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Stanford Prison Experiment Website

In light of recent interest of this topic once more (hence the 2010 American film The Experiment, a remake of the 2001 German film Das Experiment and regarding the current film in production simply titled The Stanford Prison Experiment set to release in 2011), I decided to post a link to this very interesting, fun,  resourceful (and sometimes disturbing) website. It includes actual footage from 1971 and a first hand journal account of the experiment over the course of two weeks from one of the research psychologists.



Hiroshima 65 Years Later



Sixty five years have passed since Aug 6, 1945 when the American B-29 flown by Air Force Colonel Paul Tibbets dropped the first atomic bomb on the Japanese city Hiroshima. According to various estimates, it exploded with an energy equivalent to 15-18 thousand pounds of TNT, about 2000 times greater than any bomb used prior to that time.

This year's ceremony in Japan commemorating the anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima was attended by representatives from 75 countries plus UN General Secretary Ban Ki-Moon, who called on the world to renounce nuclear weapons forever. For the first time in 65 years, the US ambassador to Japan took part in the ceremony.


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Rare Depression-Era Photos



America...during the years of 1935 - 1939


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Writing Contest Extension

Hello, Haveners!

ninedaysaqueen  and I have been thinking about the writing contest. So far, we’ve got one lovely essay by dreamsofpaprika  (if you haven’t read it, you should), and no historical fictions. The problem being, our original due date (labor day) isn’t that far away when you factor rl into the equation. Some of us will be getting ready for school, some will be on vacation, and some will be at work.

So we’re going to extend the date to November 1st. That will give us a greater window so we can catch more people while they’re at home.

I should also announce that there are some lovely prizes on the line… each of the six categories will be rewarded with a banner, featuring an influential historical piece of art, by our own openedlocket !

If you’ve lost the links for the contest, here’s a recap.


Essay Thread

Fiction Thread

I can’t wait to read your entries!

The Second Historical Role-Play Chat

Hello, Haveners!!!


It’s time for Historical Role-Play Chat #2. Everyone excited?


This is where you’ll do all of your chatting as your characters, first person. Feel free to look up whatever you need to during the chat. For more information on this chat, including the rules, see the introduction.


As you’ll have seen in our last chat, the conversations can cover all sorts of topics, from funny to deadly serious. Keep that up! And feel free to use actions, also seen in the last chat. Actions are enclosed by aster… ast… aserix… stars. You know, these things: *


OOC, or out of character, discussion can take place in Haven’s chat room, Historicus Fanum, or by private lj message. A comment that has backstory in Historicus Fanum should have three stars in it. For example:


In lj:



My dear lady of Russia, I have the utmost of respect for you, but you must understand that my religion has been one of the few solaces in my short yet miserable life. (I do not intend to whine, but I have had very little control over my own destiny and have suffered greatly for it.) Having... relations... with a man I am not wed to goes against everything I believe in as a Christian woman.”


In Historicus Fanum:


“Ha ha! Miss goody-two shoes strikes again!”


Here are our current chatters:


St. Teresa of Avila – ninedaysaqueen 
Elizabeth I – thelasteddis  (yeah, I switched. I didn’t have time to research Xerxes because of rl, so I’m going with a character I know already)
Joan of Arc – evewithanapple 

Alexander the Great – soujisblackcat 

Adolf Hitler – versaillesqueen 


If you missed the intro, just comment here as your chosen character, with your character’s name in the subject line (remember that everyone should be doing this!), and I’ll add you to the list.


Remember to try and focus on more general views, with specific incidents as examples. Since our guests are from different periods, each will have a different idea of “current events”.


And now, live from the History Haven, it’s… Chat time!!!!!!


Ps. In other Havenish news, we’re now on facebook! Become a fan of the Haven for trivia, historical facts, and announcements about exciting new events.

Do You Like To Write?

Like to write? Love The Tudors? Great! There is a new challenge, called thetudors_las, where you write a fanfic of at least 100 words every two weeks based on a different prompt. Then they get voted on and the person with the least votes is out that week and the person with the most is safe next week. Till you have one author standing who wins! What do you win? A snazzy graphic and a $10 GC to Amazon or Barnes & Noble. You don't even need to be a GREAT writer!

... who will come out on top?
Game Info // Rules // Sign-Up

Into the Storm Review

Bottom Line: A solid and often compelling historical drama. HBO Films' "Into the Storm" succeeds on several levels, but chief among them is the performance of Brendan Gleeson as Winston Churchill. Just as the prime minister carried England through the second world war, it's Gleeson who shoulders the film and makes it grander and more compelling than a typical telefilm. A sequel of sorts to 2002's "The Gathering Storm," the new film traces Churchill's emotional journey from 1940-45 and the toll the war took on his marriage, health and political career.

It's a smart structural choice that emphasizes the story's focus on Churchill as man, not myth, and director Thaddeus O'Sullivan opts for a series of strong moments instead of lengthier scenes typical of historical dramas.




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Japanese Culture Time

So I was browsing through the anime fan-fiction, and I find I very interesting Japanese culture guide for anime fan-fiction authors. This is actually a very well written article by someone whose spent extensive time in Japan. It even makes some culture points that I didn't even know about.

Warning: There's a little mature content, but nothing over PG-13.

A Guide for Anime Fan-fiction Authors
This is a really unique find, guys.

Go check it out.

Ahoy at the World Trade Center


Published: July 17, 2010

JERUSALEM — Amid the horrors of the Holocaust, the atrocities perpetrated by a few brutal women have always stood out, like aberrations of nature.

There were notorious camp guards like Ilse Koch and Irma Grese. And lesser known killers like Erna Petri, the wife of an SS officer and a mother who was convicted of shooting to death six Jewish children in Nazi-occupied Poland; or Johanna Altvater Zelle, a German secretary accused of child murder in the Volodymyr-Volynskyy ghetto in Nazi-occupied Ukraine.

The Nazi killing machine was undoubtedly a male-dominated affair. But according to new research, the participation of German women in the genocide, as perpetrators, accomplices or passive witnesses, was far greater than previously thought.

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