Monday, November 2, 2015

Still more link parking!

Yes, I really, really want to update this blog, but in the meantime, my browser is about to crash under the weight of all these open tabs. Let me relieve my browser of this burden.

http://www.katarynas.net/ -- Ukrainian/Rus costume research and other stuff -- this appears to be the website of the author of the most recent Compleat Anachronist titled "Decorated Eggs and Pysanky"

https://finnishgarb.wordpress.com/ -- Finnish garb -- a compendium of stuff from the Finnish Iron Age group on Facebook

http://edythmiller.blogspot.com/p/open-hoods.html -- a really interesting page on women's open hoods, with period illustrations (the rest of the blog has good stuff, too)

http://medievalthreads.blogspot.com/ -- why don't I have this one on my blogroll already?

http://odettesobsessions.blogspot.com/ -- might not be completely within the SCA's purview, but still interesting

https://santiagosgrimoire.wordpress.com/ -- blog of a Laurel from the West Coast

http://www.morgandonner.com/2015/10/merchant-class-outfit/ -- a woman's merchant-class outfit for circa 1400 CE

https://maniacalmedievalist.wordpress.com/ -- another good blog to add to the blogroll

https://adamselindisdress.wordpress.com/2015/05/19/the-most-common-mistakes-in-historical-costumingre-enactment-and-how-to-avoid-them/ -- a lot of this blog is post-period for the SCA, but these are still some good thoughts

I promise I'll have a real update soon, but this will have to be it for now....

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Quick link parking

Once again: Long time, no post! I'd like to write a longer description of the things I've been able to do in the SCA this year, despite my lack of funds. However, that will have to wait for another day.

In the meantime, I just want to park a few links suggested by a friend who recently taught a class on "How to Be a Veiled Threat in the SCA." I wasn't able to attend her class on veils and wimples, but I definitely want to look these websites up!

http://www.virtue.to/articles/
https://cardiffcastlegarrison.wordpress.com/2014/08/11/how-to-wear-fourteenth-century-veils-and-wimples/
http://rosaliegilbert.com/hairstyles.html
http://rosaliegilbert.com/headdresses.html

After all, I've been in the SCA more than a decade now, so it's definitely time to "up my game."

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Happy 25th Anniversary, Lithuania!

I often tell people that Lithuania is "the little country with two Independence Days." Well, there's a good reason for that.

Twenty-five years ago today, Lithuania became the first of the so-called Soviet Socialist Republics to declare itself free of the Soviet Union. This was a huge deal. It came only about four months after the Berlin Wall had fallen. During those heady weeks, new ideas swept through Eastern Europe, but the big cheese, the USSR, managed to stay intact. Suddenly, a giant ax smashed through the foundation of the central Soviet nation itself.

Vytautas Landsbergis, a music professor with the same first name as one of Lithuania's great historic figures, was the leader of the Supreme Council of Lithuania when it passed the Act of the Re-Establishment of the State of Lithuania, and his signature is right there at the top where Soviet authorities wouldn't miss it. (That says "re-establishment" because Lithuania was an independent nation between 1918 and 1940, and, of course, the Lithuanian nation goes back many more centuries than that.)

In May 2011, as I noted on this blog, I got a chance to meet Dr. Landsbergis in person and shake his hand at the Baltimore Lithuanian Festival. I'm still thrilled that I was able to meet him once. After all, how many people on this Earth can say that they broke an evil empire?

Happy Rebirth-Day, Lithuania!

(And, yes, I'll post again soon so that I can describe my recent adventures in the SCA.)