Gertjan Filarski

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Home to Perram's Spellbook

Perram’s Spellbook is a FREE web application that will allow you to create customized spell card decks for your Pathfinder Role Playing Game …

Google Prevails as Jury Rebuffs Oracle in Code Copyright Case

A jury ruled in favor of Google on Thursday in a long-running legal dispute with Oracle over software used to power most of the world’s smartphones.<p>Oracle contended that Google used copyrighted material in 11,000 of its 13 million lines of software code in Android, its mobile phone operating …

CastAR Wants to Change Tabletop Gaming Forever

CastAR is a company that is headed up by Jeri Ellsworth and Rick Johnson that works largely in augmented reality. They’ve created augmented reality …

Dungeons & Dragons: What Players Want

Wizards just revealed the results of the player survey on the state and future of the game. There are a lot of surprises.<p><b>In our last survey, we asked</b> …

Geek

Researchers find fabulous tattoos on 3,000-year-old remains of Egyptian woman

When Stanford University archaeologist Anne Austin began her inspection of the 3,000-year-old body, it was immediately apparent something unusual had happened to the long-deceased woman. The skin across the ancient Egyptian’s neck was marked in bruise-blue lines, as though someone had doodled …

Tattoos

Easy Custom Tabletop RPG Tokens Using Rubber Grips

Arts and crafts has always been one of my favorite parts of the table top hobby. Since I didn’t want to throw money at the secondary market to get my …

Ancient DNA study finds Phoenician from Carthage had European ancestry

A research team co-led by a scientist at New Zealand's University of Otago has sequenced the first complete mitochondrial genome of a 2500-year-old …

The 'Dark Ages': The Tintagel Problem

English Heritage’s use of the label ‘Dark Ages’ to describe the centuries between the ending of Roman Britain and the emergence of Anglo-Norman …

France helps Syrian archaeologists fill in the cracks

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Young Syrians tasked with restoring their country's world famous archaeological heritage, ravaged by five years of war, are getting a helping hand from French experts.<p>Syria's antiquities chief, Maamoun Abdulkarim, has already moved thousands of artifacts from the ancient city of …

France

Delving into the Welsh Dark Ages

<b>Manuscripts chronicling the history of Wales and Britain from Roman rule onwards are a new focus for experts.</b><p>The Welsh Chronicles are a collection of texts that both attempt to mark historical events - and according to some - act as propaganda.<p>It has been suggested that some of the texts even urge …

Maths swayed the Battle of Jutland – and helped Britain keep control of the seas

Bain via Wikimedia CommonsIf you’re about to fight a battle, would you rather have a larger fleet, or a smaller but more advanced one? One hundred …

British History

Tim Cook discovers iPhone in painting from 1670

This morning I attended an interview with Apple CEO Tim Cook at Startup Fest Europe in Amsterdam. Tim Cook said lots of things, which we all already knew, but he also started off with an interesting anecdote, which is cute enough to share with you.<p>Tim was being accompanied by the former European …

Apple News

Black Death maps reveal how the plague devastated medieval Britain

An in-depth analysis of pottery shards has revealed the "eye-watering" impact the Black Death had across rural medieval England.<p>Towns, villages and hamlets were ravaged by the peak of the plague between 1346 and 1351, and between 75 and 200 million people are said to have been killed across Europe …

Medieval

Wartime letters from Aberdeen medic published online for first time

<b>Letters written by a World War One medical officer from Aberdeen who fought in East Africa are being published online for the first time.</b><p>Captain Alexander Wallace revealed to fiancée Ethel how the British army defeated German forces in the face of food shortages, disease and heat.<p>The letters tell …

China adds ancient manuscripts to state protection catalogue

The Chinese government has added 899 valuable ancient manuscripts to the catalog under state protection.They include oracles, manuscripts on bamboo …

