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Question #90899 posted on 02/01/2018 3:32 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

What are all of your apps currently on your phone?

-Star Wars, Galaxy of Heroes

A:

Dear SWGoH,

Besides the typical apps everyone has (messages, photos, etc.), I have Spotify, money (Ibotta, Venmo, Cafe Rio), classes (BYU app, Duo Mobile, Top Hat), church (LDS Library, LDS Music, LDS Tools), P Tracker, Snapchat, Google Photos, Google Maps, Workout, Merriam-Webster Dictionary, and games (DominoDrop and Two Dots).

After reading the other writers' responses, I'm almost ashamed at how few apps I have. Guess I'm not a true millennial. 

-guppy of doom

A:

Dear SWAGH,

Aside from the typical apps on every I-phone I have:

School

  • BYU App
  • Duo-Mobile
  • Duolingo
  • BYUCareerFairPlus
Music
  • Spotify
  • Metronome
  • InsTuner
  • myTuner Radio
  • Music Tool
  • The Official Hamilton App
  • Youtube
Sports
  • Nike+RunClub
  • ESPN (I only have it during college football season and sometimes I have to delete it if I have midterms)
Church
  • Just Serve
  • Gospel Library
  • LDS Hymns
  • LDS Tools
  • Family Tree

Social

  • Facebook messenger (But not Facebook because I'd waste too much time)
  • WhatsApp
  • Skype
  • Gmail
  • FriendO
  • LinkedIn

Games

  • Pokemon Go

Other

  • Flashlight
  • Voice Recorder
  • Moment (Phone usage tracker)
  • Typorama (For putting quotes on cool backgrounds)
  • iRide UTA
  • UTA GoRide
  • My banking app

And that's it. Hope someone found this interesting or at least read it. Honestly the best app on there is the default clock and default reminders apps because otherwise I'd be late to or flat out miss everything and be a total wreck. Instead I'm just kinda a wreck.

Peace,

Tipperary

A:

Dear starwar,

The short answer is too many.

Here's the long answer:

Social

  • Instagram
  • Facebook/Messenger
  • Snapchat
  • Twitter
  • Marco Polo
  • Zoom
  • GroupMe
  • WhatsApp

Music/Media

  • Spotify
  • GuitarTuna
  • Musescore
  • Ultimate Guitar Tabs
  • Audible
  • Tag Master
  • Metronome
  • SoundCloud
  • Amazon Music
  • Shazam
  • Youtube
  • Hulu
  • Netflix

Shopping/Finance

  • Amazon
  • Walmart
  • Lunchbox (Long live Lunchbox)
  • Venmo
  • Google Play
  • Pocket Points
  • CEFCU (My banking app)

Games

  • Ruzzle
  • Go Free
  • Sporcle
  • GeoGuess
  • Animal Crossing Pocket Camp
  • Gravilux
  • Don't Starve
  • Euclidea
  • Trivia HQ
  • Chess
  • Flags and Capitals of the World
Church
  • LDS Tools
  • Gospel Library
  • LDS Music
  • Penzu (It's a journal, I grouped it in with "Church" though
 
Miscellaneous
  • Evernote
  • MyFitnessPal
  • SpotOn Timer
  • ESPN
  • Duolingo
  • BYU
  • Quizlet
  • Duo Mobile (I resent typing that)
  • MoviePass
  • Hiya
  • Wolfram Alpha
  • Twilight

Well, that about wraps that up, enjoy I guess?

Keep it real,
Sherpa Dave

A:

Dear Star Wars,

First of all, thank you for the question. I have cleaned out a number of apps that I no longer use. 

Second of all, I still have way too many apps.

Here are all of my apps, broken down by the categories I have them sorted into on my phone:

  • Church
    • LDS Gospel Library
    • LDS Tools
  • Fitness (Because some day I'll finally start working out consistently again)
    • Fitbit
    • You Are Your Own Gym
  • Food
    • Papa John's
    • 7-Eleven (This is an awesome rewards app)
    • Smith's
  • Games
    • Crossword
    • Disney Emoji Blitz
    • Tap Titans 2
    • Word Connect
  • Google (Because I have an Android)
    • Gmail
    • Google Drive
    • Google Keep
    • Google Maps
    • Google Photos
    • Google Play Store
    • Google Weather
    • Google Contribute
  • Music
    • Pandora
    • Google Play Music
    • Spotify
    • TuneIn Radio
  • News
    • CNN
    • ESPN
  • School
    • Genius Scan
    • myHomework
    • Quizlet
  • Social
    • Facebook
    • Facebook Messenger
    • Snapchat
    • Twitter
  • Sphero (Because my wife got me a BB-8 Sphero for my birthday and it is ABSOLUTELY THE COOLEST THING EVER!)
    • Droids by Sphero
    • Sphero Edu
  • Tools
    • BYU
    • Capital One Credit Score
    • Chase Banking
    • GasBuddy
    • GEICO Mobile
    • JustServe
    • Merriam-Webster Dictionary
    • Twilight (As a disclaimer, this is a blue-light filter and has nothing to do with the books)
    • Venmo
    • Zedge
  • Videos
    • Hulu
    • Netflix
    • Redbox
    • YouTube

So yeah, I have a lot of apps. Good times!

