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by Victor Prieto
Wed Mar 09, 2016 11:09 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: "stanford housewrite" Question-Specific Discussion
Replies: 41
Views: 10130

Re: Question-Specific Discussion

The tossup on cobalt has a clear hose for iron near the end. It reads: "The standard source for Mössbauer spectroscopy is an isotope of this metal that decays to iron-57." The way it should have been written is something like this: "An isotope of this metal beta decays into the standard gamma ray s...
by Victor Prieto
Mon Mar 07, 2016 5:44 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: "stanford housewrite" Question-Specific Discussion
Replies: 41
Views: 10130

Re: Question-Specific Discussion

I'm answering your comments à la Tarantino (not in chronological order), because I think my argument makes more sense when presented this way. Stephen (and Eric): Hmm, I'd figured if [the lead-in] was the problem, the issue is pretty uncontroversial. Isn't the problem there simply that the clue is a...
by Victor Prieto
Fri Mar 04, 2016 7:38 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: "stanford housewrite" Question-Specific Discussion
Replies: 41
Views: 10130

Re: Question-Specific Discussion

18. A method to remove sidebands in this technique applies a series of 180 degree pulses prior to data collection and is called TOSS. Heteronuclear couplings can be measured using an application of this technique called SEDOR, though REDOR is much more commonly used today. One constant important to...
by Victor Prieto
Tue Mar 01, 2016 1:59 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: "stanford housewrite" General Discussion
Replies: 21
Views: 5687

Re: General Discussion

I think this set, for the most part, is a solid example for future tournaments attempting to hit "Nationals-minus" difficulty. That's not to say there weren't mistakes or some clunkers here and there, but definitely a solid set. At least twice, there were bonuses that were identical to bonuses in pr...
by Victor Prieto
Tue Mar 01, 2016 1:34 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: "stanford housewrite" Question-Specific Discussion
Replies: 41
Views: 10130

Re: Question-Specific Discussion

I'd like to see the solid-state NMR question (round 3) before saying some words about it. In addition, I'd like to see the tossups on size exclusion chromatography (round 11) and Woodward (round 2).
by Victor Prieto
Thu Feb 25, 2016 1:14 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements
Replies: 577
Views: 289338

Re: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements

I've written a packet about various video games I have played, all released between 1993 and 2011. I'll read it tonight at 10p EST.
by Victor Prieto
Fri Feb 19, 2016 2:38 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 MLK: Specific Questions
Replies: 44
Views: 4766

Re: Specific Questions

I liked the methylation... and cysteine tossups especially. Sure you liked those, you one-lined both of them! ANSWER: kelp forests [or kelp beds] <AG> This was the ecology tossup. This was a very good tossup. Can you elaborate, because it's not apparent to me why this is a "very good" tossup. It lo...
by Victor Prieto
Mon Feb 15, 2016 3:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 MLK: Specific Questions
Replies: 44
Views: 4766

Re: Specific Questions

Sorry I keep mentioning things piece-wise like this, but virtually identical clues about the work function are contained in the tossups on photons and electrons in rounds 9 and 10, respectively.
by Victor Prieto
Sun Feb 14, 2016 4:25 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 MLK: Specific Questions
Replies: 44
Views: 4766

Re: Specific Questions

It didn't matter to the outcome of a game yesterday, but I was negged for saying "Nobunaga," but "Oda" or "Oda Nobunaga" would have been acceptable. I knew that Oda was the clan, and so I've always figured that Nobunaga was his name and his unique identifier. Can someone please explain? I guess a cl...
by Victor Prieto
Sun Feb 14, 2016 4:15 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 MLK: General Discussion
Replies: 7
Views: 1058

Re: General Discussion

Thoughts: I was happy with the way the set turned out, but there were a couple of clear problems. One was bonus difficulty variability -- while we hit the mark with providing true easy parts to not alienate newer and less experienced teams, we were pretty liberal with our middle parts and sometimes...
by Victor Prieto
Sun Feb 14, 2016 1:07 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 MLK: Specific Questions
Replies: 44
Views: 4766

