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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wensleydale

Wensleydale, in Yorkshire, England

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

grenoble france at night near lake

Grenoble, France

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Answers Community Outreach

presents

Summer Run 2015

SummerRun

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

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

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

Summer Run Prizes

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

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

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

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

Hope to see you in the Summer Run!

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

Introducing Cloie Anne, from the Philippines

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

Cloieanne

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have you met Elyse2155?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Who is Randyatcabincreek?

He was born and raised in Roanoke, Virginia and enjoys creative cooking.  Read on to learn more about this retired, disabled corrections officer and Answers contributor, Randyatcabincreek!

Q: What is your first name?
A: Randall. I usually go by Ran or Randy.

Q: What is your Answers.com username and how did it come about?
A: Randyatcabincreek. It is a combination of my name and the area of Roanoke county I live.

Q: What about your family? Do you have any children? Pets?
A: Married 32 years to Mary Anne, Daughter Annah; graduate of Virginia Tech.
We are owned by Razz, a doberman/lab mix. She is perhaps the most in-tune to human emotions I have ever seen. Everyone she meets is her new best friend, unless it’s a skunk, cat, or ‘possum. Then she only barks to chase them away.

Q: What can you share with us about about your education? What influenced you in choosing your field(s) of study?
A: Collegio tau Autodidactas. Majored in religion, mythology and philosophy. To broaden my knowledge and try to figure out why people hang on to religious beliefs, especially when the majority do not know why they do at the deepest level. I am an avowed atheist whose mouth can get him into trouble.

Q: What life accomplishments are you proud of?
A: Raising a successful, healthy daughter.

Q: Who or what has been or is your inspiration in life?
A: Tough question. My wife and daughter have given me the courage to keep going, even if it hurts! Also people like Jack Welch, former CEO of General Electric; Richard Dawkins, Albert Einstein, George Carlin, Michael Shermer, Christopher Hitchens, Teilhard De Chardin, EA Poe, and so many educators who inspired me to dig deeper, question everything, and to be a good skeptic.

Q: Is there anything you feel sets you apart, something that makes you unique you’d like to mention?
A: I am my own person; I fully understand the meaning of life. It ain’t hard people, don’t complicate it.

Q: Do you have a special motto, belief in life or quote; something you always keep in mind or live by? What is your passion in life?
A: Jack Welch once said, “Always accept reality for what it is, not what you’d like it to be.” Family and knowledge are paramount in my life.

Blue Ridge Mountains

Q: Do you have any traveling experiences you’d like to share? Where is one place in the world you would love to visit and why?
A: I have not been able to travel much since a debilitating accident took me down a notch or two physically in 1998, but I am fond of the Blue Ridge Mountains,New Mexico, and Colorado. [I would love to visit] my ancestor’s home in Scotland, My wife’s ancestor’s homes in Germany and Israel. To learn of course!

Q: Is there a place that’s special to you and why?
A: When I feel out of touch or sad, I can be found on the Blue Ridge Parkway, communing with nature, or fishing the Maury River at Goshen Pass near Lexington, Virginia.

Q: What are your special interests, hobbies, or collections?
A:  Mythology, religion, science, crosswords, good books to read. My hobby is gardening and just being outdoors.

Q: Do you have any special talents?
A: Irritating people… actually to challenge them to look at life.

Q: If you had three wishes, what would you wish for?
A: A better education, better health and for three more wishes!

Q: What is the most craziest/scariest/dangerous/embarrassing/wonderful/extreme in any way, thing that has ever happened to you?
Answer: Probably getting hit by a car working an inmate escape in 1998. Healthy one minute, not so much the next!

Q: Glass half full or half empty?
A: Depends on who poured the glass for me.

Q: What is your favorite music and band or artist? Do you have a favorite song?
A: Sit down. Heavy Metal and classical; Metallica and Beethoven. Favorite song – One by Metallica. It does not get any more raw or honest than that.

Q: Favorite television show or movie?
A: Big Bang Theory. It’s funny, awkward and so true to Nerd-dom.  Favorite movie – To Wong Foo: Thanks for Everthing, Julie Newmar. If three of Hollywood‘s most macho actors can act like drag queens and get a point across about open mindedness, how much better a lesson in life.