-Mitty

A:

Dear Star Wars Galaxy,

I mean, are we only counting apps that I use regularly? Because that would be Google Chrome, gmail, the BYU app, LDS Tools, Venmo, Instagram, Facebook, Netflix, Spotify, XKCD, Sudoku, and some knock-off version of Boggle called Word Shaker.

I have a bunch of other apps on my phone, but these are the only ones that I use with any sort of regularity. Oh, and also the Roku remote one for when my real TV remote is lost in the couch cushions.

-Alta

Question #90712 posted on 02/01/2018 3:14 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I despise Donald Trump as a person. I didn't want Hillary Clinton to win, but I didn't really want him to win either. However, I'm not sure if I dislike a lot of the changes he's trying to make because they're bad policies or because I dislike him so much.

The problem is I don't know enough about politics/civics/economics/etc to form an informed opinion. Are there some good resources you could send me to to refresh my knowledge of these kinds of topics? For instance, I took AP Econ in high school and survived Kearl's Econ 100, but those were both ages ago, so I remember almost nothing. Therefore, I'm not sure if this tax proposal the Republicans are trying to pass is a needed change or a terrible idea.

Should I just read articles from both sides about these things? If that's the case, I'll check the archives since you've answered several questions about that recently. But if there are some websites that would be good primers on these types of topics without being super biased one way or another, that would be awesome!

~Trying to stay informed and not lose my mind

A:

Dear Trying,

I feel your pain on this one. Like I've mentioned before, I'd recommend reading articles from both sides, and trying to understand where they're coming from. A lot of issues have roots in hard economics but a lot of argument is over the theorized effects or the moral standpoint of the issue. I'd honestly just recommend Wikipedia on this one, and following sources from there. for example, the Wikipedia article "Welfare" has a description of welfare systems across the world, with sources listed describing each one. If you did this, and maybe listened to some political podcasts, you'd be way ahead of the game.

Keep it real,
Sherpa Dave

A:

Dear Trying,

Factcheck.org is a good site to see if all the hype you're hearing about something is true or not. It runs stories on both Republicans and Democrats, correcting incorrect statement as they arise.

I've never used it before, but apparently votesmart.org is a good resource to look up information about a specific policy or politician. It's compiled by a variety of different readers from different political backgrounds, so apparently it doesn't lean too far one way or the other.

Realclearpolitics.com compiles stories and op-eds from a bunch of different sources, some of them liberal and some of them conservative, so they're pretty good at giving a comprehensive overview of what's going on.

Also, when looking up articles from different sides of the political spectrum, I would recommend using reputable sources in the first place. Yes, you can find conservative opinions on Breitbart News, but Breitbart tends to be much more reactionary than, say the Wall Street Journal, which is still pretty conservative, but probably more trustworthy. Find your news from places like the WSJ, the Economist, the New York Times, the Atlantic, etc, which are generally known for their journalistic integrity, even if they do lean right or left.

-Alta

Question #90910 posted on 02/01/2018 2:47 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

What do I need to make sure I do/don't do in order to keep my mac in A+ condition for as long as possible?

Thanks,
new computer

A:

Dear newbie,

There's some boring articles out there that have some run-of-the-mill advice to keep your mac in tip top condition. But did you really come to the illustrious 100 Hour Board to get such tedious and common advice? Of course not! So here's the real deal if you want to keep your mac in a condition unlike your grades:

DON'T throw it against a wall. You may assume your laptop is as capable and durable as a book. This may shock you, but it's not. 

DON'T feed it chocolate, which is poisonous to computers.

DON'T light it on fire. Like books, fire is also super effective against laptops. Alternatively, you may consider finding the top student in your class and lighting their laptop on fire. Top students tend to wreck the curve, which means you won't get into that top master's program.

DON'T water it. And if you do end up watering it, don't plug it in when you do. However, if you want a new, electrifying hairdo, play with the cords while watering your laptop.

DO take it on walks. Though some studies have tried to prove that this doesn't actually help the laptop and is only a trick to get laptop users in the sun each day, I can assure you it's a lie. Taking walks is vital to the health of a laptop. 

