Answers.com Mobile gets a new design.

Need to know the weather in San Francisco before you get there? Trying to win the Bar Quiz with “When is Barack Obama’s birthday?” Feel like reading up on the making of Casablanca?

Asking a question at the movies, bored at the bus stop… Doesn’t matter where you are or what you are looking for. Answers.com‘s mobile web version is newly designed and ready to help you get fast facts and answers on your mobile device. Just go to the website, answers.com, on your phone’s browser. Type any keyword or question in the search bar and click the orange button for your answer. You can also quick the buttons below to peruse Today’s Highlights or skim through new questions and answers.

You can even add answers to Answers.com from your phone; a great way to give back while on the road.

Tried and true for iPhone and Android, and accessible on other handheld devices.

Click the examples for larger views of what Answers.com can do:

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On Nursery Rhymes and Tisha05_93.

When I was a toddler, my grandmother used to sing nursery rhymes to me each night; classics such as The Mulberry BushThree Blind MiceLittle Jack Hornerand Three Little Fishies(among a myriad of others). Thinking back takes me to a place I really miss.

Memories also pop to mind whenever I see the name of this week’s Featured Contributor, Tisha05_93. The classic nursery rhyme is, of course, A-Tisket, A-Tasket. But in our case, we can put a twist on it: A-Tisha, A-Tasha. Here’s more on this talented and outgoing Answers.com contributor:

What is your Answers.com user name and the history behind it?

My user name is Tisha05_93Tisha is my name, and my birthday is on the 5th of July! I was born in 1993, and I consider 93 to be a very important number in my life.

Would you care to tell us about your family?

I have a younger sister and a whole lot of uncles and aunts and cousins. I am the youngest in my family (after my sister, but I will humbly accept the tag because I act more immature, LOL). I have had some tough times as a rebel growing up in the pre-teens and until last year, but I have straightened out a bit now. I am more focused; I know what I want and have my family beside me through it all. They are the best. I love them.

Do you have any pets?

Ugh, I wish! I love animals, but I do not have any pets! I do not stay at home much and move around quite a lot so I am doing the animals and myself a favour. When I have the time and ability to take care of a pet, I will get myself one.

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

I have had my childhood marked over the entire world! My father travels a lot because of his job and we kept moving around, too. I do not know what place, but I love the mountains, followed by the beach. Special Memories? Yes, I wanted to be a spy at one point! I mean, what kid doesn’t? Although, soon I realised it is not the best dream to pursue, and I gave it up for more reasonable things, like, dance and books and other stuff.

What educational information would you like to share?

I am a good student, because I do well at school. But what my teachers taught me at school never caught my attention. I have always gathered knowledge from the outside and life experiences. Books, as in, school books are useless to me. But thoughts and thinkers? Yes, I would say they make more sense than my teachers.

What are some of your past and present occupations?

I have been a dancer. I only recently moved on to fully concentrate on studies and more serious things. My mother wanted me to be a designer (fashion, that is) so I know a little about clothes.

What are your key areas of knowledge, interest or expertise?

Key areas of knowledge? Dance, fashion, tennis and discussing life, in general. Observing people, learning their outlook towards life and how I am different or like them.

Do you have any collections or hobbies?

I love to dance, sing, play tennis and be happy. I could go about shopping for like hours at a stretch!

What do you like to do for recreation?

Music, of course makes me feel good. I like to spend hours in the bath (hehe) and, also put my life on “pause” and watch others’ go by. I would love to be with my family and loved ones at the end of the day and be lifeless for a second with them filling me up with life.

What are a few random facts about yourself?

I am very picky. Very, very picky. Yes, I could go about shopping for hours, but I always end with, at the most, two items in my bag. I think people choose different roles for themselves in life. I pick to be the kid, always. It is so much fun when, as they say, “The hardest decision is picking up a crayon!” But that does not mean I cannot be serious or act my age. It is a mere choice. When it is needed for me to be not-silly, I will do that.

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

Oh, I make friends really quickly! I am a very good dancer, and I love to make people happy! I am a bit too good with kids. They often wonder if I am one of them. Why would they do that?

What accomplishments are you proud of?

That I have gained control of my life after some bad times, and I have always been able to make people I love, love me more.

What are your special goals or dreams?

I do not have ‘special’ goals or dreams. Simple ones like, to be happy. As soon as I turn 18, I will officially be volunteering to adopt a child which could take another two or three years, but I am willing to wait. I want a boy, but a girl would be equally amazing. I do have a name – Casmir, and my fingers crossed!

