Modern Society

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

Popsicle Stick Longboat

Ship builder Robert McDonald has entered the record books by constructing a 15-meter Viking longboat of 15 million ice cream sticks. The ship, which took two years to build, was launched in Amsterdam harbor.

SCA_Aegis: Military Support Group

An interest group has been formed in support of SCA members worldwide serving in the armed forces.

Beowulf to Premiere in Toronto

Director Sturla Gunnarsson will be attending the world premiere of Beowulf & Grendel, the latest film based on the Anglo-Saxon saga, at the Toronto Film Festival September 8-17, 2005.

Higgins Armory Sword Guild Practices Authentic Swordsmanship

Sara Ivry of the Boston Globe visits members of the Higgins Armory Museum's Sword Guild, a group of modern day people who do serious research into the history of swords and swordsmanship.

Swordsmith Seminar in Catskills

The New England Bladesmiths Guild will host a 3 day seminar entitled Sword 2005: From Ore to Sword in Hand: History, Smithing and Martial Arts Techniques September 16-18, 2005.

Pennsic Independent Web Edition for Sunday, 14 August

The Pennsic Independent web edition for Sunday, 14 August 2005, is online now.

Mystic Mail Adds New Services for Pennsic 34

SCAtoday.net is once again coming to you live from the Pennsic War, with the support of the kind folks at Mystic Mail, who have added new features this year.

Pennsic Blood Drive Reminder

Lady Angelique d'Herisson, the Pennsic 34 Chief Vampire and Blood Drive Coordinator, would like to remind everyone of the Pennsic 34 blood drive. Be a hero: save a life!

Stonehenge Tunnel Estimate Jumps to £470m

The British government has re-evaluated plans to build a traffic tunnel under Stonehenge when a new estimate of £470m was announced.

Roman Gladiator Beaten in England

Authorities in Cheshire, England are looking for the culprits who seriously beat a man dressed as a Roman gladiator as he walked home from a costume party.

SCA Helps Church Members Understand Martin Luther

Residents of the Midrealm were on hand to help celebrate Saints Peter and Paul Lutheran Church's 100th anniversary with period contests, archery and a depiction of Martin Luther by the church's pastor.

Welcome to Cinderbury: Iron Age Theme Park

Visitors to the Iron Age village of Cinderbury in England can step back in time and spend a night - or a week - living in the village.

Library's Medieval Festival gives audience a little taste of days gone by

The Hickory Daily Record describes the goings-on at the inaugural Medieval Festival at Patrick Beaver Memorial Library.

Western Martial Arts Workshop

September 9-11, 2005, the Chicago Swordplay Guild will present the 6th International Western Martial Arts Workshop.

The Fight For Hope Comes to the Pennsic War!

Hugo Van Halle has issued a challenge to join him on the field of combat at Pennsic 34 in order to raise awareness and funds for Fisher House.

Grad Course in Education for Pennsic

Lord Tobyn Kembold of Dragon's Heorth has announced that the University of Rhode Island Education Department will offer graduate-level credit for attending the Pennsic War.

Prevent the Pennsic Plague: Kill a Fly!

Lady Sophia the Orange (Lara Coutinho) offers suggestions for dealing with the fly problem at the Pennsic War.

Gladiator Armor for Sale on eBay

For only $10,000, YOU can own Kirk Douglas' gladiator armor from the movie Spartacus!

"Monty Python’s Personal Best" on PBS

PBS has obtained the rights to air six new Monty Python specials, each showcasing a member of the British comedy troupe.

President's Report for July 16 meeting of SCA Board of Directors

Viscountess Gwyneth Felton, mka Linda Moore, the new President of the SCA, has released her report from the Board of Directors meeting held July 16, 2005.

SCAdians showcased at library's Medieval Faire

In Louisville, Ohio, the Marche of Alderford entertained and educated the public with a demo for the public library's Medieval Faire, and two photo albums are now online with highlights.

SCAdians Teach at Herr Memorial Library

"You don't grow old and you don't grow bored," said Lord BradBodad'aylward of the SCA at a recent library demo in Milton, Pennsylvania. Members helped bring the Middle Ages to children at the Herr Memorial Library's summer reading club festival.

California Man Next Earl of Essex?

A retired grocery clerk from Yuba City, CA may be the next Earl of Essex. Bill Capell, also known as the Right Honorable Lord William Capell, earned the right to put his name forward and possibly be chosen by the Queen with the death of his cousin, the last Earl of Essex.

Elves Halt Construction in Iceland

Efforts to remove several large rocks from a construction site in Kopavogur, Iceland, have led to strange happenings, leading residents to believe that the elves who live in the rocks don't want their homes destroyed.

Why Exchequers are Cool

Maestra Margherita Alessia, known as Ghita (Susan Earley), the Society Exchequer explains how and why exchequers are cool.

James Doohan dies at age 85

If they had had transporter beams and warp drives in the Middle Ages, they would have used them. And James Doohan would have been the Scotsman who squeezed 'em for every last drop of performance and then some. The man they called "Scotty" has left us today.

Crossing the Border with Rapier Equipment

Lady Aymee D'Ivry reports on her experiences on crossing the border between Canada and the United States with rapier equipment.

Lord of the Rings animated GIF: Ninja Wizards!

Lord of the Rings Animated GIF--very funny! "One does not simply walk into Mortor..." "Mordor. It's Mordor with a 'D'."

Chain Mail iPod "Cozy" Links Modern & Ancient Technologies

The joke is: "How many computers does it take to re-create the Middle Ages?" Blogger Uncle Horn Head shares the latest synergy of ancient craft combined with modern world necessity with a chain mail iPod cover created by his lady wife.

Medieval Studies Conference Seeking Papers

The 41st International Congress in Medieval Studies, to be held May 4-7, 2006 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, is calling for papers to be presented. This year's theme is: The Pen and the Sword: Medieval Martial Arts in Cultural Context.