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Question #79614 posted on 10/24/2014 9:38 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I just have to know. Is it offensive to tell a guy that his looks remind you of:

A) Ben Stiller
B) Nicolas Cage
C) Combination of both

-Shenell Ramer

A:

Dear Hot Chelle Rae,

Does the guy look like:

A) Ben Stiller
B) Nicolas Cage
C) Combination of both?

If the answer to any of these is "yes," then probably not. 
I think Stiller's a handsome guy. I'm not as partial to Cage, but hey, to each their own. 

--Armadillo Fuzz


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Question #79610 posted on 10/24/2014 9:38 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Why do the elevators in the ESC (and as of late in the LSB) smell so bad?

-Nosey Nathan

A:

Dear Cyrano de Bergerac,

Elevator-smelling is said to be one of my personal gifts. I suspected the smell was coming from the floor, but decided to heed social norms and sniff them only when everyone else had left the elevator. 
A couple quick sniffs confirmed it: It's the carpet, alright. To me, it has kind of a mild skunky aroma. As to why the carpet smells like this? Your guess is as good as mine, as long as we both guess invisible skunks. Oh, and one of the ESC elevators is apparently notorious for its invisible skunk infestation. 

On the off chance it is discovered the smell is not from invisible skunks, I shall be the first to let you know.

--Ardilla Feroz


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Question #79616 posted on 10/24/2014 7:08 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I haven't had a birthday party since I turned 12. I turn 17 in 2 weeks. Should I have a party?

-girl

A:

Dear meets world,

Birthdays are a rare excuse to celebrate and not do chores. I see no reason not to take that and run with it. What you should do is be friends with cool people who will take you to Red Robin on your birthday so that you can have delicious bottomless steak fries. In the absence of cool people, you should take yourself to Red Robin anyway. Happy birthday! May it be pleasant and not on a Tuesday.

-Inverse Insomniac

A:

Dear You,

Party? Maybe, I think that really depends on how you feel about parties in general. I would recommend celebrating though, particularly by going out and doing something super-special-awesome with good friends. Make it legend, wait-for-it, -dary!

Also, happy birthday!

Sincerely,
The Soulful Ginger  

A:

Dear Wade,

Birthdays are overrated.

-M.O.D.A.Q.

A:

Dear you,

I'm not a birthday person. Okay, yes, I have a birthday, but only against my better judgment, and I'd be content to let it pass every year without a reminder that I let another twelve months go by without accomplishing or changing much. I think parties are more trouble (and money) than they're worth, and if you've gone without a birthday since you were twelve, maybe you think so too. However, the answer to this question entirely depends on your own taste. If you want to, go for it! If you enjoy parties and want to celebrate, why not? In the end, you're really the only one who can decide which option will make you happy.

Yours, &c.

Heidi Book, who hasn't had a birthday party since she was twelve, either, and who is considerably older than you are.

A:

Dear girl,

I always throw myself birthday parties. Sometimes twice a year. Not really. Sort of.

So really, what happens is I love planning and celebrating nerdy things, but people don't like coming to my things. Like my Harry Potter party freshman year that maybe had five people in attendance. So, I use the opportunity of my birthday to have a themed party that people feel obligated to go to because, hey, it's her birthday so why don't we humor her. And I force them to participate in my fandom for a couple hours and it's great.

If you want to have a party but you don't want people to think it's weird that you're throwing yourself a birthday party, or you feel too "old" for a birthday celebration, you can always do what my roommate does. She is really into a particular country; one of her parents is from that country, she's taken BYU's language courses related to it, and she's been there for the past couple summers. So she makes it an annual thing to throw a country-themed party, and she cooks a bunch of ethnic food and invites everyone to come and have a cultural experience. This just happens to occur every year around her birthday, so for dessert she makes a themed cake or cupcakes, and we have her blow out some candles, but that's all we do birthday-related. No one feels pressured to bring a present and it's pretty low key. You could do a get-together for Halloween or Day of the Dead, but put a few birthday (or deathday!) elements in there too. Just make sure you say something casual like "no presents expected, just come for some great food and fun!" if people know it's your birthday.

