Did you know the Trinket uses a firmware bootloader so you can program it via USB? It does, and it's a clever solution since the ATTiny85 has no USB hardware. Somehow, due to my own ignorance, I managed to dick up the bootloader by messing with interrupts. I basically copied and pasted someone else's sleep mode code which included setting interrupts, but I missed the ISR at the end of their code. One of the firmware guys I work with says this can cause bizarre things to happen, and I guess those bizarre things include breaking the bootloader.
So my trinket was bricked which normally would mean buying another one for $6, but in this case it was an Fing disaster because I had already glued it into my $90 Bose remote!!! :
I was relieved when I googled and found these awesome instructions for repairing the bootloader using an arduino uno! https://learn.adafruit.com/introducing-trinket/repairing-bootloader
Finally a use for the Uno which is a massive brick of a board. I thought that thing was obsolete but apparently it can be used as a faux AVR programmer. Pretty cool, this is why I buy shit from Adafruit, they think of everything. Here's a shot of the UNO configured to program my Trinket's bootloader back on.
Believe it or not, it worked on the first try! Super easy, what a cool hack that is. So I fixed my Trinket code and I'm back in business now.