is there a word for the feeling of existencial dread when you finish your tea and there’s nothing left to warm your hands on




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. =)






what im saying is that bisexuals, pansexual, and asexuals should all join together so we can be in the fictitious trifecta. enough people will say we’re not real and we’ll all converge together in a massive, fierce mass only spoken of in myth.  dont come near us or you too will cease to exist


can we include aromantics?


triforce of fabulousness


There we go, a shield to protect against the negativity

As Arnold points out, there is an otherwise inexplicable shift in direction in the Piccadilly line passing east out of South Kensington. “In fact,” she writes, “the tunnel curves between Knightsbridge and South Kensington stations because it was impossible to drill through the mass of skeletal remains buried in Hyde Park.” I will admit that I think she means “between Knightsbridge and Hyde Park Corner”—although there is apparently a “small plague pit dating from around 1664” beneath Knightsbridge Green—but I will defer to Arnold’s research.

But to put that another way, the ground was so solidly packed with the interlocked skeletons of 17th-century victims of the Great Plague that the Tube’s 19th-century excavation teams couldn’t even hack their way through them all. The Tube thus had to swerve to the side along a subterranean detour in order to avoid this huge congested knot of skulls, ribs, legs, and arms tangled in the soil—an artificial geology made of people, caught in the throat of greater London.

London and Its Dead

i read shit like this and think what could my imagination possibly have to add

like how do i write something about london that’s weirder than london already is?

(via weunderstandthelights)

A Tribe Called Red - Electric PowWow Drum
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What does it sound like when a crew of Native American DJs from Ottawa decide to mix traditional Cree & Ojibwe songs with club beats?

Brain-meltingly badass, apparently.

Heard this via Said the Gramophone, but it’s also been getting some radio play down here in Austin.

Hear more of A Tribe Called Red at

i cant hear this on my phone but I’m reblogging to listen to later, because I know this will be fucking rad.

When I was a kid my grandmother played her extensive collection of first nations music tapes when we went for car rides, it always sounds really emotional :D




This is the young man that was walking with Mike Brown,

Must Watch.

Dorian Johnson yall. Confident and clear. Bless him.



So here it is. My first contribution to the Foxglove Summer Countdown. It is one day late, but I’ve had a lot on in the last few days and over the weekend so I wasn’t able to write the fic I had in mind, or even a shorter one I came up with. But I now have an ao3 account, so that’s great (it’s cat_empress).

This is an edited version of the powerpoint I made for my reading blog a while ago, and I think it’s much better. I’ve put more thought into the last slide, in particular, and made some additions to the ‘more awesome characters’ page. I hope it’s okay.


Seriously. Peter Grant is everyone’s favourite massive nerd, there’s a mysterious character called “The Nightingale” who gets angry when books are upside down and has a weird thing for plants and is also A GQ MOTHERFUCKER WHO DRIVES A BADASS CAR AND DRESSES SMART AS FUQ, Lesley’s story is SO INTERESTING, there are diverse poc characters, JESUS CHRIST I AM DYING JUST READ THESE FUCKING BOOKS I WILL BUY THEM FOR YOU OR LEND YOU MY COPIES

Sorry guys, I’ve been without internet access for a while but I’m back now. :)


BBC - Hidden Kingdoms