Monthly Archive:: June 2018

5 Awesome Anthology Shows to Binge-Watch Right Now

“The Golden Age of Television” is a phrase that has been thrown around with almost reckless abandon since the dark ages before streaming. I’d argue that every decade has had examples of phenomenal programming, as well as some that has been . . . not so great. The ’80s mastered the art of the Saturday-morning cartoon. The ’90s gave us dozens of fantastic and truly groundbreaking sitcoms. The early aughts saw the cable networks prove that the small screen...

Poptone Breathes New Life into Old Favorites

Poptone took to the famous First Avenue stage on Wednesday, June 20, and solidified everything the group was trying to accomplish by bringing the hits of Bauhaus, Tones on Tail, and Love and Rockets together in one amazing show. The crowd was a solid mix of ages young and old, new fans and longtime diehards, and all of them could be seen with excitement and enthusiasm, assuming you could tear your eyes away from the stage long enough to...

12+ Queer Anthologies to Wrap Up Your Pride Month

Pride Month is wrapping up, but it’s always a good time of year to read queer-themed literature. But what do you do if you don’t have time to read a whole novel? Summer is busy, after all, even though it’s supposed to be time off. The solution? Short stories, of course! Here are a bunch of queer-themed anthologies, containing everything from comics to essays to poems to fiction, romance, contemporary, speculative, you name it. 1. Meanwhile, Elsewhere, edited by...

FAR: Lone Sails Is a Brief But Contemplative Journey

It’s a post-apocalypse world, but not one full of cannibals or warring tribes. It’s just you (a figure clad in red) and your landship, which you drive across the barren landscape. FAR: Lone Sails is the debut game from Swiss indie development studio Okomotive. FAR: Lone Sails begins with your character standing over a grave, the portrait of a man atop it. This is a wordless game; what storytelling there is comes through the visuals. Who was this person to...

This Week in Geek (6/25/18–7/1/18)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, June 25th to Sunday, July 1st. Summer Games Done Quick 2018 What: Gaming, Conventions, Community When: Monday, June 25th–Sunday, July 1st Where: Doubletree Hilton – Bloomington MN Support Doctors Without Borders while watching some of the best speedrunners around at Summer Games Done Quick. This event is a series of video-game tournaments that has raised over $14...

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...
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