Please Help Me Wish Wayne Schulz Bon Voyage


On November 20, 2007, Wayne Schulz wrote his very first Gear Diary review on the Bose In-Ear Headphones. This post gave absolutely no hint that the same man who could write such a mainstream piece would also be the guy who would hit his stride posting about Crayon Sports Drinks, $110,000 New York toilets, how to research urban legends, how to get yourself fired, and so many other offbeat things. In fact, we had to create an Offbeat tag simply because there was no other way to define so many of Wayne’s postings. But more than just the offbeat, Wayne also had a knack for finding the best internet nuggets – things that sites like Engadget and Gizmodo couldn’t resist linking to. He had — and continues to have — an uncanny nose for the newsworthy and the unique. He also became the most prolific poster in Gear Diary’s three-year history – as of today, he did it 2,074 times.

Let that sink in for a moment.

That’s not to dismiss Wayne’s acumen for cutting to the chase regarding all things tech. The man is a master of pinpointing what will work and what will fail. Trust me on this – he knows.

Wayne brought much humor and kitsch to the site – and for that he is a legend, but behind the scenes, he was so much more. He was a confidant and mentor during my amazingly successful online dating experiment, he was a motivator, an instigator, and a general wiseacre. His sarcastic musings (and I mean that in the fondest way) about social networking, internet startups, and all things web 2.0 were the start of many a spirited GearChat. Wayne was and is, and will always be – – one of a kind.

So how do you say good-bye to someone that has done so much, meant so much, and simply is so much to the site?

You don’t. I can’t.

So instead, I’ll say “see you around,” and I’ll point all of us to WayneSchulz, where we can continue to enjoy Wayne’s World.

Thank you for everything, Wayne; you will be missed.

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About the Author

Judie Lipsett Stanford
Judie is the co-owner and Editor-in-Chief of Gear Diary, which she founded in September 2006. She started in 1999 writing software reviews at the now-defunct; from mid-2000 through 2006, she wrote hardware reviews for and co-edited at The Gadgeteer. A recipient of the Sigma Kappa Colby Award for Technology, Judie is best known for her device-agnostic approach, deep-dive reviews, and enjoyment of exploring the latest tech, gadgets, and gear.

27 Comments on "Please Help Me Wish Wayne Schulz Bon Voyage"

  1. As one of the more recent additions to the staff, but a fan of the site since it launched, I have always loved Wayne’s stuff. He has been great during my time here and I’ll really miss his presence and ability to find super GearDeals and the off-beat stuff Judie mentioned. Best of luck, and know I’m still stalking you on Twitter and your blog!

  2. Hello, I must be going,I cannot stay, I came to say, I must be going.
    I’m glad I came, but just the same I must be going.La La. Good luck!

  3. It’s my fault. I come back, and Wayne feels he’s gotta leave. I’m sorry! Sorry sorry sorry!

  4. Wayne, you will definitely be missed. Good luck!

  5. Wayne- you will be missed! As will your wacky insights and posts.

  6. But…but…but…!

    Well, I for one have enjoyed Wayne’s postings for some time, and I will indeed miss some the tongue-in-cheek postings. Shoot, I own a few odd tech gizmos because Wayne sniffed them out first and posted about them.

    Wayne, thanks for bringing information and a smile to this part of Flyoverland. You’ll be sorely missed. But I know where to find you in cyberspace, BUWHAHAHAHAHA!

  7. And to paraphrase Joey from “Shane”:


  8. Joel McLaughlin | November 13, 2009 at 1:07 pm |

    Who can forget classic Wayne posts like:

    The Dirty Underwear Safe –

    The Toliet Mug –

    Or Judie’s Birthday Posts:

    (authored by Kerry, cake by Wayne’s friend Jennifer)

    Wayne you are definitely a cool guy. Weird, but cool! πŸ˜€ I’ll miss you man!

  9. Larry Greenberg | November 13, 2009 at 1:07 pm |

    Good bye to a legend.

  10. Jessica Fritsche | November 13, 2009 at 1:16 pm |

    Wayne, we are really going to miss you around here. Good luck to you!!

  11. Travis Ehrlich | November 13, 2009 at 1:18 pm |

    Good luck Wayne! May many wacky gadgets find you wherever you may be!

  12. Joel McLaughlin | November 13, 2009 at 1:20 pm |

    Now just who are we going to get to review the Weird USB devices from Thanko?

  13. My birthday posts!! Now I am going to get teary … πŸ™

  14. I’ll miss you lots here too Wayne. You really have posted some of the most classic and bizarre stuff here. I’ll keep following you at Twitter and Friendfeed of course. Oh, and I just discovered ‘Tampon Angels’ (for the Christmas tree of course) over at – nice one:

  15. No way! Wayne, you will be missed here for sure.

    But you will be followed here and there. (Not in a stalkerazzi kinda way or anything…)

    Best of luck, buddy.

  16. Wayne, as a Gear Diary reader I will miss you too… and thank you for all your hints when I was trying to join the Gear Diary team.

  17. I appreciate the well wishes.

    Blogging is a great skill (and one that I hope to develop someday ) — there are increasingly many practical applications to put blogging skills to use in everyday life.

    To think I got my start telling Jenneth and Judie how Facebook was a total waste of time and it would never go anywhere (see how much I know). Rather than shoo me away (which would have been the wise thing) they welcomed me to become their friend on Facebook (bad move). The next few years were pretty much a blur.

    Thanks so much to Judie for the patience and support – and the rest of the Geardiary team as well as Jennifer (the source of nearly all the cool ideas like the cake as well as provider of the Tampon Angel link).

    See you all around the web.

  18. RT @GearDiarySite: Please Help Me Wish Wayne Schulz Bon Voyage

  19. RT: @GearDiarySite: Please Help Me Wish Wayne Schulz Bon Voyage – best of luck Wayne!

  20. Good luck Wayne! We’ll definitely miss your humor and ceaseless energy around here!

  21. Already bookmarked for daily intake…as well as on Twitter πŸ˜€ Hopefully, there will still be some of those special posts (here) for all of us who loved to read the latest technology trend or gizmo review with classic insight and patented, irreplaceable Wayne-Shulz-wit. The volume of posts authored by Wayne have really helped shaped the tone of the site. Those posts — and the level of technical knowledge behind them — will truly be missed.

  22. Thank you for all the nice tips Wayne! You will be missed! πŸ™‚

    How come it wasn’t mentioned anywhere why you were leaving? Will you still be blogging somewhere else?

  23. That Wayne guy – he is one amazing dude. I need to meet him one day and see what makes him tick.

  24. Christopher Spera | November 13, 2009 at 9:30 pm |


    Gear Diary is just not going to be the same without Wayne. I’ve enjoyed everything you’ve done Wayne! You’ve made writing, contributing and visiting a treat! You will be missed.

    I wish you (and everyone at GD) nothing but the biggest and best!

  25. Christopher Gavula | November 13, 2009 at 11:08 pm |

    I’m not sure what to say that hasn’t already been said. Wayne, you will be terribly missed! Wow – it’s just not going to be the same!

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  27. Adrian Leibas | November 14, 2009 at 10:23 pm |

    Good Luck Wayne, I will definitely miss your posts. Now who can I email with at 4am when everyone else is sleeping?!?!

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