Greenland’s Ice Yields New Information About Climate Shifts

VPR has a cool article on some findings from UVM scientists:

When a group of scientists led by UVM’s Paul Bierman started studying a sample of ice taken from the very bottom of Greenland’s ice sheet, they expected to find a mix of ice and dirt or rock. But what they discovered surprised them. It revealed a landscape very unlike what everyone had envisioned, and changes our understanding of what’s been happening to Greenland’s ice over the last several million years.

Paul Bierman is a professor of geology at the University of Vermont. What his team discovered about the landscape of Greenland suggests that the ice sheet that covers that country has not melted and reformed and melted and reformed over millennia, but has most likely stayed frozen through multiple climate shifts.

Listen here.

Journey Into Nyx Pre-Release Weekend at The Book Garden

The Book Garden in Montpelier will be hosting a weekend of gaming for the Journey Into Nyx release. Here’s what they’ve got on their Facebook Page:

Join us for the pre-release of Journey Into Nyx at The Book Garden. We have 3 events planned. Friday night at Midnight, Saturday at 10 am, and Sunday at 10 am. The cost for each event is $25, and there will be JIN booster packs for the top finishers.


  • Friday night, 4/25/14: 11pm sign-up, play starts at Midnight.
  • Saturday, 4/26/14: 9 am sign up, play starts at 10 am.
  • Sunday, 4/27/14: 9 am sign up, play starts at 10 am.

RSVP here!

Reminder: GMS Book Club, May 1st

Sci Fi Fantasy Book Club Martian

Next week on May 1st, we’ll kick off our first GMS book club meeting, where we’ll be discussing The Martian, by Andy Weir at the Pierson Library in Shelburne at 7:00pm. If you haven’t read the book yet, pick it up – we really enjoyed it, and will note that it’s a really fast read.

RSVP here!


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The Man in the Woods, by Shirley Jackson

A new short story from VT Horror author Shirley Jackson has been published: ‘The Man in the Woods’. According to NPR Books:

‘The Man in the Woods’ is a short, sinister story about a man named Christopher who walks through dark woods to find an isolated house surrounded by trees, “the forest only barely held back by the stone wall, edging as close to it as possible, pushing, as Christopher had felt since the day before, crowding up and embracing the little stone house in horrid possession.

The story can be read over on the New Yorker’s website.

Geek Things for April 24th, 2014

  • Warmachine / Hordes, 5pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Skulls, 11:00 am, Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Lab Coat Investigations, 1:00 pm, Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Color Mixing, 3:00 pm, Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • The Quarry, 7:30 PM, FlynnSpace, Burlington. $32.00 / $28.80. (Theater)
  • “Revisiting the Battle of the Coral Sea”, Michael J. Armstrong, 12:20 – 1:20pm, Axin Center 220, Middlebury College, Middlebury. (History)
  • Woodin Environmental Studies Colloquium Series – Harvest the Wind: An American Clean-Energy Resource Comes of Age by Philip Warburg, 12:30 – 1:20pm, Franklin Environmental Center, The Orchard-Hillcrest 103, Middlebury College, Middlebury. (Environment)
  • “Night Sky” Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium, 3:30pm – 4:00pm, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, St. Johnsbury. (Astronomy)
  • Red Cross Blood Drive. 12:00-5:30pm. Northfield High School, Northfield. (Blood)
  • Red Cross Blood Drive, 11:30am-5pm, Vermont Technical College, Randolph Center. (Blood)
  • Northern Skies Observers Club meeting and webinar on Spectroscopy with presenter Tom Field, 7:30pm – 10:30pm, Northeast Kingdom Astronomy Foundation, Peacham. (Astronomy)
  • Lego Creations, 1-2:30 pm, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. (Kids)
  • Chess Club, 2-3 pm, Brownell Library, Essex Junction. (Gaming)
  • Girl Develop It Anniversary Bash, 6-9 pm, Drink, Burlington. (Tech)
  • Tim O’Brien, 7 pm, Casella Theater, Castleton State College, Castleton. $10-12. (Authors)
  • ‘Shatner’s World’, 7:30 pm, Palace 9 Cinemas, South Burlington. $12.50. (Film)
  • Woodcock Watch, 7:30 pm, North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier. $5-8. (Nature)
  • ECHO Earth Week’s MudFest, 10 am-4 pm, ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington. Regular admission, $9.50-12.50; free for kids ages 2 and under. (Mud)
  • Spring Forward Creative Writing Workshop, 6 pm, Otter Creek Room, Bixby Memorial Library, Vergennes. (Writing)
  • Forza: The Samurai Sword Workout, 6-7 pm, North End Studio A, Burlington. $10. (Workout)
  • Boardgames are Thursday! 6:00pm, 85 Winooski Falls Way Function Room, Winooski. (Gaming)

Colin Trevorrow On Jurassic World Sequels

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Burlington VT resident Colin Trevorrow is currently helming the next entry in the Jurassic Park franchise, titled Jurassic World. While the film isn’t due until summer 2015, Trevorrow noted in an interview with Empire Magazine that they’re already talking about sequels:

“We definitely talked about [sequels] a lot. We wanted to create something that would be a little bit less arbitrary and episodic, and something that could potentially arc into a series that would feel like a complete story.” (via ComingSoon)

It’s unknown as to whether or not Trevorrow himself will be up for returning, but planning for the future makes sense in this day and age of megafranchises in Hollywood. Hopefully, Trevorrow will put together a great film that’ll warrant followups.

