In the United States of America alone “Andrew” is the 25th most common first name and “Anderson” is the 12th most common last name. There happen to be over 3k people in the USA named Andrew Anderson. On a global stage, that number is even larger. That makes it reasonably unlikely that you’re actually interested in reading about me, but, hey, feel free to do so anyway.
My friends and family know me as Andrew D. Anderson, and you’ve wandered on to my personal website. As of 2020, my self-description includes the following unordered nouns: philosopher, writer, programmer, photographer, cook, wanna-be mathematician, world traveler, blockchain enthusiast, and husband.
I was born in 1987, or so they tell me. The truth is – I can not personally recall anything at all happening that entire year. Apparently, I’m also an American born Californian, through absolutely no fault of my own.
I grew up outside of New Orleans, in Slidell, LA, where I came to believe that relative humidity above 75% is stiflingly unacceptable. It was not until circa 2018 that I realized humidity can be tolerated – if one is given ready access to uncrowded white sand beaches and a clear blue ocean.
Sometime between 1987 and 2020, I acquired passions for: exploring, learning, writing, educating, technology, photography, gardening, cooking, and programming.
During that same time frame, I also acquired distastes for: mind-altering substances, large organizations of all kinds (big corporations and big governments especially), and institutionalized education. I passionately disdain alcohol, narcotics, and large centralized organizations that run counter to personal freedoms, privacy, and individual sovereignty.
My time spent within educational institutions came to a grinding halt in 2010, when I was unceremoniously awarded my B.A. in Philosophy from The University of Chicago. (I’ve never been a fan of ceremonies, truly.)
I drive a hybrid, I’ve sold the DSLR I once took photos with, I primarily use Linux for computing, and I adore copper and well-seasoned cast iron pans for cooking.
Several Myers-Briggs personality tests claim that I can be summed up with the following four letters: INTP. Although the second and fourth letters seem to be ever-so-slightly variable.
I value solo contemplative time, but I’m not “shy”. I’m generally far removed from the mainstream media. I appreciate intelligence, wit, self-control, silence, and concentration.
I tend to make small adjustments to myself every now and again – I’ll update this page the next time I self-modify.