Re: Specific Questions

[10] A common way of determining protein concentration involves measuring absorbance at this nanometer wavelength, where proteins absorb the most light. Nucleic acids in contrast have maximum absorbance at 260 nm. ANSWER: 280 nanometers [or 280 nm] This isn't true 100% of the time. Proteins always ...
by Victor Prieto
Wed Feb 03, 2016 9:16 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals 2016 Corrections
Replies: 38
Views: 10858

Re: ACF Regionals 2016 Corrections

Astroglia should be acceptable for astrocytes.
by Victor Prieto
Sun Dec 13, 2015 2:20 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: IRC Festivus 2015: Rex Ryan's Revenge
Replies: 37
Views: 18610

Re: IRC Festivus 2015: Rex Ryan's Revenge

I'm writing a packet containing an undisclosed number of tossups on Quentin Tarantino films for this.
by Victor Prieto
Thu Nov 05, 2015 11:50 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT Collegiate Novice at Penn State (January 16, 2016)
Replies: 1
Views: 1277

Re: NAQT Collegiate Novice at Penn State (January 16, 2016)

This post is reserved for field updates.

Field (teams/buzzers/staffers): (4/3/4)

Penn State (3/2/3)
Carnegie Mellon (1/1/1)

Updated 1/14
by Victor Prieto
Thu Nov 05, 2015 11:49 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT Collegiate Novice at Penn State (January 16, 2016)
Replies: 1
Views: 1277

NAQT Collegiate Novice at Penn State (January 16, 2016)

Penn State Quiz Bowl is happy to announce that we are hosting a mirror of NAQT Collegiate Novice series on January 16, 2016. I, Victor Prieto, will serve as tournament director. We will be using the IS-150C set. This tournament is intended for quizbowl teams with little or no experience. Correspondi...
by Victor Prieto
Thu Oct 29, 2015 11:42 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Nittany Lion Novice (SCOP Novice 6, 12/5/15 @ Penn State)
Replies: 4
Views: 3108

Re: Nittany Lion Novice (SCOP Novice 6, 12/5/15 @ Penn State

After a flurry of registrations, 19 teams are currently registered for this tournament. Our current field cap is 20. Any additional teams beyond 20 will be placed on a waitlist. Get your registrations in soon!
by Victor Prieto
Sun Oct 25, 2015 8:25 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Transparency (Penn Bowl 2015)
Replies: 18
Views: 3075

Re: Transparency

I'm trying to get a better idea of exactly what made it transparent. Was it the fact this was a named event in the desert? Was it higher rates of cancer? Was it "above-ground" or "in Nevada"? So I did power this with real knowledge because I know John Wayne possibly died from cancer from nuclear te...
by Victor Prieto
Sun Oct 25, 2015 5:32 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Transparency (Penn Bowl 2015)
Replies: 18
Views: 3075

Re: Transparency

I'd add the tossup on Defenestrations of Prague to Victor's list. That tossup was horrible. I should point out that I didn't construct a list of tossups that I thought were horrible, just the ones I felt were transparent. Every one of these answerlines are good, solid ideas, I just think a little t...
by Victor Prieto
Sun Oct 25, 2015 4:57 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Transparency (Penn Bowl 2015)
Replies: 18
Views: 3075

Re: Transparency

Transparent, to me, means someone without direct knowledge of the clue in question could figure it out within the first two or three lines. Many times, this process is made possible because of a quick narrowing in potential answerspace, as exemplified by the Coriolis force tossup. I could tell right...
by Victor Prieto
Sun Oct 25, 2015 4:47 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Specific Question Discussion (Penn Bowl 2015)
Replies: 56
Views: 11459

Re: Specific Question Discussion (Penn Bowl 2015)

I gave an answer of "BVE" for the African American Vernacular English tossup, which was curiously accepted despite not being an acceptable answer according to the tossup (which it is). I guess I had a heads-up reader, but Black Vernacular English is a word order that it is commonly referred to, so I...
by Victor Prieto
Sun Oct 25, 2015 1:04 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: General Discussion (Penn Bowl 2015)
Replies: 27
Views: 4725

