November 17th, 2008


What does the body do immediately after death?

My character is sitting in a room with the body of the woman he just strangled/broken her neck (I haven't decided which yet and if it makes a huge difference to the rest of this please yell)I'm trying to describe exactly what the body is doing. From my (limited) knowledge, people don't just die and be still, there's twitching, noises etc and I'm searching for as detailed as possible description of this process.

It turns out that google isn't my friend on this and searches for strangulation, asphyxiation, spinal cord injuries and 'how long does it take for a body to die' just aren't bringing up what i need.

Any help would be appreciated, and thanks in advance

Canadian Age of Consent: Resources

I thought this might be of interest to anyone looking for information on the legal age of consent in Canada.

What's in an Age? is a blog looking at the policies surrounding age of consent in Canada. The blog notes changes made in recent years (the age has been raised to 16 from 14; and there is a "close in age" clause of five years)

Canada's Legal Age of Consent to Sexual Activity, from the Library of Parliament has official information (but is written far more formally).
kaoru stache

Morning in Tokyo in May?

Can anyone tell me more about a typical morning in Tokyo in May? I am interested in the hour where the sun usually rises, that moment between night and day, when the sun starts going up, and how cold/warm it is, how the air smells like in the city, air humidity, noises, traffic, pollution, people on streets, birds. It's in a region with taller buildings, from the eigth or 10th floor balcony of a building.

Thank you very much.

Snow in London

What's the biggest snowfall I can have in/around Ealing in late December without being completely unrealistic?

Also, what would the snowplow response be like?

This is a Christmas story, so a little bit of magical realism is acceptable. But I don't want to have a six-foot snowfall and roads clear within the hour if the record is six inches and it didn't get plowed for days.

Any info is appreciated!
  • ruuger

Fun medical procedures

This is a really weird one, and I can't even begin to think of how to google it without getting pages and pages of medical bloopers:

What I'm looking for is a medical procedure (diagnosis, not treatment) that someone might consider fun. Something that gives you a headrush, perhaps, or that involves interesting drugs?