September 2nd, 2006

aliens: wyc: building better worlds
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italian shoes

I've tried googling and wiki'ing this but I can't seem to get a definitive answer, and since it seems I know almost nothing about shoes...

I'm looking for a easily recognisable name brand for hand-stitched Italian leather shoes. (Specifically, women's shoes -- pumps.) I could guess and say something like, "Prada" or "Gucci", but I really don't know if those are hand-stitched shoes. Any help would be much appreciated.
Joe --
  • shadowa

Band on the run

I'm trying to plan the first European tour of the band in my story. The band is officially a 'punk' band, based in London, England, and the year is 1977 or 1978. I need to know a few things, and would really appreciate any input. I would also be very grateful for any books and/or websites that could help me learn more about the music business.

1) How many tours of Britain should they do before they go on a European tour?
2) When they do tour Europe, how many countries would be a reasonable number to play?
3) Would they only play the capital cities?
4) How many concerts in each city?

I think that's it for now. Thanks, guys!
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Information on Princeton University; resource: map ofUSAian sports fans

A post in two parts!

First, a series of questions: I am writing a piece of fanfiction about a character who attended Princeton in the mid-to-late-1980s. I know pretty much nothing about Princeton, aside from what I could figure out from the Wikipedia entry. Anyone with any knowledge on the subject: What are/were the dorms like, and at the time were there curfews/rules about having someone of the opposite sex in your room? Do students regularly go off-campus? Where do they go? At the time, was it particularly liberal/conservative/moderate (my impression is that it was rather conservative, but I am totally basing this on things I've read and on my crazy state school experiences)? How much do people care about the school sports teams there? Are there any major rivalries (sport or otherwise)? Is there anything that is incredibly important about the "mood" of Princeton that would drive you out of a story if it weren't in it? Information about any time period is useful, but I'm mostly looking for stuff from the mid-to-late 1980s.

Secondly, a resource! I haven't been reading much, so I don't know if this has been already pointed out, but if you're trying to figure out what American sports team a person from a particular geographic region of the US might root for, there are several maps at The Common Census that show where the majority of a team's fans are.
Cartland, Writing

Satire in English, 1660s

Help! I'm in mid-3-Day and need a throw-away reference.

I need:
1) A work of satire or humor that
2) was available in English in 1665 or earlier,
3) was legal for sale in England at the time, and
4) mocks science or scientists.

Right now I've got the reference mocking religion instead (Samuel Butler's Hudibras), but a scientific reference would be a much better fit.

Anyone got anything?

I will totally have your internet babies.

/hour 20, 6,200 words, aiming for 20,000.

ETA: Thank you, everyone, for the information. I got it in and got it done. *hugs little_details*
Fluffy Vulcan

Longterm effects of refusal to speak

OK. At first I thought I was writing about elective/selective mutism. According to Google, I'm not. Now, I'm not sure what the term is and I'm stuck in a similar catch-22 situation to wanting to check the spelling of a word in the dictionary, but needing the correct spelling in order to look it up. So. Here goes.

I have a character who has not uttered a word in 14 months. He is physically capable of speech but has steadfastly refused to utter a word. (From what I understand from Google, with selective/elective mutism, the person is unable to speak in social situations due to extreme anxiety/stress. That's not exactly the case, in my fanfic. Basically, the character committed an act for which he feels such self-loathing that he's shut himself off from the outside world. There ARE people who come in regularly to check up on him. He ignores them. He's not catatonic--he's very much aware of what's going on around him but does not elect to participate in any meaningful way.)

1) Is there an official name for what I'm describing?

2) After 14 months, if he decides to speak, for whatever reason, would he be able to? Right away, or would he have to strain? And how long before his voice would return to normalcy?


PotC {always dignity}

17th century

I have a question about English/American language. I'm to write a story that needs archaizing/stylization of dialogs. Is there any general rule of the way that simple people (especially people that are bound to the sea; sailors, fishermen etc) in 17th century would talk? I mean things like skipping letters (fe. replacing "g" in "ing" with and apostrophe) and such.

Any help is appreciated :)