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by MLafer
Wed Jul 29, 2009 11:08 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Quizbowl: More Impossible than ACF?
Replies: 49
Views: 7325

Re: Quizbowl: More Impossible than ACF?

I also noticed that while most bonuses did have an easy part, that easy part was often made deliberately vague and made certain bonuses very frustrating. I will try to find some examples when the set is posted.
by MLafer
Wed Jul 29, 2009 9:40 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2009 Discussion
Replies: 153
Views: 22250

Re: Chicago Open 2009 Discussion

Again I'm disturbed by this tendency to defer to so-called experts when determining what is and isn't askable in quiz bowl. Do we really want to say "Charlie Dees and Hannah Kirsch haven't heard of this, so it shouldn't come up"? Compare this to Jerry's post -- he doesn't say "I am a physicist! I ha...
by MLafer
Thu Jul 16, 2009 6:20 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO Lit announcement
Replies: 80
Views: 24142

Re: CO Lit announcement

I am looking for a teammate for this.
by MLafer
Tue Jun 23, 2009 9:07 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The Emergency: at PACE
Replies: 105
Views: 17022

Re: The Emergency: at PACE

I have to take issue with Seth's comments about W-R stars...I am not an astronomer/astrophysicist, but a cursory google books search gives over 1500 results for Wolf-Rayet stars, while the more reliable Google Scholar gives over 16,000. I don't even feel the need to empirically test how many results...
by MLafer
Thu May 28, 2009 11:37 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAC schedule info/tournament thread
Replies: 217
Views: 32752

Re: NAC schedule info/tournament thread

If anyone else is interested in the 2000 NAC, the qbwiki article is pretty good, including a primary source document written by myself: http://www.doc-ent.com/qbwiki/index.php?title=2000_NAC As for the blender question, I didn't actually play on it, but I was watching in the audience at the time. I ...
by MLafer
Thu Apr 30, 2009 5:13 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals question thanks/discussion
Replies: 75
Views: 11677

Re: ACF Nationals question thanks/discussion

Looking at it, it is a pretty bad question. I agree with Andrew that saying something is directly proportional to a constant is pretty nonsensical and the Kelvin clue is too early. Full disclosure: I did not do any editing on this question, and probably should have because the clues are clearly more...
by MLafer
Thu Apr 30, 2009 3:25 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals question thanks/discussion
Replies: 75
Views: 11677

Re: ACF Nationals question thanks/discussion

edited version: According to the Stokes-Einstein relation, the Brownian diffusion of a particle under the influence of a chemical potential gradient is directly proportional to both temperature and this other value. The Kelvin scale is derived by multiplying the fundamental temperature by this value...
by MLafer
Tue Apr 28, 2009 11:03 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 151
Views: 23673

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

I'd love to see this question, if someone wouldn't mind posting it for me. Hans Phaf created a connectionist model of this concept, SLAM. Eriksen and St. James developed the zoom-lens model of this concept in contrast to the spotlight model of it. Daniel Kahneman developed a model of this concept b...
by MLafer
Tue Apr 28, 2009 9:51 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 151
Views: 23673

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

GTPases should be acceptable for G proteins. I'd be curious to see the text of the question here. This class of molecules shares its name with a protein that associates with BiP and calnexin in the endoplasmic reticulum after being produced in the secretory pathway of the vesicular stomatitis virus...
by MLafer
Sun Mar 22, 2009 9:45 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: COMICS: Midwest Edition, March 22nd
Replies: 28
Views: 3906

Re: COMICS: Midwest Edition, March 22nd

results


1st: some crazy red haired guy that knew a lot about comics & Rom
2nd: me and sorice

3rd or possibly 4th: trygve and rob carson
4th or maybe 3rd: micah and chris v.
by MLafer
Sat Mar 14, 2009 11:23 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: COMICS: Midwest Edition, March 22nd
Replies: 28
Views: 3906

Re: COMICS: Midwest Edition, March 22nd

I will play this. Would be interested in teammates that know non-Marvel well.
by MLafer
Wed Mar 11, 2009 5:01 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Gaddis Experiment II
Replies: 98
Views: 53126

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Gaddis Experiment II

I will be there
by MLafer
Sun Nov 30, 2008 2:13 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Michigan 08-09
Replies: 29
Views: 5185

Re: Michigan 08-09

Does anybody know if University Liggett has a quiz bowl team? My niece might be going there and is interested in quiz bowl
by MLafer
Thu Oct 02, 2008 12:55 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: JECHT: Minnesota Open 08' Video Game Doubles
Replies: 54
Views: 8523

Re: JECHT: Minnesota Open 08' Video Game Doubles

i think i am playing this but i might have to leave at some point since my flight is pretty early. Voting tossup only!
by MLafer
Tue Sep 23, 2008 12:40 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Annct: 10/18 MO Saturday Night Lit Tournament: An Encounter
Replies: 65
Views: 17468

