Magnetic Biochemies Plush Molecules


These cute new additions to our plush collection are thymine (red), adenine (green), cytosine (green), and guanine (black) are the four nucleotide bases that make up our DNA. Not only are these Biochemies Plush adorably cute, they have magnets to form hydrogen bonds with each other. Thymine matches up to adenine and cytosine interacts with guanine.$29.50

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

circuit board cufflinks blue          jessie-megan-techcycled
green circuit board geek ring for menred circuit board heart necklace valentines dayblue square circuit board necklace

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.

Wowz, the price of silver totally jumped!

The price of silver has skyrocketed, so we’ve had to raise our prices on some silver things.

So: freaking out because you think we’re crazy  is totes un=necessaire 🙂

Oh, PS: Everyone loves the Less Than Three Necklace and our Caffeine Earrings. Second runner up is anything “Dopamine” related. (Personally I’m a fan!)

So….yeah, just sayin’

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.
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).
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!
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.
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.

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.

Valentine’s Day “Science Project”


Here is a great science project-inspired Valentine’s Day card from one geeky-yet-considerate husband with a sense of humor to his overworked wife. Click on the image for a bigger version so you can read the hypothesis, variables, and eventual conclusion.

My hypothesis is that if I help with the kids when I get home from work, Mindy will be happier than if I sit on the couch, or check my email. Turns out my hypothesis was correct. (Shocking!)

Nerdcore calendar

via liz revision by Liz on Jan 25, 2007

Nerdcore_Cover.jpgThe people at have created a calendar filled not with nerdy white MCs–they’ve captured images of ladies who clearly enjoy video games to the point where they have to take off all of their clothes. A �hardcore gamer�s fantasy,� it features girls posing with a PowerGlove, involved with their Game Boys, playing the coin-ops, and so on.

And in addition to the regular holidays, they�ve noted such events as International San Diego Comic-Con, Anime Expo, Game Developers Conference, and Talk Like a Pirate Day.

For a mere $25 you can have a year’s worth of girls who pretend to be into video games while you’re around. Or maybe you could invest that cash towards some new fashion gear [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] for a chance at a real geek girl noticing you.

A few more samples are here [NSFW].


Geek Girl Gift Guide

Plush Microbes – $5.99
While you’d surely never wish any sort of infection upon your friends, giving them the plush version of Salmonella, The Common Cold, E.Coli, or Ebola would be both humorous and educational. Choose from any of twenty-two microbes for a memorable holiday gift. Surprisingly cute ones are the Flu, Gonnorhea, and Syphillis (shown).

Atari 2600 Keychains – $9.99 – $14.99
You can play retro games anywhere you find yourself with an available TV. Just plug in the 6-foot retractable cord and use the joystick or paddle to play. Choose from Pong, Asteroids, or Centipede. Such a cool idea for a keychain, and retro-hilarious. I’m thinking that these would make better portable toys than keychains, since the joystick on two of them could cause some uncomfortable pocket moments.

“Robot Juice” T-shirt – $19.00
Geeks and artists alike rely on the stimulating powers of caffeine to help them do their respective work. From the creator of the robot-philic webcomic, Diesel Sweeties, comes the “Robot Juice” aka “Coffee” t-shirt. It features a pixelated, videogame-esque carryout coffee cup with insulating sleeve and telltale warm steam characteristic of a hot java beverage.

Death Sqwert – $20.00
This robotic evil-looking little toy stands 4″ tall and sort of resembles a Centurian Cylon (“toaster”). It’s the perfect size to sit atop a monitor or stand guard next to a laptop on a desk. Available from Chicago-based designer toy store, Rotofugi. It’s also a limited edition work by artist Frank Kozik, who’s also created album art for bands like Beck, Green Day, and Pear Jam.

Fan Guard Earrings – $25.00
Yes, there are a few choices in tech jewelry these days. Just heading over to the appropriately named section at Thinkgeek gives you a choice between eleven different pieces. However, almost all of them are either downright tacky or would be embarrasing to wear. These fan guard earrings over at Fractalspin are an exception, and a stylish one.

Eprom Necklace – $30.00
Eproms (Erasable Programmable Read-Only Memory) are memory chips that can be erased by shining an ultraviolet light through the crystal window on its package, and then reprogrammed. They’re often used to store the firmware or software for electronics when one would need to debug the design and then reprogram the firmware. However, the chip on its own is quite sparkly and makes a lovely necklace.

Make Magazine Subscription – $34.95
Make is a great quarterly magazine with all kinds of DIY technology projects, like how to build a potato gun, a tutorial on circuit bending (tweaking the electronics of battery powered toys to create crazy instruments), plans for making a guitar out of a cigar box, and creating a magnetic card reader. You should probably grab Volume 7 and stuff the subscription card in it to make it easier to wrap.

Diskette Handbag -$65.00
This is the geekiest purse that’s still pretty cool looking and avoids the cheesy factor. From a distance it looks like just a black purse with some sort of metal decoration on the sides, but up close you can tell that there are six real floppy disks on each side. And if you’re worried that the metal doors might catch on something, they’ve been glued down to prevent that from happening. There are also a bunch of pockets inside the bag to “manage internal fragmentation.”

Caffeine Necklace – $85.00
The world’s (and certainly most geek’s) favorite stimulant–caffeine–can now adorn one’s neck in a show of adoration (and sometimes, willing dependance). Cast in sterling silver, caffeine’s molecule representation makes a cool, abstract pendant. There are also matching earrings available for $40.

Green Resistor Triplets Necklace – $120.00
This elegant necklace, while it’s not immediately apparent from a distance, features drops made of three green resistors each. The perfect gift for a special geek girl, this necklace would be proudly worn in both formal and semi-formal occassions. There are also matching earrings for $15.

robosapienv2.jpgRobosapien v2 – $199.99
This looks like a really sweet toy robot. An improvement over the previous version, this one stands two feet tall and has humanoid body movement capabilities, like bending, sitting, lying down and standing up, and apparently can do martial arts. It has speech recognition and can recognize color and avoid objects and has a “free roam” behavior mode. Plus, it gets to have pets. Yes, a robot with pets. It can control the Roboraptor and Robopet.