Glass Wings Blog: November 2013

Solar Tuk Tuk

Fri, 01 Nov 2013 15:12:09 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.star8.com.au/solar-tuk-tuk/

"The Star 8 SolarTuk will be available with a single, lightweight,
mono-crystalline flexible panel roof generating a half kilowatt capacity, an
800 watt double roof (where a second roof slides out from above the fixed

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Where War Reporting Goes Wrong

Fri, 01 Nov 2013 15:15:20 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/10/07/where-war-reporting-goes-wrong/

"More than most armed struggles, the conflicts have been propaganda wars in
which newspaper, television and radio journalists played a central role. In all
wars there is a difference between reported news and what really happened, but

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Unicorns explained

Fri, 01 Nov 2013 15:18:27 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://i.imgur.com/JyfemaD.jpg

It all makes sense now!

Via Shival Wolf and also via Ryan Kramb and Kimberly Chapman

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Am I pretty or ugly? Exploring an unfortunate YouTube phenomenon

Sat, 02 Nov 2013 18:10:45 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://arstechnica.com/business/2013/10/am-i-pretty-or-ugly-exploring-an-unfortunate-youtube-phenomenon/>

"Live artist Louise Orwin has created a show—Pretty Ugly—based on her
research into the phenomenon of teenage girls discussing body issues on
social media."

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Street Art Utopia

Sat, 02 Nov 2013 18:11:41 +1100

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

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

"We declare the world as our canvas"

This whole site is great.

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Stallman: How Much Surveillance Can Democracy Withstand?

Sat, 02 Nov 2013 18:12:36 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.wired.com/opinion/2013/10/a-necessary-evil-what-it-takes-for-democracy-to-survive-surveillance/>

"The current level of general surveillance in society is incompatible
with human rights. To recover our freedom and restore democracy, we must
reduce surveillance to the point where it is possible for whistleblowers

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DreamWorld’s King

Sun, 03 Nov 2013 13:37:59 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://sarahallegra.wordpress.com/2013/10/14/dreamworlds-king/

"The very first character I imagined for DreamWorld was its queen (who
we will meet in the future) and eventually I thought that if there is a
queen, there probably should be a King  too.  And while I imagine that

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This Is Everything I Know: A 24-Hour Comic About Comics

Sun, 03 Nov 2013 13:39:13 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://spikedrewthis.tumblr.com/post/64136324548/this-is-everything-i-know-a-24-hour-comic-about>

Useful advice for artists in all media (not just comics) in the Internet
age.

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Intent: Just How Magic Is It?

Sun, 03 Nov 2013 13:40:49 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://freethoughtblogs.com/brutereason/2013/10/15/intent-just-how-magic-is-it/>

“Intent is not magic” is one of those simple, catchy phrases we use to get a
point across, kind of like “consent is sexy” or “the personal is political.”
Like all simple, catchy phrases, it does a great job of creating and

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6 Princess Books for Parents Who Really, Really Hate Princesses

Mon, 04 Nov 2013 15:01:58 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://goodmenproject.com/arts/6-princess-books-for-parents-who-really-really-hate-princesses/

"It's a sad fact, but, if you're the parent of a young girl, at some point,
there's a better than average chance that you'll have to deal with the creeping
horror that is the princess book genre. The princess craze is an amazing

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Why I Will Never, Ever, Go Back to the United States

Mon, 04 Nov 2013 15:04:33 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/niels-gerson-lohman/us-border-crossing_b_4098130.html

"In the five hours that followed, I was questioned twice more. During the first
round I told, amongst others, my life's story, about my second novel's plot,
gave my publisher's name, my bank's name and my real estate agent's name.

