Glass Wings Blog: July 2013

Billy Bragg - Handyman Blues

Mon, 01 Jul 2013 11:37:16 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2YmHtISRcz0

"Handyman Blues is the new video taken from Billy Bragg's Top 20 UK Charting
album 'Tooth & Nail'. [...] Directed by Johnny Vegas, the video features
Stewart Lee, Kevin Eldon, Phill Jupitus, Samuel West, Neil Morrissey, Ricky

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Can technology rescue the forest elephant? Yes, with your help.

Mon, 01 Jul 2013 11:39:35 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://animals.oreilly.com/can-technology-rescue-the-forest-elephant/

"The forest elephant (Loxodonta cyclotis) is so poorly known that efforts at
designing effective conservation strategies are greatly hampered, yet these are
the only elephants left on earth that enjoy a mostly free and unconstrained

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The Illustrated Aliens Project

Tue, 02 Jul 2013 08:21:00 +1000

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

Katherine Phelps
"This year I have started an ongoing project called 'Illustrated Aliens'
<http://illustratedaliens.tumblr.com/>. Every day I am creating a new
character/creature/alien that through the month will build up to a whole planet
illustration
<http://illustratedaliens.tumblr.com/post/41938413116/january-2013-here-is-planet-one-you-can-buy-a>

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Why Finnish babies sleep in cardboard boxes

Tue, 02 Jul 2013 12:33:56 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-22751415

Brilliant.  A good start in life for all children.

Via David Formosa.

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Rare Color Film Of New York City In The Summer Of 1939 Is Gorgeous (VIDEO)

Tue, 02 Jul 2013 12:35:27 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/31/color-film-new-york-1939_n_3368410.html

"Thanks to a rare color film reportedly shot in New York in the summer of 1939,
you can get a glimpse of life in the Big Apple during the end of the Great
Depression."

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'Dwarf' foxes, saved from extinction, make an incredible recovery

Wed, 03 Jul 2013 12:05:54 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.treehugger.com/endangered-species/dwarf-foxes-once-near-extinction-make-incredible-recovery.html>

"While they may be a bit smaller than your average house cat, what these
'dwarf' Island foxes lack in stature, they make up for in resilience."

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Alarm calls decode prairie dog language

Wed, 03 Jul 2013 12:07:14 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1kXCh496U0

"This program discusses Prairie Dog Language -- the most sophisticated animal
language decoded so far. Con Slobodchikoff, Ph.D., and his students at Northern
Arizona University in Flagstaff, researched the Gunnison's prairie dogs Alarm

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Architectural exploration game: Kairo

Thu, 04 Jul 2013 12:12:08 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://kairo.lockeddoorpuzzle.com/

"Enter the lost world of Kairo. Explore vast abandoned monuments. Bring strange
and ancient machinery back to life. Slowly uncover the true purpose of Kairo
and fulfil a great destiny."

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Diversity and recruiting developers

Thu, 04 Jul 2013 12:14:39 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://lwn.net/Articles/552848/

"At Texas Linux Fest 2013 in Austin, Rikki Endsley from the USENIX Association
spoke about a familiar topic—diversity in technology companies and software
projects—but from a different angle. Specifically, she looked at how companies

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Russian artist Tebe Interesno

Thu, 04 Jul 2013 14:10:31 +1000

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

Katherine Phelps
This guy's hyperreal art is stunning. I LOVE the selfie Escher is doing in one
of his classic paintings.

http://tebe-interesno.livejournal.com/

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Armor for Critters

Fri, 05 Jul 2013 08:26:13 +1000

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

Katherine Phelps
De Boer is clearly inspired by actual armors from around the world. One cat
helmet is based on one we saw in Graz Austria! Cute, beautiful, funny, and a
little scary all in one go.

http://jeffdeboer.com/Galleries/CatsandMice/tabid/77/Default.aspx

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My Dentist Was Made To Believe I Was Dead And It Made Me Realize Why I Shouldn't Kill Myself And You Shouldn't Either

Fri, 05 Jul 2013 12:24:44 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.xojane.com/issues/dont-kill-yourself-your-dentist-will-miss-you

"I found myself in the embrace of a near-stranger who was overwhelmed with joy
just because inconsequential, strange, and silly little me had lived to see
another day. I surrendered to her startling affection and took part in the

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What actually are a snowball's chances in hell?

