April 30th, 2011

extinct Korean surnames

I've been doing a tremendous amount of research into Korean surnames.  There are only about 250 currently in use; hundreds more have gone extinct over the millenia.

I'm trying to find information on the extinct names.  My ideal goal would be any kind of list of surnames in use prior to the 15th century AD (or CE, whichever you prefer), including surnames that no longer exist.  (It's easy to find which surnames still exist, so a simple process of elimination can be used on a complete list.)

It's very easy to find lists of the common names, relatively easy to find lists of the less common names; no luck at all finding information on extinct names.

Google searches have included:  extinct names, extinct surnames, extinct Korean surnames (also lost surnames, dead surnames, surname attrition, daughtering out, vanished surnames), Korean surnames, and a lot of ancillary searches on early Korean history and Korean culture.  I found a link to a site purporting to have a list "including vanished surnames", but the site is in Korean.

Apparently Obscure Jazz Lyrics

I'm trying to track down the full lyrics for a song called "You'll See". It's a Gershwin-style number (at least the version I've heard) wherein the singer tells the object of his/her affection that once they've stopped being cynical the two of them can fall in love. My character is a jazz musician and is trying to use it to soften the heart of the woman he's trying to woo.

Unfortunately, I don't remember who wrote it. To complicate matters more, apparently Madonna put out a song by the same name that is nothing like the one I'm trying to remember.

The snatches of the lyrics that I can remember:  "your wicked wit can charm"; "you'll be mine, you'll see"; "heart [is?] beating hard"; "you wish they'd play But Not For Me"

Using Google, I've searched for all of the above listed phrases in varying combinations, also including the words "jazz" and/or the title in the searches but to no avail. Can anyone lend a hand?
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Arrest for petty theft in California? Procedure details?


Searched terms: California arrest, California arrest procedure, theft, petty theft California and the LD archives.

There was plenty of information but a lot of it is technical so I'm asking this for clarification purposes. I'm sorry to bring up Law&Order, but it's about the only contact with the US law system I've ever had so this might all seem very confused.

Where: California, Los Angeles. Current time.

Who: A man with 3 prior convictions in a different state for similar petty theft crimes.

What happens: A man who works the night shift in a convenience store is accused of theft by the owner of the store - of taking money from the register. Not by gun point. The owner says money is missing and that the employee took it. The owner calls the police and the police find some money on the employee and the owner says the money is from the register. (obviously this is all very much speculation on the owner's part, not actual evidence but then the police wouldn't know this).

What sort of evidence is required to make an arrest? Can the police arrest the employee based on 100$ in cash found in his pockets that doesn't necessarily come from the emptied cash box? Is this petty theft?

It's late, but: Do they interrogate him and the owner on the spot, or do they go to the station to interogate and take his fingerprints and then let him stay in jail overnight? I'm assuming they don't just jot down his adress and vitals and tell him they'll be in touch. Do they take the money from him? Search him? Anything else?

Does he get his phone call here? How common is it that someone is released after that or are they usually held until a judge sees them? Would he be given bail, or released without since he's accused of just having reached in to take money - would his prior convictions count against him here? How much is a common bail amount in petty theft cases, if given bail?
 
After all this: During the investigation: Does the police come to his house and search it, or do they go to the store to investigate or is he sent papers to sign? For instance, when I was run over by a car (uh yeah) in my country, the police took my statement and then the rest of the "investigation", since I had a license plate, was done via mail. Could this happen in California? "Sign this, admit to this, plead not guilty by checking this box".

The guy is prone to being sarcastic, how would the police respond to him making smart arse comments to them? Also, let's say he won't phone anyone, but the cops are familiar with this guy and know a friend of the guy, a lawyer or someone like that - could they call her and let her know her friend's been arrested? Or is that not allowed?

How long can these procedures take? Would it be months before the man goes to trial? Everything goes very quickly in L&O...

Sorry if this all seems inane but I'd hate to get stuff like this wrong.
Thank you for your help!

California Highway Patrol call script

Hi all!

I have a segment in a story I'm writing where the main character sees a woman standing by the median of the 110 (the segment that runs between Los Angeles and Pasadena), then calls California Highway Patrol to alert them that she's there and to have them send someone to help her.*

What would the call script sound like? As in, what would the officers calltakers be trained to say, and what kind of information would they request?

Thanks in advance!

Googled: California Highway Patrol call, California Highway Patrol call script

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* This is actually something that happened to me, and I recall dialing 911 and being redirected to California Highway Patrol, but I don't recall the details beyond that...

Grinding a mirror into dust?

Setting: Chicago, present day

Problem: I have a character who needs to grind a mirror into dust. He doesn't work at a plant, nor does he have any experience with this sort of thing. What kind of tools would he need? And would he have to do this where the tools are located (like in a manufacturing plant) or could he take the tools to the mirror? It's a large, floor-length mirror that he'll be shattering into many pieces. I'm assuming he would need to wear goggles and a mask to protect him from glass dust.

I'm getting really frustrated at the lack of information on the subject. All I've been able to find is normal grinding for making telescopes. There's nothing about actually grinding an existing mirror to dust.

Searched terms: Grinding a mirror into dust, how do you grind a mirror to dust, what tools do you need to grind a mirror to dust

EDIT: I know what to do now! Thanks so much, everyone; you've been awesome!
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