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Question #82314 posted on 04/25/2015 2:32 p.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I keep finding little wormy bugs all over my apt. In my bedroom. In my kitchen. They look like tiny brown worms. They don't bite. But every time I think I've seen the last of them (after a few weeks or a month or so), I find another one. I find them most frequently in folded blankets or clothing.

How do I get rid of these? I don't leave food out, and every time I see one of the bugs, I pick it up with a tissue and flush it down the toilet. I have wiped down all the surfaces in my bedroom and kitchen with bleach wipes. I have searched for a nest with no luck. It would be gross, but at least then I would know where they are coming from.

How do I get rid of these? Is there some chemical I can use to bomb the place and kill them all off? I want them to be gone.

-No more

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Dear no more,

I regret to inform you of your nascent tunnel worm infestation. You should probably move before they metamorphose into their next (very hungry) stage.

If I am mistaken about the tunnel worms, however—and I often am—I might add you're not the only one who has this problem. They might be some kind of carpet beetle, or maybe weevils that have gotten into some open flour or pasta somewhere. If your efforts to take them out aren't successful, consider asking exterminators in your area if they do free consultations and can offer a quote of how much it would cost to get rid of the creatures permanently. 

Suerte,

--Ardilla Feroz


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Posted on 04/25/2015 10:41 a.m. New Comment on: #82292 I'm planning on buying a 13in MacBook Pro within the next few weeks. I know a ...
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Question #82311 posted on 04/24/2015 9:56 p.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

The charging jack inside my computer keeps getting unplugged, because the jack isn't attached to the computer, just sits there. i'm planning on gluing it in, but first I need to know: Are there any types of glue that I shouldn't use inside my computer?

-Never calling Toshiba support again...

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Dear Unsatisfied Toshiba Customer,

Yes. If the glue is the type of glue that glues things, you shouldn't use it.

First of all, I'm not exactly sure what your question is saying. Are you talking about the jack inside the computer? Does it fall into the computer where you can't plug the charging cable in? If so, you absolutely should not glue it into place. The glue you use could damage the motherboard or other internal components of the computer.

Take your computer to someone who knows something about hardware to see what they recommend. I just can't give specific advice without seeing what you're talking about.

Good luck!

- Haleakalā


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Question #82308 posted on 04/24/2015 6:26 p.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Noooooo! Did Concorde retire again?! Man, I wish she would've put in a farewell note. Now The Board just won't be the same. :'(

-Modesto

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Dear Mouse-o,

Sadly, Concorde has in fact moved on to greater plans for world domination. Want to express your well-wishes? Email her at concorde@theboard.byu.edu. Seriously, email her. Right now. It's better than a thousand upvotes. Have you done it yet? Come on, really. Do it.

--Ardilla Feroz

P.S. If you didn't do it yet, dishonor. Dishonor on you, dishonor on your family, dishonor on your cow...ultimate dishonor

P.P.S. If you missed Concorde's fabulous exploration of Harry Potter without Harry, check out Board Question #81552. You'll be glad you did. 


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Question #82299 posted on 04/24/2015 4:37 p.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I did a little Internet searching and came up with this conclusion: if you're wearing a white shirt you'll want to wear a bra that's the closest color to your skin. I'm not really pale, so I wouldn't wear a white bra. I'd wear a nude one. So then when is it okay to wear a white bra if you're not pale without it showing through?

Yours Truly,
Eponine

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Dear Amy,

I've always worn a white bra...

-Tally M.

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Dear Eponine,

First of all, you can wear a white bra without showing through pretty much any time you can wear a colored bra without showing through. Also, if your shirt is slightly sheer, wearing a white tank top underneath is often enough to fix it.

If you're endowed, a white bra on top of garments is a lot less conspicuous than a nude bra on top of garments for the more opaque styles, like Carinessa or the cotton blends. DriSilque is still less noticeable with a nude bra though, since it's more see-through.

-Zedability


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Question #82305 posted on 04/24/2015 4:26 p.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

During a PRK procedure the doctor will put a contact lens in each eye that will be removed a week later. Do the lenses have a prescription or not?

-Dillon Sean Fallon

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Dear Dillo Jean,

For those who don't know, PRK stands for Photorefractive Keratectomy, an eye correction surgery similar to LASIK where basically the front of your cornea is evaporated treated and reshaped by mechanical means (followed by excimer lasers) to adjust your vision. As far as I understand, the contact lenses to which you refer act as a bandage, not prescription devices to focus your already vision-adjusted eye. According to this site:

After PRK is completed, the surgeon inserts a bandage contact lens to protect the cornea as the epithelial layer grows back over the next 3-4 days. This also helps decrease the discomfort experienced during this time, which is generally mild to moderate and can give the sensation that a foreign body is in the eye. Patients usually experience tearing, sensitivity to light, and a moderate amount of blurred vision which may prevent driving during the first 3 days. These phenomena are typically worst on the second and third days after the procedure, but improve greatly by the fourth and fifth days as the surface layer of the cornea grows back. During this time, chilled lubricating and medicated drops are prescribed to help to decrease discomfort, heal the cornea, and decrease the risk of scar formation and infection. The cornea heals from the edges towards the center, forming a “ridge” of epithelium across the pupil where the healing tissues meet. This ridge usually has formed by the fourth or fifth day, and it is safe to remove the bandage contact lens. The vision is much improved by this time, generally ranging between 20/30 and 20/50, depending on the magnitude of the corrective treatment done. As the ridge of epithelium smoothes out over the next 4-6 weeks, the vision will gradually improve. The correction is usually considered to be stable by 3-6 months after surgery, at which time an enhancement could be considered if necessary.

