups with multiple answers and important italicized words; I'll need to start doing that more. Well done. My comments: -No matter what the world or the dictionary says, that bonus on chords was a pleasure to read. -the NOT tossup was a well-executed idea...
by adamsil
Sun Oct 06, 2013 12:13 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: BISB Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 59
Views: 6138

Re: BISB Specific Question Discussion

At the end of a play by this author, one character responds to the question “What is your destiny” with the phrase “To be the thirteenth at table.” One of his characters manifests “hope flashing across his mind” by asking “The most wonderful thing of all--?” This author wrote about a man afflicted w...
by adamsil
Sun Oct 06, 2013 8:38 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Earlybird at Illinois - Urbana, IL (10/5/13)
Replies: 35
Views: 15307

Re: Earlybird at Illinois - Urbana, IL (10/5/13)

Hey all,

Not sure when stats will be up, but we'd love to hear any feedback/criticism on the set now so that we can get those issues addressed before the next mirror. We've set up a private discussion forum for BISB 2013 which you can access through the User Control Panel. Thanks!
by adamsil
Sun Sep 29, 2013 11:31 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: BISB General Discussion
Replies: 14
Views: 1870

Re: BISB General Discussion

Some general things from our end: The writing basically worked out like this. So now you know who to blame! Literature was split pretty much evenly between myself, Mostafa, and Brady. So was history. I wrote nearly every science question in the set, with the exception of a couple ecology/environment...
by adamsil
Sun Sep 29, 2013 11:10 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: BISB Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 59
Views: 6138

Re: BISB Specific Question Discussion

Sure. Air travel was frequently in the news in the summer of 2013. For 10 points each: [10] Layoffs in the FAA significantly slowed down air travel in April 2013, as a result of these across-the-board, automatic budget cuts which took effect in March after Congress failed to avoid the fiscal cliff. ...
by adamsil
Sat Sep 14, 2013 8:16 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall 2013 Southeast, Georgia Tech (Sunday 11/03/13!)
Replies: 21
Views: 7699

Re: ACF Fall 2013 Southeast, Georgia Tech (Sunday 11/03/13!)

lfarrow wrote:Is it too late to express interest?

AUM
Not at all! In fact, now that I do have confirmation that we can host on Sunday, shoot me an email (address is in the first post) and fill out the form that Jerry posted and I can get you added to the field.
by adamsil
Wed Sep 04, 2013 2:54 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall 2013 Southeast, Georgia Tech (Sunday 11/03/13!)
Replies: 21
Views: 7699

Re: ACF Fall 2013 Southeast, Georgia Tech (Sunday 08/03/13!)

Field (confirmed) (19+house)
Some nonzero number of Tech house teams
Dorman (HS)
Alabama (3)
Auburn (3)
Chipola
Georgia State
Clemson
WKU
Vanderbilt
Chattahoochee (HS)
Alpharetta (2) (HS)
Dunwoody (HS)
UGA
USC (2)

Interested
Emory
Bevil State
College of Charleston
by adamsil
Wed Sep 04, 2013 2:51 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall 2013 Southeast, Georgia Tech (Sunday 11/03/13!)
Replies: 21
Views: 7699

ACF Fall 2013 Southeast, Georgia Tech (Sunday 11/03/13!)

Hello, I'm pleased to announce that the Georgia Institute of Technology will be hosting the mirror of ACF Fall in the southeast. Barring any complications with a Sunday date, this tournament will be held on Sunday, November 3, 2013 to avoid conflicts with parking/noise/staff from GT home football. T...
by adamsil
Tue Aug 27, 2013 5:36 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Earlybird at Illinois - Urbana, IL (10/5/13)
Replies: 35
Views: 15307

Re: Earlybird at Illinois - Urbana, IL (10/5/13)

This is the official announcement for the Earlybird Tournament, which will be held at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on Saturday, October 5, 2013. WHERE: To be determined, but you may expect the tournament to take place in the English Building. QUESTIONS: We will use BISB. The 2013 ...
by adamsil
Thu Aug 15, 2013 8:07 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open Online Mirror - Canceled
Replies: 12
Views: 2569

Re: VCU Open Online Mirror - Date Poll

Voted for either, but there's a chance that a Georgia Tech contingent might be interested in this.
by adamsil
Fri Jun 21, 2013 4:27 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: BISB Seeking Mirrors, 2013-2014
Replies: 9
Views: 5814

