Saturday, January 01, 2011

So who is this 'Jay Garmon' jerk...?

Greetings, potential cyber-stalkers! You've reached this page in all likelihood by following a link from one of the various obscure and irresistible outposts I haunt throughout the intarweebs. (That, or Google's "I'm feeling lucky" button just totally hosed you.) Now that you're here, I suppose you want to know just who is this Jay Garmon jerk I've been hearing about?

I, Jared Matthew "Jay" Garmon, am a professional geek. Specifically, I am a writer, husband & father, technologistscience fiction nerd, self-professed trivia expert and general Internet addict. Each of these aspects is entertained at different venues around the Web, as listed below.

Technologist: First and foremost, I am the product manager for all patient engagement and collections software at Waystar, a tech firm trying to use SaaS technology to make healthcare cheaper for everyone involved.

I am also the "house writer" for the much of content produced by Talla, an artificial intelligence startup founded by my Louisville's own Rob May, and Practical Assurance, a technology compliance startup co-founded by Louisville's own Ben Thomas. That covers the main day-job tech resume.

In my decidedly non-copious spare time, I am the organizer of the Louisville Geek Dinner.

I have advised on social media and emerging technologies for the Louisville Digital Association (for whom I have served as both president and vice president), Louisville EnterpriseCORP (for whom I was a founding member of their advisory "Justice League"), XLerateHealth (for whom I was a founding director) and, as a guest instructor, helped inaugurate a Social Media marketing curriculum at the University of Louisville.

 This post is hosted on Jay Garmon [dot] Net (formerly known as The Written Weird), which is my personal blog where I prattle on about whatever topics interest me with very irregular frequency. You can also find herein copies of my science fiction short stories that I have "trunked," which is a euphemism for "given up on trying to publish." Yes, I have written other sci-fi shorts, exactly one of which has been sold for professional publication (though it did make the Tangent list...barely), and the remainder of which I am shopping to similar ends.

As to the majority of the writing work for which I've been actively paid, look no further than my LinkedIn profile, and you'll see I've made my living in whole or in part by stringing together words for CNET, CBS Interactive, Scholastic Library Publishing, TechTarget, Backupify and, at present, Talla and Practical Assurance. But that's all non-fiction, so it doesn't count.

Husband & Father: Check out my Flickr photo stream, which is almost entirely dedicated to my daughters, wife, family, and friends, in that order, with each respective subject's photo volume descending logarithmically. I also have the requisite Facebook page, but -- fair warning -- I do the "talking about politics" thing there. Don't go if you're sensitive about your votes or policies.

Science Fiction Nerd: I was the originator of and prime contributor to The Geekend, a nerd culture blog at TechRepublic, a Web community for IT professionals run by CBS Interactive. Predating the Geekend is Geek Trivia, a weekly (ahem) geek trivia column that I wrote for most of the last decade. Both the Geekend and Geek Trivia have been cited by sources as diverse as author John Scalzi to the editors of Wikipedia.

I was an also an extremely irregular contributor to the Hugo-winning SF Signal blog -- usually their also Hugo-nominated podcasts -- where I performed a barely passable impression of an expert in sci-fi media and fandom. I also help run a local science fiction convention should you be overcome with an urge to annually accost me.

Self-Professed Trivia Expert: As an adjunct to Geek Trivia, the kind and talented hosts of the TechTalk radio show on WRLR 98.3 FM in Chicago have me on as a regular guest. There I snark about movies, science fiction, technology, current events and ... eventually ... provide a geek trivia question each week. If you're game for a listen, you can tune in each Saturday at 11:00 am Eastern or just download the podcast via iTunes. I usually show up about 20 minutes into the show and they hang up on me less than 30 minutes later, so plan your listening accordingly.

I also occasionally wrote the Truly Trivial column here at JayGarmon.Net, wherein I threw a few hundred words at an obscure factoid that very possibly only I find fascinating. Inexplicably, other people were entertained by this.

General Internet Addict: Perhaps the most holistic view of my life as the Prince of Dorkness can be divined from my Twitter stream, which is riddled hourly with links that catch my interest. (I sometimes post my own thoughts there, as well, but for the sake of decency I keep those to a minimum.) Finally, for you economic determinists who really want the inside scoop on my consumerist self -- or are looking for the perfect way to bribe me -- there's always my Amazon Wishlist.

In the unlikely event you would like to retain my services as a consultant, writer, speaker, radio guest, conference/convention panelist, or one-shot dungeon master, you can reach me at jay [at] jaygarmon [dot] net. Depending on the job, I can be be had for very free or very not. Pitch me, and we'll talk.


  1. Also you are my buddy/ former boss who always outgeeks me.

  2. I was just checking blog visitors and backtracked a couple of links to your blog. And it amused the heck out of me to find that you are Written Weird. Best of luck with the writing. It's a blast, isn't it? (Except for those pesky rejections.)

  3. I have read a lot of articles about the first flag raised over Iwo Jima. The Marine Mueseum mentions it has the second flag but does not say anything about the first. Just wondering if they really do have it?

  4. @killerbees, both flags are at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Quantico, Virginia.

  5. You are a better man than me. I would never publicly post a flickr stream of my family. May I ask why you have done that? There are crazies out there. You still at Techrepublic?


  6. @SSW There are crazies everywhere. The vast, VAST majority of predations are committed by someone you know. This myth of the random stranger targeting your family based solely off of online pictures is just that -- a myth. If I could meet the producers of Dateline NBC I'd punch them in the mouth for all their "internet is scary" horsecrap.

    I pay much closer attention to the hiring practices at my daughter's school, who her friends are, and who her friends' parents are. I don't worry about the imagined internet predator in the same way I don't worry about getting struck by meteorites -- both are about as likely.

    Now, when she's old enough to start surfing the web on her own, the game will change. Crazies use the Internet to BECOME someone you know, and that's something different altogether. In the mean time, I see no reason to make family and friends jump through insane authentication hoops just to see pictures of my wife and daughter.