Meet Galileedawn: Honored Rabbi, Valued Contributor

GalileeDawnGalileedawn is our resident expert on all things related to Judaism. As a writer, educator and researcher, he is an expert who shares his vast knowledge on the site. He is also an active member of our Answers.com community as Category Supervisor, WikiReviewer Editor, Noble WikiGuide, Vandal Patrol Generalist and he has Gold Contributor status. Currently residing in Israel, Galileedawn was born in the United States. Read more and get to know Galileedawn.

What is your occupation?

I am a Rabbi, engaged in the study and teaching of  the Talmud, Tanakh, halakha (Jewish law) and other areas of Judaism. I also am a writer and proofreader.

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

Galilee

Galilee

My handle is Galileedawn, since I live in the Galilee region of Israel. “Dawn” is a symbol of hope and beginnings.

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

I have dual citizenship, but I was “made in the U.S.A.”

What enticed you to join our community?

I noticed that many questions in the Judaism categories are either unanswered or have answers that are incomplete or inaccurate. I feel it is important that Judaism should be written about in a way that gives voice to our Torah heritage, replete with sources from Talmud, Tanakh (Hebrew Bible) and halakha (Torah-law), wherever applicable. I also feel that those who are posting questions are interested in seeing a traditional Jewish viewpoint in the answer, not a watered-down version.

What life accomplishments are you proud of?

I am proud of learning the Tanakh and several Talmud tractates (volumes) with their commentaries.

What accomplishments on Answers.com are you proud of?

I am proud of answering thousands of questions in the Judaism categories with what I hope are informative answers.

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

Once I  jumped out of a second-story window.

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

My only wish is for closeness to God.

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

Half full: Judaism is well-known for its optimism.

What are your special interests, hobbies, or collections?

I have a collection of several hundred books in Hebrew and English on Jewish topics. My hobby is Wikianswers.

What is your favorite quote and why?

“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the Earth.” That one brief quote answers reams of questions. It gives purpose to existence.

Rashi

Rashi

Who or what is your inspiration in life?

My inspiration is Rashi, a Talmud commentator who lived from 1040 to 1105.

Do you have any special talents?

I can write grammatically. That’s getting less common these days.

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

I can do quick math computations in my head.

Check out some of Galileedawn’s answers:

How does Judaism give life meaning and purpose?

What are the top ten facts about the Talmud?

What does the Jewish feast of Hanukkah celebrate?

Why is David important in the history of Judaism?

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.

Check out some of Jackgin’s intriguing answers:

How do you get Keynote on a Dell computer?

Is subtraction a short cut for addition?

What is a synonym for allure?

Meet His Powr4U: A Millionaire Club Contributor

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 sign that she is highly valued on our site. Her favorite categories include: Word and Phrase Origins, Definitions and Word Differences, and Synonyms and Antonyms. She is also 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?North Carolina

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 – 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.

Smokey: Powr4U's kitty!

Smokey: Powr4U’s kitty!

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

 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.

What reason would you give someone to join the Answers.com 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 to memorize Bible verses.

Check out some of HisPowr4U‘s contributions on the site:

How do computers make you lose the skill of writing?

What are the symptoms to know that a woman is asymptomatic?

Why were women not important in the Bible?

August AnswerThon: Win up to $300 for answering questions!

AnswerThon Online ContestHow many questions can you answer in 48 hours?

Take the challenge and find out! The Summer Scorcher AnswerThon is an Answers™ contest, rewarding the individuals who answer the most unanswered questions in a 2-day period.  It will be held August 17th-18th, and we’ve got $2,000 in Amazon gift cards to award 28 winners!

Winners who participate with a Facebook-connect account will receive a bonus gift card, and 5 lucky registrants will be chosen at RANDOM to win a gift card just for participating!

Sign up today!!

**Check Out Previous AnswerThon Winners’ Rewards!!**
1st place: $200 Amazon card (+$100 FB connect bonus)
Aggie 80 (1360 answers) – $300 Amazon card [FB bonus]

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Supervisor – Xnicola (1214 answers) – $150 Amazon card
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3rd place: $100 Amazon card (+$25 FB connect bonus)
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Acts of Random Kindness: Meet Least Duck

A member of Answers.com since 2009, LeastDuck has over 132,000 contributions and of those, more than 15,800 answers and 4106 Trust Points – quite impressive. He wears many hats on the site: Supervisor, Noble WikiGuide, Senior Generalist on Vandal Patrol and Platinum Contributor. You will find him frequently in the Example Sentence category on in Animal Life. On a personal note, he loves to read to the elderly and to the young. Learn more about this respected and time-honored member of our community.

 

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

California Least Tern, endangered species

California Least Tern

My username LeastDuck came about in honor of the California Least Tern. It is an endangered subspecies that I’ve been fortunate enough to see nesting along the Pacific Flyway.

What is your occupation?

I am retired from partial careers in carpentry and customer service.

 

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

I was raised in the greater metropolitan area of Los Angeles, California where the ground itself occasionally rocks and rolls and we have 10,000-foot high mountains to the south and east, the deserts just past them, and the Pacific Ocean to the west. Case closed!

How did you discover Answers.com?

I came here looking for some answers, and found more questions!

What enticed you to join our community?

Like most people, I like to be of some help and this is a great way of building an ARK- that is: Acts of Random Kindness.

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

As a Supervisor, I merge redundant questions. As a Vandal Patrol member, I stop vandals in their tracks. As a WikiGuide, I welcome new users and steer them toward more meaningful participation.

