Look! Up in the sky! It’s Algolthedemonstar!

Her favorite food is cake and her favorite book is always the next good one. After discovering Answers in 2008, she’s been very active this past year. With over 26,000 contributions, this Floating Supervisor and recent AnswerThon winner is an Editor at Large in the WikiReviewers program and a Vandal Patrol Generalist. Allow me to introduce you to Answers contributor Algolthedemonstar, known to friends and family as Chris.

Q: Many of us here at Answers have stories behind our usernames. Is there anything special about yours?
A: I’ve always been interested in astronomy and it’s suitably anarchic.

Q: What can you tell us about your family pets?
A: In the family we have three dogs, a cat, a budgie, a bearded dragon and a tank of fish. The dogs are two young, boisterous labradors and a very old demented Yorkie.

Q: Where did you attend school, and do you hold any degrees?
A: My degree is in chemistry, I graduated from the University of Wales a long time ago. I then did a Postgraduate Certificate in Education.

Q: What were your influences in choosing your field of study?
A: Science is endlessly fascinating and never lets you down.

Q: What is your occupation, and what do you find most meaningful about your job?
A: I am a retired teacher of nearly 40 years’ experience. I chose education because I’m more interested in the ideas than the lab work, and I wanted to pass them on.

Wensleydale

Wensleydale, in Yorkshire, England

Q: From what part of the world are you hailing to us?
A: Liverpool, just down the road from Penny Lane.

Q: What life accomplishments are you proud of?
A: Surviving!

Q: Do you have a special motto or belief in life?
A: Science is not a subject, it’s a philosophy.

Q: Do you have any traveling experiences you’d like to share?
A: I’ve travelled widely in Britain and seen some fantastic places. I love Wales, Northumberland, Kent, Yorkshire and Shropshire, as well as my native
Lancashire. The most beautiful place I can think of is Wensleydale. Abroad, I’ve been to Paris, the west and south of France, Spain, Portugal, Budapest, Prague, Salzburg and Vienna. I also went to Jordan and Israel, but that was a very long time ago.

Q: Where is one place in the world you would love to visit and why?
A: Petra in Jordan. That famous description: ‘That rose red city half as old as time’

Q: What are your special interests, hobbies, or collections? What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
A: I’m a crochet addict though I also enjoy other needlecrafts such as needlepoint. I read mostly science fiction and fantasy but I also enjoy mysteries and occasional lighter novels. My TV interests are similar and also include medical dramas and some sitcoms. I don’t cook as much as I used to but still enjoy it if there’s no time pressure. I am completely lacking in the sporting gene and neither take part nor watch, a fact that limits my conversation in most company.

Q: Any other favorites you’d like to share with our readers?
A:
Band or Artist: Leonard Cohen
Television shows: Grey’s Anatomy, Criminal Minds, Forever, Star Trek in all its incarnations, Stargate SG1, Law and Order SVU, Critical, Mrs. Brown’s Boys, QI, Have I Got News For You, and Pointless.
Movies: Trading Places; just brilliantly funny. Groundhog Day; an allegory without being preachy. About Time; sad and glorious together. The Holiday; pure escapism.
Poet: James Elroy Flecker. He just transports me to wherever he wrote about.
Poem: The Secret People by G.K. Chesterton: so real after so much time.
Authors: Too many to count: Kathy Reichs, Alexander McCall Smith, Ben Aaronovitch, Sheri S. Tepper, Anne McCaffrey

Q: What accomplishments on Answers.com are you proud of and any goals you’d
like to achieve on the site?
A: Being part of Vandal Patrol and WikiReviewers. I intend to learn about writing articles.

Say hi to the girl with three names: Annora, Gabrielle or Mjkluio789

 

Q: What is your first name?
A: Annora, but some people also know me by my middle name which is Gabrielle.

