Monthly Archive:: November 2015

This Week in Geek (11/30/15–12/06/15)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, November 30th through Sunday, December 6th. Books & Bars: How Star Wars Conquered the Universe What: Meet-Up, Books, Bars When: Tuesday, December 1st at 6:15 p.m. Where: The Happy Gnome Books & Bars is an “open public book club show” hosted and moderated by Minnesota Public Radio senior producer Jeff Kamin that provides attendees with “a unique...

Malware of the Future and More with Author Shale Nelson

I’ve been familiar with Minnesota author Shale Nelson’s writing for a few years now, so it was no surprise to me that a short story of his was honored by a major anthology, The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2015. His writing spans prose, poetry, and various destinations in between, but no matter what the style or subject there is always a trickster element to his fiction. We took some time to talk about what is going on...

An Intense Read Perfect for Superhero and Comic-Book Enthusiasts

For some reason or another, I always discover geeky material a while after release. This has been the case for television hits such as Agents of SHIELD, and it was the case for the subject of this review: Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson, the first novel in his The Reckoners series, published in 2013. My immediate reaction to finishing this book was squealing and babbling about how magnificent it was. Any point I had free time in my day, I pulled out...

Throwback Thursday: You’ve Got a Friend in E.T.

Throwback Thursday examines films from the past—“classic” films that might not always be in the current cultural zeitgeist but can still be important in some aspect. Wrapping up my month of comfort films, I especially want to share my love of a particular film from my childhood. This was the first film I saw more than twice in the theater. In fact, I saw it 11 times that summer because I couldn’t get enough of the feelings it gave...

Food Shame, the Holidays, and You: How to Foster Compassion This Holiday Season

The holidays can be a wonderful time for coming together with loved ones, but they can also be an uncomfortable time full of shame and doubt. While shared meals can bring people together, they can sometimes be the fuel that drives them apart. If the practice in your family gatherings in the past has been centered around food shame, you don’t need to keep that going. If you’ve decided that this behavior no longer serves you, you can change...

The MN Bookstore Guide to Black Friday and Small Business Saturday 2015

The biggest shopping day of the year is almost here. You can find some great deals on Black Friday, and that goes for books as well. But it’s the day after that when book lovers and the people buying gifts for them will find the best bargains. Independent bookstores have run with Small Business Saturday over the last few years as a shop-local alternative to Black Friday, with one of the big draws being author Sherman Alexie’s Indies First...

This Week in Geek (11/23/15–11/29/15)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, November 23rd through Sunday, November 29th. YA Powerhouse Panel What: Panel, Books When: Monday, November 23rd at 7:00 p.m. Where: Harriet Island Pavilion The Red Balloon Bookshop and the Saint Paul Public Library are co-sponsoring the YA Powerhouse Panel being held at 7:00 p.m. tonight at the Harriet Island Pavilion. This “one-of-a-kind event” and “ultimate evening of...

Child of Light: Because Sometimes It’s Fun to Be a Princess

Once in a while, it’s fun to play a fairy-tale princess in an Oz-like adventure. I discovered Child of Light on the PlayStation Network and was drawn in by its ethereal watercolor artwork. It was gorgeous, and it made me want to play. But beyond the art, it continues to draw the gamer in with its whimsical plot and gradually increasing difficulty, which ensures a continual challenge as the player progresses. Child of Light is an Ubisoft game, released...

Are Today’s Superheroes Tomorrow’s Gods?

If you visit the Hindu Temple of Minnesota in Maple Grove, you’ll find yourself directed to the main hall, which is the heart of the establishment. Along the border of the main hall are shrines dedicated to different Hindu deities that you can kneel and pray to. Each deity is dressed and surrounded by vibrant colors, and their two to ten hands are carrying unique symbolic talismans, from swords to flowers to conch shells. There’s enough visual stimulus going on...

Throwback Thursday: Stardust Falls out of the Sky and into My Top Feel-Good Films

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. There’s a lot of coming-of-age quest films in the world. However, there are a lot fewer all-ages fantasy versions of those films. Along the lines of The Princess Bride, which I’m going to assume most people reading this column can quote eminently, there might be a lesser-known film that you should check out. That...
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