If you watch Fringe, you know that there’s two universes — ours, and then a slightly more advanced one with a golden Statue of Liberty, airships, better tech, and so on. What I did not realize — at least before I saw this clip from tonight’s episode, in which our universe’s Lincoln Lee pops over to the other side to help Fauxlivia and other Lincoln Lee solve a case — that the alternate universe is a bleak and wretched place, without hope or light or joy, where the fundamental tenets of reality are twisted and wrong. WARNING: Do not watch the above clip unless you have an incredibly strong stomach. And make sure no children are in the room with you if you play it. I’m going to throw up now. The horror! The horror! (Via Blastr)
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.