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

I would tell them that WikiAnswers lets them tap into a worldwide network of information, and just possibly their answers will help someone that they may never meet.

What life accomplishments are you proud of?

I am mildly proud of having been in the right place at the right time so many times, and of just being myself. Life happens, if you let it.

What is the craziest thing that has ever happened to you?

While doing about 55 mph in the fast lane on the freeway, I once dodged a cartwheeling 4-foot by 4-foot panel of particle board, skidded, lost control of the skid, and then did a complete 360-degree spin while going under an overpass –effectively slowing a pack of about 15 cars. When I brought the car to a stop, I was safely in the shoulder lane. Shaken, not stirred! Whew; that was close! It’s a wonder we all missed it.

Atlantic CrossingWhat is the most daring thing you’ve ever done?

I crossed the Atlantic Ocean on a 10-meter motor-sailboat with my father, and my eldest brother. It took 44 days, 36 of which were without sight of land. Prior to embarkation, our last port of call was Ceuta, Spain on the African continent. We stopped there for a hull-scraping to remove barnacles.

What were some of the highlights of the trip?

According to ancient maritime tradition, if your ship is escorted at the beginning of your voyage by dolphins, your crew will survive the trip. The ship and the cargo may not make it, but the crew will survive. We were escorted out of the Mediterranean by seven pods of dolphins that were heading into the Mediterranean Sea. They changed direction to escort us a short way before continuing their journey eastward. That was quite moving.

Six days later we docked at Funchal in the Madeira Islands. After a brief visit, we headed west by southwest, running wing and wing all the way. We arrived at St. John’s Harbour in the British Virgin Islands 38 days later. It took me four days to get my land legs back!

Did you have any incidents along the way?

We were followed by a an unidentified, possibly dangerous amorous 35-foot long whale for a day and a half. Boats that get ‘whaled’ often go underwater within 30 seconds. Then, when we were 1,000 miles out we picked up a hitchhiker: a very winded small bird that rested for about 25 minutes before bravely heading eastward again.

Land ho! occurred 30 minutes before it was obscured by fog. Sombrero Island, with its highest point at 39 feet above sea level, was our landmark into the Caribbean Sea. The saying, “What a trip” has had special meaning for me ever since!

Do you have any advice for anyone who wants to undertake a similar trip?

The only advice I would proffer to other hardy souls who want to undertake a trip like this  is to choose a bigger boat and a larger crew.

What is your favorite type of music?  

There’s just something I like about a screaming guitar. Classical, Spanish, bass, steel, electric… they’re all good. And I am awed by the multiplicity of talents of the members of The Moody Blues.

What was the last song you listened to? (***Spoiler alert!)

The best part of the YouTube version of Act Naturally by Buck Owens and Ringo Starr is at the very end when Mr. Owens walks up and tells Mr. Starr that it’s time to go…

What is your favorite song?

Though there are many, I do like the lyrics to Collision of Worlds by Robbie Williams and Brad Paisley. Adele’s fantastic and she’s got some great songs. I’d love to see her in concert.

Who is your favorite poet?  

My ‘favorite poet’ is the good doctor himself, Dr. Seuss. His works inspired me (and a few others) to enjoy reading, from a very early age.

What is your favorite quote and why?

Be Helpful or Be Gone!

Who or what is your inspiration in life?

WikiAnswers Supervisor Lazarus has inspired me to keep smiling, and just keep rowing!

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

I would love to explore the depths of the Marianas Trench, because only a few people have ever been there.

Do you have any special talents?

I’ve had people tell me that I paint pictures inside of their head, so it must be true. I don’t know how, I just do.

 

Check out some of Least Duck’s Q&A on the site:

Why does Chicago mean wild onion?

What is a sentence using the word octopi?

Big news: We’ve hit 7 million members!

Wow. This week we reached a huge milestone — 7,011,889 registered members! That’s an additional 1.3 million contributors since this time last year. We’ve come a long way since 2005, when there were less than 1,000 members on FAQ Farm (which later became WikiAnswers) — talk about exponential growth! We’re so happy that our community of answerers continues to thrive. We couldn’t be the world’s greatest Q&A resource without you.

p.s. Are you not a member of our community yet? Join today to start earning contribution points, trust points… and the satisfaction that you are helping to answer the world’s burning questions.

A Man with a Plan from California: Meet ThePrismGroup!

ThePrismGroup loves his work, his state, Answers.com, and Christmas!  A Californian at heart, he has spent most of his life in this beautiful state.  Read about this prolific supervisor with over 100,000 contributions who has worked on just about everything from the Vandal Patrol to greeting new members.

First Name: Neil

Occupation: I’ll tell you if you promise not to laugh.  I’m an exterminator, believe it or not, and I’m self employed. I take pride in my work and the fact that it’s the best available service locally.

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

Members know me as ThePrismGroup.  I’m an avid reader and I’m fascinated by the unusual, especially conspiracies and secret societies. Some time ago I worked for a company called Prism, later bought by Orkin and I always liked the name. I also worked for another company called The Steritech Group although they just used the Steritech part for brevity. I started an online retail biz once, and wanted to name it Prism, yet it was still trademarked, so I added ‘The’ and ‘Group’ which solved my problem: The Prism Group.  Later on I used the name on other forums.  When I joined  Answers.com I used it there as well since I like the simplicity of one username everywhere. I also like the fact it sounds like a secret society.

