Although the tongue weighs very little, very few people are able to hold it. -Anonymous
Question #45349 posted on 05/27/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Comment on Board Question #45245

Regarding Toby resetting the time on Michael's watch: Costa Rica is actually on time zone UTC-6 according to wikipedia. Scranton, Pennsylvania is on UTC-5, which means that when Toby reset the watch he only moved the time an hour back (if Michael gave it to him at 1, then he switched the time to 12). Maybe Toby was leaving an hour later than Michael had planned due to the party, so the watch going off at that time is perfectly feasible. Of course, it could still be a continuity error...

Who would have thought that Costa Rica and Scranton Pennsylvania were only an hour apart on time zones? Crazy!

- Lady Doomfiyah

Question #45346 posted on 05/27/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

O.k. having graduated from BYU in MFHD, I have to respond to Board Question #45265 in order to clear up a couple of misconceptions. First of all, studying the development of human beings is a legitimate discipline. I would hope that as a society we care about how an individual's genetic make-up and life experiences interact to lead to outcomes later in life. Second, not all MFHD majors are "just there to get married." I really cared about becoming a scholar in my field and have continued on to graduate school in my discipline. And finally, it does require a brain to study human beings. Not only is human development complex, but also neuroscience techniques are now widely used in the field. So not only do you need a brain to study human beings, you also need to know about how brains develop and function. So please, if someone acts stupid and annoying, don't dismiss everyone in their entire major.

-Former MFHD Major

Question #45309 posted on 05/27/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Those of you who are returned missionaries (or I guess this could be open to anyone who has tips), what advice do you have for keeping a good journal on the mission? How did you find the time to actually write each day, and what advice do you have on what or how to write? Are you satisfied with your journals, or do you wish you'd done better? Why? How could they have been better (realistically)? And I guess just in general, what are tips/advice on keeping a journal?

-Schoghtel

A: Dear sadf;hdsgj~

How did you find the time to actually write each day...?

Make time. Missionaries are busy, sure, but not as busy as they sometimes like to pretend they are. 15 minutes a day is not a big commitment.

[D]o you wish you'd done better? Why?

YES. I wish I'd written down the day-to-day. Chances are you'll talk about your feelings in general to your family, and the big events with major investigators will be communicated. I would kill for the ability to go back and see the little conversations, the one-time contacts, and more of the nuts 'n bolts that make a mission work. I'm amazed how fast I remember names of people and places, and details about the mission.

Write down your day-to-day activities in your journal; you won't regret it.

~Hobbes
A: Dear Schoghtel,
I have an entry for every day of my mission. On a normal missionary schedule I would write from 10:00 to 10:20 PM, but since my situation often disrupted the normal missionary schedule, I would write at lunch, between breakfast and studies, while I was pretending to take notes in office meetings with the mission president (not recommended), and whenever else I might find time. Sometimes I had to take care of an entry a couple of days later, but by the end of my mission I had each day covered.
The topics I wrote about, roughly in order of frequency:
My companions- Good experiences, funny stories, and all the venting I couldn't do outloud.
Personal development- Things I learned, ways I grew, and mistakes I made.
Setting- The culture, scenery, and news of the area.
Investigators- Their progress, or, more commonly, frustrating lack thereof.
Notable spiritual experiences.

I really focused on trying to capture the character of a person, place, or event--the kind of thing a camera alone can't record. Why did Elder M----- and I become such good friends? What about this proselyting area made me sad to leave? Or what meaning did today's Miracle of the Day have for me?
I also tried to make my journals more literary than my other writing. By imagining that the Lord, and my 12th grade English teacher, were reading each entry I kept my writing at its best and also absolutely honest (which is why I hope no one ever actually reads it.)
It was a lot of work, and cost me valuable nap time, but I'm proud of all five of my mission journals. If I've a regret, it is only that I let my entries get too negative sometimes, since writing was my way to vent. On the other had, I needed the catharsis, so I probably wouldn't do it any differently if I had a second shot at it.

--Fear and Trembling
A: Dear S,

My mission journals are my most prized possessions. Except for a few small gaps in the MTC, I wrote in my journal every single day for my entire mission. Mostly I wrote either at night right before bed or while eating dinner (we weren't allowed dinner appointments).

About halfway through my mission I started having some stress-related breathing problems, and the doctor told me to write down three good things about each day in my journal after praying and before going to sleep. I tell you my friend, those three little things I wrote every day made my journal much better than it was before. I would highly recommend it.

