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  1. Nature Boy

    Backflowing

    1) Always backflow. You ought to have enough time to finish the backflow and finish during CX and Neg Block Prep. 2) If your partner can't read your handwriting: write in all CAPS handwriting on their flows. It makes it much more legible for them.
  2. Oops, yes I am. It's all that school switching!
  3. Best coach/judge: honestly, y'all seem to way underappreciate and under-utilize Steve Rowe's (Interlake) debate experience and knowledge. Best squad/school: interlake, tbh Best team: interlake lm (strictly speaking, sgs rm) Most Improved Team: Vashon - y'all not only improved from year to year, but from tournament to tournament. It was awesome to see. Best aff: I hate you all Best negative position: case turns, disad, PIC (I hate you all, this topic was built for it, especially given how lazy everyone was in cutting/breaking new affs) Most persuasive speaker: kashif Most helpful person: all of your judges. Few debate areas get as much high quality post-round and ballot instruction as WA tournaments tend to have. Fastest debater: bring me more case/disad/PIC debates and I'll tell you next year Best debater overall: slim Squad to watch out for next year: Interlake (lots of 7 weeks? Yeah, I'd say watch out) Funniest debater: you're not funny edit fixed for stupid.
  4. HAHAHAHA, how cute, you think I'm not also browsing reddit at the same time Although, that should explain to all of you why I am quick to forget every round you've ever had in front of me. Actually, I just care about adjudicating and then stop caring about past rounds. I'm only on reddit during prep.
  5. Install a desktop interface behind ChromeOS, you can then "Alt+Tab" between ChomeOS and the desktop, install full software from Linux, etc. That would allow you to use the DebateOS template with LibreOffice, which is compatible with Verbatim.
  6. It's important to know that Verbatim and all templates, in general, have gravitated to using native styles, rather than custom styles. You can recreate this by assigning an Alias to a current style, instead of creating a "new" style. This should also allow you to make Verbatim friendly docs in Google Docs or LibreOffice, for example, or really any generic text editor with Headings 1 - 4 (as the main/most important styles for making Verbatim and other templates work). Guide for Open Paperless Project based templates: http://paperlessdebate.com/SitePages/Open%20Paperless%20Project.aspx I think everyone should watch these videos if they use Verbatim: OS X: PC: Here are defaults for these and default keystrokes that make you compatible with any Verbatim or Open Paperless Project templates I know of. Pocket = Heading 1 CTRL-1 Hat = Heading 2 CTRL-2 Block = Heading 3 CTRL-3 Tag = Heading 4 CTRL-4 Underline = CTRL-U Paste Special = Shift+Command+V (this is slower than the macro, but brings up a dialogue box to paste unformatted text) You can customize the keystrokes to the F1-12 keys by going: 1. Select Tools ==> Customize Keyboard 2. Select the appropriate category on the left and select the right command (Probably Styles and Heading 1 - Heading 4, for example) 3. Assign a new keyboard shortcut (F4 - Heading 1/Pocket) 4. Click o.k. twice 5. Repeat for the functions you have/need F2 – Paste Unformatted F3 – Remove Returns F4 – Pocket F5 – Hat F6 – Block F7 – Tag F8 – Cite F9 – Underline F10 – Emphasis F11 – Highlight F12 – Clear Formatting
  7. http://www.cedadebate.org/forum/index.php?topic=4978.0
  8. Probably fine. Would need to have to be practiced and worked on to get used to it's unique abilities. Cons/No Advantage: #1 above is probably the biggest issue. Quickly pulling up and loading large documents, many of them at the same time, might bleed out a few extra seconds of prep time that you wouldn't have with a better piece of hardware. This only goes for the RT's, the Surface Pro's have some decent hardware inside. Touch typing wouldn't be recommended, nor flowing, I'd guess. Will still require you to have a keyboard and mouse Pros: Probably great as something to read off of in reading mode in MS Office, though. No need for a table tote, go back to stacking things and fitting your flows next to your paperless speech. Lighter/easier to pick up and move about during team preps in the hotel, etc. Tablets are fun and awesome Re: Chromebooks: I disagree on the chromebook comment. People just aren't taking full advantage of what a Chromebook can do. You can run a Linux desktop side-by-side with ChromeOS and "alt+tab" between ChromeOS and a regular desktop (I would suggest XFCE). That makes it possible to prep, research, and debate paperlessly without problems if you use LibreOffice and the DebateOS Template. All it takes is a couple terminal commands to install it, and then learning that Alt + ~ (I think) alt-tabs between a desktop and ChromeOS. From the Chrome Books thread: http://www.reuters.com/video/2013/03/05/multitasking-with-chrome-os-and-linux-on?videoId=241474089 http://lifehacker.com/how-to-install-linux-on-a-chromebook-and-unlock-its-ful-509039343