Q: What is your Answers.com username?
A: mjkluio789

Q: Is there a special meaning for your username?
A: When I joined Answers.com, I was on my grandfather’s laptop. Since I wasn’t feeling very creative, I went with mjkluio789 as those keys were also used as 0123456789. It was a great decision since it’s very fun to type in!

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Grenoble, France

Q: From what part of the world are you coming to us?
A: I live in Canada. And no, we don’t say “aboot.” Sorry!

Q: Is there anything you feel sets you apart, something that makes you unique you’d like to mention?
A: I’ve been bilingual in French and English since I was young. English is technically my second language.

Q: Do you have a special motto, quote or belief you always keep in mind or live by?
A: “We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.” ― Anaïs Nin

Q: Do you have a favorite place you’ve visited?
A: One of my favourite places would be Grenoble, France. It’s such a beautiful place and you’ll always have a great view of the mountains.

Q: Where is one place in the world you would love to visit and why?
A: I really want to visit Scotland and it may or may not be because of Outlander.

Q: What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
A: When I’m home, I can usually be found reading or watching a documentary. I can also be found traveling during my breaks off school.

Q: What is the most daring thing you’ve ever done?
A: I ate foie gras, which is duck or goose liver. Let’s just say I won’t ever be doing that again!

Q: Do you have a favorite television show?
A: My favourites are Downton Abbey, Outlander and the Cosmos. I’m also in the middle of watching the Borgia, but some episodes can be hard to watch.

Q: What do you enjoy studying most in school?
A: I love history! I think it would be so cool to travel back in time and see how everyone lived back then.

Q: What is one quirky or interesting random fact about you that most people may not know?
A: I would love to teach in South Korea for a year or two.

Q: How did you discover Answers.com?
A: If I remember correctly, it was by random. I was bored and somehow landed on this site, so to pass the time, I made an account. Obviously, I don’t regret that moment one bit as I’m still an active member four years later.

Q: So, how long have you been a member of Answers?
A: Since 20 February 2011.

Q: What is your favorite thing to do on Answers.com?
A: I love organization even if it’s more of a behind the scene job. I like feeling that I’m getting questions to their proper category so they can be found and answered.

Q: What accomplishments on Answers.com are you proud of and are there any goals you’d like to achieve on the site?
A: I just passed the 50,000 Contributions mark this week! Most of it was organization, but I hope to answer more questions in the future.

Community Outreach Summer Run contest coming soon! Win an iPad Air!

Answers Community Outreach

presents

Summer Run 2015

SummerRun

Who wouldn’t love to have an iPad Air?!

The Answers Community Outreach program is offering you a chance to win an iPad Air, simply for greeting new contributors via their Answers message boards in a contest called Community Outreach Summer Run!

The Community Outreach Summer Run is a two month long contest, rewarding participants who greet the most new contributors, with a 1st place minimum of 1200 greets, during the months of June and July 2015, spreading community awareness while winning prizes at the same time!

Summer Run Prizes

1st Place Prize:
iPad Air
(totally awesome!)
CO or Answers tee (your choice!)
Summer Run 2015 1st Place badge

2nd Place Prize
Cozy Sherpa Blanket with Answers logo (soft!)
CO or Answers tee (your choice!)
Summer Run 2015 2nd Place Badge

3rd Place Prize
Answers Leather Portfolio (nice!)
CO or Answers tee (your choice!)
Summer Run 2015 3rd Place Badge

4th Place Prize
Answers Light-up Computer Mouse (cool!)
CO or Answers tee (your choice!)
Summer Run 2015 4th Place Badge

5th Place Prize
CO or Answers tee (your choice!)
Summer Run 2015 5th Place Badge

Runners Up
10 Extra Missions Credits
Summer Run 2015 Runner-Up Badge

  • Registration is easy!
  • To join Community Outreach, just contact Robin on her message board HERE and say,  

“I Want To Win An iPad!”

You will have a running list of new contributors to greet, and all you have to do is message them via their message boards on the Answers website.

