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Jay Garmon
Works at ZirMed
Attended Centre College
Lives in Louisville, KY
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Writer & Internet Entrepreneur
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  • ZirMed
    Product Manager, 2013 - present
  • Backupify
    Marketing Director, 2011 - present
  • CBS Interactive
    Blogger, 2011 - 2013
  • Humana
    Product Owner, Mobile Apps, 2013 - 2013
  • CNET Networks
    Product Lead, 2001 - 2008
  • Vupal Network
    Executive Editor, 2008 - 2008
  • Scholastic Library Publishing
    Contract Writer, 2002 - 2004
  • TechTarget
    Site Editor, 2008 - 2009
  • Backupify
    Content Director, 2008 - 2010
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Introduction

The Trivia Geek, known to some by the mysterious alias "Jay Garmon," is a professional writer, editor, social media consultant, Web product developer, and...well...trivia geek. His career and talents are described in detail in the classic essay So who is this 'Jay Garmon' jerk...?

To get the real skinny on Jay's wacky business ideas -- and his amateurish sci-fi short stories -- read his blog, Jay Garmon [dot] Net. It's like Jay without editorial oversight or decent engineering support. Or, if your attention span is entirely too short for such a reading commitment, try Jay's Twitter feed on for size.

Today, when he's not trying to build the next Internet technology giant, Jay reads some comic books, plays tabletop RPGs, helps run a local sci-fi con, tries to launch a career as a fiction author, watches a lot of sports, and keeps his wife and daughters happy. The last part is easiest.

Bragging rights
Walter Koenig once bought me dinner, I'm a once-published sci-fi author and the Mayor of Louisville (probably) knows my name
Education
  • Centre College
    English, 1995 - 1999
  • DuPont Manual High School
    1991 - 1995
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This week's name-checks during my appearance on TechTalk Radio include Ray Bradbury, (via Fahrenheit 451 ), Michael Chabon (via The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay ) and Mark Zuckerberg (via the secret history of the codebase that went from a churlish...
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The TechTalk Radio episode in which I predict the future (and talk Congressional astronauts)
One of my New Year's resolutions was to note here at my blog when I appear on TechTalk Radio . I call in most Saturdays, so I got out of the habit of reposting the shows here (and Mike, the show's host, got out of the habit of posting the podcasts so I coul...
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In what can only be considered a epic betrayal, I, Jeff Patterson and the Goddess of WhimsyDark Delilah S. Dawson all gang up on Patrick Hester and explain no one is surprised (or really all that bothered) by the de-canonization of the Star Wars Expanded Un...
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Two ConGlomeration guests released a hard sci-fi book this week
Our 2014 Featured Science Guest Dr. Les Johnson released a new book into the wild this week. Rescue Mode , co-written with legendary author (and 2007 ConGlomeration Guest of Honor) Ben Bova, chronicles the disaster plagued first manned mission to Mars. Book...
Our 2014 Featured Science Guest Dr. Les Johnson released a new book into the wild this week. Rescue Mode, co-written with legendary author (and 2007 ConGlomeration Guest of Honor) Ben Bova, chronicles the disaster plagued fir...
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We mapped and animated 50 years worth of anomalous temperature data. The results were beautiful.
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The TechTalk episode in which I discuss M.A.S.H., The Super Bowl and the tyranny of edu-tech
So, they let me back on the radio again, and the result is a crazy mashup of Super Bowl stat debunking, railing against the Neilsen ratings system, the perils and promise of mind control via edu-tech (how we didn't reference The Diamond Age in this whole de...
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The most popular links I shared in 2014
These are the 10 links I shared last year that got at least 50 clicks across all my social media platforms. (According to Bit.ly and Buffer, anyway.) "The single phrase (and every variation of it) that time and time again repels clients away from us" (261 c...
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My controversial opinion on why rebooting comic book characters isn't controversial
Beta Ray Bill (Photo credit: Wikipedia ) Sci-fi fandom's biggest mensch, Paul "Prince Jvstin" Weimer , allowed me to ruin an otherwise perfectly wonderful SF Signal Mind Meld discussing the fallout from Marvel's recent recasting of Thor as a woman and Capta...
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Three qualified experts (and me) discuss the Amazon/Hachette showdown
Amazon Packaging (Photo credit: Nic Taylor Photography ) After a well deserved absence from the SF Signal podcast, Hugo Winning audio-auteur Patrick Hester got desperate and me allowed back on the show to discuss the showdown between Amazon and Hachette , w...
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Heartbleed: A look at which companies have issued a security patch to fix the Heartbleed bug.
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Three qualified experts (and me) discuss the Amazon/Hachette showdown
www.jaygarmon.net

