Modern Society

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

New web site highlights use of digital media for historical scholarship

It is often remarked that "we use a lot of computers to study the history of the Middle Ages!" The newly-inaugurated Digital Medievalist web site takes an academic approach to that fact, offering theoretical and practical articles about the use of computers and the Internet to further historical research.

Digital Medievalist

Digital Medievalist is a scholarly, peer-reviewed, online technical journal focused on the use of the Internet and other digital tools and media in the study of medieval history. Articles include theoretical concepts relevant to the field of medieval studies, specific technologies and information standards, commentary, tutorials, project reports, book and web site reviews, and original scholarly research papers.

Estrella War Box Set Offers 90 Hours of SCA Fun

For those who just can't get enough of SCA battles, Underachiever Films, the producers of the 45-minute-long documentary on Estrella XX, are offering an 11-disc box set including over 90 hours of battle footage.

Northshield Scholar Seeks Help with Alchemy Project

Lord Roibeard O'Connor of the Kingdom of Northshield is working on a scientific history project for his graduate degree and would like some help with alchemy processes and procedures.

Drachenwald OP now accepts armory GIFs

The Drachenwald online Order of Precedence (OP) can now accept registered armory and badge artwork for display in the OP.

Secret Life of...Pudding

The Food Network series "The Secret Life of..." will feature SCA member Dame Selene Colfox in a program on cooking puddings.

Books to be Removed from Bodleian Library

A renovation and modernization project at Oxford's Bodleian Library would see most of the 6 million books housed in the main building moved to other locations.

Parchment-Making Workshop in May

Jesse Meyer, an expert in parchment-making, will present a 2-day workshop on parchment techniques in May 2005.

Study Warns: Over-Hydration Can Kill

A study published in a recent edition of The New England Journal of Medicine warns athletes and runners that vast amounts of water or sports drinks can be lethal.

Girl Scout Father-Daughter Dance features demo by Shire of Quintavia

The Shire of Quintavia, located in modern-day Worcester, Massachusetts (USA) and vicinity, offered a demo as part of the local Girl Scouts' Father-Daughter Dance night. Holly Fiore, reporting for the Westborough News, offers a detailed recounting of the evening's festivities.

Viking Re-enactors to Train in Missouri

The Norsa and the Vikings-na reenactors are sponsoring a training session in June that will be open to all, veterans and newcomers alike, to learn about Viking Age re-enactment.

IC Wales: Shopowner Blasts Teens with Medieval Music

A Welsh shopowner has found a novel way to deal with rowdy teenagers: he bombards them with medieval music.

Passports to be Required for U.S. Citizens to Re-enter Country

By 2008, citizens of the United States will be required to have a passport to re-enter the United States from Canada and Mexico.

June Training Event

The Vikings - NA and Norsa Proudly present the June Training event in Jefferson City, Missouri, USA June 23-26, 2005.

SCAtoday.net feed available from LiveJournal

Someone has created a user account on LiveJournal™ to syndicate the SCAtoday.net newsfeed. If you have a personal blog on LiveJournal, you can add this user to your "friends" list to show SCAtoday.net's news on your LiveJournal page.

Eastrealmer Challenges SCAdians to Support Their Libraries

Metressa Jadwiga Zajaczkowa, a librarian in the modern world, offers a challenge to SCAdians during National Library Week.

"Kingdom of Heaven" Sparks Copyright Controversy

Kingdom of Heaven, the historical epic about the Third Crusade scheduled to be released this spring, is the subject of a copyright controversy in which author James Reston Jr. accused film director Ridley Scott of stealing his research.

East Kingdom Man Recognized by National Honor Society

East Kingdom resident Master Liam St. Liam was recently named the National Honor Society Advisor of the Year for the State of Massachusetts.

Help Wanted: Friendly Vikings

The Midgard Historical Center in Vestfold County, Norway, is seeking a few good Vikings to interact with visitors and create an authentic atmosphere.

Calontiri Continue to Rotate In and Out of War Zones

Jenna of SouthWind reports on citizens of the Kingdom of Calontir serving in the military in Iraq.

SCA Rattan “Walking Stick

Jenna of SouthWind reports on some of the challenges faced by those serving in the military abroad, including the shipment of rattan in a care package.

How Good of a Viking Are You?

Would you have been a good Viking? Test your skills in an online game from the BBC.

Man Killed in Explosion at Duct Tape Factory

An explosion at the Intertapes Polymer Group duct tape factory in Columbia, South Carolina, killed one employee and shook houses a mile away.

Society Seneschal capitulates on FOIA at last

Remember that article we published on April 1 about the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request being "stalled" by the Society Seneschal? The document has at last been declassified, by executive decree.

"Conquerors" Features SCA Members

Several SCA members from the west coast of the United States were prominently featured in The Conquerors, a new program which premiered on the History Channel in March 2005.

Midsummer Twilight Tourney: an Event in Reverse

Join the Canton of Buckston-on-Eno in the Barony of Windmasters' Hill for a late period camping event in Leasburg, NC.

Arizona Republic: Teachers Preach Value of Learning Latin

Arizona teachers lobby for the teaching of Latin as a way to expose children to ancient culture, improve test scores and help kids get into college.

Sale of imaginary sword leads to murder in the real world

File this in the category of the strange and unusual: An Internet gamer from Shanghai, China, has allegedly murdered a competitor for selling a sword that existed only in the game to someone else for real money.

A Child is Born in Lochac

Lord Kaspar von Helmenstedt & Eleyne de Comnocke (aka Nick and Clare Baldock) have announced the birth of their son Cameron Arthur Baldock on March 22, 2005.

MC busts some Chaucer at Oakland high school

Students at a high school in Oakland, California, attended a performance of "The Rap Canterbury Tales" by Dirk "Baba" Brinkman, a "hip-hop Chaucer rapper."