Monthly Archive:: January 2015

Bring Bajoran Hasperat to Your Own Kitchen

One of my favorite shows growing up was Star Trek. Next Gen, Deep Space Nine, and Voyager still haunt my memories. In this universe, the Bajoran people were a race of culture, focusing on art, architecture, and food. One of the foods mentioned many times in DS9 is hasperat, a spicy vegetarian wrap, and as it is hard to find Bajoran veggies, I found a site that has come up with Earth-based alternatives. The Geeky Chef is a food...

Astronaut Karen Nyberg Shows us How She Washes Her Hair in Space

It’s not surprising to hear that astronaut and Minnesota native Karen Nyberg gets a lot of questions about washing her long, blonde hair in outer space. After all, long hair maintinence can be enough of an endeavor with the benefit of gravity and a shower. So when Nyberg was a flight engineer on the International Space Station in 2013, she took the time to shoot this video demonstrating how she washes her long hair while in orbit.  It’s pretty...

Reviewing the Indie Author: Legend by Jennifer Kohout

Welcome to Reviewing the Indie Author, where we look at books by small, self-published authors. Legend, the first novella in author Jennifer Kohout’s Wolf Lake series, introduces Samantha, a student researching and disproving all urban legends for her doctorate thesis. As part of her work, she stumbles upon a local legend, set in the Cascade mountains, of men who take the shape of wolves. Determined to prove the legend wrong, she sets out to find them, her journey leading...

Dance, Burlesque, Fitness, and Fun! ExperTease Fitness Annual Bash this Weekend

Finding geek-friendly, body positive spaces can be hard. The Twin Cities geek community is incredibly fortunate to have an assortment of geeky wellness activities available to us. One of these unique opportunities is ExperTease Fitness. I recently had the opportunity for to speak with ExperTease Fitness founder/owner Jac Fatale about ExperTease Fitness’s upcoming annual fundraiser bash, Superheros, Princesses and Mayhem, and to get some more information on this empowering fitness studio. Justini Yogini (TCG): What is ExperTease Fitness for people who have...

10 Ideas to Keep you Moving during Minnesota Winters

Did you ever dance with the devil in the pale moonlight? Or does a frozen nose and wet toes make you feel like Joker’s next victim? Sometimes it’s hard to make time for working out, especially when it’s so cold and dark you’re thinking about a vacation on Hoth. Here are some ideas to keep you moving through the winter! 1. Keeping it short is OK. If you don’t like the outside or if you’re in a downtown human...

MN Theater Genius Special: The Insufferable Spiteness of Beaver

I got to see a special preview of Jon Stark‘s upcoming show The Insufferable Spiteness of Beaver. Based on the show’s promotional material, I kind of didn’t really know what to expect. Having now seen it, I’m excited to share what I experienced and why folks should (or should not) go see this performance. But I’m kind of not going to tell you what to expect. The Insufferable Spiteness of Beaver (Creaturea Complexitus) Stark is a standup comedian. The show was born...

Minnesota Historic Recreation Society’s 2015 Victorian Winter Ball

Hosted by the Minnesota Historic Recreation Society, the annual Winter Ball is a great opportunity to show off your Victorian threads and spend the evening conversing by candlelight. The Winter Ball is one of several parties, complete with dinner and dancing, thrown by the Society during the year, each with a particular period theme. While sticking exactly with the 1860’s theme is sure to earn you extra ooh’s and ahh’s, later Victorian garb or modern formal wear is welcome as...

West Wing + Tumblr = GOLD

It’s not that I spend my workdays gorging on geeky Tumblr sites. Okay, it’s not just that I do that. It’s that Tumblr seems to be where the snark and the meta and the meta-snark go for recess. What’s hanging on the monkey bars of the collective playground we call the Internet now? The Super Official Blog of the White House Tumblr blogger toblerziegly has curated a beautiful collection of West Wing screenshots coupled with frighteningly appropriate Tumblr comments. The captions...

Rat Queens #1 Review: “Son.” “Of.” “A.” “Kitten.”

Rat Queens, the comic book written by Kurtis Wiebe (Peter Panzerfaust) and initially drawn by Roc Unchurch, is about women, sex, violence, drugs, and way, way too much candy. It’s also about Dungeons & Dragons and nerd culture; its setting is half parody, half love letter, from Lovecraftian death gods to a Bilbo Baggins homage. The comic opens in a town-hall meeting discussing the dire threat to the city of Palisade. The threat is the violent competition between Palisade’s five adventuring guilds: the Obsidian Darkness, a squad of...

Crochet Project! Geekbaby’s Lego Block Blanket

If you’re like me, you’re always on the lookout for something perfect for the little geek in your life. You’re also too busy to spend long hours chained to your sewing machine. Enter Geekbaby’s Lego Block Blanket, a simple and very portable crochet project. You can carry only one color at a time if you’re out and about, and because you’re making individual blocks for later assembly, you don’t need to haul around a lot of yarn or a big in-progress project. When...
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