The man behind the markup: a self introduction

December 2, 2017 5:16 AM

by Andrew Zigler

3 min read




Hi reader! I promise I can smile!

Welcome to my blog. My name is Andrew Zigler and I incubate the strange thoughts that most people push away. Under the cloak of moonlight, I nourish them until they become big digital monsters that are hungry for data and love. I’m also a web designer, a teacher, a writer, and a gamer.

As a kid, I made my first website when I was eight. I still remember making the banner in MS Paint. Like any American kid who lived up in a town too small to be important, I grew up on the internet. I was that kid in your class who was on Neopets first. Now in my twenties, my life has been bicoastal and bicontintental. I was born in Maryland, but mostly grew up in Texas, where I attended UT-Austin. I moved to Japan after graduation to teach English in the JET Program.

This means I know how to say lots of animal names really slowly and clearly in English (a really important skill). While in Japan, I exchanged culture with the locals and did a lot of biking in temperature extremes. I also filmed drag shows on the side. I picked the language up slowly, but I admit that I lose a little bit of it every day. As my time in the program was ending, I had to decide between pursuing a career in idyllic Japan or returning to my American homeland. Because I want to have a life outside of the office, the work culture in Japan made it an easy decision.

I live in West Hollywood now with my amazing boyfriend, Chris, and our extensive collection of inflatable dinosaurs. By day I’m a front-end developer for an education company, and by night I’m building interactive experiences. I haunted a lot of MUDs and played a lot of text games in my formative years, huddled over an old, overheating computer. I like combining procedural narratives with artificial life, and ultimately I try to find discrete chunks of fun within intricate simulations.

What does that mean? Don't worry, this blog will dive in.

You can visit my main website to learn more about me and my current projects.

I hope to use this blog to write about my life, the world we live in, and my various undertakings. Buckle up, enjoy the ride, and reach out if you'd like to connect!