Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Animated 1930s Atlas of America

io9.com has recently pointed folks toward an "animated 1930s atlas of America."  See more here!

Monday, December 30, 2013

Vikings in the North Atlantic World

Over on the Medievalists.net website, they are featuring video on "Vikings in the North Atlantic World."  See more here!

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Rosamond Purcell's Photography and Collection

Over on the National Geographic YouTube channel, there is a recent video highlighting Rosamond Purcell's Photography and Collection.  Enjoy!

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Arthur C. Clarke Predicts the Internet & PC in 1974

One of the tougher things about setting up a realistic setting for the near future is getting the tech believably correct.  Check out a video on YouTube from 1974 that shows how "Arthur C. Clarke Predicts the Internet & PC."

Friday, December 27, 2013

Ferry Boarding in Rough Seas

If you have never seen this video of folks frantically disembarking from a ferry and others then chaotically getting aboard, all during rather rough seas on the dock, then there is no way to describe this in your game.  Well, perhaps you could but seeing this will make such scenarios more vivid for sure.  Enjoy!

Thursday, December 26, 2013

5 Animals That Look Like Lady Gaga

National Geographic has taken the time to collect "5 Animals That Look Like Lady Gaga." See more here!

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Toys and Holiday Wishes from Tony DiTerlizzi

Over on Tony DiTerlizzi's blog he reminisces about the toys we grew up using as monsters in our D&D games.  See more here!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Quin Friary/Castle, Co. Clare

As a site to bookmark, check out the aerialarchaeology.blogspot.ie for it's overhead shots of places like Quinn Friary.  It looks very useful for the setting creator. See more here!

Monday, December 23, 2013

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Kenneth Hite Writes About Shoggoths

Pelgrane Press has an ongoing series called Ken Writes about Stuff in which Kenneth Hite takes on various subjects, this time for Trail of Cthulhu and specifically theShoggoth.  See more here!

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Speaking of Neanderthals

It is being reported on bbc.co.uk that "Neanderthals could speak like modern humans, study suggests." Read more here!

Friday, December 20, 2013

Stone Armor

Over on the Archaeology News Network blog, a recent article features stone armor found in China. Read more here!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Seville, Between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean

Over on the Medievalists.net website, they are featuring an article titled "Seville : between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, 1248-1492 : pre-Columbus commercial routes from and to Seville." Check it out here!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The Musical Fruit

This humorous commercial sets up an interesting scenario for a tabletop RPG.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Coendou Porcupine

Over on the Geek-O-System website, they have an article about the Coendou porcupine which quite resembles a cross between a porcupine and a monkey.  Read more here!

Monday, December 16, 2013

Singing Stonehenge

Over on the ancient-origins.net website, there is an article discussing the musical properties of the stones of Stonehenge. Read more here!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

The Zaccaria Deal

The Medievalists.net website is featuring an article titled "The Zaccaria Deal : Contracts and options to fund a Genoese shipment of alum to Bruges in 1298." Read more here!

Saturday, December 14, 2013

16th Century Images of Irish People

Over on irisharchaeology.ie, there are some fascinating "16th Century Images of Irish People."  See more here!

Friday, December 13, 2013

Dueling Women

A recent article on the Female Single Combat Club website details dueling women through the ages.  Read more here!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Rebuilt 1830s Cabin

Over on the Viral Nova website, there is a recent pictorial of a refurbished 1830s cabin.  See more here!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Valkyrie: NASA's Superhero Robot

There is a new video on the IEEE Spectrum YouTube channel featuring "Valkyrie: NASA's Superhero Robot."  Enjoy!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Neolithic Istanbul

On the hurriyetdailynews.com website, a recent article discusses the discovery of neolithic burials under Istanbul dating back 8,500 years. Read more here!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Lunar Solar Power Plant

There is an admittedly far-fetched project under consideration to build a ring of solar panels on the moon to generate electricity, converted to microwaves and beamed to Earth, then converted back to electricity.  Read more here!

Sunday, December 8, 2013

The Viking Age and the Crusades Era

The Medievalists.net website recently featured an article about "The Viking Age and the Crusades Era." that is a rare account in sagas of the day.  Read more here!

