Other Pics:
River of a Thousand Lingams, Siem Reap area of Cambodia, 2001 Giving a talk at the NSA Cryptologic History Symposium in 2005 Elonka Dunin, 2006. Photography by Suzy Gorman
The "River of a Thousand Lingams," near Angkor Wat in Cambodia Giving a talk at the 2005 NSA Cryptologic History ConferenceDoing my best 'Dana Scully' routine (photo by Suzy Gorman)
Me and Eric Bloom in 1998 Elonka Dunin, photography by Suzy Gorman Elonka Dunin 2006, photography by Suzy Gorman
Me and Eric Bloom (lead singer of Blue Oyster Cult) All business-like and stuffDressed up for an author photo shoot

A couple links with more (relatively recent) info about me:

Photo by St. Louis Post Dispatch photographer Teak Phillips, October 2003

  • My Wikipedia biography

  • (January 2005) An article at Wired.Com that mentions my Kryptos research.

  • (March 2011) A short professional bio

  • (July 2000) A rough autobiography that I wrote a couple years ago (updated 2011 version)


    Current Projects:

    Other factoids:
      Striking a pose with one of the taller office mascots
    Height 5'11"
    Weight Proportionate
    Birthdate 12/29/58
    Residence St. Louis, Missouri, USA
    Marital Status Single
    Gender Female
    Sexual Preference Heterosexual
    Myers-Briggs Personality Type INTP/ENTJ
    Introverted (I) 54.05% Extroverted (E) 45.95%
    Intuitive (N) 68.42% Sensing (S) 31.58%
    Thinking (T) 58.82% Feeling (F) 41.18%
    Perceiving (P) 53.85% Judging (J) 46.15%
    Hobbies Computers, computer games, websites (of course), cryptography, subcultures, puzzles, astronomy, dancing, and people
    Do I Vote? Hell yes
    Political Party Independent
    Religion Independent
    Movies All kinds, including obscure foreign movies with subtitles (I dislike dubbed movies)
    Music Eclectic tastes, from goth to pop to classical to heavy metal.  Evanescence, Fountains of Wayne, Depeche Mode, Britney Spears (click on the link for a laugh), Mozart, Savage Garden, Bach, Duran Duran, Hamster Dance, Newfoundland Folk Music (Jim Payne), etc.
    Pop Star I'd Most Like to Have a Chat With Simon le Bon
    Favorite Living Leader Colin Powell
    Email address elonka@aol.com
    AIM Handle Elonka
    Slashdot ID Elonka
    IRC Handle Elonka (see a pattern here? <grin>)
    Musical instruments Piano
    Website URLs: http://members.aol.com/elonka
    Best friends Carrie (St. Louis), Connie (worldwide), and Cindy (always)
    Guys I wish I knew better: <classified, encrypted, and then deleted>
    Recent books read: The Mongols and the West, The Mongols, Voyager from Xanadu, Classical Islam, A History of the Arab Peoples, Medieval Expansion of Europe, Crusades, Islam for Dummies, Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Highest Duty, Secrets of the Lost Symbol, The Lost Symbol, The Devil Wears Prada, Secrets of the Code, The Knights Templar - History & Myths, The New Knighthood: A History of the Order of the Temple; The Trial of the Templars; The Templars: Knights of God, The Crusades through Arab Eyes, The Templars: The Dramatic History of the Knights Templar, the Most Powerful Military Order of the Crusades, The Man Behind the Da Vinci Code: An Unauthorized Biography of Dan Brown, The Code Book, The Codebreakers, Secrets of Angels & Demons, Collapse, Saint from the Salt Mines; Saint Raphael Kalinowski: An Introduction to His Life and Spirituality; Angels & Demons
    Recent computer games played: Aquaria, Plants vs. Zombies, Transference, Dream Vacation Solitaire, Mahjong Memoirs, Mahjong Ancient Wisdom, Gemsweeper, Katamari Damacy, Lego Star Wars, Lego Batman, Lego Indiana Jones, Prince of Persia, Rock Band, Guitar Hero, Tilt, Cut the Rope, Desktop Dungeons, Spider, Hexis, Pikmin, Okami, Gauntlet: Dark Legacy, Shadow of the Colossus, Ico, Toejam & Earl I, Puzzle Pirates, Civilization, Toejam & Earl III, Insaniquarium, The Lost Mind of Dr. Brain, Spider Solitaire (Windows XP), Dance Dance Revolution (home, arcade, and Disney), Finding Nemo, Theme Hospital, Obsidian, Gauntlet Legends, Space Channel 5, Bejeweled, Day of the Tentacle, Pandora's Box, Puzz-3D series
    Recent movies seen (in theaters) Adjustment Bureau, King's Speech, Harry Potter, Pirates of the Caribbean, Into Great Silence, Once
    All time favorite movies Lord of the Rings (1), The Matrix (1), King's Speech, Singin' in the Rain, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Dark Star, Fiddler on the Roof, Impromptu, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Somewhere in Time, Star Wars, My Cousin Vinny, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, Roxanne, Silent Running, The American President, Amelie, Chocolat, Ghost, Truly Madly Deeply, Highlander (1), Jesus Christ Superstar, Other People's Money, Secretary, Exit to Eden, Rocky Horror Picture Show
    Car 1996 Toyota Avalon XLS
    Favorite TV Shows General Hospital, Celebrity Apprentice, Dancing with the Stars, Mythbusters, So You Think You Can Dance, The West Wing, Bachelor(ette), 60 Minutes, Star Trek
    Continents All (including Antarctica)
    Countries ~95
    Languages Several (most fluent currently in: French, Spanish, computer, & Sign)
    Favorite Conventions SimuCon, Game Developers Conference, Dragon*Con, PhreakNIC

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