Okay, I gotta get back to posting Actual Content here.  And also reading some of my enormous backlog of OH THAT BOOK LOOKS COOL. 

So: what would people like to see occasional excerpts from?  Please help me make decisions because I am bad at decisions!

  1. Bianchi, La révolution culturelle de l’an II: Élites et peuple, 1789-1799 (you’ll have to put up with my translation skills)
  2. Levy, Applewhite, and Johnson, Women in Revolutionary Paris 1789-1795: selected documents translated with notes and commentary
  3. Haine, The World of the Paris Café: Sociability among the French working class, 1789-1914
  4. Traugott, The French Worker: Autobiographies from the early Industrial Era

A sentence ending in a question mark so I can check off the answer option?


Heaven’s Gate was an American UFO religion doomsday cult based in San Diego, California, founded in the early 1970s and led by Marshall Applewhite (1931–1997) and Bonnie Nettles (1927–1985). On March 26, 1997, police discovered the bodies of 39 members of the group who had committed mass suicide in order to reach what they believed was an alien space craft following the Comet Hale–Bopp, which was at its brightest.

  • Applewhite and Nettles used a variety of aliases over the years, notably “Bo and Peep” and “Do and Ti”
  • prior to the adoption of the name Heaven’s Gate (and at the time Vallée studied the group), it was known as Human Individual Metamorphosis (HIM)
  • Heaven’s Gate members believed that the planet Earth was about to be “recycled” (wiped clean, renewed, refurbished and rejuvenated), and that the only chance to survive was to leave it immediately. While the group was formally against suicide, they defined “suicide” in their own context to mean “to turn against the Next Level when it is being offered,” and believed that their “human” bodies were only vessels meant to help them on their journey. In conversation, when referring to a person or a person’s body, they routinely used the word “vehicle”; when shown a picture of his son in an interview, Rio DiAngelo commented, “Look, there’s the little vehicle.”
  • The members of the group added “-ody” to the first names they adopted in lieu of their original given names, which defines “children of the Next Level.” This is mentioned in Applewhite’s final video, “Do’s Final Exit,” that was filmed on March 19–20, 1997, just days prior to the suicides
  • Group members gave up their material possessions and lived a highly ascetic life devoid of many indulgences. The group was tightly knit and everything was shared communally. Seven of the male members of the group, including Applewhite, voluntarily underwent castration in Mexico as an extreme means of maintaining the ascetic lifestyle.
  • The cultural theorist Paul Virilio has described the group as a cybersect, due to its heavy reliance on computer mediated communication as a mode of communication prior to the group’s collective suicide
  • The members took phenobarbital mixed with pineapple, washed down with vodka. Additionally, they secured plastic bags around their heads after ingesting the mix to induce asphyxiation. Authorities found the dead lying neatly in their own bunk beds, faces and torsos covered by a square, purple cloth. Each member carried a five-dollar bill and three quarters in their pockets— said to be for interplanetary toll. All 39 were dressed in identical black shirts and sweat pants, brand new black-and-white Nike Decades athletic shoes, and armband patches reading “Heaven’s Gate Away Team" (one of many instances of the group’s use of the Star Trek fictional universe's nomenclature). The adherents, between the ages of 26 and 72, are believed to have died in three groups over three successive days, with remaining participants cleaning up after each prior group’s deaths.Fifteen members died on March 24, fifteen more on March 25, and nine on March 26. Leader Applewhite was the third to last member to die; two women remained after him and were the only ones found without bags over their heads. Among the dead was Thomas Nichols, brother of the actress Nichelle Nichols, who is best known for her role as Uhura in the original Star Trek television series.
  • Only one of the group’s members, Rio DiAngelo/Richard Ford, did not kill himself: weeks before the suicides, in December 1996, DiAngelo agreed with Applewhite to leave the group so he could ensure future dissemination of Heaven’s Gate videos and literature. He videotaped the mansion in Rancho Santa Fe; however, the tape was not shown to police until 2002, five years after the event.

Cult Calendar– March 26

Heaven Can’t Wait

On March 26, 1997, surviving Heaven’s Gate member Rio DiAngelo received a Fed-Ex package with a videotape ("Do’s Final Exit,") and a note:

“By the time you read this, we will have exited our bodies.”

That day, police arrived at a rented 9,200-sq.-ft. mansion in a gated San Diego community to find the other 39 members of the Heaven’s Gate cult dead in the largest and most publicized mass suicide to happen in America. The members, aged 26 to 72, killed themselves in three waves on March 24, 25 and 26 to coincide with the arrival of the comet Hale Bop and a trailing UFO.

Most of the bodies were arranged neatly on their beds with their faces and torsos covered with a purple cloth. Each body, dressed in identical black shirts and sweat pants, brand new black-and-white Nikes, had a five dollar bill and three quarters in their pockets, luggage at their side and armband patches reading “Heaven’s Gate Away Team.”

The group, led by Marshall Applewhite, (pictured above, the third to the last to commit suicide) ate a final meal of turkey pot pie, house salad with tomato-vinagrette dressing, blueberry cheesecake and iced tea, together at Marie Callendar’s earlier that week. Their recipe for death:  phenobarbital in apple sauce, washed down with vodka and a plastic bag over the head.


DH meme → [6 Quotes]

Why do we try to define people as simply good or simply evil?

Because no one wants to admit that compassion and cruelty can exist side-by-side in one heart. And that anyone is capable of anything.

Okay, I’m a bit OC about this. So here’s the complete ensemble with Iwan Lewis - Bahorel and Dominic Applewhite - Student. Thanks for the comments!

Aaron Tveit - Enjolras, Alistair Brammer - Jean Prouvaire, Andy Coxon - Student, Andy Zelary - Student, Chris Milford - Student, David Roberts - Student, Dominic Applewhite - Student, Fra Fee - Courfeyrac, Gabriel Vick - Feuilly, George Blagden - Grantaire, Hugh Skinner - Joly, Iwan Lewis - Bahorel, Jamie Muscato - Student, Jonathan Dudley - Student, Jonny Purchase - Student, Jos Slovick - Student, Joseph Peters - Student, Killian Donnelly - Combeferre, Matthew Corner - Student, Matthew Seadon Young - Student, Rhidian Marc - Student, Samuel J. Weir - Student, Stevee Davies - Student, Stuart Neal - Lesgles

Well, I finally finished my EAH hair which was based off the drawing I did earlier. It did kinda take me forever because I’m super lazy, but maybe later this year I’ll do another one. Also, it’s transparent (I think…), so I mean if anyone wanted to use it on their blog that would be cool, but anyways hope you enjoy!


#flashinthepan: Tweets from the Barricade — Part 23

flash in the pan:

From the days of flintlock firearms, where the main charge was intended to be fired by a small charge of gunpowder in the priming pan. If the resultant fire did not pass through the touch-hole and ignite the main charge, the momentary coruscation produced noise and smoke, but no substantial effect, and was termed a “flash in the pan”. Sometimes called “fluff in the pan”, the term refers to any ineffectual, short, spasmodic effort which dies in the attempt, such as an explosion of priming in the lockpan of a gun, while the gun itself does not go off.

Source: Wiktionary

The shots of Dominic and Matthew are production stills and not frames from the film.

Remember to add 8 hours to the time stamp to get U.K. time.