An enterprising group of nerds have made a 20-minute faux documentary about Aperture Science — the science company, not the desolate wreck ruled by GlaDOS in Portal. I’ve only seen a little bit of it — it is 20 minutes long, after all — but I figured we East coasters could watch it together on our lunch breaks. One thing: Don’t give the guy doing the Cave Johnson impression too hard a time; I mean, if he fails to live up to the impossibly high standard set by J.K. Simmons, that’s really Simmons’ fault for creating the finest performance of the 21st century, don’t you think?
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.