You're most likely here because you've offered to give me a physical gift of some sort, but you probably don't know me in real life. Perhaps you're here from Reddit Gifts
or a yuletide
swap. I've found I really enjoy these gift exchanges, so I've decided to make a more permanent list of things you should know before sending stuff, to help you!
The biggest thing you should know is my allergies
: I am allergic to poultry of all kinds and the eggs such fowl create. "Fowl are foul to me", basically. I still do love homemade food and baked goods, but be cautious! I also happen to be allergic to both cats and dogs. I do still think they're cute, but I'm definitely not as obsessed with them as your average person on the Internet, so if you're going to give me cute animal-based merchandise, I'd rather see something more unique than cats or dogs.
I like caring for my talons! I own a stamper but have yet to use it. I have a list of what I already own here
, and I'd rather not get dupes if possible (though feel free to surprise me). I'm still searching for the perfect base coat and top coat, since my eczema means I have rather pitted nail beds; I'm trying really hard to get more of my collection to be 3-Free or better (ideally with no dibutyl phthalate, formaldehyde resin, toulene, camphor, or phthalic anhydride copolymers, though I know that's a lot to ask!)
I'm trying to become more polished/fashionable/classic-styled, so buying me graphic t-shirts or novelty jewelry is probably not a good idea as I won't get to use it much, sorry! If you want my sizing regardless, I range somewhere between 8-12 (petite) in women's sizes, have a body type between ruler and hourglass (I carry my stomach weight forward, but am overall 'hourglass' shaped), have short legs and not-quite-huge tracts of land (for /r/ABraThatFits folk, I'm somewhere around a 32F/34E UK), and my shoes are generally women's 6 1/2. [Dress and shoe sizes are American.] I have one lobe piercing in each ear and don't wear much jewelry beyond a dual tone watch and occasionally minihoops or studs (or sometimes something dangly for fancy scenarios) and simple necklaces. I do have a personal fondness for soft scarves and cute hats. Feel free to surprise me with jewelry and accessories, especially if it's handcrafted!
I do play video games with some regularity, especially indies on PC! My username on Steam and Desura is kawa-tan, and you can check out my Steam wishlist
. I prefer turn based games over real time, generally speaking, but real time with pausing (like FTL or Baldur's Gate) also appeals to me. I love games with procedural/random generation that force me to make interesting decisions, but I also love games that attempt to tell deep and interesting stories. I grew up playing old Final Fantasy games on emulators and VI was my favorite (and Celes is my favorite character in all of Final Fantasy), so if you want to appeal to my retro gaming side that's the best way to go. (That or Pokemon. Vulpix/Ninetails is my favorite of the original 150; I have also always wanted a shiny Milotic.)
Oh, and I LOOOOOOOOOOVE roguelikes. Roguelikes roguelikes roguelikes. I've logged over 70 hours into Dungeons of Dredmor, and probably hundreds into Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup. I'm kind of stupidly involved in the roguelike community, but there's still plenty of games I haven't tried yet. (Oh, and an exception to the graphic t-shirt thing: goddamn do I want this NecroDancer shirt
. Also if you can find me an @ pendant that actually looks good, I will find a way to wear it ALL THE TIME.)
I do play a good amount of Minecraft as well under the username KawaTan, especially on Flatcore public
. (Feel free to gift me there! That would be fun.) I also own a modded PSP 1000, an unmodded PSP3000, a Nintendo DS, and a Nintendo 3DS.
If you couldn't tell by my frequenting of /r/mindcrack and my running of mindcracklove
under an alt, I'm a big fan of online video in general and Let's Plays/streams in particular. I find the LPer community awesome and inspiring. I started with Mindcrack and still love them best (and got to meet over half of them at the Mindcrack party at Firkin and Kegler before Minecon 2013!!
) but I'm working on branching out. (I am actually also a moderator for Nebris. Team Nebsy <3 <3 <3.) I also make my own
, but I know the quality isn't there yet. I'm also a bit of a Nerdfighter
and have watched all of Vi Hart
and PBS Idea Channel
Do chicks dig giant robots? THIS CHICK DOES, especially Universal Century Gundam! I am team Federation for all the things, and Unicorn in Destroy Mode is probably my favorite suit, though I have a soft spot for Gundam Wing related stuff, particularly the Shenlong/Nataku line. I have an HG Unicorn in regular mode and a MG Physalis on display near my computer and could always use more model kits and other merchandise.
Other anime-related stuff: my favorite anime in the whole world is Ghost in the Shell. I still don't own DVDs of the movies or the second season of the TV series and that is a shame. I think Tachikomas are adorable, Kusanagi Motoko is my favorite fictional character ever, and I ship Batou x Motoko with teenaged levels of fervor. I love series with strong character development and a sci-fi/fantasy/supernatural flair, and have a weakness for crossdressers done properly. I would have liked Bakemonogatari better if it was more about the "inner monsters" and less about the moe (though I did like how Hitagi and Koyomi's relationship developed). I think Haruhi would have been done better if it was more about everyone's "weirdness" and less about the moe. I love everything 5pb. has done so far, and my Minecraft skin is Makise Kurisu from Steins;Gate because she is fantastic. I really need to buy myself all of Wandering Son because it's gorgeous. Said love for supernatural (...and crossdressing *cough*) has led me to fall head over heels for Jojo's Bizarre Adventure. If I had to order the completed parts in terms of most favorite to least: Battle Tendency, Stone Ocean, Steel Ball Run, Diamond is not Crash, Stardust Crusaders, Vento Aureo. I don't see myself becoming a figure collector any time soon, but other merchandise would be pretty neat, or fanworks. (If you want to write me fanfiction or draw me fanart for anything mentioned, I will be starry eyed. Seriously.)
I am a mathematician/Operations Research/data analyst by trade, with a passion for math education and explaining math to non-mathematicians. Vi Hart is probably my favorite living mathematician, followed by Steven Strogatz and Nate Silver; Blaise Pascal is probably my favorite dead one, with Benoit Mandelbrot close behind. (I have read The Signal and the Noise
and the relevant New York Times columns done by Silver and Strogatz, but have yet to read Strogatz's books.) As you can tell, I lean towards statistics and optimization (as evidenced by the OR degree). I think e is more interesting than pi or tau or phi, the standard normal function is fascinating, and fractals are awesomesauce. One of my favorite things in the whole world is the Math Girls
series, though I've only read the first novel. Tetra is another female character I like!
I hope this helps, and if you have any other questions, feel free to ask!