Say hi to Aitazaz, Answers contributor from Seattle!

Seattle born and raised, this undergraduate student in the field of networking also enjoys programming and graphic designing. Let’s get to know Answers contributor of nearly five years, Aitazaz!

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Q: What is your first name?
A: Zane

Q: What is your Answers.com username and how did it come about?
A: Aitazaz. It’s an anagram of my name.

Q: What influenced you in choosing your field(s) of study?
A: The way the modern world is evolving.

Q: Is there anything you feel sets you apart, something that makes you unique you’d like to mention?
A: I listen before I talk and think before I act.

Q: What are you most passionate about in your life?
A: My interests.

Q: Are there any traveling experiences you’d like to share?
A: I’ve been to 46 states in the US, and I sometimes travel to Italy.

Q: Where is one place in the world you would love to visit and why?
A: Library of Congress, it’s the largest library in the world.

Q: What are your special interests or hobbies?
A: I enjoy programming and graphic designing.

Q: What do you enjoy for recreation:
A: I like reading and playing tennis, and occasionally play violin as well.

Q: If you had three wishes, what would you wish for?
A: My three wishes would be to teleport, stop time, and ability to fly.

Q: How did you discover Answers.com?
A: I asked a question and needed an answer.

Q: What enticed you to join our community and what do you like best about the community?
A: I joined because I liked the relaxed community.

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

Q: What accomplishments on Answers.com are you proud of? Do you have any goals you’d like to achieve on the site?
A: My goal at the moment is to become a supervisor, after that I’m not so sure.

Q: What is the most daring thing you’ve ever done?
A: Sky Diving.

Q: If you could be any animal, what would you be and why?
A: Chameleon, because I could blend in anywhere.

Q: Glass half full or half empty? Why?
A: Half empty, since it’s good to know what is there but better to know what isn’t.

Q: What are some of your favorites in life?
A:
Music Genre – Classical or alternative rock
Band or Artist – Linkin Park
Song – Für Elise; it has sentimental value
Television show – House, because of its hilarious drama
Author – Christopher Paolini, because his works started my reading hobby
Book – Island on Bird Street; it has sentimental value
Subject in school – Web Design
Food – Pizza
Any other favorites you’d like to mention – Anime

Q: And last, but certainly not least, tell us about one interesting random fact about you that most people may not know?
A: I like online gaming

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.

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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.

 

Say hi to Mary, aka Skippercollector!

Her favorite movie is Apollo 13, while her favorite book is The Copper Crown, by Patricia Kennealy Morrison.  We had a fun interview with Mary!

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Q:  Is there a story behind your username, Skippercollector?

A:  I am a Barbie doll collector, but my favorite doll since I was a little girl is her younger sister Skipper.  My collection focuses on her.

Q:  Do you have any pets?

A:   Milo is my domestic shorthair female cat.  She was a stray in the neighborhood, and the neighbors thought she was male, hence her boy’s name.  I didn’t adopt Milo.  Milo adopted me.

Q:  What is your educational background?

A:  I have a Bachelor’s degree in mass communications from Northern Kentucky University.

Q:  What influenced your chosen field of study?

A:  Even in grade school, I was good at writing and the teachers noticed it.

Q:  What is your occupation?

A:  I work in the PR department of a local hospital.

Q:  Where do you live?

A:  I live in Ohio.

Q:  What life accomplishments are you proud of?

A:  Go ahead and laugh if you want, or snicker that I am obsessed and have no life.  I spent months looking through all of my Barbie doll reference books and came up with a total of how many different versions of Barbie had been made between 1959 and 1999.  NO ONE, NO OTHER COLLECTOR, had ever done this.  Oh, and the answer is about 2,300.

Q:  Do you have any special traveling stories you’d like to share?

