Whenever he thought about it, he felt terrible. And so, at last, he came to a fateful decision. He decided not to think about it. ~John-Roger and Peter McWilliams
Question #44912 posted on 05/03/2008 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

In response to Board Question #44810, I must say that I was quoted on 9/23/2006. I was quite surprised to see my own words on the board title bar.

- Questioning

Question #44857 posted on 05/03/2008 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

When I go swimming, or rather, when I finish swimming, and I find myself with water-filled ears, I like to pour a bit of rubbing alcohol in each ear to clear out the water. I recently heard, however, that such an action can be detrimental to the health of one's ears, which thing I never had supposed. Could you shed any light on the truth of this claim?

- Da swimmer's 'ere

A: Dear swimmer's 'ere-

I mentioned a remedy our family used -- rubbing alcohol and white vinegar -- which was advocated by our doctor, in Board Question #41870. But I thought I'd double check it just to make sure it's sound. WebMD says the same thing, so I'm going to call it good.

-Foreman
Question #44855 posted on 05/03/2008 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

This is so long!

I am 19 and just finished my freshman year at BYU. I have never been kissed, never had a boyfriend, held hands once, and been on less than 15 dates in my life--including dance dates. So I am obviously very inexperienced when it comes to relationships and dating.

Okay, so I came home from BYU and attended a YSA adult ward this Sunday for the 1st time. Right away this 24 y.o. guy started to flirt with me. By the end of sacrament he already asked me on a date. I was not very impressed by him--he did not go on a mission, has a high-school calibre job, and has no plans on going to college--but I was flattered and grateful that someone was talking to me so I agreed.

We went on the date today and it was...alright. Honestly, I would have much rather have gone to an amusement park with my dad or browsed books in Barnes and Noble by myself. But I could tell he was really interested in me, as in he kept holding my hand, grabbing my waist, kissed me on my cheek (which I Definitely Did Not expect and was a little uncomfortable). He also kept making comments about his future plans, how he will support a family, etc. and also made references to our future dates. I have only held a guy's hand once before, so I was curious and let him hold my hand for most of the date. I was uncomfortable holding hands--is that normal or when the right guy comes around will I like it then?

Other Questions: Is it snooty to not want to go on another date with him because he is not seeking higher education and didn't go on a mission? I know--really, I know--that RMs aren't perfect and there are many good non-RM guys. Yet, I want an RM. I want a college grad. But, I also feel like I need dating/relationship experience. At 19, soon to be older than most pre-missionaries, how am I supposed to get that? Are most RMs (or in his case, older guys) looking for serious relationships? Do I need that kind of experience or when I find "the one" will I just feel comfortable with him?

- New to the Grown-Up World

A: Dear,

When it comes to relationships, you can't demand a perfect person, but you don't need to just take the first guy to show up, either. This guy, you're right, doesn't sound like your type, and that's okay. You're not being snooty. If you were saying "he must be earning $78,000 a year or more, be over 6'2", and speak Italian, then you'd be snooty. But if you want someone who's a little more concerned about his future than this guy, that's good. And if you want someone you're actually interested in dating, that's good, too.

Don't be suckered into doing anything just "for practice." You'll get practice aplenty when someone you actually care for comes along. And yes, sometimes hand-holding is awkward at first, but you're generally pretty happy to be doing it, and it's oddly comfortable. (Don't let this guy hold your hand anymore. Reserve that for people you might like to date. You've been leading him on with this, and it sounds like he doesn't need much encouragement, anyway. Don't do it unless you mean it.) It's not so much that things just work out at first, as that it's worth sticking with it, in spite of the awkward and uncomfortable moments. It doesn't sound like it's worth sticking with this guy. Wait for someone else that fits you better.

-songs of inexperience
A: Dear New,

It really sounds like you have nothing for this guy—and that's fine. You're not being shallow or too picky to have priorities like you've mentioned. On top of that, he was being pushy and making you uncomfortable, and it doesn't sound like you need to spend any more time with him to figure out how you feel. You may feel like you need dating practice, but you don't need it with someone you're not interested in. They'll come along; just try to be patient until then. You can be proactive too: try to work on flirting, being social, etc. (There's plenty in the archives about how to make conversation, how to flirt, etc.)

Holding hands will probably seem natural after a little while, but it will probably never seem natural with someone you don't like.

I think I speak for most RMs when I say that I hope to find a serious dating relationship, but I don't expect every date I go on to lead to that. Dating should be a fun, low-pressure chance to get to know the other person. There's plenty of time to figure out what you both think without jumping the gun like this guy.

Dating experience helps in a couple of ways: it makes you more at ease with the opposite gender, and it helps you figure out what you like and don't like in a potential future spouse. However, don't feel discouraged if you don't have a ton of experience; it's not a requirement. I've known people who had little experience and ended up happily married to the first or second person they ever steadily dated.