Fri, 05 Jul 2013 12:27:24 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
Scientists reveal how icy comets can pass through the sun:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2122283/Scientists-reveal-comets-pass-sun.html

"Thousands of comets have been detected plunging into our solar system’s star
since the 1980s. And with the introduction of technology such as Nasa’s

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The Portal Bedroom

Sat, 06 Jul 2013 17:41:12 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://portalbedroom.com/

Very impressive!

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Meet the cloud that will keep you warm at night

Sat, 06 Jul 2013 17:42:24 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://gigaom.com/2013/05/24/meet-the-cloud-that-will-keep-you-warm-at-night/>

"AoTerra, a German company that’s shattering records for crowdfunding in
that country, is a cloud provider with a difference. Its servers heat
the air and water in buildings, saving everyone money and making the

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The Chipophone

Sat, 06 Jul 2013 17:43:53 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m1pchpDD5EU

"The Chipophone is a homemade 8-bit synthesizer, especially suited for
live chiptune playing. It has been built inside an old electronic organ."

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Animals and Humans: A False Divide?

Sun, 07 Jul 2013 18:19:57 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/06/130605133712.htm

"We don't just share our lives with animals; we are animals -- a reality
that we often choose to forget in modern Western culture."

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23 Unbelievable Places

Sun, 07 Jul 2013 18:21:31 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://imgur.com/a/MqR8x

Some beautiful photographs via Jon Swabey.

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13 Space Photos To Remind You The Universe Is Incredible

Sun, 07 Jul 2013 18:29:55 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.buzzfeed.com/ashleyperez/a-quick-reminder-that-there-is-so-much-more-than-life-on-ear>

“It suddenly struck me that that tiny pea, pretty and blue, was the
Earth. I put up my thumb and shut one eye, and my thumb blotted out the
planet Earth. I didn’t feel like a giant. I felt very, very small.”

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Stunning Life-Size Photos Capture Close Encounters With Whales

Mon, 08 Jul 2013 11:18:46 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2013/06/life-size-images-of-whales/

"Few people are lucky enough to have had a quiet underwater encounter with a
whale.  For the rest of us, there are photos like these: Life-sized composites
of sperm, humpback and minke whales, captured from less than 6 feet away."

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Sharing is a cultural right, not a market failure

Mon, 08 Jul 2013 11:21:03 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://infojustice.org/archives/29840

"Sharing is not a problem but a condition for the human (cultural)
development."

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Soft Baby Goat Love Pile

Mon, 08 Jul 2013 13:51:49 +1000

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

Katherine Phelps
"Somebody make them stop! They're sooo soft!"

http://youtu.be/srrHgqsJxQ8

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How NOT to write a Catsitting List

Mon, 08 Jul 2013 13:59:29 +1000

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

Katherine Phelps
I try to keep my catsitting list simple.
1) Change water once a day
2) Clean catpan once a day
3) Feed twice a day

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Big national debates sink in the sands of ignorance

Tue, 09 Jul 2013 11:56:38 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.theage.com.au/comment/big-national-debates-sink-in-the-sands-of-ignorance-20130612-2o49g.html>

"If voters don't care about a strong foundation of fact, why would
politicians?"

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These Unresolved Ethical Questions Are About to Get Real

Tue, 09 Jul 2013 11:58:09 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://io9.com/these-unresolved-ethical-questions-are-about-to-get-rea-512883836

"As our technologies take us from the theoretical to the practical, a number of
thorny moral quandaries remain unanswered. Here are important unresolved
ethical questions that are on the verge of becoming highly relevant."

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Evolution of Get Lucky [Daft Punk Chronologic cover by PV NOVA]

Wed, 10 Jul 2013 12:04:14 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3r3BOZ6QQtU

Very clever!