Summer Run begins at midnight June 1st EST and ends at midnight July 28th EST.

Come join us, meet new people, make new friends, and have lots of fun for a chance to win fabulous prizes!!

Hope to see you in the Summer Run!

All participants must be at least 13 years old and will receive a Community Outreach Summer Run 2015 participation badge on their Answers profiles.

Introducing Cloie Anne, from the Philippines

Here at Answers, we all love getting to know the members of our community.  This week, let’s get to know Cloieanne_26!  A member of the Answers community since 2010, Cloie Anne is a 2014 top mission leader for our teen program, WIT.

Cloieanne

 

Q: What is your first name?
A: Cloie Anne

Q: What is your Answers.com username?
A: cloieanne_26

Q: What would you like to share about your education, and what influenced you in choosing your field(s) of study?
A: I am currently enrolled at a university taking up a bachelor degree in Biology. I am really interested in exploring nature and knowing the principles behind life.

Q: From what part of the world are you coming to us?
A: I’m from the Philippines. I grew up in the Province of Isabela.

Q: Who or what has been or is your main inspiration in life?
A: My family is my main inspiration in life.

Q: Do you have a special motto, belief in life or quote; something you always keep in mind or live by?
A: I always keep in mind that if other people can do things, then why can’t I? And whenever I feel afraid of failing and rejection of other people, I just try to remember that whatever happens, people will forget anyway.

Q: What are you most passionate about in your life?
A: I am most passionate about my field. I think I was never been so comfortable in something other than my field.

Q: What are your special interests, hobbies, or collections?
A: Besides biology, visual arts also interest me.

Q: Would you say the glass is half full or half empty? Why?
A: HALF EMPTY. I am a fan of pessimism. If always think negatively, I can work on improving the things that seems to be negative. Optimism can just boost my confidence up to the point that I couldn’t do things better anymore.

Q: What is your favorite book, and why is it special to you?
A: The Kite Runner. The book is very emotional and it really got me engaged. It shows the dark side of reality and at the same time, its bright side.

Q: How did you discover Answers.com?
A: It was a long time ago. I was still in high school and whenever there are homework questions that I couldn’t answer, I always searched it up in the internet. And that was when I encountered Answers.com

Q: What enticed you to join our community and what do you like best about the community?
A: I liked the idea that people around the globe can interact with other people while being driven by one goal. That’s why I joined. I would like to be a part of that community.

Q: If you were inviting someone to join Answers.com, what reason(s) would you give them to convince them they would love being a part of our community?
A:
(1) You can meet new people.
(2) You will appreciate the site more.
(3) You can learn.

The Lovely Life of Lindystar

She loves her Star Trek garden, has flowers with crazy names and had a unicorn on her wedding cake!  Read more to learn about the lovely life of Lindystar!

Lindy at the Dr. Who Museum

Q: What is your first name?
A: Lindalee. The priest refused to baptize me Linda Lee because there is no saint named Lee.

Q: What is your Answers.com username?
A: LindyStar. Most of my friends call me Lindy. And I love science fiction.

Q: What can you tell us about your family?
A: Everyone in our family starts with L. My husband is Larry, daughter Lorelei and her cats Lannister and Lear.

Q: Tell us about your cats!
A: Lear looks like a Seal Point Siamese. He has ADD and juggles knives. Lannister is his litter mate and looks like a Birman with white mittens and is very fluffy.

Q: What about your education; where did you attend school?
A: Bachelors from University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Masters in Education from University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. Masters in Library Science from Rosary College now called Dominican University.

Glendal

Glendalough

Q: What influenced you in choosing your field(s) of study?
A: When I went into my high school library on the second day of school, the clerk typist said, “You’re smart, You can be the librarian.” My school district is over 100 square miles and we did not have a professional librarian. And everyone knew everyone in the county.