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Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming

Mon, 04 Nov 2013 15:05:30 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
A lecture explaining why using our imaginations, and providing for others to
use theirs, is an obligation for all citizens:
http://www.theguardian.com/books/2013/oct/15/neil-gaiman-future-libraries-reading-daydreaming

"It's important for people to tell you what side they are on and why, and

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Op-ed: Why my first novel will only cost you $0.99

Tue, 05 Nov 2013 11:52:19 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
Take it from the founder of Rhapsody—letting piracy corner a content market is
death:
http://arstechnica.com/business/2013/10/op-ed-why-my-first-novel-will-only-cost-you-0-99/

"Random House is pricing my first novel like an MP3 single. And as the founder

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DIY Myazaki ornithopter and Totoro

Tue, 05 Nov 2013 11:53:17 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://boingboing.net/2013/10/16/diy-myazaki-ornithopter-and-to.html

'Kazuhiko Kakuta made a terrific flying ornithopter model of a Flaptter from
Hayao Miyazaki's "Laputa: The Castle in the Sky" (1986)'

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We be Cyborgs!

Tue, 05 Nov 2013 11:54:40 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.niklasroy.com/workshop/165

"Regarding the cyborg building materials, we decided to leave computers and
electronics out. Instead, we relied on post-apocalyptic plastic trash from one
Euro shops, some medical gear and plenty of useful things from the hardware

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Are video games influencing our children to run too many errands?

Wed, 06 Nov 2013 12:18:05 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.thecivilian.co.nz/are-video-games-influencing-our-children-to-run-too-many-errands/

"Following the release of Rockstar's latest installment in the
critically-acclaimed Grand Theft Auto series, a familiar controversy is
already beginning to heat up over whether it -- and video games in general --

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A Secret Library, Digitally Excavated

Wed, 06 Nov 2013 12:19:17 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/elements/2013/10/dunhuang-china-manuscripts-secret-library-digital-archive.html>

"Just over a thousand years ago, someone sealed up a chamber in a cave outside
the oasis town of Dunhuang, on the edge of the Gobi Desert in western China.
The chamber was filled with more than five hundred cubic feet of bundled

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Fake Writer Girls!

Wed, 06 Nov 2013 12:20:53 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.jimchines.com/2013/10/fake-writer-girls/

"By now, I assume most of you are familiar with the Fake Geek Girl phenomenon,
in which women’s geek credentials are repeatedly challenged, because everyone
knows girls don’t like geek stuff. (Isn’t that right, Big Bang Theory?) It gets

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15 Award-Winning Photos From The Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013

Thu, 07 Nov 2013 15:18:46 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.boredpanda.com/wildlife-photographer-of-the-year-2013-winners/>

"In its 49th year, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition
received 43,000 photos from 96 countries. The overall grand title went
to South African photographer Greg du Toit with his ‘Essence of Elephants’."

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Letting the social ladder rot away is unjust. It is also a stupid waste

Thu, 07 Nov 2013 15:20:43 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
A chilling report on ever-widening inequality may finally elicit more
than a shrug from our middle-class politicians:
<http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/oct/20/social-mobility-is-essential>

"We already knew that social mobility was freezing up. And nearly

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Why Glenn Greenwald’s new media venture is a big deal

Thu, 07 Nov 2013 15:22:06 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/monkey-cage/wp/2013/10/17/why-glenn-greenwalds-new-media-venture-is-a-big-deal/>

"Glenn Greenwald, who has published many of the most important scoops
from the Edward Snowden leaks, is leaving The Guardian and setting up a
new media venture with long-time journalist Laura Poitras and Jeremy

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Assault of the Corporate Libertarians

Fri, 08 Nov 2013 11:41:38 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://deoxy.org/korten_assault.htm

"In the name of individual freedom, this alliance advances a doctrine that
places the rights and freedoms of corporations ahead of the rights and freedoms
of individuals acting through governments to hold corporations accountable to

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The myth of the visionary leader

Fri, 08 Nov 2013 11:42:57 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
We pine for boldness and charisma—but, say experts, we should vote for
something else:
http://www.bostonglobe.com/ideas/2013/10/20/the-myth-visionary-leader/zyQGpoehGxugSIivN1a8pN/story.html

"We deserve better, you might be thinking. But researchers who study

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Edward Snowden: public indifference is the real enemy in the NSA affair

Fri, 08 Nov 2013 11:45:58 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
Most people don't seem to worry that government agencies are collecting their
personal data. Is it ignorance or apathy?
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/20/public-indifference-nsa-snowden-affair

