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10 Awesomely Geeky Birthday Cakes

1. Dungeons and Dragons

Get your 20-sided dice ready because this massive cake is a feat of artistic cake magic. It was made for a birthday boy that plays in a group of D&D fanatics. The edible sculpture was created by Mike’s Amazing Cakes. If you have time, be sure to check out their website as well, because their gallery is, indeed, awesome.

2. World of Warcraft

Speaking of geektastic cakes based on role playing games, this Horde World of Warcraft cake may not look quite as professional as the D&D cake, but the details on the shield, particularly the wood grain, are pretty impressive nonetheless. From what I can gather, the creator, who made it for her boyfriend’s birthday, only does this as a hobby, not a job. It sounds like she might want to consider changing careers to do this for a living.

3. Super Mario

Here’s another amazing video game cake, starring everyone’s favorite plumber, Mario. This link is definitely worth a look, as the creator, Su Yin, actually details all the work that went into planning and creating the cake, including a step-by-step photo gallery. The work involved in a project like this is pretty incredible.

4. Zombie Girl

I don’t know what’s cooler, the fantastic zombie girl on this cake or the eight-year-old little girl that requested it. While the cake is pretty amazing, made by Barbarann Garrard from rice cereal treats and fondant, how cool is it that a girl that age would prefer a cake showing something crawling from the grave instead of a pony or Barbie?

5. Tom Selleck

What’s scarier than a little girl obsessed with zombies? Naked Tom Selleck. I have to respect the artist who created this bit of wonderment though, it’s pretty cool that she was able to make Mr. Selleck resemble a hunky Disney prince.

6. Indiana Jones

The only things missing from this great golden idol cake by Clever Cake Studio are an Indiana Jones Ken doll and a giant marzipan boulder. Even so, the fact that you can actually switch out the bag for the golden idol allows you to play the role of Doctor Jones without having to worry about death by rock.

7. Dalek

While any Dalek cake would be cool in my book, it’s a whole new level of awesome when you find one that’s over two feet tall and 44 pounds. If you eat it all at once, you’re sure to help the Dalek meet its primary goal to “exterminate!” The site has an incredibly detailed look at the cake’s construction if you’re interested in knowing how something so awesome was actually created.

8. R2-KT

Of course, you can’t talk about geeky anything without mentioning Star Wars. This amazingly realistic R2-KT cake by Mark Joseph Cakes features a ton of cake surrounded by fondant and its legs are made from rice cereal treats.  This site details the creation process, which is pretty intense thanks to the detailed paint job and assembly process.

9. Yoda

This Yoda cake is so realistic that I would be afraid to cut it for fear of suddenly being stunned by the force and beaten up by the little green man. The cake was created by Debbie Goard of Debbie Does Cakes for a seven-year-old’s birthday party. This has to be one of the most delicious of all the cakes here, as his head is made from rice treats, while the body features strawberry cake with Barvarian custard filling.

10. Storm Trooper On The Toilet

What’s nerdier than a regular Star Wars cake? One that also features bathroom humor.  While it makes sense that this was made for a six-year-old, there’s no doubt that many internet geeks will get even more pleasure out of the idea of a stormtrooper going to the bathroom than the child the cake was meant to impress. If you’re interested in getting your own Star Wars potty humor cake, better get on the phone with Aurora Cakes, the company that made this masterpiece.

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An AI Program Wrote Harry Potter Fan Fiction—and the Results Are Hilarious
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“The castle ground snarled with a wave of magically magnified wind.”

So begins the 13th chapter of the latest Harry Potter installment, a text called Harry Potter and the Portrait of What Looked Like a Large Pile of Ash. OK, so it’s not a J.K. Rowling original—it was written by artificial intelligence. As The Verge explains, the computer-science whizzes at Botnik Studios created this three-page work of fan fiction after training an algorithm on the text of all seven Harry Potter books.

