[META] Coincidence?

Lalo Martins lalo.martins at gmail.com
Sun May 11 10:27:18 PDT 2008

Also spracht Martin Phipps (Sun, 11 May 2008 09:50:07 +0000):

> Superfreaks Season 3 #'s 11-12 had the detectives investigating the case
> of a murderer who picked his victims according to who posted inflamatory
> remarks and/or spam on usenet message boards.  The detectives lured in
> the killer by posting their own inflamatory remarks and spam on message
> boards and waited for him to show up.  The killer fought back and was
> fatally shot.
> A month ago, CSI New York had the detectives investigating the case of a
> contract killer who picked her clients online according to who sent out
> inflamatory remarks.  The detectives lured the killer by sending out
> their own inflamatory messages and waited for her to contact them.  They
> arranged a time to meet but she got suspicious and ran. The detectives
> followed, she fought back and she was fatally shot.
> Superfreaks Season 3 #12 was posted on January 9th of this year,  That
> was during the writer's strike.  This CSI New York came out a month ago.
>  It was part of a new crop of episodes that was written after the
> writer's strike.  We know for a fact that the script for this episode
> had not been written prior to the writer's strike because if it had been
> it would have been filmed during the writer's strike and not after.
> There are a few differences.  First of all, my killer had mutant powers
> and theirs was merely highly skilled.  Second, their killer was
> contacting her clients online and was making a living this way: she was
> not motivated by a desire to kill people who post inflamatory remarks. 
> Finally, my killer was using usenet and their killer was using msn
> messaging.  As usenet is searchable and msn messaging is not (and is, in
> fact, supposed to be private), they had to have their killer use a
> spyware program that would infect people's computers and have it send
> her a message whenever the user would type key words like "dead", "kill"
> or "hate".  It would make sense if they had started with something
> simple like usenet and then moved to msn messager because viewers would
> be more familiar with msn messager and spyware than with usenet. 
> Otherwise, the two stories play out in the exact same way.
> This has happened to me before,  Back when I first started writing LNH
> stories, I created a character named Julie and had her be Deja Dude's
> girlfriend.  She was Chinese.  They eventually broke up.  Julie moved on
> when she met Philip Martin, a man who looked exactly like Deja Dude.
> Within a year, the TV show Friends introduced a new character also named
> Julie.  She became Ross' girlfriend.  She was Chinese.  They eventually
> broke up.  Julie moved on when she met Russ, a man who looked exactly
> like Ross.
> Eerie, isn't it?
> Oh and in an old rec.arts.comics.xbooks thread I suggested that they
> could do a new series with new students based out of Massechusetts
> Academy with Emma Frost as the headmistress.  A few years later,
> Generation X came out.
> Do you ever get the feeling somebody might be out there reading your
> posts and not telling you?

It happens to me a lot, but since half the time it happens with stuff I 
never actually posted or told anyone, I just shrug and attribute it to 
the collective unconscious, gestalt, or just plain weirdness.  (There is 
a reason my WC is called Weirdness Magnet.  If I ever write an 
autobiography, I bet the NYT will put it in their fiction list.)

                                               Lalo Martins
      So many of our dreams at first seem impossible,
       then they seem improbable, and then, when we
       summon the will, they soon become inevitable.
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