When nerdery gets too wonderful — when things seems too impossibly good to be true — I have made it TR‘s mission to remind nerds that they are still generally ridiculous people, some of whom are actually quite awful, and no matter how bright the light of nerd goodness may appear to be, there are also dark, horrible nerd shadows, always waiting to envelope the light. Obviously, with two of my passions — Avengers and Game of Thrones — each so close to beginning a second season of a phenomenal TV adaptation, I knew I needed something drastic, something dire to keep from being blinded by the sun, so to speak.
Unfortunately, I found that something.
Now the trick is for me to not commit suicide before the Sunday premieres of Avengers: EMH and Game of Thrones. I still think sleeping from now until Sunday is my best bet; and as usual, when I say “go to sleep,” I do mean “drink until In pass out.”
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.