Violaman0910 is Music to Our Wiki Ears

WikiAnswers contributors tend to be enigmatic creatures – intelligent, passionate and driven on the surface, complex, multifaceted and extremely adroit behind the wiki exterior. The typical contributor is well-versed on one or more topics, has extreme writing skills and a handful of hobbies that are both mainstream and atypical. This week’s Featured Contributor is no exception. In fact, he can go from playing the viola in a soft, yet masterful manner to shooting up some bad guys in an intense online role-playing battle. Introducing Violaman0910…music to our wiki ears:

What is your WikiAnswers user name and the history behind it?

My user name Violaman0910 has been around since I was about 12. It was my first e-mail address, and it’s always kind of stuck with me. The user name Violaman refers to the fact that I’m a musician who plays the stringed instrument the viola. My birthday is September 10th, which is the reason for the 0910.

What is your first name?

David

What is your age?

I am 26 years old.

Would you care to tell us a bit about your family?

I live with my wife Lara. My mom dedicated her life to educating myself, my younger sister, Katie, and brother, Jonathan. My father and I have been very close my entire life. He’s been a great role model and hero of mine.

Do you have any pets?

When I married Lara I adopted her cat, Anestasia, a Siberian. (She’s a bundle of mischief!)

Where do you live, how long have you lived there and why do you like the area?

I live in Joliet, Illinois. We have been living in the area since we got married in January of 2009. The area is great because it’s close to both sets of parents, and we both love the city of Chicago, which is only a half-hour drive away. Chicago, as everyone knows, is a great town for food, entertainment, music and much more.

Where did you grow up and do you have any special memories of your childhood?

I grew up in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, a western suburb of Chicago. I have many fond memories of playing catch with my father, having cookouts and spending time with our big extended family (also in the area) on holidays and birthdays.

What educational information would you like to share?

I was homeschooled for the entirety of my 1-12 grades. I spent some time at Glenbard East High School in the Choir and chamber singers ensembles and orchestra. I went on to Wheaton College in Illinois, where I am currently only 6 credits shy of a Bachelors of Music Performance on Viola. I am currently withdrawn due to financial issues.

What are some of your past and/or present occupations?

I am currently a Security Officer, which pays the bills. I have been a private violin and viola teacher for the past 10 years, but currently have no students. My freshman year at Wheaton I was a paid intern as a Worship and Arts Assistant Director at Christ Community Church where I organized music for worship services, conducted the rehearsals of the praise team and led Sunday worship.

What is your key area of knowledge, interests or expertise?

I know a thing or two about science and astronomy, as well as philosophy and theology (and very random trivia). My education is in music, but I also love writing. I also have an intense curiosity of the world around me which leads me to love researching whatever piques my interest at the time.

Do you have any collections or hobbies?

My hobby would have to be video games. I have an unhealthy obsession with them. There’s something very satisfying about being able to virtually blow up your best friend with a bazooka and then have lunch with him afterward.

What do you like to do for recreation?

I love bike riding and swimming. My wife and I both love to curl up on the couch to a good movie or to sit at the table and play a good board game. That’s usually how we spend our evenings.

What are a few random facts about yourself?

I was held back from kindergarten because I was born in September. I play about 7 instruments, most of them have strings. I’ve been able to read music since I was 7. I have a red birthmark below my lower lip that people always ask me about. I’m right handed. I’m always doing something.

Do you have any special talents you’d like to share?

On top of being a musician, I also like to act and am in an Improv troupe.

What accomplishments are you proud of?

I’m proud of being a Wheaton College student, and of being in the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra back in high school. (In the CYSO we were given the opportunity to perform at Chicago’s Orchestra Hall, which was a real honor.)

What are your special goals or dreams?

My dream has always been to serve God through music. I am shooting for a position in music ministry at a few churches right now. My long-term goals are to raise a family and enjoy life.

How would you describe yourself or personality?

I would describe myself as passionate and opinionated about a great many things, but also kind, generous and understanding of others.

