Modern Society

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

Roman Numerals: For SCAdians - and Football Fans!

The subject of Roman numberals seems to crop up every year: in January for football fans and in May for members of the SCA. This year the Olympic Games complicate an already mystifying system.

Design your Own Tartan

The Interactive Tartan Weaver, located in Conrie, Perthshire, Scotland, has a website which allows visitors to design and produce images of their own tartans.

Shire of Esfenn to Simulate Armageddon

Leohtulf of the Silver Hills reports that National Geographic will have a team of videographers to film the Shire of Esfenn's fighter practice in Hayward, California March 5, 2006. The practice will be used as footage for the Battle of Armageddon.

Baronial Regalia Stolen in Artemisia

On 27, February, 2006 between the hours of 12:00 midnight, the garage and vehicles belonging to Their Excellencies of Loch Salann (Salt Lake City, Utah), Artemisia, were broken into. Several items of regalia were stolen.

"UK£100,000 Will Help Us Save Our King"

At more than 800 years old, it is known as the King of Holderness. But St Augustine's Church in the heart of Hedon is slowly crumbling.

New Road Plans for Stonehenge

The controversy continues. English Heritage is still working on options to remove traffic from the area around Stonehenge, this time with five different options.

Anachronista

Medieval Geekery - SCA Rantings - New Technologies - Fyne Gossip

One woman's personal blog that hopes to find the funny side of the SCA, Gamers, Science Fiction and RenFairs. Updated often!

In Memoriam: John Brook-Little, Clarenceux King of Arms

John Brooke-Little, Clarenceux King of Arms of England, who did much through his persuasive writings to advance an interest in the subject of heraldry, died on Feb. 13, 2006 at the age of 78.

Geoffrey Chaucer Hath A Blogge

Geoffrey Chaucer giveth advice, posteth the toppe X searches inn hys netwerk, and "the privitees of the manye abbreviaciouns ywritten on the internette". BSL (by seinte loy!) Thou shalt be ROFL ("rollinge on the floore laughinge").

Rapier Gear Stolen in Michigan

Zygmunt Nadratowski reports that his rapier gear was stolen recently from his home in Michigan.

Royal Cloaks Missing

Their Graces Edouard and Genevieve of the Kingdom of Ealdormere report the sad news that coronation cloaks from their first and second coronations were stolen from their car in downtown Toronto recently.

Find Your Inner Dragon

Not just for Midrealmers anymore! Dragonhame.com has produced a quiz to let you find your inner dragon!

Lost or Stolen items from SCAdians

This website is designed to help locate lost or stolen SCA items. By logging on, you can have your items listed quickly (usually within 12 hours).

The site owner checks through the usual haunts of stolen items, and reports back to the original owners the moment they find a hit.

Chivalry in a Modern World

Is chivalry dead? CBS News reporter Steve Hartman thought it might be, so he sought out John Bridges, author of the book How to be a Gentleman.

Canterbury Faire to Leave Kent County, Washington

Due to decreased attendance, organizers of the Canterbury Arts Festival in Kent, Washington, better known as Canterbury Faire, have decided to drop the Faire from their schedule.

Red Scarf Project

Jackie Hammers-Crowell of the Orphan Foundation of America Red Scarf Project responds to SCAtoday.net's posting about the project earlier in the year, thanking readers for their support.

Attention costumers: Husqvarna/Viking recalls sewing machine for safety problem

Owners of the Husqvarna Viking Designer I Sewing and Embroidery Machine should check their unit's serial number to see if it is affected by this safety recall due to an electrical arcing problem.

Reenactor Fest: A Convention for the Ages

Reenactor Fest is a multi-era event that brings together living history enthusiasts from any time period, including Roman era through World War II and other modern conflicts. The event is held in January near Chicago, Illinois.

Valentine's Day: Love in the Classic Style

In celebration of Valentine's Day, Hamilton College Classics Professor Barbara Gold offers opinions on modern versus classical love.

Master Liam St. Liam Takes the Plunge

On February 11, 2006, Master Liam St. Liam (Bill Toscano) plans to take the plunge at Revere Beach, Massachusetts to raise money for the Special Olympics.

Boromir as a Child

Can't get enough of Lord of the Rings? Check out a comic strip depicting Boromir as a child on the Kasiopea Art website.

Grand Counsel Report of the January 2006 Board of Directors Meeting

Master Aleksandr Vasilevych Lev of Northshield, Grand Council Secretary for the Board of Directors of the SCA, has posted a report from the Grand Council meeting which took place in January 2006.

Library of Congress Adds Western Music Collection

Laura Gottesman, Reference Specialist for the Digital Reference Team of the Library of Congress, has announced a new addition to the library's Music Division: The Rosaleen Moldenhauer Memorial: Music History from Primary Sources: A Guide to the Moldenhauer Archive.

Attention knitters: Make a scarf, help an orphan

Idle hands while socializing at an event this weekend? A charitable organization, the Orphan Foundation of America, is collecting hand-knitted scarves and mufflers until January 31, and giving them to college-bound orphans as an act of love.

Middle Eastern History Conference Seeking Papers

The Center for Middle Eastern Studies of the University of Chicago is calling for papers to be presented at the 21st Annual Middle East History and Theory Conference to be held May 12-13, 2006.

Knitting Olympics

On the Historic Knitting List, Gabrielle reports that a blogger named the Yarn Harlot is challenging knitters to take part in a Knitter's Olympics to coincide with the Olympic Games.

Car and SCA Items Stolen in AnTir

THL Alainne de Lacy reports that her automobile containing some SCA possessions was stolen January 20, 2006 near Salem, Oregon.

Dibner Institute Offers Spring 2006 Colloquia

The Dibner Institute for the History of Science & Technology, located at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will once again offer its Lunchtime Colloquia featuring a series of lectures on historical scientific topics.

Neil Gaiman's Beowulf

Popular graphic novel and science fiction writer Neil Gaiman is working on an animated version of Beowulf featuring the voices of Anthony Hopkins, Angelina Jolie, Brendan Gleeson, and John Malkovich.

Mission Statement Apology

Duke John ap Gwyndaf (Jason Williams), Chairman, SCA, Inc., has announced that the Mission Statement for the SCA release recently has been rescinded.