"I'm too embarrassed to admit to having eaten there; I'll just tell everyone I was doing NCMO instead. I have my pride, after all." -Hobbes' friend
Question #80342 posted on 12/20/2014 12:08 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Do any of you know how to speak dog? I'd like to be able to chat with my dog sometimes, when there is no one else around to talk to.

-Miss Frazzled, who does love to talk to people to.

A:

Dear artichoke dip,

Easy. There's plenty of online resources for dog body language. Alternatively, speak verbally to your dog and ascribe him greater intelligence and humanity than he probably possesses, but rest assured it's greater than your average cat.

--Ardilla Feroz

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Dear Miss Frazzled,

No, but I can speak whale.

-Zedability


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Friday, December 19, 2014
Question #80341 posted on 12/19/2014 10:50 p.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

A few years ago I asked Board Question #68460. The answers were really helpful. However, since that time my husband has become more and more embittered against the church. He now frequently tries to convince me that there is no God, that if there is a God he is heartless and cruel, and that anyone who believes any religion is "unenlightened and probably crazy." I don't know what to do. I could live civilly and lovingly with someone I disagree with about religion, but the constant proselytizing of atheism and insults toward everyone who shares my beliefs (including me) is wearing on me. Do you have any advice or thoughts?

Aside from the religion issue, which he now presses more and more frequently we are happy and we have a beautiful baby daughter.

-Heartbroken

A:

Dear Heartbroken,

I'm really sorry to hear about the difficulty you and your husband are going through. It sounds like you've taken the high road by choosing to love him and prioritize your relationship, even though you disagree. Since he hasn't done this, though, I can definitely understand why it would be wearing on you.

I'm sure you and your husband have already had many conversations about this, but it might help to phrase things very directly to help him see that his attitude towards your disagreement is unfair and not in line with your attitude about it. You might say something like, "What is more important to you, me becoming an atheist or us having a happy relationship? I've chosen to love you and try to have a good relationship even though we disagree, and I'd be okay with us believing seperate things. I'm willing to let you believe what you want. But I feel as if you care more about convincing me I'm wrong than you do about the effect this is having on me. It's really wearing on me and it's breaking my heart." Try to bring it up in a non-confrontational context (ie, not in the middle of having a discussion about religion) and in an atmosphere that's conducive to having a serious, thoughtful conversation. Help him see that you're not trying to argue with him or accuse him excessively; you want his help and cooperation to improve this aspect of your relationship.

Regardless of how your husband reacts or whether his behavior improves, know that the Lord is mindful of you and wants to support both you and your husband through this trial. The covenants you made at marriage are still in effect for you, as long as you live faithfully, and the Lord can counsel you in how to best support your marriage, and to what point He expects you to endure this trial. If you haven't already, ask your bishop or home teachers for a blessing, and continue to read your scriptures, pray, attend the temple, and feel close to the Spirit.

Philippians 4:6-7 reads, "Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." I can testify that even in circumstances where we don't even understand how peace could be possible, through the Atonement, the Lord is able to provide us with a deep sense of personal peace even when a situation doesn't seem to be improving.

-Zedability


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Question #80256 posted on 12/19/2014 9:32 p.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

What makes someone a good person? Makes someone a bad one?

-Murph

A:

Dear Maroon,

Perspective, time, and if they've eaten or slept that day.

--Ardilla Feroz

A:

Dear Murph,

In my opinion, a good person is someone who is humble enough to continue trying to be a better person, day after day. A bad person is someone who thinks they are good enough and doesn't try to keep improving or make amends for the mistakes they do make.

-Zedability

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Dear Murph,

The power of love.

-Huey Lewis and the News


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Question #80339 posted on 12/19/2014 7:56 p.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I'm pretty sure I've been reading the Board longer than most of the current writers have even known about it. For instance, I once got "kidnapped" by the Hobbes Death Squad. I'm certain there are a few of you who have been around longer (Yellow, CPM... but that's about it), but I'm curious how many!

What year and month(ish) did you start reading the Board?

-Old Fart

A:

Dear Old Guy,

I first heard about the Board around October 2011 and created my account soon thereafter.

-yayfulness

A:

Dear Grandpa,

I started reading the Board during the Summer semester of 2011.

-Squirrel

A:

Dear,

I believe it was during the summer of 2011 for me as well. The funny thing is, from what I recollect, I somehow discovered it via the random question page, and kept refreshing it for new questions rather than checking the home page. I never really knew who the "current" writers were until I applied. In my head all the writers past and present occupy the same time-space.

-Owlet

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Dear you,

Feeling old over here; created my Board account on January 12, 2009.

