Tag: interviews

Games for Growth: An Interview with David Rheinstrom of LeftSide-RightSide

Growing up, I got some pretty mixed messages about educational gaming.  I remember loving computer titles like Word Munchers, Oregon Trail, and Gizmos and Gadgets.  I ALSO remember teachers telling me that video games would fry my brain.  Finally, I recall classmates scoffing at anything outwardly educational; game creators had to “hide” the education like parents tried... Read more »

Evolution, Ethology, and Eminem: An Interview with Rapper Baba Brinkman

Working in mid-level management at a science museum has its perks.  Last October, I got to attend the ASTC (Association of Science Technology Centers) Conference.  There, I witnessed two performances by Baba Brinkman, a hip-hop artist who raps about science, literature, and other unconventionally intellectual topics.  I thought his act would be cheesy. I ended up... Read more »

Doctor Who, Daleks, and Big Finish: An Interview with Nicholas Briggs

What comes to mind when you hear the words “Doctor Who“?  For most, the iconic aliens top the list.   Daleks.  Cybermen.  Their threats of “EXTERMINATE,” “UPGRADE,” and “OBEY” have resonated with fans for decades. The talented Nicholas Briggs has voiced the Daleks and Cybermen since Doctor Who’s 2005 return.  Briggs is also the Executive Producer of... Read more »
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Rising Stars of Geek Rock IV: Time Crash

Doctor Who might be my top fandom of all time.  However, I have a BIG pet peeve:  The Eleventh Doctor’s Theme song, I am The Doctor.  This redundant tune has accompanied Matt Smith for three seasons- every action sequence, every revelation, every emotional moment.  I am tired of it. The soundtrack could be so much more!... Read more »

Big Damn Well-Dressed Heroes: An Interview with Costume Designer Shawna Trpcic

Joss Whedon is a big deal these days.  …OK, he was always a big deal, but The Avengers brought him to a whole new level.  For my part, I’ve dressed up as his characters, lead a (short-lived) Doctor Horrible shadowcast, and will be emceeing Can’t Stop the Serenity.  Yea, I’m a fan.  However, there’s someone on Team Joss... Read more »

Ghosts in the Yew: An Interview with Local Fantasy Author Blake Hausladen

Game of Thrones Season 2 has ended.  The Winds of Winter won’t be out ’til who knows when.  Seven hells, I hate waiting!  That said, A Song of Ice and Fire is reaching a popularity threshold I’m not entirely comfortable with.  Ask me some other time about the Daenerys “fans” I met at my last Cubs... Read more »
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Rising Stars of Geek Rock III: Hired Goons

Good glaven!  After a short departure, Rising Stars of Geek Rock is back. Today’s band, Hired Goons, found me only a few weeks ago.  Thank Jebus they did!  Their music is as fun as a game of knifey-spooney. …Are you catching the blatant Simpsons references?  Super-dee-diddly-uper, because Hired Goons is a “Ramones-influenced Simpsons tribute.” They perform covers... Read more »

Rising Stars of Geek Rock II: Arc Impulse

I wish my blog came with sound, so that every Rising Stars of Geek Rock could be introduced with awesome guitar riffs.  Man, they’d be sweet.  Take a minute to imagine that… aaaaand… here we go. Last article, I featured a musician new to the geek rock scene.  Today’s act has been around (in some form)... Read more »

Rising Stars of Geek Rock I: Viking Jesus

Pop Quiz!  Do you know what any of these words mean?  1. Filk   2. tlhIngan QoQ   3. Wrock   4. Trock …If not, it’s time to learn.  Welcome to a new GGC series.  Rising Stars of Geek Rock will feature musicians that are 100% local and 110% geek.  How geeky?  Try a metal mashup... Read more »
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