I have been mulling over an idea for a student project, and wondered\nif anyone had any thoughts.\n\nIt would be website to help you figure out the name of an actor you\ncan't remember.\n\nThe basic idea is that actors are similar. For example I tend to lump\nChristopher Walken, James Woods and Rupert Giles.\n\nI lump Robert de Niro and James DuVal.\n\nThen there are the young rehab chicks.\n\nThe associations are not necessarily based on any strict criteria.\nThey can be based on things like similar age, appearing together in\nthe same movies, similar names, pulling similar publicity stunts...\n\nThe idea is you create some sort of associativity database. It would\nbe based on factual criteria, such as lists of movie credits,\ncharacter names, age, sex, stereotype role. It would also be based on\n"similarity" rating from ordinary people based on whatever nutty\ncriteria they please.\n\nWhen you have thing sufficiently primed with trivia, you spring it on\nthe public. They can then came and find the name of an actor whose\nname they can't remember they have just seen in movie whose name the\nwretched TV station refused to announce at the end.\n\nThe idea is the website would generate movie from ad revenue.\n\nIt might show the information graphically as a sort of giant\nn-dimensional map of photos you can navigate, much like Freudian free\nassociation.\n\nSuch diversions seem to be the projects that make the megabucks.