MG Siegler covers tech news and trends for TechCrunch
, and reviews movies in haiku format in his downtime. Here's what he has to say about today's tech scene, the geekiest Valentine's Day gift he's given, and whether or not he'll be picking up an iPad in today's edition of Geeks We Love
We know you from TechCrunch, but are there any other projects you’re working on now?
From time to time I write on my more personal views on things on my own blog, parislemon.com. I also have reviewinhaiku.com, where, yes, I review movies in haiku format. That has been a work-in-progress for about five years now.
Do you think technology is becoming too much of a distraction in our daily lives? Alternatively, how do you use tech to your advantage?
Yes, it's basically impossible to take a step back now thanks to devices like the iPhone. I'm checking the thing literally every 15 minutes no matter where I am. And the only reason I'm not checking it every five minutes is because it makes me seem too rude — I'm fine with being moderately rude. I also now find it hard to sit down and watch a movie in my living room without having my laptop open. It's annoying to me because I love movies, but I'm addicted, and cannot stop. I feel absolutely naked without checking to see what's going on.
That said, this addiction also makes me good at what I do. Because I'm on top of things pretty much 24/7 (minus the few hours that I sleep), I rarely miss stories and trends.
What gadget (or gadgets) can’t you live without? Why?
There is one device above all others that I can't live without: the iPhone. To me, the Internet is all about information, and the iPhone literally puts all of it in my pocket. It has become something that is absolutely vital for my job, which is essentially information gathering. Thanks to the iPhone I don't have to carry around a laptop with me at all times. And besides the Internet, you have games, music, movies, and all sorts of other stuff on one device that's extremely portable. I even use the thing to take audio notes on, so I can remember thoughts I have about stories later.
I've tried a number of Android devices pretty extensively, and some of them are great (the Nexus One, for example), but the iPhone is still hands-down the best mobile device. Apple just nails so many subtle things that their competitors can't seem to figure out.
To find out his favorite tech trends, funniest Valentine's Day memory, and how many iPhones he owns (hint: it's more than one), read more