The short chapter was made with the help of a predictive text algorithm designed to churn out phrases similar in style and content to what you’d find in one of the Harry Potter novels it "read." The story isn’t totally nonsensical, though. Twenty human editors chose which AI-generated suggestions to put into the chapter, wrangling the predictive text into a linear(ish) tale.

While magnified wind doesn’t seem so crazy for the Harry Potter universe, the text immediately takes a turn for the absurd after that first sentence. Ron starts doing a “frenzied tap dance,” and then he eats Hermione’s family. And that’s just on the first page. Harry and his friends spy on Death Eaters and tussle with Voldemort—all very spot-on Rowling plot points—but then Harry dips Hermione in hot sauce, and “several long pumpkins” fall out of Professor McGonagall.

Some parts are far more simplistic than Rowling would write them, but aren’t exactly wrong with regards to the Harry Potter universe. Like: “Magic: it was something Harry Potter thought was very good.” Indeed he does!

It ends with another bit of prose that’s not exactly Rowling’s style, but it’s certainly an accurate analysis of the main current that runs throughout all the Harry Potter books. It reads: “‘I’m Harry Potter,’ Harry began yelling. ‘The dark arts better be worried, oh boy!’”

Harry Potter isn’t the only work of fiction that Jamie Brew—a former head writer for ClickHole and the creator of Botnik’s predictive keyboard—and other Botnik writers have turned their attention to. Botnik has previously created AI-generated scripts for TV shows like The X-Files and Scrubs, among other ridiculous machine-written parodies.

To delve into all the magical fiction that Botnik users have dreamed up, follow the studio on Twitter.

[h/t The Verge]

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Treat Yo Self to a Piece of Pawnee, Indiana, at this Parks and Recreation-Themed Auction
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They'll never get to eat JJ's world-famous waffles or attend a Mouse Rat concert, but Parks and Recreation fans can still purchase a piece of Pawnee memorabilia featured on the late NBC sitcom. As Slashfilm reports, auction house Screenbid has partnered with NBC Universal Television to sell nearly 300 props, clothing items, and accessories used by the fictional parks department and their fellow Pawneeans.

The auction starts on November 27, 2017, and runs through December 1, 2017. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the LA Conservation Corps, which describes itself as "the nation's largest urban conservation corps and L.A.'s preeminent youth development organization."

Items for sale include, but aren't limited to, Leslie Knope's campaign merchandise (including buttons, T-shirts, and mugs), a Raggedy Ann Halloween costume worn by Ann Perkins, and multiple Mouse Rat CDs. And for fans of Tom Haverford, there's plenty of Entertainment 720 swag to go around (and wear out around town).

View some selected auction items below, or treat yo' self by checking out the full online catalogue here.

 "The Final Word with Perd" mugs, featured on the NBC TV show "Parks and Recreation" and on sale in a new themed auction hosted by auction house ScreenBid.

The Final Word with Perd mugs, featured on the NBC TV show Parks and Recreation.

Courtesy of ScreenBid

Entertainment 720 Dollars Stack, featured on NBC show "Parks and Recreation" and on sale in a new online auction hosted by auction house ScreenBid.

Entertainment 720 Dollars Stack, featured on Parks and Recreation

Courtesy of ScreenBid

An Entertainment 720-branded T-shirt, featured on the NBC show "Parks and Recreation" and on sale in a new auction hosted by auction house ScreenBid.

An Entertainment 720-branded T-shirt, worn on TV show Parks and Recreation

Courtesy of ScreenBid

A bottle of Tom Haverford's Snake Juice, featured on the NBC sitcom "Parks and Recreation," is on sale in a new auction hosted by auction house ScreenBid.

A bottle of Tom Haverford's Snake Juice, from Parks and Recreation

Courtesy of ScreenBid

An "I met Li'l Sebastian" T-shirt, once featured on the NBC sitcom "Parks and Recreation," is on sale in a new online auction hosted by auction house ScreenBid.

An "I Met Li'l Sebastian" T-shirt from Parks and Recreation

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[h/t Slashfilm]

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