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ginsudo means “the way of Ginsu” – like judo means “the gentle way” and jeet kune do means “the way of the intercepting fist.” Ah, but what is my way, you ask? I’ll state my case, of which I’m certain.
Sounds mystical and martial and oriental, doesn’t it? And although I may be all of those things, the truth is, ginsu.com was taken (at the time, not by the knife guys, but they own it now), so I had to think of something else.
Speaking of the knife guys, “Ginsu” is my actual name, and it has nothing to do with my metaphorical sharpness. It’s a not-terribly-uncommon Korean name, and I was born before the legendary late-night infomercial ever aired. The “G” in my name is a soft “g” as in gin-and-tonic, not a hard “g” as in gimlet. So I don’t ever want to hear from the knife guys, unless it’s for the sort of accommodating letter they wrote to Miss Ginsu (no relation).
About this blog: There isn’t much of a consistent theme to this blog. Many posts select a single page in sequence from The Great Gatsby, noting my favorite phrase or sentence on that page, never more than one sentence. If the page is especially chock full o’ goodness, I may discuss alternatives, but I’ll still pick a favorite. I can’t say I have good reasons for doing this, but I do have some reasons.
Other basics about me: Born in Jersey, ran to NYC, two decades in the SF Bay Area, now building a life in Lake County, California. Worked at VLG, Storm Ventures and Airespace, Linden Lab, Bynamite, Google, Honeycomb. Tried making a podcast about technology and policy, because hey we were at peak podcast – it was fun but it’s time to try something else. After a long and arduous search, in 2006 I identified my favorite bourbon. In 2013, I finally went to Burning Man. These events are somehow related in my mind. “Gene” is a nickname for “Ginsu” – people call me both or either, I don’t have a preference, it’s not any weirder than “Tom” for “Thomas.”
Last updated: 12 May 2021