"God blesses those who take out his sweet spirits." - Just Another Cassio
Question #45258 posted on 05/21/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

In regards to Board Question #45148, belting is a combination of head and chest voice. It is as if you're exaggerating your speaking voice, if that makes sense. Be sure to not sing fully in chest, though, as that can injure your voice. You want to make sure you properly warm up your lower register, though, perhaps by also singing/shouting "TAXI" on set notes, starting low and ascending up the scale before you switch into complete head voice. There are many different exercises, of course, but that one just comes to mind.

I don't know if any of that made sense, but I hope it does. I've been singing for years and just finished an intermediate voice class at my college where we spent a month concentrating on belting.

You may also be interested in this website:
http://www.voiceteacher.com/pastarticles.html

It has several articles about vocal technique and such.

Good luck!

-Allison

Question #45244 posted on 05/21/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

RE:Board Question #45166. The C actually stands for Cyprus High School, which is located near the foothills of the Oquirrhs. It's lit up whenever Cyprus wins a football game.

- former Pirate

Question #45240 posted on 05/21/2008 3:01 a.m.
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In response to Idina Menzel wannabe in Board Question #45148,

Ah belting. Why it was invented we will never know. Anyway, so I learned how to belt from my voice teacher last summer (who has a Masters in Vocal Performance from BYU, with a lot of experience in musical theatre) and it is most definitely tricky. It's not necessarily what you described as what either of your teachers you mentioned said, but the whole point is that it is very nasal and very forward and very bright. It is mostly head voice, but also kinda a mixed voice. And it is HARD to do it properly. Most of the time when you are just starting you will make really funny noises and sound like a four-year-old. This means you're on the right track, but not quite there yet. So, point is that it is nasal and forward and bright. Try some "nay nay nay" exercises to get your voice in the right place. Good luck learning how to belt, it is most definitely not the easiest thing in the world!

-lekker lekker

Question #45189 posted on 05/21/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Do you have any way to tell people if a) their application needs work, b) they'll be accepted if they apply again when you have fewer writers, or c) they should quit applying before they drive the editors crazy?

- planning to apply again this summer

A: Dear planning,

You usually won't hear from us unless you're accepted. Sometimes it takes a while; even well-qualified applicants may have to wait until we need more writers. But if it's been more than four months and you haven't heard from us, feel free to apply again.

—Laser Jock
Question #45187 posted on 05/21/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Just like everybody else, I like to make meals that are healthy and cheap. Having leftovers is also a great bonus. I've been trying to eat less meat lately (but I'm not going vegetarian). So I'm on a quest for healthy, inexpensive dinner ideas that only involve small amounts of meat, or else none at all.

The problem is, whenever I look around for ideas online and search for "vegetarian" or "meatless" recipes, I end up with recipes using tofu or soy products, or else recipes that involve really weird vegetables and ingredients that either cost an arm and a leg, or don't exist at Maceys.

I'm just looking for normal, inexpensive meal ideas. I don't really need recipes as much as I just need ideas. So, great 100 hour board, can you help me out?

- Beans & Rice

A: Dear Beans & Rice,

My husband and I recently recommitted ourselves to eating but a very little meat as well, and I discovered the same thing. Here are some meals we've come up with that don't have much or any meat and use normal ingredients:

Pasta with marinara sauce and garlic bread
Pasta and cream sauce with sun-dried tomatoes and mushrooms
Chinese potstickers (you can use even less meat and more veggies)
Paella with a strong veggie-to-meat ratio
Stir fry using cashews and veggies instead of meat
Chef salad: lettuce, tomato, egg, bacon bits, olives, avocado, cheese, croûtons, etc.
Pizza topped with artichoke hearts and sun-dried tomatoes
Meatless tacos (beans, cheese, lettuce, sour cream, pico de gallo, etc.) with Spanish rice on the side
Lentils with potatoes and carrots (ham bits give more flavor)
Egg salad sandwiches
Tortilla soup with black beans substituted for chicken
Breakfast for dinner: pancakes, veggie and cheese omelet, crepes, etc.
Clam chowder
Vegetable barley soup (you can use just a bit of beef, too)
Manicotti
Vegetable lasagna
Fried garbanzo beans (with tomatoes, onions, and garlic)
Couscous with asparagus and feta cheese
Fish, broiled and topped with lemon, served with simple risotto and mixed veggies
Ramon noodles stir fried with egg and mixed veggies (and seasoning)

Hope that spurs the imagination and the salivary glands. You can also contact me for specific recipes on any of these.