"One of the most disturbing aspects of the public response to Edward Snowden's

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Why the NSA's Defense of Mass Data Collection Makes No Sense

Sat, 09 Nov 2013 17:26:34 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
The U.S. intelligence community claims it's not spying on citizens until
someone actually looks at the data it collects. That argument is deeply flawed.
<http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2013/10/why-the-nsas-defense-of-mass-data-collection-makes-no-sense/280715/>

"Panopticon-like surveillance—intermittent, but always possible—changes human

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The custom pinball machines of Chicago’s Pinball Expo 2013

Sat, 09 Nov 2013 17:27:18 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2013/10/the-custom-pinball-machines-of-chicagos-pinball-expo-2013/

"No matter if you're a fan, game maker, or game distributor, every pinhead
marks the annual Chicago Pinball Expo on their calendar. The annual event is
filled with seminars, tours, parts, game sales, and booths showing off the

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500 Free Programming Books up for grabs on GitHub

Sat, 09 Nov 2013 17:29:02 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://github.com/vhf/free-programming-books/blob/master/free-programming-books.md

If you want to learn computer skills, there are quite a few books available for
free.  Here's a very useful list.

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Ylvis - Massachusetts [Official music video HD] (Explicit Lyrics)

Sun, 10 Nov 2013 17:04:58 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JvUMV1N7eGM

Ah Ylvis you've done it again!

I quite like Boston actually.

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What's something that is common knowledge at your workplace, but would be mind-blowing to the rest of us?

Sun, 10 Nov 2013 17:06:20 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.quora.com/Jobs-1/Whats-something-that-is-common-knowledge-at-your-workplace-but-would-be-mind-blowing-to-the-rest-of-us?share=1>

Lots of interesting information!  (Infinite scroll...)

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Arresting the Unjustly Homeless While They Learn to Code

Sun, 10 Nov 2013 17:08:39 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
Entrepreneur Patrick McConlogue wants to save a homeless man by teaching
him to code. The problem is: fairy tales don’t scale

https://medium.com/editors-picks/d19c8db85c2

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How To Talk To Someone About Privilege Who Doesn’t Know What That Is

Mon, 11 Nov 2013 12:38:43 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://everydayfeminism.com/2012/12/how-to-talk-to-someone-about-privilege/

"Thus, whether you’re trying to talk male privilege with your dad, white
privilege with someone on the bus, or right-handed privilege with your golfing
buddy, here are a few things to consider before jumping into the conversation"

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Why Washington Just Can’t Stop Making War

Mon, 11 Nov 2013 12:40:13 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
The US 'Blowback Machine' and the coming era of tiny wars and micro-conflicts
https://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/10/22-6

"As the US military builds the most sophisticated (and expensive) 'blowback
machine' in world history, Engelhardt explores the age-old question: What

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Cutekward

Mon, 11 Nov 2013 12:41:39 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=2559

Via Ralph H.

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The Economics of a Hit TV Show

Tue, 12 Nov 2013 12:22:24 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://priceonomics.com/the-economics-of-a-hit-tv-show/

"Few industries would routinely pay millions per unit of an item, sight unseen,
with minimal (and sometimes no) market research. So how can the TV business
afford to operate this way? To understand the economics of scripted television,

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Awesome Story

Tue, 12 Nov 2013 12:24:26 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://imgur.com/gallery/r9kIUNc

"The woman on the left is a mother from Miami who was so desperate to feed her
hungry family that she was trying to steal a lot of food. The woman on the
right is Miami-Dade County Police Officer Vicki Thomas. Officer Thomas was

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A Small Field Guide

Tue, 12 Nov 2013 12:25:32 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
Infographics about moths from Ursula Vernon !

http://www.redwombatstudio.com/garden/?p=795
http://www.redwombatstudio.com/garden/?p=799

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The Real 'Danger' Of Snowden And Manning: The US Can't Get Away With Its Powerful Hypocrisy Anymore

