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The Well #47 - Birkal

Discussion in 'Congregation of the Masses' started by Birkal, Oct 4, 2012.

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  1. Celestavian

    Celestavian Let the fire consume me, let the courage flow through me
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    May 23, 2010
    What's your favorite badge? Which of your various duties do you enjoy the most?
  2. TheMantyke

    TheMantyke what if he kicks the ghost
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    Holy god this racked up a lot of questions quickly.

    Have you considered going to any VGC events?

    Do you have a favorite unorthadox set?

    You seem like a very knowledgeable OU player. Have you considered picking up tutoring?

    Will you ever go back to that godly avatar / signature combination of Luigi and Mario doing that snack attack move?

    Do you have a team pose of the suggestion box mods somewhere sort of like that sandile thing?
  3. Furai

    Furai we will become who we are meant to be
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    May 4, 2010
    birkal what's up

    how do i have so much power to write longass posts

    will you batcap me sometime

    why u so cute

    solace sucks y/n

    what's bojangleslullaby
  4. Birkal

    Birkal We have the technology.
    is a member of the Site Staffis an Artistis a Super Moderatoris a Community Contributoris a CAP Contributoris a Battle Server Admin Alumnusis a Smogon Media Contributor Alumnus
    CAP Head Mod

    Oct 12, 2010
    And so it was that the people of the village began to gather. They asked the man in the well a host of questions.


    Zracknel =D!

    Haha, I actually get asked this question quite a bit, which is weird, because Smogon has a ton of interesting and unique usernames running around (more unique than any other forum I've been on). I think a lot of other usernames are more interesting than mine.

    The story is pretty simple. When I was around seven or eight, my parents bought me my first video game ever: Pokemon Blue. It goes without saying that I basically flipped out; I was so excited to play and I was completely surprised that they'd gotten it for me. I booted up the game and met a guy named Professor Oak. He asked my character what his name was. At that moment, little kid me made up the name "Birkal" on the spot.

    From there, the rest is history. I've used this name for every single Pokemon game I've played through since. I've used other usernames on different forums, but I decided to use Birkal on this one. I dunno, I guess it's kind of like a throwback to myself as a child. He wanted to be an expert on Pokemon, and I hope that's something this Birkal can achieve for him =)

    Yep! I love animals in general. I actually have two of them at home, and they're adorable. I miss them :<

    One of my best friends visited there and he had a blast. I'd love to visit someday (but that might just stem from my love to travel). It seems like a homey place and I'd be thrilled to check out the Great Barrier Reef. I guess the biology scene in Australia is pretty cool; I've always wanted to see kangaroos, koalas, wallabys, and the like. I'll letcha know if I'm ever in the neighborhood.

    Ritter, we need to have a conversation about this... It's gone on for too long...

    Pretty sure my .gif will top anything you will ever draw in your life ever. No matter how detailed, flashy, or creative your work may be, it will never amount to more than my .gif. You got destroyed, son.

    I believe He exists! Haha. If this is one of those "does he exist for everyone" kind of questions, then the answer to that is also yes. I believe in absolute truth and I think that His existence is one of 'em. Sorry if you don't agree =/

    This is probably going to end up as a more in-depth answer than you were bargaining for, but my opinion will likely need an explanation. Theologically, I believe that homosexuality is a sin. Before you all jump at me and beat me to the ground, hear me out. Sin, from my understanding of it, is defined as anything we do that displeases God. So things like lying, wishing bad things on other, and the like are sin. When you consider that, homosexuality is much less of a big deal than the modern church hypes it up to be. I'm pretty sure I sin a lot more than most gay people; I've had huge problems with lying in the past.

    My other issue that I take up with today's society is our current definition of marriage. Just the fact that a dude and a chick can get hooked up in Vegas after minutes of meeting each other completely dishonors the concept of marriage. Honestly, if a gay couple has thought things through and wants to seriously get married and spend the rest of their life together, then that's a lot better than the previous situation I described. And when you start bringing children into the equation, a dedicated homosexual partnership is gonna raise a kid so much better than unplanned pregnancies. So while I guess I'm not super enthusiastic about gay marriage, I think that a serious homosexual relationship can amount to much more than the majority of marriages going on in our society.

    I might have explained this poorly; lemme know if you need clarification.

    I haven't made a choice yet. While I generally tend to lean more Republican, I see the Democratic side of things frequently from those I surround myself with, both here on Smogon and in real life. I have to say that I'm not very enthusiastic about either of them, however. I'll make a decision when it gets closer to election time and I actually get off my lazy bum and do some research on them, haha.


    Might seem like a weird choice, but lemme provide some background. As a kid, I didn't really like to read. I could do it, but I didn't find much enjoyment with it. The stuff we read in school was boring; I always preferred to go out, play, and imagine by myself. However, one of my lifelong friends introduced me to this book. I read a few pages and as a kid, I was hooked. Plowed through the book within a few days, and went on to complete the entire Redwall series that year. These books really got me into reading for enjoyment, and they're classics, lol. The day that Brian Jacques died was a tragic one in the life of Birkal.

