If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded. -Maya Angelou

We are pleased to announce the third annual Board Reunion Tour! Participating retired writers can answer questions during the week of March 27-April 3.

Question #81722 posted on 03/27/2015 1:38 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Back in the early 2000's, UEN was airing a Canadian program called Mentors. IMDB says it was created by Josh Miller and released in 1999 and aired until 2002, maybe 2004.The wiki says it aired on Canada's family channel and Discovery Kids in the US. I can't find anywhere to watch old episodes or buy them. My sister and I had forgotten it until today; do you have a time machine of your own to bring back this awesome show?

-90's Kid

A:

Dear 90s,

Unfortunately, it doesn't look like any of us know where to find this program. If any readers have a source, feel free to comment!

-Zedability


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Question #81731 posted on 03/27/2015 1:26 p.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

If I fail my final exam will I fail the class? Is there a university policy about that or does it depend on the teacher?

- Senior Desperate To Graduate

A:

Dear Senior,

It depends on the class. Some classes don't care; if you finish the class with a C, they'll allow you to pass the class even if you fail the final exam. However, some classes do have specific rules about it. For example, independent study classes require you to pass the final exam to pass the class. If your class has such a rule, it should be included in the syllabus. You may want to check it. For many classes, you can find the syllabus online using Learning Suite. As far as I am aware, there is no university-wide policy.

- Haleakalā


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Question #81711 posted on 03/27/2015 1:14 p.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Help! iTunes seems to have deleted a large portion of my music collection. I've had iTunes for years, and when I logged on today, only my most recent purchases were there, a little over 100 songs, and none of the songs that I imported from CDs or my previously purchased songs were there. I had about 2000 songs. Is there any way to get them back without reimporting them? Thanks!

-Panic

A:

Dear at the disco,

Unfortunately, this is the sort of tech support question that is really hard to answer unless we can see your computer or we work for Apple. You'll have much better luck contacting iTunes support directly. You could also try Apple Support Communities, if you don't mind sorting through a ridiculous number of posts.

Sorry we can't be of any more help.

-yayfulness


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Question #81729 posted on 03/27/2015 12:26 p.m.
Q:

Dear contestants,

Is it shiny?

-13/20

A:

Dear MacGyver,

It isn't shiny per se, though it does do interesting and often very picturesque things to light. 

--Ardilla Feroz

A:

Dear 0.65,

Is it shiny?

In the sense of it being lustrous, no. In the way that Kaylee uses the word shiny, yes.

-M.O.D.A.Q.

A:

Dear Clara,

Nope.

-Tally M.

A:

Dear Early Afternoon,

Not really, no.

-Inverse Insomniac

A:

Dear not a date anymore,

In and of itself, no, but it's closely associated with plenty of shiny things.

-yayfulness


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Question #81728 posted on 03/27/2015 12:20 p.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I've been trying to read through the Old Testament recently, in an effort to be more scripturally aware. I've been trying hard to find inspiration as I read, but mostly I just walk away scratching my head. Not because I don't understand what's going on (although that's sometimes the case), but usually because I just can't seem to reconcile the how God is portrayed in the Old Testament with the God that I understand. Would he really advocate genocide? Would he really tell people to behave that way? Would he really act that way himself? It just doesn't seem to mesh with the God of the New Testament or the Book of Mormon or modern scripture or the way that I feel about him from my own personal experiences. Maybe I'm missing something though.

I guess my question for you is how can I gain a testimony of the Old Testament? Based on the Articles of Faith, I know that I should believe that it's the word of God "as far as it is translated correctly." It's easy to pick out individual stories from the Old Testament that everyone knows and loves, but what am I supposed to do with the rest of it? I really want to be able to love this book of scripture.

-Trying

A:

Dear Trying,

The God of the Old Testament is a bit harsh, isn't he? I understand what you mean and there are lots of people who feel the same way. Gaining a testimony is a personal thing, so I can't tell you how to do it; it's something you figure out for yourself. I can, however, tell you what has helped me to better be able to swallow the pill that is the Old Testament.

I try to take everything in context. The history of the Biblical manuscript is complex and fragmented. There is just a lot we don't know about the coming forth of the Bible as we don't have any original manuscripts. We're talking about a long span of time and a place with a tumultuous history. To say things would have been lost in translation is putting it mildly. 

That's not to say, however, that the stories aren't inspired but they are certainly of a different place and time. Trying to see them through our modern eyes can make it difficult to relate to them. We need to contextualize them. There have been a lot of amazing answers regarding this in the archives. I suggest reading through them, if you can.

With the archives alone I know I've just given you a lot of reading material, but let me suggest the book that has had the greatest impact on me concerning this very topic. The God Who Weeps: How Mormonism Makes Sense of Life by Terryl and Fiona Givens addresses this very topic and has helped me to better understand God and his capacity for love and sympathy. It is elegantly written and highly recommend you read it, as I think it will really help you with particular struggle just as it has helped me. 

I do believe that the Bible, for the most part, is inspired, but I also like to compare reading it to crossing a vast desert. Before you begin your journey, you would be sure to make all the necessary preparations. You would gather supplies, do your research, chart out your road, read personal accounts and perhaps even bring a camel with you. During your travels, problems will surely arise, but all of your research and preparations should pull you through them. If you're not prepared and you didn't do any research, well, you might quickly start to feel like the children of Israel wandering in the wilderness. If you take the time to understand the language, history, context, etc. of the Old Testament before attempting to read it, it will make the journey much easier and will hopefully increase your ability to be inspired by it.

-Sky Bones 


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Posted on 03/27/2015 12:06 p.m. New Comment on: #81650 I have a couple questions about Campus construction projects. First, why was the Campus Drive redesign ...
Posted on 03/27/2015 11:17 a.m. New Comment on: #81704 Just recently, I was paging through my vehicle user manual, and I realized it actually recommends ...
Question #81727 posted on 03/27/2015 10:41 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

What subject, hobby, or branch of knowledge have you gotten the farthest at autodidactically and how far have you gotten?

