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The 11 Geekiest Family Portraits Ever

1. Borgs Just Wanna Have Fun

Winnie Au is an excellent photographer and her intimate and humanizing images of Trekkies at the Las Vegas Star Trek convention are all worth a look. But her picture of the Hall family all dolled up in their best Borg gear stands out thanks to the involvement of the entire clan.

2. Where No Family Has Gone Before

The Halls aren’t the only family that likes to geek out in their best twenty-third century gear. This picture, spotted over on Awkward Family Photos, brings up some interesting concerns regarding the young man in the red shirt. Does the family have low hopes for him, or are they just hoping that because they are wearing the Next Generation outfits, he will be immune to the curse of the red shirt?

3. Under The Blue Moon of Tatooine

Here we see Flickr user Carmel Covered Crack’s delightful Halloween family portrait featuring young Luke, C-3PO and a little tiny R2-D2. What an adorable family, even if they are mostly just droids.

4. Dreaming of a Darth Christmas

Red and Jonny are some of the world’s most famous Star Wars geeks thanks to their delightful Flickr stream and popular blog. Here is one of their best Christmas photos from last year, featuring the couple posing in front of their pet AT-ATs and their Christmas tree covered in tiny replica stormtroopers.

5. Gnome What I’m Saying?

Why waste your time with Gnomeo and Juliet when you could always just live out your own Gnome fantasies like Flickr user taivensmama? Now there’s an attractive grouping of lawn ornaments if I’ve ever seen one.

6. Dragon Ball Z Warriors

DeviantArt user Jeffbedash325 specializes in making excellent cosplay costumes, then taking fantastic pictures of himself and his friends wearing them. Here he is with his friend Chichi and a precious little youngster dressed as the Goku family from Dragon Ball Z. While they might not be related to each other in real life, they are all family in the anime world their costumes come from.

7. The Family That Loves To Kiss

It's hard to grow up with a family that wants to rock and roll all night and party ev-er-y day. But once you've become accustomed to it, you can out-party your friends for the rest of your life. Just ask Flickr user Little Black Box and the rest of his family.

8. Cultivating A Family Culture

Flickr user Von Wong's mother started harassing her son about the family’s lack of photos — especially because he's a photographer. So Von Wong and the rest of his family agreed they needed to get together for a portrait. Rather than head for the J.C. Penney Portrait Studio, the family worked in their Chinese heritage in a fun and unique way that incorporates the Temple of Heaven in Beijing along with classic Chinese clothing.

Of course, a nice background and traditional clothing don’t make a photograph geeky on their own. What makes this one so delightful is Von Wong’s kung fu pose and his sister’s happy jump behind their stoic parents.

9. The Mario Family Tree

Like many modern families, the Mitchells document their lives online so their friends and family members can stay in touch without too much effort. That means they have a collection of the family’s Halloween pictures, including this photo showing Wario and Princess Peach as the proud parents of Mario, Luigi and Bowser.

10. They Ain’t Afraid of No Ghosts

Most portraits that come from Awkward Family Photos have no image credit, let alone a background story. Fortunately, Trevor, a reader of the site, submitted this picture of his family taken in the eighties. He writes, “Apparently, the Ghostbusters craze got the best of my mom and she made us walk through the mall in those stupid shirts to get our picture taken. From the look on my sister’s face, I don’t think she was too thrilled with the whole idea either.”

11. Yo Ho Yo Ho, A Family Life For Me

Apparently, Disney World used to have this great photo studio that allowed you to take such embarrassing and geeky family photos as this one, courtesy of Flickr user ribena, who considers this "one of my most terrifying mementos of childhood." While the background and costumes don't seem too scary, it's easy to imagine quite a few youngsters being horrified of the animatronic pirate that seems to be groping ribena's mother in this picture.
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If any of you Flossers happen to know anyone we couldn't identify in these photos , let us know so we can give credit to the wonderfully geeky families featured here. Of course, if you have any of your own geeky family portraits, feel free to share the links in the comments.

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The Getty Center, Surrounded By Wildfires, Will Leave Its Art Where It Is
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The wildfires sweeping through California have left countless homeowners and businesses scrambling as the blazes continue to grow out of control in various locations throughout the state. While art lovers worried when they heard that Los Angeles's Getty Center would be closing its doors this week, as the fires closed part of the 405 Freeway, there was a bit of good news. According to museum officials, the priceless works housed inside the famed Getty Center are said to be perfectly secure and won't need to be evacuated from the facility.

“The safest place for the art is right here at the Getty,” Ron Hartwig, the Getty’s vice president of communications, told the Los Angeles Times. According to its website, the museum was closed on December 5 and December 6 “to protect the collections from smoke from fires in the region,” but as of now, the art inside is staying put.

Though every museum has its own way of protecting the priceless works inside it, the Los Angeles Times notes that the Getty Center was constructed in such a way as to protect its contents from the very kind of emergency it's currently facing. The air throughout the gallery is filtered by a system that forces it out, rather than a filtration method which would bring air in. This system will keep the smoke and air pollutants from getting into the facility, and by closing the museum this week, the Getty is preventing the harmful air from entering the building through any open doors.

There is also a water tank at the facility that holds 1 million gallons in reserve for just such an occasion, and any brush on the property is routinely cleared away to prevent the likelihood of a fire spreading. The Getty Villa, a separate campus located in the Pacific Palisades off the Pacific Coast Highway, was also closed out of concern for air quality this week.

The museum is currently working with the police and fire departments in the area to determine the need for future closures and the evacuation of any personnel. So far, the fires have claimed more than 83,000 acres of land, leading to the evacuation of thousands of people and the temporary closure of I-405, which runs right alongside the Getty near Los Angeles’s Bel-Air neighborhood.

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This 77-Year-Old Artist Saves Money on Art Supplies by 'Painting' in Microsoft Excel
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It takes a lot of creativity to turn a blank canvas into an inspired work of art. Japanese artist Tatsuo Horiuchi makes his pictures out of something that’s even more dull than a white page: an empty spreadsheet in Microsoft Excel.

When he retired, the 77-year-old Horiuchi, whose work was recently spotlighted by Great Big Story, decided he wanted to get into art. At the time, he was hesitant to spend money on painting supplies or even computer software, though, so he began experimenting with one of the programs that was already at his disposal.

Horiuchi's unique “painting” method shows that in the right hands, Excel’s graph-building features can be used to bring colorful landscapes to life. The tranquil ponds, dense forests, and blossoming flowers in his art are made by drawing shapes with the software's line tool, then adding shading with the bucket tool.

Since picking up the hobby in the 2000s, Horiuchi has been awarded multiple prizes for his creative work with Excel. Let that be inspiration for Microsoft loyalists who are still broken up about the death of Paint.

You can get a behind-the-scenes look at the artist's process in the video below.

[h/t Great Big Story]

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