Loves music and met Tony the Tiger – Let’s say hi to Bobo192! He’s Grrreat!

Shrewsbury, England

We recently had a nice interview with Bobo192. With over 355,000 contributions on his side, Bobo192, aka Matthew, has got it going on! This Double Platinum Contributor has been a member at Answers since 2009 and has worked tirelessly to help out on the site. He’s a Supervisor and Mentor, helping new Supervisors learn the ropes, A Community Outreach WikiGuide, reaching out to the community, and a Site Investigator in the Vandal Patrol Program, on the lookout for vandalism.

Q:  Is there anything special about your username?

A:  Bobo has been a childhood nickname ever since I was around 21 months old. The 192 came about as, when I first attempted to register myself as Bobo on one Internet service, it was already taken and 192 came about as the first suggested alternative.

Q:  What can you tell us about your family and where you’re from?

A:  I live in Shrewsbury, England, and was born in Brighton. I live with my mother and father, and have two brothers, one sister, a sister-in-law, and one niece.

Q:  What life accomplishments are you proud of?

A:  I feel that our role in life is to achieve more than those around us believe is possible. As a young baby I wasn’t expected to live beyond three months, and in spite of my disabilities, I have overcome this and countless other difficulties in my life by refusing to say no.

Q:  Is there anything you feel sets you apart, something that makes you unique you’d like to mention?

A:  I have an acquired brain injury which inhibits both my short term and long term memory. In spite of this I am thankful that I was never closed off from any circles of friends I have made throughout my life, some of whom have now been friends for nearly 25 years. I am also grateful that this has never clashed with my musical ambitions.

Q:  Do you have a special motto, belief in life or quote; something you always keep in mind or live by?

A:  My favourite motto at present is from a song by Warren Zevon, entitled “Never Too Late for Love” – the last line of that song is “Don’t stop believing in tomorrow” – I have always believed this to be of paramount importance. Our tomorrow is others’ today.

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

A:  Music is my life, my soul, and my inspiration. Anyone who knows me well will testify that my musical taste is insanely wide, and that I have music for every mood, and all of my various states of mind. If I need calming down I will listen to music. If I need picking up, I will listen to music which puts me emotionally in the same place I was when I first listened to it.

Q:  What are your special interests, hobbies, or collections?

A:  My main collection is my music. Having been involved in both the practical and theoretical sides of music for over 20 years, I will always foster the creation and interpretation of music from anyone of any level of self-belief who realizes they are keeping fresh the love of their life and not allowing it to go stale in the eyes of adversity fostered by today’s mass-marketing world.

Q:  What do you enjoy for recreation?

A:  I listen to music 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Music is my life and my world, without music in my life I would be empty. I enjoy exploring around the many hills of the local area, and I often go for walks of ten miles or more in the afternoon or evening outside of wintertime.

Q:  Do you have any special talents?

A:  I love to play the piano and guitar – I took up the guitar in around 2010, but have played the piano since early childhood – on the advice, and considerable cynicism, of my teacher, who didn’t believe I would be physically capable.

Q:  How did you discover Answers.com?

A:  The exact circumstances of discovering the site are something of a blur, I must have Googled a question rather than a search term and stumbled upon interactive Q&A. The Answers.com community were immediately friendly, welcoming, and keen to help out anywhere they could. Five years later, many of those same people who welcomed me back then are still close to me.

Q:  What enticed you to join our community and what do you like best about the community?

A:  For me, the most important facet of Wikianswers is the ability to share our own knowledge, to build a database of knowledge for the whole world. As a child we are constantly wondering “why”, but something along the way stops us from asking that question for ourselves. Equally, we are capable of viewing the knowledge others have voluntarily passed along to us.

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?

When I first joined the site, I was amazed at how quickly everyone became not just friends, but like family. And like every family, we have grown, shared in happiness, sadness, loss, gain, but mostly a world of knowledge and positive community spirit.

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 have met Tony the Tiger. The man who does the voice of Tony the Tiger in the United Kingdom visited our college in 2004 and talked about his experience in the music industry.

How about those WikiReviewers?

Close up of vintage typewriter machineWhen our WikiReviewers tackle a task, they do it with gusto! It’s amazing to see members of this program band together on missions and work hard to meet and even by-pass monthly program goals!