-John

A:

Dear John,

Well, seeing as I had to google the word "autodidactically," I'm gonna go with "not vocabulary."

I taught myself to play the guitar, but then I took private lessons for a semester, so I guess it no longer counts as "autodidactic."

I've been teaching myself to speak Portuguese lately, but I'm only on the 7th level on Duolingo and I say everything with a half Spanish, half American accent, so concerning how far I've gotten I would say "not far."

-Vienna

A:

Dear John,

So far I have autodidactically increased my vocabulary, taught myself to play the mandolin, become fluent in Portuguese, learned to cook like a real Mexican, and become a pretty decent hip-hop dancer.

-Vienna from the future

A:

Dear Jawn,

Drawing, definitely. I've been on a roll with that recently and now I'm working on a graphic novel as a sort of journeyman project. It's going well! I may end up making a webcomic if I can find the time.

I taught myself Spanish halfway through my mission with only one book, several obliging members and investigators, and determination. It was awesome.

As part of various jobs, I've taught myself elements of web design, how to use different computer programs (GIMP, some database programs, etc.), how to make promotional videos, and how to do communications and marketing. I wouldn't call myself an expert at those things, but I do pride myself on being flexible in my job description.

Also, apparently I taught myself to read before my parents got around to it. My mom had these big cards with sandpaper letters on them (for teaching people who are visually impaired) and she let me play with them all the time. One day, she was reading me a chapter book and I pointed out a simple word. She was astonished, because she hadn't taught me that word, but thought it must just be a fluke of pattern recognition. Then she started pointing at a couple more difficult words and I could read them off to her. My dad says I was just over a year old at the time.

-Inverse Insomniac

A:

Dear John,

I'm going to have to say breathing. I've been doing it for years now!

Sincerely,
The Snarky Ginger  

A:

Dear Juan,

I've been doing (almost) daily Spanish practice on Duolingo for about a year and a half. I also started listening to the News in Slow Spanish podcast* a few months ago, although I've been patchy about keeping up with it. I'm currently on level 14 on Duolingo and I can understand probably 80% of the News in Slow Spanish podcast pretty easily. However, already being able to speak French helps a ton in terms of cognates and some aspects of grammar, and having any experience learning a foreign language at all makes it easier to learn a new one, so I'm definitely building on skills that I acquired non-autodidactically.

- Katya

*I cannot recommend this series of podcasts highly enough to anyone who wants to improve their listening comprehension in Spanish, French, or Italian.


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Posted on 03/27/2015 10:39 a.m. New Comment on: #81719 Hey guys I'm getting married in July in Manti and we're on a tight budget. Do ...
Posted on 03/27/2015 10:39 a.m. New Comment on: #81717 What do most employers who provide benefits for their employees do at the end of the ...
Question #81706 posted on 03/27/2015 10:38 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Which Disney song lyrics are commonly sung incorrectly? What are the correct lyrics?

-Pocahontas

A:

Dear Pocohontas,

This basically only applies to me, but I always sing "I'll Make a Man Out of You" from Mulan incorrectly, because my companion and I wrote a parody of it to vent our frustrations about a particular district leader, and that's always what I hear in my head:

Let's get down to business
To convert [small town].
Why have you not reviewed
The District Plan yet?
That's the saddest French I've ever heard
Don't say words in English too
Sisters I'll have call night with you.
 
We are French! We must be willing to take reproof.
We are French! We must be skillful and speak the truth.
We are French! We must knock 7 hours a week,
Inviting to be baptized right on the street!
 
Genuine and friendly
But on fire within.
Once you reach the members
You are sure to win.
Did you make your weekly goals yet?
I need to get them all from you.
Sisters I'll take dinner from you!
 
[key change]
The work is hastening onward!
There's no time to cry.
Heed my every order
And you might baptize!
Have you reached your weekly goals yet?
You go home in 6 months too.
Sisters I'm trying to help both of you.
-Zedability

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Question #81717 posted on 03/27/2015 9:33 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

What do most employers who provide benefits for their employees do at the end of the year with sick days the employees could've used? Do they usually pay the employees the money or if the employees don't use them the sick days are completely gone at the end of the year? I'm specifically asking about USPS, but if you can't find info on that, what do most companies do?

-Fly Like an Eagle

A:

Dear Fly Like an Eagle,

I don't have any definitive proof, but I recently wrote the paid time off policy for my company, and in my research I found that it is common for companies to pay out unused vacation time but not pay out unused sick or personal time.

I could not find USPS's specific policy, but I'm sure their HR personnel would know if it's a relevant concern.

- The Black Sheep


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Question #81726 posted on 03/27/2015 9:10 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

So some dude was telling me that he believes that crystals (yes, the rocks) have energy and powers. Like he believes it hardcore. What does he mean that they have energy and powers? He also puts crystals behind his computer for some reason. Why is this? How does one feel the energy from a rock? Have you felt the energy from a rock?

-Sage

A:

Dear Sage

I've felt the energy from a rock when I whacked my face into it while falling off my bicycle. I can't tell you much about the experience because I was unconscious at the time, but I can assure you, you do not want to feel the energy from those rocks.

-yayfulness

A:

Dear Sage,

I messaged a less-active member of my mission who is very into this sort of thing, but she hasn't replied to me. When she does, I'll post a comment. In the meantime, here is an article she linked to on Facebook a few months ago about quartz crystals, which should give you some idea of what people believe about crystal energy.

-Zedability

A:

Dear Sage,

Actually, this is exactly the opposite of the truth. Crystals are severely lacking in energy. Because of that property, however, crystals are able to do some amazing things.

To understand this, let's first understand what a crystal is. According to what pops up when you Google crystal, "A crystal or crystalline solid is a solid material whose constituents, such as atoms, molecules or ions, are arranged in a highly ordered microscopic structure." The key words there are, of course, highly ordered. Those of you who are familiar with the formalism of science might note that this seems like a contradiction to the second law of thermodynamics. The second law of thermodynamics states that entropy, or randomness, is increasing. If crystals are highly ordered then they inherently violate the second law of thermodynamics! Crystals are constantly exerting energy - almost consciously - so that they may remain highly ordered. This semi-sentient property allows them to draw in energy from sources around them.

