personally, the gooseneck thing looks hideous.
where are you located? if you are in an area where you do not need the A/C all that much then removing the vents is a viable option and has been done before. However, if you are in an area like us, removing A/C vents isn't even remotely an option...lol
if you aren't obsessed with your cup holders you could mold to there where it's at finger tip while your arm is on the arm rest, then mold some cup holders infront of it. THAT would take a LOT of fabrication and a lot of time. Done right, I think it could look really cool.