Yearly Archive:: 2015

Throwback Thursday: It’s New Year’s Eve—Let’s Not Dwell on Misery

Throwback Thursday examines films from the past—“classic” films that might not be in the current cultural zeitgeist but can still be important in some aspect. It’s cold and gross out, and some of you might actually be at work today. If you are, I’m sorry to hear that. But hopefully you can have an enjoyable New Year’s Eve night and pass the time between now and then with a little throwback. It’s a great time to reflect on what...

This Week in Geek (12/28/15–01/03/16)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, December 28th through Sunday, January 3rd. Game Designer Session What: Meet-Up, Gaming When: Tuesday, December 29th at 7:00 p.m. Where: Waterbury Center The Geek Partnership Society’s United Geeks of Gaming group meets up monthly for board gaming, card gaming, role-playing, and video gaming events and weekend extravaganzas. One such event is the Game Designer Session series, which...

LARP Talk: Heather Silsbee and the Golden Cobra Challenge

I’ve been a fan of roleplaying games—the tabletop kind, or in my case the couch kind—for a long time. I’ve also been involved in, and love, community theater. I only discovered the crossover between the two a couple years ago when I saw something on social media and thought, “What the hell is LARP?” Well, last week I had the pleasure of sitting down with local LARP writer and recent Golden Cobra Challenge award winner Heather Silsbee, and she explained everything beautifully....

10 Myths That Explain Why Geek Businesses Fail to Launch

I’ve started many businesses in my lifetime, and I have become intensely aware of some of the typical blunders that many geeks, even brilliant geeks, make when trying to start a business. If you’re trying to get off the ground, here are some myths and misconceptions that might be holding you back. Myth #1: All You Need Is One Great Idea FALSE. Great ideas are a dime a dozen. And although a great idea doesn’t hurt, it isn’t necessary...

Reviewing the Indie Author: The D’Karon Apprentice

Welcome to Reviewing the Indie Author, where we look at books by self-published and independent-press authors. The D’Karon Apprentice is the fourth installment in the Book of Deacon series by Joseph Lallo, which I first wrote about here almost a year ago. Myranda and her friends have destroyed the evil that hid in the Northern Alliance, and the north and the south have reached an uneasy truce. Slowly, though, an evil awakens in the south, intent on bringing death...

Throwback Thursday: A Fun Christmas Can Turn Deadly with Gremlins

Throwback Thursday examines films from the past—“classic” films that might not be in the current cultural zeitgeist but can still be important in some aspect. Continuing with our look at winter movies, today we’ll be examining the nuts and bolts of 1984’s Gremlins. Directed by Joe Dante and produced by Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment, Gremlins merges comedy and horror and assisted bringing the PG-13 rating into being. The movie deals with a father who finds his son Billy an...

A Talk with Agile Coach and DevJammer David Hussman

Dave Hussman leads DevJam, a local agile production house in Minneapolis. I had a chance at November’s Agile Day Twin Cities to catch up with him and see how his work with DevJam and his life in general relate to other Twin Cities geeks. Philip Coler (TCG): Can you give a brief description of DevJam for those who don’t know what it is? David Hussman: DevJam does four things: we build products for other people, we have people out...

What If It Isn’t a Happy Holiday? 5 Ways to Take Care of Yourself This Season

There is currently the yearly battle over whether it’s appropriate to say “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays” raging. But it seems like there’s a part of the narrative that we’re missing: what if, for you, this time of year is neither merry nor happy? What if this time of year brings about an acute sadness or exacerbates an already down mood? There are so many reasons that a person might feel sad this time of year. As with anything...

This Week in Geek (12/21/15–12/27/15)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, December 21st through Sunday, December 27th. Must See TriVia What: Trivia, TV When: Tuesday, December 22nd at 7:00 p.m. Where: The Driftwood Char Bar Spare Squares Trivia (the producers of TC Trek Trivia) invite you to tune in to their spin-off series: Must See TriVia, the only pub trivia in the Twin Cities dedicated to the sitcoms...

Everyone Is a Superhero! The Importance of Body Positivity

This week I watched the latest episode of Arrow while eating a piece of red velvet cheesecake. The cheesecake was amazing, by the way, but one feeling kept nagging at me: the wish that my body looked as muscular and toned as the Black Canary. I do realize that as soon as thoughts like these come to mind, I need to force them out. I should be thankful that my body is healthy no matter its appearance. But insecurities will never...
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