Today is apparently Star Wars Day. I did not know that. for those who are confused, it’s solely because of the pun that is “May the Fourth Be With You,” so I wouldn’t worry about it too much. Frankly, about 6000 of my 11680 days on this planet have more or less been Star Wars Days, so I feel I’ve yubbed my nubs appropriately.
I will, however, share this video a friend sent me that I can’t believe I didn’t know about — of William Shatner serenading George Lucas at Lucas’ induction into the American Film Institute. It’s awesome on about a million different levels, not the least of which is Harrison Ford getting to sit next to Lucas and Spelberg, while Mark Hamill is at some other table god knows where. Also, Ford is clearly drunk — he’s laughing at everything Shatner says. If there’s a better way to celebrate Star Wars Day, I sure as hell don’t know it.
Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.