What brought you to WikiAnswers?

I discovered WikiAnswers through some online Google research I was doing, and asked a few questions. I believe I got blocked once for asking too many questions in the same vain, which forced me to create an account (which then educated me of my mistake). I have since learned a lot about how WikiAnswers works.

What keeps you coming back to WikiAnswers?

I love researching questions that pique my interest – which is what has kept me answering questions on WikiAnswers. If I don’t know the answer to a particularly intriguing question, I look it up and share my new-found knowledge. (I have learned to cite my sources, though!)

What is your favorite WikiAnswers activity?

As a Supervisor, I love catching vandals and cleaning up after them. I tend to float from topic to topic looking for abuses of the site and correcting them, answering the question with accurate information and deleting any foul language or bullying, then warning or blocking the vandal (where appropriate). I also enjoy splitting questions that don’t match up and merging questions that do – though I have found that merging tends to be more tedious work.

Answers.com 2009 Year in Review.

Break out the bubbly – it’s that time of year again.

It’s time to celebrate turning one year older and one year wiser (er, well, at least one year older). Let’s take some time to sit back and reflect on some of the most inspiring, outrageous, unfortunate and touching stories of 2009 through the eyes of Answers.com’s most curious contributors.

History was made as the first African American president of the United States was inaugurated into office. A record number of people watched President Barack Obama’s moment in person, as well as from their TV sets and computers around the world. But wouldn’t it have been even better to have been a fly on the White House wall that day? On second thought, maybe not

Speaking of TV, the commercials of the year go to:

  1. Corona, for casting a mysterious hot babe in their beach-front ad…
  2. Geico, for vocals, animation and ingenuity
  3. HTC, for getting us pumped with song

…combine ‘em all and you have a jamming pothole in a white bikini!

If you’re not on Facebook, that means two things. First of all, you are a freak of nature. Second, you missed playing the top three hottest apps on the site: Mafia Wars, YoVille and Farmville. Lucky for you, the WikiAnswers community can answer that question you’ve been dying to know: How do you get the purple sheep in Farmville?

While on the topic of animals, it would be wise to note that our little oinker friend, however cute and tasty, is being held responsible for one of the worst virus scares in history. When the World Health Organization raised the warning level for H1N1 to a shocking level 6 (global pandemic), everyone wanted to know how to avoid the Swine Flu.

Although sickness is avoidable, death, unfortunately, is not. This year saw many fallen stars, such as: gossip columnist James Brady, Charlie’s Angel Farrah Fawcett, Dirty Dancer Patrick Swayze, U.S. Senate powerhouse Ted Kennedy, ‘most trusted man’ Walter Cronkite, all-around actress Natasha Richardson, ‘philosopher of adolescence’ John Hughes and globally-recognized pop music legend Michael Jackson. RIP.

Those stars passed away, while other stars killed their own reputations. Kanye West ripped the mic out of Taylor Swift’s hands faster than Chris Brown could throw a punch at Rihanna. ‘Jon and Kate Plus Eight’ was renamed ‘Kate Plus Eight’ after Jon supposedly strayed from his wife. Tiger Woods was also outed as an 18-hole ‘Cheetah.’

But fret not! Many other rising celebrities have proven their worth to the public in 2009. Underdog Susan Boyle was, at one point this year, the most YouTubed person in the world. She ‘dreamed a dream’ – and so did Justin Bieber, a 15-year-old singing prodigy who became famous after posting his work online.

Another irresistible YouTube sensation included the ‘Forever’ wedding dance.

The Yankees also performed well this year and won the World Series for the 27th time. Baseball was a great distraction from the economic recession, which started with the crash of the stock market in 2008 and led to a global scare – and stimulus plan – in 2009.

Almost as scary was your grandma trying to figure out the conversion box for the TV to HDTV switch.

Why not just ask for the directions on Twitter? Any computer-literate person knows that information is just a twitter – I mean, a tweet – away.

