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An Ameribrit computer game narrative designer living in Hamburg, I blog about books, cats, sexiness, geeky things, feminism, gadgets, games, various fandoms, fashion, and things that strike me as awesome.
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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~
Natural colors! Art Nouveau! Handcrafted wares! Tailors and dressmakers! Streetcars! Airships! 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)))
Oh my god. This is beautiful. This is everything I never knew I wanted until now. This is a design I could make into a game setting.
Decoration THAT IS DECORATIVE rather than just smooth or rounded or polished.
A lifestyle that is decorative and productive (solar stained glass!!) at the same time.
Less corseted and restrictive than Victoriana in both form and societal norms, but with those tailored, structured echoes of Edwardiana.
Rooftop gardens becoming a design must-have as well as being functional and insulating.
Solar-powered airships could stay in the air forever!! Floating restaurants, permanently tethered to the tops of skyscrapers! Floating apartments!
Just to make sure you’re not too lost, I tend to post stuff that could be called (in no particular order) vintage, geeky, photography-related, fandom-centric, historical, game design-centric, fashion-related, activist, cute, and/or silly.
Plenty of films have taken a stab at bringing Bible stories to life, from “The Ten Commandments” and “Jesus Christ: Superstar” to this year’s “Son of God” and “Noah.” But despite those movies’ different genres and tones, these films all tend to share one similarity: They have white casts, even though the Bible’s characters would have been from parts of Africa or the Middle East. Photographer James C. Lewis of Noire3000 | N3K Photo Studios has decided to rectify by presenting these iconic figures in a new light.
Lewis’ “Icons Of The Bible” photo series depicts some of the most famous characters from the Old and New Testament exclusively as people of color, including Simon Peter, Elijah, King Solomon and the archangel Gabriel. The series, which will be fully released in October, features 70 models who identify as either Asian, Native American, Hispanic, African, Middle Eastern, Black American and West Indian.
"I think it is very important to see one’s self in the Scripture so that it may become real in their eyes," Lewis told The Huffington Post. "The whitewashing of the Bible has always bothered me. However I’m happy to now have the opportunity to give a different point of view."
For me this one is really a cutting-edge, advanced, responsible adult thing I really started doing just recently. I don’t mean all those activist boycotts with political background. I mean things like appreciating good policies in companies you buy services from and not giving your money to bad ones.
Two real life examples: I’ve just recently changed my energy provider from a dick one to the one having the highest percentage of renewable energy sources. The second thing is moving my bank account from money laundering dicks involved in causing the global crisis to a so called ‘ethical bank’ with transparent investment policies. Both moves take just a bit of research, are easier than everyone thinks and make me feel good about myself.
Mimou is so, so right. We all get to vote, every day, on how we think businesses and corporations should conduct themselves. So next time you hear of one doing something you disapprove of, don’t write an angry Facebook status or complain to your friends. Or, you know, do, but then decide that, as soon as possible, they will not get another cent of your money.
AKA, Why I Don’t Buy The Things I Covet In The American Apparel Storefront Window, Siiiiigh.