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Tap tap tap…

Is this thing on?
(Actually, if it’s Rock Band, you’re lucky if it’s not ;)

This is my “Enough about me, more about you!” post.

It blows me away that for each of the last few months, I’ve gotten more visitors than I did for the whole of 2008. So my question is: who are you??

It must get a little tiresome with the yap yap yap — all me, all the time. So I wonder if you might be willing to take a turn at the mic… pretty please?

Who are you?
What turns your crank?
Can you suggest any etsians and/or artists I should feature?
Introvert or extrovert?
Got any music to recommend?
Anything here you’d like to see less/more of?
Wanna share an inspiring link?
What are you most proud of at this very second?
Who would you thank first if you won an Oscar?
Chocolate or vanilla?
What’s your fallback karaoke tune?
Haiku: yes or no?
Who makes you laugh the loudest?
…or whatever else comes to mind!

Have at it and have some fun — it’s your turn!

I’d love to send a little care package to whoever makes me crack the biggest grin. Please leave a valid email address if you’re interested in playing along. Thanks so much!

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  1. Samantula
    May 28th, 2009 at 00:56 | #1

    1. I am just your local fiesty redhead dance instructor – who you pretty much sponser, at this point.
    2. My cranks haven’t been turned in awhile, but I’ll say dancing – it brings me to life and makes my spirit fly!
    3. I learn about most esians through you, so keep up the good work!
    4. Extrovert! Exceedingly so!
    5. TONS! To name a few: Xavier Rudd (he’s amazing), Sufjan Stevens, Elliot Smith, Pacifika, Travis… oh i could go on and on….
    6. PICTURES! I’m such a fan of photos – I don’t even care what they are of – maybe one day you should do a ‘day in the life of Em, in photos”
    7. This may only be inspiring to me, but – http://www.canadianaffair.ca/
    has the greatest deals on cheap flights to the Uk!
    8. At this VERY second I am most proud of being Top Overall Female Teacher of Fred Astaire Canada. A title I will hold until January ‘10, unless I kick everyone’s ass again. :)
    9. I would thank my Mommy – she’s been passed away for almost 6yrs now, she rules :)
    10. CHOCOLATE. I’m addicted. Seriously.
    11. After careful consideration I’m going with either “Africa” by toto, or “The General” by Dispatch! Final Answer(s).
    12. “If you’d like to know
    All you have to do is ask
    I’m an open book.” :)
    13. Well, this is probaby the toughest question because I laugh ridiculously loud at everything….But I have a good friend, Nathan, who makes me spit my drinks, snort my milk, and choke on food.

    Hope you learned something! :)

  2. May 28th, 2009 at 02:34 | #2

    Who are you? Crazy Nerd, obsessed with over-nerding movies and such, trying sort of kind of to be an artist.

    What turns your crank? Right now, the TV show Supernatural and Sam Worthington (guh!)

    Can you suggest any etsians and/or artists I should feature? blacklillypie.etsy.com

    Introvert or extrovert? Depends, if I can get serious for a minute. I have social anxiety/phobia, so when I get passed that, extrovert. Mostly, I like to just sit back and observe.

    Got any music to recommend? Zoe Keating

    Anything here you’d like to see less/more of? I think you’re doing fab, so keep doing whatever makes you happy with your blog!

    Wanna share an inspiring link? I’ll give you two because the vids are short: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=txrikNFX-8E&fmt=18
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVJ0bTbh9d4&fmt=18

    What are you most proud of at this very second? That I haven’t had a complete brain meltdown at my place of employment

    Who would you thank first if you won an Oscar? I’d thank my hormones because my entire reason for wanting to get into acting would be to get “some”, if you catch what I’m dropping. Huh? Yeah? ;)

    Chocolate or vanilla? Chocolate!

    What’s your fallback karaoke tune? That’s a tough one … Eye of the Tiger? Don’t Stop Believin’? Definitely some cheddar-filled big hair rock. Or The Lovecats! :)

    Haiku: yes or no? I tried to make one/But the words wouldn’t come out/Left with a brain fart

    Who makes you laugh the loudest? When people fall (myself included), Paul Rudd, my brother

  3. May 28th, 2009 at 05:59 | #3

    1. Your coolest internet buddy named Bridgett although go by TJ sometimes.
    2. Hmmm…interesting question but probably when I get into a really goofy mood and do these hilarious nonsense of a dance. Sorry no public appearances.
    3. Have you featured Adele from modernemotive?
    4. Depends on the situation, big groups/parties introvert but extrovert one-on-one.
    5. Hoping you could help me out in that area.
    6. Keep up the good work, but I like your idea of featuring artists. I love reading bios.
    7. http://hollymaus.blogspot.com/2009/02/digital-collage.html
    8. Having a healthy and happy daughter.
    9. Probably would feel obligated to thank God first and then my family.
    10. Vanilla bean please
    11. Um no thanks. See answer to question 4.
    12. Sure.
    13. My daughter. At 20 months she is hilarious!

