Smashing Cars with a Tank

Last Wednesday, I received an extraordinary gift from Fes Works: he took me to Drive a Tank, where I got to plunge an FV 433 Abbot into a lake. But I don’t have photos of that yet. Because I was too busy driving a tank to take photos myself. Yet …

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New Geek Life: Jokes About Wood

Clearly, we’re totally highbrow this week. Have a listen to Episode 163! Unrelated and yet still geeky: have you contributed to the Camden Kickstarter yet? You should!

Kickstart Camden!

A couple weeks ago, Mr. John Kovalic, the cartoonist behind Dork Tower and Munchkin, asked if I could do a project that involved doing the color finishes on some of his black & white linework. Since working on John’s art is always fun, I naturally said yes. Yesterday, the Kickstarter went up! “Camden” is a …

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Improv-a-Go-Go 10th Anniversary Show

One of the great hidden gems of the Twin Cities is a weekly improv comedy show called Improv-a-Go-Go. The original concept of the show was that four improv teams would each get a 20 minute segment of the show to do whatever the hell they want. Since experimenting was encouraged, …

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New Geek Life: Real Topless Wrestling on Mars!

Our latest episode of The Geek Life was so awesome, it killed Mike’s Internet connection twice! Listen to the shambled remains here!

Fort Snelling Photos

I have a goal this month to work through my photography backlog. For instance, this set of photos were shot in February, but I haven’t managed to edit and post them until now. Fort Snelling is an old frontier post/Civil War era fort built at the confluence of the Minnesota …

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The Joy of Laurel and Hardy in a Movie Theater

Last week, I had the sublime pleasure of seeing Laurel and Hardy’s Way Out West in an actual movie theater. Not only that, it was a movie theater cool enough to have live organ music before the show, a Dairy Queen next door, and old Hollywood overseas sizzler reels in lieu …

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Johnny Guitar: FINALLY!

Back in March, I wrote a post about Johnny Guitar, a very strange Western that had been long out-of-print in the United States. I am pleased that the article has since drawn a lot of readers off the web, curious about this hard-to-find film. To my immense joy, I discovered yesterday …

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Fringe Festival 2012: Quick Reviews

The Minnesota Fringe Festival is the largest non-juried Fringe Festival in the US. That means you can see just about any kind of theater show pop up at the MN Fringe, with any kind of quality. Pros and first-timers alike show up on stage. Shows might be musicals or harrowing …

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Netflix Follies

I’m endlessly fascinated by Neflix’s elaborate algorithm for guessing what people will enjoy. I noticed a while ago it simply gave up suggesting horror movies to me, because it just couldn’t figure out that I loved horror films, but that I like them to be, y’know, good. I’m also amused …

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