Re: Annct: 10/18 MO Saturday Night Lit Tournament: An Encounter

i will play...ryan westbrook you wanna team up??
by MLafer
Sat Sep 13, 2008 6:37 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Announcement: Minnesota Open, October 18 2008
Replies: 111
Views: 30291

Re: Announcement: Minnesota Open, October 18 2008

Ryan Westbrook, Evan Nagler and I will have a team...possibly looking for one more competent player/writer.

matt dot lafer at gmail dot com
by MLafer
Tue Jul 22, 2008 9:24 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The July Crisis: Chicago Open History Doubles
Replies: 95
Views: 25308

Re: The July Crisis: Chicago Open History Doubles

This was a phenomenal improvement over last year's set. There were a lot of interesting and creative tossup answers, though there were also quite a few duds that tried too hard (tossup on "historians" for instance)
by MLafer
Tue Jul 22, 2008 9:18 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open Literature Doubles
Replies: 78
Views: 20188

Re: Chicago Open Literature Doubles

So Andrew had over 3 times as many powers as any team of two, and almost 4 times as many powers as the next person. As Jim Rome would say, phenomenal
by MLafer
Tue Jul 22, 2008 9:05 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO Trash discussion
Replies: 22
Views: 4466

Re: CO Trash discussion

wow, the championship team has about the most balanced stat line i've ever seen
by MLafer
Mon Jul 21, 2008 2:51 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2008 Movies Singles Tournament (still on, hopefully)
Replies: 63
Views: 12860

Re: 2008 Movies Singles Tournament (still on, hopefully)

Congrats to Rom for his decisive victory!
by MLafer
Fri Jun 27, 2008 11:09 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Voting for MotW: 6/30-7/6
Replies: 7
Views: 1104

Re: Voting for MotW: 6/30-7/6

I guess I'll vote for Darjeeling Limited though I'm getting sick of W. Anderson. I've never heard of this other movie, and there's already a very famous parody of Rififi (Topkapi) so I don't expect too much interesting there.
by MLafer
Fri Jun 27, 2008 9:15 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Movie of the Week 6/16-6/23: What Time Is It There?
Replies: 12
Views: 1530

Re: Movie of the Week 6/16-6/23: What Time Is It There?

I think that is a valid interpretation. As Carsten said, if we look at the girl's story in a straightforward manner, it makes little sense. She goes to Paris but she just sits around in cafes and graveyards not doing anything at all. The Paris scenes as a dream attempt to have a shared experience wi...
by MLafer
Tue Jun 24, 2008 11:35 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Sun n' Fun(n) IX Discussion
Replies: 32
Views: 4755

Re: Sun n' Fun(n) IX Discussion

we also 20'd that bonus, missing the last part. The other Russian lit bonus (Platonov) seemed much harder.
by MLafer
Sun Jun 22, 2008 8:06 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Movie of the Week 6/16-6/23: What Time Is It There?
Replies: 12
Views: 1530

Re: Movie of the Week 6/16-6/23: What Time Is It There?

I definitely sympathize with Carsten. I do like the style of cinematography (still shots with deep focus, usually a diagonal angle) but it does get extremely ponderous after almost 2 hours. It is a rare case that what we are looking at is any more interesting than something I could see by looking ou...
by MLafer
Thu Jun 19, 2008 2:09 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2008 Movies Singles Tournament (still on, hopefully)
Replies: 63
Views: 12860

Re: CO Movies Tournament

Bentley Like Beckham wrote:I'd be interested in using the skills that got me to second place on the Silver Screen Test with Brick Barientos to play in this tournament. If anyone wants a teammate, let me know.
isn't this a singles tournament?
by MLafer
Mon Jun 16, 2008 1:06 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: MotW voting thread - 6/23-6/29
Replies: 16
Views: 1500

Re: MotW voting thread - 6/23-6/29

Seen both of these but voting The Big Sleep for my own self-interest because it is shorter
by MLafer
Fri Jun 06, 2008 6:53 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2008 Movies Singles Tournament (still on, hopefully)
Replies: 63
Views: 12860

Re: CO Movies Tournament

sign me up
by MLafer
Thu Jun 05, 2008 12:00 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open Literature Doubles
Replies: 78
Views: 20188

Re: Chicago Open Literature Doubles

playing with Westbrook
by MLafer
Fri May 30, 2008 9:05 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The July Crisis: Chicago Open History Doubles
Replies: 95
Views: 25308

Re: The July Crisis: Chicago Open History Doubles

since i'm playing with Matt Weiner I should probably be on the list
by MLafer
Wed May 28, 2008 8:37 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open Team Discussion
Replies: 84
Views: 13992

Re: Chicago Open Team Discussion

Ahmad Ragab is playing on my team.
I believe Selene is Yaphe's 4th.
by MLafer
Tue May 27, 2008 8:50 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Larissa Kelly Cleans Up on Jeopardy!
Replies: 10
Views: 5212

Re: Larissa Kelly Cleans Up on Jeopardy!

looks like one of WUSTL's old advisors, Steve Frappier, is also on this week.
by MLafer
Wed May 21, 2008 5:57 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Sun 'n Fun Mirror - Maryland - Sat, 6/21
Replies: 65
Views: 16141

