Live blogging the atomic bomb, time-shifted by 60 years

Blog like it’s 1945! That’s what I’m doing for the 60th anniversary of the first atomic bomb explosion. (There is more to July 16 than a new Harry Potter book, you know)

The most recent posts are at the top, older ones are below. So if you want to catch up to what’s already happened, go to the 1945 category page, start at the bottom, and scroll up.

And tell me what you think!

—Susan Kitchens

16 August. Isn’t it over yet? (and here I thought I’d be done with this as of the 15th. No. My liveblogging has become a bit of live-bogged-down. But I continue to press on. Finding new sources—much has been written about this subject, and taking a day off to finish reading aloud from Harry Potter, Book 6. Which makes for strange dreams of the Voldemort Death Eater Atomic Apocalypse variety. Also discovered to my dismay a rather essential post didn’t make it from Draft to Publishe. It’s for a ways back, July 28, but it’s the Japanese response to the Potsdam Declaration and I’m dismayed to discover that it has remained hidden all this time

older updates here

7 August: I’m getting intermittent Database errors that cause the site’s content to disappear. Spoken with hosting provider’s tech support, the temp files reset themselves every hour. They’ll look into things on their end and I’ll looking into things on mine to see about caching the 1945 category file that’s probably causing an overload.

4 August. As you may have noticed, I’m back and posts have resumed. Lots to catch up with in the next several hours.

7-29 Off to N. California to attend (and make some recordings of) BlogHer. We’ll see if the atomic bomb timeline advances any….

7-21 Back home again, in the 1945-posting saddle again. Lots going on at Potsdam; must catch up!!

Am still in New Mexico (17 July). Postings will be time-stamped-for the times they took place, but they’ll appear here “after the fact” as I get time to compose them.

7-15-05 noon Out the door to catch a flight to New Mexico… to the Trinity Site open house for the 60th anniversary. I’ve booked a place that has a net connection. Let’s hope all goes well with it UPDATE: yes!—I’m going to need it to keep composing the posts. Tonight Tomorrow night I’ll dine at a place in Socorro that was a local hangout for the scientists and enlisted men at the Trinity site. …and then afterwards hit the “Write Post” button, again and again and again

10 responses to “Live blogging the atomic bomb, time-shifted by 60 years”

  1. ralph

    I think it’s a seriously cool thing, and I’m really enjoying it. Thanks!

  2. Robert

    I live in Oak Ridge, Tennessee – the City Behind the Fence – and I think this is pretty neat. The home I live in was built in 1944 as housing for workers at the weapons plants known as Y-12, K-25, and X-10. Some people collect weapons, or uniforms – I’ve got a house that was part of building the atomic bomb. Several of the people I attend church with were here during the Project. To talk to them about what was going on here – is to step back in history.

  3. Bob Perdriau


    You continue doing great work!

    Have you seen this?

    I found it on Boing Boing.


  4. Susan A. Kitchens

    Yes, Bob, I did. And standing at the only remaining footing of the tower at Ground Zero today, someone mentioned the blast out in Black Rock, Nevada.

  5. Kim Johnson


    We met today – my son and I. You took our picture and we took yours.

    This is extraordinarily well done. I shall capture this site and preserve it and tell other interested people about it.

    Well done!


  6. Susan A. Kitchens

    Kim, I enjoyed meeting you, and thanks for stopping by! Glad you like the site! Note to all: Kim’s father was in the next valley over and he told me how 60 years ago, his dad and mom saw the sun come up from the wrong direction.

  7. goodwitch

    Your work reminds me of an experience I had on a project last summer. The art museum on my campus was developing an interactive learning module for students to learn about history thru art. One of the topics was the bombing of Hiroshima. The particular work of art that was used in that section was “From this day on” by Ben Shahn. I found the whole project to be quite moving and enlightening.

    The interactive learning module is done in Flash and I’m not thrilled with the usability…but I still think it is worth a look. Head to and click on “Learning Empathy Through Art”.

  8. Zeshan Usman

    You have a great site going. I have found it to be very interesting. I would love to link to you. Please introduce your blog on

  9. Jugalator

    I appreciate you taking your time to put focus on the atomic bomb, although it is hardly something humanity can be proud of, much like the invention of methods for biological warfare. It is, however, a construction of pure evil that is ruthless and never makes a difference between good and evil or nature. For this reason, I think the weapon deserve a mention, much like nazism do, in order to be reminded of never trying to go there again. Even to this day, this invention plagues the world, just look at the current events in North Korea.

    By the way, I was surprised to see Truman’s diary call women and children not the targets of the atomic bomb over Japan. Does it matter who the intended target is when they are using a weapon to eradicate a city? Would an American be grateful for the empathy shown if North Korea managed to launch a nuclear strike against New York, but telling that the intended targets are people in military service only? It just sounds absurd, and like he is only trying to save his own face by saying this.

  10. cjyork

    How can I email you directly? I can’t find an email address anywhere on the site.