Posts Tagged ‘2011’
2011 is coming to a close, and PaulLau.com has grown another year older, 27 months and counting. There have been over 88,700 views since this blog began in October 2009, and over 550 posts (recall just 12 months ago, that number stood at a little over 180) which means that the “Posting at least once every week in 2011” commitment became more of a ‘Posting once a day’. It’s been an amazing year in terms of the blog, nearly 66,000 views just this year. So here’s a look back at the top posts of 2011.
1. WSDC 2011 – Team Lists [1st all time]
Part of the WSDC 2011 series, the posts resided in sidebar of PaulLau.com for over 8 months in the run-up to WSDC 2011 in Dundee, listing the team members attending WSDC 2011, at least those I could find.
2. Fire at UWC Atlantic College [2nd all time]
Other than debating, this was undoubtedly the second biggest story of the blog this year. I started this post 2 hours after the incident itself and continued updating it as a running summary of the situation.
3. TOK Essay – May 2012 [3rd all time]
Let’s just say this has not been the highlight of my Christmas holiday.
4. Fire at UWC Atlantic College – Photo Set 1 [4th all time]
The first images of the aftermath of the fire. Incidentally, April 14th was the busiest day on the blog with just under 1,300 views in just 24 hours.
5. [RESULTS] LSE Open 2011 [Tab]
A tournament I attended with David as my debating partner, joined by other Team Wales member Cat and Sarah. An amazing experience and my first peek into university level debating. You can read about what happened in my de-facto diary entry 1, 2 and see how Team Wales fared.
6. WSDC 2011 – Official World Rankings
Also part of the WSDC 2011 series, the official world rankings followed my earlier, and rather more controversial, post with my own calculations (which were quite accurate, even if I say so myself)
7. AC IB Results 2011
A good year for AC and some good results all together for my dear second years. Sadly, that puts the bar quite high for the UWC AC class of 2012.
8. [RESULTS] WSDC 2011 – Round-up
The ultimate summary of my final high-school tournament – WSDC 2011 – before I left the high-school debating scene. An amazing tournament and some unforgettable memories. Thank you to everyone.
9. Fire @UWC Atlantic College – Photo Set 2
The second set of photos regarding the Sunley fire, this time with my own photos.
10. SCMP – Profile: Chris Lee (IS) IGCSE Top of the World
A not so original post, but an article that did catch my eye, and clearly attracted quite a bit of attention too.
I think it is worth noting at this point that although only 3 WSDC 2011 related posts were found in the top 10, and only 4 debating related posts, the next 10 posts are exclusively debating related, 8 of which are WSDC 2011 related as well. August 2011 was also the most popular month for PaulLau.com with nearly 14,000 views. A final thought: isn’t it interesting that Team Singapore, Team Canada and Team England come in as top posts on their own?
11. WSDC 2011 – Team Singapore
12. WSDC 2011 – Media Guide [UPDATED]
13. WSDC 2012 – Prepared Motions [UPDATED]
14. [RESULTS] WSDC 2011 – Round 1 & 2
15. WSDC 2011 – Team Canada
16. [RESULTS] WSDC 2011 – Break, Round 7 & 8
17. WSDC 2011 – Team England
18. [RESULTS] WSDC 2011 – Round 5 & 6
19. ASDC 2011 – Participating Institutions
20. WIDPSC 2011 – Grand Final [RESULTS] + Analysis
Here’s the much talked about video that was shown at the opening dinner of DLSU WUDC 2012.
Well produced, and a much watch for all debaters, wherever you are.
Hope every enjoys this holiday season.
I just want to share two things with everyone.
Motions for the 2011 Schools Competition hosted by the London School of Economics and Political Science. The CA was Lewis Iwu.
R1: THW allow neither state or private schools to be religious in any way
R2: THW force football clubs to hold a binding poll of their fans on important issues that would affect the club
R3: THBT governments should not prosecute vigilantes that use any means necessary as a way of fighting crime in cities with an extremely high crime rate
R4: THW require companies to have half of their boards comprised of women
GF: THBT all liberal democracies should halt all aid and trade with Saudi Arabia until it liberalises significantly
The competition was won by St Paul’s A composed of Rahul Dev and Joe Levin. Joe Levin was also awarded Best Speaker at the competition.
From http://www.lsedebate.org/lseschools/ and BritishDebate e-mail list
What would 2011 in film look like as one massive, epic trailer?
29 biggest songs in Germany of 2011
R1: THW ban child beauty pageants
R2: THB Israel should unilaterally preemptively strike Iran
R3: THBT individuals should be required by governments to invest a defined portion of their salary for their retirement
R4: THW forcibly remove the homeless from the streets and place them in mental institutions or rehabilitation
R5: THW consign the European Union to the dustbin of history
R6: TH supports comprehensive parental leave paid for by employers
SF: THW camp out in solidarity with the “Occupy” protestors
GF: THB newly democratised Arab nations should not allow religious parties to run for office
We’re hitting the month of December and the countdown begins. There’s another two weeks until I get back home but boy is it a busy two weeks. Classes, coursework, homework, activities, arrangements to make and the UKMT Intermediate Kangaroo Challenge in Friday. Saturday sees our end-of-term party, and once again Morgannwg *cue applause for the best student house*, we’ll have ours in the library.
As things begin to wind down, I’m allowing myself a little more breathing space. The day before yesterday, I attended what I had thought was a concert performed by students, only to find that it was in-fact student compositions performed by their music teachers. The performance was lovely and reminded me of something that I had not touched for a long time but still thoroughly enjoyed.
The winds are picking up and the number of hours with light is slowly shrinking. Getting up in the morning has never been so hard since it is literally pitch black when I go down for breakfast. Dinner at 5 is experienced in much the same conditions. I’m hoping that we get some snow before we leave, although that seems unlikely. We did have snow around this time last year, but it appears to have been an anomaly so this may turn out to be a snowless winter.
The countdown has started. now there’s just a final sprint to the end and hopefully a little more relaxing December to look forward to.
During the recent TEDxYouth@Bath 2011 event, Nat Al-Tahhan, who designed the TEDxYouth@Bath graphics and t-shirt designs, made some live-drawings, visualizing the many ideas that were presented. Here’s her work:
R1: THW ban the participation of children in clinical drugs trials
R2: THW abolish the minimum wage
R3: THW ban religious organizations from establishing schools
R4: TH support the Occupy Wall Street Movement
R5: THW ban all approaches that seek to cure homosexuality
R6: THBT U.S.A should not veto the Palestinian bid for statehood at the United Nations
OF: TH supports the use of drones (remotely operated unmanned armed attack vehicles)
QF: THBT companies should be held liable in their home countries for environmental damage in other countries
SF: THW ban agencies that broker international marriages
GF: TH regrets the policy of assassinating terrorist leaders instead of bringing them to trials