Just five days ago I was talking about the learning process and how it can be triggered by a simple image like the Foremost logo on Ice Cream Graphic Menu photograph. More often, for me that is, the learning process begins right after a film, book or song.
According to information found at Wikipedia: Six degrees of separation refers to the idea that all human beings are connected through relationships with at most six other people. Several studies, such as Milgram’s small world experiment have been conducted to empirically measure this connectedness. While the exact number of links between people differs depending on the population measured, it is generally found to be relatively small. Hence, six degrees of separation is somewhat synonymous with the idea of the “small world” phenomenon.
So, what is that got to do with today’s photo? Well, let me explain. Back on May 18th, 2006 I published a photograph of a giant Guatemalan ant by the name of Sompopo, which, by the way, is only seen in May. The second comment in the entry was made by a person by the name of Sompopo, from the site . From the point forward a virtual relationship emerged and I gained a friend; well two friends since Sompopo’s girlfriend is also my friend; not bad if you consider that Sompopo and I do not see eye-to-eye on just about anything, but especially politics. There are ‘real people’ behind all this cyberspace, sites, forums, communities, and blogs or whatever you want to call it. Sometimes there are six degrees of separation and sometimes there is only one. Today, I had lunch in Antigua with Sompopo’s extended family: the mother, sister and brother-in-law of Sompopo and Sompopo’s girlfriend, Flor. Thus, I was separated from Sompopo and Flor by one degree.
It was a pleasure to meet and had lunch with Lizzette, Jim, Flor’s mom and the guy with the baseball cap (his name escapes me now).
Now I wonder, when I will get to meet all you? either in person of by some degree of separation. Either way, I am happy to report that I have gained many friends through the Antigua Guatemala Daily Photo, including you! If you are just lurking in the back, please, stop by and say hello.
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