Synesthesia and synchronicity have got to be two of the greatest words in the English language.
Synesthesia was the name of the radio program that used to come before mine on Trent Radio in the late 1980s. It was the creation of a woman named Leah Tremain who quickly became, and remains, one of my favourite people in the world. Our friendship was sparked by radiophonic proximity, and kept burning by a sort of double-reverse cuckold maneuver that we both unknowingly participated in, only learning the details of which when she was in Switzerland (or was it Sweden, I can never remember) and I was in Texas years later.
One dictionary definition of synesthesia is:
a sensation that normally occurs in one sense modality occurs when another modality is stimulated
In other words, “hearing colours” or “tasting sound.”
I told you it was a good word.
Synchronicity, on the other hand, means:
the relation that exists when things occur at the same time
That’s a far less dramatic definition, but the concept is interesting when you overlay reality on it. Like The Police did.
I had a small outbreak of synchronicity this weekend. I suddenly had a need to produce well-formatted reports, as PDF files, from a webserver. For two different clients. Elections PEI needed a nice-looking Supplementary List of Electors for the upcoming election, and Yankee Publishing needed nice-looking credit card transactions reports.
Fortunately, a smart bunch in Romania came to the rescue.
Interakt is a Bucharest-based software development house that produces a very sharp tool called PDFReports that happened to fill two voids for me this weekend almost perfectly (for those of you more techincally inclined, I’ll follow on with a more detailed review over on the Reinvented Labs website).
So I spent half the weekend lining up the last names of untold Gallants, Macdonalds and Doirons, and the balance lining up VISA, MasterCard and Discover payments. Synchronicity.
Next week: symmetry.