Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better. ~Albert Camus
Question #47396 posted on 09/10/2008 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 12345,

Re: Board Question #47305. There is also a class called Family Meal Management (SFL 340) which is just the advanced version of SFL 110. Lecture is two hours, after which we cook for a maximum of three hours. Taking SFL 110 first is recommended but, I do not think, required.

-Me

Question #47332 posted on 09/10/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Would you date a guy (or a girl, as the case may be) with bad teeth? I mean, if I were really in love with him, the teeth would not be a big obstacle; I'm not that shallow. He's otherwise attractive, but his crooked and weirdly spaced teeth are the first thing you notice about him, and they make him look like a hick when he's actually really smart and well-read...is it wrong to get hung up on a minor imperfection like that? I know I'm not perfect physically either, but let's face it, his teeth are kind of distracting. Opinions, please?

- kettle

A: Dear kettle ~

Yeah. I probably would (assuming I were still single, of course). Well, it'd probably be a hangup... but I think I'd get over it if I liked his personality enough. But perhaps that's because I came from a family with dental problems. Though, more along the lines of cavities, not horribly spaced teeth... although that's not unheard of in my family either. (I could fit a smartie between my two front teeth until I was in Young Women's.)

Heh. Story time. I actually just heard this story several days ago. So this girl I know went on her first date with the guy that is now her husband. They went out to dinner and one moment everything was normal, the next minute he was missing two of his teeth (the ones next to the front teeth). Well, understandably, this kind of freaked her out. Suddenly he was a hillbilly for no apparent reason and with no explanation. She didn't know him well enough to ask, though, so she just stayed kind of weirded out. Finally, a couple of dates later she asked him what the deal was and turns out he was missing those two teeth (for whatever reason), but he was too young to get implants (did you know your teeth can keep moving until you're 25?!), so he wore a retainer with two fake teeth. (She thought he just had a retainer.) Because of the awkwardness of eating with fake teeth, he was really good at just quickly slipping his retainer into a napkin before eating (so fast she didn't even notice him doing it). Also, he was so used to doing it and just thought everyone knew about his fake teeth that he didn't even think to warn/tell her. He now has implants and no retainer. (Though, he didn't get those until after they were married.)

Point is, teeth can be fixed. Brother Sr. currently has braces because his teeth are rather spaced apart. If you two fall in love and it really bothers you, perhaps you can talk him into getting work done. Maybe he's never been able to afford it.

What if you marry a guy with perfect teeth and then he gets kicked in the face at some point and loses a tooth? Will you still love him?

Yes, I think you're being superficial if you let it get in the way of something more serious. I vote you get over this minor flaw.

~ Dragon Lady
A: Dear kettle,

I agree with Dragon Lady: "Well, it'd probably be a hangup... but I think I'd get over it if I liked [her] personality enough." Obviously it could be a bit of an obstacle, but it wouldn't be a deal-breaker. And as Dragon Lady also pointed out, teeth can be fixed, if you have the money and it's that important to you.

—Laser Jock
A: Dear Ethel,

I've dated a boy with very well-aired teeth. When I thought about it, it bothered me, but luckily he had a lot of other good qualities I was able to focus on while we were dating. I have, however, always wondered why he didn't get it fixed...oh well.

There are some physical things that do distract me, though. I tend to avoid those because I'm shallow and would spend the entire time staring at/thinking about those things. It's really hard to concentrate on a person when there's something bothersome already taking up most of your thoughts.

-Polly Esther
A: Dear K:

Hahahaha. I may or may not be trying to broach this subject across the waves of the Interwebs right now!

I have a really attractive smile. It's probably my best physical feature. Perhaps because of this, teeth are something of a big deal for me in the looks department.

Honestly, I don't think I could kiss a guy with as bad of teeth as you describe. It would just be viscerally unattractive to me. The guys I have dated had have more average, but still none-too-impressive, teeth, and I won't complain if I am dating someone more seriously and he takes steps to improve the situation, in either whiteness or straightness.

