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 Zealand Calligrapher Creative Force Behind Film Artifacts

Artist Daniel Reeve has found himself up to his ink-stained elbows in work. As the calligrapher and cartographer for the Lord of the Rings films, he is now very busy with many new projects.

Ireland's Seat of Kings Threatened

Plans to build a highway close to Ireland's historic Hill of Tara have caused controversy.

24 Hour Museum: Man Sentenced to Prison for Theft of Artifacts

Raymond Tebble of South Shields, England, was convicted of "going equipped for theft" to an archaeolical site in Leicestershire, England, and was sentenced to one month in prison. His metal detector was confiscated.

Next Hastings Re-Enactment to be in 2006

English Heritage has announced that the next re-enactment of the Battle of Hastings will take place in October 2006, coinciding with the 950th anniversary of the battle.

Toys for Tots

A photo in the Durango Herald featuring members of the Shire of Rio de las Animas, and their donation for Mercy Medical Center.

Scottish Minister Proposes Ban on Swords

Scottish First Minister Jack McConnell hopes to crack down on the country's "knife culture" by restricting the sale and possession of blades.

13 Days of Yule Contest

In the spirit of the Holiday Season New York Tolkien Society has created its second annual contest.

Google Announces Major Digitization Project

Buzz abounds about Google’s announcement of special agreements made with five leading research libraries to digitize their collections. An SCAtoday.net Reporter, Mistress Siobhan O'Neill, offers this in-depth look at Google's library initiative.

Knights' Oaths Needed for Research Project

Signora Sofia Matriani della Tempesta, a doctoral student at Oregon State University, is researching knights' oaths and seeks help from SCA sources.

"Clan Tynker" performer paralyzed, friends seek assistance and well-wishes

A rare medical condition has suddenly left Sam Tynker, a performer in the SCAdian band Clan Tynker, paralyzed from the waist down. Friends and family are seeking donations to help defray mounting medical expenses.

Lefties have the Upper Hand in Fights

Right-handed fighters beware. According to a new study by the University of Montpellier, left-handers are "better in fights."

SCA Joins with HOG to Distribute Toys

Members of Gleann Medonach (Roswell, New Mexico) teamed with the Roswell Harley Owners Group (HOG) recently to gather and distribute toys for needy kids.

Great Falls Tribune: Stan Wyrm Members Collect Toys for Tots

Reporter Sonja Lee of the Great Falls Tribune took a step back in time recently when she interviewed members of the Shire of Stan Wyrm in Artemisia.

New email list helps SCAdians "recycle" unwanted items

Do you have something you don't want or need any more, and would like to give free to another medievalist as an alternative to throwing it away? This new YahooGroups list can help.

Knit for Charity

Several SCA kingdoms are participating in a project to knit or crochet bandages for people suffering from leprosy.

Position Announcement: Copyright Deputy to the Society Chronicler

Meg Baron, President of the SCA, Inc., reports that the Society is seeking applicants for the position of Society Copyright Deputy.

Begin the Beguine: Medieval charity began at home

Dame Aoife starts the holiday season with thoughts of charity, both in the Middle Ages and in the modern world (but with an historical twist).

British Hunters Choose France

Since fox hunting has been banned in Britain, many hunters are traveling to France.

Pennsic Media Liaison seeks volunteer deputies

Baron Corun MacAnndra, the Media Liaison Representative for Pennsic XXXIV, seeks several deputies who have modern-world experience working with (or as) members of the press.

Clubs take students back in time for feasts, combat

The Arizona Daily Wildcat discusses two student organizations at the University of Arizona: the SCA (the College of St. Fenix), and a juggling/fire-eating/dance group known as Street Performance and Incendiary Arts.

"Ancanar" film web site receives major update

The creators of the forthcoming Tolkien-inspired film Ancanar have released a major update of the movie's web site, with news of the film's latest progress.

Google Announces "Google Scholar"

Search engine giant Google has announced a new service, Google Scholar, which searches scholarly literature.

Libraries to Feature Medieval Reading Club Theme

SCA librarians across the United States are warning groups to expect to be inundated with requests for programs this summer when many facilities will feature the theme "Dragons, Dreams and Daring Deeds."

East Kingdom Discussion List Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Yelizaveta has announced that November 18, 2004 is the 10th anniversary of the founding of the East Kingdom Discussion List.

In praise of Dungeons & Dragons™

How many of us medieval enthusiasts owe our fascination with the Middle Ages to role-playing fantasy games played as a child? Peter Bebergal, writing for the Boston Globe, celebrates D&D's 30 year anniversary.

Falconers to Meet in Kansas

Friederich Von Blumenkamp has announced that the North American Falconers Association will hold its annual field meet November 21-26, 2004 at the Plaza Hotel in Garden City, Kansas.

A Christmas Dirge

"A Christmas Dirge" is a theatrical event being staged by Subtle Hint Productions, a comic take off on the Classic Dicken's Carol. (Not an SCA event)

The Dangers of Unsupervised Kilt-Wearing

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth was photographed recently sitting next to Colonel Simon West of the 1st Battalion of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, who apparently was careless with the arrangement of his kilt.

Knights Next Door

The Knights Next Door: Everyday People Living Middle Ages Dreams, by Patrick O'Donnell gives an inside look at the people and events of the Current Middle Ages.

East Kingdom web site defaced by protest group

Political protesters temporarily defaced the home page of the SCA's East Kingdom earlier today, replacing it with a page of their own creation.