Howdy. My name is Gord Fynes. I am a first generation Canadian of Northern Irish descent, musician, photographer, on again/off again (currently “off”) part-time student at the University of Toronto and full-time civil servant. Currently, I reside in the city’s west end with my wife, Laurel, our son, Elliot, our daughter, Molly, and our overweight cat, Pixel. I share a birthday with Allen Ginsberg, Lawrence Lessig, Anderson Cooper and Kerry King. It’s also the same date that Andy Warhol was shot (though not the same year).

I am the site designer and webmaster for the Miksang Society for Contemplative Photography and am also a member of the executive committee. I also run their American modern art-inspired offshoot, AbsoluteEye. Miksang contemplative photography is one of the Nalanda Arts which stems from Shambhala teachings.

I have been messing about with HTML, web and graphic related software off and on for about the last umpteen years. I’m forever wanting to make the time to learn and apply some more CSS attributes as I’ve become interested in web standards over the years. Presently, I’m slowly working my way through the Ableton Live tutorials in hopes of doing something creative with it someday.

The word “gordasm” is a nickname given to me by a friend about eighteen years ago. I’ve been wanting to use it in a public space for quite sometime now. With all the “ist” and “ism” suffixes over the past few years, I felt it was time to toss mine out into the world.

I have been playing drums since 1980 and been fortunate enough to play with many different bands and artists in many different styles of music. You can find out more about that over on the drumming page. Over the last couple of years I’ve learned to play a bunch of first position guitar chords from a Beatles songbook and have been strumming out some numbers of my own. I’m also learning and pecking away at the piano when the moment is right.

Family, friends and co-workers think I’m a coffee geek and a pop culture windbag.

I never manage to get enough sleep.

I am made of media.