Considering I could see myself liking tall, short, curly-haired, or straight-haired guys; guys from rich or poor families; guys with a nice car or no car; guys who are scrawny or could lose a few pounds; unfashionable dressers or those bordering on metrosexual; I hope you will allow me my one vanity.

---Portia
Question #47329 posted on 09/10/2008 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Would a grilled cheese beat a taco in a one on one fight?

- Giovanni Schwartz, who is in the mood for a good story.

A: Dear Giovanni ~

Depends, is it a hard-shelled taco or a soft-shelled one?

~ Dragon Lady... who oddly enough is not providing you with a story.
A: Dear Gia,

"I'd say the grilled cheese, but only in a fair fight. If it's prison rules, I'd take the taco." Oh, and only if everyone else thought that Hot Rod was as funny a movie as I did. Ah, so quotable . . .

- Rating Pending (who thinks that your answer is ok, but pretty racist)(who also likes, "Babe, wait! Babe! Babe, wait! Wait, babe! Babe! Babe, wait! Wait! Wait! Babe!")
A: Dear Ethel,

You might think that grilled cheese would have an advantage due to its gooey center, but the taco's hard shell totally provides too much protection for any punches the grilled cheese might throw.

However, in an all-out fight, grilled cheese might be able to pull off a win if it could hold out long enough for the taco's center to make its shell soft.

-Polly Esther
Question #47327 posted on 09/10/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

In Quebec (and probably other places, I guess), they have these cars on rails that will take you up the side of a mountain. They have a French name, and I think it starts with an M, and I think it has fourish syllables. What are these cars called?

- Montaculaire maybe?

A: Dear Ethel,

From what I can tell, these are a part of the Funiculaire du Vieux-Québec. You can read more about Funicular trains here.

-Polly Esther
Question #47326 posted on 09/10/2008 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

What is the most delicious sandwich you can make with white bread and only two fillings? I say sliced hard-boiled egg and mustard.

- Darth Fedora

A: Dear Ethel,

I would go with avocado and Vermont cheddar. And if a small amount of salt happened to fall on my conveniently open sandwich, I would be okay with that, too.

-Polly Esther
A: Dear Hat:

Toasted bread, high-quality turkey or chicken, and sharp cheddar cheese.

---Portia
Question #47324 posted on 09/10/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I'm having a hard time coming up with good ideas for writing fiction. I love to write, but I can never think of good plots. I need a plot I can get excited about; everything I come up with seems lame and formulaic to me. So I come to you for suggestions (not suggestions of plots, you know, but suggestions on how to come up with interesting plots). Thanks! You are the greatest.

- Dejlighed

A: Dear D...whatever~

Take the plot of your favourite movie/book, and add a twist. Take the plot of a lame movie/book, find out what made it lame, and repair it.

Writers are horrible thieves.

Those are just off the top of my head, but I would love to work with you on this, so drop an email to hobbes (at) theboard (dot) byu (dot) edu and we'll talk more in-depth about it.

~Hobbes
A: Dear huh?

Think of interesting people you've met, and write out a list of questions you'd ask them if you didn't have to worry about tact. Then make up their answers and write about it.

-Olympus
Question #47323 posted on 09/10/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

A while ago, I was looking at a map of my ward, and it had a message that stated something like "Don't be concerned if your unit contains large portions of land that you know is uninhabited. It is Church policy to make sure that every portion of land is under an ecclesiastical unit of some sort. If desired, you could request 'zoom-ins' of the places where people live."

Having learned that, I tried to find out what unit(s) Antartica is under.

This is mostly for curiosity's sake, because while I hope to go there someday, I don't expect to go there anytime soon.

- A Curious Penguin

A: Dear Ethel,

I wish you could feel my love and dedication for you right now as I just got off one of the more interesting phone calls in my life.

