I didn't expect to get this one done ahead of schedule, but there it is.
I'm a little worried about the ache in my thumb, so maybe I either need to
switch needles or take a few days off. Taking days off, of course, makes
me feel like I'm falling behind/slacking. Or maybe doing one of my other
101 projects. Like new garb. I perpetually need new garb. And the
husband. And the three monsters grow out new tunics faster than I can cut
Or I should be working on both.
But, a note on the use of St. Basil's cathedral. I have been asked "Why
mention the Onion article when it really isn't part of SCA history."
Simple, really. To do a parody of something, it has to be in the cultural
consciousness of the crowd you're pitching the parody too. You might be
able to recognize that it is funny, but miss out on the bigger joke for not
understanding why its being used in the parody in the first place. I felt
that the SCA reached a level of "mainstream-ness" where casual readers
understood what was going on and/or brought the org into an even greater
level of awareness by the exposure.
That and I found something delightfully multi-layered in an article giving
"fake history" for an org that I am documenting "fake history".
Before I get hair splitters - my use of "Fake History" here means the
goings on of places that don't exist - like the maps/history of Narnia or
Middle Earth or Hogwart's. The Kingdom maps/honor rolls only exist in our
books and in our timelines and our memories - you'll never find them in the
history books at your local school or discus the alliances of Pennsic in
your senior year PoliSci study group. (Although I suppose it would be an
interesting Anthropological thesis covering cultures in micro, comparing
all the same growing pains of a "real" empire but in a compressed timeline).
So, 34 done. 15 left to go.
My respects to Ealdormere and to all who suffered the loss that year.
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