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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.
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: 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: 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!
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.
Here at Answers, we all love getting to know the members of our community. This week, let’s get to know Cloieanne_26! A member of the Answers community since 2010, Cloie Anne is a 2014 top mission leader for our teen program, WIT.
Q: What would you like to share about your education, and what influenced you in choosing your field(s) of study? A: I am currently enrolled at a university taking up a bachelor degree in Biology. I am really interested in exploring nature and knowing the principles behind life.
Q: Who or what has been or is your main inspiration in life? A: My family is my main inspiration in life.
Q: Do you have a special motto, belief in life or quote; something you always keep in mind or live by? A: I always keep in mind that if other people can do things, then why can’t I? And whenever I feel afraid of failing and rejection of other people, I just try to remember that whatever happens, people will forget anyway.
Q: What are you most passionate about in your life? A: I am most passionate about my field. I think I was never been so comfortable in something other than my field.
Q: What are your special interests, hobbies, or collections? A: Besides biology, visual arts also interest me.
Q: Would you say the glass is half full or half empty? Why? A: HALF EMPTY. I am a fan of pessimism. If always think negatively, I can work on improving the things that seems to be negative. Optimism can just boost my confidence up to the point that I couldn’t do things better anymore.
Q: What is your favorite book, and why is it special to you? A:The Kite Runner. The book is very emotional and it really got me engaged. It shows the dark side of reality and at the same time, its bright side.
Q: How did you discover Answers.com? A: It was a long time ago. I was still in high school and whenever there are homework questions that I couldn’t answer, I always searched it up in the internet. And that was when I encountered Answers.com
Q: What enticed you to join our community and what do you like best about the community? A: I liked the idea that people around the globe can interact with other people while being driven by one goal. That’s why I joined. I would like to be a part of that community.
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:
(1) You can meet new people.
(2) You will appreciate the site more.
(3) You can learn.
Q: What influenced you in choosing your field(s) of study?
A: When I went into my high school library on the second day of school, the clerk typist said, “You’re smart, You can be the librarian.” My school district is over 100 square miles and we did not have a professional librarian. And everyone knew everyone in the county.
Q: So, what is your occupation, and what do you find most meaningful about your job?
A: I am a retired librarian, storyteller and computer teacher. I love reading and stories. I also like computers.
Q: Do you have a special motto, belief in life or quote; something you always keep in mind or live by?
Q: What are your passions in life?
A: I am most passionate about my husband but after him, it would be my garden. I especially love my daylilies.
Q: Do you have any traveling experiences you’d like to share?
A: Last year my husband and I spent a month in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland. We were in Ireland and Scotland in 2007 for 2 weeks. We honeymooned in Australia in 1985. Most of our trips have been scheduled around going to the World Science Fiction Convention which is in a different city every year. But these days we are more into touring gardens.
Q: Is there a place that’s special to you and why?
A: A special place would be Egg Clectic which is our favorite breakfast place. The servers all know us and bring our raspberry ice tea as soon as they see us come in the door. They save their coffee grounds and egg shells for my garden.
Q: What are your special interests, hobbies, or collections?
A: Special interests include my water aerobics class, gardening, butterfly monitoring, and crocheting. We have a lot of science fiction art and very special one of a kind knick knacks. Our Christmas tree is all unicorn ornaments. I made Larry a unicorn quilt in 1984. We had a glass blower make us a wedding cake topper with a unicorn. And we commissioned a unicorn, tiger and daffodil wood bed.
Q: What about special talents? Anything you are especially good at?
A: My special talent is storytelling. I love Irish legends and often tell them to children or church groups.
Q: If you had three wishes to come true, what would they be?
A: Three wishes, basically if we could have world peace, who needs any more wishes.
Q: What is the most daring thing you’ve ever done?
A: The most daring and crazy thing I have ever done is to answer a personal ad. My husband put an ad for “Looking for a lady to help me find the last unicorn” in a magazine in 1983. A friend of a friend saw the ad in Madison and knew I wore a pair of unicorn earrings. So both of them forced me to write a response. My now husband replied with a unicorn bookmark and a computer graphic of a unicorn that he drew on his Atari computer. We corresponded for a while and finally had our first date at what is now Bristol Faire. And that year they did have a unicorn (yes it was a surgically altered goat.) We loved the costumes and the jousting. By January 1984, I moved in with him and we have been together ever since.
Q: Are you a glass half full or half empty kind of gal?
A: My glass is half full, I am an optimist.
Q: What is your favorite kind of music and do you have a favorite song?
A: I like old fashioned rock n roll. Beatles, or Dan Fogelberg. I think the song Longer by Fogelberg says how I feel about Larry.
What are some of your other favorites:
Television. Well I am in mourning over Stephen Colbert’s Colbert Report. But my husband teases me about all the autopsy shows I watch like Bones, Forever, Castle, etc. And my Saturday morning garden shows like Midwest Gardening, Garden Smart and P. Allen Smith.
Poet. My favorite poet is Ogden Nash. But when I am serious, I love the poem Abou Ben Adam. It has great philosophy.
Book. How dare you limit me to just one! We have over 5000 books and about 2500 are autographed. My husband got me Marion Zimmer Bradley‘s Mists of Avalon and that was the first time he wrote I love you.
Subject in School. I love history and social studies. I graduated second in my class because a friend of mine could get 100 or 99 percent in Advanced Algebra, Trigonometry and Calculus. I was only one tenth of a point behind her in my overall average.
Foods. My favorite is spareribs and sauerkraut.
Q: How did you discover Answers?
