"My brother is too kind. He was eminent when my eminence was only imminent." -Niles Crane
Question #41322 posted on 12/08/2007 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

It is December third. If there is a wedding on December 27th and I haven't received an announcement and reception invite in the mail by now, is it safe to assume that I will never receive such a document?

- Bleser

A: Dear Bleser,

Not necessarily. I just received an invitation for December 27 two days ago, and depending on your location, the mail delay may make the difference. In fact, if I'm not mistaken, I received the same invitation you're looking for. I suspect you'll have received the invitation by the time this posts.

A: Dear CJ,

I got one yesterday (Dec. 3). Maybe yours will be hand delivered instead.

-Kicks and Giggles
A: Dear Bleser

People get busy when planning weddings, and sometimes, despite super-human efforts to do everything on time, sometimes things fall behind. Or sometimes grooms put envelopes in the wrong mailboxes at the post office (in grooms' defense, there are a lot of mailboxes at the post office and we shouldn't be expected to know what they all mean (yes, I know they're labeled, honey!)). Where was I...oh, sometimes things happen, don't be shocked if the invitation shows up rather late.

-Humble Master
Question #41321 posted on 12/08/2007 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Ok, so, I've been getting rides from my guy friend to seminary cuz i dont have one, but my mom doesnt know, she believes I'm getting a ride from a girl (she doesnt like the idea of a girl [me] getting a ride from a guy). I know if i tell her she'll get mad and i'll end up with no ride. What should i do? I hate lying to her because i feel filthy, but i need the ride because I enjoy seminary. *sigh*

- Luz Do Mundo

A: Dear Luz,

Lying to your mom so you can go to seminary is kind of like stealing so that you can pay tithing. You're just ethically robbing Peter to pay Paul.

First, have you checked to see if there's a girl in your class who can give you a ride? That way you can still get to Seminary and you don't have to lie to your mom. If not, you still need to tell your mom the truth, because being honest with your parents is more important than going to Seminary. I believe you when you say that she'll be mad at you, but you'll have done the right thing and maybe she'll have some other ideas for how you can get to Seminary. (Or maybe if she meets the boy who's giving you a ride, she'll feel OK about letting you ride with him.)

Good luck in this difficult situation.

- Katya
Question #41320 posted on 12/08/2007 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Does milk really work better for unsticking peanut butter mouth than water, or is it all in my head?

- Fredjikrang

A: Dear Fredjikrang,

It is most assuredly all in your head. Until it travels down your esophagus.

A: Dear Fred-

All right, stop. Collaborate and listen: HFAC's back with experimentation!

That's right. As the self-declared food experimentation kings of the Board, we decided to take this one head on. While I did find glib's answer rather witty, we didn't want to deprive you of a real pseudo-scientific answer.

So it was that Foreman and Claudio convened that fateful day at Foreman's apartment. It was also under these auspices that Foreman's roommates (who do not know he is a Board writer) came to suspect ever more strongly that their friend is insane. Additionally, we think you'll find that there's a compelling new entry in the "Stupidest Things Either Claudio or Foreman Have Ever Done" list (which, though it isn't an actual list (yet), would at least have some strong elements). Be excited. Now... let's do this!

We began with a rather subjective but, we felt, important test. Gathering our materials, we measured out 4 globs of peanut butter, consisting of 2 Tablespoons (the recommended serving size) each. Note that, being a Choosy Mom, Foreman chose JIF.

We then proceeded, in turn, to place this actually-rather-oppressive amount of peanut butter in our respective mouths, give it a few seconds to coat the mouthal interior, and drink a carefully measured half cup (half the recommended serving size) of either milk or water. Both were refrigerated, for consistency and to avoid confounding variables of heat. Claudio went first:

After Glob 1 and his serving of water, Claudio rated his "Peanut Butter Mouth" at a Level 5, on a scale of 1 to 10.

After a palate cleanser of Frosted Mini-Wheats (to ensure a lack of oral peanut butter content and avoid additional complications) was Claudio's milk run. Insert peanut butter, wait a few seconds, and chug milk. After this test, he likewise rated his Peanut Butter Mouth at a Level 5.

Foreman's turn:

Foreman, being a milk fan, was skeptical of Claudio's results. However, his water and milk tests yielded a Peanut Butter Mouth result of Level 6 for both milk and water. This test apparently proved:
1)Just how subjective our testing method was in the first place.
2)It's fun to dance around the kitchen to the Format's "Dog Problems" while laughing at the ridiculous amount of peanut butter in your mouth.
3)Neither of us noticed a significant difference between the effect of water or milk on the Peanut Butter Mouth phenomenon.
4)The Peanut Butter Mouth Phenomenon would be a killer name for a rock band.

BUT, dear reader, we were not yet finished. Oh, no. We set upon a much more formal method of testing peanut butter dissolution rates.

We placed the same amount of peanut butter (2 Tbsp) on the bottom of a dish and poured the same amount of milk or water (1/2 cup) around it. Tilting our respective dishes to one side, we proceeded to use a uniform "sloshing" motion to simulate inner-mouth interactions. Simultaneously, we would tilt our dishes from one side to the other, effectively bathing the glob in its surrounding fluid.

After 50 sloshes, there was no effect in either dish.

After an additional 50 sloshes, a few minor chunks of peanut butter had become unattached from the main glob, but both of an equal and rather insignificant amount.

And so, we concluded from both tests, there is no real difference between the effects of water and milk on peanut butter. The only difference would be flavorful, which varies by personal preference: Foreman prefers milk, and Claudio (having a tragic childhood-based aversion to milk) prefers water.

BUT WAIT! There's more! Finding this lack of differing results somewhat disappointing, we set out to find what substance would effectively assist with peanut butter dissolution. We repeated the dish-sloshing experiment, this time with a basic solution of soda water and an acidic solution of vinegar:

After 100 sloshes, the base solution saw no change. The acidic vinegar, however, showed a marked decomposition of the peanut butter, indicating that such a substance has notable Peanut Butter Mouth reducing potential.

And so, dear reader, we steeled ourselves for the apparently requisite last experiment (remember that "Stupidest Things Ever" list? Here we go).

Scooping a single tablespoon of peanut butter and 1/4 cup of vinegar each, we scraped the peanut butter off into our mouths, exchanged a terrified look, clinked our glasses, and proceeded to down our vinegar shots.


After the egregious burning in our throats subsided and it became pretty clear that Claudio would not, in fact, vomit in Foreman's sink (though it was touch-and-go for a while), it was decided that the vinegar really did help clear out the peanut butter in one's mouth, though a) it was difficult to tell when one is concentrating on not retching and b) the amount of water one chugs afterward renders the point somewhat moot. It was also decided to drink some soda water, which settled our burning stomachs and brought about some wicked belches that tasted disgustingly of peanut butter, milk, frosted mini-wheats, and vinegar.

