Qu'est-ce que la chance?

Whilst catching up with my Facebook account, by chance, I found a post from a friend that linked me to this video Qu’est-ce que la chance ? on a French comedy site (‘Rechercher dans la plus grosse base d’humour de francophonie’).

There was no embed code for the video so having tried Vodpod, I used WordPress’s Press This to form the link to the video and embed it here.

If you go to the link it contains some remarkable visual examples of chance (or fate). I was predisposed to share this by a post in Stephen Downes OLDaily with a link to Karyn Romeis’s post. Both discuss the distinction between giving and sharing.

Does someone give us luck, is it shared with us or do we make our own luck? (This prompted me to revisit the Atheist Bus Website for inspiration.)

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Stephen Downes and Jeanette Winterson

Last week had a double bonus! Stephen Downes shared his video of his talk Light, Agile and Flexible: Collaborating the Web 2.0 Way. The slides of his talk at the Innovations in e-Learning Conference, Fairfax, VA are here. Stephen’s OLDaily post about the talk is here. He observed that it was a “somewhat chaotic presentation (I used the conference backchannel chat again) in which I talk about collaboration with respect to web 2.0.” The Google video made it possible for everyone not at the conference to share a fascinating presentation.


I start each day in Australia by reading OLDaily over a cup of coffee.

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The ABC’s Sunday Arts’ Program televised an interview with Jeanette Winterson and made the interview available as a vodcast (Episode 18, 8 June). I read her Oranges are Not the Only Fruit when it appeared in 1985 and saw the TV adaptation in 1990. The notes from the ABC Arts show introduce her with this statement: “The British Council says Jeanette Winterson is a “writer and controversialist”, apt descriptors for one of England’s leading authors whose forthright ways have characterised her public profile for more than 20 years.”
Like the OLDaily I am finding that the ABC Sunday’s Arts program is becoming an important part of my week. I am delighted that the ABC web site is such a rich resource.

It is great having such visual access to two remarkable characters!