Here’s a thing I’ve had around in my head for a while!
Okay, so I’m pretty sure that by now everyone at least is aware of Steampunk, with it’s completely awesome Victorian sci-fi aesthetic. But what I want to see is Solarpunk – a plausible near-future sci-fi genre, which I like to imagine as based on updated Art Nouveau, Victorian, and Edwardian aesthetics, combined with a green and renewable energy movement to create a world in which children grow up being taught about building electronic tech as well as food gardening and other skills, and people have come back around to appreciating artisans and craftspeople, from stonemasons and smithies, to dress makers and jewelers, and everyone in between. A balance of sustainable energy-powered tech, environmental cities, and wicked cool aesthetics.
A lot of people seem to share a vision of futuristic tech and architecture that looks a lot like an ipod – smooth and geometrical and white. Which imo is a little boring and sterile, which is why I picked out an Art Nouveau aesthetic for this.
With energy costs at a low, I like to imagine people being more inclined to focus their expendable income on the arts!
Aesthetically my vision of solarpunk is very similar to steampunk, but with electronic technology, and an Art Nouveau veneer.
So here are some buzz words~
Tailors and dressmakers!
Stained glass window solar panels!!!
Education in tech and food growing!
Less corporate capitalism, and more small businesses!
Solar rooftops and roadways!
Communal greenhouses on top of apartments!
Electric cars with old-fashioned looks!
No-cars-allowed walkways lined with independent shops!
Renewable energy-powered Art Nouveau-styled tech life!
Can you imagine how pretty it would be to have stained glass windows everywhere that are actually solar panels? The tech is already headed in that direction! Or how about wide-brim hats, or parasols that are topped with discreet solar panel tech incorporated into the design, with ports you can stick your phone charger in to?
(((Character art by me; click the cityscape pieces to see artist names)))
Like tbh intelligence, cleverness, wit, resourcefulness, wisdom, cunning are all arguably fundamentally the same thing applied differently on a practical level and it terms of purposes or anyway very similar and in the same category, (which we could call intelligence) it’s not in…
Holy shit, Anthony Weiner actually said something important.
It’s a miracle!
That’s been the Republican strategy since day one of Obama’s presidency. Block the President at every turn, then blame him for not getting anything done. In fact, here’s Newt Gingrich openly admitting to it.
That’s why Republicans block jobs bills — so they can blame Obama for the economy still sucking. They’ve blocked budgets, resulting in a government shutdown that they then tried to blame on Obama. They’ve tried over and over again to block Obamacare, and complain that it’s a failure as they work their asses off to try to make it fail.
It’s kindergarten politics, and we need to vote these schmucks out in November. A bunch of white guys throwing temper tantrums and shouting NO! to everything just because they don’t like the president is no way to run a government, especially if we’re going to continue to pretend to be one of the greatest nations on earth.
Haven’t they held Congress hostage long enough?
if ur having a bad day please enjoy these puppies playing with their mom
“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.”
― Albert Einstein
“Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children the dragons can be killed.”
― G.K. Chesterton
“Fear isn’t so difficult to understand. After all, weren’t we all frightened as children? Nothing has changed since Little Red Riding Hood faced the big bad wolf. What frightens us today is exactly the same sort of thing that frightened us yesterday. It’s just a different wolf.”
― Alfred Hitchcock
“Deeper meaning resides in the fairy tales told to me in my childhood than in the truth that is taught by life.”
― Friedrich von Schiller
im never going to find love because ben wyatt doesnt exist in real life
I think I’m going to write a book called “‘Four Hours Is Definitely Enough Sleep’ And Other Lies I Tell Myself”
so sorry for my delayed response to this email, i have been very swamped being a confused and frightened idiot who can’t do basic life tasks like respond to her emails
They believe that by breaking down physical class divisions, children can be taught to live with intellectual curiosity, self-confidence and communally responsible behavior.
How come Sweden gets to do cool stuff and all we get is shitty cubicle areas with no fucking windows it’s like a damn prison in my school I only had one class with windows and the windows were facing another fucking wall so I couldn’t see outside I don’t even know if it is raining half the time and I love rain and I hate school
Hahah oh god I found them.
BEHOLD, THE FACE OF EVIL.
Okay, so… when I was a little kid (like from age 6-10ish) my brother and I had a game where we’d run around the house collecting all the toys, statues, and letter magnets we could find and used them to stage a massive, generations-long war between a rebel faction (me) and a draconian ruling party (my brother).
These were the faction leaders.
Miss Kitty was the rebel commander. She used her charm and cute face to convince a large group of dissatisfied citizens of the region (which never had a name, for some reason) to join in her cause to topple the oppressive regime of the ruling party. Thing was, she was a power-hungry psychopath, and despite what she promised actually couldn’t care less about the wellbeing of her people. All she was after was the wealth and prestige of being the supreme ruler of the nation.
Because of this being her true motive, she was prone to alternating between providing no governance to her people whatsoever, and enacting sudden, harsh laws based on tradition and caprice. Whenever she decided they were in danger of losing the war she would pass a law saying that everyone in the whole group had to fight - even the women and children. She was a complete monster who had no qualms about killing people on the spot for annoying her.
Miss Mongoose, meanwhile, was the incumbent ruler of the nation/kingdom/whatever. She had an incredibly efficient state set up, with a terrifyingly well-equipped army, but this was mainly because she used her position as a dictator to micro-manage the state. Everyone who didn’t do as she said was executed without trial or ceremony. Her laws were fair, but the penalty for breaking them was always death.
There’s a lot more subtlety to her personality that I don’t remember, because she was my brother’s character, but I vividly recall hating her with a passion because she was such a damned enigma. And her spy programs were better than Miss Kitty’s (aka mine) which frequently resulted in me getting my spies murdered trying to stage operations they were incapable of. At some point I was just throwing spies out there to piss my brother off enough so that he might mess up with his battle strategies. Which he never did, but still. I tried.
Anyway, neither Miss Mongoose nor Miss Kitty had any sympathy whatsoever for their respective groups of followers. They were mainly in power thanks to being ruthless. Their war for control of the country spanned a good four years, during which our internal politics, side-stories, and assassination attempts grew ever more complex and sophisticated. Allegiances shifted, key players were killed (then promptly cloned, because we didn’t have enough stuffed animals to retire them permanently), and there was a brief, but historically crucial, cold war which resulted in both the faction leaders somehow gaining the ability to fly.
The point of all this is… I found these two in a box just now. Honest to god the face of Miss Mongoose still strikes fear into my heart.
This week we meet with experimental musicians Mark Stewart and Julia Wolfe at the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA, an amazing contemporary art museum in North Adams, Massachusetts. They give us the challenge to FIND YOUR BAND:
1. Go through your day and notice all the sounds around you
2. Choose a group of those sounds to be your band
3. Join the band!
4. Record or document what happens and upload to your social media platform of choice with #theartassignment
5. Fame and glory (your work might be in a future episode)
these people are awesome/hilarious.