I want to talk to Brian Eno.
Do you know him? Do you know someone who knows him? Do you know someone who knows someone who knows him? In theory, it’s very likely.
I want to sit down and talk to him within the next 2 months.
If I’m successful all of these social software theories will have had some real pay off for me finally – and hey, maybe I can sell the story to Dave Gorman.
I will let you know how it goes.
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If all else fails you could always read this fantastic Lester Bangs piece: http://www.furious.com/perfect/bangseno.html
Or you could always return to the Oblique Strategies: http://www.dimensional.com/~jthomas/oblique/ is a nice, if Flash-y, version.
The (dis)proof of the six degrees concept was made into a documentary for UK Channel 4 recently. A very well-intentioned (and somewhat naive) teenager decided she must be connected to a Mongolian goat-herd whose picture she had seen in a children’s encyclopaedia from the 1970s or 80s. (She’d pretty clearly fallen slightly in love with him…) Unfortunately, economics being what they are, and Western tourists likewise, she ended up paying several “guides” and being eight degrees away. But great tele!
(you don’t know me but I know Piers (who told me about EnoQuest) and I think we may have met in the Ship and Shovell once)…
I’ve just emailed an old friend who once pulled up a car suddenly in west london to talk to a friend of his. The friend was apparently Mr Eno’s Sister-in-law, or possibly wife.
Will let you know if anything comes of it!
Only stipulation – I get to sit in if my social branches bear fruit 🙂
This was too easy! You should have tried a Mongolian goatherd or a Republican Senator instead of me. We’re probably in too-similar worlds.
Steven Johnson mentioned your site to me – so that’s only two degrees of separation.
My suggestion is that you keep quiet about the fact that I’ve made contact and see if anyone else comes up with a more circuitous and interesting route. In fact you might be able to add something interesting to the theory by watching how many different
sequences come up.
now i wanted to see if anyone knows anyone who could wangle me an invite to this:
No, i know (of) a number of people who are going, but i want an invite, how many degrees there, or palms to grease?
or maybe someone could invite me to orkut, i feel so left out.
Have you considered becoming involved with The Long Now Foundation or MUDDA?
long now is probably your in.
Oddly enough, I was waiting behind Dave Gorman while queuing for a coffee yesterday morning. I said “Are you Dave Gorman?” without quite realising the significance of the sentence. He said “yes”. Then, my mind went blank and all I could think of saying was “I know someone who’s trying to track down Brian Eno using only his weblog”.
Given what an inappropriate line of chat this was, I’m trying to cancel it out by linking it to your Enoquest.
So here I am two years late and an ocean away leaving a note on a website I’ve only just found while scouring the internet to see whats been said about Brian Eno and architecture, specifically for a comparison between he and Mies van der Rohe, and especially the Tugendhat Villa. Linear progression. Innovator to innovator.
It would be great if I heard anything from anyone regarding this, perhaps from the horse’s mouth (or horses mouths), meaning primarily Mr. Eno as Mr. van der Rohe has passed into the ether long ago. Or maybe someone is capable of channeling Mies?
So there it is, contact me and thank you!