Basically, don't worry about your lack of experience or your age: neither one really matters. Try to get out, be encouraging to guys you're interested in, and see what happens. You don't have to settle in order to practice, though.

—Laser Jock
A: Dear n00b~

I agree with what's already been said with one exception: If you want a man who's 6'2", speaks Italian and can do a standing backflip, that doesn't make you snooty. It's silly, of course, and intensely reduces your chances of finding a mate, but there's something important here that most people usually miss:

YOU CAN PICK WHO YOU WANT TO LIKE.

Crazy, right? A lot of people fight this notion, and I don't know why, because the kind of man you want is %100 your prerogative. Parents, Board writers, friends, all these people can give you advice until they or you die.

It's your right, you see, because you're the person who will be hurt first by a wrong choice. Your chances of finding the above-mentioned Italian are low, and that hurts you. However, if your heart is dead-set on our back-flipping friend, then hooking it up with someone who doesn't meet your standards will cause you even more pain, I promise.

The key is finding the balance. I think wanting a college-bound RM is not only reasonable, but for a BYU student it is also easy. Don't settle for this guy, who sounds like he might be nutso.

Enjoy the rest of your life, and may we never meet one another in the Cage of Death.

~Hobbes
Question #44854 posted on 05/03/2008 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

So, I'd like to start biking more frequently. However, I don't own a bike and so I've been using my mom's 30 year old ten-speed. It's nice because it's really light and goes really fast, but this lightness, in addition to its lack of shocks, makes riding a wee bit uncomfortable. Every time I hit any kind of bump, I get a jolt that flies through my hands into my arms. By the end of the ride, my hands and forearms are extremely itchy from the vibrations that have been running through them. What can I do to prevent this discomfort?

The Whole Nother

A: Dear Whole Nother,

It's not the lightness of the bike that's your problem; it's the lack of adequate suspension. The suspension system on a bike is designed to absorb the impact of small bumps as you ride.

It's possible to replace the front fork on your bike with something that has more suspension. Any number of bicycle stores can tell you more about this; if you happen to be in the Provo area, I can give you some recommendations:
Bingham Cyclery
187 West Center Street
Provo, UT 84601
801-374-9890

Taylor's Bike Shop
1520 N. Freedom Blvd.
Provo, UT 84604
801-377-8044

Mad Dog Cycles
936 E 450 N
Provo, UT 84606
801-356-7025

OUTDOORS UNLIMITED
1151 Wilkinson Student Center (WSC)
801-422-2708
All of these locations should sell some type of front suspension. Some of them may only carry high end front forks, though, which can get pretty pricey. (Over $1000 in some cases). Make a few calls and between these shops you should be able to find whatever you are looking for.

If you don't have the money to replace the front fork, your best option may be to get some biking gloves. This will provide a small amount of padding, but will mostly prevent your hands from becoming so irritated.

Good luck!

-Yellow
A: The Whole Nother~

This is only a partial solution, but I find when that happens to me, I try to bend my elbows a little to make my arms more pliable. This involves shifting a fair amount of my weight to my butt, which then resultantly absorbs more punishment.

This doesn't solve the arm-itching, I'm afraid, but it helps a little and it's easy.

~Hobbes also loves biking
Question #44853 posted on 05/03/2008 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Referring to Board Question #44715, if you were able to "browbeat" a leprechaun into giving you gold, would you pay tithing on it (considering the definition of the word browbeat is to 'drive into compliance by the use of as threats or force')

-Leprechaun Protector

A: Dear LP,

Tricky question. On the one hand, it's obviously income, so that would seem to be a no-brainer. On the other hand, I understand the Church doesn't want tithing from some types of income, such as gambling or lottery winnings. Assuming that the latter is for moral reasons, I suppose that the Church might not want my browbeating-gotten-gains, even if there's not currently an official policy on the matter.

Were I in such a situation, I think that I would probably discuss the matter with my bishop, to be on the safe side.

- Katya
Question #44852 posted on 05/03/2008 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

(How do you write music?)

- (Mocking Bird)

A: Dear (Mocking ~

That's a really broad question. Ummm... become August Rush? Do you want to write music for the guitar? piano? vocal? Wikihow to the rescue! Click here for a list of several articles for various articles on how to write music.

~ Dragon Lady
A: Dear (Mocking Bird),

Could you please submit future questions without the parentheses around your question and name? The editors are getting tired of fixing the formatting every time you submit a question.

Thanks!

- An Editor
Question #44851 posted on 05/03/2008 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

(How do you swing dance?)

- (Mocking Bird)

A: Dear (Mocking Bird)-

How do I swing dance? Rather poorly, unfortunately.

-Foreman
A: Dear (Mocking ~

Wikihow to the rescue! Click here to find 13 steps, 4 tips and 1 warning on doing the basic swing step.

