"When you get a little older, you'll see how easy it is to become lured by the female of the species." - 1960's Batman TV show
Question #25748 posted on 06/10/2006 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

In regard to Board Question #25497, I have had acne problems too and proactiv didn't work for me.

I highly recommend accutane. I've had acne since I was 12. I took this baby for...6 months? I believe it was 6 months. And it cleared out my entire face. I still have to use regular face cleanser, but I am told I will not have any more deep acne problems.

As for light facial cleanser, I'm using Patricia Wexlers Acne cleanser. I use an acne face wash and a night lotion for acne. It's all you need. You can get her line through bath and body works. It's totally worth the money and it feels great. Accutane has been linked to baby problems though. You need to wait (two months or two weeks-I can't remember) before you get pregnant. But it works. And it's better than birth control pills, which can mess up your hormones.

I would also recommend taking something like differin or adapalene creme (.1%). It's nicer to your skin and doesn't dry it out like other oral creaams tend to do. Just talk to your doctor about that and accutane.

It all depends on the seriousness of the acne...accutane for the most extreme, differin and then wexler for the lightest acne. You can definitely get clear by august if you start these.

Then again, some things just depend on your particular skin tone, so that's all I can help you with. But I use all these products or have used them and after 8 years of battling acne, I promise these are the things that work. ;)

- Emetelai

A: Dear Emetelai:

Good ideas. If you're on Accutane and you're female though, they require you (if you're sexually active) to be on a form of birth control to make sure you don't get pregnant. They had my friend go on two just to make sure. So, hormones will be flying. :)


Mojoschmoe
Question #25742 posted on 06/10/2006 3:01 a.m.
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Dear a little bit jealous,

In reference to your question on Board Question #25566, I found an answer for you. The secretary was able to provide it for me. This is a list of the new members:

Lori Baird
Clotile Bonner
Annalece Boothe
Tiffany Christensen
Meredith Duffy
Emily Giauque
Stacia Hardy
Nina Hill
Kara Jones
Courtney Nelson
Shayla Osborn
Ralynne Riggs
Josephine Scere
Debra Weed

Resilient

Question #25726 posted on 06/10/2006 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

In response to Board Question #25556

I went to a wedding a few months ago that had a brown and pink theme and they just had a punch bowl with water with sliced grape fruit floating on top. It may not be the color of pink you are thinking about but it looked really pretty and tasted great.

-Just an idea

Question #25712 posted on 06/10/2006 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

With regards to Board Question #25535, I wanted to add that computer guru Eric S. Raymond (ESR) noticed in hacker culture (where hackers are those unusual people that like to program people, and who are annoyed when "crackers" break into their computer systems) tends to favor the British style of quotation punctuation. He's provided speculation on why this is: If you put punctuation in quotes that don't belong there, it can have serious repercutions if you're programming. That, and it's imprecise. For example: if you're told to:

Type "rm hello."

you would delete all the files that begin with hello, or perhaps even all files, because "." is a wildcard. Hence, it's better to say this:

Type "rm hello".

and remove all ambiguity.

I'm inclined to agree ESR both for this reason, and also that it doesn't make sense to ask a question like:

Did he say, "Yes, he did?"

rather than

Did he say, "Yes, he did"?

So don't be too surprised to see the occasional American style with British-style quotes. (This is ok, though, because language is always sort-of in flux anyway: rules are there to make sure that we avoid the confusion that results from sudden change.)

- Snowfarthing the almost-hacker (sort-of) (but not cracker: that would be stupid)

A: Dear Snowfarthing,

Good point about computer programmers not putting punctuation in quotes. That actually did come up in conversation with friends on the topic, but I didn't mention it in my answer.

I do have to take issue with one thing, though:

Language is always sort-of in flux anyway: rules are there to make sure that we avoid the confusion that results from sudden change.

Yes, fine. Natural language is always in flux. But we're not talking about language, we're talking about punctuation, which is an arbitrary system for breaking up words groups in an arbitrary system for recording spoken language. I feel confident in saying that periods outside quote marks are "wrong" in a specific American style for the same reason that I feel confident in saying that the word "shure" is spelled "wrong." In an arbitrarily defined system, there really are prescriptive rights and wrongs. And while those prescriptive rules for those systems do change from time to time, they don't change in the same way that natural language changes. (And the prescriptive "rules" for natural language aren't protecting us from changes, either. Usually they're just lagging behind changes that have already arrived in common usage.)

