There is no music in hell, for all good music belongs to heaven. ~Brigham Young
Question #23412 posted on 02/28/2006 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear Peach,

Try Macon Georgia. It's a great place and near peach county where you get the best peaches in the world. Or a little farther from the coast (as in opposite side) is Columbus (where I'm from) but there's the river and some lakes which are pretty nice. I like Columbus pretty well.
- mmm georgia peaches

Question #23410 posted on 02/28/2006 3:01 a.m.
Q:

In regards to Board Question #23190,

I was in the exact same situation. For my entire life I've been the youngest in school, sports, activities, etc., and it's true that there is very little difference in maturity and knowledge between an 18- and a 19-year old.

However, check out Elder Oaks's article called "Timing" (Oct. 2003 Ensign), which was also given as a devotional address on Jan. 29, 2002. Basically, he says that if we do things in the Lord's time, then we'll be much happier and much more productive.

Such was my mission. If I had gone out a year earlier, then I am POSITIVE that I would have been a frustrated, less useful servant of the Lord because it was not when I was supposed to go out, even though I was just as spiritually and temporally ready. The Lord knows when you turn 19 and he knows where and WHEN any particular missionary needs to go out.

Besides, a missionary with two years of college under his belt already has the advantage of more knowledge, better study skills, more experience living away from home (and with other people), and more in-depth preparation than the typical missionary.

- Questioning

Question #23395 posted on 02/28/2006 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

With regard to Board Question #23278, another great resource to look for good places to live is http://www.findyourspot.com. I love that site.

-i prefer virginia

Question #23394 posted on 02/28/2006 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Response to Board Question #23307

I went to France last November and I got a stamp in my passport.

Note: In the European Union, most countries don't stamp passports between countries, so if you are looking for a lot of stamps, you won't get them by country hopping in Europe. (What I mean is, if you go to England, France, Germany, Spain and Italy in the same trip, only the first country you enter will stamp your passport - the rest most likely won't.)

- loves to travel

Question #23335 posted on 02/28/2006 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

In browsing online, I found a site http://www.mormonism.com, that is put up by a guy who claims to have the third largest rare Mormon book collection in the world. Is this true?

Just Curious

A: Dear Just Curious-

I see no reason to doubt his claim.

-The Franchise
Question #23333 posted on 02/28/2006 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Who are the "lone editors" on the Board anyway? Is this term synonymous with the individual writer who answers a submitted question? Or is the lone editor one who writes the answers to questions at all?

- Summer is my favorite season

A: Dear Summer,

The "lone editors" are Board writers with extra powers and responsibilities. They are recruited from writers as the need arises. There have been as many as four editors at one time, and as few as one. Currently, we have two.

Their extra powers include editing others' responses (hence the title), the ability to assign and unassign questions, the ability to see the username of anyone who asks or answers a question, and the ability to change the quotes on the title bar.

Their extra responsibilities include assigning "red" questions, bugging people to answer their red questions, demoting them if they don't, hiring new writers, approving all questions for posting, informing readers if their questions will not be posted (and why) and mediating disputes between Board writers.

In theory, they are exempt from answering Board questions (or answering as many questions as mere writers are supposed to). In practice, they answer as many or more than the rest of us, simply because it has to be done. From your perspective, they have regular aliases, Board stats, etc., and look like any other writer.

I don't know that they wish to unmask themselves, so I will leave them anonymous.

- Katya
Question #23332 posted on 02/28/2006 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

My roommate has this great quote from James Talmage--"The path of least resistance is what makes a crooked man." The only problem is that we aren't quite sure where/in what context this was said. We think it might be in his book, "Jesus The Christ", but it may not be. Any ideas on where to find the birthplace of this quote?

A: My Dearest Person Who Doesn't Sign Their Name,

Well, my roommate has this great quote -- "It is following the lines of least resistance that makes rivers and men crooked." He told me that Spencer W. Kimball said it in The Miracle of Forgiveness on page 160. I believe that this quote is hard to pin down to one person, some give credit to the genius known as "Unknown," others giving credit to Thoreau, and others say it was Napoleon Hill. Because there are slight variations, such as the popular "The path of least resistance makes all rivers, and some men, crooked" it is very hard to say by whom it was first uttered. Let us chalk this up to an anonymous proverb-type thingy.

-The Right Reverend Rusky Roo
Question #23331 posted on 02/28/2006 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

In your opinion, are honor societies like Phi Eta Sigma and The National Society of Collegiate Scholars worth the lifetime membership fee, or are they a scam to get money from ignorant students with good grades? Does anyone really put them on his resume?

