"God blesses those who take out his sweet spirits." - Just Another Cassio
Question #45399 posted on 05/31/2008 3:01 a.m.
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In response to Board Question #45328,

There are a few student-available scrap piles I know of on campus depending on what kind of scrap you want--you just need to know who to talk to. I'm not going to give it away, since I don't want the friendly guardians of the scrap to be swamped by swarms of scrap-seekers. I'll give you a hint though--people in the Economics department probably don't have as much scrap material as people in certain other departments. In fact, the biggest scrap pile I know of is in a non-academic building.

- Baksiidaa, the Lao Farang

Question #45358 posted on 05/31/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Do you have or do you know anyone that has perfect pitch?

- Amnesiac

A: Dear Amnesiac,

I've got partially-reliable perfect pitch. I can pretty consistently tell you if a note is a black or a white key on the piano, so my usual strategy is to build a major scale based at the given note. I then attempt to play it on an imaginary keyboard, noting where the black and white keys fall. With that information, I can construct the position of the note on a keyboard and can thus tell you the original note.

This, of course, takes time. I can also usually pick out C and G pretty reliably, so I sometimes attempt to determine a note by it's pitch relative to one of those two. I'm better at recognizing them than generating them, though, so that doesn't always work either.

Point is, I've got "pretty darn good" pitch, but I wouldn't call it perfect yet.

-Yellow
A: Dear Amnesiac,

My aunt has perfect pitch, I believe. I've got good relative pitch (i.e., I can hit intervals well), but not perfect absolute pitch. Of course, since I'm primarily a pianist, I don't need perfect pitch.

- Katya

One of my friends from high school band has perfect pitch. It's pretty cool. He's also an amazing musician, so he gets plenty of chances to use it.

—Laser Jock
A: Dear Amnesiac,

Yes.

Question #45356 posted on 05/31/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear All,

Do mine eyes deceive me, or has Tangerine returned to thy ranks?

- Giovanni Schwartz

A: Dear Coin,

Your eyes deceive you. We do, from time to time, have retired writers pitch in on some questions, which has recently been the case with Tangy. But, alas and no, she's not returned.

-Azriel
A: Dear GS,

Benvolio answered a question the other day, too. The best way to check if a Board writer is well and truly retired is to see if their name or stats appear on the pages for the current writers or for the retired writers. Benvolio and Tangerine still show up as retired on those pages.

- Katya
A: Dear Gio~

Tangy is a career vampire-hunter now, and does not generally have time to be a Board writer. You know how it is.

~Hobbes
Question #45355 posted on 05/31/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Educate me on etiquette: is it proper to leave Craig's number in my phone since he's gone now? Or should I just delete it?

Hobbes,

- Giovanni Schwartz

A: Dear Giovanni,

I've still got Melyngoch's number in my cell phone, so I don't see what the harm is. (I've also got her cell phone, so I guess I could call myself if I was really bored.)

I did, however, temporarily block her on Gmail chat after she first left. I hated seeing her name on the sidebar of my email window, knowing that she wouldn't be back for 18 months.

- Katya
A: Dear Gio~

Well, good for you.

As for your question: There's no etiquette involved. I have trouble conjuring up a party in my imagination that would be offended by your erasing his name from your phone.

I would erase it, for what it's worth.

~Hobbes

Question #45352 posted on 05/31/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

why are round-a-bouts so fun?

A: Dear Marmaric Carding,

I think that's all a matter of opinion.

-Azriel
A: Dear circle lover,

Because deep inside we all wish we could go do donuts in parking lots but we know we probably should not. So round-a-bouts are a small and slight ways that we can let out those inner desires.

-The Cheeky Chickie
A: Dear Round and Round,

For me, roundabouts give the thrill of British driving, but on the right side of the road.

-Claudio
A: Dear Anon~

Because the Europeans have finally caught on to the Japanese game.

