No, not the porn search hits, although they continue getting weirder and weirder every time I check my dashboard.
At the conference of the Australian Early Medieval Association in Brisbane last week, I told the nice person who was chairing my session that I’d just won the SMFS essay prize, because, hey, I’m feeling proud of myself. Including this in my introduction had an interesting result: after everyone had dispersed for the day, a Nice Person stopped and asked me Do you have a blog?
To which I said yes, and turns out she found me via Jonathan Jarrett, and having read my self-aggrandisement on here, successfully identified me as the Naked Philologist. Slightly odd (I keep forgetting that Real People also use the internet) but pretty cool.
Other things which happened at AEMA:
* My paper went pretty well- no one fell asleep, at least. There was one other paper on an 11th century subject, and two from around the seventh century, and aside from that everyone was early patristic scholars. The one Scary Person whose feedback I feared was exhausted and said nothing particularly scary.
* I was given an awful lot of very strange advice. This included
– Don’t get married (from mostly divorced people).
– I’m glad you’re taking some time off, you should get married and have children before you start your PHD. (This from a single person.)
– Don’t waste your youth on partying and drinking (this from a drunk person).
– Do a PHD on medieval urban planning, and become a lecturer in the history of urban planning, because there is a shortage of urban planning lecturers and they might actually pay you (this from a Norsist who is working as a business historian).
I also was given some less strange advice, eg that I should write a paper on bondage jokes in SGGK because it’d look interesting on a resume. And some helpful tips on writing a thesis introduction, from the aforementioned Nice Person (HI, nice person!).
The moral of today’s Procrastination Post is: go to conferences, they are vastly entertaining.