Here's a fun experiment: find a perfectly healthy potted plant (preferably not plastic, although they will also work if you have much more time). Place a crystal in the dirt with the plant. Put the plant-pot-dirt-crystal system in like, a closet or something. Whatever you do, just leave it alone for a couple of weeks. After a couple of weeks, go check on the system. You will find that the plant will have died and the crystal will have maintained its highly ordered structure! The crystal will have absorbed all of the energy from the plant. (If you were to regularly water the plant and keep it in sunlight the crystal would be able to absorb enough energy from the water and sunlight so that it wouldn't kill of the plant. That's why you remove the water and sunlight for a period of time - the system needs to be isolated!) You can rightly extrapolate from this experiment that if you were to hold a crystal for several months without moving then the crystal would inevitably drain all of your energy and kill you too.

But crystals don't have to be dangerous! Their energy-sucking properties have a wide array of uses. The main use for crystals is for healing. When used properly, crystals can drain first the negative energy that is causing you to be ill or your leg to be broken. However, crystals should only be administered under the care of a licensed physician or physicist of geologist or whatever.

-Terrible Scientist

A:

Dear Sage,

It's true, there has been much speculation about the properties of crystals. In fact, it was once believed that crystals could even power time travel. Unfortunately, this theory was disproved by a man named Kip and his high-school aged brother, Napoleon Dynamite, who was heard to scream out, "It kills, it kills!" upon testing the aforementioned crystals. He also claimed that the crystal-powered time machine was "a piece of crap" that "didn't work."

Sorry to let you down.

-Vienna


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Question #81719 posted on 03/27/2015 9:08 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Hey guys I'm getting married in July in Manti and we're on a tight budget. Do any of you know of cheap/free outdoor venues in Utah? I was looking into the American Fork Ampitheater but it's reserved already :( any help would be so appreciated! Thank you!

- Soon-to-be Mrs.

A:

Dear Soon-to-be Mrs.,

Congratulations! I was married in Manti, too. It's lovely down there and I enjoyed feeling a little more secluded. I'm not sure if I can give you any specifics, but let me see if I can still help you out.

It's a solid fact that a lot of couples get married in Utah and a lot of businesses have jumped on this golden opportunity. There are certainly no shortage of venues in Utah, however, they are indeed businesses and most of them are not cheap. I'm also guessing a lot of them are probably already booked by this point, a problem you've already encountered. But don't let this get you frustrated. There are plenty of other options.

Have you considered an open house? In Utah, you don't necessarily need to feel obligated to serve a full course meal at evening wedding festivities. An open house would help to create a more casual feel where it would be acceptable to cut back on menu options, thus saving you money. If you're getting married in Utah does that mean you or your fiancé have family in Utah? Perhaps family with a house and backyard that you could use? If not direct family then perhaps a close friend that could help out? There are plenty of options in Utah for renting tables and decor and even having it lightly catered.

If you're on a tight budget, I'm guessing you'd be fine with keeping things a little less fancy, right? You could consider renting a pavilion at one of Utah's many public parks. There wouldn't be much room for excessive decorating and a lot of guests, but it would definitely be more affordable. 

Lastly, have you considered just skipping the reception? Based on the wording of your question, it sounds like this is all up to you without any parents/soon-to-be in-laws looming over your shoulder. If all of the festivities and cost of your wedding are up to you and your fiancé, then don't feel obligated to throw a big, fancy party. It would be unreasonable and would almost certainly force you to go into debt, which is definitely not how you want to start out your marriage. If you'd like, in lieu of a reception/open house, perhaps you could go out to a nice place to eat with close family and friends.

If you feel comfortable with it, you could also ask your close family and friends about any help they could offer or for their opinions and ideas. Good luck! I hope you're able to get what you want. 

-Sky Bones 


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Question #81725 posted on 03/27/2015 12:20 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

In the united states of america, are there more wells fargos banks or more chase bank locations? what about bank of america locations?

-capitol one

A:

Dear Capital One, 

For the purposes of this question, I only counted branches as bank locations (as opposed to including other automated locations such as ATMs) because I think that's what you wanted. Wells Fargo has the most locations with 6,359, followed by Chase with 5,719 locations. Bank of America comes in last with 5,015 locations.

- Haleakalā


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Thursday, March 26, 2015
Question #81724 posted on 03/26/2015 11:56 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

What's on your mixtape?

-Fire

A:

Dear incendio,

This is probably the sort of thing that I care about much more than I ought to. I'm making this in the format of a mix tape on an actual cassette tape (anyone else remember those? anyone else ever made a mixtape on one?), so 40-45 minutes on each side and no skipping tracks. If I were actually mixing the tape, I would also pay absurd detail to the amount of time between songs—some need at least a few seconds of silence between them, while others should be practically overlapping.* I usually have a story of some sort in mind whenever I make a mix like this but I don't really feel like elaborating on this one, so use your imagination (and any knowledge you have about the background of the songs) to make a story of your own. I've decided to go with a loose 90s rock theme, although if I had the time I'd also construct a classic rock mix and another with a more eclectic set of songs. So, here you go: 

Side 1
"When You Were Young" (The Killers)
"Hey Jealousy" (Gin Blossoms)
"Cautioners" (Jimmy Eat World)
"Inside Out" (Eve 6)
"Mr. Brightside" (The Killers)
"I Miss You" (blink-182)
"Such Great Heights" (The Postal Service)
"Runaways" (The Killers)
"Jumper" (Third Eye Blind)
"Welcome to the Black Parade" (My Chemical Romance)

Side 2
"3AM" (Matchbox 20)
"All the Small Things" (blink-182)
"The Authority Song" (Jimmy Eat World)
"Dirty Little Secret" (The All-American Rejects)
"Kryptonite" (3 Doors Down)
"Name" (The Goo Goo Dolls)
"My Sundown" (Jimmy Eat World)
"Slide" (The Goo Goo Dolls)
"Closing Time" (Semisonic)
"Stay With You" (The Goo Goo Dolls)

As an added bonus, I've put the mix on the Board's Spotify page. Don't listen on shuffle, it ruins all my hard work.

