2011

Top Posts of the Year 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.

Honorary Mentions

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

Advertisements

[VIDEO] WUDC 2012 Opening Dinner Video

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.

LSE Schools 2011 [MOTIONS]

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

Victoria IV 2011 [MOTIONS]

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