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11 Geeky Couples Portraits We Love

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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Stradivarius Violins Get Their Distinctive Sound By Mimicking the Human Voice
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Italian violinist Francesco Geminiani once wrote that a violin's tone should "rival the most perfect human voice." Nearly three centuries later, scientists have confirmed that some of the world's oldest violins do in fact mimic aspects of the human singing voice, a finding which scientists believe proves "the characteristic brilliance of Stradivari violins."

Using speech analysis software, scientists in Taiwan compared the sound produced by 15 antique instruments with recordings of 16 male and female vocalists singing English vowel sounds, The Guardian reports. They discovered that violins made by Andrea Amati and Antonio Stradivari, the pioneers of the instrument, produce similar "formant features" as the singers. The resonance frequencies were similar between Amati violins and bass and baritone singers, while the higher-frequency tones produced by Stradivari instruments were comparable to tenors and contraltos.

Andrea Amati, born in 1505, was the first known violin maker. His design was improved over 100 years later by Antonio Stradivari, whose instruments now sell for several million dollars. "Some Stradivari violins clearly possess female singing qualities, which may contribute to their perceived sweetness and brilliance," Hwan-Ching Tai, an author of the study, told The Guardian.

Their findings were published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. A 2013 study by Dr. Joseph Nagyvary, a professor emeritus at Texas A&M University, also pointed to a link between the sounds produced by 250-year-old violins and those of a female soprano singer.

According to Vox, a blind test revealed that professional violinists couldn't reliably tell the difference between old violins like "Strads" and modern ones, with most even expressing a preference for the newer instruments. However, the value of these antique instruments can be chalked up to their rarity and history, and many violinists still swear by their exceptional quality.

[h/t The Guardian]

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