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Last year we wrote up our 10 Girl geek Halloween costume ideas and judging from how many of you have been visiting that feature over the past few weeks you're going to be taking Halloween very VERY seriously this year.

So, instead of pulling together a general girl geek list we've split up the Halloween costume ideas into categories, like badass women from the worlds of film and TV, our favourite comic book heroines and villains and video game hotties.

Related: Girl geek Halloween costumes comic book edition: Catwoman, Emma Frost, She-Ra

Last year we wrote up our 10 Girl geek Halloween costume ideas and judging from how many of you have been visiting that feature over the past few weeks you're going to be taking Halloween very VERY seriously this year.

So, instead of pulling together a general girl geek list we've split up the Halloween costume ideas into categories, like badass women from the worlds of film and TV, video game hotties and here we have some of our favourite comic book heroines and villains.

Related: Girl geek Halloween costumes film & TV edition: Leeloo, Hit Girl, Neytiri

Last year we wrote up our 10 Girl geek Halloween costume ideas and judging from how many of you have been visiting that feature over the past few weeks you're going to be taking Halloween very VERY seriously this year.

So, instead of pulling together a general girl geek list we've split up the Halloween costume ideas into categories, like video game hotties and comic book characters, but let's start with some of our favourite badass women from the worlds of horror, sci-fi and geeky film and TV.

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British summertime just isn't the same without rain, puddles, mud and more rain. Luckily we've already got our eyes on our number one summer saviour for festivals, washed out barbecues and picnics, the cheesy, flashy and kinda sci-fi Ella-Ella LED Umbrella (eh eh eh, sorry).

Viewquest has created an umbrella that's big enough to keep you sheltered from the rain but also has a flashing optical fibre shaft, which glows in six different colours, great for Star Wars or Blade Runner fan boys and girls. The base of the handle also has a really powerful torch that you can tap on and off, so it's perfect for stumbling back to your tent if you find yourself lost in the rain, sleepy and in the dark at a festival.

The Ella-Ella is available from Viewquest for £24.99 from the beginning of June, but head over to the website now for pre-orders so you're guaranteed to have your hands on one for festival season.

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There have been rumours circulating about the innovative Android-powered watch designs from i'm watch since last summer. But, at CES earlier in the month they were officially unveiled to the world and even those sceptical about a slick smart phone / watch hybrid have been left pretty impressed.

Dubbed "the world's first smart watch", these innovative gadgets from Italian-based company i'm watch merge the functionality of a smart phone into the design of a colourful little wrist watch. So, it's certainly not just about telling the time. The watches, which run on a custom Android OS, allow users to answer calls, send texts, read emails, check social networks, download apps and listen to music all from the 1.5" colour screen. Wow, that's one multi-talented little watch. It also looks good (yet obviously a little geeky) too, with a choice of bright colours and a slim, streamlined design.

It may sound a little OTT, but the team assures us all it's simple and intuitive to use, as it's got the same interface you'd expect to see on a smart phone or a tablet, allowing you to pinch, zoom and swipe your way around.

If you fancy getting your hands on an i'm watch there are a number of different ranges to choose from the bright i'm Color, which is the most basic model priced at €249, to the more luxury style of the i'm Jewel for €1099.

We get that the designs are clever, the watches work incredibly well and the company has a lot of good ideas, but do we want or need to be able to answer calls, play with apps and control the world all from our wrists?! Won't it look a bit awkward to be sat there pawing your own arm? Then again, just because something feels strange at first doesn't mean it won't catch on in a big way in the future.

If you're interested in what i'm watch is up to at the moment, check out the company's about page. The team have a pretty exciting vision for the future and lots of interesting plans in the pipeline...


We do love well-crafted geekery here at ShinyShiny. So a Canadian website specialising in smushing up old gadgets to make cute geek accessories with the broken but beautiful fragments was always going to go down well here.

