“Sing us a song, you’re the piano man…Sing us a song tonight…”
Some of the most iconic and memorable songs were written and performed by artists such as Elton John and Billy Joel. I mean what isn’t more recognizable than Candle in the Wind or Piano Man? Makes me want to get up and dance! Like these great songs, this week’s Featured Contributor is also music to our wiki ears! Introducing PianoWizzy – an incredibly talented Answers.com Supervisor:
What is your user name and the history behind it?
I’m PianoWizzy, and let’s just say that it’s a long story of how this user name came about, but I’m sticking to it. It’s actually got a history of a few years under its belt. Also, I purposefully excluded a space between the two parts of the username and I’d like it to stay that way.
Are you a Floating or Category Supervisor (which categories)?
I’m a Category Supervisor of quite a few random categories, namely: Elton John, Billy Joel, 80’s Music, My Chemical Romance, Maya Angelou, Neil Diamond, Rod Stewart, Lily Allen, and Reba McEntire. I am, however, most proud to oversee Elton John, as I’m an expert and a fanatic. I’m also delighted to be the supervisor of Billy Joel. As for the others, I must say I took them over because I saw a need, and although with little interest in the subjects themselves, I’ve been willing to look up information to correct answers to questions where I saw error.
What is your age?
I’m approaching a square number less than 5 from 20. (Less than, pay attention!! I’m not that old!) Don’t judge me, however. I act, and apparently, look older than I am. I think I’m aging twice as quickly as I should be. I’m more intelligent than at least 99 percent of my peers. And I’m insanely wise due to my naturally logical disposition and rampant paranoia.
What educational information would you like to share?
I attend a (super-awesome, better-than-yours) cyber charter school, although I already hold a number of music diplomas from piano playing competitions. I’m going for a degree in Piano Performance when I go to university.
What are some of your past or present occupations?
I’m an occasionally-employed concert pianist, usually performing in nursing homes. Actually, being a concert pianist was a dream job when I was about 7 or 8, and an idea I quickly dismissed when I concluded that obtaining such a job would be highly unlikely. I was offered said dream job when I was 13 with what I will simply describe as very generous compensation for an hour long concert. Otherwise, while not being exactly paid occupations, I consider myself to also be an artist, a comedian, and apparently, a therapist/advisor (according to a number of depressed friends of mine, I am exceptionally good at this). I kind of wish I was a scientist or an engineer, though. Or an inventor. (My mind has always been scientifically oriented and highly theoretical.) I also seem to be becoming a writer of sorts, something I swore I’d never become.
What are your key areas of knowledge, interest or expertise?
My area of knowledge extends over anything that takes my interest, as I am a quick learner. However, I’m not an expert in chemistry, engineering, physics, or anything else I’d like to be an expert in, as I’d actually like to be an expert in, I’m only a student after all, and these are rather large fields of knowledge. And although I adore science and math, I am also exceptionally lazy. (Even though I apparently intimidated my Chemistry classmates with my expertise and enthusiasm in the subject. I go to a school full of nerds and geeks. So that’s saying something. This also applied to Geometry, but that’s because I took Algebra 2 first, by some time travel accident…) As far as Answers.com is concerned, though, I am one of the highest experts on the history of Elton John, as I’ve been very taken by his music, and as is the trend with any celebrity whose work I admire, I researched him viciously. I’m still exploring the Star Trek universe and I’m also taken by the work of Stephen Fry (so I’m becoming even more of a nerd and soon-to-be a trivia geek). I know nothing about actual classical musical history, however, no matter how good I am at actually performing it. I happen to be very good with computers as well.
Do you have any collections or hobbies?
I have collections of collections of various junk, both physical and digital. These include toy cars (yes, really), awards for piano playing (including aforementioned diplomas, numerous certificates, and exceptionally shiny medals), incredibly random and obscure knowledge (thank you Stephen Fry, David Mitchell, and more specifically, QI), various categories of pictures and art and fan art (derive from that what you will), and awesome songs. My hobbies include making people laugh, drawing/sketching/rendering art, watching TV (more often than not, focused around science or science fiction), and listening to almost all genres of music (with the exception of anything before Bach, and for some reason, most music between 1932-1954).
What do you like to do for recreation?