First, Antarctica isn't officially assigned anywhere (because no one officially lives there - but then again, I don't imagine oceans and such are assigned to wards. Hmm...I wonder what they'd do if we all started living on yachts in the ocean), though the McMundo military base is assigned to the Oxnard 4th Ward.

That would be Oxnard, California.

California and Antarctica aren't really all that close. So, just to make sure this information wasn't totally off, I called the bishop in Oxnard. The phone call went something like this:

"Hi, Bishop Jaster, I'm Polly and I'm told you're the bishop over the McMundo military base...in Antarctica. I'm wondering, what exactly does the church do down there?"
"Did you say Antarctica?"
"Yes. I'm told you're the agent ward over the military base in Antarctica."
"Who did you say you were again?"
"I'm Polly and I'm calling for a BYU question and answer forum. Someone asked what ward Antarctica would fall under."
"They're under our unit? They certainly don't come to church."
"Yeah, I imagine their home teaching statistics are dismal."
"Antarctica. That's interesting to know."

I had to reassure him a few times that I was very serious (and thank him for not hanging up on me!). He's only been bishop for less than a month, after all. This would be the perfect hazing. I hope it starts his five-year service out right. In any case, he laughingly told me (because there was nothing else to do at this point. The call was weird, I won't deny it) that they have a few military units connected to their ward and if something happened they could get a hold of some of the military men in their ward to try and help with whatever the need may be.

So, thank you to a very patient, good-humored Bishop Jaster. I hope you're able to realize your dream to go down there, but don't expect any ward houses.

-Polly Esther
Question #47322 posted on 09/10/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

On my mission I baptized this backwoods feller who lived by his self and I don't beleive had any family. A short while after I left the area he died. Lately I have been thinking I need to do his temple work. The only problem is I have no idea how or what to do for the whole process from finding out when he died, to even finding out more then his name and ward. Then what do I do after that; how do I get his named cleared for temple work? Basically I need to know the whole process from begining to end.

Thanks,

Prison Break

A: Dear Ethel,

I called the Family History and Temple departments and they said that in order for a person to be authorized to do the temple work for another person who's not a relative, certain specific conditions must be met. You would have to know his full name, date of birth, place of birth, death date -- all the information necessary before any name is submitted for temple work. In addition, however, you must have written permission from the nearest living relative. That means you'd have to do whatever research is necessary to find a sibling, child, parent, cousin, nephew -- whatever.

This permission for temple ordinances is essential before the work can be done. When and if you gather all that information, the name should be submitted just as any name is submitted for temple work.

The Church Handbook of Instruction says officially:
Members' preeminent obligation is for their own kindred dead. They may research for natural, adoptive, and sealing relationships. They may also submit for temple work the names of persons who have a probable family relationship that cannot be verified because the records are inadequate, such as those who have the same surnames and resided in the same areas as known ancestors.

Members should be considerate of the feelings of close family members when submitting names of deceased relatives. For those deceased persons who were born within the last 95 years, members should obtain the approval of the person’s closest living relative before temple work is performed.

Names of nonrelated persons should not be submitted without the approval of the closest living relative.

-Polly Esther
Question #47321 posted on 09/10/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Do you prefer regular fries, or sweet potato fries?

- Sammy's Cafe
mmmmm . . . banana cream pie shake . . .

A: Dear Sammy Davis,

My mom makes some amazing sweet potato fries, as long as they aren't too salty. They're a little heavier than regular fries, though, so I guess to me it depends on my mood. If I'm in the mood for something heavier, I would want sweet potato fries. If I'm in the mood for something a little lighter and just familiar comfort food, I'd go for regular fries. (It's a recent cooking development in my house, our new Mississippi neighbor taught her how.)

-Olympus
A: Dear Sammy's,

Regular fries, no battle...preferably medium-cut with lots of salt and endless fry sauce. I'll take my sweet potatoes in pie form, thank you very much.

