Nerds are not generally known for their workout regimens, but that doesn’t mean someone who happens to be in great shape — or who works hard to be in great shape — can’t be a nerd. Meanwhile, I’d posit that anyone who counts “cubing” as one of their hobbies — i.e., the solving of Rubik’s Cubes — is a nerd no matter what other interests they have. So I personally have zero problems labeling this gent’s feat of solving a Rubik’s Cube with one hand while the other does one-handed push-ups to be an incredibly impressive act of nerdery, despite the fact he’s wearing a baseball cap backwards. Also, I think it’s incredibly unfair. DUDE. I CAN’T SOLVE A RUBIK’S CUBE AND I LOOK LIKE SHIT. STOP FUCKING GAMING THE SYSTEM. (Via Geeks Are Sexy)
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.