Woo!

Feb. 1st, 2012 10:06 am
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From the December 2011 Letter of Acceptances and Returns on heraldic stuff used in the Society for Creative Anachronism...

Ásfríðr Ulfvíðardóttir. Badge. (Fieldless) A vegetable lamb gules.

Nice badge!


Yay!

To celebrate, see some information and images of vegetable lambs [PDF]. Because the earlier paintings are damn cute.
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One of the mailing lists I'm on posted a link to photos of the A&S display at Pennsic a few weeks ago.

None of the photos are captioned, so you have no idea what they're trying to exhibit, or who they are but...

Someone got their Livonian geek on here: http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn7/SleepyUnicorn/Pennsic%2040/Pennsic%2040%20Arts%20and%20Sciences%20Display/IMGP3495.jpg

And someone else has been playing around with the Pskov 'Sarafan' dress: http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn7/SleepyUnicorn/Pennsic%2040/Pennsic%2040%20Arts%20and%20Sciences%20Display/IMGP3508.jpg
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I have returned from the usual Easter occurance: the multi-day SCA event, where I dress up like some sort of bizarre Viking Age fashion-plate for my own amusement.

Things to remember for next time:

Oh gosh, naalbinded shoe-liners work. I didn't realise until I was home and cleaning the mud off my shoes that it had been wet enough that the inside of the shoes was damp. My toes were dry and cozy the entire time!

As frustratingly inconclusive as the evidence for it is, once I put on my (still unfinished, but functional) caftan, I really only took it off when climbing into bed. It was wonderful for early morning jaunts and layering it with a shawl or cloak in the evenings is easy and comfortable. My caftan loops are too low to hook it in place with my tortoise brooches though, so I couldn't try that trick. As an added bonus, the lining matched nicely with my not-remotely-Viking-Age coin-decorated hipscarf when I went to a bellydancing class. Bellydancing in an apron dress is really fun! :)

Pre-teen boys are taller than me. I am also easily mistaken for one of the children.

"I'm not wearing my pants today, let me show you them" sounds very rude, even when you're just enthusiastic about discussing Viking Age trouser construction. It all goes downhill when you are excited about other people's crotch construction...

Thankfully the 'mud' setting on the washing machine really works, since when you loose weight your ankle-length hemlines also drop...
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But if you're already posting your articles online, often in your own blogs of webpages... why cross-post it to another blog 'magazine' exactly?

Really, the vast majority of articles in the magazine you can find online on personal websites already. Now you're essentially removing the pretense that it is a 'magazine' by making it a blog, so... what's the point?

(Especially if you're the sort of person who revises their articles. Are you really going to bother to update the blog 'magazine' when you can update your own website as the authoritative source and have done?

I feel like I'm missing something major, here.
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I keep on finding things on the sca.org website that I wasn't looking for -- at this rate, the question I'm trying to find an answer for now will be answered in about two years when I stumble on to it.

Italics are my own comments:
From A Report on the Society's Tax Status ca. 1996:

[RE: 'Fun' and 'Educational' are incompatible:]
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[RE: The fact that there are arguments about 'authenticity' indicate that the group is educational.]
Read more... )
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I find it interesting that the new draft rules on OSCAR (especially the Asian Name Registerability bit) well, discusses Asian names at all, but also seems to be wanting to be more 'liberal' in their allowances. Certainly, I wasn't expecting that, but I was expecting some clarification of what was 'significance.'

I also find the line in 'Documented Exceptions for Names' a bit weird though:
"But some mixes, especially involving Asian languages, are not included in the new lingual mix rules (nor do we intend to include them, as they would require extensive investigation of medieval Asian languages, which is not an area of expertise for most heralds)."

There are European languages that are 'not an area of expertise' either! And why is it so hard to imagine if you give legitimacy to people looking at the scary Asian languages, that you won't suddenly develop some heraldic experts?

Edit: fixed spelling. Can't fix my mangling of English in the comments, though.

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I'm finding the discussion on the SCA community LJ fascinating. Apparently people don't join the organisation because they're interested in history, but because they're geeks.

I must have missed something obvious. Because I'm having a hard time figuring out what you'd be doing in a group that is "dedicated to researching and re-creating the arts and skills of pre-17th-century Europe" if you're not, you know, interested in doing so.

Either that, or they've inadvertently created some sort of monstrous new generation of <10-yr.-playing n00bs who have accidentally joined expecting that the blurb is true, and not a front for quasi-romantic drunk Arthurian LARPers. Because I can go find some other group to go play with, if need be (which is the point I've been trying to make over there -- your competition is other living history, damnit).
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While trying to find out if anything new has happened with the Known World Handbook re-write, I found a 2006 Grand Council report discussing what they should put in it:

Motion: All articles in the new KWH should be written with the multi-kingdom and international aspects of the modern SCA in mind. Contributors should be encouraged to include references to the differences among Kingdoms as well as point out potential difficulties or differences that may impact SCA participants outside the US.

Translation )

In short: I love the fact that it is only the US-Americans who are going to be traveling overseas (and apparently being easily confused by the existence of foreign countries, or even Canada), not the other way around.
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So, I'm starting to write up something a bit more comprehensive about manual alphabets (ie. fingerspelling).
What questions would you have about it? (Other than the obvious ones, of 'what is it', 'what medieval and renaissance examples are there' and 'who used it'?) Would you want just written descriptions, or lots of drawings, or photos of real hands doing them? What about the many extant drawings that don't actually match up with what the text says?

