I only use the word "frequent" because the acronym "FAQ" is so common. If I called it "IAQ" (as in, "Infrequently Asked Questions"), it might be confusing. Please don't think that I am deluding myself by thinking that these questions really are being asked frequently. That said...

Why did you make this site?
For a few reasons. Mostly because keeping a website like this forces me to write everyday. It's a habit I've fallen out of and have had a hard time picking up again. Keeping this site also gives me a space to work out some of my thoughts, and the discipline of updating it every day is good for me, I think. And finally, I thought it was time for me to be an active user of the web after years of being a passive one.

Who are you, anyway?
Well, I'm me. Amy Levine. There's a bio page if you'd actually like to know more.

How come it's called "amyscoop"?
Scoop was my nickname in college at SUNY Buffalo. It's a bit of a pun, since the site kind of gives you my scoop...or I'm giving you the scoop...or whatever. And, perhaps most significant, the domain name was available.

How do you pronounce your last name?
Easy. It's Luh-VEEN. It is not Luh-VINE, nor is it LEE-vine, although some people who spell it the same way pronounce it Luh-VINE or LEE-vine. (Telemarketers have pronounced it all sorts of creative ways, including some I haven't mentioned.) I've seen the same pronunciation spelled "LaVigne," which I think is kind of neat.

I know someone else with that last name. Are you related to him or her?
The short answer is, no, probably not, although tell me his or her name, since it never really hurts to ask. The long answer is that the name "Levine" is derrived from "Levi" or "Levite," one of the three remaining tribes of Israel, so I'm probably related in some way to him or her. And if you go back far enough, we're probably all related anyway.

You look really familiar. Have I met you before?
Sadly, everyone seems to have a friend or know someone who looks a lot like me. I suppose I do have a generic appearance, especially in towns where everyone has blonde hair and blue eyes. So, probably not, but you never know.

You like like you could be foreign, like maybe Mexican or from somewhere in the Middle East. What's your nationality?
Mostly German. No I'm not kidding. I can't help it if the Arayans get all the press. Some of us are dark.

Are you a badass?
Well, that all depends. If I'm wearing a black leather jacket, then yes, I am definitely a badass. If I'm wearing a big sweatshirt with the name of a public university on it and I haven't washed my hair in a few days, then no. Basically, it comes down to the leather jacket. Sad, isn't it?

If I email you, will you email me back?
Sure. I don't see why I wouldn't, unless you're really mean or something, but even then I'd want to know why you were so mean to me, so I'd email you back and ask. So the answer is yes, unless I'm super busy or tired. Tell me what you think of the site.

I have a web site too! Will you link to it?
If I like it, sure. Email me the URL. It might take a while (like a week -- did I mention I'm lazy?), but it will get up here eventually. Promise.

What programs do you use to make your site?
I use Adobe Photoshop for the graphics, and I type my own html. I currently have two computers: a fancy shmancy dual 2 gig Power Mac G5 with a 23 inch cinema display ("The Mighty Mighty") and a very functional 800 mhz iBook G3 ("The Mighty Whitey").

How'd you learn to do all this, anyway?
I've been using Photoshop for almost 10 years. I learned HTML from Elizabeth Castro's HTML for the World Wide Web. If you're looking for a good book on learning to code web pages, I'd highly recommend this one. As a rule, I don't buy anything with the phrase "for dummies" in the title, since I like to think I'm no dummy, but that's getting off the subject. Oh, and I learned to write in first grade.

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