We can't beat America militarily, so rather let's send in an all-star team of mutant psychologists to find out what will bring their population to their knees, what will have them worshiping us as we wish our young would stop worshiping them.

The Japanese sent their anime with frightening results. Europe is moving in with roundabouts.

Don't give in, my friend! Don't watch the anime that is seeping into every genre of our television culture! Don't drive through foreign intersections, but elect to watch quality shows like the Office (originally from England, actually) and only drive through good, American stop lights!

We must keep America great. Don't fall for the ruse.

~Hobbes has never had an ulterior motive in his life.
A: Dear...

I think round-a-bouts are fun when all the drivers involved in the round-a-bout know what they're doing. But when there's some bozo who is in the round-a-bout and they stop to let a car in, it drives me insane and ruins the whole system. Once you're in a round-a-bout, for the love of coy ponds stop being polite (even if you're religiously inclined towards kindness), and never, ever allow cutsies in the line. Your prime concern should be getting out as promptly as possible.

-Humble Master
Question #45351 posted on 05/31/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I'm getting sick, but I'm not a very big fan of orange juice. What other juices are good for warding off illness?

- Diemer

A: Dear Wiemar,

Listerine. But don't drink it, just gargle it. It works wonders, especially before or right as you're starting to get sick.

-=Optimus Prime=-
A: Dear Diemer,

Anything with Vitamin C in it. It is the only thing that I know of that is actually proven to boost the immune system. So run by the store and pick up some Vitamin C or try buying some other foods that are high in that vitamin!

~Krishna
A: Dear Diemer,

In my apartment, we're big fans of hot water with lemon juice and honey.

- Katya
A: Dear Diemer~

It's nice to know there are others like me out there. Although I've developed a tolerance for orange juice, it will never hold a candle to its apple and grape cousins.

I do like ruby red grapefruit juice, though, so if you're like me in that way, pick it up, because it tends to have an even higher Vitamin C content than its underling, orange.

Enjoy.

~Hobbes
A: Dear Diemer

This site has lots of information about Vitamin C in fruits, and has an informative chart near the end of the article which rates a very large number of fruits according to how good they are as sources of Vitamin C (who knew kiwifruit was an exceptional source of Vitamin C?).

-Humble Master
Question #45350 posted on 05/31/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I am going to be a freshman at BYU (Provo) in the fall and since I'm going to know all of 4 people there, I was wondering what are some good clubs to join that would be fun, good for meeting interesting people and preferentially have a high boy to girl ratio (since as a female I'd like to meet some cool guys). I searched the archives but couldn't find a good answer to this, but if I missed it I would appreciate a link! Thank you!

- loves the whole concept of the board and is quickly becoming addicted

A: Dear Frosh,

Here's a complete list of clubs. I don't know how the Nepalese Student Union or Single Parent Association would work out for you, but I'm betting the Ultimate Frisbee or Golf Clubs are heavy on the male side. I've never been, but I hear any of the dancing clubs are great social opportunities as well. Also, sometime during the first week of school there's a 'Club Day' where clubs set up booths. It should be pretty easy to gage any male-female ratios there.

If you have even a vague idea about what you're going to study I'd recommend getting involved in the societies related to your choice of studies. There are fliers all over the place for such things during fall semester. They are great places to meet people with similar interests and goals.

-habiba
Question #45348 posted on 05/31/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I have this interesting phenomenon that happens to me. I play guitar, a lot. I play around my friends, I play around my roommates, I play around my brothers and all the people I'm comfortable with. But the second someone else steps into the room, my hands freeze up and my throat gets dry. I can't remember lyrics, I can't remember chords, I can't remember how songs start or which verses come next. I get so nervous all of a sudden, even if it's just one or two new people.

Is there anything I can do to fix this or maybe just compensate? I'm so tired of the dramatic change from being really good to sounding like it's my first day.