-yayfulness

*I didn't include it because it doesn't fit, but try listening to "Boston" (Augustana) and "Drops of Jupiter" (Train) back to back, no gap. They flow as if they were one song.

A:

Dear Melody,

One of the reasons I love Spotify is because I have the ability to compile playlists that can fit whatever purpose I want. So, I have a number of mixtapes in a general sense of the word. One for a relationship that came and went, one for a friendship still going strong, one for happiness, and one for my favorites that's getting a bit too long.* I'd have to say the one that I'm most proud of is from a former relationship. It completely encapsulates the relationship quite nicely, and I actually still listen to it.

  • "The Call" - Regina Spektor
  • "Give Your Heart a Break" - Demi Lovato
  • "Head Over Feet" - Alanis Morisette
  • "Fools" - Lauren Aquilina
  • "Written All Over My Face" - Kris Allen
  • "How Sweet It Is" - Michael Buble
  • "Lucky" - Jason Mraz
  • "Home" - The Piano Guys
  • "My Weakness" - Kris Allen
  • "Blindfolded" - Kris Allen
  • "Fighters" - Kris Allen
  • "Fallin' For You" - Colbie Caillat
  • "Love is a Fire" - Courrier
  • "Walls" - Courrier
  • "Dark Horse" - Foy Vance
  • "If These Walls Could Talk" - The Static
  • "Anchor" - Mindy Gledhill
  • "Everytime We Touch" - Cascada
  • "Every Day" - Luke Leighfield
  • "I Need Your Love" - Calvin Harris
  • "Not Walkin' Away" - Emily Hearn
  • "Last First Kiss" - One Direction
  • "Begin Again" - The Piano Guys
  • "Age of Immature Mistakes" - Jars of Clay
  • "I Won't Give Up" - Jason Mraz
  • "Everything" - Michael Buble
  • "All About Us" - He Is We
  • "The Truth" - Kris Allen
  • "The End" - Simple Plan
  • "Perfect World" - Simple Plan
  • "Behind These Hazel Eyes" - Kelly Clarkson
  • "Breakeven" - The Script
  • "Love Drunk" - Boys Like Girls
  • "Thunder" - Boys Like Girls
  • "Tell Me" - He Is We
  • "Vanilla Twilight" - Owl City
  • "I'm Fine" - Emily Hearn
  • "Astronaut" - Simple Plan
  • "Just a Dream" - Nelly
  • "Don't You Worry Child" - Anthem Lights
  • "Tell Me" - David Archuleta
  • "Fall" - Emily Hearn
  • "My Fault" - Imagine Dragons
  • "Say Something" - A Great Big World

I love making playlists.

-Tally M.

*Yeah, the rhyming was intentional.


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Question #81723 posted on 03/26/2015 11:56 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,
I wanted to find a question that was posted recently, but was unable to locate it in an archive search. I obviously don't have the correct key word or words. So, I took the most recent board question number and used that as a starting point, and went backwards for about 100 questions. I couldn't ever find it. But as I typed in several question numbers, this came up:

"You tried to go to /questions/81490/.

You're not allowed to view that page.

Sorry."

Why am I not allowed to view these questions? (In conspiratorial tone) What are you guys trying to hide?

And if anyone can direct me to the question where someone was asking Board members to rewrite fairy tales with themselves inserted into them, I would love to know what Question # it was.

With deep regards,

The Unsuccessful Searcher

A:

Dear US,

1. Certain questions do not ever see the light of day. These include questions that violate our terms of service, questions that have been deleted at the asker's request, questions requesting a modification to a previous question, accidental duplicate questions, and requests for a writer application. (Please note, though, that in none of these cases do we give a private answer to a question. The reader is given an explanation for why the question is deleted, but if a question is answered, the answer is always posted publicly.) I don't know what editors can or can't see, but regular writers can only access those questions by typing in the exact URL and readers like you can only see the screen you encountered.

2. The question you're looking for is Board Question #81323. I'm glad you enjoyed it! (Fun fact: Board Question #81324 is another vanished question; the same person who asked 81323 asked 81324 requesting that it be modified slightly.)

3. Bonus segment: When looking for a specific question or answer, remember that our search function is VERY literal. So, if you remember a specific word being used, search for that word. If it's a related word, even if it's off by just one letter, the result you're looking for won't come up. In the case of the question and answers you're asking about, I remember that I called Anne, Certainly "Answer Tenly" in my answer. I searched for "tenly," and sure enough, that was the only result that came up.

-yayfulness


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Question #81707 posted on 03/26/2015 11:44 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I recently read The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty. In the epilogue it said that it usually takes 7-14 seconds for a woman to die if she's strangled by a man's hands. This doesn't make sense to me. My dad is an ex-cop and he said if someone were to be strangled it takes at least a couple of minutes for them to die. So, what's the real answer? Does it depend whether someone's using their hands or some sort of ligature?

-Christmas Cactus

A:

Dear Christmas Cactus, 

From the few, somewhat disturbing, sources I read online, strangling someone can cause a loss of consciousness after 10-20 seconds of pressure on the main arteries in the neck. If the strangling were to actually kill someone, it would definitely take a few minutes.

-Ms.O'Malley


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Question #81704 posted on 03/26/2015 11:07 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Just recently, I was paging through my vehicle user manual, and I realized it actually recommends I use 87 octane gas or higher. I've always used 85 (or whatever the lowest octane is). I have a 2008 Honda Fit Sport, if it influences your answer to the following questions:

1) If I've owned my car for 7 years, how bad is this for the vehicle?
2) Do I need to make the switch?
3) What would be the benefits of switching?

Tangential question: I feel like 7 years is getting up there in car years ...how often is it wise to get a "check up" for my car? What do I ask the shop I take it to? "Oh, nothing's wrong...I just want to try and be proactive to try and lessen the likelihood something EXPENSIVE will go wrong," seems like a great way to get ripped off for paying for something I don't need. Or should I just wait until something goes wrong?