We’re saving the bulk of our brags for our end-of-the-year sound off, but we just can’t keep quiet about one of the  WikiReviewers‘ accomplishments this year. And boy are we proud of this one!  In April, WikiReviewers dove into the Uncategorized category with a goal of recategorizing 5,000 questions. We thought that would be a pretty tough task. Well, you’ll be amazed to know by the end of the month, we had recategorized an astronomical 425,988 questions!!  Turns out we set our sights a little low on that one, and as more WikiReviewers pitched in, we exceeded our goal far beyond what we expected!

In the past year, WikiReviewers have completed a walloping 14,978 missions, making hundreds of thousands of needed edits on the site!  We’ve also gained over 30 new members since the first of the year!

There are five divisions in the WikiReviewers Program, each with their own specific types of assignments.  Robin, the program coordinator, places newcomers to the program in the most suitable category for them, based on a review of their contributions to the site.

If you happen to meet up with a WikiReviewer on the site, give them a pat on the back.  They certainly deserve it!

 

It’s exciting to be part of the WikiReviewers Program!  If you would like to join us, message Robin, the program coordinator and let her know.

Meet HisPowr4U

Hispowr4U started out on Answers.com in 2007 and already had a WAmmy Lifetime Achievement Award by 2009.  She is an honored member of the Millionaire’s Club many times over with more than 3 million contributions. She has 6,744 Trust Points, another indication of how highly valued she is on the site. Her favorite categories include: Word and Phrase Origins, Definitions and Word Differences, and Synonyms and Antonyms. She is also very active in the Music category.  Check out B.J.s profile page to see beautiful portraits of Smokey, her kitty and many more accomplishments. She is an impressive and respected member of our community!

What is your first name? My real first name is Betty, but I go by BJ.

What is your occupation? I’m unemployed and disabled.

What is your Answers.com username and how did it come about?

It is HisPowr4U (notice there’s no E in it!). I actually prayed that God would help me to think of a name that would point others to Him, and that’s what I believe He gave me.

Where in the world do you hail from and what makes this place special?

I grew up in Missouri, but since 1984 I have lived in Western North Carolina. I love the mountains here, and the flowers in the spring.

How did you discover Answers.com?

 I was asking a question on Google.com – I have no idea now what the question was – and one of the first “answers” was a link to WikiAnswers. I was lovestruck.

What enticed you to join our community?

Soon after I started contributing to the site, I was invited to become a Supervisor. I had so much fun on the site, I jumped right in.

If you could be any animal, what would you be and why?

Smokey: Powr4U's kitty!

Smokey: Powr4U’s kitty!

 I would be a kitten, because they are so precious and cuddly.

What is your favorite thing to do on Answers.com?

 I love to re-categorize questions.

If you were inviting someone to join Answers.com, what reason would you give that person to become a part of our community?

 It’s FUN! There are so many things available on the site now to do, and there are so many more groups than when I first found the site. If a person has special knowledge about any subject, he or she will be able to find a niche here.

What life accomplishments are you proud of?

 I used to do short-term mission trips to Juarez, Mexico once a year with a friend of mine who had a youth group. I translated for the group sometimes because I was the only one who spoke Spanish. We did preaching, singing, and a lot of skits. I even taught the youth group how to sing “Jesus Loves Me” and “This Little Light of Mine” in Spanish.

I am proud of learning Spanish, although I’m not totally fluent.  It comes in handy. Now I’m writing Bible questions in Spanish for the director of an orphanage in Guatemala. They do what they call “Bible Quizzing” in which the kids use questions (Such as who, what, when, where, why, how?)  to memorize Bible verses.

Check out some of HisPowr4U’s contributions on the site!

Meet Ironnica: Eclectic, Intelligent and Irish

Friend with Ironnica on Graduation Day

Friend with Ironnica on Graduation Day

Ironnica is one of our top Supervisors in the areas of Chemistry and Math. He has a special talent for chemistry in particular and is currently doing a PhD in the subject, and he is just 25 years old! To pay his way through school, he bartends and he also works with undergraduate students at University. On our site, he is an AnswerThon winner in Second Place, and a member of the Mentoring Program and Vandal Patrol. He is also a Category Supervisor in Math and Arithmetic and Chemistry and related areas. At over 26, 000 contributions, he is already a Gold Contributor. It is an honor to have Ironnica helping out on our site! Read more and get to know this young Irishman.

What is your first name?

My first name is Liam.

What is your occupation?

I am a PhD student in Dublin City University. My area of study is solar fuels generation in the Department of Chemistry.

What enticed you to join our community?

