May 17th, 2006



Hi Guys

I'm looking for examples of words that are different but look the same when lip-reading. Apparently the term for these are "homophenes", However looking on Google et al. there are very limited examples of these. Therefore, I am looking for as many examples as you can possibly can come up with.

Wow my first post, went to sleep and awoke to all these comments!- Amazing!- Thanks to everyone who submitted, and I am sure they will be very helpful. Thanks again.

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Vegetarian Diets

Long time lurker first time poster.

This is actually one of my FIRST attempts at writing fiction. I think it's proving to be a little complicated as I've started to develop my own world! But of course, I'm excited at what I've created thus far and can't wait to place my characters in it and see what happens. Anwyay - I now need your help with something (of course) so onto my question:

In my world, there is going to be a strictly-vegetarian society. (NOT Vegan, they will still eat dairy and eggs ect...) I know that vegetarians need to ensure you eat plenty of eggs and nuts so you get enough protein. But I was hoping that someone would be able to provide me with specifics. Like - what would a DAYS worth of meals be for a healthy vegetarian?

If there are any vegetarians here, why did you do it and do you physically feel better/healthier/different in any way? (I personally LOVE meat and would NEVER be able to be a vegetarian and therefore have a bit of a hard time understanding the mentality behind it)

Let me know if you need anymore info - this is one of my first times...

Thank you!
sad =P


So I've got myself a story that has quite a bit to do with shipbuilding. I know enough about ships to get by on being vague, but I'm finding myself getting involved in -- you guessed it -- little details.

Here is the problem: how does one construct (a) wooden-hulled sailing ships, (b) partially metal-hull and/or fully metal-hulled steamships. Metal-hulled steamships (say, like ironclads) would be nice but those first two are what I need most. Wikipedia and google and such are helpful on parts of ships and on generalities, but what I really want is detailed instructions. What part is made first? The keel? When exactly is/are the mast/masts set? What kinds of wood are used and how should the wood be treated beforehand? How is the hull put together? Is this all done in a cradle? If so, how does the cradle look and work? etc.

Most preferably historical construction, not modern, looking for a range between, say, 15th-19th century maritime technology. This is not an Earth-based story and the technology levels are a little mixed, so I need a range to work with. This is probably not a topic that can be covered very well in comments so I guess what I'm really looking for is resources on the subject -- books, sites, anything. I'm willing to read most anything of reasonable length on my own. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

And yes, I'm aware that there's a great variety of ships and ways to make them. If more specifics are needed, lets say I want to Collapse )

So, just to recap: I'd like the specifics of how one built ships between the 15th and 19th centuries. Not parts of ships or how they are "put together" (like cross-sectional diagrams and such) but how they were constructed. I'd be quite glad to do reams of reading of my own if only someone would point me to a few specific resources on the subject.

Whew! Thank you very much to anybody who's willing to help!

PS: First post, so do tell me if I'm doing anything wrong! Thanks again =)

Birth certificate vs.Family Bible

This might be an incredibly strange question, but here's the scenario:
My main character, was born to a thirteen year old girl;Who's parents raised her,as one of their children.In order to protect my protagonist as a child,and to avoid the possibility of shame and ostracisism.Her parents(or grandparents rather)have always used the family bible, with it's genalogy page;which has my main character listed as their daughter for offical purposes(i.e.:School enrollment,obtaining an ID, etc).
My question is, would such a practice still be feasible in 21st Century?Or would it be considered suspecious?


Perhaps a dumb question, but nothing I've read about seems to say much about the business of herding in the first place, and I don't want information about modern use of animals. Would a person herd all appropriate animals(sheep, cows) together at the same time? Would he do it himself, have his son do it, use a shepherd? Any general information about herding in any non-industrialized period or country would be helpful, especially if the culture in question is mostly pastoral.

Swamp survival

I was hoping someone here could direct me toward some websites or just tell me from personaly study/research/what-have-you about swamp survival.

For the record I am somewhat familiar with wilderness survival techniques in wooded and winter environments and a bit in desert environments as well, and to be honest finding pages about survival techniques for all of those settings is relatively easy.

I'm looking for anything that would be specific to a temperate/semi-tropical swamp environment that varies from the standard wilderness survival techniques, i.e. getting clean water, despite being surrounded by mucky water with no streams or anything relatively available.

Plus this is in a primitive setting, so no tying plastic bags to trees to catch the water evaporating from the plant leaves.

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Thanks a lot you guys. :)
diane arbus's puerto rican woman

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Hey everyone! I am writing something that deals with people listening to big band music like Glenn Miller. The people listening to the music accost it for sounding "too white", i.e. a bit boring and bland and same-ey.

So my queston is, if one wanted to listen to a black performer of big band or swing music, what would be a really solid choice? I'm thinking Duke Ellington, but other suggestions and thoughts on this are definitley welcome.

palace construction

This is a pretty minor detail really... just getting a passing mention in dialogue, but I might as well ask just to be safe.
With medeival-esque technology, how many years am I looking at for the construction of a rather impressive imperial palace? Can someone give me a range of years between "that was fast," to "holy crap that took forever"?

Thanks ahead of time!!

A Clock Question

Edit: Much thanks. 10:10 it is. Yes i can read a clock, and yes i did need one specific time.

So this is actually only one line in a story, but i don't have a easily manipulable (Is these even a word?) clock on me and my watch is digital. So, when the hands on the clock look like they are vaguely making a smile, what time is it? I'm thinking like 2:45-2:50, but i don't know. Google image search has failed me, but this seems like the sort of random knowledge someone here would be able to help me with. Much thanks.
Me (red)

Japanese Translation

I'm writing a radio play, and I have a scene in an airport (well, spaceport). If I were writing a novel I would just say "the intercomm said ____ in several languages" or something like that, but since it's audio, for realism I need the actual words. I decided that since it's an earth spaceport, I want to have two prominent earth languages and several alien languages on the intercom and the little voice on the tram between terminals. I decided on English and Japanese, mostly because I know enough Japanese that I can at least pronounce it.

So here are the phrases I need:

Welcome to the Minneapolis/St Paul Spaceport.

Unattended luggage will be destroyed.

Please stand clear of the doors.

Next stop, Humphrey terminal.

Now boarding level 23.