"My brother is too kind. He was eminent when my eminence was only imminent." -Niles Crane
Question #37373 posted on 06/28/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I have a thought regarding Board Question #37167. A neighbor of mine had these same symptoms and was diagnosed as having myasthenia gravis. It has totally changed the way she lives her life and she really has to choose carefully what she does each day, because she only has limited amounts of energy. Information on this disease can be found at http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/myasthenia_gravis/detail_myasthenia_gravis.htm

- Lilalilu

Question #37366 posted on 06/28/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

(Board Question #37171)

You may not be able to get Squeeze-its anymore, but you can still purchase Kool-aid Bursts for a very reasonable price at Wal-Mart. They're practically the same thing. I bought some just last week. From the people I've talked to, the blue ones are better than the red ones.

- Rejected in Regency

A: Dear George,

Oh yeah, that's what I drank. It was a blue one and it was good. Sorry for misleading everyone.

-Kicks and Giggles
Question #37364 posted on 06/28/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

RE: Board Question #37177 - I recently had a similar situation. Pratt Automotive in Orem is AMAZING. I was quoted a price by BigO with "needed repairs" which totaled over $2,000. When I took it to Pratt, I received an estimate of needed repairs at 1/10th that price. My car is running fine now. I definitely recommend them.

-wired

Question #37200 posted on 06/28/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

What's the real story behind Ed Decker's excommunication?

A: Dear~

Here is an excerpt from the Wikipedia article on Decker.
Critics also point to Decker's first wife's allegations that he was excommunicated for adultery and wife abuse - contrary to his claim that it was due to changes in Decker's religious beliefs. This allegation has been denied by Decker but appears in court documents that he did not dispute at the time of his divorce. Decker has since remarried.

The actual Decker excommunication record is on file at Utah State University Special Collections Library [#210]
There you have it.

~Hobbes
A: Dear,

According to his own site, Ed Decker was excommunicated because he requested that his name be removed from the church membership records.

-Whistler
Question #37199 posted on 06/28/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear Humble Master,

I have a mission for you.

My pseudonym stems from a conversation I had several years ago with Ambrosia, where I mused about the possibility of having a secret superhero identity . . . that no one had ever heard of:

"I'm Goldfish Girl!"

"You're who?"

"You know, Goldfish Girl! Defender of carp!"

[Silence]

"Goldfish Girl? The one with the powers of a . . . fish?"

"Sorry. Not ringing a bell."

And thus was born my alias (on this side of the Board, anyway).

Unfortunately, I never really fleshed out the history, mission, and specific powers of Goldfish Girl, which is where you come in. Who is Goldfish Girl? What does she stand for? Who is her alter ego? What are her powers and how did she acquire them?

All things being equal, I'd prefer to exist in the same universe as Batman, et al., but I can stand to be a Marvel character, if necessary.

- Goldfish Girl

A: Dear Goldfish Girl

What a fun question. You demonstrate some awareness of the comic book universes, and I'm going to go ahead and offer some probable origin stories for the different companies.

DC Comics: DC Comics is home to Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, and thousands of other heroes. This is your stated preferred universe. DC superheroes tend to be iconic and infallible, more like gods than human beings. DC superheroes are the heroes we wish we could be, the ideal heroes (even Batman, who is a "normal" human, drives himself to a beyond human level, he's as perfect as a normal human could get, so still a god-like instead of human character).

The Goldfish Girl of DC Comics was created in the around 1942 when editors at National Periodicals (which would later become DC Comics) mandated that a young girl be added to the adventures of Aquaman to allow kids, especially females, to relate to the stories. This is the same logic that landed Robin a role as the partner of Batman. Goldfish Girl is the precocious kid sister of the Atlantean prince, Aquaman (who was created in 1940). Goldfish Girl has mostly the same powers as Aquaman, she can breathe underwater, she can swim exceptionally fast, and she can communicate telepathically with sea creatures. This last talent has not yet fully developed, and she can only communicate with small sea creatures (like goldfish...and krill). Aquaman would not allow his kid sister to accompany him on his missions, due to the inherent danger, but when he was kidnapped by the pirate Black Jack, she rescued him with the aid of a school of goldfish. This led to her codename, Goldfish Girl, and also convinced Aquaman to allow her to patrol the oceans in search of threats, but with the understanding that she would send word back to him if she ever encountered anything dangerous and not attempt to deal with the danger herself. She, of course, regularly broke this agreement, and threw herself into every dangerous situation she could find. Her costume is patterned after Aquaman's, and consists of an orange/gold shirt with a fetching green miniskirt.

