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.

We love our video game candy! Super Mario Bros, Legend of Zelda, Resident Evil and more.

In case you haven’t noticed, we really love video games, and so we also love our collection of video game candy. They all come in metal tins, which makes them neat storage containers after you’ve devoured the contents.

Cyber Monday? Nope: Chuck Testa

Hello, friends! Liz here. In case you’re wondering why Fractalspin is not jumping on the Cyber Monday / Black Friday uber-discount-mania bandwagon, it’s because the prices you see here are closely tied to real value.

Mrr?? Ok, let me explain.

I started Fractalspin to share cool stuff with people who are interested in fashion, technology, geekery, edgy electronic music, and the blurry overlaps within and without. It’s been super fun, and so rewarding to meet such a cool group of people who’ve wandered this way from all directions. I feel so lucky to have interacted with you all, and I am grateful for your support. I personally select everything we carry here because I think you’ll like it, and the stuff I choose to carry is special. I seek out interesting people creating innovative things who have committed their time and energy to creating these interesting things.

Now that the gushing gratitude is out of the way, let me share some profiles with you so you see where I’m coming from.

I met Michael Una of Unatronics through a friend and got a tour of his studio. It contained–besides the obligatory monitors and computers–a disco-ball bike helmet and a bicycle that would generate music patterns triggered by wheel-speed. Later, he sends me an invite to an art opening at a show featuring his latest work. His piece involved sitting in a chair with headphones listening to ambient sounds that were supposed to resonate with your brainwaves and create a different state of mind. No, this is not craziness–this is being researched. Since Michael understands electronics, he built his own musical toys, the Beep-It, Beep-It Deluxe, and the Seeq-It.

Love our geek-chic ties? They have come from the mind of Bethany Shorb, aka Toybreaker / Cyberoptix. I met her because while touring as an electronic music producer and DJ through Detroit, I saw her art, performed alongside her, and was intrigued with all the things she does. Fast forward a bit and I learn she’s making cool ties. So it’s obvious: Must. Share. We carry the geekier side of the ties she puts out. BTW: She also doesn’t do mega-sales. For pretty much the same reasons.

Unlike major retailers who negotiate on price as a function of distributor-ship arrangements (boring, I know), here at Fractalspin, it’s not about margins. It’s not about increasing chart digits to make shareholders happy. It’s not about doorbusters or bait and switch action. That makes zero sense.

It’s about giving you something super cool that you probably didn’t know was awesome until just now, and you feel comfortable knowing that we are doing it right.

Take a deep breath. And another. Then think about your gift recipients. What do they need? It doesn’t matter what you paid for it–that’s only a tiny victory in your own mind. Think about what they need that they can’t readily acquire.

Does Chuck Testa need Black Friday deals? Nope.

Keep it local, keep it human-level, keep it authentic.

Totally sincerely, IRL for reals,

Liz McLean Knight

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.

 

Apollo Cockpit Tie

There is a learning curve to tie-tying, but here’s a case when putting on a tie really is rocket science: The Apollo Cockpit Tie featuring a stylized version of the Apollo controls in the cockpit.

The designer, Detroit-based outfit Cyberoptix, came across a whole bunch of de-classified NASA documents, and this design comes from, specifically “Command Module Main Control Panel” – from the Apollo Operations Handbook Block II Spacecraft, 1969. You won’t be able to really get acquainted with the actual interface, however, because the layout has been stylized to fit the shape of the tie.

Great for space-nerds, rocket-geeks, and sci-fi dorks.$30 – $40.

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).

Hipster-Chic Online “Geek Boutique” Fractalspin Recommends Seven Cool, Affordable Geek Gifts for This Holiday Season

Chicago, IL, November 18, 2010 — For anyone with a geek on their shopping list this holiday season, shopping for them is a daunting task, since most hardcore geeks already bought the gadgets they want on launch day, and trying to figure out which ones they don’t have yet is close to impossible. Hipster-chic online geek boutique Fractalspin suggests five cool gifts that won’t break the bank, from tech jewelry to cute video game candy.

Cat5 Bracelet – $12
Who would have thought that the guts of ethernet cable would make such a pretty multicolored bracelet? Anyone who wears this multi-stranded wire bracelet sends a subtle signal to those in the know that the wearer is not just a geek, but one with style.

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).

Credit Card Organizer Wallets – $40-$60
The innovative, patented design of this aluminum wallet allows you to organize, protect and select up to either six or twelve of your favorite credit, ID and membership cards quickly and easily at the push of a switch. No complicated electronics or batteries needed. Never hold up a checkout line again!

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 suble necklace.

