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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Performance Analysis Revisited 02

This is a companion post to Performance Analysis Revisited 01.

I was invited to a seminar at Sheffield Hallam University in 1999 at a time when there was a lot of discussion about the establishment of the English Institute of Sport. I was delighted to be invited to the seminar chaired by Professor Roger Bartlett in the Centre for Sport and Exercise Science.

The aim of my presentation was to explore a vision for performance analysis that would underline its meta-importance to an Institute of Sport and its interdisciplinary potential. I have added narration to the SlideShare and the Slidecast lasts for approximately 12 minutes and 25 seconds. In order to extend my use of the Slidecast option I tried an audio capture with QuickTime and a USB microphone. I imported the MP4 file into Audacity and then exported the file as an MP3 file ready for upload at Internet Archive. I archived the audio file at the Internet Archive. If you choose the full screen option for the SlideShare you can see the progression of the narrative and there should be an automatic change of slides.

In the presentation I mention Dava Sobel‘s book Longitude (1996) and the paper by Will Hopkins, John Hawley and Louise Burke Researching Worthwhile Performance Improvements published in SportScience.

As I was preparing the SlideShare for the archive I watched this SlideShare about presentations. It is fascinating to compare today’s principles with early explorations of PowerPoint. I use Keynote these days and am moving more and more to the use of images and minimal text.

Like many people I lament PowerPointlessness and trust that by sharing archive material I can be part of a creative process about using presentations asynchronously to stimulate and support teachable moments or readiness to learn.

This is the 1999 presentation and its format is a you will see, a child of its time. I do hope the ideas are less time constrained!

Performance Analysis Revisited 01

In 1998 I was invited to present at the Fourth World Congress of Notational Analysis in Porto, Portugal. I was in the process of clarifying my understanding of notational analysis at that time and was exploring some ideas in narrative structure stimulated by Donald Polkinghorne’s Narrative Knowing and Human Sciences and Elliot Eisner‘s approaches to educational research.

The talk in Porto gave me the opportunity to share and develop these ideas. I regret that I was unable to present in Portuguese at that time or now. My hope was that the presentation would stimulate discussion about a vision for performance analysis. I think that was overly ambitious for a conference in Porto where many of the attendees had come to learn about analysing specific aspects of performance in sport. I do think that the ideas I presented have direct relevance to discussions today about performance analysis and how analysis is constructed and shared with coaches and athletes.

The emergence of SlideShare and the potential to add Slidecasts has been prompting me to think about sharing these ideas with those interested in performance analysis in sport. Throughout my career I have tended to share my ideas with audiences other than those in peer review journals. SlideShare has created an opportunity for a public sharing of these ideas.

I have embedded the presentation here in this blog post directly from SlideShare. I created the audio for the Slidecast with Audacity and then used Internet Archive to store the MP3 file and create a url for the Slidecast.

The written proceedings of the Fourth World Congress were published in 2001 (Hughes, M.D. and Tavares, F. (eds.) Notational Analysis of Sport – IV, Cardiff: UWIC).