Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better. ~Albert Camus
Question #44957 posted on 05/05/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

In response to (^44854), I'd like to qualify Yellow's suggestion to add a suspension system.

The author noted that their mother's 10 speed is 30-some years old, about the time of the Schwinn Varsity. Bike frame design has altered dramatically over the past few decades, and many 'vintage' bikes suffer from being assembled using long abandon standards such as French, Italian, or simply being a jumbled piece of random parts.

The late cycling guru Sheldon Brown can provide a vague idea as to how complicated modernizing an old bike can be, as evidenced by the following links:

http://www.sheldonbrown.com/kunich.html
http://www.sheldonbrown.com/raleigh26.html

To further compound your situation, suspension fork technology really didn't take off until the early 90s, not too long after 1" threaded and 1 1/8" threadless headsets became the new standards (1 1/8" threadless is now the norm, threaded headsets have gone the way of the dodo).

In short, you're better off either working on your riding technique and position, and investing in some gloves and biking shorts to keep riding your mom's bike. Any bike shop in town is happy to help, but I've been most happy with Racer's Cycle Service (159 W. 500 N, Provo) and Outdoors Unlimited (in the Wilk by the bowling alley; if the person helping you seems uninformed, ask to talk with a mechanic.)

Additionally, consider purchasing a new bike for yourself. Don't scrimp! Big-box store bikes almost always break within a few months and weigh a ton. A good bike ($350-$700) is always a great investment, and if you can get some commuting miles in that you would normally drive, you'll improve your health, reduce our nations thirst for foreign oil, decrease local air pollution, and the gas you save can go against the cost of the bike. Since this happens all at once, owning a good bike can't sound all that bad...

Happy riding,

-Snidley

Question #44943 posted on 05/05/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Re: Board Question #44537, Laser Jock's answer was top-notch, and I just offer this as additional information Friendly Non-Mormon might find interesting. This site http://www.ugrad.math.ubc.ca/coursedoc/math100/notes/diffeqs/cool.html shows how Newton's Law of Cooling models temperature change as a differential equation.

- J.K. Flip Flop

Question #44894 posted on 05/05/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Do you wear a helmet when you ride your bike?

The Whole Nother

A: Dear Whole,

Of course. Here's Why: http://www.bicycle.net/2007/giro-helmet-helps-saves-man-head-when-he-gets-run-over-by-truck
See, as grad students the only thing we have that's worth anything are our brains, therefore we must protect them if we want to have any hope of making a living.

-Curious Physics Minor
A: Dear Nother,

Yes, usually. There are a few times when I'm guilty of not wearing one, but all in all I'd rather protect my noggin.

—Laser Jock
A: Dear Cat,

Should, but don't. Of course, I haven't ridden a bike in years, anyway, so I guess it doesn't matter too much.

-Azriel
Question #44891 posted on 05/05/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I live in a country where the LDS church is pretty unknown. I have noticed that refusing to drink alcohol has given me several missionary opportunities. However, people usually ask about chastity/pre-marital sex/pornography as well. What should I say? Here, being a virgin is a joke, most people don't believe it anyway, but if they do it seems like I am from another planet. If people ask me and I say "I don't want to answer", then I worry that I am acting ashamed about my beliefs. But, if I say that I'm a virgin, I worry that I might be throwing my pearls before swine because people laugh.
What would you say?

Far away Mormon

A: Dear Far Away,

I would just keep it simple at first. Just explain that you believe that God cares a great deal about how people leave this life and how they enter it. He has set forth guidelines for how people leave this world (hence the commandment "Thou shalt not kill"), and has also set forth guidelines for how people enter it. He wants His spirit children to be born to lawfully wedded parents, thus we should not have sex or engage in behaviors that could easily lead to sex unless we are married. If they seem more respectful after hearing a reason for your abstinence, you can tell them more about the Church's views on standards and the importance of the family. If they're still laughing at you, just move on to another subject. You tried.

