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 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

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

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 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 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.

Check out some of Bolognaking’s Answers :

What was it like to be alive in 1517?

What is blank verse?

What prophecy did the witches give to Caesar?

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