- Katya
Question #25656 posted on 06/10/2006 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

How can I strengthen my testimony of Christ?

-L is for Lovely

A: Dear L,

Besides praying for a strengthened testimony, I would read the New Testament, particularly the Gospels (Matthew-John). You can see what He did and understand Him and His mission better.

But really, believing in Christ isn't like believing in something purely physical: you need faith. Pray for increased faith.

Nike
A: Dear L,

I've been doing the same thing experimentally now for roughly nine months (plus the rest of my life, but especially during the past nine mo.) I am nowhere near "perfect" and not trying to be flawless, just trying to be good-enough and be more humble in everything.

What I've been doing, and it's working:
A) Read the Book of Mormon every day. I do one chapter only, and half a chapter if we're talking Jacob 5. All the rest of the letters automatically include A.

B) Along with that, I read the D&C two sections a day during winter semester, and finished it.

C) Currently listening to Jesus the Christ on CD.

D) Praying to know what to read next, and have the next book "inspiration" figured out, though not yet bought.

E) Praying to know what I need to change to become more like God.

F) Looking to perform service more often, and to become better friends with everyone in my ward.

G) Opening myself up more.

H) Over the course of this process, decided that I am "okay." Yes, there's lots to improve upon, but I am not inherently "bad."

I) Have been working on genealogy, missionary opportunities, emergency preparedness, and working out.

J) Become more passionate about my personal commitment to the gospel.

K) Taking two religion classes where I am more-or-less forced to learn about the modern-day prophets and increase my testimony concerning their calls.

L) Reading the Conference Issue Ensign.

M) Doing my VT-ing.

N) Going to the temple once a month.

O) Writing missionaries, and fatherless single friends.

Trying to currently approach the matter in a mindset that if I was in a place where I was the only member and the only person that people saw who represented the Church and the gospel in general, what would I want to be? How would I want to act? How would I already want to be living in order to feel okay when people asked me questions? Is my behavior and my actions in line with what the Church teaches? Do I need to defend the truth to myself, and/or am I afraid of people, things, etc. that try to challenge my faith?

To quote an MTC friend, "I'm just workin' on faith." (Meaning that once I get that down, then I will understand much more than I currently do, and that is just a basic principle.)

That is what I have been doing, and I am more-readily recognizing and following inspiration and guidance than previously. My life is getting better, and overall, I am happier. I'm still busy as I ever was, but a person makes time for their priorities be it studying, sleeping, eating, etc. Making time for the gospel is no different. Living the gospel doesn't take extra-effort. It just takes effort in general as does the rest of life.

The Force, a Soul-Searcher
Question #25655 posted on 06/10/2006 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

in the movie mr. and mrs. smith what does that one girl mean when she hands jane the phone after she first gets shot by her husband and the girl says, "its father". jane doesnt have a father.

- mrs. pitt

A: Dear mrs. pitt,

The assassins at Jane's company refer to their shadowy boss as "father." ("Charlie" had already been done, I suppose.)

- Katya
Question #25654 posted on 06/10/2006 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Hey, so i have kinda liked Pro wrestling off and on for a while. the problem is taht i cant seem to ever know who everyone is and such, so i get bored. Is there some book/website taht i can look at to aquaint myself with people/rivalries/vendettas or other such things? or other than just watching it, playing the video games, or talking to people about it, can i learn about it?

-Wanna be WWE fan

A: Dear Hulk Hogan,

Wanna snap in a little WWF history? Bite into this: WWF Archives. You can also find some more information by going HERE.

Resilient
Question #25652 posted on 06/10/2006 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

What exactly is tar made out of? like road tar. you know... the black stuff in the road.

- Wonder Boy

A: Dear WB,

The black stuff in the road is asphalt concrete, but usually just called asphalt. From Wikipedia, "It consists of asphalt binder and mineral aggregate mixed together then laid down in layers and compacted." Asphalt binder is bitumen. Bitumen is the black sticky stuff that can be used to make asphalt- and tar-based materials. Asphalt is different from tar. They are formed different ways. "Bitumen in the form of asphalt is obtained by fractional distillation of crude oil," while bitumen in the form of tar is produced from coal.

