Glass Wings Blog: December 2013

Offices For All! Why Open-Office Layouts Are Bad For Employees, Bosses, And Productivity

Sun, 01 Dec 2013 19:13:37 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.fastcompany.com/3019758/dialed/offices-for-all-why-open-office-layouts-are-bad-for-employees-bosses-and-productivity>

"Oh, I have a problem: It’s with open-office layouts. And I have a
solution, too: Every workspace should contain nothing but offices.
Offices for everyone. Offices for the junior associate and the assistant

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This Is Autism

Sun, 01 Dec 2013 19:15:59 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://neurocosmopolitanism.com/this-is-autism/

"Like much of the previous anti-Autistic hate speech produced by Autism
Speaks, this “call for action” characterized the very existence of
Autistic children as a “monumental health crisis” and a “national

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The Wind Rises - Official Trailer

Sun, 01 Dec 2013 19:17:44 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PlaW8-2T1HI

Official Site: http://www.thewindrisesmovie.com

"In 'The Wind Rises,' Jiro dreams of flying and designing beautiful

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Visual Cryptography

Mon, 02 Dec 2013 14:49:11 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.datagenetics.com/blog/november32013/index.html

"This article is about Visual Cryptography. Visual Cryptography is a technique
that allows information (images, text, diagrams …) to be encrypted using an
encoding system that can be decrypted by the eyes. It does not require a

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Museletter 258: The Climate-PR Puzzle

Mon, 02 Dec 2013 14:51:08 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://richardheinberg.com/museletter-258-the-climate-pr-puzzle

"How do we effectively communicate an important but difficult message, even as
it appears to fall on deaf ears? The first essay in this month’s Museletter
addresses this thorny issue, one which I face every day in my work here at PCI,

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Tauriel Refuses To Get Into Butt Pose In Hobbit Poster, Makes Legolas Do It Instead

Mon, 02 Dec 2013 14:53:20 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.themarysue.com/tauriel-legolas-hobbit-butt-pose-poster/

"You know butt pose: It's when female characters on movie posters are posed
juuuuust so, enabling the audience a view of both her chest and her derriere,
while any male characters get to face the camera and be all action-y."

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GDP misses out the value of stuff the net makes free

Tue, 03 Dec 2013 12:06:20 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://boingboing.net/2013/11/19/gdp-misses-out-the-value-of-st.html

"Because GDP uses the dollar-value of all transactions as a proxy for economic
vibrancy, it discounts to zero any productivity improvements that result in
expensive things becoming free. For example, if every technology company has to

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More Pentatonix

Tue, 03 Dec 2013 12:09:05 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
The Wizard of Ahhhs by Todrick Hall:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QkVeKb2igrg
Daft Punk - Pentatonix:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MteSlpxCpo
Little Drummer Boy - Pentatonix: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJ_MGWio-vc

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The Next Big Thing You Missed: Why the Most Ambitious of Tech Startups Should Fail Slowly

Tue, 03 Dec 2013 12:10:13 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.wired.com/business/2013/11/the-next-big-thing-you-missed/

"Success is so often a matter of opinion, and even if we can all agree on
what’s successful and what isn’t, we can’t always achieve it in the short term.
Those who fail fast may be throwing away some of the tech world’s best ideas,

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Discussions On The Abolition Of Patents In The UK, France, Germany And The Netherlands, From 1869

Wed, 04 Dec 2013 12:05:50 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20130503/17414322946/discussions-abolition-patents-uk-france-germany-netherlands-1869.shtml>

"What's quite incredible as you read through the various letters, speeches and
writings in the book is how many of them could fit into today's debate. Right
from the beginning, the points sound similar to what the debates today are

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Climate talks: Should rich countries pay for damage caused by global warming?

