Well, not toxic, exactly... maybe just a little bit rank. But in a nice way. With a garnish.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

seven steps

Apparently you can connect every person on the planet within 7 steps. I don’t know who came up with that one, or how… but it’s an interesting thought.
I like a challenge.

Not having the resources to ask everyone in the world who they know, who they are related to etc. etc., I started testing it out in blogland.

Because I’m such a lazy person, I quite often will try to get back to my own blog while blog-surfing, by clicking on links and trying to find names of blogs that I recognise… and ultimately blogs that have links to me.
Anything to save myself the bother of actually typing my URL - by hand, the old-fashioned way.. painstaking letter by painstaking letter - or looking for it in History or Favourites. Of course, it usually takes me ages and I often have to er.. type my URL, or look for it in History or Favourites.

Clearly this is unreasonable and I feel I should be able to reach my blog by a lucky series of clicks.

Blogs seem to interconnect like a series of Venn Diagrams.. we’ve all got our varying lists of favourite links and a few of them overlap.

That’s a tiny bit of genius from me to you, free of charge.

I’ve been trying to find a route back from this site for a while, haven’t managed it yet. I've no idea if it's possible or not. Maybe I should cheat and ask Davezilla to link to me and then I'll be able to get to sleep at night...

It’s not at all important in any way but I’m busy nurturing a tiny little obsession about this one. Humour me.

Imp will tell me off if she finds out, as I’m just minutely anal about things in other areas of my life. Just a little-ickle bit. Like having all my books and films catalogued and cross-referenced.
She thinks I’m up my own arse, which clearly I’m not, as ultimately I can pinpoint
anything within… well… it would work if I tidied them all up. Bad example.

But anyway, that’s just a minor point.
(Don’t tell her)

If you have nothing better to do, please give it a shot and let me know how you did it and in how many moves. Or just tell me about the amazing things you find.

You'll get to see loads of other sites, loads of sights. You'll love it. Treat it like a day out... pack some sandwiches, have an argument with someone. Lose your wallet. Report back.


Start here


  • At January 18, 2006 10:08 am, Blogger Fuckkit said…

    I can't. It's blocked by Websense. Oh the humanity :(

  • At January 18, 2006 10:28 am, Blogger Imogen said…

    OK no, it's too hard- after a good half hour of desperately searching for blogs I recognise I just gave up.
    But I have a nasty feeling I'll be trying to link back to myself more often now- bad habits are catching, dontcha know.

  • At January 18, 2006 1:06 pm, Blogger funny thing said…

    Heh heh. Always happy to spead an irritating habit :)

    Bloody hell f*ckit.. where do you work???? Do they let nuns surf the web?

  • At January 18, 2006 3:56 pm, Blogger Fuckkit said…

    It's shockin init. There are precious few sites that escape the clutches of Websense, for one, but generally IT get suss to what we can access and block it.

    IT are the personification of all that is evil.

  • At January 18, 2006 7:02 pm, Blogger S.I.D. said…

    Catalogued and cross referenced by birth dates of authors or publishing dates????

    I gotta know NOW!

  • At January 18, 2006 7:10 pm, Blogger funny thing said…

    Films - It's an intricate system consisting of a catalogue containing a list of contents - titles by genre (drama, comedy etc.) in alphabetical order.
    This directs you to a number...

    ...which you then look up in a series of numerically ordered smaller books (eg. one page per film). This gives you the details of the film and where to find it.

    The books are ordered by genre; fiction, DIY, reference etc. Within each genre they are alpahbetical.

    Does that help?

  • At January 18, 2006 7:30 pm, Blogger Kyahgirl said…

    you need an intervention!! :-)

  • At January 18, 2006 7:41 pm, Blogger Kyahgirl said…

    oh yeah, apparently davzilla doesn't know about you, or me, or any of the interesting and funny people that we 'know' because I just couldn't get anywhere. But I did have fun looking around a few blogs I've never seen. Forgot to pack sandwiches though so had to come back for lunch.

  • At January 18, 2006 8:29 pm, Blogger funny thing said…

    Well done for trying tho', kg. I'm convinced there must be a way.. but it might take a while to find it!

    Finding new and interesting blogs is always half of the fun. If you come across any exceptional ones on your travels, I want to know about it (for research purposes....)

  • At January 18, 2006 8:57 pm, Blogger Sniffy said…

    Yes, it's a bit like that map of Alice's in The L Word. Hrrm, I'll give it a go, but I'll lose count after five.

  • At January 18, 2006 8:58 pm, Blogger Sniffy said…

    Actually, wouldn't it be easier to find your way back to your site by going to a blog where you know you're linked?

  • At January 18, 2006 9:59 pm, Blogger S.I.D. said…


  • At January 18, 2006 10:38 pm, Blogger funny thing said…

    I've done it!

    Buy me a pint, someone...

    Here goes (for anyone anal enough to care)

    1. Davezilla
    2. Suburban Bliss
    3. Geese Aplenty
    4. Fresh Pepper?
    5. SilentService (click G-Man)
    6. teahouseblossom
    7. Canadian Content (click Connie Canadian)
    8. Canadian Expatriates
    9. The Mildly Annoyed Canadian (under 'Canadian Blogs')
    10. Poop'D Culture (click The Rant King)
    11. 4 Non Blogs (under Canda Blogs)
    12. myboyfriendisatwat
    13. JonnyB's private secret diary
    14. D-Flat Chime Bar (our very own Surly Girl!)
    15. toxicsoup

    At long-bloody-last.

    ps s.i.d - I'm NOT autistic... just particular ;)

  • At January 19, 2006 10:00 pm, Blogger Kyahgirl said…

    damn you ft, now I have to find a shorter way!

  • At January 19, 2006 10:14 pm, Blogger Kyahgirl said…

    alright, here's a shorter route:

    1. Davezilla
    2. Suburban Bliss
    3. Geese Aplenty
    4. Fresh Pepper?
    5. SilentService (click G-Man)
    6. teahouseblossom
    7.Brian Damage
    8. Robert Swipe
    9. Spinny
    10. Great She Elephant
    11. me
    12. you

    or 11. surly
    12. you.

    I'm sure there is a shorter way....

  • At January 19, 2006 10:31 pm, Blogger Kyahgirl said…

    ok, am I annoying you yet?
    Here is the shortest one I can find:

    1. Davezilla
    2. Suburban Bliss
    3. Geese Aplenty ( click on links)
    4. Blog Explosion
    5. UK
    6. Sloth Blog
    7. Wyndham the Triffid
    8. Toxic soup.

    6. Sloth Blog
    7. Urban Chick
    8. Mother Hen

    so, 8 steps. :-)

    thanks, this was fun. somewhere along the way I found an amateur drummer and I thought of you. Then I realized, you're not an amateur. You've had an illustrious career with Killing Bagpuss, what was I thinking!?

  • At January 19, 2006 10:57 pm, Blogger funny thing said…

    Wow, I'm really impressed! I've found someone even more anal than I am... ;)
    8 moves, that's only one off the magical seven steps... and a million times better than my 15 moves.

    Glad you found some good sites along the way. I enjoyed it too.

  • At January 23, 2006 8:54 pm, Anonymous Davezilla said…

    What did you mean by "a route back" to my site?

  • At January 25, 2006 1:40 pm, Blogger funny thing said…

    Hiya Davezilla.

    Read the post, it's nothing naughty, I promise!
    It's simply a blog-trial exercise involving clicking on people's links in an effort to eventually end up back at your own blog.

    I happened upon your blog and used it as a starting point because:

    (i) I liked your blog
    (ii) There were no obvious links between my blog and those of regular commenters who read this.


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