Monday, February 9, 2009

Flight of the Conchords

I'm a sucker for any math visualizations of personal lives. Sue told me about a show she watches: Flight of the Conchords. I'll spare you the weak premise, but there are two musicians and a manager. The manager in last night's episode decides that their relationship should go from being strictly professional to friends. The funny part of this is the completely business-like manner in which the manager tries to accomplish this transition. Why am I interested? He uses a graph to explain. His theory is that the closeness of relationship is proportional to the amount of time one spends together. (That would of course make your coworkers your best friends, but don't get hung up on the details.) Here is a Youtube clip of the description. (You'll have to fast forward to about 1:53.)

Later in the show, the musicians have failed miserably at being friends. Here is the manager's graphic summary of the duo's blunders. (Fast forward to the 6:00 min mark.)

Thanks, Sue!

1 comment:

Maria H. Andersen said...

These videos have been taken down too.