February 18th, 2007

Crop yields by volume.

I've got some people on a (very large) space ship, and I'm trying to figure out what the poor dears would be *eating*.

It's a long enough voyage that they have to grow most of their own food, so I'm trying to get a good idea of what plants, that can be grown hydroponically or in containers, would yield good crops in terms of calories/mass of food per unit plant volume per time--that is, how much usable food a cubic [volume unit] of the plant(s) would produce in a [time unit]. I suspect their biggest food crop would be the algae which is also their primary air system, but they need at least a little variety--and a backup in case something happens to the algae.

Searching for "crop yield" gets lots on increasing crop yields in traditional agriculture and such, or technical articles I can't really understand.
So: any ideas on what plants would be likely, less likely but doable, and unlikely; or how to find/figure out this information on my own?
Assume plants can be given near-optimal temperature, light, nutrient, and similar conditions, and can be kept free of diseases/pests. Though more "robust" species would be preferred, to help guard against unintended consequences.
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Young children's accents post-ocean-crossing

Alright, I have a question for the collective source of all knowledge known as little_details about, basically, accent retention in a pair of children - a seven-year-old girl and a five-year-old boy - after moving from England to America. As far as I know that's not really the kind of thing you can google, so I haven't tried so far.

To give some context: I'm not sure about exactly where in England they used to live, but the specific area they moved to is somewhere in either New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts or Vermont. The story's set in 2022.

Although I don't know if it makes any sort of difference to know this, the only other member of their family is their single father (their mother died a year prior), and they have no major financial crises to deal with.

Now, to actually get to the point: Would the children's accents change in any significant way because of the move (and, consequently, their placement in an American school), or are one or both of them too old to be affected?

ETA: Alright, so they'd need to be 10-11 or older in order to keep their original accents. Got it. Thanks for the help! ^_^
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Like a Virgin... (Male viewpoint) [suggested tags: virginity, sex]

Research done:
http://community.livejournal.com/little_details/tag/ (read all the sex stuff)
http://community.livejournal.com/writing_sex/tag/ (not very good tagging there, yet) [EDIT: Or else they just don't have the topic I want...]
I haven't touched Google because my kid is frequently around and I would really rather not wade through the pr0n and badfic with a kid babbling about Sims 2 in the background and rampaging around to sometimes look over my shoulder -- and I can't think of good keywords to try to avoid all those. Good keywords are as welcome as personal commentary!

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Greek myth

Ok, so I'm trying to find the name of a particular greek/roman myth. I have a story that's based off of it, but I can't for the life of me remember what the myth was called.

It's a myth about a king who falls in love with a poor girl, and teaches her to be his queen. Anyone know it?
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Anime favored by a certain kind of geek.

I want to make a character a fan of anime but I know nothing about it beyond Sailor Moon.

And I don't think this character would be into that.

The character is a male in his late-20's, geeky but keeps up with pop-culture. He likes anti-heroes and strong female characters (think Trinity from The Matrix). He likes origin stories and watching the process of a hero (or a villain) coming to grips with their destiny. He's interested in survivalism so post-apocalyptic type stories would work too. He doesn't have that many squicks, so things with tentacle rape would be ok with him and he's ok with very dark stories. In general, he likes things that are action, adventure, fantasy or sci-fi oriented.

(If you're familiar with the US version of The Office, think of a character like Dwight Schrute and what he would like in anime.)

Any suggestions?

ETA: Just in case I don't get to all the comment - THANK YOU to everyone who answered! You've all been a big help. :)
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Layout of Gupta town/city

Setting: Fantasy country based loosly on Gupta Era India.

Googles done: Various combinations of "map, India, Gupta, ancient, city" and possibly a couple of others I've forgotten.

My characters are going to walk towards and through a largish town. Given that this is a comic I need to have a fair idea of what they'll be passing and where everything is. Do any of you know where I could find a map or desciption of a typical town of that era? Suggestions on what to google would be useful I'm sure there's something obvious I'm missing.

I'm not super nitpicky about details but I have no idea what the town would look like, the best I've been able to find is a bunch of pictures of temples, this rather vague description and this reconstruction of a MUCH earlier era. Stuff from before or after or other similar cultures would be enough to get by on.

I haven't 100% decided just how large a town it's going to be, it may even be the capital. Certainly not a village.

I am being rather stymied by the fact that "Gupta" is a common indian surname :) And then there's Vedic city, Iowa...