Glass Wings Blog: May 2013

The $12 Gongkai Phone

Wed, 01 May 2013 10:46:34 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
How cheap can you make a phone?
http://www.bunniestudios.com/blog/?p=3040

More thoughts on the ecosystem of cheap Chinese hardware from the ever
interesting bunnie.

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25 indie games that should be on your radar

Wed, 01 May 2013 10:47:37 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
A good feature article on forthcoming indie games:
http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2013/04/25-indie-games-to-keep-an-eye-on/

"Origami adventures to abstract e-sports, the indie scene is full of
originality."

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Adorable Doggy Animation

Thu, 02 May 2013 08:11:28 +1000

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

Katherine Phelps
This reminds me so much of Canadian Film Board animated shorts. Great hand
drawn style and cute story.

http://vimeo.com/65107797

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Millionaire Buys Daycare and College for Crime-Filled Neighborhood, Turns it Around

Thu, 02 May 2013 13:10:21 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/inspired/individuals/millionaire-buys-daycare-and-college-for-crime-filled-fla-neighborhood.html>
More here: http://pegasus.ucf.edu/story/rosen/

"Twenty years ago, having amassed a fortune, Rosen decided to give back."

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The world's oldest record shop: on the vinyl frontier since 1894

Thu, 02 May 2013 13:11:04 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2012/mar/25/spillers-cardiff-worlds-oldest-record-store

"Spillers Records in Cardiff has served music lovers for nearly 120 years, but
competition from the internet makes its future far from certain."

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50 Years of Stupid Grammar

Fri, 03 May 2013 08:30:25 +1000

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

Katherine Phelps
Taking Strunk and White to task.

I hope you laugh as hard as I did at the last couple of paragraphs!

http://chronicle.com/article/50-Years-of-Stupid-Grammar/25497

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Fwd: Saving Grendel: Preserving Australian Animation History

Fri, 03 May 2013 09:53:35 +1000

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

Katherine Phelps
We actually showed Grendel Grendel Grendel at the first convention Andrew and I
organised. This is a marvelous Australian animated feature and well worth
preserving. Think about pitching in a little to help!

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I wanna be like you: Kanzi, the ape who HAS learned the secret of man's red fire

Fri, 03 May 2013 10:58:03 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2080050/Now-thats-chim-PAN-zee-Meet-monkey-fry-burgers.html

"Like all red-blooded males, Kanzi loves messing around with a barbecue. But
then, as these extraordinary pictures show, Kanzi is no man. He is a bonobo -
pygmy chimpanzee - and his love of fire is challenging the way that we think

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The Chase

Fri, 03 May 2013 10:59:37 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
A story about the art of aging....enjoy :)
http://vimeo.com/38247727

Share and enjoy,
            *** Xanni ***

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Animated Factoids

Fri, 03 May 2013 18:10:39 +1000

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

Katherine Phelps
These cartoon factoids are hilarious! Based around facts from the Stephen Fry
show QI.

http://www.mrwhaite.com/

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The Power of Kawaii: Viewing Cute Images Promotes a Careful Behavior and Narrows Attentional Focus

Sat, 04 May 2013 12:28:44 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.plosone.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0046362

"Kawaii (a Japanese word meaning “cute”) things are popular because they
produce positive feelings."

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Big Cat Rescue

Sat, 04 May 2013 12:33:22 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://bigcatrescue.org/videos/

"This site is more than 9,000 pages of photos, videos, stories, facts
and fun stuff about lions, tigers, leopards and many, many more
varieties of exotic wild cats."

