We hear a lot about the dapper and prolific Jake von Slatt, but what about his arch-nemesis, Jake (of-all-Trades) Hildebrandt? He’s apparently been locked away in his castle laboratory, hard at work on this amazing PC casemod, built as a promotional giveaway for CodeMaster’s just-released Damnation PC/console game. Gorgeous work. I love the access ports hidden beneath the logo, the “saloon-door” style drive bays, and the plunger pull-start power-on, the construction of which he describes in the video).

Herr von Slatt must have steam blasting from cherry-red ears on the news. The gauntlet is down, von Slatt, the gauntlet is down.

Telecalculograph, Mk. II

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelance 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 to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy person’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.

  • tudza

    Lets see, you took a computer and put it in a weird looking wooden box. About as useful as those telephones you used to get as premiums for signing up for magazines, you know, the ones shaped like ducks and footballs.

    • Jake von Slatt

      I totally agree! The Telecalculograph, Mk. II is about as useful as a Wimshurst machine!

  • justducky

    does everything have to be useful? how useful is your TV (most of the time) or the latest batman/star trek/etc. movie? ever eat food that tastes good over good for you? look at a painting/sunset?

    and what is exactly wrong with a duck shaped like a football?

    I just whaaaannnnnniiiiiitttt.

  • carboncanyon

    I’d love to see a Jake and Jake collaboration. Hmmm…

    • Exhibit69

      Please no. I fear the resulting product would either destroy the world or possibly make my head explode from its pure awesomeness.

  • Datamancer

    Bravo, JoaT, Bravo! You knocked this one out of the park! You’ve raised the bar for us all.


  • Molly Michelle Friedrich


    anything with claw feet is inherently superior to everything else.