(This is not a staged photo, simply quick camera work by Foreman. Claudio wishes it to be stated for the record that he's not that ridiculously huge, it's his shirt hanging down.)

Fred, don't say we never did anything for you.

To conclude, the results of our experiment are summarized by these handy charts:

Really, the saddest part of this is that, due to anonymity concerns, we can't post unedited pictures, which means you unfortunately can't see our facial expressions during any of this testing, which was surely the best part.

And now... it's time to go lie down for a while.

Question #41318 posted on 12/08/2007 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

So I'm trying to get back into playing guitar again. For the guitarists out there, what are your favorite songs to play?

-Bubble Toes, Jack Johnson

A: Dear Decent Song-

I am certainly no guitarist. In fact, my great love for music is thwarted in that I have no skill to create my own, but I still consider myself quite the connoisseur. However, in my early-teen quest for Rock Godhood, I did attempt to learn the guitar a time or two. These were desperate failures, but I was eventually able to manage these couple (admittedly easy, but incredibly awesome) songs:
-"Butterfly," by Weezer
-"Blackbird," by the Beatles

Apparently, I had a predilection towards songs about flying creatures that begin with the letter B.

Anyway, that's all I've got on the personal front. A friend who is much better at guitar than I likes to play these songs:
-"Satellite," by Dave Matthews Band (I'm actually not a fan of these guys [heresy, I'm sure], but this is a good song).
-Anything by Speechwriters LLC is worth your time.
-The Mountain Goats are fantastic.
-Pretty much any of the classics: Led Zep, Pink Floyd, AC/DC, Van Halen, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton... you get the idea.

Here is the best thing that I, personally, can offer you. While technically unskilled in real life, I am quite the accomplished air guitar player. I now submit to you a very few (this list was seriously cut down) of the best air guitar songs:
-"Brain Stew" by Green Day
-"Cochise" by Audioslave
-"Foxey Lady" by Jimi Hendrix
-"The Desperate Man" by the Black Keys
-"Song 2" by Blur
-"Monkey Wrench" by the Foo Fighters
-"Party Hard" by Andrew W.K.
-"Black Math," "Girl, You Have No Faith in Medicine," "Little Cream Soda," "Blue Orchid," and "I Think I Smell a Rat" or dozens of others by the White Stripes
-"Whole Lotta Love" by Led Zeppelin
-"Last Train Home" by Lostprophets
-"Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Nirvana
-"I Believe in a Thing Called Love" by The Darkness
-"In the Flesh?" by Pink Floyd
-"Bicycle Race" by Queen. This one is on here because, although it has very little guitar in the song, during the two-guitar section (after the bells) my friend and I would always "race" our bicycles/guitars. Try it, you'll like it.
-"If Work Permits" by the Format. The second half.
-"Woolly Muffler" by Harvey Danger
-"Just" by Radiohead
-"Bulls on Parade" or "Killing in the Name" by Rage Against the Machine
-"Why Bother" by Weezer
-"Eponine" or "Korobeiniki" by Ozma
-"YYZ" by Rush
-"Inertiatic ESP" by the Mars Volta
-"Deer Dance" (or many others) by System of a Down
-"No One Knows" by Queens of the Stone Age

I tried to keep that to one song per band, except a few where I cheated. There was just no breaking those ties.

Heck, if it's your style (you seem, from the one song you listed, a bit more mellow, and that's what I directed the rest of the answer towards), learn some of those for real. Then you can rock way hard. I guess this is why the rest of us have Guitar Hero.

For Those About to Rock, We Salute You,
A: Dear guitarist,

Don't perpetuate the stereotype of the college-aged saccharine faux-guitarist! Expand from Jack Johnson, Dave Matthews, James Blunt (shudder), and Lifehouse! Smoke on the Water, Iron Man, Sweet Child o' Mine, and Stairway should be avoided too, at least in public. Play something no one has ever heard of!

I don't even play songs when I want to jam. Try different chord progressions, different picking/strumming styles, and experiment with the pentatonic scale. You might stumble onto something that sounds good enough to write a song with. I admit I'm not a great guitarist, but I'm building a good foundation on the basics, and I sound original when I do it. Try different patterns with G-C-F, D-A-G-A, or Am-C-G-D. Those are my favorites to mess with.

A: Dear Bubble Toe,

When I was pretending to learn how to play the guitar this summer, I played some Decemberist songs (they're not too hard to learn, especially "Lost at Sea" and that other one that starts "Here on these Cliffs of Dover.."). I also played some Russian folk songs - they are really great for learning minor chords. Good luck!

Question #41317 posted on 12/08/2007 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I've always been the kind of person who hangs out with my roommates. They're typically my closest friends, and we do a lot of stuff together. But this semester I've had rather...non-existant roommates, and my social life has suffered somewhat because of it. My spread-out, anti-social ward doesn't help the problem much either. Where can I get some pals?

-Lonely, I'm Mr. Lonely...

A: Dear Alone:

As a non-existent roommate myself, here are my suggestions:

Former roommates you were friends with
High schoool friends
Significant other
Join a club; make friends
Come to our Board fans' party

Question #41315 posted on 12/08/2007 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

What's the best way to make soft, juicy, tender, succulent steak?

-Cow Cow Cow

A: Dear mooooo,

1. Get a good cut of meat, and understand its properties. Tenderloin is the most expensive/tender, but not as flavorful. T-Bone and Porterhouse cuts are excellent, as well as Ribeye and any other loin cuts. If you want a delicious steak, DON'T GET ANYTHING THAT SAYS CHUCK. It's the cheapest for a reason.

2. Prep it well. Marinate, tenderize, or salt and spice it the way you like it. Have fun experimenting with different flavors, but remember my two personal rules for cooking beef:

1. Meat loves salt.
2. Garlic is your friend.

3. Cook it right. I usually pan-fry mine, but you can grill as well if you have the means. Pay attention to it, and don't let it cook unevenly or burn. A truly delicious steak will be a little pink on the inside.

A: Dear Cow ~

If your meat still moos or is bleeding, it should not be eaten.

~ Dragon Lady
Question #41314 posted on 12/08/2007 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

In movies, when someone needs to sneak around somewhere, they're crawling around in the vents. How likely is it that this could actually work?

- Squeaky Sneaky Sneakers

A: Dear Sneakers,

Well, Mythbusters tested something like this; namely, the possibility of successfully scaling an air duct using magnets and/or suction cups. Both myths were busted simply because there was so much noise made that any hope of being sneaky was totally shot.

I think that would probably be the biggest problem. Most vent systems are made of metal, which would have a strong tendency toward being loud at the slightest slip up. Further, the chances of your air vent being perfectly horizontal, thus requiring no loud climbing, just aren't very good.

Sorry, looks like you're stuck creeping around corners.

Question #41312 posted on 12/08/2007 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

There's this boy I met this semester who I've become friends with - we hang out sometimes and I've had some nice talks with him, and he seems to like being friends with me. I'm a little interested in him, but I'm pretty sure he's not interested in me, and I'm totally cool with that. I don't want to date someone who's not that interested in me, and I like hanging out with him anyway. The problem is I'm not a hundred percent positive, and so because I have a little bit of maybe-interest, I sometimes act weird around him and hesitate to do things that a normal friend would do because I don't want him to think I'm flirting or something (this isn't a worry with guyfriends who I know are just friends). Since I don't know what he's thinking and I don't think he knows what I'm thinking, it makes this weirdness that's starting to really bug me. I just want to get it out there and not have that uncertainty.

So here's my question. Would it be a really, really bad idea to actually tell him this? I mean, to let him know that I want to get this out there because the weirdness is bothering me (even if it isn't bothering him) and I prefer not to let things lie under the surface. To actually admit that I have a little bit of interest, but also that I don't see that he does and I'm okay with that and am just pursuing it as a friendship? When I thought of it it sounded like a really good idea because I would know that he knows what I'm thinking and I wouldn't have to worry and act weird anymore. But maybe it would be really weird of me to come out and say that, and I've thought this through so much that I can't look at it rationally. What do you think? People say they like honesty, but we don't really ever do it which makes me wonder if people would just rather you not be honest...

- Brintley

A: Dear,

I'd say don't do it. You may not feel you'd have to act weird anymore, but you really would, for a while. And he'd probably start acting weird, too. That's a bit of an uncomfortable feeling, wondering if what you're doing is encouraging someone you don't mean to encourage. If you want to go for it, go for it, but if you just want to clear the air, I'm not sure that's the best way.

-songs of inexperience
Question #41311 posted on 12/08/2007 3:01 a.m.

To the Board:

I have a question that I'd like to hear an honest, intelligent opinion on. I'm sure you're aware of the controversial movie "The Golden Compass" based on the series by Philip Pullman, "His Dark Materials." I have a friend that doesn't want to see the movie because she claims that she "doesn't want to support Philip Pullman"--a man whose beliefs, she says, will only benefit from the viewing and sale of this movie. I think that she could learn from it, though.

The books are overt in their metaphorical "God killing," so it's not like any mature human with half a brain would be subconsciously subverted by watching it. Actually, the first book really isn't that bad at all. My friend says that she isn't so sure about finding "truth" in a movie that's constructed by an atheist to make us question God. I told her we're supposed to question our testimony as part of our maturing/growing process, and she agreed with that, in part. You can learn truth from the movie about general ethics and that's a good thing. She just won't listen to me, though, and even suggested that I "pray before going to see the movie." That was considerate of her!

I don't think that she has the right to limit what others see, read, or hear merely because she thinks that it isn't designed to make people Mormons. I mean, hardly anything out there was written by really pious authors and she knows that. She's an intelligent person, and frequently reads challenging material (especially the classics) from a wide array of thought. She insists that reading about worldly or faithless people (and their lives and actions) and books written by people with a worldly or faithless agenda are different. How can I convince her that she's being closed minded here and she really should consider going to see the movie with me?



P.S. Oh, lest you think that I'm closed minded and have this wrong, please tell me. Maybe you can explain better than she did.

A: Dear Machiavelli:

See also Board Question #40637.

I would agree with your friend that reading/watching/participating in material about a group and by a group are different things. I think that you should give her more credit, because it seems that she really has considered it, and decided it's not for her; I think she should back off a bit from you and realize it's your decision, and that there are probably worse things out there.

A: Dear Niccolo,

From what you've said, I do think you have this wrong. You and your friend have two differing desires: you want to see the movie; she doesn't. The reasons why don't matter - it's just a movie. Labeling each other as "closed minded" over whether or not you want to see a single movie is discourteous and very unfriendly, in my opinion.

It doesn't sound like your friend is "limiting" what you or others watch; she is only saying that she doesn't want to watch this movie and giving her reasons why. She has also suggested that you pray before going to see the movie. I think you can choose not to be offended by that suggestion; praying is not a bad thing to do in any situation.

I recommend that you go to the movie with someone else and enjoy it.


The Cleaning Lady
A: Dear N,

I don't think the movie will really merit all the controversies that have been going around. I read the books as a kid, and I'm currently re-reading them, and I find that they are more anti-establishment than anti-religion (as the articles in Dragon Lady's last blog post revealed).

Even if your friend is being close-minded, I guess that's something you'll just have to deal with. I don't think she has the right to censor the entertainment of others, but that's not what it sounds like she's doing. It's her decision what she wants to read about. However, I consider reading about Christian people acting unchristianly far more disturbing than reading about "worldly" people acting the same way (like David and Bathsheeba? That would be much more forgivable if David had not been a man of God). "Faithless" people are still people we can learn from, even if they don't believe the same things we do. However, that's a decision your friend will have to make on her own.

A: Dear Nick,

From what I've heard, this movie isn't supposed to be bad at all. The main reason for all the boycotting going around seems to be more to prevent the second and third books, which sound as though they're much more overt, from being made into movies as well. Along the same lines, to prevent everyone from seeing the first (tame) movie and then going out to buy the whole trilogy without knowing what they're getting into.

I'm a little confused that it's being marketed at least in part as a kids' movie while carrying a PG-13 rating, as the "kids' movie" aspect of it seems to be one thing that a lot of people are worried about (that the 10-year-old will want the trilogy for Christmas after having seen the movie, but I guess 10-year-olds see PG-13's these days), but that may be beside the point.

Another thought. While we're supposed to ask questions about the Gospel to enhance our testimony, we're not supposed to seek out anti-testimony materials. That statement isn't a comment on the movie; obviously I haven't seen it, nor have I read the books. Just something to consider.

How can you convince her she's being close-minded? Yeah, good luck. How can she convince you you're being atheistic and walking into a trap? Again, good luck. You sound like you trust her opinion on other things - you give her a lot of credit in your question. Allow that to extend to this decision of hers to as you assume she's applied the same critical thought to this decision as she would any other. Do what you want and allow her the same courtesy.

A: Dear Niccolo ~

This is the website from my blog that Whistler was talking about. There are also some interesting comments on said blog as to what people think about the books. I'm reserving judgment until I read them myself.

As for your question, "How can I convince her that she's being closed minded here and she really should consider going to see the movie with me?" I disagree with your approach entirely. Being one who doesn't go to see many movies due to my beliefs and standards, I don't appreciate you trying to convince her that she is being close-minded. I have been accused of the same, and it's not a pleasant feeling to have your friends try to get you to do things that go against your standards. You say, "I don't think that she has the right to limit what others see, read, or hear." Yet, you seem to think that you have the right to dictate what other people see, read or hear. If you really consider yourself her friend, you should respect her beliefs, whether you agree with her or not.

