There is no music in hell, for all good music belongs to heaven. ~Brigham Young
Question #22943 posted on 02/06/2006 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Re: Board Question #22493 about photo prices:

I worked at a Kodak lab for a few summers in a row, and can attest that we do indeed need to change out the paper in the machine for every 8x10 that we make. But we also have to change out the paper to make the 3x5 instead of the 4x6, which you noticed was the same price. Also, in terms of paying for my time, it usually took me one minute to make the change. Let's be generous and assume 2 minutes, since we did have to inspect every print (big or small) for quality. I made less than $8 an hour, so divide that by 60 minutes and it would be 13.3 cents a minute, or almost 27 cents for those two minutes. Are you being charged more than the product actually costs them to make? Very much yes.

In fact, 8x10s are not the biggest rip-off there. My boss estimated that the greeting cards cost us about 15 cents each to make. But we charged about $11 for the first 15 you bought. Took us 5 minutes to set that up, so add in almost 70 cents labor for the whole set . . . yup, that means it cost us $2.95 to make the whole set.

But remember friends- the going price for something is what people are willing to pay. People will pay 2 million dollars for a 2 bedroom apt in London, so that is the going price. Apparently people are willing to pay this much, and they don't get any extra business by making it cheaper, so every 1 hour lab makes a few extra cents this way.

While I am at it- go to Costco. 8x10s are only $1.49.

- A former certified Kodak lab technician (yes, bow to me, everyone!)

Question #22934 posted on 02/06/2006 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

In regards (or is it in regard) to Board Question #22804 I have family who uses this software called Yeah Write http://www.yeahwrite.com/ It's easier to keep track of than with Word.

Oh, and something that has helped me write mine is by putting it obnoxiously near my pillow.

Sorry for being forumy

- Ben Yewseen Paipur Furthuh Pass Tse Venyears (it gets easier -- AND your handwriting gets slightly better)

Question #22877 posted on 02/06/2006 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

In my nightly scripture with my wife, she asked me why there was a space in front of the word "Wherefore" in 2 Nephi 9:51, between the number 51 and the first word of the verse. What does it mean?

A: Dear no one,

The LDS scriptures are printed so that the text is justified to the left and right margin. If you notice, the right edge (and the left edge) of every line of text is lined up.

Now, to accomplish this, words have to be spaced differently on different lines. Here on the Board, for example, text is not right-justified, so the space between each word is the same. However, to right-justify text, the spaces between words must be shortened or lengthened appropriately. If you notice, the line of text you refer to only contains "51 Wherefore, do not spend", and this is fewer words than most lines, requiring more space to be added.

So, that's what the extra space is there for. There are other places in the scriptures where this happens, if you look around.

Quandary
Question #22875 posted on 02/06/2006 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Do fish burp? And if they do, are flying fish more prone to burping?

- wornoutballetshoes

A: Dear old shoes,

I don't know about burping...but from NewScientist.com, I give you an article entitled Fish Farting May Not Just Be Hot Air.

Yeah.

-CGNU Grad
A: Dear wornout,

Actually, all fish with a physostomous air or swim bladder burp. Trout, salmon, catfish, sturgeon, minnows, suckers, and eels all fall in this category of having a swim bladder that is open to the mouth. This allows the fish to quickly change depths, releasing air through their mouths when ascending to avoid a bloated bladder.

Other fish have a physoclistous bladder which does not open to the mouth. This means that they have to absorb and release air through blood vessels. Such fish include perch mosquitofish, sunfish and bass.

Flying fish, as far as I can find, have a physoclisous bladder and therefore don't "burp" like trout and catfish. An air bubble or two that was caught in their mouth during a jump or during feeding may leave their mouth once their back under water, but I wouldn't think that would qualify as a burp, do you?

-Rafe
Question #22872 posted on 02/06/2006 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,
I'm a creative writing student and I'm interested in getting some of my work published. Where on campus can I do this? Are there any deadlines?
- for example

A: Dear for example,
You're in luck! Did you know there is a creative writing journal on campus? It is called inscape, and they are actually accepting submissions up until 7 Feburary 2006 (next Tuesday) for the next edition. So hurry and submit! They are in need of submissions so tell all your friends to submit too. You can submit your work to inscape (at) byu (dot) edu.
-Zantedeschia
Question #22869 posted on 02/06/2006 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I realize that this is probably a nearly impossible question. I've spent MANY MANY hours looking online and in-person and I've yet to find something that is satisfactory.

My friends and I are trying to find an apartment next year. Is there anything that meets the following criteria?

1) Rent less than $260ish including utilities
2) No year-round contract required
3) Includes a dishwasher and internet
4) Only 4 people per apartment
5) Within walking distance of campus
6) Girls don't outnumber boys 2:1
7) Has a decent amount of desk space (everyone has a computer)

-Purple

A: Dear Purple,

Campus Villa on 900 North and Freedom.

-randomly knew
Question #22866 posted on 02/06/2006 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I had a dream last night where I was in a large house that was pretty far from any town or village. It was dark outside, and I went to the front door and it wasn't locked in fact it was not able to shut all the way. I began freaking out, thinking I was in immediate danger. I have had dreams similar to this one before, mostly about the key element of the door that is unlocked or cannot be locked. What do you suppose this means?

- Misty

A: Dear Misty,

In order to avoid countertransference, the proper psychodynamic response to this is, "what do you think it means?"