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Sun 'n Fun Mirror - Maryland - Sat, 6/21

myself and Ryan Westbrook will have a team.
by MLafer
Tue May 06, 2008 4:39 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open Team Discussion
Replies: 84
Views: 13992

Re: Chicago Open Team Discussion

Current team: Matt Lafer, Ray Luo, Kelly Tourdot

Looking for: person who can answer some questions and help write a packet
by MLafer
Sun May 04, 2008 7:10 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open Literature Doubles
Replies: 78
Views: 20188

Re: Chicago Open Literature Doubles

I will play.
by MLafer
Wed Apr 30, 2008 6:31 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF nationals discussion
Replies: 89
Views: 14448

Re: ACF nationals discussion

Aharanov-Bohm, excitons, and Reissner-Nordstrom come up often enough so that non-physicists have at least heard of them and are given the opportunity to read more about them if they so choose. Wigner was palatable only because of the giveaway about his "friend", which you mentioned adding. I can't ...
by MLafer
Wed Apr 30, 2008 5:33 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF nationals discussion
Replies: 89
Views: 14448

Re: ACF nationals discussion

I was just rereading Ray Luo's old post "Biology in the modern QB era" (http://www.hsquizbowl.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=30&t=2218) and noticed that now might be a good time to revisit some of these issues, in light of continued commentary on the difficulty of science at the ACF nationals level. Al...
by MLafer
Mon Apr 28, 2008 9:03 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Experimental Tournament, 5/24
Replies: 82
Views: 24434

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Experimental Doubles Tournament, 5/24

I am coming to Chicago just to play this tournament so it better be good Jonathan Magin
by MLafer
Sat Apr 19, 2008 5:16 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: women in Quiz Bowl
Replies: 50
Views: 11858

Re: women in Quiz Bowl

i think dan passner can answer these
by MLafer
Fri Apr 18, 2008 10:52 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open Team Discussion
Replies: 84
Views: 13992

Re: Chicago Open Team Discussion

Ray Luo and I are looking for some teammates that know things.

please e-mail me matt.lafer at gmail.com
by MLafer
Thu Apr 17, 2008 6:53 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Lists
Replies: 29
Views: 3898

Re: Lists

by MLafer
Tue Apr 15, 2008 11:20 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: What got you into Quizbowl?
Replies: 90
Views: 15334

Re: What got you into Quizbowl?

I remember in 9th grade my US History teacher noted that I knew a lot of "useless" info so she brought me over to W.S. Beamon (history teacher at my school, Plymouth Salem, and probably one of the greatest figures in HSQB history) where we talked about quiz bowl a bit. I had no interest at the time ...
by MLafer
Mon Mar 17, 2008 12:58 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The Beatles
Replies: 38
Views: 5705

Re: The Beatles

The White Album is better than Revolver. So are Sgt Pepper and Abbey Road. Revolver was definitely a turning point (Rubber Soul still had quite a few mediocre songs) but was really just the beginning.
by MLafer
Mon Mar 03, 2008 11:36 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The Beatles
Replies: 38
Views: 5705

Re: The Beatles

Omaha the Cat Dancer wrote:Better question: Who dislikes the Beatles?
Matt Weiner
by MLafer
Tue Jan 29, 2008 5:15 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Tell me more about the Legend
Replies: 15
Views: 4670

As far as I know, Subash simply went through every NAQT packet from the previous years, wrote down the lead-ins and studied only those, using NAQT's irritating tendency to recycle lead-ins to great effect. See also Sudheer Potru's less notable accomplishments in 2004. This is in 2003, I have no idea...
by MLafer
Tue Nov 13, 2007 3:55 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Announcement - The Experiment: Return to Lord Weary's Castle
Replies: 32
Views: 16222

This tournament was a lot of fun, and a lot more playable than you'd think a tournament written by Westbrook without having to temper the difficulty level would be. Of course, the field being exemplary had a lot to do with it. I think the "draft" idea was a great one, because it required one to be a...
by MLafer
Sat Nov 03, 2007 10:19 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Announcement: Illinois Open 2007: Spite of the Long Knives
Replies: 13
Views: 6563

Can someone please explain the schedule of tournaments for next weekend? I've not even heard whether Westbrook or Hart's tournaments are even going to happen, much less what time they are happening.
by MLafer
Sat Nov 03, 2007 10:17 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Announcement: Illinois Open Literature subject tournament
Replies: 17
Views: 5436

so is this still happening at IO?
by MLafer
Mon Oct 08, 2007 9:41 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: EFT Discussion
Replies: 92
Views: 27964

I think we need to remember that we're arguing with not only a Chip sycophant and official lightswitch-flicker, but also the person that allowed this packet into an academic tournament:

http://quizbowl.stanford.edu/archive/uci99/ASU_B.html
by MLafer
Tue Oct 02, 2007 3:11 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Halo 3
Replies: 3
Views: 1328

GT: HUR DUR DUR, if anyone wants to play.