Every year around this time, my mom breaks out the holiday tablecloths and dresses the dining room table in poinsettias and holly to prepare for family gatherings. My taste, it's not, but even if you can't change the landscape of your mom's table, you can dress yours up with something a little more your style in the form of coasters. Easy to transport from coffee to dining table, these coasters give your place setting the perfect geeky touch!
I've seen plenty of geeky coasters, and while many have been cute, there haven't been a ton that are tech inspired and still totally acceptable as home decor. This Floppy Disc Coaster Set ($28) supersedes all that — the felt material makes them both practical and cozy looking.
Plus, hello, they're floppy disks! It makes me feel less bad for all the lightning-fast cycling through electronics that we do. Floppies, nostalgia is upon you.
I usually like switching up the coasters I use for my coffee table — Elegant and chic for dinner parties, vibrant and sassy for everyday use. Take for instance the circuitboard coasters, which can play double duty from day to night. Here are some geeky coasters that are guaranteed to brighten up the dullest living room. Brought to you by Supermandolini (and spotted on techabob), these super-bold floppy disk coasters have a foam base, vinyl top, and gloss finish — making them nice and user friendly! A set of six costs about $40. Do tell if you think they are too geeky for your liking!
Was it really so long ago that we used floppy disks? Here's a Diskette Handbag that utilizes those old and nearly-forgotten little stores of information. This geek generally prefers her bags to have the good stuff on the inside rather than the outside, but there's something a little geek chic about this, isn't there? Of course, you could also avoid paying $50 for this and DIY your own bag with old diskettes (or thrift-store finds, you know they're going nowhere there)! You'd be eco and geek chic! As for this bag, what do you think?
Who copied who? Did the person with the car plastered with computer keys copy this woman with the floppy disk car? Either or, both are quite strange, although some serious points for having the courage to do such a techie thing. Featured on Spluch, this floppy disk car was spotted at the Fremont Fair. According to the creator Weigand, "I wanted to make an art car, something kind of whimsical. It came to me one day that floppy disks are a very cheap thing to acquire and they wouldn’t add any significant weight to the car. I had a bunch from thrift stores and when you ask people, you find out they have a lot in closets or storage." She only had the car for a year before she starting going crazy with the glue and disks. If you look closely, you'll be able to see all the keyboard keys around the windows, on the dash and on the hubcabs. Keep your eyes peeled for this car on the road, which just so happens to have a license plate that reads 'DISKDRV.'
Wouldn't these floppy disk note books make the perfect desk accessories? Unfortunately, you'd have to purchase all seven to achieve this fun spiraling effect, but at least you'd always have paper on hand! Each notebook comes with 50 pages and is made from authentic floppy disks. Colors include red, orange, yellow, green, light blue, dark blue, grey, black and cost $6.50 each. Something you'd use or are you past the paper and pen method of taking notes? Leave your comments below!
Floppy disks have practically become obsolete from the tech world, but if you want to add some retro flair to your life you can use one of these floppy disk journals - that is if you still use pencils and paper! Featured on the Uber Review this handmade eighties style 5.25" journal comes with 80 pages of notes and costs $14. Just your style or too geeky? Leave all your comments below!