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Get to Know The Team: Irisado

Posted by Irisado on July 16, 2013, 06:11:39 PM

Name: Classified ;)
Age: 34
Location: Hertfordshire, UK
Quote: 'A swansong of rare and vanishing beauty'
Position: Doc Writer Doc Coordinator

  • Do you have pets?
    Nope, I'm allergic to anything with fur, so I can't join the SMF cat lovers club, and crocodiles aren't allowed as pets apparently.
  • What is your favourite colour?
    I can't choose just one.  Red, purple, yellow, and orange are all favourites.
  • What kind of music do you like?
    A very mixed bag.  Pop music of all sorts of types, as well as classical.  I can be listening to a 'cello piece at one moment, and then switch to Roxette.  Eclectic probably sums it up :D.
  • What do you do in your free time besides spending time on SMF?
    I moderate other forums.  I'm also now working on trying to publish part of my PhD thesis.
  • What are your goals/dreams in life?
    To finish my PhD, never do any research ever again, and become a full time university language tutor.  Two achieved, one still to go :).  A bit of a re-think here, as to get into the university system I'm going to have to publish something.  To make my dream a reality, it's time to jump through some more hoops.
  • What got you involved in SMF?
    I had previously managed a phpBB forum, been a regular user on a Vbulletin forum, and then signed up to a number of fora which used SMF.  I found SMF to be my favourite type of forum software, did some hunting around to find out more information, and ended up here.
  • Who do you admire? Why?
    The Spanish teachers at school, and Spanish university lecturers who taught me on my undergraduate degree.  They were inspirational in shaping who I am today.  I also admire my parents for always being there.
  • Are you into sports?  If so which ones?
    I like watching Formula 1 and listening to cricket.
  • What is your dream job?
    Spanish language tutor. University tutor of either politics or Spanish, or maybe even both.
  • What was your first screenname?
    Irisado.
  • Do you have any piercings?
    No.
  • Are you a lefty/righty or ambidextrous?
    Mostly right handed, but my left hand can do a few things, such as removing screw on lids, better than my right.
  • Do you have any tattoos?  If not do you wish/plan to get one?
    No and no.
  • Do you have any siblings?  If so, how many of each?
    No.
  • What is your favourite website?
    40K Online and this one.
  • Do you play computer games?  If so, which ones?
    Not many.  Skyrim and the Fallout series are the only ones I play.
  • Do you play video game consoles?  Which ones?
    No.
  • Are you married or planing to get married?
    No.
  • If so do you have any kids?
    N/A
  • How many kids?
    N/A
  • How many languages do you speak?  If so which ones?
    Three if English counts ;).  Apart from English, Spanish, and some rather rusty Italian.
  • Do you drink?
    No.
  • Do you smoke?
    No.
  • Did you play hookey from class?
    Never.
  • Do you have a license?
    Assuming this means a driving license, yes.
  • Do you own a car?
    No.
  • Have you ever been stopped for speeding?
    No.
  • Do you obtain a good amount of sleep daily?
    I used to, but not any more.  I'm starting to get back into better sleeping habits.
  • How do you sleep?
    Badly.  Much better these days :).
  • Have you ever been on an aeroplane?
    Yes, and I've got more frightened every time I've done so.  This is no longer the case.  I was much better on my last plane trip.
  • Have you ever broken a bone?
    Yes, my collar bone.
  • Do you wear jewellery?  If so what jewellery do you wear?
    No.
  • How do you dress?
    Informally.
  • How many keys are on your keyring?
    Eight.  Down to five now.
  • What time do you go to bed?  What time do you wake up?
    Varies, although I am starting to go to bed earlier and get up earlier on a gradual basis.
  • What's the freakiest thing you have done?
    Tumbling out of control down a ski slope was pretty freaky.  I never want to experience that again.
  • Do you live alone?
    Yes.
  • How many hours a day do you spend in front of the computer?
    Lots of them, but not as many as before.
  • How many hours a day do you spend in SMF?
    Not too many.  Four or five perhaps.  It's on the rise though.  I tend to lose count some days, but it definitely rose to quite a few until recently.
  • What is your favourite beverage - coffee, tea, soda, beer, other?
    Water.
  • What do you hate?
    The obsession with the commercialisation of higher education and universities.  People who take decisions based on fear, ignorance, prejudice, and/or xenophobia, rather than based on acceptance, hope, inclusiveness, and the facts.
  • What do you love?
    Coastal walks in watery sunshine and walks in the park.
  • What is your religion?
    None.
  • What is your hair colour?
    Light brown.
  • How tall are you?
    About 6'2"
  • How much do you weigh?
    No idea.
  • What's the feature on SMF you can't live without?
    • As an administrator?
      Moderation tools of all types.
    • As an end user?
      The reply button  :D.