Q: So, what is your occupation, and what do you find most meaningful about your job?
A: I am a retired librarian, storyteller and computer teacher. I love reading and stories. I also like computers.

Q: Where are you from, where did you grow up?
A: I was born in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. When I was a young child, Sputnik IV crash landed on 8th street in Manitowoc. I moved to Mishicot, Wisconsin which has about 1400 people.

Q: What life accomplishments are you proud of?
A: I wrote a pamphlet for Paramount on Star Trek young adult novels. I am also proud of my Star Trek garden with 21 Star Trek daylilies, 2 Star Trek iris, and 10

Lindy at the Irish Botanical Gardens

Lindy at the Irish Botanical Gardens

Star Trek hosta. So I have Spock’s Ears daylily, Klingon Princess iris. and Captain Kirk hosta.

Q: Who or what has been or is your inspiration in life?
A: My husband is my inspiration.

Q: Is there anything you feel sets you apart, something that makes you unique you’d like to mention?
A: I love flowers with crazy names such as A Moose Fishing On A Pond On Monday; I Have Issues; A Tick Kissing A Moose on a Wednesday and Rama Lama Ding Dong.

Q: Do you have a special motto, belief in life or quote; something you always keep in mind or live by?
A: Excelsior!

Q: What are your passions in life?
A: I am most passionate about my husband but after him, it would be my garden. I especially love my daylilies.

Q: Do you have any traveling experiences you’d like to share?
A: Last year my husband and I spent a month in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland. We were in Ireland and Scotland in 2007 for 2 weeks. We honeymooned in Australia in 1985. Most of our trips have been scheduled around going to the World Science Fiction Convention which is in a different city every year. But these days we are more into touring gardens.

Lindy at the Giants Causeway

Q: Is there any place you’d love to visit, but haven’t yet?
A: A dream trip would be to New Zealand on a Lord of the Rings/Hobbit tour.

Q: Is there a place that’s special to you and why?
A: A special place would be Egg Clectic which is our favorite breakfast place. The servers all know us and bring our raspberry ice tea as soon as they see us come in the door. They save their coffee grounds and egg shells for my garden.

Q: What are your special interests, hobbies, or collections?
A: Special interests include my water aerobics class, gardening, butterfly monitoring, and crocheting. We have a lot of science fiction art and very special one of a kind knick knacks. Our Christmas tree is all unicorn ornaments. I made Larry a unicorn quilt in 1984. We had a glass blower make us a wedding cake topper with a unicorn. And we commissioned a unicorn, tiger and daffodil wood bed.

Lindy with Hugh O’Donnell

Q: What about special talents? Anything you are especially good at?
A: My special talent is storytelling. I love Irish legends and often tell them to children or church groups.

Q: If you had three wishes to come true, what would they be?
A: Three wishes, basically if we could have world peace, who needs any more wishes.

Q: What is the most daring thing you’ve ever done?
A: The most daring and crazy thing I have ever done is to answer a personal ad. My husband put an ad for “Looking for a lady to help me find the last unicorn” in a magazine in 1983. A friend of a friend saw the ad in Madison and knew I wore a pair of unicorn earrings. So both of them forced me to write a response. My now husband replied with a unicorn bookmark and a computer graphic of a unicorn that he drew on his Atari computer. We corresponded for a while and finally had our first date at what is now Bristol Faire. And that year they did have a unicorn (yes it was a surgically altered goat.) We loved the costumes and the jousting. By January 1984, I moved in with him and we have been together ever since.

Q: Are you a glass half full or half empty kind of gal?
A: My glass is half full, I am an optimist.

Lindy, Winner of the Limerick ContestQ: What is your favorite kind of music and do you have a favorite song?
A: I like old fashioned rock n roll. Beatles, or Dan Fogelberg. I think the song Longer by Fogelberg says how I feel about Larry.

