Monthly Archive:: February 2018

This Week in Geek (2/19/18–2/25/18)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, February 19th to Sunday, February 25th. GPS Open Meeting What: Meetup, Community When: Monday, February 19th at 6:00 p.m. Where: Event Horizon This quarterly open meeting is a part of the Geek Partnership Society, and is an opportunity for geeks in the Twin Cities to learn about events, volunteer opportunities, and be heard. Social hour begins at...

In Space Dandy, Absurdity is the Final Frontier

Interdimensional ramen, universe-wide zombie plagues, planetary wars about underwear, sentient plants—these are just a few examples of the kind of strangeness you’ll encounter in any given episode of Space Dandy. Space Dandy is directed by Shinichirō Watanabe, who’s best known for his directing work on none other than Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo (another classic that’s on my docket to watch sometime soon). But while Watanabe’s stellar work is just as apparent in this series as it is in those he’s better known for, Space...

Minnesota-Developed Game Newt One Wants to Make You Happy

Ari Carrillo, who works as “President of Visuals and Playtime” as one-half of DevNAri, describes the developer duo’s game Newt One as a 3D musical platformer, but that’s just the elevator pitch. What the Minnesota developers are working to prove in their first title goes beyond this formula—the real goal is to make you, the player, just a little bit happier from playing. “The thing that we’re trying to do with it is elicit the emotion of happiness,” said...

Black Panther Is a Different Kind of Civil War

This is the hardest review I’ve ever had to write. When you write a review, you want it to be cohesive. You don’t want to ramble on too much, and you certainly don’t want to, oh, I dunno, scream at the top of your lungs about how incredible a movie is. So you can understand the bind I’m in when it comes to the latest addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Black Panther. I really just want to post a...

Get Ready for the Black Panther Movie with Black Panther: A Nation under Our Feet

Being the comic-book geek that a lot of my Marvel Cinematic Universe fan friends know, I often get asked questions along these lines: “Okay, so the new film? Is there something I should read?” For Black Panther, the answer has been easy: Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Hugo-nominated Black Panther: A Nation under Our Feet. Other comic-book aficionados may disagree, but when I watched the trailer for the upcoming Panther film, I was visually triggered for Brian Stelfreeze’s art. The costumes have...

In Fearless Five: Conspiracies, They Are Out to Get You—to Laugh

As soon as I walked in out of the frigid February night and saw the vintage Simplex film projector in the lobby of the Mounds Theatre, casually aimed at a signboard displaying a poster for A Klingon Christmas Carol, I thought I was in a pretty nifty theater. When I moved into the auditorium itself and saw the full-size TARDIS, door invitingly ajar, I knew that this was my kind of place. If you’re wondering whether I immediately ran...

This Week in Geek (2/12/18–2/18/18)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, February 12th to Sunday, February 18th. Creative Night What: Arts, Community When: Monday, February 12th 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...

The Dream of the Butterfly Is a Ghibli-esque Adventure Tale

Once upon a time, I, Chuang Chou, dreamt I was a butterfly, fluttering hither and thither, to all intents and purposes a butterfly. I was conscious only of my happiness as a butterfly, unaware that I was Chou. Soon I awaked, and there I was, veritably myself again. Now I do not know whether I was then a man dreaming I was a butterfly, or whether I am now a butterfly, dreaming I am a man. Between a man...

Peter Rabbit Is a Rotten Adaptation of a Revered Book

Not all classic storybook characters can receive as faithful and charming an adaptation as Paddington Bear. Some of them receive warped and contorted translations, reworked to be more hip and happening with today’s kids. This is sadly the case with Peter Rabbit, a film that establishes early on that it isn’t going to be your daddy’s version of the story. This is the loud, obnoxious, and snarky interpretation that is built to be more cynical than sincere. The film...

4 Winter-Sports Romances to Kick Off the Olympic Games

Now that that sporting event is over and the eagleBOLTbar can go back to its usual crowd of Bears fans (credit for that joke goes to Jana Shortal, who is more clever than I am), we can concentrate on what is a much, much geekier sporting event: the Winter Olympics. With such events as curling, skeleton, and biathlon, how can the games not be geek approved? And here in Minnesota we know from ice and snow, so here are...
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