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Posted on 10/19/2017 8:20 p.m. New Correction on: #90518 At what number of credits will BYU no longer let you change you major (or will ...
Question #90515 posted on 10/19/2017 8:14 p.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

How can I consolidate my music? On my computer, I've ended up with three copies in three different folders of some songs, through transferring between computers and downloading from Google Play backup.

I'm currently using iTunes on my computer, and that got rid of duplicates on the playlist, but now I have folders with no music and music from the same CD in three different folders.

Is there any way that I can have something search all of the files in my music folder, and put them into new folders based on one criteria?

-Zwerg Zwei

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Dear ZZ,

iTunes actually has a feature to do this. First, under Preferences, go to Advanced and make sure your iTunes media folder is where you want it. On that tab, you can press "Keep iTunes Media folder organized." It should then put everything into proper folders by artist and album.

If you have files outside of you iTunes media folder, iTunes can automatically move them to your media folder. The options to do that are under File > Library > Organize Library.

-Kirito


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Question #90512 posted on 10/19/2017 8:14 p.m.
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Dear co-cospirators,

I just got involved with an epic prank war, do you have any good pranks that I could pull?

-SecretSpyAgentOlga

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Dear Secret Agent Olga,

I love pranks! I don't know if you're in a prank war with your roommates, with another apartment of friends who you want to go full prank mode on, with an apartment of cute boys who you want to prank flirtily with, or what, so I'm just going to give you tons of different ideas, and you can choose the ones you think work best for your particular prank-ee.

  • Get a thick phonebook, cover it with beautiful frosting so it looks like a cake, and give it to them. 
  • If they have a detachable shower head, fill it to the brim with Kool Aid mix, then screw it back on. When they turn on the shower, Kool Aid will come out and they'll smell all tooty-fruity (or at least their bathroom will).
  • Put Kool Aid mix in the bristles of their toothbrush (I think blue is the least conspicuous color for this).
  • Turn all the furniture in their apartment upside down.
  • Buy a pack of Oreos, scrape out all the creme and replace it with white toothpaste, then give them the Oreos.
  • Seran wrap their car.
  • Seran wrap their front door so they can't leave the apartment.
  • Put peanut butter (or toothpaste, if they're allergic to peanuts) underneath their door handles, so they'll get peanut butter all over their hands when they open their car door.
  • Steal their mattress.
  • Put mashed potatoes at the foot of their bed between the sheets. If that seems too mean to you, put mashed potatoes in a ziplock or something, and put it in their pillowcase. They'll still feel the disgusting squish, but it won't be as messy.
  • TP absolutely everything inside their apartment.
  • Cover their entire car/bed/living area with post-it notes.
  • Hide scary pictures of Nicholas Cage (any of these would do nicely) all over their apartment in strategic places. For example, good hiding places for these are right above their pillow, in the microwave, in their underwear drawer, under the toilet lid, and inside their closed laptop.
  • Buy a creepy life sized doll and hang it in their closet (not like noose-around-its-neck hang, but just tied to something so it's upright when they open their closet).
  • Get on their computer, go to fakeupdate.net, pick the appropriate screen for an update on whatever style computer they have, and then hit F11 to fullscreen it. It will look like their computer is endlessly updating, and the only way to get out of it is to hit F11 again.

All of these are pranks that I have either been on the receiving end of, or have done/planned to do to someone else but never got around to actually doing, so I can vouch for their hilarity. Man, I miss prank wars. Married life is great and all, but it's just not as conducive to prank wars as not-married life.

