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  1. DebateRSS supports an unlimited # of feeds, whereas IFTTT would require you to make a recipe for every feed (which would be tedious) - then use some third party app to save them somehow to your computer (Probably evernote or pocket).


    DebateRSS runs when you want it to, saves them directly onto your computer as .txt files, has built-in article verification, and organizes them by date.


    Overall, there is no advantage to IFTTT. DebateRSS is much easier and streamlines the workflow.


    With that being said, If you have a cool set-up with IFTTT I am interested to know how it works for you.

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  2. It sends a message that we're tired of the absolute shit, lay orientated judging pool that continues to be deconstructive to debate itself, or at the very least, that these judges shouldn't be used in play-off rounds.

    Got the same beef. Takes a lot out of a man to lose in quarters at MSU 1-2.. when only the quality judge votes for you. That's actually a horrible problem for BS debaters. We lose lay rounds, lol.

    Also, that was a prelims round, right?



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  3. Those who are aware how shitty things are in Missouri, and desperately want to debate at a higher level, beyond the shit slinging that occurs at most tournaments. 

    I don't think MKSPHR falls under shit slinging, however we can agree to disagree on that point it's whatever.

    An agrument could be made that monkeysphere is poop slinging, but that comment was more about how the average round goes. Monkey sphere is a "let's get fucked up" type argument. That's point 1.


    I'll refrain from making any more comments about Monkeys and their spheres, i feel like the cards are on the table. Monkeys out of the barrel, so to say. lol


    However this statement is exactly how my partner and I, and our independant coach, feel, and I thank you for bringing it up. I could spend days talking about how intellectually oppressive this circuit is and how most coaches just re-entrench the shitty ideals that make the circuit fucked. <---- keep that in mind come around this time next year, is all I'll say at the moment.

    I have 2 questions in response to this. EDIT: I should really count my questions...

    1. What shitty ideals are your speaking to? I think I agree with that statement, but I want to know more.

    2. What am I waiting for around this time next year? I'll be gone....


    Running non-tradtional arguments in our area in front of lay judges is a destructive practice that will most likely hurt the progression of MO debate, rather than help it grow. You send the wrong messages to parents, teachers, faculty, etc. I know you don't give a shit, that's cool. I get that. But take thatlay judge at BS for instance. Legit she will never judge again. Almost pulled her kid out of debate. After a long convo with our coach, it was established that those rounds aren't the norm. Being a troll has it's benifets... but confusing the shit out of lay judges isn't one of them. Sends the wrong message to the community.


    My advice, wait for the judging. Then let shit get weird with the right opponent.


    But really you are opening yourself up to satire bad.

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  4. But we didn't. I'll leave the rest to that day and round.

    I wasn't in the round so I am not going to speak on the subject further.



    As my great idol/savior Andre 3000 once said...


    Monkey Sphere has picked up ballots against lay-oriented teams, only picked up a ballot against a nat circuit team with a lay judge... If you are looking to your record as justification for the argument, I would say you don't have the most sound data to base those claims...


    Not saying 1 off anthro is a great strat either, but at least we have a solid record against quality competition. Also, I don't read Anthro to be a troll... It is a straight up K with common answers, unlike Monkeysphere (Which btw most debaters group with arguements like timecube and ashtar) which are run for the "shock and awe" factor against lower quality competition who freeze up in those rounds.


    Bottom line... Missouri debate contains 3 types of debaters.

    1. Those who confuse quality debate with obscure, "Let's out-left them" debate. This includes the mentality of "I don't want to disclose because I don't want them to prep my arguments." Monkeysphere falls under this umbrella.

    2. Those who are ignorant to the world of obscure Ks, nuance theory, and any other non-traditional debate techniques. Most of southern/eastern Missouri falls under this category.

    3. Those who are aware how shitty things are in Missouri, and desperately want to debate at a higher level, beyond the shit slinging that occurs at most tournaments. Wonder why barstow never comes around local tournaments? Why Lincoln Prep don't give af when they drop a ballot to monkey sphere? Because it is expected under they lay-saturated circuits we debate in.


    Debate should be about substance and intellect. Not about showmanship. Or who can be the bigger troll...

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  5. Thank you to Missouri State University Debate and the Gloria Deo speech program for hosting another superb full-service tournament. We've attended each year that the tournament has been hosted and it's easily been one of our favourite in the state.


    We appreciate the opportunity to be on the Missouri State campus and can't say enough great things about how smoothly this high quality tournament runs.

    Diddo, except a panel of lay judges in quarters was unfortunate. I couldn't, in good faith, throw enough poop to win the round.

  6. we should be encouraging good debates, not shitty ones.


    First off, this is very subjective. I don't know who made you the tell-all of what is and isn't good in a sphere of debate.

    What you deem a "shitty" debate is what I and others deem a very educational and good debate. Second, ultimately a way to determine if something is a good debate can be reflected in whether or not the round is educational.  How much talking is done about the round and the subject after the round. If you think this is a waste of time then that's just your opinion, many other debaters will contend otherwise.


    Also if you really want to hit this point, wrong kritik to honestly discuss it on.  There are far worse k's out there. Time cube, Ashtar, Blasphemy, Sadism, etc. 


    I for one will say that the same old rudimentary politics or traditional debates we have almost every round aren't good ones and are boring. 


    Onto what you said to the monkeysphere K. 

