Yes, it’s Hamlet‘s “To Be or Not to Be” monologue finally performed the way Shakespeare always intended — by a nerd in heavy latex make-up speaking a fake alien language. This is being performed by Brian Rivera, who bravely sent me the video to show you all; I’d praise him for the way he manages to convey Hamlet’s depression and ennui and psychoses even while dressed as a Klingon and barking, but I’m afraid someone might try to do more of Shakespeare’s works in Star Trek. Oh hell with it — Brian, great job. Now call me when somebody does an all-Bajoran version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
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.