Meet Ironnica: Eclectic, Intelligent and Irish

Friend with Ironnica on Graduation Day
Friend with Ironnica on Graduation Day

Ironnica is one of our top Supervisors in the areas of Chemistry and Math. He has a special talent for chemistry in particular and is currently doing a PhD in the subject, and he is just 25 years old! To pay his way through school, he bartends and he also works with undergraduate students at University. On our site, he is an AnswerThon winner in Second Place, and a member of the Mentoring Program and Vandal Patrol. He is also a Category Supervisor in Math and Arithmetic and Chemistry and related areas. At over 26, 000 contributions, he is already a Gold Contributor. It is an honor to have Ironnica helping out on our site! Read more and get to know this young Irishman.

What is your first name?

My first name is Liam.

What is your occupation?

I am a PhD student in Dublin City University. My area of study is solar fuels generation in the Department of Chemistry.

What enticed you to join our community?

I asked a question about a guitar that I wanted to buy, the Jackson WRMG. It has a very unusual shape and I wanted to know if it would fit into a normal sized soft guitar bag. Somebody actually checked their guitar and let me know that it did. From there, I answered a few questions while in  my first year of college and later I was asked to join the Premier Answerers Facebook page. That was a very nice touch. Following that, the community of people on the site made it somewhere that I wanted to stay. There are a lot of lovely people here.

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

I like answering questions. I’ve recently been working through a few key words, mainly on unit conversions, as a means to clean the backlog up. I could try to guess alternative wording for answers in the hope of slotting an answer in, but for the majority of these questions, they require a one sentence answer, and it is far more efficient to just answer them. When I started,  I used to look up the answers to questions I had a vague idea about, and I learned a lot of random things myself through that method. I used reliable sources so I do not fear that the info was incorrect!

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

The move from an institute of technology (IT Carlow) to university was daring. I didn’t come from a house with vast amounts of money, but I knew from my time in Carlow that chemistry was my calling and that I would have been at a disadvantage if I didn’t take the plunge.

What is your favorite type of music? What is your favorite band or artist?

Andy McKee
Andy McKee

I used to be into heavy metal and some power metal, hard rock, punk and a random mix aside from that. I have gone now drifted towards pop punk and listen to Less than Jake, The Offspring, Blink 182, Bad Religion, Lars Frederiksen, Bouncing Souls, Fight Like Apes and Dead Cat Bounce. Two legends of music that I’ll always hold very dear are Andy McKee (double hand tapping acoustic) and Ludovico Einaudi (Italian composer and pianist). I’ve been very lucky to see both and they gave incredible shows.

What makes you unique?

I am a very honest person, and if I’m not being honest, I have good reason not to be. I am not religious, but I do live by a loose idea of karma. I have been very lucky in life to get where I am, which encourages me to continue this way and to keep in mind who may be affected by my actions or lack of them.

What are you most passionate about in your life?

I am most passionate about chemistry, and as of late, inspiring younger minds by explaining things in ways that I wish had been told to me. I have always been passionate about my three nephews and my niece and I hope to be there for them whenever they need me in the future.

Who or what is your inspiration in life?

I don’t need to look far in my life for inspiration thankfully. My girlfriend, Andrea is a rock, and a very intelligent, capable and highly motivated individual, and to put up with me is something to be admired on its own.

My dad and sister have always offered me help. My dad has provided me with any tools that I have needed in life, and has done his level best for me. I have quite a few aunts and uncles who are there to give support whenever needed, in particular, my uncle Eamonn who is a Catholic priest. He (and others) has looked out for me and we get on remarkably well, considering I am an atheist. He respects that, and it goes unmentioned.

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

I am a half empty type of person, a bad habit. Doing research is an absolute roller-coaster that has you picking yourself up a few times a week. That’s where the forced optimism comes in, and the “ah sure, it’ll be grand” line.

What life accomplishments are you proud of?

I won the 2009 Eurachem Analytical Measurement Competition in Ireland. I was selected as one of five IT students to represent Ireland at the 2008 London International Youth Science Forum. I got a side qualification in quality assurance while attending Carlow IT. I finished top of class in my undergraduate degree. Also, I never dreamed that I could have the opportunity to do a PhD, and for getting here (a long road to go yet) I am proud no matter what lies ahead in the future.

Anything else?

Not so much a question, but I have to thank the Answers team for the opportunity to enter the recent AnswersThon and for being the lovely people that they are. They have provided a platform of free education.  I am also thankful to Sal Khan of Khan Academy, Wikipedia, and the infinite amount of freely available educational resources on the Internet. We really live in a knowledge-rich environment with all these media available at our fingertips. With proper dedication, anyone can succeed, with the right tools already in place.

Check out some of Ironnica’s questions on Answers.com:

How do you find the answer to A girl counted 28 geese and horses on the farm all together and if there were 78 legs how many were geese?

What two factors most influence the chance a collision will occur between atoms of chemical reactions?

What are 5 ways to know that a chemical reaction has taken place?

