June 8th, 2005

Tattoos.

This question is very random.

There's a man in New York with a name I can't remember who specializes in miniature tattoos of like, fine art scenes. He was in a documentary a while ago, and for the life of me I can't remember his name. Does anyone remember? I know he has an online portfolio, and I'd like to find it again and browse through for some character development.

Flowery Promises

Probably a little OT for the community, but I thought I'd give it a shot. My Japanese e-pal tells me there's an old, famous storry called 'The Promise/Vow of the Chrysanthemum.' (Kiku-ka no Chikai) It's of personal interest and for something I'm writing, so has anyone heard of this story (菊花の誓い?) and what it's about? Googling has yielded lyrics, movie reviews, blog entries with brief references, anything but the actual story.

(crossposted to japanophiles, japanophile japanese)

A question of massive blood loss

Just found out about this community. Thank god I've found you.

The scary thing is, I work as a technical medical writer, am surrounded by heavy medical books, and I can't seem to get my hands on information about this. It could be because I work at the pharmaceutical end of the equation and not critical care.

All I'm looking for is a pointer to either a resource or Web site that can answer these questions. (Although if someone has the answers, that would be great, too.):

I need to find the following information for a Buffy the Vampire Slayer fanfic:

  • How much blood can a person lose before they pass out?
  • How much blood can a person lose before they die?
  • If a person loses enough blood to bring them to the edge of death, how long would they be in the hospital after the fact? You may assume that there are other injuries, including two broken ribs, head wound (a deep cut over the left eye), minor concussion, contusions, cuts, scrapes.
  • What would be the course of treatment for massive blood loss? (I would assume transfusions, but how many? I would also assume IV infusions with medications and electrolytes, but for how long? Is oxygen necessary, since the blood loss means reduced oxygenated red blood cells reaching the tissues? Antibiotics would definitely be used to reduce the risk of infection, although I have a pretty good idea which ones would be used, but I'm not sure about other kinds of medications that might be involved in this case.)
  • What are some of the possible medical complications? (Shock, infection, fevers, etc.)
  • How long would a person be unconscious? How long would they be "in and out"? (I would assume we're talking at least two days for a normal human to recover to something like full consciousness, albeit there'd be a lot of sleeping for awhile do to extreme anemia, but this is just a minor fact I'd like to check.)

Yes, I'm asking because I need to write a scene involving a vampire draining blood from a human with the intent to turn them. And I'm also planning on writing some detail of that person in the hospital recovering from the attack. And although I may be going for the information overkill in the little details, you never know which detail will be important.

Just point me to a good site or information source, and I'll be grateful (and send y'all a link).

Thanks!
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Medieval England vs Medieval France

My google skills are decidedly weak.

My story has decided that it wants to take place in a reasonable facsimile of medieval France, as opposed to medieval England or a twisted hybrid of them. I swear I had nothing to do with it, it just up and decided "hey, I'm going to go with France, because it's cool".

Essentially, it's fantasy and in a fantasy world, so I've got some leeway, but I'm wondering if there's any details I can include that would set it apart from a typical "middle ages hybrid" fantasy. Wikipedia gives me politics, which aren't much use- I'm looking more for things that would be different from your typical medieval fusion world.

If that made any sense at all ._.

Edit: we're looking at about the 13th century.
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height/weight questions

First off: I don't think I've posted here, like, ever, though I've read a bit here and there. Now that I'm asking questions, I promise I'll be more active in answering them, if I can. ^^

Anyway, I'm filling out character sheets for several of my RPG characters, and finding that the height/weight ones always give me the most trouble, so this is a two-part question.
Part the first: in the Lord of the Rings, exactly how tall is the average height for an Elf? (it's difficult to guess by the movies, and I can't find specifics.)
Part the second: what is a reasonable (read: healthy) weight for a willowy woman, about 5'10"?

Thanks in advance!
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Social/developmental impairment and low IQ.

Hi all, I'm new here.  I hope my questions haven't been asked before (at least quite this way), but if so, feel free to smack me for not checking.  I'd also like to apologize in advance if I'm confusing or vague, as I'm not quite sure how to describe my queries.

Anyway, for a bit of background, I have a character that is, to be un-PC, rather retarded both socially and mentally.  He's about 17 years old now, and I'd guess his social skills and mental age are more at a 8-10 year olds level.  This is due in part to being severely bullied in school, and a very rigid, strict school system that didn't allow for slower-learning children or attempt to stop the harassment, as well as possible dyslexia/Asperger's Syndrome.

(Note: I am not saying that people with dyslexia or Asperger's are "retarded" -- I'm just trying to explain my character's problems. [/covering butt])

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Boy with "mommy and daddy" issues; not sure how to convey.

I have a young male character, human (let's call him Gar). He's about thirteen at the moment (in fic). He lost his parents when he was eight years old--- they died of an illness they'd spent months working to cure him of. rest of the backstory hereCollapse )

Ever since his parents' deaths, Gar has had a history of becoming attached to older people as parent figures. Basically, everywhere he goes, he reinvents his parents for himself. He leeches on.


In the "current day" of the fic, Gar has just arrived at a group home. He is latching onto the "leader-type" in his therapy group, a seventeen year old young man, as his father, and the most distant person in his therapy group, a sixteen year old girl, as his new mother.

I've been trying to come up with a way to show the unhealthy attachment he's forming with these new "parents".

He's seriously emotionally disturbed, probably suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, and all of this is on top of the mental and emotional problems he had before his parents died. He was a psychotic little bastard before his parents died. Their deaths didn't much help.

Anybody have any ideas on portraying my loveable little crazy?
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