~ Dragon Lady
Question #41309 posted on 12/08/2007 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,
I was reading a story on Yahoo today and the accompanying picture (here ) has a caption that says, in part, "Machines use yellow cake to produce Uranium hexafluoride (UF6)."

This seems rather bizarre to me, how on earth does yellow cake produce Uranium hexaflouride?

(Of course I don't really know what Uranium hexaflouride is so it may be perfectly reasonable.)

--The only news I get is from Yahoo

A: Dear Yahoo! reader,

"Yellowcake" is a type of uranium ore. It is not to be confused with "yellow cake," which is an egg-based bakery product. (I suppose it could also be a bakery product made out of a certain Board writer . . .)

- Katya
Question #41308 posted on 12/08/2007 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,
Why doesn't the Route Y login on the BYU home page show up when I use Opera 9 to access it? Can I change a setting so it will work?

- Likes Opera

A: Dear Plácido Domingo,

I may be wrong here, but I don't think this is just an Opera 9 problem. I use Firefox for PC, and I don't have a Route Y login box either. I think it may have been dealt away with in one of the recent upgrades. The only way I've found to log in to Route Y is to click the "Log In" button in the top right corner or to click "Route Y" in the main menu. This should take you straight to the login page.

A: Dear Figaro:

To back up what Claudio said, I definitely remember there being a notice on the BYU homepage this semester that they had removed the Route Y login box for security reasons. No, you can't change the settings: in addition to the suggestions already given, you can type in ry.byu.edu or bookmark the page.

Question #41301 posted on 12/08/2007 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I don't like small talk. I think that it is inane and repetative. I have learned to accept it however, as a part of social interaction. My question is two-fold (please don't hate me).

1. What are some things I can ask/discuss to liven up my small talk with people I don't know that well

2. When you are talking with someone, and you have gone through the regular questions (name, major, hometown...) and you have reached that awkward silent part where it is obvious that neither one of you has anything more to say, and the conversation is over, how do you end it? Like in a ward prayer/munch and mingle situation. You want to continue socializing, but not necessarily with that person. I don't like the old "well I'm going to go get a drink/refreshment." What else can one do?

- skippy

A: Dear skippy ~

1) I think I've said this recently... but Sparrow's mother also hated small talk. Hated, loathed and despised small talk. So instead of asking "Where are you from?" she would ask "What is your greatest ambition?" Or something similar. It served two purposes: 1) people were caught so off-guard by her question that they always remembered her and 2) It quickly got into much more interesting conversations that she actually enjoyed being in.

2) I usually sit there awkwardly, and if conversation just doesn't keep going despite my best efforts, I either sit there in silence and observe other people, or I turn my attention to someone else sitting nearby and start up another small talk conversation. Or I just go home. That works quite well. Well, I guess not if you're trying to be social.

~ Dragon Lady
A: Dear skippy,

I also hate smalltalk, and I think the best way to avoid it is to ask genuine questions that you actually care about. Like you, though, I have trouble thinking of things on the spur of the moment, so I often make up lists of questions beforehand so I'll be prepared. I recommend you do the same thing. For your reading pleasure, I will share with you the list I made in Sacrament meeting in preparation for Sunday School and Relief Society, but keep in mind that these are things that I honestly want to know about and they may not be interesting to you, so you'll probably want to make your own list.

Do you have any interesting family Christmas traditions?
What does your family eat on Christmas Eve?
How many siblings do you have? - Wow, that's a lot. How does your large family handle gift-giving?
Who all is going to be at your house this year for Christmas?
What will you be doing over Christmas break?
(Working) - Where do you work?
(Traveling) - How are you getting there? What is your airline of choice? Have you ever signed up for a frequent flyer program?
What is your favorite holiday food?
Have you finished your Christmas shopping? Who do you have left to buy for? How do you decide who to buy presents for for Christmas?

For your second question, my favorite escape statement is probably, "Hey, it's been really fun talking with you. I want to catch (other person you want to talk to) before werf leaves - I will talk to you later!"


The Cleaning Lady
A: Dear skippy,

Ideally, small talk isn't just about collecting facts on someone — it's a jumping-off point for a more involved conversation.

Where are they from? How is it different from Utah? How are they adjusting (weather-wise, culture-wise)?

What's their major? Why did they pick it? What do they and don't they like about it? Do they have a minor? Etc.

- Katya
Question #41300 posted on 12/08/2007 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I have been trying to find gals to take on dates, just fun group dates or otherwise. It seems however that I keep asking gals that are currently in a relationship, or dating some one else. So my question to you is how can one tell if a gal is single, besides noticing whether or not there is a wedding band or engagement ring on her ring finger?


A: Dear nick,

If you're running into this on a consistent basis, and it feels like more than a coincidence, it might just be them blowing you off. "I'm already in a relationship" is sometimes girl-code for "I don't want to date you, and I can't think of any other excuse." Sorry, man, I've been there. Just move on and keep trying.

A: Dear Nick,

If a girl roams in a girl pack, talks too loud, and looks too self conscious, she's probably single.

As for the kinds of girls you actually want to ask out, I think you'll probably just have to keep asking. Try sitting next to a girl you wouldn't normally talk to in class or church. I think you'll find someone who's available pretty quickly, and you'll probably make new friends.

Good luck!

The Cleaning Lady
A: Dear Nick-

Funny... I've had the exact opposite happen to me this semester. Every girl I strike up a conversation with/ hit on/ ask out has been single. One, I found out, was only single by one day, but it counts.

I was marveling at this fact (knock on wood) just the other day, actually. I can't explain how to choose 'em. It's just that the ones I've asked out have been available. Perhaps I'm stealing all of your luck.

I suppose the moral of this is to ask out the girls that I would ask out. But you can't... they're already dating me.

A: Dear Nick

I think you're already employing the most foolproof way to discover if a girl is single: ask them on a date. Really, does the embarrassment last that long if you ask a girl out and she says, "I'm seeing someone." No. And the mystery is solved. No more wondering if she's available.

-Humble Master
Question #41299 posted on 12/08/2007 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Butter or margarine? Discuss

- Emi

A: Dear EMI,

It completely depends on what you're trying to achieve. Butter, being a dairy product in origin, contains many unique attributes that margarine, of oily origins, does not. The reverse is also true.

For instance, it is not possible nor advisable to make a good alfredo sauce using margarine. It has to have the thickening power that milk products bring to the table.

Similarly, butter breaks down much too fast to produce a superior cookie. Though the flavor may be slightly better, cookies made with butter will turn out flatter and crunchier than those made with margarine.

For bread? I prefer a good spread produced from olive oil. It's better for you than both of them.