Re: BISB Seeking Mirrors, 2013-2014

Yes, we recognize that there’s already a glut of mirror-able housewrites. Yes, we could have joined forces with another school, but I’ll freely admit that the four of us wrote most of this tournament before thinking about mirrors, because Brookwood asked us to. So other than giving us some editing a...
by adamsil
Fri Jun 21, 2013 4:25 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: BISB Seeking Mirrors, 2013-2014
Replies: 9
Views: 5814

BISB Seeking Mirrors, 2013-2014

Hello, The 2013 Brookwood Invitational Scholars Bowl is seeking mirrors for the 2013-2014 school year. Next year’s set will be entirely written and edited by myself, Adam Silverman, Mostafa Bhuiyan, Brady Weiler, and Kunal Naik. Between us, we have written thousands of quizbowl questions, and I pers...
by adamsil
Sat Mar 30, 2013 10:06 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: BDAT II General Discussion
Replies: 18
Views: 1894

Re: BDAT II General Discussion

I'm not sure what radius would be, other than a quantity...though I do love me some "quantity" questions, if you didn't notice. And I'm glad the response to the science has been mostly positive. I've recently grown disappointed in most HS science questions, so it's nice to see that other aspiring sc...
by adamsil
Thu Feb 14, 2013 12:12 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: BHSAT at Emory University, 3/9
Replies: 1
Views: 1317

Re: BHSAT at Emory University, 3/9

Hey, a couple of updates here: 1) We've been granted platinum certification by PACE! The top 25% of the field will qualify for PACE. 2) Field update edited into the first post. 3) We've gotten confirmation from Emory for at least 10 game rooms. Pending approval of some more rooms, and looking for mo...
by adamsil
Wed Feb 06, 2013 12:15 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Region 5 SCT - Feb. 9 at UT - Knoxville
Replies: 66
Views: 17089

Re: Region 5 SCT - Feb. 9 at UT - Knoxville

Fred wrote:What time is registration?
Can I second this question? What time is registration?
by adamsil
Sat Jan 26, 2013 10:35 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: BHSAT at Emory University, 3/9
Replies: 1
Views: 1317

BHSAT at Emory University, 3/9

On behalf of Georgia Tech and Emory University, I would like to invite you to a quizbowl tournament being held at Emory University on March 9, 2013. This tournament will be co-directed by our two club organizations. I, Adam Silverman from Georgia Tech, and Anne Reynolds, from Emory University, will ...
by adamsil
Sat Jan 05, 2013 10:46 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: BDAT II Specific Question Request
Replies: 22
Views: 1934

Re: BDAT II Specific Question Request

Hmm...maybe it was on "6?" It was in round 1, and the specific clue I'm thinking of mentioned confirmations of cyclohexane in the first line. Come to think of it, I would also like to see the copper tossup. Anyways, tossup on time: This quantity represents the z-axis in Minkowski space, and the squ...
by adamsil
Sat Jan 05, 2013 10:33 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: BDAT II General Discussion
Replies: 18
Views: 1894

Re: BDAT II General Discussion

One final note - whoever wrote the science for this tournament (Adam Silverman, I believe?), you did a phenomenal job. It was nice to hear a lot of questions that were very "real" knowledge-centric rather than just a laundry list of stock clues. As a science specialist, I appreciated this very much...
by adamsil
Sat Jan 05, 2013 10:07 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: BDAT II Specific Question Request
Replies: 22
Views: 1934

Re: BDAT II Specific Question Request

Well, something clearly didn't copy over in editing since that bonus intro is still about the skier, Mostafa.
by adamsil
Sun Oct 28, 2012 9:35 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: BDAT II General Discussion
Replies: 18
Views: 1894

Re: BDAT II General Discussion

You make a good point about fluorine. I'll rearrange the clues there. Here's the new fluorine tossup: The acid of this element is commonly used to etch silicon glass. A compound of uranium and this element is commonly produced in nuclear reactors. The first known binary compound of a noble gas consi...
by adamsil
Sun Oct 28, 2012 7:09 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: BDAT II General Discussion
Replies: 18
Views: 1894

Re: BDAT II General Discussion

Hey Jacob, I guess you can blame me for most of the science you didn't like, and I'll take full responsibility for them. I can't speak for Mostafa's goal, but I was attempting to reward people who have real knowledge of physics/chemistry things, rather than you know, normal stock clues on friction a...
by adamsil
Tue Jul 10, 2012 5:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 3 Day Ridgewood Summer Invitational: July 6-8, Ridgewood, NJ
Replies: 168
Views: 65078

