Today’s Geek(s) of the Week are the wonderful Shannon Collins and Pete Schuster.
Shannon’s a content manager at Generocity, Peter builds websites over at O3 World, and they are probably the most adorably geeky engaged couple ever.
Read on to learn more about these two.
So Shannon Collins and Pete Schuster. Tell me more.
S: I’m the Content Manager at Generocity, where I get to share the latest social good happenings in Philadelphia with our community. During my free time, I’m a freelance wedding photographer, illustrator, and blogger.
P: I am a front-end web developer at O3 World in Northern Liberties, Philadelphia. We work with clients ranging from local nonprofits to large clients like Comcast and Five Below. In my free time, I enjoy freelancing as a WordPress developer, brewing beer, and playing around with open-source electronic projects with Arduino.
You guys run a few different websites, right?
S: Ah yes, one of the many advantages of being engaged to a front-end developer. My personal blog is www.youwannatalkjive.com and my portfolio site is www.shannoncollins.com. The domain www.shannonschuster.com is already taken, so it looks like I’ll be keeping my maiden name after we get hitched this summer…is it geeky that I’m basing my name on whether or not a good domain is available?
P: Just a few. Seems like you have a lot of “friends” once they want to get their portfolio on the web. Thankfully, since I started working at O3 I wised up a bit, started charging a more appropriate amount for sites, and started keeping the pro-bono work to a minimum. Shannon still gets a discount though…
As it turns out, this isn’t your first experience with Geekadelphia – tell us about the costume contest.
S: Believe it or not, I’ve been told I resemble Tina Fey (or Sarah Palin from those who are less kind *ahem* my father). This is likely largely due to the fact that I wear glasses and people aren’t very creative with celebrity comparisons these days. Anyway, I figured the Geekadelphia Halloween costume party of 2010 would be a good excuse to eat Cheetos while sporting a cardigan and other items already in my wardrobe.
P: As it turns out, I’m actually the fantasy guy for many ladies out there, so Astronaut Mike Dexter wasn’t too far of a stretch.
S: We ended up winning the couples contest and now Pete has an astronaut suit to wear around the house while he Swiffers the floors.
Mmmhmm, mhmmm. And Pete, you’re helping with the Geek Awards website?
P: Yep. It’s nice to be able to try out some things you can’t with client work and browser compatibility constraints. This was the first time I dropped support of IE7 on a project…can’t wait to wave goodbye to IE8 as well! The Geek Awards site was really fun and I can’t wait to attend the event in August.
You two are practically on staff at this point… what’s the geekiest thing we should know about you?
S: Aw, shucks. I’m totally flattered that you think I’m geeky…I mostly live vicariously through Pete’s geekiness (the kid does Arduino, I can’t compete with that).
I’m always staying informed about all things art and illustration related, which is made easy on a local level by Libby and Roberta’s theartblog. I also love (mostly autobiographical) graphic novels. Right now I’m re-obsessing over Harvey Pekar, who I like because he focused on the subtleties of mundane life and despite his curmudgeonly nature, his books always carry with them a certain optimism and hope for the future. I definitely recommend his latest posthumous release of “Cleveland.” There’s just something about reading a graphic novel on the train and escaping for a while. Marjane Satrapi, Julie Doucet, Lucy Knisley, and Art Spiegelman are some of my other favorites.
S: We watch a lot of geeky TV shows. I swoon over Dinklage on a weekly basis during Game of Thrones. Pete introduced me to Firefly knowing I enjoyed everything else by Whedon, and I was instantly hooked. I may or may not have carved a Wash pumpkin last Halloween. We’re also going through Walking Dead withdrawal. I’m a Daryl girl myself…I love me some insecure Southern rednecks, which is why Sawyer from Lost is another one of my favorite television characters. Oh, and if you haven’t seen the Nerdist team bowling with the Walking Dead cast, you really must. They also did celebrity bowling with the cast of Mad Men, featuring a bearded Jon Hamm. It made. my. week.
Also, I once flailed and turned beet red after unexpectedly meeting Eric Smith for the first time during a job interview at his old workplace. Needless to say, I didn’t get the gig. The Technically Philly guys would not be proud of this weak moment of mine.
P: Besides the web stuff and Arduino stuff, I’m a huge film geek. It’s scary how much my brain has the capacity to remember useless movie knowledge and quotes. Sometimes it seems like such a waste of space up there when I could be like remembering equations or medical procedures. Then someone asks me if I’ve ever seen “The Gate” and I blurt out several random facts about it.
I’m trying to get more and more into gardening, growing my own food, and sustainability. I’m going to start keeping red worms in the house to eat our food scraps, so Shannon is thrilled about that. I’m also doing research into automated greenhouses that I could control watering, feeding, etc in our backyard. Hopefully I’ll have the first iteration of that up next year…should be fun.
Oh, is that all? One last thing: True or false, you had a foster pet named Charsi, after the blacksmith in Diablo.
S: True. Pete is playing Diablo III as I type these answers now. I’ve played a few times with Pete and his O3 World co-workers, but old-school Nintendo games are more my speed (Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers, anyone?). We have a house full of pets and I’ve named them all so far since most of them I’d had before we started dating, so it was his definitely his turn and he has a thing for cheerful blacksmiths, so…
P: Shannon had reigned over the pet naming for quite a while. Betty White, Applesauce, Maude, Willie Nelson, Cadbury, Ethel Funk, Donald Sutherland, and Admiral Ackbar were all hers, so I felt like it was my turn. Diablo III was rumored to being released soon, so I decided to play through Diablo II again before it came out. When it came out, it seemed like a good choice because the dog was big and burly and looked like she could forge a good flamberge.