The one and only time I posted a nerdy version of the “Shit So-and-so Say” meme, you commenters were so infuriated you leapt into your computer monitors and came out of mine to tear me limb-from-limb in a violent rage, using my blood to write horrible warnings to future nerd bloggers to never post anything related to “Shit People Say” ever again (metaphorically speaking). So it’s with a mild amount of trepidation that I post “Shit Stormtroopers Say,” even though it was made by TR contributor and Death Star PR director Robbie Boland, and is quite funny. Still, I’ve scheduled this post to run while I’m out at a doctor’s appointment, so if you hate me for it you’ll have to content yourselves to posting violent, terrifying threats in the comments.
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.