I love parties and I'm all for it, but don't plan so much that you get stressed out or that you'll be disappointed if people don't come. Small parties can be great too, and from a financial perspective it can be an advantage to do something awesome with a few friends. For me, planning the thing can be even more fun than the thing itself, but it's up to you and what you enjoy. I think it's a great way to break up the monotony of every day life and get pumped for your next year.

-Owlet


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Question #79615 posted on 10/24/2014 6:50 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I have an odd question. Sam's Club is doing a big recall of baby wipes. I have kids and buy almost all my baby wipes from them. At first news of the recall, I brought back an almost-full box of wipes and got a refund. Over the next few days, I found some straggler packs. When I brought them back, I explained that I wasn't 100% sure if they came from the same pack I'd already returned or from another pack (like I said, I buy a lot of wipes). They gave me another refund (in a gift card) anyway. When I went to pay, I again explained that I wasn't sure about the origin of all the wipes, and double-checked that it was ok that I received the second refund, and when they said it was, I used it on my purchase and went home.

Now, though, I can't stop wondering if they were from the same pack and whether I was wrongfully refunded. I called them again and a third person told me I was fine. But...I keep worrying about it. Can I drop the worry, or is there something else I need to do? Aside from consider anxiety meds.

-Anxiety Girl

A:

Dear Anxiety, 

Did you purposely make two returns so that you could take advantage of the recall? Were you purposely deceitful so that you could get an extra $20? No? Then you're okay. 

-Ms.O'Malley


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Question #79601 posted on 10/24/2014 1:08 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Over the summer, I bought a large quantity of soft, fine blue yarn (about the color of the sidebar on this page). I was going to crochet a dress, but then I realized that I cannot gauge my stitches accurately to save my life, and the resulting lumpy dress bodice that I made might have fit a troll, but would certainly not fit me or any other humans that I know.

So, what should I do with the 4 1/2 balls of fine blue yarn I have left?

-Emiliana

A:

Dear Emiliana,

Crochet a baby blanket. While it's not particularly interesting, the simple pattern and repetitive stitches will help you learn to measure your stitches better.

Alternately, trade your fabric for food at the local trading post. Winter's rough out there on the plains, and a few pounds of flour can make the difference between life and death on the windswept prairies.  

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At least it wasn't dysentery. 

--Ardilla Feroz

A:

Dear Aunty Em,

Make a really really long scarf. I just finished a 6-foot long scarf on my hat loom and it is luxurious.

-Inverse Insomniac, the manly crafter

A:

Dear Em,

Here are some ideas, just off the top of my head:

  1. Wrap it in really tight coils around a tree trunk so that it looks like the tree is wearing a blue sweater
  2. Wrap it in really tight coils around someone's car as a practical joke, as long as werf isn't going to be late for something if werf can't get into werf's car
  3. Use it to make a wig and be Thing 1 for Halloween
  4. Use it to make a full-body suit and be Cookie Monster for Halloween
  5. Make 6000 little pom-poms and put them in your roommates' underwear drawers
  6. Rig it with a pulley system between the light switches and the couches in your apartment so that you can flip the switch from your chair
  7. Save it for December's inevitable white elephant gift exchanges
  8. (Idea 8 has been deleted to avoid potential conflicts with BYU custodial crews.)

Yours, &c.

Heidi Book


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Question #79613 posted on 10/24/2014 1:02 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

1) What you were most passionate about a year ago?
2) What are you most passionate about now?
3) Why is it different or why is it still the same?

Lone Ranger

A:

Dear TARDIS,

  1. I was the most passionate about getting over a break-up. It was an experience that I'm still learning from.
  2. My chosen career path, as well as finding what my passions are in life.
  3. It's different because it's been a year. I've moved on with my life, and I found things that I can really enjoy about life, even without a significant other.

