I Fight For The Users

A lot can happen in six years.

Six years ago I started Geekadelphia.com with Eric Smith and it has been one hell of an adventure. What began as a “collection” of links for our fanatical obsession with everything geek has turned into a substantially representative capital of popular culture in Philadelphia. We never set out to make money, or be a tourism blog, or a lifestyle magazine. We never expressly wanted to talk about tech, or gadgets, or startups, or movies (I could go on but you get the idea.) Geekadelphia has become a cultural resource and the vast majority of the credit goes to Eric Smith and the small army of writers he’s recruited.

What I love about these writers is that they share a vision I had with Eric. Philadelphia has always been a city that embraces innovation, which is why we get weird and let our geek flag fly high. I am confident that Geekadelphia will continue on its meandering path to greater success in making sure that our local community is served well.

I’m writing this because today is… the original release date for TRON: Legacy. It also happens to be the anniversary of my proposal to my better half. What, not dramatic enough?

Here we go.

The news I have for you, dear Philadelphians, is that the dawn of a new year will usher in new leadership as I resign my post as Administrator, Editor, and Creative Lead of Geekadelphia. I’ll be turning over the keys of this Impala to Michaelangelo Ilagan & Chris Urie in the most unceremonious way possible – probably over a Google Hangout or Steam chat (let’s be honest, that’s where I know I can find them). I believe that these two share the original vision. Like Eric and myself, these two care a whole lot about Philadelphia and its geek community. I trust them, and so should you.

As for me, I will be heading West to San Francisco to join the Product Design team at Facebook. It’s an exciting opportunity for me to challenge myself and explore what another city may have to offer (having lived on the East coast for 20 years, the other side of the map is uncharted territory according to conventional RTS gaming).

I can go on forever about how much I love this city. Everything from the people, businesses, organizations I’ve grown to be a part of, no matter how rough around the edges some may be, have had an incredible impact on how I see the world. (Yes, this includes Technically Philly.) I recognize the fact that my immediate future is under the employ of a social media titan, and that decision was not made lightly. My adventures with Geekadelphia and The Philadelphia Geek awards have taught me that when you live in a (relatively small) city, the silly things you make out of joy in your spare time can contribute to the greater good even if you only have an ounce of purpose. Social media makes the world a smaller place too, and it is my goal to make enough of a positive and lasting contribution through design that will do good for this world.

I’ll still fight for the users.

(Originally published December 17, 2013)


Author Description

Tim co-founded Geekadelphia & The Philly Geek Awards. He is an Interactive Designer at P'unk Avenue. He enjoys many things including tacos, craft beer, and bespoke suiting.

13 Responses to “I Fight For The Users”

  1. December 17, 2013

    Vincent Brown

    Congrats Tim. See you around.

  2. December 17, 2013

    John F

    Longtime reader of the site.
    Good luck finding digital gold out west!

  3. December 17, 2013


    i’ll miss you, buddy! Melissa too!

  4. December 17, 2013

    Peter M.

    A huge loss for Philly and a huge win for FaceBook. I can’t wait to keep up with your west coast adventures!

  5. December 17, 2013


    Best of luck, Tim! At least now we know who to direct complaints to when people are whining about a slight change in the layout or functionality of Facebook even though they’ll be completely fine with it three days after starting yet another “Bring back the old Facebook” petition. Show those SF punks what real style is!

  6. December 17, 2013


    I may or may not have just gotten a bit misty eyed there buddy…

    oh yea be sure to keep that shoe game fresh out there Ted!

    • December 17, 2013

      Tim Quirino

      Seriously, gotta keep my shoe game fresh. Remember when I lived one block away from the comic book shop? You guys are still my favorite part of Old City!

  7. December 17, 2013


    Good luck out west.

  8. December 17, 2013

    Very Sad


  9. December 18, 2013

    Annie Heckenberger

    Well shit. Good for you. You’ll be missed around here, but truth be told, my brain right now is already thinking about your excommunication piece at next year’s Geek Awards. I’ll be sure to document that ON Facebook for you. And Instagram;)

  10. December 20, 2013

    JP Toto

    For my first comment on Geekadelphia ever, I would like to offer a hearty congratulations and wish you the very best! Like Annie said, please keep us up to date on GB and Instagram – especially since, you know, you’re going to FB.

    Cheers!!! – JP

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