ThimphuTech was the first technology blog in Bhutan. We started writing it in 2009, just as broadband and mobile internet started to take off. (Although internet in Bhutan was launched in 1999, it was either super-slow or super-expensive, and was only used by a selected few).

In the blog, we wrote about technology and food, but also about plenty of other stuff. The blog became popular and influential in Bhutan. A companion bi-weekly column -- Ask Boaz -- was published for many years in the Kuensel, Bhutan's national newspaper. (The complete Kuensel columns are available as an ebook, Blogging with Dragons).

We stopped updating the blog when we left Bhutan in 2014, but the information within the posts can still prove useful, and thus we decided to keep it online.

We thank all our readers.
Tashi Delek,
Boaz & Galit.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

What's Kelly Dorji's Bacon Number?

"My Bacon Number is 0!"
In an effort to demonstrate some of its capabilities, Google Search has recently added a fun feature: it can often find an actor's "Bacon Number". The Bacon Number is a person's "distance" - known also as 'degrees of separation' - from actor Kevin Bacon. Here's how it works:

  • If a person appeared in a film with Kevin Bacon, the person's Bacon Number is 1. 
  • If person appeared in a film with someone who was in a film with Kevin Bacon (and so has a Bacon Number of 1), the person's Bacon Number is 2.
  • In general, if you appeared in the same film with someone whose Bacon Number is N, your Bacon Number is N+1.
  • Kevin Bacon's own Bacon Number is 0.

To find a person's Bacon Number, just type his or her name in Google, followed by the words 'bacon number'. For example, Bhutanese actress Sonam Lhamo's Bacon Number is calculated to be 5. Here is the path found by Google that leads from Sonam Lhamo to Kevin Bacon:

Kelly Dorji, BN 3
According to Google, Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche has a Bacon Number of 2, and Kelly Dorji has a Bacon Number of 3.

Google's system, however, is not perfect. Searching for Tshewang Dendup's Bacon Number does not return a result, although he played alongside Sonam Lhamo. And Google was not able to compute Jamyang Jamtsho Wangchuk's Bacon Number, which is 2. Jamyang played the young Dalai Lama in "Seven Years in Tibet" alongside Brad Pitt, who played with Kevin Bacon in "Sleepers".

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