Times are tough. I get it. Even if you get a cushy government contract to build a robotic police officer for Detroit, that doesn’t mean you have unlimited resources. You may have to hire children as your scientists and executives. You may have to wrap aluminum foil over an old man in wheelchair instead of putting armor on Peter Weller. These things happen. (I apologize if this is an old video, but it’s new to me, and it delights me to the core of my being.)
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.