May 13th, 2007

Two Suns?

Dear lord why can't i find anything useful?

alternate world fantasy setting

Working on a story idea with a planet that had three moons.  Its place in the universe is obviously unstable with all that its gone through in the course of back story and so forth.

I have this idea that the system the planet is a part of would have two suns, current thinking is that one sun and its orbiting planet would orbit the other sun.

My first question is if it is even possible. from what i've found the very center star would have to be far enough away so as not to disrupt gravitational fields of the sun or the planets or their wouldn't be an orbit. for any of them

Second: How would i go about figuring out how long each part of a planet would be dark, if at all?  My thinking is that the summer seasons would have no night at all and that there would be a good portion of the year where the entire planet was in summer season.  I know I would also have to account for black spots due to the moons.

Any links or speculation is appreciated, and I'm sorry if this question would belong elsewhere, but i'm driving myself crazy with the technicalities of this.
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Bands Touring Europe

Hi guys.

I've got three not very rich, not really famous bands touring Europe together, 1 - 22 January 1976. The headlining band is from NYC and is well-known, but only on the very underground circuit. The supporting bands are known only in their hometown of London, England. The three bands are playing the Netherlands, France, Germany, Austria, Spain, Norway, Sweden, and Italy, and I'm wondering: would they a) take buses and planes from city to city, depending on the distance; b) take planes only when they had to cross the sea; or c) take only planes throughout the entire tour?

Ordering Wine at a Restaurant..

Hi.. I would just like help in being reminded of the usual process once you have ordered wine in a restaurant.. an Italian restaurant, modern day, either in the US or the UK.

I have google searched for combinations similar to "ordering wine at a restaurant", and have only found "how to order", basically how to make sense of the wine list, and a breif explanation of tastes of wine.. Searches involving the words "wine" "waiter" etc. only said to get recommendations of wines from the wine waiter.. I couldn't find anything about the waiter, only basic instructions for the taster to swirl it around in the glass & sip it.

I'm only unsure of how the waiter acts once you have selected the wine from the wine menu. Say the waiter returns with the wine you ordered.. and in fact.. you have already been drinking that type of wine, so he is just bringing another of the same, but you must still test it to see if the bottle is corked. So the waiter brings the wine to the table.. does he uncork it infront of you? Or does he bring the uncorked bottle to the table? What does he usually say, "Would you like to taste the..."? Or something similar?

Any input would be greatly appreciated, thanks in advance!

Hoodia and Alcohol Interactions

Hey guys!  I've tried searching "alcohol hoodia" and "alcohol interactions hoodia" and other types of that variety on google.  I've also tried researching of wikipedia, but came up with nothing.

Does anyone know if there would be any side affects if a 21 year old girl, average height and weight, consumed large amounts of alcohol while taking hoodia to manage her weight???

Modern Russian school questions

Hello, I have a friend with a few questions that I couldn't answer, so I'm posting for her here.

Setting: Present day Moscow. Any neighborhood will do, but her family has never been rich or completely destitute.
Character: 17-year old girl
Question 1: When do students graduate from secondary school. As in, what month?
Question 2: Are there any notable, culturally distinct rites of passage or rituals she should know?
Searches: Wiki and Google; keywords: russian school moscow graduation, russian "rites of passage." Wiki gave us a basic idea of the educational system, but not when secondary school students graduate. We're looking for months and maybe a general idea of a day.

For the second question, we'd like to see personal accounts too if it's possible.

Thanks in advance!