You Can Explore Path of Exile’s Dark Continent in Just About Any Way You Choose

Path of Exile’s new Breach leagues started not too long ago, and so I figured it’s as good a time as any to introduce the game to a wider world. For those not familiar with it, Path of Exile, made by Grinding Gear Games out of New Zealand, is a free-to-play action RPG loot grinder with a surprising (sometimes frankly astonishing) level of detail in its customization and character building. It manages to be one of the most obsessively...

This Week in Geek (1/16/17–1/22/17)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, January 16th through Sunday, January 22nd. Figure Drawing Salon What: Arts When: Monday, December 19th at 6:30 p.m. Where: Event Horizon The Geek Partnership Society’s Arts Initiative hosts a figure-drawing salon at the Waterbury Center at 6:30 p.m. on the third Monday of each month. For a $5 fee, attendees can participate in a three-hour drawing session...

Throwback Thursday: Fantastic Planet Is a Space Opera Unlike Any Other

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. The Twin Cities’ largest-run convention, CONvergence, is six months away. I know it seems ages from now, however the main theme for this year is space opera, and what better way to gear up for it than to take a look at some of the films that could be...

Octavia Butler’s Graphic Story Kindred Gets the Graphic Novel Treatment

Octavia Butler is one of the most important writers of our time, known as the mother of black science fiction and speculative fiction. Because of her unique perspective, Butler adds a new lens to these genres using the influences of sex and race and their relationships to power. Her best-known work of speculative fiction is her 1979 novel Kindred, in which the protagonist, a middle-aged black woman named Dana living in 1976 California, travels back in time to a...

Arby’s Targets the Geek Market with Awesome Papercraft Creations

Man, does it feel abnormal to be in the target market for a company’s marketing campaign! With most of my interests being in obscure or independent video games and intense board games, it isn’t very often that I come across advertising that appeals to some of my primary interests: geek stuff and eating. In case you haven’t seen it, some time ago, Arby’s launched a social media campaign of food art and papercrafted sculptures featuring a very long list...

This Week in Geek (1/9/17–1/15/17)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, January 9th through Sunday, January 15th. YogaQuest Continues: Buffy the Vampire Slayer What: Sports & Fitness When: Tuesday, January 10th at 7:00 p.m. Where: YQdio Come and experience YogaQuest, a blend of yoga and fanfiction storytelling led by certified yoga instructors. Experience a yoga workout experience and a story at the same time. This week’s theme is...

These Great Concerts Hitting the Twin Cities Are Just What We Need In 2017

Merriam-Webster has named “surreal” the Word of the Year for 2016. I think that pretty accurately describes the past 12 months. Last year was pretty surreal for many of us, trying to find our way through this confusing haze that has settled over our politics, our culture, and our lives. But “surreal” is a little too vague for many people, I think. “Horrific,” “shocking,” or just plain “depressing” might better explain the frightening transition of the Republican candidate into presidency;...

Hidden Figures Reminds Us That Black Women Are Important, Period.

In 2011, a friend of mine had passes to see The Help and asked if I wanted to go and see the movie with her. I took one look at the poster and said, “No thank you.” After hearing the glowing reviews of the movie, I contemplated giving it a shot, but I couldn’t shake the feeling of dread that gnawed at the pit of my stomach. In 2013, movie reviewers tackled 12 Years a Slave. They said it...

Throwback Thursday: In Memoriam 2016

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. We lost a lot of great entertainers in 2016, and a couple really hit home for me personally, as I’m sure some did for you as well. Some people might question why we put celebrities on a pedestal when people in Syria are being ravaged, killed, and displaced; when...

Supergirl Is Super Campy, Super Fun, and Super Addictive

I’ve written for this site for about a year now, and I’d like to think I don’t just rip on every show I review. Jeff Ross, a comedian made famous by the Comedy Central Roasts, once said, “I only roast the ones I love!” Likewise, if I’m writing negatively about a show, it’s often because I actually want that show to do well. That is the mentality I have when it comes to Supergirl, a show that actually has...
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