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Things I Learned Today: Barbie Is Based On A Bachelor Party Gag Gift?!

Sat, 13 Feb 2016 14:40:04 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.epbot.com/2016/01/things-i-learned-today-barbie-is-based.html

"If you haven't seen this all over yet, you will soon: Barbie has a new
body."

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Beyond Lara Croft: 30 truly interesting female game characters

Sat, 13 Feb 2016 14:39:08 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/jan/25/beyond-lara-croft-30-truly-interesting-female-game-characters-part-one>

"From mad scientists to stealthy assassins, we celebrate the video game
women who get things done"

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Imposter syndrome: Game developers who feel like frauds

Sat, 13 Feb 2016 14:37:36 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.polygon.com/features/2016/1/22/10776792/imposter-syndrome-game-developers-who-feel-like-frauds>

"Two years ago, sound designer and composer Stephan Schütze went to Sony
Studios with a friend to watch the orchestra record a Muppets movie
soundtrack. After, at dinner, they chatted about his career in the game

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Fabulous Beasts - a new kind of game

Sat, 13 Feb 2016 14:36:28 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/sensibleobject/fabulous-beasts-a-new-kind-of-game>

"A tasty blend of tabletop dexterity and digital strategy. Beautiful
pieces, custom hardware and super-social gameplay."

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The problem with empathy games

Fri, 12 Feb 2016 15:27:25 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://killscreen.com/articles/the-problem-with-empathy-games/

"A niche genre of videogames hopes to inspire players to walk a mile in
someone else’s shoes, leading to an important discussion about how
players experience empathy."

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World Report 2016: ‘Politics of Fear’ Threatens Rights

Fri, 12 Feb 2016 15:26:18 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.hrw.org/news/2016/01/27/world-report-2016-politics-fear-threatens-rights>

"The politics of fear led governments around the globe to roll back
human rights during 2015."

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Tim O'Reilly schools Paul Graham on inequality

Fri, 12 Feb 2016 15:25:25 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://boingboing.net/2016/01/26/tim-oreilly-schools-paul-gra.html

"Y Combinator founder and essayist Paul Graham's essay on the
inevitability -- and desirability -- of income inequality sparked many
scathing rebuttals, some of them quite brilliant, but the best so far

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100+ Makers eco-hack the future with open-source prototypes for a fossil-free, zero waste society

Thu, 11 Feb 2016 12:21:47 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.treehugger.com/clean-technology/100-makers-eco-hack-future-prototypes-fossil-free-zero-waste-society.html>

"100+ makers, designers, engineers, scientists, and geeks gathered at POC21 and
spent five weeks developing 12 sustainable lifestyle technologies."

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The double-standard of making the poor prove they’re worthy of government benefits

Thu, 11 Feb 2016 12:20:53 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2015/04/07/the-double-standard-of-making-poor-people-prove-theyre-worthy-of-government-benefits/>

"Poverty looks pretty great if you're not living in it. The government gives
you free money to spend on steak and lobster, on tattoos and spa days, on — why
not? — cruise vacations and psychic visits."

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Why I Just Asked My Students To Put Their Laptops Away

Thu, 11 Feb 2016 12:19:18 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://medium.com/@cshirky/why-i-just-asked-my-students-to-put-their-laptops-away-7f5f7c50f368>

"I teach theory and practice of social media at NYU, and am an advocate and
activist for the free culture movement, so I’m a pretty unlikely candidate for
internet censor, but I have just asked the students in my fall seminar to

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