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Having Fun! / Re: Rare Pictures IV
« on: August 02, 2007, 02:42:29 PM »
Olga and Anastasia with the swing.

Olga Nicholaievna / Re: Olga knew what was going to happen
« on: July 31, 2007, 08:43:53 PM »
Gleb didn't really know them as much as he claimed to, right?  My reaction to his writings is:  ::)  Same with Radzinsky.

Olga Nicholaievna / Re: Olga knew what was going to happen
« on: July 31, 2007, 06:41:01 PM »
I think the problem with OTMA and discussing them is the fact that we have many young members on this board who often fantasize and idealize those they look up to, and certainly romanticize these girls who died at young and were utterly romanticized for other people's profit after they died. We forget they were humans, and as we look to history and make assumptions (because that is what we do when we look at things, we make our own assumptions about people and events; and a discussion board certainly breeds that kind of attitude) and these girls become larger than life and we forget they were real people with real emotions among a sea of other people who died because of the Revolution.  We lose sight of the other things going on, focused on these larger-than-life pretty girls in pretty dresses in photographs.  There is honestly not all that much to 'learn' about these girls, I don't think, simply because they died young and their diaries were accounts of their days, bland and uninformative insofar as looking into their thoughts and feelings.  Letters are better for this, but anyway...  We romanticize.  I think it's human nature, to look apart from the grisly fate they met, to think oh Olga was a literary genius; Tatiana was so responsible; Maria was so sweet; Anastasia was funny, so was Alexei.

Olga Nicholaievna / Re: Olga knew what was going to happen
« on: July 30, 2007, 05:24:16 AM »
Honestly, I would be surprised if they had any OMG we are going to die thoughts outside of being in such a situation.  Of course they would have maybe gone there as a fate too horrid to contemplate, like any of us would; but I think saying "Olga knew they were going to die" is stretching it.  Maybe she thought it, who knows? but being in such a situation as they were in isn't surprising for one to have depressing thoughts, but "knowing" is way different than thinking it fleetingly because you are in a bad situation where you have no clue where it will take you.

Tatiana Nicholaievna / Re: Tatiana Photographs II
« on: July 28, 2007, 12:57:02 AM »
I remember us all discussing this photo ages ago and us deciding this was Isa, not Alix...  to me it looks nothing like her, the nose and eyes for example, the chin...

Tatiana Nicholaievna / Re: Tatiana Photographs II
« on: July 27, 2007, 03:03:57 PM »
I don't think it's Alix, because of the hairstyle.  This would have been taken around, what, 1910ish, and Alix had picked up the weird heart-shaped hairstyle by then that she wore a lot in 1912.

Tatiana Nicholaievna / Re: Tatiana Photographs II
« on: July 26, 2007, 07:57:11 PM »
That's not Alexandra with Tatiana, it's Isa Buxhoeveden.

Tatiana Nicholaievna / Re: Tatiana Photographs II
« on: July 19, 2007, 03:23:35 PM »
Considering the skirt length it seems more like it's Anastasia than Tatiana to me but of course, no clear scan, so who knows...

Olga Nicholaievna / Re: Olga photographs II
« on: July 17, 2007, 02:45:03 AM »
It's my scan, it's from Larisa Ermilova's The Last Tsar.  Lots of military-type photos in there.

Having Fun! / Re: Alexander Palace and Ipatiev House...on Sims 2!!
« on: July 14, 2007, 03:41:16 PM »
I hope it works!  If not I will go into my game and check it out.

Emmy, what you do with downloads is save them and unzip them into a Downloads folder in My Documents/EA Games/The Sims 2.

Having Fun! / Re: Alexander Palace and Ipatiev House...on Sims 2!!
« on: July 14, 2007, 02:32:36 AM »
Go to the neighborhood and go in build mode, then select the house and click on the package image.  I think that's how ya do it!

Having Fun! / Re: Alexander Palace and Ipatiev House...on Sims 2!!
« on: July 12, 2007, 03:04:01 AM »
You should upload the houses on the Sims exchange!  I'd love to use them. :)

Tatiana Nicholaievna / Re: Why Tatiana?
« on: May 15, 2007, 08:36:26 PM »
TN was much more complicated than the generic bossy/responsible stereotype she has  grown into.  She was also sweet and quite eager to please, as evidenced by all of her letters to Alix which always plead for Alix to not be angry with her, or whatever, if TN did something remotely 'bad'.  TN seemed to be a little insecure like that, wanting to make sure she was ALWAYS in her mother's good graces and sort of reassuring herself that Alix loved her.  Look at this letter from 1911:

My sweet, darling, own Mama dear,
I beg your pardon that I don't listen to you and that I contradict you, that I am disobedient. At once I never feel anything but afterwards I feel so sad and miserable that I made you tired of telling me always to do that and so on.
Please forgive me my own precious Mama darling. Really now I'll try and be as good and as kind as I can be, else I know how disagreeable it is to you when one of your daughters don't [sic]  listen to you and behaves bad [sic].
I know it is very bad of me to be so horrid with you my dear Mama, but really, really my sweet one I will try and be as good as I can and never tire you and always listen to every word you will tell me.
Forgive me deary. Write to me please a word only that you forgive me and then I can go and sleep with a clear conscience. God bless you always and wherever you go - show this letter to nobody.
Kisses from your own loving, devoted, thankful and true daughter, Tatiana

That's the vibe I get.  Sure, she was responsible, she was a bit demanding, she did seem a bit aloof but not in the way Olga was--but beyond that she definitely wanted people to think well of her, like we all do, and made sure that if there was any sort of faux pas done by her in any way, shape, or form that it was cleared  up and everything was A-okay!  And of course she was like all of them intensely religious  but I think a lot of it was, as Gibbes said (paraphrasing here), about her trying to please and do what was 'right' rather than being of a spiritual bent herself; no doubt she was a devout Christian, but I believe Gibbes said something like religion was more a duty imposed upon her than something she felt strongly her heart which is, say, more like Olga.  She copied Rasputin's words into a notebook--probably not for her own, uh, 'edification' as Alix would probably have called it! but to please her mother.

Olga Nicholaievna / Re: Pictures of Olga and Alexi
« on: May 14, 2007, 11:23:31 PM »
Well, a lot of them are at, but as far as I know she's never uploaded her full collection anyplace.

aw i wish they were!
that would be so cool!

I could, if I found somewhere to put 'em.  I don't know how big it is - perhaps a few gigabytes?  They're on my PC, not on my laptop...

Having Fun! / Re: Colored Pictures XIX
« on: April 13, 2007, 04:11:17 AM »
I don't post much any more but I lurk a lot... wow!  I'm all  :o and  :'( you've all grown up so much in your picture coloring skills! Haha.  RF and Emily especially!

So.  Out of utter boredom on my pretty new (haha, well, 4 months old) laptop I colored this:

I mostly do web design stuff for people and, of course, school.  I am about to be a senior in university.  AAARG.  And I'm engaged :P

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