March 19th, 2010


English-to-Ukranian translation

Like an idiot, I made a couple of my characters Ukranian. So now I need a few phrases that I don't trust Google Translate with.

The different translation tools I've found seem to agree pretty well that "единоріг" is unicorn and "дід" is grandfather - it's supposed to refer to a male character's maternal grandfather if that makes a difference.

What I primarily need, though, outside of that sanity check, are full phrases:

"Sonia, love... Do the Heavens look after their own still?"
('love' in the sense of 'beloved', here. If it matters, it's a male character speaking to a photograph of his sweetheart.)

"Andriy? What are you doing here?"
(woman speaking to male character)

"Hush! We've come to free you. Hurry!"
(same male character, speaking to said woman in person)

"Little one, close your eyes, the light is coming! I bring friends, don't be afraid. Just cover your eyes, Little one."
(ideally, I want 'little one' to be a generic type pet name a woman would use for her (male) child. A dimunitive of 'bat' could also work, as this child is a bit of a freakshow, looking like a humanoid fruit bat.)

Also, I'd like an equivalent of "batling" (ie dimunitive of 'bat'), anyway, because the poor child doesn't have a name and that's what I think it would end up defaulting to.

I'd like translations in both Roman and Cryllic alphabeths if possible; I've used Cryllic in the story so far for the single words that appear ('unicorn' written on circus posters and 'grandfather' when the grandson talks about his grandfather, as a "name" for the old man) but for full sentences I'm not sure which I'd prefer to use in the end.

I've previously tried posting to multilingual, but I guess they don't have any members who speak Ukranian. Hoping the larger membership of this community can land me something.
microscopic - thingy...

No liquids after injury - why?

Terms searched: first aid, first aid + liquids, injury + liquids (too much about liquid bandages!); first aid + drinking, injury + drinking (too much about drunk driving), etc.

I know there's a rule that you're not supposed to give liquids to someone who's been seriously injured. I can't find out why this rule exists. I mean, if the person's unconscious, fair enough, they could choke/drown; but if they're conscious, what is it that could happen if they drink something? If my character is found about three days after his injury (a concussion + blood loss from a stab wound), would it be safe to give him something to drink then? I mean, at some point, people are going to need to drink something, right?

(This is a wilderness survival situation, so waiting to get the patient to a doctor won't really work.)

Thanks for any help.

Location of fallout shelters

Setting: U.S., present-day AU

Googled: location of fallout shelters/blast shelters U.S., community shelters, nuclear winter, surviving nuclear winter.

Scenario: Nuclear winter, basically. Some people survived the initial war, several decades ago, but the long-term climate effects are such that everyone is ultimately doomed. There are only a handful of survivors left, living in Cold War-era underground fallout shelters.

My question: Where in the U.S. would it be most likely for the last survivors to be? I understand that there are still shelters all over the place, and that there were a few attempts at making community shelters in the 1960s. Are there any that would be more likely to hold out the longest?
White Collar & Twilight - dazzling Neal

An American painter (to order)

Setting: New York City, modern day.

Research done: googled variants on american modern art landscape painting [plus Rockies, Yosemite, etc]. Looked at Wikipedia, this site, this site, and some other art sites, but didn't find what I was after.

I'm writing a White Collar / Leverage crossover fic, and I've hit a stumbling block: my almost total ignorance of modern American art!

I need the name of an American artist who fulfils all these criteria:

a) was painting sometime between the 1940s and 1970s

b) painted landscapes (in a fairly realistic style) of iconic and dramatic American natural scenery, like the Rockies or Yosemite; it'd really help if the artist painted multiple views of the same scene or area at different times of day / in different kinds of light!

c) is highly regarded in the art world (so his/her paintings would be quite valuable today), but whose style is not instantly recognisable even to your average well-educated American.

If no actual painter fits the bill, I'll just have to make someone up. But it'd be great to have a link in the fic to a real painting, so readers can get an idea of what I'm talking about.

Thanks in advance, everyone!

EDIT: I appreciate your suggestions so far. But it really does have to be a painting, not a photograph, as a character needs to be able to paint a similar work. But I could adjust the timeframe: if I make it an artist active from the 1930s onwards, does that bring anyone else to mind? It could also perhaps be someone who painted rural landscapes like the Prairies (a big sense of space and a broad sweep of sky would be great).