A:  The first time I visited Los Angeles was in 1985.  I’d fantasized about the place ever since I learned in first grade that all the people in my TV set lived in a place called Hollywood.  We spent the week sightseeing, but little knocked me over.  Until….we drove down to Huntington Beach.  As soon as we got off the freeway and started driving down Beach Boulevard, I was dumfounded.  This was the LA I’d had in my head all my life–the wide boulevard with the smaller businesses and all the palm trees lining it; the huge pier and the wide beach.

Q:  Where is one place in the world you would love to visit?

A:  Australia

Q:  Tell us about your doll collection.

A:  I have collected more than 900 Barbie and family dolls since the 1980s.

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

A:  When I started looking through all the Barbie doll questions, I noticed that many were repetitive and the anal-retentive part of me knew that they could be combined.  Plus, I knew a lot of the answers myself.  I also read a lot of misinformation that needed to be corrected.

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

A:  Deleting the inane or incomprehensible questions!

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:  I’ve already done it several times, suggesting that other doll collectors in general or Barbie collectors in particular would want to impart their knowledge.

Q:  If you could be any animal, what would you want to be?

A:  A cat.  Doesn’t everyone?

Q:  What are some random favorites you have?

A:  Some of my favorite things in life are:

Astronaut: Jim Lovell/Shannon Lucid
Athlete: retired professional Australian surfer Cheyne Horan
Car: red Chrysler Sebring convertible
Color: red
Doll: Skipper, of course! (particularly the 1968 Twist N Turn, 1970 Living, 1987 Jewel Secrets and 1989 Cheerleader Teen)
Play: Jesus Christ SuperStar/Mamma Mia!/Man of La Mancha/The Music Man/1776!
Sitcom: Dharma & Greg (1997-2002)/My Family (2000-?)/WKRP in Cincinnati (1978-1982)
Sound: jet cruising at 30,000 feet/bobwhite call
Vacation spot: Huntington Beach, CA

 

Meet Jackgin! Witty WIT member and great contributor

Jackgin is an outstanding member of our team: a WikiReviewer copy assistant, a Community Outreach WikiGuide, and a bronze contributor. He is also a member of Wiki Influential Teens (WIT) and just won the contest to describe the WIT program: Fun, Meaningful and Unique!  He loves computers, reading and WikiAnswers!  Read more and get to know Jack!

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

What is your occupation?  I am a student.

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

I am from Singapore. I think what makes Singapore a special place is its huge diversity and the chance to meet and see people from other races living in harmony.

How did you discover Answers.com?

My teacher gave me an assignment to do research on the characteristics of the crab. When I asked a question in Google for the assignment, the first search result was a link to Answers.com. I thank my teacher for ‘helping’ me to discover Answers.com.

What enticed you to join our community?

I love to help people and thought that Answers.com was a good way to do this by answering other people’s questions. WikiAnswers was so addicting that wherever I went, I was thinking about Answers.com all the time, thus I joined.

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

I like doing everything on the site and it’s a  lot of fun. If I had to choose one thing, it would be categorising questions.

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

Well, the people on the site are very nice and you also get to learn new things in areas that you may be interested in.

What is your favorite song? gangnam-style

It has to be Gangnam Style by PSY because I think it’s very catchy and I love the dance moves. In fact that is one of the reasons why the song is so popular.

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

Firstly, I would wish for world peace because I feel that peace is very important and some places in the world are still in much chaos. Secondly, I would wish that I could have autographs from every famous person that I like because then I can show them off to all my friends! Finally, I wish that I could have tons of money! Even though money isn’t everything in the world, it can still get you (and me) some awesome stuff, don’t you agree?

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

I view it as both. It’s ‘half full’ because it shows that I have made progress and should be happy about that; it’s ‘half empty’ because it shows that I still have a long way to go before I achieve true success.

You can only pick one:  banjo, butterfly, or babbling brook.  Which would you choose and why?

I’ll pick the butterfly since my mother and I both think that it is a fascinating creature.

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

I think making sure that my answers are accurate is the most challenging as an Answer.com contributor.

Who or what is your inspiration in life?

My inspiration is definitely my parents as they worked hard to raise me to be who I am now.

