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Research shows that if you remove anonymity, you won’t hear from most of your readers

Thu, 23 Oct 2014 01:24:50 +1100

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam
<https://gigaom.com/2014/08/27/research-shows-that-if-you-remove-anonymity-you-wont-hear-from-most-of-your-readers/>

"Many media outlets seem to believe that by forcing readers to use their
real identities, they will solve the problem of bad comments — but in
reality, all they are doing is making it less likely that most of their

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Wolves susceptible to yawn contagion

Thu, 23 Oct 2014 01:23:05 +1100

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/08/140827141555.htm

"Wolves may be susceptible to yawn contagion, according to a new study.
Researchers suggest that contagious yawning may be linked to human
capacity for empathy, but little evidence apart from studies on

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Introducing GOG.com DRM-Free Movies

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:44:02 +1100

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam
http://www.gog.com/news/introducing_gogcom_drmfree_movies

"Our goal is to offer you cinema classics as well as some all-time
favorite TV series with no DRM whatsoever, for you to download and keep
on your hard drive or stream online whenever you feel like it."

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These Beautiful Scarves Will Give You Wings

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:42:38 +1100

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam
http://www.boredpanda.com/bird-wing-scarves-shovava-roza-khamitova/

"Birds are a popular motif in women’s fashion, and Roza Khamitova, a
Melbourne-based fashion designer originally from Kazakhstan, has created
a series of scarves that definitely exploit the bird motif in a creative

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The Most Amazing Lie in History

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 01:00:44 +1100

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam
http://mentalfloss.com/article/58468/most-amazing-lie-history

"How a chicken farmer, a pair of princesses, and 27 imaginary spies
helped the Allies win World War II."

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James Madison, Father Of The Constitution, 4th US President... And Fan Fiction Writer

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 00:56:33 +1100

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20140822/15535428298/james-madison-father-constitution-4th-us-president-avid-fan-fiction-writer.shtml>

"Tell people that fan fiction is an important form of political speech
that deserves protection, and they'll roll their eyes."

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Climate change and the intellectual decline of the right

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 12:54:42 +1100

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam
<http://insidestory.org.au/climate-change-and-the-intellectual-decline-of-the-right/>

"No arguments seem to sway right-wing politicians and commentators in
the United States and Australia, says John Quiggin. Will we have to wait
for demography to do its work?"

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Sunday Sweets: Dragon Con Treats

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 12:53:17 +1100

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam
<http://www.cakewrecks.com/home/2014/8/24/sunday-sweets-dragon-con-treats.html>

More fantastic geeky cakes, this time with a DragonCon theme.

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Artist Melts 1,527 Guns to Make Shovels for Tree Planting!

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 01:12:29 +1100

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam
<http://inhabitat.com/artist-melts-1527-guns-to-make-shovels-for-tree-planting/>

"The city of Culiacán, in western Mexico has the highest rate of gun
deaths in the country. After speaking with family members of victims of
drug crimes in the city, artist Pedro Reyes decided to use its prolific

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Say goodbye to the video store, hello to the non-profit foundation

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 01:10:55 +1100

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam
<http://arstechnica.com/business/2014/08/say-goodbye-to-the-video-store-hello-to-the-non-profit-foundation/>

"How one of the last video stores turned non-profit with an eye on
preservation."

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