-Tally M.

A:

Dear kemosabe,

1) Halloween or my then-fiancée (it's a toss-up).

2) Have I mentioned that I made a tiny person and he's coming next month? I think maybe I've mentioned it.

3) Just look at that face.

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-Inverse Insomniac

A:

Dear Wade,

1) Comic books
2) Comic books
3) Because I never really grew up

-M.O.D.A.Q.

A:

Dear Ranger,

1) Taking over the world.

2) Taking over the world and renaming it Concordia.

3) Why limit myself? 

-Concorde

A:

Dear Lone Ranger,

A year ago I was passionate about frantically trying to cut myself loose from the many things I'd committed myself to doing in order to hopefully be able to catch up on school and pull out of my academic nosedive. Alas, the plan was enacted too late and life for the rest of the semester does not elicit positive memories.

I'm still over-committed to things a year later, but this time I'm passionate about trying to keep my mental health good enough to hopefully avoid a repeat of last year. Bleargh. 

Why's it so similar? While I'd like to think I've changed radically upon the discovery of my little personal epiphanies, I think lasting character change is probably more gradual than I think it is. And that's OK.

--Ardilla Feroz 


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Thursday, October 23, 2014
Question #79611 posted on 10/23/2014 10:02 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I was reading a book in old english and at the end of a letter the person signed it as &c. What is this an abbreviation for? What does it mean?
Thanks!

-reader

A:

Dear Reader,

It used to be widely used as an abbreviation for signing one's name on a letter, particularly when the identity of the writer was already well established between the correspondents. 

Sincerely,
The Soulful Ginger 

A:

Dear reader,

It literally means "and the rest," from the Latin et cetera. "Et" means "and", so it is sometimes replaced with the ampersand symbol for "and," while "cetera" is abbreviated to a c.

Although I'm sure Heidi Book can tell us more.

-Owlet

A:

Dear reader,

As Owlet explained, &c. is an abbreviation for "et cetera," and as The Soulful Ginger indicated, it was once widely used when signing one's name. European monarchs were especially prolific users of such a signature; their titles were so long that writing them out would take all morning, For example, Tzar Nicolas II's full title was

"We, Nicholas the Second, by the grace of God, Emperor and Autocrat of all the Russias, of Moscow, Kiev, Vladimir, Novgorod, Tsar of Kazan, Tsar of Astrakhan, King of Poland, Tsar of Siberia, Tsar of Tauric Chersonesos, Tsar of Georgia, Lord of Pskov, and Grand Duke of Smolensk, Lithuania, Volhynia, Podolia, and Finland, Prince of Estonia, Livonia, Courland and Semigalia, Samogitia, Białystok, Karelia, Tver, Yugra, Perm, Vyatka, Bulgaria, and other territories; Lord and Grand Duke of Nizhny Novgorod, Chernigov; Ruler of Ryazan, Polotsk, Rostov, Yaroslavl, Beloozero, Udoria, Obdoria, Kondia, Vitebsk, Mstislav, and all northern territories; Ruler of Iveria, Kartalinia, and the Kabardinian lands and Armenian territories; hereditary Ruler and Lord of the Cherkess and Mountain Princes and others; Lord of Turkestan, Heir of Norway, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein, Stormarn, Dithmarschen, Oldenburg." [1]

The poor guy would've been lucky to remember half of the provinces over which he was lord, duke, or heir, let alone how to spell them or what order they came in. Plus, signing his name like that would have used up an extra roll of parchment each time. So instead, he often simply wrote, "We, Nicholas II, By the Grace of God, Emperor and Autocrat of All the Russias, King of Poland, Grand Duke of Finland, &c., &c., &c." [2]

Sometimes, although less commonly, the entire signature was replaced by &c. It wasn't used just in the Old English period, however - I first encountered it in high school when I began reading Romantic and Victorian novels like A Tale of Two Cities and Jane Eyre, where it is often used to extend lists or end letters.

Yours, &c.

