I doubt a single one of you guys have failed to watch that immensely entertaining Volkswagon/Darth Vader commercial I posted the other day (apparently it was also on during the Super Bowl, which I’m told is kind of a big deal). Well, The Today Show took its trademark hard-hitting journalism to interview the kid who played Darth Vader, a.k.a. Max Page, and he is truly awesedorable. First of all, he’s too cute. Second, he was born with a heart defect, and has a pacemaker at the age of 6. It’s more than enough for me to forgive him for not seeing Star Wars — as long as he watches it in the next week or two. (Via Obvious Winner)
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.