Most importantly, though, make sure that you convey that you genuinely believe what you are saying and are completely committed to following the standards set forth by a religion in which you have a strong faith. They can try to argue with the reasoning behind a principle, but it's much harder to argue with a strong personal conviction. Best of luck to you.

~Hermia
Question #44890 posted on 05/05/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I love to listen to movie soundtracks. My favorite is currently the score from "Meet Joe Black" by Thomas Newman. What are some other good ones I should check out (not composed by him)?

- My Name Here

A: Dear Crazy Person,

I firmly believe that the reason God gave people voices is so we wouldn't be doomed to listen to nothing but instrumental music. While it definitely has its place, I can't stand too much listening to music without vocals. This is an argument I have had with my wife many a time, but alas! She remains firmly in the camp that soundtracks/scores are worth keeping around. She recommends the following:

Braveheart
Cinderella Man
Dragonheart (horrifically awful movie, good soundtrack)
Gladiator
Les Miserables (the movie, not the musical, although it's good too)
Lord of the Rings (all three)
Master and Commander
Pride and Prejudice
Sense and Sensibility
Somewhere in Time
The Chronicles of Narnia
The Patriot
The Village
Unbreakable

Enjoy your non-vocal extravaganza!

-Claudio
A: Dear Squeak,

I'm leaving out any that Claudio included in his answer, just so you know.

Amazing Grace
Atonement (that typewriter? Amazing.)
Bridge to Terabithia
Dead Poets Society
Ever After
Fairy Tale A True Story (impossible to find the soundtrack though. If you do, tell me where. Or, better yet, buy it for me and I'll love you forever)
Finding Neverland
Flicka
Fly Away Home
The King and I (you know, the one with Yul Brynner and Deborah Kerr)
Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium
Peter Pan (the newer, live-action one composed by James Newton Howard)
Pirates of the Caribbean (all three)
The Time Machine (2002, composed by Klaus Badelt)
Tuck Everlasting
Uncorked
The Waterhorse: Legend of the Deep

And that's all I can think of right now.

-Azriel
Question #44889 posted on 05/05/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Disclaimer: This is NOT a complaint!!!

When you guys go over hours on questions (and I'm not talking about big, research questions), what is the reason most of the time?

- Timmy the Tooth (if you can name the movie that had me as a preview, you get 10 awesome points)

A: Dear Timmy ~

For me, it's either that there's something specific that I want to include that I haven't been able to find, or simply that I have a life and don't get around to answering questions until late at night, and sometimes answers require consciousness in order to be good at all. It's really easy to justify "just one more day." Problem is, once it's over-hours, it's easy to justify, "well, it's already over hours. What will one more day hurt?"

Another reason is that there are a lot of questions in the inbox. Imagine taking four days worth of posts and putting them in one spot. That is approximately the size of our inbox. So it takes a long time to go through and read all of them and answer them. Sometimes there will be questions that one person is overly qualified to answer, and everyone else sees it and is clueless, but it takes 3 days before the qualified person sees it, and suddenly it's almost at hours, or even over hours.

I think the biggest reason, however, is that a question requires some research (but can't be answered off the top of someone's head or after 30 seconds of looking on Google or Wikipedia), and anyone could answer it, so everyone assumes someone else will do it. Thus, it just sits there, waiting for "someone else" to answer it. Finally it turns red (meaning it's over hours) and The Cleaning Lady or Team HAT see it and answer it in about 5 minutes and push it through.

~ Dragon Lady
A: Dear Ginger,

All of DL's reasons plus one: sometimes life just happens, and when you least expect it to, a bunch of things pop up that sort of take higher priority than anything that has to do with a computer. Shocking, I know.

-Azriel
Question #44888 posted on 05/05/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I recently met a guy on campus. We talked for a couple of minutes and then he left. On the last day of class, we ran into each other again. Before he left, he asked for my full name so we could be facebook buddies. We've been messaging each other casually since then. He's a really nice guy, but I'm not really interested in him other than just as a friend. Yesterday, he wrote that he wants to get together and "hang out." What should I do if I still want to be friends and not come off as a jerk?