How much water will a 25 millimeter by 100 millimeter pipe hold?

 

 

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 Sukotto: Lover of languages and TV!

Since 2010 Sukotto has been enthusiastically contributing to the site. One of his biggest accomplishments was this year when he became a Supervisor. He has won numerous awards and badges: AnswerThon Runner Up, TIP graduate, Site Guardian for Vandal Patrol, Noble WikiGuide for Community Outreach and Mentoring Program Mentor! Sukotto has seen and done it all on the site. His favorite categories are in the Language and Music and Drama (Kpop) categories. He is a hardworking university student who is devoted to learning languages – especially Japanese – and psychology. He loves his native country, Australia, and he is an inspiration on the site. Read more to find out why!

What is your first name?

My name is Scott.

What is your occupation?

I’m currently studying at the university to become a psychologist. I’m also studying linguistics!

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

My username is Sukotto, which is the Japanese transliteration of my first name. It’s written as スコット in Japanese and is pretty much pronounced like “Scotto.”

Where in the world do you hail from and what makes this place special?Australia11

I’m a born and bred Aussie! I’ve lived in Sydney, Australia my whole life, apart from brief stints of travelling. There’s so much about Australia that makes it special and that’s why I love it! Australia is home to 20 of the 25 most venomous snakes in the world. (I hope that didn’t scare you away.) Our wildlife is incredible and so diverse. It’s truly a beautiful country, and that’s why I’m so happy to live here.

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

I’d be a fennec fox because they’re just so cute! Actually, no. I wanna be a sloth! They’re cute too, and they have the most appealing lifestyle ever! Who wouldn’t want to be a sloth for at least a day?

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

I have a pretty short attention span, so this varies from day to day. I mostly like to monitor Recent Site Activity and welcome new members. I used to enjoy answering questions, especially in the language categories, but I’ve recently discovered that I love the organisation side of Answers.com as well.

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

It’s because of the community, definitely. The people who use the site are an amazing group of people. They’ve all been nothing but friendly and helpful, which is why I’m so glad to be a part of this fantastic group. I would also sell the fact that you can enrich other people’s knowledge and understanding of the world by contributing to Answers.com. That would inspire anyone!

What accomplishments on Answers.com are you proud of?

I am proud of becoming a Supervisor, as well as graduating from TIP (The Initiates Program). I was also extremely happy to graduate from the Mentoring Program. I have an awesome mentor, Skullcandy88, to thank for the transition from ordinary contributor to Supervisor.

What is your favorite song?

Edith Piaf
Edith Piaf

This is a really hard question to answer because it changes almost daily. Some of my favourite songs would have to be “Happiness” by AI, “Love Story” by Namie Amuro, “National Anthem” by Lana Del Rey, “The A Team” by Ed Sheeran, “Non, je ne regrette rien” by Édith Piaf and “Sukiyaki” by Kyu Sakamoto.

What makes you unique?

I’m absolutely crazy about languages. My obsession shifts from one language to the next each week, too. For example, this month I’ve gone from Swedish to Greek and now to French. This cycle usually repeats itself all year long with a few random languages thrown in every so often. Once I even tried to learn Macedonian!

The only one of my lingual obsessions that I’ve always kept up with is Japanese, which I’ve been studying for quite a few years and still love.

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

  • Unlimited time and money to travel
  • Decisiveness
  • A world where Hogwarts was real!

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

I’d probably have to go with babbling brook. Why? Because it’s so much fun to say the words:  babbling brook, babbling brook, babbling brook, babbling brook…

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

The most challenging part of being a Supervisor would most definitely be dealing with people who are intentionally disruptive and rude, although, the opportunities to help truly appreciative users outweigh the former entirely. One of my biggest pet peeves on the site is answers that end with “durrr” and “duh”, so I’m usually more than happy to edit out those comments.

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

My biggest challenge is knowing when it’s time to log off. Seriously.

What are your special interests, hobbies, or collections? 

I wouldn’t really count it as a hobby, but I’m crazy about TV. When I’m not at the university (also referred to as uni), on Answers.com or with my friends, I’m watching TV. My all-time favourite TV show would have to be Friends, followed closely by The Big Bang Theory. I don’t like to show people my DVD collection because it shows just how much TV I actually watch.

Who or what is your inspiration in life?

The idea that each day I can better myself – and the world around me – has always inspired me.

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

I’ve always wanted to visit Greece because I find its extensive history fascinating. It also looks like such a beautiful and exotic country.

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

I have an odd fascination with physics, despite understanding very little about the subject!

Do you want to add anything?

皆様、ご愛読いただきありがとうございました

Thanks for reading, everyone!

Check out some of Sukotto’s contributions on the site!

What is the English word ‘and’ in Japanese?

How do you say ‘how can I help you’ in Japanese?

What does Otanjoubi Omedetou Gozaimasu mean in English?

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?

Meet Jam499: Great Mom, Sister and NASCAR fan!

Jam499 and her son!
Jam499 and her son!