Heidi Book

P.S. My signature comes from Pride and Prejudice, in which Jane often concludes her letters to Elizabeth with "Yours, &c." I assume that here the "&c." cuts down a phrase like "Sincerely yours, with much affection, and wishing you the best."  I don't have any evidence for that theory, though. 


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Question #79609 posted on 10/23/2014 7:14 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Is "Never Nude" a real psychological disorder?

-SEAN (everyone's friend, including Megan's, Scott's, etc.....)

A:

Dear Wade,

Kind of. Gymnophobia is really the fear of nudity but it's not exactly like the condition portrayed in Arrested Development.

-M.O.D.A.Q.


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Question #79607 posted on 10/23/2014 7:02 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Have you've ever blamed losing an item on "accidentally dropping it between the crack of an elevator door"? OR have you've ever actually dropped something important down it? Good stories?!

--Kool-Aid Man Smashing through a Brick Wall

P.S. Oh-yeaaaaah

A:

Dear Kool-Aid,

One time I had to deliver sandwiches to Beyoncé before a concert and I had to take an elevator to her dressing room. I had to sprint across the freeway to get to the place she was performing and as I got in the elevator I was gasping for breath and freaking out that I was about to meet Beyoncé so I dropped the receipt for her order on the floor, and then I tried to nudge it with my foot and ended up pushing it right through the crack between the floor and the elevator and that's the story of the time Beyoncé gave me a fifty for a twenty dollar order because I couldn't remember what the cost was and my hands were sweaty and I think I threw up a little. 

-Concorde

A:

Dear Wall,

I have a friend that dropped his phone down the crack of an elevator. That's the same friend that borrowed my Kindle and then lost it. Also the same friend that would wear a kilt to school every Friday and play the bagpipes during lunch. Also the friend that baked cream puffs with me for seminary.

Ah, high school. Good times.

-Owlet


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Question #79606 posted on 10/23/2014 6:56 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Is there a LDS church policy on men donating sperm to a sperm bank?

-Sage

A:

Dear Wade,

Yes. Marguerite St. Just addressed this in a previous question. From Official Handbook 2, "The Church strongly discourages the donation of sperm."

-M.O.D.A.Q.


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Question #79605 posted on 10/23/2014 6:50 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

So we believe in equality..... but.... where do the women who drive garbage trucks go to the bathroom during their work shifts? They can't just pull of their route and use a gas station's? Are they? Is there a procedure?

--Kool-Aid Man Smashing through a Brick Wall

P.S. Oh-yeaaaaah

A:

Dear Wall Smasher,

Gas stations have girl's bathrooms...

Sincerely,
The Soulful Ginger 


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Question #79604 posted on 10/23/2014 6:44 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Have you or anyone you know actually, truly spot a worm in your apple? I've never seen this, but it seems well known and depicted in images all over.

How does the worm get in the apple without leaving a hole? Or do they....

--Kool-Aid Man Smashing through a Brick Wall

P.S. Oh-yeaaaaah

A:

Dear man,

It used to be much more common than it is now. Worms will typically enter through the bottom of the apple, at the place where the bud used to be, so it might not be terribly noticeable. You never see this happen because you buy pesticide-treated apples at the grocery store. However, if you were to grow your own apples without treating the tree with pesticide, you'll get very familiar with the sight of worm-ridden apples.

-yayfulness


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Question #79602 posted on 10/23/2014 6:38 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Why can't I save Word Documents with colons :::::::::: in them? I mean, when I'm writing a paper on Judges 1:1-6 or Nephi 2:4, how do I indicate the colons? What is the reason for excluding the use of colons in naming a file in Word in the first place?! Shed any light?

-Fossilized Typewriter

A:

Dear Great Intelligence,

One of the main reasons you can't use some of the characters for naming files is because colons are used as part of the file path, and if there were colons where there weren't supposed to be, it'd mess the computer up.

I'd suggest using words, naming it something like "Judges 1 Verses 1 to 6" or something like that.