Re: General Discussion (Penn Bowl 2015)

Hey, I had a blast playing this tournament, and so did all of my teammates at Penn State. I thought nearly every answerline for the tossups was picked with a decent amount of thought put into it, and was very much accessible for all teams. Except for a couple pretty transparent questions which I alr...
by Victor Prieto
Tue Oct 20, 2015 9:08 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015-16 Schedule, Discussion
Replies: 79
Views: 41231

Re: 2015-16 Schedule, Discussion

Is there any reason why no announcements or details about bidding processes/host calls have gone up for either ACF Regionals or NAQT Sectionals? Last year's ACF Regionals was announced in late September , and the SCT host call was up in June and sites finalized by early November (ignoring all the su...
by Victor Prieto
Mon Sep 21, 2015 2:42 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Nittany Lion Novice (SCOP Novice 6, 12/5/15 @ Penn State)
Replies: 4
Views: 3108

Nittany Lion Novice (SCOP Novice 6, 12/5/15 @ Penn State)

This post is reserved for field updates.

Field (teams/buzzers/staffers): (18/9/9)

Clearfield (1/0/0)
Huntingdon (2/0/0)
Indiana (2/1/0)
Kane (2/0/0)
Manheim Township (2/5/2)
Schuylkill Haven (2/0/0)
State College (2/0/6)
Southern Fulton (2/0/0)
Westmont Hilltop (3/3/1)

Updated 12/2
by Victor Prieto
Mon Sep 21, 2015 2:08 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Nittany Lion Novice (SCOP Novice 6, 12/5/15 @ Penn State)
Replies: 4
Views: 3108

Nittany Lion Novice (SCOP Novice 6, 12/5/15 @ Penn State)

Penn State is pleased to announce the inaugural edition of Nittany Lion Novice, a novice invitational tournament at Penn State University on December 5, 2015. The tournament will be a mirror of SCOP Novice 6. Ben Herman will be directing the tournament. Registration is open now for all Pennsylvania ...
by Victor Prieto
Mon Aug 31, 2015 3:41 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MKULTRA - Online Mirror?
Replies: 20
Views: 8182

Re: MKULTRA - Online Mirror?

Granny Soberer wrote:
Craise Finton Kirk Royal Academy of Arts wrote:I'd play this over Skype as long as it's on a free weekend.
Me too.
by Victor Prieto
Mon Aug 31, 2015 11:46 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Preseason Poll
Replies: 43
Views: 23976

Re: Preseason Poll

I've updated my list above with the names people have posted. If future details about teams are revealed before the poll ends, please post or email to me in the format "team name: name 1, name 2..." so I can just copy/paste that into my list. If it's a new detail about a team already in the list, in...
by Victor Prieto
Mon Aug 24, 2015 10:14 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Preseason Poll
Replies: 43
Views: 23976

Re: Preseason Poll

Noted.
by Victor Prieto
Mon Aug 24, 2015 9:46 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Preseason Poll
Replies: 43
Views: 23976

Re: Preseason Poll

I've updated my post above. If you'd like me to add additional information about your team, or if I got something wrong, post below please.
by Victor Prieto
Mon Aug 24, 2015 5:15 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Preseason Poll
Replies: 43
Views: 23976

Re: Preseason Poll

This post is reserved for maintaining a list of people "associated with" each of the above teams, as well as other teams deemed relevant. I'll periodically update this post with information about teams discussed in later posts. Also of note, all B-teams will refer to the players listed under the A-t...
by Victor Prieto
Tue Jul 21, 2015 12:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HSQBRank 2014-15
Replies: 211
Views: 105048

Re: HSQBRank 2014-15

Unfortunately, we were unable to get a critical mass of voters for the post-nationals poll.
by Victor Prieto
Mon Jun 22, 2015 8:52 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Resetting [pt. 4 of 6]: The Quizbowl-NHBB Relationship
Replies: 46
Views: 20844

