Jul 7, 2014
David Dunlap
Honorable Mentions

The Geek is Strong With This One!

Geekness day is around the corner and we have decided to look inward this year at the employees of SingleHop in search of the head geek. Nearly every employee at SingleHop has a variety of subjects that geek out to. Here are a handful of the honorable mentions:

Stephanie Crets
My extreme geekness lends itself to costume creation, which is a pretty major part of my life and how I’ve met the majority of my friends. I make costumes of characters from various video games/TV shows/movies/etc. (such as Game of Thrones, Mass Effect, Firefly, Bioshock, etc.) and go to comic/scifi conventions, do photo shoots, meet celebs, etc.

Dennis Guzman
I run a weekend arcade out of my house for lack of better words. Buying, restoring, and maintaining arcade games is a geeky hobby and it’s done well to make friends and get other people into the games.

Eric Nilson
I’m a hardware geek and have been for as long as I can remember. I started building computers when I was 12. Started soldering when I was 15 so I could make a few bucks modding the original Play Station. I currently have 11 operational computers at my home, 5 of which are used about every day. In the military I specialized in Intelligence and Electronic Warfare and continued to play with all kinds of hardware that doesn’t technically exist. The geekiest thing I ever did with that was replaced a failed oscillator in the field by hard wiring a signal generator in its place without the use of schematics or any other help.

Outside of the electronics world, I geek out with cars and guns. I have replaced a lot of electrical and mechanical parts on my 65 Mustang GT to keep it running smooth and enjoy building/shooting guns for sport. It’s a very different kind of geek but there is a great deal of math and physics involved if you really look into it.

Also, I hate the word Geek. I am a nerd. Just typing geek this many times is driving me nuts.

Steve Van Setten
Photo-geekery runs strong in my veins. The CameraThe Negative, and The Print, are religious texts to me. I worked as a professional photo assistant in my late teens through early twenties for a high end studio, and learned the old way. I love shooting medium format, but haven’t done so since ’03 when I went digital.

When it’s a personal project, I prefer to control all aspects, and like to print my own work. This comes with a caveat as I often end up with a stack of fifty prints while I make small tweaks. Studio work is a strong preference, and I used to shoot mostly portrait and glamour, but want to move towards commercial and fashion if I ever find time or space to pursue it. In my previous life (pre-recession career) I operated several machines, one of which was a raster imaging laser. I did the photo etching on the White Sox World Series memorial outside of gate 4, a war memorial in Munster Indiana, and a myriad of other work throughout the midwest. I used to pick up a wedding or two every couple of years, just because it made me feel better about all the money I’ve spent on equipment.

These days, however, I’ve come to grips with the fact that it’s just a hobby, and I don’t have to make money with it. I’m currently looking into trying my hand at video.

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