Wed, 04 Dec 2013 12:10:01 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/nov/20/climate-talks-rich-countries-pay-damage-global-warming>

Quote from Saleemul Huq, senior fellow at the International Institute for
Environment and Development (IIED):

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My experience as a nurse on Christmas Island changed the core of my being

Wed, 04 Dec 2013 12:25:44 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/nov/21/my-experience-as-a-nurse-on-christmas-island-changed-the-core-of-my-being>

'I first worked on Christmas Island as a mental health nurse. It was a real
culture shock. I had always referred to the people I cared for as "patients",
now I had to learn to call them "clients". I was quick to realise that the

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The Moon As a Giant Solar Plant

Wed, 04 Dec 2013 18:12:21 +1100

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

Katherine Phelps
Shimizu Corporation, a Japanese architecture and engineering firm, has a
plan <http://www.shimz.co.jp/english/theme/dream/lunaring.html> to
effectively turn the moon into a giant solar power plant, reports
Inhabitat
<http://inhabitat.com/japanese-corporation-plans-to-turn-the-moon-into-a-massive-solar-power-plant/>.

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How to be a non-conformist

Wed, 04 Dec 2013 18:23:36 +1100

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

Katherine Phelps
"Why do you have to be a nonconformist like everybody else?," James
Thurber
<http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2013/08/23/is-sex-necessary-e-b-white-james-thurber/>
asked in the caption to a 1958 New Yorker cartoon depicting a woman
fed up with her artist partner. It remains unknown whether the cartoon

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Kano: A computer anyone can make

Thu, 05 Dec 2013 15:16:41 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/alexklein/kano-a-computer-anyone-can-make

"A computer and coding kit for all ages, all over the world. Simple as Lego,
powered by Pi. Make games, learn code, create the future."

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Noam Chomsky: America Is a Terrified Country

Thu, 05 Dec 2013 15:18:51 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.alternet.org/noam-chomsky-america-terrified-country

"Noam Chomsky discusses American terror abroad, dire income inequality at home,
and what to do next."

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The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot

Thu, 05 Dec 2013 15:20:53 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01m3kfy

"With the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who about to film, the 'Classic' Doctors
are keen to be involved. But do they manage it?"

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Sunday Sweets: WHO LOVES YA?!

Fri, 06 Dec 2013 15:22:30 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.cakewrecks.com/home/2013/11/23/sunday-sweets-who-loves-ya.html

Wonderful Dr. Who themed cakes.

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KKK Member Walks up to Black Musician in Bar-but It’s Not a Joke

Fri, 06 Dec 2013 15:24:28 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://guardianlv.com/2013/11/kkk-member-walks-up-to-black-musician-in-bar-but-its-not-a-joke-and-what-happens-next-will-astound-you/>

"Today, Davis is not only a musician, he is a person who befriends KKK members
and, as a result, collects the robes and hoods of Klansmen who choose to leave
the organization because of their friendship with him."

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Threadcakes 2013 winners

Fri, 06 Dec 2013 15:26:27 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.threadcakes.com/winners

Cake recreations of T-shirts.  These are some amazing cakes!

Via Kyla Myers.

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Getting Called Out: How to Apologize

Sat, 07 Dec 2013 20:53:35 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8xJXKYL8pU

Great advice.

Via Muse.

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HELP STAN SAKAI!

Sat, 07 Dec 2013 20:56:48 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
I have loved Stan's work since the beginning, including Nilson
Groundthumper and Hermy, Usaji Yojimbo and of course his lettering for
Groo.  Please pass this on and consider if you can help.  And if you
haven't read Usagi or Groo please go check them out!

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Demand an End to Mass Surveillance

Sat, 07 Dec 2013 20:59:05 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://en.necessaryandproportionate.org/take-action/ORG

"In 2013, we learned digital surveillance by world governments knows no
bounds. Join the global movement demanding the protection of human
rights and an end to mass surveillance. Let the world know: Privacy is a

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Christmas Tinner

Sun, 08 Dec 2013 08:09:30 +1100

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

Katherine Phelps
For those of you who have been to one of my Thanksgiving dinners, this
is what I'm serving next year grin.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/video-games/10500156/GAME-to-offer-Christmas-dinner-in-a-tin-for-gamers.html

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NaNoWriMo: Punctuation Tips

Sun, 08 Dec 2013 13:30:47 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://medium.com/book-excerpts/a5e0d4a5e990

"How to properly use dashes, hyphens, parentheses, quote marks (double
and single), apostrophes, ellipses, brackets, slashes, question marks,
and exclamation points."