Thanks for reading.  If you have additional questions, I may answer them ;).

Comments

Colin on July 16, 2013, 07:51:35 PM said
Welcome to the team. It was very interesting reading about you!
TheListener on July 16, 2013, 08:06:10 PM said
Ya not that far from me ya know ( Herts I mean).

I like music from the 1920s to some of todays so that's a good mix you have there lol.

Do you nag at people?
4Kstore on July 17, 2013, 02:27:47 AM said
Congratulations!
ps: Veo que te gusta mucho el español :P
kat on July 17, 2013, 05:36:15 AM said
Location: Nottingham & Hertfordshire, UK

Hmm... schitzo...

Fora

That's two of us that use that term!

Irisado on July 17, 2013, 06:31:21 AM said
Ya not that far from me ya know ( Herts I mean).

I like music from the 1920s to some of todays so that's a good mix you have there lol.

Do you nag at people?

Yep, we're pretty close when I go back home, although I don't think that I've actually ever been to your neck of the woods.  Not that I remember at any rate.

I don't usually nag people, but I do nag Kindred sometimes in another place :D.

ps: Veo que te gusta mucho el español :P

Me encanta el español :).

Hmm... schitzo...p

That's about right :D.

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That's two of us that use that term!



I thought it was just me as well  :o.

Thanks for the welcome all :).
kat on July 17, 2013, 06:52:42 AM said
I did Latin...

In English-English, "Fora" was/is the correct term, viz-a-viz the Latin. But, as usual, our delinquent colonial upstarts couldn't cope, with that, just as they can't cope with "Radii"...
ARG01 on July 17, 2013, 09:33:02 AM said
Congrats!

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If you have additional questions, I may answer them ;)

What is the engine block size of a 1967 Plymouth Barracuda?  ;D

ѕησω on July 24, 2013, 11:53:20 AM said
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Skyrim

:D I've spent soooooo much time on Skyrim...

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How tall are you?
About 6'2"

My height :O

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Name: Classified ;)

So was Illori's, than I found out she had the same name as my mother. >:D
CoreISP on July 28, 2013, 09:08:38 PM said
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I can't join the SMF cat lovers club

No matter, that club is much too big already! :P

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I can be listening to a 'cello piece at one moment

I bet you're not refering to Apocalyptica there :P
Bach, perhaps?

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To finish my PhD, never do any research ever again, and become a full time university language tutor.

My condolences!
Doing research can be so much fun! :)

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I had previously managed a ***** forum, been a regular user on a ******* forum, and then signed up to a number of fora which used SMF.  I found SMF to be my favourite type of forum software, did some hunting around to find out more information, and ended up here.

Hm, my wordfilter triggered here. Glad to see you found your way here. :)

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Did you play hookey from class?
Never.

Follow up question: Is the answer above truthful?

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Tumbling out of control down a ski slope was pretty freaky.  I never want to experience that again.

did you videotape it!? Nahw :(


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The obsession with the commercialisation of higher education and universities.

It has it's pros and cons, I guess.


It was a nice read, welcome to the team! :)
live627 on July 29, 2013, 02:38:32 AM said
I did Latin...

In English-English, "Fora" was/is the correct term, viz-a-viz the Latin. But, as usual, our delinquent colonial upstarts couldn't cope, with that, just as they can't cope with "Radii"...
/me shoots a flame :P

nahh... j/k...

And the plural of cactus is cacti. My spell checker agrees.
kat on July 29, 2013, 06:56:42 AM said
Sure is!

