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Reader Profile: Global Geek tdamji Talks Tech

What makes geeksugar readers so great? The fact that they span the globe. This week's reader profile allows you some insight into the world of tdamji, a certified Interior Decorator and Lighting Expert and visual artist currently getting a degree in Indigenous Art History and Anthropology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

When she's not commenting on geeksugar she can be found gaming on the wii (Zelda is her favorite game so far) and Nintendo DS (she's all about Pokemon Pearl), reading, writing letters to penpals, surfing the net, going for walks, and watching tons of movies. She's lived in four countries - the USA, Canada, India and her most recent home New Zealand. She racked up some serious geek cred with us by admitting the Lord of the Rings trilogy was "a big reason why I came to New Zealand on exchange this year."

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Geeksugar: How did you learn about the site and when did you start reading?
tdamji: I came across geeksugar quite a few times on other gadgety sites. I started reading regularly about 8 weeks ago and signed up at that point. At first I mainly looked at geeksugar and buzzsugar, but now I pretty much look at everything.

Geeksugar: Do you consider yourself to be a geek? If so, why?
tdamji: Absolutely! My brother has been calling me a geek every since I can remember - so there's no other way for me to be, really.

Geeksugar: How many hours are you online everyday?
tdamji:I am a multi-tasker, so I am not exclusively online for 8 or more hours a day, because I tend to do homework, read, write letters and sometimes eat in front of my computer.

Geeksugar: Name your top 5 favorite websites.
tdamji: Apart from the Sugar Network (I won't play favorites - although its easy to figure out which of the particular sections I most actively visit!), I most enjoy visiting CBC for great news coverage and an interesting arts/ entertainment section with well-written articles, Grist, and fborfw because I can't get enough of Lynn Johnston's comic characters. I've been reading For Better or For Worse for years now and I love seeing everyone grow up! Livejournal, which I use to keep my penpals updated on the goings on in my life (I also like to see what people on the UBC and Vancouver blogs have to say/complain about.

Geeksugar: Your first computer was a ...
tdamji: An Apple IIe, but I can't remember the date. It was maybe 20 years ago. I believe we had another computer at the same time at our house. The Apple was in the office of my mom's montessori. Luckily, I spent a lot of time there - playing California Games among other things.

Geeksugar: Top 3 gadgets you couldn't live without.
tdamji: MacBook, Nintendo ds, ipod (good for drowning out the noise on the walk or bus ride to school!)...unless my Nintendo wii counts as a gadget, and then it would be a hard choice!

Geeksugar: You knew you were a geek when...
tdamji: When I was in elementary school I often gave my homeroom teacher notes saying that I was interested in this or that and got permission to go to the library during homeroom for personal research... also, later on in Junior High I got caught skipping class to hit the stacks!

Geeksugar: How many blogs are in your RSS reader?
tdamji: I do it old-school and just go to the websites everyday - there are about 40 websites in my "dailies" folder. I love opening up at least 10 windows at once with lots of pictures on them and pushing the limits, seeing if Safari will quit on me.

Geeksugar: What are some non-geeky things you do in your spare time?
tdamji:I love to hike and travel, although being a geek helps with both - I am always well-prepared with all the information and gadgets I need! I also love checking out the vegan/vegetarian restaurants wherever I travel.

Geeksugar: Who do you think are the top 5 sexiest male geeks in the world?
tdamji: Greg my bestfriend of 10 years/roommate of 7 years, David Suzuki (Canadian environmentalist), Masi Oka (He not only plays a geek on Heroes, but is one in real life!), Jean-Luc Picard and John Barrowman (Captain Jack Harkness).

Geeksugar: Who do you think are the top 5 sexiest female geeks in the world?
tdamji: Anne Shirley(for being book-geeky as well as a feminist), Hermione Granger (for being very book-geeky), Frida Kahlo (for being politically active, and being an outsider in the art world among other things), Boomer/Athena/Lt. Valerii from BSG (how can you get geekier than being a toaster?) and Marie Curie.

Geeksugar: PC or Mac?
tdamji:Once you go Mac, you never go back. My best friend turned me on to the whole Mac as a personal computer concept almost 7 years ago. I had had one when I was young but it quickly became outdated and we always had a PC at home. I moved out and got my first very own Mac - a powerbook g4 in 2001.

Geeksugar: Did you already get or are you going to get an iPhone?
tdamji: Despite the fact that I have no use for a cell phone and I already have a music/video playing device in my ipod, I must admit that I really want one!

Geeksugar: Anything else you want to share?
tdamji: I recently started a group on Teamsugar: Minimal Harm - For the Love of the Planet, which I'm pretty excited about! Going along with my vegan lifestyle, I am passionate about environmental and social issues.

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