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

I’ve been all over the US since I used to do long haul, but I’ve spent most of my years in California and consider it home. I was born in Washington State, but moved here at a very young age. California is like no other state in the US.  It’s an acquired taste for non-natives, but it works for me and the climate is good for business. I like to keep busy and it’s nice to be in demand.

What accomplishments on Answers.com are you proud of?

I try to do my part in helping to maintain a friendly atmosphere but I stay in the background for the most part. Hopefully some people I’ve helped will help others in turn. Like others, I create little ripples in the pool.  Hopefully they will become something significant later.

What enticed you to join our community?

The Supervisors and Community Assistants enticed me. Their enthusiasm made me want to be part of the site. It also provides a healthy outlet for all the juicy tidbits (of information) I pick up from reading and other sources, but I have no other place to use them. Some of the stuff I read about is a little hard to work into an ordinary conversation!

What life accomplishments are you proud of?

Probably I am most proud of the reputation I’m slowly developing since my biz is all about PR and trust.

What is your favorite holiday and why?

Christmas, without a doubt! I like the atmosphere and there always seems to be a lot of love in the air even amongst strangers.

Are you a candy, cake, or pie person?  What is your favorite?

It’s pie without a doubt.  Cherry is my favorite, but every once in a blue moon I get a craving for carrot cake and I even like fruitcake at Christmas, even though for the longest time I couldn’t stand it. I guess it’s an acquired taste, too. Now in the Christmas season I’ve got to have it!

How do you most enjoy using your creativity and why?

It constantly changes but I think it’s important for everyone to have an outlet.  To fill a need to create something seems to be inherent to human nature. I was pretty heavy into plastic model kits for a while and I liked seeing them get progressively better over the years.  That got me interested in painting in general. Now I dabble in that and who knows where it will lead.

What are you most passionate about in your life?

Right now I am primarily passionate about business concerns since we are at a critical point in our growth. Many of our competitors out there don’t care about their reputation and or what kind of work they do, although it seems counterproductive. They just constantly replace customers. I’ve turned down jobs in the past from some of them because my work matters to me and the fact that it does so is bringing in more business since everyone wants to get what they pay for and they care as well.

Who or what is your inspiration in life?

My inspiration in life is any real life hero, those people who do the right thing regardless of personal cost. I am talking about people like Karen Silkwood, Buford Pusser, Serpico, and others. I read many biographies along those lines and always wonder what it is that sets them apart from the rest of us. My only hope is that it is something all of us have and can use if we so choose.

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

That’s a tough one. My favorite word is defiance. I like Green. There are some words I can’t stand because the way they sound bugs me. I also pop a lot of aspirin since my job is so physical.  I am older than most people think (I won’t say how old exactly, but my son is 25, the same age some think that I am) and I’m superstitious with slight OCD. There are some rituals that I perform religiously based on even/odd numbers. It’s also very hard to get under my skin although a few have tried!

Do you have any final words about the site? Your role? The community?

There’s not much we can improve there. I would like to see more education for guests and the ability to talk to them in the near future. I find too often that when many register, they are surprised by the fact that we (the Supervisors) are even there and they shouldn’t be. Also, I’d like many fewer warnings.  Edits wouldn’t be needed if we could curtail some problems early on and probably keep more contributors actively helping others.

Meet our Double Platinum Contributor from the UK, The WiseFool!

It is a real pleasure to introduce TheWiseFool from the United Kingdom.  This outstanding supervisor has been a member since 2009 with 275,468 contributions (and counting) which gives him Double Platinum status! His native Cornwall sounds like the perfect retreat.  Read on to learn more about this fascinating person with his multiple interests!

First Name:   Stephen, shortened to just Steve.

Occupation:   Tired, not sure, but I think there should be a ‘re’ in front of tired. The OSA stops me from telling you what I used to do.

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

My username is TheWiseFool. How it came about?  I was tired of my old username and was playing around with some oxymorons, and came up with TheDyslexicLexicographer. I put it to my mentor, and back he came with the comment: (in slightly stronger words) “I’ll never (be able to) spell that. How about TheWiseFool?”  So there you have it!

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

I hail from a town called Camborne in Cornwall, United Kingdom where it hails quite often when it’s not raining. At times I think the song “Mud, Mud, Glorious Mud” had to be written in Cornwall. I love the scenic rugged beauty of Cornwall, and the fact that after a few minutes walk you can find yourself thinking that you are the only person around. There is a gentler pace of life here.  The Spanish have their ‘mañana.’ We Cornish have our ‘Dreckley.’ Unfortunately, this pace of life is changing for the worse IMHO. Finally, in the words of that immortal song, (rugby song that is) “We all go to oggy land, where they do not know muck from tissue paper tissue paper, marmalade or jam.”

How did you discover Answers.com?

It was recommended to me by a friend. I am still trying to work out what I did to upset him so much.

What accomplishments on Answers.com are you proud of?

…Still breathing, sorry I misread the question. Ask me in a few decades time when I just might have a few big categories under control.

What is the craziest thing that has ever happened to you?

If I told you that I would have to shoot you. Apart from that, it was having a chance to fly with the Red Arrows display team. I think my stomach has just about recovered.

What is your favorite type of music? It is so varied. It ranges from Mozart right through to Heavy Metal. Artists most played here at the moment are Jean-Michel Jarre, Mike Oldfield, Enya and Kitaro.

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

Only three? Isn’t it time we allowed for inflation? No, seriously world peace, an end to all poverty and hunger, and lastly, for all those darling little vandals to see the error of their ways.