    It's adorable. It's versatile. It's mischievous. It's clever. It's powerful. It's creative.

    The CAP Metagame will always hold a special place in my heart just because I love CAP in general. Even though Tomohawk breaks it pretty badly at the moment, it's still fun to get out there and play. I like the "Overused" feel of the CAP Metagame, but the thrown-in CAPs add some much needed variation to the typical grind. It's a fun metagame for those looking for something off-the-cuff, yet still competitive.

    Shout outs to Dream World and BW1 OU as well.

    Hmm... I love how the Community Contributor looks, but I might just be a bit biased, heh. I like Researcher, Team Rater, Tutor, and Moderator as well.

    Gah, way too many to pick from. Just gonna think of one off the top of my head...


    This is a Bamboo Connect from Wacom; that model is $80. I adore their products and wish I had enough cash to buy more. My previous tablet was also from Wacom, but it had some extra buttons and stuff that I really miss on this newer model. Regardless, I like the bigger drawing space it offers. In terms of programs, I use Photoshop CS3 for nearly everything. I have the capacity to use Illustrator and Flash, but nothing gets the job done like good old PS.

    If you're talking about real-life art, I love to make pottery =)

    Absolutely self taught. The forum I went to before this is pretty well known among the Internet community: MS Paint Adventures forums. That is a whole other story that I could talk about, haha; I had a bunch of drama with that site. I frequented their "Forum Adventures" forum, which is where people would create their own Choose Your Own Adventure stories. It was very interactive; readers had full say in what happened in the story. I was inspired by name of the artists so I decided to get a tablet and try things out. If you want to know exactly what I drew there, lemme know!

    Probably being promoted to CAP moderator. I've lurked it hardcore for years and I was absolutely enamored with everything they did. When I joined Smogon, it was kind of my dream to get involved in there and finally start contributing. Being a CAP moderator is a pretty different experience from moderating anywhere else. We deal with lots of individual cases and have to organize crowds into thoughtful and meaningful debates. Knowing that the other CAP moderators approved of me and my standards enough to allow me to moderate was a huge compliment.

    I'd love to pick up another tier. I started learning Ubers (won a bunch of matches; it was fun) but found that I definitely wouldn't have enough time for it. Pretty much every tier on Smogon interests me; I wish I had a ton of time to learn them all. This goes hand in hand with tournaments too.

    Community Contributor for sure. I was the first one to receive the badge, which pretty much sent me through the roof. I know it's a pretty nerdy thing to get so excited over a few pixels on a Pokemon forum, but there was just something really special about being the first one to be recognized for contributing to a community. I think it's a tough badge to earn; you need quality and quantity.

    I try to live with no regrets and I think I do a pretty good job. Probably my biggest regret was going as far as I did physically with the girl I dated for three years. It ended up getting me really attached to her when she was obviously not the right one for me to marry. That addiction to physical attention drove a lot of my life downhill.

    They're all pretty much the same as me. Both of my parents accept Jesus Christ when they were like thirty or something. I was just born then, so it was kind of cool that we all started out on the same level in terms of our beliefs. My mom is a bit more intense than the others; I am arguably the most "laid back" about my views.

    I invented it ;)

    Seriously, I asked Zarel to make it one night when he was feeling a bit... different. Using my devilishly cunning tongue and wit, I convinced him to create the command. I am pretty much the best ;O

    Not all of them are long that is a common misconception!!

    It's not a fetish, haha. I just really like Rotom, I suppose. It's cool that it can change formes, and it's always so happy and mischievous. I also like that I'm starting to become associated with Rotom; I think the two of us are similar in some ways! But trust me, folg's latias fetish is significantly more creepy.

    If singing counts, then that. Otherwise hmm... probably a tie between djembe, cajon, trombone, and NOSE WHISTLE. Can't really decide at the moment.

    Absolutely! I had a blast last time; let's make it a point to do it again~

    My favorite would probably be the general atmosphere. Everyone is so friendly and thoughtful, at least in my opinion. People will go out of their way to help you out, like if your car goes in the ditch or a snowbank. I live on a lake and I wave at boat drivers all the time as they pass by. It's cool to see so many people in one area just enjoying life.

    Least favorite would probably be distance away from other states, heh. It takes forever to go anywhere from here; even Chicago is like four hours away. It's not very convenient, especially since I like to travel so much.

    A lot of things, actually. Originally, I was going to go to Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. I had been mentally set to go there for a month, but then I started getting really strong pangs to continue with Biology in college. My mom actually found my current college, and I did some research. The two biggest programs here are music and biology, and I was allowed to major in both of them alongside of education. It seemed like the perfect fit. They also offered me some wicked scholarships for academics and musical auditions, so that made it hard to say no. Also, my girlfriend (at the time) was planning on coming, so that was a nice bonus.

    I personally love it. I wish that people didn't use it so often; I'd like if it became one of those "secret" features that no one really knows about, but it shows its face every once in a while to dazzle viewers.

    I also find humor when I come back to PS! only to find 10+ PMs directed at me saying "in for OU tourney". Nice one, ginga -__-

    Also GS is a bully.