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Adobe Crossword

Sun, 08 Dec 2013 13:32:21 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://zed0.co.uk/crossword/

"A crossword based on the Adobe password leak.
Inspired by xkcd #1286: Encryptic"

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What I Know About Germans

Sun, 08 Dec 2013 13:33:27 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.livhambrett.com/everything-i-know-about-germany-germans/what-i-know-about-germans/>

"Here are some things about Germany and its inhabitants I have noticed
during my time spent here, living in Münster, North Rhine-Westphalia,
Weiden in der Oberpfalz, Bavaria and Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein."

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Dino and Shark

Mon, 09 Dec 2013 12:04:43 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_X3PUtmMZ84

"Dino the Stergosaurs had a dream of touching stars upon the sky, and he made
friend with Shark."

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Watch him grow up with them…

Mon, 09 Dec 2013 12:06:05 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://themetapicture.com/watch-him-grow-up-with-them/

"In early June I took home a kitten and was worried about introducing him to my
ferrets."

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Silicon Valley Isn’t a Meritocracy. And It’s Dangerous to Hero-Worship Entrepreneurs

Mon, 09 Dec 2013 12:09:00 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.wired.com/opinion/2013/11/silicon-valley-isnt-a-meritocracy-and-the-cult-of-the-entrepreneur-holds-people-back/>

"In a cultural context where idealists have linked social media to democracy,
egalitarianism, and participation, the tech scene in Silicon Valley considers
itself to be exceptional. Supporters speak glowingly of a singularly

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Take a peek at the world's most exquisite libraries

Tue, 10 Dec 2013 13:04:32 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://edition.cnn.com/2013/11/27/world/gallery/most-beautiful-libraries-in-the-world/

"Libraries encapsulate the history of knowledge and stand as monuments to
different epochs in architecture, interior design and art. When Dr. James
Campbell of Cambridge University could not find a book that traced the history

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Sunday Sweets: Minion Mashup

Tue, 10 Dec 2013 13:05:25 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.cakewrecks.com/home/2013/12/1/sunday-sweets-minion-mashup.html

"Well, apparently I'm not the only one who thinks a few minions would make
everything work a whole lot better."

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Eight ways to protect your privacy online

Tue, 10 Dec 2013 13:06:31 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/dec/03/eight-ways-to-protect-your-privacy-online

"There are some ways you can take to protect your privacy in this climate of
mass surveillance – and here we offer eight. Nothing, however, beats collective
action and a bill of digital rights"

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ALARM / HD Short Animation

Wed, 11 Dec 2013 12:07:27 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vN83DfmH9Tw

"I'm Moo-hyun Jang, a director of independent Animation team, MESAI. Let me
introduce the second short animation film, ALARM. Thanks. :)"

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I heard you guys like introverts...

Wed, 11 Dec 2013 12:11:28 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.quickmeme.com/p/3vptz6

A charming little comic on introversion.

Via Mark Drysdale and Jackie Ng.

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Tetris - Theme 'B' Acapella

Wed, 11 Dec 2013 12:12:21 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uFj60cLeGJI

"An original a-cappella arrangement of the B Theme from Tetris."

The best part is the cat!

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Just (Tap) Dance - Vintage 1940's Jazz Lady Gaga Cover

Thu, 12 Dec 2013 11:36:02 +1100

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

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

"Since Lady Gaga already beat us to a jazz cover of "Applause," we
figured we'd switch things up and go wayyy back to 2008 with a
Postmodern Jukebox cover of "Just Dance," featuring tap dancer Alex

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Captain Picard sings "Let it Snow!"

Thu, 12 Dec 2013 11:37:50 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oiSn2JuDQSc

Hee hee!  Really well done.

Via John Fillers, Casey McKinnon and Peter Schmidt.

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A conversation with Terry Pratchett, author of The Carpet People

Thu, 12 Dec 2013 11:39:52 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://boingboing.net/2013/11/05/a-conversation-with-terry-prat.html

"Cory Doctorow and the famed author discuss building worlds, the
legitimacy of authority, and the future"

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Japan Wants To Turn The Moon Into A Giant Power Plant

Fri, 13 Dec 2013 11:52:14 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.businessinsider.com.au/shimizu-corporation-solar-plant-on-moon-2013-11

"Shimizu Corporation, a Japanese architecture and engineering firm, has a plan
to effectively turn the moon into a giant solar power plant, reports
Inhabitat."

