Designer game lover and host of Boardgame Babylon, a podcast about designer board games among other things. Check out www.boardgamebabylon.com
for more details. I also write fiction and produce online applications and video games.
Despite having little credibility as an actual geek, I was Geek of the Week at one point: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/101116
FOR TRADES: I've stopped doing trades with anyone but locals. The cost of shipping is too high to usually justify and I can find a lot of trades with people in California.
Exceptions are for very rare games, promo trades that won't cost but a stamp OR I'd consider trading for a few games where all parties get multiple things they want.