    I actually get this a lot in real life and I never have a really good answer. They both help me mentally get through the day, I s'pose. Music is very relaxing, but it also is pretty easy academically for me. Biology pushes me to work hard and learn copious amounts on information, but that also gets stressful. Then music comes back in to relax me and the cycle continues.

    I'm currently in an entomology course and I'm actually doing research on insect music and the role that our music plays in their lives (pest noise deterrents) and how they play a role in OUR music (flight of the bumblebee). Also, understanding anatomy and physiology has made me a significantly better singer in terms of understanding exactly how breath support and muscle groupings work.

    Last play... hmm it as been a while, but I am going to see Much Ado About Nothing this weekend! I saw Spring Awakening last spring, and that was pretty jarring, but I liked it. It was challenging and pushed the envelope on some issues, but it was a huge hit at my college.

    I dunno! I value life incredibly and I don't ever want to waste a moment of it. I have a pretty big work ethic and follow the belief that if you don't do something well, it's not worth doing at all. This will probably sound hokey, but a lot of my energy comes from God; I'm pretty sure I would crash and burn hard if I didn't have that relationship going for me, haha. Life is just too short to waste with blandness and normalcy. Everything should be exciting!

    Was there ever a doubt in your mind <3

    I used to think you loved me too, but after what you said about loving Omicron more...


    I'd prefer not to share since I have the belief that giving away someone else's information isn't always the best policy. However, this is my well, so I'd be willing to answer if you really wanted to know.

    Well the part that I live is very hilly and luscious, so that's obviously enjoyable. I hate driving further south until the endless corn fields, it makes me want to cry ;__;

    My college is impossibly liberal, so I pretty much only hear good things about Obama/bad things about Romney unless I go out of my way to listen to some unbiased news.

    Green. It's inviting, it's electric, it can be sophisticated, it's exciting, and it's lively.

    Erm, kind of I guess? I like to think that there is a little more to the badge then the objective lines of "you did x amount of work." Being a positive role model in all communities is something that I think all CCs should at least try to emulate, and I hope I do a good job of representing that idea! Do you think I have a lot to live up to?

    It is white and puffy (sometimes a little yellow). It's soft and usually quite dry unless other condiments and seasonings are added. Typically you eat a whole bunch of this food in one serving.

    Haha, I will take this as a compliment! Simply put, I treat others as I hope to be treated. I've always found it best to attract flies with honey and not with vinegar, both in real life and on the internet. I try to put myself in other people's shoes whenever I can to understand where they're coming from (I could still use some work on that though). I'm also a pretty vulnerable guy; I'm not afraid to put myself out there, even at the risk of looking like a dork. Being nice to people isn't hard, and the world could use a little more joy, don'tcha think =)?

    I'm pretty big into directly confronting someone if I feel like I've offended them or they've offended me (some of the people reading this post know exactly what I'm talking about). Usually it is just a misunderstanding, so talking it out immediately and directly is a great way to fix things with low amounts of drama. If things ever get too heated, I step away from my computer and go do other things; I find this to be a lot better than sitting and raging at people, haha.


    Favorite at the moment would probably be Paper Mario for N64. I loved this game as a kid and still find a lot of worth in it now that I'm older. They're great humor, a good sense of adventure, and plenty of options. I like doing run-throughs with specific badgesets; it allows me to understand the game in new ways that I didn't previously see. I am a pretty huge nut for Mario RPGs in general, so I guess that category would be my favorite.


    This is my current least favorite. I am probably going to get destroyed for this, but hear me out. I never owned this game for N64; my first smash game was Melee. I love Melee to death and clocked so many hours on it, so it's definitely my favorite smash game. Having to go back to the N64 version where things are so much slower really grates on me. I guess I dislike it because it's all my roommates ever want to play. No one will play Melee with me ;__;

    I enjoy this game, don't get me wrong. Just in relation to other smash games, I think it is pretty weak.

    All things pass within the seasons.

    I dunno, it was something Matthew and I did. When he stopped posting and moderating, I guess it kind of died there too. I never really thought of it like that before now. Huh.

    Loved. Of course you should establish that you are the leader from early on, but true learning and following occurs out of respect, in my opinion.

    This situations frustrate me because the entire situation isn't in front of me. The biggest question I have is why don't I have their consent? Certainly something could be reasoned through, or at least discussed. I s'pose if I was a war general or something and had to make this call, I'd go with Option B. It's not honorable at all, but to save many is important. Overall though, there's not enough information here for me to give a great answer.

    If Hamilton disapproved of dueling, I think he did the right thing in not firing. If he had a cause to die for (dueling is wrong) then it's perfectly honorable. If he had no such cause and was just wracked with indecision, then stupid.

    This is definitely a gray area that is almost entirely situational. In terms of general policy, I suppose it is best to at least have the ability to admit that you are wrong. Sticking with your beliefs is certainly important, but to elevate yourself to the stance that you can do no wrong is ignorant. If you're wrong, admit it and move on. It's what you DO after you admit you're wrong that is key.