Amazon Packaging (Photo credit: Nic Taylor Photography) After a well deserved absence from the SF Signal podcast, Hugo Winning audio-auteur

Hacker School banning "feigned surprise" is absolutely brilliant
brooklynoptimist.com

[Since you might wonder while reading this piece what my relationship to Hacker School is: I have no relationship with Hacker School. It has

Enigma Labs - Visualizing temperature anomalies 1964-2013
labs.enigma.io

We mapped and animated 50 years worth of anomalous temperature data. The results were beautiful.

The Heartbleed Hit List: The Passwords You Need to Change Right Now
mashable.com

A look at which companies have issued a security patch to fix the Heartbleed bug.

A Fantastically Detailed Geological History for Game of Thrones
io9.com

A group of geologists and map designers have reconstructed the geological ages of Essos, Westros, and other regions described in Game of Thr

Here's Everything Women Could Buy if They Got Paid the Same as Men
www.policymic.com

Do you know just how much the wage gap is costing hardworking women every day?

The Hardest Thing to Market: Me
janetaronica.com

You are the toughest product to message and generate leads for.

10 most embarrassing Twitter blunders
www.techrepublic.com

We've all seen tweets that inspire the question, "Did they really just post that?" The answer, embarrassingly, is 'Yes' for these 10 train w

MIND MELD: The SF/F Characters We Most Want to Share a Drink With
www.sfsignal.com

[Do you have an idea for a future Mind Meld? Let us know!] "Let me buy you a pint, Elric..." This week, we posed the wfollowing to our panel

Direct Sales: The God of Author-Publishing
matt-wallace.com

Let me say it again as boldly and as plainly as I possibly can… THE DIRECT SALE IS THE GOD OF AUTHOR-PUBLISHING. It is. It is All. It is Him

20 Hard Truths Geeks Need to Accept
www.gamutofgeek.com

Let’s be honest with each other – if there’s one thing we (the collective geek population) does well, it’s raging over travesties that affec

Guests of Honor
www.conglomeration.info

Returning Author Guest of Honor David Drake is best known for his Hammers Slammers series of military science fiction novels, but he has pub

The Terrible Tragedy of the Healthy Eater
read.feedly.com

Those crackers – gluten, baby. Gluten is toxic to your intestinal health, I read it on a forum. They should call those crackers Leaky Gut Cr

Why UPS Trucks Don't Turn Left
priceonomics.com

UPS engineers map out routes for their drivers consisting of "a series of right-hand loops"

How Sleep Deprivation Drives The High Failure Rates of Tech Startups
www.forbes.com

I work in my sleep now. I fall asleep most nights writing and rewriting opening lines and first paragraphs in my head. And every morning bef

MIND MELD: Where Would You Take the T.A.R.D.I.S.?
www.sfsignal.com

[Do you have an idea for a future Mind Meld? Let us know!] It was the recent Mind Meld on Favorite Convention Panels, combined with the roma

On Piracy, Patreon, And Why I (Probably) Won't Put Out A Tip Jar
terribleminds.com

A little while back, I wrote a post on piracy, and I like to think I'm pretty even-keeled about the subject. Piracy is not awesome, nor is i

Increasing Number Of Men Pressured To Accept Realistic Standards Of Fema...
www.theonion.com

NEW YORK—Confronted on a regular basis with images of women who represent a diverse array of body types, a growing number of American men ar

FCC Opens the Airwaves: How Will You Take Advantage?
www.inc.com

The Federal Communications Commission is opening up a high-frequency airwave to unlicensed users. Get ready for a flood of new businesses.