Nickname in Arabic

This is a question for a modern novel with a Syrian-British character who works in a mostly-English-speaking environment. His name is Qasim (قاسم‎) and given that most nicknames are shortened versions of the full name, his colleagues call him Qas.

I know that قاس has various other meanings in Arabic, but I wasn't sure if it would be considered impolite to someone to use it as a nickname, especially when the people using it don't speak Arabic. Would it be normal for an Arabic name to be shortened like that? Or would it be considered rude?

I know this is a bit of a vague question, but I'd rather be safe than sorry.

Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency radio codes, present day.

A friend1 is writing K-Pop RPF2 and requires the codes and speak they use in Seoul in the Police force when communicating by radio. As an example, in the London Met, a white male suspect would be an IC1, and in New York, a 10-64 Q would mean a foul odour odor making things unpleasant in a street.

So is there a list of the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency codes they would use? In particular, she seeks the codes for

a) disturbance of the peace (in this case a bunch of people screaming and ranting)
b) priority call for ambulances
c) serious assault
d) abduction

She has searched so far for Seoul police radio codes ... Seoul emergency radio codes ... Seoul metropolitan police agency ... Seoul emergency responder codes and the same substituting South Korea for Seoul.

1. Honest! It's crazyjane13, but she can't remember her LJ logins.
2. I know. I know. This is stretching the friendship a little.

Tracking a band of sheep grazing on public lands (present-day Utah)

Story setting: Utah, 2012, late April/early May

Scenario: I have a protagonist who wants to track down and intercept an individual sheep herder--who, in this case, is not a hired hand but a (very) small individual owner of his own small flock--actively grazing on public lands. This herdsman keeps a low profile and has minimal ties to the world at large, no online presence, etc. The protagonist has the legal name of the herder, but arrives at his permanent base address to find that he is out grazing for the season.

How do you track down a flock of grazing sheep?Collapse )
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Currents in water pipes, not electrical, water currents

Edited to be accepted, my previous entry was pretty crappy, I forgot all the rules!

Taking place in modern day, in a complex of buildings all connected together and to nothing else.

I checked google with "Currents in water pipes" "Water currents in water pipes" I don't know what else to look up, everything that comes up is about electrical currents, and that's not what I'm looking for, I'm looking for the WATER current inside. Like I've seen cities put turbines in water mains, but in a house's or apartment's pipe's, or in the situation I've set up above where the complex is set up so it's cut off from the outside world and the water is pumped from a storage tank, if I put fans in the pipes, would they spin? If I tried to send something through the pipes would a current wash it away in direction of where someone has a tap open or flushed a toilet? What about if all the taps and everything was off, would the water stagnate in the pipes, even if there was a water pipe from the storage tank with a pump going to the complex?

I think I need help from a plumber!!!
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A resource of possible use and interest: the Museum of Menstruation.

(Crossposted to vaginapagina.)

The Museum of Menstruation--a grand rambling cross-referential time suck covering cultural, historical, medical, and commercial aspects of the topic, and aspiring to be the Junior Woodchucks' Guide on the subject--is a monument to the geekish obsessive special interest of one Harry Findlay: http://www.mum.org/ (Warning: the front page is text-only, but some links are NSFW.)

Just a few of the topics this mind-boggling display aisle of menstrual esoterica covers: Belts to hold sanitary pads (and if you remember those, you've almost certainly outlived your menstrual worries); artwork with menstrual themes; home remedies for menstrual discomfort sent in by his readers; various religious attitudes toward menstruation; historical menstrual hygiene methods.

(Since Findlay is growing old, and doesn't think that he as a cis man is the ideal curator of such a museum, he's sent out an invitation to anyone--preferably a current or past menstruator--interested in taking over his work and hosting his material collection: http://www.mum.org/future.htm)

Need a Major European Sporting or Public Event, September 1997

For my story I need a sporting event (or some other sort of big event) that would take a lot of supporters from France to Britain, or from Britain to France, in the second or third week of September 1997. There don't appear to have been any relevant football games (at least in the European League), and it's too early for Rugby so far as I can tell, any other suggestions? Any "friendly" games I might have missed?

Or some other event a lot of people might want to go to - a big-name rock concert or something?

I have a backup plan involving the Scottish National Referendum but sports etc. would work better.

Any suggestions?

Searches tried - European football 1997, Sporting events September 1997, Current events September 1997, etc.

Later - sorry, while this was going through the moderation queue I've had to change some plans for the story - this has to occur in the week or so before September 15th 1997. To clarify this a little, I'm looking for a reason for a lot of people (say a bus full) to travel into Britain from France on or before this date, so that some fugitives can slip into the country with them. Returning from a sports event or something like a rock concert, or travelling to one, seems like a good way to explain it.

Injury-to-order: hand injury that would allow someone to use a knife but not a gun?

*dusts off LJ account*

Hi all! I need some help puzzling out an inconsistent canon injury for fic.

Setting: Modern-day (urban), character is in a street gang and may have limited access to medical care
Scenario: Man, late teens-early 20s has his fingers injured in a knife fight. The moment itself is a discretion shot, but he's shown in canon to have a thick scar spanning the back of his hand between the base and middle knuckles. He's able to make a fist and use a knife with some dexterity, but supposedly can't squeeze a trigger to use a gun. Most of my searches brought me either a tendon injury or having the digits cut off/reattached completely, but I think he has too much movement for the latter...? Have googled various combinations of "tendon injury", "tendon injury and gun recoil", "extensor tendon knife injury", but all I seem to find are emergency medicine instructionals and vague forum posts.

Can anyone think of an injury that would fit the bill?

He needs to not be able to squeeze a trigger (also, please tell me why -- would there be a problem with recoil, or would the pressure be too much?). Maybe a botched treatment/surgery is the way to go?

Thank you so much.

Musical analysis of the theme from Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons?

In the process of looking for something else altogether, I happened upon one of the most weirdly fascinating musical pieces I've heard in a long time: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GDv-US1iw_M (Although this Anderson Supermarionation adventure is an iconic memory for a lot of Brits (and folks elsewhere who caught it in syndication), I'd heard of the show--as an influence on people as disparate as Gary Numan and the South Park gang--but was never personally exposed to it.)

What we have here is a vigorous John Barry espionage-a-go-go theme...given weird rhythmic feints and dodges and sour dissonances, foreshadowing Captain Scarlet's violent and darkly paranoiac atmosphere; it strikes me as somehow akin to the Doctor Who theme--a product of the same period--and the title track from Bowie's Station to Station.

So. I put it out to the more musically educated folks out in LJ-land: what's going on in this song, structurally, that would plunge it into the Uncanny Valley to a listener accustomed to Anglo-American rock and pop conventions?

Searches:
"Captain Scarlet" + "theme song"+ "time signature."
"Captain Scarlet" + "theme song" + "review" (which yielded this: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/v5zf/)
"Captain Scarlet + "theme song" + "tritones".
"Captain Scarlet + "theme song" + "locrian mode".

Old West sunstroke

I am writing a fanfic for a Western fandom.  My character is a 30ish male, very strong and in good physical condition (to begin with). He is lost in desert conditions and is suffering from sunstroke (among other things) which has caused delirium and hallucinations.  He is also in a very weakened state due to insufficient food and water and being forced to do hard physical work for long hours every day.  His rescuers get him into shelter.  A doctor is summoned, but being a 19th-century frontier doctor, he's not necessarily much help.  What would the doctor and my character's friends do to help him?  Just give him water and try to keep him cool?  I know laudanum was used for all kinds of complaints in those days; in the absence of other drugs, would the doctor give him this?

TIA for any help!