June 15th, 2008

Coal Processing Plants--Miscellaneous details

Googled: Coal Processing Plants floor plans, coal processing plants blueprints, coal processing plants

I'm setting a scene in an old coal processing plant that was shut down within the last 12 months. (In other words, it wouldn't be the most modern setup.)

Basically, I need to know how realistic it would be to have either a large meat freezer, or any room with a temperature around the freezing point in mid-summer anywhere on the premises. Something that could either be barricaded so that a captive would have a hard time getting out.

Note: My villain does not have keys to any rooms, but I suppose he could have bought padlocks, etc.

If I can't make a meat freezer work, I'll take any place with close quarters, no windows and a good lock on the door. My villain wants to confine his victim, scare him, not give him a lot of maneuverability but definitely keep him alive. I was hoping for someplace cold in order to take the fight out of the prisoner.

If the setting matters, it's USA on the northeastern seabord.

High school experience: CA, 1980s

Setting: California, late 1980s.

I'm looking for some clue what life would be like in high school. What time of year would the prom be likely to be held, and would it be only seniors or could younger kids attend?
What would the 'prestige' sports to play be? (For example, in my school the senior hockey team were a crowd of annoying metrosexuals who walked around in their corporate-sponsored jackets as if they owned the place, while the rugby team was more normal.)

Also, when would the school cut-off date have been in those days? IE, how late could your birthday be in the year you graduate? ETA: The school district would be Pasadena, as that seems to be relevant.

IVF

Does anybody know the eligibility criteria (with references to verify the information) that applies to couples seeking IVF [in-vitro fertilisation] in Australia, particularly NSW?

I've Googled and Google Scholar-ed "ivf eligibility criteria", "ivf eligibility criteria nsw" "ivf eligibility criteria couples", both with and without limiting the search to pages in Australia. Most of the stuff I've found is more related to the duty of the clinics, and legal issues surrounding the use of the gametes and embryos for research.

Thanks.

Like a Cold, But Not a Cold...

Hi. Need help on two different diseases/medical problems.

1. I need a disease that starts out like a common cold, with the sleepiness, coughing, scratchy throat, etc., but quickly develops into something a lot more serious. And by quickly, I mean overnight. Technology and medicine available are equivalent to today's standards, maybe a few years more advanced. But even with that technology, it needs to be something that can kill someone if they're not treated within two or three days. Preferably, the recovery time should take awhile, at least five to ten days, but that can always be tweaked. Also, the disease should be a bacteria or a virus, something a character can get from the air or food.

The Ebola virus kind of works, but it doesn't kill fast enough.

Googled deadly diseases, deadly fast moving diseases, deadly airborne diseases/viruses/bacteria, many other combinations.

2. One of my characters has complete Achromatopsia from birth. Therefore she extremely photophobic. She's also a fire mage. What I wanted to know was whether or not continuous exposure to normal amounts of light would eventually make her go permanently blind. And if so, how long do you think it would take her to lose the rest of her vision?

Googled photophobia blindness, achromatopsia photophobia, photophobia continuous light exposure... etc.

Thanks in advance! :D
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Palace of Versailles: how many rooms?!

googled/wiki'ed: Palace of Versailles, Versailles Gardens (got that info more or less with the dling of a big-ass PDF map), gone through so many images of Versailles it's not even funny.

setting: Star Trek universe, the "modern-day" begins roughly spring 2381.

background: this is an offshoot to a fic i co-wrote late last year. in that story, set in 2379, my co-author and i decided that a trade/peace agreement requested by the Cardassians was the setting for our story. this conference took place on Cardassia Prime and it was implied that this was just the beginning to pave the way for Cardassia to make amends after the events of the Dominion War (see Deep Space Nine canon) and rejoin Alpha Quadrant society.

info on the current story: cut to eighteen months later. the story i'm working on now is a followup to the above Cardassian conference. basically for Federation and Starfleet officials, and government officials from the Federation-allied worlds to further discuss the results of the Cardassian negotiations et al. seeing as Paris is the capital of the Federation, i decided that the best nearest place that could house a couple hundred or so bodies for two months and have enough room for everyone to have their space AND hold not only official meetings but formal banquets for downtime, would be the Palace of Versailles.

what i need: mostly what the subject line says but a lil more--see below.

-- how many rooms exactly are IN the Palace itself??
-- can they accomodate at least fifty to a hundred guests for staying there day and night for two months (i am thinking that most of the Fleeters will just stay in Paris and transport over each day, so this is thinking of the guests coming from other worlds/parts of the Federation)? (note: numbers unclear, may change, but i'm thinking fifty would be the minimum here, including my main character, who is personal aide to the diplomat co-chairing the Versailles Summit)
-- what rooms could serve as meeting halls/ballrooms for the formal banquets?

anyone who's been to Versailles themselves, or a Trekkie like me (or both!), feel free to chime in too. thanks very much!!
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