Pop Culture

Pop Culture

“And so popular culture raises issues that are very important, actually, in the country I think. You get issues of the First Amendment rights and issues of drug use, issues of AIDS, and things like that all arise naturally out of pop culture.” – Kurt Loder

Female Role Models - Ashley Eckstein

Female Role Models – Ashley Eckstein

Sometimes it’s really hard being a girl. From a young age, we’re told that we can be anything we want to be. We’re encouraged to try new things and left with the thought that when we get older everything we were spoon fed will be true. And then we grow up and discover that, yes, [...]

Don't Be a Dick Day

Don’t Be a Dick Day

BSIG doesn’t run articles over the weekend (at least at the moment), so we are late to report that it was somewhat suddenly determined that July 29th (Wil Wheaton’s birthday) should also be known as Don’t Be a Dick Day. To Wil, I’d say happy day-after-your-birthday (happy afterbirth?). Celebrity birthdays are not necessarily more notable [...]

Worshiping the church of Spotify

Worshiping the church of Spotify

I was once a devout follower of the church of Pandora. I suffered through the streaming caps, endured the songs I had no interest in hearing because I had already skipped over too many. My days were full of unanswered questions like “How is this artist at all similar to the suggestions?” and “Why can’t [...]

I Hate Cancer More Than I Hate The Yankees

I Hate Cancer More Than I Hate The Yankees

There are very few things in this world that I truly hate. The Yankees. Green and red peppers. Jar Jar Binks. But most of all, above and beyond anything else, I hate cancer. And not just a normal, emotional filled hatred. But a slow burning, deeply ingrained hate. In fact, there aren’t really words adequate [...]

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 [...]

The Villains We Love (And Why We Love Them)

The Villains We Love (And Why We Love Them)

There’s just something about the bad guy. And I’m not talking about the bad boy; the one who wears leather and rides a motorcycle and you can’t take home to mom and dad – but the bad guy; the one who plots to take over the world or burns down churches full of people and [...]

Heroes Assemble, But Where's Charles Xavier?

Heroes Assemble, But Where’s Charles Xavier?

The Avengers are assembling on movie screens. Comic book fans are assembling for Free Comic Book Day. And real life superheroes are gathering in the streets. What I’m wondering is where is our Charles Xavier? It’s hard to shoehorn the entire real life superhero subculture into any one definition. As I’ve stated before, I’m not [...]

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, [...]

The Beast Within: What Vampires and Werewolves Say About Human Nature

The Beast Within: What Vampires and Werewolves Say About Human Nature

We’re all aware of the sudden explosion in the popularity of the supernatural, both on TV and in film. Series like Blade, Twilight and Underworld have enthralled us by the thousands with their depictions of macabre beings and creatures of the night, depicting their struggles both with each other and within themselves. But vampires and [...]

Real Women

Real Women

For my birthday a few weeks ago, my co-workers took me out to Twin Peaks for lunch. Twin Peaks is a lot like Hooters, with scantily clad wait staff. The restaurant promises “scenic views” and you are encouraged to ogle the girls. When pictures from the lunch were posted online, one woman commented on how [...]

Dangerous Workplaces

Dangerous Workplaces

Do you hate your job? Are you bored and frustrated, looking for a real challenge? Well we might just have something for you here on this list but be warned, while these employment opportunities might seem more glamourous than yours, they tend to be quite fatal! Defence Against The Dark Arts Teacher at Hogwarts School [...]