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BlueJay91 last won the day on February 22 2010

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  • Name
    Blue Jay
  • School
    Lakeland Graduate; Now at New Paltz
  • Biography
    Lakeland Alum. I can still judge, and I'm right around the corner. More policy-oriented, but fine with Ks to a certain extent.
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    Writing, Reading, Debate, Sims 2, etc.
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    Lifeguard. Student.
  1. Oops, I need to get on here more often.


    College is great! I love it. I'm joining the John Jay debate team this week, actually. Topic is immigration. Woo! Are you in college yet? I can't keep track >.<

  2. You need to make sure everything is answered that was read in the speech prior. For example, if the other team read a topicality, two disadvantages, and three cards on solvency, you would do the following: Answer topicality - usually you would have a block to what was in the T if you are having your first practice round in policy. Answer solvency - I put solvency first before the rest of the offcase because if you cannot solve, it will hinder your weight on the other off case flows. On solvency - or anything oncase - you want to answer point-by-point. Each argument should be answered individually, rather than blocked together as you would for offcase. Answer the disads - not together, seperately, and you probably have a block for that too. The 2AC is absolutely vital because it sets up the course of the debate. If you drop a disad or whatnot in the 2AC, it will be pretty hard to recover, particularly when you first start off. Drop a T and you're finished. Put too little on each flow - either amount of arguments or quality of arguments - and the rest of the speeches will be difficult.
  3. New York doesn't have those restrictions either. I was hit with some of the wildest shit in my freshman year, including recruiting dolphins into the Coast Guard for the national services topic. One team in particular, I was aff against them 3 times, and each time they ran a completely different set of negative arguments. Nope; no limits. And I personally like that. Fat chance that all the states are going to keep things on the same track, which is just going to lead to more confusion when NY debaters go to NJ, or PA, or MA, etc etc (Our novices travel somewhat). Plus, some debaters learn at a faster pace; I pride on one of our novices-turning-JV/Varsity that read oodles and oodles of files and understood pretty much all he was reading. Framework wasn't the strongest point, but he was a novice, learning framework for his Lexington outrounds. He would have been severely limited in his capacity to learn by any of these novice packet restrictions. It also severely hurts the ability of novices to learn from higher-level debaters. While there is already a huge disadvantage from giving even a JV member a novice at a tournament, it gets blown up extremely if January comes and the novice never heard of a K. While it might already happen without packets, it's rare in comparison.
  4. I've been using it since I was eight; it's kinda hard to give up on something after 10 years. I already had to give up Outlook Express; don't take away my IE!
  5. My dad is in the computer business, so most of my information about this debate comes from him. In the most simple sense, we agree that a Mac is good for artistic/musical works, while PC is a more business oriented system. My brother - who is into game design - loves using the Macs at his school and at his camp for game design. I'm interested in writing, a kajillion Word documents, and using my computer for organization purposes (Oh, and The Sims 3...). I like my PC. I have to admit that old Windows versions can be a pile of crap. Vista had so many problems - it gave my dad plenty of work, but plenty of frustration with it. My Windows XP takes a good several minutes to load Sims 2, and the Internet, even if not at the same time. Windows 7 is my baby. Right now, I have Sims 3 running in the background, and the pages on my Internet Explorer load at lightning speed (Sims 3 is a resource stealer, and yet even still...) The Mac's toggles between programs are utilized by the Windows 7, and no, my laptop has not crashed. Comparatively, I used Macs at my school for Music Tech. It was probably related to school connection, but those laptops were the slowest pieces of shit that never did anything right. I wouldn't even be hooked onto the internet, and it would take a good several minutes to load up a one-minute GarageBand piece. It also would fail to save my work in a timely manner, or even respond to my mouse or clicks. I do have to admit, the regular Macs (not laptops) for Photoshop were pretty good. Great color, flexible movement, and it did look flashier. When I got Photoshop for my Dell, it was not the same. Again, though, Macs are better for artistic/musical purposes. I give props to them for that, and I do reccommend my brother getting a Mac for whatever game design programs worked on the system. Me? Not interested. And I like the virus debate. Do you know why Macs don't get any viruses? Because no one wants to make a virus for the Mac. Burn.
  6. BlueJay91

    The Last Airbender

    I'm really sad about all the negatives of the movie. I didn't see it yet, but I am now scared to. I got addicted to Avatar - as addicted as a Sims 3 addict can get to television - and love the Nickelodeon series. I heard about a bunch of elements that definitely ruin it for me. Zuko's scar is not as noticeable; Aang is pronounced incorrectly; Katara is not supposed to be like "Woah, how did you do that??", she is supposed to say "You're an airbender!?" and actually be smart; Momo was barely there (I love Momo; that upsets me to no end); Appa was not used for more than a ride (also quite saddening)... and there are probably more quirks that would irk me if I heard them. As I am one of those who like movies based close to originals (Harry Potter, and yes, Twilight because the books are quirkier than the emotionless sick of the movies), this just cannot be good. Wah.
  7. BlueJay91


