On February 12th, NASA decided to wake up the space shuttle Endeavor crew with a little mood music. Specifically, “The Ballad of Serenity,” better known as the theme song to Joss Whedon’s Firefly (it begins at 2:55 in the above video). I’m sure astronaut Bob Behnken and the others would have preferred a sultry space courtesan played by Morena Baccarin, but when you’ve been shot into space, I suppose you take what you can get. (Via Geeks of Doom)
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.