November 2nd, 2005

Detecting childbirth complications...

Seting's quasimedieval fantasy, Our Heroine's a midwife. The childbirth is Going Wrong, and will require a C-section (basically, the mom's too small and the baby's too big). Assuming use of magic is minimal (that is, until she knows or suspects a problem, she's just going on relatively high-quality Standard Midwife Training with medievalesque equipment), at what point in the process would she know or strongly suspect something is wrong, and what signs would there be?
Also, if anyone feels like throwing in links to or discription of a relatively short/coherent timeline of a "normal" childbirth (first baby, if that matters), and/or era-appropriate medical babble for when Our Heroine comes onto the scene (would she discuss spacing of the contractions? If so, since they didn't exactly have watches, what time unit would be used and such?), that would be gravy.
Please excuse the insane overuse of parentheses.

Latin Help please!

Being the friutloop that I am, I threw away a bunch of papers that had all my latin/english translations. Naturally I have no idea what website they came from because my bookmarks disappearred when my darling children did God knows what to the computer.

Here's the text

Jane pater, te hac vino obmovenda bonas preces precor, uti sis volens propitius mihi.

Jane pater, macte istace libatione pollucenda esto, macte vino inferio esto. Illicet.
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Funeral insults

Do y'all know of any other insults to the dead similar to the Christian (American?) taboo about wearing red to a funeral? I'm not particularly concerned with specific cultures or really in-depth details because I'm just looking for a jumping-off point to create my own, but I'd appreciate the inspiration.

President Elect Post-Election

When a candidate for president wins the election, what would the campaign staff (that he's keeping around for the White House) do between election and inauguration. Obviously, the candidate would go back to his congressional or governorial (?) or whatever duties, but how about the staff. They wouldn't just like...sit there, would they?