Marvel Comics: Marvel Comics publishes the adventures of Spider-Man, the X-Men, The Incredible Hulk, and thousands of other heroes. Marvel heroes tend to have feet of clay, and be more flawed than their DC counterparts. Marvel characters we would be if we had super powers, making mistakes, complaining from time to time, and wondering if it was all worth it.

The Goldfish Girl of Marvel Comics is the niece of Namor: The Sub-Mariner. Namor's adventures were first published by Timely Comics, which would eventually become Marvel Comics. In the early 1960s Stan Lee and several artists launched the Marvel universe of comics. Several previous characters that the company still had rights to, such as Captain America and Namor, were introduced into this new Marvel Universe. Namor is the son of a human sea captain and the princess of Atlantis (which allows him to breathe both water and air), and is now the ruler of Atlantis.

Marvel's Goldfish Girl was created when Stan Lee and Jack Kirby decided to expand the cast of characters that Namor interacted with so they could launch the character into his own solo-title after his popular appearance in 1962's Fantastic Four #4. They included Namor's Antlantean brother, Numenor and Numenor's wife, Pasora, who have a daughter named Sumara. Whenever Namor is on the surface world his brother assumes the role of ruler of Atlantis. Attuma, sworn enemy of Namor, plots to take over Atlantis. He lures Sumara away, and kidnaps her. When Numenor and Pasora go to rescue Sumara they are killed, allowing Attuma to claim the throne. Sumara sees her parents murdered, and flees. Nearing the surface she is able to eventually contact Namor, who battles Attuma, and reclaims the throne of Atlantis. Namor sees that Sumara receives training and charges her with protecting Atlantis whenever he is away. She chooses the name Goldfish Girl as that was her mother's favorite animal. Goldfish Girl can breathe underwater, and is super-strong. She wears a golden swimsuit (after all, if all you do is swim, why would have the drag of a miniskirt slowing you down?).

Image Comics: Image Comics was started in 1992 by seven popular artists who left Marvel and DC to start their own publishing company. These artists undertook the task of writing and drawing the comics produced by Image (imagine if seven popular writers broke away from Marvel and DC, formed a company called Text Comics, and tried to do their own drawing and you may spot the flaw in their plan). The early Image comics were all flash and no substance, usually employing large splash-pages of the whole team standing in heroic poses, with lots of little dialogue boxes around the page. The stories were generally poorly constructed and had little point other than to show of the artistic talent of the creators (as a side note: Image Comics still exists, and their current work is far different from the early days of the company described above).

The Image Goldfish Girl has no real origin story or purpose. She can breathe underwater, but it's never really established why. Mostly she swims around in heroic poses without any costume or clothing at all, but with water bubbles conveniently placed to allow the comic book to be sold in American stores.

You may choose which origin you like best.

-Humble Master

ps (I started to write an Ultimate Marvel Goldfish Girl origin, which involved her being Atlantean, and she and her family are used as slave labor by an oil company to work undersea drills. Eventually Goldfish Girl escapes after an accident kills all the other slaves, and she dedicates her life to stopping humanity from polluting the oceans...but then I realized this answer is already quite long).

Question #37197 posted on 06/28/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

So I'm a 20 year old mormon girl enroled at BYU. After 2 years of being at school I'm begining to feel like I need some more time to meture in order to beter decide what to do with my life. Is there any way to take a year off from school and just work?

-time

A: Dear time,

You can take off a semester by deferring your enrollment, and you can always take Spring/Summer off. While you're taking some time off you can increase your maturity by checking out a dictionary.

-wet blanket, who is feeling very meture today
A: Dear time,

As the ever-snarky wet blanket pointed out, you can't defer for an entire year; if you drop out for long than that, you'll have to reapply. However, reapplying and being readmitted is not actually that hard. There's less paperwork the second time and if you're in good standing both academically and ecclesiastically, you'll probably be readmitted. I dropped out after my freshman year for basically the same reasons you're considering doing so, and it was one of the best decisions I ever made. I worked for a year, saved almost $10,000 (I was living at home) and had a much easier time of things when I went back to BYU.

It's not a decision to make lightly, so make it a matter of prayer, but do be aware that it's an option.

