Speaking of steampunk... Design Boom recently posted an interview with Sci-Fi writer, futurist, and design critic Bruce Sterling. Check it out.
Here's what he has to say on sustainable design:
see the immense moral dilemma over plastic shopping bags. the bag is not the problem, it's the entire production system that delivered the contents of the bag. designers might think 'oh, I'm going to wrap it in cotton instead of poly vinal chloride'. it's a complete non issue! it's just a burst of political correctness.
And here are your words to live by for the day: "I try to not wear anything I can't sleep in." Amen, Bruce. Amen.