[Sca-cooks] Interkingdom Anthropology
judith at ipstenu.org
Tue Nov 10 04:38:39 PST 2009
On 10 Nov 2009, at 2:04 AM, Stefan li Rous wrote:
> Judith, you are in the Middle Kingdom, right? Are you aware that it
> is one of the few, if not the only one, that still has arguments
> over what is an art vs. what is a science? Because it still has
> different offices for each.
I can see why there's argument, to be honest. At a certain point, art
becomes science; at a certain point, science becomes art (or
religion). The argument is probably over where that activity begins,
where the average practitioner of the activity is, and where that art/
science switchover happens, and then which of these things ought to
take precedence. (Precedence is big in the Society, I've noticed.) I
can also see why it's split -- that's a lot of people to administer,
so of course they want to divide the work so more than one person can
go insane doing it. ;)
> To me, holding a fighter practice inside (in a gymnasium???!) is
> just, plain, weird.
I've lived through ten Chicago winters now, and this was my 11th
Chicago summer, and I can tell you that being outside for at least,
oh, 25% of the year is a severe health hazard. I really get it.
> There are kingdoms where almost every event is a camping event
> (Ansteorra) and it isn't unusual for this to be in an open field
> with no running water and no electricity. On the otherhand, I've
> heard that in Meridies, many (most?) of the outside events have
> cabins. Of course this makes the site fees, much, much higher.
I can see the benefits and drawbacks to each, but to me, camping means
camping, and cabins (unless they were built with medieval tecnology
only) are cheating. Then again, I also don't have a medical need for
electricity, refrigeration of meds, or the like.
> And that there is a kingdom that is so backward as to not have
> Rapier Combat! (Calontir)
I would like to quote the great philosopher M. R. Cyrus: "Funny-
lookin' man say WHAT?"
Judith / no SCA name yet
Master Albrecht Waldfurster's Egg
Middle Kingdom, Midlands, Ayreton, Tree-Girt-Sea (Chicago, IL)
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