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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.

Defending Darwin

Wed, 01 Apr 2015 13:22:54 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2015/03/teaching_human_evolution_at_the_university_of_kentucky_there_are_some_students.single.html>

"I teach human evolution at the University of Kentucky. There are some
students I’ll never reach."

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Figuratively Shiny: A Firefly Video

Wed, 01 Apr 2015 13:21:41 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/10/17/figuratively_shiny_a_firefly_video.html>

"The company Lootcrate, with producer and director Julian Higgins, has
created a fan-made short video called “The Verse,” about a different
crew in the same universe as that of the good ship Serenity."

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No Copyright Lives Forever: How The Apathy Of IP Rights Holders About Their Copyrights Killed A Game Re-Release

Wed, 01 Apr 2015 13:20:15 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20150227/14420330165/no-copyright-lives-forever-how-apathy-ip-rights-holders-about-their-copyrights-killed-game-re-release.shtml>

"If you were gaming on a PC just after the turn of millennium, you
likely fondly remember the classic game No One Lives Forever. A genre
turning first-person shooter that featured a strong, reasonably dressed

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For 'BoJack Horseman,' It Matters If A Cartoon Dog Is A Man Or A Woman

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 13:25:21 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.npr.org/2015/03/24/393853692/for-bojack-horseman-it-matters-if-a-cartoon-dog-is-a-man-or-a-woman>

"The storyboard artists drew the dog and the businessperson as men.
Hanawalt changed them to women. Women never seemed to take part in the
show's gross, silly little sight gags, and she wanted to see them

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SolarCity to build its own power grids

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 13:22:55 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.computerworld.com/article/2900753/solarcity-to-build-its-own-power-grids.html>

'The company, whose chief executive is Tesla Motors founder Elon Musk,
said the grids will include distributed solar panels (rooftop), Tesla
lithium-ion batteries and controllable loads to offer users "cleaner,

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Why No One’s Laughing at Princess Twilight Sparkle

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 12:50:03 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://context.newamerica.org/why-no-one-s-laughing-at-princess-twilight-sparkle-994833f32af0>

"When toy company Hasbro was looking to launch its super fan store for
lovers of My Little Pony (tag line: “Super Art for Super Fans”), they
decided to do something different. They teamed up with 3D printing

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Plugging a 1986 Mac Plus into the modern Web

Mon, 30 Mar 2015 12:12:52 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://kernelmag.dailydot.com/issue-sections/features-issue-sections/12228/mac-plus-modern-web/>

"Reviving an old computer is like restoring a classic car: There’s a
thrill from bringing the ancient into the modern world."

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OK Go Creates Madcap Music Video Commercial for Chinese Furniture Store Red Star Macalline

Mon, 30 Mar 2015 12:11:56 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://laughingsquid.com/ok-go-creates-madcap-music-video-commercial-for-chinese-furniture-store-red-star-macalline/>

"The spot is inspired by the OK Go music video for “The Writing’s on the
Wall.”"

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NASA's LEAPTech X-plane Will Fly with 18 Electric Motors and Tiny Wings

Mon, 30 Mar 2015 12:08:48 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/aerospace/aviation/nasas-newest-xplane-will-fly-with-18-electric-motors>

"What’s unique are those 18 electric engines, and the wing, which has a
total area of just over 5 square meters. In order to fly, a conventional
airplane of this size needs *three times* as much wing area at the

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We are not colonists

Sun, 29 Mar 2015 13:21:34 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://boingboing.net/2015/03/20/we-are-not-colonists-2.html

"Minority voices in games and tech present a necessary challenge to our
imagined community."

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