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cachemonet

Fri, 13 Dec 2013 11:53:30 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://cachemonet.com/

"cachemonet is an exploration into the serendipitous collisions that occur
between two randomly generated arrays. the arrays contain a mix of custom and
found .gifs sourced from tumblr and are set to music. the output is autonomous,

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How To Be a Nonconformist: 22 Irreverent Illustrated Steps to Counterculture Cred from 1968

Fri, 13 Dec 2013 11:54:59 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2013/09/30/how-to-be-a-nonconformist-elissa-jane-karg/

“Avoid socks. They are a fatal giveaway of a phony nonconformist.”

Great illustrations!

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Dr Seuss and The Seven Lady Godivas

Fri, 13 Dec 2013 15:13:04 +1100

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

Katherine Phelps
I'm not certain if this is safe for work or not. It is funny:

One hundred and eight years ago today, the world welcomed Theodor Seuss
Geisel, better-known as Dr. Seuss--legendary children's book author,
radical ideologist, lover of reading. Among his many creative feats is a

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Cutest Photos of the Year

Sat, 14 Dec 2013 08:45:12 +1100

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

Katherine Phelps
It has been such a busy year that I've lost track of the wondrousness
that is Cute Overload. Well fret no more, they've just released a
compilation of their cutest photos of the year. SQUEEEE!!!

http://cuteoverload.com/2013/12/11/top-ten-cutest-photos-of-2013/

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Santastic: The Christmashes

Sat, 14 Dec 2013 18:53:39 +1100

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

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

"'Santastic' is the annual free mashup holiday album series, where a
selection of mashup artists, remixers, bands and parodists explores the
crazier, hipper, nerdier, funkier, hip-hoppier, punkier, quirkier,

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Bricktease

Sat, 14 Dec 2013 18:54:28 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/user/coccosnowball

Lots of great Lego videos.

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TPP And TAFTA/TTIP Done Right: The Alternative Trade Mandate

Sat, 14 Dec 2013 18:56:10 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20131129/09543225405/ttp-taftattip-done-right-alternative-trade-mandate.shtml>

"Insofar as we know what's in them, both TPP and TAFTA/TTIP appear to
have deep, thorough-going problems, which are unlikely to be addressed
by the current approach being used to draw them up. However, a justified

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What do dragons represent to us?

Sun, 15 Dec 2013 18:31:50 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://heidicvlach.com/2013/11/26/what-do-dragons-represent-to-us/

"Dragons are pretty much always amazing creatures in their mythologies.
Most can fly, whether they have wings or not, and there are few things
humans envy more than a naturally flighted creature. But dragons aren’t

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The Fine Print Society

Sun, 15 Dec 2013 18:42:31 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://privatopia.blogspot.com.au/2011/12/fine-print-society.html

"As I go over all the bills and statements and announcements and changes
to this or that plan or arrangement or contract that have flooded into
my mailbox recently, it occurs to me that this is a form of concerted

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The Tongues of Rogues

Sun, 15 Dec 2013 18:45:42 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
How secret languages develop in closed societies:
<http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/books/2013/12/daniel_heller_roazen_s_dark_tongues_reviewed.single.html>

"Also known as peddler’s French, cant was the specialized tongue of
thieves, cutpurses, and con artists.  More than just slang or jargon,

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Georgina Ward - The River ( Official Music Video)

Mon, 16 Dec 2013 13:04:47 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9uID4QCS30

"The River is Georgina's Debut Film Clip, shot in the heart of Melbourne's
Yarra River. A beautiful story of a tale of one woman's quest to understand
herself."

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Cool Tools by Kevin Kelly

Mon, 16 Dec 2013 13:07:36 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1940689007/cooltools-20

"Cool Tools is a highly curated selection of the best tools available for
individuals and small groups. Tools include hand tools, maps, how-to books,
vehicles, software, specialized devices, gizmos, websites -- and anything

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Rhabarberbarbara

Tue, 17 Dec 2013 13:08:41 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gG62zay3kck

An excellent demonstration of the construction of compound words in German!