~Anne, Certainly

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Dear Limburger,

While my account wasn't created until October of 2007, I first came across the Board sometime in January 2007, some six months before any mention of Hobbes's infamous Death Squad.  

I tempered my gloating by looking up CPM and Yellow's first recorded instances on the Board, and shut my trap pretty quickly. 

--Ardilla Feroz, who had a stranger mention he looked "older" in a conversation an hour ago. Opinas tú, recent RM. Opinas tú. Little did you realize I just wanted to find out the name of the girl with whom you were sitting. I have to thank you, though. Without the logo on your t-shirt I doubt my facebook stalking writer research powers would have been enough to figure it out. Now I just have to decide whether I feel victorious or completely disgusted with myself. 

P.S. You should tell me more about your "kidnapping!" That sounds exciting. Send a messenger pigeon to ardilla(dot)feroz(at) theboard(dot)byu(dot)edu.

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Dear Old Fart,

I believe I discovered it sometimes during Fall 2011. My account was created on December 30, 2011.

-Zedability

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Dear Fold Art,

I'm just a young'un around here. I created my account on 22 August 2014. I started actually reading the Board probably like 3 days before I made my account. I found the Board originally about a year ago, but I didn't "read" it then. I just saw it and thought it was cool.

-Inverse Insomniac

Dear Ardilla,

How the heck did you know about the Board in 2007? I don't think you're older than me, and back then I still could eat Cocoa Puffs for breakfast for a week in a row and not feel sick.

-I.I.


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Posted on 12/19/2014 6:26 p.m. New Comment on: #80254 A couple years back I was in Bro. Goodman's marriage prep. class and he mentioned a ...
Question #80321 posted on 12/19/2014 2:26 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

What makes a strong female character?

-The Inquisitor

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Dear Inquisitor,

  • Side shoulder raises
  • Front shoulder raises
  • Upright rows
  • Biceps curls
  • One-arm triceps curls
  • Alternated dumbbell presses
Remember, strength training requires "your muscles to exert a force against some form of resistance" and should be performed "2-3 x a week for 20 minutes" for best results.

Merry Christmas!

-El-ahrairah

A:

Dear Inquisitor,

Strong female characters make themselves, of course.

>Meta Knight


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Posted on 12/19/2014 1:55 p.m. New Comment on: #80333 I will be honest, I know next to nothing about Doctor Who, my three sisters however ...
Question #80333 posted on 12/19/2014 3:56 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,
I will be honest, I know next to nothing about Doctor Who, my three sisters however are absolute addicts. As usually they were discussing it and someone mentioned that whenever they travel to the U.S. in the series, they always go to Utah or Washington.... Why do you think that is? Don't get me wrong, Utah is great but why out of all the beautiful and famous parts of the U.S.A. would they pick Utah? Please enlighten me!

-Dr. Who???

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Dear Master,

I'm a little bit confused as to your question, and it started a bit of a conversation via flagettes on this question which I would show you, but there's some identity-sensitive information in there.

If you're talking about promotional stuff, like the Doctor Who world tour, then no, they don't go to Utah, but rather places like NYC where there's simply more people.

If you're talking about filming, then it actually makes sense, since Southern Utah is a hotspot for filming in general. It was probably the most affordable, most ideal spot for what they were shooting, and so they went with it. Being out of the way is probably also important, considering how big the show is.

I hope that answered it!

-Tally M.


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Question #80297 posted on 12/19/2014 12:38 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

What texture should bread pudding be?

I've only had it once before my roommate recently made it, and it was more like an egg casserole than the dense, cake-ish dessert I thought I remembered it being.

My roommate is trying to improve her cooking skills and has asked for my help (since I'm pretty good at most types of dishes), but I don't know what to tell her for this recipie she's tried--or if my suggestions would even be correct!

-not a bread pudding fan

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Dear Not a fan, 

The top layer of it should be somewhat crispy, and the rest of it should be creamy with "pudding" soaked bread.

Sincerely,
The Soulful Ginger 


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Question #80305 posted on 12/19/2014 12:38 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

A friend and neighbor of mine recently lost her dad in a tragic accident. Several of the neighbors have decided to do a 12 Days of Christmas for her. Each family is taking one day and giving her a small gift (a movie, gingerbread house kit, etc.). I have been given the last day on Christmas Eve. I'd really like it to be something related to the Savior, but I'm not sure what.

Do you have any ideas for a $10-15 gift I could give her? I'm looking for something that will last from year to year and will be a meaningful reminder of both the Savior and her dad. She is a member of the church so anything related to temples would also be appropriate.

