Modern Society

Areas of interest in the modern political, legal, economic, and technological worlds, where such items bear directly on the living history community

Eunuch's-eye-view of China's Forbidden City

A new virtual tour of Beijing's Forbidden City allows visitors to step into the silk slippers of an imperial eunuch for a behind-the-scenes virtual tour of the cultural treasure.

ShadowCon XIII

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Their Graces, Duke Sir Kane and Ilissa invite the Known World to their annual party, the SCA / Sci-Fi convention, ShadowCon XIII!

Come join us for a winter weekend indoors! There will be fencing, heavy weapons and tourneys. There will be gaming, D&D, Vampire LARP, computer gaming, board games, an International game room, Merchants Masquerade (Historical, Sci-Fi, and Fantasy), Hall costume contest, Belly Dance lessons, Friday night dance with a DJ, Saturday night Haffla (Belly dance party), Kane's Auction of the Strange and Unusual, and MORE. Location:
House Shadow Legion (Memphis, Tennessee)

SCA is a major consumer of rattan

The government of India has recognized that, as a crop, rattan can provide people living in poverty "with a sustainable way out of poverty, a stable source of income for growing range of micro, small and medium sized enterprises." An article on their website lists the SCA as a consumer of the crop.

Re-enactor photo used to make point in Brisbane Times

A photo of armored combat was used in the October 10 online edition of the Brisbane (Australia) Times to make a legal point. According to the lead line in the article, "Queenslanders can now challenge one another to duels but face jail for leaving their children unsupervised."

Study of Latin regains popularity

Latin, the language once considered dead and buried, is finding new life in New York's suburbs where middle school students hope to increase test scores, or read Harry Potter's Latin spells by studying the language.

SCAdian now in space

Don Shamino, known in the modern world as Richard Garriott, became the first SCA member to travel into space October 12, 2008 when he blasted off in a Soyuz TMA-13 spacecraft. The 47-year-old multimillionaire from Austin, Texas paid US$30 million to spend time on the International Space Station.

SCA Fighter on "So You Think You Can Dance Canada"

"So You Think You Can Dance Canada" is a dance reality show and competition that airs on CTV. Izzac Smith, aka Cyrus of Wolfpack, is has made the top 20 for the show. His next big vote comes up on October 9th.

SCA tops list of "Top Ten Complaints of the Geek's Wife"

Wired Magazine's GeekDad blog features a "Top Ten Complaints of the Geek's Wife" list supposedly written by the long-suffering female spouse of a game-playing, technology-loving, SCA member.

"Hogwarts Professor" claims alchemy used to change characters in Potter books

John Granger believes there is so much more to the Harry Potter universe than magic potions. He shares his thoughts through a series of books and lectures which, he hopes, "disclose the underlying symbolism hidden in the so-called 'children’s stories.'"

Rapier fighter runs for office in Napa, California

Opponents of 35-year-old single mom Amber Martin for a City Council seat may want to think twice. This lady puts on armor and fights with a rapier.

Red Scarf Project

The Red Scarf Project, sponsored by the Orphan Foundation of America, is taking donations of handmade knitted and crocheted red scarves to include in Valentine's Day care packages for foster youth.

Excerpt available from "American Nerds"

Recently SCAtoday.net reported about the the book American Nerd by Benjamin Nugent. Now a full excerpt about the author's adventures to a Caidan Coronation in the Barony of Dun Or and Estrella War in the Kingdom of Atenveldt are available online.

"Crazy Viking" creates Nordic Inn in Minnesota

Visitors to the Kingdom of Northshield might want to plan a visit to the Viking Inn, "Central Minnesota 's Nordic Inn Medieval Brew and Bed."

SCA Inc. announces new corporate web site

Patrick Anderson, President of the SCA Inc., has released the organization's official announcement of the new corporate web site.

SCA debuts redesigned corporate web site

The main corporate web site of the SCA Inc. went "live" this weekend with a significant redesign of the site's cosmetics and organization.

"Stick or Treat!"

The Duck Tape Club is sponsoring the Stick or Treat Halloween Costume Contest™ now through October 10, 2008. Participants are encouraged to create their own Halloween costumes using Duck Tape.

Codex Sinaiticus to be available online

The Codex Sinaiticus, a 1,600-year-old version of Bible, has been digitized and is being made available online. The manuscript is one of the oldest versions of the Bible.

Dons in space!

Richard Garriott, known in the Kingdom of Ansteorra as Don Shamino, will become the next space tourist when he blasts off in the fall of 2008 aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft for a 10-day stay on the International Space Station.

Knights Templar demand redress from the Pope

700 years after the Knights Templar were eradicated by the Catholic Church, the Association of the Sovereign Order of the Temple of Christ has launched a court case in Spain demanding that the Church exonerate the Order and return assets worth EU€100bn.

SCA Soldier

SCA Soldiers is a volunteer-led group providing aid, comfort, and contact to the men and women serving in their countries armed forces.

Faintheart - coming soon to a theater near you...

A romantic comedy set in the world of Viking re-enactment? It's true. The film is Faintheart and it's scheduled for release in the UK in September 2008. View a trailer online.

King of Norway Knights Penguin

Nils Olav, a king penguin residing at the Edinburgh Zoo in Scotland, was knighted by the King of Norway for his long service to the military.

Life lessons learned on El Camino de Santiago

Modern spiritual seekers are finding value in a medieval pilgrimage. Spain's 500-mile-long El Camino de Santiago gives participants plenty of time to meditate. Jillian Mueller of the Christian Science Monitor chronicles her journey.

Pennsic: Firewood quarantine

Mistress Jessa d'Avondale, Pennsicwar.org webmaster, reports that last year's Pennsylvania firewood quarantine is still in effect.

Gosh, we're nerds!

Once considered awkward and socially incompetent, nerds have become more acceptable, although not completely integrated into polite society. This is the premise of American Nerd, a new book by Benjamin Nugent, who includes gamers and SCA members in his list of nerds.

Environmentally-friendly "hobbit house" in Wales

Although technically not period for SCA, the Simondale House in rural Wales is an environmentally-friendly, family-built home that uses mostly period materials and would fit right into many SCA folks' dreams of the perfect dwelling.

Queen of England strips Knight of his title

HRM Elizabeth II, Queen of England, has stripped Robert Mugabe, President of Zimbabwe, of his knighthood in a move to protest the human rights abuses in his country.

Position Open-Chief Technical Officer, SCA, Inc.

The SCA Inc. seeks applicants for the position of Chief Technical Officer, for a three-year term beginning August 15, 2008. This is a part-time volunteer position requiring technical leadership and a commitment of approximately 10-15 hours per week plus availability for emergencies.

June 14, 2008 is Worldwide Knit in Public Day!

All over the world, knitters will come together to promote their craft on June 14, 2008!

Update on stolen gear in West Kingdom

Moira O'Connor and Aine ingen Fhinn report that the van stolen recently with most of their SCA gear inside has been recovered, although much of the gear has not.