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New Zealand Parliament passes gay marriage bill -- and a love song

Sun, 05 May 2013 11:11:00 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
This was a beautiful historic moment:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q9pOJ8Bc-g

And then of course there was this speech:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gl8oKO7BAuU

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OMNI Magazine Collection

Sun, 05 May 2013 11:12:30 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
OMNI Magazine is now at the Internet Archive!
https://archive.org/details/omni-magazine

"From Wikipedia: OMNI was a science and science fiction magazine
published in the US and the UK. It contained articles on science fact

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Thoughts on the Creative Career

Mon, 06 May 2013 12:18:47 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
A really excellent video from Ze Frank:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G9RN-Uf1rBY

Share and enjoy,
            *** Xanni ***

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Paragliding Circus

Mon, 06 May 2013 12:21:38 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3H9e1kbpeY

"Gill Schneider, acro paragliding pilot, [has] some fun with some jugglers and
one beautiful trapezist girl (Roxane Giliand)
Film festival selection: Coupe Icare 2012 (france) - Best Original Film"

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Robot Repair Shop

Tue, 07 May 2013 09:33:25 +1000

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

Katherine Phelps
Poor little robot has gotten trapped inside a repair shop and the owner is
away. See how the robot fills up his time. Cuteness galore!

I want a robot repair shop near me!!!!

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Incredibly Realistic 3D Papercraft Birds

Tue, 07 May 2013 17:01:17 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/johan-scherft-papercraft-bird

"Are these not some of the most realistic-looking birds you've ever laid eyes
on? Netherlands-based artist Johan Scherft has mastered the art of papercraft."

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Text of SXSW2013 closing remarks by Bruce Sterling

Tue, 07 May 2013 17:17:23 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.wired.com/beyond_the_beyond/2013/04/text-of-sxsw2013-closing-remarks-by-bruce-sterling/

Bruce Sterling always gives great talks.

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Cool car ads

Wed, 08 May 2013 10:45:08 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
Car companies are clearly trying to create ads that will be popular online:

Mercedes Benz: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2Rf5QX7bNc
Audi: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPkByAkAdZs

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The story of how the tin can nearly wasn't

Wed, 08 May 2013 10:46:08 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-21689069

"Tin cans have, in 200 years, changed the way the world eats. But Victorian
disgust over a cheap meat scandal almost consigned the invention to rejection
and failure."

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Tinners Hounds

Thu, 09 May 2013 08:26:28 +1000

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

Katherine Phelps
These are sculptures made out of old mining boots that were going to be thrown
away. Perfectly goofy and adorable.

Tinners Hounds
http://www.davidkemp.uk.com/blog/tinners-hounds.html

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Against Advertising: The new and improved argument

Thu, 09 May 2013 13:00:52 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://wheelercentre.com/dailies/post/b455baf1ac9d/

"In this edited Lunchbox/Soapbox address, Greg discusses how advertising
promotes discontentment with what we have in order to sell us stuff we don’t
need – and how the resulting waste is choking ecosystems and causing dangerous

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Is American Nonviolence Possible?

Thu, 09 May 2013 13:07:41 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/04/21/is-american-nonviolence-possible/?smid=go-share

"Now is as good a time as any to reflect on our responses to the many recent
horrors that seem to have engulfed us, and to consider whether we can hope to
move from an ethos of violence to one [of] nonviolence."

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Des Hommes et des Chatons

Fri, 10 May 2013 10:45:36 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://deshommesetdeschatons.tumblr.com/

"The tumblr as cute as sexy that brings our two favourite things together:
kittens and men!"

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Excuse Us While We Kiss The Sky

Fri, 10 May 2013 10:48:21 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.gq.com/news-politics/newsmakers/201303/urban-explorers-gq-march-2013

"By day they work as computer programmers and stock boys and academics. But at
night they are known as urban explorers.The Brooklyn Bridge, London's Shard,
Notre Dame—each structure is an expedition waiting to happen."

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Sad Cat Diary

Sat, 11 May 2013 09:36:31 +1000

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

Katherine Phelps
This will seriously have you rolling on the floor. By Zefrank.

http://youtu.be/PKffm2uI4dk

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Why’s (Poignant) Guide to Ruby

Sat, 11 May 2013 10:29:03 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
Ever wanted to learn how to program?
http://mislav.uniqpath.com/poignant-guide/

This is some fine comedy writing.  Or possibly madness.

