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In Topic: Rutgers finals video taken down

29 March 2017 - 06:43 PM

If anyone's worried about losing access to the video again, I've downloaded the round and will reupload it if it goes down, though perhaps with a password.

I wasn't able to watch the livestream but I really do want to see the round.  I know that the teams don't want the video posted publically, so do you think you could pm it to me?  Thanks!


In Topic: How do my partner and I prep for NSDA nats?

07 March 2017 - 09:44 PM

From my experience:

1.  Be ready for a variety of debate.  You'll get a lot of traditional schools that don't really go to any national circuit tournaments and you'll get teams that are much more progressive.  Similarly, there are a variety of judges, many are lay, while others are a similar quality to what you see at higher end tournaments.


2.  Again, there's a lot of variety - you'll see teams that debate the way you are used to, and teams that are totally different.


3.  Work harder, know your arguments better, try to utilize your resources to the fullest of their extent.  Obviously, smaller schools will be at a disadvantage, but that doesn't mean you can't overcome it.  Try to get really good at a certain type of argument (such as critical debate or T debate).  This will help you become an expert, even without a coach to teach you everything you need to know.


4.  Depends on the judge, I've seen some that would be down, but keep in mind that in many of your rounds you will need a good traditional strat.


5.  Plan beforehand, determine what your strat is going to be and prep the hell out of it.  Do lots of practice rounds/speeches.  Don't underestimate the utility of lay debate - if you can make a lay judge think that you're a powerful speaker, you'll be able to win rounds even when the other team may be beating you argumentatively.  Keep in mind that you only need 8/12 ballots to break - it's okay to split a few panels; don't sacrifice your ability to win one ballot by trying to get both (if you get two judges that are the polar opposites in terms of paradigms).


I'd say the biggest thing is to be able to adapt to your judge - don't try to get traditional judges to vote on progressive strats, and vice versa.  The the thing that successful NSDA teams have in common is that they're very versatile.

In Topic: Best LD Camps

22 February 2017 - 09:12 PM

VBI is top heavy, which means don't go unless you're qualled for the TOC this year. NSD is ok, the workload is pretty insane though. I've heard great things about TDC. You should really go to an LD camp at least one year in your career because you need to develop arguments and blocks against stupid args that are somehow the norm in LD like tricks, spikes, friv theory, a prioris.

What are your thoughts on PDI?

In Topic: Best LD Camps

21 February 2017 - 02:35 PM

Most LDers I know recommend going to policy camp because policy seems to be the norm for circuit LD.

I did that last year and for the most part I liked it, however, I was concerned was the amount of time spent on topic-specific research that wasn't particularly relevant in LD.  Are there any good policy camps that you know of that don't focus on writing files?

In Topic: Learning Bataille

17 February 2017 - 02:43 PM

Saints of the Impossible: Bataille, Weil, and the Politics of the Sacred by Alexander Irwin




The non-esoteric portions of The Thirst for Annihilation: Georges Bataille and Virulent Nihilism by Nick Land


straight up Bataille is confusing if you're not well-read in traditional philosophical texts

Do you know where I can find a PDF of Land's book?