February 11th, 2008

D, The coolest mofo on the planet

Of motion sickness between cars and motorcycles

So, I've got this character who's from a time period when the hope of even the dream of cars does not exist, and by twist of fate he ends up on a completely different plane of existence that happens to have a very modern tech level (complete with, of course, automobiles of all sorts).

I have no idea how to google this or even if it could be googled, but regarding motion sickness and carsickness specifically, I've already decided he gets terribly carsick, either due to natural inclination, the driver's terrible habits (and she is quite terrible), or...whathaveyou?

My question is, do people who suffer from carsickness typically also get the same motion sickness feeling riding on the back of a motorcycle with somebody? Or will motorcycles be tolerable (or does it depend on having a good driver)?

My mom gets carsick, but I know it doesn't really affect her if she's riding shotgun or driving, so I'd think you'd be okay on a motorcycle? But I'm not sure, and she's never really rode on the back of one so I can't ask her.

[Edit] Sounds like the answer is no, motion sickness on the back of a motorcycle is highly unlikely. That's the answer I was hoping for!

Thanks for the help, guys!

Russian nicknames, and cold war insults

Hey, two questions.

1.)    I have character A, who's the surrogate uncle/big brother type to Character B, and I'm looking for a teasing nickname he can call Character B. A is from Russia, so I want a word in Russian that can either be abut B's short stature, or the fact B looks rather feminine. Even something like "dove" or "princess" would be fine, unless it has negative connotations, like "fairy" would in English. I’ve tried searching for “Russian nicknames” but that just gives the nicknames from Russian names, and as B’s name isn’t Russian, that won’t work.


2.)    In the early 1980's was there any discrimination or rude insults to Russians living in the US?  My character is in grade school, and his mother is from the USSR, so would his classmates have any insults for him, like American Germans had to deal with during WWI? No clue what to google on this one.


Portrait painting times

Hello, it's me again. I tried to search the tags for this comm (Painting, portrait, oil paint, etc) and I tried Google (portrait+paint+time) and other variations. I'm pretty sure this was answered recently but I couldn't find it and I really don't know what to Google for an answer to this, any hints would be appreciated.

Time is present, setting is USA.

How long would it take to pain a portrait with oil paints? Canvas size would be approx. four feet by three feet. There isn't a lot of intricate detail (one guy leaning against a red wall, most of the portrait is wall with the figure taking up the last quarter, or fifth of the canvas) and I'm not sure what else to say.

Would it be realistic to have the portrait done in one session or would the artist require the model to return to pose again? Could the portrait be finished from memory if the model wasn't handy for the next day? Is there a time period you have to wait between one attempt and another? (Like, does the oil paint have to dry completely before another layer is added? And if so, how long Would that take along central, northern United States in the twilight of summer?)

Mostly, I just want to know what the time frame would be for such a portrait. Any help would be appreciated.

E.T.A. from comments:
Mostly, I just didn't want to say something like "It was done the next day!" and have people say "uhh... that's impossible."

Four hours of the model posing and them talking while the artist paints the portrait is the first session. He was an artist in school but gave up the dream when he realized it wasn't that easy to make money as he'd thought. He's done portraits before (quite a few) and has so far only painted things like a camera would take the shot. Would a week and two sittings be far fetched, or more balanced in reason and possibility?
Creepy Shape

Pronunciation of word

I have a very simple request; I just need to know how to pronounce the word "Tarangire", as in "Tarangire National Park" in Tanzania. I couldn't think of any way to google this. My instinct tells me it's "tair-ran-GEE-ray" but I'd like to make sure. Thank you!

ETA: Haaa, stupid of me :P Got it.

EDIT2: Alright, thanks everyone :) I'll work on pronouncing that "ng" sound, it's rather difficult!
Pretty path to nowhere

Gun stuff

Um, this is the first time I'm posting, and this question is somewhat lame, but ...

I need a cool gun for a character.

I have no idea about guns. I need something for a female weapon-carrying for stealthy type uses kind of thing, but that others who know about guns will find impressive, not boring. Something efficient and practical, and yet cool. In car terms (not that I know so much about cars, either, but let's pretend), I want more exciting than a Volvo or Corolla, less flashy than a Ferrari and less finicky than a Jag, sort of quietly cool and practical yet not common--like a Porsche or a higher end BMW. Suggestions?

I'm hoping this question makes sense. It very possibly does not ...