YouTube / WesterosCraft
YouTube / WesterosCraft

Minecraft + "Game of Thrones" = WesterosCraft

YouTube / WesterosCraft
YouTube / WesterosCraft

WesterosCraft is a community project to build the continent of Westeros in Minecraft. For the uninitiated, Westeros is where much of the action takes place in the A Song of Ice and Fire books (ahem, or on TV as Game of Thrones). There are other continents in the fictional world, but this is a good one to start with.

The scope of the project is enormous; over several years, the Westeros map has been built up to cover about 500 square miles—and it's only 63% complete (that link is amazing, by the way—it's a Google Docs spreadsheet showing the various locations, completion status, and so on). Review the project FAQ for more details.

Here's a glimpse at what's going on in this world. It's absolutely stunning:

If you're even vaguely interested, check out the WesterosCraft YouTube channel; my favorites are the "WesterosCraft Walks," like this walk through Casterly Rock (don't miss the rookery starting around 9:30...especially looking out the windows):

And if you're a Minecraft user, of course you can visit Westeros. Dude.

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TASCHEN
Everything You Need to Know About Food in One Book
TASCHEN
TASCHEN

If you find yourself mixing up nigiri and sashimi at sushi restaurants or don’t know which fruits are in season, then this is the book for you. Food & Drink Infographics, published by TASCHEN, is a colorful and comprehensive guide to all things food and drink.

The book combines tips and tricks with historical context about the ways in which different civilizations illustrated and documented the foods they ate, as well as how humans went from hunter-gatherers to modern-day epicureans. As for the infographics, there’s a helpful graphic explaining the number of servings provided by different cake sizes, a heat index of various chilies, a chart of cheeses, and a guide to Italian cold cuts, among other delectable charts.

The 480-page coffee table book, which can be purchased on Amazon for $56, is written in three languages: English, French, and German. The infographics themselves come from various sources, and the text is provided by Simone Klabin, a New York City-based writer and lecturer on film, art, culture, and children’s media.

Keep scrolling to see a few of the infographics featured in the book.

An infographic about cheese
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An infographic about cakes
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See the Secret Paintings Hidden in Gilded Books
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The art of vanishing fore-edge painting—hiding delicate images on the front edges of gilded books—dates back to about 1660. Today, British artist Martin Frost is the last remaining commercial fore-edge painter in the world. He works primarily on antique books, crafting scenes from nature, domestic life, mythology, and Harry Potter. Great Big Story recently caught up with him in his studio to learn more about his disappearing art. Learn more in the video below.

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