Date a Geek: Alex Bracetti of Complex Tech
Due to the controversial popularity of our How to Date a Geek Girl and How to Date a Geek Guy guides, we have decided to introduce a new special column featuring real life single geeks. This week, we have interviewed our colleague Alex Bracetti of Complex Tech.
Well, for starters, I’m a 29-year-old New York native originally from Brooklyn. Former computer programmer who had no love for the industry and switched careers on the go, making a name for myself as a hip-hop writer through a number of urban start-ups and The Source Magazine. Now I serve as a lifestyle and tech writer for Complex Magazine, as well as co-founder and managing editor for my own lifestyle and multimedia publication: Evolve ENT. Been working extremely hard with my team to push the site and heading into 2013, expectations are high.
What makes you a geek?
Aside from reporting on the latest gadgets and social media trends, I’d have to say my huge interest in video games, films, and acquiring knowledge around everything entertainment-inspired. It just comes natural to me dishing out fun facts and knowing the most random stuff about a celebrity, movie, or time period. Some people call me a pop culture encyclopedia, which is flattering at times. I guess, lol.
Rarely do I ever get the chance to sit down and play games, but I always stay up on what hits the shelves. Comes with the territory. I’m a huge Sega fan dating back to the Master System, but have a profound admiration for game companies that have managed to stick around since the 8-bit era like Capcom, Konami, and Nintendo. My favorite system is the Sega Saturn. Yea, I said it. It truly is the greatest system for 2D fighters and imports. You probably wouldn’t expect me to be a huge wrestling fan either, but I can mark out with the best of them. It’s practically soap operas catered towards the male demographic. So don’t judge.
A woman doesn’t need to be a geek for me to be interested.
Android, iOS, or other?
I have to admit I’ve grown fond of the Android platform. It’s not the cleanest of the bunch and Google needs to focus more on refining the software rather than launching new (and stupidly named) versions of its OS every 8 months. Overall, I just find it to be user-friendly, especially under HTC’s Sense skin. The Windows Phone 8 platform is really capturing my attention though, so we’ll see if I’m running with an Android phone in the next year or two. By then I’m sure Google will have an awesome name for its OS, like Cupcake or Jelly Donut.
Your favorite comic book hero and why?
Bruce Wayne. Not Batman… the man behind the mask. After watching the Dark Knight film series, I’ve taken on a strong following to the character. There lies this anonymity to him that’s intriguing and consuming. I find the best characters to be those you find yourself trying to decipher. While Batman serves as a symbol of justice, I see Bruce Wayne as a symbol of sacrifice for an entire city. Even without the high-tech toys and costume, it’s pretty obvious he would be an admirable vigilante. They don’t come much cooler or more mystique than him.
What gadget can’t you live without?
I’ll be the first to tell you it’s not my smartphone. As much as I enjoy having my HTC One X on me, I can live without it for a day. The same can’t be said about my MacBook Pro. My life and career revolves around it. The bills don’t get paid unless I give my baby the attention it deserves.
What is the last book or ebook that you read?
Considering my ridiculous work schedule… I can’t even recall. However, I was recommended a great book called The Lean Startup by Eric Ries that I’ve managed to take some time out to read. Shout out to Amber Kandarian over at DOCUinc for putting me on. As an aspiring entrepreneur looking to get his start-up off the ground, I’m always searching for new ways to expand my brand, as well as my creativity. So I’m hoping the book provides me more perspective on how to accomplish those goals.
If you could meet anyone (living or dead) for lunch who would it be and why?
Hmmm. Bill Gates. As much as I respect visionaries like Steve Jobs, lets be honest, Gates never really gets the kudos he deserves. I’m all about paying homage and giving credit where it’s due. So it annoys me seeing today’s bloggers and mainstream consumers praising social media personalities over a true billion-dollar philanthropist who has contributed more to the field (and society) than any other tech icon of our era. I’d just love the opportunity to have a sit down with him and say: “Dude, just so you know, you’re the man now.”
What do you look for in a girl (or a guy). And does she need to be a geek too?
A woman doesn’t need to be a geek for me to be interested. It’s definitely brownie points, but not that serious. Sometimes it can be a blessing in disguise though because it makes it easier to intrigue someone from the technical perspective. Then again, I do that on a consistent basis when dealing with PR firms and my readers. However, I do look for someone who’s aware of what is happening in the world and shares similar interests. Traveling is huge for me, so it’s great having a woman that has no quarrels about jumping on a flight and leaving the city. A love of music (primarily hip-hop) is major as well. If you’re not up on DJ Premier or Talib Kweli, could be a problem. Just sayin’!