A: Dear Emi,

I prefer butter for everything. It's what I was raised on so of course I think that margarine is evil and shouldn't be used at all, ever. Probably due to some article my mom read that said that margarine isn't good for you. Isn't the power of how you were raised incredible?

-The Cheeky Chickie
A: Dear Claudio,

You've obviously never had any of my cookies.

Dear Jack Frost,

Butter. Butter. Butter! Seriously. Margarine is yuck and not real. Butter is real. End of subject.

A: Dear Emi

Allow me to add my voice to the chorus crying "BUTTER!"

-Humble Master
Question #41297 posted on 12/08/2007 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I could have sworn that I'd read this question on the board before, but I can't seem to find it no matter how I search. So if it's been asked and I'm just not finding it, my apologies. I was wondering how (and I mean simple terms here, I'm not so computer-savvy) you put a link in words, like if I was going to say, "We're having a concert on Friday," and "concert" was in a different color, and you could click on it to get taken to a different page with more info (that's probably why I can't find this . . . I don't know what to call anything). So I want to know how I can make it so people can click on a word to get taken to a different webpage. I hope that makes sense.

Thanks for your help!

- Chich

A: Dear Chich,

Good question. The HTML for that is pretty simple. You use code something like the following: <a href="http://www.somewebsitehere.com/">text to link</a>, where you replace the stuff in quotation marks with the actual URL (address), and text to link with the word or words you want to be the link to click on. (In your example, you'd put concert in there.)

If you were asking how to include a link on the Board in one of your questions, HTML isn't allowed, but if you just paste the URL it will automatically turn into a link. (You couldn't put it in the middle of a sentence, but at least it would work.)

—Laser Jock

Dear 100 Hour Board,

If you were a Shakespeare play, which would you be and why?

Also, if you were a Tom Hanks movie, which would you be and why?


A: Dear Whiskers,

If I were in a Tom Hanks movie, it would definitely be the Da Vinci Code. Any excuse to run around Paris, London, the Louvre and cool cathedrals is more than all right by me. Even if it means running afoul of Opus Dei and getting betrayed by elderly geniuses.

As for Shakespeare, I think that answer is pretty obvious. I would be myself: Hermia from A Midsummer Night's Dream - short, spirited, and quite fond of running around the woods after guys named Lysander.

A: Dear Cat:

I am going to answer this as if you said "in a play/movie:" I don't think I'm up to being the entire play or movie.

1. Portia from The Merchant of Venice. Check out my bio to see more why.

2. Oohh . . . Tom Hanks. Where to begin? It's gotta be Joe vs. the Volcano.
[Joe is about to jump into the volcano]
Patricia: I love you!
Joe Banks: I love you, too! I've never been in love with anybody before, either! It's great! I'm glad! But the timing stinks.
[kisses her on the cheek]
Joe Banks: I've gotta go.
Something about such absurdist humor speaks to my soul.

A: Dear Whiskers,

If I were a Shakespeare play, I'd be the one with the guy and the girl who have the misunderstanding at the beginning (although it's mostly the guy's fault) and there are twists and turns along the way, but they end up together in the end. Yeah. That one.

I had a hard time picking a Tom Hanks movie, so I asked my roommate what movie she would be. She said she'd be Catch Me If You Can, because sometimes she feels like she's just pretending to be an adult:
Principal Evans: Your son has been pretending to be a substitute teacher, lecturing the students, uh, giving out homework, uh. Mrs. Glasser has been ill, there was some confusion with the real sub. Your son held a teacher-parent conference yesterday and was planning a class field trip to a French bread factory in Trenton.
(She also says "hi" to any Hassells from Maine who are reading this.)

- Katya
A: Dear Whiskers

Shakespeare play: Much Ado About Nothing, I think we're all clueless and need some friendly finangling to help us get along in life.

Tom Hanks movie: Apollo 13, I think we all need a whole lot of help and a few miracles to get back home.

-Humble Master
Question #41291 posted on 12/08/2007 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Years ago, we used to play two different computer games that we enjoyed a lot. I think we were using a Mac then; sadly, now we only have PCs.

Is there any way we can get these games now and play them on our PC?

They were called "Scarab of RA" and "Moria".

- "Sure, I'm Game!"

A: Dear Gamey,

There's good news and bad news.

The good news: you can still download Scarab of RA right here.

The bad news: it's for Mac only.

As far as Moria goes, you can still find it for PC. The FAQ page I found links you to here and here.

Or, barring that, you can just download a remake of the game called Mines of Morgoth from this site.

For more old school computer games, check out a few of my favorites at Abandonia and Home of the Underdogs. I pity those that have not played the DOS classic Master of Orion.

Question #41290 posted on 12/08/2007 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I recently figured out that I know bismark, one of your rather well-known readers. So I decided to go through and read some of the things he has written and it has been delightfully fun. It made me realize that although I read the board everyday, I don't really pay attention to who's writing what. So I have made it my goal to "get to know" the prominent and not-so-prominent writers of the board.

I have just been randomly searching for posts with your writer name's in them, but thought I would also pose a question. What question have you answered that best shows your personality and/or writing style?

- Lanfear

A: Dear Making Me Wonder Who's Prominent and Who Isn't:

I liked this question a lot. One of my favorite things about the Board is noticing everyone's voice come through. It's even better from this side, when you know these people on a more personal level.

Board Question #40357 would be a good example of the kind of research I sometimes like to put into quality questions. Note the number sub- and superscripts: they seem Portia-ish to me.

Board Question #40318: typical religious answer.

Board Question #40382: I can see me saying "Dude!" in addressing someone. And proceeding to go into a long, annotated, this-is-why-you-are-a-good-person story.

My answers aren't always long, though. (Board Question #40994).

Board Question #40839 shows my love of dance, and my Strong Bad parody in Board Question #40737 is an excellent showcase of my personality.

Hopefully you now know a little more about the person behind the alias. I await further answers from everyone else.

A: Dear networkophobe,

After a very non-exhaustive search, Board Question #40386 and Board Question #39154 are probably as good as any.

-=Optimus Prime=-
A: Dear Lanfear

Huh, this turned out to be much more interesting than I thought. I looked back over bunches of my answers, it proved enlightening. I had forgotten lots of what I've answered. I don't know that I have any particular style that stands out markedly. I think there are a few patterns that perhaps could be pointed out:

Early on I would occasionally, but not terribly often, I go off completely randomly on a subject. I haven't done that lately, maybe a question will inspire me soon.

At times I like to make lengthy lists of random things.

When requested I'll make up extremely random stories.

I love comic book questions and will answer any of them that come through the inbox (and sometimes I'll make non-comic book questions into comic book questions).

I'll sometimes reveal embarrassing tales about myself.

Sometimes I make ridiculous statements one day, and then I have to deal with them 100 Hours later.

