Glass Wings Blog: May 2010

Ball-riding robots

Sat, 01 May 2010 17:19:31 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
"Masaaki Kumagai has built wheeled robots, crawling robots, and legged
robots. Now he's built a robot that rides on a ball"

http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/robotics-software/042910-a-robot-that-balances-on-a-ball

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Two from Inhabitat: Elastic Water, Pokeberry solar panels

Sat, 01 May 2010 17:24:08 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
Japanese Researchers Invent Elastic Water
http://inhabitat.com/2010/04/30/japanese-researchers-make-elastic-plastic-out-of-water/

Purple Pokeberries Could Provide Low-Cost Solar for Developing Nations
http://inhabitat.com/2010/04/30/purple-pokeberries-could-help-provide-low-cost-solar-for-developing-nations/

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Favourite Etsy's

Sat, 1 May 2010 23:25:12 +1000

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

Katherine Phelps
Time to go trawling through that wondrous craft morass known as Etsy.

How about these peg people from my favourite shows such as IT Crowd and Dr
Who.

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Ewok Karaoke

Sun, 2 May 2010 09:22:49 +1000

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

Katherine Phelps
Come on people. Sing along!

"Yub nub, eee chop yub nub."

http://www.vimeo.com/4052500

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Hipsters in Space

Wed, 5 May 2010 14:38:40 +1000

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

Katherine Phelps
Not certain how I missed this when it first came out. Animated mash of Star
Trek, Pigs in Space, and hipsterism. Hey it smacks of LOLitanium!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_7eEY_9bg8

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Pay what you want for 5 great computer games

Wed, 05 May 2010 22:05:59 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.wolfire.com/humble

"World of Goo", "Aquaria", "Gish", "Lugaru HD" and "Penumbra Overture"
are all great games by independent developers.  I've played and enjoyed
them all (I was also a beta tester for the Linux version of "Aquaria").

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The Wonderful World of Albert Kahn

Fri, 07 May 2010 17:44:06 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
"Colour Photographs from a Lost Age"
http://www.albertkahn.co.uk/

BBC Books, in association with the Musée Albert-Kahn, presents an
astonishing collection of early true-colour photographs from around the

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Awesome Animal Robots

Tue, 11 May 2010 22:25:55 +1000

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

Katherine Phelps
Ann P. Smith has a way with springs and gears. Her animal robots are charming
and a few are shown even working!

http://burrowburrow.com/robots.html

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Clash of the Titans: Bubo the Owl

Tue, 11 May 2010 22:41:05 +1000

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

Katherine Phelps
Ray Harryhausen was the genius behind the creatures in the original Clash of
the Titans. Here's some insight into Bubo and his other creatures.

http://theseventhvoyage.com/bubo.htm

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Theresa Andersson

Fri, 14 May 2010 09:58:29 +1000

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

Katherine Phelps
The song is lovely. I'm also deeply amazed at how Theresa manages to be a
one-person band.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8xx6xKKJ6A

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beamz music performance system

Sat, 15 May 2010 09:19:44 +1000

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

Katherine Phelps
The idea is cool: a ready made affordable laser harp. BUT...OMG who made this
DORKY AD? It's like they brought together the cast from the Drew Carey Show
because, "Hey, that was a popular show. Those guys will make us look edgy."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZcyngSX2_c

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Fwd: Video of the Week: Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir

Fri, 14 May 2010 19:41:45 -0700

Bill Daul <bdaul [at] pacbell.net>

Bill Daul
Begin forwarded message:

From: Mali <mali@irisinstitute.net>
Date: May 14, 2010 6:37:03 PM PDT
To: "Mali ." <mali@irisinstitute.net>

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Who You Gonna Call? Improv Everywhere!

Wed, 19 May 2010 09:41:56 +1000

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

Katherine Phelps
Libraries everywhere are suffering from unfortunate cuts and now is a time
when people need them for finding work, brushing up on skills, and staying in
contact with the world. The New York Public Library is facing a $37 million
budget cut. So they asked Improv Everywhere to help raise people's awareness
of the issue.

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Gorilla Encounter (4 minutes of love - worth watching!)

Tue, 18 May 2010 19:36:47 -0700

Bill Daul <bdaul [at] nextnow.net>

Bill Daul
Thanks Tammy in Utah!  It is very special...brought tears to my eyes to see the
love.  --bill

Begin forwarded message:

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The Geek Alphabet

Sat, 22 May 2010 11:46:53 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.geeksaresexy.net/2010/05/13/the-geek-alphabet/

As a geek, you definitely know your ABCs, but do you know these? From A
to Z, “away team” to “zork,” here is [GAS]’s take on the Geek Alphabet.

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Misery Bear

Mon, 24 May 2010 11:35:45 +1000

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

Katherine Phelps
Misery Bear needs our love...or at least someone's love. These adorable comedy
shorts are a little sad and a LOT funny. Starring an expressively puppeteered
soft toy bear.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/comedy/show/p004nw8v

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Baby Fett

Thu, 27 May 2010 09:04:42 +1000

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

Katherine Phelps
This Pixar animator and closet paleontologist has created the cutest little
character of evil...Baby Fett. Be sure to watch the animation.

http://munchanka.blogspot.com/

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Amazing jellyfish

Fri, 28 May 2010 00:27:40 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.kqed.org/quest/television/amazing-jellies--siphonophores2

"They are otherworldly creatures that glow in the dark, without brains
or bones, some more than 100 feet long. And they live just off
California's coast. Join two top marine biologists who have devoted

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Soviet Bus Shelters

Fri, 28 May 2010 11:09:06 +1000

Chris Johnstone <c.p.johnstone [at] gmail.com>

Chris Johnstone
Some of you will no doubt have seen these before: they're quite amazing.

Apparently under Soviet rule bus shelters were one of the few architectural
objects that wasn't regulated in terms of size, shape etc. This meant that
Soviet architects loved designing bus shelters and went a bit crazy when

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