Wed, 13 Nov 2013 09:55:27 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20131024/01330424993/real-danger-snowden-manning-us-cant-get-away-with-its-powerful-hypocrisy-anymore.shtml>

"We were among those who noted that the recent stories about the NSA
spying on politicians in Brazil, France, Mexico, Germany and elsewhere
seemed more like political theater than anything else. After all, spying

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Meet Your Creator: Dana Simpson (Heavenly Nostrils; Ozy and Millie)

Wed, 13 Nov 2013 09:56:51 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://blogs.gocomics.com/2013/10/meet-your-creator-dana-simpson-heavenly-nostrils-ozy-and-millie.html>

"This session's cartoonist is one of the rising talents in the
cartooning industry, Dana Simpson. Creator of Heavenly Nostrils and Ozy
and Millie (both available on GoComics), she has seen her work and

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A Public Service Announcement

Wed, 13 Nov 2013 09:58:29 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.redwombatstudio.com/garden/?p=802

Ursula Vernon does it again!

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Vetinari Clock - the clock that ticks randomly but still keeps accurate time!

Thu, 14 Nov 2013 14:06:47 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.tindie.com/products/akafugu/vetinari-clock/

"A clock that ticks randomly, but still keeps accurate time.  The Vetinari
Clock is based on an idea from the Discworld series of books by the venerable
Sir Terry Pratchett."

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Shit I've learned since coming to Holland

Thu, 14 Nov 2013 14:08:57 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
A powerful and moving series from an American expatriate:

<http://gailfeignsnormalcy.blogspot.nl/2013/02/things-ive-learned-since-coming-to.html>
<http://gailfeignsnormalcy.blogspot.nl/2013/02/shit-ive-learned-since-coming-to.html>
<http://gailfeignsnormalcy.blogspot.nl/2013/08/shit-ive-learned-since-coming-to.html>

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Fear the Bogeyman: Sex Offender Panic on Halloween

Thu, 14 Nov 2013 14:10:31 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/andrew-extein-msw/fear-the-bogeyman-sex-off_b_4161136.html

"It can be said that sex offenders are the new bogeymen, mythical monsters
invented to scare children into social order. People convicted of sex offenses,
and subsequently placed on the public registry, are transformed into a concept

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Internet Archive brings bygone games and programs to the browser

Fri, 15 Nov 2013 12:27:48 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.engadget.com/2013/10/26/internet-archive-classic-software/
https://archive.org/details/historicalsoftware

"Next time you have a hankering to futz with WordStar or play E.T. The
Extraterrestrial at work, you won't have to go blow the cobwebs off the relics

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Pennies from heaven

Fri, 15 Nov 2013 12:30:55 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
Giving money directly to poor people works surprisingly well. But it cannot
deal with the deeper causes of poverty:
<http://www.economist.com/news/international/21588385-giving-money-directly-poor-people-works-surprisingly-well-it-cannot-deal>

"Now enough of these programmes are up and running to make a first assessment.

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The Last Starfighter

Fri, 15 Nov 2013 12:33:01 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://boingboing.net/2013/10/28/the-last-starfighter.html

"The Last Starfighter is an all-time favorite. CG effects that were amazing in
1984, a sound track that still inspires today and the story of young Alex
Rogan, loser."

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Like A Real Author With Pants: "Nine Goblins"

Sat, 16 Nov 2013 11:04:41 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.redwombatstudio.com/blog/?p=5705

"This is a small epic fantasy, if that makes any sense. It is fun. And
because I am starting to think such things need warnings, this story
will not force you into painful personal growth, it will not tear your

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Why black teenager Keshia Thomas saved a white supremacist

Sat, 16 Nov 2013 11:06:43 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.news.com.au/world/why-black-teenager-keshia-thomas-saved-a-white-supremacist/story-fndir2ev-1226749697993>

"HE WAS a white man with Nazi tattoos. She was an 18-year-old black
girl, protesting a Ku Klux Klan rally in her home town.

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The Logic of Stupid Poor People

Sat, 16 Nov 2013 11:07:56 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://tressiemc.com/2013/10/29/the-logic-of-stupid-poor-people/

"We hates us some poor people. First, they insist on being poor when it
is so easy to not be poor. They do things like buy expensive designer
belts and $2500 luxury handbags."

