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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.

Abbott's obstruction of gay marriage is a defence of privilege and the power of shame

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 22:50:08 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/aug/09/abbotts-obstruction-of-gay-marriage-is-a-defence-of-privilege-and-the-power-of-shame-david-marr>

"If only Christians fought like this for refugees. Imagine if the
Coalition’s big men of faith threatened to tear down their own
government unless it brings home the wretches we’ve imprisoned in the

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How can we stop algorithms telling lies?

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 22:48:48 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/jul/16/how-can-we-stop-algorithms-telling-lies>

"Algorithms can dictate whether you get a mortgage or how much you pay
for insurance. But sometimes they’re wrong – and sometimes they are
designed to deceive"

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How a Portuguese-to-English Phrasebook Became a Cult Comedy Sensation

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 22:47:38 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/how-a-portuguese-to-english-phrasebook-became-a-cult-comedy-sensation>

"In the middle of the 19th century, a relatively unknown author named
Pedro Carolino rapidly gained intercontinental popularity over a small
Portuguese-to-English phrasebook. English as She Is Spoke (or O novo

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Guiding Stars in Astronomy: Williamina Fleming

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 23:56:38 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://plus.google.com/+YonatanZunger/posts/1Pnkfcz5jm2

"In celebration of the solar eclipse later this month, I am sharing
stories of amazing women in astronomy in my series of Guiding Stars in
Astronomy. Today's post shares the story of Scottish-American astronomer

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100 Year Old Self-Playing Violin - "The Eighth Wonder Of the World"

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 23:53:50 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xs0mP2cOmJs

"This amazing instrument is The Hupfeld Phonoliszt Violina - an
Orchestrion with self-playing Violins, Enjoy!"

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A love letter to a fatcaller

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 23:53:06 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://medium.com/@thefatshadow/a-love-letter-to-a-fatcaller-82d672a7871c>

"Of all the things strangers have shouted at me on the street, yours is
my favorite. But it was far from the first."

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Short-term thinking keeps Australia stuck in crisis

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 01:28:32 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.businessinsider.com.au/australia-crisis-of-leadership-nigel-lake-2017-8>

"No-one has built a successful economy by dragging a country back in
time. Significant, determined efforts must be made to adopt new
technologies, to invest in new economy businesses, and to position

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4 Things That Struck Me After Visiting Political Spaces in 14 US Cities

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 01:27:18 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://medium.com/enspiral-tales/4-things-that-struck-me-after-visiting-political-spaces-in-14-us-cities-c1dceb1e8cb4>

"This trip was a huge experience. I’ve been digesting for two months and
still feel like I’m just getting started. I have a strong urge to share
some of my reflections, even the ones that are only half-digested."

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Unlearning the myth of American innocence

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 22:30:14 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/aug/08/unlearning-the-myth-of-american-innocence>

"When she was 30, Suzy Hansen left the US for Istanbul – and began to
realise that Americans will never understand their own country until
they see it as the rest of the world does"

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Rescuing Cats From Super Tall Trees

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 22:24:22 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2HlZ9rdiHE

"As professional arborists, brothers-in-law Tom Otto and Shaun Sears are
quite adept at climbing trees. The cats that they rescue are not. And
with a plethora of trees—and cats—around Seattle, they decided to put

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