- Posted

A: Dear Posted,

I would agree to hang out. It's not like he asked you to go on an official, Elder-Oaks-approved, all-"three-P's"-included date. I don't think you could be accused of leading him on by agreeing to something so casual. Besides, what's the harm in getting to know the guy better? Maybe you'll discover that you're interested after all. Just make sure to be friendly but decidedly unflirtatious (assuming you don't change your mind). If he asks you to do something that sounds more potentially date-like, try suggesting that you do something more low-key instead. If he doesn't get the hint, just tell him kindly that you enjoy spending time with him but don't want him to get the wrong idea and that you would rather just be friends.

~Hermia, who must have exhausted the world's hyphen supply with that response.
A: Dear No Trespassing,

I agree with Hermia. Hanging out is something friends do. It sounds like you're worried he wants more than that, but I'd say don't worry about it for now. Don't lead him on by flirting (as Hermia already pointed out), but having fun should be fine. If he asks you on an actual date, or something close to it, you should let him gently know that you'd rather just be friends.

—Laser Jock
Question #44887 posted on 05/05/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

What hobbies do you suggest for readers who dream about the board and about the board writers chasing them with torches and pitch forks?

Also, have you ever, or will you ever, chase a reader with torches and pitch forks?

- Inconceivable!

A: Dear You keep using that word . . .,

Clearly you need to start writing some 100 Hour Board fanfiction.

- Katya
Question #44886 posted on 05/05/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Speed or Quality?

In other words, is it better to get it done quickly, or to take time to do it well? This could apply in the workplace, or in schoolwork, housework, or anything else.

- Italicized

A: Dear Boldicized,

I'm going to answer before everyone gets on here and says it has to be some combination of both in the real life. That's true, but it's not your question.

If I had to pick one over the other, I would pick quality. In the grand scheme of things, I would rather wait to get a quality product or service than always get something in seconds that may or may not be worthless. We try to go too fast in this life as it is. It might be nice to slow things down and do things right.

-=Optimus Prime=-
Question #44884 posted on 05/05/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Recently I've seen a sticker on cars that has a blue background and two horizontal gold bars, but I have no idea what it means. Could you help me out?

- Aeralin et al.

A: Dear Aeralin,

See Board Question #14981.

- the librarian
Question #44882 posted on 05/05/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

How is it possible that my husband's feet are colder than room temperature? I would think that at worst they would reach an equilibrium.

-sasquatch

A: Dear sasquatch,

It's pretty unlikely, unless he's been outside in cold weather or something. So let me turn the question around: How do you know his feet are colder than room temperature? Are you judging by touch or are you using a thermometer? If the former, allow me to point out that your skin isn't room temperature, either, so your husband's feet might be colder than your skin (and therefore feel "cold" to you), without his feet being below room temperature.

If you want to know what room temperature feels like, leave a cup of water in a room for several hours, then stick your finger in it. That's room temperature. (Air is also room temperature, obviously, but it doesn't conduct heat as well, so you don't feel the difference in temperature between your skin and the air as well as you do with water.)

- the physics chick
Question #44880 posted on 05/05/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Every morning at 8:00. This noise sounds, kind of like an alarm of some sort. Do you know what it is?
- Honcho

A: Dear Honcho,

See Board Question #42905.

- the librarian
Question #44879 posted on 05/05/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

So, what causes hemorrhoids? And once you have them, how do you get rid of them? Are they there for life? How do you know if you have them? All I know, I learned from TV--that when you sit down it's like sitting on a cactus plant.

-Hemiola

A: Dear Hemiola,

Hemorrhoids, huh? Well, I could give you an answer, but I might as well link you to where I'm getting the information because (1) I don't want to get into trouble for plagiarism and (2) they say it better than I do anyway.

What causes hemorrhoids

Are they there for life

How to get rid of them (and self-care)

How do you know if you have them


Feels like sitting on a cactus


Hope that answers your questions!

- steen
Question #44878 posted on 05/05/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

If Anorexics don't really eat very much, and Bulimics binge and purge, what is someone who doesn't really eat very much, and then binges (but doesn't purge)?

