Owl's Nest

Infrequently-Asked Questions


Me

Who are you?

I make funny beeping noises and spit out HTML tags. There's at least one screwdriver, pair of scissors, and pocket multitool on me at all times. All of my bookmarks have been chewed on at least once. I once spent 6 hours handsewing a muppet that I named Uncle. I have a deep appreciation for teddy bears.

Read around my site, talk to me, and learn the rest for yourself. I'm always up to meet new people.

Any pronouns? Which should I pick?

If you're having a hard time choosing, then I'll tell you the same thing I tell people offline: use whichever set seems the most wrong for me. Have fun with it.

Why is your profile picture an owl? What's with the owl thing? Are you a furry?

I have bad news for you if you have a problem with that.

Okay, but seriously, why Owl?
  1. In 2016, I needed a new username. The one randomly assigned to me as a kid by the Burger King virtual world (yes, really) wasn't cutting it anymore, so it was time for a change.
  2. The easy way out was using the nearest pattern as a placeholder while I tried to think of something better. That happened to be a blanket with cartoon owls on it, so I started going by Owls online. The name stuck.
  3. I'm a furry. I think anthropomorphic animals are neat, and I like seeing and drawing them. It's fascinating to explore human behavior through an animal lens. Oh no, the horror! Quick, get an internet mob and roast this deviant! Anyways, I made an owl fursona and really started running with the owl theming.
  4. I dropped the S in October 2022 and became Owl.
What's your life motto?

Do no harm, but take no shit.

What are your almost-mottos?
  • Bear witness.
  • Live your truth.
  • Turn towards discomfort.
  • Bravery is doing things in spite of fear.
  • If it's worth doing, then it's worth doing halfway.
  • Remove your obstacles.
  • The best things in life are often hard.
  • Mistakes are opportunities.
  • There's always something to learn.
What do you find important?
  • Growth: I want to be able to work through my problems and come out the other side as a better person. Even if I'm taking a step backwards, it's with the goal of taking two steps forwards.
  • Respect: If we could all listen to each other and treat one another as individuals without having an ironclad need to be "right", then the world would be a much better place. I think it's important to respect harmless differences, and even harmful differences don't make someone worthy of abuse. A little respect can go a long way towards helping people see why something is harmful.
  • Fluidity: People change a lot over the course of their lives, and being able to roll with those changes makes a big difference in quality of life. It's good to recognize that you don't have to be one thing forever. I think it's important not to lock oneself in place.
  • Acceptance: Not everything can be escaped or fixed, and trying to avoid discomfort 24/7 is exhausting and counterproductive. Change what you can, then accept what you can't change. One of the most healing things I've found is embracing my pains and fears instead of running away from them.
  • Forgiveness: I'm not talking about forgiving truly awful things or forgiving people before you feel ready to do so. I'm talking about well-placed forgiveness for honest mistakes and imperfections. This includes self-forgiveness. Acknowledge that it caused harm, make note of how to avoid repeating that mistake, and let yourself move forwards.
  • Creativity: Creation is a powerful means of self-expression and is often more practical than expected. It's also a fantastic way to solve problems by thinking outside of the box. Making new things and finding novel solutions brings me a lot of joy in life!
I'd like a full list of all your identities, diagnoses, triggers, and other personal details.

Send me $50.00 through PayPal and email me the receipt; then we'll talk. Seriously. Shoot me an email and I'll send you my PayPal. Go on. If you want to pry, pay me for it.

Or, you know, you could try to get to know me like a normal person. I'm more than happy to chat and make friends.

But aren't you [label]?

Labels are tools, not definitions.

Other Weirdness

What's the secret to world peace?

The world would be much happier if everyone had a universal basic income, free medical care, free access to education, equal human rights, and treated each other with respect, but I guess that handing out cat memes will have to bridge that gap for now.

Are you kiki or bouba?

Bold of you to assume I ascribe to the kiki-bouba binary.

Have you ever broken a bone?

Not that I know of! That said, I might have cracked something in my nose at one point, but I never got confirmation of anything. I was playing monkey-in-the-middle back in middle school. As usual, someone threw the ball, I bolted after it, and my face crashed into another kid's noggin hard enough to make him cry. My nose bled for a full hour. There wasn't any bruising, just a lot of pain, but now I can crack the bridge of my nose like a joint every few minutes if I feel so inclined. It's a fun party trick and occasionally lessens headaches.

Arbitrary computer opinions?

Programming language of choice?

Python at the moment. I use a fair bit of BASH too, but it's not nearly as nice to write.

Vim or Emacs?

Both are nice, but I use Vim because my pinkies don't like chorded commands. Doom Emacs exists, but I might as well just use Vim at that point if I'm not extending anything else. I'll admit I'd like to look into Emacs a bit more though.

Operating system?

Linux.

Browser?

Firefox (with Arkenfox and uBlock Origin). Lynx is also lovely.

Fonts?

Fira Code Medium for monospace, Noto Sans for everything else.

IDE?

VSCodium (de-Microsofted VSCode).

Favorite keyboard switches?

Cherry blues. Browns are nice as well. There was another brand's white switches that I liked a lot, but I don't remember the brand name.

iPhone or Android?

They both suck.

How do you feel about geese?

They are funky little dinosaur men that want to kill you. I love them.

Favorite prime number?

Three. It's odd, simple, and pleasingly shaped. More importantly, when I was a kid, I read a book about three sisters who thought all good things come in threes. It made me love the number.
Five is also very nice because of all the numbers it's a factor of. I love a good pattern.

What's the worst joke you've made?

There was a dance unit in middle school where we had to do partnered swing dancing (fun!). Unfortunately, most of the guys didn't want to touch their partners' hands, let alone lead them. I'd started reading vampire novels and cracked a joke along that line to try to calm my guy down.

"Come on, I don't bite... usually."

Dead silence. Poor middle school me was totally oblivious as to why the guy was suddenly flustered. In retrospect, maybe my parents' attempts to shelter me caused more social problems than they solved.



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