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I'm Tav, a 29yr old from London. I enjoy working on large-scale social, economic and technological systems.

Coincidences Don't Exist
Two Furies from an ancient vase

Not to be a fatalist, but I'm increasingly observing how frequently “coincidences” seem to be taking place.

Case in point, this morning Zooko messaged me out of the blue. It's been a few months since we last spoke and was nice to briefly catch up. He pointed me to his latest work — — an online storage service running on Tahoe, the P2P network he's been working on.

And it just so happened that earlier this evening, I was in need of a storage service to integrate into the coming Bootstrap specification. AllMyData happens to be one of the best fits — closely shadowed by

Neither contact from Zooko nor the need for a storage service is particularly surprising. But for it to happen on the same day is a pretty low probability. And on its own, not so surprising.

But taken together with all the other hundreds of little opportune coincidences that seem to take place in my life, I begin to wonder if coincidences really are coincidences?