What are your special interests, hobbies, or collections?

Reading and music, boring old bugger that I am.

What are you most passionate about in your life?

To be at peace with myself and others.  To be understanding and keep an open mind. Very fine old brandy.

What is your favorite quote and why?

“It takes a wise man to play a fool.” Enough said.

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

I’m a black belt in origami.

Meet our awesome Romanian contributor, Desdichado!

This week’s contributor comes to us from Bucharest, the capital of Romania, a city that sits on the Dambovita River in Eastern Europe. This cultured intellectual has a fascinating life. I am excited to introduce premier answerer Desdichado! Read on to learn what makes him so unique…

 

First Name: Sorin

Occupation: Now I am a pensioner, but I was chemist all my life. I worked for uranium nuclear fuels.

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

Desdichado is my user name. It is a Spanish word – and in a sense it means to be unfortunate. It is the title of a very original poem by Gérard de Nerval, a French poet.

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

I am Romanian, and I live in Bucharest (Bucuresti in the Romanian language); Bucharest is a strange big town, somehow dirty and messy, noisy, crowded but with some beautiful buildings and parks, lakes and restaurants and girls should not be forgotten. So what makes it special? Simply, I was born here 70 years ago. It’s my town with many good and enormous bad things.

How did you discover Answers.com?

I was searching on Google for a correct Romanian language translation of “cut time” as a term in chromatography, I discovered Answers.com on July 8, 2007, but I didn’t discover a very satisfactory answer!

What is your favorite activity on Answers.com?

I like to answer (if I know) questions on Inorganic chemistry, radioactive elements, Romania, Romanian words, etc. I also enjoy correcting errors in questions and answers, but it is difficult for me because my knowledge of the English language is limited.

If you were inviting someone to join Answers.com, how would you convince them that they would love being a part of our community?

There are various reasons:

  • It is a help for many people around the world. And when answering questions, you’re bound to learn about new problems or remember the old ones. It takes intellectual effort and curiosity to answer questions, and both are useful exercises in the everyday life of modern man!
  • It also puts you in permanent contact with strangers from everywhere.
  • Answers.com is an important venue for culture, science and progress.

What life accomplishments are you proud of?

  • I am a graduate of Bucharest University.
  • I managed to get my own small apartment.
  • I have traveled in my country and abroad.
  • I have read many books.
  • I go to many shows, including movies.
  • I worked seriously all my life.
  • I was independent and rebellious.

What is the craziest thing that has ever happened to you?

There are many! I was once lost in the mountains. Several times I escaped being run over by cars. I have met strange women. I stayed one night in the woods at more than 1200 m, during a cold autumn and drinking snow, without any equipment.

What was the last song you listened to?

It was an old song from my youth: “Questa picollisima serenada”

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

I like very much brooks in the mountains.

What are your special interests, hobbies, or collections?

My special interests are books, movies, theater, trekking in the Carpathians, P.C., strong drinks, walking in parks, visiting Greek islands, the history of science, Romanian politics, museums, and history.

What are you most passionate about in your life?

I am most passionate about chemistry, uranium, truth, honesty, fairness, fighting but also severity, hardness, justified hatred and sometimes intolerance.

Who is your inspiration in life?

My greatest inspiration is Vlad III the Impaler (Vlad Þepeº in the Romanian language) and many other Romanian heroes and of course, heroes from all the nations. I am also inspired by Voltaire, Napoleon, Seaborg and others.

 

Meet a Texan with a big heart for Answers.com!

Straight from the Great State of Texas, I am pleased to introduce Mannydlr! It’s an honor to feature this regular contributor in the Contributor Corner this week.  Mannydlr loves many things and we are one of them!  Read on to find out more.

First Name: Manny

Occupation: I was a construction worker for 40 years.

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

It’s Mannydlr: just my name and initials. Haha!  Vivid imagination!

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

I come from El Paso, Texas. We have no natural disasters going on here, like earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, or tsunamis. Mainly it has the honor of still being part of The Great State of Texas. Nothing is better than that!

How did you discover Answers.com? What enticed you to join our community?

I used to surf all over the net.  Then I started asking a few Qs. I joined to make it easier to find the answers. Then in May I realized this was a great place to base my surfing on.  It gave me direction as to what to research. It turned out to be cool that I could learn different things and also help others at the same time. It seems that I am interested in more topics than I first thought. Sometimes I will see a question that is something I would like to find out more about and I spend hours reading all about it.

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?

It’s fun, entertaining and educational.

What accomplishments on Answers.com are you proud of?

I believe it must be organizing and fixing alternates. Some are just added into questions that have nothing to do with the original question. It must be because I like everything in order, so organizing these is fun. As of a week ago, I now have an ongoing battle with Dingo-bot.

What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done or has ever happened to you?

I started a new family at 48, but it is the best thing I have done as well.

What was the last song you listened to?

Nessum Dorma!  It is powerful. I like all music (except bad word rap). Classical is my favorite.

What are you most passionate about in your life?

My daughters, no question!

Who or what is your inspiration in life?

Also my daughters, I live for Saturdays when I get to spend time with them.

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

I am WikiAnswers addicted! Was there anyone that didn’t know yet?

Do you have one final comment?

All I have done here on the site is thanks to the patience and teaching of On The Wallaby, my super mentor.

 

 

Direct from the Netherlands – It’s Ireen22!