-healthy, but curious

A: Dear healthy,

Contrary to your definition, anorexics can binge and purge; the difference between anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa is that anorexics lose weight drastically, while bulimics tend to stay at their regular weight. Also, not all people with eating disorders make up for binging by purging (vomiting). Some take laxatives or exercise obsessively to make up for binging (or in some cases, just eating in general). In answer to your question, I would say that someone who doesn't eat much and is losing weight or is underweight is probably suffering from anorexia nervosa (barring any other medical cause, like chemotherapy), whether or not that individual engages in purging.

-The Supershrink
Question #44875 posted on 05/05/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Can you provide me with a list of surnames that begin with White; my list currently contains Whitehead and Whitehorse. Any more?

Thanks.

- Nugatory

A: Dear Nugatory,

Whiteacre
Whiteaker
Whiteall
Whitear
Whiteaves
Whiteaway
Whitebeach
Whitebird
Whitebook
Whitebread
Whitebrook
Whitecage
Whitecalf
Whitecar
Whitechapel
Whitechurch
Whitecloud
Whitecombe
Whitecotton
Whitecross
Whited
Whitedove
Whitefeather
Whitefield
Whitefoord
Whitefoote
Whiteford
Whitehair
Whitehall
Whitehand
Whitehart
Whitehawk
Whitehead
Whitehill
Whitehorn(e)
Whitehorse
Whitehouse
Whitehurst
Whiteing
Whiteis
Whiteker
Whiteknact
Whitelam
Whitelaw
Whiteleather
Whitelegg(e)
Whiteley
Whiteling
Whitell
Whitelock(e)
Whitelow
Whitely
Whiteman
Whitemarsh
Whitemore
Whiten
Whitenack
Whiteneck
Whitener
Whitenight
Whiteoak
Whiter
Whites
Whitesel(l)
Whiteshield
Whiteshot
Whiteside
Whitesides
Whitesitt
Whitesmith
Whiteson
Whitestone
Whitethorne
Whiteturkey
Whiteurs
Whiteway
Whitewolf
Whitewood
Whitewright
Whitey
Whitezel

- Katya
Question #44873 posted on 05/05/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Okay, I'll try not to make this a rant, but I need an outside perspective. I just moved back in with my parents exactly two weeks ago, and I'm trying to find a job. Finding a job has always been sort of a sensitive issue with me, i.e. I don't like people always asking me about it and bringing it up because it makes me feel like it's 100% my fault I don't have a job yet and I'm a failure. So I just prefer not to discuss it a lot until I actually know something. Well, anyways, I finally had a job interview today. Basically they can't tell me anything because they're not done interviewing yet, so all I really feel like saying to people is that they can't say anything right now. Okay. So bring in another tangent, my parents. I don't really know how to describe it, but they sort of provoke nervousness and upsetness with me. I used to have anxiety/panic attacks sometimes, and every nearly every time was when I was interacting with them, and they were usually hassling me about a job. Well it turns out I was depressed and I take medication now, so I don't have panic attacks anymore, but I still get really upset by them sometimes so I just try to avoid things that I know will make me upset. And they know all this. Well, anyways, tonight I was sitting there eating dinner and my dad walked in and apparently asked me four times what happened today (I honestly only heard him speak one time). Well my mouth was full of food so I didn't say anything, and my little cousin said that I had had a job interview. My dad was like, "That's what I'm trying to ask HER about, but she won't talk to me." This irritated me, and plus, not only was my mouth full of food, it was a subject I didn't really feel comfortable discussing. So I said, "I had a job interview." He just stood there looking down at me saying, "AND???" So I finished chewing the next bite and then said, "Well, they can't really tell me anything right now." He was like, "Well, you could tell a person that." So I said, "They can't really tell me anything right now." Then he got all offended and went off about how it is "completely disgusting" the way I treat people and he was appalled by my "disgusting behavior." (His words, not mine.) Then he went off about how he, for one, did not deserve to be treated in such a horrible way, and stormed outside and drove away. So was my behavior really "disgusting?" I rather think that he was more off by choosing to get all offended about something that had absolutely no tinge of offense in it (one, I was eating, and two, it was something people know I don't really like talking about). Yet, I still feel like I am a horrible disgusting person, and I'm actually crying a little bit. Am I completely off base here?

