"Know thyself? If I knew myself, I'd run away." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Question #92076 posted on 03/13/2019 4:24 p.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

where are you guys on the political spectrum?



Dear Pocket,

So the last time I took this I was pretty much in the dead center left/right and a tiny bit above center authoritarian/libertarian. Here's where I'm at right now:


As you can see over the past few months I've become slightly more liberal and slightly more libertarian. This means that back home in Rexburg I'd likely be branded as a liberal anarchist and a menace to society. Oh Idaho.




Dear Polly,

I'm not sure this test is necessarily the most accurate. I honestly expected myself to be farther to the right economically, but the libertarian leanings are definitely true.





Dear cracker-hungry, 

Jane's Political Scale.jpg

Basically, all I can say for this is that I believe in social justice and taking care of people that need it, but I also think people deserve their individual freedoms and the government should mostly stay out of things except for protecting the disadvantaged. I knew I'd be Libertarian Left. I'm just kinda surprised how left I hit... but maybe I shouldn't be? According to my father, sociology is making me a crazy liberal. 




Dear Pocket,

I present to you yet another left libertarian. I think I used to be more centered, but the longer I've been at BYU, the more liberal I've become. Which translates into often feeling like the crazy left feminist in Sunday School and Relief Society.




Dear Polly,

Looks like we got all the liberals here.


-guppy of doom




I think human welfare depends on realistic economics and I'm wary of unnecessary government control. However, the environment is going to hell in a hand basket and corporations are not adapting fast enough. Our current economic model has ignored environmental quality as both an asset and liability, and we will lose money and quality of life for it. Because I view environmental quality as the most basic and easily overlooked human right, I see it as a completely justifiable control. Tax carbon, turn it into a market, I don't care. But it is an economic and ethical imperative.

On principle I never identified with a single party. It probably comes from my sense of idealism, and tendency to question the options presented to me. In many of these questions I would say agree or disagree because of how it was worded, and it was the option that most clearly denied the "yes or no" format of the answer. I'm not trying to break the test. I just can't say I believe something is true when it doesn't reflect the complexity I perceive. 

I ride the "moderate" flow most of the time. Every once and a while an issue comes to my attention that is so clearly against my standards and priorities that I saddle up for it. The Dakota Access Pipeline, Black Lives Matter, separating families at the border, etc. "Riding the moderate flow" for me basically looks like being a bleeding heart liberal as an individual (my interactions, donations, conversations, and effort to make the world a better place), but in policy voting for the most bipartisan candidates with highest economic intelligence and humane interests. So I do my best to fight the good fight with conviction, but keep the authorities that be as moderate as possible. 

Too political?



Dear you,

Almost in the center.


-Sunday Night Banter

P.S. I don't think the questions are the best, and I'm slightly skeptical if this assessment is very valid.


Dear Political,

As you can see pretty much everyone ended up in the green square, and several writers were skeptical about the results. I searched the archives, and the past couple of times this question has been asked there has been a similar skew, with similar skepticism. Even though the test may likely be skewed, theoretically, how the writers compare to each other shouldn't be. So I've decided to create a graph to show where the writers are in relation to each other. I basically took the scores for all the writers, made the lowest -5 and the highest 5, and adjusted the rest of the values to fit in between that. Here it is folks:


Remember that this is relative. This doesn't mean that Sunday Night Banter is a dictator or that guppy of doom is an anarchist, it just shows where we are relative to each other. I also plotted all of the writers together on the original graph to show where we are as a whole group:

 BoardPolitical Actual.PNG

I think this does a better job of representing our leanings than the comparative graph. I'm not sure how accurate it is overall due to possible biases in the poll. As young college students though, I would expect us to be slightly more liberal and libertarian than the general population. Anyways, enjoy!




Dear battery power,

I hate to pop in after Tipperary's nice graph, but I found myself somewhere in a line between Guesthouse and Guppy of Doom per this test, and thusly one of the "most left" Board writers. I consider myself politically moderate, however, and when I looked at Facebook's ad information profile on me it had me listed as being "strongly conservative." By the sorts of reactions I display to politically self-identified people I encounter on dating apps, I'd say that particular test feels relatively accurate.