-Car-clueless

A:

Dear clueless, 

From what I've read online, if a premium gas is recommended, that usually means it's not completely necessary. If it is required, then you should use it. These two sites explain the science and automechanics better than I ever could so I recommend you check those out. 

So:
1) Using the cheap gas shouldn't be bad for your car since your engine doesn't need the fancy stuff.
2) Nope.
3) There won't be too many benefits. You may see a small improvement in gas mileage and your engine's reaction time may be slightly faster. 

Bonus tangent question: Edmunds has a handy tool that will help you stay up to date on what maintenance your car may need. Your owner's manual should also give you a good idea on what needs to be changed and when. If you're just taking your car in for a tune-up, I highly recommend you bring someone who knows at least a little bit about cars or taking your car to a mechanic you trust. 

-Ms.O'Malley


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Question #81718 posted on 03/26/2015 10:54 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

So twice recently,I was talking to a girl who I had gone on one date with and said "We should do something next weekend.", to which she responded "Yeah, I love hanging out with you!". I was hinting at a date, but didn't ask them because I wasn't sure when I'd be available, and I try to have a time and activity planned before I ask a girl on a date. Anyways, do you think that "I love hanging out with you!" means "I'd love to go on another date with you." or "You're cool and I'd enjoy spending time with you, but not on another date." I thought the date had gone well, but am unsure whether or not she likes me enough to go on more dates with me. I'm super busy with school, and I'd have to go out of my way to clear my schedule for a date, so I don't want do that unless she wanted to go on a date with me and would have a good time. Your thoughts?

-Freshwerf

A:

Dear Freshwerf,

It's hard to say whether she's trying to friendzone you. When talking to a guy I like, I would personally avoid using the phrase "hanging out," simply because of the stigma against it in Mormon culture - thanks to articles and talks like this one, we conceive of hanging out as the opposite of dating. Certainly, not everyone would take "I love hanging out with you" as a friendzone, but some might and it's not a risk I would want to run. I would say "I love spending time with you" or "I really did enjoy the evening" instead. But she might not be thinking that at all. Telling you she likes "hanging out" might be her way of hinting you should ask her out again.

As for what the truth is, there's no way of knowing except to ask her! If she doesn't want to go again, she'll have to find a way to tell you. That's unfortunate (and often hard), but if you've worked up the courage to ask her out, it's only fair that she work up the courage to tell you no. I would keep asking her until she does.

As a side note, I think you're fine if you don't immediately arrange another date. I don't like it when a boy ends one date by asking me on another because it puts me on the spot - if I'm not interested and want to tell him so, he forces me to do it on the doorstep right after he's put a lot of effort into doing nice things for me. I'd rather be able to thank him sincerely for the evening and then turn him down later when he calls me to ask me out again. It seems less... heartless.

Yours, &c.

Heidi Book


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Question #81668 posted on 03/26/2015 10:54 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I am interested in a student job that requires the Office Skills Test... It's a job as a student secretary. But are there any kind of online courses for Word, Powerpoint or Excel offered that would prepare me for the test? Or is the only thing that is really important the typing speed? How could I prepare for this test and know that my skills are sufficient? Or how could I improve my skills in these areas?
Thank you!!!!

-58WPM

A:

Dear 58WPM,

Here is a page that tells you everything that will be on the Office Skills Test. While it doesn't say exactly what you'll need to know, it does give you the categories and how long you have to complete them. For example, since you're given 30-50 minutes to work with PowerPoint, I'm going to assume it's going to be more than just getting bullets on a slide. 

Here are some free Microsoft courses that may be of help. If you're looking to brush up on your typing speed, here is one for practice and one for fun. Lastly, as the only entry requirement into the Elementary Education program, you needed to pass the Technology Skills Assessment. If you scroll down to Step 5 on this page, they will have some links that may help you with the Word, Excel, and PowerPoint part of your Office Skills Test. 

Best of luck!

-Ms.O'Malley


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Question #81496 posted on 03/26/2015 10:54 p.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I am a Chinese student who wants to get a masters degree in TESOL. I already received two offers, one from U of Pennsylvania and one from BYU. I am torn between these two choices. I have concerns about cost, curriculum, English improvement, reputation and career outlook. What will you do if you were me?

If my calculation is correct, for 2 years, U Penn is around 67k and BYU is around 26k for tuition only. And cost of living in Philadelphia is similar to Provo. I plan to go back to China to teach in regional private universities after I get my degree, but I don't completely limit the possibility of a plan change and staying in the US. My parents will subsidize me for the most part, but I already spent 40k per year for 3 years to finish my undergrad in the US so I don't want them to continue spending a huge sum of money. I assume I will earn $38000/year at most as a novice teacher when I first go back to China. The tuition difference will cost me (more than) a year of work.

Both UPenn and BYU's TESOL are (partly) geared towards EFL students so there is no difference in this respect. BYU's curriculum has an educational administrative class (which UPenn doesn't), and it can prepare me for a career in an administrative role if I decide to move up a level after being a teacher for X years.

According to my understanding, UPenn has a great reputation and Chinese people value reputation VERY VERY MUCH. The program is mainly made up of Chinese students (80 out of 90 are Chinese in the class of 2016, according to my knowledge). So there will not be a great deal of opportunities to improve my English. In comparison, I will have many chances to improve my English if I go to BYU. Of course, my major is TESOL and I hope to improve my English while in the US.

I've checked out the recruiting requirements of some Chinese universities, and they ask for overseas experience and a Masters degree. I know if I go to BYU, I can still get an interview and my education background is like a stepping stone to an interview. Everything afterwards will depend on my own abilities. But how much exactly does it matter if I graduate from BYU or UPenn?

