This Week in Geek (5/29/17–6/4/17)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, May 29th through Sunday, June 4th. Memorial Day Weekend at Fort Snelling What: Educational When: Monday, May 29th at 10:00 a.m. Where: Fort Snelling Take Memorial Day as an opportunity to connect with Minnesota history through the military lens of Fort Snelling. Hang out with costumed interpreters and learn the many stories behind this historic fort, including...

Win FREE Team Registration for the 2017 Minnesota Crossword Tournament!

Attention word nerds! The sixth annual Minnesota Crossword Tournament is coming June 11 to the Landmark Center, where puzzle buffs will compete for prizes and glory based on speed and accuracy. And starting today, we’re giving you the chance to win free entry along with one, two, or three of your friends! To enter, all you have to do is like the Twin Cities Geek page on Facebook and comment on the team registration giveaway post with a synonym...

The Minnesota Crossword Tournament Spells Out a Good Time for Puzzle Solvers

Becoming skilled at solving crosswords is almost like learning a new language, according to University of Minnesota professor and expert crossword maker Victor Barocas. “You might have to learn, for example, that ‘Brazilian flower’ might mean AMAZON—because the Amazon River flows—or that the state bird of Hawaii is the NENE. And things like that take time to learn.” Minnesotans will have the chance to put their own skills to the test on June 11 at the sixth annual Minnesota Crossword...

Help Baywatch Make a Splash This Summer

Many things came to mind before I went to the screening of Baywatch. What did I really know about the television series? I knew it starred Pamela Anderson and David Hasselhoff. I knew it was sort of portrayed to be serious, but in retrospect was somewhat comical in trying to be legitimate. I also knew that it was once the most watched show on television. But what could I expect from a full-feature film with the same plot as the...

Dead Men Talk Too Much in the Latest Pirates of the Caribbean

The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise has been going for 14 years. It started out as a fun popcorn flick trying to capture the joy of the ride at Walt Disney World, and it succeeded initially. That success was mainly due to Johnny Depp’s whacked-out turn as Captain Jack Sparrow, but as the years progressed the plots got more entangled, with periphery characters all given moments in the spotlight. In the fourth film, 2011’s On Stranger Tides, the franchise...

A Dark Crystal Prequel Series Is Coming to Netflix (with Minnesota Talent)

“When three Gelfling discover the horrifying secret behind the Skeksis’ power, they set out on an epic journey to ignite the fires of rebellion and save their world.” So reads the log line for the Dark Crystal series announced last week, which has no doubt been anticipated for a few decades by many fans of the original 1982 Jim Henson film. Given Netflix’s solid track record of creating original content and reawakening interest in older properties, it looks like a good...

Shadow War: Armageddon Offers Quick Matches, Long Campaigns, and Lots of Customization

With the recent announcement of the eighth edition of Warhammer 40,000, there may be people out there who are interested in the game but put off by the price tag of starting an army. For those people, Games Workshop’s new Shadow War: Armageddon is an excellent entry point for the curious, requiring a far smaller investment. This game is based on the rule set of Necromunda, Games Workshop’s classic game, originally published in 1995. Swapping out gang warfare in...

Throwback Thursday: Spaceballs the Review!

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. Spaceballs was my introduction to Mel Brooks. I was 12 years old and visiting my grandmother for the summer (I think it was an excuse for my parents to have time to themselves). She was the type of grandparent that spoiled me. She took me to see three to four...

The Player One Podcast Is for the Gamers

Podcasts are one of the best ways to keep up with gaming news, and out of the hundreds of them that litter the Internet, the Player One Podcast is one of the most polished. Each week, former game journalists Chris, Greg, Phil, and Mike team up to (as they put it) “talk about console/portable/PC games, babies, and the meaning of life.” Clocking around an hour each episode, they go over news, talk about what games they have been playing,...

Zelda Concert Charms Minnesota Fans But Struggles on the Technical Elements

The Legend of Zelda series has never been known for complexity or depth. The story lines are very simple: an eternal battle of the ultimate good versus the ultimate evil. This is not a criticism—in fact, a cartoony, formulaic underdog-hero-saves-the-world has often been a welcome respite from the current world of gritty reboots and hyperrealism for many. And if the series has always been about fluffy, uncomplicated fun, The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses firmly followed suit. Presented by Jason Michael...
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