…and hopefully no one will pay her to write more things. CBS has a great interview with Jon Finkel on the whole situation. If you’re not up on the latest internetz scandals, Alyssa Bereznak, (now former) intern for Gizmodo, and Jon Finkel, ex-world champion of Magic: the Gathering, met on OkCupid, went on two dates, and didn’t really hit it off. Rather than write this off as a normal life experience and move on, Bereznak wrote a bitchy sort of story for Gizmodo about how she went on a date with a Magic: the Gathering world champion and how that made him so dweeby and undateable. In her article, she posted his name and links to various web pages with details about him.
As it happens, Finkel has come out of this looking rather sweet and charming, while Bereznak, who never informed him she might use their date as internet fodder, and has yet to apologize, comes off as a classic bitch. Most of the internet agrees, including techiesexpot (full disclosure, that’s me).
If you care, here are a few other relevant details: Finkel is also a hedge fund manager, ran a card-counting ring in Vegas, and has to date made nearly $300,000 winning Magic tournaments. I’m pretty sure that no matter how nerdy an activity is (and I am clearly down with the nerd-ness), becoming world champion at it and/or making $300,000 through it automatically moves it from nerdy to cool.
I really love nerds, techy people, geeks, all of that sort of thing. You know why? Because they tend to be incredibly passionate about their nerdy/geeky/techy interests. And passion is hot. Period, the end.
Your loss, Alyssa.