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The Inextricably Deep World of Vaporwave




My first encounter with the strange music genre of vaporwave happened when I was about 14, scrolling through the gritty meme recess that was iFunny. I remember seeing photos that all had the same sort of elements: an Apollo head bust, a cyber grid of neon colors, palm trees, and outdated fonts. These were strangely captivating, but also unsettling.

Usually these photos were accompanied by music that I could only describe as the kind of elevator music that must have played in a hotel that was built in 1983, and is in desperate need of a renovation. It wasn’t until just recently that my boyfriend taught me the name of the album that the strangely haunting elevator music came from: Floral Shoppe by Macintosh Plus. As it turns out, the nostalgia-inducing images and music that captivated me as a 14-year-old were all part of a budding genre of music called vaporwave, and I was very right to feel unsettled.


Vaporwave is both an aesthetic and genre of music that is meant to induce nostalgia, especially for the ’80s and early ’90s, and a longing for what we imagined the future would be like back in the 1980s. The driving theme behind vaporwave is that it makes you long for a future that never happened. Vaporwave music is often composed of samples of songs from the 1970s and 80s. These are usually pitched down, slowed, and resynthesized in order to create a thick heavy sound, like something is weighing you down and pulling you back in time.

One distinctive feature of vaporwave is its fixation with Japanese language and culture. There are countless album and track titles in cryptic Japanese, which are more often than not completely unreadable to the mostly Western audience of vaporwave. Many artists even sample clips of dialogue from retro Japanese anime films, commercials, and news reels. This element of vaporwave is also tied up in its constant pursuit of awakening nostalgia. Japan enjoyed an economic boom throughout the 1980s, which is now recognized as Japan’s Bubble Economy, that would eventually come crashing down in the 1990s. Before this devastating pop, Japan was praised for its thriving business models and became a model of technological innovation in the western mind for more than a decade.

Additionally, with the success of entertainment and tech industries like Sony and Nintendo, Japan appeared to be the country that was building the future, one that looked shiny, new, and full of promise.

Perhaps the best way to understand the nostalgia-obsessed mess that is vaporwave is through Jaques Derrida’s concept of Hauntology, as proposed in “The Philosophy of Vaporwave” by the website Vapor95. According to Derrida, humans can only understand the present through past experiences and anticipation of the future. Therefore, humans never truly live “in the moment.” What we understand to be the present is always defined by our pasts along with what we anticipate to follow in the future, and is thereby never truly “just” the sensations at present. In other words, the concept of Hauntology is that humans are always haunted by the past and the futures that have yet to happen.

This tendency to filter the present through our past experiences is what gives vaporwave that undeniably nostalgic sound. Most of us have heard old music from decades long gone by. For example, if a song is full of synth and heavy reverb, you will likely identify it as some musical relic of the ’80s, which will then open up a floodgate in your mind of your experience with ’80s culture, whether that be other songs, movies, or photos of your parents from that time. To hear these outdated musical trends once again given new life through being resynthesized and paired with grainy imagery from these decades is like rolling up your sleeve and shooting your arm up with the heaviest dose of nostalgia.


The vaporwave genre is laden with subgenres, some of which are so similar that it feels superfluous to differentiate them at all. However, as someone who has listened to vaporwave for a few years now, here are some of the subgenres that I personally think deserve to be recognized, as they exemplify the many sides of the genre, ranging from ethereal or funky to downright creepy.


Future Funk is the more jovial branch of vaporwave. It often samples from the choruses of funk and motown music from the ’70s and early ’80s, and especially uses シティ・ポップ (City Pop), which is essentially just pop music from 1980s Japan. Future Funk sounds like what you’d imagine playing at some raging night club in the late ’70s, where everyone is young, beautiful, and having the time of their lives. Simply speaking, It’s the kind of stuff that makes you want to dance.

In the Mallsoft genre, vaporwave allows listeners to reflect on society, especially on consumerism and the influence it has on the way we experience nostalgia. If you search up “Mallsoft” on YouTube, you will be inundated with sweeping shots of lush malls aesthetically decorated with palm trees and fountains at every corner. These are the malls that some of us might remember from shopping with our parents in the late ’90s or maybe even early 2000s. As Pad Chennington, a vaporwave music producer who also runs a Youtube channel dedicated to analysis of the genre, says in his video The Hyperconsumerism of “Mallsoft”, “hyperconsumerism is an unavoidable aurora of the 80s and 90s shopping world we all once lived in, provoked by the shop ‘til you drop atmosphere of those big mean department stores and malls all across America.” Chennington goes on to argue that as technology progressed, shopping became dominated by online retailers. which has led to essentially the death of the shopping mall.

