February 9th, 2008

Weapons and monsters...

The "soldiers" that the unit is fighting are special bio-engineered creatures, each with the strength of 10 men, on average. Some of them, though, have 15 times human strength, and the strongest has 60 times human strength. They, or at least most of them, are also equipped with armor-like skin designed to resist most kinds of bullets.

They're also engineered to have sub-dermal soft tissue that further protects them against impacts. There are several thousand of these creatures, called Zoanoids, deployed around the world. Zoanoids are made by taking humans,
voluntarily or... otherwise, and submitting them to a process that changes them at the genetic level.

The humans retain their human forms, but at the same time they gain the ability to change into a Zoanoid.

Though not many in the unit know it, there's also a special class of Zoaform called a Zoalord. There are only 13 of these beings, formerly human just like the Zoanoids, on the planet. They have an ability that more than makes up for their low numbers: they can control Zoanoids with their minds. They also have the ability to see through the eyes and hear through the ears of their Zoanoids.

This is why the unit is so large. Their still hopelessly outnumbered, though, but they don't quite know that yet.

What kind of weapons do you think the unit would use to fight, given what kind of opponents they have?

Welsh stereotypes

I've done some googling (maining of the 'welsh stereotype' and wiki variety and still can't find much of what I'm looking for.

I'm writing about Welsh characters, and set in Wales but with a mixed group of people. What I'm looking for are both the sort of rude jokes you'd make about the Welsh (sheep shaggers), the kind of non-offensive assumptions that are made about the people and the country (for example, where I live 'always raining' is an assumption) and similar things. I'm looking for way to include the sense the story is in Wales and involves the Welsh (and other English folks) and thus need some atmosphere to do so.

Obviously, I know nothing of the place, I'm an American.

ETA: Thanks everyone! I got a lot of useful information from you'all.

Films about Films

Hey,

This is modern day, set in the UK. Character A is a complete film buff, character B isn't so much. Character B is writing a book about the goings-on on the set of a film. A quick comment is made about the book being like some film which centres around the production of a film.

Which film could this be?

The only one I could think of was The French Lieutenant's Woman, but I was wondering if there was something that might be a bit more obvious.

I've searched for variations of "films about films", "films involving film production" and "making films in films".

If anyone has any more obvious searches I could try or other suggestions for films that would be great.

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Reasons to hide Judaism (1950s, Texas)

Googled: various permutations of 1950s jews american perception, 1950s anti-semitism, texas jews history, etc.

Yay for facts and figures, but I can't really find what I'm looking for.

I need a plausible reason that a Jewish woman in Texas in the 1950s would vehemently hide the fact that she is Jewish, and keep hiding it for the next couple of decades except among other Jews. My current idea is some combination of being a Holocaust survivor who spent time in hiding, and later in TX having lost her job (right now I have her as a nurse, but it could really be any job a woman would have had in those days) because of her religion. If it matters, I have her as Orthodox right now, but it doesn't really matter as long it would make sense for her to keep Kosher and be observant of not working on the sabbath.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Greeting an Hassidic Jew on the street

Setting: NYC, from 1990 to about now.

My character is a lapsed Jew, raised fairly orthodox. Despite not being actively Jewish for about ten years, he still knows to be respectful to his elders. I just want to know how he'd greet an Hassidic Jewish type on the street in a way that is polite if not particularly familiar, because while he isn't particularly reverent he still has respect for those who are. I know a lot of people tend to be pretty disrespectful (i.e., playing chicken with them) and because of that I think he'd be extra polite.

I admit I have no real idea how to google this, and I kind of wanted a more personal opinion anyway, so.

opinions of 25 years old Canadians about the middle east

Ok, so, my character is Canadian. He's about 25, an astrophycist, about to get his PhD (he started college at 16). He's from the Ontario area, got his undergrand around there somewhere and probably got his M.A. at MIT or another american university. He's an atheist.

He travels to Israel for the first time, to do some research/whatever at the Haifa Technical Institute in Israel and I need to know what his innitials expectations about the country/region would be like, assuming he didn't do extensive research about it beforehand. I'm trying to write how he would react to certain aspects of the culture/lifestyle/etc. but in order to do that I need to know what his expectations are, going in.

Would it matter if his family was vaguely Jewish (his grandmother was Jewish but she'd died when he was born)? Or if his family is non-Jewish?

I... know very little about Canada. I spent like 10 days there and I was on the French side which doesn't help me with this character. If anyone knows of any Canadian resource comms where I can ask people questions about peoples' personal experiences, cultural refrences, regional differences and what have you, please let me know, I've looked all over LJ and have so far come up with nothing.