Imagine an art exhibit comprised of video game consoles from different eras, paused mid-game, powered on for all time. What if you could resume that game of Mega Man you started playing when you were 12, still active and waiting for you to face Wily for the first time?
It’s in our nature to be fascinated by old things, but old electronics are particularly magical, especially when they still work. They come alive in a way that an antique vase never can. Their screens and glowing digits open a unique window into the past.
Perhaps the appeal of nostalgia is growing because I’m getting older, but the idea of playing a game of Mega Man or Super Mario Bros., paused since the 80s, kinda blows my mind.
I sometimes bemoan the proliferation of technology and how it has affected human interaction. Perhaps I long for some mythical, simpler way of life, or fantasize about “good old days” that I never knew, when you did honest work with your bare hands. I frequently decry our disposable consumer electronics and pre-fab architecture, shaking my head and thinking perhaps the old-timers are right, maybe they really don’t “make ’em like they used to.” I bristle at being tethered to the hive by a cellular phone, unable to enjoy a moment’s peace, knowing my attention and energy could be demanded at any time.
In a world saturated with electricity, media, ringing phones and glowing screens, we must actively remind ourselves that we choose to use these technologies. We can just as easily choose not to use them.
I turned off my cell phone this evening. Maybe tomorrow I’ll throw it in the river.
You have the power.
I’ve begun a series of illustrations celebrating a beverage so uniquely satisfying that its genesis must surely be divine in origin. It is only natural that this holiest of libations should be regarded by myself and so many others as Nectar of the Gods.
For the first image I wanted to start with my personal favorite style, American IPA. There’s nothing quite so heavenly as sipping a strong, hoppy, frothing IPA.
This image was inspired by my very favorite IPA, Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale. I love everything about this beer, from its amber tint to the complex bite of hops and spices. It’s a seasonal brew typically available from November to February, so get it when you can!
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