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 Charles Poladian of IBTimes.
Tell us a bit about yourself (Age, hometown, what you do for a living):
I’m 28 and I was born and raised in New York City. Mostly sticking to Queens and I am a city kid through and through. I enjoy the pace of a large city where I can not only feel challenged or inspired on a daily basis but be able to find places I can call my own. While I like Manhattan, I can find a bit of sanctuary in Queens. Currently I’m a reporter for the International Business Times where I write about anything trending, but tend to write about space and fun science discoveries.
What makes you a geek?
Plenty. I will probably die under a pile of books, most of which were purchased at the Strand. I read plenty of Sci-Fi and comics. I’ve been playing video games since the 1980’s. In my life I’ve had a NES, SNES, Saturn, Dreamcast, PlayStation, PlayStation 2, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo GameCube and PlayStation III sit in front of a television. “Geeking out” is another fast pastime where I and friends can just sit down, shoot the breeze and prattle on about something inconsequential. I write about space, astronomy and science for work, so that definitely adds to being a geek.
Most importantly, I think being a geek is about the joy that comes from reveling in one field of knowledge. That insatiable desire to read one more page, click on another link, play another hour, grind in a dungeon to level up your characters, all those little moments add up for a geek.
Android, iOS, or other?
I have stayed with Android. No rhyme or reason other than I enjoy the versatility. It’s about having something that fits your life and while iOS is supposed to make things incredibly simple, I just can’t get around to getting a Mac, getting an iPhone, getting and iThis or iThat. I’m iDone (I have plenty of these recycle jokes, fret not).
I stick with what I know and what can provide me with the most potential. That’s why I like Android. I look at the range, versatility and what’s ahead and it seems to me the future is more in my control whereas with Apple, it’s dictated to me.
Your favorite comic book hero and why?
Spider-Man! It’s the perfect story with great characters and a truly human element. Peter Parker, kid from Queens, with this incredible burden/gift. It does not need to be gritty for it to be meaningful. For Spider-Man, human emotion is examined while fear and doubt are embraced. Parker tries to be normal. I think it’s something we all strive for, a sense of belonging, feeling comfortable while tasked with the seemingly impossible.
I just can’t get around to getting a Mac, getting an iPhone, getting and iThis or iThat. I’m iDone
What gadget can’t you live without?
My phone, natch. It has become everything to me. Beyond texting or calling someone, my phone is the ultimate enabler. I can get nostalgic with any emulator or comic reader. If I need a distraction, my phone is the ultimate source of ways to waste time. It’s also a great way to share and consume information.
What is the last book or ebook that you read?
Currently reading “Telegraph Avenue” by Michael Chabon. It’s a very “geek” book in that it discusses a lifestyle that may be hard to understand to an outsider. Records, and record stores, are of a bygone era (although they have regained some popularity) but the two main characters have made it their life to be shop owners. Hearing the discussions about rare records, as well as the snobbery associated with knowledge, it’s a fun read with great characterization. I’m trying to catch up on more modern fiction so my next book will probably be something published within the last decade.
If you could meet anyone (living or dead) for lunch who would it be and why?
Ernest Hemingway. As a writer, journalist or traveler, Hemingway would have so many stories to share. The list of people he knew in his life, the women he loved, the moments and historical events he was involved with, would make for that lunch that lasts for hours and the type of conversation you don’t want to end. Granted, he would probably drink me under the table in short order, but a lunch with Hemingway sounds incredible.
What do you look for in a girl (or a guy). And does he/she need to be a geek too?
What I look for is someone that has their own passions. I enjoy listening and engaging in conversations (I’m a bit of an over-explainer) so having someone with their own experiences, knowledge and beliefs, I’m fascinated and immediately drawn in. I like that openness that comes with shared discovery, of finding out new things that lead into tangents that are (sort of) related.
A girl doesn’t have to be a geek, I can do the heavy lifting for both of us. I do enjoy if she’s open to the idea of exploring a geekier side (sharing something you value and vice versa) but I enjoy having someone with their own sense of identity.