This weekend, two Flash-Mobs — groups of nerds who gather in public to do something usually incredibly nerdy without the foreknowledge of the general populace — erupted, one in London and one in Kyoto. I offer no judgment, I just want to show both and let the difference speak for themselves. First, we have a massive imaginary gunfight, a la Spaced, in Trafalgar Square:
Next, we have a group of 100 people dressed as Red Rangers, whom Danny Choo assures were trying to promote a video arcade. Somehow.
So. There you have it. What you have I’m not 100% sure, but you certainly have something.
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.