-Humble Master
A: Dear afraid of local area networks,

I like ranting. I also like science, technology, biology, anatomy, and hypothetical thought experiments. I really love questions about music, and music history. I love video games, but we don't get much of those around here.

Board Question #39700: Pterodactyl air force
Board Question #40605: Raggin' on country music
Board Question #40614: Geopolitics of Eurasia
Board Question #40424: Nudity
Board Question #39957: Gushing about REM
Board Question #40217: Feeling the hate for edited movies
Board Question #41011: Great playlists and bickering about the Beatles
Board Question #39596: Good ol' cheerful mysogyny!
Board Question #41042: Gigantic cartwheels, physics, evolutionary biology, and Tetsuuuoooooo!!!!!

Stylistically, I abuse italics tags (and parentheses), favor run-on sentences, and I flagrantly begin sentences with "and." Ha ha!

A: Dear Lanfear ~

I love to tell stories. And I talk a lot. Yup. That about typifies me.

~ Dragon Lady
A: Dear Lanfear,

Speculation: Board Question #35541
Explanations: Board Question #38112
Everyday magic: Board Question #37723

My favorite will be posted in the next few days. Proof that Harry Potter can be incorporated into any topic. Keep your eye out.

- Niffler
Question #41289 posted on 12/08/2007 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Thanks to the incredible nightlife here in Provo my sleeping patterns have become borderline insane. Their are nights where I stay up until 1-2, nights where I stay up until 5 (weekends) and nights where I try to go to bed at 11 but can't due to the crazy nature of it all.

So my question is two-fold
1.What can I do to fall asleep on those nights where I actually want to go to bed earlier?
2. How can I establish a better sleep pattern and not feel like I'm missing out on college?

I almost feel like my current sleep schedule has broken into two. I end up napping almost every day for probably 2 hours. I know patterns are very important to sleep but I figured I could get some of your thoughts since your all college students who have gone through semesters yourself.

- Lanfear

A: Dear Lanfear,

1. I shouldn't admit it, but right now my schedule is something like yours, actually (except without the naps ... I've never been good at taking naps), except I have a good amount of sleep-at-10 nights mixed in, too. (I'm working through a temp agency right now.) The thing that's helped me the most is to establish a routine that, Pavlov-like, means "sleep" to me. For instance, before I go to sleep every single night, I lie in bed with just a reading lamp on, and read for fun. Usually from a young adult fiction book, but I've found it doesn't matter too much, as long as the rest of the setup is the same.

One other suggestion. In high school, sometimes if things were getting ridiculous, my parents made me take a Tylenol P.M. around 6 p.m., and really go lie down by 7:30-8 p.m. I got a solid night of sleep that way, and thus a good "starting over" place, as I naturally woke up earlier the next morning and naturally got tired earlier the next night.

2. Ummmmm. I learned a great quote from a friend: "Early to bed, early to rise/Makes your girlfriend date other guys." While something like 5 a.m. isn't exactly necessary to a college experience (at least not regularly), going to bed before midnight on a consistent basis does require you miss out on a lot.

Try to make friends with people who also go to bed earlier. If you're managing your time so that you're up and working by 7 or 8 a.m., and working through the times you'd otherwise be napping, you can start playing earlier, and thus, go to bed earlier. That way, you're still getting a solid amount of playtime in, but sleeping earlier. The only area where this fails to definitionally meet the "college experience" is the block of adventures that happen sometimes because everything is closed.

Another key could be not starting things at 2-3 a.m. Correct me if I'm wrong, but usually the activities that last until 5 a.m. aren't the ones you started at 9 p.m. You can pretty routinely finish up with most social things by 12:30-2 a.m. without feeling like you're missing out on anything.

A: Dear Lanfear,

See also Board Question #37426 and all the other questions linked therein.

- Katya
Question #41288 posted on 12/08/2007 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Why is Hanukkah sometimes spelled Chanukkah? What's the difference?


A: Dear shannon ~

The Hebrew word is חנוכה. The first letter (read right to left), ח (chet) is pronounced as if you were clearing your throat. When you spell this letter in letters you and I can both read, you use the letters "ch" to spell such a sound. However, not having such a letter in our alphabet or such a sound in our speech, many of us struggle with sounding like we're coughing up a lung while speaking. So instead, we just use the 'h' sound. So instead of saying "Ch[cough]anukah" we say "Hanukkah." Now, if you heard someone say "Hanukkah" how would you spell it? Would you spell it Ch-? Or would you spell it H-? Probably H-. So basically, Chanukah is how anyone who speaks Hebrew would probably spell it while Hanukkah is the English-ized version.

~ Dragon Lady
A: Dear Dragon Lady

I got some odd enjoyment out of trying to pronounce Ch[cough]anukah when I read your answer. Thank you for that.

-Humble Master
Question #41286 posted on 12/08/2007 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

My husband and I have been disagreeing about this and turn to you for an answer.

Say President Hinckley dies and Thomas S. Monson becomes the president of the church, when he dies, will President Eyering become the prophet (since he is in the first presidency now?) Or will it be Boyd K. Packer since he has been a member of the 12 the longest? It seems odd that Packer would 'pass up' Eyering, but he has been in the 12 longer, so...? (I know that it doesn't HAVE to go to a certain person next in line and that the 12 and first presidency receive inspiration about it, but I know that there is a pattern that has typically been followed in the past too. Please answer the question according to the pattern) Thanks for being there to settle our disagreements!


A: Dear Daisy,

The succession in the presidency has historically been determined by seniority. That is to say, the most senior apostle becomes the next President of the Church. It's important to realize that when the President of the Church dies, the entire Quorum of the First Presidency is dissolved and its members return to their previous quorums. Thus, upon the death of President Hinckley, there is no historical guarantee that the First Presidency will even include President Eyring. (Since he has experience in the position, there may be some logical bias toward his continued service in that body, but it's not necessary.)

Rather, upon the death of President Hinckley, the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles will actually contain 14 active members. President Monson will be the President of that Quorum, and in fact he is the President of that Quorum right now. Go look at the transcript of the last General Conference; you'll note that we sustained "Thomas Spencer Monson as President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, [and] Boyd Kenneth Packer as Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles." Thus, assuming that only church Presidents die, the order of succession would be the order of seniority in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. You can find a listing of the seniority on Wikipedia.

Or course, as you said, all of this is subject to revelation, but that's the pattern as we've seen it historically.

A: Dear flower,

It should also be noted that apostleship is not a prerequisite for being a counselor in the First Presidency. A counselor need only be a high priest. The calling of counselor in the First Presidency could probably be considered a "lesser" calling than that of senior apostle, otherwise President Eyring already "passed up" Elder Packer by getting into the Presidency.

-=Optimus Prime=-
Question #41285 posted on 12/08/2007 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Is the lady of Shatlott, and Elaine of astolot the same people?