- Katya
Question #37195 posted on 06/28/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I am one of those fortunate ones who has wonderful, kind, generous, loving parents who are willing to pay for my freshman year at BYU. I know this is a privelege, not a right, and want to contribute in every way possible.

My problem is that I don't want my parents to have access to every part of my BYU profile when they access my housing account to make a payment. It's not that I've got anything to hide (I don't), but I like the idea of having some part of my life that is not open to their review (which comes often). Is there any way that I can make a password that only accesses my housing account, or do they have access to everything until I begin to pay for myself and can change the entire password?

- Child of the amazing, generous, outstanding, awesome, make-a-dream-come-truing kind of parents, but who also values privacy

A: Dear Child,

If you don't want your parents to see everything in your record, you should get them to give you a credit card (maybe one that gets charged to their account). You could also pay tuition with a check at one-stop. There is no "parent's login." Sorry, but sometimes parental support comes at a price, and often it is decreased privacy.

-wet blanket
Question #37193 posted on 06/28/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

My husband really wants to learn Gaelic or Irish for a possible future in studying these cultures. Is there anywhere in Utah where he can do this? BYU only offers Welsh.

~ Synneva

A: Dear Synneva,

Welsh at the university level is pretty rare, and I'm afraid that courses in Irish and Scottish Gaelic are even harder to find. The University of Minnesota hosts a search engine which indexes "less commonly taught languages." According to that list, there are no colleges in Utah that offer Irish or Scottish Gaelic. The closest thing I could find is a distance education course in Irish offered by CUNY's Irish Studies Program. Click on the search engine linked above to see the complete list of universities that offer Irish and Scottish Gaelic courses, as well as study abroad programs.

Mae'n ddrwg gen i.

- Katya
Question #37191 posted on 06/28/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I go to BYU-Idaho and it's our Hawaiian Morp coming up soon. On this most rare of nights, we're allowed to wear knee-length shorts and flip-flops. What officially constitutes knee-length? Can they be just above the knee or must they end right at the patella? Maybe they have to reach just below the knee. Which is it?

-Buttercup

A: Dear Buttercup,

I don't think this is quite how you meant your question, but it immediately reminded me of part of a talk by John Bytheway. He was talking about three different attitudes. The first one he called "How bad can I be?"
Sometimes we get really focused on the line—where's the line. For example: dress codes. "Well, where exactly is my knee, mother? Exactly?" (Standards Night Live. John Bytheway. DVD, Deseret Book, 2004.)
The line isn't what is important. Instead, as he later points out we should try to make our attitude "I want to be valiant." Try to be the best you can.

I hope it doesn't sound like I'm chastising you or something. I think it was an innocent question. However, your question reminded me of his talk, and it seemed like the best answer to give. I honestly doubt that they have a more specific answer than that. Usually Church leaders leave nitpicky stuff alone and just ask that you make good choices.

—Laser Jock
A: Dear princess,

I think as long as they're close they're fine, but often the official way to measure knee-lengthedness is to have the individual kneel and see if the fabric touches the floor.

-=Optimus Prime=-
Question #37188 posted on 06/28/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I previously asked a question (Board Question #36210) on here that received a very unsatisfactory answer. With a tiny bit of searching, I found a less popular but more reliable source (PBS and Gandhi's grandson). Is there any way to get the quote and surrounding context verbatim from this specific prayer service? Who knows, maybe Gandhi never said any of the versions of this quote I've heard.


-Slightly disappointed

PS: http://www.pbs.org/kcet/globaltribe/video/tv_audio.html

A: Dear Slighly Disappointed,

From page 75 of The Quote Verifier: Who Said What, Where, and When, by Ralph Keyes:
"Be the change you wish to see in the world" is a quotation that often appears over Gandhi's name. Despite diligent searching, no one has ever found this saying in his published works. It is included on "The Official Mahatma Gandhi eArchive and Reference Library," but without a source (as is "Imitation is the sincerest flattery," attributed to Gandhi). This website's version is "You must be the change you wish to see in the world." Gandhi's descendants say he made that observation in person.
Under the circumstances, it's easy to see why there is no one definitive version of what Gandhi said, since we can't even verify that he said it (but, as always, our double-your-money-back guarantee applies to any unsatisfactory answers).

- Katya
A: Dear SL,

Hooray for doing your homework! I didn't get your link to work, but here's a link to that interview with Arun Ghandi, his grandon:
AMY ELDON: One of Gandhiji's [sic] most famous sayings is, "We must be the change we wish to see." In what context did he say that and what does it really mean?

