Glass Wings Blog: August 2008

Sega Toys presents a new robot animal, the dream hamster

Fri, 01 Aug 2008 16:39:54 +0930

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.crunchgear.com/2008/07/31/sega-toys-presents-a-new-robot-animal-the-dream-hamster/

"Sega Toys now announced they will start selling a robotic hamster
starting August 8th. The company plans to produce no less than 100,000
units yearly. Sega Toys says their main target group are not kids, but

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British steam enthusiasts build first new engine in 50 years

Sat, 02 Aug 2008 11:45:49 +0930

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.mailonsunday.co.uk/news/article-1040538/Really-chuffed-First-size-British-steam-locomotive-50-years-fires-up.html

New £3 million steam locomotive 60163 Tornado completed and moves for
the first time
http://www.a1steam.com/

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SpaceX Falcon 1 launch live webcast on now

Sun, 03 Aug 2008 12:50:01 +0930

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

Andrew Pam
http://spacex.com/webcast.php

SpaceX is a private company, so this is a non-government launch.
"Falcon 1 is the first new orbital rocket in more than a decade."

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Griffin's Story (one of the most amazing and heartfelt stories you will every see)

Mon, 4 Aug 2008 02:06:08 -0700

Bill Daul <bdaul [at] pacbell.net>

Bill Daul
get those tissues out just in case...

http://marciaconner.com/blog/?p=660

--Bill

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Light entertainment

Mon, 04 Aug 2008 20:17:17 +0930

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

Andrew Pam
Not Always Right: Funny and stupid customer quotes
http://notalwaysright.com/

The Daily WTF: Curious Perversions in Information Technology
http://thedailywtf.com/

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Google unveils Street View across Australia

Tue, 05 Aug 2008 10:43:11 +0930

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.news.com.au/technology/story/0,25642,24130293-5014108,00.html

AUSTRALIA will today become the third country to have its cities,
streets and landmarks "scanned into" Google as the search giant unveils
its most ambitious Street View project to date.

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Origami by Brian Chan

Tue, 05 Aug 2008 10:49:56 +0930

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

Andrew Pam
http://chosetec.darkclan.net/origami/

"As an artist, I am particularly drawn to Origami because it adds the
extra challenge of folding from a square (and I like challenges,
sometimes) and incorporates a lot of geometry, which was my more favored

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Recreating Van Gogh's "Starry Night" on Second Life

Wed, 06 Aug 2008 15:52:47 +0930

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

Andrew Pam
Via Silverblue:
http://silverblue.livejournal.com/657576.html

Direct link to video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LxVDVggLqsA

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Dueling Geneiuses The Greatest Highlights of Japanese Artists

Thu, 7 Aug 2008 01:23:27 +0900

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

Yukihiko YOSHIDA
This exhibition on Japanese art gets popular around Tokyo now.

"Dueling Geneiuses
The Greatest Highlights of Japanese Artists"

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Fart Proudly

Fri, 8 Aug 2008 12:48:07 +0930

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

Katherine Phelps
This link will take you to the complete article written by Benjamin Franklin
entitled: A Letter to a Royal Academy. However, do not be fooled. The book
into which it has been collected draws its title FART PROUDLY from the
content of that article.

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Sun Table

Fri, 08 Aug 2008 17:13:54 +0930

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

Andrew Pam
http://suntable.net/

"Place SunTable in a sunny outdoor location and it automatically stores
backup energy. Get hours of power for laptops, cellphones, lights,
radios, water purifiers, and more. Perfect for entertainment and vital

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Pirates vs Ninjas Day!

Sun, 10 Aug 2008 08:44:42 +0930

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

Katherine Phelps
Yesterday was International Flash Mob Pirates vs Ninjas Day:

http://www.facebook.com/apps/application.php?id=2400559068&b&ref=pd

Hearing the call of the "high seas" (or is that "high Cs"?) I swashed my

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Internet Memes timeline

Mon, 11 Aug 2008 22:52:38 +0930

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.dipity.com/user/tatercakes/timeline/Internet_Memes/embed_tl?fs=1
Ah, the memories!  Be sure to zoom in.

