I pretty much dived headfirst into electronics and got myself a breadboard, Buspirate, and some Arduino platforms. I wanted to keep them all together so I put together the protohackabilitifier board.
Sugru tabs and feet (strangely, Sugru wont attach to acrylic or be adheared to by E6000 glue)
ShapeLock bracket (for Arduino and Buspirate) and feet
All on an acrylic baseplate