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And so it ends...

Friends, Geekenders, fellow TechRepublicists, it is time for your friendly neighborhood Trivia Geek to say goodbye.

Friends, Geekenders, fellow TechRepublicists, it is time for your friendly neighborhood Trivia Geek to say goodbye. This is my final post as the host of The Geekend and as a contractor for, or employee of, TechRepublic.

Almost four years ago, I began this blog with a promise of: "Rants, mostly, about stuff only the geekiest of geeks would care about. Half-baked ideas about how to build a better online community of technology professionals. Oh, and all the stuff I've thought about putting in Geek Trivia but, for reasons I alone am privy to, didn't make the cut." It wasn't even called The Geekend back then. It ran on a different software platform, and had a very different mission, but has since become what I liked to consider a vital part of TechRepublic.

Today, I leave The Geekend behind, though I know my (now former) colleagues will take good care of the franchise. (Don't bother writing angry e-mails to Jason Hiner or his team of editors; I wasn't fired. I'm taking a job at a company that precludes my freelancing with TechRepublic. This was my call, though it was one I had more than a little trouble making.)

I go with a heavy heart, as I explain here, but also with an eye towards the future. To my readers, I ask that you stick around and see what the new kids are up to. And if you want to keep tabs on yours truly, there's no better way than by following my Twitter feed and my personal blog, The Written Weird. I hope all of you will keep in touch, and that I've been able to give you at least a small fraction of what your readership and kind words have given me. This has been the best gig of my career, and it's going to be damn tough to out-do.

So long, goodbye, and thanks for all the fish. This is the Trivia Geek, Jay Garmon, signing off. Live long, and prosper.

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Jay Garmon has a vast and terrifying knowledge of all things obscure, obtuse, and irrelevant. One day, he hopes to write science fiction, but for now he'll settle for something stranger -- amusing and abusing IT pros. Read his full profile. You can a...

42 comments
Oz_Media
Oz_Media

[i]"Every time I think of you, I always catch my breath And I'm still standing here, and you're miles away And I'm wonderin' why you left And there's a storm that's raging through my frozen heart tonight I hear your name in certain circles, and it always makes me smile I spend my time thinkin' about you, and it's almost driving me wild And there's a heart that's breaking down this long distance line tonight I ain't missing you at all since you've been gone away I ain't missing you, no matter what I might say"[/i] Your humour and trippy thought process will certainly be missed. All the best of luck to you with your future endeavors I'm sure it will only become more and more interesting for you as time progresses.

rkendsley
rkendsley

Just always know where your towel is.... Good Luck Buck?

romulan
romulan

Often "stole" your knowledge and used it to entertain while teaching night classes. No greater compliment can I bestow.............

deepsand
deepsand

during football season, give me an advance heads-up, and we'll do the [i]Phyrst[/i] or the [i]Skeller[/i]. On second thought, we'll do'em both!

pdf6161
pdf6161

Thanks for clarifying your reason for leaving. We won't take Jason to task for not doubling your salary to keep you. And thank you for the many enjoyable reads.

davidbteague
davidbteague

Great column I never missed. But I will miss your hand in it now.

BillK
BillK

What else can be said that hasn't already been said? So... Thanks! It has been fun! And Best Wishes in all your endevors!

mortega
mortega

Thanks for all the fun, trials, and hard work.

shaun.daly
shaun.daly

This was the most enjoyable bit of my week :) Good luck!

rebeccaaward
rebeccaaward

Jay - it has been a heck of a ride. I will miss you, but I know you will succeed where ever you go! Best of luck and I will see you at the Written Weird. ;)

Tig2
Tig2

But my desire to see the Trivia Geek will go on and on. Thought that the Significant One would throw a shoe over this. I was in the shower when he read it. Days later, I can still feel the waves of terror rushing through my veins- was it a heart attack? fearsome family news... again? No. Just the sense of loss that we all feel when we hear that a dear and beloved friend is moving along. And not taking us with him. I, for one of many, wish you the best... and peace... and joy as expressed so well by a packet of money at the end of the day. I wish you hope. We could all use a bit of that. Be well and stay well. Now that you have reached greater things, I expect that you will consider dragging the rest of us up too. Sorry, Jason. Couldn't resist... May a gracious and loving God hold you firmly in His hand as you sail into your new life. May you never forget all of us who firmly hold a feather and simply believe that you can fly. Edit- missed something important... again

jasonhiner
jasonhiner

Your work here will live on for years. Thanks Jay. You deserve to take a bow.