~ Dragon Lady
A: Dear Mocking Bird~

Do yourself a favor and find a class in your area; I guarantee there is one. If you're at BYU, our dance classes here are great.

Failing both of those, find a dance club in your area that does swing and attend; someone there will be happy to teach you.

Good luck!

~Hobbes
Question #44850 posted on 05/03/2008 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

(Do yall have any suggestions on how to compliment a girl on how good she looks?)

- (Mocking Bird)

A: Dear Mocking,

Um, ch-yeah I do. You pick a thing that you especially like or want to compliment her on. Then you compliment her. SCARY I know, but I have faith in you. If you like her hair, then tell her that you think her hair looks especially nice today. Don't worry, it doesn't have to be a big production or dramatic or anything.

-The Cheeky Chickie
A: Dear Harper Lee,

Yeah, like the Cheeky Chickie said, it's really pretty easy. Just find something you admire, tell her sincerely, smile, and move on. If you try to stretch it out or make it too big of a deal, it'll be awkward.

—Laser Jock
A: Dear Mocking Bird~

Write her a sonnet.

Even a short couplet will do. Girls really like it when strange men approach them and say something along the lines of, "Thy golden hair cascades over thy shoulders like golden drops of honey illuminated by the rising sun. Your beauty leaves me stunned, mademoiselle, and these curs't eyes dare not, I fear, ever turn away from thy visage."

That will get you some dates, boy howdy.

~Hobbes
Question #44849 posted on 05/03/2008 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

(Do yall have any suggestions for questions or subjects to ask/talk about during a stake dance while your dancing with a girl?)

- (Mocking Bird)

A: Dear George,

Let me give you a topic:

global warming: real or fake?

cost of oil per barrell right now

FLDS custody cases: civil rights being violated or justified action?

favorite story about your mother (to see if you're a momma's boy)

dogs vs. cats

"reality" tv: real or fake?

democrat or republican?

hillary or obama?

hpv vaccine: good or bad?

Talk amongst yourselves.

-Kicks and Giggles
A: Dear parenthetical junkie,

See also Board Question #43062.

-=Optimus Prime=-
Question #44847 posted on 05/03/2008 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

(Is there a way to find out if a girl likes you, without giving away the fact that you like her as well?)

- (Mocking Bird)

A: Dear Scout,

Look, I know it's intimidating to let a girl know you like her, but trying to be all indirect really just makes it a lot more dramatic and awkward than it needs to be. The easiest way to find out if a girl likes you is to talk to her, see how the conversation goes, and then (hopefully) ask her out. If she enjoys the date, ask her out again. Repeat. If things keep going really well, she likes you. If the date bombs, or if she declines another date, then she probably isn't interested.

—Laser Jock
A: Dear (Mocking Bird),

Did you know that you can take out the parentheses when you ask a question?

It's true.

-Yellow
A: Dear Mocking Bird~

Laser Jock's got it all wrong; stealthily finding out whether she likes you is easy!

Just ask your roommate's brother's cousin to talk to her sister's friend's brother's roommate's coworker.

I mean, like totally duh.

~Hobbes
Question #44846 posted on 05/03/2008 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board of Wonderous Funnies,

(Do you have any advice for how to tell a girl that you really like her?)

- (Mocking Bird)

A: Dear Birdy-boy,

You show her first by spending time with her and doing kind things for her. After you've done that, just let her know. She'll probably already expect it- so just spit it out. Say something like: "I really like you" or "I'd like for us to date." Or something else that would make it pretty darn obvious that you have feelings for her. Oh, and don't wait too long to tell her.

~Krishna
A: Dear I Know How To Kill You,

Girls really love it when you wait an awkwardly long amount of time to give signs like asking them on second dates and holding their hands, even when it's painfully obvious they want you to. Trust me. Wait just long enough that they start to second guess your intentions and then BAM, ask them out again. They love the mystery of it all.

When you've toed that line long enough and really gotten her under your spell, make sure any verbal statements of interest are just cryptic enough to keep her wondering. Say things with double meanings like, "We have such fun together, I wish we could be friends forever" or "You're so talented, and beautiful, and special, any guy would be lucky to have you". The girl will swoon trying to figure out if you like her romantically or just as a friend.

The last step is to spend just enough time with her that she knows you enjoy being together, but enough time apart that she's not sure if you're seeing other girls. Dropping clues like, "Oh, I'm sorry, I'm already busy this Friday night" helps tremendously. They can't resist this.

So there you have it. You might want to print this out and keep it as a reference. It's pure gold, my friend, pure gold.

-=Optimus Prime=-
Question #44845 posted on 05/03/2008 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

the more I learn about the FLDS church, the more it seems like they really still believe all of the tenets of the restored gospel except the truth about polygamy. Are there any other major differences that I am overlooking?