    This is maybe the first time I am considering that you are not a troll. Anyone who is an anime fan - at least an anime fan that is not only interested in seeing big-chested cartoons - should definitely see Death Note. It's addicting because unlike so many plots nowadays, this one is brilliant. Great character development, very unique world although so close to home, humor that is relieving after so much intensity, and cool music. I love the first season's opening theme. And the second is good too, just not as much, I have to admit. I have watched Lucky Star, Elfen Lied and Sailor Moon out of the rest of your list (okay, ignoring the cartoons of my childhood, aka DBZ and Yu-Gi-Oh). Lucky Star is really, really cute, and while it's not much different than the ordinary day-to-day messes of life, it feels more original and more fun. (And addicting songs) Elfen Lied might be my favorite anime of all time, tied with Death Note and Code Geass (which is like a really really awesome mix of Death Note and Gundam/Neon Genesis Evangelion). It mixes every single emotion you could possibly feel and adds action, blood (lots of it), comedy and cool telekinetic powers. Strangely enough, it can be seen as a fight against discrimination, and the way that's done is riveting. Sailor Moon... I mean, it's Sailor Moon. It's cliche now that we have so many other shows about powerful, hopelessly romantic superwomen, but it was pretty much the first of its kind, and I'm a bit of a sap for whatever it has to offer. It's got a whopping 200 episodes to watch, so it's a feat, but I watched it straight through for about a month my junior year, and I don't regret it. You could probably also check out Code Geass, like I mentioned earlier, and Chobits (I keep on forgetting this one). Chobits is a little more on the funner side of things like Lucky Star or Sailor Moon than the rest of the selections, but it's also really great. And Chi is adorable. =3
  8. This. Unfortunately.
  9. Hrm. I wouldn't say exactly how to get troops out (fail to think it's a big difference by ship or by plane or by car...) but the supposed "retreat" amounts and in what stretch of time. I know there's a better word for that phrase - forgive me - but that's probably a better debate. I know irony/critical affs can come out of immediate withdrawals, and certain delays in troop removal can get specific politics links. I think what's flying under the radar about the Iraq/Afghanistan plan is that it has two portions - a topical one and an anti-topical one. Not untopical, anti-topical. As in, major neg ground. I'm sure the framers wanted this plan included in next year's topic, but it's odd when both countries are in the rez. No doubt this aff will be run, and no doubt teams will win against T, but the inclusion of both countries with the desire to decrease - not in any way increase - is irking. Nevertheless, a very specific T to that aff will definitely serve its course. A lot.
  10. There was a time when they had alternatives. I know, it's odd, but that's the K I was given to run in my novice year. So Northeast in general is generally more critical? That's also a good thing to know. I already decided on a non-debate school (but has two HS policy teams within 20 minutes of it, so great for hiring if Stefan doesn't need me), but good information.
  11. Hm. It's hard to get direct contact with people at Binghamton (I visited the campus and the English undergrad office was closed), so I heard about their critical aspects from several people: past Lakeland debaters, coaches of high schools in the area, and generally other students. However, people consider Ks now "straight up" arguments sometimes, too, and when I say I come from a CP/PTX team, a few of our off-beat (but decent) kids are teased for going for even some of the least radical Ks, like Biopower, Coercion, etc.
  12. Kyle's got pretty good points there. I am going into college and not debating, but I did look into debate teams among the schools I was applying to. A decent factor in not choosing Binghamton as a school was because of its more K-oriented policy debate; coming from a major CP/PTX school is not going to make me quite comfortable in that field. While, yes, I was told from outside sources that I could still do my politics, it meant a lot more work than in high school because I was more likely to cut my own updates rather than a collaborative effort, ontop of the inevitable college competition. It didn't seem likely I would join the debate team anymore, and thus the school did not have an advantage over my non-debate schools. If argumentative style is not a question on Kyle's list, I'd add that in. It helps decide how much work you want to do to feel comfortable, if you're already going to feel comfortable, or if you are fine shifting your style.
  13. Omg hi! How are you? How's college? How is... everything!?

  14. I wonder if you're even in debate now. Or if you even knew the basis of the Holocaust... I want to bring something up to everyone's attention; people seemed to accept that since there would not be any child production, then the gay gene won't pass. That ignores the fact that there is massive discrimination against gays. My neighbor - or used to be, he now lives with a boyfriend - was married to a wife, probably because it is/was not seen as appropriate to come out as gay even when one gets/got older. Some mid-life crisis erupts after having a few children, and he leaves. We figured he did not turn gay - his relationship with his wife was great - he just hid his feeling for a long time. His son is gay. Now, this could be seen as environmental, but I beg to differ on this particular account. The husband just kinda went off with another guy; there was barely any discussion about sexual attraction besides the son asking what happened. While, yes, environment plays a huge role (The Color Purple came to mind with a few examples presented), I believe there could be some genetic basis, where traits are passed down through these type of encounters, and influences the sexual orientation. I also have personal experience with this manner. However, yes, there is definitely environmental impact. However, again, environment changes genetic make-up. So I believe they are interwined. As to if it matters, yes and no. I'll go with the "no" first: America is founded on the freedom of choice, yes? As long as the choice doesn't hurt others, the choice is granted. So in the sense of liberties, it is a right to choose sexual orientation. However, let's turn to "yes" for a minute. The simple ability of "yes" is that it could destabilize all of the arguments against religious fanatics who believe that since God creates everyone in their own image, and God wanted heterosexual marriages, then homosexuals are not God's children. But what if God actually chose for some to be homosexual since birth? The argument of homosexuality not being accepted in God's image goes away. Unfortunately, the "yes" will probably be impossible to prove, especially since there are plenty of cases against it. But it is still a perspective.
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