    Inherently evil. We all do bad things whether or not we want to. This ties in a lot with my beliefs on God, where all have sinned and fallen short. I don't think that anyone can be inherently "good;" there is something wrong with all of us.

    Beethoven. Hands down. His works are masterful, extravagant, and entirely appropriate for any excelling pianist. If you wanna know my favorites let me know!

    Nope. Needs moar.

    Read above; I'm not decided. I'm not very impressed by him, but to be fair, I'm not impressed with Obama either.

    Haha Rodan <3. I love that you're energetic, spunky, and have good ideas. You're great to talk with and lots of fun, so that meshes well with my friendliness. However, I'm also a hard worker, so it troubles me when I see you putting in minimal effort on stuff. I think if you applied yourself a bit more, we'd get along very well, haha.

    Meet Goku, find Superman, keep Hitmonlee.

    I'd request that they take me as a newborn baby to a large, natural rock, stand up on top, and hoist me into the air into the glistening sun, Simba-style. And I'd want them to take tons of pictures, like hire a photographer. I'd pay so much to have those pictures (but I wouldn't tell my parents that because then they could make me pay cabbage).

    I don't think many of you are prepared for the answers you're going to get in return ;)

    I've set apart a bunch of time this week to answer questions. I'd like to have a well full of questions and thoughts. The more the merrier! Send me more~

    I have a horrendous taste in music; it's very eclectic and features no trends. In general, I love celtic music, string quartets, piano solos (don't give me that modern-age atonal junk), theme songs, cover artists, Spanish meringue, old school rock and roll (Meatloaf is one of my favorite bands), general oldies, and acapella music.

    I like exploration games a lot. RPGs are generally pretty fun, but they consume time that I don't always have. I'm a platforming nut (especially 2D), so that'd probably be where my niche is.

    I don't watch a lot of TV at all, surprisingly. Off the top of my head right now...

    The Office (the earlier stuff is better)
    The Magic School Bus (I could legitimately watch this all day)
    30 Rock
    Friends or Scrubs, I dunno

    Gah, the Cosby show is probably somewhere in there too. Classic~

    Again off the top of my head (subject to change)

    The Lion King
    The Prestige
    The Dark Knight
    Kung Fu Panda
    The Sting

    Haha not at all. I get distracted very easily in real life. That is why learning piano has been so difficult for me; it is tough to sit down for two hours and focus on one piece (sometimes only 16 measures).

    I attribute this entirely and solely to the fact that I use Herbal Essence shampoo. Body Envy; there is nothing better~

    To seek the Holy Grail

    Normal I s'pose, since it's the classic. But I like all of them!

    Squirrels. I think they're nuts.


    Lemus are so cool lookin'. And adorable.

    Mandrills. I love the facial patterns they exhibit. It's also cool that they live in hordes as opposed to solidarity. Friends are nice!

    One must first define what is up!

    I'm big into creativity, so I really liked all of the creation that went on with CAP. It's also a very formalized and neat pattern. We don't kid when we claim that there is nothing like CAP on the Internet. It is truly a unique process that is as flavorful as it is competitive. DJD has done so much (along with all of the past TLs and regulars) in shaping something truly unique. I wanted to get involved so I could perhaps become one of those people to create something truly great.

    I'm actually really enjoying CAP4 right now. The process is enjoyable, the conversation is lively, and I like our concept. bugmaniacbob is also giving a heruclean effort as a TL, which makes things that much more enjoyable. I have high hopes for this one (despite it not being Bug/Dragon screw you guys seriously).

    Of course! TR Reuniclus is one of my favorite mons in Overused; it can really throw some people backing on hyper offense. I wish that teams could be created a little more cohesively around it (I think it's tough to make a dedicated 6 Pokemon TR team), but it's fun to use everyone once in a while.

    ...Wednesday through Wednesday? I am not quite sure what this means.

    Oh, I'm sure. Not everyone agrees with everyone, so it's bound to have happened at some point.

    ah, vader, my perpetually absent-in-my-life bum father

    Well I am honored that you know me regardless~

    At the moment, nope. Quit my previous forum and joined Smogon a bit later. Not really interested in too much at the moment; Smogon has lots of interesting stuff going on so I'd rather just focus my time here. Besides, I don't think I'd have time to fit in anywhere else at the moment. I'm pretty swamped as is!

    Goodness I don't even KNOW

    It's more awesome than those people who do archery while rock climbing, that's for sure!

    Besides Ritter, Mafeking, V0x, sirndpt, Jocke, CP, GS, ibo, Fate, Iconic, and everyone else. Yes :>

    I don't think I'd be able to viably pursue a career in music any longer. The rest would be a downhill spiral into depression, drugs, and living on the streets, where I'd eventually be shot three times by my landlord for not payin' my no good rent.

    Sometimes I have my doubts, so thank you for this; it made me smile =)


    I feel exactly the same way, and I don't have a good alternative. Let's keep on the lookout for a way to fill this void. We're both resourceful, so we'll come up with something! Don't let it be Minecraft though, I suck at that game and Sal always kills me when I try to make his ladypad better :<

    Fidgit, by far. It's adorable, it's a great design, and it has a cool concept. CAP needs more cutemons, and Fidgit embodies that entirely. I also really like Fidgit on BattleCAP, so that helps its case too.

