September 18th, 2006

bush/iraq OTP!

Clay, Sculpture

How does modeling clay smell? How would it react under friction/heat? I would go out and buy some to test it, but I'm sort of broke and I'm not sure where the closest art supply store is.

Also, are there any tricks or weird little things that a sculptor who is planning on making a bronze statue would do? I mean, other than the modeling-plaster-bronze sort of simple things. Details. In fact, maybe even, little_details.

Edit: Apparently, there is a difference in terminology. In the UK, what I'm referring to is called plasticine or polymer clay, whereas a lot of Americans refer to the non-drying, oil-based clay as "modeling" clay.
httyd--hiccup and toothless
  • nebulia

two people with the same name in Japan and Russia

Okay. If you have, say, two people named Bob, who are in a group of fairly close friends in Japan and Russia--they all refer to each other by thier first name or some variation--how would their friends differentiate/address them. For example, in the US, unless each particular person has a different nickname, they go by Bob S. and Bob Q. What would be the equivalent to that in Japan? What would also be the equivalent to that in Russia?

In a similar situation (but just in Japan this time), how would two people with the same last name be addressed by the teacher? (I'm correct in thinking that teachers would address their students by their last names, right?)

Illustmaker me

Daily life for an early Renaissance friar

I'm thinking about writing a mystery involving a friar (yeah, yeah, I know, shades o' Cadfael and Father Dowling, but oh, well). He's traveling and rootless for most of the story (for reasons related to his backstory), so he'd be separated from his routine. Of course, often separation makes the routine that much more prominent in the character's mind.

Anyway, he's a Franciscan friar in the 14th century, just at the very beginning of the Renaissance. I find that I can easily get information on beliefs of the Franciscans, the life of St. Francis, and so on, but I'm trying to find the daily routine of a man in a friary around that time, and I'm not sure where to look.
  • caitak

Name of a phobia?

I've been Googling and all that on and off for a couple of days but to no luck. I did find a particularly useful website called Phobia List which has a massive list of actual phobias ranging from the fear of washing right down to the fear of animals.

My characters is deathly afraid of his finger nails (and, to some extent I guess, his toe nails) bending backwards.

He won't lift heavy furniture or curl his hand around an object which might cause his fingers to snag. If a small object like a coin was stuck to the ground he wouldn't pick it up because he is scared his nail might bend backwards, or a can with a ring pull on it that you have to get your nails under to flip up.

What would you call this?

I'd even settle for a fear of nails, but I can't seem to find anything. I don't know of another way to search for it, and while I could change it to something else (i.e. it's not key to the plot), I've become rather fixated on the idea of this guy and his nails bending backwards.

Also, what precautions might he take to prevent his nails from bending backwards? I thought he might wear gloves a lot of the time, perhaps keep his nails cut very short, obsessively press the ends to make sure they aren't going to bend up.

Thanks in advance,


CVS workers

My character is a recovering schizophrenic who is working at a CVS. My question is, what would be part of a first day on the job if she were training alone? If her boss is wary of her, what job might he give her where she would "cause the least amount of damage"? (Ex. A job that involves minimal contact with people/money.)

Thanks in advance.