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Fresh off the Internetz! Fuel your weekend with a heaping dose of the latest links.

Our favorite links from the Twitter, Google+, Facebook, and Pinterest 'verse:

(Comfortably) Fighting evil by moonlight. Sailor Moon hoodies FTW. (Rarity's Boutique)

Prove your school's geek mettle & claim the title of
Geekiest Campus!

Meet Danny Pink: the Doctor's new secondary companion (Doctor Who TV)

How much turmoil does the science project cause families? (Huffington Post)

The Coruscant Tapestry: Cross-stitch tapestry that tells the entire story of Star Wars from The Phantom Menace to Return of the Jedi. (Tumblr)

Artist captures our childhood: Artwork depicting children pretending to be their favorite characters (Craig Davison Art)

Prove your school's geek mettle & claim the title of Geekiest Campus! (ThinkGeek)

Epic Lord of the Rings cake (That's Nerdalicious)

We hope whoever made this earned their Computing Badge! Locate your nearest Girl Scout cookie booth NAO. (Little Brownie)

A theory on the true identity of Andy's mom in "Toy Story". (Jon Negroni)

Successful hunt on Hoth! DIY wall-mounted Wampa head. (Our Nerd Home)

BEWARE THE MEEPING
ANGELS.

Umbrella level: Totoro (We Heart It)

There's still two tickets to Geek Trivia Night on March 12! (Brown Paper Tickets)

Beyond the Wall the monsters live. Awesome Game of Thrones 3D street art spotted in London. (Winter is Coming)

3D gifs are a thing! (Viral Nova)

BEWARE THE MEEPING ANGELS. (Facebook)

Our eyes are confused. Ghostcubes: magical cardboard cubes (YouTube)

One latte to rule them all. (Tumblr)

No! Don't eat your shoes! Even if they do look like ice cream & cake! (Shoe Bakery)

A museum in your very own home! The Mini Museum: A portable collection of curiosities. (Kickstarter)

Softer on the inside. Doctor Who exclusive TARDIS pillow! (ThinkGeek)

The Catbus carriage awaits! Totoro ballgown cosplay. (Facebook)

GLaDOS is now an educator at NASA. What?! (YouTube)

RIP
Harold Ramis. So long, Egon. :(

Cthulhu lamp... or Ood? (Blogspot)

Serious cat lover's home. (Homes and Hues)

Ultimate Pop Culture alphabet (Blogspot)

Forever spinning through time & space. This TARDIS ring really spins. (Facebook)

So wise; so powerful. The might of Cthulhu. (OwlTurd)

If you're in the market for a pet dino, this guide might help you out. (John Conway)

Mathematical! Artist's "Adventure Timey-Wimey" mural for his 9 year old daughter's room (Facebook)

In case you missed it: Check out the full trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy. (YouTube)

Still not warm enough in this ever-lasting winter? Tauntaun hoodie is just for you. (ThinkGeek)

RIP Harold Ramis. So long, Egon. :( (Megacynics)

This week, we've got a special guest on our blog! Please give a warm welcome to Eric Smith, author of The Geek's Guide to Dating.


Valentine's Day is here, and I know plenty of people who are rolling their eyes at the holiday.

And it's understandable. Even those of us who are taken get tired of it. The same chocolates, plush bears, and cards... all the stuff that Saturday Night Live basically nailed just last week.

However, there are plenty of ways to liven up the holiday by putting your own geeky spin on old school, old-fashioned romantic gestures. Let's have a look.

High Fidelity

"A good compilation tape, like breaking up, is hard to do and takes ages longer than it might seem. You've got to kick off with a killer, to grab the attention. Then you've got to take it up a notch, or cool it off a notch... oh, there are a lot of rules." - High Fidelity

Create a Mixtape: I don't know about you, but I really miss the joy of creating the perfect mix. All that music you talked about on those earlier dates while getting to know each other? There was once a time when you could break out a thoughtful mix of songs burned on a CD, or even painstakingly recorded on a cassette tape. But who does that anymore? No one.

Luckily, there are still ways you can create mixes in an age of iPods and music that's available digitally.

Pick up a flash drive, and put a handful of songs on it with a note detailing what's inside. And not just any old bland flash drive. Put some thought into it! Nothing wrong with it being a little... man, I almost said flashy. Almost walked right into that one. You can even find them shaped like cassette tapes.

Or, you could break out Spotify if they're on it. Send over a carefully curated playlist.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The earth laughs in flowers." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Find Unique Flowers: Unlike the mixtape, flowers are still a thing. However, instead of just a plain ol' bouquet, there are a lot of cute ways to step it up. Especially if you're a geeky couple who appreciates the finer things in life, and not just the finest Valentine's roses available at your local gas station.

Arrange a special LEGO brick bouquet of flowers. There are plenty of YouTube tutorials that'll guide you through making LEGO flowers. This Super Mario Bros. fire flower is probably my favorite.

And speaking of Super Mario Bros. flowers, maybe think a little outside the box. I mean, who wouldn't want their own piranha plant? Check out this Instrucables guide on making your own Warp Pipe.

You could put just about any plant inside one of these, but let's be real here. The only proper thing to do is put a Venus flytrap in there. In fact, if my fiancee is reading this... I'd really like one of these for my office. Thanks.

There are even options here on ThinkGeek. You can wrangle up some beautiful bouquets of pixelated flowers.

Chiptune artist ap0c

Chiptune artist ap0c, images via Facebook

Commission a Work of (Web Comic or Chiptune) Art: Speaking of pixels, I probably spend way too much time reading video game web comics. Like, way too much. I love them all. And a classic old school romantic gesture, definitely includes commissioning works of art.

Now, luckily for fans of web comic strips, there's a huge chance you'll be able to commission a piece from your significant other's favorite series. A lot of web comic artists do commissions. It might be too late for Valentine's Day, but reach out and see what their deal is. If anything, use the idea later on down the line, with a little more time in advance.

As for chiptunes, same rule applies! Drop your significant other's favorite chiptune artist a line, maybe via their Bandcamp page, and see if they take commissions. Get that favorite song of theirs remixed, 8-bit style, and hey, maybe put it on that mixtape you've been working on! And give it to them with a pixelated bouquet of flowers. It all comes full circle, friends.

Good luck, geeks!