The absence of that large comforting presence drenched in shopper’s high that was once the American shopping mall has left a nostalgic hole in our hearts. This emptiness bred the genre of Mallsoft. Musically speaking, Mallsoft is essentially jazzy elevator music, reverb-ed to high hell so that it sounds like it’s being blasted on speakers and echoing throughout some desolate mall, a relic of the ’80s. As you might imagine, it can sound like cheery background music or like what might play during the end credits to the end of time. Mallsoft plays into the nostalgia we have around shopping malls, romanticizing while poking fun at our consumerist nature.


As you might have already deduced by the name, Vaportrap is a fusion of vaporwave and trap music. Vaportrap is what you put on to party, but in a thoughtful way. Much in the vein of Vaporwave, Vaportrap utilizes sound bites that are meant to induce nostalgia through memories of older technology. For example, many Vaportrap songs construct beats around sound effects from old Nintendo 64 games or the notorious Windows 95 boot up sound. However, it is also driven by hard-hitting, relentless beats that make you want to rave.


Ambient vaporwave on the other hand, is not typically the type of music that you would turn on to jam out to. It usually features nature sounds, heavy synth, and frequencies. As the name indicates, ambient vaporwave focuses more on creating ambience, on building an auditory landscape that you could sink into.



Synthwave is one of my personal favorite subgenres of vaporwave. This subgenre is full of synth and mesmerizing beats. Perhaps the best way to define what synthwave sounds like is to first start off with the aesthetic that is inseparable from the music. If you google “synthwave,” you’ll likely see a thousand suns overlooking a thousand different cybergrid horizons. Because of its smooth, repetitive rhythm, synthwave is regarded as the perfect music to drive to if you want to lose sense of time while feeling like the protagonist in a cyberpunk dystopia movie, happily (but thoughtfully) driving away as the end credits roll.


I regard vaporwave as different from the other genres of music I listen to. If I had to describe the feeling I have towards vaporwave, I’d say it’s morbid curiosity. To me, vaporwave is a lot more like walking into an art museum than turning a playlist on shuffle, but that’s exactly why I always come back to it. The concept behind vaporwave is trying to get in touch with the future as we imagined it in the ’80s and early ’90s, but doing this through musical artifacts of the past, creating a heavy dissonance and the sense of being lost in time. I can’t say that I’ve experienced even a single day of the 1980s, and if you’re reading this, chances are that you might not have either. So, why am I, like so many other young westerners, attracted to this weird, cryptic genre of music?

Are we all so dissatisfied with our present that we’d rather retreat back into a past that none of us have personally known? Do we want to get in touch with the sense of hopefulness and promise that the future was regarded with back in the days when our parents were teenagers? These fatalistic takes do seem to intersect with Generation Z’s undeniable fascination with all things retro, which has revived the record industry,  fashion from the ’80s and ’90s, and old sounding music.

However, as we all know from watching sci-fi movies that took shots at predicting what capitalist dominated futures we had in store for us, like Back to the Future Part ll, Blade Runner, or Brave New World, often the future never holds the things early generations imagined it would and many times, that’s for the better. So, no, I don’t think my generation is hopelessly depressed and longing for the past. I do think however, that the past is always comforting, by virtue of it having already been experienced and therefore being known to us. The past holds no surprises, but can stand as something we can look back on reflectively through the rose-colored glasses of nostalgia.

Vaporwave is a genre of music that plays with this truth. It is overflowing with a strange, synthetic sense of nostalgia reminding us that maybe the past wasn’t as sweet as we remembered it, and maybe the future never played out like we thought it would. But, oh, isn’t it fun to pretend if only for a little while?


When it comes to music, words can only do so much. So, for anyone who doesn’t mind falling into the rabbit hole that is vaporwave, I’ve made a Spotify playlist and Youtube playlist full of tracks from the genres I mentioned above! Unfortunately, many vaporwave tracks and albums can only be found on Youtube, so the two are not identical to each other. For anyone interested or who has the time, check out both!

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Simplify Your Life With Easy-care Washable Carpets: The Ultimate Solution for Modern Living in Australia



Washable Carpets

Introduction to the Concept of Washable Carpets in Australia

In recent years, the concept of washable carpets has gained popularity in Australia, offering a convenient and practical solution for modern living. With busy schedules and hectic lifestyles becoming the norm, it is essential to choose home decor options that are low maintenance and easy to clean. This is where washable carpets come into play, providing an ideal flooring solution for households with children and pets.