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

I would love to visit Japan as I have always thought that it is a very beautiful country with many different plants and animals.

What is one quirky or interesting random fact about you that most people may not know?

My short-term memory is bad, but my long-term memory is surprisingly good.

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Creative, caring and cultured: Meet Bolognaking

With almost 39,000 contributions, Bolognaking is a Gold Contributor, Category Supervisor, and WikiReviewer copy editor on our site. He’s also a regular participant in our AnswerThons and the 2011 WAmmy Award winner for the Literature and Language Category. He uses his expertise about Shakespeare to contribute to the Literature categories. It is a pleasure to introduce the all around talented Bolognaking to our community!

What is your first name?

My first name is Mason, but I am better known as Bolognaking.

What is your occupation?

I am retired from full-time work and I am now am a substitute teacher and teacher of English as a Second Language.

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

I chose my username a long time ago. We had an Italian friend who used to complain about people pronouncing Bologna as Baloney. I think that had something to do with it.

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

I live in a small town (population about 1700) on the Canadian prairies. Some people don’t like small town life. I do.

How did you discover Answers.com?

I was going through some old Laurentian pencils and noticing that they used to have the most interesting names for the colours (Hollywood Cerise, Orchid Purple, Midnight Black etc.). There was one colour I couldn’t find and I asked on Answers. I didn’t get an answer, but it got me curious about the site. I looked at some of the questions and said “I know the answer to that!” and I was off.

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

Answering first. Editing and merging questions, second.

What life accomplishments are you proud of?

In the end it’s the simple things that matter. I am most proud of my children, who are good people with good values. I cannot take full credit for that, but I am still proud.

What accomplishments on Answers.com are you proud of?

I’m proud of some of my better answers, the ones which took a lot of research.

What is your favorite type of music?  

I’ll listen to anything except country music. And even that has its moments.

What was the last song you listened to?

Solitario Corazón by Fausto Miño.

William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare

Who is your favorite poet?  

My favourite author, who was also a poet, is William Shakespeare. Plays and short stories are my favourite forms of literature; novels are my least favourite form.

What makes you unique?

Everyone is unique. It’s what makes life worth living. Diversity makes life better; uniformity crushes the soul.

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

If the glass is half empty, that means that there is an opportunity to fill it. If you look at it as half full, you are regretting that it was once completely full. I’ll take half empty.

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

Changes to the website mean that you have to go back and develop new procedures. This wastes time, and sometimes it is less than clear why the changes were made. As a Supervisor, the most annoying and challenging problem is that the people asking the questions often do not use proper spelling or grammar. In many cases the questioner could have easily received his answer if he had taken the time to phrase his question right. Unfortunately we are faced with a deluge of variant spellings and grammatically incorrect questions which have to be corrected.

Monopoly Man

Monopoly Man

What are your special interests, hobbies, or collections?  

I have a collection of recorded performances of Shakespeare’s plays (including movie adaptations) with about 150 titles. But I am a sucker for collections: I have collections of playing cards with non-standard shapes or facecards and of unusual Monopoly games.

What are you most passionate about in your life?

Truth. Kindness. Fairness. Diversity. Tolerance.

What is your favorite quote and why?

“We’re actors; we’re the opposite of people” Tom Stoppard, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. I think that would work for anyone who has been an actor.

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

Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat

I have been to a lot of them, but that only makes you hungrier for more. Angkor Wat, the Taj Mahal, Mecca, Dumfries, Abu Simbel, and Istanbul are on the list.

Do you have any special talents?  

I don’t know about talents, but I love to create. Painting, drawing, writing, performing and writing music, acting, directing, cooking, building – I love doing anything creative, including answering questions.

What is one quirky or interesting random fact about you that most people may not know?

I’m a Freemason.