ARUN GANDHI: Well he said this when he was speaking after prayer service and he mentioned this because people kept saying to him that the world has to change for us to change. He said, "No, the world will not change if we don't change."
That seems to fit in pretty well with what Katya found about his descendants.

—Laser Jock
Question #37186 posted on 06/28/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Looking for some inexpensive window shades and found these: http://www.boscovs.com/StoreFrontWeb/Product.bos?itemNumber=9356&type=Product

Do you think they could be dyed or painted a different color other than white? What dye would be good to use?

- Shady Character

A: Dear Shady Character,

I wouldn't do it. I know it's tempting because they're cheap (okay, they're super cheap) but in the description, it says they're "temporary pleated paper." If that's the kind of material I'm thinking of, soaking them in a liquid (like dye) isn't going to be the best idea. I'd assume it would weaken the shades, if not ruin them completely. Painting them might not be such a terrible idea. It'll be a pain to do but could work. [shrug] Just go to the craft store and pick the color you want. Hm. Spray paint might actually work too.

Good luck! Let us know how it goes!

- Lavish
Question #37181 posted on 06/28/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

What is your favorite animal to see at a zoo?

~Kismet Keeper

A: Dear KK,

Polar bears and giraffes. Definitely. If we're at Sea World, subtract the giraffes and add the dolphins.

Nike
A: Dear KK,

Gorillas, then tigers.

-=Optimus Prime=-
A: Dear Gertrude,

I like the primates, snakes, penguins, and big cats (especially lions). I also have a really bizarre intense fear of crocodiles and alligators, but it is accompanied by an obsession with them. So I really like to go see them, but I'm terrified of them the whole time. It's like driving by a car accident and not being able to look away....

-Kicks and Giggles
A: Dear Kismet Keeper,

I like penguins, Panda Bears, and Prairie Dogs. I had a Prairie dog actually POSE for me to take a picture of it.

But my all-time-favorite has to be the Capybara (in Venezuela where I served my mission it's called the chigüire) which is a real life ROUS (Rodent of Unusual Size). It's the biggest rodent alive and at the Zoo in Caricuao Caracas, Venezuela they roam free in packs. Amazing! (and down south they eat them.. sick!)

-Castle in the Sky
A: Dear Kismet Keeper

The binturong. It's just an amazing creature. It combines the grace of a cat, the body of a bear, the prehensile tail of an opossum, the laziness of a sloth, the size of a dog, the whiskers of a cougar, and the heart of a champion to create one of the most intriguing creatures these eyes (I'm pointing towards my face) have ever beheld.

-Humble Master
A: Dear KK,

I've always loved snow leopards and snow tigers. You'd have a hard time convincing me that there's a more beautiful, graceful creature anywhere at the zoo (behind the bars, anyway).

—Laser Jock
A: My dear,

At the zoo, hmm...

Penguins and big snakes and colorful frogs and ocelots and lions and cheetahs and yeah...everything. :)

- The Defenestrator
A: Dear Kismet Keeper,

I love the petting zoo area where I get to actually touch the animals. Just call me a touchy feely person.

As far as something a bit more exotic, while I'd have to agree with Laser Jock that the large cats of the zoo are amazing, I think the baby polar bears are just a bit more fun to watch. Perhaps one of these days I'll drag Laser Jock to a zoo and make him stay until he sees my point of view. ;-)

~Krishna
Question #37178 posted on 06/28/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,
Dear Castle In the Sky;

Castle in the Sky;
O/k I googled "real Alternative". I am one thumbs-all klutz when it comes to anything fancy on a computer. Pretend I am Rip Van Winkle:

QUESTION: Will a klutz get good performance from the Internet Explorer version; does everyone at BYU agree with Castle, that this is a fine program or is it just an option competing with a zillion others; and what will it do to make my life terrible if I don't do it right--major bugs????????????
Thanks Castle In The Sky.
Sergie the melancholiac thumbs-all klutz. PS Weather here in seattle is enough to make you cry: its undermining my famous melancholia seriously: have a great summer now in utah!!!!!

A: Dear Sergie,

Apparently no one else replied to this. Probably because I'm one of the few people who knows about Real Alternative.

It's a free program so it is not competing. It is just an alternative to the Real player which takes over your computer and tries to do everything under the sun.

