Geek’s Dream Girl Closing Shop 12/31/13

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Geek Friends, This is a tough post to write. After a year of deep soul-searching, I've decided that it is time for me to move on from Geek's Dream Girl. I love you all, but it's gotten to the point where my life has other priorities and I haven't given GDG the attention it deserves in order to grow it as a business. December 31st will be the last day GDG will be around in its current state. The site will remain up for the archives and the ebook. Current clients will be served as per … [Read more...]

Geek Dream Girl’s Guide to Gift-Giving

It’s that time of year again. Carols are in full force on the radio, office parties are filling up your calendar, and shopping centers are brimming to capacity. Even if you don’t celebrate Christmas, exchanging gifts this time of year is still a nice opportunity to do something special for someone you care about. Gift-giving with someone you are dating, however, often becomes challenging and stressful, especially when we want to find that one perfect item. What gift is too much? Too little? … [Read more...]

The Best Bad Date You Can Have

It was bound to happen. The Bad Date. It’s not only that you lack chemistry, or that conversation is awkward, but you are actually having a bad time. You might even dislike your date. LJ spoke earlier about surviving awkward first dates and this article will expand on the idea that even bad dates can provide value. The Stuff the Nightmares are Made of A truly bad date isn’t just uncomfortable conversation, but one where other elements are going wrong. You may be a vegetarian and your date … [Read more...]

How to Effectively Use Descriptive Language in Your Dating Profile

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What kind of language do you use in your dating profile? Writing a strong dating profile isn't easy, a lot of the clients I've worked with have told me that they have no idea how to write about themselves. Their stories are not really that unusual. Many people struggle with being able to talk themselves up or highlight their best features in their dating profile. The words we choose to describe ourselves (or our ideal matches) can have a huge impact on how your dating profile is received … [Read more...]

Great Dates in 50 States (And Spain!) – Barcelona

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Hello there readers! Yours truly just got back from a month long vacation to Spain and is raring to get back to anime and gaming... once the trip squee is over! During my travels, I spent a week in Barcelona, and it struck me how many great places there are it was for dates, so to contribute to the recent run of Great Dates in 50 States - and because geeks looking for love travel too! - I thought I’d give my tourist two cents for those romantic geeks living in the city or planning to visit … [Read more...]

How to survive an awkward first date

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When you're in the online dating scene, eventually you're going to have a bad first date. It doesn't matter how thoroughly you think you've screened someone, sometimes there just isn't spark or the other party has misrepresented themselves online. Ultimately, it's hard to gauge how well you'll actually get along with someone until you meet in person. Here are some strategies for how to minimize the suckage of a not-so-great first date. Make the first date informal When planning a first … [Read more...]

Hacking dating site algorithms to find a better match

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  If you've been on dating websites for a while you've probably thought to yourself as some point or another "where are they coming up with these suggested matches from?" Some dating websites, such as OkCupid, base their compatibility scores on how you answer their questions; other sites determine whom they send your way via the general preferences you’ve listed on your profile.  Depending on the website and how much profile information you’ve filled out, the matches that are being … [Read more...]

The Unrequited Kind – How to Move the Eff On

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Pining over unrequited romantic affection is a form of emotional masochism. It doesn't serve you in anyway, except for making you feel awful. Unrequited love only brings pain and feelings of martyrdom, as if your suffering somewhat makes your feelings more pure. That’s an extremely warped perception and not at all emotionally healthy. Romantic rejection is one of those themes that seem to permeate our popular culture – songs, movies, novels, TV shows, comic books all featuring sad stories about … [Read more...]

Great Dates in Fifty States (& Canada): Toronto, Ontario – The Geek Edition

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Though I've been writing for the site for a while now and it dawned upon me that I hadn't contributed to the ongoing series of Great Dates posts yet. There's already a post in GDG's archives from 2009 with some great general suggestions about where to go in Toronto from a guest contributor. But I felt that there were some geeky landmarks that definitely we worth adding to this. Here are my picks for the must-see places to check out and great geek dating spots in Toronto. Silver … [Read more...]

Great Dates in Fifty States: Boston & Environs – Part 4

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Here we are at last, Gentle Readers – the last article in my marathon series about great sites to take a date in and around Boston. We now move from Beantown itself out to the rest of the surrounding locales. Although Boston may be the Hub of the Universe, there are some nearby spots along its “spokes” that deserve a look. Witch City In 1692, a mania struck the little town of Salem Village. The causes of it are well-documented, and I won’t go through a lengthy explanation here. For our … [Read more...]