I am part of a fencing club that includes a wide range of fencers, some inexperienced, some very competitive, some young teens, some over 60 and lots in between. I have started organizing a monthly "goofball" tournament to bring out the members and to have chances to win prizes and it is going very well. The aim, however, is not to ensure the top fencer always wins -- we have plenty of tournaments for that. What I want is to encourage maximum participation for every fencer to get on the piste and be motivated to fence a lot, and have fun. [more inside]
I've been tasked with finding a very specific kind of instrumental orchestral theme. VERY specific. [more inside]
My husband is considering doing online test-scoring as a side job. What do we need to know? [more inside]
So we've got a chocolate-tasting party next month, with about 50 people attending. We divide into dark, semi, milk and (yes, sorry, purists) white, around 20 types. I've done this before (really fun) but used paper and pen, tallying up the winners at the end of the night. This time I was thinking of giving guests a few of something to hold - poker chips? - and have them drop them into jars or something near their favorites. I'm not so hot on the poker chips in a glass jar idea, though, since you can't see them from far away, and it doesn't really have much volume in the jar. Any fun ideas?
Would you please suggest literature that deals with the theory or practice of scoring music and sound to moving images. [more inside]
How do I score my fantasy cake contest in the most fair manner? [more inside]
I run an online cake contest (link in profile) with a judging panel. Is my scoring methodology the most efficient/accurate? [more inside]
I'm going to the Senior Women's Final of the Visa US Gymnastics Championships tonight. I was an avid gymnastics fan through around 1988, but a lot has changed since then. I always watch it during the Olympics and I have to admit I never bothered to try to understand the new system. Is there someone who could give me a cliff notes version of how the scoring works?
In which quarter are the most points scored in NFL games? [more inside]
I'm looking forward to getting into some Scrabble tournaments soon, and I have a few question regarding player responsibility for keeping track of scoring. [more inside]
How can I get a count of total misspelled words on a web page and a count of total words overall? [more inside]
I'm a musician looking for basic software to slow down a song so I can figure out how to play difficult sections by ear. Difficulty: free and small preferred. [more inside]
Help me transition from sound-art and experimental composition into film scoring. (Los Angeles.) [more inside]
How do you fairly score a pub quiz? The quiz I run always has wildly varying team sizes - from one guy on his own to groups of eight or nine. It seems obvious to me that a sole participant who scores 95% has done better than a group of ten who score 100%, but I'd like an algorithm that will calculate a fair score for every team. I've tried to create one using exemplar data but I just don't seem to be able to hit the right combination of terms. My basic data set consists of (number of team members) and (score out of 100). Any statisticians out there with a solution? Bonus points if the algorithm is easily understandable to the general public.
Has anyone ever scored or recorded music for a feature film? How does it work? I just got a gig to do a film soundtrack and I am totally clueless about the process.