- Rwelean

A: Dear Rwelean,

It really does depend on the particular association and who sees the resume. If you are a member of, say, a group that anyone with a GPA above 3.0 can join then it's not going to be particularly impressive is it? But if you're a member of a specific honor society that truly is an honor society and not a glorified club for a specific subject/field of study and you are applying for an academic program in that sunject/field of study then it might help you. I personally believe that there are SO many honor societies out there that few truly stand out, Phi Beta Kappa being the most prestigious across the board. Then again, when my brother was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, my parents called to tell me he had joined a fraternity. So you can't impress everyone all the time, I guess. BYU doesn't have a PBK chapter so I would say that most are probably at best a networking source and at worst, like you say, a scam.

-academic
A: Dear Rwelean-

With something like that, think "will this help me advance my career?" Generally, the answer is no. However, if it is a specialized society within your discipline or relating to an area of interest, it may have worth. There is no group like that I would really want to put on a resume, either.

-The Franchise
Question #23329 posted on 02/28/2006 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Is there anywhere in Provo to recycle these plastic bottles that come out of many of the machines here on campus? If not where is the closest place? People could make a lot of money on those...

- Got about 60

A: Dear proud owner of many plastic bottles,

Today is your lucky day - I happen to know of several instances in the archives that deal precisely with your subject. You're even luckier because I could get to this question before Katya, my rival archivist, could. Please feel free to peruse the following:

Board Question #778
Board Question #4780
Board Question #11338
Board Question #13270
Board Question #13412
Board Question #13522

Moral of the story: search the archives. I typed in the words "recycle plastic" and got all six of those, not to mention several other questions related to yours. We're over 23,000 archived responses at this point; chances are something related to your question is in there somewhere.

- Pietrisycamollaviadelrechiotemexity
Question #23328 posted on 02/28/2006 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

My favorite tv show is JAG. However, it ended last spring and now the only time I can watch it is if I am ever home in the early afternoon. Will they ever put it out on DVD so people like me can watch it?

- Colonel Mackenzie

A: Dear Colonel Mackenzie,

As of right now, all that I can find are a bunch of people in your same position and a few online petitions trying to get it there. Sometimes there are contractual hang-ups that occur because back when JAG started (about 1995) no one really realized that practically every TV show would be on DVD just 10 years later. You can see how times have changed with most current-day series coming out on DVD just after the current season ends. But as for actual news or predictions, there would no real way to let you know. Sorry.

- Xanadu
Question #23327 posted on 02/28/2006 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,
Alright before I ask this question I want everyone to know that I'm not really a heretic and wouldn't really consider doing this but I have been wondering about it recently. I'm and Anthroplogy major and as part of the cirrculum I have to do a research field study. Generally this would involve, interviewing people, recording responses, and deducing theories about how people live etc. Now, recently I have been thinking seriously about going on a mission. I was wondering if anyone has every used their experience in the mission field as a field study. Perhaps using P days to interview people and making it a study of the area's religious beliefs maybe even perhaps how the LDS doctrine changes certain cultural outlooks and pratices etc. Now I know that a mission is the time you fully didicate your time to the Lord but would doing something like that on a mission really be wrong?
-Anthopologist Anonymous

A: Dear <I>anthropologue anonyme,</I>

I think it's an issue of "no man can serve two masters." While you're on a mission, your time and energy are the Lord's, even on P-days, and I think that trying to do such research on the side would be distracting and detrimental to your work as a missionary.

This is not to say that you won't notice things as an anthropology major that other missionaries wouldn't. I've got a degree in linguistics, so I notice how people talk, because I think it's interesting. Were I to serve a mission, I would definitely notice things like regionalisms, dialectical variation, accents, L1 interference with L2 acquisition, etc., because I notice those things anyway. But I don't think it would be appropriate for me to use tracting and transfers to plot isogloss boundaries, if that distinction makes sense.

I've known many people whose missionary experience helped them in later academic work, whether in linguistics, anthropology, business, comparative literature, political science, or as a Fulbright scholar, but I still think the point of a mission is to focus on the mission itself. And I think you'll be blessed for it.

- Katya
Question #23325 posted on 02/28/2006 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Please! Can someone help me!

I continue to get junk mail that IS addressed to me (my first and last name), but they have my middle initial incorrect, hence, that's how I know it's junk (and it's from Blue Cross Health Insurance and they won't give me individual health insurance. I've already tried).

So, my question is, does anyone know of ANYTHING I can do to make this stop?

Can I put on the front of the envelope--RETURN TO SENDER-NO SUCH PERSON (?)

And, it's just a flyer (as this is my 3rd I've received) inside the envelope, so it's not like I can contact anyone there.

Thank you oh so much!

I HATE Junk mail! (Aka Claire16)

A: Dear Claire,

You just answered your own question. I've heard that writing "return to sender" helps with cutting down the volume of junk mail you receive. If you want to get really effective, however, call whatever number they list and complain to them and do whatever you want until they promise to take you off their list. If that doesn't work, call them and tell them that you are talking to your lawyer about harassment charges.

See how long it would take them to take you off their mailing list, then!