    Probably Krilowatt. I think DJD's beaver design should have gotten way more press, and Magic Guard through the entire concept. It's cool that we learned quite a bit about the CAP process through it, but I personally think we could have done better.

    To the joy of Rising_Dusk, probably Necturna. When we first picked the concept of a Sketchmon, I immediately thought it would either be broken or have one preferable moveset with the others never being used. Boy was I wrong. Necturna fits very well in BW1 and isn't broken. Whether the set be CB, QD, or even Shell Smash, I don't find anything unbearably tough to handle. Also the defensive sets are quite good, which means that we did something right. Also SOAK NECTURNA YES EMMA YOU ARE A GENIUS.

    I might be sour grapes because it happened so recently, but I'm really displeased that Mollux didn't get Drought. I think it would have fit the concept very well, and the fact that R_D's stats were built for Drought would have further cemented its role. Just the fact that we couldn't even have it as an unreleased Dream World ability for flavor's sake put me on edge, haha. I think all CAPs are generally successful in that they either fulfill their concept or they don't, but we learn a lot anyways. I don't think any are truly unsuccessful.
  5. jas61292

    jas61292 used substitute
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    Sep 30, 2010
    Why do you think people think that your posts are all so long? I mean, maybe its because my smogon experience is rooted in CAP, but when I see people calling your posts so long (which is surprisingly frequent), I can't help but wonder what they are talking about. I mean sure, you definitely have made some long ones, and I guess you do have a tendency to make them slightly above average length in general, but no more. Do you have some sort of secret to making people think posts longer than they are?

    Or are they truly that long and I'm just crazy?
  6. 666lumberjack


    Feb 15, 2010
    Opinion of UU?
    Least favourite posion-type?
    Favourite Invetebrate?
    Funniest Smogon memory?
  7. Arcticblast

    Arcticblast SECRET CABAL
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    Nov 29, 2008
    Do you really have the technology?

    How did you feel when I unseated you as the highest PS moderator in alphabetical order?

    Why does Limi suck so much?

    Any allergies?
  8. coolbiz


    Aug 26, 2010
    Do you think there are any mods nicer than you?

    Wanna have a battle on PS! that I can upload to youtube?(CAP of course)

    Have you ever really noticed me for anything? If so what and if you did thanks.

    Last one, if you could let anyone on these forums be a mod, who?
  9. Joeyboy

    Joeyboy Has got the gift of gab
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    Nov 30, 2010
    Whats your favorite Rotom forme?
  10. Nastyjungle

    Nastyjungle fat and sassy
    is an Artist Alumnusis a Forum Moderator Alumnus

    Sep 28, 2010
    on a scale of 1 to 10 how sassy do you consider yourself

    who is the sassiest smongoner
  11. Smith

    is a Team Rater Alumnus

    Nov 23, 2009
    Birkal >:D

    Will you show your patriotism and design the WCOP logo for Central next year? Do you remember the one we agreed on? If so, isn't it awesome?

    Why is Phanpy the best cutemon?

    Which flavor of ice cream would you prefer, blueberry or cinnamon?

    More to come...
  12. macle

    macle PLEASE CLAP
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    Little Cup Co-Leader

    Jun 21, 2008
    favorite cheese?
    have you decided what area to specify in for bio or just do broad degree?
    coming to the madison vgc in april?
    wanna hang out in summer?
  13. Birkal

    Birkal We have the technology.
    is a member of the Site Staffis an Artistis a Super Moderatoris a Community Contributoris a CAP Contributoris a Battle Server Admin Alumnusis a Smogon Media Contributor Alumnus
    CAP Head Mod

    Oct 12, 2010
    Some individuals came and didn't ask legitimate questions; they made vague statements and still expected answers. They were generally regarded as weird.


    Vader will always be my smogdad. You are like my bully older brother or something that always puts me in headlocks and gives me noogies.


    These things are absolute tanks. Grandidier's baobab are straight up massive and are built super sturdy. They're also in Madagascar, which seems like a cool place to live.

    More powerful than a gas powered blender, that is for sure!!

    I'm sorry if it came on and you instantly fell asleep. I'm not responsible for how ridiculously soothing that song is.

    Ugh, I'm not much of a "band" person. When people ask this question, I usually just pick an artist that I like a bunch of songs from and go with that. So this time, I'll say that Meatloaf is my favorite. Don't have a favorite song either; it's constantly shuffling. I've been playing a bunch of Mario Kart 7 lately, so I'm pretty addicted to the Piranha Plant Pipeway tune. It's a cool conglomeration of a bunch of Mario tunes mashed up in a great melody with a groovin' bass. My dream job would be to compose music for Nintendo; it's not abnormal to find me whistling their tunes throughout my day~

    Ugh you suck. Probably fan, but just because I don't like the "electrical wind" design in its out electric design; it looks hokey and tacked on. Gah I wouldn't really want to do that though I love them all so much :<

    I'm bad when I get asked this question on the spot. My life is perpetually filled with crazy little things, so it's not like I have huge, defining, life-shattering crazy moments; I do stuff spontaneously everyday. Erm if I had to pin something down right now... I went into inner city Chicago once and fed a bunch of homeless people sandwiches. We got on a pretty good basis with them and they ended up inviting me and some of my chums to play a late night game of softball at a local diamond (filled with broken needles and crud), so I guess that was pretty out of the norm!

