Old and New (Originally Published 3/4/13)

So I started Informed Instigation with a lot of dreams back in the summer of 2009.

I was sitting in a hotel alone in a beach town of Vietnam and it was pouring. I had felt entirely stifled by the environment in Daegu, namely that everyone just sort of wanted to get drunk. I enjoyed that, but wanted more. I wanted my people whom I didn't have to drag or bribe to come play trivia. I wanted people who weren't always scheming on how to fuck each other. Etc. The same things everyone who's lived there knows. It's fun but if you're single and don't have a circle of close friends it's isolating.

Anyway, so I wanted to create the site to form deeper bonds with different people, both from home and from Korea. It worked. I wouldn't be good friends with Moise or Kurtis or Travis without it. And it got me to appreciate my friends from home a lot more than I already was. After all, they were my logical family.

But over time, things have changed. I had ideas that the site would feature photographers and several writers and I would slide into management more than pure content creation, but that didn't happen, because I didn't spend my energy on it. I went to grad school, finished, had a series of jobs in education, and finally made it to education management, which suits me very well. Just like teaching in general, didn't know I'd like it so much until I started doing it.

So, eventually, after I lopped off the dead weight of a Slavin or other folks I no longer had use for, I came to feel bored of never discussing pop culture. I didn't like the ultra-serious implications of Informed.

I created my tumblr. It's still there. It will continue when I remember to update it.

But the point of all this is, if the real value I get out of this is that we have these facebook conversations once a week (and I get longer discussions out of my statuses than anything else, honestly), I might as well stop pretending to be anything other than JustinPBG.

Because that's who I am. JustinPBG. 100%. Not as much of an instigator as I thought I was. Still presumably an informer. And accordingly, in a few weeks, I will launch JustinPBG.com (It exists now if you want to look at it, but there's not very much there, and I'm still playing with designs). Not for profit, not for any reason other than consolidating my various pursuits into one space. I'll keep my tumblr because it's so easy to use from my phone. I'm not leaving facebook (or my rarely used twitter or linkedin accounts). But I will be taking some greatest hits off of Informed and transferring them there, and then going from there into a site that works... however I want it to.

I currently have a very fulfilling position, one I hope to keep (or improve on) for years. I'm not using this as a virtual resume (unless I have to someday). It's just... Justin. In one place.

Come follow along as it evolves. If you find me compelling, the site will be interesting.

Thank you for engaging me in our discussions over the years, and I look forward to many more years of doing so, just with a different URL.

Peace and love,


Justin Gerald

Age: 28 Hometown: NYC Location: NYC Career: Education Undergrad: Princeton Grad: New School Likes: Cooking, Baseball, Socializing, Parks, Pop Culture, Feminism Loves: Traveling, Running, Lifting, Trivia, Teaching, Equality