Throwback Thursday: Fast Times at Ridgemont High is a High School Time Capsule

Throwback Thursday examines films from the past, “classic” films that might not be in the current cultural zeitgeist but can still be important, interesting, fun, or all of the above. Concluding our month of looking back at high school films, this review revisits one of the ’80s-ist movies of the ’80s: 1982’s Fast Times at Ridgemont High. A quick peek into a whole school year as experienced by a variety of students, the United States Library of Congress even...

Celebrate the Magical Healing Powers of Coffee on National Coffee Day

Happy National Coffee Day! September 29th is one of my favorite days because I can celebrate my daily routine of drinking a cup of my black coffee. Coffee provides regularity to all of my mornings and gives me that extra boost of energy I feel I need to complete my daily workload. (Plus, can I just say how many awesome mugs there are out there? My favorite is my Van Gogh TARDIS mug—it’s so beautiful.) Since working as a barista, I’ve...

The Gaming Goat’s Got the Goods

Imagine going to college, plotting your course in life, and setting down the river to find what lies ahead for you. Now imagine that shortly down the river, you come to a fork—not a large one, just small enough to paddle into. There is no telling just how big that stream can become, where it leads, or how rough the waters are. Now imagine you had the courage to take that path anyway. That is exactly what Andy Sherrill...

This Week in Geek (09/26/2016–10/02/2016)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, September 26th through Sunday, October 2nd. Pokémon GO Gym Meet What: Meetup, Gaming When: Monday, September 26th at 6:30 p.m. Where: George Latimer Central Library Head to St. Paul’s Central Library Monday night to “compete with other trainers to see who can catch the most Pokémon, and battle other teams to own the Library Gym.” There will...

Survive the Campaign with Twin Cities Geek Debate Bingo

The first presidential debate is tonight, and there will be more to come. We know a lot of you are sick of the campaigns already, but we’ve got something that might make it a little easier: candidate bingo! We can’t claim credit for the idea, but we’ve put our own geeky twist on it. Here are four slightly different cards you can download, print, and use to go head to head with your friends. If you play, we’d love...

Anime Roundup: Back to School!

We may be nearing the end of September, but back-to-school time is still in full swing. And despite the fact that my back-to-school days have come and gone, cooler weather and the sight of fresh school supplies never fails to bring back that old mix of nervousness, dread, and excitement. (I’m starting to think it’ll never really go away . . .) Thus, I’ve decided to embrace it by talking about some of my favorite school-themed anime! As anyone who’s watched even a little anime knows, I’m pulling from...

Throwback Thursday Special: Looking at the Blair Witch Series

Throwback Thursday examines films from the past, “classic” films that might not be in the current cultural zeitgeist but can still be important, interesting, fun, or all of the above. Blair Witch is now out in theaters. This special edition of Throwback Thursday will take a look back at the first two films, see how the new flick fits into the themes and mythology set-up, and explore what makes this series special. Take yourself back to 1999. Grunge was...

A Journey to Hobbiton

In honor of the birthdays of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins, also known as Hobbit Day, a write-up of this American’s recent journey to Hobbiton seemed appropriate. This summer, I visited my fiancé in New Zealand, known to most fantasy fans as the place where The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit were filmed. (I’ve already written here about one of our culinary experiences.) We took a camper van from his hometown of Christchurch on the South Island to the North Island...

Throwback Thursday: Dead Poets Society Still Carpes the Diem

Throwback Thursday examines films from the past, “classic” films that might not be in the current cultural zeitgeist but can still be important, interesting, fun, or all of the above. My film reviews over the last couple of weeks have taken us back to high school social angst. Today I want to focus on the role that teachers play in shaping us as individuals. No movie exemplifies the power of great teachers better than 1989’s Dead Poets Society. In...

Letting Geek, Letting Go: How I Learned to Let My Son Be His Own Geek

  For a period of time around 2008, I helped lead a Girl Scout troop in St. Paul. At the time, the Girl Scouts of America had a slogan: “Letting Girls, Letting Go.” It was about empowering girls to be leaders, make their own decisions, and letting go of control. I find that in recent weeks, it’s particularly applicable to my own life. My son turns three next week. Since he was born, his father and I have done...