Tweeting was one of the ways many learned about Captain ‘Sully’ Sullenburger’s safe landing of US Airways Flight 1549 into the Hudson River, after both engines had been struck by birds. He even sparked a new phrase… Way to ‘land it in the Hudson,’ Sully!

What would Oprah have to say about all this? You have about one more year to ask. To the disappointment of millions, she announces this year is the last season of her show.

Avatar posterWipe those tears from your eyes and put on some 3D glasses. It’s time to go see Avatar! The 500 million dollar blockbuster is making history as the most expensive movie ever made. If the storyline of Avatar is a predecessor for the future, I’m all smiles. Who wouldn’t want to welcome in the New Year with an aesthetically-proportioned blue giant trying to save the universe?

Happy New Year, everyone! We hope 2010 proves to be another year of getting your questions answered… on Answers.com, of course.

Mike 2: Summing Up the Answers Summit

We welcome Mike 2 back again to write about the Answers Summit.  As you can gather below, a great time was had by all!

[If you would like your original poetry profiled on this blog, please e-mail it to poetry @ wikianswers.com (no spaces) and include your WikiAnswers username!]

The Answers Summit, by Mike 2

The Answers Summit was just brill
To come from England was such a thrill

Pirates and Ninjas were out in force
Wikiholics are we, it was par for the course

Likeminded people who care for the site
The Georgia Aquarium was a brilliant night

Bruce took the mike, he sang Mack the Knife
Better singing I’ve never heard in my life

To get to the Summit, it was such a pleasure
Meeting my friends is something I’ll treasure

Mike 2: The 12 Wiki Days of Christmas

As promised, here’s the second of Mike 2’s trio of poems this holiday. This is his own “wiki” take on an old standby…

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The 12 Wiki Days of Christmas, by Mike 2

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me
A question from the wiki category

On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me
Two trust points and a question from the wiki category

On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me
Three new answers, two trust points and a question from the wiki category

On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me
Four new supervisors, three new answers, two trust points
And a question from the wiki category

On the fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me
Five new users, four new supervisors, three new answers,
Two trust points and a question from the wiki category

On the sixth day of Christmas my true love gave to me
Six questions to merge, five new users, four new supervisors,
Three new answers, two trust points
And a question from the wiki category

On the seventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me
Seven premier answerers, six questions to merge, five new users,
Four new supervisors, three new answers, two trust points
And a question from the wiki category

On the eighth day of Christmas my true love gave to me
Eight questions to split, seven premier answerers, six questions to merge,
Five new users, four new supervisors, three new answers,
Two trust points and a question from the wiki category

On the ninth day of Christmas my true love gave to me
Nine SPAs, eight questions to split, seven premier answerers,
Six questions to merge, five new users, four new supervisors,
Three new answers, two trust points
And a question from the wiki category

On the tenth day of Christmas my true love gave to me
Ten updated answers, nine SPAs, eight questions to split,
Seven premier answerers, six questions to merge, five new users,
Four new supervisors, three new answers, two trust points
And a question from the wiki category

On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me
Eleven brand new mentors, ten updated answers, nine SPAs,
Eight questions to split, seven premier answerers, six questions to merge,
Five new users, four new supervisors, three new answers,
Two trust points and a question from the wiki category

On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me
Twelve vandals to block, eleven brand new mentors, ten updated answers,
Nine SPAs, eight questions to split, seven premier answerers,
Six questions to merge, five new users, four new supervisors,
Three new answers, two trust points

And a question from the wiki category!

Mike 2: Happy Holidays

Mike 2’s last poem brought such a smile to our faces we’re having him back for an encore performance these next three days.  The first poem of this special Poetry Cafe trifecta celebrates the holidays this time of year.

[If you would like your original poetry profiled on this blog, please e-mail it to poetry @ wikianswers.com (no spaces) and include your WikiAnswers username!]

