I won’t call it a “spirit animal” since this is an important concept in cultures of which I am not a member. However, I will say that I have an odd fondness for wallabies, walleyes and the extinct spring snail, Wallaua flexiplicata .
What Is Your Favorite Pizza Type?
Mine is sausage
Sausage sounds delightful. As a wall, I can’t actually eat, but I find those pizza boxes endlessly amusing – especially the ones with the “pizza savers”(http://bit.ly/ZaTable).
My god! You both the pro version of bit.ly! Wow! You know you can use cutt.ly too, but custom links are free…?
Thanks for the tip! We use bit.ly it for a variety of purposes, so it makes sense for us to pay for it. Also, because we’re paying for it we can yell at someone if it breaks.
What’s the traffic of this page?
Do you get more traffic than there are ppeople in BC?
I don’t have numbers for pageviews, but since I went all-online in March I’ve answered 222 questions.
How are you?
I am vertical & plumb, which is more than can be said for many old walls. For a wall, vertical and plumb is like good health for humans. But I am also discontent, because there is so much trouble for humans in the world lately. I hope you and those you love are vertical and plumb.
What if someone I know finds about this place and reads my posts?
One of the joys of posting your questions to an almost-omniscient Wall is that you remain anonymous. Even if you were to post your name, I would redact it (that’s policy.) Not to say someone couldn’t read a post and think, hmmmm, that sounds just like Cousin Louie, but they’d only be guessing. The more personal info you divulge, the more likely someone is to think they recognize you, so I think you’re safe, but you could always put in a few false leads to throw readers off!
What’s your favorite song?
Well, as you might guess, I’m a big fan of Pink Floyd’s The Wall even though their characterization of walls is a little reductive. But lately I’ve been getting even more retro with Etta James’ “Wallflower.” bit.ly/etta-wallflower If I had hips, they’d be moving.
As a wall, do you prefer white or green paint and how do you communicate?
I’m not very particular about paint color. With walls, it’s all about structure and what’s inside. My concern is that I’m a supportive wall. Paint is important as a protective layer; color serves human preferences. Before COVID-19 I communicated via post-its. Now, via these virtual post-its.
When should not ask questions?
I mean, what days will you not be able to answer?
I take weekends off to read, meditate, and have fun with the Walls and other friends and family. Also, all BC staff holidays. Sometimes a question takes more serious thinking – or research – so the answer might be delayed a day or so. But ask any time!
Are you acctually anonymous to everyone?
In what way am I anonymous? I’m the Answer Wall. That’s who I am. I do have many library assistants who help me answer questions. Librarians are incredibly helpful, knowledgeable people. I highly recommend them as assistants in your research endeavors. You can always get help from them here: library.bc.edu/ask-a-librarian
Thank you for all the answers!
You’re welcome! It’s my pleasure. In fact, it’s my entire purpose in life: answering questions is what library walls (and librarians!) do.
Hi, Wall, do you ever feel boredom ?
I don’t think walls do. Besides, I live in a library! But I am hearing from many of my human friends that as the pandemic keeps going, it’s an issue. Here are 52 things to do: bit.ly/52TTD And another 52: bit.ly/52More
Why does it take you so long to answer, because I have to come check in on you every 3 hours or so just to see if you answered.
I’m sorry you had to wait. My helpers are working on a lot of different things now, so sometimes I have an answer for you but no one to post it for me. Some questions I also like to think about for a while.
Hello Answer wall. I wish you a very exciting and wonderful day.
May your bricks and paint and cement and fittings be healthy!
Thank you! I am feeling very healthy and clean these days thanks to the extra care by our great housekeeping staff.
Hey wall, I’m feeling bored, mainly because of this corona thing.
You and me both. Ordinarily, I get to watch a few thousand people pass by my perch in the O’Neill Lobby. But I also find this strange time is giving me a chance to reflect.
Hi Wall, just checking up on you.
How are you doing boo? Are you doing anything fabulous for the summer? Oh by the way, thank you for the music selection. I do love me some Etta James. Talk to you soon😘!
Oh, you know me, kind of a homebody, and I’ve got other walls and some floors and ceilings kind of depending on me to stay put. Which reminds me of another Etta James song, the one that started her career in 1955: Wallflower. bit.ly/etta-wallflower
Thankyou for the last answer. You are the best! I wish I had a wall like u at our home too..
Awww. Thank you! At least you always know where to find me!
If I don’t press “Archive”, will my question be deleted in a few weeks?
Part of our process is to automatically archive questions and answers as they come in. No worries. The link marked “archive” on my online version is one we create.