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cylemmulo
04-03-2015, 04:10 AM
Does anyone else find themselves in odd situations while researching for their story? I was researching on how a character would make poison, and found myself in this strange dark place on the internet. Have you guys ever found yourself in that "this will look very strange in my browsing history," sort of moment?

Roxxsmom
04-03-2015, 06:11 AM
All the time. I've looked up forms of torture, and weapons, and toxins, and diseases, just to name a few, not to mention historical conspiracies. How to fashion a lock pick out of a nail. And spent some times on some BDSM sites trying to come up with descriptions of pain that sound appealing or sensuous.

There was a thread on this a while back. And another before that too.

http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?p=9322198 (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?p=9322198)

http://absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=262421

http://absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=263600

ScottM84
04-03-2015, 06:24 AM
And I felt weird researching the effects of marijuana... Lol

Layla Nahar
04-03-2015, 07:34 AM
And I felt weird researching the effects of marijuana... Lol

Experiential research will do that...

Jamesaritchie
04-03-2015, 05:10 PM
For the last couple of years, my research history, and much of my stored research, would look like a plan to overthrow the government, destroy the power grid, and assassinate the entire leadership in Washington, all with only fifty men.

If you want to find some strange, dark places on the internet, do this kind of research for a time.

SML7318
04-03-2015, 05:52 PM
For the last couple of years, my research history, and much of my stored research, would look like a plan to overthrow the government, destroy the power grid, and assassinate the entire leadership in Washington, all with only fifty men.

If you want to find some strange, dark places on the internet, do this kind of research for a time.

Mine too! I was afraid with what my most recent searches would have been, so I had to reference a copy of The Poor Man's James's Bond.

Jamesaritchie
04-03-2015, 06:11 PM
Mine too! I was afraid with what my most recent searches would have been, so I had to reference a copy of The Poor Man's James's Bond.

Great resource, but darned pricey, at least every version I've found.

SML7318
04-03-2015, 06:22 PM
Great resource, but darned pricey, at least every version I've found.

Yeah, I didn't think to ask my friend where they got it. I would have used a prepared credit card to buy it, but maybe that would have just made it more sketchy.

Filigree
04-03-2015, 08:24 PM
Tor browser. Deep web. Odd contacts. A friend with LexisNexis access. Some very strange info out there. I'm sure my normal Google history would make something ping! somewhere, but really, it's just for fiction.

WEM
04-04-2015, 12:29 PM
... suicide bombers, North Korea and nuclear bombs as terrorist weapons - yes, the CIA would love by browser cache ...

TellMeAStory
04-04-2015, 07:51 PM
how to sharpen a hypodermic needle

johnsolomon
04-05-2015, 03:12 AM
Haha, I know what you mean. I've tried to squeeze "for writers" or some variation thereof into every search I've done so that Special Operations (UK's equivalent to SWAT teams) doesn't blow a hole in my ceiling and rappel down into my living room.

"We've got you now, you sick bastard!"

Jamesaritchie
04-05-2015, 05:35 AM
... suicide bombers, North Korea and nuclear bombs as terrorist weapons - yes, the CIA would love by browser cache ...

If not the CIA, the NSA probably has it.

PeteMC
04-06-2015, 02:01 AM
Oh lord yes, mostly black magic, white supremacy, guns and various aspects of the criminal underworld for me.

And yet the fact that none of us (I assume!) have yet had our doors kicked in at 2am by the cops/feds/men in black does rather make all those internet surveillance panics look a bit lame :)

cylemmulo
04-06-2015, 02:26 AM
Oh lord yes, mostly black magic, white supremacy, guns and various aspects of the criminal underworld for me.

And yet the fact that none of us (I assume!) have yet had our doors kicked in at 2am by the cops/feds/men in black does rather make all those internet surveillance panics look a bit lame :)


Maybe they have and just aren't here to tell the tale. We can probably safely assume all members on this site who have gone inactive were most likely snatched up by the CIA.

PeteMC
04-06-2015, 02:30 AM
Well yeah, there's always that possibility I suppose :tongue

elindsen
04-06-2015, 06:30 AM
I've looked up enough weird things that yeah, I wonder if anyone is looking at me with shifty eyes.

nonplayingcharacter
04-06-2015, 08:09 AM
https://duckduckgo.com/
https://startpage.com/

Bolero
04-06-2015, 12:03 PM
This thread alone would ping a lot of key words. I don't think I've yet seen "bomb" so here it is. :)

Other than that, I've finished up picturing a big server room, with a couple of hacked off IT guys going "we're going to have to modify the exclusion script again, there's another three new writers come up on our surveillance search"

Which is way more boring than men in black making holes in the ceiling.