Sincerely,

The Cleaning Lady
A: Dear all,

I don't know how you people do it. I would die without meat in my diet. Kudos to you, though? And thanks, because if you eat more vegetables, then that means there are less for me to worry about.

-Azriel
A: Dear Beans & Rice,

An ode to you.


Seriously though, you can do an awful lot with beans and they're cheap.

-habiba
Question #45185 posted on 05/21/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

So I want to build a little webpage, just to be used by me and some friends, which brings up a problem of privacy issues. I don't want a bunch of strangers snooping around my site. So is there a way to make sure my sight does not turn up on search engines and stuff?
By the way I plan on using geocities, if that makes a difference. (I'm doing geocities because it's free and simple which is what I want. But if you can suggest a better place that offers free website hosting I'm open to suggestions.)
Thanks,
Web(non)master

A: Dear non,

What could you possibly be using the website for that you so desperately don't want anyone else seeing it?

If you use Geocities there is nothing you can do to stop people from seeing the site. In order to properly achieve your goal you'll need to setup password protection using .htaccess and .htpasswd files on the server. Or some kind of server-side scripted login (just .htaccess/.htpasswd would be the easiest since it does almost all the work for you). So unless you can find a free hosting site that provides you with the ability to use a .htaccess file or to write server-side scripting your options shrink dramatically.

The quickest solution I can think of would be to create a blog on Blogspot, and then make your blog private and send reader invites to the friends you want to be able to use the site. You can also add them as authors so that everyone can add information to the site. Of course, now you're stuck with a Blog instead of a customizable website.


So, going back to the first option, doing a quick Google search for "free website hosting" brings up lots of sites, two of which that appear to allow for password protecting pages: http://members.freewebs.com and http://www.zymic.com. I would recommend looking into these. They claim to be completely free and without advertising.

-Curious Physics Minor
Question #45184 posted on 05/21/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board

Are the power sockets in Israel and the power sockets in Peru the same sort of currency or whatnot? ie, if I buy a blowdryer (spelled wrong possibly?) in Peru, can I just plug it in in Israel?

Socket Shocked

A: Dear Shocked,

In Peru, the electricity is 220 volts, 60 Hz, while in Israel it's 200 volts, 50 Hz. Additionally, while some plugs in the two countries are the same, some are physically different. (See this site.) So no, the two are not interchangeable. However, some devices are designed to work over a range of voltage and frequencies; for instance, most adapters for laptops will say something like 100-240 V, 50-60 Hz. In this case, you just need something to make the plug physically fit in the socket of whatever country you're in. To see if your blowdryer or anything else will work, look at its label to see what voltages and frequencies it works at.

You can also get adapters that will adapt the wall voltage and frequency to something you can use. Just make sure it will work in the country you're going to, and that it can provide enough power (in watts) to power what you want to use it with.

—Laser Jock
Question #45183 posted on 05/21/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I'm having a housewarming party next week. What should I serve? (I am notorious for making food that I like but my guests hate/are allergic to. This includes seafood and mushrooms). Are there housewarming party rituals or games that I should be aware of?

- Cooking Was Necessary

A: Dear Necessary Cooker,

One time I had a party/get-together at my place and I served mini fruit pizzas. I made and frosted sugar cookies and then I chopped up a variety of fruits (grapes, apples, strawberries, bananas) and put them in bowls with spoons. That way everyone could either have a cookie, or a cookie with the fruit of their choice! It really wasn't that bad to make at all.

Also, I'm a big fan of those little mini-hot dogs that you cook in that sweet and sour sauce. Just toss a package or two of them in a crockpot with a sauce.

Then maybe a cheese ball with some crackers. Those are all things that would have my vote! They are also all things that I've either served or I remember my mom serving during her house parties.

~Krishna
A: Dear Cooking,

I'm a fan of the vegetable platter. They're usually my contribution to parties or picnics, and they're almost always eaten before the cookies or treats. (They're also very food-allergy friendly.) If you've got something like that as a sort of "vanilla" option, you can probably serve whatever else you want. I've always wanted to create those fabulous hors d'oeuvres you see on the back of Triscuit packages, but maybe that's just because I really like Triscuits.

