Modern Society

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

Pennsic included in Google Maps

Jeff Morton reports that the Pennsic War has been captured by the cartographers of Google Satellite Maps.

Gary Gygax, "Father of D&D", dies at age 69

For many in the SCA and other Middle Ages living history organizations, the first introduction to acting the part of someone from a medieval culture was a game of Dungeons and Dragons (D&D). Gary Gygax, one of the co-creators of D&D more than 30 years ago, died today after several years of declining health.

Pennsylvania may end "Beer Case Law"

Moderate drinkers at Pennsic take heart. The end of Pennsylvania's beer "case law," which requires purchase of an entire case of beer at a time, may be at hand.

Multidisciplinary Medieval Studies Center opens

The University of St Andrews in Scotland is opening a new interdisciplinary center for Medieval Studies that is one of the largest such centers.

New regulations may limit use of black powder weapons

A plan to regulate antique firearms in New York City may have repercussions for re-enactors and museums who use black powder weapons. If passed, owners of these weapons would be required to submit to the same licensing rules as for other firearms.

Road-tripping with Henry VIII

The Snickers road trip guys are at it again - this time with Henry VIII - munching away on a Snickers bar accompanied by "Greensleeves." Watch the video on YouTube.

British farmer hides mock castle from authorities

Apparently to avoid building inspections and zoning laws, Robert Fidler, a farmer in Surrey, England, built and lived in a complete mock-Tudor house and concealed the structure behind hay bales.

Arizona speed enforcement technology may affect Estrella travelers

Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano reports that new photo radar has been deployed on Arizona highways with the hope that speeding fines will help the state's budget shortfall.

An Tir knight's benefit stair climb on YouTube

Sir Brand of reports that the sports editor of the University of Washington Daily has produced a 2-minute video chronicling the An Tir knight's challenge to climb 5,000 stairs in 2 hours to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Modern siege engine throws bowling ball 80 feet

The modern meets the medieval when some bored engineers from Harcos, Inc. decided to turn an industrial robot into a catapult capable of bashing a car with a bowling ball 80 feet away.

Canadian/US border crossing regulations changed January 31, 2008

United States Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff has announced the Department's intention to change requirements for crossing the border between the U.S. and Canada. American and Canadian citizens will no longer be allowed to just declare their citizenship.

Medieval-style weapon allegedly used during a party

Following a brawl at a party, a South Lake Tahoe teenager was arrested for allegedly attacking another person with a mace.

"As time goes by" Roman style

Just in time for Valentine's Day, Professor Judith Hallett of the University of Maryland, looks at how love was expressed in ancient Rome.

Comments sought: Translation of Corporate Documents

The SCA Inc. Board of Directors is seeking member comments on a proposed change to Corpora related to translation of SCA official documents into non-English languages. (UPDATED)

Hungary's Year-Long Rennaisance Festival

The contemporary celebration marks 550 years since the celebrated Hungarian King Matthias brought Italian Renaissance thinkers and artists to Hungary and contributed to the development of humanist ideas in greater Europe.

SCA-LLS-Gold Sponsorship - US$5,000 raised so far

Sir Brand deux Leonsand Mistress Cymbric of the Isles report on the progress of the Leukemia/Lymphoma benefit tourney at the Kingdom of An Tir's 12th Night Coronation.

"Black Death" poses a new threat

The plague, which once devastated the population of Europe, is on the rise again, according to experts. Around 100-200 cases are reported annually, but the disease is cropping up in new locations.

DunDraCon needs you!

Margrethe Astrid Ravn reports that DunDraCon, a gaming convention that runs from February 15-18, 2008 in San Ramon, California, is looking for SCA members to serve as experts and offer demos.

Popping the cork with style

Amaze your friends! Learn how to open a champagne bottle with a sword! No kidding, WikiHow has the instructions.

Nicola Barker's "Darkmans" reviewed

Nick Owchar of the Vancouver Sun offers a review of the new novel by Nicola Barker, Darkmans, which tells the story of "a long-dead king's jester, a precocious child and the debris of history that keeps floating to the surface."

Maryland man claims kingship of Isle of Man

David Howe of Frederick, Maryland was recently crowned king of the Isle of Man, a fact that might be surprising to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of England. Howe, who became King David of Mann in March, 2007, has filed a claim for the island with the British government.

Milpitas Office Power Outage

The Society for Creative Anachronism Office Complex will be without power on 1/4/08 from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (P.S.T.) The fax machine and telephones will not be operational during that time.

Cardinal Wolsey's blog

Cardinal Wolsey, Humble Servant of King Henry, shares his "musings on Tudor history, medieval history, early-modern history and anything else that takes his fancy" on his blog.

SCA Inc. Announcement on Background Checks

Patrick Anderson, President of the SCA Inc., has made a brief announcement concerning the implementation of background checks for certain officials of the organization.

Controversial heraldic lion altered

The Swedish military has altered the symbol of the Nordic Battlegroup's coat of arms, an intact heraldic lion, after protest from female soldiers.

Guinness is good for you!

New research states that a pint of Guinness a day "may work as well as an aspirin to prevent heart clots that raise the risk of heart attacks," according to an article in the BBC.

"Holy Blood and the Holy Grail" author dies at 64

Author Richard Leigh, best known as one of the co-authors of The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail, has died in London at the age of 64. The nonfiction work proposed that Jesus Christ fathered a child and that the bloodline continues.

Pop culture breathes life into Latin

Popular movies, movie stars, and TV series such as Harry Potter, Angelina Jolie, and Star Trek are mainly entertainment, but they also have helped keep Latin in the public eye when it otherwise would be forgotten outside academia.

Roses Cancer Tournament at Estrella War XXI

Countess Mariana Vivia of Atenveldt has announced that she will host the Roses Cancer Tournament at Estrella War XXIV.

Dr. Robert Cade, inventor of Gatorade, dies in Florida

The next time you pause for a drink on the battlefield, raise your plastic jug in honor of Dr. Robert Cade, the inventor of Gatorade, who died recently of kidney failure in Jacksonville, Florida. He was 80 years old.