Having only just recently taken the NetFlix plunge, I had been ignoring the flurry of interest amongst computational linguists about Recommender Systems. I am now fully aware of the profound need and utility of improving said systems. Somehow, NetFlix got from the set [Blue Velvet, Chinatown, Midnight Cowboy] to the recommendation The Wild Bunch. There must be a sub-culture growing around the absurdity and humor derivable from such recommendations. Imagine you decided to follow such recommendation religiously. Honestly, how long would it take you to get to Glitter? Scary thought, huh? Now you realize how crucial Recommender Systems are to the survival of humankind.
It seems to me that an automated version of Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon ought to work AT LEAST this well, right? You simply recommend any movie that shares a cast member with a rated movie. The closer two movies are in a Kevin Bacon network, the more strongly you recommend it. Let's call this Bacon Strength. Hmmmmm, wait a second, I might be on to something ... this could be bigger than Google ... why am I telling YOU people about this ... the idea is mine, do you hear! MINE!!!!
Plus, I'm completely amazed that at least four Chuck Norris movies are available for immediate online viewing, but only the first season of the new Dr. Who. wtf?