Glass Wings Blog: September 2007

Happy Birthday from Tokyo

Tue, 4 Sep 2007 02:57:06 +0900

"Yukihiko YOSHIDA" <yukihiko [at] s6.dion.ne.jp>

Yukihiko YOSHIDA
Happy Birthday to you !


Best Wishes from TOKYO,

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Fwd: Brian Dettmer - Book Sculptor (RGS)

Mon, 3 Sep 2007 12:55:39 -0700

Bill Daul <bdaul [at] pacbell.net>

Bill Daul
for you book writers ...  --bill


Carrying out impressive and detailed sculpture using books (except the final
one which uses old video tape and an iron fence) has been Brian Dettmer's

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Keepon & the BeatBots

Fri, 07 Sep 2007 00:53:44 +0930

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

Andrew Pam
http://beatbots.org/

"We are currently developing and studying dance-oriented nonverbal play
between children and the robot Keepon, built by Hideki Kozima.  Keepon
is a small creature-like robot with a soft rubber skin, two cameras in

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Longleat Meerkats take photos of themselves

Fri, 07 Sep 2007 13:00:45 +0930

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/09/05/nmeer105.xml

Meerkats have long been known as curious and resourceful creatures, but it now
appears some have a talent for photography too.

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condom ments

Fri, 7 Sep 2007 01:16:59 -0700

Bill Daul <bdaul [at] pacbell.net>

Bill Daul
Ah, birth control as a fashion statement.  --bill

<http:/images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://media.canada.com/gallery/condoms/375condoms1.jpg&imgrefurl=http://cheeju.wordpress.com/2007/07/14/&h=515&w=375&sz=39&hl=en&start=4&um=1&tbnid=q74zv4attV2o8M:&tbnh=131&tbnw=95&prev=/images%3Fq%3D4th%2BChina%2>http:/images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://media.canada.com/gallery/condoms/375condoms1.jpg&imgrefurl=http://cheeju.wordpress.com/2007/07/14/&h=515&w=375&sz=39&hl=en&start=4&um=1&tbnid=q74zv4attV2o8M:&tbnh=131&tbnw=95&prev=/images%3Fq%3D4th%2BChina%2BReproductive%2BHealth%2BNew%2B%26svnum%3D10%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26client%3Dfirefox-a%26rls%3Dorg.mozilla:en-US:official%26sa%3DN
Fashion Show in China

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Clean Is Happy

Sun, 09 Sep 2007 17:04:40 +0930

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

Andrew Pam
Thanks to Splodgenoodles' LJ (warning, requires Flash):

http://www.cleanishappy.com/

They also make a "Travel Washlet":

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Fwd: enjoy the imagery :-)

Sun, 9 Sep 2007 01:21:51 -0700

Bill Daul <bdaul [at] pacbell.net>

Bill Daul

Subject: enjoy the imagery :-)
Cc:
Bcc:
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Alex The Grey Parrot, Colleague of Irene Pepperberg, Dead at 31

Mon, 10 Sep 2007 10:14:56 +0930

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

Andrew Pam
http://scienceblogs.com/grrlscientist/2007/09/alex_the_grey_parrot_colleague.php

"Even though Alex was a research animal, he was much more than that. He was
both a teacher and colleague, as well as a long-term friend to Irene. This
species of parrot generally lives to be 50-60 years old, so Alex was only

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The unhappier you are, the more ice cream you get

Wed, 12 Sep 2007 11:43:54 +0930

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.we-make-money-not-art.com/archives/009721.php

"Dr. Whippy, had people queue despite the wet wet weather in the streets of
Linz during ars electronica. The machine proffers soft scoop ice cream
according to the perceived unhappiness level of the customer."

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Of mice and mines: trained rats search for explosives, tuberculosis

Thu, 13 Sep 2007 19:10:02 +0930

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

Andrew Pam
<http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20070912-of-mice-and-mines-trained-rats-search-for-explosives-tuberculosis.html>

"According to the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, an estimated
15-20,000 people are killed by landmines each year. Detecting those
mines—without setting them off—is a dilemma that faces many post-conflict

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Unmissable ebay Listing

Fri, 14 Sep 2007 09:17:14 +0930

Katherine Phelps <muse [at] glasswings.com.au>

Katherine Phelps
You gotta read this listing for Pokemon cards to believe it. Do so soon,
before it disappears!