My advice would be to follow President Eyring's advice and write about how you saw the hand of the Lord that day. Record your testimony often and write down how you feel about things. Also record any personal revelation you receive. I learned so many things about myself, my purpose, and my future that would have been useless and lost if I had not written them down. You really can't write too much, so just write whatever comes to your head! I also really love all of the random funny stories that I wrote about (flying lasagnas, drunk people, mutant cockroaches, the squirrel whisperer). As long as you write the things that you want to remember, you'll do fine.

-habiba
Question #45305 posted on 05/27/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

So what do you think happened to Susan Pensive?


Jake

A: Dear Grag Ardent,

She's probably off, you know, thinking somewhere.

-Azriel
A: Dear Wall E.,

If you meant to refer to Susan Pevensie, you might be interested in this article. It mentions how she comes over to the States with her mum and goes into a deeper analysis of her character throughout the series as well.

-Polly Esther
Question #45304 posted on 05/27/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Confession time: I haven't been following the presidential race as closely as I should have been. This is mainly because at the time of the primaries, I wasn't old enough to vote so I thought, "I'll save myself a ton of time and not do any research until it's narrowed down a little bit!" As a result, I'm kind of ignorant regarding the candidates. I've finally realized that, as a responsible citizen, I need to learn all I can about the candidates so I can cast an informed ballot come November. However, I don't know how to go about this researching process. Where do I look to learn as much as possible about the candidates between now and the election?

Much Thanks!
The Whole Nother

A: Dear The Whole Nother,

Here is John McCain's campaign website. Here is Barack Obama's. And here's Hillary Clinton's just in case. Those should give you a good idea about what their key issues and standings are.

John McCain wrote the book Faith of My Fathers. Barack Obama wrote The Audacity of Hope. And Hillary has a whole Wikipedia page listing literature by and about her. Any of those will help you understand the candidates better.

If you watch or read the news fairly regularly you should also get a pretty good idea of what's going on, if you can sort through all of the mudslinging.

-habiba
Question #45303 posted on 05/27/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Let's say you have 10 dollars. (I know, it's a stretch.) Now imagine you have to spend it on the world's most awesome thing imaginable that is approximately 10 dollars. What would it be?

- money

A: Dear It's A Crime,

You know, you can now be the proud owner of one of the greatest albums ever made, ever, for just ten bucks.

Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon.

Oh.

My.

Goodness.

Everyone, everywhere, listen to this disc.

Ten bucks for one of the best albums ever made? I'll take it (or at least I would if I didn't already have it).

-Claudio
A: Dear money,

Two pints of Ben & Jerry's, one of which needs to be Magic Brownie. Mmmm.

- Katya
A: Dear money~

If you play your cards right, you could conceivably get an expandable plastic lightsaber toy for ten bucks.

~Hobbes
A: Dear must be funny in a rich man's world,

Three words: Electronic Bubble Wrap

-Buttercup
Question #45302 posted on 05/27/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I just had to change my password at strict requirement of the Board's software. I don't actually type in most of my passwords anymore (*Wand* in Opera remembers them for me), so I don't know what my password was before the software required me to change it, and hence I don't know whether or not I actually changed the password or if I just used the same one I had before (I'll check that in a minute, after submitting this question).

I have a problem with this. The reason being that the risk of someone hacking my 100 Hour Board account is extremely low. And even if someone did hack my account, the worst that person could do is then hack into BYU's servers and bring down the whole network. I kid. The worse someone could do, as far as I can imagine, is submit an embarrassing question. Or perhaps submit false information in the form of a Board Question. Or maybe make it look like I'm trying to get one of you guys' silly dating applications. Anyway, my point is that I don't really see any reason to require all users to make new passwords an certain intervals. It seems to me like the risk of having my account hacked into (low) is outweighed by the benefits of not having to make a new password and then make my browser remember the new password (a small benefit, but bigger than that really low security risk).

So that's my suggestion for your website.

-Laziest of the lazy

A: Dear Lazy,

Your name is apt, as you were too lazy to search the archives about this issue: Board Question #42641.

-Curious Physics Minor

(This response wasn't meant to sound insulting, but I realize it could be read that way.)
Question #45300 posted on 05/27/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear Humble Master,

In (^43101) you compiled a lengthy list of strange, odd, or just plain bad mascots for schools. A few other writers offered some other suggestions as well. Have you come across any other poor choices of mascots since you compiled that list that you would love to share with the Board readership?

