kevan + coincidences   33

Text message blows up suicide bomber by accident
"Security sources believe a message from her mobile phone operator wishing her a happy new year received just hours before the planned attack triggered her suicide belt, killing her at a safe house."
phones  terrorism  death  coincidences  via:zarba 
january 2011 by kevan
MATT STUART | PHOTOGRAPHER | SHOOTS PEOPLE
"I spend a great deal of time walking the streets trying to capture moments. The only photographs on my website that are staged or digitally manipulated are the photographs clearly labeled as ‘adverts’ in the commissioned section."
photos  coincidences  london  pigeons  via:richardwiseman 
january 2009 by kevan
The Associated Press: Accused Wallet Thief Caught on Page One
"Some sharp-eyed copy editors at the newspaper first noticed the matching photos as they were laying out the newspaper Wednesday night and wondered if they showed the same man, managing editor Paul Emerson said Thursday."
news  crime  coincidences 
december 2007 by kevan
Ghostwritten - David Mitchell
A slowly and hugely unfolding story of the roaring power of random interconnection, the way that our lives are so heavily determined by the unplanned acts of strangers.
booklog  coincidences  ghosts  society  japan  russia  crime  computers  terrorism  apocalypse 
october 2007 by kevan
Monkey Business (1952)
Demonstrating that one of the most dangerous aspects of self-experimentation is having a biased personal epiphany about social consequences, and abandoning all research on an apparently workable panacea.
filmlog  2stars  science  medicine  coincidences  apes 
september 2007 by kevan
Yes Man - Danny Wallace
The usual levels of suspicious narrative form for a comedy-drunken-bet-for-a-publishing-deal book.
booklog  psychology  coincidences  travel  language 
september 2007 by kevan
Three Colours Red (1994)
Quite well pitched, in retrospect - it felt slightly too slow and vague to watch, but if had been any faster or sharper, the reveal would have been ridiculous. The actual ending was still quite ridiculous, though.
filmlog  3stars  surveillance  secrets  coincidences  phones  crime 
august 2007 by kevan
The Cloud Appreciation Society
"We believe that clouds are unjustly maligned and that life would be immeasurably poorer without them."
weather  photos  coincidences 
july 2007 by kevan
The Importance Of Being Earnest (2002)
A decent enough production; they're a bit too winkingly proud of their extra props and unspoken references, but there's a nice amount of Arcadian outdoorsness.
filmlog  3stars  names  lies  love  coincidences  children 
april 2007 by kevan
Dave Gorman's Googlewhack Adventure (2004)
Odd mix of harrowing self-awareness and vague glossing, of scientific enthusiasm and knowingly theatrical non-logic, that doesn't quite ring true, and a good, surprising ending that turns predictably bad. A great sense of random online networks, though.
filmlog  3stars  web  coincidences  money  writing  secrets  random  travel 
january 2007 by kevan
Google Book Search is a plagiarist's nightmare. - By Paul Collins - Slate Magazine
"MacBride, a linguist employed by Google, idly ran a phrase from England Howlett's 1899 essay Sacrificial Foundations through Google Book Search. [...] To his surprise, he got more back than just Howlett."
books  writing  cheating  web  coincidences  history 
december 2006 by kevan
Croupier (1999)
Convincingly authentic-feeling glimpse of the mechanics of the casino, chips pitilessly raked off of tables. Spoiledby a leaden and entirely superfluous voiceover, though, and a random ending is still annoying, even if you do draw smug gambling parallels.
filmlog  3stars  money  writing  secrets  lies  coincidences 
october 2006 by kevan
Small Crimes in an Age of Abundance - Matthew Kneale
Short stories pivoting around tiny, bad decisions. Unsurprising twists and something of an air of stapled-together leftovers that Kneale had knocking around, but the writing's good, the viewpoint omnisciently unjudgemental.
booklog  crime  secrets  lies  coincidences  drugs  medicine  police  writing  pestilence  terrorism 
october 2006 by kevan
Fooled by Randomness - Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Common confusions of luck and skill, and taking the wider probabilistic-multiverse view. Sluggishly rambling and poorly edited, though; dull personal opinions and untidy brackets.
booklog  coincidences  money  business  illusions  delusions  society 
september 2006 by kevan
The Asylum
Odd film company that specialises in cheap knock-offs of big films, a day or two before they're released. "Under a powerful Mayan curse, snakes are hatched inside a young woman. [...] With only hours to live, she jumps on a train headed for Los Angeles."
films  cheating  coincidences 
august 2006 by kevan
Modern Mechanix » Machines that Pick Your Pocket - AND MAKE YOU LIKE IT!
