Scientists Gather in Minnesota to Foster Understanding of Genome Engineering Technology

When you hear the phrase genome engineering, your mind might instinctively go to a place of science fiction, conjuring up images of augmented superhumans like Khan from Star Trek. You might think of real-life history, such as the horrors of the eugenics movement. Or you might gravitate toward the present-day debates over ideas such as cloning and GMOs. Genome engineering is a wide-ranging topic encompassing many schools of thought, and it has continually fascinated scientists and creatives alike. Yet despite this,...

Free Chocolate Is a Sci-Fi Novel That May Cause Cravings

Disclaimer: Free Chocolate is a space opera by Amber Royer, not a promotion for sweet treats. The premise of the book is that in a futuristic world, chocolate is now one of Earth’s most valuable currencies, and it needs to be kept safe. One of the things that I loved is that the main character—a Latina woman named Bo—is highly capable and instigates a lot of action in the novel, from stealing a cacao pod to becoming a fugitive...

#1 Comic Issues I’m Picking Up the Week of July 18, 2018

Below are the new series and miniseries I’m looking forward to seeing at my local comic store the week of July 18, 2018. The Thrilling Adventure Hour (#1 of 8) Publisher: BOOM! Studios Words/Story: Ben Acker, Ben Blacker Art/Colors: MJ Erickson “Frank and Sadie Doyle are the toast of the upper crust. Headliners on the society pages. And they see ghosts. Follow the Doyles on a night when having a drink (or ten) with friends goes horribly, and perhaps...

Want to Try 3D Modeling? This Beginner-Friendly Software Will Get You Started for Free

People often ask me what software I use for 3D modeling. This is usually followed by asking how much it costs and how hard is it to learn. While these exchanges are usually short—Autodesk Fusion 360, it’s free, and it depends on what you want to do with it—I wanted to elaborate on the topic of 3D modeling and where to start, specifically with an emphasis on this program. Before we start talking about software, remember that learning to...

This Week in Geek (7/16/18–7/22/18)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, July 16th to Sunday, July 22nd. GPS Figure Drawing Salon What: Arts, Educational When: Monday, July 16th at 6:30 p.m. Where: Event Horizon at the Waterbury Building  The Geek Partnership Society’s Arts Initiative hosts a figure-drawing salon at the Waterbury Building on the third Monday of each month. For a $5 fee, attendees can participate in a...

Chromera’s Peek Is a Strange Sci-Fi Adventure at Minneapolis’s Red Eye Theater

There is a new theater ensemble in town, and their first show is something to not be missed. Søren Olsen, formerly of 600 Whale, and Dolo McComb, formerly of the dance trio //CATHEDRAL\\, have teamed up to create the Lesser Lamps, which is, in their words, a “far-out dance theatre hybrid.” Combine their interests in sci fi, the occult, metaphysics, and fantasy along with their graphic novel obsessions and spiritual practices, and you get, as they describe it, the “bizarro...

#1 Comic Issues I’m Picking Up the Week of July 11, 2018

Below are the new series and miniseries I’m looking forward to seeing at my local comic store the week of July 11, 2018. Incredibles 2 Publisher: Dark Horse Words/Story: Christos Gage Art/Colors: Landry Walker “Three original stories are set during and after The Incredibles 2: At the dedication of a new submarine, Mr. Incredible is interrupted by the dastardly Bomb Voyage, who is intent on crushing the crowd of onlookers underneath the sub! Meanwhile, Bob tells Jack-Jack a bedtime...

Dark Souls Remastered Is No Game Changer, but It’s a Great Reason to Revisit a Modern Classic

In October 2011, I was innocently minding my own business playing some Deus Ex on my Xbox 360 when I saw an advertisement for a new game I had never heard of called Dark Souls. The next day I stopped at my local video-game store and blindly set myself on a path that has lasted to this day: the never-ending quest to “git gud.” After a handful of sequels, spin-offs, DLC, and copycats, the original Dark Souls has come...

The Amazing, High-Stakes World of My Hero Academia

One of my favorite recently released anime, My Hero Academia, returned for its third season in April, and it’s upping the ante. The stakes were high from the beginning for the characters of MHA, but this latest season seems poised to take them to heights and depths far beyond what we’ve seen for them before. If you haven’t checked out this series before, read on to learn about some of the things that make it so great and why it should...

This Week in Geek (7/9/18–7/15/18)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, July 9th to Sunday, July 15th. Creative Night What: Arts, Community When: Monday, July 9th 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...
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