Swap-bot Time: January 17, 2019 9:43 pm


Date Joined: June 6, 2010
Last Online: August 28, 2017
Birthday: February 26, 1982
Country: United States
The Secret World of Alex Algebra
Alex Makes Things
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My Etsy Wishlist

About Me

I'm Alex. I live in Portland. I save lives during the day and am a rock star by night ;) I'm also one of the few dudes on here. I'm queer as fuck, say what's on my mind, and can be crass at times. I also have a strange and sometimes dark and/or dirty sense of humor.

UPDATE 5/2/13 - I'm in the middle of a HUGE fundraiser for my nonprofit, Equalize. Please read about us here: http://igg.me/at/EqualizeWarped2013

UPDATE 1/25/13 - I just started up a new blog! If you want to read about my life, please check it out at http://www.alexalgebra.com and say hi!!

UPDATE 3/22/12 - The 1s that I have will remain...I have learned the lesson that I should never sign up for anything remotely art journal like because I just can't do it. I spoke with my 2 partners for the month of comics swap and have sent them other things to make up for not doing the swap. I will ONLY be signing up for swaps that I know I can complete, and if it's anything big, I will have it at least halfway done before I sign up for it.

I like the sun, fresh air, riding my bike, playing music, singing, KARAOKE, going to shows, making stuff, video games, wandering my neighborhood, saying hello to strangers, wearing outfits of my own design, and attempting to speak languages I don't know very well. I also travel as much as I can and I love old books with awesome illustrations (esp. medical or nature).

I'm a big nerd. I like science, geography, and history. I like to learn things, but on my own time - not a fan of "school," even though I'm well-educated. I love languages and speak English (fluent), Spanish (okay), Japanese (rusty), Norwegian (beginner), Swedish (beginner), and Mandarin (just a little bit). I also love trivia and puzzles (mostly paint-by-number/nongrams/griddlers and anything put out by Games magazine). I go to the library at least two-three times a week.

I'm a big activist. I spent a month occupying Philly in 2011. I run my own LGBTQ organization that outreaches to youth and young adults. I'm also a very vocal vegan (don't get me started unless you want an education on why you should be vegan) and animal rights advocate. PLEASE DO NOT SEND ME ANYTHING MADE OF ANIMALS OR ANIMAL PRODUCTS (this includes WOOL). Thanks :)

I love kawaii, especially food with faces. I'm just into Japanese things in general. I studied the language throughout school and traveled there in 2007. It was amazing. Specifically, I love Harajuku style, Visual Kei, and Decora. I also love GIANT NECKLACES, especially with some kind of food charm or plushie hanging off of them.

I love pen pals and although sometimes I go months without writing, I will get back to eventually, I promise!! I enjoy pen pals for the letters, not just for swapping stuff. I like to have friends across the country and world and hear about other people's lives.

I also love art that you made, like hand-drawn/painted/printed ATCs and the like that can go up on my walls. I have a "small art wall" that is all things from Swap-Botters :)

NOTE: PLEASE DO NOT SEND ME ANY FOOD, TEA, OR COFFEE. I am on a very strict diet and there is a 99.9% chance I can't eat whatever you sent me. Please send it to someone who will enjoy it. Thank you!

Favorite Music

Harvey Danger is my number one favorite band ever of all time ever ever ever! After that, I listen to a lot of stuff 16 year olds like, and then stuff that jaded 29 year olds like. I'm into pop-punk, old emo, old screamo, old Seattle indie stuff, and things that sound like all of the above but aren't defunct. I also like schlager and pop music from other countries.

If you need a list - Harvey Danger, Fall Out Boy, Panic! at the Disco, Circa Survive, Get Up Kids, Saves the Day, New Found Glory, Broadway Calls, The Promise Ring, Juno, 764-HERO, Choke Up, A Loss for Words, Four Year Strong, The Swellers, Taking Back Sunday, My Chemical Romance

Favorite Books

Youth in Revolt, Naive. Super., old books about medical stuff, old encyclopedias, young adult lit, anything coming of age (esp. queer), books about queer things in general, encyclopedias, science books, puzzles, books about linguistics/languages/grammar/syntax/other sexy word-like things. I also like manga and I love love love love love light novels!

Right now I'm kind of obsessed with Scott Westerfeld. He wrote the Uglies series, Leviathan, and a bunch of other amazing things. Read him.

