Icculus / Andrew Cowan
Icculus is Andrew Cowan, specifically, it is his nickname in the field
of MUDs. Andrew grew up in New York and Connecticut, attending RHS and
hraduating from there in 1987. See Andrew's Website for additional information.
Andrew fell in love with music at an early age and it became a large influence
in his life.
He began playing acoustic/classical and electric
guitar at the age of 12, and still plays often. Andrew plays a Martin JC-16Aura,
a custom Fender Strat, a Dean 5-string bass, a Brian iGuitar and toys around
with a GR-33 Guitar Synthesizer and BR1200 Digital Recorder. He began composing
songs after the birth of his two children, many are available on his
In 1986 Andrew was introduced
to the Grateful Dead and quickly became a fan, travelling to numerous
shows before the untimely death of Jerry Garcia in 1995. In addition to the Dead, Andrew enjoys listening to
Pink Gloyd, The Allman Brothers Band, Elliott Smith, Radiohead, Gomez, Rush, The Beatles, Doves and Elbow.
In 1987 Andrew attended college at the
University of North Carolina at Greensboro,
where he tried a variety of majors before deciding to pursue a BA in Economics
with a minor in Computer-Science. At the time of graduation in 1991 Andrew
decided to continue with Computer Science and enrolled in the graduate program
at UNCG. It was during his first year in grad school when Andrew first
Andrew was invited to teach as part of his assistantship in 1993, he taught
intermediate and college algebra for 2 years while he completed his Master's
Thesis on Genetic Algorithms applied to curve fitting and other applications.
Andrew has built Actionscript3 Flash apps that create GAs to find a linear
equations that best fits random data w/ optional noise added. You can
play with them here [ linear ga | non-linear ga | trigonometric ga]
Muds and Mudding:
Andrew began spending large amounts of time exploring MUDs in 1992, particularly
Hidden Worlds, JediMUD and Burning Dikumud. Having been an
AD&D player for much of his teenage years
Andrew preferred playing and later building/coding/admining in
Dikumuds. After Burning
went down in 1994 Andrew discovered Diku II (later renamed to Valhalla and quickly rose through the mortal and then immortal ranks to eventually become
co-administrator with his future GlobalMedia Design partner, Brian Clark.
Career: GlobalMedia Design, Inc.:
In 1994 Andrew met Brian Clark, another player on Diku II, and in a matter of
months both of them would become co-administrators to help Michael Seifert
run the mud while he completed his graduate work. Shortly after Andrew was
invited by Brian to join in the founding of a new company that he was forming
with Tammy Kearns called
GlobalMedia Design, Inc.,
frequently referred to as GMD.
The World-Wide Web was just beginning to take off and it proved an ideal time
to enter the industry as webpage designers. Andrew's background in computer
programming allowed him to bring numerous possibilities with CGI, which was
one of the only ways to create web-based applications at the time. Over a decade
later GMD is still growing and finding new ways to help companies make use of
Andrew met his future wife, Suzanne, in 1987 shortly after he arrived
at UNCG. They are now married and living near the east coast of the USA with
their two children, Abby and Zach, nearly a dozen cats, 16 chickens and 6 ducks.
After roughly 40 years of rejecting God and religion in general I am very
proud to pronounce myself a Christian and I firmly believe that
Jesus died for us all.