See Wikipedia articles on asphalt concrete, binder, bitumen, and tar.

-Wilhelmina Wafflewitz
Question #25650 posted on 06/10/2006 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,
Can a student defer using the continuing student deferment more than once in his entire byu career? What if he defered once and continued taking classes, then left, reapplied as a former student, and wants to defer again? I've heard that one can use only one continuing student deferment, but it just seems silly that BYU would discourage someone who wants to do winter/spring/summer or something akin to BYU-I tracks. Thanks.
~jacques

A: Dear jacques,

Ma Grape has been making good use of the continuing student deferment as of late, so we are familiar with it.

You can defer as many times as you want, just not more than once in a row. Spring/Summer doesn't count. So, you can defer fall, attend winter, spring, and summer, and defer fall again. Or not attend spring/summer during that. Or attend fall, defer winter, and then attend or not during spring/summer and then attend during fall.

Make sense? You can defer as many times as you'd like so long as it isn't two main semesters (fall and winter) in a row.

-Pa Grape
Question #25645 posted on 06/10/2006 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

In a few days I am moving into "Alpine Apartments" which is directly off of the southeast corner of campus (900 something and 900 something else, I don't understand Utah streets). The apartments are for four people. I will be living with three other girls whom I met in my ward last year.

For the last 1-3 years (depending on the person) we have lived in an apartment complex where utilities were included and we have no idea how much the bills were. All four of us have very very limited money for the upcoming year, and the possibility of large utility bills is starting to scare us.

The main concerns: All four of us have desktop PCs which we use for a large portion of the day due to our majors, these are probably a big power draw. One girl is constantly cold and always sleeps with an electric blanket on high. Another girl (no, they aren't in the same room) is always hot and can't sleep without a large fan blowing on her. The appliances aren't very new, so they probably aren't very energy efficient. Also, the one who is always hot is notorious for taking 40+ minutes to shower in the morning. One girl hates having the blinds open, she's paranoid about peeping toms, so she always wants the lights on and curtains closed. All of these put together is starting to worry us.

How can we minimize our utility bills? We should have found a place with utilities included but it's too late for that. How much does it cost to operate the average desktop PC? Should we try to use the on-campus ones as much as possible? Any tips would be greatly appreciated!

-Poor and worried

A: Dear P&W,

Your biggest utility worries should be water and AC, probably. I think electricity is somewhat secondary, although conserving it is very important. I'd say:

1. Get your 40+ roommate to take an 8-10 minute shower (NO ONE should waste that much water; that really disturbs me).

2. Get the one with the electric blanket to just use a normal, non-electric blanket that will keep her warm (if you need suggestions, I have a blanket that warms up anyone in about 20 seconds and soon you're kicking it off).

3. Keep the AC off as much as possible.

4. Keep the lights off during the day as much as you can.

5. Actually do close the blinds during the day: it helps keep the heat out and therefore you need the AC less. Then you should open them at night to let the cool breezes in (except, maybe, for the cold roommate).

Those should do something to keep your costs down. Yes, I would turn off your computers and use on-campus ones when you can; after awhile, that constant use can really add up.

Nike
Question #25644 posted on 06/10/2006 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I have heard a good number of girls comment that I am so hot! (Personally, I think that's flattering).

The story of my BYU life is that, being a guy, I try soooo hard to be friends with girls but they all want to be in a relationship with me.

I never flirt because I am just no ready for something serious.

How do you make friends with the opposite gender without sending misleading signals?


- forgotten romeo

A: Dear Romeo,

If you can figure that out, tell everyone else. That's a tough one. I had lots of guy friends before college, but once I got here...it was like, well, if we aren't going to date, I'm not going to use my valuable spouse-seeking time to hang out, unless you have other single friends that I WOULD like to date! I've discovered that's just a fact of life around here: most people want to date and be romantic with members of the opposite sex, and that's kind of all they're looking for. Now that I'm married, I can talk to guys and it's no problem. I LOVE IT. We can talk about anything and have so much fun because neither of us are looking for anything or thinking the other is. Unfortunately, I think that's much more rare in single adults. If you'd like to try, however, you can just be friendly and REALLY watch your flirting, as you say you do, but I don't know...it's never worked well for me in the past. I hope it's different for you!