-Humble Master

A: Dear Humble Master,

Thanks for the question. You submitted it with impeccable timing because just the other day a friend of mine was wearing a sweatshirt from his high school. It really is a shame that I missed this school in my earlier list, because this school name and mascot combination is priceless. His sweatshirt, which he wore proudly, read:

Potsdam Stoners!

That's right, the school name/mascot combination contains the word pot, and stoner. Classic. I can't imagine what sort of cheers the student body comes up with. He insists that it was a shortened form of Sandstoners, and this wikipedia page backs up that claim, but nonetheless that now tops my list of most humorous mascots of all time.

-Humble Master
Question #45298 posted on 05/27/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

is it possible to graduate BYU without ever been asked on a date? given that you are a girl who is perfectly pleasant, friendly and well groomed? I've always wondered this, because of the stigma that BYU carries.

-

A: Dear,

Yes. Not only possible, but it's been done many times.

-songs of inexperience
Question #45297 posted on 05/27/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

what are the top ten qualities that you look for in an eternal partner, or lovers in general?

- wondering heart

A: Dear wondering,

1. A sense of humor, especially the ability to laugh at himself and to see humor in life when things get tough.

2. More liberal than the typical Mormon, but still committed to his faith.

3. An extrovert (to balance my own introversion).

4. A guy who doesn't feel that smart women threaten his masculinity.

5. Not elitist.

6. Curiosity about the world.

7. A chiseled jawline. (This is negotiable, but it's something I'm highly attracted to.)

8. A good Swedish Chef impersonation. (Bork, bork, bork!)

9. Musical talent.

10. And his hair shall be . . . of what color it please God.

- Katya
A: Dear asker,

Because you asked for only ten, I'll shorten my list down but leave enough to still show the format, which is kind of interesting, and how it works. I have a rather extensive list because I once dated a guy who thought I should have one like this and made me do it ...

Must-haves

Security

-will share the house responsibilities with me and not get mad at me if I fall short sometimes
-hard worker but knows how to relax
-has a responsible career path so he can feed our children and respect the prophet's counsel that I be a mom, but is cool with me doing part-time contract work to stay sharp on my education

Non-sexual Intimacy

-NOT a drama queen
-I can trust him, and he trusts me!
-inspires me to be better

Communication

-isn't afraid to correct me or disagree, but does so respectfully - validates my right to have an opinion
-respects EVERYONE
-will respect our children

Leadership

-discusses with me to make unified decisions - doesn't go behind my back

Spirituality

-good example that i can point to for my children
-obeys the prophet without question. even if there's some doubt as to reasoning, etc. sustains church leaders
-magnifies callings out of love for the Lord

Physical Attributes

-not shorter than me
-mutual attraction

Companionship

-adores me but doesn't worship me. puts me as priority
-does not spend his whole life watching sports/TV (though I'm cool with a healthy sports interest)
-spontaneous, but not irresponsible


Would be nice...

-will dance with me
-enjoys culture
-enjoys outdoor stuff (hiking, fishing, camping, etc.) enough to do them with me
-challenges me to think outside the box

-Olympus
Question #45296 posted on 05/27/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

what is the age level for reading classics like wuthering heights, pride and prejudice, Oliver Twist. etc? sorry i can't phrase it better. Also, at what age did you start reading your first classic and can mostly comprehend the piece of work enough to appreciate it.

- a girl

A: Dear girl,

The "classics" run the gamut in reading level from very difficult (James Joyce's Ulysees) to relatively basic (St. Exupéry's Le Petit Prince). However, I think I see what you're getting at with your examples. I guess I started reading books like that in junior high or high school. One thing that really helped was that I'd grown up watching BBC / PBS film versions of these classics on TV, so I was familiar with the plot before I tried to read the original versions. That can be a nice way of getting your feet wet, if you're hesitant about jumping in.

- Katya
Question #45295 posted on 05/27/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Which do you find is the more challenging staircase: the ones from the RB to upper campus or the ones south of campus, just west of the botany pond, to right by the JSB?

- Green Apple

A: Dear GA~

The RB staircase is worse, because it doesn't reward you with Mayan ruins as you climb.

I also take that one much more frequently, which has helped me develop a healthy resentment for it.

~Hobbes
A: Green Apple,

I would also say the RB staircase; though contrary to Hobbes I take it less often. My experience with the JSB staircase has allowed me to get quite good at sliding down the hand rail, granting me at least some of the energy back from the climb.

TINMAN
A: Dear Gr Apple,

I agree that the RB stairs are the worst, but sometimes I see deer there and that's pretty cool.