Maybe devious, but if you mean literally- business, maybe not the worst option.

The Last Line
PS. Do not follow through with the lawyer unless you have to. Scare tactic only, and only for use in extreme frustration, as well as probably not a good or even the best suggestion, but fun to think about and thus included here.
Question #23323 posted on 02/28/2006 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

When did women's college basketball start?

fruitsalad

A: Dear Fruitsalad,

Here's your info from a timeline at http://womensbasketballonline.com/history/timeline1800s.html:
Women's college basketball started in 1892:
Peach baskets and a soccer ball are used.

Senda Berenson, a physical education instructor at Smith College, Northampton, MA, adapts the rules for women and introduces the game to her students. Court was divided into three areas, with six players per team. Two players assigned to each area (guard, center, forward) and they could not cross the line into other areas. A ball was advanced from section to section by passing or dribbling. Players limited to only three dribbles and could hold the ball for only three seconds. No snatching or batting the ball away from a player. Center jump after each score. Peach baskets and the soccer ball are used. Berenson's rules, often modified, spread rapidly across the country via YMCAs and colleges, but many women also used men's rules.

First inter-institutional (extramural) contest between the University of California, Berkeley and Miss Head's School (girl's prep) in Berkeley, CA.

1893:
March 23: First women's basketball game held at Smith College. All doors locked, no men allowed, sophomores against freshmen.

It obviously goes on from there, but that's the starting of it and the first game. Seeing that basketball was invented in December of 1891 by Dr. James Naismith, women didn't waste a lot of time starting to play.

- Xanadu

Question #23321 posted on 02/28/2006 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Does the Milan-Malpensa Airport in Italy have any type of storage facility where werf-in-Italy can leave some bags while touring for a few days? If so, how expensive is it? If not, are there train stations where it can be done? (I have scoured the websites to no avail, but perhaps you've got the personal touch that will make all the difference...)

- Soon to travel

A: Dear Traveling Soon,

Yes, you can leave your bags at the airport. From what I understood with my broken Italian and the "baggage storage guy's" broken English is that their shop/office is in Terminal 1 somewhere (in a building that sounded something like "Traival Building" - I'm not joking when I say that this part of our conversation was the part where I'm pretty sure that the baggage guy was the most frustrated with me as we tried to understand what the other person was trying to say). However, to be slightly more helpful it will cost you 3 Euro and 50 eurocents per day to leave your luggage there. If you have more questions you can call them at 011-39-02-58-58-02-98 and they should be able to give you more information. I sure hope this helps. Please don't hate me.

-- Brutus
Question #23320 posted on 02/28/2006 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Why do people's voice generally get deeper when they have a cold?

- Sniffles

A: Dear Sniffles,

See Board Question #13067.

- Katya
Question #23317 posted on 02/28/2006 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

When a missionary is "released" by the Stake President, what does that entail? Does family or parents come along, or is it private? How long does it take and how is it done?

- Missionary Mom For Four More Weeks
(aka M.M.F.F.M.W.)

A: Dear Mom,

The returning missionary has a meeting and interview with the Stake President, usually alone. The Stake President may invite you in, but the interview is mostly directed at the missionary. At the end of the interview, he tells the missionary to take off his nametag an officially releases him from his calling as missionary.

Often the Mission President will have signed a certificate of release and sent it to the Stake President. The Stake President gives that certificate to the missionary and sends everybody on their way.

So, you don't have to go along. It is mostly an interview with a formal release. Of course, the missionary should be living missionary rules until that release is extended. So, make sure he doesn't kiss any girls in the airport.

That is all.

Horatio
Question #23316 posted on 02/28/2006 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board Writers,

Imagine your little brother's 2nd grade class is doing a project over the next two months that requires input from a relative or friend who lives out-of-town. That person needs to be willing to take some local pictures, write up a few sentences every couple of days, and mail pictures, postcards and letters (to the tune of maybe ten bucks or so, I think.). This could be a hassle, but it could be a lot of fun, too, depending on what you decide to do. Oh, and the project culminates at Open House, with the results up on the wall for all to see -- it is important to your little brother.

Considering you live out-of-town and have an exciting life in Provo, if your little brother wanted you to be his designated "relative or friend" would you be willing and do a good job?

- Testing the water...

A: Dear Testing,

Um... yes. Isn't this a no-brainer?

That is all.

Horatio
A: Dear Testing,

OF COURSE I would do it! I've had my little sister ask me to do stuff similar to this while I was away at college and it meant SO much to her. It's win-win!

-la bamba
A: Dear Testing,

Heck, yes! But do remember that you're asking a bunch of people who regularly volunteer large amounts of time and effort to help people out. (We may not be a particularly representative sample.)

