Andrew Ainsworth is the guy who originally designed the Stormtrooper helmet for Star Wars. He also became a member of a very elite club when he beat Lucasfilm in court, who had sued him to stop making and selling Stormtrooper helmet replicas. In this video, Ainsworth shows how you too can make a Stormtrooper helmet at home… assuming your home has a great deal of complicated equipment, several uncommon materials, and also you’re incredibly skilled at you said equipment and materials and also sculpting. It’s 13 minutes long, but it’s actually really damned cool to see how these things are made — and, like for the first movie, where made by a single dude in a workshop. (Via io9)
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.