Happy Holidays, by Mike 2

Holidays they come and go
But seem much better with some snow

Rain or shine, snow or hail
Santa’s on the present giving trail

Snow is better for Santa’s sleigh
So much easier for him to get away

He needs the speed to deliver the toys
There’s lots to give out to the girls and boys

Dolls and trains, prams and bikes
Delivering presents is what Santa likes

Have you been good, I hope you have been
Then Santa will visit you, but totally unseen

Holiday, they come and go
Season to be jolly it is so

Season to wish friends lots of cheer
Season for family to be near

Season for giving, that is true
And here’s my wish

Happy Holidays to you.

Santa Letter-Writing Time!

The temperature is dropping, the snow is whirling around, and frost-bitten vendors are selling honey-roasted peanuts on the street corner. It’s that time of year again; The time to show your holiday warmth and spread that selfless, super fuzzy holiday cheer.

Not!

I’ll tell you what Xmas means…It’s SANTA LETTER WRITING TIME! Yay!

I want an iPhone!

I want Guitar Hero! I want a bulldog.

I want Skittles for breakfast. I want to fly to Hollywood and meet Robert Pattinson!

I want, I want… I WANT to fly to space (only $200,000 now!)

And while you’re at it Santa, I want a year’s supply of astronaut ice cream!

Just let it out! All year long you helped old ladies cross the road, you found lost puppies and brought them back to their owners! You never Jay-walked. You ate asparagus because it made your momma proud. You helped your little sister with homework, and you always threw your gum out in the garbage, even if the garbage can was at the end of the block. You donated your allowance to worthy causes like cancer research and heck, you even walked along the sidewalk so that you wouldn’t hurt the grass— because that’s the kind of person YOU are.

So now is your chance to ask for everything and anything you want. Santa is known to give good girls and boys anything their heart desires… (he also happens to be a huge fan of Answers.com).

So go ahead, tell Santa what you want for Christmas!

The Revival of Lazarus1950

WikiAnswers is a lot of things to a lot of truly amazing people. For me, it represents community and a project that means so much more than what lies on the surface. But recently, I heard one of the most fascinating things I have ever heard anyone say about WikiAnswers; that it “represents a rebirth” for them. The synonyms are truly powerful: awakening, comeback, renewal, resurrection… This is what WikiAnswers means to our wonderful featured contributor Lazarus1950. Here’s to him and to new beginnings:

What is your WikiAnswers user name and the history behind it?

Lazarus1950. My choice of name came from my age. I am doubtless one of the oldest members. The digits represent nothing unless it is my subconscious working – they were chosen at random as there was already a Lazaruslong on the site.

Are you a Floating or Category Supervisor?

Floating Supervisor, though I take a good deal of interest in the Sailing and Calendar categories.

What other badges do you have on WikiAnswers?

Gold contributor. Mentor. (Thanks Ganderton!)

What is your first name?

Colin

What is your age?

I am infinitely old.

Would you care to tell us about your family?

I have two daughters, one son, five grandchildren and five great grandchildren. No surviving siblings. An orphan.

Do you have any pets?

Of my own at present, no. I am fond of dogs and help care for two which belong to a friend, Jacktu and Spirit. We practically share them.

Where do you live, how long have you lived there and why do you like the area?

I live in a small market town in Yorkshire. I have been here about four years (this time around). The countryside is stunning. The people are welcoming, yet the climate is horrible.

Where did you grow up and do you have any special memories of your childhood?

We lived all over the place. My father travelled a great deal with his job so we were never settled in one place for more than about two years. I loved Singapore. Malaysia in general is a beautiful place, as are the Mediterranean and the Middle East where I would happily return.

What educational information would you like to share?

B.Sc M.A. (Engineering and science) Southampton University

What are some of your past and/or present occupations?

I am presently retired (I sometimes help out ex-colleges). Soldier. Engineer. Teacher/lecturer. Barman/landlord. Taxi driver. Father (Anyone that does not consider that an occupation needs to try it). Councillor. Consultant. Always a student of something.

What are your key area(s) of knowledge, interests or expertise?

