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Overlapping worlds

I believe it was purplecthulhu who, last week, said that there are only 1000 people in the world. We all spend our spare time runnning around, playing the part of extras in other peoples' lives.

  • The British Society for Literature and Science was an exercise in overlap. Every time I saw someone else I knew, I had to think: did I know them because of academic history of science circles or science fiction circles? I'm not used to seeing them all together in one place, engaged in one academic enterprise.

  • At aca's birthday party, I ran into someone who recognized me from Eastercon in 1998.

  • There were Pie People at madcatlady's wedding party.

  • Loreena McKennitt has a new album out, and is therefore on tour. I learned of this by way of irisbleu, who then already had a ticket to the concert and was going. So last night, leaving the concert, I ran into coalescent, partner, and friend. He was surprised at the coincidence; I observed I knew someone else there. It turned out the friend knew irisbleu.


Now it's my turn to go be an extra.

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kashmera
Apr. 4th, 2007 11:11 pm (UTC)
PK likes Loreena McKennitt a lot - her new CD was his birthday present back in early December, which meant he played it a lot, so I'm certainly aware of her music now. His nephew commented that her new album sounds a lot like her old one, but perhaps he's not a fan ^o^.

Speaking of connections & extras, I noted the other day that someone on your friends list has both you and my sister as LJFriends.
owlfish
Apr. 4th, 2007 11:27 pm (UTC)
C. really didn't know her music, but seemed to like her newer work better than her older work, at least, as it was performed on stage. The newer pieces made more structured use of the mass of instrumentalists, allowing each to shine more distinctly.

We are most only one or two degrees from each other, it sometimes seems: LJ just makes it easier to figure out who those connectors are than does most casual conversation.
purplecthulhu
Apr. 4th, 2007 11:16 pm (UTC)
And at BSLS we worked out that *I* recognized you from eastercon 1998!
owlfish
Apr. 4th, 2007 11:21 pm (UTC)
That's true! Which is even more extraordinary, since I've re-known you for over a year before that realization struck.
a_d_medievalist
Apr. 4th, 2007 11:35 pm (UTC)
Well, I know you in more than one context, and since I started to LJ in order to read celandineb's LJ (and I knew her via my regular blog), my world has got very small! In fact, I think there are only two or three people on my f-list whom I don't know IRL or at least am removed from RL knowledge by only one person (so, frex, swisstone, who knows you and a fair few others!

It's kind of neat, but I've also had it backfire on me once.
owlfish
Apr. 4th, 2007 11:43 pm (UTC)
I'll be seeing swisstone this weekend - he's on the program in Chester.

Ah yes. It's hard to tell amusing second-hand anecdotes about friends when it turns out your audience was there at the time, for example.
a_d_medievalist
Apr. 5th, 2007 12:11 am (UTC)
Thank goodness, I don't think that's ever happened to me!
calindy
Apr. 5th, 2007 02:55 am (UTC)
Nights from Alhambra
Hmm - I watched the PBS special, "Nights from the Alhambra" but didn't really focus on the fact that she has a new album out. Thanks for making me take a look.

And..I agree about the 1000 - though it feels like my family makes up 50% of them!
owlfish
Apr. 5th, 2007 10:00 am (UTC)
Re: Nights from Alhambra
They had a copy of the special for sale at the concert.

I had no idea your family played most of the extras in my life!

P.S. If you don't already know about their accounts, you may be very interested in littleowl and f_butterfly.
moon_custafer
Apr. 5th, 2007 03:20 am (UTC)
I just call it "the Secret Geek Underground." My belief is that while there are many people in the world, we live in several different social universes. These universes don't touch each other, but within them, the same people keep running across each other. Of course, since I live within the Geekverse, I have no idea how people meet each other and make friends in the other universes.

PS- after a co-worker today muttered something about everybody being out to get her, another co-worker intoned, "it's six-and-a-half billion to one..."
vschanoes
Apr. 5th, 2007 03:32 am (UTC)
Oh, yes, that's exactly it. And it explains why, when you drop out of a certain social circle, you also stop accidentally running into its members.
vschanoes
Apr. 5th, 2007 03:34 am (UTC)
there are only 1000 people in the world. We all spend our spare time runnning around, playing the part of extras in other peoples' lives.

Well, that explains why I'm so exhausted all the time, doesn't it. I hope I'm having fun in all my other lives.
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