I asked a question about a guitar that I wanted to buy, the Jackson WRMG. It has a very unusual shape and I wanted to know if it would fit into a normal sized soft guitar bag. Somebody actually checked their guitar and let me know that it did. From there, I answered a few questions while in  my first year of college and later I was asked to join the Premier Answerers Facebook page. That was a very nice touch. Following that, the community of people on the site made it somewhere that I wanted to stay. There are a lot of lovely people here.

What is your favorite thing to do on Answers.com?

I like answering questions. I’ve recently been working through a few key words, mainly on unit conversions, as a means to clean the backlog up. I could try to guess alternative wording for answers in the hope of slotting an answer in, but for the majority of these questions, they require a one sentence answer, and it is far more efficient to just answer them. When I started,  I used to look up the answers to questions I had a vague idea about, and I learned a lot of random things myself through that method. I used reliable sources so I do not fear that the info was incorrect!

What is the most daring thing you’ve ever done?

The move from an institute of technology (IT Carlow) to university was daring. I didn’t come from a house with vast amounts of money, but I knew from my time in Carlow that chemistry was my calling and that I would have been at a disadvantage if I didn’t take the plunge.

What is your favorite type of music? What is your favorite band or artist?

Andy McKee

Andy McKee

I used to be into heavy metal and some power metal, hard rock, punk and a random mix aside from that. I have gone now drifted towards pop punk and listen to Less than Jake, The Offspring, Blink 182, Bad Religion, Lars Frederiksen, Bouncing Souls, Fight Like Apes and Dead Cat Bounce. Two legends of music that I’ll always hold very dear are Andy McKee (double hand tapping acoustic) and Ludovico Einaudi (Italian composer and pianist). I’ve been very lucky to see both and they gave incredible shows.

What makes you unique?

I am a very honest person, and if I’m not being honest, I have good reason not to be. I am not religious, but I do live by a loose idea of karma. I have been very lucky in life to get where I am, which encourages me to continue this way and to keep in mind who may be affected by my actions or lack of them.

What are you most passionate about in your life?

I am most passionate about chemistry, and as of late, inspiring younger minds by explaining things in ways that I wish had been told to me. I have always been passionate about my three nephews and my niece and I hope to be there for them whenever they need me in the future.

Who or what is your inspiration in life?

I don’t need to look far in my life for inspiration thankfully. My girlfriend, Andrea is a rock, and a very intelligent, capable and highly motivated individual, and to put up with me is something to be admired on its own.

My dad and sister have always offered me help. My dad has provided me with any tools that I have needed in life, and has done his level best for me. I have quite a few aunts and uncles who are there to give support whenever needed, in particular, my uncle Eamonn who is a Catholic priest. He (and others) has looked out for me and we get on remarkably well, considering I am an atheist. He respects that, and it goes unmentioned.

Do you view the glass ‘half full’ or ‘half empty’? Why?

I am a half empty type of person, a bad habit. Doing research is an absolute roller-coaster that has you picking yourself up a few times a week. That’s where the forced optimism comes in, and the “ah sure, it’ll be grand” line.

What life accomplishments are you proud of?

I won the 2009 Eurachem Analytical Measurement Competition in Ireland. I was selected as one of five IT students to represent Ireland at the 2008 London International Youth Science Forum. I got a side qualification in quality assurance while attending Carlow IT. I finished top of class in my undergraduate degree. Also, I never dreamed that I could have the opportunity to do a PhD, and for getting here (a long road to go yet) I am proud no matter what lies ahead in the future.

Anything else?

Not so much a question, but I have to thank the Answers team for the opportunity to enter the recent AnswersThon and for being the lovely people that they are. They have provided a platform of free education.  I am also thankful to Sal Khan of Khan Academy, Wikipedia, and the infinite amount of freely available educational resources on the Internet. We really live in a knowledge-rich environment with all these media available at our fingertips. With proper dedication, anyone can succeed, with the right tools already in place.

Check out some of Ironnica’s questions on Answers.com:

How do you find the answer to A girl counted 28 geese and horses on the farm all together and if there were 78 legs how many were geese?

What two factors most influence the chance a collision will occur between atoms of chemical reactions?

What are 5 ways to know that a chemical reaction has taken place?

How much water will a 25 millimeter by 100 millimeter pipe hold?

 

 

Fall Frenzy AnswerThon: Win up to $300 for showing off what you know!