-habiba
Question #45294 posted on 05/27/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

What would happen if I select an option on a vending machine that is actually empty? Can the machine tell? I have this fear that I'll accidentally key in the wrong number sometime and pay to get ... nothing. Horrors!

- Green Apple

A: Green Apple~

Please realize two things:

1. Covered drink machines (where you can't actually see the product until you've purchased it) have this technology, and it's not unreasonable to think that it exists on all machines for the kind of mispunch scenario you're suggesting.

2. Most machines are equipped with Sure Vend technology, which is a sensor that detects whether the product actually fell into the dispensing tray. The machine won't take your money until it detects something has been vended, as it were.

The combination of these two factoids makes it very unlikely that you'll lose your money in the manner you've proposed.

Rest easy, and spend away.

~Hobbes
A: Dear Green,

I sent this off to my friend who's family owns a vending machine business for a definitive answer. Here's what he had to say:

If you break up vending machines into two categories based on whether or not you are able to see the product before it is dispensed, the machines will have different devices to ensure proper delivery of the product.

A typical cold drink machine where you are unable to see the product, and make your selection by pushing a button with a label, will have a mechanical sensor that can tell when the selection is sold out and will usually indicate with a light that the selection is sold out. If the button is pressed (with or without credit) most machines will display "sold out" or "make another selection". It will then allow you to either choose another product, or by pressing the coin return button will refund your money.

When it comes to glass front or open display machines where you are able to see the exact product that you will receive (i.e. almost all snack machines and all bottle drop machines) things are a little more complicated. Because the machines (as far as I know) are unaware of the amount of product inside of themselves they rely on the user to visually check the spiral or column to determine whether it is empty or not before making their selection and will operate even when empty. However, newer vending machines of this type are often equipped with sensors that determine whether product has actually been dispensed and delivered.

If someone were to choose a selection that had no product it would operate the same as if it had product, but upon the realization that no product had been dispensed would first try the operation again an then if the second operation failed would restore the credit and allow you to make another selection.

These sensors are primarily to deal with situations where the product was not released all the way or was hanging on and didn't fall, or in other words, to ensure that product that is there is dispensed properly. It is an added benefit that they grant the occasional not so nimble fingers a chance to redeem themselves.

My advice, double-check your selection before you press the buttons.


-Curious Physics Minor
Question #45293 posted on 05/27/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I am not supposed to register for classes until June 5th. Yet, whenever I look at the classes which I want to take in the Fall, I see that most of them are full!

What is up with that? How am I supposed to get an education if thousands of other people are, too?

- Worried Girl

p.s. That last question was sort of sarcastic. Sort of.

A: Dear Girly World,

It's not nearly as bad as it seems, trust me. Just thank your lucky stars you don't have to use the stinkin' phone system I had to use as a freshman.

System: Did you forget to press the # key?
Me: No, I'm just panicking trying to rearrange my schedule on the fly on an expensive long distance call (before cell phones...) because I have to use a stupid catalog and check each section individually to see which have seats still!

The key to inner peace is to know that even upper classmen don't know what they're doing. They will add and drop classes well after your registration date (and well after school starts for some). Keep an eye on the sections you want and you'll usually see an opening at some point.

If you still can't get in online, there's usually a decent chance you can talk your way into a class by going to the professor. This might require an add card, but that's not too tough. I think religion classes don't allow this, but many do.

And lastly, if you don't end up getting the class, take something else. Do some GEs, get more credit hours, then grab the class before the next set of drooling freshmen can get to it. Some classes are just popular and seniority wins in those cases. I wasn't able to finish my PE classes until my senior year.

Or, you can think outside the box a little (i.e., borderline dishonest) and get an upper classman to hold classes for you. Not really fair, but very effective. There might have been a proclamation from on high against doing this, though.

In any case, you'll be able to get into all the classes you need, at some point. If you're worried, go talk to your professors. I can't stress that enough. The vast majority of them don't bite and are actually very nice people that really want to help.

Good luck!

-=Optimus Prime=-
A: Dear Worried Girl~

I add about 80% of my classes with Add Cards. I'm a junkie.

If you have a reasonable command of English and no bizarre violent tics, talking professors into letting you join their classes is a fairly easy exercise.

~Hobbes
A: Dear Worried Girl,

Everyone goes through the same trials when they are lower-class people. You'll get over it and it will change with time. You aren't supposed to be able to get the classes you want this early in your college career. You are supposed to get the bottom of the barrel, the classes that you have to take. Just remember that this too shall pass. In a few semesters you'll be registering before the incoming Freshmen and the returning Sophomores and then you'll get to call the registration shots.