-Pa Grape
A: Dear Misty:

According to some dream dictionary websites:

Door:

"Doors are passageways and in our dreams that is their symbolism. Going through a door may represent going from one state of consciousness to another, or from one inner plane to another. Locked or closed doors may represent an obstacle or opportunities that are not currently available to you . Many doors may represent your current choices."

"In the dream featuring doors the most important factor is whether they were opening or closing. If you are closing the door, it means that you are shutting something out of your life. If you see one door opening and the other closing, this dream could reflect changes in your waking life like changing jobs. Seeing a door in a poor state may reflect your poor physical condition."

Doorway:

"Doorways stand for opportunities and potential changes. If you dream of somebody knocking on your front door, it may signify a recent opportunity that is being presented to you. Opportunities can be both positive and negative. For example, if a woman dreams of a dark stranger at the door, she might embark on a sudden relationship which won't comfort her."

So. . .good luck with your own thoughts on the intrepretation. Apparently others think long and hard about what dreams mean.

Hooray for sleep.


Mojoschmoe

A: Dear Foggy,

Harry Potter had a dream about a door. Do your dreams involve snakes and a creepy man by the appelation He Who Must Not Be Named?

Nike
Question #22865 posted on 02/06/2006 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,
Ok this is totally hypothetical, please don't worry at all. It just is my random mind wandering but...

Say like your biological Aunt gets divorced from her husband (who by marriage is your Uncle, not blood related of course). Say he (or she for the gentlemen) is now single and shows interest in you.

Also, say like there are no other complications such as your Aunt caring or age or anything. If he was just a random guy off the street you'd be interested.

However, now since he is now your ex-Uncle, would you ever consider dating him? Why or why not?

- The AAC

A: Dear The AAC,

Sure.

-single
A: Dear AAC,

Nope. Too Oedipal-Elektra-something for me.

-A. A. Melyngoch
A: Dear AAC,

Just imagining how awkward the family reunions would be would probably be enough for me to run away screaming into the night at the thought.

Nike
Question #22864 posted on 02/06/2006 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,
What is the main message of the movie "Chocolat"? I have watched it several times (and absolutely adore it), but not sure exactly what it is saying. At first, me thinks that it is telling us that rules don't really matter and we should just live life wildly, but I then I doubt that conclusion. It just confuses me everytime I watch it.
- The Mad Panda

A: Dear The Mad Panda,

You're right in not believing that the message is to ignore rules and live life wildly. When Vianne (Juliette Binoche) and Roux (Johnny Depp) are having an amorous moment while the fire is going on, Vianne clearly feels pangs of guilt when Anouk might be in the fire. Were the message "Whee! Go and meet your gypsy lover without regard for duty!" then Vianne would not have considered ending the relationship after taking the fire as some sort of sign to be more guarded with her feelings.

The main message, I think, is about valuing what truly matters. It just so happens that some rules and social codes are not worth keeping if they are seriously hampering people's potential. Banning chocolate was an unnecessary measure in the town and it stifled people's creativity. It just took an outsider with her own set of codes of how to live and erect emotional walls to keep love out to show them (and herself) that very lesson.

-la bamba
A: Dear The Mad Panda,

The only thing better than chocolate is Johnny Depp...and chocolate!

-purr purr
Question #22863 posted on 02/06/2006 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

One of my companies I worked for last year has yet to send me my W-2 form for 2005, and it's currently February 1. They're required by law to send it to me by January 31, aren't they? If they don't, what can I do?

- pippin galadriel moonchild
(who wants her tax refund now, darn it)

A: Dear Pippin G. Moonchild,

You'll probably get your W-2 before this even posts but I'll answer it anyway.

I've always heard that employers are required to send W-2's by January 31 st, not that you would receive them by January 31st. I checked the IRS' website and it's a little ambiguous about the law. It says:

In general, employers/payers must provide employees with Form W-2 , Wage and Tax Statement; Form 1099-R , Distributions From Pensions, Annuities, Retirements or Profit-Sharing Plans, IRA's, Insurance Contracts; Form 1099-INT, Interest Income, or Form 1099-MISC, Miscellaneous Income, by January 31 of the current year.
So they're supposed to provide it by the 31 st. Whatever that means.

I would wait a little bit longer to make sure it wasn't just mailed on the 31st. If you still haven't received anything in the next week or so, call your employer. It may be that they just have an incorrect address or something and still intend to get it to you in a reasonable amount of time.

If you still have not received your W-2 by early February, you can contact the IRS who will help you get the missing forms. Their number is 1-800-829-1040. You can also c heck out this site provided by the IRS about "What to Do if Not Received .

FYI, it's still your responsibility to file your taxes on time, even if you don't receive your W-2 on time.

Patience, my dear. Patience.

- Lavish
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I just heard about this website, http://www.BetOnIraq.com. Basically, you pay someone to ship you a few million Iraqi Dinar (which are now greatly deflated, to the point where one Dinar is around seven ten-thousandths of a cent). The website states that as Iraq's economy improves, these bills will be worth considerably more.

This all seems like a scam to me. Couldn't the government simply revalue their currency, making old bills worth less than their old value, if not obsolete? Is there any concievable way that you could make the huge amounts of money promised on this site? I can see how it might be profitable to some extent, but six million dollars from a $2,100 investment? (As a side note, two million Dinar currently cost somewhere around $1,361, not $2,100, leaving the company with good seven hundred plus dollars in solid currency.)

- Mania

A: Dear Mania,

Hmm... I would have to agree with you about this being a scam. It seems like one of those things that's "too good to be true". As you mention, 2 million Iraqi dinars is about $1361 today. So this company is making a whopping 54.3% profit on you purchasing dinars. It's even worse if you only want to buy 25,000 dinars for $45. 25,000 dinars is really worth about $17, giving the company a 164.7% profit.