-Shaky Strummer

A: Dear Shaky,

Your "interesting phenomenon" actually sounds like the rather common phenomenon of stage fright. Practice is really the best way of overcoming such problems, both practicing your chords and songs when no one's around and practicing playing in front of strangers so you can get used to it.

One way of practicing playing in front of strangers is to play in some open area where other people can hear you, but aren't necessarily listening carefully to you. That way, you can get used to playing with the stress of knowing that people will hear if you screw up, but you'll also learn very quickly that they probably won't notice or care.

This handout on music performance anxiety from the University of Wisconsin has some other good tips.

- Katya
A: Dear SS~

Practice, practice, practice.

I don't think you'll ever totally defeat stage fright, but you do learn to temper it down to a mild exhilaration, which is part of the fun of performing.

I disagree with Katya's assessment that performing for people who aren't really listening is less frightening, as I actually find it more frustrating. But I guess that just means you should experiment.

Good luck.

~Hobbes
A: Dear Hobbes,

I disagree with Katya's assessment that performing for people who aren't really listening is less frightening, as I actually find it more frustrating.

Interesting. I guess it must come down to personality. It used to drive me nuts when I was the sacrament meeting pianist / organist and the bishop shushed everyone to listen to the prelude — I played much worse if I thought they were listening!

- Katya
Question #45347 posted on 05/31/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Assuming a werf could survive the turbulence of being tossed around in a metal box at high velocities, how much metal or lead would be necessary to line the box in order to survive the heat and radiation from an atomic explosion, assuming the werf is in the metal box 30 or so miles from where the bomb goes off?
Also, assuming said werf survived being thrown around in a metal box by a nearby atomic explosion, if the werf were to leave the box 30-50 plus miles from where the bomb went off, would werf die immediately from radiation, or would werf develop cancer or leukemia from exposure to the radiation? Was it also possible to be decontaminated through a thorough military scrubbing of atomic explosions from the fifties?

- Failed Suspension of Disbelief.

A: Dear you could've just said Indiana Jones instead of werf,

Well it turns out that you wouldn't even need a lead box to survive the blast if you were 30 miles away, maybe just a sturdy clay brick house. The radiation however, would get you within a 30-50 miles radius. Homeland Security says that at 30 miles, death can occur within hours. At 90 miles, death occurs within two to fourteen days. (This webpage from the National Terror Alert Response Center on all things nuclear is fascinating! And very informative.) I think it goes without saying that no amount of military scrubbing can save you from radiation.

Judging by what happened to the town around Indiana and his not-so-lucky Russian friends, he was at least within 5 miles, likely within 3, of the center of the blast. There's no way a lead-lined refrigerator would have made it. But hey, it was fun to watch!

-habiba
A: Dear Failed

I concur with your assessment concerning that sequence, it really did not seem all that plausible. However, I have found one source which argues that is not as implausible as we believe. But, please allow me go ahead and throw some grains of salt in the air before you follow the link or read the excerpts I'll provide. I found this source on a forum that was discussing that sequence of the film. In this forum there is a lengthy quotation from an uncited source who knows "a bit about nukes" who discusses the issue. I have not been able to track down the source of this lengthy quote, so it could be puppy rolling across a keyboard for all I know. However, since everyone else on the internet is decrying the improbability of that scene, I figured I'd throw out this lone voice of defense.

I found the defense of the film's logic here (it's in the very first post). It's really long, so I'll quote some highlights:
Actually, it's plausible. The first thing to remember is that when a nuclear bomb detonates, all the actual detonating is done at a single point- where the bomb is, known as the hypocenter. The rest of the effects are due entirely to the tremendous force of that detonation creating lots of light, heat, and radiation that affect its surroundings.

There are three killers from a nuclear detonation- thermal pulse, shockwave, and radiation. The lead lining won't actually help much against radiation because the amount of lead that could plausibly be in the fridge isn't thick enough to block gamma rays- and nothing else could have penetrated the air between him and the blast, let alone a metal fridge door of any kind. On the other hand, most of the gamma rays that reach him will pass right through him. Direct radiation isn't a major killer for people caught far enough from a nuclear detonation that they won't be in the zone of total destruction. Inhaling radioactive isotopes or getting them on your skin from the fallout is, but the way Indy got out of the explosion would reduce that threat.

