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Research Monkey
Posted on: Apr 26 2014, 10:32 PM


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QUOTE (AK_WDB @ Apr 26 2014, 03:26 PM) *
ECR 52,601.1

Little lower than I guessed.


What would that be in Real AcDec Points?
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Posted on: Apr 26 2014, 09:46 PM


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QUOTE (debator @ Apr 26 2014, 02:14 PM) *
PC getting two speech medals is very uncharacteristic. i don't think we ever won one at nationals in my 3 years.

That said, it was back in the day when you competed against every division in subject medals


Oh, you mean medals weren't easy back in the day?


#shotsfired
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Posted on: Apr 26 2014, 09:06 PM


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QUOTE (AK_WDB @ Apr 26 2014, 02:03 PM) *
I might have to change my mind about two teams per state...watching the battle between the top four is exciting rubbish.


Back in my day...
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Posted on: Apr 26 2014, 08:55 PM


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What in the world is this nonsense about "individuals" competing?
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Posted on: Apr 26 2014, 08:34 PM


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QUOTE (debator @ Apr 26 2014, 01:25 PM) *
oh yeah, i forgot usad is dumb now.


I remember when we had to walk uphill both ways to get our medals.

QUOTE (debator @ Apr 26 2014, 01:33 PM) *
what state is boulder creek? WI?


Pretty sure it's AZ.
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Posted on: Apr 3 2014, 02:22 AM


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"That's a terrible idea, but I can't stop cumming." - JBroms
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Posted on: Feb 24 2014, 05:23 AM


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QUOTE (beregond @ Feb 23 2014, 09:56 PM) *
Remembered my password.
POST
OK, I'm done.


Post whores never die.
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Posted on: Feb 24 2014, 05:22 AM


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"Legendary" Sebadoh
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Posted on: Feb 23 2014, 10:12 PM


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QUOTE (madcap @ Feb 23 2014, 01:52 PM) *
QUOTE (AK_WDB @ Feb 23 2014, 03:24 PM) *
QUOTE (Research Monkey @ Feb 23 2014, 12:13 PM) *
Mountain Pointe is, regrettably, now defunct.

Ouch. sad.gif


Is there any chance someone will come back to coach in a few years?

Last year, DDSIC received some really nice contributions with details on Arizona state scores from 1997, 1998, and 1999. I already knew Mountain Pointe had a great history, but it was amazing to see these numbers! All three MP honors were over 8,550 in 1998 and they took two of the top three spots in 1997. I hope MP can come back someday and pull off more of these feats (like they did in 2013, when they also took two of the top three Honor individual spots in Arizona).


We pulled that off in 2008 as well smile.gif

I believe the "coming back" phase has more or less already run its course. Mr. Scott had coached from 1993 to 2009, and then assisted another teacher in 2010, myself in 2011, my former teammate in 2012, and then the poster on this board Herohito last year before retiring from teaching last May, and without him, the school has been either unwilling, unable, or both to secure a teacher willing to take on the program.
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Posted on: Feb 23 2014, 08:13 PM


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Mountain Pointe is, regrettably, now defunct.
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Posted on: Dec 16 2013, 09:33 PM


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Some of my old teammates are lawyers, some of them med students, some are chemists, some work in government. One is a rocket scientist. One is a playwright. Two work in China now. Some are married and have kids. One never finished high school. One is now homeless. One took his own life last year.

They're all "notable," to me. They were my teammates and are my friends. It strikes me as a little bit strange to draw in someone else's life from high school to where they are today when the two points are separated by 20 years of life and experience.

I could go on for numerous reasons, but I don't want to turn this into a diatribe. It just strikes me as a little odd.
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Posted on: Oct 1 2013, 02:01 PM


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Disclaimer: I've only had a few minutes to read this so forgive me if I've missed something, or the point entirely.

QUOTE (TheAwesomeKid @ Sep 19 2013, 06:45 PM) *
QUOTE (AK_WDB @ Sep 18 2013, 11:10 PM) *

I found myself wanting to respond, "What about the homeless people who do end up dying in the streets? What was God's plan for them?"


4/ Anything which can glorify God can be instrumentally good.

5/ Anything can glorify God.