-Alta

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Dear Not-So-Secret-Anymore-Agent,

Nothing can beat a good prank. Now I really want to start a prank war... Anyways, in general good pranks are creative, unexpected, and aren't terribly difficult to clean up. Here are a few ideas that I have found or came up with:

  • Grind up some Altoid mints and mix them into the salt salt shaker so that their food mysteriously tastes like mint.
  • Mix some essential oils in with their laundry soap so their clothes smell like cinnamon for a month.
  • Hide an alarm clock in their room and set it to go off in the middle of the night. Bonus points if you can have the alarm make quacking noises instead of beeping.
  • Go to the dollar store get some old decorations and decorate their room with Halloween decorations in April, or 4th of July in December.
  • Convince large groups of people to sing them happy birthday throughout the day when it's not their birthday. We did this to a friend 5 times in a single day and it was great.
  • Cover their apartment in hundreds of tiny rubber ducks.
  • Cut out some cardboard in the shape of their insoles, and slide it in under their insoles so that their shoes mysteriously don't quite fit.
  • Hire a mariachi band to follow them around.
  • After numerous pranks, bake them a nice cake and give it to them with a mischievous smile. They will tear the cake apart looking for a prank only to find none. They will rack their brains trying to figure out what you did but they'll never know.

I think these would be funny. Hopefully there are a few here that you'll like. Good luck with your prank war. May the odds be ever in your favor!

Peace,

Tipperary

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Dear Agent,

Here are just a couple of suggestions:

  • Give them cookies made with salt instead of sugar.
  • Put bang snaps under their toilet seat.
  • Hang a giant fake (or real if you were really terrible I guess... ) spider on their door, so it will drop in their face when they open the door.
  • Tilt all of the paintings/pictures on their walls so nothing is hanging straight (I suppose this only counts as a prank if the people are a bit OCD).
  • Put out a public advertisement somewhere that this person (or people) is giving away free puppies.
  • Give them a bag of Ghirardelli chocolates that's really just full-looking empty wrappers.

~Anathema


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Question #90475 posted on 10/19/2017 8:04 p.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Let's say you live in a town of 3,000 people. You are friends with about 300 people. What is the probability that you will meet someone you know in a random grouping of 30 of those 3,000 people?

this has nothing to do with living on an island btw

-☮man

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Dear Peace,

The solution for this problem is a simple one sample z-test for proportions. It tests the probability of getting a certain proportion in a certain sample size given a certain population proportion. In this case, our sample size is 29 (the other 29 people in the random group), the population proportion is 0.1 (300/3000), and the sample proportion is 0 (we're testing the probability of not knowing anyone in the random group).

If we plug in those numbers, z=-1.795. This translates to a p-value of 0.0363, meaning that there's a 3.63% chance that you won't know anyone in any random group of 29 other people and yourself.

-The Entomophagist

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Dear Peace Train,

It's a trick question because even if you only know 300 people all 3,000 know you and so when you go to the movie theater with your siblings and are at the concession stand the cashier asks for your name and then the guy next to you (who looks vaguely familiar) says "You don't know who he is?" to which the cashier responds "Well I mean I knew that he was one of the [Rubik] boys but I couldn't remember which one."

-Frère Rubik is from a town of 3,000 people, if that wasn't apparent.

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Dear Peaces and Cream,

Dunbar's Number might effect this scenario in an interesting way, though I'm not sure how yet. According to Dunbar, people can only sustain about 150 stable human relationships. Other research shows tribe/group number capacity being related to a species brain size.

I guess it just begs the question-- even if you "know" 300 people, how many would you recognize immediately, remember their name, let alone actually want to acknowledge that you know them. Out of 300 people it seems like even acquiantances would stand out, even if you couldnt remember their name. 

I'm just saying, if it were me, I would probably remember significantly less people and want to talk to even less people. My number would be pretty low.

Babalugats


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Question #90464 posted on 10/19/2017 8:02 p.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

How many people actually read the Board? And how many registered readers are there?

-Se7en

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Dear Cannibal,

According to Google Analytics, we have:

  • 1.1K daily users
  • 5.4K weekly users
  • 23K monthly users
  • And 8 users on the page while I'm writing this at 11:20 AM
  • Ooh, it just turned to 9 users on the page right now. This is fun!

There are 10,519 registered users but 368 of those accounts are either banned or were deleted by their owner.

I don't really want to go through the effort to find out how many of those people logged on within the last 30 days or anything like that so I'll just conclude that many visitors appear to not be registered with the Board.