Engineering and sailing are probably what, if anything, I most familiar with. Engineering because I like to know how things work and sailing because you need to be self-reliant. I enjoy astronomy possibly because my father did. Calendars and time because there is so much more involved than anyone really notices. There are dozens of them. With the exception of engineering, I am largely self-taught.

Do you have any collections or hobbies?

I collect students so I am told. Teaching is important; how it is done, more so. WikiAnswers now takes up a significant portion of my time. Reading, (anything with words in a line) learning something new.

What do you like to do for recreation?

Sailing, I also enjoy golf and walking, though I am getting a tad too old for either of the latter. Thankfully this is not so much of a problem when sailing if you have the vessel rigged correctly.

What are a few random facts about yourself?

Everything about me is a bit random. As it says on my bio page, I would rather know a little about many things than a great deal about one. Eclectic. Concise. Precise. I love comedy and have to be very careful on occasion when answering questions. I noticed one of my efforts came to the notice of some Supers, and I trust it gave a little light relief. (Thank you The Sisterhood. They know who they are.)

Do you have any special talents you’d like to share?

Mediation and resolving conflict, diplomacy and tact. (Though that statement was hardly diplomatic.)

What accomplishments are you proud of?

I try, not always successfully, to avoid pride. But turning adolescents into adults, informing and being informed. The ability to talk intelligently about almost anything. On the site; turning vandals into helpful members.

What are your special goals or dreams?

A short term one was to become a mentor which I have now achieved. At my age I seldom make long term ones but a friend and I have decided to take one last long voyage next year. The plans are underway and all being well, we shall be off into the wild blue yonder next spring.

How would you describe yourself or personality?

Outgoing and approachable.

What brought you to WikiAnswers

I was told about the site by a friend who used to be a member; he thought I may enjoy it. He failed to mention the addiction.

What keeps you coming back to WikiAnswers?

The friends I have made albeit remote ones, the fun and camaraderie and learning more myself. I believe I am making a positive contribution and would hate to let down or disappoint those here.

What is your favorite WikiAnswers activity?

Helping and teaching others. Removing spam and inappropriate answers. Trying to turn potential vandals into good users.

Mother Nature, Is Monogamy Sweet or is it Better to Cheat?

Monogamy, your one and onlycow
Not if you’re a cow or pony.
In the pasture lush and green
The bull and stallion check the scene.
They hook up with females one by one.
Smoke some grass when they are done (only in legalized states)
At the end of this flirtation
The female waits, she’s in  gestation.
Will Romeo  stay by her side
That’s not the case for the ruminant bride.

orangutanGorillas, Orangutans have large harems
One male gets all and doesn’t share ‘em.
The alpha stomps and his knuckles pound
The females swoon and fight for ground.
They are in estrus, for a month and a day,
A bright pink booty develops to light the way
The alpha is noisy and quite chatty
Bragging how he became  the clan’s ‘baby daddy.’

Bullfrog calls are loud and deep,
Waking up the females from their beauty sleep.
They expand their larynx, the babes draw nearamplexus
These males don’t play games, their intentions are clear.
It’s on to Amplexus (physically  locked together as one),
They each separate, after they’ve had their fun.
In 20% of cases, one parent sticks around,
But couples aren’t common –they’re rarely found.
From Darwin to Nova, scientists are going berserk
To figure out why amphibian couples just don’t work.

skunkSkunks and ferrets make stinky hubbies
They scout for babes in the trees and at clubbies
When they find ‘em its wartime, a battle on land.
Each male is prepared with an anal stink gland
The spray comes out, like a shot from an uzi
The winner takes the females to the hotel Jacuzzi.
When his girl is preggers he moves on to the next,
The ladies are angry, but they do no protest.

