A snoring rail, drawn in 1898; from the new featured article
Winnipeg(nominated by Nikkimaria) is the capital of Manitoba. The name Winnipeg comes from the Western Cree words for "muddy waters", although the city is fondly known locally as "Winterpeg", because of the weather, and "Gateway to the West", because of its location and transport links. The location was a trading centre for aboriginal peoples before French traders built the first fort on the site in 1738.
Si Ronda(nominated by Crisco 1492) Another entry in the many Indonesian films Crisco has written on, Si Ronda, or "the Watchmen", was released in 1930. Though it is now considered to be a lost film, the plot was from an orally transmitted lenong (similar to a stage play).
Drakengard(nominated by ProtoDrake) This Japanese video game was designed for the Playstation 2 and released in 2004. An action role-playing game, Drakengard kindled a series of video games that tell the story of a religiously motivated war between the Union and the Empire.
Jean Bellette(nominated by hamiltonstone) An Australian artist, Bellette is known for her paintings of the Greek tragedies Euripedes, Sophocles and Homer. She won the Sulman Prize in 1942 and 1944.
The Whistleblower(nominated by 1ST7) This 2010 docudrama chronicles the unusual story of a Nebraska policewoman who was recruited to serve as a peacekeeper for a private military contractor, but was fired after alerting fifty superiors to the existence of a sex trafficking ring that operated with assistance from the company. She later sued and won a wrongful dismissal suit against them.
Snoring rail(nominated by Jimfbleak) Another day, another flightless rail from Jimfbleak. The snoring rail is native to Indonesia, but its habitat is nearly inaccessible to humans ("dense vegetation in wet areas"). One ornithologist spent an entire year trying to find one. Unsurprisingly, we know little about it.
Falkland Islands(nominated by MarshalN20) This archipelago was claimed by the United Kingdom in the 1760s and finally permanently settled by them in the mid-1800s. Previous settlement attempts had resulted in Argentina claiming the land, but the British retook the islands in 1833. Even today, legacy from that action still exists: the two countries went to war over the islands in 1982, and Argentina has pressed their claims again in recent years. Certainly the islanders have expressed their desire, as in 2013 99.8% voted to stay with the UK.
2013 Atlantic hurricane season(nominated by 12george1) Unusually, this year in Atlantic hurricanes was quiet, with no storms greater than a category three for the first time since 1994. It also had the fewest total hurricanes since 1982. Nearly a third of the year's storms hit Mexico; the largest, Ingrid, killed 23 people and caused least US$1.5 billion in damages.
South Carolina-class battleship(nominated by The ed17) In the early 1900s, warship technology was changing faster than one could take stock of it. One of the largest leaps was exemplified by the British Dreadnought, which packed triple the main guns, more armor, and higher speed than all previous battleships. The South Carolinas were independently developed, but came from the same school of thought. Their armament featured fewer total main guns than Dreadnought but arranged them far more economically. However, to keep the South Carolinas within a congressionally mandated weight limit, its designers were forced to limit their top speed, something that severely hampered the ships in the First World War.
SM U-21 sinking the Linda Blanche(created by Willy Stöwer, nominated by Adam Cuerden)U-21 was one of the most famous of the U-boat submarines of the First World War, seen here sinking the British Linda Blanche, one of three ships she sank on 23 January 1915. In each case, U-21 's captain insisted on obeying the prize rules, alerting nearby trawlers to pick up the crews of the ships. Willy Stöwer was Kaiser Wilhelm II's favourite naval artist, perhaps best known for his dramatic depiction of the sinking of the Titanic. He wasn't always entirely accurate—both the Linda Blanche depicted here and his Titanic image are rather inaccurate, for example—but that's more of an issue with painting from second-hand sources than any particular fault of his own. Britain was hardly likely to send the Germans the plans for the ships they sunk for the benefit of paintings, after all.
Sony α77 II, top view, front view, and rear view(created and nominated by Colin) One advantage to having a lot of enthusiastic photographers about is that we have an excellent resource for images of cameras, at least once the photographers get a second good one. The Sony α77 II is the latest such camera to be superbly photographed, and presented to Wikipedia.
Abdul Haris Nasution(created by Punt/Anefo, restored and nominated by Chris Woodrich)Abdul Haris Nasution (1918–2000) was an Indonesian General. After the Netherlands fell to the Nazis in World War II, for the first time, its colonial forces, cut off from support, allowed native Indonesians to join as officers, and Nasution signed up, rapidly rising to sergeant. He joined the Indonesian army after the country's independence in 1945; became the Regional Commander of the Siliwangi Division in 1946, during which he defined the territorial warfare theories that would mark the Indonesian Army's policies from then on. He fought against the Netherlands' reinvasion in 1948. He became the Army Chief of Staff in 1950, but, after a 1952 military protest against the parliament – with tanks – he was dismissed from the army. In his forced retirement, he wrote a classic book on guerrilla warfare, Fundamentals of Guerrilla Warfare, considered one of the most important works in the genre. He was reappointed to Army Chief of Staff in 1955. His career continued from there in a tulmultuous vein, but at this point, it would probably be better to direct readers to the article, rather than continuing to summarize.
Almond Blossoms(created by Vincent van Gogh, nominated by Hafspajen) Another of van Gogh's Japanese-inspired works. The article on this, Almond Blossoms has such a lovely turn of phrase that I must quote it: "Flowering trees were special to Van Gogh. They represented awakening and hope. He enjoyed them aesthetically and found joy in painting flowering trees."