I have encountered an error I cannot comprehend. Sounds like it's time to go home.I have two sets of friends: Technical, and esoteric. The technical folks assumed it was a computer error, and sympathized. The esotericists thought I was making a profound gnostic comment on the nature of reality, tongue in cheek of course.
I'm continually struck how much my interest in esotericism is overlapped by my interest in technology. Both groups are often researching obscure areas and sources of knowledge, for bits of information the vast majority of humanity does not care about, in order to produce a result that may or may not be observable by anyone else.
We work with immaterial objects to produce subtle effects that create huge differences to those who can see them, but the vast majority of folks it looks like 'luck' or 'easy' or 'why didn't I think of that?'
And then, when people want something, they think it's easy to just 'whip up a solution', not realizing the research and obscure bits of knowledge needed to make the effect they want happen. I can no more call up an Aztec god of the dead than I can write you a user interface in Java, without a great deal of preparation.
It helps that I tend to work with obscure systems in what are already obscure fields. I work with Judeo-Christian Shem ha-Mephoresh in my esoteric work, and a large ERP system in my day job. This makes for a narrow, but usually very interested, audience. Also, I don't get to go over a lot of ground that everyone goes over. I'm out there on the cutting edge of esoteric technology.
Granted, I'm not using binary lambda calculus or the Rohonc Codex, but it's not common either.
In any case, my studies are wide and varied.