What are some of your other favorites:
A:
Television. Well I am in mourning over Stephen Colbert’s Colbert Report. But my husband teases me about all the autopsy shows I watch like Bones, Forever, Castle, etc. And my Saturday morning garden shows like Midwest Gardening, Garden Smart and P. Allen Smith.

Movie. I love animation so all the Despicable Me / Minion movies make me laugh.

Poet. My favorite poet is Ogden Nash. But when I am serious, I love the poem Abou Ben Adam. It has great philosophy.

Book. How dare you limit me to just one! We have over 5000 books and about 2500 are autographed. My husband got me Marion Zimmer Bradley‘s Mists of Avalon and that was the first time he wrote I love you.

Subject in School. I love history and social studies. I graduated second in my class because a friend of mine could get 100 or 99 percent in Advanced Algebra, Trigonometry and Calculus. I was only one tenth of a point behind her in my overall average.

Foods. My favorite is spareribs and sauerkraut.

Q: How did you discover Answers?
A: I discovered Answers accidentally in 2009 but really didn’t do much because I was answering at Yahoo Answers. But I hated seeing all the people posting

Lindy, At a Castle in Wales

Lindy, At a Castle in Wales

illegal copies of books and movies. I think Answers is better because they care about the right answer and not the most popular answer.

Q: What do you enjoy doing on Answers most?
A: I like editing the best and I always try to answer a question when I remove a stupid or mean answer that someone posted. I think if you have a hobby, answering questions about that hobby on Answers is a fun thing to do, especially gardening because I can’t garden in winter. I have been searching questions on my favorite flowers and answering old questions or editing poor responses.

Q: And last, but certainly not least, tell us about one quirky or interesting random fact about you that most people may not know?
A: I was born November 9, 1952. I don’t mind saying my age because my father told me that on my birthday I could get one kiss per year from whoever I asked. So it gets better every year.

The May Marathon Expert AnswerThon is just around the corner!

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Answers presents the May Marathon EXPERT AnswerThon!  Sign up today!

May 14th – 17th, 2015

What is the Expert AnswerThon?
The May Marathon Expert AnswerThon is a 4-day Answers contest for EXPERTS ONLY!

This Expert AnswerThon rewards Expert users who answer the most questions in a 4-day period. During the AnswerThon, Experts answer as many questions as they can, simultaneously spreading knowledge and winning prizes!

Only answers that are posted by approved Experts in the Expert box within this timeframe and in accordance with the contest rules will be counted as part of the contest. Be sure to read the rules before you begin. And of course, bots are not eligible.

Who can participate?
All users who are registered as Experts! Expert users must officially register for the AnswerThon contest.

Why should I become an Expert?
As an Expert:
Your answer is given priority, and appears at the top of the page above other answers.
Your tagline appears on every answer – everyone will know what you’ve accomplished!
Your answers can’t be edited by anyone but you.
There are perks, such as this Experts ONLY AnswerThon!

What is an Expert?
An Expert is a user who:
Has uploaded an approved profile photo
Has an approved tagline
Has a real name
Has declared himself/herself an Expert at least one (1) category
Has included an Expert statement in above stated category(ies)

How do I become an Expert so that I can participate?
1. Sign in, and go to your profile page.  Under the Settings tab:
a. Upload a photo of yourself.
b. Write your first and last name in the “Name” field.
c. Write a tagline – Include your experience, education, and interests!
d. Save changes!
2. Under the Following tab:
a. Click “Edit”, and choose category(ies) in which you’re an Expert.
b. Click “Next”, and choose click “Expert” for those category(ies) in which you’re an Expert.
c. Write a short statement about why you’re an Expert in that category (years experience? certification? etc.)

What Are The Prizes?
Over $2,000 in prizes will be awarded to AnswerThon winners, including 5 lucky RANDOM participants!

