Gertjan Filarski

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10 of the Freakiest Monsters From the Weirdest Mythology of Europe

Once you get past the better-known gods and monsters of the Greeks/Romans, the Vikings, and the Celts, there's a ton of cultures in Europe that have …

Monster Lab: Frost Witch Queen for D&D 5e

This week on the Campaign Trail I wanted to share some monster stats for a Frost Witch Queen, that my players just battled against and won. If you’re …

RPGs

27 Ways to Learn to Program Online

Whether you are looking to switch careers and become a full-time programmer, want to try to build a website or app on the side, or are just looking to round out your skill set, learning to code has certainly been something a lot of people have started to do lately. And while being a programmer …

Programming

My journey into data visualization

I often get emails from people asking me diverse question about my path into data visualization. And after typing out my story for the Nth time I …

Data Visualization

Naval Base Used in the Legendary Battle of Salamis Found

In late 2016, a team of 20 researchers took a detailed look at Ampelakia Bay on the Greek Island of Salamis and found what they believe is one of the …

Ancient History

Nations pledge millions to protect cultural heritage

A donor conference in Paris committed millions to the protection of cultural heritage sites after meeting in the wake of the destruction of ancient Palmyra, Syria by IS.<p>A UNESCO-backed donor conference at the Louvre museum in Paris pledged 75 million dollars (around 70 million Euros) on Monday for …

Middle East

These AI bots created their own language to talk to each other

A next step in the development of artificial intelligence.<p>It is now table stakes for artificial intelligence algorithms to “learn” about the world around them. The next level: For AI bots to learn how to talk to each other — and develop their own shared language.<p>New research released last week by …

Artificial Intelligence

Long Lost Van Gogh Paintings Go On View in Amsterdam Amid Controversial New Documentary

On View<p>Convicted burglar offers detailed account of the 2002 theft<p>,<p>Tomorrow morning in Amsterdam, the Van Gogh Museum is planning a press conference …

Van Gogh Museum

Saving Syria's heritage: Archaeologists discover invisible solution

<b>The recent plundering of priceless artefacts from Syria and Iraq by both terrorists and criminal gangs has taken place on an unprecedented scale.</b><p>Stolen items have been turning up in Europe and the US, where they have then been offered to private collectors.<p>The UN heritage body Unesco says the …

Archaeology

The Haunting Face of a Man Who Lived 700 Years Ago

This may look like a photograph, but the highly realistic face staring back at you belongs to a man who died over 700 years ago. The researchers who …

Archaeology

Crusader Shipwreck Tells a Golden Knights’ Tale

The ship that marine archaeologists recently discovered in the Bay of Haifa appears to have been damaged by the dredging that occurred when Acre’s …

Archaeology

Empire 2.0 is dangerous nostalgia for something that never existed

Hopes that post-Brexit Britain can boost Commonwealth trade is ill-founded. Those countries have moved on<p>When Lord North, prime minister at the time of the American revolution, received the news that British forces had lost the war, and with it the American colonies, he was reported to have been …

World History

The lost townscape of sixteenth-century Edinburgh has been brought back to life

The new digital reconstruction is the first to be created of the period, and is based on a drawing from 1544, thought to be the earliest accurate …

History

I invented the web. Here are three things we need to change to save it

It has taken all of us to build the web we have, and now it is up to all of us to build the web we want – for everyone<p>Today marks 28 years since I submitted my original proposal for the worldwide web. I imagined the web as an open platform that would allow everyone, everywhere to share information, …

Net Neutrality

May Faces Tory Brexit Backlash Over Her ‘No Deal’ Threat - Bloomberg

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May is headed for a showdown with her own governing party in Parliament over the terms of Brexit negotiations, facing …

Euro

The 1930s were humanity's darkest, bloodiest hour. Are you paying attention?

A decade haunted by mass poverty, violent extremism and world war gives us one crucial advantage: the chance to learn the era’s lessons and avoid its mistakes<p>Even to mention the 1930s is to evoke the period when human civilisation entered its darkest, bloodiest chapter. No case needs to be argued; …

History

These Bookstore Employees Found The Most Genius Way To Waste Time At Work

Ah, France. Things are just cooler there. French girl fashion is a bonafide thing. Baguettes are French. So are croissants. And idle time? Let's say the French have mastered that, too. Just take a peek at the Instagram account for Librairie Mollat, a Bordeaux bookstore where the cheeky employees …

This Founder Believes He Found the Answer for Burnout

GitHub co-founder Chris Wanstrath says that switching up a routine is a surefire way to get inspired.<p><i>Editor’s Note: Entrepreneur’s “20 Questions” series features both established and up-and-coming entrepreneurs and asks them a number of questions about what makes them tick, their everyday success</i> …

Charlemagne: creating the myth

When historical figures are able to captivate the imagination of later generations, resonating with contemporary ideals, values, concerns, or …

16th century 'zoological goldmine' discovered – in pictures

It was one of those moments historians dream of. In 2012, Florike Egmond discovered an enthralling collection of 16th-century drawings and watercolours of animals collected by the founding father of zoology Conrad Gessner and his fellow Swiss successor Felix Platter hidden away in the Amsterdam …

Ancient History

How we’ve destroyed user stories

Psst! Hey…You know there’s a simple way to get engineers to build what you want, and as a bonus you can call it “agile”…Shh! Try to keep this …

Product Management

Alternative history: the dangerous byproduct of fake facts

From Ben Carson claiming slaves came over as ‘immigrants’ to Betsy DeVos ignoring Jim Crow – history is a new frontline in the battle for truth<p>Fake news has morphed into something far more egregious, fake history. Donald Trump routinely lies about himself, his accomplishments, his businesses and …

Betsy DeVos

What Happens When an Archaeologist Challenges Mainstream Scientific Thinking?

The story of Jacques Cinq-Mars and the Bluefish Caves shows how toxic atmosphere can poison scientific progress

Anthropology

The tangled tale of two Italian literary giants

This is the story of two Italian literary giants writing back-and-forth novels about a broken family. And there may well be a deeper story about the …

Rome if you want to: university offers free virtual tour of ancient city

University of Reading launches online course allowing students to explore the Rome of 315AD using an immersive 3D panoramic model<p>Students from all over the world who sign up to a new free online course on ancient Rome from the University of Reading will be invited to explore its temples, monuments, …

Rome

Pollen adds to intrigue over Bronze Age woman 'Ava'

<b>Analysis of pollen found on pottery buried with a young woman more than 4,100 years ago has identified plants used for medicinal purposes.</b><p>The woman's bones, including a skull and teeth, were discovered at Achavanich in Caithness 30 years ago.<p>Known as "Ava", an abbreviation of Achavanich, she is the …

Archaeology

'Robot lawyer' that overturned 160,000 parking tickets now helping refugees

A chat bot that helped overturn 160,000 parking tickets is now giving free legal aid to asylum-seeking refugees through Facebook.<p>DoNotPay, which has been dubbed the world’s first robot lawyer, was created by London-born Stanford University student Joshua Browder.<p>The 20-year-old, who has made …

Google Translate rolling out neural machine translation improvements in more languages

After first rolling out neural machine translation for certain languages back in November, Google Translate is now adding the feature to improve translations for even more languages.<p>Best iPhone, iPad, & Apple TV game controllers<p>The feature, which Google notes introduces improvements to the service …