my, what an interesting coincidence

And regular readers know how much I love coincidences.

Yesterday afternoon, I received this comment from Robert Farago:


This morning, I received this now-deleted comment from "Daedalus":


The comment has been deleted because that black block is covering up personal information, and, by and large, I do not permit that kind of information to be posted on this site. I attempted to email "Daedalus" here and inform him of that policy, when, lo and behold, GMail gave me this error:


Absolutely shocking, I know.

So where am I going with all of this? Well, take a look at the first two emails; see anything… similar?

The IP address:, for both of them. That IP address (in fact, that whole IP block), unsurprisingly, resolves to the Venetian Resort, Hotel, and Casino, which is the hotel connected to the Sands Expo and Convention center, where the SHOT Show was held this year; both establishments are owned by the Las Vegas Sands Corporation.

Obviously, I cannot authoritatively state that Robert Farago is Daedalus – I have no idea how the wireless access points at the Venetian are configured, it is entirely likely that all wireless customers connecting to those WAPs all show the same external IP, and I can easily think of at least two other entities at SHOT show who would happily express similar sentiments given the promise of anonymity (and one in particular who seems to enjoy outing gunbloggers) – but it is an interesting coincidence, is it not?

[Update] Recent events have shown me I might be wrong about my SHOT Show anonymous coward. Indeed, it is probably going to turn out to be one of the other folks I suspected, unsurprisingly enough. [/Update]