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Ikaho Onsen

Sun, 17 Nov 2013 09:43:02 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.dannychoo.com/en/post/27083/Ikaho+Onsen.html

"Founded in the 7th century, Ikaho Onsen [伊香保温泉] (Ikaho Hot
Springs) is one of Japan's most popular hot spring resort areas located
in the Gunma Prefecture [群馬県]."

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"Those People"

Sun, 17 Nov 2013 09:45:54 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.scarymommy.com/those-people/

"Dang. We have some swanky grocery shoppers at our school…the bins are
filled with “fancy” foodstuff, lots of organic offerings, and some
deviations from the standard mac and cheese/boxes of spaghetti. There’s

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Statistics Done Wrong

Sun, 17 Nov 2013 09:47:48 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.refsmmat.com/statistics/

"Statistics Done Wrong is a guide to the most popular statistical errors
and slip-ups committed by scientists every day, in the lab and in
peer-reviewed journals. Many of the errors are prevalent in vast swathes

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What's new in Unicode 7.0?

Mon, 18 Nov 2013 12:27:31 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://babelstone.blogspot.fr/2013/10/whats-new-in-unicode-70.html

"In summary, 2,833 new characters are going to be added to Unicode 7.0 when it
is released in the summer or autumn of 2014. Of these, 1,849 characters belong
to 23 newly added scripts, which is a greater number of new scripts than for

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Free Guide to Scribus Can Quickly Give You Publishing Prowess

Mon, 18 Nov 2013 12:28:37 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://ostatic.com/blog/free-guide-to-scribus-can-quickly-give-you-publishing-prowess

"We've written about Scribus, a popular open source desktop publishing
application several times before, and I've watched the application steadily
improve to the point where it is an outstanding tool. It's downloadable for

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Avicii - Wake Me Up - Conte Remix

Mon, 18 Nov 2013 12:30:44 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EfDfdyBldz0

"This is a 3D projection mapping music video for my remix of Avicii's Wake Me
Up. I used Final Cut Pro 7 to line up all the images, and I built the 3D
screens and surfaces out of foam core (the kind we used to use for science fair

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Unusual Family Photos

Tue, 19 Nov 2013 12:54:45 +1100

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

Katherine Phelps
Fascinating combinations of parents and children or siblings to create
relationship photos. I can imagine the youngsters finding this a little
scary. I hope it stirs up more empathy across the generation gap.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/13/ulric-collette_n_4261630.html

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Sentris: Unleash Your Inner Musician

Tue, 19 Nov 2013 13:20:11 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
A new kind of music game that transforms every player into a musician:
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/samanthazero/sentris-unleash-your-inner-musician

"Sentris™ is a brand new kind of music game -- a puzzle game about making
music. I'm Samantha, and I've built a prototype that proves the concept works.

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Captain Justice Responds to Government's Motion to Ban the Word "Government"

Tue, 19 Nov 2013 13:24:57 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.loweringthebar.net/2013/11/captain-justice.html

Should this Court disagree, and feel inclined to let the parties basically
pick their own designations and ban words, then the defense has a few
additional suggestions.... First, the Defendant no longer wants to be called

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Sneaky cat can’t get enough of Pets at Home

Tue, 19 Nov 2013 13:29:52 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.bostonstandard.co.uk/news/local/video-sneaky-cat-can-t-get-enough-of-pets-at-home-1-5612062>

"Cats are well known for their independence but one cheeky moggy really takes
the biscuit – quite literally – as most days he sneaks in to a pet shop!"

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The Dr Who That Wasn't

Tue, 19 Nov 2013 13:40:58 +1100

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

Katherine Phelps
This article reveals some of the Dr Who possibilities that (often
thankfully) didn't happen. Hilarious fun.

http://observationdeck.io9.com/the-14-strangest-moments-in-doctor-who-alt-history-1466395880

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Call for assistance

Wed, 20 Nov 2013 12:49:29 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://plus.google.com/101371184407256956306/posts/TS4knGRmUi8

"So, if you appreciate the writing, drop a dime in the tin cup people.
It's appreciated.  It's totally not PC to beg, or be poor in this wired
culture, or to be sick and intelligent and unemployable."