    If I had my way, I'd teach collegiately. I really like how focused college kids are; they have control over their lives and for the most part are choosing to be in your classroom. If not that, I wanna go secondary education for sure. I like to have mentally stimulating conversations with kids and that age group is old enough that they can start handling some responsibilities.

    caw vs. tl;dr

    SOLACE <3

    Probably Community Contributor, just because the people who get it tend to make Smogon such a better place for everyone. It's also my least favorite badge sometimes from all the drama that goes on in giving it to some people. It's also green, which is a sick color!

    I don't think there's one in particular that I enjoy most. I don't play favorites, but CAP is likely my favorite ;)

    I s'pose it changes frequently. Some days, it's really relaxing for me to settle down and do some work with the Dark Horse Project and get other stuff rolling in Overused. Other nights, it's fun to get involved with The Smog and crank out some artwork and feedback for writers. Doing Pokemon Snap for Orange Islands is also a blast. I guess that my CAP work generally ranks in some of my favorite moments, but I really do enjoy everything I do here on Smogon. If I didn't enjoy it, I wouldn't be doing it!

    Yeah no kidding o__o

    I like it though! I usually like to learn about other people and who they are, so it's a different vibe to have the tables turned on me. I hope you guys are enjoying my stuff!

    Probably more than most people realize! I'd love to come to a VGC event, but I don't know if I'd actually play. I'd just want to meet up with a bunch of Smogon people and Nugget Bridge people and just enjoy the event and culture. I'm gonna make a big push to go this year, so maybe the VGC crowd will see me around~

    Chlorophyll Tangrowth in the sun. One turn of Growth setup late-game and you have a nice shot at sweeping. It's natural bulk allows it to handle most forms of priority, and it can get chugging pretty fast at maxed out speed. Mixed sets with Power Whip, HP Fire, and Rock Slide / Earthquake are just too much fun.

    I will take that as a huge compliment; sometimes I feel like I am not knowledgeable enough! If I was going to tutor, I'd need to battle a lot more. I don't play matches consistently, rather, I just kind of do enough to keep up on the current metagame trends. I'm a bit more head knowledge than battling knowledge, so I'd want to increase my ability in the latter before considering tutoring. It'd be a lot of fun to do though; I love teaching.

    Will you ever go back to that godly avatar / signature combination of Luigi and Mario doing that snack attack move?

    No but I can make one! Let's talk about a logo at some point and I can likely whip something up. I'd probably push for Suggestion Box Snover though ;)

    Not too much! Just got back from vocal seminar, so now I am just chilling for the rest of the night. Probably going to do some cleaning, grab some dinner, and then go moth hunting. Thanks for asking!

    I just write how I would speak in a conversation; it's just a slower means of communication. I always want to make sure that I'm being thorough and understandable. People who don't have the guts to read my longer posts on serious issues probably aren't heavily invested in that situation anyways, so that isn't a concern of mine. I wish I was a bit more brief though; I think I've done a little better at becoming better at consolidating my thoughts!

    Sure, but prepare to destroy me. I'm not a prodigy, haha. Who are you maining?

    Eat an apple each day, do workouts before bed, whistle or hum whenever possible, and make it a habit to smile =)


    Unless you meant that she sucks at sucking. In that case yeah, I guess she sucks pretty hard!!

    I wrote him a lullaby once (featuring me on NOSE WHISTLE) because he asked for one as a joke. It took me like five minutes. No, it will not be released for the public ear.

    because ppl are used to posting like this on smogon lolol

    In all seriousness, I think it's just a cultural thing. CAP is notorious for its ambitiously long posts. Since that's kind of the forum I grew up in, my posts tend to a be a bit longer too. I don't have a secret; it's simply the fact that I post frequently outside of CAP that makes me look like I have some sort of tl;dr mystique. If they'd read my posts in CAP, they'd probably come to understand that I'm pretty tame!

    I can't deny that you are not crazy! jas <3 FIRE/ICE

    I like the concept of it, but I haven't played it for so long. Hopefully I can find some time for it in the future. Jabba and koko do a great job of running a fun and balanced metagame, from what I can observe.

    Probably Muk. It's a dopey looking design that is just weird. Not a huge fan of Grimer either. They're just like a pile of sludge with eyeballs. I'm known for making Pokemon designs that are relatively simplistic, but these things take the cake. They're laaaame.

    Probably a Lion's Mane Jellyfish. They're huge, they're blubby, and they look awesome. They have a strong sting too, which shows that they're pretty powerful. I like 'em.