Via Áine Keefer.

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Bohemian Rhapsody: Star Wars Edition

Tue, 17 Dec 2013 13:11:35 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oi7KPDi_yQI
or http://vimeo.com/81497472

"Performed by the Star Wars cosplayers of the Arizona geek community!"

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The Elephant's Garden

Wed, 18 Dec 2013 13:34:51 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vlUR09yRHZU

"A film I made with elephants in it, and a bunch of other things too."

Alien Biology.  A little bit Terry Gilliam and a little bit Jim Woodring.

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Designers & Dragons

Wed, 18 Dec 2013 13:37:22 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.evilhat.com/home/designers-dragons/

"In this four-volume, decade-by-decade series from Evil Hat, author and game
historian Shannon Appelcline will dig deep into the lore of our forty-year-old
hobby, uncovering the forgotten facts and hidden stories behind the biggest and

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seaquence

Thu, 19 Dec 2013 20:39:39 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://seaquence.org/

"Seaquence is an experiment in musical composition. Adopting a
biological metaphor, you can create and combine musical lifeforms
resulting in an organic, dynamic composition."

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A new "Muppisode" with the WWE

Thu, 19 Dec 2013 20:41:51 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Grp5-bvMo7U

"The Miz teams up with The Muppets to co-star in an AWESOME 'Muppisode'
which leaves the highly outspoken WWE Superstar covered in a concoction
stirred up by the Sweedish Chef."

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I Lubs This House

Fri, 20 Dec 2013 09:36:52 +1100

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

Katherine Phelps
This is an artwork not a Grand Design. Funny and beautiful at the same time.

http://www.homesandhues.com/The-Mysterious-Lawn-Home-of-Frohnleiten-Austria/

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Kitty Nativity

Fri, 20 Dec 2013 09:38:16 +1100

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

Katherine Phelps
Now this is a nativity scene I can get into!

http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20131208/red-hook/cat-nativity-annual-delight-for-neighbors-red-hook/

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David Simon: 'There are now two Americas. My country is a horror show'

Fri, 20 Dec 2013 23:39:57 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/08/david-simon-capitalism-marx-two-americas-wire>

"The creator of The Wire, David Simon, delivered an impromptu speech
about the divide between rich and poor in America at the Festival of
Dangerous Ideas in Sydney, and how capitalism has lost sight of its

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Darren Hanlon - Butterfly Bones

Fri, 20 Dec 2013 23:41:33 +1100

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

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

I heard this on the radio last week.  The video clip is even better!

Also, I love Buster Keaton movies, including "The General."

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People don’t actually like creativity.

Sat, 21 Dec 2013 23:44:23 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2013/12/creativity_is_rejected_teachers_and_bosses_don_t_value_out_of_the_box_thinking.html>

"This is the thing about creativity that is rarely acknowledged: Most
people don’t actually like it. Studies confirm what many creative people
have suspected all along: People are biased against creative thinking,

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Why The USTR Is Working So Hard To Kill American Innovation And The Economy

Sat, 21 Dec 2013 23:46:29 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.techdirt.com/blog/innovation/articles/20131206/02345225480/why-ustr-is-working-so-hard-to-kill-american-innovation-economy.shtml>

"The USTR simply doesn't care at all about what the various public
interest groups are telling the USTR about the insanity of these
proposals because it thinks that those groups are anti-corporation and

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Jo3bot.com Gallery

Sat, 21 Dec 2013 23:48:03 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
These are just so brilliant I have no words!

http://jo3bot.com/gallery-work.html

Via Robyn Miller and Yonatan Zunger.

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The Cubli: a cube that can jump up, balance, and 'walk'

Sun, 22 Dec 2013 08:10:48 +1100

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

Katherine Phelps
The Cubli is a 15 × 15 × 15 cm cube that can jump up and balance on its
corner. Reaction wheels mounted on three faces of the cube rotate at
high angular velocities and then brake suddenly, causing the Cubli to
jump up. Once the Cubli has almost reached the corner stand up position,
controlled motor torques are applied to make it balance on its corner.