Also, can you refute the argument made on this page: http://www.fldstruth.org/sysmenu.php?MParent=HISTORY&MIndex=37


-

A: Dear -,

I haven't found very much about their beliefs, either on their own website or on Wikipedia. The most prominent difference between their doctrines and those of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is certainly the practicing of polygamy, but I hesitate to say that that is the only difference.

For your other question: the best refutation I have found is contained in a source that they themselves cited, but only a part. Here is a much lengthier quotation from "Official Statement on Plural Marriage, June 17, 1933", by the then-First Presidency (Heber J. Grant, Anthony W. Ivins, and J. Reuben Clark, Jr.):
It is alleged that on September 26-27, 1886, President John Taylor received a revelation from the Lord, the purported text of which is given in publications circulated apparently by or at the instance of this same organization.

As to this pretended revelation it should be said that the archives of the Church contain no such revelation; the archives contain no record of any such revelation, nor any evidence justifying a belief that any such revelation was ever given. From the personal knowledge of some of us, from the uniform and common recollection of the presiding quorums of the Church, from the absence in the Church archives of any evidence whatsoever justifying any belief that such a revelation was given, we are justified in affirming that no such revelation exists.

Furthermore, so far as the authorities of the Church are concerned and so far as the members of the Church are concerned, since this pretended revelation, if ever given, was never presented to and adopted by the Church or by any council of the Church, and since to the contrary, an inspired rule of action, the Manifesto, was (subsequently to the pretended revelation) presented to and adopted by the Church, which inspired rule in its terms, purport, and effect was directly opposite to the interpretation given to the pretended revelation, the said pretended revelation could have no validity and no binding effect and force upon Church members, and action under it would be unauthorized, illegal, and void.

The second allegation made by the organization and its members (as reported) is to the effect that President John Taylor ordained and set apart several men to perform marriage ceremonies (inferentially polygamous or plural marriage ceremonies), and gave to those so allegedly authorized the further power to set others apart to do the same thing.

There is nothing in the records of the Church to show that any such ordination or setting apart was ever performed. There is no recollection or report among the officers of the Church to whom such an incident would of necessity be known, that any such action was ever taken.

Furthermore, any such action would have been illegal and void because the Lord has laid down without qualification the principle that "there is never but one on the earth at a time on whom this power and the keys of this priesthood are conferred." The Lord has never changed this rule.

Moreover, four years after the date when it is alleged this pretended revelation was given to President John Taylor, and four years after the date of the alleged ordaining and setting apart of these men by President Taylor, to perform marriage ceremonies (presumably polygamous or plural), the Church in General Conference formally approved the solemn Declaration offered to the Conference by Lorenzo Snow, then President of the Council of the Twelve, that President Wilford Woodruff was "the only man on the earth at the present time (1890) who holds the keys of the sealing ordinances." This statement would have been an unmitigated falsehood if the allegation of the organization were true. President Lorenzo Snow did not falsify.

Finally, without direct revelation from the Lord changing the principle that there is never but one man on the earth at one time who holds the keys of the sealing power-and we solemnly affirm that there is not now and there has not been given any revelation making any change in that principle-any such act of ordination by President Taylor as that seemingly alleged by the members of this organization would be completely null and void. No one better knew this principle regarding authority for this sealing power than President John Taylor and he would not have attempted to violate it. It is a sacrilege to his memory-the memory of a great and true Latter-day Saint, a prophet of the Lord-that these falsehoods should be broadcast by those who professed to be his friends while he lived.

The Master said that in the last days, many should come in his name saying, "I am Christ," and that these would deceive many; that many false prophets would come who would deceive many; that false Christs and false prophets would arise, would show forth great signs and wonders, and would, if possible, deceive the very elect. The Lord warned us that in these days "if any man shall say unto you, Lo here is Christ, or there; believe it not."

We do not wish to pass judgment upon or evaluate the motives of our fellow men-that is for the Lord to do-but we unqualifiedly say, as it is our right and duty to say, that the doctrines these persons preach and the practices they follow, are born of the Evil One and are contrary to the revealed will and word of the Lord. We call upon them to repent and to forsake their false doctrines and evil practices. Unless they do so the Lord will not hold them guiltless. (James R. Clark, Messages of the First Presidency. Vol. 5. Bookcraft, 1971, pp. 327-329)
As to their claims of contradictions: they are misinterpreting the statements they have quoted. The passage they quoted (and which I quoted in greater length above) does not state that the paragraphs attributed to President Taylor do not exist; however, it was never given as a revelation to the Church, and thus is not recorded as such anywhere in the Church's records. Additionally, it is not binding on the Church even if it were ever given. Re-read the third paragraph of the section I quoted. There are some serious doctrinal contradictions in the claims made by the fundamentalists, as the First Presidency also pointed out in their official statement. If the fundamentalists' claims directly contradict the word of God, I think that speaks for their validity.