--Ardilla Feroz

Question #92095 posted on 03/13/2019 2:24 p.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I got an unpaid internship out of state (halfway across the country). How do I find someplace to live? I have found a lot of good listing for summer sublets on Craigslist and Facebook marketplace, but I do not know what comes next. There is no way for me to look at the rooms or meet potential roommates in person before I relocate, so how do I make an informed and safe decision?

Have any of you done something like this before?

-Country Mouse


Dear soon-to-be City Mouse,

I had to do that once. Here's a few pointers:

  • Don't release your personal information (or any money) on Craigslist unless you're reasonably certain it's a real thing. Unfortunately, a number of advertisements are fake and they'll just try to get your personal information or money. You can message them through Craigslist, which protects your email and phone number, and figure out how legitimate it is through that. If they ask for your phone number to call or email address off the bat, just tell them you feel more comfortable working through Craigslist at the moment. At this point, most scammers will drop you and you can have good (and safe) conversations with actual people.
  • Trust your gut. If it sounds sketchy or too good, be extra careful.
  • If you're really interested in a room, ask for extra pictures/a video walkthrough. If the person selling the contract/wanting a new roommate is sincere, they'll understand your need to see the room first. If they refuse to send any pictures, that's a bad sign.
  • Use ratings. Google the apartment complex.
  • Use Google Maps to see what the area/outside looks like.
  • Phone call (or message enough, if they don't want to call) potential roommates before moving in. It can really help you get a sense of who they are and if you'll get along.
  • If you're willing (and LDS), contact members/leaders of the ward in the area you're moving to and see if they'd be willing to look at the room or just give their overall opinion of the area (for instance, if it's a known sketchy neighborhood). You could even ask if anyone in the ward has any rooms they're looking to lease out, or if any members of local YSA wards need roommates.
  • Ask your new employers if they have any suggestions on where to move. They might know where past interns roomed at, and might be able to give some good pointers. They may even know of other interns looking for a place, and maybe you could rent out an apartment together!

Best of luck with the search and move!

-guppy of doom

posted on 03/13/2019 3:25 p.m.
I did this when I moved to San Francisco. If you are LDS, or have LDS-like living standards, I highly recommend trying to find housing through the local ward. Find whatever contact information you can for the local ward and ask about a housing coordinator or someone who might know about housing opportunities. I honestly found that it was more important to live with people who had similar lifestyle standards than to live in an exceptional physical space (especially in a place like San Francisco where you may find people with very, very different lifestyle standards).
posted on 03/13/2019 9:46 p.m.
I was almost scammed into sending money to someone for a non-existent apartment when I did a cross-country move to Boston (btw, here's a third vote for contacting a bishop in the ward you'll be moving into. Our ward out there had a guy whose calling it was to be the housing coordinator and it was super useful for new arrivals). Let me just say that anything that seems to good to be true almost certainly is too good to be true. Test out ALL of your apartment leads by asking for simple things like phone conversations, or FaceTime meetings, and NEVER give money to anyone with the promise that something will be given to you after you send a check. Tell online correspondents that you will be willing to hand them a check the moment you show up. If they come up with increasingly strange reasons that they can't do that (out of the country, mother is sick and they have to be at the hospital, etc), cut bait and get out of there.

-The Man with a Mustache
Question #92094 posted on 03/13/2019 4:48 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Can light boxes/sun lamps (the kind used to treat seasonal affective disorder) cause tanning, skin cancer, or aging? I know the sun is one of the biggest causes of aging (wrinkles, sun spots, etc.), so I'm curious if that's also the case for light boxes.



Dear Pirate,

They don't! Because they're made for people to sit in front of every day for about a half-hour at a time, they filter out the UV rays in order to emit as little UV radiation as possible. Turns out, it's not the actual rays that make light boxes work. It's all about tricking your brain using the right colors and intensity of light, so you don't need the ultraviolet rays for the treatment. 

I found a couple of cool articles written by the Mayo Clinic about light therapy and how to choose a light box, if you have any more questions.

-Quixotic Kid

P.S. I am not a doctor. Don't start light box therapy without talking to your doctor first. Just covering my bases here, you know.