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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.

The Weird Myth of the “Alpha” Male

Sun, 01 Feb 2015 12:16:41 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://slantist.com/alpha-male-myth/

"Alpha status, as it is being sold, is a charade in which one
participates in the hopes of achieving respect within one’s social
sphere, including, of course, that of its female members, which — at

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Man Saves Wife’s Sight by 3D Printing Her Tumor

Sun, 01 Feb 2015 12:15:08 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://makezine.com/magazine/hands-on-health-care/

"When his wife was misdiagnosed, Michael Balzer used 3D printing and
imaging to get her well"

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ERASING WOMEN: The Importance of "Agent Carter" to Comic Culture

Sun, 01 Feb 2015 00:49:10 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=58431

'"Agent Carter" is a superhero show about the postwar erasure of women
from American culture -- which is incredibly fitting, as after World War
II the comics industry erased women on the page and behind the scenes.

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Zhou Youguang, 109 and going strong

Sun, 01 Feb 2015 00:47:37 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=17097

"Zhou xiansheng's mind is still sharp as a tack, and every day he sits
at his little desk to write articles and books on the tiny Sharp
typewriter that he helped design (the first workable electronic Chinese

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The Gender Police

Sat, 31 Jan 2015 13:01:37 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.huffingtonpost.com/olivia-wilson/the-gender-police_b_6460848.html>

"The cringe factor is the extreme embarrassment people feel when they
get it wrong. They have mistaken your place in the most basic division
of humanity. The fact is that the world cradles gender identity at its

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Bogi Fabian: UV art

Sat, 31 Jan 2015 13:00:08 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://bogi-fabian.squarespace.com/glowing-murals/
http://bogi-fabian.squarespace.com/glowing-ceramics/

"Art - Even if the lights go down... I love to think up a project and
completely accomplished it by my own hands. I work in different areas of

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The five data retention lies you were told

Sat, 31 Jan 2015 00:34:47 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.crikey.com.au/2014/10/31/the-five-data-retention-lies-you-were-told-yesterday/>

"The government’s unveiling of its data retention scheme was accompanied
by blatant falsehoods by people who have no excuse not to know better."

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RSA Animate - The Power of Outrospection

Sat, 31 Jan 2015 00:31:43 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BG46IwVfSu8

"Introspection is out, and outrospection is in. Philosopher and author
Roman Krznaric explains how we can help drive social change by stepping
outside ourselves."

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Traditional Japanese Carpenters Exhibit Master Craftsmanship When Constructing Durable Buildings Without Nails

Fri, 30 Jan 2015 12:21:26 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://laughingsquid.com/traditional-japanese-carpenters-exhibit-master-craftsmanship-when-constructing-durable-buildings-without-nails/>

"Japanese carpentry group Kobayashi Kenkou carefully demonstrates the
fascinating way in which highly durable buildings are constructed with
traditional methods of joining the wood with intricate cuts and

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How ‘Harry Potter’ fans won a four-year fight against child slavery

Fri, 30 Jan 2015 12:19:55 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/act-four/wp/2015/01/13/how-harry-potter-fans-won-a-four-year-fight-against-child-slavery/>

"When Slack and his co-creators founded the Harry Potter Alliance in
2005, they were animated by the idea that J.K. Rowling’s novels,
inspired both by her own experiences with poverty and her work at

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