OK everyone, here's another batch of links to great reads and great image galleries. I think there might just be enough here to get you through the holidays. So throw a fire on the log, make some more hot cocoa and check these out at your leisure.
- National Geographic: "Transylvania Hay" by Adam Nicolson, with photos by Rena Effendi (I just caught up with article last night and am now smitten with the idea of moving to rural Romania.)
- Mental Floss: "11 Wonderful Winter Weather Terms" by Arallyn Primm
- Smithsonian Magazine: "Would You Eat A Holiday Dinner in a Can?" by Tuan C. Nguyen
- Ian Visits: "How close London came to being covered in concrete" by Ian Mansfield
- It's About Time: "Images of a few American Christmas Traditions" by Barbara Wells Sarudy
- The Atlantic: "Norway Decided to Digitize All the Norwegian Books" by Alexis C. Madrigal
- NPR (All Tech Considered): "In The Stanley Parable, Finding The Story Is The Game" by Steve Mullis1
- Big Think: "Cloudy, with a Chance of Nazgûl: Climate Maps of Middle-Earth" by Frank Jacobs (And you should really check out all of the Strange Maps posts.)
- The New York Times: "Bryan Cranston: By the Book"
- Erik Kwakkel's Tumblr: "Medieval kids’ doodles on birch bark"
- The Passion of Former Days: "Snowmen of Former Days" (fabulous photo gallery)
- Medievalists.net: "Board games in Anglo-Saxon England? Rare 7th-century gaming piece discovered"
- Paleofuture: "Computer Criminals of the Future (1981)" by Matt Novak
- The Washington Post: "How the Internet is killing the world’s languages" by Caitlin Dewey
- The Atlantic: "The Evolution of the College Library" by James W.P. Campbell and Will Pryce
- The New York Times: "Hard Times for a Small (and Fuzzy) Group of Europeans" by Raphael Minder
- Motherboard: "The Mystery of the Creepiest Television Hack" by Chris Knittel
- The Atlantic: "The War No Image Could Capture" by Deborah Cohen
- Rolling Stone: In the Belly of the Beast ("A small band of animal rights activists have been infiltrating the factory farms where animals are turned into meat under the most horrific circumstances. Now the agribusiness giants are trying to crush them.") by Paul Solotaroff
- The New York Times: "Rare Books Vanish, With a Librarian in the Plot" by Rachel Donadio
1. This article reminded me of two excellent books I've read on game design: Hamlet on the Holodeck: The Future of Narrative in Cyberspace by Janet Murray and Twisty Little Passages: An Approach to Interactive Fiction by Nick Montfort.