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Synchronicity [Oct. 21st, 2003|04:58 pm]
Callicrates
I'm having It's a Small World moments right and left here at this conference Last night at a reception I ran into Chris Johnson, an AI hacker who was a graduate student at Northwestern while I was there. That's a minor instance, though. I happened to catch a glimpse of a nametag that said Rome, NY... which is where willowisp and her family are from. sylke, the person who belongs to that nametag, grew up (and has family) in Durham, NC, maybe five miles from where I lived while I was going to school at UNC. She plays (or at least played) on Pern MU*s: one of her dragons is listed in the All the Weyrs list, which willowisp maintains. Beyond that, she is (or at least was) active in the SCA, so the odds are very high that clubjuggler either knows who she is or (with probability approaching one) knows someone who knows her.

This sort of thing has been happening to me on a regular basis as of
late. The most dramatic example before this one was one that willowisp mentioned in her journal: when it first became clear that we were going to move to Albuquerque, she went looking for LJ folk around here. She found quite a few. Then, when she started volunteering at Kitty City, she arranged to meet a couple of them over kittens one afternoon and brought them home to visit and talk for a little while. The following exchange took place once echoweaver and I started talking about where we were from...

E: "Yeah, I grew up in Indiana, went to high school there."

Me: "Where?"

E: "Oh, Indianapolis."

Me: "Where?"

E: (cautiously) "...Carmel?"

Me: "It's a small world. I grew up near Greenwood. My parents live
in Zionsville nowadays." (Note: Zionsville and Carmel are maybe 15
minutes apart.)

E: "You're kidding. Where did you go to high school?"

Me: "Perry Meridian, down on the south side."

E: "You might have known a friend of mine. I think he was there
around that time. His name's B...?"

Me: "...his first initial is G and he works on Debian now, right?"

E: (stunned look of disbelief)

I'm not sure where this is going to go next. I would only be half
surprised to hear that erish's significant other is
working on a project that's going to involve visualization work
happening at Sandia... and oh, by the way, I'll be working on it. I
suspect that if too much of this happens my brain will explode. I can think of worse ways to go.
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[User Picture]From: clubjuggler
2003-10-22 02:23 am (UTC)

Small world

Well, she looks somewhat familiar, but I can't say for sure I know who she is. Perhaps if I knew her SCA name.... (and if sylke is reading this, my SCA name is Kendrick Wayfarer, and I run the Merry Rose mailing list). Looking at her home page, however, she does know someone in the SCA I know too (although, not well), so your probability guess is correct. I'd probably also guess that she knows other people I know too, even though I haven't done anything but the mailing list in about the last 4-5 years. (I need to get back into rapier or archery sometime...)

So, anything interesting at Vis this year? :-)
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[User Picture]From: willowisp
2003-10-22 04:58 am (UTC)

Re: Small world

Hmmm. Speaking of synchronicity, you may well know, or at least be aware of, turnberryknkn or some of his friends.
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[User Picture]From: clubjuggler
2003-10-22 01:25 pm (UTC)

Re: Small world

Oh? How so? The only think I can think of is that he mentioned the Adventist hospital in Tokyo on his web page, so I was wondering if he was Adventist too.
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[User Picture]From: sylke
2003-10-22 03:13 pm (UTC)

Re: Small world

SCA name is Silence de Cherbourg, and we *must* know people in common. I was one of the notorious Buckston Brats, so Rick? Marnie? Ysolt? Wystan? Jim and Erica? Looks like the only SCAdian I mentioned on my webpage was Efenwealt, so that must be the person you know. I've kept myself subscribed to the Keep to stay on top of local baronial happenings, but the MR has way too much traffic for my tastes. ;)
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[User Picture]From: clubjuggler
2003-10-22 04:18 pm (UTC)

Re: Small world

What years did you play in Atlantia? I was very active from 1994 through 1998, but my activity tailed off dramatically when I went to graduate school at UNC (where I met callicrates ). I'm somewhat horrible with putting names and faces together, so although I know some of those names I couldn't point them out in a lineup. Most of the people I knew intimately were involved with a) rapier, b) archery, or c) heraldry (my wife jklgoduke had some of her work linked from the main SCA heraldry page for a while). Oh, wait, if you're subscribed to the keep, then you probably at least know of Melys (who also, unfortunately, doesn't play much anymore). She's a very good friend of mine (Lisa, so Andy knows who we're talking about). We've fought rapier together many times and were in the same clan for a while (Clan Baldwin).

I keep meaning to go to an event sometime, but it's somewhat difficult now that we have a 2 year old and a full schedule on top of that.

You're correct about Efenwealt. And I'm sure I've met him some event, but where I recognized the name was from the MR.

I find it somewhat amusing that I actually unsubscribed to the Keep since I couldn't stay on top of it. I'm obviously still subscribed to the MR (side effect of helping start the thing) but don't read it as much as some other lists I'm subscribed to.

