October 29th, 2006

cyberman
  • xtricks

Names - modern American

Okay -

I thought I'd bookmarked this site but ...

There is, somewhere on the intarweb, a name site that some kind soul created that is an auto-generated naming list based on modern american census names.

You can either leave first and last name blank, and it will generate both, or you can put in a first name and get a list of last names etc.

I find it really, really useful. Or I did before I lost it. Anyone know what I'm talking about?

EDIT: Thanks Everyone - those were great resources! The particular site I was looking for is this: http://www.kleimo.com/random/name.cfm
paper mask

Middle Class Restaurant Near Castel Sant'Angelo

Is there anyone who has eaten near the site Castel Sant'Angelo in Rome? I'm not looking for one of those five-star restaurants [they're all I can find on Google and Wiki.] Instead, I'd like a middle-class restaurant where the food is great and all, middle-priced, but near Castel Sant'Angelo, maximum of two miles.

From Google, I've gotten Frederico's, but I've only the name and nothing else. So I'd also like to know some common cuisine [because apparently, there are themed days for cuisine? Any specifics on that?]

If there's any help whatsoever, thanks!

eta: Oops, forgot to add that I'd like cuisine other than spaghetti. :DD;;

edit: After browsing food_porn, I've got enough Italian food recipes and pictures to get me by. :D Help on my first question greatly appreciated still, though.
Saiyaloid Raditz
  • kahteh

Roman slave collars

Just a few quick questions:

1. Did all Roman slaves wear collars? (If not, for what reasons might they not have one?)

2. Would a slave keep the same collar when they were sold to a different owner, or was this something that the owner had to provide?

3. Were they generally plain, or inscribed with "I belong to [whoever]"-type messages?

4. What kind of material were they usually made from? (The pictures I've found suggest metal, but I'm not sure what kind...)

ETA: Thanks a lot, people! :-)
parry tierce
  • lisabel

Rules about Prizes in the Royal Navy

Hello all you lovely people. I've got some questions about taking, or more specifically, re-taking a prize in the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars. My research thus far into the subject on websites about the age of sail navy have left me somewhat confused, so I'm hoping that someone here will be able to clarify the issue a little.



1) If a RN vessel were to capture a merchantman belonging to their own country after that vessel had already been captured (say, two days before - I read something about a "48 hour rule") by a French frigate, would it be a lawful prize or not?

2) What if said vessel were a smaller RN vessel? Say, a French frigate captured a sloop or brig, then two days later, the two ships ran into a squadron of British ships, and the sloop or brig was re-captured while the frigte escaped - would that sloop or brig be a lawful prize?

3) Does it matter if the commander of the (re)captured vessel is dead or otherwise unable to reassume command of his ship?

4) Assuming these vessels are indeed prizes, when the captain of the capturing vessel sends his prize crew aboard the prize to take her into port, does the officer in charge of the prize crew command all operations, or does he defer to the prize's original officers (say in matters of sailing, discipline, etc.)?

Any light you can shed on the subject would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance!
Waterhouse

The Every Day of 1930s England

I have a story set in 1933 at an all girls' school in England, and have been unable to find a helpful site detailing the every day life sort of things. Technology, slang, school year class schedules, drinking ages, food, even the age of consent would be nice. It's easy to find this sort of stuff for America, but not England. So if anyone knows any helpful sites or general rules of thumb for the era/area, it's be appreciated. Also, since I'm American I'd like to know if there is a sight that would be willing to help me de-Americanize the dialogue and the like.

Thank you so much for any help!