Geekware is pricier than say Etsy (which has some similar stuff) but they have a cute range on the site. We've gone through and picked out our six favourite pieces from the site.

Everything is made by Geekware herself (Nicola Harper) from old electronic waste, particularly old Mac computers and game cartridges.

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I'd always thought high fashion was kind of sniffy when it came to acknowledging geeks. I thought that if you spent your days tinkering around with code and made nerd jokes on Twitter, it precluded you from being "fashionable" in the strict sense of the word. I doubted that power glamazons would be interested in your job if you met them in cocktail bars.

But - looks like there's been a sea change marked by a photo story in Vogue this week featuring a host of female geeks: women in tech or in management at tech companies. Two in particular were profiled: Sheryl Sandberg - Facebook's Cheif Operating Officer pictured above.

Fashion always seems to find power pretty sexy though. And if Facebook and Google aren't powerful then I don't know what is. Besides no-one's that into city girls and investment bankers these days what with the fraud and the recession... so sparky Silicon Valley types are the new elite. Still, I doubt we'll ever see robot hoodies in Vanity Fair..


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I don't really understand fashion shoots. To my limited mind a picture of a woman in a jacket is a picture of a woman in a jacket and all references to 80s TV shows or Chanel's '02 collection, or the transience of love is completely lost on me.

One fashion-shoot reference that I did get though was in this month's Vogue Italia - where a fashion shoot was themed around twitpic. LOLZ!
(Not that I get Vogue Italia, obv, saw it on a blog, didn't I?)

The photographer - Steven Meisel - cunningly renamed the service meiselpic and I guess the photos are styled to look like off the hoof, real-life shots taken from your mobile phone on a night-out. Obviously with super models in expensive clothes instead of your friends, however. Meisel called the shoot "Feeling" and worked in some of the social networking tradtion of oversharing into the first page, along with a topical reference to swine flu - this guy is down with the kids.

Page one:
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Agness Deyn:
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and someone just hanging around a tattoo parlour...

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213 rubiks_cube_pac-man_by_john_quigley.jpgGot a lot of time, several hundred Rubik's cubes and a brain somewhere midway up the autistic spectrum?

Make pixel art with them girls, what are you waiting for? If you're short on inspiration check out these phenomenal masterpieces by Irish artist John Quigley.

Why not make your sofa more like the icon bar dock on your mac? We've chosen five brilliant geek pillows/cushions that will add some squishy cotton-filled, geek-themed comfort to your sitting room.

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141 geek pyjamas.jpgHello, geek pyjamas!

I saw these beautiful (men's) pyjamas on buzzbishop and immediately fell into a state of heart with them.

In black with white mathematical drawings, they're at the cerebral end of geek pyjamas. Buzzbishop says they're available from Gap but I have been through the mens sleepwear section of gap.com yet tragically failed to find them. Maybe they're not on the website :( [Anyone got a link? Stick it in the comments...]

However, geek pyjamas (or pajamas, depending how you spell it) that we could find that are available online include:

65 bus 1.jpgYou know that person in your life who likes model buses and sometimes pretends that their living room is the top floor of a bus? Well now you can help them in their weird delusional obsession by purchasing them something from London Transport's new fashion accessory range.

The range includes, yes, model buses and - I love this - sofa coverings in the same old retro fabric that used to adorn the seats of London buses.

People in London are probably sick of buses, Brits outside London are probably sick of hearing about London, but I have a hunch this will go down well in Japan. They'd probably match it with ribbons and Pikachu and it will look great.

I'm exaggerating, some of the items are quite cute. Though pricey.

Bad girls have them, geek girls can have them too: and if you're going to get a tattoo, why not use it to show off your knowledge of computer coding or geek culture?
I didn't include any tattoos which involve the Apple logo. Tempting, but a macbook is always going to be slimmer and less hairy than you - too hard to compete.

From a join-the-dots giraffe to making your head all web 2.0, here's a selection of some of the geekiest skin art the world wide web has to offer.

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