April 08, 2009, 12:38 PM — From a virtual bunny hunt and a Peep-controlled Wii to a Han Solo in Carbonite chocolate bar and Peep dioramas, there's plenty of geeky Easter fun to go around. So let's get hopping.
Find the bunnies
Head over to Carnegie Mellon University's GigaPan Web site for a virtual Easter bunny hunt. 18 bunnies are hiding in a panoramic picture. Can you find them all?
The GigaPan site is a place where people can upload and interactively explore panoramic images, including the GigaPan panoramic image format developed by researchers at Carnegie Mellon and NASA's Ames Research Center. If bunnies aren't your thing, there are plenty of other cool images to check out.
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A DIY Easter basket treat
What better way to say Happy Easter to the geek in your life than with a handmade Han Solo in carbonite chocolate bar! Here's what you'll need: Han Solo in Carbonite toy, LEGOs, Food grade silicone, and Baking chocolate. You should get started now, it's quite a process. But if you want to impress, this is the way to go.
Power of the peeps
Marshmallow Peeps are good for many things, some of them with a decidedly geeky bent.
Like this: Controlling the Nintendo Wii with Marshmallow Peeps
For more fun with Peeps, there's always The Washington Post's annual Peeps diorama contest. Where else can you see "The Tomb of King Peepankhamun" or "Peeplona: The Running of the Peeps?" Here are a few of my favorites: