Date a Geek: Tina Trinh of ABC News


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 Tina Trinh of ABC News. Follow Tina on Twitter @tinatrinhNYC

Tell us a bit about yourself (Age, hometown, what you do for a living):

I’m 34 and originally from Houston, TX. Manhattan is home now and I’ve been here for 12 years, so I guess that makes me an official New Yorker, even though I’ll never get used to the winters. I produce for ABC News and my main beat is consumer technology. On a typical day, you’ll find me trekking around town with my camera and tripod, shooting video and interviewing people about the latest must-have gadget. Sometimes, they even let me in front of the camera!

What makes you a geek?

I get way too excited about things like motion sensing cameras and gesture recognition technology. Some of these things don’t always make for good TV, which is when I’m reminded of my inner geek. But where technology and real life intersect is where I think the most interesting exchanges are happening now. I love being in the mix, talking to people about their research and latest projects. I’m constantly asking questions and learning, it’s like going to your favorite science class every day, only way cooler.

I have no poker face to speak of and am awful at keeping secrets, so I need pointers.

Android, iOS, or other?

I’m going to get a lot of heat for it, but I choose Windows 8! iOS is beautiful, but restrictive and limiting. I like Android, but it doesn’t always feel inviting. I’m rooting for Windows 8.
Your favorite comic book hero and why?

I don’t really have a favorite comic book hero but my favorite video game hero is Bayonetta. The woman kicks ass AND wears glasses! How cool is it that her hair is her weapon? And have you seen her shoes?!

What gadget can’t you live without?

My Windows Phone.

What is the last book or ebook that you read?

An America Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser, it’s got all the juicy themes – class, greed, ambition. My high school English teacher introduced me to Dreiser’s works, and I’ve always been impressed with how the writing still resonates today.

If you could meet anyone (living or dead) for lunch who would it be and why?

Hmm, that’s a tough one. Well, I recently saw Argo and Tony Mendez would definitely have to be on the list. His service to his country was inspiring. Also, I have no poker face to speak of and am awful at keeping secrets, so I need pointers.

What do you look for in a guy (or a girl). And does he need to be a geek too?`

A sense of humor is key. Looks help, but if you can make me laugh consistently, you’ve got me. It helps if he’s a geek too, but what’s more important is that he accepts me for who I am.