!FAQ

(Like all of us, a work in progress)

What does “JD” stand for?

JD can stand for a lot of things – Juris Doctor, Juvenile Delinquent, John Dorian…

…but in my case it’s Jessica Davis.

What kind of last name is “Voyek”?

Voyek (pronounced /vɔɪk/) is an anglicization of the Czech surname Vojík, which is a diminutive of the given name Vojtěch or Vojislav. The gravestone of my great-great grandfather has both spellings on it (His parents immigrated from South Bohemia in 1853, and it’s spelled a third way – “Voik” – on their land grant from ’55).

According to this website there are approximately 400 people in Czechia with the surname (or its feminine equivalent, Vojíková). According to the 2010 US Census, there are fewer than 100 Vojiks or Voyeks in the country.

Compare this to 1,116,357 Davises reported in the 2010 census. Many of them are certainly Jessicas, which is why it’s extremely hard to google me and BuyDomains.com is trying to sell jessicadavis.com for $3400.

You post about superheroes a lot.

Yes I do. That’s not a question.

Why do you post about superheroes so much?

I started my blog BadBackgroundScience in the summer of 2015 (though the first post wasn’t actually published until October) and I worked on it while earning my Master’s in Science Communication. I’d never read the old Marvel Comics despite growing up a fan of superheroes, and decided blogging about the science I found in them would be a nice opportunity to practice my writing while increasing my nerd cred. My favorite type of SciComm is discussing representations of science in pop culture, and maybe one day I’ll actually get paid to do it.

Who’s your favorite superhero?

I don’t have any one ultimate fave. It depends on what I’m watching/reading/playing.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be?

Am I allowed the required secondary powers for the ‘one’ to actually work?

Can I ask you a question that doesn’t have anything to do with superheroes?

Yes. Contact me here. Please be nice.

Why is there an “!” in front of the FAQ?

In many programming languages, ! is used for logical negation (e.g. “x != y” means “x is not equal to y”). I don’t actually have any frequently asked questions, hence a “Not FAQ” page.

What’s with the cream color in the background?

That is #FFF8E7, better known as “Cosmic Latte”, which is the average color of the universe as determined by astronomers from Johns Hopkins in 2002. Other names submitted for consideration included Cappuccino Cosmico, Big Bang Beige, Skyvory, and Primordial Clam Chowder.