DO talk to it lovingly each day. Remind it that your future depends on its little circuits. 

DO consult a therapist if your laptop ever experiences technical difficulties. Such problems are often signs that your relationship is failing, and a therapist can help you better understand each other and make needed adjustments. 

With these tips, hopefully your mac is able to stay in tip top condition! And never forget, if your laptop does unexpectedly die, you may need to take out a huge student loan to buy a new one, take a boring desk job you hate to pay for those student loans, live an unmotivated life due to your depressing job, and die alone at your desk! So never forget to keep your mac in A+ condition!

-guppy of doom

Question #90906 posted on 02/01/2018 2:45 p.m.
Q:

Dear guppy,

I, too, love Broadchurch, and I am rather morose about how infrequently I meet people who feel the same. But now I've found you! Would you mind geeking out about it a little so that I don't feel so alone?

-crime show snob

A:

Dear you,

I must unfortunately admit that I've only seen the first season. I'm more the Psych kind of person, who intentionally avoids deep and emotional movies and TV shows because there's enough feels in real life and I don't need more reasons to feel bad. I started watching Broadchurch because it was a detective show and had David Tennant (who is arguably the best Doctor). In many ways it was like my start with Stranger Things—someone told me it was about aliens and it was incredibly entertaining and funny. You can imagine my roommate's and my faces after the first episode. 

But like Stranger Things, Broadchurch was simply amazing. So good that I watched the entire first season in a week.

I was trying to figure out how to properly geek out about Broadchurch without spoiling the show for anyone else, and I know how—hover text!! So if you don't want the show spoiled (well, the first season), don't put your mouse over the next paragraph.

The characters were so complex. The slow reveals and misdirections and yet how it all made sense. The innocent victims. The subtle irony. That one guy. The pain.

One of my favorite things was the music though. There's a reason I love Beth's Theme—it is gorgeous, it captures Beth's emotions perfectly, and basically sums up how you feel while watching the show.

I haven't gotten the courage to watch the second season yet—well, I watched the first ten minutes and saw how depressed people were and I just shut my laptop and resolved to watch it another day. But I'm so glad to know someone else out there loves Broadchurch! And if you ever want to geek out about it together, email me at guppyofdoom@theboard.byu.edu!

-guppy of doom

Question #90902 posted on 02/01/2018 2:44 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I've been compared to Leslie Knope in terms of my ability and drive to get a lot of things done. Except, due to life circumstances, I can't do nearly as much anymore, and it's making me kind of feel bad. What am I supposed to do when what was a major part of who I am is no longer a part of me?

-Knope, can't do that

A:

Dear friend,

It's rough when we feel like we can't be true to who we are. I've felt the same way—there are times I can't do the things I expect myself to do. In times like that, I have to remind myself that there are other parts of me that are also beautiful and amazing. While a large part of me is a workaholic and strives to never fail, I also have a side that loves playing on playgrounds and singing at the top of my lungs. During different phases in our lives, we may need to focus on other parts of us. It can be hard, but I've found that it's helped me understand myself better and love every side of me. 

In the immortal words of Tom Haverford, "I've outlined seven different types of successful people. You can be an Andy. An April. A Ben. A Leslie. A Ron. A Donna. Or my personal favorite: a Tom." If you can't be a Leslie, find your Andy side and work on that. Or be a Donna for a time. Maybe you'll find something beautiful about your Ron side that you want to incorporate into your life all the time, regardless which part of you you're working on. 

Perhaps you'll be able to tune back into your Leslie side in the future, and you'll be able to bring different qualities to it from this time you've spent learning about yourself more. Just remember that each side is successful, and none is more valuable than another. 

Just don't be a Jerry.

-guppy of doom

A:

Dear you,

I've experienced this before in a couple of circumstances. Guppy's advice to find other parts of you to focus on is good, but I just want to hit on the underlying pain that comes with feeling like you're losing that part of yourself.

What God asks of you is that you apply the Atonement and do all that you can. It's okay if "all that you can" right now isn't the same as "all that you can" at other times. He loves you. He knows you're going through trials - after all, that was a big part of His plan for all of us. He understands that one of the effects of our trials is often a temporary or permanent change in how much effort we can give and the things we can accomplish.

Love,

~Anne, Certainly

Question #90900 posted on 02/01/2018 2:44 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

How did this whole "the Earth is flat" theory come back into popularity?

-kerouac jr

A:

Dear Jack,

It's because the earth is actually flat and people are finally coming around to the truth. Science will prove it.

Keep it real,
Sherpa Dave

A:

Dear Jr.

I mean, a major sports icon saying that it's flat certainly didn't help.

-Mitty