Posted by Evan at 3:49 pm on June 22nd, 2008
Hi. I'm Evan Allrich, a 21 year old undergraduate in Computer Science. I enjoy almost anything computer related: programming, games, telecommunications, web development and design, and so on. Probably why I'm a CS major.
This site, Unguku.com, is the product of a desire to work first-hand with website design, development, and maintenance (which was in turn the result of COMICS, you can learn more about all that here). To date it has cemented my knowledge of HTML and Linux and it has helped me learn CSS, PHP, MySQL, image design and creation, and visual design concepts. Perhaps you're interested in more technical information about the architecture of the site?
You can contact me by emailing evan -at- unguku.com.
If you're interested in learning more about me here are several pieces of trivial information for your enjoyment. This list was inspired by Shamus Young.
1. I did not grow up in America
I grew up in Indonesia as a Missionary Kid, spending a total of 17 years of my life calling Indonesia home. I still do, in a way, since I don't really call the United States (my passport country) my home - and why would I? I've spent more time outside it than in it.
2. Regarding this "Indonesia"
Indonesia is a country in South-East Asia, just above Australia. It is home to about 200 million people, more than 90% of whom are Muslim, and is the most populous Muslim country in the world. The official language is Bahasa Indonesia, a constructed language based on Malay with bits of Arabic, Sanskrit, and Dutch thrown in. If you super-imposed a map of Indonesia onto a map of the United States you would find that Indonesia sticks out from both the West and East coasts; it is an archipelago nation, meaning that it is composed of islands (17,000 of them in fact, the largest island nation in the world). It also has the distinction of possessing the second and third largest islands in the world: Papua (also known as New Guinea) and Kalimantan (or Borneo), respectively. Bonus: The largest island in the world is Greenland.
3. The Free, the Brave, the Purple
Purple is my favorite color, and has been for many years. At LeTourneau University, where I am currently attending college, I was overjoyed to discover that I would be living on Club, a floor whose colors are purple and white. Kick Butt Club!
4. So what is "Unguku"?
Unguku is an Indonesian word meaning "My Purple". This word (coined by my dad) connects two things which make up a significant part of my identity: Indonesia and Purple.
5. Firefox: it's not just a choice, it's a way of life
Firefox is my browser of choice. This site was designed to look best in Firefox (which also means this site is fairly standards compliant), not Internet Explorer. So if this site looks "broken" and you're using IE, I'm sorry. I highly recommend that you explore the possibilities presented by other browsers, particularly Firefox.
6. M*A*S*H, Doctor Who, Burn Notice, Psych, and Good Eats
This paragraph about my television habits used to talk about how I didn't really watch TV. But now I can't really say I don't watch TV since shows like M*A*S*H, the British series Doctor Who, Burn Notice, Psych, and Good Eats all have my attention these days. :) M*A*S*H is definitely my favorite series of all time but the others all put on good showings.
7. "Actually I just like to say 'smock'. Smock smock smock smock smock!" - Hobbes
Calvin and Hobbes is my favorite comic strip! Bill Waterson managed to pack laughter, insight, life lessons, creativity, and fun into a comic strip so beloved that it is still in syndication more than ten years after it ended. If you haven't read the series, please do! I'm sure you won't regret it! :)
Traveling has been a part of my life since I was too young to remember (my first trip across the Pacific happened when I was one year old), and now it's an adventure I look forward to. Well, international traveling is anyway...flying domestically in the US is usually way too much of a hassle these days to be fun. There's an excitement in traveling (particularly internationally) as you leave one place to go and visit (or stay for an extended period of time) somewhere else. Eventually I hope to visit, tour, and even live in Europe, the Middle East, and various parts of Asia, and visiting every continent would be fun too!
Connected with my desire to travel around the world is a desire to learn new languages: languages fascinate me and I would love to learn more! The main ones I want to learn are Arabic and Mandarin, but just about any other language is also on my list. ;)
10. Computer Games
Ah, computer games...a world in which I spent many of my childhood hours. My favorite games of the age were Age of Empires II and Total Annihilation, both real time strategy games. During high school I discovered action games (such as the Jedi Knight and Delta Force series and Unreal Tournament) as well as other strategy games (in particular the city-building genre found in Emperor: Rise of the Middle Kingdom). But the primary games of my high school career were members of the Total War family, namely Medieval and Rome. Delta Force: Land Warrior was also a staple of high school and it was the primary game my dad and I played together (we loved its ability to play missions cooperatively).
After graduating from high school the laptop I chose to use for my college career was rather prohibitive in terms of being able to play modern games, leaving me unable to play the latest-and-greatest. On the bright side, this severely reduced the possible distractions from school my laptop could provide, which was (and is) a good thing! Despite not being able to play games from my beloved Total War series, older games such as Age of Empires II are still playable and provide plenty of enjoyment (and being able to play it multiplayer with other people on Club is fun too!).