-Needs help

- Anonymous

A: Dear Needs,

I have been in your position several times before - where a family member got offended and disparaged me personally over something that I thought was pretty inconsequential. However, I still would get really upset about it every time it happened. Every time I would try to argue about it, to get my relative to see that I was in the "right," we only ended up arguing more. The thing that worked best for me, even though it was hard, was simply saying I was sorry and asking for forgiveness. You may feel very indignant about it, as I did the first few times I got in an argument with this relative, but asking forgiveness will probably work the quickest. Just try to swallow your anger and be sincere about it.

-Whistler
Question #44872 posted on 05/05/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Is the Laban spoken of in Genesis the same Laban that has the Plates of Brass in the beginning of the Book of Mormon?

Brassily,
Moroni's biggest fan

A: Dear fan,

Nope. They lived hundreds and hundreds of years apart.

-Yellow
Question #44869 posted on 05/05/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

How many fibers are in "every fiber of my being?"

Biologically yours,
Moroni's biggest fan

A: Dear Moroni fan,

A whole heck of a lot. Enough that, if you know something with all of them, it's a big deal.

-Cognoscente
A: Dear Moron(i),

Check your "Nutrition Facts".

-=Optimus Prime=-
Question #44868 posted on 05/05/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

It's my birthday!!!

...Now what?

Anxiously,
Moroni's biggest fan

A: Dear Anxiously,

You're one year older and wiser too?

-The Cheeky Chickie
A: Hey fan,

Now you're one day closer to death. Quit wastin' time!

Don't cross me.

Double White Lines
A: Dear Mbf,

You're older then you've ever been and now you're even older!

- Katya
Question #44867 posted on 05/05/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Why doesn't the board support em dashes? Or do they, and my computer just doesn't read them?

-�

A: Dear unsupported characters,

Em dashes are supported, but it's tricky to get them to display properly for everyone. The best way to do it, and the most foolproof, is to type in the HTML for an em dash, which is — (make sure to include the ampersand at the beginning and the semicolon at the end). Be warned, however, that if you revise your question by hitting "Keep Editing," it will replace the HTML code for the em dash with an actual em dash—which, once again, won't display properly for some. (As an example: to get that em dash, I typed "actual em dash—which, once again".) So if you edit your question, you'll need to go back and put the HTML code in again. It's annoying, I know (I do it every time I sign a post...), but at least it works.

—Laser Jock
A: Dear didn't work,

Also note that this isn't the ideal setup; it's an artifact of our aging content management system. We're working on a better version at the moment.

-Yellow
Question #44865 posted on 05/05/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Ouch! I just found out that my 15 year old sister is pregnant! Help! Any advice? My dad wants her to move away for the next 9 months, have the baby, give it up for adoption, and come back puffy.... I don't know if I agree

- Me

A: Dear You,

I speak as someone who doesn't have kids, but I don't see the point in sending her away. Is your dad trying to preserve her reputation? Your family's? I don't think either of those is worth being separated from the support of one's family at what may be the most physically and emotionally challenging time of her life. (Plus, in my experience, people find out anyway.)

If it were my daughter, I'd encourage her to give the child up for adoption and give her the option of staying home from school if she didn't feel that she wanted to be there, but I wouldn't send her away. A pregnancy in a may be a very obvious sign of a certain type of sin, but the atonement is big enough to cover it, and I've seen many people and families go through such a situation and eventually come through it with hope and joy.

- Katya
A: Dear You,

I agree with you and Katya. Sending her away from the family is probably not a great idea. Adoption is.

But whether or not you'll have any impact on your father is up in the air. As such, while you should probably make your views known, the best thing you can probably do is support her, wherever she may end up. Be sure to stay in frequent contact with her, as she's likely to be very afraid of what's going on in her life. I've seen things with my six-month-pregnant wife that I can't imagine someone going through alone. Be sure you're kind, non-judgmental, and as loving as you can manage. Being like that isn't condoning the sins, it's loving your sister. And she needs it now more than ever.

