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10:08pm on Thursday, 26th May, 2005:

Everyday Spookiness


This morning I found myself humming the first movement of Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto. It's not something I've hummed for a while, and I didn't ask for it, so I took note. This afternoon, I had the radio on in the car, listening to some book programme on Radio 4. They started talking about a gritty novel set in Northern Ireland during the late 1970s/early 1980s, which I particularly did not want to hear about, so I turned over to Classic FM. Playing on it was the first movement of Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto.

This isn't what this post is about, however.

What it is about is a different coincidence. Tomorrow, I'm going off to do some consultancy for a company creating a virtual world with a religious component (I can't say any more, non-disclosure agreements and all that). I looked through my ever-growing pile of papers I have yet to read, seeking anything to do with religion, and found The Rhetoric of Religion. It opens with a quote from Raph Koster.

Except, it's not written as "Raph", it's written as "Ralph", just as I've been talking about such things right here on QBlog. The opening quote of the paper, right after the title, and it gets the name of the person it's citing wrong!

In the references section, we do get "Raph" rather than "Ralph". We also, however, get "Rapheal".

I thought I had trouble with Bartle...

Referenced by Ripples of Coincidence.

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