- Katya
A: Dear Testing,

In this completely hypothetical situation, that being that I <I>have </I>a brother in 2nd grade, I would be more than happy to help with his, again hypothetical, project. As for whether or not I'd do a good job, I resent the fact that you would even suggest that I might send back anything less than a <I>great </I>job.

The only problem I potentially see is that I'm not sure my life <I>is</I> all that exciting. I mean, granted I <I>am</I> a writer for the 100 Hour Board but... I obviously can't allow any of those secrets to be publicly display at said Open House.

I'd be especially willing if this little brother I've imagined for this purely hypothetical situation answered to the name _________ and was in Mrs. _________'s class. I mean, I wish he'd gotten Mrs. _________ but no matter now. I'd still be willing.

By the way, if I had a brother like this, and he was in 2nd grade, I might wonder one thing. Why he isn't he doing the castle project like the rest of us did?

- Lavish
A: Dear Water-Tester,

Is your life "too exciting" to include your little bro? I think it would make your life even more exciting, knowing you were making a difference in the life of a child - particularly your own sibling.

Nike
Question #23315 posted on 02/28/2006 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

so i notice many people use huzzah as a means of ending sentences, just by word context i am assuming (even though i never assume) that huzzah means yea!...but why don't people just say hurray, or yea...what's up with huzzah?

- alishka babushka

A: Dear Babushka,

When I hear "huzzah," I think of the scene in "Pirates of the Caribbean" where all the pirates turn back into humans (after Will returns the gold to the chest) and all the sailors are crying, "Huzzah! Huzzah! Huzzah!" and the silly old governor comes out and celebrates like he had anything to do with it.

Maybe that's the answer. I don't say "huzzah," so that's my best guess.

Nike
A: Dear alishka,

I started saying "huzzah" because I joined the History club in my high school, since most of my group of friends were in that club, and people just said huzzah a lot. It was like the club motto. I didn't know why then, but researching it now, I find that it was a common exclamation used in Colonial America and particularly as a war cry during the Revolutinary War. Huzzah was like the ancestor of hurray. It seems to have originated with sailors, which would explain why it was used in "Pirates of the Caribbean." Perhaps it has come into more common use because of the popularity of this movie. So, that's what's up with huzzah. It's a cool, retro way to express joy.

-Wilhelmina Wafflewitz
Question #23314 posted on 02/28/2006 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

This is probably just a joke/rumor/myth, but the story goes that a certain English professor wrote something like the following on the board, and asked the class to put in the punctuation:

Woman without her man is nothing

According to the story, most of the boys in the class punctuated it one way, while most of the girls punctuated it another way. How would the board writers punctuate the words, and is their a gender bias among the board members?

- Mom

A: My Dearest "Mother" (although not my real mother, because she claims not to have written this question),

I would say: "Woman, without her man, is nothing." This is because the adverb "without" is closer in the sentence to "woman," and the adjective "her" modifies the noun "man."

-The Right Reverend Rusky Roo
A: Dear Mom,

I suppose the alternate punctuation is "Woman: without her, man is nothing." I also thought of the Right Reverend's solution. Truthfully, I think that both readings sound a little stilted.

- Katya
Question #23313 posted on 02/28/2006 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

In answer to Board Question #23110 Horatio the Mormon Myth Buster says,

"My strong impression is: Yes� that sounds like a classic Mormon Myth. My first doubt came when the President was named 'Robert E. Lee.' Beyond that, I have no evidence to prove that it really did happen. So, I doubt the story�s authenticity."

So, my question is: who is the Mission President of the California San Fernando Mission?

- Vorpal Blade

A: Dear Vorpal,

Well I'll be...

According to the California San Fernando Mission website the mission presidents are as follows:

2003 - 2006 Lee, Robert E
2000 - 2003 Bennett, Farrell J
1997 - 2000 Pearson, Maughn M
1994 - 1997 Snow, Steven E

The mission was organized in 1994 so that's why there aren't presidents before that. So... yeah. The current mission president is Robert E. Lee.

Regardless, I still agree with Horatio and doubt the validity of the story. I mean, come on.

- Lavish
A: Dear Vorpal and Lavish,

For what it's worth, I heard this story (with a different Mission and no Mission President mentioned) about 5 years go. So, yeah, missions and names keep getting changed, but the story is the same. Classic Mormon myth.

-cubic nerd
Question #23312 posted on 02/28/2006 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

What do you make of the phrase, from England, "specific dream rabbit", as in "Jeeves, you really are the specific dream rabbit"? Is this something you might expect to hear from a real English person, or was it from the twisted mind of P.G. Wodehouse?

- Chad

A: Dear Chad,

I had always assumed it was the invention of Wodehouse. Madeline Bassett coined this one, right? It's even worse than her calling him a "woolly baa lamb." A large chunk of the fun of Wodehouse, in my book, are the strange phrases he uses. Perhaps they're just British phrases I don't know, but whatever they are, I can generally figure them out by context, as I assume you can, too. Thus, I take "specific dream rabbit" to be a term of endearment, in much the same way as I take Bertie's "This just about takes the giddy biscuit!" to be one of his many odd exclamations of puzzlement and frustration.

