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Sharkma last won the day on August 22 2011

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  1. Focus on what you can control Keep it positive!
  2. 1. To get your head straight for the long-term, read this: http://www.scribd.com/doc/257928/-Mastery-by-George-Leonard 2. Read as much debate material as possible. Memorize all the warrants for all of your 1ac evidence and most commonly deployed negative arguments. The next step is to then be able to expand on these warrants, and the step after that is to know the other team's evidence better than they do. The latter is what takes you to really high levels. 3. Always be thinking about the end of the debate. What are the things you need to win and what are the other team's arguments that you absolutely cannot concede. Once you know your destination, getting there is a whole lot easier. Novices have a hard time understanding this concept for some reason, but it's actually very simple. You know how after you lose a round and you're complaining to people how "the judge completely overlooked that X was conceded and how Y was much more important than Z"? That's basically your 2nr/2ar overview. You'd be surprised how even in high-level high school debates, both teams will fail to provide a framing, or a lens, for the judge to view the round. In failing to do so, the judge is just left with his or her own random preferences and biases to interpret various arguments and make a decision. Write the ballot for the judge, and you will significantly increase your chances of winning. Watch this clip, to learn how to close the deal: 4. Rebuttal redos are the highest yield activity to improve quickly. There's no magic bullet. A learning curve is inevitable - it's just a question of whether you only have to learn from your mistakes once or you keep making them over and over again, extending your learning curve.
  3. Sharkma

    NFL Nationals

    Great job, OK! I got to see Owasso debate @ districts and, wow, had they really come into their own from the year before. Congrats to Heritage as well.
  4. how do i give myself positive rep i would like some more should i email obama and/or mitt romeny
  5. what is an jay joshi can i find one at walgreens
  6. There's mos def a method to getting the most out of db8 camp, which varies depending on what year you are. If you're between fresh and soph summers: Focus on immersion and ask literally any question that comes to your head. Don't worry about ego protection because you already suck even if you won the st marks novice hoedown or whatever. I went to a big name camp after freshman year, and I was pretty intimidated at first. Everyone was dropping stuff like "The REVVVVV" and w'ev, and all I knew wuz da stock issues. A few weeks in and I realized that pretty much nothing a debater can do during novice year matters - even the big school prodigies who travelled nationally - because usually the 'good' novi are reading off of blocks mindlessly, etcetera. The summer after novice year, everyone is basically on a blank slate in terms of experience and the only real indicator of success is how smart you are and how hard you're willing to work. I'll be a bit more specific on the seemingly dumb questions you should ask, even if you think you got it down: "How do you cut a card?" - and then follow up with search engines, databases like lexis nexis, project muse, good search terms and tricks, etc. "How do you properly do a line by line/flow?" If you come out of debate camp after novi year with a good foundation in card cutting and structured speaking, then you win. If you want to take it to the next level, harp on lab leaders to show you how to rock a disad and case and topicality for your negative arsenal (counterplans for the real badasses), and how to answer disads, case args, topicality, counterplans, and generic answers to K's to defend your aff. Working on clarity and speed is a plus too. The worst thing you can do is try to learn everything or specialize. Focus on foundations and then build up during the real debate season. I can't stress enough how important it is to just go ahead and ask your stupid questions. No need to try and cover it up with stuff like "what CONSTITUTES a STRATEGIC permutation?" It's like... if you go up to a girl and ask her what time it is, she always knows what's up. Might as well be like "you're cute, I'm Sharkma." Same for asking questions at debate camp... lab leaders know when you don't know, so just ask straight up, "wuts a permmmmm". If you're between soph and junior year: Now that you have a full year of real debate rounds (novice year doesn't count), you can go back to the drawing board and fix some pretty big holes in your game and even specialize in a certain type of debating if you really want. Don't waste too much time cutting cards for your lab assignments. Focus more on speaking, reading books, strategy, and honing a solid neg strat like NATO CP or something that you can run all the time the next year. As usual, ask as many questions as possible to your lab leaders and get book recommendations for card sources and just basic understanding behind arguments (e.g. books by walt and mearsheimer for iR theory or foucault/agamben for da biopowa). Learn how to pick and choose args for the 2nr/2ar and how to close all doors so the only option is to vote for you. Pick up stylistic stuff to boost speaker points (often times stuff NOT to say like "we'll always win that") and how to give a good cx. The goal for this summer should be to learn how to get out of your own way and execute, execute. Between junior and senior year: At this point, you should know what's up. As for general stuff that applies for every summer, make friends!!! I'm still good friends with the people I met during each summer of camp even though I'm not in debate anymore. You'll be seeing these people all the time if you travel nationally and even if not, they're still smart/cool people worth knowing. For example, I met my best bud and roommate for freshman yea rof college at debate camp. So there ya go. Aaaaaand don't get caught up in where you go to camp. Every camp has all the resources you need to succeed - lab leaders, libraries, other debaters - it's just a question of whether you're willing to be a parasite and leech all the good good debate knowledge. Don't expect anyone to do it for you... I'll end with this trinket: there's a huge difference between thinking you're doing debate work and actually doing debate work. If you have any questions ask away!!!!!!
  7. Michael!!! Come to Tulsa for the Robin Hood premiere next week!!!!!!!woo!!! Anyway, I only judged two east coast tourneys, but I'll answer some stuff Best judge: Lots to choose from, but I'd want David Horn in the back of the room when he shows up. Best coach: BGaston or Hartney. Christian would be better if he lost the sideburns of doom. Best critical debater: Nishant Most persuasive speaker: I thought Shane from Charles Page was really good and a chill dude. Most fun debater to judge/watch: Never got the chance, but I bet Masty Jr. Whopper is ridiculous.
  8. Sharkma

