Meet TwistMyArm!

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    <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;">&nbsp;<em>Any of us who have submitted an image to The Photo Forum's Monthly Challenge knows the name TwistMyArm.&nbsp;&nbsp; He is the moderator behind the scenes who works tirelessly each month to assemble, organize, and post all&nbsp;the Challenge submissions for us to enjoy and vote on.&nbsp;&nbsp;But who is the man behind the curtain?&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; We caught up with him recently to find out. </em></p>
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    <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><strong>1. Hi TwistMyArm, you have been managing the tpf photo challenges for quite some time now. Was there a particular challenge that struck you as being very exceptional in the amount of quality work submitted? </strong><br /><br />I think that I would have to say that by far my favorite challenge to date was the <a href="forum/showthread.php?t=6331">“Portraits” challenge back in June, 2004</a>. CrazyAva won that challenge with a fantastic photo, but it was almost ridiculous the number of amazing photos that were submitted for that challenge. <br /><br /><strong>2. Have there been any particular photos on the forum (photo challenge or otherwise) that struck you on a personal level? - if so explain why.<br /></strong><br />Off hand I can’t really think of any in particular, but I’m constantly impressed with the quality of images that come into the challenge. <br /><br /><strong><img vspace="2" hspace="5" border="0" align="left" src="" />3. Except for the Photo Challenges, your name doesn't seem to appear that much else around the forum.&nbsp;&nbsp; Why is this? <br /><br /></strong>Unfortunately I just don’t have the time anymore. It seems the forum has grown so much in the last two years that it’s difficult to keep up with everything that’s happening. I find it easier to just stick with the challenge. <br /><strong><br />4. You are 85 years old and your grandchildren come running up to you and sit in your lap. They say - &quot;Oh grandpa Twist, can you tell us that one about the photoforum again?&quot; - what would that story be?</strong><br /><br />I honestly have no idea<br /><br /><strong><img vspace="2" hspace="5" border="0" align="left" src="" />5. Where does your user name &quot;TwistMyArm&quot; come from? Is there any particular reason you chose this name for TPF? <br /><br /><br /></strong></p>
    <p><br />It’s an awesome song. “<a href="">Twist My Arm</a>” is track two from <a href="">The Tragically Hip</a>’s Road Apples album. <br /><br /><strong>6. What sort of camera gear do you use? Do you have your eyes set on any particular photographic equipment?</strong><br /><br />As far as cameras go I just have the two 35mm SLRs, my K1000 and my MZ6. I find that my MZ6, tripod, and cable release would have to be the combination I use most often. <br />Since I first stepped foot in my high school dark room I’ve always wanted to have my own (darkroom). <br />A few weeks ago I brought my girlfriend for a massage and happened to have my camera gear with me. I started talking with the massage therapist and she gave me her friend’s name and email address. Her friend was looking to get rid of all her old darkroom equipment.<br />Last weekend I picked up an enlarger, timer, trays, chemicals, etc for absolutely nothing (except for the headache of maneuvering through downtown Toronto). I’m looking forward to being able to setup my own darkroom now. <br /><strong><br />7. Being Canadian, can you give us the scoop on some of your favourite Canuck bands at the moment?</strong><br /><br /><a href="">Matt Good</a> is my favorite Canadian musician. And as you already know I’m a big fan of The Tragically Hip. <br />I’ve been a fan of Bedouin Soundclash for the last few years and now they’re just starting to get noticed. If you haven’t heard of the yet you can check them out at <a href="" target="_blank"></a>. My favorite BS (yes an unfortunate acronym) song is “Santa Monica” from their first album Root Fire. <br /><strong><br />8. Similar to the above, what is your favourite Canadian alcoholic beverage?</strong><br /><br /><a href="">Moosehead Lager</a>….<a href="">Alexander Keith’s India Pale Ale</a> is a close 2nd. <br /><strong><br /><img vspace="2" hspace="5" border="0" align="right" src="" />9. In a similar vein, who is the hottest chick from Canada? <br /><br /><br /><br /></strong><br /><br />I guess the easy answer would be my girlfriend. After her I’d probably say <a href=";hl=en&amp;hs=LBj&amp;lr=&amp;client=firefox-a&amp;rls=org.mozilla:en-US:eek:fficial&amp;sa=X&amp;oi=images&amp;ct=title">Elisha Cuthbert.</a><br /><br /><strong>10. Unbeknownst to most people, your real name is Dana - an unusual name for a bloke. How did your family come to name you this? Do you have any interesting stories attached to this name?</strong><br /><br />I think when they named me they were thinking it was a guys name. I was told it apparently meant “man from Denmark”. Honestly though I think my mom was just hoping for a girl (she had one son already). <br /><br />As far as interesting stories go I guess people are sometimes surprised that my name is Dana. Once while Christmas shopping a couple of years ago a girl asked me if the credit card I gave her belonged to my wife. Also occasionally I get mail addressed to Ms. Dana Darnbrough. <br /><br />I remember one time I met a girl who introduced her self by saying “hi, I’m Corey and ya I know it’s a boys name.”<br />I just laughed and said “hi, I’m Dana”. <br />She thought it amusing that if we were a couple we would confuse the hell out of people.<br /><strong><br />11. Give us a breakdown of a typical day in the life of TwistMyArm - from morning to evening, how do you spend your time</strong>?&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <br /><br />Well my days are far from special. I live in London, ON. with my girlfriend and her brother who are both attending Fanshawe College. <br />I work technical support for the largest DSL provider in the U.S. I deal with about 40 people a day who have some kind of problem with their DSL Internet connection. Most often people just can’t connect to the Internet or have some problem sending or receiving emails. It’s occasionally quite entertaining though. The other week a guy called in claiming the NSA had a wiretap on his phone and was thought it was interfering with his DSL and causing it to run slow. Not to mention that sometimes it is just funny to listen to people throw fits over the phone. <br />Anyway after my day is over I just head home and relax with my girlfriend. <br /><br /><strong>12. Finally, can you tell us about the most profound experience that shaped TwistMyArm into the person he is today? <br /><br /><img src="" /></strong><br /><br />I don’t believe there’s one “profound experience”, but more so the many experiences I’ve shared with friends and family through the years that has made me me. </p>
    <p><em>A big &quot;thank you&quot; to TwistMyArm, not only taking the time out for this interview, but for the the great work he does every month for The Photo Forum Monthly Challenges.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; TPF would truly not be the same without his input and supervision!&nbsp;&nbsp; </em></p>


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