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14 Hand-Painted Geeky Shoe Designs

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While plenty of people have geeky tee shirts, nerdy shoes are far less common—but shoes are great because, unlike tees, you can wear them day in and day out if you so please. If you’re ready to put your best geek foot forward, here are a few great shoe designs to get you started.

1. The Doctor and The TARDIS

Can’t get enough of The Doctor and his beloved TARDIS? Then head to Etsy seller TooCrazyGirl’s shop and grab a pair of these great Doctor Who sneakers. You can choose between a bow tie and suspenders with the quote "Trust me, I'm the Doctor" or a neck tie and a pinstriped jacket with the phrase "Allons-y!"

2. Silence

Do you forget where you left your shoes the second you take them off? Well, forget about ever remembering where you put these Silence shoes by Etsy seller Scrapcrafter. After all, they’re designed just to make you forget.

3. Dalek

The Dalek “To Victory” poster has proven to be one of the most popular designs ever released by the BBC. If you don’t really dig posters and would rather share this design on your feet, head over to Etsy seller TheWhitelicorice and grab a pair of these sneakers.

4. Star Wars

Toms are great for the charitable nature of the company. If you love the idea of a person in need receiving a free pair of shoes for the pair you bought, then grab a pair of Etsy seller EastBayCalifornia’s awesomely detailed Star Wars shoes.

5. Yoda

When it comes to amazing custom shoe paintings, it’s hard to beat What’s Shop. As these amazing Yoda Converse prove, the artists at What’s Shop might just be some of the most amazing shoe painters in the world. Of course, that talent comes at a price: Their shoes sell for $150 and up. Fortunately, if you can’t afford a pair, you can always enjoy looking at their magnificent paintings on their Tumblr.

6. Angry Birds Avengers

If you’re wondering how high What’s Shop’s prices reach, look no further than these one-of-a-kind Angry Birds Avengers Converse. Since this is the only pair the company will ever make, they’ll set you back a cool $850.

7. Amazing Spider-Man

Of course, many of What’s Shop’s designs are one-off designs made for customer special orders. Some of the designs will never even appear in their shop, like these Amazing Spider-Man Converse that are, in fact, amazing.

8. Marvel Heroes

Etsy seller BBEE is also well known and extremely talented when it comes to custom shoe creations, which is why the shop is able to charge $250 for this pair of Marvel Vans.

9. Batman and Joker

If you can’t afford to have a professional make you a custom pair of shoes, you can always see if someone you know might be willing to do it for you. Redditor Zacch asked his mother to make him a pair of Batman shoes and the results were impressive enough to get him over 2600 upvotes.

10. Batman

Sometimes it’s hard to be a fashionable geek girl. While there are plenty of geek sneakers out there, it’s much harder to express yourself with shoes that will match your favorite dress. Fortunately, these sparkly Batman flats by Etsy seller strollingcanvases look great with all kinds of fashion ensembles.

11. Paper Mario

Of the entire Mario series, Paper Mario is perhaps the cutest, with the characters bearing such adorably juvenile faces. That’s why it was such a good decision on the part of Etsy seller blacknorns to choose that incarnation for these fantastic stiletto heels.

12. Bubble Bobble

These two adorable dinosaurs make a basic pair of blue flats into something infinitely more fun and fashionable. In fact, even if people aren’t familiar with the classic game, they’ll most likely still appreciate the cute characters painted on these shoes by Etsy seller MagicBeanBuyer.

13. Rebel Alliance

Sparkly, pink, and nerdy! Now that’s a super girly geek’s dream shoe, and can you blame them when these pink Rebel Alliance flats by Etsy seller aishavoya are so darn cute?

14. Darth Maul

Beauty For the Geek specializes in making custom, hand-painted geek heels. While all the designs in their photo gallery are impressive, their Darth Maul designs are particularly fantastic because they not only feature a special paint job, but the spikes in the back make them truly fit the inspiration.

Of course, if you don’t like any of these designs, but love the idea of having your own custom geek shoes, then you can always try making your own. Geek With Curves has a great article on how to organize a shoe decorating party, and even if you prefer to work solo, the piece has plenty of useful ideas and inspiration to get you started on your own special shoe designs.

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USPS Is Issuing Its First Scratch-and-Sniff Stamps This Summer
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Summertime smells like sunscreen, barbecues, and—starting June 20, 2018—postage stamps. That's when the United States Postal Service debuts its first line of scratch-and-sniff stamps in Austin, Texas with perfumes meant to evoke "the sweet scent of summer."

The 10 stamps in the collection feature playful watercolor illustrations of popsicles by artist Margaret Berg. If the designs alone don't immediately transport you back to hot summer days spent chasing ice cream trucks, a few scratches and a whiff of the stamp should do the trick. If you're patient, you can also refrain from scratching and use them to mail a bit of summer nostalgia to your loved ones.

Since it was invented in the 1960s, scratch-and-sniff technology has been incorporated into photographs, posters, picture books, and countless kids' stickers.

The first-class mail "forever" stamps will be available in booklets of 20 for $10. You can preorder yours online before they're unveiled at the first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony at Austin's Thinkery children's museum next month.

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15 Things You Didn't Know About The Persistence Of Memory

Salvador Dalì's The Persistence of Memory is the eccentric Spanish painter's most recognizable work. You have probably committed its melting clocks to memory—but you may not know all that went into its making.

1. THE PERSISTENCE OF MEMORY WAS PAINTED IN THE MIDST OF A HALLUCINATION.

Around the time of the painting’s 1931 creation, Dalì perfected his "paranoiac-critical method." The artist would attempt to enter a meditative state of self-induced psychotic hallucinations so that he could make what he called "hand-painted dream photographs."

