May 5th, 2009

Blood in zero-g

Background: My character, A, is on an FTL-capable passenger shuttle, which doesn't have artificial gravity due to its small size. While travelling in an area of space that prevents FTL travel the shuttle is attacked and boarded by marauders/pirates that have been preying on such craft recently. The pilots of the shuttle are shot and killed, but the attackers leave when two military carriers/battleships drop out of FTL space nearby. A is the only other person on board who knows anything about piloting and so he has to go into the cockpit where the pilot and co-pilot's bodies are.

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Search terms: "blood in zero g", "effects of zero g on blood", "injuries in zero g". got ffn links and game reviews and effects on blood that's still in the body and articles on the spine and performing surgery in zero g that required a subscription to see, but nothing helpful.

not sure about the tag for this so I've used 'no category'

Historical instances of cross-dressing brothels?

Setting: Large city in alternate-universe Europe, 17th-21st century.

At one point, one of my characters is going to end up working in a fairly high-class brothel, which specialises in cross-dressing (mostly very feminine-looking) boys. What I really want to know is, are there any well-known or well-documented instances of such an establishment in history?

The 18th-19th century time bracket would be ideal, but examples from the 17th-21st would be great too. Same goes for the setting: it's technically Britain, but if there was a useful example from the US or France (say), that'd be equally helpful.

It'd be particularly helpful if there are any books/films/online articles I could look at that would provide any info on the day-to-day functioning of the place - it's an alternate-universe setting, so it's not facts per se that I'm looking for, but rather trying to get some ideas to build on (which may not be wholly appropriate for this comm, I guess - in which case, can anyone recommend somewhere else to post this sort of query?).

Searched: read through more-or-less the entire series of Wikipedia articles on prostitution and the sex industry, made some tentative Googling attempts with "brothel","cross-dressing","transvestite" etc, which turned up some interesting but not awfully helpful results.

Tinderbox/Snuff box

Googled combinations of: Tinderbox, snuff box, size, measurements, etc - didn't think this would be that hard to find out; I even looked at a couple of sites selling them, and none of them had either measurements, or pictures of the items with something for size reference.

I need to know how big a tinderbox or a snuffbox is. I have a mechanical object that I need to describe how big it is, and ideally I'd want it to be compared to one of those two things for the sake of setting description. One of them would have to be the right size, but I don't know how big either is.

This is for my steampunk work again, and the object is a key code similar and inspired by RSA token security. The thing will be stolen, replicated, then hidden inside a pocket watch, so the thing to describe it's size needs to be in that ballpark range. The guy replicating it is a genius, so he can make it smaller once he gets hi hands on it if need be.