    It’s been great getting to know you. :)

  4. May 28th, 2009 at 09:39 | #4

    1. Many hats to wear mom, small business owner, taxi driver, chef, life coach, minor hockey assistant coach etc.
    2. The ocean, a good brisk wind, my dog being her loopy self, my kids being their loopy selves, creative people, dancing, hockey.
    3. Do you know blend creations (http://blendcreations.com/)?
    4. A bit of both – very similar to Bridgett.
    5. Love music of all kinds but I’m drawing a blank today!
    6. Just keep up the good work and keep letting me know where I’ll be able to see your work. Some day, I’ll make it out to see it all in person!
    7. My links will be about food, of course (lots of recipes!): Two peas and their pods: http://lichtyfamilyblog.blogspot.com/ and Smitten Kitchen: http://smittenkitchen.com/
    8. My kids: a teen and a tween that are doing us very proud right this minute (don’t know about later today though!)
    9. Maman et Pop!
    10. Chocolate first or only the best quality vanilla
    11. Probably something by Edith Piaf (would they have old French tunes on Karaoke???)
    12. Nah.
    13. My dog being loopy (see 2)
    Keep up the good work!

  5. May 28th, 2009 at 09:52 | #5

    Not brave enough to participate, I love da blues though~~~~

  6. LTP
    May 28th, 2009 at 10:33 | #6

    1. A former co-worker and lover of all things mchen.
    2. What a broad question! Let’s see: funny people, writing my blog, dating-gone-wrong stories, sports, driving fast to good music, cooking, feeling loved, hanging with the ‘phews, and on and on and on.
    3. Nope – I try to stay away from anything shopping related – Visa doesn’t like supporting my ‘poster child for no self control’ habits. Let me rephrase that – I don’t like paying Visa back for supporting my habits.
    4. Introvert in extrovert’s clothing.
    5. Lately I’m into Verve remixs of jazz and older songs. One of my favs: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ARDdBujOJsE
    6. More re[designs]. :o)
    7. http://100goals100weeks.blogspot.com/
    8. Going from 0 nights of sports to 5 nights in a year and a bit. And doing some of these solo without a safety net of friends to play with and give me a ‘comfort’ zone. Big steps for an introvert.
    9. Winning an Oscar requires acting, non? Okay, okay, I’ll play along. My brother – for always being there for me and with whom I have a bond like no other.
    10. Vanilla ice cream with chocolate cake.
    11. I’ve never sung karaoke *blush* but it’s on the ‘26 things to accomplish in 2009′ list. You offering to take me?
    12. LOL – I started the Friday PM Office Haiku group on Facebook and post from my office haiku book. My fav:
    Headline will read
    ‘Supervisor beaten to
    Death with coffee mug.’
    13. As conceited as it sounds – me. Man I crack myself up. Mostly with the stupid things I do that I then realize are really stupid and laugh my a** off with other people when I tell the stories. Like (unknowingly) returning used windshield wipers. Or frustratingly spending a good amount of time trying to drill a hole in reverse. Or texting profanities to friends houses accidentally.

  7. Jon Fingas
    May 28th, 2009 at 17:22 | #7

    1. I think that one is self-evident! (@jonfingas on Le Twittre)

    2. Clever gadgets. Hence why I write technology news (http://www.electronista.com) :)

    3. Artists… how about Meomi? (http://www.meomi.com) Absolutely love what they’ve done for the Vancouver 2010 mascots.

    4. Introvert. Hey, I’m a geek.

    5. Immaculate Machine’s “High on Jackson Hill” album. Surprisingly freewheeling, fun rock.

    6. Just more blogging is all you need!

    7. Inspiring? http://www.eco-tav.com/ — a friend’s eco-friendly gadget bags.

    8. I’m proud I’ve managed to build a news site from the ground up to being fairly popular.

    9. If I won an Oscar? Probably the writers. They don’t get enough credit!

    10. Why not both?

    11. Karaoke… “Helter Skelter” by the Beatles. It can be fun to scream into the mic.

    12. I value haikus
    They express your feelings well
    In five syllables

    13. Patton Oswalt. Comedy gold!

  8. May 28th, 2009 at 19:34 | #8

    Oh man, you guys ROCK! I was all sad because I only had a couple of responses… then I checked my spam queue, and there a bunch of you were. Must be all the URLs that got you flagged. But I’ve un-spammed y’all, and thank you!