One other point is, I am not LDS. I know the following things are inappropriate to say in a BYU forum, but it is the fact and I have to say it. I have no problem with the honor code because I kind of already live like that. And I like the fact that Mormons are good people who strive to be better. But many people still have misunderstood about BYU or Mormons. I talked to an American and she said the fact that the school belongs to the Mormon religion overpowers the fact that it is a good institution. And when people hear that you are from BYU, they shift the focus and place judgement. I am not sure if my future recruiter/students/student's parents will think of me.

Lastly, I checked out the career outlook of TESOL students from BYU and UPenn. Both programs don't provide the option to get a license to teach in public schools. Students from BYU, except for those who got married, all went back to their own countries to become a teacher or open a school. Some students from UPenn stayed to teach English or Chinese, but the outlook is still not positive because Pennsylvania state law doesn't allow foreign students to get a license. They can only get it in other states. If they don't, then they only teach in private schools and earn 30 something thousand a year.

-Rain

A:

Dear Rain,

If I were you, I think I would choose to go to the University of Pennsylvania. I have no doubt that both programs are great but there are a few factors that UPenn has that may be more beneficial to you.

One of the biggest reasons why I think UPenn will be a better fit is because of their environment. Don't get me wrong, BYU has a fantastic atmosphere. For the most part, I think we’re a pretty positive group of people. However, Provo isn’t your average college town. You’ll have friends from school and the people you live around, but a lot of our social scene revolves around the Church and ward functions. If you're not LDS, it can be hard to form those social bonds. If you go to UPenn, I'm sure you'll grow close to the people in your program, but you will be able to branch out and meet other people. There are just more opportunities that will naturally present themselves there.

Additionally, from what I know and what you described, if BYU's TESOL Master's program is prepping you for a role in administration, be prepared to continue in graduate school. Most positions of higher authority in the school system will require a specialist or doctoral degree. Also, at BYU, you're granted a Master of Art while UPenn will hand you a Master of Science. To be honest, I don't know if employers consider this important, but it may be something to look further into.

Like you said, prestige is a huge part of Chinese culture. Even after experiencing it myself, it's hard to wrap my head around how much it is valued. While I consider both schools excellent choices, UPenn is a Top 10 university while BYU is in the Top 100. Both are great rankings, but if you're looking for the well-known reputation, then Penn is definitely for you.

Lastly, if you're leaning towards BYU, be aware that the university will always be associated with Mormonism. Your friend is right: there are some people who get hung up on the fact that it is a Mormon school. However, for the most part, I feel like the majority of people in the States are rather accepting. While I was in China last summer, I had some people ask what school I went to. I would tell them a little bit about BYU and my description would sometimes include that the university was supported by my church. Did I tell them what denomination? No. Were they interested? Not particularly. They were content with knowing that it is one of the best universities in the nation with a large student body.

The only true deterrent I can think of for the University of Pennsylvania would be that big price tag. It's not a secret that teachers get paid poorly. In America, we get pay raises based on how long we've been teaching and how many education degrees we have. I'm assuming it is similar in China. I would really have to consider if the social atmosphere and the reputation of the school is worth the price difference. 

You are the only person who can decide which school works the best. Really consider what you want, what you're willing to sacrifice, and which school will best fit your needs. 

Best of luck!

-Ms.O'Malley


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Question #81721 posted on 03/26/2015 10:44 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Hi there. It's me again. Remember how I was confused about the guy I like and whether or not he liked me? We did a lot of romantic activities/events one-on-one and he compliments me a lot, but he was not making any physical moves? See Board Question #81501. For all those nosy people out there, I'm happy to let inquiring minds know that I figured it out!!! The answer, you ask? Why has he been so boyfriend-like and still brother-like? He finally told me this week that he is "bi," and he is interested in dating me, but he needed to know me as a friend and gain my trust in order to let me know everything. While I'm not completely shocked (because after-all I contacted you about the weirdness of his behavior), I don't know what to do? Should I date him if he's a faithful member of the church that follows gospel principles and values, but sometimes finds himself attracted to other men? He has a past. He told me he dated a guy two years ago, and that makes me feel a bit uncomfortable. Other than all of that, however, I am smitten with him. Our conversations are deep and meaningful and he is very compassionate and we have fun teasing each other and helping each other through hard stuff and we have similar interests (perhaps too many! -- since we both find guys hot).

Never in my life did I imagine that I might be okay with dating a "bi" guy. I can't believe that I am considering this. What would you do personally? Or is it a tad much for you too? What is a girl suppose to do? I don't want to settle, but at the same time -- I really, really do like this guy.

-Clueless in Provo

A:

Dear clueless,

The way I see it, there are two separate issues here and you should try to think of them separately.

1. The guy that you like is attracted to both guys and girls. Personally, if I were single, I wouldn't have any problem dating a girl who was bisexual if she was attracted to me. Yes, there would probably be plenty of awkwardness at times, but I don't doubt that it would work out just fine. I guess what I'm saying is that this may seem awkward, but to me it is such a non-issue that I wouldn't give it a moment of second thought.

2. This guy was in a relationship with another guy in the past. My attitudes towards this thing are a lot more liberal than most people at BYU and I probably wouldn't mind, but I can definitely see why it would make you uncomfortable. It's something you definitely need to talk to him about before committing to a relationship. However, I don't think it should be an automatic disqualifier. Give a relationship serious thought, and talk to him about it, and I think you'll be able to make the right decision, whatever that decision may be.

-yayfulness


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Question #81720 posted on 03/26/2015 9:56 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I just watched the Penguins of Madagascar and I would like to know what all of the celebrities references were. I missed a bunch of them. Thanks!

-Nicholas! Cage Them!

A:

Dear Rico,

This website covers it pretty well

Suerte,

--Ardilla Feroz


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Question #81715 posted on 03/26/2015 8:32 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

is there some kind of website you can go to to see if someone is lds? assuming the person isn't on facebook and you dont want to ask them. can lds.org help a brother out?

the would be facebook stalker

A:

Dear Would-Be-Stalker,

Lds.org does not maintain a publicly available list of Mormons. If you're a member of the Church, lds.org will show you people in your stake, but that's about it. (If you want to do this, log in to lds.org, click on "My Account and Ward" and select "Directory.") You could also try checking to see if this person has created a Mormon.org profile. Some members of the Church do so to help with missionary efforts. Finally, if the person you're looking for is relatively noteworthy, you might try checking NNDB.

