April 22nd, 2005

Gardening - Hallucinogens - Datura

I have Googled and Wikipedia'd and Erowid'd myself out tonight, but can't find just what I'm looking for. Anyone grow Datura (Thornapple)? Stramonium, specifically, AKA jimsonweed. What does it smell like? Are there any plants it could easily be mistaken for, if you're going by scent? So far, all I've been able to find is "smells nice" or "sweet scent". While good to know, not especially detailed. ;)

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I have a question about body types, height and weight. It includes some drawings I made of what my main character's body might look like. I hope I don't offend anyone. She is overweight. She has a "pear-shaped" body type, where the weight is distributed to the hips, thighs and bum.


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If she is about 5 feet 3 inches to 5 feet 4 inches tall, about how much do you think she'd weigh, in pounds? (I'm a dumb American with a poor grasp on the metric system, sorry.) Do you think doctors would consider her "obese" or just overweight?
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English grammar

Alright, some English majordom for ya'll:

I'm writing an historical fiction story involving a king at the time. Now, I've been told in English grammar that one does not capitalize 'the King' (as shown there - rather, it should be written 'the king') when referring to any king not currently in rule. (i.e. "according to the king," as opposed to "according to the King", or "the king said" versus "the King said"). But in the context of the story, the king IS in rule, even though I'm writing it now, and I've read some biographies (on kings) where the author DOES capitalize 'the King' and others where he/she does not, so it sometimes seems that this rule is being bent.

What sayeth thou?

Also, does it make any difference when the narrator says 'the king' and when a character says 'the king,' because if we were to get really anal *cough* I am the narrator and therefore when I write 'the king' I'm writing about a king ruling in the past and hence wouldn't capitalize, yet if one of my characters says 'the king,' they ARE referring to a currently ruling king (in the story, in their time) so would it suddenly be capitalized?! *dies*

As a real aside, what about referring to sides in a war? I.e. Royalists vs. Parliamentarians. Are those always capitalized or not? I've seen differing versions of this in biographies as well. Sometimes I hate English. I want to capitalize everything, put commas after everything and just be done with it!
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You're Under Arrest! (In Tokugawa Japan)

I've been lurking, for the most part, in all the comms I'm posting this to. However, here's the question. Or rather, here are the questions.

For all means and purposes, my fandom follows medieval/Tokugawa conventions. There are yoriki, doushin, shitappiki and okappiki; most places maintain old names such as Shinano, Echigo, Oumi, Hitachi etc. Just ignore the random handphones and vending machines. *cough* With that in mind:

1. Person N is ambushed and beaten up pretty badly. He loses a lot of blood and would have been killed if not for physical intervention before the final blow was struck. Should the police get on the case, would a suspect be charged with attempted murder, assault and battery, or something else entirely?

2. Due to certain patterns to the wounds received by Person N, Person D is named as a suspect. Person D's friends are aware he was probably the intended target. Should they explain this to the arresting officer, would it affect the charge?

3. What would the process of arrest be in the Tokugawa era? Would a suspect be bound? Tied? Tried? Put in a lockup?

Thanks in advance for any help received.

(x-posted to fanfic_research, japanophile, japanophiles, little_details and madsqueeble)
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Asylum question and a vampire marriage

Of cause they are connected! Bot questions are for a more-or-less realistic world, just with some other countries than today, so what I want is present time answers from whatever country you are from/know about when it comes to the asylum case, and just your general thoughts on the vampire marriage. Thank you, [Unknown LJ tag]on to the questions:

1. Our heroes arrive at an airport in another country. The country they are fleeing from is a dictatorship with semi-closed borders, and they can prove that they have a reasonable fear for their own life if they are forced to return. Where do they go from here to ask for asylum? Who do they contact, and what happens next?

2. If one of them escapes the detention they are placed in, will she lose every chance of asylum, or what will be done to her? Arrested? Shipped out of the country?

3. Two kids, fourteen or so, gets married by the state by using fake I.D.'s. Will the first marriage be accepted as a marriage or annulled when they try to use it to give the girl asylum through her "housebound" who got his asylum while her's was denied her? Can it be used as prof that they really love each other, and it's not a marriage to get her asylum, or will they have to do something else?

4. Now the exciting question: While they were fourteen and crazy, just after getting married by the government, they had a vampire marriage. These vampires are not "Interview With a Vampire"-vampires, more kids that drink blood, use fake fangs and have played Vampires-the masquerade a few times to many. What would a marriage be like for those guys? Any good ideas to vital parts of the obviously long ceremony?
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