Geek Smithology

February 4, 2006

I have a Bacon Number of 4!

Filed under: Sight by Nathan @ 3:08 pm

Do you remember when rock was young? Neither do I, but you probably remember when the internet was young. Back when WIRED was considered edgy, Marc Andreesen managed to sneak the <blink> into Netscape, and was only a twinkle in someone’s eye.

Of the millions o’ memes that der interwinkle hath spawned o’er its troubled history, one of the most enduring is the Bacon Number. It was inspired by the play Six Degrees of Separation, which posited that everybody on earth is at most six degrees removed from any other person. For example, say there’s some random dude at my brother’s church. Well, he knows my brother, who knows me, and I know Eskimo Bill, so Joe Random would have an Eskimo Bill number of 3. And Eskimo Bill would have Joe Random number of 3 – it’s totally commutative.

Some wag extended this to the phenomenon known as Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, using films. If you’re wondering “Why Kevin Bacon”, you’ve obviously never watched Footloose. It occurred to me that since my sister-in-Law Ivana was in a movie[1] I should have a Bacon Number. Rather than attempt the calculation of her Bacon number alone, a feat that makes calculating pi feel like the mere approximation of a transcendental number based upon the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, I proceeded posthaste to the Oracle of Bacon for the answer. And here it is, folks:

Nathan Smith was in Home Movie #16: Das Baby with Ivana Siska
Ivana Siska was in Operative, The (2000) with Jerry Wasserman
Jerry Wasserman was in Liberty Stands Still (2002) with Oliver Platt
Oliver Platt was in Loverboy (2005) with Kevin Bacon

Nathan Smith has a Bacon number of 4. Q.E.D.

On a side note, since Foo appeared with me in April Fools Day @ Service Intelligence: a Documentary, he would have a Bacon number of 5.

It’s a small world after all.

[1] she’s actually much more involved in making films than acting in them. I hate to name drop, but she was the second assistant director for Freddy vs. Jason

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