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=130144061675

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Extermiknit!

Fri, 14 Sep 2007 12:23:51 +0930

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.entropyhouse.com/penwiper/who/extermaknit.html

"Even the Doctor might feel differently about Daleks if faced with one
of these cuddly monsters. This pattern will let you knit your very own
plushy Dalek, to keep for yourself or give away. Knit a whole army and

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ARRR!

Wed, 19 Sep 2007 09:27:07 +0930

Katherine Phelps <muse [at] glasswings.com.au>

Katherine Phelps
ARRR me hearties,

It be time once more to hoist up the jolly Roger and talk like a pirate.

http://uk.reuters.com/article/oddlyEnoughNews/idUKL1888712020070918

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Someone Tries to Sell Belgium on eBay

Wed, 19 Sep 2007 09:31:02 +0930

Katherine Phelps <muse [at] glasswings.com.au>

Katherine Phelps
Someone Tries to Sell Belgium on eBay

BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) - Hidden among the porcelain fox hounds and Burberry
tablecloths on sale at eBay.be this week was an unusual item: "For Sale:
Belgium, a Kingdom in three parts ... free premium: the king and his court

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Cool Topiary

Wed, 19 Sep 2007 17:50:44 +0930

Katherine Phelps <muse [at] glasswings.com.au>

Katherine Phelps
All right, I'm not normally into topiary, but a friend sent a PowerPoint file
of topiary and I had to track down the original Web site. This is what I
found:

The original cool topiary

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Artecnica pop-up lamps

Wed, 19 Sep 2007 23:20:05 +0930

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

Andrew Pam
The pop-up "book of lights" is brilliant, and some of the other products
are also lovely:

<http://www.artecnicainc.com/index.php?page=shop.browse&category_id=60&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=12>

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Weird Al's First TV Appearance

Sat, 22 Sep 2007 18:22:31 +0930

Katherine Phelps <muse [at] glasswings.com.au>

Katherine Phelps
This is Al looking like a busker in 1981:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aNlOL8tBVL8

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So A Seagull Walks Into A Shop

Sun, 23 Sep 2007 13:22:17 +0930

Katherine Phelps <muse [at] glasswings.com.au>

Katherine Phelps
A seagull has turned shoplifter by wandering into a shop and helping itself to
crisps. The bird walks into the RS McColl newsagents in Aberdeen when the
door is open and makes off with cheese Doritos. The seagull, nicknamed Sam,
has now become so popular that locals have started paying for his crisps.

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Worsley Institute of Blu-Tack Art

Mon, 24 Sep 2007 12:10:54 +0930

Katherine Phelps <muse [at] glasswings.com.au>

Katherine Phelps
Since early 1997, the Worsley Chemical Library at the University of Bristol,
has been home to the renowned Worsley Institute of Blu-Tack Art. Started with
a foundation grant from the library stationery requisition fund, it has since
grown into a centre of learning and artistic excellence - a home to artists
with a unique and challenging creative vision.

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Karakuri Cards

Wed, 26 Sep 2007 12:56:49 +0930

Katherine Phelps <muse [at] glasswings.com.au>

Katherine Phelps
Here are a set of moving mechanical cards:

http://aplusrstore.com/product_detail.php?show=product&pid=137&cid=56
http://aplusrstore.com/product_detail.php?show=product&pid=138&cid=56
http://aplusrstore.com/product_detail.php?show=product&pid=136&cid=56

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Rat slippers!

Fri, 28 Sep 2007 21:11:19 +0930

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

Andrew Pam
http://news.qq.com/a/20070922/001314.htm

Share and enjoy,
                *** Xanni ***

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Poster of recommended and forbidden words for Chinese store clerks

Sat, 29 Sep 2007 18:06:14 +0930

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.boingboing.net/2007/09/24/poster-of-recommende.html

Sign found in a clothing store in China that tells clerks what to say
and what not to say to customers.

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