Share and enjoy,
                *** Xanni ***

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Special effect contact lenses

Tue, 12 Aug 2008 13:24:18 +0930

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

Andrew Pam
Korean "Big Eye" contact lenses:
http://shop-crazy.blogspot.com/2007/12/preorder-g-coloured-cosmetic-contact.html

Theatrical contact lenses:
http://www.9mmsfx.com/lenses.html

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The Large Hadron Rap

Tue, 12 Aug 2008 17:28:22 +0930

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

Andrew Pam
Video:
http://www.vimeo.com/1431471

Lyrics:
https://www.msu.edu/~mcalpin9/lhc_rap/largehadron.html

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Custom Hand-Painted Tijuana Black Velvet Paintings

Wed, 13 Aug 2008 15:08:15 +0930

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

Andrew Pam
Stephen Hawking:
http://flickr.com/photos/indignico/2755195924/

Wil Wheaton as Star Trek's Wesley Crusher:
http://flickr.com/photos/indignico/2713628024/

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DIY dinosaur lights

Wed, 13 Aug 2008 15:32:36 +0930

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

Andrew Pam
http://gadget.brando.com.hk/prod_detail.php?prod_id=00624
Comes in T-Rex, Pterodactyl, Diplodocus and Triceratops!

Share and enjoy,
                *** Xanni ***

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MP3s of 78 RPM records

Wed, 13 Aug 2008 17:29:39 +0930

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

Andrew Pam
http://78records.cdbpdx.com/
"The following is a list [of] titles recorded from my collection of 78
rpm records. All of them are linked to MP3 files and will play what was
recorded. No sound enhancement, just what was recorded. Right now, there
are 3,739 titles on this page linked to mp3's."

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can't remember if anyone at GW sent this already: vortex

Wed, 13 Aug 2008 23:48:12 -0700

Bill Daul <bdaul [at] pacbell.net>

Bill Daul
vortex

<http://www.night4joy.com/index.php/20080720132/Amazing/Water-Vortex-Sculpture-Amazingly-Beautiful.html>http://www.night4joy.com/index.php/20080720132/Amazing/Water-Vortex-Sculpture-Amazingly-Beautiful.html

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Using Photographs to Enhance Videos of a Static Scene

Fri, 15 Aug 2008 13:58:13 +0930

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

Andrew Pam
http://grail.cs.washington.edu/projects/videoenhancement/videoEnhancement.htm

"We present a framework for automatically enhancing videos of a static
scene using a few photographs of the same scene. For example, our system
can transfer photographic qualities such as high resolution, high

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Fwd: Stunning pictures from Beijing Olympic Opening Ceremonies (not shown by NBC)

Fri, 15 Aug 2008 01:18:06 -0700

Bill Daul <bdaul [at] pacbell.net>

Bill Daul
Shirley Chen (of NextNow) shared this link...wow, this must be HiDef
imagery!  Gorgeous and surreal images!   Thanks Shirley!   --bill


Amazing presentation.....

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Speech-Enabled Avatars

Sun, 17 Aug 2008 11:24:35 +0930

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

Andrew Pam
http://www1.cs.columbia.edu/CAVE/projects/avatar/

"The goal of this work is to create speech-enabled avatars of faces that
provide realistic facial motion from text or speech inputs. Such
speech-enabled avatars can significantly enhance user experience in a

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Cory Doctorow: Cambridge Business Lecture on "Life in the Information Economy"

Mon, 18 Aug 2008 23:58:51 +0930

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.boingboing.net/2008/08/04/my-cambridge-busines.html

Direct links:
http://craphound.com/cambridge_biz_lectures.txt
http://www.cambridgebusinesslectures.com/video-of-cory-doctorows-talk/

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Magpies are self-aware!

