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by touchpack
Fri Nov 22, 2013 5:24 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-Specific Discussion
Replies: 94
Views: 12585

Re: Question-Specific Discussion

Quick note: I think the fertilization/gastrula/archenteron question referred to a "haploid zygote." I have no idea if such a thing exists, but I suspect the question was meant to read "diploid zygote." Noted. I see my standard critiquing style has been skewered. I'll try to post more thoughts later...
by touchpack
Tue Nov 19, 2013 3:19 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-Specific Discussion
Replies: 94
Views: 12585

Re: Question-Specific Discussion

Could someone post the time derivative question? As a reader, I remember thinking tossups whose alternate answerlines require nearly as much text as the question itself might not be a good idea. The problem is the leadin (and the leadin only) could have potentially applied to the material derivativ...
by touchpack
Mon Nov 18, 2013 4:37 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-Specific Discussion
Replies: 94
Views: 12585

Re: Question-Specific Discussion

-I don't like the clues used in the fossils question, since the clue about superposition gives away that it's something you find buried in the earth pretty early. So, the fossils tossup is what I consider an "obviously bad" question, a number of which appeared across this set. I don't think there w...
by touchpack
Mon Nov 18, 2013 1:30 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-Specific Discussion
Replies: 94
Views: 12585

Re: Question-Specific Discussion

Boring useless nonsense posts like these do more to drive away interested users from attempting to productively engage with hsquizbowl than Matt Weiner ever will. Post about individual questions you liked-disliked here. I did as the thread title instructed, though I guess had some other commentary ...
by touchpack
Sat Nov 16, 2013 8:27 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: DRAGOON @ Illinois (11/16/13)
Replies: 18
Views: 7131

Re: DRAGOON @ Illinois (11/16/13)

Chicago A went undefeated to clear the field. Chicago B and OSU A tied for second place. Stats will come when I actually make them (I only have the scoresheets)
by touchpack
Thu Nov 14, 2013 2:34 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: DRAGOON @ Illinois (11/16/13)
Replies: 18
Views: 7131

Re: DRAGOON @ Illinois (11/16/13)

A representative from each team attending should have just received an e-mail from me. If this is not the case, let me know ASAP.
by touchpack
Tue Nov 12, 2013 12:12 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-Specific Discussion
Replies: 94
Views: 12585

Re: Question-Specific Discussion

So I think the Moon tossup may have not been clear about what it wanted with its pronoun. I think I just heard "this," buzzed in when I heard Wadjet, said "eye" and then was negged. Would someone mind explaining the early clues to me to see if what I was thinking was wrong (which is more than possi...
by touchpack
Sun Nov 10, 2013 5:06 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Science Difficulty
Replies: 10
Views: 2933

Re: Science Difficulty

I think that the fine structure constant is one of only two important unitless quantities you can toss up in regular difficulty physics (refractive being the other). I'd be interested if you can think of some more (Reynolds number, at a stretch?). Stretching even further, coefficient of friction, g...
by touchpack
Sun Nov 10, 2013 3:06 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Announcement: DRAGOON (11/16/13)
Replies: 18
Views: 10366

Re: Announcement: DRAGOON (11/16/13)

The Two Hearts of Kwasi Boachi wrote:Were you guys going to set up a discussion forum for the set?
A discussion forum has been created and you can request access to join in the User Control Panel under Usergroups.
by touchpack
Sun Nov 10, 2013 3:06 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: General Discussion
Replies: 39
Views: 7187

General Discussion

Post commentary about the set in general, trends across it, etc. here.

I'd like to thank Ike for writing way more questions than he said he would initially--the set certainly would be worse off were it not for his contributions.

