December 26th, 2004

Chibi Kain

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OK, some may remember me from my request for stuff about the amnesiac. I appreciated the responses immensely. In the same vein, I have another character who has been stricken blind (I have a habit of giving really mean flaws to my characters)... sort of. ^^;

Regardless, he cannot see, and since my setting is that of something akin to high fantasy, I must know how people dealt with losing their sight in such times. Preferrably without the use of animals, but it would not cramp my story much to add one.

Moreover, what ways might a blind man manage to be a scholar in times without brail? Or is that so impossible that it's rediculous without some kind of technological or magical help?

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I found this so long ago, but what's the origin of silver as being holy?

It had something to do with Judas and his betrayal, and then a decree was made that it shall never be used for evil again as I remember it, but I have no idea where I read that. It's highly frustrating, and I'd like to make sure my ideas are correct and that I am not being misled.

Anyone know?
Sasuke.

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I have this... universe, if you will, that is meant to be the human race. Although there are people who hit a recessive gene or something and have features of and/or skin tone of certain races; most people have similar skin tones (think slightly burnt gingerbread cookie covered in off-white icing) and/or features.
So, I need racial slurs that are meant towards, as a race, Caucasian and African people.

This has to do with the society's three groups: the damned, the goodfolk, and the godspeople. Godspeople bleach their hands a certain way because white is a holy color ordained by the chief gods, and because thru death they can become "gods". They wear white makeup for these reasons.
The damned dye their hands black with a certain kind of mud, because they are dammed to go to hell because there must be vengeance for the sins of humanity.
The goodfolk do not die anything or bleach anything, but you will see bleached/dyed goodfolk.

EDIT: Now with two hands and concentration!: ^^ Let's try this again, shall we? These people are us, years and years and years down the road. Certain things are the same, like the racial slurs and social security. Other things have changed, like morals (we welcome prostitution, but Shakespeare is considered obscene.) or the birth morality rate (Because we focused so much on extending youth and living longer, we live for two hundred years, but your baby is more likely to be born stillborn.) Other things have been changed but still have the same terminology, like Public education for every child is paid 2% by the government, 50% by the parent, and 48% by various private companies. That's why I need modern slurs.

Torture

I've looked through the archives and can't find anything of this sort, so I figured I'd ask. :P

Anyone know some interrogation/torture methods that might be used in an unconventional modern-day military setting? Nothing like thumbscrews or the rack, just nice physical and/or psychological techniques to break down a captured spy or other sort of high-profile criminal.

Much appreciated.
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Julius Belmont

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In this group, there are no odd questions, right?

Alright, what would be the onomatopoeia (word to represent a sound, e.g. ding) for a gun being fired with a silencer? 'Cause I know it makes a noise, I'm just not sure how to write it.
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Another question on British usage...

This is hard to explain... but: I've been given to know that "corn" as a word, refers to the commonly used native grain of an area, so that in England it refers to wheat, in Scotland to oats, and in North America to what other countries call "maize." I'm not telling you how old I was when I finally knew this...

However, in practical modern usage, would a person from Scotland cooking with oats refer to them as "corn"? Would an English person in fact be confused and think they meant wheat? Would they still say "corn" at all if they knew a person from England was listening and might be confused? Or is this something everyone's used to?

Background if it helps: Person from Scotland is probably making no effort at clarity, and is not a person with great communications skills. Also uses a large amount of Scottish dialect, if that makes a difference.

Please excuse me if any of this is phrased badly.

EDIT: I'm clear now that it wouldn't be a term used when cooking and they'd just be called oats. Sorry about that, it's hard to tell from cooking sites. But if anyone has something further to add, go right ahead...
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Fractal of Doom

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In the Pirates of the Caribbean sort of time frame, what would the Governor be doing while the Commodore was running around chasing pirates? Where would the Governor's authority end and the Navy's begin? And what would the Navy be doing when not chasing aforementioned pirates? (Apart from paperwork that is.)
Also, how long would it have taken to sail from England to Jamaica, and vice versa?

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I cannot figure out how to google this without getting a million news articles. Can anyone point me towards a website or something with some information pertaining to Federal statutes pertaining to armed robbery and sentencing and other things that I've probably overlooked asking about.

Any help's appreciated.