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11 Geeky Bras

Etsy seller SceeneShoes
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We’ve featured geek wedding dresses, jewelry, tattoos, and shoes, but what about that which lies beneath—the stuff only those special to a particular geek will get to see? Well, don’t worry, there’s plenty of geek lingerie out there, especially in the form of bras, and here are a few of the nerdiest.

1. TARDIS

Any wannabe companion would thank her lucky stars for Etsy seller tefa23’s adorable TARDIS bra that comes complete with matching panties. And, of course, if bow ties are cool then giant bows on your bra must be really awesome.

2. Batman

Everyone knows Batman kicks butt, but when was the last time he did so on someone’s chest? Thanks to Etsy seller tefa23, now women everywhere can feel the cold “Thwack” of justice falling upon their bosoms.

3. R2D2

While Etsy seller SceeneShoes’ R2D2 bra is adorable, there’s just something wrong with an R2 unit that doesn’t speak in beeps and boops—and something seriously wrong with breasts that make any such noises.

4. Star Fleet Uniform

The great thing about this Star Trek bra is that Etsy seller SceeneShoes didn’t just paint on the communicator badge; she went the extra mile to add in the black contrast coloring that makes the Star Fleet uniforms look so iconic.

5. Mario

The 8-bit style painting on this bra by SceeneShos looks so perfect that it’s hard not to want to grab a controller and make Mario jump on that Goomba.

6. Nintendo Controller

What better way for a lady to tell someone that they push all the right buttons than by busting out this Nintendo controller bra by SceeneShoes?

7. Ninja Turtles

Looking at this bra immediately cues up “Somebody’s Watching Me” in my mind. On the upside, if that somebody happens to be a Ninja Turtle, at least you know someone awesome has your back, so SceeneShoes did a great job making this slightly less creepy than it would have been otherwise.

8. Pokeballs

Yes, we all know what kind of creature will pop out of these Pokeballs, but in many non-battle situations, they’ll be far more effective than choosing any of the standard Pokemon. Great job Redditor szmoon.

9. Star Wars

As if this bra wasn’t cute enough on its own with its ruffled straps and Star Wars fabric, the fact that Etsy seller meganelizabeth31 named it the “Ruffle Alliance” makes it that much more precious.

10. Bam/Pow

If you’ve ever wished your life was more like a comic book, then this Bam/Pow bra by heartmygeek might be the closest you’ll get to having visualized sound effects follow you around.

11. Superman

Do you prefer your men to be Super? Well, meganelizabeth31 still has you covered with this “Bow of Steel” design. Of course, if you really want to show off your supergeeky fashion, you might want to step up to the version with the red ruffle on the top of the cups.

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The Simple Optical Illusion That Makes an Image Look Like It's Drawing Itself
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Artist James Nolan Gandy invents robot arms that sketch intricate mathematical shapes with pen and paper. When viewed in real time, the effect is impressive. But it becomes even more so when the videos are sped up in a timelapse. If you look closely in the video below, the illustration appears to materialize faster than the robot can put the design to paper. Gizmodo recently explained how the illusion works to make it look like parts of the sketch are forming before the machine has time to draw them.

The optical illusion isn’t an example of tricky image editing: It’s the result of something called the wagon wheel effect. You can observe this in a car wheel accelerating down the highway or in propeller blades lifting up a helicopter. If an object makes enough rotations per second, it can appear to slow down, move backwards, or even stand still.

This is especially apparent on film. Every “moving image” we see on a screen is an illusion caused by the brain filling in the gaps between a sequence of still images. In the case of the timelapse video below, the camera captured the right amount of images, in the right order, to depict the pen as moving more slowly than it did in real life. But unlike the pen, the drawing formed throughout the video isn't subject to the wagon-wheel effect, so it still appears to move at full speed. This difference makes it look like the sketch is drawing itself, no pen required.

Gandy frequently shares behind-the-scenes videos of his mechanical art on his Instagram page. You can check out some of his non-timelapse clips like the one below to better understand how his machines work, then visit his website to browse and purchase the art made by his 'bots.

And if you think his stuff is impressive, make sure to explore some of the incredible art robots have made in the past.

[h/t Gizmodo]

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Surprising Sculptures Made From Fallen Feathers
Kate MccGwire, Orchis, 2012
Kate MccGwire, Orchis, 2012
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Kate MccGwire is a British sculptor with an unusual medium: feathers. Her surreal, undulating works often take the form of installations—the feathers spilling out of a drain, a stove, a crypt wall—or stand-alone sculptures in which antique bell jars, cabinets, or trunks contain otherworldly shapes.

MccGwire developed her obsession with feathers after moving to a studio barge on the Thames in 2006, as she explains in a video from Crane.tv recently spotlighted by Boing Boing. The barge was near a large shed full of feral pigeons, whose feathers she would spot on her way to work. "I started picking them up and laying them out, collecting them," she remembers. "And after about two weeks I had like 300 feathers." At the time, concerns about bird flu were rife, which made the feathers seem "dangerous as well as beautiful."

When not supplied by her own next-door menagerie, the feathers for her artwork come from a network of racing pigeon societies all over the UK, who send her envelopes full every time the birds molt. Farmers and gamekeepers also send her fallen feathers from birds such as magpies, pheasants, and roosters.

The cultural associations around birds are a big part of what inspires MccGwire. “The dove is the symbol of peace, purity, and fertility," she told ArtNews in 2013, "but it’s exactly the same species as a pigeon—which everyone regards as being dirty, foul, a pest.”

The same duality is present in her own work, which she frequently shares on her Instagram account. “I want to seduce by what I do—but revolt in equal measure. It’s really important to me that you’ve got that rejection of things you think you know for sure.”

You can see some pictures of MccGwire's work, and watch the video from Crane.tv, below.

Kate MccGwire's installation "Evacuate"
Evacuate, 2010
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Kate MccGwire's sculpture "Convolous"
Convolous, 2015
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Kate MccGwire's installation "Gyre"
Gyre, 2012
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Kate MccGwire's sculpture "Gag"
Gag, 2009
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Kate MccGwire's sculpture "Writhe"
Writhe, 2010
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Kate MccGwire's sculpture "Quell"
Quell, 2011
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Kate MccGwire's sculpture "Taunt"
Taunt, 2012
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