Indy probably got a considerable dose of radiation. Prompt precautions would help with the relatively low dose he got in the movie. The guys in radiation suits scrubbing him down are a part of those precautions. Drinking lots and lots of water would help too, because he needed to get as much of the radioactive fallout out of his system as fast as possible. Flushing the tubes, so to speak, helps. We didn't see him do that, but it's likely he did.
The shockwave is actually more dangerous to objects with a big surface area facing the blast (like houses) than objects with a small surface area (like people). A shockwave that would collapse a house might merely knock a man down. If nuclear explosions produced nothing but shockwave the smartest thing you could do to protect yourself would be to run out in the street and cover your ears. They don't, so it isn't.

The fridge would do a LOT to protect Indy from the shockwave.

Because he was inside a rigid steel container, the air around Indy would not have been compressed. Being wrapped inside a house would have muffled the shockwave inside the house itself, and being in a rigid steel box would have muffled it further, preventing him from being buffeted by the shockwave personally.
The refrigerator would have done an excellent job of protecting Indy from the thermal pulse. Simply being indoors with a wall between him and the hypocenter would have put him 'in the shade'- the wall would absorb all the direct light and infrared from the blast. He would only have to deal with the great heating of the house itself.
Given that the refrigerator would protect him from both the direct thermal blast and from being killed by falling debris in the shockwave, it is quite plausible that Indy could have survived the immediate effects of the blast at that range. The real threat would be radiation. At the estimated range prompt medical treatment would most likely have saved his life, but quite possibly not his health- certainly he'd have been in no shape to go adventuring later that year, and would most likely not have had a full head of hair ever again- certainly not in time for his interrogation by overzealous McCarthyist FBI agents.

Thus, the only real "Hollywood magic" involved in Indy's survival was:
-that the "lead lined" refrigerator could protect him from picking up a nasty radiation dose. At his range he should have taken several hundred REMs. [...] Of course, to put him down in 'safe' (very unlikely to kill or incapacitate him for long at all) levels the fridge would only have had to cut the radiation levels by a factor of five to ten. It would take at least an inch of lead to do that, almost certainly more, and the refrigerator can't have been that heavy or it would have been nearly impossible to move in the first place.

-that he was thrown so far (itself a piece of Hollywood magic) and survived that. He shouldn't have been thrown. If he was thrown, he certainly shouldn't have survived the experience, no matter how tough he was.
In the end, even this guy admits some mighty impossibilities in the scene, and yeah, Indy would have died. But perhaps its not quite as crazy as we think, even if it is still crazy. But maybe this anonymous source I'm quoting is crazy.

-Humble Master
Question #45345 posted on 05/31/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Have any of you tried quinoa? What did you think? How was it prepared?

Thanks!

- Fredjikrang, lover of grains

A: Fredjikrang,

I tried it once with a vegetarian friend. She prepared it kind of like rice, maybe? I thought it was pretty gross. I don't think I'll be trying it again. But you might like it, you never know!

~Krishna
A: Dear Fred

I'd never heard of Quinoa, much less tried it. However, you can find buckets of recipes for those goosefoot seeds at this site.

-Humble Master
Question #45344 posted on 05/31/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

How much would an organ similar to this one weigh?

-The Great Growltiger

A: Dear Growly,

This organ weighs about 425 pounds, and it's smaller than the Johannus. I'm guessing you're looking at anywhere between 450-600 pounds, depending on which one of the Johannus you're looking at.