- The lily maid

A: Dear Lily Maid,

Yes, it could be argued that they are in some ways the same person. Tennyson said that he based his poem on the thirteenth-century Italian text Donna di Scalotta, and many believe that Tennyson may have also been influenced by Malory's Le Morte d'Arthur. Both of these stories involve Elaine. Of course, Tennyson would have wanted to present a fresh view of Elaine in his poem by emphasizing certain characteristics and perhaps even altering some plot points. As such, it would be unwise to use them interchangeably in a scholarly setting. As it would be to try to reenact this tragic tale by floating out on Barry's Pond in a dory. Unless you like "fishing for lake trout."

Question #41281 posted on 12/08/2007 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

How many people are at BYUI because they couldn't get into BYU and how many are there because they prefer it to BYU for some reason?

- Not a Jerk, Just Wondering

A: Dear Not ~

1) I would guess the same number that put BYU as their first preference and BYU-Idaho as their second, yet got accepted to BYU-Idaho instead.

2)The same number that put BYU-Idaho as their first preference... and got it.

In order to keep both schools as full as possible, they rarely accept someone to both schools. They try to give you your first choice, but the two schools are looking at different things for their admissions. If you don't qualify for your first choice, you'll be considered for your second.

This reminds me of a joke. What do BYU and UVSC students have in common? They both applied to BYU. [groan] (Ahhh! No! Stop with the angry glares and murmuring! I know many a good soul who is very happy at UVSC. It's a joke!)

~ Dragon Lady
A: Dear Not a Jerk,

This question has been flagged as a large-scale counting question and will therefore be left unanswered save the slightly witty comment above.

-Just Another Cassio
...welcoming you to try a little harder next time.
Question #41280 posted on 12/08/2007 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I have to take Econ110 by next Fall, but I can't fit it into my schedule this Winter semester because I'm taking a heavy course load as is. Taking it along with Accounting 210 and MCom320 (among other things) is most certainly not a good idea. I have to go home to work during the Spring and Summer terms so that's out of the question. My only other option is to take it Independent Study, or possibly at a local community college. Being the hard class that it is, would it be even harder to take Independent Study? What does that entail? I checked the course description on the Independent Study page and it said the following:

Strengths and weaknesses of markets and governments for solving problems of social organization or conflict, including policy response to inflation, unemployment, pollution, poverty, growth, etc. 15 lessons, 15 submitted (includes 2 papers); 2 proctored midcourse exams; one proctored final exam.

What does "15 submitted" mean (quizzes, papers)? And what have you heard about taking Econ110 independent study? Is it impossible to get an A in?

- Give Me Econ110 or Give Me Death (either way, I'll probably die, because I hear that class is HARD)

A: Dear Dead Student Studying,

The "15 submitted" means that you have to submit all of the lessons you complete (plus 2 papers). For some Independent Study classes, you don't have to submit all of your lessons, even though you're still supposed to do all of them to help you learn the material and prepare for the final exam.

Aside from that, it doesn't look like any of us has experience with taking Econ 110 through Independent Study, but it can't possibly be harder than the in-person sections, from what I've heard.

- Katya
Question #41279 posted on 12/08/2007 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I heard that theres a song called April 20. Its by Yellowcard..I think. Anways, I just wanted to read the Lyrics...but I can't find them online. I was wondering if you knew where i could find them. Thanks

- Curious

A: Dear Curious-

If curiosity didn't kill the cat, it sure as heck almost killed me, in this case.

The song is called "April 20th," and it is by Yellowcard. It sounds to me as if you haven't actually heard this song yourself. That is one area of your life in which you should count yourself lucky. Now, I'm not a Yellowcard fan in the first place, but their current stuff sounds like Pink Floyd compared to this junk. It's honestly a terrible song. It's repugnant. There aren't enough adjectives in the thesaurus entry under "bad" to suffice.

Plus, it has nothing to do with the date April 20th (or even pot-smokin'. 4/20, you know), which is what I would guess your interest with it has to be based on.

That said... you're right, it's basically impossible to find the lyrics for this song online. Or rather... it was. If you go to the band's Wiki page (I've never seen a band with their own Wiki before) and check out the entry posted by yours truly, the lyrics can now be known.

Honestly, the things I do for you. Not only did I profane my hard drive with this filth, I had to listen to it a couple dozen times to transcribe the incomprehensible singing. Plus I dragged a friend into this (huge props to my buddy Jonas) to help translate the babble. Then I registered with their website so I could post it.

If there's one thing I can leave you with, don't bother with this song. Find something more worth your time. Listen to some classic rock. Or some decent alternative. Or, even if you want to remain in the poppy-punk realm, there are many better choices: Weezer, Ozma, and the Format are all great. Heck, even the All-American Rejects' first CD, Mae, and Something Corporate are better than this. But if you really want to find better music, e-mail me and I'll gladly give you a more personalized recommendation. foreman (dot) theboard (at) gmail (dot) com

Question #41278 posted on 12/08/2007 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Why doesn't BYU trust its students or their judgment? I am referring, of course, to the Honor Code and the ridiculous Honor Code Office. I know that the First Presidency is on the board of directors, as are, I'm sure, other people who know better than I do what is best for me, and I'm not trying to question them. But it just seems frivolous, arbitrary, and excessive in many cases and in most cases I have heard of the Honor Code intervening in someone's life it is because of something silly like a half-inch of hair (though, granted, I am not as likely to hear about someone who was caught and disciplined for behaving immorally).

I follow it, because I gave my word that I would, but I don't necessarily agree with the entire thing. It seems like the University is saying "We want you to be honest, nice, clean and upstanding kids, but we know some of you are liars, cheats and rascals so we're going to find you and everyone else who has made a mistake or wants to be a little different, hunt you down and publicly humiliate you." Is this something I should just take on faith? Am I a bad person for thinking the Honor Code and its enforcement office are kind of ridiculous?

- Wonderin'

A: Dear Unhappy wonderer,

Talk to the head of security at the BYU Bookstore about the people who they catch stealing books or other items. Talk to the workers in the in the testing center about the people who are caught cheating. Talk to the students who have had laptops, books, equipment, and other things stolen from them. Shoot, talk to the people in the Honor Code office who get the reports of people violating all sorts of rules.

You have to have have actual rules because guidelines are subjective. If the honor code just said "have you hair at an appropriate length" then anyone could interpret that any way they wanted. I bet you anything that we'd have guys going around with their hair as long as mine if those were the only rules. Rules just cannot work very well that way. Sadly, it is the world we live in today that forces us to not only have rules but ways of enforcing them. It would be incredible if we could just believe that all of the students at BYU were good, honest, and trustworthy. Time to stop fooling yourself and realize that unfortunately they are not.

