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17 Amazingly Geeky Wedding Cakes

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We’ve covered all sorts of geeky wedding topics, and cakes celebrating all kinds of occasions (including divorce). Now, it's time to take on geeky wedding cakes.

1. Castle on a Cake

Lord of the Rings has some truly epic romances, but arguably the most epic is Arwen and Aragorn’s love, which culminates in a wedding in Minas Tirith. For those who feel they have overcome similar obstacles in their relationship, this cake by The Cake Geek is a fitting and absolutely gorgeous way to celebrate your love and mutual geekdom.

2. The One Cake

If you think the Minas Tirith cake is just too pretty, well, perhaps you’d prefer a Gollum cake, like this one created by Crazy Cakes. You might even say it’s “precious.”

3. Runaway Snitch

Of course, a wedding cake doesn't need to be over the top to reflect your geek interests. This golden snitch cake, by Sweet Talk Cakes, is a perfect balance between a traditional white wedding cake and a dedicated Harry Potter tribute.

4. The Doctor's In

Similarly, this Doctor Who cake, by The Butter End Cakery, looks like an ordinary white, floral wedding cake just happened to have a TARDIS land on top of it right as a few dinosaurs began to attack—which seems incredibly fitting for the series.

5. Alien Invasion

Of course, if there’s any Doctor Who icon more famous than the TARDIS, it would certainly be the Daleks, and these adorable matching bride and groom Dalek wedding cakes, from Reddit user eclaire4186, might be the most awesomely geeky Doctor Who cakes ever made.

6. Who Ya Gonna Call?

Perhaps one of the most iconic scenes in film history is the one where the Ghostbusters fight the Stay Puft marshmallow man and never before has that scene been recreated so perfectly than in this wedding cake, created by the legendary team at Charm City Cakes.

7. Captain's Log

If you prefer your iconic wedding cakes to be a little creepy, then you’ll certainly love this wedding cake used at the wedding of Zeph and Sara LaFassett. (They kept his head in the freezer to eat the following year.)

8. Keep on Trekkin'

Klingons might not be known for being romantic, but there’s no denying the love in this picture or how amazing this Borg wedding cake by Restoration Cake is.

9. An Alien Affair

On a similar note, Alien Vs. Predator might just be the least romantic movie in all of history, but Little Cherry Cake Company begs to differ, showing that really the movie just showed to unlikely lovers searching for common ground. In a way, it makes sense—after all, the end of the movie showed what their love child looked like.

10. Use the Force

If you really want to go all out on a sci-fi wedding cake though, there’s no greater touch than adding working lighting. Just look at how amazing this Millennium Falcon Star Wars cake by The Butter End Cakery (the same baker who made the TARDIS/dinos cake) looks with those glowing lights in the front.

11. Star Crossed

Similarly, this Star Craft cake, created for Reddit user Jenners and her Diamond League husband, was made to light up in multiple places, thanks to the technical skills of baker Chelley Sherman.

12. Just Peachy

When it comes to video games, no characters have been used on more wedding cakes than Mario and Princess Peach. And with so many shared titles between them, it’s no wonder. Just look at all the characters and game areas referenced in this great cake by The Hazelnut Bakery.

13. The Princess and The Plumber

Here’s another great Mario-themed wedding cake, this time by Love Candy Cakes created for Jane & Neil’s geektastic wedding. Again, just look at all the game titles squeezed into one cake.

14. Missing Link

Zelda is another perfect game for a wedding cake because the stories always revolve around Link and his beloved Princess Zelda. Here’s a gorgeous Wind Waker cake by Little Cherry Cake Company (the same one that brought us the AVP cake above).

15. Fit for a Princess

For those girls who have always dreamed of living like a princess on their wedding day though, no character is more appropriate than Cinderella. This topsy turvey pumpkin carriage cake by Give Me Some Sugar would certainly make any lady feel like a true princess.

16. Muppets on Cake

While few girls really want to feel like Miss Piggy, geeks tend to be bigger fans of the Muppets than of Disney’s classic princess movies, which is why this epic Muppets wedding cake by Love At First Bite is just so perfect.

17. Stitch-y

This Stitch and Angel cake by Nerdache Cakes is perfect for couples who are slight monsters together, but in the cutest and most loving way possible.

