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05 September 2006 @ 08:26 pm
*exhales*  
Apparently within the US, the SWIFT code is something for outgoing wire transfers. A friend of mine who works for the bank in question seems to have gotten it all figured out, and I am assured that with the data I have in hand it will work, so long as the bank here is willing to actually try it. Which they have indicated they are. So I will try again tomorrow.

In the meantime, I seek the Knowledge of Livejournal for some book research questions. ursulav and matociquala, I beseech you to point people toward this entry, as your readerships are far more vasty than mine and perhaps if there are questions my flist can't answer, somebody on one of yours can.



- new yorker question: is the major fountain in central park lit at night (you know, the one that's featured in all the movies)? what kind of stone is laid around the fountain, or is it concrete? where's it located in the park?

- lawyer question: what's it called when a lawyer is doing the initial preparation for a case hearing, to present to the court whether or not it's worth holding a trial over? is there a specific word for that?

- anybody know if a private welcoming reception for a U.N. peace ambassador would be held at the actual U.N. or off-site at a schmoozy hotel or some such?

- lawyer question: if somebody pleads guilty to a crime, does that automatically remove any right to an appeal?

- lawyer question: if a defendent is accused of rape, is it called rape or is it sexual assault to an Nth degree? looking on the net seemed to suggest it's called rape, but if i can get that clarified that'd be great.

- what's a really nice high-quality pen brand?

- lawyer question: in a courtroom, the tables where the lawyers sit are the benches, right? prosecution's bench, defence's bench?

- when an electric light burns out, there's a little sharp acrid scent that goes with it. what makes that smell, just the heated metal or is it ozone or something?

- anybody know what the underlying material of elementary-style cafeteria tables is? plywood? pressed board? bueller? bueller?

- ...anybody have a reasonable grasp on London's physical and social structure in 1666? I need a location for a not-wealthy-but-not-destitute person to come from, someone whose information might be in parish records with a chance of them not having been destroyed by the fire.
 
 
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Eveshkaeveshka on September 5th, 2006 03:31 pm (UTC)
- what's a really nice high-quality pen brand?

Montblanc and Waterman are both very high-quality pens.

http://www.montblanc.com/ <-- Montblanc
http://www.waterman.com/sanford/consumer/waterman/index.jhtml <-- Waterman
kitmizkit on September 5th, 2006 03:34 pm (UTC)
I *thought* Waterman was one of the pen types people talked about, but apparently it was easier to ask LJ than Google. Thank you! :)
(no subject) - eveshka on September 5th, 2006 03:37 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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Yes, ask collectors - (Anonymous) on September 5th, 2006 05:31 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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(no subject) - annoyedwabbit on September 5th, 2006 09:10 pm (UTC) (Expand)
UrsulaVursulav on September 5th, 2006 03:33 pm (UTC)
It shall be done!
kitmizkit on September 5th, 2006 03:38 pm (UTC)
You rule. Thank you!
Rustirusti_knight on September 5th, 2006 03:40 pm (UTC)
lawyer question: if a defendent is accused of rape, is it called rape or is it sexual assault to an Nth degree? looking on the net seemed to suggest it's called rape, but if i can get that clarified that'd be great.

Innocent until proven guilty. They still call it rape, but the crime is 'alleged'. 'Alleged rape/rapist/victim' until proven.


anybody know what the underlying material of elementary-style cafeteria tables is? plywood? pressed board? bueller? bueller?

A nice cheap table I'm sure is made of either particle board or plywood.
SPark, the Purple Dragonbladespark on September 5th, 2006 03:47 pm (UTC)
It's particle board. I've seen one with the corner knocked off enough to see what's underneath. There are a few that are plywood, but the standard kind that you see everywhere is particle board.
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Wyndfirewyndfire on September 5th, 2006 04:19 pm (UTC)
Its also called "Discovery".... it depends on whether its a criminal or civil suit.
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SirFoxsirfox on September 5th, 2006 03:47 pm (UTC)
the tables in my cafeteria were made of metal tubes (probably aluminum) for the underlying frame, to which was bolted plastic (probably PVC) for the surface and seats. Awful round discs the seats were, lousy to sit in, no back support... caused a lot of slouching.
Basil Havanacubes on September 5th, 2006 03:51 pm (UTC)
IANAL (but I know several, one of whom is running for judge), but I believe the bench is where the judge sits, the prosecution and defense are at tables.
Solid Squidkitsuken on September 5th, 2006 04:12 pm (UTC)
I think this is right. Hence phrases like "would the defence and prosecution please approach the bench"
(no subject) - sauergeek on September 5th, 2006 11:53 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Autopopeautopope on September 5th, 2006 03:53 pm (UTC)
For the 1666 question, if you want to disguise your recreational reading as research, read "Quicksilver" by Neal Stephenson. (If in a hurry, ignore the bits about Jack Shaftoe and follow Daniel Waterhouse's youth, until after the Great Fire bit.)

Pens: try Pelikan?

