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EternalOptimist
17th November 2009, 19:50
It's not often I get carried away, but....


I posted here yesterday for some ideas to get in touch with a past workmate.
Well I followed it all through and finally got to speak to the guy today, (to offer him a job)

So, I went through a chain of five dudes, and EVERY one of them said the same thing. 'If you are organising a christmas do, count me in'

so we will do it. Knutsford in a week. But its such a heartwarming thing to happen, these guys hardly know the next one in the chain, One of them has moved out of IT altogether.

It restores my faith a bit :)



:rolleyes:

Zippy
17th November 2009, 20:06
Excellent. :yay:

What method did you use to track him down?

EternalOptimist
17th November 2009, 20:16
Excellent. :yay:

What method did you use to track him down?

If I told you, you would laugh at me:emb

FiveTimes
17th November 2009, 20:24
If I told you, you would laugh at me:emb

Did you write a letter ?

Zippy
17th November 2009, 20:25
Did it involve a street corner and a "Hello Sailor" badge? Nope, didn't think so.

I've found quite a few people over the last few years, so c'mon - spill the beans.

norrahe
17th November 2009, 20:26
he's been stalking him for years :laugh

EternalOptimist
17th November 2009, 20:29
ok

google - zip
linkedin - zipp
friendsRU -zip

etc
etc

So I rang a bird I used to , er , 'know' , in finance
got a name in section x
got an old timer
got a contractor number from 10 years ago
got a second number
got a third number
Bingo

everyone in the chain wants to party


:rolleyes:

Zippy
17th November 2009, 20:35
Are you Kevin Bacon? :eek:

EternalOptimist
17th November 2009, 20:40
Are you Kevin Bacon? :eek:

well I dont know this K.Bacon to whom you refer.
But it's great that all these people are keen on meeting.

I'll tell you what it is zippy - They are obviously thinking about ' the good old days'

maybe everyone thinks that ten yeas ago was the good old days


:rolleyes:

norrahe
17th November 2009, 20:40
Are you Kevin Bacon? :eek:

it's the seven degrees of EO

Fred Bloggs
17th November 2009, 20:41
Where in Knutsford then?

Bagpuss
17th November 2009, 20:43
Plenty of choice really, but will be hard to find one not booked out.

EternalOptimist
17th November 2009, 20:44
Where in Knutsford then?

theres a pub by the roundabout

the white lion ?????

EternalOptimist
17th November 2009, 20:45
Maybe.....just maybe.....all of us are already here on CUK. :eek:

not a chance

Bagpuss
17th November 2009, 20:46
theres a pub by the roundabout

the white lion ?????

Yes, I have drunk in there a few times, as does RRH I believe.

EternalOptimist
17th November 2009, 20:48
Yes, I have drunk in there a few times, as does RRH I believe.

:eek:
are you inviting yourselves ?

this is getting better



:rolleyes:

Bagpuss
17th November 2009, 20:50
It depends on the day, but it is not far from me.

Zippy
17th November 2009, 21:36
Yay :yay:

Go and have a beer!

OwlHoot
17th November 2009, 22:09
well I dont know this K.Bacon to whom you refer.
But it's great that all these people are keen on meeting.

I'll tell you what it is zippy - They are obviously thinking about ' the good old days'

maybe everyone thinks that ten yeas ago was the good old days

:rolleyes:

It's a number, the Bacon Number (http://oracleofbacon.org/), rather like the Erdös Number (http://www.oakland.edu/enp/)

I'd come along if it wasn't so far - Chances are one of them knows someone who knows someone who knows someone who knows me.

edit: Edward Woodward has a Bacon Number of 2; but amazingly, so does Will Hay! I tried some British actor who died nearly 60 years ago, to try and get a long chain (or none); but he is linked to Kevin Bacon by only one person, Roddy McDowell. I bet no one can find a Bacon chain longer than 4.

NickFitz
18th November 2009, 02:11
I bet no one can find a Bacon chain longer than 4.

The Oracle of Bacon (http://oracleofbacon.org/) that OH links to (which was formerly hosted by the University of Virginia) analyses IMDb data, and asserts (http://oracleofbacon.org/cgi-bin/center-cgi?who=Kevin+Bacon) that there are 26 actors with a Bacon Number of 8. Apparently, about 12% of actors in the IMDb database have an undefined Bacon Number, as there is no path between them and Kevin Bacon.

Just for fun, I put Rodney Bewes in there, assuming that Bob Ferris from The Likely Lads might have a reasonably high Bacon Number. The result: 2 :rolleyes:

Rodney was in Decline and Fall... of a Birdwatcher (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0062872/) (1968) with Donald Sinden, who was in Balto (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0112453/) (1995) with Kevin Bacon :freaky:

For those who find Bacon Numbers or Erdős Numbers no longer sufficient to satisfy their social-graph-curiosity, there is (of course) the Erdős–Bacon Number (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erdős–Bacon_number) which is the sum of the Erdős and Bacon numbers. Natalie Portman (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natalie_Portman) has an Erdős–Bacon Number of 6 due to her co-authorship of a psychology paper when she was at Harvard - one less than Stephen Hawking (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_Hawking)'s 7 :nerd

d000hg
18th November 2009, 08:23
You can play the Bacon game in a more modern variant using wikipedia... how few articles do you need to traverse to get from one thing to another.