- Katya
A: Dear Cooking,

The Top Five Dishes to Serve at a Housewarming Party:

5. Deep-fried Butter Sticks (this counts as healthy if they're on the Atkins)
4. McBurritos (the personal touch makes them feel extra welcome)
3. Anything that was served in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
2. Celery sticks with no dip (mmmmmm...yummy, it's just like chewing a fibery stick)
1. If you're concerned about food allergies, go with the classic Mushroom Nut Seafood Dairy Gluten Penicillin Surprise

-Loki
Question #45182 posted on 05/21/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

There's a question or two in the archives about which instruments are easiest/hardest to play, but I have a variation on that question: Which instruments are the easiest/hardest to pick up again after not playing for awhile? Has anyone done studies on that sort of thing?

I played the violin for about five years, but have barely touched it in four -- I'm considering whether to sell it or hang on to it in hopes of re-learning eventually.

- Misses music, but doesn't have the time right now

A: Dear misses,

In one of my classes, for our final project, a student tried to pick up violin again after having been an accomplished violinist in high school. After a week of practicing, he sounded okay, but you could tell he wasn't back to his best. Personally I think piano is easiest to come back to because no matter how out of practice you are the tone will sound the same (I'm not referring to attack or anything, just the sound that generally comes out). For me, flute is a lot harder to come back to after a few years and make it sound good. Sure, I can still play notes really fast and things, but my chops are out of shape. I'd estimate that it would take me at least two weeks to get my tone sounding decent (including vibrato control and intonation stuff) and probably a month or two to get good double- and triple-tonguing back. I'd imagine other wind and brass instruments would have similar timelines. I don't know as much about the violin, but I'd imagine it would take a few weeks to get comfortable with your instrument again, and maybe a month or two to get back to where you were before.

Reclaiming forgotten or unused abilities also depends on the number of years you spent studying it beforehand. If you only study an instrument for a month, it will not take long for you to forget everything you learned about it. The opposite is also true. I wasn't able to find any formal articles on the subject, but you have my two cents.

-Whistler
Question #45179 posted on 05/21/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

After extensive searches of the archives, I have gathered some information on how one goes about requesting a board writer application. One key piece is still missing from my puzzle, but that's not what my question is about. What I am actually wondering is this: I read a statement by Katya saying that this top-secret information is in at least a half-dozen posts in the archives. What made these selected few questioners so special that they got the real answer on how to become a board writer? Where they simply the first six that asked?

-Jenny

A: Dear Jenny,

There was nothing planned about those questioners getting the "real" answer (indeed, there are probably people who asked in between some of them who got told to search the archives), it was just a matter of the Board writers of yore being in a good mood and giving them a straightforward response instead of testily refusing to do so.

At some point, the writers decided that there were enough questions in the archives that told you how to get on the Board that we really shouldn't have to tell you any more. (I.e., if you have to ask, then you haven't been familiar with the Board for long enough to apply or aren't willing enough to do research.) Of course, our database has probably doubled in size since that policy was first adopted, so reading the archives is a much bigger task than it used to be. So if you're going to read the entire archives to look for the answer, start with the older posts and go forward.

- Katya
A: Dear Jenny

Also, the search function can be terribly useful in seeking that information. Certain key words are likely to appear in the posts you're looking for.

-Humble Master
Question #45178 posted on 05/21/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

We work at an office on-campus (that isn't well liked by many people so we will remain unnamed, and no it is not Financial Services, but close) and we have nothing to do other than waiting for angry and confused freshmen and their moms to call us. Unfortunately we are unable to browse the internet or study or talk to each other. We are desperately bored! Any ideas to pass the time? We work 40 hours a week so we really need something to do when we are not warding off the angry hordes of Freshmen parents.

Oh and reading the 100 hour board isn't necessarily permitted.

- cubicle nightmare

A: Dear cubicle nightmare,

You can't study, surf the net, or talk to each other even when nothing is going on? No wonder your office is not well loved... Some ideas:

Sudoku! Cross words. Day dream. Learn sign language and talk silently. Origami. Calf exercises. Count your paper clips. Count dots in the ceiling. Fill out your TPS reports. Clean out your keyboard. Invent a secret code. Have burping contests (Gross. Don't really.). Plan a prison break. Design your dream house. Memorize scriptures. Build index card houses. Begin writing your life memoirs. Learn to draw. Write music. Write grocery lists. Meditate. Decide what to do in case of fire. Pass notes like in middle school. Come up with creative comebacks for cranky callers. Practice accents to use with cranky callers to soften them up. Write a screenplay. Imagine up an elaborate vacation. Eat. Make an animal cracker zoo. Invent new recipes to try when you get home. Mini ab workout. Have a silent who-can-create-the-longest-drool-string contest. Practice blowing spit bubbles. Pluck your leg/face hairs one by one (it'll fill the work time and save you shaving time).