Real Alternative doesn't have an Internet Explorer version. There is probably an option to let it run in Internet Explorer (say you are on a website like Amazon.com that wants to use Real media files it would call Real Alternative to play them). Real Alternative is an extension to a free program (Media Player Classic which came with Windows 95).

There are two versions: regular and lite. "The only difference between the regular and lite versions is that the lite version does not include Media Player Classic."

Here's the link to download it: http://www.codecguide.com/download_real.htm

-Castle in the Sky
A: Dear Rook in the Sky,

I didn't answer it because it was addressed to you. Twice.

-=Optimus Prime=-
Question #37138 posted on 06/28/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

My boss's son is getting married in the LA temple. My boss and her son are from Phoenix only the bride is familiar with the LA area. My boss is responsible for the wedding luncheon but wants to do it very inexpensively yet classy. Do you have any ideas where they could have it or do you know of any resources for LA? Thanks Emilee

A: Dear Emilee,

I think your boss' best resource should be her future daughter-in-law. She knows the area and her fiance and should be able to suggest appropriate places for the event.

The thing is, I think it depends how fancy of an event they're wanting. If the family is wanting a restaurant, there are always the chain restaurants. Most restaurants have banquet rooms off of the rest of the restaurant where they can put you. There's always Olive Garden. Oooh, or if they like Mexican food, they should have it at Acapulco. There's also a great seafood place, Duke's, at Huntington Beach but that is a little pricy. Hm. Knott's Berry Farm has a restaurant that would be fun. Claim Jumper is good. I like Spaghetti Factory. (Actually there's a Spaghetti Factory in Monrovia that's neat.) I mean really, if you want a restaurant, there are a million choices. And that would be easy to plan from out-of-state. Just decide the price range and make reservations.

Then again, some people like having something a little less formal (also less expensive) and prefer say, an outdoor barbeque. If they'd like to do that, there's this really pretty secret beach that I can tell you about if you email me. They could do something there. Depending where they are in the LA area, there are some really pretty parks. If the bride's family doesn't mind, you could have the meal catered by a restaurant but hold it in her backyard or something.

Sorry, without knowing how big of a group they have and what price range per person they're wanting it's hard to suggest places that are very specific. If you want, maybe you (or your boss) can email me at lavishable at gmail dot com for more suggestions.

Good luck!

- Lavish
Question #37137 posted on 06/28/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

As an Alumni of BYU I know very well about the ride board but now living in Phoenix I wish I had access to it. My husband and I need someone to drive our car from Phoenix up to Utah. Do you know of anyone who is coming up or who would post for me on the ride board?
Thanks!

A: Dear emilee,

Consider it done. We posted it on the Ride Board for you last night.

- Team Y'AL
(Yellow and Lavish, of course)
Question #37100 posted on 06/28/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I am transferring to BYU starting this fall and I am very excited! I am, however, worried because I have very little dating experience. I would like to date casually for a while because this is an opportunity I have never had; people from my home ward say this is impossible at BYU for girls.

What are some casual dating tips? What are some creative date ideas?

- Reinventing the wheel

A: Dear Reinventing the wheel,

If you want to get asked on casual dates, you need to make sure you come across as interested in going on dates. Take opportunities to spend time with the boys in your ward; let them see that you enjoy spending time with them. It's also nice when I know what a girl's interests are so I know what kind of a date she'd like, so don't be hesitant about talking about those kinds of things. Make yourself available for going on dates, but don't pressure any one guy into taking you.

Oh, and if you're just looking for casual dates, don't kiss anyone. Don't hold hands either, actually. Probably avoid touching elbows too.

As for creative ideas, go to the Search page, select the Relationships: Dating Ideas category, and press search. You'll find tons.

Good luck!

-Yellow
Question #37036 posted on 06/28/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I once saw a picture of Christ that I really liked, but I don't remember what it was called or who painted it, though I'm pretty sure it was an LDS author. It was one depicting Christ creating the world. I remember it had him on the right hand side, poised in a powerful position over a sphere of molten-ish earth, or something like that. Does it ring a bell? Does anyone on the board know of the picture I'm thinking of?

- The Hero, who also thanks you for helping out his Pikachu the other day. All I've heard from him is "pikaPIKAAAA!" ever since, he's so happy! Although when he's excited, we do tend to have more "shocking" accidents...!

A: Dear,

No bells were rung. And we don't know the picture you're thinking of, actually. Sorry.

-Uffish Thought