If you needed another reason why Dragon Con was awesome — and I’m not sure wjhy you would — you could do worse than this tauntaun sleeping bag race, held on the 10th floor of the Marriott during the con. ThinkGeek, makers of the sleeping bag, sponsored the race and gave out prizes; Geeks of Doom captured the event on camera, and did pre-coverage and post-race interviews (check ’em out here). I have to admit, I greatly approve of the Chewbacca obstacle and the participant dressed as the Tenth Doctor. I also approve that they used tauntaun sleeping bags; if they’d used real tauntauns, it probably would’ve made quite a mess, and definitely smelled horrible. Of course, they’d certainly have kept warm.
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.