How would you describe yourself or personality?

My personality: “My maturity level depends on the person I am with.”

What brought you to Answers.com?

My questions about stuff. I was writing answers well before I became a member. It suddenly struck me, “What all could I do if I were a member?”

What other badges do you hold on Answers.com?

WikiGuide and Mentor!

What keeps you coming back to Answers.com?

The sheer urge to come back and meet new and amazing people. This is an easy one, really. I mean, who would not want to be associated with such an awesome Web site?

Answers.com Help Center: Now served in video form.

It’s one thing to read a help document on a website. It’s another thing to watch it… which is what you can now do on several help topics in the Answers.com Help Center.

Watch quick, easy-to-follow videos on the following topics:

The videos appear as clickable images to the right of the step-by-step guidelines. Click the images and the video will pop up in viewing size right on Answers.com. You can also browse the full collection and other videos from Answers.com directly on the YouTube channel.

Here’s a quick taste – How to share a Q&A on Answers.com.

By the way, several Supervisor help pages will also be getting visual aides in the coming weeks, so stay tuned!

New features: Find friends, more messages, bio page links.

I love the smell of wrapping paper in the morning.

Well, who doesn’t? We just unwrapped these brand new features on Answers.com, and unlike a bratty 2-year-old, I’m even willing to share what’s inside:

Find friends!

Search for other Answers.com members on any bio page.  The best way to take advantage of this feature is to search with keywords for hobbies, professions, interests – for example, search for “knowledge ninjas” and guess who shows up?

More messages!

Now when you view your message board, you can check out the site-wide message bar right above. That way you can flip through (using the arrows to the right and left of the messages) and learn what’s new on the site, helpful pages and the latest contests. Thanks to Mr. Mystery for the suggestion!

Tag, you’re linked!

When signed in, your username listed at the top of the lefthand Tools Menu now links to your bio page as opposed to the WikiAnswers main page.

No shame in checking yourself out once in a while, right?

A Jamming Answers.com Superstar: Timrsimpson

Our rockin’ Featured Contributor of the week is none other than Timrsimpson – an electronics master and, in our humble opinion, the “original” guitar hero. Owner of Amplifier Repair Center in Portland, Oregon, Tim was drawn to Answers.com because of “the interesting challenge of answering questions from my garbage memory.” Here is more on this outgoing, intelligent and all around wonderful Answers.com Superstar:

What is your Answers.com user name and the history behind it?

Timrsimpson is my user name. It is just my e-mail without a number after it. It is my real name.

What is your first name?

Timothy

What is your age?

58

Would you care to tell us about your family?

My family is spread out. My mother lives in Boise. My oldest brother lives in NW Arkansas. My next older brother lives where he pleases and is hard to locate. My younger brother lives near Osaka where he teaches English.

Do you have any pets?

No, but I miss my cat.

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

I live in Portland Oregon where I was born. It is a great place to live. The weather is moderate, and the scenery is wonderful. I have left the area several times, but always come back.

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

I grew up here. I remember a big storm on Columbus Day in the early sixties. Mount St. Helens erupting was a big event. Going to the beach.

What educational information would you like to share?

Went to school around here. I have some college, but no degrees. I received good electronics training in the Air Force.

What are some of your past and present occupations?

I have done a lot of industrial controls work. I enjoyed field service work. I now have my own repair shop where I fix guitars and musical electronics.

What are your key areas of knowledge, interest or expertise?

Science and electronics have fascinated me from a very early age. People gave me electronic junk which I fixed or modified. We had Encyclopedia Britannia or Google at your fingertips. I have played music since I was five – piano then cello. When I got a guitar I was hooked. I still play and go out to jam a lot.

Do you have any collections or hobbies?

I collect guitars and amps. Right now I only have six guitars and three amps, but I am building two guitars and three amps.

What do you like to do for recreation?

I play my guitar. I can sing and try to imitate the singer who made the song.

What are a few random facts about yourself?

I don’t drive a car. I have no depth perception and driving could be dangerous. Since I lived in Japan I have slept on the floor. I had a heart condition which has passed thanks to the V.A. I just entered a contest to design a sensor for a Mars landing; a swarm of sensors that relay gathered information.

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

I enjoy teaching and will be teaching a college class in tube amplifier construction this summer.

What accomplishments are you proud of?

My homemade guitars.

What are your special goals or dreams?