Benefits of Choosing Easy-care Washable Carpets for Busy Households

  • Stain-resistant: Washable carpets offer a range of benefits that make them the go-to choice for many homeowners in Australia. Firstly, these carpets are designed to be stain-resistant, making them perfect for busy households with young children who are prone to spills and accidents. Unlike traditional carpets that require professional cleaning services or expensive products for stain removal, washable carpets can simply be cleaned with water and mild detergents. This not only saves time but also reduces the cost of maintaining your carpet over time.
  • Durable: Moreover, washable carpets are also more durable compared to traditional carpets as they are made from high-quality materials that can withstand regular washing without losing their color or texture. This makes them an excellent option for homes with pets who may shed or track dirt onto the carpet frequently. Additionally, these carpets have anti-static properties which prevent pet hair from sticking onto the fibers, making it easier to vacuum and maintain a clean floor.
  • For Those Who Suffer From Allergies or Respiratory Issues: Furthermore, choosing washable carpets can also benefit those who suffer from allergies or respiratory issues as they trap dust particles instead of releasing them into the air like traditional carpet fibers do. Regular washing can effectively remove allergens from the carpet surface, promoting a healthier and cleaner living environment.

Washable carpets are a practical and convenient flooring solution for busy households in Australia. With their stain-resistant properties, durability, easy maintenance, and hygienic benefits, they offer the ultimate solution for modern living. So why not make your life easier by choosing washable carpets for your home today?

How Washable Carpets Are Better for Children and Pets

For families with young children who spend most of their time playing on the floor, hygiene is a top priority. Washable carpets provide peace of mind as they can be easily washed and sanitized regularly without any hassle. Unlike hard flooring surfaces like tiles or hardwood which may harbor bacteria and germs if not cleaned regularly, washable carpets offer a soft surface that can be thoroughly cleaned without damaging its quality.

Tips for Buy the Right Washable Carpet for Your Home

Australia is known for its laid-back lifestyle, beautiful landscapes, and sunny weather. However, with our busy schedules and fast-paced lives, it can be challenging to keep up with the maintenance of our homes. That’s where the practical washable rugs collection comes in – they offer a convenient solution for those looking to simplify their lives while still keeping their homes looking stylish.

With the popularity of washable carpets on the rise, there is now a plethora of options available in the market. But how do you choose the right one for your home? Here are some tips to help you make an informed decision when purchasing a practical washable rug in Australia.

  • Consider Your Needs: Before making a purchase, think about where you will be using your washable rug and what kind of traffic it will receive. For high-traffic areas like living rooms or hallways, opt for durable materials such as nylon or polyester that can withstand frequent use and cleaning.
  • Look For Easy-care Features: The whole point of buying a washable rug is to make your life easier. Therefore, look for features like stain resistance and machine washability when choosing a rug. This will save you time and effort in the long run.
  • Choose the Right Size: Measure the area where you want to place your washable rug before going shopping. It’s important to choose a size that fits well in your space without being too small or too large.
  • Think About Design: With so many options available, it’s important to consider the design of your washable rug as it can add an extra touch of style to your home decor. From solid colors to bold patterns, select one that complements your existing interior design.
  • Check Reviews and Ratings: Before finalizing your purchase, take some time to read customer reviews and ratings online. This will give you an idea about the quality and durability of the product from people who have already used it.
  • Understand the Care Instructions: While washable rugs are low-maintenance, it’s still important to follow the care instructions provided by the manufacturer. This will ensure that your rug lasts for a longer time and maintains its quality.
  • Consider Your Budget: Practical washable rugs come in a range of prices, so it’s essential to have a budget in mind before you start shopping. Set a realistic budget and stick to it while selecting a rug that meets your needs.

Purchasing a practical washable rug for your home in Australia can simplify your life without compromising on style. By considering these tips, you can make an informed decision and find the perfect washable rug for your home that fits both your needs and budget.

Care and Maintenance Instructions for Washable Carpets

When it comes to easy washable rugs in Australia, there are a few important care and maintenance instructions to keep in mind. To ensure that your carpet stays looking its best for years to come, it is recommended to vacuum regularly to remove dirt and debris. For any spills or stains, be sure to blot the area immediately with a clean cloth and mild detergent. Avoid rubbing the stain as this can cause damage to the fibers. For deeper cleaning, consider using a carpet cleaner specifically designed for washable carpets. Additionally, rotating your carpet every few months can help prevent uneven wear and fading from sunlight exposure. By following these simple tips, you can enjoy your beautiful washable carpet for many years to come.


