March 6th, 2008

  • deird1

Comics Crossovers

Have Batman and Spiderman ever fought?

I know they're from different universes, but DC and Marvel have occasionally done crossovers, so I was wondering if Batman and Spidie had ever met.

Reason I'm asking: Andrew from BtVS is having an argument about who would win in a fight - and, being Andrew, I'm pretty sure he'd know if they'd met.

ETA: Thanks! Got it now...


Size of medieval lady's wardrobe?

Setting: Fantasy, but based very heavily on late 13th, early 14th century western Europe. (Some things are fudgeable, but I'm trying to make this realistice.)

Googled: Medieval women's wardrobe, amount of medieval women's clothing, size of medieval wardrobe, etc

I have a good idea of what was worn in this period and who was wearing it, but I need to know how many items of clothing a lady would have. This family isn't anything close to spectacularly rich, but they are landed minor nobles. The father is a knight, the mother is basically a jumped-up merchant, and they have 11-year-old twins (one girl, one boy) and a three year old girl. They are vassals of a very great house, and they maintain a good deal of land for them. There is a fortified hall, a small river, farming, and very good grazing lands for sheep/goats. A great deal of the land's income is from wool.

Anyways. I'm wondering how much clothing the members of the family would realistically have. I'm particularly interested in the women, but it would be good to know about the father and the son as well. Since so much of their livelihood comes from wool, I'm assuming they would wear a lot of it, especially since linen could be so damn uncomfortable during this time. (Edit for clarity: The book I'm reading now--Daily Life in the Middle Ages by Paul Newman-- indicates that linen was for the most part very rough and coarse during this period, and that fine, soft linen was very expensive. Of course, these are nobles, so that might not be such an issue, but.) The elder daughter is in the midst of betrothal negotiations atm, if that effects the amount of clothing she'd have.

Thanks, all!

Military justice in World War II

Setting: World War II, U.S. Army in the Pacific
Searched: "world war ii stockade army", "world war ii court martial murder", "articles of war", and tons of other stuff that did not help. Oh, and I almost tried "U.S. army war crime", but I was not up to dealing with the inevitable results.

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Question: what will he be charged with, if anything, under the Articles of War? Is a murder charge (and the firing squad if guilty) a real possibility? What punishment will he receive from the military justice system? I already assume, if he lives, dishonorable discharge and loss of all honors and benefits.

Edit: Is there such a thing as a military beta for combat sequences? I have done my best to reconstruct historical attacks/battles from available data, but not having any real military experience, my squad- and patrol-sized "fight scenes" are pure guesswork (based on "respectable" movies and TV shows and just thinking Now How Would I Do This If I Were Him, that Tree is Over There, this Ditch is Here, and They're Looking Thatway? You know, playground tactics.) I ask because I'm editing one scene now and I just muttered "Aragorn" and that was not a professional sign.

Farming life in Eastern Japan 1545-1590

I'm looking for sources - websites and texts - relating to the daily life and attitudes of the common people (i.e., farmers, peasants, hyakushou) of the Kanto region of Japan during the period of approximately 1545 to 1590, when the Lesser Houjou had control of the region.  Information relating to other regions of Japan at or before that time is also very helpful.  [ETA: If this is too specific, I'll gladly expand my interest to the entire Muromachi Era (1336-1573)]  Information about life during Tokugawa is plentiful, but probably not helpful due to the rapid change in social structure and tighter restrictions on daily life.

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I have the feeling there exist some relevant texts, but I can't dig them out under the pile of information relating to samurai and modern Japanese life.
Art: Phoenix fire

Child with night terrors: first session with a psychologist

I need the expertise of a child psychologist or general psychologist regarding a seven-year old boy's first session. I googled key terms and came up with locked articles or tips for parents seeing a psychologist for the first time.

This boy is suffering from night terrors, and has no recollection of what keeps frightening him except for some hazy images. This story is darker fantasy, so the cause IS supernatural. However, I need to know what questions are asked in a child's interview, and what therapy is recommended for this child to ease his problem.  How many sessions a week? Length and any details (tests or toys to play with; I'm guessing here at this point). How costly would these sessions be? Parents are also stressed, not sleeping, and fighting with one another.

And when the treatment is unsuccessful (it will be), what other course of action could the parents take?

Edit: This story takes place in America, and if you want to get technical: Michigan, in the following cites of Pontiac, Detroit, and West Bloomfield...maybe Waterford as well, oh and White Lake (though, not sure on that one).

Would have been in the nineties this child saw the psychologist. Apologies for assuming people would know where my story took place. I thought everyone could mind-read like me. (That last was a joke) :D