I’m particularly excited about this week’s Contributor Corner post because it’s the first time we’ve had an opportunity to highlight someone direct from the Netherlands. That’s right! Ireen22 joins us this week from across the pond where Dutch is prevalent and royalty rules. Here’s more – enjoy!

First Name: Irene
Occupation: I’m 16 years old and still in school. But I like acting and sometimes I do that (I don’t get paid for it…yet) and I give drama classes as a volunteer to people who have a certain handicaps. They really love the drama classes! I also babysit sometimes.

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

My user name is Ireen22. I came up with Ireen because people who speak English pronounce my name as Eireen. And friends used to call me Ireen. And the 22? I have no idea how I came up with that. I’ve used this user name before when I was 12 years old. Maybe it sounded cool in English back then (haha).

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

I was born and still live in a city in the Netherlands. I don’t live in Amsterdam by the way. I like the Netherlands because we have delicious food that everybody should try. Like drop, you know it as liquorice and kroket and frikandel. I also like it because it’s a safe country, no earthquakes or volcanoes or things like that. I also like it because I speak Dutch and not many people do. I like languages and like to teach other people some Dutch words and sentences. It’s also a hard language so I’m glad that I’m native in it.

How did you first discover Answers.com?

I was searching on Google for information about torture (I know it’s a horrible subject but it was for a history class). I came upon the site on my mobile phone and became a member. I was on vacation so I had no idea what the site would be like on a computer. When I returned home and saw it I was immediately addicted.

Have you ever been somewhere that was almost perfect?

A place that was almost perfect? No I haven’t discovered a place like that yet. But I hope that I will one day…

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

I like to do many different things here. But I like to help new contributors and to make the site better! I like to do almost everything here.

What accomplishments are you proud of?

I’m not really proud of anything, but I was very surprised when I got the offer to become a Supervisor because I just finished my 11th SPA task. I think that I was proud for a minute back then.

Growing up, what was your favorite cartoon character? Why?

My favorite cartoon character? Hmm…I don’t really know but I do know that I liked the series Tom & Jerry and I liked Cookie Monster and Elmo from Sesame Street. Those really aren’t cartoon characters are they? Why Tom & Jerry? I was 5 and I think that I liked that little mouse because he was very brave. I think that I wanted to be that brave, too.

Techie2013 Goes Trunkquack?

What do you get when you merge an elephant with a duck? Well, in this case you just might get this week’s Featured Contributor, Techie2013! Find out why!

First Name: Harry
Occupation: Student and Head Technical Support for Web Hosting Company

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

Well, I am a technical person, dealing with all aspects of computers. I am a huge fan of community management, and this is normally where I spend most of my time. Also 2013 is the year I graduate. So, thus, Techie2013 was born March 2, 2011.

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

I hail from Europe, even though I live in the US. Life over there is rather simple and quiet.

How did you first discover Answers.com?

I was searching on Google for a computer question. I can’t remember what the question was, but it sure did make me wiki addicted!

If you could be any animal, which one would you be and why?

I do like elephants because they are smart, but also maybe a duck, as they can fly. I know! I could be an elephanduck! :)

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

It varies from time-to-time. One day I will be recategorizing and answering questions and dealing with alternates, and the next day dealing with RSA and vandals! Vandals beware!

What accomplishments are you proud of?

Becoming a Mentor, as I couldn’t have done it with my awesome Mentor, Hooweestik. He has worked with me many hours and is a great guy to get help from. To this day, combine all the times we have talked on video, the phone, and chat, I’m guessing we have talked over 200 hours! Wow!

What is the craziest thing that has ever happened to you?

There are too many to choose from, so I’ll just choose one: We are singing in choir, and I ended up getting increasingly louder, and I am rolling my R’s as I go. Eventually I get to the point to where I am hitting so high, I crack, and everyone falls on the floor laughing. Good day, minus the sore throat!

AdamHughes96: He IS the Champion, My Friends

He’s a positive outlook, Queen loving wiki-er who hails from The Crossroads of America. He also happens to be this week’s Featured Contributor; meet AdamHughes96 – an extremely active Answers.com contributor involved in five (FIVE!) special programs onsite! That’s a lot of wiki-ing! Let’s find out more about this dedicated individual…

Name: Adam
Occupation: High School Student

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

AdamHughes96
. It’s my name and favorite number (no real reason for the number)

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

Indiana and you know the saying: There’s more than corn in Indiana!

How did you first discover Answers.com?

I needed answers for homework, and then realized all of the fun stuff you can do.

What is your favorite type of music? What is the last song you listened to?

I like classic rock, and my favorite band is Queen.

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

Batch recategorization. I love how it all works.

What accomplishments are you proud of?

My silver contributor status and becoming a Supervisor.

What makes you unique?

I love helping others and showing people to the site. I am also a really big Liverpool football club fan. Go Reds!

Glass half full or half empty? Why?

Glass full because life is more optimistic when you see things in a positive way. :)

Welcome to the Darksyde…


“Everyone is a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody.”
~Mark Twain

As the great poet points out, we’re all said to have a “dark side.” In fact, even a Q&A site like Answers.com has one – with several BIG exceptions. Our dark side is actually bright and cheery, and spelled with a “y” not an “I”. That’s right. It’s this week’s Featured Contributor – Darksyde!

First Name: Jess
Occupation: Drug dealer — er — pharmacist/chemist

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

Darksyde. It stands for the dark side of the moon, the unexplored right under our nose, the mystery in the familiar.