Guys, girls and BYU...what a mix.

Nike
Question #25642 posted on 06/10/2006 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,
What is your favorite Celine Dion song?

- Please no mean jokes, I really like her

A: Dear Jokes...

Wait... No jokes? Bummer... I can't answer this question then.

That is all.

Horatio
A: Dear you really like her,

I think my favorite song sung by Celine Dion is That's the Way it Is.

-Wilhelmina Wafflewitz
A: Dear No Jokes,

"Because You Loved Me." I loved that song in Up Close and Personal.

Nike
A: My Dearest Disliker of Jokes,

I cannot say I am a fan of Celine Dion, but I do like Andrea Bocelli's music. Because they did a duet, known as "The Prayer," I must say that is my favorite Celine Dion song.

-The Right Reverend Rusky Roo
A: Dear Celine fan,

"The Power of Love" is my favorite Celine Dion song.

-la bamba
A: Dear No Jokes:

I love "I surrender". I also like "I Drove All Night".

Hooray for good dancin' music!


Mojoschmoe
A: Dear No Jokes,

My favorites have always been "Les uns contre les autres" and "Le blues du businessman."

- Lavish
Question #25641 posted on 06/10/2006 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

What online recipe sites are actually good? I am looking for simple recipes that have good step-by-step descriptions. Thanks.

- Sick of Ramen

A: Dear Sick of Ramen,

I like the Kraft Foods recipe site, myself. You can search by ingredients or sort by the number of ingredients, which I think is helpful when you're looking for simpler or more complex recipes. The King Arthur Flour website's recipe section also has a lot of good baking recipes.

- Katya
A: Dear Sick of Ramen:

Perhaps I'm biased, but I really like FoodNetwork.com. I'm a big fan of Rachel Ray's 30 minute meals.

Visit it at http://www.foodnetwork.com

Wahoo!


Mojoschmoe
Question #25640 posted on 06/10/2006 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

What in your opinion, is the best reality show out there? I only watch sports on TV but I have heard people say that "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" and "The Amazing Race" are two of the best, because they are usually non-sleazy and either help people or look like they would actually be fun. Any others?

- Philo T.

A: Dear Philo T.,

I can't stand "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," because I can't stand the main guy on the show. Also, I've heard some pretty bad things about the quality of workmanship they provide; sometimes the families might be better off the way they were.

I am, as always, a big fan of PBS how-to shows and other documentaries. Great Performaces had a recent series called "Operatunity" which was about finding average people and giving them the chance to sing opera with professionals. (Think "American Idol," but for opera.)

- Katya
A: Dear Philo T.,

Ma and I sometimes catch Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Ty is a bit energetic but I think the intent behind what they do is fantastic. As for the comment about workmanship, they use local construction crews. I don't doubt that on a rare occasion, some crews have done some less that great work, but I doubt it is a consistent problem. Of course, I have no research to back that up so my opinion isn't any more substantial than what Katya has heard.

As for The Amazing Race, my wife's family is pretty big into it and enjoy it and they wouldn't watch it if it was sleazy. Never caught an episode, myself.

-Pa Grape
A: Dear Philo T. and Pa Grape,

Sorry, I should probably have been a bit more specific about my sources. My main reason for being skeptical of the show comes from an article I read in the May 17, 2004 edition of Newsweek about the homeowners facing serious tax problems as a result of the renovations. The last paragraph contains some information about the quality of the workmanship:
For Woslum [one of the homeowners], the problems go beyond taxes. He describes leaky bathrooms and cracked stucco. One of the snazziest additions--a carwash shower--has never worked; he claims producers used air compressors to make it appear functional for the show. Rivals aren't surprised. "You can't do a quality job in one week," says Norm Abram of "This Old House," which spends up to 12 months on projects. He worries that the "Extreme" winners are really "victims of the program." As for the taxes, if the Woslums are audited they may sue the producers. Sounds like the makings of a great reality show--for Court TV.
- Katya
Question #25639 posted on 06/10/2006 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

If you were quite possibly dying of a rare kind of cancer and you were seriously dating a boy you had known for most of your life, would you let him marry you or tell him to wait until a miracle possibly occurred?