    Web stats record over 200 visits a day… would love to hear more stories!

  9. May 28th, 2009 at 22:50 | #9

    1. Your host is a foodie. During the day, I’m a mild mannered IT Professional.
    2. Learning and writing about food: how it is made, how it is served, and how it is evolving.
    3. Nope. You’re the only etsian I’m familiar with :)
    4. I’m a bit of both. I love to get and hold peoples’attentions. However, I also like spend time to myself, cranking out ideas or reflecting on recent experiences for my food blog.
    5. Love any and all music. Currently, re-acquainting myself with the Beatles.
    6. Nope. Love the site. Love the blog. Love your work. Keep it up!
    7. You don’t get more inspiring than Susan Murphy: http://suzemuse.netfirms.com. In the food world, there’s @cookingstudent whose blog (http://cookingschoolconfidential.com/) chronicles a successful writer, training to become a chef.
    8. I’m most proud of my better half and I getting the attention of a master chef when we attempted his tweeted recipe.
    9. If I won an oscar, I’d thank Jenn, my better half, for having faith in me.
    10. French Vanilla, made with high quality vanilla beans
    11. 80s pop, but there’s a reason I never pick up a mike at karaoke…
    12. Yes
    13. Jenn and the very random expressions she says at the oddest times.

  10. May 29th, 2009 at 00:07 | #10

    Who are you?
    Indy Grrrl (a.k.a. Brandy) (b.k.a. B)

    What turns your crank?
    Life changing literature, juicing fruits and vegetables, cinema, shoes, kindness, cats, music, anything crafty, nature…I could go on for days. I won’t bore you.

    Can you suggest any etsians and/or artists I should feature?
    Superhouse rocks my heart away. Andrea Kett has wild and delicious art. Cathy Peng because she has tons of cat art and accessories I adore : )

    Introvert or extrovert?
    Introvert

    Got any music to recommend?
    Peaches, Lady Sovereign, The Ting Tings

    Anything here you’d like to see less/more of?
    You have a nice mixture of material. How about pictures of your work space–if you haven’t posted any already.

    Wanna share an inspiring link?
    http://alexprager.com/ofcourseihaveflash.html#/thebigvalley,2008/desiree/

    What are you most proud of at this very second?
    My newly decorated bedroom!

    Who would you thank first if you won an Oscar?
    My stomach…for not killing me.

    Chocolate or vanilla?
    Chocolate all the way, baby.

    What’s your fallback karaoke tune?
    I’ve never sang karaoke.

    Haiku: yes or no?
    Yes, please.

    Who makes you laugh the loudest?
    Andy Milonakis

    This is such a cool post! I want to create one for my blog. I will give you credit for the idea : )

    XOXO

    queenb@indygrrrl.com

  11. May 29th, 2009 at 02:18 | #11

    Who are you?
    Jenny:) You left a comment on my site and I came to visit you! What a fun post idea! I may need to steal it – with credit, of course!
    What turns your crank?
    Shiny things
    Can you suggest any etsians and/or artists I should feature?
    *blinking*
    Introvert or extrovert?
    Extro
    Got any music to recommend?
    Lady Gaga is my mostrecent fave. Oh and The Lost Fingers. A UK band. They RAWK.
    Anything here you’d like to see less/more of?
    Not sure yet… supposin’ it’s perfect :)
    Wanna share an inspiring link?
    hmmm… prolly should…
    What are you most proud of at this very second?
    I get my braces of next Tuesday
    Who would you thank first if you won an Oscar?
    Glitter. It’s my inspiration.
    Chocolate or vanilla?
    Chocolate. Dark.
    What’s your fallback karaoke tune?
    I WIll Survive
    Haiku: yes or no?
    Yes yes yes yes yes
    yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
    yes yes yes yes yes
    Who makes you laugh the loudest?
    Mah friend Lisa
    …or whatever else comes to mind!