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Join us and find out! The 2013 Fall Frenzy AnswerThon is an Answers™ contest, rewarding the individuals who answer the most unanswered questions in a 2-day period.  It will be held November 23rd-24th, and there are $2,000 in Amazon gift cards and merchandise to award to 28 winners!

It’s easy to win! In fact, if you answer just 10 questions, you’re automatically entered in a drawing to win an Amazon gift card.

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Meet KrazE1: Lover of naps, coffee and fish

KrazE1 has been on the site for just about a year now and already she is making her mark! She was a Runner Up in the Sizzlin’ Summer AnswerThon, and she’s already a graduate of TIP, our premier program that trains members to become Supervisors on the site. Off the site, KrazE1 is an expert on freshwater fish. She loves coffee, and her naps…caffeine apparently doesn’t interfere with her sleep! Read more to learn about this Gold Contributor!

What is your first name? My first name is Kim.

What is your Answers.com username and how did it come about?

My username is KrazE1 and it’s pronounced as “crazy” because sometimes I am. I thought it was just an interesting spelling.

Where in the world do you hail from and what makes this place special?

I’m from Ontario, Canada. Our crazy weather makes it a special place.

How did you discover Answers.com?

I had been looking for a fish item online to purchase, and I noticed a question and answer for the site.

What enticed you to join our community?

When I first entered the site, the question I came upon had incorrect information regarding goldfish. I couldn’t possibly ignore it, so I just had to join to edit the response. Then I found even more questions about goldfish that needed answers, and I’ve been here ever since.

How did you become an expert on fish?

I’m certainly no expert, as there are always new things to learn, but after more than 15 years of keeping fish, and doing lots of research, it has helped me learn many things to keep my fish healthy.

What is your favorite fish?

That would have to be a Calico Ribbontail. It is a type of goldfish, but it has very long fins which exceed its body in length. It almost looks like Linus dragging along his comfort blanket when it swims.

What else can you tell us about goldfish?

5 year old Spot

5 year old Spot

Goldfish actually grow quite a bit when they are given the recommended amount of space and care. The fish in the picture is named Spot, and he is just over 5 years old. I am just barely holding him in my hand, so you can appreciate his size.

If you could be any animal, what would you be and why?

I would be a house cat. Cats can nap all day!

Do you have any pets?

Silly O

Silly O

I have two cats who are true brothers. One of them, named Oreo, frequently makes a point to stare me down when he wants me to give him attention, instead of sitting on my laptop.

What is your favorite type of music?  

My favourite types of music are heavy metal, hard rock, punk, and rock. My favourite band is Nirvana.

 

What was the last song you listened to?

Volbeat, about Lola Montez.

What is your favorite song?

It’s a tie between two songs for me: Metallica’s Fade to Black, and Judas Priest’s Before the Dawn.

What do you find most challenging as an Answers.com Supervisor?

It’s a challenge to merge the questions that are asked repeatedly when there are already answers for questions much the same, but just worded differently or misspelled.

Where is one place in the world you would love to visit and why?

I would visit Scotland because I absolutely love everything related to castles and medieval times and there is much to be seen there.

Check out some of KrazE1’s answers on the site:

What song is played in the closing credits of the movie Kurt Cobain about a son?

How do you tell if a goldfish is pregnant?

Can a viper fish drink coffee?

 

Meet Natural Val: From massage to mountain climbing

Natural Val is a knowledgeable health care professional who we are lucky to have on the site. His teaching background makes his answers easy to understand and he loves to share his knowledge. On the site, you will find him as a Mentor, Senior Supervisor and Silver Contributor.  Offsite, he is  a man of many talents: graphic artist, photographer and mountain climber – and he has some awesome stories about survival in the wilderness. Check out Valentin’s interview to learn more about this intelligent and dedicated contributor.

What is your first name?

My first name is Valentin, pronounced Valenteen. Most people call me Val because it’s easier to say. I would like to think that my parents named me after the three Roman Emperors named Valentinius, but since they were silent movie buffs, they were probably thinking of Rudolph Valentino.

What is your occupation?

Pantheistic Symmetry  by Valentin

Pantheistic Symmetry
by Valentin

I have had a few different careers associated with either photography and graphic arts or allied health care like massage therapy, and now nursing. And, since I am so much of a people person, I consider myself as being mostly a health sciences educator.

What is your Answers.com username and how did it come about?

I have always loved nature and the great outdoors. I was teaching at a massage therapy school in North Carolina when I first joined Answers.com. The name of the school was the Natural Touch School of Massage. I liked the name so much that I incorporated the word ‘natural’ into many of my usernames. And so, for WikiAnswers Natural Val was a natural choice. Pun intended.