- Thinking of him

A: Dear Thinking,

To start with, I'm not sure what "quite possibly" means in this situation. Have you been diagnosed already? I assume so, since you said you are waiting for a miracle.

I know this is a heavy decision, but the heaviest decision is whether or not you want to spend eternity with this guy (assuming you are LDS/Temple Worthy). And, since you said "let him marry you" I assume he has already asked you.

First of all, what do you want? I don't think the possibility that you will die someday should seriously enter into this equation. Everybody walks out their front door with the underlying knowledge that they may die that day. You have just been given a little extra notice on how you expect to pass away from this life. So, I really don't think that should affect your decision of whether or not you want to marry him.

Once you have decided whether or not you want to marry him, have you prayed about it? Decide what you want to do then pray about it. We believe that God knows all, including your potential future. He will answer your prayers and guide you along the way. Now, you do need to be living worthy enough to be able to hear his answers... but he will answer you.

Finally, and this doesn't mean you do this step last, you need to TALK TO HIM. Sit down and explain your concerns to your boyfriend. He has known you for your entire life, and I assume you know each other well. I also assume that he knows you have cancer (because... um... if you've been lying about that, your relationship has bigger issues). Sit down with him and talk about your concerns. Of all people, he should understand.

I would guess that he has already decided in his mind that he wants to marry you (once again, assuming that he already asked you). That means that he has thought about your cancer (depending on how much you have told him) and has weighed the risks in his mind.

Regardless, sit down and talk with him. Be honest about how you feel about him and about your cancer. Talk about finances, prognosis, your potential future together, schooling... everything that you're worried about when you say "thinking of him."

When you're both on the same page, make a decision and pray about it again. Your loving Heavenly Father will answer your prayers and tell you whether or not to go forward with your decision.

Overall, we believe in eternity. The covenants of the temple are not bound or broken by silly things like death. When you kneel across the altar and make that covenant with your spouse and with your Heavenly Father... it is ETERNAL... SEALED... and it will last FOREVER, depending upon your faithfulness. That is the crowning point of the Lord's plan of salvation--plan of HAPPINESS.

But, that covenant depends upon you both. Until you have sat down and talked with him about all the implications of your cancer, you are making this decision as a martyr, not as a loving partner. Don't be a martyr... be a partner. Martyrdom is selfish. And marriage must be anything BUT selfish.

And, of course, we believe in miracles. But, maybe the greatest miracle you can hope for is to spend the few years you have left on this earth happile married to a man who loves you for eternity. And, when I say a "few years"... that means anything from 1-80 years... because our life on this earth is short anyway.

So, decide what you want... and don't be selfish. Find out what he wants, and allow him to make an informed decision. Pray about it... then go forward with faith.

Life is too short and love is too precious to worry about the "quite possibly." Build your relationship based on what you have and what you know... then be faithful... and it will last for eternity.

That is all.

Horatio the Love Doctor
A: Dear Thinking of him-

Does he know the gravity of the situation? Many years ago, a friend of mine decided not to date a certain girl largely because she had a major health problem, and was unlikely to live to thirty. I don't think he was yet emotionally capable of dealing with such circumstances, and I understand that. However, this particular young woman is a fabulous individual, and it actually surprises me that she's currently single.

If you have a considerably shorter life expectancy than he does, are you troubled by the idea of him remarrying? Guys, especially within the Church, are likely to remarry if widowed at a relatively young age. If this doesn't bother you--which I hope it doesn't--then what are you afraid of? He wants to be with you. He knows that it is almost certain he will face one of the most devastating events possible, yet he believes that the happiness you can have together is worth that price.

If he's marrying you because he feels sorry for you, don't do it. If you both have the love, compatibility, and commitment that other couples should have when they wed, then do it, and be thankful for God's blessings in your life.

-The Franchise
Question #25638 posted on 06/10/2006 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I seem to have all these old bed sheets. I don't want to donate them because most of them are either mismatched or have holes. What are some clever sewing projects I could do to recycle these sheets?

