Cool stuff for geek dads

Upgrade your dad’s wallet to a Duct Tape BiFold Wallet and he’ll get compliments every time he pays for something. What cool is that even though these are made with real duct tape, it has a special adhesive that won’t lift, shift, or get sticky.

Yeah, yeah, we know that ties for Father’s Day can be cliche, but if you check out our ties you’ll see they are far from ordinary. If your dad’s a scientist, he’ll love our Microscope Ties. And if he’s a psychologist / psychiatrist, our Neuron Tie, featuring a screenprinted, textbook-like neuron would be perfect. f you’ve got a space nerd for a dad, the retro-blueprinty IApollo Cockpit Tie would stylishly project his appreciation (and envy) of astronauts (unless he is one, then, awesome!).

Or, you could get your dad a stylish new laptop bag that looks like a Vintage B12 Pilot’s Messenger Bag, with subtle leather accents. If your dad has more minimalist tendancies, the Classic Messenger Bag that’s available in 3 colors will be sure to make him happy.

If you have a gadget-obsessed dad, he’ll love opening the Lightmare LED Watch with a stainless

steel band on Father’s Day. The large dot represents the hour hand on a traditional analog watch, and the small dot at the outer edge represents every five minutes. The four dots in the center represent the minutes between the five minute marks.


Cool Valentine’s Day Gifts

For Girls:

Teal Triple Capacitor Necklace – $29
In a way, a capacitor is a little like a battery in that they both store electrical energy, but a capacitor is much simpler than a battery, as it can’t produce new electrons — it only stores them. Three teal capacitors are connected together to form a striking yet subtle necklace.

Circuit Board Heart Necklace – $95 – $123

The perfect gift for any geek girl on your list, the Circuit Board Heart Necklaces features a real circuit board encased in a sterling silver heart shape. There are two necklace options — either the black rubber with a sterling silver clasp, or a sterling silver Omega chain (for an additional charge).

For Guys:
Now available in a larger size than before, these swank cufflinks are made from two matching black microcontrollers. Classy and subtly nerdy at the same time, they measure 11/16″ x 11/16″

For Anyone:

Video Game Candy Tins – $3-4
Unexpectedly cute Super Mario Bros. Mushrooms and Stars have the secret bonus of being filled with tasty sour candy, and replicas of a Nintendo Wiimote and NES controller contain gum and mints. Not only are they great stocking stuffers, the tins can be re-used to hold memory cards, games, paper clips, headache medicine or those teeny-tiny mystery screws that you find after you’ve re-assembled your laptop to swap out its hard drive (total bummer).

Gnerdy Jewelry: Wear your favorite technology from your ears

floppy_earrings-ugh.jpgGnerdy Jewelry (pronouced “nerdy jewelry”) brings us a line of earrings made from technological fetishes including obsolete computer media and mobile electronics. Take, for instance, floppy disks. While wearing actual floppy disks as earrings would be neat in concept, it’s actually really tacky in execution (see photo at left), especially hanging from the ears say, of anyone over the age of five.

Fear not, there is a more tasteful way to wear those floppies and not get a citation from the Fashion Police: cast-in-sterling Floppy Disk earrings ($40) from Fractalspin. Not only do they get a stylish upgrade by being cast in a precious metal and scaled significantly smaller, they come with the thoughtful addition of clear stoppers to prevent them from accidentally slipping out of your ear (and how many of us haven’t been crushed to discover only a single earring remaining at the end of a night on the town?).

Another made-obsolete-by-technological-progress icon that gets the jewelry treatment is calculators, in the form of Silver Calculator Earrings ($30). Kraftwerk expressed their love for the mathematical gadget that replaced the slide rule in “Pocket Calculator”, and now you can express your admiration in the same way but through your adornments. In an especially math-club touch, the display of each of the calculators shows the first few digits of pi (3.14159).

And the device that’s responsible for the downfall of the pocket calculator is likely the modern cell phone. Since most phones these days incorporate a calculator application, there’s no need to stash a mini calculator in your purse or bag for those restaurant-check-division emergencies. Celebrate the advancement of communication technology by wearing these super-miniature Cell Phone Earrings ($45). While these are far smaller than the tiniest cellphones on the mass market, and quite close to your eardrums, the only thing they share with their functioning cousins is that they open and close like a real flip phone. And they’ll even stay in whatever position you set them in so you can wear them both open, closed, or in totally different positions, and they’ll set you back far less than buying two iPhones.

While the cell phone earrings are quite tiny, they’re still visible to the naked eye, unlike many of the micro-elements studied in the sciences, like examining the solder joints on a circuit board, studying the functions of neurons, and watching the cell-replication of aquatic specimens. And if your daily grind involves happily doing any of those things, you might as well express your ingrained love of science with Microscope Earrings ($22).