Thursday, September 21, 2006

Six Degrees - Other Scenarios

You've no doubt noticed that the images in the slideshow at top of this weblog have some relevance to the central theme here and if you've read through the posts you'll clearly recognise the connection that some of these images have to specific posts (e.g. Paris Hilton, the Dala Lama, Melanie Griffith and the Cylon). But what about the other images? What's their relevance?

Six Links Rule Most of the themes of Six Degrees of Separation revolve around being connected to anyone on the planet through knowing someone who in turn knows someone else and so on.....but what about being connected by other means. For example, when on a flight to some destination you are brought together with a set of people from different walks of life and there's some sort of connection between you (albeit far from lucid), and through them to the other five degrees that separate you and the people that they know. If you're like me then while sitting in your seat you will have often wondered who the other passengers sitting around you are? What do they do? Where are they going? What's their story? Will you ever cross paths again? In particular, these thoughts run though my mind when thinking about the passenger sitting directly on either side of me and as I've traveled quite a bit, I've had these thoughts quite often.

I recall once I was on a flight to Prague and I was sitting (window seat) beside someone (on my right) reading the Washington Post (if you're reading this then I'd love to hear from you). Well I wondered, who is this guy? Where is he going? The Washington Post, here, I thought! Well after we settled down we started chatting and I discovered he was an attorney on his way to Prague to negotiate the lease or purchase of a castle for a rock band thinking of recording there. I could quite easily mention many other such interesting encounters but I think you'll understand the point that I'm making here as I'm sure that you yourself will have similarly had such encounters. What about the very seat that you are sitting in (and what about ritermion, hey!), have you ever thought of who were the six people before you that sat in that same seat, and who will be the next six?

The same thoughts can of course be applied to a host of other scenarios such as a seat on a train, bus or taxi/cab, movie theatre, bar, restaurant or bistro, the pews in a church, the seat in the confessional or the seat at the ball game. Then there's the dentist chair and so on it goes..... Six Links Rule Who were the six people before you to exercise on the bicycle that you're exercising on at the gym? Who were the previous six people who occupied the same cabin in a cruise ship or slept in your hotel room bed (now there's an interesting one)? If only the walls could talk hey! Of course sometimes there are clues as people do leave things behind (e.g. in the closet of your hotel room, the ski lodge). This could be an item of clothing, an umbrella, a book or even a newspaper all of which will tell you something about that person (e.g. taste in clothes, size of shoes, what they like to read etc). A newspaper or a magazine left behind might have a crossword or Sudoku completed or partly completed and tell you something about that person, and so on it goes. In some places like Captain Tony's Saloon, in Key West, Florida, there are things deliberately left by former patrons. In fact, the stools at Captain Tony's feature the names of famous people who have sat there before you; John Candy, Jerry Seinfeld, Eric Clapton, Clint Eastwood and Bob Dylan etc. However, in reality we'll never really know and perhaps we don't want to know but it sure is interesting just thinking about it and certainly thought provoking. Call me obsessed but I've often wondered about it!

By the way, I do intend to come back and specifically comment about each of the photos in the slide-show.


Blogger Citymouse said...

with the internet, I believe we will have to change that number. Example, if you go to China and eat Miria corn, you are connected to me by only 3 people. The person who sold you the corn, Dave, the onwer of twin gardend farm where the corn was developed is in Rotary with me, so we would be connected... the world is getting smaller. I think that is a good thing.

5:20 AM  
Blogger Nate James said...

its an awesome idea/thought/notion. iv often wondered it myself

in one way or anyother we are all connected

11:02 AM  
Anonymous kamal zouak said...

Hello Adam.

Today I had a quite amazing exeprience. It started yesterday, uness,a friend of mine working as a manager in a music label based in france, contacted me on msn asking me if I can have the phone number or email of a singer he scouted.

Obviously i didn't have it so, i asked some friend if they have any clue, nothing. Later on today, I was with a friend in front of the restaurant, and a guy come to us and asked us if we have a lighter,he recalled my friend from having working with him in a ad agency ,so we started talking and we found out that he was in a band, I asked him if he knew about the singer I was looking for, he knew her but not personnally, he call a friend that gave him the cell phone number.

Bottom line :
1-UNESS 2-me 3-my friend 4- the guy from the band 5-his friend 6-THE SINGER

6 degrees of separation. :)

keep up the good work :)

Kamal From Morocco

12:53 AM  
Blogger Adam said...

Hi CityMouse
Thanks for the visit. Interesting example you quote regarding the corn and totally agree with you that "the world is getting smaller."
Hope to see you back here soon.

1:24 AM  
Blogger Adam said...

Hi NetJames and Kamal

Firstly, NetJames you're absolutely right "in one way or another we are all connected". AS I covered in one of the earlier posts, it's working out the connection that is the issue and on that I'll move on to Kamal's comment.

Kamal that's simply amazing and similar things have happened to me and I'm more than sure also to others. I hope to post about some of these experiences in later posts, However, in your second para you've touched on something that I will definitely be posting about of the images in the slideshow at the top of this blog also refers.

Thanks for visitng and taking the time to comment guys.


1:34 AM  
Anonymous Max said...

Wow, you put some serious cranial work into these posts. The farthest I'd be able to get is to think "geez, why do they call it six degrees of separation instead of five, or seven?" I enjoyed reading your post though, thanks!

8:04 PM  
Blogger Adam said...

Hi Max

Thanks for the visit. It's based on research. Have a read of my first post titled "Who are you? Do I really know you?"


12:29 AM  
Anonymous Rev. Qelqoth said...

If we include yourself here as well Adam, that makes six people who have commented on this blog of yours!

Truly profound thinking material here sir and my gosh, I will certainly look forward to reading more of these by you! :)

7:11 PM  
Blogger Adam said...

Interesting observation Rev. Qelqoth. Now what's even more interesting is have we met before through your confessional? But then again while I've traveled a lot I've never been to Qelqoth Country, yet!

8:11 PM  
Blogger ariadneK, Ph.D. said...

Good blog, you really should update it...I'll keep checking back!

9:39 PM  
Anonymous Blog GIrl said...

Hey this is a pretty neat blog make how come you don't keep it up todate?

7:44 PM  
Anonymous Tracey said...

Interesting blog..I'll stop by again.

11:36 PM  
Blogger Aunt Jackie said...

Yeah, what happened to you?? All o.k.??

3:00 PM  
Anonymous Sonja said...

Hey thanks for your kind words about my blog. Nice to be acquainted with you - we've just eliminated a few degrees of separation!

6:18 PM  
Blogger Adam said...

Sorry but I will be coming back very soon.

12:16 AM  
Anonymous Mich Len Ger said...

Very interesting indeed tx and keep us posted

2:55 AM  

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