Cathy C
04-06-2015, 02:50 PM
The nice thing is, once you get published, the questioning by authorities is blessedly short. :)

nighttimer
04-06-2015, 06:17 PM
I've looked up enough weird things that yeah, I wonder if anyone is looking at me with shifty eyes.

One person's "weird" is another person's bookmark.

I once wrote an article about prostitutes who use the Internet to ply their trade. Learned a lot of new acronyms one including GFE (girlfriend experience), DFK (deep French-kissing) and CIM (sorry, kids might be present),

Can't say it's been of much use in my regular life, but if I ever need to explain why escorts prefer their clients pass on the extra onions before a session and pay extra attention when showering to those shall we say, hard-to-reach areas, it's there for future usage.

TessB
04-06-2015, 06:28 PM
Ahhh, salad-tossing. Another thing that's now problematic to search in libraries. XD

18th century penile prosthetics. Anything historical probably gets let off with 'crazy academic,' at least!

KidCassandra
04-06-2015, 07:31 PM
Other than the requisite explosives/weapons google searches, my "strange" usually involves wikipedia-ing common household objects to check what materials are present within them and at what composition.

This morning so far I've googled "chain link fence," "shovel," "aerosol can," and "paint."

nighttimer
04-06-2015, 10:58 PM
Other than the requisite explosives/weapons google searches, my "strange" usually involves wikipedia-ing common household objects to check what materials are present within them and at what composition.

This morning so far I've googled "chain link fence," "shovel," "aerosol can," and "paint."

Please don't leave the premises. The authorities have been alerted. :chair

KidCassandra
04-06-2015, 11:10 PM
It's not that I fear someone will think I'm going to do something untoward with chain link fence, shovels, and spraypaint--it's just my google history is so full of normal, easily identifiable objects that I probably seem like a very confused alien attempting to adjust to human life or else like a recovering brain trauma patient.


Also, I'm (inadvisably) doing some of these searches on the company computer... if somebody's tracking my browsing, they're likely quite perplexed.

SML7318
04-06-2015, 11:18 PM
Another strange thing I had to look up is what type of limes are best for decomposing bodies. I remember in Kevin Weeks memoir he said he used the wrong type, and it mumified the body instead.

elindsen
04-07-2015, 02:48 AM
I got the pleasure of researching how long after death do nerves die (for a zombie book). My search was something like "Feeling after death". That whole day's searching made me sound like I wanted to torture after killing.

Katerina
04-07-2015, 03:39 AM
I write Romance so I research a lot of kinky things. Some of it's for novel research, anyways, some.... o.O

Shunter
04-09-2015, 05:00 AM
I had a character attempting suicide and was looking up how people slit their wrists, how much scarring it leaves, recovery times etc. Cue me googling with my hands covering my eyes for fear of what pictures would come up, as I'm quite squeamish. The answer is: no pictures, thank heavens, but also very little information. I ended up just winging it.

L M Ashton
04-09-2015, 05:28 AM
Bombs, potato cannons, small hot air balloons used to deliver bombs, lasers, laser guns, EMPs, poisons... Yeah...

Also, we had a zombie cockroach in our living room last night. It was weird. The husband started going on about how we'll wake up in the morning and the entire world will be dead because of the zombie cockroaches except for us, because he killed ours. He's a bit of a nutcase. Also, he also writes scifi/fantasy, so there's that.

Jamesaritchie
04-09-2015, 08:06 PM
I think the research project that bothered me most was how to take out the power grid, and how to poison a city's water supply, both with easily obtainable materials.

PeteMC
04-10-2015, 12:21 AM
Now I can see how *that* might get you a knock on the door in the middle of the night James!

Jamesaritchie
04-10-2015, 02:21 AM
Now I can see how *that* might get you a knock on the door in the middle of the night James!

I don't mind a knock on the door all that much. It's a no-knock warrant from a full Homeland Security team that disturbs me.

PeteMC
04-10-2015, 02:24 AM
Fair point - that would disturb anyone!

Marianne Kirby
04-19-2015, 05:40 PM
I have 8 browser tabs on my laptop plus several open on my phone researching teenaged murderesses. I started out with teenagers who had been killed by serial killers but that wasn't quite right.

On that note, does anyone have a favorite teenaged murderess?