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Coyote:
Who are you?
That is a question one should always ask oneself... as to who *I* am, I am known here as Coyote, but like many I go by other names for various reasons.
I am mostly known on-line as "Coyote", here and in other forums, or if some skxawng has already stolen that name, then I go for something related, like Canis Latrans or, if I must, Lordcoyotus.

Who I am and what I do is... myriad. From the beginning, I am a white middle-class guy who grew up in the northwest of the United States. I was born in Portland, Oregon and raised in Boise, Idaho. I've been a cartoonist and illustrator since I could pick up a pencil and paper. Through school I was always drawing and making comic books, usually satires of TV shows or movies set in Boise and involving my friends as characters.

Later in life I joined the US Army and served as a Infantryman, then later went into the National Guard as a M1 tank driver, and later into the Reserves as a Combat Engineer. I served a tour in Iraq in 2004-2005, some pictures of me are around page 8 of the "Real-Life Pictures Thread".

I have a BA in History and also lived and studied for 4 years in Israel. I learned Hebrew there, coupled with the German I learned in High School, which has served me well in my travels.

Now I work as a government civilian in a nice, quiet, dull job that I like because it is nice, quiet, and dull. I am getting back into cartooning and illustrating and thinking about setting up a webcomic based on my own science-fiction universe.



Why are you here?
I am at Learn Na'vi to learn some Na'vi, of course, but also because I loved the movie and thought it had important things to say. The language fascinates me, the setting of Pandora fascinates me (I like how the planet is not 100% conducive to Human life; breathers are required, etc). Stories have been told about the dangers of greed and imperialism, and environmental neglect, but this tied them all together nicely.

I think I identify most with Jake Sully, because I, too, came out of a less perspective mindset and began to really see things going on around me, and as a Soldier I have a natural desire to take action in some manner to right wrongs. I spend a couple hours here each day, sometimes more, usually in the Role Play section.    


Where do your alias and profile pic come from?
The alias comes from a brief time I spent with the furry community in Southern California (I lived there from 1988-1991). The notion of choosing a "totem animal" to represent oneself is a popular notion. I've always been a huge fan of the Canis and Vulpes families, but I settled on the Coyote. The Coyote represents the West, which I love; it is a social animal but also has a reputation for being a loner as well. The Coyote is, I think, the ultimate survivor: despite mankind's endless efforts to eradicate the Coyote, it has thrived and, in fact, expanded radically. It exists anywhere and thrives on anything; and the more people try to trap it, shoot it, poison it, or hunt it down, it's numbers grow and grow as if to mock people's destructive tendencies. No wonder the Native Americans considered him the most powerful of trickster gods.

The picture is from a web search I did for "Anubis"; it is someone's neopet. Another fascination of mine is ancient Egyptian mythology, especially Anubis, the jackal-headed god that dealt with death and leading people to their final reward. In Egyptian mythos, Anubis was not an evil being to be dreaded --like in many Western belief structures-- but a neutral being who simply judged according to your actions and then escorted you to the reward earned (or destruction).


Srak nga tsun nìna’vi pivlltxe?
Honesty? Like ass. I know a few words and they are heavily accented and influenced by Hebrew (my "R" in particular is more throaty and deep, not pronounced in the mouth like in most Romance languages). I keep trying, but my progress is slow and I practice only when I have time to burn. Only a few people know of my interest, but people who know me are unsurprised.


What's you favorite Na’vi word? Did you incorporate it (or others) into your everyday vocab?
Skxawng is so universally handy and appropriate, and if asked to translate it I can do so in front of children. I love the phrase Kaltxi Palulukan because not only is it a joy to say, but the notion of a "Hello Kitty/Palulukan" is, to me amusing. I incorporate Na'vi into my Role Play writing and into a whole new realm of computer passwords (Na'vi-l33t mix in particular). Obviously I have not mastered the simple act of using accent marks.

Probably my most dynamic and public use of Na'vi was when I was teaching Hebrew to kids at my synagogue. I needed them to be able to say "I do not understand" in Hebrew, and would speak to them in Na'vi.


In your opinion, what are the top three user-created content on the LN website?
The language section as a whole is the heart of the site, since that is the primary mission that the board exists for.
After that I'd say the Role Play section is most important to me, personally, so I tend to fixate on that.
After that, it's a toss-up. It seems to me that different sections experience brief fads of activity, then die down, and then kick up again.



Have you made any contributions to the LN community that you're particularly proud of?
The Role-Playing section hands down. In fact, when the RP section was first being discussed as a possibility, I mentioned to Étienne how another board I was on sub-divided things into RP, OOC, and Info & Support sections and thus was the RP section here so organized. After that, Lehrrap Uniltìranyu and I collaborated on putting together the "Storm Over Pandora" RP which has been going strong since (well, a few periods of low activity as jobs & schools sometimes interfered). I've been playing a lot of the NPCs and villains, and added a bunch of sketches which are also in the Fan Art section. Writing is a passion for me, so I am always proud to participate in something like this.


What is it that you liked/hated the most about Avatar ?
What I liked the most was the way the way the 3D was used to immerse you in the story environment-- it wasn't just used for cheap "gotcha!" moments where things would pop out and scare you, or whatever. By the time of the destruction of Hometree you're totally immersed, so you feel the pain of the Omatikaya as their home is destroyed. As a History major, for the first time I felt like I truly understood what it must have been like for the Aztecs or Mayas when the Conquistadors came (in fact, when Col. Quaritch got shot, I wanted to say "Take that, Pizarro!"). I've seen it twice in theatres and 1.5 times on Blu-Ray.