Q: Do you have a favorite poet? Poem?
A: Edgar Allen Poe. Took big ones to write like that. Poem – The Raven. Why not?

Q: Who is your favorite author? Do you have a favorite book?
A: John R. R. Tolkien. Who else could take a story about God and Jesus, turn it around with other mythologies, and come up with something so spectacular. Book – The Lord of the Rings, by Tolkien.

Q: How did you discover Answers and how long have you been a member of the community?
A: By happy accident. I asked a question, got it answered and signed up to answer. Since the Fall of 2014.

Q: What enticed you to join our community and what do you like best about the community? What is your favorite thing to do on the site?
A: Some answers I read over were too vague or incorrect. I felt like I could give my two cents, and perhaps a better understanding of the subject matter.
Favorite things to do – Answer valid questions, redirect wrong categorized questions, and ignore trollish questions.

Who is PPMSJohn?

He claims to have a demented sense of humor and lives by the motto, “Don’t Panic!”  John, aka PPMSJohn, has been with Answers since January.  Let’s see what else John has to share with us about himself!

Q:  Does your username, PPMSJohn, have a special meaning?
A: I have a daily fight with primary progressive MS and that fight helps define me.

Q:  What about your family?
A: Married for 17 years, we have an 18 year old adopted daughter that became our foster child when she was 12.

Golden Doodle

Golden Doodle

Q:  Do you have any pets?
A: 3 Dogs: Golden Doodle: Mithkah (sweetness in Hebrew), Mini Golden Doodle: Kashyyyk (Wookiee home world in Star Wars), and Pug: Roxy (she was rescued so no unique name here)

Q:  What are your special interests?
A: I have received extensive training in the field of religion.

Q:  What influenced you in choosing your field(s) of study?
A: The quest for knowledge of God and his purposes.

Q:  What is your occupation?
A: Right now I’m currently not working due to my disability. I was in steel sales when I was younger, but left that because of the enormous amount of stress that came with it. I was most recently in the field of tool rental as home improvement projects were a big hobby of mine.

Q:  Where are you from; where did you grow up?
A: I’m from Massillon, Ohio

Q:  What life accomplishments are you proud of?
A: Becoming a foster parent and being able to adopt our daughter. Taking in someone that needed our love and care.

Q:  Who or what has been or is your inspiration in life?
A: The example of love and compassion that Jesus Christ set.

Q:  What are you most passionate about in your life?

A: After God and family, probably food and good beer.

Q:  Where is one place in the world you would love to visit and why?
A: Israel because of the history involved.

Q:  What do you enjoy for recreation? Reading, television, movies, running, sports, music, cooking, sewing, crocheting, swimming – whatever you love to do!

A:  Studying and gathering information is actually a hobby of mine… sad I know! I also enjoy sports, music and occasional online gaming.

Q:  Do you have any special talents?
A: I have been told I have a gift for public speaking.

Q:  If you had three wishes, what would you wish for?
A: 1st wish: The wisdom to not mess up my next 2 wishes. 2nd and 3rd wishes: Don’t have the first yet so I do not know.

Q:  How did you discover Answers.com?
A: Asking a question in Google search.

Q: What enticed you to join our community and what do you like best about the community?
A: I thought it was an excellent concept. Asking questions and getting an answer from another person, one that you could contact through the site if needed. Then I thought about sharing my knowledge of the Bible with those that are asking sincere questions.

Q:  What is your favorite thing to do on Answers.com?
A: Answering questions of course!

Q:  If you were inviting someone to join Answers.com, what reason(s) would you give them to convince them they would love being a part of our community?
A: It is a good way to make a contribution to educating society.

Q:  Glass half full or half empty? Why?
A: Half full, unless it’s good beer, because it won’t be half full for long.

Q:  And last, but certainly not least, tell us about one quirky or interesting random fact about you that most people may not know?
A:  I love to say something crazy and off the wall to someone just to see how they will react. I have to put concentrated effort into appearing serious though or the reaction won’t be genuine.