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Introducing Neo900

Wed, 20 Nov 2013 12:51:11 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://neo900.org/

"Are you tired of all those closed mobile platforms? Do you want to
truly own a device that has the ability to do whatever you want, just
like your PC?"

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German Director Proposes 'One-Stop Shop' For Free, Instant, But Non-Exclusive Licenses To Offer Films Online

Wed, 20 Nov 2013 12:52:37 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20131017/11373924917/german-director-proposes-one-stop-shop-instant-free-non-exclusive-license-to-offer-films-online.shtml>

"It's always heartening to come across new ideas for ways to make
creations more widely available to the public while allowing artists to
benefit. Here's one from the German film director Fred Breinersdorfer,

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Lincoln High School in Walla Walla, WA, tries new approach to school discipline — suspensions drop 85%

Thu, 21 Nov 2013 13:00:58 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://acestoohigh.com/2012/04/23/lincoln-high-school-in-walla-walla-wa-tries-new-approach-to-school-discipline-expulsions-drop-85/>

"THE FIRST TIME THAT principal Jim Sporleder tried the New Approach to Student
Discipline at Lincoln High School in Walla Walla, WA, he was blown away.
Because it worked. In fact, it worked so well that he never went back to the

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All Together Now: Developmental and ethical considerations for biologically uplifting nonhuman animals

Thu, 21 Nov 2013 13:03:02 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://jetpress.org/v18/dvorsky.htm

"As the potential for enhancement technologies migrates from the theoretical to
the practical, a difficult and important decision will be imposed upon human
civilization, namely the issue as to whether or not we are morally obligated to

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Impressive Miniature Houses Made by Narcissa Ward Thorne

Thu, 21 Nov 2013 13:04:16 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://enpundit.com/impressive-miniature-houses-made-narcissa-ward-thorne/

"These miniature reproductions of actual houses were made by Narcissa Ward
Thorne in the 1920s and 1930s. From classical english dining rooms to Cape Cod
living rooms, the miniature houses are exact replicas of the architecture that

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The Sea Witch Sets The Record Straight

Fri, 22 Nov 2013 12:10:26 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.redwombatstudio.com/blog/?p=5718

Ursula Vernon gives us another perspective on a well-known tale.

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Surviving the post-employment economy

Fri, 22 Nov 2013 12:13:14 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
The author argues that in the new economy, it's people, not skills or majors,
that have lost value.
<http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2013/11/surviving-post-employment-economy-201311373243740811.html>

"Unemployed college graduates are told that their predicament is their own

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Bolt Riley - A Reggae Adventure Game

Fri, 22 Nov 2013 12:22:46 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/soundguy/bolt-riley-a-reggae-adventure-game

"Become a Jamaican Reggae legend in an adventure game co-designed by Corey and
Lori Cole (Creators of Quest for Glory series). You play as Bolt Riley, a poor
boy from Trenchtown, Jamaica, on his pathway to stardom.

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Fantagraphics 2014 Spring Season: 39 Graphic Novels & Books

Sat, 23 Nov 2013 11:21:24 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/fantagraphicsbooks/fantagraphics-2014-spring-season-39-graphic-novels>

One of the truly great independent comic book publishers needs funds
after having to delay 13 books due to the recent death of the late
lamented editor Kim Thompson.  Some great incentives on offer!