Also, I know you said to assume you didn't want to ask this person but ... really? Would it be that hard? I bet they wouldn't be offended.

- Haleakalā


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Question #81714 posted on 03/26/2015 7:32 p.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Goofed up when I was at BYU. Got in a bit of trouble with the Honor Code Office. Probation. Graduated. Everything is good.

Just wondering: Is there any way for me to get that expunged off my record?

Thanks,

J

A:

Dear J,

I've looked around BYU policy for quiet a while, and I've failed to find any evidence that BYU maintains records of honor code violations after graduation. I didn't find anything specifically specifying that they would be destroyed either, so I suppose it's possible that they keep them. However, even if BYU does maintain such records, I would think that the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act would precent BYU from ever disclosing any Honor Code violations to a third party without your express consent.

So even if BYU does maintain such records, it really shouldn't impact you at all. If any readers have contrary information, please submit a comment.

- Haleakalā


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Question #81713 posted on 03/26/2015 6:56 p.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Apparently there's this place--theme park, actually--that's going to open in Pleasant Grove called Evermore Park. I watched an interview and the guy was gall enough to compare it to Disneyland. Anyways, the interviewees said it'd going to open in stages, with the first to open Fall 2015. Would you please tell me what the three different phases are and when each is scheduled to open?

-Mr. Left

A:

Dear Wade,

Evermore Park has been delayed, in part due to complications with location. They hope to have this sorted out and have a schedule this year. The original project plan consisted of three phases: "Phase one will include at least the town square, old town, factory, ruins, woods and pirate cove areas, as well as retail stores and restaurants... The second phase of the project is supposed to add a mansion, church, catacombs, graveyard and pirate village, among other attractions. The third phase will add a [haunted] hotel and theater."

-M.O.D.A.Q.


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Question #81712 posted on 03/26/2015 6:50 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

What's the origin of the phrase "Polly want a cracker?"

Merry-go-Lamb

A:

Dear Care-ousel,

I was going to write something up, but I don't think I could do any better than this, which is, in my opinion, one of the best written StackExchange answers of all time.

-M.O.D.A.Q.


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Question #81703 posted on 03/26/2015 3:32 p.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

http://thefederalist.com/2015/03/17/dear-gay-community-your-kids-are-hurting/

This link has been making its way around social media lately. I'm curious for the perspective of those who support and oppose gay marriage. What do you think about this?

-Reader

A:

Dear Hera,

I support traditional marriage, but I didn't think that article gave very good reasons for it. The author's biggest point is that she missed her father—but so did I, since I grew up in a single parent home with my mom. That experience doesn't really make her argument stand out. I know that her letter wasn't meant to be a comprehensive study on the subject, but as a personal story it's not really that compelling for me either.

-Owlet

A:

Dear reader,

Here's the thing. The article you mention is anecdotal evidence. And if we're going to give weight to one example of anecdotal evidence, we have to give equal weight to another example of anecdotal evidence with the opposite conclusion. Personally, I'd much rather see a study with a sufficiently large sample size and well-defined parameters.

All things considered, I think that article falls into the category of things that people share because they agree with the conclusion, not necessarily because the reasons it gives for reaching that conclusion are stunning or convincing to someone who doesn't agree.

-yayfulness


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Question #81692 posted on 03/26/2015 2:56 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

À la Board Question #63571, what's in your purse?

-Hoping for some more lobsters

A:

Dear TARDIS

Depends on the purse, but usually:

  • a pen
  • my wallet
  • a pencil
  • my headphones
  • chapstick
  • Aleve
  • caffeine
  • ibuprofen
  • my phone

I empty my purses pretty regularly, so nothing interesting in them stays there for very long.

-Tally M.

A:

Dear Poseidon,

I've been hoping for this question! But, which purse? The purse I usually use has a Lego minifigure that looks like me, so that's pretty fun. It also has a whirligig toy, made from a section of wood with the bark still on it, from my pioneer days. Those things come in handy when I'm bored. The more interesting things in my wallet include a "superhero" card I made for myself (it's like an ID card, but my picture has a mask over my eyes, and it details my superpowers and how many people I've saved), a number of squashed pennies, a few plastic "drachmas," and some post-it notes with hearts drawn on them that El-ahrairah hid there.

The purse I have with me right now is a prop replica of Hermione's beaded bag. It currently holds my phone, some makeup, a mirror, a mint, a necklace, some chapstick, a ringbox, some earrings, a whistle, a comb, and a receipt from Zeke's (formerly Sammy's).

-Owlet

A:

Dear lobster, 

Please remember that we don't judge you for your questions so don't judge me for the amount of junk in my purse. 

  • bottle of ibuprofen
  • 3 Bounce sheets
  • 2 carabiners: one full of hair ties and the other empty
  • lip gloss
  • small bottle of lotion
  • 28 business cards
  • a key chain that includes a house key for a friend's old house
  • a single, daily contact lens
  • Insurgent movie ticket stub
  • inhaler
  • car insurance information
  • 3 sets of car keys, none of which are for my car
  • iPod + charger
  • notepad
  • A SINGLE PEN
  • eyeliner
  • 2 headbands
  • 2 pairs of ear buds
  • passport
  • fractions graphic organizer 
  • a fork
  • the sash for my favorite cardigan
  • 5 Costco receipts
My wallet, phone, and car keys travel between my purse and my teaching bag so they're sometimes in there too. I probably should clean it out, but you never know when you might need to eat a salad or teach somehow how to multiply fractions!

-Ms.O'Malley

A:

Dear Lobster Lover,

I typically just use my pockets, but when I need to use a purse then I'll put my phone and wallet in it. I went through it, and it had the following items:

  • 5 pencils
  • black pen
  • red pen
  • hair tie
  • lip gloss

-Squirrel

A:

Dear Crayfish,

My satchel currently has my scriptures, 4 Ticonderoga pencils, 3 felt-tipped pens (sizes 1, .5, and .005), a big eraser, and a pencil sharpener in it.