    I could answer what you said, but honestly it would be pointless, for me at leastto sit and here debate whether or not you and I think the K is legitimate or not as the point of this post in particular isn't to debate the kritik. I will say however, acting inside the same sphere (i.e. monkeysphere) that continues to be the root cause of virtually all calculable impacts and atrocities, isn't a very good policymaking paradigm either.  

    Finally onto what you said about it hitting actual competition, need I remind you we did win against a circuit team with it in the above mentioned round. We've picked up lay and flow/college judges. That just accounts to versatility of the argument. 

    You almost got DQed in the process of picking up that ballot. lol


    Best all around team (Speed/Lay): Johnny Christy and Tyler from Lee's Summit

    Best Squad: Liberty

    Coach of the year: Baldwin

    Best speed-style team:  Park Hill LY

    Best lay team: RSHS DC

    Best Affirmative Team: LNHS RS

    Best Negative Team: LHS Stef and Nat

    Prettiest Speaker: Johnny Christy

    Fastest Debater: Kendall Stockard

    Best 1A: Tyler Butler

    Best 2A: Lucas Peterson

    Best 1N: Nat from Liberty

    Best 2N: Derek Rogers

    Most likely to do well next year in high school: LHS Potter/Partner

    Best Judge(s): LOL

    Most underrated team: PHSHS A

    Best K debater: Belton PC

    Best Politics Debater: Dempsey

    Best T Debater: Derek Rogers

    Most likely to be NDT champion: Brent Lamb

    Nicest debater to chat with outside of rounds: Johnny Christy

    Best evidence: McNutt '13

    Best argument: Monkey sphere

    Worst argument: Spending

    Best aff: Arctic Ports

    Best excuse for losing a round: "719-332-6424 hmu, sorry for the neg, aff was hot."

    Best tournament for between-rounds hanging out: Parkview

    Best human being: Johnny Christy


    Lol, I love how BS never gets mentioned. Despite qualifying 2 teams last year in Show me. Maybe because we don't buddy-up with any other schools.

  8. I am just incredibly lazy in terms of extemp research. Haha. Just Kidding

    I made it because I saw the post on reddit and thought I could take a dfferent approach on that concept. This program indescriminately grabs ALL articles on an RSS feed (provided they meet quality standards set in the program). This is better because you don't have to know the topics to look for, you just have to know a few news sources you want to mine.


    This is the only program I know that does this sort of 'click and forget' type research. Whereas programs like extemp engine require you to still search for topics.

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  9. Check it out here: http://debatestrat.com/debaterss


    I would post the info directly here, but I change the page occasionally and I don't want conflicting info circling around.

    There is a video of the mac version- (This is version 1.0, 1.1 has since been released and is much faster) https://www.youtube.com/watch?x-yt-ts=1421782837&x-yt-cl=84359240&v=_JhHk4pGL2A


    It does cost $5 but only 1 team member needs to use it for each team. $5... No extemp research from now on... Is that reasonable? I mean cross-x will gouge you $10 for ptx updates.... for 1 week, lol


    Additionally, this is functionally 100% different than the idea discussed here: http://redd.it/2qhv6n Whereas this program is more of a "Click and forget" Type program, and that idea is based on a Google search method. Both have their pros and cons.


    Supports both Mac and Windows.


    v1.1 was just released: http://debatestrat.com/discussion/76/debaterss-version-1-1-released#latest


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  10. Presumption =/= inherency. Presumption is based off of solvency, more specifically if you can prove a terminal solvency deficit the judge should vote neg on presumption assuming that presumption still flows neg (IE the negative team is still defending the status quo, a CP or K alt flips presumption aff unless kicked).

    I agree to an extent. If the 1AC lacks a inherency contention then an argument for presumption can be made. Would say that you have to assume the SQ is sane and sensible w/o a strict inherent barrier. I'm sure you can cut a card from a old school debate handbook about inherent barriers and their difference. Most people don't give a shit about inherency tho, like you said.

  11. Yes....I want this too. Do the other people need python installed or will it run regardless?

    Yes they would have to have python installed in order for the script to run. Unless you pipe it through a compiler that runs it as a batch file or a vbs script. If you look up py2exe you can find instructions to compile python files for any machine.


    Sorry, just wanted to chime in. I would set a reasonable limit on the number of files this script spits out... You could easily crash a less-powerful computer with a loop that isn't properly handled. The creation of this script walks the line of whether it is ethical or not, but crashing their computer is kinda screwed up.

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  12. Thanks man! Do you suggest any other alt with Eco or anthro other than the gen, rejection of the 1ac

    UMKC's alt was transcorpreality. Other alts are things like deep ecology. Why read 2 seperate Ks? You spread yourself thin on the flow. Opens you up to the 1A going hard on FW and possible alt vagueness. I would stick with one and read links on the advantages and condense later in the debate.

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  13. I like this (synergy), pretty intuitive. I am going for a simple framework right now, Nothing more than the basic formatting (Pockets, hat, block, etc) for the first go-around. I understand the restrictions of Google Docs (Lacking doc map, saving to flashdrive, etc). To me, it is worth the time investment. If it doesn't work out, no biggie. But gonna give it my best shot. Best wishes for your site.

  14. Looks awesome! Would it be implemented as an add-on? And is there any way to customize each style's font?

    Yes it will be an Add-on. The Beta release will have specific instructions for the install. You will be able to customize your font like any other document, the add-on should only edit your formating (i.e. document map, size, etc). If you input your email on the launch site, you will receive a email with the beta install instructions upon the launch date.

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