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    Luke Hartman
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  1. An assistant coaching job I thought I had lined up fell through at sort of the last minute, so I'm available for hire as an assistant coach for the 2014-2015 season. I offer four years of competitive experience on the Kansas circuit, a year of collegiate experience, a penchant for finding clever ways to win [f]lay judges, and way too much love for debate (I volunteer-judged 28 policy rounds last season). I realize that not many head coaches regularly check this forum, so if you're a current debater or assistant coach and your squad happens to have an open assistant coaching spot, I'd really appreciate it if you could send me a message (via Cross-X, Facebook, or at lukehartman3[at]gmail[dot]com). Thanks!
  2. From a totally objective point of view, this is the best Thursday File of all-time.
  3. Best all around team (Speed/Lay): BVSW Hegna/Super - it's gotta be the team that won KCKCC, won State, and qualified for both CFL and NFL Best Squad: Toss-up between BVSW and SME - both are remarkably deep Coach of the year: Kyle Klucas - this dude cares about his team more than anyone I know Best speed-style team: BVSW Hegna/Super, SME Ramaswami/Throckmorton, and WaRu Katz/Rattan are all top-notch Best lay team: ONW Luman/Walberg - they ran the lay judge gauntlet at EKNFL and came out on top Best Affirmative Team: BVN Lindsey/Ramasamy - I've never seen anyone manage to win so many debates with an aff that doesn't actually have a solvency advocate. Definitely a testament to their skill as debaters/ability to spin evidence. Best Negative Team: SME Ramaswami/Throckmorton Prettiest Speaker: Sahil Rattan or Ali Dastjerdi Fastest Debater: Mady Womack Most Annoying Debater: The guy at Aquinas who thought it would be a good idea to kick T in the 1NR after his partner covered it in the 2NC Best 1A: Alaina Walberg Best 2A: Katie Super Best 1N: Yash Kamath Best 2N: Ada Throckmorton Most likely to do well next year in high school: SME Dastjerdi/Walter, Vijay, Khalif, Yash, ONW Michie/Smith, WaRu Nicolae/Wu, Hutch, BVSW, and multiple other SME teams Best Judge(s): The Skoglunds Most underrated team: Silver Lake, WaRu Miller/Nelson Best K debater: Yash Kamath Best Politics Debater: Sahil Rattan Most likely to be NDT champion: Ada Throckmorton or Sahil Rattan Nicest debater to chat with outside of rounds: Will Katz, the entire Silver Lake squad, Jamie and Robert Best evidence: It's still Morgan 9 Best argument: China DA Worst argument: That ridiculous "police officers are destroying America" card Officer Tom read in front of me that wasn't even relevant to the rest of the debate Best K: Borders Best aff: Mexico Microfinance Best excuse for losing a round: Can't argue with the seizure Best tournament for between-rounds hanging out: State Best human being: Ollie Tahmasiyan Best police officer: This guy
  4. I don't think it's available online. This question has been asked before, and no one was able to find it. The NFL removed all of the 2013 recordings from their Livestream page.
  5. I guess I'm a little late to this party, but I currently have a MacBook Air as well, and I believe I'm going to purchase this laptop to replace it. The Best Buy employees always told me that "once you go Mac, you never go back", but you can sure get much better bang for your buck when you buy a PC instead of a MacBook. The Asus I linked to above is about $500 cheaper than my low-end MacBook Air was when I bought it, and its hard drive is ~630GB larger, its screen is 2" bigger, and it has 2 more GB of RAM. Plus, I miss the added element of customizability that is present in PCs (but not Macs); a fair amount of software (such as Verbatim) has limited functionality on Mac OS X or isn't available at all for said OS.
  6. Hartman


    Which region are you in? Which class (6A, 5A, etc.)?
  7. The "problem" you point out with this resolution is essentially the same one that exists with the current college rez: While both resolutions probably should have made use of the phrase "one or more", only the most absurdly literal interpretation of each resolution would force the affirmative to deal with multiple oceans (or restrictions). I feel like it would be pretty easy for the aff to win that the lit base for multi-ocean affs is unreasonably small. Unfortunately, the "T-plural" argument does exist; observe this shell from the K-State wiki: A. INTERP AND VIOLATION: [“restrictions†on] is a plural and countable noun – plan effects a single restriction, which is sub-topical. http://www. macmillandictionary.com/dictionary/american/restriction [COUNTABLE] [OFTEN PLURAL] a rule, action, or situation that limits or controls someone or something trade/travel/speed/parking restrictions restriction on: The county faces restrictions on the use of water for irrigating crops. impose/place restrictions (on): The judge had imposed further restrictions on the reporting of the case. lift/remove restrictions (on): We are asking the government to lift all restrictions on food shipments. Thesaurus entry for this meaning of restriction a. [uNCOUNTABLE] the act of limiting or controlling someone or something The restriction of press freedom is seen as an abuse of human rights. B. VOTE NEG: 1. Jurisdiction – grammar delineates the scope of the ballot – T is a rule and outweighs everything – hasty generalizations do not suffice 2. Neg ground – PICs with topic lit are hardwired into the resolution – our standard is also key to neg ‘link uniqueness’ 3. Aff limits – abstract treatment of plural nouns cannot preserve a concrete cap on total plans, only count-ability begets a stable case list and aff mechanisms Yeah, I feel like an Oceans topic would lead to a fair increase in the number of teams running anthro.
  8. I'm not entirely sure what this has to do with the above conversation, but KSHSAA has [most of] the same rules, and everyone ignores them, except at State when we begrudgingly (and selectively) adhere to their nonsense. Also, I found the IDC's instructions on "How To Flow A Policy Debate" hilarious: The IDC does actually list kritiks as an allowable negative strategy, but the only time the word "kritik" appears in the document (pg. 8 in case you're interested), the authors were so baffled by it that they panicked and inserted a pair of unnecessary colons immediately following the word. I understand why my Idahoan teammate debated almost exclusively on the Washington circuit.
  9. Ah yes, this was something I intended to touch on in my previous post, but it seems I forgot. I more or less agree. I think that in lay debates, counterplans are most strategic when framed as justification arguments. Example: "The resolution states that the affirmative team must defend that [insert paraphrasing of resolution here]. However, the affirmative team has not justified that the United States federal government should be the one to implement their plan. Here is a piece of evidence from Gondi in 2012 that describes why the private sector, not the government, is the best option when it comes to developing electric vehicle technology." Framing "counterplans" this way (and making these arguments on case) functionally allows you to run several counterplans in a way that makes sense to the judge without doing anything that seems theoretically objectionable.
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