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We Need to Talk About Your Kid’s Book Diet

Have you thought about your kid’s diet recently? Not their eating diet, though a balanced one is equally as important, but their reading diet. What are they reading, or, more specifically, who are they reading about? Who are the protagonists on their bookshelves? Take a look at their shelves, and look at their books that feature a human (or a humanoid). How many of those main characters resemble your child? Chances are that a fair amount do, especially if...

When You Share Experiences with a Kid, You Remember How Awesome the World Can Be

My seven-year-old daughter normally comes home from school very excited about the goings-on of each particular day (and, at this point in her life, excited is one of her default states). But one day last month, the timbre of excitement was slightly different. “Mom!” she said. “There’s going to be an eclipse on January 20th! We need to see it!” “Oh,” I replied. “We’ll see how it works out.” (Translation from parent-speak: “That sounds interesting, but there are a...

Star Wars’ Fuel Your Force Combines Fandom and Health

New Year’s resolutions are in full force; a couple days ago I couldn’t find a place to park at the gym. While it was frustrating to not be able to park my vehicle, I’m always happy for anyone who sets health goals they want to accomplish. One misconception regarding resolutions is they have to be related to physical health. Health has many categories beyond physical health, even though society puts an extreme emphasis on outward appearance. The Star Wars...

5 of the Best Gaming Moments of 2018

Video games aren’t perfect. Bugs can break an immersive experience, 13-year-olds can wreck a 20-player kill streak, and one small line of code can disrupt an entire sequence that a developer worked for years to get just right. Video games aren’t perfect, but moments can be. When done right, moments can provide perfect windows into exactly what a developer was trying to accomplish and turn a good video game into something transcendent. And 2018 was filled with a few perfect...

Kid-Friendly Minnesota Conventions for Your Geekling in 2019

If you have some young geeklings around, you may have considered finding a convention to attend as a family. Here’s the good news: the vast majority of the sci-fi, anime, and pop-culture cons in the Twin Cities welcome families, offering discounted and/or free admission for younger attendees and marking panels meant only for older audiences to prevent sudden surprises. However, just because a convention touts itself as being family friendly and offers a lower rate for kids doesn’t always...

Minnesota Conventions for Cosplay in 2019

As we kick off the new year, have you started cosplanning your cosplays for 2019? Twin Cities Geek is here to help with a comprehensive list of conventions and a few other select events in Minnesota you might be interested in cosplaying at in 2019. Click on the convention’s name to visit its website, which will have the most current information on dates, registration prices, guest appearances, cosplay contests, and more! (Note that events other than conventions are listed separately at the bottom...

Minneapolis Artist Kevin Cannon Is Creating a Magical Harry Potter Nursery

When your parent is an artist, your bedroom might be a little more special than average. When that parent is also a huge Harry Potter fan, it might be downright magical. With a baby on the way, Twin Cities cartoonist Kevin Cannon decided to apply his talents to the new nursery he and his wife are creating for the new member of their family. Specifically, Cannon—who, in addition to a range of books and comics, is known for his...

Rockits and Garda Belts Prevail in Minnesota RollerGirls’ Feel the Win in Your Hair

Following October 13’s Planet of the Skates, November 17 was the first bout of the 2018–2019 Minnesota RollerGirls regular season, and in many ways it served as a rematch of that mini tournament. What got turned upside down? What stayed the same? This is your bout recap for season 15, bout 2: Feel the Win in Your Hair! Atomic Bombshells vs. Rockits, First Half The Atomic Bombshells welcomed Mercy (#55) to the team. Last season Mercy spent the season...

Dungeons & Workouts Mixes Fitness Science with a Fun D&D Twist

There are many similarities between D&D and fitness I never considered until recently. When I exercise, I am “leveling up” my body, whether it’s through strength training, aerobics, or holding a yoga pose for an extended period of time. D&D allows me to level up my character and survive the upcoming campaign. I already wrote about the Minnesota-based D&D playbook D20 Athletics, but there’s another option, too: the 250-page Dungeons & Workouts: From Weak and Meek to Buff and Tough, a jam-packed...

Minnesota RollerGirls Kick Off the Season with Planet of the Skates

We are in October, which means it was time to return to the hallowed and legendary halls of the Roy Wilkins Auditorium for the Minnesota RollerGirls season-opening mini tournament on October 13, 2018! For this bout, Sugar BEATdown’s husband, Swedish Meatbrawl, takes over as track maintenance engineer Wet Spot 3.0, as 2.0 takes a welcome vacation. Welcome to the track, Wet Spot 3.0! Where there might be an ambiguity, “bout” refers to the event as a whole, “game” to...
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