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Walkthrough maps for classic D&D adventures

Sat, 23 Nov 2013 11:24:14 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
Start here:
https://www.wizards.com/dnd/Article.aspx?x=dnd/toon/TombHorrors

"Somewhere under a lost and lonely hill of grim and foreboding aspect
lies a labyrinthine crypt. It is filled with terrible traps and not a

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Japanese Marine Atlas

Sat, 23 Nov 2013 11:28:09 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://biblipeacay.tumblr.com/post/66258937209/marine-atlas-from-sometime-between-the-late-1820s>

"Marine Atlas from sometime between the late 1820s & late 1840s by
Mori Jiang Yuan Shou (I think it was a 1/2 Japanese, 1/2 Chinese
teaching manual). The 82 page book features a large number of

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Dragons of Elanthia

Sun, 24 Nov 2013 15:13:12 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/simutronics/dragons-of-elanthia

"Climb aboard an ancient dragon and blast your enemies out of the skies
in this high-flying multiplayer shooter!"

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The Most Dangerous Woman in Videogames - Anita Sarkeesian

Sun, 24 Nov 2013 15:18:06 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/editorials/10724-The-Most-Dangerous-Woman-in-Videogames-Anita-Sarkeesian>

"If you spend enough time on The Internet, it can be easy to forget how
inflated and meaningless so much of the back and forth is, or how adept
it is at skewing the view of reality. To know Sarkeesian's name is to

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John Lewis Christmas Advert 2013 - The Bear & The Hare

Sun, 24 Nov 2013 15:20:21 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XqWig2WARb0

"Set in a beautiful forest, poor Bear is the only animal that never gets
to celebrate Christmas because he has to hibernate every year. However,
this year is different. This year Hare has a brilliant idea."

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"In which my daughter plays Dungeons and Dragons, sort of"

Mon, 25 Nov 2013 12:42:30 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://cavalorn.livejournal.com/587342.html

"Oh God, what have I done.  I ask her mother if this is a good idea. Her mother
gives me one of those
you-dug-yourself-into-this-hole-dearest-have-fun-getting-out looks. Right.

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The Next Big Thing: Responsive Icons

Mon, 25 Nov 2013 12:44:07 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://designmodo.com/responsive-icons/

"Honestly, this topic sounded a little bit strange to me when I first learned
about responsive iconography, as we have recently adapted icon fonts in order
to make sure they scale well for various device. However, the idea of

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Sushi Cats: 13 Cute Felines Rolled Up in a Bed of Rice

Mon, 25 Nov 2013 12:45:39 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://dashburst.com/sushi-cats/

"Do you like sushi? What about cats? Well, try to keep calm because you've
seriously lucked out with these felines here today. Sushi Cats or Neko Zushi is
a series of nutty cat photos by the Japanese-based company Tange & Nakimushi

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Illustrating Weird Searches

Tue, 26 Nov 2013 08:37:34 +1100

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

Katherine Phelps
"Yes, despite Google's newly updated search technology, there are still
some bizarre suggestions that manage to slip through the cracks. A few
geeks decided to put a few image collages together showing what some of
them would look like in real-life."

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Advanced Scarf Techniques

Tue, 26 Nov 2013 08:41:49 +1100

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

Katherine Phelps
Well, we are leaving winter in the Southern Hemisphere, BUT I live in
Melbourne. Any day you could suddenly need a scarf no matter how deep
into summer we are.

http://youtu.be/5NfTLVkGBvM

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Bruce Campbell's soup labels

Tue, 26 Nov 2013 15:35:31 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.blastr.com/sites/blastr/files/images/pics/BruceCampbellsSoupLabels-scifiwire.pdf>

Via Muse, who wrote: "Make your own Bruce Campbell soup labels! These
are brilliant!"

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This ground breaking invention just may be about to revolutionise commuter cycling forever

Tue, 26 Nov 2013 15:36:46 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.stickybottle.com/latest-news/this-ground-breaking-invention-just-may-be-about-to-revolutionise-commuter-cycling-forever/>

"Essentially, it’s an electronic rear wheel with speeds of up to 20
miles per hour that can last for up to 30 miles on a single charge.

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Royals 2Pac Beck Mashup - Pomplamoose

Tue, 26 Nov 2013 15:38:24 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dm3ZEMQf98k

"Mashup of Royals by Lorde, California Love by 2Pac, and Loser by Beck.
We used the chords and melodic riff of California Love, and layered it
underneath the melody and words of Royals. The outro is a combination of

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PlayOffice

Wed, 27 Nov 2013 13:30:35 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.playoffice.es/en/projects

"We design kids spaces and things that encourage learning through playing."

