As a person who devotes himself solely to the world of nerdery, most popular music escapes my notice. For instance, until about 10 minutes ago, I had no idea that a singer names Bruno Mars existed, or that he sang a song called “Grenade.” I did, however, see that someone has made a Hunger Games-themed parody of the song. Having just the books recently myself, I have to wonder how much of this parody I would have even slightly understood if I’d seen it before reading; my guess is very little. However, since I have read all the books, I found this music video amusing and delightful, and pleasant to the ears. (Via The Mary Sue)
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.