Colin L.
Colin L. Photo provided by Colin L.

Hiya! I’m Colin (@TriumphantBass)! I’m a gnc software developer who enjoys crafting (particularly cosplay) and waxing on about science, pop culture, and various expressions of masculinity!

1 Are you an early bird or night owl?

Early Bird

2 Are you pro- or anti-pun?


3 Do you have any pets?

Yes, currently a Russian Blue who is the best cat

4 Do you have any science-themed home decor?

A few prints from science illustrators, including a lovely puffin piece

5 Do you prefer cooking or baking?


6 Do you prefer sweet or savory?


7 Do you speak any other languages?


8 If you could switch professions, what would you do?

Physical Pentester (see: The Italian Job)

9 If you could switch science fields, what field would you want to work in?

Marine Biologist

10 If you got a plane ticket right now, where would it go?

New Zealand

11 If you had one superpower, what would it be?


12 Is there anything you strongly recommend we watch and/or read and/or listen to?

Gravity Falls

13 It’s your day off. What do you want to do?

Hiking, cooking, sewing, video games

14 What are three things you can’t live without?

Iced tea, my internet community, my records

15 What beverage gives you life?

Black Cherry Soda

16 What book did you read in school that positively shaped you?

Slaughterhouse Five

17 What did you want to be be when you grew up?

Mission Control

18 What drives you and keeps you going?

Lots of introspection, and my friends

19 What got you excited in science?

A general sense of curiosity and promise of answers

20 What excites you about science now?

All the wonderful science communication folks I get to interact with daily.

21 What is a guilty pleasure of yours?

I’m happy to tell you how I don’t like the term b/c it’s shorthand for “traditionally feminine”. Own what you love.

22 What is a secret talent of yours?

I spent a couple of years transcribing songs for sale the Rock Band games. Worked on a little over 30 of them.

23 What is your favorite game?

Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater

24 What is the last book you read?

The Name of the Wind

25 What is one of the best pieces of advice you’ve received?

Make time for extracurriculars and don’t burn yourself out as a perfectionist, particularly re: college

26 What is something you’ve always wanted to try but you’ve been too scared to do?

Aerial silks, but hope to soon

27 What is the best advice for your 18 year old self?

Unabashedly be yourself, gender norms are malarkey

28 What is the best way to de-stress?


29 What is the last thing you watched?

Sorry to Bother You

30 What is the weirdest thing you’ve had in your bag?

I built an archery simulator in college, so I had a bulky desktop and a bow strapped to my back and a quiver on my hip, as I walked across campus with miniature boxing gloves in tow.

31 What is your favorite animal?

Sea Otter

32 What is your favorite book?

The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

33 What is your favorite comfort food?

Red beans and rice

34 What is your favorite day of the year?

Varies per year. We have a very nice November through March in the desert here

35 What is your favorite plant?


36 What is your favorite science fact?

Male cuttlefish sometimes morph the patterns and shape of their body to mimic females. (not to the best ends, but I digress)

37 What is your favorite season?


38 What is your favorite smell?

Sea Salt

39 What is your favorite sound?

Tuba (I played)

40 What is your favorite thing about yourself?

I’m versatile. I can pick up a lot of things and do them pretty okay, which makes life a lot more interesting

41 What is your favorite word (in any language)?


42 What is your proudest moment?

Graduating with honors, honestly, and with both my minors intact

43 What kind of tree would you be?

Red Oak

44 What’s the best thing about where you live?

Hiking 20 minutes in any direction

45 Tell us something we probably don’t know.

I took snow skiing in college… in Texas… in spring, on little ski stubs, on a 30ft astroturf hill covered in soapy water

46 Who would you like to see 46 Questions interview next?

Eve (@EveForester)