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15 Geeky Stained Glass Masterpieces

Stained glass is generally reserved for the windows of churches. But if you worship science fiction, video games, or other geeky pop culture icons, there are still plenty of stained glass pieces just for you.

1. Boba Fett Helmet

Not all stained glass belongs on a window. DeviantArt user Mclanesmemories proves it with a Tiffany-styled Boba Fett helmet light that was created to the exact dimensions of the actual helmet from the movie. This geekstrordinary masterpiece took years to complete. While the creator didn’t count the exact number of pieces he used, the green top of the helmet alone is comprised of over 200.

2. Church of Family Guy

While many of the designs on this list are only panels or window hangings, DeviantArt user Pac0daTac0’s “Church of Family Guy” is actually being used as a window at its creator’s home. Now that’s a superfan.

3. Dalek

After seeing the light pour through this wonderful Dalek design by Geek Stained Glass, I'd love to see a Tiffany-style lamp featuring a Dalek on one side and the TARDIS on the other. Now that’s a geek-classy way to light a home.

4. Dig Dug Console

The Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade in Portland is a template for what a great arcade should be. It features classic games, the largest pinball collection in the Pacific Northwest and a busy entertainment schedule. To show off their love of gaming, the business even added a stained glass window of a Dig Dug console to the building, as photographed by Flickr user matt lohkamp. And in case you were wondering, yes, they do have Dig Dug in their collection.

5. Yoda

While Etsy seller Terrazaglass has already sold this specific Yoda design, perhaps you could approach her and request a custom made Yoda if you were so inclined. She certainly did an excellent job accentuating each lumpy wrinkle on the Jedi master’s brow.

6. Star Wars

This design was specially requested by one of Etsy seller GeekyGlass’ clients. If you have any ideas for your own Star Wars stained glass pieces, you now know exactly where to turn.

7. Twilight

If you prefer brooding vampires over heroic space knights, then you might want to check out this great Twilight piece also by GeekyGlass. It changes colors and appearances throughout the day as the daylight passes, which seems quite appropriate given the subject matter.

8. Star Trek Logo

One thing that makes this creation unique is that the middle section contains no glass at all. The piece, by DeviantArt user Bigblued, is quite striking when seen in direct sunlight.

9. Cthulhu Jeebus

For those that worship at the temple of H.P. Lovecraft’s monsters, this Cthulhu Jeebus is a delightful dedication to The Dark One. You might notice that like the Family Guy design, this one is also being used as an actual window by its creator, DeviantArt user Future Vintage.

10, 11 & 12. Transformers

As you could probably guess from his name, DeviantArt user AutobotWonko likes the Transformers quite a bit. If you needed more proof, just take a look at these impressive stained glass recreations of Bumblebee, Optimus Prime and Galvatron. Each one took around 25 hours each.

13. Spider-Man

Chris Roth is a professional artist who was asked to contribute a piece to the Stan Lee tribute show at Gallery 1988. Rather than creating one of his more traditional oil paintings, Roth opted to create a stained glass design featuring the first comic to include Spider-Man, Amazing Fantasy #15.

14. Link

Making the princess-saving elf from Zelda look tough isn’t an easy task, but Etsy seller Janreus took on the challenge and succeeded with flying colors. For those interested in bringing home their own hero, this piece goes for 99 Euros (about $140).

15. 8-Bit Mushroom

While it’s hard to bring pixels to life, it’s easy to incorporate them into stained glass. Etsy seller Radiant Art created this adorable dedication to the Super Mario Bros. It contains 80 pieces and was sold for $175.
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Do we have any stained glass artists out there? Have you ever displayed a stained glass masterpiece—geeky or otherwise—in your house?

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George Washington’s Incredible Hair Routine

America's Founding Fathers had some truly defining locks, but we tend to think of those well-coiffed white curls—with their black ribbon hair ties and perfectly-managed frizz—as being wigs. Not so in the case of the main man himself, George Washington.

As Robert Krulwich reported at National Geographic, a 2010 biography on our first president—Washington: A Life, by Ron Chernow—reveals that the man “never wore a wig.” In fact, his signature style was simply the result of an elaborately constructed coiffure that far surpasses most morning hair routines, and even some “fancy” hair routines.

The style Washington was sporting was actually a tough look for his day. In the late 18th century, such a hairdo would have been worn by military men.

While the hair itself was all real, the color was not. Washington’s true hue was a reddish brown color, which he powdered in a fashion that’s truly delightful to imagine. George would (likely) don a powdering robe, dip a puff made of silk strips into his powder of choice (there are a few options for what he might have used), bend his head over, and shake the puff out over his scalp in a big cloud.

To achieve the actual ‘do, Washington kept his hair long and would then pull it back into a tight braid or simply tie it at the back. This helped to showcase the forehead, which was very in vogue at the time. On occasion, he—or an attendant—would bunch the slack into a black silk bag at the nape of the neck, perhaps to help protect his clothing from the powder. Then he would fluff the hair on each side of his head to make “wings” and secure the look with pomade or good old natural oils.

To get a better sense of the play-by-play, check out the awesome illustrations by Wendy MacNaughton that accompany Krulwich’s post.

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Unwinnable Video Game Challenges You to Keep a Shopping Mall in Business
"American Mall," Bloomberg
"American Mall," Bloomberg

Shopping malls, once the cultural hub of every suburb in America, have become a punchline in the e-commerce era. There are plenty of malls around today, but they tend to be money pits, considering the hundreds of "dead malls" haunting the landscape. Just how hard is it to keep a mall afloat in the current economy? American Mall, a new video game from Bloomberg, attempts to give an answer.

After choosing which tycoon character you want as your stand-in, you're thrown into a mall—rendered in 1980s-style graphics—already struggling to stay in business. The building is filled with rats and garbage you have to clean up if you want to keep shoppers happy. Every few seconds you're contacted by another store owner begging you to lower their rent, and you must either take the loss or risk them packing up for good. When stores are vacated, it's your job to fill them, but it turns out there aren't too many businesses interested in setting up shop in a dying mall.

You can try gimmicks like food trucks and indoor playgrounds to keep customers interested, but in the end your mall will bleed too much money to support itself. You can try playing the bleak game for yourself here—maybe it will put some of the retail casualties of the last decade into perspective.

[h/t Co.Design]

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