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Why We Must Remember Rohwer

Sat, 11 May 2013 10:32:29 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.huffingtonpost.com/george-takei/japanese-american-internment-museum_b_3130896.html>

"Over seventy years ago, my family and I were forced from our home in
Los Angeles at gunpoint by U.S. soldiers and sent to Rohwer, all because
we happened to look like the people who bombed Pearl Harbor."

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John Cleese on Creativity

Sun, 12 May 2013 11:32:38 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9rtmxJrKwc

"In this excerpt from his fantastic 1991 (we think) lecture, John Cleese
offers a recipe for creativity, delivered with his signature blend of
cultural insight and comedic genius."

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Wandering Around an Albuquerque Airport Terminal

Sun, 12 May 2013 11:37:57 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/23313

"Nye gives voice to her experience as an Arab-American through poems
about heritage and peace that overflow with a humanitarian spirit."

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Marbelous, a wooden table with built-in marble tracks

Mon, 13 May 2013 11:11:01 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2011/07/marbelous-a-wooden-table-with-built-in-marble-tracks/

"Marbelous is a novel table embedded with a network tracks for steel marbles to
traverse, moving from the table’s surface down through the legs."

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Metaflop

Mon, 13 May 2013 11:16:45 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.metaflop.com/modulator

Play with font design!  You can download and freely use the resulting font.

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Belgian Cat Festival is AWESOME

Mon, 13 May 2013 15:16:10 +1000

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

Katherine Phelps
"Kattenstoet is a Festival of Cats that takes place every three years on the
second Sunday in May in Ypres, Belgium. The history of the festival dates back
into the Middle Ages and the horror of cat torture and killing of the time.
Back in those days many cultures believed cats to be in league with witches and
the devil. The festival has grown to be a grand celebration of cats."

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Eurovision party 7pm Saturday 18 May 2013!

Mon, 13 May 2013 22:13:22 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
EUROVISION weekend is starting 17 May!  We're having a party at our
house in Croydon on Saturday night for one of the semi-finals.  We will
be playing Eurovision Bingo with prizes!  Bring along munchies to share.

Please RSVP via email or phone if you will be coming!

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Apathy, a videogame political satire

Tue, 14 May 2013 13:02:42 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://apathy.plankhead.com/

"I don’t know what’ll work best. But we’re never going to find out unless we
talk about it. That’s really what I hope Apathy ends up being: a
conversation-starter. It seems like nobody’s talking about the fundamentals of

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11 of the Most Unusual Elevators

Tue, 14 May 2013 13:03:57 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.theworldgeography.com/2013/04/unusual-elevators.html

"Elevator towers for urban transport and modern design elevators attract great
attention of tourists, because of its uniqueness, unusual looks and the driving
experience. Let's have a closer look at the most unusual elevators around the

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James Hansen: The One Thing We Should Be Doing to Prevent Catastrophic Climate Change

Wed, 15 May 2013 10:19:57 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.alternet.org/environment/james-hansen-one-thing-we-should-be-doing-prevent-catastrophic-climate-change

"The country's leading climatologist talks about what our future looks like if
we continue along with business as usual -- and what we could do to prevent
catastrophe."

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Elephants Communicate in Sophisticated Sign Language, Researchers Say

Wed, 15 May 2013 10:21:07 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2013/04/24/elephants-communicate-in-sophisticated-sign-language-researchers-say/

"Elephants may use a variety of subtle movements and gestures to communicate
with one another, according to researchers who have studied the big mammals in
the wild for decades."

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TARDIS Playhouse for Cats

Wed, 15 May 2013 12:05:14 +1000

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

Katherine Phelps
OMG! MUST HAVE! I always knew The Doctor had to be a cat. Just one with more
than nine lives.

http://www.bitrebels.com/geek/diy-kitty-tardis-playhouse-for-cats-who-love-the-doctor/

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Pretend Big Photos

Wed, 15 May 2013 18:50:38 +1000

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

Katherine Phelps
Hilarious Japanese photo meme. How long before we start seeing it in the West
do you think?

http://kotaku.com/japans-latest-meme-photos-of-human-eating-giants-504239134

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little girls R better at designing heroes than you

Thu, 16 May 2013 10:58:45 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://bettersupes.tumblr.com/

"Kids are more impressionable than you, but kids can also be less restricted by
cultural gender norms than you. Kids are more creative than you, and they're
better at making superheroes than you."

