If this Monday morning has got you down, you’re dreading the work week or even if you’re just Garfield, I’m not sure there’s a better way to start the work week than hearing William Shatner cover Pulp’s “Common People,” with a rather brilliant accompanying video using footage from the Star Trek cartoon to show Kirk trying to explain Common People to Spock. It’s awesome on about 18 different levels, and has certainly eased the Monday morning pain. (Via Gorilla Mask)
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.