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Reader Profile: Calamari Proves Geek is Chic On Guys Too

While geeksugar may cater to girls we are in no way an exclusive club. In fact, one of our most prolific contributors and commentors is Calamari, a male graphic designer and illustrator who isn't bothered by our pinkness and isn't afraid to admit his geekiness. When Calamari isn't working, he's drawing, playing video games (he's a sucker for Wii bowling and planet puzzle league DS right now), blogging, and trying to become better at photography. He also spends plenty of time sharing fun items like the cupcake speakers and his iGoogle page with us.

What is Calamari most excited for? Christmas. His fiancée instructed him not to buy an iPhone so she could get him one. Which, he notes, "makes me a very, very lucky guy. Christmas can't come fast enough this year!" For my interview with him,


Geeksugar: How did you learn about the site and when did you start reading?
Calamari: I have a few friends who are really into the sugar sites and they introduced me. I've been hooked for about six months now.

Geeksugar: Do you consider yourself to be a geek? If so, why?
Calamari: I'm a hopeless geek. I think I have geeky genes. But there's so much cool tech stuff happening right now, it's such a fun time to be a geek.

Geeksugar: How many hours are you online everyday?
Calamari: Around 12. I check e-mail first thing in the morning. Then about 8-10 hours at work. Then a few hours at night for fun.

Geeksugar: Name your top five favorite websites.
Calamari: I really depend on igoogle, google reader and to help me organize all the blogs and links that I'm interested in. My other favorite sites change pretty frequently, but right now I'm really into and

Geeksugar: Your first computer was a ...
Calamari: My family had an apple II e when I was young. The first computer I had that was mine was a commodore amiga. I loved it but it didn't even have a hard drive. I remember swapping discs back and forth when I played games like Kings Quest.

Geeksugar: Top three gadgets you couldn't live without?
Calamari: My mac laptop, my two iPods (one for music, movies and photos and another for carrying around my designs and illustrations), and my Nintendo DS. I know that's four, but I'm going to cheat and count my two iPods as one gadget.

Geeksugar: You knew you were a geek when...
Calamari: In 4th or 5th grade I got a magazine that listed programs in BASIC code. I used to copy the code line by line into my computer at home to see what would happen. It was crazy because you had to make sure every character was exactly the same as in the magazine. Then when you were finished, it would do something like draw a simple flower cartoon on the anticlimactic.

Geeksugar: How many blogs are in your RSS reader?
Calamari: 134 (it's a messy mix of blogs, news, art and flickr feeds)

Geeksugar: What are some non-geeky things you do in your spare time?
Calamari: I love visiting new restaurants and cool stores in the San Francisco Bay Area (it's one of the greatest places in the world and I'm lucky to live here). And, when my schedule allows, I do volunteer work at the local animal shelter.

Geeksugar: Who do you think are the top 5 sexiest male geeks in the world?
Calamari: Masayori Oka, Jonathan Ive (Senior VP of Industrial Design at Apple), Pharrell Williams, Kevin Rose (co-founder of and (although he may not be very sexy) John Hodgman.

Geeksugar: Who do you think are the top 5 sexiest female geeks in the world?
Calamari: My fiancée (she's the best), Geeksugar (of course), Cali Lewis (host of, Tamara Chuang (writes a gadget blog that I like), and Tina Fey.

Geeksugar: PC or Mac?
Calamari: Mac.

Geeksugar: Did you already get or are you going to get an iPhone?
Calamari: Sigh...not yet and I'm so jealous of all you guys that have one. My fiancée told me to wait until Christmas so she could buy me one, which I know makes me a very, very lucky guy. But my current phone just feels so woefully uncool now. Christmas can't come fast enough this year.

Geeksugar: Anything else about yourself?
Calamari: Nothing about me. But a big thanks to you and everyone at Teamsugar for creating such a great community. It's always a cool place to go on the internet.

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