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There are several intersecting stories here, all which are predicated on the fact that Medieval academia, Science Fiction fandom, University of York graduates, and LiveJournal are all small communities where everyone is connected by very few degrees of separation. Actually, that sums it all up quite nicely: I spent last night in a nicely moved-into house meeting people I'd seen before, heard of, or, at furthest, were friends of friends.*

Several days ago, someone in the dianawynnejones community posted a link to a really nifty do-it-yourself model of Howl's Moving Castle. If you have a color printer and a whole lot of time to kill, it looks like fun. Through brief reply to that post, someone whose username rang no bells contacted me; someone who, upon further reading, already knew me, and I her. Thus it was I was back in touch in time to attend fjm's housewarming party last night.

A year or so ago, chickenfeet2003 suggested a few LJers I might like to read, including childeric. Although a medievalist, his posting topics tended more towards heavy metal, so I never followed. I did notice his York associations though. And he too was at the party last night. As it turns out, we know a fair handful of the same York SF club folks, in addition to both being York medievalists. chilperic, whose housewarming it also was, is a York medievalist as well.

Several months back, I had the fun of attending easterbunny's Pie competition. (Because really, there is little in life more enjoyable than meeting up with friends and eating pie all afternoon.) Among the LJ cohort to attend that event were flick and drplokta - who were also at the housewarming party last night. It quickly became apparently that most people in England know easterbunny and aca.

Anyways, you get the idea. I ate fruit salad and drank wine under the darkening skies in a lush garden, talking about the meaning of plants in Medieval texts, fairy tale studies in New York City, engineering with marbles, commuting relationships, and organic chocolate. It was a very good evening.

* Including headgardener, the_gardener, ladymoonray, swisstone, d_aulnoy, and vschanoes



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Jul. 24th, 2005 02:07 pm (UTC)
[info]chickenfeet2003 suggested a few LJers I might like to read, including [info]childeric.

Are you sure it was me? I don't think I have even heard of childeric
Jul. 24th, 2005 03:36 pm (UTC)
Professor Edward James, once of the University of York.
Jul. 24th, 2005 03:58 pm (UTC)
Hmm. I was deeply certain you were the connection. You recommended two LJs to me at the time, oursin's and that of a medievalist. Perhaps I browsed through to childeric's from wherever you sent me? I wish I could remember now.
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Aug. 19th, 2005 01:46 pm (UTC)
Thank you for accounting for childeric!

There are endless small-world connections among the Brits I know on LJ, but most of them can be accounted for by either SF fandom or York. Such as you knowing sarcaustik. Not that I know her, but she's dating a friend from York.

I've seen first-hand how well-connected flick is.
Jul. 24th, 2005 03:17 pm (UTC)
Ahh, circles of connections... there are a few names mentioned in your post that I believe I have also met in passing...
Jul. 24th, 2005 05:38 pm (UTC)
Medieval academia, Science Fiction fandom, University of York graduates, and LiveJournal are all small communities where everyone is connected by very few degrees of separation.
Also mathematicians, The Serial diners, etc. ---what I like to call The Secret Geek Underground.

Seriously, I've begun to suspect geeks have a far better social life than the mainstream....
Jul. 24th, 2005 08:59 pm (UTC)
Very true. You will not be the least surprised to hear that I met a mathematician at last night's event as well. And Serial Diners, despite originating in Toronto, are everywhere too: look at the growing London outpost of us.
Jul. 25th, 2005 03:53 pm (UTC)
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Jul. 26th, 2005 08:57 pm (UTC)
Squee, a medievalist! I love finding medievalists. This is because I am a geek. Erm, hello. I am an MA graduate of York Uni, UK (I am guessing you are York Uni, Toronto?). I looked at your website and was impressed by your conference doings. I want to be presenting papers, dammit! (Though not on metalwork, I admit that.)
Jul. 27th, 2005 09:06 am (UTC)
Hello! It's good to meet you. I too am an MA grad of Medieval Studies at York UK. I know, my current degree is in Toronto, but I did my MA over here in the UK. (Which is very indirectly how I met rhube).

Conference papers are yours for the giving - you've done a thesis at York, original research, which is all presentable in bite-sized units at conferences if you want to. Go forth and apply to some!
Jul. 27th, 2005 11:04 am (UTC)
When did you do your MA? I was 2003-4. Hopefully I should be back in York this autumn to start a PhD - waiting on funding shenanigans.

I didn't think conferences (in terms of producing papers) would be open to people not engaged in doctoral research at the least. At the moment I wouldn't have any time anyway, but it's an interesting thought. Sadly though, if I don't get to do my PhD I find it unlikely I'll be able to continue my research...
Jul. 27th, 2005 11:13 am (UTC)
I did my MA in '97-'98.

Conferences - most of them - are open to anyone producing original and relevant research. There are usually a fair handful of papers given at the major conferences by "Indepdent Scholars", people with no current institutional affiliation. The more exclusive conferences will care about affiliation - but usually the exclusive conferences are those which want their paper-givers to be tenure-track faculty, so PhD students won't qualify either. Kalamazoo, Leeds, and most of the regular regional conferences are all open to unaffiliated scholars.
Jul. 27th, 2005 12:52 pm (UTC)
Ah, cool. I like universities being broad minded. After all, where would the study of local history be, for instance, without the enthusiasm of non-professionals?

Anyway, hopefully I will be starting a course in October which will give me the time to do original research. At the moment I don't think I'd have the energy, doing a full time job and commuting and such.
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