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Thursday, May 15, 2003

Inofficial Google Parodies

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Google Answers Interview: Journalist-ga

The Google Answers Researchers Interview on this Thursday, May 15, is with Journalist-ga. Thanks again to her and everyone else for participating!


What’s your first name?
Emily. I was named after Emily Dickinson because my mother, a poet, hoped I’d follow in her literary footsteps.

Where are you from?
I was born and raised on the edge of reason.

What’s your profession?
Public relations and freelance writing although I once paid the bills as a shoe model and jingles singer.

What’s your age?
I recently celebrated the 26th anniversary of my 21st birthday.

Got a homepage? Where? — I also host a site for writers at

Journalist-ga on Google Answers

When did you become a Researcher? How did you find out about Google Answers?
In May 2002, I was researching for a client and I began a Google search with “what is...” An ad link popped up on the Google results page that read “Be a researcher...” That was over 250 questions ago. Google Answers is more addicting than nicotine.

What do you like best about answering for Google Answers?
Aside from satisfying my personal lust for knowledge, I enjoy knowing I have assisted someone in locating the information they seek. It’s a wonderful opportunity to be involved in a forum where I can share both my professional and personal experience.

Would you consider taking this up as full-time job, provided the question volume would be high enough (or is it already full-time for you)?
I am full-time in the sense that I’m an active Researcher. I hope I’m always able to successfully mesh my GA work with my other freelance activities.

What kind of question subject you usually like to answer?
I love answering questions regarding public relations and marketing ideas as much as I love answering queries concerning film, literature or theology. My father is fond of saying, “The day I stop learning is the day I hope to die,” and I agree completely. At Google Answers, I learn something new every day.

In one sentence, what’s the trick to a good answer?
There is no trick: A good answer requires time and attention.

Which Researcher would you take as guide on a dangerous island?
All of them in the form of a notebook computer with satellite Internet access and solar batteries. That way I could have a multitude of guides at my fingertips for whatever was needed and still have access to Yahoo! Games.

Journalist-ga’s Favorites

What are your favorite research tools and websites (please include browser and text editor you are using)?
I use IE 6.0 to browse and Word to compose answers. Google is my primary search engine because the results are always so relevant to the topics searched.

What are your favorite websites and newsgroups?,,, I’m a parody junkie. For news, I frequent NPR, and

I will just suppose Google is your favorite search engine (right?). Do you remember which one you were using before, and why you decided to switch to Google?
You suppose correctly. Before Google, I used Northern Light. Once I heard the buzz about Google, I sampled it and I’ve used Google ever since because of the pinpoint relevancy of results.

What are some of your favorite questions & answers by others?

What are some of the questions that were really a lot of fun answering for you?

What would be a fun $200 question for you to answer?
“ your name? your quest? the air-speed velocity of an unladen swallow?

Journalist-ga’s Spare-time

Got any weird hobbies?
If woodcarving and rockhounding are considered weird, then yes. Definitely.

What was the last book you read, the last movie you saw, and the last album you listened to?
Writing the Character-Centered Screenplay, Waiting for Guffman and Norah Jones Come Away With Me.

Do you know some other Researchers in Real Life?
Yes, I’ve met Mathtalk... talk about your basic gentleman and scholar... wow. He’s a very knowledgeable Researcher and a fascinating guy.

Final words by Journalist-ga

If you’d write a book about your life, what would be the first sentence?
I’d have to borrow from Dickens: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times”...

Anything else you’d want to add?
Now that’s a question for Mathtalk.


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