What I hated? Well... one major thing and one minor thing.
Minor: Colonel Quaritch asks, "How does it feel to betray your own race"? Technically, "race" is like white, black, Asian... it would have been more appropriate for Quaritch to ask "how does it feel to betray your own species, which us "human".
Major: Trudy Chacon got taken out too cheaply for my tastes. She should have had more involvement in the fight before being taken out.


Has Avatar  changed your life in any way?
Avatar has not changed my life so much as reaffirmed my own choices and given me a sense of solidarity with others who feel the same way.  I've always been a nature nut and proud of it, and I was ready to join the "Whale Wars" team well before I even heard of Avatar being made.


If you could ask Frommer or Cameron three movie or language related questions what would they be?
Wow, that's a big question. Maybe...
1: Tell me about tribes that exist in other environments-- what are their lives like, what do they do to "climb Iknimaya" in their own regions, are the coloring universal for all climates?

2: Do the Na'vi have pets?

3: Are "Aliens" and "Avatar" set in the same 'verse?



What else do you do in you free time?
I have learned to enjoy free time and experience the joys of having nothing to do from time to time. I do art and stories, I read, I play computer games, and I love to hike trails near Boise.



Name your top three favorite Earth animals from most favorite to least. Why those? What's the animal you're most terrified of?
#1: the Coyote (obviously!)
#2: Wolves (pound for pound, they are --I think-- the most deadly and efficient predator besides humans).
#3: Killer Whales. Even the dreaded Great White Shark clears out when an Orca pod moves in; so they rule 2/3rds of the Earth by default.


Pirate, ninja, zombie, or robot?
I love pirates, arrrr! Not the silly stuff we see in the Disney flicks (although they're fun) but Pirates have the most freedom (the open seas) they actually ran ships democratically an I dig old powder and flintlock weapons, sailing vessels, and chanteys (also rum). Space pirates are fun, too.


What three items would you take to a desert island and why?
1: A good sturdy laptop with my library of games, movies, etc. Preferably a satellite link up so I could stream more. With that, I have a whole entertainment suite.
2: Some sort of survival weapons collection, with at minimum a bolt-action rifle, a knife and a tomahawk.
3: Zoe Saldana. Do I need to explain why I want Zoe Saldana? No? Good.



If you could travel to anywhere in space and time (including fictional universes), where would you go and why?
I'd go to my own fictional universe, which I have been "building" for most of my life. It is fun and exciting to me, and full of both grandeur and darkness.



If you were granted one single wish what would it be?
For all people here on this Earth to be genuinely concerned for the Environment and work hard to preserve it no matter what else they were doing. They can make all the money they want, even have their stupid wars if that's what they really think they want, but all of them would be devoted to preserving the environment.


What is a question you'd ask yourself? How would you answer it?
Are you the person that your child self could look up to as a good hero or role model? So far, I think so, although there are a few things I'd do differently.  


True or false?
#1: I wrote, drew, copied, published and distributed my own graphic novel series in a small press magazine for 6 years. It was 40 chapters, 440 pages, and ran from 1990 to 1996. It was a "furry" version of my own science-fiction universe.

#2: I was the casting director for a Rocky Horror Picture Show troupe that acted out the RHPS in live-action as the movie played at midnight in theatres around town. It involved drunken fun including cross-dressing by everyone involved and simulated on-stage sex acts to a roaring crowd with squirt guns and throwing food.

#3: A girlfriend of mine wanted to take a "milk bath" so we filled a hot tub with powdered milk and several cartons' worth of soy milk and skinny-dipped in it for kicks. The filters were ruined and expensive to fix, and later she admitted that the notion of a "milk bath" was "not as interesting as she thought it'd be".



What is the funniest, weirdest, or most embarrassing Na’vi or Avatar  related thing that has happened to you?
Two minor embarrassments:
1: When I first found the "Learn Na'vi" site (not the forum) I didn't comprehend the ejectives and was trying to pronounce the "x" as an "x" (ie, "eks"). It probably sounded like I was gargling marbles or something, trying to fit the words around the x's.
2: I recently met Hawnu Uniltxep, and she knows Na'vi well (better than I). Every time she spoke to me in Na'vi, I would instinctively start to answer in Hebrew. I felt like a skxawng.



Quote from: Question #20: Bonus Question: Asked by the previous NotW.
I'ma let you finish!

El Jacko:
Nicely done, mon capitan. Should've guessed you'd get this next.   ;D   Also, True/ish/false

Going to your [extensive] writing experience for a mo: Got any tips for a complete novice?

kewnya txamew'itan:
True/False/True.

Seeing as you used to live in a furry community the first is plausible, the second, is also plausible but I think is too obvious a cult thing so is probably a distractor, the last just seems like a fun thing to do, with a plausible outcome.  :P

Edit: also, given your RP experience online three is doubly plausible, who knows the sorts of things you get up to? :P

Coyote:
Oh, I forgot to mention an animal that I'm scared of. That would be spiders. I'm convinced that I'm going to get bit by some nasty venomous arachnid that is hiding in a corner, on a ceiling, in a shoe, in a sleeping bag, under a toilet seat (yikes).

Tanhiyarnia is coming up with a Question #20 for me, and as for the true-false ones, it'll be interesting to see what people come up with...

Ikranä mokri:
Grats man XD!!!!

EDIT im going with the whole true/false/true thing here, its more plausable than my original idea of true/true/true

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