Areas of interest in the modern political, legal, economic, and technological worlds, where such items bear directly on the living history community
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2009-04-20 12:17
Engineers and architects at Cambridge University have constructed a prototype "eco-house" based on a 600-year-old design. The plan uses a domed technique developed in Spain called "timbrel vaulting" which retains the sun's heat and cools naturally in the summer. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2009-04-11 07:13
You've heard all the warnings from your mother: "Don't hit your brothers with a stick!" "Stop swinging that sword around in the house." Well, now you can! Nerf has created the N-Force sword: sturdy enough to be fun, but harmless enough to not do any real damage. ARS Technica has a review.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2009-04-09 10:10
Tragedy struck central Italy April 7 when a 6.3 magnitude earthquake toppled ancient and modern buildings in the medieval city of L’Aquila. Over 200 people lost their lives, and the earthquake damaged nearly all the historic buildings of the town. (video)
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2009-04-05 12:33
What do you do when the calendar says it's spring, but a glance out of the window says it's still winter? You put on a sweater and hope for the sunshine. But what if you are a sheared sheep...?
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2009-04-04 15:48
Archaeologists are working amidst rocket-fire to complete the excavation of a Byzantine village, complete with a large bathhouse, near Gaza in Israel. Because of the existence and size of the luxury bathhouse, experts believe that the area was inhabited by wealthy residents.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2009-03-20 13:17
Want to get "Stuck at the Prom?" Enter Duck Products' annual duct tape promwear contest! View previous entries and get all the rules online.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2009-03-19 09:10
Duchess Seonaid ni Fhionn reports that Militas Christi, a film made by senior students at the North Carolina School of the Arts Film School, and featuring SCA members, will premiere May 29, 2009 on the University of North Carolina School of the Arts campus in Winston-Salem, NC.
Submitted by Elinor Strangewayes on Thu, 2009-03-12 11:45
The City Archives building in Cologne, Germany collapsed unexpectedly on March 3, 2009. Six stories of archival storage were destroyed, including documents dating from the 10th century and the minutes of Cologne town council meetings recorded in an unbroken line back to 1376.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2009-03-04 19:17
For fighters who are concerned about the vulnerability of their current weapons wrap, the 3M™ Company has introduced Performance Plus Duct Tape, described on their website as "nuclear grade."
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2009-03-03 19:05
In 1517, Martin Luther denounced the selling of indulgences by the Church, setting off the Reformation. Now the modern Catholic Church is reinstituting the practice.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2009-03-02 13:47
Baron Josef Donnerbauch (Simon Rohrich) is a Renaissance man. In addition to his passion for the SCA, his Excellency has invented S.P.E.A.R., the Self-Propelled Electronic Armored Rack, "a compact data center on wheels." Jamie Peachey of the Phoenix New Times has the story.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2009-03-02 10:18
Parents of young children know that Playmobile, out of Zirndorf, Germany, has a seemingly endless supply of small, plastic figures to purchase including knights, Romans, pirates and ponies. Now they have added what appears to be a Mongol.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2009-02-26 16:23
Gatorade has taken on an ambitious project: create an online parody of Monty Python and the Holt Grail complete with NBA star Kevin Garnet as King Arthur, a basketball-shooting wizard and a talking goat.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2009-02-21 12:05
Shava of Northshield reports that SCA member Thora Hrafnsteinn Ornolfsdottir, known in the modern world as Andrea Potts, has produced an album of "original alternative lyrical rock."
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2009-02-20 08:04
Out of our time period, but a sad commentary on the financial crisis in the United States: Delaware County's Darby Free Library (Pennsylvania) is one of eleven libraries destined to close their doors due to lack of funding. The library "is believed to be the oldest continuously operating public library in America."
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2009-02-16 12:22
Does your morning repast need a little more excitement? Perhaps you should consider Ivo Vos's Trebuchet Toaster which will launch "the finished product to your plate."
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2009-02-08 12:17
A fall 2008 Civil War re-enactment in Virginia went terribly wrong when a Yankee cavalryman from New York was shot and wounded by a .44-caliber ball from an 1860 Army Colt pistol.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2009-02-01 13:01
Lady Jelena Alexejevna reports that actors are needed to participate in a Highlander fan film to film this summer in Trier, Germany.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2009-01-26 07:25
SCAdians: Thinking of cutting your long hair? If you plan to cut 10 inches or more of your hair, consider donating it to Locks of Love, a "public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada under age 18 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis."
Submitted by trbrown on Sat, 2009-01-17 08:54
The hapless freecreditreport.com guys are reduced to playing at a renaissance faire in their latest commercial, which can be viewed online.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2009-01-10 15:31
Looking for the perfect Valentine's Day gift? How about a teddy bear for your sweetie, armored in chainmail? (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2009-01-08 10:39
According to the Discovery Channel's website, the episode of Wreckreation Nation featuring Dagorhir is scheduled for January 20, 2009.
Submitted by Justin on Tue, 2009-01-06 07:23
Patrick Anderson, President of the SCA Inc., has forwarded an announcement from the Board of Directors regarding requests-for-comment on a proposed change to Corpora related to membership requirements for competitors and consorts in Crown Tournaments.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2009-01-05 10:51
UCLA's Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies has created a Catalogue of Digitized Medieval Manuscripts to provide "a simple and straightforward means to discover medieval manuscripts available on the web."
Submitted by margaretc on Mon, 2009-01-05 10:42
The castles and stately homes of Scotland have an ongoing need for joiners and plumbers and the like who are trained in modern and historical arts and trades. A new program seeks to train people in the necessary skills with an apprenticeship.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2008-12-30 14:35
The premiere episode of the Discovery Channel's Wreckreation Nation will feature an epic Battle of Badon Hill as created by Dagorhir in Somerset, Pennsylvania. The first show will air January 6, 2009 at 10:00 p.m. est.
Submitted by Havoise de Rohan on Tue, 2008-12-30 11:50
It is with the very greatest sadness that we note the unexpected passing of David of Moffat. He died on Sunday, December 21, 2008 of complications of diabetes at the much-too-tender age of 45, and by his long-known request there will be no memorial service.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2008-12-29 18:05
Puck Curtis of the West Kingdom shares photos on his blog from his final exam given by the Fencing Master’s Program at San Jose State University on December 13, 2008. This will be the last year that the exam will be given at San Jose State University.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2008-12-19 11:00
Fans of the cancelled HBO series Rome may have something to celebrate. Producer Bruno Heller would like to "produce a theatrical wrap-up" to the series.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2008-12-12 09:15
Paganus Grimlove reports that a trailer containing SCA gear, tents and merchant gear owned by Lady Mercy of the Healing Hands was stolen recently in Ontario, California.