Modern Society

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

SCAdian Christmas Tree in South Dakota

The Shire of Coldedernhale was recently asked to decorate a Christmas tree at the state capital in Pierre, South Dakota. The display is part of an annual Christmas tradition at the capital.

American President Greeted by Mongol Horde

During a recent trip to Ulan Bator, Mongolia, President Bush was greeted by Mongol warriors in full armor.

British Youth Attend "Knight School"

British police are now giving youngsters a lesson in medieval virtues at "knight school." The kids learn how chivalry can be applied to modern life.

Pennsylvania to Legalize Atlatl Deer Hunting

The State Game Commission of Pennsylvania is drafting regulations to allow hunters to use atlatls, wooden spear throwers first utilized by early man.

Industrial Size Duct Tape

Tyco Plastics has announced the production of "Nashua Big Fix," an extra-wide roll of duct tape big enough to patch even the largest armor.

The Few, the Proud, the Medievalists!

Pfc. Samuel D. White of the Marine Corps took a step back in time recently when he interviewed Lord Wolfgan (Staff Sgt. Brian Neldner) at the Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training in New River, North Carolina. His story appears on the website for the Marine Corps.

Asterix Takes on the U.S.

Feisty comic strip hero Asterix has been making fools of the Romans for years. Now he has a new focus: the Bush Administration.

Pennsic XXXV War Chirurgeon Comments on EMS Changes

Viscountess Kaellyn mac Dermott, Chirurgeon in Charge for Pennsic War XXXV, offers her personal comments on the change in EMS providers for Pennsic this coming year.

EMS Coverage Secured for Pennsic War XXXV

Mayor Brise Sanguin has confirmed that another ambulance company has signed on to replace Portersville EMS for on-site paramedic services at Pennsic 35.

Grimms Rentals and Portersville EMS to leave Pennsic War

Brise Sanguin, Pennsic XXXV Mayor, has confirmed rumors that two long-standing providers of services to Pennsic War will not be returning this year. Lord Calvert from the Pennsic Independent has the story straight from the Mayor.

Borgia Family Topic of New Film

Scarlett Johansson and Colin Farrell have been signed to star in a new theatrical film set in 15th century Rome which covers the internal struggles of Italy's Borgia family.

Walking Roman Scotland

The current online issue of Walkwise, Scotland's walking magazine, features a list of walking excursions that explore Roman sites in Scotland.

Avenging Unicorn Action Figure

Archie McPhee is at it again! This time it's an Avenging Unicorn complete with "four interchangeable horns" for skewering your favorite irritant.

Village of Sundkøbing Re-Creates Medieval Danish Life

The Medieval Centre in Denmark re-creates life in the 14th century village of Sundkøbing, complete with trebuchet and artillery demonstrations, a market and craftsmen.

Scholarships Available for Icelandic Study

The Leifur Eiríksson Foundation is offering scholarships to scholars from the United States interested in doing graduate-level research at universities in Iceland.

Which D&D Character are You? v2.10

An updated version of the old chestnut that uses a quiz to deterine which Dungeons and Dragons™ character you would be.

Be on the Lookout for Stolen Armor

Lord Alexander Kegan MacAngus of the Shire of Smyth Kepe in Gleann Abhann reports that his armor was stolen the weekend of October 22-23, 2005 from the area of Fort Smith, Arkansas.

SCA Trailer Stolen in An Tir

Kaðlin in Stórráða has reported that a trailer belonging to HL Kolfinna and Sir Torfin containing much SCA gear was stolen from their home in Portland, Oregon October 14, 2005.

Fall 2005 SCA Board of Directors Meeting

The Barony of Delftwood is proud to host the Fall 2005 SCA Board of Directors Meeting on October 22, 2005. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 9:00 AM.

Viking Longboats for Sale

You, too, can go a-Viking! DirectBoats.com is selling replica Viking longboats. "Great for theme parks and rental operations." And, they're on sale!

Midrealm welcomes third-generation SCAdian baby

In the Marche of Gwyntarian, in the Barony of Brendoken,

SCAdian wedding takes loving couple, guests back in time

Lady Anne de Chevebois and Sir Geoffrey Fitzgalen, who have been in the SCA for over ten years, joined in medieval matrimony last weekend in the Shire of Anglespur, East Kingdom.

Cows in Shining Armor

Chick-Fil-A™, a North American fast-food chain, has produced a promotional calendar with scenes depicting cows in historical—and heroic—poses.

Historic Maps Stolen from British Library

Three 16th and 17th century maps have recently been stolen from bound volumes in the British Library. The theft is just the latest in a rash of crimes targeting libraries and museums.

Arrrr Matey, Today is Talk-Like-a-Pirate Day!

Want to be like Jack Sparrow? Wear an eyepatch? Go around saying "Arrrrr" a lot? Then today is YOUR day! Happy National Talk Like a Pirate Day!

"Shutterbugs" email list offers venue for living history photographers

If you are a professional photographer, or a serious amateur, or if you are a beginner with an interest in learning more, you may want to sign up for SCAtoday.net's new "Shutterbugs" email list.

DC Textile Museum Library Online

Elaine Koogler reports that many rare texts dealing with textiles from the collection of the D.C. Textile Museum are now available online.

FEMA Seeking Historic Preservation Specialists

Caroline Tharpe Weiss reports that FEMA is interested in hiring a few individuals to work in historic preservation in the wake of the Hurricane Katrina disaster.

SCA-Elders: Discussion List for SCAdians Over 40

A new discussion list has formed to help SCA members deal with issues facing those over the age of forty.

"SCA_Adopt" Created to Aid with Adoption Issues

Sveva Lucciola reports that a new discussion group has been created to help SCA members deal with adoption issues.