In other words, they stick that bad boy on yo' eyeballs so they don't go crazy and until they have proven themselves stable enough of going out in public without supervision. 

Eso no mas,

--Ardilla Feroz


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Question #82306 posted on 04/24/2015 4:26 p.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

What does your contact prescription need to be to be considered legally blind? -8?

-disability sticker for parking?

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Dear Reader,

We actually just answered this in Board Question #82269. As Heidi Book (and Integrating Editor) explain, the strength of your contact prescription doesn't matter, only your eyesight with it on. If the best your prescription can do doesn't bring your eyesight to 20/200, you're legally blind. If your prescription can allow you to read at least 20/200, then you're not legally blind no matter what your prescription is.

On an unrelated note, I'm about 90% your signature is a joke, but just in case: if you're legally blind, you should not be driving! There are laws against that, and you really just shouldn't. I hope this isn't something that's up for debate.

On the other hand, if this attitude is common in Provo it would help explain a lot of the driving that happens here.

- Haleakalā


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Question #82301 posted on 04/24/2015 10:26 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Growing up I remember hearing that sometime during the second coming time that the continents would go back together and return to Pangaea. My husband thinks that there is no doctrinal reference for this, and that it is just a Mormon Myth. Who is right? Is there any real evidence that this will happen according to the scriptures?

Thanks

Not a scripture expert

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Dear gondwana,

The tenth article of faith states:

We believe in the literal gathering of Israel and in the restoration of the Ten Tribes; that Zion (the New Jerusalem) will be built upon the American continent; that Christ will reign personally upon the earth; and, that the earth will be renewed and receive its paradisiacal glory.

While we don't know many specifics about what goes down during the Second Coming, the fact that an American continent remains afterwards suggests to me continents will remain separate. In other words:

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Suerte,

--Ardilla Feroz

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Dear is anyone really,

I'm not disagreeing with Ardilla or saying that this is the correct interpretation of the scripture, but the Doctrines of the Gospel Student Manual states, "the continents will be moved back together at the Savior’s coming," and references D&C 133:23-24, which says, "the islands shall become one land;...And the land of Jerusalem and the land of Zion shall be turned back into their own place, and the earth shall be like as it was in the days before it was divided." Please note that this manual is meant for an institute class, which isn't necessarily as doctrinally sound as the scriptures or a host of other Church publications. And maybe the scripture means something else. Or maybe they will reform—a lot of weird things can happen. I don't know, and I don't really care, except that that would make one awesome Ticket to Ride game. But, with both of our answers, the important thing is that you and your husband will be able to keep disagreeing on this for years to come.

-El-ahrairah


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Question #82300 posted on 04/24/2015 10:14 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

On average, how many questions are submitted daily, and how has this changed over the past 10 years? What is the ratio of questions to writers, and has it changed over time?

-Bored Board Addict, who searched the archives in vain

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Dear Addict,

Here's a chart showing the number of submissions per day for every day since January 1, 2004.  For several of the early years Katya was inputting archive submissions from the physical Board which would skew the data, but I've already excluded them from the data.

(Click to view a larger version.  Maybe someday we'll get around to integrating a lightbox to do that nicely for us.  We need software developers!)

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I can't give you a ratio of questions to writers.  We don't track when writers start and stop so I can't calculate any useful numbers, sorry.  I'll leave it to an editor to comment on how many current active writers there are.  The database tells me 21, but I know that's a misleading value as myself and Yellow are counted in that figure and there may be writers on sabbatical.

-Curious Physics Minor


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Question #82293 posted on 04/24/2015 9:14 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I am registering my mom, friend and I for women's conference this May and heard rumors that there is a BYU student discount.... Is this true?

Sincerely,

A frugal university student

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Dear student, 

From the Women's Conference F.A.Q. page

You will be able to register at a 20% discount beginning in February. The cost is $42 for the full conference or $32 for one day. The discount is only available to BYU ID cardholders, and you must provide your ID card number upon registration. You can bring multiple cards, but only the names on the cards will be put on the badges.

If you have any other questions, you can call BYU Continuing Education at (801)422-8925.  

-Ms.O'Malley


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Question #82275 posted on 04/24/2015 9:14 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board (especially people with kids),

When my friends have babies, I'm occasionally invited to visit at the hospital. I feel like I should bring a gift for the family, but I wonder what someone who just had a baby actually wants. Brownies? Baby socks? Sudoku?