Thanks!
Skitch

A:

Dear Skitch,

Did you know the dad well, or the family? Do you know people who know him well? If so, get a bunch of stories together of memories of the father, maybe some pictures and a talk about grief and put it together in a book for the family. I can tell you from experience that will be better than anything else you can give them. 

Sincerely,
The Soulful Ginger 


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Question #80320 posted on 12/19/2014 12:38 a.m.
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Dear Soulful Ginger,

What is different about a person after they have had their soul, er... acquired by another?

-The Inquisitor

A:

Dear Marsh, 

I wouldn't know, I simply acquire souls, I don't lose them.

Sincerely,
The Soulful Ginger  


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Question #80326 posted on 12/19/2014 12:38 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I am trying to get digital copies of family history stories so that I can share the stories on Ancestry and Family Search. Usually, I scan or type the stories up myself. My aunt just gave me some books filled with family history stories. Some of these books are over fifty years old, and the binding is really old and delicate. If I scan each of the 300 pages, the binding will definitely fall apart. How can I scan these pages without damaging the binding?

-Lisette

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Dear Little Lis,

I don't have much experience with archiving things, but when we started trying to digitize my grandparents' huge collections of slides, we would project them onto a white screen and take a photo of them, and they turned out pretty well. I imagine a digital camera would work similarly for your project. You know how sometimes you take pictures of the pages in your textbook so that you don't have to carry it up to campus? Same principle, right? 

If you're around Provo, Tally recommends that you go to the family history part of the BYU library. It's a really cool place, and they have equipment to help you with just about anything you want to do.

Yours, &c.

Heidi Book


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Thursday, December 18, 2014
Question #80327 posted on 12/18/2014 10:26 p.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I applied for a second minor a little over a week ago and I haven't heard anything about it getting accepted and mymap hasn't been updated either. Do any of you know about how long it takes for a minor to be added to your information?

-overzealous

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Dear overness,

This is just anecdotal evidence and possibly not even related to declaring a minor, but when I applied to do a double major it took three weeks for the petition to go through. Unless there's urgency in making the minor official, I wouldn't worry about it until after break. If you need it to happen soon (like if minor status is required for a class or something), go in and talk to the department. They'll be more than willing to help you.

Yours, &c.

Heidi Book


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Question #80325 posted on 12/18/2014 4:56 p.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Background: I found that the things I need to get done every day (dishes, exercise, scripture reading, etc) get done more regularly if I have a playlist of songs to remind me of what to do. So I made a video with songs that I have on Media Player and a caption of what to do during each song.

Because I don't always want to use my computer to listen, I've been trying to upload my video, as a private video, to YouTube so I can watch it on my phone. It is on there only for me to use, like I would on my computer. However, YouTube says that the content is not available on mobile devices.

Questions: How does YouTube determine so quickly if a movie has copyrighted material or not? Is there any other way I can save my video online and watch it on my phone easily? Something other than Google play - If I use that, it will open in the middle of YouTube videos, so I can't use it on my phone.

-Miss Frazzled, trying to get a bit more order in her life

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Dear Wade,

YouTube has a copyright tool called Content ID that "scans" videos for copyright music, images, etc. If you want to abandon YouTube, you might want to try Vimeo, a video storage service that touts itself as having "powerful privacy controls." However, you may not need to abandon YouTube. I recommend this video on copyright. You can go to your YouTube video managers and find your video and see it will say something like "This video may not be available in all countries." Click that link, click "Acknowledge," then click "Dispute." YouTube will give you a few options of why this should not be blocked on mobile devices and you can select something like "Fair use" or "I own the CD" or whatever is applicable since you are using it for personal use. I'm not an expert on copyright law but I assume that since it's a private video and you own the songs it should be a legal use of the content since it would have zero impact on the profits of the owner of the content. After you submit the dispute it should let you play on mobile devices (assuming you are logged in, since it is a private video).

Also, if you have a phone that can watch video you probably have a phone that will let you store video on it. You may want to try that instead.

-M.O.D.A.Q.


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Question #80324 posted on 12/18/2014 3:50 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Do they have devotionals during finals week or during Christmas break?

-A BYU Student

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Dear Guacamole Guacamayo,

No. Don't worry, thoughyou can still get your devotional fix during the break here.

--Ardilla Feroz 


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Dear 100 Hour Board,

What's your favorite gift you're giving this year?

-Satirical Lenny

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Dear Lenny,

I'm giving my little sister an I-Spy book, even though she's almost fifteen. When she was in first grade she would always bring those books home from the library at school and every night before bed we would do them together. I never let her win, but she loved getting the attention from her big sister and she loved snuggling with me to do them. I found one last book that we never did and I want to do it one last time with her before she gets too old. 

#concordesactuallyasoftie

-Concorde

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Dear Nine,

I already gave it, but I'm going to talk about it anyways.

