Many years ago, back in the early days of computer modding, I did a piece for Details magazine where I “predicted” that PCs would become the next generation’s muscle cars. That’s pretty much become the case (…er no groaning puns intended) and that’s what the San Francisco Exploratorium will be celebrating in their “Rods & Mods: The Kustom Kulture of Radical Computer Modification” show, Thursday-Saturday, February 11, 12 and 13, 2010.

For three days in February, the Exploratorium showcases the innovations and outlaw aesthetics of custom computer culture at Rods & Mods: The Kustom Kulture of Radical Computer Modification. An outgrowth of the hacker community, personal computer modding was born from the need for speed and personal style. From Thursday through Saturday, February 11-13, from noon to 5pm, look under the hood of this creative subculture and explore the hacking geekery that ignited a billion-dollar design industry. Rods & Mods features a showroom of souped-up PCs, restored classics, and experimental computers, as well as workshops, presentations, and a parts swap. Modders will be on hand throughout the event to discuss their work. This event is included in the price of admission.

Rods & Mods: The Kustom Kulture of Radical Computer Modification

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.