I have always been a fan of the Victorian Era and the things associated with it. The last several Christmas seasons I have found myself surfing the internet and getting sucked into the wondrous world of Steampunk, or, as Wikipedia defines it, “[fiction] involves an era or world where steam power is still widely usedâ€”usually the 19th century and often Victorian era Britainâ€”that incorporates prominent elements of either science fiction or fantasy.” The growth of the internet has allowed the creativity of this wacky community to be demonstrated in all of its zaniness.
Being the season it is, I had to suggest a list of the ten things any computer oriented fan of Steampunk would enjoy, whether they had to be laboriously made or purchased. So here’s ten of
- Steampunk Keyboard Kit – The first easy piece to add to your setup, this allows you to join your keyboard to the era for a paltry $400 USD.
- Headset – Here is a project that looks relatively simple and one that can be completed by determined hobbyist such as we find in the wargaming world.
- Professor Ocularo X-Ray Monocle – Now you can see what evils lurk behind hills and other masking terrain without cheating (too obviously).
- Victorian PC – Not a project upon which I would embark, but one I would dearly love to own.
- Doctor Grordbort’s Contrapulatronic Dingus Directory – Valuable just for the joy of using the words “I own….”
- Ironman Style Helmet – In case you ever feel the need to go for a motorcycle ride.
- The Bug: Steampunk Computer Mouse « Jake of All Trades – I don’t know if this would contribute to or cause carpal tunnel.
- Personal Computer into Brewery – I don’t drink but I bet this thing could be jimmied to dispense Diet Coke! Now you know why the Russians/USSR were the first into space.
- 8ft Steampunk Frankenstein Computer case mod – Why own a grandfather clock when you can have this?
- Steampunk Computer by Old Time Computer (Yanko Design) – Now for an apple knockoff.
I don’t know of any serious computer user who believes that less power is more. The same holds true for Steampunk fans and their gadgets, but just take a tour of Bruce & Melanie’s Steampunk Victorian House Tour (brought to you by Apartment Therapy Boston) if you want to see .