In addition, the company suggests a return on investment of close to 300,000% ($6 million from a $2100 investment). I don't think there are any instances in history where a currency has appreciated in value relative to the US dollar by this much. Simply to recover your investment, your $1361 in Iraqi dinars would have to appreciate in value by 54.3%. Even that might not happen for many years, if ever.

There are legitimate reasons to invest in foreign currency. However, if you are going to do so, I would suggest choosing a more reputable business that will not try to make such a huge profit. Also, only a relatively small return on investment should be reasonably expected, not the wild claims made by such a website. I would certainly avoid doing business with this website.

Quandary
Question #22857 posted on 02/06/2006 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Was Walt Disney a Nazi?

- Chris

A: Dear Chris,

When I first read this question, my initial response was, "No, and you're insane."

I did a bit of research, though, and found out that you aren't the only one who thought Disney might have been a Nazi, though. The Straight Dope has a decent article on the subject. They bring up all of the evidence against Disney and are able to debunk most of it. It doesn't seem like he was; in fact, for the most part, he didn't have particularly strong political views. Any political actions he took were purely for the benefit of his studio.

Before I go ahead and quote the entire article to you, I'd advise you to click on the above link and just read it for yourself.

- Optimistic.
Question #22853 posted on 02/06/2006 3:01 a.m.
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Board Question #22676 reminded me of a question I've been meaning to ask. Obviously if you're from either the tribe of Ephraim or Manasseh you are also from the tribe of Joseph. What if you are from the tribes of both Ephraim and Manasseh? As I understand it, tribe lineage can be literal or adopted, so specifying two tribes seems curious. Could this person be a literal descendant of both tribes? I know you guys couldn't give me a definite answer, but I'm more than willing to hear your general ideas on this. Also, do any of you know anyone who is of this lineage or of multiple tribes?

Thanks a lot,
Joe Ephraim-Manasseh

A: Dear Joe Ephraim-Manasseh,

Yes, it is perfectly legitimate for a patriarch to declare two tribes in a blessing if he feels so inspired. The patriarch I spoke with indicated that he has done so and believes that it is due to actual heritage in both lines.

-Pa Grape
Question #22852 posted on 02/06/2006 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

If you were to stand on the top of V hall in DT and shoot a cable to the top of the Provo temple spire, and then slide down it, could you make it all the way there, or would you get stuck in the middle and have to activiate your jet pack?
-too tired to walk

A: Dear Too Tired,
You'd definitely have to activate your jetpack, particularly if we assume that the situation is somewhat plausible and take into account some stretching of your amazing cable.

- de novo -
Question #22850 posted on 02/06/2006 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Just two questions:

My friend is going to Korea to teach english for a year. Would he get in trouble with customs due to agricultural laws or other laws if he were to bring an abundant supply of peanut butter and honey with him on his voyage?

Also: When "Guitars Unplugged" going to be this year? I didn't see it on the calender...

Yours Truly,
- Biscuits 'n Gravy

A: Dear Yummy, Yummy Breakfast Food,

As long as your friend buys the said Peanut Butter and honey from a store werf should be okay. The nice Korean customs guy said that they are only really concerned about foods that are home made.

Typically we don't like two questions posing as one, but I'll let it slide this time. (By the way did you actually look for the date as I found it in less than ten seconds of googling?) Guitars Unplugged will be March 25, 2006 in the Marriott Center. I sure hope this helps. Please don't hate me.

-- Brutus
Question #22849 posted on 02/06/2006 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I was just reading an article online how the call for the impeachment of President Bush is growing. Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters was found saying the following:

If a president's untruthfulness about sexual relationships is an impeachable offense, then surely spying on American citizens, undermining the Constitution and contravening current standing law are impeachable offenses

As you can see, they are calling for his impeachment because of wire taps on possible terrorist suspects.

What is your opinion? Do you believe President Bush has gone too far by having these wire taps? Do you believe that the Senate Resolution, which gave President Bush to fight terrorism, gives him authority to conduct such wire taps? (See Board Question #22095)

I would be interested to see your opinions.

- First Tenor

A: Dear First Tenor,

The current group calling for Bush's impeachment is missing a huge issue: Clinton broke the law. He committed perjury. He lied to a GRAND JURY... doesn't anyone remember that? THAT felony is what got him impeached. His sex life didn't matter as much as his inability to tell the truth.

But, that all-important fact has not kept people from comparing the two ideas. I really don't think Bush has intentionally tried to decieve the people of the United States. Of course, the President has to withold information from the general public. That is called "clearance." He is allowed to know some things that we are not allowed to know. It's just the way things work.

The recent spy scandal has, once again, grown out of a non-issue. You can tell that is political because nobody in Congress is calling for the program to end or to cut funding for the NSA.

President Bush explained it in his 1/31 State of the Union Address:
It is said that prior to the attacks of September the 11th, our government failed to connect the dots of the conspiracy. We now know that two of the hijackers in the United States placed telephone calls to al Qaeda operatives overseas. But we did not know about their plans until it was too late. So to prevent another attack -- based on authority given to me by the Constitution and by statute -- I have authorized a terrorist surveillance program to aggressively pursue the international communications of suspected al Qaeda operatives and affiliates to and from America. Previous Presidents have used the same constitutional authority I have, and federal courts have approved the use of that authority. Appropriate members of Congress have been kept informed. The terrorist surveillance program has helped prevent terrorist attacks. It remains essential to the security of America. If there are people inside our country who are talking with al Qaeda, we want to know about it, because we will not sit back and wait to be hit again.


