Monthly Archive:: July 2016

Throwback Thursday: What the Heck Is a Tapehead?

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. Having been friends since the early ’80s, and popping up in smaller roles in the other person’s films, it’s shocking to realize that John Cusack and Tim Robbins have only done one movie together in which they actually get to play friends. That film is the 1988 cult comedy...

How to Be Okay When the World Isn’t

There has been so much pain and sorrow in the world as of late. I won’t list all of the horrors—you know them well. This post isn’t about the horrors of the world; it’s about you. In light of these events, you have no doubt been inundated with information, the likes of which you wish weren’t true. You may have chosen to become (more) active in the fight for human rights, whether that means attending protests and vigils, immersing yourself...

This Week in Geek (07/11/16–07/17/16)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, July 11th through Sunday, July 17th. The MN Publishing Tweet Up What: Meetup, Books When: Tuesday, July 12th at 5:00 p.m. Where: Boneshaker Books The Minnesota Book Publishers’ Roundtable and the MN Publishing Tweet Up have partnered to host monthly meetups for publishing professionals, colleagues, and book lovers. This month’s meetup will once again be held at...

Nerd Fitness Is an Easy Resource for Leveling Up Your Life

The gym isn’t always a safe place. I recognize this even though I want to be a personal trainer and work in a gym setting. My ultimate goal is to help people overcome the intimidation and make people feel comfortable to work out, but I can respect that gyms can be places where some people, and geeks in particular, might not feel respected. If that’s something you’ve felt, I’d like to introduce you to something I clicked upon while...

That’s Not Gonna Happen to Me

While I was growing up, a voice would pop up in my head sometimes. A voice that would say, “That’s not gonna happen to me.” I remember having discussions about racism at a very young age. My family knew it was vital to talk about it, but as a kid I thought, “That’s not gonna happen to me.” I was a nice kid. I wasn’t like those other black kids, the ones who misbehaved and talked back. Then I’d...

Throwback Thursday: Something Is Coming and It Is Wicked

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. As mentioned in a previous column, in the late ’70s and early ’80s Disney tried to establish itself outside of the animation and kid-friendly genres. Another movie that tried to appeal to a slightly older audience as part of these efforts was 1983’s Something Wicked This Way Comes. Based on...

This Week in Geek (07/04/16–07/10/16)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, July 4th through Sunday, July 10th. Tabletop Tuesdays What: Meet-Up, Gaming When: Tuesday, July 5th at 5:00 p.m. Where: GlitchHQ Glitch (a nonprofit that “promotes the exploration of digital games as a culture, career, and creative practice) invites you to join them “for a casual night of board games” at GlitchHQ on the first and third Tuesday...

Meet Phil Juliano, the Creator of the Nostalgic Time-Traveling Comic You Should Be Reading

Comic strips like Garfield and Calvin and Hobbes were a huge part of my childhood. I grew up with the Star Tribune and reading the comics on Sundays, and I still love them. More recently, I learned about Best in Show by Minnesota illustrator Phil Juliano, a comic about a man who is able to go back in time. He chooses to relive his childhood, adding to his massive Star Wars collection in the process, together with his sidekick dog to...
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