    OK State 2010

    Congrats, Heritage!!! Cool stuff.
  9. In my opinion, if you can’t find happiness in one state, you probably won’t find it in any other state (or country perhaps) – at least in the long term. Sure, cities like Boston and Austin are AWESOME, but ultimately your day-to-day life is more of a set routine (hopefully a routine of your own choosing) than “what venue can I hit up for my next BUZZZZZ?” For instance, I'm about to go grocery shopping. Will this experience be any different if I were in South Dakota or California? Maybe, maybe not. I personally love Tulsa. In my experience, "living for the weekends” is a symptom of a pretty empty and pathetic existence. Amuse yourself - don't look for people and/or the place you live to do it for you. Otherwise, you're no different than the unthinking masses watching Lost all day long. Get all your stimulation from walking your path, living your dream, following your bliss, etc. Then hang out with your friends, date hot women, get in shape, and do outdoorsy things as a way to blow off steam. I probably blew this out of proportion, but I don't think you should waste even a minute of your life bitching about your life ON THE INTERNET. Laaaaaameeeeee. It's about lifestyle design dude. Life is short. One day life, one day POOF!
  10. Congrats! NFL Nats is tuff stuff. Respek.
  11. Sharkma

    Hey SW

    View debate as a four year process. There's no such thing as a good novice, so your goal should be to learn as much as you can from better debaters. You may end up becoming the best novice debater, but you need to set yourself up to do damage as a SOPHOMORE and later. This is, in my opinion, paramount to your future development as a debater. Several reasons - 1. The most annoying thing about novices is that they try to talk fast because it's the cool thing to do. But in trying to talk fast, they just stumble all the time and in reality speak less efficiently than if they were to talk normal speed. Your speed will build with time, but don't force it. For example, I'm training for my first marathon, but my only goal is to finish. I don't care what my time is. I'll focus on my timing on my second marathon if I so decide. Same thing applies to beginning debaters. Your goal should first and foremost be to make an argument. When you can do that, focus on making many arguments. 2. Focus on debating a variety of arguments. It's very tempting to get good at one argument and win every novice tournament. But novice year is not the year to specialize. Pete Sampras specialized as a serve and volley tennis player, but he first learned how to play every other shot. You're not Pistol Pete just yet. 3. Learn everything about your arguments and the topic. Your older debaters will probably give you scripted speeches and arguments to make, and you will be tempted to spout them out because then you won't sound stupid to the judges. But this prevents your own thinking and development. Judges already think novices are stupid, so might as well learn while you're being stupid. My novice year, the debate topic was over United Nations peacekeeping operations. I can't tell you much about the UN other than I think it's based in Texas, right? Don't make my mistake. 4. Constantly ask questions. Be a pest. Pester your judges the most, they will give you best feedback. There is no such thing as an "objective" win in debate. There is only a perceived win by the judge. So figure out why they think what they think and learn from it. 5. Read The Art of Learning by Josh Waitzkin and Mastery by George Leonard. Good luck and have fun. Wooo!!
  12. Every debate camp has its pros and cons. I assume you're a freshman, so you should find a camp that focuses more on your development as a debater - speaking and research skills - rather than trying to specialize too early. I never went to MSU, but I've known many people who have, and they've all spoken highly about it so you can't go wrong. But also realize that what's important as a young debater is to get into a lab where the instructors are able and willing to help you out. MSU has a good reputation, but don't let that blind you from going to a less prestigious camp that has lab leaders who care. Put another way, I think you should find a lab that is taught by debate coaches rather than a college debater who will spend most of his or her time doing their own thing. I believe MSU has a lab with Will Repko available for rising sophomores; that would be an example of a lab taught by a debate coach who would spend time with you. Also understand that, for the most part, a debate camp is a debate camp is a debate camp. Any debater worth his or her expando will grow exponentially regardless of the environment. Don't fall into the common thinking that a debate camp will "make you." Certainly some debate camps have more resources than others, but if you put in the work, that's negligible. At any debate camp, there will be some brilliant debater or coach whose mind you can pick - even if they're not your specific lab leader. The quintessential question you must ask yourself is what are your long term goals for debate? If you intend on debating locally, then MSU is probably a waste of money in all seriousness. If you intend on debating nationally, then these national camps are then preferable. Debate camp is pricey. Don't sweat so much over which camp you choose. If you are committed to learning and seek out guidance from lab leaders, you will learn more than you can imagine. You can't go wrong. Good luck. You'll make the right choice, Neal
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