Date a Geek: Adri Cowan of Springpad

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Adri Cowan of Springpad, testing out some geeky cocktails for an article. Photo Credit.

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 interview Adri Cowan of Springpad.

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

I’m 29 years old and live in Boston (I grew up 45 minutes north of the city). I’m the PR Manager at Springpad, which is a fabulous personal assistant app that helps people organize their lives and get things done. I’ve also been a writer/blogger for years and just started my own “Geek Chic” column for Boston’s alt weekly, DigBoston, as well as some other writing endeavors.

What makes you geek?

At a certain point, I stopped caring what people thought about my interests and pursued them wholeheartedly. My passions are really books and writing, and I have a strong interest in technology, science fiction, fantasy and comic book culture as a whole.

Android, iOS, or other?

I’m iOS all the way — Macbook, iPhone, the whole thing. I absolutely respect Android, though; I did work at Google last year; don’t tell them I’m a Mac gal!

Your favorite comic book hero and why?

Batman. I love that he’s just a regular tortured soul who’s decided to protect his city. With Bruce, there are never JUST physical, “BAM, POW” battles; they also run parallel to his emotional ones.

I’m a sucker for dark and brooding.

What gadget can’t you live without?

I carry around my iPhone like it’s my favorite blankie; take away my internet and you will feel my wrath! Also, my GPS — pretty sure I have some mild mental illness that effects my ability to get places organically.

What is the last book or ebook that you read?

I recently finished Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins, which immediately skyrocketed to my Top 10. Now, I’m reading American Gods by Neil Gaiman, who’s one of my favorites writers. Ironically, if it’s a good book, I read it very slowly in an attempt to savor it.

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

I’d love to lunch with Gertrude Stein; I want to be inspired by her stories, what she accomplished, her life in Paris and the people she knew. Plus, it would make for some great networking.

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

I value a guy who’s honest, patient, adventurous and thoughtful… and who can hold down some seriously witty banter. As for needing to be a geek; I think a “geek” is someone who’s passionate about something — anything. Be a geek about antique cars, craft beer, vinyl or bird-watching, whatever brings you joy. That passion is what’s important.