I recently started on my lifelong want of a degree in electrical engineering. I will start this summer getting a grasp on higher math. I would like to go to Zappas’ guitar camp in N.Y. this summer for a week, but cannot afford it.

How would you describe yourself or personality?

I am pretty easy going. I enjoy learning new things. I enjoy fixing things.

What keeps you coming back to Answers.com?

The hope that answering the questions will help. I like to make the questioner go further and seek more information.

What is your favorite Answers.com activity?

Reading the nonsense questions, the ones without a subject. Trying to rewrite a question so it can be answered. Trashing the bad questions and answers.

Answers.com: A love story, Une histoire d’amour.

As we all know, French is the language of love… So who better to share their Answers.com love story than Julie, the Community Coordinator for Answers.com Français? In both English and French, here is her story:

The beginning of my love story with WikiAnswers

Les débuts de ma love story avec WikiAnswers

This is how my love story with WikiAnswers began: Recently, with some friends, we were talking about TV shows of the 80′s and 90′s. Magnum, Starsky and Hutch, the A-Team… What awesome memories! Someone mentioned Alf, the little alien who lived in an average American family. But, what was this family’s name? No one knew. Let’s not panic, we will find the answer.

Voici la situation dans laquelle je me trouvais et qui m’a permis de commencer mon aventure sur WikiAnswers: Récemment avec des amis nous par lions des séries TV des années 80 et 90. Magnum, Starsky et Hutch, l’Agence tout risque… Que de bons souvenirs. Quelqu’un évoque Alf, le petit extra-terrestre qui habite au sein d’une famille américaine moyenne. Mais au fait, cette famille, comment s’appelle t-elle ? Personne ne le sait. Surtout, ne paniquons pas, nous allons trouver la réponse.

How we met: So I take a look at this awesome wide world called the internet. When typing the question in Google, What was the name of the family on the TV show Alf? we discover on the WikiAnswers site that the family was called the Tanner family. Oh, phew! Fortunately, our thirst for discovery could be quickly dominated.

La rencontre : Allons donc faire un tour dans ce petit monde fabuleux qu’est internet. En tapant ma question sur google ‘Quel était le nom de famille de la série TV Alf ?’, nous découvrons sur le site WikiAnswers que la famille se nomme les Tanner. Ah, ouf ! Heureusement que notre soif de découverte ait pu rapidement être assouvie.

The discovery of the other: But tell me, what on earth is WikiAnswers? Intrigued by this site where I found my answer, I browse a few minutes over it. It’s a site all in blue and green where you can ask any question imaginable that you might have. One of the new questions recently asked is ‘In what year did France win the World Cup?’ I know the answer to that one, that’s easy! That was in 1998! Well, nobody has responded yet. Great, on this site I can write my answer and someone will be happy that I helped them out. I’ve always wanted to help people in some way or another. This is a great way to do it!

La découverte de l’autre : Mais dites-moi, WikiAnswers, kesako ? Intriguée par ce site où j’ai trouvé ma réponse, je navigue quelques minutes dessus. C’est un site tout en bleu et vert où l’on peut poser toutes les questions possibles et imaginables que l’on peut avoir. L’une des nouvelles questions récemment posées est ‘En quelle année la France a t’elle gagnée la Coupe du monde ?’ Je connais la réponse à celle-là ! C’était en 1998 ! Tiens, personne n’y a encore répondu. Super, sur ce site je peux rédiger ma réponse. Voila une personne qui sera contente de mon aide. Etant une altruiste, j’essaye d’aider les gens un maximum et m’occupe même plus de la satisfaction des autres que de la mienne.

Infatuation: OK, so I’ve spent an hour on this site answering many questions on a subject that I love, sports. I’ve also learned a lot about the subject. I could be the sports queen at our local trivia night. A few hours later, I receive a personalized message from the site thanking me for my contributions and wishing me a warm welcome on the site. They even ask me what my favorite TV show is. For once, this is not an automated message as they took the trouble to read my contributions … I’m starting to like this site more and more. I decide to browse the news and read about the Vancouver Olympic games. I check the number of gold medals Canada won this year. The result is 14. And how many Canadian athletes were there? Let’s have a look on Google. WikiAnswers is in 1st position and gives me the answer. Let’s click on it. 205 Canadian athlete participated in the Olympics. And if I want to know what medals they won? I ask my question on the site… and now the answer is given to me directly on WikiAnswers, no need to go on Google, on Wikipedia, nor do I have to search for my answer in a long text. In 2 seconds I have my answers!

