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Thin-Slicing Recruiting: An Introduction December 3, 2009

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Earlier, I mentioned that I was planning on beginning an experiment based on the principles of Blink.  This is my quick introduction to ‘Thin-Slicing Recruiting’. The premise of this project is to look initially at two sports – Basketball and Football – and the way that collegiate coaches analyze the abilities of potential players.

Hypothesis: Experienced coaches are able to determine the capabilities of a player in their respective sport with a small quantity of information.  Visual information will have a significantly higher success rate than statistical information, and the amount of time required to make a judgement on a player will be short – 30 seconds to a minute.

Experimental Procedure Expose coaches to a variety of information sets on recent high school players.  These information sets will include, but are not limited to, various combinations of: short videos of playing time, short videos of camp time, playing statistic tables, and non-playing statistics (height, weight, strength, speed, etc.).  Include with the videos a questionnaire concerning each target player, tabulate responses, and compare to actual information.


I will be dividing football players into twelve categories.  I will produce video clips of varying lengths of each of the players, until I have a group of 20 players from each category with clips ranging from 5 seconds to 2 minutes.  I will also collect statistical data on the players’ in high school, as well as their data in college for comparison.

The twelve categories are: QB, HB, WR, TE, OT, OG/C, DT, DE, CB, LB, S, K/P


I will be dividing basketball players into the five numerical position categories (1-5).  As with football, I will produce video clips ranging from 5 seconds to 2 minutes, and will collect all necessary statistical data.

I will be posting some of the videos as I produce them.  If any members of the community are willing to devote some time to helping me edit video clips or locate target players, it would be much appreciated – please e-mail me at mathieum906@gmail.com if you would be willing to contribute.

My Little Black Sketchbook: Introduction November 29, 2009

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I bought myself a sketchbook today.

My Little Black Sketchbook

Which is good, because I have bought myself two drawing books over the past two days.

The Back of the Napkin – Dan Roam

Keys to Drawing – Bert Dodson

I will be going through both of these books.  I am currently reading The Back of the Napkin, and Keys to Drawing will be a sort of persistent thing throughout the end of this semester and through most off the next.  Expect a bunch of sketches.  Unfortunately, I am mostly using my 1.3MP iPhone camera instead of scanning or a real camera, so they may not look the best.  Eventually, I may upgrade my iPhone or figure out where my regular 6MP camera is.  Since I am currently traveling, iPhone it is.

I am also introducing a new Post Title Monicker: “My Little Black Sketchbook”, which is kind of self-explanatory.  Every one of these posts will have something to do with my sketchbook.

Concrete Theory Introduces Itself November 22, 2009

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Hello, and welcome to the grand tour of consciousness that I have titled Concrete Theory.

The idea is to solidify my abstract thought through the medium of this blog.  Hence the oxymoron.This blog will focus on a wide variety of topics, barely outlined for your convenience in the FAQ.  To start with, I will be moving a couple of posts over from a course blog that I have written.  This blog is not course related, and is something that I intend to carry with me beyond school.

Enjoy the ride.