-Buttercup

A: Dear Sammy's ~

Regular fries. But that could largely be due to the fact that I've never had sweet potato fries... though, they are on my to-try-out-sometime list. I even have a recipe. But if I have to make the decision right now, I'm choosing the one I know I like.

~ Dragon Lady... who hopes they're curly fries
A: Dear Ethel,

Regular. Sort of thin, lots of salt, and just like Buttercup, loads fry of sauce.

-Polly Esther
A: Dear Darleen,

Actually, fries are disgusting. Because they are potatoes. Nasty.

-Azriel
A: Dear Azriel:

I think you and my brother (when he was younger, anyway) are the only people I've met who don't like potatoes.

Dear You Like Shakes:

Regular fries. My favorites are probably the crisscross ones from Chick-Fil-A.

---Portia
Question #47320 posted on 09/10/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Is there another exclusively women's weight room besides the small one in the women's locker room of the RB? And do they have schedules posted online anymore for the hours?

- working out

A: Dear working,

Is there another exclusively women's weight room besides the small one in the women's locker room of the RB?

Not that I know of, although there are women's sections of ExSc 191 (beginning weight training), which are held in the Smith Fieldhouse.

And do they have schedules posted online anymore for the hours?

The small women's weight room is open from 6 am to 10 pm. For the schedule of the SFH-A and B weight rooms go here, then click "Info Desk," "Freeplay Schedule," and "Weight Room."

- Katya
Question #47319 posted on 09/10/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

What's the difference between 'http://whateversite.com' and 'http://www.whateversite.com'? Are they not the same page on the same computer? I've seen cases where the two are different, like my own site right after I update something (not on my own computer, I use an ISP ).

- non-webmaster

p.s. hopefully my hypothetical example website above doesn't show up as a real link. If so, please disable it. Thanks!

A: Dear Ethel,

The www specifies the webserver for whateversite.com. If you only type in whateversite.com it assumes www.whateversite.com. You can specify mail, ftp, etc. by typing mail.whateversite.com or ftp.whateversite.com, etc. (e.g., mail.google.com can be used to quickly access your gmail account). Adding those at the beginning of the web address will allow access to the services whateversite.com may offer. However, not all websites will offer things such as ftp and mail.

-Polly Esther
A: Dear non,

Polly is sort of right... -ish. The webserver (the actual piece of software that handles http(s) requests and decides how to respond to the user's browser) can be configured in a number of ways and then there are DNS configuration options as well. You'll notice that "theboard.byu.edu" is configured to respond to anything occurring before "theboard.byu.edu", however your session will be a new session, which gets a new cookie (so it looks like you've logged out). For example you can go to: "silly.theboard.byu.edu" or "non.sense.theboard.byu.edu" and it all shows up the same and for the most part works just fine. If you go to "mail.theboard.byu.edu" you will notice that we have redirected that page (using DNS controls) to point at the Google servers hosting our email.

The convention used for a long time was that you host websites using the "www" prefix. But, there's no requirement to do so. For instance, slashdot.org and digg.com are two popular sites that don't use the "www" prefix. So there are no hard and fast rules about what they mean. If you so desire you could configure your server to display something different depending on the sub-domain (the part that comes before the "example.com" piece). This practice is extremely common. The Board is hosted at "theboard.byu.edu" which is a sub-domain of "byu.edu". Route Y can be accessed by going to "ry.byu.edu".

So hopefully that clears some stuff up for you. Oh and by the way, the appropriate way to provide example web addresses is to use the "example.com", "example.net", and "example.org" domains which exist solely for this purpose. Sadly, many people who should know better fail to use the example domains properly.

So your question should read "What's the difference between 'http://example.com' and 'http://www.example.com'...."

-Curious Physics Minor
Question #47316 posted on 09/10/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Where can I watch BYU Football games on campus?