IDE Belts (Gray or Rainbow)- $16-$18
Check it out–here’s a belt made from genuine parallel cable for IDE hard drives. One size fits all–there are instructions in the package how to customize it to your size. And speaking of the packaging–just like working, sensitive electronics, it comes delivered to you in an anti-static bag.

SIM Card Notebook $6
Save your notes IRL! Styled on the design of SIM cards from your mobile phone, these fashionable books are a great and clever way to take notes IRL in magnet-proof paper form.

iBallz iPad Protector $19
iBallz is a “one size fits all” shock absorbant harness that protects devices such as Apple iPad, Amazon Kindle and Sony Reader and others. It utilizes balls at the four corners and elastic string along the sides to absorb the shock and reduce the potential damage resulting from dropping the device.

Besides candy, wallets, and jewelry, Fractalspin has many other tasteful geek-chic gifts in stock for pre-Christmas delivery within the United States. http://www.fractalspin.com.

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Five cool, affordable geek gifts for this Christmas at Fractalspin

Everything here is in-stock and will ship via First Class USPS mail if ordered by Dec. 20 in time for Christmas. Woot!

1. Cat5 Bracelet – $15
Who would have thought that the guts of ethernet cable would make such a pretty multicolored bracelet? Anyone who rocks this multi-stranded wire bracelet sends a subtle signal to those in the know that the wearer is not just a geek, but one with style.
http://www.fractalspin.com/x/product.php?productid=9&cat=0&page=1
Video game candy 2. Video Game Candy Tins – $3
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).
http://www.fractalspin.com/x/home.php?cat=25
Credit Card Organizer 3. Credit Card Organizer Wallets – $40-$60
The innovative, patented design of this aluminum wallet allows you to organize, protect and select up to either six or twelve of your favorite credit, ID and membership cards quickly and easily at the push of a switch. No complicated electronics or batteries needed. Never hold up a checkout line again!
http://www.fractalspin.com/x/product.php?productid=119&cat=0&page=1
Varistor Geek Necklace Geek jewelry 4. Varistor Necklaces – $18
Varistors keep important circuits safe from damaging power surges (variable + resistor), but when worn as jewelry they become elegant geek jewelry. Two versions are available–one in a shorter, black cord for men, and a longer chain version for women.
http://www.fractalspin.com/x/product.php?productid=133&cat=0&page=1
geek belt 5. IDE Belt – $16-$18
Check it out–here’s a belt made from genuine parallel cable for IDE hard drives. One size fits all–there are instructions in the package how to customize it to your size. And speaking of the packaging–just like working, sensitive electronics, it comes delivered to you in an anti-static bag.
http://www.fractalspin.com/x/product.php?productid=4&cat=0&page=1

Fractalspin’s 2009 Holiday Gift Guide

Gifts $10 and underNintendo Super Mario Bros. Mushrooms make great stocking stuffers for gamers, kids, or retro enthusiasts.

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Gifts $25 and underThese cool necklaces made from the hub of a floppy disk will surprise the geek on your gift list. There is the version shown as well as another with a ball chain instead.

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Gifts $50 and underThese microfiber Cable Ties feature 1/4? and RCA cables on three different color options.

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Gifts $100 and under

These silver necklaces–available in two sizes–feature a real working level. They would make a great present for any DIYer, with their subtle nerdery.

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Gifts $100+

This awesome necklace features diodes of three different voltages (sizes).

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More cool stuff at Fractalspin.

Pac-Man candy & more at Fractalspin

pac-man candyPac-Man Candy
Ah, Pac-Man, you were my gateway drug. When I was in preschool my mom would take me along to her bowling league meetings every week and plop me down on a bar stool in front of Pac-Man where I would obsessively guide him through the maze, chomping away at yummy dots. Next up it was Haunted Mansion on the C64 and Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy on the Apple IIe in my early school years, and then Super Mario Bros. and Who Framed Roger Rabbit? on NES in my junior high years. High school found me in front of a 486 playing games I downloaded from BBSs, namely Wolfenstein 3d and Doom. In college I would giggle at the Unix game Hunt the Wumpus and then promptly switch into graphics mode for Descent, Duke Nukem, and Quake 2 on the LAN. At some point I bought a Dreamcast to play Tony Hawk 2, Ecco the Dolphin, Soul Calibur, and Rez. Post-college I remember switching gears from freelance graphic design projects to play Hitman 2 and the Myst series. These days I’m busy with work, music and DJing, but I’ve occasionally been known to spend a bit of time in Kingdom of Loathing. So, Pac-Man started my game-association memories. Now you can fondly recall the 80s and your own game-based personal timeline with either Pac-Man lemon, Blue Ghost raspberry, or Red Ghost cherry candy.

More new stuff: New retro candy: Pac-Man, Zelda, SMB; Playstation Portable Sours