- Nafo

A: Dear Ofan,

One creative thing I heard recently was to take two bedsheets, sew them together on three sides and make a duvet cover for your comforter or bedspread. You leave the fourth end open to put the comforter in and you have a brand new cover!

Anyway, that's an idea.

Nike
A: Dear Nafo,

You are in the land of quilting heaven as well as every pattern known to man. Besides the sewing aspects, if you're inclined, tie them to trees outside or poles or the like a make a makeshift hammock. Depending upon how holy, you could have a volleyball net. Then there's a picnic "blanket," or dye them, and reuse, or try making lightweight curtains. Worst comes to worst, hang them against a wall, use water-soluable paints and make a human tapestry. Kite parts come from fabric sometimes, and so do those little braided kitchen rugs...

Have fun, and do good stuff,
The Last Line
Question #25637 posted on 06/10/2006 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

What is a good way to display photographs in my cubicle at work? I have several in frames but I would like to display a lot more using something cheaper than frames. Specifically there is an area about one foot by four feet to the side of my computer that is covered in fabric and is right now empty, where I would like to hang a bunch of photos. I put some up a while ago using just push pins on the sides of the photos but they got all warped from the lights. I thought about maybe using plastic photo sheets but I think those will get warped from my flourescent desk lights, too.

-Obviously not a scrapbooker

A: Dear I'm not a scrapbooker also,

Have you tried thick tag board? I am sure that you can buy it anywhere that sells multiple types of paper. But this board is thick and durable and would most likely not warp from the heat of the light. In addition, it is a cheap alternative.

Resilient
A: Dear Obviously,

What about one of those boards with the ribbons and tacs? Here, I found an example . I guess they're called "French Memo Boards." That'd be an inexpensive way to display them.

As for keeping them safe, florescent lights are always damaging to photos, whether they're framed or not. Get copies of the photos made, display those, and store the originals elsewhere.

- Lavish
Question #25636 posted on 06/10/2006 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I have been watching the French Open the past week and yesterday I saw the match between the Russians Maria Sharapova and Dinara Safina. Great match, by the way, with Safina coming back from 1-5 in the third set to win. Anyhow, the announcers said that Safina is the younger sister of Marat Safin. I am just wondering why their last names are different: Safin for the male, and Safina for the female. I know a little Spanish and that an "a" is attached for feminine articles, but is this how it works in Russia for all last names? Do the women attach an "a" on the end of their names and the men do not? So would Sharapova's gross father have the last name of Sharapov instead of Sharapova? Thanks for clearing things up.

- Mysterious A

A: Dear Mysterious A,

I know a little Spanish and that an "a" is attached for feminine articles, but is this how it works in Russia for all last names?

Pretty much.

Do the women attach an "a" on the end of their names and the men do not?

The "null" form (the bare form without any ending) is the masculine form of the name. Adding "-a" makes the name feminine. Adding "-i" makes the name plural. So Boris Balin's wife would be Sofia Balina and together they would be the Balini.

This same pattern appears in other areas of Russian grammar, such as short-form adjectives and past participles. Feminine long-form adjectives and most feminine nouns also and in "-a" (or "-ya").

So would Sharapova's gross father have the last name of Sharapov instead of Sharapova?

Yep. Ever heard of Anna Karenina? Her husband is Alexei Karenin.

What makes things even more confusing is that Russians rarely call each other Mr. or Mrs. Last Name. Instead, they refer to each other by their first name and patronymic (a middle name derived from their father's name) and not by their last name at all. So Alexei Alexandrovich Karenin might be called simply "Alexei Alexandrovich," most of the time. (This makes it very complicated to keep track of the characters in Russian novels.)

- Katya
Question #25633 posted on 06/10/2006 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

In trying to learn how to speak spanish now for several years I have always wondered about something...Is it true that some people are unable to pronoune the rr sound or trill (such as in the word burro)? And if anyone can do it how might one learn?

- One who has always tried but miserably failed!

A: Dear it can happen,

While on my mission I encountered many a person who could not roll their "rr." In addition, I have a brother that just returned from serving a mission in Mexico and was able to to confirm it.

Now, I can't fully describe how to roll your "rr." I did, however, find a website that explains it.

One final thought. Both my brother and I both came to the same conclusion: you just have to try it over and over again. I can remember spending 3 consistent months trying to roll my "rr." It took a while! You just need to give it time and I am sure you will be able to pick it up.

