Saturday, October 1, 2016

Nart Saga Storytelling in Berkeley

If you're in the Bay area of California, there's an excellent storytelling show being put on by another SCAdian with a Sarmatian persona, Csenge Zalka (mundane name). And John Colarusso, the linguist who did the oh-so-excellent translation of most of the Nart corpus into English will be there!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

A Kickstarter Project You Might Want to Back, Plus General Update

The woman I took an amazing class on kaftans from at Dragon*Con a few years back is writing a book on kaftan design. I just found out about the Kickstarter she's running for it. Only three days left!

Late last year, I got a job in and moved to Caid. Have been to an event and hung out with people a couple times and I think I'm going to very much enjoy this canton/barony (Mons Draconis in Dreiburgen). Graduation has been delayed. Again. At least I got the defense behind me... I'll be graduating in December come hell or high water, and hopefully my sanity will start creeping back in then.
But I'm kind of sick of research at the moment. Have been for quite some time, actually. This dissertation has been slowly killing me... I don't know how long after I finish I'll be willing to start up persona research again. Might be immediately, might be a few months, but the unfortunately-long hiatus from posts that aren't just links to news on other sites will definitely be over sometime next year.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Blocking Cookies

I just saw a notice that EU laws require Blogger to tell people that they use Google Analytics and AdSense. It's not something I can block on my blog, but if you don't like them, you can block them yourself with a script filter. I use NoScript, which is a script filter for Firefox. I've used it for years and don't get viruses anymore. The only downside is that you have to allow pages you want to see and that gets tedious when a page needs multiple scripts to run properly, but you aren't sure which ones they are. That happens most for pages with pictures embedded from elsewhere or videos.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

New Grave Find and Iranian Nomad Social Media Group

A new group of Sarmatian kurgans has been found with at least 29 graves! They opened one up and found a double burial of what they are assuming to be a married couple.

And since my dissertation struggles have meant I've avoided spending time doing SCA stuff, Holly Herda over at Sarmatian in the USA was kind enough to set up that Iranian nomad social media group I talked about a while back. I got an equal number of votes for Facebook and Google Groups. Since there's already a good and relevant group on Facebook, Mongols and Russians and Scythians, Oh my!, we went with Google. She found out that Google is planning to phase out Google Groups, unfortunately, so SCA Iranian Steppe Nomads is a Google+ community.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Solid Gold....Bong? -_-*

Well that's one aspect of steppe nomad culture I will not be recreating. The news outlets have been calling it a bong, but they were cups used to drink a brewed opium drink while cannabis was burned nearby.
That is some awesome repousée work, though.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Storytelling at a Museum

Follow the link to read about another SCAdian's storytelling gig at a Hungarian museum's Sarmatian day. Includes short blurbs on some of the Nart Saga tales she told.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Horse Archers

Briefly popping in to share a video recently posted to YouTube. I'm still too deeply embroiled in dissertation and career stuff to play in the SCA at the moment.

Every fighting style has its pros and cons. Here's a video by Lindybeige discussing the cons of mounted archery in battle. Sarmatians mostly raided small villages with no fortifications, so the main point he discusses wasn't a frequent concern for them.