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The human body contains about 5 litres of blood, allowing for differences in body weight. A donor usually gives about 8-10% of their blood (so approx 500ml). 15-30% (1.5 litres) and you'll feel sick, go pale and your skin will start feeling cold. 30-40% (2 litres) and your heart starts beating faster you'll probably need a transfusion to recover. Over 40% your probably a goner.

In one sitting, you can probably drink 1-1.5 litres comfortably. The stomach can expand to about 4 litres, which is why people can drink a gallon of milk without exploding (but then usually vomit it up after because... what did they expect?)

You can bleed out from the carotid (neck), brachial (arm) or femoral (leg) in about a minute. But arteries are fairly difficult to get at. In the wrist, you'd have to slice vertically down your artery to bleed out with any speed, so from a vamp bite you're talking a few hours, plus the possibility of clotting staunching the flow.

In the neck you'd probably hit veins or even the windpipe first, depending on your aim. Most the time they bite the meat of shoulder, not the pulse point (i.e. artery) which is harder to get to, higher on the neck.

As for the femoral, it's fairly difficult to get your face into someone's groin if accosting outside of a naked sexytimes scenario.

Also vamp teeth are fairly thin and short. It's questionable how far they'd even penetrate considering the layer of fat we all have under the skin before you even get to any good stuff.

So while they may nick an artery, we're not looking at the bleeding out in minutes that you get from severing one fully. You will bleed, and suction will probably induce a steady flow, but you're unlikely to bleed out from a bite wound.

So overall, that equals: a vampire can safely drink as much as the victim can safely lose. The victim won't die, but will feel woozy and need to drink electrolytes or take iron tablets to recover. The wound is going to need pressure and treating, if an artery is nicked, probably in the hospital so they can make sure it heals ok, but if no artery is touched, then just like you would a normal cut. It should clot fine and NO ONE NEED DIE.

The whole, vampire grabs a person by the neck and drains them in seconds, dropping their dead body to the floor? NO. It would be, vamp grabs by neck, stretches head awkwardly to side to get at carotid. Bites, gets blood EVERYWHERE like it's being sprayed out by a fucking garden hose. Makes a massive mess and a few minutes later, the person dies. They would not be able to drink that much blood without vomiting it back up again a la the milk gallon drinking fools. Not a sexy look, I'd imagine.

IF they have anticoagulants in their saliva, then, provided they do pierce an artery, (which isn't easy) passing out followed by death is probably inevitable without medical treatment. Though still, not going to be instantaneous, but a few minutes to an hour depending on severity of bite.

For the ones that rip the entire throat out with their teeth, well yes. Obvs that kills.



Follow up for this would be, if a vamp can drink, let's say 1 litre per person to be on the safe side, then they need to hit up 5 people per night to fully replace the blood in their body. Though, we don't know what happens to blood once in a vamp's body exactly. Maybe since they're dead, they can't generate new blood, only use what they have until it dies. Red blood cells live for about 4 months, so 5 people every 4 months, or, since they could take just over a litre from each person, that's basically hitting one person a month for just over 1 litre of blood.

One person a month. Seriously, couple of iron tablets and some Lucozade and they're fine. NO BIG.
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I discovered you can post replies to comments on DW by hitting reply to the email. I NEVER REALISED THIS WAS AN OPTION. It's not quite as awesome as a dedicated DW app would be... but failing that, it will have to do.

In other news, I still need to add everyone from VidUKon and I can't do that from my phone. Boo.

Ok so regarding adding everyone, do people use Twitter? I reinstated my username* and have not been swamped with hackers, (yay) so I guess I'll try using it again. And will invariably post something gay accidentally with my work twitter and have a meltdown and kick it to the curb again. WHATEVER, FUTURE ME WILL HAVE TO DEAL.

So yes, Twitter usernames, people. Give them to me.

Also Tumblr ones, because I don't think I follow that many people I know on there? It's mostly random people who post pictures of Hiddles or cats. And recently, Dashcon fail. Are people following this? That shit is hilarious.



*I'm nemonclature everywhere. EVERYWHERE. And my icon is now Maleficent everywhere too. (Except AO3, I still need to edit that.)


ETA: OK I ADDED ALL THE PEOPLE. Or at least, everyone who had their twitter username easily findable. So if I added you and you're wondering who the fuck I am, I'm me!

