February 15th, 2005

Germany: 1840s?

So I had a German vampire that was sired in the 1650s, (this is AC111 of the demon-shop question; got a new journal) and had most of the information I needed to make the setting/culture realistic. But turns out that won't fit with my time-line, so I need to move it up to the 1840s.

Hopefully this won't bugger everything I've done so far.

Having trouble finding info on this era. Does anyone know anything about Germany's government at the time? Its culture, dress and laws? Any good books or sites I might look into?

EDIT: (Basically, I need a place in Europe which isn't Ireland, England or France, were there was still a system of land barons and a bit of wilderness)

Help!

So, I'm writing a story featuring multiple dimensions, and one of my characters collects interesting/intriguing/downright weird artwork from the various dimensions she ends up visiting during the course of her work. Anyway, she's gone to the Earth dimension and I'd like her to bring back something that actually exists, just to give that extra flare of authentic esoterism.

That said: can anyone possibly tell me the artist and/or title of this painting? My eyes can't quite make sense of the signature to start a search.

A multi-million thanks to whomever can help me. Y'all totally rock.
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Freezing to death

Can anyone help me with the order of events when a character dies of hunger and cold?  Currently, I have him walking until he's too weak from hunger, then lying down on the frozen tundra, so once he stops moving he starts getting cold.  I've experienced pretty extreme cold myself, so I know what it's like for toes and fingers to go numb. 

Next I wanted to have him eat a piece of crusty snow--is it correct that if he hadn't had anything substantial to eat for several days, this would cause some kind of stabbing pain from the muscles around the stomach?

Then I'm not sure what would happen.  Presumably, he would lose feeling in legs and arms, but then would he pass out, or would he be conscious to feel his entire body going numb?  Would he still be able to think rationally, or would there be hallucinations?  I'd really appreciate any help you can give me.  Thanks!

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I really need to find out more about the studio system in 1930s-50s Hollywood. I've got a fair idea of how it worked, especially for the stars, but I want to find out more about actual day-to-day life for the chorus girls, bit part actors, stars-in-training-who-never-actually-made-it, etc.

I was wondering if anybody could point me to / recommend any books on the subject?

The Stuff They Don't Talk About In History Class

In general: for a play, I'm seeking information about day-to-day life for Irish-Americans in New York City in 1870.

In specific: the show is set in summer of 1870, during the "Orange Riots." One character is a policeman who immigrated to the US during the Famine. He has a daughter, born here a couple years after (and I'm going to be cruel and kill her mother off early on). I also want to have a little dramatic tension with the grown daughter now flirting with a recent Irish emigre, who will be staying in the same boarding house as dad and daughter.

So the questions --

* In the mid 1800's, the "irish neighborhood" was the Lower East Side. Where was it in the later part of the century?

* Would a widower with a daughter prevail upon the kindness of the landlady to help take care of his daughter as she was growing up? Or would the daughter have been sent out to work earlier than usual? Or would the father have felt pressure to marry and give the poor girl a mother?

* What exactly did the St. Patrick's Day parades of the 1800's consist of? How did Irish immigrants see the parade -- a chance to reminisce about home? A big joke? A chance to assert themselves?

* Was St. Patricks' Day more of a religious observance then?

* About the Orange Riots -- what became of any civilians charged with inciting violence?

* Exactly how loose or strict were the sexual mores at the time (I'm sure the two lovebirds would have gotten up to something, but how much of something is the question).