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:
- Over 10 years at Amazon as an FTE. Over 5 years at Microsoft (contract + FTE).
- Spent a summer selling kilts, sporins, tartan ties, and coats of arms at a Scottish store.
- Emceed in comedy and karaoke clubs.
- Temped as a receptionist and secretary with Disney Studio Security.
- Sold TVs, VCRs, and camcorders at Circuit City.
- Started an urban legend.
- Ran the IMDb homepage for a time and launched their photo galleries.
- Coded major updates to the newsletter subscription and automation systems for MSNBC and NBC News Digital.
- Documenting Internet Explorer for developers.
- Started Seattle’s chapter of CoderDojo (a free computer programming meetup for kids) and have run it for over 6 years.
- Developer Evangelist for Avalara and Technical Evangelist for Login with Amazon.
- Developer documentation at Amazon Web Services.
For a better professional summary with links to samples, see my LinkedIn profile.
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.