Update from Tilt Classic Arcade and Ale House

The folks behind South Burlington’s Tilt Classic Arcade and Ale House has been hard at work getting it ready for opening. Here’s the latest update from their Facebook page:

The folks at Vermont Frames are working hard getting the mezzanine constructed this week at Tilt! Had to reinforce the whole structure to hold all of the games that will be up there- 3000+ lbs worth. It is going to look great with another 3000lbs or so on the main floor. Hope we will be seeing you in just a little more than a month.

It’s pretty impressive, and so far, they’ve added pictures of South Park, Ripley’s Believe it or Not, Metallica, Lord of the Rings, Indiana Jones and other pinball games, as well as other classic games such as The Golden Ax, Centipede, Operation Wolf, Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter II, and others!

It looks like they’re still slated to open at the end of May.

The Quarry


This looks like a promising show at the Flynn: The Quarry. Put on by the Vermont Stage Company, it follows a town after a mysterious discovery in a nearby quarry. The play will run from April 23rd through May 11th at the FlynnSpace in Burlington.

Here’s the description:

An eerie discovery is made in the marble quarry of the Vermont town where Jean has spent her life – and now everything is changing. For the first time, she scrutinizes the complex and intertwining lives of her neighbors, all of whom are trying to keep it together as they are increasingly mystified by the goings-on in the rocky domain beneath their feet.

This World Premiere combines original live music with panoply of characters to create a world that explores unconventional relationships, notions of home, aging, Vermont geology, love, guilt, second chances, and the wide-ranging powers of the unknown.

The play is written by Greg Pierce with music from Randal Pierce.

Here’s a preview:

The play premieres today, and will run on the following dates at the FlynnSpace in Burlington:

  • 04/23/14 7:30 PM
  • 04/24/14 7:30 PM
  • 04/25/14 7:30 PM
  • 04/26/14 2:00 PM
  • 04/26/14 7:30 PM
  • 04/27/14 2:00 PM
  • 04/30/14 7:30 PM
  • 05/01/14 7:30 PM
  • 05/02/14 7:30 PM
  • 05/03/14 7:30 PM
  • 05/04/14 2:00 PM
  • 05/07/14 7:30 PM
  • 05/08/14 7:30 PM
  • 05/09/14 7:30 PM
  • 05/10/14 7:30 PM
  • 05/11/14 2:00 PM

Ticket prices are $32 for Adults and $28.80 for Students. Prices for shows on Friday and Saturday night are $37.50 for adults and $33.75 for students.

More details here. Buy tickets here.

Quarterstaff Games Journey into Nyx Prerelease Weekend

Quarterstaff Games of Burlington will be hosting a major gaming event this Saturday, April 27th: MTG Journey into Nyx Prerelease.

Here’s the schedule for the day:


  • Format: Sealed Deck
  • Entry: $25
  • Registration: Friday, April 25 11:00am-11:45pm
  • Start Time: 12:05am
  • Limited to 48 players (This is the ONLY event with a player cap).
  • All participants will be entered in a drawing to win a Revised Edition dual land. The winner can choose any Revised dual land from the store’s inventory.


  • Format: Sealed Deck
  • Entry: $25
  • Registration: 10:00-10:45am
  • Start Time: 11:00am
  • All participants will be entered in a raffle. Raffle prizes consist of 20 Legion deck boxes and Magic: The Gathering themed t-shirts.


  • Format: 2HG Sealed Deck
  • Entry: $50 per team
  • Registration: 10:00-2:45pm
  • Start Time: 3:00pm
  • The top ranked team after the event will win two Magic: The Gathering themed t-shirts.


  • Format: Sealed Deck
  • Entry: $25
  • Registration: 10:00-4:15pm
  • Start Time: 4:30pm
  • All participants will be entered in a raffle. Raffle prizes consist of 20 Legion deck boxes and Magic: The Gathering themed t-shirts.


  • Format: Sealed Deck
  • Entry: $25
  • Registration: 10:00-10:45am
  • Start Time: 11:00am
  • All participants will be entered in a raffle. Raffle prizes consist of 20 Legion deck boxes and Magic: The Gathering themed t-shirts.


  • Format: 2HG Sealed Deck
  • Entry: $25
  • Registration: 10:00-4:15pm
  • Start Time: 4:30pm
  • The top ranked team after the event will win two Magic: The Gathering themed t-shirts.

Additionally, there’ll be open dueling sessions throughout the weekend.