Mark Brader: > and should be interpreted accordingly... For further information > see my 2016-05-31 companion posting on "Questions from the Canadian > Inquisition (QFTCI*)".
And we're done! This completes the season written by the Usual Suspects and played from May to August of this year. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed participating in creating it.
And the winner of the Final game is JOSHUA KREITZER. Congratulations, eh?
> I conceived this round and wrote 6 of the triples in it.
I asked someone else to write triple G, and they produced three Canadiana Literature questions, when I'd intended "Literature Canadiana" to mean references to Canada in *non-Canadian* books. Oh well, at least it was a good idea, I thought.
> * A. Canadiana Sports
> A1. Which Toronto Argonaut and Chicago Black Hawk -- and later > the MP for Trinity -- was known as the Big Train?
Lionel Conacher. (Lived 1900-54. As well as football and hockey, in the 1920s and 1930s he was also a star in lacrosse, baseball, and boxing.)
> A2. Which Edmonton Eskimo -- and later Lieutenant Governor of > Alberta -- was known as the China Clipper?
Normie Kwong. (Lived 1929-2016, played pro football 1948-60.)
> A3. Which Toronto Argonaut did not have a famous nickname, > but later joined the Supreme Court of Canada?
John Sopinka. (Lived 1933-97, played pro football 1955-57, and also the violin.)
> what they represent. If there are multiple dots within the same > metropolitan area, their exact positions may not be meaningful.
> and his wife, who he keeps imprisoned most of the time. > "It's 1183 and we're barbarians", she tells him at one point. > Name *both* characters.
Henry II, Eleanor of Aquitaine. 4 for Dan Blum, Calvin, and Gareth.
> D2. The movie "300" is about an ancient battle between which > *two* armies?
Spartan and Persian. 4 for Dan Blum, Calvin, Dan Tilque, Marc, Bruce, and Björn. 3 for Joshua.
> D3. A large part of the movie "The Life of Emile Zola" is about > Émile Zola's long effort to save an unjustly convicted man. > Name that man *and* tell what he was convicted of.
Albert Dreyfus, treason (accepting espionage; what he supposedly did was to pass military secrets to German spies). 4 for Dan Blum, Calvin, Marc, Joshua, and Björn.
You will remember from QFTCIMI515 Game 10, Round 2, posted here on 2016-06-25, that MI5 asked a question about the Dreyfus affair in their game originally played 2015-03-23. At that time I recommended, and I still recommend, Robert Harris's 2013 novelization of the whole sorry story, "An Officer and a Spy".
> mentioned "Henry" or just "Eleanor" in an answer, please go back and > be more specific for each of them. And if you mentioned the "Greek" > army in an answer, likewise please go back and be more specific.
This did not constitute permission to go back and *delete* content.
> E1. Give either the width or the height of an HD television > screen in pixels, within 10% of the true number. You must > say which answer you are giving.
1,920 pixels wide by 1,080 high (accepting 1,728 to 2,112 wide or 972 to 1,188 high). 4 for Dan Blum, Peter, Bruce, and Gareth. 3 for Calvin.
> same 70 mm film that was also used for major releases that > weren't in IMAX. The difference is in how it uses it. > Explain that difference.
The film is used sideways. 4 for Joshua.
So if the image is 1.4 times as wide as it it's high, it's the height and not the width that's limited by the 70 mm width of the strip of film. Therefore each frame can be 1.4 times as wide as in a standard 70 mm release, or about twice the area. Compared to 35 mm film, IMAX would be about 8 times the area.
Incidentally, standard still photography in 35 mm also uses the film sideways, so each image is similarly larger in area than a frame on standard movie film.
> E3. Although people continued to speak of celluloid, that > particular plastic stopped being used for movie film in > the 1950s. Why?
Fire safety -- it was extremely flammable. Or as Gareth but it, "It burns like a bastard". 4 for Dan Blum, Calvin, Dan Tilque, Peter, Marc, Bruce, Erland, Gareth, and Joshua.
> Blind Watchmaker". He invented the word "meme", and (in > case you thought he wasn't notable) he's married to a woman > who used to appear on "Doctor Who".
Richard Dawkins. (Lalla Ward played Princess Astra in a 6-part episode, then Romana for most of the following two seasons, when Tom Baker was the Doctor.) 4 for Dan Blum, Calvin, Dan Tilque, Peter, Marc, Gareth, and Joshua.
> in "Scientific American". In the book he set out his law, > which says that things always take longer than you expect, > even when you take his law into account.
Douglas Hofstadter. 4 for Dan Blum, Dan Tilque, Marc, Gareth, and Joshua.
> By the third edition, in 1972, it had his own name in the > title instead. Even though he mostly wrote non-fiction, > he is better remembered for fiction.
Isaac Asimov. 4 for Dan Blum, Calvin, Dan Tilque, Marc, Gareth, and Joshua.
> him the Governor-General's award, and with "Lines on the > Water", about fishing the same river, Richards also won a > non-fiction GG.
> G2. Which Canadian author set several novels and stories in > the fictional town of Manawaka, a stand-in for the author's > hometown of Neepawa, Manitoba?
> G3. Which Canadian mystery writer has set a series of books in > the fictional town of Three Pines, located in Quebec's > Eastern Townships?
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email@example.com (Mark Brader): Nov 26 12:54AM -0600
Mark Brader: >>> be more specific for each of them. And if you mentioned the "Greek" >>> army in an answer, likewise please go back and be more specific.
>> This did not constitute permission to go back and *delete* content.
> "Persia and Sparta; Persia and Greece"
> and then one read the rot13 comment, but didn't want to guess anywhere in > Greece other than Sparta, what should one do?
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Dan Tilque <email@example.com>: Nov 26 07:23PM -0800
Mark Brader wrote:
> 1,920 pixels wide by 1,080 high (accepting 1,728 to 2,112 wide > or 972 to 1,188 high). 4 for Dan Blum, Peter, Bruce, and Gareth. > 3 for Calvin.
After I posted my answers, I went and looked up the answer for this. From everything I've read, there are actually two sets of answers:
1920 x 1080 1280 x 720
Those are the number of pixels that the signal can be transmitted in, although perhaps no one actually uses the smaller size anymore. (I have no idea.)
However, the question actually asked about the screen size, not the transmission size. There's lots and lots more sizes than that in monitors, although the ones with at least 3840 x 2160 are generally called UHD (ultra-high def).
Now Mark is going to think I'm protesting the question, but I'm not, at least not for myself. My answer would not fit either of the two sizes above, and probably not any of the various monitors out there on the market. None matched my answer exactly and I don't think I was close enough to be within 10% of any of them. Admittedly, I stopped worrying about that after seeing so many different sizes.
Anyway, what I'm really doing is pointing out is that this was a poorly worded question. I'm not asking Mark to do anything here, except try to avoid this kind of thing in the future.
-- Dan Tilque
firstname.lastname@example.org (Mark Brader): Nov 26 09:45PM -0600
Dan Tilque: > Anyway, what I'm really doing is pointing out is that this was a poorly > worded question.
Sorry about that, Chief.
> I'm not asking Mark to do anything here, except try to avoid this kind > of thing in the future.
I do. -- Mark Brader | "In a perfect world, the person of authority responds Toronto | to needs rather than to demands. That's not the way email@example.com | the system works, though." --Tony Cooper