Andrew Watters

Hi, my name is Andrew G. Watters. I am a radically honest, category-defying polymath based in my hometown of San Mateo, California, USA. I have a law degree from U.C. Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco, a bachelor's degree from UCLA, and fifteen to twenty years of professional experience in multiple industries.

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February 19, 2021 - HyperLaw
This has been in the works for years. Formerly an instructional video course (along the lines of MasterClass) for lawyers, but I've decided to change the direction; it's going to be a legal advice and triage platform to help regular people with their legal problems instead. That is the area of greatest need, and it has a lot of potential.

February 3, 2021 - Opposing counsel neuroses
I've released my latest opposing counsel personal conduct policy, which I have been developing for a number of years in connection with my law practice. This is ultimately a system for personal accountability, as well as one of the few things I can do to deter other lawyers from behaving badly and cluttering up my inbox with personal attacks or other unpleasantness. Few people realize that you can administratively block emails in Google Workspace, and I have taken that to its logical conclusion by blocking harassing communications from other lawyers, who get a bounce message just so they can't have the satisfaction of knowing I saw their message. Blocking harassing emails is entirely fair and completely justifiable, which is why I do it in selected cases (ends up being about 1% of opposing attorneys). I have a positive working relationship with most of my opposing counsel, so this is reserved for those rare situations in which the opposing lawyer demonstrates horrible and/or personality-disordered behavior. I plan to expand this with a "wall of shame" and/or rogues gallery in the near future. With my website getting thousands of visitors per month, the wall of shame will be a significant deterrent, I think.

January 19, 2021 - Slash update
I'm very happy to announce the alpha release of Slash, an advanced law practice management and knowledge management system that I wrote. I am having a great time with this, including the HTML5 that I have resisted learning for years. Once you get in the zone, it's way easier to write something new in HTML5 from scratch than adapt legacy code (i.e., "spaghetti code"). Lattice™ multilevel group workspace is my signature feature, and it is turning out amazing (shown here with anonymized data):


These are my current ventures:

Attorney, legal triage expert, and investigator - general civil litigation and complex family law, with fifteen years of experience and eighteen trials. Also, cyber and civil investigations.

IT consultant - network analysis, forensics, custom computer systems, cybersecurity audits, and other services with a deep bench of experts in this region.

Web application programmer - law practice management system and specialized task management/productivity software written from scratch by yours truly. If you're wondering how I have time to practice law while doing all these different things...this is how.

R&D guy/inventor - multiple ongoing research projects and products, such as Spectrum Warrior.

Photographer and videographer - I co-own a photography studio and have a RED handheld cinema package.

Owner of VirtuaScribe - a top line executive assistant/concierge platform that is launching soon.

Music producer/film producer - rock, progressive rock, instrumental rock, and metal, with independent feature films in development. Samples:


Here are my popular tutorials/articles/videos:

Dynamic entoptic matrices - a thought-based theory of dynamic entoptic phenomena found in highly productive computer programmers.

Spectrum Warrior - a suite of electronic surveillance tools and techniques to find the truth and also seriously embarrass liars.

A casual network investigation of the Russian Ministry of Defense - random security research leads to things I wish I could un-learn.

Linux tips and tricks - random tips learned the hard way.

Andy's Dashboard - a free charting solution for server administrators.

Privoxy on Mac OS X Howto - have you ever wanted to block ads on the web on your Mac without having to install MacPorts? This is for you.

Introduction to microexpressions - my guest lecture at Stanford.

Unboxing a new IBM Model M keyboard - travel back in time to 1988.

Andy's Hardware - market research on the concept of a Made in USA hardware store.

10 gigabit networking - a howto on my 10 gig office setup, which rocks.

The Forever War - my superfan-level tribute to the greatest science fiction novel of all time.

A fractal crystal lattice of Gaussian primes - research on the fractality of prime numbers in Mathematica.

Analysis of WMAP data with Mathematica - a side project that is going a little too far, but it's interesting.

Run your own email server Howto - have you ever wanted to take full control of your email? Not for the faint of heart.

Your own packet capture appliance Howto - have you ever wanted to analyze your network traffic?

Mathematica 11 "Evaluate Notebook" shortcut - I can't believe they didn't ship this feature.


Links:

Twitter YouTube Yelp IMDB Instagram

Future of Humanity Institute - I spend a lot of time thinking about the future.

Closer to Truth on PBS - seriously, a collection of astounding interviews with great scientists.

Robin Hanson - this guy is a prolific author and thinker.

John Carmack - definitely the best programmer in the world.

Stephen Wolfram - an all-around world-conquering genius, with an ego to match.


Contact:

andrew@andrewwatters.com - use for all legal and personal communications.

andrew@raellic.com - use for all R&D, music, etc.

+1 (415) 261-8527 - yes, this is my mobile phone. Please do not abuse the privilege of texting me.

118 South Blvd., San Mateo, CA 94402 - office and mailing address.


Endorsements. These are products and services, and service providers, that I use and strongly recommend:

RED Dragon-X 6K digital cinema camera with Zeiss CP.3 lenses - the ultimate run and gun digital cinema setup. Proof (actual sample footage).

Adobe Creative Cloud - my personal trademark is pleadings and letters typeset in the best desktop publishing tool of all-time: Adobe InDesign. Check out my review as a 20-year+ user of Adobe.

IBM Model M Keyboard - the best ever keyboard, especially for those who want 1980s-style typing functionality. For service, Clicky Keyboards is great.

King Star Computer, Inc. - custom workstations and servers built to order.

Intel Xeon - professional grade processors that permit the use of ECC RAM.

Seagate Exos - true enterprise-grade hard drives.

Nvidia Titan - formerly the most powerful desktop GPU in the world. Works great on Linux!

IBM Selectric II typewriter - great for typing envelopes and personal notes. Prestige Pica typing element matches Triplicate T4. For sales and service in the Bay Area, Los Altos Business Machines.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux - a powerful server operating system that works great as a workstation.

General Dynamics PitBull - a trusted operating system built on top of RHEL 7.

CodeWeavers - the official vendor for PitBull and makers of the excellent CrossOver/Wine system.

Mathematica - advanced computation platform.

Andy Collis/Valley Visuals - brilliant concept artist.

The Curating - website development and art.

Nissan GT-R - the ultimate all-around chariot.

Boardwalk Nissan/GT-R Specialists - five star service.

Alternative BMW Service - five star service.

American Express - the Business Platinum charge card is well worth the annual fee.

Vim - the best text editor of all time.

Warnings. These are products and services I strongly urge you not to use:

Dell UltraSharp 8K monitor - the ultimate workstation display, and perfect for editing 4K and 8K video. This product seemed promising, but it turned out to be defective in design and disappointing in reliability. Replaced twice under warranty and failed in less than a year each time. I am not only deleting this endorsement; I am also warning you against buying this product.

6x7 Networks, LLC - read about my roller coaster ride with 6x7 Networks and its erratic CEO, who I am suing for fraud.

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