"Cactuses" just sounds daft. Mind you, so does "Radiuses" and "Forums", to me.
Irisado on July 29, 2013, 10:02:35 AM said
I bet you're not refering to Apocalyptica there :P
Bach, perhaps?

That would be correct :P.

Bach's cello music is good background music.  I'm more of an Elgar's Cello Concerto type person.

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My condolences!
Doing research can be so much fun! :)

As a hobby, it's fun, as a 'job' it's dreadful :P.

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Follow up question: Is the answer above truthful?

Yes.

I'm very bad at lying, but I am very good at sidestepping questions :D.

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It has it's pros and cons, I guess.

99 percent cons in my opinion.

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It was a nice read, welcome to the team! :)

Thanks, it's good to be here :).
Kindred on July 29, 2013, 01:58:18 PM said
English is not a romance language. English is a Germanic language - so insisting on silly latin or greek conguations is just plain silly....

Radisues
Catuses
Octopuses
Forums
Cookies (not Biscuits!)
Irisado on July 29, 2013, 03:53:28 PM said
A Germanic language which has stolen a whole raft of Latin words :P.

Forums is technically the correct version when discussing the online version, which is why I use it when writing the wiki, but I personally using fora in my own posts ;).  Note that the fora is, however, correct in the context of Ancient Rome :D.
Robert. on August 11, 2013, 03:38:36 PM said
Apart from English, Spanish, and some rather rusty Italian.
Have you ever been to Spain? :)
Irisado on August 12, 2013, 10:00:01 AM said
I have, yes :).

I haven't been for a long time though, since I don't have the time, and I also don't enjoy flying.
kat on August 12, 2013, 05:12:37 PM said
I went to Vigo, many yonks back. Majorca, too. (Pity the Brits have ruined a lot of that place)
Irisado on August 12, 2013, 05:20:11 PM said
I'm reliably informed that Mallorca is still very pleasant in land.

I was based in Salamanca, which has very impressive architecture, and lots of White Storks.  It was a very hot summer though, which things pretty tough for me towards the end.  I'm not a fan of the high temperatures.
kat on August 12, 2013, 05:23:52 PM said
We were in Pollensa (I bet I've spelt that wrong).

Palma Nova is Hell on Earth and as for Magaluf...

The Red Lion... Lady Di's Pub...

"Tacky" doesn't even begin to describe it...
Irisado on August 12, 2013, 05:37:05 PM said
It's a variant of Catalan, so I suspect that it's spelt Pollença.

It doesn't sound like the sort of place that I want to go to.  I think that you're being generous calling it tacky.
kat on August 13, 2013, 08:23:43 AM said
Oh, indeed. Yeah, it was here that we stayed.

http://www.puertopollensa.com

Looks like a few hundred big hotels have gone up, since I was there.

I bet even Puerto de Soller's become a shithole concrete jungle, now.

Last holiday I had was here:

http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=tortola&client=opera&oe=utf-8&channel=suggest&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hl=en&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi

Got offered a job, there, too. Unfortunately, it never happened, for reasons that I won't bore you with, coz they're just TOO silly...
live627 on August 23, 2013, 12:35:05 AM said
Have you ever been to America?
Irisado on August 23, 2013, 08:07:10 AM said
As in the United States?  Nope.  Nor anywhere else that side of the Atlantic either, although I have been invited to Chile.
kat on August 23, 2013, 08:21:45 AM said
I went there, once.

Bloody Yanks, everywhere, there were! ;)
Arantor on August 23, 2013, 08:27:04 AM said
That's like going to Spain and complaining that everyone's foreign :P

The biggest surprise I had in America was apparently how softly spoken I am, ahaha

* Arantor finds the team blog interesting, actually, nice to be able to get to know the people we talk to a bit better than just what we see in regular posts :)
kat on August 23, 2013, 08:49:59 AM said
Funny thing, that. The men hated my accent. But, the women absolutely adored it! Especially when I accentuated the Cockney... ;)

I pulled. :)

A few times. :) :) :)

Actually saying that I could murder a fag caused some hilarity, though, as I'm sure you'll understand.
Kindred on August 23, 2013, 09:27:35 AM said
and the second part of that statement kinda explains why the men hated your accent... doesn't it? :P


Arantor on August 23, 2013, 09:28:21 AM said
Yeah, I didn't have that problem... I'm just not a sexy hunk of a man, I guess.
kat on August 23, 2013, 09:33:06 AM said
Might do, Kindred... Might do. ;)

I'm no oil-painting, myself, Pete. :(
Kindred on August 23, 2013, 09:37:04 AM said
there are too many expat brits over here these days, Pete...  the novelty of the accent has worn off in most places...   unless you're Daniel Craig or Harry
Arantor on August 23, 2013, 09:45:24 AM said
Bah, I say, bah! And I'm single these days, too!