And congratulations on your good taste, Chad. I'm always excited to find more people who know Wodehouse out there. In fact, I'll go so far as to call you a specific dream rabbit- you made my day.

-Uffish Thought, guest alumnus who loves Woodhouse more than anyone else
Question #23311 posted on 02/28/2006 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Of all the outside drop boxes at the Provo library, which one gets used the most?

- pippin galadriel moonchild

A: Dear pippin galadriel moonchild,
Definitely the one on the north side of the library. In my experience, it's generally easier to get to than the other one because the stoplight is in the way and there are too many cars.
-Zantedeschia
Question #23308 posted on 02/28/2006 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

What is the church's policy when families practicing polygamy are baptized in cultures where this is an acceptable practice? Is only one wife kept? How do they pick? What about the children?
Thanks

- Moby

A: Dear Moby-

I spoke with a former missionary that served in a part of the world where some people practice polygamy. They were instructed not to seek out opportunities to teach polygamists, and did not baptize them, but welcomed their attendance at church meetings.

-The Franchise
Question #23305 posted on 02/28/2006 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,
Quick question. Where are there any good books on the church's views on polygamy? Or, if not books, any good resources or webpages or whatever. I cannot find anything on it on the church website, which i find really really bothersome, but I dont know where to look. When I search in on the internet all I get is anti-mormon and unreliable sources
thanks
- curiousgeorge

A: Dear Curious George,

You don't need to be bothered any more. At least not on this matter. The Church's Web site does discuss polygamy.

The exact link: polygamy

How to get there: Go to http://www.lds.org. Select "Church History," then "History of the Church," then "Selected Historical Topics," then "Church History Overview," then "History of the Church." This will bring up the Mormon.org Web site. From there, you choose "Frequently asked questions" and "Social issues" and you can find the Church's current position on polygamy and a brief discussion of the Church's past position.

-Your Mom
Question #23284 posted on 02/28/2006 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I just watched the movie "Swing Kids" and loved it. It made me think a lot. I was wondering if you wonderful writers could give me some more ideas of good, interesting, thought-provoking movies--preferably dramas, and not too creepy or dark, and reasonably clean.
Thanks so much!
The Engineer

A: Dear Engineer,

Here are some that I thought were good:

Million Dollar Baby
Beautiful Mind
Hotel Rwanda*
Proof
Dead Poets Society
The Truman Show
Patch Adams

*Being a film about genocide, this one is dark. But it handles the subject matter as tastefully as genocide can be handled. It's painfully, heart-wrenchingly thought provoking.

Also, if you can get the documentary about Romanian street children that's showed to BYU students before they go to Romania, that is also deeply thought provoking.

You really should be studying hard right now, but if you have time for a movie or two, these are worth your time.

-Your Mom
A: Dear Engineer,

Movies with flavor are almost the only thing I ever watch. All of the below are PG-13 or under (after editing, and those that need editing are noted.)

Besides those listed by Your Mom, there's:

The Interpreter
K-Pax
BiCentennial Man
Pay It Forward
Auntie Mame-Rosalynd Russell version
1776
(If you even remotely like history, you'll love this one, although it is period-accurate on some things, including the language)
Memoirs of a Geisha
Persuasion (chick flick, but a good one)
Bright Victory (really old movie, but good.)
M. Knight Shyamalan anything
All the President's Men
The Mission
The Best Two Years
The Barefoot Contessa
The Best Years of Our Lives
My Big, Fat Greek Wedding
(You might not think of it as deep, but family? That's deep.)
Shawshank Redemption
(catch it on TBS, technically rated R, but it's edited there)
Casablanca
Citizen Kane
Alfred Hitchcock anything
Lawrence of Arabia
All About Eve
The Green Mile(TBS-edited version)
Finding Neverland (helps if you are getting over death)
Stand By Me
Stand and Deliver
Roman Holiday(again, a chick flick, but a GOOD one)
Harry Potter 4 (Goblet of Fire)
O Brother, Where Art Thou?
King Kong 2005 version
The Wizard of Oz
The Ten Commandments
Far and Away
Gone With the Wind (okay, personally, I'm not a big fan of this movie, but it's pretty deep on various levels)
LOTR3
SW1-3
Sweet Home Alabama (okay, again a chick flick. So sue me.)
IQ
Quiz Show
The Miracle Worker (not my favorite at all, but the end is worth it.)
The Sound of Music (classics are classics are...)
Spiderman 1 & 2
Groundhog Day (Repentance: if you could live one day until you got it right.) Good at least once-through.
Danny Deckchair
Chocolat
States of Grace (God's Army II)
Roots (Haven't actually seen the whole thing, but this series alone inspired the 70's genealogy craze)
North and South
Prince of Egypt
The Testaments: One Fold and One Shepherd (worth a drive to SL)

Tons more, but these have a good degree of emotional satiation or are "deep" as well as some punch.