-The Cheeky Chickie
A: Dear Worried Girl,

As students progress in their education, they enter more and more restricted classes. They may only have one option for a certain class; there's no "rearranging your schedule." Luckily, upper-level departmental classes generally have enough openings for these students. The real problem comes when a senior has to finish up a few General Education classes in order to graduate. Since most of his classes will be at a fixed time, he may have very limited options for when the GE class can be taken. Since the University is strongly in favor of students graduating on schedule, they give priority in registration to upperclassmen.

This, of course, has the unfortunate side effect of filling most of the "fun" classes before freshmen and sophomores get a chance to even look at them. As Hobbes said above, Add/Drop cards can be useful in this situation, but the truth is that you might not be able to take all the fun classes you want to take during your earlier years. That's just the way it is; you'll have your chance too. In the meantime, do the best you can, and if you really need a particular class, talk to the professor the first day of instruction. They're often willing to work with you.

Good luck!

-Yellow
Question #45292 posted on 05/27/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Re: Board Question #45187, fried garbanzo beans? Sounds intriguing. Can I get the recipe?

-Brak

A: Dear Brak,

You can get it if you look here. But then, you probably already saw it. Unless you just scrolled right past it, like most people did. Personally, I just scroll right over long questions and answers. My eyes start to glaze over - that means I've never really read any of Dragon Lady's personal anecdotes or TINMAN's explications. In fact, if you're like me, you're just about ready to stop reading this answer, too. I know I am.

Anyway, enjoy the garbanzos.

Cleanly,

The Cleaning Lady
Question #45291 posted on 05/27/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I was just reading an internet web log entry about hockey salaries and it didn't make this clear; Since hockey is such an international sport and there are a lot of Canadian teams in the NHL, when they announce salaries, are they in American dollars in the Canadian press also? Is it ever converted into Canadian dollars? Do the Canadian teams pay their stars in Canadian dollars? It's not so much a big deal these days when they are about equal, but ten years ago when there was a large discrepancy in the value of the Canadian dollar compared to the American dollar, if they weren't all paid in American dollars the Canadians were liable to get hosed! How did that work, basically?

- Jacques Plante

A: Dear JP~

Amounts of money worldwide are often given in American Dollars because it's proven so stable that it's quickly becoming the international unit of currency.

Unfortunately, without knowing what web log you were looking at, I can't give more detailed information than that except to say that Canadian Hockey players are most likely getting paid with Canadian Dollars (this being the legal tender of their homeland). If the Canadian Dollar's value is in flux, it's not hard to imagine them adjusting the amount of dollars paid to match their salary in American Dollars, so as to avoid our poor neighbors to the north from getting hosed, as you say.

~Hobbes
Question #45254 posted on 05/27/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I was wondering how hard it is to get into the various choirs at BYU Provo. I know University Chorale is non-audition, but for the other ones like Women's Chorus, Men's Chorus, and Concert Choir, how hard are the auditions and how do they work?

I was in chorus throughout high school, did state and region music festivals and other things I had to audition for, but I'm still wondering what it's like to get in to those choirs, the skill level involved, and the entire process - bringing in a song, needing a pianist, etc.

- Non-informed singer

A: Dear non-informed,

Here is the webpage for choir auditions. The information is for Fall 2008, but I'm assuming they'll update it before Fall 2009 rolls around.

It looks like near the end of August there will be sign up sheets for preliminary auditions in the E wing of the HFAC on the 3rd floor. In that audition you'll have to sing a hymn (their choice) and some vocal exercises for a graduate student. They will direct you to the sign-ups and director of the choir they feel would be the best fit for you.

You'll sign up for a second audition with members of the music staff. In that audition you will sing your own prepared piece and do some sight reading and tonal memory exercises.

If you pass that audition you'll receive a call-back. Call-backs are done as sectional rehearsals. If you pass that audition, you're in.

It sounds like a pretty rigorous auditioning process. I've never tried it, but I know quite a few people who have. There is so much incredible musical talent running around BYU that making one of the select choirs takes as considerable amount of skill and is quite the accomplishment.

-habiba
Question #45246 posted on 05/27/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Have any of you gotten burnt by a laser mouse? I was using my boyfriends wireless laptop mouse on my leg the other day and I left it in one spot for a minute and it felt like something was biting me and then there was a red spot there. I didn't think that the laser was that powerful.

- band gazebo

A: Dear Reg Shoe,

Umm... No, I haven't. But then, I use my mouse on a, you know, hard surface only. Like my desk.

