November 28th, 2013

Will radiation damage electronics (without killing the characters wearing them)

Searched: how does radiation affect electronics, will radiation affect electronics before humans, what level of radiation damages electronics, how much radiation to make a computer malfunction, radiation hardening, beta radiation, gamma radiation, etc.

Setting: Dystopian future, the bombing stopped a few decades ago but the effects linger

The situation: My main characters have tracking devices implanted in them. At one point another character is going to give them clothing which is contaminated with radiation. The characters given this clothing are going to be horrified when they find out that they've been walking around with death on for several days, but it will also be revealed that the radiation made their implants malfunction, thus preventing the evil government (tm) from tracking them down.

Question 1: Is this at all plausible? My google-fu makes it clear that radiation DOES effect electronics, especially mirco electronics, but it doesn't make clear the level of radiation needed for this to occur. Apparently humans were used rather than robots at Chernobyl, but I can't figure out if this was due to conserving costs+disregard for human life, the technology of the time not being up to making the needed robots, or electronics not working in the vicinity (one source says that heat, not radiation was the problem). Is it possible for my characters to be wearing clothing (for a few days) that will mess with their trackers without killing them? I don't mind if they get sick, but I don't want them dying or unable to walk.

Question 2: If this isn't plausible, is there another way the trackers could be disabled i. without the characters knowing ii. that could potentially make the characters sick/be interpreted as a malicious action

Much thanks in advance!

Alcohol Slang/Types - Georgia, USA

I'm looking for slang and brands of alcohol that would be common in the Southern US (is that the right term?) mainly Georgia. As a rural Canadian, I don't feel that my personal slang would be anywhere near close to what they characters would be using.

1) I'm looking for a brand or several brands/types of cheap "fruity" wine or wine coolers that would be considered a decent drink for someone who wasn't planning on drinking heavily. Something acceptable for women to drink but would be looked down on if a man drank it. Regular cooler types would also be acceptable but I'd lean towards the wine side of things.

2) I've got two redneck "white trash" men (late 30's/ early 40's). Looking for what brand of beer they would be drinking and what they would look down on. What about alcohol? Both men are heavy drinkers and grew up with alcoholic parents. Both are from Georgia with a very slight family influence from Texas.

3) What about terms for sizes and types of alcohol or even name slang. Where I'm from we have two-fours and mickeys and Texas mickeys but I don't know what they equivalents are/if the terms I'm finding are age/location appropriate.

I've tried searching "alcohol in Georgia", "drinking slang Georgia", "drinking slang" "alcohol slang" and other variations but I'm not sure if what I'm getting is relevant as a lot seems to be from teens. Other things I'm getting a lot of are alcohol restrictions and regulations.

Basically any info you can give me on booze in Georgia would be super duper helpful.

questions about hand injury recovery, dead leg, post-rape effects, and complex-PTSD

Hey hey, Lil Details! I gots you another question here:

My character, due to the unfortunate circumstance of having spent a few hours with some truly awful people with a hammer, is now sporting:

1) a broken hand (metacarpals 4 and 5 broken; ring and littel fingers broken at both joints)
2) some kind of quadriceps contusion, and
3) some other injuries that I'm putting under the LJ-cut below. (rape and PTSD related)

I'm in difficulty as to the healing processes. The medicine in this world is limited (see also: pre-industrial europe/early qing dynasty), and so she's not going to have access to modern wonderful things like proper plaster casts &c. A few questions as per this:

1) the hand:

--- a) I have it right now so that the small-town-medic-lady realigns the bones as best she can, then bandages the fingers up against a splint as best she can. This sound about right, or no? (Also, +50 laudanum.) Will there be anything else done or recommended?

--- b) what physical sensation will this have ten days in? three weeks in? (I'm figuring, from my researches, to have it be at least a couple months of healing time.)

--- c) 20 days in, a (basically) army medic guy looks at the hand. will he be horrified at how small-town-medic-lady handled it, or will he be about on her level, or what? if he has suggestions or improvements to make, what might they be?

My researches for this include: "broken hand" "broken hand healing" "broken hand healing process" "broken hand healing two weeks" "hammer break hand" "hammer break finger" "two weeks cast skin" "two weeks plaster cast skin" "skin macerate" "bruising two weeks", and many associated links. Also, experience of both my parents having had hand/wrist breaks at various points.

2) the leg
Note: MC is going to need to be walking lots. She has a week of not-walking, first, but then a long foot-only journey. I've decided it's light enough that she's capable of some hours each day, but with long breaks, getting better over time.

--- d) how much bruising would be left after two weeks?

--- e) physical sensation after two weeks?

--- f) any necessity of army-medic-guy looking at it? (small-town-medic-lady already did, and she said "stay off it". MC was like "uh. can't". STML was like "well okay, on your back it be".)

My researches for this include: "dead leg" "quadriceps contusion" "quadriceps contusion healing time" "quardriceps contusion healing", many associated links, and remembering from HS when my wrestler brother gave me a (very light) dead leg. Thanks, bro, love you too.

The rest of my questions are going to be under an LJ cut because they are of the sort that need cuts and warnings.

trigger warning - question about post-rape effects and complex-ptsdCollapse )

As ever, thanks in advance, Little Details - you kids are absolutely fantastic with your helps, and I appreciate anythign at all you guys can help me with.

(apologies if anywhere here I come across as flippant or irreverent - I don't mean harm or offense to anyone with any of this, and if I've said anything of the sort, lemme know.)