Err, I think I’ve mentioned that. But I do honestly love science, so I watch TV based on science. Certain TV dramas such as CSI and House MD I’ve honestly watched for the interest in science, not drama. I’m also prominently a Trekkie, but I cannot determine which is my favorite series until I’ve watched all of the series and movies (I refuse to judge without full knowledge). My music tastes are extremely diverse (as I’m extremely open-minded), and my only exceptions are in the answer to the previous question. I’m very quick to pick up video games (thank you piano-trained hand-eye coordination), although I do not actually own any gaming consoles or games myself.
What are a few random facts about yourself?
Well, contrary to popular belief, I am, in fact, female. This idea may be thrown off by the fact that I am an INTJ, and therefore excruciatingly logical and impossibly emotionally-detached, paired with my natural inclination to be nerdy and geeky, while never dorky. Also contrary to popular belief of those initially reading my username, I actually play piano (as I’m often met with incredulous question of, “Do you actually play piano?”). My humor is mostly based on my life as I narrate it, being 95 percent true (as my life is so strange that the truth is more bizarre than anything I could really make up), and is decidedly British due to my irony, sarcasm, and understatement. I hate literature but I seem to write a lot, generally for humor. My very existence is often self-contradictory and ironic, such as the fact that I’m rather hard-working, but extremely lazy at the same time. I procrastinate terribly despite being obsessed with order. Thank you, odd combination of ADHD, Asperger’s, and mild OCD. I also highly suspect that I am not of your species or from this world. At least, not from this time. I belong in the future. I run a comedic blog and a lazily (while neatly and perfectly) hand-coded website which I’m often too lazy to update (oh right, that’s why it’s lazy). I’m either very quick or very slow to ‘get’ things.
Do you have any special talents you’d like to share?
I don’t like to claim that I am a talented piano player, just an entertaining one, but everyone besides my mother disagrees (who believes I am not only talentless, but also fat, ugly, stupid, blind, and deaf. Well… pity). As previously mentioned, I seem to be good with people, which is ironic as I am anti-social, unable to read people, tactless, and emotionally-detached. I have a knack for making people laugh, which is good for feeding my odd craving of people laughing. Overall, I’m an entertainer. I consume knowledge faster than a sponge dropped in the ocean. I can see humor in anything.
What accomplishments are you proud of?
…Too many to list. Okay, I know that sounds conceited, and that would not be out-of-character for me, but I mean it.
What are your special goals or dreams?
Well. There are a few people I’d love to meet… other than that, I feel like I’m pretty accomplished. Actually, no, I want to perform in Carnegie Hall.
How would you describe yourself or personality?
Look up “INTJ”. That sums me up pretty well, as that is my personality type. Add to that, also, the fact that I have ADHD and Asperger’s. I’m a bit insane. My friends would all claim that that is a horrendous and dangerous understatement. I’m conceited, eccentric, logical, curious, knowledgeable, ironic, open-minded, paranoid, phobia-prone, manly, and self-contradictory just by the nature of my existence. I get very obsessive, and often fangirlish, although I’m always coherent (AKA, I do not speak fangirl speak).
What brought you to Answers.com?
I was blocked from Yahoo! Answers because I’ve been using it far too much at the time. I get easily obsessed to things. Anyway, I was trying to research and soon enough I came across this website and was very impressed. At first, I only used Answers.com because I was apprehensive to use a lot of my time on the site, but I succumbed, created an account, and looked around. I only started becoming active in August ’09 and I was hooked, then weaned myself off in the interests of school, and then just recently came back to rampant correcting activity. By the way, Answers.com completely, totally trumps Yahoo! Answers.
What kept you coming back to Answers.com?
Someone on the Internet is wrong. (Kudos to those who get the reference.) But really. It drove me nuts, how many people were being ignorant, incomplete, or downright inaccurate, especially under the Elton John topic.
What is your favorite Answers.com activity?
Answering (and fixing answers), although I also thoroughly enjoy splitting alternatives. Answering is fun because I’m giving a straight answer or fixing a previous answer (often extremely vague, completely unrelated, thoroughly ignorant, or downright inaccurate). Splitting alternatives is great because a lot of times, I come across questions with completely unrelated alternatives and then there are people who are redirected to irrelevant questions and answers that just confuse people. I hope to be a helping hand in clearing up situations like that, at least in my little corner of the Internet. Oh! It seems I left out a few things. If you don’t mind just adding to the end of my answer of my random facts? I’m also quite short, have no ability to burp, and run around in school with a cape. In all seriousness.