Monthly Archive:: February 2016

Geeky Fitness Accessories to Kick-Start Healthy Habits

No matter what anyone tells you, it’s completely possible to be a fit geek. Yesterday, I walked into the gym wearing Hogwarts socks (with my Nike sneakers), wearing my Doctor Who tank top, and carrying my matching Tardis water bottle. I was 100% ready to tackle my workout because I felt like my most confident self in my geeky apparel. (Combining fandoms with my exercise gear also encourages other geeks to strike up a conversation.) I recommend these items for any...

Operation Stop Hate: The Best Edgy Minnesota Mystery Novel

To write this review properly, I have to tell you about the author, Jessie Chandler. My friend from college and I visited Minneapolis last year for spring break to find the coolest small business bookstores in the city. We walked into Once Upon a Crime and Jessie was working behind the desk. She had so much to say and recommended some books to my friend and me. She also gave me a free copy of her book Operation Stop Hate and a free tote...

Throwback Thursday: Whiteout Isn’t All Bad

Throwback Thursday examines films from the past—“classic” films that might not be in the current cultural zeitgeist but can still be important, interesting, fun, or all of the above. I’m going out on a limb with this one . . . a film that was panned by critics and didn’t make back its production costs on its theatrical release, but still has some good points to it. I’m talking about 2009’s Whiteout, based on the comic miniseries by Greg...

The Witch Gives the Devil His Due

How tightly the Devil grips you may come down to a matter of religion. The current sociopolitical climate makes it very clear that the Devil is alive and well for many people in the United States. Even when it’s just a matter of rhetoric, the belief in a literal Devil is a potent force in our society and probably always has been. This is in spite of the fact that popular culture has reduced and overexposed the “ultimate enemy...

This Week in Geek (02/15/16–02/21/16)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, February 15th through Sunday, February 21st. Craft Spirits and Crafting What: Meet-Up, Crafts When: Tuesday, February 16th at 5:00 p.m. Where: Du Nord Craft Spirits “What happens when a local, small batch distillery with an upscale cocktail room teams up with the larger-than-life fiber arts shop, StevenBe? A whole lot of crafty fun and lots of delicious...

Author Catherine Lundoff and “Peak Queer Lycanthrope”

Catherine Lundoff is a force in genre writing and studies. Her work has found audiences at both a local and national level. She’s produced a series of articles on “deep reading” for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) audiences and characters for SF Signal in addition to her own blogs and books. She’s certainly a force for expanding the vision of what genre writing is, so I took some time to talk to her about the past and...

Book Geek Bulletin: Hobbits, Harry Potter, and Hemingway

Book Geek Bulletin is a regular feature where we round up what’s going on in the world of literary culture and books—both here in Minnesota and around the world. Jump to: Local Lit | Global News | Page to Screen Local Lit Warner Bros. has acquired the film rights to Fly a Little Higher, the book by Laura Sobiech about her son, Zach—“the Lakeland teenager who wrote the hit song ‘Clouds’ as a farewell to family and friends before...

Grown Geeks: Geeks Who Kink

In exploring the relationship between geek culture and sexuality—which so far I’ve done here for nonmonogamy, asexuality, and gay geek women—it’s clear there is quite a bit of overlap when it comes to certain groups. As an example, an article at Vocativ last fall looked at the presence of the kink community within the renaissance festival, or RenFest, community. Corsets are everywhere at RenFest, so the large presence of kinksters in among festival-goers may not come as a huge surprise....

5 Board Games Guaranteed to Ruin Your Valentine’s Day Romance

Valentine’s Day is the most divisive Hallmark holiday in terms of public opinion. For those who do have someone to share the day with—be it a special someone, good friend, or family member—the day can be a cheery experience full of lighthearted candy exchanges, kisses, or even candlelit dinners. But for those who (like me) haven’t tricked someone into loving them, the day can leave a bitter taste in their mouth, with its only solace coming from the discount...

From the Stands: High-Class Comics Is Just Getting Started

From the Stands is a series that profiles comic book stores around the Twin Cities and talks about their histories, their offerings, and the communities they serve. You can’t get your shoes fixed at High-Class Comics though people have asked. “This used to be a shoe shop for about 50 years,” says Bjorn Brosdahl, owner and operator of High-Class. “This was Bernie [Apple’s] old shoe repair store and still every day someone’s calling me up asking, ‘Do you think...
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