In the weeks leading up to BlogathonATX we are featuring some informal introductions to our esteemed speakers and panelists. Get to know some of the personalities behind the talent!
Omar L. Gallaga is a technology culture writer at the Austin American-Statesman, where he’s worked since 1997 and writes a weekly column, Digital Savant. He’s also the co-host of “Statesman Shots,” a podcast and video series he and Tolly Moseley created for the Statesman. He’s a former blogger and on-air tech correspondent for NPR’s “All Things Considered” and has written for the Wall Street Journal, Television Without Pity, CNN.com, MSNBC and currently Previously.tv where he regularly covers shows including “The Strain” and “The Walking Dead.” His personal blog is at terribly-happy.com and he also co-created a webcomic, “Space Monkeys!” with his brother Pablo.
1. What do you tell strangers when they ask you what you do?
I yell back, “What do YOU do!?” and realize I was being defensive. Then I tell them I write about tech.
2. What do you love most about Austin?
I love that there’s so much to do and that in general people are very smart and open to new experiences.
3. What is your favorite local restaurant, and why?
I have a whole story about Barley Swine that I won’t get into now except to say that I went there to eat and came out a changed man, older and wiser, fuller of belly and with a tale to tell. It was a real experience.
4. What is your biggest guilty pleasure?
Murder, NEXT QUESTION PLEASE.
5. Please name 3 blogs you read and enjoy on the regular.
Tomato Nation by Sarah D. Bunting (tomatonation.com), Dubious Quality by Bill Harris, Relish Austin by Addie Broyles