—Laser Jock
A: Dear hyphen,

The FLDS faith also rejects all revelation from LDS prophets since the time of the split. Thus, my understanding is that they still do not allow blacks to hold the priesthood (or what remains of it.) Furthermore, reports from the raid on the YFZ temple indicate that the FLDS have "wedding beds" in their temple. This is certainly not part of the revealed sealing ordinance as used in LDS temples, indicating that at least some of the ordinances have been changed over the years.

FLDS communities are known for casting out many of the teenage boys in order to maintain the male-female ratio necessary for polygamy to function. This in essence means that the gospel as taught by the FLDS is not open to all, but only to those who fit the ratio conveniently.

Furthermore, my understanding of FLDS teachings is that the practice of polygamy is necessary for salvation. This was never taught in the LDS church; while numerous prophets declared that it was necessary to believe in polygamy as a God-ordained practice to which some members were called, it was never a universal commandment. Salvation has always been possible for monogamous couples.

I am admittedly unfamiliar with the depths of FLDS doctrine, and most of my understanding comes through the media which is known for inaccuracies in reporting doctrinal issues. Nevertheless, I believe that everything I've said above is correct, and it certainly indicates the changing of doctrines over the years.

-Yellow
Question #44843 posted on 05/03/2008 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

What would you recommend as a good place to hear live jazz in or near Provo? I do not have a car, so the closer, the better.

- Revolving Revolutionist

A: Dear Revolver,

I highly recommend BYU's jazz groups. Q'd Up (a faculty group) and Synthesis (the top student group) are both very accomplished jazz ensembles, and you won't be disappointed by them. There are also some vocal groups, including BYU Jazz Voices and Women's Vocal Jazz. You can see the fine arts calendar online to check for anything that looks interesting.

—Laser Jock
A: Dear listener,

I second LJ and would add that some of these groups do concerts not on campus, so that provides additional opportunities. Also, I understand you don't have a car, but I'd be remiss in not at least telling you to check out Jazz at the Sheraton. It's kind of expensive for a student, so maybe you can make going up there a special occasion with someone who can drive you, or find some other way to get up there.

Also, use this site (search by city) to keep abreast of concerts in general going on by you. Sometimes you'll get a good jazz one and you might not have heard about it otherwise. Don't forget to be open to bands with a lot of jazz influences - look up the ones that sound interesting and try those ones out too, even if they aren't specifically jazz artists.

-Olympus
Question #44840 posted on 05/03/2008 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Is there a more lax parking enforcement in place now that it is the Spring term?

Laze

A: Dear Laze ~

If by "more lax parking enforcement" you mean that anyone with a Y lot sticker can now park in G lots, then your answer is yes!

~ Dragon Lady
A: Dear Laze~

Sort of, but not really.

Dragon Lady is correct; the only lots that will be enforced during Spring and Summer are lots 1-16, which are the ones clustered around central campus, and are mostly faculty parking. All other lots (including the much-coveted grad/faculty parking by the law library) are open to anyone with a sticker of any kind. It should also be noted, however, that there won't be enforcement in those lots, so they're effectively open to everyone.

If by "lax" you mean the policies will be loosened up (30 minute parking becomes de facto 45 minute parking, etc.) then the answer is no. In lots 1-16, including visitor parking next to the MoA, parking will be enforced with all the vigor it always has.

Have fun.

~Hobbes
Question #44839 posted on 05/03/2008 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Remember how in the old days, artists/sculptures/creative types were able to work at their craft, not having to worry about money once they had a "patron"?

Do people these days have patrons? How would one go about finding a patron?

- Knows Someone Who Needs One Desperately

A: Dear George,

There aren't patrons any more, per se (unless you count, like, a sugar mama or something), but artists can apply for and hopefully get grants for their support from places like the National Endowment for the Arts, or other foundations for the support of artists (google "funding for artists").

-Kicks and Giggles
Question #44837 posted on 05/03/2008 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I have a top hat, I have only really used it once, in the high school prom, and one or two other dances. What other activities would I be able to use my Top Hat here in Provo?

- The Mad Hatter

A: Dear Mad Hatter,

Clearly, you need to become a magician.

- Katya
Question #44836 posted on 05/03/2008 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,
How long does it take for an oil painting to dry?
I read the response that Uffish Thought wrote back in 2005 in the archives, that said if you wanted to keep one of your paintings to let it dry for a few days, but I was wondering how long, in a rush situation, it would take for an oil painting to be "done."
The reason I ask is because I heard recently that a funeral home was planning to display oil paintings at viewings. If funeral arrangements and the oil paintings were not made in advance, I was wondering how a portrait could be painted and ready for display within a day or two for a viewing, or even say three days for display at the graveside. It seems like the difficulty of portrait painting combined with the medium would make such an undertaking extremely challenging.
Thank you in advance for any enlightenment on this subject.