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What do #occupygezi Protesters Want? My Observations from Gezi Park

Wed, 10 Jul 2013 12:05:15 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://technosociology.org/?p=1349

"I have spent the last few days interviewing people in Istanbul’s Gezi Park
protests as well as hanging out in the park, observing, chatting informally
with everyone ranging from journalists to visitors to the park and occasionally

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Lawsuit Filed To Prove Happy Birthday Is In The Public Domain

Thu, 11 Jul 2013 12:34:33 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20130613/11165823451/filmmaker-finally-aims-to-get-court-to-admit-that-happy-birthday-is-public-domain.shtml>

"Happy Birthday remains the most profitable song ever. Every year, it is the
song that earns the highest royalty rates, sent to Warner/Chappell Music (which
makes millions per year from "licensing" the song). However, as we've been

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Charting the Impact of Everyday Sexism Across the World

Thu, 11 Jul 2013 12:36:25 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/01/world/europe/charting-the-impact-of-everyday-sexism-across-the-world.html>
http://www.everydaysexism.com/

"The stories posted on Everyday Sexism include many that “we wouldn’t as
politicians normally see, because it’s not the kind of thing that people will

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Making The Internet Weirder One Picture At A Time

Thu, 11 Jul 2013 19:26:32 +1000

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

Katherine Phelps
This is an English language site that brings the wonders of Korean spoofers "We
Do Phoshop" to the West. The weirdness reaches a whole new level of monumental
AWESOME!

http://kotaku.com/koreas-photoshop-trolls-make-the-internet-a-better-pla-728449290

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Be More Dog

Fri, 12 Jul 2013 09:15:15 +1000

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

Katherine Phelps
AHAHAHA Okay, let me describe this...AHAHAHAHA Hang on, I can do
this...SNORTHAHAHAHA This time, this time...HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHROFL

http://youtu.be/yIIBwAO0tRM

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Toothless costume

Fri, 12 Jul 2013 12:19:51 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cpmvHADqLIY

What a great quadsuit!

The creator's site: dreamvisioncreations.com

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Games Are The Ideal Place For Telling Great Stories

Fri, 12 Jul 2013 12:21:23 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2013/06/12/games-are-the-ideal-place-for-telling-great-stories/

"There are some who have argued that games just aren’t the right medium for
telling stories. Pointing out that scant few games have ever produced literary
works comparable with other forms, the suggestion is that gaming just isn’t a

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Rihanna - Diamonds (Cover by Steam Powered Giraffe)

Sat, 13 Jul 2013 11:26:35 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tU-VJOzb-10

Thanks to epbot.com for introducing me to the awesome Steam Powered
Giraffe - more at steampoweredgiraffe.com.

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Caravan Palace - Dragons

Sat, 13 Jul 2013 11:29:13 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9Ca89gxbjU

More great Electro Swing!

Via Mz Maau.

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Lindsey Stirling

Sat, 13 Jul 2013 11:30:14 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/user/lindseystomp?feature=watch

A very talented pop violinist.

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Basic income versus the robots

Sun, 14 Jul 2013 15:09:57 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.newstatesman.com/economics/2013/06/basic-income-versus-robots

"For the most part, all our jobs being taken by robots isn't that bad a
thing. What that would mean in practice is that we would have the same
standard of living that we have now, and wouldn't need to work for it.

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Even Churchill used an OMG! ;-)

Sun, 14 Jul 2013 15:12:07 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/futuretense/hungup-on-language/4762468>

"For those who worry that our language is being corrupted by
abbreviations and invented words, the future must look terribly bleak.
But while the digital age has introduced hundreds of new terms and

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Epbot Exemplars: "My First Con" Edition!

Sun, 14 Jul 2013 15:14:05 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.epbot.com/2013/06/epbot-exemplars-my-first-con-edition.html

'I get so many convention "success stories" from you readers that I
started compiling a few of my favorites. These are all from people who
attended a convention for the very first time, many of whom struggle

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Danny MacAskill's Imaginate

Mon, 15 Jul 2013 12:52:09 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sv3xVOs7_No

Brilliantly done.  More here: http://imaginate.redbull.com/behind-the-scenes

Via Paula Rizzuto.