Resilient
Question #25631 posted on 06/10/2006 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Why are the trunks of trees painted white in some cities and such? I've heard that it's for keeping harmful bugs off the trees, but I don't know if that's true. It doesn't seem very effective if it is.

- redaer draob

A: Dear Drab,

I found two explanations for painted tree trunks at http://www.ask4greece.org/answer/99/ . They say that the paint is to help against insects and also so that cars can better see the trees on the edge of the road in poorly lit areas. It seems that in some areas it has also evolved into an aesthetic thing.

-Phoenix
Question #25626 posted on 06/10/2006 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I have noticed in the library that there are many hundreds of thousands of books, magazines, articles, pamphlets, etc. that have wonderful information in them. There is only one problem with some of them - they are in another language besides English.

In doing research on different subjects, I commonly come upon some text that is in a different language, be it German, French, Italian, etc., while searching through the material available in the library, or online databases. Some of this material would add significantly to my research. However, I have neither the time nor luxury, especially while going to school, to learn a another language in order to read one article or chapter of a book while researching.

Does BYU, or its library, have some kind of translation service for students that they could use to help translate short non-English texts that they find in the library into English? I am aware of the countless online translation services available on the internet, but to translate an entire article or chapter of a book would be very tedious and probably not very accurate.

- Curiosity

A: Dear Curiosity,

I don't believe that BYU offers any such service. It takes quite a bit of time and thought to translate articles well, particularly if the subject matter is technical or arcane. I don't doubt that there are many students on campus who have the linguistic ability to do the task; but you'd have to compensate them out of pocket. (I'd start by contacting the secretary of the appropriate language department, if you're interested.)

Depending on your field of study, you may find it worth your while to learn a particular second language so that you do have access to research in that language. (I assume this is why most PhD programs, in any field, have foreign language requirements.) I never considered learning a second language to be a "luxury," but I suppose I'm biased. ;)

- Katya
Question #25607 posted on 06/10/2006 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Where have all the backboards gone?

In my younger tennis-playing days in Orem there were backboards everywhere, but now none of the parks and schools have them. I live in the Southwest side of Orem (near UVSC and Cherry Hill Elementary). The nearest courts with backboards I've found are at Discovery Park.

What can I do (short of building my own) to get them back?

- Be a Lert

A: Dear Lert,

Where have all the backboards gone? I don't know, probably up to the big tennis court in the sky. What can you do to get them back? Contact the City of Orem and let them know that you want backboards. I looked around the City of Orem's website to see who would be best to contact. From this website http://www.orem.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=312&Itemid=312&limit=1&limitstart=9, I guess your best bet would be to contact one of these people on the Recreation Advisory Commission. Let them know your concern and ask them how you can help restore the backboards to Orem, Utah. Good luck!

-Wilhelmina Wafflewitz
Question #25573 posted on 06/10/2006 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Out of curiosity the other day, I asked my husband if he had a record of his priesthood lineage. He said that he didn't. It made me sad because I've found it a very special way for me (a girl growing up in the church)to understand the priesthood & how it's all connected to the restoration of Christ's church. I even had one of my brother's record of lineage while I was on my mission to explain how it works.

So my question is---if someone does NOT have a record of his lineage, is there a way to find out...does the church keep this record somewhere or just something that individuals keep?

-future mom who would like her sons to have this record

A: Dear future mom,

It is referred to as a priesthood line of authority and the people at the up at the Church Office Building in the Records department should be happy to help you obtain a copy. Your husband will have to be the one to call (800-453-3860).

They'll just need some basic information from him and once they check that they have the right person and then that the line is complete (no gaps in records), they'll send it to the address listed on his record (should be your current residence).

It is a nice piece of information to have and can really help a young man understand that the authority he is given truly does come from Christ.

-Pa Grape
Question #25544 posted on 06/10/2006 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Is it possible for a person to be dehydrated and retaining water at the same time?

- Thirsting for knowledge

A: Dear Thirsting for knowledge,

In a sense, yes. One example I can think of is exercising in the pool. Your outer skin can be retaining water very well, but inside your body where it's needed you can be dehydrated. I think that's what you're getting at, right?

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