Discuss!
by touchpack
Sun Nov 10, 2013 3:02 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-Specific Discussion
Replies: 94
Views: 12585

Question-Specific Discussion

Post about individual questions you liked-disliked here. The following categories were primarily written by 1-2 people: British Lit: Ike American History: Austin European History: Aaron World History: Aaron Biology: me and Andrew Chemistry: me Physics: me Other Science: Ike Painting: Ike and Chinmay...
by touchpack
Fri Nov 08, 2013 9:25 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: DRAGOON @ Illinois (11/16/13)
Replies: 18
Views: 7131

Re: DRAGOON @ Illinois (11/16/13)

Inkana7 wrote:We're going to have to drop to 2 teams. Sorry.
That brings us back down to 19 teams, with 1 spot left in the field.
by touchpack
Mon Nov 04, 2013 10:05 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: DRAGOON @ Illinois (11/16/13)
Replies: 18
Views: 7131

Re: DRAGOON @ Illinois (11/16/13)

Hey everyone, I'm working on securing staffers as fast as I can, but currently I only have enough staffers to support a 20 team tournament, so that is the temporary field cap. (I hope to improve this to 24). If you wish to secure a spot in the field, please _E-MAIL_ me, or you risk being left on the...
by touchpack
Wed Oct 30, 2013 1:28 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Science Difficulty
Replies: 10
Views: 2933

Re: Science Difficulty

I would agree that you have to consider the difficulty of the tossup at the end vs the middle/early clues. For example, while buckminsterfullerene is pretty easy at the end, I'd say it's definitely easier to get an early buzz on liquid-liquid extraction than it is to get an early buzz on buckminster...
by touchpack
Tue Oct 29, 2013 3:46 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 28 Team Tournament Schedule?
Replies: 16
Views: 3618

Re: 28 Team Tournament Schedule?

4 x 7 -> 7 x 4 with crossover should work. In addition to what other people have pointed out, the biggest problem with this is that one loss can eliminate you from the tournament since only one team is taken from each bracket to the top bracket. I like the 8/8/6/6 idea much better. Not if you move ...
by touchpack
Tue Oct 29, 2013 1:42 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 28 Team Tournament Schedule?
Replies: 16
Views: 3618

Re: 28 Team Tournament Schedule?

Grams's Go-Go Boots wrote:4 x 7 -> 7 x 4 with crossover should work.
In addition to what other people have pointed out, the biggest problem with this is that one loss can eliminate you from the tournament since only one team is taken from each bracket to the top bracket. I like the 8/8/6/6 idea much better.
by touchpack
Mon Oct 28, 2013 3:30 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Announcement: DRAGOON (11/16/13)
Replies: 18
Views: 10366

Re: Announcement: DRAGOON (11/16/13)

Questions will be hard-capped at 7 lines of 10-pt Times New Roman before the powermark (there will be powers). Emphasis added. That's a typo, right? No, it isn't. Due to the variable length of powermarks, a question with a longer power will thus be constrained to a shorter length cap if we capped q...
by touchpack
Fri Oct 25, 2013 2:04 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Announcement: DRAGOON (11/16/13)
Replies: 18
Views: 10366

Re: Announcement: DRAGOON (11/16/13)

Is there going to be a sign-up list for the Illinois site posted in this thread, or will it be split off into its own announcement? (Disclaimer: The following is an unofficial statement made by me, not the UofL quizbowl team) Louisville is planning to register a minimum of one team for that tournam...
by touchpack
Fri Oct 25, 2013 2:02 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: DRAGOON @ Illinois (11/16/13)
Replies: 18
Views: 7131

DRAGOON @ Illinois (11/16/13)

This is the announcement for the Illinois site for DRAGOON , a regular difficulty tournament produced by various members of the University of Illinois. Logistics: The tournament will be held in Gregory Hall, which is located here . A full interactive map of campus is located here . The most convenie...
by touchpack
Mon Oct 07, 2013 12:46 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: BISB Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 59
Views: 6142

Re: BISB Specific Question Discussion

(mostly) Science comments! So, this tournament was great. I haven't seen many high school tournaments, but this tournament had some of the best science I've ever seen in a high school tournament. That said, it's MINOR NITPICKING TIME Packet 1: -The leadin kinda tells you it’s tetravalent immediately...
by touchpack
Thu Sep 26, 2013 1:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Earlybird at Illinois - Urbana, IL (10/5/13)
Replies: 35
Views: 15312

