My Project

Back in June 2008, I started writing this WordPress blog (link). I had written on other blogs before and had first dipped my toes with Geocities in the late 1990s.

In 2008, I was emboldened by CCK08 (link) to explore thoughts openly about learning in a digital world. I had not considered that what I wrote would be of interest to any other reader. It was framed by the delight of thinking out loud.

This delight in thinking out loud led me to explore many ways to share openly through emerging cloud resources. Many of these accounts remain and include wikis, talks, slides, documents and data. I was even naive enough to start Facebook pages for some of my units.

Another preoccupation of mine has been the linking of ideas about learning, coaching and performing enriched by my formative experiences of social sciences, teacher education, human movement studies, performance analysis and analytics. This has led me to think deeply about how ideas are formed in social contexts. Many of my posts are about how performance analysts and their collaborators emerged at particular times and particular places and constructed knowledge.

My blog at Clyde Street continues to be my platform for this sharing. I hope to add many more posts to the 1800 produced already. My new guide is the R community that is providing exciting ways to share openly and my old guide, the ever inspiring, Stephen Downes (link).

It has been fascinating how this project has emerged and changed.

Photo Credit

Blue sky thinking (Keith Lyons, CC BY 4.0)

Elo ratings in the #NRL

Each week, I monitor the NRL in Australia and await eagerly Pythago NRL’s (link) update of NRL Elo Ratings (link).

I am fascinated that the author is able to call upon Archimedes and Eratosthenes to help with the ratings (link).

I use RStudio to help visualise the data each week. My week 9 example using ggplot2 and ggrepel is:

Pythago NRL gives me a great opportunity to track which teams are performing well. I am delighted that the system uses Elo ratings. I find the use of median profiles particularly helpful too.

#ALeague regular season 2018-2019

The regular season for the ALeague in Australia concluded with Perth’s victory over Wellington at HBF Park (link).

Of the 135 games played, 113 of these were not lost by the team scoring first (84% of the games). 90 of these game were won outright by the team scoring first (67%) and 23 were drawn by the team scoring first (17%).

16 games were lost by the team scoring first. Three of these games were lost by the team that led by two goals (Brisbane in week 11, Central Coast in weeks 12 and 17). In week 17, Brisbane became the only team in 1000 games this season (six European leagues and the ALeague) to lose after leading by 3 goals.

I have a record of 420 goals scored in the regular season: 192 first half; 228 in the second half. 283 of the goals were scored by game winners, 80 by losing teams, and 57 in draws.