  12. Martin
    May 29th, 2009 at 05:41 | #12

    1. A guy who met you on email about five years ago, but didn’t actually meet you in person until this past winter when I bought one of your shirts. I also recently discovered RSS feeds.
    2. Ummm, literally, my feet.
    3. Noel’s wife, anyone who makes lego cufflinks.
    4. More of an extrovert than I ever thought.
    5. Tough – that you haven’t heard before – doubtful. First 10 artists to show up on my recent played playlist – Silver Sun Pickups, The Band, Band of Horses, Neil Young, Cat Power, Edie Brickell, Weeping Tile, Keane, The Submarines, R.E.M.
    6. Local music news
    7. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z19zFlPah-o
    8. My kids – T and D
    9. Mother Nature
    10. Chocolate
    11. Jack and Diane or American Pie – I sing the latter to my kids on my nights with them. I still don’t know all the words, or anything from the Dawson’s Creek or Top Gun soundtracks. Shrug, I’m a sap.
    12. Absolutely yes
    Seven nos do not outweigh
    The power of yes
    13. My friends or my kids – depending on the day. The Office is also pretty funny.

  13. May 29th, 2009 at 08:56 | #13

    ~Who are you?
    Anna (@ThisGoodLife), your friendly neighborhood twitter pal
    ~What turns your crank?
    my kids, video games, pretty graphics, caramel coffee, & lately, all things fibery.
    ~Can you suggest any etsians and/or artists I should feature?
    Oh loads… um… do you want me to convo you the list? Heehee
    ~Introvert or extrovert?
    Slightly introverted
    ~Got any music to recommend?
    Eisley is a good listen, I also enjoy Air & Massive Attack, & if you like those, let me know, I have a bunch more. :)
    ~Anything here you’d like to see less/more of?
    1st time here, I’ll get back to you on this. ;)
    ~Wanna share an inspiring link?
    http://photography.nationalgeographic.com/photography/photo-of-the-day/atlantic-walrus-canada-pod.html
    IDK if ‘inspiring’ is the right word for it… :P ‘curious’ is probably the better description.
    ~What are you most proud of at this very second?
    My most recent dye jobs, have to take pix of how the yarn turned out still (just finished it last night)
    ~Who would you thank first if you won an Oscar?
    God, or my husband…. not sure, but both would be up at the top of the list…
    ~Chocolate or vanilla?
    Vanilla!
    ~What’s your fallback karaoke tune?
    ‘I will survive’
    ~Haiku: yes or no?
    NO
    ~Who makes you laugh the loudest?
    Husband, or Bill Murray :)

  14. May 30th, 2009 at 07:41 | #14

    1. I’m Adele, was an Art Director for interactive agencies in a former life and I’m now trying (some days it feels like) to start a successful eco-friendly stationery business. What was I thinking?
    2. Design & beer.
    3. Not off the top of my head.
    4. Definitely an introvert with extrovert tendencies once in a while.
    5. Love Bon Iver. He’s someone many haven’t heard of so he’s usually my first pick when it comes to suggesting something less mainstream.
    6. I think you’re doing just fine the way it is.
    7. Ummm, can’t think of one. In my defense, It’s just gone 8.30am and I’m barely through my first coffee. That excuse works no?
    8. That despite all my fears that trying to start my own business may land me up shit creek, I’m still going at it.
    9. Myself.
    10. Vanilla
    11. Don’t do karaoke. Can’t sing.
    12. Had to google this one so I’ll say no comment as I don’t really know what it is.
    13. I laugh at too much to say, including myself.

    Okay, now as punishment for all these questions, you have to come introduce yourself on my blog – http://modernemotive.com/blog/2009/04/29/hello-my-name-is/. Bonus points if you get your sis to do it too!

  15. May 30th, 2009 at 11:50 | #15

    Who are you? The potential maker of maps, who is looking for work, while finishing school, while travelling, while trying to get my apartment in order, while being a long-distance aunt, while twittering like mad :)
    What turns your crank? my guy, Dwayne. Electronics, music, Star Trek (as of two weeks ago, and have now seen most of the movies, Yay Nimoy!), maps, maps, maps, maps, Open Source Software, maps
    Can you suggest any etsians and/or artists I should feature? PrettyKittyCreations, she’s just starting out and could use a boost
    Introvert or extrovert? varies, depends on energy level of the day
    Got any music to recommend? If you understand German then the Wise Guys, Bluemchen (even if you don’t), Jason Mraz, Colin James and the Little Big Band, Brian Setzer Orchestra (who is coming to town, eee!)
    Anything here you’d like to see less/more of? Photos :D
    Wanna share an inspiring link? Maybe? Just not at the moment
    What are you most proud of at this very second? Dwayne, understanding VB, and almost being done school!
    Who would you thank first if you won an Oscar? Dwayne :D
    Chocolate or vanilla? both. They are both so tasty. But I do loves me some chocolate :D
    What’s your fallback karaoke tune? Kiss The Rain by Billie Myers (I think)
    Haiku: yes or no? sure :)
    Who makes you laugh the loudest? Not really sure, it usually seems to be a group of people that can make me fall over laughing (note, not a good idea to do while playing foosball)

  16. May 30th, 2009 at 11:56 | #16

    Who are you? Good question.