In today’s fast-paced world, it is important to have solutions that simplify our lives and make things easier for us. The use of easy-care washable carpets in modern living spaces has become a popular trend in Australia, providing homeowners with convenience and peace of mind. With their low maintenance requirements and versatility in design and functionality, these carpets are the ultimate solution for modern living. So why not join the trend and simplify your life with easy-care washable carpets? Your home will thank you for it.

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Exploring the Culinary Versatility of Dried Tomato Powder



Dried Tomato Powder

In the world of culinary innovation, dried tomato powder has emerged as a versatile and flavor-packed ingredient that adds depth and complexity to a wide range of dishes. Derived from ripe tomatoes that have been carefully dehydrated and ground into a fine powder, this pantry staple offers a convenient way to capture the rich umami flavor and vibrant color of fresh tomatoes in a concentrated form. In this blog, we delve into the culinary uses, nutritional benefits, and creative applications of dried tomato powder, uncovering its potential to elevate dishes to new heights of flavor and sophistication.


The Making of Dried Tomato Powder

The making of dried tomato powder involves dehydrating tomatoes and grinding them into a fine powder.


From Fresh to Dry

Dried tomato powder is crafted through a simple yet meticulous process that involves selecting ripe tomatoes, slicing them thinly, and dehydrating them until they are completely dried. The dehydrated tomatoes are then ground into a fine powder, resulting in a concentrated form of tomato flavor that can be easily incorporated into various recipes.


Culinary Uses and Applications

Dried tomato powder enhances flavor in dishes like soups, sauces, and marinades, adding depth and richness to recipes.


Flavor Enhancer

Dried tomato powder serves as a potent flavor enhancer, infusing dishes with the rich umami taste and aroma of fresh tomatoes. It can be added to sauces, soups, stews, and marinades to impart depth and complexity to the flavor profile.


Seasoning Blend

Dried tomato powder can be combined with herbs, spices, and other seasonings to create custom seasoning blends for meats, vegetables, and grains. It adds a savory dimension to rubs, marinades, and dry mixes, elevating the taste of grilled meats, roasted vegetables, and pasta dishes.


Ingredient in Baking

Dried tomato powder can also be used as a unique ingredient in baking, adding a subtle sweetness and savory undertones to bread, pizza dough, crackers, and savory pastries. It pairs particularly well with cheese-based recipes, enhancing the cheesy flavor and lending a vibrant color to the finished product.


Nutritional Benefits

Dried tomato powder is rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, offering a concentrated source of nutrition for various diets.


Rich in Antioxidants

Dried tomato powder retains the nutritional benefits of fresh tomatoes, including being rich in antioxidants such as lycopene, vitamin C, and beta-carotene. These antioxidants help protect cells from damage caused by free radicals, supporting overall health and well-being.


Low in Calories

Dried tomato powder is low in calories and fat, making it a healthy and flavorful option for adding depth and complexity to dishes without significantly increasing caloric intake. It is also cholesterol-free and contains no added sugars or preservatives, making it suitable for a variety of dietary preferences and restrictions.


Creative Applications

Dried tomato powder can be used creatively in homemade spice blends, salad dressings, and even as a natural food coloring.

Dip and Spread

Dried tomato powder can be mixed with Greek yogurt, sour cream, or mayonnaise to create flavorful dips and spreads for crackers, vegetables, and sandwiches. It adds a burst of tomato flavor and a vibrant color to party platters and appetizers.

Infused Oil

Dried tomato powder can be infused into olive oil or vegetable oil to create a richly flavored oil that can be drizzled over salads, pasta, pizza, and grilled vegetables. It adds depth and complexity to dressings, sauces, and marinades, enhancing the overall taste of the dish.


Conclusion: Elevating Culinary Creations

In conclusion, dried tomato powder is a versatile and flavorful ingredient that can enhance a wide range of dishes, from savory sauces and soups to baked goods and seasoning blends. Its concentrated tomato flavor, nutritional benefits, and culinary versatility make it a valuable addition to any kitchen pantry with other dehydrated food products. Whether used as a flavor enhancer, seasoning blend, or creative ingredient, dried tomato powder has the potential to elevate culinary creations to new heights of flavor and sophistication.

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Helping Kids Develop Healthy Online Relationships 



Healthy Online Relationships 

In today’s digital age, children are more connected than ever, navigating online spaces as naturally as they do the real world. As they interact with peers, play games, and explore the internet, it’s crucial to guide them towards fostering healthy online relationships. Teaching them the values of respect, empathy, and digital etiquette can lay the foundation for positive online interactions that benefit their social and emotional development. This article delves into practical ways parents and educators can support kids in cultivating meaningful and safe online relationships.  