Favorite Movies

Wet Hot American Summer, Hackers, Office Space, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Spiderman, Lost in Translation, Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle, I Love You Man, Cloud Atlas, Cabin in the Woods, documentaries about religious fanatics and other interesting people, gay gay gay

Favorite Television

Queer as Folk, some random anime, Hoarders, Intervention, Freaks and Geeks, Undeclared, True Blood, Dexter, The State, X-Files, Kyle XY, United States of Tara, DOCTOR WHO (current obsession: David Tennant in glasses), Torchwood, Supernatural, Buffy, Firefly

Favorite Crafts

I'm super into making jewelry with plushies right now. I also like reconstructed clothes, anything anatomical or science-y, 8-bit stuff, Japanese/kawaii stuff, things that are fantastical!!

Favorite Themes

  • Cute food with faces
  • Felt food
  • Medical history and anatomy (I have a Gray's Anatomy tattoo from the original 1860 version ;) )
  • Religious - like old Watchtower books, etc...I also have a weird thing with cults
  • Retro cartoons ('80s-'90s)
  • Retro video games (NES)
  • Curio/wonder cabinet stuff & natural history
  • Museums
  • Harajuku (boys)/Visual Kei/Decora/Dark Decora
  • My favorite colors right now are pink/turquoise/yellow together, glittery pastels rainbows (gayyyy), neon...going through a fairy phase
  • Line drawing tattoos
  • "Emo"
  • Queer
  • History of oppressed people and activism
  • Alternative healing and naturopathy, crystals
  • Clowns
  • Activism

Where Stuff Goes In...

Things I can offer:

  • I'm doing a big purge right now so I have a lot of random ephemera
  • Plushies
  • Handmade magnets
  • Postcards (homemade or not)
  • ATCs/inchies
  • Comics
  • Letters
  • Drawings
  • Stories
  • Advice
  • Original songs
  • Zines
  • Tea
  • Vegan propaganda

...and Stuff Goes Out

Things I'd like to receive:

  • Plushies/amigurmi/things that are crocheted (no wool)
  • Anything that has to do with any of my favorite stuff
  • Letters in languages I may or may not speak
  • Stories
  • Cute food things
  • Giant necklaces, especially with parfaits or stuffed animals - see my Etsy faves
  • Anything from my janetstore or Etsy wishlist
  • DIY skill shares
  • Clown makeup or anything fun and MAC...
  • Neat writing utensils/markers (I love anything Prismacolor or Copic)
  • Goggles, steam-punky accessories
  • Kawaii stuff
  • Fairy Kei/Pop Kei/Lolita accessories
  • Good vibes :)
  • Queerness
  • Off-color humor type things
  • Rement
  • Handmade items!! I love it a lot more if you made what you send, even if you don't think you're a good artist

Just say NO!

Please do NOT send me the following...I appreciate the thoughts, but it will go in the trash/recycle/compost or get passed on:

  • Non-vegan items (this includes food, products tested on animals, or anything made of wool, leather, feathers, or fur)
  • Anything racist, sexist, heterosexist, cissexist, etc.
  • Girly/overly-feminine items such as things that are pastel pink or have flowers or hearts on them (I do not consider kawaii feminine)
  • Scrapbooking items
  • Ephemera, unless it's something really special or it's kawaii...I have too much as it is, but thank you!!
  • Please don't call me she or a girl. I am not female.
  • NO FOOD. NO TEA. NO COFFEE. I am allergic to everything ever. Thank you!
  • Dollar Tree items
  • Tchotchkes, unless they are something in my "...and Stuff Goes Out" list; I don't have a lot of room to display things that have no purpose, unless it can go up on the wall

Thank you!!


