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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!
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)))

i am so into this wow

Hehehe… For years, there has been planned an upcoming location in Sister Claire based on exactly this aesthetic. Can you guess which location that might be? It’s been mentioned a few times recently…

I can’t wait to show it. =)

I would love to live a solarpunk streetcar life.

Many short stories in the Clockwork Phoenix anthology series (4 books) subscribe to Solarpunk without having a name for it. We can’t recommend them enough.

Damn, this is lovely.

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I’ve been watching this for 5 minutes and giggling like an idiot.


stuck cat by akempler on Flickr.

A linguist walks into a bar




Two scientists walk into a bar:

"I’ll have an H2O."

"I’ll have an H2O, too."

The bartender gives them both water because he is able to distinguish the boundary tones that dictate the grammatical function of homonyms in coda…

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Everyday Magic


But think about this:

  • a witch who does knot magic braiding spells into her hair
  • or tying it into his tie or shoelaces
  • a witch who does technomagic putting a reminder on their phone that contains a good luck charm
  • a kitchen witch making a memory spell in pancakes to help their kids learn and retain stuff from school
  • an enchanter/ress putting anti-bullying pins on their childs’ backpack
  • a musicwitch humming happiness charms all day long
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Pay attention to televised news media in the coming several days.


Pay attention to which news stations spin Ferguson coverage in ways which favour the police or strive to incriminate the victims.

Keep in mind that there will be multiple stations under the SAME telecom corporations, giving opposing views, and pay attention to which channels attempt to give “both…

Well, so far, Fox has done a hell of a lot of incriminating the victims, showing security camera footage taken in June at a convenience store as supposed evidence that Mr. Brown had given the police a reason on the day of his death to murder him. The footage is low-resolution and could literally be any tall, broad-shouldered young black man in Ferguson, but it is being used as convenient ‘new information’ to excuse the inexcusable, and to convince the public to view a victim of violence as a criminal, guilty until proven innocent.

Don’t figure it surprises anybody that Fox is putting that spin on this, of course. 

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man imagine aliens w no concept of interspecies cooperation or pets

'commander the scan of this shelter reveals three primary lifeforms'

'excellent. elaborate please'

'all mammals. two quadrupeds, one feline and one canine, as well as one biped sapien. they appear to be… relaxing and eating in a shared space'

'what the fuck'

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i really wanna go to the #dayofrage protest rally thing in DC tonight but i don’t know if like the one anarchist friend i have in DC will be there so we can watch out for each other, and i’m worried about getting disoriented from sensory shit and not doing well in the crowd if…

Hi! You still have options for helping your protester buddies without putting yourself directly in harm’s way! You can act as a spotter and information coordinator.

How this works:

1. Find a location that is indoors or outside the immediate protest zone, but where you will be able to see any police or other authorities approaching from outside the area they would be containing. If you’re a little far away from everything, you can use binoculars from inside a car or house. You can also record video from a safe distance, if you choose.

2. Stay in constant text or twitter communication with several members of the group, especially if they spread out over a fairly large area. Have the whole group send directly to you, and you can then collect that information and make larger, info-dense social media posts of anything they report back to you. You can also relay to your friends any supportive messages being sent in from other places. Since you personally are outside the immediate protest and danger zone, even if one of your friends stops corresponding, you can still keep updating the outside world using information from the others, and the individual protesters don’t have to be distracted by the need to keep up a constant and fast rate of live-tweeting and -streaming. 

3. Additionally, since you’ll be in a position to see any approaching authorities, you can warn your friends in advance if you spot them carrying riot equipment, teargas cannisters, etc. You can tell them how fast the authorities are moving and from what direction. You can tell if there are any ambulances with them, or only police vehicles, and you can tell if they are blocking civilian access to local streets.

In short, you can be a logistical coordinator and information relay point for your friends, relieving the burden on each of them individually for up-to-date information, so that they can focus on their protest… and you will be a source of solid documentation, since police won’t be able to relieve you of your phone, camera, computer, or other equipment if you aren’t near the protest itself. 