Leafcutter ants don’t bother with datesants mating
The female flies out and in mid-air mates.
A few males on the left and a few more on the right
She stores millions of sperm, en route, on her flight.
When she’s done with the males, they pass out and die
A colony she’ll form (who needs a guy?)
There are drones underneath  and  guard ants above
The hierarchy’s successful, but where is the love?

marriageLast but not least, the yolk and albumin
Blastulate and gastrulate forming a human
The men show off biceps and buy women flowers
While the ladies wear make-up, they’ve put on for hours
The pair smile and bond, life is so happy
But sometimes the truth can be quiet crappy
She is a gold-digger, wants all his money
While he’s busy staring at some other honeylovebirds

It’s his animal instincts, all right! What can he do?

And she’s providing for offspring, small salaries won’t do
Does mother nature win? Or can we control what we choose
And decide to be faithful, even when singing the blues.
If you look to the famous, like Clinton or Princess Di
You might give up hope, sit back and cry
But just when you think monogamy is absurd,
Do not fret my friends, look to the birds…

Are Birds Monogamous?

Aggie80: All about the AnswerThons!

Is Aggie80 competitive?  Nah.  He’s only placed in seven WikiAnswers contests, won one WAmmy award and one Wizards of Wiki award during his tenure as a supervisor on Answers.com.  I was about to greet him at the Answers Summit in Atlanta a couple weeks ago when I noticed he was typing on his laptop.  I inquired about what he was doing.  He was answering questions in the Holiday AnswerThon naturally!  Whatever it takes to keep his winning streak alive…  This week Aggs waxes poetic about his favorite pastime, the AnswerThon, in the Poetry Cafe.

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An AnswerThon Weekend, by Aggie80 (with apologies to Clement Clark Moore)

’Twas the night before AnswerThon, when all through the house
The only creature stirring was the computer mouse
The keyboard was placed by the monitor with care
Ready for the AnswerThon that soon would be there.

The Super was nestled all snug in his blanket
The WikiAnswers logo more than apparent
And wife in her T-Shirt and I in my cap
Had just settled down to brace for attack.

When up on the screen there arose such a chatter
I checked message boards to see what was the matter
Opened a window, fingers flew in a flash
Popped open more tabs and adobe flash.

Disdainful answers to things you should know
Threw a pall on the knowledge deleted below
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But the Vandal Patrol and their warnings so clear,
With nimble fingers to delete the perverted,
I knew in a moment it would soon be reverted.

They spoke not a word, but went straight to their work,
Reverted the answers and then blocked that jerk.
And laying my finger aside of my mouse,
I comment to no one, “We fixed that louse.”

More rapid then eagles the key strokes they came
They chatted and messaged and typed out by name
Now, Deb, now Brave3, now Ami and Apryl
On Jade, on Bob, on Aggie and Crystal!
To the pages and references that sit by the chair
Looking for answers that soon would be there.

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky,
So up to the screen the answers they flew,
Devoid of the insults and bad spelling too.

Sunday morning came early the answers still flowed
The gleam of the hunt from my eyes still glowed
By afternoon’s light, my fervor had faded,
My answers were terse and some thought  jaded.
The crust of a pizza I held tight in my teeth,
The steam of my coffee round my head like a wreath.

I have a broad face and a little round belly,
That shakes, when I laugh, like a bowlful of jelly.
I was dressed in pajamas, from head to my foot
And my clothes were all wrinkled and crumby to boot.

My eyelids were sagging, my disposition not sunny!
My cheeks were all flush, my nose sort of runny!
My oversized forehead was certainly aglow,
And the chin full of stubble had had three days to grow.

Though chubby and plump, a right jolly old super,
I laughed at the mirror at my own sleepless stupor.
A kink in my neck and an ache in my back
Soon gave me to know I was an aging old hack.

I had given my all, I had done my best,
It was now time for a well deserved rest.
But a moment to post, on my WikiAnswers wall
“To all a good answer and Season’s Greetings to all!”

Another Wiki Idol from the Land Down Under: HorseLoverJazzie

People from all over the world take time out of their days to participate on Answers.com. And one of our largest participating regions happens to be the land down under – Australia! Australia has given us our wonderful Senior Supervisor, Grevillea; our seasoned answer machine, Dick Harfield; our lovely leading lady On the Wallaby; our teen queen LauraFrog; and countless other Wiki Idols! This week’s featured contributor is yet another gem from Oz, HorseLoverJazzie. Read on peeps!

