July 26th, 2010

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Onset of deep veined thrombosis

When: Modern times, medically advanced.

Where: Final Fantasy VII setting, DeepGround Medical Treatment facility.

My question is very specific. I'm writing a Final Fantasy VII fanfic that takes place in DeepGround, a medical facility under the Shinra building. A male character (not sure if the gender makes a difference) is restrained to a pillar for long stretches of time. That is to say, he's suspended in midair for long periods of time, perhaps hours, perhaps days, but he is taken down from time to time because his main use is as a super soldier.

What I want to know is how long would he have to be neglected on that pillar before deep vein thrombosis formed. I googled "Onset of deep vein thrombosis" and read through the wikipedia article, but there was nothing very specific. 

Thanks in advance.  
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Teenage male prostitute in 1970's

I have a character who is a 17-year old prostitute in California in 1977. I need to know, if possible, what sort of situation he would be in legally. Would an underage prostitute be subject to arrest and possibly jail? Would he be considered a victim rather than a criminal, due to his age? Would the police try to get him sent to some sort of halfway house, or get him help from social services, etc., to get him off the streets?

I realize some of this may depend on the people involved, how compassionate the cops involved are, etc., but I would appreciate any help with this. I really don't know how to google such a thing.

Addressing a Djinni

I need to have two people in the same 19th-c. fantasy I've posted about before address a Djinni. Repeatedly.

First text, two paragraphs narrated by the infidel Croatian-speaking Baron Rastov:

“I am the Djinni Abdul-Aziz al-Sssslassi al-Talib.” I must have seemed taken aback because he explained, “Sssslass is my home city in the Elemental Plane of Air. And I call myself al-Talib, the Student, because I have bound myself to the lamp as a way of studying Humans. ...

“I wish you all success and joy in your endeavor, Djinni Abdul, if so I may call you.” Expressionlessly, he inclined his head. ...

So, first question: Is the Djinni's name with title appropriately constructed and grammatical, given the English-language context? (For any other non-Arabists who care, Abdul-Aziz is shown at http://www.ummah.net/family/masc.html as meaning Servant of the Light. Seemed an appropriate God-image for a lamp genie, no?)

Yes, I am painfully aware that "Abdul" (= "servant or devotee of the") was never used as an independent name until approximately the Black Muslim movement in the U.S. (See http://medievalscotland.org/problem/names/abdul.shtml.) I'm allowing the Baron to be ignorant of this, and the Djinni to stoically indulge his Master's ignorance, in order not to have to pay Author's Changes on about 20 more places in text already submitted and formatted! The Baron therefore refers to him in the narrative and addresses him throughout as (the) Djinni Abdul or just Abdul.

Later, the two encounter an Armenian whose Zarathustrian priesthood* gives him the authority to command Djinn, so his attitude is familiar but with underlying respect. After greeting the Djinni with the full name given above (he's heard of him), he mostly uses "Djinni" or "O Djinni."

Second question: For variety and characterization, can he call the Djinni just "al-Talib", or is that impossible even for him?

I have been greatly aided by http://heraldry.sca.org/laurel/names/arabic-naming2.htm but (perhaps by my fault) not enough.
* The Zarathustra evoked is the Greek myth version, not the historical figure. See, e.g., http://www.iranica.com/articles/zoroaster-iv-as-perceived-by-the-greeks or, more briefly, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zarathustra#In_classical_antiquity, which cites both the former and another source not on-line.
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Details of British Schooling

My story is set in the 2010/2011 school year (commencing September 1st) in a fictional large-ish town in Britain (probably rather close to London). The schools (brother and sister schools) in question are independent schools with mostly wealthy students.

My searching has been fairly thorough, I believe, as I have been looking up actual student guides for subjects and not just relying on Wikipedia (although I did get quite a lot of into from there). However, I really want to be accurate, and the only school system I have any real understanding of is my own (Australian).

My questions are mostly specific ones:
  1. What is the timetable of an independent school's day? (What time does usually school start, when are morning tea and lunch, are there assemblies in the middle of the day?)
  2. Roughly how many weeks are there in a term? Or do you know the approximate term end/commencement dates?
  3. Is there a required number of hours of study associated with A-level subjects? (eg. at my school we have 50mins of each unit per week)
  4. If so, does this mean that when you do not have class you have spares (where you can stay at school and study, or arrive/leave late/early if you have spares at the beginning/end of the day)? If so, do you call these something other than spares?
  5. What are the lessons (periods) in the day called, and how do you number them (1 through 6, or 1a, 1b, 2a, etc.)?
  6. Are there compulsory subjects in the A-levels or requirements that need to be met? (eg. here we must do 10+ units, at least 2 of which must be English)
  7. Do Sixth Form students have a common room?
  8. Are there Houses, and therefore sport carnivals or debating contests etc. where these houses compete for points?
  9. Are there Prefects, and if so what are the general requirements to become one?
  10. Are there School and House Captains? What about Sport, Debating, Music and Drama Captains?
  11. Is uniform strictly enforced (no non-school scarves, no nail polish, hair longer than shoulder length tied up, no jumpers as outer garments, etc.)? And what kind of outerwear is there (jumpers, vests, blazers)? Also, do blazers have awards embroidered on them? (such as end-of-year awards or awards for winning a sport final)
  12. Are there inter-school sport competitions? If so, what kind of sports (eg. soccer, netball, cricket, etc.)? Are other sports also offered (eg. archery, rowing)?
  13. Is there some kind of end-of-year award ceremony?
  14. Are there school dances (between brother and sister schools, for example). If so, how often would these take place (once a year, one a term?), what would the dress code most likely be, and what years would be allowed to attend?
  15. Is there a canteen/cafeteria. If so, which one and is there another name for it?
  16. Are there school choirs and orchestras? What about drama/dance productions or competitions?
  17. Is there 'study hall'?
  18. What kind of detention is there (writing lines, picking up rubbish, etc.) and when is it (lunchtime, after school, etc.)?
  19. What kind of bullying is there at both all-girl and all-boy schools? What are common reason behind this bullying? Are posh British schools prone to cliques? Any extra information on the social hierarchy of such a school would also be appreciated.
These are all the questions I have thought of so far, but I will probably be working on this story for some time, and so many more will most likely arise. If there's anyone who is currently in, or has just finished, Sixth Form and wouldn't mind answering any more little questions that pop into my head, I would be very grateful.

Thank you.

what does jealousy feel like?

I find myself writing about a love triangle and I'm having some (a lot) of trouble. Since I have had partners mess around with all kinds without any emotional distress on my part, I'm starting to worry that my upcoming scenes touching on the jealousy theme aren't going to ring true. I just don't want my poor character to come off contrived because of my ignorance. I'd like to read some evocative anecdotes of normal jealousy (not crazy) that aren't prohibitively moralized. (Prohibitively moralized is too jargon-y, says some punk reading over my shoulder. I mean that don't want descriptions with a primary design to sway the reader for or against justifying their or a character's jealous feelings.)

I feel like a total goober asking about this; I know this isn't factual research. Usually I can find all kinds of great things on Google about wide ranges of experience I have little idea about. This one is an issue, I'm only coming up with guides to overcoming unreasonable jealousy or bizarre stories of extreme behavior. Which is interesting, but not giving me much to draw on for my (mostly) emotionally well-adjusted characters that take monogamy a mite more seriously than I can manage.

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