[Sa. May 17, 10a -6p] Fractalspin at BlueBazaar on Saturday, May 17 in Pilsen (Chicago)

We’re going to stuff some of our most popular items in the back of a lucky UberX car and head down to Pilsen on Saturday, May 17 and sell them at a discount! It’ll be at BlueBazaar, a fundraiser for Blue1647, a technology + entrepreneurship “innovation center” listed in the City of Chicago’s Technology Plan that brings together change-makers and thing-doers for great ideas.

Here are some of the other artist / vendors who are exhibiting:


Lucky Skye


No Rush Imagery


Tortoise Belly


Knock Down Barns wooden game

WHAT: Free indoor crafty marketplace
WHEN: Saturday May 17, 2014 from 10 am – 6 pm
WHERE: BLUE1647 located at 1647 South Blue Island Ave, PILSEN (ample parking out front
and easy accessibility from CTA bus and train)
We take VISA, MC, DISC, AMEX & PayPal!

PS: Here’s a code to get a $10 credit at Uber

Here are some happy organs from I Heart Guts that will join us!

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!

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).

Circuit Board Ornaments and “Punchcards” Blank Greeting Cards

Circuit Board Ornaments – $6.00 each

Need more geeky tree-adornment action? Check out these ornaments made from real, dead circuit boards.

“Punchcards”$12

These blank greeting cards are handmade from real, vintage used punch cards and feature a brief description on the inside blank sheet. What’s a punchcard you ask? Well, in the 50s and 60s programs and data could be executed and stored on paper with punches representing characters. Programmers would write out code on a coding sheet and then hand it over to a keypunch operator where characters were encoded by punching out the character needed, to be read and executed by the card reader. Retro!

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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Lots of new stuff and a brand new redesign

benoitbot
It’s been a while since you’ve heard from us, but we’ve been working on completely redesigning Fractalspin.com.  You can read about the new features and tell us what you think on our redesigned blog.

Benoit Mandelbrot,the creator of fractal geometry died at the age of 85 last week. Fractals are a visual representation of an equation that is   self-similar and based on recursion, and just so happen to mimic an  incredible array of natural processes and formations, from mountain ranges to coral reefs. Since we named our store after his creations, we designed a free paper robot toy in hishonor: Benoitbot.

More free stuff! If you like glitchy, melodic electronic music, then you’ll dig the free compilation by subVariant called Robohustlin.

You can’t have enough bags or shoes, and we can definitely help out in the bag department. We’ve added a bunch of laptop, gear, messenger and DJ bags with a cool military edge. Check out the latest ones here, and we even added a new handbag.

iBallz are a cool-looking shock absorbant harness that protects tablet devices like the Apple iPad, Amazon Kindle and Sony Reader and others.  Check out this video of a drop test and be impressed.

Normally we wouldn’t reccommend submerging sophisticated electronics, but when they are tiny cute robots in soap form it’s totally OK.

Happy Shopping!

 



New site design and features

We’ve got a brand new design at Fractalspin! Here’s what’s cool:

  • Realtime currency converter. Canadian Dollar, GBP,  Euro, Yen, Australian Dollar.
  • Wishlists. Share your lists with a public link and create private wishlists as well.
  • Facebook integration. “Like” products and link to them on your Facebook profile. Shop on our Facebook fan page.
  • Product RSS feeds.
  • Custom search RSS feeds.
  • Recently viewed products.
  • One page checkout with Ajax.
  • Easy one-click reordering.
  • Online message center.
  • Product reviews.
  • Nifty detailed products image brower.
  • Brand new blog.
  • Sweet new Flash featured products banner.
  • Earn store credit when you send us a photo or video.

You will need to create a new login if you registered more than two months ago.

So what do you think?