March 5th, 2005

Rocket Science, Anyone?

Would it be possible for a design system used in a space shuttle to adapted for something like a cruise missile? Basically, I have a main character who designs either a new type of guidance/navigational system or propulsion system for space flight, only to have it pilfered and used in a series of weapons that destroy his hometown.
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Last rites?

Can anyone give me a sense of what, exactly, the Catholic last rites comprise? What rituals are performed, what prayers are normally said, that sort of thing. I can't get a clear picture from most sources, because none of them seem to agree. Some of them even conflate the last rites with Anointing of the Sick, which I don't think is correct.

ETA: Thanks for the links, guys. I feel stupid now for not checking the Catholic Encyclopedia; I have it bookmarked and everything.

Timekeeping in humans

Okay, I know there are people who always know what time it is. What I'm wondering is if it would be possible for a person who's been travelling dimensions and time pretty much at random for about a year be able to keep track of the days, at least on his personal timeline. No outside markers would be possible. Basically, I'm trying to figure out if it's plausible at all that he'd know that it was the anniversary of his beginning his travels.

For those of you who know anything about the series, it's a Tsubasa Fai fic, so I'd have to include that his personal timeline won't necessarily coincide with that of all his companions.

ETA: Got it. I'll just slap my plotbunnies til they come up with something else for the scene. Thank you.

Persian goddesses

I've looked all over the place and I'm at a loss, unexpectedly so. I'm trying to find the correct name, which I'm almost 100% sure starts with a P, for a Persian goddess whose charactaristics include being a guardian of children and having special connections to dogs and birds.

If anyone knows the name or can provide me with more information, especially her origins, I'd be most grateful. :)
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I'm trying to place exactly where one of my characters lives beyond "New York, north of NYC." He moved out of Manhattan because he's sick of living in the city. He absolutely loathes Westchester County because of the "pretentious, rich, liberal dinks" that he thinks make up the county's entire population. He's also something of a hypocrite--he's a thorough-going city boy and pretty pretentious himself. If I were to settle him around the Orange/Putnam/southern Ulster or Dutchess Counties region, is that getting into the upstate farming regions, or would that be safely cosmopolitan enough for the type of person who can't believe anyone would actually eat something as cheap and gross as Lucky Charms cereal?