What is your WikiAnswers user name and the history behind it?

My WA user name is HorseLoverJazzie. The history behind is pretty simple: I play on a wonderful game called HorseIsle which I love, (hence thesupervising of it!). My user,name for that is HorseCrazyJaz. I wanted to use that name for here, but decided to change it a little to make it slightly different. So I thought about it, and came up with HorseLoverJazzie. Also, I love Horses and my nickname is Jazzie, so -HorseLover + Jazzie = HorseLoverJazzie; Simple!

Are you a Floating or Category Supervisor?

I am a Category Supervisor. I am currently Supervising the categories: HorseIsle, Twilight Book Series, The Sims and The Sims 2.

What other badges do you have or programs do you participate in on WikiAnswers?

I am also a member of Community Outreach, a Wiki Guide and a WIT Trailblazer.

Do you have any pets?

Yes, I do. I have the most beautiful Cocker Spaniel. Her name is Button. She is 5 and a half, and we bought her when she was 6 months; so we’ve had her for most of her life.

Where do you live, how long have you lived there and why do you like the area?

I live in the Hills in South Australia. We have a four-acre property and, I don’t think I could live anywhere else.

Where did you grow up and would you like to share any special memories of your childhood?

We actually moved to England when I was 6 months old, and I lived there ’til I was 6. I do remember going to Greece, Germany and America as a young child, probably from ages 3 to 5. So, I have travelled a fair bit.

What is your key area(s) of knowledge, interests or expertise?

Mainly HorseIsle, some video games. For a girl I get on pretty well with all the video game stuff! The Sims is also another game I enjoy. Also, as I read a lot, I come across some pretty good books, too.

Do you have any collections or hobbies?

I don’t know if people have heard of them, but I like collecting those little Schliech Animals.

What do you like to do for recreation?

Singing, horse riding, reading, WikiAnswers or playing video games.

What are a few random facts about yourself?

- I once read New Moon in 5 and a half hours.
– I think I can sing very well, even if I do say so myself.
– I can play the piano.
– My favourite singer is Avril Lavigne, and my favourite band is Evanescence.

Do you have any special talents you’d like to share?

Mainly just singing.

What accomplishments are you proud of?

Getting the best Lan Test Result in the school in year 7. (Year 7 was the last year of that school though)

What are your special goals or dreams?

To either become a Professional Singer or Actress, or become a vet.

How would you describe yourself or personality?

Funny, Kind, Smart…I guess you’ll have to ask my friends!

What brought you to WikiAnswers?

I asked a question for HorseIsle, and saw how great it was. I got to school, so I decided to look some more at the site. However, the school firewall prevented me from asking and answering, so I joined up and then I could.

What keeps you coming back to WikiAnswers?

An invisible rope tied to me and the computer…Ha Ha. No, I guess it is just the fact that I can share what I know with the world I guess. Also, all the extra things like Supervisors and WIT, make it 10 times more interesting.

What is your favorite WikiAnswers activity?

Answering Questions and updating my Bio Page!

Answers.com will always have Paris…

Answers.com is sponsoring LeWeb Paris ’09 as well as attending the French conference today and tomorrow, launching its new international versions to the European audience.

“Our English-language sites reached an audience of 56 million in the U.S. in October, according to comScore, ranking us #15; we reached a total audience of 84 million worldwide, ranking #28,” said Bob Rosenschein, Answers.com CEO. “Support for these versions is just the beginning of our support for the multilingual community.” (press release)

Are you multilingual? You can join an Answers.com Q&A community in one of the following global flavors:

If you happen to be at the conference, say hi to one of the Traveling Geeks who are blogging from the scene (and sponsored by Answers.com). More about the coolest ‘Geeks to touch down in Europe in the entertaining video below:

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Holiday AnswerThon winners announced!

