Steampunk Porn

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This is one of the more gorgeous examples of steampunk mods I’ve come across. I adore my Macbook Pro, but stuff like this is beautiful on a whole other level. If I were to go into graduate school, analytic, pretentious intellectual mode, I would write about how steampunk taps into people’s desire to have a more tactile experience with the world around them as we have become a culture so tightly bound within a visual screen culture (perhaps why the tactile swipe and hands on features of the iPhone appeal?), as well as being a reaction against the plastic, throw-away culture we’ve become. Craftsmanship on this level offers value beyond use value and steadfastly proves the value of the unique. Where most items, in the age of duplication, have lost their “aura,” Steampunk culture and mods like this insist on a singular and material nature this says, “Look at me, I am ART motherfucker!”

But maybe I should just say that these are beautiful and very cool and very, very dandy . . . jim-dandy even!

Link (via TUAW)

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