-Tally M.

A:

Dear Ft.,

Tally's explanation is correct. I'm going to give you a slightly incorrect analogy that will hopefully help you understand the problem better. Have you ever heard Abbott and Costello's "Who's On First" routine? Putting a colon in a file name messes with your computer's internal navigation system in exactly the same way that naming a baseball player "Who" or "What" messes with a fan's understanding. Rather than coming up with some convoluted way to get around that, your computer just bans players from being named "Who."

-yayfulness


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Question #79550 posted on 10/23/2014 3:44 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

So this is my whiny background/sob story:
I started byu as pre animation and got a 4.0 in all of my required pre-requisites. I had almost a 4.0 in my other classes and my portfolio was good enough to get me accepted to Cal Arts, RISD, and SCAD...but I still didn't get accepted as a full blown BYU animation student. Thankfully, I applied to some "backup" schools even though a good amount of them may be considered better than byu's program. I just really liked byu's tuition price and it's a respectable program. Also, Mormons are nice to be around. My sob story turns less "sobby" because I'm now studying at Cal Arts. Although I'm greatful, it still is kind of lame because it is WAY more expensive AND I feel like I wasted my money/time at byu since not all of the pre-requisites transferred. Also, it's kind of a blow to my trust in people to get rejected by the same people who were giving me A's. I guess the best grade you can get it still not good enough.

And these are my questions:
Why is the animation program at byu so difficult to get in to? Why are animation teachers giving out A's to students they don't want in the program? If so many get rejected, why doesn't byu expand the program? Is the admissions decision political? Do you have to be related to Brigham Young himself? Or sacrifice your firstborn to the head of the department?

-Rejected(ish)

A:

Dear you,

Some of my thoughts:

I sent your question to a friend in the animation major to get her thoughts. 

Regarding getting in, she made the following comments:

It's highly competitive, I had A's too when I was rejected [she has since been admitted.] It doesn't matter if you're good, you need to be in the top 25. that's really hard to do. A's don't mean you'll make it in.... In general, grade don't matter in the animation program. Some teachers have said getting bad grades in your other classes is worth it for your portfolio. So yeah, they don't care at all if he had a 4.0.

She also commented that very few people actually get in on their first application (she didn't.) She also commented on a holistic aspect of the application. She mentioned that after she actually spoke to faculty after her second rejection and late acceptance, and said that "They take more than your portfolio, they take into account you as a person, do you pull your own weight, will you keep on going when the senior film is almost done and everyone has given up, do you work well in a team..."

Political decisionmaking?

My friend rejected the idea that decisions are political. I certainly don't have the inside line on admissions in the animation department. However, I'm guessing that it's a combination of yes and no. There are probably certain situations where having the right connections helps you. To a certain extent, many things in life are about who you know; it can be an important or even crucial part of the holistic decision-making process. That being said, I do think it's only a part of the process. Holistic doesn't mean ignoring everything except the political. I'm guessing that the goal of the department is not to further internal politics, but to admit the students that they believe are best matched to succeed in the program.

Why not expand?

My friend commented that there's money to expand. I'll point out that although BYU may have a substantial budget, individual departments are going to be limited in what they can do. Furthermore, while it may sometimes be in the school's best interest to encourage expansion, there are other factors at work here than a large number of competitive or qualified applicants. For example, a larger program requires a larger number of professors. Apart from being expensive, this also presents recruiting difficulties. Getting high-quality professors for niche programs may not always be easy, and settling for lower-quality instructors may bring the whole program down. 

My thoughts:

It stinks to get rejected from things. However, it's important to remember that a) things like this are holistic. It's not just about whether you're good enough to do animation anywhere, it's about whether you have the particular qualities that any given institution is looking for. This may vary between institutions and lead to some people getting rejected at A and accepted at B and others getting accepted at B and rejected at A. This process can be somewhat subjective and can involve "matching" to an institutions particular desires and not just skill or qualifications measured more objectively.

