Friday Links!Leading off this week, from Meg McReynolds, and these photos are just magnificent: Winners of the 2017 World Press Photo Contest.
From C. Lee, and this is an excellent read: Here’s How to Create a Convincing Constructed Language for Your Video Game. This is one hell of an obituary: 'Evil' Man's Family Gives Him the Obit He Deserved. This is incredibly disturbing: Spyware's Odd Target: Backer's of Mexico's Soda Tax. Don't dismiss this next article because of the description--it's tremendously thought-provoking and worth the read: Is AI Sexist?
From Steven Davis, and this is a remarkable story: Low-tech Baby Care. Next, and this is fascinating, it's Medieval Heating System Lives on in Spain. This is an interesting read: A Surfeit of Emeralds: Healthcare in the Middle Ages. This is quite amazing: A Working Balloon-Powered Paper Pipe Organ Designed by Aliaksei Zholner. This is terrific: The Glass Ribbon Machine.
From Wally, and this is quite the scheme: A Zeppelin Over Africa I and A Zeppelin Over Africa II. Also, and some of these are quite amusing, it.s 101 Ways to Say "Died". This is an excellent read: How algorithms rule our working lives.
Finally, and this is both fascinating and bizarre, it's Once poverty-stricken, China’s “Taobao villages” have found a lifeline making trinkets for the internet.