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

I’m from Greenville, SC. It’s in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, where my mother’s people come from. The land is beautiful (“all green hills” as a Navajo once described it when I visited New Mexico) — green mountains towering on the horizon, mountain brooks rushing past on the way to the coast, and as our city name implies, plenty of plant life, even downtown. Greenville started as a mill town, but we’ve incorporated the now defunct factories into a park at the center of town which features a river walk and suspension bridge over the falls. We’re small enough to keep traffic of all sorts to a bearable level, but large enough to have pretty much whatever you may need within a few minutes’ drive. South Carolina’s slogan is “Smiling Faces, Beautiful Faces” and it’s pretty much true (the smiling faces bit, I mean — the beautiful places is always true) — most people in the Deep South are raised to be polite and friendly, especially if they know that you’re just visiting. You’ll always find a few rude people no matter where you go, but if you come to SC, you’ll find more smiles than frowns.

How did you first discover Answers.com?

Looking for information!

You can only pick one. Banjo, butterfly or babbling brook. Which one and why?

I’d take the brook, because it’s endlessly changing. I might get tired of banjo music and butterflies really only flap about and drink nectar.

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

I like putting questions into the proper categories and merging duplicate questions.

What accomplishments are you proud of?

On WikiAnswers, I’ve won the Charity AnswerThon and come in as runner up/honorable mention in one AnswerThon and several WAmmy awards. In real life, I’ve written and sold my short stories, successfully participated in NaNoWriMo several times, and am finishing my first fiction novel.

What makes you unique?

My quirky way of looking at the world.

What is the most challenging part of being an Answers.com Supervisor?

Keeping all of the zillions of variations of the same bloody question merged into the main one is a never-ending battle. I also have a moral problem with all these kids blatantly cheating on their tests and schoolwork — I tend to trash anything that starts “which of the following” or with any number (as in 4. What is the___). I find answering the questions themselves an enjoyable challenge — I like looking up answers that I don’t know, thus learning as the asker is learning.

Five most popular questions on Steve Jobs

Legendary businessman Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple, passed away this week. Although a very private person, Jobs was a public icon and very revered in the tech scene. The ubiquitous white earbuds you see every day are a testament to how revolutionary his “i”nventions have been.

Since the news of his death first hit the internet, Answers.com contributors have flooded the site with questions about Apple’s mastermind. Here are five of the most popular questions on Steve Jobs this week, based on traffic:

Who are Steve Jobs’ children?

How did Steve Jobs die?

Was Steve Jobs a Christian?

What did Steve Jobs invent?

Did Steve Jobs and Bill Gates work together?

For more Steve Jobs Q&A visit his category page here.

Killing Time with Jonathan Begg

When asked, “What brought you to Answers.com?” a typical response is, “I was searching for something on Google.” This week’s Featured Contributor, however, claims that “Just doodling” is what landed him smack dab in the middle of the wonderful world known as Answers.com. Seems killing time was a good way to discover the world’s bestest Q&A site. Let’s find out more about Jonathan Begg and his journey to our community.

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

Jonathan Begg – just my own name

What is your first name?

Jonathan

What is your age?

Just turned 64. Now who died at that age? Al Jolson…

Would you like to tell us about your family?

Scots-Welsh. My great-grandfather just missed having the first car in Glasgow (G1). But he was a fine broth of a boy, so they gave him a special ‘G0′. That looked like GO! – a much better sign for the front of your classic Daimler!

Do you have any pets?

Not allowed in this block, thank goodness. But in our childhood in the country, we grew up with a female cat who was no less than a goddess. Forty-three years after her death, she is still very much around.

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

Queensway, London. That’s between Paddington and Notting Hill, on the North-west corner of the park. Lived here since 1972. Can’t quite pin-down why I like it, except it’s an easy walk from Marble Arch. Good mix of gracious and Bohemian, maybe. Not as good as it used to be, of course… (Roll over, grandpa)

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

English boarding-school is the real answer. And a Kentish village, half-genteel with modernised farmhouses, but some mighty odd families down the lane, still living the medieval life.

What educational information would you like to share?

Seriously old-style prep school which had to fold, hopefully not just because I was the last Head Boy! The headmaster had been a pupil there himself, way back, and wanted to keep it unchanged. Curiously, his own headmaster had insisted on keeping it mid-Victorian, so that was the culture we absorbed. For some reason, I fit in well and moved up faster than any boy since 1925.

Next was a well-known Public School, which I won’t name. One day, my father and another old-boy of the school visited the place, bringing their wives, who had never been there before. The wives both said it was like entering Dracula’s village – cold shudder, evil spirits. I can confirm all that. It should have been good. But it wasn’t.

What are some of your past or present occupations?

Freelance advertising copywriter and travel journalist. A lot of other jobs, too, starting with the Army, where I just got in on the last Imperial war – the capture of Aden Crater (now in South Yemen) as a rifleman in Mad Mitch’s battalion, the 1st Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders. It was the last time a Scottish unit went into action to the sound of the pipes (with real pipers, that is, not the audio version they used in the armoured personnel carriers in Iraq, though I’m sure that was just as stirring.) There was a bonfire of uniforms on the last night, and I was allowed to rescue a set of khaki drill, very comfortable, which I wore for years, working on building sites.

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

American Civil War. I don’t know why it continues to fascinate me. Probably ‘so near and so far’. I can remember meeting my great-grandmother, who was born in the year of Sherman’s March to the Sea. Anyway, Wiki questioners are regularly treated to my dubious brand of expertise on this topic.