What about variations within each system? (I'm thinking the difference between a simple letter-number cipher and a Ionian cipher...)

Should I be aiming at someone who already knows a little about the topic, or a complete beginner?

I figure since people read my journal, and seem remotely interested, then you'd probably also have some ideas on what an excellent introduction to the topic might be.

Oh! and does anyone know how to get Ogham to display correctly? Is it something standard or do I need to find a font?
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Now I find those numbers!

2005 membership numbers in the SCA by kingdom: http://grandcouncil.sca.org/docs/
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Costumes provide antidote to mundane:
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/10/31/2729437.htm

Did they just compare the East-Germanic tribe of Goths, or the Gothic era with the modern goth subculture? Or did they just moosh two articles together, only linked together by two groups of people who use the word 'mundane' far too often?

Also: I must still have a filthy mind after going out last night, but Hrothgar wants to 'take' a sheep? O_o
At least the SCA looks like they're dorks in on some big joke. The goth video just seems painfully serious.
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But what on earth does this mean?

The following types of material may be accepted for publication in (Tournaments Illuminated):

....

3. Articles that educate the membership about medieval and Renaissance life and culture, including discussions of various aspects of medieval life and culture, book reviews, and general articles on sources and how to do research. TI prefers material that helps the readers to educate themselves, not "term paper" articles based solely on readily available secondary sources.


Wikipedia says that term papers are just a really big research paper, so I'm assuming it's something akin to a literature review? Or, that we shouldn't be arguing for a particular interpretation of the evidence? And how readily available is a readily available source? And why is it a bad idea to rely on a secondary source (like a painting of an object, for example) when discussing daily life, but seems to be perfectly alright for basing a reconstruction on it? Obviously we can't be using English/other-language translations of any historic texts, since they're secondary sources too...

Have I missed something blindingly obvious here?
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Apparently I know about interesting topics. I thought I was just a slightly mad woman.

via Stefan's Florilegium: "Wedding Vows Performed in 'Sign Language', and Signs in Other Ceremonies" by Lady* Ásfríðr Ulfvíðardóttir.

There also should be a bibliography on pre-1600 mnemonics, monastic sign lexicons, and finger alphabets soon, as well as one that is focused on historic mentions of the deaf and medical treatments of deafness. I think I also may have promised an article on hearing aids, too (which is a lot of fun when you start looking at all the experiments measuring how effective different devices were!)

* Yeah, apparently my SCA title is important. Is it a cultural thing? Does it really matter to people that a random Ásfríðr or a Lady Ásfríðr wrote it? Even if my title was Mistress, that doesn't indicate that I'd know much about that particular field... Any SCAdians care to comment?
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Eeee! Kurodachi no Mykaru, the very polite buke nobleman I met at Midwinter is looking pretty at the Samurai Eye for the SCA Guy page!
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The SCA's Grand Council (who advise the Board of Directors, who write all the serious and important *stuff*) writing about the lack of a 'start date' for the SCA's range of interest, and how there never seems to have been one, ever. Just the end date of 1600 CE.

http://grandcouncil.sca.org/gc_rpts.php?y=2006&m=April

Suth Moot

Apr. 13th, 2009 09:39 am
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It's the Easter long weekend. So, being a good SCAdian in Australia, you'd go to Festival, or if you wanted your metal weapons fix and if was an odd year, you'd go to Conference.

But what if you can't be bothered driving 12 hours, with all your stuff, to go camp for only a few days because you don't get any extra time off outside of the set holidays? (Or in the case of many other people, have small children and don't want to cart them halfway across the country) Then, a bunch of people got together and decided that they were going to hold their own camping event. Near(er) their homes. And so, the inaugural Suth Moot was run...
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ala Vassilisa's found gem of wearing shoes in an area where food is served is equal to segregated drinking fountains... the SCA_snark is having a bit of fail at the moment themselves (not surprising, considering the origins of the SCA and the slightly different variety of socially inept geek -- myself included-- that it attracts.)

Because not allowing experts in fencing to have their own peerage is akin to segregation.

WTF is wrong with people!?
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Looks like they're wanting to (finally) update it.
http://www.sca.org/kwh/

I wonder if this means the end of the 'cut around a shirt in the shape of a T' dresses?
Obviously my authenticity-obsessed snobbery is showing, but surely the inauthentic and ugly way of making clothes is the wrong way of going about this. Your first garb should be made well enough that you can still re-use it later on, even if it's just as a spare tunic to bring while camping. Not a hastily made, twisted-seam, unevenly stretched sack.

But I'm also the sort of person who likes to wear tunics, instead of seeing them as an incentive to move onto later period dress.
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I'd never noticed this before, silly me.

All from the Fuller Museum of Virtual Archaeology: Medieval Novgorod Textiles

See the patterned fragment in the top right-hand corner?
It looks like some of the really elaborate swastika patterned embroidery from Prussia
Well, here it is up close. I could make that!

Also, [livejournal.com profile] celsa, there are some extant leather satchels here. Very generic dating of 10-15th centuries too. (Don't forget to right-click and view the image by itself, because the photos are huuuuuge and detailed.)

[livejournal.com profile] hometime, here is some stuff from Madrid. (The photos aren't as massive as the Novgorod ones, sadly.)
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Like the idea that Vikings always wore horned helmets, there seems to be an idea that forks weren't used. After reading this fallacy on a mailing list, I just had to speak up...

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More on fallacies: That 'Life in the 1500s' e-mail being pulled apart.

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