Oh, the beautiful melancholy!

missolivialouise:

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)))

This is fantastic. You may have just launched an entirely new genre. As someone who has loved the work of Alphonse Mucha for over a decade, I feel a renaissance of the genre he created is long overdue.

lukemcquillan:

I’m bowled over by the kind words and lovely comments on my cover of the iconic Kate Bush song, “This Woman’s Work.” It really means a lot, guys. Thank you. As for the declarations of love and proposals of marriage (yes, it has happened several times now…haha) I am really floored, but must tell you, I am very happily engaged. :P You guys are the best. :)

lukemcquillan:

Check out my latest Kate Bush cover. I adore this song, and it just happened to be my number one requested song! Hope you guys like it. :)

thedevilsingssondheim:

Something I think more people should be more conscious of is that THEATRE IS EXPENSIVE. Yes, ticket prices are included in that thought- but what I really want to emphasize is the cost of running a production.

Every little task, publicity, person, performance, costume and prop… etc- costs money….

yirryyanya:

A young Kate Bush times 4 #katebush

Not a stitch of makeup, and still unbelievably gorgeous. Never seen these before!

yirryyanya:

Kate Bush - concert - Before The Dawn is going to be EPIC. http://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/kate-bush-spent-three-days-3745344

yirryyanya:

Kate Bush - concert - Before The Dawn is going to be EPIC. http://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/kate-bush-spent-three-days-3745344

theyoungturks:

Researchers at Bar-Ilan University in Israel compared the brain scans of new moms, new straight dads, and new gay dads. They found that the gay dads developed brain patterns that resemble both mothers and fathers.

Use that the next time someone says “What about the kids?” to oppose marriage equality and/or gay parents raising children. 

folie-a-dookie:

notyourspecies:

Sexism on tumblr. I know your hearts are in the right place but still, this is bad.

this is powerful

I’ve noticed more and more misandry on this website, and it is very damaging to both men - and women. Just as misogyny damages both. We are all humans deserving of self-worth, happiness, and love. Let’s achieve that for both women and men without bashing anyone. And typing the tags for this post, I fact checked those tag suggestions. They are real, sadly.

lukemcquillan:

I just reached over 10,000 views with my cover of Kate Bush’s classic, “Wuthering Heights” - it doesn’t seem possible. Thank you so much, guys! Kate is simply the best. :) check out my cover here!

stirlinghawk:

Furniture just so happens to take up a great majority of space in a room, and if you’re in a small space that can be pretty detrimental. Heavy tables, chairs, rugs and other items can block off the impending square footage unnecessarily, while there are alternatives out there that could really be great space savers– visually speaking.

Lucite (or acrylic) furniture. This furniture comes as clear pieces typically; but can range with a whole array of color washes on all kinds of pieces. Break up the center of your living room with a clear coffee table, or create extra room around your dining room table for the ultimate chic design. See some of our favorite looks to help determine what route might be best for your room below.