March 17th, 2011

  • haro

WWII Uniform Images- US Navy, Royal Navy, Royal Marines

Hello, everyone!

I need IMAGES for what I'm asking for in this post. I thought this would be an easy find, but I've actually been struggling with it, and I can't even find a relevant book in our library system. While I have found some text descriptions, they really aren't doing the trick. I honestly need the visual.

1- US Navy Uniforms during WWII. I am not looking for the standard private (sailor) uniform, but any higher ranks, formal dress, semi-formal dress, etc. are welcome.
2- Royal Navy Uniforms during WWII. Same as above.
3- Royal Marine Uniforms during WWII. Same as above.

I have googled a lot of search terms WWII + (Relevant Branch) + Uniform, and WWII + various ranks, and various years + relevant branch + uniform, etc. I'm really not finding what I'm looking for. I'm finding text sites, but not much of anything with good images.

Thank you so much!
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  • mm511

Moon problems

Hi. It's me again, back with more astronomy questions. This is for a different story, though!

The Backstory

So we're on a planet. Insofar as it supports life, it's earth-like, but I don't care about size or distance from the sun or any of that jazz. (At least not directly.) There's one sun. There're two moons.

The Questions

I need to know what types of configurations these two moons could get themselves into. That is, one of my cultures is very heavily inspired by the moons, and so I need to know how the two moons relate to each other -- do they orbit close together, so they can always both be seen in the sky? Do their phases stay in sync? Does one revolve around the planet much faster, so half the time the moons are both there and the other half it's one or the other?

You're going to ask me for details, and the details don't really matter. I mean, I'd like one moon to be marginally larger than the other (i.e., noticably larger from a planet's perspective), but that's really all I care about. I can make up colors as I go. But I need to know how the phases will work with each other and how the orbits will work.

Also, please keep in mind this is for a fantasy novel, so there will be no space travel or any of that jazz, so specific numbers and fancy words aren't important. (Also, I'm not a math major, but I can handle an equation or two, so if you want to throw a few of those at me, go for it. But remember, I'm NOT a math major, so... )

The Searches

I've searched for various permutations of the words 'orbit,' 'moon,' 'simulation,' and their derivatives. I looked through the astronomy posts here in this community, and while I found a few interesting ones about moons, nothing too specific.

The Plea

Help, basically. Ideally, I'd like to find some sort of lunar simulator, so that I could type in, say, the mass and distance of these moons (which I'd pick arbitrarily) and then see where they are in relation to each other and what they look like to an observer on the planet. I've found things like this for Earth, but the second moon thing kinda effs that simulation for me.

But if such a thing doesn't exist, any sort of generic info would be wonderful. I know virtually nothing about astronomy, besides the bit I've picked up trying to figure all this jazz (and my planetary ring jazz) out. I apologize in advance for being vague and indeterminate... but that comes with not having a clue about any of this. If I need to tell you anything else, let me know and I'll make it up as best I can.


Non-lethal poison given in small doses over time.

Setting: 1990s, non-descript setting but being a Brit the setting has a strong resemblance to North England.

Hello, I'm writing a murder mystery. One character has been delivering small doses of poison to her aging father in an attempt to make him dependent on her (He is 52 years old- this can go up, however, by 8 years or so if needs be). 

Her father is a wealthy businessman, quite consumed in his work. His daughter, the poisoner, loves him dearly and so is not trying to kill him. I am looking for a poison that can be given in regular (you may take regular to mean anything from weekly to daily) doses and causing some illness, although not debilitating illness. It would be best if the symptoms could easily be confused with simply aging (i.e. general weakness, kidney problems, dizziness, forgetfulness etc.) or stress although I am prepared to work with other symptoms. The idea is her father is encouraged into early retirement due to what seems 'bad health'.

In order to make the symptoms just look like the effects of a worsening health complaint, it would also be good if the effects of the poison increase in severity as the residues of the poison accumulate in the body (here I understand it could be potentially lethal over time) - but this isn't entirely necessary, especially if it threatens my next point:

There should be no ever-lasting effects of the poison- once the doses have stopped being given, the victim needs to have the potential of a full recovery (give a suitable amount of time for the body rid itself of the poison). As previously mentioned the poisoner loves the victim and would not want them to suffer more than is necessary. 

Finally, a time frame. In the first chapter, the victim dies (of a non-related cause) prior to signing over his company. By this point, the victim needs to have been suffering the symptoms for at least a fortnight - a month or two is more realistic to allow contracts to be drawn up, proposals to be made etc. The symptoms can go on for however much longer than this you want- as I said; he dies through a non-related cause. Depending on the poison you find, the actual poisoning process can have started up to 6 months prior (although feel free to adjust this date). 

So in summary, in order of priority:

1. something that can be given in small, non-lethal doses over time.
2. The symptoms have been showing for 2-4 weeks 
3. The victim can (potentially) recover fully once poisoning has stopped. 
4. Mimics the effects of aging, stress etc.
5. Due to poison accumulating in the body, the effects worsen. 

Thank you.