Monthly Archive:: December 2017

6 Essential Tools Every Cosplay Crafter Should Own

I started making props in 2010, inspired by the portal-gun replica made by Harrison Krix (Volpin Props). He posted his build online in detail, with pictures showing how he made it, step by step. I was amazed by his end result; a replica forged from PVC pipe, foam, and a little bit science. I remember staring at my computer screen and thinking to myself that it didn’t look that hard and that I could build one too. Little did I...

8 Ways to Fight Anxiety, Geek Style

There are many articles out there about self-care, and they all have a different spin. Some talk about bath bombs and muffins. Others talk about medical appointments and paying the bills. I thought I would try my hand at writing one that suits my personality—so here is my guide to geeky self-care. I’ll tell you what works for me, and maybe some if it will translate into something you can use for yourself. A little about me. I have...

This Week in Geek (12/11/17–12/17/17)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, December 11th through Sunday, December 17th. Board Game Night at Tamarack Tap Room What: Gaming When: Monday, December 4th at 6:00 p.m. Where: Tamarack Tap Room The Tamarack Tap Room, in partnership with the Gaming Goat, presents a weekly Monday-evening meetup for board games and beer—meet new gamer friends and enjoy a brew. As with most public...

Minneapolis-Based Podcast Farming God Exchanges Hipster Points for Real Spiritual Growth

There isn’t a set theme or regular format to Farming God—it is a podcast for listeners who are looking for something different. Narrated by local author Steve Ray, Farming God attempts to make its audience ponder philosophical questions about the society we live in. While the show is monotonous at times, faithful listeners will encounter an assortment of historical information and good old-fashioned biographical tales. Using a deep, literary voice to narrate each episode, Ray’s vocal quality stands out...

Help Your Kid Get Through Time Apart with Good Old-Fashioned Letter Writing

Recently, my spouse and I were away from home, and from our kindergarten-aged daughter, for nearly two weeks—the longest we’d ever been separated. Even though she was excited about the idea of spending two weeks with her grandmother, I had a feeling that the reality of Mommy and Daddy not being there would sink in after a few days of us being gone. I wanted our absence to be bearable, so I had to have a plan. I wanted...

Step Rockets Deliver with a New Trilogy of Songs in an Intimate Studio Performance

It’s not often rock fans get to take a peek behind the curtain and see how the music is made when a band goes into the studio to do a recording, but a small group of listeners got just such a unique experience with Step Rockets at the storied Hideaway Studios in Northeast Minneapolis on Thursday night. The band sold just 30 tickets to their fans, invited their closest loved ones, and then added a film crew to capture...

Patton Oswalt, Please Come Back to Minnesota

As I sit writing this, it’s now a year to the day that I saw you live at Mystic Lake. I remember because it was literally the first time I had laughed in, at very least, the three days since the election. Two of my friends came with, one of whom had never seen you before. She loved your set just as much as we did. Actually, everyone did, and that was obvious because they stood up at the...

Adam Savage and Michael Stevens Satiate the Mind with Brain Candy Live

For generations, being interested in science made you an outcast—forced into the depths of basement laboratories, backyard telescopes, and dusty library sections. But over time, popular science started to break through to the masses, with shows like Mr. Wizard, Beakman’s World, and Bill Nye the Science Guy. The last decade in particular has seen a science boom in what is cool, thanks in large part to Mythbusters on television and Vsauce on the interwebs. So in some ways, it’s only natural that hosts...

Klingons, Gender, and Disability on the Feast of the Long Night

The concept of transformative works is not new; it dates back as far as history goes. Typical examples include the Gospels (written hundreds of years after the life of the historical figure of Jesus) and Dante’s Divine Comedy (a self-insert version of the author palling around with his favorite poet, Virgil). In the 20th century we have Sherlock Holmes fans writing their own eccentric-genius stories (the Baker Street Irregulars through Laurie King), Star Trek fans writing licensed tie-ins and...

Imagination Is the Ultimate Escape in The Terror Fantastic

There’s something refreshing about attending a play put on by a smaller theater company. Larger productions can certainly be dazzling, yet they can also feel a trifle overproduced. The expensive sets, the slickly tailored costumes, the perfect sound and effects can actually distance an audience from the immediate experience, and the show becomes more akin to television—something experienced at an emotional remove. Not so with 20% Theater Company’s world premier of The Terror Fantastic by Nicole Jost at the...
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