Where in the world do you hail from and what makes that place special?

I come from what is now known as Serbia-Montenegro. When I was born there it was called Yugoslavia, but in Europe a person takes on ethnicity and cultural affiliation from one’s heritage and one’s parents, and not according to the borders where one is physically born. My father is Romanian and my mother, Hungarian so I was a misfit because that was considered a mixed marriage. Because of a difficult political situation, my family, which included my parents and my older sister, Ofelia, immigrated to the United States when I was five years old.

How did you discover Answers.com?

I was doing research for an anatomy and physiology class I was teaching, and found a link to a question that I could not resist answering myself on Answers. A week later, after I had answered a few more questions, a Supervisor invited me to join because she liked the way I answered questions.

What life accomplishments are you proud of?

My proudest accomplishment is being polyglottic and that means lots of glotts, which is the Latin word for tongues. I have learned to speak seven languages throughout my life. Five of those I learned to speak with native fluency by the time I was six years old. In order, they were: Hungarian, Romanian, Serbian, Italian, and American English. It was later that I learned conversational levels of French and American Sign Language (ASL); more like what people call their second language, only they were my sixth and seventh. I even taught ASL and English reading and writing skills to deaf adults at the Deaf Community Center of San Diego for a while. These were people that had been born deaf and had minimal, if any, communication skills and no formal education. They had family that brought them here after they, themselves, immigrated to the US from other parts of the world; places like Thailand, Vietnam, Colombia, Mexico, and Ethiopia. I consider being their teacher here in America as a sort of a coup d’état  considering my earlier situation when I was the foreigner without a clue as to what was going on.

What accomplishments on Answers.com are you proud of?

I am proudest for starting the category of Massage Therapy. I was not only its first Supervisor but, at the time there was no Alternative Health category, so it had to be added to make a place for Massage Therapy. I was also the first Human Anatomy Supervisor.

If you had three wishes, what would you wish for?

My three wishes are to end all wars, end all world hunger, and end all disease. If that ever happened we would probably overpopulate the world and that would make all three of those wishes impossible to attain as long as we all stayed on just this one planet. And so, since we haven’t started inhabiting Mars, yet, I have to take back all three wishes and choose another one, and only one. And that would have to be that we learn to share the Earth; not only sharing it with other human beings, but with all of life that has a home on this wet rock flying around a star in one of the 200 billion, or more, galaxies in this vast Universe. There may be enough room out there, but since we are all still here, let’s make the best of it.

Do you view the glass ‘half full’ or ‘half empty’? 

I view it as half full. But you probably could have easily guessed that by now.

What do you find most challenging as an Answers.com Supervisor?

The most challenging thing is to figure out what the questioner is trying to learn. In other words, what is the question? I try to enter the mindset of the person who wrote it, and that means I try to guess the approximate age and level of knowledge or experience the person may have with the subject. I especially love the questions that children ask because they are usually from a perspective of either curiosity or just plain awe about the world around them.

What are you most passionate about in your life?

I am most passionate about my life. My definition of life is the period of time when a biological organism uses its will and intention to influence changes in its internal and external environments. So, life is about having opportunities to make changes.

Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein

What is your favorite quote and why?

“You should make things as simple as possible, but no simpler.” – Albert Einstein. After that it would have to be: “And don’t call me Shirley!” – Hollywood movie classic, Airplane.

Who is your inspiration in life?

My grandparents from the Hungarian village where I spent the first part of my life are the biggest inspiration for me. My grandmother was the village doctor, nurse, and midwife and my grandfather was the most skilled farmer, craftsman, and animal tender in their town. Everybody respected them both. My grandfather’s philosophy was to make friends and visit with everybody, but stay true to your own beliefs and ways while respecting others.

Where is one place in the world you would love to visit and why?

I would love to visit the Kalahari Desert in Southern Africa because I would love to be a guest of the native San people or the Bushmen, as they are also known.

Do you have any special talents?

One of my proudest achievements is solo camping in the Cascade Mountains of Northern California where I spent three days and nights with no tent, no sleeping bag, no flashlight, no matches, and no modern camping equipment. All I carried was a knife and blanket. During those three glorious days I explored the local plants and wildlife. Those three days and nights are burned deeply into my memory.

Check out these answers by Natural Val:

Why do you need habitats?

What is the principal role of protein in the body?

What is the last part of the brain to develop fully?