- The Great and Powerful Oz,
who has spent way too much time watching movies...
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Do the large patterns of ellipses on the marble floor of the ASB have some sort of significance or symbolism?

- BlackBeard

A: Dear Blackbeard,

Here's the answer:
I cannot say for sure (at least not yet until I do some additional
research on this building). What I can tell you is, many of the arbiters
of popular culture, graphic design and architecture, practicing in the
late 1950s and 1960s, were enthralled by space "age-ness", rapid
movement, and thoughts of a "brave new world" to come via technology,
freed from the encumbrances and grammars of the past. BYU's brand of
modern or International Style architecture, was pretty basic 2nd
generation stuff, farely common nationally by the time President
Wilkinson was building the northern segment of campus. What makes this
buidling interesting is the "modern architecture" with the post Sputnik
"lets build rockets to the moon" aethetic that this building expresses.

Here is a site that describes what "Sputnik" was, and the impact this
Russian Rocket had on the teaching and application of science and
technology across America.
http://www.hq.nasa.gov/office/pao/History/sputnik/

Also the new Post World War II building materials allowed for thinner
and more minimal designs. These materials allowed architects to design
with more lightness and openness, something not possible a generation
before.

Henry Fetzer, who designed the ASB, was one of Utah's and the Mormon
Church's most well-known modernist. He fully embraced the modernist
manifestos, rejecting all historical association or iconography. He was
a modernist of the first order. He also designed the Provo and Ogden
Temples. Now, there a lots of energy and movement! Look at the north
porch on the ASB, then compare it to the temples' porte-cocheres (car
porch in front of a buildings), the extended rounded wing designs on all
three buildings are filled with motion and energy. They are very
similar, all three from the same mind and pencil.

Fetzer incorporated sweeping movement (four projecting wings set off at
approx. 45 degree angles, modern sleek materials, including lots of
glass, custom stainless steel railings, shinny and clean terrazzo floors
and thin aggregate exterior panels, with a bevy of bold brise-soleils
(metal exterior shades) -- built around a concrete and steel frame.

With all of this energy and movement imbued throughout, It seems likely
that Fezter, or someone in his office, wanted to continue these themes
on the Italian terrazzo flooring. regarding "terrazzo see:
http://www.oldhousejournal.com/magazine/2000/nov_dec/terazzo/index.shtml

To me, the pattern on the floor is part of the modernist, spaceage
package deal. Consider the floor a unique gift from the world of the
1960s!

Attached are two URLs for sites that document the 1964 Worlds Fair,
which will give you the basic idea, the zeitgeist and the aesthetic
sensibilities of the 1960s.

The first is a site map of the World Fair (New York) that expresses the
same design energy in plan (floor plan and fair layout). Also see the
linked 3d maps on this page. The second site documents the fair with
many delightful images, etc.

1) http://naid.sppsr.ucla.edu/ny64fair/map-docs/fair64-mainmap.htm
2) http://www.nywf64.com/

I hope this was helpful.

Kind regards,

Brad Westwood
Chair
L. Tom Perry Special Collections Library

This is from the "expert."

Best regards,
The Internationalist- How BYU Architecture hopes to be
Question #23269 posted on 02/28/2006 3:01 a.m.
Q:

I'm a male freshman and will be returning next fall/winter semesters before I leave on my mission. Just about everyone else is leaving on their missions after this semester so I'm pretty much alone in the housing search. I'm lucky enough to have found someone in the same situation to room with. So my question: What is the best housing option for people like us? Are there any complexes that have a lot of younger girls and younger guys (pre-mission)? Any wards that would be best for two premission guys?
(If it matters, I'd like to be south of campus and within walking distance, the cheaper the better)

Thanks much,
Sick of looking for housing

A: Dear Sick of looking,

My Liberty Square ward had a lot of sophomore girls and a few premission guys. Obviously, it had more post-mission guys but the premies did exist. That seems to be one of the only options I can give you for your "south of campus/within walking distance" requirements. I would suspect that the Riviera and the Glenwood Lodges would be similarly set up, but I'm not sure. For price, Liberty Square is roughly $300 per month, so if you're looking for price, try another two. But most post-sophomore people move out of the L-Square each year, so I know that's probably where you're going to want to be.

- Xanadu
A: Dear Sick,

I also put my vote in for Liberty Square. Social atmosphere, a somewhat decent mix of pre- and post-mission men.

Nike
Question #23217 posted on 02/28/2006 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I am a 19 year old freshman here at BYU and I want to spend the summer on the Mediterranean Sea. Unfortunately I do not have enough money to just go chill out over there for the summer (and that would be boring). I don't speak any foriegn language and I'm not looking for a Study Abroad or Internship. As an American, is it possible to just get a nice little waitering job or something that will help me pay for food and a place to stay?