And anyone I haven't added (on Twitter OR Tumblr) hit me up in comments.
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VIDUKON! I sort of wasn't sure about going this year, but then I looked at the con webpage and was like. OMG. YES. THIS OLD THING AGAIN. SIGN ME UP. So, I did.

ANYWAY. I totally want to do a panel or something again. The brainstorming post will go up soon, which is good, since I have nooo idea what I might do as I'm still in the awkward watcher-not-creator place. But whatever, IDK. Thoughts. Blah. Vids.



VIDS!

Much as I hate google's relentless drive to unite us all under google+ I have to say, having my youtube history saved has been really useful.

For the second time* this month I've been able to place an elusive song, the lyrics and singer of which I had completely forgotten. (The first was to try and find The Heavy to rec them to someone.) All I remembered was the useless, instrumental/vocal section, and typing "oh ohohh ohh" into google doesn't do all that much. Anyway, the song I was looking for was So Cold by Ben Cocks and I knew I'd first heard it on a youtube Potter vid. It's a good thing I try and centralise my fandom browsing under my fandom email though. The accidentally- signed-in-as-someone-else thing can be a pain. Especially because, and to go back to my previous, unite us all under google+ hate - I don't want my fannish browsing to come up under the farm's work email. It's not even my personal work email. It's the email for the entire business. It's so fucking annoying.

Anyway, I figured. I know I've probably recced most of these already. But there's never a wrong time to rec more Harry Potter vids.

So cold by Julia36229 - Despite this being the reason I started searching, it's actually not a favourite. it's got the classic youtube effects make over - blown out sound and contrast.

Harry Potter Feat. Glitch Mob by Grable424 - This one's just a really fun action-er

Never Fall Away by Grable424 - GODDAMN. THIS IS SO FUCKING DRAMATIC. I'M CRYING.

Breaking Point by niicoleelee - The name says it all. This just makes me want to cry.



VAMPIRES!

What would happen if all vampires from all canons got together in - let's face it - New Orleans.  )
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Where Ward is replaced by a Muslim woman... )



* -- I have heard SHIELD has improved recently, so maybe this is no longer relevant. But I bet it doesn't have Muslim sorta lesbians and evil robots and conversations about race and passing and becoming part of the system and shared bodies and DEAD PUPPIES. So clearly mine is much better.
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I find the line between meta and literary criticism quite tough. I think maybe I tend to include all media (film/tv) criticism because, well, the majority of it is fandom. If you get media/tv crit online, chances are it comes from a fanblog. Because mainstream critics have this snobbish attitude towards caring too much about 'just tv'. You review it and that's that. But books you can critique. Because literature is REAL ART. But with lit crit I feel like it's getting too close to the aca side of acafan, or just too 'mainstream' crit, not fan crit?

IDK. It is a thing I have noticed about myself, a tv/book double standard. My own flaws, exposed for your perusal. Enjoy.

"So, instead, I would like to take the time to speculate who some of Nolan’s other regulars might play.Michael Caine will be Cooper’s mentor—but I’m going to say he ends up evil this time. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is Cooper’s assistant. If Hathaway’s character isn’t the wife/girlfriend of Cooper, the loss of whom sends him spiralling into a pit of insanity, then I’m going to guess Marion Cotillard for that role. Then there’s Cillian Murphy, hopefully in a role that doesn’t require him to wear a bag over his head again. I’m having a hard time placing Tom Hardy. And I’d love for Ken Watanabe to show up, but I don’t know who I want him to be other than “someone cool.” (Of course, he’s Ken Watanabe.)"

(The Mary Sue, emphasis mine)

What's that you say? Nolan making another movie with fridged women? NO SHIT.

Carrie Trailer - "Carrie is like Harry Potter. Except she didn't get saved." FFF I WANT THAT FIC. (Glass Harp : Potter Theme)

Being Taken Seriously - the Double Standard. I made a post about make up and the female/male professional wear double standard a while back. Though actually I think most of that discussion was in the comments to the LJ post. Anyway, relevant.

I've learnt how to make ringlet curls with my hair straightener. THE. COOLEST. THING. (thank you youtube)


OH MY GOD. I just realised who my dentist reminds me of. Goran Visnjic. FUCK MY LIFE. HOT DENTISTS SHOULD BE AGAINST THE LAW.