Wed, 20 Aug 2008 23:58:19 +0930

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

Andrew Pam
"Self-recognition, once thought to be an ability enjoyed only by select
primates, has now been demonstrated in a bird."

http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn14552-mirror-test-shows-magpies-arent-so-birdbrained.html

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Fwd: [NextNow] [STORY] The Secrets of Storytelling: Why We Love a Good Yarn

Wed, 20 Aug 2008 18:27:30 -0700

Bill Daul <bdaul [at] pacbell.net>

Bill Daul
Pretty good story about storytelling...  --bill




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Tom Giesler

Sat, 23 Aug 2008 11:25:49 +0930

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.tomgiesler.com/myanatomy.htm
http://www.tomgiesler.com/myip.htm

Twisted genius!

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Fwd: [Nuffs] Geek portraits

Sat, 23 Aug 2008 12:35:26 +0930

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.steveschofield.co.uk/gallery_lotf.html
A very interesting collection of photographs of geeks dressed up in
Star Trek and Star Wars etc costumes, taken within their homes. I
think it's the seriousness of the subjects that makes them so
wonderfully absurd. Pretty impressive costumes on some of them too!

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Sculpture Boxing to form your lamp

Sun, 24 Aug 2008 08:17:39 +0000

campbell_hewston [at] ekit.com

griffin.png
The is an interesting way to shape your lamp

http://www.fluidforms.at/en/CassiusWhat.php

Watch the video, I think some people may have lamp issues but is sure

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Wim Delvoye

Mon, 25 Aug 2008 22:32:21 +0930

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

Andrew Pam
Wim Delvoye, a multidimensional multimedia artist:
http://www.wimdelvoye.be/  (Warning, flash home page)

My favourite is his industrial work:
http://www.wimdelvoye.be/chantier.php

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'Formula Zero' racing

Wed, 27 Aug 2008 01:43:28 +0930

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

Andrew Pam
http://technology.newscientist.com/article/dn14596-formula-zero-kart-race-could-drive-fuel-cell-technology.html

"The world's first international fuel-cell-powered go-kart race took
place in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, on Saturday. Six teams participated
in the 'Formula Zero' event, which is aiming to be a zero-emissions

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'Cloud': Flip-dot kinetic sculpture at Heathrow

Wed, 27 Aug 2008 01:48:56 +0930

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.troika.uk.com/cloud.htm

Videos here:
http://www.troika.uk.com/cloudvideos.htm

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Robot Decathlon

Wed, 27 Aug 2008 02:01:35 +0930

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

Andrew Pam
http://gadgets.boingboing.net/2008/08/25/robots-compete-to-th.html

Share and enjoy,
                *** Xanni ***

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Red Dwarf Returns]

Thu, 28 Aug 2008 11:12:39 +1000 (EST)

drjon [at] pacific.net.au

Gravatar
Red Dwarf Returns
http://io9.com/5042492/red-dwarf-returns
...the Cat appears to be out of the bag: BBC's SF sitcom Red Dwarf is to
return for a special one-hour episode to be filmed in October. The
announcement came from one of the cast members, Robert Llewellyn (who

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Jennifer Maestre: Pencil sculptures

Thu, 28 Aug 2008 13:46:14 +0930

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

Andrew Pam
Interview:
http://reubenmiller.typepad.com/my_weblog/2008/01/jennifer-maestr.html?cid=97761910

Website (Flash):
http://www.jennifermaestre.com/

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Justin B Rye: Essays on SF, Linguistics and more

Fri, 29 Aug 2008 03:30:55 +0930

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.xibalba.demon.co.uk/jbr/

Share and enjoy,
                *** Xanni ***

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commercials as they should be done...with a laugh

Fri, 29 Aug 2008 02:41:41 -0700

Bill Daul <bdaul [at] pacbell.net>

Bill Daul
<http://www.veryfunnyads.com/ads/25821.html>http://www.veryfunnyads.com/ads/25821.html

http://www.veryfunnyads.com/ads/26097.html

http://www.veryfunnyads.com/ads/26080.html

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