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Neil Gaiman Speech London Book Fair Full Transcription

Thu, 16 May 2013 11:01:54 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
Marvelous Neil Gaiman keynote about the future of art, media and publishing.

http://fallsintowriting.com/2013/04/23/neil-gaiman-speech-full-transcription/

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The 10 Weirdest And Most Wonderful Libraries In The World

Fri, 17 May 2013 11:30:01 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://litreactor.com/columns/the-10-most-unusual-libraries-in-the-world

"...some communities have fanciful architectural wonders, animals who deliver
books to children, repurposed phone booths full of reading material on the
street, and other wonderfully unexpected ways of bringing reading to the

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Why I Let My Students Cheat On Their Exam

Fri, 17 May 2013 11:31:53 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.zocalopublicsquare.org/2013/04/15/why-i-let-my-students-cheat-on-the-final/ideas/nexus/

"Who in their right mind would condone and encourage cheating among UCLA
juniors and seniors? Perhaps someone with the idea that concepts in animal
behavior can be taught by making their students live those concepts."

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All Skulls On: Teaching Intersectionality through Halo

Sat, 18 May 2013 11:48:42 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://borderhouseblog.com/?p=10617&cpage=1

'My friend and fellow WGSS 100 instructor Lauran planted the seed of the
idea for this activity when she, citing my proclivity for video games,
recommended that I read John Scalzi’s blog post “Straight White Male:

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Police-speak: An appreciation

Sat, 18 May 2013 11:49:56 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-22295624

"The police have always had their own language. But their often-mocked
manner of speaking to the public displays a streak of comic genius, says
Charles Nevin."

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Deep...Very Deep

Sat, 18 May 2013 19:02:53 +1000

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

Katherine Phelps
Illustrated version of a beautiful commencement speech by David Foster Wallace
before his death.

http://youtu.be/xmpYnxlEh0c

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Star Trek: The Middle School Musical

Sat, 18 May 2013 22:58:12 +1000

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

Katherine Phelps
This is so cute! Nicely done send up of both middle school musicals and Star
Trek.

http://youtu.be/OIkgcWtK_rQ

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Fascinating Look at the World's First Steampunk Restaurant

Sun, 19 May 2013 12:04:59 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.techeblog.com/index.php/tech-gadget/fascinating-look-at-the-world-s-first-steampunk-restaurant>

"The world's first steampunk restaurant, designed by Abhishek Majumder,
has opened in New Delhi, India, and it appears to be straight from a
Victorian-era movie / book / comic."

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20-foot dinosaur made from balloons by airigami

Sun, 19 May 2013 12:07:56 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.designboom.com/art/20-foot-dinosaur-made-from-balloons-by-airigami/>

"airigami (headed by larry moss) has completed a 20-foot long
acrocanthosaurus--a dinosaur from the early cretaceous period.
this is not the first time the team has built one of the mammoth

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A history of the Amiga, part 8: The demo scene

Mon, 20 May 2013 23:25:35 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2013/04/a-history-of-the-amiga-part-9-the-demo-scene/>

"For a young teenager sitting alone in his room, the dream of creating
the next great game by himself was getting out of reach. Yet out of this
dilemma these same kids invented a unique method of self-expression,

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What are the best programming fonts?

Mon, 20 May 2013 23:28:13 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.slant.co/topics/67/~what-are-the-best-programming-fonts

Currently tied between Consolas and Source Code Pro, although I
personally like the third place option, Inconsolata.  Download links are
provided.

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Badger Badger Badger Strikes Again

Tue, 21 May 2013 08:02:05 +1000

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

Katherine Phelps
Many of you may have already seen or heard the Internet viral video Badger
Badger Badger.