I really wanted to include this (For all the women I have loved who were dragged through the mud) at [community profile] metanews but I didn't want to break the week old posts rule any further than I already have (it's a tough one to stick to). I already tweeted it I think, but I haven't got round to following anyone on [twitter.com profile] nemonclature or doing anything useful with it, so I'm currently just shouting into the void.
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The abduction bit was really great, but I wish there wasn't so much sex.

A Bed of Thorns by Nym

I like the bits where they just talk to each other?

And you know what, these are actually really good sex scenes, that say a fair bit about the characters and make sense considering Belle's virginity and, and. I still can't with sex scenes. I just can't. Fandom has made me reach sex saturation point. Literally, outside of a few specific kinks, I just can't anymore.
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Pantomime season. Oh joy.

As far as I know this is a peculiarly English Christmas tradition, but do correct me if I'm wrong. (Oh no it isn't... Oh yes it is...)

I don't often go to Pantos, though I did take the little ones last year and they loved it, as most small children do. But I'm working this one which kinda means I have no choice but to go. Opening night was tonight. It was full of that heady opening night vibe. Also full of those opening night fails (the octopus, it neither octoied nor... pussied. ahem.)

I've been reading a lot of PTSD H/C over the Technical rehearsal (because Follow Spots have fuck all to do during the Tech. other than sit in the dark and get bored). Specifically ones where the protagonist is so screwed up they have no idea how normal social rules work and are constantly expecting the worst. I wonder if it's because I'm super nervous at work and everything is new to me, compared to all the regulars, who've been there forever and know the place through and through. At least in fic I can point to the characters and say, well, they had it waaay worse than me and they turned out JUST FINE. BREATHE NEMO. KEEP BREATHING. IT'S ALL GOOD. SEVEN MORE WEEKS OF THIS SHIT AND YOU'LL BE OLD HAT TOO.

Also, likely a result of all that fic, I now want to write an Avengers theatre AU. COME ON IT WOULD SO WORK. Clint is always hidden up in the bridges doing Follow Spot. No one sees him, but he always sees you. (Yes, Clint is generally the hero of PTSD fic and yes I've possibly been self-comparing a little too much.) Also my boss' calm voice over the cans just made me think of Coulson the whole time. Nothing seems to faze him, it's awesome. And Natasha would be his second who was operating the show and the Clint/Natasha/Coulson Electrician threesome would be this triad of awesome and competence and win. And Thor would totally be the constantly upbeat Stage Manager, and the Warriors Three are all stage crew and they use their mighty strength to shuffle through scene changes like magic. Plus we all got issued those head torch thingies, and when you wear them round your neck, it lights up your chest like an arc reactor. So that's Tony, the Sound whizz, who they get freelance and he's super difficult to work with but he's also a sound ninja and all the cues go off exactly at the right time and nothing ever malfunctions because he's just that good

And okay so I'm not really sure where Bruce goes, because 'impossibly angry when stressed' isn't really conducive to a high-stress theatrical environment. And then there's the Loki question -- I don't really want him to be the baddie, because a Loki style baddie doesn't really line up with real life style baddies. (The 'Evul Council' translates much better to 'incompetent Director' or 'meddling managerial staff' or something.) Though it would be loltastic if 'Loki' was the villain in the show and Loki the actor was actually Thor's, really quite nice, younger brother.

Seven more weeks, man, this fic bunny may become the only thing keeping me going.

ETA:  Yeah I've locked and unlocked this at least thrice now. I can't decide if there's any chance someone from work might read it. There's no chance, right.... right?
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I am a compulsive bookmarker.

I can't read something as soon as I find it, I have to bookmark it for a later date.

It's partly due to the way I find things... )
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NOW LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO (and by you, I mean me).


I was going to make a massive picspam post of tumblr steals, but then it was taking ages and then I posted just the links and I didn't like it.

SO I JOINED TUMBLR.

And since every blog needs some idiotic conceit. There is a THREE WORD LIMIT to all things ever.

kthxbi
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GUYS. Rachel Shelley is in Lagaan. I always thought it was two different people, but I watched one of the dances on youtube yesterday and was up half the night trying to merge Helena Peabody's face with Elizabeth's. AND DESPITE MY FAILURE TO DO SO, THEY ARE ACTUALLY THE SAME PERSON.

I realise this is groundbreaking for a grand total of zero people other than myself. But WHAT THE EVER. DRAMAZ.

Pictures under the cut )



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