For the UN reception thing, you'll probably do best asking nwhyte.
it's a great life, if you don't weaken: kit & tilda lucifer/gabrielmatociquala on September 5th, 2006 04:04 pm (UTC)
But the Shaftoe bits are the interesting part. *g*
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Pigletporcinea on September 5th, 2006 03:55 pm (UTC)
is the major fountain in central park lit at night (you know, the one that's featured in all the movies)? what kind of stone is laid around the fountain, or is it concrete? where's it located in the park?

Bethesda Fountain is located on the lower level of Bethesda Terrace, which is built of sandstone. It's approximately smack dab in the emotional middle of Central Park, which is centered physically in the lowest third of the park. http://www.centralpark2000.com/products/map/map_home.html
http://www.centralpark2000.com/products/map/map_67e.htm

MontBlanc is probably the most famous of the fancy fountain pens. If you want to impress an aficionado, you'd want Pelikan or Omas. (Watermans are crap.) The Fountain Pen Hospital is an excellent source.
Pigletporcinea on September 5th, 2006 03:56 pm (UTC)
Oh! I forgot to say -- it's not illuminated at night.
(no subject) - matociquala on September 5th, 2006 04:01 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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Colourblind: adjectives!chenderson on September 5th, 2006 03:55 pm (UTC)
#2: the question doesn't really make sense - if you're trying to get the court to decide something in criminal law, it's a preliminary hearing. In a civil matter, you can bring a motion before the court for judgement if you don't think the plaintiff has a case. Otherwise, there is no such thing. Unless you're just talking about initial preparation, not to do with court. That's just initial preparation.
#4: no - it only takes away the right to appeal guilt or innocence. You can still plead the sentence.
#5: it's sexual assault, in Canada at least.
#7: dad the lawyer is thrown a turn by this question. He says he doesn't know. This makes me think it doesn't really matter what you call them.
#9: mine were pressboard. I imagine they vary.
Amivincaminor on September 5th, 2006 04:49 pm (UTC)
On #2 I think she's talking about preping for the grand jury hearing-thing (but then all my legal knowledge come from watching far, far too much Law & Order, so what do I know?)
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Tephratephralynn on September 5th, 2006 03:56 pm (UTC)
Well people have already answered everything I had answers too, but I'd thought I'd comment to mention little_details in the off chance you hadn't heard of it. Anything that doesn't get answered here you could ask about over there (I know there are a fair number of lawyers there, just be sure to mention for which country you want answers. :)
Lakidaa Lakisda: Good Tastelakidaa on September 5th, 2006 04:53 pm (UTC)
And that's what I was here to suggest :D
(no subject) - klawzie on September 5th, 2006 06:37 pm (UTC) (Expand)
it's a great life, if you don't weakenmatociquala on September 5th, 2006 04:00 pm (UTC)
Do you want a fountain pen or a rollerball?

Fountain Pens: if the guy with the pen has it for status, a Mont Blanc. If he has it to write with, a Waterman or Pelikan.
stwishstwish on September 5th, 2006 04:03 pm (UTC)
most of those table are particle board, which is made of sawdust and glue, with formica on the top and cabinet liner, the brown stuff on the bottom... edges are frequently covered with "T" molding, which presses into a milled groove on the edge.. I dont know nuffin about nuffin else.
Calluna V.: Calluna3callunav on September 5th, 2006 04:13 pm (UTC)
Not melamine, instead of formica?
(no subject) - kriz1818 on September 5th, 2006 04:27 pm (UTC) (Expand)
pookelpookel on September 5th, 2006 04:04 pm (UTC)
Sexual assault charges vary by state. In North Dakota (where I'm *sure* your story is not set), all sex charges are "Gross Sexual Imposition." Someone charged with GSI might be guilty of statutory rape, child molestation, fondling, anything.
Beckyladysaphira on September 5th, 2006 04:45 pm (UTC)
In Vermont (where your story is probably also not located) rape used to be the term, but now sexual assault and aggravated sexual assault are used.
fjmfjm on September 5th, 2006 04:05 pm (UTC)
- lawyer question: if somebody pleads guilty to a crime, does that automatically remove any right to an appeal?

In the US yes. Plea bargaining is an inquitous system that is utterly unjust.


- lawyer question: if a defendent is accused of rape, is it called rape or is it sexual assault to an Nth degree? looking on the net seemed to suggest it's called rape, but if i can get that clarified that'd be great

If it's called rape it will be something very specific. Jurisdictions vary on definition.

I can't actually answer the 1666 question but if you still need an answer contact Judith Clute who has a web site (with her email there) at www.judithclute.com She knows huge amounts about London.
Jim C. Hinesjimhines on September 5th, 2006 04:08 pm (UTC)
"- lawyer question: if a defendent is accused of rape, is it called rape or is it sexual assault to an Nth degree? looking on the net seemed to suggest it's called rape, but if i can get that clarified that'd be great."

Depends on the state. Rape laws vary from state to state. In Michigan, there are four degrees of CSC (Criminal Sexual Conduct). You should be able to find the laws online.