Hi, I'm Andy Rutledge and I live in Lincoln, Nebraska. I've lived in Lincoln my whole life, and for 97.3% of it, in the same zip code. This website used to be my blog, but now I pretty much use Facebook for any sort of commentary.
I've been interested in computers and programming since I was old enough to reach a keyboard. I'm a software developer by trade, and I work at DataBank out of their Lincoln office. I also work on a bunch of personal software projects in my spare time.
I'm a big fan of the TV show Parks and Recreation. I've watched every episode at least four times. I grew an epic mustache and went as Ron Swanson (pictured above; Ron on the left, me on the right) for Halloween one year.
I enjoy watching sports. My favorite sport to watch is baseball and my favorite pro team is the Chicago Cubs. I've been a fan of the Cubs since I was six years old and have become a rather devoted fan in the last several years. I usually make it to a Cubs game or two at Wrigley every summer.
I also like to watch football; my favorite team is (naturally) the Nebraska Cornhuskers. I've come to enjoy NFL football more than I used to; I root for the Green Bay Packers. I'm also a follower of Husker Volleyball.
I also enjoy playing sports. I occasionally partake in a local bowling league, and even took home the gold medal several years back in the Cornhusker State Games. I've played softball during the summer with an office softball team. I've also been known to play ping-pong, foosball, and badminton from time to time.
I love music! I attend all kinds of concerts, from Ed Sheeran to Maroon 5 to Anthrax to Metallica.
My favorite band is Shadows Fall. I first heard them on Guitar Hero and I was hooked. I like most genres but most of all, hard rock and metal. I also play the guitar, acoustic and electric, just for fun. I'm working on writing a song, you can hear how it's coming along:
I have an unhealthy obsession with the song "Africa" by Toto. I listen to it several times a week and my friends post "Africa" memes to my Facebook page. I don't think the verses of the song are particularly good, but the chorus is one of the greatest ever created.
I play a nerdy card game called Magic: The Gathering. My favorite format is cube draft; I've built my own cube if you want to check it out. I'm a big fan of painted/altered cards and put as many as I can get my hands on in my cube. You can likely catch me playing Magic at Hobbytown in Lincoln on any given day.
I am also a Level 2 Magic judge. I judge mostly FNMs and other Regular REL events in the Lincoln area.
If you play Magic Online (Modo) on a touchscreen monitor or Surface tablet (or you just don't like using the keyboard), you might be interested in a little app I put together called PassPriority.exe. It's a small window with two buttons that submits F2 and F6 commands to the Magic Online window so you can pass priority and pass the turn without using your keyboard.
A few Magic enthusiast friends and I run a Twitter account called @RosewattaStone. We take a regular Magic card, run its Oracle text back and forth through several iterations of Google Translate, and the result is often amusing if not outright hysterically funny.