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October 27, 2016 @ 12:30 pm

My ADDtention Span is Like Six Degrees of Separation

So, you know that theory that you can connect any two people in six steps or less if you know enough about them? I’ve always been fascinated by that, and the concept that we are all connected in some way.

Sometimes my ADD attention span is like Six Degrees of Separation, going from one thought or item of interest to another.

This morning, I was, as I have been for a bit of time each day for the last several days, going through my old posts and re-publishing them. Before I re-publish a post, I re-read it and try to correct any links that aren’t working anymore. The post that inspired this one was my Thursday Thirteen: Most Brilliant Ad Campaigns from September 10, 2009. One of the bad links was my Item #9 (Reeses “You got your chocolate in my peanut butter” commercials). The YouTube video I originally linked to had been removed, so I found another one today. I had linked to the commercial with Robby Benson because I liked him so much when I was a kid, and I was happy to find the same one today.

Well. So, you know how YouTube has all those related videos on the right? And you know how easy it is to keep clicking related videos until some unheard-of amount of time has passed? Maybe you don’t know, but anyway. . .

One of those related videos was this 2014 piece about Robby Benson on Oprah Winfrey’s “Where Are They Now?”:

I really enjoyed watching that. I remembered that he was connected with 8 Simple Rules. I was deeply affected by John Ritter’s passing, and so touched by Robby Benson’s emotion in talking about working with him.

Robby Benson is married to Karla DeVito. She sang with Meat Loaf, and YouTube suggested this video of one of my favorite songs to sing along with in the car:

That led me to remember (because YouTube reminded me) that she also had a song that was part of the soundtrack for The Breakfast Club, one of my all-time favorite movies:

Noticing how that string of connected videos was similar to Six Degrees of Separation got me thinking about, well, Six Degrees of Separation. And that reminded me of the game, Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon. (Incidentally, Robby Benson has a Bacon number of 2.)

Did you know there is also a Six Degrees of Vince Gill for music? (And Karla DeVito has a Vince Gill number of 3.)

And now I really need to stop watching videos and get something done . . .

 

Thoughts?

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