Chinese, Indian archaeologists mull exploring birthplace of Buddhism

Dhamek Stupa at Sarnath. [Photo/CRI/travel.india.com] Chinese and Indian archaeologists are currently discussing a cultural cooperation project in …

China

Antiquities looted during World War II have been mysteriously discovered in Moscow

In the nicest way possible under the circumstances, and in the true spirit of international co-operation, cultural authorities in Berlin and Moscow …

Russia

Britain has two months to raise £10m to save most famous Armada portrait of Elizabeth I

The Armada portrait of Elizabeth I, once owned by Sir Francis Drake and one of the most important images in English history, is to be sold for the first time in more than 400 years, as a £10m campaign is launched to save it.<p>The portrait, one of the most famous in existence, has been privately held …

UK News

Cask from the past: archaeologists discover 5,000-year-old beer recipe

Chinese villagers could have been raising a pint 5,000 years ago, according to new research.<p>Archaeologists studying vessels unearthed in the Shaanxi province of China say they’ve uncovered beer-making equipment dating from between 3400 and 2900 BC - an era known as the late Yangshao period - and …

Beer

To Write Software, Read Novels

Mountain View, Calif. — THE humanities are kaput. Sorry, liberal arts cap-and-gowners. You blew it. In a software-run world, what’s wanted are more engineers.<p>At least, so goes the argument in a rising number of states, which have embraced a funding model for higher education that uses tuition …

Virginia Woolf

Has the age of quantum computing arrived?

Ever since Charles Babbage’s conceptual, unrealised Analytical Engine in the 1830s, computer science has been trying very hard to race ahead of its time. Particularly over the last 75 years, there have been many astounding developments – the first electronic programmable computer, the first …

Parallel Universes

This Artist Is Teaching Neural Networks to Make Abstract Art | The Creators Project

<i>Gregory Chatonsky, Purple Flowers, 2016. Images courtesy the artist</i><p>Can computers make art? Nearly a year after Google's DeepDream program flooded the internet with puppyslugs, it's still hard to tell. Artist Gregory Chatonsky, whose work deals with the technological catastrophes facing our culture, …

Avant-garde

5 Elven Cultures For Your D&D Campaign

Elves are among the most popular races to play in D&D. But, they get to the point where they can seem cliche sometimes. As a GM and a player, fall …

Dungeons and Dragons

Bitcoin May Be Failing, But The Technology Behind It Will Live On

In an article I wrote two years ago about the future of money, I explained that despite the libertarian fantasies that were being bandied about at the time, Bitcoin was unlikely to ever be a mainstream currency. Now it seems that Bitcoin is indeed collapsing and key figures in the community are …

Bitcoin

Renaissance Studies scholar Ruth Ahnert

One might not think a scholar of Tudor England would use network science to better understand her historical field, but Stanford Humanities Center …

Humanities

OKCupid data release fiasco

It’s time to rethink ethics education<p>In mid 2016, we confront another ethical crisis related to personal data, social media, the public internet, and …

OkCupid

What will happen to your e-books when you die?

As more of our lives move into the digital realm, the bequeathing of digital assets has the potential to become a huge issue. iTunes has already …

DRM

A Christopher Columbus Letter Makes Another Voyage Across the Atlantic

The Library of Congress returned a copy of a letter detailing the New World from 1492 back to an Italian library.<p>A rare copy of a letter that Christopher Columbus wrote in 1492, detailing his voyage to the Americas from Spain, was returned to an Italian library after U.S. officials determined the …

Christopher Columbus

Google wants to predict the next sentences of dead authors

Google is teaching its artificial intelligence how to understand language by making it predict, and replicate, the works of famous dead authors.<p>The company is building systems that are capable of understanding natural language in the same way humans do, with the works of William Shakespeare, Mark …

In a digital archive of fugitive slave ads, a new portrait of slavery emerges

Eastman Johnson's 'A Ride for Liberty' (ca. 1862) depicts a family of slaves galloping for the safety of the North in the early morning light. …

Slavery