May 30th, 2009

Teutonic Knights – Augustinian or Benedictine?

Setting: late 14th century, the Teutonic Knights’ crusade in the Baltic.

Does anybody know which Rule the Teutonic Knights followed? When the Order started, it was Augustinian, but in 1199 the Knights fell into line with the Hospitallers and the Templars, both of which are/were Benedictine Orders. I’m wondering if the Teutonic Knights changed from Augustinian to Benedictine at this time.

Researched: I’ve googled a lot of pages on the Knights and searched for references to both religious Rules. I’ve also read The Monks of War by Desmond Seward. None of them are bringing me much joy.

Am I safe to assume they continued to be Augustinian or does anybody know differently?

Thank you!

ETA: Thank you, I've pretty much got the answer I was looking for :)

Beer in 1977 Texas

Where: South East Texas (U.S.)
When: 1974-78

Small town outside of Beaumont, Texas in 1977. I’ve been trying to figure out what brand of beer my 34 year old character has subsisted upon these last few years. And would he tend to drink it in bottles or cans?

I’ve googled and wiki-ed (variations of beer, 1970's, Texas--including images) and tried for first hand accounts but the appropriately older generation didn’t really drink. Research has consistently pointed me at Smokey & The Bandit, which is only helpful up to a point. I've had luck finding what beer was available at the time, but not the specifics of...preferences, I guess? I just don't want to commit a gaffe.

Any assistance would be much appreciated, thanks.

Marriage with Deceased Husband's Brother

Setting: Alternate Universe, 1692

Am I correct in thinking that marriage with deceased husband's brother, (when there were children of the previous marriage) is traditionally prohibited in all three Abrahamic religions? I have a situation where a man, regent for his nephew, has married his sister-in-law in order to gain more power- and with the intent of eventually killing off his nephew. The last part isn't common knowledge, but am I right in thinking that the marriage itself would be repulsive to Jews, Muslims, and Christians?

IP tracking, Internet-Café Criminal, and UK Police

Setting: Modern-day London.

Research done: Have been reading up on the Convention on Cybercrime and some case studies for international co-operation, but IANAL and not especially savvy on the tech side either, so I'd appreciate a little clarification.

During a murder investigation, a suspect is posting incriminating messages to Facebook groups. He's using net cafés around the city. How difficult would it be for the police to track the IPs? Would they need cooperation of the California police (I think that's where Facebook is based?) to get the IPs, or is there a simpler way? How long would it be likely to take? (this case study helped, but it's between UK/Norway/Spain.)

Secondly, am I right in thinking that machines in internet cafés have static IPs, so that the police would know which specific machine had been used?

This guy is coming and going with a reasonably large group of gamers (making them all suspects). In one of these places, the owner is in the habit of tinkering with his computers and switching out parts. He's not particularly careful about putting the towers back in the same numbered stations from which he took them. Could this cause confusion if the police tracked the IP to a particular machine, which is now in a different place than it was when the crime was committed? (As in, they'd suspect the guy who was using Computer 3 that night based on the IP, not realising that the machine which is now Computer 3 was previously Computer 16?)