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ConsciousFlesh useless projects is a site for (mainly) retro-tech projects such as nixie tube clocks, Tesla coils, Jacob’s ladders, tabletop ballista, and steampunk casemods. Seen above are a Jacob’s ladder, a wood- and brass-cased thumbdrive, a wooden computer casemod with a vacuum tube power indicator, a USB switch with a nixie selection indicator, and a brass gyroscope built around a motor from a laser printer. Lots of other projects on the site too.

ConsciousFlesh useless projects [via Steampunk Workshop]

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor for Boing Boing and WINK Books. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.


  • Perry Jones

    This guy’s work is the kind of thing that gives steampunk a good name. Clean work, excellent attention to detail. Check out the ratchet mechanism on his ballista for a good example.