Germany converting a huge coal mine into giant renewable battery

2017/03/25

(The Independent) – Harriet Agerholm:

Water will flow down through the mine powering turbines. …

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Prosper Haniel hard coal mine

Romeo and Juliet: Act 2, Scene 1 (part 4)

2017/03/24

(Good Tickle Brain) – Mya Gosling:

OK, let’s wrap up this balcony scene once and for all! …

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Mya Gosling: Romeo and Juliet: Act 2, Scene 1 (part 4)

Daniel Dennett’s Science of the Soul

2017/03/24

(NewYorker::Profiles) – Joshua Rothman:

Daniel Dennett’s naturalistic account of consciousness draws some people in and puts others off. “There ain’t no magic here,” he says. “Just stage magic.” …

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Daniel C. Dennett: From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Minds

The 100 Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

2017/03/23

(FTB) – Mano Singham:

Allan Karlsson has a passion for just two things: drinking and blowing things up with explosives. This combination results in his life, quite serendipitously, intersecting with those of General Francisco Franco, J. Robert Oppenheimer and the Manhattan Project on the nuclear bomb, Harry Truman, Josef Stalin, Ronald Reagan, and Herbert Einstein, Albert’s extremely dim bulb of a brother. For part of the time he also stumbles into becoming a Cold War double agent, working for both the CIA and the KGB.

This film is riotously funny. …

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The 100 Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (2013)

Castor and Pollux, Not Really Twins

2017/03/23

(Syfy Wire::Bad Astronomy) – Phil Plait:

If you live in the northern hemisphere – and statistically speaking, there’s a 90% chance you do – then go outside and look south as soon as the sky gets dark. You’ll see Orion standing tall to the southwest, leaning a bit to his left (your right, since we assume he’s facing us), with the bright star Sirius to the lower left, and Procyon directly left of reddish Betelgeuse (Orion’s right shoulder – to your left).

Just above Procyon are two more bright stars, close together in the sky. These are Castor and Pollux, and they mark the heads of the twin brothers denoted by the constellation Gemini. If you have good eyesight you may be able to tell that Pollux (the one closer to the eastern horizon) is yellowish, while Castor is blue. …

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Gemini, by Rogelio Bernal Andreo

How Aristotle Created the Computer

2017/03/23

(Atlantic Tech) – Chris Dixon:

The philosophers he influenced set the stage for the technological revolution that remade our world. …

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Romeo and Juliet: Act 2, Scene 1 (part 3)

2017/03/22

(Good Tickle Brain) – Mya Gosling:

Time for some more sweet, sweet balcony action! …

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Mya Gosling: Romeo and Juliet: Act 2, Scene 1 (part 3)

Peace in America

2017/03/21

(Indian Country Media Network) – Gyasi Ross:

The story of the Great Laws is the story of the Great Peacemaker, who travels among the people and “combs their hair.” In other words, he speaks to them and works on untangling old traumas that stand in the way of peace. …

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Introduction to Meslier

2017/03/21

(FTB stderr) – Marcus Ranum:

It must have been very painful for Meslier to have this stuff in his head and be part of the machinery of religious exploitation.

“Thus man was, and always remained, a child without experience, a slave without courage, a loggerhead who feared to reason, and who could never escape from the labyrinth into which his ancestors had misled him; he felt compelled to groan under the yoke of his Gods, of whom he knew nothing except the fabulous accounts of their ministers.”

That was written by a minister. He must have been racked with pain and shame and embarrassment, and chose to keep it secret his whole life. …

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Jean Meslier

Beauty and the Beast: Feminist or Fraud?

2017/03/20

(Guardian Film) – Zoe Williams:

Has Disney really turned Beauty and the Beast into a feminist fairytale? Or is it all just posh frocks and women’s work with a slice of Stockholm syndrome thrown in? We delve beneath the furry facade. …

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