  9. I've started the next version of DebateOS Linux and need y'alls help. In trying to make Linux a viable alternative for paperless debate, the largest hurdle I generally face is the interface set-up. The Linux desktop needs to intuitively act and look similar enough to the most common paperless debate set-ups y'all have out there to make transitioning to Linux and teaching paperless debate as seemless and easy as possible. Post your workflow screenshots and help make DebateOS better, please The last time I helped someone set-up a paperless Windows workflow, was probably Whitman 2.0 with a vertical start menu on the left hand side and panel shortcut menus to the debate folders/tub for file access. This worked great and was incredibly fast. Below is an example of what i'm talking about with a Linux set-up using the XFCE desktop. In windows the panel was wider and the folder names were attached. I've customized icons to represent folders, instead, as seen.
  10. Those are Surface RT's, which are pathetic pieces of tech. A real Surface wouldn't be so bad if you can afford it, etc.
  11. To answer the OP: I doubt it's possible to go beyond file creation and reading/viewing laptop with anything built on Chrome OS, alone. And even then, file creation, while it would be compatible with Open Paperless Project standards, would likely have a weird look that most people would want run through and re-saved via MS Office or LibreOffice, anyways. With some Terminal work, you can make a Chromebook work, though. You just have to install a Linux Desktop Environment of your choice (I suggest XFCE or Cinnamon for a debate environment). What's very very cool is you can literally alt-tabbed between Chrome OS and the Linux desktop. Video demonstrating running Linux/ChromeOS at the same time: http://www.reuters.com/video/2013/03/05/multitasking-with-chrome-os-and-linux-on?videoId=241474089 How to do it: http://lifehacker.com/how-to-install-linux-on-a-chromebook-and-unlock-its-ful-509039343 Just a little update on that, since there's a nearly identical cross-x thread in the Tech Forums. I'm the developer for DebateOS and am also putting together a team and have started work on a Google Docs port for a basic Template for file cutting collaboration. Right now the plan is for the following scripts: Remove Paragraphs (in beta) Small font (in beta) Pocket - Tags (although if you can't just use the dropdown for Heading 1 through Heading 4 you fail, and we may just require you to do that so that I can further the "Tech Integration" education argument to high schools for No Child Left Behind common core standard requirements) At the moment we have no plans to try to replicate Speech creation since we are still just now learning what scripting with Google Drive can do. But we think there's enough need and desire for a GDocs port for file creation to make it a major project priority.
  12. First, read the above ^^^^^^ Word can export/save to PDF. To cut out most of the crap on news articles (ads, boxes, menus, etc) I highly suggest the Evernote Clearly add-on. I know it's at least for Chrome and Firefox, haven't tried it for Safari or IE. This should help with card cutting, putting it cleanly into Word, etc. Before Clearly (It's the little Lamp button next to Home on the top right) After Clearly:
  13. I'll assume it's not Document Map (I think they call it Navigation Pane, now) on the left, for now. But if it is, then yes, LibreOffice has it, but they call it Navigator. My teams use it to navigate their files to the parts they want to send to the speech. You can drag and drop within the Navigator to rearrange the speech or file, too.
  14. I've used Open Office almost since it began. First, on a Windows 98 machine, then when it was x11 based on a G3 white MacBook with OS X 10.1 or 10.2. If you happen to be a freshman or sophomore in high school, then I've probably been using it since before you could talk or speak whole sentences. I'm the person who writes the paperless macros for LibreOffice, now. When Open Office failed me, and it did, sometimes, I'd just use any basic text editor and save in RTF. Then I'd e-mail a friend who would save it as a .doc for me to send to my profs.
  15. I have not used Word in over a decade. You'll have to be more specific than Ctrl+F "thing". Is it not "Find"/"Search Document" as with nearly all word processors?
