I love it when nerdy parents force their young children to do incredibly nerdy things for our enjoyment. Sure, it’s probably screwing up the kids in some way, and leading them down a road of non-nerdy football-playing and cheerleading, as they try to bitterly rebel against their game-playing, comics-reading parents… but watch this video of a young toddler dressed as Mega Man, his father forcing him to yell “Pew! Pew! Pew!” and just try to tell me it’s not worth it. Thanks to the always adorable TR commenter McTool for the tip.
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.