You might have seen this mash-up of the Inglourious Basterds trailer and Super Mario already this weekend; if not, it’s a lot of what you would expect. But between Mario’s high-pitched “Let’s go!”, a few well-placed sound effects, and Toadworth’s talking about the violence they’ll be inflicting with the tails of their Tanooki suits… well, it won over my coal-like black heart, and I imagine it’ll do the same for you. At the very least, it’s far more enjoyable than dealing with the Topless Robot back-end, Firefox and perhaps the entire internet in general, since they all seem to be falling apart today. I’m off to drink until I forgoty how aggravating it’s all been. Grr.
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.