User:Eklas/Bliki/2017/05/01

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Wise man said:

'I am going to find a small apartment somewhere

and I'm just going to live there

and dream,

this is my hidden secret world,

bedroom and kitchen, back and forth

and back.'


You can check that masterpiece of a song here (no seriously, it's really good) and then let's move on to what I've done on OGF over the course of the 18th week of 2017.

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Drabantia flag.png Slaying.

And well, then I just sort of got along with it, and this is the result of my first ever vector graphic work.

Losing my virginity.svg

Wind is howling in the halls of an empty mall. The light coming through the broken window is dark, inferior yellow. You walk outside and you see a tumbleweed making its way through a wasteland. There's corpses and stray dogs everywhere. You look on your hands and they're absolutely covered in blood, dripping down your elbow. No, this isn't a scene from a post-apocalyptic movie about the nuclear warfare, this is me opening Inkscape for the first time.

Well, what I thought was going to be a miserable fail then turned out to be a (in my opinion) fairly decent looking coat of arms. You can see it featured on the Drabantia page, which I am currently working on. So far I covered the history and I am very happy with how things look.

Um, so there goes my vector graphics virginity. Would I do it again? Yes, probably. I might attempt drawing some historical maps and stuff.

Haha, let's hope I didn't get an STD (svg-transmitted disease, duh) because the only protection I used was garlic, because I thought vector graphics was the literal devil, and devil doesn't like garlic right? Or is that witches? Or the conservative right? Damn, I get these mixed up all the time.

Bedroom and kitchen, back and forth

Listening to that song above in elementary school or so, little did I know I'm going to relate to it so much one day. It's labor day and I'm talking about 1+1 apartments: staying on topic and the topic is everyday people living everyday lives.

The area I worked on last week is just east from the New Town. However, something feels different: it's no longer grand boulevards with tree rows, no pompous, decorated buildings, no bourgeoisie throwing fancy parties on the rooftops, no landmarks and seats of important institutions. Welcome to Rakovka, a neighborhood whose center is a mall complex from 1982.

Concentrated depression, one could call it. The area, much like the other areas around the river Banuj, is and was neglected, much like me in middle school. Around 1800, a farmer family settled around there in good faith they'll manage to grow some crops or whatever. They did not, so they opened a tailor business instead. And because they literally spent days just cutting and sewing fabric, like certain crustaceans snip their pincers, they named their residence Rakovka (Cancers' Residence).

Time had passed and the father former-farmer-now-tailor died (of cancer, ironically.) The business got sold to a larger company, which turned the manufacture into a decent-sized factory.

And then the 1930s came, and so did the housing crisis. Illegal settlements started springing up along the river Banuj at a rapid pace. And since Rakovka is fairly close to the city center, the municipal government obviously didn't want it to become a chaotic ghetto. In 1935, construction of a new housing project began. It was apartments 'smaller than small,' with the disposition of 1+1 (bedroom+kitchen and that's it), often so cramped not even a washing machine could fit in. That's why a large collective laundromat was built too. The houses were as simple and cheap to build as possible, they all looked alike and everyone could afford to live there. Even to this day, projects like this are a popular place especially among college students or single mothers.

The area later became separated from the rest of the city for good by the railway bridge and the Central Station, and the tailor shop eventually got replaced with a hopelessly bland, tasteless mall (this is what I was going for), but the name still remains.

Stay tuned as next week I'm drawing the most important government buildings and an expo area!

Monday bliki by Eklas
2020

Comments and thoughts, yes, no, maybe so?

Sing and timestamp your comments. La la laa

I like depressing cheap communist era suburbs. My grandparents live in ones that look like this. I find Rakovka quite cool aswell, kind of like a slightly even cheaper but less collective suburb of Odrava. I am also working on Nivá the past few days, but it is not going very well. Anyway, well done on the next housing area of Odrava. 👍 --Litvania (talk) 13:29, 1 May 2017 (CEST)

Well, the 1930s weren't the communist era in Drabantia - housing projects like these were based on collectivist, socialist ideals, yes, but the mainstream ideology was the liberal right, which after all is why there's just a few housing projects like this from that time in Drabantia. Anyways, glad you like it and oh, send your grandparents my condolences for living in Sczeczin. --Eklas (talk) 13:36, 1 May 2017 (CEST)
Oh No! Szczecin is am awesome city! The center has its charm, new boulevards and nabrzeża were built along the Odra (hahaha Odrava), and theres even a marina now. I go there every summer. --Litvania (talk) 14:05, 1 May 2017 (CEST)
Also, if you have any questions about Inkscape or just using it, be sure to ask me! I CAN HELP! (It's the only thing i am decently good at here on OGF) --Litvania (talk) 06:44, 2 May 2017 (CEST)
If anything Szczecin is really nicely mapped on OSM. I've enjoyed looking around. Myrcia (talk) 08:55, 2 May 2017 (CEST)
I believe you, the historical center must be very nice! It's just Słoneczne that doesn't look very, let's say, desirable. --Eklas (talk) 10:46, 2 May 2017 (CEST)
I still relate to it as a a very calm, nice, welcoming area. I live there so i guess this dosent speak to you. --Litvania (talk) 11:49, 2 May 2017 (CEST)