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The Glass Wings mailing list and blog is for general idle chit-chat about things we find interesting, especially humor, animation or other subjects relevant to the Glass Wings web site.

Nomads no more: why Mongolian herders are moving to the city

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 23:17:11 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jan/05/mongolian-herders-moving-to-city-climate-change>

"Climate change and the end of Soviet state support have forced 600,000
to migrate to the capital, leaving it struggling to cope"

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Meltdown of the Phantom Snowflakes

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 23:16:27 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://thebaffler.com/blog/meltdown-phantom-snowflakes-penny

"Demanding stoic “strength” from an oppressed person is just another way
of silencing calls for reform"

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Solar-powered Farm From a Box is a compact farm kit that feeds 150 people

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 23:15:36 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://inhabitat.com/solar-powered-farm-from-a-box-is-a-compact-farm-kit-that-feeds-150-people/>

"Two acres of land is enough to farm a sustainable food supply for as
many as 150 people, and now a San Francisco startup is making it even
easier to get that farm growing."

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2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 15:06:05 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://photography.nationalgeographic.com/nature-photographer-of-the-year-2016/gallery/winners-all/1>

Stunning photos as always.  Via Margaret Wong.

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Aussie Productivity Commission Doubles Down On Fair Use And Serious Copyright & Patent Reform

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 15:05:01 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20161228/23145236363/aussie-productivity-commission-doubles-down-fair-use-serious-copyright-patent-reform.shtml>

"Unlike so many government reports on copyright issues, this one is
careful and methodical, and actually establishes a clear framework for
analyzing copyright and patents -- both the benefits and faults."

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Oldest Southern Resident killer whale considered dead

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 15:03:54 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.king5.com/tech/science/environment/oldest-southern-resident-killer-whale-considered-dead/381349614>

"Ken Balcomb, executive director of the Center for Whale Research,
shared photos and typed a tribute on New Year’s Eve. It was his goodbye
to Granny, the oldest southern resident killer whale. The Orca, part of

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Rx for the Anthropocene?

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 14:59:51 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://medium.com/@revkin/rx-for-the-anthropocene-289180ad28e5

"We have to accept ourselves, flaws and all, in order to move beyond
what has been something of an unconscious, species-scale pubescent
growth spurt enabled by fossil fuels in place of testosterone."

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Why the Technology in Rogue One Is So Old-Fashioned

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 12:23:58 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2017/01/rogue-one/512072/

"There is a reason the film’s machines seem stuck in the 20th century."

Star Wars is essentially "dieselpunk".  Via George Station.

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The UBI already exists for the 1%

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 12:23:08 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://medium.com/@MattBruenig/the-ubi-already-exists-for-the-1-d3a49fad0580>

"The universal basic income — a cash payment made to every individual in
the country — has been critiqued recently by some commentators. Among
other things, these writers dislike the fact that a UBI would deliver

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Our Self-Flying Car Future

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 12:21:57 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://medium.com/swlh/our-self-flying-car-future-21674e97b67d

"Self-driving cars might be exciting, but not nearly as much as what
comes afterwards."

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