Bush is using his constitutional authority as Commander in Chief to protect the country. Now, the government has always had the right to perform secret wire taps of specific individuals. That power was granted under the FISA Act of 1979 and expanded by the USA PATRIOT Act of 2001. Generally federal investigators are allowed to use secret or classified information to obtain search permission from the FISA Court.

The President is claiming that he has used his authority to take surveillance to the next step. He authorized a limited program to intercept international calls by known Al-Qaeda operatives. The program does NOT allow the NSA to monitor domestic calls. They are only allowed to intercept international calls. If they happen to intercept a call between two US Citizens, they are required by law to delete the information (which they do). If he has violated the law, it is up to the Department of Justice and the US Congress to check the President. In this case, both groups have been kept informed.

To answer your last question, I do believe that the Senate Resolution gave him the authority to conduct wire taps. He did not initiate or renew the program without consulting the Attorney General. He also consulted regularly with members of Congress who needed to know. He has never specified which members were informed, but they obviously approved his initiative.

Ok... now that I have that out, has the President committed an impeachable offense? Heavens no! The constitution calls for impeachment only in cases of "treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors." The customary interpretation of that has limited presidential impeachment to very serious crimes. And, so far, nobody has effectively proven that President Bush committed a crime.

I hate to break it to you, but incidental spying on American Citizens is somewhat inevitable. In an information society, much of what you send on the internet can be intercepted. People must be careful about what information they transmit, because there ARE people monitoring our communications... even more than the government. There are rules, however, on how the government can use that information.

There is still a valid argument that we are at war with terrorism. Some rights of some people get suspended in times of war. I am a strong advocate of governmental responsibility. But, I am also willing to trade some convenience for security (I do emphasise some). If some surveillance of international calls is protecting cities from terrorist attacks, I'm willing to accept the argument and trust the government on this one. Why? Because I think the Bush Administration is run by honorable and honest people. Of course, there should be oversight (which there is) and a proper amount of program review (which, according to the President, there is also).

But, I do NOT expect the government to tell me every detail about the fight against terrorism. Any covert actions should be approved by proper authorities and such decisions should be made believing that someday the American People will find out about the action. I don't think President Bush has made a decision that he would someday regret.

And, in the end, I don't see many people in government calling for an end to this program. People are getting on CNN and talking about how horrible this is, but nobody with any authority or responsibility is asking that the program cease. This is a political battle being fought by the media. Bush is right to stand his ground until somebody tells him it is illegal through the proper channels.

Overall, I think Bush is right on this one. I don't think his actions have been illegal. They are certainly not an impeachable offense. So, until that happens, anyone calling for impeachment is thinking more about the 2006 Midterm Elections than they are about justice.

That is all.

Horatio
Question #22848 posted on 02/06/2006 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

What happened to Last Lady Line?

-A fan

A: Dear Fan,

Whomever you are, first, thank you for being a fan. Oblivious and ignorant of having any, honestly. Otherwise, Lady Last Line has been very busy with:
five upper-division classes,
including three 400-level history courses,
with all her classes requiring 10-15 page papers besides normal classwork.
Oh yeah...also there are:
callings,
roommates,
friends,
occasional dates (hopefully they are friends, but you never know sometimes; recently got slightly heart-broken, but will survive),
working on scholarship applications,
trying to get internships,
researching digital cameras for class homework assignments,
talking to professors,
my Grandma will need a catheter for a heart condition,
talking to my Dad,
t.t. my sister,
my friend got married in the East coast two or three weeks ago,
car things,
groceries,
cooking,
cleaning,
officer in another club (not being disloyal, I just have varied interests),
going to the temple on the anniversary of my mother's death...
There are other reasons as well, but it all boils down to, "I was living, and didn't know anyone missed me." That is not to say that I am ungrateful for your support. Far from it, I literally had no idea that anyone cared whether I did any more than the weekly quota.

I will do better about trying to make sure that you get your happy dosage of whatever it is that you like about how I write, and thank you again for reading the Board and actually noticing my non-daily answers as of late.

It's nice to hear that I have a fan, and will do better next time.

Apologetic though sheepish--extremely flattered and pleased that someone cares,:)
LLL
Question #22847 posted on 02/06/2006 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Where is a good, quiet place to study? I'm looking for a place where I can type notes on my laptop, and I don't need to look at any books except my textbook. I'm trying to remember if there are any good places around the Orem library, but it seems like there would be no place for me to plug in, set my laptop and type without distracting people.

- Not a BYU or UVSC student (Still in high school)

A: Dear NaBYUoUVSCs(sihs),

The Provo Libray, if memory serves, has a number of tables with laptop hook-ups on the second floor, and is usually dead silent.

You also can go use the BYU library whether you're a student there or not, or any of a multitude of other buildings with study tables and lapt-cop connection parahernaila. There's a good area right inside the Clyde Building, and several in the Tanner and Talmage.

-A. A. Melyngoch
Question #22846 posted on 02/06/2006 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

My brother's on a mission, and he wants me to write one of the elders he trained. Problem is, I don't really know what to write to him about, plus, I don't want to say anything that might distract him from the work. Do you have any suggestions?

- Bishoujo

A: Dear 美少女,

While you didn't say so in your question, the fact that you signed it "Bishoujo" suggests that you are (or at least view yourself as) an attractive young woman. I'll assume that you are and reply accordingly.

