Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Meet Hastings

I usually go by 'The Bastard'. Now that the rest of these boners are claiming that title as well, I have to mix it up for this site.

I'm originally from the Chicagoland area. I was born there in November of 1977. I've lived in the Midwest my whole life, in either Illinois or Wisconsin. I went to college at UW Parkside. Graduated in 2000 with a Bachellor's Degree in Computer Science. From there I got a job in Stevens Point, Wisconsin at Sentry Insurance. As of this writing, I'm still employed there, doing Java development. Both application and web based. I also do web design and development on the side.

I birthed the idea of Point Hammered. If you've listened to episode #1, you know that I got into miniatures and war gaming at a very young age. Somewhere around 9 or 10. At that time I played D&D, Warhammer 40K, and Battletech among others. I got into Warhammer Fantasy Battles when I moved to Stevens Point, in early 2001. That was when I started the Dwarf army (called Karak Einherjar). Before that I had a very large Warhammer 40K army. It was Cadian Imperial Guard. I got back into 40K when I lived in Milwaukee for a few years before moving up North to Stevens Point. I never really played 40K as an adult, I just enjoyed building and painting the models.

It was in early 2005 that I began the Beastmen army. That project was mostly wrapped up by early 2008, though I still build on it to this day.

Most recently I've started the Orctonnians. A themed Bret army using Orc models.

My main personal interests include music. My favorite genres include punk rock, psychobilly, rockabilly, indie rock, folk, acoustic, and classic Oi!. I'm also into classic country music, mostly the type of stuff that gets associated with the 50's.

I'm into tattoos quite a bit. I have more than I care to count. Started at the young age of 18 in 1995, and I still go several times a year. Once you get that itch, it's hard to scratch it!

I enjoy doing technical things, and staying up on computers/computing. One example would be handcoding this entire webpage, as well as all my others. Graphic/image design is another hobby I really get a kick out of. Along similar lines, I really enjoy working with my hands. Building things, home improvement, working on my car, anything along those lines. Fortunately I was blessed with a great amount of Yankee Ingenuity.

Fitness & health type things are a big part of my life. I work out 5 days most weeks, doing weight training and cardio. Fortunately I got into that young, and now it's just something I do.

Other than all that, I really enjoy hanging out with friends. Socializing at the local taverns from time to time, and enjoying some brews!