Andrew Watters

Hi, my name is Andrew G. Watters. I am a 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 fourteen to twenty years of professional experience in multiple industries.

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August 16, 2020 - Possible Lake Tahoe area office opening in late 2020

In conjunction with my retirement from civil litigation in January 2021, I am investigating the possibility of splitting my time between Tahoe and the Bay Area in the future. Northstar is one of my favorite places, and what they have done with the new Alpine-style village is amazing. I was up there in August 2019 and couldn't help but notice the significant retail vacancy...perfect for a new office hosting "The Village Lawyer" or something like that. I don't currently ski, but I have done some mountain biking, which Northstar is also great for. If this happens, it may be in time for ski season in 2020-2021. I'm totally jumping on the Bay Area exodus bandwagon. Can you blame me? The decline in quality of life in the Bay Area over the last 20 to 30 years is real, and the solution appears to be looking elsewhere.

August 13, 2020 - New Date Announced for "A Night for Neil," honoring late drummer of Canadian band RUSH

Event has been rescheduled for Saturday, April 17th, 2021. As a result of the continuing and unprecedented times we are all facing, Overtime Angels has made the decision to reschedule A Night for Neil. We are excited to announce, after talks with both the Peart family and the Meridian Centre, Saturday, April 17th, 2021 as the new date for our celebration. Tickets purchased for this event will be honored for the new date. Should you require a refund, they are available at point of purchase and may be done so up to 30 days prior to the event. We are also thrilled to announce a handful of confirmed artists for the event including: David Barrett, Brandon Dyke, Rush Tribute bands Solar Federation and Permanent Waves, Dévah Quartet, Jacob Moon, and Hannah Burkholder. We continue to work on securing more artists and special guests and will announce them once their rescheduled tour dates are confirmed. We thank you all for your patience during these difficult times and appreciate all the support we are getting for this once in a lifetime event. Press inquiries, please contact Donna Halper, email

These are my current ventures:

Attorney and investigator - general civil litigation and complex family law, with fourteen years of experience and seventeen trials. Also, cyber and civil investigations. Note: I am retiring from private civil litigation practice on January 1, 2021. Family law, private judging, prenups, and certain business transactions will continue to be available.

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

Web application programmer - law practice management system and specialized task management software coded up by yours truly.

R&D guy - multiple ongoing research projects.

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

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:

Truth seeking with Kismet and other tools - electronic surveillance techniques to find the truth and also seriously embarrass liars.

The FBI Manual - a major project to put the FBI's investigative manual online.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

Introduction to microexpressions - my guest lecture at Stanford.

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


YouTube Yelp IMDB

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.

Contact: - use for all legal and personal communications. - executive assistant's email address, just in case. - 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:

Adobe Creative Cloud - my personal trademark is pleadings and letters typeset in the best desktop publishing tool of all-time: Adobe InDesign.

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

IBM Selectric II typewriter - there is nothing better for typing envelopes and personal notes. Prestige Pica typing element highly recommended, because it is a match for the font Triplicate T4. For sales and service in the Bay Area, Los Altos Business Machines.

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

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

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

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.

© 2020 Andrew G. Watters

Last updated: September 19, 2020 09:58:33