Jam499 has been on Answers.com for less than a year, yet she is already a Gold Contributor with over 77,000 contributions. She is active in the Community Outreach Program as a WikiGuide and on Vandal Patrol as a Senior Generalist. Her favorite categories range from Grammar and Parts of Speech to rock bands like Guns N’ Roses and Pink Floyd – quite a combo. She is proud to be from Rhode Island and loves NASCAR.  Her tastes and interests are diverse, but the center of her universe is her son!  Read more and get to know Jam499.

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

What is your occupation?  

My youngest sister has developmental delays, and I work with her providing direct care. I also manage the staff and coordinate her day program.

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

My username is Jam499. I needed something that I would remember, so I went with my initials and the month and year of my son’s birth.

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

I live in Rhode Island and have for most of my life. I am proud to call “The Biggest Little State in the Union” home.

How did you discover Answers.com

I was researching a grammar topic, and I found the answer on Answers.com.

What enticed you to join our community? 

After finding the answer that I was looking for, I started poking my nose around some of the English Language categories. I was very impressed by the dedicated group of contributors and Supervisors, as well as the quality of the answers. I suppose it was the community itself that enticed me to join.

What is your favorite thing to do on Answers.com

I like doing all of it. I have a short attention span, so when I get bored, I move on to something else.

What life accomplishments are you proud of? 

My son.

What accomplishments on Answers.com are you proud of?  

The Mentoring Program was a wonderfully challenging experience for me. I had an amazing mentor in Wildrosebeef, and she stood by me through all the ups and downs. I am quite proud of being a Mentoring Program Graduate.

What is your favorite type of music?  

I love many genres of music, but rock really does it for me. My favorite bands are Tool and Pink Floyd.

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

Definitely a butterfly. It’s my only tattoo, and I have a slight obsession with symmetry. If I were a butterfly, I could fly to the babbling brook and listen to the man playing his banjo.

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

The biggest challenge is to not lose my cool when dealing with someone insistent on arguing with me.

What are your special interests, hobbies, or collections? 

I am a die-hard NASCAR fan. I enjoy spending my Sunday afternoons on the edge of my couch screaming at the television. I’ve had the great pleasure of going to numerous races in New Hampshire, as well. There isn’t anything quite like being up against the fence and watching those cars come off Turn 2, on the brink of disaster!

What is your inspiration in life?  

Coffee, coffee, and more coffee!

You have two pets. Tell us about some of their antics!

Shadow
Shadow

There’s no shortage of personality in my pets. I wouldn’t have it any other way either.

My dog’s name is Shadow. She’s a bit rambunctious, and her previous owner couldn’t handle her. She was a little over a year old when I took her in, and she’s four now. Since becoming a dog owner, I’ve noticed a serious drop in the sock population. The funniest thing I have ever seen is my dog tiptoeing across the kitchen floor to sneak up on the cat.Jam's cat

My cat’s name is Pretty Kitty. A family member asked me to watch her for the weekend, and I decided against giving her back. That was eight years ago. In addition to my cat hiding in cupboards and walking on top of doors, she steals my make-up brushes and hair ties. She has this amusing version of hide-and-seek/peek-a-boo that she plays. I crawl around on the floor and ask, “Where’s the Pretty Kitty?” and she jumps out of wherever she’s hiding and swats at me a few times. She knocks ornaments off the Christmas tree and blames the dog, and she somehow manages to deposit cat litter in the dog’s water bowl several times a day.

Check out some of Jam499’s Q&A:

What comes after a direct object?

How do you know if a linking verb is a predicate adjective or noun?

 

Meet Soulcist: A Georgia Poet who Loves His Home and Family

 

Yusemi and Soulcist
Yusemi and Soulcist

Soulcist has been on the site for close to a year now, and he has certainly made his presence felt with over 54,000 contributions. He’s a Senior Mentor, a Vandal Patrol Generalist, a Community Outreach WikiGuide and a Category Supervisor in six categories! He is most active in Teen Dating and Xbox Live. In his free time he teaches himself to build software-based webites. He is devoted to a few very special people, including Yusemi and his grandmother, but get to know him and you will see he is sensitive and considerate of everyone in his life and on our site. To find out more about Soulcist, visit his profile where he shares some of his own beautiful poetry and more. We are lucky to have such a genuine person as a member of our community and we can only wish him the best. Continue reading “Meet Soulcist: A Georgia Poet who Loves His Home and Family”

Meet Luvhistory: Lover of Nature and History!

Luvhistory
Luvhistory

Luvhistory is a midwestern gal. She majored in history in college – perhaps the reason for her username. Luvhistory is also a lover of nature and you can find many of her contributions on the site in the Endangered, Vulnerable and Threatened Species and Animal Life categories. Her descriptions of nature are sensitive and beautiful, as you will discover in the interview. She is not only knowledgeable, but she is also an active member of our community with over 104,000 contributions. Read more and get to know Luvhistory. Continue reading “Meet Luvhistory: Lover of Nature and History!”