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Animals requesting help from humans

Mon, 15 Jul 2013 12:54:42 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
Ballsy fox cub with jar on its head approaches men for help:
http://now.msn.com/fox-with-head-caught-in-a-jar-seems-to-ask-for-help?ocid=ansnowex

Raven Rescue (Crow):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlwxLtFQcrY

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Cleopatra in Spaaace!

Tue, 16 Jul 2013 12:03:37 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
A very cute comic:
http://www.cowshell.com/cleopatra/

Via Muse.

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Daft Punk - Doin' It Right - Conte Remix

Tue, 16 Jul 2013 12:25:37 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
Another great remix from Jack Conte:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAJBc7gW-Vc

Also some information at the end about his new crowdfunding platform Patreon
which I mentioned in May.

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The Saga of Rex animation

Tue, 16 Jul 2013 14:31:21 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5urtUMjsel0

It's finally here!  The beautiful animated intro to The Saga of Rex, the
graphic novel originally serialised in Flight.  I'm proud to be one of the
Kickstarter backers of this project.  More information here: sagaofrex.com

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On “Geek” Versus “Nerd”

Wed, 17 Jul 2013 12:41:08 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://slackprop.wordpress.com/2013/06/03/on-geek-versus-nerd/

"To many people, “geek” and “nerd” are synonyms, but in fact they are a little
different.  [...]  In my mind, “geek” and “nerd” are related, but capture
different dimensions of an intense dedication to a subject"

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Capybara, Rodent Of Unusual Size, Loves To Hug Cats

Wed, 17 Jul 2013 12:47:52 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/20/capybara-hugs-cat_n_3475268.html

"The first time I saw a picture of a capybara, I felt like I'd just found out
unicorns are real.  It seemed too good to be true: This improbable,
shaggy-haired beast, which basically looked like a giant hamster, was hugging

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Musical Puns

Wed, 17 Jul 2013 14:31:32 +1000

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

Katherine Phelps
Actually delightful musical punishment. They take the name of a band and turn
it into the name of a musical instrument and play that instrument. You gotta
see it.

http://youtu.be/wkUSB6CGlyw

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Anatol Knotek

Thu, 18 Jul 2013 08:27:47 +1000

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

Katherine Phelps
Delightfully clever concrete poetry. Move over William Carlos Williams!

http://visual-poetry.tumblr.com/tagged/anachronism

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Here is Today

Thu, 18 Jul 2013 13:29:42 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://hereistoday.com/

Select "Okay" to take a tour through time!

Via Jon Swabey.

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The 1860s Bar

Thu, 18 Jul 2013 13:32:13 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ESokgl3Vldk

"We surprised random people by turning back the clock 150 years at a local bar,
completely transforming it into 1860s New York. Full story:
http://improveverywhere.com/"

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Pony Wings: An Open Source HTML5 game

Fri, 19 Jul 2013 12:45:56 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://ponywings.nutcasenightmare.com/

Inspired by Tiny Wings, a game I love.  Make your own enhancements!

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Heirs of Infocom: Where interactive fiction authors and games stand today

Fri, 19 Jul 2013 12:46:40 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2013/06/heirs-of-infocom-where-interactive-fiction-authors-and-games-stand-today/>

Mobile is hot right now.

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Evolution of Music - Pentatonix

Sun, 21 Jul 2013 02:19:28 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lExW80sXsHs

"We decided to do a medley of our favorite songs throughout history!"

Pentatonix are a lot of fun.  More here:

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Metal Clay Art By Wanaree

Sun, 21 Jul 2013 02:23:37 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.artbywanaree.com/www.artbywanaree.com/Home.html
http://artwarebywanaree.blogspot.com.au/

"Wanaree Tanner is an award winning artist and instructor, with a love
for illustration and a fascination with world mythologies. She started

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The Science of Why We Don't Believe Science

Sun, 21 Jul 2013 02:29:40 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
How our brains fool us on climate, creationism, and the vaccine-autism link:
http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2011/03/denial-science-chris-mooney

"We apply fight-or-flight reflexes not only to predators, but to data
itself."

