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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wensleydale
Wensleydale, in Yorkshire, England

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

grenoble france at night near lake
Grenoble, France

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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