Thanks,

- Europe here I come!

A: Dear Youngling,

I don't want to crush your hopes and dreams, but this doesn't sound like a very well-planned venture. I recommend that you look into things more before you decide this is how you're spending your summer.

First, which European country bordering the Mediterranean do you want to go to? France, Spain, Italy, Greece?

Once you decide this, it will be easier for you to do some research and figure out if you could get a job in that country, at a restaurant or working as a nanny. However, your lack of ability to speak a language besides English could be a serious handicap. How do you plan on getting a job where you won't need to understand the language? And the sort of job you're looking for may not give you enough money to do anything besides scrape by.

Just some things to consider. But you're an adult. You get to make your own decisions now. If you want help with your research, let us know what country you want to go to, and we'll try to be of more help.

-Your Mom
Question #23179 posted on 02/28/2006 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I am a junk food junkie. Each fast food chain has it's benefits, wendy's with it's bacon, burger king with actual seeds on the buns. But McDonalds, while it seems to be grossly unsanitary, has really good pickles in their burgers. They taste different then any other pickles. Do they have their own farm, special brine? What is it that makes you crave a (what used to be 29 cent hamburger but now is way over priced) mini cheeseburger with that special pickle taste?

- Miss America

A: Dear Missa Merica,

I'm afraid nothing makes me crave that special pickle taste. If I find that special pickle taste on my burger, I take it back and tell them they got the order wrong. Only catsup on my cheeseburgers.

I passed your question along to the experts at McDonald's. They haven't responded yet. When (and if) they do, I'll let you know.

I worked there myself when I was younger, and I have to say there was nothing noteworthy about the pickles. Except that, like everything else, they came in bulk. So there were really big packages of pickles.

If you like them so much, next time you go in, ask if you can get a side of pickles. You can probably get them to give you a child-sized cup half full.

-Your Mom
Question #23160 posted on 02/28/2006 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I'm wondering about 2 Nephi 25:9-11. While I read it, and as a lot of LDS people may see this as literal, I was wondering if there is anything from earlier Church Ensigns or the like discussing something about to happen to the Jews either during the 1930's or 1940's (especially concerning how many of them got killed off during that time). I could easily see verse 11 being them receiving Israel from the UN, but I'm truly wondering if there were any doctrinal niblets, gems, or etc., saying more or less "Look out for Hitler" in the retrospective view? Revelation tends to be 20/20 hindsight, but I've never heard anything remotely stated concerning the Jews and any warnings about extermination orders, etc. by Church leaders during any of the time frame beforehand.

Please enlighten me with anything you can find?

Sojourner in a Strange Land

A: Dear Sojourner,

For the reference and convenience of everybody else, here are the scriptures you referenced in 2 Nephi 25:
9 And as one generation hath been destroyed among the Jews because of iniquity, even so have they been destroyed from generation to generation according to their iniquities; and never hath any of them been destroyed save it were foretold them by the prophets of the Lord.
10 Wherefore, it hath been told them concerning the destruction which should come upon them, immediately after my father left Jerusalem; nevertheless, they hardened their hearts; and according to my prophecy they have been destroyed, save it be those which are carried away captive into Babylon.
11 And now this I speak because of the spirit which is in me. And notwithstanding they have been carried away they shall return again, and possess the land of Jerusalem; wherefore, they shall be restored again to the land of their inheritance.


I was unable to locate any specific sources where a living prophet warned the Jews about the Holocaust. But, I think there is a reason for that: the Jews have been in a state of apostasy since before the coming of Christ. They have been ignoring the prophets for a loooooong time. They were warned multiple times about their coming destruction and a curse upon their people. And, I think that they are just starting to come out of that curse.

Overall, they are among the many called... of which few are chosen. The call to the Jew and Gentile remains the same: come unto Christ. The qualifications for being the chosen people are the same. The Jews lost that position through apostasy.

What does that mean? Well, the creation of the State of Israel is NOT necessarily the gathering of Israel. In fact, as members of the church we should NOT blindly support this state. Zionism is a secular movement... and should not be considered The Gathering. In many ways, Zionism has been a terrorist movement. Personally I am reticent to interpret scripture as a reference to the State of Israel.

So, I will disagree with your analysis of verse 11. I think that return to the land of their inheritance is yet to come... both physically and spiritually. The house of Israel will inherit Jerusalem when it is worthy to inherit it. So, as members of the church, we stay neutral on anything involving the State of Israel. We are to treat the sons of Ishmael the same as the purported sons of Judah when dealing with political conflicts.

Elder Howard W. Hunter said the following:
"Our Father loves all of his children. He desires all of them to embrace the gospel and come unto him. Only those are favored who obey him and keep his commandments.