I can't quite figure out why your brother wants you to write to an elder he trained. Missionaries are strange creatures. More often than not, they'll have ideas that will make perfect sense to them, but none to anyone else. I know I was like that when I served as a missionary. If he just wants you to write his trainee to encourage him, you're at a decided disadvantage. You don't know him at all other than the fact that your brother was his first companion, and chances are excellent you don't even really know what part of the mission he's in. I'd imagine your letter would go something like this:

Dear Elder Whomever You Are,

Hi! How are you? My brother was your trainer, and he asked if I would write you a letter, so I did. How are things in the mission? I bet they're awesome. Being a missionary would be so cool. Maybe I'll do that someday.

Anyway, just wanted to say hi. Hope things are cool and stuff.

- Bishoujo


Boy, that sort of letter is every missionary's dream. If you're going to write something to him, you'll want it to be something of substance, and that's something that's going to be tremendously difficult to give to him unless you know something about him. This is where your brother comes in. Write him a letter first and ask him something about this guy. Learn where he's from, where he's at right now, and things of that nature. Once you have some background into his life, you can write something that will be worth reading. This would also be an excellent time to ask your brother what exactly he'd like you to write to his trainee.

I still think this is all a little weird, but, then again, I did things like this when I was a missionary. I stand by my assertion that they're strange creatures.

- Optimistic.
A: Dear Bishoujo,

Here's a really quick (and true) story from my mission. The main people in this story are Elder A, Elder B, Elder A's mom, and Random Girl from Southern Virginia University (RGFSVU). Elder B and Elder A are serving together and Elder B complained that since he was an older missionary people stopped writing him. begin random raving (By the way let me just break up my own story to bring you an important announcement. If you agree to write a missionary - write them. Missionaries love letters. By the end of my mission everyone had stopped writing me (including my mom). So take ten minutes out of your day and write a missionary.) end of random raving . Elder A (who is a brand spankin' new missionary and still gets lots of mail) tells his mom about Elder B and his lack of mail and asks her to get some of his friends to write Elder B a few letters. A couple of days pass. RGFSVU calls Elder A's house to see if Elder A is interested in studying at Southern Virginia University, but she only gets a hold of Elder A's mom (since Elder A is on a mission). Elder A's mom tells RGFSVU that her son is on a mission, but asks RGFSVU to write a letter to Elder B. RGFSVU writes to Elder B and when Elder B comes home they get married and live happily ever after. Cool, eh?

At any rate to answer your question I'd just write your brother's golden and introduce yourself. Perhaps you could tell about your recently spiritual experiences or what you learned in church. When I was a missionary ANY mail was great. No matter what you write missionaries are excited to get mail (especially from young ladies). I sure hope this helps. Please don't hate me.

-- Brutus
Question #22844 posted on 02/06/2006 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

How would you personally go about taking over the world?

- Mania

A: Dear insanity, fixation (synonyms compliments of m-w.com),

I think I would start by planting little chips in every cell phone that send quiet, subliminal messages touting whatever philosophy I wanted the world to follow. Soon it'd be like the Pied Piper all over again...except no little furry mammals. And I'd have a lot of cell phones on my hands.

Either that, or I'd hoard the world's supply of chocolate and threaten to destroy it if people don't comply. I'd have crazy women clamoring to be on my side, and since that's half the population, I'd be off to a good start.

Okay, I've definitely been at work too long.

Nike
A: Dear Mania,

One step ahead of you there. And that's all I'm going to say about that.

- Optimistic.
A: Dear Mania:

Taking over the world? I would personally just start being Horatio's personal assistant. He's going to get up there someday, and at least I'd know I'd be on his good side.


Mojoschmoe
A: Dear Mania,

I would start a free question-answering service, gain a reputation as a demi-omniscient researcher and use my cult following to gain power in key areas of politics and business . . . hmm . . .

- Katya (must--use--powers--for--good . . . not--evil!)
Question #22843 posted on 02/06/2006 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

How many times does the phrase, "So it goes" appear in the book "Slaughterhouse-Five"?

- Mania

A: Dear Mania,

I actually had a nightmare last night that someone had firebombed my car and was trying to firebomb me. No more reading Slaughterhouse-Five before bed.

Anyway, I got a copy of the book and went through it and counted the phrase "so it goes" 88 times. I may have missed a few instances but I don't think I overcounted, so I'd say that it appears about 90 times in the book.

- Katya
Question #22842 posted on 02/06/2006 3:01 a.m.
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Dear Amazing 100 Hour Board,

At the J. Paul Getty Museum they have two pieces of art (carved reliefs) by Aubert-Henri-Joseph Parent.

I have seen them in person and they are beyond belief. Not only are they filled with symbolism of the time, but also they are beautifully crafted. The computer screen cannot do them justice....They are intricately carved from a solid piece of wood!

http://www.getty.edu/art/gettyguide/artMakerDetails?maker=792

Here is my question: They are said to be carved out of "limewood" but I can't figure out what that is. Certainly not the wood from the lime tree as we know it -- wrong size if nothing else! Was there another type of wood known as limewood then (late 1700's) and as something else now?

- Daughter of a horticulturist, who is amazed that she and her father are both stumped by this one!

