July 16th, 2010


ASU campuses/towns in Arizona/campus activities.

Modern-day USA.

My story isn't set in Arizona, but a few characters are from there, and I'm trying to fill in their backgrounds. Having done some research into the various universities, and I've picked Arizona State as their college, so two of them are from Tucson (has to be a big enough city far enough away they can't commute), but I'm not sure where the third character is from.

I need somewhere pretty rural, but not entirely middle-of-nowhere, and preferably close enough to a decently-sized city that a teenager with a car and lax enough parents would be able to get into the city about once a month or so. Somewhere that's gay-unfriendly, but not outright gay-hating would be good too, but that's less important.

Secondly, at least one of my characters is primarily on West campus, and probably one of the others as well. (One of the characters has a hard-set major, the other two can be shifted to fit the story) I know that lots of people have classes across more then one campus, and google informs me that there are shuttle busses between the different campuses, but how common is it that students have cars and bring themselves between campuses instead. And is it possible for students on different campuses to live together?

Finally, regarding extra-curriculars/sports.

I know that most of the ASU home games are played in Tempe, but is that also true for practises? And are non-sporting clubs based around individual campuses or the whole university? Basically, would it be likely for students based on different campuses to be in the same clubs?

EDIT: I've just realised I forgot to ask where in Tucson the two other characters live. They're both middle-class with professional parents, very into music and moderately sporty. One's white and one's Latino. Can you suggest a neighborhood?

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Where do handsome men come from....?

Hello, and welcome to my strange request. I'm doing this for my sister-in-law, who isn't on LJ. She's writing, and is trying to come up with some stories or myths about 'handsome men'. We've all heard the 'handsome as a Greek God' phrase, but are there any others?

At some time, where men from Turkey considered to be 'the most handsome'? Are there comparisons to the gods of Indian or Asian folk-lore about how a handsome man will resemble (this god)?

I've googled a little, 'myth legend most handsome man men' and variations, but mostly I get either Greek gods, or stuff about Hollywood.

I did find *one* reference here: http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:ZEoO_4pf2-QJ:www.sacred-texts.com/neu/eng/hml/hml13.htm+myths+legends+most+handsome+men+man&cd=10&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us&client=firefox-a
(sorry, cached so i could find the word)

It's about Cuchulain of Ireland. Anything along these lines would be good....

"Yet a third chariot comes, wherein stands a dark, sad youth, most handsome of all the men of Erin; he wears a crimson tunic, brooched with gold, a long white linen cloak, and a white, gold-embroidered hood. His hair is black, his look draws love, his glance shoots fire, and the hero-light gleams around him. His shield is crimson, with a silver rim, and images of beasts shine on it in gold."
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"Alas I that is the hero Cuchulain," said Meave.

Even better word-strings for Google would be good. Thanks! And so very sorry, mods, i have *no* clue what tags to use.

Medical field kit in 1800s small battle?

Hi -

It's me again.  First of all, thanks to the invaluable help I've gotten on the last few chapters.  I went back and rewrote the bareback scene so that it made sense (no, the heroine does NOT ride backwards).

Now I am writing a battle scene between the rebels and the militia (I think--I have to look at my notes for the military terms).  The POV is from the rebels side, but the MC is a doctor.

What would that primitive a medical kit have in it?  I'm sure gauze, bandages, but not sure what else. I've googled  "18th century medical kit",  "18th century military first aid," and on ask.com,  "what is in an 18th century medical kit" ","18th century medical kit" and  "18th century field hospital" although the last isn't actually relevant.  I thought it might contain some helpful links.

ETA: Thanks for the great answers!  I'll have to go look all of that up, and I'm extremely grateful.
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Vocal ranges and remarkable musical roles

I actually have a few closely related questions. The first is: Does anyone know for certain what vocal type Lea Michele is? I think she's a mezzo-soprano, but I'm not sure, and I thought I should check since I know close to nothing about music. If you need to hear her, have some links.

The second question is a little more specific. I need the name of a musical that
a) Could feasibly, at some point, be on Broadway.
b) Has a key, challenging role that is suited for whatever the answer to question #1 is.
c) Also has an important role that would be suitable for a male singer with a very high voice, namely Chris Colfer (more links). It's okay if this would require some alterations to the script, like re-imagining an interclass or interracial couple as a homosexual couple, as long as the change is one that would be considered plausible for a daring director.

Third question: What are the odds that a piece of mail sent to a Broadway singer would actually be seen by said singer if it were sent by public channels? Could a semi-estranged family member increase those odds if she didn't know any kind of personal address?

What I've searched: Wikipedia's entries on both singers, the fan-made Glee wiki's articles on both characters, various combinations of 'Lea Michele, vocal range, alto, soprano, mezzo-soprano, great mezzo-soprano roles.'

(Yes, this is for a Glee fanfic. So for a setting, the U.S.A., sixteen to eighteen years in the future.)