Giles/Xander question

Oh noes! question time

Stolen from mireille719, only I'm avoiding work instead of writing:

How many times has someone on your friends list posted about something and you were really confused, but you didn't want to ask because you knew you SHOULD know? How many times have you felt 'guilty' asking a close LJ friend a question that should be 'obvious'?

Well, here's your chance. If you've missed a few things, missed an entry and are confused, ask me anything. Even something EXTREMELY basic, like where I live! I'm not allowed to get even slightly irritated at any of the questions - we've all missed things before. If you like the idea, feel free to post in your journal. Maybe I'll ask you something!

Of course, this doesn't have to be stuff you missed. Ask me anything you like. Be anonymous if you want.
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What prompted you to UCB (instead of, say, MIT) and lured you to the opposite coast? Would you ever move back? Why or why not?
I didn't apply to MIT and I doubt they'd have accepted me. My GREs were great, but, er, my undergraduate institution was not. (Fun fun fun paying for it all by one's self when one's parents pull out at the last second. Yeah, 24 years later I'm still grumpy.) UCB had a program for attracting more women to mathematics, which meant they'd consider a slum candidate like me. Got accepted by UCB and UMich, nearly ended up at Ann Arbor. But then I visited Berkeley. No contest. Plus, it was further away from my parents :)

Then of course I had one of those wonderful reality check moments that happen every so often in life, when you realizes that you're not in fact capable of the task in front of you. Time to find another life goal.

If my life here shattered into little tiny pieces and I lost two decades worth of friends and social network and professional network, I might move back. But it would take something as extreme as that.
Oh dear. I answered this once before, and it's embarrassing. Mildly, anyway. I was using it as a handle in an online team shooter game (not counterstrike or TFC; strangely I use my own name in those games). I liked it because a) it's a mutation that causes a somewhat grotesque deformation of fruit flies, b) it feels like word salad. Like what happens when you slice and dice two root words and stick 'em together inappropriately.

I did look for "antenna" first, but that was in use on LJ. I wanted an account name that was available on both gmail and LJ. And so here I am! I have a fannish identity that maybe I should have planned better!
Great reasons!!! I looked on your info page as you are obviously a brill chick and I did...think you were involved in some sort of insect lab work and didn't want to offend if I felt the need to make an anti-bug post or some such.

*wink*
Hey, I ended up with Beatrice Otter through a semi-random not-well-thought-out process when I was in high school. At least it's something I like, but it would have been nice to pick something that, you know, I was intentional about.
"Beatrice Otter" is a clever pun, though. One that refers to the world's cutest animal! (Runner-up: the red panda.)
Yeah. Well, I'd like to take credit for the pun, but it didn't actually occur to me at all. I'd been using the name for a while before someone made a reference to it and I realized they were right. Now, Beatrix Potter was my second favorite author as a small child, but it would have been nice to come up with that because I chose it and not by accident.