How can you be bored? There's so much to do!

-habiba
A: Dear cubicle

Dragon Lady and I worked in a dim dungeon once upon a time where sanity was scarce after a few hours. We and our fellow dungeon denizens had a couple games we would play to pass the time. One was the Letter Movie Title Game. A letter was chosen, and in a clockwise fashion every member of the group had to name a movie that began with that letter. The first rounds go fast, but pretty quickly people start grasping for obscure movies (too bad you don't have internet access, imdb.com was necessary to verify some unscrupulous persons' attempts to say a combination of words that sounded as though it could be a movie title, but was not in fact a movie title). If someone failed to name a movie in ten seconds, they received a strike. Three strikes they were out. I was highly undefeated in this game. Except for the times I lost.

We also played the Song Lyric Containing a Word game (the creativity of these game names is off the charts). In this game someone chose a single word, and then in a clockwise manner, everyone in the room had to sing a song lyric containing that word (for example, the word is "star," when the turn comes to me I belt out Britney's classic line, "She's so lucky, she's a star..."). My singing ability, which is quite literally the stuff of legend, was often on display in this game. As was my encyclopedic knowledge of Britney's greatest hits. I was highly defeated in this game.

-Humble Master
Question #45177 posted on 05/21/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Hey guys. I know how you guys like challenging questions and projects and everything, especially my old roommate. Hey dude. Anyway, I had something I had been thinking about that you guys might enjoy while you're not in school.

So, it always annoys me when I go to the store to buy ice cream...because you can get chocolate chip flavored ice cream, double chocolate chip, and even triple chocolate chip. Same thing with the fudge brownie flavor, cookie dough, and so on and so forth. But if you think about it, if you took the amount of chocolate chips in regular chocolate chip ice cream, and tripled that, you'd have almost more chips than ice cream. To me, it just seems like a way for them to put the same amount of stuff in the double and triple flavors, but charge you double or triple the price. Now, I'm not that good at math, but I would love for somebody to have a big ice cream party and actually calculate the amount of chocolate chips, cookie dough or whatever in the regular, double and triple flavors, and see if there actually is more or less. I would also like to see how that lines up with the price, just to know how bad I'm getting ripped off. Well, I look forward to knowing your thoughts. Thanks guys, have a great summer.

- Triple Man

A: Dear Triple Man,

Alright you, Í’m not sure if you sent me on a wild goose chase or not, but I was only able to find Dreyer's Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and Dreyer's Loaded Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough. Unfortunately, it doesń’t look as though Maceý’s carries any "double chocolate chip" or "triple chocolate chip cookie dough" ice cream. I can't recall seeing them at other stores either, but they might be there. But since Macey's is close by, we did the experiment comparing the loaded vs. the un-loaded.

Needless to say, the appearance of 2 containers of ice cream in my apartment caused quite a ruckus. I wasń’t even able to get to my room to get pen and paper before a spoon full of ice cream was stolen from the container. [Eye Roll] Stinking impatient roommates.

Ok, ok, who could really blame them? I mean, look at these delicious cartons of ice cream!
Ice Cream

We tested 3 individual cups of each flavor. Here is what we found:

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough:
First Cup: 13.5 pieces of cookie dough
Second Cup: 15 pieces of cookie dough
Third Cup: 14 pieces of cookie dough

Average: 14.2 pieces per cup

Loaded Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough:
First Cup: 15 pieces of cookie dough
Second Cup: 20 pieces of cookie dough
Third Cup: 20 pieces of cookie dough

Average: 18.3 pieces per cup

According to this very scientific information, the Loaded Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough ice cream has more cookie dough than the un-loaded Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough. Does it have double the amount of cookie dough? No. But it wasń’t specifically advertised as such in this particular brand of ice cream. They were both yummy. AND as a point of interest, they both cost the same amount of money. ($3.34)

So what is my advice? If you like the extra hunks and chunks of stuff in your ice cream then just get it. There wasn't a price difference between the flavors within the same brand from what I could tell.

