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11 Geeky Couples Portraits We Love

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We’ve featured geeky wedding photos and geeky family photos before. Here's more geek love!

1. Come to the Dark Side (We Have Kisses)

Red and Jonny are the most famous stormtrooper cosplayers around and this great vacation picture featuring the two kissing through their helmets is probably the most romantic (non-wedding photo) the two have taken as of yet.

2. Lord and Lady Vader

Imagine how much less evil Lord Vader would be if he had a Lady Vader by his side like this couple spotted at Dragon*Con ’08 by Flickr user Cayusa.

3. Beam My Heart Up, Scotty

The best thing about this geek couple’s 2002 Halloween picture, taken by Flickr user soozums, is that the gentleman’s expression looks like one Shatner would make as well.

4. Blood + Passion

I still don’t know much anime or manga, so I had no idea who Saya and Haji are or what their story is in Blood +. That being said, I still appreciate just how beautiful this passionate image, by Rubina Longu, is and I hope you guys do too.

5. Zombies Have Undying Love

Here’s a couple that thinks “till death do us part” still isn't long enough. While I don’t know the names of the living dead, I can tell you that the makeup was done by Monica Fajardo and the image was shot by Robert Bejil.

6. A Steamy Set of Steampunks

If you love the Old West, but wish that it had a tiny touch of Jules Verne’s futuristic ideas, then you’ll certainly appreciate this couple’s great steampunk cosplay from the 2012 Comic Con. Photography by Howie Muzika.

7. Lord of The Romance

Here you can see lovely lady Arwen, played by Stef, with Aragorn (after he’s gotten a haircut presumably), played by Dave. Just look at the adoration in her eyes as she stares at her brave hero in this great picture by Flickr user ex.libris.

8. Passion for the Ages

This lord looks like he is about to get into all kinds of trouble with his chambermaid at the 2011 Texas Renaissance Festival. Luckily, the two were spotted by photographer Frank Kovalchek before they got up to anything too naughty.

9. “I Love You.” “I Know.”

These last few images are all ones I’ve taken at Comic Con throughout the years. I’ve always been struck by the passion shared by this couple, cosplaying as Han and Leia at the 2011 convention, and am happy to get to share that emotion with all of you as well.

10. Sweeney Todd

These two, seen at the 2008 Comic Con, might not be as passionate as the rest, but I love how much thought they put into their accessories and their poses for cosplay photographers like myself. Also, it was great how disgusting and mysterious that meat pie looked.

11. Joker and Harley

Admittedly, this is certainly the silliest photo in the collection, but the fact that Harley Quinn was actually pregnant and that their costumes so imaginatively portrayed what these villains would probably end up doing if they were going to have a baby made these two, spotted at the most recent convention, my favorite Comic Con couple ever.

And thank you commenters for identifying these two as Donald and Tara Strand of Gotham Public Works.

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Unfortunately, only two of these images had the names of the people in the portraits, even though the couples are the stars of this article. Most of them, including my photos, came from cosplay events where people rarely have the time to stop and write down names. If you know any of the people seen here—or you're in one of these photos—please give us some names so we can credit them. (Hopefully all the couples are still together too).

Also, if you have any geeky couple’s portraits of your own, feel free to share them in the comments.

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Google Street View Now Lets You Explore the International Space Station

Google Street View covers some amazing locations (Antarctica, the Grand Canyon, and Stonehenge, to name a few), but it’s taken until now for the tool to venture into the final frontier. As TechCrunch reports, you can now use Street View to explore the inside of the International Space Station.

The scenes, photographed by astronauts living on the ISS, include all 15 modules of the massive satellite. Viewers will be treated to true 360-degree views of the rooms and equipment onboard. Through the windows, you can see Earth from an astronaut's perspective and a SpaceX Dragon craft delivering supplies to the crew.

Because the imagery was captured in zero gravity, it’s easy to lose sense of your bearings. Get a taste of what ISS residents experience on a daily basis here.

[h/t TechCrunch]

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6 East Coast Castles to Visit for a Fairy Tale Road Trip
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Once the stuff of fairy tales and legends, a variety of former castles have been repurposed today as museums and event spaces. Enough of them dot the East Coast that you can plan a summer road trip to visit half a dozen in a week or two, starting in or near New York City. See our turrent-rich itinerary below.