My friend is a huge Brandon Sanderson fan, and my aunt happens to live in his (Brandon Sanderson's) ward. So, I borrowed my friend's copy of Mistborn and proceeded to give it to my aunt to have it signed. When I got it from her on Thanksgiving, he'd not only signed it, but also given him a signed hardback copy of the third book in the series, which apparently never happens. (If he happens to be reading this, I'm super grateful and I'm really hoping no one expects you do this on a regular basis because I certainly don't.)

Anyways, my friend said it was his favorite book-related gift he's ever gotten, and it was definitely the one I was most excited to give.

-Tally M.

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Dear Satirical Lenny,

I want it to be a surprise, so assuming she doesn't read this, I'm planning on giving my girlfriend an emerald and diamond tiara, a 13th century Kamakura katana, and the autographed deluxe edition of The Tales of Beedle the Bard.

La-ahrairahif you're reading this, don't worry. I'll make sure to get you something else instead.

-El-ahrairah

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Dear kiwano,

I want to give a lot of gifts to people this year but I'm kind of broke, so chances are the only gift I will give is the extra-sharp white Tillamook cheddar destined for my brother-in-law. Frankly, I'm just pleased I know something he might actually enjoy. As for everyone else, well... I'm sorry. I'll give you a big box of the same thing I've given at the last ten or so wedding receptions I've attended: nothing.

--Ardilla Broke


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Question #80322 posted on 12/18/2014 2:32 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

My dear, kind brother hacked into my computer and now whenever I open up chrome there are two tabs: the normal one and Zombo.com. So now I get to hear a strange voice and weird music whenever I want to use the internet. I wouldn't mind too much, but I'm worried I'll forget to turn my sound down and open a window up in class and, well...there go all my chances at getting an A or a date. How can I fix it? Is it just a bookmark thing?
Thanks!

-The slightly technologically-incompetent Goose Girl

P.S. Who can recognize a good prank when she sees one. Nice one, bro :)

A:

Dear Goose Girl,

Zombo.com is indeed a great website; your dear, kind brother was probably thinking it would increase your chances of getting an A and a date. Unless I'm wrong, and I'm never wrong, you're using Chrome and can easily follow the steps below to carefree, zomboless life:

  1. Click on the ≡ button in the upper right-hand corner.
  2. Click on "Settings."
  3. Go to the "On Startup" section.
  4. Make sure the "Open a specific page or set of pages" option is selected.
  5. Click on "Set pages."
  6. Move your mouse to the right of zombo.com and click on the "X" that appears.
  7. Click on "OK."
  8. Buy your brother a nice Christmas present to thank him for inadvertently teaching you how to work The Google.

Merry Christmas!

-El-ahrairah


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Question #80319 posted on 12/18/2014 2:20 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

How do you achieve greatness?

-The Inquisitor

A:

Dear Wade,

I've spent a while thinking about how to answer this but I think it really all comes down to one word, three syllables: confidence.

-M.O.D.A.Q.

A:

Dear Inquisitor,

In my opinion, greatness has two parts: self-mastery and service.

Self-mastery

Richard G. Scott said:

Worthy character will strengthen your capacity to obediently respond to the direction of the Spirit. Righteous character is what you are becoming. It is more important than what you own, what you have learned, or what goals you have accomplished. It allows you to be trusted. Righteous character provides the foundation of spiritual strength. It enables you in times of trial and testing to make difficult, extremely important decisions correctly even when they seem overpowering.

So greatness involves becoming your best self. Not necessarily with attributes the world values, but that God values and that you should value. This half of greatness can be extended and enhanced by the second half, which is

Service

Unfortunately, that sounds really cheesy to me. But I firmly believe that true happiness comes from helping others be happy in a vicious cycle of love and joy. In 1 Nephi 11, Nephi learns that the love of God "is the most desirable above all things" and "the most joyous to the soul." This isn't just receiving God's love, it's experiencing it by loving others.

Conclusion

These two attributes don't necessarily bring worldwide fame, respect, or money (at least not in this life), but they do bring the respect and love of those that matter most—God, yourself, and likely family and friends. And eventually they bring "greatness" in every meaning of the word.

Merry Christmas!

-El-ahrairah

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Querida Inquisitor,

It all starts in Ollivander's wand shop in Diagon Alley. From Garrick Ollivander himself in a conversation with everyone's favourite scarface,

 The wand chooses the wizard, remember... I think we must expect great things from you, Mr Potter... After all, He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named did great things — terrible, yes, but great. 

Word from the wise: do yourself a favor and skip the whole Horcrux thing. Your life will feel more complete.

--Ardilla Feroz


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