TR Contest: Nerd Regrets



?Despite the fact that Monday was a holiday and I was off Tuesday, it’s been a helluva long week for me. So forgive me if I get right to it. After many creative TR contests, it’s back to story time — tell me your biggest nerd regrets. Missing a collectible you could’ve bought? Never beat a certain videogame? Ditching a Star Wars premiere to go out on a date? Selling your childhood toy collection at a garage sale? Don’t pretend you don’t have them.

I have many, but I think I’ll save them for the results so I can start drinking more quickly. I’m thinking I’ll award a shirt to the best story, but also to one random entry, so everyone has a chance to win. One entry per person, try not to go over 200 words, and the contest ends on Monday, July 12th at 12:01 am EST. Here’s the point where I normally make some allusion to FFF, but instead you get a challenge — if you think they;ve been tame recently, send me your suggestions. They can’t be too long or too short (2000-3000 words is best), they have to be nerdy, and they have to be entertaining enough that I can riff on them. Are you a bad enough dude to suggest a Fan Fiction Friday entry? You know where to email me.

About Author

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.