Croissance de mon engouement : Voila, j’ai passé une heure sur ce site à répondre à des tas de questions sur un sujet qui m’intéresse fortement, la télévision. J’ai aussi beaucoup appris sur le sujet. Quelques heures plus tard, je reçois un message personnalisé de la part de du site me remerciant de mes contributions et me souhaitant la bienvenue sur le site. On me demande quelle est ma série TV préférée. Pour une fois que ce n’est pas un message automatisé vu qu’ils ont pris la peine de lire mes contributions… Ce site me plaît de plus en plus. Bon allons avoir un peu ailleurs… En lisant les infos, Jeux olympiques de Vancouver obligent, je consulte le nombre de médailles d’or obtenues par le Canada cette année. Résultat : 14. Et sur combien d’athlètes canadiens ? Allons donc voir Google… WikiAnswers est en 1ère position et me donne la réponse. Cliquons dessus. 205 athlètes canadiens ont participé aux JO. Et si je veux savoir quelles médailles ils ont remporté ? Je pose la question… Et voila que la réponse m’est donnée directement sur WikiAnswers, pas besoin d’aller voir sur Google, ni sur Wikipedia, ni de chercher ma réponse dans un long texte. En 2 secondes j’ai mes réponses !

In summary…

En résumé…

This is only the beginning of my long adventures and love story with WikiAnswers.

Voila comment one commencées mon aventure et ma love story avec WikiAnswers.

Answerthon Xtreme winners announced

Answerers from all over the globe battled it out over 4 days during Answerthon Xtreme and now we are crowning the champion!  Congratulations to Fuzzy Logic from Vancouver, British Columbia, who took the title.  She will walk away with a $500 Amazon.com gift card.  The other gift card winners are listed below.  Answerthon.com features a full listing of the winners and will have information about our next Answerthon with a twist in the coming months!

1st place ($500 gift card):

Fuzzy Logic

2nd place ($400 gift cards):

Steven Keyman

Hyper X

3rd place ($250 gift cards):

Aggie80

TexAlex94

Squirrel Man

Who you gonna call? Answers.com!

Check this out: Improv Everywhere is a group that, well, “causes scenes of chaos and joy in public places.” Their target this week was the New York City Public Library at 42nd Street. And why not? It’s a classy, old building that’s perfect for… ghosts.

And where there are ghosts, there are Ghostbusters, right? Sure, but more importantly, we now know that where there are ghosts there are… answers.

In the stills from the making of the Ghosbusters improv video, you can get a glimpse of what a ghost would look up on Answers.com. Not shocking, really.

You call the Ghostbusters, the ghost calls Answers.com…

So that’s what a ghost would ask on Answers.com. Now we know!

All Hail Morten Brendefur!

Direct from the Kingdom of Denmark hails our regal Featured Contributor of the Week, Morten Brendefur. A Supervisor and Bronze Contributor, Morten proves that “curiosity” does not kill the cat, it actually brings you to the wonderful world of Answers.com. Here’s more…

What is your Answers.com user name and the history behind it?

My user name is simply my full name: Morten Brendefur. That way I do not forget it and, at the same time, I do not run away from a problem, nor do I try to give false information. If I were to choose another nickname this would probably be Gandalf White. I have been thinking about having it changed, but then again I am much happy with just being myself.

Are you a Floating or Category Supervisor?

I am at the moment a Floating Supervisor. Issues regarding children, age of consent and the related laws do, however, interest me quite a bit. I also enjoy most questions where there are actual factual answers. They are often easier to research.

Would you care to tell us about your family?

I live in Denmark with my girlfriend. She has two boys ages 11 and 15. I have three kids from a previous marriage. All boys, ages 12, 14 and 16. Children have always been very important to me.

Do you have any pets?

We have three rabbits back home and two degus (tiny rat like creatures with fur on their tails). Two of the rabbits are possibly expecting kittens at the moment and the “family” might soon be 10-20 more rabbits.

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

I live in Denmark in a small area/town named Nørager (Noerager). I have lived here for five years now. I quite like this area because it is small. We do not have enormous amounts of traffic. There are a lot of green areas around and even some forest. In summertime when cherries are ripening, you may find me in the forest 20 meters above ground eating cherries. People say I am crazy and I agree. I am crazy about cherries.

