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by Matthew
January 31st, 2009, 6:55 pm
Forum: 2009 Build Events
Topic: Junkyard Mystery Material?
Replies: 25
Views: 3748

Re: Junkyard Mystery Material?

No secrets here: When I ran this event, the single biggest thing that influenced my decisions for which mystery materials to give was whether I could find enough for all the teams. I remember once I wanted to give AOL CDs as the mystery item, but I only had 45, and there were 48 teams. I wanted to d...
by Matthew
January 31st, 2009, 6:49 pm
Forum: 2009 Nationals
Topic: Anyone been DQed at Nationals and felt it was wrong
Replies: 22
Views: 6630

Re: Anyone been DQed at Nationals and felt it was wrong

In the building events I have participated in at nationals I have found that the vast majority of the event supervisors are very knowledgeable in the events and while quite strict, the event supervisors generally err on the side of the students if they are unsure. I dont think they would DQ someone...
by Matthew
January 27th, 2009, 9:25 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: User Trends (v2)
Replies: 20
Views: 2519

Re: User Trends (v2)

Dark Sabre wrote:You only needed to read the first sentence of the article, which tells you what timezone Unix time uses.


Wait, there's a timezone besides GMT? What are you bloody yanks on?
by Matthew
January 1st, 2009, 10:41 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Site features? [2]
Replies: 87
Views: 6308

Re: Site features? (again)

Darn it, hurry up DarkSabre! I've already got two new targets...

In all seriousness, much props to the coding and admin team around scioly.org. What you do isn't easy, and brings a lot of fun and usefulness to a lot of people. Keep it up!
by Matthew
December 31st, 2008, 5:13 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Site features? [2]
Replies: 87
Views: 6308

Re: Site features? (again)

I'm still waiting for my "Nuke User" button to be added to my user control panel. As noted by my "Joined date", it's been nearly seven and a half years.

Get hot. ;)
by Matthew
December 26th, 2008, 11:42 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: favorite sport team?
Replies: 43
Views: 3509

Re: favorite sport team?

I voted for Arsenal. Then I smashed a bottle over the head of my Tottenham Hotspur-cheering neighbor at George & Dragon. Bloody serves 'im right.
by Matthew
December 25th, 2008, 7:23 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Mac or PC?
Replies: 43
Views: 5281

Re: Mac or PC?

I've been using a iBook G4 happily since the spring of 2006, but before that, everything was DOS or unix in my house (more Unix than DOS).

But I do remember the days of parkheads(). Wow, that was a long time ago.
by Matthew
December 21st, 2008, 12:18 pm
Forum: 2009 Build Events
Topic: Electric Vehicle C
Replies: 395
Views: 62695

Re: Electric Vehicle C 2009

So I haven't seen electric vehicle run at nationals yet. But I will defer to experience here: 198.5/200 is a good score. But based on what I saw over the years with Mousetrap Car, Scrambler, Wheeled Vehicle, etc. is that at the early rounds, being consistent is most important. If you have a car that...
by Matthew
December 5th, 2008, 6:38 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Mac or PC?
Replies: 43
Views: 5281

Re: Mac or PC?

Speaking of operating systems... SciOly Traffic 1. Windows 87.37% 2. Macintosh 10.57% 3. Linux 1.65% 4. Playstation 3 0.13% 5. iPhone 0.09% 6. iPod 0.09% 7. (not set) 0.05% 8. Danger Hiptop 0.02% 9. Nintendo Wii 0.02% 10. Playstation Portable 0.01% "Danger Hiptop"? Sounds so much more int...
by Matthew
November 9th, 2008, 10:06 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Weighting ACL and AP classes
Replies: 34
Views: 3631

Re: Weighting ACL and AP classes

Like it matters... I was an aide to an admissions board at the Naval Academy, and we "normalized" all of your GPAs to an unweighted 4.0 scale before we gave them to the board anyways. Asking the admissions officer, that's pretty typical amongst most of the prominent colleges. After college...
by Matthew
November 1st, 2008, 10:19 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: SAT Scores?
Replies: 388
Views: 24921

Re: SAT Scores?

I took the SAT when the only computational aid permitted was a non-graphing abacus, the writing section was in Vulgate Latin or Classical Greek (in whichever you were less proficient), scores were released in Roman Numerals (I got a MDC), and they graded your calligraphy and margin illustrations of ...
by Matthew
July 4th, 2008, 10:10 pm
Forum: 2009 Invitationals, Regionals, and States
Topic: How well is Regionals run?
Replies: 115
Views: 12246

Re: How well is Regionals run?

hehe, ok ok, Im sorry. I guess I didn't realize all the work that was put into the award ceremonies. Im guessing you're one of the tournament coordinators? No need to be sorry! I just wish that everyone could see what's going on in the background when you're watching the West Point promotional vide...
by Matthew
July 4th, 2008, 1:37 pm
Forum: 2009 Invitationals, Regionals, and States
Topic: How well is Regionals run?
Replies: 115
Views: 12246

Re: How well is Regionals run?

The eastern Long Island regional is usually run well, though the events are not nearly at the same difficulty as states. One thing that could be better is the wait for the award ceremony. It generally begins an hour later than its supposed to, which is bad. Wow, I wish you could be in the scorer's ...
by Matthew
July 4th, 2008, 11:56 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Brain freeze
Replies: 22
Views: 4431

Re: Brain freeze

I can't remember what I was going to post. Just thought you might want to know.
by Matthew
June 22nd, 2008, 9:57 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Help
Replies: 14
Views: 2770

Re: Help

Well here's my advice then: 1. Ask some of the old coaches (in a polite and non-confrontational manner, of course) what exactly made them leave, and if the students could have done anything to make the coaches stay. 2. Take what the ex-coaches told you and get together with your team before the seas...

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