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What the heck does yiddish.ninja mean?

Here, “yiddish” is used as an adjective, meaning “having the qualities of Ashkenazic Jewish heritage and ancestors who spoke Yiddish.”

Here, “ninja” is used in the tech slang context, meaning “someone with mastery of multiple computer programming languages.”

I’m not going to claim to be a great Jew (I have written haiku about bacon) or a great coder, but to quote Liam Neeson, “what I do have are a very particular set of skills, skills I have acquired over a very long career.”

I have done a wide range of things:

  • Emceed in comedy and karaoke clubs.
  • Coded major updates to the front and back ends of the subscription systems for MSNBC and NBC News Digital’s email newsletters.
  • Wrote a tongue-in-cheek entertainment column that got my name in People, Newsweek, and Wired in the space of a month.
  • Started Seattle’s chapter of CoderDojo.
  • Started an urban legend.
  • I used to work on the Microsoft team that documents Internet Explorer for developers.
  • Now I spread the good word about Avalara’s APIs as a Developer Evangelist.

So I think yiddish.ninja is a reasonably apt domain name at which to house my blog. Plus it’s memorable. And just in case people get confused because the .ninja domain is so new, yiddishninja.com points here too.