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

I grew up on a small island named Jomfruland just off the coast of the city Kragerø (Krageroe) in the southern part of Norway. This was a most nice environment to grow up in, although it made the school-road a bit long. We had to walk to the harbour and then catch a boat. Then it was another walk from the next harbour to the school. All a bit tiresome.

I loved living on an island though and learned to swim at an early age. I started scuba diving, and every summer I really enjoyed catching stone crabs and flatfish. Stone crabs is my favourite food.

What educational information would you like to share?

I have nine years of schooling. I started one year early at age six in Norway. I have “only” three years of further education (college) where I specialized in computers and electronics. I have engaged in various education pursuits since, but always feel that I lack knowledge. I have “diploma” in first aid and safety precautions regarding oil rigs in the North Sea.

What are some of your past and present occupations?

I started working in a kindergarten. It was simply great. But somehow I felt that men in this line of work were very at risk due to some cases of pedophilia in Norway where one man was wrongly accused and spent many years in prison for something all the children have denied later.

I looked to other areas and started off on my own with repairing and making all sorts of low voltage electronics and repairing computers. A few years (six of them to be exact) of doing this without really making enough money I started welding. I earned several certificates for this and traveled the world for a year or so. I have been involved in special welding projects from Norway to Philadelphia. I have also worked at an old folks home in Denmark and enjoyed that.

What are your key areas of knowledge, interest or expertise?

I have always sought information in order to know why things work the way they do. In the beginning my grandfather, was incredibly helpful. He never turned down a question although quite a few of them gave him many gray hairs. My father has also been great support, actually encouraging much of what I have made and done. He was not so pleased when I went wild with a chainsaw cutting down dead trees in the garden at a young age. Somehow I understand him now that I have children of my own. Computers and electronics is probably my key area. This is logical.

One of my professions and hobbies is actually Graphic Designer, and I have used Corel PhotoPaint and Corel Draw extensively in making all sort of printed works for a print shop. I have been working with Corel Draw the last 15 years side-by-side with everything else. It has been a pleasure making calendars for the local Red Cross every year the last ten years or so. I also know most anything there is to know about different digitalized formats of film and photo. Proper in depth knowledge!

Do you have any collections or hobbies?

Electronics. I have an extensive collection of various chips and components. Computer programming. Welding (especially Tig).

What do you like to do for recreation?

Scuba Diving, reading cartoons. I love reading Neil Gaiman cartoons. Going camping on a desolate island finding/fishing/hunting my own food. Life cannot be better than that during summertime. I do enjoy music though and bring my MP3 player along. And no, I did not make the MP3 player myself.

What are a few random facts about yourself?

Argumentative when needed. Fact oriented. Sexual, not left, not right, straight forward. Enjoy computers and electronics (I find these to be logical contrary to some women. LOL) German, English, Polish, Dutch, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Icelandic. I love languages and have great fun figuring out new words and new idioms. I prefer English to my native language Norwegian. I am somewhat weird in a positive way (hopefully).

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

I am quite good with programming. Started off with Basic on a CBM 64. This quickly developed into Borland Turbo Pascal. Now I do mostly Borland Delphi. I am personally building electronics to link up to a computer with software I am developing myself. I am currently making an oscilloscope (200 Mhz) just for the pleasure of actually making one.

What accomplishments are you proud of?

I was one of those kids at school that always looked for difficult things to do rather than the easy bits. In electronics class I designed electronics on paper that were so advanced that I was not allowed by the teacher to actually build it. I have made programs in several programming-languages. Some of my routines for sorting data are among the fastest there are in the world. It may not be an accomplishment if one looks at theories for doing this first, but I developed my own programs with no prior knowledge. I have developed various electronics, but not yet been able to mass produce and sell. My greatest accomplishment, however, was having children. They mean the world to me and make me proud every day.

What are your special goals or dreams?

I would really love being able to work with what I enjoy. I would love to bring my electronics forward a bit and actually make money on that. I have a dream of spending a few weeks in America with my family. My first goal would be to earn a bit of money first.

How would you describe yourself or personality?

Difficult question. Autodidact. I enjoy a good decent argument, but I never fight over subjects where I do not have any factual information. Hmmm. Or do I? I can fight quite a battle over some issues where common sense disagrees with the law. I am a calm person and do not fire up easily (although some people might disagree with that).

What kept you coming back to Answers.com?

Increased curiosity, nice community, answers to write and opinions to give.

What is your favorite Answers.com activity?

