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11 Tasty Geek Pizzas

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Pizza is popular around the world, and while it may be a great way to show off your favorite flavor combinations, it hasn’t exactly been a great means of artistic expression—until now.

1. A Variety of Geeky Goodness

Redditor Cat_Water shared these pizzas on the site and deservedly received almost 900 upvotes. To thank the community for their support, he not only posted a picture of the Santa and Spongebob pizzas after they were baked, but also made a special Reddit pizza.

Fittingly, while the alien looks cute, the fact that he’s made almost entirely from onion sort of makes him a pizza-topping troll.

2. Spongebob Square Pants

Pasadena pizza place Brothers Pies N’ Fries has this great picture on their Yelp page. I don’t know about you guys, but that immediately makes me want to go there and order the pizza that lives in a pineapple under the sea.

3. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

If you know anything about the TMNT, you know those turtles love pizza. That’s precisely why FooGos’ TMNT logo made from pizza is just so perfect.

4. Dalek

As Redditor kirbyfood points out, this Dalek pizza might just be the most dangerous pizza in all the universe. Fortunately, it still looks pretty tasty, so if The Doctor defeats this Dalek, he gets a nice snack afterwards.

5. Jack Skellington

The best thing about this pizza by Instructables user dadalibrarian is that rather than just put some olives on the nose, eyes and mouth and calling it a day, the creator actually took the time to sculpt out Jack’s teeth and boney eyes and nose, giving the pizza details that made the end result so much more impressive.

6. Angry Birds

I suggest always using pork pepperoni in this creation; it seems fitting that the Angry Bird be made from the remnants of his sworn piggy enemies. You can make your own thanks to this tutorial by Pip and Ebby.

7. House Sigils

Geekologie reader 4lbatroz celebrated the second season premiere of Game of Thrones with these fantastic house sigil pizzas. No word if he made them himself or actually found a pizza place that was awesome enough to do this for him, but either way, that’s one heck of a way to cater a premiere party.

8. Iron Man

Redditor endrbn made this masterpiece with nothing but pepperoni, cheese, olives, and onion. If you’re wondering what the black lines are made from—those are olive puree.  I only wish we could see the cooked final product.

9. Ms. Pac-Man

While iD Tech Camps’ Ms. Pac-Man looks like she’s just covered in American cheese, the topping is a lot more complex and arguably tastier, since it’s really alfredo sauce with a few drops of food coloring. With roasted red peppers, tomatoes, and olives for the details, she’s both stylish and tasty.

10. Pokeball

When you think about it, pizza is a lot like Pokemon. Everyone has their favorite, but a true fan knows you’ve gotta catch them all—although after catching them, let’s hope you only eat the pizza, not the Pokemon.  That’s why this Pokeball pizza ordered by DeviantArt user rawrlz is so great—that and the fact that it’s certainly the coolest way ever to order half cheese and half pepperoni.

11. Octopus

Granted, it’s not a pop culture reference like many of the others, but if you’re into nature then you know just how amazingly awesome octopi truly are. Besides, it’s hard to ignore the simple fact that by creating doughy arms and pepperoni tentacles, this might just be the most amazing piece of pizza art on this list. Best of all, if you want to make your own, Instructables user donedirtcheap documented every step to creating this tasty tentacle treat.

I’m more into decorating traditional pies than pizza pies, because I’m big on having nicely distributed toppings on pizza. What about you guys? Have any of you ever made fun creations with your pizza?

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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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