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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.

Join The Conversation
c0rkie c0rkie 10 years
hello ! Calamari :D
the-makeup-blogette the-makeup-blogette 10 years
Cool geek!!
Performita Performita 10 years
Thanks for the answer :)
Geek-Aspartame Geek-Aspartame 10 years
Darn, I thought this was going to be about how to upload squid onto your iPhone.
macgirl macgirl 10 years
Yeeeeeaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhh Calamari!!
beingtazim beingtazim 10 years
i love your icon calamari - sorta looks like you. :) you do indeed seem very cool (and geeky!)
tooq2love tooq2love 10 years
a very cool geek indeed!
calamari calamari 10 years
Hi Performita, the Calamari name comes from a little octopus that I drew. I use it as sort of a logo on my illustration and design website. Plus, it isn't a common username, so it is usually available when I sign up on new sites :) But seafood is pretty tasty... Thanks to everyone for all the nice comments. You all are the best!
jenzterama jenzterama 10 years
i work with calamari...his illustrations are da bomb :)
Community-Manager Community-Manager 10 years
We're so glad you think Team is cool 'cause so do we and well, you're one cool Geek as well! ;-)
GiggleSugar GiggleSugar 10 years
Love the name "Calamari" and I think you're adorable and funny! It doesn't need to be said, but I'll say it anyway...GEEKS RULE! ;)
Food Food 10 years
calamari you're a lot of fun and i'm glad to call you a pal, but john hodgman not very sexy!? waaah!?
Fitness Fitness 10 years
Calamari - I love Jonathan Hodgeman and agree "sexy" might not be he word for him. But he is great. Christmas never come fast enough, does it?
Tech Tech 10 years
Oh calamari and 7bits, you guys crack me up. Thanks for the interview calamari, you're one chic geek indeed.
7bits 7bits 10 years
OMG - I totally did that with those basic programs in mags too XD
Fashion Fashion 10 years
He even volunteers at an animal shelter, how sweet! xo
Fashion Fashion 10 years
I have to agree: Pharrell Williams, GeekSugar, Tina Fey, and I'm sure your fiancee are all sexy geeks! xo
partysugar partysugar 10 years
My family had an Apple 2E as well!
Performita Performita 10 years
I would add a question ;) why did you pick a Calamari nick name? Are you a big fan of sea food, or is it something else?
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