Eric Smith is the co-founder of Geekadelphia and the Philadelphia Geek Awards, a hyperlocal geek blog and a ceremony honoring the Philadelphia geek community. His book, The Geek's Guide to Dating, is coming out on Quirk Books in the fall of 2013.
Get to know Eric below.
Most people describe you as: Outgoing and friendly. I hope! If they don’t, I’ll lock myself away and then, when the time is right, beat them up. Oh, also hardworking! I make sure I finish everything I sta-
People would be surprised to know that: I’m incredibly outdoorsy. Despite the fact that I spend a lot of time writing, fussing with my blog, and playing way too many video games, I love camping, fishing, and archery. Oh, and I spent a lot of time working with bands through college. I was even in a popular music (or two).
What is your drink of choice? Hm. If we’re going with beer, I’m simple. I like Yuengling. Mixed? Jack and Coke. I’m boring, sorry!
Where is your happy place? Anyplace where the coffee is good, the Wi-Fi is free, and there is plenty of room for a bunch of friends to sit with me.
What is your biggest regret? There are a handful of friends I’ve lost touch with over the years. College, graduate school, moving… the whole ‘growing up dance’ tends to make people grow apart. Letting that happen, might be it. Great, now I’m feeling all introspective. Thanks guys. Time to go look these people up on Facebook.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I wish I still had the hair I had when I was in college. It used to be so long! Now I wear a lot of hats. They’re nice hats, but still. Long hair would be awesome.
What do you consider your greatest achievement? That’s tough. Finishing up graduate school is definitely up there. I’m really proud of what I did at Arcadia. Then again, launching the Philly Geek Awards with Tim Quirino are definitely up there too. Can I combine the two of those things? Please?
Which trait do you most value in another person? Friendliness, I think. I love it when someone is welcoming and open, eager to bring people in. It’s something I always try to do, and I love seeing it in other people. Everybody [should] love everybody, to paraphrase the wise Ricky Bobby in the Oscar winning biopic Talladega Nights.
If you could interview anyone, past or present, who would it be? Jules Verne. His writing was such a major influence on my life as a lover of books and a writer. I even have a scene from Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea tattooed on my arm. I’d chat with him about literature, giant squids, and steampunk.
Favorite Movie? Almost Famous. I’ve seen it way too many times, and never ever get tired of it. “The only true currency in this bankrupt world is what you share with someone else when you’re uncool.” So true, Lester Bangs. So very true.
What TV show is currently your DVR/On Demand obsession? I’m one of those people without cable, but I watch Community the second it pops up on my Hulu Plus. And I rewatch the episodes like crazy. Such a great show. That and Parks and Recreation.
What is your guilty pleasure? Bad movies. I have a little basement movie theater, and love having friends over for really awful movie nights. Though lately, it seems like we keep watching somewhat good movies on those nights, that we think are going to be terrible. Strange.
The worst thing anyone said or did to you is: That’s tough. I’m not sure. But whatever it was, chances are Christopher Wink of Technically Philly said or did it to me.
I believe in: The Ron Swanson Pyramid of Greatness.
What is your motto or inspiration? “When life gives you lemons, don’t make lemonade! Make life take the lemons back! I don’t want your damn lemons! What am I supposed to do with these? Demand to see life’s manager!” – Cave Johnson.
If you could go back in time, where would you go? The Middle Ages. I think I'd have made a pretty badass archer, and I'd love to see castles, kings, and dragons. Because Dragonheart was based on a true story, and no one can tell me otherwise. I'd become best friends with a dragon that sounds strangely like Sean Connery, and life would be awesome.