In Depth

Indulging the obsessions that form the foundations of our individual geek identities, In Depth takes you along for the ride as a Twin Cities Geek contributor goes into detail about a given topic they just can’t – and don’t want to – stop thinking about. This should be fun!

How Visions of Hope Unite the Works of J. R. R. Tolkien

Of all the common threads in the works of J. R. R. Tolkien, I propose that the uniting theme is hope. It can be found in his popular works The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings as well as his more obscure writings like The Silmarillion and Morgoth’s Ring. If one were to assign a theology to his writings, it would be a Theology of Hope. It is a multifaceted hope, with trust as the foundation—the belief that...

Why White Minnesotan Liberals Really Need to See Get Out

As soon as I saw the trailer for Get Out in October, I knew that this would be a movie I needed to see. However, at that time I honestly did not anticipate Get Out to be legitimate horror film, even though it was being marketed in that genre. I thought the first trailer was a cleverly edited comedy film to mimic a horror film satirically (similar to the SNL skit “The Day Beyoncé Turned Black”). It only made sense to me...

Going in Depth with Chris Jordan and Minnesota’s Thriving Independent Wrestling Scene

It’s amusing to me that in this day and age when geeks are accepted in the mainstream, when comic-book movies rule the box office, when television is riddled with science fiction and superhero-based shows, and when novels by fantasy writers frequently hit the New York Times bestseller lists, there is one word that is still whispered about in fandoms. That word is wrestling. Professional wrestling has been around far longer than you or me, but many consider it a...

The Surprising Difficulty of Being a Cambodian American Geek

I am a Cambodian American. Okay, technically, I’m an Asian mix of Cambodian, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Thai, but I identify with being Cambodian because both my parents are originally from Cambodia. I’m also a nerd, having gone full bore into otaku geekdom and mostly inhabiting the immense rabbit hole that is video-gaming subculture. Sadly for my wallet, it’s barely surviving my being both a nerd and professional musical artist, but I digress. I love almost all things Japanese, from...

50 Years on the Final Frontier: Seeing Star Trek through the Eyes of Minnesota Geeks

It’s been 50 years to the day since Star Trek‘s September 8, 1966, premiere on NBC. A different but equally important milestone happened 20 years later, on December 20, 1986—the night William Shatner appeared on Saturday Night Live, in an episode featuring then-timely sketches about T. J. Hooker and Oliver North and presenting the musical stylings of one Buster Poindexter. More to the point, Shatner appeared as himself in a now-infamous sketch set at a clichéd Star Trek fan convention...

Fine New Foods at Fantasy Flight!

A new menu was rolled out at Roseville’s Fantasy Flight Games Center in July, and I’ll admit that, as a regular, I was very excited. Lucky for me, restaurant and games center manager (and fellow Twin Cities Geek contributor) Kyle Dekker invited a few of us down to try the new dishes and give him our thoughts, as well as pick his brain in regards to what it’s like running the gaming center and gaming in general. Throwback Thursday...

A Night with Chad Calek, Sir NoFace, and the Ghosts of the Mounds Theatre

The Paramerican Summer Tour, promoting a brand-new paranormal documentary film called Sir NoFace by award-winning director Chad Calek, stopped off at St. Paul’s Mounds Theatre on its way through the Twin Cities last week. The touted documentary promised “definitive proof ghosts exist,” and there was no way I was going to pass this one up. The Bigger They Are . . . Chad Calek is a big guy. He has a big voice, makes big movements. He talks big too....

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and “Git Gud”

“C’mon, let’s play something else!” I don’t remember what year it was, or which place I was living, or anything that seems like it would be actually important. But I do remember that my brother was visiting. I got to see him some weekends, and I adored him. The happiest times of my childhood were spent with my brother. That time was precious to me, and limited. When he came, we played video games. Well, he played. I mostly watched. I delighted in...

Octavia Butler, Donald Trump, and Finding Truth in Speculative Fiction

“Choose your leaders with wisdom and forethought. To be led by a coward is to be controlled by all that the coward fears. To be led by a fool is to be led by the opportunists who control the fool. To be led by a thief is to offer up your most precious treasures to be stolen. To be led by a liar is to ask to be told lies. To be led by a tyrant is to sell...

Yeah, I’m a Nerd, and I Have the Ink to Prove It

When I was a kid, I thought tattoos were stupid. Why would you put a mark on your body that would be there forever? What if you didn’t like it anymore? Thankfully, I got over that a few years ago. Now, nine tattoos later, I’m looking back on what it means to have all this ink; particularly, what it means to have the nerdy ink that I have. Tattoos are like a journal on the body. They’re a way...
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