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Ursula LeGuin's Lathe of Heaven on YouTube

Sun, 21 Jul 2013 17:27:14 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
The entire 1980 film:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8VRbaVNvSA

An SF classic!

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How Our Visions of Virtual Reality Have Changed in the Past 40 Years

Sun, 21 Jul 2013 17:33:01 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://io9.com/how-our-visions-of-virtual-reality-have-changed-in-the-582906269>

The comments are also worthwhile on this article.

Via Jon Swabey.

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Homosexuality explained

Sun, 21 Jul 2013 17:35:03 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://imgur.com/a/QH95n#0

Share and enjoy,
                *** Xanni ***

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When Doves Cry: Scientific American Explores Grief in Animals

Mon, 22 Jul 2013 10:46:10 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.tor.com/blogs/2013/06/when-doves-cry-scientific-american-explores-grief-in-animals

"From house cats to dolphins to gorillas, grief is evident throughout the
animal kingdom. King surmises, “Our ways of mourning may be unique, but the
human capacity to grieve is something we share with other animals.”"

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Animated fractal curves

Mon, 22 Jul 2013 10:49:25 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://spinor.tumblr.com/post/5534186295/heres-an-animation-going-through-the-various
http://spinor.tumblr.com/post/5571053604/heres-an-animation-of-the-dragon-curve-with

You may need to click on the images to see the animations.

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An Oral History of "Trading Places"

Tue, 23 Jul 2013 12:47:23 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
It's The 30-Year Anniversary Of The Greatest Wall Street Movie Ever Made:
Here's The Story Behind It
http://au.businessinsider.com/an-oral-history-of-trading-places-2013-6

"In June of 1983, "Trading Places" was released in theatres. It remains the

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Brian Fargo: "The golden era of computer RPGs is yet to come"

Tue, 23 Jul 2013 12:50:02 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://polygamia.pl/Polygamia/1,112250,14171391,Brian_Fargo___The_golden_era_of_computer_RPGs_is_yet.html

"We talked with Brian Fargo about his 30 years in the industry, Interplay
times, and of course upcoming Wasteland 2 and Torment: Tides of Numenera."

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I Don’t Feel Your Pain

Wed, 24 Jul 2013 13:22:25 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
A failure of empathy perpetuates racial disparities.
<http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2013/06/racial_empathy_gap_people_don_t_perceive_pain_in_other_races.single.html>

Via Jürgen Hubert and Suvi-Tuuli Allan.
<https://plus.google.com/u/0/105510708763837902389>

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みっちりねこマーチ - MitchiriNeko March

Wed, 24 Jul 2013 13:23:39 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
A cheerful video!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAIGb1lfpBw

Via Muse.

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Levitating Superconductor on a Möbius strip

Thu, 25 Jul 2013 12:08:05 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPqEEZa2Gis

A great demo.  A superconductor, a Möbius strip of rare earth magnets and
magnetic levitation!

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Book Domino Chain World Record

Thu, 25 Jul 2013 12:08:51 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Np450xMSncE

"The Seattle Public Library launched the 2013 Summer Reading Program by setting
a new world record for the longest book domino chain!"

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Yonatan Zunger on Objectification

Fri, 26 Jul 2013 12:13:22 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://plus.google.com/+YonatanZunger/posts/TbCgDWPkBGW

"If you ever hear people talking about women’s role in movies, or video games,
or the like, you may have come across the word “objectification.” I spent years
being confused about what this meant, because nobody ever explained it very

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How to Talk to Little Girls

Fri, 26 Jul 2013 12:15:01 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://latinafatale.com/2011/07/21/how-to-talk-to-little-girls/

Via Jon Swabey.

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'Normal' Barbie

Sat, 27 Jul 2013 11:10:41 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
'Normal' Barbie By Nickolay Lamm Shows Us What Mattel Dolls Might Look
Like If Based On Actual Women (PHOTOS)
<http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/01/normal-barbie-nickolay-lamm_n_3529460.html>

Via Charles Dowd and Kimberly Chapman.