Winners of the Holiday AnswerThon have been announced. But if you’re too lazy to click that link, I understand (still tired from the Summit?). So I have reprinted them here:

FIRST PLACE: Aggie80 ($500 Amazon gift card!)

SECOND PLACE: Wonderful Wanda and Infinitedrmr ($250 Amazon gift card!)

THIRD PLACE: XwizardgodxEclipse8, and Squirrel Man ($100 Amazon gift card!)

Go Aggie80, go! Not only did he win first place, but he participated in the Answers Summit as well… Aggie, how do you find the time?

Liftoff with Hyper X

Surya Over the open skies of WikiAnswers soars a Contributor with a love of all things aviation. He’s Hyper X – hailing direct from the beautiful locale of India. Active in our Airplanes and Aircraft categories, Hyper is also Dragonball Z and Cricket fan and has zero tolerance for cyberbullies. So bad guys – beware! Here’s more:

How did you originally hear about WikiAnswers?

I was Googling about Processors or something, and found WikiAnswers. There was a question that had a wonderful answer.

Explain your user name.

My user name is Hyper X, which was a NASA research program focusing on hypersonic jets. I liked the name so I thought it would be a good user name.

What motivates you to volunteer your time to the WikiAnswers community?

I have become addicted to WikiAnswers. I contribute on WikiAnswers to help others and feel very respected for doing so.

What are your areas of expertise?

My areas of expertise include Airplanes and Aircraft and Cricket.

What is your favorite WikiAnswers feature?

My favourite WikiAnswers feature is Blocking. I also like the Revert tool as it very useful for retrieving good answers.

What has been the funniest question you’ve seen or your funniest experience on WikiAnswers?

How much celery dose a pilot get?

This was my funniest experience. The question and answer had me laughing til’ I got stomach pain.

Share a random fact (or two) about yourself.

I am one of the rarest individuals in the world, because I have the rarest blood type – AB Negative. I live in a township called Neyveli. It holds the world record for most trees planted – 17 million trees. I also have interest in Anime like Ben10 and DragonBall Z.

This is one of the aircrafts of Hyper-X program. It was tested successfully at Mach 9.6.

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Answers Summit Day 2: Photos, photos, more photos!

Day 2 of the Answers Summit featured two workshops, a panel on answer quality, an Orange Guy competition and an awards ceremony.

How do you capture all that activity in a summary? Maybe you don’t even try… But these photos from Pickleshy, Eliesheva and YourMom1108 can begin to describe the excitement, the inspiration and the fun we had at today’s events.

The rest of this week we will feature more highlights from the Summit… Meanwhile, check out the photos being posted at the Answers.com Ning fan site.

A panel on answers quality.

Sameer from the Cyberbullying Research Center.

A Knowledge Ninja in the ‘flesh.’

Farmer and his orange matter…

Everyone’s a winner when it comes to Orange.

Georgia Aquarium: wiki-style.

On Day 1 of the Answers Summit, our group of wiki-folk went back to school… schools of fish, that is. The Georgia Aquarium, a four-year-old tribute to the deep end, hosted the Summit participants with a tour and dinner.

Some fun facts about the aquarium:

The Georgia Aquarium contains between 100,000 and 120,000 fish and other sea creatures, representing more than five hundred species. On June 14, 2005, the total number of specimens was unveiled after having previously being reported as “over 55,000″.

The aquarium’s most famous specimens were four young whale sharks from Taiwan named Ralph, Norton, Alice and Trixie, after the primary characters from The Honeymooners.

The aquarium encompasses 550,000 square feet of covered space and includes 328 tons of acrylic windows, 290 plumbing fixtures, 200 floor drains, 53 roof tops, 61 miles of wires and pipes and 100,000 yards of concrete in the structure. It holds 8,000,000 US gallons of fresh and salt water and houses more than 100,000 fish and animals.

Photo credit: Pickleshy and Monica Garrett.