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Today brought me to the Schallaburg, a beautiful castle whose internal furnishings were stolen during WWII and which now hosts a major exhibition centre. The current Byzantine exhibition includes some amazingly rare artefacts, including loot from the 1204 sack of Constantinople & the oldest surviving original Imperial charter document, written some time in the ninth century.

Thought: The loneliest person in the world is not in a cave in some far off desert. They are not on a mountain peak, or an antarctic ice cap, or even on the surface of the moon.

The loneliest person is in the middle of a crowd; a network into which they can neither reach nor connect. The loneliest person is the one who observes and understands connection, whilst lacking it utterly.

mastodon is nice - I consistently get more and better engagement here than on Twitter, despite the smaller community size :)

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I am really bad at the sort of going out and introducing oneself to more senior scholars that's needed for good conference technique. It's an annoyingly important skill set in academia. :(

Managed to get to this conference-workshop on time - a one day one on "Armenia and Byzantium without Borders" run by the University of Vienna's Byzantium group. Should be exciting hopefully!

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Right, I need to start giving some serious thought to what on earth I'm going to say in this paper.

The thing I'm really petrified of with this is that there's a much better chance even than usual in academia that someone will have *already* said whatever I'm going to say, given I can't actually access most of the Georgian-language or any of the Russian-language modern literature on the stuff I'm researching. Language fail :/

Right, I need to start giving some serious thought to what on earth I'm going to say in this paper.

The thing I'm really petrified of with this is that there's a much better chance even than usual in academia that someone will have *already* said whatever I'm going to say, given I can't actually access most of the Georgian-language or any of the Russian-language modern literature on the stuff I'm researching. Language fail :/

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Got to start working on this talk sometime soon. I've got pretty much no idea what I'm going to say, and basically life until a bit after mid-May just looks like a horrendous ball of stress now.

Booked my flights for the US trip though. Eep!

(Any folk on Masto? I've got 2 nights to look round the place, suggestions welcome.)

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What extra stuff would you like to see coming from this account? Should we toot older stuff from our articles section more? What about geek music & talks from our YT content? We could also plug more of where you can post your own projects/things on our site, but don't know if that'd be useful or annoying.

Thoughts (and boosts so we can get more thoughts) appreciated :)

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Also, morning everyone. How're you all doing?

Are CWs falling out of favour on mastodon? Maybe it's just because I'm having a bad week myself, but I keep seeing really depression-tweaking or harrowing stuff in my feed and the only people using CWs are using them for "open this to see a cute thing!" jokes, which is cool but it'd be nice if they were used for their original intent too.

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I made a Doctor Who text adventure game, and you can download it and play it and stuff :) (And please do and let me know how it went...)

jubalbarca.itch.io/life

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