Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Six Pixels of Separation

We have a new Friday night guest this week - a relatively recent reader and commenter on this blog.   Coincidentally, it turns out he will be a guest of people now living in the apartment in which I grew up.

In the Jewish world, we all know it's never six degrees of separation.
Considering our penchant for Jewish Geography, raised by some to an art form, we are never more than three or four degrees away.

I've been thinking about the blogosphere. Six degrees of separation is the theory that anyone on the planet can be connected to any other person on the planet through a chain of acquaintances that has no more than five intermediaries.  I wonder how many degrees of blogger separation there are.  The more of you I meet, the more I realize that it can be shaved down to one, two or three quite often.

Care to play?

15 comments:

Unknown said...

Definitely true. :)

Yekkishe Bekishe said...

If you would only know how many friends - and a few relatives - we share. It wouldn't surprise me if youv'e actually seen me.

I will give you one clueIf you go to the second Minyan on Hoshannah Rabboh, you've witnessed my familys annual invasion of KAJ.

G6 said...

Yekkishe Bekkishe -
So you've mentioned.... now tell me please - what is so special about Hoshannah Rabboh at KAJ?? It's certainly not the bargain basement prices (excuse me while I choke back my own laughter) we offer on Hoshanos that the next day will be worth 3 cents......

efrex said...

Ever since I married the human phone book, I am convinced that my maximum "degree number" for virtually any Jew out there is 3 :).

frumcollegegirl said...

i'm sure if i sat down with you i could find a relative or two in common with you...

G6 said...

FCG - yeah, but can you find any without BLOGS, lol.........

Mikeinmidwood said...

Manhattan aint my place, only know a few from there.

tnspr569 said...

Looking forward to Shabbos!!

It was great to have one more event to which I could look forward during finals...the past week or so has been somewhat unpleasant...

Yekkishe Bekishe said...

I realize that in my neighborhood, everything is permitted on Shabbos & Yom Tov, due to the Eruv - which I & my family do not use! Thus we can find a second hand (Ausgeklopte) Hoshannah sale on Shemini Atzeres. But I didn't know that KAJ uses the Eiruv in Washington Heights!

G6 said...

Yekkishe Bekkishe -
You've totally lost me.....
I'm not sure what you were trying to say, but I wanted to clarify for the rest of my readers that the position of the Rabbinate of KAJ is that the Eiruv in Washington Heights may not be used.

Yekkishe Bekishe said...

There are people who use an Eiruv as a basis to do various forms of Chillul Shabbos, based on the mistaken concept that an Eiruv allows other Melachos except for Hotzaah. Like the kid playing with a water gun on the grass on Shabbos, who when criticized says "I'm allowed to, there's an Eiruv!" Thewre was a Rabbi in Montreal who allowed mass-Transit use with pre-Paid tickets in the late 1960's.

The intended joke was.... on what basis are you being Mechallel Yom Tov in KAJ, Kaj doesn't use the Eiruv?

Like they say about Germans, they laugh twice at a joke. Once when they hear it & a while later.... when they finally understand it!

BTW, I can trace my lineage for the last 500 years on my fathers side & 300 years on my mother side to Germany! So I'm allowed to make fun.

ProfK said...

Does it count if some of our closest friends are ex-patriot KAJ people living in our neck of the woods?

Anonymous said...

That's right! It's a kleina velt- and it just get's smaller and smaller...thanks for dinner!!
(N and B)

G6 said...

N & B:
The pleasure was ours.
Hope you come again ;)

Send regards to the summer roommate and the sister respectively.

Jewish Side of Babysitter said...

sounds like fun, I feel as though I know so many bloggers already, that there's probably only one or two between others.