Captivating Capatton and Tenacious Tennessee!

I’ve learned two things this week while composing our regular Contributor Corner post. One, I cannot spell Tennennssee while under pressure. And two, Capatton is one awesome Answers.com Supervisor!

This captivating lady explains her personality as: “A gypsy by nature, spiritual by design and a numerologist by choice. I have always looked to the next mountain or valley ever since I was a child and found great comfort in the simple things that surround me – earth, wind, fire, water.”

(Tennesee, Tennasee, Tennesea… darn it!)

Here’s more into the intriguing life of Capatton

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

Capatton – it’s my first two initials and name.

What is your first name?

Cheryl

What is your age?

57

Do you have any pets?

Oh yes – my background was veterinary science, but I am now down to two dogs and too many cats! I used to operate a goat dairy and miss that activity.

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

Currently, I have two homes; one in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and one in the Appalachians of Tennessee.

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

I was born in California, but traveled extensively.

What are some of your past or present occupations?

am currently making the arts my present occupation and just began my radio programming on Blog Talk Radio – One Woman’s Wisdom.

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

I’m choosing my key area of knowledge to be numerology and other divination arts. It was something taught to me by my grandmother when I was a child and at this time of my life, I want to wake up each morning doing something I absolutely love! Thus, I am choosing to do this full-time.

Do you have any collections or hobbies?

Hobbies? With starting a new business, unfortunately I have little time for hobbies, but I like to relax with a good DVD or enjoyable reading. One day, I’ll get back into time for myself! :)

What are your special goals or dreams?

I was a fan of Charles Kuralt and the way he was able to become a roving reporter. I am hoping that by next year, I will be able to RV full-time while maintaining my radio broadcast and work on the road.

What brought you to Answers.com?

I found it by surfing one day and liked the format it offered.

What kept you coming back to Answers.com?

I liked the more professionalism of Answers.com over other online sites.

What is your favorite Answers.com activity?

Numerology and Astrology

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bluf-o-grams: for fun, for fame, for payback.

You’ve played blufr, earned awards, and gotten cozy on the Top of the heap. So what comes next?

Challenge your friends further on blufr with homemade blufs!

Way or no way?

bluf-o-grams are blufs that you create and send to your friends – or frenemies. Blow their minds with true or false information about you, them, or any topic. Share your custom-made blufs on Facebook, Twitter or email.

By the way, you can also create non-personal blufs and submit them to the wider bluf database for everyone to play. Acceptable blufs will have to conform to certain criteria, so make ‘em good!

You can easily create and share bluf-o-grams: go to your profile (make sure you’re signed in) and click Create a bluf-o-gram next to the bluf-o-grams tab, or share ones you’ve already created by clicking the tab itself.

Fill in the form, submit and share.

Get bluf’n…

Justicepeacelove123: The Circle of Life

Justicepeacelove123 has been contributing to Answers.com over 7 months now. Natalie (as she goes by offline) enjoys answering and editing in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians and iPod categories in particular. She also enjoys writing poetry in her spare time including this haiku about the circle of life. It’s great to have you contributing to Answers.com Natalie!

The Circle of Life, by Justicepeacelove123

At daybreak, the sun,
it is switched on by our God.
Renewing daylight.

Photosynthesis:
The way the tree gets its food
How it stays alive.

The microscopic bug
Stares hungrily at the tree
As it starts to eat.

The prepared bird
Ready to swoop and grab bugs
For her newborn young.

The graceful gray wolf
Watches the fine-feathered bird
He’s ready to prowl.

He’s ready to aim. . .
The hunter will not waste any
Promising, he shoots.

Bringing home the wolf,
Promising once more: no waste
He smiles with pride.

This, this is called the
renewing circle of life.
God nevers ends it.

It is delicate
Mistakes can end it all; it
Need not be messed with.

Answers.com at Web 2.0 Summit on ‘Q&A: The New Search Insurgent.’

At Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco yesterday, Answers.com CEO Bob Rosenschein discussed Q&A, community, mobile and more, alongside panelists from Ask.com, Quora and Google’s Aardvark.

The Summit panel was titled, ‘Q&A: The New Search Insurgent,’ and moderated by Danny Sullivan of Search Engine Land. Panelists included Doug Leeds (Ask.com), Bob Rosenschein (Answers.com), Charlie Cheever (Quora), and  Damon Horowitz (Google).