Fun designs!

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Culture & Empire, Digital Revolution

Wed, 27 Nov 2013 13:32:11 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://cultureandempire.com/

"The whole planet is getting connected, and building vast new communities. The
on-line world thinks faster, and thinks different. Smart, fast, and creative,
these new communities are a real challenge to old power and old money. And old

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Gender Discrimination in Geek Culture

Wed, 27 Nov 2013 13:34:06 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.ayvalentine.com/2013/11/gender-discrimination-in-geek-culture/

"This is an article my daughter (who just turned 13!) wrote for her school
newspaper. It was published before a boy tried to tell her that girls don’t
play Minecraft, so it doesn’t include her impassioned argument on that topic."

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This Quiet Book is Quietly AWESOME!

Thu, 28 Nov 2013 08:52:22 +1100

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

Katherine Phelps
Where can I buy one of these already made up. A Lord of the Rings Quiet
Book!

http://www.etsy.com/listing/170636976/lord-of-the-rings-inspired-quiet-book

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Epbot November Art Roundup

Thu, 28 Nov 2013 14:25:44 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.epbot.com/2013/11/november-art-roundup-with-lots-of-new.html

Lots of great geeky art!

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A Young Muslim Apologizes to Rushdie

Thu, 28 Nov 2013 14:27:17 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://freethoughtblogs.com/dispatches/2013/11/14/a-young-muslim-apologizes-to-rushdie/>

"Adnan Sarwar writes a rather remarkable apology to Salman Rushdie,
whose death he once demanded as an 11-year old Muslim back in 1989. He
now regrets having blindly followed his religious leaders and says that

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Senator Nova Peris OAM. Maiden speech, 13 November 2013

Thu, 28 Nov 2013 14:29:18 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://blogs.crikey.com.au/northern/2013/11/13/senator-nova-peris-oam-maiden-speech-13-november-2013/>

A beautiful maiden speech from our first female indigenous MP.
Video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-VWPgKNUH8

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What if the Bayeux Tapestry told the history of Doctor Who?

Fri, 29 Nov 2013 12:12:58 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://io9.com/what-if-the-bayeux-tapestry-told-the-history-of-doctor-1464742918

"This tapestry is the work of Bill Mudron, whose art we've featured before."

Very impressive!

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My cat does it better than you!

Fri, 29 Nov 2013 12:14:53 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://imgur.com/a/36YQg

Via Annika O'Brien, who wrote "Brilliant! Cats being sexier than their human
male counterparts!" and fan tai. The preceding post "What if the Bayeux
Tapestry told the history of Doctor Who?" was also via fan tai.

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The Night Watch

Fri, 29 Nov 2013 12:16:44 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/people/mickens/thenightwatch.pdf

"As a highly trained academic researcher, I spend a lot of time trying
to advance the frontiers of human knowledge. However, as someone
who was born in the South, I secretly believe that true progress is

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DC and Marvel characters get a Pixar makeover

Sat, 30 Nov 2013 22:23:56 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://thechive.com/2013/11/14/dc-and-marvel-characters-get-a-pixar-makeover-50-photos/>

Check out his amazing Japanese Thundercats and Rankin-Bass Star Wars as
well!

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Transgender women in women’s restrooms: A purely imagined harm

Sat, 30 Nov 2013 22:25:36 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://freethoughtblogs.com/zinniajones/2013/11/transgender-women-in-womens-restrooms-a-purely-imagined-harm/>

"This August, California passed the School Success and Opportunity Act,
a law mandating that transgender students must be included in school
activities on the basis of their identified gender rather than their

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We Must Start Thinking Again about the Unthinkable

Sat, 30 Nov 2013 22:27:17 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/cross-check/2013/11/18/we-must-start-thinking-again-about-the-unthinkable/>

"For those titillated by Strangelovian fantasies of nuclear apocalypse,
the early 1980s were a golden age. That was the height of the Cold War,
when nuclear arms and rhetoric escalated, and President Ronald Reagan

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