One 1st place winner
The top Expert user who gives 1200+ answers will win an Apple iPad Air

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The top 3 Expert users who give 1000+ answers will win a $200 Amazon eGift card

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The top 10 Expert users who give 500+ answers will win a $100 Amazon eGift card

Ten 4th place winners
The top 10 Expert users who give 100+ answers will win a $25 Amazon eGift card

100+ winners
EVERY Expert user who gives 100+ answers will win an exclusive Answers Expert t-shirt!

Five random registrants
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All winners receive profile “AnswerThon Winner” badges!

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Have you met Elyse2155?

Meet Elyse2155 Answers Category Supervisor, Copy Editor WikiReviewer, Community Outreach WikiGuide, and WIT Explorer! She claims to be a music  Mia and Cari
sponge, a Disney addict and loves reading and gaming. Let’s see what else Elyse2155, known to some as Cari, has to say!

Q: What is your Answers.com username and does it have a special meaning?
A: Elyse2155. Elyse is my middle name.

Q: What can you tell us about your family life?
A: My dad’s family is Dutch.

Q: Do you have any special pet stories?
A: Tilly, my dog, used to help me practice for hockey. When I hit the ball, she would chase it and hit it back with her paw. Jazz, my cat, likes riding on the rocking horse my dad made for my sister.

Q: Is there anything you’d like to share about your education?
A: I’ve attended an all girls school since kindergarten.

Q: Where did you grow up?
A: I grew up in Sydney.

Q: What life accomplishments are you proud of?
A: Becoming a leader of SPOT (A team of students from many schools that come to my school to use the telescope donated by Oxford to assist in its research of SS 433, which is a micro quasar in our galaxy.) And performing a monologue in front of 500 people for a drama showcase (I get really bad stage fright so it was kinda scary for me.)

Q: Who is your inspiration in life?
A: My boyfriend, since he always inspires me to try harder and take up opportunities like SPOT that I’m normally to scared to take.

Q: Is there anything you feel sets you apart, something that makes you unique?
A: I used to breed guinea pigs, which not many people do. Also I have a very quirky personality.

Q: What is a special motto or belief in life you always keep in mind?
A: “Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!” By Dr Seuss

Q: Do you have any traveling experiences to share?
A: Once I signed up for a service learning trip to Bali to help at some orphanages over there. When I got to the airport, though, we found out my passport would fall under the 6 month minimum needed while I was over there. So I had to stay behind while all my friends flew over, and get an emergency passport and fly over to Bali by myself the next night.

Q: Where is one place in the world you would love to visit and why?
A: England, because I’ve never been to a European country and they speak English.

Q: Do you have any special interests, hobbies, or collections?
A:  I like collecting pop vinyls characters. And I’m interested in Astronomy and History.

Q: Do you have any special talents?
A: I can dislocate my thumbs (doesn’t hurt).

Q: If you had three wishes, what would you wish for?
A: The ability to heal people, the power to fly, and world peace.

Q: If you could be any animal, what would you be and why?
A: Probably a penguin because they can swim around and I like the cold.

Q: Do you have a favorite band or artist? What is your favorite song?
A: Band, The Script or Ed Sheeran. Song, Breakeven by The Script because I can relate to it.

Q: What do you enjoy watching on television?
A: Gotham, Game of Thrones, Criminal Minds, Dexter. The list goes on and  just because they are really good to watch.

Q: You enjoy reading. Do you have a favorite author? Book?
A: Amanda Hocking, because I fell in love with a trilogy of hers that I read and reread 3 times in 2 months – The Tryelle Trilogy.

Q: How long have you been a contributor and how did you discover Answers?
A: A couple years, using it to help with my homework.

Q: What enticed you to join our community and what do you like best about the community?
A: It’s really cool meeting experts in things you’re interested in and that you can have discussions with.

Q: What is your favorite thing to do on Answers?
A: Fix grammar mistakes and answer questions about teen dating.

Q: And last, but certainly not least, what is one quirky or interesting random fact about you that most people may not know?
A: I once owned a goldfish that ate other goldfish.