Re: Resetting [pt. 4 of 6]: The Quizbowl-NHBB Relationship

I’d like to address a couple of points that I think warrant further examination, and I’m going to exclusively draw on my own experiences rather than relate other people’s experiences. In point 6: And in conclusion on this, I have a major league problem with Matt’s notion that somehow the events in t...
by Victor Prieto
Sun Jun 21, 2015 1:30 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Confessions
Replies: 2
Views: 2724

Re: Confessions

I am not speaking for Brian or anyone else who worked on DEES here. I too would like to thank you for your apology, and really taking responsibility for your own actions. It is better than no apology, or worse, some inadequate explanation that reflects all the blame away from yourself. I really do t...
by Victor Prieto
Sun May 24, 2015 3:14 pm
Forum: National and Regional Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Pre-Nationals Poll
Replies: 0
Views: 5153

Pre-Nationals Poll

In January, Matt Weiner ran a poll of a panel of experts (high school coaches and tournament organizers from around the country and beyond). Enough panel members decided to continue with the planned pre-nationals and post-nationals poll. The results of the pre-nationals poll are posted below. As the...
by Victor Prieto
Thu May 21, 2015 2:20 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Wacky Practice Formats
Replies: 21
Views: 12367

Re: Wacky Practice Formats

Two-Headed Monster! We developed a variant of this game at Rice. Instead of only 2 teams, everyone has a partner who buzzes for them (if there was an odd number, an inexperienced player would be allowed to buzz for themselves). We'd play like this on a couple of Fall-level packets at the end of a p...
by Victor Prieto
Thu May 21, 2015 2:20 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Wacky Practice Formats
Replies: 21
Views: 10515

Re: Wacky Practice Formats

Two-Headed Monster! We developed a variant of this game at Rice. Instead of only 2 teams, everyone has a partner who buzzes for them (if there was an odd number, an inexperienced player would be allowed to buzz for themselves). We'd play like this on a couple of Fall-level packets at the end of a p...
by Victor Prieto
Thu Apr 30, 2015 11:11 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Where Are You Going Next Year? (2015 College)
Replies: 47
Views: 24055

Re: Where Are You Going Next Year? (2015 College)

I've accepted an offer to pursue a PhD in chemistry at Penn State, so I'll be teaming up with Ben Herman to bring better quizbowl to Pennsylvania.
by Victor Prieto
Thu Apr 30, 2015 9:15 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 NHBB/USGO Discussion Thread
Replies: 122
Views: 49388

Re: 2015 NHBB/USGO Discussion Thread

I also want to single out Will Mantell, whose work on the staff side of this tournament was utterly tremendous in quantity and quality, for special recognition. Will was a key force in holding the tournament(s) together against a variety of forces, events, and contingencies, and did an exemplary jo...
by Victor Prieto
Tue Apr 21, 2015 12:44 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2015 Discussion
Replies: 227
Views: 90430

Re: ACF Nationals 2015 Discussion

I think relatively few people would be here complaining about difficulty if it weren't for the balls-hard Finals packet. I think that packet has colored perception of the rest of the set. nope About bonus difficulty: I really don't think this set's easy parts were any harder than last years. Halfor...
by Victor Prieto
Mon Apr 20, 2015 11:25 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2015 Discussion
Replies: 227
Views: 90430

Re: ACF Nationals 2015 Discussion

I'm sure teams in the third bracket and below would/will have more to say about this (not to single him out, but Victor Prieto and I had a conversation about this), but games with 10 dead tossups and almost no bonuses 20d are much more about coin flips than about actual superior knowledge. If ACF N...
by Victor Prieto
Thu Apr 09, 2015 9:02 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Science Side Event 2015
Replies: 20
Views: 7057

Re: Science Side Event 2015

1) I'll write a packet for this.
2) Tossups only, for sure. Personally, I think this would work better in a doubles format.
3) No way, I'm not missing the opportunity to play this (also I don't know anything about CS).
by Victor Prieto
Fri Apr 03, 2015 6:48 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals Predictions
Replies: 44
Views: 18647