Answering questions is probably what I enjoy the most. The site is a great resource for the entire world, and I love helping this become even better. Answers.com features a wonderful community where everybody is in a win-win situation. I just wish this tool had been available when I was younger and at school.

Nina567: When it rains it pours.

We’re continuing our tradition of highlighting poets in the Answers.com community this week.  Sadie Huemer, a.k.a. “Nina567,” is one of our newest contributors.  She also happens to be a budding poet.  She stepped forward with this poem about the rain which has a profound effect on her.

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

Rain, by Sadie Huemer

Rain patters on the pale glass that is left in my life,
it drains through first my brain then slowly, squeezes through my heart,
it touches me like a red blanket wrapped around in a world full of grasp,
It touches me like a cat in a lake not moving or speaking,
and even though I can feel it, it really isn’t there.
The End

AnswerThon Extreme starts tonight!

What day is today? Oh! The next AnswerThon starts tonight at midnight, with a new twist – it’s the AnswerThon Xtreme, a chance to see who can answer the most questions over four days, May 14-17.

This is not your mother’s 48-hour AnswerThon. Four days of non-stop answering can win you amazing prizes. As the contest time has been expanded, so have the prizes:

  • The FIRST PLACE winner will receive a $500 Amazon.com gift card.
  • Two SECOND PLACE winners will each receive a $400 Amazon.com gift card.
  • Three THIRD PLACE winners will each receive a $250 Amazon.com gift card.
  • Twenty RUNNERS UP will receive Answers.com merchandise.

What are you waiting for? Technically, the AnswerThon starts tonight at 12 am (EST). Get a head start by reading through the AnswerThon Xtreme rules.

Santa can have his reindeer – we are keeping HelperElf!

We have a great deal of respect and admiration for the man known as Santa Claus.

But when one of his elves goes astray and lands smack dab in the land known as Answers.com, Santa might have a hard time getting his little helper back. In fact, we have decided to keep this most wonderful contributor. Sorry Santa! We cannot possibly part with our beloved HelperElf.

And here is why:

What is your Answers.com user name and the history behind it?

HelperElf is my user name. I registered close to Christmas time, and I wanted to help so I thought of Helper and Elf, which is for Santas helper Elves.

Are you a Floating or Category Supervisor?

I’m a Category Supervisor of Houseplants, Opera, Styles of Music, Country Music, Rock Music, Utah, eBay, PayPal, Musical Movies, Porn Addiction, African Violets, Jealousy and Poodles.

What other badges do you hold on Answers.com?

Mentor
Copy Editor
Vandal Patrol as an Alternates Specialist

What is your first name?

Nancy

What is your age?

I am 61 years young.

Would you care to tell us about your family?

I have a wonderful, thoughtful, loving husband. We have been married for 41 years and started dating each other when I was 16 and he was18. We have two grown sons.

Do you have any pets?

We have two cats and one poodle dog (you can see a picture of them on my bio page).

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

We have lived in Utah now for one year and really love it here because the mountains and scenery are just gorgeous.

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

I was born in South Gate, California in the Los Angeles area. When I was seven, my family moved to Reseda, California where I grew up. Larry and I married, and then we moved to Simi Valley, California where we raised our family. I grew up in a very close loving family atmosphere.

What educational information would you like to share?

I have my high school diploma. I went to beauty college and received a diploma and license. I also took many college music classes (no degree though) including piano and private voice lessons for 10 years.

What are some of your past and present occupations?

I have worked in many different areas. When our kids were young I babysat at home. I am a retired licensed hair dresser (beautician). I went to beauty college straight out of high school. I have also worked in retail sales, in a florist shop and had my own African violet business for eight years. Now, I am retired from the working community and taking care of my husband, pets, house stuff and wiki-ing away on Answers.com.

What are your key areas of knowledge, interest or expertise?

I love to figure out things and need to understand the why and how of what makes things work. I like to know I am doing things the right way, and If I am not I want be told so I can learn to do it the right way. I need organization in my life otherwise items can get lost or hard to deal with. I love to work on many things at one time. I am highly motivated by Answers.com and strive to learn as much as I can. I want my categories to eventually be nicely organized (I am still working on some of them) with proper spelling, grammar, etc. I love wiki-ing with the users; I am grateful for all I have met and will meet. I enjoy Answers.com so much I cannot even begin to tell you. At first when I joined I liked it, but now, it is like I have a whole new purpose in life. I feel needed (everyone needs to feel needed). I get to use my organization skills and other skills. I get to meet and talk to very smart, professional people. I get to help teens and chat with them. I get to teach which I love dearly!!!! Most importantly, I am learning something that is a hard lesson sometimes, and that is to let other people have their own opinion, too. My opinion is not always right or even true. I am learning to control my temper and emotions. Wow! There are so many users whom I have learned from, right from the start; too many to list. Those people know who they are anyway. Thank you for your patience with me.

