I posted this on Twitter yesterday when Warming Glow first mentioned it, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized I needed to put it on TR‘s main page. If you watched this past episode of Game of Thrones, you’re likely not a fan of young King Joffrey at the moment — so watching a video of Tyrion, played by the always wonderful Peter Dinklage, slapping the shit out of Joffrey for 10 straight minutes is incredibly cathartic, even if it’s inexplicably set to Led Zeppelin’s “Achilles’ Last Stand.” Heck, even if you haven’t read the books, it’s pretty satisfying to watch Dinklage own the hell out of what is obviously a smarmy little shit all by its lonesome. And while we’re here, I’d like to take a minute to praise Jack Gleeson, the young actor who plays Joffrey. He’s really doing a remarkable job of playing his douchepuppy of a character– so remarkable, in fact, that I’ll probably hate him for the rest of his or my life. That’s a pretty damned good job!
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.