Re: ACF Nationals Predictions

The Last 20 Stanley Cup Winners wrote:
Kumbla wrote: Bracket 3
Waterloo
If this happens, I'll pretend to eat my shoe.
Yeah, I misjudged that. I changed it to Oxford. Despite the fact that they'll suffer from a heavier concentration of American stuff, there's this statline backing me up.
by Victor Prieto
Fri Apr 03, 2015 12:46 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals Predictions
Replies: 44
Views: 18647

Re: ACF Nationals Predictions

There are 48 teams now, so I'm just guessing that it will be 4x12 into 4x12. Here is my guess at a possible preliminary bracket seeding, and what this would look like after rebracketing. Note that things may get kinda fuzzy in the lower brackets, if you get mad about where you're placed, sorry. I've...
by Victor Prieto
Tue Mar 31, 2015 11:22 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: The Good Quizbowl Media Strategy (or lack thereof)
Replies: 34
Views: 20417

Re: The Good Quizbowl Media Strategy (or lack thereof)

HCASC results from preliminary round robin here. Has anybody ever tried to invite these teams to good quizbowl tournaments? It seems like they already have existing organizations, making it a lot easier to bring them into the fold.
by Victor Prieto
Fri Mar 20, 2015 9:44 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: January 2015 national poll & small school poll results
Replies: 19
Views: 13745

Re: January 2015 national poll & small school poll results

Jon Pinyan and I will continue the panel, although we will be skipping the planned March poll and only hold a pre-nationals poll (early May) and post-nationals poll (June).
by Victor Prieto
Mon Mar 16, 2015 2:32 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: George Oppen: The Essence of Prompting
Replies: 68
Views: 24325

Re: George Oppen: The Essence of Prompting

A player on an opposing team ( which happens to be me for those of you who hadn't guessed by now ) buzzed about 5 lines in on a ~8 line tossup and gave a wrong answer that was properly ruled incorrect by a moderator (who was very new and inexperienced). The player immediately said "You're supposed ...
by Victor Prieto
Mon Mar 16, 2015 2:59 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: DEES: November 22nd, 2014
Replies: 39
Views: 28087

Re: DEES: November 22nd, 2014

DEES 2014 packets are now pending upload to the database, where they will be found here.

If an administrator can make the discussion threads public, that'd be nice.
by Victor Prieto
Mon Mar 16, 2015 1:34 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: George Oppen: The Essence of Prompting
Replies: 68
Views: 24325

Re: George Oppen: The Essence of Prompting

I didn't fully read every megapost in this thread, but I've been encouraged to relate the following incident that happened this past weekend and is relevant to the protesting on semi-right/wrong answers situation. A player on an opposing team buzzed about 5 lines in on a ~8 line tossup and gave a wr...
by Victor Prieto
Sun Mar 01, 2015 11:06 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: DEES: November 22nd, 2014
Replies: 39
Views: 28087

Re: DEES: November 22nd, 2014

Ah, it's not quite clear yet due to a request for use as NASAT tryout material next weekend. We'll post the set afterwards.
by Victor Prieto
Thu Feb 26, 2015 12:03 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Somewhat In-Depth Carding Questions
Replies: 8
Views: 5387

Re: Somewhat In-Depth Carding Questions

I really liked one of Max's posts where he talked about how he uses flashcards- really, the goal with flashcards is to be able to get to a point where you can see the dude's name on the card and be reminded of all the real knowledge you have of him stored away in a cabinet somewhere in your brain. ...
by Victor Prieto
Sat Feb 14, 2015 3:30 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015 Regionals: Regular Difficulty
Replies: 0
Views: 1412

2015 Regionals: Regular Difficulty

A discussion in the IRC prompted me to create the following histograms: 1 PPB bins 2 PPB bins In my mind, this histogram prompts the following interwoven questions: 1. Is this an appropriate histogram for a regular difficulty tournament? As in, do we want histograms for all regular-difficulty tourna...