“I am the first to be surprised and often terrified by the images I see appear upon my canvas," Dalì wrote, referring to his unusual routine. "I register without choice and with all possible exactitude the dictates of my subconscious, my dreams.”

2. IT'S SMALLER THAN YOU MIGHT EXPECT.

The Persistence of Memory is one of Dalì's philosophical triumphs, but the actual oil-on-canvas painting measures only 9.5 inches by 13 inches.

3. THE PAINTING MADE THE 28-YEAR-OLD ARTIST FAMOUS.

Dalì began painting when he was 6 years old. As a young man, he flirted with fame, working with Spanish filmmaker Luis Buñuel on his groundbreaking shorts Un Chien Andalou and L'Age d'Or. But Dalì’s big break didn’t come until he created his signature surrealist work. The press and the public went mad for him when The Persistence of Memory was shown at the Julien Levy Gallery in New York City in 1932.

4.THE PERSISTENCE OF MEMORY STAYED IN NEW YORK THANKS TO AN ANONYMOUS DONOR.

After its gallery show, a patron bought the piece and donated it to the Museum of Modern Art in 1934. It’s been a highlight of MoMA's collection for more than 80 years.

5. OTHER SURREALISTS PUT HIM ON TRIAL.

Though Dalì had become the most famous surrealist painter in the world, André Breton, the founder of surrealism, gave him the boot over concerns about Dalì’s alleged support of fascism. At his ousting from the Bureau for Surrealist Research, the loose network of surrealist artists and philosophers headed by Breton, Dalì declared, "I myself am surrealism."

6. EINSTEIN'S THEORIES MAY HAVE INFLUENCED DALÌ.

The Persistence of Memory has sparked considerable academic debate as scholars interpret the painting. Some critics believe the melting watches in the piece are a response to Albert Einstein's theory of relativity. In her book Dalì and Surrealism, critic Dawn Ades writes, "the soft watches are an unconscious symbol of the relativity of space and time."

7. DALÌ'S EXPLANATION WAS CHEESIER.

Dalì declared that his true muse for the deformed clocks was a wheel of Camembert cheese that had melted in the sun. As Dalì considered himself and his persona an extension of his work, the truthfulness of his response is also up for debate.

8. ITS LANDSCAPE COMES FROM DALÌ'S CHILDHOOD.

Dalì's native Catalonia had a major influence on his works. His family's summer house in the shade of Mount Pani (also known as Mount Panelo) inspired him to integrate its likeness into his paintings again and again, like in View of Cadaqués with Shadow of Mount Pani. In The Persistence of Memory, the shadow of Mount Pani drapes the foreground, while Cape Creus and its craggy coast lie in the background.

9. THE PAINTING HAS A SEQUEL (SORT OF).

In 1954, Dalì revisited the composition of The Persistence of Memory for a new work, The Disintegration of the Persistence of Memory. Alternately known as The Chromosome of a Highly-coloured Fish's Eye Starting the Harmonious Disintegration of the Persistence of Memory, the oil-on-canvas piece is believed to represent Dalì's prior work being broken down to its atomic elements.

10. BETWEEN PAINTING THESE TWO WORKS, DALÌ'S OBSESSIONS SHIFTED.

Though the subjects of The Persistence of Memory and The Disintegration of the Persistence of Memory are the same, their differences illustrated the shifts that took place between periods of Dalì's career. The first painting was created in the midst of his Freudian phase, when Dalì was fascinated by the dream analysis pioneered by Sigmund Freud. By the 1950s, when the latter was painted, Dalì's dark muse had become the science of the atomic age.

"In the surrealist period, I wanted to create the iconography of the interior world—the world of the marvelous, of my father Freud," Dalì explained. "I succeeded in doing it. Today the exterior world—that of physics—has transcended the one of psychology. My father today is [theoretical physicist] Dr. Heisenberg."

11. FREUD RECIPROCATED DALÌ'S ADMIRATION.

Sigmund Freud, the father of psychoanalysis, was not a fan of the surrealists, whom he felt were too conscious of the art they were making and didn't understand his theories. Dalì was the exception. When the two met in 1938, Dalì was giddily sketching a portrait of his 82-year-old idol when Freud whispered, "That boy looks like a fanatic." The comment delighted Dalì, as did Freud's suggestion that his The Metamorphosis of Narcissus would be of value to the study of psychoanalysis. Freud later said, "I have been inclined to regard the surrealists as complete fools, but that young Spaniard with his candid, fanatical eyes and his undeniable technical mastery, has changed my estimate."

12.THE PERSISTENCE OF MEMORY MAY BE A SELF-PORTRAIT.

The floppy profile at the painting's center might be meant to represent Dalì himself, as the artist was fond of self-portraits. Previously painted self-portraits include Self-Portrait in the Studio, Cubist Self-Portrait, Self-Portrait with "L' Humanité" and Self-Portrait (Figueres).

13. THERE WERE MORE MELTING CLOCKS TO COME.

In the 1970s, Dalì revisited his squishy timepieces in sculptures like Dance of Time I, II, & III; Nobility of Time, and Profile of Time. He also included them in lithographs.

14. THE PERSISTENCE OF MEMORY HAS ALIASES.

The masterpiece is also known as Soft Watches, Droopy Watches, The Persistence of Time, and Melting Clocks.

15. THE PAINTING HAS BECOME INGRAINED IN POP CULTURE.

The Persistence of Memory has been referenced on television in The Simpsons, Futurama, Hey Arnold, Doctor Who, and Sesame Street. Likewise, it's been alluded to in the animated movie Looney Tunes: Back in Action, in the comic strip The Far Side, and in videogames like EarthBound and Crash Bandicoot 2: N-Tranced. It was even parodied to mock the NFL’s DeflateGate scandal.

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