A: Dear Stumped,

No, indeed, it's not wood from a lime tree. The tree which limewood comes from has many names, actually. In the U.S. it's called linden and basswood. In Britain, it's called lime (thus the term limewood). Both linden and lime are derived from the Germanic root "lind." Linden became more common in the U.S. to avoid confusion with the citrus lime. But in 1700 France, I don't think they had too many citrus lime trees growing around, since they aren't very hardy trees. They are native to Southeast Asia and India. Limewood was used a lot by Renaissance wood carvers because it is very soft, light, and easy to work in intricate detail. The wood is also used in making Venetian blinds and electric guitar bodies. In the U.S., linden trees are found in the Northern states. Because it is a large, rapid-growing tree that provides a lot of shade, they are often used in parks of urban areas.

-Wilhelmina Wafflewitz
[source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basswood]
Question #22841 posted on 02/06/2006 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Shortly before I graduated from BYU in April of 2005, I remember walking through the wonderful BYU bookstore and seeing a BYU version of the "All Your Base Are Belong To Us" video playing on the TV screens (featuring prominent BYU landmarks enscribed with the now infamous phrase). I was wondering, where can I get a copy of that video? Being both a BYU alumni AND a fan of "All Your Base," this would seriously make my day. I would even be willing to pay for it! Additionally, it would be really cool to know who came up and executed such a brilliant idea to BYU-ize it.

-Titan V8

A: Dear Titan V8,
Rowdy Symons, the Bookstore Creative Service Manager, is in charge of those videos. His office is down in the Northeast corner of the lower level of the Bookstore (Room 9933), and he has a small staff that run the videos you see in the bookstore. They make a new series every week, so they have a lot of videos. I'm not sure if they would have that particular video still, but if it ran for a while and it was popular there is a good chance they still do. If not, they can certainly direct you to who made the video. His number is 422-8399.

- de novo -
Question #22840 posted on 02/06/2006 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Recently I began borrowing books on CD from the local library. I copy them onto my iPod and then listen to them while I run on the treadmill. When I am finished, I remove them from my iPod (and my computer's hard drive), although sometimes I don't finish the book until after I've returned the original CDs to the library. I feel okay about all of this, so my question is a matter of curiosity rather than personal ethics. Can this practice be construed in any way as illegal?

- Lina H.

A: Dear Lina,

if you're talking to a good lawyer, anything can be construed as illegal depending upon the slant. I am not a lawyer, and I figure that personal use only copies are not illegal, just so long as you don't sell them to others.

Not promoting illegality at all,
The Great and Powerful Oz, poking her head out from behind the curtain
Question #22838 posted on 02/06/2006 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,
What are your favorite women's jeans?

Jeanne

A: Dear Jeanne Jeans,

I like Hydraulic and Silver jeans. Hydraulic would be the most favorite, though. ("Grape...it's a little more favorite.")

Nike
A: Dear Jeanne,

My favorite jeans are the ones my mom finds at garage sales. She has a knack of finding jeans that fit me just right. But my favorite jeans that I buy at a store are Old Navy jeans.

-Wilhelmina Wafflewitz
A: Dear Jeanne,

My favorite women's jeans are those that LOOK GOOD.

Too many times I have seen women in popular designer brands that are unflattering at best and hurtful to the eye at worst. I have found happiness in jeans that were $10 (sales rack! at Ross!).

So, for your question, I'm going to cop out and say that it depends on the person.

-la bamba
A: Dear Jeanne,

Anchor Blue -- and yes, particularly the clearance racks at Anchor Blue -- has -- and have, for the hyphenated parenthetical -- served me well on a number of occasions.

I'd like DI and Savers to be my primary jean resource, but I always run out of patience crawling through the piles and stacks and racks and millions of tapered black abominations from 1987. I almost inevitably give up and go buy real jeans. (As opposed to fake jeans.)

-A. A. Melyngoch
A: Dear Jeanne,

My wife's.

-Rafe
A: Dear Jeanne,

My favorite jeans over the past few years have been from American Eagle, Abercrombie and Fitch, Gap, and BCBG Max Azria. (Rest assured that I bought all the aforementioned pants at thrift and discount stores.) I used to like jeans from Old Navy as well, but they're such poor quality that I've stopped throwing away my money on them. Mostly, though, I'm with la bamba on this, and I'll buy any pair of jeans as long as they're a) cheap and b) relatively flattering.

-Petra
Question #22837 posted on 02/06/2006 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,
Is there anyway I can make a tie quilt without quilt frames? Quilt frames are one of those things that I didn't exactly remember to bring to college. . .

Lissy

A: Dear Lissy,

Yes there is. And I know, that's not something most student have.

Wait, did you want to know how too? Oh. Well in that case, I'm your girl. It was just a few months ago that I called home practically in tears because I was so frustrated with the same situation.

There are two ways that I've found work depending on the size of the quilt. I tend to be the kind that likes to make a quilt as big as I possibly can since I'm going to the trouble of making one at all, even though my mom always warns me that the bigger it is, the harder it is to make. Since you're tying it, I going to assume that it's at least crib size.

Now, for the two ways I've found work you're going to want to first lay the backing, batting, and front all together. When they're together, tape the top end (masking tape usually works fine) to the top of a table (do it across the long way and down the short way so you have more room to spread out). Also tape the sides as far down the quilt as you can. Make sure that as you're taping the quilt you're smoothing it out so that it's as flat as you can make it. Once it's smoothed out, pin all the layers together at each place you want to tie. If it's a bigger quilt, you may want to pin it more often. Any quilt/fabric store sells bent safety pins. Those work best. After you pin as much as fit on your table, untape it and move the remaining, unpinned portion of the quilt up. Retape it and get back to pinning.