Do you have any collections or hobbies?

Once collected a lot of stamps, but they were stolen. Not much room in this little studio-flat anyway. Not sure I trust collectors too much. I think they’re looking for a perfect, well-ordered world with fixed points. You can take escapism too far.

What do you like to do for recreation?

Ironically, the freelance career ties you down as much as it liberates you. Never get that Monday or Friday feeling.

What accomplishments are you proud of?

Rank Screen Awards 1976, a perfume commercial, runner-up in its class (Second out of two!).n And I once had a girlfriend who was the last wig-maker in Reykjavik.

What are your special goals or dreams?

Let’s get through Wednesday.

How would you describe yourself or personality?

That’s for others to judge. Remember Rabbie Burns?

“O, wid some God the giftie gie us
To see ourselves as others see us”

What keeps you coming back to Answers.com?

Therapeutic. While I’m waiting for the coffee to percolate, it gives me time to unflag a few questions or edit a few categories.

What is your favorite Answers.com activity?

Giving the most complete answer I can – perhaps definitive – to a sensible question.

Adamlance – Stamps, Alternates and Rockin’ Facebook Updates!

What do old stamps, alternates on Answers.com and awesome Facebook status updates have to do with each other? Baffled? Well, I can tell you that they are all connected to this week’s Featured Contributor, Adamlance. In his interview Adam shared with us that he used to collect stamps and has a massive collection contained in more than 40 albums; he loves looking at alternates of a question, finding incorrectly merged questions, and splitting them; and is an avid Facebook user (to which I can testify – he has GREAT updates!). Don’t forget to stop by his message board and say, “Hi!” Here’s a bit more about this awesome contributor…

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

Adamlance. It is my first name and middle name.

What is your age?

46

Would you like to tell us about your family?

I live with my partner, Ryan, who is the love of my life. We have no children. In November, we are getting married in Canada, on our 15th anniversary together. Next year, on our 16th anniversary, we will have a full wedding in Las Vegas with our family and friends. It will be the first same-sex wedding ever held in our synagogue, and we have received nothing but support and encouragement from everyone.

Do you have any pets?

No. I’m allergic, plus we like to travel spontaneously, so it’s nice to be able to walk away from the house whenever we want (we don’t even have any plants)!

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

I live in Las Vegas. I have lived here since I was 9 years old. I love it here because there is so much to do. The only drawback is the heat. My dream is to have a summer house in a cooler place.

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

I grew up in Las Vegas since age 9. Before that, I lived in New York and New Jersey, but those are distant memories.

What educational information would you like to share?

I went to the University of Southern California and I graduated with a BA in Linguistics, in 1988. After that, I lived in Israel for a year, studying Hebrew and Arabic at a language school. I also lived with my cousins. I returned to Las Vegas after that, attempting to get a second bachelor’s degree, but my job overtook my time, and I didn’t finish.

What are some of your past or present occupations?

I worked for Citigroup for 16 years. I started there embossing credit cards. I later worked in the call center, then in billing dispute investigations, and finally as a project analyst. I was laid off in 2008. I currently have a part-time job as editor of my synagogue’s newsletter, and my partner and I have a budding photography business that is just now starting to take off.

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

My area of knowledge and expertise is Judaism and Hebrew. I can’t recall how I became interested in these areas. Hebrew has been a particular passion of mine since my college days when I was able to take conversational classes for the first time. The language has always fascinated me. It is the only language in the history of humanity that became a dead language and then was resurrected almost two millennia later, becoming the official language of a country.

Do you have any collections or hobbies?

I used to collect stamps. I have a massive collection, contained in more than 40 albums. My collection includes two penny blacks from 1840 (the first stamp ever issued), as well as the first U.S. stamp issued in 1847. I also have a small coin collection.

What do you like to do for recreation?

My partner and I love to eat out and go to movies. We also enjoy visiting friends. We are very active in our synagogue and we do a lot of volunteer work as well.

What are a few random facts about yourself?

I researched my family tree when I was in college, and discovered family living all over the world, whom I’m still in touch with. I’m an avid Facebook user. I love to travel.

Do you have any special talents you’d like to share?

I’m intelligent, but I’m actually one of the least talented people on the planet!

What accomplishments are you proud of?

I had a very successful career at Citigroup. I am debt free. I paid off all credit cards and loans by 2000, and I paid off our house in 2008. I have a low-drama life, which I love!

What are your special goals or dreams?

I dream of traveling the world…even more than I already have. I hope our photography business takes off. I’d like to have a child, but the clock is ticking on that!

How would you describe yourself or personality?

I am quiet and shy, but also very friendly in small groups. I’m sometimes short-tempered, sometimes angry, but usually happy.

What brought you to Answers.com?

I joined in November 2010, but I can’t remember how it started. I think I may have asked a question, and then noticed some unanswered questions that needed attention.

What keeps you coming back to Answers.com?

I’m an opinionated know-it-all. LOL.

Cornerback24 – Are You Ready for Some WikiBall?!

With the NFL season in full swing, it only seems appropriate to spotlight a contributor who “plays defense for Answers.com” – Cornerback24. Now, if you’re a diehard NFL fan, have a favorite team and are NOT from Colorado, you might want to advance your cursor. You see, Cornerback24 IS a Denver Broncos fanatic and DOES like Champ Bailey (number 24) best of all. Wait…that had to have been second best because we all know the MVP and fan favorite around these parts – Orange Guy! Put away the TV remote, set down the nachos and cheese and get ready for some WikiBall!