    There was a night of wild abandon in #cap during Mollux. If you were there, you know exactly what I am talking about. I have never laughed harder at my computer screen, ahaha. It's kind of immature and silly looking back on it but goodness, we were all just in the right mood for some laughs. CAP3 had been pretty stressful, so it was great to just have a hoot over some stupid stuff.

    I don't.

    We have the technology.


    Ok I seriously have to ask, why do people always use the phrase "Limi sucks?" I don't understand the culture behind this at all. He's a lot smarter than prem and does a good job as a moderator. I mean, I'm not saying that the people who use the phrase are wrong; I'm simply curious if there is some context behind this phrase or not. Limi is adorable :>

    Didn't used to have them until around middle school (I had to have nose surgery because I was getting clogged up without noticing it). Found out that I'm pretty allergic to dust mites, which sucks because they are everywhere. Thankfully, it's taught me how to be a clean and tidy person so my nose doesn't get completely stuffed when I wake up from shoving my face in dust mites for six hours. We also discovered that I'm allergic to grass and trees. Doesn't really stop me from going outdoors, but if I sit directly on the grass for more than ten minutes, I start to get itchy all over. I'm also allergic to cats and dogs, but I do not give a single rip. I pet them all the time and love them so much, haha. I just wash my hands immediately afterwords and it works out.

    Of course! To name a few: Delko, jumpluff, Solace, Raseri, Zeb, and a bunch more.

    Yeah that would be awesome!! I'd actually love to learn how to upload battles from PS! to Youtube. Let's plan it up sometime. You can teach me how to make YouTube videos and I can teach you who is the true master of CAP ;)

    I don't understand why people think they're not noticeable. I've recognized every single person that has posted in this thread and intend to continue to do so! Of course I know you. If my memory serves me right, you've been helping out in CAP, especially with the Syclar pre-evo process. It's good to have you on board; can't wait to see what you do in the future =)

    This is a weird question because I'd normally just nominate someone if I truly wanted them to be a moderator (I actually have some people like that in the developmental pipes of Birkal's Brain Inc., but we'll keep that tucked away). So in terms of a forum that I don't have any control over... I'd want shade to moderate a forum. He's been around for freakin' ever and he's an absolute bro. Love this guy <3

    Normal forme! He's the classic one and the most adorable one. Bzzt.

    Depends on the day. Yesterday I was at like a high 8. Today I'm pretty docile, so probably like a 3. That number will shoot up greatly if I'm provoked though ;)

    You ask this question like there is an answer to this question that isn't you, lol.

    Smith :S

    Haha of course I remember. Yes, it is a cool design. Unfortunately, I was really unimpressed with how Central was being run and no one was formally approaching me with a final design idea. If you guys contact me earlier this time with a laid out plan and a common focus, that'd be awesome. It was kind of crushing to come into your channel with a design that I was told everyone would like only to find out that almost no one liked it!

    I feel that you are more capable to answer this question than I am. However, it probably as to do with it's adorable beady eyes, minimized elephant figure, and soothing, baby-like color palette.

    Cinnamon alone sounds disgusting, so gonna have to go with blueberry. I love blueberries already (put 'em in a bowl of milk with some sugar and you're gonna have an awesome time), so that would probably be my go to.

    Better ask 'em before your chance runs out!

    Had some of this stuff recently. Getting some monterey jack cheese with pepper on some crackers, warm 'em up, and eat them freely. It's become one of my favorites as of late. Good flavor and a nice zing at the finish. What about you? I'm always interested in new cheese flavors.

    Nothing specific. I'd love to go into veterinary sciences or zoology, but nothing pinned down yet. It will probably be a broad degree when I graduate to give me some flexibility with a future occupation.

    I want to! VGC would be very cool to attend. Madison is a bit of a hike for me from my current location though, so we'll have to see how the dates fall. If it's close to finals, then it might be a no-go. Might have more luck seeing me at nats though!

    I'd like to, but I'm usually pretty busy with working at a camp. It sucks up 6 1/2 days of my week, so I don't get a bunch of free time, haha. Let's try to work something out though. I wanna see your frogs :>
  14. symphonyx64

    symphonyx64 Private messages are the best way to reach me
    is a Community Contributor Alumnusis a Smogon Media Contributor Alumnusis a Battle Server Moderator Alumnusis a Past WCoP Champion

    Sep 20, 2008
    What car do you drive?
  15. uwnim


    Mar 27, 2011
    What is it like answering questions from the bottom of a well?
    Is it comfortable in there?
    Gary Johnson or Jill Stein?
  16. Adamant Zoroark

    Adamant Zoroark

    Aug 11, 2011
    How can I be as awesome as you are?

    Best/worst OU Pokemon?

    What Pokemon do you think deserve more use in OU?

    Do you like cookies?
  17. yee

    is a Battle Server Moderator Alumnusis a Past WCoP Champion

    Jan 3, 2010
    When looking at posts, do you prefer quality or quantity?

    What do you think of Smogon's philosophy? Is it asking to promote knowledge of the main metagame for others or simply to promote a large number of posts that are nice?

