Monthly Archive:: May 2015

Throwback Thursday: The Last Unicorn

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. In this day and age of Disney and Dreamworks keeping an incredible tight grasp on American animated films, let’s take a look at an animated classic of days gone by. When men wanted to be magicians and a Unicorn wanted to find other Unicorns. Today we’re going to look at a film from...

More Heroes, More Problems in Avengers: Age of Ultron

And so we return once more to the summer tentpole of the Avengers franchise—legendary for both its breakout superhero crossover and its massive box office to make it happen. Whereas the previous installment was a miraculous spectacle for its convergence of so many heroes, Avengers: Age of Ultron has higher standards to live up to. We’re familiar with all these characters now and want to see something much more than basic introductions before the real fights break out. For...

This Week in Geek (05/25/15–05/31/15)

Happy Geek Pride Day and welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, May 25th through Sunday, May 31st. United Geeks of Gaming Game Designer Session What: Meet-Up, Gaming When: Tuesday, May 26th at 7:00 p.m. Where: Event Horizon The Geek Partnership Society’s United Geeks of Gaming group meets up monthly for board gaming, card gaming, roleplaying, and video gaming events and weekend extravaganzas. One such event...

The Origin Story of a Fantasy World and Literary Activism

My high school in Abu Dhabi was all about practicality and financial success. The administration pushed the sciences and nigh ignored the arts—if you couldn’t handle the sciences, which would get you into the top colleges and make the school look good, you were punished for it. In the 10th grade, I failed multiple weekly tests in physics, chemistry, and math. When you failed one of these tests, which was defined as getting less than 80 percent, you stayed...

Throwback Thursday: Jan Svankmajer’s Alice

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. After 10 weeks of Philip K. Dick adaptations, I really needed to cleanse my palate a bit. So in place of the dystopian films, I thought surrealism would be a nice change of pace. Weird, I know. But let’s dive in to this week’s throwback. Right out of the gate, I want to...

This Week in Geek (05/18/15–05/24/15)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, May 18th, through Sunday, May 24th. Goth Prom XII: MYSTERY at The Saloon What: Nightlife, Parties & Dances When: Monday, May 18th at 9:00 p.m. Where: The Saloon The Forbidden Bazaar, Hard Mondays, and the Saloon invite you to Goth Prom XII: MYSTERY, “a night of revelry, intrigue, and macabre thrills” for which “your finest Victorian, Noir, and Gothic attire is...

THERE WAS A KOJIMA HERE—IT’S GONE NOW

If you have Internet access and even a sliver of interest in the events of the gaming world, you are probably already well aware that Silent Hills has been officially canceled. Hideo Kojima’s love child with Guillermo del Toro, which was greatly anticipated to be the messiah of horror games, is as dead as a talking fetus in a sink. Gone. Dead and gone. FOREVER. The frustrating part is that nobody seems to know why. All the public knows...

This Convention Season, Don’t Just Survive—Thrive!

Hooray, it’s convention season! . . . Boo, I’m going to be exhausted and probably sick. As a wellness professional, my main concern is for everyone’s health and well-being during con season. Here are some ways to make your self-care a priority while still getting the most out of your convention experience. You may have heard some of these before, and some might be new to you. 1. Carry a Water Bottle (and Drink from It Often) You’ve heard...

Throwback Thursday: Dystopian Dick—Blade Runner

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, with CONvergence coming up in July and running with their theme of dystopian visions, I’m delving into the film adaptations of Philip K. Dick. I will stay away from comparisons to his novels and short stories as much as possible and focus specifically on the films themselves. It’s funny....

This Week in Geek (05/11/15–05/17/15)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, May 11th through Sunday, May 17th. Sarah J. Maas: A Court of Thorns and Roses Ticketed Event What: Reading, Signing When: Monday, May 11th at 6:30 p.m. Where: Red Balloon Bookshop Sarah J. Maas, author of the Throne of Glass series, will be appearing at the Red Balloon Bookshop to read from the first book in her latest series, A Court of...
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