Happy ice cream shopping!
~Krishna (Who was assisted heavily by Curious Physics Minor, who really likes ice cream.)
Question #45174 posted on 05/21/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

A wireless guitar controller for Rock Band costs in the neighborhood of $60. So why does EA put a hold for $125 on one's credit card when one wants to do an RMA on a defective controller?

- pippin galadriel moonchild
(one of the controllers is mine, why do I pay for it too?)

A: Dear mouthful,

Probably to keep you from trying to cheat them. They don't want people who break their controllers of their own accord trying to claim that they were defective. The high price would certainly discourage that. That's my best guess.

-habiba
Question #45147 posted on 05/21/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,
You have already pointed out that there are 750 pianos scattered all over campus. Is there a Master Piano Map that shows what rooms should have pianos? I know they are everywhere, but I would really like one in a smaller room that is not likely to be open to wandering ears. I have looked around campus, but I feel weird opening doors to classrooms and finding it teaming with students. Knowing which rooms already have pianos would greatly reduce the amount of searching needed to find that perfect practice room. Thanks!

- not up for wandering

A: Dear not up,

I e-mailed Jim, one of the piano technicians in BYU's piano shop on campus, about your question. He said, "No map exists. There are so many pianos (420) that they will find pianos all over the place." I know the McKay building has lots of pianos on the second floor, and in the Spring and Summer you can almost always find an open practice room on the second floor of the HFAC. If you are really concerned about people hearing you through the practice room walls, you could plug some headphones into one of the electric pianos (down the hallway of the E wing of the HFAC second floor). The Maeser building also has some pianos in it, but they tend to have classes in those rooms. It's not that hard to find a practice room in the HFAC, so unless you have a more compelling reason for me to find less-used pianos on campus, that's about the extent of the research I'm willing to do.

-Whistler
Question #45145 posted on 05/21/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear Humble Master,

Have you come across the book "Soon I Will Be Invincible" by Austin Grossman? I'm listening to the audio version at work (warning: lots of swearing), and it is highly amusing. It's not exactly a parody, but deftly and cheekily uses all the cliches of comics to tell the story. (I had to keep a written log at first of all the super-names so that when I heard it again I knew just who they meant.) Anyway, you might like to check it out if you haven't seen it yet.

- the surprisingly rebellious librarian

PS -- I just found this: http://www.sooniwillbeinvincible.com/

A: Dear rebellious librarian

I had heard of the book. It was written up on a couple comic book news sites I look at regularly because of the subject matter of the book (superheroes) and also because they hired a very popular comic book artist (Bryan Hitch) to do the cover art. However, I have not had the chance to read the book, thus I cannot offer any sort of review.

To be honest, it had slipped my mind in the interim since it was first published. So thank you for bringing it up again, I'll have to try and get my hands on it soon.

-Humble Master
Question #45057 posted on 05/21/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I am trying to find a video clip that I saw when I was a kid (early 1990s). It was a little piece that played in between cartoons on Saturday mornings. I know I saw it on one of the major networks...like CBS.
Anyway, the kids that introduced the next cartoon, or commercial played in a clubhouse/treehouse. There was one girl in the group who wore a baseball cap backwards, and she was feeling bad about her self image one day. So a famous model visited her and showed what she looked like without makeup. (The model had red hair I think.) They went to one of her photoshoots and saw the transformation.

Does anyone remember the name of the group of kids who introduced these cartoons? Can anyone find a link to this particular video?

- Perplexed

A: Dear Perplexed

I was something of a saturday morning cartoon junkie, and I'm leaning towards the segment you describe airing on FOX. Unfortunately, I've looked long and hard (and learned some interesting behind-the-scenes history behind Saturday morning cartoon programming wars) but I have been unable to verify my suspicion. I have also been unable to locate a copy of the segment itself. Sorry. However, with Youtube's ever expanding library of random video clips it may be worth checking there every few months.

-Humble Master
Question #44797 posted on 05/21/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I hear that sometimes there's a creative writing class with an emphasis in writing science fiction. Is that true? Why can't I find it anywhere in the MyMap web pages, or anywhere on BYU's web site at all? Which of the creative writing classes will it be in the fall semester?

- C

A: Dear c,

Sorry this question took so long, my contact for all things creative writing and sci-fi is currently abroad in Jordan. I just caught him online taking a break from his hummus and flatbread long enough to ask him your question. It's English 318, taught by Brandon Sanderson, and it's only available in the winter semester. When classes become available, you'll see the section on MyMap.

-Cognoscente