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

Can someone from the ABT please confirm that Earlybird is still happening on the 5th? If so, where and when does it start? It's at the point where schools have to make transportation arrangements and we haven't heard a peep from the people running the tournament. If you don't respond within the nex...
by touchpack
Wed Aug 14, 2013 4:04 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open Discussion
Replies: 95
Views: 23948

Re: Chicago Open Discussion

I'll throw in my 2 cents regarding science (mostly chem since that's what I know best and Sriram specifically asked for feedback) The chemistry at this tournament was particularly difficult, hard to power (if Billy's only getting two powers at this tournament you've probably done something wrong) Wh...
by touchpack
Mon Aug 12, 2013 9:30 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Fernando Arrabal Tournament of the Absurd: 11/23/13 @ CMU
Replies: 110
Views: 37885

Re: Fernando Arrabal Tournament of the Absurd: 11/23/13 @ TBD

I haven't talked with my teammates yet, but I'd be willing to bet Illinois would be interested in coming to a Pittsburgh site.
by touchpack
Thu Aug 08, 2013 3:45 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Announcement: DRAGOON (11/16/13)
Replies: 18
Views: 10366

Re: Announcement: DRAGOON (11/16/13)

I've updated the opening post with all the confirmed mirrors so far. Anyone else interested in mirroring should contact me. (Austin or I will probably get into contact with possible hosts soon)
by touchpack
Wed Jul 31, 2013 5:49 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open Playtesting
Replies: 14
Views: 3939

Re: VCU Open Playtesting

postfan wrote:How do you get on IRC?
Go to slashnet.org, then click on "Clients" and then "SlashNET Web Client." Choose a name and you'll join IRC. To join a channel, type /join #nameofchannel
by touchpack
Tue Jul 30, 2013 7:36 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Lederberg 2: Daughter Cell (3/29/14)
Replies: 155
Views: 58974

Re: Lederberg 2: Daughter Cell (11/23 or 24)

So, is this tournament 21 tossups in regulation, or 20 tossups, with a tiebreaker? Does that mean all the tiebreakers are other science? I haven't decided yet; I'm inclined to just make it 21 tossups in regulation, just letting ties stand. If I decide to go with 20 tossups in regulation, the tiebre...
by touchpack
Tue Jul 30, 2013 3:45 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Lederberg 2: Daughter Cell (3/29/14)
Replies: 155
Views: 58974

Re: Lederberg 2: Daughter Cell (11/23 or 24)

So, is this tournament 21 tossups in regulation, or 20 tossups, with a tiebreaker? Does that mean all the tiebreakers are other science?
by touchpack
Mon Jun 10, 2013 11:54 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2013 NSC Set Discussion
Replies: 47
Views: 9184

Re: 2013 NSC Set Discussion

So I wrote the acetic acid question, along with a small handful of other questions for this set, which I consciously wrote to be easier than my DRAGOON questions (if you want to hear some "nosebleed" level hard parts of bonuses in chem come to DRAGOON!). The next clue was about TFA. I wasn't sure ho...
by touchpack
Wed May 29, 2013 10:16 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Ideal Question Distribution
Replies: 18
Views: 4188

Re: Ideal Question Distribution

4.5/4.5 Literature (1/1 American novels, .75/.75 British novels, .75/.75 Euro and World novels,1/1 Drama, 1/1 Poetry) I'd say that this needlessly restricts writers, and also seriously discourages religious literature and classical literature. And common links, which are in fact the best. Like actu...
by touchpack
Wed May 29, 2013 7:13 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2013 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 149
Views: 54081

Re: 2013 HSNCT discussion

I don't know if there's a way to make it clearer for similar future questions, but it was hard to realize when spoken aloud that the lower-left corner bit applied to all three parts. Would "what value is in the lower left corner of each of these?" or "…each of these matrices?" be better? I think th...
by touchpack
Fri May 10, 2013 11:21 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Steps to Conquering the Math Canon?
Replies: 13
Views: 7153

Re: Steps to Conquering the Math Canon?