PukeFacedFreak rated for AA and PFF - Journal Swap on Jun 13, 2013
Comment: Thank you for the extras. I am in the process of reading it now. :)
Response: Thanks! Sorry it gets so sloppy at the end, LOL
SatisHuman rated for Sexy Sex Questions Round 2 on Jun 10, 2013
Comment: Do you think astronauts do it on the moon?
Response: LOL! I don't know, but I totally would! Even if I was alone, I'd jerk it in my space suit just so I could say I did ;) haha
Rocktopus rated for Sexy Sex Questions Round 2 on Jun 10, 2013
aprettyfailure rated for Sexy Sex Questions Round 2 on Jun 10, 2013
Comment: Aw, awesome! Thank you for your honesty.
Response: Thanks for the heart!
yannajk rated for Sexy Sex Questions Round 2 on Jun 10, 2013
Comment: Thanks, I enjoyed reading your answers very much! :)
Response: Thanks!
mermaidgirl rated for Sexy Sex Questions Round 2 on Jun 10, 2013
Comment: Thank you for your answers! I noticed there were 69 people too! yes hilarious!=)
Response: LOL! Thanks for the heart! :D
rainamr127 rated for sharing stories on Jun 1, 2013
Comment: thank you so much for your letter... I enjoyed reading it and loved the story of the lake :) I will be writing back to you here real soon. I look forward to a great pen palship :)
Response: LOL! I'm excited for your reply letter. I'm always a little afraid when I tell the lake story that I will offend someone ;)
nikotine rated for LGBT Pride Swap! on May 15, 2013
Comment: Just got your package in the mail and I have to say, you are absolutely adorable. I'm wearing the bracelet right now and can't wait to show it off at Pride. I would love to be penpals with you. :)
Response: YAY!! :D You sound super awesome and I would love to be pen pals. I'm glad you like the bracelet!
Comment: Thank you! x
Response: Thanks!
Comment: Thanks for your answers, Alex -- get well soon.
Response: Thanks!
disturbia000 rated for Receive facebook likes! on Feb 23, 2013
Response: Thanks!
cherrybombgirl rated for Cabinet of curiosities Item on Feb 12, 2013
Comment: This was a great package-thank you so much!
Response: Yay! I'm so glad you liked it :D Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Sorry for the late rate! I love the fortune cookie you made me...!!!
Response: Thank you!! I'm glad you got it and like it :D
Comment: absolutely adorable!! I'd have to say the frog was my overall favorite :) Your naturally good at these and should consider doing more sometime it was a treat to get these, thank you!!
Response: Oh my gosh, thank you so much!! I'm glad you liked them; I was nervous :D
MrsRemington rated for QUICK Follow my Blog swap! #2 on Feb 1, 2013
Response: Thanks for the heart :)
Comment: Thank you for the comment!
SewGorgeous rated for QUICK Follow my Blog swap! #2 on Jan 31, 2013
Comment: Thanks so much for your comment - I really do need patience to keep at that crochet necklace! Enjoying it though :) Pop back whenever, I love getting comments!
Response: Sure thing! Thanks for the heart :)
angeliccat15 rated for Kawaii Stickers -- Hand-Made! on Jan 30, 2013
Comment: many thanks for stickers there cute =)
Response: Thanks! Glad you like them!
abbyaguas rated for QUICK Follow my Blog swap! #2 on Jan 29, 2013
Comment: Thank you so much for following :D
Response: No problem; thanks for the heart :)
Comment: Thanks for checking out my blog and for your lovely comments!
Response: No problem! I love the blog...I have to remember to keep reading it, LOL! I don't have wordpress so I have to make a note to myself to read all the ones I like :p

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takehimaway on May 26, 2013:

Yeah, totally fun times! I'm so excited!

takehimaway on May 26, 2013:

I would never have known about this place without you; thank you this is awesome!

AnnieMaxine on May 11, 2013:

Felt is made of wool. Even the artificial felt consists of around 30% wool and animal hairs.

snailmailer1 on Apr 28, 2013:

Hei! Jeg liker profilen din. Jeg så at du lærer norsk :)

VivaLaDiane on Feb 23, 2013:

Doing pretty alright Alex♥♥ How have you been doing? Are you doing anything with Warped this year and/or is Equalize still going on?

user2637 on Feb 22, 2013:

Thanks! hugz I'm crawling out of my shell a little bit. It's tough, but I know it will be good for me to start crafting again.

VivaLaDiane on Feb 20, 2013:

Hi Alex♥♥

LostboY on Feb 11, 2013:

謝謝你! Thanks for the note!

Yeah I'm finding out that there are very few guys here... Oh well- no matter ;) (I'm probably one of the few people I know who owns a David Bowie Labyrinth tshirt too, but that doesn't stop me from wearing it :)


sammalmquist on Jan 3, 2013:

Hi Alex! Looks like you hav some good resolutions for 2013! You will feel so great once you finish your book! I am also trying to write a book, but sadly I've been procrastianting. But I can feel this year will be a productive one! Don't forget how great you'll feel when you meet that ultimate goal, and never give up! Happy new year, and good luck with everything!

(Encouraging Resolution Profile Comment Swap)

cewells on Jan 2, 2013:

Awww -- Thanks for the nice comment on my profile! I hope you have a great year too!

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