Watching two dead-eyed robots with horrible fake skin (well, I hope it’s fake) joylessly lock lips is about one of the worst ways I can think of to start your morning, so of course, I knew this would have to lead the day here at TR in hopes that you would vomit your omelets and pop tarts and glasses of orange juice all over your monitors in disgust at the sight. Of course, these are being made in Japan (but you knew that already, didn’t you). I was discussing these lip-mashing monstrosities with a pal of mine, and we pretty much agreed that when the human race is annihilated by robots of its own creation, we hope to hell that it’s via the gun-shooting Terminator kind, and not these shambling robo-corpses kissing us all to death.
By the way — I’m actually flying cross country for a secret Topless Robot mission, so the posts will be a tad on the light side today. If anything awesome happens, I probably won’t mention it until the end of the day. But Thursday and Friday should be business as usual, although I might start a tad later in the day. That’s all.
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.