    What turns your crank? Music, tasty/spicy food, cold beer, & drawing

    Can you suggest any etsians and/or artists I should feature? Fricdementol! fricdementol.etsy.com

    Introvert or extrovert? I’m an Introvert’s introvert

    Got any music to recommend? The Stranglers (Black + White), Blue Oyster Cult, Men’s Recovery Project, Roxy Music w/Eno

    Anything here you’d like to see less/more of? More pictures of you doing stuff. :D

    Wanna share an inspiring link? http://www.notcot.org/

    What are you most proud of at this very second? That I own my house- wha? How did that happen?

    Who would you thank first if you won an Oscar? My mom?

    Chocolate or vanilla? CHOCOLATE

    What’s your fallback karaoke tune? Never done karaoke- I’m holding out.

    Haiku: yes or no? sure

    Who makes you laugh the loudest? David Sedaris – hands down!

  17. June 1st, 2009 at 09:36 | #17

    Who are you? wife, mom, daugther, sister, aunt, friend
    What turns your crank? estate sales!
    Can you suggest any etsians and/or artists I should feature? fringe, she makes beautiful knitted accessories!
    Introvert or extrovert? introvert
    Got any music to recommend? love country music
    Anything here you’d like to see less/more of? i love style & cooking posts.
    Wanna share an inspiring link? love nienie dialogues
    What are you most proud of at this very second? my family
    Who would you thank first if you won an Oscar? my parents, two of the most wonderful people i know!
    Chocolate or vanilla? vanilla
    What’s your fallback karaoke tune? my heart goes on.
    Haiku: yes or no? no
    Who makes you laugh the loudest? my kids!
    …or whatever else comes to mind! i love running my little etsy shop!

  18. June 3rd, 2009 at 16:22 | #18

    Who are you? your sister :)
    What turns your crank? coffee, yummy food, animals, warms rocks under my feet, the sun on my back, being near water
    Introvert or extrovert? a bit of both depending on my mood
    Anything here you’d like to see less/more of? you are one entertaining lady!
    What are you most proud of at this very second? having a very supportive network of friends and family
    Who would you thank first if you won an Oscar? my family and friends
    Chocolate or vanilla? a bit of both (ok, make that alot!)
    What’s your fallback karaoke tune? anything that i know the tune of
    Haiku: yes or no? sure
    Who makes you laugh the loudest? my sister

    i also took Adele up on her “challenge” re: her blog post – yay!

  19. Steve Moons
    June 5th, 2009 at 13:05 | #19

    Who are you? The answer to that question is never the same day to day. In this context, I’m an often bemused side-line observer of social media, and someone who loves the opportunity to follow a friend’s adventures.

    What turns your crank? My wife, my boy, and as many outdoor sports as my broken body can handle.

    Can you suggest any etsians and/or artists I should feature? I am wildly unqualified to answer this question.

    Introvert or extrovert? In business? 100% extrover. In life, 60% into, 40% extro.

    Got any music to recommend? Can’t beat Bruce Springsteen or Red Hot Chili Peppers.

    Anything here you’d like to see less/more of? I love the behind-the-scenes and technical items you’ve posted. I’m very interested in finding out how you get such a great final product, and the steps involved.

    Wanna share an inspiring link? The only places I go are for work, tsn.ca and here.

    What are you most proud of at this very second? My perfect wife.

    Who would you thank first if you won an Oscar? See above.

    Chocolate or vanilla? Vanilla, hands down.

    What’s your fallback karaoke tune? Fallback? I got hundreds of ‘em.

    Haiku: yes or no? Do I like haiku?
    Two syllables in stone-uh?
    Hard to remember.

    Who makes you laugh the loudest? An old friend named Brad. Haven’t seen him in over 10 years.

  20. October 10th, 2015 at 06:21 | #20

    Hey! Do you use Twitter? I’d like to follow you if that would be ok. I’m undoubtedly enjoying your blog and look forward to new updates.

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