August 28th, 2006

Test card

BBC Test Card F Music

I have quite a silly question. I've tried googling and whilst I've found lots of information on Test Card F, I've been unable to find the answer to the question I'm looking for.

In 1973, when the BBC were about to start their programming again after the test card had been on during the night, what happened? Did the beep continue until the announcer came on to say what the first television programme would be? Or was there music played at the same time as the test card for a short time before the globe BBC logo and the announcer? If there was music first thing in the morning, was there anything specific?

I seem to remember music during the day when the test card was shown, I don't know about first thing in the morning, but I can only remember as far back as the early eighties and any recollection of the test card, other than the girl and her creepy clown, is quite vague.

Any help is much appreciated.

And sorry for the mistake on the first posting.

Difference between live & dead people's blood

Hi, all!  I'm writing a fic about a vampire and need a question answered.  I was pointed to this comm, hope one of you guys could help.

My question is this:  Is there a difference (other than the obvious, of course) between blood from a dead person and a live person?  To be specific, if you look at a sample under the microscope, can you tell if it's from a dead person or from, for example, a sample from someone who donated at their local bloodbank?  And, just out of curiosity, during an autopsy, the blood is drained from the body, right?  What happens to it?

Thanks in advance.
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Searching for stars

Hi. I'm obviously new here, and had never heard of this place, but a friend pointed the community out to me yesterday just to show it's usefulness. 24 hours later, I have a question that Google and Wikipedia seem to be doing nothing for after an hour of searching. Coincedence? :P

Basically, I need the names of two random stars in the Milky Way for fic purposes. I was hoping for one to be closer to the galaxy's center than we are, though not any closer than about half the distance (and preferably not too close to Sol's general area). Any class from F to M for this one would be preferable.

The second star should be on the opposite side of the galaxy from us, maybe somewhere in the back end of the Crux arm. Class G would be nifty for this one, but I know that might be tough to pull off, so I'll take what I can get.

Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to be very easy to find information like this for anything beyond about 1000 light years away, except for generic star lists which don't give any info on location, so I'm lost. Any help would be much appreciated.

Jurisdiction Question

Planning out a future story at the moment and I have a question on how closely US and Canadian law enforcement/intelligence co-operate.

Basically there is an item stolen from a covert project which the US wants back, and they believe it is being stored in a Canadian city for a short period before being moved on. If the US decide to keep the Canadians in the dark and provide a cover story so that the Canadians do not realize what they are being asked to track or seize, something like drugs for example, then how quickly will the Canadians respond to US requests for help? Would the Canadians allow US officials into Canada to seize said item or just as observers? Would extradition treaties have to be involved?

Any help greatly appreciated.

Treatment of those of African descent in 1941 (London) and 1869 (Cardiff)

Treatment of those of African descent in 1941 (London) and 1869 (Cardiff)

I'm trying to write a scene (or will be) in which a white man enters a party with a male friend who happens to be black, they've come in through a back entrance, and neither are from the current time period (yes it involves time travel). The scene would be set in London.

What I'm trying to figure out is how would his friend be looked upon given the time period. If I were setting this in America I'd assume that his friend might be asked to leave if not forcible put out of the building due to segregation laws at the time if he were in the southern US for example.

Also, in a 1869 setting in Cardiff, would it be correct to assume that this friend might be mistaken as the white man's servant or hired help?

I've been doing some research on Wikipedia but what I'm trying to get is a feel for the actual reaction of people around the pair and assumptions they might make. It's a big detail I'd like resolved before I try to write it.

If it helps at all this is for the Doctor Who fandom.

Thanks in advance!
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Diagnosing chronic radiation poisoning

Google and wikipedia have given me references to cases of chronic radiation poisoning but the causes were all known in advance. What I'm looking for is how a doctor would diagnose it if he had no reason to suspect radiation.

The background is an AU SGA fic - they've found the Genii but not the underground bunkers. The atomic tech level is about equivalent to ours in the '20s or '30s - they're working with uranium but don't know how to separate isotopes, and they don't realise they need shielding. Canonically the radiation level starts getting dangerous if someone spends "days or weeks" there. The inhabitants, however, have been exposed for years.

The doctor is a geneticist (ETA: from Earth circa now), has state of the art equipment, and is confronted with several patients with varying symptoms (the only one we know from canon is a malignant but curable lung tumor.) As far as he knows, they're farmers with a tech level about that of the Amish. 

Would he make the connection? Would the patients be radioactive at all? (ETA: No. Didn't think so.) What other causes might he consider first? Anything that leads him to suspect the patients come from a more advanced society than they claim would be useful. ETA: The patients are trying to keep their weapons research secret from the people they're asking for help; the doctor needs to come to the conclusion that they're lying to him. Unfortunately, he's not House.
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Ancient Briton Languages

I have a problem with characters communicating.

The setting is ancient Briton - around 100AD, during the Roman occupation. One of the main characters is a female member of the Brigante tribe (north eastern England), another is a Roman soldier. Now, I am aware that the Roman will speak Latin. However, I can't seen to find what the Brigante will speak or even if the language is known. I've browsed wikipedia to no real effect (though useful search terms for google or wikipedia appreciated) but I would like to know the following:

- What language(s) would she speak? Would she speak any latin at all? I don't think she will but would be nice if she did.

- What languages other than latin would he speak? Obviously greek is possible but what about the local dialects? Would he speak any of her languages or are they stuck with sign language and similar non linguistic communication? Are there any linguistic conventions of the time which may allow them to communicate easier than waving hands at each other and grunting?

Thanks in advance...

Children's savings and vending machines

In need of some help again.

Scene setting: five year old, America (non-specific and flexible location but
probably on the West Coast) in the early to mid eighties. Parents are school
teachers or similar.

1) Child is being encouraged to save money. How would they do this? A bank account,
post office account, piggy bank, other? Would the piggy bank have a plug or would
you have to smash it? Would they have a paying in book? WOuld they get free gifts or
other encouragements from the bank? Any other details or ideas?

2) What would be a reasonable amount of money for a child this age to get as pocket
money? Would it be called pocket money?

3) Child would have to have an awareness of vending machines. Would effectively any
child or would they have to live in or regularly visit a large city? What could you
get from them and where were they located? Street corners, malls, railway stations?

I realise there's a wide variety of possible answers but if I can get a range of
realistic ideas I can build on them from there. I have tried googling but most of
what it brings up is current - I'm sure the info's out there but it's hard to find.

Thanks muchly.
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Malicious CPS call and its aftermath?

So, I have a character who is a single parent. She has a history of mental illness, but the illness is controlled with medication and she is complying with treatment.

Her own parents are vehemently anti-psychiatry (as well as rather anti-the fact that she's a single mom to begin with) and decide to call CPS because she is "on drugs" with the hope that they will be able to have her kids taken from her and put in their custody. This needs to make some minor trouble for my character, but preferably not have her children actually removed from her custody. Is this at all realistic, and what would be likely to happen? Also, in the aftermath of this, could she successfully get a restraining order against her parents, or something of the sort?
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Asperger's Syndrome

I'm writing a story from the POV of a character who has Asperger's syndrome and is a professor of mathematics; this has presented me with something of a dilemma on a descriptive standpoint though. I've done quite a bit of research and I can imagine how they would evaluate other people, but how would they describes objects? Would it be beyond the realm of believability to describes things by associations. For example, traditional description would be something like, "The apple was red like a ruby" and what I'm talking about would be, "The apple was red; he recognized the shade from when he was younger, with the linen checked tablecloth. He half-expected to touch it and feel fabric."

Anything about how people with this syndrome view the world would be a tremendous help.