6/ Thus, anything, including suffering, or evil, etc. can be good.

Though this argument is valid, its most contentious premise will most likely be '5.' But it seems that Biblically, there is reason to believe that this is true. Consider the story of the blind man in John 9. To summarize, Jesus and his disciples come across a man who had been born blind and lived blind for his entire life. The disciples ask, "what did this man/his parents do wrong so that this would happen to him?" Jesus' response in John 9:3 is basically, "No one did anything wrong. His blindness happened so that God might be glorified in his life." Jesus goes on to heal him and the healing becomes a testimony to Jesus' power. Thus, even a suffering like blindness could glorify God. This example seems valid to me, but I'd be interested in whether others have competing intuitions.

There are two things to note about this new argument. First, it should look like the Narrative argument from the first subheading, which denied that all suffering was bad. But this argument denies that evil is prima facie bad in the sense that Mackie means it, because it binds up the properties of goodness and badness in qualities about God and argues that anything (including what we take to be evil) can be good if, for example, it generates glory for God.


I think the refutation that all suffering is bad is wholly unsatisfactory in that it serves only a formalism that, to my mind, is designed only to obfuscate. If the answer to the question, "does the death of this homeless man glorify God?" is "no," then the question of "why?" remains. If the answer is yes, is that satisfactory without suggesting that God's valuation is distinct from our own? I would think not.
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Posted on: Sep 23 2013, 09:53 AM


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http://demidectalk.com/index.php?showtopic=1670
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Posted on: Sep 13 2013, 08:46 AM


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If everyone else is going to be supportive, I'm gonna be the tough love one: it's probably for the best that you guys separated this early in the year. All the best to each of you going forward, but very few people can handle a long distance relationship, and even fewer can do so at your age. I sincerely hope you each learned and grew as people as a result, however.
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Posted on: Sep 2 2013, 07:48 AM


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QUOTE (Crow @ Sep 2 2013, 12:17 AM) *
I never realized how oddly Gambia is shaped.

It looks suspiciously like a bunch of colonial cartographers got together for a cartography party, became thoroughly inebriated, accidentally drafted the borders for a new country as a drunken practical joke, and the rest of the world just went with it.


4,000 square miles, six ethnic groups. Oh, Africa...
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Posted on: Aug 29 2013, 12:24 AM


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QUOTE (Crow @ Aug 27 2013, 11:21 PM) *
I'm making cards appear out of thin air, not disappearing pencils.


You could be if you play your cards right.
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Posted on: Aug 27 2013, 05:27 AM


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QUOTE (Crow @ Aug 26 2013, 05:58 PM) *
Plus, I'm not convinced a couple of really terrible card tricks and an offer of dinner, drinks, and Donkey Kong spells "commitment" to most women, but I'm not an expert either.


You're not game theory-ing this enough. If they reveal affinity for evenings of dinner, drinks, and DK, (joke about more D optional) they may be wise to the inevitable commitment move made by most men following this revelation.
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Posted on: Aug 27 2013, 05:21 AM


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"Just Like Honey" The Jesus And Mary Chain
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Posted on: Aug 26 2013, 11:20 PM


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Most girls, yes. It's a high-risk, high-reward proposition.
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Posted on: Aug 11 2013, 04:44 AM


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QUOTE (the_crazy_honors @ Aug 9 2013, 08:20 PM) *
How would you explain your choice of career to a four-year-old?


I'm not sure I can explain it to myself yet.

Combine that with the daunting task of explaining any kind of choice to a four year old...
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Posted on: Aug 2 2013, 09:01 AM


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"Wake Me Up" Avicii

Not really sure I like it. I'm really curious what his debut album is going to come out like, though.
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Posted on: Aug 1 2013, 08:30 AM


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"Why are you not down with the mathematical explosion of haters? Why has the mathematical explosion of haters not happened until now?" -- debator
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Posted on: Jul 30 2013, 08:38 AM


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Posted on: Jul 29 2013, 04:29 AM


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AMERICA

smurf YEAH
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Posted on: Jul 27 2013, 04:26 AM


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CASH RULES EVERYTHING AROUND ME, C.R.E.A.M., get the money, dolla dolla bill y'all!
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