    Where do you think Smogon in general stands on these questions? Also what about when you first joined / saw the site?
  18. Pernicious


    Mar 25, 2011
    can you show us a picture of you?
  19. TheFourthChaser

    TheFourthChaser #TimeForChange
    is a Tiering Contributor Alumnusis a Battle Server Moderator Alumnusis a Past SPL and WCoP Champion

    Oct 13, 2008
    True opinion of user aldaron?
  20. Tobes

    Tobes 3... 2... 1...
    is a Site Staff Alumnusis a Battle Server Admin Alumnusis a Super Moderator Alumnusis a Community Contributor Alumnusis a Tiering Contributor Alumnusis a Contributor Alumnusis a Smogon Media Contributor Alumnusis a defending World Cup of Pokemon champion

    Jul 16, 2010
    Yes, much to my chagrin -_-

    How are you older than me? This seems like it should be a biological impossibility.


    What were your favorite three DW sets?

    Evaluate my performance as a boss.

    do u wuv me

    Favorite movie?

    You say that you believe God is an absolute truth, but God's existence is not a truth for me. I do not believe in him nor have I been presented with any evidence of his existence, so how can he be defined as an absolute truth for me? How can a truth be unprovable? What if I made a claim that the lack of existence of God was an absolute truth (which I feel is an equally wrong claim)? Further, how do you reconcile the Christian God with the observable world and all of the bad things that occur in it, outside of human control?

    PS why is your favorite tree pretty much a giant dick
  21. undisputed

    is a Tutor Alumnusis a Tiering Contributor Alumnusis a Battle Server Moderator Alumnusis a Past WCoP Champion

    Aug 16, 2009
    What do you consider to be your most important attribute in moderating OU? Is it your extensive metagame knowledge or something else?

    Why are posters like tehy allowed to run wild throughout the OU forum? What do you think about OU forum bans (much like a forum bans) for unintelligent users like tehy? He jumps out at me as a frequent offender.

    What drives you to write such long posts? In a similar vein what drives you to spend so much time on the OU forum? Is it fun? I personally couldn't do it.

    Why do you think the Q&A with the Overused Council thread died? Was it because no one could ask questions they might want the answer to? Was no one interested in the non-existent, nepotic "inner workings" of the council? I also find it hard to believe that few people were interested in what Haunter does in his free time.

    Like most sane forum users, I do not have the willpower to read a 500+ word response, so you should confine your answers within that limit.
  22. v

    v protected by a silver spoon
    is a Site Staff Alumnusis a Super Moderator Alumnusis a CAP Contributor Alumnusis a Tiering Contributor Alumnus

    Nov 2, 2008
    you don't think i'm nicer than you? ):<
  23. Smith

    is a Team Rater Alumnus

    Nov 23, 2009
    As promised!

    What do you think of ska as a genre of music?

    What's your romantic life like as of right now? What's your "type"?

    If you could speak any language in the world with perfect fluency, which would you pick?

    Would you rather teach biology or music?

    Who is the coolest Avenger?

    What is your favorite aspect of Smogon? Least favorite?

    Are there any users on Smogon you just sincerely don't like (a simple yes or not will suffice)?

    Do you think that, in order to vote, you should be required to take some sort of test / class on current events, with some exception for longtime voters?

    If you had to be reincarnated as an animal, which would you be?

    What is "We have the technology." supposed to mean? Is it a reference to something?

    What's your best cocktail-party story?

    Who is your favorite male actor?
  24. Woodchuck

    Woodchuck actual cannibal
    is a Battle Server Admin Alumnusis a Forum Moderator Alumnus

    May 25, 2010
    do you think you would ever have any reason to use the title feature of posts? @.@;;

    best emoticon?
    worst emoticon?

    puns: opinion?

    also i've been reading hejibits and have been thoroughly enjoying it, so ty for the link!
    also of late due to my awesome abundance of puns people have been confu[​IMG]sing normal statements/jokes for puns. How do I fix this???

    insert terrible joke about this thread going rather WELL so i hope fate doesn't end up seeing this post

    bs!!!! i seem to recall you generically asking Zarel for a command at which point he decided to make /birkal
    but maybe i am misremembering, idk

    edit: also I don't really know what you get when you name a Magmortar Mr. Mime.
    [20:22] <Birkal> woodchuck, there you are. we need your help
    [20:22] <Woodchuck> eh??
    [20:22] <Woodchuck> what
    [20:22] <Woodchuck> more puns >.<
    [20:23] <Birkal> answer this question in an appropriate fashion "what do you get when you nickname a magmortor "mr. mime"?"
    [20:23] <Mikel> lol
    [20:23] <Woodchuck> a stealth flamethrower?

    yeah i have no idea what that was about
  25. Lavos Spawn

    Lavos Spawn
    is a Tiering Contributor Alumnusis a Past WCoP Champion

    Mar 17, 2012
    user you are most sexually attracted to?

    favorite genre of musique?

    do you like the muppets? if so which one is your favorite?

    if you do not like the muppets, why are you here?

    will you play a game of chess with me?
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