Badger Badger Badger
http://youtu.be/EIyixC9NsLI

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Wiki Surveys

Tue, 21 May 2013 11:28:46 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.allourideas.org/

'All Our Ideas is a research project that seeks to develop a new form of social
data collection by combining the best features of quantitative and qualitative
methods. Using the power of the web, we are creating a data collection tool

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DRM-Free – A Year On

Tue, 21 May 2013 11:31:08 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://torbooks.co.uk/2013/04/25/drm-free-a-year-on/

"A year to the day, Tor announced that it was making all of its ebook list
DRM-free. There’s still a lot of debate and interest in the topic. I recently
wrote a piece about the subject for Publishers Weekly which I’ve replicated

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What It Feels Like to Be Bad at Math

Wed, 22 May 2013 11:15:31 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://mathwithbaddrawings.com/2013/04/25/were-all-bad-at-math-1-i-feel-stupid-too/

"Math makes people feel stupid. It hurts to feel stupid. It’s hard to realize
this unless you’ve experienced it firsthand. Luckily, I have (although it
didn’t feel so lucky at the time). So here is my tale of mathematical failure.

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Trademarks: the good, the bad and the ugly

Wed, 22 May 2013 11:16:52 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2013/apr/29/trademarks-good-bad-ugly

"It's time we stopped giving trademark bullies a free pass to tell us what our
own words mean – it's time to take them back"

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Australian garden team triumphs at Chelsea Flower Show

Thu, 23 May 2013 11:59:53 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-05-21/australian-wins-top-prize-at-chelsea-flower-show/4704720

"A team of Australian gardeners have created history by claiming best in show
honours at the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show in London."

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Geek Love: On the Matter of Bronies

Thu, 23 May 2013 12:07:27 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.tor.com/blogs/2013/04/geek-love-on-the-matter-of-bronies

"I realize that the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic contingent is old news
for a lot of us, and that most of us have made up our minds one way or the
other, so I want to make clear at the outset that I’m not making a case for or

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Vi Hart Doodle Music

Fri, 24 May 2013 11:21:29 +1000

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

Katherine Phelps
This is just an adorable piece of a cappella music with cute squiggles. Reminds
me of the old kids show Vision On.

https://www.youtube.com/user/Vihart

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Hitchhiker's Fan-Site Started By Douglas Adams Shows Why Authors Shouldn't Panic Over Derivative Works

Fri, 24 May 2013 11:46:48 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/blog/casestudies/articles/20130429/10230922882/hitchhikers-fan-site-started-douglas-adams-shows-why-authors-shouldnt-panic-over-derivative-works.shtml>

"Few creators want to go to war with fans that love their work so much they
make fan films, or write fan fiction. But what would happen if a creator not
only allowed derivatives of their work, but actually made the conscious

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Henry Farrell – On post-democracy

Fri, 24 May 2013 11:54:24 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.aeonmagazine.com/living-together/henry-farrell-post-democracy/

"Governments now answer to business, not voters. Mainstream parties grow ever
harder to distinguish. Is democracy dead?"

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Star Wars Reimagined as a Muppets Comic: A 1983 Mashup

Sat, 25 May 2013 10:21:51 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2013/05/01/muppet-star-wars/

"If you love The Muppets and love Star Wars spoofs, you’re in for a
treat: In the summer of 1983, shortly after the original release of
Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, Muppet magazine — the same issue that

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The Amazing Latte Art of Kazuki Yamamoto

Sat, 25 May 2013 10:25:28 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://twistedsifter.com/2013/04/latte-art-by-kazuki-yamamoto/
https://twitter.com/george_10g/media/grid


I've seen latte art before, but this is just... wow.

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Beautiful and Surprising Sculptures

Sun, 26 May 2013 09:14:21 +1000

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

Katherine Phelps
These sculptures are made entirely out of wood. Amazing technique!

http://twistedsifter.com/2013/05/tom-eckert-wood-sculptures/

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Zoo Train Is AWESOME

Sun, 26 May 2013 09:17:49 +1000

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

Katherine Phelps
Who wouldn't want to ride on this train! Cuddly zoo seats are the best.