"As members of the Lord's church, we need to lift our vision beyond personal prejudices. We need to discover the supreme truth that indeed our Father is no respecter of persons. Sometimes we unduly offend brothers and sisters of other nations by assigning exclusiveness to one nationality of people over another.

"Let me cite, as an example of exclusiveness, the present problem in the Middle East---the conflict between the Arabs and the Jews. We do not need to apologize nor mitigate any of the prophecies concerning the Holy Land. We believe them and declare them to be true. But this does not give us justification to dogmatically pronounce that others of our Father's children are not children of promise. ... Both the Jews and the Arabs are children of our Father. They are both children of promise, and as a church we do not take sides. We have love for and an interest in each. The purpose of the gospel of Jesus Christ is to bring about love, unity, and brotherhood of the highest order."

"All Are Alike unto God," in 1979 Devotional Speeches of the Year (Provo, Utah: Brigham Young Univ. Press, 1980), p. 35.


In all conflicts, we are invited to be peacemakers. Sometimes war is necessary under specific circumstances. President Hinckley said during the April 2003 General Conference:
In a democracy we can renounce war and proclaim peace. There is opportunity for dissent. Many have been speaking out and doing so emphatically. That is their privilege. That is their right, so long as they do so legally. However, we all must also be mindful of another overriding responsibility, which I may add, governs my personal feelings and dictates my personal loyalties in the present situation.

When war raged between the Nephites and the Lamanites, the record states that "the Nephites were inspired by a better cause, for they were not fighting for ... power but they were fighting for their homes and their liberties, their wives and their children, and their all, yea, for their rites of worship and their church.
"And they were doing that which they felt was the duty which they owed to their God" (Alma 43:45--46).
The Lord counseled them, "Defend your families even unto bloodshed" (Alma 43:47).
And Moroni "rent his coat; and he took a piece thereof, and wrote upon it---In memory of our God, our religion, and freedom, and our peace, our wives, and our children---and he fastened it upon the end of a pole.
"And he fastened on his headplate, and his breastplate, and his shields, and girded on his armor about his loins; and he took the pole, which had on the end thereof his rent coat, (and he called it the title of liberty) and he bowed himself to the earth, and he prayed mightily unto his God for the blessings of liberty to rest upon his brethren" (Alma 46:12--13).
It is clear from these and other writings that there are times and circumstances when nations are justified, in fact have an obligation, to fight for family, for liberty, and against tyranny, threat, and oppression.


But, I would argue that the Israel-Palestine conflict does not fit this scriptural definition of a Just War... on either side. Both sides are wrong, both sides are right. And both are using religious arguments to justify their unrighteous position.

President Hinckley in October 2001 said:
"Religion offers no shield for wickedness, for evil, for those kinds of things. The God in whom I believe does not foster this kind of action. He is a God of mercy. He is a God of love. He is a God of peace and reassurance, and I look to Him in times such as this as a comfort and a source of strength."


And, Dallin H. Oaks has commented:
As we seek to understand the causes of wars, persecutions, and civil strife, we can see that they are almost always rooted in wickedness. The mass-murders of the twentieth century are among the bloodiest crimes ever committed against humanity. We can hardly comprehend the magnitude of the Nazi holocaust murders of over five million Jews in Europe, Stalin's purges and labor camps that killed five to ten million in the Soviet Union, and the two to three million noncombatants who were killed or who died of hunger in the Biafran War. (See Isidor Walliman and Michael N. Dobkowski, eds., Genocide and the Modern Age, New York: Greenwood Press, 1987, p. 46; The Nation, 6 Mar. 1989, p. 294, 7/14 Aug. 1989, p. 154.) All of these slaughters, and others like them, were rooted in the ancient wickedness Satan taught---that a man could murder to get gain. (See Moses 5:31.) The mass-murderers of this century killed to acquire property and to secure power over others. (Dallin H. Oaks, "World Peace," Ensign, May 1990, 71)


So, my point is, war is caused by evil. The Scriptures allow a Just War idea as a way to combat that evil, but only as a means of defense. But, when we are talking about prophecies of the Holocaust, there are significant prophecies in the scriptures that warned of a long, drawn-out dispersion of the House of Israel. And, despite the existence of a state named "Israel," that dispersion has not concluded. The curse is just beginning to be lifted. Now, it is up to all men to accept the Gospel of Jesus Christ to be worthy of any land of inheritance.

I tried to get a lot of thoughts into here... so I hope it makes sense. Overall, I could not find any modern revelation concerning the holocaust, except those calling it evil in the past-tense. But, the Jews have been ignoring the prophets for over 2000 years now. I think it all is part of the same curse. And, to be honest, I don't think the curse will be fully lifted until Christ returns to this earth in his glory. Until then, it is our job to promote peace and fight against evil. Tough job, don't you think?

That is all.

Horatio