Mind you, my accent is... absolutely English. Don't know if you saw any of the videos from the blog, but there's several of me actually talking and several people were surprised by my accent being 'that strong'.

* Arantor feels like he's threadjacking, eek!
Kindred on August 23, 2013, 09:52:39 AM said
yes... but what sort of "english" accent?
I can identify at least variants of the english accent and I know there are many more gradiations, not even including the dialects used in the other portions of the empire.

Actually, that's a question for Irisado as well...
Arantor on August 23, 2013, 09:55:47 AM said
Oh, there are a ton of variations. It's a 'southern' accent which makes it slightly softer than something like Estuary English (David Tennant's 'English' accent)

First video I could find that has me talking from our blog - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mf15QvTzcmY - I'm the one on the left with the silly hat on ;)
Kindred on August 23, 2013, 10:01:53 AM said
rotfl...  dour, eh?

you are a quiet guy, when talking, aren't you?
I am just as loud in real life as I am on the forums. ;D
Irisado on August 23, 2013, 10:03:57 AM said
Oh goodness yes, there are lots of accents.  Even in southern England, and the Thames Valley, which are often falsely perceived as being 'Queen's English areas', you will find regional variations.

I have a little story about that.  I was on a train to London with a friend, standing, as tends to be the case if you catch a train to London in the early morning, and we were politely interrupted by the man opposite us who was from the United States, and he wanted to talk about accents.  He couldn't place mine, which was quite amusing all round, so it's now official that, according to the Americans, I don't have an accent :D.
Arantor on August 23, 2013, 10:07:14 AM said
I'm shy in front of a camera, what can I say? I'm a bit more talkative when in natural conversation, but yeah, I'm not exactly loud in person - except when it's a subject I know about and then my natural introvert/OCD/Asperger's/whatever makes me weird kicks in.

Eh, the south is not Queen's English area, you need to head up to the Home Counties for that. But the regional variations need only 40-50 miles to be very apparent.

Hmm, if you're saying your accent 'couldn't be placed'... I'm assuming it's the Herts part that's kicking in with what is probably the most neutral of the accents in England itself? (since Nottingham's accent isn't particularly neutral, like most of the Midlanders)
Irisado on August 23, 2013, 10:11:20 AM said
By south, I meant home counties and Thames Valley, I should have been more specific.  I always forget that there's anything south of the Thames, mainly because the times I've been that way have all been really bad experiences that I would rather forget about :D.

Yes, I don't have an East Midlands accent at all.  It's never rubbed off on me, even though I've studied in both Leicester and Nottingham.  My accent is pretty neutral, but not quite neutral enough for Hertfordshire, so that's why it's hard to place.
Arantor on August 23, 2013, 10:18:01 AM said
Us southerners are quite distinct about that, hahahaha - we're very firmly NOT the Home Counties or Thames Valley ;) But yeah, I can relate to bad stuff being south of the Thames, that's where I live :P

Yeah, an East Midlander accent is fairly distinctive, as is a West Midlander. I'm rather curious now about your accent!
Irisado on August 23, 2013, 10:37:49 AM said
Having said that, family holidays to Devon used to be fun, so not everywhere south of the Thames is bad :D.

There's no way that I can describe it to you, unfortunately, so I can't satiate your curiosity.
Arantor on August 23, 2013, 10:41:43 AM said
:( We need to do an SMF UK meetup!
Irisado on August 23, 2013, 10:45:48 AM said
You can all come to Nottingham when I've finished my PhD :D!
kat on August 23, 2013, 12:17:20 PM said
I guess the nearest that I can think of, for my accent, would have to be some wazzock on, dare I say this?, TOWIE.

