Glass Wings Blog: January 2009

Happy New Year!

Thu, 1 Jan 2009 14:10:20 +1030

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

Katherine Phelps
Here's wishing all of you on the Glass Wings list a happy, healthy, and fun
new year!

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Why Man Creates

Thu, 1 Jan 2009 14:50:50 +1030

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

Katherine Phelps
I'm overjoyed to find this on YouTube!

Why Man Creates Part 1
http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=hBlta7ezXaI

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Cat Haiku

Mon, 05 Jan 2009 12:57:36 +1030

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.willbraden.com/cat_haiku.html

"I began writing these while managing a cafe in Seattle. I actually
ended up writing one every morning for more than 6 months. Some of them
were pretty bad though. These are the ones that I deem funny enough to

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Anna the Red's Bento Factory

Tue, 06 Jan 2009 11:04:35 +1030

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.flickr.com/photos/kickinthehead/sets/72157607227982802/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/annathered/sets/72157608883508914/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/annathered/sets/72157608897785617/
http://annathered.wordpress.com/

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Beautiful photos

Tue, 06 Jan 2009 13:34:53 +1030

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

Andrew Pam
National Geographic 2008 International Photography Contest
http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/photo-contest/2008-winners

Frozen soap bubbles
http://www.skipweasel.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/freezebubbles/album/index.html

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Mad Science: Deconstructing Bunk Reporting in 5 Easy Steps

Tue, 06 Jan 2009 17:31:25 +1030

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

Andrew Pam
http://bitchmagazine.org/article/mad-science

"Some misleading stories come from bad science, where the study authors’
conclusions aren’t supported by their own data. Others are
well-conducted studies whose conclusions mutate upon contact with the

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The story of Nina Paley's "Sita Sings the Blues"

Wed, 07 Jan 2009 12:57:31 +1030

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.sitasingstheblues.com/
http://blogs.suntimes.com/ebert/2008/12/having_wonderful_time_wish_you.html
http://blog.ninapaley.com/2008/12/28/sitas-distribution-plan/
http://www.questioncopyright.org/nina_paley_sita_interview

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Graphic design to fight poverty

Wed, 07 Jan 2009 15:37:21 +1030

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

Andrew Pam
http://psdtuts.com/tutorials/designing-tutorials/23-awesome-examples-of-design-as-a-force-for-good/

"While design is too often used as a means to persuade us to buy, buy
and buy some more, it is less often but more importantly used as a means
to communicate positive messages and encourage action. Here we showcase

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Fwd: Bella & Tarra: The Odd Couple

Wed, 7 Jan 2009 02:14:10 -0800

Bill Daul <bdaul [at] pacbell.net>

Bill Daul
This gives new meaning for BEST FRIENDS FOREVER...

Amazing video...

<http://www.dailygood.org/more.php?n=3554>http://www.dailygood.org/more.php?n=3554

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Big Kitchen With Food

Wed, 07 Jan 2009 21:39:51 +1030

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

Andrew Pam
Five year old Chef Julian loves to cook:
http://bigkitchen.blip.tv/#1619708

Chef Julian's Recipes:
http://www.npr.org/blogs/daydreaming/2009/01/recipes_from_a_5_yearold_chef.html

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Whole Earth Review archives online

Sat, 10 Jan 2009 21:51:36 +1030

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.wholeearth.com/

All books and magazine issues 1968 - 2002

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Mandelbrot the fractal teddy-bear

Sun, 11 Jan 2009 10:55:19 +1030

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.boingboing.net/2009/01/10/mandebrot-the-fracta.html

Jake von Slatt sez, "This is a fractal Teddy Bear named Mandelbrot, he
was brought into this world a few weeks ago by my friend Captain Mouse
as a gift for her brother."

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Aurora Borealis photos

Sun, 11 Jan 2009 11:08:23 +1030

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.astronomynorth.com/Library1A.html

Also some nice halos and rainbows:
http://www.astronomynorth.com/Library4A.html

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Rent-a-friend in Japan

Tue, 13 Jan 2009 09:53:48 +1030

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

Katherine Phelps
"Lola is a Persian cat who works at the Ja La La Cafe in Tokyo's bustling
Akihabara district. It is one of a growing number of Cat Cafes in the city
which provide visitors with short but intimate encounters with professional
pets."

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"Super Mario" puppet show

Tue, 13 Jan 2009 16:12:12 +1030

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.offworld.com/2009/01/super-mario-in-real-life.html

Share and enjoy,
                *** Xanni ***

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[think about this] : food for thought ...

Mon, 12 Jan 2009 23:43:18 -0800

Bill Daul <bdaul [at] nextnow.net>

Bill Daul
THANKS to Victoria Hayden for this.

If this is true...it is food for thought.  --bill

Violinist in the Metro

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Seijin Shiki

Thu, 15 Jan 2009 15:30:07 +1030

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.dannychoo.com/adp/eng/1649/Seijin+Shiki.html

Yesterday was a public holiday known as "Seijin no Hi" [成人の日] or
"Coming of age day" where those who have turned 20 are declared adults
meaning they can now do SDV (Smoke, Drink and Vote).