-habiba
Question #45343 posted on 05/31/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I am a 22 year old male and I work with boys who are between 8th-11th grade. I am a coach. Oft times during practice, especially in the approaching time of year, the boys will go without shirts. One day after practice last year a parent commented to me that I should "be careful around the players." Judging by the glares he had given me in the previous few minutes, I knew he was serious, but I didn't know what he was referring to. Was he warning me on developing a too close relationship with the boys, or if he was talking about actual physical contact (his son was on the team). Any contact I have with any player would be the same as any other coach: guiding him to a certain area, patting him on the back, putting a hand on the shoulder, and sometimes an arm around him if they are having a hard time- things like that. Consequently, no one would describe me a touchy person by any stretch, nevertheless, after this incident I suddenly became paranoid. Spring practice has arrived and after several months of pondering the issue, I would like to know what you think. My personal conclusion now, despite what this parent may have meant, is that I probably made a lot more out of this than it needed. Frankly, I don't think most players, parents or coaches, ever notice, care, and or pay attention to this kind of stuff during a serious practice. I have decided to simply go back to coaching like I have always done. On the other hand, am I wrong? Should a coach never touch a player who is not wearing a shirt? In order to be at ease, I need thoughts from other people. Thanks.

- Anonymous

A: Dear George,

That's a tough situation. I'm inclined to feel like it shouldn't be that big of a deal, but maybe you should just have your players wear shirts?

That kind of confuses me anyway; I mean, why would it make a difference whether or not they're wearing a shirt? But maybe if that's what would make people feel better, it's what should be done.

And come on, I know it gets hot outside, but it's not that big of a deal to keep your shirt on. Girls do it.

-Kicks and Giggles
A: Dear Mr. Smith,

First let me tell you that I don't think that you've done anything wrong (from what you've told us). So I wouldn't worry too much at this point.

However, it is an unfortunate state of the world that we live in these days. We have to watch out for those types of things. Parents have to make sure that their children are not being molested or treated improperly and coaches have to make sure that nothing they do could possibly give off that appearance in any way.

I realize that it is likely silly and that it might even seem awkward, but perhaps you should make an attempt to not be touchy with the boys that you work with. I'd much rather be careful than risk getting in trouble because someone was being stupid and decided to read more into something than they should have. You probably don't mean anything by the touching (except to be supportive and kind) but unfortunately someone else in the same situation might not have innocent intentions. Just watch out and be careful with what you do.

~Krishna
A: Dear Anon~

Sounds like the parent's over-paranoid, not you. So long as you're not doing anything inappropriate, you at least have the moral high ground. If another such comment is made, you should demand clarification, because that's ridiculous.

~Hobbes
Question #45341 posted on 05/31/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Where can I find an mp3 of the bass only, tenor only, alto only, etc. of
"If You Could Hie To Kolob"? Its not anywhere I can find and lds.org lists it as copyright issues.

thx!

A: Dear thx,

I'd suggest having singers you know record the parts for you, then turning them into mp3s. The recordings, not the people.

Sincerely,

Question #45318 posted on 05/31/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 hour board,

Concerning Board Question #45205:
I'm interested in Dodd's almost-asked question. I agree that the little fireman story feels kind of awkward and extra, like it could be cut out entirely with no trouble at all. But I'm inclined to trust that the author had a reason to write it. What do you think it adds to the story? What device does it serve in the exposition? Did you ever have an opinion about it one way or the other? Hopefully some of you have read the book...

-Baby Laveen

A: Dear Baby,

The story of the fireman is put in there to introduce another rumor about the ghost that fuels his mystique: he has appeared not only as a skeleton, but also as a fiery head that was so terrifying that even a fireman would be frightened of it. The adulation of the bravery of the fireman and his fearlessness of fire help to show that the ghost is more than physical elements that might induce fear in those unaccustomed to them.

Naming the fireman gives credence to M. Pedro Gailhard's story, as it is written in the book. It also made the fireman story easier to reference in Chapter 20, when Raoul and the Persian encounter the head of fire for themselves. (This is another reason the story was introduced early on.)

Nobody puts you in the corner.

Sincerely,