Contacts

E-Mail: me@arav.top
Jabber: arav@arav.top
Matrix: @arav:arav.top
PGP key: 5A2E CA58 F93E B5C4 4F02 D50B 1327 FE8A 374C C86F (or you can import using Web Key Directory)
Guestbook: here it is

About me

My name is Alexander Andreev, on the Internets I use nickname Arav (consists of the first and last letters of my forename and surname). I'm 27 years old russian guy who likes tinkering with computers.

If you wanna read about my setup, then an about page on that website is dedicated to it.

Well, I have no idea why I put all this stuff below here, but I did it, so... It's here. :)

Hobbies

Video games (since 1997)

Computers (since 11th November 2004)

Surfing the Internets (since February 2006)

Mapping for Half-life 2, Counter-Strike: Source (since 2006, discontinued in 2009)

Music writing (since 2007, last track was made in 2010)

Programming (since 2007)

Home servers (since 1st January 2017)

Software Defined Radio (since June 2018)

What I know

Human languages

English is my main foreign language and I think that I know it quite well. I have a nice pronunciation (my teacher once said so :)) and I tend to British non-rhotic variant. Of course I end up with a mix of all the flavours of the language. What I struggle from is a lack of speaking practice and vocabulary is also still a problem.

Norwegian. I tried to learn, but lack of usefulness made me to almost forget it. I just like how scandinavian languages sound and chose simplest for me to learn.

Ukrainian is easy to learn for me as I'm an east slav myself. By reading and listening to it here and there I can understand most of speech and say something not complicated.

I like learning languages, but I'm being a lazy fuck won't let me learn something up to a reasonable level. :) So I end up being able to read and knowing some words and phrases.

Computer languages

For programming and scripting: Python, PHP, JavaScript, and Bash for now are most used by me. Later I used: C, C++, C#, Delphi, Pascal, Java.

Markup and declarative: SQL (SQLite3, MariaDB), HTML5, CSS3, Latex, Markdown, XML, and JSON.

And I don't know what else to put here. :^)

What I like

Anime

Ghost in the Shell, Shaman King, Hellsing, Steins;Gate, Cowboy Beebop, Ergo Proxy, Jin-Rou, Black Lagoon, Jojo's Bizzare Adventures, Spice and Wolf, Konosuba

Films

WarGames (1983), Hackers (1995), Johnny Mnemonic (1995), Snatch (2000), Valhalla Rising (2009), Who am I (2014), movies with Jackie Chan, Matrix (1999, 2003), Stargate (1994), Blade Runner (1982)

TV shows

X-Files (1993—2002), Lost (2004—2010), Stargate: SG-1 (1997—2007), Stargate: Atlantis (2004—2009)

Films and TV shows aren't complete lists, I will add when remember something.

I actually don't watch much, and if I watch I go for a marathon, and if only I take a break in the middle of a show, then that break could take years. xD And if I download some film it could sit for years, as it was with Valhalla Rising, it was waiting for me to watch for 3 fucking years. xD

Games for SEGA Mega Drive

Bubba'n'Stix, Battletoads, Granada, Demolition Man, Road Rash, Doom Troopers - The Mutant Chronicles, The Lost Vikings, Ghostbusters, Mig-29 Fighter Pilot.

Games for PC

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (my first computer game), Half-Life (all), StarCraft, Diablo 2, Far Cry (2004), Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Portal, Freelancer, F.E.A.R., S.T.A.L.K.E.R., Grand Theft Auto 4, The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim, The Walking Dead, The Wolf Among Us, Payday 2, The Witcher (1st, 2nd, 3rd didn't finished yet), Minecraft, Terraria, Starbound, Euro Truck Simulator 2, Mount & Blade: Warband, Papers, Please, Elite: Dangerous, theHunter: Call of the Wild, American Truck Simulator, Rocket League.

I'm CMDR Arav in Elite: Dangerous. My EDSM profile.

I play TruckersMP mod for Euro Truck Simulator 2 and American Truck Simulator. Nickname is Arav with a tag [RU64].

Music

My favorites that I like almost fully are Falkenbach, Korpiklaani, Sólstafir, Lacrimosa, Enigma, Röyksopp, Nagrobki, Burzum, maybe I forgot to mention something. You can see what I like on file share. I have a tendency to listening to the same music for a long time, so only way for me to know about other music are online-radios and WEBM threads on IBs. :)

Privacy statements

I respect your privacy as my own, my websites no longer make use of JS to do anything (instead they have it under the hood now, lol). Theme switching was replaced with CSS media query prefers-color-scheme to follow your's OS's theme.