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Meet Kedar bc: Wisdom and Wit All in One

This long time contributor – he joined in 2008 – is a Bronze Contributor. He is most active in the Maharashtra Schools Colleges and Universities and Senior Secondary Certificate categories, both topics related to the school system in his native India. Recently Kedar bc has become a prominent participant in our AnswerThons, winning 4th place in the summer contest and 3rd in the spring contest. Valedictorian of his class, his passions include his native country and ghazal music. Read on to learn more about this very intelligent and wise contributor!

What is your first name?

My first name is Kedar.

What is your occupation?

I am a 17 year old student.

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

I am from Pune, India. It is one of the oldest cities in the country and its origins can be traced back to the 6th century. Pune is considered to be the cultural capital of India. Also it is turning into a major research and educational hub.

How did you discover Answers.com?

Once I googled a physics homework question. Imagine the joy when I found that the same question was already answered on Answers.com.

What enticed you to join our community?

I always wanted to do community service. I thought that a great way to do so, in my capacity, was to answer other people’s questions and in the process also increase my understanding of things.

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

I would be an eagle because it is the one who sees it all as a free and distant observer of the bigger picture. If you can be anything, why not be the free, king of the skies.

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

My favorite thing is to just browse through the questions asked in my favorite categories and answer as many as I can. The satisfaction of answering questions is indescribable. Many times, I come across a question about a topic I recently studied. Trying to answer that question helps me learn new things and also make my concepts clearer.

What life accomplishments are you proud of?

Off the top of my head, I am proud that I was the valedictorian of my school. I hope in the future I will have a very long list to answer this question.

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

I have to confess; one of the most daring things was asking my crush on a date. ;-)

What is your favorite type of music?  

I love Indian music but ghazals are my favorite, and Jagjit Singh is my favorite ghazal singer. I am a big fan of A R Rahman’s music, too.

What is your favorite song?

My favorite song changes every month or so. Currently it is ‘Let it Be’. I recently downloaded the Beatles box set and I love this song. Before that my favorite song was The A Team.

What is your favorite poem and why?

My favorite poem is “The Race” by D.H. Groberg. This is a simple yet very inspirational poem about perseverance and finishing something you have started, even though you may have downfalls along the way. It tells us that winning is nothing.  More important than winning, it is ‘to rise each time you fall’.

What makes you unique?

I try to look at things differently. For example, in the proverb:  ‘A rolling stone gathers no moss’, I think moss indicates lethargy and stagnancy. So in my eyes, being a rolling stone is a good thing as you soak up new experiences. And then there is always my DNA to prove my uniqueness.

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

I really want to say something like…saving the world, but if a genie really pops out and asks what I want, these are the things I will ask for.

  • Money…lots and lots of it.
  • Life till I decide to die.
  • And the ability to freeze time.

The only challenge would be to frame the requests such that the genie cannot trick me.

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

Definitely I view it half filled. I try to acknowledge the presence of something rather than its absence. At the same time, I remain aware that there is still a lot of space to be filled.

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

The most challenging thing is to answer vague questions. I have to try to interpret what the person is really asking or what he really wants to know and answer that. I try not to give vague or incomplete answers. This becomes challenging because, for this, you have to know a lot about a topic.

What are your special interests, hobbies, or collections?

I love debates and elocutions. I act in dramas. I am learning to play the Indian flute called the ‘bansuri.’

What are you most passionate about in your life?

I am most passionate about my country, India. I want India to be called a developed country.

What is your favorite quote and why?

I personally don’t think that quotes have to come from great personalities. A good thought is a good thought, no matter who says it, but in the real world, unless you become ‘Someone’, ‘No one’ is interested in what you have to say. So MY quote is:

‘Be so successful that you are quoted in other people’s quotations.’

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

Florence

Florence

Right now, I want to visit Italy, especially Florence because I am reading Dan Brown’s Inferno and I want to see all the piazzas and various paintings mentioned in his other books.

What is one quirky or interesting random fact about you that most people may not know?

I don’t think it’s very interesting or uncommon, but whenever someone asks me something or in general conversation, I have a very funny (sometimes a bit sarcastic) remark ready in my mind, and sometimes I smile even when it’s not expected.

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