Monthly Archive:: March 2015

A New World: Final Fantasy Live, Up Close, and Personal

One of my main fandoms is soundtracks, particularly video-game soundtracks. I have paid more attention to the score of any given game than almost all other factors since before I could remember. I have been closely following the evolution of video-game music through the years, not only how the technical capabilities have advanced but also, of more interest, how the very concept of video-game music has changed. Your grandma can probably hum the Mario Bros. theme. These jingles have become an irrevocable part...

This Week in Geek (03/30/15–04/05/15)

Welcome to the first installment of This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, March 30th through Sunday, April 5th. Beer + Comics book club What: Club Meeting When: Monday, March 30 at 6:00 PM Where: Wild Rumpus Books for Young Readers The Beer + Comics book club will be discussing two collections of popular ongoing comic book series starring female characters published by Marvel Comics at...

Minicon 50 is Worth a Look for Minnesota Sci-fi & Fantasy Fans of all Ages

The weekend of April 2nd to 5th marks a significant anniversary for organized fandom here in Minnesota. This is the 50th year of Minicon, Minnesota’s oldest science fiction convention, and surprisingly enough, currently one of the freshest on the scene. Once the premier fan-run con of the American Midwest, today’s Minicon is run by a small but seasoned group of veteran Minnesota fans who have spent recent years focused on integrating the next generations into their leadership and letting them loose to create a...

A Geek’s Guide to the 2015 Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference (AWP)

If you’re attending next week’s Association of Writers and Writing Programs conference—better known to the world as AWP—it’s already a given that you’re a writing geek. But AWP also has plenty of offerings for your more specific “geek” tendencies. Here are some of the best panels that might appeal to those interests. Remember! If you don’t want to shell out for the full four-day registration ($255), you can buy a Saturday-only pass on-site for just $40. Considering the full...

Fattening Fantasy Action in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

We all knew this Hobbit trilogy was a bad idea for padding out such a short story. Director Peter Jackson managed to produce some favorable content in his first two films of this series, but with The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies, he has run out of steam. He’s all but abandoned that sense of wonder and fantastical adventure he was aiming for in the previous installments. He even forgets about his central protagonist in this grand finale—Bilbo...

Have you Noticed How Many Black People Have Been Killed on The Walking Dead this Season?

Caution: this will contain spoilers. Now that it has been over a week, I can assume that everyone is caught up on The Walking Dead episode from March 15th, “Spend”. I can assume you have all sat through the suspense of watching Glenn, Noah and Nicholas in that revolving glass door surrounded by Walkers, the annoying frustration with Nicholas’s selfish maneuver to escape, the loss of hope as Noah was dragged by his already-not-in-all-that-great-condition leg until the walkers ever so thoughtfully...

Throwback Thursday: Dystopian Dick—Next

Throwback Thursday examines films from the past—typically “classic” films that might not be in the current cultural zeitgeist but can still be important in some aspect. As mentioned in my previous columns on Radio Free Albemuth and Imposter, with CONvergence coming up in July and running with their theme of dystopian visions, I thought I’d delve into the film adaptations of Philip K. Dick. I will try to stay away from comparisons to his novels and short stories as...

Now Loading: High Charity 72-Hour Marathon

High Charity is a small group of individuals dedicated to raising money for the Child’s Play charity. They get together once or twice a year to play games for 72 hours straight, all for donations. Everything you see that they do they have paid for with their own wallets. I talked with Matt Reese, one of the participants in High Charity about what it is and how it works. Kelly Starsmore (TCG): How long as High Charity been doing...

The Dos and Don’ts of Drinks to Bring to Cons

Convention season has started up, and for me, that means I start searching for drinks to bring to the COOOOON! After doing some research, I’ve come up with some dos, some don’ts, and something fun to try in your room! Don’ts Cream-based drinks. I love Irish cream, but these drinks will sit heavy and most likely not mix well with any other drinks you’ll have at the party rooms. Plus, the biggest cons are during summer, and cream drinks...

I Am Finally Ready to Talk About My Breakup with Trent Reznor

Trent Reznor and I go way back. We have quite a history together. While many a goth can say the same, I saw his nose hairs at a concert once. And he may have looked at me. Or looked over in the area I was standing. Or looked at the girl with her shirt over her head next to me. Whatever. The point is, we have had a long, complex relationship. We had out good, fun, wild times (WithA TeethA)...
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