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World's leading authors: state surveillance of personal data is theft

Sun, 22 Dec 2013 22:38:00 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/10/surveillance-theft-worlds-leading-authors>

"More than 500 of the world's leading authors, including five Nobel
prize winners, have condemned the scale of state surveillance revealed
by the whistleblower Edward Snowden and warned that spy agencies are

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Why creating memes is illegal in Australia

Sun, 22 Dec 2013 22:39:52 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.news.com.au/technology/online/why-creating-memes-is-illegal-in-australia/story-fnjwmwrh-1226758121774>

"Do you know that sharing a meme in this country makes you a criminal?
That's right. Condescending Wonka, Li'll Bub and Ryan Gosling's hey girl
are all crimes under Australian copyright law."

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Beautiful Renaissance Paintings, All Done Up Real Handsome-Like as Photographs

Sun, 22 Dec 2013 22:41:36 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2013/04/beautiful-renaissance-paintings-all-done-up-real-handsome-like-as-photographs/274642/>

"The models were selected not for their looks but by matching their
contributions to the city of Florence with those of the subject of the
Renaissance-era painting."

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Cardboard Blockbusters with Baby

Mon, 23 Dec 2013 10:45:40 +1100

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

Katherine Phelps
What is this Cardboard Box Office?

Welcome to Cardboard Box Office: our homemade creations of some of your
favorite movie scenes built from some of our favorite domestic junk.

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Muppet Movie Frog-E-Oke: Can You Picture That?

Mon, 23 Dec 2013 16:10:32 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9g1YamC49Ik

A new video clip for a classic song, to celebrate the 35th anniversary
of The Muppet Movie!

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Glitch in the Afterlife

Mon, 23 Dec 2013 16:12:14 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://boingboing.net/2013/12/11/glitch.html

"Stewart Butterfield tells how a few million dollars worth of art,
created for a beloved massively-multiplayer game, ended up in the public
domain after its death."

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Norway To Digitize All Norwegian Books

Tue, 24 Dec 2013 14:25:32 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20131210/08174425520/norway-to-digitize-all-norwegian-books-allowing-domestic-ip-addresses-to-read-all-them-irrespective-copyright-status.shtml>

"The National Library of Norway is planning to digitize all the books by
the mid 2020s. Yes. All. The. Books. In Norwegian, at least. Hundreds of
thousands of them. Every book in the library's holdings."

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We who spoke LOLcat now speak Doge

Tue, 24 Dec 2013 14:27:16 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://io9.com/we-who-spoke-lolcat-now-speak-doge-1481243678

"The 'doge' meme features an image (often of an adorable shiba dog),
annotated with distinctive phrases representing the thoughts of the dog
— or the dragon, or whatever is being depicted. What has the internet

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The 30 Greatest Animal Photobombs Of 2013

Wed, 25 Dec 2013 19:29:24 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.buzzfeed.com/expresident/greatest-animal-photobombs-of-2013

"To be a truly great animal photobomber you must first be an artist.
After that, obviously, you have to be an animal of some kind. These are
the animals who ‘bombed the best in 2013."

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The 66 Most Stunning Science Pictures Of 2013

Wed, 25 Dec 2013 19:30:50 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.businessinsider.com.au/beautiful-science-pictures-2013-11

"Anyone who says science is boring has not seen images like these."

Via fan tai.

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Grumpy Cat Stars in "Hard To Be a Cat at Christmas" Music Video

Thu, 26 Dec 2013 11:48:41 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=06GhXB2_XNE

"Grumpy Cat, Colonel Meow, Oskar the Blind Cat, Nala Cat, and Hamilton
the Hipster Cat have come together in an unprecedented celebrity cat
supergroup this holiday season to lend their voices to a very important

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RSA Shorts - The Power of Empathy

Thu, 26 Dec 2013 11:50:03 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Evwgu369Jw

"What is the best way to ease someone's pain and suffering? In this
beautifully animated RSA Short, Dr Brené Brown reminds us that we can
only create a genuine empathic connection if we are brave enough to

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Hoppy Holidays!

