June 24th, 2009

Hotels in the U.K. (London specifically)

The setting is London, but not in any particular area. (Though near a gay club/bar.)

1) I am wondering if there are any pay-by-the-hour hotels. I know there are some cheap hotels and youth hostels, and I've been able to find their rates on the web with google. I just wasn't sure if there were any of the pay by hour since I couldn't find them on google. I did attempt to find ones in the USA (where I know there are some) and didn't really find listings just forum discussions. Also I didn't find any discussion about hotels like that in London or the UK, but I don't know if that means they aren't there.

2) The pictures of even the cheap hotels look nice on the web, so what would a hotel in a seedy area of London look like? Would it still be well-kept? And if not, how noticeable would it be?

Thanks in advance!

ETA: for spelling *facepalm*

Postal Times to Egypt in the 1810s.

Setting: Regency England, 1818

I have a character who is writing to the father of the woman he wants to marry to ask for permission. The father is in Egypt, probably somewhere around Thebes, but I'm not sure, and my character isn't either. The father is working for the Foreign Office in an unofficial capacity, as far as the family knows, he and his wife are travelling. Would letters for them go in the diplomatic bag, or by other means? And how long would it take a letter to get there, and then back?

Car Srashing into Deer

So, I know this is a common occurance, but thankfully, one that's never happened to me.
The scenario: A woman is driving a car down a country road in western PA, no other cars in sight. She hits two deer. The conditions that are in my story, are
that its actually two deer hit, one is completely dead, and the other has enough injuries that she knows it will die soon. Also, the car is still drivable, although damanged  afterward

What I'm looking for is
1. What would the driver feel/think as she sees the deer approaching, and then hits them?
2. What would the front of the car look like?
3. Has anyone else heard the advice, "if there's a deer right in front of you, don't slow down?

Googled "hitting a deer" "what it feels like to hit deer" "deer crash" etc etc. I could really use real life info if anyone has sadly had this happen to them

i think the car will be something like this one, if not bigger, http://www.mbusa.com/mercedes/#/vehiclesMenu/exploreSpecs/?vc=S&vmf=S550V&yr=2009
Thank you!

Resource: EMT Procedure

I was Googling for details of how EMTs handle casualties on the scene, and came across this rather useful PDF from the Utah Department of Health:

* EMT-B Teaching and Testing Guidelines (Originally linked from this page, should you wish to poke around in the other materials there.)

It's a set of teaching guidelines for EMT Basic training that runs down all the procedures in checklist format and seems like a pretty handy overview of how EMTs will handle various different medical situations.

Need Terminal Disease for 18-Year-Old

A male, around 18 years of age, was dating a girl during his year as an exchange student. During this time, he didn't tell her that he was suffering from terminal illness, not wanting to add to the burden of knowing there was a time limit on their relationship from him needing to return home. His intention was to tell her when things approached the final stages, but he took a dramatic turn for the worse sooner than expected.

What I need, thus:
An ultimately fatal condition, which does not have terribly drastic symptoms until late stages, and which could plausibly kill a male around age 18. If an earlier symptom is moderate fatigue or similar, that's fine, as long as the guy can still at least occassionally sleep with his girlfriend. She's been burned before so if he needs to take it slow/easy because of his condition, she'd likely only find that romantic, so it can be fudged a little bit. This condition cannot be infectious, as, well, he'd be a jerk not to tell his girlfriend about it in that case and the idea is for her to have had at least one non-jerky boyfriend during her school years. I can work with him having good or bad periods, or with him taking medication to manage his condition, as long as it's reasonable for him to have been able to hide it from his girlfriend.

Ideally, this condition will typically be slow-acting enough that the guy can reasonably expect enough advance warning to put his affairs in order, but has the rare potential of very rapid decline leading to hospitalization-death. If it's an associated condition (like certain types of pneumonia I believe with HIV, though for obvious reasons I can't use that disease), that's alright, but his mother should still be able to reasonably and correctly claim that X killed him in her letter to his ex-girlfriend some time after his death.

Searches:
Various variations of "slowly killing illness", "terminal disease" etc on Google. It gave me WoW quest descriptions, definitions of the term 'terminal illness' and articles about assisted suicide.
Checked the Wikipedia article on Terminal illness hoping for a list or similar, but that doesn't seem to be the case.

Setting:
Largely irrelevant; medical tech is roughly on par with ours.

teaching a newly sighted person to read

Setting : current day, New York.

Character is blind; has been since about the age of two or so (measles, parents didn't believe in vaccination). At about 21, she gets superpowers, a side-effect of which gives her what's essentially black-and-white vision.

What I need to know is how long it would take her to learn to read normal text, and whether her already knowing braille would hinder this.

I've searched on adult literacy programs, and came across an article about a literacy program in India that was teaching adults to read a newspaper within 10 weeks using a computer program that teaches by treating words as pictures, and that said that after that, people start instinctually self-teaching the individual letters, the same as very small children do.

I also searched on braille and blind literacy, which got me how people are taught braille. And then read stuff on people who'd regained their sight through surgery, and how they'd adapted to having sight again. However, said people could already read before losing their sight the first time, and spoke of it as being more like being reminded.

So would there be any difference to the time it takes her to learn to read? And how much difficulty would she have in distinguishing different fonts?