Pray for her, pray for your family, and pray for God's direction as to what you can do to help her through this time. I have confidence He will help.

-Claudio
Question #44863 posted on 05/05/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

While driving along the freeway I often see bunches of about 12 large yellow garbage bins grouped along the side of the freeway. I thought this was a Utah thing, but I realized they are stationed every once in a while in Texas as well. What are they?

- Momma Quail

A: Dear Snort,

You don't watch a lot of action movies, do you? Those are called impact attenuators and are filled with sand or water. They are meant to minimize damage to the infrastructure if someone decides to slam into that area. You often see them where roads diverge or lanes change (to protect a wall or guardrail that is starting there), in construction areas, or in front of bridge or sign supports.

-=Optimus Prime=-
Question #44862 posted on 05/05/2008 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Hello!

I think I am in love with one of the writers (namely Hobbes) and I wondered what I should do about this.

Always,

A: Dear Always,

If you already know him in person(and if you didn't know it was a him then you DON'T know him) then you should likely confess your undying love.
If you've never met him before then you should abandon all hope and start the grieving process quickly. Then move on to someone within closer proximity. An unattached home-teacher perhaps…

-The Cheeky Chickie
Question #44861 posted on 05/05/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear Laser Jock,

Regarding Board Question #44703, which particular physics class did you name "the killer physics class of death" (if you don't mind my asking)?

- a fairly recent graduate of the BYU physics dept, who can think of several classes that should have that name

A: Dear recent,

You're right, there are several classes that could be called that. In my case, I was talking about physics 321 (classical mechanics) from Dr. Neilsen. There are classes that are harder on an absolute scale; however, compared to what I'd had before, it was certainly the biggest jump in difficulty level I'd ever experienced, and it seems like most of the other physics majors I've talked to agree.

—Laser Jock
Question #44860 posted on 05/05/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Have you ever answered a question only because you wanted the chance to make fun of/make a pun of the person's signed name?

- Darth Fedora

A: Dear Darthy,

I sure have. Sometimes answering a lame question is worth is just so you can have an excellent pun at the beginning.

-The Cheeky Chickie
A: Dear DF,

Yes. Sometimes there's an excellent chance for wordplay that I can't pass up, so I have to think up an answer to the question just so I can use that name.

—Laser Jock
Question #44859 posted on 05/05/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

How come when you guys mention your email addresses, you type out the @ and the . (as in name at the board dot byu dot edu)? But it doesn't even happen all the time...last week someone typed it in normally and the internet didn't explode or anything.

- KNEEEEEEEEES

A: Dear All-caps,

Many writers type out the e-mail address in an effort to avoid primitive e-mail harvesters. Spammers are known to write simple programs which scan websites for anything looking like an e-mail address in order to increase their mailing list. By writing the e-mail address in another format, some of these harvesters can be avoided.

However, most e-mail harversters these days are sophisticated enough to also find addresses written in the "x at y dot z" format, as well as a few other varieties. Gmail's spam filter is good enough that I think the increased clarity gained by writing out the e-mail address in full format is worth the occasional e-mail that slips through. (In truth, I have to admit that I get a kick out of reading spam; the stories of a Nigerian widow who inherited 82 gazillion dollars and wants me personally to help her donate it to charity because for some odd reason she doesn't have the resources to get someone over there to do it for a whole lot cheaper always crack me up. I've actually considered starting a blog in which I point out logical fallacies and grammatical errors in my favorite spam, but that's another matter.)

So anyway, that's why.

-Yellow
Question #44858 posted on 05/05/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Not including the scriptures, what is your top ten list of books that helped to make you a better person and why?

- Ravenous Philomath

A: Dear Ravenous Philomath,

Not in the order of how they've changed my life:

1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer/Philosopher's Stone
2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
6. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
8. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
9. Quidditch Through the Ages
10. The Tales of Beedle the Bard

- Niffler
A: Dear Ravenous Philomath,

Most of these books aren't typical "self-improvement" books, but they did make me a better person in terms of changing how I view the world or giving me a lot to think about.

