I had this interesting idea while reviewing courses. I wondered if there is much you can tell about a course just by looking at the dog’s path after everything else has been pushed aside. I ran a couple tests of the idea.
First of all, you should understand that I am very reluctant ever to redesign a judge’s course for him. I believe that it’s a rude thing for a course reviewer to do and actually holds them back from learning anything (so If I design courses for him/her today, I may as well reconcile myself for doing his/her work from now on).
Both of these came from a discussion of what a judge might consider doing with his/her courses. They weren’t even in the realm of MUST FIX (which in my mind is a dire state of affairs).
This is the first result… and seemed to validate what I suspected; an overly technical course will result in a bit of an angry line for the dog’s path. Part of the lesson to the course designer is that the dog should be encouraged to work at full speed without those slam on the brakes micro-managing moments that take most of the fun out of it.
So I ran the test again on a completely different course and scenario. Now I’m not sure that my revision is any less angry than the judge’s original course. I’m especially suspicious when I see changes of direction in the dog’s path at severe angles.
So what I decided to do to gain a bit more understanding and clarity, is superimpose the obstacles on course that created the Angry moments just to see if my redesign makes practical sense.
Well, I’ll let you think on this one.
I’ve been thinking about Shakespeare a bit lately though I can’t tell you why. It turns out that the movie Titus has been added to my DVD collection. So I was delighted to pop it into the player as I worked on my taxes this evening. Titus Andronicus is one of the early Shakespeare tragedies. And this movie is a romp full of anachronisms and terrific choreography; yet faithful to the dialog scripted by Shakespeare.
To tell you the darned truth any second year drama student can do Hamlet or Lear, but it takes an impressive talent to carry off Titus Andronicus. As it turns out Anthony Hopkins fit the bill quite nicely. He made the man believable.
This has never been one of my favorite works of Shakespeare. The plot is a twisty convoluted thing that is hard to keep up with, especially while you’re working on your taxes. I’d almost rather read Chaucer in the middle English tongue.
It is the nature of a tragedy that there’ll be death and dying. Just so you know pretty much all the principal characters die with an inventiveness you’d expect in a Freddy Kruger movie. When it was over I really needed something a bit less violent so I followed up with Predator with Gov. Schwarzenegger (there were two Govs in this movie). I guess I’ll have to follow that up with The Sound of Music.
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