Roadgeek Adam wrote:I am an avid Jeopardy fan, but someone who could really never try out for the show. I can do well watching TV, but I am not someone who can take a test that well, especially 1 or 2 of them. I enjoy reading the experiences from the posters here and such, but I just don't think I could ever muster an attempt to take it. (Even for someone like me, who was deemed "gifted" throughout grade school, I failed all the state standardized tests so badly that without my exemptions I wouldn't have graduated high school.) It's just easier for me to sit to the side and improve my own knowledge watching the show.
I'll tell you what I've told everyone, including TPH, take the test anyways, you have absolutely nothing to lose - heck many people who can't take the test for other reasons (ie they've been on the show before and they're not Jeff Kirby) take it "just for fun", it is that much fun just doing it. And it's not completely unlike playing along at home anyways.
Roadgeek Adam wrote:I have been a Wikipedia editor since I was 14, with a vested interest in hurricanes, highways and railroads and am the defacto event planner for Wikimedia Foundation's New York City chapter.
That's something I forgot to mention, I'm often on Wikipedia, sometimes as an editor too. My main focus is this
, my "baby"; I'm quite proud of it, especially that it seems to be the "de facto" blank map file used on the fourth most popular website on the entire Internet. Not too shabby!
(I'll freely admit the map itself isn't mine, as I don't have much SVG skills, I basically took an existing map and improved the way it is used, to facilitate the ease of use on the site. Like Newton, Einstein, and others who get accolades for their work, I freely admit to standing on the shoulders of giants.)
Roadgeek Adam wrote:I am also aspiring to run for political office in my borough, and trying at a young age. In the meantime I am advocating for expansion of history recognition in this place.
As someone who previously mentioned wanting to hold office on his own introduction, I commend you. While I have been interested in politics since I was in my mid teens, I never thought I could run for politics, as I wasn't a member of any party and (as you can guess) independents don't fare well on the ballot. (I did initially run for school trustee because those, city councillors, and mayors are the only (technically, anyways) non-partisan positions in these here parts (although everyone knows either what party candidates belong to or what party is backing them). It wasn't until after the school trustee elections that the Liberals noticed me, asked me to run, and after examining their positions and finding them a very good match with my beliefs, I became a member of a party, which I think will help my future chances. All this, however, came when I was almost 40 (the candidate nomination meeting came the week of my 39th birthday). I'm glad to see that you are getting involved at a much earlier age, I think you stand a much better shot than I do at actually getting elected sometime in that regard. (I assume you are a member of a party, at least in the youth wing?)
Bamaman wrote:I went through a name change when we moved here. I didn't reallyu like the old one so I went with something more descriptive. I'm not very good at coming up with message board names. I use my initials on another one I post on.
I get less creative over time. My first "nom de geek" was "The Weird Guy" on a local BBS (which I know instantly dates me, as I'm sure several of you have no idea what a BBS is). When I met my future wife, she thought I should change it since she didn't want me seeing myself as "weird". (She suggested "macho guy" - she doesn't really know how the 'net works ... ) I settled on "Canuck Guy" (still my Wikipedia name, as I was using that nick back then). Now, I like "dhkendall", even less imaginative, as it's my first and middle initials followed by my last name. I also like "Anorak" - on the Sony board someone mentioned it as a word meaning both a parka and a know-it-all. I thought it fit me to a tee, but when Sony crashed and jboard.tv started up, I kept my old name so that I don't have to re-introduce myself, my reputation is linked to my previous name. I hope one day to use "Anorak", though, as I still love the name for its apropos meanings.