Re: 3 Day Ridgewood Summer Invitational: July 6-8, Ridgewood, NJ

Hey all, I'm glad to hear that the ATTACK set was generally well-received this weekend. First off, if there are any specific complaints about pyramidality or factual misinformation or impossible powers or whatever, please let me know ASAP so I can get it fixed for the Missouri mirror this weekend. S...
by adamsil
Wed May 23, 2012 12:32 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Centennial's ATTACK looking for mirrors
Replies: 8
Views: 4979

Re: Centennial's ATTACK looking for mirrors

I haven't heard any certainty yet, but there is interest.
by adamsil
Sun May 20, 2012 12:40 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Centennial's ATTACK looking for mirrors
Replies: 8
Views: 4979

Re: Centennial's ATTACK looking for mirrors

Due to some interest in using these questions in tournaments/camps over the summer, I probably will not release the packets to the archive until fall. If you want them before then for nationals prep or whatever, email me and we'll work it out.
by adamsil
Mon May 14, 2012 8:39 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Centennial's ATTACK looking for mirrors
Replies: 8
Views: 4979

Re: Centennial's ATTACK looking for mirrors

Yes, once exams are done this week I'll work on getting the packets up. Meanwhile, if there is any criticism anyone has before they become public, please email me. Thanks!
by adamsil
Sun Apr 29, 2012 12:09 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ATROPHY 3 @ Northern Illinois University (4/28/12)
Replies: 52
Views: 19313

Re: ATROPHY 3 @ Northern Illinois University (4/28/12)

Any comments regarding the ATTACK set would be welcome as well. Send them to my email. Thanks!
by adamsil
Mon Feb 06, 2012 10:05 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Georgia 2011-2012
Replies: 19
Views: 6363

Re: Georgia 2011-2012

In case people are wondering why Centennial's stats weren't higher, Adam Silverman was not on their team. He helped us out by reading at the tournament instead of playing. How much of their A team was playing then? It was our #2, #4ish, and a player from our JV team. They played short-handed for al...
by adamsil
Sun Jan 15, 2012 5:54 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Centennial's ATTACK, 1/14
Replies: 4
Views: 2622

Re: Centennial's ATTACK, 1/14

Order of finish: National 1) Dorman A 2) Brookwood A 3) Chattahoochee A * 4) Dorman B Varsity 1) Roswell A 2) Eastside 3) Johns Creek A 4) GSMST Full stats: http://hsquizbowl.org/db/tournaments/163/stats/attack_full_stats/ *Remarkably, Chatt A and Dorman B had exactly the same W-L and PPG, but Chatt...
by adamsil
Sun Dec 18, 2011 11:38 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Centennial's ATTACK, 1/14
Replies: 4
Views: 2622

Re: Centennial's ATTACK, 1/14

Hey teams: This tournament is coming up rather soon after winter break, so I'd like to get some planning done over the holidays. I understand some schools may have trouble requisitioning funds before school is out; if that's the case, please email me and we can work something out. Regardless, if you...
by adamsil
Sun Dec 11, 2011 4:26 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Centennial's ATTACK looking for mirrors
Replies: 8
Views: 4979

Centennial's ATTACK looking for mirrors

Centennial’s housewritten tournament ATTACK is seeking national mirrors during the second semester. The tournament consists of 12 20/20 power-marked rounds, as well as tiebreakers and emergency tossups. Tossups are 5-6 lines of TNR font, and no bonus part will exceed two lines in that font. This is ...
by adamsil
Fri Sep 16, 2011 6:46 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Centennial's ATTACK, 1/14
Replies: 4
Views: 2622

Re: Centennial's ATTACK, 1/14

Interested Teams:
Eastside
Central Gwinnett
Cedar Shoals
Marist
Athens Academy
Rabun Gap
Dorman (SC)
Collins Hill

Confirmed:
Chattahoochee (2?)
Alpharetta
Norcross
Wheeler
Prince Avenue Christian
Brookwood
by adamsil
Fri Sep 16, 2011 4:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Centennial's ATTACK, 1/14
Replies: 4
Views: 2622

Centennial's ATTACK, 1/14

Centennial High School, in Roswell, GA, is pleased to announce the first incarnation of ATTACK (Academic Team Tournament Authored by Centennial Knights), on January 14, 2012. That’s MLK weekend, which hopefully won’t limit our turnout. Format: We will use two divisions, one for regular varsity and o...