-The Cheeky Chickie
A: Dear Wonderin',

I think it will help to remember that Honor Code is a school code and not a religious commandment. As HM pointed out, lots of schools have them. Like those schools, BYU has decided what kind of image it wants its students to have and has put a code in place so that it can enforce that image. Without a code, they would have no way to legally do so. You obviously don't mind that image too much, because you chose to come here.

So, take comfort in knowing that you aren't evil for thinking the Honor Code isn't a celestial law. It's just school policy, and you are only morally obligated to follow some sections because you signed it.


The Cleaning Lady
A: Dear Reader,

See also Board Question #35784.

- the librarian
Question #41275 posted on 12/08/2007 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I don't know if my questions falls in the "What types of questions should I not ask" group but I really need to find out answers to these questions and I don't know who is the right person to ask these questions to. Are there any honors society in BYU? Are their any in the Marriott school(for Junior, Accounting students)? If there are, which ones are the most prestigious. What about national honors societies...which national societies are the most prestigious and selective(by selective I mean the ones that require you to have may be a GPA of 3.9 or may be 3.95)?

- timetraveller

A: Dear timetraveller,

BYU does have several honor societies: Phi Eta Sigma, Phi Kappa Phi, and the Golden Key Society. The Marriot School also has some business-specific honor societies: Beta Gamma Sigma and Beta Alpha Psi.

From what I've read, it looks like membership in all of these is based on being in the top percentage of one's class, rather than by specific GPA. Most concentrate on the top 10 percent. I could find no documentation or indication of one society being "the most" prestigious. Also, membership in all of these except for Beta Alpha Psi is by invitation only. And I hate to tell you this, but if you haven't heard from them, based on the grammar and spelling in your question - and even your name - I can understand why. If I were you, I'd get some tutoring in that area; you'll need it in business.

Good luck!

The Cleaning Lady
Question #41228 posted on 12/08/2007 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

What are you guys wanting for Christmas. Tis the season, and my family is harping me for a list. I have some ideas, but I don't really need anything... So... what are you guys wanting? Cool toys, fun stuff, even the basics, I need some good ideas.

Merry Xmas

- Basso Continuo

A: Dear Basso,

I still just want a Wii, 13 months and I still haven't been able to get my hands on one.

-Curious Physics Minor
A: Dear Bass:

My entire rent for Winter Semester paid off.

On a more realistic note . . . some narrow shelves. I always like getting lotion or books or candy. And at least some money.

A: Dear Sandman,

Below is a list of ideas for things you could ask for:
Board Games
Card Games
Framed Art
Kitchen Stuff
Video Games

Things I am asking Santa for:
A really cool Whisk
And a bunch of other stuff.

I think very rarely by this point in my life do I ever actually need anything, but there are frequently still things that I want. It's just a matter of prioritizing and then eventually deciding if it's something that I really do want or if it just looked cool in the moment. Or if it's something that I want but can't afford to get now, so I can hold off for a while and let someone else buy it for me (what, like you don't think that way?).

A: Dear Azriel,

That IS a cool whisk.

Dear Basso,

I want Guitar Hero III for PS2.

Or the first shirt on this page (the answer, by the way, is [Y]).

iTunes gift cards always rock.

A mandoline. Ooh, and a serious cast iron skillet.

Any good ethnic cuisine cookbook. I'd really love to learn how to cook Mediterranean food. And some solid Italian...like, REAL Italian. Yeah, that's the ticket.

A: Dear Basso Continuo,

Ha, my mom asked me that just this morning, and the only things I could think of were textbooks (lame! I'm not really asking for textbooks) and a big bottle of lotion because Utah is so ridiculously dry.

A: Dear Bass,

My list included an iTunes gift card, a few albums I want, a few Wassily Kandinsky posters, frames for them, my handwriting as a font, and a Clearplay DVD player.

A: Dear Basso-

I, personally, would love some rock climbing gear. I can't bring myself to bite the bullet and purchase it myself because I have no car, and can never go climbing when I want.

So I guess, really, I want a car. Or a personal climbing wall.

I would also kill for a Kitchenaid stand mixer.

A: Dear Basso basso basso basso basso (and so forth in a continuing pattern),

This is what I'm asking for for Christmas. What else would Krishna want except some trendy Indian clothes?! On another note, I like getting the basics for Christmas (makeup, toiletries, clothes, shoes) the expensive non-food stuff that I need to have. That way I don't have to buy it and can later spend my money on fun activities or things I want.

A: Dear,

I really love cooking. If I didn't have one, I'd probably ask for a wok. As it is, I'd love cookbooks, a medium-sized frying pan, a big stockpot, any number of wooden spoons, a few more casserole dishes, or any really fun ingredients.

Other than than, I love books and movies and music--gift cards or some good selections would be cool.

Things I can do with friends--games, big things of hot chocolate, fondue pots, and so on. Those are nice.

My iPod just died, so I could do with another.

Really, I'm not too inventive. I'd be happy with anything I've been thinking I need to pick up, myself. And I'd be happy if someone got me something off that list, either because I like it, or because it meant they were thinking of me. Pick out a few things you could use, some small, everyday things like detergent or new gloves, and some bigger ones like a nice pot or an iPod, and call it a good list.

-Uffish Thought
A: Dear BC,

New slippers
A teflon-friendly whisk
A foot massage
A rocking chair


The Cleaning Lady
A: Dear Basso

I'm with Curious Physics Minor on the Wii. There are lots of books and movies that intrigue me. With the renaissance of comic book films in recent years has come a proportionate rise in comic book merchandise, so I'm easy enough to shop for. All those toys and games with comic book characters? Any and all of those intrigue me.

-Humble Master
A: Dear continuous bass,



If that's out of the question, I wouldn't say no to a new tower with an Intel Core 2 Quad 6700, two overclocked Geforce 8800 GTX cards in SLI with a silent cooling system, 4 GB of Corsair RAM, a DL DVD Supermulti drive and a Blu-Ray drive, and 3.5 TB of storage in a RAID array. Oh, and a 24" widescreen LCD monitor with a 2000:1 contrast ratio and a 2ms response time, that doubles as a 1080p HDTV.

What can I say? I'm a hopeless romantic.

A: Dear Basso ~

Already covered it.

I have also asked Santa for a crock pot, Harry Potter 6 (in English. I only have it in Hebrew.), the last Tennis Shoes book, and... curses. No, I'm not asking for curses... that'd be silly. I'm saying curses because there was something else I wanted to ask for and I forgot. Hopefully Santa is omniscient. Oh! I remember! Babes in Toyland. The Drew Barrymore/Keanu Reeves one.

How about I follow suit and also say love? It seems like a good thing to ask for. And hey, it worked on Miracle on 34th Street, why not for me?

~ Dragon Lady
A: Dear Basso,

We would like CATS to have a change of heart...through any means possible. And we just might get it.

-100 Typing Monkeys