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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 Post-Snowden Surveillance World: Network Effects, Low Marginal Costs, And Technical Lock-in

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:47:11 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20140529/04222727386/post-snowden-surveillance-world-network-effects-low-marginal-costs-technical-lock-in.shtml>

"The concept of network effects, and the lock-in they produce, are both
by now fairly well known. Most people understand why Microsoft retains
its stranglehold on the desktop and word processing formats, despite the

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David Graeber: “Spotlight on the financial sector did make apparent just how bizarrely skewed our economy is in terms of who gets rewarded”

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:45:40 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.salon.com/2014/06/01/help_us_thomas_piketty_the_1s_sick_and_twisted_new_scheme/>

"David Graeber is an American anthropologist who teaches at the London
School of Economics. He is the author of the classic “Debt: The First
Five Thousand Years” and played an important role in the launching of

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Dear parents, you are being lied to.

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 01:11:25 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://violentmetaphors.com/2014/03/25/parents-you-are-being-lied-to/

"In light of recent outbreaks of measles and other vaccine preventable
illnesses, and the refusal of anti-vaccination advocates to acknowledge
the problem, I thought it was past time for this post."

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Failing union of capitalism and democracy fuels rise in inequality

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 01:09:49 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/failing-union-of-capitalism-and-democracy-fuels-rise-in-inequality-27217>

"Democracy and capitalism are two highly contested models. On paper,
throughout the past two centuries, they have proven the most successful
systems of economic and political order. Following the demise of

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Dumb Ways to Lie

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:45:57 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JE9ZTtMjFsI

"Animation by the Sauce (thesauce.co) to lyrics written by Eric TF Bat, sung by
Elizabeth Hillebrand."

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True Tail

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:44:32 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/user/TrueTailSeries

"True Tail is a flash-animated series that takes place in the land of Splitpaw
- a fantastical medieval world of anthropomorphic animals."

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Beyond "Gravity": the complex quest to take out our orbital trash

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 01:41:09 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://arstechnica.com/science/2014/05/beyond-gravity-the-complex-quest-to-take-out-our-orbital-trash/>

"As 'Gravity' made clear to the general public, it’s getting crowded in
Earth orbit. In the nearly 57 years since Sputnik’s launch on October 4,
1957, Earth has seen a cloud of human-created objects continue to grow,

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Typography in 8/16 bits

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 01:39:12 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://damieng.com/blog/2011/02/20/typography-in-8-bits-system-fonts
http://damieng.com/blog/2011/03/27/typography-in-16-bits-system-fonts

"My love of typography originated in the 80′s with the golden years of
8-bit home computing and their 8×8 pixel mono-spaced fonts on

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独りでやさしさに包まれたなら (Singing alone "Yasashisa ni Tsutsumareta nara")

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:22:50 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMSV5uD7x38

A beautiful cover of the theme from Kiki's Delivery Service.  Really lovely!

English translation of the YouTube description (via Google Translate):

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How To Spot A Chinese Domain Name Scam

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:18:34 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/spot-chinese-domain-name-scam/

"Chinese domain name scams are rampant. In a little bit, I’ll explain exactly
what these scams are, but first it’s more important to understand what started
them."

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