If you are young or somehow didn’t own a computer until 1999 (raises hand slowly and shamefully) you might not know that a stepper motor is one of the massive doohickeys needed to read and write floppy discs back on our ancient computers. You also might not know that they they were noisy as all hell. You also might not know that they can be programmed to make their noises in a musical way, and if you have three stepper motors and some time on your hands, you can make an eerily accurate version of most of the songs from the original Super Mario Bros. WELL, NOW YOU KNOW. (Via I Heart Chaos)
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.