Sincerely,
Curious


A: Dear Curious,

If the paint was substantially watered down with turpentine and applied in a thin, single layer, the painting could be dry after a day or so. Otherwise, you're quite right in saying that the painting wouldn't be dry in time. Oil paintings typically take a long time to dry - sometimes a month or more. It could still be displayed, though, as long as measures were made to ensure that no one would touch it (or no leaves would blow onto it if it was outside). Other than that, the funeral home would probably have the paintings done more in advance.

~Hermia

Question #44831 posted on 05/03/2008 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Has anyone ever heard of a curse on the presidency of the United States that every man elected in a year ending in zero (ie: 1820, 1840, 1860, etc.) would die in office?
As I understand the story, an Indian chief whose family was massacred during the French and Indian War, put a curse on William Henry Harrison (who, as you know, died 30 days after his inauguration) and the curse has continued up until Ronald Reagan (who was shot, but thankfully did not die). Or this is just a coincidence: another urban myth....??

Allison's Mom

A: Dear Saffron,

I've heard of "the curse" of the zero presidencies, but I'd never heard that an actual person had placed a curse on them. I just thought it was one of those "oh must be a curse" urban legend things.

-Kicks and Giggles
A: Dear A's Mom,

As always, Wikipedia comes to the rescue with an article on the Curse of Tippecanoe.

Personally, I'm inclined to call it a coincidence. Given a large enough pool of world leaders and enough time, something like this is bound to show up, eventually.

- Katya
Question #44828 posted on 05/03/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Because I don't want to waste too much of your precious time I have a quick question. Is there a way to thank you for your responses, or otherwise let you know how things turned out and stuff? I mean other than the way I am doing it...

Just FYI, I decided to go out with her, it was great (sushi, hockey and talking 'till 1AM), my ex and I are still friends, I'm moving further from the ex and closer to the other lady, she really is too good(not just too good to be true), I'm happy and we'll see what happens next.

- Kabrit the Canuuck
Who always appreciates responses, but really appreciated the relationship one... Thanx Katya, Cleaning Lady and Whistler

A: Dear Kabrit,

Online thanks is good enough. :)

- Katya
Question #44827 posted on 05/03/2008 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear the Wettest of Blankets

Summer is coming, and the temperature is rising. I am sorry that I have not been around much, but I hope that you will spend the time to dry yourself this summer. Won't you please enjoy a day or two in the sun and become the dry, cuddly self that you once were?

- The Sun

A: Dear The Sun,

I don't mind you as much in the Spring, but in the Summer you really get too hot for me. I'll be chilling with my friend the swamp cooler, who lets me be mildewy myself.

-wet blanket
Question #44825 posted on 05/03/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I have been searching for what seems like years now trying to find the book that C.S. Lewis authored containing the description of our mansions in heaven quoted by Neal A. Maxwell on a number of occasions. I don't remember the phrase but I do remember the initial description was about a comfy little house when someone comes in and starts pushing out walls, building staircases and adding windows. Do you know which one I mean? Do you know the book this is published in and even direct me to any talks Elder Maxwell quoted this in?

Thanks.

- a wannabe C.S. Lewis fan

A: Dear C.S. Lewis fan,

I think this is your quote:
Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on: you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently he starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of–throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were going to be made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.
The original quote is from Mere Christianity.

Elder Maxwell quoted this passage in his 1972 article The Value of Home Life and in his books All These Things Shall Give Thee Experience and If Thou Endure It Well. Elder Marvin J. Ashton also used the quote in his 1979 talk Progress through Change.

- Katya
Question #44821 posted on 05/03/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Would it be possible for you to make the link on the left that says "Ask a Question" lead to the Ask a Question page immediately after login rather than back to the initial page?

Thanks,
lazy

A: Dear lazy,

It sure would be possible and, in fact, has been done. I wasn't expecting it to take me 2 hours to do, but that's the cost of delving into the voodoo of the Board.

-Curious Physics Minor
Question #44812 posted on 05/03/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

The recent question about the etymology of Tooele (Board Question #44665) has reminded me that I've been trying to figure out what you call someone from Tooele. My cousin who just moved to Tooele said she had no idea.
What is the demonym for people from Tooele? Is there only one or are there variants?
Thanks-
Venom, who is very excited to come across the term demonym because she'd been looking for it forever!

A: Dear Venom,

In my (limited) experience, people from Tooele are called Tooelens. There are probably variants, as there always are. I would also like to point out that the Mountain View High School boy's soccer team creamed Tooele last week 5-0.

