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Ellie Ann is a reformed basketball jock, in training to become a world-renowned geek. Check out her weird blog and say howdy on Twitter.

Gift Buying for Geeks

Gift Buying for Geeks

Is the geek in your life about to have a birthday? Are you still guilty for getting them that lame American Eagle sweater for Christmas, and don’t want to see that disappointed look in their eye again? Here’s the answer. An all-inclusive Gift Buying Geek Guide. If you’re ever in need for a geeky gift–look [...]

Is The Amazing Spiderman Same Ol' Same Ol'?

Is The Amazing Spiderman Same Ol’ Same Ol’?

Out of all the critiques I’ve heard about The Amazing Spider-man, the most common is that it’s the same story as Raimi’s 2002 version, Spider-Man. Same ol’ same ol’, people say. This is quite a heavy charge to lay against a movie, because everyone knows Hollywood hates coming out with the same story more than [...]

Hanna vs. Sucker Punch vs. Salt vs. Self Esteem

Hanna vs. Sucker Punch vs. Salt vs. Self Esteem

There are three movies that came out recently that are really connected to how we view women in this culture. First, there’s Hanna, directed by Joe Wright. In essence, it’s a coming of age tale about a girl with a mission to avenge the death of her mother, and on her journey she discovers that [...]

How To Put On A Gaming Party

How To Put On A Gaming Party

BSIG doesn’t believe in conventional labels, and this video is a great example. Ellie is a reformed basketball jock, a geek, and a mom. Here she lays out her strategy for LAN parties while baking. She’s a woman of many talents. Ellie Ann on How to Put on a Groovy Gaming Party Runtime2:12 View count56 [...]

Book Review: Billy Purgatory: I Am the Devil Bird

Book Review: Billy Purgatory: I Am the Devil Bird

The book Billy Purgatory: I Am the Devil Bird by Jesse James Freeman is very hard to describe. It’s part character drama, showing Billy’s character arc rise and fall as gracefully as a spiralling football. It’s part adventure story, as he’s running from vampires, Time Zombies, and goddesses  in every chapter. And then it’s part quest. [...]

I Don't Believe It! Unbelievability In Films

I Don’t Believe It! Unbelievability In Films

Now I’m not saying I want films to be realistic. I get enough reality in my real life. When I go to the movies, I want to suspend disbelief, I want to be swept into a story, I want to see magic and miracles and complete character arcs and hear perfectly well-timed banter. But believability [...]

20 Ways To Make A Geek Hate You

20 Ways To Make A Geek Hate You

1. Rearrange all the cords behind their television and unplug every one. Tangle their computer cords. Sometimes touching their cords at all is enough to make them hate you. 2. Walk up and ask, “Hey, do you know when the new Star Trek movie is coming out? Leia was so hot in that slave outfit, [...]

Harrison Ford, I salute you

Harrison Ford, I salute you

It is an amazing feat for a person to be in one iconic, genre-changing movie in his lifetime. But to be in three? Harrison Ford, I salute you. When he appeared in A New Hope, he gave us a new hope. He turned a dramatic coming-of-age film into a funny action flick, all in one [...]

Action Movie Romances

Action Movie Romances

Annie Porter from Speed 2: Cruise Control says it best, “Relationships based on extreme circumstances never work out.” But a lot of people relate protection with love, and running from bad guys with romance. Let’s face it, explosions are hot. Dodging bullets is an adrenaline rush. Solving a mystery is intoxicating. And if someone saves [...]

The Importance of Getting Beat Up

The Importance of Getting Beat Up

The quickest way to make an audience love a character is to see them punched in the face. Works every time. Whether it’s a serious smack to the jaw or debilitating torture, it warms the viewer’s heartstrings towards the protagonist. I think connections form for several reasons: Reason #1: Empathy Everyone loves an underdog (except [...]

Choose Your Own Apocalypse

Choose Your Own Apocalypse

Apocalypse. You know it’s gonna come one of these days. But we here at Slacker Heroes are not all about doom and gloom. That’s why I want to give you options to choose from in regards to your own apocalyptic demise. Choice #1: Asteroid or Comet Apocalypse (http://www.amazon.com/Armageddon-Blu-ray-Bruce-Willis/dp/B0036EH3TS/, Deep Impact, Night of the Comet) Bad: [...]

Kung Fu Favorites

Kung Fu Favorites

Kung Fu is in my blood. I love everything about it. From the highly stylized Chinese tragedy films to the all-action-no-plot goofiness of Jackie Chan to the sidesplitting antics of Stephen Chow, it’s rare to find a Kung Fu movie I’m not totally entertained by. I know, I know, it’s a grand statement to make. [...]