June 11th, 2010

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How to transport an American baby in the eighties

Did baby snugglies exist in America in the early 1980s? I'm talking about the strap-on-your-back baby carriers, the ones that are sort of a cross between a tiny parachute harness and a backpack into which you put the baby. If not, then if you're an American woman who's walking a fair distance with a baby (about ten miles) but needs to keep her hands free and arms not tired - how would you do that? Assuming a stroller is not an option.

I googled a lot of combinations of "1980s" + "baby carrier" and/or "baby snuggly", but all I've got is Baby Bjorn and a lot of contemporary guides on baby-wearing.

ETA: Thank you all! Definitely found the answer I was looking for.

Japanese high school soccer

Setting: Tokyo, Japan, 2009. I am planning on writing a fanfic set during a fictional version of the All Japan High School Soccer tournament. I won’t be calling it that, but I want a high school competition with a lot of importance, though the information doesn’t have to come directly from that particular tournament; I could use any info on amateur school soccer tournaments.

Here’s what I have found so far about the AJHSST:

The general wikipedia page, which is short and only gave me a basic overview of the tournament. After that, I found some news articles detailing the finals of 2009, and some other general information about football soccer in Japan. I also watched some videos of the tournament’s matches in you tube. I typed in the title of the tournament as it is and then changed soccer for football, but it gave me the same results. Information in English is scarce, and anything else is, well, probably in Japanese. There was a forum that looked very promising, but it never loaded.

Anyway, based on what I could find, my questions are:

1) In the videos, the players looked to be about 18 y/o. Is that the required age? What grades can participate?

2) How would the opening ceremony for the final game be? Do they make a show of entering the field or do they just go out and take their positions? Do the captains have to greet each other before the coin toss?

3) For the team that loses the final, would it be incredibly shameful or would it be acknowledged that they put up a good fight? And how is the victory ceremony afterwards? What could the prizes be?

4) In between the semifinals and final, how much time is given for the teams to rest/prepare?

5) Ok, this is one of the main plot points of the story: the goalkeeper of one of the finalist teams is a girl. It's something that sets part of the plot and theme of the story into motion, and I think that, given the circumstances, it could be plausible: It's a specialized position, and the fact that it's a school team means there's a small pool of players from where to choose from -at least as I understand it-  so if she's the best option, I imagine the team coach would be willing to make an exeption to have the best set-up. I also read some things (Here, here and here ) that make me think it's at least a possibility. But I want to know how much the readers would have to suspend their disbelief if they were given this explanations and considering the fact that it's a semi-fantastic world.

6) Finally, where do the teams train? I'm particularly stumped here, since I dunno if there are soccer fields in parks or in the schools or...what? Do the organizers provide a place for visiting teams?

Any kind of info or anecdote is immensly appreciated! :) thanks.
  • lisbei

electrocution danger in recording studio

Hi everyone, hope you can help me!

Basically, my story is set in the Flashforward universe, where the entire world blacks out for 2 minutes 17 seconds. I wanted some of my characters to collapse in a recording studio and then nearly be electrocuted when they woke up again. But what would cause this danger? At first I googled "danger electric guitars and amps unattended", but I found out that you can actually leave amps switched on for much longer than that before bad things happen. Maybe with the guitars left plugged in, that would add the danger of electric shock?

Also, where would the mains switch be in a recording studio? And would it control the 'live room' as well as the control room, or would they have separate mains switches for the two rooms?

Basically I want my character's quick thinking, in the form of switching off the mains, to save everyone from death, but where would the danger come from in the first place?

I have googled the following: recording studio mains switches, dangerous behaviour recording studio, recording studio rules etiquette, electrocution recording studio, danger electric guitars and amps unattended. I have read posts in a thread called "Who does not turn off your tube amp?" in an audio forum, and a document about Studio rules and etiquette in a UK recording studio (but my story is set in L.A.).

ETA: Thanks everyone, my questions have been answered! I'm going to go with a combination of the many different ideas I've been given here - I'm looking forward to editing the stuff I've already written with all the new info! You're all amazing!
bad dreams

What happens between death and burial/cremation, modern-day UK

There's a fairly in-depth article from a UK newspaper on what happens after a person is found dead available here. It features interviews with professionals at every stage of the process, from the doctor who declares the patient dead to the guy who digs the graves, and features some helpful details about the embalming process and autopsy protocol.

ETA: mydocuments has pointed out that, "sternal rubs aren't to check for the presence of brain stem activity. They're to check to see if the patient is at all alert, and if so, how much, indicating the presence of higher brain function. They check for unconsciousness/coma, not death [as it says in the article]."

ETA 2: nineveh_uk has more info on embalming in the comments.