Writers with children, having been there, what's your advice?

Intermountain

-My Name Here

A:

Dear Here, 

I consulted a family friend who recently had her SEVENTH child. Bless her. Here are her suggestions: 

  • ALWAYS CALL BEFORE YOU COME. The mom may be sleeping, breastfeeding, showering, or doing many other things that make it hard to entertain guests. 
  • DON'T BRING your children. Some hospitals already have rules about this, but just don't do it. Your kids can see the new baby later. 
  • DON'T BRING flowers. They're too hard to transport. 
  • DON'T stay longer than 20-30 minutes. 
  • Swaddle blankets and other small, squishable items than can go in a diaper bag will be fine for a newborn. 
  • Small snacks or goodies. Call and ask if the wife is having any cravings and see if you can pick something up. 
Just to echo Inverse, my friend was very clear that she would never expect someone to bring something for her or the baby. The hospital provides most of what new parents need so most things are unnecessary.
 
-Ms.O'Malley
 
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Dear Intramontagne,

I say don't bring anything. If you want to bring them a gift, bring it to the baby shower or take it to them like a month after the baby is born. When you're at the hospital, you don't want a whole lot of extra stuff going on, because there's already plenty on your plate. If you must bring a gift, bring a treat or something.

-Inverse Insomniac


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Question #82298 posted on 04/24/2015 8:02 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

When I was in sixth grade (1997) all the girls had crushes on JTT--Jonathan Taylor Thomas-- or Zac, from Hanson--despite looking like a girl. In seventh and eighth grade everyone had a favorite Backstreet Boy, but we all know Brian was the best, of course. When you were in sixth grade or so, which celebrities did all the girls or boys in your class have crushes on?

-Famous Fanny

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Dear Fanny,

Chad Michael Murray was the hottie when I was in 6th grade. However, when High School Musical came out a few years later, Zac Efron was the only boy all the girls cared about. The Jonas Brothers were also popular while I was in middle school so they would occasionally pop up. 

-Ms.O'Malley


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Question #82292 posted on 04/24/2015 8:02 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I'm planning on buying a 13in MacBook Pro within the next few weeks. I know a new one just came out and have been looking into it. I don't currently own a Mac so I'm new to this (I have an HP Pavillion-it sucks!!!!!!!!!! Hence why I'm crossing over). I feel like the now old version seems just fine. The only 2 differences that I feel actually matter to me (I don't understand the technical stuff so I'm sure that won't make a difference to me) are that the new one doesn't have a CD drive (stupid) and the new track pad thing. Simply because I think it's annoying and unecessary to have to get an external cd drive, I kind of might prefer the old one. However I'm thinking maybe I should just get the new, better, faster one since I'm spending a lot of money either way (however the old one would save me a few hundred).

SO, my questions are: which do you think I should get, the new or old? Is it worth it to spend the extra money for the new version? (I would get unused either way, not a used old one)Also, should I buy from Amazon (save a little $) or straight from Apple? (Like is there a warranty if I get it from Amazon?)

-PC hater

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Dear you,

You can get external DVD/CD drives for about $20-30 on Amazon, so the only reason you really need to worry about the CD drive is if you use it really frequently, and in places where having an extra attachment would be inconvenient. That being said, if you're getting an unused computer, the old one is still great and would save you money, like you said. Just don't get the A1278 model because the hard drive cable breaks ALL THE TIME and costs about $120 to repair each time.

If you get the computer on Amazon I believe it comes with the standard 90-days warranty or whatever, but you'd still have to bring it into an Apple Store to pay for "Apple Care," or the extended warranty.

So my advice would be to buy an unused, older model from Amazon (just NOT THE A1278 SERIOUSLY) and go to an Apple Store if you want to buy an extended warranty on it.

-Zedability


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Question #82289 posted on 04/24/2015 7:56 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

The apartment my spouse and I are moving into in a few months has really bad carpeting. I mean REALLY, REALLY stained, old, ripping industrial-style dark carpeting that has gotten significantly worse since we first toured it about 6 months ago. What are our options? Can we talk to the landlord about when they plan to replace the carpeting and if we can move that timeline up? (It'd be easier if we could get it done before we have to move in everything big.) We don't love the look of rugs on carpet or that overlapping-rug look, but are there other options for covering up gross carpeting if they don't want to replace it? Help!

-Where did that stain come from??

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Dear ??,

Yeah, I would definitely talk to your landlord. Be polite, but firm, and say something like, "We wanted to talk to you about a concern we had about the apartment. When we originally toured the apartment, the carpeting was in significantly better condition than it is now. We were wondering when you plan to replace the carpeting? It would probably be easiest for both of us if our stuff wasn't in the way when you did replace it."

If your landlord doesn't replace the carpeting, the Internet is just full of great ideas for disguising carpeting. Most of them have to do with cleaning it, putting down other rugs, creating a strong decorative vibe in the room to distract from the carpet, and things like that, but there are also a few DIY techniques to cover it up with laminate flooring. Just check with your landlord if you're going to do anything potentially permanent.

-Zedability 


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