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William Shakespeare's Star Wars

Sat, 27 Jul 2013 11:13:12 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
Promotional video for the new book:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=__E20tUsM3s

The book is at: http://quirkbooks.com/ShakespeareStarWars

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Doug Engelbart & Ted Nelson come to dinner

Sat, 27 Jul 2013 11:29:23 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
Howard Rheingold's home video of a dinner with the late Douglas
Engelbart, Karen Engelbart, Ted Nelson and Marlene Mallicoat:
<http://blip.tv/howardrheingold/doug-engelbart-ted-nelson-come-to-dinner-4042213>

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New Pogo Remix

Sun, 28 Jul 2013 09:03:57 +1000

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

Katherine Phelps
Some of you may remember Pogo's remix using Pixar's Up! Well now he has done it
to Mary Poppins and it is just lovely!

http://youtu.be/L5w6XI5lfdg

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Animal master-burglars: Cockatoos 'pick' puzzle box locks (w/ Video)

Sun, 28 Jul 2013 12:52:16 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://phys.org/news/2013-07-cockatoos-puzzle-video.html

"A species of Indonesian parrot can solve complex mechanical problems
that involve undoing a series of locks one after another, revealing new
depths to physical intelligence in birds."

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Cory Doctorow: Teaching Computers Shows Us How,Little We Understand About Ourselves

Sun, 28 Jul 2013 12:54:18 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.locusmag.com/Perspectives/2013/07/cory-doctorow-teaching-computers-shows-us-how-little-we-understand-about-ourselves/>

"Computers are the children of the human race’s mind, and as they become
intimately involved in new aspects of our lives, we keep stumbling into
semantic minefields, where commonly understood terms turn out to have no

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Hikikomori: Why are so many Japanese men refusing to leave their rooms?

Sun, 28 Jul 2013 12:56:30 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-23182523

"As many as a million young people in Japan are thought to remain holed
up in their homes - sometimes for decades at a time. Why?"

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Librarian Bans Book to Teach Lesson About Censorship

Mon, 29 Jul 2013 12:12:52 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://cbldf.org/2013/07/librarian-bans-book-to-teach-community-lesson-about-censorship/

Librarian Scott R. DiMarco is proud to admit that he banned a book from his
library at Mansfield University in Mansfield, Pennsylvania. But he isn’t an
unapologetic censor — he did it to teach his community a lesson about “the

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Speak Freely

Mon, 29 Jul 2013 12:18:14 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/speak-freely

"We have spent the past three years working with the New Zealand Red Cross to
create a solution.  We call it the Serval Mesh, and it is free software that
allows smart-phones to communicate, even in the face of catastrophic failure of

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Tabletop Game: Dungeons The Dragoning

Tue, 30 Jul 2013 12:38:26 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/TabletopGame/DungeonsTheDragoning

Misusing Paul Hogan's famous line:  "RPG? That's not a roleplaying game.  This
is a roleplaying game!"

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And If He Sees His Shadow…

Tue, 30 Jul 2013 12:39:41 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.shambhalasun.com/index.php?option=content&task=view&id=3379

A Buddhist view of the comedies of Harold Ramis, especially Groundhog Day.

Via Jon Swabey.

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The Pipe Organ Desk

Wed, 31 Jul 2013 14:01:56 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.kagenschaefer.com/pipeorgandesk.html

"The Pipe Organ Desk has been in the works for more than 3 years. It is
entirely made from solid wood down to the last screw. It features an octave of
functional wooden organ pipes. Should you play the correct sequence of notes or

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12 Amazing Staircases Around the World

Wed, 31 Jul 2013 14:04:07 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.theworldgeography.com/2013/07/amazing-staircases.html

"People often avoid the stairs because they were boring and strenuous, and
often choose to ride the elevators, but not every time... Some stairs next to
the amazing design, have incredible views of the surrounding terrain and simply

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