Oxford Buckingham

A: Dear Oxford,

Anywhere there's a TV. Also, you know that little control panel on the bottom of the screen of the classroom computers? One of those buggers is a TV, and you can watch the channels that come with BYU Cable. But don't watch it on the projectors. Those bulbs are expensive (or so I hear).

-habiba
A: Dear Oxford Buckingham,

I understand that they also show the games at the Legends Grille, if you're looking for a more athletic atmosphere.

-Yellow
Question #47313 posted on 09/10/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Does any company make tinting contact lenses?

- i.c.

A: Dear Ethel,

Bausch and Lomb used to make tinted contact lenses for sport use, but they are no longer being sold. You can find more information about them here, but I don't think you will find any being made today because of liability problems (such as use while driving, transition from day to night, etc. - they just cause problems).

Since you now have money to burn from not buying contacts, you could always pick up a hot pair of sunglasses from Oakley.

-Polly Esther
Question #47311 posted on 09/10/2008 3:01 a.m.
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I would like to do yoga on my mission but, being new to yoga, I have a hard time remembering the poses. I know the mission packet says to not bring any book other than the approved ones listed, but could I make a xerox of a few yoga poses and bring that with me? I will serve in a biking mission so I will get plenty of cardio, but how can I keep fit otherwise? My dad said the MTC sent missionaries out with a cassette of exercises. Does the MTC still do something like that?

-keeping fit

A: Dear K. Ping Feet,

I appreciate your desire to live exactly according to mission rules and not have any other material besides what the mission materials say. However, I think you would be more than fine to have a few xeroxed sheets of yoga positions. Of course, every mission is different, so if you are really concerned, contact your mission president for further instructions.

I know that when I arrived in my mission in Brazil, the mission president's wife (who was the one watching out for the missionaries' health) immediately loaded us up with more papers, pamphlets and reading material including (but not being limited to) information about diet, which brands of food where the best (she never realized that they were all too expensive to be bought on a missionary's budget), vitamins and supplements, which medicines were unsafe (she read articles talking about horror stories regarding bad batches of prescription medicine. Again, these medications were beyond our financial capacity, and if we needed any, we would just take whatever the doctor would give us), a sheet outlining good stretches to do each and every morning, and finally, my personal favorite, a complex diagram showing the correct and proper length of and procedure for trimming one's toenails.

My point here? With all of the papers, talks, trainings, pictures, cool (and fictional) inspirational stories, and vaguely gospel oriented thoughts you'll leave with members (" . . . a man walked along the beach and noticed two sets of footprints") that you will be accumulating over the course of your mission, a few pages of yoga poses that will help you be more fit and healthy will be fine. But again, it's your mission president who will have the final word.

- Rating Pending (who also doesn't like, "GUIDANCE, G is for God, and U and I, DANCE together!" Blerg)
A: Dear Fit,

You'll have a half an hour for exercise in the morning. I have some fond, fond memories of exercise time.

They may have stopped because of safety concerns, but when I went into the MTC they gave you a very special blue stretchy band, designed to help you get a nice toning workout. However, I'm not sure that I ever saw it being used for such purposes. You can shoot stuff pretty far with it though.

-habiba
Question #47307 posted on 09/10/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Hey, are there any computers on campus that have the Java 3D API already installed on them?

- Freaky Geeky

A: Dear Daft Wullie,

Yes, but unless you work where I work, my answer won't help you any. Plus I'm not telling you where I work, so.

-Azriel
A: Dear Freaky Geeky~

Although I don't know what that is, the lab guy here in the basement of the JKB says they're installed on these very computers.

Come check it out!

~Hobbes
Question #47297 posted on 09/10/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I cut through the RB today on my way home and stopped in a doorway to watch what I assume was the Irish stepdance team practicing. I find the men who do that quite attractive. How can I meet one of them without actually taking the classes and joining the team?

- Vandergroot

A: Dear Vandergroot,

My advice would be for you to hang out outside of their classroom and try to strike up a conversation after practice/class. It wouldn't be hard to start talking to them about how awesome looking those dances were and maybe ask how they got started in something like that.

