49 thoughts on “Today I Am a Man

  1. Congratulations.

    My favorite geeky trivia question: Which is older: HTTP or IMDB? Answer: IMDB, by about a year and a half. Before they had a web client you could request information from IMDB only through painfully constructed e-mail messages. Eventually, it would e-mail you back answers, maybe. I remember doing so in ’92. It seems like both only yesterday and a lifetime ago.

  2. Must…resist…leaving some “facts” about John Scalzi at the IMDB message board for his IMDB entry.

  3. Now you have a Bacon Number! By my calculations, cause Oracle of Bacon hasn’t quite updated to you yet, it should be 3.

    That’s Kevin Bacon, not the other kind.

  4. For those who don’t know – the ‘update information’ button on IMDB pages does work, and it’s really easy to add information. (I’m not talking about adding trivia. I’m talking about adding/revising credits.) However, the information is ‘checked’ by IMDB first. (That doesn’t mean inaccurate information doesn’t get through. It just means it’s more of a ‘challenge’. Not that *I* would ever submit inaccurate information, or encourage others to do so.)

  5. Heck, my wife IS my people. She’s the CEO, secretary, CFO and COO. Me, I’m the President, CIO, and general labor.

  6. Wow, someone crack out the weird melon from Lion King.

    It’s time to smear some goo on someone’s forehead.

    My congratulations.

  7. I don’t know about you…but this is what I found under your listing there:

    External Hemorrhoids?
    Hemorrhoid-Cure.org * Stop Suffering! Proven Natural Cure

    Yes folks, a hemorrhoid ad! Interesting indeed!

  8. Of course, it’s all fun and games until you find yourself having to change your name to Cordwainer Bird… 8^D

  9. I don’t have one (at least not yet – can you get one for being the non-speaking criminal in a not-yet televised crime re-enactment?), but my boyfriend does. And his popularity is down 5% this week.

    Curse you, Scalzi!

  10. I think your Bacon number has to be verifiable through IMDB, or more broadly through the credits of things that were released as filmed entertainment, so the nature of your interview of Kevin Bacon rather matters: if it was on a stage or for a print publication, I don’t know whether it counts.

    Also, given that you’re an author, it may well be possible that through one of your co-authors you have an Erdos number, especially if you’ve co-authored anything with pretty much any sort of academic. Which means that you might have an Erdos-Bacon number.

  11. So then what do I do if I decide I want to have lunch with you?

    Call myself? Because John sure as heck isn’t going to do anything in that respect. :P

  12. *I* think you should post the cover photo from ‘Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded’.

    But that’s just me. ;-)

  13. You’re actually not a man until people start speculating on the IMDB messageboards about your sexuality, scandalous lover on the side, favourite breakfast food, and laundry detergent of choice.

  14. Smaur:

    Vanilla, none, none and Gain.

    That was easy!

    Megan:

    Well, after you call yourself, then you call me and tell me what you said. It’s simple!

    (For everyone missing the joke: Megan acted as one of my liaisons at the ConQuest convention last weekend.)

  15. I have a sneaking suspicion that ‘popularity’ is a figure calculated entirely on how many people view your IMDB page one week as opposed to another. Legotech’s page (at the top of the thread) indicates their popularity is up over 700% this week. Meaning perhaps that 7 people have viewed their page this week, and 1 person did last week.

    For example, if I posted a link to “my” IMDB page, I suspect it would also rise in popularity.

    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1337500/

    As I post this, I am down 62% in popularity this week. Let’s see how quickly that changes.

    (note: “my” is in quotations, as while the individual referenced on the page and I share a name, he’s dead, I’m not, and I suspect we aren’t even related. So I will not benefit in the slightest from anyone here following the link.)

  16. John,

    given your profession, I think you should have titled the piece “Today I am a fountain pen” – as long as you were reaching for the Bar Mitzvah allusions.

    Not sure who said it first – George Burns, Henny Youngman, Jerry Lewis, Mel Brooks or Woody Allen – but you’d be in good IMDB company…

  17. My only movie appearance was as an unnamed extra who was baptized in the Jordan river* just before Jesus, in a movie you never heard of. See http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0080919 if curious. No IMDb page, no Bacon number.

    I firmly believe that the Scalzi’s trivia page should include a reference to the bacon cat incident, just so folks can say, “Oh, that Scalzi!”

    ——–
    * The one in Utah, not the one in Isreal and/or Jordan.

  18. I am friends with at least four people who are also in IMDB. Two of them were voices and/or artists for video games and one is a playwright and also was in a movie filmed in New York. The fourth has worked on films in various capacities in Pittsburgh. It is likely that three of them will be at Confluence.

  19. oooooohhhh In-N-Out…. now if ever there was a chain that needed to come to the midwest it’s that one!

  20. Well, since there is so much other shameless promotion in this thread:

    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0213850/

    I was lucky to get roman numeral “I”; roman numeral “II” is an adult film star.

    Getting notes through IMDB intended for the other guy is pretty entertaining….

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