  16. I have not. So far, my focus with DebateOS has been on the high school community as a whole, and not just national tournaments. I've mostly worked on trying to find alternatives to things Verbatim/Synergy did that did not require internet access and then eventually working the collaborative and internet based technologies in. One thing we suggest at the high school level is Transfer-On-LAN ( https://code.google.com/p/transfer-on-lan/ ). My teams set-up an ad-hoc network on one of their laptops for their partner and other teams who use it to join, and then they can drag and drop speeches/files to each other. Hopefully, I can get to those in next year's updates. It's unlikely given my schedule and set of projects that I'll get to it by the end of summer.
  17. DebateOS does not have a mini font. Our belief is that you have infinite real estate in the paperless world, so zoom in when reading and scroll. It's also SUPER easy to record your own macro for this, although not one that will simply find all the un-underlined text and minimize it. I do have a Google Docs make non-underlined smaller script in the works for the DebateOS port to G.Docs. http://www.cross-x.com/topic/55341-debateos-template-3-google-docs-macro-port/?do=findComment&comment=875966
  18. Unless something was weird with the servers in the past 12-24 hours, the site isn't down. http://paperlessdebate.com But I would try this, first. http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/customizing-words-keyboard-shortcuts-in-office-201.html
  19. The DebateOS Template has been updated in preparation for the summer camps and next school year. Why use DebateOS? It's entirely free! MS Office is expensive. We have now had test cases of $60 used laptops (2002 IBM Thinkpad) lasting for 3 years of debating. That's $20/year and less than even most used MS Office licenses. Mow 2 or 3 lawns and you have a usable debate laptop (or give up fifty 20oz soda purchases, 15-20 visits to Starbucks, etc. Anyone should be able to afford paperless debate with DebateOS. Make use of donated laptops from your community - Paperless debate for FREE!) It's compatible with Windows, OS X and Linux. You get to choose your operating system. Unlike Verbatim and Synergy, it not only works with every flavor of operating system, it also will look and function exactly the same in each one. This makes teaching and working with others much much easier. Johnson County Community College, coached by Daniel Stout, also used DebateOS Template all of last year It's compatible with Verbatim and all Open Paperless Project based Templates. If your partner is already using Verbatim or a variation, suffer no setbacks with compatibility. Open their documents and the macros still work. Create your own files and send to your partner and their macros still work. You'll even see us listed on the Verbatim website as a compatible Template. Washington State's 2nd place policy team was a Verbatim + Windows/DebateOS + Linux hybrid team for the entire year. To download go to DebateOS.org, select the "DebateOS System" tab, Navigate to Templates and the appropriate Operating System. Requirements: LibreOffice 4.x (it's free, so upgrade to the newest version, it's way better and more stable than 3.x) Windows Vista, 7 or 8 OS X Debian based linux (Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Pinguy, etc. It will work with other forms, but I am unsure about the config folder set-up for SUSE, Redhat or Fedora, which might break the installation script or the SpeechDocCreate macro, I'll test it soon). Default view with new Toolbars and demonstration of SpeechDocCreate Macro working after pressing SendBlockToSpeech SpeechDocCreate save dialogue if Speech.odt is not found to be open when running a Send____To macro. Demonstration of Speech.odt next to a Cap Answers file after Sending ***Perm/CTP DA DebateOS Version 3 is a significant improvement in compatibility for Windows, OS X and Linux. The major changes are: Installation Scripts for all operating systems! Simply double click the install file, select "ok" when prompted by the LibreOffice extension manager, and you're ready to go. SpeechDocCreate macro has been fixed and customized to work for each operating system. Fixed a minor bug involving SendSpeech that occurred when SpeechDocCreate macro was used. OOoSpeech.odt and OOoTemplate.ott have been renamed to Speech.odt and Template.ott to simplify things. Toolbars and Keyboard Shortcuts installed by default. Things I have in the works: 1. Porting Macros to Google Docs Scripts! - this is a major undertaking that has just started, however, I hope to have it prepared by the end of summer. Before Merge Paragraphs Script is run After Merge Paragraphs Script is run: After running Shrink non-underlined Script:
  20. Nature Boy

