Due to the controversial popularity of our How to Date a Geek Girl and How to Date a Geek Guy guides, we have introduced a special column featuring real life single geeks. This week, we have interviewed our colleague Raymond Wong of Dvice.
Tell us a bit about yourself (Age, hometown, what you do for a living):
I just turned 25 last month (no big deal)! I grew up in Brooklyn and have lived in New York my entire life. While I do prefer cities with cleaner public transit (Hong Kong!), New York is where I know I belong. I need my four seasons (especially a nippy autumn). Currently, I’m the Interim Deputy Editor/Reviews Editor at Syfy’s tech website DVICE and I’ve been roaming the tech scene all around the world professionally since 2010. You’re welcome to
stalk follow me on Twitter @raywongy or Instagram @sourlemons.
What makes you a geek?
Does wearing glasses count? Well, I think everyone can be considered a geek now. To me, a geek is a person who’s incredibly passionate about one particular field. But just because you’re Steve Urkel inside, doesn’t mean you gotta dress like it. For me, I’m a serious tech geek. I’ve always had an interest in learning about how gadgets work (and in the process breaking my dad’s gear when I was a kid). I love talking specs and proving people wrong. I met a guy who tried to tell me my 13-inch MacBook Air was a 15-inch one (that doesn’t even exist — yet). Boy did he make an ass of himself.
I met a guy who tried to tell me my 13-inch MacBook Air was a 15-inch one (that doesn’t even exist — yet).
Android, iOS, or other?
Right now I’m an iOS guy. I’m just too deep into the Apple ecosystem. I’ve got a 2011 MacBook Air, an iPhone 5 and an iPad 3. They work together beautifully. The app selection is just miles ahead and the app stability compared to Android is leaps and bounds better. Shopkick, I’m pointing my lasers right at you for such a slow and laggy Android app.
Don’t get me wrong, though. While I do love my iOS devices, Android is becoming a very desirable platform. Even the hardware is getting much better. And with HTC’s recent announcement that the oh-so-perfect HTC One is going to be available with stock Android (for $600), I think I may jump ship unless Apple gets its shit together in iOS 7 or iOS 8 (my contract ends in 2014).
Apple also needs to make an iPhone with a larger screen, already. Four inches is too tiny. 4.5-inches would be perfect. A Samsung Galaxy S4-sized iPhone 5 would be ideal for me. As far as tablets go, no Android slate comes close the iPad or iPad Mini in regards to design and general responsiveness.
Your favorite comic book hero and why?
Batman. He’s human and doesn’t have any actual super powers. He’s a tech guy, through and through. He’s also rich, drives supercars, and gets the ladies.
What gadget can’t you live without?
I could probably live without any gadget if I really tried, but nobody’s forcing me, so screw that. Simple answer: iPhone 5. It’s my go-to camera, it’s my connection to my friends via Facebook and Twitter. It’s my business device. It’s my way to zone out with some music. It stores my memories and my thoughts. If the world came under a zombie apocalypse, I’d pick my iPhone 5 (and a Mophie battery case).
What is the last book or ebook that you read?
I feel like a lot geeks are going to put this down, but they’re speed-reading through “Steve Jobs” by Walter Isaacson. I bought a hardcover in 2011 when it first came out. If you really read it carefully, you’ll find all kinds of useful wisdom.
I’ve tried to read some ebooks on my iPad, but it’s just not the same. I like the feeling of a book. When I read real books, I’m totally immersed and unplugged from the world of digital distractions. With an ebook, I always get an itch to switch apps, check Twitter, watch a video — do anything but read the words in the “book.”
If you could meet anyone (living or dead) for lunch who would it be and why?
Brian Lam, from The Wirecutter, and formerly of Gizmodo. He was the inspiration for me getting into this field. If it wasn’t for his IDGAF attitude that flipped the bird to the traditional tech journalist, I wouldn’t be in this field. Because he was an Asian at the helm of one the largest tech sites back then, he gave me hope that I could make it somehow in the field. In an industry filled with mostly white guys (sorry, but it’s true), it’s good to know that if you work hard, put yourself out there and write, write, write, you can make a living and have fun doing what you truly love. For me, that’s tech reporting.
What do you look for in a girl (or a guy). And does he/she need to be a geek too?
Funny. She needs to have a great sense of humor. It helps if she has a great smile, because that usually means she has a great laugh. A girl who can take a few cracks would pull me into her tractor beam in a second. It makes it easier to start and keep a conversation. Laughter is the cure for everything, so they say. Super clingy/needy girls are a definite no….
She doesn’t necessarily have to be a geek, but it certainly helps. I also like girls who are somewhat independent. I still believe in chivalry, but there’s something very sexy about a girl who strives to be powerful, without being a total gold-digging jerk. If she has ambition and passion for her work or career, I won’t be the only one complaining about how busy/crazy/stressful work is when we’re together, and that’s a win.