Take the traditional Father’s Day gifts one step further with some geek chic gear for Dad

Instead of just the obligatory tie or pair of cufflinks, what about getting Dad super-cool versions instead? How about tastefully subtle cufflinks made from microcontrollers or circuit boards (below)? Or a tie that first appears to be an edgy, all-over one-color print, but is actually printed with vintage screens used to print circuit boards (at right)?

What about a tie clip made from a real solid state amplifier in a DIP package (above)?

Check out all our Father’s Day Gifts, our cufflinks, tie clips, and ties.

The engineer ladies of Techcycled turn the circuitry of their trade into elegant, modern wearable jewelry

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Clockwise: Square Circuit Board Cufflinks in Blue, Jessie and Megan of Techcycled, Blue Square Circuit Board Necklace, Red Circuit Board Heart Necklace, Circuit Board Ring in green.

Megan Nissen stumbled upon the idea of making jewelry out of electronic components while working as an intern at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), but it wasn’t until preparing for the next Caltech Ballroom Dance Club party that she made some earrings that she gained the admiration of her geekier friends. Months later when she found herself between jobs, she figured she’d give the jewelry business a try.

With the help of her dance club friend, Jessie they hand made some initial pieces to sell on Etsy as Techcycled. Unlike other Etsy sellers who can’t even identify what surplus material they use for their creations, Megan, with an Electrical Engineering degree and Jessie with a Ph.D. in Applied Physics actually know the real-world, intended function of the components they work with. All of their pieces are packaged in jewelry boxes and come with a information card on their history.

Last minute-y gifts under $50

For geeky girls with an edgy fashion sense:

Green Resistor Necklace and Earrings $39 are a subtle and sophisticated fashion accent that come packaged in an anti-static bag, and the Cat5 Choker and Bracelet set are an irreverent and bright accessory that elevates network cable as a beautiful statement. They also come in petri dishes–the choker in a large Kirby Bauer and the bracelet in a standard 90mm.

For music nerds and DJ types:

Electronic Music Emergency Adapters $30 gives every electronic musician and DJ a safety net for their performance by providing the common adapters needed for connecting computers and music gear into mixers and the house system.

Kids (and grown-up kids) who love science:

Yes, that’s a gigantic Cold Virus $8.50, a Brain Cell, $8.50 and a Robot $12.50 who looks surprised.

For gamers and retrologists (lovers of retro):

That’s a teeny Pac Man Arcade Game with candy inside $3.50, Mario Candy (well, just his grinning head) also $3.50, and one of our most popular guys, the Super Mario Bros. Mushrooms

Geeky jewelry sets made from electronic components make gift giving easy





All of these come packaged in an electronics anti-static bag on black foam.


Top Row: Green Resistor Necklace and Earrings3 $42, Teal Capacitor Necklace and Earrings $36

Second Row: Fuse Necklace and Earrings Set $26, Yellow Capacitor Necklace and Earrings $65

Third Row: Diode Chain NEcklace and Earrings $42.50, Cat5 Necklace and Bracelet $32.50.

Fourth Row: Microcontroller Cufflinks and Tie Clip $42.50

New Fuse Necklace and Earrings from Zelle

Zelle started their fuse necklace series with a single fuse pendant on a black cord, and it was popular among men. For women, here’s a necklace and earring set made of fuses. It would make a great gift for any geeky / DIY girl!

All of these come with a Certificate of Authenticity, too–it’s based on the one that came with Windows 95.

RollingJubilee.org: Crowdsourced American debt forgiveness via some creative “hacking” of the system

Banks sell debt for pennies on the dollar on a shadowy speculative market of debt buyers who then turn around and try to collect the full amount from debtors. The Rolling Jubilee intervenes by buying debt, keeping it out of the hands of collectors, and then abolishing it. We’re going into this market not to make a profit but to help each other out and highlight how the predatory debt system affects our families and communities. Think of it as a bailout of the 99% by the 99%. — Rolling Jubilee

Politics can be divisive, so that’s why we really don’t post about any of it–we just like geeky stuff, pretty stuff, funny stuff and all that. But this was particularly interesting because it’s basically hacking the debt-collection industry and using it for the greater good. It’s white hat hacking!

We here at Fractalspin (well, technically, our holding company, but an authorized person had to move the mouse around and click numbers and stuff) totally donated to this. Tt’s a brilliant, legal, humanitarian hacking of the financial systems to start lifting people out of their crippling debt, and telling the guys who think they run these shady schemes that we got this.

Donate here!