On a somewhat unrelated note, the CKM matrix is pretty easy to understand if you have elementary knowledge of linear algebra (which I will assume you do have, since this is a thread about learning math). Wavefunctions are just vectors, man!
by touchpack
Thu May 02, 2013 8:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Announcement: DRAGOON (11/16/13)
Replies: 18
Views: 10366

Announcement: DRAGOON (11/16/13)

The University of Illinois would like to announce DRAGOON (Dr. Aaron's Grand Overview Of Nonsense) , a regular difficulty tournament planned for fall 2013. We would like to run mirrors during the month of November (except for the weekend ACF Fall claims). Questions: This tournament will be house-wri...
by touchpack
Tue Apr 30, 2013 7:11 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CAHOOTS: A Spring Guerilla Tournament
Replies: 54
Views: 14926

Re: CAHOOTS: A Spring Guerilla Tournament

Illinois will be submitting two Pokemon packets to this (one by Ike Jose, one by me, Andrew Wang, and Austin Listerud)
by touchpack
Tue Apr 30, 2013 5:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2013 Discussion
Replies: 129
Views: 28062

Re: ACF Nationals 2013 Discussion

The condition for this gauge is to set the vector potential divergence to zero. For 10 points each: [10] Name this gauge, which renders Maxwell’s equations invariant under the gauge group of special relativity. ANSWER: the Lorenz gauge The lead-in is definitely wrong. Setting the divergence of the ...
by touchpack
Tue Apr 30, 2013 2:44 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2013 Discussion
Replies: 129
Views: 28062

Re: ACF Nationals 2013 Discussion

lots of early (and game-changing) clue drops (peroxisomes, bone marrow, RNAi, iron-sulfur proteins), Yeah, I thought this was the biggest problem overall. I would cite as some of the worst offenders the tossups on the 18-electron rule, which was immediately obvious from the very beginning (hey guys...
by touchpack
Tue Apr 30, 2013 12:25 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2013 Discussion
Replies: 129
Views: 28062

Re: ACF Nationals 2013 Discussion

Out of the 25/25 other arts in this tournament, we had 4/4 jazz. I don't think that's unreasonable. I heartily endorse this and people in quizbowl should stop expecting "1 perfunctory question on Coltrane, Davis or Brubeck" to be the extent of jazz in a tournament. I too endorse this, although I wi...
by touchpack
Mon Apr 29, 2013 1:31 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: SPACE: The Final Frontier (2013-2014 Side Event)
Replies: 14
Views: 3656

Re: SPACE: The Final Frontier (2013-2014 Side Event)

all at about the ACF Fall level. I encourage you to relax this restriction--attempting to write 24-32 ACF Fall-appropriate level tossups on high-energy physics without repeats sounds like, frankly, a fucking nightmare to me. Without the difficulty restriction though I bet you could write on some re...
by touchpack
Sun Apr 21, 2013 10:17 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MUT 2013 Specific Question Discussion Thread
Replies: 16
Views: 4718

Re: MUT 2013 Specific Question Discussion Thread

I'm not totally sure I understand this one. There are Majorana fermions and Dirac fermions (although there might not be any of the former). It's uncertain which of those classes neutrinos fall into, but it's not like there are Majorana neutrinos and Dirac neutrinos. This seemed fine to me when I wr...
by touchpack
Sun Apr 21, 2013 5:10 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MUT @ UIUC (4/20)
Replies: 12
Views: 5183

Re: MUT @ UIUC (4/20)

Stats are located here
by touchpack
Thu Apr 18, 2013 5:27 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MUT @ UIUC (4/20)
Replies: 12
Views: 5183

Re: MUT @ UIUC (4/20)

It turns out I can't count to 16 (thanks Notre Dame!), but that's fine, since we now have 18 teams. The field is now closed. E-mail to come soon about format/payment.
by touchpack
Fri Apr 12, 2013 2:33 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MUT @ UIUC (4/20)
Replies: 12
Views: 5183

Re: MUT @ UIUC (4/20)

OP is updated with a field update--I'll work out exact logistics and get a team e-mail sent before Monday. If you have not registered for this tournament yet and would like a spot in the field, please e-mail me as soon as possible! (OSU?) Also, if you haven't confirmed the exact number of teams you'...
by touchpack
Sun Mar 24, 2013 3:37 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MUT @ UIUC (4/20)
Replies: 12
Views: 5183

Re: MUT @ UIUC (4/20)

Hey, it's now less than a month to the date of the tournament and only a few schools have signed up. I'd like to see more signups soon!
by touchpack
Thu Mar 14, 2013 8:15 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Thinking about the Quizbowl Distribution
Replies: 72
Views: 9704

Re: Thinking about the Quizbowl Distribution

I, for one, would benefit enormously from the relegation of chemistry to a minor science and the promotion of math to a major one. Over my dead body The distribution we are using is as follows: 4/4 Science (1/1 Biology, 1/1 Chemistry, 1/1 Physics, 1/1 Math and Other) Your ideas are intriguing to me...
by touchpack
Fri Mar 08, 2013 11:23 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 36-team ICT
Replies: 53
Views: 8848

Re: 36-team ICT

I THINK what Eric is asking for is to find the probability that the #1 team makes the top bracket, that BOTH the #1 and #2 teams make the top bracket, that all three of the #1, #2, and #3 teams make the top bracket, all the way up to the top 6.
by touchpack
Thu Mar 07, 2013 6:51 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 36-team ICT
Replies: 53
Views: 8848

Re: 36-team ICT

Why not 3x12 -> 6x6 then? 3x12 into 6x6 would be worse when it comes to getting the best teams in the playoffs, mainly because the top bracket is now very small. While 6x6 into 3x12 gives you a smaller sample size (5 games vs 7), the competition is going to be weaker. Last years ICT had brackets co...
by touchpack
Wed Feb 27, 2013 8:48 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals 2013 Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 61
Views: 9756

Re: ACF Regionals 2013 Specific Question Discussion

I'll preface this by saying I'm pretty upset about the Lysander tossup as we pretty much lost our game against Illinois because of it. As unfortunate as it was that you were hosed by that, after doing some investigation it turns out Aaron was hosed as well in the same packet! This function can be u...
by touchpack
Wed Feb 27, 2013 3:11 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals 2013 General Discussion
Replies: 56
Views: 12251

Re: ACF Regionals 2013 General Discussion

I agree with Nick that hydrogenation is definitely clear from the context. However, I feel that the SN2 question is a bit misleading in its introduction. I agree, chemistry specialists that definitely know what SN2 is will recognize what is going on, but the introduction makes it seem like a specif...
by touchpack
Wed Feb 27, 2013 2:03 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals 2013 Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 61
Views: 9756

Re: ACF Regionals 2013 Specific Question Discussion

I didn't play this question, but when I looked at that packet I had to read the leadin several times to parse it. It seemed like it was saying that there was one mole of the compound in the iodoform reaction or something. I almost certainly would have negged with ketones on that clue since it menti...
by touchpack
Mon Feb 25, 2013 11:46 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals 2013 Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 61
Views: 9756

Re: ACF Regionals 2013 Specific Question Discussion

Next time try describing the BWR equation of state instead of just putting the name in the first line. I guess I could have said something about an 8 parameter improvement used for hydrocarbons, but I'm not convinced how buzzable that is. That's not to say I think it's a great question (edit: it mi...
by touchpack
Sun Feb 24, 2013 3:51 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: SCIENCE SCIENCE SCIENCE !!!
Replies: 9
Views: 8959

Re: SCIENCE SCIENCE SCIENCE !!!

I don't think any of these options are necessarily the best for approaching "Quiz Bowl" science. Problem with Quiz Bowl science is that it is almost always asking conceptual or definition questions and this only works in biology out of the major sciences. Both Chemistry and Physics are primarily eq...