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Steam punk

Sun, 18 Jan 2009 06:02:42 +0000

campbell_hewston [at] ekit.com

griffin.png
I hadn't heard about Steam Punk for a while

Looks like its alive and well

http://steampunkworkshop.com./

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The Magic Portal

Tue, 20 Jan 2009 18:39:48 +1030

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

Katherine Phelps
I'm not certain if I've passed this on before, but I came across it again
recently and really enjoyed a second look.

The Magic Portal

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Fwd: Fw: Service Outage Over

Tue, 20 Jan 2009 20:38:32 -0800

Bill Daul <bdaul [at] nextnow.net>

Bill Daul

"Dear World:

We, the United States of America, your top quality supplier of the
ideals of liberty and democracy, would like to apologize for our

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New Eyemaze game: "Grow Tower"

Fri, 23 Jan 2009 00:59:51 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.eyezmaze.com/eyezblog_en/blog/2009/01/grow_tower.html

"I'm very sorry to have kept you waiting so long.
I've just finished New GROW!"

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Disappearing teaspoons (British Medical Journal)

Fri, 23 Jan 2009 02:41:56 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
The case of the disappearing teaspoons: longitudinal cohort study of the
displacement of teaspoons in an Australian research institute
http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/331/7531/1498

Responses:  http://www.bmj.com/cgi/eletters/331/7531/1498

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National Film Board of Canada Archives

Fri, 23 Jan 2009 22:16:55 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.nfb.ca/explore-by/title/?genre=1

The National Film Board of Canada is famous for having supported
film-makers for more than half a century, resulting in many wonderful
short films.  Now the archives are available online.

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Songsmith

Sat, 24 Jan 2009 15:18:09 +1030

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

Katherine Phelps
http://whythatsdelightful.wordpress.com/2009/01/13/what-just-fix-vista/

I live in Australia. The above ad from Microsoft explains why. OH THE HORROR!

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Flirting with Magic

Sat, 24 Jan 2009 15:24:24 +1030

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

Katherine Phelps
Flirting with Magic

How to pick up girls with magic:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98YfDn-Afpg

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Robots! Robots! Robots!

Sat, 24 Jan 2009 18:27:21 +1030

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

Katherine Phelps
I can't read a word on this site...you'll have to ask Andrew about that, but
the robots are terrific!

http://www.generalrobots.de/

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Monty Python on YouTube

Sat, 24 Jan 2009 23:31:53 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.youtube.com/MontyPython

Share and enjoy,
                *** Xanni ***

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Mercy dash family denied entry to US

Mon, 26 Jan 2009 14:48:45 +1030

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2009/01/24/1232471656805.html

"AN AUSTRALIAN family on a mercy dash to a dying relative in the United
States were detained without food or water before being sent to a
detention centre and forced to spend the night with criminal suspects.

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Pac-Man Dungeons, PDP-11

Tue, 27 Jan 2009 23:42:24 +1030

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

Andrew Pam
Pac-Man Dungeons (PMD) is a text-mode version of Pac-Man.
http://www.masswerk.at/pmd/

Using a PDP-11/10 to Teach Content and History in Computer Organization
Courses:  http://fs6.depauw.edu:50080/~dharms/pdp11/

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A Designer's Portfolio, 16th Century-Style

Wed, 28 Jan 2009 13:53:35 +1030

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.creativereview.co.uk/crblog/a-designers-portfolio-16th-century-style/

"Produced c1500, the book is filled with designs for different styles of
script, letters, initials and decorative borders. All are believed to
have come from one workshop, where the book would have been used not

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Best Ad Ever!

Thu, 29 Jan 2009 21:16:36 +1030

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

Katherine Phelps
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4bfdaR4xMeU

I'm buying the noodles! I'm buying the noodles!

Nothing like being "quick cooked in dragon fire".

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Giant Gummy Bear ... on a Stick

Fri, 30 Jan 2009 11:39:54 +1030

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.vat19.com/dvds/giant-gummy-bear-on-a-stick.cfm

"Candy lovers rejoice! The Giant Gummy Bear on a Stick represents the
most delicious candy confection that man has ever produced. Hand made
(with gloves on) in the US, the Giant Gummy Bear is 88 times larger than

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Patricia Renick's dinosaur sculptures

Fri, 30 Jan 2009 15:32:17 +1030

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

Andrew Pam
Stegowagenvolkssaurus:
http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/print-article-17015-print.html

Triceracopter:
http://i.gizmodo.com/5141847/triceracopter-if-only-evolution-had-worked-out-differently

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Down the rabbit hole with the World's Smallest Postal Service

Fri, 30 Jan 2009 16:10:23 +1030

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.boingboing.net/2009/01/29/down-the-rabbit-hole.html

"Lea Redmond calls it the World's Smallest Postal Service. She writes
little tiny letters on little tiny stationary and seals them with wax
inside a little tiny stamped and canceled envelope."

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More of London from above, at night

Sat, 31 Jan 2009 10:35:24 +1100

Amanda Penrose <amanda [at] dd.com.au>

Amanda Penrose
http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2009/01/more_of_london_from_above_at_n.html
Stunning!
AJ

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