Frills for your steampunk Fido
November 18th, 2011
11:07 AM ET

Frills for your steampunk Fido

If watching a pug scoot and scamper around in a Wampa costume already made you clutch your heart and giggle at your desk this week, then prepare for the next wave of adorable, nerdy pets.

Steampunks are known for taking extreme care with their elaborate costumes, from the mini top hat perched jauntily atop their heads to the buckled and cog-adorned lace-up boots on their feet. So it's only to be expected that their pooch be dressed to the clockwork nines as well, right?

Enter one of our favorite phenomenons, the steamcritter.

While you may not go all out and dress your dog in a top hat, embroidered vest and tie - like Krusher the steampunk gentleman - you can always perk up your pooch with a frilly lace collar that would match any personal brand of steampunk.

Kristine Hawthorne sells steampunk gowns in her Etsy shop, Helene Hawthorne Fashions, but she also has some frills for Fido as well. We took a moment for a cyber chat with Ms. Hawthorne about her lace collars and why she started putting them up in her store. FULL POST

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Halloween on 'teh intarwebs'
Halloween paraders in Kawasaki, Japan, show off a little 'Rocky Horror' pride. You go, nerds!
October 31st, 2011
03:04 PM ET

Halloween on 'teh intarwebs'

Clever costumes and candy-induced sugar comas are a great way to avoid getting any real work done when Halloween falls on a Monday.

Geek Out! is glad to provide you with another diversion - our Halloween Web Roundup! Here's what we've found today that is awesomely clever:


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Geek girls get their own Con
October 3rd, 2011
01:27 PM ET

Geek girls get their own Con

Erika D. Peterman is a Florida-based writer and editor, and the co-founder of Girls-Gone-Geek.com.

If you’re a woman who loves anime, gaming, comics, cosplay, sci-fi and any other geeky pursuit, Geek Girl Con, this weekend in Seattle, Washington, is for you.

Billed as a celebration of the geek sisterhood, the volunteer-driven GGC is a newcomer to the con scene, but it has generated plenty of excitement in the months leading up to its debut.

It also has an impressive lineup: Among the guests are television writer/producer Jane Espenson (“Battlestar Galactica,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) and comics writers Trina Robbins, Gail Simone, and Greg Rucka. Cheezburger Editor-in-Chief Emily Huh is on board, as is filmmaker Kristy Guevara-Flanagan, director of the independent documentary “The History of the Universe as told by Wonder Woman.”

The seeds of GGC were planted in 2010 at San Diego Comic-Con. GGC Marketing Director and President Erica McGillivray said that year's “Geek Girls Exist” panel drew a huge audience, despite being scheduled opposite a Scott Pilgrim panel.

“The room was packed with people and it was getting to the point where [they] had to get the fire marshals there to make sure everything OK,” McGillivray said. “It was even more amazing considering how popular Scott Pilgrim was with women.”

The panel’s success inspired a group of attendees to start planning a full con with women in mind. GGC session topics include women in science and technology fields, feminism and race in geek culture, the heroine’s role in society, and even raising little geeks. The organizers already have been asked whether GGCon might be held in other cities.

“That made me feel so great about what we’re doing and how many people we’re reaching,” McGillivray said.

Geek Girl Con is being held October 8th and 9th at the Seattle Center. For more information, visit GeekGirlCon.com.

'Planking' out: 'Batmanning' in
Zachary Levi tweeted this photo of someone "Batmanning" on August 25. The concept has exploded on Youtube and elsewhere since then.
September 12th, 2011
02:50 PM ET

'Planking' out: 'Batmanning' in

What is "Batmanning," you ask?

Zachary Levi, bona fide nerd and star of NBC's "Chuck" seems to have popularized the concept on his Twitter late last month, a response to the "planking" craze.

Levi tweeted a photo he found of a man hanging upside down by his feet in a doorway, not unlike a scene in the 1989 "Batman" where Michael Keaton's Bruce Wayne is caught doing the same thing. FULL POST

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