Not having seen it, though, I can't be sure. I guess I sound quite like Mike Reid or THIS.
Kindred on August 23, 2013, 12:19:13 PM said
I heard Trekkie's scottish accent the other day on a youtube instructional that he made...

wierd.
With the exception of K@ and his horrendous writing in dialectical, accents just don't come across in the forums. :P
kat on August 23, 2013, 12:25:02 PM said
dialectical
'ere! Wossat, den? Yer avvin a larf, incha? :P
Arantor on August 23, 2013, 12:28:15 PM said
And that, friends, is the finest English irony.
TheListener on August 23, 2013, 12:29:23 PM said
:( We need to do an SMF UK meetup!

No Ta.

 ???
Arantor on August 23, 2013, 12:32:11 PM said
Yes, I know you don't like me, but I don't have to go...
TheListener on August 23, 2013, 12:34:53 PM said
Yes, I know you don't like me, but I don't have to go...

I wouldn't say that besides you gave me some help in the past once which thankfully I remembered and reused.

kat on August 23, 2013, 12:35:56 PM said
Only the most important people came to the last one. :(

(I know you had good reason, though, Pete. The note from your mother was a nice touch). ;)
TheListener on August 23, 2013, 12:53:12 PM said
Only the most important people came to the last one. :(


You were the only person there then K@?
Arantor on August 23, 2013, 12:58:41 PM said
IIRC it was Bryan, Gary, K@ and Compuart that made it.
kat on August 23, 2013, 01:07:55 PM said
Paul and Pauline did, too.

I'd hardly call myself "important" to anyone except, perhaps, my cats and the degus, though. :)
Arantor on August 23, 2013, 01:09:03 PM said
Ah, yes, now I remember.

As for important, you're important. Everyone's important.
kat on August 24, 2013, 11:16:49 AM said
Not as important as my cat.

She tells me, along with anyone else that'll listen, that she's THE most important thing, EVER. :)
Steve on March 02, 2015, 07:17:40 PM said
I know this thread is almost two years old and I know it's tacky to respond to a thread this old but it's driving me nuts ... what does your signature mean?
margarett on March 02, 2015, 07:38:31 PM said
Google translate? ;D
Steve on March 02, 2015, 07:48:34 PM said
Okay ... how stupid am I? (don't answer that)
Irisado on March 03, 2015, 05:14:35 AM said
Except that Google translate doesn't get it quite right ;).
Steve on March 03, 2015, 07:32:04 AM said
With the exception of the last word, which is pretty easy to figure out, what else did it get wrong?

And if it's close, it's a beautiful sentiment. :)
Irisado on March 03, 2015, 09:21:00 AM said
It's close, but brilla is present simple, not present continuous, in this context, so the translation is shines, while I would translate espejea as glistens, although shimmer is probably possible too.
Steve on March 03, 2015, 10:47:08 AM said
Thanks. ;D
Irisado on May 07, 2015, 12:03:23 PM said
I thought I'd make a few little updates.  Some things in the first post were no longer true.
Steve on May 07, 2015, 01:22:10 PM said
Better sleeping habits? What's that? I've never heard of such a thing. :P

6'2"? Really? Awesome.
Relyana on May 07, 2015, 01:50:35 PM said
  • Are you into sports?  If so which ones?
    I like watching Formula 1 and listening to crickets.
I fixed that for you. :P
Irisado on May 07, 2015, 01:52:30 PM said
I do happen to like Buddy Holly and the Crickets, however, I don't think that's what you're referring to :D :P.  Also, you need to be introduced to the wonder of cricket :P.
Relyana on May 07, 2015, 01:57:39 PM said
I do happen to like Buddy Holly and the Crickets, however, I don't think that's what you're referring to :D :P
Nope, unless they're wannabe insects. :D

Also, you need to be introduced to the wonder of cricket :P.
Is that any better than snooker? :P
Irisado on May 07, 2015, 03:53:10 PM said
Nope, unless they're wannabe insects. :D

Nope :D.  Also, they go back a bit too far in history to be wannabes  :laugh:.

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Is that any better than snooker? :P

It's just as much fun :P.