May 24th, 2008


Second Battle of Kharkov Weather

Place: Kharkov/Izyum, Ukraine

Time: May 11th 1942

Terms Searched: Kharkov, weather, Kharkov weather, 1942, Eastern Front, Second Battle of Kharkov weather, and verious permutations; plus a lot of books.

Scenario: On May 12, 1942, Soviet forces under the command of Marshal Semyon Timoshenko launched an offensive into the German Sixth Army, from a salient established during the Winter counteroffensive. After initial promising signs, the offensive was stopped cold by German counterattacks. Critical errors of several staff officers and of Stalin himself, who failed to accurately estimate the Wehrmacht's potential and overestimated their own newly trained forces, led to a successful German pincer attack around advancing Soviet troops, cutting them off from the rest of the front.

I'm writing a story set across the day before the offensive, somewhere near the Izyum salient (the unit's lost). As far as I know it had been raining and was therefore muddy in the build-up to the assault, but this was during the fighting itself (which lasted some weeks). Does anyone know what the weather was in the lead up to the Second Battle of Kharkov?

curiosity by lapillus

Adult appearance of tattoo done on a toddler; graphic design of forms 1970s-early 1980s

I have a character who received a government tattoo (if it makes a difference something more along the line of concentration camp tattoos than either homemade/prison tattoo or an art one) on his inner forearm somewhere between the ages of 3 to 5 in the early 1980's in the US. I am wondering what it would look like now assuming there have been no touch-ups. I'm guessing that it would be stretched pretty proportionally, somewhat faded with maybe some ink feathering or color shifting, but I haven't been able to find enough specifics for 25+ year old tats, especially given the amount of growth involved. I've checked the tattoo tag here, wikipedia under tattoos, googling various combinations of "tattoo" "child" "infant" "growth" "stretch" "aging" "concentration camp" "prison camp" and some others I can't currently remember.

My other question I don't really know how to google for efficiently (although I"ve tried variations of "form" "graphic design" "1970" "1980" without luck in getting what I'm looking for. I'm trying to create a graphic of an average state form (think car title or driver's license application or some other bit of bureaucratic annoyance) from circa 1980 USA but all the examples that I can find both around my house and online are to shiny and new in style/font choice. So if anyone with a graphic design background has any suggestions even as to appropriate fonts or design principals (had round cornered boxes invaded the government by then???) or places too look at images of older forms that don't require a fee or anyone has any 25-30 year old forms hanging around that they'd be willing to scan (and obscure the info in them, of course) I'd appreciate it.
Stop! Yoda-Time!

Hotel with convention center in New York

Time: present
Search terms: hotel, "New York", "convention center", conference, location, and similar.

First, I kept getting Best Western! Then I got all sorts of hotel names, but I feel a bit uncomfortable just choosing a random name without any "credentials".

I'm looking for a hotel that's not too clichéd and ridiculously expensive (like the Waldorf-Astoria or so), but pretty central in New York City, that offers a location for a convention. Not a huge one, but something like an independent film festival of sorts. You know, with room for panels, movie screenings, discussions, mingling etc. Would be nice if anyone had first hand experience of such a location and could recommend a good one I could use. Thanks!
Shoulder Mount

Random Japan Information Post!

Hi all! I wrote up a long post with information about random aspects of Japanese life, and posted it to a community related to my fandom, but upon looking it over, I've realized there's lots of information in the post that people in Japanese fandoms in general might appreciate for their own ficcing purposes:

Riding the bullet train
Riding normal trains (and bikes and taxis)
Japanese apartments
...and a ton of information on Tokyo theatre life, because that's what the original fandom was set in.

There are a few random specific notes in the post that offer real-life/canon comparisons to give examples of the points illustrated in use, but most of the information can be applied to any fandom set in modern-day Japan (specifically Tokyo/Kansai area).

I thought I'd post this here, as many people might find it informative, but it's not really a post asking for answers to some question, so if it's out of place, just let me know and I'll take appropriate measures :)

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