March 27th, 2015

Underground Structure Design: multiple-level "adventure's" housing complex

Project: Post Apocalyptic & Fantasy Online-Graphic Novel
Setting: 2100's ~20 years after Nuclear Armageddon, Carlsbad NM area

I'm hoping to get advice on an underground complex about structural stability, ventilation, proportioning, construction requirements, and similar. Specifically about an underground housing/apartment complex, Los Lobo Loco (the Crazy Wolf), housing nuclear wasteland "adventurers" (monster hunters, mercenaries, scavengers/explorers, mages, and similar).

The floors in the Wolf are built circularly with a central common room that is connected to an inner ring by eight radially branching halls, and then an outer ring connected to the inner by 24 halls. The area between the outer-inner ring and along the outer-most wall are used the housing. The area between the common room and inner ring are rented work spaces or public facilities such as gyms, conference rooms, rented secured armory, target range, and anything else an adventurer might have need of.

questions
1: what would be needed to keep the facility ventilated?
2: how stable would the structure be?
3: what would be a reasonable max resident capacity (per floor)?
4: what would be required to expand the Wolf? would it be better/safer to expand down or build additional outer rings? (it under goes expansion over the course of the story and during the 20+ years prior)

I have done research on mine construction, building ventilation, and but would like advice from someone experienced om the field.

Life with a beard

Hello! I have a main character who is not going to shave for a full year. He's a white man in his forties, living in a medieval setting, previously suffering from malnutrition but with regular access to food and water for this year, a bit scruffy but not bearded at the start. I've done some Google searches ("what is it like having a beard," "growing a beard," "how fast do beards grow") and got some good info (when it starts/stops itching, when waves/curls appear, potential effects of genetics on hair-growth), but I'd really like to collect some more personal details about what it's like to have a full beard. So, any bearded individuals out there, preferably those sporting something on the heavy side, what's it like having that thing hanging off your face all the time? My character will be outdoors often as well, so any accounts involving weather/seasons' effects on your beard would be great.

ETA: Thanks for all your responses, folks! I'll definitely keep in mind the mustache hair stuff, that hadn't occurred to me as a thing that would be an annoyance.

[ANON POST] Police Procedure and Legality Questions (Texas)

Story type: Alternate reality, fantasy story

Place: San Antonio, Texas

Time: April-May, 2008

Hello!

I am a non-American, and I need some help with how the cops work in the USA -- basically, how legal stuff goes down, both with cops and with hospitals. I hope I'm clear enough with my questions, but if I'm not, please let me know! And, the... events might seem ridiculous -- but it's supposed to be that way, according to the world this takes place in.

The scenario: In San Antonio, Texas, there's a string of murders. The victims are buried alive in a cemetery, and the murders are creating quite the racket (they would, wouldn't they?) And then the MC, X, is kidnapped and buried alive. Except, someone manages to smell a rat and call 911, and he is rescued before he can die.

The only identity the authorities manage to find on him is his name on the credit card he's using, which is fake. He also has his phone when he's found, and they all refer to him by the name on his credit card. The phone has stopped functioning. Another thing he has is some stationery from the hotel he was staying at.

Lo and behold, cerebral hypoxia be forgotten, X makes a miraculous, mysterious recovery -- he wakes up, fully conscious, in a few hours. Except for one small point: he has amnesia. Everyone is surprised he's awake, and he is questioned about his kidnapping -- about whether he remembers being kidnapped, his attacker, yadda yadda, but of course he doesn't.

Later that evening, X escapes the hospital.

Now, to enable this, I did conduct some searches. I looked up the following terms on Google:

FBI
Fake Credit Cards
Hospital Insurance
SAPD

Honestly? I am very confused. Mostly because I don't belong to the country, I can't figure out how to look for what I want, and would really, really love some information from someone who has knowledge about this. Where I come from, we also don't have a system of insurance in hospitals. I'm a doctor myself but the hospital I work in is extremely affordable, most treatment being government sponsored, and people prefer to pay cash for whatever remains. So I really have no clue, and help would be wonderful.

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