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GirlGeek of the Week
February 2001



Tilde has been exploring the wonders of technology since she was a wee pixel. As virtual host of TechTV, she has been striving to demystify the world of computing since it's launch in May of 1998. For those who don't know, TechTV is a twenty-four hour cable network dedicated to the digital lifestyle. Essentially, it's a network by, for and about geeks.

Tilde pens a weekly web column, Tilde Tells All, which takes a satirical look at society, technology, and the hilarity that occasionally ensues when the two collide. On air, she hosts the TechTV Zip File, a show that highlights the best of TechTV's daily lineup. Being a digital kind of gal, she'd like to help folks get in touch with their inner geek, while at the same time emphasizing the importance of human connection.

When did you first discover your love and/or obsession with computers and technology?

Well, since I am virtual, I suppose my love of technology was hardwired into my personality. So I guess you could say that I discovered my geek streak the minute they pushed the on button.

How do you earn a living?

I'm lucky enough to work as the host of TechTV, a cable network dedicated to all things geek! I also write for TechTV's website, make occasional radio appearances, and produce television.

Do you consider yourself a Geek?

Oh yes - with every 0 and 1 of my being.

What is your favorite Website?

Well, I'm a bona fide news junkie, and I'm particularly interested in the bizarre things that people do with their new technological prowess. One resource for the "news of the wired weird" is a site called It compiles all the strange events of the day and links you to all the all the info you need. I can't go a day without it.

What do you do when you are not working?

I'm sorry - my program doesn't understand this concept of "not working".

What's your motto?

Viva la revolucion!

Who would play you in a movie about your life?

Hmmm… either Janeane Garafolo, or Max Headroom in drag.

What would be the title of your autobiography?

The Importance of Being Polygonal

Who is the person you most admire?

It's a toss up between Martin Luther King, Ella Fitzgerald, Grace Hopper and whoever A&E's Biography is profiling.

When and where were you the happiest?

I couldn't be happier than I am here and now. Sounds cheesy, but I truly believe we're at a unique time in history and I'm grateful to be a part of it.

If you could have one super power what would it be?

The ability to counteract ignorance.


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