I have a lot of weird-ass videos to show this week, and this probably isn’t the weirdest. But there’s something totally mesmerizing to me about seeing a Lego Rutger Hauer give his classic farewell speech from Blade Runner. I mean, the face is animated, but it’s still a Lego head, so… there’s almost no movement, and certainly no emotion. And yet I think I’ve watched it about 40 times today. Is it Rutger Hauer’s performance? The way being a Lego informs the themes of humanity and life posed by the replicants? Or the fact that a little Lego dude is saying “Time… to die.”? I don’t know, man. I don’t know.
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.