3 Tasty Recipes to Take Your Traditional Holiday Meal Vegan

It’s holiday season again! And for vegan foodies who are always looking for new recipes to try but still want some familiarity, The Superfun Times Vegan Holiday Cookbook by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and The First Mess: Vibrant Plant-Based Recipes to Eat Well through the Seasons by Laura Wright are two great cookbooks to use. I chose the recipes here for the long Thanksgiving break, and I would definitely cook them again for other holidays. The main portion of the meal...

Foldscopes Give You the Power of Microscopes without Breaking the Bank

Manu Prakash and his team developed the Foldscope as a cheap way to test for malaria in places where it is challenging to use and maintain a research microscope. In addition, this foldable paper microscope—which reached its crowdfunding goal on Kickstarter within 24 hours when the campaign launched around this time last year—is also an affordable citizen-science tool. Foldscopes are to full-blown microscopes like a phone is to a DSLR camera: affordable, portable, and easy to use. I bought a...

The Last Jedi Carries Star Wars into the Future

In many ways, writing a Star Wars review for a geek-focused site is a fool’s errand. You’re going to see The Last Jedi no matter what I say, or if you aren’t planning to see it, I doubt I will change your mind. Still, this franchise has been my defining geekdom for much of my life, so at the very least I can offer the point of view of a very geeked-out film critic. So, from one student of...

6 Essential Tools Every Cosplay Crafter Should Own

I started making props in 2010, inspired by the portal-gun replica made by Harrison Krix (Volpin Props). He posted his build online in detail, with pictures showing how he made it, step by step. I was amazed by his end result; a replica forged from PVC pipe, foam, and a little bit science. I remember staring at my computer screen and thinking to myself that it didn’t look that hard and that I could build one too. Little did I...

8 Ways to Fight Anxiety, Geek Style

There are many articles out there about self-care, and they all have a different spin. Some talk about bath bombs and muffins. Others talk about medical appointments and paying the bills. I thought I would try my hand at writing one that suits my personality—so here is my guide to geeky self-care. I’ll tell you what works for me, and maybe some if it will translate into something you can use for yourself. A little about me. I have...

This Week in Geek (12/11/17–12/17/17)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, December 11th through Sunday, December 17th. Board Game Night at Tamarack Tap Room What: Gaming When: Monday, December 4th at 6:00 p.m. Where: Tamarack Tap Room The Tamarack Tap Room, in partnership with the Gaming Goat, presents a weekly Monday-evening meetup for board games and beer—meet new gamer friends and enjoy a brew. As with most public...

Minneapolis-Based Podcast Farming God Exchanges Hipster Points for Real Spiritual Growth

There isn’t a set theme or regular format to Farming God—it is a podcast for listeners who are looking for something different. Narrated by local author Steve Ray, Farming God attempts to make its audience ponder philosophical questions about the society we live in. While the show is monotonous at times, faithful listeners will encounter an assortment of historical information and good old-fashioned biographical tales. Using a deep, literary voice to narrate each episode, Ray’s vocal quality stands out...

Help Your Kid Get Through Time Apart with Good Old-Fashioned Letter Writing

Recently, my spouse and I were away from home, and from our kindergarten-aged daughter, for nearly two weeks—the longest we’d ever been separated. Even though she was excited about the idea of spending two weeks with her grandmother, I had a feeling that the reality of Mommy and Daddy not being there would sink in after a few days of us being gone. I wanted our absence to be bearable, so I had to have a plan. I wanted...

Step Rockets Deliver with a New Trilogy of Songs in an Intimate Studio Performance

It’s not often rock fans get to take a peek behind the curtain and see how the music is made when a band goes into the studio to do a recording, but a small group of listeners got just such a unique experience with Step Rockets at the storied Hideaway Studios in Northeast Minneapolis on Thursday night. The band sold just 30 tickets to their fans, invited their closest loved ones, and then added a film crew to capture...

Patton Oswalt, Please Come Back to Minnesota

As I sit writing this, it’s now a year to the day that I saw you live at Mystic Lake. I remember because it was literally the first time I had laughed in, at very least, the three days since the election. Two of my friends came with, one of whom had never seen you before. She loved your set just as much as we did. Actually, everyone did, and that was obvious because they stood up at the...
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