My apologies if you’ve seen this elsewhere, but I needed to make sure everyone had their chance: This is Ellen McLain, voice of that lovable GlaDOS in Portal, at a con somewhere reading a letter to Princess Celestia of the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic cartoon, written by some fan. It’s so fucking nerdy my brain started leaking out my ears… but in a good way. Please note the computerized effect has been added by another fan later; the original video of McClain speaking is here. Although if you’d prefer to not shatter the illusion that someone can actually talk like GlaDOS in real life, I totally understand. (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.