What? It's a satchel, not a purse! Indiana Jones has one.

-Inverse Insomniac

A:

Dear hoping,

I only recently started using a purse AND I HATE IT. All it has in it are some bulky medical supplies for a recently diagnosed health problem, and I'm supposed to carry them with me EVERYWHERE. 

#pocketsrock

Yours, &c.

Heidi Book

A:

Dear Lobster,

I just opened my purse to find...

  • A candy cane
  • Pencil refills but no pencil
  • Wallet
  • Phone
  • Keys
  • A flyer for free jdawgs
  • The wrapper from a protein bar
  • 2 Crest whitening strips
  • Lipgloss
  • Two receipts—one from Taco Bell, one from Walmart
  • A tampon
  • My employee nametag

My life is a mess. Also, good thing my purse isn't the one they found in this Mormon Message, because—well—that wouldn't make for a particularly inspiring Mormon Message. I can see it now: "Oh! She loves jdawgs and Taco Bell!" Yeah, I doubt they would have made a Mormon Message out of that.

-Vienna


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Question #81650 posted on 03/26/2015 10:08 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I have a couple questions about Campus construction projects.

First, why was the Campus Drive redesign stopped and will it be re-started anytime soon. Campus Drive Redesign

Second, a new south entrance is being build for the HBLL. This article explains why it is happening, but never states EXACTLY where the new entrance will be. Do you know where it will be?

Third, is there a website that has updates on all on-campus construction activities?

Thanks,

-Passive Construction Observer

A:

Dear Patron,

The South Entrance will go through one of the classrooms right next to the Center for Teaching and Learning. 

-A Librarian

A:

Dear Observer,

Board Question #81649 was asked right before yours. I'm still waiting on a response back from someone with the redesign project but if I hear something, I'll post it in a comment there.

As for a website about campus construction, I wasn't able to track anything down. The university's homepage is a good source for any announcements about new construction and The Daily Universe occasionally has updates about various projects on campus. 

-Ms.O'Malley


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Question #81649 posted on 03/26/2015 9:38 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I know the Campus Drive Redesign project is on hold (and has been since the summer of 2014). I've been waiting very patiently for the additional information that the website says will be forthcoming, and still no word (after about a year and a half of waiting). Do any of you board writers with connections happen to know what in the world BYU is waiting for, and if they are still planning to complete this project?

Now that Phase I is already done, it makes no sense for BYU not to at least complete Phase III. There's no point in having a "road to nowhere" with a super slow, super old, and now useless traffic light (you know, the one over by Heritage Halls). Plus, those ugly concrete barriers simply can't remain by the law school indefinitely.

-Qwertyuiopas

A:

Dear Qwerty, 

I've waited patiently for an email back from someone at the redesign project but I have yet to hear back. If they get back to me, I'll post it in a comment!

-Ms.O'Malley


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Question #81710 posted on 03/26/2015 7:14 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Throughout the archives I've noticed that some writers gain fame and glory and legendary status, and others don't. Who, out of our current group, do you think will live on in 100 Hour Board folklore after retirement?

-The Inquisitor

A:

Dear Inquisitor,

I think this is a great and very valid question, but also kind of an awkward one. So I'm going to go ahead and announce that, for the first time in Board history, each one of the current writers will attain legendary status and their rightful throne in Elysium. And to me, that's kind of true. A majority of the current writers may not live on in the minds of most of the readership, but each will definitely live on in mine. There are many different tiers of glory, I guess, based on who remembers you and who doesn't, and no one is remembered by everyone. But at the very least, Anne, Certainly, Ardilla Feroz, Concorde, Curious Physics Minor, Divya, El-ahrairah (don't judge me), Haleakalā, Heidi Book, Inverse Insomniac, M.O.D.A.Q., Ms.O'Malley, Squirrel, Tally M., The Soulful Ginger, Tootles, Vienna, yayfulness, Yellow, and Zedability are each a legend to me.

And I'll definitely remember Owlet. You know, since we're getting married and all.

-El-ahrairah


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Question #81709 posted on 03/26/2015 3:38 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I was happily (read: mindlessly) clicking through the "I'm Board!" button this fine evening when I came across Board Question #57158. Have you seen the links on that question?

Also, M.O.D.A.Q., about Board Question #78965. It looks like someone actually did reach that point. That made me laugh.

-The Inquisitor

A:

Dear Inquisitor,

I actually have seen that! I was a reader when it happened. 

For those who don't know, in 2010 the Board was nearly entirely assimilated by the Borg. The story was recorded on this blog, and you can watch the Board's slow assimilation by reviewing the answers that posted in April 2010.

The writers involved ultimately escaped, but only barely. 

- Haleakalā


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Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Question #81708 posted on 03/25/2015 10:14 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

If you were to write a dystopian novel that would highlight/exaggerate a couple of flaws in today's society, what would you choose to include and why?

-The Colony

A:

Dear you,

I think it would be quite interesting to see a dystopia based around the idea of the paradox of intolerance: dystopias commonly involve major intolerance of certain behavior or beliefs; it'd be interesting to see that turned on its head.

~Anne, Certainly

A:

Dear War Doctor,

I think it would discuss gender differences in language. Not the difference between how men or women talk, but how men and women are referred to by all genders. I think the implications of revealing what we think through our language, whether consciously or not, is incredibly fascinating, but that's why I became a Ling major, I guess.

-Tally M.

A:

Dear colony,

Our love of the dystopian genre.

-->Captain Obvious Meta

A:

Dear Colony,

I'm going to go with our society's unhealthy obsession with media, electronics, and virtual interaction in place of face-to-face communication. Yes, it's something that's been touched on before in the dystopian genre, but I think there's a reason for that.

Hey everybody, get out and go do something!

-Vienna

A:

Dear Wade,

How politics and lawmaking are controlled by corporations. There's definitely something about corporations as people that could be worked into the story. Basically it would be the opposite message of any Ayn Rand novel.

-M.O.D.A.Q.


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