A quick description offers insight into the discussion:

Search is no longer just defined by keyword queries, algorithms and blue links. Instead, a user’s social graph, location, reputation and expertise are all positioned to usurp the page rank as the barometer of quality. In the midst of this, new Q&A services change the game even more, extending search’s promise beyond relying on published data to routing questions to real people in real time.

If you were there, let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

Carlr07: Cool name, awesome hometown.

This week’s Featured Contributor completely piqued my interest when he shared a somewhat uncommon first name. Known as Carlr07 on Answers.com, his real name is ‘Carel’ – which is used primarily in the English language. Its origin is Germanic and it simply means ‘free man.’

Another tidbit Carel shared was that he grew up in Port Alice, British Columbia – a place I had never heard of until I looked it up on Answers.com. Absolutely fascinating history! Fewer than 1,000 people live in this town built by Whalen Pulp and Paper Mills of Vancouver which is home to Dale Walters a 1984 Olympics bronze medalist.

But enough about all this. Let’s find out more about this week’s Superstar, Carlr07.

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

My user name is Carlr07. My first name’s Carl, and my last name starts with an R. Originally I was going to use Carlr, but that was already taken. So I added 07 to the end of it since it was 2007 when I signed up.

What is your first name?

My legal first name is actually ‘Carel’, but people keep pronouncing it Carol. So I usually spell it Carl.

What is your age?

I’m 19, the oldest of 4 kids.

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

I grew up in Port Alice, a town of 900 on the north end of Vancouver Island. I am now living in Nanaimo, about 5 hours south, while I attend university. I really miss Port Alice. It is, in my opinion, one of the most beautiful places on the planet. Both the people and the area.

What do you like to do for recreation?

I like Age of Empires, Command & Conquer, flight simulators, racing games, first person shooters. I like pretty much any outdoor activity, whether it be kayaking in the Neuroutsos Inlet (which Port Alice overlooks), hiking up one of the many surrounding mountains, jogging down a trail or fishing. I have a lot of curiosity. IF there’s something I’m wondering about, I’ll look it up So I also spend a LOT of time on the computer, reading astronomy articles or anything else I’m wondering about. And that is one of the many reasons I like Answers.com. I learn while I answer other peoples’ questions.

What are a few random facts about yourself?

I’m Catholic, I was homeschooled all the way from K-12. I am now majoring in physics at Vancouver Island University (VIU). I love Canada and BC in particular. I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.

What accomplishments are you proud of?

Some accomplishments would include a high GPA (95%) and earning a reputation as a good and reliable worker.

What are your special goals or dreams?

My goal is to become a theoretical physicist (probably the best field for the chronically curious). I am very interested in anything scientific. I like to use my ability to easily grasp virtually any scientific topic to help others better understand science.

What brought you to Answers.com?

A Grade 11 socials assignment brought me to Answers.com. I had to find out whether the Soviet Satellite nations ever got a seat in the UN before the collapse of the USSR. I couldn’t find the answer anywhere, so I decided to post the question on the site. I am now a Category Supervisor and (not surprisingly) I supervise the British Columbia category. I also spend a lot of time in the many space-related categories.

What kept you coming back to Answers.com?

I kept coming back because it felt good to be able to put my knowledge to good use, plus I learn when I answer many of the questions, since I usually have to research the answer first.

What is your favorite Answers.com activity?

My favorite activity is probably answering the questions, although I do a lot of recategorizing as well.

Do you want to be interviewed for the Contributor corner? Just leave a comment below and we’ll get to work.

Answers.com ranked 9th fastest growing in NY Metro Area.

Yet another reason to be proud of Answers.com‘s amazing growth over the past years:

Answers.com Ranked Ninth Fastest Growing Company in NY Metro Area on Deloitte’s 2010 Technology Fast 500™

Answers.com ranked ninth in the NY Metro Area on Technology Fast 500™, Deloitte’s ranking of 500 of the fastest growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences and clean technology companies in North America. The site also came in as the 10th fastest growing company in the Internet industry on the list. Rankings are based on percentage of fiscal year revenue growth during the period from 2005 to 2009. The site grew its revenues 910 percent during this period.

Here’s Bob Rosenschein representing Answers.com at the Fast 500 Awards Ceremony, with Mark Davis of Deloitte:

Congrats!