Way back in the ancient days of 1994, William Shatner was promoting Star Trek: Generations, as he was no doubt contractually obligated to do, in the untamed wilds of the United Kingdom. What makes this event noteworthy is that the man who interviewed him was none other than John Barrowman, way before his Torchwood days and way, way before he had a sensible haircut. Barrowman’s questions range from the obvious to the oddly dumb, Shatner acts weird — even for Shatner — and the whole thing is so rote and uncomfortable and bizarre I can barely process it. Of course, I may just be upset because I’m dead certain how much awful erotic fan fic this video is spawning right this instant, but I don’t think anyone could hold that against me. (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.