Jellimonsta
Jellimonsta

And you are welcome for the fish. ;\ Best of luck on the new endeavour Jay.

rcrumb
rcrumb

Your forgot to say - "End of line"......

TaDaH
TaDaH

Jay, Congratulations on a superb job while you were here and then not here, here again, gone again...and for making the tough call to start on a new path that hopefully leads you to even more excellent adventures. It takes big ones to step off the deep end, especially when you love what you do. "You know you've read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend." ~Paul Sweeney Vaya con Dios. T

jakatam
jakatam

And a good luck to you. You are the reason I began to read, on a regular basis, TechRepublic. I look forward to keeping up with you in the future.

Tech b00n
Tech b00n

Dimples dude! I only just got on here at the TR and always did read your posts! And now you are going away; I feel as if I came to an awesome show and only saw the last 2 minutes of it. Take care fellow Geekoid!, may TCP/IP transmit and deliver your data packets safely!! 0 1!

seanferd
seanferd

But I will continue to follow The Written Weird, and anything new you develop. Good luck!

Michael Jay
Michael Jay

Always looked forward to Geek Trivia, but all things must change, best of luck to you.

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

Best of luck with your new direction and job. We'll miss you here.

CaptBilly1Eye
CaptBilly1Eye

We will all miss your articles, contributions and efforts!

LarryBoy2
LarryBoy2

That was my attempt to give you the Vulcan hand sign, as well, seeing as there isn't an emoticon to do it. (Any chance of adding that to the list, anyone??) I have greatly enjoyed your columns and posts (some of those T-shirts and stuff have been a stitch!). Sorry to see you leave, but best wishes as you go forward!

Sterling chip Camden
Sterling chip Camden

I for one hope you'll come over here and add snarky comments from time to time. Now you can finally give someone else a quibble.

PMPsicle
PMPsicle

Now what am I going to read when I'm willing to admit I'm wasting time? How am I going to feed my inner geekdom? Good luck on your new job. Hope that it makes giving up on Techrepublic worth it (I mean that sincerely). And thanks for all the entertainment.

LarryD4
LarryD4

Hey Jay, loved your blog, but all people must move on. About to hit the sands on Monday and will be in an internet black out. Good luck!

Tink!
Tink!

You'll be missed. Wish you happiness and luck in the future.

OldER Mycroft
OldER Mycroft

As they say down in Bizzo's neck of the woods (or slightly further south than he is actually). But the thing is that down there they'll say "Good luck mate" even if they're glad to see you go, coz that's what the English are like! Up here in the Highlands, if they don't like you they bloody well let you know BEFORE you go! So - [b]GOOD LUCK MATE!![/b]

JamesRL
JamesRL

It will be a little more challenging to keep in touch, but I will make the effort. Its been fun correpsonding. I will think of you as I walk the halls of FanExpo in Torontothis summer(feel free to come up). Onward and upward, you can have your cake and eat it too, sort of, you can keep some of your old friends and contacts, while going forward in a new job and making new friends. I like Aurevoir (till we see you again) as opposed to Goodbye. James

Bizzo
Bizzo

I've really enjoyed reading your columns here at TR, so I guess I'll have to follow them on "The Written Weird" now. Embrace your "strange new world" with open eyes and open arms, and enjoy what it brings. Good luck with the fiction writing, I'll look forward to reading it.

jdclyde
jdclyde

suppose to catch up from a childhood sheltered from geekdome? :( I have enjoyed your writings, and the experience you have added to TR over the years. For the majority of my TR time, you have been the face of TR to me and many others. Best of luck on the new gig.

NotSoChiGuy
NotSoChiGuy

First, BSG bid us adieu. Then, it was Jay leaving TR. Next thing you know, they're going to try and tell us they're re-imaging a classic, like Star Trek or something. :O Best of luck in your future endeavors!!

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

Keep up the Great Work. You will be sorely missed. Col

zclayton2
zclayton2

And my question is: Where is the replacement material for geekend? I love the access to the old posts, but what fresh insanity is being served to those of us who frequent these pages? Anyone? Anyone?

pjohnson808
pjohnson808

We will all surely miss your wit, wisdom, and boundless fount of truly trivial knowledge. I have looked forward to your column every Wednesday, for a long time. I hope you get a lot of enjoyment from your next endeavor.

seanferd
seanferd

The discussions got insane for some of those, people coming out of the woodwork and signing up TR accounts just to rant. Awesome.

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