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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.

Migration: Fact versus fiction

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 13:02:11 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2016/08/migration-fact-versus-fiction

"Migration continues to dominate political debate in many countries. Rightly
so: the issue affects economies and societies worldwide. But public opinion on
this crucial topic tends to be shaped by emotions, rather than facts. The

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‘Few other countries go to such lengths to deliberately inflict suffering’

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 13:01:15 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://latterly.org/few-other-countries-go-to-such-lengths-to-deliberately-inflict-suffering-8ddda2ae1ba3>

"Australia must close its detention centers and apologize to the refugees. Tell
them now."

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Why the Guardian is spending a year reporting on the plight of elephants

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 12:59:16 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/aug/12/why-the-guardian-is-spending-a-year-reporting-on-the-plight-of-the-worlds-elephant-population>

"Elephant herds face an uncertain future – over the next year we’ll be taking a
closer look at what can be done to help"

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Buttersafe

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 12:45:47 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://buttersafe.com/2016/08/11/verbal-alchemy/

"I labored over a complex three stage anagram so that the next time I use “poo
poo pee pee” as a punchline for a comic, I don’t feel guilty about it."

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Greenland shark is oldest vertebrate with lifespan of up to 400 years, scientists say

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 13:05:52 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-08-12/greenland-sharks-may-live-400-years/7722610>

"Greenland sharks can live as long as 400 years, making them the Earth's
longest-living vertebrates, international researchers say."

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Heard of Elephants tickets now available

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 13:04:38 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.melbournefringe.com.au/program?event/heard_of_elephants/566e383a-9252-41ce-9d04-13bc97eb4247/>

"This musical follows a year in the lives of a family of elephants: birth,
mating, animal encounters, human encounters, poop-cam, and poaching. It sits
somewhere between Lion King and Fiddler on the Roof."

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App Lets You Buy Leftover Food From Restaurants And It's Really Cheap

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 12:58:57 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/app-lets-you-buy-leftover-food-from-restaurants-and-its-really-cheap_us_57aa4469e4b0ba7ed23dff1a>

"Too Good To Go, an app operating in the UK, allows users to order leftover
food at a discount from restaurants, according to the website. The goal is to
help curb waste from establishments that typically toss out perfectly edible

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"A Call to Action Against Slavery"—We're About to See the Largest Prison Strikes in US History

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 12:57:56 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://theinfluence.org/a-call-to-action-against-slavery-why-were-about-to-see-the-largest-prison-strikes-in-us-history/>

"On September 9, a series of coordinated work stoppages and hunger strikes will
take place at prisons across the country. Organized by a coalition of prisoner
rights, labor, and racial justice groups, the strikes will include prisoners

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airwindows: in mix, no-one can hear your screen

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 12:54:12 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.patreon.com/airwindows

"As of Monday, August 1st 2016, I began rereleasing my Audio Unit plugins for
free as Mac AU, and Mac and Windows VST2, beginning with the newest version of
the most popular one I ever wrote, Console. From now on, each new plugin and

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What I learned as a hired consultant to autodidact physicists

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 12:50:07 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://aeon.co/ideas/what-i-learned-as-a-hired-consultant-for-autodidact-physicists>

"I work in theoretical physics, specifically quantum gravity. In my field, we
all get them: the emails from amateur physicists who are convinced that they
have solved a big problem, normally without understanding the problem in the

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