-Ender's game / Orson Scott Card
-Peace like a river / Leif Enger
-The art of looking sideways / Alan Fletcher
-Gödel, Escher, Bach : an eternal golden braid / Douglas Hofstadter
-Le ton beau de Marot / Douglas Hofstadter
-Einstein's dreams / Alan Lightman*
-Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are dead / Tom Stoppard
-The visual display of quantitative information / Edward R. Tufte
-Slaughterhouse-Five / Kurt Vonnegut
-Six degrees of separation : the science of a connected age / Duncan Watts


*I hesitate to include this because I've read it very recently, so I don't know that it will have the staying power of the others. It did, however, give me a lot to think about.

- Katya
Question #44848 posted on 05/05/2008 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

(Do you have any ideas for different kinds of Group Dates?)

- (Mocking Bird)

A: Dear Gunilla Goodmountain,

Yes. Avoid them. Oh, wait...

-Azriel
A: Dear Mocking Bird,

Try searching the "Relationships: Dating Ideas" category.

- Katya
Question #44829 posted on 05/05/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

At the Geneva Nitrogen plant on Geneva Rd there are some dark colored tanks that are stacked 4 or 5 high and appear to have water circulating over them constantly. Can you tell me more about what's going on at that stage of the production and why it has to be cooled (I assume)?

- Billy

A: Dear Billy,

I took a good look at the plant when I drove by both to and from my weekly excursion that takes me by the plants on Geneva Road (well, as good as I could while driving) and I couldn't pinpoint how you saw water circulating. I believe you, I just couldn't see it while going 60mph. Sorry, I can't tell you more about that stage of production and I'm fairly certain if I called they would wonder why in the world I was calling and probably report me to the government for suspicious inquiries. But you're more than welcome to call them and report back if you find anything!

- steen
Question #44819 posted on 05/05/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

What is the greatest natural temperature change in a short amount of time in a given place?

- The Weatherperson

A: Dear The Weatherperson,

According to montanakids (complete with pictures), "The greatest temperature change in 24 hours occurred in Loma on January 15, 1972. The temperature rose exactly 103 degrees, from 54 degrees below zero to 49 degrees above zero. This is the world record for a 24—hour temperature change." Holy cow I don't think I ever want to live there.

- steen
Question #44817 posted on 05/05/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear Dragon Lady and Niffler

How dare you refer to "Norbert" as a "him!" Firstly, it's "Norberta" and secondly, she is a girl! Niffler, how could you not realize this? You ought to have known that!

- Ravenclaw

A: Dear Ravenclaw ~

Oh. Right. Ummm.... my bad. Hey, I'm not the Harry Potter expert here. And for the record, it was Norbert for a large chunk of the book. In fact, it's not until Book 7 that we learn that Norbert is actually Norberta. And we only hear it, very briefly, in passing. Please forgive my oversight.

~ Dragon Lady
A: Dear Ravenclaw,

I feel such shame. Let this be a lesson to me. Even when I am so inflamed that someone else would steal my answer, I must still keep my head on and verify all Harry Potter facts. Besides, my argument would have been a whole lot better had I corrected Dragon Lady on her answer, proving that I truly am more qualified to answer all things Harry Potter. A truly great opportunity missed.

My apologies.
- Niffler
Question #44785 posted on 05/05/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

What is the maximum time allowed for being awesome at minesweeper? Could you give me a scale for times as related to your skill on the expert level?

- swept it

A: Dear swept it,

I remember the day I finally solved the expert level of minesweeper. It was a good day. However, it was also in high school and I haven't played much since then. I don't remember what my time was, but I wasn't too concerned with the time. I would say if you can solve it under 2 minutes it's pretty awesome. I would try it right now, but I'm on a laptop and know I'll be really slow. If you want to get on some official ranking, your times for beginner, intermediate, and expert have to add up to no more than 99 seconds. I would call that totally awesome.

- steen