You didn't ask for this but I thought it would be fun to know as well, there are currently 19 official Board Writers, 4 Probational Writers, and 3 Web Masters.

If you are one of those visitors, if you register you can ask questions and give answers that you like a thumbs up. And we all know that Green Thumbs are the life-blood of Writers for the Board.

-Spectre


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Posted on 10/19/2017 7:07 p.m. New Correction on: #90519 Any ideas for fun summer jobs for newlyweds? Preferably outdoors, good atmosphere, similar schedule to one ...
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Question #90519 posted on 10/18/2017 11:50 p.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Any ideas for fun summer jobs for newlyweds?
Preferably outdoors, good atmosphere, similar schedule to one another (working together would be neat), and maybe even in a cool place like Yosemite, or even abroad?
Doesn't need to pay well, looking for a good fun experience more than anything. I'm asking broadly, doesn't have to be specific positions with certain companies, though I'm open ears to that too if you have suggestions.
Or perhaps better asked, what has your experience been/any advice in regards to the subject?

-Charlie Weasley
I welcome reader input too!!

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Dear Charles,

One summer I worked as a counselor at a scout camp. There were a couple of newlyweds working at our camp and they loved it! It was fun, they got to be together a lot, and they didn't have to pay rent, buy food, cook, or clean! There are scout camps all over the country, as well as youth rehabilitation camps. I know a couple that worked at a rehab camp and they thoroughly enjoyed it as well. Good luck finding a good job together!

Peace,

Tipperary

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Dear Charlie,

You should work at Aspen Grove for the summer! If you haven't heard of it, it's a BYU-owned summer camp up Provo Canyon. They prefer to hire BYU students, so hopefully you fit that criteria, but I worked there for a summer and it was really a lot of fun.

I think it fits most of your criteria: you'll be at least partially outdoors, youll have a regular schedule, there is a good chance you could do the same job, and it's definitely a good atmosphere. Most of their summer staff are young BYU students, so in the evenings there is always something to do. Most of the campers are LDS as well, so they have a branch with church service on Sundays, even. Plus the drive to nearby cities like Provo isn't terribly long, so you still have options for outside entertainment as well.

You can find their website here to learn about Aspen Grove, and if you have any more specific employment questions, you're welcome to ask me!

Love,

Luciana


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Question #90518 posted on 10/18/2017 9:26 p.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

At what number of credits will BYU no longer let you change you major (or will at least make it very difficult)? And are you stuck with whatever number of credits you have? Like can you cancel AP credit?

-118 credits and still indecisive :(

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Dear future super senior,

Once you hit 75 credits, you can't easily switch your major, though you can get special permission to switch. I think it largely depends on how many classes you've taken in your desired major—before I hit the 75 credit mark I switched my major for a semester. My love of political science would not be repressed, however, so I ended up switching back with 80-something credits. It took a bit longer to process that request, but because I already had so many credits in political science they let me make the switch. 

Apparently you can't cancel AP credit (at least through BYU), but as you will have to process your change of major request with a (hopefully) rational and understanding human, I'm certain you could convince them to ignore your AP credits. Seeing as some freshmen come in with obscene amounts of AP credits, I highly doubt they'll be a stickler about it.

Best of luck!

-guppy of doom


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Question #90517 posted on 10/18/2017 3:20 p.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I know BYU looks at seminary participation when they are considering applicants for BYU admission. What exactly do they consider? For example, are they only looking for seminary graduation or do they look at the attendance percentage of all 4 years and all the grades earned? or perhaps something in between?

Thanks,
-Ann Owen

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Dear Annie O,

I asked the lovely people at the BYU admissions office how seminary participation is considered on the application. They said that they consider seminary graduation, attendance, and grades. They also said that you could explain in your application any extenuating circumstances you have that may have damaged your grades, attendance, or graduation status. Your seminary teacher will also have to submit a letter of recommendation, so be sure not to forget that! Seminary graduation and the letter of recommendation are the most important; so I wouldn't stress out too much about missing a few days, or not getting all A's in seminary. Good luck applying! Hope this helps!

Peace,

Tipperary


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