Yearly Archive:: 2018

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Is a Tumbling Sequel

It’s almost fitting that Jeff Goldblum’s character, Dr. Ian Malcolm, begins this movie with his usual warnings about man toying with dino DNA. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve quoted his classic line: “Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should.” That statement sadly applies to Fallen Kingdom, the Jurassic World sequel about not learning from previous mistakes that unfortunately still hasn’t learned from Jurassic Park’s...

Saved The Game Is Lighthearted Fun about Escaping Armageddon

I’ve previously mentioned that I keep my eyes peeled for tabletop games themed around real-world religion. But these kinds of games are rare because releasing anything into the glutted tabletop marketplace is a gamble, and most companies try to minimize their risk by avoiding what they see as unnecessary controversy. Then there are those like Minneapolis locals James Kenna and Zach Rapatz, who utilize crowdfunding to publish outlandish games for the people who want them, such as their debut...

In 2018, Why Are There Still Boys’ and Girls’ Toys?

Hey, various fast food-places that serve their kids’ food with a toy: can we stop calling them “boy” and “girl” toys already? The other day I took my tiny geek to grab a quick lunch from the Subway in Ridgedale mall. When the cashier was assembling my daughter’s meal, an apology was included. “I’m sorry, we only have boys’ toys,” the cashier said, placing a ham sandwich into the bag apparently not meant for someone who doesn’t identify as...

Poptone Brings Musical History to Minneapolis’s First Avenue

On Wednesday, July 20, Daniel Ash and Kevin Haskins of Bauhaus, Tones on Tail, and Love and Rockets fame will be joined on the First Avenue stage by Haskins’s daughter Diva Dompé for a new venture called Poptone. This collaboration gives Ash and Haskins an opportunity to tour and play songs from across their various bands but especially Tones on Tail, which had very limited touring during the height of its popularity. With the addition of Dompé playing bass,...

University of Minnesota Researchers Discover a New Magnetic Element

In our day-to-day lives, it’s easy to take magnets for granted. We may not think about it, but so many important tools we use all the time use magnets to function, from computers and other consumer electronics to medical equipment. Despite this prevalence, only three natural elements have been shown to be macroscopically magnetic: iron (Fe), cobalt (Co), and nickel (Ni). Recently, however, a new study out of the University of Minnesota, in conjunction with researchers from the University of...

This Week in Geek (6/18/18–6/24/18)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, June 18th to Sunday, June 24th. Creative Night What: Arts, Community When: Monday, June 18th at 6:30 p.m. Where: Event Horizon at the Waterbury Building Let your creativity shine with drawing, painting, crafting, or whatever your heart desires at Creative Night, a weekly event put on by Crafty Geek and the Geek Partnership Society. This is a...

Sanctuary Festival Milwaukee Was Three Days of Close Encounters of the Musical Kind

Over the first weekend in June, in a small bar called Club Anything in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Sanctuary Festival played host to a staggering number of bands, artists, clothiers, and a jovial gathering of goths of all stripes. Club Anything, also known as the Local, has two rooms and a back patio, two bars, and a small intimate stage. At first glance it seems limiting, especially considering the sheer volume of bands that were set to work their way through over...

Psychic Powers Have Never Been as Hilarious as in The Disastrous Life of Saiki K

More than ever lately, I find myself gravitating toward anime series and other shows that are low stakes, easy to pick up and put down as I please, on the fluffier side, and just have an extra delightful something-or-other about them. Out of the stories I’ve seen recently, nothing has fit that bill quite so well as The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. This off-the-wall slice-of-life anime follows the daily life of Kusuo Saiki (or Saiki Kusuo in Japanese order),...

Incredibles 2 Is Exactly How to Do a Sequel

Fourteen years. Not that I was counting or anything. And I’m being honest: I wasn’t. I’ve been burned by those waiting-for-over-a-decade releases before. (Generally it’s video games, because yes, I had the collector’s edition of Duke Nukem Forever preordered, y’all.) That, and while I adored the original Incredibles, I wasn’t praying to the sequel gods and goddesses for a part two. But here we are, 14 years later, with a part two. And, well, I’m really trying to resist...

Local Writers Show A Good Time for the Truth about Race Is Right Now

What makes Minnesota the state it is today? If you asked that question to a room of 50 people, I bet you would get at least 50 different responses. Some might mention the sports, the food, the winter (?) . . . others might mention a little thing called “Minnesota Nice.” Many consider the term as one of endearment—a sign of our good nature toward others and comfort in our neighborhoods. To others, however, it may ultimately lead to...
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