Depending on the size of your quilt, you may hate it and wish to burn it once you're done pinning. Instead, once it's pinned and as smooth as you can make it, go ahead and tie it. Since it's pinned, you should be able to tie it without the layers getting messed up.

If the quilt is too big, I've found the best way to tie it is by using an embroidery hoop to pull it as tight as possible. I still tried to pin it as best as I could first and then just started in the middle and worked my way out straightening and pinning. I actually had a friend help pull it as tight as possible with me since it's a lot easier with more hands. Again, this may take some time but you've already gotten this far. Keep going!

After it's tied, you'll want to do the binding. You probably know that already so I'll skip the details. That's the part I hate the most.

Ok, while I know exactly what I'm trying to say, this may not have made the most sense ever. If it doesn't or if you have any other questions, feel free to email me at lavishable at gmail dot com.

There are also a few websites that suggest alternate methods. Try The Craft Studio and Better Homes and Gardens .

Good luck!

- Lavish
Question #22836 posted on 02/06/2006 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

When i was younger, i read a lot of a series of books called the "Ani-morph" books. It was about these kids who got the power to turn into any animal they touched from some alien, and they faought the bad alies and tried to save the universe. well, i grew out of the books, and stopped reading, while the series continued on without me. However i was wondering what all happend, is there a site that has an overview of book series, such as this one?

-big dork

A: Dear Diligent Reader,

Now, isn't it nice to hear that one of you kids is reading instead of spending all your time in front of the TV or playing those silly video games?

I had to ask one of my kids to show me around the computer, but I was able to find this site: http://www.scholastic.com/animorphs/index.htm#. If you click on "Books," you can download a database with "book info, characters, morphs and amazing never-before seen facts."

I hope this helps. Keep reading and don't forget to eat your broccoli.

-Your Mom
Question #22835 posted on 02/06/2006 3:01 a.m.
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Dear The Force,

This is in regards to the question about Cain. . .
http://theboard.byu.edu/index.php?area=viewall&id=22573
While Genesis does not mention any other children before Cain, the Book of Moses in the Pearl of Great Price strongly suggests that other children were born before Cain. Moses 5:2-3 mentions Eve bearing "sons and daughters" who paired off. Moses 5:5-6 describes the sacrifices Adam gave and that the angel of the Lord came "after many days". Adam and Eve then taught their children, and Satan came among them to tempt them. Only after we get to verse 16 does it mention that Cain was born.

In verse 17 we hear about Abel being born. In verse 28 it says "Cain took one of his brothers' daughters to wife". This also implies he had older siblings.

I'm not sure that the "oldest son gets the birthright" rule applies here either. Seth is born after Abel is dead (Moses 6:2) and I think it is reasonable to assume Eve had other children in between Abel and Seth, (not forgetting the children born before Cain was born).

Joseph Smith said that Abel "magnified the Priesthood which was conferred upon him, and died a righteous man, and therefore has become an angel of God by receiving his body from the dead, holding still the keys of his dispensation"

(Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, 169).

First born children have importance up until the point that they don't. Why was the genealogical line traced back through Seth? probably two reasons
1) DC 107:42-43 He was a great prophet
2) He was the direct ancestor of Enoch and Noah and they were important.

Many important figures in the scriptures were not the first child. Moses, Isaac, Joseph, Nephi, and David were not first born children.

- Patata Brava

A: Dear Patata Brava,

Why not Seth? Whether or not there were other children before Seth was born, he was a really good guy. I mean, consider 1 Sam. 16:7, "But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart." Honestly, that is the best reason I can think of for Seth.
His heart was right; not saying that the other's hearts weren't, but Seth had something or else he needed to be the one to continue with the teaching and instruction.
Other examples: Joseph- not the oldest in his family, and not the youngest, either, but the one that the Lord wanted to lead. Not saying that Judah was horrible, that Zebulon was cursed or anything like that at all. The Lord chose Him. He also probably chose to follow the Lord, but Jonah was chosen and look what happened to him at first.

Hope this makes sense, and not preaching false doctrine,
The Force
Question #22834 posted on 02/06/2006 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I've heard that righteous parents will be allowed to raise their children who died at a young age during the Millenium. Is this true? If so, who said so?

- Christine Daae

A: Dear Christine,

It's always a little scary when I answer a gospel doctrine question, but I'm giving this a shot.

From Chapter 14 of LeGrand Richards' A Marvelous Work and a Wonder
The Lord has also revealed, through the Prophet Joseph Smith, that in the resurrection we will receive our children who have died in infancy and will have the privilege of rearing them to manhood and womanhood:
And the earth shall be given unto them for an inheritance; and they shall multiply and wax strong, and their children shall grow up without sin unto salvation.

For the Lord shall be in their midst, and his glory shall be upon them, and he will be their king and their lawgiver. (D&C 45:58-59.)
(Marvelous Work and a Wonder, p. 196)

D&C 63:51 also seems to apply:
51. Wherefore, children shall grow up until they become old; old men shall die; but they shall not sleep in the dust, but they shall be changed in the twinkling of an eye.

- Katya
Question #22826 posted on 02/06/2006 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I am coming upon my 2 year anniversary with my husband (whom i love dearly!) but lately we've been having trouble finding new places to go on our weekly date. Do you have any suggestions for the Utah county area? (We don't like to spend more than $30)

Thanks!

