Sunday, November 11, 2012

#Hashtag Universe

I'm weirded out sometimes by how things seem to follow me around. It's like when you learn a new word, and then you start hearing that word everywhere and it seems like everyone else just learned that word too. In fact, it feels like the world is one big Twitter, where things are organized by topic and when you click on one, you see related posts with the same hashtag.

First example: It has been at least a year, if not more, since I have seen, talked about, or even heard mentioned one of my old favorite shows, Whose Line is it Anyway? But the other day—or rather, a few months ago, when I started writing this post—we were in the car with our nieces, and something made me think of that sound effects game they play. I told the girls about it and they played in the backseat (which was, incidentally, hilarious). Then I got on Pinterest that night and saw this meme:


[These are the bits I wrote up several weeks ago, when I started this post:]

I'm going through a book that's a timeline of history, going through each year and charting significant things that happened in politics, music, visual arts, religion, science and technology, and so on. Somewhere in the 1700s I read about the capacitor being invented, and noted it because of course it made me think of Back to the Future. I don't think I've ever heard of a capacitor outside that context—but then just a day or two later, there was a How Stuff Works article in my Facebook news feed about them.

Mike worked at Vivint for a little while earlier this summer. It's a security company I'd never heard of before (used to be Apex, I think) and their logo is a bright orange circle. I've seen signs in his neighborhood recently, and stickers on minivans outside Starbucks—but now they're advertising on Pandora, too.

A few days ago, Mike brought up Community and we talked about how I don't really like it, so I won't be interested in watching season three. I had completely forgotten about that show—hadn't seen or heard anything about it in several months. Then the next day I got on Facebook and there were ads for it all over my sidebar.

Yesterday Mike came home with three $1 coins, and I thought they were cool because I've never gotten one of them before. Ever. Then I went to hear a speaker at the Salt Lake Public Library last night, and when I paid for parking, the machine gave me back three $1 coins.

[And these are the new ones I came here to add:]

Last week I read The Invention of Hugo Cabret, essentially on a whim, because a patron handed it to me and asked if I could just check it in for her instead of putting it in the bookdrop. I'd never thought of reading it before. Then on Friday, on my way to work, I turned on NPR and heard them discussing Georges Melies and his movies (which feature prominently in Hugo).

The other day I was thinking about Around the World on Eighty Legs, just remembering that I'd liked it. A few minutes later I picked up the book I was reading, and the protagonist mentioned that his two favorite books were The Three Musketeers and Around the World in Eighty Days.

I finished that same book—Black Radishes, by Susan Lynn Meyer—and liked it so much that at work that night, I went to NoveList to find read-alikes. One of the first recommendations was Waiting for Anya by Michael Morpurgo—who I'd never heard of until earlier that evening, when a patron was looking for a book by him that was missing from the shelf.

I find it really unsettling when these things happen, but in a way it's also kind of fascinating... as though there really is synchronicity in the universe, and even the smallest things are all connected.

1 comment:

  1. I love it when things like that happen to me and I like to think of it as the universe's way of telling me that I'm exactly where I'm supposed to be at that point in time.

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