Congratulations getting into your other programs and on finding ways to pursue your dream. Remember that rejections like this are not a reflection on your character or a judgment of your worth.

Good luck,

~Anne, Certainly


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Question #79600 posted on 10/23/2014 2:38 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

In doing Family History, I see the names of different places that my ancestors have lived in. Is there anywhere online I can go to see on a map of that time period where that spot is? And also what that spot is called now? What about a mapping tool so I can get a map that shows where that ancestor went?

-Family History adventurer

A:

Dear Cinnamon,

I'm not sure if this is exactly what you're looking for, but rootsmapper.com has at least some of the capabilities you mentioned. Definitely check it out.

I hope this helps.

-Marguerite St. Just


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Question #79597 posted on 10/23/2014 10:56 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

My dad just said, "You have to have mental issues to think Studio C is funny." I pretty much agree. I saw them perform at the Stadium of Fire this year. I told my mom that it seemed as if 5th graders wrote the scripts. She replied with, "No, more like 2nd graders." So...why do people like them? WHO likes them? Is it pretty much just "provolones"?...hopefully...

-Brenton, FBI wannabe

A:

Dear Brenton, 

I take serious issue with your dad's casual usage of mental issues as a method of measurement here, so just as an FYI, that kind of talk isn't cool. 

That being said, I do not like Studio C and I've worked on the set several times and know Matt Meese fairly well. I simply do not find them funny and I think that their humor is very basic and relies on childish elements, which is why I get a bit confused when college aged students find them funny. I understand children being big fans, considering the fact that Studio C is targeted towards children, but that's about it. I did watch a few episodes with Tally once, trying to see if I would like it, but I just didn't like it. I love Divine Comedy because it's unpolished and rough and I'm not distracted by fancy sets, props and costumes. Studio C is Divine Comedy stripped of those aspects. 

One of my current places of work is fairly involved with Meese and is often utilized by Studio C. When kids come to my place of work, I find that a large amount of children are familiar with the show and absolutely delighted by it and anything to do with it. I think it's good that children have access to clean comedy, but I think the fact that the actors are Mormon makes them seem more real and approachable to Mormon kids, which feeds the obsession. There's also the fact that Mormon culture is an echo chamber. We get ridiculous and weird about well known people within our religion and I have no idea why, but when I'm being my usual cranky self, I get irritated over it. 

-Concorde

A:

Dear Wade,

Setting aside my personal opinions on sketch comedy, Studio C's "clean comedy" reaches a niche demographic of young children as well as older members of society.

This really reminds me of the discussion between Jerry and George about Bania on Seinfeld.

George: So what, he's got a couple of good jokes.

Jerry: Like what, Ovaltine? Why do dogs drink out of the toilet? Shopping carts with one bad wheel?

George: That's true, that always happens to me.

Jerry: You think that's funny?

George: I don't know, I like stuff you don't have to think about too much.

Jerry: You like Bania's act. You're a closet Bania fan!

George: Maybe I am.

Jerry: Oh, I'm gonna puke.

George: Puke! That's a funny word. Puke. Puke! Don't have to think about that.

-M.O.D.A.Q.

A:

Dear Brenton,

Personally, I think Studio C is funny for what it is. It's just supposed to be goofy sketch comedy. In my opinion, we're exposed to too much media and as a result, we're desensitized. People can't just enjoy simple humor anymore—it has to be Colbert or Saturday Night Live or else it's just garbage. I will grant that I like probably only 50% of Studio C's sketches, but some of them are really funny.

-Inverse Insomniac, who lives in the echo chamber

A:

Dear Eleven,

I like Studio C. Mostly for the satire and parodies of current events.

I'm sorry you think I'm stupid.

-Tally M.

A:

Dear FBI,

I like Studio C because it's simple humor. I don't have to put thought into the jokes or sketches, they're just silly. 