Another option, if police intervention doesn’t look like it’s going to be an issue:

You can provide snacks, drinks, and other refreshments, keeping a table stocked with those things throughout the course of the protest. When protestors get hot and thirsty, they can send a runner from their group to pick up bottles of water. If somebody has low blood sugar, they can get a granola bar or an apple from your stand. If you’re willing to do it free of charge, then you are compensating with both your time and money for your inability to physically be present at the place of most noise and risk, and you can be absolutely sure that your contribution will be appreciated by every person who has shouted themselves hoarse and needs that drink to get back on their game. If you provide a few types of fresh fruit as the main thing to eat, you also considerately avoid problems involving most food allergies and religious or ethical dietary proscriptions. 

In general, think of a large protest the way you would think of a marathon, a bike race, or any other event where an unusually large number of people are present in a small geographic space: all the same logistical concerns apply; all the same security concerns apply. Having one extra person keeping their eyes open, documenting and reporting events, and/or providing a dependable and safe source of food and water is always a good thing for everybody present, including emergency services, because it diminishes the overall likelihood of medical emergencies relating to dehydration, and because police are significantly less likely to resort to violence if they know that non-protesting civilians in the neighbourhood are all paying close attention to the action.

We hope something here proves helpful for you!

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This three-legged decorated war hero had one leg lost to surgery after taking four rounds from an AK-47.

Bad. Mother. Fucker.

Those eyes say “Pretend to throw the tennis ball. I dare you to only pretend.”

I think those eyes say a lot more than that. He’s seen more than I ever will, done more than I’ll ever do, and his war will never be over.

He’s got Ranger scrolls on his collar. That dog is a god damn hero.

I just noticed the Purple Heart and that Scroll.
Wow. Just wow. 
The picture alone, in all it’s detail says a lot of things. god damn.

I can’t not reblog this dog… his you
Eyes say so much

I’ve never seen a dog with such a face like that. Like an old man who went to war and if you ask him about he just stiffens up and face turns to stone. 

Layka is a lady dog. Let’s remember that.

Now, it’s an understandable problem - our socialization instantly encourages us to see this rugged, sleek, military animal as a male. Three-legged hero dog with military decorations and stern-appearing eyes? TOTALLY A DUDE DOG, JUST LOOK AT HIM. It’s a programmed response, and nothing to be ashamed of - let’s just be accurate and note that Layka’s a female.

I’ve highlighted all the reblogs above where Layka is described as a hero, an old man, with male pronouns - rather than the fierce, charming heroine she is. It’s kind of a teachable moment: how does an image of an animal, displaying absolutely no secondary sex characteristics, instantly give us these fictional headcanons about its gender and gender performance? It’s an impressive demonstration of our ability to translate body language.

The photographer who took this compelling shot noted that Layka’s playful, bouncy energy made it nearly impossible for him to get a shot with her mouth closed! He ended up having to stop using the tennis ball he was using to get her attention, because it made her too excited and smiley. Based on the photos below, I think she’d have quite a sense of humor about the “where’s the tennis ball?” game!

Layka is so smiley in person that the photographer struggled to get her to pose "seriously."

Of course, the photographer did end up connecting with a fundamental aspect of Layka’s nature in the cover photo; her serious, soldier side. But that’s not all the animal is. Does the dog in the unused shots still resemble an “old man?” Is the dog in the unused shots male or female? Is it still a hero with its tongue out? Is it still admirable without a “face like stone?”

This is what I mean when I say that we have to examine the lenses of culture and society that we are always, always looking through when we talk about science biology.

The problem is that white people see racism as conscious hate, when racism is bigger than that. Racism is a complex system of social and political levers and pulleys set up generations ago to continue working on the behalf of whites at other people’s expense, whether whites know/like it or not. Racism is an insidious cultural disease. It is so insidious that it doesn’t care if you are a white person who likes black people; it’s still going to find a way to infect how you deal with people who don’t look like you. Yes, racism looks like hate, but hate is just one manifestation. Privilege is another. Access is another. Ignorance is another. Apathy is another. And so on. So while I agree with people who say no one is born racist, it remains a powerful system that we’re immediately born into. It’s like being born into air: you take it in as soon as you breathe. It’s not a cold that you can get over. There is no anti-racist certification class. It’s a set of socioeconomic traps and cultural values that are fired up every time we interact with the world. It is a thing you have to keep scooping out of the boat of your life to keep from drowning in it. I know it’s hard work, but it’s the price you pay for owning everything.

Scott Woods (X)

he motherfucking dropped the truth.

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this is a super important explanation to think about whenever you feel like telling someone that something isn’t racist because you don’t hate x person.

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