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Five things to do today: December 18

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Submarine Windows - Gwanggyo Power Centre - buried alive - books of the year - The Sesquipedalist

Submarine Windows
Blue Screen of Death takes on a new meaning with news that the Royal Navy has implemented Windows for Submarines for its nuclear subs. No, not a joke.

Gwanggyo Power Centre
Here's one to get the orthogs enraged: Gwanggyo Power Centre, not a Welsh power station but a proposed new town near Seoul by Rotterdam-based MVRDV. The description 'skinny, hill-shaped buildings' doesn't quite catch the flavour. But you can't not like all that greenery.

Buried alive
It's a long time (1844) since Edgar Allen Poe wrote 'The Premature Burial'. Now cell phones have eased the worry for those fearful of such a fate. Actually it's the under-40s around the English-speaking world who increasingly insist that they be buried with their phone. One service in South Africa will put a number of batteries in the coffin just in case the dead person wakes up.

Books of the year
Chinese bridges, the colours of Japan and how to be a happy architect: ArchNewsNow selects the ten best architecture books of 2008.

The Sesquipedalist
AJ contributor Steve Parnell, former proprietor of that excellent blog 'Partiv' also blogs as The Sesquipedalist. It is 'one of the most insightful architecturally-directed blogs I’ve come across in a while' according to bloggers Shu and Joe whose judgment we can only echo. Parnell, who has pre-architecture form designing visualisation software, is currently 'trying to earn money to fund my PhD and looking after my one-year-old son.'

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