- steen
Question #44807 posted on 05/03/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear Cleaning Lady,

Where on earth did you learn how to make that baby hoodie (Board Question #44423)??! That was amazing! Seriously, did you have a pattern or something? Do you know how to sew other cool things? I don't have any babies, but that would be an amazingly useful skill to to have. Can you post the pattern?

- Dickinson

A: Dear Dickinson,

I'm glad you liked the hoodie. I actually didn't use a pattern; I used a preexisting baby shirt as a guide and figured it out as I went.

I've been sewing for a long time. My mother, a very accomplished seamstress, taught me the basics of sewing when I was very young. After that, I learned most of what I know by experimentation. In high school, I did a lot of shopping in thrift stores. I would buy clothes of which I liked the fabric, then take them apart, re-cut them, and sew them back together into new creations. I learned a lot about clothing construction and textiles just by doing that. I even got a couple of sewing scholarships for college.

"Cool things": I've sewn everything from fully fitted couch covers to wedding dresses (including that of our own krebscout!) Some favorite things I've made have been a shkirt (skirt made from button-down polyester shirt), the tie skirt I made from old ugly ties donated from their husband's closets by women in the ward, and several fancy blessing dresses. I thought about posting a bunch of pictures here, but I've been sort of busy and unable to find all the pictures I want, so you'll just have to settle for one of my most recent creations: a Snow White dress for my little girl to wear to a recent princess-themed birthday party.




If you're really dying to made a baby hoodie for yourself (or anything else, for that matter), go ahead and send me an email at theboardcleaninglady at gmail.com, and I'll see what I can do about putting a pattern together for you.

Sincerely,

The Cleaning Lady
Question #44781 posted on 05/03/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I want to try to teach myself some basic programming and web design skills this summer. I've searched for a few books on the HBLL website, but was wondering about the best place to start -- with a book (and if so, which ones) or with an online tutorial (same thing, which ones)? I'm interested in learning HTML, CSS and JavaScript, and whatever other skills are good to know to eventually get a job that pays more than $8/hr. Many thanks!

- Budding Web Designer

A: Dear Budding,

So you want to be a web developer, huh?

Since you showed an interest in books from the HBLL I took a stroll down there to see what they had.

I would focus on the books that cover XHTML and CSS. Three I saw that I thought would be helpful were:
CSS Cookbook: QA 76.76 .H94 S365
XHTML Example by Example: QA 76.76 .H94 W33
Beginning Web Programming with HTML, XHTML, and CSS: TK 5105.888 .D835


I originally learned HTML from one of the Sam's teach yourself HTML in 24 hours books that I borrowed from a friend in.... 7th grade I think. Since then the available resources on the internet have grown tremendously. My favorite resource is http://www.w3schools.com. They have great, standards-compliant information about pretty much everything web related.

For me, the best way to learn something is to do it. So I would recommend coming up with a pet project, like a website about yourself and your hobbies. Start really simple, and then start adding content as you learn. The great thing about this method is that your desire to put things onto the website drives your learning. If you want a picture, you'll have to learn how to do that. If you want the picture to have a border and a caption, then you have to learn the CSS needed to make it happen.

The main thing you'll want to remember is to use the CSS to control how the site looks, while you use the XHTML to control what is on the site. I choose XHTML over HTML because XHTML adds some nice requirements about how the code must be structured, which makes it cleaner to read later.

Since I am a big advocate of using the W3C standards in order to form a more perfectly viewable internet, I would also suggest running your code through the validation programs that the W3C hosts. Writing standards compliant code from the start will save you headaches later, and teach you better coding style. The CSS Validator is located at: http://jigsaw.w3.org/css-validator/ and the markup (HTML, XHTML, etc) Validator is at: http://validator.w3.org/.

One thing you may run into is that in order to be standards compliant you have to include some (otherwise mostly unnecessary) information at the top of your files. I usually use the XHTML 1.0 Strict specification because I've had the best luck with it rendering properly in most browsers; so at the top of my websites I include this information:
<!DOCTYPE html
PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN"
"http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-strict.dtd">

You may also need to augment the opening html tag so that it looks as follows, but don't worry about it unless the validator complains:
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xml:lang="en" lang="en">

All of this information tells the web browser what to expect as it reads the page, and how to interpret and process the information.

That should hopefully be enough to get you started. I do highly recommend going to the w3schools.com page and clicking on the XHTML tutorial page, it starts you out from the very beginning.

The great thing about learning XHTML and CSS is that you don't need a web server to do it. You just create the files on your own computer, and then open them with your web browser. It's not until you want to do stuff like server-side scripting (PHP, Perl, Python, Asp, etc) that you need a web server running.

Have fun, and good luck.

-Curious Physics Minor
Question #44776 posted on 05/03/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I am from Dallas and naturally root for the Texas Rangers in baseball. Question is: what's the deal? Why can they never get it together, year after year?