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Plains Indian Fortress

Over on WesternDigs.org, there is a recent article detailing the excavation of a "Plains Indian Fortress" with a moat and more.  See more here!

Friday, December 6, 2013

Cemetery in Basement

The Vairo Post reports that a man was discovered to have found an ancient cemetery under his home and was illegally dealing the antiquities.  Read more here!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Roses in the Middle Ages

The Medievalists.net have steered us toward a wonderful article on "Roses in the Middle Ages." Read more here!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

16th and 17th Century Toys

Over on the IrishArchaeology.ie website, there is a new articles titled "A hoard of 16th and 17th century children’s toys." See more here!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Black Slime Growing in Chernobyl Reactor

It has been discovered that a "black slime" is growing inside the Chernobyl reactor and thriving.  Read more here!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Great 2013 Medieval Reads

The Medievalists.net website has compiled a list of great 2013 Medieval reads.  See more here!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Meteorite + Dinosaur Bones + Titanium = Awesome Rings

Over on GeeksAreSexy.net, there is a new pictorial article titled "Meteorite + Dinosaur Bones + Titanium = Awesome Rings." Seems like the start of a new treasure item to me. See more here!

Saturday, November 30, 2013

The Commercial Map of Constantinople

Over on the Medievalists.net website, there is a new article posted titled "The Commercial Map of Constantinople." See more here!

Friday, November 29, 2013

Thirty-Six Stratagems

If you're looking for a way to flesh out a setting, take some inspiration from the "Thirty-Six Stratagems." Read more here!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Icy Lighthouse Photos

Over on Cottage Life, there is a recent pictorial with lighthouses covered in ice.  See more here!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Warp Drive Seems Possible

An article from last year on io9.com suggests that Warp Drive might be more likely than previously thought.  Read more here!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Animated Animals with Human Skeletons

There is a cool video by Brian Andrews circulating of animated animals with human skeletons.  Enjoy!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Viking Raiding Gone Wrong

There is a new article on the irisharchaeology.ie website titled "Bones of the Vikings: when raiding goes wrong." See more here!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Hild by Nicola Griffith - NPR Review

There is a review on the NPR website of a new historical fiction novel titled Hild by Nicola Griffith about a 7th Century women who became a saint.  Read more here!

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library Additions

Earlier this month it was announced on YaleDailyNews.com that the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library has some additions to their collection. Read more here!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Medieval Archaeology

Even in Medieval Times, archaeology was happening, though sometimes by accident.  Read more on the Medievalists.net website here!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

The Disturbing Origins of 10 Famous Fairy Tales

Earlier this month, over on FlavorWire.com, they posted an article titled "The Disturbing Origins of 10 Famous Fairy Tales." Read more here!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

False Memories

Over on The Atlantic, there is an interesting article on false memories that might well feed a tabletop game scenario or two.  Maybe a series of them that are all about the same event but from different perspectives.  Read more here!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Layers of History

A recent article on LiveScience.com titled "Ancient City Discovered Beneath Biblical-Era Ruins in Israel" takes a look at the hidden depths of ruins.  See more here!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Oldest Death

The Telegraph recently ran an article titled "World's oldest creature was 507...but scientists killed it." Read more here!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Mysterious Inverted Crater

According to TheViralPost.com, scientists in Irkutsk are puzzled by a massive, inverted crater.  Read more here!

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Two-Sword Grave

Diggers in Finland have discovered an unusual two-sword grave.  Read more here!

Friday, November 15, 2013

Flood Displaces Australian Spiders

ViralNove.com has a cool pictorial detailing what has happened to spiders and farms surrounding flooded river valleys in Australia.  See more here!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Big History Project

If you are a tabletop game setting creator, check out the Big History Project for a bit of perspective.  See more here!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Replica Tutankhamun Tomb

Tour the tomb's replica to protect the original, then map it out for a gaming scenario.  See more here!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Strange Animals

Some of the animals in the linked pictorial from Memolition.com have surfaced in other pictorials to which I have previously linked but this is a fine collection.  See more here!