Another idea could be to discreetly follow one of the guys to another location. You could quietly gather information about him until you came up with the perfect way to get his attention. Is he a sucker for girls in distress? Fall down the stairs in front of him. Does he love music? Start playing an instrument. Does he want to be a pilot? Tell him that you want to take him to new heights. Of course, all or any of those might crash and burn- but I'd get a kick out of it.

Get creative! If you want something to happen then you can do it. You've simply got to have the guts and the drive.

~Krishna
A: Dear Vandergroot,

Two possibilities: 1) If the gentlemen you saw Irish stepping were all dressed in black warm ups and black T-shirts, and it was later in the day, then what you probably saw was a rehearsal of the men of the folk dance team performing company (PAC). If you said that they look like a "team" then this is most likely what you saw.

2) If they were not dressed in any particular way, and it was just a small class and there were more girls than guys, then chances are still pretty good that most or all of the guys you saw are taking the Irish step class (which used to be taught by one of my best friends) because they are on the folk dance PAC team and are required by their director to take that class.

In both of these cases, you are talking about men from the folk dance team, which is one of the nicest, friendliest demographics on campus. (I credit the jumping and fiddle music. Also, maybe they overcompensate for having to wear black all the time and not wanting to seem as dour as they look.)

My best suggestion here is to become a folk dance groupie. Chances are, you probably know someone in your ward or apartment complex who is on one of the many folk teams (there are eight or nine I think). Find this person. Grill them on who the unmarried men on PAC are. After this, arrange to run into one/some of them. Your opening line could be, "Oh hey! My friend _____ (insert name into blank. Do NOT leave this line blank!) is on the _____ team and she talks about you guys all the time! When is your next performance?" For your information their next performance is World of Dance Sept. 17-20. I would get tickets and go. Like I said, you couldn't ask for a friendlier group of guys. Although a number of them are already taken, so I would get on this pretty quick if you can.

- Rating Pending (who thinks that if the folk dancers and the ballroom dancers got in a fight, the folk dancers would let the ballroom kids win, although any folker worth his/her salt could kill with a single, powerful hitch-kick to the face)
Question #47262 posted on 09/10/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

The grocery store Macey's carries three brands of milk: Meadow Gold, Western Family, and Shur Saving. While there is no perceivable difference between these brands, they all cost different prices. Furthermore, the stockboy I cornered claims that all three brands arrive on the same milk truck, dispatched from the same Meadow Gold milk plant, and presumably come from the same cows! Are these cows unionizing? Demanding higher pay for certain shifts? This is udderly perplexing. What is the difference between these milk jugs?

- Lorem Ipsum

A: Dear dummy text,

Once upon a time, billions of cows got together and said they wanted to form a union. The Government didn't really like this idea, since they were still getting used to the idea of the cows talking, but decided that, as seemingly sentient beings, the cows should have a voice in their own milk distribution. (For your comfort, the only sentient cows are dairy cows. Cows for butchering and other food uses are not. We know because the dairy cows explained it to us.)

So, these cows had a pretty bloated idea of their importance to society, and determined that they were going to only accept offers through a certain agency, the DSA (Dairy Standard Agency). The DSA was obviously fine with this, but realized no production could be done without using the cows in the union, since they were the only cows that existed.

As a result, all cow milk comes from cows these days, and everybody uses them!

--

EPILOGUE

I talked to someone in the quality control department at Meadow Gold, and he said their facility gets milk from the Smith's Dairy in Layton, and that other people probably do, too. They just put the labels on it, and labels for other suppliers, too (presumably the three you mentioned, at least?), and then run the milk. He told me that that all the milk in Utah pretty much comes from the same raw milk supplier, through the Dairy Standard Agency (DSA).

I think I've made correct deductions from all of that, but overall, the main answer to your question: He said there is probably no difference in all the labels' milk.

-Olympus