- Serendipity

A: Dear Serendipity,

First off, let me direct you to the archives. You're not the first person to ask a question like this. There is a whole Relationships: Dating Ideas Category. Board Question #21460 has links to some of these questions. There are lots of good ideas in there. I'll list off just a few ideas, some found in the archives and others that I thought of or found elsewhere:

Smart Cookie - their ice cream cookie sandwiches are great!
The Quarry - rock climbing (a little more costly but still around $30)
CLAS ropes course
Tandem Bike rental - from BYU Outdoors Unlimited
Activities on campus - concerts, performances, dances, lectures, there's always lots going on, and a great variety
Museums - I really like museums. I really think they are underused in the dating scene. There's a lot more museums around than you'd think. Besides the Bean, MOA, and Springville Art Museum, there's the Orem Heritage Museum, which has one of the nation's largest arrowhead collections! Then there's the Crandall Historic Printing Museum on Center Street, where you can see a re-creation of Benjamin Franklin's printing house.
Libraries - I like libraries even more. They are even more underused.

It's hard to suggest new places for you to go since I don't know where you've been. I recommend searching Utah Valley.org or http://crashutah.com for more ideas. One thing I found on the Utah Valley site was to take a tour of historic Provo buildings. I don't know if that sounds like the sort of thing you and your husband would be interested in doing, but that sounds interesting and original to me. Also, if you're looking for a new place to go out to eat, these websites have good lists of restaurants in the area.

-Wilhelmina Wafflewitz
Question #22825 posted on 02/06/2006 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I've noticed a few housing-related questions lately, so I thought I'd throw mine in the mix also. I'm a freshman, living in the dorms, and I've recently begun to realize the impending need to consider off-campus housing for next fall. My friends seem set on Liberty Square, but I've heard mixed opinions. I read the archives- (question: what does "social" mean exactly?) but I didn't get too much out of them. So, my main question would be how any of the writers' experiences (if there are any) with living there (L.S.) were. (Quality?; Private Rooms available?; Mostly Sophomores? etc.)
Thanks in advance,

-Cannon Center Connoisseur

A: Dear C-Cubed,

I lived at the L-Square for a year and here's my take on it: don't love it, but I found a pretty awesome spouse there so I can't complain. Seriously, though, the rent that you are paying is a little bit higher than the Glenwood or the Riviera, but you are a bit closer to campus. I had a good experience, but that was mainly because I was with 5 good friends. I'm not saying it's really bad, but it does have a high sophomore rate because most people only like living there for a year, and then they want to get out.

I think there are a few private rooms, but you'd have to call the office to check on availability. The majority of the apartments are 4 or 6 people. The quality is ok, but it's nothing to write home about. They're pretty good about fixing things if you get on their case a lot. The management staff is great, and they'll help you out as much as they can. Parking is horrible: small spaces and crowded underground parking (but on the flipside, who HAS good parking in Provo!?).

Social: the act of being part of society. Seriously, I think "social" applies to the L-Square because it's got a lot of "Fresh from the Dorm/Mission" people there. Everyone is still wanting to have a good time. I just felt like there was a good sense of community that comes from living within a five minute walking distance from everyone in your ward. Obviously, this will happen in all of those Glenwood, Riviera, LS complexes. But it was nice to have a bunch of people so close (well, except for the deadbeats below us who smoked certain non-legal substances and pumped the same stupid "Sublime" CD day after day after day).

Other things: they have dances once in a while, you can get $5 off your rent if you go to the office and write a "kindness credit" note, they charge you for the electricity for your building (divided by tenants), they have a pool and hot tub, they have Nazis who do their end of year cleaning checks, and you can have stadium seating as long as you cover up the cinder blocks with something.

I would suggest living there, just because it's like one of those "best of the worst" type scenarios. If you don't mind a bit less sociability and a bit higher age skewing, my sister lives in Heather Cove, which are nicer, have a washer and dryer, real cable (not Provo wannabe Cable) and are cheaper than LS. It's all women only, but there are a lot of houses around with guys and such.

- Xanadu
A: Dear C^3,

I spent the end of last semster praising the gods that I was moving out of Liberty Square. My ward wasn't social at all (since we mostly had apartments around L-Square in our ward besides my building). The apartments are nice enough, but when something breaks, it never gets fixed. There are also cleaning checks every month which are impossible to pass. Other than that it was fine, but let me tell you it was a joyous day when I realized that I wouldn't have to live there anymore.

-- Brutus
Question #22799 posted on 02/06/2006 3:01 a.m.
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Concerning Board Question #22573:

Quoting from the Bible Dictionary, "Latter-day revelation tells us that Adam and Eve had many sons and daughters before Cain was born (Moses 5:1-3, 16-18)."

-Arcaiden

A: Dear Patata Brava,

Thanks for clarification. Always useful to hear other points of view.

The Force
Question #22693 posted on 02/06/2006 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

What's the difference between arrowroot, cornflower, and cornstarch?

- Marilla

A: Dear Marilla:

Well, wow, you've been asking a ton of food questions lately. All I can say is we're going to be best buds if you keep it up. Not that I mind. I love having Board Buddies! Especially ones that read cookbooks on a regular basis.

Arrowroot, cornflour and cornstarch are all powdery substances that can be used as thickening agents in food. Here's the definitions:

Arrowroot: A starch obtained from the rhizomes of a tropical American perennial herb. It is used especially in cooking as a thickener. This produces a more clear product than cornstarch.

Cornstarch: Starch prepared from corn grains, used industrially and as a thickener in cooking.

Cornflour: starch prepared from the grains of corn; used in cooking as a thickener (syn: cornstarch)

Well, there you go. I love cooking, and you must too!

Hooray for playing Iron Chef!


Mojoschmoe