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Sunday, 28 November 2004


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0838 - 3, doggone it

irpooh posted her Bacon number of 2 in her LJ this morning. I got curious, as I now have a reasonable connection path to Bacon (not through movies (unless you count 1992's Sidekicks, in which I appeared very briefly in a crowd shot), which makes this not quite legal by the strict definition of the Bacon number). I just sat down with my prized stack of videocassettes and checked.

My Bacon number is 3. Nearly every guest on the show on the nights I was on (which, to me, seemed a reasonable restriction) has a number of 2, as does Jimmy himself. My hopes went up for a moment when I checked one tape and saw David Alan Grier, but then I realized that was the one tape in the stack that I had because I'd given the producer an incorrect date, and I wasn't on that show.

Guess I'll have to keep trying.

current mood: [mood icon] curious

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From:rillaspins
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Ok, so let me see if I have this right. Lee Walker was the AD at MNRF that hired me. He has a Bacon number of 2. Does that make me a 3?
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From:jmaynard
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Yup.
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From:unspeakablevorn
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So do you have an Erdös number?

Vorn
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From:jmaynard
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A which number? Never heard of it.
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From:irpooh
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http://www.oakland.edu/enp/
You've met a number of authors... I haven't...
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From:foolscap001
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The Erdos number predates, and for all I know may have inspired, the Bacon number.

Paul Erdos (a famous, and highly productive, mathematician) has Erdos number 0 by definition. Any other person p has Erdos number = min {Erdos(p') | p' coauthored a math paper with p} + 1.

So, s/Erdos/Bacon/ and s/coauthored a math paper/appeared/ to get the Bacon number definition from the Erdos number definition.
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From:jmaynard
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Oh. Well, I can't claim to have one of those, then. I've never published a paper.
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From:jmaynard
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Although I do have a paper idea for the Annals of Improbable Research, should I ever sit down and write the darned thing...

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