"We can't decide whether this is the cutest or creepiest thing we've ever seen.
This train, which transports passengers to the Asahiyama Zoo
<http://en.rocketnews24.com/2013/05/22/roll-up-roll-up-see-the-headless-hokkaido-penguin-here-%E3%80%90video%E3%80%91/>

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Pommel Horse Routine

Sun, 26 May 2013 09:30:08 +1000

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

Katherine Phelps
This should give you a giggle!

http://youtu.be/IjmeHBgFb3g

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30 Days Of Sexism

Sun, 26 May 2013 10:12:34 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.kotaku.com.au/2013/04/30-days-of-sexism/

"From March 7 – April 7, I documented everything blatantly sexist anyone
has said to me."

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I’m still here: back online after a year without the internet

Sun, 26 May 2013 10:15:18 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.theverge.com/2013/5/1/4279674/im-still-here-back-online-after-a-year-without-the-internet>

'I was wrong. One year ago I left the internet. I thought it was making
me unproductive. I thought it lacked meaning. I thought it was
"corrupting my soul."'

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Say Hello To The Inspirational, Feel-Good Side Of Russian Dash Cams

Mon, 27 May 2013 11:42:32 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://jalopnik.com/say-hello-to-the-inspirational-feel-good-side-of-russi-489022102

"Sure, some of the stuff in this video is still crazy (Why is a small child
just wandering in the middle of a busy road?!), but the cameras show off what a
normal day is probably like in Russia."

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Choco pies: The smuggled treats of North Korea

Mon, 27 May 2013 11:46:21 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-22383586

"The prevailing image of North Korea in Western minds is a closed society where
the people have little sense of life beyond its borders. How, then, does one
explain the mobile phones, DVDs and - most bizarrely of all - South Korean

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The digital truths traditional publishers don't want to hear

Tue, 28 May 2013 10:19:56 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/booksblog/2013/apr/29/digital-truths-traditional-publishers

"The choices offered by digital publishing can only be good news for writers,
says Barry Eisler. So why are traditional publishers so angry?"

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Teens aren’t abandoning “social.” They’re just using the word correctly.

Tue, 28 May 2013 10:29:27 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://medium.com/understandings-epiphanies/aae8d5f880cc

“Teens Are Leaving Social Media in Droves Oh My God We’re Doomed Hold Me”

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Hannah Peel

Wed, 29 May 2013 11:02:52 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
Great music box covers of classic songs!

Electricity (OMD): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwztW3THvK8
Blue Monday (New Order): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aeob-f9ea6U
Tainted Love (Soft Cell): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hEAwOgsCVZk

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The Journal of Universal Rejection

Wed, 29 May 2013 11:06:02 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
An old favourite of mine:

http://www.universalrejection.org/

Now you don't need to worry about whether your submission will be accepted!

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Two Lifelong Peas in a Pod

Thu, 30 May 2013 11:41:06 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.slate.com/blogs/behold/2013/05/06/maja_daniels_the_identical_life_of_identical_twins_monette_and_mady_photos.html>

"Monette and Mady share an apartment, work together as models and dancers, and
finish each other’s sentences. They aren’t married and they don’t have kids.
They simply have each other."

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Visualisation of meteorites

Thu, 30 May 2013 11:55:06 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://bolid.es/

"BOLIDES is an attempt to visualize and explore the meteorites that have
collided with the Earth. The visualization focuses mainly on meteorites that
were eye-witnessed when falling and hitting the ground."

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Patreon: crowdfunding for ongoing art projects

Fri, 31 May 2013 11:04:39 +1000

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

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

This looks like a great idea - a crowdfunding site for ongoing art, as opposed
to single projects.

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Why the Idea of the Software Patent Does Not Fly

Fri, 31 May 2013 11:07:26 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://blogs.computerworlduk.com/open-enterprise/2013/05/why-the-software-patent-does-not-fly/index.htm>

"One of the key problems with software patents is that they give people a
monopoly on a programming idea: that's as absurd as giving someone the monopoly
on the idea of a mousetrap. What patents should do is stimulate the creation of

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