September 14th, 2008

gunfighter

Bibliohomunculi / Professional Dominatrices

Setting: Massachusetts, circa 2005
Looked for: (1) "bibliohomunculus", "biliohumunculus", "bibliometry", "bibliometrics" etc.(2) "Professional dominatr/ice/ix", "dominatrix", "dominatrice", etc. etc.

1) A question for the librarians: I know that bibliohomunculi are a form of bibliometrics for studying trends and information in various literary fields. The problem is that I have no idea what a bibliohomunculus actually IS. I understand bibliometry, but I would like to know the actual complexities behind homunculi.

2) I have a character who's a part-time professional dominatrix. She's a college-student, making money on the side. No sex is involved, with shiny-boots and making submissive businessmen beg and be whipped are probably the highlight of the evening. Is this normal or stereotypical? I am knowledgable enough to write about D/s relationships and BDSM, but the professional side of dominatrices are alien to me. Such questions I need answered are: what are the laws on non-sexual 'prostitution' (for lack of a better word) in Massachusetts? Is it more of a business, with customers phoning up a central 'madam' and then she doles out jobs, like an escort service? Is it more often for these businesses to work out of a single location or do dommes meet their clients in hotels or a location of the client's choice? Any more info would be helpful on this.

Thanks in advance.

16th century terms of endearment? + Bonus question

Setting: November 1589: England (county of Huntington)--November 13th if anyone wants to be perfectly exact.

Search terms used: 16th century terms of endearment, affectionate 16th century names, 16th century nicknames

Question: What are some names that a mother would use when speaking to her very ill daughter, much like a mother in 21st century America might use "Sweetie" "Darling" or "Pumpkin"?

Bonus question: I want to find out everything I can about Robert Throckmorton, his wife, and six children. Google searches are only bringing up the Witches of Warboys pamphlet that I already have. Does anyone have any advice on how to better refine my search?

Thank you!

Caller ID or something equivalent

Setting: the technological and societal equivalent of the Seattle area in Summer 1991.

Googled: caller ID widespread 90s, caller ID, caller ID widespread, caller ID in 1991 (among others)

Question: A ten year old girl and her brother are at home. Her brother is deaf, she can hear but she's not paying attention. The phone is ringing. I need him to know that the phone has rung and if possible, an idea of who would have called so he can give her the information. I know that there are lights that can be attached to ringing phones, but there was no caller ID until 1995 or so, right?

Thanks in advance.

--Neth

ETA: Durp, Answering machine. I'll use that. Thanks!