-Ms.O'Malley


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Question #79570 posted on 10/23/2014 10:02 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I have always thought that following the teachings of the church were sufficient to make me a good person. Recently I have been reading a book about communication. This book seems to have a lot of ideas that would make me a better spouse that have never been taught to me in church. On my mission we were also taught how to better understand and overcome concerns that investigators had. This was not doctrine related, but more like something I think you would find in a sales seminar.

My question is what non LDS book, class, organization, group, etc. have you read, taken, joined, or belonged to that has helped you become a better person?

I am looking for suggestions that are in line with Our Very survival by Kevin R. Duncan. From his talk:

"This world is full of so many self-help books, so many self-proclaimed experts, so many theorists, educators, and philosophers who have advice and counsel to give on any and all subjects. With technology today, information on a myriad of subjects is available with the click of a keystroke. It is easy to get caught in the trap of looking to the “arm of flesh” for advice on everything from how to raise children to how to find happiness. While some information has merit, as members of the Church we have access to the source of pure truth, even God Himself. We would do well to search out answers to our problems and questions by investigating what the Lord has revealed through His prophets. With that same technology today, we have at our fingertips access to the words of the prophets on nearly any subject."

-Seeker of Wisdom

A:

Dear Doctor,

I've found that The People Code by Taylor Hartman has been beneficial in my life. It's not a panacea, certainly, but it's helped me to understand those around me better and to better interact with them. It's also helped me to better understand myself and figure out specific areas to improve on.

-Tally M.

A:

Dear Wade,

Read 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works - A True Story.

-M.O.D.A.Q.

A:

Dear Wisdom,

If you have the chance, you might like to skim The Five Languages of Love. There are obviously all kind of exceptions and considerations you need to take into account, but the realization that different people appreciate different things is super important. I also liked Malcolm Gladwell's book Blink because it helped me analyze the way I make choices.

-Owlet

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Dear congratulations, you found it,

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-Provider of Wisdom


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Question #79599 posted on 10/23/2014 6:32 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

During the Utah State game, one of the refs got caught up in a tackle and left the field injured. Did they continue the game being one ref down? Or do they, as a matter of practice and precaution, have substitute officials standing by in case someone gets hurt? Also, does anyone know how he is doing? I never heard any follow up on how badly he was injured.

Sad fan that just got home from the Nevada game

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Dear there are no happy pandas,

It's a matter of standard procedure to have a backup referee or two in a game to officiate in the uncommon but eventual cases when a referee is injured. While this is unfortunate, it does give backup referees a chance to do what they've trained to do for years and officiate a game.  

As for the ref from the Nevada game, I also don't know how he's doing. Considering the gobs of cash made in football, I would hope he receives adequate medical care. Ladies and gentleman, let's have a moment of silence for the man in the monochrome and pay it forward by not cussing out the ref at the next event we attend when he does his job and referees, particularly if we don't agree. 

Cheers!

 --Ardilla Feroz


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Question #79598 posted on 10/23/2014 2:26 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I'm feeling really down right now because I just went on an awesome date last night with a girl from my ward, but then tonight at a movie night I saw her holding hands with another guy. I think I've seen her do something like this before; I am shy and Super Prude so holding hands and other signs of physical affection are serious to me and imply a strong level of commitment, but apparently not for her. I think she's a great person but I'm not sure if I can get over this or pursue dating her any more.

We aren't seriously dating yet but I feel kind of "betrayed" because I am saving those gestures so that they'll actually MEAN something when I kiss my gf, hold her hand, etc. I understand that if I really want to date this girl I might have to meet her halfway by speaking her lingo, so to speak, but I'm not sure I'm willing to do that.

Advice?

-Cyrano

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Dear Nine,

Just because you feel the date went really well does not mean that she felt it went really well; I've been on both sides of the story. Additionally, the guy could've held her hand without her necessarily wanting it, she could have been interested primarily in him to begin with, or there's a number of other reasons for them holding hands.

Don't assume that she's not "saving" her gestures. Don't assume anything. If you're really interested in her, ask her out again, and then figure out if she's interested from there.

-Tally M.


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