[Sca-cooks] Sca-cooks Digest, Vol 76, Issue 23

Johnna Holloway johnnae at mac.com
Fri Aug 17 15:34:37 PDT 2012

Thanks for the information and clearing this up, Master A.


On Aug 17, 2012, at 4:15 PM, Philip Troy / G. Tacitus Adamantius wrote:

> On Tue, 2012-08-14 at 12:04 -0700, Aldyth wrote:
>> Message: 6
>> Date: Tue, 14 Aug 2012 11:59:37 -0600
>> From: Deborah Hammons <mistressaldyth at gmail.com>
>> To: Cooks within the SCA <sca-cooks at lists.ansteorra.org>
>> Subject: [Sca-cooks] Documentation, was Bullpucky
>> So the fella needing a notarized note from God will likely need someone
>> else to notarize the note saying God actually signed it.  Loosing
>> proposition.
> I just got through talking with the person who, it has been alleged,
> advocated the notarized copies of primary source documentation. It has
> been suggested that the words of that person were seriously
> misunderstood, filtered, as might be easily understandable, through the
> clogged ears of a disappointed and unreceptive listener. All I can say
> is I've known the guy and brewed with him for over 20 years, and his
> idea of documentation is almost identical to mine, which is pretty much
> the same as yours quoted below.
> If you make something, show how it relates to how people would, or
> might, have made something functionally or substantially similar in
> period with a view to expanding people's understanding of how people
> lived in our period. Explain the process, giving examples from some
> known period source. Primary preferred, but secondary, tertiary, etc.,
> cool if suitably identified as such and the best one can do. Explain how
> the process you applied was the same, or different, from the process in
> your documentation (i.e. "in the original they parboiled the meat and
> then chopped it, I used ground beef from the supermarket because it was
> on sale, so the texture may be different"). Discuss possible
> ramifications of those differences. "The texture may be different."
> "Duchess So-and-So uses it in her mead, and she's a really great
> brewer"? That's not going to carry much weight unless Her Grace is a lot
> older than she looks. And she looks great. I'm just saying.
> It is not rocket science; it's just that some people are emotionally
> invested in the idea that this constitutes some unreasonably heavy
> academic labor. It's in the charter we're into the education thing,
> right? But what was described is something no PhD candidate could be
> asked to do, let alone an SCA A&S Competition entrant. It is not
> happening, has not happened, will not happen.
>> I really like the "easy" documentation explaination that my better half
>> gives his students.  Tell me how they did it.  Tell me how you did it.  If
>> there are differences in how they did and how you did, tell me what they
>> are and why.  And put that in writing.  Run it through a spelling and
>> grammar check.  Pick a format.
>> I wish all things seemed that simple.
> Amen. 
> Phil, stealing a moment from real-world academia to be Adamantius
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