Tuesday, April 24, 2007


I must have totally gone of my rails. Two off-topic posts - the only ones ever - in one day! This one should give anyone a reason to stop doing all that thinking/worrying about intelligent design. It's the game of "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon". Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to link any actor you wish, through their roles in films, to Kevin Bacon. Me and a mate in our lab used to do this all the time (until he managed to finish his MSc and left). In our version of the game we didn't link to Kevin all that often - any two actors would do. As an example of how the game works, consider this:

We want to link Bruce Willis to Christian Slater.
We can start with Bruce in "Ocean's 12". In "Oceans's 12" we find Brad Pitt. Brad Pitt was also in "Interview with the Vampire" with Christian Slater. Tada! Linked.

This has to be done using at most six links (movies). Let me tell you, it's scary just how good you can get at this game with a bit of practice (we had LOTS). Even though we weren't allowed to use any of the actors in "Ocean's 12" or "Austin Powers: Goldmember" we would still crack just about any combination of actors we both knew in under one minute (we used to name one actor each and then compete for who could find the solution first). Why did we not use "Ocean's 12" or "Goldmember"? For the simple reason that it just got too easy. These movies contain some (read loads of) actors that are so well-connected that we hardly had to name the actors at the start of the game before someone came up with the solution.

Give it a go!!!


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