Besides Jersey City, NJ (Home) & New York City, NY (Work) I visited 18 cities in 2010
Los Angeles, CA
Monte Gordo, Portugal
Gafanha da Encarnacao, Portugal
Back in October 2007 sometime after midnight and before the first trains rolled into regular service, qx and I took our first timid steps onto the tracks of the Paris metro. With more nervousness and care than I’d like to admit we gingerly stepped down between the metal rails just off the end of a platform wondering what madness had possessed us to do so. We’d never done Metro like this before and this scary new world was full of elements we didn’t understand at all. Looking at every rail critically working out which carried the power, asking ourselves so many questions: how far could the electricity arc, would that even happen, could the cameras on the platform see us, did security wait in the tunnels after hours, were there any trains after service, if so how fast did they go, did anyone live in the tunnels, would we encounter writers? We’d heard lots of stories about RATP security forgoing the usual legal punishments and simply beating up those found in the tunnels and kicking them out onto the street. We weren’t packing paint but would that matter?
Sleepycity’s travelogue from an illicit exploration of the Paris Metro.
Designer Jon Jackson is moving cross country to take a new job in NY. Rather than slip away under the cover of the night he said, Adios LA, with five public billboards.
Included in an exhibition with the theme of Manager in Zurich
Practical Action has a slightly modified London tube map showing the impact of rising sea levels predicted for the the year 2100.
Check out that sweet ‘other’ view option window in the upper right.
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Deep inside the mountain is an 800m shaft, about 30m wide. During times of excess energy on the National Grid, water from the lake below is pumped up into the reservoir above the shaft. And when a surge of energy is needed on the grid, (say during a football match half-time), it’s released back into the lake, hurtling through the turbines and generating up to 1,320 MW from standstill in 12 seconds.
This isn’t all that surprising, after all it is how all watertowers work, but the name, Electric Mountain, the description of the semi-audible humming present at the site which is somewhere between hearing and feeling, gives the whole place a Tarkovskian type feeling of the Zone.
The wikipedia article about the Dinorwig Power Station has more details.
After we climbed out, I asked about the lake below. “You could say that it’s tidal, but with the television schedules, rather than the moon.”
Mind is blown.
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