Links I Loved This Week, November 28 2014

This German art student wrought with his own hands an illuminated copy of Tolkien's The Silmarillion.
But of bliss and glad life there is little to be said, before it ends; as works fair and wonderful, while they still endure for eyes to see, are ever their own record, and only when they are in peril or broken for ever do they pass into song.
Chess-boxing is becoming a heavyweight sport. Will it have geo-political weight to throw around?

It's one thing to produce a realistic-looking Barbie. It's a whole 'nother to include cellulite and stretch mark decals to slap on her thighs and hips.

Business Insider busts out the graphs: is the world becoming a better place?

Trans-Siberian Railway, move over. The longest train ride in the world is now from Yiwu to Madrid.