Month: October 2015

Hidden treasure: the Modernist mural buried in a Scottish mountain

The Guardian

The Mural in the Mountain

Fifty years ago, Ben Cruachan in Argyll and Bute was the equivalent of London’s Silicon roundabout – a place of technological innovation on which an entire nation was pinning its hopes for the future. The madcap idea was to turn a rugged peak in the Scottish highlands into a geological battery: using excess energy in the national grid, water would be pumped from Loch Awe at the bottom of the mountain into a reservoir at the top.

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Is Life Special Just Because It’s Rare?

Nautilus

A universe without comment is a universe without meaning

For centuries, we human beings have speculated on the possible existence and prevalence of life elsewhere in the universe. For the first time in history, we can begin to answer that profound question.

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Ermahgerddon: The Untold Story of the Ermahgerd Girl

Vanity Fair

Ermahgerd, Bioergrerphers

“Then there’ll be a 30-minute session of them looking at every single version of it. I have to fake-laugh as if I haven’t seen them all before,” said Goldenberger. “I just can’t believe this is my 15 minutes of fame—I was hoping it would come in another form. But I guess you have to take what you can get.”

Kris, via Instagram

I don’t think it’s worth beating around the bush. List of the Lost is, without doubt, the worst book I have ever read. Shocko

I read Morrissey’s List of the Lost

The plot is Fort Boyard-level stupid,but here’s a brief precis; our protagonists, Ezra, Harri, Justy and Nails, are four student athletes who hail from Boston but talk a lot like the famous musician and novelist, Morrissey. While out training in the woods one day, they’re approached by a strange, elderly homeless man who is not unlike Morrissey, and who proceeds to rant about the evils of society, the royal family and sexual politics. When he unexpectedly makes a lecherous grab for Ezra’s groin, he is inadvertently killed by a single punch and the panicked boys hide his body and flee the scene. Oh and without explanation, an oddly Morrissey-esque old woman – or possibly her ghost – asks Ezra to dig up her murdered son’s hidden corpse, he having been molested and killed by the evil dean of their university, upon whom they all thereafter seek revenge. A few of them do eventually confront said evil dean, – who, it turns out, sounds awfully like Morrissey once he gets going – but not everything goes to plan.

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Just Another Factory Closing

the Atlantic

Just Another Factory Closing

The events that led to the shuttering began in 2014, when Schneider Electric, a French multinational, bought Invensys, the company that owned the Hanover factory. Schneider then sold part of Invensys to Sun European Capital, a division of Sun Capital, a private-equity firm that specializes in, among other things, this kind of “corporate carve-out.”

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