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)?
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.
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.
Each of these critters has their own back-story. For instance, Otto used to be an airplane auto-pilot robot, Servo was a space explorer robot who collected rock samples on Mars, and Commando Stepper was a crop harvester robot who went rogue and now wants to take over the world. They are all certified for all ages.
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!
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.