A: I discovered Answers accidentally in 2009 but really didn’t do much because I was answering at Yahoo Answers. But I hated seeing all the people posting
illegal copies of books and movies. I think Answers is better because they care about the right answer and not the most popular answer.
Q: What do you enjoy doing on Answers most?
A: I like editing the best and I always try to answer a question when I remove a stupid or mean answer that someone posted. I think if you have a hobby, answering questions about that hobby on Answers is a fun thing to do, especially gardening because I can’t garden in winter. I have been searching questions on my favorite flowers and answering old questions or editing poor responses.
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 was born November 9, 1952. I don’t mind saying my age because my father told me that on my birthday I could get one kiss per year from whoever I asked. So it gets better every year.
Q: What is your Answers.com username and does it have a special meaning? A: Elyse2155. Elyse is my middle name.
Q: What can you tell us about your family life? A: My dad’s family is Dutch.
Q: Do you have any special pet stories? A: Tilly, my dog, used to help me practice for hockey. When I hit the ball, she would chase it and hit it back with her paw. Jazz, my cat, likes riding on the rocking horse my dad made for my sister.
Q: Is there anything you’d like to share about your education? A: I’ve attended an all girls school since kindergarten.
Q: What life accomplishments are you proud of? A: Becoming a leader of SPOT (A team of students from many schools that come to my school to use the telescope donated by Oxford to assist in its research of SS 433, which is a micro quasar in our galaxy.) And performing a monologue in front of 500 people for a drama showcase (I get really bad stage fright so it was kinda scary for me.)
Q: Who is your inspiration in life? A: My boyfriend, since he always inspires me to try harder and take up opportunities like SPOT that I’m normally to scared to take.
Q: Is there anything you feel sets you apart, something that makes you unique? A: I used to breed guinea pigs, which not many people do. Also I have a very quirky personality.
Q: What is a special motto or belief in life you always keep in mind? A: “Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!” By Dr Seuss
Q: Do you have any traveling experiences to share? A: Once I signed up for a service learning trip to Bali to help at some orphanages over there. When I got to the airport, though, we found out my passport would fall under the 6 month minimum needed while I was over there. So I had to stay behind while all my friends flew over, and get an emergency passport and fly over to Bali by myself the next night.
Q: Where is one place in the world you would love to visit and why? A: England, because I’ve never been to a European country and they speak English.
Q: Do you have any special interests, hobbies, or collections? A: I like collecting pop vinyls characters. And I’m interested in Astronomy and History.
Q: Do you have any special talents? A: I can dislocate my thumbs (doesn’t hurt).
Q: If you had three wishes, what would you wish for? A: The ability to heal people, the power to fly, and world peace.
Q: If you could be any animal, what would you be and why? A: Probably a penguin because they can swim around and I like the cold.
Q: What about your family? Do you have any children? Pets? A: Married 32 years to Mary Anne, Daughter Annah; graduate of Virginia Tech.
We are owned by Razz, a doberman/lab mix. She is perhaps the most in-tune to human emotions I have ever seen. Everyone she meets is her new best friend, unless it’s a skunk, cat, or ‘possum. Then she only barks to chase them away.
Q: What can you share with us about about your education? What influenced you in choosing your field(s) of study? A: Collegio tau Autodidactas. Majored in religion, mythology and philosophy. To broaden my knowledge and try to figure out why people hang on to religious beliefs, especially when the majority do not know why they do at the deepest level. I am an avowed atheist whose mouth can get him into trouble.
Q: What life accomplishments are you proud of? A: Raising a successful, healthy daughter.
Q: Is there anything you feel sets you apart, something that makes you unique you’d like to mention?
A: I am my own person; I fully understand the meaning of life. It ain’t hard people, don’t complicate it.
Q: Do you have a special motto, belief in life or quote; something you always keep in mind or live by? What is your passion in life?
A: Jack Welch once said, “Always accept reality for what it is, not what you’d like it to be.” Family and knowledge are paramount in my life.
Q: Do you have any traveling experiences you’d like to share? Where is one place in the world you would love to visit and why?
A: I have not been able to travel much since a debilitating accident took me down a notch or two physically in 1998, but I am fond of the Blue Ridge Mountains,New Mexico, and Colorado. [I would love to visit] my ancestor’s home in Scotland, My wife’s ancestor’s homes in Germany and Israel. To learn of course!
Q: What are your special interests, hobbies, or collections?
A: Mythology, religion, science, crosswords, good books to read. My hobby is gardening and just being outdoors.
Q: Do you have any special talents?
A: Irritating people… actually to challenge them to look at life.
Q: If you had three wishes, what would you wish for?
A: A better education, better health and for three more wishes!
Q: What is the most craziest/scariest/dangerous/embarrassing/wonderful/extreme in any way, thing that has ever happened to you?
Answer: Probably getting hit by a car working an inmate escape in 1998. Healthy one minute, not so much the next!
Q: Glass half full or half empty?
A: Depends on who poured the glass for me.
Q: Who is your favorite author? Do you have a favorite book?
A: John R. R. Tolkien. Who else could take a story about God and Jesus, turn it around with other mythologies, and come up with something so spectacular. Book – The Lord of the Rings, by Tolkien.
Q: How did you discover Answers and how long have you been a member of the community?
A: By happy accident. I asked a question, got it answered and signed up to answer. Since the Fall of 2014.
Q: What enticed you to join our community and what do you like best about the community? What is your favorite thing to do on the site?
A: Some answers I read over were too vague or incorrect. I felt like I could give my two cents, and perhaps a better understanding of the subject matter.
Favorite things to do – Answer valid questions, redirect wrong categorized questions, and ignore trollish questions.
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!
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