STOP 1: BANNERMAN CASTLE // BEACON, NEW YORK

59 miles from New York City

The crumbling exterior of Bannerman Castle
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Bannerman Castle can be found on its very own island in the Hudson River. Although the castle has fallen into ruins, the crumbling shell adds visual interest to the stunning Hudson Highlands views, and can be visited via walking or boat tours from May to October. The man who built the castle, Scottish immigrant Frank Bannerman, accumulated a fortune shortly after the Civil War in his Brooklyn store known as Bannerman’s. He eventually built the Scottish-style castle as both a residence and a military weapons storehouse starting in 1901. The island remained in his family until 1967, when it was given to the Taconic Park Commission; two years later it was partially destroyed by a mysterious fire, which led to its ruined appearance.

STOP 2. GILLETTE CASTLE STATE PARK // EAST HADDAM, CONNECTICUT

116 miles from Beacon, New York

William Gillette was an actor best known for playing Sherlock Holmes, which may have something to do with where he got the idea to install a series of hidden mirrors in his castle, using them to watch guests coming and going. The unusual-looking stone structure was built starting in 1914 on a chain of hills known as the Seven Sisters. Gillette designed many of the castle’s interior features (which feature a secret room), and also installed a railroad on the property so he could take his guests for rides. When he died in 1937 without designating any heirs, his will forbade the possession of his home by any "blithering sap-head who has no conception of where he is or with what surrounded.” The castle is now managed by the State of Connecticut as Gillette Castle State Park.

STOP 3. BELCOURT CASTLE // NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND

74 miles from East Haddam, Connecticut

The exterior of Belcourt castle
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Prominent architect Richard Morris Hunt designed Belcourt Castle for congressman and socialite Oliver Belmont in 1891. Hunt was known for his ornate style, having designed the facade of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Breakers in Newport, Rhode Island, but Belmont had some unusual requests. He was less interested in a building that would entertain people and more in one that would allow him to spend time with his horses—the entire first floor was designed around a carriage room and stables. Despite its grand scale, there was only one bedroom. Construction cost $3.2 million in 1894, a figure of approximately $80 million today. But around the time it was finished, Belmont was hospitalized following a mugging. It took an entire year before he saw his completed mansion.

STOP 4. HAMMOND CASTLE MUSEUM // GLOUCESTER, MASSACHUSETTS

111 miles from Newport, Rhode Island

Part of the exterior of Hammond castle
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Inventor John Hays Hammond Jr. built his medieval-style castle between 1926 and 1929 as both his home and a showcase for his historical artifacts. But Hammond was not only interested in recreating visions of the past; he also helped shape the future. The castle was home to the Hammond Research Corporation, from which Hammond produced over 400 patents and came up with the ideas for over 800 inventions, including remote control via radio waves—which earned him the title "the Father of Remote Control." Visitors can take a self-guided tour of many of the castle’s rooms, including the great hall, indoor courtyard, Renaissance dining room, guest bedrooms, inventions exhibit room, library, and kitchens.

STOP 5. BOLDT CASTLE // ALEXANDRIA BAY, THOUSAND ISLANDS, NEW YORK

430 miles from Gloucester, Massachusetts

It's a long drive from Gloucester and only accessible by water, but it's worth it. The German-style castle on Heart Island was built in 1900 by millionaire hotel magnate George C. Boldt, who created the extravagant structure as a summer dream home for his wife Louise. Sadly, she passed away just months before the place was completed. The heartbroken Boldt stopped construction, leaving the property empty for over 70 years. It's now in the midst of an extensive renovation, but the ballroom, library, and several bedrooms have been recreated, and the gardens feature thousands of plants.

STOP 6. FONTHILL CASTLE // DOYLESTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA

327 miles from Alexandria Bay, New York

Part of the exterior of Fonthill castle

In the mood for more castles? Head south to Doylestown, Pennsylvania, where Fonthill Castle was the home of the early 20th century American archeologist, anthropologist, and antiquarian Henry Chapman Mercer. Mercer was a man of many interests, including paleontology, tile-making, and architecture, and his interest in the latter led him to design Fonthill Castle as a place to display his colorful tile and print collection. The inspired home is notable for its Medieval, Gothic, and Byzantine architectural styles, and with 44 rooms, there's plenty of well-decorated nooks and crannies to explore.

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