    Pik Vs K

    This assumes you are kritiking the topic and not 1) the specific policy action 2) plan mechanism 3) Aff specific language.
  21. Nature Boy

    Pik Vs K

    Not sure why you quoted me, considering I mention that the alternative can exist and that it's nebulous. A concrete alternative does not a Floating PIK make. It "floats" because the Alternative claims shift and are reinterpreted so that the negative can solve the Aff. PIKs out of Aff discourse are likely the easiest PIKs, I wouldn't say, in a general sense, that they are the best.
  22. It should be an easy fix to make it Verbatim compatible. It's an Open Source standard debate templates have gone to. Heading 1 - 4, no custom styles. So, just go into the macros editor and change things like "block" or "block title" to the appropriate heading style. Pocket - Heading 1 Hat - Heading 2 Block - Heading 3 Tag - Heading 4 I'd do it but I refuse to install MS Office on my machines. Plus, that would sort of undermine my own project with the DebateOS Template/Linux and LibreOffice (Verbatim compatible) This is how I feel about MS products... http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/1999/07/28
  23. Nature Boy

    Pik Vs K

    A floating PIK is one where the alternative is non-existent or very nebulous. It usually results in the block saying they solve the AFF in some way, usually it'll be a random new interpretations/extrapolations of the alternative. In my opinion, the best PIKs are ones where the alternative is a CP that solves the Aff and the K (usually best done with Supreme Court CP, in my opinion. At least, it's easier done by the Supremes).
  24. I'm curious, did Synergy ever update and adopt the Open Paperless Project standards that Verbatim uses (using Heading styles 1-4 instead of Custom styles)? If it didn't, it might break compatibility with Verbatim and other paperless systems like DebateOS (for LibreOffice). As for Mac uses, you're pretty much stuck with Verbatim for MS Word, or DebateOS Template for LibreOffice. They are compatible with each other. It's been unclear whether or not they are compatible with Synergy template-made files, though.
  25. The GDI webpage answers your questions. http://www.gonzagadebate.com/GDI%20FAQ%20Page.htm 1) You stay and register at Welch Hall. It's on North Dakota Street between Boon Ave and E Desmet Ave. It's also right next to the COG, which is a major focal point for the campus (book store/student union) and basically every Taxi service knows where it is. 2) No, there is no GDI hosted shuttle service. They do a pretty good job of grouping kids together for getting back to the airport and saving money by getting you there in a group in a cab. In terms of getting to campus, as said, just direct the cab to Welch/The Cog on the GU campus and you'll get there. I've never heard of anyone not getting to the right spot via cab. Or look up the exact address of Welch and they'll plug it into their GPS and get you there. 3) Chances are you can find someone else who is flying in on the same day and close to the same time (on Cross-x) and you can share a cab to campus so you're not alone. 4) It's virtually impossible to get lost on this campus. There is no part of campus you can't walk to in 10 minutes. Chances are you'll see someone on campus and can ask for directions. There's even a pretty decent chance that it will be a nun or a priest who gives you directions
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