The Evolution of Online Communication 

The digital landscape has undergone significant changes over the years, offering diverse platforms and tools for communication. From the early days of chat rooms and emails to today’s social media platforms and multiplayer games, children have more avenues than ever to connect with others. While this connectivity presents opportunities for learning and socializing, it also introduces new challenges. 

Risks and Challenges Children Face Online 

As children explore the online world, they may encounter various risks, including exposure to inappropriate content, cyberbullying, and privacy breaches. Understanding these potential challenges is the first step in guiding them towards safe and responsible online interactions. Parents and educators must stay informed about the latest trends and issues to provide timely guidance and support.  

Setting Ground Rules for Online Interaction 

Establishing Clear Guidelines 

Creating a set of clear and understandable rules for online interaction is essential for guiding children’s behavior in the digital world. These rules can include guidelines on sharing personal information, interacting with strangers, and handling disagreements online. By setting boundaries, children can navigate online spaces with confidence, knowing what is expected of them.   

Encouraging Open Communication 

Open dialogue between children and adults is crucial for building trust and understanding in online interactions. Encourage children to share their online experiences, ask questions, and express concerns without fear of judgment. This communication can help identify potential issues early on and allow for constructive conversations about navigating challenges safely.  

Educating on Cyber Safety 

Identifying Trustworthy Sources 

Teaching children to distinguish between reliable and unreliable sources online is a vital skill for their digital literacy. Encourage them to verify information from multiple sources before accepting it as fact. By promoting critical thinking and research skills, you help them become discerning consumers of online content, reducing the risk of misinformation.   

Recognizing and Handling Cyberbullying 

Cyberbullying is a pervasive issue that can have serious emotional and psychological impacts on children. Educate them about what constitutes cyberbullying and how to respond appropriately if they encounter it. Teach them strategies such as blocking the bully, saving evidence, and seeking help from trusted adults. Empower them to stand up against online harassment and support their peers in similar situations.  

Role-playing and Real-life Examples 

Engage children in role-playing exercises and discuss real-life examples to illustrate the impact of their online actions. This hands-on approach allows them to experience different scenarios and understand the consequences of their behavior. Encourage them to reflect on their experiences and learn from both positive and negative interactions to develop better online habits. 

Engaging in Joint Online Activities 

Participating in Online Games and Projects 

Joining children in their online activities can be a fun and educational way to bond with them while monitoring their digital behavior. Participate in multiplayer games, educational apps, or collaborative projects that interest them. This shared experience allows you to observe their online interactions firsthand and provide immediate feedback on their behavior.  

Supervising Without Hovering 

While it’s essential to monitor children’s online activities, it’s equally important to give them some autonomy to explore and learn independently. Find a balance between supervision and allowing them to navigate online spaces on their own. Trusting them with responsibilities while being available for guidance when needed fosters confidence and self-reliance. 

Creating a Supportive Environment for Open Dialogue 

Listening Actively to Children’s Online Experiences 

Create a safe and non-judgmental space where children feel comfortable sharing their online experiences. Listen attentively to their stories, concerns, and questions about the digital world. By actively engaging in these conversations, you demonstrate empathy and understanding, building trust and openness in your relationship.  

Addressing Concerns and Challenges Together 

When children encounter challenges or face dilemmas online, approach these situations as teachable moments rather than punitive actions. Collaborate with them to find solutions, discuss strategies for handling similar situations in the future, and reinforce the importance of responsible online behavior. By working together, you empower children to make informed decisions and navigate the digital world confidently.  


Navigating the digital world can be both exciting and challenging for children. By providing guidance, setting clear boundaries, and fostering open communication, parents and educators can help them develop healthy and positive online relationships. Remember, it’s not just about restricting access but empowering them with the knowledge and skills to make responsible choices. Together, we can create a safer and more enjoyable online environment for our children.   


What are the key risks children face online? 

Children may encounter risks such as exposure to inappropriate content, cyberbullying, and privacy breaches while navigating the digital world. 

How can I teach my child to identify trustworthy online sources? 

Encourage critical thinking and research skills by teaching them to verify information from multiple reliable sources. 

What should I do if my child experiences cyberbullying? 

Teach your child to block the bully, save evidence, and seek help from trusted adults, emphasizing the importance of not retaliating. 

How can I monitor my child’s online activities without invading their privacy? 

Find a balance between supervision and autonomy, trusting them with responsibilities while being available for guidance when needed. Also, you can use tools like parental control apps which have numerous benefits and uses to help you make internet safer for your child. 

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