In Gamifying the Language of Chemistry, CompoundIt! Is a Minnesota-Born Winner

In CompoundIt!, a board game created by Minneapolis science teacher Andrew Lyman-Buttler, chemistry and Scrabble-like mechanics join hands to create a uniquely geeky experience. The game—which is running a crowdfunding campaign through May 2, 2018—is billed as a “chemistry formula word game in which the ‘letters’ are chemical elements and the ‘words’ are compounds.” It challenges players to build binary compounds and polyatomic ions on the board from tiles representing individual elements. Lyman-Buttler describes his game as a “great new...

Far Cry 5 Is a Tasty Dish Best Enjoyed with Friends

If you are familiar with the Far Cry formula, then there are a few things you know you can expect with the release of a new entry in the series: an exotic location, a large sandbox to explore, and a lot of things to shoot. Far Cry 5 maintains that same formula, but instead of an exotic location like the Himalayas or an island in the Pacific for our adventure, it takes place in modern-day Montana. This time around,...

DJ Paul Oakenfold’s Graphic Novel Dazzles with Art but Falls Flat on Substance

He’s been one of the planet’s top DJs for three decades, but that doesn’t mean Paul Oakenfold can pen a good graphic novel, even when framing it around semiautobiographical experiences that blur the lines of reality like an F. Scott Fitzgerald novel. Despite an interesting structure, a wealth of artistic talent at his disposal, an accompanying soundtrack, and a medium that’s perfect to tell the story, The Wonderful World of Perfecto: With Paul Oakenfold and Friends is a misfire...

A Look Back on the Troubled Yet Iconic Dragon Ball Super

On March 25, 2018, Dragon Ball Super came to an end after 131 episodes. Discussion of its finale lead to DBS trending at the number-three worldwide spot on Twitter, and multiple municipal governments in a half dozen Latin American countries sponsored public viewings of the final two episodes—some places drawing more than 10,000 attendees. People love Dragon Ball. And as a hardcore fan of the franchise myself, I thought now would be the perfect time to go back and look...

This Week in Geek (4/16/18–4/22/18)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, April 16th to Sunday, April 22nd. Creative Night What: Arts, Community When: Monday, April 16th 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...

Anime Detour Reroutes to Downtown Minneapolis

This seems to be the year for local conventions to celebrate big anniversaries, and Anime Detour is no exception. The con’s 15th anniversary brought about a bigger change than other conventions, though—it moved downtown to the Hyatt Regency in downtown Minneapolis. The year 2018 also brought about its largest attendance yet, with 6,299 people joining the fun. (The previous record was in 2017, with an attendance of 6,217.) The convention space at the Hyatt Regency gives a good framework...

Krystal Is a Confounding Comedy That Never Gets off the Ground

There’s a warped little comedy somewhere inside Krystal, but it’s tangled in a seemingly endless strand of distorted twists. It’s as if director William H. Macy tried to incorporate all the madness from his show Shameless and infuse it with an emotional core of a heartwarming romance—laughs and tears do not come of it, only wide mouths and leering eyes that gawk at how such a film manages to fall flat on its face as a dramedy. We’re supposed...

Rampage Is Exactly What You’re Expecting

When I saw the preview to Rampage, I thought it was quite possibly the dumbest trailer of 2018. But I don’t mean that in a bad way. If you’re familiar with Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson’s body of work, you know that this is like a Tuesday for him. He’s the charismatic king of dumb popcorn flicks, in which he’ll put someone in a choke hold with the “big arm” and survive a catastrophe that no human being should be able...

Matt and Kim Aim to Deliver at First Avenue on Monday with Almost Everyday

Fans of fun-loving indie pop-dance outfit Matt and Kim have had to wait a few years for a new headlining tour from the New York City duo. But patience is a virtue, and all the waiting will grind to a halt for Twin Cities concertgoers when a reinvigorated Matt Johnson and a healed Kim Schifino take the stage in First Avenue’s Mainroom on April 16, 2018. Supported by indie rock group Tokyo Police Club, Matt and Kim will introduce a sold-out...

In Dog Men, Harry Dresden Battles Ghouls and PTSD

Harry Dresden is having nightmares. In his dreams, all the people he cares about are shredded by the forces of evil and he is powerless to stop it. When he wakes, his apartment is dirty, his refrigerator empty. Even his giant Foo Dog, Mouse, is concerned about his master and follows him around, trying to get him to eat. But Harry has seen too much violence and loss lately, and his determination to protect the innocent is turning into...
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