Cordially,
Cherries

A: Dear Cheery,

There are baseball teams in Texas?? Based on the news media, I was under the impression that MLB consisted only of the Yankees and the Red Sox. How enlightening.

-=Optimus Prime=-
A: Dear Saffron,

One word: payroll.

-Kicks and Giggles, Cardinals devotee
Question #44695 posted on 05/03/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Let's say that I wanted to build a camera, but that I wanted it to "see" in the public 2.4 Ghz range instead of in the visual light range. How big would the back of the camera have to be in order to get QVGA (320x240) resolution? What do you think would be a practical resolution?

Assume that it is a pinhole type digital camera, with the "box" being made out of an RF blocking material (such as a grounded fine gold mesh.) Also, how big should I make my "pin hole," and what gain antenna would you recommend to have a good chance of getting a decent image. (I assume that patch antennas would be the easiest way to get the intensity information.)

Oh yeah, and also feel free to assume that this camera would operate in the same basic manner as a black and white visible light camera, measuring only light intensity (though it may be more biased toward one frequency or another.)

- Fredjikrang

A: Dear Fredjikrang,

Typically, the smallest features you can resolve are half the wavelength of the light you're using. In our case, using 2.4 GHz waves, the wavelength is 0.125 meters (4.92 inches). To make your QVGA detector array, then, the dimensions would end up being 20 m by 15 m. To get the size of the pinhole, I also had to decide how far back the detector array would be. Looking at some dimensions for normal pinhole cameras, it looked like it was reasonable to put the film as far from the pinhole as the larger dimension of the film. Thus, the detector array should be 20 m from the pinhole.

Using this equation, I got that the pinhole should be 3 m in diameter. (Granted, that equation probably wasn't quite meant to be used for microwaves, but...) Your antennas should be about the size of your pixels (6.25 cm on a side); the gain will just affect how sensitive your array is, and how long your "exposure" needs to be.

Give the required size of your detector array, I'd say maybe up to a 10x10 resolution is reasonable, but it starts to get out of hand after that. If you somehow ever get around to building this kind of contraption, shoot me an e-mail. I'd like to see it.

—Laser Jock
Question #44627 posted on 05/03/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

How do you integrate this (pretend that S is an integrand)? By the way, it's for my own curiosity, not for homework.

S(sin(x)/((1+x^2)^(1/2))dx

That's sine of x over the square root of 1 plus x squared.

- Leibniz...not

A: Dear Not Leibniz,

Well, you can't do it in closed form. I was pretty sure of that from looking at it, and if Maple refuses to do anything with it, I feel vindicated. However, you could do it numerically if you'd like; there are even online utilities, like this or this. Also, it's worth noting that if you take this integral over any symmetric interval, the result is always zero.

—Laser Jock
Question #44620 posted on 05/03/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I just saw a really cool photo essay on Time.com on SWAT forces around the world. It made me wonder, whose program is the best? Is there one country or city that people look to model their SWAT programs after? I'm looking for something more substantial than the rankings from the 2007 OWSC.

- Curious

A: Dear Curious~

I spoke with Lt. Chris Autry of BYU's own police department, who is also a member of the Utah County SWAT Team. He offered me this insightful comment in response to your question:
No.
He then, as something of an afterthought, mentioned that the SWAT Team featured in the movie SWAT was pretty cool, and that he had done all the cool stunts featured in that movie, which was "very realistic."

I hope this helped.

~Hobbes
Question #44537 posted on 05/03/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

What is the approximate rate of cooling of a gas oven? Is it linear?

Here's why I'm asking--all too often these days, I have bread or a cake baking with ten or fifteen minutes to go, and my six-month-old will start crying and need to be fed or something else that will take my attention for the next half-hour or so. I'm wondering at what point it's OK to turn off the oven and let whatever it is finish baking on its own. (Granted, exposing something to the correct temperature for the correct amount of time is always a better idea than what I'm proposing, but I'm wondering how to figure out when it's been exposed to an equal amount of heat, if that makes sense.)

Thanks!

- Friendly Non-Mormon

A: Dear Friendly,

The best way I could think of to do this was to simply experiment. My idea was to use my oven thermometer, and read it through the oven door. First I needed to find an oven with a window in the door. I tried getting together with Hobbes, but his turned out to be really hard to see through. However, the new place I moved in to has a window in the oven door! So, I set about doing the experiment. Since I didn't have a gas oven, I settled for electric; there shouldn't be a tremendous difference in the way the two are insulated and vented, but your results with your oven may vary.

To make sure the heat from the element didn't skew things too much, I heated the oven up to 500 F first, and let it cool down to 450 F before I started recording the temperature. Here's what I found:



So, it looks like a quadratic fit works a lot better than a linear fit. Although your oven will likely behave slightly differently, this should give you some idea of the cooling rate. Have fun cooking!

—Laser Jock