I haven’t heard of the band Scattered Trees, because they’re emo and I’m not a 14-year-old girl, yet I will give them full credit for this fantastic video for their mope-core song “Love and Leave.” Yeah, the song is enh — I mean, it’s perfectly fine if you like emo, and reasonably inoffensive if you don’t — but the video is hilarious, full of sad Stormtroopers looking wistfully off into the distance, and a doomed romance with a big-eyed, pale emo girl in an Amidala outfit. I swear to god I want a framed photo of that Stormtrooper morosely washing the dishes. Clearly these guys have a pretty great sense of humor, even about their music, so bully for them. Thanks to Mike S. for the tip.
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.