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

My user name is Cornerback24. I choose this because I am a fan of the Denver Broncos and Champ Bailey is my favorite player (which is where the number 24 comes from. Cornerback is also my favorite position to play in flag football (and ultimate Frisbee, if the position was called cornerback).

Do you have any pets?

No, although I have a few playful stuffed animals.

What educational information would you like to share?

I am still in school, and will probably get a degree in Computer Science.

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

Math and Science. Most of what I know about these subjects I learned in school.

Do you have any collections or hobbies?

I like to read, write music, and program computers.

What do you like to do for recreation?

I like to play teams sports (especially flag football and ultimate Frisbee).

What are a few random facts about yourself?

I love math. I knew the square root of square numbers up to 100 in kindergarten. (I think that’s pretty good, considering we didn’t learn how to multiply until third grade. What were we learning in the mean time?)

Do you have any special talents you’d like to share?

I can play the piano and the viola (as well as a little guitar, violin, cello and recorder. I can at least pick these up and sound like I know what I am doing). This helps when writing music.

What are your special goals or dreams?

That has always been a hard question: “What are your goals?”. I think I’ll know better as life goes on. Right now it’s pretty broad (such as getting a career, probably as a computer programmer).

How would you describe yourself or personality?

I am quiet; not outgoing. I spend much more time listening than talking (partly because I find it hard to think of things to say).

What brought you to Answers.com?

I stumbled upon the site; I don’t remember why. I saw an organized place where people could ask and answers questions about anything, and decided to contribute. (Now there is a place where knowing random facts isn’t as pointless as it was before.)

What keeps you coming back to Answers.com?

Answers.com is a place where I can help people find out what they want or need to know. It is fun sharing information with people who want it, as well as helping to maintain a large-scale database of questions and answers.

What is your favorite Answers.com activity?

Playing defense! It is fun to help maintain the site by removing nonsense answers and such. I also like answering questions, though.

Clark Kent vs. Wiki Kent – The Ultimate Showdown

For this week’s Contributor Corner post, we’re comparing two remarkable individuals – Clark Kent (also known as Superman) and Wiki Kent (also known as Kentwagoner). Let’s start with the obvious differences. First, Clark Kent is clearly a fictional character, Wiki Kent is not. As far as we can tell Wiki Kent is human (but bots have been known to fool us before). Clark Kent, on the other hand, is far from human; he’s Kryptonian and hails from Krypton. Another key difference, one is vulnerable to magic, ahem, Clark, while the other creates magic (just look at those answers!). And finally, Clark wears a costume underneath his street clothes. To be honest, we sure hope Wiki Kent doesn’t. Now onto the similarities. Both know a thing or two about farms and agriculture and have worked as farmhands. Both have cool team affiliations – Clark Kent, the Justice League and Wiki Kent, the Answers.com Supervisors. And finally – and perhaps the most important comparison of all – they’re both SUPERMEN! Seriously! Clark Kent has superhuman abilities and saves people from the evil grips of villains. Wiki Kent has superwiki abilities and saves people from the evil grips of bad spelling and grammar. Thanks to you both for your righteous, mindful ways – but we’re clearly biased and rooting for Team Wiki Kent! Here’s more…

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

Kentwagoner is my username, which I picked because it’s easy for me to remember — after all, it’s my real name! I picked it before I had seen about the policy against it.

What is your age?

55

Do you have any pets?

Two dogs, Sadie and Taz, and two cats, Gizmo and Scrappy.

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

We’ve lived in southwest Idaho for 31 years, mainly because of my employment with a university agriculture research center.

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

Although I grew up in Iowa, most of my special memories involve family vacations in Colorado.

What are some of your past or present occupations?

Although I spent some time in the pharmaceutical, furniture-making, and seed-production industries, my lifelong interest has always been farming.

What are your key area(s) of knowledge, interest or expertise?

My primary interest is agriculture. I grew up on a farm, and have been involved in some way or another in agriculture most of my life. Although I have some university education in the area, the most useful knowledge has always come from working directly with the crops.

Do you have any collections or hobbies?

I’m part of a Southern Gospel quartet. See the website on my profile page for more info. I also have a love of antique tractors, though I can’t really afford to be a collector.

What do you like to do for recreation?

Facebook, agricultural television shows (RFD-TV), Answers.com

What accomplishments are you proud of?

I have initiated a local program which combines an antique tractor ride activity with fundraising for both breast cancer research (my wife is a survivor) and worldwide hunger relief efforts such as Heifer International and Farmers Feeding the World (see http://www.agweb.com/farmersfeedingtheworld/).

What are your special goals or dreams?

To see and get to know the grandchildren I hope to have someday.

How would you describe yourself or personality?

Quiet, likable, always have a smile for everybody (or at least I try to).

What brought you to Answers.com?

The H1N1 outbreak, which was originally incorrectly called Swine Flu. Came here to start correcting some misinformation.

Are you a Floating or Category Supervisor (which categories)?

Category Supervisor for Farm Crops, but I also “float” in Agriculture, Grains, Corn, Wheat, and rarely Tractors and Farm Equipment.

What is your favorite Answers.com activity?

Answering questions! But I also enjoy helping to provide people with the information they seek regarding the production of their food supply. I only wish I could take the message of America’s agricultural bounty to the entire nation, if not the entire world!

PianoWizzy – Music to Our Wiki Ears!


“Goodbye Norma Jean…Though I never knew you at all…”

“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.