So, you've thought of photo booth props and wedding cakes for your geek-filled wedding. But have you considered the undercover garter belt? That's right — even one of the most classic wedding traditions is getting a nerd-tastic spin. Ahead, we've rounded up garters graced by the likes of Princess Leia, Wonder Woman, and more. Click on to see the best of the belts.
Every remarkable female astronaut (honestly, is there any other kind?) deserves a giant replica of her space suit made in her honor. New York-based artists Joanna Malinowska and Christian Tomaszewski are setting a precedent for tributes to space-faring humans with their installation Mother Earth Sister Moon, which manifests itself around a huge inflated Soviet cosmonaut suit based on the real one worn by Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space.
Valentina's inflated space suit is home to fashion shows, screenings, art showcases, and more. Visitors are allowed to walk in and out of the galactic installation, which realizes a vision of the future as seen by Communist regimes, by blending architecture, fashion, music, and design with Soviet sci-fi film and literature.
See the colossal room-sized cosmonaut suit for yourself at the Zacheta National Gallery of Art in Warsaw, Poland, until May 19, and preview the exhibit's fashion and design display after the break.
Smartphones are a ubiquitous accessory, even for those who don't consider themselves "techies," but have Americans adopted them so fiercely that they'd choose the app-filled minicomputers over sex for a week? A recent survey by Sachs Media Group showed that a majority of female respondents ages 18-34 would be more willing to go without sex than a smartphone.
Men of the same age group, however, would not only give up their iPhone- or Android-powered life for seven days, but also alcohol and caffeine, before going without sex. From driving directions to staying in touch to even making cat photo collages, there's a lot we rely on our phones to do for us, but we're wondering what other gadget geeks think.
Watch out, Swatch. You're about to be replaced with a more personal version — InstaWatch! Rather than posting, printing, or pinning your favorite filtered photos, you can now turn them into arm candy for $44 a pop. Upload a photo (from Instagram or your computer) and choose from 14 band colors to match your pic perfectly.
Although we never imagined an Instagram-watch combo, we're not complaining. If you're cool enough, then why not rock a few at a time? It's totally '90s, totally cool, and totally our latest obsession!
You can bet your wedding will have people Instagramming photos all night long. And thanks to some genius inventions, you can turn those shots into printed keepsakes. With a few of the services we've rounded up, all attendees have to do is tag their pictures with the hashtag of choice, and voilà — they're printed on the spot. And there you have it: snaps in a snap that your guests can take home as wedding souvenirs.
Insta Party Box
With a name like Insta Party Box, you know it's a guaranteed good time. Here's how it works: when your guests tag their Instagram photos with the hashtag, the small square white box finds those photos and instantly prints them out. It costs $200 per hour, which includes full custom graphics for the event, unlimited prints, and an on-site attendant. Another bonus is the option to have a book of all of the images printed after the event.
The idea behind Instaprint is similar to the one behind the Party Box, but here you get four sleek Instaprint boxes to put up around the event. Each box is associated with a certain location or hashtag, so tagged photos will automatically print. The company calls it a photo booth and Polaroid camera all rolled into one, and we can see why. Prices start at $5,000 for half a day.
Consider Instaboothless (an on-site feature from Photoboothless) a photo booth system powered by Instagram. Like the other services, it prints out Instagram photos taken by guests after they tag them with a specific hashtag. Prices start at $650, and the prints also come with room for personalized messages and graphics.
Besides having a clever name, BYO Booth promises printed memories for those who don't want to pay more for the printer. It collects photos from a hashtag on both Instagram and Twitter; guests without either account can email in their snaps. The photos then stream into a slide show that can be displayed for all to see on a monitor, but the only way to print them is if you set up your own printer. It also features a customized logo and print template and gathers all the pictures into a shared folder for all to see. The basic version of the service costs $200, and the most advanced one comes in at $400.
You know the drill: you can't access Twitter or Facebook, and you refresh and refresh before asking your co-worker if it's down for her, too. Next time that happens, skip the hassle and try a simple solution: visiting one of these sites that checks for you. With just one click, you'll see whether everyone else is having trouble with a certain site or if it's a problem on your end.
- Down Right Now: Combining user reports and official announcements, the site monitors the status of most social networks (plus other services like Yahoo! Mail) with accurate updates. Bonus: it lists when a site's last service disruption was.
- Is It Down Right Now?: Similar to Down Right Now, Is It Down Right Now? differs with graphs that display service status activity, gives you a response time, and monitors a much larger pool of sites (besides social media) that includes Chase.com and T-mobile.com.
- Down For Everyone or Just Me: It doesn't get much simpler than this. Just fill in the blank to the question "Is ___ down for everyone or just me?" and voilà, you have your answer without many ads or graphs on the page to distract you.
After The New York Times launched a haiku bot this week to transform its homepage stories to shortened 5-7-5 dispatches, we had to see if there were other poetry sources that could lead to hours of entertainment — and just in time, since April is National Poetry Month. The result: six sites you'll want to check while having your morning coffee, at lunch hour, after dinner — basically all day long. Don't believe us? Click on for odes to Hermione and musings about keyboard shortcuts; rhymes not necessarily included.
For geek chic at its finest, turn to comic-book couture. Inspired by the bright colors and bold patterns of our favorite adventures, superheroes and style have collided. It's a good thing, because we found pieces like tees and bags that our inner Wonder Woman can't live without. To bring the comics into your closet, BAM, POW, and CLICK through to view our favorite finds.
Before you ditch the green for your favorite hoodie this St. Patrick's Day, think again! Thanks to WeLoveFine.com, your geeky side can go green in kitschy tees that have an Irish flair. Check out a few of our picks, and wear favorites like Yoda and Loki without the worry of being pinched. May the luck of the Irish (and the Force) be with you this March!
When all your friends are happily married or engaged to be engaged, but you're unfortunately going through a breakup, it may be time to turn to tech. Although no breakup is simple, there are a few websites and apps that seek to ease the pain. From the deleting all traces of your digital life together to preventing the series of unfortunate events due to a drunk dial, here are five apps and websites to help mend your broken heart.