Given the comments we’ve had on previous wedding articles, I know plenty of our readers have had geeky weddings of their own—did any of you have cakes like these at your weddings? If so, tell us about it and feel free to post some pictures or links to pictures in the comments!

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Man Buys Two Metric Tons of LEGO Bricks; Sorts Them Via Machine Learning
May 21, 2017
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Jacques Mattheij made a small, but awesome, mistake. He went on eBay one evening and bid on a bunch of bulk LEGO brick auctions, then went to sleep. Upon waking, he discovered that he was the high bidder on many, and was now the proud owner of two tons of LEGO bricks. (This is about 4400 pounds.) He wrote, "[L]esson 1: if you win almost all bids you are bidding too high."

Mattheij had noticed that bulk, unsorted bricks sell for something like €10/kilogram, whereas sets are roughly €40/kg and rare parts go for up to €100/kg. Much of the value of the bricks is in their sorting. If he could reduce the entropy of these bins of unsorted bricks, he could make a tidy profit. While many people do this work by hand, the problem is enormous—just the kind of challenge for a computer. Mattheij writes:

There are 38000+ shapes and there are 100+ possible shades of color (you can roughly tell how old someone is by asking them what lego colors they remember from their youth).

In the following months, Mattheij built a proof-of-concept sorting system using, of course, LEGO. He broke the problem down into a series of sub-problems (including "feeding LEGO reliably from a hopper is surprisingly hard," one of those facts of nature that will stymie even the best system design). After tinkering with the prototype at length, he expanded the system to a surprisingly complex system of conveyer belts (powered by a home treadmill), various pieces of cabinetry, and "copious quantities of crazy glue."

Here's a video showing the current system running at low speed:

The key part of the system was running the bricks past a camera paired with a computer running a neural net-based image classifier. That allows the computer (when sufficiently trained on brick images) to recognize bricks and thus categorize them by color, shape, or other parameters. Remember that as bricks pass by, they can be in any orientation, can be dirty, can even be stuck to other pieces. So having a flexible software system is key to recognizing—in a fraction of a second—what a given brick is, in order to sort it out. When a match is found, a jet of compressed air pops the piece off the conveyer belt and into a waiting bin.

After much experimentation, Mattheij rewrote the software (several times in fact) to accomplish a variety of basic tasks. At its core, the system takes images from a webcam and feeds them to a neural network to do the classification. Of course, the neural net needs to be "trained" by showing it lots of images, and telling it what those images represent. Mattheij's breakthrough was allowing the machine to effectively train itself, with guidance: Running pieces through allows the system to take its own photos, make a guess, and build on that guess. As long as Mattheij corrects the incorrect guesses, he ends up with a decent (and self-reinforcing) corpus of training data. As the machine continues running, it can rack up more training, allowing it to recognize a broad variety of pieces on the fly.

Here's another video, focusing on how the pieces move on conveyer belts (running at slow speed so puny humans can follow). You can also see the air jets in action:

In an email interview, Mattheij told Mental Floss that the system currently sorts LEGO bricks into more than 50 categories. It can also be run in a color-sorting mode to bin the parts across 12 color groups. (Thus at present you'd likely do a two-pass sort on the bricks: once for shape, then a separate pass for color.) He continues to refine the system, with a focus on making its recognition abilities faster. At some point down the line, he plans to make the software portion open source. You're on your own as far as building conveyer belts, bins, and so forth.

Check out Mattheij's writeup in two parts for more information. It starts with an overview of the story, followed up with a deep dive on the software. He's also tweeting about the project (among other things). And if you look around a bit, you'll find bulk LEGO brick auctions online—it's definitely a thing!

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These $425 Jeans Can Turn Into Jorts
May 19, 2017
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Modular clothing used to consist of something simple, like a reversible jacket. Today, it’s a $425 pair of detachable jeans.

Apparel retailer Opening Ceremony recently debuted a pair of “2 in 1 Y/Project” trousers that look fairly peculiar. The legs are held to the crotch by a pair of loops, creating a disjointed C-3PO effect. Undo the loops and you can now remove the legs entirely, leaving a pair of jean shorts in their wake. The result goes from this:


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To this:


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The company also offers a slightly different cut with button tabs in black for $460. If these aren’t audacious enough for you, the Y/Project line includes jumpsuits with removable legs and garter-equipped jeans.

[h/t Mashable]