Nerdery

Electron Boy Saved the Day

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?From the Seattle Times:

Thursday was shaping up to be just another school day for 13-year-old
Erik Martin, but then something extraordinary happened: Spider-Man
called.

Spider-Man happens to be one of the few people who knows that Erik,
too, has a secret identity — he’s Electron Boy, a superhero who fights
the powers of evil with light.

And Spider-Man needed Erik’s help.

Erik, who is living with liver cancer, has always wanted to be a
superhero. On Thursday, the regional chapter of the Make-A-Wish
Foundation granted him that wish with an elaborate event that involved
hundreds of volunteers in Bellevue and Seattle.

Please, if you do anything I ask of you today, this week, this month, whatever, click this link here and read the entire story of how the Seattle Sounders, the Bellevue Police Department, the Discovery Channel, some local actors, the Puget Sound Electric company, the Make-a-Wish Foundation, and a decent portion of the entire city of Seattle banded together to make one young nerd’s dream of becoming a superhero and saving the day come true. It’s beyond heart-warming, beyond amazing, beyond wonderful. This is an act of nerdery that redefines the word “impressive.” Truly, there are a great many superheroes in Seattle right now. Thanks to Kevin T. and rengeek81 for the tip.

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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.