Before Jewelry Became Such a SCAM!



Forget Google Glass, Android Wear, Smartwatches or contact lenses that give you night vision. Instead let’s talk about the awesomeness that is this 17th century Chinese abacus ring. It’s wearable tech from the Qing Dynasty, perhaps the world’s oldest smart ring.

Measuring a mere 1.2 centimeter-long by 0.7 centimeter-wide, the miniature abacus is a fully functional counting tool, but it’s so tiny that using it requires an equally dainty tool, such as a pin, to manipulate the beads, which are each less than one millimeter long.

“However, this is no problem for this abacus’s primary user—the ancient Chinese lady, for she only needs to pick one from her many hairpins.”

[via Fashionably Geek and Gizmodo]

oh my god ancient chinese ladies knew where it was at


Shaw Blades – Jack Blades (Night Ranger, Damn Yankees) and Tommy Shaw (Styx, Damn Yankees)

shawnblog has posted a comment:

After the “TA” experience, I was selling jewelry for 6 months. One afternoon, a customer named “Tommie Shaw” bought a diamond encrusted watch as a gift. Because of the name similarity, I just had to mention that her name was almost the same as one of my original rock idols (I probably listened to The Grand Illusion even more than any KISS song as a kid).

As it turned out, “Tommie” Shaw, who dressed very much like a rockstar herself (she was wearing boots that cost over $10,000), told me that she was actually going to get to meet Tommy Shaw at a party or something that month.

Even though I think jewelry is a scam, I’ve got to admit that selling high end “fine” jewelry over at Tysons Corner Center introduced me to some of the most hip slick and cool folks I’ve ever known.

I never got into Damn Yankees (after my time maybe) but I’ve ended up at Rusty Rudder once or twice!