Ok, I changed the order. But still. Here's some goings on in the outside world for inspiration.
The FTDI FT232 is (I guess) a very popular USB to serial converter. There's an article here about how windows made a driver to brick fake chips. Fun way to stop hackers, set their chips to "don't work."
This article is just titled like a hilarious joke from the past. It's called "What is This, A Microcontroller Board for Ants?" (Yep, Zoolander). It's about an ATiny85 board where the board is slightly bigger than the chip. Kudos for saving space (if I need a small arduino, I know where to go).
There is a MakerBot equivalent for a CNC machine. It's called Carvey. Article is here.
There is also a confessions of a hardware startup page. I haven't actually read it, so I do not condone what is said there. I will read it later and find it by posting it on my blog.