"Probably less than one person in 10,000 really knows anything about how slot machines work, how they are designed mechanically to extract money from the public's spacious pocket: and fewer than ten in a million really care."
money  delusions  technology  coincidences 
july 2006 by kevan
Modern Mechanix » Spooks on the Airways
"The list of objects that have suddenly become radio receivers would amaze you. The record shows there have been musical furnaces, talking bedsprings and water faucets and barnyard wells that have suddenly developed conversational abilities."
radio  metal  coincidences 
july 2006 by kevan
Small World: Uncovering Nature's Hidden Networks - Mark Buchanan
Gripping introduction into network theory, looking at six-degrees-of-separation and social network patterns and explaining them in counter-intuitive terms that quickly become crashingly obvious. Some good worldview-shifting.
booklog  science  society  maths  coincidences 
july 2006 by kevan
I Heart Huckabees (2004)
Some shallow, annoying characters assume a few arbitrary existential viewpoints, for trivial and unrewarding reasons, while any interesting holistic detective work is lost in the background. A very dull waste of an unoriginal premise.
filmlog  1star  philosophy  police  psychology  business  secrets  coincidences 
june 2006 by kevan
Crash (2004)
Entertainingly complex jigsaw of racism and racist stereotyping, almost every character giving as much as they get. Ultimately a bit arbitrary and empty, that connecting every character doesn't mean you automatically get points, but nicely built.
filmlog  3stars  society  coincidences  transport  weapons  crime  police 
march 2006 by kevan
After Kelly | The Gospel of Pif
Hipbone variant: "Two or more players take turns writing ideas on sticky-notes and placing them on the gameboard. Every idea must connect somehow to at least one previously-played idea. Players receive one point per connection."
games  maps  coincidences 
march 2006 by kevan
KIROTV.com - Does Cleveland Police Logo Contain Image Of Pig?
"WEWS spoke with some Cleveland police officers, none of whom were bothered by the logo or the claims."
police  pigs  design  coincidences  via:arbroath 
march 2006 by kevan
KIROTV.com - Does Cleveland Police Logo Contain Image Of Pig?
"WEWS spoke with some Cleveland police officers, none of whom were bothered by the logo or the claims."
police  pigs  design  coincidences  via:arbroath 
march 2006 by kevan
How to Build a Universe That Doesn't Fall Apart Two Days Later
Essay from Philip K Dick, towards the end. "Parmenides taught that the only things that are real are things which never change. [...] Heraclitus taught that everything changes. If you superimpose their two views, you get this result: Nothing is real."
books  writing  coincidences  delusions  illusions  drugs  time 
december 2005 by kevan
Magnolia (2000)
"No, it is not dangerous to confuse children with angels." Parallels and coincidences played out across a huge and slow-arcing three hours, threatening to tie it all together but not quite bothering, in the end. Very strong characters, though.
filmlog  3stars  death  children  police  drugs  secrets  frogs  coincidences 
november 2005 by kevan
Wikipedia: List of sets of unrelated songs with identical titles
"With millions of songs produced worldwide, it is inevitable that a number of songs end up having the same title, even though they are entirely unrelated."
music  coincidences 
november 2005 by kevan
Divided Kingdom Smileys
Random stupid-smiley pop-up advert that almost corresponds to the four psychologically-coloured quarters of Rupert Thomson's Divided Kingdom.
faces  random  thomson  coincidences  filetype:gif  media:image 
may 2005 by kevan
Flickr Group: Chinese Whispers Extreme
Going back to the hardcore "copy the previous photo as exactly as possible" ethos, as the other group seems to have descended into "photos you could have found by clicking a random tag".
photos  creations  coincidences 
april 2005 by kevan
Wired News: Surprises Lurk in Satellite Snaps
"Notable surprises include a just-erupted volcano, violent scenes from Iraq (a bomb going off in Baghdad and a firefight in Najaf) and even a 747 landing in Tokyo, something difficult to capture given that the satellite is moving at 17,000 mph."
maps  secrets  space  photos  world  via:holly  coincidences 
april 2005 by kevan
Wired News: Surprises Lurk in Satellite Snaps
"Notable surprises include a just-erupted volcano, violent scenes from Iraq (a bomb going off in Baghdad and a firefight in Najaf) and even a 747 landing in Tokyo, something difficult to capture given that the satellite is moving at 17,000 mph."
maps  secrets  space  photos  world  via:holly  coincidences 
april 2005 by kevan
New York Times: The Odds of That
"Janet Shoemaker [...] heard the tales and points out that her organization alone has 41,000 members, meaning that the deaths of 11 worldwide, most of whom were not technically microbiologists at all, is not statistically surprising."
death  science  maths  coincidences 
april 2005 by kevan
Flickr: Chinese Whispers
Resurrected as a Flickr group. "Just look at the most recent photo in the pool - it's the leftmost one - and add a photo of your own that you consider to be similar to it."
photos  random  evolution  coincidences 
february 2005 by kevan
Scotsman.com - Man Fined over Hit-and-Run Radio 'Confession'
Man phones a talk radio station claiming to have run over a teenager, as a random hoax, a couple of hours after a genuine hit-and-run in the city.
hoaxes  police  transport  lies  coincidences 
november 2004 by kevan

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