So, just out of curiosity, where do you play these days. Oh, and is your device actually registered? I tried looking it up in the online armorials but didn't have much luck. Perhaps I got it wrong? Am I correct in reading it "Vert, a bend sinister or between six fleur-de-lis"?
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[User Picture]From: sylke
2003-10-22 05:06 pm (UTC)

Re: Small world

Huh, we did play about the same time, then. I played in Atlantia from 1995-ish (My first event was Boat Wars that year) until I left for college in the fall of 1997. Melys and I sang in the mini-madrigal group together for a bit that Jocetta/Joyce hosted briefly, so I know Melys only slightly better than you know Efenwealt. That long ago, she might've known me as Aurora instead, actually. I didn't go by Silence until January 1998. Rapier... Baron Alejandro, formerly Kheldar? He's a definite bud of mine. Gaston/Coty? I think he fenced once upon a time. Brotherhood of the Flaming Jackass ring a bell? (It was the name some folks took for their fencing team at a fencing event in Sacred Stone, maybe Emerald Joust, ended up being a very schtick-rich group.) Archery, not sure who does archery so much. Heraldry I didn't get into until a few months ago, so I'm not overly familiar with the heralds down there, but Gwenllian knows who I am, more from Herald's Point at Pennsic than when I lived in Buckston. Did you know Wookie/Wulfbrand Lurkr before he moved?

I play up in Æthelmearc nowadays, actually. My device passed Laurel in Feb. of this year, much to my glee. :) I'm not sure if your blazon is a viable alternative, but it's close. Vert, a bend sinister between six fleurs-de-lys Or. Since it's relatively recently registered, it's possible that the ordinaries haven't been updated. I can't get at the ordinaries at all this morning, so I can't check.
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[User Picture]From: clubjuggler
2003-10-22 08:02 pm (UTC)

Re: Small world

I do know Kheldar (or at least did at one point). BotFJ unfortuantely doesn't ring any bells sorry. And I do know who Wookie is, doesn't everyone? :-) You wouldn't happen to know Kyneburh Boithuile (oh my, I just noticed she's apparently Queen right now)? She's another very good friend of mine that was in the Triangle area for a while.

Congratulations on your device passing. (I really need to get mine into an LJ icon sometime...) Now that you mention the correct blazon, the rules of heraldry start to come back and remind me that you don't mention the color until you absolutely have to! (which explains why I put the "or" in the wrong place). It looks like your name shows up as registered, but your device hasn't shown up yet. That's not too surprising. (For contrast, here's my name, device, and badge.)

Well, hey, anyway, it's very nice meeting you online. If you're ever back in the triangle area, it would be cool to meet in person (or if I ever make it back to Pennsic some year).
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[User Picture]From: clubjuggler
2003-10-22 08:20 pm (UTC)

Where in Atlantia

Oh, I forgot to mention where I played (which probably has bearing on who we know in common). From 1994 until the summer of 1998 I lived in the greater DC area so I did most of my SCA playing with the Barony of Storvik (I was their rapier marshall for a while and their first webminister, back before there was such a term). I did a fair amount of traveling throughout the kingdom in 1994 and 1995 but cut back a bit on it when I got married in the fall of 1995.

Oh, and can you help me out with something here. I've been wracking my brain trying to remember the name of a couple from Chapel Hill that had a madrigal group for a while but then moved to the Chicago (?) area at the end of 1998. She was a knight (Fern! that's who it was) and he was a Baron (now if I could just remember his name). They were very cool people and we were very sad to see them move just after we moved down to where they were.
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[User Picture]From: sylke
2003-10-23 02:52 pm (UTC)

Re: Where in Atlantia

Oh! See, I was under the impression that you'd played with Windmaster's regularly, which was where we were getting all confused. I didn't realize you were up in Storvik when you were playing. In that case I'm not at all surprised you don't know of the Flaming Jackass folks. Kyneburh sounds familiar, but probably just because I've heard of her as Queen.

Aaaand, just to be herald-geeky, here's the Laurel letter my device went through on. AEthelmearc has the best herald's page (http://www.aeheralds.org/) I've seen -- they link every submission to the letters it's mentioned on.

You're thinking of Sir Fern and Master Robyyan, Laurel in dance. They rock my world. :)
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[User Picture]From: sylke
2003-10-22 03:22 pm (UTC)
Well, I only ever had one dragon, but I do still play SCA pretty actively up here. :)

You don't have any connections to Juneau, Alaska, do you? (Wait, why am I bothering asking here? I'll see you in person this morning. ;) )
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[User Picture]From: callicrates
2003-10-22 05:30 pm (UTC)
Juneau? No connections that I know of, although it's early yet. (And yes, it's silly to post this when you're sitting fifteen feet away, but conferences are sort of surreal to begin with.)
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