Posts tagged "Non-Fiction"

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Solarpunk, meet Lunapunk

Solarpunk, meet Lunapunk

I recently introduced the concept of solarpunk to a colleague of mine at Schumacher College, and his interest was immediately piqued. I knew he was a fan of steampunk, and I illustrated the differences between the two by making reference to steampunk’s primarily nostalgic, mechanical aesthetic/ethos, contrasted with solarpunk’s primarily optimistic, organic aesthetic/ethos.

Previously, I had suggested in my research that:

… whereas steampunk asks, "hey, what if the Industrial Revolution never happened, thereby not disrupting Victorian society / culture in the midst of Enlightenment-era ideological politics", solarpunk asks "hey, what if a whole bunch of today's post-industrial

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All Roads Lead To Schumacher — Update 2

All Roads Lead To Schumacher — Update 2

My fists are clenched. I unclench them. My legs are crooked; I straighten them. I sit up a bit straighter in my green chair, and lightly tap my fingers along the wide wooden desk.


Briefly, I glance out the window at the oak leaves fluttering just outside. A pair of simple white earbuds are in each ear, and I’m listening to the newest collaboration between Ólafur Arnalds and Nils Frahm, two of my favourite musicians. Classical music. Kindof.

What an incredible week it has been. I arrived at Schumacher six days ago, on Saturday, nearly down to the

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All Roads Lead to Schumacher

All Roads Lead to Schumacher

On the afternoon of December 21st, 2006, I was cut down by a tree .

Spines of hoarfrost glimmered in the pale light, and despite my fleece-lined GoreTex, I was shivering. This part of western Canada was considered a temperate rainforest; it didn’t usually get this cold. I had turned seventeen in April, and like most teens, I was confused, lonely, and had a poor relationship with the future.

But more than anything, I was afraid. Mostly of my own faults and lack of experience, but further terrified of my ambitions. I wanted to become a writer, an educator,

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Homo Digitalis

Homo Digitalis


During the morning of February 17th, 2008, a young animation student called Daniel Floyd uploaded his art history assignment to YouTube.



Titled Videogames and Storytelling, the ten-minute presentation was an engaging thesis on the current issues and future potential of narrative-driven interactive media. What made it special was not simply Floyd's obvious zeal for video games, but the critical integrity that shone through, and animated his passion.

"Simply put, the majority of games are poorly written. There are exceptions... but even games lauded for being literary usually have subpar writing compared to any other medium" (2:43).

Floyd

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Fir Sapling

Fir Sapling

In the dim light of winter solstice, 2006, I was asked by my mother to bring a small hatchet and venture into the forest behind our house to cut down a Christmas tree.

Seventeen and spiritually broke, terrified of that hallmark phrase, “the real world,” I didn't want to admit that I was depressed, uncertain about what to do after graduating, and craving something deeper.

Shamanism, or what is typically referred to as such, had contained a visceral kind of magic that I instinctively connected with. Raised in an alternative school on a little island off the Canadian coast

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