This has been making the rounds since I left for San Diego, so I apologize if you’ve already seen it. But for those that haven’t — it’s a kind of horrifying look at the now 20-year-old Jake Lloyd, once the toast of the town as the young Anakin Skywalker from The Phantom Menace. He’s only kind of bitter, which I think means he’s actually handling his life very well, all things considered, but man — he just keeps rocking slowly back and forth, like a bomb victim, still reeling from shell-shock. Which is actually pretty accurate, when you think about it. You go, Jake, and don’t let the bastards get you down. Thanks to everyone who sent this in.
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.