Do you have any collections or hobbies?

We have a rock collection that includes sandstone, moqui balls, crystals, minerals, boji stones (healing crystals) and pets. LOL

What do you like to do for recreation?

We like to go hiking in the deserts of Utah; off roading is so much fun! We play with our pets. Larry and I talk to each other a lot. I also enjoy my laptop computer that I am on, most of the day.

What are a few random facts about yourself?

I am a Christian (I belong to the Mormon, LDS church). I love people. I am very much against pornography; it can ruin a marriage, relationships and a whole life really.

Do you have any special talents you would like to share?

I can sing and multi-task. I am detailed and a great communicator, because I have good instincts.

What accomplishments are you proud of?

Finally having a very close relationship with my husband; as he is now my best friend, lover, teacher, provider and partner. Relationships (good relationships) are not easy sometimes.

What are your special goals or dreams?

One of my goals is to be happy 90 percent of the time so I can be a better wife to my husband.

How would you describe yourself or personality?

Critical of myself, very detailed oriented. I am nice, have strict morals, very motivated and a hard worker. I do not like to make mistakes but I am learning that I do not have to do everything perfectly. This is challenge for me, but I do not expect other people to be perfect.

What brought you to Answers.com?

I was searching for some information on the Internet and WikiAnswers came up. I read the answer and noticed there was a spelling error that I just had to fix. So I researched the site a little and decided to register so I could edit the word. That is how it all began for me.

What kept you coming back to Answers.com?

Honestly, what kept me coming back in the beginning was a deep depression problem I have, and I am still fighting (but it is getting much better). It keeps my mind focused on volunteering my time to help someone else and stop thinking about my own problems so much.

What is your favorite Answers.com activity?

I guess my favorite activity is working with Alternates. I also, love editing, spelling, grammar and rewriting answers.

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Share your apples! It’s Teacher Appreciation Week.

You know how they say you may not always remember the designer of the dress you were dying to have at age 16, or the name of that has-been actor you met once outside a club, but you’ll always remember the names of the teachers who truly taught you in life?

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week in the United States. Parent Teacher Associations (PTAs) across the country are holding activities to encourage respect and strengthen support of teachers and the profession. Teacher Appreciation Week was founded in 1984 and is held annually during the first full week of May.

So go ahead, reconnect with that teacher of yours who really made a difference. It’s never been easier to track down your childhood real-life heroes: give your old school a call, or search for their names on Facebook.

Like Answers.com? So ‘Like’ Answers.com already!

Answers.com got busy in the last few days and we hope you Like why. The Facebook Like button has been added to the Answers.com homepage and answered questions!

Now when you browse through answers on Answers.com, you can instantly ‘Like’ an answer and share it with your friends directly on Facebook.

In fact, you can even see which of your friends already Liked an answer on Answers.com:

You can ‘Like’ Answers.com as a whole by clicking the button right under the ‘Follow us’ section to the left on the homepage:

Of course, the Facebook ‘Like’ feature was added to this blog last week, so feel free to ‘Like’ – and even show some comment love – on any post, past or present. Check it out at the bottom of this post.

Talking search and social at The Marker’s Com.vention.

The social life of the search engine: does it get any hotter than that?

At The Marker Com.vention (link in Hebrew), which took place yesterday in Rishon Letzion, Israel, Answers.com CEO and Founder Bob Rosenschein spoke as part of a panel titled, Search Engines: Steady State or a Gathering Storm?

The Answers.com CEO spoke about the necessary mix of search engine support as well as participation on social platforms. The future is one where Google is certainly still strong, but social media, including Facebook, are just as important.

Bob was in good company, as the other speakers on the panel included Yoelle Maarek, Senior Research Director at Yahoo! Israel; Arkady Volozh, Co-founder and CEO at Yandex; and Barak Berkowitz, Managing Director at Wolfram|Alpha.

Check out Bob’s take on the topic in the videos from the panel: Bob introducing Answers.com, discussing search and social, and describing the future of mobile search and apps.

Dedicated to LeftCoastMom.

