Kaja (pronounced KA-ya) is my preferred nickname. Some people also call me Kay-Jay. The former example is how my initials in Cyrillic (КАЯ) would be pronounced. That brings me to my sigil (fancy word for seal), which I put everywhere, including as the icon for nearly every web-page I’ve ever created, save for the ones that require an actual portrait.
Yes, that’s the icon for this blog. It’s also the icon for my Shapeways page. I intend to use it as the icon for my YouTube channel as well, when I finally get it up and running. What’s so special about it? It’s a rotational ambigram, meaning it’s the exact same shape rotated 180 degrees. I have metal versions of it as well.
See? Everywhere. The pin in the photo on the left is from Shapeways – I rendered the design, and a pattern for investment casting was printed it wax. The photo on the right is of conventionally stamped buttons. I know, the lighting in these pictures is horrible, but I will eventually post much higher-quality pictures of all my stuff. You can get a good look at a 3D model here, as well as a smaller version that I put on a zipper pull for my favourite jumper.
So, there you have it, an (apparently much-needed) explanation of my sigil and nickname. Some people put their initials on things, I just took it one step further.