-Azriel
A: Dear band gazebo,

Are you sure it's actually a laser mouse? Laser mice are relatively new, and still somewhat expensive. Most mice are simply optical mice, with nothing more than an LED providing the red glow. (In fact, the laser mice I've heard of operate at around 850 nm, which isn't in the visible range. If you see a red glow, it's almost certainly an optical mouse instead.) Laser mice also usually use a Class I laser, which means it's even safe to look at (within reason). I don't see how that would cause any sensation, even if left on your skin for a long time. However, since something clearly happened, the only conclusion I can come up with is that it had some sort of malfunction that boosted the power.

—Laser Jock
Question #45239 posted on 05/27/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Pulling from Guitar Hero 1 - 3 (and including Rock the 80s) or from Rock Band: Favorite song to rock out on?

- Baggins, the literary Rockophile

A: Dear greatest little hobbit of them all,

My favorites are Ziggy Stardust from GH1, Carry On Wayward Son and Six from GH2, Holiday in Cambodia from GH3 (simply because that song is amazing), and What I Like About You from 80's.

Guitar Hero 2 was the best one in the series, I think. I'm currently saving for Rock Band, which is WAY AWESOME but I personally haven't had a chance to play it much.

I should also take this opportunity to plug Yellow's legendary Guitar Hero skills. I hear tell he's pretty amazing. So, uh, give him mad props and such.

-Cognoscente
A: Dear Baggins,

I have a lot of songs from GH2 (the only one I'm really familiar with) that I love, but YYZ by Rush is probably my favorite. What's better than playing Morse Code on the guitar?

And to second the good Cognoscente, Yellow truly is amazing at this game. All hail.

-Claudio
A: Dear Baggins~

I liked rocking out to Trogdor, really, because I could use my incessant giggling as a cover for my awful skills.

Rock Band is where I've invented most of my cheese, though, and I like Maps, because it reminds me of the darkness in my heart, and Still Alive, because it's from a video game and further proof that geeks are not only infiltrating, but conquering mainstream culture.

~Hobbes
Question #45231 posted on 05/27/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

This one's probably best directed toward Cognescente,
In the Dropkick Murphys, why does Ken Casey seem to be singing more than Al Barr these days? Back in the Mike McColgan days, it seems Mike did the most singing but I was listening to the Meanest of Times and it seems that Ken Casey sang about 3/4 of the time. Do you know why, since Al Barr is the lead singer? Any interviews that you know of that could shed some light on that?

- Dave King

A: Dear I've seen you in concert,

I have to be honest, I'm not as big a fan of the Dropkick Murphys as I am of Flogging Molly. I went through half a dozen interviews online with Al Barr and Ken Casey, and I couldn't find anything about singing duties. I have to assume that it's just a product of a band progressing as they mature.

Thanks to your question, though, I picked up The Meanest of Times and I like it a lot. Thanks!

-Cognoscente, who saw Street Dogs play live and liked them too
A: Dear Dave,

This question also inspired me to update my Dropkick Murphys collection, and while perusing their website I noticed that both Al Barr and Ken Casey are titled as lead singers. I don't know why they're sharing that responsibility these days, but apparently they are.

-habiba
Question #45201 posted on 05/27/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

This is similar to Board Question #44109, except for the opposite gender. Can you do another round with female names?

-Momma to be

A: Dear Future Momma ~

Ok, same rules apply as last time. We have our winner up top, then the rest of the names, in order of popularity. If they're on the same line, they got the same number of votes and are simply listed in alphabetical order. Again, you will see that we have boys as writers [rolls eyes], and this time they even got one of their names to the second round. I know Hobbes will be excited as can be and impossible to live with if you pick the name he submitted. Betcha can't guess which one that was. (There Hobbes. A plug for you. Happy?)

And the winner is....

Sophie

Now for our other options:

Final Round
- Emma
- Julia
- Jane
- Paige

Middle Round
- Elizabeth
- Cassandra, Hobbesina
- Alexis, Veronica
- Danielle, Leah

First Round
- Naomi
- Cambria, Lydia, Madeleine, Mara, Sadie, Zoe
- Amaya, Amelia, Blaaargh, Moira, Rachel, Rebecca
- April, Bethany, Crystal, Juliet, Kalia, Kiana, Margo, Miranda, Rosemary, Scarlet
- Alicia, Gabrielle/Gabriella, Genevieve, Janelle, Laura, Maria, Ren
- Afton, Calandra

~ The Board writership c/o Dragon Lady