Thu, 26 Dec 2013 11:53:51 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
Here's a picture of our new Christmas tree / Hanukkah bush / Saturnalia
shrub:

<http://glasswings.com.au/photos/2013/2013-12-23-Croydon-Christmas-tree.html>

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Wildstar, Character Design, Female Objectification, Sexual Dimorphism and Biology in Video Games

Fri, 27 Dec 2013 22:48:30 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://robothyena.tumblr.com/post/69851398783/wildstar-character-design-female-objectification>

"We need to talk about the character designs in all science fiction and
fantasy franchises that feature non-humans."

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A Gallery Of Dogs And Cats Wearing Bow Ties

Fri, 27 Dec 2013 22:49:42 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://weruletheinternet.com/2013/12/11/a-gallery-of-dogs-and-cats-wearing-bow-ties/>

Yes indeed, bow ties are cool!

Via lerato majikfaerie.

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Black Olive Penguins

Sat, 28 Dec 2013 11:57:05 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.foodiewithfamily.com/2011/12/13/black-olive-penguins/

"Isn’t that the most clever things you’ve ever seen? At a recent
Christmas craft event put on by our homeschool group, one rockstar mom
(hi, Tonya!) eschewed the usual brownies, cookies, fudge and mints (not

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Postmodern Jukebox

Sat, 28 Dec 2013 12:05:30 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCORIeT1hk6tYBuntEXsguLg

I've shared at least one Postmodern Jukebox song before, but they're all
great.  He's also on patreon.com:

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16 Gingerbread Houses to Feed Your Inner Nerd

Sat, 28 Dec 2013 12:10:06 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://mashable.com/2013/12/14/nerdy-gingerbread-houses/

"For the sucrose craftsmen among us, there is no greater Christmas
challenge than the nerdy gingerbread house. To make a structure that is
simultaneously delicious and true to your beloved culture is a hefty task."

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The Best Astronomy and Space Pictures of 2013

Sun, 29 Dec 2013 14:26:16 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/bad_astronomy/2013/12/the_universe_in_pictures_the_best_space_photos_of_2013.single.html>

"From our nearest neighbors to the most distant galaxies, the cosmos is
a wonder to behold."

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Viral Satire Over Student Suspended For Saying 'Merry Christmas' Leads To Real Problems For Elementary School

Sun, 29 Dec 2013 14:27:47 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20131219/10004125631/attention-masses-just-because-news-story-is-viral-doesnt-make-it-true.shtml>

There have been a few "Christmas outrage" stories going around, but I
particularly like this one.

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Alan Turing gets royal pardon for 'gross indecency' – 61 years after he poisoned himself

Sun, 29 Dec 2013 14:29:10 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/news/alan-turing-gets-royal-pardon-for-gross-indecency--61-years-after-he-poisoned-himself-9023116.html>

"The pardon comes after a change of heart by ministers who had
previously insisted that Turing was properly convicted of what at the
time was a criminal offence."

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YouTube's Merry Christmas: Letting Large Music Publishers Steal Money From Guy Singing Public Domain Christmas Carol

Mon, 30 Dec 2013 23:28:06 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20131224/11361425686/youtubes-merry-christmas-letting-large-music-publishers-steal-money-guy-singing-public-domain-christmas-carol.shtml>

"Yet another in our ongoing series of stories concerning YouTube's
broken ContentID system. While the company has still mostly remained
mute over its recent policy change, which resulted in a ton of bogus

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Santa Will Know Who’s Nicer Than Nice

Mon, 30 Dec 2013 23:30:15 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://notalwaysright.com/santa-will-know-whos-nicer-than-nice/34130

"(I work in a party store. I am serving an eight-year-old customer.)"

A heartwarming seasonal tale.

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Gallery: Our Beautiful, Fragile World

Tue, 31 Dec 2013 12:17:40 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://arstechnica.com/science/2013/12/gallery-our-beautiful-fragile-world/>

"A world transformed by humanity, captured in photos."

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The Year We Broke the Internet

Tue, 31 Dec 2013 12:19:38 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.esquire.com/blogs/news/we-broke-the-internet

"An explanation. An apology. A plea."

On the increase in "viral" nonsense.

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