(band starts to play)

From shore to shore and points far beyond,
We have amazing contributors on Answers.com.
They’re merging magicians and category pros,
Answering wonders and true editing maestros.
But today it’s all about one dedicated gal,
A contributor who is simply superfantasterifical.
So please be seated and try to remain calm,
Say hello to our Featured Contributor, LeftCoastMom.

(drum roll fades into background)

What is your Answers.com user name and the history behind it?

I have lived in California for much of my life and using LeftCoastMom makes people have to think about it for a second.

What is your first name?

Cath.

What is your age?

Half a century; wow that sounds old when put that way. How did that happen?

Would you care to tell us about your family?

I am married and have three kids; the youngest is in college working on a culinary degree, as she wants to be a chef. In the middle is my only son. He works for a company that tests soil and is getting married this summer to a lovely young lady who works with at-risk teens. My firstborn works for non-profit organizations. Currently she is a troop organizer for Girl Scouts of America. She is married to a police officer, and they are having my first grandchild in July.

Do you have any pets?

Max the Wonder Dog is my 6-year-old pit bull; he is amazing and the sweetest dog you’ll ever meet. He is wonderful with children. We also have two cats: Spot (who is a cranky old lady) and Wednesday who is a 1-year-old who thinks she is a dog. She and Max make us laugh all the time with their crazy antics.

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

I currently live in the High Desert, Arizona. We moved here five years ago. Now we are working on returning to Southern California.

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

We moved frequently when I was young. The first time was when I was 3-weeks-old; to the capital of our nation, Washington DC. My only memory of DC is the park my mother used to take us to at the DC Zoo. We also lived in Massachusetts (where I was born and returned to when I was two and a half), New Hampshire, Virginia Beach, Virginia and finally to California where we settled. I have lived in about ten different places in Southern California, between Los Angeles and Ventura County, until coming to the desert five years ago.

What educational information would you like to share?

I went to Mount St Mary’s College in Los Angeles for a degree in Nursing and Valley Medical in the LA basin (the campus has since moved to the main campus), where I studied optics, later becoming a licensed optician.

What are some of your past and present occupations?

I started out working in maternal health, either the new born nursery or obstetrics. I had planned on becoming a Certified Nurse Midwife, but plans changed and instead I returned to school and became an optician. Since moving to Arizona, I have not worked outside the home. Rather, I started following the Caylee Anthony story and have since written for several online news sites, reporting crimes against children and a series on animal abuse in Pennsylvania.

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

I answer a lot of questions in Womens Health, Teens and Sex. Also the questions in Pregnancy, but I kinda bounce around a bit.

Do you have any collections or hobbies?

Reading for pleasure and research
Photography
Water painting, is a newer activity I am learning.

What do you like to do for recreation?

Camping, traveling, watching my kids participate in sports, playing cribbage and backgammon

What are a few random facts about yourself?

I drive a Mini Cooper. I love 2-year-olds! They are without ego and, since they don’t have an edit button yet, they are completely honest. I used to help out occasionally at a friend’s balloon shop. One day a lady came in and hired all of us to deliver a cake, gifts and balloons to her husband who worked on a submarine at the local military base. Dressed up as Smurfettes (those little blue cartoon characters with long white hair)!

I was a Girl Scout for almost 25 years; first as a Brownie when I was six, then as a leader or co-leader for both of my daughters. They are ten years apart in age, so I was able to really spread it out.

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

I once put on a spaghetti dinner for 700 or 800 people! It began as a Family Fun Nite at my kids elementary school and ended up being a fundraiser after I was able to get of all the food, dinnerware and cooking donated in addition to all the ticket sales; so we were able to present the school with a chunk of change as well as having a great time. So I guess that talent is begging money from people for a good cause.

I also practiced Guided Imagery, a method of relaxation; when my kids were young I made some relaxation tapes for my daughters to use.

What accomplishments are you proud of?

All three of my kids are incredible people. I would never try to claim full responsibility for this, but I figure I had something to do with it. I have always made time for volunteer work, usually something to do with children.

What brought you to Answers.com?

A question I think….

What keeps you coming back to Answers.com?

The feeling of working on a project with so many incredible people, from all over the world and because I finally have the title Super (LC) Mom and being able to tell my (grownup) kids and friends that I am a Sexpert just to watch the looks they immediately pass back and forth.

What is your favorite Answers.com activity?

Answering questions and I do some occasional cleaning up.

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