Modern Society

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

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.

Pennsic Ride Share

In light of the current trend in gas prices, a Pennsic Ride Share mailing list has been set up to exchange offers of rides or for those looking for rides.

Kristina and the Red Knight

8-year-old Kristina Roberts is no spoiled princess! What she dreamed of most was to enter a real joust. Recently her dream came true at Warwick Castle in England. (photo)

New Janet Arnold book to be released November 2008

Janet Arnold's Patterns of Fashion: Cut and Construction of Linen Shirts, Smocks, Neck and Headwear, Etc., C. 1540-1665 No. 4 has been scheduled for release in late fall of 2008.

Spanish drought reveals medieval city

A severe drought affecting the city of Barcelona, Spain has lowered the water table in the massive Sau reservoir, revealing a once-submerged medieval village. The town was flooded when the reservoir, which supplies Barcelona, was built in the 1960s. (photo)

Practice Latin on the Vatican website

An ancient tongue gets a modern boost with the creation of Sancta Sedes, a Latin section of the Vatican's website which features papal texts and religious works.

SCA Heavy Cavalry

Sir Morgan of the Kingdom of Ansteorra has announced that he has created a new discussion list for motorcycle enthusiasts in that Kingdom. The SCA Heavy Cavalry is on Google Groups.

SCA gear stolen in West Kingdom

Moira O'Connor reports that her vehicle containing SCA gear was stolen May 14, 2008, and asks that gentles in the SCA community keep an eye out for the stolen property.

Armor stolen in Meridies

Benedict Longsword of Monmouth reports that armor was stolen from the vehicle of Michael Ward (Ian Lowery) in Montgomery, Alabama during the weekend of May 10-11, 2008. Lord Benedict hopes that SCA members will be on the lookout for it.

“Put down your lance, Vance!”

Security was tight for the April 1, 2008 meeting of U.S. President George W. Bush and Ukraine’s President Viktor Yushchenko, as captured by Reuters photographer Grigory Dukor, who observed security's reaction to guys in armor.